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a new paradiggum since 1918
Telepersonals and
similar services have
long been
ridiculed as the
last refuge of the
pathetic, the desperate, and the
terminally hopeful. But why can't
it work for the
rest of us?
You've tried
efforts just
It's that time of year again.
For the single student, the time around
Valentine's Day can bring on the worst
feelings of loneliness and self-pity. So
what do you do? Well, you could just
throw in the towel and go rent some more
games for the PlayStation. Or, you could
head down to the nearest bar, get drunk,
and wait until just the kind of person
you're looking for (which is to say, someone in the same situation as yours)
comes along.
It might work. You might get lucky.
But chances are you won't. Besides,
bar liaisons aren't exactly known for
lasting very long.
But hey—you've tried  it.
everything. And your valiant
haven't paid off. And "it's still valentine's Day
next Monday.
So what do you do?
There might have been some point—in
the past, of course—when you couldn't get a
date to save your life. Hypothetically speaking, naturally. You might have thought about
signing up on a personals program. You
thought about taking a chance as an anonymous nickname with a list of vital statistics
and preferences for a mate. Maybe it worked,
and maybe it didn't.
Odds are, though, you didn't even bother.
You didn't want to be counted among the
losers and rejects that you thought must frequent these organisations, trying to get laid.
Or find love. Whatever.
But, you know, maybe they're not so bad.
Really. Maybe the world we live in has forced
real, normal people to start signing up for
these things simply because they don't have
the time to look for someone any other way.
And why not? Between phone and Web-
based services, there's plenty to choose
from out there.
After all, "the Web is the biggest international singles party in the world—any time of day
or night." Or so says Susan Rabin, MA, founder
and director of the illustrious, New York-based
National School of Flirting. Right. Okay.
Most of it's free, too—at least to a point. About
40 bucks at Telepersonals
will allow you to talk live with
other people online, but
basic setup, including your
own profile, voice ad, and
voice-mailbox, is free. All you
actually pay for is the chat.
Women join free, of course,
since, urn, demand normally
outstrips supply.
With roughly 2000 men
and 1225 women in the
Vancouver area on
Telepersonals alone, and
with competition between
these services so fierce
that none of them would
even release any information, they must be onto
something. Even the
Georgia Straight has gotten
into the game, with their
new Meeting Place service.
Sven [not his real name],
a 30 year-old graduate student in the Faculty of
Arts, has been on Telepersonals for several
months. He put down his 40 bucks and signed
up after a friend recommended it to him. After
talking to him, and conducting some research of
my own (purely for journalistic reasons, of
course), I've managed to compile a list of tips
and some basic rules for getting around these
things and, with lick—urn, luck—succeeding in
finding that perfect match.
First off, ask yourself what exactly
you want to tell people about yourself. Things
like age and height. Some places will ask for hair
and eye colour, weight, sexual preferences (if
any—certain places have a "preferred number
of partners"  listing,  for example),  ethnic
group, and religion. Of course, you only have
to fill in what you want.
So, now you've got your list of the vital
statistics that you're willing to divulge ready.
Here's what to do next.
1. Call up any one of the dozen or so
major services (Telepersonals, Chatline,
etc.). These are just the mainstream (read:
het) ones; gay and lesbian sites are also in
abundance, especially in the Vancouver
2. Talk to a customer service rep, and
get signed up. Questions run from the simple ("What is your credit card number,
please?") to the very personal ("What
sorts of things turn you on?"). It depends
on who you call, of course. If you get
stressed out and you don't know what to
answer, don't panic. Consult the list you
already drew up. Stick to it. It's your friend.
Besides, if you're uncomfortable with any
of the questions, you may want to think
twice about that particular service.
3. After rehearsing it Well, so you don't
come off as totally awkward, record your
ad (or fill out the web questionnaire). If
you're not sure how to do this well, follow
the tips offered by the service. Things like
a Valentine's theme during the next few
days are sure to attract some attention.
5. Call, or log on, often and change
the ad. This may sound pointless, but the
systems work based on the most recent
ads first, which means that you'll be
somewhere near the top of the list.
6. Know when to call. According to
one of the supervisors at Boulevard
Media, which administers the Georgia
Straights Meeting Place phone service,
the peak times are when work finishes
and when the bars close.
Rainy days, snowy days, or just
plain crappy days—any day when people  stay in—are  also quite  busy.
Today,  for example,  Telepersonals
was too swamped with calls to talk
about this article. It's expected, given
the time of year. Apparently calls
went up just after the Super Bowl,
too. Go figure.
7. Cross your fingers. Pray.
Whatever. It won't be instantaneous, so be patient. When you get depressed,
just remember that over 40 per cent of our
province's population is single. There's hope
right there. When it comes to meeting one of
those two million people, you've just done yourself a huge favour, at least according to Sven.
"There at least you'll find a pool of people
that, like you, are interested in having dates,"
says Sven. "Before, one of my problems was figuring out whether a woman was interested in a
date, or just wanted to be friends, and this took
some of the guesswork out of it."
So now that you're in, here are some
general rules of thumb.
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Pride issue
Who knew that the Ubyssey's
"Outweek" issue (the Ubyssey Pride
Issue, February 4) would not prompt
me to pride but rather to outrage?
What grates on me the most is the
glaring omission of any article even
marginally representing the bisexu-
al/transgendered quarters of the
ed (LGBT) spectrum. One article ("I
hate boys and all they do to us" by
Wayne Van Der Meide) recounts a
gay man's memory of dressing up in
drag at age 14 because "drag was
the only way society permitted me to
be seen as a man who loved men".
Transvestite (especially at 14) does
not equal transgendered, as the rest
of the article makes clear. Which is
all well and good. But where is the
token article for those within UBC's
LGBT community who identity as
transgendered, or whose sexualities
are integrally connected to loving
people who are transgendered?
The same author later makes reference to gay men who, it is implied,
refer to themselves as "bisexual" or
"unlabeled" because they have not
fully emerged from their closets.
While I recognise that "bisexual" is a
common pit stop along the way to full-
fledged gay for far too many members
of this community, a reference like
this one that does not make clear the
distinction between using bisexuality
as an extended closet and identifying
as "100 per cent" bi is both misleading and prejudicial. And is an article
aimed toward UBC's almost invisible
bi community too much to hope for?
Never mind (dare I even go there?) an
article that goes into the still-fuzzy-for-
most area beyond bi...l have not had
the occasion to see myself, as a
woman who is attracted to boy dykes,
tranny boys, and boys from birth, represented in the pages of the
Ubysse/s Outweek issue, and I
resent like hell the mushy article
opening the issue that claims to cele-
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RULE ONE: It's best to be honest.
You're putting out a voice ad to attract
interest, so what do you think will happen when they find out you're not a
6'2" dark-haired, bodybuilding Don
Juan, or a 5'9" blonde woman with
piercing blue eyes? Would you want to
date a liar? Maybe. Probably not.
Granted, you're selling yourself.
Just don't be too creative about your
responses. You're not helping your
chances of finding a good match.
"No one's actually lied [to me],"
Sven says, "but there have been what
I call sins of omission. It's not even
that, really. It's things I realise about
someone and say 'Hey, I'm not
attracttv. to that.' One person had
crooked teeth. Maybe I'm shallow,
but that's not going to happen."
RULE TWO: It's okay to be picky.
Now, you may consider yourself a laid-
back individual for whom looks, age,
ethnicity, and religion don't matter.
But let's be realistic. If you're a
devout Christian, odds are you may
not get along perfectly with an atheist. Likewise, your average student
isn't necessarily looking for friendship
leading to marriage and kids. No way.
Don't be afraid to run at the first sign
of commitment. You want to have a little fun, right? And a five4ime divorcee
with six kids and as many chins probably won't cut it. Be honest with yourself—hey, you've got 40 bucks riding
on this.
RULE THREE: "This is a warning to
everyone on Telepersonals: do not
give out your phone number." Sven
has his own good reasons for this.
"What happened was there was one
person I was talking to and she was
saving, 'I know this is costing you
money, do you want to give me your
phone number.' So I gave her my
phone number and then she started
calling me, and then we kept on talking.
"We were going to set up a date
and all that, and then I got a call the
next morning at 6:12am from the
same woman. She had decided that
she wanted phone sex."
This could happen to you. Of
course, this may be just what you're
looking for.
Of course, some personals services cater to people's more, how
brate the 'diversity' of UBC's LGBT
My second point of outrage concerns "Lighten up, it's only a
blowjob!" by Brian Lin. It seems to
me that I have read this article
before elsewhere, making it either a
not-very-intelligent instance of plagiarism, or an uncited reprint of an
article written for another source.
Which is il? Either way, it's unprofessional.
The only moment of redemption
in this issue came with Caroline
shall I say it, specific tastes.
Here's a breakdown of what's
available at webpersonals.com, the
Web version of Telepersonals:
"DATING: Meet new people and
have some casual fun."
This is your basic short-term dating arena. What most people go for.
"ROMANCE: Look for commitment
and the love of your life."
This is for people looking for
something more serious. WARNING:
If you are not currently interested in
marriage or having children, DON'T
GO HERE. Most of the people here
are over 30, have probably already
been married at least once, and may
have kids. Being a bit older than most
students on this campus, Sven
signed up in this section.
You're asked to list such criteria
as average yearly income, whether or
not you want kids, if you have any
yourself, and so on. This, as Sven
quickly found out, can lead to all sorts
of problems, especially if you're a
younger student (like under 30).
"INTIMATE: Seek exciting sexual
encounters with singles or couples."
Also known as the "discreet" or
"one-night-stand" section. Singles are
here looking for a little recreation,
couples are here looking for a three-
some/foursome/moresome, or
maybe one just wants to watch, or
take pictures, or videotape, and then
put it up on the 'Net. Sven's comment
is quite simple: "God help us all."
You can list whether you're a.single looking for a couple, a couple looking for a single or a couple, or one person in a relationship looking for a little action on the side. On the website
you can even state what turns you on,
from moustaches to piercings.
Sven, while not into, urn, that sort
of thing, admits that he sees the
value of the Intimate section. "I'm
kind of glad they have it, because otherwise they'd be in the long-term relationships category, and that would be
freaky. So that sort of selects them
out, except for Phone-Sex Girl."
RULE FIVE: Best to remember, the
service isn't failsafe. There is a certain degree of embarrassment when
the website's "search members who
fit my preferences" function produces
no matches. Trust me, I know. The
most innovative feature I've seen is
Kirsebom's "A new sense of pride,"
a cogent, nicely-articulated account
of the differences between Oslo's
and Vancouver's queer communities. Having lived in Scandinavia and
been the inverse of the outsider that
Kirsebom descnbes. I related to her
description of how difficult it is to
crack into new communities and
establish a comfortable set a peers
within them. Kirsebom seemed to
feel that Vancouventes are tricky to
make friends with, in spite of their
friendliness, and I recall feeling
exactly that about Scandinavians
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attributes close to what you'd like,
which certainly helps, although the
user by the name of Looking4sex is
probably just a joke ad. Shame, really; she lives in the area.
Don't get discouraged. Some
dates won't work out, and that's
fine. You can't be the right one for
everyone. A poor student living in a
house in East Van with ten friends,
for example, is probably not going to
hit if off with a well-groomed busi-
nessperson with a secure income
and a studio condo in Yaletown, even
if the personals systems matches
them up in some other way.
If you're set up for a date out in
the boonies, as Sven was, and your
date doesn't show up, that's going
to rankle a bit. "I've made arrangements for about up to 15 meetings..." he tells me. "I think I've
been stood up about six times total.
One time in Surrey. I'm kind of bitter
about that."
All in all, Sven has mixed feelings
about his experiences. While he got
several dates through
Telepersonals, nothing meaningful
came out of them. Was it worth it?
"Sort of," was the best answer he
could give me. "Not for its original
intention. I found that I wasn't hitting
it off with any of the women, but I did
find out one important truth about
myself—that I'm not desperate, I'm
picky. There are a whole bunch of
women I'm just not attracted to, and
that's okay."
"It really shatters some illusions
you have," he went on. "You have
this Hollywood idea of how relationships are meant to go, and then you
realise that's bullshit, and
Telepersonals helped me realise
that. So that's why I'm glad I went on
So keep one very important thing
in mind: You're not the only normal,
work-a-day soul out there looking for
someone through telepersonals. All
sorts of people join up, says Sven.
"Some people that, like me, have
not had much luck getting a date.
Some people have been very busy. A
couple are new to the country, so
they think this is the way to meet
people. It made sense to me."»>
when I spent one year in Lund,
Sweden. Kirsebom's article has illuminated an aspect of my own experience during my year abroad that
might not have otherwise come to
light, namely that my isolation had
its root not in my host culture, but
rather in my status as an outsider.
Sarah Hamilton
Arts 5
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at the.Jericho Arts Centre
by Julian dowling
"Wpmeji are, by nature, frail, foolish, and
lllOglCal.   Or so says the deluded French aristocrat Arnolphe
in the entertaining United Players' production of Moliere's 1662
comedy School for Wives.
The battle of the sexes has progressed
far beyond the misogynistic overtones of
Moliere's play, but the theme of obsessive
jealousy is still an enduring problem.
In School for Wives, director Igor
Morosov makes Arnolphe into a character
who is, on the surface, incomprehensible
to a modern audience, but who suffers
from an all-too-human desire to control
his own destiny. Arnolphe, driven by fear
and lust, keeps his ward, Agnes, caged
like a bird, refusing to give her freedom.
Of course, the moral of the play is that
you should refrain from trying to change
other people to suit your needs; it's more
than likely that your creation will turn out to
be Frankenstein's monster.
Lawrence Cotton is suitably despicable
as the arrogant Arnolphe who intends to
marry Agnes whether she loves him or not.
He strokes his moustache and swaggers
about like a proud peacock, unaware of how
pathetic his attempts are to force Agnes to love him. Alicia Read is wonderfully giddy as the ignorant Agnes, raised in a convent to be the ideal wife for Arnolphe.
However, Arnolphe cannot keep her locked away very long after she falls for the young Horace (Jason Emanuel).
The set design by Igor Morosov, and costumes by Catherine Carr are based on early 20th-century Paris: tails and top hats for the men, and elegant satin
dresses for the ladies. The sparse set features a winding stairway to a balcony from which Agnes can seduce her young lover. The dim-witted servants, Alain
(Jon Dedman) and Georgette (Lara Tansey), function as a sort of chorus, capable of breaking into song, or tears, at any moment.
Frequent musical interludes including a rousing version of the French national anthem, and Moliere's rhyming verse (translated by American poet Richard
Wilbur), lend an operatic feel to the play.
The women in this play hardly get a word in edgewise as the men argue, like a couple of reindeer locking horns, over who will win Agnes' hand in marriage.
As far as political correctness goes School for Wives ranks up there with the Taming of the Shrew.
Still, if you can laugh off the outrageously sexist maxims concerning the proper conduct of a wife, Arnolphe's character is a poignant portrayal of the pitfalls that await anyone who tries to mold a person into their ideal spouse. ♦
the cradl
There was a time, long ago, when unions and
strikes and fighting the Man meant more than
free parking and buses stopping at Blanca. It
was    a    time    when    lines    were    clearly
drawn.   Fascists  wore  swastikas,
Communists wore red, and America,
still youthful and about to become
the richest country in the world,
clung to the notions of liberty that it
was  built  on.   It was  the   Dirty
Thirties,  when  the  stakes  were
high and every move counted. And
this was why, long ago, The Cradle
Will Rock was described as the
"most exciting evening of theatre
this   New  York  generation   has
seen." It was bold social commentary,   drawing the   attention   of
activists      and      the      House
Committee      on      Un-American
Activities alike.
So,  how does  a  historically-
charged  piece  like this fit into
Vancouver, at the beginning of a
new century? Studio 58, possibly
the most ambitious (certainly the
most renowned) West Coast theatre    troupe,    under    director
Robert  McQueen,   brings  this
question to us in their abrasive
and up-front production of Marc
Blitzstein's "worker's opera."
The    story    focuses    on
Steeltown, USA and a night of
political agitation circa  1936.
Unions are beginning to consolidate within the evil capitalist
Mr. Mister's (Robert Perrault)
steel empire. They are led by
the   dashing   Joe    Foreman
(Kevin MacDonald). Through a series of flashbacks,  Mr.  Mister's moral  corruption of the
town's elite is played out. The follies of the
"Liberty Committee," a ragtag group of intellectuals, are held up to scrutiny as they await judgment in a night court.
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until Feb. 27
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by Vanessa Ho
His creations were described by Blitzstein himself as
"cartoon characters." The use of bizarre masks helps the
members of the "Liberty Committee" move far beyond the
realm of reality. The masks also serve to draw a severe line
between these characters and the toned-down figures,
such as prostitute Moll, played beautifully by Crystal
But even some unmasked characters cross into
cartoon land, such as Perrault's Mr. Mister. Perrault
dominates the entire theatre with incredible presence. Another standout is Mrs. Mister (Erin
Monahan) whose character reaches an outrageous
level of hypocrisy and madness, belting out "War!
War! Kill all the dirty Krauts!" Every actor shows
great physical control, and their concentration
seems unbreakable.
The self-control shown by the actor's contrasts
strangely with the "opera's" music. Simply said, the
music is not restrained by anything. A single piano
and discordant voices pound out an offbeat mix of
show tunes and jazz. It's Gershwin on speed.
Blitzstien's intent was music with a "political conscience." Unfortunately, his attempts lack the aesthetics of, say, "The Times, They are a Changin'" or
"If I Had a Hammer." Thankfully, Cote's gorgeous
voice occasionally served as a welcome break from
the music's unstoppable tumult.
All in all, McQueen has braved the challenges of
the work—its music, its content, and its need for
a strong ensemble cast—and came out with an
intense theatre experience. Tight lighting designs
and the maintenance of the show's breakneck
pace are indications of the efforts to which all
involved have gone to ensure the musical doesn't
get away from them. But the main difficulty with
The Cradle Will Rock was present before this production began. The subject matter is outdated,
and the music is no longer cutting-edge. Then
again, it is a fascinating historical piece, and a
definite workout for the actors. Even if it isn't quite the most
exciting evening of theatre this generation has seen. ♦
"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."
This classic line is, of course, from Shakespeare's Macbeth
and Prospectus Theatre's latest production. The twist in this production is that the play has been re-titled A Wiccan Macbeth.
Reflecting director S. Siobhan McCarthy's vision of Macbeth as
having Celtic, environmental and feminist undertones, the focus
here explores many of Macbeth's lesser known sides. For example, instead of the usual three witches, the director has decided
to have a coven of witches foretell Macbeth's future.
Bill MacDonald gives a very powerful and intense performance as the eponymous hero. When we first meet him, he and
his comrade-in-arms, Banquo (effectively portrayed by David
Smye), meet the coven of witches, who predict that Macbeth will
first become the Thane of Cawdor and then will be the King of
Scotland. Of course, they also tell us that Banquo's heirs will rule
and so Macbeth's anxieties begin. When Lady Macbeth (Lisa
Stewart, giving a very breathy performance) catches wind of the
witches' predictions she initiates the murder of the trusting King
Duncan (Patrick Maloughney) in order for Macbeth to ascend to
the throne. This is, of course, just the beginning for Macbeth,
who will have to continue murdering to stay on top.
The Celtic emphasis of this production is evident throughout,
particularly with the marvelous Scottish costumes by Lisa Young.
Unfortunately, the use of Riverdance as the background music
was inappropriate (it's Irish, when Macbeth is Scottish). Music
overall was not used very effectively during dramatic scenes.
There was also the same problem with the lighting. It was much
too bright for the intense and moody moments of the play.
And though the performances by the principal actors were
successful, some of the smaller roles did not fare so well. Terry
Ladd, who portrays Duncan's son Malcolm, stumbled a few times
and Seth Ranaweera as Macduff seems to think that screaming
Shakespeare's words would equal a great performance. He
ended up being just plain loud.
However, McCarthy's idea to have a coven of witches
works and having the females of the cast also portray minor
male characters was well done. The masks they wore to distinguish their different roles were beautiful. The two leads,
Stewart and MacDonald, share a very passionate chemistry
that reflects perfectly the sexually charged relationship that
the Macbeths' share. Despite a small venue and an even
smaller theatre company, Prospectus Theatre has managed to
mount, in most part, a grand production. ♦ lary 11, 2000 • page friday—the ubyssey magazine ■
Gregory Crewdson, disturbed nature
at Charles H. Scott Gallery (Emily Carr)
until March 6
When you're dubbed one of Vancouver's "most dangerous,"
it's only reasonable that provocation comes naturally. Fresh
from being touted by local Vancouver magazine The Loop as
one of the city's most intriguing personalities, gallery curator
Cate Rimmer has mounted a suitably striking exhibit in disturbed nature, a selection of work from American photographer Gregory Crewdson.
She has marshalled sense out of an artist who is as Robert
Bateman as he is, say, Wes Craven: Crewdson makes liberal
use of birds and butterflies, but he's likewise prolific with dried
blood, human remains, and suburban entropy.
Disturbed nature marks the photographer's first Canadian solo appearance, which will appear at Emily Carr's
Charles H. Scott Gallery, the site of
two speaking appearances beginning
March 2. Crewdson, who also teaches at Yale University, has seen his
photography accumulate in the collections of several eminent American
museums, and has been the subject
of talk in the usual quarters.
This show appears to render a
narrative  of Crewdson's  patterned
but oblique subject material. The photographer's arch eye is put to particularly expressive and thematic effect
by the exhibit's choice and arrangement of prints; both nature scenes
and pastoral idylls are mutually contaminated by their exposure to one
another at the border between the
suburbs  and the  wild.   Macabre,
hackneyed, surreal, and often cinematic, the crossing of animal and
human spheres reveal banal and
profane  happenings.  Particularly
menacing  is that these  slo-mo
effects  of suburban  anomie  are
served up with the encroachment
of not more development and multiplexes, but of a parasitical pas-
toralism itself: it is the dissembling
aesthetics of Norman  Rockwell-
styled   Americana   and   chaste,
Technicolor   nature   which   the
exhibit mocks most engagingly.
The earlier photographs, from
the Natural Wonder series, follow
a number of bucolic episodes
populated   by   fecund   undergrowth,  rotting  human   limbs,
and, usually, birds. From red-
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eyed pigeons to more predictable crows, Crewdson's avian obsession comes off as a Hitchcock motif:
even the butterflies present themselves as onlookers to and emissaries of a macabre harbinger. One
memorable print—sure to play taut on the nerves of the granola set-pfinds a hiker's booted foot
writhing with parasites. Another follows this with writhing larvae birthing^from an erupted knee. When
a mound of butterflies are presented, the spectator's thoughts will likely turn to suffocation and what
lies encased in the nesting as quickly as to the remarkable spectacle itself. For these butterflies, the
uneasy viewer already knows, are products of a debased origin.These are difficult reconciliations,
emotionally and aesthetically speaking.
The following series, Twilight, follows into the dewy backdrop of most of the earlier photographs,
the hallowed glow of nearby barns and houses. Here the rustic cum suburban is mocked as vigorously
as the natural vista before it. A housewife sits dejected and alone in her kitchen, where she has planted a flower garden. A hovering shot compares the garden hoses of one suburban dwelling with the
industrial septic hoses with which workers try to clean neighbouring portable toilets. Both nature and
civilization converge disastrously in the surreal composition of a woman flying into the camera, away
from the skunks who have torn apart and sprayed the contents from numerous household garbage
All this conflict and disruption begs the question, "what's to blame here?" There's no solid
answers forthcoming from disturbed nature, but there's a convincing voice. Crewdson's photographic
thesis, with Rimmer's expert selection, makes quick work of an ecc-conscious greenie's conceit about
benevolent nature, at the same time sneering at the delusion of suburban normalcy: the idyllic itself
isn't even a possibility, just another candy-hued fancification of poets and, well, painters. This argument for us in Vancouver is nowhere more on display than at the suburban borderlands, which, probably like the ones Crewdson visits in these pictures, still euphemistically wear the idyll's name in one
or the other usual suspects variation of Beaver Creek, Oak Glen, Green Timbers, and Sunshine
Hills. ♦
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by William A. Ewing
[Chronicle Books]
by Andrea Winkler
Love and Desire comes in its own
see-through pink bookcase. It
promises passion between the covers. When I picked this book out I
wanted to see sexy pictures. As I
first perused the photos, I was
embarrassed but definitely intrigued
by the graphic sexuality.
An amazing survey of love and
desire in the last 150 years of photography, Love and Desire is William
A. Ewing's sequel to The Body. He
describes the elements of love and
desire as they exist between photographer and subjects. What struck
me most is the diversity in the depictions of passion. There are photos of
early pornography with women hiding
their faces behind uplifted petticoats
or "proper" men and women half-
naked in sitting rooms. Or the more
subtle forms of passion in lingering
looks caught in the moment, the
innocent sensuality of a child or the
passion for music depicted as a conductor stands among scattered
Barraged by the air-brushed
Twiggys of popular magazines, it is
so refreshing to find sexiness in
imperfection. Women with dragon
tattoos and large women wearing
only stockings, revelling in the desire
they provoke. This is what comes
through amongst the photos. That
passion, desire, love and sex are
beautiful and the forms they take
are infinite.
The book is divided into sections
including "libido," "token" and
"icon." At the beginning of each section, the author gives some background on the subject and explains
its role in photography. However, I
must admit I wasn't paying too much
attention to the text.
Love and Desire is a photo book
everyone should have. Besides
amazing photos of raw human beauty, it reminds us that "sexy" lies in
the way we carry ourselves; that the
height of beauty is found in love and
desire. ♦
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under the skin, like a
mosquito. Thankfully,
Norman Cook (aka
Fatboy Slim) did a fantastic remix of this particular track, one that
does more than justice
to the original.
Unfortunately, Cook's
mix isn't on the album.
This song is also the
one that had to be
changed to prepare it
for the white-bred, religious right audience of
the midwest. The words
"shakin' that ass" had
to be changed to
"shakin' that thang" on
the  radio  edit.  Kato
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wonders about a country where, "you can have six guns in your car, but can't say the
word ass."
Part of the fame of Groove Armada is built upon the story that they were booked
to play Fatboy Slim's marriage to Zoe Ball. The thing is, they thought it was all a gag.
Too cool to be true. Unfortunately, when it turned out to be real, they were already
booked elsewhere for the date. The rumour now is that they're gonna play for the
happy couple's first anniversary.
Despite that large scale disappointment, they did manage some sort of wedding-
mojo. Kato heard recently of a couple getting married to their song "At the River."
"That's worthwhile, more than going double platinum or something like that."
Even with their amazing success, the Dynamic Duo have an isolationist routine
when it comes to recording. They rent a cottage somewhere in the countryside, set
up a studio and start at it, free of telephones and faxes and TV and e-mail. "That's
the sort of environment we get our ideas in."
They work a lot with computers. Modern music almost always requires it, but
despite the ever-presence of high-technology, they still like old school equipment.
"When it comes to recording final versions of things, we use a lot of old analog
stuff. You lose warmth with digital sound."
They're not abandoning the glories of the 21st century, though. "Our next
album...involves some recording in Brazil, and the plan is to record the musicians
straight into our laptop and e-mail those files back to the UK. So, when we get
home, no matter what happened on the plane trip, you've got all the audio files
The UK firmly in their grasp, their work now is for the Armada to invade a new
continent. They came to North America for just a few club nights in California
and then went to the Sundance Rim Festival. Kato was pleased with ;he
free-spirited, "more flashy, less
physical" American club audiences
who he figured were "just out to
have a good time."
The band has high hopes for
their successful   integration   into
the musical ether of Canada and
the US, but sees that the mainstream tastes of the countries lie
in different areas. "I think that in
the UK, just because of the way
that our radio works, there's one
big station, that's Radio One,
[and]  it crosses  all  sorts  of
styles," he says. "Whereas here
you've got such compartmentalised radio programming...so
I think that the mainstream of
people [in the UK] are more
open-minded  to   an   act  like
Once the album has been
released on February 23, after
you have had time to let the
euphoria of owning a new CD
wash over you, and you've gotten a good look at the liner
notes, you might find yourself
asking some heavy questions.
"Is that really their apartment?
It's fly!" But, despite the coolness of said "fly" couch, it is
without a doubt, not theirs:
"It's sort of a friend of a
friend's. He'd just finished
moving into a new place, that's
why it was so clean." I guess
you can't ever achieve that
level of hipness, really.
They didn't make it to
Canada this time, but sometime in late March there
should be an Armada descending on Vancouver, an Armada
with mixingboards, some DJ
equipment, and, if we're really
lucky, a trombone. ♦
Check out Groove Armada's
CD release parties:
Feb. 12 at DV8
Feb. 17 at Nevermind
Feb. IS at Sonar
by Aisha Jamal
'son says in Titanic, "A woman's
of secrets." To unlock part of my
ets, I have tried to figure out what
it comes to love. For some advice
to Margie Lapanja's the Goddess'
I into four seasons of love. The
are different according to every
season, you need to ask yourself,
nental picture of love? Is it the cool
passionate and steamy summer
and soothing fall? Or is it the
spring?" Since spring makes me
goddess Freya riding in the spring
wed Od, king of ecstasy, I chose
starts with the "Attraction Bath"
I right, you have to first write the
me of the person you want into a
yellow candle. Then, rub the
candle with scented oils, add
rose petals to the bathtub, a
capful of love oil and recite:
"My heart is open, my spirit
is free. Dear lady, escort my
love to me. So be it or better." Then invite the person
whose name is on the candle
into the bath. This last step is
a problem. Why would you
need a spell if the person you
are trying to seduce is
already willing to take a bath with you?
So I skipped right to the next spell: the May Day Dew
spell. This one supposedly always works. To do it, you
need to find a flowerbed with abundant daisies or jasmines
(or another scented wildflower). Then kneel near the flowers, facing the dawn goddess Aurora's glow in the east. At
the exact moment her rays of light appear over the horizon,
caress your cheeks, lips, nose and forehead gently with
the flowers' petals or blades of grass without using your
hands. While doing this, you must recite an ode to Aurora.
Besides the fact that I would feel like a real ass rubbing
my face against scrubs while on all fours, the chemical
sprays and fertilizers on fields could cause a nasty rash.
Waking up early for this one is also out
of the question. If it doesn't work, in
this time of midterm insanity you have
lost valuable sleeping time.
If the spells fail, Lapanja suggests
the traditional tool of love and
romance: the love letter. The letter has
to obviously be enticing, brief and intimate. But to get the desired attention,
the letter has to be delivered in a clever
way: attached to an apple pie and delivered by a friend. Or she suggests taping it to the back window of his/her car
so it can be discovered in the rearview mirror. Having
seen a great many stalker movies, I really don't know
about this taping-to-the-car business. Instead of being flattered, I'd be creeped out to discover a love letter in my
rearview mirror.
And this is where I gave up on the hokey spells, love letters and cheesy words of encouragement. In my quest for
a helpful tool for finding love, this book has proven useless. Perhaps it is mostly my own attitude. I prefer Quentin
Tarantino to Barbra Streisand. I would rather get food than
flowers. I buy clothes instead of roses. In a relationship I
am the conventional one, not the romantic one. Silly me,
the cover alone should have been a warning sign. ♦
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by John Williams
[Raincoast Books]
by Lawrence Chew
At first glance, the immediate thought was:
"pornography for the cultured mind." As I
flipped through John Williams' book, all I
could see were lewd acts trying to be
passed off as art. So, naturally, I wanted
to review it. A few days later, I decided it
was time to pick it up again and actually
read it.
Sex is divided into chapters that show
the development of romance in various
stages, beginning with "At First Sight" and
leading up to "The Main Event" (how tactful is that euphemism). Everything from
flirting, to undressing, and even "The
Afterglow" (another discreet heading) are
included. I went through, page by page,
looking at the various photographs and
paintings and reading the short captions
that accompanied each one. As I read on,
I found myself stopping at certain pages
and really admiring some of the work. It
seemed the shock and novelty had worn
off and I was actually able to look at the
book for what it was: an excellent artistic
and cultural documentation of romance
and passion.
Sex has works from virtually every possible genre. There are paintings of the
Kama Sutra, ancient Japanese woodblock
prints, movie stills... hell, even Batman is
in on some of the action. Sure, some of
the pieces are worthy of an NC-17 rating,
but quite frankly, if you're mature enough
to understand and appreciate the book
from the beginning, those particular
pieces are neither inappropriate nor out of
place. Some of the more intriguing works,
however, involve flirtation and kissing,
where one can appreciate the artist's ability to capture the feeling of the moment.
An excellent example is Brown's black and
white photograph "Couple Kissing on Wet
Piazzeta," where two lovers kissing turns a
public, desolate square into an intimate
and isolated moment.
As fascinating as the art is, sometimes
the  captions  are just  as  interesting.
Through these short descriptions, Williams
gives the reader some insight into a certain piece's significance. Other times, conversely, it can be just plain amusing. Take
his  caption   of Zichy's  sketch   "Happy
Memories" (under the chapter "The Main
Event") for instance: "This looks like an
extremely  demanding  posture. They are both enjoying it
enormously at the moment,
but, for the man at least,
severe back trouble may be
what he has to remember it
The idea of taking passion
and showing its development
through works of art from
around the world and different time periods translates
wonderfully in this book.
Williams finds the aspects of
romance that we can all
relate to and takes us on an
artistic tour. Then again,
maybe he's just exploiting
some mass voyeuristic
fetish. ♦ iiaysifebruary 11, 2000 • page friday—the ubyssey magazine •
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by Daliah Merzaban
CiTR management is less than satisfied with the compromise that the
campus radio station and the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) have reached
over funding.
Last week, AMS and CiTR officials
negotiated the terms of a new contract—including the amount of money
CiTR is entitled to receive from the
student services fund created after
students voted for a $9 AMS fee
increase in a referendum last
From the new fee, the AMS
recently proposed giving CiTR $4
from every full-time student, and a
pro-rated amount of $2 from every
part-time student. The rest of the
money would fund other student services. CiTR officials had believed,
however, they would receive $4 from
every student, regardless of the number of courses the student was taking.
But in exchange for CiTR's accepting their proposal, the AMS decided
last week to forgive $45,000 of
CiTR's debt over the next five years.
CiTR had taken out a $70,000 loan
from the AMS in March 1999, and
will now have to repay only $25,000.
CiTR station manager Linda
Scholten, however, thinks the station
should receive more funding.
She said CiTR would rather
receive $4 from every student.
Because there are roughly 8500 part-
time students at UBC, CiTR would
stand to earn $90,000 over the
same five-year period under their fee
"I think they're still getting off
easy, I think we still should be getting
$4 per student, but they weren't
going to budge," said Scholten.
According to Scholten, current
funding will not allow CiTR to start
new projects and expand its services.
She said that the station wants to be
able to upgrade equipment and to
pay volunteers honoraria, which it
can't do without a reserve fund.
But at Wednesday's AMS Council
meeting,  President  Ryan  Marshall
said that he and Director of Finance
Karen Sonik negotiated a generous
deal with CiTR. After a closed discussion, Council voted unanimously to
approve a Letter of Agreement and
Understanding outlining the details of
the agreement.
Sonik said yesterday that the
AMS will review any future funding
requests from CiTR, and is considering giving CiTR an extra $20,000
this year to help pay for equipment
and repairs.
"The money that [CiTR is] getting
from the students directly from the
student services levy is not limiting
to them," said Sonik.
Scholten, however, doubts that
the AMS understands the benefits
of having a good campus radio station, which gives minority groups a
"Majority [opinion] unfortunately
is always the one that controls
everything. Campus community
radio gives those minority groups an
opportunity to be able to communicate," she said.*
Self-directed courses a go
by Emil Burdett
It's over a month into the term—are
you sick of your profs yet? If so,
you're out of luck: the four new
courses that have students at the
helm instead of profs are full and
The Student Directed Studies
project began when former Alma
Mater Society President Vivian
Hoffmann approached UBC Vice-
President Academic Barry McBride
with a proposal for student-directed
study modelled after the one at the
University of California at Berkeley.
Neil Guppy, associate vice president, academic programs, enthusiastically took up the idea, and now
four student-led courses are in full
swing at UBC.
Each course is made up of
around 15 students in their third or
fourth year, a student coordinator,
and one or two faculty advisors. The
student coordinator proposes the
course, finds one or more faculty
advisors, and plans an outline for
the course. Guppy says that this
involves students in their own education.
"They're not walking into an outline that is all laid out and put down
and here's what we're going to do.
They've got say in what we're going
to do," he said.
But deciding what to do isn't supposed to make it any easier, says
"This is an experiment, and if
these become known as.bird cours
es or real easy courses, I don't want
anything to do with them," he said.
"This isn't the way for students
to pad their academic record by picking up three easy credits."
This is exactly what Richard
Barton thought it would be. A senior
instructor in the department of biochemistry, Barton is one of the faculty advisors for the student-directed
course on integrative, complementary, and alternative medicine.
"I was very sceptical. I thought
this is going to be a lot of hokey-
pokey stuff and just easy credits for
the student to slip through," he said.
But after four weeks, he's
changed his mind.
"I'm really impressed how it's
working out. There are assignments
involved, students have to do
research in the literature themselves,
they have projects. It's really a concrete course. It's not just a mickey-
mouse, wishy-washy course."
Marks are given by the student
coordinators and the faculty advisors.
Because there are no exams, marks
are given for participation, presentations and projects. For a number of
the courses, peer evaluation counts
towards the final grade.
Ashley Riskin, a biochemistry student and the student coordinator for
the course integrative, complementary and alternative medicine, says
that this marking scheme makes the
class more relaxed.
"Most people are enjoying jt
because they don't have to sit there
taking notes," he said.
"They can enjoy the lecture more
when they're not worrying about taking a test at the end."
Nicki Magnolo, the student coordinator for the course on film in
post-colonial Asia agrees.
"People are not sitting there
waiting for someone to guide
them," said the Asian studies student.
"The students are showing that
they can motivate themselves and
tackle challenging academic work."
According to Riskin, because
each student-directed course is
developed from scratch, the hardest
part about coordinating a course is
planning what to do.
"Today was too much like a lecture," said Riskin after a guest
speaker addressed her class.
"But it's nice that we have different speakers."
Some faculty members, however,
are concerned that this is just another way to get them to do work for
which they do not get credit: there is
no system in place that easily recognises the contribution that faculty
members make in these courses.
But Guppy believes that for students, these courses make sense.
"As the labour market tightens,
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beginning to suffer...I think one of
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by Nicholas Bradley
Three weeks after voting ended, the Alma Mater Society. (AMS)
elections are officially over. Well, sort of.
AMS Elections Administrator Sukhwinder Sangha presented
the election results to the AMS Council Wednesday night, at
which point they became official and binding.
The results remain unchanged, with the five Students for
Students candidates—Maryann Adamec, Graham Senft, Erfan
Kazemi, Mike Warner, and Mark Fraser—elected by a clear
majority as the next AMS executive.
But the prima facie committee of the newly-convened
Student Court received a complaint Wednesday which challenges the entire election. The prima facie committee considers
whether complaints are valid and should be taken to Court.
On Monday, Jon Chandler, who ran and lost for the position
of vice-president external on the Action Now slate, filed a
request for a hearing before Student Court. He claimed that
UBC administration interfered in the elections, that certain candidates violated elections guidelines, that the elections committee made procedural errors, and that the appeals were mishandled.
The elections controversy centred on the role played by UBC
Housing and the student residences in the debate over the
Residential Tenancy Act, a key elections issue. Two Students
for Students candidates—Kazemi and Fraser—are also the co-
presidents of the Place Vanier Residence Association.
The incoming executive is scheduled to take office on
February 25. If the election is under review by the Student
Court during turnover, then the executive positions would be
deemed temporarily vacant, and temporary positions would be
appointed by the AMS council.
At Wednesday's AMS Council meeting, Sangha presented
his report on the elections.
Although the report does not specifically mention the campaigning that allegedly took place in residences, it implies that
stronger guidelines surrounding elections conduct need to be
The report recommends "coordination between other student governments, such as residence councils, etc, in regards
to elections.
"It would be advantageous for the AMS to facilitate [this]
through letters of understanding [or] other agreements...to see
that [the] elections committee may be able to uphold the AMS
electoral code and procedures," the report continues.
What is clear is that the residence vote was cast almost
unanimously in favour of the Students for Students candidates,
who received an average of 255 votes
each cast at polling
stations at Totem
Park, Place Vanier,
and Gage residences.
In comparison, the
Action Now candidates received an
average of 18 votes
from the residence
These figures,
however, do not
account for students
living in residence
who may have voted
at other polls.
The residence
polling stations, however, accounted for
only a relatively small
portion of the total
number of votes cast.
The leading two presidential candidates
received a total of
296 votes from the
residence polls, compared to 1184 votes at the SUB polls. The
SUB polling station accounted for nearly one-third of the total
votes cast for Adamec and Nathan Allen.
Many councillors, meanwhile, see little need to reconsider
the election, a fact Chandler seems aware of.
"I'm not entirely sure what point it'll make," he said.
"Ultimately it's up to council to accept the decision [of the
AMS President Ryan Marshall expressed frustration with the
entire appeals process.
"It's gone through a process already...this is just one more
attempt to take it to a supreme level," said Marshall.
"I think this is just one more kick atthe cat [sic]," he added.
Current Vice-President and President-elect Adamec agreed.
"We're here to serve students and I don't think we're doing
a very good job if we get caught up in political bickering," she
"We're not dealing with ten or 15-vote margins, here, folks,"
added Vice-President External-elect Graham Senft.«>
THE NEW PREZ: Adamec insists that the
AMS election results are valid. Other
candidates aren't so sure, and have
requested a hearing at Student Court.
by Daliah Merzaban
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UBC's proposed tuition policy, which could see future
students pay differential tuition fees, has come under
sharp criticism from the Alma Mater Society (AMS).
AMS councillors expressed concerns Wednesday
night about the merits of the proposal and what some
critics call an inadequate consultation process. The
plan has recently been presented to the public tor
The most contentious element is the part of the
proposal that would set tuition levels for each program according to the cost of the program per student. Currently, all courses at UBC have the same
base tuition fee.
AMS Vice-President Maryann Adamec, who sits on
UBC's tuition policy consultation committee, said that
the policy has received mixed reviews from faculties.
She said that some faculties, such as Arts, will benefit from being able to keep tuition funds within the
faculty, and, possibly, increase the number of scholarships available to students.
But other faculties, such as Engneerlng, are worried that the entrance requirements will drop with the
rise of tuition fees, said Adamec.
Mark Beese, a student representative to the UBC
Board of Governors [BOG}, argues that differential
fees wSi force some students to choose a major
based on price, rather than interest.
"This is opening a big can of worms, and In the
long run will determine the number of students choosing Arts instead of Science," said Beese.
Adamec is soliciting criticism from councillors
before further debate at the February 23 AMS Council
Although a tuition policy committee, including two
student representatives, has been discussing the policy for over a year, AMS President Ryan Marshall
believes that UBC is rushing approval of the policy,
and must be more receptive to student criticism.
"I would not like to see the policy go through the
next board meeting," said Marshall.
Neither Neil Guppy nor Donald Wehrung, the UBC
officials who head the tuition policy committee, could
be reached by press time to comment.
The tuition proposal will be debated at the March
8 BOG meeting.*
Acadia lawsuit not worrying Housing, residences
by Cynthia Lee
The Place Vanier Residence Association
(PVRA) is downplaying last week's BC
Supreme Court decision that ruled in favour
of a UBC student resident in a conflict with
UBC Housing.
UBC's Student Legal Fund Society (SLFS)
had hoped that the case would clarify whether
student residences would be included under the
Residential Tenancy Act (RTA), the provincial legislation that governs the relationship between
landlords and tenants. University residences
are not currently included under the RTA.
But current PVRA co-President Erfan
Kazemi said he does not think the court decision will have any implications on the junior
residences—Place Vanier and Totem Park—
under the RTA.
In a verbal decision last Friday, Supreme
Court Justice Allan Stewart rejected UBC's
appeal of a decision made last September by
a provincial arbitrator. The arbitrator ruled in
favour of Acadia resident Farag Omar.
Although UBC Housing and Conferences
caps the number of years a student can live
in Acadia at four, Omar refused to leave after
his fourth year, citing his rights under the
Kazemi believes that this is an isolated
incident that does not apply to other campus
"I think in Acadia it's a different situation
because it's mainly family housing rather
than junior residences. I think it's two completely different situations," Kazemi said,
who is also the incoming Alma Mater Society
Vice-President Academic and University
According to Lloyd Mackenzie, spokesperson for the BC Supreme Court, substantial
evidence would have had to be presented by
UBC in order for the Court to overturn the
arbitrator's earlier decision.
"The Supreme Court judge hearing the
appeal would have to see palpable and overriding error in the decision below. What happened in this instance is that was not found,"
he said.
The SLFS took up Omar's case after
UBC's appeal was filed. SLFS President Tara
Ivanochko said the court decision does not
clarify whether this case will set a precedent
for other UBC residences.
"In that case, Farag won in the sense that
he's not getting kicked out of Housing, but we
don't have anything that says yes or no to the
RTA issue," she said.
UBC Housing officials were aware of the
court ruling, but are unwilling to comment
until they review the court documents.
"It's a bit premature for us to judge right
now," said Assistant Director of Housing
Mark Crosbie.
In January, UBC Housing indicated its
opposition to including residences under the
RTA, asserting that the terms of the act are
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Caring is not a dirty word. Neither is wiggle
Apathy. You've heard it before. By god, you'll hear it again.
The word itself has become so inextricably linked with this
university that it's practically part of the UBC motto. We've
not put our voices together over and over into a kind of deafening non-chorus. We don't care. UBC, as a whole, is a community that has difficulty rallying around anything that doesn't involve scaling a 12-foot wall.
Well, once again UBC students have not spoken. Once
again, we have demonstrated our oh-so-trademark lack of interest in the face of a public issue that should concern every one
of us. And even after watching issue after issue sink into the
swamp of UBC student apathy, this one leaves we at the
Ubyssey shaking our heads, averting our eyes, and scratching
our bellies discontentedly. Why does it have to be this way?
We're talking, in case you hadn't guessed, about
Valentine's Day.
Why don't we, UBC students, care more about Valentine's
The gloomy Guses that complain about the annual celebration of love have dominated the debate—maybe a little
too much. Their stale, heartless arguments that the holiday
is nothing more than a degrading and vacuous festival of consumer frenzy, a relationship-destroying blend of expectations
fueled by the greeting card industry and florists everywhere,
a shallow orgy of manipulated, empty emotion—all these
arguments have fallen flat over the years in the wake of the
true, heartfelt love that Valentine's Day inspires.
So why does UBC do nothing about it? Why are UBC students not shouting from the rooftops and marching in the
streets to change things?
Sure, the residences have their Valentine's Day dances,
where first- and second-year students mingle and dance and
such things, but do they truly celebrate the spirit of
Valentine's Day? No! They do not feature the purchase of
overly fanciful chocolates or the same dozen roses that
everyone else is buying their girl or boyfriends. No, the
dances are a dark, sweaty, odour-filled haze of hormones and
alcohol. They may be a lot like residence sex, and they may
in fact be filled with such residence sex, but they are nothing
like the spirit of Valentine's Day.
The spirit of Valentine's Day is worthy of celebration, so
why has UBC and the Alma Mater Society (AMS) refused to
make this one count? After all, Valentine was a Roman saint
of some kind or another, and his example of loving all creatures regardless of either natural, provincial, or even municipal law is one that we should not only applaud, but should
also follow. So go ahead. Love everything that wiggles.
Trout, AMS executives, squirrels, Commerce students. Love
'em all.
Sure, it falls during reading week. And sure, Valentine's
Day is everywhere you look—except at this particular institution of higher learning! What are we here to do if not to rally
as a community around ideals which are truly worthy of such
rallying? Yet we do no rallying of any kind! Apathy, we cry!
Instead of giving power to the people to buy chocolates
and absurd lingerie that no woman would ask for, let alone
wear without massive brain reduction, we sit! We sit, overly
complacent, in front of the televisions, without giving a
greased Jesus whether the world works or not. Well, it's time
to stand up and be counted, UBC students. It's time to rally.
Around Valentine's Day.
But will we? Will UBC students leap to defend our core values? Probably not. We do not care enough to leap.
It is too bad.
We, as students, have the opportunity to make our voices heard! We, as students, should let those who have
gagged this fine celebration know what we think.
So stand up, UBC students! March on the administration!
March on the AMS. Occupy the Gallery until they serve red
beer! We can overcome. We will make this holiday great once
again. We, as UBC students, will make a difference, this
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Athletics starts scholarship fund
by Naomi Kim
A breakfast of and for champions will be the
start of a ten-year, $6.3 million plan to
increase athletic scholarships and recruit high-
calibre student athletes to UBC.
The Thunderbird Millennium Scholarship
Endowment Fund will be headed by Martin
Zlotnik, Thunderbird Council Chair and UBC
alumnus, who has contributed to raising
money for UBC sports—mainly golf—since
"We felt the time was now to start really
getting the sector and the alumni and the community involved in supporting the athletic program," said Zlotnik.
"I wouldn't do it if I didn't think I could do it."
Although many UBC teams—including golf,
hockey, and basketball—raised money in the
past, Zlotnik is coonsolidating the efforts of
the entire athletics department to expand athletic scholarships.
The campaign will start with a $200 per
plate breakfast on March 13 at the Vancouver
Trade and Convention Centre, which is aimed
at raising $512,000 for UBC's 26 varsity
teams—16 Canadian Interuniversity Athletic
Union (CIAU), five National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), two National
Collegiate Ski Association (NCSA), and three
other teams. UBC plans on matching the net
proceeds of this event.
"It's well overdue," said UBC Coordinator
of Interuniversity Athletics Kim Gordon. "The
only way [athletics] is going to survive is if we
have good relationships between the alumni
and the community and this is a good start."
In the past year, UBC has distributed 106
athletic scholarships and awards ranging in
value from $500 to $3000. UBC has a roughly $3.2 million endowment fund for these
UBC's intention to increase scholarships is
limited, however, by CIAU restrictions on scholarship allocations.
CIAU rules and regulations stipulate that
athletes may only receive up to $3000 from a
university athletic award and alumni, private or
corporate awards. There are also several eligibility requirements.
NAIA allows scholarships and awards to be
equivalent to educational and living costs—
between $8000 to $10,000. Provincial government awards are also available, but BC's
athletic  assistance  has  been  reduced  by
approximately 68 per cent over
the past seven years.
Eleven schools in the ClAU's
Western conference have unsuccessfully tried to change the
CIAU restrictions on athletic
scholarships. UBC is exploring
other options, including the
United States-based National
Collegiate Athletics Association
(NCAA). The NCAA awards 174
US$5000 academic-athletic
scholarships to student athletes
in their last year of competition.
Although joining the NCAA
would be a laborious process,
UBC Athletic Director Bob Philips
believes that UBC fits the model
for a NCAA school.
Although Steve Mallonee,
NCAA media director, said he
could not comment on UBC's situation, he did say it would be difficult for Canadian schools to be
awarded membership because
NCAA rules restrict membership
to schools in the US. Changing
the bylaws would involve going through all
three divisions which, he said, would "take a
"The rules would have to change first,"
said Mallonee, who added that legislation
changes are proposed and made by a membership committee in January of each year.
But Philips said UBC's department of athletics is already negotiating with NCAA. He
hopes to get an NCAA Division I application
within two years.
Zlotnik said the first step is demonstrating
that UBC is financially able to fund both an athletics program and scholarships.
"Then we'll be comfortable in going and
talking with the NCAA about [application],"
said Zlotnik. "UBC will be able to join the
NCAA. The question is when."
NCAA Division I member institutions sponsor at least seven sports each for men and
women, but these specifications, as well as
potential facilities, will be a topic for future
And as for a potential increase in fans and
school spirit, top athletic teams at UBC may
also help to restore interest in university athletics elsewhere in Canada.
Talented athletes in Canada tend to gravi-
MOVIN' ON UP? The Thunderbirds, seen here against the Universify of Saskatchewan, may eventually be
joining the NCAA with the beginning of a new athletic scholarship initiative, richard lam/ubyssey file photo
tate towards the larger scholarships available
in the US. Increasing UBC athletic scholarships, in addition to quality education, may
help to keep Canadian athletes in the country
and draw some American athletes to Canada.
But not everyone
involved in UBC athletics is enthusiastic
about US competition.
"Personally, I like
the CIAU," said UBC's
linebacker Tyson St.
James. St. James
said he considered
playing for a US
school, but chose
UBC for its favourable
academic program.
"[With] the fact that the NCAA has less
restrictions on scholarships...! don't think
[going to the NCAA] would be a bad thing
but...I like playing in Canada."
Several UBC teams already incorporate
American competition into their regular schedules. The men's volleyball team, for instance,
has fared well against the US teams.
UBC's volleyball co-captain Jeff Orchard
believes the volleyball teams would be able to
manage US competition. However, both St.
James and Orchard agree that sports such as
football will face much tougher competition,
especially in Division I.
Orchard also
noted that if a BC
team left the CIAU,
Canada would not be
able to have truly
national champions.
From a coaching
standpoint, UBC
men's basketball
head coach Bruce
Enns asserts that the
scholarships will be
"absolutely crucial."
He has coached in the CIAU since 1973 and
understands the struggles that student athletes go through, since they aren't able to get
part-time jobs like other students.
"This move by Mr. Zlotnik to help raise
scholarship money is a little step in the right
direction," said Enns.
But as for UBC making it into the NCAA,
Enns is not worrying too much about it.
"I'll believe it when I see it," he said.<»
"We felt the time was now to
start really getting the sector
and the alumni and the community involved in supporting
the athletic program."
-Martin Zlotnik
Thunderbird Council Chair
by Dena vanDalfsen
 The Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)—There is no
absolute answer, but a recent study
suggests that sex before a sporting
event could benefit, rather than hinder, an athlete's performance.
Emmanuelc Jannini of the
University of L'Aquila in Italy told the
International Journal of Andrology
that an increase in the rise of sexual activity is accompanied by an
increase in the male hormone
testosterone, which leads to
increased aggression in men. The
higher level of aggression could be
advantageous in competition tho
next day.
The study, which contradicts the
widely-held belief that men should
abstain from sex before sporting
events to conserve ener©-, only
addresses male athletes playing
sports in which aggressiveness is
an asset.
Other medical professionals do
not necessanly believe in the rule of
"Before you believe that love-
making before an athletic competition will sap your energy, realise that
the Buffalo Bills were separated
from their wives before four Super
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sports medicine doctor who works
for the National Post. "And you
know their record: [zero and four]."
There are some notable athletes
who ignore the rule to abstain. After
winning a gold medal at the 1992
Albertville Olympics. Canadian
downhill skier Kcrrin Lcc-Gartner
was quoted saying, "[Max and I]
made good vibrations for the race."
Another story goes back to tlie
1968 Olympics in Mexico City. US
high jumper Bob Beamon engaged
In sex the night before a major competition for the first time and then
feared he had  already lost his
Half Pricc
chances for Olympic gold. But the
22 year-old jumped 29 feet, 2.5
inches, beating the world record by
nearly two feet.
If anyone, the late basketball star
Wilt Chamberlain—and his claim to
have been with 20.000 women—
shows that sex can accompany an
athlete to tho top of his or her game.
However, some are quick to dismiss the new findings.
"What a bunch of crap," Ron
Wilson, coach of the NHL's
Washington Capitals, was quoted
saying in the National Post. "What
about guys who [masturbate]? That
doesn't count?"
It is believed that celibacy allows
an athlete to focus energy and
make it available for the game.
Boxing heavyweight champion
Muhammad Ali was celibate up to
six weeks before a fight. The 1998
Biazilian World Cup soccer team did
not allow visits from wives and girlfriends.
Dr. Elizabeth Abbott, author of A
History of Celibacy, traced anecdotal evidence of athletes abstaining
back to the Greek Olympics.
"If you're not discharging energy
in sex you are somehow hoarding it
in your body and releasing it into
said Abbott. ♦
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Lawsuit pending over GAP protest
by Miriam Torchinsky
Free speech is at the centre of the legal action
three UBC anti-abortion activists are taking
against the Alma Mater Society and three other
students over the Genocide Awareness Project
(GAP) affair.
In November, a GAP display was set up on
campus by a group known as Students for Life.
The controversial display, sponsored by the
California-based Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform
(CBR), featured graphic posters comparing abortion to acts of genocide such as the Holocaust
and Ku Klux Klan lynchings.
The display was torn down by three students—all members of either AMS council or
AMS commissions—and this response forms the
basis for the legal action against the AMS.
Students for Life founder Stephanie Gray and
two other students—Athena Macapagal and
Michelle LaRoya—and all members of Lifeline,
an AMS club, are preparing a lawsuit against the
AMS over what she calls "a great injustice."
"Free expression is at stake here, and it has
been suppressed. We have been treated unfairly,
and we have to stand up for our rights now," said
"The AMS has treated the Lifeline club unfairly and unjustly...telling us how we can and cannot express ourselves, and that is taking away
our right to speak in a way that we feel is appropriate," she continued.
At the November 24 Council meeting, Gray
called for disciplinary measures to be taken
against Erin Kaiser, Jon Chandler, and Lesley
Washington. A motion to refer the incident to
Student Court was defeated.
The three Lifeline members have retained
Vancouver lawyer Craig Jones as their legal coun
sel. Jones, who is also president
of the BC Civil Liberties
Association (BCCLA), refused to
comment on the case until the
lawsuit has actually been filed. A
formal declaration is expected
some time next week.
The BCCLA also refused to
To fund the lawsuit, the three
students have instituted a legal
defence fund, and have been promoting their cause. They believe
that there are people across
Canada who are concerned about
the issue of free speech and will be
willing to support the legal action.
Chandler, however, is not worried.
"That's a nothing issue...the
anti-choice people are just grasping at straws at this point," he
Joyce Arthur of the Pro-Choice
Action Network, said that she considered Students for Life "irresponsible for putting up the display, knowing that many people on
campus considered the posters to
be hate propaganda. Students for
Life showed the same degree of
irresponsibility in putting up the
display as if they had yelled 'Fire!'
in a crowded theatre."
According to AMS President
Ryan Marshall, Council will hold an
in camera session to discuss the
pending lawsuit.
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Chandler, Kaiser, and Washington also face
a university student disciplinary hearing, set for
UBC couple finds way to slow Alzheimer's
by Nicola Jones
Alzheimer's disease may soon be treated with an
anti-inflammatory drug typically used on leprosy
patients, says a husband-and-wife research team
at UBC. The drug, dapsone, has been shown to
slow the onset of Alzheimer's symptoms in some
Doctors Edith and Patrick McGeer, professors emeritus and pioneers in neurological
research, have been working on their theory for
over ten years. They have been conducting their
research in a lab with over 670 autopsied
brains. Now, pending approval from United
States and Canadian authorities, the UBC spinoff company Immune Network Research will
launch a one-year, multi-centre study into the
drug's effectiveness.
"It could have practical applications right now
if we could raise the money for a clinical trial,"
Edith says about the drug. That's the reason why
the couple sub-licensed their use-patent to
Immune Network Research, which should be able
to provide the necessary funding money.
Project manager Matthew Sadler says that the
trial, which will begin within six to nine months,
will be significantly cheaper than other drug trials
because the drug has already proven to be safe.
dapsone, sold in Canada as Avlosulfon, is an antiinflammatory and antibiotic that has been used
for decades on millions of leprosy patients.
While no one really knows what causes
Alzheimer's, the McGeers think that the symptoms are the result of the brain's immune system
attacking itself. The disease gradually degrades a
person's ability to reason, remember, imagine,
and learn. The presence of certain structures,
called 'tangles and plaques,' in the brains of
Alzheimer's patients are what kick the immune
system into action. But it often overreacts, killing
off healthy brain cells and destroying the mind.
"What the brain is doing is mistaking friend for
foe," says Pat.
The brain was previously thought to be separate from the body's immune system, and was
assumed not to have its own defenses. Edith
McGeer used to teach that to her own students.
But now the researchers are finding that the
brain, the heart, even joints and arteries, may
have their own "ancient and primitive"
defences—which can be "ferociously active"
according to Edith.
The damage done by Alzheimer's is irreversible. But the use of anti-inflammatories like
dapsone, or even ibuprofen, can reduce the rate
at which the symptoms progress. The supporting
evidence includes a Japanese study from 1992
on the prevalence of dementia in 3000 leprosy
patients. The occurrence of Alzheimer's was nearly 40 per cent lower in the group treated with dapsone; when patients were taken off the drug the
incidence shot up.
"All [other] treatments for Alzheimer's up to
this time are useless," says Pat, who hopes that
dapsone will finally make a difference for the 14
million worldwide suffering from the disease.
Alzheimer's affects about three per cent of
people between the ages of 65 and 75, 19 per
cent of those 75 to 85, and 47 per cent of those
85 and older. The disease runs in families, and is
more prevalent in women.
The McGeers have enough confidence in the
treatment to start taking dapsone themselves if
Alzheimer's symptoms start to appear—or even
before. While anti-inflammatories can have problematic side-effects, usually involving gastrointestinal bleeding and stomach pains, the
McGeers think it's worth the risk.
"I'll take brains ahead of guts," says Pat.
But the McGeers, already in their 70s, won't
be giving up on their research anytime soon.
Asked how long he'd keep up his seven-day work
week (minus the occasional day for skiing), Pat
replied "until I'm carried out feet first."♦


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