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Vol.LXXXVIII   N°4
www.ubyssey.bc.ca
Friday, 15 September, 2006
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Friday, 15 September, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
UBC researchers study tree planters5 exposure
by Carolynne Burkholder
NEWS EDITOR
A new study by a team of UBC
researchers is investigating tree
planters' exposure to chemicals.
Principal Investigator Hugh
Davies said there is a rising level of
concern about tree planters being
exposed to pesticides and fertilizers
and the effects of this exposure.
"Generally there is a feeling
that the time is right for a study to
be done about this," he said,
adding that many tree planters
and contractors were concerned
over a recent WorkSafeBC claim
by a tree planter whose health was
affected by chemical exposure.
Davies, a UBC professor in the
School of Occupational and
Environmental Hygiene, said the
Tree Planter Health Study has two
main goals.
"One is to better understand
the work environment and to do
that we have to find out the chemical exposure risk," he said.
The data on chemical exposure
was collected this past summer
and will be finished next spring.
A personal air sampler was
used to gauge exposure to airborne chemicals, a hand swab
was used to test for dermal exposure, and a blood sample was
used for heavy metals.
The 200 participants were
also interviewed about their
health, work history, exposure to
chemicals, and whether they felt
at risk.
The second goal of the study
is to "more systematically understand the dermal and respiratory
health of tree planters," said
Davies. The study uses a control
group to compare results.
FERTILIZERS AND PESTICIDES: A new study looks at the effect of chemicals, oker chen photo
Craig Outhet, a tree planter
for Zanzibar Holdings Ltd., volunteered to participate in the
study last April.
"Most people were quite excited and wanted to be part of the
study so then they could...find
out if there was anything wrong,"
he said.
Prior to the study, Outhet said
he wasn't concerned about the
effect tree planting would have on
his health. "I never had any symptoms that were affecting me. I
didn't have any laboured breathing, I didn't break out in any rashes," he said. "But everyone does
want to know for sure because
there are so many [chemicals]
that we're exposed to each and
every day, ten hours a day, for
four months of the year."
Outhet said if the results of
the   study  are   "alarming,"   he
won't tree plant next year. "But if
the results are positive, it wouldn't make me go back any faster,"
he added.
The Tree Planter Health Study
is a joint project between UBC's
School of Occupational and
Environmental Hygiene and the
Forest Engineering Research
Institute of Canada. Results of
this study are projected to come
out in summer 2007. @
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Global Day for Darfur
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
September 17,2pm
Voices and music to stop the
Darfur genocide. Speakers
include politicians,academics,
human rights advocates and
Senator Mobina Jaffer.
Destination Funny Shorts
Competition
The Norm Theatre in the SUB
September 18,7pm
Presented by the Vancouver
Comedy Festival and
Destination Funny
Entertainment. Nominated short
films will be screened and
judged, the event will also
include a live performance by a
surprise comic guest. Reserve
your tickets by emailing come-
dyfest@shaw.ca.
Baroquefest
Chan Centre
6265 Crescent Road
September 22,8pm
The Vancouver Chamber
Choir and CBC Radio
Orchestra open a new concert season with a mini-festival celebrating the Baroque
masters Bach and Handel.
Tickets are available through
TicketMaster and range from
$10-$39.
Great Grape Wine Tasting
181 Roundhouse Mews
September 22, 7-10pm
Benefiting the Canadian
Diabetes Association, this
year's event will be a funky
combination of wine tasting,
art shows and a silent auction. Sweets are included.
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Friday, 15 September, 2006
Vol.LXXXVIII  N°4
Editorial Board
coordinating editor Erie Szeto
coordina ting@ubyssey.be. ca
news editors   Colleen Tang &d
Carolynne Burkholder
news@ubyssey.be. ca
culture editor Jesse Ferreras
culture@ubyssey.be. ca
sports editor Boris Korby
sports@ubyssey.be. ca
FEATURES/NATIONAL EDITOR
Momoko Price
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photo editor Vacant
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One day, Eugene Lin and Howard Yan were walking around the Apple
store in Brazil when they ran into The Beautiful Kath Stewart. Both
fell in love, but they were also dating Becky Stewart, Will Goldblum,
Erica Barrett and Kate Webb. While they were flirting with Kath in the
Apple store, Levi Barnettjvan Wu Kellan Higgins and Candice
Vallantin caught sight of them from across the computer store.They
immediately called Oker Chen, Drew Gilmour and Michelle Mayne to
report this atrocity. When they called theirfriendsjesse Marchand,
Ivan Zhao,Mai Bui and Eric Szeto,to report the incident, they did not
answer their phonesJhey were with Colleen Tangjosh Anderson and
Carolynne Burkholder in Kentucky.They visited Jesse Ferreras, Kian
Miutz Woo and Boris Korby,their American friends. When they went
to the Kentucky Derby,they met folks like Momoko Price and
Champagne Choquer. At half time, Mary Leighton gave a brilliant
speech that made the Kentuckian, Andrew McRae fall deeply in love
with her. Andrew's girl friend, Isabel Ferreras slapped him on the
head.Alisha Delgado-Perton,whowason the phone with herfriend,
Brent Mattson in Brazil,turned around and said "eh?"
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Press Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 15 September, 2006
News and National
Gunman, woman dead after school shooting
19 others wounded in incident at Dawson College
by Jeremy Delman
CUP QUEBEC BUREAU CHIEF
MONTREAL (CUP)-A lone gunman entered
a downtown Montreal college and opened
fire on crowds of students September 13,
killing one woman and wounding 19 others.
The suspect, 25-year-old Kimveer Gill of
Laval, north of Montreal, was shot inside the
school. There have been conflicting reports
of how Gill died, but police said that he had
been shot by an officer. Some witnesses
reported that he shot himself.
The woman who died is reported to have
been Anastasia DeSousa, 18, of Montreal,
but police have not confirmed this.
Dawson College students and media
reported throughout the day that there were
as many as four gunmen involved in the
rampage, which caused Montreal police to
close down the metro line and shopping centre connected to the college in order to perform a sweep.
Police, who arrived shortly after the suspect began firing in the cafeteria just after
noon, evacuated the school floor by floor,
sending thousands of students running into
the streets.
But three hours after the shooting began,
students on the upper floors and in the basement were still locked in their classrooms,
reportedly because police were not
sure whether more gunmen were roaming
the halls.
"There was blood everywhere around the
cafeteria and gunshot holes through the
main doors," said Roxanne Michaud through
tears and gasps, as she ducked under the
police cordon. "I just want to go home."
Fehr Marouf, a Dawson College student,
was leaving for lunch at 12:42 with a friend
when he saw a man in a trench coat and
black boots approach the school with a
large firearm.
"We ran back into Dawson and through
the atrium telling people to leave. We got out
from the other side," he said. Other eyewitness accounts corroborate his description of
the gunman, though it is still not clear
whether the suspect was a current student.
With SWAT teams preparing to enter the
building and helicopters hovering overhead,
hundreds of police officers manned a five-
square-block perimeter of the scene, helping
students leave and searching for any suspects who might have escaped.
After being directed away from the school,
students and faculty sought refuge at nearby
Concordia University, where a group debriefing and counseling sessions were held.
Outside Concordia and along the side
streets of downtown, students clutched each
other in disbelief.
"It's just so surreal," said Dawson student
Samantha Tauby. "This sort of thing isn't
supposed to happen here."
For   many,   including   Ray   Bourgeois,
Dawson's dean of science, the shooting
brought back memories of the 1989 massacre
at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique, where a
lone gunman shot and killed 14 women.
"There's going to be a long healing
process," Bourgeois said, acknowledging
that the college is closed indefinitely.
—With files from Jesse Rosenfeld and
Mike Dineen. @
ORGANIC: UBC Food Services outlets are 100 per cent fair trade,  kellan higgins photo
UBC fiilly fair trade
by Colleen Tang
NEWS EDITOR
The last drops of Seattle's Best have been finished and UBC Food Services will now serve fair
trade coffee without any additional cost
"A few years ago...we started engaging UBC
trying to get them to switch to 100 per cent [fair
trade] coffee and then following that up with
policy," said Michael Zelmer, co-chair of the
Vancouver Fair Trade Coffee Network. Zelmer
was successful in convincing the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) to serve fair trade coffee two
years ago. "We ended up getting the SUB to go
100 per cent fair trade and the AMS government followed it up with a purchasing policy."
Food Services previously had a partnership
with Seattle's Best Coffee that prevented them
from going completely fair trade—Seattle's Best
Coffee only had one fair trade option and it was
only offered at a few locations.
Soon after, communications broke down
between the Vancouver Fair Trade Coffee
Network and Food Services. But many people
were optimistic that Food Services would eventually switch to fair trade coffee.
"I saw Food Services taking all these small
steps. I didn't know where they were going. I
was just hoping that gradually [Food Services]
would make a change," said Brenda Sawada,
manager of social, ecological, economic, development studies (SEEDS) program.
Zelmer, too, was pleased when he heard
that Food Services decided to go 100 per
cent fair trade.
"I think it's great," he said, adding that the
company they are partnered with, Pura Vida, is
a well-respected company that goes beyond
merely selling fair trade coffee.
According to Andrew Parr, director of Food
Services, their partnership with Pura Vida happened by chance.
"I was actually attending a conference where
Pura Vida had set up a booth and I began talking to them," he said.
The fair trade coffee program is now fully
operational, said Parr. "It's fully launched at
all units across campus including residences
and Sage [Bistro] and through our catering
division. The only place where that coffee
isn't served is at branded facilities and...Cafe
Perugia at Life Sciences Centre.
"We were able to hold our coffee prices to
the consumer the same as well, which is positive," said Parr, adding that since coffee is a
commodity item, prices do fluctuate.
He went on to say that Food Services is especially proud of this initiative.
"It meets so many sustainable targets and
really moves toward the more global society so
we're really proud to be a part of that," said
Parr, adding that Pura Vida donates some of its
proceeds to programs for children and families
in coffee growing countries.
Parr futher added that Food Services is
the first company in Canada that the US-
based company has partnered up with. "We
are pleased to bring this service and this
company north of the border for the first
time and to expand their opportunity in
Canada to expand throughout the country,"
he said. @
UBC students become
Sustainable Leaders
Canada's first sustainability tri-mentorship
program enters its third year
by Carolynne Burkholder
NEWS EDITOR
UBC's Sustainable Leaders is the first program
in Canada to connect students with professional mentors working in the sustainability field.
"The goal of the program is to bridge the
gap between academia and the career world,"
said Laura Madera, design and communications coordinator for the UBC Sustainability
Office. "It helps create a network for students in
their chosen career paths before they graduate."
In the mentorship program, two UBC students, one in first or second year and the
other in third or fourth year, are partnered
with an industry professional to create a
mentorship triad.
The mentors come from "a variety of backgrounds from international relations to community development to green buildings to new
sustainable technology," said Madera. As well
as three mandatory networking sessions, the
triads meet two or more times over the year.
"In some of the super successful triads
there is job shadowing—mentees will have
the opportunity to sit in on meetings that the
mentor does or other career development
workshops," said Madera. "We leave that
option open."
Rhiannon Johnson, senior sustainability
coordinator for BC Hydro, has been involved in
Sustainable Leaders since the program started
three years ago. As well as being a mentor, she
also helps to coordinate the program.
"Sustainability is such a complex topic that
spans so many disciplines and that spotlights
so many existing societal tensions and
debates," said Johnson. "Because of this complexity, it demands continuous learning and
continuous linking with others."
Sustainable Leaders helps to facilitate
learning and developing connections, according to Johnson.
"When I was beginning to learn about sustainability, I appreciated talking with people
from differentbackgrounds that came from different perspectives," Johnson said. "Through
[the Sustainable Leaders program], I continue
to learn through meeting and working with
some wonderful people, some of whom are at
the stage of still trying to understand what sustainability is and what it means to them, some
of whom are trying to narrow down the topics
that they are most interested in exploring
potentially as careers, some of whom know
what direction they are going in and appreciate
advice and guidance towards achieving some
of their goals, and some of whom are in a
rewarding career."
Johnson said it's exciting to see her former
students and the other participants in the program find careers in sustainability.
One of Johnson's former mentees is Lucia
Egbert, who graduated from UBC with a degree
in international relations last May.
"I've always been interested in a career in
sustainability," said Egbert. "[Sustainable
Leaders] was really helpful in developing my
resume and helping me network."
"Sustainability is such
a complex topic that
spans so many disciplines and that spotlights so many societal tensions and
DEBATES."
-Rhiannon Johnson
Sustainability Mentor
Egbert is now a research assistant at the
Institute of Health Promotion Research at UBC.
"It's related to sustainability because we
take  an  ecosystems  approach to  health,"
she explained.
Although Madera emphasises that
Sustainable Leaders is not a job finding program, she noted that "people have found
jobs out of this, not necessarily with their
mentors, but through the networking aspect
of the program."
The deadline to apply to Sustainable
Leaders is October 6, and all students interested in sustainability can apply. @ News
Friday, 15 September, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
You think you're better than sports. I know you do. In order to prove you are wrong, I
have submitted a poem to show you my superior knowledge of sports.
If you concede you must write for sports.
Oh football, so round, so leathery,
So aerodynamically sound,
Like the space shuttle Challenger: if it hadn't
exploded. I ate too much curry, I feel extremely
bloated, Aha! I found my pepto, turns, my antacids,Damn you, spicy meatball, you so spicy.
Oh basketball, so round, so bouncy,
You go swish! Whenever I shoot good,
And Klang! Whenever I shoot no good,
Shoot, shoot, skeet.
Skate, skeet, pass.
Bounce, bounce, skate.
Shoot, score... skeet.
sports@ubyssey.bc. ca
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STOP, WHERE? Riders wait patiently, kellan higgins photo
uses, fully loaded
Students not likely to get a seat during morning rush
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by Colleen Tang
NEWS EDITOR
Students are being left behind at
bus stops because buses going to
UBC are filled to capacity early on
in their routes.
"I was out there [last Monday] at a
couple of stops and it was madness. It
was just so many packed buses," said
Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP
External Affairs, Ian Pattillo.
"What we're trying to do now is
make awareness to all levels of
government about how students
and other bus riders, who tend to
be less financially well off, are getting left behind by Translink services in the lower mainland," said
Pattillo. "Ridership is up...and it's
only going to increase. We need to
see the service increase."
"We're trying to get student feedback on the system," he said, adding
that they will bring this feedback to
Translink and the government. "I
don't really trust their accounting of
the whole thing. Every time a packed
bus passes by, the driver is supposed to phone it in so that they
record it, but I don't think the drivers are phoning in at every single
stop [at peak hours]."
The U-Pass program can be
seen as a victim of its own success,
said Pattillo.
"Students waiting out there for
45 minutes to get to school are
going to find other ways of getting
here and that's such a horrible
notion," said Pattillo. "The whole
purpose of the U-Pass is that we
would all come on the bus."
According to Pattillo, the AMS
has a plan to promote awareness
of this issue. The AMS may be
renting a yellow school bus and
driving students to school one
morning, "to shame Translink and
the government for failing to provide the service that they, more or
less, are required to provide."
Many students are frustrated
by the amount of time it takes to
get to campus.
"In the morning it takes a really
long time to get there," said land and
foods systems student, Amber Rudek.
"The 480 [Richmond Express
bus] should not stop in Vancouver.
It's usually really, really full," she
said, adding that there are no bus
lanes in Richmond for the 480,
which prolongs the bus ride.
But not all students have been
affected by fully-packed buses.
"[It] hasn't been a problem so far,"
said political science student Robert
Anton who lives close to campus.
According to Drew Snider,
media relations of transit operations, changes have been made to
the transit system.
"The large-scale September
service changes that we brought
in, 30 per cent of those changes
affected what we call the U-Pass
route—that's routes serving UBC
and serving SFU," he said.
Translink expects the congestion to spread out throughout the
month as students work out their
schedules, Snider added.
Snider suggested a way for students to avoid the busy morning
rush from 7:45 to 8:15am.
"If they can at all avoid going to
Broadway and Commercial [from
7:45 to 8:15] and gravitate going
on the 84...make use of more
routes along King Edward like
routes 25 and 41. Those are still
quite heavy but not quite as heavy
as the 49."
Frequency changes have been
made so that more buses are on the
road, said Snider. "Right now
we're...going by the actual loads,
number of people getting on."
Despite the crowded buses that
pass by, Snider said people are
patient. "I didn't hear a whole lot
of grumbling. It seems the people
were...courteous to [other] people," he said. "You will get there."
According to Eric Doherty, AMS
transportation coordinator, bus
over-crowding is a long-standing problem.
"The most visible crushes are
these places like Broadway station
where there's a huge crush of people. The longest delays for people
are spread out through the region,"
said Doherty.
"It's something that is a very high
priority for us to lobby for improved
service, not just for students but for
everybody because if the system
works for students it works for
everybody," he said.
The government should spend
more time focusing on long-term
issues, said Doherty.
"To me, highway expansion
right now is very short-term thinking...Anything that involves increasing the number of cars on the road is
really short-sighted."
Doherty added that people
should not be misled by the incoming new buses. "Most of the buses
they get, they take an old one off the
road so it will modernise the fleet
but it won't increase the size of the
fleet," he said. "We need to get more
buses and drivers on the road as
new buses arrive." @ THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 15 September, 2006
Sports
Athletics hopes to paint campus blue
by Boris Korby
SPORTS EDITOR
UBC is taking a cue from major
American universities in hopes of
increasing fan attendance and
enthusiasm at T-Birds athletic
events in the upcoming season.
Blue Crew—the Department of
Athletics and Recreation's new
promotional program —will
reward fans for attending T-Birds
sporting events at the War
Memorial Gym and Thunderbird
Stadium this season, allowing
them to collect points that can be
redeemed for rewards ranging
from free Coca-Cola and McDonalds
products to T-Birds apparel and the
chance to win a 60GB Video Ipod.
According to Theresa Hanson,
intercollegiate sport manager for
UBC Athletics, the Blue Crew program is an adaptation of the
University of Miami's (OH) 'Red
Alert' Program, which saw significant success in increasing varsity
athletic attendance on campus.
"The premise of it is to ignite
school spirit within our students,
and to get students to get [other]
students to come to our games,"
said Hanson.
The Blue Crew program is the
central element of a re-organised
promotional push UBC Athletics
is implementing to increase student awareness and school loyalty
for varsity athletics on campus,
said Scott Kobus, UBC Athletics
business development and promotions officer.
"This is the first year we've
tried to draw a common theme in
advertising," he said. "With our
forecast thunder [campaign],
we're really trying to grow a brand
image in the long term. Also along
with our partnership with AM730
and CiTR, this is just one element
of what we're trying to accomplish... [though Blue Crew] is our
main on-campus element."
UBC Athletics has also created
Thunder Promotions—a new student run promotional group—in
the hope of connecting with students more directly. The ten-student team, which will focus primarily on community outreach, in-
game entertainment and on-cam-
pus promotion, is expected to
bring an energy and creativity to
the Department of Athletics
that has been lacking in
recent years, added
Kobus.
The Athletics
Department has set
a  target  goal   of
signing up  500
students this
year to the
Blue Crew
program,  •J
which   will
not serve to generate   revenue
UBC Athletics.
"We're   not
making money off this program,  it's just more  about
building some excitement on
campus,"       said      Kobus.
"Hopefully we're  going to
have 500 students around
campus     wearing     UBC
Athletics    Blue    Crew   t-
shirts, so it's a great promotional tool in that sense
as well."
Kobus expects to have
T-Birds hockey incorporated into the program by
the beginning of next
year, and said eventually
the Department of Athletics and
Recreation would consider expanding it to include all varsity sports.
Additionally, the department
would ultimately like to see Blue
Crew run and operated entirely by stu
dents, and if indications thus far
prove accurate, such a scenario
might not be too far off.
"The reaction so far from talking to people about it is phenomenal. Anyone that's going to come to
a  couple  games,  they  can't go
wrong. For ten dollars they get a t-
shirt and  a  season's
pass,   if  you
A   just leave   it
/, f r7-j    ^^ right     there
it's a fantastic deal."
Students
will need to
purchase a
Blue Crew
ID tag to
participate
in
the
gram.
pro-
The
ten     dollar
tag acts as a
season's pass
to all UBC athletic      events
throughout the
school year, and
will be scanned at all basketball,
football, and volleyball games, in
addition to select soccer games.
The first opportunity to purchase
Blue Crew tags is this Saturday,
I as   the   T-birds   men's   and
I women's  soccer  teams  host
UVic     and     Manitoba     at
Thunderbird Stadium. @
JOIN THE BLUE
CREW, GET SWAG
Scott Kobus, UBC
Athletics business
development and promotions officer, plays
with his new toys.
OKER CHEN PHOTO
THUNDERBIRDS
Record: 1-0-0 (Third in Canada
West) #9 in CIS Top 10 Poll.
Last week: UBC is coming of a
bye week. The T-Birds beat Calgary
22-16 in their season opener two
weeks ago, scoring 17 points in the
fourth quarter to secure the come
from behind victory.
Who to watch: Third-year
reciever Darren Wilson had 144
yards recieving and one touchdown in UBC's week one victory
over Calgary, while running back
Chris Ciezki ran for 97 yards on
only ten carries. Quarterback
Blake Smelser threw for 202
yards including one touchdown,
and ran for another in the victory.
Coach's comment: "It's going
to be a close game. They're a
well coached football team,
very experienced on the offensive line, and they got one of
the toughest defences in the
country, so it's going to be a
huge test for our football team
early, which is great."
-T-Birds coach Ted Goveia
Alberta Golden Bears
X WANG PHOTO
T-Birds looking for revenge
The Thunderbirds are anxious to
get back on the playing field.
After having their bye-week last
weekend, the 1-0-0 T-Birds will
travel to Edmonton on Saturday,
looking to exact revenge on the
Golden Bears squad that squeaked
by them 26-23 in last season's
conference finale.
"We had a bye week so we're
tired of playing each other," said
UBC head coach Ted Goveia. "For
us to be playing anybody is great.
For us to be going into Alberta, it's
definitely something our guys are
looking forward to."
Both the T-Birds and Golden
Bears are coming off victories over
Calgary in their pervious games.
UBC used a 17-point fourth quarter
to secure a 22-16 victory over the
Dinos in week one, while Alberta
needed a last second field goal to
capture provincial bragging rights
last week, winning 17-15.
Weather and field conditions
could play a big factor over the
weekend, as renovations at
Alberta's Foote Field—including a
brand new turf—will be completed for the game. UBC will have to
break in the new field in its winter uniforms, as forecasts call for
7°C and rain in Edmonton
Saturday afternoon.
The game kicks off at noon,
and can be heard live onAM730.
Jim Mullen and Dan Elliot have
the call. @
—Boris Korby
Record: 1-1-0 (Fourth in
Canada West) #10 in CIS Top
10 Poll.
Last week: Alberta is coming
off a last second victory over
Calgary at McMahon Stadium.
The Bears orchestrated an 11-
play, 66 yard drive before
fourth-year kicker Scott
Stevenson's 22-yard field goal
with four seconds left gave
Alberta a 17-15 victory.
Who to watch: Runing back
Tendayi Jozzy leads the CIS in
rushing with 369 yards after
two games, including 187 yards
on 28 carries in last weeks victory over Calgary. Rookie quarterback Dalin tollestrup was 20-
3 1 for 284 yards, along with 54
yards rushing in the win.
Key Stat: Alberta hasn't lost at
home to UBC since 2001. Last
year, the Bears escaped with a
26-23 victory over the T-Birds
in the final conference game of
the season for both teams.
Drinking more
than pool water
by David Karp
THE MARTLET (UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA)
VICTORIA (CUP)-There are a surprising number of academic journals
that deal with sports from a variety of
disciplines: psychology, economics,
law, marketing, sociology, physiotherapy and sports medicine. Here's
a look at what some of the latest studies have found.
Drinking and diving
Sixty-five per cent of college divers
and swimmers are high-risk
drinkers, according to ajune study in
the Journal of Applied Sports
Psychology. Researchers studied 340
competitive college athletes in six
sports, finding swimmers and divers
are the heaviest drinkers.
Aquatic athletes down more than
seven drinks per week on average,
and have 4.72 "heavy drinking
episodes" each month. Runners are
the designated drivers in the world of
college athletics—they average 2.8
drinks per week.
The researchers suggested that
"more than athletes from other sport,
it is common for men's and women's
swim teams to socialise and 'party'
together"—leading to lots of drinking.
No rugby in the summer
Rugby players get injured more often
during the summer than during the
winter, according to a new study
released in the Clinical Journal of
Sport Medicine in July. But winter's
not particularly safe either—serious
injuries are just as likely to occur in
summer as in winter.
The study followed the Rugby
Football League over six seasons,
where there were 8.95 injuries per
game. Researchers suggested this
result could be because of the
weather, the condition of the playing field or changes to the way the
game is played.
Fantasy sports are manly
Two researchers at the University of
Wisconsin discovered that fantasy
sport leagues reinforce masculine values. Fantasy sport leagues are online
competitions where people pick
teams of professional athletes, gaining points when the athletes score
goals and hit home runs in real life.
The August study in the Journal
of Sport and Social Issues found that
masculine values are embedded in
fantasy leagues. "Fantasy sport
leagues act as an 'Old Boy's Club'
that allows men to communally
meet, bond and redefine what it is to
be masculine," said the report.
It argued women might be
deterred from joining fantasy sports
leagues because the typical male
competitor believes in his own superiority "and the vying for masculine
dominance...may be off-putting to
many women."
Hold your horseshoes
A new study found that superstitious
basketball players miss more foul
shots when they break their habit.
Researchers in England followed 22
recreational basketball players, with
habits ranging from wearing socks
inside-out to kissing tape on their finger before taking free throws.
The free-throw percentage of
superstitious players decreased by
15 per cent when they abandoned
their routine. "Removal of [superstitious behaviour] is likely to increase
feelings of stress and anxiety with a
concomitant feeling of loss and control," said the study, published in the
June edition of the Journal of Applied
Sports Psychology. @  8
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Iron Maiden's latest
a powerful Matter
IRON MAIDEN
A Matter of Life and Death
Sanctuary Records
by Brent Mattson
CULTURE WRITER
Much as metalheads were up in
arms over the album artwork for
Metallica's Load, there may be
strong reactions to the fashion
chosen by the members of the
slightly older and equally legendary Iron Maiden on the artwork of their newest dose of pain,
A Matter of Life and Death. All of
the members look as if their head-
banger hair has escaped the
shears of Delilah, and with that,
their superhuman strength to rock
remains intact. The big shocker is,
surprisingly, the pants. One could
see how nearly 30 years of rocking
the leather duds could create serious chafing problems, but the
metal-rocking public at least
deserves painted-on jeans—not
relaxed fit. This is the band that
told us, if we're gonna die, die
with our boots on—now they're
wearing comfortable loafers and
sneakers. Luckily, Maiden's power
doesn't come from their fashion
and unlike Load, A Matter of Life
and Death does not suck.
With that said, it's not like they
are branching out into anything
particularly different than when
they first combined the speed and
intensity of '70s punk rock with
the twin guitar metal riffing and
leads of Judas Priest in the late 70s
and early 80s. If you have never
listened to anything between
1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh
Son and their latest album you
would swear it was the 1990 follow-up. You would also be better
off pretending that everything else
that Maiden released in between
never existed. That's not a considerable problem, since any self-
respecting fan of Maiden just
wants to hear more classic music
by some of the most talented musicians in heavy metal, fronted by
one of the genre's best vocalists.
One noticeable difference is
how much the band favours
moody mid-tempo rock beats
rather than the light-speed thrashing many have come to expect
from them. The complex riffing,
harmonized guitar leads, ripping
solos  and  multi-sectional  songs
that never lose their melodic edge
remain the classic formula
throughout the album, but with
only three out of 10 songs under
six minutes, the movements are
allowed to flow and build into
cathartic climaxes like in the powerful album closer "The Legacy."
This type of restraint and maturity
is lacking when listening to modern metal acts like System of a
Down, who would rather hammer
away at you for two and a half minutes and then stop abruptly.
This is the third consecutive
album to feature the classic
Maiden line-up which led the New
Wave of British heavy metal from
1983's Piece of Mind until 1990.
The album was recorded live in
the studio with all members jamming together in close quarters.
Though they may not have managed to infuse the intensity and
raw energy of one of their classic
live shows, they have managed a
slick, but not over the top, production that allows the members to
harness the mix of melody and
brutality that made their early studio work so exciting, putting
younger metal acts to shame. Just
listen to the explosive metal-
groove bridge from "The Longest
Day," which shows that they can
still come up with great riffs that
haven'tyetbeen lifted and sped up
to pointlessly fast tempos by
annoying power metal bands from
Northern Europe (ie.
Hammerfall). As many scholars of
metal say, "If you tried to give
Power Metal another name, you
might call it 'Iron Maiden.'"
Breaking the 45-minute rule set
down by the gods of vinyl, the
album crosses the 70-minute
mark, which in most cases will
invariably cause anyone but the
most devoted listener to find the
music repetitive and even a bit boring around the halfway mark—just
ask anyone who has listened to
Stadium Arcadium or a Mars Volta
album through to the end. After all,
there's a reason why the Ramones
made their albums 30 minutes
long, but there's also a reason why
Iron Maiden writes eight and
three-quarter minute-long melodic
metal masterpieces like "Brighter
Than A Thousand Suns." The reason? To rock you like your back
ain't got no bone for eight and
three-quarter minutes. @ THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 15 September, 2006
Culture
Speak no, hear no, see no boredom
"Scrupulosity" is a biographical journey with a twist
SCRUPULOSITY
at the Vancouver Fringe Festival
until September 17
by Erica Barrett
CULTURE WRITER
Sex, violence, and religion candy-
coated in easy to swallow tongue-in-
cheek humour. Could an audience
ask for more from Andrew Bailey's
"Scrupulosity"? As one of the
most anticipated shows at the
2006 Vancouver Fringe Festival,
"Scrupulosity" lives up to its title as
Best Solo Show, awarded at the
Victoria Fringe Festival in 2005.
Writer and performer Andrew
Bailey managed to keep the audience laughing with witty, yet odd
humour while maintaining a dark
and critical tone towards the play's
subject matter. It has a surprising
twist that encourages a second, or
even third, viewing of the play.
"Scrupulosity" is performed as
a biographical journey, where
Andrew the performer and Andrew
the character are kept separate. It
begins with Bailey's introduction of
his character as a young child in
prayer, which set the predominantly religious tone of the play. As the
play moved forward, the audience
was guided through the timeline of
Andrew's life. The audience was
enthralled by his resilient faith as a
toddler, his tendencies toward suicide as an adolescent,and his battle
as a "goody-goody" throughout high
school. Yet it was not until the
inspiring twist late in the play that
the audience was left truly questioning the exact nature of the play.
Bailey's performance was nothing short of a whirlwind. Bouncing
around the simply-dressed stage,
he relied heavily on exaggerated
gestures, inventive accents and
great delivery to recreate characters. Bailey often grabbed the audience with an original and funny situation, discussed its oddities and
then left the audience with a solution that was as unconventional as
the situation itself.
One of the most memorable
scenes was Andrew describing his
antics as a five-year-old boy who
head-butts older men in the crotch.
The solution for this tasteless,
obnoxiously funny behaviour was
threatening young Andrew with the
possibility of burning in a lake of
fire for eternity.
The outcome of the threat was,
as the audience least expected,
Andrew developing the Tourette's-
like   habit  of  shouting   "I   Love
Satan!" But the cleverest aspect of
the play was his surprising revelation towards the end. At this point,
both Andrew and the audience
were forced to recap all the events
of the performance. His irrational
assessments of himself took on a
number of new meanings, such as
his paranoia about his sexual fantasies and self-judgment that, "I'm
a rapist... but a good rapist, who
hasn't raped anyone."
The strongest appeal of
"Scrupulosity" can be found in the
dual dimensions of the play: it is
two plays, written with a single
script. "Scrupulosity" is clearly
meant to be seen more than once
in order to truly digest both of the
play's scripts, as well as absorb all
the jokes. It is not simply entertainment, but an education and
an adventure. @
Laughs for "Pajama Men" abound at Fringe
Second City's "The Best of the Pajama Men"       ^
plays around and leaves audience in hysterics
THE BEST OF THE PAJAMA MEN
at the Vancouver Fringe Festival
until September 17
by Kian Mintz-Woo
CULTURE WRITER
Sometimes the "Pajama Men" are
Dadaists, sometimes surreal, sometimes clever and often painfully
stupid, but they somehow always
manage to be funny. The show is a
loose set of sketches that range
from a Pythonesque restaurant conversation ("I'll order an T'm-sur-
prised-by-everything-for-no-rea-
son,'" whereupon the speaker is
surprised by everything for no reason) to a "mysterious" man who
recites a poem he made up to parody a horror movie.
At first, the speed at which these
vignettes switch is bewildering.
However, once it becomes clear that
all of them are simultaneously
going on and that the performers
are changing from one scene to
another and then back to the first, it
makes keeping up with the plot considerably more interesting.
What keeps this show going is
the ability of the two men to create a
setting. They have no props; they
wear only pajamas and have only
two chairs—which mostly sit
unused—on stage. One of the
biggest laughs of the night came
from their rendition of a horse's
mouth, which was really ingenious.
Another great moment was when
they mimed opening a door, and
they made a squealing sound effect.
Then, one remarked that the other
did not have a handle in his hand,
but a cat, at which point the first
mimed kicking the cat through a
field. "The Pajama Men" took full
advantage  of the  fluidity of the
scenes and the settings.
There were some parts that were
decidedly odd. I was not impressed
or particularly amused with an act
that consisted of one of them
explaining how "fucking sexy" he
was, although a woman sitting close
to me in the audience could not stop
laughing. Furthermore, the ending
("you'll live forever in the audience's mind") was very cliche. For
what they intended, however,
Second City's "The Pajama Men"
were terrifically funny. @
"The Perfect Man's"
Scottish Play
JOE: THE PERFECT MAN
at the Vancouver Fringe Festival
until September 17
by Will Goldbloom
CULTURE WRITER
On the eve of September 11,1 had the
pleasure of seeing Rachelle Elie
clowning around in her hilarious
one-woman show, 'Joe: The Perfect
Man." Directed by Adam Lazarus,
this production exemplifies the innovative and intellectual performances
so prevalent in the Fringe. From her
pathetic character's farce to her brilliant recitations from Shakespeare's
Scottish play, this talented actor is not
just clowning around.
Elie, dressed in an ill-matched
plaid suit, is Joe—a teacher who has
just been fired for screaming
"CLASS FUCKING DISMISSED!" and
is now trying to pursue an acting
career by auditioning for the lead
role in a production of Macbeth. The
performance itself is the audition
and Joe goes through numerous sections of the play and gets the audience to help illustrate Macbeth's
emotion and Lady Macbeth's insanity. Although this may sound like a
boring re-telling of a confusing play
that you haven't read since you were
in grade 10, Elie's performance
focuses much more on the hilarious
and pathetic idiosyncrasies of Joe
rather than the monotonous details
of Macbeth.
The best parts of the show involve
the audience. One audience member
who was seated next to me was asked
to go up and blow bubbles while
wearing bunny ears to represent
"Sleeping bunnies awakening and
then bringing Lady Macbeth into
the void she wants to avoid."
Unfortunately, his poor motor skills
couldn't quite get the bubbles going,
causing the audience to roar with
laughter. At the beginning of the
show, Joe has to get rid of his gum-
he finds an audience member who
will chew it themselves. That way the
audience can laugh not only at the
humiliation of Elie's pathetic character, but also the poor audience member that paid $ 10 to contract mono.
When Elie concluded her incredibly comedic show with a powerful
performance of the famous monologue "Out Out Brief Candle...," I
realised that the Fringe Festival is
one of those special venues where
you find unique actors and productions that fully represent artists'
unhindered passions. Also, the relatively young and boisterous audiences are receptive to performances
that are intimate enough for the
audience to be both physically and
emotionally involved. The Fringe
Festival stands alone at the top of
the theatre scene as a unique conglomeration of talented actors and
new, independent performance
styles. "Joe: The Perfect Man" is a
show that a first-time theatregoer or
long time Fringe fan must see in
order to realise the sheer talent on
stage in this 10-day festival. @ 10
Opinion and Editorial
Friday, 15 September, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Off to the registrar s office
Two days ago, the city of
Montreal was rocked by its second on-campus shooting in the
past 20 years, resulting in the
death of one woman and the
wounding of 19 others.
The shooter, a man named
Kimveer Gill, opened fire with
an illegal firearm on students
inside Dawson College
Wednesday afternoon and was
killed in the subsequent police
confrontation.
In response to the shooting,
politicians have renewed
their concerns regarding the
Conservative government's
decision to abandon the gun
registry. Bloc Quebecois leader
Gilles Duceppe believes that
the registry, though "outrageously" costly, is necessary,
while Liberal MP Denis
Coderre says the recent shooting "resurrects the basic
debate on the usefulness of the
gun registry and the whole
question of prevention." Prime
Minister Stephen Harper
dodged questions regarding
the registry by ambiguously
conceding, "Our government
will in the future, because of
this incident and many others,
be looking at ways to make our
laws more effective."
This gives the impression
that the root cause of the
debate regarding violence prevention is whether or not to
keep the gun registry. We question if enforcing the gun registry actually addresses the
issue of criminal firearm use
in any practical sense, and by
extension, if retaining it will
have any impact on gun violence in our country.
Since the Liberal government introduced the gun registry in 1995, the cost of the
program has skyrocketed to
over $2 billion, and has been a
high point of contention.
Questions continue to plague
the system about its effectiveness but no more so than during the last federal election
when it once again became a
hot-button topic.
In 2005 there were two million Canadian firearm licenses
registered while another one
million guns remained unregistered.
Kimveer Gill was among the
one million owners of unregistered firearms. The homicide
last Boxing Day in Toronto and
the numerous shootings outside
Vancouver nightclubs over the
past two years exemplify the
growing number of incidents
involving firearms in Canada.
Vancouver gun crimes have
increased by 13 per cent since
2005.
The registry isn't working.
It is understandable why the
government is planning to abolish the gun registry initiative;
however, it is unsettling that
nothing has been suggested to
replace it. Canada should look to
the policies of other countries
that have been successful in
maintaining and enforcing gun
control laws.
Switzerland and Tokyo are
two prominent examples. In
Switzerland, almost all males
are conscripted into the army,
especially those between the
ages 20 to 42. This allows
males to obtain and have
access to firearms. However,
this does not mean that the
country has a high gun crime
rate. On the contrary. The
emphasis on community duty
is what keeps their gun-related
crime rates down.
Japan is home to the capital
known as the safest major city in
the world: Tokyo. They have the
opposite approach to gun control
compared with Switzerland. This
may be due to the fact that they
have some of the most stringent
laws in the world regarding gun
control. This includes enforcing a
strict policy that makes it difficult
to obtain a gun license. This, in
turn, makes crimes associated
with guns or shooting fairly difficult to commit—only 600 handgun and 900 long gun crimes
occur on average in a year.
Events such as the shooting in
Montreal are a dire reminder
that it is time for the government
to seriously address a gun registry that is not working. They've
already determined that it is costly, but it is time for the government to stop readdressing this
failing as a poor imitation of dealing with the real problem.
Retaining the gun registry as
it is obviously will not prevent
gun-related crime. But reforms to
the existing policy or a complete
re-drafting while giving consideration to strategies that have been
shown to work could help stave
off such violence    altogether. @
Streeters
Would stricter gun laws have prevented the shooting in Montreal on Wednesday?
—Colleen Atherton
Geology 4
"No, Canadian
gun laws are strict
already. Stricter
laws will not stop
those that get
guns illegally anyway."
—Arman Sardari
Political Science/ IR 4
"No, if someone
has psychological
problems and
wants a gun they
can get one illegally. However, I
am pro-strict gun
laws."
—Aarron Williams
Science 2
"No, people can
still get guns.
Stricter laws won't
change anything."
—Mandeep Bassi
Commerce 3
"No, this could still
happen if someone was messed
up enough to
shoot someone."
—Shelley Waldstein
Pharmacy 1
"I don't know the
laws, but I would
like to say yes"
—Coordinated by Kath Stewart and Oker Chen
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