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Friday, 10 February, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Attitude and skills take Bonner to the top
UBCs assistant captain makes his feisty mark on Thunderbirds Volleyball
by Caroryrme Burkholder
If the UBC men's volleyball team
makes it to the national championships for the first time in 19
years, they will have assistant captain Andrew Bonner to thank.
UBCs highest scoring player,
Bonner is ranked second in Canada
West for service aces and points,
and third for kills. But despite his
impressive record, it's his behaviour on the court that has made
Bonner famous—or maybe notorious is a better word.
"I'm very eccentric in my play.
I'm very vocal. I'm very in your
face,* explained the 21-year-old.
"I play with a lot of intensity and
passion and it annoys a lot of
other players.*
But it's not just the players who
are annoyed—or perhaps intimidat-
ed—by Bonner's on-court presence.
"Whenever I go to another gym it
seems like a lot of the fans know
who I am and show outward dislike
to me/ he said.
He pointed to the tournament
last weekend as an example.
*We were playing at Trinity
Western and they're our cross
town rivals,* said Bonner. "They
have really crazy fans—just nuts.
There were a couple fans that were
completely body painted...One of
the crazy fans had my name painted on his back and then below it
was the number zero.*
"They're trying to get to my
head,* he added. "But I just take it as
a compliment if I can get another
man to paint my name on his back.*
Bonner   is   originally   from
V-BALL SPIRIT: Bonner is UBCs top scorer, kellan higgins photo
Cobourg, Ontario, where he played
club volleyball in high school. He
said coming to UBC was the best
decision he ever made.
Head coach, Richard Schick is
also pleased that Bonner chose to
attend UBC.
"The stats Andrew has put up
can speak for themselves. He's a
really well rounded athlete from
serving, to attacking to blocking,*
said  Schick,  who  has   coached
Bonner for three years.
Bonner's attitude is also notable:
"He's a natural competitor. He goes
out and he fights and he plays
hard,* Schick said. "A lot of teams
don't like playing against him
because he's so fiery."
But Bonner's teammates said
they feed off his intensity.
"He's definitely energetic, but he
keeps his energy on our side of the
court and puts all his energy for us
to win," said Ian Simpson, a first-
year teammate of Bonner's.
"He's good to have around for
a little fire on the court,* agreed
Kyle Bryce, also a first-year player. 'He's doing a really good job
of shaking off [the reaction of
players and fans] and putting it in
the back of his mind.*
As a third-year player, Bonner
has two years of eligibility left. After
that he is hoping to play professional volleyball in Europe.
"That would be the ultimate if I
could make money playing volleyball," he said.
Bonner dismissed the reputation
he has developed for trash talking.
He said he's a different person off
the court "I'm not that arrogant and
egotistical," he explained.
His friends find his antics
amusing. "They come and watch
and they just love it,* Bonner said.
But Bonner won't be abandoning his fiery on-court attitude any
time soon.
"When I try to play composed
and...I don't do too much or say
too much I don't play very well,*
he explained. "I play a lot better
when I get really excited and full
of adrenaline." II
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February 10,7 pm
Come kick off spring break
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was eaten and some were licked while others were left in scorn.
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Burkholder, Bryan Zandberg, Megan Smyth, Paul Evans, Eric
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i THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 10 February, 2006
Culture 3
Rope bondage has students tied up in knots
Workshop teaches "safe, sane, and
consensual" practises to beginners
looking to improve their skills
by Carolynne Burkholder
Academics were not the only thing
taught at UBC on February 1.
Students acquired skills of a different
sort at "Bond with Friends: You've got
the hands, we've got the rope," an
event organized by Kink Vancouver:
The Next Generation, and supported
by Pride UBC and BIO Event
Bondage has many stereotypes,
but no leather masks, whips, chains,
or dungeons made appearances last
Wednesday night. Instead there was a
brightly lit classroom, 30 students,
and lots of rope.
Defined simply as a "sexual practice that involves physically restraining one of the partners/ bondage has
gained notoriety in recent years
through portrayals in films such as
Pulp Fiction and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Around 300 people actively participate in the Vancouver bondage
scene, attending events and workshops such as this one, and many
more enjoy bondage in private.
Lisa has been attending bondage
and kink events in Vancouver for
four years. She went to the workshop
as a favour to her roommate,
although she already knew everything that was taught.
Lisa has always been interested in
bondage. 'Being tied up has always
been a fantasy," she explained.
Despite the taboo factor, bondage
is a common fantasy. According to a
U.S. study, almost 50 per cent of men
find the idea of bondage erotic. The
number is smaller for women; estimates put it around 30 per cent.
"Bondage is often used to ensure
and enhance feelings of helplessness
or powerlessness or having power
over   someone,"   explained  Tillie,
another participant in the workshop.
"And it looks good."
Tristan, the instructor, echoed
Tillie's statement. "It's about power
and beauty," he explained to the
class. "Beauty in the fanciful designs
and the sight of the bound human
body. And power is either giving it up
or seeing your partner writhing on
the floor. You know which kind you
are," he continued.
Tristan has a background in first
aid and has worked as an instructor.
After a brief, but heavily emphasized
reiteration of the mantra—"safe,
sane, and consensual" or "risk aware
consensual kink"—he spent over half
an hour discussing safety.
Bondage injuries can range from
the mildly annoying rope burn to
nerve damage that can last for
months. Bondage related fatalities
are rare, but can happen. Most fatalities occur when a person is playing
alone, the majority by autoerotic
Tristan stressed that keeping both
partners safe is the most important
part of bondage. The discomfort
should be part of the experience of
being bound and not harmful or
damaging, he explained.
Before you even begin to tie "take
stock of how the person looks and
feels," he continued^ The colour, tone,
and temperature of the skin will differ from person to person, but can be
an indicator of damage to limbs.
"Keep the rope away from the
throat," said Tristan, as the most
important rule when beginning to
tie someone up. "Sides not front,"
became another mantra for the
Positional asphyxia, another
hazard, happens when being hog-
tied compressing your lungs with
no room to expand. This is rare,
but potentially fatal.
Circulation problems are much
more common. "You have to be careful where you place your knots," said
Tristan. Apart from the neck,
bondage enthusiasts must be careful
not to compress the femoral artery -
running from your leg through to
your groin—which can be fatal.
As well, your wrists can suffer
nerve damage that can last for
months. This is "the most typical
bondage related injury" according to
Tristan. As a general rule "if you can
see light [between skin and the rope]
blood can get through."
Besides the rope, bondage tools
are surprisingly utilitarian. Most
were bought from fishing or hardware stores - not fetish shops.
Tristan's tool kit includes scissors—
"never cheap out on your safety scissors," he said—a one-sided knife with
a blunt tip, and a Swedish fid, a tool
used to work out knots.
And, of course, there is the
rope. Although Tristan is partial to
hemp rope—it smells good and is
unlikely to burn your skin—he said
you can "use pretty much anything
you want." Thread, razor wire., and
bungy cord are definitely out.
Over 90 per cent of bondage uses
the same two knots, even for the most
intricate designs.
The larks head, also known as the
cow hitch, works as a hook - tying arm
to arm, leg to arm, leg to post. The
reef knot, or the even easier granny
knot, holds the rope in place.
The rest is practice.
Tristan demonstrated a simple
wrist cuff and a more ornate body
harness for the class before leaving
participants to practice on each
other. A few of the more experienced
participants helped the novices with
the knots.
The workshop was targeted at
beginners looking to improve their
skills in rope bondage.
"I got some fun, easy, basic ties and
confidence. Now I can't wait to tie my
friends up this weekend," said Tillie.
Brigette, who also attended the
workshop, agreed. "I got a few new
techniques out of it, and some interesting information about the physiological and biological safety issues
involved in playing with bondage,"
she said. "And I met some cool new
people." II
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usually the submissive, but not
Dominant: person who enjoys controlling a submissive person
Dungeon: any space set aside for
scene activrfe
Dungeon monitor:someone
trained In SDSM safety who
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submitting to the will of another
Top;the*o;iver*1ri bondage/ usually
the dominant but not always
Vinciiagnia: being sexually
aroused by bondage
'Tate is important because it helps stupid people with no balls get together"
IMAGINE ME & YOU amalgam  Hector  anyway,  while     ,    /- --—-     ~-     —-        'T^SHHHHHP?SBHHHHi     charm the pants off you, as will the
Opens today
by Momoko Price
Do I believe in love at first sight?
Sure—if I had to estimate, I'd
guess that I fall in love an average
of, oh, I don't know—five, six times
a bus ride from Granville to campus, generally speaking. It really
depends on how many attractive
strangers I manage to make eye
contact with in the course of a day.
But here's the thing: I don't act on
these hormonal, love-hungry
impulses because a) people would
think I was fucking crazy, b) I'd be
acting fucking crazy, and c) who
knows? They could be fucking
crazy, too.
In Imagine You and Me, a film
I'd heard described (appropriately) as a lesbian lite' romantic comedy, young Brit bride Rachel catches a glance at insanely hot lesbian
florist Luce during her wedding
ceremony, and promptly falls head
over heels for her on the way down
the aisle. (In case you're wondering, this happens within the first. 5
minutes of the movie.) She goes
ahead and marries the adorably
charming Hugh Grant/Tom Cruise
amalgam Hector anyway, while
best man Cooper spends the duration of the reception trying to
score with Luce. Did I mention
how hot Luce is? (She really is. It's
just ridiculous.) You can pretty
much guess where the story goes
from here.
You know that the director and
screenwriter screwed up making a
queer movie when you love
absolutely every other character in
the story except for the sexually
confused protagonist. Actress Piper
Perabo (as Rachel) has the unfortunate responsibility of conveying
serious Shakespearean love-at-first-
sight nonsense to jaded 21 st century movie audiences, and she
plainly sucks at it. And all the dialogue that screenwriter 01 Parker
devoted to making it painstakingly
clear that Rachel was struck down
by fate and the alignment of the
stars or whatever just makes the
story all the more contrived.
The characters in this story
throw away love, true or 'un-true',
like freaking parking tickets. After
Rachel confesses her infidelity and
Hector lets her go (without bothering to ask who her lover might be),
Rachel calls Luce who in turn gives
up completely without hearing her
"It can't work—it's over,* says
Luce, and then Rachel goes ahead
and gives up, too! Give me a break!
Luckily some dude singing the
song "Imagine Me and You"
(hence the movie title) rides by on
a bike, making Rachel realize that
Luce must be nearby because she
had overheard the same dude
singing during the phone call, so
that they find each other, kiss,
blah, blah, blah, and live happily
ever after. But man, think about it:
if that singing dude didn't come
by, Rachel would have never have
had the smarts to get up off her
fickle ass and make another phone
call, and then where would we be?
That's the real lesson here: fate is
important because it helps stupid
people with no balls get together,
and gives the people who get
screwed over a reason to feel
Don't get me wrong; every
other aspect of the movie outside
of the unbelievably unbelievable
love story is just delightful.
Matthew Goode and Darren Boyd,
as the groom and best man, will
charm the pants off you, as will the
parents of the two female leads.
And the girl who plays the kid sister Henrietta is a spot-on match
for Patty from Peanuts, so I have
an inkling we'll be seeing her in
some more lesbian movies in the
not-too-distant future. Plus the dialogue in the movie is absolutely
peppered with hilarious British
'She's gay?*
*As a tennis player, darling!*
*My husband—about as useful
as a fart in a jam jar!*
I can write with confidence that
the movie is still worth the ticket
price. But it may not be the best
date movie, especially if you're
going on a heterosexual date,
because there are absolutely no
happy straight couples in this film.
Seriously, I counted.
Lastly, there's one other reason
why I am utterly unconvinced that
Rachel and Luce are meant to be,
and it's this: I love Luce. With all
my heart. Within the first three seconds our eyes met, I knew that we
were meant to be. It's fate, and I
can tell that we're going to be
together forever, and—shit, I can't
even keep this up. It just sounds too
fucking crazy. H 4 Culture
Friday. 10 February, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
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"I still cannot fathom how someone looks at another person and does
not see a reflection of themselves, does not see another human being.
People can be taught hate, but they can also be taught to love, and
together we can all give our world a more human face."
-Juliet Karugahe, University of Toronto, Canada/Rwanda, MRH 2001
and HOPE
May 22-29, 2006
This dynamic educational leadership program teaches university students of different
religious and ethnic backgrounds of the dangers of intolerance through the study of the
Holocaust. The overall goal of the program is to promote better relations among people
of diverse cultures. We bring hundreds of students to Poland to demonstrate the horrors
of the Holocaust, and the obligation upon each one of us to create a world in which
religious and ethnic diversity is cause for celebration rather than discrimination.
Scholarships based on merit and financial need will be granted on a competitive basis
to students expressing a strong commitment to the program's goals.
For a complete program description, please visit our web site:
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Until April 30
by Peter Clark
The work of Brian Jungen represents one of the most deft strokes
the Vancouver community has
dealt upon the international world
of contemporary art in recent
Graduating from Emily Carr
back in '92, Jungen has since created a novel and a compelling
body of work that has provoked
critical discourse and allowed him
to exhibit everywhere from Vienna
to New York. At the young age of
36, his mid-career retrospective
recently showed in New York, and
is presently here in our own
Vancouver Art Gallery until April
30. It comprises 40-odd pieces,
from drawings to sculptures to
installations; it is provocative, and
we in Vancouver get to see it for
free on Tuesday nights!
The first thing a person notices
about Brian Jungen's works is that
they are visually striking. Although
it is not his primary concern,
Jungen has an uncanny sense of
presentational design and precise
execution that lend his works an
immediate attractiveness. This
draws the viewer in to examine
the pieces closer. "Shapeshifter,"
(2000) "Cetology," (2002) and
'Vienna* (2003) are three installations exemplary of this. Full-scale
recreations of whale skeletons,
these pieces impress with their
anatomical accuracy and sheer
massive presence. The fact the}'
are created from elements of regular white lawn chairs, however,
brings up a conflict between the
these matters are of
personal importance
to Jungen, and he
uses these sculptures
to remind us that
they are of
relevance to us all.
mass-produced, consumer nature
of the material and the display culture surrounding living beings
and their remains.
This technique of interaction
between materials and subject
matter is the central theme of
Jungen's work. Nowhere is it better utilised than in his Prototype
for New Understanding series
(1998-2005), a collection of First
Nations-style masks made from
dissected Nike Air Jordan shoes.
The 23-piece series, presented in
its entirety in this exhibit, confronts us with issues of globalisation and commercialisation of culture.  Of First Nations and Swiss
descent, these matters are of personal importance to Jungen, and he
uses these sculptures to remind us
that they are of relevance to us all.
Jungen politicises the gallery
space again with his installation,
Isolated Depiction of the Passage
of Time (2001). A stack of some
1500 prison-style trays, the work
refers to a true story of a prisoner's escape from Millhaven
Maximum Security Prison.
Included is one tray for each
Aboriginal male living in the
Canadian prison system, reminding us of the disproportionately
high rate of incarceration in the
First Nations community.
Along with these pieces, the
show presents for the first time a
30-foot tall tepee made from the
hides of about a dozen black
leather couches. Other noteworthy
elements of the show include several drawings done by people the
artist met on the street and asked
to draw what they believed First
Nations art was. These drawings
have been transcribed in large
scale onto the walls of one room
and are revealing in their disclosure of the public's opinion of
Canada's first cultures.
This survey of Brian Jungen's
work is an accessible and poignant
view into the world of contemporary art and an excellent reminder
of Vancouver's international presence. Jungen's work is both visually and intellectually commanding.
You have my personal guarantee
that your jaw will drop. 81
y   Friday, 10 February, 2006
Culture 5
...in the homiest of homes
Contemporary Art Gallery
until March 19
by Leigh Kamping-Carder
Micah Lexier seems like an interesting guy.
An avid collector of coins, books, cards, and
artists' ephemera, Lexier is the driving force
behind the three-part installation To Be
Sorted: Blank/Circle to Square/Organizing
Principle on now at the Contemporary Art
Gallery. When I reviewed the first part of the
installation a few months ago, the weird-
ness of all the little things under the glass
cases didn't really sink in. This time
around, I am lucky enough to catch a talk by
Christina Ritchie, the Gallery's director and
longtime Lexier enthusiast.
It turns out they've been going through
the artist's collection for years, whittling it
down to a handful of random objects on display down on Nelson Street. It's partly an
anthropological record of artistic culture,
partly the documentation of this man's life—
and this guy's got some quirky stuff.
Without the benefit of Ritchie's commentary, it could be difficult to appreciate the
artistic merit of amalgamated gallery invitations and a collection of American pennies.
But while any old pack rat could troll their
closet and find similar bits of forgotten
paper, Micah Lexier is an expert—a connoisseur of the impermanent. If for nothing else
than to satisfy our thirst for snooping
through other people's lives (Newlyweds,
anyone?), especially when legitimated by
the gloss of 'high art,* go check out To Be
Sorted. And see if you can't find the numbers one to one thousand arranged in alphabetical order.
Also on display are the sketches and photographs of Mfwanye MacLeod, collected
under the melancholic title Where I Lived,
and What I Lived For. Recalling Roy Arden's
photographs of industrial wastelands,
MacLeod turns her camera on the forlorn
details of domestic interiors, capturing textured shots of door corners and water stains
and the emptiness that lingers in even the
homiest of homes. The work is beautiful, and
given a creepy undertone with the additions
hanging in
a corner and a
mannequin draped by a bed sheet. However,
the main subject of Ritchie's talk is Andrew
Reyes' Posters, on display in the gallery's
front windows, appropriately enough.
Toronto resident and current wall-painter at
the Art Gallery of Ontario, Reyes explains the
poster format as *a way to escape the oppressive orthodoxies of photography.* The result is
a body of work that seems to use the language
of advertising to sell our own lives back to us.
Or is the artist himself the product? Or is there
no product at all and merely an experience to
sell? It's hard to tell. (In a good way).
For example, one shot of a mannequin
bears nearly-illegible text that reads: "This
photo was taken
through a shop window in Parkdale.
There has been no
relocation or fucking
V/i, about inany way.*
Yet the image as  a
" \ whole looks like a slick
s     < magazine     photo     with
accompanying catchy copy.
Another poster shows condos in
mid-development the tape on their pink
fiberglass walls echoing an empty textbox
Reyes adds below. The condominium development, like the poster itself, is unfinished
and ugly, a far cry from the advertising campaign that will herald the project's completion. It's a clever visual pun. The one problem with the show—which makes perfect
sense—is that it's easy to miss. I walked
straight into the gallery without giving the
posters a second glance. In these days of
guerilla marketing, urinal puck advertising,
and sensory overload, it's only natural to
shut out the messages we don't want to
see. But these Posters are worth a closer
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Feature 7
A factbookfor February fourteenth
by Teresa lerakidis j features writer
he much-loved musician
John Lennon once sang
"all you need is love,* and
as you heard him singing
it, you may have believed it.
Everywhere you look, we are
shrouded by love. Our daily media
intake is laced with the arsenic of
war, corruption, greed and suffering. Nonetheless, the calendar is
crawling its way towards that cold
February day when love and hope
are celebrated, and we are reminded of the goodness that often falls
back into the shadows. Stores are
stocked with all things sugary and
pink, and card companies wait
with bated breath to cash in on that
elusive sentiment by which many
of us thrive: love.
Every February 14 candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged
between loved ones, family members, and close friends, all in the
name of Valentine's Day. But what
is the meaning behind this holiday? Where does it come from, and
what expectations does it carry?
The origin of Valentine's Day is
shrouded in mystery, but we do
know that February has long been
a month of romance, and there is a
lot more to it than one may think.
Let the Valentine's facts rise from
the murky mists of myth...
In the beginning, there was
the luck of the draw
Despite the popularity of
Valentine's Day, many do not know
where it came from, nor how it
became such an established holiday in today's society. Some
believe that Valentine's Day
emerged as an ancient pagan fertility celebration, in which Juno
was honoured. She's the queen of
the Roman gods and goddesses,
and goddess of women and marriage herself. The celebration was
held on February 14, the day
before the Roman Feast of
Lupercalia took place.
During this time, women would
write love letters and leave them in
a large urn. The men of Rome
would then draw a note from the
urn and ardently pursue the
woman who wrote the message
they had chosen. This custom of
randomly selecting valentines—
which is not unlike the swingers
who used to pool their house keys
in a bowl back in the 70s—continued into the 18th century, but
ended when the Enlightenment
hit and people realised it was
better to get a visual before selecting a mate.
The most popular theory behind
the origins of Valentine's Day, however, comes from the myth of St.
Valentine himself. One legend contends that a priest named Valentine
served in the Roman army during
the third century. The Emperor during that time, Claudius II, outlawed
marriage for young men because he
believed that single men made better soldiers than those with wives
and families. Less pining, more belligerence, he reasoned. Valentine,
finding the decree unjust, defied
Claudius and continued to perform
marriages for young lovers in
secret. When Valentine's
actions were discovered,
Claudius im-mediate-
ly ordered for his
The legend holds St Valentine
actually sent the first valentine greeting himself during his time in prison.
It's believed that while in prison,
Valentine fell in love with a young girl
(said to have been his jailor's daughter) who visited him during his con-
Figure 1.1 Major heart divisions
It was once believed
that if a woman
spotted a robin
flying overhead
on valentine's day,
she would marry
finement Before his beheading, on
February 14th, it is alleged that he
wrote her a letter, which he signed
'From your Valentine,' an expression
still used today. Still, if the dame
couldn't get poor St. Valentine
sprung, one has to doubt the plausibility of this tale.
Although the truth behind the
Valentine legend is murky, the stories empnasise his appeal as a
sympathetic, heroic, and, most
importantly, romantic figure. It's
no surprise that this fantastic cocktail (one part religious, two parts
romantic) explains why, by the
Middle Ages, Valentine was one of
the most popular saints in England
and France, and why Valentine's
Day has become one of the most
popular holidays celebrated during
the year.
Somewhere  along the way,
infatuated people with a knack
for  arts   and  crafts   caught
on to a    way of outwardly
expressing  themselves by
making handmade valentines     using     coloured
paper, watercolours and
coloured inks.
I kissed my girl by
the factory wall
In the early 1800s, factory workers began to
paint   and    decorate
cards with black and
white    pictures.    By
the end of the century,
Valentines were being
manufactured entirely
by machines. Printed
cards began to take the
place of letters, as they
were   an  easier   and
modern way for people
to express their feelings
in a time when direct
expression of emotions
was    not    fashionable.
Now we have Livejournal
for that.
Anyway,        valentines
became extremely lavish with
time, works of art in themselves.
Increasingly beautiful handmade  valentines  were   often
richly decorated with materials
such as silk, satin, lace, flowers or
feathers. Many featured Cupid, the
cherubic, winged son of Aphrodite
(or Venus, in Roman culture), and
what has become the symbol of
Valentine's Day.
Esther Howland is credited with
pioneering the American valentine
in the 1840s. Her family operated
the largest book and stationary
store in Worcester, Massachusetts.
As an impressionable young student at The Mount Holyoke Female
Seminary, Esther had been
exposed to the annual Valentine's
festivities, which were later
banned by the college for being too
After graduating at the age of
nineteen, she received an elaborate valentine from one of her
fathers' business associates, and
was confident in her ability to
reproduce similar, if not better
ones. Esther convinced her father
to order lace paper and other supplies from England and New York,
and made a dozen samples that
her brother added to his inventory
for an upcoming sales trip.
Hoping for as much as $200 in
orders, they were stunned when
her brother returned with more
than $5000 in advance sales.
Recruiting friends and creating
her now-famous assembly line, her
business was born. The Valentine's
industry has been booming ever
since. Today, millions of
Valentine's cards are sent in
Canada alone each year—second in
number only to Christmas cards.
Schmalz and augeries from
around the world
Valentine's Day is practiced in more
ways than through card giving and
symbols. There are many Valen-tine's
Day traditions that exist throughout
the world. Many are no longer
employed, but are part of the cultural
repository of the holiday.
In England, many children
dressed up as adults on Valentine's
Day and went door to door singing:
Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine-
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.
But then those children grew up
and now Prince Harry has become
a military officer and says things
like "There's no way I'm going to
put myself through Sandhurst [military academy] and then sit on my
arse back home while my boys are
out fighting for their country.*
In Wales, wooden spoons were
carved and given as gifts on
February 14. Hearts, keys and keyholes were common decorations on
these "love* spoons. The decoration
meant, "You unlock my heart!"
In the Middle Ages, young men
and women would pick valentines
by drawing names out of a bowl (all
these bowl fetishesr) and subsequently wearing the chosen name
on their sleeves for a week. Today,
the expression "to wear your heart
on your sleeve" indicates a tendency to outwardly express emotion.
You so didn't know that.
It was once believed that if a
woman spotted a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, she
would marry a sailor. If she saw a
sparrow, she would marry a poor
man, yet be happy. If she saw a
goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire. Thank god for the
Industrial Revolution, hey?
The connection between the
■. heart and Valentine's Day is evident, especially since the heart, in
ancient times, was thought of as
the source of all emotions. It was
later singled out as a representation solely for the emotion of love,
and . its associated pain.
Accordingly, the gifting of a heart
signifies the selfless act of giving
everything to someone you love.
Although at one time people were
not aware that the heart was
responsible for pumping blood
though the circulatory system,
they did know that the heart was
the center of all feelings. Elliot
Smith knew all that, and that's why
he stabbed himself there.
Brushing up on roses
There are many other symbols
that show lineage to Valentine's
Day, including red roses, which
were said to have been Venus'
favorite flower. Venus being of
course the Roman goddess of love.
The colour red represents the
strong feelings associated with
love, and the heart itself. The rose,
representing love, is probably the
only flower with a meaning that is
universally understood. The red
rose remains the most popular
flower bought by men for their
lovers. In more recent years, people have sent their sweethearts
their favorite flowers, rather than
automatically opting for roses.
Also making the list of Valentine
favorites are tulips, lilies, daisies
and carnations.
Lace has long been used to
make women's handkerchiefs.
Hundreds of years ago, if a woman
dropped her handkerchief, a man
was expected to pick it up for her.
If she had her eye on the right
man, a woman might intentionally
drop her handkerchief as a way of
initiating contact in a kind of
mammalian mating dance. People
therefore began to associate
romance, among other things,
with lace.
Lovebirds are colourful winged
things found in Africa, and are so
named because they sit closely
together in pairs much like sweethearts. They also are known to be
unable to survive without each
other. It was the popular belief
that birds chose their mate for the
year on February 14. Since doves
and pigeons also mate for life,
these birds all symbolise loyalty,
fidelity and love.
Cupid is by far the archetype of
Valentines Day. In many ways, the
mischievous boy armed with his
bow and arrow is the mascot for
the day. His 'random' arrows signify love and desire, and aiming
them at gods or humans cause
them to fall deeply in love. (As
long as one of them isn't more
good-looking than the other).
How about the "X* sign representing a kiss? This tradition during
Medieval times, when those who
were illiterate or unable to write
were allowed to sign documents
with an X. This was done before witnesses, and the signer would often
kiss the X to demonstrate the sincerity in the contract This is how the
kiss came to be synonymous with
the letter X, and how the X came to
be commonly used at the end of letters as kiss-symbols.
Love and the lingua franca
Apparently, gifts of chocolates and
flowers haven't replaced those
carefully chosen cards on
Valentine's Day. Since 1915,
Hallmark, the undisputed corporate overlord of the greeting card
industry, has manufactured cutesy
cards to be mailed in envelopes.
Today,  Hallmark  supplies  over
valentine's day
is becoming an
increasingly popular
holiday in Japan and
Korea. It is not a day
of mutual gift
exchange, but one in
which women give
chocolates to the
men they like.
100 countries with a diverse array
of love propaganda in over 30 different languages.
Despite the popularity of the
Hallmark greeting card, some people still make their own valentines. Reflect back to your days as
a child, and the hand-made cards
that you carefully put together and
proudly distributed to your family
and friends. The modern valentine
card has become increasingly
sophisticated, keeping pace with
popular technological advances.
For example, there are cards that
let you record a romantic message, "scratch-and-sniff cards and
cards that play romantic music.
And of course, you can send e-
mail valentines. Some sites even
offer free personal use of their
illustrations or cards. Other technology allows you to send a
romantic fax or DVD with a personal valentine message. But
choose your valentine carefully-
some people find fax and digital
missives too impersonal and too
public for the romantic holiday.
Sometimes the best ideas are the
simplest, silly.
Up until the mid 1800s,
postage was so pricey that most
cards were delivered by hand.
When the modern postal service
implemented the penny post, it
became easier to mail valentines.
All down through the years,
Valentine's Day and renditions of
the holiday have emerged in many
different parts of the world.
Thanks to a supreme marketing
effort, Valentine's Day is becoming an increasingly popular holiday in Japan and Korea. It is not a
day of mutual gift exchange, but
one in which women give chocolates to the men they like. It has
become obligatory for women,
especially those working in
offices, to give gifts and chocolates
to male coworkers.
On March 14, White Day is celebrated in which men are meant
to return the favour and give
something to the women who gave
them gifts on Valentine's Day.
White chocolate and marshmal-
lows are natural gifts, however
many men opt to give gifts solely
to their girlfriends, in which lingerie is commonly given.
In Chinese culture, Valentine's
Day is celebrated on the 7th day of
the 7th month of the lunar calendar.
It's called the Night of the Sevens.
In Brazil, Valentine's Day does
not exist. Instead, "Dia dos
Namorados" or 'Day of the
Enamoured" is celebrated. On June
12, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives, exchange chocolates, flowers, and gifts. June 12 is
the day before Saint Anthony's Day,
the marriage saint. On Saint
Anthony's Day, many single
women perform rituals in order to
find a good husband (or, more
modernly at least a boyfriend!)
And so Valentine's tradition
remains an important part of
today's society, even as the notion
of love has certainly changed since
the time of Saint Valentine, and in
many ways, has become an
extremely touchy subject.
Don't touch me!
If you are attached, do you celebrate Valentine's Day, and if so to
what extent? If you are single, how
do you get away from the hetero-
normative horrors this day
entails? On Valentine's Day, love
is meant to be omnipotent, but if it
is not around you, how do you
bypass the hackneyed cliche and
ignore the existence of February
14 altogether?
Although to some Valentine's
Day is filled with anxieties and
apprehension, there are many
ways in which Valentine's Day
continues can be sacred and special. All the history, traditions, and
symbols behind the day are there
to remind us of the importance of
love in our lives, and the lives of
others. It was once said that, "Love
does not make the world go round.
Magnetic attraction between stars
and planets does. But love gives it
So then, soldier: armed with
your new-found arsenal of
Valentine's know-how (and a few
magnets for good luck), get out
there and make some purpose with
somebody you love.
Or don't. If anything, the ambiguities of Valentine's should
encourage us to continue reinventing the holiday for ourselves, m
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Fact:Tennessee Williams was
a writer-in-residence at UBC
Telus Studio Theatre at
The Chan Centre
until February 11
by Gemini Cheng
Tennessee Williams' The Glass
Menagerie is a daunting play to produce, and the efforts taken by UBC
Theatre to bring the work to life are
definitely worth rewarding with your
attendance. Besides, the play comes
to UBC almost full circle: its creator,
the renowned Tennessee Williams,
briefly held the position of writer-in-
residence in UBCs Creative Writing
Program during the 1980s.
Natasha Nadir, MFA candidate,
chose to stage the memory play using
Williams' original theatrical script "1
chose this original theatrical script
for this production because it presented many exciting possibilities for
the whole creative team/ she writes
in the director's notes, and it was a
good choice: The Glass Menagerie is
a successful, well-rounded staging of
a classic play.
Presented in the TELUS Studio
Theatre, the theatre itself gives the
production a unique, ageless quality.
Colourful glass dangles from the high
ceiling and gives the stage the feel of
an illusion—which is just what protagonist Tom Wingfield claims is the
disguise of his story. This illusion
seems to light the stage alongside
dark blues and greys as if we are in
Laura Wingfield's glass collection
itself, thanks to lighting designer
Tohn Webber.
This show features only four
actors, but each claim the stage with
solid performances. As Tom, Daniel
Deorksen is the narrator, a suffocated
son with big dreams who is is unable
to abandon his crippled sister Laura.
Jessica Harvey portrays Laura as the
shy, embarrassed daughter who only
needs a small push to get over her
physical handicap. Tom's frustration
is well-conveyed by Deorksen, and
Harvey gives her character the perfect withdrawn demeanour, but
Jennifer Braund steals the show as
Amanda Wingfield, the doting, often
overbearing mother. Her commanding performance is a convincing
depiction of that Southern hospitality
which her character appropriates so
well. Kevin Kraussler, who only features in the second half of the play,
still manages to draw quite a few
laughs from the audience as the
somewhat goofy gentleman caller,
Jim O'Connor.
Michelle Nelson's set design
works well in the TELUS Studio
Theatre. The intimate stage setting
provides the surrounding ground-
level audience with an up close and
personal view. The . space is used
evenly enough so that the audience
feels involved as well. Nelson's
1930s set is nicely balanced with
Alexia Chen's costume design. The
period clothing and props provide an
old-fashioned atmosphere to the production.
The pacing of the scenes was
somewhat slow at times, but maybe it
wasn't so bad—it helped emphasise
Tom's exasperation with his life at
home. Laura and Jim's final scene
together was, although long, easier to
watch than some of the other longer,
more repetitive scenes. However,
that shouldn't be cause for complaint; the play is well produced and
can be forgiven for any personal criticisms. It's worth checking out.
Besides, it's a great chance to experience a classic play by a world famous,
and very memorable, playwright who
has left his artistic mark on UBC.H THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 10 February, 2006
News 9
First Nation
by Amanda Stutt
Renowned First Nations filmmaker
Loretta Todd recently partnered up
with the First Nations Studies department at UBC to confront the way
Aboriginal history has been represented in mainstream media.
Todd is working in tandem with
students in the department conducting an Aboriginal Media Lab
that examines and interrogates the
media's representation, and often
misrepresentation, of Aboriginal
"The media has tried to portray
us through a lens of social justice,
but it makes us into victims...like
fragile children who can't have our
own conversations with the world,*
explained Todd.
Todd said that the Media Lab
will be carried out through a series
of think tanks. A main goal of the
project will be focused on influencing media. 'How you are portrayed in the media is how you will
be treated...If you don't control
your image then others will control it for you.*
"It will try to find new ways of presenting knowledge,* she stated.
For example, one UBC student,
Carmen Cray, is looking at the use of
satire in media.
"She's looking at it critically,* said
Todd, "like when is it a subversive
device? And when is it a cliche? When
does it open up dialogue?"  - 	
Todd brought up the example of
the historical vignettes that appear
during commercial breaks on television. Some of these vignettes depict
relations between Aboriginals and
Whites during pivotal moments in
history. According to Todd, "they
are corny and silly...they are parodies of themselves."
Todd said that, "we have to be
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not to internalise the colonisers gaze
and replicate ourselves as arti-
facts...but how do you resist the worst
of Hollywood?*
According to Todd, in contrast,
Aboriginal media asks the audience
to participate and reflect on what the
art means to the individual. Todd
said she is interested in a more active
and less passive audience.
"Ultimately, I would like the audience
to be more thoughtful and less reliant
on old stereotypes.*
Professor Line Kesler, head of the
First Nation's Studies Department, is
working closely with Todd.
Kesler discussed some problems
with the various ways in which
Aboriginal history has been represented in the media. He believes the
Media Lab will, "challenge the notion
of what is made visible and what is
left out..we are confronting how we
think about the past*
He said the Lab will work towards
a "visibility for Aboriginal culture,
understood in a more complex and
sophisticated way."
The Media Lab is interested in the
question of how things enter public
consciousness and strategising about
ways of presenting things like
Aboriginal history or contemporary
issues in a way that's more effective,
he said.
According to Kesler, a huge
weight of media representations
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'are fairly ethnocentric* He believes
an example of this ethnocentric
representation can be found in
the Hollywood movie New World,
which is about the historical
legend of the Aboriginal princess
Pocahontas. He explained how the
trailers for the film depict 'Indians
dancing around campfires...the
whole standard...exoticising of
native culture.*
He elaborated, saying the film
presents itself as big romance,
"where whatever meaning Native
people might have for themselves or
in their own society becomes
eclipsed by the moment of contact
where their meaning is completely
rewritten in terms of the narrative of
European arrival, and that becomes
the real focus of the film.*
He believes the plot gives
"white, patriarchal agency...a heroic stamp of validity."
"It's not the stories that native
people might want to tell about
Loretta Todd agrees with
Kesler's analysis, and explained
how this kind of imagery "conflates
us with the land...the female represents the land and is being subjugated. You conquer her—you conquer the land," she said. HI
by Will Keats-Osborn
Satellite imagery may be the most
efficient way to map the spread of
the mountain pine beetle infestation that is plaguing BC's pine
Research being headed up by
Nicholas Coops in the Faculty of
Forestry at UBC is seeking to
accomplish just that.
"We can use satellite imagery to
detect where the beetle is and how
much forest it's infecting," he said.
"Vegetation reflects a lot of near-
infrared radiation, so a tree that's a
little bit stressed, or it's having the
moisture reduced from the foliage,
will give a much duller near-
infrared response."
The department purchases satellite images collected by the Landsat
and Quickbird satellites and then
digitally enhances them to show
which areas are reflecting unusually high amounts of near-infrared
"Using remote sensing, you can
work out how many hectares have
been lost," Coops said. "Using those
stats you can then estimate what
your volume loss is."
The privately owned Quickbird
satellite, which also provides
images for the popular Google
Earth program, has a resolution of
approximately sixty by sixty centimeters. This focused resolution
allows researchers to pick out individual infested trees from a given
plot of forest.
At three dollars per hectare,
Quickbird imagery is too expensive
for any large-scale mapping, but it
is indispensable for evaluating specific areas of interest like national
parks or pheromone-baited test
plots designed to attract the beetle.
Landsat, which is owned by the
American government, has a resolu
tion of thirty by thirty meters and is
the most cost-effective and thorough
method for mapping the infestation
over the entire province. Compared
to the previous method of sending
an airplane out to take photos of specific areas, this new technology is
extremely effective.
"The satellite can see everything
all the time," said Coops. "Digital
satellite imagery gives you a very
consistent result."
The remote imaging technology
has other applications for the
forestry sector as well, such as
measuring carbon accumulation in
Mountain pine beetles infest
trees by boring through the bark
and inoculating the trees with a
fungus that slows the tree's natural
defensive response. The beetles
then reproduce just under the bark
and the growing insects feed on the
softened wood, thereby robbing the
trees of the nutrients they need to
grow and respirate.
According to Professor John
McLean, the leading mountain pine
beetle entomologist at UBC, the
infestation began in 1992 in
Tweedsmuir Park, and has been
expanding to the east and the south
ever since.
Almost nine million hectares
are now infected in BC.
"The time to do something about
it was when it was a very young
infestation," McLean said.
Aside from baited stands of trees
that are used to trap the beetle, the
most effective solution is to salvage
the lumber before it is too late, and
since logging has been increased to
salvage the infected lumber, the rate
of harvest will have to be decreased
in the coming years to maintain ecological balance.
"Everybody in the province is
going to be affected by this," he
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Friday, 10 February, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Why the controversial cartoons
will not be reprinted in Ubyssey
The Ubyssey has received several
emails and phone calls over the last
couple days regarding certain cartoons depicting Mohammed and
Islam. Terms like "freedom of the
press" and "freedom of speech"
from people encouraging us to run
the graphics clashed with other
terms like "libel* and the "criminal
code" from people cautioning us
against it.
A lawyer for Canadian University
Press, an organisation of which our
paper is a founding member, has
advised national student papers not
to publish said cartoons due to section 319 of the criminal code pertaining to hate crimes: "where there
is a risk of publishing something
against an identifiable group where
incitement is likely to lead to a
breach of the peace, sometimes a
court will say you are guilty of contravening that section."
We haven't run the cartoons but
let us assure you it is most certainly not out of fear of the repercussions. To lawyers, protestors and
extremists we would say bring it
on...if we believed in what the cartoons were saying.
To be perfectly honest, some of
us were considering running the
less offensive comics at one point.
The reasoning at the time was that
printing the cartoons would be an
important gesture in support of
freedom of the press, a right that
we wholeheartedly support. Those
considerations aside, running the
cartoons for that reason alone is
not a very strong argument.
The University of PEI's student
newspaper, The Cadre, decided to
print the cartoons, only to have the
2,000 printed copies retracted
after the University and the
Students' Union put a campus-
wide ban on publishing them. It's
so sad that the moment a university paper raises controversy they
must face debilitating censorship.
But do we  really want to  make
these images the champions of
free speech? While some of them
are less offensive than others,
some are downright racist. All of
them are disrespectful. The real
question after all the reprints that
have occurred over the last two
weeks in Europe and North
America is the following: what purpose would running those cartoons serve at this point in time?
When the cartoons originally
came out in Danish newspapers
they pointed to the deplorable violence coming from Muslim extremists. There are longstanding tensions across Europe between secularists and religious extremists as
the riots in France demonstrated
in 2005.
But what the cartoons failed to do
was separate those extremists from
the peaceful Muslim majority. The
cartoons have successfully perpetuated those negative stereotypes and the
violence that has resulted is a direct
consequence of the gross underestimation of its global implications.
The images may have been
offensive, but their decision to run
the graphics is their editorial
But it's not ours. Freedom of the
press does not give us license to
run offensive and disrespectful content for that sole reason alone.
While we do not condemn any publication that has or is planning to
publish the images—everyone is
entitled to their beliefs of what is
and isn't offensive—the Ubyssey
has decided not run the graphics in
our editorial section because our
editorial staff does not support the
message of the cartoons.
Printing salacious content for
the purpose of dialogue or social
change is important in a democratic society. But printing something
for the sole purpose of being offensive and disrespectful, as would be
the case if we decided to run the
graphics, is not. H
Emerson vs Stronach
Are they really so different?
Is David Emerson a  "whore?"
Has he "prostituted" himself to
the Conservative party? Has his "
salt n' pepper-haired ambition"
driven a knife into the heart of
our fragile Canadian democracy?
Yes, you might be thinking,
reflecting   upon   the   turncoat
politician's defection from the
Liberal opposition bench to the
Harper cabal. But that's not how
the   Emerson   case   has   been
framed    in    the    mainstream
media; nor has any disgruntled
colleague  or  campaign worker
been quoted saying anything of
the sort. Instead, the Vancouver-
Kingsway   representative   gets
away with name-dropping his
Buddhist credentials and waxing
poetically about a "global movement,   economically,   socially,
environmentally"    that    blurs
party lines.
It's a far cry from the treatment that one-time Conservative
leadership candidate Belinda
Stronach received when she
crossed the floor to join the
Liberals in April 2005. Then, former colleague Bob Runciman
dismissed her as an "attractive
dipstick." Conservative Maurice
Vellacott backhandedly dissed
her by noting "different people
prostitute themselves for different costs or different prices."
And Tony Abbott described
Stronach as having "whored*
herself to the Paul Martin camp,
later retracting his remarks.
Of course, this sort of treatment
is nothing new for Stronach. Ever
since her entrance into politics,
she has been repeatedly subject to
scrutiny of her outfits, her hairstyle, and the fact that her father is
a filthy rich man. The Toronto Sun
headlined stories about her with
"Blond Ambition " ran stories on
who should date her, what clothes
she wears, and how high her
pumps were. Even though both
she and Emerson were.wealthy
individuals who opted to take a significant pay cut to enter public
service, Stronach is repeatedly
written into gendered political narratives that cast her as some kind
of slutty Paris Hilton doppelganger
ready to fuck her way to the top of
the political pyramid.
And while Emerson has taken
some flack for his political
move, and will likely rank as
2006's number one turncoat on
many year-end national review
lists, it's unlikely than any disgruntled Liberal will publicly
insinuate that the newly appointed Minister of International
Trade exchanged blowjobs with
the leader of the Conservative
Party in order to curry rank.
That's the advantage of being a
white male corporate demigod
with tufty eyebrows dabbling in
Canadian politics.
Furthermore, when Stronach
jumped ship last year, Tory MP
James Moore referred to her as
"the poster child for hypocrisy."
Almost a year later, Moore hasn't
changed his tune on Stronach
(declaring her the opposite of
"people with principle*) but quickly found a way to excuse the
actions of Emerson, declaring that
the situations were entirely different; Emerson was approached by
the Conservatives (read: virgin),
while Stronach allegedly went
ahead and approached the
Liberals all on her own (read:
whore). WTF?
In a perfect world, both
Stronach AND Emerson would
be "whores." Or maybe we could
drop this sexist language entirely and concentrate on determining which is the greater evil:
abandoning a party during a sitting parliament, or changing
political allegiance barely two
weeks after an election? Can anyone say by-election? II
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Pontificate elsewhere
I found Paul Sutton's most recent
pontification ("Harper, Campbell,
Sullivan, Keystone..." [Feb. 3]) as yet
another reason why this person
should be neither a politician, a
spokesperson, or a person representing the University and its
This blustery editorial comes
from a man who did not take his
defeat in last year's election gracefully, wrongfully presuming that the
majority of UBC students (or at least
a marginal 2,000 of them) would
support him as their leader for one
of Canada's largest student societies. He is wrong in assujning that
the issue of queerness is what has
prevented him from being heard in
Council and in various protests
across campus.
What has prevented him from
being elevated in any status on campus is his attitude—any conversation that he generates has always
started and ended with him being
defensive about one thing or another. He is neither conciliatory or a
diplomat, two things needed by a
leader, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race, etc.
For those who know Paul or have
witnessed him in Council meetings,
you will no doubt have seen him
exhibit this kind of behavior. Paul,
isn't it time you get off campus to
see who can hire you? Maybe then,
you'll understand why your anger,
attitude, and blatant overuse of the
word "activist" is what's preventing
you from being heard—although I'm
sure CUPE would love to have you.
—Lisa More
Arts 4
Following through
I am writing to confirm and further
illustrate a point I made in my article    in    Friday's    Pride    Issue
("Harper,     Campbell,     Sullivan,
Keystone, or wouldn't it be great if
we could afford to eat?*). In a conversation following Friday's publication   with    current   AMS   VP
Finance and President-elect Kevin
Keystone, he relayed to me how
some people mis-read my article as
declaring a contest to see who is
gayer:  me,  Karen Ward,   or  Mr
Keystone. Instead, my argument is
that out, queer candidates who take
what is commonly called an "out
left stance* often have their politics
and sexual identities read together.
This isn't that strange, considering
that the North American queer liberation movement is  something
that erupted out of the feminist
movement which, at its base, is
counter-cultural,  advocating a redefinition of gender (and later sexual) values that threatens  dominant thinking that puts whiteness,
straightness and maleness at the
top of the hierarchy. Thus, opponents to left queer candidates in
attacking their leftness also attack
their queerness, as in this case; our
politics and our bodies are
In case that sounds too abstract,
here is an example of how this
erupts in the everyday. I just came
inside from the Outweek pride flag
raising ceremony, and noticed that
one AMS executive, Mr Keystone,
and one UBC senior administrator,
Mr Brian Sullivan, Vice-President
Students,  were in  attendance.  It
was only these two who witnessed
the speeches lauding UBC for being
a safer place for queer and trans
people  since   1971   (when Pride
started),  but also  criticising the
AMS and the University for the
shortfalls they've made in representing queer communities effectively. I am dismayed by our representatives'   lack   of   attendance:
there are four sitting AMS executives,  and four more executives-
elect who could've attended, but
elected not to, communicating to
me and the ceremony's other attendees how seriously we, as a queer
and trans community, are taken on
this   campus.   Granted,   Stephen
Lewis was also lecturing this morning, and maybe they were there witnessing his  extremely important
message.   However,   it  would've
been great if more executive personnel in the student union and
University alike could've left their
offices on this bright, overcast day,
to celebrate our successes and take
note of the deficits we're counting
on them to help us correct.
—Paul Sutton
Arts 4
David Emerson betrayed the
Dear David,
You really are a piece of work.
Most MPs at least wait for the ink
to dry on the ballots before they
betray their electorate for their
own personal advancement. You
can argue all you want that it was
your name on the ballot, and not
your party's, but do you really
think those 20,000-odd people
would have voted for you had you
shown your true colours from the
start? A lot of those people voted
for you specifically to avoid winding up with a Conservative MP,
but it turns out that they got one
It's not everyone who is able to
make a whole country just a little
more cynical about politics. You saw
your opportunity and you sure went,
for it. I want you to do me a favour:
Imagine that eighteen year-old who
voted for the first time ever, and put
their mark next to your name.
Imagine what you are contributing
to their education. Think about that,
and then think about calling that by-
election you owe us.
Most sincerely,
—Ben Coli
fifth-year unclassified
Do you think Emerson
"No. Stronach didn't have to pay
anything back, why should he?"
—Erik Lauder
Resource Economics 4
'I'm not really up on politics."
—Amanda Brooks
Arts 2
"I think politics should really stop
interfering with midterm week. I   m
a little busy. Come back later."
—Robert Cross
Geological Engineering 5
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"Yes because he   saprickThat   s
taxpayer money. I want it back.*
—Brendan Denault
CITR Volunteer
"I don't think he should pay back
the money, but I think he should
resign or run in a by-election."
—Duncan McHugh
Multimedia Developer, LaFS
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■M THE UBYSSEY   Friday. 10 February. 2006
Human rights tribunal trial dismissed
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by Bryan Zandberg
A recent BC Human Rights Tribunal
(BCHRT) decision cleared UBC, the
UBC Faculty Association and four of
its professors from a student's
claim that they discriminated
against her because of her Anglican
Christian faith.
Cynthia Maughan, a 47-year-old
student who completed a Master's in
English last semester, filed simultaneous claims—a human rights complaint and a civil lawuit—over a series
of events between 2001 and 2004
which she claimed were a continuous
breach of her human rights.
Maughan alleged the pattern
began with an internal e-mail, wherein a graduate student wrote that then-
Reform party leader Stockwell Day
made him "recall fondly a time-period when Christians were stoned."
BCHRT member Judy Parrack dismissed Maughan's human rights
complaint in its entirety, stating that
many of Maughan's claims had been
filed too late and that even if they had
not been there were no grounds for
her claim.
"I think all of us who were
involved were very happy indeed
with the decision," said Professor
Loraine Weir. Weir was named in
both the lawsuit and the human
rights complaint
Maughan claimed Weir engaged
in a "sustained, hostile approach
towards her* after Maughan refused
to take part in a Sunday graduate
student colloquium for a seminar
she was taking with Weir in the
spring of 2001. Maughan said she
was reluctant to attend/oa-aceouat-
of her religious belief that the
Sabbath is a holy day and because
the colloquium was at the home of
the student that had written the
email about stoning Christians.
When Maughan was given a
grade of 73 per cent in the seminar, she appealed it based on the
argument that it was a further
instance of discrimination.
UBC faculty Anne Scott, Susanna
Egan and Judy Segal all wrote letters
in support of Weir as a part of an
internal appeal.
In October 2002, Maughan
brought an $18 million lawsuit against Weir, UBC, and Scott,
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Egan and Segal.
In 2003 and 2004 both the
Canandian Association of University
Teachers (CAUT) and the UBC Faculty
Association published articles about
the lawsuit UBC and CAUT held a
forum on academic freedom and
censorship in 2004 wherein the
Maughan case was on the agenda.
In March of 2005 Maughan
included all three parties in her
human rights complaint, alleging
these acts displayed ongoing contempt of her religious beliefs.
Tribunal member Parrack disagreed on the grounds that discussing
an allegation of discrimination in a
public document did not constitute a
further act of discrimination.
"If Ms Maughan were correct, it
would mean that no respondent
could defend or speak about allegations made against him or her in a
public document," said Parrack in
her decision.
Parrack also ruled that Maughan
filed her complaint later than the
allotted six months after many of the
incidents occured. She added, however, that even if Maughan had
filed complaint on time it would
have been dismissed on the same
Weir said Parrack's written decision "expresses an eloquent defense
of expressive freedoms in the academic context" She added that the
experience has not altered her
approach to teaching.
"It's probably made me even
more conscious than I was before the
lawsuit of what a privileged location
the classroom is and how very important [it] is for all of us who participate
in academic life," said Weir.
The $18 million civil suit still
stands before the BC Supreme Court
and a move by UBC to have the claim
dismissed was turned down.
Unlike the human rights complaint, the civil suit has to do with a
rare tort law under the Civil Rights
Protection Act This means Maughan
will have to prove that the defendants consciously intended to
breach her civil rights.
Hubert Lai, legal counsel for
UBC, said the case rides on "a little-
known and virtually unused piece
of legislation.*
He called the situation "unusual"
because it has to do with intent
Whereas under the BC Human Rights
Code someone may be found guilty
even if they have discriminated
against someone by accident, the
Civil Rights Protection Act is
designed to address the intent of
somebody promoting hatred or the
superiority or inferiority of an individual or a group.
The BC Civil Liberties Association
opposes the Civil Rights Protection
Act as an unreasonable interference
with freedom of expression.
James Turk, executive director of
CAUT, said she's happy with
Parrack's decision and that anything
else "would effectively silence a good
deal of discussion in this country."
Maughan could not be reached
for comment At an earlier date,
however, she noted that her reason
for launching the lawsuit was to
"make students who want to honour their faith know that, if they
feel they have been denied that
right in the university context, they
can pursue university appeal
processes without being subject to
contempt or hatred."
The court date for the civil suit has
yet to be set II
Finding a home for the $30 million of fill
Artificial Wreck Beach
island proposal groundless,
say transit officials
by Kristen Kewarken
Rumours that excess fill from the
RAV line construction will be used to
build an island off of Wreck Beach
can be put to rest, according to
Wayne Pledger, manager of the Rapid
Transit Office.
"In any of the discussions I have
had with the RAV Contractors, I
haven't heard any interest in using
the excavated fill for a Wreck Beach
Island,* said Pledger.
When the new island, along with
another proposal that involved building a highway from UBC to
Vancouver International Airport,
made news in November, it created a
wave of opposition.
In a letter to the Province, Judy
Williams of the Wreck Beach
Preservation Society    wrote, "The
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anchoring infrastructure needed for
such an island would not only obliterate fragile wildlife habitat, but
would also uglify Vancouver."
While Pledger was quick to dismiss the idea, Richard Balfour, a
member of the Vancouver City
Planning Commission, and the
man behind the idea, continues to
defend his creation: "not only does
this [proposal] give us a terminal
within ten minutes of downtown,
bridge and small tunnel to 16th
Avenue, it gives UBC south Fraser
students a faster route into UBC,
new park islands to stop UBC cliff
Balfour insists he had good reason to behind his proposal saying
that "it was admitted [the fill] was
going to be dumped at sea. This is not
good for the fish but worse still the fill
is sand and sandstone and as a building material alone is worth $20 to
$30 million.*
In TransitBC, the company contracted to build the RAV line, is not
planning on letting the $20 million
worth "of material go to the fish,
"Our goal would be to find someone who's interested in it and sell it
to them and hopefully recover our
costs," said Steve Crombie, VP of
Public Affairs for In TransitBC.
Crombie stated that several
groups have approached In Transit
BC for use of the fill, including YVR
and the City of Richmond, who plan
to use it for pre-loading purposes.
He also said he has been
approached by, "at least one First
Nations Band."
Ultimately, it will be In TransitBC
who decides what to do with the fill
that according to Crombie, will probably not even be available for another
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fJS^j Protesters demand resignation
Vancouver-Kingsway residents feel "betrayed" and "cheated" by Emerson defection
by Eric Szeto
A handful of disheveled protesters holding placards painted with messages calling him a liar and saying "Recall
Emerson," staged a sit-in at the office of
newly declared Conservate MP David
Emerson Wednesday.
"This is hypocrisy," said Pablo Coffey, a
protester in front of the media scrum. "Its
brazen hypocrisy and it's very dangerous."
"We're seeing people from all parties
and all parts of Canada that are sick and
tired of this kind of politics," he added.
The former Liberal MP shocked
Canadians Monday after he announced
that he would be crossing the floor to the
join the Conservatives just ten days after
being reelected as a Liberal in the
Vancouver-Kingsway riding.
As part of his agreement to defect to
the Conservative party, Emerson will now
become the Minister of International
Trade and also be responsible for han
dling the Pacific Gateway project and the
Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
While his actions will do little to
change the political landscape in the
House of Commons, it did refresh people's memories of MP Belinda
Stronach's Conservative to Liberal
crossover in April 2005—a move that
created a similar uproar.
Voting Conservative in the recent election, Bobby Wong, a concerned resident in
the riding, questioned Emerson's integrity.
"He is an ideal opportunist and the reason why he'd rather serve any government of the day rather than represent the
people of his riding," he said.
Dominic Godbout, who had a same-sex
marriage last June, feels that this move
puts him and his husband in a "precarious" situation.
"Mr Harper, as quickly as he can, he
will act on this and he will repeal any law
that allows gays to be married and then
my marriage certificate," he said.
"What will it mean then?" he asked
while displaying his marriage certificate.
"Do I have to divorce?"
Godbout, who strategically voted
Liberal in the last campaign, has also
made calls to Emerson's office demanding his campaign contributions back but
has yet to receive any response.
"It is astounding that after contributing
to the Liberal campaign in this riding,
being a gay man married in this riding
now suddenly he's joined a party which is
unwavering [to same-sex marriage]."
"This sort of trickery is scandalous,"
Godbout said. "It demoralises you and you
lose your faith in the democratic system."
The Vancouver-Kingsway riding is historically a Liberal and NDP stronghold. In
the last election Emerson received almost
a quarter more of the vote share than second place NDP Ian Waddell and more
than doubled than his Conservative counterpart, Kanman Wong.
Emerson was in Ottawa handling
cabinet matters and was unavailable
for comment. II
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Strike vote
Members of CUPE local 2278, the
teaching assistant's union at UBC,
voted overwhelmingly in favour of
holding a vote to authourise a strike
at a meeting on Tuesday.
Without a contract since August
2005, the vote is being held to put
pressure on the University, said
Sarah Pemberton, VP of CUPE local
"The reason we're doing this is to
get some leverage at the bargaining
table, " she commented.
The vote dates are not finalised
but will be sometime not too long
after reading week, said Pemberton.
If the vote succeeds, however, it
won't necessarily result in job action.
An additional vote would be required
for that, explained Pemberton.
Teaching assistants went on strike
in early 2003 but were legislated
back to work by the provincial government on March 12 of that year. II
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