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Array £>>—-• ———
noJZAiwnvestigation of
mysterious religion. Pages 4-5
House music by Sasha.
Welsh DJ rocks Vancouver. Page 3.
Paying for what?
We weigh in on the proposed increases
to 'non-instructional' fees. Page 6.
Scrum sisters:
Inside the women's rugby team.
Page 7.
GAP back at UBC.
Students For Choice and GAP displays
exist harmoniously. Page 8.
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■^^SMlMil^iMI Friday, October 11, 2002
15: Documentary "Paying the Price:
Killing the Children of Iraq" SUB
214/216, 12-2pm. Thur Oct 17: Panel
Discussion/Speakers. SUB Theatre, 12-
2pm. Fri Oct 18: "Peace Fair" SUB-12-
Everything 10-80% off. Oct 10-16. Philosophy,-Cultural Studies, Feminist.
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PASS to a
screening of:
The Ring
October 16th
at 7:00pm,
Granville Theatre at
855 Granville St.
V   E   A   WAY
isters bang on
in theatres now
by Alison Bones
If you're in need of light-hearted
entertainment and a good laugh, go
see The Banger Sisters. This hilarious movie starring Goldie Hawn
and Susan Sarandon is about two
women who share the same groupie
pasL They grow up to be polar oppop-
sites, however, "one who's living in
the past, and one who's hiding from
it," as the official synopsis says.
The funniest aspects of The
Banger Sisters axe the characterisations. There is Suzette (played by
Hawn), who could easily pass for
groupie Penny Lane from Almost
Famous, aged twenty-five years.
Between Suzette's free spirit, over
done boob job and contagious energy, the audience can't help but adore
her. Then there is Harry (played by
Geoffrey Rush), who has the funniest character development of everyone. I won't say any more about this
character, because it is the irony of
his development that makes him so
There were times during The
Banger Sisters when I couldn't help
but laugh out loud (which is something that rarely happens to me during movies). Despite the somewhat
predictable plot, I just couldn't get
over the hysterical situations that
the characters found themselves in.
Prepare yourself for some shocking
My only complaints about The
Banger Sisters are that the plot
moved too slowly and the ending
was corny. A main element of the
plot is that Suzette needs to see her
old best friend/ groupie partner,
Lavinia (played by Sarandon), in
order to get a loan. But it took
almost half of the movie to finally
get Lavinia and Suzette in the same
As for the ending, the movie concluded with the worst valedictory
address that I have ever heard. The
ending would have been better off
without the speech, because it was
by no means essential to the story.
All it did was reinforce in words
what the characters and the audience had already figured out.
Considering the amount of times
it will m&ke you laugh, The Banger
Sisters is worth seeing. Although it
lacks in plot originality and pacing,
the characters, dialogue and funny
situations will make the movie
worth the money. ♦
U-Pick Pumpkins at UBC Farm,
Oct. 12,19 and 26-31 from llam-3pm
No better way to feel like a kid than pickin' out a
pumpkin for Halloween. UBC farm is holding their
annual U-Pick Pumpkin event beginning this Saturday.
Big jack-o-lanterns will cost you $4 and small sugar
pumpkins run for $2.
"Beyond Reasonable Doubt" at The Deep Cove Shaw
Theatre (4360 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver), until
Oct. 26
Deep Cove presents Jeffery Archer's murder mystery
about a successful lawyer on trial for the murder of his
ill wife. Although it's all the way in North Van., the cheap
tickets ($6 to $12) are worth the trek.
While most athletes will be chowing down at the dinner table, the men's hocljey team hosts the
Saskatchewan Huskies Friday and Saturday night at the
Winter Sports Centre. What better way to celebrate a
' Canadian holiday than go to a hockey game? The puck
drops at 7:30pm and tickets are $2 if you flash your student card. ♦
All Films $3.00
in the Norm (SUB Theatre)
Film Hotline: 822-3697
or check out
Fri Oct 11 - Sun Oct 13
7:00 Lilo and Stitch
9:30 Men in Black 2
Wed Oct 16 - Thurs Oct 17
7:00 The Piano Teacher
9:30 L'emploi du temps (Time Out)
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Friday, October 11,2002
Jl!; «&f ss^fjia|axi|f:
at the  Vancouver East Cultural
Oct. 6
by Vampyra Dracu!ea
Standing Wave opened their
2002/2003 concert season on
Sunday night with a great assortment of innovative contemporary
art music, including works by Peter
Hatch, Iannis Xenakis and
Jacqueline Leggatt.
All of the pieces were good, but
I'd have to say the first piece,
"Music Is A Beautiful Disease," by
Hatch, was my personal favourite of
the evening. Hatch's program notes
explained that this piece was born
out of a dream he had, and I think
he was very successful in keeping a
dreamlike, ethereal feel to the
To further this effect, violinist
Rebecca Whitling and clarinetist
Francois Huole at times moved
slowly away from the rest of the
group as though sleepwalking, and
pianist Marguerite Witvoet played
with her head on the top of the
piano as though she too was
The bare stage was bathed in
dim bluish light to give a twilight
feel. The piece seemed to be trying
to recollect and reconstruct a series
of dream images, with fragments of
recurrent themes and motives fading in and out during the piece.
Also, much like dreams, it was a
piece full of contrasts, juxtaposing
different extremes of volume, tone
and texture. It reminded me of waking in the morning and remembering bits of different dreams all jumbled up, and then slowly piecing the
storyline back together. I particularly liked the way that certain notes
were allowed to ring and resonate
to their natural ends, kind of like
how a dream fades into memory,
yet still stays with you as you
become more alert
I also really liked "Akimbo H" by
Leggatt. This was an intricate duo
for piano and marimba performed
by Witvoet and percussionist Vern
Griffiths, who is the newest member of Standing Wave as well as a
professor at the UBC School of
Music. It was a very beautiful piece
using a variety of techniques,
including plucking the piano
strings, hitting the strings inside
with rubber mallets and letting the
strings resonate in echoes of the
marimba. Like Hatch's piece, this
also worked with juxtapositions of
Though some of the set-ups
between songs were rather long
and broke the flow of the performance, this was still a great concert.
For anyone who missed this one,
don't worry—there are still three
more concerts in Standing Wave's
season. ♦
Mockingbird soars
at the Stanley Theatre
until Nov. 3
by Aman Sharma
Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird is one of
those works of literature that is part of our collective consciousness. It seems that everyone's read
this novel about the assumptions of racism, and it
seems everyone has had an emotional reaction to
it Transferring such a beloved novel from book to
stage is no small task, and I went to the show prepared for many degrees of disappointment
As soon as I walked into the Stanley Theatre,
however, I felt the electricity of a real production.
From the ladies at the box office to the doorman to
the bartender, eveiyone involved seemed proud
and excited to be part of theatre. Through a crack
in the door, I saw an usher doing a little jig with her
counterparts, just having fun. When was the last
time you saw one of the automatons at the local
multi-screen mega-cinema doing a jig? Everyone
seemed to be enjoying him or herself quite a bit,
and for me that stuff is part of the experience, and
' rubs off in a big way.
The setting of 1930s Alabama was very well
done, simply and with confidence. The significance
and effectiveness of the set snuck up on me with
familiarity. My favourite parts of the set were the
various screen doors on the houses of Maycomb—
that intimate creak of the springs made me feel at
home. I also particularly enjoyed the simple juxtapositions that echoed the plot of the play. The tan
suit of Atticus Finch was an earthy portrayal of a
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man inhabiting both sides of an imagined boundary, and Boo Radley's dark, broken-down house
was a play on the dominant perceptions of colour.
Both the set and wardrobe served their purposes
well, contributing to the performance without stealing any thunder from the actors.
A production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" comes
pre-wrapped with a couple of challenges. Its most
significant character is a child. (Scout Finch), and I
wondered how the young actors would handle the
demands of live theatre. To my absolute delight,
the children were the best actors on the stage. A
young Nirit Rozenberg played Scout with a real passion and poise, stealing the show from Kevin
McNulty's stalwart performance of Scout's father,
Atticus Finch. The two were outstanding together,
with McNulty's stoic Atticus guiding the exuberance and curiosity of Scout However, the performance I found most compelling was Dylan
Williams's rendition of Jem Finch. This young man
was simply outstanding—he really got into the head
of Jem, and played the role with a maturity that was
well beyond his years. Of particular note was the
exceptional blocking by Williams, as he manipulated many levels of intimacy with an informed utilisation of space between characters—pretty good for
a 12 year-old. Coincidentally, the play's only static
moment was the courtroom scene, when the young
actors were not playing prominent roles. Haley Joel
Osment should be sweating, because these two
kids are playing roles with a depth and intelligence
that could lose him some jobs.
This play is an extremely professional and polished production, with qualify casting that extends
to the smallest roles. A real close proximity with
acting is had here, and the audience has a relationship with the performers that can't be found in
movies or television. If you haven't experienced
live theatre in a while, this is the show to see. At the
very least, this play about phenotypically-based
relationships is affecting—at best, it's downright
poignant ♦
Sasha in the house
with DJ Sean Cusick
at the Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 3
by Patrick Lok
To the average progressive house fan, the name Sasha makes hearts flutter.
Sasha, born Alexander Coe and nicknamed "The Man Like," has been devastating dance floors for the better part of 15 years. The Welsh-born DJ/producer, 30
years young, has held residencies at the legendary superclubs Hacienda and
Twilo. His Northern Exposure and Global Underground mix series round out a
sparkling resume, which boasts collaborations with William Orbit, Madonna,
BT and the Chemical Brothers. Last Thursday his promotional
"Airdrawndagger" tour stopped in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom.
When the king of progressive house took over the decks from opening DJ Sean
Cusick, the dance floor was immediately at maximum capacity, as an atmosphere
of euphoric hand-waving and monstrous  screaming materialised. With the
crowd's anticipation at its peak, Sasha dropped the seminal track "Chimera—Just
Wanna Do My Thing." His set started with tough beats, quickly moving to more
melodic, techy anthems. Unfortunately, the trancey breakdowns were overabundant,
leading to a lot of standing around on the dance floor.
In the second half of his set, massive new tracks such as James Holden's "Nothing," and
Sasha's own collaboration with junkie XL, "Beauty Never Fades," kept the crowd's feet moving. However, a good third of the audience seemed like plodding zombies, and it didn't help
that Sasha didn't look up from the wheels of steel once during his entire set. His finale, an
"Xpander vs. Cowgirl" bootleg, had the majority of the audience dancing in a sterile atmosphere of restrained hype.
Fan response was varied; some thought it was "damn good" and "dope shit!" Another said,
"he played his records too long, and he didn't connect. He wasn't into it." Being a huge Sasha
fan, I reluctantly group myself with the disappointed. His lack of effort produced a stale energy, while his mix lacked the precise edge that most of his sets have. Although the tunes were
upfront and quality, his unwillingness to connect with the crowd made it seem like a routine—also missing were his recently released favourites such as "Wave 3* and "Dark Suite
Considering the tour is titled "Airdrawndagger" in promotion of his debut album,
it was surprising that none of its tunes were showcased. Due to his apparent
indifference, Sasha certainly didn't live up to his billing as "The Son of God."
However, after considering the generally positive reaction from the masses,
I'd have to say his impeccable reputation saved him on Thursday evening. ♦ _\\
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people sitting, calmly at their desks.        ""' ,,
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Immediately, a. man~ approaches me,
inquiring as to my business, % play innocent,
citing an interest in Scientplogythat remains
unquenched by my casual1 web surfing. He
offers to show me an instructibnafVideo that
he hopes will answer some of my quoHti'pjis,
and I accept v   - Y
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cle, where I sit among stacks of videos with
names like Operation Manual for the Mind
and The Dynamic Principles of Existence. The
video I watch consists entirely of a 1966 mte^C
view with L. Ron Hubbard, the charismatic
founder of Scientology. He has 'cult leader'
written all over him: a friendly Nebraska
drawl, intent eyes, an avuncular air. I do my
best to conceal my reporter's notebook m
which I furiously scrawl notes, convinced that
I am being watched.
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known in Scientology circles—explains that
the practice of his new religion, which to my
eye seems like a harmless mix of futuristic
techno-spiritualify and crack psychotherapy,
can improve my reaction time, alertness,
overall happiness and IQ. He discusses
Scientology therapy, or 'processing,' as well
as the training involved to become a full practitioner, or 'auditor.' It all sounds terribly
Orwellian to me, but I keep listening.
What I discern to be the basic premise of
the faith is the following: human beings, in
their unconscious or 'reactive' minds, accumulate memories of painful experiences,
which Scientology calls 'engrams.' The presence of these engrams impedes personal
development and happiness in one's later life,
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irres}'vjn_iblo," as well as "totally insensitive
and without ki-art" OuciBV
Alain tel!s me lhat my Cbiqdition is urgent,
but that—ror.vemeiidy—S'-ionlology can help
me. As I «lart lo wonder about the legitimacy
of the lesl, Ala-.n. becomes allti^'thcr more
aggressive, demanding what I plan lo do
about the advanced stale of miteiy and initial
turpitude in which I have found mj.eif
Deciding that I have had enough, I t-\lnc,atd
myself from the silualion, 1 a.ng budgolary
' ccmslraints and a need to think thing- qver, I
f pronnse to return later in the week and quick-
- ly waSfe out, vowing never to return Afraid of
being fofloji^ed, I take a circuitous route home.
Sclentojo^isi t^racket,  a savvy
scheme d^W^^'te extract cash fr > n vw.ik-
willed and brainwasned adherents?
infegr^tetl into socie
not a cult/
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,.-*'", v , < f -,'    t: ^nT^A, comes to Scientbfegy/ €owan says. "It seenCis, ,
ScientolOg|stS|E_'^p^Q»'X,     like we want ta criticise Scientology^for som0-,
s! 7*•'       'Y*-!'   ->-   !~"      1T    ''~ 'Y   thing that is c§p__fe$S_____lly American: cotp--
QyfhpWC^Yety W^L-r; * .^modifying evoytM^i tfcnk it's very intej^
sting that a- coij^oVerslal new religious
.ovement is cjitf^Oed" fok something that fe~ '
een as a credit t^ ^i^ri^an society in any' -
'>": Tnumber of othesr; \vay9. ^girdless, I've talked '
to lots of Scientologists, wno aren't out thei;e   ■
scamming people fof money,' he says.
One could easfflf mak| the case that org4»-  .
ised religion has bf en. Mmmodifying, or selling,  itself; __v Ctbtup.es.  Why,  then, has
Scientolo^ $2mh& itself tmder specific aftackY
for ,a1telbtites, shkretl not only by other relit -,
Amon^tlj.f.tfac^Jl'fgrned: that adherents   , gj^n%%tals>3 ^Western society itself Y - ' <
can buy u^uitn^^^nu^e^bla^^fli^^V   ,,-*-tnink_iaiui many ways, Scientologyh^s,
the supreme. ^el^otiS l^Ve|-_pf --fOp'esfa6ngV,.o$&-*«i:'-^f'to criticism Every time you use
Thetan' involves spMlji^t~Jng^rla^,^^|^^ - heWk0^as spokespeople," CowansayS# "you ;
Ron Hubbard has" 'dange^psly hyp"nop§*'-^j)pefi yourself to ridicule. What 'does Jenna?'
\eyes, that Scientologists are frigMening'stalS^   Elfman have to say to me abcra* sgirituali^f
ps^Kiordia Universily
> 1w|, that Scientology treatments can help me
Y J|_wget over the death of a parent in just one
\ yis^apd^aore.
Ii,v^as onlj ^ter my paranoid jaunt to the
;; Cnurc&Yof Scleniolbgy that I bothered to seek
She recites lines like the?& fbf a liyingl^ ^ut
Scientology—nonetitefess—h."-? .-'-J u< k *gold
with its celebrity^ h^-jm'fi^5 ■ ■■n\cils. 'We
are a celebrity^frivgn {ri"U-"P.' c-ominues
Cpwan,'*aM Sden&logy has taken advantage
^t,^«iiblelr£o^a1ionr€^dii^my, expert- "ofthat*
eniCiwtWmmti^fibo^t&s^^ all   _a«- <rJP?ertl
s, however, view
,^eifentplogy m so positive a light Dr Stephen
' Kf,n^ 4f^c»Mo^st of religion at the University
i'of* Alberta, points to Scientology's extrerQe
secrecy, rigorous doctrinal study and attempts
to control the lives of its members as indicar
tors that the faith is certainly not innocuous*
"There is much debate about what a cult is,
and I try to avoid using that kind of terminology,' Kent says, "But regardless of how you
One can't really be blamed for holding
biased, stereotyped views of Scientology. The
cult-cum-religion is a favourite punching bag
of the mainstream media, particularly given
its penchant for recruiting celebrities. Isaac
Hayes, John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Chick
Core a, Juliette Lewis, Jenna Elfman, Lisa
Marie Presley and Nancy Cartwright—the
voice of Bart Simpson—can all be counted
among its converts.
Scientology is also frequently targeted as
being a racket; much is made of the high
prices charged for training, materials and buying various levels of devotion or enlightenment within its hierarchy of faith. Attaining
"Gold Patron Meritorious' status, the top of
isatfon Behead if I wjis pleasantly s^tpiisedio-
discover a'''iikjabe^bf l^adi^|' autnbri^sl In;
the field of new re_igk>u$jtiK5¥«n^pl3_ (NRgJ^;
who actually support Scientology "as"*, bona
fide religion and who see the term 'cult' as a
total misnomer.
7s^Scientology is definitely a legitimate religion/1 attests Professor Susan Palmer, an
expert on, modern, religions who teaches a
! course called 'Cults and Religious Controversy' ; 'classify It, serious moraL ethical and personal
at Concordia llniyersi^: *^ religions a ^oupY   issues exist within Scientology. The lower-
_i* 1- ...t'_--jj_._^J.PL-...i4j^.i^—^_^^_^.    leyd functionaries don't necessarily know
about the'upper-level abuses-.*
7 Kent- cites LY 'Ron Hubbard's own
Scientology dictionary. Modern Management
technology Defined, as evidence of
Scientology's nebulous and sinister ways. In
it, one of the given definitions of 'ethics' is the
following: "The purpose of ethics is to remove
counter-intentions from the environment
Having accomplished that, the purpose
becomes to remove other intentionedness
[sicj.from the environment' One interpretation of such newspeak is that the purpose of
Scientology is to eliminate all its opposition,
Kent proposes.
"Once you're in the Church,' Kent says, 'no
discussion, debate or criticism are permitted.
Higher-level adherents must advertise and
advance L. Ron Hubbard's teachings in all
aspects of their lives, or else they will be
silenced.' What's more, Scientology is
extremely secretive and closeted about its
sacred texts and upper religious levels, punishing and attacking those who release such
'classified' information
"There are issues about full disclosure,'
of people whh address ths iiltimata* questions
of me^wng'and Ufe/ JPaliner believes that U13
word 'cini' has been at»u.-ed and eirplcyerl
particularly iii the media, as an recuse to isolate and persecute- nascent religious movements. "On the whole. Scientologists are people who are very well-integrated into society—
they no longer have a charismatic leader, they
don't demand that their adherents drop out of
s society, they use modern medicine,' she says.
' ."They're not a cult'
Douglas Cowan, prpfessor of Religious
Studies and Sociology at the- Umversirl*"of"
Missouri/ Kansas City, agrees. "In the early
1950s, when Scientology was first getting
started, it was not a religion—it was more like
Freudian psychoanalysis with a techno twist,'
he comments. "But now it's evolved. It accords
with all the accepted definitions of a religion
and so a case can certainly be made for it in
that respect That's not a value judgement on
whether it's good or bad."
Both Palmer and Cowan point to the religious phenomenon's popularity, its resilience
in the face of adversity and its similarity to
many other accepted faiths as indicators of its
So Scientol".;v Kis ili'wr.y cat-h-'d ~.n un
u'lr ennsumen-m, -«t ult-brity Feti-hes .i!.J
uilt searching f"r m i-liT'i s-juri'u .''ly 1:1.1 'fih-
nologieal and glob-di^d .v nVL T'ti »U>-_nt; to
1hinkt»|ttheseScientoli'Ui'-:s, .\\ 'iiipi"hap.-.a
litife 'creative in their b.'Y, r*. -in* r.i,hcr
cfevef-Aey're obviouslj fil]':„>.i iU'hii .i:id, \$
Cotfvaii observes, "they ma\ *vj wiiHr« wry
hard to create that niche, but Jwy'ri* ^aL^h :i%
it nonetheless." The com!or it.-13 of high'oi-h
Fal_j an<|entrepreneur! il 'i!rw\ as k )pjky as it
may sound, has proven mii »-W' J iv.irl«!wiiif».
"I sfe Scientology is .i !i-.uli:fvi''.i'tl,
traiisn^ional organisati'm, '>"ly tnrl "f whu h
isrelig»us," Kent says. In I nicy's ioTJi'».t, •me
of cc^orations and gl-i!'.l m:' 'MHi'j'inn,
SdeMology seems to be J'e bi/uiiv, pcifcd
religious manifestation of Ji-ar 'nilli'inl ^1
'   f "Scientology looks like one >f ill, new 1 ( h
gious movements that ivil _.l_illy .-Jivne "
Palmer says. "They've o\r-,M™ ihe death of
their leader, as well as incredible) ppr.-ei uLinn
and bigotry.'
Jean La Riviere, Dir-rt'T of Public \ffairs
at Montreal's Church, of S'-k-ntology 'ind a
practitioner of tile faith snip IM i, acknowledges how damaging~" the widespread criticism and' scapegoatiiig'of Scientology has
been for its believers-"It's |6rd to hear these
stoiii'.s, which continue/pushing negative
steieotvpes of our-,Beliefs." La Riviere
observes that any nev^ religion encounters difficulty and opposjtfon at its inception, as did
Christianity a^d other now-accepted faiths
when they were getting off the ground.
'When you have a new religious movement, this kind of targeting happens because
the faith is not understood,' La Riviere says.
"Right away, because they don't have any
information, people will create information
for themselves. It's unfortunate, but that's
how human nature works."
What does the future hold for Scientology?
It's hard to say. Now that society has legions of
second- and third-generation Scientologists on
its hands, it looks as though the faith is here to
stay. "If the media start reporting on
Scientology in a more positive way,' Cowan
remarks, "that might fuel its growth even
In the end, Scientologists' are harmless—
they don't have laser eyes, they won't stalk
your family, they don't have apocalyptic fantasies. They're just people who go to church,
like any other people who go to church.
Ultimately, I'm amazed at how entrenched my
misconceptions about these people were, and
I feel rather silly.
I have to say, my greatest comfort through
this whole experience has been learning that
the personality test I took at the Church has
been widely documented as being skewed—
designed to indicate that people have problems that Scientology can solve. So while I
may still need to worry about my stereotypes
and biases, I can sleep easy about my hysterical, violent outbursts. ♦
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Carol Richards
Professor, Rehabilitation Department, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University
Rehabilitation Research Centre, Quebec Rehabilitation Institute (CIRRIS)
Director, Quebec Provincial Rehabilitation Research Network (REPAR)
Research Networking Across Canada
Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30pm
Graham House, Green College UBC
Enhancing Rehabilitation Outcomes Tltrough Mental Practice
Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00pm
GF Strong Auditorium, 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver
Research in Cerebral Palsy: An International Perspective
Thursday, October 17 at 12:00
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, 3644 Slocan Street,
Establishing an Interdisciplinary Research Centre [ICORD]
Thursday, October 17 at 3:00pm
Family & Nutritional Sciences Room 40, 2205 East Mall, UBC
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Woodward IRC, Hall 2, UBC
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"Wooo!" said Ampin Sharma. IVdoooI" echoed Patrick Lok. Hie
party was underway. Iva Cheung and Roberto Wittmann clinked
their bottles together, the camera shilling away just as they
were about to take a sip. It ibcused on Michael Schwandt who
raised his can in the air and yelled. "Woooool" he said. Laura
Blue and Kathleen Deering grooved to the Rinky, home-grown
times, while Anna King showed off the logo tattooed on her
shoulder to Vampyra Draculea and Duncan McHugh. Billy
Cheung teared up when he heard Jesse Marchand giving her
famous patriotic rant to Parm Nizher. On the oiher side of the
house. Chris Shepherd and Sarah Conchie laughed heartily,
raising their drinks in the air. as Nic Fensom gave the normally shy Hywel Tuscano abottle. The camera cut to the kitchen just
in time to see Krista McFadden and Zerah Lurie puB a couple
more bottles out of the refridgerator. And just as the 30 seconds
was drawing to a dose, Alison Bones reminded everyone not to
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At Wednesday's Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Council meeting, Associate Vice-President and
Registrar, Enrolment Services Brian Silzer
announced proposed increases to non-instructional fees, which are mandatory for every student and separate from tuition fees. We at the
Ubyssey feel that many of these increases are
shockingly high and, in many cases, unwarranted. These proposed increases would come into
effect April 1,2003.
One of the most significant and unreasonable changes would be an'additional charge for
students to write a deferred exam. Currently,
there is no charge. The proposed increase would
see a $30 fee applied per missed exam.
Financial arguments aside, it just seems
cruel to assign a fee to something that is quite
often not in the control of the student People
can only defer exams for certain reasons, including serious illness, family deaths and emotional
problems that prevent them taking the exam at
the alloted time. Assigning a full-time student
$30 a charge for each deferred exam means that
one could be forced to pay up to $150 for
unavoidably deferred exams—exams that have
already been paid for.
The university claims the motivation for
this new charge is cost-recovery for the exam
preparation, scheduling and grading of a separate exam. However, more often then not, the
person responsible for supervising the student
taking the deferred exam, and marking the
exam, is a teaching assistant (TA)—who, incidentally, is a salaried employee of the university. This TA, we assume, would not see any of
the $30 a student would pay for the deferred
exam. And if a professor was indeed forced to
create a new exam entirely for the student, in
order to maintain a level playing field with
other students, please refer to the previous
argument—a professor is also a salaried
So we ask, what other costs are associated
with taking a deferred exam? The professor
would still use the same amount of paper and
the same amount of ink for marking, and it
would still take the same amount of time to
mark the exam a few days or weeks later. And
although a deferred exam may cause anxiety,
frustration and inconvenience for all those
involved in the rescheduling of the exam, the
$30 will not be doled out on a percentage basis
to each person involved in the rescheduling of
the exam. This fee would be sent directly to the
We would also like to draw attention to the
$100,000 from this year's tuition increase that
is allocated to Student Services for the administrative costs of exams and for childcare. Unless
the bulk of this oddly-grouped fund is used to
build an enormous daycare on campus, and we
highly doubt that this is the case, it seems that
students are going to be paying twice for their
deferred exams.
Proposed increases to other fees are just as
questionable. Silzer also announced a potential
jump in entrance application fees from $22 to
$60 for applicants within BC; re-admission fees
would see the same rise. Out-of-province applications would remain high, increasing from $ 56
to $60.
In all fairness, such fees have been frozen
since 1997, and the university is concerned
about keeping up with inflation. But, as stated in
a letter supported by the AMS, the proposed
increase is a 172 per cent rise, significantly
above  the rate of inflation.   (According to
Statistics Canada, the Consumer Price Index
rose only 8.1 per cent between 1997 and 2002.)
The university has argued this is justified as
the current application fee is below the national average. But why should we rise to the
national average? In the spirit of keeping our
university appealing and accessible to applicants, it only makes sense to keep fees at a reasonable level, given that most students apply to
more than one university.
This rise is also out of step with our provincial peers: Admission fees for within-province
applicants at SFU and UVic are $35 and $30,
respectively. Applying to Ontario universities is
even cheaper—it only costs $8 5 to apply to three
universities through the Ontario Universities'
Application Centre.
Silzer treated such concerns at the Council
meeting casually. He said that, if a student cannot afford the $60 application fee, it would be
an indication that the student can't afford university in the first place, and he would refer
them to the Financial Aid Office. Passing the
buck in this manner is simply nonsensical, and
completely unacceptable from an officer
responsible for facilitating enrolment Students
have access to student loans only once they
become students, not months before. Qualified
students shouldn't be discouraged before they
even attend our school.
These are not the only increases that worry
us. Obtaining transcripts will potentially cost
more (up to $6 from $4), as will having an
assigned standing reviewed (from $25 to $50).
Furthermore, supplemental exam costs—fees
paid to take exams for a course previously
failed-will rise from $25.50 to $60.
None of these proposed increases to non-
instructional fees are considered ancillary fees,
nor tuition fees, and therefore they were not limited by the provincial freeze in place from 1995
to 2001. We wonder why such fees have not
been increased incrementally, rather than in the
significant jumps proposed for next year. In any
case, the proposals will be brought to the
November meeting of the Board of Governors,
leaving a large window of time for students to
bring their concerns to the university. We
encourage you to do so. Brian Silzer's e-mail
address is brian.silzer@ubc.ca and his office
phone number is 604-822-3265. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, October 11,2002
tfti iibfsiff fflaiaiirif
Giving it a tri
by Sarah Conchie
Most people travel to Hawaii to relax,
catch a few waves, and bring home
tacky souvenirs. Tracy Hall is flying to
the lush, tropical island of Kuna this
Sunday, but instead of checking into a
luxury beachfront hotel and ordering
a drink with a tiny umbrella in it,
she's going to swim, cycle and run a
gruelling 300. kilometres in a single
day. And instead of sending home a
cute vacation postcard, Hall will likely
tell her family to turn on the television
to see her cross the finish line at one
of the hardest athletic challenges on
the entire planet Ironman Hawaii
"It's the pinnacle of lhe sport,"
says Hall. "The best people in the
whole world will be there."
As well as being a teacher at the
English Language Institute at UBC,
Hall is a triathlete, and although she is
modest about her abilities, her stellar
second-place finish a Ironman USA
this August means that she's one of
It wasn't always the case. After she
graduated with a BA in literature fropi
UBC and began teaching on campus,
she started competing in casual
marathons and duathlons. After see-
UBC teacher
competes in the
big leagues
ing the healthy energy of some passing triathletes, Hall decided to up the
athletic ante.
Running came naturally.
"It's just so easy. You just put on
your shoes and away you go.
Whenever I go fast running on the
surface of the road, it's like I'm barely
touching the ground."
Swimming wasn't quite so comforting. "I was intimidated by swimming at first I had a lot of panic
attacks," she confesses. "I didn't like
having my head under water and not
being able to breathe properly." With
practice, and the gentle guidance of
her husband, triathlete Paul
Pierobon, Hall soon conquered the
water—most recently posting a time
of 1:06 in the 3.86km swim at
Ironman USA in Lake Placid.
Hall spends six days a week in
training. Three of those days are
devoted to pedalling around
Vancouver, and occasionally. Mount
EYES ON THE PRIZE: lronwoman
Baker. It's not easy. The race itself is
exhilarating, but training rides can be
tedious. "A long run is over in three-
hours. That's like a short bike." She
frowns. "You're in the saddle a long
But anyone who can commit to
such a punishing schedule with the
enthusiasm that Hall does must have
a certain inner reserve. The thing
about endurance, however, is that it is
strengthened through adversity.
Hall's initial character test came at
her very first triathlon in 1998. It
could e asily have been her last
Double Shrum?
At the very same moment the
Thunderbirds football team was losing the Shrum Bowl to SFU, the
Birds hockey squad was being
pounded by the U of Alberta's leading scorer, .Steve Shrum.
With two goals and three assists,
the third-year Alberta forward
helped the Bears defeat UBC 4-3,
and 3-1 on the weekend. Let's hope
the next few weeks are Shrum free
for the Thunderbirds.
Although his team is already slipping into the shadows of an 0-5 season, UBC's Javier Glatt is still at centre stage, and deservingly so. The
6'1, 225-pound linebacker has muscled 43 runaway opponents to the
grass this season, and has tackled
the number one spot in the CIS for
his Herculean efforts.
Cross Country
_ Far, far away in Salem, Oregon,
the UBC men's and women's cross
country teams placed 12th and 13th
respectively at the Willamette
Invitational. On the men's team,
Warren Hatch placed 33 rd out of
366 runners in the 8,000 metre trek,
and Morgan Titus was right on
Hatch's tail at 36th. The women ran
slightly faster, as Amy Higginbotham
finished 16th out of 319 contenders
in the 5,000 metre run, and her compatriot Kristin Carpenter, followed
close behind in 18th place.
Field Hockey
Coming off a 2001/2002 championship season, the women's field
hockey team has slipped into second
place in the country with a 5-2-1
record after last weekend's loss to
Victoria. The Vikes, long a thorn in
UBC's side, have been keeping the
women out of the first place spot,
thanks to a perfect 8-0 season so far.
After feasting on turkey and stuffing,
the Thunderbirds will host the final
tournament of the season on the
newly minted Wright Field October
18-20th. ♦
Tracy Hail races in Hawaii October
"I was so nervous and fearful that
I wasn't going to be able to do it. Even
before the swim began, I was crying."
Although her feelings of inadequacy
at the sight of the athletes around her
were unfounded, the task at hand was
a disconcerting reality. "It was the
worst swim I've ever had in my life I"
She exclaims. It was salty, and dirty
and there were bits of wood in the
water. And it was cold." What helped
her through was a glimpse of the
nearby mountains. "I'd look at the
mountains, and then put my head
under the water and try again. But
that swim felt like it took forever, and
it was only an 800m swim."
After emerging from the waters.
Hall decided that she would never
enter a triathlon again But instead of
giving up, she purposed to finish the
race and be done with it "I just said,
Tou know what? Who cares? I have
nothing to lose now, so I'm just going
to go out and run and bike as hard as
I can." Her attitude worked a little too
well. She won the cycling portion and
was presented with a brand-new wet-
Ever since, hardship has brought
opportunity rather than failure for
Hall. Three flat tires in thel999
Ironman Canada event forced her
husband Pierobon to lose an hour and
a half, but it enabled Hall to meet him
on the course. The pair crossed the
finish line together, hand in hand.
"It's not often that you get to cross the
finish line together, especially in an
event that has consumed your life up
until that moment"
As consuming as the sport is. Hall
believes that competing together has
enriched her personal life. "Luckily,
[Pierobon] is into the sport as well,
because if that weren't the case, I
wouldn't be as competitive or dedicated as I am."
Normally, Hall and Pierobon
would be winding down from an
intense summer season, but Hawaii
has loomed large on the horizon since
the end of August "We struggled a bit
with our motivation. Everyone else
that we've trained with is finished.
They're ready to eat turkey and we
still have to do six hour bike rides."
If competing in the sport's most
prestigious event wasn't motivation
enough. Hall still has an extra week in
Hawaii to look forward to. "We really
need a holiday," she sighs. And after
she crosses the finish line, the future
sparkles like the turquoise water
she'll soon be swimming in. "I think
about it all the time," she says. "I have
other goals I want to pursue." But
whether she continues in the sport as
a professional, or turns her energies
to other passions, like travelling-
India and Nepal are at the top of her
list—Hall is a true adventurer. "I look
forward to change. I want to see what
else I can do."
For the moment, it's one race at a
time. Winning is not important. Hall
stresses. Completion is. "I can't say the
thought hasn't crossed my mind about
where I might place," she confides.
"But I really don't care...because I just
want to absorb the whole experience."
As for conquering the usual pre-race
jitters, Hall has a simple philosophy:
"Once you've got all your gear, and
it's all set, you've pretty much got to
give yourself over to the moment" ♦
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We are giving away:
Complimentary Passes
for General Admission to The Roxy
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Ubyssey business office in SUB Room 23 (basement).
Free Information Session
Tuesday, October 22
12:30 to 2:00 PM
Asian Centre Auditorium
Experience adventure, friendship and first-hand knowledge of one of the
world's most vibrant cultures with the Japan Exchange and Teaching
(JET) Programme.
The JET Programme is a one-year, exchange programme for university
graduates to work in Japan as Assistant English Teachers or
Coordinators of International Relations, beginning August 2003
Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, hold a Bachelor's Degree by
July 2003, and be under the age of 40.
Application forms and information
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Friday, October 11,2002
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UBC profs research
classroom acoustics
by Zerah Lurie
The results from a questionnaire concerning classroom acoustics are now coming in. Conducted by
professors Susan Kennedy and Murray Hodgson
from the School of Occupational and
Environmental Hygiene, the study involved over
6000 UBC students and faculty.
Hodgson, who is a professor of mechanical
engineering, has been studying the acoustic properties of UBC classrooms since the summer of
1993. ^ ^
Hodgson said there are two important factors
that ensure UBC classrooms have good acoustics:
first, there must be as little noise as possible, and
second, there must be just the right amount of
reverberation in the room. Too much reverberation and the echo will make the classroom
acoustics worse; too little and the students sitting
in the back can't hear.
While there is no magic formula that tells which
UBC classrooms have good acoustics, Hodgson
explains some good indicators.
'The best classrooms are the ones which are
quiet, have an appropriate amount of sound-
absorbing material for their volume and tend to be
the smaller ones. But there are exceptions/ he
adds. "For example, some of the bigger classrooms
on campus like the Hebb Theatre came out surprisingly well.'
Hodgson further explains, "One reason why the
Hebb Theater is surprisingly good is because it has
a beautiful sculpted ceiling (that works as] a series
of reflectors which preferentially reflect the sound
from the front to the back.'
This shows that not all large classrooms have
bad acoustics; conversely, not all small classrooms
have good acoustics. In his findings, Hodgson
found many of the worst rooms are the ones with a
high amount of noise, most often due to the ventilation system. "There are some buildings on campus which are extremely noisy," he said.
While poor classroom acoustics might make
instructors harder to hear, there are also other concerns. "There are. all these profs teaching in these
large classrooms with poor acoustical conditions—
what happens to their voices?' Hodgson asks.
To compensate for these poor acoustics, many
teachers are forced to strain their voices to be
heard. This repeated strain can lead to many voice
problems, something Hodgson hopes to study further. -'" '
UBC has been renovating a large number of
classrooms but, as Hodgson cautions, that doesn't
necessarily mean that the classrooms will have better acoustics.
"It's an ongoing problem, that architects generally know nothing about acoustics,' he said, 'and
are not interested in acoustics and keep creating
these spaces which they consider beautiful that
have serious acoustical problems associated with
Often, architects hire acoustic consultants who
advise them on what changes are needed, but as
Tom Llewellin, the head UBC architect said, the
renovations are hindered by provincial funding
which he describes as currently 'a little tight'
"Things that are seen as more important [than
acoustics] are air and light quality,' Llewellin said.
Hodgson agrees that classroom acoustics are
often ignored. "If the [Minister of Advanced
Education] cuts the budget [for renovations] then
very often one of the first things to be cut from the
designs are the acoustic improvements.'
For further information on this research, or to
provide input on classroom acoustics, please contact Murray Hodgson at hodgson@mech.ubc.ca. ♦
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GAP ON CAMPUS AGAIN: The Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) has once again returned to campus.The anti-abortion
display—which makes comparisons between abortion and events such as the holocaust and the lynching of African
Americans by the KKK—was set up by Students for Life (SFL). SFL—an on campus anti-abortion group—erected the display near the SUB at 10am yesterday. The pro-choice group Students For Choice (SFC) erected a counter-display of large
banners with the words "choice" painted on them. Campus security attended the event but there were no disruptions
throughout the day. At around 2pm SFC was asked by Campus Security to remove their display because they did not have
the proper permit to be at the location. SFL had obtained the needed permit from the university. The GAP display was
taken down at 2pm as per the agreement with the university, chris shepherd photo
leartiing gains
ground at UBC
by Krista McFadden
Learning at UBC is evolving. Hie days
where mainstream educational practices
require one professor lecturing to hundreds of namfless students are fading fast
as problem-based learning (PBL) takes hold
at UBC.
The PBL format is much like a tutorial
session, where groups of approximately
eight students gather to discuss and find
collective solutions to complex, real-world
problems. The professor is either a faculty member or a graduate student who acts
as a facilitator for the sessions, rather
than a lecturer.
"[PBL] is definitely not memorise and
regurgitate,' said Alice Cassidy, the associate director at the Centre for Teaching and
Academic Growth who co-ordinates PBL
on campus with Dr Ingrid Price, an
instructor in the Faculty of Parmaceutical
The concept of PBL is 'active learning',
where the onus for acquiring skills and
knowledge to solve real-life dilemmas is
placed on the student. "[PBL] puts the
emphasis and responsibility for learning
on the students... it's very motivating,' said
"Because it's often real-world," she
added, "students really get into [PBL] and
they can see the value in it'
PBL, which was first introduced at UBC
in the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of
Dentistry's curriculum in 1997, has quickly taken hold in many other disciplines
around campus. Agricultural Sciences now
uses only PBL and Pharmaceutical
Sciences is following suit with the introduction of a new curriculum called Cases
in Pharmaceutical Sciences (CAPS), which
is set to begin in September of 2003.
CAPS will provide PBL courses from
firstyear through to fourth year so that students from all levels can interact and discuss what they are learning. The Faculties
of Applied Science, Science, and Arts are
interested as well and are exploring ways
to incorporate this method of learning.
Another facet of PBL is on-line courses.
Students communicate through on-line
bulletin boards such as WebCT. Dr Niamh
Kelly, associate professor of pathology at
UBC, teaches an on-line PBL course on
infectious diseases, which began in 1999
as the first on-line PBL course. Kelly said
there is some disagreement as to whether
on-line learning is actually a form of PBL.
"Purists would say PBL means that students hkve to identify their own learning
issues...we give them a bit more direction
[on-line]...' said Kelly.
But since on-line PBL functions in
groups of similar numbers of students
who work on similar problems, the only
difference is that the conversation happens over WebCT. Kelly finds that the online medium is just as interactive as classroom PBL as it facilitates open and private
communication regarding the students'
Agricultural Sciences student Anushka
Rajakaruna, who is taking both classroom
and on-line PBL, finds that both mediums
are equally effective. She said on-line
courses tend to take more time, not in
terms of the course material but instead
in terms of effective communication.
"Some people get away with not contributing in on-line courses,' said
Rajakaruna. "In class at least you can give
them a nasty look.'
"I was really apprehensive in the beginning, especially in Agriculture because I
had no background, but I learned so much
so fast...you have to be self-motivated and
you have to be on top of things,' she said.
Overall, Rajakaruna said she thought
the advantages of PBL included students
gaining better retention of information,
wider exposure to real-life problems, and
better research, communication and time
management skills. She named disadvantages like on-line communication problems, a larger workload, lower grades,
photocopying costs, and students in the
group who freeload by not participating.
There are roadblocks to PBL functioning as a viable alternative to existing lectures. Cassidy explained that because PBL
is extremely interactive, finding enough
dedicated tutors and the funding to pay
them poses some difficulties.
In addition, providing the space for
numerous tutorial groups is daunting
with respect to the presently expanding
classroom sizes. At present, there is no
difference in cost of tuition for PBL courses, except for a $45 distance education fee
for on-line PBL.
Despite the issues concerning
resources, PBL is being used more often
at UBC and the first ever campus-wide
PBL tutor-training workshop is being held
October 18 and 19. ♦


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