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Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Volume 85 Issue 42
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Mourning the deaths of women's centres
Campbell 'largest single abuser"
of women in BQ says protester
by Megan Thomas
NEWS EDITOR
Paper tombstones adorned the windows as mourning protesters
stomped angrily on the doorstep of,
BC Premier Gordon Campbell's
Vancouver office yesterday during a
mock funeral for dying women's
centres around the province.
The protesters, numbering
about 50, chanted 'shame, shame"
while speakers and organisers
pinned a tombstone for each BC
women's centre that cannot afford
to stay open to the window of
Campbell's vacant 4th Avenue
office. Their cries were punctuated
by the odd honk of support by passing traffic and bus drivers.
"Gordon Campbell is the largest
single abuser of women in the
province of BC," said Bev Meslo, an
organiser of the mock funeral. "We
find that women are being negatively impacted by this government.
Our voices are being cut."
AH 37 women's centres in BC
will lose their government grants of
about $47,000 each on March 31,
said' Meslo—a move that will save
the province about $1.7 million
next year.
"Immediately upon that happening there will be 17 deaths—17
women's centres will die," said
Meslo.
The mock funeral was planned
for yesterday to coincide with
International Women's Day. Meslo
said she hoped the mourning would
send a message to the BC Liberals
that the women's centres that are
able to survive this round of cuts
must be supported in the future.
But Ida Chong, BC Minister of
Women's and Senior's Services,
defended the cuts, saying the
women's centres were notified two
years ago that they would need to
find alternative sources of funding.
"Government advised them at
^.the time we would be focusing
provincial dollars on direct, essential   services   for   wpmen,"   said
Chong from her office. "Women are
still going to have access to these
direct, essential services and will be
able to receive the help that
they need."
The province is maintaining $33
million in funding for front-line
women's services like transition
houses, safe houses and counselling
for women and children, she said,
adding that any of the women's centres providing such services were
eligible for project-based government grants.
"We did say the government was
not funding advocacy, but if they
were providing direct services in
any way, they should have looked at
the appropriate funding source to
- get the funding for those direct services," she said.
Campbell did not attend the
mock funeral and attempts to reach
him or members of bis staff were
unsuccessful—something that does
not surprise Meslo. She said BC
women's groups have repeatedly
lobbied to meet with Campbell and
his ministers to discuss the impact
of the cuts, but they have not
received a response.
Meslo also wants the government to address concerns about the
treatment of women in BC that were
raised in a report by a coalition of
12 BC women centres. That report
was brought to the attention of the
United Nations last Januaiy.
It said the BC government is
breaching the Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women
through cuts to welfare assistance
and legal aid, and by abolishing the
BC human rights commission.
Members of the Health Sciences
Association for BC also attended to
mourn in support of the women's
centres. Eighty-five per cent of work
in the health sciences is done by
women, said board member Jackie
Spain. That sector is currently been
facing job layoffs related to govern-
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Search for missing student "on hold"
Drew Lett, 27, has been missing for three weeks
Latest proposal would hike
tuition by 16 per cent
by Jonathan Woodward
NEWS EDITOR
Sixteen per cent is the most recent
proposed tuition increase, say university officials, drawing cries from
students that the increase is "unreasonable" despite UBC's consultation
efforts. -      ..
The fee hike would add about
$550 to a typical undergraduate
tuition, bringing it to $4012.
Engineering and pharmacy students
face further increases of about $680
and $850, respectively, while
Commerce   students   can   expect
$1400 more.
Graduate students in Medicine
can expect next year's fees to be
$14,000 and Master's of Business
Administration students will see
their fees increase $8000 to total
$36,000 per year.
The increase will bring more
than $17 million to UBC. This combined with government funds will
cover UBC's expected $31^million
shortfall. This ensures that the cost
paid for by the student is under the
30 per cent mark. Anything over
See "Tuition" on page 2.
by Jonathan Woodward
NEWS EDITOR
The search for missing student
Christopher Andrew Lett, 2 7, was put
"on hold" Monday after searchers
combed UBC campus and the endowment lands over the
weekend and found
no trace of him,
police officers said.
An RCMP contingent partnered
with about 25 people from a number
of volunteer rescue
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near where Lett was last seen and
where he lived. The search was called
off late Saturday afternoon, with no
new evidence produced,
"We've put it on hold until we can
come up with something concrete,"
said University RCMP Staff Sergeant
Barry Hickman. "He's still missing."
While some media outlets have
reported that Lett may have met
with a 'misadventure,' Hickman
said that the police do not suspect
any foul play.
"We have a number of different
See"Lett"onpage2. TUESDAY, MARCH 9,2004
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STRIKE!
Representatives of
endangered
women's
centres were
joined by
several union
activists. The
crowd called
for an end to
cuts. MEGAN
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Women are "unduly burdened" with cuts
"Women" from page h
ment cuts, she added.
"Women are being unduly burdened with these women's cuts,*
said Sipain. "Everywhere you look
in the province it is hitting women
in one place or another.*
A member of the crowd agreed,
adding that he was at the mock
funeral to be an ally to women on
their international day of action.
"What the day is about is supporting women who   are  under
attack by this government,* he said.
Another bystander said it was
her anger over the impending
women's centres closures that
brought her out
"I am incensed about the closure of the women's centres,* she
said. "It is simply unbelievable that
this government... would go
this far.* ♦
—with files from
Jonathan Woodward
Higher tuition would make UBC private?
"Tuition" from page I.
that threshold would make UBC a de
facto private institution, said
Michelle Aucoin, executive coordinator for the VP Students office.
"JOur porky] clearly articulates
how much government funding is
associated with the cost of post-secondary education,* she said.
The percentage of the cost borne
by students this year is 23 per cent,
meaning that 77 per cent of a student's education is government
funded. With the proposed increase,
that percentage would rise to 28 per
cent, say university documents,
By comparison, at schools in
Quebec about 18 per cent of education costs are paid by the student,
while at schools in Ontario, students
pay as much as 52 per cent
But Holly Foxcroft, AJma Mater
Society (AMS) VP External, is unhappy with the UBC proposal "If you
look on the grand scale of things, as
an increase that students are facing,
16 per cent is unreasonable,*
she said.
"Sixty-three per cent of people
surveyed by the AMS said that
tuition should go up zero per cent,*
she said. This implies students are
unconvinced that their education
has benefited from increases,
she added.
The money could be found by cutting back on inefficiencies in university operations, said Foxcroft, rather
than through tuition increases.
But Aucoin doubted that all of the
$31 million projected shortfall
could be covered solely through cutting corners on university services,
or increasing university efficiency.
"If the university felt that there
were $31 million of savings to be
had, we wouldn't have this proposal
in front of us,* she said.
Significant new commitments
that make up that shortfall, such as
$2.5 million towards student bursaries and $1.6 million to continue
the PhD tuition award are not
insignificant investments that can
be covered by cost-cutting, she said.
"There has not been an attempt
to increase tuition without consideration for what we do as an organisation," Aucoin added.
A UBC delay in creating a report
that students consider essential to
understanding the discussion
around tuition has handicapped students' abilities to participate in the
consultation process, said Foxcroft.
It was supposed to be available at
the beginning of the tuition consultation period but was three weeks
late, she said.
"It has, in a lot of ways, even hindered them in being convincing [to]
students of the necessity of a tuition
increase," she said.
But Aucoin said the report was
provided to students as information
came together, including an older
version given out last week and a
newer version lo come.    ~
The report, which grades UBC on
measures such as faculty awards,
student-faculty ratios and media
rankings, attempts to gauge the success of UBCs tuition increases by
using different methods to measure
quality of education.
That information is now available and can be discussed with students in consultation meetings
today, she said. ♦
RCMP urges public for information on Lett
"Lett" from page 1.
scenarios, but nothing that we know
for sure,* he said.
The search will continue if the
police discover more information
through leads and inquiries, officers
said.
; Lett, nicknamed 'Drew,' is a
graduate student hi computer science at Simon Fraser University, but
also works with bioinformatics at
UBC, and with UBC's Mathematics
of Information Technology and
Complex Systems. He is 173cm tall,
weights approximately 65kg, has
hazel eyes and is believed to be
either bald or have short, red hair.
He was last seen in class on
February  13, 2Q04. Three weeks
later, he was reported missing by a
concerned family member in
Ontario who had not spoken or
heard from him since late
December.
Two other UBC students have
also mysteriously disappeared over
the past few years and have not
been seen since. Emerson Do-
brosky, a 21-year-old graduate student was last seen at the Pit Pub
before disappearing in October of
1998. In October of 1999 Trevor
Coleman, a 26-year-old UBC student
vanished after leaving an engineering party.
The RCMP are urging anyone
with information on Lei's whereabouts to contact the University
RCMP at 604-221-1322. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
NEWS
TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2004
Ambassador defends Israel's fence
by Jonathan Woodward
NEWS EDITOR
Israel's security fence is a matter of survival
for the Jewish state, the Israeli ambassador to
Canada said to a UBC assembly hall that
writhed with fevered debate last week,
"[The fence] is a question of life and'death,"
said Haim Divon, adding that the cold reality
of daily bomb, missile and terror attacks on
Israel make the fence necessary, despite criticism that it violates Palestinian rights.
"It works. When it comes to security, only
that is important, nothing else," he said.
When Divon finished speaking, half of the
room erupted in a standing ovation, while the
other half swarmed the microphone for
questions.
Calling what is being constructed a 'fence'
is an insulting spin to Palestinians whose villages are cut off from roads and whose people
cannot reach their jobs, said Riaz Behra. "Why
don't we call them the 'Great Fence of China'
or 'The Berlin Fence?" he said.
Behra said the wall is built on Palestinian
land and illegally annexes areas for settlement Israel should wait for the International
Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands to
decide if the wall is legal before construction
continues or respect a United Nations (UN)
vote last October condemning its construction,
he said.
Divon's answer—that the UN was a body
that had Palestinian, sympathies and consistently acted against Israel—and successive
questions were shouted down by Riaz, bringing a heated response from some audience
members. "Let him give his answer,' someone
shouted. "You don't have to be here!"
"Shut up!' yelled another in response.
The commotion at the event, sponsored by
Hillel House at UBC, was minimal compared
to when the ambassador spoke at Langara
College the day before. The Langara event was
nearly shut down because of a raucous crowd,
a student said.
Tensions outside the UBC speech were also
much tamer than protests when pro-Israel
scholar Daniel Pipes visited UBC in
December—but the noise inside the hall was
much louder.
Some of the protestors had been at
Langara's event and demanded that Divon
answer questions they said he dodged the previous day. In response to their agitations, the
ambassador said, "A third event, you get a ticket for free."
Outside, a women's studies student who
said she had not been allowed into the event
because of her religious head scarf called the
police, alleging that her rights had been
violated.
"I was racially profiled from entering a
UBC building," said Itrath Syed.
But .Alexis Pavlich, an organizer, said that
fire regulations and security concerns prohibited letting anyone in after the event was
deemed full. If Syed saw someone enter ahead
of her, it was because that person was in line
or had seats saved for them, such as members
of the media, she said.
About ten campus RCMP officers, several
Campus Security officers and a private security firm were hired in what one officer said was
normal security for a foreign dignitary. RCMP
Staff Sergeant Barry Hickman said Syed's
complaint would be taken seriously and there
would be an investigation into security measures and the police response.
Israel began building its 217-mile long
security fence last June in response to public
pressure to provide a tangible obstacle to terrorist attacks, news reports say.
But the UN's general assembly and the
European Union voted overwhelmingly to condemn the wall, while the US sided with Israel.
It has been reported that Israel has since taken
down some sections of the wall and has abandoned a plan to build a large network of security trenches.
Deliberations in the International Court of
Justice have now come to an end and the body
is expected to come with a ruling on the wall's
legality within two months, reports say. Israel
boycotted the proceedings, questioning the
jurisdiction of the court ♦
Campus Security locked out of bike theft on campus
Bicycle thefts only reported to police officers
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by Alison Benjamin
NEWS WRITER
When you leave your bike outside
of Buchanan, take a good look. You
may never see it again.
Over 250 Bikes were reported
stolen to the UBC RCMP lastyear-
with many more unreported—and
security officials are looking to
jam a stick in the spokes' of the
trend.
But of those reported to the
RCMP, only 65 were reported to
Campus Security, effectively locking them out of a chance to help
stop crime. The security organisation is urging victims of bike theft
on campus to report their claims
to the campus police so that law
enforcement officials can fight
theft better.
"There's a four to one factor of
under reporting," said Steve
Bohnen, who oversees community
relations with Campus Security.
"People think it's a police issue."
Campus Security also keeps
records and performs patrols,
which are important security
measures, said police officials. But
Bohnen said the lack of information makes it more difficult for
Campus Security to take targeted
action against bike thieves, such
as using bait bikes.
Campus Security is developing
an online incident reporting system to make theft reporting easier.
Instead of going to the police in
person, a victim of theft can just
fill in an Internet form and send it
to the police with a.,, click, of a-
button. '■• '"' *•'   "■■'-"ftft»ftft
Thieves are adept at stealing
bicycles, no matter how security-
conscious a bike owner might be.
Pliers can slice through most cable
locks and small hydraulic jacks
easily break a steel U-lock, said
Bohnen.
Enough of the bikes stolen are
taken despite adequate safety
measures and Bohnen said that
since Campus Security cannot dictate the locks that students choose,
security must focus on the thieves
themselves.
A difficult task, he said, when
Campus Security can't follow how
many bikes are taken, high-risk
areas or other important statistics.
"We're up against a lack of information more than anything else,"
he said.
Charissa Pinnell, of the Bike Co-
Op says high bike theft is pnereaft   '
son the club has launched the Bike
Check     Program,     which     she _
coordinates.
Pinnel hopes that by the start of
summer classes, students who pay
a bike check fee will be able to
leave their bikes in the Bike Co-op,
where bikes will remain super-
ovated to build a' $_75,6_i3 Ipace' "
for the Bike Check Program, as
well as to replace the recently
demolished bike hub near
MacMillan Library. That hub was
paved to make room for an eco-
friendly parking lot.
"It's generally understood that
UBC could cater better to cyclists,"
said Pinnell.
Pinnell says the check-in program aims to encourage students
to become bike commuters under
a broad mandate to improve bicycle facilities at UBC—including
providing facilities to keep your
bicycle safe from theft.
In the meantime, Bohnen
warns UBC cyclists who value their
their bikes to be wary, lock their
bikes on bike racks in busy areas
and avoid cheap locks. ♦
Ataris 'play7 Arts Cou nty
Arts County Fair officials say the show will
go on despite the cancellation of one of the
headlining bands scheduled to play at
the concert. „   •      -   ... ..       .-.-..-
The Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS),
the group that organises the annual spring
concert that brings bands to Thunderbird
stadium, was notified last week that the
Ataris have broken up and will not be playing as planned. So far, a replacement band
has not been found, but the search is on,
said Jackie Wong, a spokesperson for
the AUS.
"We are still in the process of getting
somebody new," she said. "We'll keep everybody posted when that happens.*
Wong said the band has yet to publicly
announce the breakup, but did inform show
organisers that they would not be coming.
The AUS has added stickers to their advertising posters to inform students of the
change and Wong said more information
will be released when the new band is
signed, hopefully by next week. But even if
another band is not found, the show will go
NEWS
on as planned, she said.
"We'll be all right. We are just trying to
find somebody new and hopefully of the
same genre," she said. "It will be going on as
normally as possible."
Protesting UBC student
arrested
A 19 year-old UBC philosophy student who
scaled a 30-foot high lamppost on the
Granville Street Bridge in the name of ousting occupying China from Tibet was arrested'and removed by police Sunday.
Tsering Lama wore a sign saying "Stop
the genocide in Tibet" and was dressed in
traditional Tibetan garb for the "mock hanging." She was joined by Tibetans and local
supporters who were marching from the
Vancouver Art Gallery to the Vancouver
Chinese Consulate.
Tsering claims torture and executions
are common and that one million Tibetans
have died as a result of China's occupation.
Tomorrow is the 45th anniversary of the
uprising both of the Tibetan people against
Chinese rule and in support of the Dalai
Lama. The demonstrators are calling on the
Chinese government to meet with the
Tibetan Government in Exile and the Dalai
Lama to negotiate the peaceful end to the
occupation. ♦
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WHICH ONE IS THE SUSPECT? UBC undergraduates gather to show
off their research skills. Jonathan woodward photo
"The idea is to bring research into
the student community, to bring
research into learning/7
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conference coordinator
and severed hands
Multidisciplinary
conference a forum for
research-based undergraduate learning
by Jonathan \Vbodward
NEWS EDITOfi
When Lisa Cooper met a man from
Jamaica on a ship, the conversation
went something like this:
He asked her where her parents
were from; she replied, "Swiss-
German, Italian..." and he said, "Aha!
I .knewyou weren't no white girl!"
The encounter didn't offend her—
it intrigued her. The question of
where, and to whom, she was white,
started a project that cukninated in
using a variety of statistical and biological studies to deconstruct the way
people think of 'race.' She presented
her work at UBC's second annual
Multidisciplinary Undergraduate
Research Conference.
The third-year cultural anthropology student looked at sickle-cell anemia, a disease that is related to the
presence of malaria and commonly
related to black people. Studies
showed her that so-called white people in Greece get the disease as well,
suggesting that while people can
think of race as dividing people into
categories, we make those categories up as much as they exist.
"It's an important and powerful
social construct," she said. "But biologically, it's meaningless."
'■: Over 90 undergraduate students,
like Cooper, who have worked for the
past year with professors as assistants, summer interns, or in directed
studies, came together in a meeting
of minds on Saturday that mirrored
an academic-level conference.
"The idea is to bring research
into the student community, to bring
research into learning," said conference coordinator Jennifer Jasper.
She and co-coordinator Desiree Mou
have been helping, motivating and
cajoling students into research since
work began on the conference in
early June.
"In most conferences you sink or
swim. We're here to help out," said
Mou. When an undergraduate is
doing research, he or she is thinking
on a level that's different from classes; it can stimulate students to be
more creative and more critical,
she said.
Presentations ranged widely.
Students examined the antimicrobial activities of mushrooms and the
way the toxic effects of some antifungal drugs can be avoided through
simply heating the drug. Others
examined security issues of the UBC
Wireless Internet Network. One
group analysed the inappropriate
responses of people to grease burns
in their kitchen; another studied
fires in university dormitories,
which injure 15 people annually—
often because of suspicious causes.
Some researchers looked at how
sick people who are unlikely to take
their medication won't change their
bad habits, not even with a better-
tasting pill or a doctor standing over
them. It's only when patients are
given a high number of pills that
they will take them, suggesting that
hiding a prescription in a mound of
placebos is the way to ensure regular ingestion of the medicine.
Several students followed two subjects, a 21-year-old and a 9-year-old,
after their hands had been severed—
and reported that one was playing the
guitar within six months after the
operation to reattach the hand.
The participants are vying for ten
$100 prizes for their research,
which will be announced Thursday
at the climax of Research Awareness
Week at UBC. The organisers are
hoping that as the conference
increases in size they will be able to
get scholarships for students with
outstanding work. But this second-
annual conference has definitely
been a success, said Jasper.
The conference has made her
think more critically, said Cooper, at
least about words like 'race.'
"We need to be thinking more
critically about the terms we use,"
she said. ♦ ' THE UBYSSEY
NEWS
TUESDAY, MARCH 9,2004
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Muslim broadcaster urges reform
Talk continues despite Pride
UBC's withdrawal of support
by Dan Burritt
NEWS STAFF
Muslims who question notions of
Islam and advocate for reform within the faith can expect to be
ostracised, said Irshad Manji, a well-
known Canadian broadcaster and
author, to a UBC audience Friday.
'Anybody in any individual community who ruffles feathers within
that community will be called a sellout," Mangi said, in reference to her
book. The Trouble with Islam, in
which she questions notions of
Islam and advocates for reform
within the faith.
"People like me are oh the receiving end of death threats,"
Manji added.
Manji's  talk,  entitled  "Israel,
Islam and Diversity," attracted a
large crowd to the Frederic Wood
Theatre, despite having one of its
sponsors drop out
Pride UBC, an Alma Mater
Society group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people,
retracted its endorsement for her
talk after some of its constituents
voiced their opposition to Manji's
views on Islam.
"It wasn't our business to
endorse her in the first place," said
Sean CafUegari, Pride UBC's publicity
coordinator. Pride UBC's policy is
not to be political, another
member said.
Other sponsors, like the Israeli
Advocacy Committee, the UBC
Young Liberals and the UBC Young
Conservatives, remained sponsors
of the talk.
Manji first described her experiences as a young Muslim. She and
her family fled Uganda in 19 72 after
then-dictator Idi Amin expelled
most of the Indian population from
the country. Manji's family settled
in Richmond, BC, where she attended both public school and Muslim
religious school, called madressa,
on Saturdays.
At madressa, Manji said her
teacher instilled in her two messages—that women were inferior
and that Jews were treacherous.
When she questioned what evidence
existed of a Jewish conspiracy
against Islam, Manji said she was
expelled from her madressa at
age 14.
"I remain a devout yet struggling
Muslim," said Manji adding that
despite her experiences at madressa
she still decided to investigate and
maintain her Muslim faith.
Israel has a "ferociously free
press," and a "level of cultural diver
sity greater than Canada,"  Manji
said, recalling her trip to Israel. She
added that Jews and Arabs are free
to practice their faiths as they please
and noted that the Bahai faith, a
branch of Islam, has its headquarters in Israel.
"Israel is one mother of a pluralistic place," she said. "[It] simply
cannot be reduced to a repressor
state."
While she said Israel has many
flaws as a country, Manji also said
she defends Israel because she
defends the existence of diversity.
Audience members questioned
why she avoided discussing what
they see as an occupation in the
West Bank and Gaza—areas of dispute between Palestinians and
Israelis. Manji responded that she
wanted to put forward a fresh perspective on Israel.
Right before Manji's talk, a notice
written by a group of Muslim students was distributed in the theater
claiming that Manji's talk was delib
erately scheduled from   12pm to
1:30pm to prevent Muslim students
who hold Friday communal prayers
at that time from attending.
Kabir Handa, a first-year arts student and practicing Shia Muslim
who attended only a small portion of
the lecture because he was at Friday
communal prayers, said Manji's
explanation was insufficient in the
face of her promotion of diversity.
"Diversity really comes down to
respect," Handa said. "Out of
respect, if we [Muslims] had an
interfaith dialogue with Christians
we wouldn't schedule it during mass
on Sunday, that's what this was
equivalent to."
Manji said the timing of her talk
was not intended to prevent praying
Muslims from attending, adding
that according to Islam, Muslims
are permitted to vary their prayer
times as she does. ■
Manji ended her day at UBC's
Hillel House signing copies of her
book and talking with attendees. ♦
StrGGtCrS * Israel is building a 600km wall along the West Bank. What do you think about this?
I guess you have to find a way to solve the problem between the
two sides and it seems like a lot of the plans that have been tried
in the past haven't really worked out. I guess this is the way that
the Israelis think that is best to protect their own citizens. It
seems like the Roadmap to Peace...is not working out so well
with all the suicide bombings that are still continuing. I don't
think it's the best solution, but it is a temporary solution, I hope.
—Benny Wu
Engineering Physics 3
I think it's awful. It's horrible. I think it's really sad,
what they're doing. I think it's just furthering the
cause of violence.
—Lydia Kirk
Psychology
It seems kind of silly, actually. It seems like there'd
be a better way than just building a wall between people to divide them...It's like the Berlin Wall, basically.
It seems silly.
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Geological Engineering 2
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A Week of Events Leading up fo March 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racism
Hie Canadian government marks March 21st as the one day of the year dedicated to "eliminating racism," but genuine discussion and action is
supplanted by rhetoric of "multiculturalism" and "diversity." Our events attempt fo move beyond rhetoric and toward critical examination of the
role of the Canadian state in perpetuating and sustaining racial hierarchy. Our hope is to create a space where neglected issues can be discussed:
the dispossession of Aboriginal communities, the marginalization of immigrants and refugees, and increasing attacks on the civil liberties of
Arab and Muslim communities. What are the barriers to equality and justice in Canadian society? How can v/e promote awareness and action
towards creating change in our own communities?
Please join us in a weeklong program of events exploring the different realities of racism in contemporary Canada: personal, historical, and
institutional.
Program:
Monday March 15th / 2-4 PM / SUB 207-209
"Unspoken Territory" Film Screening and Discussion
Marusya Bociurkiw's film {60 min.) depicts the lost', unspoken moments in
Canadian history, told through the stories of First Notions, immigrant and
Quebecors women. An open discussion on the role of racism in Canada today
will follow the fib screening.
Tuesday March 16th / 4-6 PM / SUB 207-209
Anti-Racism Workshop
Facilitated by Phillipine Women's Centre.
Wednesday March 17th / 4-6 PM / SUB 205
Workshop on Residential Schools in Canada (still TBC)
Facilitated by the Indian Residential School Survivor Society
Thursday March !8th / 1-4 PM /
first Nations House of Learning
George Dei - "Unpacking Systemic Racism" Forum
Noted scholar George Dei will lecture on race in the academy. His lecture will be
followed by facilitated discussion of key recommendations for change at UBC
followed by:
1st Annual "Action to End Racism"
Recognition Event*
Ceremony recognizing UBC students, staff, faculty, alumnus, program or
inilitave for outstanding leadership and committment to addressing racism.
Friday March 19th / 2-4 PM / SUB Norm Theatre
Keynote Panel "Borders Within: Two-Tiered
Citizenship Post 9/11"
Featuring progressive Muslim activist and writer Torek Fatah (Toronto), Hind
Charkaoui {Montreal), sister of Adil Charkaoui, held under a "security
certificate" since May 2003, civil rights lawyer Amino Sherazee (Tpronto), and
UBC faculty Sunera Thobani speaking on differential rights in Canada post 9-11
and impacts on Arab, Muslim, immigrant, and refugee communities.
Friday March 19th / 8-12 PM / SUB 214-216
Wrap-up Party and Beer Garden-Featuring live Music!
Featuring awesome line-up of local performers: DJ Drastic, DJ Kenya, emcee
Midi Cascade, poet Sara Kendall, Emmanuel (from Heart and Soul), vocalist
Cene Turner,'
Hope to see you there!
For more information: _tar<h_ I ubc@yohoo.com 604-822-1421.
Please see www.ams.nbe.ca for updated events and venues.
"Realities of Racism Week" is also happening in conjunction with
international Week on campus. Check out
www.studenfs.uk.ca/internafional for full program of events!
To nominate UBC students, staff, faculty, alumnus^ program or
initifiafive, please download form at
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Deadline far nominations: March 12fh.
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most to recognize and encourage activities and events that develop and strengthen a sense of
community on campus. On our 80th anniversary in 1998, we established a $50,000
endowment that will fund the Ubyssey Community Contribution Award. This annual award
recognizes a returning UBC Student who has made a significant contribution to developing
and strengthening the sense of community on the UBC campus by:
1. Organizing or administrating an event or project, or
2. Promoting activism and awareness in an academic cultural, political, recreational, or
social sphere.
The 2003-2004 award went to Christopher Ste-Croix in recognition of his contribution to
campus safety and related services.
The award is open to all returning, full-time, UBC students, graduate, undergraduate and
unclassified in good standing with the Ubyssey Society. We will award $3,000 to this project
and the award will be disbursed to the successful candidate in September 2004.
Nominees for the award will be judged on:
1.      The impact of the contribution made - the number of people involved or affected.
The extent of the contribution - the degree to which it strengthens the sense of
community on campus.
The innovation of the contribution - preference wil be given to recognizing a new
contribution over the administration of an existing one.
4.      The commitment of the individual to UBC as a community.
Nominations should include a cover letter by the nominator, either an individual or a group,
briefly stating the nature of the contribution made, the individual being nominated, contact
information of the nominator and the nominee and a letter (approximately 500 wdrds in
length) describing the contribution made and how the above four criteria have been met.
Students are welcome to nominate themselves, but those doing so must attach a letter of
support from another member of the campus community. The award will be judged by a
committee chaired by a representative of UBC Student Financial Assistance and Awards office
and members from various parts of the campus community.
Deadline for submission of completed nominations should reach the Ubyssey, room 23, SUB,
no later than Monday. April 19th, 2004.
For farther information, please contact Femie Pereira, Business Manager, The Ubyssey, at
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Swimmers still the best
The men's and women's swimming
teams won their seventh straight
CIS National title lying the record
set by the host, the University of
Toronto. Even without team
favourites Brian Johns and Brent
Hayden, both teams swam to first
place finishes with many strong
individual records. Look for full
coverage of the event in this week's
Page Friday.
Twelve wins in a row
The. men's Thunderbird rugby
team managed to pull out another
win against the number one-
ranked Capilano College this weekend. This marks the 12th win in a
row for the T-Bird team. While this
only ties them for first place, the
18-3 score shows the formidable
force" of this year's Thunderbirds
who only have two regular season
games left. Their next kickoff is at
home against Meralomas at
2:30pm on Saturday.
Huskies take Volley
Nationals
The University of Saskatchewan
Huskies took their first national
men's volleyball title since 1999
this weekend in Quebec City. In a
close five sets (27-25, 25-21, 19-25,
22-25, 16-14), the Huskies beat out
the Alberta Golden Bears to take
gold on Sunday. This marks the
tenth consecutive year that the
Nationals have been won by a
Canada West team and the second
year that the top four slots have
been held by Canada West players.
To add to celebrations, Husky
Joel Ens received the tournament
MVP award and Adam Ens took the
CIS player of the year award. ♦
They may
be
But UBC is determined to win
by Paul Granat
SPORTS WRITER
With the regular season having
already commenced—and the
potential for over 30 games to be
played in a little over two months-
there is no question that the relatively young UBC Thunderbird
baseball squad will have a lot to do
with very little time to do it in. By
the time UBC has its first home
game on March 22, Coach Terry
McKaig and his team will already
have 20 games under their belts,
including both pre-season and regular season play.
With more than a handful of new
recruits, the - T-Birds must find a
way to, discipline their raw talent
Because there are only three seniors oil the team this year. Coach
McKaig implemented team captains foE the first time with an aim
to overcome the lack of leadership
in such a young team.
A New Brunswick native, Chris
Ames is the first UBC team captain.
He says that one of the reasons he
chose to attend UBC was because of
his respect for Coach McKaig. This is •
mostly due to his coaching style and
his excitement for UBC baseball.
Coach McKaig, who has been
coaching the T-birds since the baseball program began at UBC seven
years ago, feels that this is the "most
talented team so far,' and has high
expectations for them. The youthful
team is already expected to put up a
run for the NAIA World Series,
which is to be held in Lewiston,
Idaho at the tail end of May.'
With such high hopes, most of
the players are on a tough practice
schedule. During the week each
player must train in the weight
room in addition to attending a
three-hour afternoon practice each
day. To top that off, every weekend
usually sees four games.
Following a strict practice regi
men, the premature T-Bird squad
has shown success so far. With two
games remaining this week, UBC is,
.500 against a combination of NAIA
and NCAA teams, in which the
competition is much stiffer than
the seven-team Region One conference where the T-Birds finished
second last year.
"It's a bit of an adjustment for
new transfers and freshmen,"
states relief pitcher Dan Wo elders.
Woelders is a junior transfer from
Eastern Oklahoma State College, a
team that competes at the junior
college level. "Here the players get
the bat on the ball. Teams use a lot
of hit and runs and steals. It really
hurts guys who rely more on their
fastball," says Woelders.
This year the Birds have a strong
pitching line-up. In addition to senior pitcher John Campbell, there
are many other strong players.
, The highlight of the T-Birds'
staff is 6'7" lefty. Brad Ashman,
who has already set the bar for UBC
pitching. He is leading the team in
innings pitched with 22 and in
strikeouts with 19. To go along with
this, he has an earned run average
of 2.85 and few control problems,
giving up merely two free passes
thus far.
Other pitchers include freshman
Doug Grant who has 15 strikeouts
in as many innings, and relief
pitchers Woelders, Dan Osachoff—a
transfer student who has stepped
up to the NAIA level and is already
making many relief appearances—
and Jordy McNiven who hopes to
follow in his brother Brooks' footsteps as an outstanding hurler for
the T-birds.
On the receiving end of things,
freshman catcher Brendan
Kornberger from Port Alberni, BC
has been filling in for the injured
Ian Prescott. At the plate, coming
straight but of high school, third
baseman Brent Murray is leading
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the team offensively with a .381
batting average.
The mfan in charge of RBIs and
slugging percentages is none other
than second baseman Mark Capone
—one of the smallest T-birds at
5' 10" 160 lbs. The rest of the starting lineup includes Tyler Hughes
and Davey Wallace at short, Corner
James and Johnny Yiu at first base,
and Adam Campbell, Ames and Jeff
Tobin in the outfield.
There isn't any doubt amongst
the 2004 UBC baseball team that
they have the skills to make it to the
NAIA World Series, but the lingering question in the minds of supporters is in regards to their youth,
especially come playoff time.
"The team just needs time to
climb to the new level," Coach
McKaig emphasised. "It's a big step
out of high school." But as the team
has shown this past month, UBC
can compete with anyone. With
McKaig's experience as a player
and as a coach he believes that.
"The top 20, 2 5 NAIA schools are as
good as almost any (NCAA]
Division] One school. They're no
Stanford, but its close."
The pafet has shown success for
the UBC program. Over the last few
years, numerous players have been
drafted out of UBC, including pitchers Jeff Francis who was recruited
to the Colorado Rockies in 2002
"and Brooks McNiven who was
recruited to San Francisco Giants
in 2003.
Last season the T-birds fell short
to Biola during the playoffs in
California. If the Birds make it that
far again, they will host the Super
Regional playoffs in Vancouver, giving them home field advantage. But
if there is one thing that the Birds
would like to see more of, it's fan
support as they throw the first
home pitch at Nat Bailey Stadium
on March 22 against Pacific
University. ♦ -    .
— with files from Jesse Marchand
Silver linings in the prairie skyline
Men's basketball is going to Nationals, but without a Canada West gold medal
by Dan McRoberts
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Thunderbird basketball will return
to Halifax this year, but the UBC
men's hoop squad will not be heading to . the CIS National
Championships as the best in
Canada West. The Birds were able to
qualify for this year's final ten by
crushing the University of Alberta
Golden Bears 92-70 in Friday afternoon's Canada West semi-final.
With flights to the Maritimes
already booked, the Birds played the
Calgary Dinos Saturday night in an
attempt to retain the conference
title. Despite a balanced attack, UBC
failed to hold on to the hardware,
losing 87-92.
Playing in front of a sparse
crowd at Brandon University, the
Thunderbirds and Golden Bears
brought the outside game in the
opening moments Friday, as the
teams combined to hit 12 three
pointers after the opening tip.
Fortunately for UBC, Casey
Archibald and company were marginally more accurate than their
counterparts, allowing UBC to post a
narrow lead early on.
As the game wore on, the post
play of the Thunderbirds began to
carry the day, as UBC was able to
take full advantage vf Phil Sudol's
absence from the Golden Bears'
lineup. The lack of Sudol, named to
the Canada West all-star roster
along with T-Birds Archibald (first
team) and Karlo Villanueva {second
team), left Alberta incapable of
stopping Ryder McKeown and
Peter Wauthy.
The Birds had a nine-point
advantage at the half and merely-
extended it in the second frame,
holding on for an impressive 22-
point win. Coach Kevin Hanson was
happy to have clinched a spot at
Nationals, but was still looking forward to the Canada West final.
"Getting there is the big thing and
we've accomplished that now," said
Hanson to the UBC and Brandon
University athletic departments.
"But tomorrow is important for us.
to end on a high and play for the
pride of bringing home another
banner."
The following evening, the
Pacific Division Champions went
head to head against the Mountain
Division title-holders from Calgary.
In a free-flowing game in which
both teams shot the ball well, senior
forward Pat McKay did his best to
lock up a second consecutive conference championship for the T-
Birds, scoring a team high of 25.,
Leading 87-80 with just over two
minutes to play, it looked as if UBC
was on the cusp of achieving just
that. The undaunted Dinos showed
the determination and focus that
has kept them in the CIS Top Ten all
year, storming back to take the lead
on Chris Wright's short jumper with
35 seconds remaining. While
Calgary celebrated its first Canada
West title in a decade, UBC had to
immediately look forward to the
road ahead.
Despite the disappointment of
falling short in their title defense,
the Thunderbirds are in excellent
form heading towards Halifax. The
team features balanced offense, a
competitive spirit, and have benefited from the confident performances
of Archibald, Villanueva and McKay.
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if they have any intention of
ending their 32-year drought at
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Women's volleyball team
empty-handed at Nationals
by Jesse Marchand
SPORTS EDITOR
It was their tenth consecutive trip to Nationals, and for
the tenth time in a row the gold medal eluded the
Thunderbird women's volleyball team. The gold was so
elusive that the Birds fell out of medal contention altogether for the fourth time in a row.
They were slated first against the University of
Toronto, a team they had yet to meet in National competition. The team recorded a 3-1 win but not without
difficulty as each game recorded a close battle (20-2 5,
25-20, 25-19, 25-21).~
Emily Cordonier led the team with 16 Hlls and 12
digs, while Jasmine Yip and player of the match
Stephanie Kurtz followed closely with 11 digs each.
But the win would be UBC's only one in the tournament, as a loss against tournament favourite, the Alberta
Pandas, ruined any hopes of a National gold. UBC had
faced Alberta four times this season and four times in
Nationals, and lost every game.
The game battled out for five sets ending with a 2-3
(14-25, 25-22, 22-25, 27-25, 13-15) loss for UBC. UBC's
Shelly Chalmers credited the Alberta wins to the team's
'consistency.*
"They had no ups and downs," said Chalmers of the
season. "Our team is way more emotional...we lack consistency,' she added.
"The semi-final match was one of the more unbelievable that I have been involved in for quite awhile,' said
UBC head coach Doug Reimer. "We started poorly and to
say that things didn't look good when we were down 2-0
in games and 8-3 in the third would be an understatement. Games three, four and five were more intense
than I have seen our team play in my memory.'
The fourth set proved the closest match for UBC, as
tournament hopes rode on a win for either side. The
game saw the Birds up 13-11 but four Panda points near
the end sealed the win for Alberta.
"I give Alberta credit for their defence and hanging in
there,' added Reimer, "We were controlling the match
but if you miss four serves in the fifth set it can be very
tough to overcome.'
But he was still impressed with the T-Birds' effort. "It
is the proudest I have felt of a team in defeat in my
memory," he added.
The loss to Alberta hit UBC harder than expected and
END OF THE NET: Lady volley-Birds close out
another season, peter klesken/ubyssey file photo
they went into the bronze medal match against Laval's
Rouge Et Or with heavy hearts.
The Birds lost all three sets to Laval despite 11 kills
by Cordonier. The game gave the Rouge Et Or their first
spot on the podium since 2001.
. And despite crediting Laval with better offence and
blocking, Reimer felt that it wasn't the only reason for
the UBC loss.
"I don't think that I did a great job getting the team
ready...frankly, that is the least I have cared about a
bronze medal in a long time," said Reimer. "The goal
was to get to and win the final, not come third instead of
fourth."
The tournament ended with a Calgary Dinos upset as
they not only beat the seven-year record of team's beating UBC and going on to gold, but also took a first from
a provincial rival and tournament favourite.
In the end, UBC boasted a third place Canada West
finish with a 16-4 conference record and the best hitting
percentage with a .216. .Amy Schroeder was also named
the CIS All-Canadian and received the fair-play award
and second team all-star while Carla Broadstock was
named to the all-rooMe team. They also took home some
National experience for a team who will see only one
player graduate this year.
"Our team was really young this year," said
Chalmers. "Now that we've got that experience...we
know what we're capable of." ♦
Bronze is still a sugary finish
Alpine ski team takes home one medal from Nationals
by Wilson Wong
SPORTS STAFF
It was a bittersweet but historic
weekend for Ihe UBC Alpine Ski program in Maine at the United States
Collegiate Ski and Snowboard
Association (USCSA) National
Championships. Both teams finished with their best ever results but
were on track for even higher
accomphshments after the first day
of competition.
The men's team sat in second
place after Thursday's giant slalom.
Trevor Bruce topped all UBC skiers
by finishing sixth while Paul
Boskovich placed 11th on the icy
Sugarloaf Mountain course. Fellow
senior Alexander Boedtker fell during his first run, putting the pressure on teammate Nathan
Crompton to finish. In his first
appearance at Nationals, Crompton
finished in 23rd spot to leave the
Ski-Birds in second place.
For the women, their goal at the
beginning of the year was a podium
finish and that spot was still attainable as they ended Thursday in sixth
place. Andrea Lutsenberger continued her strong season by finishing
eighth while Kim Webber' just
squeezed into the top 25.
Dreams of gold for the men vanished in the torrential rains on
Friday. A heroic ninth place finish in
the slalom by Crompton was offset
by Brace's fall in his run, damaging
the team's chances for a medal.
UBC's fate was then left up to the
graduating seniors, Boskovich and
Boedtker. In their' final races,
Boskovich took 19th place and
Boedtker barely managed to finish
in 31st place after nearly crashing
three gates from the finish. So by the
skin of the skis, the UBC men's ski
team took home the combined team
bronze medal.
Boedtker was thrilled with a
bronze, "Last year we were surprised when we came second in the
slalom, this year we expected it and
didn't lose our focus in the
slalom...it was an unbelievable team
effort"
It looked like the women's team
would add another medal to UBC
cabinets, but their chances disappeared with two afternoon crashes.
Both Webber and Lutsenberger were
inside the top 15 after their first runs
in the slalom but were disqualified
after falling in their final races.
UBC's other three skiers had to complete their races to try to achieve the
team's best ever result Shelane
Wiseman finished as the top Ski-Bird
in 30th place while Webber finished
right behind her in 34th. Rosenfeld's
5 51h-place finish ensured the best
ever finish for the UBC women's ski
team as they took home a ninth-place
honour.
It was historic for the women, but
Boskovich knew that it could have
been even better. "The girls were sitting really nice after the first run of
the slalom. The girls went after it but
unfortunately Andrea and Kim went
down.. just tough luck'.
The trip to Maine concluded the
short but intense alpine ski season
that started in January with the team
selection time trials. The bronze
medal for the men marked their best
finish since 1997, a wonderful culmination of their careers for both
Boedtker and Boskovich who was
ecstatic. "After Nathan, Alex and I finished the slalom we were in celebration mode tackling Trevor Bruce and
Josh Anderson when they finished. It
was awesome to meet our team goals
and to do it in Alex['.s] and my last
race...awesome)'
By finishing in ninth, the
women's team ended with their best
placement at the Nationals since
being re-formed in 2002. The
achievement is even more remarkable after the loss of team captain
Stephanie Rodenkirchen halfway
through the season. With no graduation seniors and Andrea Lutsen-berg-
er's rise to prominence, next year's
team will be even better. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
CULTURE
TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2004
Dancing happily Eva after
EVA
presented by Ballet Flamenco Eva
Yerbabuena
at Qrpheum Theatre
Mar. 7
by Danielle Nanton
CULTURE WRITER
Having won the 2001 Premio
National de Danza—Spain's most
revered prize for dance—Eva
Yerbabuena certainly holds the credits that should make her a star:
During the performance entitled Eva,
presented at the Orpheum Theatre on
Sunday night, Yerbabuena, along with
her dance troop, consisting of three
feinales and two males, lit up the
floor both physically and metaphorically speaking.
Called the most important flamenco artist working today, Yerbabuena
began studying flamenco at the age of
12, and her talent was quickly recognised. She was encouraged to continue
her studies in Seville, the 'capital* of
flamenco. Since the company's founding in 1998, Ballet Flamenco Eva
Yerbabuena has performed at many
prominent festivals and venues.
Maybe I am out of the loop—it
could be the fact that I was in Japan
for the past school term—but since
when did BC start its Flamenco craze?
People from Tofino to Vancouver to
100 Mile House were welcomed to
this performance, the only Canadian
stop of its international tour. Before
the performance, I heard people refer
to flamenco as a very expensive
addiction and one woman I talked to
said that she was going to have "three
hours of flamenco class tomorrow."
In fact, some people have referred to
it as culf-liltp, wifh fbmpTiro perform-
ances at the Kino Cafe, where you
have to call in advance to find out the
special days that flamenco will occjir.
From a personal perspective, the
vibrancy of this dance form was captivating. The costumes were beautiful
to look at For example, one piece
incorporated an oversized dress,
resulting in a surprisingly well constructed routine. Accompanying the
dancers were three traditional
singers and a band comprised of a
clapper, a drummer and a guitarist. I
was told that the art of correct flamenco clapping is not an easy skill to
master. As for the drummer, he
looked like he was playing his
rhythms from his stool, but the guitarist was a talent in and of himself.
Born in Ecija, Salvador Gutierrez
started out as an accompanist in the
dance academies of Matile Coral and
Manuel Marin. He has played with a
long list of flamenco singers and has
worked on a number of large-scale
productions.
This being my first performance, I
must admit to a certain lack of knowledge when it comes to flamenco dancing. However, I must say that I truly
enjoyed watching Ballet Flamenco
Eva Yerbabuena and certainly hope
that I can do so again in the future. ♦
f it ain't Broke...
Broken Social Scene
with The Stills and Raising the Fawn
at The Commodore
Mar. 3
by Neil Braun
CULTURE WRITER
As musical reputations go, Canada must appear to the
world as suffering from split-personality disorder. On
one hand, our nation has produced some of the most
influential acts in rock history; artists like Neil Young,
the Band andjoni Mitchell. However, these sterling credentials are often counterbalanced by "artists" who
employ overwrought histrionics (Celine Dion), deriva-
tiveness (Finger Eleven) and just plain sucltiness
(Nickelback). Fortunately, as though comprising the
artistic yin to this uninspired yang, Canada's burgeoning indie rock scene is producing a clutch of bands who
are being critically laurelled abroad. Two such bands,
Toronto's Broken Social Scene and Montreal's the Stills,
are eager to prove they personify the good side of
Canada's musical diversity.
Following a turgid set by openers Raising the Fawn,
the Stills "attempted to translate their textured debut
album into a five setting. The moodiness of that album,
Logic Will Break Your Heart left some doubt as to
whether the band would capture an audience or bore
them. By all accounts, the Stills achieved the former
with considerable style.
The band crackled with kinetic intensity thanks to
the energetic beat from drummer Dave Hamelin and
the insistent, melodic jangle from guitarist Greg Paquet
Though indebted to their musical idols, Hamelin and
Paquet proved on songs like "Killer Bees" and "Ready for
It" that they can rock harder than those bands ever did.
Rising above them was singer Tim Fletcher's warm,
operatic croon which conveyed both haunting beauty
and stinging bitterness in lyrics like: "You'll be dancing
senseless in your bedroom." Combining impeccable
style and indie rock-star posing with their musical skill,
the Stills had the crowd dancing like it was Best of
British night at Luv-a-Fair. Unfortunately, their set was
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only 30 minutes long.
Broken Social Scene faced a different challenge in
recreating the magic of their debut album onstage.
Using in excess often members—originating from pop,
rock and instrumental bands—said album. You Forgot it
in the People, expertly traversed a range of styles, from
slow-tempo dirges to storming rockers, with verve and
talent However, the version of the band that played the
Commodore only consisted of six members, meaning
there were no horns or female vocals to augment the
band's dense sound.
That lack of players affected the band intermittently
through their 80 minute set While opening rocker "KC
Accidental' never took off, the poppier "Stars and Sons"
had the crowd gleefully providing the song's hand-
clapped bridge and the charging "Almost Crimes* had
the audience shouting to the chorus. The slower songs
were also occasionally problematic; the band's well-
honed musicianship held the crowd in a spell during the
guitar-crescendo performance of "Canada vs. America,"
but "Lover's Spit* proved a dull and lifeless way to end
the show. Such spottiness was a shame as the band's talent was readily apparent throughout the night perhaps
juxtaposing an excellent album with a merely good live
performance was Broken Social Scene's own unique
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Volume 85 issue 42
EDITORIAL BOARD
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NEWS EDITORS
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One lovely evening, the Canucks were playing at GM Place.
Wilson Wong, Alex. Leslie, Dan Burritt Alison Benjamin, NeS
Braun and Danielle Nanton all got front row tickets through'
their CiTR connections. The Ubyssey staff were jealous because
they were stuck doing production, but luckily the game was on
the radio, so Megan Thomas switched it on. This was an unfortunate mistake since the Canucks sucked it up, which started a
small protest by Dan McRoberts, Momoko Price, Jonathan
Woodward and Heather Pauls. Tfrp protest quickly grew into a
full-fledged ra_y, and took to the streets. Alex Lesing, Paul
Granat and Marc Helsen made a giant banner advocating croquet instead of hockey. Greg Ursic, Levi Barnett, Adam Mara,
Johnny Hua, Bryan Zandberg and Jesse Marchand decided to
boycott hockey forever, dioosing curling as their new lavourite
sport By this time, the Canucks had lost the game with a pitiful
9-2, and Sarah Bourdon, Iva Cheung, Michelle Mayne, Paul Carr
and Etywsl Tuscano all started to cry in unison. What a gigantic
disappointment And they were still faced with hours of production, mayhem.
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The Gods—and the government—
must be crazy.
The Canadian Mental Health
Association and the Nova Scotia
government are moving to banish
certain words that they deem offensive or insensitive to the mentally
handicapped—like 'demented,' 'maniac,' 'nutcase/ and 'fruitcake/ Not
to mention 'crazy/
We put 'em in quotes. Are we
okay?
Sure—in some contexts, these
words aren't the most articulate
and could certainly offend. But even
so, a proposal to ban such words
from publications seems to take the
notion of political correctness to the
edge of sanity. Oops, there we go
again. Damn
Words are more than just a collection of letters, and their meanr
ings can be far reaching and hurtful.
Sticks and stones break bones, but
words built cultures of hatred. But
can you legislate away the damage?
The Ubyssey is aware of the need
for sensitivity when publishing our
newspaper. If we consistently
offended our readers through
insensitive language, not only
would we be perpetuating unfortunate stereotypes, we would probably lose much or our readership—a
very good reason to use caution: It
may seem crazy, but this concept is
known as self-policing. And self-
policing is what should keep the
morals of a publication above the
ditch-water line.
In a recent issue of the paper we
were faced with covering such a
story that required extreme sensitivity and responsibility. The suicide of a Totem resident needed
space in the paper and to report
such an event in a moral fashion,
we took the necessary steps. We
published contact numbers for
those who needed someone to talk
with and we made sure to be
respectful of the privacy of everyone
involved. We did this not because
we were legislated to, but because
careful consultation with other
media and health experts suggested
that it was a good idea. It wasn't an
easy.article to write, and there was a
lot of debate about it We struggled,
not under oppressive, well-meaning
but censoring legislation, but under
our, own consciences: what would
be useful to the campus community? What would not?
That's called being sensitive
because we want to be good people.
It is information campaigns and
social awareness that have made
this difference, not the blanket banning of words in general.
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about the need for sensitivity in language would be useful and would
be welconled by media outlets. It's
pressure, but it's voluntary to conform. But to ban/outright certain
words is a hijacking of language.
You can't say something, you can't
think it—so how can you effectively
comment on matters of public
record? Words are our trade. We
need to be free to use them
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the words will not hide the attitudes
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example, used to be the technical
term. This kind of process demands
flexibility, not a rigid final solution.
But a call for information rather
than a ban in a way demeans the
honourable intentions of the Nova
Scotia Department of Health and
the Canadian Mental Health
Association. As social issues change
over time, and the language to
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ft The development of appropriate
and sensitive language for various
. issues develops as the issues are
brought to'7'the" forefront and
addressed,   'ft
The issue seems to be more about
education, sensitivity and centralising community's issues. Not sterilising the language that describes it
Simply banning words furthers a
sense of taboo without promoting
discussion or awareness. ♦
LETTERS
Wake up and do the simple things
PERSPECTIVE
by Edward Fong .
Recently I dumped a drink container into a recycling box marked for
cans and bottles. Inside was paper,
Beside that box was a garbage
receptacle with empty recyclable
drink containers inside. " :' "
How can students endure complex lectures and absorb tons of
information on numerous facets' of
society and life and still be unable
to crack the code as to how recycling boxes work? Boxes are clearly
labeled 'cans & :, • bottles,"
'newsprint* or. "paper products"!
And how unfit are students if they
lack sufficient stamina and coordination to put recyclables where
they're supposed to go even when
specified recycling containers are
right next to each other or just a few
feet away?
With so much schooling, pr&-
sumably something deeply personal would've clicked inside, altruistically changing students' behaviours
before they set out on the world.
Why else are we here? To better ova
financial futures? Maybe.
People complain of being powerless to change the World. Why riot
wake up from obedience to apathetic thoughtlessness and do simple things like recycle? Is altruistic
growth worth anything? In a future
world without things left to consume, what use is money anyway?
University life has already prepared us to do the ecologically
sound (and simple) things:
Statistics courses show how
processes yield final research
results and therefore familiarise
students with the nature, of causal
relationships. Sor intellectual tools
are there, allowing comprehension
that recycling, while not an [absolute'
world saviour, positively effects, ftl
Psych anct sociology students
learn how human inner workings
and group dynamics impact society. Thus they understand how poor
behaviours stem from cognitive.
dissonance (creating excuses for
bad habits versus developing good
habits) and mob mentalities ('If
everyone doesn't do it, why should
If).
Universities have fitness buffs,
and HKIN students particularly
accumulate know-how on the
processes of exercise physiology.
Apparently health is a priority to all
exercisers. And people drink bottled water because tap water is
believed to come from our polluted
environment, necessitating (further) cleaning and packaging to be
drinkable. ;
If that's true, why are recyclable
water bottles frequently left unrecy-
cled? Why acknowledge pollution
and the value of health when purchasing bottled water but not when
it comes to preventing (through
recycling) the very pollution that
originally spawned the nption of
bottled water? Is pollution only
recognised when it means attaining tangible, immediate possessions? Contrast this with taking preventative action without expecting
instant gratification, recycling for
intrinsic sake against global harm
that, while not presently, blatantly
observable, is very real indeed.
It's not nuclear war or artificial
intelligence gone haywire or mete
ors gunning towards Earth or evil.
alien invasions that will destroy us! f
It's tiny, simple things left undone'
aijd unconsidered by the inasses
that will help bring forth an inhos^
pitabje world".      ft'ft/ x"
-ft Recyclmg/equali a more livablg*-
Eartbf It's.that simple} Nothing
grand like Curing cancer overnight
(though that'd be convenient!) or a
series of freedom marches a la
-Martin Luther King Junior (though
that'd be good toot). Just doing tiny
acts of reason everyday to make
affirmative change forever.
ft' Now who's with me? Oh never
miiid". ♦$   ;_    ft
. —Edward Fong is a fourth-year
Human Kinetics student
Coddling Keys?
So slates have now been banned
from future AMS elections (the
Ubyssey, March 2, 2004). I don't
think we should be too surprised.
True, many students have been
clamouring for this to happen for
years. Nothing happened, though,
so we have tp ask ourselves, "What
circumstance changed that might
have caused this to happen now?"
I'd suggest that the existence of two
right-wing slates during the last
election was what made slates no
longer desirable. The right-wihg
student vote was split and this
helped give victory to the progressive slate. Clearly, many people
wouldn't Want this to happen again.
The Ubyssey's reporter, though,
seems to think that the change
came about because of the heroic
efforts of one man, Spencer Keys.
This brings to mind an earlier mention of Keys in your newspaper.
Last winter. Keys apparently
referred to members of a fledgling
peace group as "nutjobs/ a pretty
crude characterisation ofa group of
idealistic young people—many of
whom were students. Did the
Ubyssey criticise his remark or
request an apology? Unfortunately,
no. The Kbysseyprinted his remark
in a fist of other notable quotations
which they apparently "liked," and
added a portrait of Keys by their
.resident artist. _
Strange times we live in.
*       ft   .ft   ■
'-James Boucher
M     Arts Grad 1988
Freeze the fees
Just a brief comment about the way
tbings are going on campus. I have
been employed as a researcher on
campus for 19 years. I have participated in the UBC Triathlon perhaps
ten times since then and really
enjoyed it, winning my age division
most years. The other day I took my
triathlon entry form in and was
asked for $65 to enter. I seem to
remember that just 3 years ago it
was only $30 of $35. The bottom
line is that I cannot actually afford
$65 so I did not enter. I would
guess that salary has gone up
maybe ten per cent over the last ten
years. This is a pretty sad state of
affairs, really. Profit makers are
destroying the good things about
working here.
—John Jackson
Research scientist for
Pharmaceutical Sciences THE UBYSSEY
CULTURE
TUESDAY, MARCH % 2004
il
ight want to try honesty
BILLY TALENT
with Crowned King and
the Rumours
at the Pit Pub
Mar. 2 .       ft
by Marc Miquel Helsen .
CULTURE WRITER^
Having just read John King's
Human Punk last week, I went to '
see Billy Talent at the Pit Pub; eager
to see the novelist's faith in. punk
rock alive and well. And despite the
fact that Billy Talent and the Clash
' might belong to different eras and
genres, I thought of King's idea that
• there might be a 'different-music,
sapae-bonesty* kind oi tiinelessness
f, to. bind tie bands between the ages.'
.And so inspired by King's musical
enthusiasm- and ruminations on
the universality of honest music, I
ventured to the Pit, eager to hear
v his thoughts played outf
..    The night's first band, Vancou
ver's own the Rumours, made their
priceless first note both their first
beat and explosion of light Led by
charismatic singer Lou Rumour,
the band owned the crowd from
the moment they took the stage.
The Rumours hammered out one
tight tune after another. Rumour,
who emitted the swagger and poise
of a flamenco dancer gone punk,
delivered a magnetic performance.
With solid harmonies and polished
vocals, the Rumours' songs were a
AND AAAAAAaAAIIIIIIEEEEEHII WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU! Billy Talent's Kowalewicz reaching out to
his fans at the Pit Pub. adam mars photo
strange mix of aggressive rock
rhythms and sixties pop melodies.
Leaving the stage as unpretentiously as they had arrived, the
band left the buzzing crowd knowing that they had done their thing
and done it well—no frills, no gimmicks, no bullshit.
Though veterans of the small
but ever-trudging Vancouver ska
scene. Crowned King had a tough,,
act to follow. I had to struggle to
hear the brass from amidst the wall
of distorted guitars and high-end
rides. Trumpet, saxophone and
trombone were all on mic and yet I
could barely make them out.
Frustrated by the poor sound qualify, I then realised that the off-beat—
the oh-so-sacred off-beat—had gone
astray. Without that indispensable
component of ska and without the
brass to lull my ears, I soon found
myself losing interest Faced with a
band that has been around for
some time, I couldn't help but think
that in the world of music there are
good days and bad days and that
maybe this night just wasn't theirs
so much as it had been the
Rumours's.
When Billy Talent took the stage
and Jonathan Gallant started hammering out the staccato bass line to
"This Is How It Goes,* I was suddenly reminded why one goes to
see bands live. With the bass thudding through the walls and into my
chest, I couldn't wait for the crash
of the drums and Benjamin
Kowalewicz's shrill screams.
Needless to say, Billy Talent got
off to a loud and furious start,
unleashing their edgy chunk  of
punk. With pounding bass lines,
dynamic drumming, potent harmonies and strident screams that,
amazingly, held a perfect tune, the
guys from Toronto delivered such
a big sound that it seemed almost
miraculous that it was coming
from only three instruments and a
single voice.
With a stage presence to go with
their songs—a confidence without
arrogance—Billy Talent proved why
they were the night's headliners.
Fronted by an affable singer who
transforms from friendly conversationalist to raging performer a la
spastic-gymnastic-king Zach de La
Rocha, Billy Talent allowed you neither the time nor the space to lose
focus. So attentive was the devoted
and loyal crowd that the Toronto
quartet could have easily omitted
the singles "The Ex* and "Try
Honesty" and still left the fans
satisfied.
During the performance of
"Lies,* Kowalewicz inspired the
audience to partake in the chorus.
And though he aimed the song at
corporate America and its 'sabotage of music,* his statement
resounded with a larger, ubiquitous relevance to politics. Riling up
the crowd so that the lines between
performer and audience began to
fade, the "we" of punk-rock came
through and a sense of solidarity
and good feeling filled the Pit.
To cap it off, the well-spoken
Kowalewicz talked of "respecting
music" and my thoughts inevitably
came back to John King's Human
Punk, and his.idea of. punk.:of,
music—as a form of honesty. £
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CALENDAR Of EVENTS       AMS PRESENTS
March 9,2004
•Tax Assistance Clinic
• Toonie Tuesday at the Pit Pub
March 10,2004
»Tax Assistance Clinic
• Geography Career Night
•Pit Night
• International Idol
March 11,2004
• Free Reiki Oemo Booth'
• Tax Assistance Clinic
•Asian Connections; Looking In and Looking Out
•UBC's Battle of the Bands
March 12,2004
• UBC Ultimate Showcase Game ,
•Top 40
• Wine & Cheese Gala
March 13,2004
• Hockey Night at the Pit Pub
March 14* 2004
••General Romeo Dallaire
• T.V. & Movie Night at the Pit Pub
March 15,2004
•WWF Raw at the Pi! Pub
March. 16,2004
•Tax Assistance Clinic .   . ■.  ■
• Toonie Tuesday at the Pit Pub I
For more information check out the calendar of events online at www.ams.ubc.ca.
Summer Job Fair is taking place on
the SUB Concourse on March 10 & 11
from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bring your resume and check out summer employment opportunities.
The Vagina Monologues
Part of the 2004 V-Day UBC campaign. March 11,2004,7:00 pm, Freddy Wood Theatre. Tickets are $15.
Candlelight Sessions featuring
Craig Cardiff and Stabilo ■ unplugged... Friday, March 19, 2004 at
the Gallery Lounge. Tickets are $5
available at the door. Door open at
8:00 pm.
Paul Bonwick - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human
Resources and Skills Development.
Roundtable discussion orf setting government priorities in PSE... Thursday,
March 18, 2004 at the Lui Centre.
12:00 pm-1:00 pm.
Noam Chomsky...Sunday, March 21,
2004.at the Orpheum Theatre. 9:00
am - doors at 8:00 am.
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CULTURE
THE UBYSSEY
The
of the fuzz IS 11
STARSKY AND HUTCH
now playing
by John Hua
CULTURE EDITOR ,
Bay Cify: a place where disco isn't a
theme night but a philosophy. The
streets aren't all about love and it's
cool to ride with the fuzz, especially
in a Ford Grand Torino with two cats
that go by the names Starsky and
Hutch. Now, I know what you're
thinkiTig: weren't the 70s all about
keeping it real? Wei, the reality was
that the days of disco were dying,
and the illuminated multi-colour
dance floors were fading under the
shadow of the Peruvian lady's
miniskirt—we're talking 100 per
cent, grade-A cocaine.
The lowdown: David Starsky (Ben
Stiller) is no ordinary boy on the
beat living by the motto, "You do
the crime, your balls are mine,"
Starsky is a second-generation
badge-wearing bravado, whose
super-cop attitude is drawn from his
desire to break free from his mother's—one of Bay City's finest—shad
ow. Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson (Owen
Wilson) is a real relaxed cat, whose
concept of "good-cop, bad-cop' is
whose turn it is to be handcuffed to
the bedpost and whose idea of going
undercover...we'll leave that one to
the imagination.
When the coke deal of the century goes down in the Bay City jurisdiction, it's up to these two mismatched partners to take to the
streets in their red-and-white-striped
ride. Destination: the doorstep of
Reese Feldmen (Vince Vaughn), a
real jive-turkey, whose businessman
front is as shady as his duotone aviators. With the help of sly sophista-
funk informant, Huggy Bear (Snoop
Dogg) and an uncanny mastership
of disguise, all Starsky and Hutch
need to do is work together.
Directed by the man who brought
us Old School, Todd Phillips's latest
creation delivers the hysterical pre-
quel to the hit buddy-cop television
series of the late-70s. Focusing on
the tow' before the 'what,' Starsky
and Hutch will have face muscles
hurting and eyes tearing from beginning to end.
Stiller and Wilson picked up right
where they left off in Zoolander, taking buddy-comedy to a whole new
level with their amazing chemistry
and comedic interpretations of the
original Starsky and Hutch.
In an interview, I asked what liberties Stiller and Wilson took in their
representations of the wool sweater-
jacket wearing Starsky and the
blonde-locked Hutch. "The idea
behind [Starsky and Hutch] was really to kind of make it the origin of
how they became who they are,"
said Stiller. "I think they become the
Starsky and Hutch team that you
would have seen on the show if it
was us playing them."
Delivering a tight performance is
Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear. In a role
that was destined for the master of
rhyme and funk. Snoop amalgamates Huggy Bear and himself into
a slick, solid singular entity. Making
his way into the new rat-pack of comedy, I asked Snoop how he felt working with the likes of Stiller, Wilson,
Vaughn and Will FerrelL "I just like
working with good people and those
guys   are   good   guys...Hopefully,
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Vaughn is always sharp, and
remains so as the villain of the film.
Ferrell makes his presence felt in
the hands-down funniest scene—
.involving sexual posing in exchange
for information.
Starsky and Hutch is all about the
love and you'll be loving this movie
when you're rolling in your seat
whether it is the first, second or
third time watching it So, grab your
polyester shirt, blow-dry your perm,
grab the keys to the Torino and head
down to the theatres, kemosabe. ♦
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