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Volume 86 Issue 21
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VP Academic defends
failure to submit
required documents
by Dan McRoberts
When AMS VP Academic Brenda Ogembo
failed to submit her quarterly report to
council on November 10, she violated the
society's code of procedure and should
apologise for doing so, according to Quinn
Omori, the chair of the AMS Code and
Policy Commission.
"It's a code thing that it should be in
and it should be in on that date," said
Omori, referring to a clause in the AMS
code that requires all executives to submit
a progress report to council at the first
council meeting in November. Ogembo
was on a two-week personal leave in Kenya
at that time.
"I'm assuming that it's going to be in at
the next meeting and it is definitely an
infringement of code...It's not a huge deal
but it's a problem," said Omori, who said
that Ogembo should "definitely" have
made arrangements to ensure that the
report got to council on time.
"I think that there should be an apology
or some mention of it at council," Omori
said. "I'm certainly not outraged or anything like that"
Ogembo was in Kenya from November
4 to 18 for a Rhodes Scholarship interview
and said that with a short period to prepare for her trip she ran out of time to submit the report
"The reasons for not submitting the
report are extenuating and not
natural...It's not like I slept through my
alarm clock," she said. 1 had to travel
halfway across the world.
"I had a week to get ready and go to
Kenya and I had a lot of stuff to get ready
to travel internationally so in that preparation I didn't manage to hand in my
report," she said.
"Pretty much I had a phone call from
Kenya saying 'prepare to come.' It's not as
straightforward traveling on an African
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she said, adding that the scholarship selection committee was not flexible about the
terms of her interview.
"The regulations that our national committee have are that you are to travel home
and that's not something that I was able to
negotiate with them," she said.
No discussions about the report had
taken place between the executives prior
to Ogembo's departure, said AMS
President Amina Rai.
"As an executive it's your responsibility
to have things done/ said Rai. "A quarter
ly report is essential."
In addition to the quarterly report,
Ogembo did not submit her executive
remarks from the October 27 council
meeting in time for the preparation of
that meeting's minutes package. Typically,
reports are submitted to the executive secretary in the days following council.
When the minutes were presented at
the November 10 meeting, no one in the
room asked about the missing segment In
See "Missing Report'page 2.
AMS takes on GAP, citing safety issue
Student feedback concerning anti-abortion displays
included in open letter to the university
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EDITORIAL: Consultation?
Towers of controversy seem to
be missing it Page 10
by Sarah Bourdon
Last Wednesday's Genocide Awareness
Project (GAP) display sparked not only a
response from a pro-choice group, but also an
initiative from the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
to address both student feedback on the display and the university's receptiveness to its
presence on campus.
The AMS executive and the society's safety committee have written an open letter to
the university, requesting that students' safety be considered in the UBC administration's
decision to allow GAP displays.
"[The university] has a different stance on
the issue. We condemned GAP tactics and the
university has a different view on things,"
said AMS VP Administration Lyle McMahon.
"The letter will try to differentiate the roles
and the views of the student society and the
university. In the public's eye there's a lot
confusion on that issue and we want to try to
address that"
The display, organised by UBC's anti-aboi^
turn lifeline club, appears on campus twice a
year. GAP, an American organisation that
provides visuals to groups promoting their
anti-abortion stance, compares abortion to
genocides such as the holocaust, Rwanda
and the Cambodian killing fields.
The display includes photographs of
aborted fetuses and genocide victims, which
can be psychologically damaging to people
passing by, said McMahon.
"The graphic nature is our concern...In
this event, the university has policies concerning the safety of students. We are going
to be referencing those in our letter," he
said. "Basically [the policies] say that every
See "Letter"page 2.
Rumours swirl
around AMS
exec s
by Dan McRoberts
Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP Academic Brenda Ogembo
returned from a two-week trip to Kenya last Thursday to find
herself the centre of rumours and conjecture.
A rumour spread that Ogembo had not taken a pay cut
for the duration of the trip, which lasted from November
4 to 18.
At the October 27 meeting of the AMS council, Ogembo
announced that she would be traveling home to Kenya to
attend to urgent personal matters and told councillors that
she would be away for two weeks.
Ogembo made the trip to be interviewed for the Rhodes
Scholarship, a prestigious award which provides two years
of study at Oxford, but she did not mention this at council.
She also did not discuss whether or not she would be paid
for her time away.
Ogembo thought that councillors would have assumed
that since she had already taken her two weeks of vacation
this year, she would not be paid for the trip.
"To me I felt that it was fairly straightforward and almost
natural that if I was going away on a personal matter that I
would not be paid for it," she said. "But seeing as rumours go
around, obviously people don't give the benefit of the doubt"
Ogembo will not be paid for those two weeks, but questions remain about how that decision was made.
The VP Academic told the Ubyssey that she discussed a
pay cut with Henry Chen, the AMS treasurer, before pro-
ceedijig to inform the other executives of her plans.
"I expressed the fact that because I was going away on a
personal matter, that I did not expect to be paid for that period of time," she said.
"And then I brought it up with the executive both by e-
mail and at the executive committee and just pretty much
asked the executive if they had any concerns and gave them
the opportunity to express any concerns," she said. Ogembo
could not recall the date of this meeting.
However, AMS VP External Holly Foxcroft remembered
a different series of events.
Ogembo's salary was not discussed until Foxcroft made
See "Rumours"page 2.
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Minutes from discussions needed: McMahon
"Rumours" from page 7.
the suggestion that a pay cut was necessary at an unofficial meeting of the
five executive members on October
29, two days after Ogembo mentioned her trip at council, she said.
*I said that perhaps that should be
considered because she had already
taken her holiday pay/ she said.
"When I brought it up everyone was
sort of just like yeah, that's what we
should be doing,* said Foxcroft.
There was quick agreement that
it was the most appropriate course of
action in light of the recent accusations that had been coming out in the
Ubyssey...that was something that
was considered as well, that we were
under the scrutiny of the public eye,*
said Foxcroft who quickly added, 'It
was a contributing factor, not the
main motivation. The main motivation is that if you've taken your two
weeks of holiday pay, then you
shouldn't receive any more.*
Ogembo recalled Foxcroft's suggestion but does not remember
whether or not she mentioned that
she had already discussed the matter
with the treasurer.
'To be quite honest I can't recall
my exact words because again I had
to get ready to go to Kenya within a
week or so,* she said. *We did discuss
it as an executive. There was not that
much to discuss.*
Foxcroft said that she also spoke
to Chen on November 3 about the
precedent for executives taking a pay
cut and that Chen told her that he
hadn't spoken to anyone else yet
'I asked if anyone had spoken to
him recently and he said no,* she said.
Hemy Chen remembers having
discussions with both Ogembo and
Foxcroft, but he does not recall which
of the two executives approached
him first
*I had three conversations. I spoke
with Brenda, I spoke to Holly and I
don't remember who else—Stacey or
Amina,* he said. They all happened
in or around the same time...there
wasn't a big lapse between them*
The details of the pay cut have yet
to be worked out, Chen said.
'Brenda came in and confirmed it
and we said we could settle it when
she got back because she was in a bit
Because the discussions about
Ogembo's pay were not held as part of
a minuted meeting, there is no public
record of how the discussions between
the AMS executives progressed.
Discussions of this nature need to be
minuted, said one executive.
'I am inclined to feel that some
sort of record should be generated in
order to adjust that transparency concern,* said VP Administration Lyle
McMahon. "I feel that if it would be
appropriate to minute such discussions, or reiterate the discussion during exec committee.*
Ogembo should also have told the
AMS council that a pay cut had been
arranged, said Joel McLaughlin, a
council representative from the faculty of Arts.
'It looks like due process has been
followed but clearly it should have
been explained to council before she
left, exactly what was going on and
that she was going to take a pay cut,*
he said, adding that he was not surprised by the lack of discussion on
the matter.
T think it's pretty indicative of
the way the executive has been
operating for the last little while...
Council's been kept in the dark
about a couple different things,*
he said.
'If one of the members of the
executive is going to miss a prolonged period—not just take a long
weekend or something...not only
miss a council meeting but be out of
the office for two weeks. I think that's
pretty serious.* ♦
Reports will be In by Wednesday, says VP Academic
"Missing Report" from page 7.
retrospect however, one councillor
was concerned.
'It's disturbing,* said Arts representative Joel McLaughlin. "They
should be there and that's the bottom
line. So whatever the reason is, it
should be fixed. Those remarks are
important things to be able to look
back on.*
Both reports will be included in
the next council package, Ogembo
*Now that I'm back 111 be addressing all those issues and getting those
reports in. All those things will be dealt
with and all those ends will be tied *
As for her other responsibilities,
Ogembo said that she had arranged
for other executives and the members of her commission to "help out*
during her absence. -
However, a knowledgeable source
close to the VP Academic, who
wished to remain anonymous, said
that Ogembo had not been proactive
in telling her subordinates what to do
before she left for Kenya.
This combined with Ogembo's
failure to submit her reports when
required is 'part of a trend,* the
source said.
Ogembo is 'not doing the job
well," the source said, claiming that
the view is shared by a large number* of individuals who have 'similar
indicative experiences.*
No one is willing to speak publicly
about these incidents, the source said.
'No one wants to be the first to go
on the record.* ♦
Campus group claims display gets easy ride from UBC
"Letter" from page 7.
student has the right to study and pursue their academic interests in an environment that is not threatening, and many more students than the university
seems to expect are actually very strongly affected by
this display.
*We don't feel that the university is giving that obligation enough consideration,* stated McMahon.
The AMS Safety Committee ran a booth at the event
with the goal of collecting student feedback on the display.
Organisers received 140 responses and are incorporating
the feedback into their letter to UBC.
*79 per cent of respondents expressed that they were
explicitly anti-GAP, 29 per cent of students asked the university to have GAP removed from campus, two per cent
of respondents were pro-GAP,* said Paul Sutton, the AMS
safety coordinator. '23 to 24 per cent of people felt the
GAP was specifically sexist or anti-Semitic or racist*
The safety table provided a way of collecting immediate reactions to the display, some of which were 'very distinct emotional responses,* according to Sutton.
'The response was not surprising,* he explained. 'It's
stuff that has probably been the general student response
for years but no one has taken the initiative to put that all
The UBC administration appreciates the importance
of having both anti-abortion and pro-choice groups voice
their views, said Michelle Aucoin, executive coordinator
for the VP Students' office. In such situations, it is valuable
to provide an environment for dialogue and for a diversity of opinions, she added.
'It's about maintaining safety and it's about allowing
dialogue, and universities should support the dialogue
around important social issues. Students need to have
room to engage in that*
The university states that a 3 2-foot buffer area must be
maintained between the GAP display and an opposing
group's counter-demonstration. The university recently
clarified the restrictions and is working to include students and the AMS in their decisions, said Aucoin.
*We made it clear that if any student group wished to
MIND THE GAP? Students for Choice does, says
Chamberlaine. nic fensom photo
have a meeting, we were open to that,* she said.
According to a pro-choice club at UBC, the university
makes it easy for GAP to bring their graphic message to
campus. But they don't give the opposing group the same
level of accommodation, said Aoife Chamberlaine, a
member of Students for Choice.
They made it difficult for us when all we want to do is
offer students an alternative to seeing GAP,* said
Chamberlaine, adding that university officials have not
been receptive to meeting with the group and did not
include the group's concerns in the administration of
the event
In the future, Chamberlaine hopes the university will
decide to give GAP space in a closed space such as a classroom instead of the high-traffic area in front of the SUB.
Though Lifeline has a right to express their views, the
graphic nature of the display is inappropriate, she said.
There are people who come out and protest with us
who aren't even pro-choice, like people who are pro-life
but are just anti-GAP. So while choice is probably our
main backbone behind it all, it really is about the GAP.*
Members of Lifeline UBC did not respond to the
Ubysseyby press time.<* THE UBYSSEY
GVRD opposed to UBC high-rises
Regional board asks UBC to release
environmental assessments
by Brad Badelt
The Greater Vancouver Regional District
(GVRD) has voiced opposition to a high-rise student housing development on UBC campus
that could violate the privacy of Wreck Beach
bathers and compromise the natural view from
the beach.
In a recent meeting, the GVRD Board of
Directors debated for nearly three hours about
four 20-storey buildings that will overlook the
beach, which attracts thousands of naked sun-
bathers every summer. One building is already
under construction.
'There is concern at the GVRD that the
tower heights could extend beyond the tree line
at the low tide mark/ said Vancouver city councillor Raymond Louie, who also serves as a
director on the GVRD Board.
The GVRD has been under pressure from
the Wreck Beach Preservation Society, a citizens group that has been fighting to protect the
beach since the development plans were
unveiled earlier this year.
"Our number-one concern is loss of a historically natural and unspoiled viewscape,"
said James Loewen, spokesperson for the society. "Presently the view from Wreck Beach is
unmarred by buildings."
Development on the UBC campus is regulated through a joint committee between the
GVRD, which owns the surrounding property
including Wreck Beach, and UBC. While the
height of the towers was agreed to be no more
than 53 metres, there has been a dispute as to
whether that restriction was adequate to protect the natural views from the beach, particularly at low tide.
"We have a process in place for dealing with
new buildings, which was agreed to with the
GVRD,* said Dennis Pavlich, VP External and
Legal Aflairs for UBC. "We have followed that
process. "We're dealing with a very compelling
need for student housing, we have a huge waiting list," added Pavlich.
The Marine Tower Student Residences are
designed to house nearly 2,000 students, as
part of UBC's plan to provide on-campus
housing for 25 per cent of it's undergraduate
The GVRD will be seeking input from the
provincial government to determine which
party has authority over this issue.
"There are questions around jurisdiction,
between the University Act and the Local
Government Act," said Councillor Louie. "We'd
like to get some clarification from the provincial government on that issue."
The GVRD also asked that UBC publicly
release reports related to the development,
including environmental assessments and
geo-technical reports. While the GVRD has
copies of these reports, according to Ed
Andrusiak, manager of regional parks for
the GVRD, "the reports were obtained from
UBC with the specific proviso that we could
not release them unless UBC authorises us
to do so."
The Wreck Beach Preservation Society has
tried unsuccessfully to obtain copies
from UBC.
"We've tried getting them in every manner
possible," said Judy Williams, president of the
Society. "There's no reason they should be
delaying this."
Lara Tessaro, lawyer for the Wreck Beach
Preservation Society, confirmed that numerous
requests have been made to UBC for the
reports, beginning in early April. A formal
request was filed under the Freedom of
Information Act in early September but no
reports have been received to date.
The first high-rise is expected to be complete
by next August 2005.
FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT? One tower is already under construction on Marine Drive,
but the GVRD has concerns about the project,  nic fensom photo
AMS won
Company unlikely to
pay no matter the
outcome, officials say
by Dan McRoberts
After nearly a year's worth of e-mails
and phone messages, the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) has decided to forget
about Smart Media.
The Ontario based company had
signed a contract to provide the AMS
with two "electronic transfer
machines'(ETMs) last fall, but the
machines were never delivered.
The AMS council voted in August
2003 to bring the ETMs to the SUB.
At the time Smart Media estimated
the annual revenue for the AMS to be
$245,000. The two-year contract also
included a clause guaranteeing the
AMS $120,000 a year regardless of
the how much money the machines
Despite being told that the AMS
was in a solid legal position, there
were doubts about the likelihood of
receiving any funds from Smart
Media through a settlement in or out
of court
"We just didn't feel that we had a
good chance of actually getting paid,"
said AMS General Manager Bernie
Peets. "We were better off just washing our hands of it We've got lots of
other things that we should be spending our time on rather than going
rt Media f<
after someone who let us down.*
The AMS has not received any
communication from Smart Media
since February, according to AMS VP
Finance Stacey Chiu, who estimated
that she spent approximately five
hours pursuing
Smart Media early
in her term.
"I spent time
composing letters
and speaking with
our legal counsel,*
Chiu said. The
legal costs accrued
by the AMS on this
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matter were
she said.
Chiu said that her predecessor,
Brian Duong, had checked carefully
with Smart Media's major references, the University Student's
Council (USC) at the University of
Western Ontario, prior to arranging
the contract with Smart Media.
"I know that Western had said that
[Smart Media was] operating fine,*
said Chiu. "I don't think that Brian
would have pursued an agreement
where there would have been
extreme difficulties without being
cautious about it"
However, Mark Osborne, associate general manager of the
Western USC, said that Smart
Media has since breached the
terms of their contract and their
machine has been removed from
the USC building in May.
"We basically told them to take
their machine and get out,* said
Osborne, who has given Smart
Media a January, 2005 deadline to
pay all outstanding bills. If Smart
Media does not comply, the USC
may sue.
"We'll consult with our legal
counsel and we'll see what our
options are," said Osborne.
"One of the options is to eat the
loss and the other is to take them
to court."
Neither Chiu or Peets had any
knowledge of recent developments
at Western, but the information
won't change their approach to the
company, according to Chiu.
"Smart Media hasn't been a priority to us in the last little while,"
she said. "We've moved on." ♦
Travel Cuts lawsuit costs
The Alma Mater Society's (AMS)
share in a joint lawsuit against the
Canadian Federation of Students-
Services (CFS-S) is now close to
$30,000 and the case has yet to go to
The trial was postponed because
the plaintiffs' lawyer was appointed
as a prosecutor with the Office of the
High Representative in Bosnia and
Herzegovina, but is scheduled to
begin in January, 2005. At issue is the
ownership of Travel Cuts, the student
travel agency that became the property of CFSS in 1991 under circumstances disputed by the plaintiffs.
The AMS is acting as a plaintiff in
the eight-year old suit alongside the
student unions at Queen's University,
the University of Alberta, and the
University of Western Ontario. Due to
a contract signed by the four parties,
the society will be forced to pay part
of the costs of the suit even if the current council decides to remove the
society from direct involvement
AMS President Amina Rai, who
brought a motion to council in
September 2003 asking the society to
discontinue its involvement said that
her position has changed since then.
"We're in the lawsuit for sure and
we are united with the plaintiff
party," she said.
The most recent legal invoice
arrived   on   September   15,   and
brought total costs up to $27,956.27,
according to Rai, who said that the
AMS receives invoices once every
four months.
Rai and AMS VP Finance Stacey
Chiu made an in camera presentation
about the lawsuit at the November 10
meeting of council, but no discussion
was held on the matter after a fire
alarm broke up the meeting.
White Ribbon = Good
UBC's White Ribbon Campaign will
be flipping flapjacks and asking for
financial support to fight male violence against women this Thursday
in the SUB.
The group, founded in 1999 to
raise awareness of violence against
women, hosts its third annual pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 am in
the SUB party room. The requested
donation is $2 for all the pancakes
you can eat, said Lyle McMahon,
AMS VP Administration.
In the past, proceeds from the
fundraiser have gone to charitable
organisations that support female
victims of sexual assault This year's
recipient has yet to be decided,
according to Alex Aiett, one of the
organisers of the event
"Generally we meet the week following to decide who gets the
money," he said. "Looking at the
applications we've received so far,
it's likely that it will go to an organi
sation working in the Downtown
Eastside." ♦
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Does religion cause violence?
New UBC study finds correlation between social aspect of religion and intolerance
by Jesse Marchand
Belief in die supernatural is more
than personal preference, according
to UBC psychology professor Ara
Norenzayan. Looking at the social factors surrounding religion, Norenzayan was particularly interested in
what aspects of religion caused violence and intolerance.
Funded solely by the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research
Council, Norenzayan has had three
years and $105,000 to complete this
recent study. Norenzayan gathered a
large sampling of participants—most
of whom are students—and asked
them a series of questions all the
while manipulating psychological
variables to elicit different responses.
What he found is that a person's
involvement in a religious group
could have extensive impact on their
behaviour. While previous studies
have claimed that religious people
are happier and healthier than their
atheist counterparts, Norenzayan is
careful not to draw too strong a correlation between happiness and religious belief.
"It simply could be that people
who are religious have more social
support," he said.
Social support through religion
could also have a negative aspect
according to Norenzayan. Armed
with the 1,940 studies of psychologist
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Gordon Allport that found a correlation between violence and religion,
the UBC prof set out to investigate
this idea.
"It's a pretty disturbing finding,*
said Norenzayan. "The more people
report to be religious, the more they
seem to be intolerant towards others.
We have a lot of examples, manifes
tations of this, in world events today.
For example if you look at terrorism
in everybody's minds you see a connection with religion."
"People who are religious report
more prejudicial views [and] religious people are more likely to support wars," he added.
Norenzayan's findings may refute
the   absolute  nature  of Allport's
"If we separate religiosity into two
components; one being devotion to a
higher being, devotion to God [and
the other a] sense of cohesion with
your own religious group...What we
found was that these two things,
these two variables, predicted intoler
ance in different ways, said
Norenzayan. "What really was the
major force that motivated intolerance was cohesion with ones religious group not necessarily belief in
Norenzayan believes that this is
so because of the boundaries that
religion draws.
"People care deeply about maintaining group boundaries," said the
psychology professor pointing to
belonging as a main motivator of
"Religion maintains group boundaries and it is very difficult for religion to transcend group boundaries,
but it is possible," he added hopeful-
While this study is just one of
many studies that Norenzayan has
been working on, he hopes that his
findings will help people understand
religion better.
"One of the things to overcome as
students, not just students but also
social scientists and scholars in this
field, is the mistaken notion that religion is just going away and that the
advancement of science and technology and affluence [will make] these
questions of religion become unimportant," said Norenzayan. "And that
simply is not true."
"The recent elections are one
example of mistaken people can be
about this powerful force that can
motivate people in certain ways." ♦
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Arctic climate
causes concern
by Bethany Lindsay
The changing climate of the Arctic could
have serious impact on both caribou
and polar bears, experts say.
The Arctic Climate
Impact Assessment
(ACIA), released on
November 8, predicts
that climate change
will have major consequences for Arctic
plants and animals.
The report was
authored by scientists
from the eight countries with Arctic territory, and reveals
that global warming is already at work in
the Arctic, where average annual temperatures are increasing at twice the
rate of the rest of the world.
The report says that Arctic winters
are becoming shorter and warmer, and
annual precipitation is increasing. That
means that boreal forests will be able to
expand northward, replacing tundra
Rebecca Zalatan is a PhD candidate
in the department of Geography at UBC.
She studies how natural climate cycles
affect caribou. She said that, as the boreal forests move northward, 'every animal and insect that relates to that vegetation is going to have to shift its pattern
That shift could spell trouble for the
caribou she studies. In the summers,
they migrate north to the tundra, where
they birth and raise their calves. They
escape predation by wolves, which stay
below the tree line. If forests shift to the
north, 'the wolves are going to be closer
to the calving grounds, and that means
they'll kill the calves that much easier."
But Zalatan said that unpredictable
weather is a bigger threat than predation for the caribou. Rapid melting followed by flash freeze would hide the
caribou's food under ice. 'The caribou
won't be able to predict what's going to
happen and where, and that's really
what's going to affect their cycles,"
she said.
The ACIA predicts larger problems
for polar bears. A warming climate will
melt the thick layers of permafrost that
He beneath the ground in the Arctic, and
cause sea ice to break up. Both types of
ice are crucial to polar bear survival.
Average polar bear weights have
decreased by 15 per cent in the last
twenty years, said Brenda Saunders, a
Masters candidate in biology at Queen's
University, who studies polar bear mating systems.
According to Saunders, bears in
lower latitudes build earth dens on hill
slopes. The dens are supported by permafrost Warmer weather in recent
years has melted that permafrost, collapsing the dens, and killing the female
bears inside.
"As more dens collapse, there's going
to be a reduction in the number of denning sites, and that means that their
range is going to be pushed farther
north over time," said Saunders.
The ACIA reports that polar bears
will have to move north to follow melting sea ice. Ringed seals use ice as a safe
place to rest and raise pups, and polar
bears catch the seals-their main source
of food-through holes in the ice. 'Their
range depends entirely on where the
seals are," said Saunders.
But Saunders believes the species
will persist, despite the ACIA prediction
that polar bears will be pushed to extinction in the next century. "I can't see the
polar bear being pushed toward extinction because they're pretty hardy, but
maybe I'm just being optimistic." ♦
PM disappoints writer
Peter C. Newman recalls
the rich and famous of
Canadian society at UBC
by Jhenifer Pabillano
Speaking in his famously blunt style, renowned
Canadian journalist Peter C. Newman told a
Vancouver audience that Prime Minister Paul
Martin is a disappointment.
'Paul Martin is making Jean Chretien look
pretty good, which is an awful insult because
Chretien was a thug," said Newman, at a
November 19 UBC School of Journalism event
celebrating the publication ofhis memoirs.
"[Martin] spent ten years practicing to
become prime minister. What for?...It turns
out that during those ten years his whole energy went to getting Chretien out of there so he
could be prime minister. Now his only modus
operandi is how do I get out of this crisis?"
Newman said Martin is hoping to stay in
power by banking on weak opponents in future
"I'm very disappointed," he said. "But it is
early, he might recover. It's possible."
Sporting his trademark sailor's cap,
Newman spent the rest of the evening covering
the stuff of his memoirs, Here Be Dragons.
The frank, often ribald talk discussed
Newman's life in Europe and Canada, along
Newman also revealed his early struggle in
Canada as ajewish Czech immigrant
The son of a wealthy Czech factory owner,
Newman was raised in Czechoslovakia as a
'spoiled brat" who had a zoo of his very own.
But the Nazi invasion forced Newman's family
to flee to Canada, where they landed as poor
immigrants on a small farm
in Ontario. He tried fitting in
as a WASP during the 1950s,
joining the Navy to prove his
devotion to Canada.
Here Be Dragons, said
Newman, was the 'hardest
book I've ever done." He sifted through material for four
years, discovering in the
process that his self was divided into a Peter C. Newman
with new tales from his career as editor-in-
chief of Maclean's and the Toronto Star, and as
biographer of Canada's political and business
Pierre Trudeau, for example, once 'rolled
around* on Newman's living room floor with
lady friend Madeleine Gobeil. The incident
may have saved Newman from
prosecution,  when Trudeau   "paul Martin is
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had consequences," he said.
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no feeling about what damage she was causing. It was none of my business, but I couldn't
help see it, and I'm not surprised that she
became really the catalyst for investigation
into Conrad. The [US Securities and Exchange
Commission] couldn't figure out where he was
getting the money for all those mansions and
those private jets."
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wife married Peter Newman,
not Peter C. Newman."
The memoir, he said, is an unflinching look
at himself that is as honest as possible.
"Sometimes you find yourself inventing the
truth because you don't know what the truth
is," he said. "But I did my best and I don't
regret anything. It's all there. If it's not there,
it's not because I didn't want it out there.
'It was painful. I'm not going to do it
again." ♦
New UBC report to offer organised
data on violence for world governments
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published in January
by Jenn Cameron
A UBC report to be published early next year will
provide governments and organisations a comprehensive look at political and criminal violence around the world.
The Human Security Centre, located at the
Liu Institute, has almost completed the Human
Security Report, dedicated to the compilation
and assessment of data concerning political and
criminal violence.
"The purpose of this report is to map global
political violence and criminal violence, to look
at its consequences, its courses and what the
policy responses are to it,' said Andrew Mack,
director of the Human Security Centre and initiator of the project.
Modelled on the United Nations Human
Development Report, this will be the first annual report that will examine statistics in global
violence in order to give governments a better
understanding of the causes and implications
of war.
The project is a collaborative effort by a network of research institutions and consultants
across the world. Researchers at institutions
such as Uppsala University in Sweden are
involved in various tasks within the project,
from research, to graphic design, to review.
Mack and his team at the Liu Institute draw
upon the information collected at these institutions and hold the responsibility of bringing it
together in a cohesive and useful manner.
Motivation for the project came from Mack's
work with the United Nations (UN). Before coming to UBC, he worked as the Director of
Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the
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UN Secretary General. 'When I was [at the UN] I
found out that many of my colleagues didn't
know whether wars were increasing or decreasing. They didn't know if UN sanctions were
working or weren't working. There was just a
huge lack of knowledge," he explained.
"We became convinced at that time that the
UN needed to have information on armed conflicts and human rights abuses the same way it
has information on health, education, and economic development," he continued. Mack
hopes that the Human Security Report, which
should be published sometime in late January,
will help close this knowledge gap.
Research and data assemblage for the report
has been funded by five different governments
at the cost of $ 1.6 million a year. After its publication, governments and international organisations  will be able to use the report to help
them decide how to respond to political violence and in the planning of development programs, said Mack.
Patsy George, local president of the UN association in Canada, a volunteer-run organisation
in connection with the UN and public relations,
said that the UN has recently been more open to
the acceptance of research from academic institutions and other members of civil society.
'Over the last several years there have been
increasing opportunities for members of civil
society to make contributions to debates and
proposals to problems," she said.
While the UN has historically relied on its
own organisations to provide proposals and collected data on topics such as Human Security,
George said that, "the UN is now taking
these contributions [from civil society] very
seriously." ♦
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Being Govenor General
Frolicking farce pokes fun at small town fecklessness
presented hy Studio 58
at Langara College
until Dec 5
by Carina Cojeen
Studio 58's current production,
'Being Adrienne Clarkson/ is set in
the fictional Northern BC community of Idle Arm, where the town's
squabbling jphabitants/led by a domineering mayor, have scammed a
large arts grant by claiming to be
"disabled First Nations francophones." As the play opens, they've just
spent every penny on a huge drinking spree, figuring no one will ever
be the wiser. However, trouble
starts when they find out that the
Governor General herself is planning to make an unexpected visit to
Idle Arm. Into this fracas enter a
pair of fugitives: a human smuggling captain, with one of his illegal
Chinese female immigrants in tow.
Naturally, these two find themselves mistaken for Canada's Vice-
Regal couple (despite the fact that
she can speak only Chinese), and
the hilarity ensues from there.
The  author/director/composer.
award-winning local playwright
Colin Heath, created this work specife
ically for the Studio 58 acting team,
loosely basing it on Nikolai Gogol's
1836 satire 'The Government
Inspector.' But whereas the original
was a fairly harsh commentary on
Russia's corrupt officials, social critique does not appear to be the goal
of this play. Instead, 'Being
Adrienne Clarkson* is a lightheart-
ed farce, poking gentle fun at its
feckless characters.
Although the production is primarily an ensemble piece, a few performances did stand out: Josue
Laboucane as the smarmy human
smuggler, Sara Bynoe as the cane-
wielding, selectively-hearing old
hag, Emily Cain as the braces-sporting town nerd, and Lissa Neptuno as
the toothpick-chewing, hard-boiled
cafe owner. Donna Soares was convincing as an illegal Chinese immigrant, despite her character's miraculously quick grasp of English, and
Gemma Isaac displayed musical-
ready versatility as a perky First
Nations postal carrier with a powerful and lyrical voice.
As far as the production team
went, set designer Bryan Pollock's
mechanized mailboat nearly stole the
show, and Christine Hackman's costumes were delightfully tacky. For the
most part. Heath's script is well paced.
The vaudeville numbers were truly
inspired, arid he generally strikes a
nice balance between political commentary and light humour. My attention did wander a bit during some of
the mayor's speeches, especially her
over-the-top final one. I also had trouble swallowing the subplot that
revolved around the pot-smoking kids
who hang around the town (incidentally supplying the on-stage music as
well as spare characters). Dressed in
rags—ike modern-day 'serfs'—the hippie kids are exploited by the town
council. But this degree of mistreatment makes no sense, because in
most other ways, the townsfolk are
portrayed as hapless rather than
These weaknesses aside, I got the
feeling I was seeing the world premiere of a pEay which has all the earmarks of becoming a community theatre classic. Ets light spirit and strong
Canadian flavour should lend itself
well to popul ar theatre troupes across
the country. As the director suggested,
we can only hope Adrienne Clarkson
stays in her post long enough to make
this a reality, ♦♦♦
Harder Look,
Shady Satin Drug
[Sextant Records]
by Ritu Kumar
A few years back local Vancouver boys
soulDecision emerged onto the scene
with a catchy pop album, No One Does
It Better, luring in drones of fourteen
year old girls after them. Well they're
back with a new album, Shady Satin
But a few things have changed
since then. Other than the new
hair-dos that has been donned,
Trevor Guthrie and Ken Lewko
have also brought some new blood
to the band, adding bassist Tino
Zolfo and drummer Terepai
Richmond, who joined after Dave
Bowman left soulDecision. Not to
worry though, they still have the
fourteen year old girls running
after them. Oh yes, and the catchy
pop songs.
If you're a fan of upbeat, feel
good, my-hair-looks-perfect-and-I'm-
in-love kind of music, then this
album is for you. It did exceed my
expectations, however, as it combined their usual pop flair with slower   ballad-esque   tracks   like   'So
Strong," and 'Sucky Love Song" (love
the title!). While some songs were
enjoyable, others, like "Cadillac
Dress,' confused me as it sounded
lyrically forced and awkward, yet
I was left with the song stuck in
my head for hours afterward.
soulDecision also ventured into the
cornier side of music with the clapping throughout "Light It Up."
One thing is undeniable
though—Trevor Guthrie can sing,
unlike many pop artists. I don't
usually enjoy this genre of music,
but I can forgive that just to hear
his voice im "It Must Be You," the
chorus of which sounds similar to
some more bubbly Beatles songs.
Not my style, but having listened to
soulDecisio»n's latest album, I
would not regret such a purchase.
I'm sure I'll be hearing some of
these songs: as background music
to The OC sometime soon. ♦
Performance avec De La Soul
De La Soul
at Commodore Ballroom
by Zach Goelman
"When we say ah, y'all say ah,"
instructed Posdnous. In the crowd,
fans were smiling, knowing what was
coming. The ah's began with chanting, rose to shouting, and in under
four seconds the audience was
screaming, punching their fists in the
air and jumping higher than rock
stars as emcees Pos (a.k.a. Plugwon)
and Dave (a.k.a. Plug 2) while the
band's DJ Maseo dropped their hit
"Ego Trippin' (Pt.2)" all over the
crowd. As Pos took up the mic for his
verse, he fully displayed that the band
was "something like a phenomenon."
De La Soul is the aging moral con
science of the hip-hop community.
Remember the Fugees? Not just the
chorus to "Ready or Not"; not just
Lauryn Hill's delicate, soulful vocals
on "Killing Me Softy". Remember the
purpose of the Fugees—assaulting the
flaws in hip-hop, exposing it as a
modern-day minstrel show that
degrades black people, repackaging
African-Americans and selling them
to white consumers. When Tupac and
the Notorious B.I.G were offering up
death threats in their songs, when
female rappers were resorting to sex
appeal to sell their records, De La
Soul released Stakes Is High in 1996.
This expression of frustration was
done without sampling gunshots and
sirens; rather it was a bittersweet
eulogy for an art form feared to be on
its deathbed. MCs Pos and Dave
decried the glorification of "Clappers
and gats/Makin' the whole sick world
collapse/The facts are gettin'
sick/Even sicker perhaps."
De La Soul is also ahead of the
game in other respects. They recently
joined the legendary Roots and the
Wu Tang Clan (ODB, RIP) in the ranks
of hip-hop artists with hve albums on
the shelf. This is still an exclusive
club, its membership limited to only
those artists with the courage to take
their art form out of the control of the
When De La Soul took the stage at
the Commodore Ballroom, they were
introduced by Maseo, the band's DJ
and occasional third vocalist. His
shotgun timbre and playful ferocity
electrified the crowd, and as he
played with his records and quickly
united the auditorium by getting the
crowd to wave their hands to the
rhythms of A Tribe Called Quest's
songs 'The Scenario"  and  "Award
Tour." The emcees took the crowd
down a windy road through their
musical career, covering their sophomore, freshman, and junior releases
in quick succession. They hyped their
latest album. The Grind Date, and
performed a few hits off of that
As a finale, they invited an incredible host of lovely ladies onto the
stage to bounce along with them as
they performed 'Baby Phat", a tribute
to their ideal woman, the anti-supermodel, wherein they urge women to
"let [us] watch your weight, don't let it
trouble you." Pos, Dave and Maseo
seemed greatly pleased with the
reception they received last Sunday,
and hip-hop fans in Vancouver can
hope that this may redeem us after
the drunken, disorderly disrespect
we showed them at last year's Arts
County Fair. ♦
The XXX-Mas Show: Child's Play on Nov 27, Bodega Studio #5 (229 Carrall Street.)
Let's face it:The spectre of Christmas seizes the city the day after Hallowe'en, and there's nothing little you or little me can do about it. But it
doesn't mean you have to prostrate yourself at the base of the giant tree at Sears with a reindeer broach pinned to your lapel. Why not turn
X-mas into XXX-mas, and slide down to Child's Play on Saturday night for an evening of photography, video, and performance art orchestrated by Vancouver artists Matthew Bowen and David Raposo.Take pictures with an S&M Santa! Sample a tasty human sundae! And check
out a provocative, tongue-in-cheek series of photo stills depicting the urban myths and sexual confusions that have plagued many an adolescent mind. Admission is free with a donation to the Vancouver Food Bank, and costume/fetish/formal wear is encouraged. Go get your 'ho' on.
—Simon Underwood
Leave this treasure buried very
Now playing
By Jenn Cameron
With the success of Pirates of the
Caribbean, it's only natural that
Disney would attempt several other
feature length films appealing both to
children and adults with fantastical
adventurism and big name actors.
And after the box office flop of The
Haunted Mansion, Disney is desperately trying to redeem itself with National
Treasure, starring Nicholas Cage.
Cage is Ben Franklin Gates, a man
on a mission, driven to discover the
truth behind a conspiracy surrounding the founders of the United States.
According to the Gates' family legend,
America's forefathers were part of a
secret society known as the Masons,
co-owners in a treasure considered
'too great for any one man".
Apparently the Masons had to hide
their treasure from the British during
the revolution, and consequently
buried it under a series of hidden
maps and clues for their ancestors to
uncover centuries later.
After recovering an old pipe.
Gates and the members of his
search team realise that the secret to
the treasure lies in a map, which is
of course, written in invisible ink on
the back of the Declaration of
Independence. Gates is soon
betrayed by his colleague Ian Howe
(Sean Bean), and it becomes a race
to steal the famous document and
uncover the clues to get the treasure.
The movie has an Indiana Jones
quality to it, although Cage can't quite
pull it off. He just doesn't have that
Harrison Ford charm that's necessary
for the role. He takes himself too seriously for a Disney movie. Imagining
him in an Indiana Jones hat cariying
a whip and looking cool doesn't really
do it for me.
Oh. And everyone repeats themselves. A lot Cage goes on and on and
on about the map, his dad goes on
and on about how it's not going to
work and the museum girl won't shut
up in general. Cage's sidekick's only
role seems to be to be an idiot with a
heart of gold, but the jokes are plain
stupid. Don't even get me started on
the lack of chemistry between Cage
and museum girl. Wow, he's so interested in history.-.just like me, and
look at him going after this treasure,
he's craaaazy.
A movie with this childlike quality
can only survive if the characters are
interesting enough to cany the movie
along. I mean, we can get past the lack
of plot and series of unbelievable
events, and we can even get past
some of the lame jokes if we like the
characters. I just have no sympathy
for a guy who is following this 'family
dream' despite being laughed at by
everyone around him. He deserves to
be laughed at
The movie is trying to combine all
these other ideas to make a new one.
Mission: Impossible meets. Indiana
Jones meets The Goonies. Except each
of these movies had something to give
it punch. Mission: Impossible wasn't
predictable, Indiana Jones was...well
itwas Indianajones, and The Goonies
had a bunch of goofy kids. National
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information about medicinal marijuana for a relative
with arthritis and Parkinson's disease.
'We went on to the Internet and discovered there
was a need for the information to get out into the
broader community/ she recalled, "so we designed
our website.*
Nash and little's site, www.medicalmarihuana.ca, provides help for people seeking information on medicinal
marijuana. It is believed marijuana can help relieve
symptoms of epilepsy, cancer, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, AIDS and spinal cord injuries.
Incidentally, the spelling of marijuana in the web
address is not an error; Health Canada and the Canadian
legal system have historically opted to spell marijuana
with an H instead of a J.
In April 2003, Island Harvest, owned by little and
Nash, became the first certified organic marijuana grower in Canada. Island Harvest is certified by Health Canada,
which means they are allowed to supply cannabis to
patients who are licensed to possess marijuana for medical purposes.
Health Canada has allowed Canadians to possess medical marijuana since August 2001, but only if they are
expected to die within a year or are suffering from serious
illnesses. Both a doctor and the federal government must
also approve potential users. Additionally, the patient
must try more conventional treatments before they can
access marijuana.
A licensed patient may possess up to a month's supply
of pot at any given time.
Surprisingly, it is cheaper to purchase marijuana
legally than on the black market little and Nash sell their
certified organic pot at $ 100 per ounce, roughly half the
street price. A recent court ruling allows designated producers to sell marijuana for profit.
Last fall. Little and Nash took the knowledge they
gained from constructing their business and website to
Malaspina University-College in the Cowichan Valley,
where they taught a course about accessing medical
The couple has gone one step further by writing it
down. In their book, Sell Marijuana Legally, Little and
Nash outline the business aspect of growing medicinal
marijuana, including how to navigate through Health
Canada's paperwork.
"What we wanted to do with the book was to cover the
actual process of becoming a legal medical marijuana
grower and seller/ said little.
"Everyone has an opportunity to get involved" in the
medical marijuana industry, said Nash. "And our book is
about that opportunity."
According to Nash, there is already much interest in
the industry.
"There's money coming in from private investors/ he
said. "There are pharmaceutical companies getting
involved, biotech companies getting involved, private
firms getting involved, and the federal government program allows you to get your foot in the door and establish
your legal marijuana business."
Both Nash and little maintain medicinal marijuana is
going to be an important industry in the future.
"It's going to happen," said Nash. "It is happening, and
this is the seed of a huge industry." ♦
Lesbian couples take Newfoundland laws to court
by Nadya Bell
ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CUP) - Two lesbian couples have asked
the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador to
include same-sex unions in the definition of common law
The provincial government announced on November
10 that it would not oppose, delay or support the couples'
Sean Foreman is the lawyer handling the case in
Newfoundland and Labrador, after representing three
couples in Nova Scotia during their appeal. He said his
clients' chances of whining are very good.
"I feel quite strongly that the case should proceed and
should proceed quickly, and there shouldn't be any roadblocks," said Foreman.
In August, the attorney general of Canada announced
applications of same-sex couples seeking the right to civil
unions, the same as heterosexual couples, will no longer
be opposed or delayed.
The appeal is targeting the definition of common law
and civil marriage. The new definition would distinguish
civil marriage as between two persons, not restricted to a
man and a woman.
Five Canadian provinces and one territory currently allow
same-sex marriage after similar challenges in the courts.
"Our issue is that access to civil marriages for same-
sex couples has progressed in all of these other provinces,
and there is absolutely no reason why it should not continue to be extended to the remaining provinces/
Foreman said.
In Nova Scotia, civil unions are outlined under the
Solemnisation of Marriage Act. Marriage manuals outline
the ceremonies and suggested language to be followed—
now changed to be gender-neutral. But the manuals still
direct and require justices of the peace to use the phrase
"husband and wife" at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Foreman said this is still an issue because of the stupidity of the provincial government" Nova Scotia is
becoming a laughingstock to the other provinces, like
Manitoba, he claimed.
"Now, unfortunately what our province did... [is] they
recognised the language was there and said, 'Well, that
language is there; it must be enforced until the language
or wording of the statute is amended,'" Foreman said.
Foreman called this ludicrous, and said no marriage
would be considered void if the wording of the ceremony
was not followed.
He maintained enforcing the use of the words "husband and wife" when referring to same-sex couples is discriminatory and further demeans the dignity of the people involved in the ceremony.
"Straight couples can be husband and wife and call
same-sex couples married partners, or whatever, until
you figure it out You shouldn't be perpetuating discrimination and impairing people's dignity," he said.
"There are people that are contemplating filing a
human rights complaint they're so upset about it" ♦
—with files from Katie Jackson
There's no place like home
Women's volleyball goes 8-0
by Eric Szeto
Welcome back.
After starting the first six games of the season
on the road, the UBC women's volleyball team
came home to put their perfect 6-0 record on the
line in a pair of matches against the Alberta Pandas
over the weekend.
UBC was clearly the more dominant team in the
two games as they upped their record to 8-0. More
impressive was the fact that until their match
Saturday, the Birds had only lost two sets all season.
In their home opener Friday night, the Birds
proved that they deserved their perfect record,
sweeping the Pandas in straight sets.
Five players on the T-Birds had over five kills,
while setter Carla Bradstock had a game-high 31
The next night, the Birds wanted nothing more
than to complete their perfect weekend with another character game on Saturday.
UBC held the lead throughout the opening set
The Pandas proved to be a nuisance though as they
clawed their way back late in the set before UBC
won it 25-23.
In the second set the Birds were unable to hold
their early lead. At the halfway mark of the set,
Alberta emerged from hibernation, reeling off an
impressive 25-21 second set victory.
Being handed their third loss of the season did
not bode well with the Birds. Knowing that they
could have easily won that set if not for some inconsistent play, the T-Birds came out in frill force and
took the next two sets 25-20, 25-21.
Coach Doug Reimer is still looking for more
consistency in his team's play but was impressed
with their defensive effort
"Our blocMng...was not good at all. Our serving
for some people was poor as well," explained
Reimer. "We've had great pursuit on defense,
we've worked our butts off defensively and we
need to just keep building off those successes."
There were many times throughout the match
when the team could have given up, said Reimer.
"[Alberta] did some things to frustrate us in certain areas and to battle through that is pretty
important/ said Reimer, "and I think a sign of a
good team and a team that's maturing."
"Alberta played much better tonight and I think
we should feel pretty good about our win tonight
because we definitely earned it," said Reimer. "We
couldn't wait for them to make errors but in the
long run it's a more satisfying feeling."
Left side Stephanie Kurz, who was awarded
player of the game, has been the most consistent of
the Birds team so far this season as she collected
13 kills and seven digs. Middle Shelley Chambers
also had 11 kills of her own. Cordonier rebounded
from an uncharacteristic game off-night Friday,
collecting ten kills and seven digs. Cordonier made
three hugt kills in the fourth set that helped solidify the win.
Reimer was glad to see Cordonier take control
of the team late in the match.
"When we get the chance to get [Corodonier]
a ball in a good situation, you know the kind of
player she is," explained Reimer. "The other
thing that isn't obvious when you look at the
stats sheet is how much of a leader I think she
is. I think she really helped push us there. She
was like 'let's get this done and let's get this
over with' and frankly tonight, we needed a little bit of that."
UBC takes their perfect record and play a
pair against the 0-8 SFU Clan this weekend at
War Memorial.
CELEBRATE: T-Birds have successful homecoming, yinan max wang photo
Dinos are extinct!
The men's volleyball team swept
their Calgary Dino opponents twice
over the weekend. On Friday, the
Birds swept the Dinos in three
straight sets. Left side Martin Reader
had ten kills, while outside hitter
Dave Beleznay had ten kills and five
digs respectively. Setter Hans Doef
had a game high 35 assists.
The Birds managed to sweep the
Dinos in three straight sets again on
Saturday. The Birds now improve to
5-1 and are third in Canada West
standings. The go on to play Trinity
Western this weekend.
Making history
The UBC cross country team competed in the NAIA national championships in Kentucky. The women
placed third while the men placed
sixth. The third place finish was the
best finish for the women's team in
UBC history -while the men tied a
school-best with their sixth place
Sweeping the floor
The women's basketball team defeated UVic 55^8 on Friday night The
Birds were led by guard Erica
McGuinness' 16 points and seven
assists. Guard Sheila Townsend had
11 points and forward Julie Little collected ten points on four for five
The Birds beat out the Vikes in a
rematch on Saturday 56-50. The
Birds now improve their record to 3-
3 on the season and sit second in the
Pacific division.
Deucing it
The men's basketball team lost a
pair of games against UVic on the
weekend. On Friday, the Birds lost
to the Vikes 63-58. It was more of
the same Saturday for the Birds as
they lost a close one. UVic edged
out a 65-63 win.
Forward Ryder McKeown had 16
points while fifth-year guard Corey
Ogilvie finished with 14 points
Saturday. The Birds now drop to 4-2
and are currently third in Canada
West standings. The Birds play a pair
of games against Trinity Western this
Can't buy one
The men's hockey team lost a pair to
Saskatchewan on the weekend. Still
missing eight regulars, the Huskies
dropped the Birds 5-3. Saturday the
Birds lost in a blowout 6-1.
The Birds drop to 0-9-3 in conference play and head to Lethbridge to
play a pair next weekend in Alberta.<*
Successful homecoming for the
Birds in weekend back-to-back
UBC women's
hockey sends
Manitoba home
empty handed
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
After a long stretch of road games,
the T-Birds returned home to play
their first home game in over
month at the ThunderBird Winter
Sports Complex.
The women's hockey team
came into the Friday night's game
with 1-3-2 record in conference
play, and especially after the frustrating back to back against
Lethbridge, the Birds had more
reason to capture a win before the
home crowd.
"We had solid road games but
didn't get the breaks. Whether it
was bad bounces or officiating or
whatever, all those things you get
on the road...Coming home, we
wanted to establish our presence," said coach Dave Newson.
The crowd must have really
sparked the women's hockey
team, as the Birds stormed the
Bisons and eventually netted the
first goal in the opening 90 seconds of the game.
In the second period, the team
picked up the pace. This led to
goals by forwards Caitlin Ruddy
and Kelly James. Two more goals
late in third put the game out of
reach for the Bisons.
It was the aggressive play and
determination that was the difference, said defenseman Haliegh
Callison. "We worked too hard not
to get the win. [We realized that]
we [had to] sweep this weekend.
We have to know how to play two
solid games in a weekend. That's
very important," said Callison in
the Birds 5-2 win.
Throughout the game, the
Birds had numerous scoring
opportunities which they took
advantage of. After the second
goal by the Thunderbids, they
took complete contro of the game.
Many players stood out on
Saturday with especially strong
performance by the fifth-year
goalie Teryne Russell. The
Thunderbirds were heavily out-
shot in the game 43-22. It was her
outstanding goaltending that
saved them the game.
Russell gave credit to the play
of her teammates.
"It was a busy game... the
defense played amazingly. We
[also] had some forwards come
back and help out," said Russell.
Ruddy and James netted the
only goals in the second and third
period. James scored the third
goal of the game which eventually
proved to be the game winner.
Crowd support also made a dif
ference, said Callison who finished with two assists Friday.
"Having people out here to
watch is huge. Having people in
the stands is a big, big help for
us," said Callison.
"We were really excited
because it was first time back in
''Having people
out here to watch
is huge. Having
people in the
stands is a big, big
help for us/7
—Haliegh Callison of
the UBC women's
hockey team
our rink...we had a lot of confidence [and] we were ready to go.
We knew we had to win this game/
said team captain Marjorie
In a rematch on Saturday
night, the Birds defeated
Manitoba 2-1. The Birds record
now improves to 3-3-2 on the season.
Next in line for women's hockey is another back-to-back against
Alberta this weeknd.* tm
Jesse Marchand
Sarah Bourdon
Dan McRoberts
Ania Mafi
Eric Szeto
Alex Leslie
Nic Fensom
Paul Carr
Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
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After the amazing Ubyssey potluck Trevor Gilks decided to take
Megan Smyth. Alex Leslie and Dan McRoberts out for a night on
the town. Sarah Bourdon came along and was so busy blowing
fire balls at Michelle Mayne that she didn't notice Jesse
Marchand stealing her purse. Eric Szeto saw her do it and got
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Eroding the
cliffs, and
around Wreck
Eveiy year, hundreds of UBC students are
turned away from residences on campus. Now,
admist a veritable flurry of campus development, UBC has decided to build four new residence towers, providing nearly 2,000 spaces.
The first tower is expected to be completed by
August 2005, and the remaining three by 2007,
pending approval.
Good thinking, one would say. But the plan
has many individuals and groups up in arms
because of the controversial location that UBC
has elected for the towers to be built: directly
over Wreck Beach, Point Grey's designated
nudist beach and popular UBC partying, drinking and naked drunk happy-time swimming
location (you know it's true).
UBC claims that sightline photos confirm
that the residence will not enroach on the privacy of Wreck Beach. UBC's Vice President of
External Affairs, Dennis Pavlich says, "these
photos are proof that the building will not be
visible from the beach at high tide nor will the
beach and the bathers be visible even from the
top floor of this approved residence." So,
what's the problem?
The Wreck Beach Preservation Society
believes there are a few key issues with this plan.
Firstly they are concerned that the towers will
make for an unsavoury view from what they say is
the last beach in Vancouver where you can't see
the city. They say the towers will destroy a "heritage viewscape" and assert that once the buildings go up, there can be no restoration of the natural beauty of the cliffs.
The society's second concern is that the towers
will be environmentally unfriendly, since they are
being built on an unstable area of land. The society has tried to obtain important scientific documents from UBC about the area's ability to sustain
such structures, but have been unsuccessful. If
the area is sound and there will be no problems
posed by the towers, it is strange that UBC wouldn't just hand over the reports. The GVRD Board of
Directors reiterated these same worries in a
recent meeting.
At an AMS council meeting in September, representatives from UBC Housing and UBC
Properties Trust indicated that high-rises would
provide the maximum number of housing units
while taking up the minimum amount of space.
But with research showing that an adequate number of housing units could be accommodated on
land that is already designated for that purpose, it
calls into question the how necessary it is to build
these high-rises.
The studies of one UBC professor from the
school of planning have shown that new residence spaces could be created on existing residence land, such as at Totem Park or Vanier. In an
interview with the Ubyssey, the professor indicated that high-rises were not the best option for the
campus. In addition, his department has done
surveys indicating that most students would prefer not to live in high-rise housing.
Now, we at the Ubyssey realise that the planning processes involved in managing campus
land allocation are complex. However, one thing
is obvious in this situation—the "consultation
process" in the building of this complex has been
farcical at best With so many concerned parties,
it seems that UBC has once again embarked on its
latest project with little consideration for the
views of others.
The construction has already begun and, as
in the past, not much can be done to stop it. Yes,
residence spaces are necessary, but more
options should have been explored—like say putting residence towers where some of the condos
are going up—more people consulted, and more
considerations taken in creating them. While the
towers will erode the beauty of the beach, they
have already eroded the concept of incorporating community feedback. ♦
Pistons deserve blame for NBA brawl
by Dan McRoberts
The fight was over. Cooler heads
were prevailing at the Palace of
Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan,
or so it seemed. After a hard foul
by the Indiana Pacers Ron Artest, a
scuffle had broken out between the
hometown Pistons and the visiting
side, but coaches and referees had
separated the combatants. Artest
lay on his back on the scorer's
table, relaxed, waiting.
That's when the 6'7 guard was
hit by a beer thrown from the
stands. Enraged, Artest leapt into
the crowd, pushing mortified spectators out of his way until he found
the person he thought was responsible. And then all hell broke loose.
Artest attacked the fan, flailing
punches until he was overwhelmed by other spectators. A
brawl ensued, involving fans, players and coaches. When itwas finally brought to a halt, the Pacers
were escorted out of the arena by
police and the game was called. It
was one of those rare situations
where almost everyone was to
blame, from the Pacers players
who invaded the stands to the
arena security that allowed row
dies to run riot on the court.
Then NBA commissioner David
Stern pronounced judgement on
the matter. Artest will not play for
the rest of the regular season—a
staggering 72 game suspension
that is unprecedented punishment
for an episode of this nature. Then
again, this was an episode unlike
anything the NBA had ever seen.
Stephen Jackson and Jermaine
O'Neal, two of Artest's teammates
who joined the chaotic fisticuffs,
were also handed lengthy suspensions. There were other, minor
sentences for other participants.
Stern came down hard on the
players, and was right to do so. As
professional athletes, but more
importantly, as human beings, the
players involved needed to control
their anger and remain on the
court regardless of the abuse they
were suffering at the hands of the
Pistons' faithful.
But what resounds from this
incident is Stern's failure to act
against the Pistons organisation. It
was clear from the videotape that
angry, drunken fans met little
resistance when attempting to
rush the court during the fracas.
Where were the security guards?
Granted, no team could have anticipated the level of violence that
occurred, but there was little evidence of any preventative measures during the melee.
A home team should be able to
guarantee the safety of visiting
players at all times. While Artest's
reaction was not justifiable by any
means, he should only face a verbal barrage from fans. At one point
during the miniature riot, a chair
was tossed towards a player. Beer
and popcorn might bruise the ego,
but when chairs and punches are
thrown, it's too much. The league
should draw up a league-wide policy for arena policing. As the sudden nature of this incident reveals,
the teams involved needn't be the
fiercest of rivals for violence to
The Pistons should not be
fined but instead be forced to play
a number of home games before
an empty stadium. The loss in
revenue from ticket refunds and
darkened concessions would be
substantial and the message to
the fans would be clear. Watching
professional basketball is a privilege and while spectators can be
passionate, they should never be
—Dan McRoberts
CUP Sports Bureau Chief
Story mocks CAP
I write in response to Coordinated
Arts Program gives students interdisciplinary experience" [the
Ubyssey, November 16)
The article implied CAP students end up in the program simply because they do not have the
marks—or brains—to get into Arts
One or Foundations. Having intentionally chosen CAP over Arts One
and Foundations, I was offended
by the article. It is like saying students get Bachelor of Arts degrees
because they are not smart enough
to get Bachelor of Science degrees.
It is just a different path taken,
there is no need to belittle the decisions of others!
—Emma Hume
Coordinated Arts Program
"Subtle racism" abounds at UBC: VP Academic
by Brenda Ogembo
My term as VP Academic has not
been without challenges, but I
believe that I have been silent on
some situations that I can no
longer continue to be silent upon. It
does not take much to look for students of colour within the AMS and
at UBC as a whole; there are not
that many African students on this
I was recently perplexed by the
criminalisation that I received concerning my leaving for my home
country over a period of two weeks
to attend the Rhodes Scholarship
interview on unpaid leave, a journey that I had to plan for within
roughly a week and a half period.
For this reason I choose to articulate points that some at UBC may
disagree with, but will probably
make a lot of sense to those who
have experienced such treatment
Personally, I have no problem with
demands of accountability; if anything I expect it to be a part and
parcel of everyday UBC life and our
lives indeed. However, when more
accountability is constantly
demanded of people of colour with
the assumption that they cannot do
a job, then I do have a problem
with the situation. For many people
of colour there is often an unfair
level of accountability demanded of
them with low levels of expectation
and such has been my experience
thus far.
The AMS is a microcosm of the
world, and indeed North/South
poltics continue to plague the
everyday working environment for
students, faculty and staff at UBC.
Yet I have been appalled that the
student society, rather than support students seems to be working
against students. That the representation within student council is
based on faculty means that a lot of
immigrant students and students
of colour tend to not be involved,
unless they were born and raised
here, for they and may lack the discourse necessary to actively participate. Dealing with everyday incidences of subtle racism, it becomes
increasingly unlikely that such students will get away from barely surviving their daily routine to get
involved. And the few who do, end
up being marginalised either by the
student society or by the university,
being stereotypically characterised
as intimidating, scary or too confident and their positive qualities are
turned against them.
I have seen too many cases of
subtle racism at UBC which has
very low numbers of hired faculty
and staff of colour at high level
positions, and even less retained. I
have heard too many cases of students of colour being frustrated
both at the undergraduate and
graduate level by their professors
and their supervisors simply
because they are students of colour.
I have heard of too many cases of
racism in residence with students
of colour and international students being asked to 'go back
where they came from' and even
being 'accidentally ' kicked out of
residence by Housing and conferences. I have had it myself with
constantly being watched like a
hawk as though I lack personal
integrity and work ethic and even
when at the very onset of my term,
such blatant comments as of a student having me be deported, as
though I am some sort of illegal
alien in Canada. Indeed the only
people who have true claim to this
land are First Nations peoples, we
are all immigrants in a sense to
North America.
When the debate of banning
slates began earlier on in the year,
I was conflicted about the matter. I
know as an individual I would not
have run in the elections were I not
a part of SPAN. Having to deal with
the work place within the AMS has
further opened my eyes to the lack
of support and collaborativeness
among the student society especially the lack of support systems for
students of colour and first nations
students. As the elections
approach, I challenge you, the student society of UBC to choose to
create a positive environment for
your fellow students and particularly the students of colour, first
nations students and international
students, because it is only through
our commitment to working collaboratively that we can create that
welcoming space for all members
of the UBC community. This is a
conscious effort that we all must
seek to strive for, and as the student society, it is rather hypocritical of ourselves to demand such a
community from the University
when we do not invest in creating
such a community ourselves. It is
no surprise that I am the first
African female student executive
ever, and one of two African student executives since 1950s. The
AMS needs to address issues of systemic and subtle racism if the representation and the climate within
the society is to be welcoming and
friendly to students of colour and
members of the UBC community.
—Brenda Ogembo
VP Academic for AMS
Sexism problem, not
It was very disheartening to read
your recent article "Students
expelled from student union property* (November 10, the Ubyssey)
regarding the Langara Students'
Union's (LSU) arbitrary and dra-
conian act of banning two young
women students from the Langara
student union building.
It was plainly obvious on reading this article that the author
had not given the story of these
two students any credence whatsoever.
Women still struggle against
sexism in our society. This article
does not further this struggle; in
fact, it only serves to perpetuate
sexist and ageist attitudes. When
women complain of sexist behaviour in any milieu they deserve
to have these complaints taken
seriously and investigated thoroughly. That is all Kira and Nicole
have ever asked for throughout
this ordeal.
Kira and Nicole are not guilty of
any wrongdoing. Their 'crime', in
this case, was organising effectively on campus around issues that
promoted social change; in doing
this they represented the interests
of a growing number of students
and young people who are waking
up to injustices around them, like
the brutal occupation of Iraq.
Their 'crime' of reaching out to
other students was apparently so
threatening to the members of the
LSU executive that they sought to
silence these two young women.
Fortunately, Kira and Nicole are
not so easily intimidated. They
and their supporters will not rest
until justice has been served.
The Langara Two Defense
Committee is committed to seeing
the ban against Kira and Nicole
lifted and a thorough investigation
of their complaints initiated. We
believe that both of these demands
are fair and inline with the LSU's
constitution and policy. These
steps are necessary for the LSU to
maintain any claims of upholding
students' rights to organise without discrimination.
—Tamara Hansen and Colleen
Glynn, Arts 2, SFU and
Richmond resident
ck(S)ams.ubc.ca  • www.ams.u
holiday buzz
The Pampered Chef@ Gage Residence
Nov. 24,5 pm - 8 pm
Main Level, Gage Residence
Sample gourmet food and browse for
kitchen stocking-stuffers for yourself or loved
ones at Gage. At 7 pm,the Pampered Chef
will hold a cooking demo with more tastings
for all. Net proceeds from this event will go
the Heart and Stroke Foundation. More
details at ubcheartclub@hotmail.com.
AMS Annual Holiday Gift Fair
Nov. 22 - 26, Nov. 29 - Dec. 3
9 am to 5 pm
Main Concourse/SUB
Strapped for time? Take advantage of our
convenient one-stop holiday shopping at the
SUB for unique gifts and decorations.
- transit survey,
Only one more day left to complete
the Translink survey on increased
Let your voice on transit issues be
heard by visiting
http://www.translink.bc.ca and
completing the survey.
Deadline is November 24,2004.
festival of lights
Come join your fellow students on Friday, November 26th in a
celebration of lights, peace and holiday fun.
From 4 pm to 6 pm, drop by the UBC Main Library Plaza for some free
hot chocolate and goodies, and watch spectacular performances by the
Gilbert and Sullivan Society, a Japanese taiko drumming group, and poi-
ball fire spinning ensemble.
There will also be a fantastic lights display to coincide with the annual
lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the library. Enter to win
fabulous prizes by bringing two cans of non-perishable food to support
our local food bank. There's no better way to kick off the holiday season!
f-L pancake broakfast
White Ribbon Breakfast
Friday, Nov. 25
7:30 am to 11 am, SUB Partyroom
Cost: Minimum $2 donation
On November 25th, the UBC chapter of the White
Ribbon Campaign (WRC) will hold its fifth annual
pancake breakfast fundraiser, which raises money
for services that help female survivors of sexual
assault. Every donation is matched by the
University President's Office.
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Globally Positive - AIDS Week 2004
Nov. 29-Dec. 2
The AMS, along with many campus resource
groups,clubs and community partners, will be
marking World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) by having a
week of awareness events, including information
booths, a film festival, panel discussions, and
More details to follow in next week's AMS
food for Amis *
Pay off your library fines with food instead of cash!
The AMS and the UBC Library is once again having
their Food for Fines campaign from November 29 to
December 3.
Donate one non-perishable food item and receive $2
off your library fine (to to a maximum of $20). All
donations will be given to the Greater Vancouver
Food Bank.
There's no better way to clean out your cupboards
before leaving for the holiday and decrease your
library debt at the same time. All borrowers are
eligible, whether they are students, staff, alumni,
faculty, or community members.
For details on participating libraries and FAQs, visit
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