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Which are good? Which are bad?
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T-Birds lay the smackdown.
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Navigating the upcoming civic election.
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Vol.LXXXVII   N°19
Tuesday, 15 November, 2005
Celebrating birthdays and solid food since 1918
"To you from failing hands we throw the torch"
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets lined the sides of Cambie street last Friday to pay tribute to fallen members of the armed forces and surviving veterans. As rain fell
relentlessly upon the participants, the crowd stood silent for two minutes at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, yinan max wang photo
Mayoral meetin'
and greetin'
by Kendly Salcito
The SUB Gallery was the site of a "meet and
greet" for students to come out and discuss a
range of issues with candidates in the upcoming municipal elections last Tuesday evening.
Apart from sharing their platforms, the candidates also posited what they beHeve to be the
most pressing issue facing students.
From the Green Party, School Trustee candidate Andrea Reimer said she beHeves transportation will be students' number one issue in
the upcoming years.
"It can take an hour just to get from Main
Street to UBC," she said. This has impacted
student body demographics, reducing
UBC's student pool primarily to students in
the Point Grey, Kitsilano, and Dunbar area,
she added.
COPE's Angela Kenyon, however, preferred to focus on the future UBC students
currently attending secondary schools in
"What will most affect the campus...is the
preparedness of the students entering the
university," she said. She is pressing for a
new secondary school to be opened within
one to two years, to help teachers cope with
the over-brimming classrooms in the dis-
See "Mayor" page 2.
UBC professor grapples
with arsenic poisonings
Bangladesh ground water contamination "the
largest human disaster... in the world right now"
by Amanda Stutt
People in rural communities in Bangladesh are
faced with a grim catch-22 scenario every day:
take surface water from local ponds and
streams and risk contracting cholera or another
bacterial disease and get sick the next day, or
pump ground water from a weU and risk ingesting arsenic and getting sick in twenty years.
This is why UBC Earth and Ocean Science
Professor Roger Beckie along with the
Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology is looking to discover the causes of the slow
arsenic poisoning in the Bangladeshi ground
water that is affecting thousands of people .
The main exposure pathway of arsenic is
through drinking water. When a rash of bacterial iUnesses from drinking surface water
emerged in the 1970s the Bangladeshi government instructed its citizens to drink only ground
water. The tube wells that were drilled to draw
drinking water subsequent to the government
order were considered safe until the first case of
arsenic poisoning emerged in 1993.
Its causes are still confounding researchers.
"Is it something that's releasing that arsenic,
and could humans be responsible?" Beckie
asked. "Our main focus is understanding why
it's there."
He said that awareness about the presence of
arsenic in the drinking water is still an abstract
concept to the people of Bangladesh.
"You don't see brothers and sisters dropping
over dead from drinking the ground water, it's
not as concrete as drinking pond water and getting sick the next day...People
know that they should have
their weUs tested, and there
are programs where people go
around testing weUs, but there
are so many," he said.
It is estimated that there are
between eight and 11 million
domestic weUs in Bangladesh.
In total, he said that thirty-
five percent of the wells have dangerously high
arsenic levels. The safe level is ten parts per bilHon. Cancer risk starts becoming an issue at
around one to two hundred parts per bilHon.
See "Bangladesh"page 2.
Driving down
by Katherine Scarrow
Although fuel-ceH vehicles are not
expected to reach the mass market
for another decade or so, a UBC
mechanical engineer is wasting no
time investigating alternative technology that could speed up the
process of reducing harmful emissions.
Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Martin Davy is
beginning research on a project
aimed at uncovering ways to minimise harmful vehicle emissions by
replacing traditional fuels, such as
gasoHne and diesel, with combinations of natural gas and hydrogen.
The problem with traditional
hydrocarbon fuels, such as gasoHne
and diesel, according to Davy, is
that "the more completely these
fuels burn, the more greenhouse-
gas emissions are produced."
That is why he is investigating
the use of clean-burning engines.
Traditional hydrocarbons contain
a substantial quantity of carbon and
therefore produce large amounts of
See "Fuel page 2.
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Tuesday, 15 November, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
Risk of cancer at 200 parts per billion, village tested was 1000 parts per billion
"Bangladesh" from page 1.
Beckie said that at the field site for the project, the
village weH had one thousand parts per bilHon.
He warned that the long-term effects on
the health of the population could be disastrous. "There's going to be a lot of people
dying of cancer a lot younger...the effects are
lifetime cumulative."
Beckie explained that there is no clear
solution about what to do because of issues
related to both chemistry and hydrology as
weU as social and economic concerns but he
did offer one option: "The ultimate goal is
some sort of central distribution system
where it's maintained by a municipaHty, and
you're assured good quaHty water."
Hasanat Alamgir, president of the Bangladesh
Student's Association, organised a pubHc symposium held on Oct 24 at UBC to raise awareness
about the severity of the situation.
Currently doing a PhD in healthcare and epidemiology at UBC, Alamgir said that Canadians
should be aware of the situation because
Bangladesh is the largest recipient of Canadian
foreign aid.
He stressed that people need to know more
about "the largest human disaster going on in
the world right now."
He explained that one major problem facing
those looking for a solution to Bangladesh's
water problem is a lack of coordination. Many
NGO's and other agencies work independently
to create solutions, but there its lack of coordinated effort, he said.
Alamgir stated that money is also a huge
issue. "Bangladesh simply cannot afford the
water purification mechanisms offered in
the Western world," he said. "We simply don't
have money to supply water to the rural
When there is a disaster like Chernobyl, or a
massive earthquake, the effect is acute, and it
gets a lot of attention, but when there is a slow
poisoning of millions of people, there is a slow
reaction, he explained.
The reaHty is that 70 million people, half of
Bangladesh's population, are affected, he said. II
Event draws an assortment of candidates and an assortment of ideas
"Mayor" from page 1.
trict's lone secondary school.
Leo Ferry, an independent, expressed doubt
that student issues would be well represented.
Council is "hung up on a few items," he said, since
they are "so entrenched in poHtics."
He did comment, however, on a longstanding
UBC issue: culture shock for incoming students.
"No students know how different university is
from secondary school," he said.
"I think we need to set up a program to make
grade 12 students aware of the challenges they'H
face once they reach university, where administration is extremely hands-off and students are
thrown into a do-it-yourself atmosphere."
Ferry suggested that counseling sessions initiated by university students at local secondary
schools could help with the transition..
By all accounts, the evening's most entertain
ing candidate was Patrick Britten, creator and
sole member of the new Nude Garden Party.
He feels that students, like the Vancouver community at large, are victims of a "repressive pseudo-moral-legal miHeu." Students, he said, are
"inhibited" by "a historical enmity that's trying to
drag us down into chaos."
He proposed that students back him "and
manifest a social dynamism and kinetic that
shines as a beacon of Hght and truth." II
Modifying internal combustion engines to include methane will reduce greenhouse gases
"Fuel" from page 1.
carbon dioxide.
Methane, or natural gas, as it is more commonly known, contains only one carbon molecule per four hydrogen molecules, roughly
half the carbon content of the traditional
fuels. Increasing the level of hydrogen in the
natural gas mixture will diminish the fuel's
carbon until it may be possible to use pure
hydrogen, which produces water vapour as its
only by-product.
"Gaseous fiiel technology is a logical, systematic route to the goal of producing a zero-
emissions vehicle," said Davy.
But hydrogen fuel-cell technology, with its
abiHty to potentially eliminate carbon-based
emissions, is unlikely to be a reaHty for at least
another decade, Davy admitted.
He stated, however, that modifying current
internal combustion engines to include
methane and other gaseous fuels has the potential to reduce greenhouse gases immediately.
Davy is building on the work of feUow UBC
Professor Robert Evans, who developed a par-
tiaHy stratified-charge technique which involves
the injection of a smaU quantity of natural gas
adjacent to the spark-plug of an automobile just
prior to ignition.
Evans' system paved the way for using a
leaner air-fuel mixture that was once considered too dilute for use in conventional internal
combustion (IC) engines.
Recently awarded a Canada Foundation for
Innovation grant to determine how to best
inject methane into the engine, and how much
gaseous fuel to blend into the mix, Davy and his
team of researchers are hoping to help Canada
meet its Kyoto Protocol commitments.
The countries that signed the Kyoto Protocol
agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Canada's goal is to reduce harmful greenhouse
gas emissions by 270 megatonnes by 2012.
Ottawa estimates it will cost about $ 10-bilHon to
hit that target II
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15 November-11 February,
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Gifts from around the world.
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Human Rights Promotion
and Combating Terrorism
International House
15 November, 12:30-2pm
IRSA presents the Consul
General of the Republic of
Indonesia, speaking on human
rights and terrorism.
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his cottage and Simon Underwood pushed me in the water with my dothes
on. When I was ten, my best friend was Megan Smyth. We fought over Bryan
Zandberg and never spoke again until high school. My cafs name is Yinan Max
Wang. He can do cool tricks, But mostly he just sleeps a lot. She shoots! She
scores! Michelle Mayne is my hero because she always gets what she wants.
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I'm going to talk about today. It's my new hobby. On my trip to the Arctic, I
met Claudia Li, a famous dog-sled racer. I fell in love with her puppies and
begged my mother if I could have one. I named it after Jennifer Chrumka. My
neighbour Munisha Tomato was jealous. I let her play with the puppy once in
a while. Michelle MacNeill is the national croquet champion. I deeded to do
my project on this fascinating woman. Five hundred years ago, Gwen Preston
made history by slaying a fearsome beast and rescuing Amanda Stutt. No one
has ever found out what that beast really was. Some say it was the original
Loch Ness monster. I have always wanted to leam how to sing like Kendyl
Salcito. She grew up in Singapore and became one of the world's most legendary disco rocker chicks. Prime Minister Jackie Wong was the first Canadian
Prime Minister to roller skate down Parliament Hill wearing only a flag.This
was of course before she became Prime Minister. Greg Ursic plays Romeo in
the new version of Romeo and Juliet directed by Raj Mathur. I hope that
Katherine Scarrow plays Juliet because she is my favourite actress. I would like
to speak to you today about all the reasons why I should win this prize instead
of Heather Pauls. I think that my involvement in the chess club speaks for
itself. Carolynne Burkholder, first woman to walk on Mars. Turns out there are
no men on Mars.That was a rumour. However, she did find lots of cool rocks,
which I'm going to talk about today. Jesse Ferreras was the world's tallest
human, until I was bom. How I became as tall as I am. Sulynn Chuang is the
world's most graceful figure skater. She is the reason I started skating and
soon I will be able to do an axel move without falling on my butt. I attribute
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UP FOR DEBATE: Richard Mathias proposes that Canada make 'hard' drugs legal, yinan max wang photo
Legalities of legalised drugs
by Munisha Tumato
A new study to be presented in the House of
Commons could add a little more fuel to the
already sparking debate around the legalisation of drugs in Canada.
The study, recently released by the Health
Officers council of BC, recommends that
"hard* drugs such as heroine and cocaine be
legalised in a regulated, not for profit manner. It supports putting drug manufacture
and distribution into a public health framework rather than an illegal one, with the goal
of reducing harm to both addicts and society
at large.
Richard Mathias, a professor of public
health at UBC and a specialist in community
medicine, is also one of the authors of the
study. He believes that a prohibitionist
approach to drugs does more harm than good.
'All prohibition does is encourage people to
take great risks for great rewards,* he said.
However, Mathias thinks the implications
of the term 'legalisation' poses problems.
'Legalisation does not equal free market,
and we are not in any way proposing a free
Instead, the study proposes that a regulatory body that isn't motivated by profit, oversee
the making and selling of the substances.
The study also says that regulated legalisation would help solve some of the current safety issues around drug use. Controlling the production of these drugs would regulate what
goes into the drugs and help reduce the risk of
overdosing because the concentration of the
drug would be clearly labeled.
Rehabilitation, said Mathias, is the solution
to drug addiction. "Rehabilitation is to tiy and
get people, even with their addiction, up and
running so that it will help them function as
well as they can,* said Mathias.
"When they decide that they need to get rid of
their addiction then we have to have treatment
available then, that day, that hour,* he said.
There is strong opposition to the study's
recommendations, however. Sgt. Toby
Hinton, representative of Odd Squad
Productions and longtime police officer in the
Downtown Eastside, doesn't believe that
legalisation will solve the problem.
Prohibition is not the cause of the problem, it
is drug addiction itself, he said.
Sgt Hinton agrees that rehabilitation is a
solution, but he thinks that the illegality of drugs
and the enforcement of anti-drug laws also go a
long way in helping control the problem.
Instead of helping with drug related problems, Hinton beHeves that the legaHsation of
hard drugs will result in more problems for
poHce officers.
"If you're going to legaHse these [hard]
drugs you better be ready to hire more
police officers, just based on our experience
with alcohol. The societal demands on policing will be higher and there will be more
crimes with drugs as a factor than there
were before,* he said. II
Primary obsessions study making progress
Treatment has reduced 58 per cent of symptoms for some
by Michelle MacNeill
An estimated 23,000 British Columbians and
at least 200 students on UBC campus alone
may be plagued with a Httie pubHcised but
crippling anxiety disorder.
Researchers at the Anxiety Disorders
CHnic at UBC hospital have been conducting
research for the past four years on a groundbreaking treatment for Primary Obsessions,
a subtype of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
But unlike OCD, which is often characterised by excessive hand-washing or lock-
checking, a person with Primary Obsessions
has no physical compulsions, only unwanted, intrusive, obsessive thoughts. These
thoughts tend to fall under the categories of
sexual, aggressive, and religious, such as
unwanted impulsive thoughts to sexually
touch a child or stab your partner with a
"People with Primary Obsessions are very
conscientious, very principled people who
would never carry out these actions, but the
anxiety associated with having these
thoughts   is   the   problem,*   said   Melisa
Robichaud, a cHnical psychologist and doctoral fellow for the Primary Obsession
Treatment Study.
'It's horrible. So many people that I've
seen with Primary Obsessions are convinced
that deep down inside they are evil, dangerous, or insane, and actually what they have is
an anxiety disorder that can be treated.*
'They haven't wanted to talk about their
thoughts because they figure they'll end up in
jail or be committed,* Robichaud explained.
According to Robichaud, Primary Obsessions
can affect anyone at any age, but typically develops between the ages of 19 and 26.
One patient named Jane, who has completed the 13-session treatment program at
UBC, said she started having unwanted and
intrusive thoughts when she was in high
school. Recently these thoughts had become
more disturbing when they concerned harming her baby.
After completing the treatment, Jane said
she is better able to recognise and manage
her disorder.
"I know now these are just irrational
thoughts,* she said. "They are not who I am,
but what I'm thinking, and by focusing on
these thoughts, you only give them meaning.
You can't give them meaning.*
Surprisingly, few people are even aware
of Primary Obsessions. Those who do seek
medical help must wait, on average, ten
years to be properly diagnosed.
In addition, individuals are often inaccurately diagnosed and treated for depression
or stress, which frequently accompanies the
Until recently, it was believed that
Primary Obsessions was untreatable, but this
is no longer the case.
Preliminary results from the study have
found that 3/4 of its participants have shown
clinically significant changes after having
gone through the program and a 58 per cent
reduction in symptoms overall.
"A lot of people are out there suffering
with this in silence and in shame,* said Jane.
"I just want them to know that they are not
alone and there is help available.*
The Primaiy Obsessions Treatment
Program at UBC Hospital is currently offering free treatment that is not available anywhere else in North America, as part of a
study evaluating two cognitive-behavioral
therapies specifically designed for Primary
Obsessions, 11
your own
by Jennifer Chrumka
Don't see the course you want to take in
the UBC Calendar? With an innovative
new program on campus, students now
have the option of creating and directing
their own seminars.
"The way it works is that a student, or
group of, in their third or fourth year of
undergraduate study, proposes a course not
currently offered at UBC,* explains Margot
Bell, Student Development Officer.
Under the guidance of a faculty sponsor,
students develop the contents of a seminar
course, referred to as Student Directed
Seminars (SDS). The courses are an expansion of the directed studies option offered
by most departments and are worth three
university credits. It's an opportunity for
students to "really invest around an area of
their passion," said Bell.
Savka Andic, a poHtical science student
coordinating a seminar entitled 'PoHtical
Entities, PoHtical Identities' explained, "I
think [SDS] are a great idea because they
allow students to take very topical issues
that aren't covered in standard UBC courses
and create something for themselves.*
Her course will examine how identities
in poHtics contribute to state formation and
cohesion within the state, with special focus
on colonialism in the Middle East
SDS also allows for student communities
to come together and contribute on topics
they are interested in.
Iman KhaliH is co-faciHtating a seminar
entitled "Exploration of Iranian Contemporary Art and Culture." It will cover contemporary Iranian Hterature, cinema, theatre, visual arts and music. "I want to stimulate and initiate a way where people would
start to think about cultural revitaHsation"
so that contemporary Iranian culture "coexists with modern culture.*
Gender, Sex and SexuaHty in Japanese
Culture is a seminar faciHtated by Yvonne
Kong who hopes students wiH gain critical
knowledge of the rich sexual culture in
Japan. "We need these kinds of courses to
counteract or dispel certain stereotypes,"
said Kong. "In this course, you'U get to talk
about stuff that you usuaUy don't get to
talk about.*
The history of SDS goes back to 1999
when UBC endorsed a unique program to
provide students with the opportunity to
be more active learners in their own education. Modeled after an estabHshed program at the University of California at
Berkeley, the idea of SDS was implemented to allow senior undergraduate students the opportunity to initiate and coordinate a small, coUaborative, group learning experience that they could offer to fellow students.
The format of each SDS will vary but
may involve guest speakers, student presentations, readings, discussions, auto-
ethnographies, videos and individual
research; but a coHective effort will be inherent in all.
The student coordinators derive further
benefit by receiving Teaching and Academic
Growth (TAG), a two-day training session
where facilitators learn a variety of faciHta-
tion and peer evaluation skills; they are also
able to work closely with a faculty sponsor.
"Our students have stepped up to the plate
and done a tremendously good job/ said
Neil Guppy, the associate vice-president,
academic programs.
Former SDS student, Usman Majeed
commented that within the seminars attendance was high, students were motivated
and discussions were engaging.
"I definitely count myself lucky to have
been able to take a class like that.. We
wouldn't have been able to cover that kind
of material in your average class." 11
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Soccer national champs
The UBC men's soccer team won
the gold at the CIS National
Championships on Prince Edward
Island this weekend. After a 1-0
win over the Calgaiy Dinos in the
Canada West semifinals on Friday
November 3 and then a 2-1 loss to
the Trinity Western University
Spartans, the UBC men's soccer
team advanced to the CIS national
championship hosted by the
University of Prince Edward
Island. On Friday UBC won 1-0
against Montreal. Saturday UBC
took on the hosts UPEI and pulled
off a 1-0 win. The tournament culminated in a game between UBC
and Toronto on Sunday. With both
teams as winners of the tournament in years previous, the match
was intense, but UBC managed to
pull off a 2-1 win.
T-Birds swoop Wolf Pack
The Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack
was taken down by the UBC
Thunderbirds men's basketball
team on Friday. UBC pounded out
19 points in the first five minutes
of the game, that led the T-Birds to
an impressive 102-72 win at War
Memorial Gym.
Weekend loses power
The UBC women's basketball team
started off the weekend with a 56-
45 win over the Thompson Rivers
Wolf Pack at War Memorial Gym
on Friday. Unfortunately, the
Thunderbirds lost to the SFU Clan
on Saturday with a final score of
Winless hockey weekend
The Thunderbirds men's hockey
team played at home this weekend
but couldn't pull off a win. On
Friday night the T-Birds lost to the
Manitoba Bisons without scoring a
single goal. In the second game of
the weekend UBC managed, to
score, but still lost to Manitoba 6-3.
The UBC women's hockey team
didn't fare any better this weekend as
they were swept by the University of
Lethbridge Pronghorns while on the
road. Lethbridge out-shot UBC 31-
14 and Friday's game resulted in a
2-1 loss for UBC. Saturday's game
ended in another loss for UBC, this
time 4-1. UBC now stands at 2-5-1
for the regular season.
Race runners
UBC's Shane Carlos placed first in
the men's 8km race at the NAIA
Region I Cross Country Championships on November 5. Carlos
was followed by teammates Jeff
Symonds and Derek Vinge, coming
in 8th and 9th respectively. With
an overall total of 82 points, the
men's team placed first
In the women's 5km race
Shannon Elmer came in third.
Following just .40 seconds behind
was T-Bird Meaghan McCollum.
The Thunderbirds had all nine
girls place in the top 55 slots out of
88 competitors in the 5km race.
The UBC women's team placed second overall, after local rival SFU,
with a total of 54 points.
Sayonara Soccer
The women's Thunderbirds were
knocked from their number two
spot by the Calgary Dinos with an
away 1-0 loss at the Canada West
Semifinals. Unfortunately, UBC is
now out of the running for the
national championship.
Football comes to a close
The UBC T-Birds took on
Saskatchewan Huskies in Saskatoon
during the Canada West Semifinals.
The Thunderbirds suffered greatly,
losing 32-6 to the Huskies.
Head of the Lake
The UBC rowing team was in Seattle
this weekend racing in the Head of
the Lake competition. This three-mile
race has become the second largest
university regatta in North America.
The men's eight team placed third
overall behind winners University of
Washington and the second place
Stanford team.
The women's eight team finished
only 30 seconds behind the winning
Washington State team. The top
teams were so close that UBC's time
only managed to grab them a ninth
place finish. UBC women's double
team, consisting of Lailey Wallace
and Jessica Reagh, pulled in a first
place finish with a time of 19:41. UBC
will be back in competition in March
after the winter training period. II
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T-Birds hold their own against Clan
by Sulynn Chuang
Last Thursday night saw the UBC
men's basketball team leave victorious in a closely contested match
against the SFU Clan, with the
Thunderbirds narrowly edging out
their arch-rivals in the early second
half for an eventual 84-73 win.
Coach Kevin Hanson was on the
whole dissatisfied, conceding that it
was the SFU team who had played
the better game. "We did not do the
things during the game that we had
worked on all week/ he admitted. "I
felt SFU controlled the tempo of the
game which is something that we
wanted to control."
Indeed, it was SFU's Aaron
Christensen who drew first blood
that night, breaking through the UBC
defense to deliver a lay-up shot that
allowed the Clan to take the initial
lead. Together with teammates
Emmy Unaegbu and Scott Hyde, the
trio managed to successfully ruffle
the T-bird feathers—with both sides
racking up a total of 11 lead changes
in the first half alone.
It was mostly thanks to the concentrated efforts of UBC fourth-year
guard Casey Archibald and second-
year forward Bryson Kool that the
early SFU onslaught was halted time
and again. The Thunderbirds were
thus able to end the first half on a
high note, with Archibald scoring a
three-pointer and the sole slam dunk
of the game in quick succession,
bringing the score up to 43-38.
The  SFU fans,  however,  had
their attention focused elsewhere,
namely Pasha Bains the two-time
national scoring champion and a
former Clan member. At frequent
intervals throughout the game and
during free throws. Bains was
assailed by a fierce chorus of catcalls and boos that denounced him
as a 'traitor' and 'sell-out.'
Bains, for his part, managed to
remain unfazed, racking up the
game's high score of 28 points for
the UBC hoop. In a MOJO AM 730
interview after the game, Bains
admitted that it was a reHef the
game was over, and that he was
glad for the win. "There were
mixed feelings tonight because I
had some good times here, but I'm
a part of the UBC family now.*
The teams traded leads one more
time in the first minutes of the second half, before a 13-3 run spearheaded by Archibald and Bains gave
the T-Birds a nine point lead that the
Clan, tiy as they did, were unable to
close the gap on.
Archibald finished the game
with 19 points, with Kool and guard
Jason Birring also scoring high into
the double digits. Forward Ryder
McKeown added another eight
points, with four rebounds.
Coach Hanson beHeves that the
team is capable of better, and
intends to "keep improving," with
particular emphasis on defense. "I
did not think that we played well
as a team but we have to be happy
with a win on the road in a conference game."
The win against SFU is the fourth
in the basketball team's hitherto
undisputed dominance in a series of
five conference games this year.
The team travels on Manitoba on
November 18 to square off against
the Brandon Bobcats, a
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Culture Q
I got blazed at the Chan
Chan Centre
October 28
by Raj Mathur
The Chan Centre was a
befitting venue for A Blaze of
Berlioz. Directed by Nancy Hermiston,a
professor with the Department of Music, and
conducted by professor Bruce Pullan,the show
immensely delighted the opera lovers in the audience.
The performance also paid tribute to David Spencer, as
overseen by professor Jesse Read and Laurie Townsend.
The concert—number four—was presented by the UBC
School of Music, with participation by the UBC Opera
Ensemble, Choral Union, and Symphony Orchestra.The
Program consisted of La Damnation de Faust, Cantala: La
Mortde Cleopatra,and Les Troyens Excerpts.The presentation also offered Une puce gentille, D'amou I'artinte
tlamme, Nature immense.
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Fullblast pummels the head with studded belt and checkered Vans
Short Controlled Bursts
Dine Alone Records
by Jackie Wong
There's an independent magazine out of
Edmonton by the name of VueWeekly, and
instead of writing traditional album reviews
in one issue, they cut to the 17-syllable chase
and wrote haikus instead. Here's what they
had to say about Mississauga's The Fullblast,
on the release of their sophomore album:
Balls-out post-hardcore
Post-hardcore? What I meant was
Punch me in the face
Balls-out indeed. The record is as explosive as both the band name and album title
imply, but I'm not sure whether it's explosive in the "musically innovative* sense or
explosive in that "pummels you repeatedly
in the head with a studded belt and checkered Vans.* Rife with urgent guitars born of
the angst mushrooming from every suburban basement, a chugging bass that keeps up
with the pre-circle pit beer you've been shot-
gunning, and double-kicking drums galore,
this is a suitable record to pop into your parent's car while driving through the streets of
your adolescence.
Song titles like "She Houdini, Where Did
Her Boobs Go?* and "Spoons, Gats, Prison
Tats* signal that Short Controlled Bursts was
likely crafted in the very environment it will
provide a soundtrack for among its fans. This
stuff is the impetus for sharing a slurpee with
that cute girl from your English 11 class,
drawing matching straightedge X's on your
wrists, and tearing around an empty strip-
mall parking lot in a stolen shopping cart.
Followed by making out. And having your
heart broken. And writing a song about it. All
in a 48-hour time span.
While Short Controlled Bursts might be the
three-chord kick in the Dickies workpants that
you need to take up skateboarding again, the
technical and lyrical immaturity of the record
renders it a ten-track wash of punk'd-up white
noise. But isn't 'maturity' relative? After all, I
think that The Vandals' Look What I Almost
Stepped In is pretty brilliant. And perhaps the
'all the songs sound the same' argument is
tired, in that it is one of the most immediate
criticisms that people will use for a band that
that hasn't immediately "stuck" for them.
Well, The Fullblast is certainly striking in
their aural arrest, but they have yet to reach
the musical potential that will give them the
textured tenacity of more sophisticated bands
of their genre. Still, if you've ever wanted to
know what screamo sounded like, this is a
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Tuesday, 15 November, 2005   THEUBYSSEY
The municipal elections are rapidly approaching—the ballots are to
be checked this very Saturday—
and yet the voting public still
seems to be in the dark about the
platforms, parties, and plethora of
individuals expressing interest in
occupying pubHc office. With 20
candidates running for mayor
alone, and 36 throwing in their
hats for councilor positions—not
to mention the crap-shoot when it
comes to voting for park commissioners and school trustees—it
seems an insurmountable task to
even cast a ballot.
It doesn't help matters that the
current campaign has been disconcertingly marred by mudsling-
ing and personal attacks. Not that
mudslinging is anything new to
politics—especially at the municipal level—but the complete lack of
'actual' information being disseminated by major media outlets,
coupled with the persistent smear
campaigns between the dominant
figures themselves makes filling
out the veritable scroll of a ballot
even more difficult than ever.
The municipal government is
in charge of city planning, housing, parks, sewage, and picking
up your trash, piggy. And there
are some serious issues that this
council will need to address and
revisit once the new civic guinea
pig is set loose at Cambie and
12th later this month. We've
compiled a few of these talking
points below, having spent hours
combing through party, newspaper and journal websites to
ascertain some sense of where
these prospective politicians are
comin from.
Working with Translink to
increase bus service is something that everyone seems to be
latching onto this election. But
you might be surprised by the
platforms. While everyone seems
to want to increase service and
magically approve more buses,
Sam Sullivan and Jim Green are
each forwarding grandiose proposals. Sullivan plans to
decrease all one zone fares by a
dollar, while Green is advocating
free transit in the downtown
core. Vancouver city council
sends three directors to the 12-
seat transit board, so these proposals are technically feasible.
It seems unlikely, however, that
Translink will ever bow to such
drastic measures, especially with
that shiny new RAV line going in. It
also seems like promising more
buses is one of those easy promises you can make when you're running for mayor and then completely forget once the position has
been assumed.
But transportation isn't just
about buses. Debate has also been
spurred by a controversial COPE
proposal to change two lanes of
traffic on the Burrard Bridge into
bike lanes for a six-month trial.
The Non-Partisan Association
(NPA), however, wants to see the
bridge remain the same for automobile traffic, while widening the
bike and pedestrian lanes. It's
notable that Peter Ladner, the
incumbent NPA councilor, supported the COPE proposal before bowing to pressure from within his
party to quash the plan. The COPE
proposal is one of those crazy proposals that could only get legitimacy in health-conscious, hippie-
mobilised Vancouver—and that
seems reason enough to support it,
despite the "inconveniences.*
Clubs open till 4am all the
If you're looking for fun off
Granville, Jim Green is the fella
that might make that dream a
reality. In an interview with Xtra
West magazine last week, Green
appears ready to extend licenses
for clubs and bars on Davie Street
and other parts of town, thereby
furthering his work of exorcising
Vancouver's "No Fun City" curse.
SulHvan is dragging his feet on
the topic, refusing to commit to
anything without looking at wide-
ranging changes to the poHcy in
Downtown Eastside
With numerous complex and
controversial issues, Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside (DTES) has
once again become the focus of
election debate. Vision
Vancouver is looking to expand
the drug treatment approach and
will increase specialised housing
with an emphasis on individual
treatment to help those suffering
from addiction recover. The NPA
is proposing the establishment
of a crystal meth taskforce to
implement community-based
programs to combat the growing
meth problem.
Pretty much everyone making
a bid for mayor is behind the
city's Four Pillars program to deal
with drug addiction—harm reduction, prevention, treatment and
enforcement. Jim Green, however,
SUftortS OS
is planning a remarkable
approach. If elected, he will create
social housing that will include
de-tox centres and counseling
services. Nothing new about that.
The issue of where he wants to
build this housing is, on the other
hand, contentious. He says he will
build wherever the city can purchase the land. It's a novel idea,
but residents in Dunbar have
already voiced concern about the
possibiHty of homeless addicts
moving into their neighbourhood.
Continuing in the vein of solutions for the DTES is the
Woodward's project, an ambitious
$280 milHon development to the
local landmark. The sprawling
plan aims to revitaHse the area
with a wild medley of interests
setting up on the historic site,
including social and private housing, non-profit groups, a child-care
centre, SFU, and retail stores.
Everybody is hoping that
Woodward's will be the catalyst
for the area. The potential for fortunes to be made in the downtown east side, both poHtical and
financial, have put Woodward's in
the spotHght and under incredible
pressure to succeed.
If the neighbourhood is revitalised, one wonders if the effect
will not be one of gentrification
with the expulsion of the homeless who are currently eking it
out there.
Both and Green and SulHvan
have promised a place for them in
the DTES of the future by retaining the same levels of single occupant housing (the only housing
the poor can afford). Green has
long been involved in the plans
for Woodward's and it's clear that
it's become a pivotal poHtical
measure of the capabiHty of both
COPE and Vision Vancouver. The
NPA's SulHvan, however, contends that voters should elect for
him in order to reaHse the project, which is threatened by budget
overruns. SulHvan promises that
if elected he'U build Woodward's
and stick to the budget doing it.
MilHons of doUars have
already been lost on Woodward's
in the past and work is poised to
begin soon, waiting perhaps for
the results of the election.
But while the Olympics may still
seem like they're Hght years away,
five years isn't heaps of time when
we're preparing for millions of people to descend upon our fair city.
They'U be expecting to watch world-
class athletes in state-of-the-art facilities: will Vancouver be ready to
host the Games, a seamless array of
services in place to wow the world?
With aU their attention hovering around Woodward's, the candidates in this year's election
seem to be vague with their plans
regarding 2010. Looking for concrete plans pertaining to the city's
preparedness yield practically
nothing from either the NPA or
Vision Vancouver. If they have
something up their sleeves, why
are they not telling us?
Considering the ambiguity surrounding the municipal elections,
a vote for Sam SulHvan may mean
nothing more than a vote for
Pedro Mora. When you take to the
poHs this Saturday just remember: let your voice be heard. II
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Don't shove pleasure and sex into unmentionable closet
In regards to "Wait for a permanent relationship before 'getting it
on" (Nov 9]:
You know, I think it's great
when dialogues are presented in
regards to sexual poHtics, like Mr
Stephenson did in his letter last
week. And don't get me wrong; it's
incredibly distressing that both
women and men are being pressured into sexual situations with
monogamy as collateral. I have to
admit I was alarmed, however, at
the moral of this story, in effect,
don't "abandon [your] high-minded
ideals and go on with getting it on.*
In WilHam Shakespeare's
"Measure for Measure" (a great
play), Angelo, a chaste and moral
man, is put in charge of Vienna in
the Duke's absence. Shortly thereafter, Isabella, a nun, goes to
Angelo to beg for her brother's life,
who has been sentenced to death
for getting his fiance pregnant out
of wedlock. Isabella presents a
soHd and compelling argument,
and instead of respecting her,
Angelo is instead overwhelmed
with desire and a couple of acts
later, rapes her. (Here you may
say, "this is just a play"; but that
would be a stupid thing to say).
What worries me is how Httie
language we have to discuss sexuaHty, especially considering "as
sexual, rational beings, we are in
constant conflict". With no linguistic outlet for sexuaHty, it goes without saying that it's quite easy to
silence people. Why do people feel
they can get away with treating
others as mere objects for gratification? Why has this become a
dominant social script—that this is
a behaviour that can be anticipated in relationships? There are no
easy answers here, but instead of
turning away from sexuaHty,
repressing it and having it explode
violently (as in Angelo's case), let's
confront the power structures that
have come to govern pleasure-
delineating who is compelled to
give, and who is entitled to receive.
So, in my case, I love sucking
cock. If I had it my way, I'd have a
cock in my mouth 24 hours a day.
That's something that makes me
feel good. Further, I've been a very
lucky boy to find many people who
respect my body, and are willing
to seek pleasure together on mutually negotiated terms. I talk about
my boundaries and expectations
with my partners, and I do so
because I must; after all, I owe it
to both them and myself. And if
that doesn't work for you, and
abstinence is what's right for you,
that's fine.
But I do think we should, at the
very least, talk about pleasure and
sexual poHtics before shoving
them back into rationaHty's closet
of unmentionable subjects.
—Paul Sutton is a former AMS
Safety Coordinator and a
4th year English student
"I Hve in Surrey and the guy
running for mayor came to my
—Monty Raisinghani
Chemical Engineering 4
"No because I didn't read the
Vancouver section of the paper."
—Ryder McKeown
Political Science 4
"No. They don't reach out to
students enough.*
—Pasha Bains
Graduate Studies
"I'm a bit cynical about that. The
kind of person who has that quest
for power shouldn't have it."
—Narissa Davies
MSc Linguistics
"Yes because I've Hved in
Vancouver, read newspapers, and
paid attention to issues."
— Tom Hamer
■Streeters coordinated by
Carolynne Burkholder
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Culture 11
Punk-ass emoticons
The Hotmails e-rockfrom Gastown to Istanbul
Helen Pitt Gallery
October 29
by Jessalynn Keller
It isn't everyday you find punk
rock music mixed with new media
technologies in order to make art.
But on the evening of October 29th
at the Helen Pitt GaUery that is
exactly what The Hotmails were
trying to do.
The Hotmails are a Vancouver
based internet art project that showcases punk music created by Alberto
Guedea and Jeremy Turner using
Voice Over Internet Protocol (IP)
technology to transmit the music to
an external audience. The audience—whether communed in a
gallery down the road or as far away
as Europe—can hear the music
through such popular IP programs
such as Skype or MSN on a computer set up in the room.
While the project may seem
devoid of band-fan interaction,
Guedea and Turner have really
remodeled the relationship to conform to virtual limitations. Audience
members can interact with the band
using an online chat service, like
MSN Messenger, and to log praises, criticism, and questions for the
duo as they perform. It's like a virtual punk rock concert minus the
nasty mosh pits.
What you should know right away
is that The Hotmails are not a "real*
band. Guedea and Turner promote
the "conceptual project" as a type of
performance art that comments on
punk, popular technology, and contemporary internet art in general.
The result is what they caU
"VoIPUNK" or, Voice-over Internet
Protocol Punk.
The artists use samples taken
from classic and contemporary punk,
hardcore, and metal bands and
recompose the samples into their
own songs. The guitar riffs get layered together and Guedea's vocals
may or may not be added. The finished product becomes The Hotmails
computerized audio tracks.
"We don't want people to know
what's Hve and what isn't—it's a gray
area, " Turner says, "we're playing
with that idea of the gray area—
we're performing—it's just not a
conventional performance."
What the audience gets from
The Hotmails performance is the
"sensation" and "energy" of a Hve
punk rock show with a generous
dose of irony. By producing a punk
rock show with the aid of modern
technology, Guedea and Turner
are commenting on the relationship between punk rock and technology in a way that calls the
decades old contradiction into
"There's a lot of humour in it,"
Guedea explains. "I was talking
about this cultural phenomenon [the
internet] and how it has affected our
culture...And the project just came
out of that idea." Punk rock has
always consisted of an element of
cultural critique and The Hotmails
are following in this tradition by suggesting the saturation of technology
in contemporary society using a
punk framework.
But specific choices were also
made to demonstrate how simple,
accessible technology could be co-
opted to be used creatively.
Through the looking glass
Jessica Yu explores the visual, psychological and spatial relationships between humans and their
surroundings. Her work—along with pieces by her colleagues in VISA 490—is on display in the
SUB Gallery this week under the Directions umbrella. Deke in during the daytime to ponder your
own relationships and take in some stunning student art. yinan max wang photo
"We want to reach milHons of
people around the world by using
popular software that everyone is
familiar with on a daily basis—but
maybe not in an 'art' way," Guedea
says. By using popular programs like
MSN Messenger that any band could
easily use, The Hotmails are promoting the importance of universal
access to technology and the inspiration to use it creatively.
Guedea and Turner also want to
push the boundaries of contemporary internet art by focusing on
direct experience. Turner draws
parallels between punk music and
physicafity by noting the impor
tance of travel and physical labour
for punk bands.
"We're trying to express that
direct Hve experience over the internet* Turner clarifies. "A lot of contemporary internet art is archival -
like pictures and text—and we'd like
to see projects that make the net
come to life in a way."
Both artists also see practical uses
of IP technology for musicians
beyond their own project In the
future bands could potentially use
the internet as a way to broadcast
performances, similar to what The
Hotmails are currently doing. While
there are obvious limitations to this
approach. Turner notes that the technology may allow bands to wrestle
more control away from their label.
Guedea and Turner are planning
to take The Hotmails international
and already have a scheduled date
on November 19th in Istanbul,
Turkey. Their dynamic performances can also be caught at various locations around Vancouver in the coming months—and you won't even
have to suffer through the usual
punk show pushing and moshing to
check it out II
Check out http://www.thehot-
mails.com for more information on
The Hotmails' upcoming shows.
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by Greg Ursic
Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr), a small
time thief, experiences a mid-life career crisis after stumbling into the acting biz only to
discover that the Hollywood high life is far
more treacherous than the mean streets of
Chicago. At a Christmas pool party packed
with the powers that be and a sea of
wannabes Harry, meets Gay Perry (Val
Kilmer), a private dick who has been hired
to prep Harry for the big audition.
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Harry's former high school confidante and
object of desire. Before you can say "bodybag,"
Harry is passing himself off as a real Hfe
gumshoe, investigating a murder mystery,
and trying to avoid getting killed while in
search of true love (or possibly misplaced lust).
In stark comparison to recent performances, Robert Downey Jr is positively exhilarating as Harry, the film's narrator and
lead, savouring every single moment of
screen-time. His delivery is impeccable, his
inflection and elocution perfect and he
ensures that Harry's manic tendencies
don't overwhelm the seriousness of the dramatic scenes.
Val Kilmer also shines as Harry's gruff
mentor, who may not be what he seems.
Understated and laid back, Kilmer gets the
opportunity to flex his comedic muscle once
again. Downey and Kilmer compliment one
another brilliantly: polar opposite anti-bud
dies they trade barbs at lightning speed yet
still manage to get things done.
Finally, Michelle Monaghan engages as
Harmony, the beauty with the brains for
whom stardom remains elusive: the catalyst
for the story, she is never relegated to a simple
set piece and remains a driving force throughout the film. Her scenes with Downey are both
poignant and hilarious, with neither actor
detracting from the other.
Back to Black: writer/director Shane
Black's script is a cleverly crafted piece of
satirical pulp fiction/neo-noir, with a twisted
plot that serves double duty as a subtle indictment of Tinseltown's machinations—where
people don't care who you are but what you
are. Black has no qualms hitting the brakes
and launching off on outrageous, seemingly
unconnected tangents and the narration is
unconventional, to say the least. He also delves
into the darker aspects of the genre but gives
them a morbidly humorous gallows spin. It is
the dialogue however that keeps you riveted:
every syllable is deHberate, sharp, biting and
seamless and leaves you reeling as you struggle to keep pace with the staccato delivery.
This is compHcated by the tumultuous laughter
that inevitably obscures sections of dialogue.
I rarely give a raging endorsement to a
movie, especially one that isn't a documentary
or a drama, so mark your calendars because
I'm doing it now. Shane Black has finessed a
stellar piece that balances dramatic tension
with pee-inducing hilarity, providing exquisitely choreographed action sequences and
drawing exceptional performances from
Downey, Kilmer and Monaghan. Go see Kiss
Kiss Bang Bang. Then go see it again to find
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