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Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Volume 86 Issue 11
Turkey dump survivors since 1918
University to gain from market housing
Endowment fund to benefit
from developments, but
students can't afford to buy
by Sarah Bourdon
NEWS EDITOR
A string of new market housing developments at UBC will greatly increase the campus population over the next few years, but
there are concerns that students may not benefit from the
additions.
Market housing is an important source of income for UBC,
providing money for the academic operations of the university,
said Joe Stott, assistant director of Community and Land Use
Planning at UBC.
The direct benefit is the revenue that the university has to
endow from the sale of the parcel,* said Stott Interest from the
university's endowment fund is used for student activities, programs and faculties, and is "a benefit for the academic mission
of the university,* he added.
UBC's new developments are located in several 'neighbourhoods* designated by an Official Community Plan (OCP). The
plan allots space for eight neighbourhoods, though only five are
currently 'active.*
The neighbourhoods being developed include Hawthorn
Place in mid-campus, the area around the Vancouver School of
Theology, University Boulevard, east campus near Fairview residence, and north campus near the Museum of Anthropology.
The OCP contains a stipulation that 50 per cent of residents in
market housing units must have an affiliation with the university, either attending as a student or working on campus.
Having this provision will promote diversity of the on-campus
mmrrwnitv by steering away from the "one-dimensional com-
munity* that might result if only people connected to UBC lived
on campus, said Stott.
"What we're trying to do is generate neighbourhoods that are
more diverse than just that sort of company town that would
result if we had all the housing aimed at people who study or
work,* said Stott.
While having a quota for the number of UBC-affiliated campus
residents is useful, few students will find the market housing
units affordable, said Darren Peets, a graduate student in physics
and a member of the South Campus Working Group.
'Students maybe able to afford to rent some of the secondary
suites but I would expect that many of the units would be out of
our price range except for a very, very small percentage of the
student body/ said Peets.
While raising money for the university's endowment fund is
frequently used to justify campus developments, the specific purposes of this fund are still unclear, said Peets.
"I've never seen anything especially detailed on the endowment fund, like the number of students who have benefited,* he
said. "It would be a useful starting point if we knew what this
money was going to be used for or had a better picture rather
than just converting our land endowment into a money endowment and then finding out what it's good for after the fact*
One neighbourhood that will contribute to the fund through
See "Boon"page 2.
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Student's research on flame-
retardant compounds
awarded. Page 3.
FEATURES: Travel lessons
Healing Sierra Leone and
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Pages 7-9.
CULTURE: Puppets do it
Team America: World Police
reveals all. Page 16.
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Who's afraid of Mount St Helens?
Eruption shouldn't excite Canadians, says expert
by Sara Norman
NEWS WRITER
Another cloud of steam and ash rose out
of Mount Saint Helens as the Pacific
Northwest awoke this Monday. The
Washington volcano's recent activity
has led the United States Geological
Society to forecast an imminent
eruption.
The mountain is currently letting off
steam and ash plumes as well as harmonic tremors, also known as volcanic
earthquakes. The projected eruption is
not expected to be nearly as devastating
as the disastrous 1980 eruption that
killed an estimated 5 7 people, but it will
be a spectacle nonetheless.
One doesn't have to travel over the
border to find volcanic activity. "BC has
volcanoes that comprise a potentially
active belt...[as] British Columbia is an
extension of the Cascade Volcanic belt,"
said Dr Kelly Russell, a professor in
UBC's Earth and Ocean Science department.
Russell has students investigating
activity on Mount Cayley, near Whistler.
Some of the other volcanic mountains
in our region include potentially active
Mount  Garibaldi  as  well  as  Mount
Meager,  which  experienced  a large-
scale eruption 2,400 years ago.
The current volcanic activity at
Mount Saint Helens has no effect on
British Columbia at present. Even if an
eruption were to occur, only air travel
would be disrupted in Vancouver.
However, Mount Baker is the closest of
the many Volcanoes on the Cascade
Volcanic Belt and poses the greatest
threat according to the Provincial
Emergency Program of BC (PEP).
PEP information on volcanoes states
that small steam vents often seen coming from Mount Baker indicate that it is
still a potentially active volcano, but scientists studying the activity are not forecasting an eruption soon.
That does not mean that there will
never be an eruption. It simply means
there has not been enough volcanic
activity to make an accurate prediction.
'It's not an exact science...When [the
volcano] is in repose, we don't know
when the switch will flip,* Russell
explained. 'Once [volcanic activity
begins], we're really good at predicting
an eruption.*
PEP advises that British Columbians
should learn about the hazards that
could affect their cities as well as plan
an emergency evacuation and keep an
emergency kit of medical supplies and
provisions available. Russell explained
that the biggest hazard to Vancouver if
Mount Baker exploded would be the secondary effect of ash fallout.
Those living east of Vancouver in the
Sumas area could experience severe
hazards in the form of lahars (mud
flows) or potentially pyroclastic flows
(lava), depending on the magnitude of
an eruption.
With numerous volcanoes in
Canada, one would think that the
Geological Society of Canada (GSC)
would have an official volcano research
unit, but this is not the case.
The GSC mainly deals with monitoring seismic activity, said Russell. There
are people within the society trying to
start a unit to monitor Canadian volcanoes, but none has been implemented
to date.
Despite all the nervous energy
around Mount Saint Helens right now,
Russell explained that the most pressing environmental disaster inhabitants of Vancouver and Washington
should worry about is the 'probability
of a large scale earthquake...a very real
event.* ♦
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Housing aims to offer "quietness" and "convenience"
PRICEY DIGS:   Somerset homes are priced in the millions,   nic fensom photo
"Boon" from page 7.
housing sales is Hawthorn Place,
located on West Mall near Totem
Park residence. The neighbourhood offers high-rise apartments,
townhouses and condominiums
for public sale.
Units located in an 18-house
development called Somerset are
priced between $1.25 and $1.68
million. The houses are not geared
towards a particular demographic,
though they are ideal for families
with children attending UBC, said
Barbara Manning, the sales manager for Somerset.
"I notice that we are getting
larger extended families that are
interested," said Manning. "They
might have lived in a large home
on the west side and their children
are going to UBC and they want to
be closer to the campus. Really the
campus is the drawing card.*
Market housing units on cam
pus are purchased on a leasehold
basis from developers who in turn
lease the land from the university
for a 99-year period. While buyers
cannot actually own the land,
there are many attractive qualities
to living at UBC, said Manning.
"I think people love the air
quality. They love the quietness
and the convenience for their children. Plus it's close to everything.
It's only 20 minutes from down
town.* ♦
Commemorating space flight
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NEWS WRITER
Twenty years ago last Tuesday, Dr
Marc Garneau made history by
becoming the first Canadian to
rocket into space. On October 6 he
celebrated this achievement at the
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre by
unveiling a high-tech, sixteen-
screen kiosk that commemorates
Canadian spaceflight.
"Flying into space for the first
time, for me, was a magical experience," said the 55-year-old ex-astronaut, addressing the four classes of
sixth graders in attendance. The
event was presented as part of the
Vancouver Spacefest.
The historic voyage began at
7:30 in the morning on October 5,
1984. The five man, two woman
crew took the Challenger spacecraft
to a height of 356 kilometres, traveling at 25 times the speed of
sound, fast enough to orbit the
entire planet in one and a half
hours.
Garneau's feat is not the only
accomplishment in the ever-length
ening record of Canadian involvement in space—Canada was the
third nation to send a satellite into
orbit. Also mentioned were the
Canadarm and its sequel, the
International Space Station, and the
Dexter robots.
Canada is a significant contributor to space development. This year,
the Canadian
Space Agency
(CSA) dished out
funding for two
projects geared
towards long-term
space travel. At the
Western Ontario,
researchers are investigating the
effects of antioxidants on cataracts
created by exposure to space radiation.
Another study is monitoring the
effects of low gravity on the autonomic nervous system, which controls the body's vital functions.
Garneau and members of the
CSA all expressed hope for the
future of space travel.
GARNEAU
University   of
"[We need to] get more people up
there," said Bjarni Tryggvason, a
CSA astronaut.
Garneau commented on the
recent achievements of Space-
shipOne, the privately-funded craft
that travelled into space twice in
two weeks. He commented that the
industry was expecting to be able to
offer flights to the public within the
next three years.
For $250,000 tourists could
enjoy four minutes of gravity-free
travel, a hundred kilometres above
the Earth.
"But we're not there yet,"
Garneau insisted, adding that he
hopes to see the price of such a
flight drop into the $50,000 range.
Garneau also talked about a
potential mission to Mars, commenting that a future member of
the fledgling project might be
among the children in the audience.
Space has enormous utility now,
and it can only gain importance.
"Space is being used by
Canadians every day," he said. "We
need to spend more money on
that.* ♦
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UBC Engineer wins award
AWARD-WINNING ENGINEERING: UBC student Monica Danon-Shaffer won a prestigious graduate
scholarship award for her work on fiame-retardants and their effects on the environment. Danon-Shaffer
hopes her research will have an effect on pollution standards, nic fensom photo
by Eric Szeto
NEWSSTAF
Monica Danon-Shaffer is a Renaissance woman. Not only is she
the 2004 recipient of the Claud-
ette MacKay-Lassonde Graduate
Scholarship Award from the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation, she's working on her PhD in
engineering, has a family with two
kids, competes in triathalons and is
fluent in three languages.
The   award,   given   to   Danon-
Schaffer for her exemplary work in
the field of chemical engineering, is
an accomplishment she is very
proud of.
"It meant a lot to me because only
one is given out a year, so that kind
of impacted it," said Danon Schaffer.
"It didn't dawn upon me, even when
I was receiving it, I was thinking, did
I really earn this?"
The PhD student's work has
focused primarily on the degradation of polybrominated diphenyl
ethers (PBDEs), specifically bromi-
nated fiame-retardants and their
environmental effects.
"A microwave, an electric water
kettle and so forth, any of these can
potentially set fire," said Danon-
Schaffer. "I am zooming in on
brominated fiame-retardants found
in computers, subjecting them to
different media to see how fast they
degrade."
Danon-Schaffer hopes to try to
characterise these flame retar-
dants from the information that is
available.
"We know it's in fish, we know it's
in breast milk, it's all across all different cases across the planet but we
still don't have a grasp of the characterisation sourcing of it," explained
Danon Schaffer.
"The theory is that these compounds move around from a warmer
climate to a colder climate," she said.
"So they jump, they volatize, go to a
colder climate and they condense
when they come down. They jump
up, they come down so the grasshopper effect is what will bring them up
from air currents."
This "grasshopper effect* may be
something that can help make
researchers understand how and
why these chemical deposits are
finding their way into the environment, according to Danon Schaffer.
When the compounds break
down, they become more toxic and
are thought to disrupt the endocrine
and hormone systems in many
organisms.
"They love to adhere to fatty tissue and that goes for mammal^ the
whole fish chain and food chain,"
explained Danon-Schaffer.
This may have especially serious
consequences for humans since we
sit at the top of the food chain and
these compounds accumulate by a
process called bio-magnification,
said Danon-Schaffer.
"[The concentration levels] can
start at one, and by the time I get to
the top of the food chain, which is
me, it could have biomagnified
2 million times," said Danon-
Schaffer. "This a problem, not only
for these PBDE's but for a lot of
chemicals.*
One day she hopes that PBDEs
will be recognised as organic pollutants and will be banned from use in
North America.
"The [scientific community] is trying to get these compounds on the
Stockholm conventions list. They
hope it will be slated for phase out,"
explained Danon-Schaffer.
Danon-Schaffer's passion for her
work makes everyone around her
so much better, according to John
Grace, her supervisor at tue department of Chemical & Biological
Engineering.
"I just think she's one of those
people who are absolutely keen to
five life to its fullest,* explained
Grace. "That's for her getting to the
top academically, also doing physical
things and relating with people."
For now, Monica Danon-Schaffer
is keen on making every moment
count
"There are no guarantees in life.
There's only 24 hours in a day and I
want to take advantage of the 24
hours I have in a day," she said. "I
just want to add my two cents to this
planet" ♦
How d'ya like them
apples
Tired of your everyday, run of
the mill Macintosh or Golden
Delicious? You're in luck this weekend as the 14th Annual UBC Apple
Festival offers the chance to sample some rare delicacies.
Those attending the free event
at UBC's Botanical Garden will be
able to try 60 different varieties,
including "heirloom" specimens.
These apples were once among the
several thousand types available
on the North American market, but
are now difficult to purchase.
Among the rare options that
will be on sale are the Liberty,
from the US, the Belle De Boskoop,
a Dutch apple with high vitamin C
content, and Bramley's Seedling,
an English cooking apple used in
pie making.
The festival runs from 11 am to
4 pm on Saturday and Sunday and
will include demonstrations of
espalier, grafting and cider pressing. For • more information visit
www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org.
A new Afghanistan
On Wednesday, October 13, the
Alma Mater Society will be presenting Hassina Sherjan, a human rights
worker from Afghanistan,  in the
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In 1996, Hassina founded an
organisation named Aid Afghanistan, which is dedicated to
empowering women and rehabilitating the education system in
Afghanistan.
Members of Aid Afghanistan
have been active participants in
establishing and funding underground schools for the Afghan
girls during the repressive Taliban
regime in Kabul, Afghanistan. As a
result of these underground schools,
250 girls were able to successfully
pass the examination to attend regular schools after March 21, 2002. ♦
UBC community members
Engineering Undergraduate Society
uses pie fundraiser
to benefit orphans
fund; VP Students
Brian Sullivan helps
start off campaign
by Paul Evans
NEWS STAFF
The Engineering Undergraduate Society
(EUS) is organising a "Pie in the Face" charity event this week to benefit the CKNW
Orphans Fund.
From October 12-15, people making a
ten-dollar donation can expect members of
the EUS to leave a target of the their choice
with a whipped cream grin.
"Our goal is around 1500 [dollars],"
said Adam Hempstock, Sports and Charity
Representative for the EUS. He outlined
the options availabe to targets of a pieing.
"You could either accept the pie; you could
pay five dollars to have it redirected to
someone else; you could pay five dollars
and eat the pie or you could just outright
refuse and say you're not going to participate in this if you absolutely do not want
to get pied." He added that the last option
is an unlikely choice: "There's a lot of
social pressure because it is a charity
event," he said.
The pie itself is essentially whipped
cream in a pie plate. Hempstock noted that
oil based whipped cream is used instead of
dairy based whipped cream out of courtesy
to the victim, preventing their noses from
smelling like "rotting dairy" for weeks
afterwards.
As part of the event's promotion, the
EUS pied VP Students, Brian Sullivan, in
his office last Thursday. "I think being pied
is such a unique experience," recounted
Sullivan. President of the Alma Mater
Society Amina Rai was also the recipient of
a pie and the EUS hopes to target
other prominent members of the university administration, including President
Martha Piper.
This is the first year that the "Pie in the
Face" charity event has been run at UBC.
"It's done in pretty much every engineering school across Canada for charities of
their choosing except for UBC," said
Hempstock. "UBC should have that too."
He noted that charity work has not been a
big part of the EUS agenda in previous
years, but hopes that can change in the
coming years.
"For our first year...we're trying to keep
it relatively simple," said Hempstock. In
future years, he hopes that this particular
event can become city-wide and said that
the CKNW radio station will be useful for
promoting the event if this expansion does
happen.
For the moment, however, the objectives are simple: "We're just hoping for a
good turnout and lots of support for this
charity event," said Hempstock. ♦
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Please visit our website and submit your feedback by November 9,2004
Your ideas are important to us.
A broad-based Working Group with representatives from UBC campus stakeholder groups and community interest
groups provided input for the South Campus draft neighbourhood plan. The outcome of the Working Group process
is a land use plan for the South Campus neighbourhood that is in response to the CCR
Following a technical review of the South Campus Draft Plan in August 2004, it was determined that the land use
changes proposed in the revised Draft Plan "required further review to address a number of important issues,
including: ground oriented housing targets, size and density of the buildings, open space options, water features,
tree buffers, incorporation of the additional density of the NRC site, visibility and access of the South Campus
community and amenities to the rest of University Town, buiidings and an environment that will attract faculty and
staff to live on campus, and road access to and from the community.
The UBC Board of Governors endorsed the revised draft plan as a concept subject to the resolution of the above
issues. This is an opportunity for you to provide your feedback on options that address these issues.
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"Hysteria" driving security policies
VERY AFRAID: Sens links fear and foreign policy, nic fensom photo
Price and Sens discuss
North American security
by Mai Bui
NEWS STAFF
The Canadian government has
become too continental in its
approach to national security
issues, while the United States is
increasingly dismissive of multilateral institutions, two UBC professors said last Tuesday.
Dr Richard Price and Dr Allen
Sens addressed an audience of
about 100 people at the
International Relations Students
Association's annual North
American Security Lecture.
"It is very clear that the [current]
Bush administration believes multilateral institutions do not provide
security, [but] hegemony doesn't
have to mean rejecting multilateralism,* said Price, using post WWII US
as an example.
'[After WWII] the US built a
whole series of multilateral institutions: World Bank, GATT [General
Agreement on Tariffs and Trade],
NATO...to ensure security."
Price also said that the Bush
administration has been placing too
much emphasis on the growth of
American power relative to other
countries.
"They're just really blind to the
incredible role that international
law has played in creating an international society.
'Judging from the results of the
aftermath of the Iraq war, it is true
what some critics of the Bush
administration argue, that war was
not necessary to ensure international security."
Price concluded by saying that in
waging war on Iraq, "the US paid a
very high price economically [and]
politically that may prove to be the
end of the [Bush] regime this
November."
Sens, Chair of the International
Relations Program, lectured on
"transformation hysteria* and
Canadian security policy.
"In Canada, many policy makers,
the media, and the general public
are suffering from a form of 'mass
hysteria'," said Sens.
"Canadian decision-makers...
believe that changes have to be
made...There has been a rush to
transform policies," he continued.
Because of this transformation
hysteria, said Sens, there is "a
growing continentalism... We
[Canadians] are becoming North
Americans."
This growing continentalism is a
response to American pressure on
Canada to help protect both Canada
and the US, he said.
"I fear that in a rush to respond
to change, too much emphasis will
be placed on continental security,"
Sens said. "I don't think the world
has changed that much. I See consistency in our need to act on our
values abroad.
"My view is that [Canada] should
not redirect towards continental
security," said Sens, calling the idea
of contributing only to continental
security "cheesy, pretzel logic."
"There should be an internationalized conception of Canada's security. Let's make sure we do not
divert resources out of international
commitments."
Students in attendance were not
completely convinced by Sens and
Price, but appreciated their viewpoints nonetheless.
"I liked how Sens brought up the
'hysteria'; it's not something you
hear about [in the media]," said
Graham Day, an International
Business major. ♦
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by Sarah Morton
THE PROJECTOR
WINNIPEG (CUP)-A Winnipeg
program offers people an alternative to giving spare change to
panhandlers.
The Downtown Winnipeg
Business Improvement Zone is
distributing Help Keys by donation. People then give the keys to
panhandlers, who may use them
for a variety of basic services at
social agencies, including a meal,
change of clothes, counselling, a
shower and shelter.
One hundred per cent of
donated money—about $60,000
so far, according to the business
group's website—goes to these
agencies.
The group's Change for the
Better program, launched in
1992 and expanded in 2003, has
seen dramatic results in not only
assisting panhandlers, but also
making downtown residents,
business owners and students
feel safer and more comfortable
in the city's core.
The Help Key, originally developed by the Union Gospel
Mission, is billed as a way for people to help panhandlers without
worrying how their spare change
is spent.
Jennifer Verch, spokesperson
for the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ,
said donations have gone up
since the key was introduced.
"We are very pleased with how
[the key program] has gone so
fax," Verch said. "The Help Key
and the new campaign have been
very good at drawing attention to
the issue of panhandlers in our
city."
She said one of the main reasons the group brought in the
Help Key was in response to a
2002 Downtown BIZ survey,
which showed 84 per cent of its
business members consider panhandling a problem.
"The Help Key was created to
give the general public an alternative when approached," Verch
said. "When you give change to a
panhandler, you don't know where
it's going."
Many people have reason to be
concerned they'll be feeding someone's addiction if they give a panhandler cash. A Change for the
Better survey revealed seven out of
ten responding panhandlers
admitted to using money given to
them for cigarettes, alcohol or solvents.
So far organisers consider the
program a success, with about 250
Help Keys redeemed per month
between the six social agencies
involved. The majority are
redeemed at the Union Gospel
Mission, which offers the widest
range of services.
Len McKelvey, resident facilitator at the mission, said panhandlers redeeming the keys seem
"very happy just to be getting
something."
Downtown businesses have
mixed reactions towards the panhandling situation in Winnipeg.
Greg Tonn, owner and manager
of Into the Music in the Exchange
District, is very impressed with the
Downtown BIZ and how they are
approaching the issue.
"The BIZ Patrol is very respectful
to the panhandlers and most business owners just want to know how
we can take care of these people in
the best way possible," he said.
Others are not so charitable. A
downtown cashier denounced panhandlers and the program as
"trashy."
Otherwise, Verch said, there
has been a lot of positive feedback,
from panhandlers, along with
downtown residents, business
owners and religious groups. ♦
Student mag goes Boink
by Matt Kinsey
THE DAILY FREE PRESS
BOSTON (CUP)-As the weather
around Boston cools down, the streets
of Boston University (BU) will be heating up as the new student-centred sex
magazine Boink, nears publication.
Hot on the heels of Harvard
University's H-Bomb magazine, a
group of BU undergraduates are in the
final developing stages for a sex magazine designed exclusively for the campus community.
The publication, which will hit
newsstands after winter break, will
feature sex columns, toy reviews and
polls written by and for BU students,
as well as several nude photographs
of female students.
Alecia Oleyourryk, editor-in-chief
and founder of Boink, said college is
an important time of sexual exploration often unrealised by conservative campuses such as Boston's.
"Sadly, there are few formal
forums for people our age to share
their sexual experiences and to learn
from others who are on the same journey," the communication senior said.
"Boink was created to fill that need."
After the similarly sex-themed
H-Bomb was unleashed on Harvard's
campus last spring, word of its racy
and sexually explicit content quickly
spread to such major media outlets as
Time magazine and CNN.
Oleyourryk said a similar amount
of controversy caused by the drop of
H-Bomb may spring from the release
of Boink, though she said the magazine will exist for relevant and educational reasons.
"We will be talking about some
serious topics like pregnancy, STDs,
abuse and date rape," Oleyourryk
said. "We plan to cover any and all
sex-related issues that are relevant to
college students—male, female,
straight, gay or bi."
Boink will be released independent from BU funding and supported
primarily by advertisers and sponsors, she said.
Principle Boink photographer and
collaborator Christopher Anderson
contacted Oleyourryk shortly after
helping launch H-Bomb to offer suggestions for a BU-adaptable magazine
format.
"My primary interest in advancing
this whole idea is that there is nothing
shameful about nudity and sexuality,"
Anderson said. "The city of Boston has
these almost puritanical roots, where
anything related to nudity or sex
becomes very taboo."
Anderson, a local artist based in
Boston's South End, says he is excited
to improve upon his previous work
with H-Bomb magazine.
Anderson studied part-time at the
New England School of Photography
in Kenmore Square and mentored
with well-known photographers
including Joyce Tenneson and John
Sexton.
His portfolio features multiple
shoots of BU undergraduate projects,
including a nude session with
Oleyourryk during her sophomore
year.
Anderson said he recognises the
reluctance university administrators
may have in vendors pushing Boink
on campus, though he said he hopes
pressure from above will not curtail
Oleyounyk's efforts.
"BU administration has a reputation for being stern about things, visa-vis this type of issue,* Anderson
said. "They tend to be rather conservative, but I hope they are open and
accepting of this idea... Sex is a relevant topic and something that everyone is interested in."
Anderson said a majority of the
nude images will complement the
magazine's written content through
"editorial photography," but will also
be displayed separately for their
artistic merit
Oleyourryk said the first issue
would feature  96  pages  of glossy
photos and high-quality print material similar to a professional monthly
magazine.
At the centre of Boink's hype lies
its allure to the BU student, the
intended readership for
Oleyouriyk's creation.
Undergraduates across campus
have mixed reactions to news of the
sex magazine.
"I would definitely read it," said
Shalini Patel. "It sounds as if it will
appeal to both sexes, which is something you never find with magazines
like this."
But some students, such as senior
Ethan Goldwater, said the thought of
a pornographic magazine showcasing the university's diversity is an
impossible project.
"The idea of trying to represent
everyone's interests on campus is
ridiculous," Goldwater said.
Senior Christina Leonard said she
is opposed to recruiting campus students to pose for the magazine
because she is concerned the choice
of models may raise issues about
stereotypes.
"It will open the door to a linear
focus on the type of people that go to
BU who want to be seen in this magazine, which will take away from (the
magazine's) all-encompassing purpose," Leonard said.
But Oleyourryk said she's confident Boink will be a success.
"I don't think the magazine's
release will be too much of a problem because it is not something
we're shoving down people's
throats," Oleyourryk said. "Readers
should also know it is not affiliated
with BU as an institution.*
The undergraduate population
remains split between optimism and
disapproval about Oleyounyk's last
hurrah before graduation.
"There's no way it's going to be
tasteful," senior Zach Mulden said.
"Especially when you name it
Boink." ♦
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Can it be: the pen is
mightier than U-lock?
SAFE AND SOUND: There are many ways that students can protect
their bikes on campus, including bicycle registry, nic fensom photo
Locks can be easily picked, video reveals
by Katharine Hay
THE GATEWAY
EDMONTON (CUP) - A 30-second
video circulating on the Internet
in recent weeks reveals how
Kryptonite U-locks can be defeated
by the superpowers of Bic pens.
The footage shows a person
forcing the pen into the cylindrical-key bike lock and manoeuvring
it in such a way as to trip the locking mechanism.
In response to this, Kryptonite,
whose $70 to $100 U-locks have
come under fire, is offering an
exchange program for current
lock owners. Those who own a
Kryptonite lock can request a
replacement cross bar (the part
bearing the key slot, not the U-sec-
tion) via the company's website.
There will be a waiting period
while the company manufactures
replacement parts, said Aaron
Barch of Red Bike, an Edmonton
bike shop.
He explained Kryptonite has
promised to deal with individual consumers before catering to
retail stores.
However, contrary to popular
belief, the cylindrical key-lock was
vulnerable to thieves before the
Bic pen Internet discovery, said
Barch.
"This isn't a new thing. Bike
thieves have been using aluminum arrow shafts for a long
time,* he said.
Barch explained that the shafts
could trigger the tumblers—the
mechanisms that the key turns to
open the lock.
Some are not 100 per cent convinced by the argument that U-
locks, specifically the cylindrical-
key type> are any less secure
than others.
Constable David W. Herchak of
the campus-security bike-unit at
the University of Alberta is a firm
supporter of all U-locks, regardless
of recent failures. Herclhak said
the best way for students to avoid
getting their bikes stolen is to not
bring them to the university,
though he admitted this is not a
feasible option for many. Using
dual locks, preferably dual U-locks,
is a good strategy, he added.
"You can even cut through a
cable lock, the so-called uncut-
able ones, with your sftandard-
issue bolt cutters in about three
seconds.*
Barch also said U-locks remain
the best defence for your bike.
However, he emphasised that they
can only work if locked to a sturdy
stand specifically manufactured
for parking bikes.
He added that U-locks without a
cylindrical key mechanism can be
purchased, including those requiring a key similar to a standard
house key, and U-locks with combinations.
In addition to choosing; a quality lock, there are numerous strategies for bike protection.
Herchak discussed a few key
safety tips, including remo'Ving the
seat post from your bike.
For victims of bike theft,
University of Alberta campus security has a bicycle registry to
increase the chances of tracking
down stolen bikes.
The registry requires bfike owners to engrave a unique number,
like their driver's license number
or student ID number, on a conspicuous part of the bicycle.
According to Herchak, between
$60,000 and $80,000 worth of
bicycles are stolen from the university's campus each year. •£♦
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FEATURE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13,2004
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Sowing seeds of change
A UBC graduate goes home to Sierra Leone for the first time since
the civil war to help heal the wounds of her country
by Solarin Harding
FEATURES WRITER
nowledge is not the main thing, but deeds* is a
Sierra Leonean proverb that struck me this year
when I was about to graduate from the University
of British Columbia and take on the real world. Like most students in the last year of their bachelor's degree, I was worried
about whether I would be able to get a job after university, and
considered whether I should go back to school to pursue a
graduate degree. After much thought, I decided to risk taking
a year off, find a job in my career field and gain experience.
In May, I became interested in a CIDA funded internship in
Sierra Leone offered by an environmental non-governmental
organisation called One Sky, which operates out of in
Smithers, B.C. My interest in this work sprang from my Sierra
Leonean ethnic background and I thought that the internship
would be a great opportunity for me to
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will face the challenge of witnessing the
extent of poverty after the war. This is
something I am preparing myself for,
both mentally and emotionally. Sierra
Leoneans try to be positive under a grim
situation. They are the friendliest of peoples, according to some of the staff at One Sky.
One might then ask what attracted me to One Sky, other
than the fact that they work in Sierra Leone. I became interested in their projects because of the opportunity to gain an in-
depth knowledge about the environmental sector and sustainable living. One Sky's mandate is to promote sustainable living
globally. They believe in empowerment through providing
hope and inspiration and through finding solutions for sustainable living.
One Sky works at the grass roots and community levels,
reaching out to the locals with constructive projects. One Sky
works alongside a local NGO in Sierra Leone called FOESL
(Friends of the Earth Sierra Leone). This organisation has
existed since 1988 and has survived the ten-year civil war in
Sierra Leone. Together, One Sky and FOESL have implemented many projects in Sierra Leone, such as the construction of
an eco-centre on the outskirts of the capital city, Freetown, and
increasing the environmetal awareness of the locals by educating them in composting and crop production. A waste disposal program was also put into place. On Saturdays, volunteers walk through the streets of Freetown, collecting and
properly disposing of trash.
An important program run by One Sky is the gender program that implements micro finance, the practice of giving
small business loans to low-income women to
incite cooperative businesses. One aspect of the
microfinance project is developing business plans
that will appeal to women. This is my assignment
in Sierra Leone, whereby I will direct a micro-
finance program for eight groups of women in different townships. In Smithers, B.C, where I completed the first, or northern, component of my
internship, I developed a full business plan for a
tile-making program, which has promising
prospects as a business venture in Sierra Leone.
Through these projects, One Sky tries to find
ways to address issues that improve on environmental and sustainable living conditions in Sierra
Leone. These projects create awareness in order
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infrastructure, economy and its people, resulting in tens of
thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than two
million people, over a third of Sierra Leone's population. The
damage can still be seen in Sierra Leone's high poverty levels
and poor living conditions. The society is trying to rebuild and
to heal the wounds of war. One Sky's job is to help in the
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Every year, hundreds of UBC students pack their bags, board trains and
airplanes and travel to universities around the world for the educational experience of a lifetime. Two UBC exchange students write
home—from Edinburgh, Scotland and Lyon, France—about bad
clubs, bedbugs and life on the other side of the world.
Dispatch from France:
Bureaucracy to bliss
by Bryan Zandberg
FEATURES WRITER
When I arrived in Lyon to begin my
experience as a UBC exchange student, it was sweltering and I was
sweaty and exhausted from the
long train ride in from Germany:
Counting myself as one of the lucky
exchange students who had landed a
room in one of the university residences, I made my way to my new
home quite easily, paid the first
month's rent, got my keys and
lugged my stuff up to the sixth floor.
Too tired to unpack, I stretched out
on the single bed for a little nap. For
the first time in my life, like a presentiment actually, I thought it
might be a good idea to check the
bed. I mean, what if there were
bugs? When I sat up to inspect, I was
horrified by the sight of dozens of
little French bedbugs noodling
around on the dirty sheets.
So I began my stay here in Lyon.
I slept on my desk for the first
three nights while wrangling with
the front desk for a new mattress
and sheets. Sticking quite close to
the stereotypes, it soon became clear
that while French culture is amazing,
French bureaucracy is hell. So many
bureaucrats here hate their jobs and
amuse themselves to no end by talking past you a mile a minute or
yelling at you because you threw all
your bedding in the stairwell to
avoid having insects crawl all over
the virgin territory also known as
your luggage. But to put things into
perspective, I also met sympathetic
French students who offered to
accompany me to help overcome the
communication breakdown so common every time I open my mouth.
University is free for the French.
Cue the fanfare, to be sure, but this
means there is little money for the
nice little amenities we enjoy at
UBC, which as it turns out, is actually a pretty manicured academic
environment
Many of my classes here are in
unbelievably cramped amphitheatres with temperatures reaching a
balmy 30 degrees. The campus isn't
exactly perched on coastal cliffs: it's
separated by a 45-minute commute.
One half neighbours the city's crematorium—you get a nice blast some
mornings when you step off the
tram and the wind's just right—and
the other is picturesque brick buildings overlooking the mighty Rhone
River. It's a little hard at first to
think you've forked out UBC tuition
to study in some pretty ghetto environs.
Also, like Vancouver, Lyon can be a
tough place to find an apartment If
you can find some chill French "col-
Iocs* (roommates) you can likely do
better for yourself than in a residence.
Because I've met loads of French
speakers at residence, I've opted to
stay put
Which brings me to the biggest
challenge for all of the exchange students here in Lyon: making French
friends. Like the common area in a
youth hostel, Lyon is a glittering
backdrop for making fast friends
with other foreigners, who feel
equally at odds in the strange new
paradigms, who also wrangle with
the language. We get together for
drinks, to go dancing, to make meals
and it's great, except that you're
always fluttering between a patois of
English, flawed French, and in my
circle, German. Breaking in with the
locals isn't easy, but it's not impossible, and you have to capitalise on
every opportunity.
Another little nugget of wisdom:
bring eveiythinig you love with youl
Everything's extravagantly priced in
Europe, and there is no reason why
you shouldn't bring the maximum
weight the airlines allow with you.
In the end, it will save you hundreds of Euros and free up more
money for scampering around the
continent
If I've been a little hard on
Lyon, forgive me. I personally don't
believe I have any reason whatsoever to complain—life just gets better
by the day here—but it would be a lie
to deny it was a rough start If you
have no sense of adventure or
humour, stay home. I know of
a Canadian girl on exchange to
Germany who just up and decided to
go home because she found a bunch
of pubic hair in her dorm room bed
when she arrived. You just have to
roll with it, laugh and stick it out. The
best things in life are almost always
hard won; studying abroad is no
exception.
And the bedbugs? Pas de prob-
leme. The director of the residence
put up a ream of posters warning
us to stay clear while a specialised "desinsectisation" team burned
numerous little pots of chemicals in
every room of the sixth floor. When
the smoke cleared, there were new
people moving in, from Belgium,
Guadeloupe and other far-flung
places. I unpacked my stuff and got
ready for the school year. ♦
Dispatch from Scotland:
S Club 7 'til I die
by Heather Pauls
FEATURES WRITER
Most people, given the chance, would never
Hve through puberty again: the acne, the tender breasts, all the embarrassing questions
you're too scared to ask. Why relive the nightmare of your first year at university—believing
that your high school friendships will last forever, torturous long distance relationships,
pretending you know how to drink.
Think back to your first Pit night and making out with some stranger on the dance floor.
Mom never found out and you thought you
were in love. It felt gross, didn't it? Remember
getting sloshed on one Smirnoff Ice and thinking that these people at the party were truly
your new posse? You felt desperate for
friends, didn't you? This is the stuff that first
year is made of and to my horror, during
fresher's week at the University of Edinburgh,
where I'm currently studying English, I had to
relive it all over again, but this time on
Scottish turf.
School of Rock
In order to become better acquainted with my
new flatmates—oh my god, they're 18—I decided to tag along like some sort of mother figure
to the most exciting event of fresher's week:
School Rules. Off we went to the club.
When I think "club," I think Shine or the
Cellar or—shudder—the Purple Onion. Don't
make the same mistake. Instead, imagine a
high school dance, complete with balloons and
streamers in a venue that closely resembles a
gymnasium. Now, add a shoddy sound system,
cheap girly drinks—"alco-pop" in Scottish—and
get your costumes on, kiddies.
And what costumes! Adorable UK first-
years, their faces still gleaming youthfully,
having never had to write a 4,000 word essay
with ten references in their bibliography, were
clad in nothing but their high school uniforms. But something was different The skirts
were hiked and ties were loosened. White
shirts were unbuttoned in this half casual, half
I'm-tiying-so-hard-to-be-sexy haphazard way
that screamed, "I'm extremely self-conscious!"
Some guys had their striped ties clinched
around their foreheads, crushing their crispy,
spiky hair. The whole scene looked really
cool...if I were 18.
A few questions plagued me over the next
two hours: is this S Club 7 or Spice Girls? Are
the girls wringing their hands because they're
nervous? Are they reeling from the lack of
parental surveillance? And wait, is this 18
year-old boy actually hitting on me? He's got to
be ten years younger than my boyfriendl He
can't even grow facial hair, yet why do I feel
vaguely triumphant? And he's Chinese with a
Scottish accent Why didn't I think of that?
I mulled over these mysteries, allowing
wave after wave of Brit-pop to wash over me,
half-dancing and suppressing a hearty guffaw.
I locked eyes with my friend Stephanie and we
laughed: she's 20, and that's two whole years
of life experience to build upon. That's years
of good clubbing, superficial bonding, essay
writing and sleepless nights that we have in
common.
It's people like Stephanie that have helped
me enjoy my student exchange so far. My
older friends and I flee to pubs to complain of
the sickening, hormonal youthfulness that
plagues the University of Edinburgh, and what
we can do to stop it.
Whisky: the art of coping
If the Scottish have anything to offer to the art
of coping with 18 year-olds it is in the form of
their most famous specialty: whisky. And yes,
they spell it without an "e." In an attempt to
curb my boredom and up the blood-alcohol
ratio, Julia—my new friend from Frankfurt sitting pretty at 25—and I headed down to a little
place called Sandy Bells just off of Bristo
Square. Live music every nightl Scottish whisky
happy hour!
Already, I was creating schemes for bumper
stickers reading, "Pubs not clubs!" Inside were
sticky wooden tables, old church pews, cozy
booths and, most importantly, people of the 23
to 75 year-old demography. Julia and I gabbed
about where we come from, our families, our
hobbies—the things that really matter to us. We
spoke of parisitic first-years who are far too
excitable, superficial and cute. We chatted with
the band. We were nice to old people. But
unfortunately, we tried Scottish whisky.
You knock it back and the uncontrollable
shudder is instantaneous: Scottish whisky
tastes like soap and death. No matter, I can
admit defeat, yet at the same time I realised
that I just might be losing my war-against-
the-ages.
How do the 18 year-olds do it? They've been
gulping the stuff like sweet ambrosia ever since
I got here. I'm inadequate! Come to think of it,
my younger contemporaries know which way
to look when they cross the street.
They send text messages so fast their little
thumbs are a blur. They don't mix up chips and
crisps, they don't get lost every single day in
serpentine Edinburgh, and they don't find the
university to be a daunting labyrinth of administrative disorganisation.
Remorse stuns me a bit harder than it would
if I was sober. I worry. Maybe this is a time to
face my fear of 18 year-olds, making me a better person, ridding me of baggag&; I need
watered-down pop psychology and a lesson or
two from Dr Phil, that ignorant cure-all.
The future is lush(es)
I never had younger siblings and have always
gravitated to older people. My lack of friends in
middle school drove me to tagging along to my
parents' dinner parties. Poor little Heather.
There must be something to excuse my self-
righteousness. But even poor little Heather was
once 18 and fresh off the farm, socially nervous, street dumb and boring at parties.
Thankfully, people change. These 18 year-
old Scots will grow up to be the next Belle &
Sebastian, the Beta Band, Franz Ferdinand—all
amazing Scottish musicians who weren't
always so old, talented, and the life of the party.
Who knows, they may have even argued over
which Spice Girl is the hottest at one point in
their past, just like me.
But this doesn't mean that I'll always enjoy
reliving first year while I'm here studying
abroad. Fresher's parties with whisky, boy
bands and squealing girls will probably never
appeal to me—ever.
Instead, 111 probably do the tourist thing and
see the castle, climb Arthur's Seat and buy thistle pins, cashmere and a Greyfriar's Bobby figurine to send to my grandma. It will be a year of
having to explain my silly accent and the use of
the word "awesome." 111 visit the highlands, eat
a lot of mushy peas, and get used to the illogical
urban planning and bad websites. I've already
gone pony trekking and played banjo in a pub.
And I'm making some friends more my age, so
I think everything will be okay.
But in my heart of hearts, I know there will
be a moment or two when you can find me
mouthing the words to "If You Wanna Be My
Lover." You may catch me dancing to Robbie
Williams and I might even scream, "Ewan
MacGregor is so lush!" And if you see me hitting the ultimate low, you might even hear me
admit that yes, I guess there really ain't no
party like an S Club party. ♦
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BARRY J. SESSLE, Ph.D.
Thursday, October 21,2004, TIME: 12:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall #6, Woodward IRC, UBC
A particular focus of Dr McCreary's activities at UBC and indeed throughout Canada was on the importance of
interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching and research in the health sciences. This presentation will propose that
such approaches are crucial for improved understanding and management of pain, a topic that readily lends itself to
Dr McCreary's philosophy and approaches.
The presentation will briefly review the rapid advances \n the pain field over the past 30 years, and also make note
of emerging concepts that pain represents the 5th vital sign and that chronic pain is a neurological disorder in its
own right because of the central neuroplastic changes that can occur in conditions of prolonged pain. Despite these
recent advances, chronic pain conditions in particular still represent a diagnostic and management challenge, and
cost the Canadian economy over $8 billion per year. It is proposed that future research efforts in clarifying pain
mechanisms need to include a stronger emphasis on interdisciplinary efforts that especially focus on the factors and
processes involved in the transition from acute to chronic pain. It will also be an ever-increasing challenge to ensure
that this 'new' knowledge, as well as existing knowledge, is transferred to and applied effectively in the clinical
arenas, for the benefit of pain patients. This will require an increased emphasis on pain education, with 4 major
targets: health science students, health professionals, governments and the public; interdisciplinary education should
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THE LINK
MONTREAL (CUP) - Gay games are
coming to Montreal. From July 29 to
August 6, 2006, the city will play
host to 100 countries, up to 16,000
participants, 33 sports and 250,000
spectators at the first World
Outgames.
The World Outgames is a major
athletic event based on the principles of participation and celebration, respect and fairness, innovation, diversity and empowerment,
or PRIDE.
'We wanted to offer the world's
LGBT community a sport and cultural festival on an unprecedented
scale, one that will be financially
viable and distinguished by its spirit of openness/ said Outgames co-
president Mark Tewksbury.
This is the first major sporting
event for the Gay and Lesbian
International Sport Association.
GLISA was founded to be an inclusive, globally recognized, integrated
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgen-
dered association that promotes
queer culture through sport.
Outgames 2006 was founded
through a partnership between
GLISA    and    the    organizers    of
Rendezvous Montreal 2006.
So far, preparations are going
well. Their finances are on track,
according to their website.
Registration and ticket sales will
account for about half of the event's
$16-million budget. Furthermore,
the Outgames have already received
major support from sponsors.
A myriad of events will be
offered, ranging from cycling to
bowling, dancesport to diving. The
sports and cultural events will take
place around the city at the Olympic
Park, the Palais des Congres and the
Village, among other locations.
"Montreal is proud to affirm support of the gay and lesbian community, which gives our city an image
of tolerance and cultural dynamism
from which we all benefit,* said
Michel Prescott, vice-president of
the City of Montreal executive committee, in a press release.
In an effort to go beyond the
domain of sports and address relevant issues, the Outgames will also
feature an international conference
dealing with the advancement of
LGBT rights. Focusing on global
issues, creating social change,
diversity and more, the conference
on July 26, 2006, will precede the
Outgames. ♦
Undefeated
The UBC field hockey team remains
the only unbeaten squad in the CIS as
they swept a weekend trio of games,
improving their record to 6-0.
On Friday, the Birds gave Calgary
a whoopin' with a decisive 5-0 victory. The following day Alberta played
the victim, as the T-Birds scored consecutive shutouts winning 3-0.
Sunday marked the end of their perfect defensive weekend, but they
were able contain Victoria in a 2-1
win.
The women's field hockey team
has sent a message to the rest of the
teams in the conference that the only
way any team will come out of
Canada West is through them.
Stephanie Quinn, Stephanie
Jameson, Jessica Denys and Laura
Dowling all rank in the top 20 in CIS
scoring.
Double whammy
On Friday night in a non-conference game the men's basketball team
won against the NCAA Division II
Washington Vikings 84-83.
The game was close at half-time
as the  Birds went, into the locker
room with a two-point lead. The game
was ultimately decided on the foul
line, as UBC was an astonishing 39
for 53 from the foul line. It also
accounted for almost half of UBC's
points.
Bird Casey Archibald was flawless
from the charity stripe, as he went
ten for ten, finishing with 17 points
and six rebounds.
The next night, the Birds played
another non-conference match
against Kansas State.
It was a see-saw battle as at the
end of the first half, the Birds were
down 35-33. The second half saw
some late game theatrics from
Archibald, who tied the game with
time winding down to take the game
into overtime.
The Birds prevailed with a 89-84
victory as they were able to outscore
Kansas 20 to 15 in the extra frame.
The Birds hit the road to play a
pair of games at Laurier and York
this weekend.
Inches
The women's basketball team lost a
heartbreaker on Friday night against
Western Washington.
It was a close game to say the
least, as UBC went in the second half
with a two-point lead. Unfortunately,
the Birds were not able to hold on as
WWU made a late fourth quarter
surge.
UBC shot a dismal 36 per cent
from the field and this will be an area
they will be looking to improve next
game.
One of the bright spots for the
Birds was team free throw shooting,
as the Birds finished 31 for 37. The
Birds were once again led by Kelsey
Blair's strong play as she finshed
with 20 points and 9 boards.
The Birds have a week off before
playing host to Lethbridge next
Friday at 6:30 pm. ♦
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Birds win with awesome
display of offensive firepower
by Eric Szeto
SPORTS EDITOR
What do you get when you put a
bird, some thunder, and a clan in
a bowl? A blowout.
On Friday night at Shrum Bowl
XXVII, the UBC Thunderbirds
showed a crowd of over 3000 people at Thunderbird Stadium that
blowing out an opponent means
nothing unless it's done with style.
The Birds offense was so explosive on Friday that it would have
made General MacArthur proud.
The ground attack, led by running
back Chris Ciezki and tailback
Andre Sadeghian, pounded out
over 400 yards combined. The aerial attack was quarterbacked by
Blake Smelser who finished with
over 300 passing yards and three
touchdowns.
Despite the 42-24 win over the
three-time defending champs
Simon Fraser, it wasn't all guts
and glory for the Birds as they
came out of the gates stumbling.
The Birds struggled early on as
they fell behind 17-0 at the end of
the first quarter.
The sloppy start was just a matter of nerves, said offensive coordinator Ted Goveia.
"It was the first five minutes of
the game we weren't feeling too
good,* said Goveia. "We got the jitters and when we got that out of
the way we started moving the ball
more consistently."
It was a different story in the second quarter, as the Birds were poised
to take command of the game.
After a 38-yard touchdown
reception by Nate Beveridge, running back phenom Chris Ciezki
took the ball for a 77-yard run late
in the quarter, capping off an 88-
yard drive with a three-yard touchdown catch. This closed the gap to
two points going into the half.
Quarterback Blake Smelser,
who had never won in his three
previous Shrum Bowl appearances, threw for two touchdowns
in the third quarter -a 31-yarder to
Alan Pepper and a 57-yard bomb
to Mike Lindstrom.
The key to winning was persistence, said linebacker Austin
Spencer.
"Coming out of the first half
there and running the ball down
their throats, the coaches came
and they said "Keep it up* and
that's what we did,* he said.
Credit has to go to the defense
however, as they were able to contain SFU quarterback J.R. Davies-
someone who had never lost in his
four years playing the Shrum
bowl- to just one touchdown in the
second half, said*tJBC head coach
Lou DesLauriers.
"[J.R. Davies] is tough, he's elusive to bring down but I thought
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our defensive backs did a good job
of disguising coverage when we
did get pressure. Sometimes he
got out of it, but our guys kept after
him,* said DesLauriers.
"I thought that a big difference
in the game was that our defense
came up big from the second quar
ter on and made some huge stops
and it made it a big part of it.*
Thunderbirds have reclaimed
the Shrum Bowl trophy for the
first time since 2000, but more
importantly, it inches them closer
to a playoff spot.
"We have that trophy back at
UBC. The other thing too is it's a
huge game for us because now we
move one more up the playoff,*
said DesLauriers.
The Birds get another chance to
solidify a playoff berth this Friday
against Manitoba at 7 pm at
Thunderbird Stadium.
♦
"Right here, right now"
Women's hockey team skating on firm foundation
by Kelsey Blair
SPORTS WRITER
There is something to be said for paying your dues, and the UBC women's
hockey team has done that the last few
years.
In the past year, having had a very
young team and being in a tough
Canada West Conference, the women's
hockey team hasn't been able to get the
wins or the numbers they've wanted.
But that's just what all those numbers
are: in the past. This year their motto is
"Right Here. Right Now.* With that attitude and the talent to back it up,
women's hockey is ready to start their
regular season this weekend.
Coach Dave Newson wanted it to be
clear, "this is not a rebuilding year.
We've worked hard to get to this point.
We have the skills, and finally, we have
experience on our sid."
One place where that experience will
be relied heavily upon is from fifth year
goalie Teryne Russell, said veteran
defenseman Haliegh Callison.
"Teryne is the hardest worker and
most dedicated player on our team and
this year is her year to shine. I have
been waiting two years to get to play for
her, she is such an inspiring player and
person,* explained Callison.
Veterans Callison and Kat Malysh
will both be looked to as leaders. The
experience that they've gained over the
last few years will be a helpful addition
to the talent they already have.
The Birds are also optimistic that
they'll be able put some goals up on the
board this season.
"We are really deep offensively this
year. We have three strong scoring
lines," said Newson.
Captain Marjorie Sorensen and Kelly
James will be depended on as the veteran scoring line, while rookie forwards
Sawa Matsumora, Julia Staszewski and
Caitlyn Ruddy will be looking to round
up the offensive package.
"We are feeling great coming into
this season. We have so much more
confidence than in past years,* said
Sorensen.
A birth to nationals this year will be
tough because Canada West only gets two
spots. They will also have to contend with
powerhouse Alberta Panda's who haven't
lost in 81 regular season games.
The second spot is still up for grabs
though, said Newson who remains
hopeful that they can end Alberta's 81
game winning streak.
The team has already got off to a
good start by winning the University of
Toronto tournament and this may be a
sign of better things to come.
"We had a great pre-season tournament in Toronto where we won the
whole thing playing against some of the
top teams in Canada. I think we bonded
as a team and proved to ourselves that
we can score goals and play tough
defense," said fifth year goalie Russell.
With the work done, the time spent,
and confidence behind them, UBC
women's hockey is ready to skate their
way to success. ♦
Huskies char Birds
Early goals set tone in loss
by Dan Morris
SPORTS WRITER
Two goals, scored 39 seconds apart, put the
UBC men's hockey team in a hole it was fighting to come out of for the entire game Saturday
night.
Facing the No. 2 ranked Saskatchewan
Huskies, UBC was up against a high calibre
offence that never let up in the 8-4 loss.
Saskatchewan dominated the offensive zone for
the entire first period, and by the end of the second, with the score 6-2; a UBC comeback
attempt was seen as too little, too late. The T-
Birds did show flashes of offensive brilliance
though, putting together an impressive third-
period rally, but the Huskies capped their dominant performance with two late goals.
The first period began inauspiciously, with
the Huskies staking a quick 2-0 lead. Goaltender
Jesse Boyd put in a valiant effort, but the pressure, combined with a few key power-play
opportunities allowed for a Saskatchewan lead
that was too much. This is when Chris Levesque
was brought in to stop the bleeding.
The Birds finally came out of their shells in
the second with some inspired play. UBC's
forechecking became consistent, keeping pace
with the very quick Huskies side. Newcomer
defensemen Kevin Seibel closed the gap with a
goal, but it wasn't enough as poorly timed UBC
penalties and some untimely mistakes allowed
the Huskies to widen their lead to 6-2 by the end
of the period.
The final period once again saw UBC determined to even the game up. Winger Ashley
Todd's gorgeous wrist shot helped narrow the
margin to 3. Minutes later, UBC left winger
John Kress was able cut the lead to two by putting away the T-Bird's first short-handed goal of
the season.
In the end, however, the Huskies offence
proved too much for UBC as two late goals officially put the game out of reach.
Kress, who was arguably UBC's best player
Saturday with a goal and two assists, commented on the team's offensive lapses.
"We're not a fancy team, we work hard, and
we were not fighting in the corners, especially
in the first period,* explained Kress. "We basically got back to our basics, dumping and chasing, grinding to the net. If we play like that, our
team will start clicking."
Penalty killing was a concern after the game,
said UBC coach Milan Dragicevic.
"We were the best-ranked unit last year, and
this year it's been a sore point. But if you take
penalties at terrible times, like we did, teams
will capitalize on those," said Dragicevic. "We
will make the adjustments, and we need to
score first if we want a chance of winning."
The Huskies ability to break UBC down
defensively was a problem tonight, said goal-
tender Chris Levesque.
"Sometimes we just got caught flat-footed.
They had a number of odd-man plays and they
capitalized on their chances."
Recapping Friday night's action, UBC found
itself in similar territory, going down 2-0 early
in the first and finally ending the game on a 4-
1 losing note. A definite trend has been noted
though - the T-Birds can't afford to give up early
goals if they have any desire to stay in games.
UBC has shown sparks of offensive dynamism,
something that must become more frequent if
they want to start putting goals on the board.
The T-Birds try to even up their record with
a pair of away games this weekend at Calgary on
October 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm. ♦
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New blood
Men's volleyball looks
towards a new
season of hotness
by Amanda Baxter
SPORTS WRITER
The term 'new and improved' has
always sounded like an oxymoron.
How could something be new, and
improved? If it's new then obviously it has never been released before,
so obviously there is nothing to
compare it to, to deem it improved.
However, the term is more than
applicable with this year's men's
volleyball team. The recent revamping of the program by head coach
Richard Schick has begun changing
the philosophy and expectations of
men's volleyball at UBC.
This year there are seven returning players (half of the roster) and
seven new recruits. Something coach
Schick likes to call 'new blood'.
With some players coming straight
from high school volleyball, the higher level of training has been difficult
for them, but it is a challenge well
worth the effort, said Schick
Two players learning how to
cope are Spencer Holowachuk and
Mischa Harris—both in their first
year at UBC.
"There's definite pressure playing with guys who have three, four
and five years experience, but they
are all really supportive," said
Holowachuk.
Coach Schick believes being
more competitive comes from
applying the severity of practices to
league matches.
"If we can bring the intensity of
our practices to games, the scores
and the points will fall into our
favour after that."
Another area the team has had
to adapt to is playing indoor volleyball instead of beach volleyball. Five
players on the team have played
beach and indooor. This has added
a second dimension which has been
helpful in terms of cross-training
and all-around skills.
"It's not that you develop lazy
skills playing beach, they are just
more efficient to beach volleyball
and it can be hard learning a new
technique," said Harris.
Holowachuk adds, "(Beach volleyball] is beneficial in the end because
as a rookie you have no set position.
The more skills you have as a player,
the more it helps your game."
The seven returning squad members will also be undergoing a
process of playing and teaching this
year. With half the team being new,
the veterans have stepped up to the
plate to show the rookies the ropes.
This veteran leadership will be integral to the success of the team.
"The respect between teammates shows in the way the players
interact. Our fifth year guys are
some of the hardest working guys
on our team, and that's how it has
to be. They want to be on the floor
and they need to be able to provide
that example," said Schick.
Thus, this year's men's volleyball team has two major components: the new and the improved.
The new players are ready for a
new season full of challenges. The
veterans are improving their game
with Schick and helping improve
the upcoming starters from the
rookie group. ♦
The triumph of the will
Canada's Olympians
could learn from our
Paralympic stars
by Josh Page
THE CARILLON
REGINA (CUP) - Canada dominated
the Olympic games in Athens. We finished seventh overall, with 72 medals
and two athletes won five gold medals
apiece.
"What's this?" you
say. "Canadians did
not dominate the
Olympics; they
embarrassed   themselves."
Oh — my mistake. I was referring to Canada's dominance in the
Paralympic Games. So why is
Canada so good at these games and
absolutely abysmal in the able-bodied games? It all comes down to
attitude.
Canadian Olympians, at least
the vast majority, accept defeat far
too easily. Gold medal winning
kayaker Adam van Koeverden
summed it up quite nicely: "The
Olympics are not about going to the
finals. They are about winning
medals."
Touche Adam, touche.
The Paralympic team, however,
has what it takes to win medals.
The men's basketball team cruised
to its second consecutive gold
medal with sheer grit. The swim
team won 40 medals in the pool.
Swimmer   Stephanie   Dixon   fin-
PERSPECTIVE
ished with a Michael Phelps-like
eight medals.
I was taken aback when watching a few of the competitions. The
Canadians refused to give up. It
was like watching Joe Carter up to
bat in the 1993 World Series. Even
when trailing, the Canadian athletes kept pushing on and never
relented. Canadians caught an early
glimpse of this grit when Canadian
Chantal Petitclerc claimed gold in
the demonstration sport of wheelchair racing during the able-bodied
games.
Sadly,  the   same
can't be said about
the performance  of
our other Olympians.
Many people feel a
lack of funding is the
problem. Canadian athletes do need
better funding but, this is not the root
of the problem. Our Olympians need
better coaching and better cohesive-
ness as a unit
Can someone, anyone, please tell
me why the canoe-kayak team and the
rowing team do not train together?
They use the same facilities, so why do
they not train together? Our
Paralympians put together a dominating performance for two simple reasons. Good coaching and a common
goal. All these Paralympians believed
in winning medals, not just reaching
finals.
I tip my cap to the Canadian
Paralympians. I did not know the
words "70 medals" and "Canada*
went together, but I sure do now.
Hopefully, some of their magic rubs
off on the rest of Canada's
Olympians. ♦
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9
Krushed out
DJ Krush
Oct. 4
the Commodore Ballroom
Being Japanese, it was awesome to
catch DJ Krush perform live at the
Commodore last Monday night It's
too bad there aren't many DJs representing the Japanese underground
music scene, but DJ Krush fills this
uniquely small niche perfectly. He's
like the god of DJs in Japan, although
he rarely even has concerts in his
own country—I guess because he's
too busy touring the rest of the world.
At the start of his show, I was pretty much the only one dancing on the
dance floor during the pre-show
music, but when DJ Krush came on
stage—booml—the dance floor was
packed with people who had just
been chilling around the bar. The
first number totally rocked, and DJ
Krush had everyone excited from the
start
He had the audience hooked for
the first 30 minutes with his impressive techniques, but after a while-
please, oh please...let's start something with a different drum beat! At
this point I needed a break from the
music.
During my smoke break, I caught
a few people going home half way
through the show. But not so fast,
that's not all DJ Krush was going to
offer. Sorry you guys, but DJ Krush
really started getting the audience
sucked into his world in the second
half of his performance, tickling the
nerves of their brains. People were
totally mellowed out by this time,
going at it with their dance moves,
and just grooving their bodies to the
music. The dancing didn't stop there.
For his encore, he played DJ Nu-
Mark's remix of John Lennon's
"Imagine," a choice number to end
his show. ♦
—by Jun Hoshino
Translated by Lena Huggett
Hot place to Make Out
Making Out
on till Oct 17
at Emily Carr Institute
by Sara Norman
CULTURE WRITER
Making Out is an exhibition of conventional scale model houses, concept art and photography on display
at the Emily Carr Institute on
Granville Island, co-sponsored by
Trace Magazine, UBC's School of
Architecture and Emily Carr
Institute.
Featuring artists and architects
from Vancouver, Seattle and
Pordand, Making Out was, if nothing
else, an interesting array of artwork.
Vancouver's Stephanie Forsythe
and Todd MacAllen's "Intimate
Space" piece consisted of a flexible
room divider closely resembling the
bellows of an accordion. The duo has
received honorable mention in several architectural competitions and in
2002 were the grand prizewinners in
the Aomori Northern Style Housing
Competition in Japan.
The satirical "Sweater Lodge: The
Arm" by Bill Pechet and Stephanie
Robb, also of Vancouver, was nothing
more than a large polar fleece sleeve,
accompanied by sketches and plans
of a sweater. The final product was to
be "scaled to the size of a Canadian
football field." Pechet and Robb are
the architectural masterminds
behind Le Chateau, located on the
corner of Burrard and Robson Street
as well as numerous buildings, cemeteries and memorials in the Lower
Mainland.
Perhaps a stranger piece of concept art, "The Diplothopter," by
Portland trio John Kashiwabara,
Peter Nylen and Ean Eldred, is a kite-
like contraption suspended above the
floor accompanied by a lengthy explanation. For both travel and aid in
building construction, "The
Diplothopter" is more a political
statement than a plausible idea. The
contraption is intended to take its
occupants, referred to as diplomats,
"over boundaries, borders,  demili
tarised zones, fences, and perimeters." A statement on the political
state of the world? Perhaps. An interesting idea? Certainly.
SHED, the Seattle-based design/
build firm, composed of architects
Damon Smith, Thomas Schaer,
Prentis Hale and Scott Carr, presented three scale models of innovative
houses. Each house, designed for
hard-to4build areas, was intricately
built and accompanied by an explanation of the surrounding area.
Particularly intriguing was "Tree
House," a house designed for a lot
composing solely of a large, steep
hill.
Other interesting pieces, such as
photographs of constructed buildings, can be seen in the gallery.
Though the exhibit was only a small
collection of a mix of large and small-
scale pieces, Making Out is certainly
a sight to see as well as a chance to
see what the Pacific Northwest
Architects are devoting their time to
when not designing buildings and
cemeteries. ♦
A warm welcome
for musical outlaw
Luke Doucet and Danny Michel
Oct. 9
Richards on Richards
by Megan Turnbull
CULTURE WRITER
You may not recognise the name
Luke Doucet, but if you've listened to popular radio at all over
the past 15 years you have
unknowingly been treated to his
exceptional guitar prowess and
incredible musicianship. As a
lead guitarist for internationally
acclaimed musicians such as
Sarah McLachlan and Chantal
Kreviazuk, Doucet has pushed
pop songs to the narrow limits of
what mainstream music will
allow. His music ventures into the
more esoteric landscape of good
old fashioned rockabilly and
blues rock.
On Saturday night at Richard's
on Richards Doucet captivated
the small, attentive crowd with
songs from his latest live album
Outlaws, and his 2001 studio
album, Aloha Manitoba. He
demonstrated his creative storytelling and clever lyrics, but it was
his impressive guitar playing that
drew the crowd in and kept us
wanting more. After a killer version of the title track "Outlaws*,
an audience member yelled out
"that was awesome....play it
again* to enthusiastic cheers of
concurrence. Instead of repeating
the same tune, he followed it up
with a soul-shaking cover of Tom
Waits' "Gun St. Girl." Backup
vocalist and rhythm guitarist,
Melissa McClelland was brilliant
on this song as her vocals were
brought front and centre, alternating verses with Doucet.
For the encore, opening act
Danny Michel joined Doucet and
his band to close out the evening
with a cover of Bruce
Springsteen's "I'm on Fire." What
started as a crowd sing-along
became an interactive performance as Michel started bringing
crowd members up to play along
with the band. The first two audience members were given a tambourine and a cow bell, but
Michel continued to pull people
up, replacing the drummer, the
bass player, and even Doucet on
guitar. The show ended with
about 15 audience members playing the chorus of "I'm on Fire"
repeatedly while the band left the
stage for the nightf. The 15
"momentary rock stars* sampled
the rush that comes along with
performing live, and their visible
excitement spread quickly
through the bar, creating a sense
of camaraderie between the band
and the crowd.
If you're reading this review
and you missed the show, you can
get a taste of what you missed by
picking up a copy of Outlaws. The
album accurately captures
Doucet's expansive musical talent, featuring his wailing guitar
riffs and raspy vocals which portray a convincing worldliness
beyond his years. Doucet writes
intricate tales which comment on
the complexities of humanity.
Standout tracks, besides "Gun
St. Girl," are a rocked-out version
of "Pedro" which was originally
recorded for his first album, and
"Judy Garland" which has a Who-
inspired sound to it. Doucet told
the story behind "Judy Garland*
on Saturday night. He wrote it as
a comment on superficiality after
he hit three women on the
Burrard St. Bridge one night
while riding his bicycle home
drunk after a night at the Railway
Club. As the girls ran away and
Doucet lay there, he remembers
that his only concern was whether
or not the girls he hit on were
cute.
This album is dripping with
honesty and integrity, so do yourself a favour and go buy a copy of
Outlaws as just one more
reminder of the incredible musical talent that can be found north
of the 49th parallel. ♦
Please keep your voice down
Duff disappoints in another shining example of blandness
Raise Your Voice
starts Friday
by Simon Underwood
CULTURE WRITER
I was at the premiere of Raise Your
Voice, the latest opus headlining
Hilary Duff, and I was definitely
outnumbered. Children, like large
dogs and the elderly, are generally
relegated to my social periphery. I
think they're around, but I generally go through my day without seeing
them. But here they were everywhere, fortifying their blood sugar
and adjusting their trucker hats.
And Duff serves it up limply with
her own tailor-made Fame-lite, casting
herself as Midwestern girl, Terri, who
has aspirations of musical superstar-
dom. Her brother Paul, played by
Jason Ritter, secretly sends a DVD of
Terri's home performances to a music
conservatory in L.A., only to die in a
car crash after the two of them sneak
into a Christian emo show to celebrate
his graduation.
Duff cries, and it's sad until you
realise she's going to cry about eight
more times over the course of the film.
But when she later receives a letter
accepting her to the conservatory's
summer program, her mother, played
by Rita Wilson, conspires to let her
attend against her overprotective
father's wishes.
Unlike the performing arts
schools with which you might be
familiar with, the Bristol Hill Music
Conservatory glaringly lacks any
copious drug use. The love ain't
free either—casting herself as
chastity's lonely flag-bearer. Duff
barely lets her love interest, Jay,
played by Oliver James, within
three feet of her. But the usual
genre requisites are trotted out—the
sullen goth, the Ritalin candidate,
the skanky prima donna that hates
sweet Terri. Sadly, the token gay
best friend is nowhere to be found,
but maybe his scenes were cut
those scenes for ones in which Duff
cloisters herself in a church.
The supporting cast includes
John Corbett, from Northern
Exposure,    as    a    leather-panted
music teacher who just knows that
Duff has what it takes f to win the
school talent competition, and
Rebecca De Mornay (who I can only
remember from a popular film
when I was 12 years old called The
Hand That Rocks the Cradle). The
fact that she clutches a glass of wine
in almost every scene goes unad-
dressed, but I suspect it was De
Mornay's own personal touch. I
sure could have used a drink at the
56th minute mark. And perhaps the
kids could have too; the pre-show
pandemonium quickly turned into
a muted silence broken only for
widespread tittering at the kissing
scenes.
Hilary Duff is likeable enough, and
has the role model niche locked down.
But does everything she attaches her
name to have to be so bland? What
about Duff versus Lindsay Lohan in an
American Gladiator style throwdown
for teen queen supremacy, with that
kid from Malcolm in the Middle as the
sleazy referee? Brother, I'd raise my
voice for that but definitely not for this
film.
♦
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Vancouver MLA Lome Mayencourt
thinks he has a way to solve what he
describes as the "bad panhandling
problem" in this city: ban it.
A private member's bill sponsored by Mayencourt the Safe
Streets Act is purportedly
designed to prevent aggressive
pandhandling. The proposed legislation would ban all begging in
front of bus stops, public washrooms, phone booths, taxi stands
and instant teller machines.
Vancouver Mayor Larry
Campbell has called the act "dra-
conian" and here at the Ubyssey,
we tend to agree. Under this act,
Vancouver's destitute would be
criminalised simply by virtue of
their social status. But Mayencourt insists that it is not an
attack on the city's poor and
homeless.
'My bills are not to do with
poverty," he said. "My bills are about
civility and people looking after each
other, in a courteous, respectful
manner."
In introducing this new legislation, Mayencourt must believe that
the act of begging is inherently
aggressive. Any panhandler who
crosses the line in their efforts to
convince a passerby to spare some
change can already be arrested and
prosecuted under existing statutes.
Of course, where the line is drawn is
strictly up to the authorities.
"Everything that is in the Safe
Streets Act we already have," said
Mayor Campbell. "We have the
power of arrest, the power of trespass. There is nothing in there."
And how would these impoverished disturbers of the peace be reprimanded for begging?
By being fined $500, of course.
Nothing could be more logical than
fining a person who is scrounging
on the street for their mere survival
a sum not available to the average
college student Imposing a fine on a
group of people who, by the nature
of their categorisation, don't possess
large, if any, monetary resources is
at best ignorant and at worst target-
designed victimisation.
In most cases, bills proposed by
individual MLAs never become law.
Unfortunately, Mayencourt's vision
of a panhandler-free Vancouver has
resonated with the Liberal government Attorney General Geoff Plant
has announced plans to introduce
legislation modelled on Mayencourt's proposal.
Plant initially expressed reservations about the Safe Streets initiative and concern about the potential for constitutional challenges to
any legislation regarding the poor.
It seems that his mind was
changed after vote at the Urban BC
Municipalities conference in
which 80 per cent supported the
proposal to create such a law.
"I respect the fact that the vast
majority of city councillors and mayors across BC want this additional
tool," said the Attorney General.
Plant would do well to remember
that only 200 of the 1,200 delegates
voted on the matter, making
province-wide support far from
overwhelming.
Supported by a large number
of city councils or not, the law is
ridiculous unless Plant makes
serious changes to the existing
framework. In its current version,
the Safe Streets Act would make it
illegal to solicit the public for
money in either verbal or written
from. In other words, a homeless
person silently holding a sign pleading for support would be subject to
punishment How such behaviour
could constitute aggressive panhandling defies logic, and compassion.
While critising the criminalisa-
tion of poverty that Mayencourt's
bill represents, we at the Ubyssey
recognise that aggressive pandhandling is an issue that needs to be
addressed.
Instead of passing a draconian
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law to counter it, we should be
asking ourselves why panhandling has become so endemic in
our city. Getting to the source of
the problem, rather than masking
it up with a piece of legislation
that would further clog up the
beaucractic process, is the best
way in which to proceed.
There's no reason the government can't play an integral role
in this.
Increase the funding for local
policing. This would allow officers to
enforce exisiting laws and prevent
widespread aggressive begging.
Should the government pass this
piece of legislation, they will simply
compound the difficulties already
faced by enforcement agencies.
If the government offers adequate funding to police and supports
community policing plans, the "very
big problem" that Mayencourt sees
could be solved, and the nightmarish scenario that would surely
unfold from the Safe Streets Act
could be rightly avoided. ♦♦♦
LETTERS
AMS responds to Bryant's allegations
I write in response to Tyler
Bryant's letter "Not the SPAN I
voted for" (the Ubyssey, October 5).
Firstly, I appreciate the feedback
and concerns of students. I hope to
address some of the issues raised
by Mr Bryant, although admittedly,
it is challenging to avoid becoming
defensive. Also, I'd like to note that
although this letter comes from me
directly, I refer to the collective
work of the AMS executives as a
whole as I did not single handedly
achieve some of the initiatives referenced in this letter.
One of the biggest lessons I
have learned in my position is that
change does require time. Not
only is the AMS executive building
upon the work of previous like-
minded executives, but we are also
laying the foundation for future
progressive developments that
will be beneficial and productive
for students.
What Mr Bryant dismissed as
"some good work" done by SPAN
this year does great disservice to
the collective and individual energies of the AMS executive, staff,
and student employees and the
society as whole. The so-called
"overdue internal AMS housekeeping" deserves more credit then Mr
Bryant takes note of. This year, the
AMS executive have restructured
the Events and Promotions department and attracted two very qualified full-time staff members who
are committed to students needs
and have contributed very positively to the work environment.
As well, we have expanded the
departments to include more student positions and more opportunities for students to develop their
leadership skills and involvement.
In addition, we have conducted a
review of the hiring process to
address the nepotism and inefficiency that was inherent in previous AMS hiring practices.
Currently, we are working to establish the recommendations of the
Ad-Hoc Hiring Review committee
to improve the overall system.
For the first time in history the
AMS executives have prioritised
the examination of systemic
racism on our campus. We will be
holding an anti-racism cross-campus conference later on in the fall
to join in active participation with
other provincial students' unions
to address these concerning
issues. Mindful of the corporate
involvement within the AMS, we
have restructured the way sponsorship is handled. We have shifted
the focus of sponsorship within
our AMS staff unit to ensure it
received the appropriate amount
of research and understanding of
the students' perspective. Soon
after being elected we sent a clear
message to the UBC administraion
over our disapproval of the tuition
increase by holding the event
known as "Let them eat cake." This
year we had also colloborated with
other provincial students' unions
in organising a federal elections
awareness campaign to inform students and encourage them to vote.
We are also working on a graffitti
mural project for the Students'
Union Building.
The purpose of pointing out
these efforts is to shed some light
on some of the initiatives that we,
as an executive and a student body,
have been working hard to achieve
over the past six months, contrary
to what is insinuated and stated in
Mr Bryant's letter.
We appreciate constructive criticism and ways in which we can
improve for the benefit of the society and students at large. However,
when the feedback we receive is
unfounded and inaccurate, it compromises the working relationship
that we have and is detrimental to
the development of the society.
As an executive, we have taken
our roles very seriously as we have
held working hours that are above
and beyond the full time require
ment. Rather than taking more
vacation time, most of us have
barely taken the allocated time of
two weeks. In the summer we
passed a motion to regulate the
number of conferences that executive members could attend as well
as the accountability mechanism
so as to curb wastage of student
funds. Overall, the executives have
brought to the forefront some
issues that have not previously
been addressed.
As the previous coordinator of
Safewalk, I am sure that Mr Bryant
is conversant with the challenges
that the service has faced both last
year and this year.
There is always room for
improvement, and we are committed in our personal and professional learning experience to continuously strive to better represent
UBC students. SPAN is a progressive action network and is not simply about the executives. Our network of involvement existed before
the elections and will exist thereafter. Gandhi once said: "You must
be the change that you want to see
in the world," and I encourage you
to be the change that you want to
see.
—Amina Rai
AMS President
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2004
IS
Reinterpretation of classic succeeds on all levels
Troy: City of Love
presented by Studio 58
at Langara College
until Oct.17
by Carina Cojeen
CULTURE WRITER
"Troy: City of Love," staged by
Langara College's Studio 58 acting
program, is a brilliant reinterpretation of Euripides' classic Greek
tragedy "The Trojan Women."
Alex Ferguson's witty script is powerful and moving, but turns depressing and darkly funny. This is not your
average Greek tragedy, but a reworking of Troy in terms of contemporary
themes and pop culture. Ferguson's
characters are contemporary, comic,
tragic, and all too real archetypes of
people caught in today's conflicts.
Ferguson has taken liberties with
Euripides' original script. Helen is no
longer the shallow, traitorous whore;
there is no opening scene of the gods.
Instead the script shifts seamlessly
from the moving appeals of love-
starved Cassandra to darkly funny
satire of the megalomaniac general
Agamemnon; and from Hecuba's
fierce protectionist feminism to the
teenage silliness of a hero-struck
Polyxena.
Agamemnon is a megalomaniac
psychopath, utterly sure that he is
right, and yet utterly destructive in
his actions. His character is part
George W. Bush, part General Kurtz in
Apocalypse Now.
I managed to catch up with the
playwright and director, a 1988 graduate of the Studio 5 8 program, to talk
with him about his vision for the play.
Ferguson says that he thought of Troy
as embodying the liberal values of a
cosmopolitan civilization, which is
now under attack globally, besieged
by the forces of parochial fundamentalism. He points out that this is merely history repeating itself, as all great
civilizations eventually fall to the
Bushes of the world (or the Talibans).
The leads in the cast were generally strong, with two particularly stellar
performances from Tara Jean
Wilkin as the queen Hecuba and
Josue Laboucane as the general
Agamemnon.
Wilkin, who graduates from Studio
58 this year, showed a masterful
range of emotion. She grabbed my
attention from the moment she set
foot on stage and held it fully as she
shifted dramatic gears with fully credible ease. She is definitely an actor to
watch out for.
Josue Laboucane was equally phe
nomenal as the megalomaniac, yet
darkly comic general Agamemnon.
Laboucane is not even graduating this
year, yet his stage presence and
comedic talent are impressive.
Also of note were Dawn Wendy
McLeod as the temple virgin Cassandra,
Evangela Dueck as the star-struck
teenaged daughter Polyxena, and
Nikolas Longstaff as the ordinary-guy-
turned-soldier Talthybios.
Marina Szijarto's costumes dovetail
perfectly with Alex Ferguson's contemporary, pop culture vision. She dresses
Hecuba in conservative skirt-suit and
pumps and a self-centred Agamemnon is
replete with leather jacket, helmet askew
and cigar in mouth.
Adding to this is David Roberts'
clever minimalist set. The destroyed
city is suggested by cracked stone
flooring. Visual interest and some
staging opportunities are provided by
a broken column with mangled rebar
sticking up from it.
All in all, this was a fabulous production. Like Euripides did centuries
ago, Ferguson has managed to create
a scathing critique of the horrors of
war, reminding us how easy it is to
lose our fragile freedoms, and he is
amply supported in this endeavour by
the strong cast and creative team of
Studio 58. ♦
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mini-school *   r sustainability day
Looking for a break from academic
studies? Consider taking some Minischool
courses beginning this fall. The AMS
Minischool offers various interactive
lifestyle classes at a very low rate, when
compared to Lower Mainland community
centres and continuing education
programs. Some samples of the courses
offered this fall:
Wine Tasting
Interior Decorating
Beginner's Web Design
Beginner's Sign Language
Classical Indian Dance
Bartending
For prices and class descriptions, visit
http://www.ams.ubc.ca. Registration
deadline is October 15.
Colour Copy Sale - for October only
81/2x11" colour copies only 0.49!!!
Copyright hours:
Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm
Self-serve copiers available from 7 am to 12 am
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Sustainability Day
Wednesday, October 13
10:30 am to 2:30 pm
SUB-OutdoorVenue
Learn about sustainability facts from local
experts during UBC's first Student
Sustainability Day.
Musical performers include The Front, with
special presentations by Sambata, Public
Dreams Society, the UBC Dance Team and
more.
Details at http://www.ams.ubc.ca.
speaker's corner
AMS Presents
Hassina Sherjan, Aid Afghanistan
Wednesday, October 13
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
SUB Ballroom
Hassina Sherjan, Executive Director of Aid
Afghanistan, will be discussing the state of
Afghanistan post-9/11 and the nation's progress
of redevelopment. The presentation will conclude
with a discussion and audience interaction. Her
visit to BC has been sponsored by Langara, SFU,
Capiiano College, and the AMS' student societies.
Arrive early for a seat!
housing issues
The AMS is seeking 15 - 20 students to participate in
focus groups to discuss the following housing issues:
affordability, safety, resources/services, support services
in residence and the underground bus-loop.
The forums provide an opportunity for students in
residences and off-campus residences to voice their
concerns and issues.
Focus groups will take place between November 1 - 4
and take about two hours. A free meal is provided. To
participate, RSVP by Friday, October 22 to
vpacademic@ams.ubc.ca with your name, telephone
and e-mail.
work overseas
\
Engineers Without Borders:
Working Overseas in International Development
Presentation & Info Session
Thursday, October 14
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
UBC Main Library (Dodson Room)
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) speaker Cameron Rout
has recently returned from a summer internship program
in Tanzania working in international development.
He'll be sharing a presentation on his work there and will
be hosting an information session on EWB internships.
More details at http://www.ewb.ca.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2004
CULTURE
THE UBYSSEY
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Marionettes combat world mayhem
South Park creators confront the
"uniquely American conundrum"
by Jesse Ferreras
CULTURE WRITER
Following the success of the 1999
big-screen release. South Park:
Bigger, Longer and Uncut, as well as
the continuing success of the television show it is based on, wacky animators Trey Parker and Matt Stone
have now produced a new work. This
new project marks a departure from
their traditional animation in favour
of live-action special effects and marionettes. Team America: World
Police, hitting theatres October 15,
can best be summarised as a satire of
bigbudget action thrillers, telling the
story of a team of anti-terrorists who
employ the talents of a Broadway
actor to infiltrate a terrorist network
that is believed to have bought a
weapon of mass destruction from an
evil eastern dictator.
The Broadway actor is forced to
disguise himself as a terrorist in
order to penetrate the network and,
before the day is out foil their plans
and save the world from a shadowy
network of evildoers. However, there
is one catch: all the superheroes,
civilians, and terrorists in this film
are portrayed as marionettes.
In an interview with the film's
writers/directors. Matt Stone and
Trey Parker opened up about their
latest release, their continuing issues
with the Motion Picture Association
of America (MPAA), as well as the
political and creative aims of their
film. Their work has become notorious for its offensiveness, hilarity and
brilliance since the inception of
South Park in 1997.
Mr Stone was careful to sidestep
any questions on his political affiliation, and explained that the film has
no political agenda, and does not
bend left or right "I don't think that
that's important for the movie. We
tried really hard to not make it politically bend one way or the other. We
just tried to do the honest thing, the
more emotionally and intellectually
honest thing."
The film does, however, as Stone
claims, address the international
image the United States has developed post 9/11. "I'm put in this position where I'm forced as an American, and it's a uniquely American
conundrum where, when America
does go do something [throughout
the world] people hate us. When we
don't do something, everyone looks
at us and says, 'Well, why the fuck
aren't you doing anything?"
Matt Stone had strong words for
the Motion Picture Association of
America, who recently administered
an R rating to Team America as a
result of its depiction of puppets having sex. Strangely enough, the film
had already been reduced from an
NC-17 rating as Trey Parker told CNN
Headline News, They used to make
love but now they just have sex."
Stone added, "The MPAA is a
shadowy organisation. When
there's an R rating on your film, I
don't understand why you can't
just do whatever the fuck you
want. An R rating should be everything above PG-13."
Although the film does include
marionette portrayals of notable
political figures, such as filmmaker
Michael Moore, and North Korean
dictator Kim Jong-Il, Stone
adamantly claims that the film is
not intended to have any political
influence on its audience. In
answer to a question about whether
the film finds a solution to the
American conundrum in which the
great nation finds itself, he mentioned that "the movie comes off as
an optimistic antidote to what's
going on today where everyone
thinks it's so dire. I would hate to
think that anyone took their politi
cal views from me or Trey because
we're pretty fiicked-up people."
If the film produces an impact
similar to the hilariously successful South Park film, it is certain to
make waves at the box office.
Audiences will be rolling in the
aisles with laughter from the satirical punches at major political figures and celebrities-I'm personally looking foward to the puppet version of Kim Jong-Il. Team America:
World Pohce opens in theatres this
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