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BYSSEY
Vol. LXXXIX No. 41 | www.ubyssey.ca | February 26th, 2008
After 5 years, Ike Barber Centre now open
UBC'S OFFICIAL STUDENT NEWSPAPER
page 03
KELLAN HIGGINS PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
UBC Properties Trust Senior Project Manager Daniel J. Bock and Learning Centre namesake Irving K.Barber survey the first floor of the newly opened Library.This five year project has just completed Phase II,opening up significantly more study space for students on campus. However, the original library entrance, built in 1925, remains under renovation and is due to open in April.
Illicit diving
an enduring
campus
tradition
by Mac MacKillop
News Writer
At some point in time just about
everyone at UBC has walked by
the ten-metre high dive late at
night and seen the silhouettes of
students flying into the pool outside the UBC Aquatic Centre. In
fact, some of you have probably
been the ones jumping.
Campus Security Officer Man-
mohan Mand estimates that "every weekend, especially on warm
weather nights, we get at least ten
to fifteen students jumping off
the high dive. With no lifeguard
on duty," he said, "they're taking
a lot of chances."
But is the ten-metre really that
dangerous? Mand thinks so.
To his recollection, only one
student has ever been seriously
injured trying to make the jump.
However, he said, one is too
many.
see "diving" | page 02
Women win for the 11th time straight
OKER CHEN PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
The UBC women's swim team captured their 11th straight CIS championship Saturday, beating the University of Calgary, who finished second for
the eighth year in a row. Leading the Women was Annamay Pierse, who set three Canadian records during the competition.The men's team didn't
have as much luck,failing to take first place for the first time in 11 years. Callum Ng was honoured as the top male swimmer of the meet, while
UBC coach Derrick Schoof was honoured with women's swimming coach of the year award. Read all the details about the women's win and the
men's runner-up finish on page 9.
Calendar
26|tuesday
Canada's culture of secrecy
inside government
Where: UBC Robson Square
Time: 7-9pm
What: TorontoStar reporter talks
about official sneakiness
27 [WEDNESDAY
I The Fringe Group
I Percussion Ensemble
Time:12:pm
B   Where: UBC recital hall
0   Cost: $4 at the door
EMAIL US EVENTS AT FEEDBACK@UBYSSEY.BC.CA
28 THURSDAY 29
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Film Festival
Cost: $19 At the door
Tickets: http://www.vimff.org/
What: Movie series with
outdoors and"green" themes
03
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FRIDAY
The Right to be Cold
Where: 2350 Health Sciences
Mall, West Atrium
When: 12pm
What: Talk about the effects of
climate change on Canada's Inuit
Q
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How stable is Canada's economy? | page 04
Manson is back in black | page o 5
Campus activists plan gathering I page 06
Elections and metrosexuals I page io 2  i News
THfitteYSSEY  February 26th,2008
Looking for a cheap thrill after the pit, swimmers take the plunge
from "diving" | page oi
He told the Ubyssey how
a very intoxicated student
"slipped while climbing the
guard fence and landed head
first on the pavement. Luckily
someone walking by noticed him
lying there and went for help. He
was pretty badly injured."
In spite of the possible danger, many students feel the stunt
is worth the risk.
Second-year student Jason
Chen says that he's hurt himself
"pretty badly almost every time
while climbing back over the
fence. I really hurt my tailbone
once. Nonetheless, all of my
experiences have still been positive." Many other students have
jumped off numerous times and
still remain injury free. Second-
year Andre Gailits has jumped
off "at least four or five times"
and has never been hurt.
First-year Natalie Goodfellow
has jumped off several times as
well and has yet to be injured.
However, she does admit getting
hurt is always a possibility.
"I guess you might get hurt if
you landed on the lane dividers,
or if you were so unbelievably
wasted you forgot how to swim
and drowned." Still, at ten to
OKER CHEN FILE PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Despite warnngs from Capus Security, students continue to take the
plunge ofthe ten-metre with semi-regularity.
fifteen times a night, students
must feel the rewards outweigh
the risks.
Butwhathappens to students
unlucky enough to be caught?
Apparently, not a whole lot.
According   to   Mand,   "we
usually just tell them the pool
is closed and ask them to leave.
Most of them are very compliant." If they still won't leave
Campus Security may call the
RCMP, who "advises them that
they could be charged with trespassing." Generally, the worst
that happens is that if a student
is heavily intoxicated, the RCMP
could put them in the "drunk
tank" for the night. Mand estimates that "most of the kids we
encounter have consumed alcohol to some extent."
If students are "unable to
take care of themselves," he
says, "we may call the RCMP for
their own safely and security.
However, if they have a friend
around who can care for them,
we usually just let them go."
Even with the low risk of
legal repercussions, students
generally play it safe. "We try to
leave before the cops show up,"
says Gailits. "It's just easier."
Second-year Toby Cragg follows
the same advice. Although he
has never been caught, "It's been
close a few times." He explained
that "it isn't a huge deal, it just
adds to the excitement. There's
nothing like running from the
Mounties with your shoes in
one hand and your pants in the
other." ^
News Briefs
Kidnapped UBC student sees
day in court
UBC student Graham McMynn,
who was taken from his car
at gunpoint almost two years
ago as he drove his girlfriend
to class and held for almost
eight days, appeared in court
over reading break to testify
against five men accused of his
kidnapping.
McMynn was eventually found confined in a Surrey
house on April 12th, 2006 after
a massive police investigation
involving approximately 400
officers.
The 24-year-old McMynn,
the son of a wealthy Vancouver
businessman, recounted to the
court how his captors said they
were to be paid $100,000 for
the kidnapping, while another
group would make a ransom
demand to his family. The
McMynns never received any
demands before their son's
rescue.
The trial is expected to last
up to four months. The five ac
cused, ranging in age from 21
to 24, are all in custody, as is
a youth involved in the kidnapping who cannot be named.
Crown prosecutors have
said they will use cell phone
records and DNA evidence
to make their case. Defence
lawyers have said the mere
presence of the accused is not
enough to prove the accused's
participation in the crime. \a
UBC astronomer discovers
largest-ever dark matter
structure
A team of international astronomers led by Ludovic Van
Waerbeke, assistant professor
in the department of Physics
and Astronomy, has discovered dark matter structures
measuring 270 million light-
years across, the largest ever
found.
The structures, invisible
to the naked eye, criss-cross
the night sky, spanning areas
eight-times larger than the full
moon each.
To glimpse the unseen
structures, the team of French
and Canadian scientists used a
technique they recently developed called weak gravitational
lensing, which is similar in
concept to taking an X-ray of a
body to reveal the underlying
skeleton.
Van Waerbeke said the
gravitational lensing technology will assist scientists in further understanding the nature
of dark matter, which makes
up more than 80 per cent of
the mass in the universe and
added that this most recent
discovery will help astronomers better the history and
evolution ofthe cosmos. \a
AMS VP Admin special election results released
Tristan Markle has won this
term's second Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP Administration
race, besting a broad field of
candidates.
The race, originally begun
in January  in   concert  with
the other four AMS Executive
contests, was re-administered
because of suspected illegal
campaign practices by one of
the candidates.
Markle received 27.79 per
cent of the popular vote, however fewer than one per cent of
eligibe voters cast a ballot for
the current AMS councilor.
1605, or 3.56 per cent out
of an eligible 45,045 students
voted in the special election.
Full Results:
MARKLE, Tristan—446
STEWART, Shawn—306
MCCARTHY, Stephen—280
KUSHNIR, Mike—194
MESSOLORAS, Yian—189
RYAN, Stephanie—104
MAC J—44
PALM, Aaron—42
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Campaigning takes place
Feb. 29 to March 14. Arts
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BYSSEY
February 26th, 2008
Vol. LXXXIX N°4l
Editorial Board
coordinating editor
Champagne Choquer
COORDINATING@UBYSSEY.BC.CA
news editors brandon adams 6"
Boris Korby
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CULTURE EDITOR PAUL BUCCI
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SPORTS EDITOR JORDAN CHITTLEY
SPORTS@UBYSSEY.BC.CA
features/national editor
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production manager
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WEBMASTER@UBYSSEY.BC.CA
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So wee Kellan Higgins decided to climb overthe mountain.
Joe Rayment said "no! Help me build my hobbit house."
Jordan Chittley headed the construdion team suggesting
to use the quality David Zhang soil. It was extra fortified,
grown with manure from premier farmer hobbit Gerald
Deo. Oker Chen hoed the fields, Isabel Ferreras had to medicine his wounds from James Johnson's whip. Paul Bucci,
the mayor ofthe town, declared that Chen should be freed
and brough Matthew Hayles in to do it. levi Barnett and
Leslie Day watched the proceedings, being normal sized
all they saw was tiny little black dots moving around. Mac
Mackillop came up across them and declared them insane.
"You've gone loopy," he gestured wildly, "just like Boris
Korby did when Champagne Choquer hit him on the head
with the last of her red wine bottle." The wizards Stephanie
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News i  3
Irving K Barber Learning Centre opens its doors
by Brandon Adams with photos by Kellan Higgins
'early five years after the project began, Main Library's
| transformation into the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is nearing completion. Phase II opened it's doors to
students on February 25th and almost immediately the building was filled.
Construction on the Main Library complex began late in
2003 with the commencement of Phase I, rebuilding the section of the building which houses lending collections and ar
chival facilities. Phase I was completed in August of 2005 and
soon afterward, the south wing ofthe library was demolished
in order to begin construction of Phase II, the section of the
library largely dedicated to study space.
Simone Neame, the centre's program and services coordinator, said that the student response to the new building
was overwhelmingly positive. One student, said Neame, even
claimed that the library was the 'best' he had ever seen.
The Learning Centre, said
Neame, is designed not as a
mere extension of the library
but as a distinct space for student use.
Open until lam on Mondays through Thursdays, the
Learning Centre is equipped
with a significant amount
of seating space and a cafe.
Neame also mentioned that
there is a possibility that the
hours will be extended if there
is a demand from the student
body. She said that the Learning Centre would have space
for academic peer support
and AMS Tutoring services.
Arts One student Alyssa
Arbuckle was pleased with the
new building.
"It's awesome. It's beautiful," said Arbuckle, "It's freezing but it's beautiful."
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is currently open to
student use, with the official
opening on April 11th. \a
Above: One of
the main study
spaces in the new
library,Irving K.
Barber Learning Centre.The
building's designers hope that the
space will a centre
of student study
on campus.
Left: The original
entrance and
previous checkout
space. Restored
and integrated
into the new
Learning Centre,
it will remain as a
rear entrance to
the Library.
Below: The
Chapman learning
commons study
space-one ofthe
only remaining
part of the original
1925 Main library.
Above: The main stairwell carries
students to an open plans study
space.The study space looks toward
both Gage Towers and the SUB.
Right: Large,comfortable couches
and expansive study spaces aren't
the only perks in the campus's
newest study spaces. Laptop-toting
students will appreciate some of te
small touches, like pop-up power
outlets and complete wireless
coverage. 4  i Culture
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Unraveling the US
economic crisis
What happens when sub-prime fails?
by Isabel Ferreras
Culture Staff
Remember that time when you
bought a house during your
country's economic boom? And
when, one year later, your investment devalued itself to lower
than what you bought it for? You
foreclosed the deal, and moved
out?
Probably not. But have you
ever stopped to think about
what those headlines reading
"US economic crisis," "recession imminent," and "stimulus
package" really mean for us as
Canadians?
"Well, the housing bubble's
bursting, isn't it?" says Patrick
Charles-Lundaahl, a former UBC
student and Vancouver resident.
"Everyone's selling off their
properties, and subsequently,
these properties are only worth
a fraction of what they used to
be. And it doesn't really surprise
me."
The issue goes beyond that.
Robert Gateman, a UBC economics professor, evaluated the
situation.
"Banks in the US loaned
money very cheaply—below
prime—to risky borrowers who
were buying these houses. The
interest rate on them went up
since the banks needed to earn
return on the mortgage, and so
risky borrowers couldn't pay
their monthly fees. Basically the
banks were greedy to cash in on
the boom, and didn't do their
homework to make sure the
home-buyers could pay off their
loans."
In simpler analogy, Gateman
said, "It's like allowing a 17-year-
old to have a VISA card. And now,
banks are becoming nervous
about going under. They are not
making inter-branch loans because other banks run the risk of
going bankrupt on them."
It is indeed a mess. Everywhere in the United States, whole
residential blocks are lined with
vacant, foreclosed homes, with
"for sale" signs parked in front,
going unanswered. These kinds
of scenes are prompting speculators to expect a recession, and it
is not far away.
A recession is by definition a
period of negative growth in the
country's economy. In the most
recently recorded quarter, the
US has experienced growth of
only 0.6 per cent. That's not far
from negative growth. But do we
have anything to worry about?
Alex Chichak, a Richmond
resident and student at Kwantlen
University College, thinks so.
"If a recession hits, Canadians are going to lose a hell of a
lot of business. Hence, well...
damn."
On the business front, that
couldn't be closer to the truth.
As it stands, Canada's exports
make up 40 per cent of our
GDP. Of that 40 per cent, 80
per cent goes right over to our
southern neighbours. So what
happens when the US starts to
limit the number of imports
they're taking in? Canadians
will have to produce less. And
it's already started to happen,
thanks to the dampening ofthe
housing sector.
Paul Beaudry, a professor of
graduate economics at UBC, explained what is going on.
"It's clear that we've already
felt the effects of a dampened
Canadian economy," he said,
"and it's affecting certain sectors
quite drastically. The forestry
industry has especially been hit
very hard."
It makes sense: if the US
citizens can't afford to buy new
homes, then there will not be
sufficient demand to purchase
them. If the demand isn't there,
why supply the homes in the
first place? Therefore, as the
amount of housing starts goes
down, so do lumber exports, and
with them, go the jobs of many a
worker in the forestry industry.
It's affecting certain
sectors quite drastically.
The forestry industry
has especially been
hit very hard.
Paul Beaudry,
Economics professor
Beaudry believes, however,
that though the economy is going
through some hard times, we are
not in a dire situation.
"This coming quarter, US
GDP growth will very likely be
negative. In terms of a recession, however, is just a matter of
definition. If the economy is at
2 per cent negative growth, it's
doing very badly. And that's the
danger, is whether the current
US economy could potentially
reach that level and hit a real
recession.
"If the growth rate stays the
way it has in this past quarter,
it's not a big disaster. The economy's still growing, but a little
bit more slowly for six months
or so."
The big question is, how will
this affect students? Why should
we care? One simple reason is
to do with home investments.
If parents intend to fund their
children's education by taking
out another mortgage on their
house, they will be hard-pressed
to do so at a time when banks are
dealing with an extremely high
level of foreclosed homes. Also,
what if their children intend to
make a substantial amount of
money off of the estate? What
happens when its value diminishes, rather than increases?
It's an issue not many people
are considering in the grand
scheme of things.
It is clear that the economy
is in disrepair. It is now a question of how the US will heal
itself. There has been a start,
via an economic stimulus package put forward by George W.
Bush, and on top of that, both
the Canadian and the US treasuries have slashed their lending
rates, which should increase the
amount of investment coming
into both countries. If investment goes up, GDP will grow at
a higher rate, and one can stop
worrying about the current rate
of 0.6 per cent.
It's a start, and one that will
hopefully bring the world's economy back to normal. vl February 26th,2008 i ThSJubyssey
Culture i  5
Shock rocker still has some tricks
Manson puts on classic show of decedent,
hedonistic depravity
by James Johnson
Culture Staff
The name Marilyn Manson
harkens back to a simpler time,
when rage was all the rage, the
greatest threat to social order
came through the ears, and
Manson might as well have been
named Charles. But somewhere
between then and now, all the
heroes and villains of the late
20th century evolved or died off.
But Manson, as his recent performance at the Queen Elizabeth
Theatre attested, hasn't changed
a bit. Same fashions, same songs,
same antics.
Of course, in the eraofbehead-
ing videos and YouTube tragedy
reportage, his shock rock didn't
deliver quite the same punch
as it once did. Nevertheless, his
pseudo industrial sound packed
the theatre with the sombre, the
defiant, and the black clad.
The venue selection, if at all
intentional, was apropos given
Manson's vaudevillian persona.
To think of him and the Winnipeg Ballet sharing a stage at
two points in time was worth a
smirk. It was not the only smirk
worthy  moment.   Stage   hands
were scurrying back and forth
as Manson and his backup band
knocked over the microphone
stands with petulant regularity. As for the music, Manson's
sound was as tight as ever, with
a harder edge than found in studio, brought by Nine Inch Nails
expatriates Twiggy Ramirez and
Chris Vrenna.
Even though Manson can't
quite shock as well as he used
to, he still has some tricks up
his sleeve. During the performance of one of his newer
singles, a woman wheeled out a
table, had her rear end molested by Manson, and finally her
head torn from her body and
thrown into the audience, revealing the woman to be anima-
tronic. While he may not have
a memory-etching shtick like
biting the head off a bat or being lowered on an upside down
cross, he is still a capable showman. Despite seemingly staying
successful purely by the power
of nostalgia of teenage angst,
he still possesses the ability to
surprise and entertain. Even as
the well dries of new material,
he will always draw loyal fans to
see what he might do next.   vl
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molested by Manson, and finally her head torn
from her body and thrown into the audience.
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Little did the audience know, but that microphone has saved Manson in many a tight corner, like Christmas dinner.
UBC student wins opera competition
by Isabel Ferreras
Culture Staff
Simone Osborne, a third-year
UBC student, has been selected
as one of the five winners of the
Metropolitan Opera's National
Council Auditions in New York
City. Simone was the only Canadian to succeed in the competition,
as the other winners came from
the United States.
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well so early in an opera career,
and this competition is one ofthe
most recognizable in the world,"
said Osborne. "It'll definitely help
me get my name out there."
The National Council Auditions are held to findyoung talent,
provide a venue for opera singers
to be heard by a representative of
the Metropolitan Opera, to search
for new talent for the Met's Young
Artist Development Program, and
to help participants with career
development by forging connections with those in the business.
Past winners of these auditions include Ben Heppner, who
is regarded as one of the greatest tenors in the classical music
industry, and Renee Fleming,
one ofthe most highly-acclaimed
sopranos of today.
Award winnings amount to
$15,000 for the purpose of furthering studies in music. vl
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TECHNOLOGY
CHANGES
EVERYTHING
Resisting the University
OKER CHEN PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Inside the SDS offkejasmine Ramze Rezaee (middle), Nathan Crompton
(right),and many others plan the upcoming conference.
by Paul Bucci
Culture Editor
March 3rd marks the inception
of the first annual Resisting the
University conference, a five-day
event that focuses on student
activism and social change. The
conference comes in the wake
of more active protests such as
Trek Park as a way to encourage
dialogue on campus.
"Basically, a lot of us are frustrated with the trajectory that the
University is on. A lot of issues
aren't being dealt with in the
classroom," said Jasmine Ramze
Rezaee, a key organizer of the
conference. "We wanted to do
something positive and constructive; it's peaceful, but it's socially
meaningful, and it's about creating this dialogue and inviting everyone to participate...Our idea
was, 'Yeah, we need to do this,
because there are a lot of issues
that aren't being addressed.'"
"It's important to note that
this isn't just a UBC thing," said
Emily Dixon, another organizer.
"I think the general trend that has
been happening for decades is
the increasing corporate nature
of universities, and I think that
UBC is a sort of mutant version
of that trend. I think students,
including myself, are frustrated
with the lack of accountability
and democracy in the administration, and it's really disempow-
ering to feel that you don't have
a voice."
The conference will feature
a number of workshops, speakers, and roundtable discussions.
Topics include "Examining 'Acedemic Freedom'", "Deconstructing 'Progress'", and "Corporati-
zation of Campus".
Another aspect of the conference will be organized protests,
such as a demonstration in
Brock Hall.
"We were planning on building a mountain of student debt in
Brock Hall as a promotion for the
conference," said Dixon. "I think
tuition fees is something that affects students across the board
regardless of political ideology. In
my experience talking to people,
there are the people who are less
involved in tangible political issues but who are dissatisfied with
their experience at UBC."
Ramze Rezaee sees the problem as systemic and hopes to
bring attention to what the corpo-
ratization of universities reduces.
"If you think about the concept of a university, what it
symbolizes, it's supposed to be
a revolutionary place—it always
has been—where all the new, creative, innovative stuff happens,
right here," said Ramze Rezaee.
"We're going to be members of
society as we move on and hopefully this conference and some
of these activities will help foster
those critical thinking skills."
One point that Dixon wished
to stress was that the conference
is absolutely inclusive.
"I know that sometimes
things on campus can seem polarized and I think our intention
of putting so much work into
this is that we really want it to
be a campus-wide dialogue, and
to include people who don't usually come out to these events,
because this is their school. The
students aren't involved enough
and that's not the fault of the
students, it's the fault ofthe way
the administration treats students. We're treated like numbers, and this is an opportunity
for us to express our humanity
and our individuality and our
freedom." \j
The general trend that has been happening
for decades is the increasing corporate
nature of universities, and I think that UBC
is a sort of mutant version of that trend.
Emily Dixon,
Resisting the University organizer February 26th,2008 i ThSJubyssey
Sports I  7
 COURTSIDE COMMENT	
Four teams, four championships in sight. How are the teams fairing and will they win?
by Justin McElroy
Sports Writer
After a wild weekend of playoff
action among the basketball
and volleyball teams of UBC,
one thing is certain: nothing is
certain.
Yes, after a full slate of
games across Western Canada
on Friday and Saturday, all
four Thunderbird teams are
still in contention for a CIS
championship.
But this was one of those
weeks where more questions
were opened than answered,
where teams that were consistent all year suddenly looked
very mortal at a critical time,
and where injuries reared their
ugly heads on more than one
occasion.
Men's Volleyball
The men's volleyball team
had nothing to play for at the
Canada West Championships,
having already clinched a berth
at the CIS championships this
weekend at Laval. So perhaps
any analysis of their performance is a game for fools. But
having thought Ellen Page would
win an Oscar Sunday night, let
me analyze away. The victory
over the No. 3 ranked Winnipeg
Wesmen on Friday should give
the T-Birds a moral boost. At the
same time, UBC went down hard
in the conference championship
on Saturday to No. 1 ranked Alberta, losing the final set by a
positively ghastly score of 2 5-11.
Then there is the Andrew Bon
ner factor: The fifth-year captain
who patrols the right side ofthe
court was kept out of action over
the weekend to rest his injured
shoulder. Can he and the Thunderbirds recover in time to win
a championship this weekend?
Women's Volleyball
The women's volleyball
team, with the 17-3 regular season record, probably never envisioned a situation in which they
would have to defeat the No. 1
team in the country just to reach
the national championships.
Yet on Saturday evening, after a disastrous semi-final match
against Calgary in which they
blew a two-set lead, they had to
defeat the top-ranked Manitoba
Bisons, in Manitoba, to get back
to the big dance after a one year
absence.
That they won a high-stakes
game against the best competition in Canada bodes exceedingly well for the Thunderbirds
as they fly out to Fredericton
in an attempt to win their first
CIS Championship since 1978.
Coach Doug Reimer believes
that his girls are up to task, but
after a decade of playoff disappointments, is UBC ready and
able to break through?
Women's Basketball
You know it's a bad week for
your team when you lose two
straight to a rival, and that's not
the worst thing that happened.
The 19 and 24 point defeats
to the Clan over the weekend
probably lay to rest any real
Quick Rundown
Men's Volleyball - Canada West Final Four
-Beat Winnipeg 3-1 in semi-final game.
-Lost to No. 1 ranked Alberta in the final to be runner ups.
-Will compete in CIS championship beginning Thursday in
Laval.
Women's Volleyball - Canada West Final Four
-Lost the lead and the semi-finals to Calgary.
-Beat the No. 1 Manitoba Bisons in the consolation final.
-Will compete in CIS championship beginning Thursday in
Fredericton.
Women's Basketball - Pacific Division Playoffs
-Beat the Vikes in three games to win the Pacific Division
semi-finals.
-Lost to SFU to be runners up in the Pacific Division.
-Awarded the wild card spot in the Canada West Final
Four taking place at SFU this weekend. Top 3 teams will
goto Nationals.
Men's Basketball - Pacific Division Playoffs
-Beat Fraser Valley to win the divisional semi-finals.
-Beat the Vikes to capture the Pacific Division title.
-Looking to repeat as Canada West champions this
weekend in Calgary. Top 2 teams will go to nationals
(plus an at-large wild card).
debate over which BC university has the better squad, but
for coach Deb Huband, the
real loss is that of guard Devan
Lisson for the year to a knee
injury. Lisson didn't carry this
Thunderbird team, but she was
an effective starter who could
shoot the three, play tough defense, and take some defensive
attention away from graduating
seniors Cait Haggarty and Erica
McGuinness.
Even with Lisson out, this
UBC team is still probably the
second best team in the country. Their place at the national
championships isn't in serious
jeopardy. But if they want to win
their third championship in five
years, Haggarty and McGuinness
will have to be at the top of their
games. Rookies Alex Vieweg and
Zara Huntley will have to play
with a poise far greater than
most teenagers and with a short
bench, the T-Birds will have to
avoid foul trouble. Are they up
to the task?
Men's Basketball
Finally the men's basketball
team has been inconsistent, enigmatic, and maddening for fans to
follow through the up and down
regular season. Naturally, they
had the strongest weekend of all
the Thunderbird teams in action.
With a pair of victories against
their arch rivals from UVic, UBC
not only secured a place in the
Canada West championships in
Calgary this weekend, they raised
their game to a level unseen all
year. Balanced scoring, solid
team rebounding, inspired fourth
quarter play—all were on display
over the weekend at War Memorial Gym.
And this team, so difficult to
define all year, can be classified
as championship calibre, at least
for a few days. But to advance to
the national championships in
Ottawa, the T-Birds will need to
defeat a tall and athletic Calgary
Dinos team on their home turf
Friday night. And to do that centre Bryson Kool will have to carry
his inspired play against Victoria
(29 points, 16 rebounds in two
games) over the Rockies. After
this weekend, will Kool and the
Gang be able to celebrate?
Four teams. Four tournaments. Championships in sight.
Key questions unanswered. In
short, if you thought last weekend
was full of twists and turns, then,
with apologies to Randy Bachman,
you 'aint seen nothing yet. tl
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Sports I  9
Women swimmers win 11th CIS title in a row
Pierse breaks three Canadian records en route to taking swimmer of the year honours
by Leslie Day
Sports Writer
Soaked from their traditional
"ginger ale bath" and smiling,
the UBC Thunderbirds women's
swim team celebrated their 11th
consecutive CIS championship
Saturday night.
Fourth-year Annamay Pierse
swept the breaststroke events,
setting Canadian records in the
100m and 200m distances, as
well as a CIS record in the 50m.
She was also apart of the 4x100m
medley relay team, along with
Rachelle Salli, Erin Miller, and
Steph Nicholls, that broke last
year's national record set by another UBC quartet.
The T-Birds finished with 704
points, ahead ofthe second-place
team from the University of Calgary, which had 647 points.
UBC Head Coach Derrick Schoof, named 2007-08
Women's Coach of the Year, was
understandably pleased with the
women's accomplishments. "Every single title means as much as
the first one," he said. "Wins are
never easy."
Schoof expects next season
to be part of a rebuilding cycle
for the women, but Annamay is
excited to be returning, saying
that UBC has "some awesome recruits." About her own plans for
next year, the 2007-08 Outstanding Female Swimmer of the Year
will only say, "I'll be back."
On Thursday the women's
100m breaststroke finals were
where the water really started
heating up. The top six finishers
all beat the UBC pool record, set
by a University of Calgary swimmer in 2002. Annamay roared
through in 1:07.12 to win the
event, smashing the five-year-old
1:07.30 mark and setting a new
Canadian record in the process.
University of Victoria swimmer MacKenzie Downing took
gold in the 100m fly, setting a
CIS record with her 59.31 second
finishing time. Thunderbirds
Miller and Nicholls rounded out
the podium.
OKER CHEN PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Thunderbird Annamay Pierse takes a breath during her leg of the 4 X 100m medley relay Saturday night at the UBC Aquatic Centre during the CIS championships. Pierse and her teammates broke the national standard for Pierse's third national record on the weekend.
UBC swimmers owned the
podium in the women's 400m individual medley race, with Hanna
Pierse taking the top honour,
followed by Salli and Martha McCabe. T-Bird Tara Ivanitz finished
fifth, after Pamela Ruksys of the
University of Toronto.
In the women's 400m freestyle relay, UBC finished second
to the Dinos, to end the first day
of competition in first place, leading the Dinos 227 points to 189.
On Friday, Jennifer Carroll of
l'Universite du Quebec a Trois-
Rivieres set a pool record for the
50m fly with her 27.50 finish in
the preliminaries, which she then
broke with a time of 27.02 in the
finals, setting a new CIS record.
She had held the previous CIS
record as well. UBC's Nicholls
finished fourth; Miller came in
sixth.
University of Calgary swimmers took silver and bronze in
the 400m freestyle, with T-Bird
Ivanitz finishing just out of the
medals.
Annamay Pierse's record-setting performance in the 200m
breaststroke put her atop the
podium on Friday night, with
McCabe of UBC in second behind
her. UBC's Hanna Pierse and
Haylee Johnson finished fourth
and fifth, respectively.
Near the end ofthe day, Nicholls hauled in another gold for the
T-Birds in the 50m freestyle.
The UBC 800m freestyle relay
team finished second to the Calgary Dinos, with the University of
Alberta coming in third to head
into the final day of competition just 56 points ahead of the
Dinos.
Saturday  not  only  brought
the hoisting of the trophy, but
also another record for Annamay
Pierse, who set the new CIS mark
in the preliminaries of the 50m
breaststroke. In the final, she finished first, followed by two Dinos
swimmers, with T-Bird Johnson
in fourth.
In the 800m freestyle, UBC's
Ivanitz finished second to Calgary
Dino Kevyn Peterson.
UBC swimmer Rachelle
Salli came in second in the 200m
backstroke, sandwiched between
Calgary swimmers Katy Murdoch
in first and Jessika Craig in third.
Jennifer Carroll set a second
UBC Aquatic Centre pool record
in the 100m freestyle finals
with a time of 55.55. Nicholls
of UBC and Kevyn Peterson of
Calgary rounded out the medal
placements.
Annamay Pierse collected yet
another gold in the 200m individual medley, with sister and
teammate Hanna snagging the
bronze. Calgary's Eliza Hendrick
won silver.
The 400m medley relay was
a triumphant finish to a winning
weekend, with the UBC women
besting the University of Calgary
team to finish the night on a high
note. ^
2008 CIS women's
swimming team results
1. UBC Thunderbirds 704
2. Calgary Dinos 647
3. Laval Rouge et Or 307.5
4. Victoria Vikes 297
5. Toronto Varsity Blues 264.5
6. Alberta Pandas 236.5
7. Guelph Gryphons 193
8. Western Ontario Mustangs       114
9. Dalhousie Tigers 95.5
10. McMaster Marauders 95
Men Swimmers take second in CIS for first time in 11 years
With loss of top
swimmers T-Birds
slip to second; Ng top
swimmer in meet
by Leslie Day
Sports Writer
The University of Calgary men's
swim team, after finishing
second to UBC for the past 10
years, vaulted past the defending
champions Saturday to win the
CIS championships men's title,
relegating the T-Birds squad to
second place.
Calgary Dino coach Mike
Blondal was named Men's Coach
of the Year, while T-Bird swimmer Callum Ng took the Outstanding Male Swimmer title for
the second time. He also won the
title in 2005-06, the season after
winning male Rookie ofthe Year
honours.
The Dinos beat the T-Birds
with a score of 760-586.5.
While Ng and his teammates
swam well, the team's loss of
Brian Johns, an Olympian and
OKER CHEN PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Men dive in to begin the 1500m freestyle.Thunderbirds Malcolm Lavoie
and Sandy Lockhart(in the middle of the pool) took the top two spots with
Lavoie setting the pool record. The Dinos won by 173.5 points over UBC.
one of the most decorated CIS
athletes ever, was too big to keep
the team on top. In addition,
Scott Dickens and Matt Hawes
decided to forgo their year of eligibility to focus on the Olympics
in Beijing this summer.
They are both considered to
be some of the top swimmers
in the country and serious contenders in Beijing. However,
without them UBC was left with
only 12 swimmers compared
to Calgary's 18, allowing more
points for Calgary.
"We knew it was going to
be rough," said coach Derrick
Schoof. "We just ran out of
swims."
UBC's solid performances
from several swimmers kept the
team in second place ahead of
the hard-charging University of
Laval Rouge et Or.
"On an individual, personal
standing, we competed as the
best," Schoof said. "We're always
going to be at the top, but we're
in a rebuilding phase right now.
It happens for every team, and
it's our turn."
When asked about swimmers
new to the team this year, and the
prospect of new recruits coming
in to round out the young team,
Schoof replied, "they proved to
themselves that they're ready to
do this. They're T-Birds now—it
takes a year."
Chad Hankewich of the University of Calgary set a new CIS
record in the 100m free with a
time of 49.12 seconds, beating
the mark he set lastyear by 0.02
seconds. He also took the top
spot on the podium in the 200m
and 400m free events. UBC's Ng
set pool records in winning both
the 50m and 100m backstroke
finals, breaking two of his own
previous records in the process.
In the 1500m freestyle race,
two Thunderbirds took the top
two spots, with Malcolm Lavoie
winning gold and setting a new
pool   record.   Sandy   Lockhart
came in second, nearly three
seconds ahead of bronze-medal
winner Brian Yakiwchuk of the
University of Alberta.
The Dinos relay teams bested
the UBC men in both the 400m
and 800m free, as well as the
400m medley relay.
While some Thunderbirds
will be celebrating the end of
the university season, many are
looking five weeks down the
road where they will be competing in the Olympic trials April
1-6, 2008.
Next year, the 2009 CIS
Swimming Championship returns to the UBC Aquatic Centre
in February. \a
2008 CIS men's swimming
team results
1. Calgary Dinos
760
2. UBC Thunderbirds
586.5
3. Laval Rouge et Or
490.5
4. Toronto Varsity Blues
341
5. Montreal Carabins
242.5
6. Alberta Golden Bears
197.5
7. Dalhousie Tigers
137
8. Guelph Gryphons
126
9. Victoria Vikes
113
10. Ottawa GeeGees
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Carbon tax must be felt for it to work
In a move long called for by our
green idols David Suzuki and
Al Gore, the BC government
announced last Tuesday that the
province would be imposing a carbon
tax on gasoline, diesel, natural gas,
coal, propane, and home heating fuel.
The rate starts this year at $5 a ton,
and is slated to increase to $30 a ton
by 2012.
Depending on driving habits and
home heating systems, the tax will
likely cost BC residents between $20
and $ 100 per year, increasing to
between $ 120 and $600 by 2012.
By any reasonable standard, this
is a timid move by the government.
In order to ratify the Kyoto
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change scientists regard as only a
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drop its emissions by 20 per cent by
2012. In other words, serious change
is needed if we are going to tackle
climate change in any real way. Gas
prices have risen by 70 per cent
over the past decade. 43 per cent of
gasoline prices are already due to tax.
Does anyone really believe that an
additional one to six per cent increase
from this "new" tax is really going to
cause anyone's behaviour to change?
Sweden, that lovable European
quasi-socialist state whose carbon
tax model is used as evidence by
proponents ofthe scheme, started
its carbon tax system in 1991 with a
$ 100 tax. The country however, found
that even that level didn't produce
the desired results and bumped it to
$150 in 1997. Only by making it large
enough can a carbon tax be expected
to have a tangible impact on the habits of consumers.
Proponents ofthe new tax would
argue that this is a needed step in the
right direction, but what has been
announced thus far by the Campbell
government hardly qualifies as much
more than greenwashing steps—the
kind that make us feel better without
actually doing anything.
The government has stated that
this new tax will be a revenue neutral
move. All revenue generated by the
tax is to be returned by the government in the form of individual and
business tax cuts, as well as a one
time $ 100 voucher for all BC residents. In essence, the government
is penalizing those who use more
carbon than the average citizen, and
doing so in the form of tax savings to
those who consume less.
It successfully alleviates the guilt
of people who are driving since now
they are paying into some mysterious carbon tax that will help them
believe they are making a difference
in the world. We'll call it The Prius
Effect. And because it is tax neutral, it
doesn't actually increase the government's ability to fund programs that
would make a positive effect on the
environment.
If we want people to give up
cars, let's see more money for
transit. TransLink's service to UBC is
notoriously overburdened, and the
proposed SkyTrain line to UBC seems
like nothing more than a pipe dream
that won't be serving students until
most of us are middle-aged alumni.
Where is the support for transit that
could actually reduce the polluters of
our campus?
Regardless, the government has
shown us that, very mildy, it will use
the stick on the global warming front.
Let's make sure that the government
focuses on the carrots. Transit and
research are the two areas that we
would like to see the government
focus strongly on.
We've been given a small carbon
tax and only a small carbon tax.
Maybe the provincial government is
sincere in its attempts to clean up the
planet. Maybe, with an election 15
months away, it is little more than an
attempt to bribe eco-conscious voters
with a $ 100 voucher. Will the carbon
tax help? Perhaps. Will it change the
climate and eliminate our dependence on the steel dragon? Probably
not. But it does make us, the people,
feel like we are doing something as
we drive our SUVs down the street.
If we as a society truly want to curb
global warming, then we should be
willing to be inconvenienced much
more than a few extra dollars at the
pump. "O
ilTREETERS
Streeters is a twice weekly column
in which students are asked a
question     pertinent     to     UBC.
See all their full comments online at www.ubyssey.ca
What do you think of the new library?
Seetha Bhagavatula
Life Science 2
"It was really
wonderful—there
was a lot of light
and everything."
Nadia Chana
Music 4
"I've noticed that
a lot more people
are talking in there.
Maybe it's the lack
of books."
Rachel Smith
Geography 2
"I think it would be
really good for group
study—it had a really good
atmosphere for that."
Iris Cheung
Political science 4
"It's more comfortable than the hard
chairs. The couches
upstairs are nice."
Aaron Pante
Biology 5
"It's not as quiet as
Id like it to be, but
it's still pretty good."
Letters
Liberals aren't all that
I read your coverage of Stephane Dion's visit to
UBC with interest. Not that I find Dion interesting—his speeches are painful to listen to, and
at (most) times woefully incomprehensible.
What I find interesting is the attempt by the
Liberal party to brand themselves as the party
of action on climate change, on post-secondary
education, and the other issues important to
students. The sad fact is that the Liberals were
in power for thirteen years—tenyears with Dion
in cabinet, including a stint as Minister of the
Environment. In that time, transfer payments
to the provinces for things like health and
education were slashed, and Canada's carbon
emissions record was one of the worst in the
industrial world.
Clearly the Conservatives aren't doing any
better, but instead of taking their role as Official Opposition seriously, the Liberals have
given Stephen Harper carte blanche by abstaining from important votes, just because they're
not ready for an election.
The article suggests that other candidates in
the Vancouver Quadra by-election start courting
the student vote. In January, NDP leader Jack
Layton was on campus (for the third time in
three years) with NDP candidate Rebecca Coad,
and they spoke to a packed room of interested
students. Rebecca has had an information table
in the SUB, as well as in residence commons
blocks. This by-election is a unique opportunity
for students to send a message while the whole
country is watching, by voting for the party that
best advocates for action on the issues that matter to them. With no incumbent MP, it is a wide
open race, and I look forward to watching how
it plays out.
Mitch Wright
Arts I
-Coordinated by Jordan Chittley, Champange Choquer, and Joe Rayment
Over-use of chemicals is no way to be a man
Re: "Metrosexuality: Why so emasculating?"
(RANT!, Feb. 15):
As if heading to the tanning spa is not harmful enough, since WWII the increase in use of
cosmetics has been paralleled by an increase
in cancers. What's ironic is that while women
should now be cutting back on primping products, men are now increasing use.
Just about the time Gloria Steinem was
burning her bra for equal rights, the advertising and cosmetics industries kicked into high
gear enticing women to spend even more time
away from competing with men in professions
opening up to them. Conspiracy? Why would
men now want to lose more time by increased
primping?
As well, worldwide, billions of tonnes of toxins end up in the environment from the manufacture, use of and showering off of cosmetics,
hair gels, shampoos, and soap.
Cancer mortality has risen from five per
cent of Canadian deaths a hundred years ago
to 25 per cent today. Overall, lifetime cancer
rates for Canadians have doubled since 1960.
Petroleum products and derivatives in primping products are known carcinogens. It's hard
not to see a connection.
Other studies as well have shown that there
is a growing level of defective sperm and low
sperm counts in men since WWII. It's hard
not to see a connection here as well. Does that
mean that metrosexual males with their primping will be a dying breed before the trend even
gets going? Speaking of dyeing, it's one of the
causes of deadly, small organ cancers, but that
doesn't mean men have to start dyeing and dying as much as women.
Woah! What's that you write in to rebut?
There are organic, eco-friendly, healthy products! Most aren't, but go on...keep fooling
yourselves.
Lance Read
UBCAlumnus
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Letters
New centre would benefit from
having art
As the scaffolding comes down
and the full splendour of the new
Ike Barber Learning Centre is
revealed, it is a truly remarkable
addition to the University of British Columbia.
We are fortunate to have patrons ofthe University such as Mr
Barber who step forward to provide funding for such important
public facilities. On behalf of the
graduate students at UBC, I would
like to thank Mr Barber and his
family for their generous gift
to UBC. We have also benefited
from funding from the provincial
government for this project and
thanks should also go to the people of British Columbia for their
generosity as well. The upgraded
Main Library is considered the
third finest and most important
library in Canada, next to the National Library of Canada and the
Library of Parliament.
The space surrounding the
renovated main library beckons
for completion. To complete the
Ike Barber Learning Centre the
University of British Columbia
should establish an open-air
sculpture gallery in the park area
west of and surrounding the new
building.
Vancouver may well become
the Florence of the 21st century
and such a beautiful sculpture gallery would be a draw for international visitors for many centuries
to come, and would complement
the UBC anthropology museum.
Such an open air sculpture
gallery should feature works by
young and upcoming Canadian
artists and be planned on a scale
comparable to the sculptures galleries found in the city of Florence,
the heart of the Renaissance, or
the Metropolitan Museum in New
York, or the Cantor Museum at
Stanford.
If I can be bold and suggest
the first sculpture should be that
of the three graces, Grace, Hope,
and Charity, representing virtue,
knowledge, and understanding—
the virtues of a liberal democratic
society. And perhaps three pear
trees to provide shade and fruit
for scholars and students who
study here at UBC for centuries to
come.
A sculpture of the Rt. Hon.
Pierre Trudeau, in commemoration of the repatriation of Canada's constitution and the Charter
of Rights and Freedoms, would
also be grand.
Patrick Bruskiewich
PhD Candidate-Physics
Correction
In the brief "Africa Awareness Week a
Success" (News [Feb. 12th]), the Ubyssey
implied that the World University Service
of Canada's UBC chapter sponsors only
students from Africa to come to UBC. In
fact, the organization helps refugees who
are students from around the world to
come to Canadian universities, including
UBC.
CAMPUS & COMMUNITY PLANNING
Transportation Open House
Update on the
Strategic Transportation Plan, Transit,
and Campus Traffic Calming Projects
Thursday, March 13, 2008
1:30 pm-7:30 pm
Student Union Building Concourse
6138 Student Union Boulevard
For directions to the Student Union Building,
go to www.maps.ubc.ca
For further information, contact
Dianna Colnett (Manager, Consultation) at
604-822-4682 or dianna.colnett@ubc.ca.
planning, ubc.ca     universitytown.u bc.ca
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Celebrates St. David's Day
A Scholarship Fundraiser Sponsored by the
UBC Faculty Women's Club
Celebrating 90 years of Service to the UBC Community
Saturday, March 1, 8:00 pm
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
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Tickets: $20
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BOMBAY BLACK
An Arts Club Theatre Company presentation of a Cahoots Theatre Projects production
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BOmbay   BlaCk by Anosh Iran,
Now playing to March 15, 2008 GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE A
"To fall in love, we must fall into the sea. Are you in the
mood to do something dangerous?" In present-day Bombay,
a beautiful dancer casts an erotic spell over her clientele until
a bewildering stranger reveals a secret that jeopardizes their
lives. Vancouver-based and nationally renowned writer
Anosh Irani weaves realism with magic, searing the
imagination with his captivating tale of seduction, betrayal,
and that leap of faith called love.
"Sensuous, lyrical, mysterious, sordid, grotesque,
romantic and highly emblematic..."
—GLOBE AND MAIL
"Intrigue, betrayal, love and seduction. This month's
most riveting watch on Mumbai's theatre
circuit is Bombay Black."
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FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT
I believe that stories are given
to writers. We do not choose
stories. They come to us in
dreams, or as voices in our
heads, roaring, full of fire,
challenging us to take
them on.
When Bombay Black began,
all I had was a young woman
dancing in an apartment by
the sea. Her dance was one
of beauty, sweat, and lust,
and everything seemed perfect, except for the blind man
lurking in the shadows. So
I asked myself, "how does a
blind man fall in love with
a dancer?" For more than a
year, I did not write a word.
I kept wondering who this
dancer was, and why a blind
man would pay to watch her.
What did he want from her? I
thought it was love. But once I
started writing, I realized that
a love story is about anything
but love. There is confusion,
pain, anger, revenge—one
has to live in black until that
black is completely consumed.
Perhaps then, with a little nod
from the gods, one can
taste light.      —Anosh Irani
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