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by Ai Lin Choo
itting in her office, surrounded by
stacks of books and papers, Sunera
Thobani looks like any other
professor.
As she sits across from me, crosses her legs
and asks how the traffic was on my way over, I
can't help but wonder if this is the same woman
who has been labelled "hysterical" and a "nutcase" in the past three weeks.
Cheerful and composed, Thobani hardly
looks like someone who has been—and still is—
the target of physical threats. And instead of
appearing outraged or discouraged, as I very
much expected her to be, Thobani is incredibly
calm and says she's more motivated now than
she's ever been.
"I would actually call it an experience that
has really strengthened me in my views and in
my politics. It's just reinforced for me the
importance of rejecting responses which are
really designed to uphold the status quo," said
the UBC women's studies professor.
Even though she admits that she was taken
aback by the amount of attention her speech
generated, she says that she has not taken any of
the attacks personally. She says that, in a way,
she wasn't surprised at the concern generated
by her speech, as she thinks the resulting media
frenzy was used as a forum to discuss Canada's
role in the war. She believes that this is one of
the main reasons stories are still being published about her.
"People might oppose the war for a whole
number of reasons and I think there needs to be
a climate in which people can actually voice
their concerns and be treated intelligently. So, if
anything, this has really just taught me the critical need for public debate, for public forums,
because there's a lot of anxiety they feel about
this as well And on top of that if they feel they
can't speaker they're going to be vilified if they
speak, I think it just feeds the anxiety, it just
feeds fear in our society," she said.
Thobani came under heavy public criticism
after delivering a speech at a Woman's
Resistance Conference in Ottawa on October 1.
Speaking out against violent US retaliation to the
September 11 attacks in New York and
Washington, Thobani referred to US foreign policy as "soaked in blood' and said that "there can
be no women's emancipation—in fact no liberation of any kind for women will be sucessful
unless it seeks to transform the fundamental
divide between the North and South, between
Third World people and those in the West who
are now calling themselves American."
Since then, Thobani has been caught in a
nation-wide furor that has condemned her_
speech as "hateful,' "disgraceful" and "anti-
Western."
"I think, personally, I've been viUified, but
that really is a strategy that's been used for. a
very long time by the powers that need to silence
people who don't agree with them and who are
actually interested in mobilising people to
oppose their policies, so I think it's a really old
strategy," she said.
Thobani explained that the motivation
behind her speech included considerations of
the threats facing women around the world,
adding that she felt that it was an appropriate
forum to talk about what the war would mean
for women and how it would increase violence
against them on a global level
. Before the conference, Thobani said she felt
sure that the US would resort to military retaliation in response to public outcry and hysteria,
and that she felt it was important to discuss the
issue before the US actually made a decision to
attack Afghanistan.
"So if we want to talk about timing, what
would be the right timing? After Afghanistan has
been destroyed? After everybody in Afghanistan
has been killed? Would that have been the
appropriate time? I think the appropriate time
was then, to debate this, to discuss Canada's role
before any bombing started."
On a personal level, Thobani says that the
amount of hate mail and threats she's received
so far have definitely affected her. This is something she's never experienced before in her life,
she said, and is shocked about how explicit
some of the threats have been.
"I've had threats as direct as people saying
'We know where you live. We know where you
go. We know where you go to eat We're going to
get you'. It's been as direct as lhat Other people
say that We wish you'd go to Afghanistan and be
beheaded,' and, 'I hope that in your next lifetime
you're born as a woman in Afghanistan and I
hope your next lifetime comes really soon," she
said.
Thobani seems incredibly calm and composed for someone whose life has been placed
at risk, and even smiles while explaining the
content of some of the mail she's received.
"I think by now I probably know every single
word there is in the English language for
women's bodily parts, so that's the kind of hate
mail I have been receiving."
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Women's Studies Professor Sunera Thobani has been the subject of public criticism over the past three weeks, nic fensom photo
But when asked about the hate crime complaint that has been filed against her, Thobani
tenses up and anger fills her voice.
"Well, I think it's baseless. I think it has no
merit and I think lots of people, legal experts,
have said that this is a baseless complaint, but I
don't know if that will be enough for the complaint to be dropped against me," she said.
Thobani then goes on to explain her frustration with the RCMP. She is still obviously angry
that the complaint was made public and says
that even though the RCMP reasoned that the
complaint was made public out of concern for
her safety, Thobani insists that she had never
asked for their protection and that she should
have therefore been consulted.
RCMP Corporal Michael Labossierre, the
RCMFs designate on the BC hate crime unit,
informed two Vancouver Sun reporters about
the hate crime complaint last week. Labossierre
said that his decision to make the complaint
public was to show that majority groups can also
be targets of hate, thereby disputing the usually
held belief that hate is promoted against visible
minorities. The next day, Labossierre released a
public apology and called his comment
"unguarded."
But Thobani emphasises that despite the
negative reactions to her speech, she does not
want to downplay the amount of support that
has been offered to her. She says that not only
has her immediate family been great but she
has also received tremendous support she's
been receiving from faculty members, students
and members of the general public as well
"A lot of people are very concerned with what
this means for us and a lot of people feel like
they have no role in being able to influence the
public debate about Canada's role in this war.
The support that I'm receiving shows to me how
critical the need is and how urgently people feel
that they want to talk about this," she said.
Books, articles and small gifts are just some
examples of the ways people have been showing their support says Thobani She also feels
that she felt it is important to mention that
many members of the public who don't agree
with some parts of her analysis, but want to
have intelligent discussions about the war, have
also offered their support
Thobani, however, admits that this has been
an extremely stressful period of time for her
See "Thobani" on page 2. '■tfh
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family, and glances at a framed picture of her 16-year-old daughter
while explaining that her immediate
family has, nonetheless, never faltered in their support of her.
"I mean it's been a real learning
lesson for [my daughter] to find out
how women of colour are seen and
treated in this countiy. It's been a
real learning lesson for a lot of her
friends as well because it's sparked
such racism and sexism in some sectors of the media and I think that for
these young kids, for teenagers of
today, it's really showing them what
kind of society they actually live in
and what the risks are for speaking
out,* she said.
Similarly, Thobani says that her
women's studies students have been
asking the same questions and said
that
"They're searching for those
voices which are sometimes allowed
to break through this otherwise
male-dominated discussion about
really important politics that women
are not supposed to concern themselves with."
While Thobani initially requested
security during her class to ensure
the safety of her students, she says
that she doesn't think safety is a concern any longer. So far, none of her
students have reported claims of
harassment
Both UBC students and faculty
have shown tremendous support for
Thobani over the past three weeks
and in an interview conducted on
October 4, Tineke Hellwig, chair of
the women's studies program, said
that the department fully supports
the professor.
UBC students have also organised
in support of her and have helped to
advertise a Canadian Federation of
Students online message board
where about 500 people have signed
their names in solidarity with the
professor.
"I think [the experience] has really taught me the importance of continuing to speak out and the importance of feminists carrying on and
doing the work that they have been
doing in the women's movement for
a long time. If anything, this has
shown me how critical the need is
for feminists across the country to
keep doing the work they do and to
try and create space for an intelligent discussion of many of the critical issues we face in the world
today," Thobani said.
She added that while some people
have questioned the strength of the
language she used in her speech, she
feels the words chosen were carefully
and deliberately picked. She criti
cised the way people are taught to
use neutral language when discussing foreign policy. She gave the
example of the phrase "collateral
damage' and pointed out that when
people die, the damage done is much
deeper.
"These are actual human beings
who get bombed, and who bleed
when they die...and I think for us,
who are being made complicit in
these politics, we should really have a
good sense of what these policies look
like from the ground and I think it
forces us to recognise the human
costs of policies like this. So I mink
that the language I used is extremely
important to me. I mean I don't use
these words lightly. I choose them
very carefully and I think that we really need to be aware of the profound
human costs of these policies," she
said.
Thobani also asserted that it was
an "unjustifiable" distortion to run a
couple of sentences, completely out
of context repeatedly, in the news,
and called for a greater amount of
democracy in our media.
She said that she felt more visibility had to be given to the numerous
vigils, rallies and protests that are
being held across Canada to capture
dissenting voices in the country,
adding that with the increasing number of people being killed in
Afghanistan, she is certain that antiwar sentiments are going to get
stronger.
"The media must hold opposing
views and we don't have that in
Canada. If anything, this experience
has taught me how seriously the
media controls all the places of public expression and debate and how
vicious it can get" she said.
"The thing that has made me
stop and think is the extent to which
people in this country feel silenced
by the way the media has been treating this issue. I mean, I didn't
realise that people felt just so marginalised by this and, you know,
these are mainstream people, people who have been phoning me.
They're not people of colour, they're
also men," she said.
When asked if she would do it all
over again, Thobani instantly replied
"absolutely," and explained that, all
in all, this has been an "empowering"
experience for her.
"I feel I have nothing to hide. My
speech is out there for everybody in
the world to look at—it's readily available—and I would say the same
things again tomorrow because I
have nothing to hide," she said.
"I think it's just really critical for
more of us to stand up and oppose
this war, and say that it shouldn't
happen; not in our name." ♦
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Sports
Friday. Qetoeer 19.2001
by Julia Christensen _
UBC has three solid QBs, but which one will take the lead?
Calling this year's season 'tough' for the
Thunderbirds football team would be a
bit of an understatement A 1-5 standing in the Canada West conference with only
two games remaining in league play leaves
things looking a little bleak. With such tremendous pressure to pull it out of the hole and
make the playoffs, you'd think players might be
caving. And with the unusual quarterback situation on the team this year, the ones to cave
would probably be the quarterbacks.
Much of the pressure sits on Rob Kenney's
and Zack Silverman's shoulders. The season
has not been terribly happy for either of them
so far. Friends on and off the field, this season
they find themselves vying for starting spot
and both are under a lot of heat. And then
there's Troy Therrien. A transfer from SFU,
he's not eligible to play this year, but he's red-
shirting. And next summer at training camp, it
won't just be Kenney and Silverman battling it
out for starting position—Therrien will surely
be thrown into the mix. While there might be
a million reasons why competition for such a
position is good for the team, it's pretty tough
on the guys in question.
For the past few years, Shawn Olson has
been running a one-man show. Last year was
Olson's final year of eligibility. 26 years old,
with five years of play with the Birds under his
belt, Olsen ieft the team, leaving Kenney (20
years old in his second year with the team)
and Silverman (23 years old in his first year
with the team) scrambling to pick up where he
left off. Kenney may have been more knowledgeable with the team's offensive strategy
and with the way things run at UBC, but he didn't have much experience actually playing in
university-level games. And Silverman, a
recruit from the CJFL, had a copious amount
of playing time, but at the junior level. And he
had never played a game with the Birds.
Going into the season, it looked like Kenney
would have the starting spot In fact, he did for
the first game of the season against the
Saskatchewan Huskies. But after Kenney
threw three interceptions and received one
intentional grounding penalty, he lost the
starting spot Their second game of the season, against the Calgaiy Dinos, Silverman
started and the Birds lost 34-28 in overtime.
Kenney was second-string.
'It's a tough situation/ Kenney admits.
"Obviously it was my first game and it takes
a while to settle down...It was my first game
playing in the [CIS] and I was expecting to
do well but at the same time, I realised it
wouldn't be the best game I'd play. But it
would have been nice to maybe have been
given a game or two more just to settle
down but...it's an eight-game season. It's not
that long, so you have to try and do what's
best for the team. The coaches figured that
giving Zack a chance would pull us out of the
hole."
The first game was also a wake-up call for
the coaching staff, says Thunderbirds head
coach Jay Prepchuck.
"We knew there was going to be some
growing pains and I think part of it has
been, well...we were trying to run the same
type of offence that we had last year with
Shawn [Olson] and obviously Shawn had
more experience...We have a lot of confidence in both Rob and Zack...But for now we
know that Rob's inexperience and Zack's
inexperience have obviously affected our
play during the year...and we haven't done
what I think we should be doing on offence
because the...inexperience of the quarterbacks has hurt us a bit," he says.
But Prepchuck insists that both Kenney and
Silverman are taking the heat well and are
mamtaining professional attitudes amidst the
pressure.
"I think for both of us, you know, we get our
chance and we go in there and try to do the
best we can and whoever is playing the best,
you know, they're obviously doing the best It's
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE: Thunderbird quarterbacks Zack Silverman, Rob
Kenney and Troy Therrien. NIC fensom photo
tough. But it's never been personal between
the two of us, we get along fine," says Kenney.
Silverman agrees. 'We're athletes and
we're competitors, but the biggest thing is we
both want to win games. Rob and I get along
fine. We're good friends."
Until this past summer, Troy Therrien
played with the Clansmen at SFU.
However, Therrien says that at SFU
he was in a situation where he "wasn't really
happy." Prepchuck was sitting in his office one
day this summer when Therrien walked in
and said he wanted to transfer to UBC and play
for the Thunderbirds.
Having Troy transfer to UBC "was a
tremendous delight* Prepchuck says. "Troy,
I've known him for a lot of years and he's just
been fabulous, even though he hasn't been
able to play which is really...too bad because
he's a very good player but.. .he's really worked
hard to help make our team better."
Red-shirting this season is worth it, says
Therrien, who feels he is a much better situation here than he would have been if he'd
stayed at SFU. Rather than get down on the fact
that he is ineligible to play this year due to his
transfer status, he's looking at the season as
an opportunity to improve his abilities as both
a leader and a player of the game.
"Right now, I'm trying to take the role of
helping to mature the younger guys who are
on the scout team...If I am taking a leadership
role and doing the things that make other guys
respect me like running and taking hits and
stuff like that, it'll help me in the future,"
Therrien says.
When asked where his strengths he as a
quarterback, Therrien gets a little bashful.
After all, he must be really talented for Kenney
and Silverman to both admit that Therrien will
give them a run for their money in training
camp next summer when he is no longer red-
shirting.
"Troy has always been the textbook quarterback. He's got the perfect throwing form,
he's a natural leader, he's an incredibly smart
guy. I'm worried, actually, for next year. He's
going to challenge [Zack and me] and it's too
bad he can't play this year with all the eligibility stuff but you know, I'm glad to have him on
my team," says Kenney.
y-mhis season has been particularly
I bizarre for Rob Kenney. Of the three
.,—-JL quarterbacks, Kenney is the only
one with previous experience with the
Thunderbirds. And he's the only one who
knows how the team played when it was still
full of veterans.
"We lost a lot of our fifth-year guys lastyear
and that's tough...They're the kind of guys you
look towards for leadership...It's a lot harder
to be a role model for the new guys when
you're only a couple of years older than them,"
he says.
The competition around the starting spot
has been hard on Kenney, who came into the
season expecting to start
'It's very tough...You have to put your own
personal preferences and your own wants
aside and look at what's best for the team.
Whether or not it actually is best for the team,
that's tough to see, but you have to trust in the
coaches' decisions and assume that what
they're saying is what's going to be good for
the team and just go with it," he says.
Like Therrien, Kenney is also modest about
his abilities on the field. "I think I have more
actual tools, you know. I'm taller and I've got a
kind of stronger arm and stuff like that," he
says.  He's got a kind of stronger arm?
Someone is being a little too modest here.
Therrien puts it a little differently. "Last
semester, I was training with the team at
Stanford and Stanford has some really great
players, but I think Rob has the strongest arm
of anyone I've ever seen. I mean his physical
ability is amazing. He's accurate and he
throws the ball really well," he says.
Things have turned around a bit in recent
games for Kenney. He started in the Shrum
Bowl, Prepchuck was pleased with Kenney's
play—so pleased, in fact, he kept Kenney on
the field for the entire game and sent him out
again for the whole game last week against
Saskatchewan. .__-
Zack Silverman had a great season last
year. As starting quarterback with the
Okanagan Sun, Silverman led the
team to their win at the CJFL national championships last year. Coming from a situation
where he was an established starter, the competition for the spot this year is a bit strange
for Silverman. The 1-5 standing is also tough
to swallow.
"Well, obviously it's been really frustrating," he says. "I've lost more games this year
than I've lost in the last three years combined
and that has been difficult to take because it's
supposed to be moving up a level."
"The funny thing for me adjusting as a 23-
year-old rookie is the fact that I...graduated a
year ahead of one of our fifth-year
captains...but I'm a! rookie. That's hard. It's
just different and you sort of have to feel your
place on the team. Because I feel as an older
player who's had a lot of experience and won
national championships and won big games
that I'm sort of supposed to take on a leadership role and at the same time I'm still a rookie, so I'm supposed to be humble," Silverman
says, laughing.
Silverman's strength as quarterback, both
Kenney and Therrien agree, is his mental
game.
"Zack is a really smart, patient quarterback
and he's good at making the right decisions
and hitting the open guy," says Therrien.
Having a young team has been challenging, but the Birds are staying
positive and are optimistic that they
still might make the playoffs.
"I like to think we can't get any worse,"
says Silverman. "I can't imagine. I mean,
for him personally, I know that all the adversity I've been through this year and...the
million things going on and learning new
things, it can only get better. And I think
that we'll only be stronger for the adversity
in the future."
Silverman adds that the rest of the team
has been incredibly supportive of both he and
Kenney, recognising the difficulty of the situation. But all three quarterbacks admit a sense
of urgency within the team, as their chances at
making the playoffs become more and more
slim.
Tonight, the team will play Calgary in the
Thunderbird Stadium and an incredible
amount rests on this game. If they win, they
might make the play-offs. If they don't, well,
then they don't Pretty simple. A lot is riding
on Kenney, especially, who will be starting
tonight Yet even though the Birds lost their
first game against Calgary this season,
Silverman is very optimistic that it won't happen again.
"Our defence has improved a million times
since [the first game against Calgary]. I think
they'd tell you they were disappointed with
their performance...And we were on the road
with a young team playing on turf which
makes a slight difference. Now we're going to
be at home in front of our fans, no travel, we
get the big bench so we get 45 extra players or
whatever instead of 36...and it makes a big difference. I mean, we certainly expect to win
that game." ♦ AIFriday. October IS. 2001
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Swann goes the distance
      "  by Kate ingrain
Sarah Swann is UBC cross-country's new secret weapon.
In person, the calm first-year student hardly looks intimidating. But on the race course, Swann seems to be leaving
more and more of her competitors choking on dust
Swann looks like your typical 18-year-old first-year student with a wide-eyed look and winning smile. She's
stressed about her midterms -and excited about all the
new people she is meeting at her Carey Hall residence.
But that's where the similarities end. She entered UBC
with a 9 7 per cent average and unlike many first-year students who go crazy with their newfound freedom and
have trouble making it to class, Swann pulls straight As
almost effortlessly in her first-year Science courses. She
hasn't decided on a major, but is considering trying for
medical school
Besides her smarts, Swann poses quite a threat on the
race course and heads out to pound the pavement six days
a week. When asked how she is handling the transition
from high school to universiiy with daily training, she
said, "It's not much harder than high school and my time-
management is good.* She clearjy has it together both on
and off the course.
With only a month and a half of school under her belt,
Swann has been busy...and successful. She started the
year off with a bang at the Sundodger Invitational in
Seattle, finishing 28th out of almost 300 other competitors—the top finish on ihe women's tram At
the Willamette mutational in Oregon she
made the women's second best finish
46th out of 388. With her help, her
team has made significant strides
within the competitive NAIA. Out of
the 226 teams in the NAIA, 'his year,
the women's team is ranked 13 th,
the first time they've broken into
the top 25 since they joined ihe ,
NAIA three years ago Swann was no *
doubt instrumental in their succe ss.
With phenomenal grades and a*h-
letic prowess, Swain could ha\e had
her pick of full-scholarship oilers
from American schools, but instead   ■
she chose UBC. The University
of Tulsa,  in  Oklahoma, * \
offered her a full scholarship last sprinu.
but Swann decided it was best for
her to continue
running    with
her club coach ' •   i
Marek     *.l
Jedrzejek, v bo
also   coaches
UBC's   cross ;
country team ,
"US coach-;
es just wart
to push as "
much out of,
you as thtyj
can, and can j
over-train;
young ath-1"
letes to the •
point of;
burnout
where as ;
M a r e k
understands'
the limits of 3
athletes with regards to injuries and such," she said. UBC's
academic reputation and the thought of leaving her incredibly supportive family and also swayed her decision.
Although Swann has been running with the UBC team
for two years through her high school club, she still feels
that she is a rookie. It's something that often puts pressure on athletes because they feel they must prove themselves to older team members and coaches.
Field Hockey
With a five-point lead in ihe Canada
West Standings, the undefeated
women's field hotkey team sails lo
Victoria this weekend for Ihe final
Canada West Touxricier.t
Men's tee Hockey
The 0-1-1 men's hockey team Hies to
Calgary to fight She 0-2 Dinos this
weekend. UBC got ojT to a suprising
start when it tied Alberta—who only
lost one game last season.
Soccer
The men's and women's soccer
teams will be playing on the road,
(his weekend against Alberta and
"There is some pressure because I know a lot is expected of me," Swann admits. The runner is also recovering
from a number of injuries from the past year and knows
"that I have to take it easy and not Mil myself."
But Swann seems to fit right in.
"I really like the team thing of university and now
realise that team bonding contributes largely to success. Especially with so many new things going on in
my life, being part of a team is one of the main things
keeping me focused. I find it incredibly motivating for
my training," she said. She feels no pressure in terms
of performance but admits to being fiercely competitive at times. "I get it from my dad" Swann chuckles.
"You have to be competitive to run."
Swarm's potential isn't lost on her teammates.
Women's team captain Heather MacDonald first met
Swann when she was running in Richmond.
"I thought she was pretty fast and was wondering why
she wasn't running with us," she said. MacDonald told her
about Kajaks, Marek Jedrzejek's running club that Swann
went on to join.
Team coach Jedrzejek is also impressed with his
rookie. He has coached Swann for four years and said
that her adjustment to the team and varsity level running was relatively easy despite her injuries. He also
praises Swann on her maturity. "[She is] "incredibly
coachable and has a good work ethic," he said.
One possible explanation for Swann's poise is her
diverse, and far from ordinary, childhood. Swann was
born in Kenya and spent nine years living there with
her l-.\o missionary parents and two brothers.
Surprisingly, Swann did not begin her athletic
- career in Kenya—a country renowned for its long-
t distance runners  Still Swann considers living
j  abroad a positive factor.
*      '[It gave me] a totally different and more
•t rounded pers^ec Live of the world. The people
there are so friendly and differ a lot from North
i Americans. All in all it was really nice living
. there," she said.
After Ken> a, Swann's funily settled in Ontario
, _L where she became actively involved in many sports,
'■» "\ '■nt-l,1^mS inning. She discovered her hidden tal-
j .'•   - eat La Grade 9 when she qualified for
'     \ -      - proviH ial championships. At this
**-> >   \   point '-hat she decided to take
wining more seriously and
began to focus solely on it In
Grade  10 Swann's family
rjoved across the country to
Kidimond, BC. It was here
Lhat   Swann   first   met
Jc\lrzejek and joined his
Kajaks   running    club.
;Vhen   asked   whether
moving around so much
during her youth bothered     her,     Swann
i iMvered: "I wouldn't
c n inge   anything.   I
Lhmk it's a valuable
c vperience."
Her greatest
accomplishment
was finishing fourth
m two events at the
BC High School
Track and Field
Championships.
"Those races
were the highlight
of my personal
life, even though
it doesn't show much," she .said. Swann is also proud of
her 3000m win at the Kajaks Revue, posting a personal
best of 10:13 that she has yet to beat "It just felt great
Everything about the race felt perfect' Swann said.
Looking beyond the NAIA and Canada, the promising runner hasn't ruled out the international scene yet "I would
have to dedicate my life to that and I don't know if I can
do that* Swann said. "I will always run for myself." ♦
Saskaichew^n. Tlie women will aI»o
play Retina on Monday. The women
are tied for second in Canada West,
while ihe men trail behind, tied wi'h
Calgary for fourth phre.
Cro3s-Country
The crosscountry team will compete in the Northw extern College
Eagle Invitational this Saturday in
Kirkland, Washington. Despite the
location, William Shatner will not be
in attendance. ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
News
Friday. October 19.20011
Rash of thefts at UBC's Aquatic Centre
  by Laura Blue
A rash of thefts at the UBC Aquatic Centre is
drawing concerns from community members and Aquatic Centre administrators,
while leaving many students without their
cash, credit cards, glasses and clothes.
According to UBC Aquatic Centre
Manager Chris Neale, although thefts are
not unusual at the pool or anywhere else on
campus, the current rate of theft is the highest the centre has seen in the last three
years. The thefts have occurred mostly near
the weekend—when the pool is busier—in
the men's change room. Thieves have been
cutting and
removing both
locks brought
from home and
those supplied by
the Aquatic
Centre. For the
last few weeks,
there have been
thefts every week.
"We might
have five a week.
We might have
five in a day,"
said RCMP Staff
Sergeant Barry
Hickman.
Aquatic Centre
staff and administrators are
extremely concerned about the
level of theft at
the pool, and say
that they are doing everything they can to
help those who have items stolen.
"My number one priority, of course, is
safety of our patrons and protection of their
valuables and their personal items. And we
don't take something like that very lightly,"
said Neale.
.t-"Of course, a staff member or myself will
attend to [every] situation personally and we
will assist the patron in any way, shape or
form that we can," he said.
Rosemary Ishkanian's two adult sons,
aged 24 and 26, have been robbed three
times in the last month, losing their clothes,
a portable CD player and more than $200 in
cash. The first time the men had their
belongings stolen from the Aquatic Centre
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collect my sons
because they didn't have any pants
to wear...lt was
annoying. It was
irritating...
They've probably
lost close to $1000
worth of stuff in
these thefts/'
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change room, they had not locked their
things up. The second and third times,
however, their locks were removed.
"I had to go and collect my sons
because they didn't have any pants to
wear," Ishkanian said. "It was annoying.
It was irritating."
But Ishkanian says she is more concerned that the thefts seem to be occurring regularly. On each of the occasions
that her sons were robbed, several other
people were affected as well.
"It's not about my family particularly,
even though they've probably lost close
to $ 1000 worth of stuff in these thefts,"
she said.
According to
Neale,       proposed
security measures to
combat thefts at the
Aquatic Centre  are
being kept confidential, but pool administrators are addressing the problem.
"We're    working
very closely with the
Campus Security and
the RCMP, and we're
taking other security
steps,"     he     said.
Administrators from
the pool met with
RCMP officials two
weeks ago and are
scheduled  to  meet
again next week.
But people in the
community are frustrated that the new security measures
aren't being implemented quickly
enough.
"Surely they can be looking at bags, or
they can be checking people that go in
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"If [the Aquatic Centre administrators]
just took some minor modifications and
adjustments, they could reduce their losses
immensely," said Staff Sergeant Hickman.
"We think the thefts arefar too regular
there arid they need to take some preventative measures," he said.
The RCMP has charged one individual
with theft at the Aquatic Centre and has several other suspects. Under the Young
Offenders Act, the name of the charged suspect cannot be revealed.
But while the Aquatic Centre staff is
working to deal with the situation, the
RCMP says it does not have the resources to
make thefts at the pool a priority.
"Am I consumed with this? No, not at
all," said Hickman. "I'm more consumed
with bomb threats, sexual assaults."
The Aquatic Centre is reminding patrons
to avoid bringing valuables with them to the
pool, to use the wallet lockers in the front
area of the Aquatic Centre—where staff can
monitor locker use—and to purchase locks
made of hardened steel if they are bringing
locks from home. ♦ .
New arts space in the works Tax rebate returned
 by Justin Robertson
Ci\ er a \ ear after Arts students
voted for the Arts
L*rsde:-{.^3d-iato Society's {AUS)
Space Frttgramrne. »erinus
'i^jsotatiaiiuns regarding the
rarusirj'-ii'in and nn?intenanre
of i ne.v Arts social opice In
Buihdn>.a are finally set ii
begin
'n * referi udum last
Sepif'pber, 1417 Arts students
v.ited to increase Jv;r fees by
$5 for W years. proviJ-'rig the
AL'S wiih about $5lX),000 to
i-jvaip a ni".v Arts social space
between Bur.haaan 3 and D.
The uiiltrgradiuie society esti-
irtttcs the tost of u'.Urljttii the
new opart? to be between
$600.'10(1 and $700,000, leaving a shortage of between
$100,000 and $200,000 Lhat
ihey are hoping the university
will help to cover.
While negotiations are
behind the AUS project com-
irittee's projections of a year
ago according to both the university and the AUS, the outlook
for the new space is very good.
This project is for real,"
said Executive Coordinator,
Vice-President Students Byron
HeiHer, adding that ihe university has rommiited itself to
improving social space for ail
farul'ics.
"At the lime >>f the referendum, we did agree it was appropriate for us to add to "Jie Arts
students' efforts," he saH. "A
few j e-irs back we did a study to
see in Ahat areas the urdtersity
needed to improve, and s.udent
?w'a] pp«re was one one of the
areas we ftiejid."
Hender said that because
the AUS hadn't jet asked for a
set erwunt of money, he wy»
unable to guarantee a cotmait-
tnent from the '.'nive^iry But
he. added lhat the university is
rurivntly looking for funding
for the Arts project estimating
a contribution of about
$2-30,000.
Other issues to be undertaken in she negotiations include
maintenance of me new space,
and the insurance and liability
of the area.
Aleksandra Brzozowski, a
member of the AUS project
committee, said that the undergraduate society is now able to
table an independent architect's draft for the space.
Brzozowski     said     that
because of the style of.
E'jcha-'ian, which she said was
"one of the best examples of
early raoderr.ism" AMS.
De-signer Michael Kingsmill,
who is working on '.he project,
has had to take extra 'ime in his
prel:m:nary .ie^ijjsis.
But she said that w.-rk is
fxpectel lo progress quickly
this year.
'First ierm was just getting
Jie ur-iveroih' on board, t;e"'££ -
a bssic estimate, showing them ;
the mandate "roni Lh« refert-a-
durn," she said, sajong lh;it next
'.enn the AUS will work on "get
l->.g closer estimates, getting
ihe design board on board, and
a contracting-nut piwedurp,
because tlie project is too big for
Plant Ops."
To ensure Arts students' s
requirements we met by the
new spuce, a plan of ihe space '
will be placed in the A200,
lounge within the next month
or so, where students will be -
able to view the proposed new ,
lounge and offer their input for.
improvements.
Construction on the project
is expected lo begin next sum-'
mer and will luck will be coot'
pleted by fall 2002. ♦
by Darren Stewart
BC Bureau Chief
VICTORIA (CUP)-A BC student has taken
up the premier's offer to send back her
provincial income tax rebate.
In a speech late last month BC
Premier Gordon Campbell said that people unhappy with deep cuts to provincial
taxes could simply send their money
back.
Michelle Kinney, director of services
for the University of Victoria's Student
Association, wrote Campbell a cheque for
$12.25 and asked that it be spent on
post-secondary education, childcare programs and transition house services.
"It's important that Gordon Campbell
understand that a lot of people only supported this tax cut because he said the
tax cut would pay'for itself," Kinney, a
single mother, said to a group oF
reporters who watched her sign the
cheque. "He was wrong, and now he's
going to cut programs and that's not
what people voted for."
Kinney said the amount on the cheque
was how much she saved each month
since the cuts were introduced. But she
added the tax cut was already useless to
her because it put her into a higher
income bracket and forced her to pay
$ 13 more each month in child-care premiums.
She said the cuts to services have
been more drastic than promised in
Campbell's election campaign.
"The cuts to services in the province
have been more dramatic than anybody
talked about," she said.
Kinney admitted it was a symbolic act
and that her tax refund wouldn't make
any difference to the programs being cut.
She said if high-income earners and
corporations were forced to return their
tax rebate, the province would see a significant rise in income.
"Me sending my cheque in won't do
much," she said. "But if [wealthy
Vancouver entrepreneur] Jimmy
Pattison sent his cheque in, then that
would make a difference."
Campbell made the remarks during
a speech to BC's municipal politicians.
He offered to change government policy so people who mail back their tax
money to the finance minister can
decide which ministry or service
receives the funds.
The premier said the tax cut did not
lead to the government's current fiscal
problems and expects that returning
more money to taxpayers will stimulate
the economy.
A spokesperson in the finance minister's office said that the ministry set up
an account for people who want to send
their rebates back. He said the minister's
office has been receiving calls about the
offer but Kinney's cheque was the first to
be sent back, as far as he knew.
He said the government would
ensure the rnoney was allocated appropriately. ♦ [Friday. October 19.2001
Feature
Page Friday-tile Ubyssey Magazine
Friday. October 19.2001
7
UBC v
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 by Kathleen Peering
Compared to other Canadian universities, UBC is successfully providing a sustainable campus for
future students.
This is the message that UBC
Student Environment Centre
(SEC) member Greg Amos
brought back from Halifax this
week, after attending the
Sustainable Campuses
Conference last weekend, an
event which brought together
about 50 students from schools
across Canada.
'UBC is seen as a bit
of a leader in sustainability," Amos said.
"[This is] partly
because we're such a
large university, but
also due to our environment [In the winter] we can grow things
on campus, compost
and ride bikes." 	
Many   groups   on AMOS
campus deserve
praise, Amos said. The UBC
Campus Sustainability Office
(CSO), which often works closely
with the SEC, strives to minimise
pollution, conserve resources and
reduce waste and has created
numerous programs to achieve
these goals. Founded in 1998, the
CSO is the only one of its kind in
BC.
Freda Pagani, CSO director,
said that many energy-saving programs created by the office will
not only provide a better environ
ment for students and faculty, but
also save money.
For example, under the Elec-
Triek 3A program, lights in aca-
. demic buildings are being retro
fitted, which creates a more comfortable atmosphere for staff and
students. Pagani said that after
seven years, the $4,000,000 loan
needed to do the retrofitting will
be paid by the energy savings.
"There will eventually be a surplus which will be reinvested in
the buildings," she said.
Largely because of the Elec-
Trek   3A  program,   UBC  has
decreased energy usage in academic buildings by 8.5 per cent
in the two years since the CSO
started up. According to the CSO,
the amount of paper consumed,
including paper  towel
and copy paper, has also
been reduced by 4.1 per
cent.  Of course,  most
other universities also
have programs to reduce
paper waste.
"Other universities
have plant operations
and waste management*
Pagani said. "It's hard to
find a campus that doesn't have a recycling plant
in place."
But although Pagani acknowledges the importance of recycling, she considers it less important than other initiatives.
"The top rung of the ladder is
to reduce. The middle is to reuse.
Down at the bottom is recycling.
If you don't use the paper in the
first place, you don't have to reuse
it or recycle it," she said.
More and more campuses,
especially McGill University and
at Mt Allison University, are
focusing on creating sustainable
buildings, said Amos,
"Mt Allison is in the final ~
stages of building an eco-resi-
dence that is entirely sustain
able," Amos said. The building is
built with organic, recycled materials, and has vegetation covering
the whole building. One wall is
slanted at a 45-degree angle;
waste water runs down the wall
where it is filtered and purified
through plant roots, and used to
sustain other vegetation.
UBC is the first university in
North America to boast a composting toilet The toilets in the
C.K. Choi Institute for Asian
Research don't flush with water.
Instead, a stainless steel tube
takes waste, which is 90 per cent
liquid, into a contstructed wetline
where it is purified by microbes
on the roots of plants. This greatly reduces the amount of water
used in the building.
According to Pagani, half of
construction materials for the
C.K Choi Building were reused or
recycled and the other half were
recyclable. The building does not
include suspended ceilings,
paint, carpets or other features
that would prevent it from being
disassembled and the materials
used again for other projects.
Currently, Pagani is working
with the Sierra Youth Coalition to
develop a comprehensive system
to rank universities' performance
on sustainability. This, Pagani
hopes, would encourage prestigious universities such as UBC to
enlarge the scope of their sustainability practices. She guesses,
however, that UBC would rank better than most other universities.
"Many people comment on
how unique we are in the breadth
of our programs. Bottom line: I
suspect we're ahead of any other
university in Canada and many in
the States," she said. ♦
Natural Food Co-op provides alternative
The mandate of the UBC Natural Food Coop (NFC) is
simple: provide cheap organic food to students. Each
week, the organisation, staffed completely by volunteers, searches out the best deals in organic produce
from local wholesalers and posts an order-form on its
website. The club's roughly 100 members can then fill
out the order-form and pick up their food within three
days..
President of the Co-op Anne Rust-D'Eye explains
why organic food is important for sustainability.
"The idea with a lot of organic produce is to mam-
tain a healthy state of affairs that could keep things
growing in perpetuity without undermining the conr
ditions that let it grow in the first place," she said. "But
just because it's organic doesn't mean it's all good.
You can have organic kiwis and avocados, but they're
coming from Hawaii or somewhere else, and you
have to start thinking about the pollution involved in
the transportation and shipping."
Some people argue that if organic food is, in fact
healthier than conventionally grown produce, only
those who can afford to pay the higher price will be
able to enjoy the health benefits. Rust-D'eye says that
these cries of elitism don't really apply to the NFC.
"Because there's such a large group of people making bulk orders, we get extremely reduced prices, and
there's no mark-up. We're not like Capers, where
there's a massive mark-up on your food to pay for the
environment where you're shopping. The whole rear
son why the co-op formed was so students could have
access to affordable organic food," she said.
To sign up for the coop, students can go to the NFC
office from Monday to Friday between 12:30pm-
1:30pm. The office is called the Grub Hub and located
behind the MacMillan Building. Annual membership
is $5 for students. ♦
—GaryMagee
The Issue of
sustainable volunteering      WcltCrling   QBfOB^B   111  th©  SUB
by Anna King
For Dr Rob VanWynberghe, the hardest
thing abouj introducing hands-on learning into his Sociology 100 class was convincing first-year students that volunteer-
- ing wasn't going to kill them.
"Some students were so nervous
when they found out my class wasn't just
going to be listening to me lecture/ the
sessional lecturer in the department of
- anthropology "and sociology said, referring to the two hours per week of volun-
\vr \wk he's requiring his «.ludtpN lo
perf >i m
N'jW, V nWj n'lerghe th.nks, .n >st ol
<he 70 students n his fla^s Oie picit)
p\iued jbo it it
The cla'-s requirement is based o>i a
teaching iiLHernr-il (Wd Sauce
Leaii ng' 'hat niuipcirdles red experi
riie with traditional aiadervc leaching
For tli s da1-', that tneuns parln ipal-pg in
ind studying a s^stPinabihy organisation, then repotting to a class rtebsitp
'1 dit'n't define sust linabdity fur
thorn," VanWynberghe said, "and that
means that students get to define it how-
e\ er '.hey v\ ant'
So far, studen's are volunteering at
ew ryiLiig from Iradilional susta>nabiMy
orga'usalions like Greenpeace and the
David Suzuki Foundation to Planned
Parenthood and an organisation that
helps wild animals injured by skiers at
Grouse Mountain.
Sam Dot king is one stud< ut pleasantly
surprised by her volimtrpr pxj pneni e The
first) oir student is working it the UBC
Farm, which convezts farm lands on rara-
pus into sustainable gardens. In an e mail,
Dockirg wrote that she had ne\ er expected
in introductory sociology class would lead
to working on a farm, but the re&'ilt has
been a ch«snca to see whit the theories of
SListamability look like m practice.
"I think it's a really good idea to get
everyone \olunteering because it gets us
involved m making the community better," she wro'e. "I ha\e benefited from
this already in learning about something
I never would normally ha\e gotten the
chance to learn about *
Enn Bentiey, a teaching assistant for
the class, said programs that requue
service learmng are becoming the noi m
in North American universities
"It used to be just medicine and nursing departments that had experiential
components, but now there are co-ops in
most departments/ she said. "It's
acknowledged that students need experience in their field to be competitive when
they graduate,"
While volunteering, students profile
their organisation along sociological
lines, and, by next spring, will have ,-.
put together a comiTehei-ho   ,,.    *-,*'*¥■'$*   jrY
database on the Internet   * *», ,77'L J   !«   •
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re&ean h ucessible to the public. He envisions the database being more helpful for .
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Tor profit orgiTii'-alions than a string of" -
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John Wulinsky, a professor of literacy r
and technology and Coordinator of the :
PKP, p'linls oat that VanWynberghe's students are perfoi ming a double service for i
their host oiganisabons.
"A w ell indexed database widely acces- .
sible to the public will help these organi- -
sations gain prominence/ he said.
VanW) nberghe, also a post-doctoral
research associate with the on-campus
Sustainable Development Research
Institute, has done similar projects with j
upper-level classes but, to his knowledge, tliis is the first time a UBC class .
has incorporated mandatory volunteer
work.
"It's created a palpable energy in the
class. Students are talking and arguing
about their w ork, it's hot your typical
:nute first-,)ear class any more/
he said ♦
Students were greeted with a graphic demonstration of UBC's waste production as they
arrived at the SUB on Wednesday.
Between 10:00am and 2:00pm, garbage
produced in the building on Tuesday was piled
up in plastic bags on the SUB's south courtyard, as part of Wastefree UBC's Waste Day.
Wislpfteo UBC—a joint project by
e Vnu Mater Society (AMS),
I >iC   Food   Services,   the
Smdent    Environment
Centre   (SEC),   UBC's
Sustainability Office
^'i  \-md    UBC    Waste
'* ■ \ Management    to
.* * * promote sustainability  on   campus—organised
the event "just to
raise  awareness
of   how    much
waste    [students]
ihrow away,"
xplained Gillian
I'an, special projects
coordinator of Waste
Sanr.gement
Waste Day and its exhibits
ere part of the coalition's Waste
Reduction and Student Environment Week, a
series of programs to encourage a sustainable
campus.
According to UBC Waste Management's
1999/2000 annual report, there has been a 51
per cent reduction in per capita waste at UBC
in the last ten years. From 1998/1999 to
1999/2000, there was a three per cent reduction in total landfill waste at UBC—representing 81 tonnes of garbage.
But while the university has made significant
improvements, it also
has many areas in which
it can improve—such as
composting. Currently,
70 per cent of UBC's
waste is made up of com-
postable materials.
Campus groups concerned with sustainability—the Bike Co-op; the
UBC Farm Market; and
Trek UBC, the university's program to meet its
goals for sustainable
transportation on campus—joined Wastefree
UBC at the SUB
Wednesday, setting up
booths to encourage students to think about
waste.
Student reaction to
the display was mixed.
"The demonstration opens up everybody's
eyes. It's about time we change things around
here," said Vicki Powers, a third-year visual
arts student adding that she usually brings her
own cup to school.
But Colin Dido, a third-year political science
student, was less moved.
"Garbage is inevitable. You'll never be able
to get rid of it," he said.
But groups still hope to use this week's
demonstration as a stepping stone for further
progress. There are several other sustainabili-
ty-related events this month at the SUB, including a workshop on recycling and reduction
today, and a contest to paint UBC's dumpsters
later in the month.
YOUR COFFEE CUP HERE: How much of this garbage is yours? nic fensom photo
Organisers of the Sustainability Conference
to be held at UBC this winter also hope this week
will give their event more exposure. Funded by
a grant from UBC's Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Program, the conference is how
in its second year. The conference is designed to
promote an inter-faculty program in sustainability studies, and according to George
Spiegelman, an environmental sciences advisor, is "entirely student-led, student-organized.*
UBC Food Services gave away burgers to
people who had their own containers in order
to promote the university's 'green tax,' a fee
designed to encourage students to use
reusable food containers.
'In AMS-, as well as most UBC Food Service-
run businesses, you get a ten cent discount if
you bring your own cup, or tupperware and
cutlery, or you get charged 10 cents if you need
a styrofoam cup," explained AMS Vice-
President Administration, Mark Fraser, who
chairs the AMS's Impacts Committee, which
examines sustainable practices. "Periodically
throughout the year the AMS businesses also
offer a coffee happy hour, when anyone with
their own cup gets free coffee."
Rebecca Best an executive of the SEC,
wishes more students would take advantage of
this.
"I think one really easy thing for students to
do, is bring a cup or tupperware. They don't
realise its impact" she said. ♦
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S'lJ\ Imp ori
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by Gary Magee
UBC encourages sustainability in res
- ■■.   ■  by Chris Shepherd
How much waste do 4000 UBC students living in residence produce?
A lot So when trying to make UBC more sustainable, targeting the residences are an important place to look.
Seventy per cent of UBC's waste is made up of compostable materials. But students like Alice Miro, the founder and current coordinator
of RezCycle, are trying to change problems like this.
RezCycle, which is trying to promote behaviour that furthers the
cause of sustainability, started with a grant from the Rivershead
Society of British Columbia to purchase 'green kits' used to educate
residents about sustainability.
Recently the program received $ 1000 dollars from the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) Innovative Project Fund to put worm composts in
residence.
"That's called the Wormzy Rez project and we're running it right
now," said Miro.
Wormzy Rez isn't just another cute name. The project involves ten
worm compost units spread between Place Vanier and Totem Park residences. The units are Rubbermaid containers about lmby 1.5m. that
use red wriggler worms to process organic waste.
A similar composting project is being planned for Gage residences.
The project will allow each quad to purchase its own worm-composting
unit
"A worm compost is about $25.1 think it works a bit better because
[students are] buying it, so they're going to appreciate it a bit more,"
said Miro.
And despite the image of rotting waste in a res living room, Miro
says that the composts are quite inconspicious.        '
"They don't smell, so nobody really knows it's a worm compost,"
Miro assured.
RezCycle also concerns itself with energy consumption.
Besides composting and recycling, another front in the sustainability issue is energy consumption. Vanier, Totem, and Gage residences
use steam to heat the buildings and water.
"I think there is a lot of opportunity for saving energy, particularly
heating energy in those [Totem, Vanier and Gage] buildings," said
Jorge Marques, energy M   manager for Land and Building Services.
"We're doing thermal-pane windows in all the residences, which
were all single-pane," said Gerry Harley, associate director for facilities
in Housing and Conferences. "We've done four buildings in Totem and
we've done two towers in Gage, so next year we'll have two more buildings in Totem and one more in Gage, the towers."
But Miro says that there is also a lot residents can do to reduce the
amount of energy they use.
"A lot of kids leave their computers on, the fights on in their rooms,
the fights on in the bathroom," she said. To counter this, stickers
reminding residents to turn the lights off have been distributed around
the buildings. ♦
The UBC Farm is comprised of 40 hectares of forest pasture and gardens. Located on south campus, it's an idyffic
setting—perfect for an organic farm. The problem is that
it's also prime residential real estate, valued at between
s$4-10 million per acre.
A practical classroom for faculties such as forestry and
Agricultural Sciences, only recently has the UBC Farm
come together as a single entity.
Agricultural Sciences students grow organic food on
the farm, selling eggs and produce to schools like UBC's
Green College, and are developing a market for the farm's
produce to be sold every two weeks.
The farm also hosts programs such as Roots and
Shoots, which is run by local non-profit organisation Farm
Folk, City Folk, and allows local residents from different
ethnic communities to grow food associated with their
cultures. This year, the garden produced traditional
Mayan, Kurdish and Taiwanese vegetables.
But as part of UBC's long-term Official Community
Plan (OCP), over the next 20, years the farm's land will be
developed into a mixed suburban community of about
5000 people.
The aim of UBC's administration in this project is to .
bring the UBC community closer to the school to reduce
vehicle traffic on campus and to provide funding for UBC.
But Derek Masselink, the program coordinator at UBC
Farm, believes that an alternate development plan would
provide an opportunity for UBC to establish one of the
world's first large-scale sustainable communities.
As part of a Master's degree in Landscape
Architecture, Masselink prepared a detailed alternative to
the OCP plan for UBC's South Campus.
"We think that [sustainable developments] can actually
generate more money over a longer period because people want to live in a community that works/ he said.
"They're better places for children to grow up, and people
feel more comfortable living there because they feel good
about what they're doing, and there's a market demand
for that kind of development right now".
Masselink's plan includes housing for 5000 people in
sustainable buildings, which include composting toilets,
facilities to reduce and reuse water, and solar-power technology. Masselink's plan would also retain die UBC Farm
to provide food for the residents and a sense of community.
"We've never said to them, 'no fucking
development' We've always said, 'We would
like development but we'd like to see good
development' We believe that the university
has a responsibility to house more people on-
site, but we'd like to do it in a way which is
more ecologically, socially and economically
friendly over a long period of time/ he said.
Masselink points out that UBC's own policies speak in his favour. UBC is a signatory to
the Halifax Declaration, a 1991 agreement
among Canadian universities to 'enhance the
capacity of the university to teach and practice
sustainable development principles."
UBC also has an official policy. Policy 5,
which requires the university to provide "leadership by demonstrating the means to a sustainable community on campus."
UBC Director of Campus Planning Fred
Pritchard says UBC is bound by the OCP to
adhere to the principles of sustainable development, and that priority will be given to plans
that rank highly on the Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design building
rating system.
"The nature of the specific development
will be addressed in the area's Neighbourhood
Plan, but the OCP already leads the university
to a sustainable and complete community,
which is about more than just developing green buildings," he said.
Pritchard said that when plans for the development
are being finalised in 2002, community members and
interested groups will have an opportunity at that time to
voice any concerns that they have. ♦
GOT PUMPKINS? These AgSci students do—and they want
to sell them to you! nic fensom photo
/ STUDENT DISCIPLINE REPORT
(1 SEPTEMBER 2000 TO 31 AUGUST 2001)
Under section 61 of the University Act, the President of the University has authority to impose discipline on students for academic and non-academic offences (see page 41 of the
2001/2002 University Calendar). A summary of such disciplinary cases is published on a regular basis, without disclosing the names of the students involved.
In the period 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2001,58 students appeared before the President's Advisory Committee on Student Discipline and 53 were subsequently disciplined.
For each case, the events leading to the imposition of the discipline and the discipline imposed are summarized below. Discipline may vary depending upon the circumstances of
a particular case.
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A student failed to show on an Internet application for admission to UBC,
as reauired by University regulations, that he/she had previously
attended a local college and, prior to that, another University.
Discipline: a suspension from the University for 12 months*. This
discipline was upheld on an appeal to the Senate Committee on
University Appeals on Academic Discipline.
A student submitted the same paper in two separate courses.
Discipline: a mark of zero in one course and a suspension from the
University for 4 months*.
A student (i) submitted 5 lab reports in a course that were the work of
another student and (ii) the student subsequently submitted 3 additional
lab reports, of which, at least one was the report of another student.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 24 months*. This discipline was upheld on appeal to the
Senate Committee on University Appeals an Academic Discipline.
A student assaulted an RCMP Officer with pepper spray while the Officer
was assisting UBC security with a student control problem.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a letter of reprimand and a
requirement that the student seek counselling.
A student submitted a copy of a document from another University that
was based, in part, on forged entries that the student had made to the
original document.
Discipline: rescission of transfer credits originally assigned toward
the degree program and a retroactive disciplinary notation added to the
student's transcript*.
A student was involved in a cheating incident during a midterm examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months*.
A student was involved in a cheating incident during a midterm examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months*.
A student allegedly colluded with another student in an academic misconduct incident involving plagiarism/cheating in on assignment.
Out cente: in the special circumstances, a letter of advice.
A student allegedly colluded with another student in an academic misconduct incident involving plagiarism/cheating in an assignment.
Outcome: in the special circumstances, a letter of advice.
A student gained admission to a Faculty program by using false transcripts from two institutions, neither orwhicn the student attended.
Discipline: denial on a permanent basis of eligibility to graduate
from tne Faculty program, and a permanent notation on the transcript.
Ihe discipline was upheld on appeal to the Senate Committee on
University Appeals on Academic Discipline.
A student substantially plagiarized a paper for a course.
Discipline: o mark of zero in the course and o suspension from the
University for 8 months*.
A student copied/plagiarized parts of an assignment from the work of
"uaen"
another student.
ion
from the
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspensi
University for 4 months*.
A student cheated on a midterm examination by viewing and using the
answers of a neighboring student's exam.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 8 months*.
A student forged a signature on a University loan application.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
A student plagiarized a substantial portion of a term paper for a course.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the course
and a fetter of reprimand.
16. A student submitted a plagiarized/copied assignment for a course.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 8 months*.
17. A student brought unauthorized material into a final examination.
Discipline: in the circumstances, a mark of zero for the final examination and a letter of reprimand.
18. A student submitted a substantially plagiarized assignment for a course.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the assignment and suspension from
the University for 1.5 months*.
19. A student was drunk and disorderly, caused a disruption at o student residence building, and threatened a residence advisor.
Discipline: a letter of reprimand and a requirement that the student
obtain counselling.
20. A student was drunk on UBC Campus and entered o private room in o
campus building without proper cause.
Discipline: in the circumstances, a tetter of reprimand.
21. A student used a friend to impersonate him/her and write his/her final
examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months*.
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A student: (i) trespassed onto University property; (ii) jumped on a vehicle and opened the doors of other vehicles in the enclosed area; and (iii)
attempted to evade Campus security.
Discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
A student (i) trespassed onto University property; and (ii) attempted to
evade Campus security.
Discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
A student: (i) trespassed onto University property; and (ii) attempted to
evade Campus security.
Discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
A student (i) trespassed onto University property; and (ii) attempted to
evade Campus security.
Discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand
A student improperly entered the UBC vehicle security compound and
attempted to remove a vehicle from that area without paying the
release cost.
Discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
A student submitted material for a group project that was provided by a
friend, and that was completely plagiarized from a website source that
was not acknowledged.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero on the
group project and suspension from the University for 4 months*.
A student submitted an essay for a course that was completely plagiarized from the work submitted by another student in the same course
I a different session.
Discipline: a mark of zero for the essay and a suspension from the
University for 8 months*.
29. A student trespassed onto University property that was under construction and attempted to evade Campus Security.
Discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
30. A student trespassed onto University properly that was under construction and attempted to evade Campus Security.
Discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand
31. A student copied/plagiarized an essay from another student and submitted the essay as his/her own.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course, a letter of reprimand, and
a requirement that the student undertake and complete a set of assignments dealing with the meaning of plagiarism and the methods of avoiding plagiarism*.
32. A student plagiarized the final term papers in three separate courses.
Discipline: a mark of zero in each of the three courses and a suspension from the University for 12 months*.
33. A student brought a crib sheet to a midterm examination and consulted
this material during the exam.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the course
and a suspension from the University for 6 months*.
34. A student brought crib sheets to a midterm examination and consulted
this material during the exam.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months*.
35. A student brought notes and cue cards into a final examination and consulted this material during the exam.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, o mark of zero in the course
and a suspension from the University for 8 months *.
36. A student (i) submitted a quiz using a false name and ID and subse- 54.
quenrly claimed he/she was absent, on the date the exam was written;
and(ii)c'
 ) altered an answer on a midterm when it was returned for
inspection and then requested a grade re-evaluation.
Discipline: a mark of zero on the quiz and, in the special circumstances, no change of mark for the midterm exam, and a suspension
from the University for 8 months*.
37. A student altered answers to a quiz that had been returned to him/her,
and then submitted the paper for remarking in an attempt to improve
his/her grade.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and o suspension from the
University for 12 months*. On appeal to the Senate Committee on
University Appeals on Student Discipline the suspension period was
reduced to 8 months.
38. A student copied the answers to three questions on a final examination
from another student.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 4 months*.
39. A student persistently harassed and stalked another student.
Discipline: a tetter of severe reprimand; a restraining order involving movement and location on campus and other places, registration and
enrollment in specified courses, ana various personal contacts; and o
requirement to undertake professional counselling.
40. A student brought unauthorized material into the final examination for a
course.
Discipline: o mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 6 months*.
41. A student fraudulently submitted a doctor's certificate to support o false
claim that he/she was unable to take a midterm examination because of
uiness.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months*.
42. A student made improper and inappropriate use of a course webpage
during an assignment.
Discipline: a letter of reprimand and a requirement that the stu-
'      dent undertake and complete a series of educational sessions concerned
with awareness and sensitivity issues related to the misconduct*.
43. A student submitted two forged medical notes in order to obtain concessions for late or missed term work in a course.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months*.
44. A student cheated during a midterm examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months*.
45. A student was involved in a series of deceits and submitted false documentation in support of supposed medical conditions that the student
claimed prevented him/her from completing course requirements.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 18 months*.
46. A student handed in a blank final examination with a fictitious name
and student number on the cover sheet in place of his/her own paper
for ihe course.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months*.
47. A student brought unauthorized material into a final examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course, a suspension from the
University for 12 months* and a requirement that the student undertake
professional counselling.
48. A student submitted a midterm exam for regrading that differed from
the one he/she originally wrote in class.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months*. This discipline was upheld on appeal to ihe
Senate Committee on University Appeals on Academic Discipline.
49. A student submitted a project for a course that was plagiarized from the
work of another student who had previously completed™ course.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the course
and a suspension from the University for 4 months*.
50. A student copied material from another student during an exam.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months*.
51. A student alleged to have cheated in two separate incidents in a course,
failed to respond to repeated attempts to arrange for o Hearing before
the President's Advisory Committee on Student Discipline.
Discipline: future registration blocked with notation to this effect on
the transcript pending appearance before the Disciplinary Committee,
and final mark in the course withheld from transcript pending outcome
of Hearing.
52. A student brought unauthorized material into an examination.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the course
and a fetter of reprimand.
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A student submitted a lab assignment that was essentially identical to the
same assignment submitted by another student.
Discipline: o mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 8 months*.
A student submitted two lab assignments that were plagiarized/copied
from the work of two other students.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the course
and a suspension from the University for 4 months*.
A student submitted a lab assignment that was plagiarized/copied from
the work of another student.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and o suspension from the
University for 4 months*.
A student submitted a lab assignment that was plagiarized/copied from
the work of another student.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 4 months*.
A student submitted a lab assignment that was essentially identical to the
same assignment submitted by another student.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 8 months*.
A student copied the work of another student during a midterm exam.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 4 months*.
* In all cases indicated by an asterisk a notation of disciplinary action is
entered on the student's transcript. At any time after two years have elapsed
from the date of his or her graduation the student may apply to the President
to exercise her discretion to remove the notation.
Students under disciplinary suspension from UBC may not take courses at other
institutions for transfer credit back to UBC
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Culture
Friday. October 19.20011
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by Jesse
Alarchand
WHATSLEFTUS
byAislrnn Hunter
[Pohstar Book Publishers]
Imagine yourself on the streets of Vancouver,
waving wildly at passers-by as you stand with only
- one shoe in the dark and blinding rain. This is
just one image in AMinn Hunter's first book
What's Left Us. It's an image that's not hard for
many Vancouverites to imagine. What is striking
in Hunter's book is her ability to make us relate to
all her characters, regardless of whether their
homes are near us here in Canada or abroad.
We are introduced first to Sophie, a devout
Catholic, at her "peak of sexual repression." She
feels that "she had been eailed by the divine to
work at the Ormand Quay Triple X Cinema." This
first story concerns Sophie's battle with sexual
desires, as she tries to live a sin-free life.
Hunter's themes of sexual curiosity, passion,
love, despair, grief and daily life are easily acces
sible to any reader. Unfortunately, like many new
writers, Hunter's heroines all seem based from
the same archetype. Each of them is a seemingly
independent woman who is always one step from
failing apart.
Fortunately, in this collection, the similarities
work to create a connection between each story.
Although each woman deals with the chaos in her
life, each also has her own personal demons, and
her own individual stoiy. One character is
obsessed with making lists and fantasises about
jumping in a nearby body of water; another is
racked by grief and shares a hallucination of a
banshee with her mother.
While reading these stories it is easy to forget
that these are not glimpses into pef sonal biographies; Hunter also chooses to write the last two
stories and the novella in the second person, an
uncommon form, usually reserved for those
Choose Your Own Adventure books read by children. Here, however, the approach offers a much
more adult perspective, taking us into the adventure of daily life and how average people deal
with love and loss.
Hunter also allows us glimpses into the
thoughts of many characters, both men and
women. For instance, infatuation is seen through
the eyes of Sean, a man interested in an overly
chatty psychiatric patient, and James, a semenar-
ian who, through destiny, may save the life of
sexually repressed Sophie.
In What's Left Vs, the novella's main character, Emma, is having the child of a married man.
Yet, she never blames him for his unwillingness
to leave bis wife. Instead she searches herself for
an answer to the turmoil.
Each stoiy in Hunter's book explores love and
loss in a unique and personable way. Overall this
first book is a success. It is more than a series of
arbitrary romances; it is always an exploration of
self and a reflection of life that is both poignant
and entertaining. ♦
What's Left
by Sarah Conchie
Will Ferguson _> fan Ferguson
HOW TO
CANADIAN*
*i£V£N  If -TOW ALSt*Dir ARE ONE*
Who knew Canada could be so funny?
HOW TO BE A CANADIAN (EVEN IF
YOU ALREADY ARE ONE)
by Will and Ian Ferguson
[Douglas and Mclntyre]
"The Canadian flag does not look like
a giant nosebleed." So say the brothers Ferguson in their first collaborative effort to describe the peculiar
habits of this vast country and its elusive culture. How to Be a Canadian is
a Dummies-style handbook that
explains all things Canuck in 17
chapters of rip-roaring satire. The
theme of national identity is a
favoured vehicle for Will Ferguson,
as evidenced in his previous works,
like Why I Hate Canadians and
Canadian History for Dummies.
Adding fresh wit is Ian Ferguson {Sin
City), Will's older brother and a
humorist in his own right
I don't recommend this book to
those preparing to write the Canadian
Citizenship exam. Nor should anyone
read it in hopes of finding a definitive,
ethnically sensitive guide to the
Canadian experience. According to
the authors, all Newfoundlanders are
nymphomaniacs, Tim Horton's is the
national religion, and the federal government is up for re-election every
two to three months. There is rampant Swede^bashing and all kinds of
politically incorrect mischief, and the
"Cross-Canada Tour" offers up an
impressive and universally offensive
array of provincial stereotypes. The
concept of the book isn't new either,
the subject matter having already
been covered by writers such as Eric
Nicol, a UBC alumnus and newspaper
columnist in the 1950s. There are
passages in Canadian that seem eerily
reminiscent of Nicol's satiric essays
on the sport of curling (Sport Exposed,
1947) and Saskatchewan {Land of the
Gopher, 1947). The Fergusons have
also recycled many of their own
punch-lines from earlier books, and
inevitably spend a few unoriginal
chapters on beer and hockey.
How to Be a Canadian is likely
something Pierre Berton would use
in his prairie fireplace; the book is a
cynic's antidote to a weekend of
Canada: A People's History, and a
welcome respite from the oft-idealistic, self-conscious view of Canadian
culture in mainstream literature.
Reducing the entire history of
Canada to a single page of comedic
brilliance and convincingly selling
the sex appeal of Canadian Tire takes
a certain skill, and the authors provide a punchy and thoroughly amusing romp through a familiar landscape. From the memorable chapter
on the art of a Canadian "sorry"
(there are twelve distinct inflections)
to the scathingly droll tutorial on how
to write the typical Canadian novel,
the writing proves consistently funny
and easily accesible. Knowing the
finer points of insulting the locals
may not be the best way to assimilate
into the culture, but learning to laugh
at yourself is a valuable lesson, and
as many would argue, it's what we
Canadians do best ♦
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At the opening night of the Marta Bashovski Orchestra, featuring Jesse Marchand and Sarah Conchie, aH was going
well Truth be told, Svea VTkander was fighting with Yyun
Huang over cello tuning, hut then Kate Ingram and her
cronieB, Elisabeth Capek and Justin Robertson, showed up,
announcing that both of them were wrong! Kathy Deering
received a standing ovation from Chris Shepherd, until
Gaiy Magee reminded him to wait unto the song was finished. Anna King was playing beautifully—unfortunately
she was on a different piece than Duncan McHugh, Ai Lin
Choo and Sarah MacNeill Morrison. Ron Nurwisah and
Michelle Rosa complained that; as vioIistB, they were
ostracised by the more talented Scott Bardsiey, Julia
Christensen and Nic Fensom. Hywel Tuscano tried to conduct on time, but Laura was too Blue to notice. As for Alicia
Miller, Graeme Worthy and Cathy Deering, well they just
plum forgot to show up! Their jobs were of course replaced
by Ayako Kobayashi and Justin Cheng. AnciHa Chu, Janet
Yuen and Kerne ThornhiH knew best; Ihough-they joined
jazz bands instead!
Canadian
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ister.
At some point, every society draws a line
between individual freedoms and the security
pf society as a whole. Canadians, for example,
have decided that security is more important
than the freedom to carry handguns.
Americans have decided that security is more
important than the freedom to carry nuclear
weapons. In every state, a line exists.
This week, with Bill C-36, Canadian MPs
took a new step towards the security of society
as a whole and away from the freedom of individuals. Not that that's necessarily all bad.
Permission to fund murderers and terrorists,
or to conceal them knowingly from the law, are
both soon-to-be-made-illegal liberties that most
Canadians will be glad to see gone. And Bill C-
36 also legally defines what terrorism is, which
is a handy thing for law-enforcerers to know
these days.
But the colossal 171-page Anti-Terrorism Act,
which will bring sweeping changes to the way
potentially dangerous citizens can be watched,
detained and—if arrested—tried and punished
also forces some sober consideration.
Consider, for example, that a bill of this size
and scope usually takes years to make its way
through the various committee and legal-review
stages of making a law. Consider that this bill-
just passed by the House of Commons—was conceived only one month ago. Obviously, govern
ment resources have been concentrated on this
to speed up the lawmaking process, but still, one
month may well be too quick for a bill this gargantuan. Passenger-plane hijackings, kamikaze-
style attacks on the World Trade Centre and the
Pentagon, anthrax in the mail, bombs and
ground troops in Afghanistan: there's been a lot
for everyone to absorb lately. A quick response is
called for, but we have to be prepared that the
response may be rushed, and that reason may
be obscured by the anxiety, pain, anger and fear
that we all are feeling.
Consider the incredible power that this bill
gives to the police. Law-enforcement officials
can now monitor citizens for up to a year and
keep the activity secret until three years after
surveillance has ended. New powers of 'preventive arrest' allow police to detain people for
up to 72 hours if officials so much as suspect
that people might commit a crime—this
includes people who have not yet committed a
crime, even people who aren't necessarily even
suspected of having committed a crime.
Consider for a moment how eerily this bill
resembles anti-terrorism laws in Great Britain
during the 1970s and 1980s that allowed
British police officers to detain people for days
without charging them with an offence.
Consider the case of the Birmingham Six
after, in 1974, the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
claimed responsibility for bombing two pubs in
Birmingham, England and killing 21 people.
Frantic to create a sense of security, British
police officers rounded up six innocent Irish
men living in the area and detained them for
several days without laying charges. The men
of 'the Birmingham Six' were beaten by police,
kept awake for unhealthily long periods, and
forced into confession. At their trial, the men
withdrew the confessions they gave in police
custody, but were convicted nonetheless.
Members of the Birmingham Six spent 16
years in jail for IRA terrorist attacks until, in
1991, the truth was revealed and an appeal
court overturned the convictions.
Consider again how long 72 hours is. The
potential for police brutality that is great when
anxiety, pain, anger and fear grip a society.
Yes, every state needs to draw a line between
security of society and individual freedoms. Yes,
some freedoms need to be sacrificed for the
good of society. Yes, unfortunately, sometimes
mistakes will be made. • But the case of the
Birmingham Six was no mistake. Six men were
framed, knowingly, by British police officers.
Society's terror may have been alleviated by
swift police action, but society was not made any
more secure. In times of terror like the ones we
live in now, laws like Bill C-36 can be too easily
abused. ♦
letters
"Incredibly angry
letter to the editor"
What do Sunera Thobani, the
Genocide Awareness Project,
Afghanistan, angry Forestry students, the Anglican Church of
Canada, feta cheese. Garth Mullins,
the Saskatchewan RCMP and the
decadent collapse of university culture have in common? I don't
know, but I think there might be
some sort of link that would be
worth pursuing. Judging by your
letters section (which has become a
circular mire of ill-informed grandstanding and finger-pointing),
many of your readers seem to have
similar inklings.
I was reading your publication
while trying not to pass out at the
Cobalt (yes, they get the Ubyssey
there) and shed a tear for all those
misguided academics. It's sad
that years of hard historical, political and sociological scholarship
can go up in flames because some
thick-headed student with 'an
opinion' manages to put a letter
together. I hope the RCMP can
train their bomb-sniffing dog.
Hammer, to sniff out assholes.
I'm more scared of people with
'opinions' right now than I am of
anthrax or nukes.
Let's get back to discussing the
things that really matter, like feta
cheese and its place in creating a
more stable global equilibrium.
The human race deserves it
—Barbara Anderson
Interim editor,
DiSCORDER Magazine
United Church
responds to residential
school criticism
The sad thing about Mr Annett and
his letter, 'Churches: Spare us your
hypocrisy* [Sept 25] is not that his
ranting prompts the United Church
to repeat again that we accept
responsibility for our role in the
residential school system and that
we will cooperate freely and fully in
any authorised investigation of
criminal actions. The sad thing is
that Mr Annett's increasing
reliance upon T)ig he' and 'pervasive conspiracy' tactics draws attention and time away from the real
and devastating legacy of residential schools with which both the
First Nations and non-Native communities of this country must come
to grips.
Let there be no doubt that the
United Church of Canada stands
ready and is even now working
with many First Nations individuals and groups to assist in the healing required by the residential-
school legacy. We continue to cooperate with the RCMP or any other
authorised agency.
-Keith Howard
BC Conference Minister:
Communications
The United Church of Canada
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Opinion
Thobani misses the mark
Friday. October 19.2001 |»fl «f
by Kelsey Blevings
In a speech shockingly, similar to
Osama bin Laden's chilling address
broadcast on the Al Jazeera News
Network, Sunera Thobani launched
into a hateful, rhetorical diatribe about our
American brothers and
sisters at the Women's
Resistance Conference
in Ottawa on October 2.
In addition to offending
a large number of people, Thobani did a great
disservice to all feminists when she
gave credence to a very dangerous
school of thought She stated that
"[US President George] Bush is the
definition of the American nation
and the American people,* and
then proceeded to rail against Bush
for 40 minutes—if someone slipped
on a banana peel in Baghdad, it
must be Bush's fault Moreover,
throughout her entire rant, she
failed to cite a single piece of evidence to back up any of her sick
views.
Sunera Thobani's tirade shows
little compassion for the real victims of September 11. For a
minute, imagine you are the
son/daughter, morn/dad or brother/sister of one of the people buried
under the World Trade Centre or in
the ruins of the Pentagon. Now,
imagine Thobani standing at the
podium of a state-sponsored event,
sitting next to a Canadian cabinet
minister, launching into a hate-
filled diatribe about how the events
of September 11 were your fault
and how as an American you are
'soaked in blood." This, before your
loved one is even in the ground.
, Very, very classy!
The most disturbing part about
her speech is that it gives credence
to a frightening type of thought In
her speech, Thobani accuses US foreign policy of being the cause of the
mayhem of September 11—that it
was, in fact, US foreign policy that
provoked and resulted in an attack
on the people of the United States.
Where else have we heard that it
was the victim of the attack who
provoked the attack to happen? It is
a legal defence strategy used to
defend rapists. The victim (in
almost all cases, a woman) wears
provocative clothing and/or
behaves flirtatiously. She is raped.
It is not the attacker's fault, the victim brought it on herself because of
her forward behaviour. Make no
mistake, the arguments here are
one and the same. For Thobani to
argue that the Americans brought
these attacks on themselves
because of their public policy is tantamount to arguing that victims of
rape bring it on themselves
because they are putting out scent
This is an extremely dangerous
argument for someone in
Thobani's position to make.
Moreover, it Is nonsense!
Thobani's comments are profoundly ignorant, despite the fact
she is an educated person. She
accuses President Bush of religious
intolerance and the isolated attacks
on Arab-Americans that have
occurred as a result of September
11. I fail to understand this.
President Bush has, on a number of
occasions,     publicly     instructed
Attorney-General Ashcroft to find the
people responsible for the attacks on
mosques and Middle Easterners and
'prosecute them under the fullest
extent of the law." Thobani asserts
that Bush's visits to mosques in
PERSPECT
opinion
recent weeks are only because of the
September 11 incident This is likely
true, but I fail to see how that promotes her allegations that Bush is
peddling religious intolerance. On
the contrary, it seems to me that he
is trying to strengthen community
relations, now more than ever. I
seem to remember an incident not
too long ago where some 2000-year
old Buddhist statues were demolished because they allegedly offended Allah. I also recall eight aid workers that were sitting in an Afghan
prison on charges of conspiracy to
convert Muslims to Christianity (a
capital crime). No, Thobani is right-
clearly George Bush and the United
States are the religiously intolerant
not the Taliban or herself!
Another colossal blunder
Thobani makes in her speech is her
criticism of George' Bush (who she
also equates to the American people). George Walker Bush is not necessarily the same person as the
president of the United States. The
Presidency is larger than any one
man. If everything was up to Bush,
the Middle East may well be a sheet
of glass. This, however, is not the
case. The Office of the President of
the United States is assisted by
many people, including the
Secretary of State, Secretary of
Defence, National Security Advisor,
Chairman of Joint Chiefs, etc., in
addition to all the agencies that
make up the executive. To say that
the decisions the US makes are
based solely on the whims of
George Bush is simply ridiculous.
And to those who believe that NATO
will be using $2-mi]lion cruise missiles to bomb $ 10 tents and refugee
camps—give me a break! That kind
of sensationalism is typical of those
who got their education from the
Late Show with David Letterman
(or UBC women's studies professor
Sunera Thobani).
Professor Thobani also claims
that racial profiling is being instituted in Canadian and American
law-enforcement and immigration
agencies as we speak. Her evidence: "You can feel the coldness
when you enter the airport. I was
quite amazed. I have been travelling in this country for ten years,
and I have never had the experience that I had flying down here for
this conference,' she said, failing to
elaborate on what, if anything,
made her feel the way she did. On
the other hand, our prime minister
has stood up in the House of
Commons and denounced the use
of racial profiling, citing that the
erosion of civil rights is exactly
what the terrorists want.
Furthermore, White House
Spokesman Ari Fleisher and FBI
Director Muller, have both con
firmed: 'Racial profiling is an illegal   form   of   law-enforcement.
Hence, it is not utilised by any state
or federal agency.' So on one side,
we   have   the   top   officials   of
Canadian and US governments
publicly announcing
that racial profiling is
not being used by any
agency, and, on the
other side, we have
Sunera Thobani, who
didn't like the way
the security guard at
the airport looked at
her. Clearly she didn't earn her
position at this university because
of her top-notch research on racial
profiling.
The most outrageous and unsubstantiated claim that Thobani
makes is that the West is responsible for all of the suffering of all of
the women in the rest of tne world,
that it is US foreign policy that
oppresses women. 'From Chile to
El Salvador, to Nicaragua to Iraq,
the path of US foreign policy is
soaked in blood.' Funny? I thought
it was the Taliban and dictators like
Saddam Hussein who were soaked
in blood! No, apparently the US
sanctions against Iraq are what
starve Iraqi women and children. It
clearly has nothing to do with
Hussein, who spends Iraq's entire
budget on Mig-29 Fulcrum aircraft,
R-l 7 Scud Missiles, and who knows
what kind of nuclear and chemical
weapons programs—leaving not a
cent for food. Let's not forget that
video clip that was secretly
filmed by RAWA (Revolutionary
Association of the Women of
Afghanistan) where we see the
woman executed at the centre-field
line in the soccer stadium in
Kandahar. Very disturbing images
indeed! She was executed for one of
many reasons—she was educated,
seen in public, spoke her mind or
another similar capital crime.
According to Thobani, the executioner was not a Taliban soldier acting under standing orders of the
Cleric Mullah Mohammed Omar—it
was the United States. As for the
starving women and children of
Afghanistan, their misery has nothing to do with the fact that 82 per
cent of the arable land in
Afghanistan is used for growing
opium to finance terrorism—it has
everything to do with US foreign
policy. Hmm, I see.
No matter which way you look at
things, Thobani missed her mark
when she blames the West for the
problems of the world. The enemies
of women's emancipation are not
the United States and the West They
are ignorance, fascism, religious
fundamentalism and fanaticism,
racism and those who oppose freedom and democracy. If the US disappeared tomorrow, the Taliban
would still be there and would still
be oppressing the people of
Afghanistan. The bottom line—in no
Western democracy would Sunera
Thobani be stoned to death for saying the things that she did on
October 2. If she lived in Iraq, or
Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, on
the other hand...well, what do you
think? ♦
—Kelsey Blevings is a third-year
Commerce student
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Culture
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Bkander
PROMISES
at the Contemporary Art Gallery
until Nov. 25
Both the current exhibits at the Contemporary
Art Gallery (CAG) have ambitious names. The
first, Highwideshallow by New York-based
artist Jill Henderson, is an attempt to be all-
encompassing and larger than life. Yet it isn't
nearly as ambitious-sounding as the second
exhibit, a group collection titled Promises. The
names alone creates expectations, but in the
end, its works are lacking in several fundamental aspects.
Promises is a collection of pieces by eight
separate artists, created at different times, and
often with different themes in mind. As a result,
these works don't work together under the
Promises banner any better than if they were
under a sign that read Miscellaneous Pieces of
Contemporary Art The name of the exhibit
itself seems arbitrarily derived from a neon
sign on display by Ron Terada. What does the
sign say? Promises.
Nomenclature and artistic unity aside, the
show is interesting in that it brings such a large
group—and wide variety—of artists together
under one roof; it is unfortunate, however, that
the CAG roof is rather small. Most of the artists
in Promises display only one piece, leaving the
viewer uncertain of the intent of each artist
Shirley Tse, for example, is a prominent Los
Angeles artist, whose piece at the CAG is called
'Automatic Inconclusive." In an interview, Tse
said that "We live in a world that has a lot of
order...Even though we see chaos everywhere...
there is a standard dimension of everything. A
chair comes in a certain size. Matches come in
a certain size." This view of the world, and the
artist's evident depth of thought and involvement in her work, don't come through in
"Automatic Inconclusive." I found that not only
was it hard to interpret, it was not compelling
enough to inspire interpretation.
The obtuseness of the works, and their
inability to stand alone, combined with the lack
of gallery space affect the work of every artist
One notable exception is the work of Jemima
Stehli. Her work is by far the most aesthetically
pleasing: it also seems to have the most depth
to it Her two pieces are series of photographs,
titled "Live Tit Sculptures Nos. One to Five* and
"Mirror, Nos. One to Three." Both works look at
the female body and its relation to the self and
to society. All these themes are prevalent in
Stehli's other works.
"Live Tit Sculptures' are a series of large
black-and-white photos of her own breast.
which has been placed through a round hole in
a piece of cardboard. The photos are left un-
cropped, allowing the background, her clothing
and even her hand which is taking the photo to
be seen. By showing the artistic process, Stehli
avoids falling into the unoriginal trap of placing
art out of the context of reality. She forces the
viewer to think. Is this a commentary on our
society's oral fixation? On femininity? On how
Stehli sees herself as a woman? Like all good
art Stehli's work inspires questioning, and it
alone is worth the trip downtown. ♦
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FROM   SIERRA   MAESTRA    TO   LA   HABANA:    THE
DRAWINGS OF CHAGO
at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
until Dec. 2
The names Fidel Castro and Che Guevera have becdme
onymous with the Cuban revolution. Santiago
"Chago" Armada may be lesser known, but he also
made significant contributions to the Cuban struggle. He gained prominence as the official cartoonist of the revolutionary forces and even fought in a
number of battles.
As a propagandist, Chago was quite successful.
He created the character of Julito 26, named after
the 26 de Julito (2 6th of July) movement that protested the Batista dictatorship. Julito subsequently
became a voice for the average soldier and a symbol
of the revolution, but as the revolution's success
grew and victory became immininent, the popularity of the character distressed Chago. The artist was a
rebel and a social critic at heart Julito 26, because of
its ties to the new government and its role as a propaganda tool, no longer allowed Chago to criticise the
Cuban society and its government
This frustration marked a turning point in
Chago's career away from political cartoons to
more philosophical and existential work. He created the absurdist character of Salmon. Unlike Julito
26, Salmon allowed Chago to be deeply introspec-
syn-
tive and vent his neuroses about human existence. One drawing has Salmon questioning whether spending nine months
in your mother's womb is time wasted. In other works, Chago
also attempts to express abstract ideas such as eternity,
depicting it as three beings in box-like structures with their
hands linked.
Another seemingly contradictory aspect of Chago's work is
his opinion on the prudish norms of Cuban society, which he
saw as unnecessary constraints. He often created explicit
drawings to protest the constraints of his contemporary society. There are drawings that depict phalluses in outlandish
acts. Some show phalluses with 'Elvis' hairdos. These seemingly lewd works are absurd and humorous
rather than offensive, although evidently this
was not an opinion shared by his contemporaries. Many of his shows were cancelled and
his pubfications gathered dust or were left
unpublished.
Chago's strength lies in how he criticises
society rather than in his artistic talents. In
fact, his talents as an artist are, at best,
mediocre. The characters often take on the
appearance of blobs and look downright mundane. The texts that accompany his work are
another matter. Take this quote from one text:
"I don't want to close my eyes to all this/to all
this/each day my eyes close more and more/to
see the present, to see the future/my eyes,
more and more/only the past, only the past,
only the past/with only one eye." Here, in his
text and poetry, Chago's brilliance is magnified. Couple his words with his strong sense of
the surreal and it's easy to see why Chago
remains a continual influence on succeeding
generations of Cuban artists. ♦
OUPV, H*AUIH<£INV ¥©©IS'
by Maria
BashovsJu
SPIKE AND MIKE'S SICK AND TWISTED FESTIVAL OF
ANIMATION
at the Ridge
Fri., Sat and Sun. nights through Nov. 11
Craig 'Spike' Decker and Mike Gribble began the Side and
Twisted Festival' of Animation in 1990 as a showcase for
those, particularly crass shorts that could not be aired in
their more mainstream festival. Spike and Mike's Classic
Festival ofAnimation. Since then. Side and Twisted has been
a staple in the animation scene and the starting point for
such animated stars as Beavis and Butthead, the Rugrats, the
South Park gang and the Powerpuff Girls.
' The. Spike and Mike show is just as much about the
atmosphere as it is about animated shorts. Before the show
starts, threefoot balloons drift above the audience. A
'nicest ass' contest is held. An over-excited host welcomes
the mostly under-20 crowd and we are pulled into a world
of cartoons that should never make it to the Saturday
morning lineups.
This year's offering is standard Spike and Mike fare. A
live-action intro by Spike sets the mood and the show opens
with a Spike and Mike classic, "No Neck Joe."
It's two Don Hertzfeldt shorts, 'Ah, L'Amour* and
'Rejected' (nominated for an Academy Award this year),
however, that are the obvious standouts in this year's lineup. In 'Ah, L'Amour' the audience was prompted to yell out
the dialogue as a stick boy unsuccessfully tries to pick up
various stick girls. "Rejected' consists of a series of promotional segments commissioned (and subsequently
rejected) by The Family Learning Channel. Both are understated, twisted ways of creating classical animation and
both are incredibly funny.
The rest of the show varies in quality. Two "Behind the
Music that Sucks* segments, on Eminem and Britney Spears
respectively, mock VHl's melodramatic series. Both exaggerate the artists' most publicised flaws. "Timmy's Lessons
in Nature,* parodies traditional views of Boy Scouts. 'Harry
Pothead and the Magical Herb* is self-explanatory.
Though Side and Twisted is known for being just that,
some of the 2001 films transcend the 'sick and twisted*
realm and dive right into the 'not funny anymore.' There is
a limit to how far violence, toilet humour and sex jokes can
go before they stop being funny. A number of this year's
shorts go far beyond this limit.
The 2001 Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of
Animation offers a pretty good blend of 'definitely sick and
twisted and definitely funny films' and 'definitely sick and
twisted and definitely not funny films.' However, the two
Hertzfeldt pieces make this year's installment worth your
eight tucks. ♦

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