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Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist
Lens brings to light photographs of African
objects by American artist Man Ray (1890-
1976) produced over a period of almost 20
years. The exhibition raises questions concerning the representation, reception and
perception of African art as mediated by
the camera lens. • 10am-5pm, Museum of
Anthropology, $14 adult, $12 student/senior,
free for UBC staff, students and faculty.
Volunteers help maintain the fleet of
community bikes. No experience is
necessary and new volunteers will
learn how to do repairs by being paired
with more experienced volunteers.
Pizza is provided. Wear something that
can get dirty. • 6-9pm, Bike Kitchen,
north side of the SUB, go to ams.ubc.
ca/clubs/bikecoop/p&y.htm for more information.
The Spartacus Youth Club intervenes in
social struggles armed with the revolutionary internationalist program of Marx,
Engels, Lenin and Trotsky. They are hosting their third class of the year, The Russian Revolution: How the Working Class
Took Power. • 6:30pm, Room 212, SUB,
e-mail trotskyist_vancouver@shawcable.
com or call (604) 687-0353 for more information.
The UBC Film Society will be showing
Inception, the blockbuster hit directed by
Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo
DiCaprio. In a world where technology
exists to enter the human mind through
dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is
given a final chance at redemption which
involves executing his toughest job to
date. • Runs until Nov. 7, 9-11 pm, Norm
Theatre, SUB, $2.50 members, $5 non-
The UBC Film Society will be showing
Despicable Me, featuring the voices of
Steve Carrell and Julie Andrews. When a
criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan
girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he
finds himself profoundly changed by the
growing love between them. • Runs until
Oct. 7 7-9pm, Norm Theatre, SUB, $2.50
members, $5 non-members.
In this course, you get the opportunity to
design a print project of your own, with
hands-on instruction in the use of this
powerful layout program. At the completion of this course, you will have gained
an understanding of the basics of colour
management, font usage and print production, as well as a working knowledge
of the layout and design tools available in
In Design. • Nov. 4-Dec. 9, 6:30pm, UBC
Robson Square, go to tech.ubc.ca for
more information.
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4-storey co- development apartment
building on Lot 22 in
Wesbrook Place
(South Campus
Neighbourhood). This
application will be
considered bythe
Development Permit
Board on Wed. Nov. 10.
See details below.
Date: Wednesday, November 10,2010 5:00 PM
Location: Maple Room, Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall
For directions: www.maps.ubc.ca More information on this
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Finklestein pushes for a Palestinian state
IAC criticizes his "junk political science"
"Just be reasonable," was what
Norman Finklestein told a
crowd of about 400 people at
UBC's Hebb Theatre on Saturday night. "If you are reasonable with Palestinians, you can
reach a reasonable settlement."
Finklestein is an American
political scientist and the son of
two Holocaust survivors. One of
the most controversial speakers
on the university lecture circuit,
he has often been criticized for
his scathing remarks towards
Israel, which his critics claim
are anti-Semitic. He was in Vancouver to promote his new book,
This Time We Went Too Far.
During his speech, Finklestein was brusque and unapol-
ogetic. Asking the audience,
"How many people are familiar with the excuse that Hamas
was using human shields? Ifyou
haven't, you are either suffering
from a massive brain deficit or
are extensively using mind-altering drugs."
With regards to the future,
Finklestein views the peace
process as "a meaningless
He remained positive, however, saying, "Jewish minds are
changing," citing that 80 per
cent of Jewish people voted for
Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential elections. Yet Finklestein believes public opinion is not
enough to resolve the conflict
and instead, it "must be turned
into a political force that goes
beyond watching television."
Norm Finklestein speaks to students. PHOTO COURTESY OF GARVIN LIM
Rael Katz, president of the
Israeli Awareness Club at UBC,
said that speakers like Finklestein do more harm than good
by creating divisions. "These
kinds of events don't do anything to bring mutual respect
[between Israelis and Palestinians]." He also believes that "university administration should
be condemning hate speech,"
which he believes would include
Finklestein's lectures and "junk
political science" ideas.
"He abuses the memory ofthe
Holocaust by equating Israelis
to Nazis," said Katz.
In an interview with The Ubyssey, Finklestein said that reduced tensions at post-secondary
institutions are evidence of a
change in public opinion. "The
battle on college campuses has
been lost by Israel or has been
won by those who are trying to
show what's been done to the
Palestinians is wrong."
Omar Shaban, president of
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, who organized the
event in collaboration with Canadians for Justice and Peace
in the Middle East (CJPME) was
critical of Finklestein's ideas for
a resolution. "As a Palestinian
refugee, it wouldn't make sense
to accept a two-state solution because my grandma and my dad
and I would like to return to our
homeland, which is now Israel."
Justin Guimong, a fourth-year
student, thought Finklestein's
ideas were grounded in sound
reasoning. "I thought his opinions were rational and solid.
Public opinion seems to be what
affected him most in terms of
gains, but he also talks on the
level of reaching a political solution and reaching a political
solution doesn't just come from
public opinion."
Ajab Khan, a third-year political science student at UBC,
was also impressed by Finklestein's analysis.
"The overall mindset that we
shouldn't just think of it as Israel and Palestine, two against
each other...he emphasized law.
He emphasized that it's not Zionism, it's no ideology we are
against, it's what's good and
what's wrong, what's reasonable and just against what's unjust." ^
Scientists deploy underwater robot to Antarctica
Frozen continent an ideal environment to study effects of climate change
UBC has sent a robot to Antarctica. And although it may sound
a little like the Battle of Hoth,
the enemy is climate change,
not the Galactic Empire.
The UBC-Gavia, an underwater robot intended to gather information on climate change,
was deployed by the UBC Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
(AUV) and Fluid Mechanics research group.
UBC civil engineering PhD
student Andrew Hamilton is currently in New Zealand helping
coordinate AUV's deployment in
Antarctica. He said that UBC-Gavia is modeled specifically to the
unique conditions in Antarctica.
"Traditional oceanography
is conducted from ships that
can cover a large area to collect
data. In polar oceanography,
however, the presence of 2 metre-thick sea ice and 100 metre-
thick floating ice shelves severely limit our ability to study the
ocean over an area. But because
UBC-Gavia is small and portable, a small team based on an
ice camp can lower her through
an ice hole and she can survey a
large area under the ice, something that is not feasible by any
other means," he said.
However, despite the high
functionality of UBC-Gavia,
there are still concerns with
this project. Hamilton said as
this was the first time UBC-Gavia was being deployed in a region with strong currents, the
research team would have to be
ready to make adjustments "on
the fly" for Antarctica's unique
"We have had some challenges with the ADCP (Acoustic Dop-
pler Current Profiler) that acoustically measures current velocities, as the water is very clear
with no algae or suspended sediment, so there is very little to
backscatter the sound pulses.
But we are working on optimizing these settings."
Hamilton believes that despite tricky conditions, Antarctica is truly the most suitable
place to study climate change.
"The climate system is changing both due to natural cycles and as a result of human
interference. The polar regions
tend to respond quickest and
most dramatically to climate
change due to the ice-related
positive feedback mechanisms,
[but] these feedback mechanisms are complicated and not
fully understood," he said.
"Projects such as ours are trying to better understand what
role the ocean plays in glacier
and ice shelf dynamics so that
we can better understand how
the whole system will react to
climate change."
The team will be working in
Antarctica until November 12,
and will continue to analyze the
collected data on their return to
Vancouver, tl
EDMONTON (CUP) —The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity chapter at the University of Alberta
had its status as a student group
suspended Thursday afternoon
following allegations of hazing
made in a Gateway article published Oct. 21.
Dean of Students Frank Robinson stated at a press conference that the suspension is effective immediately and would
last until further notice. He added that it is being implemented
because of a concern for the
well-being of students.
The suspension of DKE's student group status means that
they lose the privileges that
come with student group registration, which includes the ability to book space at the university, rent university equipment
or use the university name and
This suspension has no impact on individuals within the
The Innocence Project, a UBC
group that investigates claims
of wrongful convictions, is in
danger of disbanding because
of lack of funding.
There are currently 10 students and 24 lawyers working on
around 30 cases, but fundraising
has been challenging because
of the labour-intensive nature
of the job and misconceptions
about the group's intentions.
Tamara Levy explained to
News 1130, "The way I think
people see it is we're trying to
get convicted murderers out of
jail, which is not the case. We're
trying to establish whether there
are convicted murderers that are
actually innocent."
Prof Stephen Toope, along with
Dr Jutta Brunnee, Law professor at the University of Toronto,
presented their new book, Legitimacy and Legality in International Law, at the Liu Institute for
Global Studies at UBC.
Toope indicated that the book
provides a unique new theory
of the creation and sustainability of the international obligation, revealing that in both treaty
and customary law a continuing
practice of legality is extremely essential. 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NATIONAL/2010.11.01
EDITOR ARSHY MANN»news@ubysseyca
ASSOCIATE SALLY CRAMPTON»associate.news@ubysseyca
enrolment is
predicted to drop
due to plunging
birth rates since
Are we ready?
The Eyeopener (Ryerson University]
TORONTO (CUP) - Enrolment rates are
expected to drop off in Canada and unless universities find a way to fill the
gap, there may be a lot more empty seats
in class.
"Around about now we're at the maximum capacity in post-secondary enrolments, and over the next two, three,
four years the number of enrolments
will start to decline throughout the system," said University of Toronto economics professor and author of Boom Bust
and Echo David Foot.
While many universities are looking to expand their campuses and programs, the
idea of universities dealing with maxed-
out capacity comes from the large number of children that were born out of the
baby boom generation. Also known as
Generation Y or the echo boomers, these
children were born beginning in 1980.
The echo generation is thought to have
ended in 2001. The peak of echo births
happened in 1991, meaning that since
1992 there has been a gradual decline in
the number of natural births in Canada.
Those peak births are now aged 19,
which means that the rate of enrolment
will drop to coincide with the gradual decline in birthrates that occurred
during the 1990s. Meanwhile, a majority of universities are preparing to
deal with an expected growth in enrolment figures. But some argue that the
overall post-secondary sector, and not
just the sector outside of major cities
such as Montreal and Toronto, should
be preparing for a drop in enrolment
instead of an increase.
Such a drop is already developing in
eastern Canada, where the demographic
age is around five years ahead ofthe rest
ofthe country. Following an audit carried
out by the federal group of the superintendent of financial institutions, a 2008
summary report shows that enrolment
figures for both colleges and universities
are expected to decline by 216,000 over
the next 15 years.
"Demographic trends are long-term
trends, so it's very easy to ignore them in
the short term," said Foot. "Ifyou're looking just to the next year, then demographics aren't going to be terribly important.
The longer you look at the time and the
longer you plan, the more important demographic trends become."
One way that universities may be able
to balance the numbers is to recruit outwards in order to find international students. These students could bring additional benefit by bringing a revenue of up
to three times that of the average Canadian undergraduate student.
"[Ontario] in their last budget has asked
all universities to look at increasing international enrolments by as much as 50 per
cent, and we are looking to increase our
number as well," said Levy. "We would plan
somewhere around a 15 to 20 per cent increase over the [next] few years."
While international students could
bring a boost in income to universities,
attracting recently landed immigrants
maybe difficult because immigrants now
tend to be older and more experienced.
Canada reformed its immigration policy
in the late 1980s in an effort to reestablish itself as an education-based knowledge economy.
Those immigrants, who are established
enough to make it through the immigration points system, which rewards career
and life experience, generally already have
a higher level of education.
"No amount of immigration will compensate for this," said Foot. "Immigrants
now are predominantly in their 30s with
kids and they're not settling in the cities
This is due to the urban-non-urban divide, which essentially states that the inner cities of urban Canada generally at-
tractyounger people than the non-urban
suburbs and rural areas. He added that immigrants are now being drawn to smaller cities like London, Guelph and Kingston, Ontario.
"Immigrants are not going to bail out
the universities anymore," said Foot. Such
demographics could mean that universities may have to look to cutting programs or increasingly rely on non-tenured teaching staff.
"It's the outsourcing model that businesses have run for the last decade to keep
costs under control," said Foot. "They've
outsourced to temporary faculty, which I
don't think is a good way to run post-secondary education, but this is the way it's
being run now."
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Plumb the ultimate handyman for T-Birds
At 6'3" and 210 pounds, Doug
Plumb is this year's newest addition to the UBC men's basketball team. Not only is he already
a member ofthe starting line up,
Plumb is commanding attention
by averaging 14 points and 23.6
minutes per game.
Thunderbirds head coach Kevin Hanson described Plumb as
"a tough and versatile player."
"He is extremely athletic and
makes things happen on both
sides of the ball. We knew he
was very solid offensively but
it's his dedication to defense
that is making him so valuable
to our team," he added.
What makes Plumb stand out
from the other additions is his
experience. Originally from Pitt
Meadows, Plumb moved to Minnesota after his Grade 9 year to
improve his game and gain exposure. He played three years
for Hastings High School before playing for Minnesota State
"Playing down in the States
benefited me immensely as an
athlete. The level of competition
and the coaching was far superior to anything I had previously experienced in Canada, which
hugely helped my game," he said.
However, Plumb was not getting the playing time in the
NCAA he wanted. At 18, he returned to BC and immediately
decided to play for the University of Fraser Valley. In his first
CIS season, he lead the Cascades
with an average of 16 points and
30.8 minutes per game. Unfortunately he was only able to play
in four games the nextyear due
to a torn quadricep, which resulted in continual issues with
his knee. He sat out the rest of
that season and the next as well.
"Last year I rehabbed religiously and trained on my own;
I really tried to work on my athleticism and to be productive
with the year off."
While rehabbing, Plumb's daily routine included 45 minutes
of shooting hoops and drills every morning, followed by either
weights, speed or agility training. On the weekends he attended open gyms, and scrimmaged
in a men's basketball league.
"People doubted me. I went
from being in the forefront to an
afterthought. That was my drive
and motivation—to prove that I
can get back to and deserve to
be at that level," Plumb explains.
With winning in mind, Plumb
joined forces with the Thunderbirds and began practicing with
the team in September. Fitting
in was never an issue, as he
played on the provincial U-15
team with fellow 'Birds Alex
Murphy and Brent Malish and
already knew most of the other guys from prior basketball
"Everyone is welcoming,
there's no underlying ulterior
motives, no egos; we genuinely
have each other's backs on and
off the court," he said.
Plumb in action earlier this year. JON CHIANG PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Despite the lack of ego amongst
the team, Plumb looks forward
to a season of proving that he
and UBC are more than capable of being contenders in the
Canada West conference.
"We walk the line of arrogance
and confidence. Hard work breeds
confidence. When you know other
people aren't working as hard as
you are, you just kind of get that
confidence in you." tl
Can UBC connect for a fourth straight title?
UBC celebrates during last weekend's game against TWU. JON CHIANG PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
It's hard to win, but even harder
to stay at the top.
Despite that, the UBC's women's volleyball team has proven capable of living up to that
challenge year after year. Friday night saw their third consecutive CIS championship banner raised to the rafters of War
Memorial Gym, as the team began its 2010-2011 regular season looking for a fourth straight
national championship.
The CIS banner for last year
has an updated, modern design—one that validates the
Thunderbirds' transformation
into a modern day winning
"Seeing the banners up in
the rafters does indeed remind
us that we are part of a legacy," said fifth-year captain Lauren Whitehead after Saturday's
game against the Trinity Western Spartans.
After the weekend series, the
three banners were put away and
out of sight of those inside War
Memorial Gym, but the image—
and the challenge it represents—
will not leave the minds of the
players."We'll meet as a team and
establish a pyramid for success,"
Whitehead said.
"At the peak we will put
our goal of another national
championship and at the base
we'll have the key basics. The little things like confidence, the importance of workouts, discipline,
taking care of injuries, knowing
that everyone has a role to contribute to another win all the time.
Whether on the bench or on the
floor, everyone has to know that
they are an important part to the
The Thunderbirds will see the
return of many stars, including
third year outside hitter Shanice Marcelle, who led the T-Birds
this weekend with 26 kills in two
games. But Whitehead knows all
members of the team will take
on a large role in this year's pursuit for another banner.
"It's all in the preparation, and
that's the way that we're going to
get there," she said. "We have such
amazing first and second-years.
They really showed it out there
this weekend, just how skilled
they really are. Now we have to
put it all together by focusing on
the process, being there for each
other and supporting one another on and off the floor."
The T-Birds dropped both weekend games three sets to one to TWU.
Though there were flashes of truly
brilliant play and flow from UBC,
they just couldn'tkeep the momentum through the whole match.
Head coach Doug Reimer kept the
early-season loss in perspective.
"It's just early in the season
and with a lot of new players on
the court, those are the growing
pains you're going to go through,"
he said.
The growing pains will continue, as UBC will be without Kyla
Richey and Jen Hinze, both 2010
All-Canadians, for another three
weeks, as they will be representing Canada at the World Championships in Japan. The team is hoping their absence will allow the
youngsters to develop their own
confidence and experience. But as
the T-Birds prepare for this weekend's games against the University of Alberta Pandas, Whitehead
and the team know that adversity is part of the journey to gold.
"A championship title is all in
the process," she said, tl
A season-long trend continued for
UBC women's hockey this weekend against the Regina Cougars,
as the Thunderbirds came out
flying to win 4-3 Friday only to
lose by the same score Saturday.
While it wasn't a blowout, as was
the case the past two weeks, it
marked the third straight time
the T-Birds had lost the second
half of a double header.
Friday's game, UBC's home
opener, went into overtime after
a top-shelf snipe from Chelsea
Laing with eight minutes to go.
The game continued to a shootout
where an injured Melinda Choy
who was put in midway through
the second, stopped ten straight
Regina players before the Cougars scored—their only goal of
the shootout. However, fifth-year
assistant captain Kirsten Mihalcheon responded with a shootout
goal of her own,and then potted
a second one immediately after
for the win.
UBC continued to play well on
Saturday, entering the third period up 3-0 and playing, in the
words of head coach Nancy Wilson, "some of the besthockey we've
played all year." However, Regina
came out ready for the final period, scoring three goals on nine
shots and forcing the game into
overtime, where Paige Wheeler
scored her fourth goal of the year
for Regina, sending the T-Birds
to the loss.
Both the UBC men's and women's
basketball teams swept Trinity
Western University in Langley
over the weekend.
Friday night saw the lady
Thunderbirds Anally figure out
the formula to earn their first
win ofthe season. They jumped
to an early 15-6 lead and used
their speed and athleticism to
hold a 44-30 lead at halftime.
Continuing to hit many long-
range shots, they extended their
lead to 63-42 at the end of the
third, eventually winning 78-
67. On Saturday they built on
the momentum, jumping to a
33-21 lead by halftime and not
slowing down in a 74-45 blowout. UBC hit 5 of 14 three point
attempts, lead by Zara Huntley
who ended the weekend with
21 points.
The men's team responded to
last weekend's loss to Saskatchewan with a 91-63 victory on Friday. They were led by veteran
Josh Whyte, who put in 23 points,
and Kamar Burke, who had 18
points in just 16 minutes of action. Saturday was no different,
with UBC making 52.5 per cent
of their shots in a 90-77 victory. 6/UBYSSEY.CA/FEATURE/2010.11.01
It's been one year since Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson announced the city's ambitious plan to make Vancouver
the "greenest city" in the world.
Some said this plan, aimed at
reducing the city's overall carbon footprint by 2020, was overly ambitious. Promoting cycling
is one ofthe key components of
this plan, but when the mayor
announced the plan in October
2009, the city's only step toward
building world-class bike infrastructure was two lanes across
the Burrard Bridge.
Since then, lanes have gone
in along Dunsmuir and the viaduct, and bike trips in the downtown core have gone up substantially. But for UBC commuters
and the majority of residents
outside of the downtown core,
cycling is no more appealing
thanitwas ayear ago. How much
closer is Vancouver to becoming a bike capital? Where do we
go from here? And where does
UBC fit into these grand ambitions? Today, The Ubyssey takes
a comprehensive look at cycling
in Vancouver.
According to the Vancouver
Sun, Robertson's aim is to
reduce the city's carbon
footprint from 7 hectares
per person to 1.8 by 2020.
This would mean that 50
per cent of all trips in
Vancouver would take
place through walking,
cycling or using public
transportation in the next
The city council has been
pushing cycling as a transportation priority since 1997,
when a network of downtown
bike lanes was first proposed.
Injury of 2009, the first of these
lanes opened on the Burrard
Since then, separated bike
lanes have opened along Dunsmuir Street and the Dunsmuir
Viaduct. The next piece of this
puzzle is a proposed lane along
Hornby to connect Dunsmuir
and Burrard.
Jerry Dobrovolny a city engineer, says the Dunsmuir project cost around $1 million and
has gone a long way to promote
cycling in the downtown core.
"On Dunsmuir, it went from
under 500 cyclists a day to over
2000," said Dobrovolny.
He added, however, that this
does not necessarily mean the
increase was all new trips. Some
cyclists moved over from adjacent lanes. The Burrard Bridge
is more indicative of new riders,
he said, because there was no
parallel prior to its implementation. That project indicates that
cycling into downtown has increased by roughly 26 per cent
since the bike lanes were introduced. These projects are still in
the pilot stage.
The city has faced some opposition to this plan, especially from business owners who
fear the loss of parking along
Dunsmuir will equal a loss of
business. The city has relocated much of this parking several blocks away, but many in
the business community have
been vehemently opposed to
the lanes.
On October 4, the website
ofthe Vancouver Area Cycling
Coalition (VACC), a cycling advocacy group, was hacked. According to The Province, on the
eve of a vote on whether to extend the lane on Hornby, cyber
vandals hit vacc.bc.ca, causing
the website to go down for several hours. Some suspected
business owners along Hornby of the vandalism. According to the article, "Many shop
owners along Hornby are upset
that the trial [bike lanes] will
eliminate about 158 parking
spaces on the east side of the
one-way street. They say those
parking spaces are quite popular with their customers and
that they expect their businesses will suffer if the separated
bike lanes are approved." Days
after the implementation of
bike lanes along Dunsmuir,
graffiti labelling the lane partitions "the mayor's political
gravestone" appeared, according to a report by News 1130.
Copenhagen is often cited as
the ideal city for cycling. Their
investment in bike infrastructure has resulted in an impressive percentage of pedal pushers: about 36 per cent of Copenhagen's commuting population
goes by bike. Only 3.6 per cent
of Vancouverites bike to work.
"They are definitely a model," said Erick Villagomez, a
faculty member with the UBC
School of Landscape Architecture. "They've taken a whole
bunch of steps towards increasing bike mode share."
The city is roughly comparable in terms of population, climate and area. But Copenhagen
differs from Vancouver in several key areas.
"Copenhagen is a lot denser,"
said Villagomez, going on to explain that denser cities are a major reason that biking is more
popular in Europe.
Europe's bike culture in turn
has bred motorists who are familiar with sharing the road.
"There's that kind of critical
mass [when motorists begin to
understand how to drive near
bikes]," said Villagomez.
According to Villagomez, the
Copenhagen bike lanes cover
about 100 kilometres. Jerry Dobrovolny, a transportation engineer with the city, said Vancouver's network covers 400 lane kilometres. Ifyou look just at numbers, itwould appear that Vancouver's system is much stronger, but
it's the type of lanes available that
make cycling much more appealing in Copenhagen.
"Their bike paths are more
often than not separated," said
Separated bike lanes are partitioned from traffic by some kind
of barrier. Parts of the most recent addition to Vancouver's
network, along Dunsmuir, use
planter boxes and bike parking.
These lanes are wider than on-
street lanes, and are generally
seen as much safer. They account
for only 12 kilometres of Vancouver's total network. The majority
of Vancouver's system is made
up of neighbourhood bikeways,
according to Dobrovolny. These
bikeways are the major artery
linking UBC into the bike network, but poor visibility, steep
grades and parked cars have
led many to see them as less
than ideal.
Copenhagen's status as the pinnacle of green transportation is
due to the focus on these lanes.
"There's something relatively
simplistic about planning stuff,"
Villagomez said. "If people feel
safe [biking], they'll use it more."
The city also has some lofty
goals. "In the next five years they
want half of their population on
bikes," said Villagomez.
The designated bikeways that
parallel Broadway link UBC
into this bike network. These
"Off Broadway" routes are
not hugely popular among
planners and cyclists.
"[The routes are] better
than nothing," said Villagomez, but "[They have a] fair
share of conflicts in terms
of just overall safety."
"There's three main
problems that I see and
they're all related to visibility," said Eric Drewes,
a UBC student and bicycle commuter. He said that
large hedges and parked
cars often block visibility, and that neither motorists nor cyclists use roundabouts correctly.
The bikeways are also unattractive topographically. "A
lot of the main streets are the
best to bike on because they're
the flattest," said Villagomez.
"There's almost a conflict of interest there—the ideal routes are
the busiest car routes. They're
not that safe."
Drewes, who lives around
Ontario Street, also said the off-
Broadway routes are slower. "If I
bike on Broadway, it takes me 35
to 40 minutes. If I bike on 10th [Avenue], it takes an hour."
According to Erin O'Mellin, a
project manager with VACC, safety
is the second largest issue keeping people from switching to
bikes (next to weather). The VACC
organizes the bi-annual Bike to
Work Week and collects this information from first-time cyclists
involved in the program.
"It's generally just that [cyclists]
don't feel that cars see them or respect them," said O'Mellin.
How should Vancouver go about
expanding its network? And
where could a possible connection to UBC fit in?
Villagomez proposes a tight
network of separated bike lanes
stemming from the Skytrain stations. He calls this plan HOT-
BOD, or 'hop-on transit, bicycle-
oriented development.'
"What the research found is
that people aren't willing to go
beyond 200 and 400 metres out
of their way to get to a bikeway"
he said.
A bike network that is spaced
out more than 500 metres will
not increase bike mode share
very effectively. Cyclists need
to be able to get to a bikeway
within five minutes of biking,
which is about two kilometres.
"You would have [rapid transit and cycling] working in tandem. Within those two kilometre nodes, you would increase
the network, spacing it out approximately every 500 metres."
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like? "If we're going to aspire
to creating more incentives, I
imagine one is going to be somehow trying to integrate [the network] along these main lines
[like Broadway]," said Villagomez. "The nature of the topography and their linkages make
them that much more attractive
for people to ride on."
The Trek office is committed
to working for such a connection, but no plan to do so exists at this time, said Cooper.
"We're constantly looking for
those opportunities. It really
depends when pockets of funding open up. There's not always
a consistent funding program
from the province on bike infrastructure." He added that a line
to UBC would require working
with both the City of Vancouver
and the Ministry of Transportation, because the roads from
Blanca to Wesbrook are not part
of Vancouver.
"There is a gap in the bike
network," said Dobrovolny. He
said that the City will update
its transportation master plan
next year, when new priorities
and projects will be identified.
"You've got a fixed amount of
road space, and you have many
different users competing for
the space," he said.
O'Mellin said that advocating for the network of separated bike lanes is a high priority
for the VACC.
"It's kind of like a gateway into
other cycling for transportation,"
she said. "There's lots of people
that have thought about cycling,
but they're just too nervous. The
barrier that separated lanes provide gets them out there."
Villagomez imagines that it
is only a matter of time until
UBC is brought into the network.
"As long as there's the political
will and backing to do [a lane],
it can happen," he said. "There
are a lot of people that do bike
in and around UBC, and I imagine something like that would
be brilliant to do." tl
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According to a 2009 study by
Campus and Community Planning, trips by bicyclists account
for one per cent of the total commuter trips to UBC. The university will update its transportation plan this year, and a campus cycling plan is one of the
proposed initiatives.
"We can't wave our wands
and have a lot more buses on
campus," said Adam Cooper,
program coordinator at the UBC
Trek office, which is in charge of
campus transportation. "Cycling
is somewhere we can make a
real impact."
The overall goal of this proposed plan is to reduce the number of single-occupant vehicle
trips to campus, which currently account for 32 per cent of all
trips. They plan on doing this
through investment in bike infrastructure—lanes, signage
and storage. Under this plan,
Trek will invest $187,500 to increase the number of bike parking spaces from 6600 to 9500.
The plan also calls for 28 kilometres of either separated or mixed
-use bike lanes around campus.
Villagomez says this plan is a
step in the right direction, but he
has some reservations. "Overall, the plan looks good insofar
that the aim seems to be to create a bike network across the
entire campus that connects to
the new UBC residential neighbourhood in the south, as well
as the existing City of Vancouver bike network."
The parking plan, where many
of the new racks are concentrated around residences and other
campus hubs, is less than ideal. "It's greatto have [parking] in
locations such as the parkades,
but people want to ride their
bikes directly to the doors of
the buildings where their classes are being held."
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Yann Martel, the meditating sloth
Life of Pi writer wants Stephen Harper to read his books
"I don't consider writing a career. It's not a career the way accounting or dentistry is a career.
Things can disappear, your career can vanish. To me, it's more
a way of thinking aboutlife, and
it expresses itself in writing."
Those are the words of one
of Canada's most renowned authors, Yann Martel.
The author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel, Life of
Pi, and most recently Beatrice
& Virgil, was featured in this
year's Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.
Born in Salamanca, Spain in
1963, Yann Martel became a
full-time writer at 27 years-old.
But way before his literary success, he began like any typical
university student.
"I started writing in my late
teens, when I was in university" said Martel. "I studied anthropology in my first year,
then I switched to philosophy,
and I wasn't really happy doing that. I didn't know why I
was there and I was losing interest in what I was studying.
To deal with the tensions of
what I should do, I just started writing."
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After graduating, Martel had
to try a series of odd jobs, like
tree planter, dishwasher and security guard, before realizing
his true passion was for writing.
"It just struck me as more
meaningful doing that than
anything else," he said. "Eventually I had short stories published. I won a prize, then got
an agent, and slowly suddenly
I was a writer."
International acclaim came
in 2002, when Life of Pi won the
Man Booker Prize.
"It was wonderful for the
book, and for me," said Martel.
"It brought the book to a greater audience and it made my
life a lot busier, with lots of opportunities, festivals and book
A Life of Pi movie is set to be
released by 2012, with multi-
award-winning director Ang
Lee. It took eight years for Martel to publish another book, and
by April 2010 the highly anticipated Beatrice & Virgil finally
hit the bookstores.
Martel also has an ongoing
campaign to get prime minister
Stephen Harper to read books.
He started a website called What
is Stephen Harper Reading? in
2007, when he and 49 other
Canadian artists were given a
poor reception at the House of
Commons. It was the Canada
Council for Arts' 50thanniversa-
ry yet Harper deliberately gave
no acknowledgement to Canada's leading artists.
"There's no doubt that he
sounds and governs like one
who cares little for the arts," Martel wrote on his website. "For as
long as Stephen Harper is prime
minister of Canada, I vow to send
him every two weeks, mailed on
a Monday a book that has been
known to expand stillness. That
book will be inscribed and will
be accompanied by a letter I will
have written."
To date, Martel has sent 92
books and letters to the prime
minister, but has not yet received a direct reply.
"If I stopped now that would
be admitting defeat," said Martel. "I think the novel is one of
the best ways to explore the human condition. It's one of the
most thoughtful products of human civilization. Do we want a
leadership that never delves into
that? So what kind of society do
we want? That's why I ask, and
that's why I've been doing this."
The letters from What is Stephen Harper Reading? have also
been published as a book ofthe
same title.
Martel's stories, books and
ideology show that he clearly
values thought and contemplation above all else.
"In Life of Pi, there is one autobiographical character: it's
the sloth," said Martel. "It has
very peculiar habits. Instead
of rushing around madly like
some animals and like many
many human beings, it is like
this meditating monk that
just sits up in a tree. Eating
little, doing little, just thinking,
exactly like a Buddhist monk
Martel offered some words of
wisdom to any aspiring writers.
"The big lesson is persist but
also let go—have passion but be
detached. Be reasonable, get a
job, but don't give to that entirely and take your time. It's a very
very long process. It's never too
late. Right now read, read, read
and write, write, write. If nothing happens, ifyou're not published right away then don't worry. Maybeyou'd be published in
your late 20s and early 30s, and
it's never too late to go back to
it either. After all, it just has to
work, and when it does it will
be worthwhile." va
Although eating
local is convenient and easy
during growing
season, it can become quite a challenge in the winter months when
the summer's variety evolves into
basically three choices: leeks, kale
and swiss chard. For most, attempting to cook with these three obscure vegetables can be a culinary challenge.
First, the leek. A long tubular
vegetable that resembles a green
onion on steroids, it tastes like a
cross between onion and celery.
Leeks are usually used in cream-
based soups, often with potatoes.
But since soup can become monotonous after a whole winter season, Gokhan Himmetoglu, a culinary expert in residence, recommends trying risotto,—a northern
Italian rice dish. "Leek risotto is
an ideal dish because the leek's
subtle taste comes through," he
says. "It is also great for winter, because risotto is warm and
Next is a bitter green called kale.
Being a type of cabbage, it is an antioxidant superhero, packing more
iron than spinach. However, it can
be difficult to cook.
Kale chips are an almostno-fail
method. Bake bite-sized pieces
with salt and olive oil for 12 minutes at 350 degrees F. The result
is a light green, almost opaque
chip—a great side for sandwiches. However, beware of overcooking kale as it can quickly turn into
a most unappetizing vegetable.
Finally the swiss chard, whose
edible stems range in colour from
orange to hot pink. Although it
can be eaten raw in a salad if
fresh, it needs some serious cooking to get rid of its bitter taste after a few days in the fridge. Aged'
chard is best sauteed and is a nice
addition to any pasta dish. It has
a less obvious taste than cooked
spinach and is more palatable.
So this is what it comes down to
when eating local in November—
not much variety in terms of produce. However, by incorporating
these seemingly odd vegetables
into recipes, you may find that
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On November 2, Californians of legal voting age
will be given the option to legalize the possession of cannabis in their state. Should Proposition 19—the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis
Act of 2010—pass with a simple majority, it will
become legal on a state level to possess up to 28.5
grams for personal consumption and devote up
to 2.3 square metres for cultivation.
The sale of marijuana to non-medical users
won't change on the state level, but the proposition would give local governments the power
to individually legalize, regulate and tax distributors. The bill sets stiff penalties for those
who sell or transport pot to people under the
age of 21 and maintains current laws against
driving under the influence. Consumption will
be limited to private residences or licensed
The federal government does not support the
bill and will continue to prosecute marijuana users regardless ofthe state's laws. But it is unclear
whether they will have the resources to do so.
It is high time—pun intended—that a government in North America brought this issue to the
table. From HenryJ Anslinger's racially-charged
crusade against the plant in the 1930s through
the scare tactics of the American Drug War in the
1980s, the debate over marijuana has been muddied by paranoia, disinformation and corporate
interests. Level-headed discussion of legalization's pros and cons in the media is a relatively
recent development.
An Angus Reid poll showed the majority (52
per cent) of Canadians support the legalization of
cannabis. So do we. Analysis ofthe numbers involved—of incarceration rates, organized crime
revenue and annual expenditures on the "War on
Drugs"—leads us to believe that regulation and
taxation are the best methods of dealing with
this intoxicant on a broad scale. A survey of literature on the subject, from government-funded studies in the 60s and 70s to recent films like
Reefer Madness and The Union, shouldbe enough
convince most rational citizens that legalization
is the best option.
But what will the results of the November 2
vote mean to us here in British Columbia and
Canada as a whole? If pot is legalized in California, what gives us cause to celebrate? Prop
19 has the power to set a precedent in other
states. If a legal pot market in California does
what proponents suggest it will—create jobs,
produce tax revenue, reduce the incomes of
organized crime groups and take pressure off
the nation's jam-packed prisons—it will make
a strong case for legalization in other locales,
domestically and abroad. Critics of Canadian
legalization have argued that conflict with the
USA's prohibition would create tension and require increased security at the border. This
argument loses strength when the prospect of
widespread legalization state-side becomes a
realistic possibility.
California may serve as a model pot economy.
As an oasis from prohibition, the state could be
the site of a budding marijuana tourism industry. Visitors flock everyyear to California's wine
growing regions. Cannabis could have a similar
draw, especially if the right steps are taken to attract visitors and showcase the product. The era
of organic cannabis farm tours and yearly growers' festivals may not be far off.
Canada's drug policy is decided on a federal
level, and the Harper government hasn't shown
any sign of budging when it comes to marijuana.
In fact, Bill S-10, introduced in May, aims to increase mandatory sentencing for production and
distribution of illicit substances, including cannabis. Would successful implementation of Prop
19 in California be enough to push our elected
members towards a more enlightened pot policy in Canada?
Regardless of whether it passes or not, the debate has served as the means to a valuable end.
By bringing serious discussion of marijuana legalization into the mainstream media, it has laid
bare the absurdities and injustices of prohibition
to the public. With the planting of these seeds of
truth, we can look forward to more change flowering in the United States—and, eventually, at
home, til
Afghans truly appreciate educational advances
On my second morning here, my traveling partner Lauryn Oates, myself,
and a 19-year-old Afghan girl named
Angela piled into the car. Angela is
from an extremely poor family in the
Bamiyan province, and the fact that
her parents gave her that name is only
the first amazing thing about her.
Angela managed to get herself a
very good education, is fluently bilingual, and studies at a place called the
"School of Leadership Afghanistan"
(I'm meeting with its founder tomorrow). She's hoping to get a scholarship
to a North American university. Angela's a beautiful person in every way;
she filled the car with lively conversation and laughter. Today, she was
going to be our translator.
Walid, our driver, took the northeastern road out of Kabul. If we followed it all the way, it would take us
to Angela's birthplace and then eventually to Mazar-e-Sharif and Balkh.
It is kind of refreshing to get out
of Kabul and into the clean air of the
countryside. However, in Afghanistan you never really leave the poverty and trash-strewn ditches. Or the
Finally we made it to our destination, a small rural school. We were
greeted heartily by a few Afghans
standing outside. "Salaam alaikum!"
we call out; "Alaikum assalam," comes
the response.
This school was the recipient of a
teacher training program administered by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. All ofthe teachers
had already been instructing classes
for years, but had never had any formal training. Today they were going
to receive their official teaching certificates, recognized by the Afghanistan Ministry of Education.
The principal told Lauryn, who has
worked tirelessly for advocacy groups
in Afghanistan for nearly a deacde,
"Thank you so much for what you've
done. Thank you. Thank you. Please
keep doing this. We need more of this
It's important to remember that
this is a school in a tiny rural district. These are supposed to be the
backward Afghans, according to the
Western media. But there are posters, in Dari language, of world geography and astronomy. Before a couple
of years ago, nothing like these were
seen in village schools. I saw teachers
getting their official certificates. In an
extraordinary moment, which I wish
I had pictures of but it felt inappropriate to pull out my camera, one man
stood up and spoke for a few minutes.
Angela translated for us.
"Thank you for this. We thank all
Canadians for this. You need to continue this program. Education means
peace for our country. It is the most
important thing."
And at least five times over the
length of the speech, he exhorted
us: "We need physics and chemistry
books! Please get us physics and chemistry!" Lauryn laughed. She's heard
this from so many Afghans.
The school has no heat. Students and
teachers alike work in every weather
condition, cold or hot, to get their studies done. As if it needs to be said, the
school has no plumbing. There is no
question in my mind: Afghans value
their education way more than the vast
majority of Canadians do. We've come
to take it for granted. It's embarrassing.
After turning down countless requests that we stay for lunch, we got
back into the car and returned to the
dusty, crowded streets of Kabul, tl
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to Afghanistan and is blogging at uby s-
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I was disappointed with The Ubyssey's
editorial, "PETA protest leaves a bad
taste in our mouths." Until publication ofyour editorial, The Ubyssey had
done an admirable job covering what
is clearly a hot-button issue. Your reporting has been largely accurate and
I commend the newspaper for its professionalism. That is why I was perplexed by the paper's mischaracter-
ization of our recent action.
First, you failed to mention that our
demonstration at the Vancouver Art
Gallery included both men and women. Second, the male and female activists were body painted to depict animals in a UBC laboratory, animals
who are subjected to painful, invasive,
and ultimately lethal procedures. We
creatively used body painting, an ancient, revered art form, to raise awareness about the plight of animals at
the university.
Furthermore, you neglected to note
that the body art was the work of a respected local artist who has created
very similar body art for a number of
clients, including Toyota, Telus, RE-
MAX, CBC TV, Vancouver Aquarium,
Science World and many more. Obviously, our event was highly successful since it was covered by CBC, City,
and Global TV, CBC, CKNW, Newsl 130
radio, The Province, Vancouver Sun,
and other news outlets. As a result, we
were able to educate a large audience
about UBC's experiments on animals.
Your misrepresentation of our demonstration does a disservice to Stop
UBC Animal Research and to those
concerned about UBC's use of taxpayer
dollars to systematically experiment
on tens of thousands of animals everyyear. Rest assured, as long as UBC
researchers continue to cut open the
backs of cats, force saline solution
into the lungs of newborn piglets to
induce respiratory failure, administer electroconvulsive shocks to monkeys, decapitate wild songbirds and
expose mice to cigarette smoke, Stop
UBC Animal Research will keep sounding the alarm.
Brian Vincent, Stop UBC Animal
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A Message to Students
Gordon Campbell, MLA Vancouver - Point Grey
Dear Students:
By now you have had a chance to settle into the new school-year, finding your classes, meeting new people and making new friends. I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome all of you back to school. Whether you are a first year student taking uncharted steps into an unfamiliar and exciting new world or a PhD
candidate readying to lead in your field; what each new-year brings, is a chance to start fresh and expand
your horizons. Filled with the promise of anticipation, knowledge and growth, you as students are maturing into the next generation of leaders - not just in British Columbia, but in Canada and around the world.
As I look back on my years at Simon Fraser University and at Dartmouth College, I realize it was those
formative years that prepared me for life in so many ways. Whether as a teacher in Africa, as the mayor of
Vancouver, as the Leader of the Official Opposition or as the Premier of this great province; the lessons I
learned in university, along with the friends that I made and the life experiences I gained helped to solidify my career path and the choices that I made.
Undoubtedly, many of you were here to witness the excitement ofthe Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. While the Games were an unmatched success, where Canadian athletes took a record haul of 14 gold medals (including the unforgettable mens hockey gold on home-ice), the legacy and
momentum ofthe Games continues to push our great province in new and exciting directions.
For the first time in our history, we had three billion sets of eyes on our province, to witness our talents, creativity, passion and excitement. Three billion sets of eyes were also given a chance to explore what else defines
British Columbia and what its people have to offer to the world. Make no mistake -you are a part of that!
Hosting a number of events at the brand new Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena helped to promote UBC
as a premium destination for students, faculty and staff - as is evident by the record number of international students attending UBC this year. Furthermore, investments made in the province today will sow
the employment seeds for tomorrow. As you work your way through this amazing time in your life, know
that as a government we continue to work as hard as we can to ensure the jobs you have trained for, will
be ready for when you graduate.
Since 2001, this government has created well over 400,000 net new jobs and a part of our success has
been our investment in you, as well as the post-secondary institutions and facilities in B.C. With 7 new universities, we have added over 36,000 new seats to our colleges, universities, institutes and training schools,
providing more students with more opportunities to learn in their own communities and work in their
chosen field of study. As the first province in Canada to establish a transit pass for all students, and with
the fourth lowest tuition in Canada, we also continue to strive toward keeping education affordable for our
students in every region of B.C.
However, I do recognize students will often leave university with some debt built up. Ifyou are someone
who is looking for help with your student loans, I encourage you to contact the Ministry of Science and Universities to inquire about the student loan forgiveness program for which you may be eligible. This province
also implemented the Pacific Leaders program, a program that offers loan forgiveness as an incentive for individuals such as you to join the BC Public Service. If this is something that interests you, I encourage you to visit http://employment.gov.bc.ca/index.php?p=Pacific__ Leaders.
Finally, as your MLA for Vancouver - Point Grey, it is my job to represent you and your interests. I appreciate hearing the views of students, faculty and staff from UBC on the issues that are important to you. If
you ever have a question or a concern, my constituency office is always willing to help. Staff can be reached
at 604-660-3202.
I wish you all the best in the year ahead. I hope you each find success and enlightenment as you pursue
your dreams and ambitions.


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