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The moustache effect
UBC's unlikey (and humourous) environmental
activists. Pages 6-7
Flaming flamenco
An exclusive interview with Spanish
guitarist Paco Pena. Page 5
The hard war against deviant sponges and puppets.
Grab your pumice scrub, this could get ugly. Page 10
The Beach Boys, keepers of keys and secrets since 1918.
Tuesday, 22 February, 2005
Vol.LXXXVI   N°37
Basketball Birds eliminate SFU from playoffs for second year running
Their cross town rivals took them to the limit, but UBC goes on to play Victoria for a chance to advance to the Canada West Final Four next month. The T-Birds are
hoping to earn a third consecutive appearance at the National Championships in Halifax. Read more on page 9. yinan max wang photo
Forensics to be phased out
by Eric Szeto
UBC's graduate forensic psychology program, a pioneering program in Canada, is set to be
phased out in 2008 much to the
aggravation of the program's
While forensic courses will
still be offered at an undergraduate level, the graduate program is
being removed because of what
the psychology department calls a
shift in its policy.
"Any department changes over
time. We've had other programs that
have existed and they've changed,"
said Psychology Department Head
Eric Eich.
"Forensics [is an] important area,
I'm not saying it's trivial because it's
not," he added. "It's a fascinating,
sexy area...but the thing is there are
lots of others too and...you build on
the strengths that you have and how
things develop over time and it's a
hard decision but you have to do it."
Dr Don Dutton, a professor and
co-founder of the forensics program,
has a different take. Forensics
makes a significant contribution to
society and removing the program
would be a disservice to everyone,
said Dutton.
"I personally have the belief that
psychology should wrestle with the
problems of the day and that we
have a debt to the broader society,"
said Dutton. Universities have a
broader debt to society to help with
everyday problems, not just abstract
tinkering that may or may not ever
contribute to anything...I think it's
too easy to get locked up in an ivory
tower in a lab."
Barry Cooper, a recent graduate
from the forensic psychology pro
gram at UBC, is also confounded by
the faculty's decision to remove
such a popular program.
"I guess it's frustrating because
there is such a demand for forensic
psychologists in the community and
even in academia there's a disproportionate amount of graduate
applications in the forensic area,"
said Cooper.
However, forensic psychology
isn't the only area in the field of
psychology that deals with the
everyday problems of society,
said Eich.
"If you look at...the people
we've hired now that do health
psych things, a lot of that has real
world major implications," said
Eich. "How is it that stress in the
urban environment gets under
your skin? We're looking at genet-
See "Forensic" page 2.
Punjabi language looking to
have larger role in Canada
UBC alumni donate $8 million towards biodiversity research
by Hilary Onas
A donation of $8 million from
two UBC alumni for a new biodiversity research centre will give
the university new opportunities
to study the diversity of life, from
single genes to ecosystems.
Vancouver couple Ross and
Trisha Beaty, both graduates of
UBC, made the donation last
"It is important to know what
is happening in the area of
species loss and species diversity," said Ross Beaty, adding that
he hopes the centre will examine
possibilities for minimising or
reversing   damage   caused   by
humans. "Non-human species are
being heavily disturbed by
human impact."
Beaty learned of the biodiversity project from UBC President
Martha Piper in 2003 and, after
discussing the idea with his wife,
the couple decided to make a
The building, which will be
called the Beaty Biodiversity
Research Centre, will include
both research facilities and a natural history museum—a combination that will be the first of its
kind in Canada.
The Beaty Museum of Natural
History will showcase UBC's vast
collection of specimens, which
are not currently accessible to the
public. The museum is expected
to include an insect collection of
over 600,000 specimens as well
as Canada's second largest fish
collection—over 800,000 specimens.
"The museum will communicate the science to the average
person in society...to explain in
ordinary terms why biodiversity
is important," said Beaty, who is
the chairman of the Pan
American Silver Corporation.
Research done through the
centre will be reflected through
the exhibits and displays in the
"The goal of the natural history
See "Big Money"page 2.
by Rob Annandale
A UBC professor is embarking on
an ambitious campaign to elevate
the status of Punjabi within
At present, Punjabi holds foreign language status, but if Sadhu
Binning, an instructor of Punjabi
at UBC and the vice-president of
the Punjabi Language Education
Association (PLEA), gets his wish,
things are going to change.
"The demographics of Canada
have changed and we need to
move and to acknowledge some of
the changes that are happening,"
said Binning.
Binning considers Canada his
home and does not feel that his language and culture are foreign. His
Punjabi-English bilingual book of
poetry, No More Watno Dur (No
Longer Away From the Motherland),
delves into his coming to terms with
his adoptive country.
Though Canada recognises
many aspects ofhis native culture,
Binning said that the Punjabi language is still treated as something
foreign. The cultural importance
of language means that "Punjabi
and other languages should also
belong here and not stay foreign
forever," he explained.
In BC, where only English and
Chinese are spoken more often,
Punjabi is one on a list of seven
possible second languages that
can be studied in the public school
system. Nationally, Punjabi ranks
See "Punjabi" page 2.
TONGUE TIED: A photograph of early Punjabi settlers confirms
Harjeet Grewal's assertion that the language has a long Canadian
history, michelle mayne photo 2 News
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SFU program likely to flourish, critics say
"Forensic" from page 7.
ic markers as well as psychophysiological, so there are a lot of areas
that are studied.*
When UBC does finally abolish
the program, Simon Fraser
University (SFU) will be the only
other program offering forensic
psychology in BC and one of only a
handful in Canada.
Eich feels that the end of forensic psychology at UBC will allow
SFU's program to flourish.
"It makes a lot more sense to
have one really thriving [program]
like at SFU," he said.
But considering UBC's reputation in this field it's disappointing
to lose this program, according to
Dr John Yuille, a long time forensic psychology professor at UBC.
"It's too bad because UBC is
prominent in forensic psychology," said Yuille, who's set to retire
at the end of this year. "Psychiatry
and psychology need to get together and they have to get together to
solve the problems of society."
Forming a separate institute or
faculty that combines these two
areas is an option that may be pursued but the likelihood of this actually happening remains quite
uncertain, according to Dutton.
"What I think John Yuille and I are
proposing now is maybe getting a
group of people in psychiatry
and...really saying to UBC you need a
whole new area. You need some
group of people that are really dealing with social problems and focus
on applied issues," he explained.
"We've pretty much exhausted
all appeals," he added. "What else
can we do?" li
Punjabi advocates hope for symbolic recognition
"Punjabi" from page 7.
sixth among the most common
languages and enjoys no such privileged status.
Binning's group is not looking
for official language status but it is
seeking both symbolic and financial recognition from the federal
Harjeet Grewal, a second-year
Master's student in Asian Studies
at UBC, finds the request reasonable given the fact that people
have been living, speaking and
writing in Punjabi for nearly a century in Canada. Although he was
born and raised in Canada, Grewal
speaks Punjabi every day to his
parents, his peers and his four-
year old daughter.
"I have Canadian values but I
still use the language," he said.
Grewal hopes that symbolic
recognition will lead to some concrete changes. Providing an example of a problem area, he cites the
fact that it is currently impossible
to study the language at UBC
beyond the 300 level.
A greater number of Punjabi
speakers will benefit members of
both the Punjabi and the non-
Punjabi communities by allowing
greater access to each other's cultures and increasing social integration, according to Grewal.
However, Roy Bornmann, director of communications for the
Minister of State (Multiculturalism),
does not see a role for the federal
government in this matter.
Although Bornmann agreed
that certain communities might
legitimately lobby for improved
facilities in their language at the
local level, he sees any "prioritisa-
tion* of particular languages at the
federal level as potentially problematic.
Canada is made up of approximately 200 different language
groups, each having played an
important role in the country's
history, explained Bornmann.
"I'm not sure if you can pick
one culture or one language and
say that this one is more important than the others," he said.
Binning knows that the campaign will be a struggle. When
asked how optimistic he is about
his project's hope of success, he
said that he and his PLEA colleagues are "not very hopeful that
things will happen right away but,
in the long run, we definitely are."
In the meantime, PLEA members plan to continue to try to raise
awareness of their cause. Last
Sunday, they held a celebration of
the Punjabi language to mark
UNESCO's International Mother
Language Day. II
Museum complex will be a Canadian first
"Big Money"from page 7.
museum is [to educate]," said zoology professor Dolph Schluter,
director of the new centre.
Schluter hopes the research centre
and museum will serve to "connect visitors with the process of
research and discovery in biodiversity science."
The building, which will stand at
five storeys in height and will
stretch over 12,600 square metres,
will offer research resources that
are not currently available—members of UBC's biodiversity research
community presently work through
various buildings and departments
on campus.
"The biodiversity research centre
will provide offices that we currently
don't have," explained Schluter. "You
cannot overestimate the importance
of shared architecture to inspiration
in science."
Schluter is also confident that
the new laboratory facilities will
enable researchers to launch new
and ambitious research programs
and answer major questions in the
field of biodiversity: what's out
there, what relationships exist,
and how diverse ecosystems are
around the world.
The next 50 years will see biodiversity declining, which makes
its preservation critical, according
to Schluter. In this capacity, the
new centre can play a key role,
since its goal is to discover what is
behind this decline, he explained.
The first experiment to be
launched, upon the centre's opening will be called "Biodiversity
Knockout"—an initiative designed
to address the consequences of a
loss in biodiversity.
"The centre can only be positive
in terms of enhancing and improving what is [at UBC] now," said
Beaty. "I expect the centre will
provide significant and long-lasting benefits to UBC students and
faculty, the Greater Vancouver
public, and Canadian and foreign
The Beaty Biodiversity Research
Centre and Museum of Natural
History is scheduled to open in
November 2007. II
# THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 22 February, 2005
News 3
UBC researchers hope to cure BC's beetle woes
by Matt Hayles
Only six millimetres long, the
mountain pine beetle has been
wreaking havoc in British
Columbian forests well in excess
of its size, but research at UBC
may change that.
According to a provincial
report, an aerial survey has identified some 7.2 million infected
hectares, with the number of areas
showing significant damage doubling since last year.
Natalia Kolosova, in her second
year of doctoral studies at UBC,
said that this epidemic translates
into a multi-billion dollar loss for
the forest industry.
Students and postdoctorates
are currently involved in a large-
scale tree genomics project headed up by UBC associate professor
Jorg Bohlmann and colleagues.
With $ 11 million in funding from
Genome Canada, Genome British
Columbia, and the provincial government, the Treenomix program
"aims to provide a solid base in
tree genomics to advance biological knowledge and aid breeding
programs," said Bohlmann.
But that funding is coming to
an end in September 2005, and
Bohlmann has recently submitted
a new proposal to look for the specific genes that make trees resistant to the insects and pathogens
that threaten them in British
Trees protect themselves with a
ring of programmable cells that
can be set either to produce wood
growth or to build a complex array
of defensive resin ducts.
"And they're filled with nasty
stuff," said Jeanne Robert, who is
working with Bohlmann in her first
year of doctoral studies, "so when an
insect goes there and tries to chew
on the tree, if it bites into one of
these it's going to get a mouthfitd of
sticky, gooey, toxic crap."
BLINDING ME WITH SCIENCE: Research assistant Roy Lin works with conifer RNA as part of the pine beetle project, michelle mayne photo
Since the 1970s, researchers
have been identifying trees that
show greater resistance to insects.
By comparing the genomes of
resistant and vulnerable trees,
Bohlmann hopes to identify and
characterise the genes that help
trees protect themselves. With
any luck, this will eventually
lead to an index of resistant characteristics.
But Bohlmann stated that his
goal is not genetically engineered
trees. "That's a non-starter," he
said, "and let's just take that off
the table right away." Rather, he
hopes to make this research available to traditional tree breeding
"Some trees produce more
resin, some trees produce more
resin ducts, some trees produce
more toxic resin," said Kolosova.
"And they're trying to address that
question and trying to understand
which chemical components are
most important for tree defence
mechanisms, which genes are
most important. And once we narrow it down they'll be able to select
trees that are able to resist
the...invasion better."
The Ministry of Forests expects
the mountain pine beetle to continue affecting the supply of available lumber in BC for the next 80
years, but the peak is projected
some time before 2010. Projects
like Bohlmann's may help minimise the damage, and speed
recovery. With forestry the second
most important resource in
Canada, preventative knowledge
would certainly be a boon. H
Group of UBC scientists investigating
killer Vancouver Island fungus outbreak
by Gabriela Perdomo
A group of UBC scientists, using
state-of-the-art genetic technology, is
on its way to find the cure for a
deadly form of fungus affecting
Vancouver Island.
Working under Dr James
Kronstad at UBC's Michael Smith
Laboratories, the scientists are about
to finish the genome sequencing of a
kind of infectious fungus called
Cryptococcus. The sequencing will
aid in the development of drugs and
vaccines to protect people from the
"Once you know all the genes,
they all become candidates to make
antifungal drugs,* said Kronstad.
"We are now in the early stages on
that pipeline."
The presence of the fungus was
first detected on the east side of
Vancouver Island in 2001. Since
then, over 100 habitants and visitors
to the island have been diagnosed
with Cryptococcus and three have
died from it
The fungus causes a specific kind
of lung tumor, pneumonia and
sometimes meningitis; recovering
from it can take months. Over 300
animals have also been reported as
infected so far.
The fungus outbreak on the
Island surprised both physicians and
scientists. Until 2001, Cryptococcus
had only been found in people suffering from immune deficiencies,
such as patients with AIDS—but none
of the Vancouver Island patients fit
the profile.
Before the genome was mapped,
field research led by Dr Karen
Bartlett, an assistant professor of
Occupational and Environmental
Hygiene at UBC, revealed that the
fungus found on Vancouver Island is
different than the type commonly
found in patients with immune
The fungus found on the Island,
Cryptococcus Gattii, was previously
found only in tropical or subtropical
countries, such as South America
and Australia.
Bartlett and her research group
successfully isolated the air-borne
organism in 2002, discovering that
once inhaled, the fungus stays in the
lungs, causing the symptoms seen
on Vancouver Island. Learning more
about the organism was essential,
said Bartlett.
"Nobody was doing research,
but when these cases became
apparent both in humans and
animals, PubHc Health got interested," she explained.
Continuing the study is important since physicians and scientists
in Canada were not aware that the
fungus could affect people without
immune problems, she added.
Some of the patients from
Vancouver Island were diagnosed
incorrectly due to the lack of information available on the fungus, a
factor that may have contributed to
the three deaths.
"Understanding the genome
means that doctors can run rapid
tests to identify the organism in a
patient, so the therapy can start
early," Bartlett said.
Three years after what was called
"the killer fungus outbreak" on
Vancouver Island, the Cryptococcus
Gattii genome mapping is ready and
its sequencing is almost done.
With the help of new technology
and various organisations—Genome
Canada, the Natural Sciences and
Energy Research Council (NSERC),
the Genome Sciences Centre (affiliated with UBC), the BC Cancer Centre
and UBC Bioinformatics Centre-
both Kronstad's and Bartlett's
research teams could soon see the
end result of their work.
"I feel good that we could keep
up and use that state-of-the-art
technology here in Vancouver",
said Kronstad. II
In a UBC country garden
As the Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre is built around the shell of
Main Library, UBC's landscape
architects are planning a revitali-
sation of the surrounding Library
The Library Gardens are the oldest designed landscape on campus
and the proposed changes will
attempt to reflect that history, said
UBC landscape architect Patrick
"It will be a hybrid in so many
ways," he said. "We can't restore it
to what it once was, but we're trying
to make it more useable."
The water features in two
forested garden areas on either
side of the clocktower will be
restored and certain "Chinese garden" elements will be added, said
The design for the gardens was
presented to the public Monday
and will also be evaluated by a
design panel before being sent to
the Board of Governors for
approval later in the spring.
"The intent is for it to be a contemplative,    quiet   space,"    said
Mclsaac. The green space on the
other side of the library complex is
part of the University Boulevard
Architectural competition and is
intended as a more social space, he
Some trees will be removed
when the library expands, but most
will be relocated to other parts of
campus, Mclsaac said. One of the
trees slated for removal is the
cypress used in the annual
Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
"We're going to have to find
something new for a Christmas
tree,* Mclsaac said.
Money for thought
An anonymous donation of ten million dollars will help UBC establish
a dedicated institute for mental
health research and three research
The donation will be matched by
the provincial government, Premier
Gordon Campbell announced
Monday, leaving the University with
$20 million for the project
"All members of our society,
including those afflicted with mental
illness, deserve the best care we can
offer," the donor said in a release.
Five million dollars has been set
aside to allow the Department of
Psychiatry to recruit three
researchers in the fields of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric
Psychiatry and Depression, and
Psychotherapy. M
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Paco Pena
Performing at the Vogue Theatre
Feb. 27
by Alyssa Burtt
and Shireen Nabatian
Born in the  Andalucian city of
Cordoba, Paco Pena began learning guitar from his brother at the
age of six and made his first professional appearance at the age of
12. Since his early beginnings as a
young  musician  Pena has  been
touring internationally. His skills
as a guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer, and artistic mentor
have  allowed him  to  transform
perceptions   of  this   archetypal
Spanish   art  form  like   no   one
before him. Pena is also known for
combining musical  genres  from
blues to Latin American styles and
has recently been exploring musical theatre as another avenue of
expression.  We  had the  unique
opportunity   to   interview   Paco
Pena for the upcoming show in
Vancouver at the Vogue Theatre.
Read on to hear Peiia's own views
on the musical journey that has
led him to Vancouver.
UBYSSEY:   Living in the heart of
Southern Spain you probably grew
up   with   Flamenco   music   and
dance    all    around   you.    What
inspired you to become a musician? Did you always know you
were going to be a musician, or
did you ever have other plans?
PENA:  If you are born with music
in you, you will follow your inclination   wherever   you   are.    In
Cordoba, when I was a kid, flamenco was all around me. I just
followed    the    inevitable    call.
However,  I did not trust that I
could become good; I just liked it
and I did what I wanted. Total dedication came later with the fascination of constant discoveries in
this beautiful musical world.
UBYSSEY:   Can you tell us a little
about the roots of flamenco music
and dance?
PENA: A great many peoples and
cultures have arrived in Andalucia
and settled there throughout the
course of history, particularly from
the Mediterranean area. A rich mixture of Eastern and Western elements has developed there and has
produced a unique, strong musical
culture that is the basis for the art-
form that is flamenco.
UBYSSEY: Who are some of your
biggest musical influences?
PENA: In flamenco there are three
guitarists that stand out; three huge
pillars from whom most guitarists
have learnt most things, during my
generation anyway. They certainly
have been my main teachers, and
they are Nino Ricardo, Ramon
Montoya and Sabicas. Of course, I
have been privileged to be around
with many other musicians from
other disciplines, really too many
to mention. The combination has
really shaped my taste in music
and my direction.
UBYSSEY: How did you feel about
your role as an artist representing
Spanish music and culture when
you first started touring internationally?
PENA" I never consciously assumed
a role of representing Spanish music.
I simply am Spanish and whatever I
produce will, I think, have that mark.
I always did, and still do, what I like
doing and what is and was important
and meaningful for my soul. And I
did that by displaying my art, if you
will, in an honest way, representing
my tradition. The fact that it has been
accepted with respect around the
world makes it really rewarding and
a wonderful bonus.
UBYSSEY: What inspired you to combine flamenco music and dance with
musical theatre?
PENA: It is a natural progression
from being totally immersed in
the world of flamenco. It is such a
rich artistic culture that it still has
much undiscovered potential—and
I wantto discover some of it!
UBYSSEY: How has your success
in the world shaped your choices
as an artist?
PENA: It allows me to present to
the world some of my search,
some of my discoveries about
what I do (as I said earlier) and
knowing that I will certainly please
at least some audiences, and will
be received with respect on
account of my reputation.
UBYSSEY: As an internationally
renowned musician, you have
probably had the opportunity to
work with a diverse range of musicians. Can you tell us about some
of your most memorable collaborations?
PENA:   One that stands out and is
particularly endearing is my performing   with   Victoria   de   los
Angeles,  who very sadly passed
away a few weeks ago. The great
classical guitarist John Williams, the
wonderful Joe Pass, Eduardo Falii,
Inti Illimani, Leo Kottke, and the
great composer Stephen Dodgson.
All great human beings.
UBYSSEY:  It says in your biography
that you have "further plans to many
flamenco with the forms and forces
of classical music* Can you tell us
more about these exciting plans?
PENA:  I have just completed a
Requiem Flamenco, which I made
into a Requiem for the Earth. It is
a flamenco piece but uses a choir
as well as a children's choir. Apart
from  following  the  tradition of
Requiem text, I want to comment
with this piece about the fragile
nature of our existence, about the
devastation of the planet Earth,
and yet to point out that there is
time for mankind to learn from
past mistakes and take action to
protect it. II
You can experience the passion
of the Paco Pena Flamenco
Company at the Vogue Theatre
this Sunday February 27. Tickets
are available at Ticketmaster. THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 22 February, 2005
Lethal art
now playing
by Jesse Ferreras
Tony Jaa is billed in the high-impact trailers
£r Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior as the next
superstar in the tradition of such martial
arts masters as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and
Jet Li. Ong-Bak star Jaa succeeds effectively at
exposing the audience to "Muay Thai/ a
deadly martial art less known to the western
world than karate or kung fu, as well as a
new martial arts master whom his producers expect will be the next chop-socky superstar to kick his way across the big screen.
Ong-Bak is the name for the head of a
Buddha statue in a tiny, peaceful, heavily
religious rural town on the outskirts of
Bangkok. The Ong-Bak is stolen by a greedy
drug-dealer and the Buddha-fearing residents of the town believe they are doomed to
plague if it is not restored to its shrine. Ting
(Jaa), a young student of Muay Thai is
instructed to never use the fatal martial art
until the head of the Buddha is stolen, and he
volunteers himself to go to the city and bring
it back to the shrine so that the small town
may be saved from the plagues brought
upon them.
Once in Bangkok, Ting encounters
George (Petchtai Wongkamlao), a man born
in the same peaceful village, who has
become corrupted by the lure of the metropolis, and in doing so has amounted significant debts with the lackeys of the local crime
boss who is so evil that he is mobilised in a
wheelchair and speaks out ofhis neck with a
voicebox. With George's help, Ting traverses
the Bangkok underground, gaining notoriety
for his exceptional fighting skills, all the
while never straying from his set goal of
Culture 5
returning the Ong-Bak to his village.
When criticising a martial arts film, one
must attempt to ignore the plot and the acting altogether. Director Prachya Pinkaew
does a number of favours for western audiences with Ong Bak. he exposes a wide
audience to the budgetary achievements of
Thai cinema; for the uninitiated, he gives us
a full-throttle introduction to the lethal art
of Muay Thai.
Furthermore, he enlists the services of an
artist of amazing physicality to showcase
Muay Thai to the world, providing for the art
itself a spectacular introduction and in turn
a successful career break for Tony Jaa. The
fight scenes are endless (literally...not virtually) and barely give the audience a chance to
breathe, and left an indelible impression on
its viewers at the Vancouver premiere. Jaa
showcases a muscular brutality virtually
absent from the style of the comical: Jackie
Chan, and is praised by some media as the
martial artist that Bruce Lee fans have been
waiting for.
Jaa's status as the next martial arts master is questionable, however—although he is
an amazing fighter, who allegedly performs
with "No safety nets...No computer graphics...No strings attached/ he lacks the charisma to distinguish him from more recent
martial arts superstars. Bruce Lee was
famous for his exceptional skill and a brutal
intensity; Jackie Chan endeared audiences
for investing humour into his style; Jet Li
performs with such intensity he seems
primed to explode.
Tony Jaa, meanwhile, is distinct mainly
for the level of brutality in his fight scenes,
but hardly for his acting. His lack of substance, however, is more than compensated
for by his skills as a martial artist, which
induced endless "whoas" and "wows* as he
took out fighters more than twice his size
beneath showers of sparks and even submerged underwater. The best martial arts
thrillers make you want to get up and fight—
on this count, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
delivers with style. BI
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How do you review a musician based on one song? My
assignment is to shed some light on the talents of
local singer/songwriter Leeroy Stagger, based solely on the song "Just In Case* from his upcoming
album Beautiful House.
Leeroy Stagger has been lumped into the
ambiguous category of alt-country, the agreed upon
classification for any music that includes an
acoustic guitar at some point and doesn't sound
like Nickelback or some other formulaic rock
The sampler that I received includes two versions of the song "Just in Case." As far as I can hear,
they are pretty much the same except the "radio
edit* is only three minutes long as opposed to the
four minutes and eighteen seconds version that
will appear on the album. God forbid the radio
should ask its listeners to pay attention to something for more than three minutes!
I don't hear an instant classic here, but it's an
enjoyable song with a catchy beat. Stagger's vocals
have a moody punk flavour, which create an interesting contrast when paired with the up-beat pop
tempo of the music. It's a radio friendly song that
reminds me a bit of the Thrills or early Foo
Fighters. "Just in Case* is the song that will be
released to the radio, and since radio singles are
usually the least interesting songs on albums, I
think there's a good chance that Stagger's album
will be worth listening to.
Stagger's full album will be released today, and
I would encourage you to go out and support a talented local musician. And if grabbing the CD based
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YOU CAN'T TELL, BUT I'M WEARING ROLLER SKATES: Chris Ross, president of the Moustache Club.
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text and photos by Trevor Gilks
Nearly two years ago, the
Moustache Club was constituted as
an official club of the Alma Mater
Society (AMS). Its humble origins
were based upon the principle of
furthering the awareness and
appreciation of moustaches, initiating thoughtful discussion of moustaches, and increasing the visible
presence of moustaches on campus. But from its simple, stubbly
roots as a Tom Selleck-worshipping
half-serious fanclub for facial hair,
it has thickened and expanded into
one of the most active, public and
enigmatic groups on campus.
The Moustache Club has taken a
guerilla approach to enhancing
awareness of not only the moustache, but a variety of other contentious issues affecting students,
such as sustainability, student poHtics, and Wreck Beach conservation.
While some initiatives originally
seem to deviate from the club's initial moustache-oriented goals, club
founder and president Chris Ross
maintains that regardless of whether
or not the moustache is explicitly
involved, they continue to seek inspiration from their facial namesake.
"The moustache inspires us
because it demands attention"
explains Ross. "It's out there, it makes
you pay attention, and it's impossible
to ignore. And that's how we want to
approach things too, anything from
artwork, to music, to politics, serious
issues, and just fun and nonsense-
just get out there and make ourselves
heard and be like the moustache of
the student body."
Protecting the one place
near campus you can wear
nothing but a moustache
When UBC announced plans to
build student residence towers on
Marine Drive in a position that would
overlook Wreck Beach, the Moustache
Club became surprise crusaders for
its conservation. The esoteric club
joined forces with other groups such
as the Wreck Beach Preservation
Society (WBPS) and Pacific Spirit Park
Society (PSPS), the AMS and the
Greater Vancouver Regional District
(GVRD). And while they themselves
would be the first to admit that the
Moustache Club may not have any
substantial lobbying power against
UBC Properties Trust (the department
responsible for the construction), they
have proven themselves to be effective student motivators and a representative voice of an untapped portion of students.
"I appreciate the work that they
do,"said AMS Vice President
Administration Lyle McMahon.
"They have a fairly ambiguous platform in terms of their constitution/
which allows them more creativity
and to have more fun with what they
do. I find them to be quite effective
[especially] in terms of motivating
the audience of students who wouldn't otherwise give a shit."
As part of UBC's goal to increase
the number of students being
housed on campus, there are four
residence towers being built
between Totem Park and Place
Vanier. Three of them are going to
be 20 storeys, one 17, all on top of
a five storey base, and all four of
them will lurk over Wreck Beach.
UBC Vice President External
Dennis Pavlich claimed that the
closest tower's reduction from 20
storeys to 17 would preserve the
privacy of Wreck Beach. However,
the Moustache Club was driven to
action when it obtained photos
taken from the partially constructed building that revealed a clear
view of Wreck Beach.
"They claimed they would only be
20 and 17 storeys tall, but what they
forgot to mention, or didn't feel like
mentioning, is that that doesn't
include a five storey base and an elevator shaft that continues on over the
roof that adds who knows how much
else," points out Ross.
The first building is only partially
completed—none of the other three
have even been started—yet already
it is an eyesore on the otherwise scenic beach. "They had only built up to
the 15th floor and we could already
see the top three from the beach,"
explained Ross. The club organised a
Wreck Beach conservation protest to
give students a first-hand demonstration of exactly how threatened
the beach really was by the new constructions. The event was well
attended by UBC students as well as
members of the WBPS.
While the Moustache Club's relationship with the WBPS began
humbly—mostly through personal
friendships and mutual interests—
the group has slowly begun to gain
acceptance and recognition, and has
even become somewhat of an unofficial link between the students and
the WBPS and the GVRD. At this
Wednesday night's AMS Council
meeting, Ross will be presenting the
GVRD's recommendations, which
involve modifying the size and the
zoning of the towers to an extent that
remains possible given the construction already completed.
Pay attention, Martha
Ross recognises that it is probably
too late to stop the remaining towers
from being built or scaled down in
size, but maintains that it was never
a black-and-white issue.
"The University usually just goes
ahead with things," explained
McMahon. "The most valuable outcome [of the Moustache Club's
efforts] would be to try to encourage change in UBC's consultation
practices and recognise that it's
imperative to take in the wishes
and views of campus members
which, while the University will
probably disagree, includes groups
like the WBPS."
Hopefully this outcome will come
to fruition, as the Moustache Club
has a lot to teach UBC's administration about consulting students. The
primary pubHc forum held by the
Moustache Club is Pole On The Knoll,
a weekly celebration of silHness, creativity, music, art, good wih, dialogue, food, and magic that takes
place all day on Fridays outside of
the SUB around a "psychedefic" barber pole that regularly draws inspiring attendance levels that would
make Brian SulHvan jealous.
Ross pubhcly emphasises the fun
aspect of the event, claiming "we just
play around her and celebrate and
expand the nonsense" (the "her"
being Madama Belle Moustache, the
affectionately named pole). But
despite his casual claim that "she
twists up out of UBC's dear Grassy
Knoll every so often and is quickly
surrounded," Pole On The Knoll is an
undeniably informative platform
attended by a healthy mix of the
knowledgeable and the curious. And
most importantly, it's an abundant
source of friendly and student-biased
information of the most accessible
As with almost every other aspect
of life, attendees of Pole on the Knoll
are compared by Ross to moustaches, "When you first start growing a
moustache, it's stubbly, and it's ratty,
and ugly, and it isn't the facial hair
you really want to present. And when
people first come to Pole On The
Knoll, they may not know anything
about the campus, they may not be
able to express themselves artistically or musically. But just like moustaches grow and become luscious
and full, people get more aware and
talented and can express who they
truly are."
The Election Circus
During the recent AMS Executive
Elections, the Moustache Club provided an event during the important
democratic process designed to
appeal to those who would be turned
off by the bloated self-importance of
the event: The Election Circus.
The event consisted of an election forum that was designed to be
a take-off of the staunchly drawn-
out debates that preceded it. The
event took place on the day that voting started, making it the most relevantly timed election event, and
its light-hearted tone made it
among the best attended. The format also allowed for back-and-forth
discussion between candidates,
whereas the official debates only
allowed the candidates to give brief
answers to two or three questions,
many of which failed to address relevant issues or encourage thoughtful discourse. Ross is undoubtedly
used to not being taken seriously,
but felt that "the real debates were
the silly ones."
The Circus's goal was to estabHsh
a balance of election issue discussion
while keeping it relevant, accessible
and fun. Presidential candidate
Jeremy Shell, for example, gave his
views on consultation in the form of a
rap battle, while Board of Governors
candidates Quinn Omori and Tim
Louman-Gardiner faced off in a pie-
eating battle, and Vice President
Academic candidates were asked to
debate campus development while
maintaining a drum circle.
During the event, candidates got a
chance to engage in open discussion
to a larger and more interested audience instead of giving one sentence
answers to buzz questions. Vice
President Academic candidate Karen
Ward said "The Election Circus was a
blast. Considering how much complaining there was over the limited
number of "official" debates and
decent speaking times, being invited
to participate in something so different was both an honour and a really
enjoyable afternoon.
"Plus, I was drumming on a skateboard," she added.
But never forget where
you came from
The Moustache Club continued
their trend of increasing voter
turnout by conducting a referendum coinciding with the U-Pass referendum which asked students
whether or not the AMS should recommend to Martha Piper that she
grow a moustache or, should she
find herself unable, attach an artificial one. The referendum passed
nearly unanimously, and an email
was sent by AMS Vice President
Administration Lyle McMahon to
UBC's President making the
request. Piper has yet to reply.
Throughout all of their endeavours, however, the Moustache Club
has never lost sight of their original
inspiration—the bowtie to your birthday suit and the welcome mat to your
smile—the moustache. Recently
indoctrinated into the World Beard
and Moustache Association (WBMA),
the Moustache club has been actively
distributing mugs with moustache
protectors, re-decorating advertising
in the SUB to make it more moustache-friendly, and actively addressing the issue of the disparaging lack
of Tom Selleck imagery in the SUB.
For those tracking their activities,
the Moustache Club's motley crew of
members and hangers-on can seem
random, scattered and even disorganised. But to understand their
diverse inspiration, one must first
understand the moustache itself.
"Moustaches are neither exclusive
nor specific," says Ross.
"They are fuzzy, arbitrary, undefined, mysterious and open for all to
freely ponder and enjoy. Grow it,
show it, join in and celebrate!" II
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Firing on all cylinders
WINNING FORM: Emily Cordonier in action, yinan max wang photo
by Eric Szeto
Too bad they don't teach accountability in politics. After a third set collapse that would have sealed the
series sweep for the women's volleyball team, coach Doug Reimer was
the first to admit his mistakes in
Saturday's match against the Regina
"The difference was the coach
maldng too many subs/ he said. "It
wasn't the players that went in, but
[player changes] upset the rhythm
that they were in.*
Up throughout the whole set
and by as much as five at one
point, the Birds looked to be cruising to their second consecutive
three-set victory in as many
nights. That was until the unnecessary substitutions, when a tired
Cougars team, fighting for their
last breath awoke. The Cougars
eventually took the set 25-22.
Disheartened? No. The Birds
responded as they have all season,
reeling off an early 12-4 run that
put them in the driver's seat for the
rest of the fourth set. A mini-comeback was staged by the Cougars in
the middle of the set, but the
hot hand of fourth-year Shelly
Chalmers came alive in the fourth
with three of the final five points to
seal the 24-14 victory.
Fourth-year Maya Miguel, who
clinched the win with the final
point in the fourth, was eager to
end the match.
"I think in the fourth set we defi
nitely had a mindset that we were
putting it away/ said Miguel, who
finished with an impressive nine
kills and 11 digs. "We were up by so
much [in the third set] but they were
fighting hard/
The Birds got off to a blazing start
which was highlighted by fourth-
year Emily Cordonier, whose forceful shots took down two Cougars
with the ball, nearly taking off a
Cougar's arm and ricocheting another off a Cougar's head. Neither was
injured in the play.
Despite Reimer's claims that his
substitutions were the cause of the
T-Bird problems, Cordonier was
quick to take some of the blame over
to the player's side.
"We fell back a little bit, our
momentum was broken a little bit
by the sub[s]. But really as a team
you have to be able to do it no matter who's in the lineup/ she said.
"So if he takes responsibility for half
of it, we'll take the other half/
Reimer just wanted to create
"I had to convince them in
between games that it's a good thing
for us to be in tighter sets. We're not
going from here to the national final
without losing sets and having to
come back...You never want to give a
quality team a chance to get back at
you/ said Reimer.
"I think physically and mentally
we're peaking. We've got a lot of
jump right now/
The Birds head to Calgary for the
Canada West final four this
weekend. II
The men's volleyball team ended
their season on a sour note after
losing to Manitoba in a best-of-
three playoff series this past weekend. After sweeping the opening
match   against  the   Bisons,   the
Birds failed to win another set in
their remaining two matches.
One more time
The women's basketball team
can now focus their energy on
defeating the unbeaten SFU Clan,
after sweeping their Huskie
opponents in Saskatchewan over
the weekend in the first round
of the playoffs. UBC has lost all
three matches this past year
against the Clan. UBC begins the
Canada West final four Friday
against Regina. Bi
m THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 22 February, 2005
Sports Q
Rekindling that old flame
by Eric Szeto
There were only two possible endings for the men's basketball
Thunderbirds going into their game-
three series finale versus their
cross-town rivals from SFU
Sunday—do or die.
With visions of Saturday night's
71-69 loss still fresh in their minds,
UBC had to make sure they brought
their A game.
The Birds prevailed in decisive
fashion defeating a feisty SFU Clan
The first half was relatively even
for both squads. Both showed signs
that they had just sparred 24 hours
prior. This didn't last long.
With minutes remaining in the
half, fifth-year forward Mark Tasic's
emphatic dunk, was not only pivotal
in galvanising the crowd, but the
score as well. The Birds pulled away
on an 11-4 run to end the half with a
46-33 lead.
The Birds carried that momentum
into the second half, as the floodgates
opened. The Birds scorched the Clan
but also cleaned up on the other end
with some outstanding hustle plays
by Tasic.
Fourth-year Casey Archibald, who
had a game high 27 points, led the
assault, making a pair of threes that
put the Birds up 71-46.
If SFU was going to go down, however, they weren't going to go easy.
Tempers flared during a loose ball battle as SFU's Emmy Unaegbu grappled
with fifth-year forward Pete Wauthy.
Wauthy hit the floor hard and laid
still for a moment, but eventually
returned to his feet. Applause for
Wauthy quickly turned to heckles and
boos for Unaegbu, who was charged
with a technical.
A similar bout occurred on
Saturday night when a frustrated
Wauthy pushed Unaegbu.
Regardless of the score, the Birds
put on their best Hamburglar impressions and brought intensity on every
chance on the back court, notching 12
steals, many of those leading to
points. This allowed the game to open
up as the Birds collected 32 points off
"Our defense today was like
[NCAA] Division One defense," said
guard Jordan Yu, who had a solid five
points, five assists and three steals.
'We really stepped up a level on
SWEET TOUCH: Birds guard Jordan Yu attacks the rack against SFU
last weekend, yinan max wang photo
defense and I don't know how many
steals we had today but we had a lot
and it made a difference."
SFU went into the match undermanned as Brent Charleton, the CIS
leading scorer was playing despite an
elbow injury. This was a golden
opportunity for coach Hanson to
"Our philosophy today was we
really wanted to get the ball to Ryder
[McKeown] as many times as we
could. He had gone 12 for 15 in the
first two games and we knew he could
score and we wanted to make [SFU's]
Aaron Christensen play defense and
just kept feeding him the ball."
McKeown, who finished with 13
points,   three  rebounds  and  four
assists, didn't want another repeat of
Saturday's last second fiasco.
"We played each other seven times
so they knew our stuff, we knew their
stuff and it comes down to who's
going to make plays out of the offence
because if you just run it you don't get
anything out of the offence," he said,
"so we had some creativity today."
"Emotions are high, it's the playoffs. You play against guys enough
you get on each others nerves but
everyone's competitors," said
McKeown. "Everyone wants to win."
The Birds head to play UVic this
weekend. The winner of that series
that will determine who will advance
to the CanWest Final Four to be
played the following weekend. IB
T-Birds and Dinos brawl
through last weekend of
CIS hockey season
by Dan Morris and Hiu Lo
And the grand total of penalty
minutes issued over the weekend:
If those numbers are indicators of the types of games that will
be played next weekend when the
Calgary Dinos host the UBC
Thunderbirds, then it's safe to say
that after next weekend's series
those penalty minutes will be
Friday's 3-3 draw was nothing
short of excitement and full of
penalties. The game between
these Canada West rivals was
clearly leading up to the playoffs
as the whole arena could sense
the rivalry that had been boiling
up during this season.
Early in the first, the T-birds
were down 1-0 but they kept persevering and matching the Dinos
for every goal. Goals by rookie
Jordan Beirnes and forward
Stephane Gervais tied the game
going into the third.
The game became fairly
intense in the third as most of the
149 penalty minutes were handed
out then.
The Dinos were able to sneak
one by goaltender Peter Mandoli,
who was substituting for an
injured Doug Groenstege to make
the score 3-2. The T-Birds were
awarded a series of penalties midway but were able to prevent the
Dinos from capitalising.
Then all hell broke loose. An
on ice brawl materialised and
both teams were awarded three
10-minute misconducts. When
the dust settled the Birds were
able to find their stride, getting
the equalising goal with 3:18 left
in regulation courtesy of second
year forward Eric Clark.
Coach Milan Dragicevic felt
that despite the numerous penalties awarded to both teams, the T-
Birds did their best in keeping a
level head during the feisty game.
"I thought we did a pretty good
job keeping our cool. Things like
that are going to happen in the
heat of the moment," he said.
Saturday's game ended in
Calgary's favour. Despite putting
up a valiant effort, UBC was
downed by the Dinos 3-1. The
Birds looked rusty, not showing
the offensive execution that has
been a hallmark of their recent
The third frame proved perhaps the most interesting of the
game. Just over five minutes in
when Calgary had seemingly
notched their third, it was
called back.
Mandoli, described the play. "I
made the first save on a pass
across, and the puck went across
the crease, and he kicked it in."
Calgary was latter able to convert once again later in the period, sealing the game by a 3-1
But as in previous nights, emotions soared, and near the end of
the game numerous misconducts
were handed out after altercations
between the Birds and Dinos
Dustin Paul, who assisted on
UBC's lone scoring play,
described the frustration in the
first period.
"As a team, it is frustrating
when we don't capitalise," he said.
"We did get stymied here and
there, but we can't focus on that."
Dragicevic noted that his team
was lacking the offensive intensity
required to get those important
"I didn't think we generated a
lot of traffic, and our power-play
was off," said Dragicevic.
"We were slow to move the
puck, we didn't make crisp passes. Tonight was a tough game with
the number of penalties/
UBC will be looking for
revenge after their first round loss
last year to Calgary. The best of
three series that takes place next
weekend in Calgary will most likely be more intense.
"We know some of their tendencies, plays, and what happens
is we develop some animosity
towards them," said Dragicevic.
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Tuesday, 22 February, 2005   The Ubyssey
Tuesday, 22 February, 2005
Vol.LXXXVI  N°37
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A gay
Read all about it! SpongeBob
SquarePants is gay! Yes, this rectangular mass of yellow plastic wearing
strangely geometric pants is the
new threat to the children of the
world (never mind that science
would suggest that sponges can't
engage in sexual activity).
This new revelation has again
created a stir over what children
should and should not be watching.
It seems as though condemning
popular characters such as Tinky
Winky, the purple teletubby, and
Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street,
is not enough. In order to bring the
issue frilly to light, groups such as
the ultra-religious organisation
Focus on the Family needed to target something bigger, something
better, something...spongier. So this
time around they chose poor
SpongeBob as a symbol of what they
fear their children might become.
SpongeBob's purported sins are
as follows:
1. He's a little too close to his
friend Patrick, and he enjoys a
show called Mermaid Man and
Barnacle Boy.
2. Patrick cross-dresses in the
SpongeBob SquarePants movie.
3. SpongeBob recently appeared
in a tolerance-promoting educational video with Barney, Clifford,
Arthur, Sesame Street and Muppet
Show characters, Bill Cosby, Diana
Ross and Whoopi Goldberg. The
video is apparently "pro-homosexual* and is an attempt to "brainwash"
The criticism of SpongeBob is
nothing new and seems to .farther
highlight what has become an
extremely sore spot in the world
of children's entertainment.
Characters are continually branded as having blatant homosexual
tendencies and groups looking to
promote   conservative   agendas
repeatedly demand tighter censorship rules.
Recently, PBS came under fire
for airing a cartoon that featured
two lesbian couples in one episode.
US Education Secretary Margaret
Spellings criticised the program,
stating that many parents would not
want their children exposed to such
This seems like a backward step
in a time when television has
seemed to move toward a token
degree of acceptance, with prime-
time programs such as Will and
Grace and Queer Eye for the
Straight Guy. On the latest episode
of The Simpsons, Marge's crotchety
sister Patty finally came out (though
she ended up nearly marrying a
man in drag instead of a lesbian).
On the popular teen drama The OC,
Marissa has recently started a widely-discussed lesbian relationship.
Adult shows seem to integrate
homosexuality on an increasingly
frequent basis.
At the same time, there seems
to be an emerging intolerance of
homosexuality in children's programs. The Traditional Values
Coalition, an American fundamentalist group, warned parents on its
website about the rampant cross-
dressing and transgender themes
in the movie Shrek 2. The bartender in the movie— who the
group's website describes as
"evil"—appears as a male dressed
as a female. (The website neglects
to mention the character's most
horrifying characteristic: it is narrated by Larry King.) Oh, and
Pinocchio's nose grows when he
lies about not wearing women's
underwear. The scandal of it all!
Even Bert and Ernie, the lovable Sesame Street characters who
happen to share an apartment and
sing songs about rubber duckies,
have come under fire. Their plight
stretches back through the years.
In 1993, one North Carolina
preacher began a radio campaign
to have them banned for their
Now these religious concerns
have moved into the realm of pub-
he policy. The US Congress has
just passed the Broadcast Decency
Enforcement Act of 2005, which
raises fines for broadcasting so-
called indecent material from
$37,500 to $500,000 US. And
this wave of fear is not unique to
our southern neighbours. Canada
also has many groups lobbying to
get these shows off the air.
We recognise that religious
advocates have the right to complain about what they see as the
erosion of morality undertaken by
wily sponges and puppets.
However, it is imperative that our
governments appreciate that the
protection of free speech and
expression must extend to television programs that depict homosexual relationships as they truly
are—natural, positive components
of our society. II
Perspective Opinion
by Dustin Johnson
Saying that the government represents public opinion and public
will is the same thing as saying
that a part represents the whole.
This reflects anti-imperialist philosophy and how modern society's attempt at achieving "democratic Utopia," is at the expense of
Indigenous others.
The idea above is untrue
unless assimilationist propaganda coerces individuals into a
social machinery as mere nuts
and bolts. This is what we, as
Indigenous students, were subjected to in this recent AMS
This AMS ReferenDumb displayed how subjecting the inherent rights of the minority
Indigenous population to the
political and social whims of the
majority was constructed as a
positive exercise in "democracy."
Such a majority with a misinformed opinion of, and, dare we
say, a racist history against,
Indigenous people. I am referring here to the racist exercise
that the BC government imposed
on the general public in 2002,
concerning the nature to which
inherent and unceded
Indigenous rights were left to the
mercy of validating and maintaining  the  regime  of Gordon
Campbell and Geoff Plant.
Rightfully so, many Indigenous
people considered that example
of a ReferenDumb as "racist and
dumb." How is that not immoral
in appropriating the voice of a
racialised group of people who
are continually oppressed and
whose inherent and unceded
rights are persistently disrespected and spat on?
Leading up to this AMS
ReferenDumb, the arguments in
favour of denying our Indigenous
voice, historically oppressed at
UBC, included a number of opinions seeking out logistical "problems." One was the issue of multiple representation. This idea
suggests that some students are
so deceitful that they would try to
represent a position more then
once on AMS Council. Perhaps if
one were to approach these meetings and attempt to represent not
only an Indigenous voice, but
also an International voice (being
Maori or Ainu for example), as
well as representation from the
Arts faculty, this supposes that
such a person would develop an
alter-ego to participate. Multiple
representation? Versus what?
Hardly any representation and a
continued defence of the
racialised status quo where
Indigenous voices are silenced
and ignored? Or are Indigenous
people even seen as worthy of
having any sort of recognition
Another argument included
classifying Indigenous people as
mere "interest groups." How can
Indigenous people, such as the
Musqueam, be an "interest
group" when the fact of the matter is that we occupy their unceded territory without their willing
consent. In the tokenised recognition that "we acknowledge that
we are on 'traditional'
Musqueam territory and we are
very grateful," this ignores the
reality that we actually continue
to benefit from the displacement
and ongoing colonisation of the
Musqueam. Far from an interest
group, Indigenous people like the
Musqueam are a host group.
Diverting recognition from this
reality, by remaining complacent
in the colonisation of Indigenous
peoples right in your backyard,
persistently aids in prolonging
Indigenous oppression by the
Canadian state.
The ideals of holding referen-
dums to achieve "democracy"
merely consolidate imperialist
control and preserves white-skin
privilege by following the established "rules and order." When
the majority of UBC's population
aren't so blatantly racist against
Indigenous people, that old colonialist excuse of refusing to consider the rights of Indigenous
people is either one of ignorance
or one of protecting a comfort
zone at the expense of others.
Thus, conforming to that level of
privilege diminishes any meaningful capability of utilising the
capacity of a critical thinker,
when you systematically become
nothing but sheep.
This is a voting position that
should have been in existence
already, for those that see any
meaningful values at all in a
white man's bureaucracy. This
referendum was constructed as
the only viable alter-native to see
the voice of Indigenous students
"equally* re-presented on the
AMS Council.
With this referendum failing
Indigenous and International students, reflected is how UBC operates in the maintenance of a
racialised and privileged status
quo. Remaining complicit in the
cultural oppression of
Indigenous people, and I don't
mean a tokenised cultural corn-
modification thereof, prolongs
the destructive effects that colonisation wreaks on the psyche of
Indigenous people. At least students get to keep their bus passes. Business as damn well usual.
But we were "following the rules,"
right? Who knew in this day and
age that dealing with the "indian
problem" could be done on the
Internet, seeking "certainty" and
preserving conformity for the
sake of colonial bliss!
—Dustin Johnson
President, Indigenous Students
Society of UBC
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