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Vol: LXXXIX No. 9 | www.ubyssey.bc.ca | October 2nd, 2007 | since 1918
Instructors
oppose change
to student
evaluatiuns
Faculty Association
troubled by lack
of communication
surrounding new
questions, online
publication of scores
by Stephanie Findlay
News Staff
In a controversial move last
Wednesday, the UBC Faculty
Association demanded a moratorium on the implementation
of a recent UBC Senate policy intended to improve the way student evaluations are collected
and used by students, instuctors,
and faculty. The Faculty Association contests that the policy will
violate faculty members' rights.
The policy—drafted in May
see "UBC Senate" I page 03
GHO IROMOTO PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
A former student protester who stood up to the Burmese military junta in 1988 rallies against the current wave of opression sweeping through
his South-East Asian home, in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on September 29. See page three for more details.
EUS: 'consultation before con-
Engineers want student
input ahead of proposed
referendum to fund new
social space
by Michael Kenacan
News Writer
Engineering undergraduate students, who are currently without
a student space due to the forced
closure of the 'Cheeze', should be
concerned about the future of an
official student space, says Engineering Undergraduate Society
(EUS) President Bowinn Ma.
Concerns over EUS space
began to crop up soon after the
EUS's longtime home was shut
down by UBC Plant Operations
over health concerns regarding
mould and rodents in the aging
building early in September.
The issues revolve around
differing ideas between the EUS
and the Faculty of Applied Science dean's office concerning
the creation of a new engineering
undergraduate student space-
—a space which is intended to
be similar to the Ladha Centre
recently opened for science
students.
Ma said that her organisation was presented with three
options regarding the future of
engineering  student space  by
JULIAN MORSE PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
The engineering undergraduate society is homeless and are seeking to construct a new space.
Dean Michael Isaacson. The EUS
could either participate in a brief
consultation period followed by
a fall referendum regarding the
creation of a new student space
and the accompanied increase
in student fees, renovate the
Cheeze, or do nothing and put
off making a decision about the
space to a future date.
EUS Council decided that be
fore a decision could be made,
they would need extensive consultation with engineering students regarding the design and
potential uses of the building.
"We came to a very simple and
obvious conclusion—we need
to ask the students what they
want," said Ma.
Ma pointed to  a previous
failed referendum on engineer
ing student space when explaining the reluctance of the EUS to
move quickly towards another
vote.
"We already have one failed
referendum," said Ma, "Everybody [on the EUS council] agreed
that a second failed referendum
would basically mean the end of
see "Engineers" I page 02
Taking a
look at the
University's
gender gap
by Freeman Poritz
News Writer
The next time you stumble into
your first class of the day, pause
for a second and look around
you. Chances are that you will
be surrounded by more women
than men. Is this a good thing?
That depends on you.
Gender disparity is continuing to gain ground at the University of British Columbia, much
like it is at nearly all other North
American post-secondary institutions. Females are outnumbering males in nearly every
faculty, and the trend shows no
sign of subsiding. According to
UBC's Planning and Institutional
Research website, as of November 1, 2006 there were 19,868
female undergraduates at UBC,
compared to 16,047 males.
Science and Arts, the two
largest faculties on campus,
are predominantly female,
with women making up 64 and
52 per cent of their respective
see "Women" I page 02
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Women outnumber men in eight of 11 faculties
from "Taking a look" | page oi
demographics. Out of eleven
listed undergraduate faculties,
only Commerce, Forestry, and
Engineering remained domi-
nantly male.
John Cooper, associate dean
of Arts, said his faculty is not
concerned by the growing gender disparity on campus.
"I'm not exactly sure why
there are more women than
men in the Faculty of Arts. Our
enrolment policies are essentially blind. We go by grades
and in some cases we look at
other factors as well. We have
no   knowledge   really   of  the
individual who applies to us,
especially within the domestic population. [Women] are
simply getting better grades in
high school."
"We haven't even thought
about this whole question of
attracting more men to the
Faculty of Arts yet, but now
that you bring it up I know that
[dean of Arts] Nancy [Gallini] is
probably going to ask me about
it," he added.
Current UBC undergraduate
students gave their opinions on
the statistics.
"I hadn't really noticed the
gender disparity that much,
but some of my classes have a
lot more girls than guys," said
Arleigh Lambert, a fourth-year
science student.
Third year sociology major
Craig Louis added, "there's way
more girls than guys [in my sociology classes]. It's completely
disproportionate. It's because
of the social roles that society
places on everyone. It's more
likely that guys will be main-
streamed into the more capitalist side of education—commerce, medicine, engineering,
science. In my economics
classes there are more guys
than girls."
Andre Lamontagne, department   head   for   French,
Hispanic, and Italian
studies, commented, "traditionally there have always been
more female students in language and literature courses.
It's a trend. It was the same
when I was a student in literature. I don't think there's been
a significant change in patterns.
From my teaching experience
it's always been pretty much
like that—classes with one, two,
three male students."
Men are undoubtably becoming a rare commodity on
the university campus these
days. Whether this is a good
or bad thing however, remains
open to debate.
Engineers looking for new home
from "Consultation" | page oi
the project."
"[In June] the Dean presented us [EUS council] with a plan
created by a designer, Steve
Yeomans," said Ma. However
Ma says Yeomans didn't consult
the student body adequately.
"The students had no idea
what the fee was for, and we
really didn't know [what the
project was]," said Engineering
Physics Club President Charlie
Yao. "There was a lack of information combined with a sense
of a lack of control [over the
project]."
The Cheeze's future is also
uncertain. Ma said that the
basic estimate by UBC Plant
Operations to minimally renovate the Cheeze would be in the
neighbourhood of $170,000,
and given EUS support for
the current plan, the Dean's
Office would contribute thirty
thousand dollars towards the
repairs.
Ma said that while the
Dean's Office wasn't willing to
compromise on its imposed
timeline originally, in recent
days it has become more willing to talk.
The Dean's office did not
respond to inquiries by press
time. ^
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Burmese-Canadian protestors plead for peace
by Laura Morrison
News Writer
Protestors, banners, and incense
lined the steps of the Vancouver
Art Gallery last Friday in a demonstration of solidarity to support the courageous Buddhist
monks and peoples of Myanmar
who have been marching against
the injustices of the country's
military dictatorship.
Although now free from the
abuse and restrictions of the
oppressive military junta, some
refugees continue to exist in a
degree of trepidation, afraid to
contact family members still under the watchful eye of Burmese
government surveillance—a type
of comprehensive supervision
that is at best, intrusive.
One Burmese demonstrator
who made the trip from her new
residence in Victoria, lamented
that since she left Burma two
years ago, she has had no communication with the family she
said good-bye to: "It's too dangerous. The government might
track the call to my village,"
putting her family in danger.
It's dictatorships like this that
incensed the politically active
group, the Burmese Democratic
Organization—formed by exiled
Burmese students in 1995—to
rally freely and uninhibited on
September 28th.
Deanna Scott, a local demonstrator, has been fighting to raise
awareness on the issue of Burma
since returning from Mae Sot—a
border town in Thailand where
she says she "worked with refu-
GOH IROMOTO PHOTOS / THE UBYSSEY
gees and migrants. Scott noticed
that it was basically a collaboration of professional artists living
on the border." She explained,
she bought the supplies, the kids
in the centres composed the
art, and she brought the works
back to Canada to display. Scott
developed the group, Voices of
Burma, to educate the public
via the artwork produced. Feeling that it "is easier to reach the
university community than it is
to reach the wider community,"
Scott has begun spreading the
Above: UBC student Deanna
Scott, seen here at Saturday's rally,
is organizing a second demonstration in support of Burmese
Democracy. It is scheduled for this
Thursday, October 4.
organization to schools across
Canada, including UBC where
she claims with excitement,
"students have responded very
well."
The exhibit of works will be
displayed at a second demonstration at the Vancouver Art
Gallery Thursday October 4th
and on Saturday October 6th
for the Global Day of Action for
Burma at noon at a location to
be announced soon. With voices
as loud as these, one can only
hope for a better Burma, tl
UBC Senate dealt blow
from "Instructors" | page oi
by a UBC Senate committee
co-chaired by Anna Kindler,
vice provost and associate vice
president academic affairs—was
intended to be implemented this
term. The new student evaluations included a web-based survey system with standardized
questions across all faculties, an
emphasis on midterm feedback,
as well as the publication of instructors' scores online.
An email was presented to
the Senate calling for a moratorium and outlining the Faculty
Association's concerns. Alma
Mater Society (AMS) Vice-President Academic Brendon Goodmurphy called the e-mail "shocking, especially since it came out
in such strong language."
"If [this policy] doesn't go
through it would be a huge disappointment and jeopardize
everything we've been pushing
for."
A representative for David
Farrar, UBC provost and vice-
president academic, said that
the "implementation details of
the policy are being investigated," and was unable to comment
further.
Dr. James Tansey, a member
of the Faculty Association, maintains that the tempering moratorium was invoked because of
"poor communication." Because
of time pressures the association
had to act very quickly, or else
there would have been "trouble"
with the membership.
"Very few members of the
Faculty Association knew that
this policy was being implemented," Dr. Tansey said. "Speaking
for myself, my department in
the Sauder School did not know
anything about it."
"It's a concern about introducing a system too quickly.
We couldn't see evidence at
the time that experts had been
consulted."
Tansey cited the new evaluation questions as a source of
contention. "If faculty are evaluated by popularity then there is
incentive to give great grades.
We don't want this culture at
UBC. We are not promoting
a commercial environment,
students are not consumers of
education."
However, it is the publishing of results which is "the most
important part for students,"
according to Goodmurphy. "Access to that information helps
students make decisions about
which courses we are going to
take."
The idea of going public
with teaching results has been
talked about at UBC for years.
Gary Poole, director of Teaching and Academic Growth,
which is charged with improving the teaching skills of faculty
and graduate students at UBC,
emphasized that the "student
membership is very committed
to the need of informed decision
making that was more valid and
useful than RateYourProf.com."
Senate documents from
1973 chronicle the discussion
surrounding appropriate and
effective use of student data.
Since then, interest in student
evaluations has risen and fallen
in waves, with 1991 marking a
shift in increased momentum
to  address flaws  in the ways
in which student data was collected and used. Spurred in part
by an increased dissemination
of professor information over
the internet, students, faculty,
and administration became
cognizant of the need for a new
system.
In 2005, Kindler organized a
committee whose goals included
better assessment of teaching
and learning, encouragement of
effective mid-term student feedback to professors, and a review
of hiring procedures to ensure
quality undergraduate education. On May 16th, 2007, the
Senate passed the committee's
proposed student evaluation reform policy in support of ensuring a quality learning experience
for the students of UBC. The new
student evaluation procedure
emphasized a student-centered
teaching evaluation. It included
mechanisms for effective midterm feedback and response, as
well as capacity to continually
provide data to determine problems with teaching, and strategies to address them.
A critical feature of the new
student evaluation forms is that
the web-based surveys would
give access to previous assessments of teachers. Faculty members would have to consent to
the information being released.
However the option to access
information is a refreshing acknowledgement of students' desire to have autonomy in pursuit
of the best education possible.
As the student evaluation
saga unfolds Gary Poole observes, "the thing about teaching
is that you can always improve
it, you cannot be complacent, vl
VFM making come back
by Brandon Adams
News Editor
The upcoming Alma Mater Society elections will again be accompanied by a rush of student
media as the AMS has approved
the Voter Funded Media (VFM)
initiative for a second time.
The AMS will award another $8000, donated by
VoterMedia.org founder Mark
Latham, to campus media outlets covering the AMS elections.
As in the previous trial, the
funds will be distributed based
on votes cast at the AMS election polls. This time, voters will
select which outlets they found
most valuable, and prizes will be
distributed based on the number
of votes each outlet receives.
"It [will] encourage the development of new media sources on
UBC campus," said AMS VP External Matt Naylor. "I think that's
something we can all agree is a
good thing."
After debate spanning two
AMS meetings, councillors approved the VFM initiative in
addition to amendments to the
AMS Code of Procedures that for
the first time will allow VFM contestants to receive prize money
based on the amount of votes
they receive.
The introduction of VFM did
little for last year's AMS election
turnout, with the number of students showing up at the polls remaining at around ten per cent,
similar to previous years.
Despite the apparent stalemate, Naylor spoke positively
about the role of VFM in last
year's AMS elections.
"In my opinion, [it] got a fairly
good response, he said. "Media
sources were allocated revenue,
and it did generate a number of
new voices on campus, like Elections Erection Magazine or the
UBC Insiders blog."
Naylor did acknowledge that
problems arose when a number
of media sources did little actual election coverage but won
prizes based on their perceived
popularity—what he termed
the "Duncan-Kearney Problem,"
based on one of last year's media
contestants.
But Naylor was ultimately
dismissive of the problem, and
argued that students would elect
valued media sources.
Stephanie Ryan, president of
the Arts Undergraduate Society
and a member of the committee
that set out the contest's rules,
was also quite positive about the
VFM initiative.
"Itwas nice to see the project
changing its format slightly this
year so as to empower voters to
a greater degree," Ryan wrote
in an e-mail to the Ubyssey. She
said the project moved through
AMS Council with a general consensus and the initial AMS motion passed without dissent.
Ryan also stated that her
constituents were quite positive
about the VFM project, saying,
"my constituents have by-and-
large told me that VFM is amazing, especially since The Underground (the Arts Undergraduate
Society newspaper) kicked ass
last year."
The contest, which according to Naylor will be launched
"within the next several weeks,"
will run until the close of the
AMS polls next February. *2I 4     Culture
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Local activists protesting Gordon
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this past Saturday, in an attempt
to see ex-vice president Al Gore.
Gore, visiting Vancouver
to present his "Inconvenient
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News Staff
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fraud cases in B.C. was found to
be 350.8 per 100,000 people.
This is one of the highest rates
in Canada.
As citizens emerging into
a world that depends so much
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university students should
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them, what resources there are
around campus to help them,
and what they can do to protect
themselves.
Scholarships and
financial aid scams
You're attending university in
the fall, but you need money to
pay for your tuition and books.
You turn to scholarships and
bursaries for financial aid, and
find an application for a $1500
scholarship online. There is a
$35 fee to apply, but you figure
it is worth it, and send off your
application with the money.
Weeks pass, but you never hear
anything further about the
scholarship.
This is one of the scenarios
that the website www.finaid.org
cautions against: scholarships
that require a fee. Since the
number of applicants is so high,
scammers make a large profit
from fees alone. Another is
what FinAid calls a "Guaranteed
Scholarship Search Service".
This type of scam guarantees
that you will win money, and
claims to match you with potential scholarships applying
specifically to you. However,
they take your application fee
and never give you a refund, nor
provide you with money.
Barbara Crocker, Associate
Director of Student Financial
Assistance and Awards (SFAA)
at UBC, says that she has never
come across any bogus scholarships, but that doesn't mean
they aren't out there. She says
that most scholarships are "affiliated scholarships", which
means they are attached to
an institution. She also warns
against applying for scholarships that aren't of this type.
"I would caution anybody
against doing that nowadays, to
apply for anything that doesn't
have a significant presence, like
a corporate name or a university
name," said Crocker.
However, she says that there
are some scholarships named
after their donors: "and they are
legit, but how would you know
that? If you're sending it to Mary
Jane Smith's home?" People
legitimately offering a scholarship usually donate their money
to an institution, they don't
manage it themselves. This is
so they receive a tax receipt for
their money.
How can you protectyourself
from scholarship scams? FinAid
outlines things to watch out for,
one being application fees, or
loan fees, because "[ljegitimate
scholarship sponsors do not require an application fee". Also,
the "everybody is eligible" statement is another sign of a potential scam. Most scholarships
have criteria to narrow down
the number of applicants. As in
any scam, claims of high success rates or lots of hype about
the scholarship in advertising
are good indicators that something isn't right. "Trust your instincts," seems like an obvious
one, but it is true: if something
seems suspicious, chances are
you are right.
Housing
So you have your tuition paid,
but where are you going to live?
A lot of students look for housing on or around campus. Classifieds for housing can be found
almost anywhere, in newspapers, posted on campus bulletin
boards, and online.
But how do you know that
the posting you respond to isn't
a con? Or that the resident that
answers your ad is really looking
for housing and not interested
in taking your money? The campus newspaper of Queen's University in Kingston, The Journal,
published an article about an
incident where some students
posted an ad looking for a roommate. A scammer named "Lyte"
responded, then proceeded to
confuse the students. She never
arrived to claim her spot, and
kept saying she had sent the
money. "Lyte" eventually sent
cheques for American money
then asked for them back, claiming sending them was a mistake.
The students eventually told the
boarder not to come, ending
the transaction. They then notified the right people on campus
about the problem.
Finding a reliable and secure
source for housing ads is crucial
to avoid potential scammers.
AMS Rentsline is a way for local students to place and search
for ads for affordable student
housing. Shagufta Pasta, the
Executive Coordinator of Student Services for the AMS, says
there is no official AMS policy
for Rentsline against potential
scammers, because it is a third
party organization that serves
as an advertising venue.
"If we saw a bogus service,"
said Pasta, "we would remove
the posting, but [Rentsline] is
primarily a venue for people to
find housing, and for people in
housing to find a resident."
There are some regulations
for Rentsline, however, to give
users some security. John Calve-
ley of Rentsline says that there
hasn't been a problem in the
past. "One of the main reasons
no problems have arisen," said
Calveley, "is that each new posting is screened and each member has to register their name,
address, et cetera."
When choosing a place to
live, potential renters should
familiarize themselves with the
general agreements and policies surrounding tenancy. One
source is the Residential Tenancy Branch on the BC Government website. The site outlines
everything searching students
need to know before renting out
a place. It is also useful because
students can watch out for landlords who are not following the
policies.
Help at your
disposal
There are many campus resources to aid you if you are ever
the victim of a scam. One of the
most important and helpful of
these sources would be Campus
RCMP.
"We would definitely investigate it," said Constable Chohan,
"anything that's criminal code
falls under a mandate to investigate. If it meets the criteria
of a fraud, we would treat it
accordingly."
Chohan also encourages the
use of Equifax, a company that
will put a tracker alert on your
credit card. If there is fraudulent
activity of any kind occurring on
your credit card, it will show up
on your credit record and they
can try to protect you.
To address the psychological
ramifications of losing your well-
earned cash, Campus Counselling can help. Dr Cheryl Washburn of Campus Counselling
says the service "encourage[s]
students to seek assistance
and support them in finding
resources" outside of campus as
well as counseling help.
The University Counsel includes a section in their Board of
Governors' Policies, Procedures
and Guidelines that pertains to
students needing emergency
funding. Policy 72 states that
when an unexpected incident
occurs, funding will be used
from the UBC Emergency Financial Assistance Fund, which is
funded from tuition.
The Student Finacial Aid and
Awards (SFAA) Centre employs
said policy. While the centre
can't reimburse your lost rent
money or student fees, Crocker
says they can and will provide
you with the textbook you lost
when your backpack was stolen.
This type of incidentwould count
as requiring "emergency funding". Care would also be taken
to speak with the student about
what happened, so as to inform
others of potential harm.
IT'S UP TO YOU
From a study done by Ipsos-Reid
in 2006, 73% of Canadians are
worried aboutbecoming identity
fraud victims. In addition, only
33% of Canadians feel educated
enough to protect themselves
from scams or theft of their
personal information. Protecting oneself from a scam is ultimately a personal endeavour.
The police are the first
people to go to, and the most
knowledgeable about scams and
fraud. The RCMP offers an online practical guide for students
against scams. Precautions that
the site suggests include tearing up your mail and personal
documents before throwing
them away and cleaning out
your wallet or purse, taking out
things such as your SIN card or
passport. Also, be aware of who
you give your personal information out to—it could be given to
a third-party organization that
could scam you or steal your
identity.
Constable Chohan doesn't
think that students are at a higher risk from scams, but notes
that the 18-40 demographic
shows to be the age group most
prone to reported instances of
fraud.
"They grew up in the technology era," said Chohan, "and so
we're finding a lot more fraud
and a lot more identity thefts
are occurring online."
Although Crocker doesn't
feel that students are at any
more risk for scams, learning
how to protect yourself is still a
good idea.
She says it's all about awareness: "I think any of us could
be in that predicament at any
time, by not realising that could
happen."
Students can begin educating
themselves while on campus.
The SFAA Centre offers workshops. Besides one for financial
planning, they also offer one
called "Simple Things That Can
Ruin Credit", and are working
to implement one on ID Theft
for the future. These are usually
advertised around campus.
Crocker outlines how easy it
would be to be scammed or to
have your identity stolen. If your
wallet was stolen, it would be
very easy for a scammer: "if you
had in your wallet your driver's
license, your student card," says
Crocker, "very quickly, I could
become you."
However, don't be too worried about being a victim of
fraud. Just be aware of your
surroundings and your actions.
"There's a happy medium," says
Crocker, "you don't have to be
paranoid but you do have to be
sensible."  \a 6     News
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Fall fashion advice from industry experts
by Paul Bucci
Culture Editor
Fashionistas, friends, and han-
garounds, take notice: the Ubyssey brings you fall fashion so
you can stay warm while looking
sharp.
This fall, practicality does not
give way to haute couture. And
though you'd like to be as comfortable as you can going to and
from class, the waterproof synthetic jackets over UBC hoodies
of campus fashion don't mesh
with current trends. To stand
above and beyond the huddling
masses at the bus stop, take note
of this simple advice.
"I used to wear garbage bags
over my head, because they're
easy," said a local fashion consultant from Bryam's. "You can
cut across so that the pointy end
goes on your head and it can
cover your backpack as well. But
that's not very fashionable."
So to keep the rain off of your
head and look good, you'll need
more than a piece of plastic and
a smile.
"Generally, it's not fashionable to wear a raincoat, so buy an
umbrella," said our consultant.
"Just because most of the coats
you can buy are long and they're
warm, but they won't keep dry."
Umbrellas for the student
budget are easy, as they can be
as little as ten bucks at a dollar
store, but if you need to go above
and beyond that, there's a little
store on Granville Island that'll
do the trick. The Umbrella Shop
on W. Broadway has been in the
umbrella business for years and
can sell you a large array of styles
and prints from collapsable to
parasols.
For your  feet,   rubber  still
works, though looking sharp
rather than cute will take more
than a pair of printed gumboots.
"A lot of the fashionable boots
that aren't advertised as waterproof leather won't keep you
dry," said the consultant. "The
best you can hope for is water resistant. You can buy a shoe spray
that will make your boots water
resistant, and they are made for
specific fabrics."
Advising against raincoats,
what are the alternatives?
"Double-breasted coats are
still in fashion, so if you bought
one last year, you can still wear
it," said our consultant. "Last
year coats were long, and if you
were short, they made you look
silly. Coats are still long, but they
can be as short as the bottom
of your ribcage, and standard
blazer length.
"Layers are still fashionable. A
scarf, a turtleneck and a coat. But
not a long coat. Not if it's heavy.
So to keep the rain
off of your head and
look good, you'll need
more than a piece of
plastic and a smile.
You can layer a waist length coat,
a turtleneck and a scarf. Looking
fashionable doesn't mean you
have to be cold."
When asked about new trends
coming up, our consultant said
that "Turtlenecks, leggings and
boots...High waisted pants are
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New Pornographers heat up the Commodore
Crowd response was
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By Charlotte Nobles
Culture Writer
Following this summer's release of Challengers, The New
Pornographers convened at
The Commodore on Friday,
September 28th, to play to an
anticipatory, but not overly
energetic audience. With almost the entire band present,
including Neko Case and Dan
Bejar, the New Pornographers
seemed excited to be performing in Vancouver, back at their
old stomping grounds. This reunion of the band provided the
audience with the opportunity
to hear the songs as they were
recorded, which made ones like
"Mass Romantic", sung by Case,
definite crowd-pleasers.
The crowd was surprisingly
mellow,  but did perk up  for
some of the more popular songs
such as "Twin Cinema" and
"Sing Me Spanish Techno." The
chance for audience participation was readily taken during
Bejar's "Testament to Youth in
Verse" at the end of the show.
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stimulate the crowd throughout was consistent, and front-
man Carl Newman's friendly
banter between songs was a
lively accompaniment to the
performance.
I'm sure that those who
were unfamiliar with the
band are now fans.
Opening with "All The Things
That Go To Make Heaven and
Earth," the almost two hour performance included a good selection of songs from past albums
and all but one of the tracks off
Challengers. The set list mostly
consisted of The New Pornographers' highly energetic songs,
but was nicely complemented
with slower ballads, including a
gorgeous performance by Case
of "Go Places" and her charming performance of "Failsafe"
with Kathryn Calder. The band
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their set, the first of which showcased the crowd-surfing skills of
one member of opening band
Lavender Diamond. Case's outstanding performance of "Letter
from an Occupant" closed the
show on a high note that had
everyone in the crowd dancing
and cheering.
The band was energetic
throughout the show and gave
a fun, high quality performance
that demonstrated why The New
Pornographers have caught the
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PRESENTS OUR
Vancouver International Film Festival
REVIEW
SERIES
Many of you know, the
VIFF is upon us, calling
filmmakers and fans
from across the world to witness
the world's best on screen. Our
intrepid Ubyssey reporters have
been (and willbe) gracing theatres
throughout the city to take in and
critique films from all corners
of the globe, resilient against all
internal pressures to bring you
the truth about each film. Here is
the first part of this truly rigorous
journalistic endeavour, the Ubyssey Vancouver International Film
Festival review series.
HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
by Henrique Barbone
Culture Writer
MANDABALA
Empire Granville Theatres
Playing October 5 at 4:15pm
Exploitation, corruption, and
violence.
From my experience in living in Brazil, these are the three
underpinning characteristics of
Brazilian society. This is what
young New York director Jason
Kohn attempts to capture in his
first ambitious documentary
Manda Bala ("Send a Bullet"). He
follows the life of Jader Barbalho,
a politician accused of embezzling over $9 million dollars,
along with the lives of many
other tattered characters.
Kohn's achievement in this
documentary is the depiction of
violence as a dual entity. With
the upper classes imprisoning
and stifling the masses, certain
Kohn made no use of
a narrator throughout
the documentary, but
simply let the audience ask questions.
individuals, such as Magrinho (a
savage kidnapper), irrationally
vent their anger and frustration by kidnapping their jailers.
This could be seen as the very
embodiment of the paradox of
violence in Brazil.
Kohn made no use of a narrator throughout the documentary,
but simply let the audience ask
questions and find connections.
This is a rarity in a world where
it seems like the norm is for us to
become passive, spoon-fed viewers of commercially oriented
Hollywood-propaganda.
Amongst the fluctuating stories and characters, Kohn gives
us glimpses of the media hysteria
surrounding the mounting kidnapping rates in Sao Paulo. The
media, however, pays less atten
tion to the gangsters running the
country from Brasilia, and the
industrialists, who, protected by
the same Brasiliense gangsters,
pillage Brazil's wealth. This in
turn ends up in the United States,
Canada, and the European Union.
Kohn acquaints himself with this
Brazilian criminal network as
he spends some time with the
manager of a frog farm financed
by Jader Barbalho, the influential
senator from Brazil's northern
state of Para. This farm, whose
cost is evaluated to be $300,000,
actually cost the government
over a million dollars, and is
barely beneficial to the poverty-
stricken local population.
Although extremely corrupt,
Barbalho is intelligent. Following Juvenal's idea of providing
'panem et circenses' (bread and
circus) in order to subdue the
masses, Barbalho bought the
local newspaper, radio and television networks. He has since
managed to manufacture consent in his state by giving alms
to the cattle-like masses, while
wallowing in the luxury that his
inestimable fortune provides
him. As the kidnapper cynically
puts it; in Brazil there are 'those
who steal with a pen and those
who steal with a gun'.
My disappointment with
Manda Bala, however, would
only come in the post-screening
Q&A period with Jason Kohn,
when he told me that Manda
Bala would not be screening in
Brazil due to legal reasons. The
documentary then struck me as
a wasted effort. It hinted at what
the not always free Brazilian
press treats as a taboo subject:
that kidnappings are nothing
but the incarnation of class oppression in Brazil. But if this
message cannot be conveyed to
a Brazilian audience, then what
is the purpose of Kohn's endeavour? More broadly, I couldn't
help having misgivings about the
future of documentary making,
because I had always envisaged
documentaries as having a great
social and political potential, vl
THREE QUICK CAPSULE REVIEWS
by Jesse Ferreras
Culture Staff
FUGITIVE PIECES
Finished run
Jeremy Podeswa's adaptation of
Anne Michaels's 1996 bestseller
is everything you could hope for
in a literary adaptation. Or, at
least you wish it was, because
despite the clear passion that has
gone into its making, the film is
long, plodding, and stretches a
little far beyond a few logical ending points. These are forgivable
sins in a book, but not so much
in a film. It tells of Jakob, a young
Polish Jew taken in by kindly
Greek archaeologist Athos and
reared after the boy's family is
murdered in a Nazi raid. The two
actors show great chemistry in
the boy's younger scenes, but like
many adults, he loses much of his
charm and becomes a brooding
bore. That doesn't stop his luck
with some beautiful women, and
won't deter fans of the book, vl
THE STONE ANGEL
Empire Granville Theatres
Playing October 9 at 7:15pm
Liberty Stands Still director Kari
Skogland puts American Ellen
Burstyn into a very Canadian role,
an elderly woman who defies her
son's attempts to put her in a
nursing home and runs off on her
own, all the while lamenting a past
in which she held a higher social
standing. Her regrets are shared
through endless flashbacks showing that everything has aged in
her except her feistiness. If you
have that, what else matters?
The film puts an accessible spin
on a figurative novel and boasts
a strong lead but doesn't let you
into its central characters as
much as it wants to. Its setbacks,
however, will nevertheless draw
audiences comprised of English
students, disgruntled or otherwise, who read the book as part of
course reading. \a
UP THE YANGTZE
Pacific Cinematheque
Playing October 7 at 11:00am
China's mythical Yangtze River is
slowly rising, and only has more
height to go as construction of
the Three Gorges Dam moves forward. It's displacing millions of
people and forcing many of them
into abject poverty, while others
are lamenting a China they'll
never see again once their towns
are flooded. Director Yung Chang
takes a "farewell cruise" down the
river to meet with people who
will be flung from their homes by
the flooding and comes up with a
devastating documentary about
the cost of economic prosperity
in a developing country. An issue
like the Three Gorges Dam needs
as much talking as possible and
if Chang's film reaches enough
people, it's bound to generate
that discussion. Simply stunning. *2I
SAVE YOURSELF, DON'T SEE ATONEMENT
ATONEMENT
Finished run
by Matthew Jewkes
Culture Staff
Atonement has made me seriously
question whether most moviegoers can think for themselves,
while simultaneously making me
unsure as to whether film producers even know what makes stories
worth telling. While the film recently opened the VIFF and has
garnered much critical acclaim at
a number of festivals, Atonement
is a disjointed, pointless, emotionally manipulating, shallow film.
I walked out of the theatre feeling like I'd seen the film adaptation of a grocery store pulp novel.
Certainly, it contains some beautiful shots, however, the story never
explores the deep issues that are
filmed so prettily.
The protagonist is a ground-
skeeper's son living on the
grounds of an aristocratic English lord. The lord's family and
the groundskeeper's son dress
similarly and regularly attend
dinner together. Later in the film,
a war hospital is used for graphic
effect, but is left behind before
anything can settle in. And the
main protagonist's involvement
in the war is limited to a beautiful but highly choreographed and
totally uncontextualized and unprecedented scene of the retreat
from the beaches of Dunkirk.
As a result, the potential intelligence of the film is dulled.
Major English class differences
become blurry. A brutal war hospital turns into nothing more
than a backdrop for a touching
but otherwise disconnected
moment with a dying French
soldier. And World War II turns
into little more than an excuse to
separate the protagonists.
It is in this which I most dislike Atonement. The entire point
of the movie is to evoke empathic
pain in the viewers. There is no
other cohesive point. Even the
stated premise of the film—a child
who must atone for her childhood
sins—is unexplored until the last
seconds of the film.
So how could such a film
become the opener of two major
film festivals? The only reason
I can come up with is that Atonement contains all of the elements
that people think a film should
have—from beautiful people fucking to epic landscape shots. And
so, as people walk out of the room,
no one actually checks with themselves as to whether they actually
enjoyed or appreciated it. The only
reason I can think of for Atonement
to have become so popular is that
people must think it is "supposed"
to be good.
And it isn't. *2I 10 Culture
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Why are
With rising costs of books, rising inflation and new
course packs becoming mandatory every year, Max
Halparin looks into where the money is going
by Max Halparin
The McGill Daily (McGill University)
MONTREAL (CUP)-Craig Park
and his friend Hagen Menhert
started producing course packs
at McGill University in 1991.
After receiving permission
from their professors and the
Dean of Arts, then-political science undergrads Park and Menhert gathered course readings,
cleared copyrights, and sold
the first McGill course packs
themselves.
Park is now CEO of Eastman
Systems Inc. and Menhert is
Eastman's director & vice-president. Their company is now contracted to provide initial services
on course pack production at
McGill University.
One finds out [the price]
after the fact, and then
you turn it over and say
'Oh, say it isn't so.'
Prof. Brenda Lee,
McGill University
But what started out as a
small photocopying operation is
now big business. And students
are the ones who are paying the
price.
After students in an urban
social geography class at McGill
University paid a hefty $72.36
before taxes for this year's collection of readings, Professor
Brenda Lee apologised for the
high price during a class discussion. "One finds out [the price]
after the fact," she said. "And
then you turn it over and say
'Oh, say it isn't so.'"
Second-year student Tyler
Kreider was frustrated with the
course pack's price tag."It seems
like they're just trying to make
money off students," he said.
Course pack production,
however, is not such a cut-and-
dry issue. There are many players involved and less profit going
around than one might expect.
McGill Copyright and Course
Pack Services, as with many universities, covers all aspects of
course pack production, including printing and distribution
through the university bookstore. These services usually
contract out the initial steps,
such as contact with professors, generation of the master
file and clearing the copyrights.
This is what Eastman does for
McGill. Then, from August 1
to mid-September, two 30-foot
long printers run 24/7 to keep
up with demand.
"My operation makes no
money, which is the way it should
be," said Course Pack Services
Coordinator James Warne.
There are two main costs
that contribute to a course pack's
price. The first is the base price of
10 cents per page for paper and
the second is a royalty charge for
selections that exceed reproduction limits. This includes using
more than ten per cent of any
work or more than one chapter
of a book.
The cost of paper is as vola
tile as any other commodity. In
2004, the base cost per page was
around nine cents. It increased
to ten cents this year with rising
paper and production costs.
Course packs can be useful,
often intending to provide students with hard-to-find articles
related to the course. Lee said
that if she had known about the
price increase she would not
have included the reference
articles.
"I will never do this again;
there's not much satisfaction to
students," she said.
The extra royalty costs for
the urban social geography class
added up to $8.32—compared
to just $3.12 last year—although
no single selection accounted
for more than $1.44 in extra
charges.
Much of the money is shipped
straight back to the author of the
articles.
COPIBEC, a not-for-profit collective of authors and publishers
that collects and distributes royalties in Quebec, collects both the
aforementioned royalty charge
and the copyright fee, which
is a flat fee of $20.50 per full-
time student per year. The fee is
scheduled to increase to $22.00
for next academic year.
When asked why the copyright fee continues to increase
steadily-from $8 in 2001-2002
to $25.50 for 2011-2012-COPI-
BEC Executive Director Helene
Messier explained that the fee
is tied to the "sheer volume" of
pages reproduced.
Messier said that in the past
four years, the number of pages
reproduced in Quebec has increased by 33 per cent. The copyright fee, she said, has increased
by the same percentage.
The additional copyright
royalty adds an extra eight cents
per page. This fee is increasing
as well. In 2001 it was six cents
per page, but will be nine cents
in 2009-2010.
My operation makes
no money, which is
the way it should be
James Warne,
Course Pack Services Co-ordinator
McGill University
Messier noted that the reproduction limits exist to protect the
authors' original work.
"We don't encourage reproducing above the limits," said
Messier. "The costs should be
high enough to have a deterrent
effect."
In 2005-2006 COPIBEC collected nearly $11 million and
distributed $8.2 million of it
back to rights holders. The following school year, COPIBEC
collected $11.7 million and distributed $10.8 million back to
rights holders
Messier said that a 13 per
cent administrative fee is deducted from costs and that the
organisation holds on to left over
funds intended for authors who
see "Expensive" | page 13 October 2nd, 2007 , The Ubyssey
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course packs so expensive?
Expensive packages
from "Why" | page i 2
are hard to track down. When
those authors are located, they
are given the money.
Messier maintained that with
more employees and a larger database of authors' works, COPI-
BEC is becoming more efficient
at distributing royalties.
All that for a photocopy?
For someone involved with
a student-run enterprise that is
now a part of a bigger business,
Park had mixed feelings towards
the copyright system and course
pack production.
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ridiculous price for a bunch of
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14  National News	
Universities have influence on Burmese Government
By William Wolfe-Wylie
CUP National Bureau Chief
TORONTO (CUP)-Organisers
of a Sept. 27 demonstration at
Toronto City Hall said that they
need to let Burmese citizens
know that they have international
support.
The demonstrators in Toronto
expressed their support for ongoing pro-democracy demonstrators in Burma. Now, they said,
they need to get their messages
of support inside the isolated
South Asian country, also called
Myanmar.
Ulla Laidlaw graduated from
the University of Guelph in 2006
and spent the following year living along the Thailand-Burma
border. She became involved in
the pro-democracy movement
then and is still in contact with
many of the friends she made.
"We're trying to develop
some initiatives to get the support inside Burma," she said,
noting that a number of people
are distributing flyers and pamphlets in Burma's urban centres,
encouraging the demonstrations
to continue.
"So we're thinking about
having photos of our rallies and
sending them in that way," Laidlaw said. "We don't just want to
write the general to pressure the
general, we want to write to the
people to tell them that the world
is supporting them," she said.
Paul Copeland founded the
Toronto Burma Roundtable, an
advocacy group, in 1990. He
said that there are significant
differences between the current
demonstrations in Burma and
the 1988 protests in which the
military killed more than 3000
civilians.
"One of the reasons the movement is so strong this time is
WILLIAM WOLFE-WYLIE PHOTO / CUP
Monks joined a demonstration at Toronto City Hall on Sept. 27, showing their support for democracy in Myanmar.
because the images are coming
out," said Copeland, arguing that
images need to be sent back to
show the international support.
"If they know that there's
international support for them,
it helps, it helps give them courage to continue on. It's going to
take huge courage for them to
continue the demonstration,"
Copeland said.
Other demonstrators conceptualised the protest differently.
NDP MP Olivia Chow spoke to
demonstrators, calling upon Canada to divest from any company
that supports Burma's military
rulers.
"Put pressure on the Canadian government to say to places
like China and India to stop shipping arms and mediate," she
said into a megaphone. She also
called upon Canadian mining
companies to stop operations in
Burma.
Copeland, however, feels that
with the Canadian government's
lacklustre track record on Burma,
it's up to the private sector to
make a difference.
"The  Canadian government
has been verbally great and
actively useless," he said, noting that Canada's economic
sanctions are non-existent while
the US continues to strengthen
theirs.
Copeland said that Canada's
universities, with their investment power, have an ability to
influence the outcome of the
demonstrations. He cited a
protest against Pepsi Co. in the
early 1990s which resulted in
that company's operations being
removed from Burma.
"That was ultimately hugely
successful but it only happened
when Pepsi lost a couple of contracts at universities," Copeland
said.
Copeland also pointed to the
successes of consumer boycotts
helping to overthrow South African apartheid.
But for now, as the military
government continues to rattle
its sabres, the majority of demonstrators simply hoped to minimize bloodshed.
"Budhhism teaches us peace.
Buddha never teaches to kill others. Burma is a Buddhist coun
try," said one Buddhist monk at
the rally. "Please wake up and try
to understand and forgive each
other."
Copeland agreed that this is
really the only way forward. Simply overthrowing the military rulers will not work, he said.
"The question is what kind of
transition can they arrange," he
said. "If the less senior members
of the military actually get rid
of the thugs who are there, and
start having some dialog with the
National League for Democracy,
they could very well form some
kind of interim government."
Copeland said that Aung San
Suu Kyi, the winner of the 1990
Burmese election who has been
under house arrest for 12 of the
past 18 years, has enough support to lead the country.
"She is a sufficiently strong
and popular figure that she, I
think, could hold the country together," Copeland said. "Having
the military on side would actually be a good idea."
In the meantime, Canadians need to show the peaceful
demonstrators   in   Burma  that
the world is standing with them.
"From filming, emailing, and
letting them know," Chow said.
"They will feel the solidarity."
Burma has been under military rule since a military coup
in 1962. It has been under one
form of military government or
another ever since. In 1988, a
pro-democracy movement, much
the same as that currently underway, was crushed when the military government killed upward
of 3000 civilian protestors. In
1989, the military government
changed the name of the country
from Burma to Myanmar. Aung
San Suu Kyi won a general election in 1990, but the incumbent
powers refused to relinquish the
government. She has been under
house arrest for 12 of the past 18
years.
A UN envoy sent to Burma to
negotiate and discuss the situation on Sept. 29 made it clear
that Suu Kyi must be a part of the
discussion.
Since 1989, confusion has
reigned in many areas as to
whether or not to call the country
by its former name, Burma, or its
new name Myanmar.
For many citizens, the self-
identification of Burmese is away
of showing dissent to the military
rulers. Similarly, during the
independence movement from
Great Britain in the late 1940s,
left-wing independence groups
preferred to use the more inclusive Burma and the traditionalist
right-wing factions preferred the
more historical Myanmar.
The political connotations
of the name usage are not lost
on modern society. At Toronto's
rally, protestors unanimously
called for a "Free Burma."
"We all knows what it means,"
said Chow. "A human life is a human right. It's Burma." vl
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Sports   15
Longboat: a day on the stormy sea
ANDREW STRAIN PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
The Ubyssey's production manager, Kellan Higgins, sprints to shore to win the championship for the greek division. Some teams rather had the spirit to get out there on the cold and rainy weekend.
by Samantha Jung
Staff Writer
With Longboat team names
such as such The Wu-Tang Clan,
S.S. Your Mom, and Wet Dirty
Oars, I hoped our name of Winner Not Quitters would instill
confidence in my teammates.
Our heat was at 9 am and the
team was ready despite our freezing bones and tired eyes. "No jitters, I'm just really pumped up,"
said teammate Michelle Radley,
a second-year Land and Food Systems major. "The music's playing,
[and] everyone's excited. It's going to be good."
We loaded our boats with
anticipation. Our runner, Alvin
Lam, a second-year engineering
major, sprinted from the shore
and leaped into the boat. Although
we paddled feverishly, we quickly
encountered an obstacle: our boat
was jammed between two others,
not an uncommon dilemma to
Longboat.
This put us and another team
behind right from the beginning.
We missed the first buoy but
made it to the beach to retrieve
the baton before continuing the
race.
Triumphantly passing a team,
we rounded the second buoy. We
were neck and neck with them
until the home stretch when their
bow painfully peaked in front of
ours. The finish line was in sight.
We dug our paddles deeper and
pushed them through the water
faster, splashing water around
like a wet dog after a swim. Approaching the shore at an amazing
rate, we were gaining on the other
team. Maybe we wouldn't be last
after all! Excited, Lam jumped out
of the boat to bang the gong—before we rammed the shore. But no
matter how much Lam flexed his
ankles and toes there was no way
he was going to reach the bottom.
We quickly lost hope for a fast
run into the beach and the possibility of achieving our main goal of
second last as Lam doggy paddled
a few metres before limping toward the beach. Ironically, it was
our excitement and enthusiasm
that defeated us. We all groaned
in unison as the men and women
in wet suits swarmed our boat to
help Lam out of the water.
A collective cheer rose from
our boat as Lam limped to shore,
dripping wet with defeat, and hit
the gong.
Lounging in the hot tubs provided by UBC REC, we warmed
up and felt better. Despite our last
place finish and time of 21:42, we
were optimistic. The team that
finished second last was only 30
seconds in front of us, and other
teams were probably more experienced, as only two of us had
done Longboat before.
When asked why he jumped
out of the boat so early, Lam's
answer was simple: "I wanted it
bad." As an afterthought, he added, "I want to try it again, I know
I can probably do better." Lam,
like the rest of our team, believed
our next bout in the boat would be
even better.
Unfortunately, luck wasn't on
our side. Not only did it start to
rain and the water became more
aggressive, but two of our members had to drop out due to illness. Nevertheless, we decided to
grab some lunch and come back
to the beach to try to recruit more
teammates.
However, no one wanted to
stay in the freezing rain for a 4
pm second heat. Tired, but not
defeated, we went home. Day of
the Longboat proved once again
to be a great way to start off the
year and experience true UBC
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Saskatchewan Huskies hold on to take down T-Birds
by Paul Albi
Sports Writer
The UBC football team had its
hands full Saturday with the
rain, wind, a muddy field, and
the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies.
Saskatchewan 19-UBC 16
Despite some big plays on
defense and special teams, the
Thunderbirds ran out of time
while driving within the final
minutes and lost to the Huskies
19-16 Saturday at Thunderbirds
Stadium. The loss drops the
Thunderbirds to 2-3, while the
No. 5 Huskies improve to 4-1.
Rookie quarterback Marc
McVeigh only managed to complete six passes out of 25 throws
while running back Chris Ciezki
had 50 yards on the ground. This
lack of offense forced the defense
to come up big as linebacker
Shea Emry lead the charge blitzing from all angles giving the
Huskies' no time to throw and
nowhere to run. The Huskies
thought changing quarterbacks
early in the second quarter would
get their offense in gear.
The story on offense was
the same for the Thunderbirds
except their former backup quarterback was already in the game.
With starting quarterback Doug
Goldsby injured, pressure was
put on the shoulders of McVeigh.
UBC's offensive line couldn't
seem to help McVeigh's cause
or get the run game established
with Chris Ciezki.
An interception by UBC's
Alex Betts lead to a six-yard
scamper up the gut by Dave Boyd
for the first touchdown of the
game giving UBC a 9-5 lead. But
McVeigh's interception lead to
a Saskatchewan touchdown and
the Huskies took a two-point lead
going into the locker room.
The muddy and wet field
seemed to play a part as both
teams combined for six completions, three interceptions, and
only 215 yards of total offense at
halftime.
Disaster struck early in the
second half as the Huskies converted a fumble recovery into a
touchdown.
With the Thunderbirds down
ten points in the fourth quarter,
hope seemed to be fading away
as the UBC offence was having trouble moving the ball on
offense.
With time ticking, a deep
pass by McVeigh was deflected
by a Huskies' player and then
caught by receiver Alan Pepper
down the sideline for a gain of
62 yards.
The very next play McVeigh
connected with Townsend for
a 17-yard touchdown pass with
just over a minute and a half left
GOH IROMOTO PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
UBC quarterback Marc McVeigh prepares to throw as the Huskies defensive line looks for the sack. McVeigh only managed to complete six passes
out of his 25 attempts as both teams had good days on defense.
on the clock.
The rain was coming down
harder than ever, but the crowd
was back in the game and the
sideline was riding momentum.
UBC then failed to win an onside
kick, which may have been their
only hope for a victory.
But,  the T-Birds'  defensive
unit rose to the occasion when
Emry forced a fumble with 1:22
left. McVeigh then scrambled
for 25 yards down the side line.
Unfortunately, things weren't
meant to be as the play was called
back on a holding call. That was
UBC's 13th penalty of the game,
counting for 97 total yards. The
Thunderbirds just ran out of
time and couldn't get those last
three points to bring them into a
tie with the Huskies.
"Our defence played outstanding all day long and gave us
chances to win," said UBC head
coach Ted Goveia. However, he
was frustrated at the finish saying, "We had too many dropped
balls and penalties at key points
in the game."
UBC receiver Alan Pepper
concurred as he pointed out "give
all the credit to special teams
and our defence, they gave us a
chance at the end."
Despite Goldsby being out,
Goveia seems optimistic saying
"Marc [McVeigh] will get better
with time."
With a record of 2-3, UBC
finds themselves fighting for
their playoff lives. They continue
their season with the Shrum
Bowl next Saturday at 1 pm at
SFU.
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SFU for the first time ever on a
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Sports   1J
Dick Pound rails against steroids in sport
World Anti-Doping Agency
chair speaks about the need
for more drug regulation
by Leslie Day
Sports Writer
Richard Pound, chair of the
World Anti-Doping Agency and
former International Olympic
Committee vice- president,
spoke at UBC on Saturday as
part of a free lecture series put
on by the Vancouver Institute.
"The science of the good guys
is catching up to the science of
the bad guys," said Pound. "As
complex as it is, it's not rocket
science."
Pound, who is also chancellor of McGill University, said
that some sports need to step up
and clean house. He believes the
American professional sports
leagues need to stop negotiating collective bargaining agreements that prevent useful test
ing, and that governments need
to step in and "drag the leagues,
kicking and screaming," into
court, if necessary.
After an anecdote or two,
Pound hit his stride by talking
about doping scandals that have
brought several athletes—and
entire sports, such as cycling—to
their knees.
Mandatory drug tests administered by sport governing
bodies and leagues exist primarily "to make sure the public
isn't aware there is a problem,"
said Pound. He traced what he
called the "genealogy of a game"
from two kids in a backyard, to
children in a schoolyard, and on
through to the Olympics.
He said that, as the calibre of
competition increases, the differences between the individual
athletes become smaller. For example in the 2006 Torino Olympics, the difference between the
gold medal and the bronze in
women's 1000m speed skating
was 0.06 seconds. At that level,
even the smallest change can
result in huge rewards.
Pound's talk covered a lot of
ground, including the wake-up
call the Olympic community
received in 1960 when Danish
cyclist Knud Enemark Jensen
died due to amphetamine use.
Drug testing was introduced
at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics, where a Swedish
pentathlete tested positive for
a banned substance and was
stripped of his bronze medal.
More recently, at the 2006
Olympics, Austrian coach Walter
Mayer, who had been banned
from both the 2006 and 2010
Olympics due to doping offences, was found to be working for
the Austrian biathlon and crosscountry ski teams.
A search of a home rented
by the teams resulted in the discovery of medical supplies and
a blood transfusion machine,
leading to a joint investigation
with Italian authorities. In the
end, lifetime bans were issued,
and the Austrian Olympic Committee was fined $ 1 million.
Pound  readily admits  that
the athletes and coaches are not
The science of the
good guys is catching up to the science
of the bad guys
Dick Pound
World Anti-Doping Agency
in this alone. Successful doping
requires the cooperation of athletes, coaches, medical professionals including doctors and
nurses, teammates, drug suppliers, and even sport organization
officials. Without the suppliers
and enablers, the doping circle
would be incomplete.
He continued to say that despite athlete and coach claims to
the contrary, doping is seldom
accidental. "Seeking out and
paying thousands of dollars for
designer steroids is not an accident," he said.
Following his one-hour
speech, Pound opened up the
floor to questions. Dr. Jim Rupert, a human kinetics professor at UBC, asked about how the
line between supplements and
drugs is drawn. Pound replied,
"If there's no rule to say you
can't do it, no matter how stupid
you are, you're not cheating."
When asked to comment on
Florence Griffith-Joyner's early
death and the rumors of drug
use that dogged her career, he
responded that her peak season
was "too remarkable," but that
we are unlikely to know for
sure.
The anti-doping cause, Pound
said, "is a cat and mouse game
that continues to this day, and
will as long as there are rules
against doping in sport." vl
Nothing separates top two teams in field hockey
LEVI BARNETT PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Fourth-year forward Devon Bromley strikes the ball trying to give the Thunderbirds the smallest of advantages last weekend at Wright field.
The UBC Thunderbirds and
the University of Victoria Vikes
played to two consecutive ties
over the weekend at Wright
Field.
On Saturday, the Vikes
jumped out to a two goal lead,
but the Thunderbirds brought
it back with goals from Katie
MacPherson and Laura Dowling
to leave the game at a 2-2 tie.
On Sunday, it was the Thunderbirds who came out scoring
first as Whitney Kroll got one
past Vikes goaltender Kaitlyn
Williams.
The two ties give the women
a record of 3-1-2 on the season
and are once again fighting with
the Vikes for the top spot in
the country. Last year, the two
teams faced off in the National
Championship, which the Thunderbirds won.
The women head to Calgary
this weekend for a two-game
series with the University of Calgary Dinos before they take on
the Vikes on their home turf the
next weekend. \j
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This is where we hold them,
this is where they die
ThSSUbyssey 18   Editorial
The Ubyssey | October 2nd, 2007
Ultimate fighting ban hurts more than helps
Vancouver City Council voted
to temporarily ban mixed
martial arts (MMA) fighting
events within Vancouver on September 20th. The motion passed
unanimously.
Mixed Martial Arts is a combination of different fighting styles used
simultaneously within an octoganal
ring. The fights are played out with
minimal rules and regulation, so that
the sport resembles and emphasises
the natural, unregulated outcome of
a combat situation.
The sport itself became popular
in 1993 with the emergence of the
American Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Previously touted as
a "no holds barred" sport, it is now
more widely celebrated as "mixed
martial arts". The sport is largely
divided into two techniques: striking,
such as kicking and punching, and
grappling, which includes submission holds, sweeps, and takedowns.
In recent years, MMA fighting has
seen an explosion in popularity. Television and internet videos are going
viral among young adult males, and
pay-per-view bouts attract legions of
viewers. With Canadians like George
St.Pierre receiving accolades and the
UFC welterweight title in 2006, it is
no surprise that the sport has taken
off in Canada. In the past year, a half
dozen sanctioned fights have taken
place in Vancouver and more are to
be expected.
The idea behind City Council's
Vancouver-wide ban is to have the
province create is own commission
to regulate MMA matches.
While this is a good idea, councilors need to realise that MMA
fighting is here to stay. By banning
it, the sport won't disappear. At
minimum fights will simply move
to the suburbs, where many of the
fights already take place. As the
provincial governing body for mixed
martial arts can't be expected to be
created immediately, fighters and
fight-enthusiasts could be driven
underground in the meantime. One
draw back to this potential for underground MMA is that new locations
could arise around the city attracting
organised crime, endangering both
competitors and spectators.
Vancouver's ban only affects
Vancouver—leaving legitimate MMA
A solid punch to the face of liberty
promoters free to do as they will in
cities like Richmond and New Westminster. According to the Richmond
Review, Richmond currently has no
governing body for ultimate fighting
events. This means that, should
fights move to the island city, they
may be subject to even less oversight
than Vancouver currently has now.
Under the current system, Vancouver is "not aware of any serious
injuries to fighters participating in
any UF/MMA events" sanctioned
by the Vancouver Athletic Commission. To the extent that this is true,
it means that the existing regime
works—fighters are protected by regulations. This mandate denotes that
there must be two doctors at each
fight, medical exams for competitors,
and ambulances at the ready, in case
of any serious inguries.
If MMA events are banned in
Vancouver, they will undoubtedly
continue. Whether our politically
correct society likes it or not, people,
especially testosterone-fueled young
males, have a need to physically
exert themselves against each other.
This can take place through regulated, formal, or even ceremonial
sparring, rather than unregulated,
underground matches.
And when unsanctioned bouts do
occur, they never meet basic safety
levels. Fighters will not be better off.
Though the city has not banned the
sport entirely, it is imparative that
the current fighters be protected, as
the sport can have deadly outcomes
if it is not moderated to some
degree.
The prudent thing to do is keep
the existing commission until a
new one is in place. It should be
strengthened to ensure that bouts
can be held where competitors receive adequate medical treatment as
needed, are properly compensated,
and spectators can watch in a safe
environment. If the ban becomes
permanent, none of these measures
can be implemented, and the well-being of competitors will only be more
precarious.
iSfTREETERS
Streeters is a weekly column
in which students are asked a
question related to UBC events.
What do you think of Vancouver banning ultimate fighting?
—Mark Ruperto,
Accounting Grad
"I don't agree
with any sort
of banning of
UFC."
—Chris Valeralt,
Commerce 2
"If they move them
off site, then they're
taking away from
what people really
want to do."
—Kyle Bryce,
Human Kinetics 3
"With it becoming a larger sport,
I think in today's
society it is not a
good idea to take
away all the rules
and regulations."
—Leanne Ficherne,
Psychology 4
"I don't like it very
much, so I don't
care."
—Lars Molaer,
Geography 3
"I agree, I think it's
a good idea to ban
it. There are a lot
of extreme sports
you can do to push
the limit, but that
seems a bit crazy.
But I hope people
make the decision
themselves."
-Coordinated by Jordan Chittley and Shun Endo
Letters
Chivalry is dead
If anyone is still uncertain that chivalry is truly
dead, all one needs to do is point to a couple of
recent headlines in the Ubyssey—GHB and an
appallingly crude attack on the UBC Feminist
Collective. The modern "replacement" that's
supposed to let us all get together, hold hands,
and have a powwow without killing each other—words like "education", "tolerance", and
"polite public disagreement"—doesn't seem to
be faring very well in terms of proper behaviour either. The Womyn's Centre vandals show
a systematic level of malicious planning that is
rather unsettling. This isn't some random graffiti being sprayed on, or even crude defacing,
but specifically written words custom fit for a
targeted audience to trigger a definite reaction.
None of the other offices up in the SUB were
so much as touched. There was a very clear
objective in mind here. What's worse is that
as far as this letter-writer knows, the Womyn's
Centre and other equity-related offices in the
SUB are designed to be open and accessible
to immediately reach out to people who are
in need of aid, making the "easy solution" of
strengthened security an even thornier issue
than normal.
In fact, it's quite chilling to think that the
perpetrators of both the vandalism in the
Womyn's Centre, as well as the GHB-spikers at
the Beta Theta Pi party could be university students who attend lectures and classes like any
other UBC student. I'll be the first to admit that
I'm not the most outspoken on feminist issues,
but behaviour like this shows really dangerous
fault lines in contemporary socialisation, and is
a concern that encompasses much more than
women's issues. A similar organised attack on
an ethnocultural group would demand an affirmation of their place and rights in society,
and a clear re-exarnination of whether current
institutions are actually doing a proper job of
meeting their need for security. I do not see
how this requires any less.
—Aaron Si
Political Science and Philosophy 3
Requiem for a Grassy Knoll
Word on the street is the Grassy Knoll is gonna
get it. I don't know when and I don't how, but
one day, when it's dark and no one is looking,
someone is going to raze that MF to the ground.
Now I don't know about you but personally, I
say it's about f-king time.
Just mentioning the Grassy Knoll in anything less than supportive terms is enough to
alienate one from certain circles. It is strange
to think that a mound of dirt with sporadic tree
growth can command such a level of affection
with the student body and yet no one can walk
passed the bookstore without noticing the Julia Hill style protest to save this endangered
monument.
Truthfully, when I first heard of UBC's
planned underground bus loop and the demise
of the Knoll, I was ready to be right there with
them (not physically of course, but spiritually).
I saw the Knoll as a heritage site. It is piece of
uncorrupted earth in the centre of a steel and
concrete compound. Like the fertile mind it
sprouts life in all directions. It is a symbol that
defines the student existence.
Further more, the Grassy Knoll has captured the hearts of the people. We have grown
up with her, loved her, and made love on her
(not personally). She has seduced us with her
simple charm and elegance. In fact, we cannot
picture a meaningful life without her.
But like all temptresses, she blinds us from
the truth.
In reality, the Grassy Knoll is tiny hill in the
middle of the primary congregating grounds.
It obstructs the view and denies the fastest
route. It is unusable for the majority of the
months we are at school, and, excluding the
three weeks when the cherry blossoms come
out, provides very little in the form of natural beauty. The Knoll is more akin to a hairy
pimple in the middle of your forehead then a
beacon for student identity (though if this were
a high school it would fit in perfectly).
There are many people out there who love
the Grassy Knoll, many more who are indifferent, and a small silent minority who hate October 2nd, 2007 , The Ubyssey
Letters   19
Letters
the fact that some students
will actually waste their hard
earned tuition to sit outside in
the cold and protest the much
needed expansion to usable recreational space. However, it is
our duty as students to seek out
the truth, and, when it is found,
to fight to keep it alive. I encourage everyone, who has the time,
to voice their opinions so they
may be heard and counted.
—Jensen Metchie
Mechanical Engineering 3
Beware the NCAA
In the September 7th issue ("Friday comment,") of the Ubyssey, a
very important issue was raised
regarding the potential of UBC
sports going NCAA. I fear that
the points raised, such as the
relevance of CIS lost titles and
cash  investment,   merely un
derscore far greater concerns.
The magnitude of this decision
could affect the entirety of the
student body and campus life
as we know it.
It's not about leaving the
CIS, it's about the potential
overhaul to our school. And although I see the writing on the
wall, I worry the significance is
lost on the student body. The
Thunderbirds are big fish in a
small freshwater pond in western Canadian sports and they
are on the verge of leaping into
the vast saltwater ocean of the
NCAA.
First, some points to get
straight are that on average
NCAA sport is leagues above
the CIS, especially on the men's
side. The opportunity for UBC
athletes to compete at such a
high level is a far more valuable
accomplishment compared to
vying for CIS glory, even if they
are finishing middle of the road.
So yes, the level of the UBC ath
letic pool will need to vastly improve, but it won't be done with
UBC athletes as we know them
now. It won't even be largely Canadian athletes either. In order
for UBC to compete across the
board (meaning in every sport)
an influx of American talent
will be needed and attracted to
our school. Top-flight Canadian
athletes already head south of
the border if their talent permits, and it is highly unlikely
that even a quarter of Canada's
best would alter course to the
west. And even supposing they
did, Canada's most talented are
usually fortunate to be part of
the pack in NCAA competition,
and rarely leading it.
Lets face it, Americans have
sport flowing through their
veins from small town families
to government funding. The
Canadian development programs, fan base, and monetary
contributions don't come close
to comparison. Mediocre high
schools in the U.S can attract
20,000+ to a football game.
UBC can't even fill a stadium
of 5000. And we are based in
a major Canadian city (third
largest in Canada I believe). For
UBC to compete in NCAA play
we are talking about a massive
influx of American athletes (possibly given academic breaks for
admission), stricter training
regimens for our teams, and a
campus community putting in
100 per cent fan support. NCAA
schools eat, sleep, and breathe
sports from alumni to math
club. This is something that just
doesn't exist here.
The overall monetary benefit
will be huge for UBC, as NCAA
affiliation is sure to bring in big
American bucks, which may
not be so big if the exchange
rate continues to shift. But all
of this will be at the cost of the
Americanisation of our campus
communities. Many American
campuses   are   littered   with
sporting facilities and concrete
walkways. UBC students are
protesting like crazy over the
potential overhaul of a few hundred square foot Grassy Knoll.
I think this issue is far greater
than what it is being billed, and
I am sure many UBC students
will be ready to comment when
they are made aware of what is
at stake.
—Ryan Kalef
Integrated Science 4
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Brian De Palma's furious and incendiary take on
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