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Leaving Sketzo in the dark since 1918
UBC researchers examine the effects subsidies
have on high sea fisheries. Page 3
Tuesday, 13 March, 2007
FrankMiller's"300"is a kick-ass Spartan epic.
Page 7
T-birds tumble at CIS Women's
Basketball Championships. Page 9
Mild MS may
worsen over time,
UBC study says
by Sam Chung
UBC researchers have discovered
unsettling evidence that contradicts
conventional predictions about the
development of multiple sclerosis
(MS). Many believe that benign
forms of the auto-immune disease
are unlikely to progress into more
severe forms if they have remained
benign for at least ten years. According to this new study this may
not necessarily be the case.
Ana-Luiza Sayao, Virginia Devonshire, and Helen Tremlett found
that of the 169 patients evaluated
in their study nearly half who
had initially received a benign
diagnosis of MS went on to develop
more severe forms of the disease
after about 20 years. Furthermore,
of those patients, approximately
21 per cent eventually succumbed
to the disease, requiring the use
of a cane.
" What our study shows
is that there is not an
arbitrary cut-off that
can be predictive of
the progression of the
Ana-Luiza Sayao,
resident of Vancouver
General Hospital
On the other hand 52.1 per cent
of the patients, who were enrolled
in the British Columbia MS clinic
database, continued to exhibit only
benign symptoms.
How concerned should patients
be who were previously diagnosed
with benign MS?
The researchers point out that
this study was not meant to discourage MS patients. Sayao, a resident
of Vancouver General Hospital and
former undergraduate of Biopsy
chology from UBC, said, "There is
some reassurance to benign MS
patients. The longer the patient has
had MS and the lower the disease
has remained in severity, the more
likely you will remain well."
MS is an auto-immune disease
that affects the central nervous
system. Symptoms may include
difficulty in walking, numbness,
pain, fatigue, dizziness, and problems with memory and coordination. Most people with MS are di-
Aquatic Centre gym future in limbo
UBC Athletics, AMS to
decide future of facility
in coming weeks
by Jordan Chittley
Along with her predecessors,
Rosanne Wozny has been taking
her patients to the gym in the bottom floor of the Aquatic Centre at a
discounted rate for over 20 years.
However, a recent proposal
could mean that the gym will be
closing and Wozny will be looking for a more expensive and less
convenient facility in the coming
"We all were totally upset when
we saw that sign and it was just a
little, tiny sign," said Wozny. The
notice, taped to the gym water
fountain, stated the gym would be
closing indefinitely on April 15,
with no further explanation given.
However, following a vocal student outcry and the intervention of
the Alma Mater Society (AMS), the
decision to close the gym has been
put on hold due to the lack of AMS
consultation on the decision, said
AMS President Jeff Friedrich.
According to Bob Philip, director of UBC Athletics and Recreation, newly hired Aquatic Centre
Manager Lloyd Campbell did not
realise the amount of utlisation the
IN PROTEST: UBC students may not be able to work out here after April 16. oker chen photo
gym received when he proposed
a small reallocation of space that
would shut the gym down.
"I think what happened here
was a decision [was made] within the Aquatic Centre that [they]
didn't think was a big deal," said
Philip. The Aquatic Centre Management Committee, comprised
of AMS and Athletics and Recreation representatives who oversee
all decisions for the building, was
also supposed to be consulted before a decision of this magnitude
was made, but Campbell skipped
this step.
"I'm not blaming him, he just
got here and has some good ideas,"
said Philip of Campbell. We have
some new technology that will be
able to keep the outdoor pool open
year round and I don't think any
one will complain about that.
Constructed in 1978 with 40
per cent of building costs paid by
students, the Aquatic Centre is the
only facility with weights where
students can work out for free during certain hours of the day.
Until August the AMS, the
University,    and    Athletics    and
see "Aquatic"page 2.
Campus community fights for free gym
Students and staff alike protest closure of Aquatic Centre gym
by Boris Korby
Students and UBC community
members aren't happy about a
recent proposal to close the UBC
Aquatic Centre gym, and they're
making themselves heard loud
and clear.
"I haven't seen something like
this in my time here," said Alma
Mater Society (AMS) President Jeff
Friedrich, referring to the flood of
emails, letters, and phone calls received from gym users concerned
about a recent announcement by
UBC Athletics that the gym will
be closing indefinitely. The announcement has been subsequently retracted.
The Aquatic Centre gym is
utilised by students, staff, professors, senior citizens, hospital patients,  and others who frequent
UBC's Point Grey campus, all of
whom have come together to express their displeasure not only
with the announcement, but also
with the lack of information and
consultation gym patrons have received regarding the decision.
Brian Condon, a UBC student
and weight trainer at the Aquatic
Centre, said he is frustrated and
angry at the suddenness of the announcement, and questions the
University's motives for trying to
close the facility.
"My reaction was just frustration and anger that I was not
told. I just thought that was really
unprofessional...and I would
have thought that I would have
been told prior to the sign being
put up," said Condon. "I think it's
really not a wise move on account
of the Athletics Department to
take away a physical exercise op
portunity for students, and I really
think it's about monopolising the
Bird Coop which is jam-packed
already and has huge prices
Retired professor Kal Holsti,
who has been using the Aquatic
Centre gym since it opened in
1978, said the decision came as
quite a shock to him.
"I was in on the committee that
designed this building. Students
are here for three or four years
and then they've left. But some of
us are here forever in a way, and
we've come to rely on it, and somebody has to say something about it
when the decision is made with no
consultation and just came out of
the blue and we don't understand
the reasons why.
"I think that because it's a decision that has such a large and
permanent impact on  so  many
people, the committee really ought
to consult with the users," added
Holsti. "The intent of the founders
(includingjohn Buchanan, who the
gym is named after) and the people
who were in on the building of this
building was to have a gym facility
in the building directly connected
to the Aquatic Centre, so if they
close it that in a sense undermines
what we were trying to do."
Alex Burkholder and Nira Salant
are both gym users and UBC students who have let the University
know closing the gym is something
students won't take lying down.
"The Aquatic Centre [gym] is
a less competitive environment,
and less crowded, and I'm a tall
skinny guy. I was curling 15 pound
weights when I first started. But
there are 70 year olds that use
see "Gym"page 2.
Between the sheets: GSS pres, summer jobs and basketball bonanza News
Tuesday, 13 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Bird Coop too expensive, says UBC Hospital worker
"Aquatic"'continued'frompage 7.       t, . c
n r  * the gym is a cost neutral part ol
the Aquatic Centre.
Philip added that the fees for
Bird Coop, the pay-to-use gym in
the Student Recreation Centre,
are coming down, and he never
thought the closing would be for
financial gain.
As of now, the Aquatic Centre
will temporarily close for annual
scheduled maintenance on April
15. Many in the UBC community
remain concerned it may never
reopen. The enormous outcry is
forcing the Aquatic Centre Management Committee to meet next
week, where AMS representatives
will express the views of a vocal student opposition and lobby
to keep the facility open to the
As for Wozny, she has begun to
look into alternatives, but the convenience of having a gym that is so
close with a yoga area, weight and
cardio equipment and a hot tub
make the gym at the Aquatic Centre the best choice.
"It's curious that they don't
know how many people use it,"
said Wozny. "We've been going
once a week with our patients, because it's good for their well-being,
recovery and rehabilitation. I do
a half hour stretch and strength
in the yoga area and then we do a
half hour using the weights and the
cardio equipment."
Wozny said that working out has
similar benefits for her patients as
it would for non-patients, such as
increased self-esteem and energy,
but "because they have a medical condition, [working out] helps
them get back to work or school
and on with their life."®
Recreation jointly ran the building with Athletics and Recreation
footing most of the bill and the
AMS controlling the decision-making. However this past August
the AMS negotiated that it would
become a University facility and
the University said that Athletics
and Recreation should run it.
AMS President Jeff Friedrich
said the change of management
occured because the University
wanted the AMS to assume an additional percentage of the liability
insurance on the facility, a cost
the AMS was unwilling to put on
"The endpoint of this is that
there's a new agreement that
gave full management of the facility over to Athletics and that's
where we are today, but part of
the agreement was that the Management Committee would still
be there and functioning, and
that we'd have a certain amount
of representation on that," said
Presently, Athletics and Recreation pays almost $ 1 million
a year in operational costs for
the Aquatic Centre, with a significant portion already coming from
student athletic fees collected by
the AMS.
Without any explanation as to
why UBC Athletics and Recreation
was closing the facility, patrons
initially believed liability and financial reasons were being used to
justify the closure.
However Philip said that there
are ways around the liability such
as signs indicating that it is unsupervised, and since there are no
plans to purchase new equipment,
-with files from Boris Korby
Not a wise move, says weight trainer
"Gym" continued from page 7.
the the gym, so you don't ever
feel intimidated, it's not really
a scary place, it's just an easy
place to go and work out and
just feel [part] of a little community," said Burkholder, who
began calling and emailing University and Athletics administrators when he heard of the proposed closure.
Salant, who has organised a
petition that will be presented
to UBC Athletics, said when she
read the announcement, that
it added to an already existing
disappointment with UBC's attitude towards fitness. Like
Burkholder, she is doing what
she can to keep the facility open,
and encourages others to do the
same, including writing letters
to the AMS, who will present
the complaints at a meeting to
decide the gym's future March
22 or 23.
"I definitely think the feedback is being listened to," said
Friedrich, "And I definitely think
that because there is a process
in place and because [the AMS
is] coming with such a wave of
consultation, it's not going to
just be a couple voices per usual
saying students care about this.
There's some real force behind
this and I'm really glad that
people have taken the steps they
have to do that." @
—with files from Colleen Tang
"MS"continued from page 7.
agnosed between the ages of 20
and 50, with two to three times
as many women than men having the disease.
MS patients are subject to a
certain scoring system to get an
interpretation of the severity of
the disease. The EDSS (Expanded
Disability Status Scale) is the system of concern to those with MS.
When asked about what led to
conventional wisdom that benign
MS that will not progress into severe forms if symptoms remain
moderate for ten years or more,
Sayao replied, "Previous studies
suggested a cut-off of low disease
severity in the future with an
EDSS value of less than three.
Looking at the scale, it would
make logical sense to diagnose
benign or mild MS.
"However, the problem with
those studies is that they are
smaller, observational studies.
Also, the patients subject to those
studies were lost to subsequent
follow-ups regarding their progress. This results in the study not
being representative."
Sayao noted that a value of
three in itself may be indicative
of significant disability. She shed
light on the fact that the level of
suffering tied to certain disabilities may prove much more significant to some people.
"What may be something as
little as fatigue may seriously impair a person's ability [to] function in daily activities."
"What our study shows is that
there is not an arbitrary cut-off
that can be predictive of the progression of the disease," Sayao
"You have to remember that
individuals are unique and variable. That means that it is really
important for patients to be followed longitudinally over time,
to continually follow-up their
progress." @
The president has arrived
After numerous elections committee meetings, the Graduate
Student Society (GSS) preside-
nital candidancy race is finally
at a close, and Matt Filipiak will
be the new leader.
After GSS interim President
and presidential candidate
Patrick Bruskiewich made his
claims questioning whether fellow candidate Ed Durgan had
an advantage in the race, Durgan made his own claim that
he had been libelled by a fellow
According to Chief Elections
Officer David Noshad, the elections committee, after careful
consideration, decided to not
disqualify any of the candidates
in the recent election because
of the serious ramifications-
such as losing a GSS councilor
seat—that are involved. "[The]
proof wasn't enough, there was
some ambiguity, " he said adding that there wasn't any strong
proof in either case.
Overall, Noshad was happy
with the bielection and predicts
a higher voter turnout than the
last election.
As for Durgan he is "just
relieved that [the election] is
Matt Filipiak, presidential
candidate, said, "it was kind of
disturbing to see grown-up grad
students fighting like that."
"We're students here and
we should be working together
and unifying."
Although Filipiak would celebrate with whoever wins, he
said "I just hope I win." And
win he did. Noshad released
an unofficial and unratifed result last night. @
Ancient Lives
March 14, 1:00 pm
Room 1109, ANSO Building (6303
NW Marine Drive)
The UBC Department of
Anthropology invites you to
the Ancient Lives Seminar
Series 2006-2007, featuring
Jennifer Ramsay's (SFU
Archaeology) "Petra, city of
the Nabataeans."
UBC Jazz Ensemble II
Recital Hall
March 15,1:00pm
The UBC School of Music
presents the UBC Jazz
Ensemble. Free Jazz!
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News & National
Subsidies threaten high seas fisheries
Subsidised fisheries economically
and environmentally infeasible
by Brandon Adams
It's hard to imagine governments supporting an industry that is neither economically
nor environmentally viable, yet according
to a report by University of British Columbia researchers, governments are pouring
millions of dollars into high seas fishing, despite losses and overfishing.
The report, titled "Catching More Bait,"
examines the subsidies provided by many
governments to their fishing industries subsidies, which are estimated to total around
US $30-34 billion per year worldwide. One
specific area of focus for this study was how
the fishing industry and its subsidies affect
the fisheries in the high seas.
Rashid Sumaila, director of the UBC Fisheries Centre's Fisheries Economic Research
Unit, said that the fish found within the high
seas are unique and more sensitive to fishing than coastal fisheries.
"They are very special in that they normally live very long [lives], they grow very
slowly, and combining those kind of features with economics is usually a dangerous
combination," he said.
And yet despite their sensitivity, high
seas fisheries are the target of large subsidies from many countries including Russia,
Japan, South Korea, Spain, and Australia.
Worldwide subsidies for high seas fishing,
explained Sumaila, total more than US $ 150
million per year.
"Without subsidies many of these fleets
would not be able to go fishing, economically," said Sumaila, "But now with the subsidies we just open the floodgates, they're still
able to go out [and fish]."
Interest rates also play a large role in
how regions are fished, explained Sumaila.
"If you are going to get a higher interest rate
in the bank compared to the growth rate of
a fish type, then you are better off emptying
the ocean and turning all the fish into money
in the bank because it will grow faster."
FOOLISH FISHERY: A UBC study has drawn connections between subsidies for
high seas fishing and over harvesting, photo courtesy of phillip capper
"Even for normal fish—by that I mean
fish that grow very fast—[it] is a challenge
to beat the market interest rate. If you look
at deep sea stocks, they grow so slowly it's
almost impossible [to beat the interest rate].
You really have to fish them very carefully
if you want them to be sustainibly fished,
not emptied."
"With the subsidies we just
open the floodgates, they're
still able to go out [and
Rashid Sumaila
Fisheries Economic Research Unit
With the pressure of interest rates and the
extra revenue for trawlers provided by subsidies, high seas fisheries are under an immense amount of pressure, stated Sumaila.
UBC Department of Economics professor
Brian Copeland echoed Sumaila's concerns
about fishing subsidies.
"The problem with fisheries subsidies is
the more you fish, the more you decrease the
stock. Other subsidies could potentially keep
uncompetitive industries viable for a long
time," explained Copeland. "But, in some
sense with fisheries, the more successful the
subsidy program is in keeping people fishing, the more likely it is you're going to 'kill
the golden goose.'"
While subsidies can be beneficial by allowing governments to maintain jobs and
output in industries where they are internationally uncompetitive, explained Copeland, they could actually damage a natural
resource based industry like fishing.
"In a lot of cases the reason why you have
employment problems in fisheries is that
the stocks are depleted. You've got this ecological problem which you're trying to counteract with subsidies but it's only going to be
a short term, and in fact the subsidies are
only going to make the ecological viability of
the industry even worse." @
Antidepressants linked to osteoporosis, says study
by Stephanie Taylor
A new study on osteoporosis in Canadians
has found a link between antidepressant
drugs and higher instances of osteoporosis.
The study focused on the use of a widely-
prescribed group of antidepressants known
as selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors
(SSRIs) in patients over 50 years of age. It
was found that patients taking SSRIs doubled their risk of incurring osteoporosis-related injuries, said David Goltzman, Director of the Metabolic Bone Disease Centre
at the McGill University Health Centre, and
head of the study.
"SSRIs were associated with a two-fold
risk of developing minimal trauma or osteoporotic fractures," said Goltzman. "The
absolute risk of developing fractures was
13.2 per cent in the individuals taking SSRIs and 6.6 per cent in the individuals not
taking SSRIs."
The study was carried out as part of the
ongoing Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMOS), which is coordinated
through nine institutions across Canada.
Researchers examined a cohort of patients
50 and older that has been monitored by
CaMOS for the last ten years.
The researchers were aware of other
age-related factors associated with osteoporosis, but were still able to establish a link
with SSRIs after accounting for other possible variables.
"Increased age, female sex, sedentary
lifestyle...are all known to predispose to
osteoporosis, including osteoporosis in the
CaMOS population," Goltzman explained.
"Because we had recorded all this data in the
CaMOS database as well as data on the bone
density of these people, their frequency of
falls...we were able to correct for all of this."
He added that SSRIs were still associated with an increased risk of low trauma
Goltzman also made reference to studies involving insurance company records of
medications and injuries.
"Previous studies in administrative databases, [such as] large databases accumulated usually by governments or insurance
companies to track health care usage and
costs, had indicated that there was a relationship between SSRIs and osteoporosis,"
he said.
While the nature of the SSRI link is unknown, there are several theories that researchers are considering.
"SSRIs alter serotonin transport into cells
and previous work in vitro and in animals
had found that serotonin transport into bone
cells and action in bone cells seems to be important to make bone," said Goltzman.
CaMOS is also theorising serotonin's role
as a neurotransmitter and the potential for
it to affect the sympathetic nervous system,
which governs the mobilisation of the body
in times of stress. Jerilynn Prior, professor
of Endocrinology and Metabolism at UBC
and research member of CaMOS, said that
inhibiting neurotransmitters from the sympathetic nervous system, like epinephrine
and norepinephrine, improves bones.
"Norepinephrine is hard on bones,"
said Prior. However, Prior said that serotonin's specific effect on the system is still
Prior added that there were certain behavioural patterns among depressed patients that could contribute to osteoporosis
and associated bone fractures, such as inat-
tentiveness to one's surroundings, as well as
increased levels of stress-related hormone
Cortisol, which can promote loss of bone
density and hinder bone growth.
Prior added, however, that depressed
patients taking SSRIs instead of other
antidepressant formulations showed a
markedly higher incidence of osteoporotic
bone fractures.
"The associations that we found suggests that SSRI use apart from depression
itself increases low bone-density," she said.
"There's something specific to the biochemistry of SSRIs."
While all of this seems to paint a rather
bleak picture for users of SSRIs, there are
many lifestyle adjustments to one's lifestyle that can lower one's risk of developing
According to Marcel Dvorak, associate
professor and head of the Academic Division of Spine at UBC's Department of Orthopaedics in the Faculty of Medicine, having a
healthy diet and getting enough exercise are
the most important preventative measures.
"If you maintain a healthy, normal diet...
and if you maintain a high level of physical activity, then those are the best ways to
ensure the best [outcome]."
Dvorak also said that high bone mass
needs to be maintained at every stage of life,
not just in old age.
"If you think of your bone mass as a
bank, and during your life, you're making
deposits into that bank and you're building up your bone mass, at a certain point
that bone mass starts to diminish and wear
away," he said. "What you want to do is you
want to get the best possible bone mass...
before you hit those years when your bone
mass starts to diminish." @
Could I bum a gel off you?
US company offering nicotine
hand gel to replace smokes
by Erin Atack
TORONTO (CUP)-A new cigarette replacement in the form of a hand gel recently hit
US markets and is expected to arrive in Canada this summer, though experts say it may
encourage smokers to keep the habit.
Nicogel is a clear gel similar to other
anti-bacterial products, but contains nicotine extracted from tobacco plants. One 0.8
ml serving is rubbed into your hands either
from a pump dispenser or from a single-
serving packet similar to a wet nap. In about
45 seconds, the product claims to put a
tenth of the nicotine that's in one cigarette
into your bloodstream.
Scott Welch, US head of strategic marketing for Nicogel, explains that a tenth of the
nicotine is all that's necessary because the
remaining content found in a cigarette gets
burned and does not get into your bloodstream when you smoke. With the gel, one
serving should subdue a smoker's craving
for up to four hours, he said.
"We don't advertise it as a stop-smoking
product," Welch said. "It's for use when you
cannot smoke."
Welch says the product's purpose is to
satisfy the smoker, without bothering others
or polluting the environment. He said Nicogel is useful for people who can't smoke on
airplanes, in offices, in movie theatres and
in restaurants.
Ryerson's health experts agree that a
smoke-free environment is ideal.
"As long as a person is using this product
to help them quit smoking—which I hope
the main use of this is going to be—then I
think the elimination of second-hand smoke
is a good thing," says Melissa Matton, head
of Health Promotions at Ryerson.
However, some experts disagree with the
product's projected effectiveness.
"There are many reasons why this is unlikely to work," said Rachel Tyndale, a professor of pharmacology at the University
of Toronto who also works at the Centre
for Addiction and Mental Health. "It seems
remarkably unlikely that you'll get significant levels [of nicotine] through a skin-
delivery system."
Tyndale added that satisfying a cigarette
craving is not just about the nicotine fix,
since smoking has other effects on the body.
"The smell of tobacco is a reinforcing effect, the passage of smoke through the airways is also a reinforcing effect," she said.
She also said that she is not aware of any
controlled trials of Nicogel.
Stephanie Barnhill, assistant pharmacist
at Shoppers Drug Mart, suggested another
need that the gel wouldn't satisfy. "The
big thing with smoking is hand-to-mouth
habit. A lot of times people just do it to keep
themselves busy."
She recommended a nicotine gum like
Nicorette because it gives smokers something to do with their mouths.
However, she won't pass judgment on
Nicogel until she sees trial results.
Carol Hively, spokesperson for Wal-
green's Co, an American drugstore chain
carrying Nicogel, says it's too soon to tell
how the product is doing.
"It's just arriving at stores now . . . some
stores don't have it on the shelf yet," she
said in an e-mail. "[But] we anticipate customer demand."
First-year student Daniel Ly is skeptical
of Nicogel. "It's not reasonable or practical.
Whenever you crave a smoke you're going to
rub your hands with some gel?"
Over two million packets have been sold
so far in 30 countries.
Welch said Nicogel is in the process of
getting approved by Health Canada and has
"no doubt it's going to pass." @ National
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funding for student summer jobs, oker chen photo
Summer jobs are back
Federal funding $11.6 million less than it was
By Nadya Bell
OTTAWA (CUP)-The Conservative
government has restored most of
the funding for the student summer job program.
Last fall, $55 million was cut
from the Summer Career Placement program, sparking opposition from student groups, non-profit organisations, and opposition
Diane Finley, then minister of
human resources, said at the time
that they were refocusing the program, which subsidised wages for
students. She said the government
did not want to fund summer jobs
for large corporations that could afford to pay for interns themselves.
The program has been renamed
Canada Summer Jobs, and the cuts
are not as deep as was originally
planned. The budget for the new
program will be $85.9 million, still
$11.6 million less than the budget
of its predecessor.
The program has focused on
cutting corporate funding rather
than funding for non-profit organisations. Public sector organisations—such as municipalities—
and private corporations with less
than 50 employees still qualify for
the program.
Denise Savoie, NDP critic for
human resources, said she is satisfied that the program has been
"I'm pleased that we have been
successful in convincing them thus
far, yet we are still far from what is
needed, and what we would have
expected, given the student debt
burden that most people are facing," she said.
New criteria placed on the program are still going to eliminate
some summer jobs, Savoie said.
Organisations now have to prove
that the jobs being funded could
not be created otherwise. She said
this means organisations will be
forced to cutback elsewhere to pay
their summer employees.
The short time for organisations to fill out applications—only
four weeks—could also be a problem, Savoie predicted.
"I'm pleased that we
have been successful in
convincing them thus
far, yet we are still far
from what is needed,
and what we would
have expected."
Denise Savoie
MP for Victoria (NDP)
"Everybody works on a skeleton crew, so additional output in
time to fill out applications really
adds to the pressure, and takes
away from some of the valuable
community services they provide," she said.
Canada Summer Jobs covers the
entire wage for non-profit organisations, but only half of the province's minimum wage for public
and private sector employees.
Savoie said the program should
be expanded to cover full salaries
in order to provide more summer
Amanda Aziz, chairperson of
the Canadian Federation of Students, said the decision to reverse
most of the cuts to the program is
only a partial victory, because the
program is so essential.
"We're happy to see Stephen
Harper abandon his student job
reduction strategy," she said in a
release. "Summer jobs are not a
luxury—they pay the bills."
She said the government should
consult with students and the public before making further changes
to the program. @ THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 13 March, 2007
Mother Courage wants no sympathy
at the Frederic Wood Theatre
to March 17
by Joanna Chiu
On April 19, 1941, Bertolt Brecht missed
the premiere of Mother Courage and Her
Children because he was in Finland making
arrangements to leave Europe and avoid
persecution by the Nazis. He was enraged
when he learned that some audience members cried during the premiere.
As a reformer of the theatrical arts, Brecht
is most renowned for his theories on "epic
theatre." He utilised innovative, alienating
techniques to purge audience members of
empathy for the characters on stage so that
individuals could remain continually aware
of their positions as spectators.
Watching the Theatre at UBC production
of Mother Courage and Her Children in the
Frederic Wood Theatre on opening night, I
soon grew tired of my alienated role. Director Camyar Chai, along with cast and crew,
delivered an exemplary Brechtian theatre
experience. Much to my initial displeasure,
I found myself unable to become absorbed
in the storyline and had to sit and think rationally about the play's presentation of a reality made strange.
The story takes place during the Thirty-
Years' War. Brecht's "untragic heroine,"
Mother Courage, follows the armies with her
canteen wagon, obsessed with selling her
merchandise to make a profit, even at the
cost of her three children's lives. UBC Theatre graduate Lois Anderson takes on one of
the most challenging roles ever written, and
manages to execute a nuanced and master
ful performance.
During the play, characters address the
audience directly through solo songs, harsh
white light illuminates the depravity onstage, and a petulant little peasant girl walks
across the stage with a cardboard placard to
introduce each scene. Chai, recipient of the
Ray Michal award for "Most Promising Director" who most recently performed for the
Governor General, applies Brecht's alienating aesthetic in an understated, but thoroughly effective way.
One aspect of the production, however,
that did not quite hit the mark, was its humour. Mother Courage implores the audience to laugh at war, but it wasn't that funny
when cast members dropped their pants and
gyrated all over the stage. I enjoyed the more
subtly comic performances by Evan Frayne
and Joanna Rannelli, who played the characters of the cook and the prostitute. In Mother
Courage, laughter serves to further distance
audience members from the possibility of
catharsis. Instead of being able to feel sad
about the death and suffering onstage, the
humour creates an unbearable lightness of
the worst being.
The only opportunities for relief happen
between scenes with the music that Patrick
Pennefather wrote especially for the Theatre
at UBC production. In other respects, Mother
Courage and Her Children is worth watching,
if not for the actual experience, then for the
lasting impressions it will have on you.
In the final scene, Mother Courage sings
a last lullaby to her daughter, and then
hands over a few coins for the villagers to
take care of funeral arrangements, as she
leaves to follow a passing regiment. The
spotlight is trained on Courage pulling her
wagon alone as she looks straight at the audience, and shrugs. @
Peeling away stereotypes through humour
at the FirehallArts Centre
to March 17
By Eva Lillquist
Perfectly relevant to our multicultural city,
playwright Leon Aureus' Banana Boys meditates on one of the fastest growing subcultures in Vancouver—the CBC, or Canadian
Born Chinese.
In a hybridised environment where the
demands of family and cultural heritage
clash with the norms of a changing Western
society, five friends of Canadian-born Chi
nese descent, Mike (Simon Hayama), Shel
(Parnelli Parnes), Rick (Victor Mariano),
Dave (Rick Tae), and Luke (Vincent Tong)
share their frustrations as they navigate
through a society where they are targeted by
labels and typecasts. But through it all, these
combatants stand firm by sticking together,
fighting everyday battles as they come.
Banana Boys isn't afraid to take stereotypes and throw them at the audience with
force. With its liberal use of less than politically correct terms like FOB and impersonated Asian accents, the play pumps up the racial typecasts to a highly exaggerated level.
In one scene the actors actually suit up in
military gear and fire their machine guns at
labels like 'nerd,' 'unable to get a date,' and
'computer programmer'—the enemy targets.
Another extreme performance includes a portrayal of the Asian mother, shown here sporting a sumo wrestler-like get-up, determined
to see her son become a doctor, lawyer, engineer or businessman so that he can take care
of her when she's old. The effect is a hilarious, satirical look at typecasts that makes you
step back and say, "It's all so true."
Aureus lays outBananaBoys like a series
of short scenes with little relation to one another. Directly after a teary break up there is
a bar scene, followed by a police interrogation, and then a game show, and so on.
But through all the fragmentation that
could have made this play a disaster, the
whole performance was a series of peeks
into the lives of the characters, strung across
an ill-defined timeline, livened by vivid performances and smart direction. The plot actually wasn't too important, but the production still managed to throw out a powerful,
complete picture.
Perhaps it was the lack of coherent time
and space that fostered Derek Butt's somewhat uninspired set design. A grouping of
wood-framed and cellophane-paneled walls,
it didn't really complement the stage too
much, and just sort of sat there with an ambiguous purpose.
Banana Boys is a witty, must-see show
that never fails to express stereotypes like
they are. In the words of Rick Tae, "Good job
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Black Snake Moan
says bondage is
the greatest healer
by Drew Gilmour
Black Snake Moan opens in a fit of
tragedy. A part of Lazarus (Samuel
L. Jackson) died when his wife
decided his brother was a better
lover than he was; Rae (Christina
Ricci), the town tramp, is neglected by her single mother and was
molested—yet she still walks in
darkness moaning for more of the
"black snake".
The new film by Hustle and
Flow director Craig Brewer heats
up when Lazarus wakes up one
morning to discover a beaten,
might-as-well-be-naked Rae in front
of his middle-of-nowhere farm.
He does his best to help by cleaning her wounds and giving her a
place to rest. Rae, now too damaged to think straight, wants to go
right back to the guys and pills that
left her in such a ragged position.
Lazarus, realising that this is a bad
idea, asserts that he has a right to
interfere in someone else's life because he knows better. Because of
this conviction he attempts to con
vince Rae to stick around for some
healing with the help of his friend
the radiator, and a length of 40-
pound chain.
The narrative then proceeds to
act out its blatant message (that
sometimes a little bondage is a
good thing) by having its symbols
act in traditional ways. The radiator does not move; Rae attached to
it finally becomes grounded and
can thereafter sing sunshine onto
Lazarus; Lazarus, now able to see
the light, is raised from the dead
back to his life of singing and music. All of this would all seem very
drab if it wasn't for the startling
performances of the leads.
Jackson's depression and Ric-
ci's pitch-perfect personification
make these shallow characters
look deep enough for the high dive.
As individual characters they both
shine. Lost and alone they struggle
onward as they scrape to find the
strength to put their next foot forward. It is gripping, whether it be
Ricci's quavering voice struggling
through a rendition of You Are
My Sunshine or Jackson's pipes
belting out Blind Lemon's "Black
Snake Moan," their performances
save this film. @
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Frank Miller's 300 is a virtual slaughterfest
by Kaan Eraslan
The main question people are probably asking about 300, is if it's more than just a treat
for the eyes. Fear not, because although 300
is indeed an orgy of special effects, it also
happens to be a pretty great movie. Dawn of
the Dead director Zack Snyder successfully
turns the pages of Frank Miller's graphic
novel into a moving work of art.
The film is a larger than life retelling of
the Battle of Thermopylae. Gerard Butler
[Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) plays the
Spartan King Leonidas, who must defend
his country from the invading Persian Army
led by their god-king Xerxes. Although the
situation is urgent and the fate of Greece
depends on him, Leonidas cannot get approval from the Spartan elders to assemble
an army to battle the Persians. He thus decides to break the rules and take three-hundred of his best men to defend the kingdom.
His journey is perilous, and will surely fail,
but he persists anyway, hoping to severely
cripple Xerxes's horde.
From the beginning of the movie we are
introduced to Spartan philosophies and the
brutal upbringing of their children, who are
trained to kill at a very early age. Despite
this, there is no history lesson to be found
here, so it is recommended that all of you
history buffs put your brain in hibernation
mode for two hours. This is not a historical
retelling, but rather Frank Miller's interpretation of the Battle of Thermopylae in
his graphic novel. Fellow scholars needn't
worry, for there is still plenty of fun to have
because the acting, music, and action are all
top notch.
Butler has been on the sidelines in movies for a long time, just bursting with potential. It's really great to see him let loose,
center stage, as he physically and mentally
embraces the role of a warrior king. Butler
brings a vulnerability to Leonidas that one
would not expect from seeing the previews.
Viewers will really see his torment as he
must choose between tradition and his duty
as a king. Lena Headey is strong and beautiful as Queen Gorgo, who guides Leonidas
to do what is right for Sparta. Unlike many
female leads, Headey retains her beauty and
feminine charm while being a ferocious
presence in front of a cast dominated by
males with too much testosterone.
Upon viewing the trailers, many people
may think that the main character of 300
is green screen technology. Snyder has
somehow managed to find a way to have
these special effects compliment the story
and mood rather than overshadow them.
The environments created are beautiful but
not so over the top that it gives the viewers a feeling of saturated cheapness. The
effects are used tastefully and made with
quality and quantity. The battle scenes are
exhilarating with the effective use of slow
motion coupled with high speed spliced in
between. Though the movie is violent with
body parts flying, it's not nearly as gory
as Frank Miller's other big screen graphic
novel adaptation, Sin City, which features
a dog eating Elijah Wood's bloody stumps.
Nevertheless there are a few cringe-worthy
Zack Snyder continues to build on the
success of his Dawn of the Dead remake.
With 300 he makes a huge leap forward;
it's almost hard to believe that this is only
his second movie. Parallels will be made
between Snyder's new baby and Ridley
Scott's powerhouse sword-and-sandals classic Gladiator. Both are charming in their
own different ways and although 300 needs
more time to take up its status as a classic
such as Gladiator, it is undeniably beautiful
in its own right. I highly recommend 300,
as it is a film that has already made its mark
on pop culture and will undoubtedly spawn
a pile of clones in the future. It's probably
best to see this classic work while it's out on
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French military a success—on film, that is
by David Harakal
Days of Glory opens with a black and white
montage of historical footage in French Algeria. With a slow dissolve, as though clouds
were passing over the light of the sun and
foreshadowing a bleak period in French history, an aerial view of the Algerian landscape
gradually begins to take on life and colour
and we find ourselves immersed in director
Rachid Bouchareb's brilliant and thought
provoking examination of the participation
of Algerian troops in World War II.
The story centers around four Algerian
men. Said, Abdelkader, Messaoud, and Yas-
sir, the "indigenous soldiers" that the original French title Indigenes refers to. These
soldiers enlist in the French army to "protect the motherland" from the spreading
Nazi threat of tyranny and fight battles in Italy, Provence, and the Vosges. Despite their
good intentions and valiant efforts, they find
themselves at the mercy of French discrimination and guarded racism, essentially denied the possibility of promotion within the
army, having their rations withheld from
them and having to make do with mediocre
army supplies to fight in battle.
The characters were very believable
and drawn out emotionally with the battle-
scarred surroundings frequently mirroring
the emotional states of the men on screen.
Most significant is the depiction of a dead
horse lying in the foreground of the screen
during an especially violent battle that takes
the lives of most of the battalion, perhaps
symbolising their loss of manhood and power, having used up almost all of their ammunition and weaponry.
Somewhat unrealistically, the troop then
proceeds to Alsace to protect a fallen village
but perhaps this only goes to show their impassioned devotion to their cause. The final
battle at the Alsatian village reminded me of
the intense but somewhat melodramatic finale in Saving Private Ryan, which felt like a
cheap way to end a film as powerful as Days
of Glory. More than once this film brought
to mind Clint Eastwood's recent Letters from
Iwo Jima, also a slow, character-driven war
film that deals with an aspect of the Second
World War that has previously gone either
unnoticed in films or been touched upon in
only a circumspect fashion.
Nevertheless, the movie concludes in
present day France, and although the discriminatory practices of the French government continued after the war, it is noted that
French president Jacques Chirac took steps
to have the pensions which were previously
withheld from Algerian retired soldiers reinstated and back payments made upon seeing the film. Despite these reparations, the
movie ends with Abdelkadir, the only surviving member of the four main characters,
holding his head as though questioning the
Algerian involvement in World War II and
still wondering how to integrate himself into
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out at first base
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By Isabel Ferreras
There is something to be said
about young adult literature. Some
of it can be quite inspiring, and
some can be entirely legitimate
when it comes to the "lit" label. We
look to it to find guidance, comfort,
and perhaps even prepare us for
the reading of much more difficult
works. Home Run, writte n by much-
acclaimed author Paul Kropp, does
none of these things. It is quite possibly the worst piece of young adult
fiction that I have read in the past
ten years.
The story begins in the setting
of Burrard University (a thinly-
veiled institution in Vancouver).
Our story's protagonist, Alan Mack-
lin, is gearing up for his first year
of post-secondary education, and,
like many other first-years, his ultimate quest for first year is to get
laid. Yes, this is the whole premise
of the book.
Moving right along, we get to
know our protagonist's roommate
and eventual best friend, Kirk. He
is enrolled in the School of Theology, training to become a minister
later in life. He is handsome, moral,
and has an incredibly beautiful and
equally devoted girlfriend. In other
words, he is everything Alan isn't.
What contrast! What tension!
What drama!
What follows is a series of attempts, on Alan's part, to get laid.
These include a girl in his residential building, an older woman who
is also his academic advisor, and
even a girl in Mexico. However, by
far, the closest that Alan comes to
getting laid is at the hands of Kirk's
sister. That said, I won't spoil the
moment by telling you what happens. You'll have to read this stu-
pefyingly crappy book to find out.
As an enticing subplot, we read
of email exchanges between Alan
and his high school flame, Maggie. She and Alan were together for
the duration of the 12th grade but
broke up because of distance. Maggie decided to go to an Ivy League
school out east while Alan settled
for a no-name university (TRU anyone?) Maggie never once put out
for Alan and that is something that
plagues him throughout the entire
book. Judging by Alan's choice of
words, one wouldn't be surprised.
See for yourself:
"Somewhere in the how-to-be-a-
parent guidebook it says that parents must drive their children to
the school, transport the offspring
and his/her goods to the dorm
room, and then engage in tearful
farewells and worthy admonitions.
Admonitions! Pretty good word,
isn't it? See what first year has already done for me?"
There are many reasons why
Paul Kropp's Home Run is a terrible book. For one, the writing is
elementary, at best, and brings to
mind a 14-year-old boy instead of
a university student. The book's
premise is pathetic, immature,
and gives 18-year-old males a bad
reputation for caring about nothing but sex. One would hope that
would be a false perception. Finally, the book's ending is about
as sappy and anti-climactic as they
get. Do not ever pick up a copy of
Home Run—it's worth less than the
schoolbooks you ordered through
Scholastic in elementary school. @
Concerns have been voiced regardin   g
the announcement of the closing of the
Aquatic Centre Gym.
This decision was premature as it had
not   been rev iewed   with   the  Aquatic
Centre   Management   Committee.   The
Committee     (including     three     AMS
appointees) is meeting to discuss this
The gym will remain  open, as usual,
until   April   16/07   when   the   Aquatic
Centre   closes for its regula     r,   annual
facility maintenance.
We will keep students, faculty, staff and
the   community   advised    as   we   go
through the consultation process.
Aquatic Centre Management Committee THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 13 March, 2007
Thunderbirds lay giant egg at Nationals
by Wilson Wong
6am, Monday morning in the lobby of the St. John's, Newfoundland,
Holiday Inn. If all things went as
planned, this should have been
where the UBC players gathered
after a night of celebration after
repeating as national champions.
Instead, a lonely Kelsey Blair is
reading a newspaper on one of the
lobby couches.
She can't sleep. She's thinking about end of her career with
UBC, all the great moments,
and what could have been if anything had gone right in the past
three days.
Blair's Thunderbirds were the
top seeds and came into the CIS
Women's Basketball Championships as one of the favourites to
leave St. John's with the Bronze
Baby Trophy. Instead, they finished in a tie for seventh.
Their fall started with a shocking 88-77 loss to the 8th seeded
Dalhouse Tigers from Halifax. The
Tiger guards, April Scott, Kelly
Donald and Alex Legge, were successful in scoring or drawing UBC
fouls when they drove to the basket. They also managed to hit a
couple of early long-range shots to
open up the UBC defence.
Their forwards dominated the
boards, outrebounding the Thunderbirds 39-28. With that offensive attack, Dalhousie got off to a
quick 7-1 lead and UBC spent the
rest of the game trying to catch
up. UBC tied the game at the end
of the first quarter but were down
39-34 at the half.
The UBC deficit was still five
after three quarters of play but
Dalhousie   increased   their   lead
to 71-63 with seven minutes
to go in the game. Then the T-
Birds made what looked like a
game-changing run.
Erica McGuinness made a lay-
up from the leftbaseline. Then Cait
Haggarty nailed a three-pointer off
a steal on the ensuing in-bounds
play and then Leanne Evans
hit a jump shot to cut the Dalhousie lead to 71-70. At this point,
UBC looked poised to take the
game over against a very young
Dalhousie roster, which featured
just two fourth-year and no fifth-
year players.
But the resilient Tigers came
right back down the court and
Legge drew a foul after picking up
a loose ball that got by two Thunderbirds under their own basket.
She nailed the two shots to end
UBC's run and start a 7-0 one of
their own, effectively ending the
game and UBC's chances to repeat
as national champions.
Dalhousie missed only two of
29 foul shots all game while the
more experienced UBC team hit
just over half of theirs. It was almost surreal to see Dalhousie pick
up every loose ball, which ended
up in 20 second chance points
for the Tigers, and shred the UBC
defence for 88 points when UBC
gave up an average of 58 per game
all year.
Kelsey Blair, in her last meaningful game for UBC, scored 22
points and grabbed 11 rebounds
while Cait Haggarty added 16
points and 8 assists.
The loss sent UBC to the consolation side where they met the
McMaster Marauders, who were
blown out by the eventual champions from Simon Fraser. It would
have been one of the most anticipated games of the year, if it wasn't
in the consolation round.
The two teams had spent a combined 12 out of 14 weeks at number 1 in the CIS polls. But instead
of a classic, fans in attendance got
a sloppy game that featured 30
And it was almost like Groundhog Day for UBC. Defensive lapses
and lackluster play down low did
them in again. McMaster routinely found their cutters to the hoop
wide open, allowing their guard
Taylor Smith to record 14 assists
and their All-Canadian Lindsay De-
Grootto score 30 points and 11 rebounds in a 85-68 Marauders win
that sent the Thunderbirds home
without a victory at the national
UBC was also outrebounded
for the second straight day, 40-28.
Erica McGuinness lead all UBC
players with 30 points and 9 rebounds but also had 7 turnovers.
Leanne Evans was the only other
Thunderbird in double digits with
13 points.
Coach Deb Huband could not
find a simple explanation for why
her team, full of veterans with
championship experience, could
not make the in-game adjustments to beat either Dalhousie or
"The conditions are different,
the officials are different, there's
a lot of things to adjust to. You
have to be able to adjust to it. For
whatever reason, we just couldn't
get ourselves going and I guess
we'll take some time to reflect on
that and see what we could have
been able to do differently and
what might have been in the mindset. I'm sure there's a lot of learning that happens when you come
to a national championship and
have the result we had and there's
DONE: Cait Haggarty (4) and her teamates were unable to defend
their CIS title over the weekend in St John's, oker chen photo
probably more lessons than when
you come to a national championships and do nothing but win,"
said Huband.
The losses were a bittersweet end for graduating players
Julie Little, Kim Howe and Blair,
who could be seen crying at
the end of the McMaster game.
All three players won two national  championships with  UBC.
Huband said all three have a solid
legacy at UBC.
"Their legacy is a collective one.
All three were a part of the rise of
UBC basketball to one of the elite
programs in this country."
In fact, all three have helped
build UBC into a program where
getting to the nationals and losing twice is no longer considered
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Tuesday, 13 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
More women in politics can only be a
good thing, right?
With a federal election likely to be announced in the next few weeks, and in
light of International Women's Day, the
time seemed right to talk about something
we're all aware of but rarely question:
the dearth of women participating in Canadian politics. As it stands right now, for
every five people elected to office in Canada,
only one of them is a woman. According to
a recent study, we rank at number 48 worldwide for equal gender representation in politics—right up there with Pakistan, Poland,
and China.
The issue was brought to the forefront of
political debate recently when Liberal leader
Stephane Dion announced his commitment
to recruit more women into Parliament. To
some, his plan is surprisingly direct, while
to others it is infuriating: get enough women
nominated in local ridings to ensure that at
least one-third of candidates for the Liberal
Party in the next election are female. If need
be, women-only ridings will be enforced to
help things along.
Such a hardline, interventionist approach to even out gender disparities in
office might seem unusual for the Liberal
Party, and at first glance may appear ironically undemocratic. Excluding people from
politics based on gender to rectify gender
discrimination in politics? It must seem
like Dion has jumped on an affirmative action initiative run amok, and is set to suffer
the consequences. One almost holds their
breath awaiting the fallout.
But is it possible that this plan might
actually help resolve the problem of gender equity? Research seems to point to yes,
though Dion's rushed, aggressive approach
may not be the most diplomatic way to go
about it.
There seems to be a substantial level of
support for this course of action—Christy
Clark, a former politician who lost to Sam
Sullivan for the Vancouver mayorship by a
scant 63 votes, wrote in favour of quotas to
balance out gender bias in politics.
"I once thought that setting quotas for
women candidates was wrong," she wrote
in column in the Province column on March
11. "I've changed my mind. We've tried
the same old things for 30 years and we're
Despite the far lower number of women
who run for political office in Canada, a
Brown University study entitled "Why Don't
Women Run for Office?" shows that women
who do run perform just as well as their
male competitors. And yet, while women
are more involved than ever in careers that
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typically lead towards politics, the number
of women in these professions who have
considered running for office are about 15
to 20 per cent lower than the total number
of males.
So why aren't as many qualified women
considering a run at political office? The
study points to a number of factors, some
of which may be addressed by Dion's plans
and some of which will require a greater social change in the attitudes towards and by
women regarding politics.
The study shows that women are typically less drawn to campaigning than men,
and also less likely than men to be encouraged by friends, family, party officials, elected officials, and political activists. While
the study does show that the women's age
does not significantly influence the decision of whether or not to run for office, their
income does: only 29 per cent of women
who make less than $50,000 annually consider running for political office, compared
with 54 per cent of men making less than
$50,000. The domestic roles of women also
appear to influence their likelihood of running, as do their perceptions of themselves;
women tend to rate themselves as less qualified than men.
Dion's plan to bring more women into
the world of politics may help change many
women's perceptions regarding a run for
political office. A significant change in the
number of women in the House cannot
help but inspire more women to seek election, at the very least. Additionally, women
who have been successful in their bids will
doubtless be far more likely to encourage
other women to run for office.
But Dion's plan may also run into a major issue noted in the Brown University report: "The explanations of incumbency and
too few women in the pool of eligible candidates both assume that similarly situated
men and women will be equally interested
in running for office. The findings presented
suggest that is not the case."
In other words, creating a place for women in politics is not enough—women need to
feel more empowered to fill that space.
Increasing the representation of women
is definitely positive, but part of Dion's plan
involves giving certain committees the ability to, when necessary, bar men from running in certain ridings. This plan is not
only overtly discriminatory, but also runs
counter to the previously mentioned study
which shows that women who do decide
to run for office are not at any significant
The very nature of the democratic process requires a range of candidates, yet Dion's plans will potentially allow a committee
to decide which candidates party members
will have the opportunity to vote on, and
will ultimately affect the options that voters
have when it comes to representing them in
Dion's plan may work out yet, but that is
hopefully because of increased recruitment
efforts, and not due to the discrimination
of qualified candidates from the process.
One hopes that they're enough to generate
interest from would-be female candidates,
so much that Dion will not need to bar men
from the race and mire the election in a philosophical firestorm about affirmative action
and disenfranchisement. @
How do you think we can introduce more women into politics?
-Rose Zhang
Arts, 2
"Maybe bring up
issues that are about
women. Bring in more
women for staff."
-Kuda Mutama
Arts, 3
"A lot of women are
not interested in politics... if we addressed
women's issues particularly issues like the
wage difference."
-Bryan McKinnon
History, 4
"Engage them in
the political process
through education...
Having high stakes
women such as
Belinda Stronach in
politics helps;puts a
celebrity spin on it"
—Francisco Enga
Applied Science, 1
"I have no idea':
—Amy Wong
Education, 1
"Make it pertinent,
make it easy. Bring
it to the level where
women are, and
make it relevant,
including issues."
- Coordinated by Paul Bucci and Kellan Higgins
Reality check needs a check
by Bern Haggerty
I was stunned by the recent letter damning Green Party Leader Elizabeth May
(Green Leader and Reality Checks [February 13]). I agree wholeheartedly that
"progressive people who are interested
in what May and the Green Party have to
say mightbe shocked to hear about May's
views on abortion."
Why should we be shocked? Because
for a century and a half none of Canada's
political parties have allowed Canadians
to "hear" any views from a woman during a campaign for Prime Minister.
Paul Martin could have told us, I
would never have an abortion myself, but
this would have been nonsense. He could
have said, I would [or would not] allow my
wife or daughter to have an abortion, but
this would have been presumptuous.
The letter revealed to me that Canadian men consider women incapable of
serving as Prime Minister. In the next
federal election, for the first time in the
history of Canada, a woman will be allowed to express an opinion about her
own reproductive freedom in a Leaders'
I am not a Canadian, but I am a Green
Party Member. So, I accepted the writer's
challenge and emailed Ms May to ask her
opinions directly. As it happens, she is far
more honest and candid about her ideas
than the men who lead the other parties.
She is an active blogger, she checks her
own email, and she responds herself.
Ms May sent me a copy of her recent
letter to a supporter answering the same
questions about reproductive freedom
for women.
Finally, I wonder how the letter writer
concluded, "We've had the abortion debate in Canada. It's settled." That should
be: "Men have had the abortion debate in
Canada. They have settled it."
Until now, men, and their political
parties, have unanimously declared
themselves Canada's "settlers," in the
same way that George Bush has declared
himself the world's "Decider." I hope Canadians will take a first step toward rejecting male rule and embrace Elizabeth
May and the Green Party for a change.
—Bern Haggerty is a PhD candidate in the
Faculty of Law
^j^^t^i^t^?^-^ THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 13 March, 2007
Accusations without base
The GSS Elections Committee
would like to formally respond to
the March 6, 2007 Ubyssey article
"GSS presidential candidate under fire" concerning presidential
candidate Patrick Bruskiewich's
claims of misconduct against Ed
Durgan. We take these charges
very seriously as our highest
goal is for a fair democratic process. We are first and foremost
deeply concerned that such allegations went to press without previously being brought to
the attention of the committee
in a formal complaint process.
The GSS Elections Committee has
fully investigated these charges
and, as of March 9, 2007, has
been presented with no hard evidence or firsthand testimony to
prove these claims. To date, we
consider Durgan formally clear
of any allegations of campaign
The claims follow:
1. Durgan has used materials
gathered during his previous tenure as GSS-CEO [CEO=Chief Elections Officer -ed.] to benefit his
current presidential campaign.
2. Durgan, during his tenure
as CEO, acted toward the position of president in a manner that
would keep it open for himself in
a by-election.
The committee's findings concerning these complaints are
1. The elections binder was
returned to the GSS office after
Durgan completed his work
as CEO and has been stored in
the office since. Although previous election reports included
information for publicising the
elections process, no individual,
without first being cleared by the
GSS, has access to mass emailing
through the graduate secretaries.
During his tenure as CEO, Durgan communicated to the graduate student body only via the GSS
public relations coordinator. The
only other email listserve capable
of reaching all graduate students
is handled by the UBC admin.
Neither of these situations has
been observed to occur.
2. There were three candidates
nominated for president during
the original elections period: one
who never responded to emails
after nomination, and two who
decided for personal reasons
to withdraw on the eve of the
first election. Durgan cannot be
held responsible for their decisions. He was also elected to the
Chair position in December after
the previously elected Chair re-
after his term as CEO finished,
and he did not re-volunteer for the
position in the bylaw election that
he considered running for presidency. This is not in violation of
the GSS constitution or policy
Without any proof to corroborate these charges, we consider
these complaints fully resolved.
We also express our regret that
the previous publication may
have caused harm to Durgan's
On behalf of the GSS Elections
—Dave Noshad, Chief Elections
Officer (CEO) and VP Services;
Mike Bodnar, GSS Councillor;
Emily Simpson, GSS Councillor,
2005/2006 CEO;
MattDyce, GSS Councillor
Candidate remains on ballot with impunity
by Ed Durgan
As I write this the polls for the
Graduate Student Society (GSS)
presidential by-election have
closed and the results are in. I'm
glad that the best candidate, Matt
Filipiak, has won. It looks like we
had about 7per cent voter participation. This is a huge success.
From my perspective the campaign was mostly an extremely
positive experience. But it was
also, in part, extremely negative.
As reported in the article "GSS
presidential candidate under fire"
[Mar. 6], the GSS elections committee held a special meeting to
consider allegations made against
me by Patrick Bruskiewich and an
un-named graduate student.
While they met, Bruskiewich
issued an "official press release"
from the office of GSS president
directly to the Ubyssey editorial
staff. Since the Ubyssey respects
the office of president of GSS
they did not think to confirm the
report with some other authority;
they cannot be faulted for this.
The essence of said press-release
included accusations that I used
special information attained by
me as Chief Elections Officer to
gain an unfair advantage in the
By the account of the GSS election committee, these statements
amount to libelous defamation of
character. It is also clear that by
way of an abuse of power of the office of GSS president, Bruskiewich
circumvented the elections committee to make this statement.
What kind of arrogance leads to
this behaviour? It was well calculated and, due to the inaction
of the election committee, he got
away with it.
Since the announcement of
the March 6 elections committee
decisions, their activities have left
the realm of the transparent. It is
unclear whether they have met,
or what they may have decided
regarding Bruskiewich's misconduct. He remained on the ballot
so he must have since provided
evidence of my wrong-doing. But,
how could he if none could possibly exist?
Considering the state of disarray that characterised GSS before
this bi-election, this is very troubling. Still more troubling is the
fact that a slanderer was allowed to
remain on the ballot with absolute
impunity to the close of polls. We
can never know what damage was
done to my campaign by the false
allegations, or how many votes
were lost to any of us due to his
mere presence on the ballot.
However, I'm sure we can now
learn some valuable lessons and
salvage the election.
In the message accompanying
the release of the polling numbers
Dave Noshad, Chief election officer, states: "...we decided to not
to disqualify any of the candidates
because of lack of enough evidence
presented till now." This statement
is clearly counter-intuitive as the
evidence is literally in black and
white in this paper.
I can only speculate as to why
the elections committee failed
to exercise their authority to
punish, in any number of ways,
these offenses while disqualification was clearly in order. To have
allowed him to remain on the
ballot, shaving votes from honest candidates and unnecessarily splitting the constituency, they
must have been terrified of making the wrong decision.   So they
made no decision.
Moreover Bruskiewich remains
seated as GSS exec, to preside over
the most important meeting of the
year: the Annual General Meeting
(AGM)—very awkward.
Thankfully we can still put a
legitimate candidate in office right
away, prep for the AGM, and continue to come together and keep
the momentum of this otherwise
highly energetic and positive
With this behind us I can see a
great year ahead for the GSS. Filipiak will be an awesome addition to
the excellent exec we managed to
already seat.
As a candidate, councilor, and
regular member of the GSS and
Alma Mater Society thanks again
to the staff at the Ubyssey for their
support in covering this and keeping their eye on the ball throughout. It has been crucial for the success of this bielection and for our
efforts at connecting us again to
the student community.
—Ed Durgan is a second year PhD
student in individual
in terdisciplinary studies.
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If you have ideas on how to make the AMS better,
or issues that you would like to see addressed,
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Tuesday, 13 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
In UBC's way: Sizing up the field at nationals
It may say No. 3 beside their name,
but make no mistake about it, the
Carleton Ravens have to be considered the tournament favourites
based on their outstanding performances in winning the past four
national championships.
It's a shame the Canadian college game isn't as popular as it
is south of the border because
gamblers would have a field day
betting on these games between
many teams still capable of winning it all.
Here's a look at the final eight
teams that stand in the way of UBC's
first CIS men's basketball title since
1973, starting with the top ranked
Concordia Stingers, who are looking for their first CIS championship
in any sport in over a decade.
Seed: First
National ranking: First
Conference: Quebec
2006-07 record: 15-1
Playoffs: 2-0, QSSF gold
Nationals since 1972:16
Titles/finals: 1 gold,3 silver
MONTREAL (CUP) A No. 1 ranking
is unfamiliar territory for the Stingers, who haven't been challenged
much since their Christmas tournament win in Victoria, breezing to
the Quebec title. All of Concordia's
starters played on the 2005 silver
medal team, minus flashy second-
year point-guard Damian Buckley,
whose older brother Dwayne was
the best Stinger in '05.
Concordia makes up for height
deficiencies compared to most
opponents through hard work on
defence. Watch out for conference
MVP Patrick Perrotte down low and
Ben Sormonte, who just might lead
the team to its first national crown
since 1990 if he can duplicate his
Quebec final performance (7-for-8
three-point shooting).
—Dan Plouffe, The Link
National ranking:Third
Conference: Canada-West
2006-07 record: 20-3
Playoffs:6-0, CW gold
Nationals since 1972:15
Titles/finals:2 gold,3 silver
VANCOUVER (CUP) The UBC Thunderbirds find themselves back in
the championship tournament for
the fourth time in five years, and
expectations are high for the Canada-West champions to make some
noise this year.
After suffering opening round
losses in 2006, 2004, and 2003, as
well as with the looming departure
of fifth-year standout and two-time
CanWest player-of-the-year Casey
Archibald, the pressure to win has
never been greater for coach Kevin
Hanson and his troops.
Led by Archibald and Manitoba
transfer Chris Dyck, UBC was 20-3
in conference play before a 6-0 playoff run when they defeated the top-
ranked Brandon Bobcats on their own
court to claim the conference title.
—Boris Korby, The Ubyssey
Seed: Third
National ranking: Second
Conference: Ontario
2006-07 record: 19-3
Playoffs:2-1,OUA silver
Nationals since 1972:11
Titles/finals: 4 gold,4 silver
OTTAWA (CUP) Halifax will hold
few surprises for the Carleton
Ravens, the four-time defending
national champions. Carleton's
hopes of extending its dynasty ride
squarely on the shoulders of senior guard Osvaldo Jeanty, as the
2006 CIS player-of-the-year and
championship MVP looks to make
it 5-for-5 over the course of his outstanding university career.
The run hasn't been quite as
smooth for the Ravens this year,
dropping two games to the cross-
town Ottawa Gee-Gees and falling
84-75 to Windsor in the OUA final.
While the competition may have
closed the gap, the Ravens will still
be a heavy favourite at the championship tournament.
—Frank Appleyard, The Fulcrum
Seed: Fourth
National ranking: Fourth
Conference: Canada-West
2006-07 record: 20-2
Playoffs: 3-1, CW silver
Nationals since 1972:24
Titles/finals: 4 gold, 8 silver
BRANDON, MAN. (CUP) The Brandon Bobcats have had an impressive year to say the least, topping
the national rankings for five of
the season's last six weeks. Barn-
aby Craddock won the conference
coach-of-the-year award in just his
second campaign.
The well-rounded, highly-talented squad is led by Dany Charlery in
the back court along with Canada-
West defensive player-of-the-year
Yul Michel. Expect the Bobcats to
head into Halifax with a chip on
their shoulder after their 16-game
winning streak was snapped with
a conference-final loss to underdog
—Jennalee Burch, The Quill
Seed: Fifth
National ranking: Eighth
Conference: Ontario
2006-07 record: 16-6
Playoffs: 3-0, OUA gold
Nationals since 1972:14
Titles/finals: 4 gold,6 silver
WINDSOR, ONT. (CUP) In only two
short years, coach Chris Oliver-
transformed Windsor from a sub
.500 team into an OUA champion—thanks to an upset of the Carleton Ravens. The Lancers are riding a seven-game winning streak
with the help of Kevin Kloostra
(16.77 points-per-game) and Greg
Surmacz, who was third in Canada
with over 10 rebounds an outing.
It's been a quarter-century since
the Lancers have been to nationals
and almost 40 since their last title.
Despite their perceived underdog
status, "putting up a championship banner are the things that we
dream about," Oliver says.
—Julie Sobowale, The Lance
Seed: Sixth
National ranking: Ninth
Conference: Atlantic
2006-07 record: 14-6
Playoffs: 3-0, AUS gold
Nationals since 1972:20
Titles/finals:3 gold,7 silver
WOLFVILLE, NS (CUP) After finishing in last place with only two wins
one year ago, very few pegged the
Acadia Axemen to make the playoffs, let alone the CIS final eight.
Acadia's biggest liabilities are
free-throw shooting—last in the
conference—and its dependence
on centre Achuil Lual for rebounds.
Under the basket, Lual is dominant, but foul trouble could expose
the Axemen's overall rebounding
—Lucas Timmons, The Athenaeum
National ranking: Fifth
Conference: Ontario
2006-07 record: 18-4
Playoffs: 1 -1, lost OUA semis
Nationals since 1972: Five
Titles/finals: None
OTTAWA (CUP) The Gee-Gees come
into the tournament as the wildcard entry, although they deserved
abetter fate.
Ottawa's two regular-season
victories over Carleton—including
a 64-62 Capital Hoops Classic win
in front of a CIS-record 9,720 fans
at Scotiabank Place—have demonstrated the team's ability to beat
the nation's best, and the Gees will
be hungry to avenge their playoff
defeat. Beware the seven seed.
—Frank Appleyard, The Fulcrum
Seed: Eighth
National ranking: Not ranked
Conference: Atlantic
2006-07 record: 11-9
Playoffs:2-1,AUS silver
Nationals since 1972:21
Titles/finals: 4 gold, 9 silver
It just wouldn't have been right to
have the last tournament in Halifax (before it moves to Ottawa for
2008-2010) without the hometown
St. Mary's Huskies, the most consistent Atlantic University Sport
representative over the course
of the 24-straight years nationals
were held in the region. With just
an 11-9 regular-season record,
the Huskies picked the right team
to have success against, beating
conference-favourite Cape Breton
three times in '07 enroute to qualifying for nationals.
St. Mary's will need good performances from two second-year stars,
guard Mark McLaughlin and Nigerian-born Ikeobi Uchegbu, as well
as maybe a bit of east-coast magic
to upset the Stingers in round one.
—Dan Plouffe,
CUP Sports Bureau Chief
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