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Week of computer attacks burdens myUBC
by Jonathan Woodward
Over 100,000 e-mails spawned by
myDoom and other computer viruses
slowed UBC's interchange e-mail service to a slow grind on Monday, causing
the worst slowdown of. interchange
since last summer, UBC officials said.
The e-mail spam caused by the
virus is a UBC microcosm of a large-
scale infestation across the world that
began Monday night and may culminate in an attack on prominent computer companies Microsoft and SCO
on Sunday.
'This is a pretty serious attack,* said
UBC computer science professor
Richard Rosenberg. Over 1.8 million
copies of the virus have been detected
by US computer security firms, sending up to 1200 spam e-mails per, second. "When you're under attack, this is
in the ballpark.* r      ^
MyDoom is a computer virus that
can be sent through e-mail and file-
sharing services such as Kazaa and
MSN. Often, it appears in suspicious e-
mails with a fake sender address, a
random string of characters in the subject line and an attachment targeting
m^uspecting users. When the attachment is clicked, it loads a malicious file
onto the computer.
That file will then get the computer
to connect to the internet and begin
sending copies of itself. When multiple
computers become infected, the sheer
volume of information that has tp be
processed by,e-mail sejvers can stress
systems to the breaking point, even
causing them to shut down.
But the climax will happen on
Superbowl Sunday, said Rosenberg,
when each infected computer will
begin sending huge numbers of packets of e-mails to targeted companies
SCO, which recently began a lawsuit to
stop Linux users from using its copyrighted software, and Microsoft, which
is a usual virus target '
But the MyDoom virus is programmed not to attack any government or military websites so as not to
be an apparent threat to US security,
said Rosenberg. !».„
MyUBC was also hit by tens of thousands of e-mails from a virus called
SoBig and some users were duped by a
spoof bill collection e-mail, seemingly.
from interdiatige.iibc.ca. Users "were
told that they had to open an attached
billing notice, otherwise their internet
service would be terminated.
If they opened the attachment, the
file downloaded would exploit holes in
Windows operating systems, allowing
an outsider to gain control of the coni-
puters. Then, the virus would replicate.
Technicians at UBC constructed filters on Monday night to delete harmful
messages, but an e-mail backlog forced
them to remove the filters on two of
three servers, said Jens Haeusser,
interchange Information Security
The attack was subtle and effective
precisely because it was well-disguised
as a billing notice, even though interchange does not bill students directly
for its services, he said. "It's a good
piece of social engineering.*
Although the billing information
virus appeared to be from interchange,
it was probably automated to recognise
the name of the" e-mail system and was
probably not manufactured at UBC,
said Haeusser.
Private antivirus software had not
created a filter by the time UBC technicians constructed their filters,
Haeusser said. But Information
Technology Services is examining
options to subscribe to a commercially
available antivirus product, and will
upgrade the two servers that could not
handle the e-mail queue in the coming
: year, he said.        *;
This week's viruses are serious
enough that me US> government has
allied with website certorg to inform
computer users of the next attack in
, the hopes of averting large-scale disaster, Rosenberg said.
"My next expectation is that the
next round of hacking will look like it's
rnming from [cert.org]," he added.
Rosenberg stressed that computer
users shouldn't open strange attachments, even from; people they know.
Users should be especially aware of
strange file extensions containing '.pif
files as they are often viruses that can
cause damage. *
Windows operating* systems are the
prime target of every major virus circling this week, said interchange
Assistant Group Leader Skye Chilton.
Apple computers and machines using
Linux wil remain unaffected. ♦
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ioard of Governors race declare
Confidential information about "state of the race" leaked to candidates
by Megan Thomas and Dan Burritt
Because of leaked information about who was winning the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) elections while the race was on, the
AMS elections ad_ainistrator declared unofficial Board of
Governors (BoG) representative election results invalid, leaving many questions about when and how next year's BoG representatives will be elected.
With only 26 votes separating second place Students for
Students (SfS) candidate Brian Duong and third-place finisher
Olivier Plessis of the Student Progressive Action Network
(SPAN) slate, elections administrator Anthony Waldron told
AMS council Wednesday night that he doubted the BoG results
were unaffected because some candidates knew the state of the
race as early as Tuesday; January 20. ■*
"In a race separated by 26 votes you have to admit the possibility that SfS may have changed their campaigning behavior
because they were hoping to influence other results," said
Waldron. "By doing so they influenced the results of the Board
of Governors [election]."
Waldron said that an SfS candidate admitted to prior knowledge of the Presidential, VP External and VP Academic races.
SPAN denied any knowledge of the results, and the Radical
Beer Faction and The Right Choice slates admitted they had
limited information.
Independent candidate for VP External, Spencer Keys,
brought the information to the elections committee when he
was told of the leak.
Two students are selected by the electorate to sit with the
Board of Governors, the highest decision-making body of UBC.
None of the BoG candidates are under suspicion, said
"Brian [Duong] is not suspected of any wrongdoing, nor is
anybody else in the race," he said.
Duong said the announcement at council was the first time
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SOGGED DOWN: Board of Governors candidate Brian Duong, unofficially declared a winner, must now decide
whether to appeal the administrator's decision or run again in a possible by-election, michelle mayne photo
that he heard about the information leak.
"I was never notified. I was not part of the investigation,"
said Duong. "I do think that is a little unfair."
Duong said his slate was already campaigning to their maximum ability and he does not think that even with inside race
information it would have been possible to influence the
results of any of the elections. He is considering launching a
formal appeal against Waldron's ruling.
But Waldron maintains that if any members of a slate have
knowledge of race results, it could benefit all members of the
slate, regardless of whether individuals have the information
or not
"They go out and they campaign harder," he said. "The
results of their actions affect every single race."
Other races may have been affected by the information
leak, Waldron told council. But those races had large enough
margins of victory or candidates who had knowledge still lost,
so the results were not materially affected by the leak.
As to how the information of confidential election results
found its way to election candidates, Waldron said he has his
suspicions:; '      -. '• <
"I know some of the sources. I am not satisfied that I know
1 all of them, 1 he said, but declined to comment on the names of
The password for the electronic voting system from last
year's AMS elections had not been deleted, creating a security
concern, said Waldron. Whether this was part of the information leak is not known, he added. s
Anyone caught tampering with AMS election^ could face
discipline from the UBC Registrar's office. Sentences could
range from discipline letters in permanent records to university suspensions, said Eric Smith from the Registrar's office.
Smith also said that he has complete faith in Waldron and
his decisions about the BoG election. But he did say the university will keep an eye on the new BoG race if and when it
is ran. .«
The AMS elections committee, the registrar and AMS council is now charged with deciding how and when to hold another BoG election. AMS President Oana Chirila said there should
be an "action plan" at the next council meeting in two weeks.
Waldronsaid he is in ongoing discussions with the BoG candidates to decide the best way to run a re-election;
Third-placed candidate Plessis said he has not decided
whether or not he would contest a re-election. But he added,
"There is a strong chance that if they re-open the elections I
would run."
An election was last called invalid in 1999 when the
Ubyssey left a candidate out of the elections supplement and
gave them an ad in the paper instead. The UBC Senate
Elections Committee overturned the results, saying the ad was
an urifair advantage, and ordered a by-election. ♦
Elections "chaotic" and "questionable"! says elections report
by Megan Thomas and Dan Burritt
This year's Alma Mater Society (AMS) elections, plagued by scandal before the first votes
were even cast remains unresolved a week
after the polls closed, says a damning 14-
page report written by the AMS elections
Anthony Waldron began his mandatory
report to AMS council on the running and
results of the elections by discussing the shuffle three days before voting began that saw the
AMS council reject the acting elections administrator, Sundeep Chandan, and instead,
approve Waldron for the job.
Waldron wrote he was informed of his
appointment on the morning of January 8, and
voting began on January 9 at midnight
He described many systems as "chaotic"
and preparations for running the election
"badly incomplete" when he took over literally
hours before votes were to be cast A lack of
information sharing from Chandan and a
newly appointed and inexperienced Chief
Returning Officer meant "errors arose on a
daily basis which threatened to increase the
chaos of the situation," wrote Waldron.
Next he outlined numerous complaints
about the electronic voting system, problems
he attributed tq the inabihry of the newly hired
elections committee to properly test the system. He reported 32 complaints of mahility to
vote because of technical difficulties, but suggested that "hundreds" may have not have
been able to vote but did not notify the elec
tions committee because they "gave up in frustration."
Waldron also described security issues with
the electronic voting system that included a
password from last year's election that could
still be used to access the state of races during
the voting period. ^
"There was therefore considerable potential for people to access the system without
authorisation," Waldron reported.
He also questioned the security of only
needing a student number and password,
which "for a great many people, the password
is simply their birthday," to vote on-line.
Waldron reported that it would be easy to vote
using another person's name.
But a spokesperson for the UBC Registrar's
office, who helps administer AMS online elections, said password security is not considered
an issue by the university.
"There is the same level of security that you
have for your transcripts and your course registration," said Eric Smith. "We have not had
problems with peoples' transcripts being
altered by unauthorised persons."
Waldron then reported on issues regarding
conflict ,of interest scenarios, mcluding the
appointment of Paula Martz to the elections
committee while her sister Sara Martz ran for
a Senate position. When Waldron took office he
decided to suspend Paula Martz from her
duties until the end of the elections. He ajso
questioned the inclusion of current AMS executives, who potentially are members of slates,
on the hiring cornmittee for elections officials.
Another recommendation was to end the
practice of candidates promising salary donations to various groups as part of their campaigns—something he equated with bribery.
The practice has "absolutely no place in an
election campaign," he wrote.
Last year two Candidates promised $2000
of their executive salaries to the Sexual Assault
Support Centre if they were elected. This year
VP Academic-elect Brenda Ogembo promised
$1000 to an "international student* something Waldron asked her to remove during the
Ogembo said she did not intend to bribe
potential voters.
"It was not my Mention to come off as bribing but I understand his position," she said.
The most shocking section of the report discussed irregularities that suggested that "state
of the race" information was leaked to candidates during the campaign, beginning as early
as Tuesday, January 20.
Waldron was made aware of the leak by
independent VP External candidate Spencer
Keys, who said he received a phone call
informing him of the state of his race. Neither
he nor Waldron would reveal the source to the
The information provided by Keys resulted
in an investigation that led to the disqualification of the unofficial Board of Governors (BoG)
Waldron ruled that the other races, including the VP External position in which Keys was
defeated by 53 votes, were not "materially
affected" by the information leak.
The report said declaring races other than
the BoG valid was based on either the margin
of victory or the winning parties not having
prior knowledge of the election standing.-
"I am pleased with the conduct and the prc-
fessiphahsm of the elections administrator
during the course of this investigation and
stand by his decision," said Keys. "Obviously
any candidate hopes for that 11th hour change
to a decision but it was not exactly something I
, was holding out hope for." J
The report and presentation to council
left many with doubts about the election
"The entire election has been cast into a
negative light" said The Right Choice presidential candidate Joel McLaughlin. "The elections ceilainly seem suspect"
McLaughlin also said he supports running
the entire AMS elections again in light of the
> The dear Winner of the ill-fated BoG.race,
Mia Amir, said,she has "feelings of mistrust for
the for the whole system," because of the election glitches. ;
But Amir said the blame lies with the elections system and not with the elections
"People are going to be pissed but people
should not be pissed at the candidates. They
should be pissed at the system," she said.
President-elect Amina Rai said that the
elections system is in dire need of reform.
"There are a lot of reforms that need to be
done to the elections system in the AMS," said
Rai. "That is one of the first things that I think
needs to be addressed, for sure." ♦ k mwm^mw^mEmm
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UBC Law professor wins human rights award
by Carrie Robinson
A UBC Law Professor has won the
2003 Renata Shearer Human Rights
Award for outstanding contribution
to the field of international human
Peter Burns received the annual
award in December on International
Human Rights Day.
"I thought that his contribution to
international human rights was
moire than sighificant It was probably unique in Canada, in terms of
Canadians being on major human
rights bodies and making important
decisions," said Maurice Copithorne,
a colleague of Burns.
Copithorne, also a UBC law professor, received the award in 2000
and was involved in nominating
Burns for the award. :
-■ The Renata Shearer award alternates each year between being given
by the United Nations to recognise a
person for international human
rights work and being awarded by the
BC Human Rights Coalition to recognise a person for domestic human
rights work.
Exemplary human rights work
done by Burns includes being the
Chair of the United Nations Cbmrnittee
Against Torture since 1998.
This committee works under the
mandate of the United Nations
Convention Against Torture5 treaty
ratified by 134 states—one of seven
United Nations universal human
rights treaties, said Burns.
"[It] receives reports from those
states, examines them and makes
appropriate inquiries to ascertain
whether or not those states are meeting their obligations under the
treaty," he said.
This means that when Burns wasn't working the brains of the UBC law
students, he was spending a great
deal of time in Geneva meeting with
different state representatives
because Geneva is the location of a
United Nations Centre for Human
Burns made it clear that the jurisdiction of the committee not only
examines torture, but cruel inhuman
and degrading treatment and punishment Burns was part of the first
Committee Against Torture in 1998
and has been re-elected four times.
Burns said an interesting part of
his work is examining individual
human rights complaints—a complaint by an individual citizen mat a
state party has breached the
Convention Against Torture.
Approximately one third of the states
that have ratified the treaty allow the
committee to examine individual
complaints, he said.
"We have a limited, investigative
jurisdiction," said Burns, "But it is
unique to the Committee Against
Torture. Where there is well-founded
evidence to systematic torture, we
have the power to investigate and
draw conclusions.*
Bums has travelled td detention
centres, police stations and prisons
to interview alleged victims or government officials as part of these
This type of international human
rights work exemplifies why Burns
was chosen for the award.
This type of award is significant
because it formalizes and makes pub-
he the work of some Canadians," said
He added that most people do not
realize how many Canadians are
involved in human rights work and
he finds it remarkable that in this
field of the UN, "youll find that there
are just an enormous number of
Canadians working there."
"A significant number of
Canadians in the secretariat non-government organizations and in government'ranks are active on the
international stage in the area of
human rights," said Copithorne.
"Both Peter and myself have been
recognised partly because we're in
Vancouver which is particularly conscious of international human rights,
being among other things a multicultural or an immigrant-receiving society," he added.
Burns says it is not awards that
keep him involved in human rights
work Instead, it is knowing that he is
working to prevent torture in the
"The subject matter of the work
I'm involved in doesn't give a great
deal of enjoyment," said Burns.
Instead he says it is, "Being involved
in a concerted activity designed to
suppress torture, punish torturers,
and ensure that state parties
[adhere] to the Convention create an
environment that diminishes the
possibility of torture occurring." ♦
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UBC scientist says there is more to vision than meets the eye
DO YOU SEE IT? Ron Rensink does. Michelle mayne photo
by Patricia Comeau
Though it doesn't mean that you can
see dead people, UBC scientist Ron
Rensink claims a discovery of a different kind of perception helps to
explain the belief in a sixth sense.
"If you have an intuition, take it
seriously,* he advises.  '   $■
Rensink has been conducting
research showing that about one-
third of people consistently experience visual sensing without seeing,
which he calls 'mindsight'f
Subjects in his experiments were
shown flickering screens 'which
would sometimes change? almost
imperceptibly. Sometimes the subjects would report that they saw a
change, but other times they would
report that while they did not see a
change, they felt one—and more
often than not, they were right
This' feeling is often ignored
because for most people, seeing is
believing, said Rensink. But, he said,
the conscious visual experience may
be had without a mental picture,
' Scientists have known for some
time that perception is not simply an
absorption of the outside world. In
fact, we consciously pay attention to
only a small amount of the vast detail
that our eyes pick up.
* In the 1990s, experiments sat
subjects in front of a similar flickering screen, and they were told to say
when they noticed a change.
Surprisingly, some subjects became
confused, wondering whether the
scientists wanted to know when they
saw a change, or when they just
felt it !
Thus, when something changes,
we can either pay attention to it and
notice it, or riot pay attention and
miss it It became clear that our
mind is aware of the change without
actually seeing it This prompted
Rensink to further examine the concept of sensing without seeirig, and
bring attention to the gut feeling of
Rensink gets varied responses to
his claims. "Some people are threatened by it/ he said, "Other people
find these abilities rather cool."
"It's nice to, think,, that even
though you might not be conscious
of something, the information is still
getting in there," said Alym a^mlani,
a fourth-year cognitive systems student and research assistant to
Rensink. '.."'
A magician by trade, Amlani is
very enthusiastic about the study of
focus, attention and cognition. One of
his^tricks is to make a hat 'disappear'.
While it seems like a trick, the"
truth is that we can only consciously
see so many things at one time. Only
those things that we pay attention to
make up the foreground of our visual 'experience  and aAmlani takes
advantage of this with flourish.
. But there,seems to be more scientific evidence to support Rensink's
alternate hypothesis: that mindsight
is a third, independent type of perception apart from the traditional
conscious and subconscious.
Renskin's colleague Brian
Christie believes that a person's ability to anticipate future events may
have something to do with probabilities and our mind's ability to recall
similar situations in the past arid
their results. In this way, a person
could recognise certain details in
their environment as being indicative of a certain outcome or change.
Other senses like hearing or
smelling may also be similarly affected, as all senses take in vast amounts
of information that we do not consciously think about
Most of the time more auditory
mforrriation is available to the listener than can be processed conscious-.
ly. But if the brain notices anyway,
"Clearly, some part of your brain has
to deal with it* Rensink said.
In Rensink's experiments, some
people were more sensitive than
others, and his research may turn to
determine what separates these people from the rest of the population.
It might be their personality, their
stress levels, or the way they feel
about their gut instincts. .
"What I'd really like to do is fo go
after the people who don't experience this, to see first of aH if we can
convince them it exists,*
Rensink. „
But it's important to keep a scientist's perspective on superstition.
"People either believe that nojie
of this exists, or they beHevg that too
much. exists,* said Rensink. These
intuitive feelings are^ no ,ESP,
he said. ,?.
"That's going top far,' he added.
"You have to keep your eyes open.* ♦
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HARISH RAISINGHANI: An EWB member dedicated to advancing
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East Timor building food dehydrators. Michelle mayne photo
by Parrriinder Nizher
f you've  ever  considered
an internship in a developing country, devoting your
B^i^a    tim,e to cashew nuts proba
bly didn't cross your mini It definitely didn't cross Brendan Baker's
mind., , .     .:
"Of all things!* he smiles. "I'm
going [to Senegal] to try and help
improve the technology to process
cashew nuts."
As a member of the UBC chapter
of Engineers Without Borders (EWB),
a human development organisation.
Baker will also be doing an internship abroad. In fact, he is headed to
Ziguinchor, Senegal as you read this.
"I'm wondering about how effective I'm going to be," he says. "I'll be
jumping into a culture that's completely foreign to me and I'll be dealing with cashews, which I've never
spent a minute studying in my life."
Groundnut harvestation is nothing new in West .Africa. However, the
technology that Baker will be working on, with a team of eight local
Senegalese, is new to the area.
"The organisation that I'm with
develops the technology to make
[harvesting] more efficient and practical to process," says Baker. An
increase ifl efficiency will boost the
financial returns for the cashews.
"[The Senegalese] find that if they
harvest [nuts] in their shells they're
not worth a lot of money," Baker continues. "If you can shell and skin
them, them roast and package them
they're worth a lot more."
After investigating what would
make farming more efficient and
profitable, members of the community then make the necessary equipment and sell it to other members.
The buyers in turn use the equipment to process their cashews and
sell them to the locals.
"Everyone's making a buck,"
smiles Baker. "You're able to foster a
little bit of economic growth and,
consequently, social growth."
♦ ♦♦
For a fairly newborn organisation,
EWB has sent over 60 interns like
Baker to 20 countries worldwide. Like
many other development organisations, EWB is affiliated with Non
Government Organisations (NGOs)
throughout the world. For an internship to work, EWB provides the necessary funding for the intern, but
the intern is actually working with a
local NGO.
A registered Canadian charity, EWB
is also sustained by corporate sponsorship. Air Canada Aeroplan is the
largest of such sponsors—a clear sign
that EWB is one of fastest growing
charitable organisations in Canada.
Not bad for an organisation that traces
its roots four years back to two
fresh University of Waterloo engineer
Formed in 2000, co-founders
Parker Mitchell and George Roter
developed EWB to make the plight' of
the poor slightly easier. In a nutshell,
the EWB mission is to promote human
development through access to technology. This is done not only at an
international level, but also within
Canada through chapters in major
"We promote awareness on campus and in the Vancouver community
on international development [and]
global issues, but also on issues within
our own community," says Monica
Rucki, co-president of the UBC Chapter
of EWB.
"Pronloting awareness at school is
key because you're educating people
when they're young," says Rucki.
"Professional [engineers] are kind of
stuck in their ways."
Although the co-founders have had
professionals approach them about
membership in EWB, Rucki explains
that professionals need to understand
that their expertise in a certain sector
of engineering does not always apply
in a developing community where
complex technology and resources
can't be supported in the long run.
"You can't even implement that
kind of technology into that community," she says. "I'm not saying all professionals are stubborn, but maybe
their openness to learn from the community and think of it as a learning
exchange might be more difficult for
them to accept that and get into it"
Although mostly students are
engouraged to join, a common misconception of EWB is that it is strictly
for students,, .   .
"It's the name 'Engineers Without
Borders.' It's open to absolutely anyone," says Harish Raisinghani, a member of EWB, "It's such a deceiving
name. We advertise that it's not just
for engineers."
One look at the name of the organisation shows another common mistake that many make: that EWB is affiliated with the human development
organisation, Doctors Without Borders
{DWB). Similar in name, yes, but in
truth they are two completely independent and different organisations.
j"With DWB if you're a doctor and
yon go do a blood transfusion it's no
different than here [in Canada]," says
Raisinghani feels in some ways it is
more difficult to enter a developing
cojintry and try to convince locals of a
neW and more productive method
of development than it is to give medical treatment. Why should they
believe you?
"You have to develop things like
trust," he says.
♦ ♦♦
Rucki, a third-year integrated engineering student, experienced the difficulty of establishing trust on a personal level when she was an intern in East
Timor last year. But by the time that
she was completely accepted by the
families she was living with, her four
months were up.
"The women let me cook with
them—I was their sister," she fondly
recalls. "It was the wrong time for me
to leave. My project was taking off at
that point'
The village where Rucki stayed had
no running water or electricity.
Another barrier was language. Rucki
learned to speak Tetun, the language
of the Timorese, because very few people spoke English. Although there
were many cultural differences, she
describes the people as no different
than you and I.
"Some people think that there are
these barriers between you and these
people and you won't be able to relate
to them in any way, but they're exactly
the same," she says. "The women talk
about the same things, the men laugh
IN DISTANT LANDS. Engineers Without Borders promotes technology
that will help improve the quality of life, monica rucki photo
about the same things."
Many EWB projects are grassroots
projects—simple, sustainable and easy
to use. Rucki's project in Timor is only
one example of a, development
initiative. She designed solar dryers
for food.
"I was working in food drying building efficient solar dryers," explains
Rucki. "Basically [it was] a big box with
a glass roof, and dried foods in just a
couple of days."      **
Rucki describes the big box as
"much more efficient than just putting
it on your roof where there are so
many losses. [This is] simple technology that is sustainable and people, can
maintain it on their own and develop
from it."
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Formerly a part of Indonesia, albeit
unwittingly, the people of East Timor
voted for a separate nation in August
of 1999, ending 23 ylars of turmpiL
However, this was not achieved without conflict. Anti-separationists
wreacked havoc on the East Timorese
via looting, violence, arson and so on.
Many were killed and an estimated
500,000 were displaced from their
Rucki describes the Timorese as
friendly and happy people who love
to dance, despite the horror they
have seen.
"Every single person [I] met, either
their mother's been killed or their sister's been raped by the Indonesians,"
she recalls. "It's sad being there. It's
a young population. [Many] of the old
people were killed...a lot was lost—a
lot of the culture, the traditions,
the stories."
The displaced returned to their
farms a couple of years later to find
them overgrown. After civil strife and
no money or equipment, the East
Timorese are faced with the difficulty
of starting their farms anew.
"I got the impression there wasn't
much incentive. If they are used to
their government stealing from them,
killing them, or used to war, why are
you going to start working? Why are
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PUTTIN' IT DOWN. Monica Ruski (right) works with locals to
improve living conditions, photo courtesy of monica ruski
you going to try?' says Ruski.
"A lot of people who go into Timor
talk about how they're going to 'save
it' I think get really jaded in the end,"
she continues. '.After 25 years of
conflict, I don't think you're going to
be like, ^Yes! I'm gonna go to work
and I'm gonna try reaWvhard!"
There's no better way to learn the
complex troubles of international
development than experience it firsthand.- Through her involvement,
Ruski was surprised by the lack of
cooperation between various NGOs.
"Everyone was there—Amnesty,
CARE, Concern, and then there are a
lot of local NGOs and there's not a lot
of work between them,' she says. "I
almost got the impression that everyone had their own agenda there.
Everyone was out to save the
day, and nothing's going to happen
that way.
"The biggest things I learned were
patience and humility and some confidence,' she says.
"It really depends on what attitude you go in there with,' says
Baker. "If it's a very humble attitude I
don't think there will be any problems at all.'
Humility is something that
Raisinghani also hopes to deepen
when he leaves for his internship to
the Philippines in the summer.
"It's kind of weird having the conscience that you can return to a better
lifestyle—a lot of people really can't,'
he says.
♦ ♦♦
Another grassroots project involving
information technology (IT) framing
is developing. Computers will be
shipped _om Canada and set up to
teach people various components of
Microsoft Office in other countries.
Known as the Scala Program,
there are four pilot Information and
Communication Technology (ICT)
centres throughout the Philippines to
increase computer literacy. Currently
there are 45 corhputers that will benefit over 500 Filipinos annually. The
goal is to build ten such centres and
reach over 1500 people.
"We're targeting out-of-school
youth and middle-aged men who
want to gain some skills to gain jobs
in the future,' said Raisinghani.
While focusing their aid abroad,
EWB also have projects more close to
home. .Similar to the technology prop'
ect in the Philippines, Raisinghani is
co-directing IT training at the Dr
Peter Centre in the Downtown
Eastside. Over the reading break a
handful of volunteers will train with
the goal of making the project an
ongoing commitment
"We'll be doing computer skills
training at Dr Peter AIDS center,'
says Raisinghani. "Whoever wants to
be trained by us, to improve their
skills and [go on] to teach other peo1-
pie as well.*
♦ ♦♦
The largest local project of EWB is the
High School Outreach Program. It is
designed to promote awareness
about global issues through presentations and activities. Implemented in
September, presentations have been
made at six secondary schools in
Vancouver thus far. The focus of
these presentations?
"Water,' says Ruski. "We do a
presentation called water for the
world/ We talk about water and some
of the issues and the problems that
arise with water.'
A Native outreach program is currently in the works. Additionally,
EWB UBC is devoting a fair bit of
energy to a push for curriculum
change in the UBC Engineering
Members of the chapter feel that
the Engineering Department needs
to develop a course that makes engineers aware of the role they can play
in international development
Currently it is a student-directed seminar that begins next fall
Ruski feels that education is key in
understanding the developing world.
"To make people care, to make
people realise what we're trying to do
is very difficult' says Ruski "Once
they're in and they start thinking
about it they start to care more.' ♦ RAGE FRIDAY mjmWfl^^^^
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UBC swimmers dominate because of well-rounded skill
by Jesse March J!.d
In many sports, the team's mjch'sscs .ire
often credited to one magnE.pimos.is pljjer.
The rest of the team is left to follow In their
glamourous dust or get lost in the sp'i^ight
But this is not the case mth the L DC
Thunderbird swim team, whos-e m.iiiy
equally strong swimmers ltd both the
women's and the men's tefins to ivil,um
first place in the Canada West s\\ miming
championships after losing to i'u- Cnlgnry
Dinos last year.
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Pelechytik in front. Michelle mayne photo
h-n fibijjt the jl'terae 'if Ol^injuc hopefuls
Brian Johns «nd Brent H 13 den 'nd gr ichi.it-
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peling in the aiieel," said >>\\im iii.nh
Derrick Sihovf. "it bfcjme a meet of who
hd-1 the is list <\,i_vners.'
With IY-wct sw'mmi-rs it is hdrd to h iild
s'p eiiiiugh p'.ii.'.s lo lake a first plaice herth
mi Crin.ida West ijQ-t ,>e'ir '.he T-Birds. only
b'jpsted n"ne Mules .msi 12 females on the
team, but this ,\ear they brought it up lo .in
even 15 on hcLh
With 15 bv\ii___ers on l_lIi ru&ttr, the
loss of key veterans were easier to bear
this year.
"It gives other people the opportunity to
step up and take on a leadership role,' said
Schoof of the absence of former leaders
Johns, Hayden and Deglau. The fact that
; they did so well is only 'a testament of the
depth of our program,' added Schoof.
With over 218 combined points above
the nearest competition the UBC women
were clearly the strongest team out there,
getting 20.5 more points than the top men's
team, the competing female teams garnered
far fewer points.
Fourth-year Kelly Stefanyshyn led the
pack for the ladies by breaking the 100
metre butterfly conference record set back
in 1996 by former UBC swimmer Sarah
Evanetz. Stefanyshyn then went on to break
her own Canada West record in the 200
metre backstroke by 14 seconds.
"She really stepped up and did a good
job," said Schoof of the women's team captain. But he was also quick to recognise
rookies like Stephanie Nicholls, Haley
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medals for the first place UBC swim team, michelle mayne photo
"We have a number of rookies that are
adding to the program and keeping it strong
for the next couple years,' said Schoof.
"If you look at our team two years ago,
it's a completely different team now. In the
last two years we've had 14 swimmers
either graduate or take a year off,'
added Schoof.
And judging by the other women's finishes there are still many strong members
on the team.
Michelle Landry claimed a victory of her
own in the 400 metre individual medley. It
Was a race that looked like a hot competition
between two Calgary Dinos, Carrie
Burgoyne and Dena Derand, But then in the
last 2 5 metres, Landry picked up the speed
to blow the Dinos into pre-history by 1.88
seconds. -
Caithn Meredith also took home honours
in the backstroke taking home silver in both
the 50 and 200 metre events.
On the men's side, Justin Tisdall took the
reign of leadership by claiming gold medals
in three individual events and two relays.
These excellent finishes also led him to be
named this week's UBC athlete.
But it was the breaststroke that was the
men's strongest event with Matt Huang,
Chad Thiessen and Ian Chan taking first,
second and third in the men's 50, 100 and
200 metre hreaststroke events.
The win at Canada West puts UBC in a
good position to win Nationals for the seventh straight time this year, a win that
would put them even with the hosts', the
University of Toronto, record that covered
seven consecutive wins in the ' 70s and '80s.
But even with the win, UBC will not be
caught off guard. "We're taking nothing for
granted,' said Schoof. The Birds head to
Toronto on March 5-7, to end the 2003-
2004 varsity season. ♦
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Friday evenings. Each student will be able to sign in two guests, for whom
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Applications will be considered based on financial need.
Premiums for spouses and dependent children who are enrolled in the Plan
are not eligible for reimbursement, if your spouse or dependent children are
UBC or Regent College students, they should apply separately.
Application forms are available at www.qss.ubc.ca/health The deadline for
application is February 134 2004.
Building Livable Communities; The 4th Annual Sustainab% Conference at UBC
January 30 -31,2004«First Nations House of Learning        .   '    - '
How do we CREATE, envision, transform and discover our communities? How
can we make them healthy - ecologically and socially sustainable? Topics
include: green design community planring, international development, gover-    j.
nance, health, energy, media, art.*dance, gender, transportation, social inequality, J
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hits at
The natural disasters and constant
violence in the news were starting
to get us down. We couldn't really
come out against forest fires or
earthquakes, but all of a sudden we
are waist deep in political muck, e-
mail spam and bird flu. Here's a
look at current events through a
Food phobia—a good
time to so vegetarian
Beef will Mil you with Mad Cow.
Salmon is a carcinogen. And the
newest food-phobia coined is Bird
Hu. The death tolls have already
been projected with around
58,000 people scheduled to die in
Canada alone.
The virus is currently making
its way through fowl in Asia and
has not yet hit North America.
Here's hoping that an action plan
against the possible pandemic
doesn't institutionalise more
racism into immigration or cause
people to scatter everytime an
Asian person coughs. The mass
production practices of poultry
may wipe out huge parts of the
industry. KFCs are already shutting down in Asia—the horror.
/\MS elections scandal
Oh! Just when we thought they
were all over. It just so happens
that SPAN will actually get another
chance to do a proper sweep of
Ain't no Coke conspiracy
If the following story—related to me
about two years ago by a UBC official closely involved in the construction of new buildings on cam-
pus^-is true, we shouldn't expect
any new water fountains any time
soon. According to the story
["Where's the free water?* January
27], various regulations require
water fountains to be accessible,
and accessible water fountains that
can withstand abuse dished out in
our hallowed halls cost more than
die University can spend. Cheaper
kinds get broken so often that
repairing them ends up costing
even more. Therefore, it's simplest
not to put in any fountains at all.
I don't think there is some kind
of Coke conspiracy going on,
because many people who buy bottled water would do so even if there
were water fountains at every corner, thanks to the insidious marketing. But I don't think the administration can honestly say they didn't
notice there were no fountains in
new buildings (such as the Forest
Sciences Centre (FSC), for example). Plant Ops might not be aware
every single elected position. Jeeze.
Change your passwords once in
awhile will ya? Rumours are flying
that some candidates knew election results before they were
announced, just a symptom really
of an incestuous and flawed election procedure. But then, that really isn't that different than real politics, is it? What? Firing the elections commissioner days before
the election? What? Someone who
was running had a sister was on
the committee? Maybe this election, tainted to the extent of needing a by-election for the Board of
Governors positions, will Mckstart
some action to clean up messy elections practices.
Paul Martin conflict of
interest arises
Our worst fears have finally been
realised. While everyone initially
turned a blind eye to Paul Martin's
potentially huge conflict of interest
as former CEO of Canada
Steamship Lines (CSL)—still held by
his two sons—he was busy pulling
thousands of times more revenue
into his company as Finance
Minister. Wow. A whole 161 million dollars. That's not $137,000.
That's money.
Arar case to 30 to hearing
It is unclear whether the Arar case
is going to hearing because of public outcry or simply to make good
after Juliet O'Neill's home was
raided to located leaked government documents. This is also
advantageous to Martin, who, at
this time, would benefit to have
attention diverted from the ridiculous revenue pulled in by CSL
through government business.
myDoom virus rocks
VIRUS! VIRUS! Idiots opening
attachments everywhere are causing networks to slow down around
the world. The sensationalising of
this by major newspapers with
nothing else big to report on,
*cough* the Province, has techno-
phobes turning off their computers, hiding from executables without knowing what they are and
cowering in fear from vacation
photos attached to their grandma's
The virus is being labeled as a
malicious attack by deranged
sociopaths; in fact, the virus targets
Microsoft and the SCO software
group that wants to claim intellectual ownership of Linux—that's like
trying to turn a public library into a
No weapons of mass
David Kay, a former weapons
inspector for the UN and advisor to
the CIA has testified that Iraq did
not possess any of the alleged
weapons of mass destruction.
At least someone is finally
admitting it.
Meanwhile, what justification
can be used to enter Iran or Syria?
Granted Hussein IS gone. But hopefully people will be a Utile more
skeptical the next time around. You
know, because the United States
doesn't need a 'permission slip' to
attack other countries, according to
the state of the union address.
Ah, well. Tony Blair's been let
off by the Hutton Enquiry and the
BBC's in shambles. ♦
of decisions made during the
design phase, but this can hardly be
something one "forgets"—it was a
conscious choice, and your
reporter should have gone to the
Forestry department to ask them
why they didn't ask the architects
for fountains in FSC when the plans
were being drawn.
—Oavor Cubranic
PhD candidate, Computer Science
Election blues,- Part II
When I wrote my last letter concerning the current Alma Mater
Society (AMS) elections I was
annoyed. Nothing has changed; in
fact, it's worse. Since my last letter,
AMS candidates did visit my residence, and they did visit my classes.
So what is the problem? They.did
what I wanted them to do, and they
were getting voter support, right?
Wrong. They were trying too hard,
too late and it happened during the
voting week.
Last Wednesday, in my economics class, a representative from
Student Progressive Action Network
(SPAN) gave a speech about how
much SPAN candidates care about
the election and about their jobs.
They told me to vote. They told me
the website to go to where I could
vote. It's so easy, they said, I might
as well just vote for them right now...
Last Tuesday night, an assortment of AMS election candidates
were seen in the Totem commons
block encouraging people to vote.
They even brought computers with
them so we could vote right there.
Of course, we had to get past all
their pamphlets and signs to get to
the ballot...
As I was walking to the bus, there
was music pumping from a car in
the parking lot. "Come vote for the
AMS elections!" The dude with the
car waved at me. Apparently, it's
'cool' to vote. Even cooler if I vote
for that cool dude who gave me the
In a real election, if candidates
are anywhere near the ballots, it is
illegal. In the recent AMS election,
the ballot was everywhere. UBC is
wireless-enabled, you can access the
internet from a eel phone, and you
could, for a moment, even phone
your, vote in. There is nowhere on
campus, nowhere even in the city
that a ballot could not be cast In a
democracy it is against election
practice to have candidates campaigning where people are casting
their votes. The AMS candidates
should not be campaigning at all
during election week.
I call for a re-election. If the AMS
can not get a good voter turnout
without candidates pressuring a
vote, it means people are protesting.
With less than 3000 votes for each
candidate, the results are meaningless. If the Radical Beer Faction (a
protest party) received more votes in
most positions than The Right
Choice (a legitimate effort), you
know something is wrong.
The council does not do enough
for the average student; it doesn't
let students know what its functions
are—all we get are slogans and
promises to "disseminate information" (Amina Rai). I don't believe
any of the candidates are willing or
capable of informing the student
body of anything, much less the
AMS' function. The only time any of
them were willing to spend time
informing anyone was when their
$20,000 salaries were on the line.
—Mike Woodward
Commerce 1 PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, January 30,2004
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Kelis tries to join the ranks of Lil7 Kim
[Star Trak]
by John Hua
Has anyone else noticed that
whenever a female artist hooks up
with famous male artist, instead of v
singing about sunshine and lollipops, their lyrics get straight
scandalous? Beyonce got some dirt
on her booty once she hooked up
with Jay-Z, and now it seems
Kelis—who is engaged to baby-
faced rapper Nas—is following a
similar path. Kelis's second
album. Tasty, has a little bit of
everything: crazy beats, tight collaborations, nasty lyrics and pretty
decent vocals. Unfortunately, it-
seems everyone's jumping in mud
puddles these days, which makes
Kelis a Utile bland.
In terms of direction, Kelis is
sitting on the fence between keeping it about the music and making
it raunchy. And when your image
is presented like Lil' Kim (but not
quite) or Christina Aguilera (but
not quite), you just come looking
like you're trying too hard.
However, there is a market for
singing soulful music about getting it on in public.
Image aside, Kelis can hold a
pretty steady note and has a couple of opportoLnities on this album
to prove that she can sing.
"Milkshake" is actually one of the
weaker songs- on the album for
this reason. Despite having that
pop-vibe, "Milkshake" does Kelis
absolutely no justice, allowing
artistic integrity to be overthrown
by that raspy roughneck noise she
tries to flow in the chorus.
A track sure to get some radio
play is "In Public," featuring Nas.
Kelis begins by singing about how
badly she wants to jump her fiance
and make Paris Hilton-esque
home videos and bump and grind
on the balcony. Nas comes in midway, rapping out two verbal
thumbs up to his boys, going on
about how cool it is to have a
freaky future wife, all to the tune
of Kelis moaning in the background. Kinda like something Lil'
Kim or Christina would do right?
Well, not quite.
This album, however, isn't
without some solid tracks. There's
i sick collaboration with Andre
1000 called "Millionaire." The
Outkast member had his hand in
he writing and production
process, pulling the sound straight
"rom his album. The Love Below.
Glow" is also worth listening to,
proving that Kelis is first and foremost a singer.
If you liked the beat behind
Kelis's hit single "Milkshake," you
\ave the Neptunes to thank for it.
Jeing signed under music moguls
I'harrell Williams and Chad Hugo's
"abel comes with some definite
i>erks, which is evident with the
pnsistentLy strong mixes on Tasty.
Despite the direction she has
aken,  Kelis  is  able to hold it
I own, providing some surprising-
V decent tracks far surpassing
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Confusion Unlimited
by Jenn Cameron
Kate Maki's soft, mellow sound
has been working its way around
Ontario since her high school
years. Born and raised in Sudbury,
Ontario, Maki began writing
music at a very young age. When
in university, she began to make a
name for herself—she worked
open-mic nights in Halifax and
gained some experience with several country-rock bands. Now at
the pivotal stage of her career,
Maki has decided to take her craft
nationwide with her debut album
Contusion Unlimited.
The genre: folk/country, which
admittedly is not my cup of tea.
It's the type of music that you can
see yourself listening to while
lying in a grassy field, surrounded
by daisies. I would imagine a cow
or two might be grazing around as
well. That having been said, Maki
has a sweet sadness about her. Her
songs speak of broken hearts,
open fields, friends and lonely
travels. Not particularly original
themes, but her lyrics are honest
and heartfelt.
Maki's best feature is her
smoky voice, which is able to
make up for the dryness of her
music. Her lyrical style can be
compared to Sarah McLachlan,
although in an entirely different
context. Her voice is pleasant and
soothing, yet contrastingly raspy, a
unique combination, but one that
works. Her unassuming tone and
laid back phrasing allow for an
audience to easily relate to the
troubles she sings of. I believe her
lyrical approach and unique voice
make her distinguishable from
others in this genre.
The music behind the voice
however, is not so original—it's
difficult to tell when one song
ends and a new one begins. The
entire album blends together in a
twangy continuum of melancholy.
Although a few songs exhibit a hint
of playfulness, the variance
between tracks is minimal
The album opens with "Over," a
dark song that, standing alone,
could be considered quite decent.
However, once again, "Over"
sounds the same as the other nine
tracks on the album. The only song
that really stands out is "To Be
Good," which is still not particularly fantastic. Even the vocal
range demonstrated is extremely
Confusion Unlimited does not
offer much in the area of musical
ambition. It does however achieve
a bittersweet sound that could be
appreciated by some listeners. For
those of you who are looking to
mellow out, I would suggest catching her at the Main this Friday,
and at the Railway Club the following Wednesday. ♦
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Movie fails despite all-star cast
opens tonight
by Greg Ursic
Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) is not
exactly.what you would consider
motivated—even the word has too
many syllables for bis liking. Not
disinclined to petty crime. Jack is
the kind of man that would probably
pick up money that's left lying within reach, as long as he's not going to
waste time or energy looking for it
AH Jack really wants in life is to
pound some nails, ride the surf and
catch a little peace in paradise. But
there's much more to The Big
Bounce than waves and women.
When Jack KOs his boss, he pops
up on everybody's radar. Walter
(Morgan Freeman), the local judge,
takes Jack under his wing and offers
him a job, while Ray Ritchie, a snaky
land developer and Jack's former
employer, wants him to disappear.
.And then there's Nancy (Sarah
Foster), the stimning thrill-seeker
with a nose for trouble, an eye for
Jack arid a larcenous heart Double
cross and dirty dealing can't be far
Everything about Owen Wilson
Friday, January 30,2004
screams slacker—he moves slow,
talks low and always seems like he's
in a bit of a daze, which makes Jack
the perfect character for him.
Wilson's *oh-gosh" approach and languorous delivery infuse some much
needed humour into the script, and
makes Jack a lovable cad that you
want to root for. You also realise that
his good but naive nature is going to
get the best of him.
Nancy's dialogue is even more
threadbare, which means that Sarah
Foster has to communicate in other
ways. Thanldully she is a tantalizing
morsel who can say volumes with a
sashay and a wink. The rest of the
supporting cast is not so lucky.
Gary Sinise's character Ray, the
supposed" \TUai_ of the piece, is a
single dimensional character who
doesn't get enough time onscreen
for the audience to dislike him let
alone earn their hate. Walter,
through no fault of Morgan
Freeman's, is supposed to be mysterious, but comes off as hopelessly
clueless due to ineffectual writing.
Even worse off is poor Bebe
Neuwirth, who is relegated to spending virtually every scene in a drunken fugue state stumbling around like
a buffoon. It's sad and criminal.
Unfortunately, beautiful scenery
(take your pick), a spunky soundtrack
and few guffaws can't make up for
lifeless dialogue, poorly written characters and a transparent plot found
in The Big Bounce. Instead of wasting
your time, you could always rent a 9 9-
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or get some dusting done. ♦
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