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the Greek village at 2880 Wesbrook
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Memory, owning history: through
the lens of Japanese Canadian
redress. Japanese Canadian National Musuem presents a unique
history of Japanese Canadians to
commemorate the 20th anniversary
of redress, layers of voices, drawn
from government documents,
newspapers, books, poetry, diaries,
letters and oral history • Sept. 21,
6688 Southoaks Cres., Burnaby •
More info at 604- 777- 7000
September 25
PhotoSoc Presents: Fred Herzog •
Former photographer of "ordinary"
people in Vancouver, and their
connections to the surrounding
city, gives a talk. His work has appeared at the Vancouver Art Gallery
amongst other galleries and in numerous books. • Sept. 25. 7:30pm,
doors open at 7, SUB 212a. •
September 10
Accelerated Networking Workshop • Author and speaker Michael
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Sept. 10, 8-11:30am, Terminal City
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Weapons of Mass Collaboration •
The RSC Group presents a session
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September 13
Slightly Stupid • Slightly Stupid, an
American band who describes their
music as "a fusion of acoustic rock,
and blues with reggae, hip-hop and
punk" performs at the Commodore Ballroom • Sept. 13, Wppm.
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September 17
Common/N.E.R.D. • Grammy nominated hip-hop artist in a double bill
with Pharrell William's alternative
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6:30- 10pm, Malkin Bowl (Stanley
Park). Tickets $45at www.ticket-
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September 14
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ages BBQ catered by Guu, featuring Gman & Rizk, freshjike b-boy
contest, ramp contest along with
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more. • Sept 14, 1-7pm, Livestock
(239 Abbott St.). Free admission. •
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throughout the Lower Mainland •
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before the run starts in order to
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from across the city • Sept. 20,
6pm, Orpheum Theatre (Seymour
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• Sept. 21, 11am, Granville Island
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admission. • More info at www.
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called one of ten "artists to watch"
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For Your Protection
These Premises May
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Video Surveillance
More Vancouver citizens are raising concerns about potential infringements to civil liberties during the 2010 Olympic Games, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
2010 Olympics bring privacy concerns
Security and surveillance measures for 2010 Winter
Games may affect UBC students' rights and privacy
by Victor Liang
News Writer
With the end ofthe 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing
and the 2010 Olympic Winter
Games in Vancouver fast approaching, local critics and
watchdog groups are concerned
about the extent Olympic security and surveillance measures
will impact people's civil liberties and privacy rights.
Though UBC is hosting a portion ofthe men's and women's
hockey at Thunderbird Arena,
the presence of the Olympics
on campus may cause more
frustration than excitement for
UBC students.
Speaking on behalf of 2010
Watch and the Work Less Party,
Dr. Christopher Shaw, author
of Five Ring Circus: Myths and
Realities of the Olympic Games,
warned that students and the
rest of the public need to see
past the Olympic hype and acknowledge the true costs ofthe
"If you take APEC '97, which
was only a couple of days, and
multiply it by three weeks,
you're going to have an idea
what the security picture is going to look like in 2010, except
vastly worse," he said. "It will
be a congestion nightmare....
It's   going   to   inconvenience
rather massively everyone who
lives and works there.
"Most students won't be able
to afford to go see the Games because they won't be free. So what
you're getting for the privilege of
hosting the Games on campus is
pretty miniscule," added Shaw.
"Instead, in the end you're getting a more robust security environment, which I don't think
anyone is going to enjoy too
much, and more of your tuition
being siphoned off to pay for it."
Am Johal is a founding
board member of the independent Olympic Games watchdog
group, Impact on Community
Coalition (IOCC), which is made
up of university researchers,
community advocates and nonprofit societies. Johal has noted a
trend during Olympic Games in
massive increases of private security on Olympic sites, much of
it being done without any public
"A number of things are happening in the background with
very little community consultation. We certainly don't know how
large the [security] budget will be
[for the 2010 Games]."
Johal is concerned that, as far
as civil liberties go, all the right
things are being said, but in reality expansion of private security
and rigorous policing during the
Games will restrict civil liberties.
"We certainly have the lessons from APEC in 1997, in
terms of what can happen when
the planning isn't [done well]."
The increased security will
include widespread surveillance
capabilities, already seen in the
recent Olympics in China, such
as scores of cameras surrounding venues and possible voice
and face recognition software.
Critics and community advocates fear that police forces will
not dismantle these surveillance
measures once the Olympics
are over. According to Shaw this
means that UBC students and
employees will be under video
surveillance all the time when
in public.
"Why should I be giving up
personal liberties for this seventeen-day party?" Johal asked.
While the AMS executive has
yet to access the UBC-VANOC
agreement, VP External Stefanie
Ratjen is aware of a number of
initiatives that will influence
how students are able to move
and access their university during the Olympics. Ratjen notes
that such initiatives will include
designated "Olympic" traffic
lanes, closed-circuit cameras
at Olympic event venues and
an increased policing presence
throughout UBC and the city.
As far as protecting students'
civil liberties and privacy while
ensuring a safe environment
during the upcoming Olympics,
Ratjen said that she hopes there
won't be security incidents
along the vein of APEC or KnollAid 2.0. Here, Ratjen expects
the AMS to play a significant
role in educating students about
their rights in the context of the
Olympic initiatives.
"We want to make sure that
students are safe and informed.
We need to have clear understanding of the parameters in
which any Olympic security
measures will be taking place
during, and especially after, this
time. An open and transparent
process between VANOC and
UBC is necessary for this to
Further issues that concern
Johal are sustainability and
housing, specifically in the
Downtown Eastside.
"We have a bit of an opportunity with the upcoming elections
for these issues to be raised,
certainly homelessness, which
is a front-page issue in Vancouver. We have an opportunity to
rewrite the narrative around
these games, and there's still
enough time left that it doesn't
have to be a total disaster.
"I think people need to know
their rights and make sure that
this is an issue at election time
at all levels of government."Xi
deadly for
Students have a
60 per cent higher
procrastination rate
than general public
by Ian Turner
News Writer
You may not have it now, but
within a few weeks, odds are it
will infest the majority of you
one by one, without any regard
for the havoc it will wreak on
your life. And we're not talking
about STD's.
Procrastination. Around this
campus, it's everywhere. "It is
the bane of student life, and it
has significant negative consequences for performance, well-
being and even physical health,"
wrote Timothy A. Pychyl, a professor of psychology—and noted
expert on procrastination—at
Carleton University. Pychyl believes that students have a level
of procrastination that is at least
60 per cent higher than the general public.
To Christie Goode, founder
of homeworktree.com, the reasons for this are simple. "Long-
term deadlines, [an] abundance
of free time and extra-curricular
activities produces a perfect environment for procrastination."
She compared this with high
school students, noting that the
percentage of secondary school
students suffering from chronic
procrastination is significantly
lower as their lives are built on
more consistent schedules.
The consequences of sustained procrastination are as
evident to people like Goode and
Pychyl as they are to any student
juggling three midterms and a
part-time job. "Higher stress,
low self-esteem, depression,
cheating and plagiarism," lists
Goode, not to mention an increased consumption of alcohol,
cigarettes, and caffeine use during final exams. Pychyl warns
that what starts off as a bad university habit can turn into something more, estimating that "15
to 20 percent of adults report
chronic procrastination."
Goode says that when we let
our life degenerate into deadline to deadline, most think
putting things off will help, but
in the long run it doesn't. Goode
offered up a familiar analogy,
joking that putting the dishes off
in the long run only results in a
messy kitchen.
Third-year math and physics
major Simon Foreman sticks
to the KISS principle: Keep it
Simple, Stupid. Foreman has
succeeded by adopting a listless, small whiteboard placed
above his bed, with a few key
term dates written down. He
noted that his method "helps
you not be surprised by what
comes up."
"Once you're behind, you're
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»News Briefs
Duncan in bed with Joker and the Batman
Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia "that anyone can edit,"
has crept into academic learning at UBC. Earlier this year, a
Latin American Studies professor gave students the task of
contributing an article to the
site that would gain "featured
article" status by Wikipedia
According to the Wikipedia website, "featured article"
candidates are judged on their
accuracy, neutrality, completeness and style, and currently
make up less than 0.1 per cent
of all Wikipedia articles.
One submission, comprised
of one sentence, was contributed in January, and was edited
over 1000 times, eventually expanding to 8000 words in the
next four months.
Jon Beasley-Murray, the professor who assigned the project,
said that the assignment was
an attempt to allow students to
understand the inner workings
of a site they use often but to
which they rarely contribute.
A $7.5 million dollar donation has been made to fund
Alzheimer's disease research
at UBC. The gift, from the David
Townsend family, is to honour
Angelika Townsend, who suffers from early onset Alzheimer's disease (AD).
"This   generous   gift   from
UBC campus is terrorized by the Joker. Tuition dramatically increases and U-Passes are no longer in effect. The
Joker's ultimate plan: To blow up the SUB. Will he succeed? screencap courtesy of youtube
the Townsend family will benefit Alzheimer patients and
their families for generations
to come," said UBC President
Stephen Toope. "We are determined to make the most of this
contribution and ensure it is a
lasting legacy."
The donation, announced
in July, will fund the establishment of the Townsend Family
Laboratories. Headed by Wei-
hong Song, a professor of psychiatry and Canada Research
Chair for Alzheimer's disease,
the Townsend Family Laboratories will dedicate their time on
finding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of AD, and
developing therapies to treat
the disease.
According to  estimates by
the Alzheimer Society of Canada, AD affects close to 300,000
Canadians, accounting for two-
thirds of all cases of dementia,
and will affect about 750,000
Canadians by 203 1.
The Alma Mater Society (AMS)
released Bright Daye, a light-
hearted promotional video for
the society, on YouTube over
this weekend. Featuring cameos by AMS President Michael
Duncan and UBC President
Stephen Toope, the six-minute
video veers between intentional and unintentional hilarity,
while also reminding UBC students the integral role the AMS
plays for UBC and student lives
on campus.
The Joker terrorizes UBC
campus by taking over the AMS,
taking away all social order
and stability, introducing UBC
to a world of lawlessness and
anarchy. A student life without
the AMS is one of chaos for students, where tuition dramatically increases and U-Passes are
no longer in effect. The Joker's
ultimate plan: To blow up the
SUB. Will he succeed? Tune in
next week, same Bat-Day, same
Bat...actually, you can find out
by searching for "The Bright
Daye" on YouTube. \a
Former Afghani ambassador speaks to students
Lalani defends Canada's continued involvement in war-torn country
by Ian Turner
News Writer
Last Thursday, UBC international
relations graduate and Canada's
most recent ambassador to Afghanistan, Arif Z. Lalani, spoke
at the Choi building, giving a
candid account of Canada's overseas mission in Afghanistan.
With the Liberals and Conservatives both supporting an
extension of Canada's mission in
Afghanistan to 2011, the occupation of Afghanistan will not be a
divisive issue during this federal
election. Despite that, it was a
point of contention for many
in the audience for Lalani's
Lalani, who was ambassador
to the war-torn country from
April 2007 to August 2008,
argued that Canada had voluntarily chosen the violent region
of Khandhar in Afghanistan to
administer and defend.
During a question and answer period after his formal
address, many students argued
that America had bullied Canada into Afghanistan's Khandhar region. While he admitted
that he was not at the highest
level of government during the
selection process—on September 11, 2001 he was working
at the Canadian Washington,
DC embassy—he sought to
underline his belief that Canadian involvement is voluntary.
Lalani asserted that the Paul
Martin government chose to
station troops in Khandhar because past international work
led them to conclude that was
where they would have the
strongest impact.
To develop Afghanistan, Lalani said Canada would have to
reverse the Taliban's interpretation of Islam, which would mean
a heavy emphasis on the advancement of women. He noted
that "education is a priority and
a success story" in the country,
with over six million Afghan children in school today, of which a
third are females. And while quotas are to thank for it, there are
more females in Afghanistan's
parliament than in Canada's, or
in America's Congress.
Benjamin Perrin, an assistant professor of law at UBC who
attended Lalani's speech,  said
"The Ambassador's first-hand
account was a frank report on
Canada's most significant overseas mission since the Korean
conflict. As is often the case, the
reality on the ground is very different from what we hear in the
"It is encouraging to see that
progress is being made alongside
a new generation of Afghans....
Just a few years ago, this was a
country where the Taliban were
stoning women to death in soccer stadiums and prohibiting
girls from going to school," Perrin said.
Lalani said that while Afghanistan has seen progress,
much is lacking. The international community was "successful in building institutions of
security" (e.g. parliament), yet
the personal security of individuals is lacking, as schools and
dams are consistently under
attack—not to mention Canadians. Lalani further cautioned
that of all the countries he has
worked in, "Afghanistan was the
least developed," and that what
Afghanistan needed initially
and still needs today is largely
"construction, not reconstruction." He expressed frustration
with Canadians who belittle, for
example, the construction of a
bridge or gravel road, arguing
that such "construction is real
While the construction of a
gravel road is progress, being
realistic is necessary, and Canada's 2011 goal for Afghanistan
is rooted, according to Lalani, in
reality. He outlined a six-priority plan to allow Afghans alone
to run the country by 2011. Of
the six priorities "the police
file is the one where [Afghans]
need success" as this will allow
for the second most important
priority: political reconciliation
that "needs to be Afghan-led."
He stated that "working on the
Afghanistan-Pakistan border
security situation is a crucial
By holding Khandhar, Afghanistan's "toughest" real estate, Mr.
Lalani believes that Canada will
be influenced by Afghanistan.
Lalani said that Canada continues to learn that leadership not
only has a monetary cost, but a
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After weeks of waiting, students
can finally move into Marine Drive.
finally ready
by Kalyeena Makortoff	
News Staff
While the last days of August
marked the official residence
move-in dates for most students,
the upcoming weekend will
be the first time many Marine
Drive residents step into their
new homes.
Fred Fotis, Senior Director
of Housing at UBC, explained
that while construction delayed
the move-in date for students
planning to live in the sixth
building of Marine Drive, all
students who accepted offers for
accommodation in phase II of
the Marine Drive project were
aware that they would not move
in before mid-September.
Due to the impeding circumstances, UBC Housing explained
that alterations will be made
to the students' resident agreements. "All students will have
two weeks taken off of their contracts," explained Fotis.
Ian Chipperfield, a second-year undergraduate, confirmed that "itwas made pretty
explicit that we weren't getting
in till the 15th." Although Chipperfield was fully aware of
the postponed move-in date,
he added, "it certainly was an
In the meantime, nearly 290
displaced students are rumoured
to be living with classmates, in
hotels, in storage spaces and
in friends' living rooms during
these first few weeks of classes.
As for Chipperfield, "I've been
several places, I've been on the
couch at my friend's who lives
off campus."
Despite the inconvenience,
the situation could be worse
for Chipperfield. "It's better
having somewhere to live
than not having somewhere to
live." 11 6 I news
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CFS   I   Canadian Federation of Students
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The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, Canadian Federation of
Students, and Canadian Association of University Teachers all hope to
sway the government in the upcoming election.
Education lobby groups
strive for attention
CFS, CASA, and CAUT gear up for federal election
By Carl Meyer
CUP Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP) - Now that a federal election has been set, student and teacher lobby groups
in Canada want post-secondary
education to be an important
issue, and they are rolling out
campaigns this fall to make sure
it is.
The Canadian Federation
of Students (CFS), the Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations
(CASA), and the Canadian Association of University Teachers
(CAUT) all say they have campaign strategies mapped out in
advance ofthe elected scheduled
for October 14.
These strategies include
lobbying the parties directly on
issues, hosting all-candidates'
debates, providing analysis
on party platforms, and helping organize student voting on
"We'll be housing an election centre on our website," said
CASA National Director Zach
Churchill. "We'll be informing
students how to vote on campus,
how to do absentee voting if they
want to vote in their riding back
David Robinson, CAUT associate executive director, expects
his group to organize all-candidates' debates, as well as meetings about post-secondary education. As well, he suggested CAUT
would conduct "an analysis once
the party platforms are out of
where [each party] stands on
post-secondary issues."
Ian Boyko, CFS government
relations co-ordinator, says the
federation wants federal parties
to adopt several CFS policies.
Most of these policies advocate
for an increase in federal funding. The CFS would like to see
funds increased to provincial
transfer payments, to Statistics
Canada, to aboriginal students,
to the Canada Student Grant Program, and to the Canada Graduate Scholarships Program.
As well, at their last semi-annual meeting in May 2008, the
CFS distributed a "federal election preparations" paper that
noted a meeting with Elections
Canada and pointed out several initiatives such as a "media
"Federation representatives
offered to assist in the dissemination of promotional material
from Elections Canada" the paper read.
CASA, CFS, and CAUT boast
a number of lobbying initiatives
that aim for similar outcomes.
Both the CFS and the CAUT
oppose the new Copyright Act
amendment, Bill C-61, introduced in June before the Parliamentary summer recess.
The bill makes several references to restrictions placed on
material generated in educational environments, and both
organizations feel this restriction would hinder students'
Both CASA and CAUT say they
did not see either the current
government or past governments
provide a philosophical approach
to education governance.
"We're going to be looking
for a long-term vision being put
forward by the parties that addresses two fundamental things:
an individual's ability to reach
their full potential in society, and
a country that can deal with an
impending labour crisis," said
"No one to this point has
tackled this issue holistically, or
provided any sort of long-term
vision or strategy for post-secondary education."
Robinson also notes the lack
of federal party discussion on
post-secondary issues. "We just
don't have any political parties
at this point that are ready to
take the federal government into
a leadership role, dealing with
some of the issues that we need
to deal with," he said.
Student and youth involvement in elections is another
issue the three organizations
are concerned with. Elections
Canada estimated that in the
2006 general election, 43.8 per
cent of those aged 18 to 24 voted, as compared to the national
average of 62.8 per cent. As well,
students made up the highest
percentage of first-time voters,
at 82 per cent.
"I think if our politicians can
provide dialogue and platform
discussions on issues about education and issues that really matter to students, I think you'll see
a more engaged student body,"
said Churchill.
Robinson, however, pointed
out the ambiguity over the need
for an election in the first place.
"It's going to be interesting
to see how the Conservatives
are going to justify the need
for an election right now, given
that this has probably been one
of the most well-functioning
minority governments in Canadian history." Xi SEPTEMBER 9, 200 8
Strike closes part of UVic's student building
Other student workers in BC
make wages on par with UVic
By Sam VanSchie
CUP Western Bureau Chief
VICTORIA (CUP) - Pickets closed
much of the University of Victoria's Student Union Building on
Thursday, Sept. 4, as 150 unionized student employees of the
building began a legal strike over
wage disputes.
With their collective agreement up for negotiation, workers
are asking for a $1.50 hourly
wage increase for the lowest paid
employees in the Student Union
Building (SUB), who currently
earn $9.95 per hour.
But when the strike began,
management, represented by the
University of Victoria Students'
Society (UVSS) board, was only offering an increase of 10 cents for
tip-earning servers at the campus
pub, and 30 cents for others in
the lowest wage bracket.
"We want fair jobs and fair
wages, but we also need to keep
We want fair jobs
and fair wages, but
we also need to
keep the SUB running in a sustainable way
—Caitlin Meggs,
UVSS chair
the SUB running in a sustainable
way," said UVSS chair Caitlin
Meggs. "We're trying to find that
fine balance. We can't increase
the wage without cutting that
money out somewhere else. It's
not possible."
The union's bargaining committee, headed by acting union
President Michael Ryan, met
with a mediator from the BC Labour Relations Board on Friday,
August 29. He represented the
workers who had agreed to accept
nothing short of their proposed
$1.50 wage increase, which they
wanted applied retroactively to
hours worked since May 1, when
their contract expired.
The raise would cost the
Student Society nearly $300,000
over two years." It seems like a
lot of money," Ryan said. "But we
haven't had a substantial raise in
such a long time that we're just
catching up to where we should
be now."
Workers in UVic's SUB unionized in 1989 to protect the transient worker base that often only
works short-term while at university. Their collective agreement
comes up for negotiation every
three years, and wage is always
In 2005, workers received a
five-cent raise and a $ 100 signing
bonus for agreeing to it. In 2002,
the raise was 15 cents. In 1999,
they took 95 cents. Their current
lowest-wage bracketof $9.95 is in
the mid-range of student workers
at the other two large universities
in B.C.
At UBC, SUB workers are
not unionized and their lowest
starting wage is $9.00 per hour.
Across town at SFU, unionized
students working for businesses
owned by their student union
have a starting wage of $12.66
per hour. UVic, the third-largest
university in B.C. with 19,000
students, began its fall semester
on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Classes
are not affected by the strike.
Many services that would
have been hosted in the SUB, such
as a farmer's market and clothing vendors, were easily moved
outside into the sunshine that
met the first day ofthe strike.
Businesses housed in the SUB
that aren't part ofthe union, such
as a pharmacy and a hair salon,
were kept open with an entrance
free for picketers.
However, the campus pub,
movie theatre, used bookstore,
copy centre, and many food
vendors run by the union were
closed. The only union workers
still in the building were members ofthe UVSS board, who kept
their info booth open and distributed information about their
stance on the strike.
"The employer has made a
fair, affordable and responsible
wage offer. At almost five times
the cost, the union's wage demand is simply not affordable,"
the UVSS wrote in their handout.
"The UVSS is a non-profit society
funded by students. Any wage
increases will be paid for by students in the form of increased
prices and membership fees or
reduced services."
The union and the board are
expected to meet with a mediator
to continue negotiations in the
weeks to come. \a
above Union workers
picket outside the
University of Victoria's
Student Union
Building, sam vanschie
left Numerous
businesses were shut
down due to the
strike, including the
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Capilano pro-life group wins club status
Human rights complaint spurs settlement between pro-life club and Students' Union
By Derek A. Jang
The Capilano Courier (Capilano
lengthy legal struggle with the
students' union at Capilano University in Vancouver, a pro-life
group has earned the right to apply for club status on campus.
This settlement concludes a
battle that began more than two
years ago when the Heartbeat
Club sought official club status
with the Capilano Students'
Union (CSU) in March 2006.
The group, led by Capilano
student Minerva Macapagal,
was denied club status based
on the CSU's discrimination
policy, which states: "Clubs may
not perpetrate conduct inciting
hatred towards other persons or
groups including, but not limited to, racist, sexist, misogynist
or homophobic/heterosexist
In the spring of 2008, Lindsay Clarke, then social justice
co-ordinator for the Union, issued an online statement: "The
[Heartbeat Group was] denied
club status primarily out of
respect for the human rights
of women not to be threatened
with the profound discrimination of having control over our
bodies taken away."
After the second denial of official recognition in December
2007, Macapagal filed a human
rights complaint on the basis
of religious discrimination. In
May, the club signed a formal
agreement with the Union that
will allow it to apply for official
club status. The Heartbeat Club
plans to apply within the first
two weeks of classes.
"I think that it was a shame
that the CSU had to go through
the lawsuit, but I'm really looking forward to our club having
the same rights as the other
clubs," Macapagal said.
She declined to comment
on details of the agreement,
but adds she is happy with the
Several attempts were made
at obtaining further details
about the agreement from CSU
officials, but due to the confidentiality   agreement   reached
between the two sides, student representatives declined
The union was only able to
release the following statement:
"The Heartbeat Club filed a Human Rights complaint against
the Capilano Students' Union.
The club and the CSU have entered into a settlement agreement which is confidential. The
parties agree that there is no
admission of liability by the CSU
and that the Heartbeat Club will
be entitled to CSU club status if
they apply." Xi Features
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The Navigator (Malaspina University-College)
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NANAIMO (CUP) — "Jane" still remembers the day, many
years ago. She had been feeling a strange, prickly, stinging
sensation around her genitals, the source of which seemed
to be a strange bump. She visited the doctor, expressing
a concern that she might have herpes. The doctor said it
sounded more like an ingrown hair to him, but he took a
swab ofthe area and sent the test off to a lab.
Jane never got a call, so she
assumed everything was fine.
However, every so often since
then, she was plagued by a familiar stinging sensation. In the last
few years, Jane noticed a sharp
increase in the frequency of her
mysterious outbreaks.
"It was just last year, over
eleven years after that first
visit, that I finally went to another doctor about this again,"
says Jane. "'Looks like herpes
to me,' said my doctor. I was
stunned. I mean, I knew all
along it wasn't just ingrown
hairs, but I couldn't believe it
was really herpes after all."
Like many people, Jane had
been misdiagnosed, or rather,
not diagnosed at all, and had
been living with herpes, a lifelong viral infection.
It isn't uncommon for swab
tests to come back negative for
the herpes virus. That's because
the virus isn't always hanging
out on the surface ofthe skin. In
fact, a second, more recent swab
from Jane also came back negative, but a blood test confirmed
that she had antibodies to the
herpes virus—it just didn't show
which type.
"My doctor explained that the
virus lives in my central nervous
system, and comes to the surface
of my skin at the place where it
originally entered. During that
time, it is contagious, but the
thing is, it is impossible to know
for sure when that is. It could be
at the surface, I could be 'shedding virus,' as they say, but not
even having an outbreak. On the
other hand, I might get an outbreak, but by the time I make it
in to the doctor for the swab test,
the virus has retreated back to its
hiding place."
The herpes simplex virus
passes through contact with an
affected area. It dies very quickly once off the body. There are
two types of the virus, herpes
simplex one and two. Although
it is herpes simplex two that is
most often associated with genital herpes, either one can infect
the mouth or the genital region.
In fact, any mucous membrane,
such as the eyes, inside the
nose, and even cuts can become
infected with the virus, causing herpes sores to show up in
those areas at any time after the
initial exposure.
It is also possible to get
herpes on your genitals from receiving oral sex from someone
with herpes on their mouth and
vice versa.
"There is a huge stigma
around genital herpes," says
Jane. "I remember right after
I first found out that was what
I had, a friend was making fun
of people with herpes. I felt so
humiliated, but angry at his ignorance. It wasn't like I was a slut.
Anyone could get this. Yet I was
still too new to it, too ashamed,
and I didn't speak up to defend
Because herpes can remain
dormant for manyyears after the
initial exposure, it can be very
hard to determine exactly where
it came from. Often, though,
initial outbreaks show up anywhere between a few days to a
couple of weeks after infection.
Jane doesn't know exactly who
she got herpes from. Because of
her misdiagnosis, she doesn't
remember the exact time frame,
but that it showed up around the
end of one relationship and the
beginning of another.
"I was always monogamous,
and I would use a condom, at
least at first in a relationship.
But I would usually end up having unprotected sex with boyfriends. I think most people do,
once they get to know someone
and feel safe."
None ofjane's boyfriends ever
had visible symptoms of herpes,
and none ever mentioned it.
"I suspect it was one of two
people who I got it from," says
Jane. "The one guy was just a
short-term fling, and I have no
idea where he is now. The other
guy, I went out with for two years,
and I don't remember him ever
getting an outbreak. I am afraid
of asking him so manyyears later if he is infected. If he is, did I
give it to him, or did I get it from
him? I just don't know."
One of the mysteries about
herpes is the way it acts so differently in different cases. There are
many reported cases of couples
where one has the virus and the
other never gets it. Other times,
just one sexual encounter can
result in transmitting the virus.
Similarly, some people get
just one or two outbreaks in
their lifetime, while others get
them all the time. Jane considers
herself extremely lucky. She is
now married, and her husband
has never shown any symptoms
of herpes.
"We've obviously had unprotected sex, lots of times, before I
had any idea that I had herpes. I
don't know why he's never had
any outbreaks."
Jane has also had kids, something she feels like she may not
have done had she known she
had herpes. Many people with
herpes have successful vaginal
births, but it can be dangerous
if they have an active outbreak.
The virus can get into the infant's
eyes, causing more serious problems than it does in adults. In
cases where an active outbreak
is present, doctors perform cae-
sarean sections.
"I didn't know I had herpes,"
says Jane, "so I never took any
precautions. But I was just lucky
to not have had any outbreaks
during my pregnancies." She
went on to say, "I feel like if I got
pregnant now, the stress of worrying about getting an outbreak
would surely cause one, and I
wouldn't know what to do. I feel
so lucky that I went through it
and everything was fine."
It is commonly believed that
stress increases the frequency of
outbreaks. While scientific studies on the topic are inconclusive,
Jane has noticed that it seems to
be the case.
"My outbreaks increased
after a death in my family, and
I think I also had some postpartum depression. For a long time,
I barely remember even having
outbreaks, but itwas this sudden
increase in outbreaks that sent
me to the doctor about it again."
Jane now treats her herpes
with herbal remedies and tries
to maintain a positive attitude.
"When I was first diagnosed,
I felt so dirty and disgusting,"
says Jane, "but I realized I didn't
do anything wrong. I was still the
same person. If I stay healthy, I
am fine, but if I let my immune
system get run down, sure
enough, I get a sore."
Jane has noticed that things
like coffee, lack of sleep and poor
diet seem to contribute to her
herpes outbreaks. Coffee is often
a culprit in frequent outbreaks
because of its effect on the central nervous system, where herpes lives in the body.
"Herpes doesn't like coffee,"
says Jane, laughing, "it makes [it]
The other major influences
are anxiety and anger.
"One time, I had a minor
Herpes doesn't like coffee; it
makes it HlclCl.
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September 9,2008 \ Page IS
TOP Quarterback Mark McVeigh concentrates on his next play.
ABOVE Players celebrate their victory.
LEFT Cheng Wei escapes Bears defense.
Thunderbirds crush Golden Bears in home opener
Saturday's decisive victory moves 'Birds to a improved .500 record
by Shun endo
Sports Editor
Under the clear blue sky, the
stadium was plastered with yellow balloons, sounds of thun-
dersticks protruding the air,
and fans wearing blue shirts,
belching to the players as they
swiftly made their way onto
the football field. Once they got
there, they probably couldn't
have drawn up a better home
opener, as the Thunderbirds
took advantage of their early
opportunities to overwhelm
the University of Alberta Golden Bears with a score of 27-9.
After a disappointing first
game against the SFU Clan
where UBC failed to gain any
traction on either side of the
ball, there were some concerns
about how the team would
respond in an early must-win
game. Those thoughts were
promptly dismissed after their
first offensive run, which culminated with Cheng Wei making a
short run for the touchdown,
raising the electricity with the
already amped 2000 fans at
Thunderbird Stadium. From
then on, UBC dominated the
field both defensively and offensively, opening up a 24-2 lead
early on in the fourth quarter.
On offense, second year
quarterback Mark McVeigh
consistently baffled the Alberta defense, throwing for
189 yards with a 71 per cent
completion rate, and running in for a touchdown in
the seond quarter to extend
the lead to 14-2 after the first
half. Rookie receiver Spencer
Bett converted an 82-yard pass
into a touchdown in the third
and a field goal followed in the
fourth quarter to tally up the
score 2 7-9.
"You can't judge a team
solely by its first game, and
these guys worked hard for
this," said coach Ted Goveia
after the game.
It wasn't just the offense
that was firing on all cylinders on Saturday. The defense
made a dramatic turnaround
from two weeks ago, by completely shutting the Alberta
offense down until the game
was out of reach. Captain and
fourth-year linebacker Devin
Kavanagh, Scott McCuaig, and
third-year Nathan Kanya all led
the defensive end by making
sacks and vital tackles, making
third down conversions all but
impossible for the struggling
Alberta offense.
It was definitely a refreshing victory for the Thunderbirds, who made the statement
that they are still a threat in
the Canada West. "Alberta
is a tough and decent team.
Anything can happen. That's
Canada West." Goveia kept a
stern face, but UBC knows they
will have to keep up their play
in the coming weeks to reach
the Canada West playoffs. But
the road is tough—up next for
the 'Birds are the defending
CIS champions, the Manitoba
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Basketball boucnes
off to an uneven start
Thunderbirds end up with a single win against the
NCAA giants during pre-season showdown
by Justin McElroy
Sports Staff
On his 23rd birthday, Chris Dyck
decided to turn the tables and
give UBC a present—a 32-point
performance to lead the Thunderbirds to a 99-81 victory over
the Cal State Fullerton Titans.
The victory put a positive
ending on what had been a
disappointing weekend for the
UBC basketball program, with
the men's and women's teams
losing the first three of the four-
game annual Labour Day series
against Division I NCAA teams.
"It's still a long season ahead
of us," coach Kevin Hanson told
The Province after the game,
"but it's a good indicator for us
of where we want to be."
Even in a 76-65 loss to
Tulsa, the men's team showed
the skill, depth and defense that
figure to keep them near the top
ofthe standings for the 2008-09
Canada West season. Tulsa, an
experienced team that lost in
the finals ofthe Conference USA
Tournament to eventual NCAA
Tournament runner-ups Memphis, could not fully break away
from a scrappy T-Birds squad,
eventually winning 76-65 in a
game that Hanson thought re
vealed character in his squad.
"Overall it was a really gutsy,
solid team effort," he said. "Last
year at times we would concede
a few points or possessions here
or there and not play the full
forty, but tonight I thought the
performance, especially from
the young guys, was great."
Standout players for UBC
over the weekend included
swingman Kyle Watson, who
slashed and dashed his way to
18 points and seven rebounds
in Sunday's win, and former
UVic Vike Josh Whyte, who saw
his quickness, passing ability,
and superb defense rewarded
with increasing minutes as the
weekend went by. The two players teamed with Dyck to key the
'Birds play from the guard position, and Hanson is optimistic
that the trio will continue to play
well once the regular season begins in October.
"I really liked the way our
three perimeter guys played
together...we tested a couple
of things over the weekend in
terms of lineups and those three
guys passed the test of seeing
who plays well together."
The women's team did not
fare quite as well. Beginning life
as  defending CIS  Champions,
a young T-Birds team with significant turnover from last year
was easily handled by perennial
powerhouse LSU 74-46 on Saturday, and then proceeded to
get blown out in an ugly 101-44
loss to the 2005 NCAA Champion Baylor the next day.
With the loss of perennial all-
stars Erica McGuinness and Cait
Haggarty, along with long-time
starter Julie Little, the Thunderbirds are expected to take a step
down from their performance
over the past three years, where
the team went a combined 59-7
in regular season play.
However, with no less than
six rookies making their debuts with UBC over the weekend, and with returning starter
Devan Lisson out with an injury, the T-Birds were simply
outmatched in every way over
the weekend, and coach Deb
Huband realizes her squad has
a long way to go.
"Although the result wasn't
the best, we have to stay focused on our goals for this
year," said Huband. "We want
to go out and compete hard, be
willing to learn, recognize what
we are going to have to do this
season to be competitive, and
stay positive." \a
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Looking for answers for BC Liberal cuts
Why is there money for bureaucrat pay raises and not for education?
by Rob Fleming
NDP Advanced Education Critic
Due to the BC Liberals'
sudden and inexplicable
spring budget claw back
of $50 million from our post-
secondary institutions, a new
academic year has begun at BC's
colleges and universities with real
repercussions for students.
When BC needs more training
opportunities for young people,
why would you cut funding to
Greater investment in university-based activities promotes
economic development, sustainability, innovation and diversity.
That's why other governments
have significantly upped investment in advanced education as a
strategy for continued prosperity
and competitiveness in the global,
knowledge-based economy.
The province isn't short on
funds. In July, the Auditor General
confirmed a $2.8 billion surplus.
With BC's legislature recessed
there aren't on-the-record opportunities to question Minister
Murray Coell's abandonment of a
three-year budget plan or the broken promise of "stable, secure,
multi-year funding."
Not that he's hiding. Minister
Coell was available last month to
defend 43 per cent pay raises for
Gordon Campbell's most senior
advisors while the premier jetted
to the Olympics. More pay and
perks for a few dozen senior aides
cost taxpayers millions, while
universities make do with less.
The 2.6 per cent cut to UBC is
not insignificant: $11.3 million
from UBC's main campus and
$4.5 million from UBC-Okanagan. And the timing couldn't be
worse. UBC has only just wrestled
down its own sizeable structural
deficit. The Alma Mater Society
(AMS) estimates this year's cut at
$200 per student.
Boards and administrators
are still working on how to make
up the funding gap. Some schools
may run deficits. Others have conceded the cut will lead to larger
class sizes, cancelled courses, reduced services and support, and
yet to be determined elimination
of programs.
A university's operating costs
mostly go to salaries, so when cutbacks to core funding are forced
on institutions, faculty and staff
are the first target. This year,
UBC expects many positions will
remain vacant when faculty and
staff retire. UBC-O trimmed its
faculty recruitment plan by 60
per cent, mostly in engineering
and business.
But cutting faculty is a shortsighted, downward spiral for any
research university. The average
faculty member leverages over
$ 150,000 in external dollars from
various research councils—grants
used to hire research assistants,
buy equipment, and support findings that lead to discovery and
Meanwhile, the BC Liberals deny they've made cuts at
all—even as university leaders
hold up the province's three-year
budget as a mirror to show otherwise. Nor does government want
to talk about indicators that show
a decline in per student funding
since 2001 or the implications
on the quality of post-secondary
The Campbell government is
trying to distract from the facts
with press releases about re-
branding five university colleges
as full universities. Yet they reward these schools with the same
short-sighted cuts.
Minister Coell never misses
a chance to claim there's been
The BC Liberals deny they've made
CUtS at all — even as university leaders hold up the province's three-year
budget as a mirror to show otherwise.
—Rob Fleming, NDP Advanced Education Critic
a 40 per cent increase in funding for universities and colleges
since 2001. If that's the case, why
are BC's universities cancelling
classes and paring down services
in anticipation of more funding
cuts for 2009-10?
Let's see how he invents
this. The Minister uses budget
estimates, as opposed to actual money, spent in past fiscal
years. This is odd, given the
Minister's recent admonishment of university boards for
taking his three-year estimates
literally before he cut $50 million from the 2ndyear.
A more accurate analysis of
advanced education spending—
using certified audits—compares
actuals, not estimates. Using
those Ministry numbers, we see
a more modest 24.1 per cent
increase in funding since 2001,
an increase that must then be
weighed against increased enrollment and erosion by inflation.
Universities and colleges
rightly insist they have less funding per student now than seven
years ago. And that is why student
organizations are legitimately
asking why $50 million was cut
from this year's budget.
—Rob Fleming is the BC New
Democrats critic for Advanced
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(German) is enjoyment
taken from the misfortune of someone else.
Schadenfreude—as far as I'm
concerned, that is about the
only decent reason to drop in
on a typical meeting of student
politicians. If you go buoyed with
political idealism, you'll surely
leave disappointed. And if you
show up looking for gripping political intrigue, the shallowness
of the affair will leave you wanting. But if you turn up with the
simple desire to watch people
make asses of themselves, then
you'll almost always come away
With this in mind, I didn't
have anything even approaching
high expectations when I headed
to last week's emergency Graduate Student Society (GSS) council
meeting. Hastily called by GSS
President Mona Maghsoodi to
deal with the controversy surrounding this year's GSS student
handbook, the meeting definitely
began on a low note.
Initially a security guard,
hired by Maghsoodi, keptunder-
graduate students—including
both Ubyssey and UBC Insiders
reporters—from observing the
normally open meeting. When
questioned about the exclusion,
Maghsoodi claimed that the
meeting was "sensitive" and
that previously unenforced GSS
by-laws required that under-
grads be barred from meetings.
Then, after a wise intervention
by honourary GSS councilor
Joshua Caulkins, Maghsoodi
decided to break her newly
discovered by-laws by allowing
Ubyssey reporters, and later
other undergraduates, into the
I'll spare you the details of
Maghsoodi's argument against
distributing the handbooks, but I
must note that it was built on two
key pillars: protecting Gordon
Campbell and University administrators from the evils of satire,
and saving advertisers from the
embarrassment of being placed
alongside controversial content.
Given the relatively restrained
nature of the handbook's satirical content, itwas no surprise
that some of her reasons for
withholding the handbooks drew
laughter from many of the GSS
Yet   if   Maghsoodi's   shrill,
immature, and inflated reasons
for calling the emergency meeting filled me with the shameful
joy I'd come to expect from
observing student politics, the
reaction of many GSS councilors
reminded me that even student
politicians can come to mature,
well-reasoned decisions.
The councilors focused
their attention on how the
handbook's creation was overseen by Maghsoodi's executive,
and it was soon reveled that
neither Maghsoodi nor any of
her executive, save VP Student
Services Rodrigo Ferrari Nunes,
attended the "open houses" editor Nathan Crompton held over
the summer. And while Crompton may have been less than
forthcoming about some of the
book's controversial content, it
was soon made clear that both
he and Nunes, who oversaw the
creation ofthe handbook, were
open about the "activist" and
"radical" direction the handbook would take.
Council wisely avoided
lengthy questioning of Crompton
in favour of looking at both how
to salvage this year's handbook
and how to prevent a repeat of
the whole debacle. Ultimately,
council came to the best possible
decision: they would release
the handbook after tagging on a
small disclaimer separating advertisers from the content.
And yet, for all of the GSS
council's largely reasonable
work that night, Maghsoodi simply had to stomp out any of my
new-found political idealism.
When questioned afterward,
a curt Maghsoodi acted as if
council's decision to immediately release the handbooks was
exactly what she had wanted all
along. As my interview with
Maghsoodi ended, I decided to
ask her why she tried to keep
both student journalists and
other undergrads from observing the meeting. And then,
after arguing that GSS by-laws
were at the centre of her decision, she claimed that the real
reason she initially barred undergrads from the meeting was
because she was worried that
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Our view
Stephen and Stephane love us all
I heard the news today, oh boy, from Stephen Harper. The Governor
General has seen fit to dissolve parliament and trigger a federal election (impulsive lady she is). And we're at it again, our fourth federal
election here at UBC in four years (three full and one by-election).
Get ready to get fatigued.
But we're lucky here in Vancouver-Quadra, and a little spoiled—
our last election was decided by 151 votes. This is one of a handful
of ridings across the country that truly represent the Conservative-
Liberal toss-up in this election. So, unlike most of Canada, our votes
actually matter. (Unless you vote NDP or Green, in which case you
vote actually doesn't matter—you should fight solely for electoral
So let's take advantage of our admittedly centrist riding and
force issues that affect us on the national stage. Care about InSite,
the downtown safe injection site? Another Conservative government
will result in new legislation that will effectively shut down the much-
publicized (and worthy) initiative.
What about the environment? Stephane Dion has proposed a carbon tax, and the Liberals would probably talk the talk and walk the
walk when it comes to the environment. The Conservatives would
keep up their lip service, but then again, lip service costs a heck of a
lot less to implement.
We could go on about education, foreign policy, federalism, and
a host of other topics that interest PoliSci nerds 24/7 and the rest of
us considerably less, but we'll spare you. Suffice to say, the leaders
may be dull, and we may be on the verge of election overboard in this
riding, but for UBC students, this may be the most critical election
ever...until we do this again in another two years. Xi
Consider: new MUG ideas
The popular campus blog UBC Insiders commented recently about
the lack of support by the administration for the students who run
Imagine UBC. It takes tons of volunteers to give first years a motivating start to their university experience, and although a lot of the
work is done in the summer, those volunteers don't get to have their
classes cancelled like the first years they're leading around UBC.
Granted, a lot of professors don't hit on any critical content in their
first lecture, but it's not something that can or should be counted on.
What you can count on in this case are scores of upper year students
behind before the year even begins.
UBC is the exception to how universities, especially those east of
BC, address first-year orientations. McGill University and the University of Toronto (U of T) have a full frosh week. Many schools cancel
the first day of classes to allow orientations to have full reign of the
university campus. No one misses classes, litters of first years aren't
being divided by hurried students, and everyone else doesn't have to
make wide detours around unavoidable MUG groups.
SFU, in its usual fashion, goes one step further and simply has its
two days of orientations on the Thursday and Friday before the semester begins, allowing orientations to take over the campus. Moreover, each orientation group has time set aside at the bookstore to
allow first years to buy their books, therefore eliminating one-fourth
ofthe zoo in the bookstore for everyone else.
Having a more comprehensive orientation experience for first-
year students also seems to correlate with stronger participation in
school events and higher school spirit. McGill and U of T parallel
UBC as large, urban, research-intensive universities, but they tend to
have much higher attendances for varsity games, and other school
spirit boosting activities.
It's time to reconsider how we do orientations and consider the
implications of missed opportunities. After all, you've only got one
chance to make a first impression. \a
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edit the paper. Shoot
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Editorial Cartoon
Graphic by Stephanie Findlay
Say it ain't so.
Republican vice-president nominee Sarah Palin passes on her
campaign strategy tips to Liberal candidate Joyce Murray.
You have to
become relatable
to your electorate.
Get your daughter
knocked up. That's
the ticket.
[SEPT. 5, 2008]
Capitalism is going through
its last gasps and there is no
money to fully fund student education. The handbook will put a
seed of curiosity into the minds
of students about the hoopla created by some who don't want to
rock the boat and keep telling
students "Go shopping!"
Thank you, GSS, for publishing something that may wake
some students up!
—Harris Pohl
Originally published at
This has nothing to do with censorship. The GSS should have
complete control over what gets
published on their nickel and in
their name. Crompton is only
free to publish whatever he wishes when he is paying the costs.
The real issue here is that
the GSS has shown poor management, and as a result have
wasted money. A review of how
such contracts are allocated is
In other words, a case of stupidity, not censorship.
—Stewart Trickett
Originally published at
Are you going to vote in the upcoming Canadian federal election?
Brian Mann
Sociology 3
"No, I'm not
going to vote,
because it
me. If I could
vote from my
house, then I
would do it."
"Yeah, I'm
definitely planning on voting.
I think it's really
important that
we get out there
and exercise our
right to vote...
and make a
difference in the
world, one at a
Jodie Martinson
Journalism 1
"Yes, I'm going to vote.
I'm going to
vote because
I believe in
citizenship. It's a
very important
Neetu Toor
Science 1
"No, I'm not
going to vote. I
can't be bothered."
Sylvia Szczepanska
Arts 1
"I am planning
to vote because
it is something
that every Canadian citizen has
a right to."
-Coordinated by Dan Haves, Deanie Wong, and Jenny Chung
with photos by Drew Thompson and Brandon J. Adams Esq. Vote to make
UBC the centre of the
Don't let some other school steal the party. Step up and help UBC win a MySpace™
Secret Show featuring a cool band next month. Cast your vote at myspace.com/TELUS.
Or get two votes by texting UBC to 321 on your TELUS mobile phone.
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