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April 3,2009 \ www.ubyssey.ca
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UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
Prices at Trek Express's Tim Hortons were consistent with
the Tims m Point Grey. The sole exception we found was
the Iced Cappuccino, which costs $0.10 less at UBC. Trek
Express's Tim Hortons participates in the Roll Up The Rim
to Win campaign, which is a good thing.
risingly, when stacked up against the Broadway
on location, UBC's A&W prices are around $0.20-
.40 cheaper per item. So the next time you crave
chubby chicken, don't hold back; you're getting your
money's worth. UBC's A&W does accept coupons.
In comparison to a Subway located at Market Crossing in
Burnaby, the prices ofthe Subway in Pacific Spirit Place tee-
tered curiously between being more expensive or cheaper
depending on the item, although in general UBCs Subway
leaned toward being expensive. The greatest disparity
with the double-stacked sweet onion chicken teriyakisub,
which cost $0.70 more at the SUB.
eon campus, in the village, in Kerrisdale, and at
rotown, so be confident you are paying the same
it on campus as you would anywhere else in the city,
wever, Starbucks at UBC does not offer Starbucks
i benefits, such as free refills on brewed coffee. 2    EVENTS
APRIL 3, 2009
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
Waltz With Bashir • An old friend
tells Ari about a nightmare he keeps
having where 26 bloodthirsty dogs
chase him. They both believe the
nightmare must have something to
do with thier mission in the Lebanon
War. An animated drama based on
actual events. 18+ • Wednesday,
April 1-5, 2009. 7pm. Norm Theatre, SUB. $4 regular, $2 members*
Frost/Nixon • A few months after
Nixon resigned, up-and-coming talk
show host David Frost interviewed
him, wanting to give him "the trial
he never had." Director Ron Howard
explores the relationship between
the two and all the beef along the
way. Based on the award—winning
play. • Wednesday, April 1-5, 2009.
9:30 pm. Norm Theatre, SUB. $4
regular, $2 members *
April 3
Storm the Wall 2009 • Today's the
last day to watch people swim,
cycle, run and storm the wall
before the summer is here. Don't
feel dejected that you're not part
of the action; cheer them on and
catch the high spirits from these
stormers! • Friday, April 3, 2009.
All day. All over campus, more
obviously outside the SUB *
Green Turns Red: One Act Plays
for HIV Care • An evening featur-
ng three plays performed by Green
College residents, to raise funds for
HIV care. • Friday, April3, 2009.
6pm. Great Hall, Graham House,
Green College (6201 Cecil Green
Park Rd.). $5. More Info at www.
greencollege.ubc.ca *
Breaking the Cycle Party • Join the
ISA for a fundraising event for two
members who are biking 4000km
across Europe raising awareness
and money for Microcredit. The
event will include: info on their
trip, food and drinks (Beer, Wine,
Cider), live international music, two
amazing DJs, raffles, and more.
• Friday, April 3, 2009. 7-8pm
food and discussion, 8pm- 1am
Party! Buch D MASS, suggested $5
donation. For more information,
go to www.facebook.com/event.
php ?eid=56846853917 *
When the River meets the Sea •
Go on a journey with a single mom
from an urban rez who wants to
forget her past and celebrate her
new West Coast life. Written by
Yukon playwright Patti Flather,
directed by Brenda Leadlay, and
featuring Carmen Moore and Kim
Harvey. Only two more nights
• Friday, April 3-4, 2009. 8pm.
$24/20. Presentation House Theatre (333 Chesterfield Ave., North
Van). For more information, go to
www.phtheatre. org/*
April 4
The Run for Rural Medicine 2009
• 5/10 km run/walk through UBC
Pacific Spirit National Park, to raise
money for UBC medical students'
3rd-year rural medicine clerkships
• Saturday, April 4, 2009. 9am.
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Wesbrook Mall. Register at www.
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Thai culture showcase: dance and
music.Thai food and drinks provided. 7-9 pm Fri. 27th March tix $8.
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2009 World Wide Pillow Fight Club
4.0 • Join in the 4th Annual Pillow
Fight, where childhood memories
of sleepovers and pillow fights are
relived! Some gentle reminders: 1)
Hide your pillows, 2) Don't be in location until the exact minute, and 3)
Leave immediately after 1 5 minutes
of crazy fun I Be part of this amaz-
ngly fun flash mob! • Saturday,
April 4, 2009, 3pm, Vancouver Art
Gallery (Robson Street). For more information, check out the Facebook
event! *
April 7
AMS Great Farm Trek '09 • The
UBC Farm has been an integral part
of UBC since the Point Grey campus
was founded in 1922. The UBC
Farm is 24 hectares and is located
on UBC Vancouver's south campus.
The UBC Farm is a complex ecosystem and home to many species
such as coyotes, frogs, eagles, owls,
snakes and over 70 species of birds.
Students and community members
have worked very hard in the past
year to preserve the farm. UBC has
acknowledged that the farm needs
to be considered in their planning
process. The Trek will gather at the
Student Union Building at 3:30 pm
and trekkers will walk to the UBC
Farm for a celebration with food,
music, and a ceremonial planting
• Tuesday, April 7, 2009. 3:30-6pm
for more info contact friendsoftheu-
bcfarm@gmail.com *
Arts Last Lecture: Kyle MacDonald • An annual end-of-the-year
celebratory event for graduating
students in the Faculty of Arts to
celebrate graduating Arts students
and the significant milestone they
have reached in their academic
careers. This year's featured speaker
is Kyle MacDonald, UBC geography
alumnus. Kyle MacDonald started
with one red paper clip and after 14
trades, ended up with a house. It's a
send-off not to be missed • Tuesday,
April 7, 2009. 1pm. Chan Shun
Concert Hall (The Chan Centre).
Tickets available at the Chan Centre
ticket office. Doors open at 12pm *
April 8
AMS Block Party with the Roots
• This year's concert features Phili-
delphia hip-hop giants The Roots,
as well as Canada's own Tokyo
Police Club, and Los Angel's Pacific
Division, plus DJs Neil and Hana •
Wednesday, April 8, 2009. I-8pm.
Maclnnes Field. $20. Tickets available at The Outpost (SUB) *
TATAU: Samoan Tattooing and
Global Culture • Samoan Tattooing
and Global Culture The contemporary significance of Samoan tattoo
traditions is the focus of this insightful and provocative exhibit opening
• Wednesday, April 8, 2009. MOA
Gallery 3, $12 adult, $10 students
and seniors. Free for UBC faculty,
staff, and students *
The Origin of Life: From Geophysics to Biology • In this public
lecture, a hypothesis is presented
according to which the temperature
gradients existing in the earth -
which led to plate tectonics and
the formation of undersea thermal
vents - also led to the evolution of
life around these vents. Movies will
be shown of experiments, in which
all stages of this scenario are justified. • Wednesday, April 8, 7:30pm,
Hennings 200 - 6224 Agricultural
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In the Colours Supplement in the
March 27 issue, the credit for
the photo illustration on page 9
should go to Vivienne Tutlewski,
not Goh Iromoto. Also in that
issue, the front page graphic was
originally created by Juhee Jang
The Ubyssey regrets these errors
Thh Ubyssey
April 3rd, 2009
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Storm the Wall kicked off on Monday, March 30. Participants either swam, rode, ran or did al
three to reach the finish line. Storm the Wall is advertised as the "biggest intramural event in North
America," with 2,500 participants from all across Vancouver competing in a variety of categories.
Kyle MacDonald and
the one red paper clip
by Alec Young
News Staff
Next week, graduating students
can attend the Arts Last Lecture
on April 7 at the Chan Centre.
This year's guest speaker is Kyle
MacDonald, the UBC alum who
traded a single red paper clip for
a house in Saskatchewan. The
Ubyssey contacted MacDonald
to discuss fake IDs, bartering,
and the adventure of life after
UBYSSEY: Do you do a lot of
speaking engagements like the
Last Lecture?
next week I think will probably
be the biggest I've done by far,
there's a 1200 [person] capacity
at the Chan. The biggest one I've
done before that was maybe 600.
I've done over the last two and
half years maybe ten to twenty a
year. I really just fell into it backwards because of the paper clip
U: Does UBC give you any
instructions on themes to talk
KM: What I do is I really just
tell the paper clip story, from the
idea all the way up to getting the
house and what I learned along
the way. I'm sure the university
might want me to be very positive on UBC, which I plan on doing. I tend not to give away my
presentations beforehand, but I
try to keep my stories...very even-
handed, there's certain things I
think are very funny about UBC
while trying to be very positive at
the same time.
U: Who was your last lecturer?
KM: I graduated in 2003. I
was far too overwhelmed by Arts
County Fair at that stage in my
school career. I don't think they
had Last Lectures back then.
Arts County would get pretty, uh,
U: So, is the global recession
the perfect opportunity to do
more bartering?
KM: Bartering is funny. I just
had fun doing this, I wouldn't
recommend it as a business
strategy. Putting things to work I
guess is what I would say when I
was making a trade. It's not just
about getting things, it's about
putting them in the right places
where people can use them.
U: You're looking to trade the
Saskatchewan house. Any good
offers yet?
KM: We've had about 600
offers for the house. I've been
really hesitant to make a trade
because the house is very important to the community of Kipling,
and I'm not just going to sell
it, I'm not just going to make a
trade for fun.
U: You invite people to "creatively edit" your Wikipedia bio.
Any of it made up?
KM: It's mostly true. There's a
couple of things I think that are
wrong but I've never bothered to
fix them.
U: So you've actually fired a
machine gun in Cambodia?
KM: Yeah. Well, there's one
thing in there that isn't true. But
people will have to figure out
what it is.
U: Here on campus we have
lots of shiny new million-dollar
condos. How many trades do you
think I would have to make to get
KM: Depends on what you
start with, and how hard you're
willing to work for it, I guess.
Well, if you start with a red paperclip, it should be easy.
U: Obviously.
KM: Yeah, like I don't know,
maybe ten or fifteen trades
U:  Have you always had a
knack for deals and trading?
KM: No. Deals, I guess, but
this is the first time where I ever
had a goal. My cousin worked
for 1-800-Got-Junk, and got paid
to throw away a pair of antique
rifles. We put them in the Province and sold them for a couple
hundred bucks, so I guess I was
into arms dealing at one point
[laughs]. When I did the paperclip thing, I just sort of threw it
out there on a whim. When it
became news I was like, "wow, I
really have to do this."
U: Can you give me a hint of
some of the things you'll be talking about on Tuesday?
KM: I'll probably talk about
the reason I went to UBC was
because I had a fake ID, and
Arts County Fair, that might be
a fun intro. I'm really proud
of telling the [paper clip] story
from front to back, start to finish and tell what it was like to
go through these things. When
I was graduating I didn't have a
clue what I wanted to do. I saw it
as an opportunity to do a bunch
of completely random stuff, and
eventually, through procrastination of all things, I got down to
doing the paper clip trade. I
guess my thing will be vaguely
a motivational thing, but I don't
stand up there and get people to
stand in the air and do jumping
jacks and cheer.
U: So not a Tony Robbins-type
KM: No, not yet. Maybe in a
few years, I haven't really honed
that down. I think that universities have this image of prestige
and knowledge. That's nice, but
the reality is that it doesn't make
progress, you need people with
random ideas. I really believe
that people who have random
ideas and work hard at them become successful. \a
Student outcry
puts privacy
policy on hold
by Samantha Jung
Senior News Staff
A new privacy policy being drafted by the Office of the University
Counsel has been put on hold
due to dissatisfaction expressed
by students and faculty alike.
The Faculty Association (FA)
and the AMS presented their concerns during the Board of Governors (BoG) committee meeting
on Monday, and after a lengthy
and heated discussion, President
Stephen Toope stepped in and
deemed the policy "withdrawn
for further reflection."
The policy, known as Policy
No. 60, was drafted to describe
guidelines regarding personal
privacy issues of individuals at
the university, while ensuring
that the university meets the
standards of the national Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), which
all public institutions fall under.
Drafting of the policy began
last July. In late November, the
University Counsel sent out a
call for comments to 300 parties
within the university. Since then,
the policy has been reviewed and
revised a second time.
Much of the contention revolves around section five of the
policy, which looks at the use of
communication and information systems. AMS VP Academic
Johannes Rebane spoke at Monday's meeting, and argued that
students are concerned that the
policy is overly broad. He said
that the policy would give the
university access to all employment records, whether personal
or administrative.
"We think the university's
claim to custody and control of
all records does not appropriately answer the reasonable need of
the university to act in cases of
emergency and criminal investigation," Rebane said.
Hubert Lai, president of the
University Counsel, said that
the policy was drafted with the
intention of being an "all-in-one"
policy to clear up any ambiguities around privacy administration at UBC, as the FIPPA is very
technical and varying practices
currently exist among different
groups on campus. He said that
UBC does not mind if personal
e-mails are sent on a university-
issued account, but that they
could be subject to viewing in the
case of emergencies or criminal
investigation. Lai added that if
individuals do not want their
messages viewed, they should
use a personal account.
Concerns raised by the FA
echo those of Rebane and the
AMS, but they also involve the
concern that the policy does not
address the issue of academic
freedom, which involves the
freedom of research and teaching practices at UBC.
"If we can no longer guarantee
[confidentiality], because the university is claiming custody and
control over everything that's on
a UBC system," said Elizabeth
Hodgson, president of the FA,
"and if they're refusing in the
policy to say 'Oh, no, no, that's
not what we mean,' then we have
to assume that all of [this information] from their point of view
is fair game."
Hodgson says that they can no
longer deem research subjects'
records confidential if the policy
does not outline what the university will do with them. "The fact
that [the] policy doesn't acknowledge our limitations is obviously
a real worry to us," she said.
When asked about the absence
of academic freedom in the
policy draft Lai responded, "This
policy is about privacy, it's not
about academic freedom," and
said that there are other policies
addressing this subject.
When asked if there was a correlation between academic freedom and privacy, Lai said, "I'm
saying that academic freedom is
an issue that underlies the very
fabric of the university. Everything we do is arguably related
to teaching and research and
academic freedom as one of the
principles that we apply."
At the committee meeting,
BoG member and philosophy
professor Andrew Irvine said
that even though FIPPA does not
discuss academic freedom, it
does go out of its way to state this
exception, and as UBC is trying
to uphold the standards of FIPPA
as much as possible, the policy
should go out of its way as well to
address this concern.
It was not clear as to when or
how new discussions over the
policy will begin, but Hodgson
is pleased. "I thought that people
had really thought about the issues and raised a lot of different
concerns about the policy and I
was very pleased that the board
responded to that... .If that means
we take more time, we take more
time. And that seems to me a
very responsible management,
to recognize that people are not
comfortable with what's currently on the table."
News Brief
As the result of a class action
lawsuit, the BC Supreme Court
has ruled that UBC must repay
millions gained from parking
fines and towing fees collected
since 1990. The decision ends
a battle in the courts originally
initiated by Daniel Barbour in
2005, when his car was towed
and impounded by the univer
sity following four violations
which he claimed not to know
While the court ruled that
UBC is allowed to charge for
parking, it lacks the jurisdiction as a university to tow
vehicles or collect fines for unpaid violations. UBC plans to
appeal the decision. For more
information on the decision,
check next Tuesday's edition
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Poll results show VANOC
fails to deliver on promises
Demonstrators raise concerns that VANOC is failing to meet its obligations to the homeless, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
by Rebecca teBrake
News Staff
People believe Olympic organizers are failing to deliver on
promises set out during the bid
process according to a poll released yesterday by UBC's Centre
for Population Health Promotion
and Research.
"The Olympics can promise all
kinds of things and the question is
who is evaluating them?" said Dr
Jim Frankish, the project's principal investigator. "The reality for
VANOC and groups like that is that
their motive is not for evaluation
and measurement."
The Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation (comprised of the Vancouver Olympic Committee and
the three levels of government)
laid out a set of Olympics-related
promises called the Inner-City
Inclusive Commitment (ICI) in
2002. The ICI spells out the Bid
Corporation's commitment to
inner-city residents to ensure the
negative impacts of the Games
were minimized and the benefits
were enhanced. The poll, which
had a margin of error of +/- 4 per
cent, gauged how community
members perceive progress on
these promises.
With less than a year to go, the
poll suggests Olympic organizers
have a long way to go in the minds
of inner-city communities, especially when it comes to consultation, housing and transportation.
Eighty-nine per cent of respondents  had  not heard  of
consultation opportunities with
Olympic organizers, despite ICI
promises of "full and accountable
public consultation processes
that include inner-city residents."
The poll also suggests re
spondents are unaware of ICI
promises, with up to 48 per cent
saying they did not have enough
information to respond on some
"The lack of awareness makes
it more difficult for people to have
input, define success or decide
how to hold people accountable,"
said Frankish.
Housing and transportation
were also flagged as areas of
The ICI pledges that the Olympics will not create homelessness,
displacement or rent increases.
Still, one-third of respondents re
ported that they, or someone they
knew, were evicted as a result of
the 2010 Games. Forty-two per
cent attributed a significant rent
increase to the Olympics, while
69 per cent reported Olympic-re
lated construction delays in their
The only area of reported
progress was promises around
business development, employment and training. Seven
per cent of respondents had
jobs created by the Olympics,
although 45 per cent of these
opportunities were less than a
year in duration.
"The question we are addressing in the poll is not
whether the Games are causing
the problems, we are addressing what is the perception of
those in the community and
how do they feel," said Dr
Frankish. "Feelings are not
facts, but feelings are still valid
and important."
Inner-city residents at the poll's
launch could attest to increased
hardships coinciding with the runup to 2010.
"My concern has been around
increased security and policing,"
said Sozan Savehilaghi, who lives
in the Downtown Eastside. "We
are seeing weekly street sweeps
and increasing ticketing of home
less people."
VANOC officials were invited,
but did not attend the launch.
VANOC addresses its ICI responsibilities on its website, stating,
"VANOC is often held publicly
responsible for the implementation of all 37 ICI commitments,
but only about half of them fall
within our decision making scope.
The rest, such as homelessness,
involve public policy issues that
exceed our authority or capacity
to act."
VANOC also lists action on ICI
commitments on its web site.
Inaction by the Bid Corporation
on other issues has dampened
Frankish's expectations of the re
sponse to this poll.
'We don't expect magical
changes especially in the economic climate we have now, but even
without today's economics, I don't
think some of the key people are
paying that much attention." *2I
News Brief
"As it is.. .as it should be," reads the
slogan which adorns pamphlets
for The Great Farm Trek, which is
happening on Tuesday, April 7.
The Trek's aim is to show the
Board of Governors (BoG) the level
of support that exists for keeping
the UBC Farm at its current size
of 24 hectares. It is the result of
a joint project by the AMS and
Friends of the Farm (FotF). The
Trek will commence at the Student
Union Building (SUB) at 3:30pm,
make a stop at the BoG meeting,
and end at the UBC Farm.
A press release issued Tuesday
by the AMS says that Greenpeace
founder Rex Weyler and James
MacKinnon, the author ofthe 100-
Mile Diet, will be guest speakers at
the event. Mayor Gregor Robertson and environmental activist
David Suzuki have prerecorded
messages to be played at the
event, and participants can enjoy
live music from Vancouver's own
Carnival Band, Agora String Band,
and more.
Michael Duncan, AMS BoG representative and one ofthe organizers of the Trek, says that the original goal was to get 1000 people to
come out to the event. But with all
the hype that has surrounded the
event, he now expects upwards of
2000 people.
UBC Farm was embroiled in
conflict over the past year; Campus and Community Planning
drafted plans and held consultations that suggested they were
considering moving the Farm,
developing market housing on
part of its current site, and reducing its size. A petition with 16,000
signatures was presented to the
BoG in October. In December the
BoG announced that there would
be no market housing on the Farm
so long as housing could be built
elsewhere on campus, and that it
is looking into academic uses of
the Farm.
FotF secretary Andrew Rush-
mere says that the Trek will aim
to recognize the accomplishments
ofthe Farm. They also plan to give
thanks to the leadership of the
University for placing the future
of the Farm in the academic planning process, rather than as part
of Campus Community Planning.
"The future of the UBC Farm is
still uncertain," Rushmere said.
"That is why the Friends of the
Farm and concerned community
members are hard at work to influence UBC's final decision about
the fate of the 24-hectare land-
base. Saving the Farm means protecting and supporting the farm's
social, ecological, and educational
—Samanthajung Soorts
Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
April 3,2009J Page S
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Courtside Comment: No decision for NCAA
by Justin McElroy
Sports Staff
March: A month full of rain, tax
preparation, essay procrastination and the most exciting basketball tournament in the world. The
NCAA basketball tournament has
gripped the minds of sports fans
the past two weeks, with everyone
from Barack Obama to your friend
who still believes the Grizzlies
play in Vancouver filling out their
But it's also a month in which a
university in the Lower Mainland
decided to finally make the leap
to the NCAA after years of agonizing. Yes, last week, the lovable hill
people of SFU voted to apply for
membership in NCAA Division II
by this year's July 1 deadline. Assuming the NCAA accepts their application, they'll be playing all of
their sports south ofthe border by
2011-2012. The decision wasn't
much of a surprise—SFU played in
the American NAIA conference for
most of its history, and is ideally
suited to play in Division II. But
the developments have also made
some in the media note that, for
whatever reason, UBC hasn't
moved towards becoming NCAA
members, and doesn't appear to
be in any hurry to do so.
That's not to say nothing is happening. Two weeks ago, President
Stephen Toope received the final
report by the NCAA Division II review committee, which has been
meeting, surveying and deliberating for nearly a year. Based on the
recommendations of the report,
and the realities UBC faces, many
believe that no decision will be
made on moving forward anytime
soon. There's a number of reasons
for this, but here are just three.
First, remember way back in
October, when UBC Athletics,
Mike Duncan and various others
were asking you to fill out a little
survey saying what you thought
about the NCAA? Well, in the key
question of "Do you agree or disagree that UBC Vancouver should
proceed with an application for
membership in the NCAA Division II?" only 48 per cent said they
agreed with applying. And while
review committee co-chair Marie
Earl made clear that the review
committee didn't think being under 50 per cent had any symbolic
meaning, it's going to be harder
for UBC to go ahead with something that, based on findings, the
slim majority seem to be against.
Second, there's still the chance
that the CIS might make the
changes that UBC Athletics has
been advocating for. The CIS has
set a special meeting for April 27
to discuss the prospect of allowing
schools to have joint membership
in the CIS and NCAA. This move
would allow UBC to move into the
NCAA in sports that they currently
play in the NAIA (baseball, golf,
track), while delaying a decision
on sports that would cause contention and difficulty moving into
(hockey, football).
But finally, and most importantly, there's the issue of accreditation. If you're in the NCAA, you
are required to have academic accreditation done by a US regional
accrediting agency. It's expensive,
it's unnecessary, and an American
group academically accrediting
UBC riles up a good number of academics. In the final report made
by the committee, there were only
three recommendations, and one
of them was "UBC...prior to mak
ing any application for membership...seek an exemption from the
requirement of academic accreditation." And that's going to take a
Looming over all of this is
that UBC has major financial
restructuring to go through as
they grapple with an over $200
million loss to the endowment
and a continual systemic deficit.
Such things tend to put athletics
on the backburner. There's time
for the CIS to change its membership and scholarship policies. There's time for the NCAA
to change its requirement for
accreditation. And there's time
for students and faculty alike to
warm up to the idea of joining
the league so more than 48 per
cent are in favour of the move.
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a very good chance that when
NCAA March Madness comes in
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experience, because when NASA
and the other international partners
decide to go to the moon, we want
Canada to be regarded as a credible
partner in the next venture."
Listening to him speak, Thirsk
seems to be a combination of passion and thoughtfulness. He has a
calm yet inspired demeanour with
an extraordinary array of talents
and credentials. Born in New Westminster, BC, he has a bachelor's
degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Calgary
and a master's degree in the same
from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT). Thirsk then
went on to obtain a medical degree from McGill and a master's
degree in business administration from the MIT Sloan School of
After being plucked out of a family medicine residency program
in Montreal to become an astronaut, Thirsk assisted with various
missions and CSA activities, in
particular as part of NEEMO-7, a
mission that involved living under
the sea for 11 days off the coast of
Florida. Thirsk is also involved in
developing school materials about
space for students and conducted
43 international experiments with
fellow crew members of the 17-day
Life and Microgravity Spacelab
mission. On the upcoming Expedition 20/21, Thirsk will be crew
medical officer, robotics specialist,
and specialist for the Japanese experimental facility, Kibo.
While there has been much media attention surrounding recent
and ongoing events at the CSA,
it's also true that the CSA doesn't
get nearly the amount of attention
other space agencies get. A quick
Google News search for "Canadian Space Agency" under "all
dates" turns up but approximately
4000 hits. In comparison, "NASA"
comes up with about 733,000
hits, and the cumulative total for
"Roskosmos OR Roscosmos OR
'Russian Space Agency'" flits out
around 13,500 results.
According to UBC physics and
astronomy professor Mark Halp-
ern, getting the word out is all about
how you tell the story. Halpern has
been spotlighted for his work with
BLAST (Balloon-borne Large Aperture Sub-millimetre Telescope)
at the CSA, a telescope—built by a
firm in Port Coquitlam—that flew
over Antarctica in 2006 and discovered thousands of hitherto unknown distant galaxies. Based on
his work with BLAST, Halpern was
then asked to be a part ofthe NASA
WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave
Anisotropy Probe) team, which
collects data that reveals what the
universe looked like very shortly
after it was born.
'When the WMAP results came
out, it was front-page news everywhere in the world. I have British
and French newspapers where
our data, so-called baby pictures
of the universe, are on the front
page. It did not make the Canadian
papers...even though the only non-
US person working on it lives here
in Vancouver. I don't blame the
reporters here—we've not done the
work to communicate to reporters
that there are stories here that their
readers would like to know about."
Halpern also believes that part
of it is due to the fact that full-
fledged Canadian space science results, often things such as satellite
data, "doesn't produce pretty pictures. So [Canadian] newspapers
don't run them because they're not
pretty, and they don't run the others because they're not Canadian.
[As a result] space mostly doesn't
feature Canadian reporting."
If this is true, it's a shame. Canadians deserve to know and take
pride in the important research
and various breakthroughs that the
CSA has achieved, which are far
out of proportion to the agency's
small size and budget.
"It is exciting," agrees Matthews.
"There's lots of stuff that's going
on in our own backyard that students should be aware of. For a
long time we used to talk about the
brain drain, young talented people
leaving to go south of the border
to work on the frontier of science
and engineering. And now..you
can stay here and you're working
on those frontiers....If they want to
be involved in space exploration
and space science they don't have
to leave Canada. The opportunities
are here."
Orbiting the globe this moment
are two satellites transmitting data
on every aspect ofthe earth's environment to the CSA, who provides
it to the government of Canada and
other nations. If it's natural and
part of Earth—ice, oceans, geology,
forestry, etc-RADARSAT-1 and
RADARSAT-2 are probably monitoring it. Soon, they will be joined
and then replaced by RADARSAT
Constellation, set to launch in
2014. RADARSAT Constellation
will consist of several satellites
orbiting together and, like the CSA
itself, each one will be small, but
highly effective at what it does.
Marie-Josee Potvin is a structural dynamics engineer in space
technology and an astronaut teacher at the CSA. She collaborated with
the agency to complete her PhD before accepting a full-time position.
'We have an edge in Earth observation," Potvin says. "People are not
putting all their eggs in one basket.
Planetary exploration is important
to understanding what's out there,
but for climate change and so on
we need to be able to observe the
Earth and understand it better."
At the same time, planetary exploration is important.
In the far north of Canada—at
75°22'N, 89° 41'W., to be precise-
stands a specialized greenhouse on
an almost-deserted island. Various
teams from CSA and NASA come
and go each year, bringing equipment, taking home data, running
simulation situations, and analyzing various findings.
It's called the Haughton-Mars
Project, also known as Mars on
Earth. It's on Devon Island in the
high arctic, and with its particular
climate, geological features, and
a naturally preserved crater, it
provides a near-perfect analog on
Earth for those who wish to study—
or eventually land on—Mars.
'We know we have an edge in
Earth observation, and we know
we have an edge in robotics, and in
future missions we'll probably be
involved in planetary exploration,"
Potvin says. "The CSA is making
sure that Canadian industry and
Canadian universities are ready to
One way the CSA is doing this
is through the National Astronaut
Recruitment Campaign, the third
in Canada's history. Two brand
new astronauts will join the Canadian Astronaut Corps at the end
of May. Begun in May 2008, the
campaign screened 16 finalists
out of an initial 5351 applications.
The CSA recently announced the
16 shortlisted Canadians in Toronto. They come from all across
the country, with multiple degrees
and exceptional accomplishments
each, extraordinary almost by
definition. Two of the sixteen are
from Vancouver: Allyson Hindle,
a postdoctoral marine zoologist at
UBC who has studied seals in the
extreme conditions of the Antarctic, and Bruce Woodley, a Stanford
alumnus with a PhD in electrical
engineering who was born and
raised in Richmond, BC. The new
astronauts are expected to be prepared for missions geared toward
planetary exploration in the future,
the next step in Canada's constantly growing space program.
"People are always waiting and
looking for that next hit of excitement and inspiration," Matthews
comments. "And it doesn't take
very long for them to get fairly
blase about something. I think
what people are waiting for now
is that next inspiring thing [and]
that's why there's fascination with
Mars, going someplace no one has
gone before.
"People are still ready to be inspired." *2I
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first commercial satellite flies
a sun-synchronous orbit and
provides images ofthe Earth for
both scientific and commercia
applications. Using one of seven
beam modes, RADARSAT-1 is able
to provide resolution as fine as
10 meters. RADARSAT-2, a follow
up to RADARSAT-1 launched in
2007, provides ten times better
resolution than its predecessor
and possesses the unique ability
to image Antarctica on a regular
The Mars on Earth Project
Set on the largest uninhabited
island on Earth, the Mars on
Earth project uses an isolated,
rocky desert to simulate some
of the conditions on Mars to
test technologies needed in an
environment without electricity
or infrastructure. The preparatory
work includes isolation studies
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A weekend backstage at the Junos
by Celestian Rince
Culture Staff
Entering the Commodore Ballroom at 6pm sharp, I arrived
at the Juno Welcome Reception
dressed in classy clothing. However, I found perhaps a dozen
other people there—apparently you're not supposed to be
punctual for this sort of thing. I
killed time by sampling hors
d'oeuvres and indulging at the
open bar (funded by taxpayer
dollars). Unfortunately I had
made the mistake of dressing
like a waiter, so I was essentially ignored. Even a bartender
thought I was a waiter when I
asked for my second drink. I
soon discovered the event was
mostly about networking and
schmoozing, which I found difficult for several reasons: having nothing to promote, being
significantly younger than most
people in the room and looking
like the service staff. I soon left
that place cursing my stupidity,
but not before snagging yet another free drink.
The next day I arrived at the
posh Westin Bayshore Hotel for
the Juno Gala Dinner & Awards.
The other media and I weren't
actually present in the gala, instead watching a live feed in a
separate room. There were a few
speeches at the beginning; Melanie Berry, president of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts
and Sciences (CARAS), was the
first to speak. There was a good
laugh when the camera zoomed
in on Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo)
pretending to gag during her
speech. Heather Ostertag, CEO
of FACTOR (a non-profit dedicated to promoting Canadian
music) made a plea to unite in
a common goal to save the music industry. Instead of arguing
Ubyssey writer Rince with McLachlan, who received Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, celestian rince photo/the ubyssey
over who gets what piece of the
pie, the industry must make
sure there is a pie to have, she
During the ceremony some
of the Juno winners came backstage into the media room for
Q&A. Humble, having just won
the Juno for Reggae Recording
of the Year, lived up to his name
and appeared to be stunned
by his win. At one point he lamented the fact that reggae lacks
the corporate sponsorship that
other genres often have.
I found it interesting how
some artists were quite serious
while talking to the media, while
others were jocular and teasing.
Jane Bunnett, winner of Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year,
was among the latter group.
It made for interesting photos
when she put the Juno trophy on
her head, though this may have
had something to do with her
requesting too many free drinks.
One reporter quipped that she
seemed "drunk with success."
The real highlight, however,
was the Barenaked Ladies. They
addressed the band's future, following Steven Page's departure
under allegations of cocaine use,
but were somehow able to keep
the mood light and optimistic. I
asked them if they had seen the
CollegeHumor parody of their
hit "One Week." Ed Roberts said
he had, and that the parody had
probably taken longer than the
original; he claimed to have
"freestyled the song in three
minutes." Shortly after, another
reporter called Roberts's bluff
and asked the band to freestyle
about winning their Juno for
Children's Album ofthe Year. He
did so—with the band providing
a supporting beat—to tumultuous applause (to see this, search
"Junos Barenaked Ladies rap"
on YouTube).
I arrived at GM Place to find it
mobbed with fans eager to see
their favourite artists. I had never seen the outside of a venue so
packed. After I fought my way
into the stadium, I was escorted
into a backstage press room. To
my disappointment, the media
was not present at the actual
event, but were watching on a
monitor. However, the feed was
live as opposed to the one hour
delay for the televised broadcast.
Minutes after singer Lights
had won the Juno for Best New
Artist, I checked Wikipedia to
find that her page had already
been updated, despite the fact
that it had not yet been shown on
TV. Either a reporter had broken
the confidentiality agreement,
or a devoted fan in the arena had
immediately edited the Wiki. I
was impressed that she had won
a Juno at the age of 21.
Shortly after, Sarah McLachlan made a much-anticipated
appearance in the press room,
having been notably absent on
Saturday. She fielded questions
about the humanitarian award
she had received the day before,
and the possibility of bringing
back the highly successful Lil-
ith Fair (not next summer, but
never say never).
I'm a recent convert of Sarah's music, and had never seen
her perform live (not even for
her Juno performance that had
just taken place). I decided to tell
her as much and ask her to sing
the chorus from "Adia" or "Into
The Fire." She (along with everyone else) laughed, but I was
pleasantly surprised when she
actually launched into the chorus of "Adia," finishing to much
applause from everyone in the
room. After the Q & A, I went up
to Sarah for an autograph, feeling like a nervous high-schooler
asking someone to the prom.
She was nice about it and agreed
to pose for a photo as well.
Nickelback had a few words
to say after their hat trick of
Junos. Frontman Chad Kroeger
acknowledged that Nickelback
is a mainstream band, which is
not popular among the press,
but that was okay because "[our]
fans like that kind of music."
When asked about what aspirations the band has for the future,
Chad said he looks up to bands
like U2 and The Rolling Stones
for their decades-long appeal
and being big draws even today.
However, Chad admitted that the
chances of Nickelback achieving
that are slim.
Comedian Russell Peters, who
hosted the Junos, came in after
the official end and was still "on"
during his talk with the press.
He made many jokes at the
expense of people in the room
(myself included) and we loved
it. "You're the worst paparazzi
ever! You're papaklutzy!" When
I asked him about scripted versus improvised material for the
Junos, he said "99.9 per cent of
it was planned." That summed
up the weekend: very planned,
very cautious, but hell, still a lot
Family Room takes the wind out of Hurricanes
by Trevor Record
Culture Staff
The finals for Band Wars, a four-
part "battle of the bands" competition, were held for a large crowd
at the Pit Pub last Thursday. The
three bands present were the
finalists from the previous three
events, which had been held the
preceding Thursdays.
The first were six-piece act
The Roman Foot Soldiers, who
had won the previous week.
These kids from Jakarta had
played a solid set on their first
night, but they got off to a pretty
pathetic start in the finals. They
improved after a while but the
audience's response was still
fairly lukewarm. They probably
suffered from performing first;
half the room was there to support friends, and didn't care
about the acts playing before.
Their music ranged from upbeat
synth-backed pop music, to a few
whine-ballads. The lead singer
put in a notable effort for his
performance on stage, although
he needs to pick up a few more
moves.   His   current  signature
moves "hop with legs together"
and "leap in air and attempt to
do the splits" are wanting.
The Roman Foot Soldiers were
followed by Family Room, the
winners from the second night,
who came out sporting headbands with feathers. They started out with a few stripped-down
rock tunes. By this time the Pit
had filled out a little more, and
the crowd was getting into what
the Family Room was putting
out. There were a few awkward
transitions, and a couple tunes
that sounded like they could
have been ripped out of an episode of Dawson's Creek. But for
most of their set, Family Room's
energy was high and consistent,
and they really had the crowd
moving. When they finished
their set they were called out for
an encore by an enthusiastic audience; they played Bill Withers's
"Lean on Me," which at least half
the crowd sang along to.
Megan Heise and the Hurricanes, champions of the first
round, finished the night off.
They played an idiosyncratic sort
of guitar-based pop music, and
Family Room won over the crowd with headbands and were declared the winners, gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
put forward a consistently good
performance in contrast to Family Room's ups and downs. The
Hurricanes' energy was high,
although their stage presence
was perhaps less noteworthy
than the previous acts—this may
be because their egotistical lead
guitarist refrained from making
her trademark "orgasm face"
for most of the act. The crowd
response was again overwhelmingly raucous, so the Hurricanes
were also called out for an
encore—a Macy Gray cover, this
The energetic night ended
surprisingly early considering
the two encore acts. It was a
very tight race between Family Room and Megan Heise and
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A flawed but still
fun fashion week
by Paulina Kisielewska
Culture Writer
Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW)
launched its ninth annual fall
and winter collections on March
2 5 with an opening gala held by
the prestigious Leone store in
Gastown. This year VFW tried
to hold its own as a prestigious
industry event, and I had the opportunity to see firsthand where
the effort fell short. Though
VFW is a great forum to nurture
emergent local and international
talents—from budding fashion
and jewelry designers to makeup and hair artists—it was hard
to look past the event's poor
My first taste of the chaos to
come was at the opening gala.
It was to be the jewelry designers' chance to showcase their
pieces, but, unfortunately, the
jewelry expose was lost in the
shuffle amidst a sea of people
meandering about the pricy designer store. Despite this, I did
manage to find some beautiful
pieces, one of which was a large
spherical silver ring reminiscent
of an interwoven nest sitting on
designer Sunny Moon's finger.
Another outstanding must-have
was a funky necklace featuring
a silver flat square pendant with
an engraved portrait of Audrey
Hepburn by Inner Gypsy.
The Vancouver fashion shows
kickstarted on Thursday at the
Storyeum—fitting to VFW as the
space is urban, open and very
trendy. After a two-hour delay
to the start of the first set of
shows, the crowd was expecting
a dynamic exhibition of local designs. However, there was much
to be desired. Pieces ranged from
prom dresses to tacky winter
activity wear. The only highlight
of the evening was the hair and
make-up competition, which exhibited exquisite and ouflandish
designs, proving that Vancouver
truly does have a talented pool of
Over the weekend, there
was noticeable improvement
in the taste level, as Friday's
A Night in Shanghai boutiques
displayed an array of vibrant
colours and styles in women's
smart/casual ready-to-wear
attire. Designer Helen Lee, a
personal favourite, presented
a cohesive and impeccably tailored clothing line. The midday
shows on Saturday all seemed
to operate within the fall/winter
framework, as grey, black and
navy tones were rampant. Knit
wear was also prevalent and
designer Vixen Little perfected
the latter, as her oversized,
hand-knit grey sweater was, at
least for me, a must have.
As the week-long expose
came to an end, the high energy on Sunday was palpable. A
break dancer took the models'
place for the KILLA street wear
show, putting a spin on the typical catwalk exhibition. The after
party rounded off a good week
filled with fresh faces, fantastic
talents and great socializing.
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its organization and punctuality—will be smoothed out by
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April 3,2009 \ Page 10
Filling the student senators seat
At AMS Council meeting last Wednesday, councillors decided they
would not run a referendum for the three student at-large senator
seats on the UBC Point Grey Senate that still had not been filled. After
resting on their laurels for months without planning a student senator
election, apparently the "appropriate" time passed to run an election.
They are, in the worst possible sense, lazy.
The Senate is the highest academic governing body at UBC. They
work in tandem with the big, bad Board of Governors. Approximately
every month, the Senate sits down to discuss their work, which ranges from admission requirements to the impact ofthe Olympic games
on campus. On the Senate sits powerhouses such as UBC President
Stephen Toope, the deans ofthe faculties and the chancellor.
The Board must seek advice from Senate on the development of
educational policy. Senate works in tandem with the Board—policies
can only be passed with the Board's approval. However, the Senate
enjoys relative freedom to see their work passed through.
Having reported on Senate throughout the year, we're aware of
the extent of the influence student senators can have on policy and
projects there. The student senators sit in the middle ofthe room
and play an active role throughout the two hour meetings. They are
undoubtedly the most vocal group in the room. The other senators
rely rather embarrassingly on this meager cross-section of the student population to assess student concerns and issues.
Prior to assuming his illustrious post as AMS president, Blake
Frederick served as a student senator. His vote proved instrumental
in putting an end to a dysfunctional committee (remember the Ad
Hoc Committee on Academic Advising Issues relating to a Culturally
Diverse Student Body). Frederick also ran an extremely competitive
race for speaker ofthe house—a demonstration ofthe level of respect
students have in Senate.
A more recent example is Senator Geoff Costeloe's push for a
Cr/D/F policy. When the policy was approved at the AMS Council
meeting numerous councillors whined that they wished they had
that policy in place, so that they could take courses outside of their
program without having to worry about their GPA plummeting.
The five student at-large positions are supposed to be elected from
undergraduate societies or graduate societies. As of last Wednesday's
council meeting, the AMS will now appoint those student senators.
They are denying the rest of the student population a chance
to make concrete progress for students. Appointment virtually
guarantees an AMS hack who, while charming in their earnest
political zeal, are abundant as lemmings in UBC politics. We need
new voices here people, not ones that already are in the periphery
of the AMS scrum, tl
Really, North Korea?
In a midst of a financial meltdown and the G20 leaders trying
their best to prevent the situation from becoming any worse, the
North Koreans have their focus set on launching missiles. To
show that even in fading health, Kim Jong-Il is still a player on the
world state, they plan to launch these weapons within a few days,
which will increase tension between North Korea and the surrounding countries, as well as the US.
And so, Japan may want to focus on how to stop the never-
ending bleeding of its economy, now that it has to consider a
response plan to bring down many of the missiles that may be
launched as early as this Saturday. With long-range missiles
capable of reaching the US, the situation is very much an international security threat and a violation of the UN Security Council
The most terrifying aspect of this launch is that if Japan decides
to intercept this missile for "peaceful purposes," the North Koreans have announced that it will mercilessly deal deadly blows
not only at the already deployed intercepting-means, but at major
targets. In other words they are bluffing a potential war.
In our stance, this is the last thing we want to worry about and
definitely an unnecessary move by the secluded country. First off,
what are the peaceful purposes of this missile that could possibly
benefit the country? Probably none. It might be naive to mention
this, but from media articles and video clips, it is evident that
the people of North Korea suffer greafly from starvation and
malnutrition. And yet it seems like the officials of this country are
obsessed with scaring and blackmailing neighbouring nations by
building missiles, other nuclear warheads and jet fighters. At this
point, we don't expect for the administration to turn their position
180 degrees and start feeding their population, but one would
hope that they would develop a more intelligent foreign policy
after decades of failure.
We hope that this matter does not evolve into an international
problem. It is almost certain that they will launch the missiles
and also certain that Japan and co. will bring it down. Hopefully, it
finishes there and nothing more, vi
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by Stephanie Findlay
My mom once told me that the
way to really get to know someone and understand their true
nature is to see how they overcome hardships, challenges or
nuisances, like getting a pay cut,
being sick/hungry, or having a
car crash. These situations are
neither mutually exclusive nor
are they the only ones that get
people to show their true selves;
but these scenarios definitely
provide an opportunity to see
people's inside monsters. Everyone can be happy and fun
when life is nice and dandy,
but when the puzzle pieces are
not fitting just right, and things
start crumbling down, claws
tend come right out. Simultaneous to this idea that we can see
through people during uneasy
times, UBC should prove how
important sustainability is to the
organization during these financially difficult times.
Aspiring to be a sustainable
campus while development
money is filling up the endowment's coffers is much easier
than "walking the talk" (Trek
2010, Policy No. 5) during this
A fantastic way for UBC to
show its sustainability muscles
is by saving the UBC Farm.
Yes, UBC has acknowledged the
importance of the UBC Farm;
however, they still haven't committed to keeping it at its current
size and location or funding its
operational costs. It's somewhat
uncertain what will happen to
this land, yet development is
definitely a possibility. We have
many resourceful, intelligent
and inspiring minds at UBC who
could collaborate to find alternatives to money-making options.
We will never be able to calculate
the true value of the UBC Farm,
as emotions, feelings and experiences cannot be expressed in a
monetary value; for that same
reason, the UBC Farm is that
much more special.
UBC should consider itself
lucky to have the best synonym
of sustainability on campus. On
April 7 at 3:30pm the AMS is
hosting The Great Farm Trek, a
march and a festivity to celebrate
the most amazing 24 hectares
in Vancouver. When times are
tough and vital issues are on the
line, your presence and support
for long-term sustainable solutions are even more important.
—Carolina Guimaraes
Unclassified Student 5
If you wish to submit a letter
it must be no longer than 350
words. Your identity will be
confirmed by phone or by ID from
the office. People may e-mail us at
feedback@ubyssey. ca
Are you going to participate in the Great Farm Trek?
Andrea Paterson
Science 4
"Maybe, I don't
know; I haven't
heard anything
about it."
Geoff Costeloe
Science 4
"I am going to
be there for all
I possibly can
be...The farm
is worth saving
because it's so
unique to UBC
and it can really
be used for future generations
and students
here rather than
—Coordinated by Tara
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Arts 2
"No, I'm not. I
[need] to find
out more information about
it...l wish there
were more information about
it out there.."
Chrissy Taylor
Psych/Family Studies 4
Titus Joel
Engineering 2
Martellaro &
"[l]t would be "I haven't even
such a waste to really thought
get rid of the about it...I don't
farm. There are know much
so many differ- about it maybe
ent activities that's why. If
that go on there I did maybe I
and faculties would."
that use the
farm...It's such
a valuable statement for UBC as
a community."
Katarina Grgic, with photos by Goh Iromoto APRIL 3, 2009
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10. Greek god of love
14. Certain joint
15. German pharmacologist whose
discovery of acetylcholine helped
enhance medical therapy
16. Ear part
17. Concept
18. R&B singer Faith
19. Soothing herb
20. "In addition..."
22. Honour
24. Maple genus
25. Series of British museums originally
called the "National Gallery of British
26. Tagline
29. Act overly stressed
30. Every one
33. Drag
34. Certain Mali settlement
35. "You'll _the day...!"
36. DEET, e.g.
40. Get a good mark
41. Untie, i.e. ropes
42. Othello's foe
43. Norse queen of the underworld
44. Like fried food
45. Flower powder
47. 33 across homonym
48. Drug container
49. One risk of high blood pressure
52. Attack
56. Certain horse
57. Thin strip of leather
59. Apple's riva
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60. Unit of speech
61. Scoundrel
62. Waste component
63. Peepers
64. Leavening agent
65. Bridge fee
Glance through
Stag, e.g.
Fish fed hawk
Slightly less than a dozen
One of an pair
Have deed to
Fill with optimism
An actor's part
Double-reed instrument
New Zealand yam
Greyish colour
26. Branch of Islam
27. Cavalry weapon
28. Blackbird
29. Metric literature
30. "I'm boy!"
31. Grab for
32. Make known
34. Whimsical
37. Conceal
38. Toothbrush, e.g.
39. Swift's land of tiny people
45. Prestigious Swiss watchmakers
46. Rowboat propeller
47. "The Master" cricketer
48. The morning or evening star
49. Pinch pennies
50. Basketball three pointer
51. Uncommon
52. Stereotypical college party
53. Emperor who "fiddled while Rome
54. Ancient Chinese currency
55. Spoken
58. Work in the garden
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WED* 10?0P
APRIL 8th 8:00°p.m
The Trek will depart from the
Student Union Building at 3:30p.m. and trekkers will
walk to the UBC Farm on south campus.
Please join us at this family-friendly event to support the
farm remaining in its current size and location.
For more information:
www.amsubc.ca and on facebook: The Great Farm Trek '09
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