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Sue Johanson makes her annual rounds
at UBC residences. Page 4
Abstinence is on the rise and not just for
religious reasons. Page 7
UBC's bursary fund may have grown
but so has student debt. Page 10
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Vol.LXXXVII   N°34
Tuesday, 7 February, 2006
 I'd hit it since 1918
Where has all the money gone?
UBC suffers student
backlash over
bursary lowering
by Eric Szeto
UBC's commitment to helping
students in financial need was
called into question when it was
revealed that bursaiy-funding totals
decreased by $2 million this year.
Despite assurances from university officials that the monies have
stayed in a fund dedicated to assisting students in financial need, student Board of Governors (BoG) representatives remain skeptical of the
University's actions.
"UBC clearly isn't doing everything it can do... to help students
in financial need/ Tim Louman-
Gardiner, BoG representative,
UBC offered $ 10.3 million in bursaries for the 2005/2006 academic
year compared to the $12.3 million
in 2004/2005-a 16 per cent
Changes made to the student
"loans program by the Ministry of
Advanced Education led to a raise on
the maximum amount of loans a student could receive from $9300 to
$10,085 this year. As a result, UBC
reduced the total amount of assistance a student could receive through
bursaries—a system contingent on
the unmet needs a student requires
after all other means of additional
funding have been exhausted.
Louman-Gardiner beHeves that
the University is gaining financially
because of the adjustments to the student loans program.
'In essence higher student loan
maximums are a bottom line good
news story for the University,*
Louman-Gardiner said. "The more
cost that the government bears in
terms of loans, the less the University
has to pay."
"(The University] let themselves
be limited by external forces, in this
case the loans program, so UBC is in
a position where they aren't doing
everything they can to help students,*
said Gardiner.
The University is fulfilling its
policy 72 obligations by default, he
Policy 72 is a university policy
that states that no eligible student
will be prevented from commencing or continuing his or her studies
at the University for financial reasons alone.
Barbara Crocker, associate director of Student Financial Assistance
and Awards, refuted these claims
defiantly, stating that numerous students and faculties that have benefited from these changes.
She also assured students that
UBC is doing eveiything they can to
alleviate student financial hardship.
"There's the same amount of
money but [the government]
soaked up some of that unmet
need and therefore we have
money,* said Crocker.
See "Bursaries"page 2.
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Budding Buddhist program first in North America
$4 million influx helps
kick-start program
by Eric Szeto
UBC is closer to becoming one with
the universe after it announced that
it would be establishing a Buddhism
and contemporary society studies
program—a first in North America.
The program was given a jump-
start when, early last week, the Tung
Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation
donated $4 milHon dollars to UBC to
help create the program.
"The Buddhism and Contemporary
Society Program at UBC will offer a
unique perspective that transcends
cultural and rehgious boundaries,"
said Robert Ho, the principle donor
and president of The Tung Lin Kok
Yuen Canada Foundation.
"Buddhism stresses the need for
kindness at every level from person-
to-person relations to global action,"
added Ho. "I beHeve this powerful
practice fosters peace and change
within ourselves and in the world.*
The joint program has unofficially been underway with the Institute
of Asian Research and the department of Asian Studies for some time
now, said Pitman Potter, director of
the Institute of Asian research.
Starting in September, there will
be two new undergraduate courses
offered on Buddhism. Additionally,
there will be graduate seminars,
tutorials, pubHc symposia and pubHc
The program will offer a
means to study the numerous
intersections that exist between
Buddhism and contemporary
society, explained Potter.
"Buddhism plays a role in peoples' identity in their world view and
their value system, so quite naturally
we anticipate linkages between
Buddhist values and ordinary Hves."
"We're really looking for opportunities on teaching and research and
See "Buddhism"page 2.
New government won't last, predicts UBC professor
Canadians will head to
polls within 15 months
by Michael Kenacan
The new Conservative government
will barely last more than a year,
according to Christopher Kam, one
of three UBC poHtical science professors speaking at an election panel on
Monday at the Liu Institute.
"The median survival time for a
minority government is fourteen
months," stated Kam. Accordingly,
he "expects an election within the
next 450 days."
"Your seat share makes a big difference to how long your government will last", said Kam. "The
Conservatives control the smallest
ever proportional seat share for a
minority government*
This will contribute to an earHer
fall, he predicted.
The panel was the third of three
events on the 2006 federal election
co-sponsored by the Liu Institute and
the PoHtical Science Department.
This discussion gave the professors a
chance to reflect on the election.
According to Kam, the election of
the Conservative government doesn't reflect any huge changes in the
minds and principles of Canadians
but rather minor changes in certain
"What we see is the Conservatives
and the Liberals flipping around in
their seat totals,* said Kam.
Professor Fred Cutler maintained
that on the whole, "it looks like [the
Conservatives, Liberals and NDP]
are winning in the same places.*
Outside Quebec, the Liberals
dropped from 38 to 33 per cent of the
popular vote, and the Conservatives
rose to 40 from 38 per cent
"If you look at the seven [BC seats]
that shifted in terms of the numbers
and where they went, there really is
very Httie in what I would call
turnover," mentioned Professor
Gerald Baier.
"The Conservatives won ten seats
from the Bloc, and the Bloc won ten
seats from the Liberals, so the conservatives didn't 'steal' Liberal seats
in Quebec," he continued.
The Conservative breakthrough
in the province shows that there is
See "Government"page 2. 2 News
Tuesday, 7 February, 2006  THE UBYSSEY
Quebec vote demonstrates province not necessarily politically left   ffifo 'Slbttftsett
"Government" from page 1.
"always an audience for conservative perspectives," advised Cutler.
"The Quebec electorate is not mono-
Hthically left or socialist*
The story of the election, according to Baier, was that the "the West
is in now."
"The poUs got it right," said
Cutler. "They were very, very, very
close to the result*
It was surprising for the
Liberals to hold onto the number
of votes that they did outside of
Quebec, he added.
"People voted on the notion that
this election would be earth shattering," hypothesised Cutler. "It wasn't"
Predictions about the poHtical
possibiHties in the near future by
the three were numerous. Kam
affirmed that, "the Conservatives
have tapped out Western support
—there isn't much left to get," and
he expects them to look elsewhere
to expand in an effort to expand
their support.
Despite forming government,
not all things are going well for the
Conservatives, suggested Baier.
[The Conservatives] wiU have a
harder time with passing their
more radical poHcy because of a
lack of alHes,* he commented. The
one possibiHty for the Conservatives
is a "coaHtion for decentraHsation"
with the Bloc.
Otherwise, the Conservatives have
only the abiHty to "tinker* with senate
appointments, spending power and
federal-provincial relations.
"The Liberal party is without a
leader and in debt,* which makes
them averse to a quick election, stated Kam. Unfortunately for them, he
continued, "one removed disincentive from going to the polls is new
federal financing legislation."
Since the legislation gives each
party $1.75 for every vote they
receive over a set amount, "every
fight is money in the bank," to Kam.
In terms of the election's effect
on students, Baier discussed how
"the Liberals were planning to put
money directly in the pockets
of students.* In contrast, "The
Conservatives have more of a indirect trickle down effect by transferring money to the provinces.*
Baier concluded, "The Liberals
promised  lots   of  money   and
that's not there now/
OveraU the student reaction to
the talk was positive. UBC student
Bruce Krayenhoff said that the talk
helped him learn about elections,
"especiaUy in terms of how long
our governments last and tend to
last in general.*
Tova Jamernik, a second year
arts student, agreed. She particularly "liked the three different
views, as the [mainstream] papers
usually only give one.* Both stated
that this event was the first panel in
the series that they had attended.
For students wondering about
electoral change, however, Cutler
doused their hopes with the statement, "I don't think dissatisfaction
with minority governments will necessarily lead to electoral change.* II
Money remaining in financial support
"Bursaries" from page 1.
The extra money, she said, has
ensured that there is more emergency funding for students. Students
who are in emergency funding situations no longer have to take out
loans from the University in order to
receive emergency funds.
Crocker explained that the $400
deductibles for all undergraduate
programs, excluding pharmacy,
have also been eliminated.
Deductibles for other differentiated grad programs, however, will
still have to pay higher rates, said
Quinn Omori, student BoG representative, is still skeptical of the
The bigger issue, according to
Omori, is increased student debt
and its long-term effects.
"In one case it's good: you have
less people who can't get money
period. But on the other hand, you
have people taking bigger debt
loads," he said.
Brian SulHvan, VP students, said
he understands the concerns that
have been brought up. Echoing
Crocker's sentiments, he assured
students that the remaining money
has been allocated to other areas of
financial aid.
"That money is staying for student financial support; it's not a savings that's going elsewhere in the
University," he explained.
Sullivan said that if the
unused funds from these savings
remains at the end of the year,
they will simply carry forward
over to next year.
"I think what is important about
our poHcy is that it gets money, and
the most money, to the students
with the greatest need." II
First program of its kind in North America
"Buddhism" from page 1.
the ways in which Buddhist values,
perspectives and so on influence
socio-economic and poHtical life, primarily in Asia," he said.
Looking at the disaster reHef by the
Thai government after the 2004 tsunami or agriculture in Vietnam or China
and its environmental protection poH
cy illustrates the many intersections
that exist, he added.
"[An] Interdisciplinary venture
like this...is still a very new approach
to the academic project," said Potter.
"Not many other universities
have awoken to the possibiHties and
potential interdisciplinaries to the
same level that UBC does." II
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open to the public.
We regret any confusion.
Arts Wednesday:
"Writing the City"
UBC Robson Square
February 8,6-6:50pm
A special panel in conjunction
with the UN World Urban Forum.
Pancake Breakfast
February 8,7-11:30am
For a minimum $5 donation,
you'll receive 2 pancakes, fruit,
coffee/tea/juice, and flapjack
fixin's. Door prizes! Proceeds go
to the Stephen Lewis
Ally-Building Workshop
SUB 245 Resource Group Space
February 8,12-2pm
Information, interaction, and
buttons! Free admission.
Kink Meet and Greet
SUB Rm 209
February 9,12-2pm
Mingle with the Kink crowd.
Free admission.
CVC Slumber Party
Cyber Nightclub
February 10
Reading Break kick-off party!
URL www.ubccvc.com.
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Campus. Friday evening reception, art
show, and multifaith celebration. Saturday
multifaith experiential workshops from
various spiritual traditions. Registration
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Vol.LXXXVH  N°34
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Momoko Price and headed up the procession. Serena Lam, Jackie
Wong and Nick Black waved from their float to Boris Korby and
Coleen Tang, who giggled with excitement. Mary Leighton,
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join Jesse Marchand and Champagne Chocquer on their float but
security forces Eric Szeto and Candice Mokadu carried them away.
Will Keates-Osborne screamed; Paul Evans scooped up Jill Orsten
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MacRae were immediately conscripted. Everyone loves a war.
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I THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 7 February, 2006
News 3
Seven-year Millennium Line
project officially complete
Tentative plans to extend Skytrain to UBC in their infancy says Translink
by Will Keats-Osborn
To mark its twentieth anniversary,
TransLink held a ceremony last
Thursday at the new VCC-Clark
Skytrain station, which opened on
Januaiy 6 as the new terminus for
the Millennium Line and the point
of departure for the new number
84 bus to UBC.
The opening of this station
marks the completion of the
Millennium Line project, which
began in 1999.
"This is an exciting day/
Minister of Transportation Kevin
Falcon said in his speech to media.
"It is the twentieth anniversary of
both the introduction of rapid
transit in the province of British
Columbia and the Lower Mainland,
and it's also the official opening
day of the new Millennium Line.*
"At $1.1 billion, this is the Une
that not only was delivered on
schedule, but under-budget by $60
million,* Falcon said. "This station,
in fact, was also delivered under
Newly elected chair of TransLink Malcolm Brodie weighed in
on the significance of the new station. "This is a very important
piece in our transportation network," he said. "This station is a
quicker and easier part of the
transport network for students of
VCC and UBC*
He added, "This station is a
stepping stone toward the future
expansion of our rapid transit network down the Broadway corridor
toward UBC,* referring to tentative
plans to extend the Skytrain west
to  intersect the  Canada  Line  at
PASSING ITS 20TH YEAR: Translink celebrates its new Millennium Line, yinan max wang photo
Cambie and maybe continue it as
far as Arbutus Street and eventually UBC.
"This station is part of increasing the livability of the region,*
President of the BC Rapid Transit
Company Doug Kelsey said. "We
have to make sure it's safe; we have
to make sure it's an enjoyable experience for people."
The 84 bus is a replacement for
the 99 Special which was integrated with the 99 B-Line in December
to   improve    rush-hour   service
TransLink cited low ridership and
confusion about the bus being nonstop as its reasons for discontinuing the 99 Special.
Many UBC students were upset
at TransLink's decision. "I'm just
sad they took away the 99 Special,*
said Jen Sung, a former regular on
the 98 Special, but she expressed
relief at the introduction of the 84.
"It's about the same [as the 99S],"
she said.
Scott Jackson, another UBC student who  regularly rode  the   99
Special, agreed. "I don't know what
they were thinking getting rid of title
99 Special," he said. "It was always
packed. It seems like there are
always two or three buses worth of
people are waiting every morning
for the regular 99."
The 84 departs the VCC-Clark
station every fifteen minutes
between 6:45am and 6:45pm, and
it runs from UBC between 7:30am
and 7:30pm. TransLink estimates
a travel time of approximately 30
minutes. II
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An innovative way to spend reading week
UBC Learning Exchange Program's inner city work will give students practical education
by Reuben Heredia
This reading week, the UBC
Learning Exchange Trek Program
and UBC Student Development
will give students the opportunity
to make a difference in an inner-
city community.
Through a series of creative,
student-led workshops aimed at
inner-city elementary students
from the Downtown Eastside, UBC
students can educate them on topics like science, sustainability, and
social awareness.
Students get assigned to a project on a first come, first serve basis
and can end up stationed at one of
nine schools involved, including
Grandview Elementary School,
Mount Pleasant Elementary School,
and Strathcona Elementary School.
"Our goals are to bring students
into settings in East Vancouver
where they can engage in short-
term intensive projects that get a
lot done in the community, and at
the same time give students a really strong understanding of some
of the issues inner-city communities face,* said Margo Fryer, head
director of UBC's Learning
Exchange Program.
Students may apply as student
leaders or Trek volunteers; though
for the latter, leadership experience
or previous participation is recommended. Fryer said that the reading
week projects are, "not only an
opportunity for students to do service in the community, but are also a
great way for students to learn
about their capacity as leaders and
to develop those skills.*
There are a total of 20 projects
available including: "Let's talk
about Science,* a project aimed at
Grade six and seven students, in
which they perform science experiments and go on a trip to the UBC
Farm; "Jump into action,* a project
involving the entire school, that
focuses on fitness and healthy
eating; and "No name calling,* a
project that emphasises positive
communication and discourages
The projects are designed to be
both creative and educational at the
same time. For example, the project
"Masked Madness* at Grandview
Elementary School has the elementary school kids create masks using
recycled materials to teach them
about sustainability.
The first instance of Reading
Week Projects took place in 2001,
"Our goals are to
bring students into
settings in east
Vancouver where
they can engage in
short-term intensive
projects that get a
lot done in the
community, and at
the same time give
students a really
stong understanding
of some of the issues
communities face."
—Margo Fryer
UBC Learning Exchange
and was organised by the UBC
Learning Exchange Program in collaboration with the University of
Guelph. A total of 20 students (11
University of Guelph students, nine
UBC students) worked at the
Strathcona Community Garden in
Vancouver; the number has grown
to over 200 students in 2005.
Francy Hayward, coordinator of
Community Partnerships at the
Learning Exchange and Pod Leader
for this year's reading week projects, was one of the 20 students who
participated in the first reading
week projects.
"Because it had given me my
first opportunity to do community
service in the Downtown Eastside
in a really fun and educational
way, I got excited about doing
other community service/ said
Francy, who as a result of her reading week experience, got involved
with the Learning Exchange's Trek
Francy added, "I felt so moved
by those experiences, not only by
what I had learned, but who I had
met, and what they had meant to
me, and how that had made me do
a lot of reflecting on my own life. I
still see the value in those learning
opportunities for me, not only as a
way to develop my professional
skills and learn about my capacities, but also as a way for me to
contribute something meaningful
to the community.* II
It's his party
Dick Cheney turns 65
by Amanda Stutt
There was great revelry last Tuesday
night at the Gallery Pub in the SUB,
as patrons gathered for the weekly
Karaoke night. But this time it came
with a twist; the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) was also hosting a 65 th
birthday party for American Vice
President Dick Cheney.
Cheney him-
self did not
to attend, possibly due to a
scheduling conr
flict with Bush's
State of the
Union Address,
which aired earli-
er that night on
Shea Dahl,
events manager
for the AMS, organised the party. He
explained that there were American
flags and bunting left over from the
AMS' 2004 US election coverage,
which was also held at the Gallery.
"We were looking for a way to
reuse the material in a satirical way.*
Dahl said that the birthday party
theme was meant to liven up the
usual Tuesday night karaoke at the
Gallery. "We figured it would make
sense just to tie the event in together.*
"It's meant as a satirical event-
There was no poHtical intent behind
it.just all in good fun...Anyone who's
pro-Cheney or anti Cheney, they're
welcome to come either way.*
Dahl did say that some of the
posters advertising the event had
had antiwar signs pasted over them
in the SUB. Dahl said he had no idea
who had done this but admitted, "I
have no problem with it. They can
sav whatever thev want to sav.*
No politcal speeches were
made, but someone did thoughtfully dedicate his karaoke rendition of Eminem's "8 Mile" to birthday boy Cheney.
Included in the festivities was a
large pifiata, painted red and blue
and made into the shape of an elephant; the American Republican
Party symbol.
Pasted to the bottom of the pinata
was a picture of Dick Cheney himself,
and bar patrons took turns batting
the pinata with "ye olde hitting stick"
to get to the candy inside. There were
a few scattered boos heard when the
pinata was rolled out
Kevin McNally, a fifth-year
mechanical engineering student
said, "I didn't come to celebrate
the birthday on purpose...I heard
it was Dick Cheney's birthday
party... and I thought it was a
joke...I didn't even notice the
American flags until now."
Martin Nunez, a sixth year UBC
student from. California doing a
double major in animal biology and
zoology was also surprised that he
was attending Dick Cheney's birthday party. "Why does the AMS
care?" he asked. "I'm an American
and I don't care."
Nunez, who is a Democrat also
believes that, "The resources of the
AMS could be put to better use. I
think it's a waste of time and energy."
"This is uninspiring...If you want
to do something pro-American for
the American students, do something more interesting...it seems
kind of ridiculous."
On the brighter side, there was a
chocolate birthday cake enjoyed by
all, and both McNally and Nunez
agreed that the karaoke was awesome. "It rules,* said Nunez. II
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audience at Totem Park Residence
on Friday.
"Talking about sex is a survival
skill for the new millennium.'
Host of the Sunday Night Sex
Show, Johanson delivered her
message about the importance of
embracing one's own sexuality while
at the same time keeping her
audience entertained with plenty of
jokes and physical humour.
She went on the offensive,
criticising the lack of sex education
children receive at school. This is
compounded, she said, by the fact that
children learn at a very young age from
their parents that it isn't acceptable to
explore their own bodies.
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that the same is not often true for
From a young age, she explained,
girls  are  socialised into  believing
that   exploring   their   sexuality   is
something 'nice girls' shouldn't do.
She then gave a refresher course
in sexual anatomy, interspersing her
descriptions with useful tidbits of
information, like that fact that the
clitoris has twice as many nerve
endings as an entire penis.
Johanson also took the opportunity
to dispel some of the myths
surrounding sex.
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said. "All he needs is ten fingers and
a tongue."
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audience, she gave a quick crash
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good vibrator.
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Cross-Canada photo exhibit exposes overseas AIDS crisis
by Kate Webb
VICTORIA (CUP)-'Tt's okay to laugh," said
Lucas Robinson, showing a photo of a young,
giggling African child struggling to fit a condom
over a large wooden penis. "Sex as a topic and
HIV/AIDS can be a bit uncomfortable."
None of the small group of University of
Victoria students who had gathered to watch
Robinson's Januaiy 26 presentation were
laughing. They were too focused on the life and
death reality running through the photograph.
Robinson, a communications manager for
the Canadian Coalition on HIV/AIDS and Youth
in Africa, was at UVic to give the presentation as
part of a cross-Canada photo exhibit entitled
"AIDS: Picture Change."
The exhibit is one initiative of a campaign
to raise awareness about the AIDS pandemic
in advance of the August 2006 XVI AIDS
Conference in Toronto, and is a cooperative
effort between international non-governmental organisations, CARE Canada, Save
the Children Canada, Foster Parents Plan
and World Vision Canada.
"Picture Change" features photographs by
Photosensitive, a group of leading Canadian
photojournalists who decided to raise awareness by documenting the AIDS crisis.
Robinson visited Kenya, Mozambique,
Ethiopia, India, and Cambodia in the spring of
2005 with the group of eight photographers,
and said that interacting with the children was
an uplifting experience. He remembers the sex-
education lesson featured in the photograph as
a comedic experience.
"It was hilarious at first and lots of people
laughed," he said. "It's not easy to put a condom
on a big wooden penis." By the end of the lesson, the stigma had worn off. "The youth were
giving each other critiques of their ability to put
the condom on," he said, laughing.
The photo was shown in a subgroup of
the exhibit entitled "knowledge." Other categories represented in the exhibit included
health, partnership, family, resilience, dignity, rights and play.
"The goal is to interest people in the
HIV/AIDS crisis through photography," said
Robinson. "This project is awareness-raising,
first and foremost"
One of Robinson's favourite photographs
featured a Httie girl eating nutritionally fortified
dried noodles, because he said basic nutrition
is such an obstacle in the fight against
"WE JUST HAVE TO ACT FASTER THAN WE HAVE BEEN" Two faces from the "AIDS: Picture Change" exhibition highlight why
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"HIV affects people who are ill already," he
Another shot displayed a scene with a
group of three young boys holding hands
and laughing, one with his fly undone and
another clearly doing what Robinson called
the "pee-pee dance." This, to him, illustrated
the universal applicability of the problems
they face as children.
"They're optimistic about the future," he
explained. "They'll say Tm going to be a doctor
when I grow up/ they don't say 'Oh, I'd like to.'
They have the same belief we do—that you can
do whatever you want to."
Although Robinson shares that sense of optimism, he also has an urgent sense of the need
facing populations ravaged by HIV and AIDS.
"In some areas of sub-Saharan Africa, infection rates are as high as 30 per cent," he
informed listeners. "The King of Swaziland has
talked about the extinction of his people. We
just have to act faster than we have been."
The problem, as he has seen himself, Hes
largely in a lack of education, and the prevalence of myths surrounding methods of protection from sexually transmitted diseases. He
said many people in developing countries
beHeve condom use is futile because the manufacturers poke holes in their products, or that
the condoms themselves are actually contaminated with the virus.
Nevertheless, Robinson noted he's also seen
positive responses: "Communities are so bright
when given the resources, and so creative when
given the opportunity to take on a challenge like
this," he said. "I just think we're not giving them
the opportunity."
The solution, Robinson said, will require an
unprecedented response on the part of more
developed countries.
"We [in Canada] have infection rates way
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that we know what to do," he said, citing the
availabiHty of fruit and protein sources to keep
immune systems healthy, readily accessible
testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and
access to anti-retroviral drugs as the reason for
low Western infection rates.
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HIV virus, similar to the way spermicide kills
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knowing about it
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being available to the pubHc.
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moving fast enough yet," Robinson said.
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Does abstinence make the heart grow fonder?     by carolynne Burkholder
McCuUough, a fourth-year
student at Simon Fraser
University, is a virgin.
This does not bother him, but it
does concern some ofhis peers.
'There is a stigma for sure/
the 21-year-old said. 'It's like a
problem to be solved. It's the poor
guy who's a virgin, we need to get
him some help—somehow find a
way to fix it.*
Despite his friends clamoring to
fix his love Hfe, McCullough knows
he is not alone in his decision.
In fact, a growing amount of
students are waiting to have sex—
until they are married, until they
have met the right partner, or
until they feel ready. A full 20 per
cent of 20 to 24-year-olds have not
had sexual intercourse according
to Statistics Canada—and this
number is increasing.
Why wait?
People choose to have sex for a variety of reasons, from Madonna's *I
saw losing my virginity as a career
move* to Christina Aguilera's 'All
this do-not-touch nonsense is not
me, I'm all for female sexuality and
taking the sexual power away from
the guys* to a pact with friends
American Pie-style: 'And, by God,
we're not gonna let history condemn us to celibacy! We will make
a stand! We will succeed! We will
get laid!*
The decision to wait also has
many motivations. Often religious
beliefs are a factor, but not always.
Jenny Daigle falls into the for
mer category. Daigle, 23, is in her
third year of a kinesiology and education degree at the University of
Alberta. She decided to remain
abstinent until marriage when she
was in high school.
'It has everything to do with my
conversion, my faith,* she said. 'I
did a lot of research and found out
why I wanted to be CathoHc and
why these rules are there and why
they promote chastity.*
"It's like a problem
to be solved. it's the
poor guy who's a
virgin, we need to
get him some help—
somehow find a way
-J./ McCuIlouch
Simon Fraser
University student
Chastity is a state of sexual purity of the mind and of the body
endorsed by the CathoHc church.
According to doctrine, sex should
only take place in the context of
*A sexual relationship is an
expression of love and should be
expressed within a married relationship,* explained Daigle. 'It's one of
the ultimate forms of love and you
should share it with someone you're
completely committed to.*
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On a personal level, she added:
'when I marry someone I'm going
to love them the most and I don't
want to share that with anyone
Peter Bagnall, a graduate student in divinity at the University
of St. Michael's College, said his
decision to remain abstinent was
triggered by a specific incident—a
class discussion in high school.
When he and his classmates were
asked 'Do you want to marry a virgin?* most answered favourably.
But the foUow-up question, 'Would
you have sex with someone you
love before you  are  married?,*
also got many positive responses.
*I noticed that there was an
intrinsic inequaHty in answering
yes    to   both    questions,*    said
Bagnall, 23. 'If I responded in this
fashion it would set a double standard   for   my  future   wife   and
myself. It would, in effect, be saying that it's okay for me to have
sex before marriage, but not for
my future wife.*
Recognising this inconsistency
and identifying what he is looking
for in a wife, Bagnall made *a very
difficult commitment* to wait until
marriage to have sex.
But some students aren't waiting for a specific occasion to have
sex. The decision for McCuUough
had nothing to do with reHgion or
'I think it's a sensible logical
thing to do at this age,* said
McCullough. *I feel like I'm still in
the maturing process: learning
about myself, about life, and about
'I'm not confident enough to
think I can handle it all and make
this decision,* he continued. 'In
our generation there is so much
pressure to act like adults.*
Sexual history
Although the decision to have sex—
or not—is a very personal one, there
are societal factors that influence
sexual and marital trends.
Nathanael Lauster, an assistant
professor in social work and family
studies at UBC, researches the connection between sex and marriage.
Specifically he studies the cultural
script linking private sexuaHty to
the pubHc statuses of parenthood
and marriage.
The Victorian age was an era
known for its strict, prudish, and at
times hypocritical moral code—even
saying leg* in mixed company was
deemed improper. Although sex
was entirely relegated to marriage
by social tradition, even Queen
Victoria allegedly had an extramarital marital affair.
The phrase 'close your eyes
and think of England*—advice
given to married Victorian women
on how to deal with their husbands' amorous overtures—epitomised the idea of sexuality during
the era.
'People who were married and
with children had controlled sex
Hves,* explained Lauster, of the
Victorian tradition. 'People who
were unmarried and without children were considered to also be
without sex Hves."
But those who were married
without children—having sex for
non-procreative purposes—and the
ones who never married but had
children chaUenged the Victorian
social standard.
'Being in a marginal category,
either being married without children or unmarried with children,
meant wearing something akin to a
'scarlet letter' identifying oneself
as rebelHng against the Victorian
sexual script,* explained Lauster.
'In effect, these revolutionaries
made sex pubHc by stripping it
away from the statuses of marriage
and parenthood.*
This change in societal perceptions of sex and marriage still affect
people's behaviour today.
More recently there have been
two major sexual revolutions in
North America; the first occurred
before World War II, where people
were married without having children—effectively spHtting the bond
between sex and procreation.
The second sexual revolution is
the well-known hippie 'make love
not war* era of 1970s. "The process
of sexual revolution started up
again, with rises in both non-pro-
creative sexual activity and non-
marital sexual activity,* said
The trend of non-martial and
non-procreative sex has continued
today—with the requisite fum-
bHngs of losing your virginity commonly viewed as a rite-of-passage
for teenagers.
But the decrease in reported
sexual activities among young
adults could be a sign this is
Under pressure
Being a virgin, surrounded by the
hyper-sexuaHsed culture that is university, is a challenge.
McCuUough said he finds it
hard to be accepted in a culture
that places such a high value on
sexual activity.
'Virginity used to be a sign of
supreme character. It showed that
you were self-disciplined and a
morally outstanding sort of person,* he said. 'Now it's the opposite...it's something that is wrong
with you, some kind of character
failing, something to be pitied,
something you haven't done right.*
As a non-reHgious person who
isn't sexually active, McCuUough is
part of an even smaUer minority,
something he feels is not properly
'If you make this decision, people assume there has to be a reh
gious reason,* said McCuUough.
'When people talk about reHgion
they see it as fundamentally irrational. If you are a virgin, people
assume that there is something
irrational about you or your decision to be a virgin must be a symptom of irrational logic*
"They try to prescribe irrational
motivations to something they
think is an irrational decision in
the first place,* he explained.
Many of BagnaU's friends would
agree that this decision is irrational, sparking many debates.
*I have had many discussions
and debates with friends about Hving together before marriage,* he
.said, pointing to the common quip:
Would you buy a car without test
driving it first?
'[If] Hving together means sleeping together to test the waters for
marriage, I don't think my marriage needs these waters tested,*
said BagnaU in his defense.
But Daigle said she doesn't feel
pressure to have sex from her
friends—even those who are sexually active.
'I have friends who are very
promiscuous and they talk about it
aH the time, [my decision] is unbe-
Hevable to them, but they are very
respectful of it,* she said.
Although Daigle's friends respect
her decision, it has been a challenge for men she dated, some of
whom were sexuaUy active in past
'We had to have lots of discussions about it," she said of one former boyfriend. 'And he was like
"When I marry
-Jenny Daigle
University of Alberta student
'weU I love you but I don't understand why we can't [have sexl-'*
Daigle said she was careful to
set boundaries beforehand. "The
first night that we were together, I
said 'this is the way it is, this is
what I do and what I don't do," she
said. 'He said T wouldn't have
expected any less."
But even with his support, the
decision was still difficult for Daigle.
'It's hard because we weren't
making choices together, because
it's always me saying 'this is how
I'm going to express my love for
you," she added. 'To find someone who is respectful of that is
The influence of hormones, sex
drive, and curiosity—no different
"All this do-not-
touch nonsense is
not me, i'm all for
female sexuality
and taking the
sexual power away
■Christina Aguilera
from   their   peers—make   abstinence even harder.
BagnaU continues Jo struggle
with his choice, though he said it is
getting easier.
Until recently, his abstinence
pledge took a strictly restrictive
form of 'just don't do it.* But after
a few tempting situations, he
changed his tactics.
*I realised that if I was serious
about this commitment I made to
myself, I needed more than a
'don't do it' strategy. I needed to
change the way I dated and
change the way I treated my
relationships with the opposite
sex,* he said. *I graduaUy extended my commitment to be not
merely refraining from sex, but
practicing a whole lifestyle of
"I've decided that I won't date a
girl unless there is a possibiHty of
marriage," BagnaU explained. "Also,
I have committed myself to stay
away from any physical involvement that is pleasure-centric...I
avoid actions that are intended to
arouse me and strengthen my
desire for sex.*
Despite the struggles, to
BagnaU, his fiiture wiU be worth it.
'The one overriding reason that I
practice chastity is simple: love for
my future wife,* he said.
"I know that when I meet a girl
and we decide that we want to
spend the rest of our Hves together, I wiU be able to say to her: T
loved you before I met you. I was
faithful to you before I even knew
you. And it was difficult—sometimes it was very difficult—but you
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(Documentary subject also spotted at the Pit on Saturday)
CBC Television
Tonight, 11:25pm
by Nick Black
Zed, the CBC television program
devoted to short films, documentaries and music from Canada and
around the world, has launched a
new season spliced into three new
divergent formats. And begat are
three new shows: Zed Real, a show
focusing on documentaries; Zed
Candid, the short film portion; and
Zed Tunes, the focus of which is
obvious enough not to be stated in
this short article.
The late-night forum kicks off the
season with a compelling documentary that follows Canadian rapper k-
os and his collaboration with the CBC
radio orchestra. Shot over the course
of a few long months "Burning to
Shine/ which is also the title of the
proposed track, opens with k-os
describing his style of writing and the
difficulties he has generating acceptable material when he's uninspired.
The film tracks the artist's preliminary attempts in the studio with his
drummer—the results are satisfactory to everyone with the exception of k-
os himself, and he decides to change
the song at the last minute at his
home in Toronto.
Meanwhile, the clock is ticking
in Vancouver. The song is long over
due for arrangement by the orchestra, and k-os remains in Toronto as
the orchestra attempts to make
classical music out of his synthe-
sised drum beats. The film acutely
depicts the differences between
writing for the two different genres;
one is free flowing and improvisa-
tional, the other is extremely rigid
with keys and rules that seem foreign to the hip-hop world, k-os' lack
of formal musical training is also
emphasised, which leads the viewer to assume that a collaboration
with a classically-trained orchestra
could be a potential embarrassment for one of Canada's leading
hip-hop performers.
The collaboration is fascinating—
although hip-hop and classical have
been mixed together before,
"Burning to Shine* tracks an occasion where the two are actually written and recorded together. By the
time k-os is ready to record with the
orchestra at the studio, the deadline to lay the cut is down to three
hours, the allotted time frame for
recording with the orchestra. The
tension builds right to the end, as
in any good film, and the protagonists, k-os and the orchestra, come
out triumphant—the end result
speaks for itself.
Whether you are a fan of hip-hop
or not, "Burning To Shine* is an
excellent music documentary. The
film premiered on the public broadcaster last week, and appears again
tonight on Zed Real at 11:2 5pm. II
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Windy night outside, Stills
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The Pit
February 3
by Serena Lam
The Stills packed UBC's Pit Pub this past
Saturday to premiere new tracks from their
upcoming album and hits from their
acclaimed 2003 debut, Logic Will Break
Your Heart. The show attracted a mix of
fans ranging from students to Canadian
hip-hop talent, k-os, and a palpably positive
tension lingered in the air as the band prepared to take the stage.
Although Jets Overhead, the opening act,
were stranded in Victoria thanks to the
weekend's torrential rains and wicked
winds, the audience proved it had no need
for warming up as the band took the stage
to a round of rambunctious cheers. By their
second song, hit single "Lola Stars and
Stripes,* the band had already set the tone
for the show with an infectious energy and
enthusiasm. Weaving in fan favorites such
as "Still in Love*, "Gender Bombs', and
"Love and Death* in with new material, the
band achieved a balance that gave the show
a welcoming familiarity, while keeping the
set-list fresh and interesting.
The new songs indicated that the band
has made sonic progression, featuring the
same satisfying blend of guitar and bass
lines, soft percussion, and Tim Fletcher's
Let's get right, a'ight?
RULING LOGIC: New songs equaled good times at the Pit.  michelle mayne photo
The new songs indicated that the band has made sonic
progression, featuring the same satisfying blend of guitar
and bass lines, soft percussion and tlm fletcher's soft
crooning, but expanded to include the addition of
keyboardist llam o'neil, [and] new drummer julien blais.
smooth crooning, but expanded to include
the addition of keyboardist Liam O'Neil, new
drummer Julien Blais, and most notably, the
shared lead vocals that included guitarist
David Hamelin joining Fletcher on the mic.
After the show, the band hung around to
chat with concertgoers. Fletcher and Blais
were eager to wax poetically about their
new album, discussing the fine fine they
sought to achieve in experimenting to
develop as a band without alienating existing fans. Blais also elaborated on the track
listing, revealing guest appearances by
Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew on "She's
Walkin' Out" and Metric's Emily Haines on
"Baby Blues."
And although it was unfortunate that Ms
Haines was not available to join the The Stills
for their rendition of the song, the track still
stood out. The Stills' sophomore album.
Without Feathers, is set for release in May
2006. That's nearly three years after their
debut, but if the Pit show was any indication,
the disc was well worth the wait. H
Get Rich or Die Try in:' Music from
and inspired by the motion picture
G-Unit/Interscope Records
by Jackie Wong
Times get tough. What with freezing rain, wind like
a knife, and seasonal-affective darkness marauding through the winter months, I have found
myself in a number of taxing situations, each
requiring significantly greater emotional support
than any Vancouver-based resource could ever
hope to provide.
Specifically, what was needed to get me through
the day was M.O.P. shouting "Since you're all
gangsta'd up, let's GET THE FUCK DOWN!* repeatedly into my headphones. I found this rousing sentiment amidst the Nate Dogg cameos, gratuitous
shout-outs to "G-Unit shoes/and bullet tattoos,* and
recorded gunfire that comprise the soundtrack to
Cent's cinematic debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
Featuring music inspired by the film inspired by
Curtis Jackson's hard-knock life, Fiddy's crew cast
most of the bricks to build this compilation, but that
doesn't make it any less fierce. In fact, the collaborators on the disc are some of its strongest assets,
namely Young Buck on "Don't Need No Help" and
the deft grit of M.O.P. on "When Death Becomes
You.* Since every movie soundtrack needs an
anchoring feel-good hit (refer to The Cardigans'
"Love Fool* on the Romeo &Juhet soundtrack), here
"Have a Party" is the Southside phoenix that rises
from the Kevlar vests and blood on the dance floor
to bounce like four G's in an Escalade.
I've yet to see the film that spawned this
hour-long celebration of 50 Cent: The Musical,
and so far, I've heard bad reviews. But don't
hate the players, hate the game: give this disc a
spin, and you'll be longing for life in Southside
Queens in no time. II
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Tuesday, 7 February, 2006   THEUBYSSEY
i \ -
Bachelor of debts
Make no mistake: Brian Sullivan is a
decent guy. Articulate, approachable
and quick-witted, Martha Piper's
right-hand man has demonstrated a
genuine interest in the welfare of
the student population even as he
has tacitly acquiesced to measures
that have made it much harder for
financially vulnerable students to
pay their bills. It ain't easy being the
VP Students when the provincial
government lifts the tuition freeze
and then sort of brings it back
again. It's testament to Sullivan's
appeal that people don't hate him
personally as much as they
probably could.
But at the AMS Council meeting
on January 25, it appeared to the
Ubyssey staffers in attendance that
Sullivan was trying to pull a fast one,
blitzing through a graphics-laden
Powerpoint presentation that
lauded UBC's commitment to Policy
72, which states that no eligible
student will be prevented from
commencing or continuing his or
her studies at the Universiiy for
financial reasons alone.
On that night, Sullivan presented
himself as   the  bearer   of good
news,  pointing to reductions in
deductibles—in layman's terms, the
minimum amount that a student
is expected to contribute to paying
toward     their     degree     before
Financial Assistance breaks out the
calculator—in every differentiated
grad program {like Dentistry) and
the   elimination   of   deductibles
entirely   for    all   undergraduate
programs  across the board. And
that's  not all.  With yet another
glowing slide, Sullivan pointed out
that two million dollars had been set
aside...reserved strictiy for future
needs and appeals for emergency
loans by desperate students.
Eveiything went off without a
hitch. Well, almost. About half
of the room appeared entirely
uninterested in Sullivan's presentation, reclining in their chairs to
establish an equilibrium between
gravity and a thinly-veiled ennui.
It's de ligueur for councilors (and
the executive, for that matter) to
reserve a considerable percentage
of the meeting to type up course
notes, chat on MSN, or make much
needed updates to neglected
Livejournals, and, not surprisingly,
a few did exactly that
And so when Sullivan opened the
floor to questions, most were
concerned with clarifying the,
information presented in the slides,
although one councilor made it
embarrassingly obvious that he had
never seen the likes of a sprawling
student loan form in his life by
quizzing SulHvan as to how Hving
allowances were calculated. Issues
relating to student financial
assistance are always more relevant
to students who actually seek said
aid, but it was startling how few
councilors seemed to have any
understanding of what SulHvan was
going on about.
Or maybe they did understand,
but nobody except for Kevin
Keystone had the balls to call Mr
SulHvan on a detail that he had
quickly glossed over. The incoming
President coyly pointed out to the VP
Students that the University had in
fact given less money in bursaries
and financial assistance than the
year prior, thanks to an increase in
the maximum amount of loans an
individual student could receive—
from $9,300 to $10,085. The
increased loan aHowance means
that UBC can teH students to take out
a greater loan (almost a thousand
doUars in this case) before applying
for a bursary.
The reductions and eliminations
to deductibles, the Httie emergency
pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,
the confident smile on Mr SulHvan's
face—it had nothing to do with the
University's benevolence, and
everything to do with students
getting further and further into debt
While we wholeheartedly support
the spirit of PoHcy 72, it doesn't
seem like good news to us that
students will incur greater loan
debts upon graduation, and it
doesn't seem like good news that
the University handed out less
money last year because people's
unmet needs had suddenly become
$ 1,000 lower. As Board of Governors
student representative Tim Louman-
Gardiner pointed out, "[The
University] let themselves be
limited by external forces, in this
case the loans program, so UBC is
in a position where they aren't
doing everything they can to help
There    are    disturbing    consequences   to   educating   already
financially vulnerable individuals at
crippling costs and sending them
straight into the workforce with a
massive debt load hanging around
their necks.
For the individual, student loan
debt affects choices, careers, and, if
we can employ a wanky word,
psychosocial well-being. Far be it for
us to assume that SulHvan, or
Martha Piper, or any of the bored
AMS councilors in the room that
evening have never had to face
debts exceeding $40,000 doUars at
age 22 or 23. If they had, they might
see fit to question whether adding
another grand to student tabs is a
positive thing. (Let us spell it out,
just in case: giant loans are fucking
daunting, no matter how smart,
motivated, or connected any of us
might be). And they might pause to
question the intelligence ofa society
that sends educated university
graduates .into the workforce
saddled with debts that only a lucky
few will be able to pay off with any
Like we said, we do like Brian
SulHvan. But we can't let our love for
smart bow-ties and our desperation
for genuine administrative
charisma cloud the fact that the
University has only half-assedly
fulfilled their PoHcy 72 obHgations.
The Powerpoint presentation may
have been pretty, but if you want to
give us some positive news, teH us
that the University, the province,
and the federal government are
actually working in tandem to
address the issue of student debt,
instead of letting the buck get passed
around and around all vwHy-nilly.
Stop pissing in our face and telling
us it's raining. II
Even the untrained eye should be able
to recognise humour when they read it
I am writing in response to Trevor Gilks's letter
critiquing my feature printed in last Tuesday's
Ubyssey. Gilks's letter, in professional
journaHstic terms, would traditionaUy be
termed "one big motherfucker of a burn.* In it,
Gilks accused me of being factually inaccurate,
arrogant and in defiance of what is good for
UBC and its students.
My feature was entitled "What the AMS
Election and the Miss America Beauty Pageant
Have In Common.* Even to the untrained eye,
the headline alone should have made it fairly
clear early on that my feature fell under the category we in the West know as "humour.*
Now, it would be useless to say that humour
isn't serious. It rarely isn't. But it does take a certain strain of bombastic Hteral-mindedness to
get so riled up about a feature that, yes, discussed the AMS elections, but also prominently
displayed numerous shots of last year's Miss
America weeping as she donned her sparkling
Thus, instead of using the rest of this space to
systematically refute Gilks's accusations of my
feature's disregard for the Eternal Good of the
AMS and its Value to the Student Population of
UBC, I make the offerance of a simple poem.
Tm So Not Sony: Hie Poem, by Alex Leslie'
Alas! Truly, Gilks!—I am stuck.
Even in my pretentious selection
Of the poem as my chosen medium
You can accuse me of arrogance
Before my rebuttal gets a chance.
Oh dear, oh dear, oh fuck.
Did you notice the enclosed rhyme above?
There is not much that I can say.
Maybe you should take a long hoHday
And get yourself out of the SUB.
Go to Hawaii!—with a flamingo, rub-a-dub.
Why can't you feel the satirical love?
This is the first line of a rhyming couplet
Why don't you chiH, or move to Nantucket?
—Alex Leslie is the Features Bureau Chief
for Canadian University Press
The Knoll: redux
In the Tuesday, January 31 issue of tbe Ubyssey,
Quinn Omori wrote an opinion criticising The
KnoU and UBC Third Party for being overly
harsh and hypocritical in regards, at least, to
Sean Kearney.
We would like to say we substantially agree
with Quinn's analysis, and we apologise if our
portrayal was inaccurate. We should not have
made such strong statements and insinuations based on some posters and Sean's fra
ternity affiliation. However, the fact of elections like this is that students have to make
judgments on a minimum of evidence.
Although parts of our analysis may have been
unkind (and given the opportunity we would
probably rephrase some of our statements),
candidates should reafise that without much
else to go on, the image they choose to portray
in posters and other publicity material will
greatly affect the student body's perception of
them as serious. To us, Sean's posters said,
Further, reading the profiles on the AMS
Elections website, Kearney devotes quite a bit of
space to social events and their operation. David
Yuen is much broader in his focus. Yuen has
also demonstrated soHdarity with an important
AMS Resource Group, Allies. So we would contest the assertion that our judgment of Sean was
entirely without merit.
Finally, we would like to address the
Ubyssey's recent aUusion to our being
"Hbelous." As we said above, we may have been
overly harsh, but we did not make any factually
false statements, or ever attempt to give anything other than our honest opinion.
—Mike Thicke is a third-year philosophy
student and Nate Crompton is a third-year
political science student
"I'm not a student anymore, I
already paid them off. Slowly, by
—Geoff Hamilton
2005 graduate
"Right now I actually am debt free.
Coop, work-term for engineering.*
—Joel Pel
Engineering physics masters
"Get a job. This job? No. Hopeftdly
teaching EngHsh overseas."
-Nat Strull
Psychology 3
"Yeah, I guess like, one year,
working my ass of pretty much.
Probably like overseas and stuff,
Hke use my degree for something
at least*
—Juan Castillo
Political science 3
"I don't have any. I'm on
—Emilie Stevens
Microbiology 4
—Streeters coordinated
by Matt Hayles THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 7 February, 2006
Culture 1]
ies not short enough
Genuine emotion and uncompromised grotesquerie in Studio 58 production unable to save incomprehensible script
Studio 58
Until February 12
by Momoko Price
In the opening act of "6 Miniature
Tragedies,* Jean-Paul Wenzel's
script laments that "fairy tales are
always too short," and I think it's
here that the French playwright
and director misses the mark.
Sure, fairy tales end before things
get too real, but they grab your
attention, they teach you stuff, and
sometimes they involve talking
animals, which can be a plus. "6
Miniature Tragedies* presents a
collection of comparably short
vignettes on decidedly un-Disney
themes such as revenge, jealousy,
lust and loss, but it unfortunately
fails to defiver any lesson that I
could take away with me afterwards—unlike say. Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs, from which
I learned never to eat apples
offered by strange old women (did
you know they can be poisoned?)
AU six of Wenzel's miniature
stories revolve around, the ugly
emotional turmoil that churns in
the wake of unsatisfactory sexual
relationships, and while you can't
help but sense that the ending of
each tale is intended to shock,
each one seems to faU short in
some way (pun intended). What
with the baby kflling, homicide,
cannibalism, infidelity, and poisoning, you'd think you'd come
home crying, shivering, and ending up in the shower with your
clothes on, but I for one walked
away dry-eyed and unmoved. In
this day and age, you can find at
least a dozen movies on cannibal-
ism in your neighborhood video
store, and when it comes to homicide and infidelity, weU, forget
about it! There has to be a little
something extra to give a story its
weight, and that extra something
can be as simple as coherence.
AU six stories are very loosely
connected by a word or two—if war
is a theme in one vignette, the
word 'war' might arise in the fol
lowing sequence. Other than that,
there isn't much to puU them all
together so that the audience
might feel as though they had sat
through the entirety for a definite
reason. Occasionally random
motifs are thrown into the mix,
seemingly holding secret symbolism of some kind, but alas, the
secrets are never divulged. I spent
a large part of the play asking
myself what the significance of the
freeways, cars, flowers and pianos
were. I stiU don't know. To make
the plotlines even more scattered,
central characters were occasionaUy played by different actors altogether. At first I thought this might
have been some David Lynch-
inspired theatrical device, but no,
they may just have needed to cut
up the parts a little.
That said, the cast of Studio 58
does an admirable job in masking
the empty stories with genuine
emotion and uncompromised
grotesquerie. Kerry Sandomirsky,
who plays a desperate, angry single mother bent on infanticide in
'Mado and her Two Children',
made me flinch with her raw, spit-
flecked performance. And while
Kyle Jespersen only plays Alain #2,
and not Alain #1 in 'The Butcher',
he takes charge and renders a monologue that is sopping with melodrama into something comical, if not
completely comprehensible.
The storylines of fairy tales,
though short and often mislead
ing, have held fast over centuries
because, among other reasons, the
messages they carried were simple, straightforward, and consistent.  Had Wenzel's  coUection of
stories presented anything that
soHd, I doubt that they would have
been as easfly forgotten as I am
almost certain these "6 Miniature
Tragedies wiU be.* 11
AMS Annual General Meeting
Monday, Feb. 27/06,12 noon <§> The SUB South Alcove
The general public is Invited to attend the AMS Annual General Meeting on
Monday, Feb. 27 at noon \n the SUB South Alcove. Reports will be provided by
the AMS President Spencer Keys and the General Manager, with remarks from
new incoming president Kevin Keystone.
ANTI-APATHY DAY #2: Corporations & the University
SUB South Side Alcove (near Starbucks) on Monday, February 27at 6:30pm
Have you noticed that corporate involvement is on the rise at Universities
across North America? Ever wonder whether it is for education or the bottom
line? Come out and chat with our panel of experts to find out more about the
situation at UBC!
AMS Minischool - Registration is now open!
Running for several years, AMS Minischool has been offering fun and interactive courses taught by qualified instructors. Many popular courses are being
offered this year by Minischool including wine and beer tasting, pole dancing,
Intro. Photography First Aid and Bellydancing!
Register at the AMS Administrative Office (2nd floor SUB). Space is limited.
Classes commence February 20th.
For more information: www.ams.ubc.ca/minischool or phone 604-822-9342
Call for Proposals - The Innovative Projects Fund is an annual donation
made by the AMS to the University to aid enrichment and progressive
development of the campus community and is designed to provide
start-up funding to a broad range of visible and innovative projects of direct
benefit to students.Traditionally, each successful applicant receives funding
ranging from $3,000 to $5,000. AH UBC students, staff and faculty who have
a vision for a new project that does not duplicate existing resources are
encouraged to reply. Deadline for applications is Friday, February 10,2006
Applications forms can be picked up at the AMS Financial Commission
Office in SUB 238 and at the Office of the Vice-President, Students. They are
available online at: www.ams.ubc.ca.
Completed applications should be sent to:
Office of the Vice President, Students
Attention: IPF Adjudication Committee
Old Administration Building
6328 Memorial Road
Va ncouver, BC V6T1Z1
For more information contact the AMS President via email at:
Pride UBC Presents:
OUTWeeK 2006!
Monday February 6th to Monday February! 3th.
Visit www.prideubc.com/outweek for a list of events.
****: 12 Sports
Tuesday, 7 February, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
T-Birds fly over SFU
UBC faced close competition on Friday until SFU lost speed
in the second half after a player had an altercation with UBC
guard Jason Birring.The final score was 87-67 for UBC.
T-Birds swim the world
At a World Cup event in New York
this past weekend, the UBC T-Birds
had some good results in the pool.
CaUum Ng, CIS athlete of the
week, placed fourth and sixth in
the 50m and 100m backstroke in
his World Cup debut.
Several Commonwealth team
members also placed strongly,
using this as preparation for the
upcoming games in Melbourne.
Scott Dickens had the highest T-
Bird result with a third-place finish in the 200m breaststroke and a
fourth place in the 100m breast-
stroke. Darryl Rudolf swam to a
strong fourth-place finish in the
100m butterfly and an eighth in
the 50m fly. Brian Johns, taking on
Michael Phelps for the first time
since returning to swimming fuU-
time had two sixth-place finishes
in the 100m and 200m IM events.
The men travel to Rio de
Janeiro for another event before
rejoining the team for the CIS
Championships in Laval, Quebec
on February 24-26.
Women's volleyball spike it to first
The UBC women's voUeybaU team
headed to Langley this past weekend to take on Trinity Western
University. Friday's game brought
teams together in fierce competition, but the T-Birds stuck together
and with help from Shelley
Chalmers's awesome performance
UBC pulled off a 3-1 win.
Saturday's match-up ended in
another win for UBC. The
Thunderbirds are now in first
place in the Canada West standings and wiU host a first round
series in two weeks. Depending on
the final ranking, UBC wiU play
Manitoba, Winnipeg or Regina.
Men's volleyball crushed
The Thunderbirds men's volley-
baU team took a beating last weekend at the hands of the Trinity
Western University Spartans. UBC
lost both weekend games 3-0 as
the Spartans started off strong and
didn't let up. The T-Birds have
already earned themselves a playoff spot and currently sit in third
place in the mountain division.
This weekend UBC takes on the
University of Alberta at War
Memorial Gym.
Road loss for men's hockey
On Friday the UBC men's hockey
team struggled against the
University of Alberta Golden Bears
and suffered an 8-1 loss even
though Gerry Festa solidly stopped
many shots fired by Alberta.
Saturday's game was again a dis
appointment as UBC let the Bears
puU off a 4-1 final score. This
weekend UBC travels to Calgary to
take on the Dinos.
Women hold to hockey hopes
The UBC women's hockey team
traveled to the University of
Regina this past weekend to flatten
the Cougars. On Friday Kelly
James put in the winning goal with
1:04 left in the game, puUing in a
3-2 score for UBC. Again on
Saturday James scored the key
goal, this time tying it up near the
end of the third period for another
UBC win. The Thunderbirds are
still hoping to grab the fourth playoff spot in the Canada West region.
T-Birds in the alpine
The snow is here and the UBC
alpine ski team has already gotten
into the competition. The last weekend in January saw the team cutting through the powder at Crystal
Mountain in Washington. During
the weekend race over 65 cm of
snow feU, making for constantly
changing conditions. The T-Birds
puUed off some impressive race
results: notably, Jamie Finlayson,
team manager, men's coach and
second-year racer, placed fourth
and second in his races. Andrea
Lustenberger showed her determination on the women's side and
improved her performance with
every race, finishing in the top four
in both her slalom races. II
UBC Thunderbirds outworked by SFU Clan
by Candice Mokada
It was an intense, but disappointing
weekend for the women's basketbaU
team as they were defeated by SFU
in a two-game series. In what was
anticipated to be the best competition in women's CIS basketbaU, the
number-two ranked Clan downed
our number-one ranked T-Birds 75-
68 and 71-52 on Thursday and
Friday respectively. The convincing
wins by SFU should guarantee them
the top divisional position, knocking
UBC into second place.
Despite UBC's undying effort
Friday night, they were unable to
overcome SFU's  aU-star shooting
and defensive skiUs. SFU shot a
mean 58 per cent from the field,
while UBC shot a decent 44 per
cent. The Clan's tough defense
made it difficult for the T-Birds to
find their groove as they only hit
one of six shots attempted from the
three-point range. The Bird's top-
notch shooting guard, Erica
McGuinness, managed only eight
points compared to her 17 points-a-
game average. The shortcomings of
the 'Thunderbirds' guards were offset by outstanding play by the T-
Bird forwards. Kelsey Blair scored
20 points for the Birds with superb
low-post skiUs, whfle JuHe Little
contributed 11 points with a steUar
jump shot.
"Up to this point we haven't been
having everybody playing up to their
capabiHties on the same night.
We've been leading on the performances of two or three players,* coach
Deb Huband lamented the perform
ance of her team Friday night.
"Each of the players needs to take
individual responsibiHty and make
sure that every single game they
come out and give us what they are
fully capable of."
So what's the key to beating the
SFU Clan in future showdowns?
It's not that SFU has better players. But as coach Huband commented, "We have to have five people on the floor who are getting the
job done."
As the Thunderbirds' season
draws to an end, they wiU have two
last chances to fulfill their potential
when they take on Trinity Western
University in a double-header on
February 9-10. «
Information Session
Are you considering a career in the health field? Not sure where
to start or just looking for more information? Why not visit our
upcoming School of Health Sciences Information Session?
This session will feature a variety of health related programs
and provide you with an opportunity to meet with students,
staff and faculty.
BCIT's unique blend of academic learning and real skills offer a
balance to ensure our graduates gain the knowledge and
confidence needed to succeed.
The path you choose can make all the difference.
Information Session
School of Health Sciences at BCIT
Thursday, February 9
5:30 - 7:30 pm
BCIT Burnaby Campus
Building SE2, Great Hall
3700 Wiliingdon Avenue
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