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Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Volume 85 Issue 19
Not forgetting since 1918
Res kids look to lady luck for beds
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INTERNET GAMBLING? TheTotem fifth floor gang enjoys res life the way it is. peter klesken photo
UBC announces lottery policy
by Jonathan Woodward
NEWS EDITOR
UBC housing residents hoping to
return next year will have to try their
luck Vegas-style in an annual January
lottery to help accomodate a demand
crisis for on-campus rooms, say university officials.
The lottery was chosen as the
only way to fairly assign a fixed supply of beds to a rising demand of
returning students next year, said
Efrian Heathcote, chief financial officer for UBC Housing.
'It is an objective way to assign
spaces to that group of returning residents," he said.
, The lottery will affect returning
students and first-year students who
don't have a residence guarrantee.-
First-year students with scholarships, students coming directly from
high  schools  outside  the  Lower
to assign res beds next year
Mainland and exchange students
will still be guaranteed housing.
'In the past we have always been
able to promise a space to returning
students,' he said. "But there is
another group of priority students,
and that group is getting larger."
Under the change, students won't
be able to pick their roommates until
lottery winners are declared. Lottery
losers will be informed by February
2004 so they can find alternative
housing, said Heathcote.
UBC Housing estimates that
about 75 per cent of students who
apply will be accomodated next year.
Rooms for Totem Park or Place
Vanier residence association leaders
have not been guaranteed under the
new system, meaning floor rep
resehtatives and residence association presidents may not live in the
buildings they govern next year.
See "Lotto"on page!
Loud and quiet of res to unite
by Jonathan Woodward
-     NEWSEDITO&
Residents accustomed to a floor full
of their closest, loudest friends will
have to take tbeir quiet neighbours
into account next year now that UBC
Housing has decided to do away
with separate 'quiet' and loud'
residences.
A new'noise curfew will be set at
9pm" iii all Totem Park and Place
Vanier, arid Ritsumeikan residences
from Sunday to Thursday^ Students
will also ha longer be able to choose
whether they want to live in a quiet or
loud residence when they apply.
Currently, the curfew in quiet
houses is 8pm and 10pm in loud
houses during the week.
Nine o'clock was chosen after surveying residents, listening to feedback from advising staff, and consulting incoming students, said Brian
Heathcote, a spokesman for UBC
Housing.
The change is aimed at creating
more interaction between all types of
personalities, said Heathcote.
"I think about 90 per cent [of residents] are the same in both houses.
The ten per cent that get loud get very
loud, and create an environment that
becomes much louder than the quiet
houses.*
This mix can lead to more damage and higher decibels than would
be seen if the loud group was split up,
said Heathcote:
"Partly, it's a group mentality kind
of thing," he said.
Shorter quiet hours in a quiet
house will lead to more social activity
for the less sociable ten per cent
through social events led by advising
staff, he added.
While students will not be choosing between a quiet or loud house,
Heathcote said improved sorting
technology would allow more questions on applications to help pick
suitable roommates.
But the new rules will mean
neighbours won't go through the filter of a residence application, said-
Totem Park resident John Kendler.
"People are going to be much less
compatible, and that's going to cause
a lot of problems," said Kendler.
Hallmarks of each house, like parties or sports activities, may change
with the new rules, he said.
"This is going to take away a lot of
the tradition that makes residence a
nice place to live."
But Heathcote said he doesn't
think tradition will be affected.
"The houses will retain a lot of
their continual spirit, year after year.
I can't tell you how that will continue,
but it will."
The high turnover in first-year residences should deal with concerns
that current students have, he said.
"I have a feeling next year that the
new students won't know any other
different reality and are going to be
absolutely happy with this." ♦
$50,000 fit with the Trudeau Foundation
THIS ISSUE:
FEATURE: Graphic history, graphic novels
An interview with Colin Upton
and a look at war comics.
Pages 6-7.
CULTURE: Damning Disney
Brother Bear dies at the happiest place on earth. Page 11.
EDITORIAL: Lest we forget:
Trying to keep Remembrance
Day relevant Page 10.
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UBC student wins
lucrative Canadian
scholarship
by Melanie de Klerk
NEWS WRITER"
An elated UBC PhD candidate is the
only student, in western Canada to
receive an inaugural Trudeau
Foundation Scholarship, one of the
largest Canadian scholarships
available.   .     .       "
Ginger Gibson beat out many
other qualified doctoral students for
tha scholarship that will give her.
$35,000 a year for the next three to
four years towards her PhD studies
in mining engineering. She is also
eligible for an additional $15,000 a
year in travel allowances.
'It's incredible," said Gibson.
"With this money you have such
freedom."
Earlier this year, Gibson and 24
other hopeful applicants headed to
Montreal for two days of interviews
with the Trudeau Foundation selection committee.
Gibson was one of only four UBC
students recommended ut the
Trudeau Foundation by the Faculty
of Graduate Studies. -  ,
The Foundation was looking for
not just excellent academics, but
also students who demonstrated
they were active in their field of
research and showed an intention to
work in an area of social*; sciences
and humanities of interest to the
Foundation, said Peter Sahlas, a
spokesperson for the Foundation.
"The foundation is very interested in having people...who are not
just studying, who are actually
engaged in their fields," he said.
Gibbon's resume fit perfectly
with the criteria. Her previous background in Anthropology and Public
Health gave her the opportunity to
work with projects like the UN
Environment Programme and the
Centre for Environmental
Communication at Rutgers
University: programs that look to
improve the quality of life for
nations around the world and bring
social science perspectives to envi-
. ronmental problem splving,
respectively.
"She was a very, very strong can
didate that hit all of the criteria that
we are looking for," said Sahlas.
'She is very committed not just to
her study, but actual action also."
Gibson has also worked with
conxmunities affected by mine disasters, including some in Canada
and one in Peru where communities
were devastated by a mercury spill.
See "Scholarship" on page 2.
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AWARD WINNING: Ginger Gibson poses with Alexandrefrucfeau
to celebrate her scholarship at the UBC AGM. martin dee photo
"Scholarship from page I.        ,
It was this experience that led her to
pursue PhD research in Mining
Engineering.
"I came back and was sick of
dealing with conflict. I wanted to
deal with proactive relationships,*
she said. Her PhD research will
involve limiting the effects of mining on human communities.
On top of her outstanding academics, Gibbon's long history of
commitment to volunteer work and
activism also made her an excellent.
candidate for the award.
"My parents were activists. Some
of my earliest memories were of
Uckingstamps for Oxfam mail outs,*
said Gibson. 'If your earliest memories are. about social activism it's
formative.'
Gibson said sh^p was incredibly
* nervous waiting to find out whether'*
she would' be one of the first students in Canada to receive the
award.
"I was trying to pretend the
phone wasn't the big pink elephant
in the corner,* said Gibson, but the
wait was well worth it. 'I cried my
eyes out because I was so happy.'
The fending, can. be used to* pursue research thaf sKe otherwise may
not have been able to undertake,
said Gibson. To that effect she is
planning on spending six months in
Canada's North and six months in
Sierra Leone doing research for her
PhD on diamond mines and their
effects on the human communities
surrounding them.
The award has opened many
doors, she added. "The biggest gift is
time,' The new mother to two-
month-old Harpjsh nqt longer. Reeds
tp have a iijll-time fotfqhtor^of her
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The Trudeau Foundation was set
up in the name of late Prime
Minister Pierre Trudeau. Its mandate is to support research that fits
into the four themes of the foundation: human rights and social jus-
Pyj^pada
and
_,their natural.environment..^0
The Foundation gave out 12
scholarships this year, the firstyear
of the scholars program. That number is expected to rise to 15 in
upcoming years. ♦
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Returning students will have
to try their luck for a bed
"Lotto" from page l
The lotteiy will also reserve some spaces for students, who did not enter
residence in their first year, creating better university, accessibility, said
Heathcote. ■, f: 7.        , '*,'
Students interviewed were disappointed there won't be enough beds
nextyear. x
"I guess UBC has dug its own grave by letting more people in,' said Totem
Park resident John Kendler. '"They can't keep letting more people into the
school and not supply enough residences to continue."
UBC should change its first-year guarantee policy to reduce the amount of
first-years promised housing, he said.
But the guarantee is a major recruitment tool for the university, said
Michelle Aucoin, executive coordinator of the VP Students office. /
"Ifs important we can provide them with a predictable Uving environment," she said. "The university is doing the best it can under difficult circumstances."
Despite the current housing bottleneck, she did not anticipate any
changes to the guarantee policy.
Another residence on Marine Drive is currently moving through the
Board of Governors approval process, and may alleviate some of the pressure
when it is built, Heathcote said.
Earlier this year, a deluge of first-year students with guaranteed beds
flooded UBC Housing, causing an overflow of residents;.
Some second-year students were housed in Walter Gage Tower? and
Fairview Residences, where senior undergraduates and graduate students typically live, to accommodate the overflow. Some upper-year students were also crammed into Totem Park and Place Vanier, generally
reserved for junior students, where they were forced to buy a cafeteria
meal plan.
Students who feared they would not be accommodated.by the beginning
of the year abandoned residence to live in Vancouver, while others who had
a guarantee often found themselves Uving in lounges or in converted basement rooms. ♦ THEUBYSSEY
NEWS
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2003
JOHANSON
SueJohanson
knocks sex ed
in high schools
by Sara Grosse
NEWSSTAFF
The Sunday Night Sex ShoWs star educator
called for youth and adults to be aware that
"fear' is not the best way to be taught about sex.
"Talking about sex, learning about sex is
probably one ofthe hardest things you will ever
do,' said Suejohanson to
a packed student audience in Totem Park residence last week.
"We teach you more
than you ever needed to
know about eveiy other
aspect of living and we
totally neglect to teach
you about the most
important aspect of living: your sexuality.'
Sex education doesn't begin in the home,
because a child can tell by his or her parents'
reaction that it isn't acceptable to explore his or
her body, said Johanson.
This negative childhood experience hinders
females' learning experience' more acutely
because they are socialised to beUeve that
exploring their sexuality is not something 'nice
girls'should do, she said.
'Sb'^hile'my'son is busy learning about
himself as a sexual human being, my daughters are 'nice girls' and they are not learning,'
Johanson said. "My son becomes an expert on
his own body and my own daughter doesn't
know anything.'
After being a registered nurse at St.
, Johanson was
._ education her\
teenag^cMldren received from their schools.
She offered" her services to the North York
Department of Public health, and in 1970
established the first free and confidential birth
control clinic for youth in North America.
But schools denied students essential information about birth control, she said.
_"Did they tell you where the clinic was located^ No. Dicf they tell you you could get the
morning after pill without parental knowledge
and wjifhout parental consent? Did they even
tellyou about the morning after pill? They were
controlling your behaviour through fear. Not
much is learned through fear,'Johanson said.
Then Johanson became a qualified counselor and sex educator at the University of
Toronto and began hosting The Sunday Night
Sex Show on the Women's Television Network.
Johnson talked about the female reproductive anatomy, and even went on to discuss
techniques of female masturbation, more varied arid' interesting than the single male
method, she said. She sparked particular interest in the audience when she pulled sex toys
from her large handbag and explained which
toys are effective and ineffective for females
and males.
Johanson's talk concluded with a question
session where she answered questions about
students' personal sex lives. When asked if
masturbation resulted in weight loss, Johanson
retorted, "If that were true, there'd be a hell of
a lot of skinny guys here!"
On a final, more serious note, Johanson
urged students to make use of the health services available at UBC.
"You've got amazing health services on campus,' she said. "If you think you've got a disease, if you need birth control pills, if you think
that there is something wrong, get to your student health services. They work.'
At the end of the talk, Johanson received
thunderous applause from students.
T like her frank way of answering questions," said thii;d-year UBC student Wil
Haering. "The questions were good, very
insightful."
Haering had his own recommendation for
high school sex education.
"I think actually she should teach sex ed in
high schools,' he said. "We had it a Uttle but
none that I could really recollect" ♦
Library fines paid by the can?
by Paul Evans
NEWSWRlTER
Students burdened by non-perishable library fees will find their fees
canned by the UBC hbrary and the student society.
Students will be able to pay their Ubraiy fines in canned goods during
the last week of classes this term. For each food item received, the hbrary
will deduct two dollars from late fines owing, to a maximum of $20. All
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food collected will be deUvered to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Alma Mater Society (AMS) President Oana Chirila was very enthusiastic about the program, describing it as an idea that will benefit not only
the Greater Vancouver Food Bank but the hbrary as well.
"It's a good way for the hbrary to garner some goodwill because fines
aren't necessarily the most positive thing people think about when they
think about the hbrary," she said.
The Food for Fines program serves a dual purpose by reducing students' hbrary fines and also collecting food banks. Food for Fines has
been tested at Queen's University in Ontario and at universities in Nova
Scotia.
"This the first time this has happened in BC,' said Chirila. "It's quite
exciting.*
Tim Atkinson, assistant university Ubrarian for Arts, humanities, and
social sciences, said he likes the project "It is a great idea," he said.
Atkinson could not speculate what the impact of the library's lost revenue would be, but he is open to see the outcome of the program.
"We want to do this one and see how it works,' he said.
Chirila pointed to other libraries' experiences with Food for Fines, saying that they have not lost more than five per cent of their fine revenue by
implementing the program.
The AMS will be coordinating the program, managing transportation
ofthe food to the food bank and doing much ofthe program's promotion.
But the student society is not planning to reimburse the hbrary for lost
revenue, said Chirila.
"That's part of [the Library's] contribution to this campaign.'
When the program is implemented, all 14 of the UBC Library branches will accept late fines in the form of food. Acceptable items to bring are
canned foods and other non-perishables, including canned meats, fish,
stews, beans, fruits and vegetables, as well as soups, pasta, rice, baby formula and diapers.
Chirila said that while students are allowed to contribute more than
the value of their fines, this cannot be used to build credit to pay off future
fines.
Payments in cash will still be accepted, arid all fines for lost or damaged items must be paid for in the normal manner.
Fourth-year Arts student Judie Wong said high Ubraiy fees would be
balanced by this opportunity.
"Sometimes hbrary fines are too high,' she said.
Anna Wong, a first-year Arts student looked forward to Food for Firies.
"I don't have to pay the fine, and I can help someone else,' she said,
adding that some people could abuse the system, buying cheaper food
than the cost of their fines, but said most people weren't that
'sinister.' ♦,.....,
New science dean reveals plans for his faculty
by Ayesha Bhatty
NEWSWRlTER
The Faculty of Science's new dean says he's
driven by good ideas and he's excited about taking the facully in new directions based on input
from students and facully members.
"I like being convinced that a certain direction is worth pursuing," said John Hepburn,
who took over from acting dean Lome
Whitehead on November 1. "I'm not afraid to
make decisions and allocate resources where
they need to be allocated.'
For the past three years, Hepburn was head
of chemistry at UBC and joint professor with
physics and astronomy since 1999. Hell now
be leaving behind the labs- and classrooms to
advocate for science inside UBC and externally,
securing the funding to make things happen.
UBC already ranks among the best science
schools in Canada, with a strong faculty and far
better students than other universities, said
Hepburn.
"The faculty doesn' t need fixing," he said.
"Clearly we're doing a good job.'
Hepburn's vision is to make UBC Science
internationally renowned, on par with Berkeley
in California or Oxford in England, and he
beheves it is people who will make this happen,
with labs and working conditions coming second.
"People are what makes a great university,"
he said.
And he understands this will take
resources—hiring the best faculty, attracting
the best students and funding leading-edge
research—but Hepburn is ready to make
the sale.
"If I beUeve in something, I have no problem being a salesman," he said. "Scientists
need other people to pay for our work.
Research is expensive."
Hepburn is also aware of challenges facing
the facully, such as high entrance requirements, but says that is something he doesn't
want to fix.
"I want the best students in BC and the
world to come to UBC," he says. "You've got to
be a great student to get in.'
But if access is limited by financial considerations he does see a problem.
He also says his faculty is a small university
in itself with about 340 faculty members, that
many staff, 800 graduate students and the
equivalent of 6,500 full time undergraduates.
It comprises nine self-managed academic
departments from math to ocean sciences. And
Hepburn takes his position as leader seriously.
"I don't need to tell people how to do their
jobs," he said. "I need to make it possible for
them to do those things.'
The university administration beUeves they
have made the right choice in Hepburn.
"John's got superb judgment an energetic
vision for the Faculty of Science, and demonstrated ability in promoting learning among
students and invigorating research among faculty," said Neil Guppy, associate VP for academic programs.
Hepburn was born in Ancaster, outside
Hamilton, Ontario. He earned degrees at the
universities of Waterloo and Toronto before
teaching in the physics and chemistry departments at Waterloo. His research in laser spectroscopy and laser chemistry has won numerous awards.
Since moving to BC, Hepburn has taken up
skiing again, something he gave up in his poor
student days. "Now I'm a 49-year-old with 18-
year-old sensibflities," he said.
He also enjoys hiking and racing up the
Grouse Grind with his 13-year-old son. His
daughter will soon be leaving for Haiti on a
community project "My wife and I are terrified," he said smiling proudly. His eldest son is
finishing a degree at York University in
Toronto.
Hepburn will be dean for a six-year term.
"It's a long haul," he said. "But it's very exciting. UBC has strong leadership, good students,
and our budgets aren't shrinking. It's a fun
time.' ♦
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Families fight depression
A Centre of Excellence planned at UBC to study the disease
by Megan Thomas
NEWS EDITOR
Families whose children tragically
took their own lives, UBC and
Vancouver Hospital and are funding a special university research
position that will study depression.
Known as an endowed Chair, the
position will bring an expert in
depression to UBC to create a Centre
of Excellence. Its mandate is to find
causes of depression, educate health
care professionals and diagnose and
treat the disease.
"There's a veil that has been
dropped on mental illness over the
years and we are trying to lift it,'
said Jim O'Hara, a spokesperson for
the VGH and UBC Hospital
Foundation, a charity involved with
the fundraising for the Chair.
The position will be funded
through charitable donations. So far
the l&monfh campaign has raised
close to $3 million, the amount
required to create an endowed Chair
at UBC. The position will be supported each year by the interest
gained off the endowment
Much of the money raised so far
has come from the efforts of two
families personally affected by
depression.
The. Kelty Patrick Dennehy
Foundation, created by the Dennehy
familiy whose son took his own life -
at 18, has donated $650,000 to the
cause. A major source of this funding is the popular Drive for Life golf
tournament held by the Foundation
" each year in Whistler.
"We have got way higher expectations of where we are going to go and
actually what is needed within this
province to really help people who
suffer from depression, especially
young people," said Ginny Dennehy.
She hopes creating the Chair will
raise awareness so people who suffer from depression can get help
faster in BC.
"Some people, especially young
people, and I can only tell you from
our experience with Kelty when
everything started hitting him, they
are embarrassed and ashamed
about it,' she said. "People need
somewhere to go to right away and
to be able to get help from people
who understand the disease.'
The campaign is also heavily supported by the Craig family in memory of their 2 5-year old son. As
President and CEO of Coast Capital
Savings Credit Union, Lloyd Craig
created a fundraising drive where
clients of the credit union were
encouraged to give a dollar to the
cause and $1.5 million was raised.
O'Hara said he was proud of the
families' efforts.
"They wanted to do something,
not only to lift the veil off this illness,
but to start to raise some money,'
he said.
The original goal was to raise $ 1
million towards depression
research, but that changed when the
community turned out to be
extremely generous, he said.
"We had no idea what the community response would be like,' he
said. "We found the response was
pretty good.'
"We are raising "money for this
much-needed chair, but at the same
time we are also out talking about a
disease who's time has come,'
he added.
The campaign is now looking to
the the BC Government's Leading
Edge Endowment Fund to matph the
dollars raised privately. This $45
million program, started in April of
2002, looks to create 20 new permanent research positions at universities across the province in the
fields of medicine, the environment,
social research and technological
research.
"If we get the match there would
be $4.5 million for an endowed
chair, which is a really good endowment to attract the best candidate
that we can actually find,"
said O'Hara.
The Foundation will find out
sometime in 2004 whether the
funds will be matched.
The mental health community is
optimistic about the possibilities a
Chair for depression will create.
"The symptoms around depression are not something that you
have to live with and not something
where you should just pull your
socks up,' said Jonathan Oldman,
executive' director *.'' for the
Vancouvgr-Buriiaby branch of the
Canadian Mental Health
Association.
"Creating a high profile position
that can not only ensure that
research is continued and taken forward, but is also creating more
awareness of the issue is a great
thing;' he added.- '•>• - -   '• *-' 1- '•'*
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says environmental group
by Dan McRoberts
NEWSWRlTER
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is
denying allegations by a high-profile environmental
group that the governing body has neglected scientific
analysis in managing inshore rockfish in BC.
In a report by a UBC alumnus, the Sierra Club of BC is
alleging that proposed rockfish conservation areas are
planned where there are no known rockfish populations.
The group is also concerned this will mean an increase in
fishing outside the areas, further endangering the rockfish population.
"The indiscriminate approach they are
taking will likely do more harm than good,'
said Scott Wallace, a marine biologist and
author ofthe Sierra Club report
Rockfish are a small, sedentary species
that sustain both a commercial, recreational and First Nations fishery in the Strait of
Georgia. The bottom-dwelling fish can live
up to 170 years but is extremely slow to
reproduce, meaning rebuilding the stocks
takes considerable time.
Because of overfishing, the current
stocks are estimated to be roughly five per
cent of their 1950 levels, said Wallace.
"We've overfished rockfish for a century," he said.
But a spokesperson for the DFO said the Sierra Club's
criticised the report, saying it focuses more on the process
than the proposed areas themselves.
"I don't agree with what they have to say, and I'd like
to invite Scott to one of our meetings to see what the
process looks like from our end,' said Gary Logan.
The .144 sites in question, located in the Strait of
Georgia, have been through the first round of evaluation
online, with opportunities for interested parties to make
comments.
Using this feedback and catch data from different
areas, possible conservation sites will be ranked as high,
medium or low impact, said Logan.
"By no means will all of these sites become permanent
conservation areas,' he added.
ROCKFISH
But Vicky Husband, Conservation Chair, for the Sierra
Club of BC, argues that a careful scientific analysis should
have been done before any proposals.
"We can't support any rockfish conservation areas
until it has been shown they are based on credible science
and actually protect areas where rockfish live,' she said.
And Husband claims the Sierra Club is not alone in
their concerns.
"We have received a lot of calls from fishermen since
we released our report, and they support and confirm our
assessment that rockfish aren't present in some of the
proposed areas.'
A UBC fisheries expert agrees the rockfish sites have not been scientifically investigated but also said the Sierra Club's
demands are too high.
"I think their concerns have a fair
amount of validity, but it is difficult to manage every fish in the ocean,' said Paul
Leblond, a professor emeritus in Earth and
Ocean sciences. "To do as much as the
Sierra Club is asking for at the moment is
perhaps not very realistic'
The Sierra Club is suggesting that a
moratorium be placed on catching rockfish
until the DFO can make a full stock assessment of the fishery.
But financial constraints on the DFO make a full
assessment impossible, said Logan.
'A full-blown stock assessment is financially unfeasible. No fishery on the West Coast has had a full
assessment'
The Sierra Club is also asking the DFO to alter
its process.
"I'd like to see the DFO convene a meeting of top
regional scientists to develop a system for evaluating the
rockfish conservation areas, bringing together a wealth of
local knowledge,' said Logan.
Currently the DFO plans to continue its planning
process as scheduled, with implementation of the new
conservation areas set for the spring of next year. ♦
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2003
FaeesTfading fast on new U^Passes
Students encouraged
to get new cards
by Jonathan Woodward
NEWS EDITOR
Fading ink on two-month-old U-Pass cards is disfiguring facial
features and rubbing some students the wrong way.
"My eyes are gouged out,' said Catherine Charrett, a second-
year student pointing to her U-Pass, a universal transit pass for
UBC students. Two white spots had replaced her picture's eyes.
"It's easy to take this off with your fingernails,* she said,
scratching her U-Pass. "You can't even see my face anymore."
A TransLink spokesman attributed the printing problems to
U-Pass start-up quirks.
"Inevitably, in the firstyear for these things you learn stuff,"
said Ken Hardie, a spokesman for Translink, the body that governs public transit in the Lower Mainland.
Hardie said a special coating on the top of each card promotes ink and card fusion, ensuring readability as long a3 the
card is intact
But the temperature was not high enough during the printing process for UBC's cards, making the ink more vulnerable
to erosion, said a university official.
"We're aware of that and are looking for ways to prevent
this in the next round next year,' said Carole Jolly, the program
manager at TREK, a body that manages transportation on
campus.
Letting the ink soak into the card to fix the picture more
strongly is a temporary solution, said Jolly, but in future cards
the printing temperature would be raised.
Extensive testing had been done on the* cards before they
were printed, but the problem must have passed official scrutiny, said Hardie.
Hardie admitted that pictureless cards do pose a problem in
verifying the identity ofthe card holder.
"The idea of the picture is that the person assigned the card
is the only one using it,' he said.
He suggests students bring extra ID or get new cards to avoid
being refused at the fare box.
Cards will be replaced free of charge at the TREK program
centre on campus.
Cards printed for students arriving in January will be printed
with the appropriate printer temperature, and should not have
any problems, said Hardie.
Students at SFU have had a similar problem, said Nammi
Pootooshasb; a resource"co-ordinatoj with the SFU student society. A few hundred students have reported that the ink and picture are fading on their cards,, he said. ♦
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Amnesty International UBC sounded the
alarm about human trafficking in the international sex trade with a display of stories
and videos that wrapped up last week, hoping to make students more aware of the
problem.
'[We] feel thatthy^gn issue that doesn't
get noticed tcrcr much;*- sald"Jnatri" Sharma;
social coordinator for Amnesty UBC.   f.
But after" seeing documentary videos
about trafficked women, the group felt it had
to do something to get the message out
"We were horrified and compelled, and
wanted to evoke the same reaction in others,"
said Sharma..
Amnesty UBC arranged a display board in
the SUB that likened human trafficking to the
slave trade and showed statistics ofthe kinds
of people trafficked. They displayed maps
showing transcontinental routes along which
victims are taken and related autobiographical testimonies of victims.
Amnesty member Gabrielle Williams
posed theatrically as a victim of human trafficking, sitting scantily-clad in a cage marked
with "a sign reading "Sex Slave: $100.00,'
with a bruise painted on her face.
,, But Williams said she was met with
exploitative attitudes towards women during
the-display. She received several ogling looks
and degrading comments from male passers-
by, like, "What if I like you better in the cage?*
Williams also received ridicule from some
UBC women.
"It was really upsetting when women didn't take this issue seriously,' she said. "We
can't turn a blind eye to the exploitation of
women in our own society. Even downtown
Vancouver is lined with the normalisation of
the exploitation of women—that sends a message to other countries.'
the group also screened two films in the
Norm Theatre, including The Day my God
Died, by director Andrew Levine, which
revealed the conditions of AIDS-condemned
Nepalese girls trafficked to Bombay's brothel
district.
Mira Niagolova's Trafficking Cinderella
showed how vulnerable Eastern European
women are to organised gangs of traffickers
since the fall of the USSR, and claimed the
women's only way out of the situation was
the death of body or soul.
Sharma identified the global nature of the
issue. "We wanted to attract attention to the
fact that it doesn't just happen abroad, but is
an immediate problem. White-slavery-
arrangements are happening in Canada and
the US, and in pornography too," she said.
Claire Turner, Amnesty UBC President,
said that the ultimate goal would be to get
people to take action, but said awareness is
the first step.
"The immediate goal is just public awareness,* she said,
"It seems like the world is so fax gone
when innocent girls like this can be victimised in such a fashion. I wanted to find
out more about what a citizen of Canada
could do," said UBC graduate Andrew Lau,
who passed by the display.
"We can't just do nothing about it," said
UBC student Nancy Hasiuk.
Don Wright, Amnesty Canada's BCyYukon
Regional Development Coordinator agreed.
"We all have a role to play in ending violence against women, in it's many forms,
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REGARDING GRADUATE THESIS SUBMISSION
Effective Monday; December r, 2003, the Dean's Office in the Faculty
of Graduate Studies (FoGS) will assume the responsibility for accepting
and processing all final eppies of Masters and Doctoral theses. Rare
Books and Special Collections, located in Main Library, will continue
to accept theses until November 30, 2003. Microfiche copies of theses
will continue to be catalogued and shelved as they are now.
This change is being implemented to improve service to students and is
part of FoGS ongoing commitment to review and revise their systems to
ensure that graduate students receive the best service possibte. The new
procedure will enable FoGS to incorporate thesis submission into the
overall process of graduation eligibility checking. This will streamline
the entire graduation process and provide a single reference point for
graduate students with respect to thesis formatting, thesis submission,
and in the case of doctoral students, the coordination of their final
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For more information oil thesis submission at FoGS, please contact
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Frieda Granot, Dean of Graduate Studies
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by Emily Chung
FEATURES WRITCR
Colin Upton is a Vancouver-based alternative comics author/artist, best known
for his autobiographical Big Thing
series (published by Fantagraphics). In
honour of Remembrance Day, The
Ubyssey had a chat about comics and
war.
Tha Ubyssey. What kind of comics
do you read and are you really an aficionado of war comics?   .
Colin Upton: I'm not really an aficionado of war comics as a genre, but I
da buy comics that are about wars, my
favourite being people like Joe Sacco
and Jack Jackson, who has done a series
on Texas history. There are very few
good war comics out there.
I've ?ead a lot of war comics. I've
react a lot of anti-war comics from the
1960s. I've published my own comic
about the Gulf War back in 1991-1992,
which was Big Thing #3, which was all
about the Gulf War as seen from
Vancouver.
I/: Do you think war is over or
underrepresented in graphic novels?
CU: It's not a terribly big genre. I
think the 1960s, tha alternative, the
underground comics tended to stigmatise the subject of war—if you take an
interest in war you must therefore be a
war-moiiger. So I don't think a lot of
people have the knowledge or the
courage to tackle it as a subject Joe
Sacco is an exception because he uses
his training as a journalist to interpret
events. But I think a lot of people have a
deep suspicion of anyone who takes tao
much of an interest in things military.
U. Do you think comics and graphic
novels are a good medium for discussing war?
CU: I think so. I think comics and
graphic novels can be usefiil teaching
tools. I would certainly refer to Jack
Jackson's Texas history series, which
were actually done because Jack
Jackson was so disappointed with a
comic that he saw when he was young.
The Texas school system actually published a series called Texas History,
Comics,"which was very racist and sort
of glorified the conquest of Texas. In
response, Jack Jackson, when h§ ;
became an underground cartoonist,
started to draw comics based on history
to try and correct what he had read as a
child. So he started doing comics about
Alternative cartoonists, who control
the process from beginning to end, and
are not as concerned with selling to
major markets across the countiy, have
their own unique and distinct voices
and opinions on subjects. So I think
there are less constraints very often for
an alternative cartoonist
Generally, I think that people can
read and assimilate comics*easier than
books. The history of Texas is a very
complicated thing an4 quite a daunting
_rea<J. But I think in 'comics form it's
more accessible, perhaps more
entertaining,
, U. So you think it makes these topics
accessible to people who might not otherwise read about them?
CU: I think so. In theory it does, but
unfortunately the state of comics as
Texas history as seen frbrn the view, of 'they are now are more of a specialty
the Comanches, or the Mexican f exajbs.
U. Do you think the medium brings
anything that books, TV and movies
don't to the stories?
CU: I think that alternative comics .
are generally one person doing it all—
writing, drawing—and they're able to
put forward their own opinions and
ideas clearly. Somethings like movie*
and television they aj» a collective erer ;<
ation and they require compromises'
very often. You might want to say something about the Confederacy, but you
don't want to offend your viewers in the
south if you're a big network. Even
some book and magazine publishers
who have dealt with touchy subjects
have had to modify their opinions so
they don't offend people in certain
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If. When you said there aren't very
many good war comics, what did you
mean?
CU: I was just thinking back to when
I was young. There were lots of war
comics...in the 1960s. In the 50s and
60sji lot people who were doing comics
haif actually faeea involved in the war,
and some of it was good/r •-   -
The EC war comics were amazing.
This was a famous company in tha
United States that published the best
comics of the 1950s. EC made its
money through horror comics which
were quite explicit And there was this
guy,. Dp WqrthomT; **&&' derided that
juvenile rdeliquenfcy-,wa§< caused by
reading comic books. So the Comics
Code was basically designed to crush
EC comics. Besides the horror, they
also published a couple of series of
war comics—Two-Fisted Tales— and
Frontline Combat, which were some of
the best war comics ever done... They
were almost anti-war in a way and they
tried to look at both sides as human.
They were well-written and well-drawn
and quite unusual because there are a
lot of bad, really jingoistic, pseudo-
racist war comics.'
And the war comic genre was still
going in the 1960s, but they were pretty ridiculous. You had things like Nick
Fury'and his Howling, Commandos and
Sgt Rock and Easy Company. They kind
of changed over the years. Suddenly
Easy Company had a black soldier and
an Indian soldier who had a feather in
his helmet and it was kind of bizarre
because he kept getting into fist-fights
with Germans, not shooting at them
with giihs but just getting up and
punching them. And they became"
increasingly surreal. J
In mainstream comics, there are
very few war genre comics happening.
The current 9/11, Gulf War thing-I
don't know whether that's reflected
atall..     -
U: Well, Joe Sacca had some of the
first Gulf War in. his. Notes from a
Defeatist, but I think that's it
CU: That's kind of interesting. Joe
Sacco did a comic about the Gulf War
and so did 1.1 think that's kind of curious because neither of us were living in
the States at the time. I'm Canadian and
he was Uving in Europe, I believe. So it
doesn't seem that people want to tackle
the theme in the States unless you look
at political cartoonists.
A lot of comics about the World
Wars weren't published until recently,
like Maus and Barefoot Gen. Those
were long after they happened.
Barefoot Gen was first published in the
1960s. It was still awhile after 1945.
Well, you want to forget about these
things and sometimes it takes years
before people want to sit down and
seriously look at the events again and
figure out what happened. Often the
memories are too fresh. But the EC
comics were done not long after World
War II and actually a lot of the EC stories were about the Korean War, which
was going on at the time.
Now, most people don't take graphic novels too seriously. I would think
most people wouldn't think too much
of their historical accuracy. -^
What frighten^'me is that most peo-
; pie get their history from movies,
which rarely have. any. interest in historical accuracy. '    ?
U. So would you say that graphic
novels are more accurate?
CU: It depends dn the artists. It
depends on the work. Frank Miller did
300 Spartans, which was about the battle of Thermopylae in Ancient Greece.
That kind of played loose and fast with
! tha facts. You've heard of Donna Barr—
'- the? Desert Peach series. That sometimes strays from the facts. I think war
for many comics is sometimes a way "of
interpreting what's going on now.
Sometimes, if you stick too closely to
the facts, the story gets dull You need to
find a way of striking a balance
somehow.   ,
U. What prompted you to do a comic
on the Gulf War?..
CU: Mostly 1 dtDComics aljouti thinga
' that I find intefestlng.arthat'ti^m'e off/ <
I'm a news junkie' and I read a lot of history. It's all got to go somewhere—you
read about stuff, you think about it you
watch it You've got to have some way to
spit it back at the world, getting your
opinion out there, feeling that one's
opinion has value*. I think in some ways
it's a formi of* selfdefence'against the
media barrage we're fa'c^d with
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U. Did you get the same response as
to the other ones in the series?
CU: I think I got more people arguing
over the facts of the war, of course,
doing a lot of autpbiographical material
OnS"ean'i really" argue' With' someone'
who does a story about a bus ride you
were on because they weren't there, but
everyone's got an opinion on world
events. Actually, there was this one guy,
Mike from New York, who got so pissed
off after reading my comic that he called
me up from New York, but he called in
the middle of the night because he forgot about the time difference. So he
decided to be nice to me instead so we
From Maus by art spiegelman
got to be quite good buddies over the
phone. I'm not exactly sure where he is
right now. He might be in Iraq because
he was itj the US National Guard
U. Do you think the comic-graphic
novel medium is getting to be more
popular?
CU: I believe that if nothing else, it's
becoming more respectable because
more people who grew up with alternative comics are now growing up and
into positions of responsibilities.
So increasingly you'll find teachers,
librarians and such, younger ones, who
actually know about comics, understand
comics and are willing to deal with
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JUST OFF THE PODIUM: UBC's Celia Ambery took home fourth
place for the women Birds, michelle mayne photo
Hosting success
UBC cross-country team heads
to nationals in Kentucky
by Arnold Ha
SPORTS WRITER
UBC made their presence felt last
Saturday, at jerichc* Park as7 they
scored enough points to secure
themselves a place at the UAIA
national cross-country championships.
It was a successful meet all
around for the first time hosts, who
not only dominated the men's competition but also saw oyer 200 runners attend the event. The event
also saw the dominance1 of British;
Columbian teams! with a UBC first
place medal and an SFU gold and
silver.
On the men's side, UBC's Jerry
Ziak overcame a back injury and
placed first overall in the men's
8km, dominating his competition
and outdistancing himself from his
closest rival, Richard Mosley of
SFU, by an impressive 22 seconds
in a time of 25:49 minutes.
"[Mosley] has beaten me twice
this ye^r, so I had incentive to make
a strong showing here," said Ziak of
his long time rival. "My goal was to
stay among the leaders at the start
of the race and then make my
move. I felt very relaxed throughout
the race and had a lot left in the
tank at the end.'
Other notables on the men's side
were David Roulstofl, who finished
ninth, and teammates Morgan Titus
and Chris Durkin who placed 11th
and 12 th respectively.
On the women's side, Celia
Ambery was the top runner, placing,
fourth overall with i time of
18:07.70, just over a minute behind'
'- the^e firsjfni rjdaci ?£>■ tii&e1' of
SFU's :Natasha > Wodalfc tiAmy
Higginbotham was the second best'
runner for UBC, placing 11th with a
time of 18:31.42.
For the women, the result is significant. This is the first time that
the women have qualified for the
National Championship's, during
theii four year! in the NAlAI'They
will how be racing alongside the
UBC men in the toughest competition they will face all year, the NAIA
Nationals. This year's competition
will be held in in Louisville,
Kentucky on November 22. ♦
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Wins not commendable
Despite two wins over the weekend,
women's volleyball coach Doug
Reimer was not happy with the
results. Winning all three sets
against Trinity Western University
on Friday, Reimer felt that TWU didn't put up any 'resistance.' But on
Saturday TWU put up a stronger
fight. UBC was set back 19-2 5 in the
first set but four games later they
had secured a 3-1 victory. According
to Reimer, "Trinity played a lot better on the Saturday and we made the
fundamental error on the second
day, which was not preparing well
for our opponent." UBC is currently
ranked fourth in the CIS.
Huskies undefeated
The T-Bird men's volleyball .team
was unable to ' make * a deht in
Saskatchewan's unbeaten streak
this season. They lost the first game
in a tough four game match, which
ended 3-1 for the Huskies. Despite
three close matches—UBC was down
only three points in both the first
and second set—the game ended
with a 3-0 decision for USask.
An ice-hockey first
The T-Bird women's ice hockey
team may be 0-6 for the season but
they do have something to smile
about In a weekend double-header
against the ninth best team in
Canada, the Saskatchewan Huskies,
the T-Birds recorded their first
goals of the season. It was Amy
Debree and Kelly James who put the
first goals on the UBC Scoreboard,
both taking turns- assisting, and
scoring. Despite two losses of 2-3
for the Birds, the four goals scored
over the weekend could mark a
shift in the season, or at least show
definitive progress for the mostly
rookie team. •> THEUBYSSEY
SPORTS
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2003
Hit and miss basketball
UBC men struggle against UVic Vikes
by Dan McRoberts
SPORTS WRITER
The UBC men's basketball team experienced mixed results
from its first weekend of the regular season. UBC won its first
game of the year on Friday against the University of Victoria
Vikes, but fell short of victoiy in the rematch the following night
Although splitting the two games was hardly an emphatic start
to their Canada West title defence, the Birds had their hands full
with a spirited Vikes team.
Victoria seized an early lead on Friday displaying good accuracy from the three-point range and some fine penetrating
drives to the basket UBC, meanwhile, was having difficulty
establishing any offensive rhythm. But they managed to keep
the game within reach paced by several baskets from Casey
Archibald, the highly touted second-year swingman. At the half,
the Vikes were in front 40-36 but hardly in command, setting
the tone for an intense second half.
In the second frame, Victoria took the first lead with their
outside shooting. However, as the game wore on, UBCs Peter
Wauthy's solid interior play, combined with regular and successful trips to the foul line for the Birds, put the home side on
top and UBC was able to hang on for a thrilling 76-71 victoiy.
Birds coach Kevin Hanson was pleased by the squad's late
efforts. "We weathered the storm tonight, did a great job of battling back and never hanging our heads. And Peter Wauthy
played unbelievable for us." Wauthy, finished with 17 points
and 11 rebounds and was named player of the game.
Saturday evening would see a similar kind of game, but a different result for UBC. Another slow start put the Birds down 15-
4 in thft early. s.tages of th$ first half, but Jason Birring came off
the bftosh.and nailed.S couple of three-pointers for the Birds,
keeping the score close as halftime approached.
It was freshmen centre Pat Sponaski's inside play that had
the game knotted at 53 for each team late in the second half.
Sponaski used his size to create offense in the low post, including a powerful dunk that stood out as the offensive play of the
night. Despite a solid performance from several bench players,
the Birds, jell tft defeat by a final score of 73-69.
,... HansOiOiwas hardly impressed by,the,&ay UBChad.GO.me out.
to start thef game, saying that his Starting five of Archibald,
Wauthy, Ryder McKeown, Jordan Yu and Karlo Villeaneuva
"hadn't come to play at the beginning of the first half." Instead
he gave credit to the second-half efforts of his team. "Pat
Sponaski played well on offense, but he tired at the end and his
check got some position. We can't expect a first-year guy to
carry us."
Sponaski- himself admitted to having some nerves as he
started, his; university career. "Friday I was nervous. When I
came in, I lost my man right off the whistle. But things seemed
to settle down for me tonight' The freshman admitted disappointment over the loss, but sees all games as a positive experience, win or lose. UBC will be looking for more positives than
negatives this coming weekend, as they host Saskatchewan on
Friday and Alberta on Saturday. ♦
Weekend split for
women's basketball
by Wilson Wong
SPORTS WRITER
With seven teams in the CIS top ten, the
Canada West Conference features weekly
battles between high-calibre women's
basketball teams. Last weekend the sixth
ranked Thunderbirds split their two
game series against the visiting number
one-ranked and defending national
champions the University of Victoria
Vikes. While the Birds play indefinetely
without injured team-favourite Sheila
Townsend, the rest of the team, now
dubbed the 'supporting cast' managed
to pull a 56-42 victoiy out of Friday's
tough physical game.
Both teams employed a tough person-
to-person defence that resulted in a few
rugby-like scrums for the ball on the floor.
Despite switches in the momentum of
the first half, a late run, sparked by sharp-
shooting Carrie Watson, allowed UBC to
take a 30-23 lead into halftime.
The second half saw superb defence
by UBC and an inspired 25 minutes of
play by Kim Howe, who was all over the
floor grabbing rebounds and causing
turnovers. She, along with Kelsey Blair
and Tina Lum, kept the Vikes out of the
low post forcing Victoria to settle for outside shots. UVic's dangerous forward
Jania Mynott was the only Vike in double
figures with 13 points.
On offense, UBC relied on great
rebounding from Blair, Watson and
Amanda Beers. Watson was hot in the
first half and ended with 20 points and
nine rebounds but UBC spread the scoring around in the second. Rookie Erica
McGuinness scored 12 points in 19
minutes.
Moving the ball around was not a
problem for the Vikes, but their bad shot
selection doomed their attempt to come
back as UBC slowly increased their lead
from seven to 16. At the final whistle,
Victoria had managed a measly 19 points
in the second halt losing 56-42.
But the Vikes took control on Saturday
as four Victoria starters scored ten or
more points to lead them to a 64-59 victoiy. Despite shooting 62 per cent from
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BLAIR AIR: UBC's Kelsey Blair takes on the Vikes. peter klesken photo
the field in the first half, UBC trailed by a
bucket at the break.
Despite a UBC lead four minutes into
the second, Victoria blew the game open
with a 13-0 run over the next three and a
half minutes. UBC worked to decrease
their deficit to six points with a minute
and a half remaining, but could not get
closer despite Blair's heroic three point -
attempt with 2 7 seconds left A final basket for UVic brought the final score to 64-
59 for the Vikes.
By the end, Rookie Cait Haggarty had
12 points, outplaying her fifth year coun
terpart, Dani Everitt, while Kelsey Blair
led UBC with 15 points. She also had kind
words for her rookie teammates saying,
"they played with confidence and
composure.'
"I am generally satisfied with our play
this weekend. We would have liked the
sweep, but we were playing the national
champions and we won the point spread
so we played well,' said head coach Deb
Huband. But she might not be happy with
a split next weekend as UBC plays a game
against winless Saskatchewan and
then Alberta. ♦
Short end of the stick for ice-Birds
by Paul Granat
SPORTS WRITER
It's been a tough year so far for the
Thunderbirds men's ice hockey
team. In their first six games of the
season the Birds have only seen one
win. By getting off to a slow start,
there is no question that the hockey
team will be fighting hard for a playoff spot this year, but with a 2 8 game
schedule, there is still a lot of hockey
to be played.
With many rookies rounding out
the team, UBC assistant coach Ian
Lampshire noted that 'right now
everyone is in the mindset of climh-
ing the ladder."
But the team didn't climb up any
Canada West standings as Friday
night's contest against the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies
saw the T-Birds flying right into the
loss column again, being defeated 4-
1 by the second place prairie puck
handlers.
Despite the loss, Lampshire is
confident that 'the team is going to
play the best they can for the whole
year.' He spoke truthfully, because
on Saturday night, the determined
Birds never gave up. Despite already
falling behind 3-0 to the-Huskies
three minutes into the second period, fourth-year T-Bird, Rob Petrie,
decided to mount some offense for
the struggling squad. Just a couple of
minutes after one Saskatchewan
FREEZE FRAME: UBC's Robert File in action peter klesken photo
goal, Petrie put home a rebound on a
two-man advantage for UBC. This
was the spark that the Birds needed.
As the game went back and forth,
roughly shot for shot, every
Thunderbird fought hard to get back
into the game.
At this point, all looked well for
UBC, but two back-to-back penalties
lowered their hopes for scoring. If it
weren't for the magic workings of
the penalty kill, Rob Petrie would not
have been able to set up Matt
McMahon's first goal as a T-Bird
since coming out of the NCAA hockey league.
But Saskatchewan put the puck
past UBC goalie Robert File late in
the second, bringing the score to 4-2
going into the third period. Petrie
came up big for the Birds once more
as he was awarded a penalty shot
4:30 into the third. Petrie nearly
turned the hat trick against
Saskatchewan, barely missing the
net on UBC's fourth power play of
the contest. Unfortunately the T-
Birds couldn't manage to scrounge
out another goal and had to settle
for their sixth loss of the season, in
what was without question a well-
played game by both teams.
Game star Rob Petrie stood put in
this battle, but even still, he knows
that the bottom line for the Birds is
to win. "We're not getting the first
goal ofthe game," said Petrie, 'we're
always playing catch-up...everyone is
working hard, and guys haven't really been getting lucky. My line just got
a lot of chances tonight'
Petrie attributes his success to
the speedy centre man Casey
Bartzen, who already has three
assists this year. The Thunderbirds
will be looking to him to make things
happen for the offence. Lampshire
believes that "the players need to be
rewarded with a win. If they keep
playing like they are and sticking to
the system, wins will start consistently coming.' Hopefully for the
Birds their teamwork strategy will
give them a turn around this weekend when they head to Manitoba to
take on the Bison. ♦ 10
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2003
EDITORIAL
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2003
VOLUME 85 ISSUE 19
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in her car, and Hywel grabbed a ride with her to the nearest
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tearing that this carol may be his last But UBC Security Chief
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To remember the dead, and the unparalleled warfare and bloodshed of
the twentieth centuiy, is to work for peace.
There were commemoration'ceremonies yesterday at War Memorial
Gym and the cenitaph at Victoiy Square Park. Veterans were honoured
for their contributions to freedom and their participation in wars that
engulfed the globe. We solemnly contemplated the tragic deaths of millions of people in a moment of silence.
But has anything changed since the last centuiy?
Some of us refuse to wear poppies, despite the powerful good that is
done by donations at the mail or at the SUB. Some of us believe that
while they symbolise the high human cost of war, they also insinuate
that we've somehow learned from our mistakes. Somehow, some of us
feel we've buried our memories of war along with the dead of
Flanders Fields.
Others feel that poppies are a true symbol of the death of our
destructive instincts, for the sole fact that they make us pause but for a
moment to remember tragedy. Still others find comfort in the historical
distance of the Holocaust, Auschwitz, Guernica, Dresden and
Hiroshima.
Rememberance day means a lot of different things tp many people.
While the focus was originally placed on the veterans that gave their
lives for peace, the focus has also been shifted to civilian casualties,
who were not actively fighting. For others an even broader scope is
taken, the very act and necessity of war in these situations is mourned
and regretted. Nations around the world hope that nothing like the two
World Wars would be necessary again.
Remembrance day is in honour of veterans alive and killed, who
have made a sacrifice to keep our countiy safe. Remembrance day
assemblies of our youth were a h'oly event, a serious event where we
seemed to admit that we were sorry for putting people on the front
lines. We're sorry for killing innocent casualties during the major wars.
It's a time of confession, healing and apology.
But veterans are also slowly passing on and this period of history is
being left further and further in the past. The Second World War leaves
314,405 veterans as of last spring, whose average age is 80. The first
world war leaves only 14 veterans in Canada, whose average age is 101.
Remembrance Day at present seems to be a force of habit, and has
somehow become isolated to the First and Second World Wars. If we
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commemorate Remembrance Day, what are remembering? What have
we learned?
For our generation war is only a scene played out for the lens of a TV
camera, or the pen of a journalist. How can we reconnect with the past
generation to always remember their sacrifice and not repeat the same
mistakes?
Remembrance Day means nothing if we are currently in war, if US
and British troops are dropping bombs. Sixteen US troops were killed
in Iraq recently, and at least two Canadians have been killed in the past
month. Since the war ended, over 1500 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad have
died violently, not to mention violence precipitated in the streets since
lawlessness began.
It is ironic that we take a day to commemorate sacrifice and the
price paid for peace in the past when a war is actively being fou|ht right
now. To what extent will we be selective in ourlaourprbg," crymg only
for that which affects us in retrospect, while {ignoring the pain that
stares us in the face?
If you wear a poppy, or if you do not, know these things. Do not
assume war is something that happened long ago, and recognise that it
is still an evil that plagues our generation as well. Otherwise the memories of the dead have been done a powerful injustice. ♦.
LETTERS
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'Unpopular' views deserve respect, too
PERSPECTIVE
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by Andrea Martens
I'm extremely disappointed by the
attitudes of some of my fellow students here at UBC when it comes to
other students expressing views
that are not so 'popular.' I am referring to the 'individuals' of the
Students for Choice club who were
protesting Lifeline's display of the
Genocide Awareness Project (GAP)
last Thursday (October 30). Their
display and the article in the
Ubyssey ('Pro-choice group skirts
GAP rule,' October 31) have
prompted me to write this
response.
. One of the reasons why Lifeline
holds the GAP is to give people the
facts about abortion that are so
often masked by the slogan
'Freedom of Choice.' This was
again obvious to me as the people
lobbying for 'choice' attempted to
drown out the message of their fellow students by chanting and shouting, interfering with Lifeline's freedom to hold their display and be
heard.
The picture along with the article in the Ubyssey shows only a few
of the pickets that were being held
by the 'individuals' against the display. I'd like to highlight the ones
that were not shown and also the
ones that are of concern to me:
"Anti-choice Bigots go Home I"
"Anti-choice bigots get the F— off
my campus!' etc. These phrases
were also marked in chalk on the
pavement in front of Lifeline's dis
play. From my observations, the
message of intolerance of another
point of view was clear. What the
signs, chanting and parading
around in front of Lifeline's display
said to me was: 'If you don't agree
with us (students for choice), you
don't have a right, or the freedom,
to be heard on this campus.'
I apologise for my naivete, but I
was not aware that by attending
UBC I had to conform to a particular mind-set or belief system in
order to be 'allowed' or accepted on
this campus by my fellow students.
No matter where you go people
have differing opinions about any
sort of issue. This is completely
acceptable and stimulating in an
academic environment. It is also
acceptable to disagree with one
another in a rational, civil manner.
However, interfering with
another group of students' display
is totally rude and only illustrated
to me the intellectual immaturity of
some ofthe people on this campus.
Instead of rationally disagreeing
with the pro-life display, the individuals picketing against it resorted
to name-calling and belittling the
character of students with an alternate viewpoint by making them feel
like they had no place on this campus. "This campus is no place for
hate' was another ofthe phrases on
the pickets being held against the
display. I couldn't agree more, yet
to whom was that referring? I saw
no display of hate from the members of Lifeline, and by observing
them engage in discussion with
those who were truly interested in
the issue, I noticed a passion in
them to alert the UBC campus
about the injustice in our society
that takes the life of one in three
children yet to be born.
I suspect that in any other circumstance, students interfering
with a display held by other students here on campus would be
highly frowned upon pid seen as
rude. Yet in this circumstance the
'individuals' against the display are
congratulated on a 'job well done'
in protecting a woman's right/freedom to choose. Is it really an
informed choice if one side of the
issue is being shrouded and people
are prevented from having the
opportunity to ask questions and
find out the facts about what abortion does to a woman and her
unborn child?
I would just like to finish by giving credit to the people who really
deserve it. To the members of
Lifeline: my respect goes out to you
for being bold enough to bring to
attention the issue of injustice
against the unborn children in our
society in an atmosphere that is
hostile and intolerant towards the
truth; and I respt-ctyou all the more
for focusing on the issue at hand
and not resorting to the tactics of
name-calling and irrationality of
those who argue against you. To my
fellow students who respect everyone's right to be heard in what they
have to say on this campus and
uphold intellectual maturity, my
respect goes out to you too. ♦
—Andrea Martens is a fourth
year student in human kinetics
Respect makes sense
Tom Paine, in his Common Sense,
demands a radical respect for other
people's ideas: "I may not agree
with- a word you say, but I will
defend unto death your right to do
so.*, Why do I call such a respect
radical? In today's world, we seem
to have forgotten this respect in a
gloss of tolerance. "I will allow you
to say what you will, so long as I
agree with you."
I have been to many GAP displays, but this Thursday exposed
how many pro-choicers favour false
tolerance over truth. First, they
tried to intimidate our members
from showing graphic pictures of
abortion. They employed a variety
of tactics: shouting over peaceful
discussion with a bullhorn, blocking the display with their signs and
bodies, and harassing some perceived pro-life passers-by with their
tongues.
However, they saved their real
fury for qur members, as a majority of the pro-choice mob shouted
obscenities at us. Sonjeone also
vandalised our warning signs with
slogans of "anti-choice a—holes
ahead.' These are pure intimidation tactics.' ■
That same day, unknown miscreants vandalised the Catholic
chinch on campus with slogans
such as "GAP = Lies' and 'Abortion
is a right" stenciled in flaming red
paint on the pale white walls.
Now you may disagree with us
on the signs, or you may favour
abortion rights. However, just
because you do not agree with us
does not give you the right to abuse
our display, and our members, or
to prevent us from showing the pictures. It would appear from
Thursday's display that common
sense is not so common after all.
—Sean 01 lech
Arts 4
Member of the UBC Lifeline Club THEUBYSSEY
CULTURE
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12,2003
11
Bridges
and facets
THE VANCOUVER ASIAN
FESTIVAL
Nov. 7-10
FILM
The films and themes of. this
year's Vancouver Asian Film
Festival, in its seventh successful
run, were all about food, sex,
migration, war, typecasting, destiny, love, respect, hfe and pride.
Each program held a category
of films, from sexy shorts to
painful documentaries, that dealt
with these issues. It is a multi-
faceted program of beauty, comedy, tragedy and poetry seen
through pan-Asian eyes.
Such films as Perfect Girl are
amateurish in their delivery, but
are undeniably a charming
expose of futility, regret and the
struggle for the perfect pick-up
line in the face of the true love.
Book of Rules is a story ofthe disintegration of relationships, the
instinctual need for connection
and the balance of life and love. It
is both tragically funny and often
bittersweet, with autonomous
scenes that lead to anticlimactic
resolutions, but. offer the amazing character work of several San
Francjscaij Asian Pacifies struggling for rfiea'nina and escape
from their own fragile emotions.
The festival's aims are to
bridge the cultural gaps and raise
awareness between Asian and
non-Asian communities, as well
as within pan-Asian communities
themselves, while promoting
opportunity and appreciation for
independent—North- - ■ Am«ricaa-
Asian filmmakers. Look out for
next year's Vancouver Asian Film
Festival, which will be a must-seer
if it continues its trend of inspiration and excellence.
Brother Bear's a hypocrite...
—lan Duncan
w^men	
...and Mickey
is dead
BROTHER BEAR
now playing
by Dario Todorovic
CULTURE WRITER
Disney's release of Brother Bear is
just in time to reap some US
Thanksgiving cash. A rehashed and
conflicted perversion of First
Nations spirituality that is lacking in
any consistency in theme or presentation, Brother Bear is an absolute
mess of a movie.
This film purports to teach the
values of co-existence and respect
for the animal world. However, all
that is delivered is claptrap that contradicts itself within the ensuing
scenes. In the grand old Disney tradition of cultural and religious disrespect, Mickey Mouse takes artistic
license with thousand-year old aboriginal spiritual beliefs by adding a
few cutesy talking animals, complete with ethnic stereotypes, and
producing a movie which can barely
account for its moral purpose.
From the Pacific Northwest of
the past, Kenai (voiced by Joaquin
Phoenix) is a young boy living with
his two brothers. Excited about his
upcoming rite of passage to manhood, Kenai is disappointed to learn
that his 'totem'—a force meant to
guide him for the rest of his hfe—is
love in the form of a bear,.
— After- his- brother- dies- due. to=
Kenai's irresponsible hunting of i
bear, Kenai is ironically transformed into a bear himself, and
thus forced to live the life of the
creature he despises. Kenai learns
that he must journey to a mountain
if he hopes to ever become human
again. In this adventure, he meets
Koda, a singing ciiddly bear cub
(voiced by Jeremy Suarez) who is
separated from his mother. The two
bond through brotherhood and travel the rest of the journey together.
The purpose of the. film is to
argue for an examination and
respect of nature in a non-human
context and appreciate it for its
essence independent of man. The
entire premise of Brother Bear limits nature to a human definition and
human perception. Don't respect
the bear for being a bear, the Disney
message reads, respect him because
there is a little man inside.
The use of anthropomorphism
within the film fails to generate
respect for nature or bears. In the
case of Koda, evoking sympathy for
a bear cub that is in no way different from a human child defeats the
purpose. Koda is seen as a talking
bear, complete with song and
dance, and indistinguishable from
a human child.
Koda and Kenai are able to
become brothers by overcoming
their negative preconceptions of
each other, and learn that their differences should not justify hatred
or fear. However, this message is
contradicted by an invitation to
exact comedic satisfaction from the
otherness or differences of other
animals.
We are told to respect the bear
despite the differences between our
species, because he too cares, loves
and feels just as a human being
does. However, because the two
Canadian moose are differentiated
fromi human beings (due to their
low level of intelligence and stereotypical Canadian accent), the audience is encouraged to laugh and
ridicule them. Their slow manner
of speech and droopy long faces
imply their slow-mindedness, and
as such, the children in the audience laugh at cultural jokes they
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Despite all this, I found the film
tolerable until the scene with the
Russian bear, who looks like a
mockery of former Soviet Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev, complete with
unibrow and messy hair, yelling in
the Russian tongue. Even though
he actually tells a story of suffering
(my Russian is rusty, but I could
discern something about overcoming danger to his life), the other
characters stare blankly-and laugh
at him, prompting the audience to
do the same.
Respect  others,   according  to
Brother Bear, as long as the respected are not slow, disabled or foreign.
The hypocrisy of this film is prevalent throughout the movie, and the
cuteness of a family film cannot
conceal the fact that this movie
presents an immoral and contradictory message. I would not call this
film offensive, but in execution, it
directly works against itself. As
such. Brother Bear is a film that
youngsters will enjoy since they can
only appreciate it at a superficial
level, whereas any viewer with a
more in-depth perception should
beware. ♦
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CULTURE
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Much tastier than stale pieces of bread
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by Ancilla Chui
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'It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds," according to
Aesop, of Aesop's Fables^ "Honkl* is a modern musical tale, by
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, produced solely to prove that
what really matters about who we are can be found on the inside,
and not necessarily on the outside.
It is not surprising "Honk!" garnered three Best Musical
awards, including London's most prestigious: the Laurence
Olivier award. Overall, the production is dripping with charm
without being too sugary or cute.
There was nothing 'fowl' about the cast, since all of the actors
possess great vocal talent and during the performance truly
seemed like they were having as much fun as the audience.
Considering the subject matter of the play, you would think the
theatre would be littered with noisy children, but surprisingly
the Waterfront Theatre was littered with noisy adults, proving
that "Honkl* can be fun for all ages.
This poultry tale is based on The Tale of the Ugly Duckling,
and begins with the meeting of the comical duck family of Drake
and Ida, played by Gordon Roberts and Jane Leroux who deliver a hilarious portrayal of husband and wife. A surprisingly
unexpected performance was delivered by Scott Perrie as Ugly,
the hero of our favourite tale.
Ugly becomes the black sheep of the family because his
"quack" is a "honk," and his appearance is less than appealing.
While out for a family swim. Ugly accidentally drifts away from
the pod and must find his way back home; along the way he
meets a whole slew of farmyard animals who teach him to
believe in himself through song and dance.
Director Andy Toth plays with the audience's imagination by
unleashing the inner farmyard animal within each character.
Of course, in every tale there has to be a villain: here, it takes
the shape of a suave tomcat played by Brian McBride. The farmyard tomcat is determined to turn his new-found friend, Ugly,
into his next victim by transforming him into a delectable duck
i 1'orange. McBride's portrayal of the ferocious feline steals the
show, captivating the audience with the appeal of such a likeable
villain. We see the debonair cat strut his stuff in two slick songs,
'Play With Your Food" and "Tom Cat Sting."
Lyricist Anthony Drewe expertly packs smart puns in just the
right places. Great Broadway tunes like "Warts and All'—a rendition performed by a bullfrog (Alex McLeod)—are so delightfully witty and smart, you can't help but wonder how he ever
thought them up in the first place.
Set designer Lance Cardinal is able to transform the small
theatre space into an imaginary pond, coniplete with towering
bulrushes and vast farmyards. The production relies heavily on
special lighting to convey the feeling of being in a cartoon-esque
wetland, complemented by larger than life props, which add to
the comical feeling of the production.
It's amazing how a small amateur company can tie acting,
dance and song into one neat httle, but wonderfully amusing,
package. 'Honkl* is a sure bet if you're looking for an intelligent
and entertaining musical produced by a local company. Like all
musicals of this genre, we know they end happily ever after.
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