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Vol. LXXXIXNo. 33 I www.ubyssey.ca I January 22nd, 2008 I since 1918
VP External
hopeful may
enlist GFS
for lobbying
By Jesse Ferreras
News Staff
The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) could soon hold some
sway in UBC's provincial lobbying if a candidate for VP External
has anything to say about it.
Stefanie Ratjen, a fourth-year
political science major, is looking into involving the CFS at UBC
as part of her candidacy for VP
External, the AMS position in
charge of lobbying municipal,
provincial and federal governments about issues related to
post-secondary education.
Part of her platform says that
the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA), an organization that brings student interests
to the federal government, does
not lobby provincial governments and that issues must be
addressed provincially rather
than at the federal level.
Her platform then states that
"This is where the CFS comes
in," though she does not make
clear what role the group would
play in lobbying on behalf of UBC
students.
Ratjen said in an interview
that she does not want to bring
the CFS to UBC as its sole lobby
group, but said she has not
thought about what role the
CFS would play in lobbying activities with British Columbia's
government.
Students need to have
a stronger voice at
the provincial level.
Stefanie Ratjen,
AMS VP External Candidate
She added that she wants
to see a "well-organized" coalition advocate on behalf of BC
students.
"Students need to have a
stronger voice at the provincial
level, this is the level where shit
gets done," she said. "This is
where tuition funding programs
are allocated, this is where the
decision-making structures at
the university take place."
"People realize that CASA
is not effective on a provincial
level. The CFS as a union does
lobby on a provincial level. That
being said, in recent years, a lot
of student unions in Canada and
in BC in particular have not been
happy with the CFS."
The CFS was founded in
1981   and  is  Canada's largest
see "VFX" | page 03
KELLAN HIGGINS PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
2 Girls, 1 TentRicha Misra and Anita Bernardo hope to raise $10,000 in order to build a library to help educate children in Nepal.
Live-in week at the library
Students camp out with
tent in UBC library
by Colleen Tang
News Writer
Two UBC students are living in
Koerner Library for ten days in
an effort to raise awareness and
money for literacy efforts in third
world countries.
Anita Bernardo and Richa
Misra hope that in combination
with other students from the
charity DREAM (Discover the
Reality of Educating All Minds)
at Queens, Memorial, and Laurentian universities, they can
exceed   their   $20,000   target,
which will go towards building
five libraries in Nepal.
"It takes about $4000 to build
a library in Nepal. So we're each
hoping to raise $5000 at least,"
said Bernardo, who along with
Misra pitched her tent in Koerner last Friday.
Bernardo and Misra said
they found out about DREAM on
Facebook.
"The head of Queen's DREAM,
John MacDonald, made a group
request to UBC, Memorial...and
the people who responded are
basically the volunteers at those
universities," explained Bernardo. Videos were shown as well
to demonstrate how students
could do "live-in" events at their
universities. MacDonald then
spoke to staff at Koerner Library
to explain how the process would
work and arrange a spot for Bernardo and Misra to camp out.
The other eight members of
UBC's "DREAM team" have been
We feel really connected,
all libraries do, by our
mission around literacy.
Leonora Crema,
Head of Borrower Services
bringing the girls meals,  said
Misra, and are starting a bottle
drive for additional funding.
The library staff at UBC has
also shown their support. "All
the librarian staff has been really
supportive. They just love this
idea," said Bernardo.
"The first morning [Leonora
Crema, head of borrower services at Koerner Library] woke
us up with coffee and cookies. It
was so nice," said Misra.
"We were really excited to
hear about the project," said
Crema. "First of all, full credit
to the students for taking this on
and having this idea," she said.
"I think we feel really connected, all libraries do, by our
mission around literacy. We just
feel  it's  really important to...
see "Live-in" | page 03
Critic calls on AG to review UBC's investment policies
by Joe Rayment
News Staff
Bruce Ralston, BC's NDP finance
critic, is calling on the Auditor
General to review UBC's investing policies following an $ 18 million on-paper loss connected to
the subprime mortgage market.
The loss is tied to a $ 122 million investment in "asset-backed
commercial paper" (ABCP) which
is a type of fund that makes money by collecting interest on many
debts collected into one entity.
The entire $122 million investment is currently frozen.
"What is  the  obligation  of
UBC...when investing public
money to follow directives,
guidelines, or the considered
investment advice of the BC Investment Management Corporation?" Ralston asked in his letter
to the Auditor General.
"What due diligence did
[UBC] do? That's basically my
question," said Ralston. "Where
are they getting their advice
from and why didn't they at
least pick this up, in terms of
their investment choice? I mean,
generally, what I've been told
is, people who did a little more
careful analysis just decided that
a little extra return wasn't worth
Where are they
getting their advice from?
Bruce Ralston,
NDP Finance Critic
the huge extra risk."
Many public institutions
avoided excess risk by taking the
advice ofthe BC Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC)
to avoid the type of fund UBC
invested in, now termed "non-
bank backed" (ABCP), in favour
of more stable funds backed by
see "Critc" | page 02
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major Canadian banks.
The bcIMC was set up in the
90s bythe NDP to oversee the finances of public pension plans.
It is obligatory for for public
pension plans in BC to follow
the advice ofthe bcIMC, but not
of other public organizations. "A
number of other [public institutions] have chosen to use it,"
said Finance Minister Carole
Taylor. "But it is voluntary for
UBC and it's board of governors
to make that decision about who
will manage their funds."
If the Finance Department
had warned UBC to invest differently the University would
have taken the advice, said
Peter Smailes, University treasurer. "It wouldn't be typical
for the Ministry of Finance to
comment on an investment that
is rated by a third-party rating
agency."
The Ministry of Finance did
offer advice to the University,
but not until after they became
aware ofthe problem this fall.
UBC is currently in negotiations to restructure its investment to stabilize the fund, vl
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Prof. Byers criticizes torture
Byers: "[Families] are tortured by having their loved ones returned with the spark torn from their souls."
by Amanda Stutt
News Staff
Professor Michael Byers chokes
up at the word "torture."
Byers, a UBC political science professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Politics
and International Law, spoke
to an audience Saturday at the
UBC Woodward Centre and
condemned torture as a "most
heinous act."
Byers is an
active member
of the B.C Civil
Liberties Association and
he is lobbying
for a proposed
"Prevention of
Torture Act"
that aims to protect Canadian
citizens from
torture.
He used the
example of Maher
Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian
citizen who, while attempting
to return home to Ottawa from
a business trip via JFK International Airport in New York, was
arrested by US authorities and
extradited to Syria on suspicion
of terrorist activities.
Arar received no protection
from the Canadian government,
and was subjected to torture
and solitary confinement in a
tiny cell while imprisoned in
Syria.
RCMP commissioner Giu-
liano Zaccardelli was forced to
resign in the wake of the Arar
inquiry, which exonerated Arar
completely.
Byers said that torture victimizes families as well.
"They are tortured by having
their loved
ones returned
with the spark
torn from
their souls,"
he said.
Byers is
concerned
about the
" c o m p 1 i c i t
manner" in
which Canada's highest level of
government
reacts to in
response of
reports of torture of Canadian citizens when
dealing with countries that are
known internationally for torture tactics employed against
alleged "terrorist suspects."
Byers said a major problem
is that the laws that govern 'torture' are ill-defined. The scope
of torture is unguided, and thus
the laws are difficult to enforce
because   they   are   rife   with
MICHAEL BYERS
ambiguity.
He noted the absurdity of
the legal stipulation stating that
an act of torture can only be
carried out "by an agent of the
state."
According to Byers, this
reveals "trivialities of domestic
legal systems."
"Torture is not a state-like
act, and cannot be manifesting
the sovereignty ofthe state," he
said. "Torturers are not above
the law."
He also pointed to the case
of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who was captured by U.S.
forces in Afghanistan in 2002
on suspicion of killing a special
forces soldier. He was fifteen
years old.
Instead of being returned to
Canada to face charges, Khadr
was taken to Guantanamo Bay,
the notorious US military prison in Cuba and held without
trial. It has been alleged that
prisoners have been tortured
by US agents while imprisoned
at Guantanamo Bay.
"Every other country has
repatriated [their] citizens
from Guantanamo Bay, except
Canada. We are letting him rot
there" said Byers.
According to Byers, the U.S
is one of the most notorious
agents of torture. He pointed
to the Abu Ghraib scandal, in
which documented footage of
Every other country has
repatriated [their] citizens
from Guantanamo Bay,
except Canada. We are
letting [Khadr] rot there.
Micheal Byers,
UBC Professor
Iraqi prisoners being taunted
and tortured by American
soldiers was released to the
public.
"Everyone knows the risk
of torture in U.S hands", said
Byers.
There is currently a controversy in Ottawa over a federal government manual that
named the US as a possible site
of torture, with specific mention of Guantanamo Bay.
The Canadian government is now calling this a
"mistake," and Foreign Affairs
Minister Maxime Bernier publicly denounced the report as
"mistaken."
"One of the most hurtful
things [Prime Minister] Stephen
Harper ever said was when
he accused people like me of
caring more about about the
prisoners than we care about
Canadian soldiers. And anyone
saying that is unfit to govern my
country," Byers declared. \j
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This is a story about Gerald Deo Sort of. It actually has more to do with Jesse
Ferreras and Boris Korby, but bear with me for a bit like Brandon Adams did
and it'll all be okay. You might even enjoy yourself as much Levi Barnett did.
Does. Whatever. No need to be a Matthew Jewkes about it. Or is that Matthew
Hayles? I just can't remember.
Alright, so maybe Jordan Chittley is the real hero here. I mean, that's how I told
the story to Kellan Higgins. And it's not like any of the Trevor Melansons in the
audience objected. Or, [mean hell, Colleen Tang and David Zhang told me that
they thought it was the best thing I'd ever done. Better even than that time
Justin McElroy and Joe Rayment ended up in Arkansas back in September.
Turns out,Amanda Stutt was responsible for that little disaster, and if I ve said it
once I've said it athousand times, those boys oughta be thankful that Charlotte
Nobles showed up when she did. Cause I heard it straight from Marie Burgoyne
who heard it from Celestian Rince that they were gonna be run outta town. And
that aint nojoke now. Even James Johnson agrees with me.
So anyway,Tracy Fuller was talking to me the other weekend, and she said that,
getting back to that whole Gerlad Deo thing, she said that Isabel Ferreras was
with him when it happened. And that's gods own truth. Kasha Chang couldn't
have said it with more truthfulness.
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'e re going to live in Koerner library. For ten days. You may ask why? How? When?
Wiat? Did we run out of student loan money? Are we bribing the librarians?
It all started with a nefarious little website called Facebook. Once upon a time, two
girls, Anita and Richa, two lovely maidens from UBC, were invited to join a little group
called Live in for Literacy. The duke of Queens University sent out a message across the
kingdom of Canada, seeking volunteers to live in libraries to raise funds to build more
school libraries elsewhere. Specifically, libraries in the faraway land of mystical Nepal.
A land where nearly three quarters ofthe citizens are illiterate.
Both of us have always nurtured the dream of living in a library ever since we set L
eyes upon the magical library scene in that epic motion picture Beauty and the Beast.
You know which one we're talking about. So when we received the message, our hearts
leapt with joy, not only because it fulfilled our wildest dreams, but also because little I
kids in Nepal would gain the literacy that has so strongly moulded our own lives.
This noble self-exile to the land of books commenced at 10am on the eighteenth I
of January and will end exactly ten days later. In conjunction with three other universities—Laurentian, Queen's, and Memorial—we hope to raise more than $25,000 for By
Room-to-Read, the organization that has taken it upon themselves to build the school i^^g
libraries.
The noble proprietors and librarians of UBC Library have generously contributed i
$ 1000 to our honourable enterprise. As we embark upon this mission, we feel excited I
but a little nervous about potential book monsters and other nighttime residents ofthe I
library. Do visit us often during our sojourn in the library, bringing us and the children !
of Nepal spare and not spare change. And cookies.
—Anita Bernardo and Richa Misra
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Students hope to fight illiteracy in Nepal with Koerner camp-out
from "Live-in" | page oi
promote people's ability to read
and get access to information,"
Crema added.
Crema said literacy has always been an issue that many
librarians across Canada aim to
promote.
"Our library and the librarians in Canada are very connected to improve the level of literacy. It's something that affects
the lives of people very directly,
the inability to read, the inability
to find information that helps
them in many areas of their lives
All the librarian staff has
been really supportive.
They just love this idea.
Anita Bernardo,
Student camper
so it's absolutely a world-wide
problem, even here in Canada."
She added that she hopes
Bernardo and Mirsa's efforts at
UBC will raise student awareness of literacy problems around
the world.
"We're at a very high level of
education and we may not realize
all those people who don't have
that level of knowledge and that
access to those tools that they
need, so I'd say the awareness
on campus isn't quite that strong,
and that's what's good about this
effort right? It's bringing that effort here on campus." \a
For those who want to donate
to DREAM but can't make it to
the library to see Bernardo and
Misra in person, you can chip in
at liveinforliteracy.com.
'They [the CFS] are severely restricted in their success provincially..."     Taking a STAND against Darfur
from "VFX" | page oi
student organization. It was
formed in order to give student
unions a voice at both national
and provincial levels. It counts
among its membership the
University of Toronto Students'
Union, the Concordia Students'
Union, and the union at the University of British Columbia in the
Okanagan.
The organization is well-
known for campaigns including
the "National Day of Action"
against tuition fees, but more recently has drawn fire for allegations of corruption and elections
meddling in various student
unions.
A forensic audit into the Students' Union at New Westminster's Douglas College reported
that the BC branch of the CFS
made three loans to the union
totaling $200,000 between 2005
and 2006. This is alleged to
have occurred while the college
refused to remit payments to the
union due to allegations of financial mismanagement.
The audit said none of the
loans were approved by the
union and were not properly
authorized.
In 2007, the Simon Fraser
Students' Society (SFSS) held a
referendum in which students
voted to leave the CFS. A preced-
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ing report by a SFSS working
group said the organization had
allegedly interfered in student
elections when it backed "sympathetic candidates" in those
elections.
SFSS President Derrick Harder questions whether the CFS can
even lobby the provincial government effectively to begin with.
"They are severely restricted
in their success provincially due
to the either apparent or real partisan nature ofthe organization,"
he said. "The CFS has significant
influence when a New Democrat
government is in power, but has
less influence when a Liberal
government is in power and I
think we've seen this over the
past four or five years."
"I think the CFS has been
significantly reduced in their lobbying capacity since the Liberals
FREEMAN PORITZ
were elected."
Brendon Goodmurphy, the
current VP Academic, said the
AMS would have to hold a referendum if it were to join the CFS
and that its bylaws would have
to change to accommodate the
organization.
"One of the CFS policies requires that your bylaws are in
line with their bylaws, and they
have some pretty strict requirements," he said.
Freeman Poritz, Ratjen's rival in the race for VP External,
said the AMS should look for
ways that CASA could lobby on a
provincial level.
Whether CASA could lobby
provincially is open to question—its website says that the organization is devoted to lobbying
at federal and inter-provincial
levels. \i
PETER HOLMES PHOTOS / THE UBYSSEY
The UBC STAND (Students Taking Action Now, Darfur) chapter discussed obstacles to a successful resolution to the situation in Darfur
with MP Hedy Fry (Liberal—Vancouver Centre) on Thursday at the
Michael Smith Labs. The crisis in Darfurjn western Sudan, will be
entering its fifth year this March. 4  i National News
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A Shorter Road
to Medschool
A three year curriculum for medical students
would save government money, reduce debt,
and speed the training of Canadian physicians.
Preliminary studies indicate that the shorter
program doesn't reduce competency, but many
doubts still remain.
By Caroline Lee
The Gateway (University of Alberta)
EDMONTON (CUP) - The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) is trying to figure
out if Canada's medical schools
should operate on a three- or
four-year program.
Currently, most Canadian
universities endorse a four-year
medical curriculum. Exceptions
are the University of Calgary and
McMaster University, where
three-year programs have been
adopted.
With a lack of evidence to
suggest that one medical curriculum is superior to the other,
the CMAJ asked whether the extra year is necessary in an editorial published in the journal's
Jan. 1 issue.
"The CMAJ is saying that it's
time somebody looked to see if
there is any difference between
graduates of the three-year and
the four-year programs," said
Dr. David Rayner, associate
dean of undergraduate medical
education at the University of
Alberta.
Implementing a three-year
medical curriculum nationwide
would result in an average reduction in government spending by $170,000 per student.
According to the CMAJ editorial,
it would also reduce student
debt by $2181 at Universite Laval, or $16,862 at the University
of Toronto.
Dr. Tom Feasby, dean of
medicine at the University of
Calgary, said that another advantage to the three-year program
is that medical students gain an
extra year of independent practice at the peak of their intellectual and physical competency.
He also said that it would
help address the doctor shortage, by graduating medical students earlier and boosting entry
into the workforce.
It's a shorter curriculum in
what is part of a very long
process to becoming a
practicing physician.
Dr. Tom Feassby,
University of Calgary dean of medicine
"It's a shorter curriculum in
what is part of a very long process to becoming a practicing
physician. A lot of people think
that if you can get out one year
earlier, that's an advantage," explained Feasby. "If physicians,
on the average, practice one
year longer, there would be a
3-4 per cent increase in [their]
working [lives], in theory."
Current three-year programs
don't display any deficiencies in
quality compared to four-year
programs, said Feasby.
Feasby said that medical
students graduating from the
University of Calgary are among
the most highly valued physicians in Canada. On the Medical
Council of Canada Qualifying
Exam, these students perform at
par, if not better than the mean
of Canadian medical students.
"On the part one exam,
[which tests] factual knowledge,
our students perform at the
mean of the country, so they
do as well as other schools. For
the part two exam, [measuring]
clinical decision-making skills,
our students finished in the top
three," Feasby said.
"We [also] do surveys of
specially training program
directors to collect statistics
across the country. We ask how
our students compare to the
average students they have. Two
thirds ofthe time they rated our
students as above average."
However, Aaron Knox, the
president of the University of
Alberta Medical Students' Association, believes that the four-
year program has some distinct
advantages over its three-year
counterpart.
With the three-year
program, you get forced
very early on to say,
I'm going to go for this
specialty' and focus
all your energy there.
Aaron Knox,
President ofthe Medical Students'
Association, University of Alberta
He said that while medical
students at the University of Alberta have a four-month break,
students at the University of
Calgary only have two weeks. He
also noted advantages to being
allowed more time to explore
the various fields of medicine
before deciding on a specialty.
"I really cherish the summers off. It gives us opportunities to work, to research, to
travel, to shadow, to think about
what we want to do and to diversify our interests. There's a lot
more freedom to do things in
the summer," Knox said.
Rayner emphasized that
while the editorial put forth
some provoking questions
regarding medical education,
there needs to be more direct
comparisons and data collection done before either system
is deemed superior.
For students, though, having
the choice of either program
might be the best option.
"The ideal situation is one of
choice. I don't think all medical
schools should be a three-year
program or that all medical
schools should be a four-year
program. People go into medicine for different reasons and
they enter into the field at different periods in their lives. [It
depends on what] scenario is
best for you as an individual,"
Knox concluded. vl January 22th,2008 i ThSJubyssey
Culture i  5
Artwork behind Koerner library stairs changes dramatically
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The Art of Seeing Without Being Seen, by BC artist Althea Thauberger, is Koerner Library's newest display. Replacing Jack Shadbolt's mural Emergent /mage,Thauberger's work shows members
ofthe British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own), as well as armoured reconnaissance and a public affairs officer. Illustrating the importance of military reconnaissance, the
seven displayed inThauberger's work are simulating a training exercise in what is supposed to bean Afghan village.The work is part of EXPONENTIAL FUTURE,an exhibition currently on
display at the Belkin Art Gallery. 6  I Sports
January 22nd,2008 i The Ubyssey
Sports I  7
Women's B-ball claws back to drown
Vikes in Victory this weekend
Haggarty leads team in front of hometown fans
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MARTLET
UBC Forward Leanne Evans scored 12 points and made a game-high seven
rebounds in Friday night's game against the Vikes in Victoria.
by Jordan Chittley
Sports Editor
The UBC women's basketball
team clawed their way back from
an 11 point deficit to defeat the
University of Victoria 55-45 in Victoria Friday evening.
The T-Birds were led down
the stretch by fifth-year player
and Victoria native Cait Haggarty,
who looked sluggish after the ferry
ride, but was energized by her
hometown crowd in what may be
her last university game at UVic's
McKinnon Gym.
"I think the second half was
pretty impressive," said head
coach Deb Huband. "I thought
the first half we just couldn't buy
a basket, we were really cold offensively, we had really low energy
/ thought the first half we
just couldn't buy a basket.
Deb Huband,
Women's Basketball head coach
and in the second half we stepped
it up and were able to execute a bit
better and play hard."
After some back and forth play
to start the game, the T-Birds began to open up the lead, taking a
six point advantage. But then the
pace began to quicken and the
Vikes closed the gap. The T-Birds
went into the first break with a two
point lead. The Vikes kept pressing in the second quarter and not
only closed the gap, but took a lead
thanks to a couple big baskets by
Vike player Michelle Lee and some
foul calls that left Huband rolling
her eyes. Leanne Evans brought
the game to a deadlock again when
she went for the net and had the
easylayup.
After being even, UVic took the
lead, forcing the T-Birds into an
uncomfortable position, playing
from behind. UBC was forced to
take quick, forced shots, none of
which were dropping. The Vikes
opened up their lead at the end of
the half to take a 27-20 lead into
the locker room. One may not
need stats to show that the T-Birds
had a rocky half, but two of their
leading scorers, Erica McGuinness
and Devon Lisson, went 1-9 from
the field, combining for only four
points.
The Vikes came out ofthe locker room with the same intensity
that they went in with, increasing
their lead to as much as 11 halfway
through the third as the T-Birds
were continuing to force shots.
But only three minutes into
the second half the T-Birds began
to move the ball more to gain opportunities from inside the paint.
This allowed them to claw into the
lead and get it down to three. While
lead scorer in the first half Leanne
Evans didn't take a shot during the
third quarter, McGuinness was
showing her form scoring eight.
The T-Birds finally tied it up
at 39 and then took the lead with
seven minutes left in the game as
part of their 20-8 run through the
second half. The run was capped
off with a three-pointer by Devan
Lisson, who finally decided to get
FRIDAY
THUNDERBIRDS
55
45
into the game. The T-Birds began
to fly away halfway into the final
frame, taking the lead by five on
a Cait Haggarty layup that was the
result of a two-on-one after a fast
transition. This forced the Vikes
to call a timeout, but the timeout
couldn't switch the momentum.
The Vikes were unable to stop the
T-Birds, especially Haggarty who
couldn't miss from three point
land, knocking back two from behind the arc. Those points not only
put the T-Birds well ahead, but
helped Haggarty be the top scorer
for the T-Birds tied with McGui-
ness each with 14 points.
"We play to get better every
day," said Huband. "We have a
bunch of league games ahead of
us where we want to do that and
we have to be the best we can be
come the middle of February and
hopefully into March."
With less than a month until
the playoffs begin, it is looking
like these two teams will tip off in
the first round with UBC having
home court advantage for all three
games. The T-Birds' next games
will be a two-game series against
Trinity Western in Langley next
Friday and Saturday evening, vl
Dyck returns from injury
to lead team past Vikes
Mens B-ball claims top spot once again in
division, possibly home court advantage in
divisional finals
FRIDAY
by Justin McElroy
Sports Writer
Itwas the biggest game ofthe regular season, and Chris Dyck showed
up to play despite the tendonitis in
his knee that had kept him sidelined for much of the past three
games. He played almost the whole
game, providing some necessary
leadership to give the T-Birds a 79-
76 win over the Vikes Friday night
at McKinnon Gym in Victoria.
Facing a tenacious UVic squad
in front of a screaming, standing-
room only crowd, the T-Birds managed to regain their lead at the top
ofthe Pacific Division, climbing to
a 14-4 record. The series tie-breaking win also ensures that, should
UVic and UBC be tied at the end of
the regular season, UBC will retain
home-court advantage if they meet
in the divisional finals.
"I'm just really excited that we
played as a team, for the first time
in a while," said head coach Kevin
Hanson. "I thought we passed the
ball well, I thought we defended
well."
It didn't take long for the 2200
raucous UVic fans to get into the
game, as a quick 6-2 run to start
sent the fans into a standing,
stomping frenzy. UBC rebounded
quickly however, and the first half
was a contentious affair, one that
saw the Thunderbirds and Vikes
trade leads continually throughout.
With two minutes to go in the half
and UBC down by one, the T-Birds
went on a 9-3 run, punctuated by a
long three-pointer by Dyck, silencing the crowd and giving UBC a
3 8-3 2 lead, one which they would
never relinquish.
But the story of the game was
the return of sharpshooting guard
Chris Dyck to the lineup. Dyck lit
up the scoreboard, pacing the
team with 25 points, making 9 of
19 shots.
It wasn't just his scoring that
made a big difference. Dyck's presence in the lineup and leadership
communicating on the court took
pressure off of his teammates.
His ability to evenly distribute the
ball led to a return of the deep,
balanced scoring that has been a
hallmark of the team this year.
While UBC led for the entire
second half, UVic would not go
away easily. Led by the play of
power forward Tyler Hass, who
paced UVic with 21 points and 6
rebounds, the Vikes kept the game
close, cutting the lead to two points
with 2:23 to go in the 4th quarter.
But it was one of the beneficiaries of Dyck's return, Kyle Watson,
who had 12 points and seven
rebounds, which sealed UBC's victory. His driving layup with just
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over a minute to go in the game extended the lead back to six points
and put a win out of reach for the
Vikes.
"The last couple we were really
lacking leadership on the court, so
I wanted to come back and verbally
communicate...and play more as a
team," said Dyck. "I didn't want
to come in and start shooting a
bunch of shots. I knew I would be
a bit rusty so I wanted to come in
and share the ball because I knew
I'm just really excited that
we played as a team, for
the first time in a while.
Kevin Hanson,
Men's Basketball head coach
they focus on me defensively so
my focus was to find those guys."
The win should restore UBC's
confidence, which had been sagging after a series of mediocre
games to start out 2008. Going
into Trinity Western this weekend,
the team is back to where it wants
to be, atop the Pacific Division, and
is looking forward to the playoffs,
which begin in just four short
weeks. \a
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FRANKENSTEIN
at UBC
Presented in association
with the PuSh Festival
at Vancouver East Cultural Centre
until January 26
by Charlotte Nobles
Culture Writer
From the mind of award-winning
director and playwright Jonathan
Christenson, also the artistic
director of Catalyst Theatre,
emerges an eerie, hauntingly
emotional, musical adaptation
of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Part of this year's PuSh Festival,
Frankenstein will be running until January 26 at the Vancouver
East Cultural Centre. The show
is performed by a cast of eight
award-winning actors, most of
whom are University of Alberta
BFA acting program graduates,
including Vancouver's own Nick
Green and Tim Machin.
Christenson's adaptation of
Frankenstein brings to life a true-
to-the-book version of Shelley's
popular, often misrepresented,
novel. The performance is an upbeat, fast-paced, musical re-telling of the relationship between
Victor Frankenstein (played by
Andrew Kushnir) and his physically hideous Creature (played
by George Szilagyi). It was a deliberate decision by Christenson
to tell the emotional side of Shelley's novel, which is frequently
overlooked. In his adaptation,
Christenson was determined to
stay away from the "boo factor
of horror movies," and sought
to encourage the audience to
take another look at the stereotypical monster of our childhood
nightmares that we are perhaps
too "ready to dismiss as different or grotesque." Christenson's
production reveals the sensitive,
deeply traumatized side of Victor's Creature, and one cannot
help but feel sorry for this lonely
being in search of a friend. No,
this is not your traditional Boris
Karloff monster story.
The story is mainly told
through darkly-humoured narration from actors dressed in tattered clothes that are disturbingly similar to surgical gowns and
caps. The show tells the story of
Victor Frankenstein's life growing up in the loving atmosphere
of Frankenstein Castle. After the
accidental death of his mother,
and subsequent death of his father, Victor becomes determined
to discover immortality, despite
the warnings from his cousin
and future bride, Lucy, as well as
his "faithful friend" Henry. Victor
then sets to work in his university lab in Ingolstadt. After bringing his creature to life, Victor is
tormented by the realization of
what he has done and his newfound responsibility for the damage caused by his creature. When
confronted by his creature in the
mountains of Switzerland, Victor
is forced to see how his neglect
has inflicted irreparable damage
on his poor creation, who then
vows to become Victor's "secret
companion."
Christenson's production reveals the sensitive, deeply traumatized
side of Victor's Creature... No, this is not
your traditional Boris
Karloff monster story.
Jonathan Christenson,
Director and Playwright
Nick Green both opens and
closes the show by demonically
calling for "blackout!" This powerful and terrifying opening grabs
the audience's attention with its
cold, bony fingers and doesn't let
go for the two hour performance.
The costumes and set design
are simplistic in colour and construction, but intricately detailed
in an eccentric Tim Burton style
that fits perfectly with the dark
and quirky humour of both the
dialogue and the music. Performances by Nick Green, as both a
narrator and as Henry, and also
by Andrew Kushnir are outstanding, and they each draw the audience further and further into this
intriguingly dark tale.
All features of this production
are exceptional, and the delivery
of this emotional story is unlike
any I have seen. Even those who
are not normally fans of musicals will love Frankenstein, and
those who already are musical
aficionados will have plenty to be
excited about. \a January 22th,2008 i ThSJubyssey
Culture i  9
Out with the Old, in with the new: Goriot, that is...
OLDGORIOT
Presented by Theatre at UBC
at Chan Centre TELUS Studio Theatre
Until January 26
By Tracy Fuller
Culture Writer
The fifth-annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival arrived in Vancouver
last week, promising 19 days of "groundbreaking theatre, dance, music and various
hybrid forms of performance art both from
afar and from just around the corner."
The festival has venues located across
the city and two ofthe festival's 24 performances are playing on-campus this week.
The first is an adaptation of Honore
de Balzac's landmark 19th-century novel
Old Goriot: a key novel within the author's
Comedie Humaine, a multi-volume fictional
portrait of French society during and after
the revolution.
"It's an old story. It happens all the
time," says Madame Vauquer, the mistress of the boarding house that gathers
Goriot's cast of characters.
And she's right. But don't write-off
this production just yet. Although nothing
particularly surprising occurs in the plot,
director James Fagan Tait's production of
Balzac's 174-year-old novel is masterfully
acted and staged.
Injecting life into an old story is no new
feat for Tait. In recentyears he has successfully staged his own versions of Dickens' A
Christmas Carol and Dostoevsky's Crime
and Punishment.
Commissioned this time by Western
Gold Theatre, a company whose aim is to
direct theatrical light on Canada's aging
population, Tait's adaptation questions
the aftermath of ambition, the infidelity of
youth, and the fate ofthe aged in the end.
Old Goriot jaunts deftly through the
mess of stories presented by Tait's 18
actors. Although everyone assembled at
Madame Vauquer's communal table has a
tale to tell, the play's focus follows the lives
of three men.
Monsieur Goriot, played with tragic
finesse by Richard Newman, is a man we
pity and fear because of who he is and and
who he may be. A blind devotion to his
daughters ruins him, and yet the ungrateful wenches remain Goriot's sole source of
happiness. Blinded by the idea of bonheur,
the old man enjoys none of it himself.
Eugene de Rastignac, a young man
from southern France, played by the
UBC's Spencer Atkinson, arrives in Paris
naive and hungry to seek his fortune, fall
in love, and experience the complications
of life. Although Rastignac's romantic affairs cause him an adequate amount of
trouble, it is his liaison with the dubious
Monsieur Vautrin, played to perfection
by David Mackay, which opens the young
man's eyes and maligns his impoverished
virtue.
Although the play is well-acted and expertly staged, it isn't particularly "groundbreaking." Considering the PuSh Festival's
mandate for provocative new pieces, this
reinvention of Balzac could have pushed
its boundaries a bit further.
The live accompaniment, provided
on-stage by three musicians who unify the
tone and transitions within the piece, and
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who make sounds for props and set-pieces
that do not physically appear on stage, is
an innovative twist. The contribution of
Joelysa Pankanea's original score, though
delightful and essential to the story's current theatrical incarnation, cannot speak
for the creative novelty of the production
as a whole.
That being said, Old Goriot is still an
excellent play, worthy of sold-out seats
and standing ovations. If the UBC theatre
department can maintain the high standard it is showcasing as part of this week's
PuSh Festival throughout its entire 2008
season, aspirant audience members will
be lining up in droves. til
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The AMS is seeking an Executive Coordinator of Student Services for a one-year
appointment from March 1,2008 to
February 28,2009.
The Executive Coordinator of Student
Services is responsible for providing
general supervision and guidance for the
AMS Service Coordinators and their
Assistant Coordinators in the effective
operation ofthe AMS Services. The ECSS is
also the main point person between the
AMS Executives and AMS Services and
participates as a non-voting member at the
Council and Executive meetings.
Deadline for applications will be
Friday February 1,2008.
Please visit www.ams.ubc.ca/jobs
for more information, including
how to apply.
Student
The 2008 Alma Mater Society (AMS) Executive
Elections are coming up, and the candidates are
campaigning hard, looking for your vote!
To find out about the positions, candidates and their
platforms, come to the candidate's forums and hear
from the candidates directly. The forums are being
held on the following date and location:
Tuesday, January 22nd, from 11:30 to 1:30 P.M. in the
SUB Conversation Pit
For more information on the candidates, look for
posters and publications around campus, check
http://www.ams.ubc.ca/, or contact the Elections
Committee at Elections@ams.ubc.ca.
Online Voting takes place from the 18th to the 22nd
of January through the Student Services Center
Website, and paper balloting occurs Thursday,
January 24th at various locations around campus.
Good luck to the candidates, and don't forget to get
out and vote!
Islam Awareness Week
Jan 21 st - 24th at SUB Main Concourse,10am - 4pm
Tues. Jan. 22: National Geographic Doc."Inside Mecca"
Two shows,1 pm & 3pm (Free popcorn & pop)
Wed. Jan. 23: History Channel Doc."Inside Islam"
Two shows, 1 pm & 3pm (Free popcorn & pop)
Thursday Jan. 24: Lecture & discussion on "Islam: a
universal message of peace", 1:30pm (Free pizza & pop)
All events room 205 at the SUB
Muslim Students Association, www.msaubc.org
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Official Commencement Celebration
SUB RENEWAL*
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Please join your AMS in celebrating the launch of the SUB
Renewal Project, an initiative to expand and renovate the
Student Union Building to better meet the needs ofthe UBC
community.
The celebration will take place on January 24th 2008 at7pm
Please RSVP to rsvp@ams.ubc.ca as capacity is limited.
Financial Awareness Fair
On January 23 and 24 in the SUB South Concourse, the
AMS Finance Commission has brought together several
presenters that will give you all your on-campus solutions
to your financial woes.
Hosting several booths during 10am to 3pm, students can
learn about how to find funding on campus, credit
management tips, health and school balance, job searching tips, and volunteer opportunities to get you back on
track for the New Year.
To kick off the fair, there will also be a special workshop on
credit management and getting your credit back on track
for the New Year in SUB Room 212a (2nd Floor) at 1 pm -
2pm. Other presenters include AMS Connect, AMS Finance
Commission, UBC Financial Services and Awards, UBC
Career Services, Credit-Wise Credit Management, UBC
Wellness Centre and UBC International Development.
AMS Sweet Valentines Fair
Feb. 13-14-15
main concourse SUB
vendor products include:
jeweller, flowers, plants, candy, clothing,
handbags, fashion accessories and misc.
products and services. 10, Editorial
The Ubyssey i January 22th,2008
The Ubyssey's candidate insights
President
Despite her early stint as a joke candidate, Erin Rennie has impressed us with
her strong stance on campus life and her
eloquence throughout the debates. While it's
sometimes difficult to decide whether her
'bzzr' focused initiatives are serious or in jest,
she promises to give a strong voice to those
who are concerned about the state of liquor
licenses and partying on campus-which is not
an issue to be taken lightly.
Rodrigo Ferrari-Nunes promises to
bring blogging and music to the AMS. His plan
to create an open jam space for student musicians is interesting, but by and large he comes
off as desperate and short on policy.
While we see the merit in "Che" Allison's
plan to further 'nationalize' AMS businesses,
we're a more than a bit concerned that his opponents might meet grisly ends involving ice
picks and Mexico City.
Matthew Naylor has run a fairly tight
campaign-his debating was pointed and he
managed to hit on many of the issues important to students. Yet despite a professional
campaign and the advantage of a previous
year as an AMS executive, Naylor seems to be
on the defensive. Once again, worries about
Naylor's partisan track record are also tarring
his bid; his previous involvement with the
federal Liberals has been a liability, though
it doesn't seem to have negatively affected
his lobbying as VP External. He hasn't found
much support among his co-workers and
much of his platform feels derivative. Those
in the know haven't cast him in a flattering
light-apparently he's huffy and isn't much of
a team player.
Our endorsement for the presidential
position goes to Michael Duncan, despite his
poor showing at the debates. Duncan, who fell
on his face during the first debate, then came
off breathless and plastic in the second, may
win largely thanks to his popularity among
students. Endorsed by the last three AMS
presidents and several other notable student
politicos, Duncan also has been involved on
campus for a long time. Ultimately his historic
involvement coupled with his earnestness
make him the right man for the job.
VP Academic
Poor debate showings, a limp platform,
and a lack of charisma have doomed Rob
McLean's bid. He has repeated, ad nauseum,
the phrase "more Fraser Halls and no more
Chaucer Halls," but he has presented few concrete policies other than his desire to bring
back the failed AMS Yardstick program. Out of
the four, McLean is the person who seems to
have shown the least vision for the position.
Fire Hydrant Peets has been a strong
presence at this year's debates. The glorified
faucet has put an incredible amount of pressure on other candidates, but we're worried
that a conspicuous lack of connections will
soon cause the Hydrant's VP Academic bid to
run dry.
Trek Park supporters will have found
their man in Nate Crompton. Unfortunately
for Crompton, though fortunate for his cause,
other candidates have embraced many of his
positions regarding Trek Park specifically and
university development more broadly. Those
looking for someone with a strong pro-Aboriginal voice will also appreciate Crompton's
record, though he came off inarticulate in the
debates.
With some reservations, Alex Lougheed
is the best candidate for VP Academic. He has
been repeatedly accused of being stubborn
and a poor team player, but he comes off in
council meetings and debates as organized
and articulate. His academic grevances database is a stroke of genius and he has an active
record in AMS Council.
VP External
Intelligent and articulate, Freeman
Poritz seems, at first glance, to be the ideal
candidate for VP External. Despite this, Poritz
has repeatedly fallen flat due to a complete
lack of any real platform. Relying largely on
his personality and the catch phrase "Put a
free man in office," Poritz was a clear loser
at all his debates. While his formation of
a platform late in the game has given him
significantly more credibility, it also serves
to highlight the lack of one that dogged him
before.
Stefanie Ratjen has done well in debates
and comes off reasonably well on the issues
dealt with by VP External. Her involvement
with Trek Park and other grassroots activism
is one of her greatest assets but also gives us
reason to pause—this position requires not
only persistence and fortitude but also a willingness to deal and compromise, something
we're not sure Ratjen will do well. She has
also been patently unclear on what she plans
to do with the CFS. Finally, we have been
somewhat surprised and disappointed with
the negativity and mudslinging coming from
Ratjen's campaign, which has been one of the
dirtiest of this year's elections. In all fairness
however, its been Ratjen's supporters who
have been the one's slinging the mud, and
Ratjen has wisely stayed away from the accusatory Freeman Poritz Watch group on Face-
book (unlike fellow candidate Nate Crompton).
Ultimately, Ratjen will definitely lend a
distinctive perspective to a future executive,
which can only be considered a positive.
VP Administration
There isn't much point commenting here.
Sarah Naiman is the incumbent, and in that
time she has helped renovate the Pit and set
about developments for a new SUB. Students
will likely have to go through a referendum
on whether to pay for extensive SUB renovations by the end of the year, so if any new
people were to take the job there'd be a steep
learning curve. The only problem is that it
took a couple of days into the campaign before
people knew for sure she was running. Does
she really want the job that much?
Fortunately, her only serious competition
isn't up to the task. Yian Messoloras, currently a councillor on the Arts Undergraduate
Society, has made a campaign out of blasting
Naiman but offers no realistic options in her
place. He has repeatedly extolled his connections in construction companies and feels that
building a new SUB is a waste of money, even
though it's not yet been confirmed that a new
SUB will be built. He hasn't done his research,
he hasn't offered any new ideas, and he hasn't
won our confidence that he'll do a better job.
"Scary" Mike "The Rabbi" Kushnir,
on the other hand, is an amusing candidate,
though we're skeptical about the validity of his
rabbinical credentials.
VP Finance
Even for a joke candidate, Stash "Irish
Courage" Bylicki is a hoot. No one could
ignore his idea to do away with Safewalk and
replace them with magical centaurs. Unfortunately, this falls out of his mandate, as much
as we'd like to see it happen.
Chris Diplock came off a little confron
tational in the All Candidates' Meeting when
he asked to postpone the campaign period by
two days. He wasn't ready to campaign and
due to bureaucratic lapses by the Elections
Committee, he was unsure about the start
date for the elections themselves. Since then,
however, he has acquitted himself well. He
clearly wants the job, having spoken with current VP Finance Brittany Tyson at length about
the position before running. He plans to bring
in more money through business revenue
and sponsorships from ethical, responsible
sources.
Andrew Forshner, on the other hand,
doesn't have his bearings straight. He made
a small gaffe in Thursday's debate when he
counted Brittany Tyson among his supporters—which, well, she isn't. He's also promised
to "make every student a UBC insider." Neither does he offer anything new, promising
to touch up AMSLink and support what Tyson
has already done with Sprouts. All valiant
promises, but not quite enough to enhance his
appeal.
Board of Governors
Tim Blair has a concrete platform which
articulates clearly what he will do if elected.
He has shown an avid interest in south campus development and will make sure the UBC
Farm is included in new community planning documents next year. He's shown he's
familiar with the Official Community Plan and
Campus Community Plan, giving him a leg up
on his competition, and has stated a concern
over pollution on campus.
Bijan Ahmadian, a student senator,
appears to be one of the best-qualified candidates for any position; his amazing breadth of
experiences on campus and reasoned thinking
would likely command the respect of the BoG
and be a benefit to students.
At the same time, Andrew Carne has
been following BoG committees in the past
year and seems willing to aggressively stand
for student access to needed housing on campus. Like Ahmadian, Carne is determined to
improve student communication with the BoG
in the coming year.
Voters are lucky to have several well-
intentioned and respectable BoG candidates,
any of whom is likely to be successful in their
term.
Senate
We picked two of last year's candidates out
of a hat, and we're very thankful not to have
to do that this year. We're impressed by Blake
Frederick, because of his much-lauded experience as Associate Vice-President Academic and
University Affairs; Alfie Lee, because of his
deep knowledge of the Senate and passion for
the job; Azim Wazeer's poise in debates and
his ideas for tackling the requirements to take
the LPI and TOEFL exams; Philip Edgcumbe's
idea to record classroom lectures; and Alex
Lougheed, because if he doesn't get elected
as VP Academic he will most certainly see his
grievances database through on Senate. Rob
McLean doesn't offer anything impressive
and his decision to grab a pitcher of beer
during the Senate debate brings up questions
about his professionalism and common sense.
Many questions have arisen from others in
the AMS about Aidha Shaikh's contributions
as a current senator and her attendance at
council meetings. She wasn't present at the
All Candidates' Meeting and was seen walking
across the SUB concourse just a few minutes
afterward, bringing up questions about her
dedication to the race, ta
ilTREETERS
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in which students are asked a
question    pertinent    to     UBC.
See all their full comments online at www.ubyssey.ca
Who are you voting for in the AMS elections and why?
Kristy Battersby
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Who: "Blake Frederick"
Why: "They want
more accountability
for the evaluation
ofthe profs. Every
year people write on
for their profs but I
don't think those get
taken seriously."
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Pharma 3
Jennie Selgrath
Zoo and Fish 2
Who: "No one"
Why: "Well, I
actually looked at
the ballots today,
but I have no idea
who anybody is so I
decided not to vote."
Henrique Barbone
Honours English 2
Who: "Rodrigo Ferrari-Nunes"
Why: "I think
there's a disparity of
power at the UBC,
a few people making big decisions,
I think Rodrigo
would close this
gaP-"
Manori Ravindran
Sociology 3
Who: "Matthew
Naylor"
Why: "I went
through all the candidates and he just
seemed to be a little-
-he seemed to have
his act together. I
read through his
platform: it's pretty
interesting."
Letters
What are soldiers doing in Koerner Library?
So here I am walking into Koerner to do some
calculus homework. (Read: look at jeans I could
never afford on the interweb...damn trust fund
students.) and then WHAM! Right in front of
my poor defenseless eyes is the largest DND
recruitment poster I've ever seen. Of course
it isn't directly a DND poster, but it might as
well be. I'm confronted with eight smiling faces
of the fine men and women of the British Columbia Regiment, in full combat gear, C7 rifles
included.
My first thought was what in the hell is that
doing in a library?
The stack of blue papers next to the picture
on the floor is only too happy to tell me. Apparently it's art. It's a photograph depicting a recreation of a training exercise. Okay, now what's
it doing in a library? Correct me if I'm wrong
but the point of books, learning, and literature
as a whole is to communicate. To form a line of
reason, so that the ugg-ugg-smash-smash way
of arguing of our prehistoric ancestors remains
prehistoric. And on war, to quote Cool Hand
Luke: "What we have here...is failure to communicate." Maybe the irony's lost on me.
I'm not going to give you my artistic analysis of the photograph (Being a Science student
makes me unsure I even have the right), but the
old Emergent Image in the lobby was more appropriate for the setting. The title itself called
to mind a ripening of minds and ideas. This is,
well, it's a photo, a very well done photo in the
technical sense, of people who are training to
participate in the antithesis of reason. Get it out
of our temple of thought please. Thank you.
-Max Keller
Science 1
Editor's note: See page five for photo.
-Coordinated by Isabel Ferreras & David Zhang, with photos by Gerald Deo
Military does not control UBC IR
by Gordon C. Hawkins
I am writing this letter in order to address
some of the concerns brought up by UBC students about the international relations Program. On Tuesday January the 15th, a student
asked a question regarding military funding at
UBC to the AMS VP Academic candidates. This
question singled out the UBC IR program as a
recipient of military funding, and implied that
professors within the program and the Political
Science department are directly funded by the
Department of National Defence (DND).
This statement is completely inaccurate, and
in no way represents the true reality of military
funding at UBC.
It is correct however, that certain research
units at UBC receive funding as part of the
DND's Security and Defence Forum (SDF). The
SDF is a 5 year old program that distributes
funds to Canadian universities in order to build
and support a strong Canadian knowledge base,
foster informed public policy discussions, and
enhance communication between academics
and the department. This hardly seems like a
sinister agenda, but since students have questions regarding the exact nature of this program
it does warrant further discussion.
The only recipient of SDF funding at UBC is
the Centre for International Relations and the
Liu Institute for Global Issues. Our organization [the International Relations Student Association, or IRSA -ed.j receives monies from
SDF through the Institute to organize various
learning opportunities for students as part of
IRSA's co-curricular program.
Under no circumstances has money from
the SDF fund ever been spent on the delivery
of academic curriculum at UBC, since all of the
funding for course development and delivery
comes from a combination of student feeds
and general government funding. SDF funds
are spent on enhancing the extra-curricular
learning experience for UBC students and in
no way are used to further a particular agenda
or point of view that benefits the Department of
National Defence.
In fact, as a person who directly oversees the
expenditure of a small portion of UBC's annual
SDF grant, I can attest to the fact that organiza-
see "Letters" I page i i January 22th,2008 i ThSJubyssey
Letters . 11
Letters
from "Letters" | page io
tions receiving SDF funds are in
no way influenced by DND and experience no restrictions on what
SDF funds may be spent on (as
long as they are spent in a responsible way that benefits students
here at UBC).
The assertion that UBC professors are funded by SDF is also
inaccurate. Only four out of
roughly 40 instructors associated
with the UBC political science department and international relations program are on the staff of
the Liu Institute and the Centre
of International Relations. While
I am not aware of the exact payroll arrangements of professors
who teach in the political science
department and work with the
Liu Institute/Centre of IR, it is
clear that this circumstance is
limited to a severe minority of
all instructors.
The simple fact remains however—military money is being
spent at this university. Some
students still may have an issue
with this program. However, I
would ask those students to take a
close look at the programs being
researched at the Liu Institute:
disarmament and non-proliferation, protection of civilians and
children in conflict, peacekeeping studies, and international
justice and reconciliation. This
only represents a small portion
of the Liu's research agenda;
however it is hard to believe
from this short list that our Defence Department is truly benefiting from research that seeks
to reduce the chances of conflict
and violence in today's world.
UBC benefits from this funding in many ways, from the
capability to invite engaging
speakers to campus to the holding of events and symposia that
encourage free discussion about
the issues facing Canada today.
UBC students can choose to take
advantage of these opportunities
or not, but they can be assured
that the SDF funding in no way
infringes on their academic
freedom since there is no bleed
ing of the funds into academic
programs. I encourage those students who are still skeptical of
the SDF program to participate
in some of the events organized
by the Liu Institute and the Centre for International Relations
on campus. I am confident that
they will find an environment
that is informative, open, and
encourages the expression of all
viewpoints.
Gordon C. Hawkins is the President
ofthe International Relations Students
Association.
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There Will
Be Blood
This century's
Citizen Kane?
By Trevor Melanson
Culture Staff
Every once in a while, there comes a film
so great that it urges the viewer to inform
their friends of such a masterpiece. And
on even rarer occasions, one watches
a film so awe-inspiring that trying to remember having seen a better one seems
an impossible task.
Paul Thomas Anderson's latest masterpiece, There Will Be Blood, falls into the
latter category. It tells the story of a misanthropic oil baron named Daniel Plain-
view (played by Daniel Day-Lewis, whose
performance is the best of 2007). Daniel's
latest prospect, while fiscally fruitful, pits
him against the local town prophet, Eli
Sunday (Paul Dano).
The movie becomes more than a character piece, exploring a war of ideology
between the new and the old—between
capitalism and religion. Rather than distinguishing them, however, Anderson
brings to light their similarities.
Familiar to that of No Country for Old
Men, the ending is rather abrupt, and
moreover, absolutely perfect. The movie
also has a hefty running time, but the
length is appropriate. In fact, the movie
deserves no less.
Anderson once said, "Magnolia is, for
better or worse, the best movie I'll ever
make." I wonder if, after Blood, he still
holds this sentiment. There Will Be Blood
might be this century's Citizen Kane, and
with the Oscars soon approaching, expect
an increasing amount of buzz. \a
Cloverfield shakes, amazes
By James Johnson
Culture Staff
If one were to accuse J.J. Abrams of anything, it wouldn't be for being an advocate
of the status quo. Cloverfield, his latest
production, follows the tradition of pushing the envelope that he established with
the TV series Lost, or the oddly convoluted
Mission: Impossible III. Chiefly, if Cloverfield is able to achieve any sustained level
of success, it will be because its coy and
deliberately vague viral internet campaign put people in the seats. In the absence of a strong traditional media push,
the film has made no bones about putting
its future in the hands of the mavens of
internet opinion and nerd fandom, selectively leaking details to preferred outlets
to fuel the slow burn of speculation.
Once people are in the seats, however,
they may find themselves possessing one
of two possible minds on the film. One
may perceive themselves as the victim
of an elaborate Hollywood practical joke,
the kind that, like I am Legend, pours the
entire national income of a small country
into would-be blockbuster productions
that ultimately tell intimately personal
stories.
The alternative is to come out of the
film having given as much as you got,
looking past the frequently shaky but
oddly innovative first-person cinematography, having immersed yourself in the
moment and tried to grasp the feelings of
sheer terror and confusion as the world
around the characters unravels. Without
revealing too much, it can be said that the
plot of the film is not terribly unique in
itself, as comparisons to other works flow
freely.
Matthew Broderick's Godzilla redux.
The Blair Witch Project on steroids. A
more personal War ofthe Worlds. A compilation of cut scenes from fellow cin
ematic apocalyptic brethren such as the
aforementioned I Am Legend. It wouldn't
be that far a leap of logic to say that at
certain moments it may be as close as we
get to a movie version of the video game
Half Life. It is all these things, but at its
core, it is the quintessential monster
movie, not for the cliche monster terror,
but for how it psychologically impacts the
viewer.
Although we get plenty of gratuitous
shots of the beast, the real enemy is
our imagination. Beyond the millions
spent in extravagant visual effects, the
film grabs the viewer by the collar, and
if they are willing, forces them by way of
the film's aesthetic choice on perspective to evaluate how they would react in
a crisis of unconceivable proportions. To
that end, sifting back through the hype
machine that Cloverfield was built upon,
it is little wonder that the inspiration was
once cited as September 11th. vJ
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