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Will cutting carbs lose the love handles?
We all know your New Year's resolution. Pages 6-7.
And the trees fail.
Campus land cleared. Page 3.
Ripple rockin' in the
free world.
New Evaporators' CD review. Page 11.
Canuck close call.
Chris Levesque gets the opportunity of
a lifetime to strut his stuff NHL .
style...almost. Page 8.
A comical view of the recent weather.
Page 10.
Volume 85 Issue 27
^# Friday, Tanuary 9, 2004
IIFs feirMay since 1918 NEWS
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CARD EXPIRED? Not really.Translink is trying to figure out why
hundreds of U-Passes won't work in 2004. peter klesken photo
Mystery U-Pass glitch
by Jonathan Woodward
Neither UBC nor Translink have
any idea why hundreds of U-Pass
cards have been rejected by card
readers on Vancouver buses since
the beginning of the new year.
The latest problem is the third in
a series of technical "glitches' that
have plagued the otherwise successful universal transit pass.
UBC's TREK office, which handles the administration of the U-
Pa'ss for UBC students, first
received calls that previously functional U-Passes were being read as
'expired' by bus machines on
January 1.
"At first [Translink] said just go
in. and reprint them. When more
complaints started to come in
[Translink technicians] started to
think that this was more of a systemic problem on the computer
programming end of [Translink's]
electronic readers," said Sam Saini,
Alma Mater Society VP External.
Bus drivers were then told to
allow students on buses if the
machines read their card as
'expired'. By contrast, damaged or
discontinued cards are read as
'card error'. Unlika SFU, whose U-
Passes expire every term, UBC's U-
Passes are meant to last until the
end of April 2004.
No patterns could be detected in
the card failure, said TREK Program
Manager Carole Jolly. No specific
batches or serial numbers of cards
were affected, making diagnosis of
the problem much harder, she
"Translink is aware of the problem, and is working to fix the problem as soon as possible," she said.
The problem comes on the heels
of other hiccups in the first year of
the U-Pass program. An inefficient
method of printing cards pushed
the card's start date back from
August 15 to October 1. Students
used UBC cards as a replacement,
giving graduated students or dropouts a chance to ride the bus for
free during the first month of this
school year.
Also, some cards were printed
with an improper ink-fixing temperature, meaning that students'
. pictures on the cards—an important
security feature—were flaking off by
While Translink designs the
printing process and supplies the
cards, the printing is done at UBC.
The problems are just quirks of
the first year of the U-Pass, said
- Saini.
"The theme is that this is new
technology. This is a work in
progress, and we are trying to iron
out the kinks," he said.
Since the U-Pass was introduced
in September at UBC, ridership to
and from the Point Grey campus
has increased by S3 per cent,
almost twice the expected increase.
TREK projects that since the U-Pass,
car traffic to UBC has decreased by
20 per cent ♦
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Cra2y fun to be happening at the Ski and Board Bzzr Garden in SUB
room 207/209. The good times are between 7pm-1 1pm.
Canadian Club Night, Fri. Jan. 9 at 8pm.
The Cellar, 1006 Granville St..be there if you call yourself a legal-aged
Canadian! Get free drinks with advanced tickets. 551-1870, 889-7534,
649-6949. Doors open at 8pm and close real latel
All Country, Sat., Jan. 10 at 8pm
If early music ain't your thang grab a ticket (only $8) from Highlife
Records or Zulu Records and head oh down to the Western Front to see
country gurus, John Guliak and the Lougan Bros., Kent McAlister and
His Band, Roger Dean Young and the Tin Cup. PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, January 9,2004
the 'ubyssey, Magazine
UBC doctor quits over lack of resources
by Megan Thomas
"It is symptomatic of the whole damn thing. It is a very difficult
time to be sick right now," said Romayne Gallagher, the former
head of UBC Hospital's palliative care program who quit last
month after she was not given funding to hire a specialised
nurse to help her department care for the terminally ill.
Gallagher, a doctor at UBC for 13 years, gave the Vancouver
Coastal Health Authority (VCHA)—the organisation that manages health care in this region—an ultimatum seven months
ago: fund a $45-50,000 nursing position to support the palliative care team or she would quit The VCHA declined to fund
the position, so Gallagher handed in her resignation.
"It's always harder for those of us who have been at UBC for
a long time to see a really first-class hospital, with very happy
staff, be picked apart over the years," said Gallagher.
For the past five years the nursing position was being funded through a private donation to the hospital. The nurse
worked with Gallagher to treat patients in pain and the terminally ill. But once that money ran out late last year, the VCHA
could not find the money to continue with the position.     ,
"She asked us to pick up the tab and we didn't think that was
appropriate right now looking at staffing levels and workplace
makeup throughout the health authority," said Vivianna
Zanocco, a VCHA spokesperson.
Zanoccb added that the VCHA is happy with the level of palliative care at UBC Hospital and does not see having a specialised palliative nurse: as integral to patient care. But she also
said she understands Gallagher's frustration.
"You couldn't not find a doctor who would say 'I need more
funding'," said Zanocco. "We've got so many needs...how do
you decide what is more important than anything else?"
But Gallagher says the nursing position is key to providing
adequate patient care because it is too difficult for a doctor
alone to manage the needs of someone who is dying as well as
assist family members to deal with the situation.
"They say that nobody is losing any service...but what's happening is they are just sort of gutting things so you are doing,
less and less adequate care/ said Gallagher. "You are still doing
it, but it is not the quality you would like to provide," she added.
Gallagher also sees the inability to fund the position as
symptomatic of larger inadequacies arid service reductions in
the Vancouver health care system-.
"It's kind of like applying a few leeches. We have kind of
been bled dry of the past few years and lost services very gradually," she said.
In July of last year UBC Hospital's emergency room was
changed to an urgent care centre to help streamline emergency
cars in Vancouver. All emergency patients must now go to
Vancouver General to receive care.
While Zanocco said the change is not a cut to service and
maintains that the decision was made to improve emergency
care by taking patients to the most equipped hospital,
Gallagher disagrees.
"I totally agree we have to reform our health care system,"
she said. "But by cutting things in pieces I don't see that we are
reforming things/
For now Gallagher will continue to teach in UBC's department of medicine and is also working on a federal government
palliative care research project, as well as with the Vancouver
Home Hospice.
"I'm stepping back for a little while and I will wait until
things improve," said Gallagher. ♦
NO NURSE? No doctor. Michelle mayne photo
"Extreme" snowstorm
Weather shuts down classes at UBC
by Jonathan Woodward
Nine centimetres of "extreme
snow' and temperatures as low as
-95C cancelled UBC classes for the
first time in at least 15 years
Tuesday, sending students outside
to throw snowballs and toboggan
down the grassy knoll.
The dump added to an already
hazardous snowfall from the week
before, creating a rarely seen winter scene at UBC.
UBC Plant Operations snow
clearance teams were overloaded
by the snowfall. All outside staff
were reassigned to remove the
snow with hand tools. The operation totaled over 100 staff and cost
$100,000, said John Metras,
spokesperson for Plant Operations.
" "This is an extreme snow event,"
said Metras. "I can't recall the last
time classes were cancelled due
to snow."
UBC deployed two snowplows,
both backhoes, and a number of
lawnmowers converted to snow-
plows, he said, and maintenance
staff scrambled to clear paths to the
UBC Hospital and the fire station.
Students meandered through sidewalk-sized paths down major thoroughfares such as Koerner Plaza
and were forced to step over piles
of snow.
Students attempting to leave the
university after classes were cancelled knotted into a throng outside
the bus loop, overloading an
already strained transit system.
Lines to get on the 99 B-Line
stretched to SUB Plaza.
'People are leaving early; it's a
madhouse, as they say,' said Josh
Bowman, Alma Mater '„ Society
(AMS) VP Administration, who
helps oversee the operation of the
SUB.' •    "
THE LITTLE TRACTORS THAT COULD: UBC machinery in a $100,000 snow effort, peter klesken photo
the SUB did not close during
the snowfall to serve students who
were not leaving campus, according to an internal AMS memo.
Essential   services   were   riot
RIDE THE CABOOSE: UBC students took advantage of the class shutdown onTuesday by sledding,
building snowforts, skiing down lawns, and...whatever they're doing, peter klesken photo
closed according to Policy 68..
UBC's policy on snow closures. The
decision was made by ' the
President's office to close classes at
12:15pm so that students could
return home before snow built up
on roads. ■•••'.
By Tuesday night, heavy snowfall had warmed to rain, and
within a day much of the snow had
washed away.
"When the rain came, we were
thrilled," said Metras. "[Maintenance staff] have been working
non-stop for about a week and
fatigue was starting to set in."
UBC's snow resulted from an
interaction between two air currents from the west and the east,
said Rick Ketler, a UBC agricultural
sciences technician.
It's when those currents mix-
cold and wet air—that snow comes
down. UBC will often be hit harder
and deeper than the rest of
Vancouver because of its higher
elevation, he added.
The snow was not an exceptional event, said UBC earth and ocean
sciences Professor Roland Stull. It
is just unusual that it happened
during the school year, he added.
"We have snow similar to this
every few winters or so," he said.
"In 2000 we had a metre of snow;
this is nowhere close to that."
But it was unusual that the cold,
easterly air flowed into Vancouver
" for nearly two weeks.
"We had very cold air and veiy
high pressure over the past few
days which I haven't seen in this
part of Vancouver in quite a while,"
said Stull. "There was lots of cold
air in the interior which was oozing
out throughout the lower Fraser
valley and pouring over Vancouver,
over UBC and out onto the Georgia
But he said the weather was not
the action of a large-scale weather
phenomenon such as El Nino. "The
weather has a normal variability to
it, and this is well within the normal range," he said.
UBC residents wasted no time in
playing in the snow which was,
for some, a onceirin-a-lifetime
"This is the first time I've seen
real snow/ said Jill Meritieth, an
Australian visiting friends at UBC.
Slightly wary of the stuff, she
climbed the hill east of UBC Village,
and slid down with a whoop.
"Oh," she said at the bottom. "I
don't like that. I'm not looking forward to skiing." ■
Each Canadian university has its
own policy on snow. The University
of Calgary stayed open despite
-145C and snow on Tuesday. ♦ 4
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Friday, January 9,2004
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) I 4$S ELECTIONS 2004
Nominations for the AMS Elections
of 2004/05 close at 4:00 pm on
Friday, January 9th, 2004.
Nomination forms may be obtained from and submitted to SUB Room 238.
* * UBC Board of Governors and Senate At large are required to obtain and submit
nomrkition forms to the Registrdrt Office in Brock Half.
>    Tuesday, January: 13 « 7.00 pm • Gage Residences ».-
.General Forum- "
Thursday, January 15 « 12:00 pm « SUB Conversation Pit'
,ri ■ SUB Conversation Pit •
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Wednesday> January 21 « 7:0O pm • yanier Residences Forum
./■.;■'-;'\Generat Forum '-'-■/■■
Date:        Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Time:       12 noon - 2 p.m.
Locations Student Union Building, Room 213
The UBC Alma
Mater Society has
submitted a revised
permit application for
a facility for science
undergraduates. The
site is located on East
Mall between Hebb
Theatre and the
Chemistry Physics
You are invited to
attend a public meeting to view and comment on the proposal.
The applicant and staff will be present.
For directions to the Student Union Building (SUB) go to:
www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index.php. Development applications are
online at: www.plannirtg.ubc.ca/corebus/devapps.html
This event is wheelchair accessible. For more information about assistance
for persons with disabilities call (604) 822-6930 or email
Questions or for more information please contact:
• Jim Carruthers, Campus & Community Planning, Email:
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■ Michael Kingsmill, Alma Mater Society, Phone: (9604) 822-5000
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: UVic's CUPE 4163 will be in a legaf strike position today, martlet photo
Strike looms at UVic
Union rejects university's "asp' offer
by Bryna Hallam
VICTORIA-Union officials at the
University of Victoria are warning
that students may find themselves
stranded at the edge, of campus,
classes cancelled and lines of striking teaching assistants blocking
their way to class today.
'Our members don't want to go
on strike. They don't want to stand
on picket lines for weeks on end,"
said Melissa Moroz, spokesperson
for CUPE 4163, the union which
represents 800 UVic TAs, language
instructors and computing staff.
Pickets could be up as early as
9 am today after the union gave the
university a 72-hour strike notice
Tuesday morning.
"The majority of people in the
bargaining unit are students,' said
Sherwm Arhott, chair of the union's
bargaining committee. 'They're
feeling frustrated and alienated.'
The campus will stay open.
Students who choose not to cross
the picket lines will be responsible
for fulfilling course requirements,
despite limited access to most campus services, such as libraries, and
possible transit and traffic disruptions, university officials said.
Contract negotiations at UVic
began in August 2003. The university* recently rejected the union's
proposal of binding arbitration, say;
ing it would take control away from
the union and UVic. The university
then proposed both sides return to
mediation, where progress had
been made on a number of issues.
Talks between the union* and the
university fell apart when mediator
Grant McArthur walked away from
the table on December 29.
'We asked the university to go to
arbitration with us,' said Arnott 'It
was a last ditch effort to avoid job
At issue include wages, tuition
and parental and sick leave. UVic
TAs make $ 17 per hour, far behind
the $25 and $27 per hour TAs at
UBC and SFU earn respectively.
"The university didn't want to
offer us any sort of wage increase,*
said Moroz. 'We haven't had a wage
increase in a year and a half."
The university has offered
$728,46Q; for a new TA fellowship
fund. Fifteen per cent of this money
will come from new revenue, and
six per cent through reallocations of
existing expenditures.
That offer would give TAs an
extra $3.57 per hour, a 21 per cent
The only way to fund additional
support for graduate students will
be tuition increases for undergraduate and graduate students or program and service cuts, said Jamie
Cassels, UVic's VP Academic.
"UVic must operate under the
provincial government guidelines
that allow no general wage increases in the public sector/ he said.
But union officials contend that
the offer is insulting as UVic posted
an $ 18 million surplus last year.
"The offer's crap," said Moroz.
"With UVic's [surplus] TAs are feeling a bit left out'
Tuition for graduate students
has increased 70 per cent to $1372
a semester for most graduate'programs after the BC government
ended a six-year tuition fee freeze
in February 2001.
Since paying tuition is a term of
their employment, another
increase will essentially make it so
TAs are paying to teach, union leaders say.
The university's view is that
tuition is simply a cost of attending
post-secondary institutions, and not
a term or condition of employment.
Last April, UBC TAs and the university reached an agreement
through binding arbitration after a
lengthy strike was ended with back-
to-work legislation. The agreement
granted the unions an 11.5 per cent
pay increase over three years but
no concessions for rising tuition.
r-with files from Kevin Groves
CUPE 2278
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HITTING THE STREETS: TA union head Adrierine Smith pickets
during last year'sTA strike at UBC. ubyssey file photo/nic fensom PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, January 9,2004
the ubysscf magazine
Trees taken down near park
Park society questions environmental consequences of clearing future construction site
by Megan Thomas
A new four-plus acre home for a federal research building was cut out of
the forestlands of UBC's south campus over the holidays, a move that
has alarmed a local park protection
The Pacific Spirit- Park Society
(PSPS) is concerned about the environmental effects of removing more
than four acres of trees near the edge
of the Pacific Spirit Park to make
room for a new research building.
'From a parks point of view we
are really concerned about the
impact on the park and the creeks
that run through the park," said
David Forsythe, a spokesperson for
the PSPS. "There really hasn't been,
to my knowledge, a really good analysis of all the drainage and the
But UBC maintains that the trees
were on UBC land and do not directly
border the park. Because the land is
zoned for research purposes, UBC is
also free to develop the land without
the approval of the Greater
Vancouver Regional District (GVRD)
—approval that is needed for major
residential and commercial projects
on campus.
"It is within the south campus
research area,' said UBC spokesperson Scott Macrae. "It's not impinging
on the park. It is not taking away, subtracting park land.'
Macrae added that a 60-foot
buffer of trees was left between the
cleared area and SW Marine Dr to
create a greenway alongside the road.
Forsythe is also worried that there
was not enough public input and consultation with park users before the
land was cleared.
"There hadn't been a lot of input
from the public or the parks people
or really anybody on really thinking
this through and how can we mitigate
any of the damages that are going to
affect the park,' he said.
But the project underwent the
necessary public consultation for
institutional projects and was
approved by the UBC Board of
Governors in January of 2003, said
The university is required to post
a public notice, hold a public meeting
and submit the project to UBC's
Advisory Design Panel as part of a
five-stage approval process for institutional projects. The GVRD must
also be notified at the same time as
the public.
A GVRD spokesperson said the
GVRD may have been told about the
project in the past but park staff was
not aware that the trees had come
down until they were notified by a
But, "from a parks perspective
there is nothing to be concerned
about,' said Mitch SokalskL, GVRD
west area parks superintendent "It is
UBC land."
This approval process, much
more stieamlined than the one for
residential or commercial projects, is
not adequate, said Forsythe.
"It is really paying lip-service to
the public. Our voices aren't really
being heard,' he said.
"Unfortunately, it doesn't matter
what kind of building it is, it still
affects the park.'
Forsythe called on UBC to use the
resources of its own staff to ensure
that projects proceed with environmental sensitivity.
"There is incredible expertise out
there and UBC is blindly plugging
away without using it'
As part of the Official Community
Plan, a by-law that governs developments on campus, an environmental
assessment is required for the entire
area of campus.
This was done in 1997, said
Macrae. "There is an environmental
check on what the previous land use
has been, and there had been past
studies of storm water management,
and other environmental aspects for
the whole south campus.'
But UBC officials admit that a specific environmental investigation for
the clearing of the land was not carried out
The site was cleared to accommodate a new National Research
Council (NRC) building. The NRC is a
federal research and development
organisation that investigates key
areas in sciences, engineering and
communications technology.
The new building will replace
UBC's current NRC site investigating
fuel cell innovation. Construction will
begin on the new building in the fall
of this year and occupancy is expected by 2006.
As for the old NRC building, many
possibilities are circulating, includ
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WHAT WOULD PASSIVE LOGGING BE? More than four acres of
trees fell on south campus, michelle mayne photo
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Sure/ he deserves a philosophy degree
The Dalai Lama will receive an honourary doctorate degree from both UBC and SFU when he visits
Vancouver for a four-day conference in mid-April.
The conference, called Educating the Heart,
aims to begin work on the development of a worldwide school curriculum to try
and confront militarism. The
event will focus on the benefit
of compassion, respect and
It will also serve as a
fundraising launch for UBC's
new Centre for Contemporary
Tibetan Studies, the first of its
kind in North America.
Vaclav Havel, the Czech
Republic's former president
and South African Nobel
peace laureate Desmond Tutu
will also be in attendance and
receiving honourary degrees.
Organisers of the conference include Pitman Potter,
the director of UBC's Centre
for Asian Studies and the Vancouver Multi-Faith
Action Society.
Good times at..
UBC's Forestry faculty announced over the holiday that they will be partnering with the Canadian
Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division, to provide a long-term home for Camp Goodtimes, a
camp for kids with a history of cancer.
The Loon Lake Outdoor Education Centre,
located in UBC's Malcolm Rnapp Research Forest
near Maple Ridge, will open its doors to campers
this summer. The faculty has been leased to
Camp Goodtimes for 3 5 years in exchange for a
$1 million contribution to redevelop the facility.
Camp Goodtimes will get exclusive access for five
weeks injury and August at the Loon Lake facility
starting this summer.
"With the contribution that they are making, it
is enabling us to upgrade the faculties because
they are currently outdated," said Katrina Evans,
the development officer for UBC's Forestry
The Loon Lake facility is currently used as an
education centre and recreation area, as well as
for many student field work projects. The facility
can house up to 100 residents but plans are in the
works to expand the capacity to 150 people.
Evans hopes that students
will benefit from volunteer opportunities at Camp
Goodtimes as well as the facility
This will be the 20th year of
operation for Camp Goodtimes,
an operation run with the support of volunteers and a 24 hour
medical staff. The camp aims to
help kids aged six to 16 to take a
break from hospitals and clinics
and be kids again for the week-
long camp stay. The camp offers
five one-week sessions held
over July and August
New Governors for
UBC's Board
UBC Board of Governors (BoG) Chair John Reid
welcomed three new members to the Board this
week: Doug Whitehead, the president and CEO
of Finning International, a company that provides technical support for Caterpillar construction vehicles worldwide; James Eccott who
used to work with Dia Met Minerals, a mining
company that owns a stake in the first diamond
mine in Canada; and Dr Aran K. Garg, a clinical
professor of pathology in UBC's Faculty of
The Board of Governors is the highest decision-making body at UBC, overseeing and
approving major building projects, hiring senior
faculty and administering university finances.
The Board consists of UBC President Martha
Piper, Chancellor Alan McEachern, eight members appointed by the provincial government,
two faculty members, two students and one staff
member. ♦
U-Town designs competition
UBC buildings to be designed and built by winner
by Jonathan Woodward
UBC unveiled the first draft of rules for an
architectural competition to build a $40
million set of buildings that will line a.
redeveloped University Boulevard,
The process is based on the competition that gave rise to the unusual but creative downtown Vancouver Public Library
in 1991, said Linda Moore, associate
director of external affairs for UBC. From
that template, UBC hopes to bring a creative approach to the design of the buildings that will make up the neighbourhood
between Wesbrook Mall and the bus loop,
she added.
"We hope [the competition] will stimulate critical debate, promote excellence in
design, and recruit the best architectural
talent," said Moore.
Five buildings will be constructed on
the north side of University Boulevard
containing housing, shops, and classrooms as shown in the University
Boulevard Neighbourhood Plan. The
neighbourhood plan is an urban planning-
document passed by UBC's Board of
Governors in October and by the Greater
Vancouver Regional District In late
UBC will select three architectural
firms from all of the candidates. These
three firms will then begin drawing
schematics after April and the winning
plan, which will be selected by a jury of
architects, staff, faculty and students, will
be announced in November.
The five buildings, a University Square
replacing the grassy knoll south of the
SUB, and the space surrounding them will
be designed and built by the winner.
The planned underground bus loop will
not be in the competition because of
extreme limitations the projected high bus
traffic at UBC will bring, said Moore. The
changes to the athletics commons will also
not be in the competition, nor will the
planned Dentistry building on the south
side of University Boulevard, which is
moving ahead because of institutional
rather than residential or commercial
But  one  audience  member  at the
"■ announcement was concerned that only
selecting firms large enough to design and
implement the plans would limit the creativity the contest could create.
"The process will attract established,
corporate firms, who will create exceptionally average designs," said Oliver
Neumann, an assistant professor in the
School of Architecture. "If you are asking
for interesting designs, then you aren't
going to get them here."
A professor emeritus of architecture at
UBC questioned the wisdom of allowing
one firm to design all five buildings.
"A living city would reflect the diversity
of input and people who contributed to its
construction," said Ron Walkey. "Here,
one group is kicking the can."
But, unlike previous public question-
and-answer sessions, attendees wrote
their concerns on yellow sticky notes and
planners promised to incorporate them
into shaping not only the competition's
outcome, but the process of the competition itself.
' Jim Sumi, an architect hired by UBC to
oversee the project, made it clear that the
university does not want to create a "pseudo-historical university."
"We want to say [when looking at a
design], 'Yeah, that looks like a university,'
and, 'Yeah, that looks like UBC," he said. ♦ 6 \mm
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New Year's carbo-
Don t get high expectations from low carb diets
he time for New Year's resolutions has rolled
around again; an opportunity some people take to
try to shed those few extra pounds. Frustrated by
previous lack of success, many are turning to the
quick-fix solutions offered by so-called "fad diets.'
These carefully marketed, highly appealing programs entice weight loss hopefuls with the promise of instant results, backed by testimonials from
satisfied subscribers. Made accessible through
books and websites, the diets are seemingly easy
to implement from the comfort of home.
Recently, with the hype surrounding plans
such as the Atkins Diet and the Zone Diet, the
focus has been on carbohydrates as the culprits of
weight gain. However, as the popularity of these
diets has grown, so too have concerns in the
health care community about their long-term
effects on health. Though some studies have
shown low-carbohydrate diets to be effective as
short-term weight loss miracles, nutrition experts
speculate that these plans will not be able to
prove themselves in the face of more extensive
scientific research.
The question remains: are low-carb diets effective, healthy methods of weight loss or are they
a potentially dangerous marketing scheme
designed to keep consumers buying into the
dieting industry?
An Introduction to Low-Carb
Dr Robert C. Atkins first published his book Dr
Atkins' Diet Revolution in 1972. His was the pioneering "low-carb diet" with its proposal that carbohydrates—the complex sugars found mainly in
fruits, vegetables and grains—must be limited for
weight loss to be achieved. Time has proven
Atkins' theory to be more than just a passing fad
on the dieting scene. His diet has spawned many
similar concepts since its inception and has influenced the way weight gain and loss are perceived.
According to the official Atkins website,
www.atkins.com, an estimated 20 milling people
worldwide have subscribed to the plan since
the 1970s.
The Atkins Diet has four phases. The first,
"Induction," involves removing carbohydrates
almost completely from a person's diet. This
phase is designed to produce a rapid weight loss.
The second phase of the plan, 'Ongoing Weight
Loss," involves periodically adding and removing
small amounts of carbohydrates, ideally allowing
the person to continue slowly losing weight. In the
"Good nutrition
is about figuring
out how your
body works. I
don't believe
that this is for
third phase, "Pre-Maintenance," carbohydrates
are slowly added back in to "make the transition
from weight loss to weight maintenance." Finally,
in the last phase, "Lifetime Maintenance," permanent eating habits are developed which focus
mainly on meats and poultry, some vegetables,
seeds and nuts. "Bad' carbs such as breads, pasta,
cereal and starchy vegetables are avoided.
Even though more carbs are allowed than in
the previous phases, no more than 40 to 60
grams can be consumed per
day, a much lower amount than
the 234 to 255 grams recommended by most nutritionists.
In addition, an exercise program and vitamin supplementation are included as part of
the plan.
The other popular variation
on the low-carb idea is the Zone
Diet, which was introduced by
Dr Barry Sears in  1995. The
Zone Diet emphasises proteins
and naturally occurring carbohydrates, like in fruits and vegetables.   It   is   based   on   a
40:30:30 ratio, which entails
that participants obtain 40% of
their caloric intake from carbohydrates,  30°/o from protein,
and 30% from fat.   This ratio is
said to help people reduce their overall caloric
intake while supposedly maintaining their basal
metabolic rate, the rate at which the body burns
calories while resting. This claim is based on the
idea that diets higher in carbohydrate calories
tend to decrease basal metabolic rate, causing
weight gain.
According to www.comparediets.com, studies
conducted at the University of Illinois show that
when compared to a conventional diet, participants on the Zone Diet lost slightly more weight.
But more importantly, it was shown that the Zone
dieters had a much different 'makeup' of weight
loss, losing less muscle and more fat than those
on the conventional plan. There was also evidence in the studies that people on the Zone Diet
burned more calories while resting, showing possible support for Sears' claims about the diet's
effect on basal metabolic rate.
Several other less popular diets, including
Sugar Busters, Protein Power, The Carbohydrate
Addict's Diet and Suzanne Sommers' Get Skinny
on Fabulous Food diet, have been created based
on similar low-carb philosophies.
A Low-Carb Testimonial
Taking a look at the official Atkins website,
one is inundated with 'success stories" from
people who have tried the diet and achieved a
'weight loss victory." It is hard to unquestion-
ingly accept these testimonials when they are
coming from a corporation trying to sell products to consumers, but there are real success
stories  out there. UBC student
Victoria Van offered up her experiences with the Atkins Diet.
"It works for me..I feel good, I
don't feel deprived, I have lots of
energy, my blood pressure is
down and it allows me to control
my blood sugar," says Van, who
has been on the diet for two
years, losing 90 pounds. "I'm
able to do so much more now."
Van   describes   her  struggle
with her weight and the discrimination   she   feel's   many   have
toward obesity. A low-carb diet
. has been an important change in
—Victoria Van   her life.
UBC student on a     Now'in a ,yPical da^ Van eats
scrambled eggs and cheese with
salsa for breakfast. For lunch
she eats tuna salad, chicken
wings or a large salad with proteins like eggs or
tofu. Dinner usually includes steamed vegetables and either meat, poultry or fish, followed
by a sugai-free dessert. In between meals she
snacks on nuts and drinks lots of water.
Despite her success with the diet, Van says
that no single diet works for everyone.
"This is a diet for people who react badly to
carbs. Good nutrition is about figuring out how
your bodyworks. I don't believe that this is for
everyone." In addition, she cautions that people
need to consider all the aspects of a healthy
lifestyle, including exercise and vitamins,
which she says many tend to neglect. "It's
really dangerous not to do it carefully,"
she says.
low-carb diet
The Low-Carbohydrate
Recently, the Atkins Diet and its fellow low-
carb plans resurfaced in the news after two
studies-p'iblished in the New England Journal
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produce significantly greater weight loss
than conventional diets over a shorter period
of time.
Additionally, the website www.comparedi-
ets.com indicates that several other short-term
studies have revealed that low-carb, high fat
diets "may help their participants lose weight
at least as well as high-carb, low fat diets."
These findings challenge the traditional belief
that fats are the key sources in weight gain. As
a result of this new information, low-carb diets
have again become hugely popular, even to the
extent that popular fast food chains now offer
'Atkins friendly" menu items.
Still, don't go rushing out to purchase your
copy of the Dr Atkin's book just yet. Despite the
media's renewed optimism, the jury is still out.
Long-term research has yet to be completed
on low-carb diets, a factor that has many nutrition experts warning about possible health
Too good to be true
"I think the long-term effects are negative,"
says Manorma Bhate, a dietician at the
Children's and Women's Health Centre of BC.
"These are diets which are high in protein and
high in fat and we have known for 2 5 years that
high fat diets are bad."
Bhate says that low-carb diets "contradict'
what is known about a healthy diet, especially
when compared to established research on fat
and cholesterol. Many of the studies that claim
low-carb diets are healthy are misleading, she
says, because often comments made by health
professionals are taken out of context to make
it look like they support the diets.
Both the Atkins and Zone Diets, along with
other low-carb plans, make numerous claims
about the health benefits and effectiveness of
limiting carbs. Firstly, they propose that sugars, not fats, are the main cause of obesity. But
according to a 2001 article in the Cleveland
Clinic Journal of Medicine, this claim is false.
Instead, authors George L. Blackburn, Judy C.
C. Phillips and Susan Morreale say that 'excessive energy intake—not diet composition—is the
cause of weight gain.'
Bhate also explains the real reason people
lose weight on low-carb diets: "People are in the
mode to lose weight and the bottom line is that
they are consuming less calories." The reason
for this is that fats and proteins take longer to
digest. This makes people feel full more quickly and they then consume less other food.
Another low-carb claim that many nutritionists have attempted to falsify is that these diets
lay the groundwork for disease prevention and
that have cardiovascular benefits. Blackburn
and his colleagues stress that no long-term
research can support this claim and, in fact,
current information seems to suggest the contrary. They emphasise the danger of "potentially serious health implications." The high pro-
. tein foods consumed in these diets are often
high in saturated fat, which increases
unhealthy cholesterol, heightening-"tHe'risk qf-
heart disease and some cancers. In this light it
seems low-carb diets are a double-edged sword:
while a person may lose weight, the increase in
fats in their diet may increase their risk of
health complications such as colon cancer, disease and diabetes.
Another debate surrounds the process of
ketosis, the state in which body fat; is burned
for energy, causing ketones, by-products of fat
oxidation, to accumulate. A high concentration
of ketones is seen as an indication that the body
is in a state of starvation. Low-carb diets
attempt to induce permanent ketosis, which
they claim allows a person to lose weight no
matter how many fat or protein calories are
consumed. However, nutrition experts argue
that the only safe way that weight loss can occur
is if more calories are expended than are taken
. in. On top of this, Blackburn and his collegues
add, ketosis is unhealthy. The level of carbohydrates needed to maintain ketosis is well
below the amount recommended by the American Heart
Low-carb diets also affect
glucose levels. Consuming
fewer carbohydrates deprives
the brain of the glucose that it
needs for energy. In a low-carb prinC6 cind
diet, the focus is on foods high
in fatty acids, which can't be
converted to glucose. Ketosis is
also dangerous because it
increases insulin resistance
and glucose intolerance.
Insulin resistance is a key factor in diabetes and cardiovascular disease, while glucose intolerance causes hypertension
and dyslipidemia.
Low-carb supporters also claim that carbohydrates lead to overeating because they raise
insulin levels'more than other foods do. But this
is yet another fallacy according to Blackburn's
article. Insulin release is triggered by all foods
and it is more important to consider which
foods specifically cause higher amounts of
insulin to be secreted. This is where a tool
called the glycemic index becomes useful.
The glycemic index was developed in the
"Eat breakfast
like a king,
lunch like a
dinner like a
-Manorma Bhate
1980s and is designed to measure increases in
blood glucose in the hours after consumption
of carbohydrates. While low-carb diets suggest
that increased insulin levels are a result of carbohydrate consumption, Blackburn suggests
that insulin levels are mqre important when
considered in connection with glycemic index.
In addition to questioning the claims of
these diets, it is important to question the moti-
vatiog.of the companies making them, safs
UBC dietetics student Christine McDonald.
"I think you have to be suspicious whenever
a person or organisation is out to make money
off a diet. This information is not coming from
a health organisation," says McDonald.
"Dieticians recommend Canada's food guide
and there's a lot of work and research that has
gone into it. Most experts would not recommend any diet that discarded that."
So what's the answer?
Nutrition experts suggest that the problems
do not lie with carbohydrates and that there are
healthier ways of losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
"It's really in the number of calories that go
in. People should focus on the foods with large
amounts of calories," says Bhate. She stresses
the importance of eating plenty of grains, fruits
and vegetables, emphasising
that people on low-carb diets
miss out on important nutrients
found in those foods.
Blackburn, Phillips and
Morreale add that these diets
'fail because, like all fad diets,
they do not deal with the underlying issues of being overweight, nor do they teach better
lifelong eating habits." And like
many fads, the low-carb diet
has not been sufficiently
researched concerning its positive and negative results.
Until    long-term    research
shows    conclusive    evidence,
there will be no clear answers
as to the truth of the claims of
low-carb proponents. Until then, dieters will
have to use their own judgment when it comes
to their lifestyle choices and daily eating habits.
Bhate highlights the importance of regular
exercise because it increases metabolism, and
claims that people do not eat enough during the
day and then eat too much and poorly in the
evening. Bhate relies on the saying, 'eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner
like a pauper." ♦ 8
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Friday, January 9,2004
A FAMILIAR BENCH: Chris Levesque is back where he is used to
being; playing with theT-Birds. michelle mayne photo
Night in the
big leagues
Chris Levesque lives the dream
by Dan McRoberts
Growing up in a hockey-mad country,
it's common to have childhood
dreams of playing in the National
Hockey League (NHL). For one night
in December, UBC goaltender Chris
Levesque had a chance to live
that fantasy.
After an injury to Vancouver
Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier in the
game-day skate on
December   9,   the   "Our league IS
Canucks were seek- .
keeper to pretty good.
up    Johan
mg   a.
Hedberg for that
evening's game versus the Pittsburgh
Penguins. Unable to
get a call-up from
their minor league
affiliate in time, the
Canucks' salvation
came in the form of
Levesque, who was
studying in the
libraiy when a
teammate reached
him with an urgent
message to call
UBC's head hockey coach Milan
'He kept saying call coach, call
coach,' Levesque recalls. 'When I
heard what it was all about I thought
it was a lie." Having established that
no one was playing a practical joke,
Levesque found himself warming up
at GM Place later that evening.
The third-year Geography major
already had the makings of a great
story for his future grandchildren,
but his story almost became an epic
late in the first period Hedberg had
been injured in a collision, and for a
few moments, it looked as if the
Some people
don't take it very
seriously, but we
play at a high
—Chris Levesque
UBC Thunderbird
Thunderbird would be pressed into
action. While his parents and friends
were all cheering for him to be
thrown into the fray, Levesque isn't
too certain of how he felt at the time.
"To be honest, I don't know what I
was feeling at that moment, there
was just so much going on," he says
in hindsight.
However, he does wish that he
could have faced some NHL competition. 'I wish I had gone in for a couple of minutes. It
would have been a
chance to show that
our league is pretty
good. Some people
don't take it very
seriously, but we
play at a high level'
Despite putting
in a full evening's
work for the
Canucks during the
middle of the exam
period, Levesque
was not paid for the
game. The team did
present him with
his game jersey and
a CD with photos
and clips of some of
media    coverage
the    extensive
that followed.
Levesque sees the attention as an
opportunity for university hockey to
gain some notoriety. 'It was great
publicity for the T-Birds and for other
university teams. It's a chance to
attract some more fans to the
Though he was not the first
Thunderbird to play for an NHL
team, Levesque was certainly the
only UBC player to make the big
league for one evening and then
return to student life in time write an
exam the next day. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, January 9,2004
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No weak links on the slopes
by Wilson Wong
Alexander Boedtker of UBC/s Alpine Ski team
loves to reminisce about his week at last year's
USCSA National Championships at Northstar in
Tahoe. "The hill was good. The competition was
great" he says happily.
"And we did awesome," adds his team-mate
and team manager Paul Boskovich.
"I mean staying in'a casino and skiing in
your t-shirt all day with blue skies and sun for a
week when all the other guys are cramming for
mid-terms and stupid projects, that's kind of a
good life," boasts Boedtker.
After taking part in twice-a-week dry land
training for the first term, Boedtker and the rest
of the men and women of the Alpine Ski program start a season that they hope will bring
them back to the Nationals; On January 9, the
team selection time trials will take place on
Blackcomb Mountaiii There will be three
slalom and giant slalom runs and the best runs
of each skier in both disciplines will be combined with the dry land fitness results to select
the team members. Realistically there axe few
spots that are open, only five men and five
women will be selected.
Both UBC ski teams were very successful
last year competing in the United States
Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association
(USCSA). The women finished in a tie for 12th
spot overall at last year's Nationals. With no one
graduating from last year's team, Joanna
Rosenfeld believes her team is even better this
year. 'Our team is a lot stronger than last year
since there is a lot* more competition; we're
able to bring in a lot more girls and a wider
variety of talent"        '
Along with Rosenfeld^ the team will be led by
Athletic   All-Americans'"' Kim   Webber   and
Stephanie Rodenkircheii, who also serves as •
the team manager since the teams are student
run. Kait Jones and Alexandra McLean are also
returnees from last year. New recruits trying
make the team include Andrea Lutsenberger
and Anna Paczkowski, who are both former BC
Ski Team members.
The fierce competition for spots is a wonderful problem for RodenMrchen to have. She
has commented that this year's team will have
the most depth since the women's ski team was
resurrected three years ago. Having depth is
crucial in the USCSA since the three best results
(out of five runs) determine the team's stand
ing. A team's: plans cpuld be ruined if one of
their best skiers fails to finish a race (which
occurs often) and has to rely on a weaker skier.
With a team that has no obvious weak links,
UBC's Women Alpine Ski team is shooting for a
top four finish at the 2004 Nationals that take
place March I in Maine.
The men have even higher expectations.
Trevor Bruce, Paul Boskovich and Alexander
"Norway* Boedtker hope to improve on their
fourth place finish at the 2003 Nationals.
Bruce, a bronze medalist at the Nationals in the
CHANGES: Many women will be returi.ng to the ski team but the men's
get some new blood this year, photo courtesy of trevor bruce
team will
giant slalom, is a former member of the
Canadian National Team and heading into his
second year with the UBC team. Boskovich and
Boedtker are both seniors skiing their last season for UBC having spent the last several years
as the foundation of the program. Despite the
loss of new recruit Matt Woods to injury just a
few days ago, the Thunderbird men are confident that they will be able to get onto the podium this year. Woods's injury may mean another newcomer, Nathan Crompton, could be competing for UBC this season.
Whoever the newcomers may be, they will
certainly benefit from the wisdom of the more
experienced skiers- For many of the rookies,
joining UBC Alpine Skiing will mean their first
taste of being on a true team. Rodenkirchen
indicates the rookies will feel different pressures, 'It's not all about the individual. It's
team^based and a lot of people feel more pressure that way because they're only used to ever
having to answer to themselves and how they
felt they did. And they never carry the weight of
the team's performance and progression on
their shoulders."
They will also have to get used to the routine
of studying and skiing. A typical week during
the season will include traveling on Fridays and
racing on Saturdays and Sundays, leaving, only
four days at home to do school work.
The team's first test will be on the slopes at
the time trials. After that UBC will be at the
first conference qualifier at Willamette Pass,
Oregon on January 17. Their season is only
two months long and consists of four conference qualifiers, of which UBC will attend
three. The team needs to finish in the top eight
in the 14 team Northwest Conference of the
USCSA to make it to the Regional
Championships. A top four finish at the
Regjonals will send UBC to the Nationals in
Maine and give the seniors Boskovich and
_. Boedtker, cme.last unforgettable story,to,tell of
' their Bine is UBC skie'rs. ♦ ' r"^ " :>e"i '- *'■
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While Hywei Tuscano and Paul Evan* were inside their office 3uile
begetting Alei Lurie, Malcolm Morgan (formerly know as Michelle
Mayne] and Wilson Wong set out in the menacing Vancouver blizzard.
Sighted at l;50am on January S by Paul Carr, it was called The Carr.
{Carrie Robinson says she glimpsed The Carr first, but she also claims
to have seen Yukon rock star Bryan Zandberg's navel ring.} Peter
Klesken and hie lucky-stuffed Slone Sheep head. Jonathan Woodward,
were driving a three ft snowplough along ihe benches of Thunderbird •
Stadium for the annual |va Cheung and John Sua outdoor ping-pong
tournament He tuned the radio Lo Opera-Doe&Cbuntry with Heather
Pauls and Sarah Bourdon and baked out to where former Swaziland
prince and nudist laughing quit leader LeVi Barnstt saw Wong chewing
on Morgan's left toe. 'He'll congeal if he doesn't get oul of The Carr,
And expeditiously!* Peter exclaimed to the stoic Woodward. Dan
McRoberts, the fourth tenor, and Megan Thomas. Dolty Parlon's ex-ea-
piastic surgeon, came on the radio singing "My Baby Don't Love Me No
More Because I Put Gas In Her Shampoo And Set Her Hair On Fire.'.
Tessa King. Frosly's evil Stepmom, tried to yell out to warn Wong of his
impending doom but Kevin Groves had stuck a carrot in her mouth
and caused her to become permanently mute. Wong continued across
the field and devoured Peter, who was singing "Love Is Like A Headless
Cliicken" and poor Woodward. At that point Jesse Marchand arrived
on the scene wearing nothing but ear muffs 'Hi theie," she said to
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I was very happy to see that the
Ubyssey is paying some attention
to the saga of the Millennium
Time Machine. Over here at The
Graduate, we have frankly been
obsessed with it for months.
Every issue since last February
has featured some sort of commentary on it. I like public art,
and feel that it can play a constructive role in any environment, and surely a university
campus is appropriate place for
such work.
When it was finally completed
this past summer though, I
turned on the Time Machine
faster than a disgruntled, teaching
assistant. Rather than a provocative exploration of history and
our relationship to it, here in the
flotsam of time that is- post-secondary education, I found it to be
a pompous bit of last-generation
postmodernism, an uncritical
joke at—quite, literally—students'
and taxpayers' collective expense.
It makes me angry. (For more,
visit The Graduate's website [via
http://www.gss.ubt.ca] arid read
the September issue.) I suggested
at the end of that rant that the
Time Machine, despite its particular affront to arts students,
would likely and ironically be
vandalized by engineers. It certainly does suck to be right.
Further, I am very concerned
about the comment by one first-
year Arts student, who claimed
that 'Paint doesn't say anything."
I would urge him to take a couple
of art history courses and discover that paint says a lot, just not
. with words. Speeding thousands
of dollars on a camera obscura in
a reconstructed carriage says a lot
too—it just happens to say rather
distressing things.
The Time Machine should be
untarped immediately, so that
students can continue to interact
with this fascinating and ever-
evolving artefact.
—Karen Ward
Graduate student in history
Editor, The Graduate Magazine
UBC Graduate Student Society
Spoof not amusing
Chalk me up as one reader who was
mighty offended by your spoof end-
of-term issue last month. I'm talking about the cover story ("Shrum
Nightmare Continues'). Why couldn't the Birds have lost against a
half-dozen traffic cones or something like that?
No, they lose against a team of
homeless people called "The
Sleepers." The homeless team is
"driven to win by hunger," it says,
with a player named 'flive Inavan"
hoping that the football is something he'll be able to eat After the
loss to the homeless, the 'Birds
coach says his team would also
have lost against monkeys or rats.
This is pretty offensive stuff,
people! What makes it worse is that'
you're probably all like most UBC
students (young, healthy, middle
class backgrounds). You shouldn't
be getting laughs out of people in
our society who are extremely poor
and/or unwell.
And the class hatred continues
in an adjacent 'stor/ in which blue
collar Plant Operations workers
are depicted as ape-like, humans.
Not good.
How about an apology to your
—James Boucher
Arts Grad 1988
Clarification concerning
Pipes's lecture, posters
Much controversy has been generated in. reaction to Daniel Pipes's
December 5 lecture on the Middle
East conflict Opposition to the
speaker was presented through a
campus-wide poster campaign and
protest organised by the Palestine
Solidarity Group. Unfortunately, the
criticism of Daniel Pipes did not
consist of debate over his political
stances but was rather a campaign
of accusations of racism, character
defamation and misinformation.
First, a technical although
important correction of an error
that has appeared in posters and
elsewhere on campus: Pipes .did not
speak, as has been suggested,
through the invitation of UBC Hillel.
The UBC Hillel Jewish Student
Association is a pluralistic cultural
and religious club which does not
host political events nor embrace a
specific point of view on the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict; the event took
place under the auspices of the UBC
Israel Advocacy Committee whose
mission is to provide education, to
offer information and to host discussion on all matters relating to
the tiny democratic Jewish state.
, Now to address the accusations
leveled against the speaker. In an
anti-Pipes poster which circulated
around campus just prior to the lec
ture, Pipes is quoted as having |aid
that "the Palestinians are a miserable people and they deserve to be."
This vicious misquote, originally
published in the Washington Report
on Middle Eastern Affairs, was
immediately responded to by Pipes,
in a published letter, stating that
"far from thinking the Palestinians
a miserable people, I call attention
to their dignity and talent then propose how to liberate themselves
from their demons so that they can
build a civil society and decent
Pipes's views are further misrepresented in this poster, which
suggests that he is troubled by the
"immigration of brown-skinned
people cooking strange foods and
mamtaining different standards of
hygiene* into Europe. Although
written by Pipes, this quote, when
viewed in its proper context, is
clearly Pipes's description of certain European attitudes towards
immigration rather than his personal views.
This use of dishonest tactics indicates that the groups who opposed
Pipes's visit are more interested in
demonisation and the promotion of
a single perspective than in encouraging dialogue on the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict. More grave
than the loss of an opportunity for
constructive discussion, however, is
the unwarranted, poMcally-motivat-
ecl accusation of racism that dangerously weakens the fight against
hatred and bigotry, a struggle which
the Israel Advocacy Committee joins
the campus community in pursuing.
—Gordon Brandt
President, Jewish Students
Association PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, January 9,2004
the 'ubyssey masaiine
Ali Masdani and the 88 keys
UBC law student spends his lunch money breaking into Canada's alt-pop scene
Ali Masdani
Songs to Break a Sissy's Heart
[Buster Records]
by Bryan Zandberg
I used to think that Ali Masdani hated leaf blowers. It was
never anything more than a groundless assumption, of
course, perhaps hinging on no more than my own thinly-
veiled distaste for what strikes me as the paragon of stupid
Western technological achievement. Or perhaps not. You see,
Ali's music does share an arguable rapport with those who
despise leaf blowers, if for no other reason than the fact that
his debut album, Songs to Break a Sissy's Heart, seems like
the return to a simple synthesizer sound or like mud in the
eye of studio-groomed bands that take themselves far too seriously. In a leaf-cluttered bind Ali, too, would gladly reach for
a good old-fashioned rake.
But aside from being pretty lame, this metaphor was in sore
need of some tweaking, a fact I realised all too well after talking with Ali before the winter holidays. "I want to make music
that will make people come," he told me that morning, laughing semi-self-consciously so as to inform me of exactly just
what he meant by that
Well, I can't really say that this was my experience listening
to the album—which he wrote and recorded over four months
in Kingston, Ontario last summer—but it sure is a good time.
With only a shoe-string budget and reams of ideas, Ali was
forced to be resourceful. "We borrowed a keyboard from a
grade five elementary school class," he relates, going on to tell
of having to stand in front of the class to ask the kids' permission, not without a bit of nostalgia.
The borrowed synthesizer, which he refers to as an "educational keyboard," became the backbone of Songs to Break a
Sissy's Heart Clarinet and trumpet solos, slap and double bass,
the various piano settings: everything (except the guitars, Little
Tyke xylophone and drum machine beats) emanates from the
keyboard, creating an amusing synth-pop sound that toys with
the parameters of the genre. When it comes to making music,
Ali insists that everything is fair game. Still, he found himself
experimenting a lot, trying to find that listenable balance.
While he revelled in the humour and the unreality of it all, he
nevertheless found that some settings were simply off-limits.
"Some sounds are just too grating," he laughs.
The result of a summer's experimentation is a bouncy and
melodic album with enough irony and tongue-in-cheek to pull
the whole thing off without being cheesy. Okay, almost.
Apparendy even his friends have adopted an "it's cheesy-but-
funny" stance towards the whole thing. Maybe it's because the
joy is authentic.
"Someone said to me, 'Your music is so cheerful and you're
so hot!*' And it's kind of funny because it's true. I'm not that
cheerful Or upbeat or anything, but I think that is why that kind
of music comes out"
Songs to Break'a Sissy's Heart wasn't just the launch of an
album, but also the beginning of the alternative record label
Buster Records, of which Ah' is one half. It was with co-
owner/producer Lenny Epstein that the stage name "Ali
Masdani" was born when the two decided to add an 's' to Ali's
last name, Madani, which he evidently still goes by while
attending law school here at UBC. Although he insists that he's
going to become the next Canadian alt-pop superhero, he says
law is definitely crimping his musical career at the moment:
"It's more work than I've ever had before."
Still, he has plans to maybe take Sissy's Heart on the road in
the spring. But for the time being, he's playing with local band
Ashtray Boy and scheming about the different ways he wants to
present his first record. That and, much to my chagrin, most
likely not giving a damn about leaf blowers. ♦
WILL SING FOR FOOD. Chillin' out, Dunbar-style.
Ripple Rock
[Mint Records]
by John Hua
The lights are dimmed, the candles are lit and the perfect culinary masterpiece is nicely set oh a
table for two. The final touch needed is a melodious representation
of your heart's bliss. You turn on
your stereo, pull out the new
Evaporators album and set it on
repeat, because if all goes well,
this' night will not end until the
morning's awakening. As you sit
back in your chair and gaze into
your true love's eyes, the piercing
shrill of Nardwuar's voice rings
through the air, shattering the
atmosphere, causing the candles
to go out and the night's feast to
implode. This is why The
Evaporators don't do romantic
ballads. But who really cares?
They have the pop-rock garage-
punk scene tagged.
You may think you're not at all
familiar with The Evaporators, but
if you've tuned into Much Music
you've most likely come across
their sound at one time or
another. The members of The
Evaporators have all made their
mark in one way or another,
whether as a member of The New
Pornographers, The Smugglers or
as Canada's national treasure:
music interview guru Nardwuar
the Human Serviette. But why
focus on their individual endeavours when the magic that occurs
when they combine their forces
for good are all the more, well,
Ripple Rock is the latest release
from the group of Vancouver
natives since 2001, which consists
of 16 solid tracks, two Nardwuar
audio snippits, three Evaporators
videos, a whack of Nardwuar
interviews and four bonus tracks
under their alternate name, Thee
Dublins. The Evaporators have
apparently been fine-tuning their
musical skills during the hiatus,
delivering a light and tight collection of soon-to-be favourites. With
hilariously absurd and innovative"
lyrics and equally impressive
instrumental accompaniment,
Ripple Rock is a refreshingly
uplifting album definitely worth
checking out.
Some standouts include the
lead-in track, "Addicted to
Cheese," which is a fast-paced
track reminiscent of the surfing
sixties, a delight dedicated to
wine's best friend. "Barney Rubble
Is My- Double," a rock anthem
about everyone's favourite stone-
age family, is also a highlight featuring pounding guitar riffs
and piercing Elmo-esque screeches. Demonstrating their diversity,
The Evaporators' alter ego, Thee
Dublins, call on rapper Terror T to
add a little hip-hop flavour to their
bonus section.
The Evaporators' new album
Ripple Rock is just the comic relief
needed to save us from the dreary-
trends of today. What would you
expect from a pornographer, a
smuggler and a human serviette?
Well, great things for one. ♦
Are you motherfuckers ready?
[XL Recordingsf - --}-■••■<•■ '
by Heather Pauls
Maybe it's the album's title or perhaps the graphic design resembling
a very phallic microphone jammed
into a stylised vulva, but I'm getting
the sinking sensation that Peaches'
new album, Fatherfucker, mosdy
concerns sex of the raunchiest kind.
More like pornography for your
ears than easy listening, this CD is
a drop-jaw exclamation of sexual
confidence with its shocking lyrics
about bold and dirty deeds.
Simplistic sampling and 80s electro get together and have the best
sex of their lives in this, Peaches'
second album. When you give this
disc a spin, make sure your
momma isn't listening.
Peaches opens Fatherfucker by
sampling Joan Jett not giving a
damn about her reputation with
shrieks of "I don't give a FUCK!"
dubbed over top. Random shouts of
"fuck" and "shit" make the track a
memorable one. Next up, Peaches is
a self-proclaimed bitch that you
wanna git wit lyrics ranting to the
rhyme scheme of whatever sounds
like Sodom and Gomorrah.
Nothing's too sacred or stigmatised
to sing about, and if you don't
believe me, check out the religious
imagery of "Moses" and her "burning bush" and the act of 'drowning
you out deeper than Noah."
As shocked as I am to hear a
rather average-looking girl singing
"shake yer dix, shake yer tits," I
have to ask myself why. I hear rappers singing about titties and ass all
the time without so much as a blink,
so why should there be anything
odd about Peaches liking the way a
man can "swing that thrill"? I think
that's the point Peaches is trying to
make. She's gender-mashing and
breaking double-standards. And
' besides, who can resist nervously
laughing at the phrase "you make
my panties go ping"?
Track three, "I U She," expresses
her enjoyment of any gender while
"Kick It," featuring long-time rebel
icon Iggy Pop, explores her favourite
kinky shit "Tombstone" proves that
not only does Peaches know how to
lay a track down, but she also has
quite a pretty singing voice, not
something I'd expect from someone
who composed—my favourite of the
album—'Shake yer dix."
Unfortunately, not every track is
as effective and danceable. "Rock
and Roll* is just plain annoying and
"Operate" is rather on the dull side.
'Stuff me up" sounds too much like
the Gorillaz. Taylor Savvy accompanies Peaches in this track's moral
lessons, such as "eat a big clit everyday." I'm sure that would lead to
optimal sexual health, but this soiig
tries too hard to be vulgar.
Peaches asks if* we know what
she's talking about in "Back it up
boys," and as it turns out it's quite
obviously pegging the mister bum-
hole, which, after all, is supposed to
feel better for boys. The sparse but
powerful piano works well with the
catchy, simplistic drum machine
and bass line, and even that crazy
alien sound effect noise fits right in.
Another catchy tune is "The
Inch," which showcases the most talent while still mamtaining the shock
appeal of the other songs that clearly took less effort
Beck's Midnight Vultures did all
this in 1999 without a hint of vulgarity, and come to think of it, displayed a lot more talent in "the
process. Nobody noticed—probably
because he didn't have picture of his
naked crotch in the liner notes. Yeah
um, thanks Peaches. I think. ♦ Call for Comments
Hit draft policy and accompanying procedures entitled 'Access lo The University of British Columbia' were presented lo the Board
of Governors for information and review on November 20,2003. They were prepared by a review committee of 15 members,
drawing from a broad cross-section of the University community, and are now being presented to the community for public
comments. The members of the committee that formulated (tie proposed policy and procedures were:
Hubert Lai, University Counsel (Chair)
Derek Atkins, Associate Vice-President, Academic Planning
Michelle Aucoin, Executive Coordinator, Office of the Vice-President Students
Brian Bemmeh, Associate Dean, Faculty of Commerce
Laura Best, Vice-President, Academic, Alma Mater Society
Joshua Caulkins, Vice-President, External, Graduole Student Society
Barbara Crocker, Associate Director, Financial Assistance and Awards
Margery Fee, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts
Paul Harrison, Associate Dean, Faculty of Science
Debbie Lin, Assistant Director, Student Academic Services, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Peler Marshall, Associate Dean, Faculty of Forestry
Janet Mee, Director, Disability Resource Centre
Deborah Robinson, Associate Registrar and Director, Student Recruitment, Admissions and Awards
Sam Saini, Vice-President, External, Alma Mater Society
Brian Silzer, Associate Vke-President and Registrar, Enrolment Services
In March 2001, the Board of Governors renewed their commitment that no student be unable to attend UBC for financial reasons
alone. In November 2001, the University Administration introduced Guidelines to Implement the Board's Commitment on Access.
This proposed policy was developed lo ensure that students understand how the University will fulfill the Board's commitment. This
is a very important statement about ensuring that UBC remains Accessible for al students, regardless of their financial
The next stage in this process s to seek advice, guidance and comments from the University community. Please submit feedback to
the Office of the University Counsel at universiry.counsel@ubc.ca. AD feedback should be submitted by Friday, 23 January
2004, by 4:30pm.
Subject to feedback from this public consultation process, these proposed documents will be submitted lo the Board of Governors
with a request for final approval at its regularly scheduled meeting in March of 2004.
Polity #72
Access to The University of British Columbia
Approved! March 2004 (Anticipated)
Responsible: Vice-President, Students
No Eligible Domestic Student (as defined by Policy #72} wiU be prevented from commencing or continuing his or her studies at the
University for financial reasons alone. Eligible Domestic Students and their families have the primary responsibility for bearing the
individual cost of higher education. If an Eligible Domestic Student and his or her family exhaust the financial resources available
to them, the University will ensure that financial support wii be made available to them.
Flexibility will be ehcouroged with regard to the appropriate mix and the appropriate mode of administration and delivery of
financial support for Eligible Domestic Students. Financial support may take any form, including but not limited to bursaries,
University loan programs, and commercial loan programs. Student participation in the design and delivery of programs of financial
support will be encouraged. Unless otherwise indicated, financial need will be the primary requirement for financial support.
The financial support programs of the University will be designed to provide access to the financial resources necessary lo meet the
needs of Eligible Domestic Students as assessed by the Common Assessment Mechanism.
In making the case for public policies strongly supportive of an accessible public system of university education, the University will
continue to advocate well-designed programs and adequately funded governmental financial support for students.
The Responsible Vice President will issue an annud report on student financial support to the Senate Committee on Awards, the
Senate and the Board of Governors.
This policy applies lo al forms of student financial support al the University, whether funded by restricted funds, the University's
operating budget, awards governed by the Senate Committee on Awards, or commercial loans. Where a student is not an Eligible
Domestic Student and requests access to student financial support, the case will be assessed by Student Financial Assistance and
Awards, subject to find approval by the Responsible Vice-President, to determine the level of support that is appropriate and
feasible for the University to provide.
International Students are not covered by this Policy. The federal government requires International Students to demonstrate that
they have sufficient resources to meet their financial needs in order to qualify for o Study Permit. However, nothing in this policy is
intended to affect existing policy or practice with respect to International Students and, in an emergency or other exceptional
circumstances, the Responsible Vice President may authorize financial assistance to International Students.
Common Assessment Mechanism
The Common Assessment Mechanism is based on the BCSAP assessment mechanism and it is the tool used by the University to
determine ihe financial need of Eligible Domestic Students.
Eligible Domestic Student -■'■■'■
An Eligible Domestic Student is a Student who:
a)    is a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant);
is enrolled in a full-time program of study, which means:
Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students without a Permanent Disability must be enrolled in 60% or more of a full
course load for the program in which they are registered,
Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students with a Permanent Disability must be enrolled in 40% or more of a full course
load for the program in which they are registered, or
(iii) Research-Based Graduate Students and Professional Graduate Students must be paying full-lime tuition fees;
c)    has applied lo BCSAP, or the equivalent program in their Province or Territory of residence if they are an Out-of-Province
Student, for the current academic year;
is not ineligible for government support or commercial lending for any reason, including but not limited to a disqualifying
credit history, having defaulted on their past commitments to BCSAP (British Columbia Student Assistance Program), or having
exceeded the lifetime maximum available from BCSAP; and
has an assessed financial need for the current academic year according to the Common Assessment Mechanism.
Out-of-Province Student
An Out-of-Province Student is a Eligible Domestic Student who does not meet the BCSAP residence requirements but does meet the
requirements for the equivalent program in their province or territory of residence.
Permanent Disability
A Student with a Permanent Disability.
a) has a functional limitation caused by a physical or menfd impairment that restricts the ability of the Student lo perform the
daily activities necessary to participate in studies at a post-secondary level;
b) this disability is expected to remain with the Student for the person's expected natural life; and
c) this disability is recognized as a Permanent Disability by BCSAP.
Post-Baccalaureate Student
A Post-Baccalaureate Student is a Student whose program leads to an M.D., D.M.D, LIB., or B.Ed, degree.
Professional Graduate Student
A Professional Graduate Student is a Student in a program designated as such by the Vice President Academic and Provost. A current
list of such programs is available online at http-7/www.vpacoctomic.ubc.co/pro grad prog.btm.
Kesearcn-Based Graduate Student
A Research-Based Graduate Student is any Student, other than a Professional Graduate Student, whose program leads la a graduate
A Student is a person who is registered at, or has applied for and received an offer of admission to, the University of British
Columbia as:
a) on Undergraduate Student;
b) a Post-Baccalaureate Student;
c) a Research-Based Graduate Student; or
d) a Professional Graduate Student;
Undergraduate Student
An Undergraduate Student is any Student, other than a Post-Baccalaureate Student, whose program leads to a Bachelor's degree.
Pursuant to Policy #1, "Procedures may be amended by the President, provided the new procedures conform to the approved policy.
Such amendments are reported at the next meeting of the Board of Governors and are incorporated in the next publication of the
UBC Poky and Procedure Handbook."
1. Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate Students are expected to rely on BCSAP assistance up to the maximum BCSAP loan available to them.
• Where Undergraduate Students paying the standard undergraduate per-credit fee have unmet need after receiving BCSAP
assistance, that unmet need should be met primarily through grants, and supplemented with work study or other forms of
employment-based learning.
• Where Undergraduate Students paying per-credit fees in excess of the standard undergraduate per-aedit fee have unmet
need after receiving BCSAP assistance, that unmet need should be met through a mix of institutionally-negotiated loans and grants,
and supplemented with work study or other forms of employment-based learning. The appropriate mix wil vary across such
2. Post-Baccalaureate Students
Post-Baccalaureate Students are expected to rely on BCSAP assistance up to ihe maximum BGAP loan available to them. Assessed
need under the Common Assessment Mechanism which cannot be met by BCSAP should be met primarily through commercial loans,
then supplemented by bursaries, work-study or other forms of employment-based learning.
3. Research-Based Graduate Students
Research-Based Graduate Students are expected to rely on BCSAP assistance up to the maximum BCSAP loan available to them.
Insofar as possible, assessed need under the Common Assessment Mechanism that cannot be met by BCSAP will be met through
fellowships and bursaries, supplemented by teaching and research assistantships as appropriate. Commercial and University interest-
subsidized loans should be considered a last resort:
4. Professional Graduate Students
Professional Graduate Students are expected to rely on BCSAP assistance up to the maximum BCSAP loan available to them.
Assessed need under the Common Assessment Mechanism which cannot be met by BCSAP will primarily be met by commercial loans.
However, for Professional Graduate Students entering professional fields that da not normally provide professional compensation
commensurate with the costs of education financial support will fake the form of a mix of grants, commercially available loans and
employment-based learning. The appropriate mix will vary aaoss Professional Graduate Programs.
Out-of-Province Students are expected to fully utilize programs of government support in their home Province or Territory. Where
there is a difference between the level of support received from their home Province or Territory and the level of support that would
be received by a British Columbia Student under BCSAP, the Out-of-Province Student should secure a commercial loan lo make up
the difference. Out-of-Province Students are also eligible for support in meeting any further unmet need according to the Common
Assessment Mechanism on the same basis as British Columbia Students.
The Responsible Vice President may authorize exceptions in cases in which the Common Assessment Mechanism does not reflect the
true need of on Eligible Domeslic Student or does not address the institutional, diversity or equity priorities of the University.
The Office of Student Financial Assistance, in collaboration with the various academic units of the University, wil make financial
counseling available to Eligible Domestic Students.
The Responsible Vice-President will issue an annual report on student financial support that will include the following:
1. levels of assessed financial need for Students who apply for bursaries, broken down by academic program and category of
Student (Undergraduate Student, Post-Baccalaureate Student, Professional Graduate Student, Research-Based Graduate Student,
Full-Time Student, Part-Time Student, and Out-of-Province Student) as determined by the Common Assessment Mechanism;
2. levels of financial assistance provided to Students broken down by academic program, category of Student, category of
assistance (grants, university interesl-subsicfized loans, interest-subsidized loans, institutionally negotiated commercial loans, work-
study, research assistantships, or teaching assistantships), and by the source of assistance (external or University);
3. ihe average value of the packages of support provided to Students broken down by category of assistance;
4. the full annual value of the packages of support provided to Research-Based Graduate Students broken down by academic
program, category of assistance, and the source of assistance.
International Student
An Internationd Student is a Student who is on a Study Permit.


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