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Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Volume 85 Issue 48
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No machines, no money
The AMS hasn't got its revenues from Smart Media—its questionable it ever will
by Megan Thomas
■_   NEWS EDITOR
Those who were looking forward to
the flashy coupon and cash dispensing machines the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) signed on for in
exchange for large amounts pf cash
may have to wait indefinitely.
Ibe Smart Media Group electronic transfer machines (ETM), complete with audio and plasma screen
advertising, have been expected in
the SUB since September. The guar
anteed $ 10,000 a month in revenue
to the AMS has been expected since
January. But neither the machines
nor the money have materialised,
said Stacey Chiu, VP Finance for
theAMS.
"Nothing still has happened at
this point. We have received no
money,* she said. "We are really disappointed in tbe lack of response."
When Chiu took over from last
year's VP Finance Brian Duong earner this month, she said she sent a
letter to Smart Media asking about
the state of the agreement She said
she asked for a
response from
the company
by March 19,
but has heard
nothing.
Now, the
AMS is sending
a registered letter, as stipulated in the contract, and
SMART MEDIA
MACHINE
Smart Media will have 30 days to
reply. If no response is received,
the AMS may have to go the lengths
of a collection agency or legal
action, but no decision has been
made as to what the course of
action will be, said AMS General
Manager Bernie Peets.
"Those are things that are
options, but it all depends on their
response to our letter,* he said.
"Until such time as they don't
respond to the letter, there is nothing we can do."
The AMS council voted in August
to bring the ETMs to the SUB. At the
time Smart Media estimated the
annual revenue for the AMS to be
$245,000. The two-year contract
also includes a clause that guarantees the AMS $120,000 a year
regardless of the how much money
the machines make.
Chiu said the expected revenues
were budgeted into a rainy day fund
by Duong and were not being counted on to pay AMS bills.
Smart Media ETMs have been at
the University of Western Ontario
(UWO) since last year. For a charge
of $1.50,  students can withdraw
See "Smart Media"on page 2.
Brought to you by the letter E
by Carrie Robinson
NEWS STAFF
You may have noticed the letter E
mysteriously missing from certain
signs around campus recently.
Walter Gage Residence currently
reads, "Walt r Gag R sid nc , 5959
Stud nt Union Blvd' and Totem
Park Residence is missing the letter
M as well-"Tot Park R sid nc, 2 52 5
WstMall."
The Ubyssey had its suspicions
about who was taking the Es and
approached an anonymous UBC
engineering student, who agreed to
an interview.
The engineers have "just a little
bit" of a history of playing pranks,
he said.
He also gave the example of Skulk
Night, something be says has been
happening at UBC for quite some
time. He described the event as UBC
engineers having a competition to
steal as many Es as they can in one
night The Engineers Undergraduate
Society hosts the event, which takes
place during E-week in February, he
added.
_ "The engineers get points for
every E, among other things, that
they steal on that night,* be said,
adding that whoever gets the most Es
at the end of the night wins a prize.
Fred Fotis, the director of housing
at UBC, is aware of the missing Es
and said be has an idea that an
Undergraduate Society is responsible. But he said that he cannot
be sure.
However lighthearted this activity
may seem, it is "demoralising* and
"overwhelming" to people like David
Grigg from UBC Campus and
. Community Planning. It can become
very expensive to consistently replace
single letters on a sign, be said.
"You've got ta have [the letters]
custom made exactly the same font,
colour and size completely,* said
Grigg. He added that replacement of
a single letter can easily cost up to
$1000.
Since there are 12 letters missing
between the two signs, including
Totem's M, that could add up to about
$12,000.
"There is so much more we can do
with that money,* said Grigg.
In addition to the expense, Grigg's
concerns stretch to the effort it takes
to replace the letters. The stealing of
the letters means staff have to take
time to organise someone to go
replace them, he said.
But stealing letters off signs is a
tradition on other campuses as well,
added Grigg.
The engineering student said he
was not aware of any problems stealing the letters could cause. When told
about the expense, he said that the
engineers will continue to take part
in this event "to cause a ruckus.
"There is not much sense in it
otherwise,* he said. ♦
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WHAT DID THEY SAY? Ben Wilson listens to unique herring communications, michelle mayne photo
by Eric Szeto
NEWSWRITER
The term 'to float an air biscuit' got
new meaning when a UBC biologist
discovered very unusual sounds
being emitted from the amuses of his
herrings.
It was a fart, alright, and it happens pretty regularly in herring populations, according to Ben Wilson.
Signs point to the burst pulses being
used as a way the fish communicate.
Its discovery was unintentional,
said Wilson.
He was testing to see the herring's responses to sounds that
mimic their prey, when something
made a sound back. :
Twas sitting there at two in the
morning in pitch darkness playing
with sounds and these other sounds
started appearing—they were coming through on my headphones,"
Wilson explained.
"First of all I thought it was a
practical joke,* he added. "I thought
someone else was making these
sounds, because they sounded like
farts."
The following day be decided to
test the joke hypothesis by sitting in
the lab by himself for a whole night
in the dark with the fish removed
from the tank.
"I thought to myself, 'Who would
sit up at three in the morning night
after night playing this practical joke
on me?" said Wilson.
He thought it might have been
his equipment so he took the fish
out and sat there all night in the
dark. There was nothing.
So scientific reason triumphed:
"I put the fish in and I heard the
sound. If I took the fish out I didn't*
See"Fish"onpage2.
THISJSSU
FEATURE: UBC students
in the Downtown Eastside
The Learning Exchange helps
students help others in the inner
city. Pages 6-7.
SPORTS: Take that, Berkeley
UBC rugby takes home World
. Cup trophy. Page 8.
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"Smart Media" from page 1.
cash and receive coupons that correspond with the advertising displayed on the machine.
But the UWO Students' Council
has had its share of problems with
Smart Media, said Mark Osborne,
assistant manager of the Students'
Council.
"We have had some issues with
Smart Media as well in terms of
their management/ he said. "They
had some issues with us, being
delayed getting some payments
to us."
But Osborne said he has been in
touch with Smart Media and has a
guarantee, that all the bills will be
squared away in April.
"They met the requirements as
far as the machines. They just
haven't paid their bills," he said.
"That is the big issue."
• He also said the machines at
UWO axe not getting a lbt of interest
from students. So far, they have not
generated more revenue than what
is guaranteed to the Students'
Council each month.
Repeated calls to Smart Media
were not returned by press time. ♦>
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PUT AN EAR TO THE TANK: Ben Wilson says anal toots from
herring are air, not methane, michelle mayne photo
"Fish" from page 7.
he said. "So it had to be the fish.'
Wilson maintains that these
noises. Fast Repetitive Ticks (FRT);
are eerily reminiscent of a high
squeaky toot
To determine where this gas was
coming from, Wilson got a dead fish
and gave it a big squeeze underwater. It certainly was gas from tbe
anus, he discovered.
The air could have come from
two places inside the fish: the gut or
the swim bladder.-The gut is the
usual digestive tract from which
human farts originate; the swim
bladder is an air-filled tube inside
tbe fish mat can be adjusted for
buoyancy, like a submarine.
Gas from the gut would highlight a
real concern about methane, said
Wilson. Reports say methane is 25
times more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to global warming
If the gas was coming from the
gut; then it ought to be affected by
fopd> Wilson thought. He divided the
fish into two groups, and fed one
group "like crazy," hoping to see a
difference. But food didn't have an
effect: both tanks farted at the same
frequency.
"Then what I did was got two
tanks and put a screen just under
the surface on one, so one could get
the air and one couldn't," said
Wilson.        .
On tbe first night the fish that
didn't have access to the surface still
made the sounds, but by the second
night they no longer made those
sounds—they couldn't fill up their
swim bladders with air.
"They're blowing air out of their
swim bladders, so it's not methane;
its hot going to affect the environment; it doesn't smell,* Wilson said.
The farting sounds may serve
other functions besides buoyancy.
"The rapid expansion of the
swim bladder under reduced hydrostatic pressure causes a mass simultaneous farting which can actually
disorient or frighten predators,"
explains Jeff Marliave, vice-president of Marine Science at the
Vancouver Aquarium Marine
Science Centre.
Or it could be a way that fish
communicate with each other, said
Doug Hay, who describes himself as
one of the "dwindling number of old
farts" at the Pacific Biological Station
in Nanaimo. He has specialised in
fherring and other small marine fish
for 2 7 years.
"The farts may even be some
form of courtship to arouse the
opposite sex," he said.
It is unclear whether there would
be adverse gas effects on animals
that feed on herring, but Hay has a
word of advice for sea lovers.
"I don't know [whether they'd be
gassier] but I suggest you avoid getting downwind of a sea lion or
whalel* ♦ THEUBYSSEY
NEWS
TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2004
NEWS
McBride gets new post
Former UBC VP Academic and
Provost Barry McBride will be heading to the Kelowna April 1 to become
the deputy vice-chancellor and vice-
president academic for UBC's new
Okanagan campus.
He will be responsible for trying
to smooth the transition of
Okanagan University College into
UBC Okanagan. The college portion
of the institution will become
Okanagan College and will be separate from UBC.
Mcbride did his BSc (1963) and
MSc (1965) at UBC before goihg on
to do his PhD at the University of
Illinois in 1970. He is also a professor of microbiology.
McBride has been VP Academic
and Provost at UBC since January 1,
1998. He will be replaced by former
Dean of Science Lome Whitehead.
About a bus
Ramped-up bus service to UBC
because of the U-Pass will be
ramped down at the end of April
when exams finish.
"It's part of a regular shift
change,* said Trish Webb, a
Translink spokesperson. With the
winter term ending, fewer students
will be using the bus to get to class,
and for people who live in undergraduate residences like Place
Vanier and Totem Park, bus service
becomes less necessary, she said.
This will affect services to the 99,
17, 44 and 41 routes among others,
she said. The service will resume in
September, Webb said. ♦
Report proposes Faculty
of Graduate Studies split
by Jonathan Woodward
NEWS EDITOR
Some UBC students are concerned
that a "major move* that would see
Graduate Studies split along research
and professional lines will devalue a
professional graduate degree.
A report examining the possibility
that graduate professional programs,
containing about 2000 students,
could be shifted out of the Faculty of
Graduate Studies (FoGS) is being considered by a committee of UBC deans
this week.
University officials say the concept—which could become reality in
May—would reduce Ihe administration costs of applications to Graduate
Studies and the respective departments that review the applications.
But some students are concerned
that the move could change the value
of professional graduate degrees
compared to research graduate
degrees.
Right now, professional degrees
are included in the FoGS. It sets
admission standards, monitors the
integrity of academic programs, handles appeals from students and also
gives out merit-based scholarships
like the University Graduate
Fellowship (UGF);
If the recommendation in the
report is approved by the Senate, the
university's academic decision-making body, professional programs—
such as Master's of Education and
Master's of Engineering—would be
handled by each faculty. This would
remove about 25 per cent of the students from FoGS.
These programs would follow in
the footsteps of the Master's of
Business Administration program,
which began managing its own
admissions through the Sauder
School of Business in 2002. Things
have been more efficient since, said
Derek Atkins, UBC's associate VP
Academic.
ftThat experiment has been really
good because we've been more
responsive to students by having one
set of people doing things in one
place/ he said.
This success could be extended to
other professional programs because
their admissions, which often
require experience or other qualifications, are significantly different from
research-based graduate degrees—
often based only on educational
requirements, said Atkins.
But while admissions differ, the
nature of the degree doesn't, said
Carey HiD, president of the UBC
Graduate Student Society (GSS). She
is concerned that the labelling of a
professional degree as distinct from
a research degree doesn't do justice
to the important research that happens in the thesis for a professional
program.
"These are still research degrees,"
she said. The MBA is sometimes mistaken for an undergraduate degree
by outsiders, she said, which could be
harmful when a graduate is applying
to get a job.
The Master's of Education, which
makes up about half of professional
graduate students, shouldn't be
called a professional program
whether or not it is in its own faculty,
said Jim Gaskel, the associate dean
of Education. Its research component is essential when it is being
accredited by teachers' organisations, he said.
"This is not an initiative of the
Faculty of Education," said Gaskel.
Also up in the air is the funding
hi the FoGS and the GSS, said Freida
Granot, dean of the FoGS. Losing
tuition-paying and fee-paying students from the faculty could have an
adverse effect on the ability of the
FoGS to provide academic support
for students, she said.
"There will be a major reduction
in [our] income as all of the student
academic services are being funded
for application fees. Clearly, having
25 per cent less application fees will
mean reduced staff," she said.
The professional graduate students' access to advocacy and scholarships provided by the FoGS is also
in question, said Granot MBA students do not have access to scholarships like the University Graduate
Fellowship as they are not in the faculty, she added.
But Atkins said the university
does not want to create one set of
graduate students with advantages
and one without "There wouldn't be
two tiers of graduate students. That
wouldn't make sense," he said.
It is still early in the decision-making process, and those concerns
would be debated publicly if the
deans forward the proposal to the
Senate, he added.
"There is a lot of work yet to do.
The thing needs to get some credibility. Right now, it's only a concept,"
he said. ♦
Hang on tight and don't let go!
Students will be happily scrambling up the big vertical wail all
week outside the SUB as part of the annual Storm the Wall
competition, adam mars photo
Student alleges bouncer violence at Pit Pub
But police say no charges were laid in the incident arid the case is closed
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NO TROUBLE HERE, MAN: Police say Pit Pub bouncers are often
subject to verbal assaults from drunken patrons, gina eom photo
by Paul Evans
NEWS STAFF
When UBC student Colin Cooper
went to the Pit for a night of drinking
and revelry during the wee hours of
Friday, March 19, he didn't plan on
being forcibly dragged out of the bar
or being punched in the face.
'•• Cooper, a first-year Arts student
was at the Pit with his friends and
brother that night He alleges that a
bouncer pulled him from the bar
and punched him after his brother,
Craig Cooper, got in a fight with a
bouncer and eventually swore at
him. When Cooper, unaware of the
conflict, asked why his brother was
being kicked out, he said he too was
forcibly removed from the bar.
"I couldn't see my brother, I
couldn't see anybody else, so I was
worried, and then...one of them hit
me," he said.
Cooper said his brother was very
intoxicated but that he had only had
two drinks that night.
"Because of the fact that [my
brother] was drunk and being an
asshole, I can realise why the bouncers would have been upset," said
Cooper. But he said he does not
understand why he was punched
after he was dragged from the bar.
The Coopers called the police
soon after the incident and gave a
statement to an RCMP officer, who
then spoke with the bouncers. Colin
Cooper said the bouncers told police
that they used a reasonable measure
of force.
Constable Caroline Pelchat pf the
UBC RCMP could not comment on
the specifics of the case but did say
that the case has been concluded
and no charges have been laid,
Pelchat also said Pit bouncers are
often victims of verbal abuse and
personal threats while on the job,
and this becomes more common
when alcohol is involved. Extra
police are on duty because of the
number of incidents related to the
Pit on Wednesday and Friday nights,
she said.
Members of the Pit staff refused
comment on the incident.
Cooper dbes not plan on suing the
Pit for damages, but did say he would
like to speak with the manager.
"[I want to] tell him what happened and see if it's possible that I
could get any type of explanation; I'd
like an apology," he said.
Cooper would also like to see
bouncer violence at the Pit
addressed: "I think some sort of
awareness should be raised," he
said, adding that he knows others
who allege they have been mistreated by Pit bouncers.
"Now if I want to go to the pit I'm
going to feel afraid to just go through
the door and hand the bouncers my
ID," he added. ♦      " TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2004
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Ci1y.
"This is a chance to see how it really works," said Marko Papic, a head
delegate and coordinator of UBC's
NMUN group. Taking place from
April 6 to 10, NMUN is the largest of
the Model UN conferences, with over
2 500 students attending.
The conference is organised by
the National Collegiate Conference
Association, a non-profit group that
aims to promote understanding of
multinational diplomacy—something
many students do not touch on in
their academic courses.
"For a couple of days, [the conference] lets you really gain some practical experience of what you're
studying," said Papic, a fourth-year
political science and history major.
"For a couple days, you can forget
that you're in school. It's pretty cool
when you're doing something that
you hope one day to actually do as
your career.
This will be the third year a UBC
delegation has attended the NMUN
conference, with this year's team representing the country of Denmark.
Each student will sit on a committee
dealing with UN issues. Sean Starr, a
Master's student at the Institute for
European Studies at UBC, is sitting
on a committee addressing international social concerns.
"I'll be dealing with the humanitarian situation in Iraq, global
racism and measures to combat it,
and also the implications for human
rights in the war on terrorism," said
Starr. "The UN does so many different things, anyone interested in
international affairs will get hands-
on experience of some aspect of the
process." i
The UBC group received a
$13,950 grant from the Department
of Foreign Affairs and International
Trade Canada, which will cover the
majority of their trip costs. They also
received funding from UBC's political science and international relations departments. But the students
would like to see more university
involvement, particularly the integration of the Model UN into course
curriculum.
"I'm really surprised our university hasn't jumped at the opportunity,"
said Papic.
But adding a Model UN component to a course would be difficult,
said Allen Sens, chair of the international relations program.
"In principle, I think the idea's a
good one. The question is, how do
you work that out mechanically in a
way that is good for the students but
also doesn't overburden faculty?"
asked Sens, adding that it would be
hard to monitor the workload students undertake with faculty already
stretched to the limit
Still, the Model UN conferences
are beneficial for students because
they allow the application of classroom knowledge to real situations,
added Sens. 1
"I think it's an extremely valuable
experience. [The conferences] provide an opportunity to actually use
the procedures and the practices of
states at the United Nations."
A higlight of the trip will be the
conference's closing ceremony which
takes place in the General Assembly
HaB at the UN.
"It's in New York City and it's in
the UN building. How can you not be
excited about that?" said Starr. ♦
Simulated operations to
improve medical training
UBC graduate student wins award for research excellence
by Karlie Ooydsmith
NEWS WRITER
A UBC engineering student has been
honoured for his research helping
surgeons gain experience with operating techniques before they even
walk into the operating room.
■ Orcun Goksel, a second-year
Master's in electrical engineering
student, was one of three winners of
this year's first-ever Advanced
Systems Institute (ASI) Innovation
Award. Goksel's award-winning
research involved working with a
prostate brachytherapy haptic simulator—a training aid for surgeons
learning brachytherapy, a cancer
treatment
Haptic simulators are still in the
testing phase, said_ Goksel, but are
being used more and more in the!
medical world, including at UBC.
"Technology is investing more
money in medicine, so there are a lot
more projects to work on/ he said.
Goksel spent a year and a half on
the project, while taking courses in
electrical engineering and medical
imaging. He also watched about 30
hospital procedures, talked to doctors
and medical students and collaborated with his supervisors, Tim
Salcudean and Robert Rohling.
Brachythef apy is a form of cancer treatment where tiny seeds of
radiation are inserted into the body
through a catheter and are placed
next to cancerous tumors, killing
cells in the tumour. But the healthy
surrounding tissue remains unharmed.
The haptic simulator copies the
feedback from the tissue that a surgeon would actually feel if he or she
were doing the procedure. The result
is a feeling of working with live tissues and organs, said Goksel. The
haptic simulator also takes ultrasound images and synthesises them
into 2D images on a computer
screen—the same thing that would
WHAT IS THAT? Goksel and a haptic simulator, lev. barnett photo
happen during a live operation.
The ability to simulate real operations is invaluable for surgical students, said Tman Brouwer, also a UBC
mechanical engineering student
"It's important to train med students before going into the [operating
room] to get experience in handling
instruments," he said. "The haptic
simulators are important because
they can do this training without having the ethical issues or major costs
with live specimens."
Haptic simulators are just beginning to become a part of medical
training and will likely need many
more improvements, said Goksel.
But he also said it won't be long
before all medical students are using
haptic simulators to gain motor and
technical skills before entering the
operating room.
"Haptics is a really promising subject in research," he said.
The ASI Exchange Innovation
Awards honours outstanding new
technologies exhibited at BC's premier advanced technology event, the
ASI exchange 2004, said ASI president Victor Jones.
"The recipients had been selected
based on their ability to demonstrate
that their technologies are highly
innovative and have a strong potential for commercial success," he said.
Other ASI winners included students from the University of Victoria
who researched ways to make electromagnetic and eddy current brakes
more environmentally friendly. ♦ THEUBYSSEY
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THE UBYSSEY
by Sarah Bourdon
FEATURES STAFF
'As an individual, few of us can do big things to
change the world, but as individuals, there are
many small things that we can do witih love to
change the world for the better.*
—Mother Teresa
In a world where the list of problems grows
daily, it is common to feel like nothing can be
done. Poverty, environmental degradation,
war and terror, disease and loneliness are on
too large a scale to confront as individuals and
there is a tendency to resign ourselves to helplessness. However, in doing so we tend to overlook the little things we can do to make a difference in our own communities.
Many people are aware of the hardships of
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES): its
homelessness, poverty, drugs and prostitution.
For somi, it is seen as a problem without a
solution—a blemish in a city renowned for its
tourism and business opportunities. The
neighbourhood's condition is often ignored
and, as a result, the problems of the DTES have
persevered.
However, the UBC Learning Exchange has
set out to effect change in Vancouver's poorest
neighbourhood, pioneering unique projects
that address important social issues. The
group's many initiatives have had a noticeable
impact pn two communities—the DTES and
the UBC campus—and have proved that individuals can make a difference.
On the streets: the Learning
Exchange storefront
In the middle of a neighbourhood characterised by derelict hi.ilfl.nga, homelessness
and destitution lies a small nondescript office
space known for promoting learning and the
exchange of ideas...and for its coffee. This
dynamic space, known, as the Learning
Exchange 'storefront,' is located on Main street
in the DTES.
One storefront patron, named Brian, said
he visits the office for the coffee and the free
high-speed Internet service. A former English
teacher in Korea, Brian described the difficulty
of life for people in the area and explained that
the Learning Exchange has been a welcome
addition to the neighbourhood. Another
patron. Bill, agreed, adding that the space has
been integral in fostering communication
between residents.
"The learning Exchange is a great environment to meet and talk to people coming in
here—other people that Hve in the DTES. We
can discuss issues that affect us here; that's
really important for some of us," said Bill,
adding that the eight computers the storefront
provides have been invaluable. "There are only
a few limited resources for the Internet in the
DTES. Having access to that for people who
don't necessarily have or want a computer...it
makes a big difference."
The office, open five afternoons a week, was
established in 2000 and is visited by 30 to 50
patrons each day. In addition to having available Internet the storefront provides educational services for the neighbourhood. Margo
Fryer, a former UBC PhD student and director
of the Learning Exchange, said visiting UBC
faculty give lectures and seminars to patrons
on current political and social issues.
Rima Wilkes, an associate professor of sociology at UBC, has given six lectures at the
office, speaking on everything from the war in
Iraq to gender issues in Canadian society.
"It's making ideas we discuss at the university accessible to everyone," said Wilkes.
"Some of the seminars are quite participatory.
It's really been interesting seeing what people
have to say."
The Learning Exchange organises courses
such as Music 101, Self-Advocacy 101 and
Business 101, and will soon be offering more
computer workshops. It is also a remote site
for the UBC library and can get library books
delivered to the location, a service Fryer said
they would like to expand.
"That's one area we're trying to build, to
make the library resources more accessible to
people," she said. 'i"''
Originally funded by UBC, the Learning
Exchange now also receives support from individuals, foundations and corporate donors.
This funding has allowed the service to find its
niche in the community, but there were initially many challenges.
"UBC is such a huge institution that people
were intimidated,* recalled Fryer. "We tried to
be modest We have tried to build relationships
with organisations and with individuals. We
needed to not compete with what was already
happening so we said, ^here's some possibilities and here's some ideas and what can we do
together?"
Students arid the community:
the Trek program
At UBC's Cecil Green Coach House, dedicated
staff work to coordinate students who volunteer their time at various inner city schools,
hospices, mental health clinics, support services for women and children and HIV/AIDS centres. The Trek project is another branch of the
Learning Exchange's mandate to bring UBC to
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of 35 student volunteers working in ten inner
city venues, but this year it has grown to nearly 450 student volunteers working in 3 7 different settings.
The process of becoming a volunteer for
the Trek program is a valuable experience,
said Shayne Tryon, manager of the program.
Students participate in an orientation day that
iijctudes a self-guided-tour- of the-DTES;
an eye-opening experience for many new
volunteers.
"The challenge [is] having students realise
that it is a learning program—we're not a volunteer clearing house," said Tryon. "There are
expectations around setting learning objectives, and trying to have themselves open their
minds and consider new perspectives through
experiential learning."
Students are placed in settings that suit
their interests and learning goals. Natalie Day,
a third-year sociology major and Trek volunteer since September, has been involved with a
pilot project called the 'Passions Program,'
through which a group of student volunteers
share their passions with children at an elementary school Day's passion is music, which
she employed to develop a music appreciation
program. Some of her fellow volunteers have
shared their passions'for things like cooking
and Harry Potter. Projects like the Passions
Program have helped bring the university into
new settings, said Day.
"It opens up the university. Lots of times
people in the DTES feel it is so inaccessible,*
she said. "I think just our presence in the community opens up a dialogue between the university and other areas of the city."
Day submitted a proposal to do a summer
project through the Learning Exchange in
which she will develop a fine arts program in
inner city schools that are open over summer
holidays. Having schools open gives at-risk
children a place to go when school is over,
specifically youth targeted by the drug trade,
said Day.
The summer projects have been a great
addition to the program, said Tryon, explaining that seven projects, including Day's, have
been approved to receive Chapman Summer
Project Awards. Other approved proposals
include a social venture project at YWCA's
Crabtree Corner (a service for women and
their children); a music appreciation program
at Grandview Elementary School; and an art
studio project at the Dr Peter Centre (an
HIV/AIDS facility). The summer projects, along
with the year-round volunteer placements, put
students in unique and challenging situations,
said Day.
"I think the experience has been beneficial
for me in terms of personal development just
developing more compassion and open-mind-
edness,* said Day. "It's been hard just overcoming the challenges of really trying to understand an area that before I didn't really know
much about*
Community service learning:
changing classrooms
A core philosophy of the Trek program—called
Community Service Learning (CSL)—has introduced a completely new way of looking at education, integrating community service experience with academic studies. According to the
CSL concept classroom "education is important but it is only one part of becoming a
responsible citizen in the wider community.
"It's not just about getting students doing
volunteer worffc* explained Fryer: "It's getting
students to think critically about what's happening in the communities where they're
working—whaj: are the issues that they're seeing, why are those issues happening, what is
their role?* f'T-1 ■■'•■ '. '}■■'•
The skills that students develop through the
Trek program will benefit them throughout
their lives because they are able to apply theories and textbook knowledge to real-life situations, said Fryer. But it also works the other
way. students can take what they learn in the
DTES and use it in their courses.
"They think, 'Here I am in an inner city
school noticing that kids are hungry, so what
does that mean for my human ecology course
or my sociology course?" said Fryer.
A service learning component has been
added to several UBC courses. Students bring
their volunteer experiences to the classroom
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and participate in structured reflection activities. In Wilkes' sociology classes, CSL students
keep journals and write their final papers
based on their experiences, said Day, who is
also a student in Wilkes' class.
"I was more engaged in my classes. You get
to see the material in an actual practical application as opposed to just cramming through a
textbook," said Day.
-The service learning idea can apply to
almost any course, she said, describing how
students in her earth and ocean science course
visited an elementary school to educate kids
about recycling, the environment and sustainability. The kids made mobiles out of recycled
products, an activity Day said was a great way
to promote environmental awareness for the
children.
Through CSL programs at UBC, students
have not only contributed to enrich the community, but have also developed critical thinking skills that benefit their academic studies,
explained Shayne Tryon.
"There's differences between learning and
critical thinking,* said Tryon. "This opportunity really gives students a chance to think about
social issues and how they relate to their learning at university.* "■''.'
la the future, the Teaming Exchange staff
hope to integrate a service learning component into a greater number of courses, but the
challenge is getting faculty members to see the
benefits of adding it in, said Fryer. Another
challenge is making students believe they can
make a difference in the DTES.
"There's a kind of cynicism among students—it's all too much, there's too much
going on, it's too complex. It's really important
not to get lost in that* she said. "It's important
to know that today I can go and read to child in
a school and help that child learn how to read,
and that actually makes a difference.* ♦
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community on campus. On our 80th anniversary in 1998, we established a $50,000
.      endowment that will fund the Ubyssey Community Contribution Award. This annual award
|     recognizes a returning UBC Student who has made a significant contribution to developing
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length) describing the contribution made and how the above four criteria have been met.
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UBC wins clash
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Men's rugby takes second leg
of Berkeley/UBC World Cup
by Dan McRoberts
SPORTS STAFF
The World Cup is coming back to
UBC for the first time in four years.
UBC won the trophy after the
men's rugby Thunderbirds showed
little hospitality to their visitors
from Berkeley this past Saturday,,
winning 26-17 on a glorious spring
afternoon.
the World Cup began in 1921
as a home and away competition
between UBC and U Cal Berkeley,
with a trophy donated by the World
Newspaper of Vancouver. The
series is decided each year on total
points. Although the T-Birds did
take the Califoridan leg 18-14, the
memory of last year's monumental
home collapse, which allowed
Berkeley to escape with a one-point
win, must have weighed heavily on
their minds as they prepared for
the final leg.
A large number of Golden
Bears' supporters had made the
trip from California, but the T-
Birds were doubtlessly buoyed by
the presence of a group of UBC
Rugby alumni, sporting their varsity sweaters from a bygone era. The
group of old Birds participated in a
ceremonial kickoff and then sat
back to enjoy the action.
And enjoy it they must have, as
the home team thoroughly dominated the early play. UBC maintained positive possesion throughout the opening minutes, and
opened their account on a penalty
goal kicked through by Tim Bowen-
Roberts.
As the half-hour mark approached, the Birds were rewarded
for their offensive determination
as Joey Alexis burst through to
record the try, which after Bowen-
Robert's successful conversion left
UBC up 10-0.
The Bears responded With
stronger play of their own, typified
by an electrifying run by Andy
Hanks from deep in his own half.
The T-Birds defence held its
ground when needed however, and
only conceded a penalty goal in the
first half of play.
Berkeley's pressure was again
overfahelirring" after the jestart, as
their massive' prop Mike
MacDonald rumbled for a try that
brought his team within three
points of UBC.
Any possibility of history repeating itself was eliminated a short
while later, as the T-Bird's Greg
Perih exploded up the right sideline for the score. Combined with
another successful penalty kick
from Bowen-Roberts, UBC had a
23-10 advantage, and surely would
not be pegged back at such a
late stage.
The Bears again threw themselves forward with gusto and were
rewarded with a late try to moderate the score differential somewhat. In the final reckoning however, the Birds completed their
sweep of the 12-time defending
NCAA champions, with the prolific
Bowen-Roberts slotting home one
final kick from a difficult angle to
seal the win.
UBC was clearly heartened by
the result, hut will face more challenges in the weeks ahead. The T-
Birds are clear favourites to capture the BCRU championship, as
they tore through their competition during the regular season, finishing 14-2. The quarter-finals
start this weekend. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
SPORT S
TUESDAY, MARCH 30,2004
9
Injuries plague baseball Birds
by Wilson Wong
SPORTS STAFF
After the final game on Sunday, UBC
baseball coach Terry McKaig stood
on the Nat Bailey Stadium grass,
thinking about his team's weekend.
In a first-place showdown against
the Concordia University Cavaliers,
UBC won three of four games, talring
a game and a half lead in the NAIA
Region I standings. But instead of
joy, McKaig had a look of exasperation on his face as Ms team had put
him through an emotional roller-
coaster.
Among the concerns for UBC
were their injuries. Brendan
Kornberger injured his hand last
weekend and joined KeHan
Thomsen, Ian Prescott and Greg
Baarts as hurt catchers unable to
play at backstop. The recent injuries
gave catching coach Chad Tuck the
nickname "The Curse.* An additional injury to shortstop Tyler Hughes
meant a patch-work lineup was fielded against Concordia.
Nonetheless the weekend started
magnificently for the Thunderbirds
as starter John Campbell delivered
an eight inning masterpiece, allowing only five hits and one unearned
run, while striking put four batters.
On offence, Davey Wallace went
three for four and added a rare
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Nat Bailey home-run, as the
Thunderbirds took lie game 7-2.
Wallace's performance, hitting from
the ninth spot in the batting order,
highlighted tbe balanced attack for
UBC, which also featured three hits
from fill-in catcher Connor Janes and
two each from Hughes, Mark
Capone, Jeff Tobin and Brett Murray.
Centre fielder Adam Campbell
left tbe first game with an old hamstring injury and would not play the
rest of the weekend which' made
things a little harder. for the
Thunderbirds in the . second
Saturday game. The two teams traded runs with Concordia tying the
game in the top of lite ninth. UBC
loaded the bases in the bottom of the
ninth for Mike Loizides, who with
two outs, nailed the ball up the foul
line past the diving Concordia third
baseman for the winning hit The
final score: UBC 6, Concordia 5.
Dreams of a four-game sweep
were crushed early on Sunday as the
Cavaliers got out to a 7-1 lead after
six innings, eventually winning 8-4.
Leftfielder Chris Ames was one of a
few Thunderbirds who were successful against Cavalier starter Steven
Short, going three for four at the
platq while driving hi three runs.
UBC took the field for the final
game in the series hoping to maintain their lead in the conference
standings but things looked grim as
UBC trailed 3-1 heading into the
ninth, despite outhitting Concordia
ten to six. The Thunderbird coaching
staff had been frustrated all day by
the inability of UBC's hitters to
advance the runners. But as if by
magic, the Birds rallied in the bottom of the ninth, tying the game on
Thomsen's check-swing base hit An
extra inning brought more heroics.
Johnny Yiu, with two outs, dove head
first into first base for an infield single that brought home Brett Murray,
who was standing on third, to win
the game, 4-3. Yiu and Murray were
mobbed by the rest of- the
Thunderbirds who minutes earlier
were facing a second straight loss.
Yiu displayed the type of effort
that was needed to beat Concordia.
"We battled hard this weekend; we
had to come out fast against
Concordia since they are one of the
top teams in the conference," said
McKaig.
There won't be much rest for the
baseball Birds as they head out to
Tacoma, Washington on Tuesday for
an exhibition game against Pacific
Lutheran University. Their next conference games will be this weekend
as they host Western Baptist. McKaig
knows that all the recent injuries will
have an effect, "We're not going to be
able to play at the same level. We
can't win pretty so we're going to
have to find ways to win games." ♦
Maritime mediocrity for UBC nordic skiers
by Dan McRoberts
SPORTS STAFF
Despite the warm hospitality and perfect
conditions, the four representatives of UBC
Nordic have returned from the national
cross-country ski championships a bit
disappointed.
"The competition was quite a bit harder
than we had expected," said UBC skier and
coach Roger McMillan. "Because Nationals
were held a bit further away [Charlo, New
Brunswick], most of the other schools had
only their really competitive people there."
The Thunderbirds' isolation from their
university competitors, who are largely
based in Ontario, hinders their capacity to
accurately predict how they will fare at
Nationals, McMillan added.
A perfect example was in the men's three
by five kilometre relay. Prior to the competition, "UBC had hoped to improve on last
year's third-place finish, but instead they finished in a underwhelming seventh in a field
of seven teams. "That was probably the
biggest disappointment," McMillan acknowledged. "I was hoping that we would do well."
Greg Egan, Luke Heckr.odt and Roger
McMillan constituted the relay team, and
although their joint efforts fell short of
expectations, both Egan and Heckrodt managed to perform quite well in their individual events.
Given that the races were part of the broader Canadian Championships, the field that the
Thunderbirds were competing in included
members of Canada's Olympic and World Cup
teams. The best result of the week for UBC was
Heckrodt's 23rd place overall in the 50 kilometre face, and Egan was not far behind his
teammate, placing 28th. Ranked against only
university skiers, Heckrodt's time was good
enough for fifth place.
For hoth McMillan and Pamela Syposz,
results were not spectacular, but neither were
their goals heading into the competition. "For
Pam and I, it was our first time at Nationals,
so we did all right" said McMillan.
In terms of the teams' performance as a
whole, UBC Nordic ended the week ranked
fifth out of the ten university teams at the
races. "It was a reasonable performance for
us all," said McMillan. "We did finish third
overall last year, but that was against a more
limited field. Ten universities might not
sound like a lot for some sports, but for us
it's huge."
Even so, their results at Nationals may
give the Thunderbirds cause to re-evaluate
their selection criteria for the team they send.
"This year's selection was based on just getting people there who could afford to miss a
week of class," said McMillan. "Hopefully next
year we'll have a team that is willing to do
anything to get to the competitions."
Next year's Nationals will be held in Prince
George, which might help matters, but
McMillan said that won't necessarily mean
that UBC Nordic will send more athletes. "If
we feel that only three people are going to
competitive, then we'll send three. The level of
racing has improved." ♦
Two sports dominate UBC athletics banquet
Basketball and soccer stars cash in at the 85th annual Big Block awards
Knocked put
There won't be any medals for Ihe
women's rugby team this year.
Competing in the championship
match for the women's BC premier
league the women were knocked out
by defending BC champs Burnaby
club team. "We came out flat and
they scored 14 points in the first 15
minutes," said UBC coach Steven
Tong of the 17-7 loss. Despite a try by
UBC in the second half a penalty
against the Birds sealed the deal
adding an extra three points to the
Buniaby score. The team plays for
fourth place ranking this Saturday at
the Burnaby Sports Complex. ♦
by Jesse Marchand
SPORTS EDITOR
It's the one night where teams come together
without their uniforms, donning fancy formal
wear instead. Last Thursday marked the 85th
annual Big Block Banquet at the Hyatt
Regency in Vancouver, honouring the best
athletes at UBC.
Taking top honours for the women were
basketball bandit Carrie Watson and soccer
superstar Rosalyn Hicks who shared the
Marilyn" Pomfret award for top female athlete. Watson claimed her half of the award
after scoring 52 points in only three games at
Nationals and taking home the tournament
MVP award. She also came away from the
banquet with two peer-voted
awards for best performance
in a single weekend and outstanding leadership.
Hicks also took home a
Nationals MVP award after
ending the season as UBC's
all-time highest scorer with
38 total goals in regular and
conference play.
It wasn't the first year        HICKS
___
that a female soccer player won the top honours. Last year, the award was claimed by
former team captain Kristine Jack who led
her team to Nationals victory.
This year, the soccer
stars continued to reign
with Aaron^ Richer taking
home the Bobby Gaul
memorial trophy for outstanding graduating male
athlete. Richer received the
award after taking home
the Canada West MVP
award and representing
Canada as the team captain
at the summer Universiade in Korea.
Men's soccer coach Mike Mosher said that
the awards attested to the individual athletes'
strengths rather than those of the teams. He
called the awards "terrific ways to conclude
their UBC careers" after strong performances
throughout their time at UBC .
Basketball guard Jama Mahlalela was also
honoured by having an award named after
him with a plaque stating: "In recognition of
excellence in the areas of selfless dedication,
leadership and spirit as a student-athlete and
citizen of UBC." ♦
RICHER
Other Big Block awards:
■ftKay Brearley service award/Exceptional service to
women's athletics: Cathy L'Orsa, women's volleyball
♦Arthur W. Delamont service award/Exemplifies
spirit and goodwill: Tyler Kuntz, ice hockey and
Amber Hunt, cross country.
♦Carolyn Dobi&Smith award/outstanding student
trainer. Kathleen Jeans, field hockey and rugby.
♦Thunderbird Athletes' Council performance
award/top single-weekend performance, voted on by
peers: Carrie Watson, basketball
♦Thunderbird Athletes' Council leadership
award/outstanding leadership, voted on by peers:
Carrie Watson, basketball, and Leon Denenfeld,
football.
Sports Hall of Fame inductees:
♦Right Honourable John Turner, cross country
♦Lisa NicHe, basketball
♦Pat McGeer, basketball
♦Bill Whyte, rugby and baseball
♦Gail Wilson, field hockey coach 10
TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2004
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Ch-ch-ch-changes ]
T
It's been almost eight months since the beginning
of this school year, and we're almost ready to sign
off. Looking back, it's about time to question what
has changed over the last few months, both at the
paper and on campus.
Let's begin with us.
Campus newspapers are usually pretty leftist
as a rule. Comes with the territory, we guess: it's
either that they're struggling under the yoke of
affording our studies with less and less help from
the provincial government, or it's champagne
socialism from the children of parents who can
afford universiiy. Either way, leftism usually
abounds in the student press.
It was only a year ago that a letter printed in
the Ubyssey chastised our editorial board for having views that were inconsistent and leftist We
had an "uncanny ability to side with every left-
wing cause imaginable," said the letter writer,
adding that the Ubyssey "capitulated to the
demands of every union on campus."
One year later, we're still here, and we've published editorials on the potential of the World
Trade Organisation, questioning what will happen with the new socialist Spanish government in
power and all but lambasting activists at the university who don't have a leg to stand on.
Wow. Not so left. Not so right either, but it's
critical. So, what's changed?
We're the same people, coming from the same
place. It's a new editorial board this year, but
we're still students, and we're still our parents'
children.
The question really is whether we've
changed, or whether this campus' leftist ideals
have gone a little too far left We've been on the
receiving end of blunt lobbying efforts designed
not just to get an opinion or a point made, but to
intimidate and bully into agreement—at least
from the louder ones.
. We try to remain objective in the face of this,
but it's hard when we're given such first-hand evidence of what we can't stand: the obstruction of
legitimate opinion.
Perhaps this is what is accounting for our drift
away from the left towards the centre.
And now for what has changed at the
university.
The roar of bulldozers and the clammer of
jackhammers has siginified a shift towards devel-
^eWw
race,   of
opment on campus this year. If you had never
heard of the word 'consultation,' we are certain
you did at some point this year. Although, as editors, we paid extremely close attention to that consultation, in some cases we are still not exactly
sure what that buzz word means for any of the
stakeholders—sorry, that means students, faculty
and the UBC community...we think.
While some of that construction has been for
buildings equipped to allow great research and
discovery in UBC's fiiture, much has been to create commercial housing within the campus borders. And there is much more of the sort
to come.
This definitely marks a shift in thinking with
the UBC administration. It is the first time campus land has been seen as an asset to be exploited
for profit—even though that profit will go into the
endowment that supports learning. It seems to be
a short-sighted solution to boost a cash-strapped
university.
It also marks the fact that UBC has become
even more obsessed with self-image. Not that the
multitude of plant ops planting trees wasn't
enough before, UBC was caught cyber-handed trying to influence the Maclean's rankings.
And then there is the corporate-style takeover
of Okanagan University College (OUC). Before
LETTERS
checking with UBC or OUC students, the government and the university decided that students
would be best served by the gargauntuan—read
largest BC university—swallowing whole the baby
institution—read OUC.
While it is certain that the Okanagan needed a
full-status university, we question the way no one
in the region was given a chance to have a say in
how that would play out That does not seem like
a way to deal with a public institution.
Okay, but the U-Pass has been one very positive change on campus this year. Thousands of
students have flocked from their pollution-spewing vehicles to buses, even if a few frill ones pass
by every day before their lucky ship of transportation brings them to campus. And maybe
more than a few students still drive to campus
but park at Blanca and 12th Avenue and hop on
the bus for that last block, effectively shifting the
responsibility of parking from the universiiy to
the neighbourhoods of Point Grey—good thing,
since most of the popular B-lots are now home to
aformentioned housing developments.
Well, if you have read this far you may see
that we are still leaning a little bit left. But we
prefer to just think of it as critical and questioning, rather than any particular end of the
spectrum. ♦
GAP's Holocaust imagery
misappropriated
I am writing in response to several of the letters and articles I have
spen regarding the Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP) display
on campus. I have been at UBC for
five years, and began working
with Students for Choice (SFC)
through my involvement in Hillel
House during my first year. As a
member,of the Jewish Students'
Association at the time, I spoke
out against the misappropriation
of Holocaust imagery in the GAP
display, as well as the logical
inconsistencies contained in the
GAP-related material (I'm a philosophy major, sol take logic pretty seriously!). I worked with the
University for several years as a
member of SFC and as Alma
Mater Society (AMS)' VP
Administration this past year to
create an institutional framework
so that the displays, if they must
happen on campus, can be held
safely and fairly (oh, and for the
record, the safety of Lifeline members or anti-choicers has never
been threatened by pro-choice
protesters at the event; I, however, do remember being personally
and physically threatened by a
particularly militant off-campus
anti-choicer several years ago in
front of a Lifeline display).
I can assure you out there in
newspaper-reader land that there
was never any written agreement
about the distance between displays until this past display, and it
has fluctuated from 30-50 feet,
depending on who was around!
Strangely, some of the hottest
points of contention between the
two groups and the university
have been arpund the logistical
details of the display (distance,
size of signs, etc.) more than the
ideological issues themselves.
While I have been consistently
impressed by how Campus Security
has been able to handle the displays
and ensure that they happen safely,
I wistfully regret that they were
never the key negotiators around
the logistical issues for the displays;
unfortunately, that task fell to the VP
Students' office, which has only
recently begun to document and
communicate clear logistical details
to the student groups involved (and
don't even get me started on
tuition!).
Finally, if Lifeline wishes to
communicate how they hate abortion or women having rights or
whatever to the student body, they
can probably figure out a way that
doesn't involve randomimages of
unrelated genocides which they
know nothing about. Maybe they
could have a bake sale (as long as
it didn't include baked goods
made with unborn chickens, of-
course). Just a thought.
—Josh Bowman
Arts4
Who needs democracy?
As students of the institution formerly known as Okanagan
University College (OUC), we are
concerned about the sincerity of
Gordon Campbell's assertion that
the recent UBC takeover of OUC is
in the best interests of current and
future Okanagan students.
Campbell's government invited
Tyler Beatty to speak on behalf of
OUC students at their press release
on March 17, 2004. Beatty is not a
member of our elected student
association and, in fact, was unsuccessful in his campaign for a student council position in the last
election. Tyler is> however, affiliated with the Young Liberal Party.
Karina Frisque, who is our elected student association president,
was not invited to speak at or to
attend the announcement Inter-est-
ingly, Karina is not a member of the
Young Liberal Party and does not
wholeheartedly support the UBC
takeover: coincidence? We think not
Our understanding of a,
democracy is that the" person
elected by the majority has the
authority to speak on behalf of the
people he or she is elected to represent. In this instance, the elected representative Was denied a
voice and a student with the right
political connections was given
the privilege of speaking ' on
behalf of a student population
who made it quite clear in the last
election that they did not want his
representation.
Campbell's choice only serves to
strengthen the growing concerns
OUC students have about the UBC
takeover. While Beatty is in support
of this decision, the majority of
OUC students are unsure what to
think because we have not been
given o any concrete information
despite the promise government
officials made to keep our student
association informed during the
decision-making process. The blatant, use of political campaigning
during this process undermines
our faith in Gordon Campbell's declaration that our institution will
continue to make decisions based
on the needs and concerns of students within the Okanagan community. If, in fact, this decision was
made in our best interest, why
have we not been informed of its
implications?
So far, through Campbell's obviously biased selection of student
representation, it seems that
Campbell is only concerned with
ensuring that the public believes
the students at OUC support his
decision—his actions appear to
indicate that his true motivation is
not our educational interests,
but the public perception of his
popularity.
— Tracey Walker
and Nicole O'Reilly
Okanagan University
College students THE UBYSSEY
L E TTERS
TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2004  11
An open letter to Martha
Piper
At the 2002 Global Citizen
Conference, your inspiring comments drew praise for their vision
and led many listeners to believe that
UBC was committed to nurturing the
'global' citizen in us alL Yet we cannot
help but recognise that the students
of UBC have been shortchanged.
f We would like bring to your attention the alarming lack of African-
focused courses at this 'international'
university. As Yvonne Brown's
research survey (2000) shows,
almost no departments offer courses
on Africa. And now, four years after
the discovery of these worrisome
findings, there has still been no adequate effort to acknowledge or remedy the exclusion of Africa from the
curriculum.
We hope you will agree that such
scarce educational material at' UBC
concerning Africa is not only disquieting, but a shameful indication of
where our priorities he. The continuing disavowal of African knowledge
at UBC has profound implications on
how its students perceive the world
around them. We argue that the
silence of African knowledge within
academic discourses at UBC can only
serve to perpetuate the myth that
Africa is not worthy of our concern.
Romeo Dallaire, former head of
the UN peacekeeping force in
Rwanda, has argued that "it is an
indictment that genocide and issues
in Rwanda were considered so
peripheral to the international community and not worthy of attention."
Through its neglect of African issues,
UBC feeds the assumptions and the
negligence that made this travesty
possible.
We understand that investing in
an African Studies program will be
costly. But we Me, convinced that
funds can he raised through fearless
determination and creativity; for
instance, by appealing to UBC alumni
and African organisations, by holding
fundraising events, by revisiting the
distribution of present resources and
by diverting a percentage of the
endowments generated from high-
end residences on UBC campus
toward the fimding of an African
Studies program.
The North American academic
community has historically refrained
from including Africa as a subject
deserving of study on its own—not
merely in relation to Europe and
North America However, as active
agents of this global world, we have
the ability to change this practice
right here at UBC—and it is the local
initiatives that create tidal waves
towards global change.
Please join us in our quest As fellow members of an ever-evolving
world society, we are confident that
you will affirm the justness of our
cause and answer positively to our
plea. We trust that not far from now,
classrooms around this great university will be lively with discussions of
Africa and her diverse cultures. We
know you will agree that students,
and Africa, deserve no less.
—Jenny Francis and Cara Ng
UBC Africa Network
Chomsky's lecture suits
The significance of Noam Chomsky's
AMS . co-sponsored lecture two
Sundays back was pointed out several times at the event, and recently, in
this publication. The importance of
freedom of speech and the benefits of
the active engagement of students in
discussion on a variety of controversial issues is the hallmark of a university campus and should be
encouraged at all times. This ideal of
active  discussion  and  debate  is
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undoubtedly the goal of the AMS as
well as of the  many socio-political
clubs throughout UBC.
The key to lectures of this nature
is the validity, integrity and, ultimately, the authority of the scholars chosen to speak. Chomsky's celebrated
career as America's arguably unrivaled left-wing human rights activist
made his introduction at the
Orpheum on Sunday largely unnecessary. His clout in the areas of social
justice and political and economic
freedom makes his appearance in
Vancouver an asset to the intellectual
community. Chomsky does not aim
to entertain, but, rather, to provide
factual evidence that stimulates
analysis of government policies. UBC
must never reject the educational
benefits that can arise from the wisdom of world-renowned academics
because of their controversial ideas
or political stance. It is precisely
these qualities that make speeches
from authoritative speakers such as
Chomsky sold-out events.
Furthermore, the energetic
response to Chomsky's lecture underscores the desire of students to find
alternative forms of information on
world affairs. His expertise on the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict attracted
adherents from all sides of the argument, ' a clear indication that the
mainstream coverage of such topics >
is lacking or, even more troubling,
mired in a haze of self-interest that
undermines factual information. The
AMS should continue to sponsor
such events, disregarding the objections of a few.
—Mario Rubio
Artsl
Chomsky's leisure suit
Having attended Chomsky's speech
about the Middle' East, I can attest
that while he was indeed very controversial, He raised some interesting points. However, I couldn't get
over the hypocrisy of him bashing
corporations and profit Who does
Mr Chomsky think publishes his
books? Or produces the suit he was
wearing? As if it weren't hard
enough listening to a millionaire
decry America and its elite, he left
the Orpheum in one of the fanciest
limousines I have ever seen. I would
like to know how much the AMS
spent on holding Chomsky's speech,
and if they paid for that limo.
—Steven Meurrens
Arts 2
Frats misrepresented
We are writing in response to the
book review submitted by Momoko
Price regarding fraternity hazing rituals {"Animal House this really
ain't,* March 2, 2004). As members
of the UBC Greek system we find this
article to make erroneous implications, uninformed comments and
downright wrong conclusions. While
we cannot speak for every chapter of
every fraternity, as there are 7000 of
them, we can say that the actions
described in Goat are an extreme
rarity and in no way a justification
for the generalised, anti-fraternity
statements made in the book
review.
UBC Greeks have been working
hard for years to improve our name
both on campus and off, and an
uninformed, prejudiced article such
as your Goat review can set back our
good name years. UBC Greeks are
some of the most involved, athletic
and charitable students on campus,
and we would prefer to be recognised for our achievements in these
areas rather than for biased allegations of hazing and misconduct. The
article, dubbed a book review, was
no more lT-.gr.   ot.  assault ujjojn TXBC
fraternities.
Before forming a negative opinion
of the Greek system, one needs to
consider the facts: fraternities help
create successful people and foster
talent Of America's 50 largest companies, 43.85 per cent of the Fortune
500 executives belong to a fraternity.
The fact is that virtually every US
president and vice-president born
since the first social fraternity was
founded (in 1825) have been members of a fraternity. Fraternity-related
men do excel in school and their
grades are on average higher than
non-affiliated men. Fraternity men
have a 20 per cent higher rate of
graduation from universiiy and more
often than not graduate with higher
GPAs. Maybe that's the reason Greek
alumni make up 65 per cent of
American doctors and 78 per cent of
Amercian lawyers. Would it not seem
just for the media to focus on these
statistics as frequently as they do on
rare incidents of hazing?
The gross misconduct and hazing
which is written about in Goat is an
extreme case which can rarely be
found on any campus across North
America and is non-existent at UBC.
Every fraternity at UBC has a strong
anti-hazing policy in place, all of
which are monitored and enforced
by the local Alumni. In fact, of all the
organisations that are found on campuses across the country (varsity
teams, specific faculties), fraternities
are the only organisations actively
fighting hazing with strong policies
and punishments. If one wants to
overturn a festering underbelly
they should direct their attention
elsewhere.
—Dan Johnson
and Lindsey McDonell
International Fraternity Council
and Panhellenic Public Relations
Co-Chairs
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The AMS Orientations Program introduces
new UBC students to campus life through
a variety of initiatives; Acting as coordinator
and spokesperson for this program, the successful applicant will manage all aspects of
AMS Orientations.
• Assisting in the recruitment, hiring and
training of orientations staff
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during the orientations.
Time Commitment: The Coordinator's time
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The positions responsibilities and remuneration are currently under review.
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CULTURE
THE UBYSSEY
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THE COOPER TEMPLE CLA USE
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At Richard's on Richards
Mar. 27
by Neil Braun
CULTURE WRITER
In an Interview with DiSCORDER magazine,
Didz Hammond, bassist for Reading,
England's The Cooper Temple Clause, boldly
stated, "We're always looking for new sounds
and new ways of doing stuff." I say boldly
because in an era where large media conglomerates and listener focus groups determine play lists for commercial radio, any
band who dares to make ambitious and experimental music seems condemned to obscurity (or to have their innovations copied for
commercial radio exploitation).
The Cooper Temple Clause exemplifies
this rule perfectly. Their first album, the caustic See Through This and Leave, was never
released in North America. Their newest
album. Kick Up the Fire and Let fhe Flames
Break Loose, arrived here several months
after its British release.-- This is a shame
because the band proved they had ample
skills to match their creativity at their show at
Richard's on Richards on Saturday night
Though Kick Up the Fire benefited greatly
from its subtle electronic effects, the six-piece
band made clear that they were, first and fore
most a loud, dangerous rock band. The opening to "The Same Mistakes" oozed claustrophobia with an eerie, distorted violin sample
wrapped around Hammond's enveloping
bass and Ben Gautrey's desperate, hissing
vocals. As if making good on the implied
threat, the rest of the band soon roared to life
with aggressive, staccato guitars, booming
drums and Gautrey's Liam Gallagher-esque
wail. As evidenced by their head bobbing, fist
pumping and pogoing, many _ in the crowd
were considerably impressed.
Equally impressive was how, despite the
genre-hopping set list, the band never confused, alienated or bored the crowd. Whether
it was the moody slowburn rock of "Music
Box," the Britpop of "Blind Pilots" or the
quick-tempo, melodic "Film-Maker," the band
was either foreshadowing impending guitar
violence or delivering it
To finish the show, the Coopers
unleashed their three most fearsome songs
on the crowd: "Panzer Attack," "Promises,
Promises" and "Let's Rill Music." Especially
potent was "Panzer Attack" (and with a title
like that, it had to be). Amidst pulsing strobe
lights and military-like dance beats, Gautrey
screamed so hard he looked ready to burst a
neck vein, guitarist Dan Fisher thrashed
across the stage like a madman and
Hammond wrung his mike stand like it was
a rubber chicken. When the crowd wasn't
slack-jawed, they were shouting along to the
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chorus like it was a mantra: "Here comes the vided a textbook example of the difficulties
Panzer Attackl" of shoegazer rock. Though the latter half of
No encore was offered. After that blast of the band's dark set began to show flashes of
energy, passion and adventurousness," none melody, the majority of Calla's repertoire
was needed. was simply top slow, dense and droning to
Unfortunately, opening band Calla pro- be memorable. ♦
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Wasting our lives
TAKING LIVES
now playing
by Jenn Cameron
CULTURE STAFF
The streets of Montreal have never
been more dangerous. With a killer on
the loose and no observable motivation
behind the continuing attacks, the coveted Montreal police are unable to
track him down. When the death toll
rises once again, it comes time to call
in the experts.
FBI agent Uleana (Angelina Jolie) is
reluctantly flown in to the eastern
Canadian city in order to decipher the
mystery behind the recent murders.
Immersing herself completely into the
case—and not taking a moment's rest-
it doesn't take Uleana long to discover
the motivation behind the killer's gruesome endeavours. The killer is taking
on the identities of his victims, living
their lives just as they would up to the
point of even paying their bills.
Right from the start, this film isn't
particularly different from any others
of the serial killer genre. Most of the
twists in the storyline follow the typical
pattern, whereas those aspects that are
different are just off the wall. There are
also several promising teasers towards
possible twists, but none are actually
followed through. It seems as though
the filmmakers were completely
unwilling to take any risks.;
This heed to play it safe causes the
film to be very predictable. When there
are only three major characters that
occupy the screen time, and you logically assume that the killer is one of
those three, it doesn't take long to figure things out When I should have
been biting my finger nails in anticipation I was instead searching for popcorn money.
Popcorn in hand, I realised that
most of the characters were stereotypical and undeveloped. Paquette (Oliver
Martinez) was the angry, lazy, Montreal
cop and Uleana was the lonely, work
absorbed FBI agent I was vaguely
reminded of every other movie that
has been about an FBI agent on the
hunt for an unstoppable killer.
Despite her character's lack of
depth, Angelina Jolie gives a
respectable performance, bringing to
life an intelligent, sexy workaholic. I
was also impressed with.Ethan Hawke
as Costa, the paranoid art dealer. His
charming, slightly neurotic character is
quite amiable, bringing comic relief to
the film. The choice of these two actors
is the only credit I can give the film.
Taking Lives is a pathetic attempt to
put a new twist on an old story. The
Montreal setting, complete with overdone French accents, was the only
thing that made it distinguishable. This
film brings nothing to the screen that
we haven't seen before, and is most
certainly not a movie that one should
put on the same shelf as The Bone
Collector or The Sixth Sense. ♦
Super collaboration
Coastal combination of new-age and traditional
SUPERNATURAL
by Neil Campbell and Beau Dick
at the Contemporary Art Gallery
until Apr. 25
by Ania Mafi
CULTURE STAFF
Combining two different artistic forms of expression. Supernatural features geometric paintings by
Neil Campbell alongside masks by Kwakwaka'wakw
chief Beau Dick. Although the collaboration of these
two Northwest Coast artists seems like an unlikely
union, curator Roy Arden finds some interesting
commonalties between the artists and proudly presents these works in a contemporary setting.
The distinctive and unique artists both display
works that are strong, theatrical and iconic. Each
with their own signature style, their art comes
together to form a very striking and spiritual merger. The Kwakwaka'wakw masks by Dick give the
exhibit a traditional and moving presence. Hanging
from the ceiling in a dark space with only spotlights
on the art, the masks surround you at different distances and heights, creating a movement within the
space. The masks have a hollowness to them that
forces onlookers to feel the spirit that would have
existed behind the ancient looking artifacts—one can
hear the voice of the mask speaking to their senses.
From the facial expressions to the precision carving
techniques used, the masks have a spellbinding
quality. Although they are the most powerful when
integrated in traditional dance and ceremonies, for
me the power of the masks was still present even
when out of context
Influenced by everything from Indian Tantric
painting to the popular art and culture surrounding
his daily life, Neil Campbell adds his strong, geometrically clean and curved lines to the exhibit
What allows this new-age abstractne'ss to mix well
with the traditional masks is Campbell's ability to
create depth and meaning in his simplistic designs.
His wall painting "Boom Boom" immediately puts
you in a trance as you enter the white space.
Consisting of two giant black discs, the simple circles give the illusion of vibrating motion when you
move up toward them. Like most of Campbell's
work, the art is bold and symbolic and has a loudness that defies the initial perception of flatness.
Mixing Kwakwaka'wakw and non-Native works,
Arden describes this as a rare opcurrence in BC galleries, and one that combines' cultures and traditions. The reason that these works succeed so well
together can be accredited to its ability to create
movement and the close proximity of the artwork—in
another context the work would be understood differently. Campbell's art can be easily envisioned
among a world of abstract artists, while Dick's masks
would be fitting in any museum of anthropology. But
the vision Arden had when putting these two artists
together was one that would allow First Nations art to
be featured in a contemporary setting while granting
more -culture and motion to modern pieces.
With a video documenting a Kwakwaka'wakw pot-
latch by Dick playing on a small screen, the traditional
native songs and chants echo through the gallery and
give this exhibit a supernatural movement through
cultures. ♦

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