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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Volume 86 Issue 19
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A COWGIRL AT HEARTS VP Research Samarasekara leaving UBC to become President at the University of Alberta, nic fensom photo
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by Dan McRoberts
NEWS EDITOR
Dr Indira Samarasekara didn't see it coming.
"If you asked me three years ago if I was
going to become a university president I
would have said no," said UBC's Vice
President of Research, responding to her
recent appointment as the next President of
the University of Alberta (U of A). "This was
completely unplanned."
Samarasekara will take, over the position
on July 1, 2005, becoming the first female
head of Alberta's largest post-secondary institution. She said that she is very honoured to
be assuming the presidency.
"These are very competitive positions,"
she said. "Canada has three or four top universities and the University of Alberta is one
of them. So to become president of one of
Canada's top universities is extraordinary."
Samarasekara, who has served as UBC's
VP Research for the past four years, was
approached by the U of A hiring committee,
not the other way around.
*I was very happy here at UBC/ said
Samarasekara. "I don't think you ever apply—
I certainly would never dare to apply for a job
like this."
Having spent 28 years at UBC as a student,
professor and administrator, Samarasekara
acknowledged some initial reluctance to
the move.
"You don't simply pack up your bags and
leave in a moment" she said.
After learning more about the potential
for the U of A's development Samarasekara
became more excited about the offer.
"This was an opportunity that was too
good to miss/ she said. "The University [of
Alberta] is advancing in terms of its stature
both nationally and internationally/
Samarasekara feels well prepared for the
See "Samarasekara" page 2.
UNBC student referendum decides
in favour of independeiit newspaper
CULTURE: More than a
contraceptive
From the sponge's mouth. Pages 6-7.
FEATURE: The laughter fades
A Canadian student writes home
about election-sadness in California.
Page 8.
EDITORIAL: Reality bites
No, really. Page 10.
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by Jonathan Woodward
BC BUREAU CHIEF
VANCOUVER (CUP) — After a student newspaper
was shut down and had its funding frozen by its
student union publishers over an article that said
men should become "novelties for the super rich,"
students at the University of Northern British
Columbia (UNBC) have voted to make that newspaper an independently funded publication.
More than twothirds of undergraduate student
voters at the Prince George campus decided in a
referendum to separate Over the Edge from the
Northern Undergraduate Student Society and
fund the paper directly at $5 per student per term.
"We know now that the student body supports Over the Edge," said editor-inrchief
Carolynne Burkholder. "The concept of freedom
of the press and that governments should never
control the press are the main issues behind
this referendum/
In September, Over the Edge published a satirical article called 'Men in the Modern World/
which blamed men for the development of
destructive technology, saying only men would
need 'dangerous phallic symbols like guns, rockets and submarines/
When genetic technology allows, 'men should
be forced into non-existence for the safety of the
entire Earth. Maybe one or two could be kept alive
as novelties for the super rich/ the article said.
University harassment officer Cindy Hardy
said the article violated the university's harassment policy and could be offensive to men. The
student union pulled papers from the campus and
froze Over the Edge's bank account
That's when the student newspaper began its
campaign for independence, and lobbied the student
union to hold a referendum, November 8 and 9.
With 358 votes for and 161 against the ref
erendum aclri6ved the required two-thirds
majority threshold by only eight votes. Sixteen
Season's
greetings...
from the flu
by Linda Mei
NEWSWRflER
Most students may not be at high risk of complications from influenza but there are reasons to begin immunising them against the
virus as the closed populations in classrooms
may facilitate the spread of the flu, according
to one UBC professor.
There is a chance students with influenza in
a university, for example, could be a major pool
that could disseminate the virus into the general
population, the same as daycares and grade
schools are/ said Dr Grant Stiver, who works for
the Division of Infectious Diseases at UBC and is
a professor in the Faculty of Medicine. "So from
that point of view, yes [students getting flu shots]
would be good."
Each year, around 20 per cent of Canadians
get influenza, and more than 1,400 people in BC .
die from the flu or pneumonia-related illnesses.
As the number one cause of vaccine-preventable
deaths, the flu can be avoided with a yearly vaccination and adequate hand washing.
The flu shot is an injection of dead or inactivated flu viruses, which can help b\^d iimnuiri-
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per cent effective in preventing infection in
healthy adults, according to the Vancouver
Coastal Health Authority.
A common misperception is that the flu shot
See"flu"page2.
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per cent of students voted.
Student union director of external affairs
Ingrid Hope said she hoped the paper would interpret the vote as a mandate to improve coverage of
campus events.
/I hope they're not going to bash everyone
because they can/ she said. "They need to
please the students; they're the boss now/ The
student union had lost a newspaper, she said,
but there was no chance it would start a competing publication.
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Search begins to find Samarasekara's replacement
"Samarasekera" from page 1.
challenge that lies ahead of her, citing her experience in dealing with
governments and the business community while in her position at
UBC, but admits that there will be
some learning on the job.
'Of course I will have to learn.
Nobody is a ready-made president,*
she said.
Looking back at her association
with UBC, Samarasekara has fond
memories of her time in the
Faculty of Applied Science.
'The thrill that comes when
you're working with a student and
thtey can't understand what you're
saying and all of a sudden the light
bulb goes on...That's what I found
really exciting about being at the
university/ she said.
Officials at U of A expressed excitement that Samarasekara had agreed
to make the move to Edmonton.
*We are indeed fortunate that
such an esteemed academic and
administrator has agreed to lead
our great institution,* said Jim
Edwards, chair of the university's
Board of Governors and organiser
of the presidential search.
UBC's top administrator, meanwhile, was likewise pleased by the
development.
*I was thrilled for her and
thrilled for the University of
Alberta and pleased that she will
go on to lead a remarkable institution,* UBC President Martha Piper
said of Samarasekara. 'Of course
there is some sense of sadness
that she's leaving us, but I'm very
pleased that her abilities have
been recognised.*
The process to select a new VP
Research is just getting underway,
Piper said.
'It will start fairly soon...We're
just beginning to realise that we
have to do this/ she said. An advisory committee will be struck to recommend candidates to Piper, who
will then present her choice to
UBC's Board of Governors.
Piper said that Samarasekara's
dedication to her area of responsibility will be missed.
'It's clear that she advanced the
research agenda on a number of
different fronts/ she said. "The one
thing that I think everyone would
acknowledge would be her tremendous leadership she brought to CFI
[Canada Foundation for Innovation]
competitions... UBC led in that in
the country/ The money won in CFI
competitions is used to build
research infrastructure at UBC.
'I think that if you ask her
peers across the country they
would recognise that this particular program was something that
Indira did and did extremely
well/ Piper said. ♦
Students encouraged to get flu shot before end of December
"Flu" from page h
can give a person the virus. While
side effects of the flu shot can include
& mild fever, fatigue, or aching muscles, they generally disappear in one
or two days and complications are
extremely rare.
'About ten per cent of people who
get a flu shot feel a little bit ill maybe/
said Stiver. 'Some people say that
they get sicker than they've ever been
after a flu shot, I think that's an exaggeration and is not based in fact*
The flu virus itself is highly contagious and affects students a lot more
than most people would believe,
explained Jane Ngai a UBC student
and a volunteer at the Minora
Residence for Seniors in Richmond.
*I think a lot of people don't
Tealise how vulnerable they are to the
flu and how dangerous it can be
sometimes/ she said.
This year at UBC, the Department
of Health, Safety and Environment
Health Promotion Program, and the
Department of Student Development
and Services Student Health Service
have combined to promote imrnuni-
sation for both faculty and students.
Flu can lead to serious complica
tions and death for seniors and especially for people with certain health
conditions, and while students may
not fall into that group, many of them
have contact with those people.
According to Lori King, a nurse with
the Health Promotion Program, students 'spend a lot of time indoors,
very close to many other people, so
they are at particular high risk for getting the flu.*
High-risk individuals include people with chronic conditions such as
cardiac or pulmonary disorder, diabetes or metabolic disorders,
immune deficiency such as AIDS and
HIV, renal disease, anemia, alcoholism, seniors 65 years of age,
health care workers and volunteers,
caregivers and children aged six to
23 months.
These people are vaccinated for
free in BC, though UBC health clinics
offer students the vaccine for $15 if
they don't meet any of these criteria.
Some departments require students
to be immunised against influenza,
such as health sciences.
'Student Health Services remain
available for students to continue to
go to get their shots until the end of
December as long as the supply
lasts/ said King.
"The big message we're trying to
get out this year is that we're trying
to encourage faculty, staff and students that if they get sick with the
flu [they should] stay home from
work, school and errands that
involve contacts with others, as
you're most likely to be contagious
for the first few days of the illness/
explained King.
Flu shots have received a lot of
attention recently with the shortage
in the United States driving people to
Canada to be immunised. The focus
in Canada has been on high-risk individuals, since there are not enough
supplies to immunise all Canadians
against the flu, said Stiver.
It's a real problem if we have a
pandemic virus develop, as we are
concerned about this happening in
the next few vears/ he said. 'Even
with the advanced techniques in vaccine manufacturing, which allow us
to produce a vaccine in six or eight
weeks, as opposed to six months by
the older techniques, still it would be
a question of could you produce
enough. Right now we can't* ♦
—with files from Sarah Bourdon
UNBC paper doubles budget after narrow referendum win
"UNBC" from page h
'The student newspaper will still
be a newspaper for students on
campus/ she said.
Behind the referendum results
is a serious financial gain for the
paper. Their fees have increased
from $2 per student to $5 per student, meaning their per-term revenue more than doubles to
$17,500.
The paper will hire a bookkeeper, but editors will remain unpaid
for now, said managing editor
Stephanie Wilson.
It will also strive to abide by the
university's harassment policy,
but editors will have the ultimate
say in what goes in the paper, she
said.
'It was blown out of proportion
and I'm sorry it came to tins but I'm
glad it ended in our autonomy/
Wilson said.
Experts watching the battle for
freedom of the press play out in the
microcosm of a university campus
watched with bemusement, said
Claude Adams, a lecturer with the
UBC school of journalism.
'There's a real humour deficit on
the campus of UNBC/ he said. "I
wonder if they've got more serious
issues to deal with than to pick on
Swiftian satire.
'A lot of what we see in student
newspapers is pretty stiff and
stodgy, so it's nice to see somebody
using a bit of imagination to comment on the world around them/
Adams said. ♦
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Patch Computers, a Richmond-
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move into the SUB over the winter
break, said Stacey Chiu, VP Finance
for the Alma Mater Society (AMS).
The store will open in January
and will be the only on-campus
option for computer repair, as UBC
IT Services stopped offering repair
services this fall.
A new DVD rental kiosk is up and
running on the main floor of the SUB.
Installed on Friday, the kiosk
has been set up outside Pie R
Squared and is already generating
business, according to AMS VP
Finance Stacey Chiu.
The kiosk is dwarfed by a neighbouring soft drink machine, but Chiu
is pleased nonetheless.
'I'm really happy with the size, it's
liot too overbearing,* she said.
The AMS will not know how much
business the kiosk gets until the
month-end report from the company,
Chiu said. ♦
\ THE UBYSSEY
NEWS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2004
Transit fare evasions cost Translink $ 7 million
by Sara Norman
NEWS STAFF
How many people evade paying for
transit fares?
Approximately six to seven per
cent of passengers ride the rails for
free, according to Ken Hardie, director of communications for
Translink. The result? A loss in revenue of almost $7 million, half of it
coming from the two SkyTrain lines
operated by Translink.
In April 2002, Translink commissioned KPMG Forensic, an
investigative accounting firm, to
look into fare evasion. According to
their report, fare evasion resulted
in an estimated loss of $6,679,158
in 2002, $3.3 million of that coming from users riding the SkyTrain
for free.
The proof of purchase system
makes it possible for travelers to get
on SkyTrains and transfer to buses
without ever purchasing a ticket
There are no turnstiles at SkyTrain
stations and riders can enter B-Line
buses through the back doors unsupervised.
Though Translink staff are on
hand in transit stations, it is difficult to ensure that riders pay the
fares. One SFU student stated that
as she was exiting the SkyTrain station during the summer, she was
approached by a SkyTrain official.
Rather than checking her ticket, he
simply said, 'I guess there's no
point in checking now [since you're
leaving the station]/
In 2002, KPMG reported that
'there appears to be a lack of
responsibility and accountability for
managing fare evasion on a
Translink wide basis at the senior
management level/
Translink responded to the
investigation findings with a large
list of management responses
including '[ejrploring] alternatives
to maximise collection of violation
tickets/
Translink even appealed to the
provincial government 'to triple its
fines to $ 150 for such violations as
fare evasion/ according to an article in the Vancouver Courier. Fines
remain at $46.
However, money from such collection has not been used to offset
the costs of fare evasion because it
goes to the provincial government.
Translink recently appealed to
have collector money returned to
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the system, said Ken Hardie.
When asked if Translink losses
from fare evasion contributed to
increased fares or more expensive
student U-Passes, Hardie responded, 'Not really. The reason for fare
increases is operating costs going
up due to fuel prices/
The collection of violation fines
also falls under provincial government jurisdiction.'; Translink officials do not have the power to collect the fines themselves.
However, should one of
Translink's 85 special constables
notice frequent fare evaders, they
do have the power to serve the vio-
latorwith a notice to appear in
court, which if ignored could lead to
an arrest.
The constables can also arrest
fare evaders if they refuse to present identification or do not have
identification on them.
But one UBC student stated that
when issued a ticket for fare evasion, her friends simply 'gave a
fake address, name and telephone
number to avoid paying or simply
didn't pay at all/ and no arrests or
follow-ups were made.
According the Courier article,
'88 per cent of [violation] tickets
went unpaid' in 2002 and Hardie
estimated that those figures stayed
the same in 2003 and 2004.
There are also cases of accidental fare evasion. KPMG's investigation found that lack of communication and signage resulted in revenue loss because riders did not
realise they were entering a new
zone for which an additional charge
on already-bought tickets is
required or that they were entering
a fare-required area.
Yellow and black 'fare required*
signs are now located on the floor
and ceiling area of the SkyTrain station, but zone differentials are still
unclear.
According to The Buzzer,
Translink's newsletter, estimated
fare evasion losses have been
reduced since the 2002 KPMG
investigation to 1.2 to 1.4 million
dollars per year.
Despite this publicised finding,
Ken Hardie estimated that the loss
is still around 6 or 7 million dollars
per year.
Why is it, then, that the Translink
SkyTrain system does not have turnstiles, like many other rapid transit
systems around the world?
Nice, France uses a turnstile system, as do New York City, London
and Toronto.
Toronto Transit representative
Mala Bolton stated that there is
still fare evasion on the Toronto
rapid transit turnstile system but
it is a /very, very small percentage... of the 400 million riders per
year/ Lost revenue from fare evasion does 'get up to a couple of
million/ she said.
According to a transit representative in Atlanta, Georgia, the city's
ranid transit systems are being converted to a proof of purchase system
in 2006. Their turnstiles need to be
replaced and it is more cost-effective for them to switch over, the representative explained.
When asked whether or not
Toronto would ever switch to a proof
of purchase system when their turnstiles needed to be replaced, Bolton
was adamant that the city would not
consider switching.
Fares in Toronto account for 80
per cent of the operating costs for
their transit system. Bolton felt that
having a proof of purchase system
might end up costing more in lost
revenue than spending the money to
staff and maintain turnstiles.
Beyond the financial aspect,
Bolton felt that transit users would
not be as comfortable without
staffed stations.
'People in staffing stations also
provide a pairv o£ (^Bwi^Tto^y are
someone for people to report problems to/ she said.
As for Vancouver, the issue of
fare evasion remains. Translink
loses one dollar through evasion for
every one hundred dollars it earns
in total revenue.
According to The Buzzer, the
issue of adding turnstiles was dismissed because of the projected
expense of retrofitting stations and
the additional operating costs
involved.
Hardie feels that adding turnstiles isn't cost-effective.
*We're looking at a 10 million
dollar per year solution to a six to
seven million dollar problem...
fare evasion will happen no matter
what/*
Coordinated Arts Program gives students interdisciplinary experience
Combination of English, psychology and economics offered to first-years that don't make the cut for Arts One or Foundations
by Claudia Li
NEWS STAFF
The success of a new interdisciplinary program for first year students has the Faculty
of Arts looking towards an expanded offering of the coordinated programs next fall.
The Coordinated Arts Program (CAP),
which allows 200 first-year students to take
Psychology 100, Economics 101/102, and
English 112/110 together as a cohort, was
designed for students who wanted a broad
start to their UBC education but could not
qualify for certain established programs.
'We [wanted to] give a positive experience to our first-year students who [could
not] get into Arts One, or Foundations/ said
Dean of Arts Nancy Gallini.
Like Arts One and Foundations, CAP
seeks to integrate several subjects, allowing
students to have a more in-depth understanding of the subject matter.
'[Economics and psychology] aren't totally separate and the ideas that are in one
area are often reflected in another area/
said UBC professor Gillian Watson, who is
teaching Psychology 100 for CAP.
'There is a tremendous link...between
economics and psychology/ said Robert
Gateman, the professor teaching Economics
101 and 102 for CAP. 'Decision theory [in
economics] is based on psychological preferences/
The theme for this year's CAP is 'cooperation versus competition/ The movie The
Corporation was shown in Economics 101
and students have been discussing the
extent to which individuals and groups,
including corporations, tend to cooperate or
compete with each other, as well as the psychology of decision theory.
In the English portion of CAP, students
learn about expository and persuasive
writing, and practice writing short exam
answers in- order to improve clarity and
conciseness.
Aside from being established for academic reasons,  one  of the purposes of
CAP is to make first-year students feel
more at home and integrated into the UBC
community.
'First-year students in these classes [are]
coming from smaller high school settings to
this massive place where they feel like
strangers/ said Watson. "The idea of them
sharing classes is such a nice idea/
Ultimately, 'the goal of the program [is]
for students to learn how to think critically
and creatively. We wanted to get away from
memorising technical stuff/ said Gateman.
However, this first year of the program
has not gone without problems.
Planning for CAP only began early in the
summer of this year, while many of the
English professors involved were away.
There was also great difficulty in setting up
the registration system for a standard
timetable on the Student Service Centre.
In addition, several students failed the
Language Proficiency Index test and were
registered in psychology and economics,
but not English. Because of these problems,
some objectives of the course could not be
carried out.
'What we planned to do was, instead of
having so many midterms, we would have a
comprehensive paper where you were given
a global theme and then you had to apply
your economics and psychology in the same
paper, and it [would be] reviewed by an
English professor/ said Gateman. 'Because
of start-up glitches that will be rectified next
year, we had to postpone for next year."
The Faculty of Arts is currently working
on up to three new course combinations for
CAP in the future. This includes a combination of political science, economics and
English, and possibly one involving the creative and performing arts, said Nancy
Gallini.
'I can see in following years, as we start
to understand a bit more about each other's
topics and where they overlap that ive can
probably make more areas of coordination,"
said Watson. 'We're seeing this as a trial
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4       TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16,2004 	
Riveting rivalry redux
Basketball Birds sweep Clan over weekend
SPORTS
THE UBYSSEY
By Dan McRoberts
SPORTS STAFF
The UBC Thunderbirds and the SFU Clan
might be heading in opposite directions
this year, but their differences did nothing to diminish the intense rivalry
between the squads as they met Thursday
for the first time this season.
The Thunderbirds, ranked third in the
nation going into the Remembrance Day
clash, had their hands full with a feisty
Clan side but emerged on the winning
end ofa 72-63 score.
The game got off to a sputtering start;
both teams seemingly nervous in front of
the 2,000 boisterous fans who had gathered to witness the rematch of last year's
division final. Sloppy passing and hurried shots made for a low scoring tit-for-
tat battle on both ends of the court in the
initial minutes.
The Clan, reeling from a tumultuous
off-season that saw three starters leave the
team, were held in the game by the
inspired play of guards Brent Charlton and
Raj Mander, both of whom hit timely shots
to prevent the T-Birds from building a substantial lead before the halftime break.
After the UBC women's team unveiled
their championship banner at halftime,
their male counterparts took the court
with a renewed energy and clawed further in front of their rivals. Third-year
guard Casey Archibald led the way, as he
rounded into fine shooting form from
beyond the arc and finished with a game-
high 29 points.
The competitive nature of the contest
came to a head mid-way through the second half, when Jordan Yu was knocked to
the floor by SFU's Aaron Christensen as
the two grappled for a loose ball.
UBC's Peter Wauthy, who thrives in
his role as the team's scrapper and
rebounder extraordinaire, thrust himself
into the mix and earned a technical foul
for his trouble. Two SFU benchwarmers
were ejected after coming on to the floor
dining the melee, which stood as the only
flashpoint in an otherwise civil match.
When heads had cooled and sweat had
been swept away, the Birds still found
themselves unable to pull away from
their opponents who continued to defend
courageously and score when necessary.
SFU's Mander provided a bit of late
drama with a remarkable four-point play,
as he was fouled on a long-range three
point shot and drained the ensuing free
throw. His late heroics made the score
67-63 for UBC and Birds captain Karlo
Villanueva stifled any hopes of a miraculous rally by making good on five of six
free throws down the stretch and snagging a decisive steal in the dying seconds,
UBC won 81-77 on Burnaby Mountain
Saturday night to complete the weekend
sweep, paced by Jason Birring's 24
points. SFU coach Scott Clark was back on
the bench after missing the Thursday
game attending to team-related matters.
With the two victories, UBC is off to a
4-0 start in conference play and atop the
Canada West, while the cross-town Clan
occupies the basement suite in the conference standings. If the two sides hold
true to form, the chances of another playoff battle are indeed remote, but when
SFU visits War Memorial on February 5,
fans can expect another dramatic
match up. ♦
Hockey Birds trampled by Bisons
Winless season
continues for Birds
by Dan Morris
SPORTS WRITER
The disappointments continue to pile up for
the UBC men's hockey team.
After losing forward Nick Marach to a two-
game suspension, and defensemen Ryan
Thrussell, forwards Chris Curran and Stephane
Gervais to injury, the Birds now have to deal
with a shortened bench as well as face a win-
less streak that has been extended to 10 after a
loss and tie in a weekend series versus the
Manitoba Bisons.
Amidst the season of turmoil, UBC played a
very solid opening frame against the Bisons on
Friday night. The Birds held Manitoba to just
four shots, and took an early lead courtesy of
defenseman Jarret Winn's power-play goal. The
Birds headed into the locker room with a 1-0
lead due in large part by backup goaltender
Peter Mandoli's solid start and UBC's excellent
defensive coverage.
The second period proved to be a different
story. Nick Marach was handed a five minute
major penalty and a game misconduct, and
although UBC held the Bisons off the board during the major, it proved to be the catalyst that
roared Manitoba's offensive to life. The Bisons
scored two goals in 90 seconds to give them a
2-1 edge, furthered later in the period by another two goals in under a minute to make it 4-1.
Manitoba quickly set the tone in the third period by opening with a power play goal to make it 5-
1. UBC put in a valiant effort getting 17 shots on
goal, but Manitoba netminder Krister Toews
proved too good, allowing only one in the third.
UBC forward Eric Clark managed to score the
Birds' only goal of period.
Costly mistakes that led to quick goals killed
the Birds in this 6-2 loss as they were unable to
chip away at Manitoba's huge lead.
Eric Clark commented on the T-Birds defensive breakdowns.
'We made a few small mistakes that really
cost us. We had some costly turnovers at the
blue line, and [Manitoba] is an opportunistic
team."
Playmaking centre Casey Bartzen, who collected one assist Friday, believes there were
some encouraging signs for the team.
'We outshot a team, we skated well, we
killed penalties, and so it's just frustrating. I
know we have players in our line-up that can
score goals*.
He farther emphasised UBC's commitment
to team goals.
'Milan set a goal of 40 shots for. We got 33,
which considering our short bench is pretty
good/
Head coach Milan Dragicevic talked about
the team's injury woes.
'Five keys guys are gone for the weekend,
but I've never seen injuries like this/
He stressed that a lack of focus led to
breakdowns.
'We can't be making these mistakes. In the
second period, two shifts in a row, we beat ourselves. Players have to know that if they cut
down individual mistakes, we will start winning. But in a tight game, those types of things
just can't happen/
Dragicevic also added that a lack of consistent goaltending is also affecting the team in
the win column.
'Our goaltending has not been consistent
Every team in this league has a legitimate goal-
tender but us. We have given three guys a
chance, and none have taken the team on his
shoulders/
On Saturday's rematch, the Birds tied the
Bisons 3-3. The tie gives UBC their first home
point of the season but they still do not have a
win this year. UBC's next opportunity to get a
victory will be next weekend against
Saskatchewan. ♦
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2004
Clan drop
basket-Birds
UBC struggles to find
its winning ways
by Andy Prest
SPORTS WRITER
The number three-ranked, defending national
champion Thunderbirds lost an exciting
match Thursday in game one of what should
be a tight, season-long series against the number one-ranked SFU women's basketball team.
The Clan took the Remembrance Day
game at War Memorial Gym 60-54, outscor-
ing UBC 15-5 in the final «ix minutes of the
second half and riding a double-double performance from 6'4*, post-player Julia Wilson.
She scored 14 points, grabbed 12 boards, and
blocked five shots.
SFU moved their record to 3-0 in league
play despite shooting a mere 34 per cent and
being out rebounded 42-38. "We were lucky to
get out of here with a win,* said SFU head
coach Bruce Langford.
UBC, who dropped to 1-2 for the season,
was led by slick point guard Sheila Townsend,
whose strong forays to the basket confounded
Clan defenders and netted her a game-high
21 points. Kelsey Blair added a team-high of
11 rebounds.
"Sheila is going to get her points,* said
Langford, "If we can keep her to 20 we're
pretty happy.*
Both head coaches admitted their teams
were tight to begin the contest as they combined for 20 first-half turnovers. UBC, who
warmed up with poppies pinned to their golden shooting shirts, started the game with a
6-0 run.
SFU kept close and ended a low-scoring
first half with a 10-2 rim to lead 26-25 at
the break. The Clan's late surge was capped
by back-to-back threes from Maren Corrigal,
who came off the bench to score 13 for the
visitors.
The scoring picked up in the second as the
teams traded big baskets. UBC got three point
plays from Jane Meadwell and Letah Beck to
take a late lead, but SFU fought back with
Wilson scoring tough points inside.
The game hinged on simple execution in
the final minutes, said UBC head Coach
Deb Huband.
'Towards the end of the game we had
some defensive breakdowns that allowed
them to get some easy shots,* she said. "It
comes down to hitting key shots down the
stretch.*
SFU did that, icing the game with late free
throws while the T-Birds missed key shots in
the last six minutes.
If the first game was any indication, these
two teams will produce some memorable battles this season.
"We're happy they are in our conference
and we will get to fight it out to see who is the
class of the lower mainland," said Huband.
The Birds head to Victoria to play a back-to-
back tins weekend against the Vikes.
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CULTURE STAFF
If you asked Steven Hillenburg, the
creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, a
few years ago whether he thought
that a show about a talking sponge living in a pineapple-hut would be a success, his answer would have been not
in a million years.
Since then, SpongeBob Sqiiare-
pants has become so hugely popular
that according to Hillenburg, it's
bizarre.
The SpongeBob Squarepants
Movie, slated to open this Friday
is about a sponge (not to sound
redundant) named SpongeBob. Along
with his best friend, a not so intelligent but loyal starfish named Patrick,
embark on an adventure to Shell
City to retrieve the stolen crown
jewel from their hometown Bikini
Bottom.
In an interview with Hillenburg
about the upcoming movie, he
explains that SpongeBob is a rarity
because the show has a cross-spectrum appeal.
"Definitely the characters are
based on either people that I know or
days where I feel a certain way.
Where you feel like, say, a curmudgeon one day, you feel like Squidward
and angry one day like Plankton, but
you are frustrated another day.
Maybe you are elated and naive and
just happy to be drinking an ice
cream soda."
He reminds us that SpongeBob is
still an idiot at heart. "We are just trying to be funny. We always try to keep
him from being too aware. He is
naive but I don't think he is stupid.
When we write, we try to keep that
feeling that he is fresh and optimistic
and naive and as long as you try not
to deviate from that and make him
too aware, try not to make him mean
spirited and don't go for I think some
of the maybe...cheap joke[s] in order
to get a laugh...Once you start doing
that, I do think that tlie believability
of that decays."
Hillenburg also added that during
the making of the movie they wrote in
a part for David Hasselhoff, popular
pop-star to his German fans, before
even knowing whether he would take
part in it.
Luckily, Hasselhoff was a fan, said
Hillenburg.
"We wanted him to do it. We called
him and he said, "Yes, and then he
just really nailed it. He was fantastic,"
said Hillenburg. "We basically wrote
[Hasselhoff] into the story without
asking him, which is a really dangerous thing to do when you are under
a tight deadline like we are... We
found this spot where we wanted a
human and we needed a person that
we associated with the ocean like
Jacques Cousteau or something and
David Hasselhoff became the person
to represent basically the quintessential lifeguard."
But any chance of Hasselhoff
singing in the movie was quickly dismissed.
"He doesn't sing in the movie.
We talked about asking him to sing in
the credits... I think we didn't want
to go too far with the Hasselhoff
spice."
With the opening of The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie November
19, I now have an opportunity to
watch SpongeBob Squarepants alongside David Hasselhoff in a full-length
feature film. Can anyone ask for
more? ♦
Best of
Bridget?
Long awaited sequel not
as charming as original
BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF
REASON
now playing
by Sara Norman
CULTURE STAFF
Sometimes, it is better to leave well
enough alone. The sequel to Bridget
Jones is one of those instances. A
successful movie requires an equally well-made sequel, and Bridget
Jones: The Edge of Reason is simply
not.
With a cast featuring all of the
original actors, Renee Zellweger,
Collin Firth and Hugh Grant, the
movie had potential, but just didn't
follow through. Starting in the exact
same sequence as the original,
Bridget Number 2 was predictable
and repetitive, sometimes purposefully, which made it that much worse.
Though the movie theatre was full,
the jokes got few laughs and more
often than not, only made sense if
you had seen the original movie.
This time around, Bridget's
diary had only a small part at the
beginning of the film, though
Bridget's never-ending narrative
was present in too many scenes.
Her blunders were over-dramatic at
best. Several times in the movie,
she ended up in the exact same situations as the original movie: single
again and emotionally distraught.
Bridget deconstructed her world
and emotionally moved backwards,
yet again.
But, Bridget seemed to have lost
that gutsy attitude and underlying
self-confidence that she had in the
first movie. Most disappointing,
though, was the re-packaging of
characters stuck in Bridget's new
world to create conflict.  The worst
offender: Hugh Grant's character,
Daniel Cleaver. For some unspoken
reason, he gave up his career as a
bigwig publisher and became a bigwig television personality. This
places him where Bridget works, to
her dismay and surprise. Duh.
Despite the disjointed setting,
repetition and recycled characters,
it is refreshing to have an ingenue
portrayed as being less then perfect, both physically and otherwise.
But, overall, Bridget Jones: The
Edge of Reason fell over the edge,
with no reason. Lacking any intelligible wit, it relied heavily on physical humor and allusions to the original. This is one sequel that should
have been left to the viewer's imagination. ♦
Warm and  fuzzy performances
BYE BYE BIRDIE
presented by Footlight  Theatre
Production.
at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts
until November 27.
by Dana Schindel
CULTURE WRITER
Anyone who's ever seen "Bye Bye
Birdie" knows it's fuzz; the characters are light and bust out into
snappy songs, it's set in the teeny-
bopper era of the 1960's and the
majority of the dramatic (if you
would call it that) action unfolds in
a town called Sweet Apple, Ohio.
How could it not be fuzz?
The hitch is that its catchy,
warm, delightful, carefree fuzz, that
can have even the most skeptical
audience member tapping their
toes to the Tony Award-Winning
show's hits like "Put on a Happy
Face", "Telephone Hour", and "A Lot
of Livin' to Do*.
Elvis-like heart-throb rocker
Conrad Birdie has been drafted
and must depart in two weeks. His
agreeable agent Albert Peterson
has lost a fortune promoting
Conrad's career and is distraught
the star will leave before he
regains it. However, the vivacious
Rose, Peterson's love interest, has
a keen publicity stunt to save the
day. The three travel to a small
town so Birdie can publicly kiss
one lucky fan, 15 year old Kim
MacAfee, played by Amber-Grae
Coe, goodbye. And from there the
fun unfolds.
The beauty of community theatre is that its cast is a compound
of mainly non-paid actors and
crew, performing after school and
after work, for the love of theatre.
And the love is felt in this production from the ardent pastel set, to
the wild fabrics of the title charac
ter's costumes by seamstress Rene
Schindel, to the not so subtle hip
sways of Birdie, charismatically
executed by Dane Szohner.
Other acting highlights include
Soma Church, as the hilariously disapproving mother, Laura Cowan
who handles director/choreographer Peter Jorgenson's zealo&s
dance moves with ease, and ecstatic
fan club devotee Ursula Merkle ,
played by Courtney Shield.
Emerging from the strong male chorus, a rarity in itself is my favourite
show stopper —liber nerd, and Kim
MacAfee's new boyfriend, Hugo
Peabody, who has the audience
laughing with, and mostly at him,
every time he's on stage.
Sure there are some rough
patches throughout the show. They
are not so rough though as to ruin
the fuzz. Go and get some for yourself. Fuzz can be fantastic, and this
production surely is.
♦
Diggin' his talent, not the album cover
Jake Langley, with Joey
DeFrancesco and Terry Clarke
Diggin'In
[Alma Records]
by Glen Chua
CULTURE WRITER
Be slow to judge the outmoded album
cover with the schmaltzy pose, as
Diggin' In soon redeems its poor
taste in design. Alongside B3 organist
legend Joey DeFrancesco and drum
mer Terry Clarke (whose credentials
include touring with the Oscar
Peterson Trio), Toronto guitarist Jake
Langley forms a classic organ trio
that takes on works by such jazz standards as Dexter Gordon and Wes
Montgomery. Take note to not expect
any radical interpretations or wildly
original pieces (although Langley
does contribute his own composition
to the album); Langley himself
admits that he's not inventing anything new, but someone has to keep
the tradition alive. And that is where
the album succeeds—it presents itself
as an authentic collaboration of three
jazz artists well versed in their
respective crafts.
Regardless of whether or not this
is your style of music, it is hard not to
recognise the talent that this trio
brings. Langley, who studied under
greats Jim Hall and Pat Martino,
manipulates his guitar to express a
melody flexible enough to cry out in
the rendition of Billy Holiday's "God
Bless the Child" while swinging and
hitting some chromatic movements
of licks in his original piece,
"Garage".
And DeFrancesco is hardcore—if
such a term can be used in reference to a jazz artist—at the organ,
working out some intense and liberating musical lines all within a
sound rhythmic framework. Clarke
completes the trio with a precise
yet adventuresome groove that
guides the music in the same
direction.
If you're genuinely interested in
this traditional groove of jazz music,
then give this trio a listen. So if the
likes of Norah Jones or Diana Krall
are a little too jazzy for you, then tins
album may simply serve as distract-
ing background music. But remember, Langley is Canadian; props to
him for pursuing and succeeding
(winner of the 2004 National Jazz
Awards Guitarist of the Year) in a relatively barren music environment ♦
Him and his guitar
DAN MANGAN
All At Once
by Ritu Kumar
CULTURE WRITER
Raw and real, Dan Mangan's mellow
vocal stylings are accompanied by
little more than a guitar as he ushers listeners into the rich relaxation
of submission.
In his first CD, All At Once, Dan
Mangan captures us with his
acoustic flair. Mangan—a fourth
year UBC student—entertains listeners with amusing, heartfelt
lyrics, as in his second track, "So It
Goes," where he opens with the
proclamation "I don't smoke,
sometimes I wish I did." His tracks
are accompanied by a familiar sort
of candor with music reminiscent
of the melodies of Jack Johnson,
only mellower.
However, I wish Mangan had
opted for more musical diversity.
The style he has adopted in this
album seems to restrict his musical
abilities and I would enjoy hearing
Mangan produce something with a
little more beat. As it stands, All At
Once is a great album with nine
tracks that showcase the potential of
this artist, but it needs a bit of fine
tuning that simply comes with
experience and exposure in the
field. By the middle of the album I
had tired of tracks, which, apart
from the lyrics, seemed to run into
one another.
This is not to say that I did not
enjoy the album. I did. Mangan is
undoubtedly someone to keep your
eyes on, as he possesses great skill
ofhis craft. I just hope that in future
albums Mangan recognizes that
while he can still be true to his
acoustic roots, he can also diversify
his sound.
Altogether, All At Once combines
to create a mix of harmony, soul,
and sincerity, and I know that Dan
Mangan has much more within his
musical prowess to share with us. ♦*♦
Longer than a game of chess
On display now until Friday in the SUB Art Gallery, the UBC
Pottery Club presents Artifacts from Clayland, a display of
beautiful pottery pieces, including a chess set built by Ekta
Nadeau, a student and audio visual technician for the
Faculty of Arts here at UBC. Finishing the final pieces—the
king and queen—just a few months ago, the set has taken
Nadeau 30 years to complete and is proudly on display as a
part of this "show and sale? A part of our campus community for almost 17 years, Nadeau is still honing her craft and
will continue making more art. A charity project helping to
benefit GEERing Up! UBC Engineering & Science for Kids,
everything from bowls and plates to intricate figurines are
on display, and many are on sale. As for the colorful chess
set, Nadeau says it may be sold for the right price, trevor
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2004
FEATURE
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rejoiced across the US; but on the streets of a California
democrat safe-haven, there was silence
by Myles Estey
FEATURES WRITER
It used to be really funny, but that was,
like, so 2001 to 2004. Ha! He confused
the words "fecal* and "fetus,* and he
claimed Jesus Christ to be his favourite
political philosopher. Everyone's got a
grab bag full of quotes that, if they are
not downright hilarious, possess logic
so perplexing that you really have no
choice but to laugh in uncomfortable
disbelief. His proclaimed concerns
about "hemispheric pollution"; his
belief that "Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease"; or his
assertion that books can be great
because "sometimes they have great
pictures in them"—these are just a few
of the many things that make for some
quality entertainment.
Alas, the joke has worn itself pretty
tTvin to many Americans, and most of the
rest of the world. Yet, our southern buddies have voted to keep the joke running
for another four years. But you think
Canadians are pissed? You don't have to
live here.
Fifty-six million American people did
not vote for George Bush and of those,
many woke up on the morning of
November 3 severely shaken, disturbed,
depressed and in a state of forlorn disbelief. The controversy and disappointment
surrounding Bush's first election caused
a national ruckus, with blame thrown in
eveiy direction. But now what? With no
media scandal, no disputed state, no
Supreme Court, and an uncontested win,
there's no straws left to fish with. George
won by three million votes, and in doing
so, left a group of people in the US equal
to twice Canada's population to bemoan
the question "whhhyyyyy?"
Undoubtedly, there are many places
suffering from "post election shock," but I
can say with strong confidence that Santa
Cruz, California, my current home, ranks
pretty high. There is an equal support network here for G-Dubs as there is in, say,
Vancouver's Commercial Drive community. Saying that the Americans here are
stoked on the prospect of "Four More
Years* is like saying that Parizeau and his
Bloc supporters were amped about the
1995 referendum. Ce n'estpas le cas.
Arriving into this atmosphere from
Vancouver mid-September, I felt optimistic about the possibility for change.
Santa Cruz is void of the stereotyped
America that comes through the
Canadian filters. There ain't no heartland
here. There are recycling programs, independently owned stores and restaurants,
weed that is reasonably priced (and not
sold to you by an undercover cop), a
plethora of social support networks, a
thriving arts and culture scene, and
many surfboards. Fuck, they even have
yoga, spandex, and lattes.
This all makes for nice little safe
haven-an ideological bastion from current government declared "American
values." Here, in the weeks leading into
what may perhaps be the most important election in recent history, thoughts
about how divided a nation the United
States really is were easily forgotten as
people joined in the abudant laughter
over the ludicrousness of their
government.
The gist around Santa Cruz was some-
A FINAL PLEA: A note on a windshield in Santa Cruz encapsulated the regional thinking, myles estey photo
thing along these lines: there is no
frickin' way that someone who wrecked
our economy, our health care, and our
education system, defaced our international image even more, started a pointless war, and claimed God to be at the
root of his actions, can garner enough
support to allow him to continue to make
a mockery of our country. To many, it
really just seemed like a vacant threat, a
virtual impossibility. So why not laugh at
the surreal nature of it all? It's so easy to
laugh. And when everyone else around
you is laughing, why not join in?
So this election made for a rude
awakening.
The morning after
On November 3, the university was
empty, the town deserted. Even the
normally packed surf breaks that line
the coast were suspiciously empty, and
the laughter had definitely subsided.
The few people that I actually saw that
day would only cautiously approach the
subject, lifting their heads up to
express some sentiment of sadness or
confused anger. That morning, people
had woken to the looming possibility
that had once seemed so preposterous.
Many people, hoping this to just be an
extension of the bad dream they were
having, hit snooze, and skipped a day
of life in protest. A visibly disturbed
professor I ran into could only manage
"you ain't seen nothing yet" before
scurrying off to the library.
Now, a week later, spirits have risen,
if minutely. After a brief stint of wailing
the earlier question of "whhhyyyyy?,* the
laughter is back, but with a new face.
Santa Cruz has since added another question to the public discourse: what are we
going to do now? One answer has been
"we'll move to Canada!" This popular
idea has garnered me several marriage
proposals, by both sexes. While I am flattered, the more practical answers that
have emerged from this recent question
are more deserving of note.
People who were so quick to laugh
and poke fun have come to terms with
some harsh realisations about the
effect of their inaction. Profound consequences lie in another four years of
Bush, particularly with a strengthened
support network in the government.
For the people of Santa Cruz, Bush's
promise to spend his political capital
has the potential of everything from a
reinstated draft to an economic recession, another terrorist attack to a
degrading environment, the infusion
of church and state to further invasion
of privacy and erosion of personal freedoms. These are all things that people
in Santa Cruz see as downright wrong
with a visceral resolve that we know
nothing of in the bland realm of
Canadian politics.
A major flaw that haunts the US is that
much of the discourse in all elements of
the United States exists as a polarised
debate. Life is dominated by the binary
structures of whether you're right or
wrong, a Christian or not, with us or
against us, from here or from somewhere out there, and of course, whether
you're a Democrat or Republican.
Politically, the result is that there is little
room for an alteration: you are either one
or the other. Changing a political affiliation means inverting your definitions of
right or wrong, as there is no viable alternative from which to approach the current reality. Such a dramatic move is a
bigger leap than a lot of people are willing to make. I certainly have yet to meet
anyone willing to make this switch,
myself included.
Towns like Santa Cruz, on both sides
of the political debate, exist across the
United States—ideological havens that will
forever uphold the region's status quo of
earlier generations, hampering any hopes
for a more fluid political process as they
remain stuck in the right-wrong argument Insulated regional views guarantee
that some regions will continue to sned a
similar representative to Washington,
with only slight alterations to regional
biases along the geographic periphery, for
year after year. So when a proponent of
"right" takes presidency, and declares a
town like Santa Cruz "wrong," the result is
devastation.
The isolated liberals of the US are now
beginning to realise the dangers of being
trapped in an ideological bubble, and in
such a limited form of democracy. There
is a growing understanding that at least
some of the fault for the election's outcome needs to be placed upon those who
did not take seriously enough the potential
threat and that the complacency must be
stopped. This election has been a call for a
more involved citizenry, to better communicate with politicians and fellow citizens,
and to work to improve the quality of the
democratic process.
There is true and honest apprehension, if not fear, of what may come. While
the jokes will likely surface again, it has
become clear in title people around me
that this is no longer a laughing matter.
That this is going to hurt And I watch, with
some sadness, the people around me
digest their new destiny with noticeable
discomfort, and gladly flash my Canadian
card whenever pushed about what I think
about "our* new government Fortunately,
I will only have to deal with the external,
and not the internal implications of another term with Bush. ♦
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Was Arafat good for the Middle East?
by Yusuf Faqiri
THE CORD WEEKLY
WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) - As if the Middle
East is not already in great turmoil, the
news of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's
ill health and subsequent death has further
exasperated tensions, leaving no clear
leader for the Palestinian people.
When the severity of Arafat's sickness
had not yet been released, nations around
the world expressed concern for the
Palestinian leader's health. Even
Washington said that it hoped Arafat would
get the care he needs. But Israeli officials
were split on whether Arafat should have
been able to return to Palestine. While
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon agreed
to let Arafat return, his foreign minister.
Silvan Shalom, and defence officials rejected that idea.
Unfortunately, the decision was made
for them upon news of Arafat's death.
Love him or hate him, Arafat was the
only hope for a peaceful Israeli and
Palestinian solution. Arafat is a symbol for
Palestinian resistance and he was the only
one in the Middle East that could unite all
Palestinians to live peacefully alongside
Israelis. Often overlooked, Arafat brought
peace to Palestine and Israel with Yitzhak
Rabin in 1993. This brought an end to the
first intifada, or Palestinian uprising, which
lasted from 1987 to 1993.
The largest problem concerning the
Middle East is that there was no established
figure in the Palestinian National Authority
to take power. Arafat had never taken time
to groom a successor because he feared an
heir might be a threat to his power.
In my opinion, it is a scary thought to
see Palestine without a true leader. Arafat
exerted such an influence and power over
the Palestinians that the thought of him not
betng at the helm is beyond belief.
Palestine will literally fall into chaos and
turmoil. It will create huge ramifications in
the Middle East and abroad. The issue of
Araib-U.S. relations will be called into question.
Although some believe that a take-over
of the Palestinian authority by Hamas is far
fetehed, this remains a strong possibility.
The guessing game can be played for hours,
but the question of who will officially take
leadership still remains.
, The world must understand the dire
need of this situation. The collapse of the
Palestinian authority will be devastating,
and the international community needs to
help the Palestinians to find a successor
and ensure stability. I am not calling for the
international community to install a leader,
but to assist Palestinians in finding a
leader. Because of their perception in the
Arab world, I am not calling on the United
States to resolve this matter.
A neutral power must become a mediator in solving this issue. For example, in
1993, Norway played mediator between
Israel and Palestine in the peace accords.
This scenario needs to be repeated, because
without a leader there will be only instability for both the Palestinian people and
the world. ♦
by Richard Togman
THE CORD WEEKLY
WATERLOO, Ont (CUP) - The leader of the
Palestinian National Authority, Yasser Arafat,
was flown to a hospital in France as concerns over his deteriorating health forced
him to seek medical treatment For awhile
it was unclear whether Arafat would be
physically able to return to his duties as
chair of the Palestinian authority. Since his
death, many have breathed a sigjh of Irelief
Arafat has been the leader and embodiment of the Palestinian struggle for nation-
hood since the creation of the Palestine
Liberation Organisation (PLO) in the 1960s.
The PLO originated as both a political, as
well as military-terrorist, organisation in an
effort to create a Palestinian state in Israel
and the "occupied territories." It has been
responsible for countless terrorist attacks,
the most famous being the 1972 massacre
of Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich.
Under the Oslo peace accords, the PLO
withdrew a statement from its constitution that
called for the destruction of the state of Israel
and theoretically accepted the West Bank and
Gaza as grounds for a Palestinian state.
However, since Oslo broke down and the ensuing intifada began, Arafat was nothing but a
blockade and hindrance to Palestinian nationhood. With him in power there was no end to
the continuous cycle of violence.
Arafat maintained a stranglehold on the
Palestinian authority, which was created
after Oslo as a governmental structure for
the Palestinians. He resisted any reforms,
especially concerning the security services.
This has been a large issue not only because
the security services were supposed to police
the territories and eliminate the rogue terrorist elements—which they have failed to do
—but because many moderate Palestinians
who have risen to the role of prime minister of the Palestinian authority, such as Abu
Mazen, have resigned over their frustration
and inability to act effectively, due to
Arafat's interference.
He was dismissed by both Israel and
America as an unacceptable partner for
peace talks, as he consistently rejected any
move toward reform or compromise (not to
mention his heading of a terrorist organisation). He was even seen by Hamas as an
obstacle and as acting irresponsibly toward
his own people.
In his absence of a mere few days there
has already been numerous talks of renewed
peace negotiations between a new
Palestinian authority and Israel. As well,
Hamas and other terrorist organisations
have been discussing a power-sharing agreement with the authority in the governing
structure of the Palestinians. If this occurred
it would give Israel a realistic partner for
negotiation as all the main elements of
Palestinian society would be represented and
the problem of consistent terrorist attacks
on its civilian population may be addressed.
Moderate leaders have already come forward and begun to take over the responsibilities and duties of running the authority
and are beginning to give light to a real
future for the Palestinian nation, instead of
a continued and vain attempt to secure
statehood and Israeli concessions through
extreme violence and death.
The death of Arafat is a watershed
moment in the Palestinian struggle as a new
and more effective leadership emerges
which will give true legitimacy and real
results to the Palestinians instead of a corrupt and decadent leader whose time of
passing was long overdue. ♦
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THEUBYSSEY
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2004
VOLUME 86 ISSUE 19
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING EDITOR
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NEWS EDITORS
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British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday and Friday by The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run student organisation,
and all students are encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the Ubyssey staff. They are the
expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect the
views of The Ubyssey Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian University Press
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"Perspectives*' are opinion pieces over 300 words but under 750
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Priority will be given to letters and perspectives over freestyles
unless the latter is time sensitive. Opinion pieces will not be run
until the. identity of the writer has been verified.
The Ubyssey reserves the right to edit submissions for length and
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that if the Ubyssey Publications Society fails to publish an advertisement or if an error in the ad occurs the liability of the UPS will
not be greater than the price paid for the ad. The UPS shall not be
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to hire Trevor 'Garland' Gilks. After an episode of "jazz hands*. Garland and hit)
team of decorators including Claudia "Lighting" U, Ritu The Carpenter* Kumar,
and Andy Tainterdude* Priest began making the office beautiful. All of a sudden.
Paul Evans exclaimed "this reminds me of decking the halls for Christmas" and he,
Joel Libia Jon Woodward, and Levi Bamet buret into joyous song. Ania Mafi. ecstatic over the creation ofa new desk made by Nic Fensom. embraced the nearby
Michelle Mayne. Dan McRoberts. slightly disturbed by the mayhem, burst out of the
office muttering that he was going to Subway. Sarah Bourdon and Eric Szeto, also
overwhelmed by the chaos, followed Dan out the door while rubbing their tummies.
Carrie Robinson, who had brought her dinner, sat munching and watching the
action as Sara Norman and Myles Estey furiously battled over who would recieve
the next design upgrade. Then, all of a sudden, Carol Dooianko screamed, "oh my
garland t* as Dan Morris and Linda Mei toppled off of a ladder as they attempted to
hang a light However, the day was saved by* Max Yinan Wang as he jumped off the
coffee table to catch the two falling decorators. To avoid future incidents. Jeff
Desjardins, a safety freak, set up soft and cusliy white padding all over the office.
The decorators were even less impressed when Glen Chun, Dana Schindel, and
Richard Togman geared up in sumo suits and began wrestling. So in the end. no
one got their wish - except Dan, who got his Subway.
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Fat people, make-overs,
midgets and eating rat
dung...on TV
The list keeps growing, and we
keep watching. There are over
150 reality TV shows on various
channels out there today and with
each new show, the quality of television erodes even further.
Are viewers so interested in
the lives of "average* people?
What is it about a camera following these people around on their
quest for love, money, beauty,
fame, adventure, food, revenge,
and makeovers of all kinds—from
building a new home to a new
chest (accessories included)—that
is enjoyable to watch? Are people
so unfulfilled that they have to vicariously Hve their lives, or lack
thereof, through the thrilling spectacle of midgets battling for the
perfect bride?
In The Swan, a popular reality
TV show, the premise is to do an
extreme makeover on people who
feel inadequate about themselves.
It's sad to think that there are people out there that are so unsatisfied with themselves physically
that they are willing be subjected
to a complete transformation on
national TV. Even sadder still is
the fact that the show serves to
stir up the viewer's own self-consciousness, prompting them to
believe that perhaps they too need
an extreme makeover to be truly
satisfied.
And though the superficiality
of such shows is obvious, many of
us still find ourselves watching
them. We tell ourselves that we
are critiquing society, or watching
them to remind us how much we
hate them. But that's when the
gimmicks hook you. Wowed by
beautiful  bodies,   backstabbing
and shock value, we get sucked
into the drama. But what are we
really seeing?
The main premise of most reality TV shows is the embarrassment factor. While shows like The
Swan point out one's "ugly* features, other shows like Superstar
USA—a show that deceives its contenders into thinking they are battling it out for the title of best
singer in the USA while the judges
are in truth looking for the worst-
blatantly make fun of desperate
people looking for their 15 minutes of fame.
This embarrassment, for many
of the show contestents, is very
real. In watching shows that aim
only point out people's shortcomings, one can only assume that the
appeal of such shows lies in our
desire to validate our own lives by
watching the downfall of others.
This is definitely a reality that has
become apparent from the rise of
reality shows. However, the situations presented in these shows are
contrived and artificial, carefully
planned to achieve a result that
will pull in the highest ratings.
Reality TV started as a fad. It
gave a glimpse into other people's
lives—a glimpse that changed the
face of television and provided a
new source of entertainment. But
when does it end? The latest reality shows have escalated to new
heights, pitting people against
their families, their lovers, their
friends, all in the name of entertainment and of course, money.
But at what cost? The winner of
My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancee
completely alienated her loving
family. And this is what people
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love to watch.
There are exceptions in the
reality TV world. Esoteric shows
do exist on channels like PBS and
History Television. These networks offer up tales of everyday
folk living like Klondike gold
prospectors or pioneer farmers.
In a strange way, it's actually educational to watch Joe Sixpack from
Baltimore trying to churn butter
or better yet, dry cow dung for
fuel. It is also far more
humourous than anything Joe
Rogan puts people up to on Fear
Factor.
The reality genre has definitely
been lampooned by certain fictional shows. The fantastic BBC
comedy The Office, proves that
while truth may be stranger than
fiction, fiction undoubtedly makes
better television. A glimpse into a
paper products office located on
the outskirts of London, The
Office features an egomaniacal
boss, his anal retentive assistant
and a host of other workplace
stereotypes fumbling their way
through the comedic minefields
of everyday life. It's much more
amusing than any reality show out
there and at the end of the day, no
one profits off someone else's
damaged self-esteem.
Reality shows have no bounds
and networks will continue striving to find the next shocking way
of getting the viewers' attention.
Maybe one day we'll see a show
that fuses all the reality shows
into one. We at the Ubyssey eagerly await the day when fame-hungry Amish folk will compete for
the honour of eating a live snake
on live TV, while their families
hang on ropes Regis Philbin
weaved from thousand dollar bills
over metal spikes wielded by
Ashlee Simpson, who really only
wants a free makeover to improve
her self esteem.
Oh, and laughing at fat people
is fun too. Ha. Ah ha ha ha. Wait,
did you laugh at that? You're
fired. ♦
LETTERS
"Rabid anti-Americanism" plagues Ubyssey
by Justin Visser
As a dual [US/Canadian] citizen
attending UBC, I have to say that I
am deeply disappointed with both
the lade of professionalism and the
rabid anti-Americanism that characterised the November 5 edition of
the Ubyssey. I am writing not only in
response to the feature on the US
election where the author, in
response to the victory of George W.
Bush, quoted someone as saying
they wanted to "...go burn the US
Consulate!* and noted someone's
suggestion of "...driving down to the
peace arch and attacking the border
guard.*
I can understand the distaste
many in Canada have for our
President, in fact I myself even voted
against him—and I am a Republican.
This kind of language however, even
in jest is highly inappropriate. I can
remember quite similar tactics used
by Fox News on the eve of the Iraq
war labeling France, Canada and
Germany as the "Axis of Weasels/ as
well as many Americans making
comments such as, "we should go
bomb the Eiffel Tower,* or "Let's just
flicking invade Canada." These comments, although said in the context
of a joke, are highly inappropriate
and I can only imagine the fiiry of
left-wingers at UBC if they were
printed in a student publication.
Even more troubling to me, is the
apparent student support of the for
eign terrorists in Falluja, while
stereotyping the American soldiers
as baby-killers bent on destruction.
The insurgents in Falluja are mainly
foreign terrorists that have come to
Iraq to kill Americans. These are the
animals that fit a car full of
American workers on fire and then
desecrate their remains by hacking
them up and hanging them from a
bridge, that bomb a town square full
children lining up to receive candy
from American soldiers, or who kidnap and decapitate foreign aid workers, many of whom are Muslims
themselves.
PERSPECTIVE
I was against the war in Iraq to
begin with, however, now that the
war has started I support the soldiers on the ground who are there.
As a former US soldier myself, I
would have been sent to Iraq for the
invasion had it not been for the decision of the Turkish government to
stay out of the war. I left the army in
August of lastyear; however my unit
was sent to Iraq in January and is
right now involved in the battle for
Falluja. These men are not the war
criminals and thugs portrayed by
the student press at UBC and if given
the chance would much rather be in
a college class than fight for their
lives in a foreign city.
Say what you want to about
American foreign policy, or lack
thereof, but the guys on the ground
in Iraq honestly believe they are
there not to occupy and oppress the
Iraqi people, but to ensure their freedom. I would ask the people who
wrote the editorial to ask themselves
who the bad guys over there really
are. I would ask them what they
have sacrificed in their lives, or if
they know what it's like to find out
on the news that one of your best
friends has been killed. I would also
ask them if they knew how lucky
they were that they didn't have to
join the military to pay for their education, because there are lots of men
and women just like us here at UBC
that did. It's alright to be against the
war, just please do not be against the
men and women who are fighting
over there—they honestly have no
choice in the matter.
—Justin Visser is in
Arts 2
More to anti-war
For the second year in a row, the
anti-war movement is receiving
some coverage in the Ubyssey.
Unfortunately, the story—again—
focuses on the disruptive actions of
a thinly-veiled front group for a
small organisation. I hope that students understand that there is more
to the anti-war movement in this city
and worldwide.
Last weekend, November 5-7, I
attended a pan-Canadian peace conference as a representative of
Vancouver's StopWar coalition.
Delegates from Whitehorse to
Halifax gathered to plan an ambitious program of events and international mobilisations to show that,
despite the re-election of George W.
Bush, reports of the death of the antiwar movement have been greatly
exaggerated. Plans were laid to,
among other things: work to oppose
Canada's participation in "Star
Wars* missile defense, to expose
Canada's complicity in occupations
from Afghanistan to Haiti, and to
continue to show our solidarity with
the suffering people of Iraq and
Palestine.
March 19-21 will see massive
days of action worldwide on the second anniversary of the invasion of
Iraq, and cities across Canada are
already making preparations. We
will also have an earlier opportunity
to show the American President just
how we feel about him and his warmongering foreign policy. Bush will
be visiting Canada early in the New
Year. I hope that, on our campuses
and across the city, we can prepare
the welcome that Mr. Bush so richly
deserves.
—Derrick O'Keefe
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involved. Nevertheless, sometimes
critics write reviews simply passing
judgment without due consideration for the people working on the
show.
It unsettled me to discover one
such critic writing for the Ubyssey.
Jodi Carlson, a student herself, sees
fit to unscrupulously pan the BFA
actors of "The Cherry Orchard." She
does not offer a single reason for her
contention that "the actors were lacking." They are students, still learning
and honing their craft. Whatever the
opinions of the reviewer of their performances, they deserve an explanation that can help them grow, rather
than a tactless generalisation of their
failure as actors.
A responsible critic should also
take time to research the play they
are reviewing. Carlson failed to do
so before writing her critique. She
claims  that  "slapstick elements...
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were added to the script," like
Yermolay falling over the couch.
This is simply not true. Director
Stephen Heatley stuck meticulously
to the script Chekhov wrote, which
includes the furniture-related
mishaps. The "slapstick elements"
were indeed written into the stage
directions of the script by Chekhov
himself. To ignorantly claim that
"comedy doesn't always work with
Chekhov" is ironic given that "The
Cherry Orchard" is widely acclaimed
as one ofhis greatest comedies.
I would like to have Carlson read
the reviews made by the two professional newspaper critics of who incidentally saw the show on the same
night. While both critics had positive and negative things to say about
the performance, they also took care
to give their reasons for saying so.
I realise that Carlson herself is
still honing her craft as a reviewer.
This is all the more reason that she
herself should receive the useful
criticism that she failed to give.
—Lori Webster
Copy Writer, Richmond
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What reality TV show
would you like to see?
"I would like to see a
reality TV show about a
group of people who
think they're making a
reality TV show about
people who think they're
on a reality TV show.
Perhaps a fourth level of
meta-fiction."
—Gavin Dew
Arts 3
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Apprentice; I think it's a
great show. I'd like to see
them make people Hve on
the streets for like the
rest of their fives and
start competing for
money and see what
that's like."
—Arthur Yu
Medical Genetics 5
"Something about computer/gaming; a lot of
them are all about physical games and stuff. I'm
a gamer so I like to see
something about that."
—Sean Sutherland
Math 2
"I really hate reality TV so
I'm not looking forward
to any new shows."
—Natasha Greenhouse
Arts 2
"Ones that I watch are
Survivor or whatever so
something similar to
that"
—Hannah Wong
Cell Biology and
Genetics 4
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I think it's boring and a
waste of time."
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With December exams fast approaching, AMS
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free drop-in tutoring services.
When: Monday-Thursday,4pm-1 Opm
Where: SUB South Study Alcove
Subjects: For help with First year Math,
Chemistry, Physics and all levels of English
and writing.
For appointment tutoring or further inquiries,
contact tutoring@ams.ubc.ca or call 604-
822-9084.
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Book some pre-exam and post-exam time off for
yourself! UBC Whistler Lodge is holding a ticket
sale for one day only - November 19 from 8:45 am
to 12 noon in SUB Rm. 214/216. Tickets are valid
for December 1,2004 to January 3,2005 only. Visit
http://www.ubcwhistlerlodge.com for more
details.
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Translink survey
Translink wants your input on raising transit fares for
2005. Some fares wil! face no increase, but others will
be raised to as much as 12.5% from the last rate
increase.
Between 1999 to 2003, most fares increased by 33%
while the rate of inflation went up by 13%.
Let your voice on transit issues be heard. Visit
http://www.transIink.bc.ca/Transportation_Services
/Fares„Passes/fare_consultation.asp to complete the
survey by Wednesday, November 24,2004.
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The AMS is seeking to fill the following
vacancies:
Webmaster
Members-at-Large, 2005 Elections
Committee
2005 Elections - Chief Returning Officer
Full job descriptions are available online
at http://www.ams.ubc.ca and in the
AMS Job Board on the concourse level of
the SUB (by the Gallery Lounge).
The Outpost is your one-stop holiday shopping centre!
Buy theatre tickets atTicketmaster, cozy up to warm UBC-
crested clothing, pick up a frame or two, and ship off your
goodies at the Postal Outlet.
Visit the Outpost at the Main Concourse level in the SUB.
get your vote on
The AMS is looking for volunteers to participate
with the Get Your Vote On campaign at UBC to
increase youth-participation in the upcoming
provincial election.
The volunteers will work to inform students
about the election - in a non-partisan manner -
and also encourage people to get on the voter's
list.
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If you would like to be involved please call
604-822-2050.
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Want to run for an AMS Executive position for 2005?
Students interested in running for a position are
invited to attend an informational meeting with the
AMS Elections Administrator on Friday, November 19
in SUB Rm. 209 at 5 pm.
For more information about the elections, please
contact Anthony Waldron, Elections Administrator, by
e-mail at elections@ams.ubc.ca.
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