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Wednesday, Jariuary 22,2003
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Volume 84 Issue 30
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PEACE IN OUR TIME, PLEASE: An unidentified protester sends a message to the world at Vancouver's peace march Saturday, nic fensom photo
The Saturday of their discontent
by Anna King
Anti-war demonstrators walked through
downtown Vancouver Saturday, protesting a
potential US-led war against Iraq. The march,
which ended at the Vancouver Art Gallery,
coincided with similar protests across Canada
and around the world.
The march drew a wide variety of trade
unions, teachers, physicians and lawyers'
groups along with religious and political
organisations and concluded with music by
the punk band DOA and speakers.
Hemsa Nosh, a UBC student and an organiser ofthe rally, said the thousands of protesters in attendence should make students feel
"We're not victims in this life," she said. "It
just takes a small number of dedicated people
to Change the world. There are hundreds of
thousands of us around the world...We outnumber the US government!"
Irene Maclnnes, a Canadian who recently
visited Iraq as part of a 'Peace Team,' and
another organiser of the rally, was less optimistic Maclnnes met with Iraqi civilians and
said the air in the country is extremely tense.
"For the most part people are just trying to put
a brave face on—they tell a lot of jokes and
laugh a lot in a hysterical way sometimes.*
She said a war would be catastrophic for
ordinary Iraqis because food supplies would
be cut off. "They're nearly all on food rations
with the Oil for Food Program, and if that gets
disrupted—which it will—in a war all these
people are going to starve."
Vancouver City councillor Fred Bass put in
an appearance on behalf of Mayor Larry
Campbell and MP for Vancouver-East Libby
Davies gave an impassioned speech in which
she called the Bush administration the 'real
axis of evil."
"This is a message to Jean Chretien/ she
said, "don't Ietyour legacy be the war on Iraq."
Hanna Kawas, the chair of the Canada
Montreal scam artist operating at UBC
by Brooke McLachlan
A convicted Montreal scam artist
has recently surfaced in Vancouver.
Harris Black, also known as Harris
Simon, has posted positions with
the Alma Mater Society (AMS) service Joblink.
Black was charged by the Quebec
Consumer Protection Office with
employment fraud and fined $2000
for taking clients' money without
providing employment service.
Black currently faces eight more
charges for the offence of deceiving
people through his scams and has
failed to appear in court twice.
Black was also charged with sexual assault in 1999 and received 18
months probation.
Several UBC students looking for
part-time work had interviews with
Black when they responded to his
ads. Six or seven women have since
complained to Joblink about Black.
Laura Yang, a fourth-year student
at UBC, had an interview with Black,
who had posted under his pseudonym "Harris Simon." There was no
company name, only a phone number and an e-mail address.
Yarig wanted to share her experi
ence so students would know that
potential employers are not
screened and university referral
does not protect them from these
kinds of experiences.
*[K]nowing that he is wanted in
Montreal and having that confirma
tion about his past [is] really scary,"
said Yang. "It [makes] it worse to
know that he has all my personal
information too, like my phone
number, address and resume."
Birds outmuscled
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CULTURE: Liz Magor!
And other arts inside. Pages 8, 9
and 11.
NEWS: A Rhodes scholar in
our midst
UBC student wins prestigious
prize. Page 3.
SPORTS: Reverse evolution:
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Ubyssey Quiz! Page 10.
BC universities
losing out on
research dollars
by Janet French
A recent study by Toronto-based
Research Infosource Inc. said
British Columbia universities are
losing out on federal research dollars—but UBC administration said
it's not worried.
"The fact that we bring in low
research funding is not a reflection
of quality," said Dr Indira
Samarasekera, UBC's vice-president, research. "I think our [BC] universities are all of very high quality
relative to their peers.*
BC received only eight per cent,
or $266.7 million, out of $3.4 billion total external funds given to
Canadian universities in the year
2001, said Research Infosource Inc.
in their December 18 report
Ontario, on the other hand,
received 40 per cent of the funds,
ivhich come from government
grants, and corporate and private
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"Protest"'from page 1.
Palestine Association, drew both
shouts of approval and boos from
the crowd when he compared the
situation in Iraq to that in Palestine,
prompting Nosh; who was acting as
master of ceremonies, to attempt to
smooth things over.
" I want to make sure you know
we are all here to support human
rights for all people in the Middle
East,* she said after Kawas's
speech. .
Stephanie     Raoul,     a     UBC
Education student attending the
rally, said she was encouraged by
the large crowd, but said she'd feel
more optimistic if she heard about r
similar protests more often.
"I'd be more optimistic if the
media was on our side, We never
hear about these kind of protests
going on unless there's thousands
of people—and they're going on all
over the world. We've got to keep
pushing it and eventually the media
will come around,* she said.
Nadja Rence, a second-year UBC
Law student, was also struck by the
large crowd. 'But I was also struck
by the lack of young people,* she
said. "There were lots of people in
their 40s and 50s there, but I definitely didn't see student groups
coming out, which was surprising
to me.*
"I assumed there would be some
kind of relationship between this
movement and the [anti]-globalisa-
tion movement, but there doesn't
appear to be," said Rence.
The march was organised by a
coalition of groups calling itself The
November 17th Peace Coalition. ♦
"Scam" from page 1.
■ "■ Yang's interview with Black was
held informally in his vehicle where
he asked questions such as how old
she was, whether or not she had a
boyfriend and if she had ever played
the game truth or dare. He also commented on Yang's smile and said
that she must have a lot of guys after
Black also requested that Yang
come over to his apartment for testing on his home computer. When
she told him that her parents didn't
think it was a good idea. Black asked
her why she had to tell her parents
where she was going and suggested
she tell them she was going to a
When Yang asked Black about
his company she said he became
defensive and it was at this point
that she decided to step away from
the job.
Yang reported the incident to
UBC Career Services and Joblink
who had already removed the posting due to previous complaints.
According to Natasha Norbjerg,
coordinator of AMS Joblink, it is not
unusual for individuals as well as
companies to place ads.
"We post a lot of positions for
individual employers and 99 per
cent of the time its fine," she said.
Norbjerg admitted that the
reports about Black are a source of
concern to her and that she will
meet with the AMS to discuss the
The Joblink website does have a
disclaimer which states that it does
not pre-screen employers or
endorse them.
Norbjerg said that Joblink does
screen employers in a sense, as they
will not post anything that seems
"sketchy"—meaning anyone without
a full name or proper mailing
address—and they always require
an employers* full name, mailing
address and telephone number
before they will post a position.
Nevertheless, Norbjerg cautioned that students should always
be wary and take safety measures —
like holding interviews in a well-lit,
public place like a coffee shop,
regardless of the type of job.
"If ever the [person] feels
uncomfortable,   no   matter   how
great the job or how good the pay, if
they don't feel comfortable they
shouldn't proceed with the employment opportunity," she said.
UBC Career Services Director
Una Walsh also emphasised the
importance of alerting students and
encouraging them to look for signs
of legitimacy, such as the questions
posed by the interviewer and the
location where the interview is held.
She explained that the most obvious sign of illegitimacy is asking
questions that are prohibited by law
such as those relating to age, marital
status or religious affiliation. Walsh
said she encourages students to
come forward if an interview has
made them feel uncomfortable.
Walsh also said that students
shouldn't hesitate to walk away if
something feels wrong.
Norbjerg said there was no other
action Joblink could take and the situation has been reported to all of
the appropriate offices, including
the police. The RCMP detachment at
UBC cannot begin an investigation
until someone who actually interacted with Black com6s forward, which
Yang has not done yet*>
"Money" from page 1.
BC placed fourth in total dollars
received, and seventh place in the
number of dollars received per
The Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of
Canada (NSERC), one of the agencies- granting external funds, said
they have no direct control over
how,funds are allocated because
grants are awarded with a peer-
review system.
"If there were any chance of
bias," the person leaves the room,"
Public Affairs Officer Francis Lionet
said, explaining review committees
are chosen from across Canada.
"[Grant applications] are judged on
merits by people who know."
Samarasekera said the study's
data doesn't reflect the current
state of funding at BC universities '
because it's two years old. In 2001,
BC universities received little
provincial funding, which she said
is a 'double whammy" when applying for federal grants.
"[Provincial funding] is a, vital
seed for new researchers to establish their track record/ she said.
"Researchers need it to compete
more    effectively    for    federal
But the amount of external funding UBC receives has improved dramatically since the study was done,
thanks to the Canadian Foundation
for Innovation Funding (CFIF).
Samarasekera said in the past
two academic years UBC has dominated the CFIF competitions, and
currently has received $154 million of their support. The province
has matched that amount with the
BC Knowledge Development Fund
and was awarded another $110
million in the Michael Smith
Foundation for Health Research.
But tuition increases and a lack
of guaranteed internal funding are
hurting UBC's chances of gaining
external funding, said Chris
Fennel, vice-president, external of
the UBC Graduate Student Society
"What we really need to focus on,
is keeping the top graduate" students here, and the top faculty,"
said Fennel. "This is where UBC
might be having a problem."
He said both the University of
Alberta and the University of
Toronto guarantee their graduate
students a stipend—something UBC
has yet to do.
Fennel is fighting to get guaranteed funding for all research-based
doctoral students in Canada by lobbying agencies like Canadian
Institutes of Health Research
(CIHR), NSERC and the federal ministers of industry and health.
Both Fennel and Samarasekera
agree one of the problems UBC
faces is the disparity of grants
between health research and other
Fennel said that although 65 per
cent of UBC graduate students are
in Arts, they receive only 25 per
cent of th? funding. Samarasekera
said she would like to see more
external funds made available for
engineering, the physical sciences
and Arts.
Other factors that may have
influenced BC's poor showing in
Research Infosource's study are
the low number of post-secondary
spaces in the province, and BC's
lone medical school.
Samarasekera said UBC's tuition
increase is going towards the
expansion of the medical school,
which should help attract even
more external funds.
"The [provincial government]
has not cut back on post-secondary
education funding in the way they
have cut back other" ministries,*
said Samarasekera. "For that we
have to be grateful." ♦
What's going on between classes
about events going on
between classes. THEUBYSSEY
Honours student off to Oxford
UBC English
Honours student
Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-
Yeboah only BC
student to win
Rhodes Scholarship
by Amielle Del Rosario
Inside a quiet hallway, Yaa-Hemaa
Obiri-Yeboah leans on the ledge of
the stairs, adjusting her corduroy
jacket. She pushes her dark, intricately braided hair back and smiles
warmly. Her eyes gleam from
behind her tinted glasses at the
mention of her latest accolade-
being named BC's Rhodes Scholar
"I'm as normal as you could get,"
she jokes. But she is far beyond
Twenty-one-year-old Yaa-Hemaa,
whose name means 'queen born on
Thursday', was selected for the honour of BC's Rhodes scholar along
with ten others from across Canada
She insists it was support that
mainly contributed to her achievements, but she believes that it was a
lucky twist of good fate that she
ended up here in Canada.
In 1981, when Yaa-Hemaa was
only six months old, her family was
forced to flee Ghana due to a military coup led by Jerry John Rawlings,
a Ghanaian political leader. Her
father, Kofi, who was an aeronautical engineer for the military, was a
colleague of Jerry John Rawlings.
Her father was asked to join the
coup, but refused.
"They wanted him to be part of
the coup d'etat to overthrow the government My father doesn't believe
in that," says Yaa-Hemaa. "He
believes in the democratic process."
Because he resisted, Kofi was arrested. He joined 11 others who were to
be executed—eight were eventually
shot He managed to escape through
an airport exit
Carrying only one suitcase, Kofi,
Irene, and baby Yaa-Hemaa headed
to Nigeria by car, with the help of
Yaa-Hemaa's uncle. A year later,
they applied for refugee status with
the help of the World Council of
Churches held at Vancouver.
Despite their tumultuous history,
the Obiri-Yeboahs regained their
lives  and  have  never  failed  to
OXFORD BOUND: BC's newest Rhodes scholar starts school in September at the same university as Chretien went to. nic fensom photo
"I'm as normal as
you could get."
Rhodes Scholar
remind their children, Yaa-Hemaa
and brothers Yaw, 20, and Fiifi, 18,
that they should take advantage of
opportunities that come their way.
They were encouraged to be well-
rounded, to read, to volunteer, to be
physically active and to be aware of
social issues in Canada as well as in
Ghana. "Education is something
that no one can take away from
you," says Yaa-Hemaa. "My parents
told us that it would be the key to
our lives."
For Yaa-Hemaa, this key has
opened many doors indeed. But Yaa-
Hemaa, who has stayed grounded
and humble, has always shared her
successes, lending a hand to those
who need it—a qualify that she says
her parents have instilled in her.
Her commitments at UBC are
diverse. She gets straight A's, represents the AMS as the resource ~
groups commissioner, volunteers at
Speakeasy and is the president of
the English Students' sociefy. She
also plays piano, plays field hockey
with a Burnaby club and is also a
mentor with Akoma Ntoaso, an
agency that partners black and biracial kids who have been adopted
into Caucasian families with a mentor who the children can identify
"[Yaa-Hemaa's] really good with
the kids," says Karen Madeiros, a
coordinator with Akoma Ntoaso.
"She's hard-working, committed,
and has a community conscience."
Dr Peter Krause, a UBC professor that teaches cultural history and
African-American history deems
her as his "favourite subject*
"Yaa-Hemaa possesses a tough,
unrelenting, critical—yet empathet-
ic—intellect That's quite a combination," he says. "She isn't afraid to
be tough, and she isn't afraid to
share her feelings. She is humble,
aware of human weakness and
frailty, but also confident that she
can make the world a better place.
She is fearless when it comes to
exploring new ideas, and I have
never known her to be defensive
about anything."
These qualities encompass what
the Rhodes panel looks for—character beyond achievements. When
interviewed for the award, Yaa-
Hemaa gracefully dealt with questions about social and current
issues from a diverse panel consisting of a neurosurgeon, a lawyer for
the provincial government, a judge
from the Court of Appeal, professors UVic and SFU, and an electrical
engineer. She claims that the anticipation before was the most nerve-
racking. "When I got to talk to them
the night before during the dinner,
I became less nervous. They're
amazing people."
Upon hearing the news that she
was the recipient of the prestigious
scholarship, Yaa-Hemaa said that
her initial feeling was of relief. "It's
pretty surreal. It's actually other
people you hear who get it But to be
the one...it's pretty phenomenal."
She gives credit to her family, professors and friends who pushed her
to realise her potential.
She will be attending Oxford
University in October 2003, joining
a group that includes former
Canadian Prime Minister, John
Turner, Australian Prime Minister,
Bob Hawke, and former United
States President Bill Clinton. She
plans to major in English with a
Political Science minor. In her
future, she hopes to be a part of
opening a cultural centre for
Vancouver's African community.
~ "The black community is so scattered here in Vancouver, and I can
identify with the feeling of being
alone. I would really like to see a
cultural centre. That would be
tremendous. It would be a nucleus
where people can meet"
Yaa-Hemaa believes that her
motivation comes from loving what
she's doing and using this love to
survive through hardships. "You
should remember the past, but not
dwell on it," she says.
Just as she has been inspired by
people who have made her believe
her ambitions are tangible, Yaa-
Hemaa wants to inspire others and
she has never stopped counting her
blessings. 'I was really lucky to
have support from everyone. I've
worked hard, but I've just been
lucky all my life." ♦
UBC'S Liu Institute launches Ugandan project
Project aims to
end civil conflict
By Ted Chen
UBC's Liu Institute for Global Issues has
teamed up with Human Rights Watch, an independent non-governmental organisation, and
the Makerere University to launch the
Northern Uganda Emergency Action Project
(NUEAP) to end the ongoing cycle of violence
in Northern Uganda.
UBC researchers began the project this
week, travelling to the region to study abuses
against children, women, refugees and displaced persons.
The    eight-month    project    will    cost
US$85,000 to implement and has been funded by a grant from the Chicago-based
MacArthur Foundation.
The purpose of the mission is for
researchers to moniter the human rights situation in Uganda and to release a current report
on the situation The report is intended to grab
international attention and result ih action to
counter the continued abductions of children
and use of child soldiers, as well as to contribute to current initiatives towards a peaceful
solution to the conflict.
Human Rights Watch will be sending a mission to the north by the end of January with
participation from Makerere University. The
Liu Institute is sending a representative to
Uganda this week to work with the University
on preparations for this mission. The Liu institute will also send expertise to Uganda to work
with Makerere on peace and reconciliation
research aimed at the longer term.
In a recent news release by UBC's Public
Affairs Office, Liu Institute Director and CEO
Lloyd Axworthy expressed serious concern for
the plight of the Northern Ugandan civilians.
"This is a'region devastated by civil war
where 400,000 people reside on internal displacement camps. We've been conducting
research for some time on the risks to war-
affected children in the region," said
"With this project we'll be looking at what
has been working and assess the potential for
strengthening the many peace and reconciliation initiatives underway."
Rhonda Gossen, the Liu Institute's policy
advisor who is currently spearheading this
project, noted the severity of the civil crisis in
Northern Uganda.
"In short, security is a problem for civilians as the conflict.is continuing. Civilians
have to take refuge in internally displaced
people camps for safety," said Gossen. "There
is a shortage of food and basic services in
these camps. Children are always at risk of
Julie Wagemakers, deputy director of the
Liu Institute, was also aware of the crisis in
Northern Uganda.
"Ugandan civilians face a need for personal
safety every day. The risks that they take are con-
sidered to be a normal part of their lives," said
Wagemakers. "I think that they are threatened
daily from the lack of food, shelter and all other
basic human needs."
In recent months. Northern Uganda has
once again been wracked by civil conflict in a
15-year cycle of ongoing bloodshed. Such conflict has resulted in numerous civilians entering internally displaced persons camps where
delivery of food aid is difficult, as humanitarian agencies cannot reach the most desperate
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But will they walk the walk?
Kate Woznow of Student
Progressive Action Network
(SPAN) (middle right) and Oana
Chirila Students For Students
(SFS) (middle left) address students at the presidential debate
last week while Justice Patrick
Pilarski (far left and far right)
glares ahead at those whom he
would command.
Students were treated to
their fourth forum for the AMS
elections on Monday. Held in
the SUB conversation pit, candidates for all positions told the
gathered audience (around 20-
30 students) the reasons why
they should vote for each candidate.
A large part ofthe speeches
made by the candidates from
slates focused on the accomplishments and merits ofthe
slate each belonged to, and
spoke little about theJr own
skills and abilities". Independent
candidates were very critical of
slates, as were candidates running with the Radical Beer
Faction (a slate).
"Heaven help you if a whole
slate goes in," Vice-President,
Administration hopeful Graham
Hicks told students.
Monday's forum went 45
minutes over the alloted time,
resulting in the candidates for
vice-president, academic and
president being rushed.This
also happened at the first all-
candidates forum.
The large number of candidates in this election (77) is
partly to blame.
Attendance for the event
dropped off significantly after
1pm to half of the original
Students can now vote online at ww.ams.ubc.ca/elec-
tions. Dates and locations of
m6re forums and debates can
also be found at that website.
Economic tips for students
Flexibility and open-
mindedness are keys to
success in the future
by John McCrank
Dr David Foot, author ofthe bestselling book Boom, Bust
and Echo: Profiting From the Demographic Shift in the
21st Century, gave a lecture in the new Meekison Arts
Student Space on Friday as part of the Arts
Undergraduate Society (AUS) Speaker Series.
Speaking on how demographics affect us all, the
charismatic Dr Foot looked at local, national, and international economies- in terms of their "boom, bust and
echo" factors—the boom referring to the baby boom generation, the bust reflecting to the decline in population
growth as a result ofthe introduction ofthe birth control
pill and of women entering the workplace en masse, and
the echo pertaining to the children ofthe baby boomers.
One of the points stressed by Foot was that the traditional hierarchical structure of the workplace has
changed, or rather flattened out, as hordes of boomers
currently climbing the corporate ladder converge at the
mid-management level.
"Have you ever tried to push a rectangle up through
a triangle?* asked Foot He went on to say that the spiral
career path is now the norm, with lateral movement in
the career more common than vertical movement, and
added that flexibility is the key.
'Arts degrees don't lock you into one occupation," he
said. "Generic skills like good communication skills,
good analytical skills and good computer skills are what
you need right now," advised Foot, who said that while
the long-term future for people graduating from university today is excellent, the short-term prognosis isn't
as rosy.
"You can't rely on the boomers retiring and making
jobs for you. You're going to have to go out and do that
yourselves," said Foot, referring to the fact that the
majority of the baby boon! generation are still in their
40s and won't be retiring for another 20 years.
For those thinking of investing at some point in the
future, Dr Foot recommends catering to the world's
massive aging population. Some of the fastest growing
recreational activities in Canada are bird-watching, gardening and curling, and could be lucrative investment
areas, likewise with progressive lens glasses and recreational vehicles.
Lori Lam, academic co-ordinator for the AUS, helped
bring Dr Foot to campus.
"We asked Dr David Foot to be our marquee speaker
this year because we felt his ideas on demographics
would be extremely relevant to the lives of students and
their future career paths," said Lam.
"While this event was part of Arts Week 2003, Dr
-Foot's theories directly impact all young people regardless of what they study," she added. "And I think we were
right on the money because Dr Foot was extremely well-
received and in fact, he almost missed his flight home
because faculty and students were so eager to meet with
him after his talk."
Two such students who attended the lecture were
Brian Hughes, fourth-year Arts, and Helena Chan, third-
year Arts.
"I'm thinking about graduation looming and I'm trying to figure out what to do after grad, and I'm looking
for some guidance," said Hughes, who wasn't alone in
seeking advice.
"I think that what he had to say was very useful and
it applies to any discipline," remarked Chan after the
talk. "I think he brings a lot of new ideas that I can use
in my personal life andNeareer—a new perspective."
Dr Foot received his doctorate in economics from
Harvard University and teaches at the University of
Toronto, where he has received a national 3M Award
for Teaching Excellence and is a two-time winner of
the University of Toronto undergraduate teaching
award. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
TAs' tuition
by Adam Grachnik
OTTAWA (CUP)-Just hours before their
strike deadline, teaching assistants at
Carleton University won 100 per cent
tuition indexation, inking a tentative
agreement to avert a major work stoppage.
"It's a relief, a feeling of satisfaction
that we have managed to get a deal," said
Hassan Husseini, vice-president CUPE
4600. "At times the negotiations were
tense. I would categorise them as
hard- nose."
Neither the university nor Husseini
would discuss specifics ofthe deal, but a
link onCUPE 4600's website lists the
details of the tentative agreement. The
agreement includes 100 per cent tuition
assistance and allegedly includes a three
per cent wage hike in the firstyear of the
twoyear deal and a two per cent hike in
the second.
According to Husseini CUPE is
"happy," because they wanted to
increase their tuition indexation assistance from 75 per cent, which existed in
the previous deal, to 100 per cent
"If we didn't have the 100 per cent
tuition rebate, [there was] not much for
us," said Husseini. "Had we not achieved
[most] of our demands, we would be on
strike and we wouldn't have gone back to
work." '
Tuition, said Husseini, will be based
on 2001 levels and whenever it increases CUPE 4600's 1100 members will
receive a 100 per cent credit
"Essentially, what it means is that
tuition is frozen, so if it rises by six per
cent we would get 100 per cent of it
After an 11-month strike, CUPE 3903
at York University negotiated a similar
deal' with their university; however, their
tuition assistance is based on 1996 levels.
"They have a very good deal, but there
are other aspects to it. It's not just
straightforward," Husseini said.
In a statement, Stephen Green, chief
negotiator for Carleton said "We are
extremely pleased to have reached a settlement and that a strike has been averted. This means that students can continue their studies without disruption and
that it will be business as usual at
Carleton University."
According to Melissa Armstrong, an
executive member of the Carleton
University Student Association (CUSA),
the" university wanted to roll back the
agreement that expired August 31.
"The university's initial effort was to
roll back and we ended up getting more,"
she said. "It's a huge victory for CUPE
and [the administration] will have difficulties taking it away."
Armstrong, whose student government was prepared to shut their doors
and Businesses in solidarity with the
union, believes this deal is important for
all Canadian campuses.
"The issue is related to the quality of
education," she said. "It's some of the
best language,in the province and it set
precedence as other [unions across the
country] can now refer to it."
Luckily for Carleton students the two
sides were able to come to a deal at
4am, when a 7am strike time had
been set.
"There's no strike, no interruption to
classes or tutorials," said Husseini. "We
went to the 11th hour, but now we can
return to our studies and our teaching."
The two-year deal, according to the
CUPE 4600 website, will expire August
31, 2004. Armstrong is convinced "it
will be a battle again two years
from now." ♦
Native stories echo in science
UBC professor challenges traditional ways scientists think
by Jonathan Woodward
UBC Anthropology Professor Julie Cruikshank
recently published an article challenging traditional scientific ways of thinking, by detailing Yukon Native storjes.of surging glaciers
and climate change and how they relate to
Western scientific records.
Cruikshank argues that local histories of.
how northern latitudes underwent dramatic,
climate change are not only Important as data
in climate change and sustainability studies
but also vital as alternatives to the scientific
mindset—and scientists are listening.
"These stories offer a new way of looking at
global knowledge," said Cruikshank. "Kluane
National Park in the Yukon is not just a place.
to do research, but is an archive of memory."
In her article, "Glaciers and Climate
Change: Perspectives from. Oral Tradition",
published in the journal Arctic, she delicately
weaves Aboriginal myth. Western science and
colonial records together.
While most glaciers move less than one
kilometre per year, surging glaciers in the
'Little Ice Age' moved as much as 80km per
year, acting on very human timescales.
Legends record glaciers as responding reciprocally to human action, part of a "sentient
land that listens," rather than an impassive
natural world divorced from humanity.
The stories of the glaciers often coincide
with terrible tragedy.
In 1852 near Mount Logan, a cataclysmic
flood resulted from a lake the size of Great
Slave Lake emptying in two days, flooding
"Myths understand
changes in land as
changes in character,
and these changes have
fundamental geological
-Paul Smith
down the Tatshenshini River. While7 geoscien-
tists estimate the cause was the bursting of a
glacial dam, Kitty Smith, a member of the
Tlingit band offers a different explanation in
Cruikshank's article.
"A young Tlingit boy made fuii of an
Athapaskan shaman because of his balding
head: 'The top of his head is just like a place
where gophers play, a bare stump!' To punish
the insolence, the shaman summoned the glacier across the river, creating a dam. The
resulting outburst flood scoured the landscape and drowned Tlingit settlements."
The stories are vibrantly true in metaphor,
and certainly not drawn of ignorance, said
Cruikshank. "Local people know quite a lot of
science, and scientists are very interested in
Can local perspectives contribute to science and understanding climate change?
Paleontologist Paul Smith acknowledges myth
as important.
"Myths understand changes in land as
changes in character, and these changes have
fundamental geological implications," he
He argued however, that the points of view
that myth brings are, in his field, "largely
Earth and Oceans Sciences (EOS) Professor
Kurt Grimm said his view is that sustainability science is at the interface of natural and
social science. "It is embedded in values. It's
profoundly arrogant to suppose that those
who know most about sustainability are the
ones doing measurement-based science," he
Rob Cross, a second-year geological engineering student, noted a detachment from the
debate: "Personally, I haven't noticed any use
of local myth in my EOS courses this year," he
Grimm will be offering a new transdisci-
plinary field course to address this issue.
Called The Science and Practice of
Sustainability, it will bring concerns of
forestry, fisheries and tourism to anyone in
the sciences or humanities, in an attempt to
bridge the gap. It will begin in August 2003.'
Cruikshank will be giving further lectures
open to the public—called Do Glaciers Listen?
Colonial Encounters and Social Imagination
near Canada's North-West Border—as part of
the Brenda and David McLean Lectures in
Canadian studies. The lectures will run
January 30, February 6, and February 13 at
7pm at UBC Robson Square. ♦
speaks to the Board of Trade
about the recently announced
five per cent tuition reduction at
Memorial University. In contrast
to the rest of the country,
Newfoundland has seen a ten
percent reduction in its tuition
fees over the past two years,
and the province has committed
to continue the freeze.
Memorial getting five per cent fee cut
Reduction will be last
step in three-year 25
per cent reduction
by Steve Durant
ST JOHN'S, NFLD (CUP)-Newfoundland's premier has announced the government will
deliver on its promise of a five per cent tuition
reduction, dispelling concerns that the government might be unable to complete their
promised 25 per cent tuition reduction.
Roger Grimes first made the announcement at a Board of Trade function this past
Wednesday. He repeated it while introducing
prime ministerial hopeful Paul Martin at a
breakfast hosted by the Memorial University
Liberals Thursday morning, saying the government will implement the last stage in a
three-year initiative to reduce tuition by 25 per
. "We've had a ten per cent tuition reduction
in [each of] the past two years, and we'll
reduce it again by five per cent," said Grimes,
who announced last year that he will call an
election in 2003.
.Grimes also says,the government remains
committed to continuing its freeze on tuition at
the College of the North Atlantic (CNA), which
has been in effect since 2000. He did not make
any announcement regarding tuition levels at
Memorial's medical school, which was not
included in the 2001 and 2002 reductions.
Although Memorial's Board of Regents officially sets tuition levels for Memorial's 16,000
students, for the past two years the province
has made extra money available to the university with the understanding that it be dedicated to reducing fees. In both 2001 and 2002,
the Regents honoured the province's request
to drop tuition fees ten per cent.
The province is expected to make the same
sort of funding commitment for the 2003
tuition cut.
Fees per course at Memorial have dropped
from just under $330 two years ago to the
present $267. In September 2003, that will
fall a further $13.35 to $253.65, although the
government might round that figure to an
even dollar amount as they have in the past.
The changes mean a full course load will
cost about $2,536,50, which comes to
$2978.50 after student union fees and the university's $40 per semester recreation fee.
Memorial has some of Canada's lowest
tuition levels, especially as universities in most
other provinces continue to raise their rates.
About two-thirds of the direct costs of post-sec-
ondaryeducation are paid for by the provincial
government, said Minister of Youth Services
and Post-Secondary Education Sandra Kelly, ♦ Tp
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the Ubyssey rates the focal slopes this winter
by Johnny Hua and Megan Thomas
till laughing when you
overhear those poor suckers longing for snow to
magically appear oh the
hills? Well, time to stop the
chuckling. The season has
arrived, snow has fallen—
along with a little rain—and
the mountains are open for
The trusty Ubyssey staff
has hit the slopes to save
you the pain of seeing what's up with local hills. So
read on and find out where there is snow, who has
shelled out the bucks for improvements and what
the best deals are. It's time to stretch the student
loan and dip into the beer budget so you can hit the
Cypress Bowl
Any mountain is only as good as its snow.
Unfortunately for Cypress, there is definitely not an
abundance of the._ white stuff at the moment.
However, it is not alone as this winter's apparent
. droughts affecting all the local hills. But with a little
imagination and as keen eye for natural hazards,
there is run to be had.
As far as the layout is concerned. Cypress takes
the local cake. With five lifts spanning the 53 5m of
vertical on two separate peaks, there is a run for
everyone on this hill. And with last year's addition of
a highspeed quad, people move up the hill faster
than,they come down. All this- modernity of the
lower bowl chairs lulls one into a comfortable sense
of competency. This quickly evaporates when the
two-seater Sky Chair launches the unsuspecting
down an off-ramp resembling a bobsled track; this
peak chair is not for the beginner. However, the
peak offers much advanced terrain for the hardcore
that is sorely lacking in the lower bowl areas.
Runs on the hill could fall prey to the critique that
they are a bit on the short side, but for a mountain
that is 30 minutes from a major city—and year^
round golf courses—Cypress performs pretty well.
The only layout challenge the mountain poses is for
those who are slightly less fit. Moving from chair to
chair around the hill requires a bit of hiking, the
bane of the recreational snowboarder's existence.
And for those who only come out at night,
Cypress also offers an excellent variety of lit runs. In
fact, weather providing, every chair on the hill is
open from 9am until 10:30pm.
For those of you who actually know what
'freestyle' means the terrain park is now open. Bring
your helmet though, it's safety first at Cypress and
you will be denied entry without one. (You can also
rent them at the base for $6.) The park offers a good
variety of rails, from the inches-high launny rail' to
rather elevated and daunting types. There are also a
variety of jumps maintained by the hill for your life-
risking pleasure. According to Cypress ski and board
instructor Matt Hamblin, the 'kickers' could be a bit
steeper and longer, and there is no half-pipe at the
.moment But bring on the snow and the park has
some potential. It is also conveniently located under
the chair so everyone can witness the thrills and
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In general the Cypress staff seem to be happily
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employed and do relatively little hassling And with
conscientious parking attendants and crossing
guards you will feel taken care of.
The" food category is average, with one of those
overpriced cafeterias and a crowded lunchroom. But
there are rays of light coming from the pub where
they have a daily drink special and some excellent
cheesy broccoli soup that is fairly affordable.
Financial Services
For the pleasure of a day on the hill you pay steep
prices ($42 a day), although the afternoon pass rings
in at $36 and lets you stay till close—making it
appealing for the cagey shopper. The one-nighter
pass is also a fair deal at $175 for the season.
Mt Seymour
If what some women are saying is true, that size
no longer matters, then Mount Seymour has just
gained the upp'er hand. Also known as the sensitive
mountain, Seymour possesses the warm and cozy
feeling of a second home. This mountain is for those
who just want to keep it real and avoid the mainstream. So if you're looking for that Mom 'n' Pop feel
on the mountain, look no further and become a
'Seymour kid.'
Containing a base elevation of 1023 m, Mount
Seymour suffers from a slight case of Napoleonic
Syndrome. Living the belief that it's not the size that
counts, but rather how you make use ofthe terrain,
Mount Seymour has stepped up and flooded its 60
acres with a maximum of 21 rims, a respectable terrain park and even a quaint day lodge.
Unfortunately, when a mountain possesses only
three chairlifts it has the major setback of extremely
long lineups. If you lust for wind burn arid don't like
to speed check all that often, the 45-second to five-
minute runs may not be worth the 15-minute lineups that await your swift arrival.    .
Although Mount Seymour may not measure up to
the other mountains in size, it makes up for it with
its close proximity, fair lift prices and incomparable
The best way to avoid all the kinks of the mountain is to live at the terrain park. Stepping up to the
diemands of the jib-happy riders, Seymour has set up
a decent park consisting of a mini fun box, eight and
22ft straight rails, and 24 by 4ft rainbow rails. For
those of you who want to pop and lock, sadly it's no
go in the jump and tabletop department Due to the
lack of snow, the landings are sketchy, which adds
an element of consequence. If you want to hit the
park, be prepared for business, because there are
jagged pieces of ice that are just waiting to pink slip
your ass.
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This mountain is low key. Don't expect any exotic liftees, since most of them are the local kids just
trying to earn some booze money. However, they do
their job and do it well, slowing down your lift in
order to avoid any unnecessary butt contusions.
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Definitely the most reasonably priced among the
mountains; layaway is not necessary in purchasing a
lift pass. An adult all-day pass is a fair $33, and a
half-day pass is $2 5. Mount Seymour is now offering
a $149 one-night pass in order lo compete with
Cypress Mountain.
Grouse Mountain
A great thing about Grouse is the. scenic eight-
minute Skyride you get to take to the top of the
mountain. The 3 5 other great things about Grouse
are the 3 5 nature-defying snow guns, which have the
capability of bringing a tear to any rider's eye.
This mid-sized mountain likes to walk in big
mountain boots, offering up to 2 5 runs, a number of
high-speed lifts and even a magic carpet Probably
the closest thing to a miniature version of Whistler,
Grouse definitely has the resources to compete with
the best The runs at Grouse aren't too challenging
and are suited for the beginner and intermediate
riders. The very set-up of the mountain is a nice
change—it's worth taking the trip up every so often.
Aside from the Grind, Grouse Mountain has discovered a second way to kick the crap out of its visitors. The two terrain parks built on the mountain are
directed towards two very different levels of experience. The beginner park is perfect for the initial
phase in learning jumps, rails and Other tricks. At
the other end ofthe spectrum is Grouse's real park,
which is meant to beat down anyone who tries to
conquer it Comparable to Whistler Blackcomb's
High-level park. Grouse offers black and double-
black diamond rails such as staircase rails and step-
down kinked rails. So, if you have a. high tolerance
for pain or just like to own it, you won't be disappointed with this park.
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Like all the other local mountains, there isn't
much to be said here. You get pretty much what
you'd expect, which isn't a bad thing at all. Grouse
has a great lodge up top that offers everything from
warm food to skating on a frozen pond.
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Grouse seems to take after Whistler Blackcomb in
the price department as well. A full day of riding will
cost $39, whereas nocturnal riders pay $29. Grouse
also offers a one-night pass for $250 and a steep
season pass at $625.
Whistler Blackcomb
The two behemoths clock in an unfathomable
7071 acres of skiable terrain, encompassing over
200 runs and 33 lifts. Yes, it's a little unfair to put a
two-mountain review amongst the others, but either
one ofthe mountains easily puts the rest to shame.
Snow never seems to be a problem at this altitude,
as a bad day at Whistler Blackcomb could easily be a
season high for the locals. With this year's base finally reaching a decent 185cm, riders can ski down to
the base without having to trash their boards. The
two mountains accommodate any level of riding,
from green runs to the mythical backcountry.
The mountains have invested in 33 lifts, which
include high-speed gondolas, quads, triples, doubles
and various other towing contraptions. Despite owning state of the art lifts and economically-analysed
line schematics, Whistler Blackcomb still struggles
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at times with the huge volume of riders. On the other
hand, we are not ungrateful, and bear with the trau-
matising 15-2 0-minute waits.
Written descriptions of Whistler Blackcomb simply aren't sufficient. Gather up all the books that
you've bought over the years, sell them to the UBC
Bookstore and hopefully you can use the $4.50 that
you receive towards a day pass.
Whistler Blackcomb dominates this criterion,
containing a multitude of terrain parks and half-
pipes. More specifically, each terrain park is tailored
for different levels of riding, allowing undisturbed
rides at any level.
: The High-level Park requires a helmet and a separate photo pass that costs $ 15 for the season. With
_a separate park pass, Whistler Blackcomb is allowed
to come up with an abundance of other reasons why
getting hurt isn't their fault >
For those who would rather not pay the additional $ 15, the Nintendo Gamecube Park is free. The
park has beginner to intermediate jumps, spines,
wide rails and fun boxes. For beginners, the
Gamecube Park is excellent for learning how to do
simple rail tricks such as 270 degrees to frontside
boardslide to 2 70 degrees off.
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The great thing about having absolutely everyone
at Whistler Blackcomb is that half of them end up
working there. The opportunity to meet people from
all around the world is difficult to miss. A key benefit of spending half your student loan on a pass is the
service that you receive. It seems that eveiyone in
Whistler Blackcomb is caught in a euphoric state.
Perhaps it has something to do with Ross Rebagliati?
For rentals, accommodation and food. Whistler
Blackcomb offers anything you can imagine, just be
prepared for the slight hike in prices. For cheap
accommodation there's the AMS lodge, which costs
$ 16 for a weeknight and $ 19.2 5 per night on a weekend.
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This is Whistler Blackcomb's greatest hindrance,
the cost of a hopeful eight hours of riding. I^he regular price for an adult day pass comes to a painful
$65. A good way to get the price down is 7-Eleven's
fast track ticket, a still painful $ 59. Your other option
for next season is to pick up the discount student
season pass, which was raised to $349. Other places
for cheaper passes are at TicketMaster, and the Ski
and Snowboard Club. To ride the best you're just
going to have to suck it up and pay the fee.
Mount Baker
Snow. Not usually a problem for this hill. In
1998, they actually set the world snowfall record.
Needless to say a few more flakes have fallen here
than on the North Shore. An excellent place to find
some powder if you are willing to check the snow
phone religiously and rise and shine in the mornings to make first tracks.
The lifts at Baker are a slightly different story.
Some unsuspecting beginners still shudder at the
thought of the off-ramps years after visiting the hill.
Good news this year though—they have replaced a
couple ofthe most rickety lifts with some new quads.
There is lots of variety in the runs at Baker, with
an emphasis on some advanced terrain. And there
are plenty of places to dash through the trees, as well
as canyons that offer great vertical. Regular visitors
will soon find their favourite stomping grounds.
As an added bonus, those who are properly prepared and trained (this means following the back-
country policy posted on the web or at the mountain)
can hike out into the backcountry and enjoy some
fresh snow. However, getting caught out there
unprepared brings both danger and severe financial
Baker also creates a couple of terrain parks each
year complete with 183m-long half-pipe. The park
features four different rails and five other objects for
humans who would like to try and fly. Due to the
half-pipe's lower mountain location, and the fact
that it is well-shaded by surrounding trees, icy conditions can hamper those perfect tens and lead to
nasty bruising.
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The general tone of the staff at Mount Baker is
laid back, very laid back. There is no hassling and
employee sightings are fairly rare around the mountain. Although those liftees at the top are happy to
laugh at you when you bail off the chair.
As far as the grub goes, well, let's just say it's fast
Hardcores will not lose any time on lunch. However;
be prepared, with the exchange, to pay dearly for a
pre-made burger. They serve beer too, but don't
drink too much because there is nowhere on the hill
for you to crash and sleep it off.
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Ready, set, open your wallet: rates are up this
year. For a day of shredding it will cost you $3 8CDN.
But don't get too excited yet, that is mid-week. For
the conscientious student types, a day on the weekend costs $49CDN. Ouch is the only way to describe
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And another important note: your carload will be
really sad if that one loser forgets his or her ID (birth
certificate and passport are best) and US Customs
won't let you cross the 49th parallel; very sad
Set-up sit down:
Our technical high-level climate snowboard
equipment consultant Billy Ho from the Boardroom
Snowboard Shop, gave us a few tips on what to look
for when buying for the first time, or trading in your
trashed set-ups.
The first thing that buyers need to understand is
that every company has a range of models that are
suited for the different levels and preferences of riders, so it's near impossible to compare brands.
There are three categories of boards: entry, intermediate and high Beginners don't need anything
more than an entry-level board, which is made to suit
any style of riding. As your experience level rises, you
become more demanding in terms of shape,, stiffness
and overall feel. At the high level, the boards will cost
an arm and a leg but should suit your needs to the
most specific detail. An important note, give up posing buy the gear that suits you, not your favourite pro.
preference You ride what feels the best in terms of
stiffness and weight There, are al'so three categories
of bindings. The first are plastics, which are^ very light
but the least responsive. The next are "half arid half,"
which consist of plastic bases and high-backs and
metal heel cups. Then there are full metal bindings,
which are the most responsive of the three, but at
times too stiff.
Boots are definitely the most important element
of your set-up. There's nothing worse than having to
re-lace your boots after every couple of runs
Important things to look at are stiffness, arch support
and foot-beds. Most importantiy, don't* think of
skimping on the price in order to get a prettier board
The two things to look at are fashion and function.
For West Coast riding, waterproof coating isn't going
to cut it To fend off the rain and wet snow, outerwear
has to be at least protected by waterproof laminates
that's anything above 8000mm waterproof.
Billy's final tip: If you love it enough, find the
snow and just go do it
The bargains
So, it's time to update the equipment but you
don't want to lay down too much cash. Well, there are
a couple of bargains to be had around the city.
A good place to start is the Boardroom Clearance
Centre, located right in the heart ofthe action on 4th
Avenue at Burrard. This store carries all the same
quality gear as The Boardroom but clears out last
year's models, they have plenty of selection, staff
that use words like 'sick* and 'rad," and great deals
on solid gear. Staff picks include Option and Custom
Burton boards for the guys and the Option Bella for
the ladies. They also cariy a" selection of helmets
starling around $69. Unless you feel the need to have
the latest and greatest gear, you can save serious
bucks at this clearance centre.'Sorry skiers, boards
only at this locale.
But fear not there is ah answer for the bargain-
hunting skiers among us. Sports Junkies is a used
sporting goods store located on 6th Avenue near
Cambie Street They advertise, buy, sell, trade and
recycle. Sports Junkies provides one-stop shopping
for you to unload your ojd gear and pick up some
newer stuff. They have a variety of everything from
skis arid boards, to boots, and all the way down to
gloves. However, the most recent equipment will not
be found here and shopping for the right gear may
require some sifting. If you are small or tall your
options are pretty open, but anyone in the medium
range, may find the; selection a bit sparse.
Nonetheless, things are quite cheap, and the longer
an item collects dust on the rack the cheaper it gets.
Each tag shows the original price and then lists what
the item will cost in the future if it is not sold. If you
think about it you could save money by gambling at
this place.
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In the binding department it all comes down to
Well, the season has definitely begun, and hopefully this feature has gotten you stoked to ride. We
simply have to make due, so we can do what we love
to do. So pop in your favourite snowboard or ski DVD
for inspiration, make a slick mix of old-school gangs-
ta rap and layer the base of your board with pages
from your Norton Anthology, because this is business. Forget the rocks and branches, it's no time for
excuses. ♦ 8
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Major Vancouver artistry
U3C graduate
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brings four of
A her latest;
LIZ MAGOR      -
af f/je Vancouver Art Gallery
until Feb. 24
by Simon MclMally
Liz Magor's last sold show at tha
Vancouver Art Gallery was in
1980, and now she'9 back with a
survey of her work of the last 13
years, A Vancouver native, Magor
was educated at UBC and the
Parsons School of Design in New
York City. Since then, she has
spent time in Halifax and Toronto,
but now. she is back living and
working" in Vancouver.
Among the dominant themes of
this exhibition is the construction of
personal identity, and how internal
conceptions are related to external
manifestations. As personal identities take shape between our ideals
and our means of projecting thein,
Liz Magor's use of realism' is varied
and inflected with contradictions.
Perhaps the- identity is ultimately
her own, but engagement with this
exhibition remains relevant to 'st'
inuch wider audience.
This artist insists "on the narrative" potential* of her "works,* but
refrains from' explicitly directing
the stories Although the themes' cir-
' culate through this difficult exhibi-'
tion in a non-linear pattern-, they at
times risk becoming discontinuous
and fragmentary. Among the 19
pieces in the show, a sequence of
four sculptural installations illustrate particularly well the relations
betweeri internal and external personal spaces. Mediated by self-
preservation, vulnerability, necessity and desire, these works share
-physical relations* which serve to
heighten their overall effect '
*Chee-To" consists of a pile of
rocks seemingly dumped on top of
a pile of cheesies. The pile of rocks
is actually a rubber mould, and the
cheesies are 'real'—that is, as 'real'
as'real cheesies are. The soft internal space is crushed by the overbearing'weight of the rocks, and'
just a l:qw neon snacks "spill out An
internal desire is* concealed bf an
imperfect front, damaged because
it is too strong, yet it fails to contain
its secret. "Stores" cohsfsts of several real bags of carrots and potatoes
discreetly hidden behind a flat
piece of wood and a scrap of dry-
wall leaning against a nearby Wall.
The drywall and wood are real, and
the food is decidedly organic; But
these nourishments seem unable to
be used, perhaps forgotten, maybe
because they ireou't of sight
"Volvic* and "Double-Cabine|"i
are in the'hext roOrh. 'Volvic,* when
Erst approached^ appears as a stack
of several oblong sections of industrial styrofoam (a decidedly synthetic
material). Wfyen circumambulated/
the~ piece reveals that the 'stack' is
actually a molded shell. With one
side cut awayYrbws of bottled water
are visible inside. There seems to be
one bottle missing, but closer £nspec:
tion reveals that one more bottle'
would riot'fit;* thus the outer shell
imposes limits ori ifs own capacities.
"Double Cabinet* works in a similar
way. Initially it'appears as two short
stacks'of towels, but another point of
view f eveals the stacks" to be rubber
shells, this time containing beer and
vodka. The Kokanee brand inflects
the piece" with ari aspect of
'Canadian' identity."'
In all four of the se' floor installations,' a consumable commodity
seerns" to be concealed within a
protective exterior. Nfetaphoric of
our fears arid desires, Magor has
used materials to help convey" the
mediations * between inner and
outer identities. '•>'
Graphiterwon, lost or drawn
East Van gallery plays
host to innovative*
exhibit of drawings
by Lee Hutzulak "- -
Xeno Gallery (18$ East Broadway Avenue}
until Feb. 2 •■->
..,     by Bcyaij Zapdbfrg
*7'-«   (Y7    7 CULTURE STAFF:   '
The first thing you will need to know is the impishness
of Xeno Galleiy, tucked in the back corner of aril art-
and-eclectica retail"space called Dadabase. The secorid
'is that this little fio'rrier of the world is presently home
ta a dozen or so graphite
drawings comprising
Lee Hutzulak's solo exhibition, entitled Wind
Plays Tricks w/ Sleep.
The collection signals Lee's "return to
working in pe'neil after
more* tharf a year's hiatus dabbling with collages and executing
soirie stunning stuff in
felt' marker painting.
This present exhibition,
so poetically titled, is the
nexus" of Hutzulak's
mind, a fistful of pencils of varying shades, Strathmore
Bristol paper with a vellum finish and a'smattering of
disparate influences. The result? A suite of highly sym-
. belie-arid psychological forms and landscapes where
empty'spaces are as vocal as filled ones, where the
slightest provocations (the pretentiousness of a turtle-
' heck sweater, the sound" of a friend playing the trumpet, an ad on the radio) are departure points into the
-artist's subliminal world.   -' '-'"
A prime example, arid a favourite of mine, is'a
composition called "Attn: Diariiond-Shoppers.*" Its
jet-black mythological forms; are arresting especially
given the appearance of moveihent'fendered by the
blurred appendages of forms that are half man, half
" beast. Above one of these creatures," which appears
to - have the"; head of a buffalo, Hutzulak slings a
'. haunting-Taridseape, literally a riightrhare caught 6ft
« the" horns ofthe bull. Vanishing edifices'and huinan
'visages are ensconced in contours that bind'the
wholescene together. * ■•*■...■       >-:"
Adding to the complexity of "Diamond Shoppers* is
the fact that, according to Hutzulak, the stimulus for
. the drawing came from a Spence Diarriorids corpirier-.
cial he kept hearing ori"'
the radio, a detail
which makes for some
fascinating allusions
when you're standing
th6fe locking'at the
work. Sound and iriusic
are ' thematic in the
exhibition and for that
matte r in Hutzulak's
art as a whole. Many of
his ideas are rendered
both as works of aft
and as" songs he plays
m various Vancouver
venues'with his band,
Dixie's Death Pool.
Altogether, Hutzulak's poised and visceral drawings(
are fetching, both visually and mentally, which
reminds me of the third thing you need to know:
expect to see good things from this guy in the future, •♦* THEUBYSSEY
WEDNESDAY; JANUARY 22, 200^    9
Cause for celebration
Campus musical event raises funds for Afghani
.   women and children
at the Gallery Lounge
Jan. 25
by Ian Duncan    %
Got    plans     for   \*
Saturday, January     •
25? Well, I've got "'a
something     even       \
UBC's       Afghan      '  " " -.^ \
Women and Children's
Education Project (AWCEP)
is hosting a fundraising gala at
the Gallery in the  SUB.  It will
include local musical talent such
as Bent Roads Tavern and Thru
Glass, which will be more funk
and folk than you can shake a
stick at.
AWCEP was founded by UBC
political science professor
Kathleen Hill and a group of concerned UBC students in an effort
to raise awareness and aid for the
benefit of Afghani women and
children. The focus is on giving
women a chance to Become equal
partners in the new Afghani government and supplying many
kinds of aid for the betterment of
the lives of women and children
who live under it. Tickets* to"
Saturday's event will b,e_ five dollars and all the profits will go to
UNICEF,, the aid group to which
AWCEP has decided to direct all of
the funds raised.
All of the money will go toward
UNICEF's Afghan women's and
children's education activities.
Travis Allan, a member of the
group and one of the. organisers of
Saturday night's shindig says
"[AWCEP'sJ- emphasis is on long-
term reconstruction rather than
only short term aid . peace building; and riot just peace keeping.*.
This will be a fun night,, and
unlike the usual beer-guzzling,
self-destructing Saturday, this will
be in support of a very important
causeY AWtCEP will be selling tickets all4 over campus, but get
'them*in advance by e-mailing
awcep@yahoo com, since there
will be a limited amount of tickets
available at the. door. Get involved
and get a ticket, come have a
drink, see the bands and help support the cause. ♦
Legends collide on
George Harrison
[Capitol]    -;
Iron Maiden
by Chris Dingwalt
The spiritual and musical quest that
began with "Within You Without
You" ends with Brainwashed, George
Harrison's posthumously released
album. Produced, by Harrison, son
Dhani and long-time collaborator Jeff
Lynne (of the Electric Light
Orchestra and the ~ Traveling
Wilburys), the bulk of the album was
recorded in the time, leading up to
Harrison's November 2001 death
and shows him to be at the height of'
his musical and lyrical'charms.
"Any Road" begins the album
with a sunny jaunt through
Harrison's existential philosophy
that,is equal parts profound and
tongue:in-cheek.' the dark hand of
fate ("Oh Lord, we pay the
price/With the spin ofthe wheel and
the roll of the dice") shares space
with 'alf-yeah's and 'ooh-ee's. The
alburd goes on iii this vein; in some
eases hearkening to his Beatles days;
"Rising Sun" has a lot of "While My
Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Rocking
Chair in Hawaii* has A lot of "For
You Blue*—shimmering slide guitar
and all.' "Marwa Blues* is a pretty
instrurhental that delicately lays
bare Harrison's Eastern and
Western influences, otherwise
implicit in songs like "Run So Far"
and "Never Get Over You," which
deal with mortality and break-ups,
This album is in many ways a
document of a man who knows he is
dying (Harrison had been diagnosed
with lung cancer in 1997)i yet none
ofthe album is sombre. Sometimes
his wiy sense of spirituality is too
serious for its own good (we are
being "brainwashed by the satellite,"
he helpfully warns at the end of the
title track), but these* moments are
rare. Brainwashed corries from
another world that only Harrison's
weary soul can'glimpse, and only his
gentle wit can make believable
Iron Maiden's "spiritual and musical
quest is of a slightly different nature,
though the calib're te just; as high:
George' Harrison .makes nice music
about bicycles arid God's love; Maideri
makes nice music about Satan and
. his army. Edward the Great compiles
the band's most cherished singles on
a single disc, iricludirig all four from
their seminal Seventh Son of a
Seventh Son album. (1987) and one
live track from their epic (2 50,000
attendees) 'Rock in Rio', concert in
■ 2Q01. As such, Edward is njeant for
Maiden beginners—there's nothing
new here for die-hard'fans—and it
serves as ari excellent introduction to
the woefully under-appreciated genre
of heavy metal.
Maiden's music is complex and
not to be scoffed at, its lineage traceable, to Phil Collins' Genesis/
Motorhead, and Led Zeppelin. Their
lyrical subXect inattef runs the gamut
from a homage to the plight of the "
American Cree on "Ruh.fo.tfie Hills,"
an enthusiastic ode to anal sex on
"Bring Your Daughter to the
Slaughter," arid a contender for the
most iriisunderstood love song of all
time, "The Evil that Men Do."
As a rock vocalist, Bruce
Dickinson doesn't sing' so much as
chant And as primary songwriter,
Steve Harris is more a conjurer of
gloom from an ethereal landscape
saturated with demons and evil. This
is metal at its best artfully loud
music that exists well beyond the
mundane experience of modern individuals. Like Harrison, Maiden isn't
too keen on the world as-is, and they
both, use their music to glance at
more awesome places. ♦
*- - .-. - upas?... youp chance to decide
VOTE!!!!! February 10-14,2003
If passed, the U-Pass will be a mandatory program for all UBC students.
The U-PasS will give you: ,       '
• Unlimited access to TransLink Bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain Services (all zones);
'Discounted West Coast Express Fares;
• Increased service and capacity on U8C routes;
• Discounts at participating merchants;
• Continued access to other UBC transportation programs (provided by the
Trek program center}
How much will it cost?
• $20 per month (Sept-April) for non UBC housing students
'". '•'■$ V5 per month'(Sept-ApVil) for UBC housing students •   -
Want More Info?
Check out www.upass.ubc.ca, or email AMS VP External, Tara Learn at
t—you have a voice - use it!
Ofi January 23rd, the Board of Governors will
meet to decide whether .there has been enough
dialogue, between students ar$ the University to .
justify'aii $800* tuition increase.
Come to the Student Led Consultation on Tuition
and bring your concerns directly fo the Board of
Where: The Old Administration Building (past
the North side of Koerner Library)
When: Thursday, January 23rd, from 3:00 pm to
. 50Q pm. * .-■ u
There will be: music theater and the opportunity
to voice your opinion.
-800 is the base increase, different faculties will face larger
union increases.
ams elections^
Campaigning for the AMS Elections is now underway. Check out the
Various candidates via their posters around campus, the link below and
the student forums. Make ah informed decision and get ready to vote
online! '
For more information, contact the Elections Committee at 604-827-
5325 (SUB Room 224>; e-mail elections@ams.ubc.ca or visit the ams
website at www.ams.ubc.ca/elections
Don't forget to vote January, 17th to 24th.
• Tuesday,January21,8.-00 pm-WfiOpm'PlaceVanier,(Hubbard's
Lounge) - All candidates forum (except BOG and Senate)
• Wednesday, January 22,12.00 pm - 200 pm ■ Meekison Arts Student
$pace - Buchanan, D Block - All Candidates Forum, (except BOG and
• Friday, January 24,11:59 pm-Voting ends.
- compost workshopsv
Is your New Year's Resolution to cut down on
waste and become more environmentally
friendly?? Well even if it isn't, an indoor worm
composter is a great way to reduce waste and get
your department involved In a group project UBC
Waste Management is holding a worm_
composting workshop on January 30th, at 12:30
pm where you will learn how to build and
maintain your own worm composter. Composters
are odorless and small enough to fit into any office
and are a great place to put lunch scraps, coffee
grinds and other organic wastes.
When: Thursday, January 30th, 12:30 pm -1:30 pm
Where: 6381 Stores Rd (near the Geology
Building, off of Main Mall)
Cost: $25 for supplies - FREE if you are only
coming for Information.
^Registration by: Friday,January 24th,500 pm
Sue Johanson, the host of the Sunday Night Sex Show will be
on campus talking about sex and answering audience
questions. Free condom giveaways and prize*. Totem Park
Ballroom on Tuesday, Jan. 21st at 700 pm.
AMS Volunteer Servkes presents
2003 International Opportunities Fair
Have you ever wanted to go abroad and do something that
made an impact on your life and on the lives ofthe locals? If so,
then you won't want to miss out on this fair!
Numerous organizations that offer exciting International
Opportunities wilt Ipe present at booths on the SUB Concourse
from January 22nd -24th -10:00 am to 200 pm.
If you're interested in hearing what other students have to say
about their experiences abroad, don't miss the Student Panel on
Wednesday; January 22nd at 12O0 noon in the SUB Partyroom.
The JET program, UBC Student Exchange, and Agriventure will
also be hosting info sessions. If you're interestedin any pf these,
organizations, the info sessions are a great chance to get the
specifics! For more info, visit: www.ams.ubc.ca, or email
Equity Office Workshops,
This workshop trains resource persons for the Positive Space
Campaign. Positive Space is designed to raise visibility of safe
( and supportive places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer,
transgendered, twp-spirited, iriter-sexed and questioning
(LGBQTT) people on campus. It works to increase awareness of
these Issues, reduce homophobia and heterosexism and
challenge patterns of invisibility; a direct result ofthe oppression
LGBQTT people experience.
Dates/times:Jan. 21 st, 1O0pm to 4O0pm - Ponderosa Annex E,
#111,2021 West Malfc For more information, please contact
Chris McKay, at 604-822-6353 or equity@equity.ubcca~
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Kathleen Deering
Chris Shepherd
Michael Schwandt
Sarah Conchie
.   Duncan M. McHugh
Anna King
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Jesse Marchand
Parminder Nizher
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Fernie Pereira
Karen Leung
Shalene Takara
Kathleen Deering walked through thA dark dark forest on hex
way io Chris Shepherd'* hous*. She \yas in a really bi& rush
because sha was avoiding running into Michael Schwandt
Sarah Coijchie, Rob Nagai and tha rest o( Duncan McHugh'*.;
gang of antisocial miscreants. Anna King had teen roughed up
by them toughs last week and if Nic Feiisoni Hywel fuscario,
and Sara Young hadn't been coming out torn Jesse Marchand's
seedy bar at the tune, she'd have been worse off than Andrew
Bowyer and Parminder Nizher. Somewhere between there and
Nlegin Thomas's mansion, she heard a terrible, hysterical
scream in. the dark. Brooks McLachlan'* anguished cries
echoed through the trees and reminded her of the terrible fetes
Lii Amiells Del Rosa, Janet French, John McCrank, Jonathan
Woodward, Ted Chen, and Johnny Hua had met just a year
before., on this very date! Suddenly* Mia Mali's whispered
warnings seemed a lot mora dire. She should have stayed at
Dan Silverman's place. Suddenly, out of tha terntying gloom
came a shape. It carried » knife. She screamed. It was terrible.
if wap... Graeme Worthy, coming back to seek revenge again3t
Ronald NurwisaA. Kim Koch and Aman Sharma. Zerah Lurie's,
whq was hilling in the bushes, wanted no part in aU of that*
A Ubyssey
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Sometimes we at the Ubyssey find ourselves
with so many important and pertinent issues to
. write about in our editorials that we can't decide
which one to grace our readers with. Such i3 the
case with today's issue. So, in lieu of an editorial, the Ubyssey would like to present a quiz for
our esteemed readers. Give it your best shot,
and don't forget to check your answers. The
reader who gets the most answers correct wins
a prize. Oh, we're just kidding—no you don't.
Good luck!
1) How many dollars did UBC overestimate it
was getting from summer tuition lastyear when
making up the budget for this year?
(a) $6.87 7 •, ■
(b) $47.29
(c) $2236.07
(d) $5 million
2) Which UBC character provided the Ubyssey
with this tantalising quote regarding the TA
Union 'breakfast at Martha Piper's' protest last
Thursday? First he said he didn't attend because
he slept in. He continued: "I didn't plan to go,
■ no. It's just a personal choice of mine. The logic
behind the protest, I agree with."
(a) Martha Piper, UBC president
(b) that flute-playing guy
(c) Alex Grant, TA Union pres
(d) Chris Lythgo, Alma Mater Society (AMS) vp
3)Date ofthe Sapphire baifl
(a) Yesterday, you missed it
(b) It's like, the biggest sorority event of the year!
(c) Saturday, March 22.
(d) I'm so excited I think I'm going to throw up.
4) Who is. this unnamed AMS councillor referring to when he said, at one of council's biweekly meetings: "You should bring a pillow. Some
people just can't stop talking.'
(a) Martha Piper's imaginary friend Bort
(b) your parents
(c) your blind date
(d) the AMS council
- 5) What shouldn't you do after consuming
enough liquor that your blood alcohol level is
0.149? •'
(a) rule a province ' 7
(b) drive on a winding highway kilometers and
kilometres away from your destination
(c) smile for your mugshot
(d) all ofthe above .    .
6) You're the head of a major international institution of learning involved in negotiations with
your employees. They want a pay raise to match
increased costs you have imposed on them.
What shouldn't you do?
(a) suggest tents on Wreck Beach for housing   .
(b) call the RCMP "
(c) accept a 30 per cent pay increase
(d) all of the above
7) What constitutes a threat to US National
(a) empty chemical warheads made in the 1980s
(b) four Canadian soldiers practicing war
manouevres in Afghanistan
(c) an egomaniacal political family
(d) killer bees
8) What did Canada's Poet Laureate George
Bowering say to slain poets?
(a) "[You are all] crude and extremely revolting*
(b) "[You are all] prudes, preening and molting*
(c) *I really identify with your work. I find it
inspiring and passionate.*
(d) "What's the deal with your hair?*
9) What was the original phrase that inspired
George Bush's "axis of evil" statement?
(a) axis of pretzels'
(b) axis of hatred
(c) axis of grumpiness
(d) axis of countries who possess" oil
10) You hear a squeaking, a squealing and a
grunting noise. Where are you?
(a) UBC farm
(b) Totem Park residence lounge
(c) AMS exec summer camp \
(d) The Moon
Answers; (d,d,c,d,d,d,c,a,b,c) ♦
Real AMS issues stifled under personalities and mockeries
by Daniel Grice
Although one ofthe less dirty elections in past years, this election
again show% thatA^ma Mater
Society (AMS) elections have less
to do with important issjies and
more to do with misrepresentation and mockeiy. As In independent who has to* work ten,
tinies- as hard to get my message
out there, I ani disappointed, tp see
23 candidates running fi?r presi-,,
dent; or members of the_ Radical
Beer Faction (RBF) actually saying
that they despise the very council
that they are running for. I am
running against a candidate who
indentifies herself as a pylon,
which could easily receive more
votes than me, despite the fact that
the winner will be paid nearly 20
grand and will be fighting for the
future of education. Is this one of
the reasons that elections often
receive less than 10 per cent ofthe -
vote. It makes one wonder, do stu-,
dents actually care about the quality of their education, the safety
and assistance programs on campus, or any ofthe other things that
makes       UBC
, worth attending? UBC is getting a bad reputation for its
apathy,   .   and
,those who are
running as a joke do nothing to
help it. It is especially sad when
students; with strong opinions and.,
real concerns fail to stand up in a
serious issue. Laha Rupp (presidential for RBF) for instance
speaks on behalf of Science students who have lost their labs
while handing out 'not beers."
The AMS shouldn't be treated
as a gag, even if students are tired
of slates monopolising elections.
The only redeeming aspect of this
ejection is that I am, not the only
independent running this year.
Ian McKechnie and Alan
Warkentin both have real experience and are candidates for VP
7 Finance. Plus there
are others running
for Senate and Board
of Governors (BoG),
Both of them have
made a real commitment to balancing
the AMS's troubled finances, and
have publically pledged to reduce
their salaries. With student gpy:
ernment, I think there is a level of
honesty present, only with.independents. They are the. ones who,
make a commitment to the position that they are running for, and
to serious issues. Regardless of
the results of this election, I hope
candidates in the future will be
willing to prove their commit
ment by only running if they are
seriously concerned about the
issues, and by running on those
issues rather than a slate. And I
hope the voters realise that just
because you know someone running for a slate, it doesn't mean
you have to vote for them all.
Come out to forums, read up on
the candidates and e-mail them if
you have any questions. But especially vote. AMS Council nafs
moved to online elections this
year so as to make it more convenient to vote, and to allow co-op
and students on exchange to participate as well. You pay for the
AMS, you may as well vote wisely
for it. ♦
—Daniel Grice is an
independent candidate for
vice president, external and a
fourth-year archaeoldgy
student. THE UBYSSEY
Easy reads for hard drives
How to kill time,
without wanting
to kill yourself
by Hal Bowman
[Quirk Books]
by John Moon
I only wish I had this book in the days of my
386 DX-33 with a 2400-baud modem, running
DOS 6.0 and Windows* 3.1. You remember
those days, don't you? I waited literally hours
on a single-functional, single-tasking PC computer every time I had to install programs. It
became standard practice for me to keep a
prone computers, such as mine. Written by
Hal Bowman, a systems technician in a
major corporation. Computer Waiting Games
is a do-it-yourself recipe book of "Things to
Do While Downloading, Processing, or
Crashing." The way Bowman sees it, people
usually waste tonnes of time in the workplace, but when it comes to computing, they
expect instant gratification. So rather than
opening a real book or doing actual work, the
impatient computer user can find in this
book an activity to fill waiting periods of less
than three minutes, three to seven minutes,
or eight minutes or longer.
• .Many ofthe activities in the book are quite
ingenious. The "Mind and Spirit" section is
perhaps the most pragmatic; it includes such
enlightening activities as "building an altar to
the downloading gods' and the 'praying for a
decent connection pose.' Sometimes (actually,
most times, since I use Telus ADSL), I do feel
that prayer and meditation are the only real
ways to achieve good, steady connections and
downloads. My favourite activity, however, is
'power strip Russian roulette," a game in
which you grasp a random cord on the power
strip, and pull it out
Computer Waiting Games is definitely
worth considering as a gift to send a subtle but
sure message to your computer nerd friend
Hubert that he spends way too much time on
the computer. Just make sure you're out ofthe
way when he" tries the CD-ROM long-distance
discus toss in your direction. ♦
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book by the computer—not because I like to
actually read (I hate reading, naturally, as I am
an English literature major), but because
there was no television in my computer room
and looking at a book (yes, looking at; not even
reading) was more compelling than watching
the installation process.
Computer Waiting Games may be a bit
outdated in the age of multitasking glory, but
it's still quite relevant to slow and crash-
What NOT to to do in essays
The Fifty Fatal Flaws of Essay Writing
by Glen R. Downey..
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by Zerah Lurie
Most students never bother looking over their essay once they
find out their grade, yet looking
over their comments and seeing
what they did wrong is probably
the best way students can
improve their essay writing.
The Fifty Fatal Flaws of Essay
Writing helps students improve
their writing by going over their
essays for them- Glen Downey, a
writing teacher, lists many common mistakes that he has seen in
his students' essays and explains
how to correct them so that they don't have to decipher their teachers'
handwriting and figure out what the cryptic shorthand means.
The book is arranged in a simple, straightforward format in which
Downey explains each flaw with an example, shows how to fix it, and
" then gives exercises for further practice.
This'book is aimed at high school, university and college students,
and although upper-year students will find most of the examples too
basic, lower-year students will find many ofthe tips extremely useful.
One thing about this book that students will appreciate is that it
makes no apologies in telling them what teachers are really looking
Imitation is the sincerest
form of flattery. Come
write for the real thing.
Ubyssey Sports Betto, th-
The Ubyssey's annual
Pride Issue hits stands
February 14th
A meeting for interested
writers, photographers,
designers and arts is on
Friday, January 24th in SUB
Room 24 in the basement
Routes to
A program offered by the Department of
Computer Science, University of British' Columbia
• Are you thinking of making a career
• Are you thinking about a career in
Information Technology?
• Are you looking for an education
program that will equip you with the
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aspiration into a reality?
ARC is a 28-rnonth post-baccalaureate
diploma program combining 18 months of
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designed for people with an excellent record
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little or no programming experience.
Features of the ARC program:
• Small class size;
• No high tuition fees. The fees are the
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• Industry experience;
• Welcome students from a wide range
of academic backgrounds, e.g.
humanities, science, education,
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For more information, go to our
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email undergrad-ihfo@cs.ubc.ca.
for. Downey speak3 to.the students without pretension, letting them
know that teachers won't be fooled by their schemes to disguise bad
essay writing—for example, overusing the thesaurus and padding with
unneeded words are flaws nine and ten respectively. There is no
secret code that teachers expect in students' writing. Instead, as
Downey explains, all they want is a clear and well-written essay.
Downey splits his book evenly between mechanical mistakes (the
dangling modifier, flaw #42) and 'more general problems in writing
style and essay-writing (the two-sentence conclusion, flaw #15). He
tackles essays at the word, sentence-, paragraph and content levels.
Unfortunately, since this book has no index or table of contents, students will need to look through the entire book to find information
about a particular writing flaw.
While it might be easy to learn how to correct the mechanical
mistakes, overcoihing sentence and paragraph mistakes can take a
lot of practice and patience. While the practical exercises try to help
students by giving them ways to practice solving a particular flaw,
they are often unrealistic, suggesting tasks few will ever bother carrying out.
Filly Fatal Flaws does not pretend to be the ultimate answer to all
your essay problems. Downey suggests several times that the reader
should consult a MLA or grammatical reference guide. These writing
guides are extremely useful and expand on some of the' issues that
Downey only touches on. Yet, while a writer's reference is perhaps an
essential tool for all writers, it only works if they know how to use it
Still, The Fifty Fatal Flaws of Essay Writing shines by telling students where they can go wrong in very simple and concise language, so it is easy to know which problems to they need to fix. Best
of all, Downey explains how to recbgnise and fix each flaw in under
two pages, so each individual problem can be identified and corrected quickly. ♦ 12
by Rob Nagai
It was the moment that captured
the weekend. With 14 seconds
before the end of the first half on
Saturday night, SFU's Pasha Bains
squared off against Thunderbird
Corey Ogilvie. Bains dribbled the
ball back and forth, beating the
challenge into the floor. The Birds'
defence had settled, and all eyes
were on Bains. Suddenly," he
exploded past Ogilvie, making for
the hoop. But instead of a swoosh,
the whistle sounded- as first-year
Thunderbird Ryder McKeown
threw himself in front of Bains to
draw the call for charging.
That's how. the whole weekend
played, out for the Clan, moving
past one Thunderbird only to find
another in their path. But the first
and perhaps most damaging block
came almost a week before tipoff,
when star forward Jordan Mason
was declared ineligible to play
under SFU's academic rules. The
last time SFU and UBC met, Mason
did major damage as one of the
Clan's leading scorers and play-
makers, With Bains suffering from
pneumonia, and Mason gone, the'
Birds swept the Clan out of the
number one spot in the Pacific
Division with just six games left
before the playoffs.
With 1500 rowdy fans in the
stands, UBC won out over the
struggling Clan 91-80 Saturday
night, following a Friday match in
which the Birds thumped Simon
Fraser 87 to 60. Second-year star
Karlo Villanueva laid down ten
points and nine assists in the victo'SFU is not just a notch on the
post," said the five^foot-three point
guard. "They were ranked, one all
year. They had two games on us, we
had to get the wins and make the
point spread. And we did."
Veteran forward Kyle Russell
also helped lead the team, Russell
had a lot of sympathetic words for
SFU over the loss of Mason, but
didn't show sympathy on the floor
as he put up 24 points in Saturday's
Fourth-year forward Pat McKay
was beaming on Saturday night
after he put up 22 points and
knocked down 11 rebounds. "They
tried to attack me and I stepped it
up," said McKay of his presence
under the boards.
Coach Hansen, sees the, wins as
equivalent to playoff victories. "You
want to say it is just another game,
but when it is your rival there is a lot
on that line. We really want to ride
the wave right now. Beating your
rival puts you on a momentum
swing," Hansen said. "We end. [the
season} on four road trips. So you
got to take" care of business at
home."     ... , ;
The Birds host the University of
Victoria Vikes at War Memorial
Gymnasium next weekend. Tip-off is
. at 8pm Friday and Saturday. V
Dinos upset UBC pool
Swim team loses Canada
West championships for the
first time in five years
by Sarah Conchie
For the first time in five years, the UBC Thunderbird
swim team stood second on the podium at the Canada
West Championships. A young Dino team, capitalising on
the lack of Olympic material from the UBC pool, proved
their prowess in their home waters, winning by a 113-
point team margin oyer the defending national champions. The Birds were missing power turbines Brent
Hayden and Brianjohns, but the Dinos have been on the
make since the beginning of the season, winning the
national coaches' poll by a 200-point margin over the
Birds as of January 12.
The swimming program at UBC boasts five national
championship banners and a stable of Olympic athletes.
but although the Birds posted record-breaking times at
the event in Calgary over the weekend, the Dinos broke
tradition with some impressive swimming of their own.
Despite Jessica Deglau's six gold- and one silver-medal
performance, Calgary's women won out on the third day
of the meet, with Dino Erin Gammel setting the record,
winning the 100m backstroke with a time of 1:00.65.
UBC's Kelly Stefanyshyn contributed five medals to the T-
Bird total, while newcomer Michelle Landiy swam for
four, including two golds for the 200m and 400m individual relays.
In the absence of Hayden and Johns, Bird Mark
Johnston lead the men, winning six golds and one silver,
and breaking his earlier 200m freestyle record in the
process. Matt Huang, a recent addition to the UBC pool,
won first place in both the 100m and 200m breast-
stroke, and the men reset the record in the 400m free
relay. '.
The national showdown begins February 20 in the
neutral waters of Victoria.. UBQ will be gunning for their
sixth national title, while the! Dinos will look to resume
their place as top-ranked in the country.. Before UBC
became the team to beat, Calgary was running on a
three-year championship streak from 1994 to 1997.♦
Italy update
The Canadian men's ice hockey
team continues to win at the World
Universiade in Tarvisio, Italy, beating ^the USA. 5-1 Sunday and triumphing over Finland 3-1 on
Monday. UBC's own Nick Marach.
continues to sit in the penalty box,
roughing up some American players this time, and serving two minutes in the third period. Marach
was on the ice long enough to score
the opener in the Finland game,
however, before grabbing two
penalties in the first and second
periods. Team" Canada now sits
atop their pool with four wins and
no losses, and will advance to the
semi-final after a Wednesday
match-up against the Czech
Alpine skier and UBC student
Alexandra MacLean made good
time down the hill on Sunday, finishing 21st, five seconds off the
winning time. Monday, MacLean
Ice hockey
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placed 34th in the women's super
G event, 12 seconds, off an Italian
winning time of 1:46.46.
Luke Heckrodt, the Bird's crosscountry emissary, placed 75 th in
the first event, five minutes back* of
the winner with a time of 30:24.5.
The following day, he jumped 17
spots to finish 58th in the men's
lkm sprint event.
The Games continue until
January 25, with live results and
everything Team Canada at
It's still technically attainable, but
the men's hockey team will have to
win three of four possible points in
' the coming weeks to make the playoffs. The Birds fell 7-1 and 3-2 to
the Calgary Dinos on the road this
weekend, and are off to Regina to
face the Cougars January 24-25.
Regina currently holds the final
playoff spot in the division.
The women are still in the basement ofthe Pacific division, shut-out
by the Saskatchewan Huskies this
weekend. Goaltenders Lucie Fortin
(29 saves) and Teiyne Russell (37
saves) valiantly held back the Husky
attack, but the Birds eventually lost
6-0 and 1-0 to the tenth-ranked
Saskatchewan crew. The 1-15 UBC
squad is still looking for their second
win of the season as they host the
fourth-ranked Regina Cougars next
weekend at the Winter Sports Centre.
The puck drops at 7pm both Friday
and Saturday night. ♦
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' i
s 4.
ill ,"j''rli*x\T
TOWER OF POWER: UBC's Pat McKay grabbed
Saturday's victor/, rose bouthellier photo
rebounds in
Women swept by Clan
"We can tinker
with some things
at this point in
the season, but
by Sarah Conchie
Somewhere in the second half of
Friday night's game, the women's
basketball team lost their nerve.
Playing SFU for the third time this
season, UBC had
the distinction of
being    the    only
team to beat the
Clan in 41 games,
but the only history
made   this   time
around   was   the
presentation of a       ■' , " ,   .
brand-new scholar-   W6 re getting a
woman Rutii   fog^ to fa rg_
Wilson. -
Top ubc for- inventing the
ward Carrie   .'■*.'' \ # .
Watson, the firs|T-  Wheel.
Bird to receive the
$1800 award, had
little to celebrate
in  the  wake   of
Saturday's loss, as
she saw her team
score a mere three
points in the first 15 minutes of
play. The Clan dominated the first
half, going on an unanswered 19-
point scoring run before Watson
fought her way through the thicket
of SFU players for a lay-up, making
the score 6-19 with five minutes of
play remaining. >
"We just didn't get it done," said
Watson in the aftermath. "We didn't
take care of business tonight We
came out bad, and we just couldn't
get things back together."
Watson scored 12 points for the
Birds in the loss, but she was the only
UBC player in double digits as the
Clan rumbled to a 57-36 victory.
—Deb Huband
Head coach,
Women's basketball
Thirty-six points is a season low for
the UBC squad, but coach Deb
Huband focussed on the lack of performance rather than the score.
"We're on a three-game losing
streak, and playing Simon Fraser we
thought we could come out with at
least a split," said Huband. "So, no,
we're not in a good
place right now."
, The trbuble started in the second half
of   Friday   night's
game, with the Clan
gobbling up UBC's
slim eight-point lead
in the first few minutes, and then holding the Bird3 to a 32
per  cent  shooting
average throughout
the second half. And
even   though   the
Birds out-rebounded
SFU 40-27, the last
few minutes swung
inexorably        into
SFU's favour. With
four   minutes   left
and the Birds within
four pomts of tying
up the game, the foul
calls flew, and the Clan prevailed
from the line, winning 65-58.
"We can tinker with some things
at this point in the season, but we're
getting a Httle bit long in the tooth to
be re-inventing the wheel," said
Huband after the game.."We're confident iji our playbook, we're confident
in what we can do on tfie court, but
where we're seeing variation is the
preparation—the mental side of the
game. That's a personal thing and
the players need to take responsibility for that"
The 9-5 pirds host the young UVic
Vikes in the last home series of the
seasonJan24-25. ♦


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