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Brainy science
UBC professor honoured for
Alzheimer's research. Page 3.
Aboriginal art
An exhibit by Robert Davidson currently
on campus. Page 9.
The Ubyssey profiles baseball stalwart
Adam Campbell. Page 5.
Building new residences over Wreck
Beach does not put students first.
Page 10.
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Housing shortage at UBC
UBC housing shortage an annual occurrence
by Eric Szeto
Each year, UBC Housing is faced with
the task of placing thousands of new
and returning students into a limited
number of residence spaces on campus. This year, despite changes made
to the placement system, there is still
an estimated 1,100 people on the
waiting list
"There is a shortage every year.
This year is no different than any
other year/ explained Fred Fotis,
director of UBC Housing and
Conferences. "There's a high demand
for housing on campus and the
demands always exceed the supply
and that's been the case for many
Measures of improvement were
put in place after the housing scuffle
last year, according to UBC Housing.
In 2003, over 300 third-year students
and 81 second-year students were
displaced, and many first-year students were placed in floor lounges.
This year, there is guaranteed housing for first-years.
"If you're a first-year student, you
get the university priority placement
which people often call the guarantee
for housing," said Brian Heathcote,
chief  financial   officer   for   UBC
For returning students, a lottery
system was implemented last fall and
will be put in place again this year for
students. The lottery applies to students currently living in residence.
"I'm not sure how the lottery will
operate this year. 3,900 students
applied for lottery and 75 per cent
should get it" said Heathcote.
UBC isn't the only university that
has students on a waiting list.
University of Toronto's St Georges
Campus has a similar situation to
UBC, said Arlene Clement, its director of housing.
"We can never meet demand for
residence wait lists. Part of it is
because of where we are located in
the city,* said Clement, adding that
changes have taken place to ensure
there are guarantees similar to
UBC's for first-year students.
However, two other major
Canadian universities—Queens
University and Simon Fraser
University (SFU)—don't seem to be
dealing with housing problems.
"Four years ago we had so many
students that we converted a large
number of common rooms to bedrooms to accommodate the incoming class. However, this year we may
be closing a couple of buildings as
they are not required," said Bruce
Griffiths, director of residence & hospitality services at Queens
University. "Numbers are tough but
we are down about 100 or so students this year."
SFU is at carrying capacity for
"There isn't a shortage of student
housing this year, we just opened
another two residences with 500
more beds so this year we've actually got enough," explained Derek
Bideshi, residence area supervisor at
SFU. In past years, there have been
double the number of applicants,
creating huge shortages. There may
be a shortage this year at SFU once
students realise there is space, said
Currently, new residences are
under construction at UBC that will
accommodate a larger portion of the
student housing demand in the
"We're in the process of constructing a new project off Lower
Mall where we're going to open in
phases in the fall pf '05 and '06 and
in the early part of '07/ stated Fred
Fotis, estimating that the conclusion
of this project will singificantly alleviate the strain put on current campus housing. ♦
Coins beyond humanitarian borders
Engineering student
Monica Rucki honoured
for her volunteer work
by Carina Cojeen
While many students have a hard
time balancing their studies, fourth-
year Engineering student Monica
Rucki has been helping out the
Downtown East Side, East Timor
and the SPCA—among others—while
being a full time student at UBC.
And now her extensive volunteering
through Engineers Without Borders
(EWB), and the UBC Learning
Exchange is finally being recognised.
Rucki won a YWCA Woman of
Distinction award in the Young Trail
Builders category for her outreach
work both in the local community
and internationally. She started volunteering with, the UBC's EWB in
February of 2003, travelling that
summer with an EWB initiative to
East Timor, where she helped design
and build prototype solar dryers for
preserving food.
Last fall, after returning to
Canada, Rucki became co-president
of the UBC chapter of EWB. Through
the organisation, she helped promote
and guide a number of projects,
including an initiative that develops computer skills training centres
for impoverished children in the
In addition, Rucki worked in partnership with the UBC Learning
Exchange as one of four volunteers
who gave up their reading week to
provide information technology (IT)
training at to residents of
the Downtown Eastside at various
In addition to all her volunteer
work, Rucki has carried a heavy engineering course load. How did she balance it all?
"I have found it hard to manage,"
Rucki admitted. Still, her concern
and dedication for others keeps her
going. "I'm so passionate about the
volunteer work and I find it so
rewarding that I can't stop volunteering," she said, adding that the experience has taught her a lot about organisational skills and time management
Rucki's peers have certainly
recognised her achievements. Two
members of the national EWB executive, including Parker Mitchell, a co-
founder of Engineers Without
Borders, nominated her for the
YWCA award.
Closer to home, Jordan Marr,
coordinator of the EWB summer
IT training program at the Dr
Peter AIDS Centre in downtown
Vancouver, has nothing but praise for
"She is a very special, awe-inspiring person who seems to have an
endless supply of energy that she
puts into selfless endeavours/ said
In addition to working with EWB,
Rucki even manages to find time to
walk stray dogs for the SPCA, he
In the near future, Rucki is developing a student-directed seminar on
international development for engineering students. In addition, she
will be involved in EWB's national
conference, which will be hosted by
UBC in January 2005. After graduation, Rucki plans to continue her
work in international development
For more on Engineers Without
Borders, visit www.ubc.ewb.ca. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, September 10,2004
Where can Americans get
their vote on?
For the roughly 600 UBC students
who are citizens of the United States
of America, the chance to participate in the November 2 US presidential election is looming.
For those people who have put
off registering as absentee voters,
1 More Vote, a group funded by the
Democrat party, will be holding a
voter registration drive on
September 10 outside the SUB from
1 lam to 2pm.
If you miss the drive, help is available online. Both presidential candidates have forms available on their
websites - www.johnkerry.com (click
"Register to Vote" on the side bar)
and www.georgebush.com (under
the "Vote Early* subheading). The
Democratic National Committee has
also funded an easy absentee ballot
request system called "Overseas Vote
2004/ which can be found at
For the ultimate authority on voting issues, go to www.fvap.gov, the
Federal Voting        Assistance
Program's (FVAP) online site. There
you will find a thorough FAQ page
and information about individual
state deadlines and procedures. The
FVAP site recommends that, to
receive a ballot, citizens mail in
their request at least 45 days before
the election (by September 19). For
those who are registering to vote for
the first time, the FVAP urges that
they mail in their Federal Post Card
Application, which can be printed
off the FVAP website, as soon as possible.
In the 2000 federal election, outcomes in six states were decided by
less than 7,500 votes, with less than
1,000 votes deciding the crucial
Florida vote. According to statistics
released by lMoreVote.org., if all eligible US citizens in Canada register
to vote, including the 250,000 living
in British Columbia and the Yukon,
they could potentially produce a
larger turnout than eight states produced in the 2000 election.
ine em shoes
If your Oxfords are getting a little
faded and scratched take them out
to Shinerama on September 11.
With locations set up on campus
during First Week and around
Vancouver, Shinerama will be raising money for the Canadian Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF). Don't
want your shoes shined? Last year
Shinerama UBC also did lollipop
sales, car washes and a carnival to
raise funds.
To mark their 40th anniversary
Shinerama hopes to nationally raise
$ 1 million this year.
For more information about
Shinerama visit www.shinerama.ca.
For information about cystic fibrosis or the CCFF, visit www.
cysticfibrosis.ca. ♦
New residence gathers clouds of
Four towers due for
completion in 2007
by Sarah Bourdon
The view of the cliffs above Wreck Beach will be
changing drastically in the next three years as
UBC builds four new controversial student residence towers along Northwest Marine Drive.
Construction has started on the first tower,
which is due to be completed by August 2005.
Pending approval from UBC, the other three towers will be completed by 2007.
The residences, which will be located between
Totem Park and Place Vanier, are a major step
toward alleviating the high demand for housing at
UBC, said Fred Fotis, head of UBC Housing. The towers will provide spaces for nearly 2,000 second,
third and fourth-year students as well as for graduate students.
"We had a long waiting list again this year,"
said Fotis. "I don't think this is going to completely take care of the demand, but it will certainly
lessen the demand."
The first tower will be 18 stories in height and
will offer four-person quads and studio apartments. Low-rise residence buildings will connect
the towers and the complex will have a commons
block and food outlet
The construction of the towers has angered
members of the Wreck Beach Preservation Society
(WBPS), who are concerned that the buildings will
compromise the natural beauty of the beach.
"The main concern is the destruction of a priceless view that won't be passed on to future generations/ said Judy Williams, chair of the WBPS.
"There will be no going back once those buildings
go up. They wouldn't do this to Stanley Park, why
the hell would they do it to Wreck Beach?"
The WBPS has been circulating a petition in
opposition of the project and has collected 19,000
signatures so far. Still, UBC does not consider the
group to be a stakeholder in the process, said
"As far as UBC is concerned, we really do not
really have a voice in this," she said.
However, the height of the three remaining
towers has not been finalised and may still be
modified to accommodate concerns, said Joe
TOWERS OF CONTROVERSY: The design for the new Marine Drive student housing/ Which:
will house nearly 2,000 students, courtesy of ubc properties trust
Redmond, vice president of UBC Properties Trust.
It has been difficult to assess the impact of the
towers on the beach since it is hard to define what
constitutes the beach, he said.
"If you take the high water mark, we don't
believe the towers would be seen. But on the other
hand, when the tide goes out around here, you
can practically walk out into the middle of the
Fraser River, and from that distance out, of
course, you will begin to see," said Redmond.
"The question of should the towers be seen is one
question, the question of where should they be
seen from is another question."
While the views of UBC's neighbours will be
considered, the needs of the university are a high
priority, said Redmond.
"We understand the concerns, but we are following university guidelines with this residence/
" said RedMd^r*^^
the university, and while we try to be good to the
neighbours, who's really benefiting from this? It's
the university."
However, there are alternatives to building
high-rises, said Dr Michael Larice of UBC's School
of Community and Regional Planning. Research
done through the school has shown that new
spaces could be added to existing residences.
"By filling in the interstitial spaces in a sensitive
manner at Place Vanier and Totem Park, you could
actually double the number of beds and rooms on
these two sites without building on a rifewsifce/ sajid
Lance/explaining that finding housing-splutiohs
sometimes requires thinking outside the box. "UBC
Campus Planning and Properties Trust aren't really thinking creatively about ways to conserve land
on campus."
In a survey of UBC students done by graduate
students at the school's urban design studio, it was
found that the majority of students would choose a
ground-oriented residence, said Larice.
"Most students don't want to live in high rise
housing. They prefer to live in low-rise apartments.
said Larice.
"I don't think (high-rises) are necessary here. I
think we need to be using the land that we have in
a much more intensive ways before we start
building things that don't need to be built" ♦
Bookstore card processing brings line-ups and union strife
Change of location aimed at providing convenient, consolidated studehi s^P?fees j
by Sarah Bourdon
Long line-ups are expected at the
UBC Bookstore in the first week of
school. However, this year the lineups aren't just for books, with student cards and U-Passes being
processed at the bookstore instead
of at Koerner Library.
The move is meant to improve
services for students by providing
card processing in a consolidated
location, said Danny Ho, director
of UBC Parking and Access Control
Services, the department that
finances the U-Pass and UBC card..
"The   U-Pass   was   no   longer
being provided space in the
library. If we're talking about core
services to the student, it didn't
make sense to send them one place
for the UBC card and one site for
the U-Pass/ said Ho. "We tried to
search for a suitable site to put
both those carding processes
together and the bookstore was an
ideal location."
A permanent space has been set
up in the bookstore for issuing cards
during peak activity periods as well
as for distributing new and replacement cards throughout the year,
explained Ho. In the future, the university will look at. combining the
process of printing the two cards.
STILL WAITING: U-Pass lines at the bookstore, peter klesken photo
"For you to get your U-Pass, you
needed your UBC card. Eventually
we will probably have the same
machine do both if we can get that,
so we'll even improve it," said Ho.
The relocation has upset a local
union, which feels that the bookstore
having fewer operating hours will
make it less convenient for students
to pick up their cards. CUPE 2950,
the union representing library assistants at UBC, has filed a grievance
with the university, requesting that
the service be moved back to the
library, said Natalie Lisik, the
union's president.
"Before, students could go to the
library between 8am and 11pm and
at any time they could go in and
there would be about ten to 12 staff
there that were trained to give anew
card or fix any problems related to
the card," explained Lisik. "Now the
students are having to deal with the
bookstore hours so it reduces accessibility."
In addition, library assistants represented by the union no longer have
the responsibility of issuing cards, a
part of their job the union would like
restored. The university did not consult with CUPE 2950 or the library
staff before moving the service, said
"If any of the work leaves the
bargaining unit and transfers into
another workers' group or bargaining unit, there has to be mutual
agreement between the parties and
there was no mutual agreement
made," said Lisik. "The university
just said, ok we're moving it from
the library to the bookstore and
they didn't discuss it with us/
The Euove makesLsense to fourth-
year Arts student Alexander
Atanasov. "The line-ups seem much
smaller, so probably it is better/ he
said, adding that having both cards
available in one location is more convenient.
The number of hours the card
service is. accessible was not considered to be a problem, according to
Ho. During non-peak activity periods, the library saw ten to 50 people
per day coming in for new or
replacement cards, with very few
cards being issued in the evening, he
In: the future, the goal is to integrate several services onto the UBC
card, said Ho, explaining that inany
schools in Canada issue student
cards that have multiple uses.  $..
"They act as: ..a;... student card,
library card, access card/as wejll as
for micro-purchases/ he e3tpla|tieid,
adding that if UBC adopts a multi-uS e
card, it may Be used for food services and photocopying on campus.
"The whole intent is to provide
better services to the studentim a
global basis and not just looiong at
the UBC card and not just looking at
the U-Pass/ ♦
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Friday, September 10,2004
I WORK WITH BRAINS! Dr Patrick McGeer stands by his work, levi barnett photo
Advancing Alzheimer's research
UBC professor honoured for ground-breaking work
by Alex Leslie
To recognise steps taken towards discovering
the causes of a debilitating neurological condition, UBC neuroscientist Dr Patrick McGeer
was recently given the Henry Wisniewski
Award by the Alzheimer's Association for
his career-long contribution to Alzheimer's
The award commemorates the work of
Henry Misniewski, for pioneering studies on
experimental neuropathology.
McGeer made a ground-breaking contribution to Alzheimer's research with his finding
that inflammation in the brain contributes to
the progression of degenerative neurological
diseases. McGeer identifies Parkinson's,
Alzheimer's and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) as 'the big three* of such
"Each one of [these diseases] shows quite
prominent inflammatory changes so there's
now all kinds of evidence that this makes the
disease worse/ McGeer said. "It doesn't
cause it but it exacerbates it and that's why
epidemiological studies show that people who
take anti-inflammatory agents are relatively
spared from these conditions."
McGeer has worked on the problem of
inflammation in the brain for 18 years, ever
since the link between inflammation and neurological degeneration was first discovered.
He also pioneered the use of Positron
Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (MRI), techniques used to
produce images of brains afflicted by
Alzheimer's in order to demonstrate changes
caused by the disease.
The research conducted by McGeer
uses human brains, examining the postmortem tissue.
"We're human doctors, we're not mouse
doctors. A lot of people work on transgenic
mice, but our lab works on the real thing,
which is the actual disease/ he said.
Brain tissue used by McGeer's lab is
frozen until use. McGeer estimates that his
lab has "probably 600 or more" brains in its
brain bank.
In addition to his work as a scientist and
professor, McGeer served as a BC provinicial
government health minister for science from
1976 until 1986. During this time, he worked
to increase funding for researchers like himself. Presently, the funding situation for science researchers is dire, explained McGeer.
"We're not in a country that supports
research, and of the research in Canada that
is supported, very little of it goes to these
[degenerative neurological] diseases/ said
McGeer. "So I would say that for [government] funding we're near the bottom of the
totem pole."
McGeer's research is largely supported by
private donors, without which, he said, his
findings would not have been possible. He
remains passionate about his work, emphasising that research is important not only to
those who suffer from neurological diseases,
but to other scientists and physicians in
the field.
"You report your findings so that it benefits everybody and that's what science reporting is all about," said McGeer. In the future,
this will contribute to stopping the development of neurological diseases.
"What you want to do is prevent, because
you're born with all the brains you'll ever
have and you want to-'keep those little neurons going as long as you can," he said.
As for when he intends to hang up his lab
coat, his response was simple: "They'll carry
me out feet first." *>
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Friday, September 10,2004
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UBC's Campbell reflects on memorable summer
T-Bird outfielder drafted by Red Sox and represents Canada at World University Baseball Championships
by Wiison Wong
As students head back to campus for another
school year, they will undoubtedly have stories to tell of their summer escapades,
whether it is about work, travel or plain old
partying. It is likely that of all the stories
told, Adam Campbell will have one of the
most interesting.
A star outfielder with the UBC baseball
team, Campbell's abilities on the diamond
allowed him to get drafted by the Boston Red
Sox and to be selected to travel around the
world to represent Canada against the best
university players on the planet.
His summer started on a disappointing
note as the Thunderbirds advanced to the
NAIA Region I final but lost 11-2 to Concordia
University. Campbell played in 45 games
and led the team in home runs (six) and
stolen bases (11). His strong play led to his
being named to the Canadian team that
would take part in the World University
Baseball Championship (WUBC) in Tainan,
Taiwan. Less than a month later, Campbell
was picked in the 45th round (1351 overall)
in the Major League Baseball (MLB) First-
Year Player Draft that took place June 7-8.
It was a dream realised for Campbell, "It
was a veiy exciting moment for me and my
family. I mean it's southing you've dreamed
about ever since you ^picked up your first
ball...you want to be a professional baseball
player and for me to have the opportunity, it's
something that I'ye forked long and hard for
and for it to pay off like that, it's amazing."
Campbell did not sign with the Red Sox
after the draft but looked to impress the
Boston scouts in an exhibition series against
the US that served as a warm-up to the
WUBC. However, facing some of the top
pitchers in the NCAA was what Campbell
called "a very humbling experience." The
Surrey native consistently faced pitches that
topped 90 miles an hour against the US and
struggled to adjust, .hitting just .167 in the
six-game series.
According to Campbell, the Boston organisation "figured it wasn't my time to go so
I'm going to come back to UBC next year and
have a good season and hopefully do it again
next year."
With a history of battling through adversity,
Campbell quickly proved that the post-draft
troubles didn't faze him. After the series
against the US, Campbell came home and
quickly worked on areas of his game that needed improvement When the WUBC began in
late July, Campbell was much better prepared
to face strong pitchers that teams like Japan
and the US had an abundance of. Canada won
only one game at the WUBC to finish in sixth
place, which Campbell thought was disappointing, "As a team, I think we could have
done better," he said. However, Campbell did
very well individually, rebounding from the
tough US series to hit ,3Q£ in six games.
The tournament in Taiwan was Campbell's
first experience with international baseball.
"The only experience I've had with baseball in
Asia is watching Mr Baseball with Tom
Selleck/ he said, adding that the movie does a
good job of portraying the hectic and exciting
atmosphere that characterises Asian baseball games.
SURREY'S OWN SLUGGER: Adam Campbell is set for another year on tP»e diamond
with the Thunderbirds after a very busy summer of baseball, peter klesken photo
Playing at the WUBC was not only a fun
experience for Campbell, but he thinks it will
also serve him and the other UBC players on
the Canadian team well to have played against
such good players in front of so many people.
"It puts everything into perspective when
you've just finished playing at a world tournament like that. I mean the next time I go out
against LC (perennial NAIA champions Lewis
and Clark State), it's not going to be a pressure
It was a busy summer, but the baseball
never stops for Campbell who also played with
the Langley Blaze over the break. When h£t
returns to campus- Campbell will focus c^
school and on getting feSdy for another base?
ball season starting in February. His attitude
and experience bode well for a young UBC
baseball team looking to make its' first trip to
the NAIA World Series. ♦
they dropped all three matches in an
exhibition tournament against topp-
fli^tNCAA coiiipel
At the Courtyard Marriot Classic
in Malibu, California; the T-Birds saw
action against the defending NCAA
champions from the University of
Southern California. The mismatch
on paper played itself out on the
court as UBC was swept three sets
to none.
The Birds fared slightly better
against the host team from the
University of Pepperdine and the
University of Georgia Bulldogs, win
ning one set in each game. The team
will see its first home action on
October 16 against SFU.
Rowing to glory
Rocky start for volleyball
It was a tough opening weekend for
the UBC women's volleyball team, as
Nominations are invited for
There will be a total of 24 student representatives:
a) 20 third- and fourth-year Arts students to be elected (one representative
from the combined major, honours, or graduate program in each of the
Departments and Schools in rhe Faculty of Arts); and
b) 4 first- and second-year Arts students to be elected (two representatives
from each of first and second year).
Student representatives are full voting members in the meetings of the
Faculty of Arts, and are appointed to committees of the Faculty.
Nomination forms will be available from School and Departmental offices,
the Office of the Dean (Buchanan B130) and the Arts Undergraduate
Society office (Buchanan D140). Submit completed nomination forms to
the Office of the Dean by 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 17, 2004.
Want to so to the Olympics in
Beijing? Rowing varsity for the UBC
Thunderbirds might be your ticket
there. Both Ben Rutledge and Kyle
Hamilton, who finished fifth with the
Canadian men's eight crew in
Athens, had no experience on the
water when they came to Point Grey a
short time ago.
UBC Rowing had a phenomenal
summer outside of the Olympic
regatta as well. The team supplied
four rowers on a joint women's eight
boat with the University of Victoria
that competed, at the prestigious
Henley regatta in England. UBC
rower Kitt Turney also qualified for
the Canadian under-2 3 boat that won
a bronze medal at the world champi-
UBC competitor, Rob Weitemeyer,
raced as part of a men's coxless four
crew that won silver at the senior
world championships in Spain. Any
undergraduates interested in joining
the team can attend an info session
this Tuesday at 6pm in Wood 6.
Canucks prospects to face
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There may not be an NHL season to
look forward to, but hockey fans can
get a glimpse of the future for the
Vancouver Canucks.
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in 2002, the UBC Thunderbirds, who
will be trying to improve oh last
year's .first roundjDlavcdtLjs
play the daS^^ISy
drop is this Sunday at 7pm at the
Winter Sports Centre.
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week, the soccer season kicks off on
Tuesday (Sept 14) at Wolfson Field
when both men's and women's team
play Trinity Western. The women
begin at 5:30pm and the men's game
starts, two. hours later. Both garp.es
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CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Dr Martin Schechter heads up the Canadian Trials Network, peter klesken photo
n September 1983, Dr Martin Schechter arrived at
UBC to begin working as a professor and researcher
in the Department of Epidemiology. With a background in pure math and a medical degree from
, McMaster University, a combination of quantitative
thinking and practical training, he seemed an ideal addition. But almost immediately after his arrival, he received
a phone call that would change the course of his career.
The call came from St Paul's Hospital in downtown
Vancouver. Doctors in the area were repeatedly being confronted by the same mysterious problem in certain
patients and were at a loss for what to do about it. Gay men
were coming to their practices in apparent good health,
except for one thing: swollen glands. News was circulating
of similar cases in California, but no one knew exactly
what it was. This was 1983 and the medical community
had just been assaulted by the beginnings of a global epidemic. Over the next two decades, the same condition puzzling doctors at St Paul's—what is now known as Acquired
Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which results from
the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)—would take
the fives of some twenty million people worldwide.
Schechter immediately became involved in the crisis.
When the first HIV/AIDS drug, AZT, was going through
its testing stages, Schechter worked with other scientists
and doctors at UBC and St Paul's, conducting trials that
tested the effectiveness of different drugs. As the epidemic grew in Canada and abroad, the need for larger and
more widespread drug trials, as well as a system for collaboration between ongoing trials, became evident.
Canada's federal government put out a request for proposals to create such a system.
In 1990, UBC's group, in which Schechter played an
integral part from the beginning, won the bid, and just
seven months later, on January 23, 1991, the Canadian
Trials Network (CTN) came into existence. Schechter is
now the national director of the CTN, which in his estimation has to date played a role in the testing of all of the
major HIV/AIDS drugs on the market (there are currently
around twenty). And with ongoing cooperation with other
such networks in the US and England, past trials in
Argentina and plans for future trials in Uganda, it seems
clear that the CTN is capable not only of contributing to
solving the HIV/AIDS crisis here in Canada, but across the
To 'cure AIDS* is a lofty ambition, possibly more often
stated by high school students on scholarship applications
and potential Miss Universes than sober-thinking scien-
tists. But for Schechter and his colleagues, it is a reality,
one rendered continually nearer by ongoing research.
The CTN, comprised of 36 working clinics across
Canada, all* conducting ongoing trials of new prevents
tive drugs for HIV/AH)S, has since its creation opened
the lines of communication among those most concerned with HIV/AIDS across the country. With its
national head office located in Vancouver and six regional head offices across the country, the network creates a
space for interaction of the many diverse voices that
effect, and are effected by, the development of new
drugs: a specialised, nation-wide dialogue.
In late August I prepared for a dialogue of my own with
Schechter, the head honcho of this vast initiative.
When my photographer and I arrived for the interview, Schechter invited us in before his secretary could
ask our names. His office, located in the Mather building just off Fairview Avenue on the UBC campus, is comfortable; the wall behind his desk painted an attractive
shade of turquoise, the top of the bookcase lined with
masks (From Africa? 'No, those are from China,* he corrected me, jiearly an hour later.) In manner, Schechter
is genial but serious, his answers to my questions are
thorough and often followed by an advisement to search
out additional information.
Schechter has been national director of the CTN since
1993; when the previous director left to be Dean of
Medicine at Dalhousie University. Schechter cites the net-'
work as his proudest accomplishment, explaining that the
value of a national coalition 'working together and getting
along and not worrying about turf and actually functioning
with real partnership with people with AIDS* cannot be
underestimated. Schechter describes his role in a nutshell:
'I'm ultimately responsible for the whole network.* rv
The network, as it stands, is a multi-layeredaffair, its
somewhat elaborate structure reflecting the many sides of
the HIV/AIDS problem. Five committees operate inde-
a different role, ranging from equating the scientific
merit of the findings and monitoring the safety of the trials, to operating ethical reviews, to providing input from
individuals living with KIV/AIDS. It is clear that, as far as
those who run the CTN are concerned, the development of
new HIV/AIDS treatments—what one would normally
think of as sophisticated experiments only to be understood by white-robed men "with intimidating vocabularies—does not stop at the laboratory door.
Drugs tested in CTN trials are proposed by a sponsoring company or a principal investigator—often the company making the drug. Many drugs are vetoed in their early
stages, for instance after failed tests on animals. Those
that do make it to trial are meticulously screened before
being tested on a substantial group of HIV positive volunteers who are observed closely.
One of the CTN's principal aims is judging drugs not
only for their effectiveness in terms of deterring the HIV
virus—this can be done simply by looking at the amount of
virus circulating in the bloodstream-^but also the
demands they make on the lifestyle df the person taking
them. 'Often times we'll do a study which is taking a different approach, that is saying, how can we use these
drugs in the best way possible?* Schechter explains. *A lot
of particularly vulnerable people and marginalised people
like [in] the Downtown Eastside don't have refrigerators or
can't deal with very complicated drug regimens where
you're taking thirty or forty pills a day.* In this sense, the
CTN seeks not only to treat the disease, but also
the person.
The person in this case—any individual living with
HIV/AIDS—belongs to a group often marginalised in society and that, for many years, was widely and openly discriminated against. In 1983, just two years after the first
cases of AIDS were observed by physicians in New York
City, the first AIDS discrimination suit was filed by Dr
Joseph Sonnabend, one of the founders of the AIDS
Medical Foundation (AMF) against eviction orders of his
medical practice, which specialised in AIDS patients. One
might also look to the case of Ryan White, a 13-year-old
hemophiliac with AIDS who, in 1985, was barred from
attending his school in Indiana. And anyone vaguely familiar with film or pop culture can cite the plot of the movie
Philadelphia that cleaned up at the 1993 Oscars for its
depiction of an AIDS discrimination case.
The CTN, since its inception, has never pandered to the
stigma and paranoia—what one might call a xenophobia of
the viiris—surrouiiding HIV/AIDS and those who suffer
from it. In fact, those living with HIV/AIDS have always
been included in the CTN's fundamental structure. "The
most important thing I think [in terms of balancing the
CTN's various constituencies] has been our work with
the AIDS community," Schechter notes proudly. 'One
thing that's sort of unique is that we have had representative s with HIV/AIDS on all of our committees
right from the beginning. So, way back in [the early
'80s] we had people with HIV on our committees. That
was unheard of back then.*
The Community Advisory Committee, one of the CTN's
central committees, is comprised of eight HIV positive
members hailing from various regions of Canada. The
committee members voice the perspective of people living
with HIV/AIDS first-hand, providing insights that scientists and physicians cannot and looking at everything that
goes into the trials conducted by the CTN, from Participant
Informed Consent for HIV positive volunteers participating in the trials to the final study documents.
* '-Lynn Stevenson has served as an HIV positive member of the Community Advisory Committee for several
years. As part ofthe-committee, Stevenson represents
the Atiantiic ^rpjiixces and women. Over the phone
from Halifax; Nova Scotia, her voice has a sweet
Maritime lilt, summoning to mind saltwater and yel-
low-slickered fishermen.
For Stevenson, being part of the committee has been
invaluable. 'Personally for me it meant that I was personally in my own care and what-have-you and I've been able
to be pro-active,* she tells me, before going on. *I think it's
very good to see people working together in a committee
that's always very supportive, because many of us had
careers and we didn't have careers all of a sudden and you
feel a little lost and in the committee you feel as if you are
contributing. If you are used to leading a meaningful life,
^gpJhiys .very helpful in that way too, emotion^ and
Stevenson also emphasises how valuable it has been to
remain up-to-date on the current science surrounding the
drugs that as an HIV positive person, contribute daily to
her well-being.
Back in Vancouver, Schechter speaks enthusiastically of the value of involving those living with HIV/AIDS
in the decision-making process. "One of the remarkable
things is that you can go into our Community Advisory
Committee, which is made up of people with AIDS who
are reviewing our clinical trials from the scientific
point of view, and if you closed your eyes and just listened to the conversation you'd think you were at a
CIHR [Canadian Institute of Health Research] review
panel." He leans back in his chair and his voice
becomes confident and energised. "The level of sophistication in the community and understanding the science and the methodology of the study and what it's all
about is absolutely incredible. So/ Schechter concludes, 'this kind of elitist attitude you see around that
community people can't review research and can't be
participants in it...I don't agree with that*
Back to the opposite coast, and Stevenson.
*It takes a lot of guts for an organisation to take on a
person-hving-with type of approach,* she tells me, 'and
obviously whoever it was that initially set up the organisation had the insight to create the Community Advisory
Committee as part of the initial structure.* I comment that
Schechter, whom I'd already interviewed, was one of those
founders and Stevenson agrees. 'He had the insight to do
this and not be afraid of the consequences because, you
know, sometimes we don't like what's going on and we say
so,* she adds, referring in a surprisingly light manner to
the fierce stigma that still—although it has decreased dramatically from the lawsuits and paranoia of the '80s—surrounds HIV/AIDS.
Now that the CTN is established in Canada—Schechter
estimates that since its inception, ten thousand people
have participated in trials and another ten thousand
have been provided with drugs by the network through
compassionate access—Schechter and his team have
begun to devote their efforts elsewhere in the global
epidemic. '.•/ •.-■ '■« «•"-■"<>-*a.^W f
The CTN is already working in collaboration with the
Medical Research Council in Britain and the Veterans
Administration in the US, and trials have already been
conducted in Argentina. The CTN's most exciting international venture to date is currently in the works: the
establishment of a site in Uganda. 'We have someone
there right now, we're just working on the details,*
Schechter says optimistically. 'Someone could interpret
our mandate very strictly and say, well, this is a Canadian
network, it's always been for trials within Canada, you
see the obvious benefits or doing tnisluia sir
The establishment of a site in Africa will bring current
HIV/AIDS medication head-to-head with the epidemic's
It has now been over 20 years since Schechter's
career-altering phone call from St. Paul's; those frantic
early days of the North American HIV/AIDS epidemic are
now a long time past, as are the times when those living
with HIV/AIDS relied on what Stevenson refers to rather
morbidly as "rescue treatments." Now, thanks partly to
the CTN, there are approximately 20 HIV/AIDS drugs onj
the market. Those living with HIV/AIDS with access to;
the most effective drugs—and the financial resources to
obtain those drugs—can now extend their life expectancies by decades.
But Schechter's work seems far from done.
"Although the life expectancy and the quality of life
are light years ahead of what they were back when I started on this,* he tells me, as our interview comes to an
end, "we're not there yei."<*
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If you've seen any of the advertising for Cellular, you may yawn at
the thought of yet another high-
stakes movie featuring a handsome protagonist in a racev to beat
the clock. And although this film
has many of the predictable prerequisites that are notorious for
suspense thrillers—a kidnapping,
scary bad-guys, and a beautiful
damsel in distress—it proves that
an old idea can still be reinvented
to produce a new-age thrill ride.
Jumping right into the plot, this
film wastes no time on the trivial
details of the life of victim Jessica
Martin, played by Kim Basinger. A
suburban housewife abducted by a
mysterious group of vigilantes led
by Jason Stathom of The Italian
Job, Jessica relies on the remains
of a broken telephone to call for
help. With little time to waste, she
frantically dials, whatever numbers are still in tact and finally
reaches someone on the other
Ryan, an irresponsible young
surfer played by Chris Evans,
unknowingly picks up his cell
phone and suddenly finds himself
in the middle of a world his conscience simply can't let him turn
his back on. His quest to find and
save Jessica forces Ryan to go to
great lengths to stay connected
and uncover her whereabouts.
When the plot is broken down, it
comes down to a movie about a
woman on the phone trying to get
help. What makes this film so much
more is the story's ability to overlook
the improbable premise and focus
more on the entertaining elements,
such as the high energy chase scenes
and the refreshingly humourous
With little time to doze off in
this movie, the audience is swept
into the action and humour of the
constant obstacles Ryan faces.
Many of these complications
revolve around the fact that others
are skeptical of his cause: trying to
convince people of his mission is a
recurring battle. But this concept
remains funny well through to the
end of the film because of the different kinds of interesting array
people Ryan encounters—my
favourite being the L.A. lawyer.
A clever script is not complete
without a great hero. Chris Evans is
the perfect candidate to play Ryan
because his look can double as that
of a happy-go-lucky average Joe and
a sharp sexy hero. With no big box-
office hits under his belt Evans
dove head first into a role that will
definitely push him into a higher
calibre of characters in the future.
Proving he is more than a pretty
face, his performance is convincing
and entertaining.
Unfortunately, Oscar-winning
leading lady Kim Basinger's performance was not as impressive, to
say the least. The role of Jessica
Martin could have easily been executed by any other Hollywood
actress able to master screaming
and heavy breathing. Overall,
Basinger carried out an unmemo--
rable performance.
Despite its flaws, this film proves
to be extremely entertaining, very
well written, and one of this summer's best thrillers. Although the
ending concludes the action rather
bluntly leaving you with an adrenalin
rush as you leave the theatre, it keeps
with the film's pattern of not getting
too involved in the emotional plight
of the characters. ♦
Closing time? Hell, don't ewen open it
So You Wanna Be A Rock And Roll Star
by Jacob Slichter, Random House
by Dan McRoberts
Jacob Slichter, the drummer for one-hit wonders
Semisonic, was a mediocre drummer in a mediocre
band. Now he's written a mediocre book all about it.
So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star (yes, that is actually the title) is a dry, unstimulating tale of three musicians (Slichter, Dan Wilson and John Munson) who failed
to turn their hit, "Closing Time," into a lengthy career.
Anyone who has attended a high-school dance in the past,
five years surely recognises the trite tune about last call
with its mind-numbing refrain—"! know who I want to
take me home..."
Given the quality of their lyrics, it is something of a surprise to discover that Slichter, Wilson and Munson are
well-educated, worldly individuals. His band mates'
unique personalities could have been a fascinating point
of focus for Slichter's tale. Sadly, the drummer (himself a
Harvard graduate) insists on centring his observations at
the band's financial situation and sometimes rocky relationship with their label, MCA.
To be fair, the various figures the band is forced to deal
with in promoting their music make for interesting anecdotes, as Slichter recounts meetings with ridiculously egocentric executives and radio program directors with serious delusions of grandeur.
Ultimately, however, Slichter fails to link these sto:
ries together in any way that creates momentum.
Having discussed Semisonic's career trajectory in his
introduction thus removing that element of surprise,
Slichter relies on the quality of his narrative to maintain the reader's ititerest.
Instead' of managing this task, Slichter's train of
thought is frequently derailed by his attempts to
explain such intricacies as the band's recoupable
account or the ins and outs of radio charts. These
digressions are not without merit unto themselves,
but are completely incongruous with subsequent
paragraphs about meeting Radiohead. It is almost as
if Slichter could not decide whether to write a rock
autobiography or rather a helpful instructional pamphlet for up and coming artists.
Another factor that prevents the reader from embracing Slichter's story is the remarkably detached manner in
which he tells it. Apart from a few incidents where real
emotional responses are revealed, Slichter truly shies
away from letting us know how he feels about the events
he describes.
Other critics have praised Slichter for writing an
autobiography that is "honest." That may be, but it is
also utterly devoid of feeling. If this is what being a
rock star is all about, who in their right mind would
want to be one? ♦
Friday, September 10,2004
Haida art combines tradition with innovation
Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge
Museum of Anthropology
Until January 30, 2005
Free for UBC students
by Paul Carr
Haida artist Robert Davidson's art displays
many of the features of traditional west-coast
aboriginal art: a palette limited to black, white,
red and blue/teal, as well as a distinctive—and
what appears to be formulaic—set of formal
visual elements. Organized by the Museum of
Anthropology and circulated by the National
Gallery of Ontario, this exhibition is not simply traditional Haida art. Something is different, and yet familiar.
Though located in an anthropological
museum, the exhibition can easily be imagined as situated within an art gallery.
Robertson's choice of materials often lends
itself to this notion. Drawings and paintings
are executed in acrylic, gouache and/or
watercolour on archival fine art paper or on
canvas. Traditional Haida media are present
as well; however, both sculptures and deerskin drumheads are painted upon with modern acrylics.
Davidson finds precedent in Haida art-
supported by Haida philosophy, song, dance,
story telling and ceremony—for both abstraction from visual reality, and autonomous
abstraction. This is illustrated by examples of
traditional Haida cultural products, such several bentwood dishes "and a paddle. Davidson
is quoted in the exhibition as working within
the formal visual tropes of Haida art, while
simultaneously challenging this tradition. For
him, such an endeavour is tied up with
reclaiming and revitalizing cultural knowledge. As well as a practicing visual artist
Robertson is involved with strengthening and
maintaining Haida ceremonial, song and
Davidson is not solely concerned with
Haida art and tradition. "Ravenous" (2003), a
sculpture of a raven's head with a sphere in its
beak, represents a mythological episode
where Raven steals one eyeball from each of
his victims, causing loss of depth perception.
The text accompanying the sculpture identifies the artwork and myth as exemplary of the
inconsideration for future generations that
allow logging on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte
Islands). In addition, asymmetrical compositions in Robertson's abstractions present an
escape from the type of constrained thought
processes that he says need to be overcome in
order for events like 9/11 to be resolved.
The abundance of textual information that
shares wall space with the artwork is enlightening, even fascinating, without being overbearing. However, this information falls
short in some respects. It is stated that
the formal and conceptual concerns of
Davidson's art transcends cultural boundaries, contributing to the broader concerns of
contemporary art. While looking back to tradition for that which still holds currency
today, one may compare this vision to the
works of artists like John Baldessari; the presumption here is that the audience at an
anthropological museum is well versed
enough in contemporary art to make such
connections. Additionally, we are told on sev-
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eral occasions throughout the exhibit that
Davidson is building an iconography of personal mythic beings. This has the potential to
be one of the most compelling aspects of the
show, but little additional information is provided on the subject.
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Davidson's art does not rely merely on
ideas. Technical virtuosity is extant in his pre-
•cise lines and curves, striking compositions,
and use of colour. Whether one prefers Haida
or contemporary art, there is enough here to
captivate anyone interested in visual culture. ♦
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Founded in 1993 in San Francisco, the FWE is the
premier entrepreneurial organization for women aimed
at accelerating women's opportunities to launch, lead,
invest in, and build high-growth and market-leading
businesses. With more than 1000 members
worldwide, the FWE has six offices in the western
United States and outreach programs in France and
England. A BC chapter (the "FWE BC") was founded
in August 2002.
The FWE BC is currently looking for women
students at UBC to participate in its Private
Markets and Entrepreneurial Internship
(PME) Program.
The PME Program is a two-year internship program
aimed at women students at UBC, which includes
training by industry professionals, a summer work
experience with a private equity or venture capital
firm, and direct mentoring with entrepreneurs.
If you are a female student at UBC who is interested
in learning about private markets, venture capital, and
entrepreneurship; willing to dedicate your time to the
program; and meet one of the following criteria, we
want to hear from you!
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a. Enrolled in the Sauder School of Business MBA Program
b. Enrolled in a Masters level Science or Engineering
Program, or
Starting your 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate
program in the Faculty of Science/Engineering, or
Starting your 3rd year of an undergraduate program in
the Sauder School of Business.
Please come to one of the two the Information Sessions to
learn more about this exciting opportunity:
Commerce Students:
Monday, September 13th, 2004
5:30pm - 7:30pm
David Lam Forum in the
Henry Angus Building
or Engineering and Science Students:
Wednesday, September 15th, 2004
5:30pm~7:30 pm
Rm # 50 in the Family & Nutritional
Sciences Building, 2205 East Mall
Interested students should submit 4 copies of their
application package, which must include:
♦ A cover letter outlining why you would like to
participate in the program.
♦ A statement of your program and year.
♦ A one page resume.
♦ A copy (internet copy sufficient) of your transcripts
from your last 2 years of university/college.
For Sauder Students: Applications should
foe submitted to the Drop Box at the
Commerce Career Centre at UBC he later
than 12:00pm on September 17th, 2004.
For Engineering and Science Students:
Applications should be submitted to the
Front Desk off  Career Services no later.;
than 12:00pm on Friday September 17th,
For more information on the PME Internship Program or
FWE BC, please visit our website at www.fwe.ca or contact
Ashley Armstrong at ashley@fwe.ca or 604-516-9250.
The FWE BC was founded with the help of Davis &
Friday, September 10,2004
Jesse Marchand
Sarah Bourdon
Ania Mafi
Dan McRoberts
Alex Leslie
Peter Klesken
Paul Can-
Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
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As Paul Carr ran away from Hie giant elephant, the much feared
leper Michelle Mayne skipped across the nearly frozen back of
Sarah Bourdon. Eric Szeto. who was too busy eating Ania Mafi
and Dan McRoberts. didn't notice when Peter Klesken sank to
the bottom of Davyjone's locker with the Titanic. Meanwhile,
Jesse Marchand and Carrie Robinson blew marvellous bubbles
tipped with Alex Leslie's famous rat poison. Unfortunately, Paul
Evans broke his monocle while taking it off to glance at
Charlotte Sit who was fishing for a rare fish called MaU
Simpson. By accident, she caught Albert Huang, whom she
threw back into the pool with disgust Iva Cheung and John
Woodward simply screamed with delight as Momoko Price
found Carina Cojeen's designer Yinan Wang jacket She put it
on and exclaimed, "Wilson Wong, what are you doing here?"
Colleen Tang flew over the cuckoo's nest that Anton Buend once
inhabited. Jenn Cameron and the elephant lived happily ever
Paul Carr
Ctnatia Poet Sale* Agreement NumtMr 40878022
Sim UBCity
'Change is good*: a statement that rings true in
discussions of vending machines and underwear, but what about UBC campus? Are the
changes proposed good for students? Will the
new developments outlined in the University
Town plan really make any difference to us in
the short term?
The increasing number of cranes visible on
the skyline pose troubling questions about the
future of the campus. And with these developments threatening to swallow the university's last
green spaces, there is a tangible lack of student
and community action or awareness towards
many of the projects that are already underway.
A new student residence on Marine Drive
has incited the most recent controversy. A
four-tower complex is to be located between
Totem Park and Place Vanier residences. The
construction of the first of the four towers has
been started and has incensed Wreck Beach
users and community groups who claim that
the-buildings will mar the cliffs above the
beach and invade the privacy of Wreck
Beach's users, providing a view from the top
that might reveal far more than sand.
UBC claims that this location is the only spot
suitable for the new towers, arguing that high-rise
towers are necessary to accommodate the
demand for housing that currently exists.
Basically, the towers allow them to put as many
people as possible into the small space they have
reserved for housing.
At the same time, as part of the University
Town plan, eight market housing 'neighbourhoods* are being developed in various locations
across UBC, with a large concentration in the
South Campus. The houses for sale in Somerset,
one of these market developments, are being sold
to the public at a starting price of $ 1.2 5 million, a
sum surely comfortably within the ramen-and-
Safewaycola budget of most students.
The folks behind University Town claim that
50% of market housing residents will have to be
somehow affiliated with the university. With eight
separate spaces being allocated for highly-priced
non-student housing (though there is always the
possibility that there are students who have $1.25
million sitting around for a rainy day, or a
remarkably ambitious bender), it is hard to
believe that the Marine Drive location is the only
possible spot for a student residence.
Housing is not the only concern.
The University Town plan is centered on the
concept of establishing a central area in which
people feel like sitting down to interact and meet
The university administrators who have
approved this must currently walk through campus with blinders on, like slow race horses in nice
vests. The area that will be eliminated in favour of
this new-look University Boulevard, including the
grassy knoll and south SUB Plaza, already serves
as a perfect meeting place. The only difference
after construction will be that in order to sit and
enjoy the brilliant BC sunshine, students will be
obliged to buy a $7 dollar latte from one of the
new business establishments surrounding the
square. The bright side is that your backpack
will look snazzy in its customised jacket from
the Baby Gap.
Some people are not impressed. The new
Dentistry Building, planned to be located next
to the UBC Hospital, will take the place of one
of the largest green spaces on campus. Almost
immediately after the development sign went
up on the fence surrounding the construction
site, someone scrawled 'Give us back our green
space* in protest. The writing was erased just
as quickly as it appeared.
While defacing construction placards might be
futile, participating in the consultation process
that exists is not. The University Town planners
had a large booth outside the SUB earlier this
week, but they had only 50 visitors, nearly all of
them faculty and staff at UBC.
Opportunities exist for student consultation.
Take advantage of them September 13, 7 - 9pm at
the Asian Centre.
The recent relocation of the bus loop should
serve as a warning shot across the collective bow
of the student body. The changes being proposed
will affect us directly. When the grassy knoll goes
down and when the cranes move in to erect more
high-rise towers, it will be too late. ♦
UBC not thinking of
biking community
Sometime between 8:30am and
7pm on September 8, the UBC powers that be turned one of the main
(and only) designated cycling arteries on campus, beside the old bus
loop, into a parking lot.
This route is used by hundreds of
cyclists everyday. It is the most
direct route onto campus from the
bike route on University Blvd.
Indeed, it was a designated bike
route until parking services painted
over the bike route symbols on the
road, erected an orange barrier,
and directed traffic in the opposite
direction (towards oncoming
cyclists who haven't quite discovered the change yet). Not one sign
was erected to indicate where
cyclists are now supposed to go. I
find this highly disturbing and
also quite hypocritical in light of
UBC's much touted 'commitment
to sustainability.*
I'm not sure why we  need
another parking lot more than we
need a bike lane into campus. The
creation of this parking lot, particularly the section along University
Blvd, will reduce bicycle access to
campus and create a dangerous
situation for the many cyclists who
use this route.
On a related note, if the bus
loop was moved from its central
location on campus to accommodate construction, why is it now
being used for parking?
Presumably moving the bus loop
to a distant corner of campus will
reduce ridership, again jeopardising the sustainability of the UBC
campus. Clearly UBC is conflicted
between its goals of improving
sustainability and bike access and
its goals of making money on parking lots.
—Risa Sargent
Graduate Studies
East  Mall menace
There are times when East Mall is
so packed with speeding vehicles
that a person is taking a serious
risk just trying to cross. I have
actually seen people getting
brushed and even bumped into
by drivers who are either speeding or driving recklessly down
In June I saw an elderly gentleman actually get knocked on
his butt by some dude in a mini-
van. Luckily he got up, dusted
himself off and was apparently
East Mall traffic has become a
real menace to student safety.
Think it's bad now? Now that it's
September when there are even
more people trying to get to their
offices or classes.
I mean, I know that UBC vehicles and other types of 'official'
traffic like the RCMP, construction crews and our Campus
Cowboys need to get through
there, but what on earth is the
deal with all of this nonessential
East Mall, like Main Mall,
needs to be closed to all but essen
tial, authorised traffic before someone gets killed.
So much for Martha, the BoG
and their 'plan* for a pedestrian
campus. What a joke!
-Mike Wolf
Friday, September 10,2004
The Vandals
Hollywood Potato Chip
[Kung Fu Records]
By Jenn Cameron
There's nothing like kickin' back
and relaxing to an album with
challenging, thought provoking
lyrics and complex, varied
rhythms after a hard day spent trying to decipher the inner workings
of T.S. Elliot. Maturity and intellec-
t tual thought is what university is
all about. Yawn.
As I pop in The Vandals' latest
album, Hollyiypod Potato Chip, I
go right back to high school when
my CD.case was beset with anything that was fast, furious, loud,
and full of emotion. Combining
their upbeat yet angry sound, The
Vandals were able to captivate my
tired mind with 'Hitler Bad,
Vandals Good,* and "Look What I
Almost Stepped In.*
The Vandals have a knack for
social criticism at a personal.level,
patronising everyone around
them, from political figures to
their drunken girlfriends. Having
been around since the 1980s,
they've had a lot of time to develop
their smart-ass attitudes. A punk
rock staple since they first hit the
local scene of Orange County more
than a decade ago, they have since
released more than a dozen
albums with several hit singles,
including *Oi to the World* and
'Cafe 405* of the late 90's.
Their latest album is consistent
with their older work, embodying
that same sarcastic truth and
anger. Lead singer Dave
Quackenbush has a scratchy whine
that showcases their anger and
angst while still avoiding the
generic, pop-punk . group sound
found in bands like Blink 182.
With Josh Freese on drums, Joe
Escalante on bass, and Warren
Fitzgerald on guitar. The Vandals
remain potent and simple, with
powerful chords and fast-paced
rhythm throughout the album.
While some of the earlier
tracks, such as "How They Getcha*
and "Be a Good Robot" embrace a
more irate style that is not as
prominent in previous albums,
others are also more political and
serious, taking away, from the
silliness that I enjoy in The
I prefer the tracks that put a
play an catchy melodies, giving a
sing-a-long a bit of punk rock attitude. The frankness of "My Special
Moment" and "I Am Crushed* as
well as an added sense of self-
destructive humour makes these
tracks stand out the most
This is one band that has
refused to grow up and ditch the
catty attitude. Listening to them
is like being back in high school.
However, I'm not in high school
anymore, and to be quite frank,
some of the offensive humour
and self-righteous attitude bores
I'll kick back for now, but
tomorrow, TU be a mature, intellectual university student again.
Mature... Yeah. ♦
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