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 by Scott Bardsley
The national 'crisis' in health care
is not as catastrophic as media coverage makes it seem, argue two UBC
professors who co-authored a recent
report that proposes a number of
cost-effective solutions to Medicare
UBC economics professor Robert
Evans, and Morris Barer, a professor in the department of health care
and epidemiology, are two of the
four contributing authors of the
report entitled "Revitalising
The study deals with what it calls
'the rhetoric of crisis," how economic interests encourage private corporations to push for private health
Evans said that while he and his
co-authors are not arguing that the
current medical system does not
have problems, they say that there
are accessible solutions.
According to Evans, the report
found that unease about Medicare is
significantly higher among people
See "Health" on page 4
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Geers strike
Golden Gate
San Francisco to press charges?
by Alex Dimson
DON'T THEY HAVE CUSSES TO GO TO? In 1999, the engineers
hung a gutted VW Bug from the Arthur Laing Bridge, which was
obviously so easy that they had to head to California for this year's
prank. Stupid overachieving engineers. Unfortunately for them, the
California Highway Patrol didn't find the whole episode too
amusing. Stupid humourless cops.
UBC Engineering students kick-started their annual Engineering Week
off with quite a stir Monday, causing
confusion both at home and abroad.
Putting delayed traffic and a puzzled California Highway Patrol
behind them, a group of UBC engineers sped away from the Golden
Gate Bridge Monday morning, leaving the hull of a red Volkswagen
Beetle painted with a Canadian flag
and a red 'E' dangling above the
The prank started UBC's annual
Engineering Week activities, marking the 20th anniversary of a similar
bug-placement on the Lions Gate
According to a press release
issued by the group responsible, the
prank was also intended 'to draw
attention to the masterful feats of
professional engineers and to celebrate the skills of all tradespeople."
California Highway Patrol officer
Stan Oertel said that witnesses saw a
truck pull up to the side of the
bridge, attach cables to the car and
then toss the bug over the side. He
said the police were "definitely* considering laying charges, although
they currently have no names.
'At this point I'm not sure what
charges [will be laid] because this
has never happened before,' Oertel
The hanging bug prank caused a
traffic jam around tie bridge as people slowed to look at the hanging red
shell before highway patrol cut the
cables and the bug fell into the bay.
The event also drew a fair amount of
press coverage, with at least one
report beginning with the phrase
'Blame Canada."
Engineering Undergraduate
Society President Julia Steele said
that the group's pranks are not part
of official Engineering Week activities.
'Officially we have nothing to do
with it But I think it's pretty cool,"
Steele said.
A similar attempt in town to hang
a bug off the Capilano Suspension
Bridge landed a group of engineers
in hot water yesterday.
North Vancouver RCMP,
responding to a silent alarm at the
bridge, caught 12 men in the
process of suspending a bug. An
RCMP spokesperson said that
charges of breaking and entering
See "Engineers" on page 4
Lab space cut
New chemistry head will get space instead
by Sarah Morrison
The personal lab space of the incoming chemistry head is raising questions in the department about the
validity of recent cuts to undergraduate lab space.
On April 1, UBC's Chemisty
department will get a new head
when John Hepburn, currently a
professor at the University of
Waterloo, moves in.
Hepburn will be receiving personal lab space that was used for
first-year labs until a year and a half
ago, when the space was cut for
funding reasons.
Since then, Chemistry students
in first and second year have had
labs on alternate weeks, rather than
every week, which is a serious problem, according to some department
"Number one, they have about
half as much laboratory experience,
therefore clearly they don't have as
many practical techniques. But
there's no continuity. By having a
lab every second week, they...forget
from time to time what they were
doing," an instructor, who asked not
to be identified, said.
The instructor believes that the
cuts have been made to people who
are least likely to complain—undergraduate students.
But Science Associate Dean of
Research and Academic Services
Michael Fryzuk said that the prob-
See "Labs" on page 4
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Corporate-funded research questioned
 by Michael McLenaghan
UBC officials are defending the role
of privately-funded research on campus, after a series in The Globe and
Mail looked at corporate influence
at Canadian universities.
One of the issues examined in
the series was the role of the
researcher-entrepreneur, specifically the question of researcher loyalty
and public safety. The article examined UBC professor of neurology
Steven Pelech who, in addition to
doing research at UBC, runs Kinetek
Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Managing    Director    of   the
University-Industry Liaison Office
Angus Livingstone said that while
the article was "generally well-balanced,' there were a few areas of
Livingstone explained that the
article placed too much emphasis
on Harvard University, and its strict
rules on corporate-funded research.
Harvard precludes virtually any
involvement of the private sector in
university research.
Pelech added that Harvard's status of privilege and affluence affords
the university a greater degree of
autonomy from private industry.
However,    Pelech    doubts    that
Harvard faculty are as completely
disassociated from private industry
as the Globe article indicated.
He also said that such a closed
policy is not always desirable.
"The reality is that those rules are
not in the interests of any educational institute that wants to retain leaders in their fields," he said.
Livingstone added that the benefits of private funding often outweigh the risks.
UBCs conflict of interest policy,
said Livingstone, prevents some
research projects that would constitute a conflict of interest, but is flexible enough to allow funding where
no such conflict exists.
"Any sort of risk management, be
it how you come to work in the mornings: you can sit in bed and not have
any risk or you can be careful about
where you cross the streets," he said.
But some research practices in
Canada have officials wary about
corporate influence over the university medical community. At the
University of Toronto, a court battle
continues between researcher
Nancy Olivieri and the" pharmaceutical company that funded her work.
Olivieri had published material
that was detrimental to the financial
interests of her benefactors, and
subsequently faced a lawsuit
This is a situation Anthony Glass,
a botany professor at UBC, is concerned about
'Somebody finding something
interesting about a drug is barred
from publishing because of the
industry's interests. That's clearly
not the sort of scenario I would
approve of. I don't think anybody
would approve of that' Glass said.
But the U of T scenario would not
likely be replicated at UBC as
Olivieri signed a confidentiality
agreement with the drug company-
something that is prohibited by UBC
research policies. ♦
Talkin' about a sustainability revolution
Inaugural UBC conference draws a large crowd
 by Alex Dimson
Individual Canadians hold the key to environmental change,
according to a speaker representing Canada's worst greenhouse gas emitters at an environmental conference held last
weekend at UBC.
Aldyen Donnelly, president of the Greenhouse Emission
Management Consortium, a company that steers the environmental policy for the 11 companies that produce 25 per cent
of Canada's greenhouse gases, said that Canadians hold the
power to change corporate priorities.
"We're trying to change the corporations, but we have to
realise that we, as Canadians, own them,' she said.
According to Donnelly, who spoke to a room filled with over
200 students and faculty, a 'glorious transformation' has taken
place in the Canadian economy, which has resulted in the balance of wealth changing from a small minority of people to the
middle-class, which now owns over 80 per cent of Canadian
companies through programs like pension funds and RRSPs.
"You have more power than you ever had...When it comes
to greenhouse gases we can move forward,' she said, explain-
ing that while all of the companies she represents are fossil-
fuel-based, they have begun to research greener technologies.
If investors placed more priority on a company's environmental approach, they would be forced to change, she said.
Empowering the next generation of environmentally-con-
science consumers, and the necessity of balancing economic,
environmental and societal influences were the major themes
of the UBC Sustainability Conference, organised by the Student
Environmental Centre and held last Saturday on campus.
While Donnelly spoke about the need for Canadians to
make wise economic investments, Freda Pagani, the director
of UBC's sustainability office, spoke about the importance of
educating younger people about sustainability issues.
'Our societal system tries to make it difficult to act towards
sustainability...University must recouple knowledge to its context" she said, explaining that universities should feel a
responsibility to inform society about the benefits, and potential drawbacks, of any given advancement
Pagani explained that education can make students shift
their values towards more sustainable progress.
But the idea is easier to explain than to implement she
admitted, saying that an effort to implement a^manda-
tory first-year class on sustainability issues was turned
down by the university, which expressed unease about
forcing values onto students.
Donnelly explained why the landmark Kyoto Protocol
agreement on reducing emissions is not an effective way
to make big-business reduce its greenhouse emissions-
its penalty-oriented approach limits businesses' opportunity for growth and investment in greener projects.
'You move people forward on the slightest bit of opti-
misim/ she said. 'Give them the tools, don't beat them
Donnelly advocated an emissions trading system—
where companies with high emissions have to purchase
trading credits from lower-emitting ones—which would
provide concrete benefits to companies with lower emissions.
Meanwhile, Pagani spoke about the university's
approach to sustainability, and its goals to reduce energy,
KINDLING THE FLAME: Community planner Herb
Barbolet speaks about agriculture, alex dim son photo
water and single occupant vehicles by 60 per cent over the next
20 years. She also outlined the university's sustainable achievements, include the creation of the C.K Choi Building, a world-
renowned building which features a series of unique sustainable
But she admitted that the Choi building is an exception and
that her office must work hard to gain even the slightest shift
in perception or improvement from the university community
in general.
The conference also delved into the issues of implementing
sustainability into the real world, with speakers talking about
sustainable agriculture, planning and transport
Organisers hope that the event's success will lead to a series
of conferences over the next few years. ♦
McGill profs condemned for testifying against queer couple
by Joslyn Oosenberg
The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-Two McGill professors are
testifying against same-sex marriage in a
Montreal case that could change Canada's definition of marriage.
Margaret Somerville, a professor of medical
ethics, and Katherine Young, a professor of religious studies, are acting as expert witnesses for
the government in defence of legislation that
restricts legal marriage to heterosexual couples.
Project Interaction, an initiative launched
by students from McGill's School of Social
Work, aimed at raising awareness about gay
and lesbian issues, circulated petitions via e-
mail last week, decrying Somerville's and
Young's views on same-sex marriage.
According to the Project's e-mail message, the
rights of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals are threatened by legislation against same-sex marriage,
since ti^eir access to equality is threatened.
■fhie two plaintiffs in the case, Rene'
LeBoeuf and Michael Hendrix, are challenging
the Quebec law that states that a marriage
license can be granted only to a man and a
woman. They charge that this violates the
province's Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
which has forbidden discrimination against
gay men and lesbians since 1967.
They are also challenging the province's
right to decide who can get married, which they
claim falls under federal jurisdiction. John
Fisher, the executive director for Equality for
Gay3 and Lesbians Everywhere (EGALE), does
not support the decision of the two professors
to contribute their expertise to the defence.
"This is certainly a significant case,' he
said. "We are obviously disappointed in the
position they have chosen to take."
Hendricks, 59, and LeBoeuf, 45, have been
living together in a committed relationship for
28 years. When they tried to obtain a marriage
license on their 2 5th anniversary on September
14, 1998, they were refused. Their lawyer,
Stephane Gendron, immediately filed a lawsuit
'I think that the heart of this case is equality and the issue of who has rights and who
doesn't," said Jeffrey Stein, a member of
Project Interaction. "[It is about] whether all
people should have access to the same social
institutions and the same privileges and
responsibilities and rights that go with them."
According to Shauna van Praagh, a professor in McGill's Faculty of Law, the case could
fundamentally change the relationship
between the notion of spouse and the institution of marriage as interpreted by the law.
She said that a successful verdict would
most likely bring about significant changes to
several laws that refer to the term spouse.
"This would make a big difference for a lot
of purposes...financial and economic purposes such as taxes and pensions, and for family
benefits such as health and drugs,' she said.
However, van Praagh argues that the extension of such benefits to same-sex couples need
not necessarily involve the reorganisation of
the ancient institution of marriage. According
to her, equal access to benefits could be
achieved through a redefinition of the term
spouse, which she says is too ambiguous.
"There are all kinds of pieces of legislation,
both provincially and federally, that refer to
spouses, and that have traditionally been
defined as being restricted to someone who is
married,' she said. "Although more recently,
at both the provincial and federal level,
[judges] have begun to include people who are
partners that have not actually gone through a
marriage ceremony.'
On June 10, 1999, the Quebec National
Assembly passed Bill 32, which 'modified all
laws and regulations containing a definition of
common-law spouses...to explicitly include the
notion of same-sex common-law spouses,'
including those pertaining to social benefits,
tax deductions and pension benefits.
On January. 14, 2001, two same-sex couples were legally married in a joint service
before 1000 people at the Metropolitan
Community Church of Toronto. The marriage
was performed through the ancient Christian
tradition of the publication of banns.
Project Interaction's Stein is encouraged
and pleased to see Hendricks and LeBoeuf
persisting in their case. 'I think it's a great
opportunity for us to rally together,' he said,
'and stand for the equal rights of all students
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Hockey team upset after
ice time cancelled
the UBC women's hockey team & upset that one of its*
booked games was bumped just.days before it was
scheduled, La favour of a Faculty of Medicine 'Skate
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Thunderbird women's head coach Dave Newson
$aid that he was informed by th« Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre that the team's game had to be canceled just two days before it was scheduled.
'It was really disappointing,* he said. 'We had to
inform the other team, and it was just a hassle."
Newson, who said the reasons for the cancellation
were never explained to his satisfaction, said that he
hopes the cancellation was not a reflection of UBC's
attitude toward varsity sports.
'I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt and
say (hat this was just a mistake.* he said. I
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In addition to playing varsity games, the women's f
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UBC offers business courses at Whistler i
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Whistler with a new executive training program to be |
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sity's   Faculty   of   Commerce   and   Business $
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The program is expected to begin in May. ♦
ApSci Dean not impressed
"Engineers" continued from page 1
and mischief are being considered.
Engineers responsible for the
pranks may be facing academic trouble from the university as well Bruce
Dunwoody, Associate Dean of Applied
Sciences said that the faculty may consider disciplining the students.
'At this point we don't have any
students who we know to be responsible/ he said. "Whether the EUS
gets disciplined for this we don't yet
Dunwoody said that the faculty
has not yet determined what action,
if any, would be taken against the
EUS,   which   organises   official
Engineering Week activities.
He said the news caught him by
surprise yesterday morning.
'I heard it this morning when a
radio station in San Francisco
phoned me up and asked for my
comments...My comment to them
was 'that does not start my day off
very well," Dunwoody said. ♦
Fraser Institute disagrees with report
"Health" continued from page 1
who haven't used the system, while
those who have 'found that it does
work, but that it's not universal.'
"What we are saying is 'yes, the
problems are real, yes they are fix-
able and furthermore, tell me which
[medical] system in the world doesn't have these kind of problems.'
[They're] normal,' Evans said.
He said that this unease stems
largely from newspaper coverage
"predicting disaster unless various
forms of private payment and for-
profit health care are introduced
The report also notes that while
budget cuts to health care from
1992 to 1997 did reduce medical
service, they primarily impacted
hospitals, and the people employed
by them.
The previous US government's
attempt  to   implement  national
health insurance, and private drug
companies' successful campaign to
defeat the proposal, has also contributed to Medicare fears, according to the report
"Part of that battle was to trash
Canada to "convince Americans that
[national health insurance] would be a
lousy idea" said Evans, who added
that US drug companies have an interest in the Canadian market and in
order to penetrate this market they'd
like to "roll back the public system
[since] there's got to be something for
the private sector to take over."
The report recommended that
doctors be paid by a salary system,
rather than a feeder-service system;
prescriptions be dispensed through
physician/pharmacist teams instead
of through doctors alone; some of the
work of general practitioners be transferred to qualified nurses, and the
elderly be vaccinated against influenza to preven outbreaks of the flu.
The report also questioned the
reliability of current data on the size
of waiting lists in Canada, stating
that audits on the lists found numerous inconsistencies.
But the Fraser Institute has publicly challenged the report's assessment of waiting lists, saying that its
annual waiting list data indicates that
patients are waiting longer than ever.
Liz Robins, a spokesperson for
the federal Ministry of Health, said
that the ministry is currently reviewing the report, and could not yet
comment on it
Robins said that issues like the
distribution of health care professionals between rural and urban
centres are still major challenges for
But she agreed with the report's
warning about public opinion, saying "one of the biggest threats to
Medicare is the public's loss of confidence." ♦
Students concerned about lab space
"Labs" continued from page 1
Iem is more complex.
"I'm not so sure it's as simple as
that' he said. "I think what this really was, was just a funding decision. If
you lose TAs...you don't have enough
money to buy the equipment and
enough money to buy the chemicals,
then you actually cannot run all of
the labs that you'd like to run."
Fryzuk explained that after the
labs became bi-weekly, additional
lab space became available, which
provided the space for Hepburn's
"Instead of having labs that were
on odd weeks not being used, now
they're just going to be consolidating
into these other labs. Basically
there's no loss of labs.'
Hepburn agrees with Fryzuk. He
said that a lack of money, equipment
and staff is the reason that the
Chemistry department has had to
cancel labs.
'I have major concerns over the
undergraduate labs at UBC,' said
Hepburn. "The students are complaining that their undergraduate
education is not as good as it used to
be and that's certainly true.'
Hepburn said he hopes to
improve the situation by making hiring a high priority—particularly of
younger professors. He explained
that Chemistry plans to hire around
three professors each year for the
next five years.
But there remains concern that
the lab cuts will have negative
effects on the Chemistry department by not enticing the top-level
students into the department with
interesting, interactive labs.
This sentiment is echoed by both
Fryzuk and Hepburn.
"That's a major concern," said
Fryzuk. "We absolutely agree that
the thing that distinguishes
Chemistry from some of the other
sciences is to get into the lab and
mix things and do experiments. We
recognise this is not an ideal situation, and hopefully this is just some
interim problems that we can solve
with more funds." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Raising FTAA awareness at UBC
 by Dan Poon
Raising student awareness about the potential
dangers of upcoming free-trade negotiations
was the goal of organisers of an exhibit in the
SUB last week.
Matthew Smith, one of the exhibit organisers and a fourth-year UBC student, said that
the activities are an attempt to inform students about the Free Trade Agreement of the
Americas (FTAA) negotiations to take place in
Quebec City this April.
The FTAA is a proposed free-trade deal that
would include every country in North and
South America, except Cuba.
Smith's main concerns centre on the agreement's potential impact on the environment,
labour standards and democracy.
"We don't organise in order to educate, we
educate in order to organise. We believe that, not
! that we're necessarily right, but that the FTAA is
- bad and that if people knew, if people understood, then it would happen—people would form
an allegiance with this movement' he said.
OUT TO EDUCATE: FTAA Awareness Week organiser Matthew Smith makes posters to teach UBC
students about the potential dangers of upcoming trade negotiations in Quebec City, dan poon photo
In addition to the manned displays, FTAA
Awareness week held a series of presentations
and open-forums to discuss the ramifications
of the deal.
The trade deal was recently pegged as a priority for the Liberal government, and will be
the primary issue on the agenda at the Third
Summit of the Americas this April.
Free-trade supporters, including the governments of the participating countries, argue
that the increased trade and economic investments will give countries more economic
"Free trade and
increased economic
integration are key factors for raising standards of living, improving the working conditions of the people of the
Americas and better
protecting the environment,' states the preamble to the Canadian delegation's most-recent
FTAA proposal.
But the ramifications
of the treaty have drawn
fire from those who
believe that the deal will
limit governmental control over issues like the
environment and
labour rights.
Free-trade proponents say the increased
economic benefits a
country gains by free
trade will lead to the
improvement of the
standard of living, as
well as more freedom to
pursue environmental
They also point to the
two side agreements written into the North
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
which focus on protecting environmental and
labour standards, as evidence that these goals
will be protected.
But Maxwell Cameron, an associate professor of political science at UBC, and author of
Ihe NAFTA Debate, said that the side agreements "were explicitly designed to be extremely weak."
According to Cameron, the agreements
allow for a "forum for people to come together
and complain about practices and standards
they don't like. But you can't do a damn thing
about it*
Cameron said that free-trade agreements
also limit government power as any legislation must be compliant with the agreement.
Governments can impose regulations only
so long as they can demonstrate that the regulation is not a form of disguised protectionism.
Cameron offered the example of a proposal by Canada to introduce legislation that
would force tobacco companies to adopt
generic packaging. In response, US tobacco
companies threatened to challenge the
Canadian government, which Cameron says,
'discourages [the government] from regulating the public interest'
But FTAA supporters disagree, indicating
that regulating legislation is the only way to
ensure free-trade agreements are properly
obeyed and can bring the economic improvements.
"In recognising that investment is the
main engine for growth, [the] leaders further
committed themselves to creating strengthened mechanisms that promote and protect
the flow of productive investment in the hemisphere," a Canadian government statement
Beyond last week SUB's presentations the
FTAA organisers hope to bring the display to
other local colleges and universities. ♦
Ethanol from sawdust
Forestry researchers looking for clean fuel solution
by Jason Gondziola
by Eric Jandciu
Researchers at UBC's Facility of Forestry
are working on a process that converts
waste wood to ethanol, a valuable and
clean-burning alternative fuel. But if a
patent request had not been rejected by
the university 25 years ago, the technology might be further developed today.
A team of scientists headed by
Forestry Dean Jack Saddler use
enzymes—naturally occurring molecules
that accelerate chemical reactions—to
chew up waste wood, such as sawdust,
knots, bark, and the ends of logs discarded by the forest industry, to its component sugars, which are then fermented
to produce ethanol.
But Laszlo Paszner, a retired UBC professor, is also working on alternative
method of developing ethanol.
Enzymes don't work very well on soft
woods, which account for a large majority of the trees harvested in BC, he
explained. So Paszner has developed a
different approach that uses acetone, a
common organic solvent
Paszner patented the technology himself, after the university claimed in 1977
that the invention was too closely related
to other patented technologies.
Saddler and his research associate,
Dave Gregg, acknowledge that soft
woods are more difficult to work with
using their enzymatic process, but say
that recent advances in the technology
have addressed this problem.
. One improvement has been to induce
an explosion of the wood at the start of
the process. 'When a tree falls in a forest.
it takes a very long time to decay naturally," says Saddler, so this pretreatment
' speeds up the process.
They have also just developed a "hot
alkaline peroxide wash" which breaks
down wood more effectively. The
remaining components are then broken
down by enzymes, until finally, fermentation produces the ethanol.
But Paszner's technology avoids the
use of harsh conditions, he says, by completely dissolving the wood in a
water-acetone mixture under mildly
acidic conditions at the outset
'It's a very interesting process that he
has," admits Gregg, who explains that by
removing many wood components up front
"you're getting rid of the problem. There are
a number of advantages to his system."
Recognising the importance of this
technology, the provincial government
contributed $300,000 last year to the
creation of Ethanol BC, an organisation
that promotes the development of
ethanol production from soft woods.
"We have an excess of wood waste in
BC," says project manager Brian McCoy.
Environment Canada reported in 1999 that
the province has roughly 900,000 dry
tonnes of sawmill residue that could be converted into 315 million litres of ethanol.
The recent interest in ethanol as a
fuel stems from Canada's attempts to
reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. As
an additive, ethanol makes gasoline
burn more cleanly. Also, if less fossil fuel
is burned, less carbon dioxide is
released into the atmosphere.
With the current interest in ethanol
production, Paszner still doesn't under
stand why UBC wasn't interested in patenting his technology. 'I still believe it is the
best technology in the world,' he says.
Richard Spratley, currently UBC's
director of research services, handled
university patent issues before the
University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO)
was established.
'In those days we contracted out with
outside patent agencies,' he explained.
"They would make a commercialisability
(sic) decision, because they wouldn't
spend the money unless they saw the
opportunity for return.'
McCoy said that Paszner 'thinks he's
ready for the marketplace. He came very
close five or six years ago... but I suspect
he pushed for too hard of a deal."
Paszner admits that he has 'very
strict rules." For example, he will not
allow anyone the exclusive rights to his
technology. "I figure that as soon as I
give someone exclusivity, they are going
to abuse those rights," he says.
Once the technology becomes commercial, it is expected that gasoline will
contain 10 to 15 per cent ethanol for
which no physical changes to vehicles
are necessary. With vehicle modifications, however, it is possible to run automobiles on 100 per cent ethanol, a practice currently used in Brazil.
In North America, however, scientists
are skeptical that pure ethanol from
wood sources will replace the use of
gasoline. One reason is that currently,
gasoline is significantly cheaper than
ethanol. Also with high taxes on alcohol,
it would be cheaper to drink from the
fuel station than from the pub. ♦
The Martlet [
VICTORIA (I.TP) -Student and community groups at th*"
l'ni%rrb:ly of Vi« toria (UVic) are sceptical about a plan to build
a private high tech re-search and manufacturing facility on
Ihe university administration is in tlie final stage of nogo-
tialions with Vancouver based Diw overy Parks Inc. lo build   .
what it calls 'a farlhty for UVir spin-off companies and oth- $
ers collaborating with UVic researc hers to develop u-chnolo  \
gius' on campus.
The university would grant a long term lease of the land ■
to Discov ery Parks Inc. for building and operating the f:w .1- j
ity at no cost to UVic. Martin Taylor, the university's vice- ;
president of research, said that UVic would be guaranteed \
a "minimum financial return on the lease and have Ihe \
right lo approve the building's design and tenant"!." \
Approval for the park may tume as early as this spring.
"We are in what we hope will be the final stage of negotiations with Discovery Parks, and that is to finalise the
agreement," said Taylor.
While Taylor contends this is not a "profit-making venture,"
he did say that a similar project at UBC generated cash benefits to the university 'in the order of hundreds of thousands of
UVic's student society is among the project's critics.
Director of academics Kari Worton calls the deal an inefficient use of UVic land.
"It doesn't make sense to me to bring in a private company and have them build on our land when we might need
to use that space for ourselves," she said
Worton is also concerned that a conglomeration of private companies conducting business on university land
will compromise the autonomy of tlie institution.
Although the university said lhat tlie new building will
not affect nearby community gardens, Camilla Barry,
UVic's coordinator of gardens, said that there is a "lack of
support for preserving the garden." Roughly 15 people use
the garden to grow their own food, while last year the group
donated 500 pounds of food to the local food bank. ♦ 6     TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2001
How do you want the Grad class of 2001
to be remembered?
Pick up the Gift Application Forms in SUB Room
238 and return your completed forms there by
Friday, March 2nd, 2001. Then come out to the
Annual General Meeting In March to vote for
the best gift proposals.
Here is your chance to work overseas
and have the adventure of a lifetime!
A work abroad experience is a fantastic way to
enjoy an extended holiday and gain an entirely
new perspective on life! Programs are available
in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany,
South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, & USA.
Find out more! Come to an information session.
riday, February 9th
Room: 206 (SUB)
Time: 12:30
For more information on SWAP contact:
MVnAtin   4*aVM> Lower SUB 822-6890
44 IKAVELCUI9 UBCVilla99 659-2860
SWAP is a program of the Canadian Federation ol Students
Cecil & Ida Green Visiting Professorships of Green College
Merle Sande, MD
Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine
University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City
How HIV Causes AIDS and Responds to HAART
Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy
Thursday, February 8th at 12:30pm
New Lecture Theatre, Conference Centre
St. Paul's Hospital, Citywide ID Rounds
The Emergence of Antibiotic Resistance
Thursday, February 8th at 7:30pm
Graham House, Green College
Antibiotic Use and Abuse
Friday, February 9th at 12:30pm
Woodward IRC 1
The Crisis in Infectious Diseases
Saturday, February 10th at 8:15pm
Woodward IRC 2
Vancouver Institute Lecture
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by Nicholas Bradley
with Atlas Strategic
at the Vogue Theatre
Feb. 2
Sometime since the last time they
came to Vancouver, Modest Mouse
became very, very popular. At Friday
night's show at the Vogue, it was
clear that the band, originally from
Issaquah and now from Sony, has
captured, the hearts and minds of
more than just the usual contingent
of shoegaze.rs—the theatre was
packed with balding- weekend rockers, blonde girls in shiny clothes,,
guys in your economics class, and a
whole lot of guys who drive Ford
Explorers. Singer and guitarist Isaac
Brock, the lispingest rock star ever,
seems to be having problems dealing with his newfound fans, alternately joking with them and cadging
cigarettes, and then laughingly
refusing to play the songs they shout
for. And shout they do. Seems that
no one could stand for more than 30
seconds without yelling fDo the
Of course, more fans mean that
the band plays a bigger venue. The
past few times Modest Mouse came
to Vancouver, the band played clubs
like the Starfish Room, and the
Vogue didn't exactly improve the
show. What in the past has been a
spare, intricate sound is, once
amplified to fill the Vogue, at times
muddy and distorted. On some
songs, though, this is okay-when
the crowd wanted the rock> the band
obliged, abandoning any subtlety in
the process, but making everyone
happy as a result
There were some remnants of
the old days: Brock found a variety of
ways to delay the show, from fiddling with his amp to wandering off
for a smoke to telling long-winded
tall tales. Used to be that he would
break his equipment and try to fix it;
now that somebody is paying for pro
gear, he just wastes time for the hell
of it
But this all makes it sounds as
though the show wasn't any good. It
was. Really good,
in fact—it was like
a greatest-hits concert with the band
playing songs from
each of their three
LPs, with a couple of
singles thrown in.
The bleak and
sprawling 'Cowboy Dan' and
'Truckers Atlas," both from The
Lonesome Crowded West, went over
really well as did old favourites such
as 'Dramamine* and 'Neverending
Math Equation.' The Moon and
Antarctica, the band's latest albunt
and major-label debut is full of studio
tricks, so seeing how the new songs
sounded live was interesting. The
extra guitarist brought along to help
replicate the album's effects didn't
help out much, but the fast songs,
such as 'Paper Thin Walls," came off
without a hitch. The more complicated songs, though, as well as a quieter
one, 'Wild Packs of Family Dogs," didn't fare so well Not that anyone
noticed. No one stopped yelling and
Keys to success
by Jonathan Black
WE LOVE YOU? ISAAC! It's not the band f hate, it's the fans. Holland gidney photo
dancing in a most unbecoming way
until the house lights came up, ending all hopes of an encore. All in all, a
good show, even if it reflected the
band'3 growing pains.
t As for the opening act—Atlas
Strategic was a real buncha nerds
who found themselves onstage in
front of hundreds of people and had
a fantastic time a3 a result The band
obviously thinks they're pretty funny
and that vampires and aliens are
pretty cool. Thing is, they were more
or less the only ones. By the halfway
point of the Victoria band's interminable set people were heading out
fo get overpriced drinks ($5.50 for a
plastic cup of beer) or heckling the
oblivious members of Atlas Strategic.
The brains behind the operation
seemed to be the weird-looking
scrawny kid who handled the guitar
and the singing and the jokes in
between songs; he was backed up by
a chubby guy in a Miami Heat jersey
on piano, some ugly dude who must
be a junior high band teacher on the
saxophone, a vapid girl on guitar
who must have been sedated, and a
confused drummer who kept laughing hysterically at the singer's outer-
space jokes. The band capped off
their set by having the fat kid do a
bad imitation of a Baptist preacher
and throwing around the big fake
rock they had up on stage. They got a
big round of applause when they all
left the stage. ♦>
S omething
by Diana Stech
One of the first things I noticed when I
walked into Robert Silverman's studio
was a quote on the calendar beside the
door that read "Success is not something you wait for, it's something you
work for."
These words are all too applicable to
the 62-year-old Silverman, who has not
only been working as a professor at
UBC's School of Music since 1973, but
has also been working as an internationally-renowned concert pianist He
has performed in concert halls across
North America and Europe. On top of
teaching and performing, he has also
recorded nearly 20 albums, one of
which won Silverman, along with three
other performers, a Juno award in
T don't take it easy on myself, I'm
not just a quote un-quote artist in residence, I have an overload of students...'
said the virtuoso as he sank back on his
'I don't take it easy" is certainly an
understatement—Silverman's list of
awards doesn't end with the Junos.
From the Liszt Society of Budapest he
received a 'Grand Prix du Disque' for
his recording of Liszt's piano music.
Silverman has recently been named
the first winner of the 'Paul de Hueck
and Norman Walford Career
Achievement Award' in recognition of
his touching interpretations of a vast
range of classical music.
Silverman recently recorded all 32
of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano
sonatas-totalling 11 hours and 26
minutes of music on the ten-disc CD
set Recording the sonatas was a task of
almost Biblical proportions. The
sonatas, which took the music scholar
the entire year of 1998 to perform in
concert were recorded in just over
three days. He used the Viennese-manufactured, stateof-the art Boesendorfer
piano—an instrument that records with
high-accuracy using electromagnetic
pulses. Only 32 of these pianos have
been made.
With this recording, Silverman
sought to interpret and express the
sonatas the way he imagines
Beethoven wanted them to be played,
'not just to play the notes," as
Silverman says, "but to bring the notes
to life, like an actor might breathe
expression into a role."
NO "CHOPSTICKS" HERE: But Robert Silverman knows a whole
lotta Beethoven. Jonathan black photo
While listening to Silverman, it is
easy to sense his intimate knowledge of
the music that probes deep between
the notes of each and every sonata in
the repertoire. Silverman's interpretation of "Appassionato" jangles the
nerves and flows deeply through the
soul in a fresh and inspirational manner that is a result of his absolute commitment to every note he plays.
Beethoven undoubtedly found an apt
home in the mind and fingers of
Silverman, who captures Beethoven's
invention, creativity, and technical
The album has been nominated
under the category of 'Best Classical
Solo Album" for the 2001 Juno awards.
But Silverman added, slowing and lowering the tone of his voice, that if he
were to win the Juno this time around
'it would be different. .this would be for
my performance."
For Silverman, who faces mandatory retirement in two years, winning a
second Juno would cap a great a career,
one punctuated by performances of the
highest calibre around the globe.
But although the recognition is nice,
Silverman expressed that it's not why
he does it
"Beethoven didn't write this piece so
you can enter a competition with it he
had other things in mind," Silverman
said. Instead, he said that he plays to
pass on his deep love and understanding of the music to his students.
"I'm trying to give students a set of
aesthetics," Silverman said enthusiastically, "so that they can work with and
grow with and pass on to their students."
At UBC, Silverman has developed
talented prospects. Last Sunday, four of
his students performed in the Old
Auditorium backed by a student orchestra in front of a packed house. He
organised the concert "because they
needed the experience and deserved
the opportunity to play with an orchestra." Silverman also felt that the students needed to practice their individuality as musicians.
Silverman expressed with great
vigour that teaching brings him a great
deal of joy. "I will continue to teach," he
pronounced humbly.
With 13 concerts across Canada in
the coming six months, it looks like
Silverman is not going to be taking it
easy. Silverman has set his sights on
Mozart pieces, which he aims to "play
in a more personal way" than he played
the Beethoven works. It is his love and
compassion for classical music that
presents itself in sheer untiring dedication to his art and his teaching. And that
is infinitely inspirational ♦
at the Gateway Theatre
Feb. 2
Playwright Marty Chan has a hit on his
hands with his new comedy Mom, Dad
I'm Living With a White GirL Packed with
two hours' worth of humour, cultural
stereotypes,5 and a fast-paced plot, this
play never fails to entertain.
The premise is simple: a young
Chinese man, Mark Gee, falls in love with
a young, white woman, Sally Davis. Gee's
parents do not approve of the match
between their son and the 'white devil."
In the action that follows, cultural vahtes
are unpacked, stereotypes are spun out to
extremes, and some of the assumptions
underlying racism are uncovered.
Davis, for example, finds herself confronted with discrimination. Gee's par
ents dismiss her because of her white
skin, despite her interest in learning
Cantonese and in the exoticism of
'authentic* Chinese tea-making ("take
boiling water...pour over tea leaves').
Davis, however, is unable to see past
the pathos of her own situation, arrogantly remarking to her boyfriend, "You
just don't know how it feels to be discriminated against because of the colour
of your skin/ She fails to make the connection between her situation and the
way that minority groups have been treated throughout Canada's history.
Chan hits an important cultural nerve
with the play. As interracial relationships
become more common, many couples
find themselves confronted by the complexities of differing cultural values.
Chan manages to combine entertainment with a thoughtful examination of
the ways that racism acts upon individu
als and interferes with relationships.
This is no easy task. It would be easy
for the play to deteriorate into cliches or
trite statements about race. However,
Mom, Dad I'm Living With a White Girl
manages to avoid this by creating a dual
plot One is realistic, in which Gee and
Davis navigate the difficult waters of
parental condemnation. The other is an
exaggerated world in which parents
become evil secret agents—the Yellow
Claw and her minion—Gee becomes
'Agent Banana," and the white Canadian
assumes the role of 'Snow Princess."
Chan leaves no stereotype unmen-
tioned. Martial arts, bad Chinese drivers,
white people looking for authentic
Chinese culture, and Canadian identity
jokes flourish in this overdone world.
The stereotypes are pushed out into the
open, and reyealed for what they really
The actors—Patrick Gallagher,
Caroline Livingstone, Jared Matsunga-
Turnbull, and Laara Ong—give energetic
performances. Perhaps to be most highly
commended, however, is, Peter Moller,
the percussionist who provides an innovative and highly effective soundtrack to
this play. The beat of the drum enlivens
the dramatic action, and provides the
verve that either pushes the drama over
the top or brings it down to a manageable
Mom,. Dad I'm Living With a White
Girl is a highly entertaining, funny, and
thought-provoking play. Chan provides
no simple solution to these problems,
but rather brings submerged issues as is
into public view. As Sally Davis obliviously scolds Gee's father, 'Let's not
invite discrimination back into our
lives," And he softly replies, "I didn't
. realise it had left." ♦ 8      TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2001
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Plant shop love
at the Stanley Theatre
until Feb. 25
If you don't know what a ginkgo is, don't worry—you
don't need to be a tree expert to enjoy Lee MacDougall's
new comedy, The Ginkgo Tree. But with all the commotion that revolves around the tree in the play, you are not
likely to forget the name. The play isn't just about a
tree—it encompasses themes such as community, loyalty, the horrors of technology, the magic of gardening,
and the sudden surprise of love.
You are probably right to think that plant shops are
boring. Not in this play. You'll never walk into a plant
shop the same way again after spending two-and-a-half
hours with the strange inhabitants of the Anything
Grows nursery, a shop co-owned by Rose Deterra (Goldie
Semple) and her absent-minded husband, Hayward
(David King). The atmosphere is so chaotic and the
action is so gripping that one forgets that the setting
doesn't change for the whole length of the play. The shop
is set up to be open-ended and to include the audience;
this gives a sense of being inside and being involved. It
also makes the audience see just, how important this
shop is to the characters, and how their lives revolve
around it
The somewhat ordinary setting is where the improbable takes place. The half-witted Florence (Naomi
Snieckus), hired as secretary at the shop simply because
she was able to charm Mrs. Deterra, seems to be the
cause for the many things that go wrong. And many
things do go wrong. A highly unqualified and incompetent secretary who spends most of her time in the WC,
and who keeps the store money in her handbag because
she can't work the cash register, is usually left in charge
of the shop. As well as being as responsible as a child,
her struggles with technology are some of the funniest
scenes in the play. Technology, namely the phone and
the computer in this play, has left some people behind
and has rendered them totally inept. The humorous take
on this situation satirises the supposed importance of
When Florence learns that a civil servant is coming to
inspect the shop, she does the only thing she knows how
to do—she faints. Mrs. Deterra is equally agitated but has
more self-control and remains composed. The representative from the Ministry of Labour will surely close the
store if he sees the disorder and the incompetence of the
owners and the staff. The shop, the only source of
income for the Deterra family, is about to go down. How
far are those involved willing to go to keep the shop?
And what will the civil servant do when he sees what
goes on in the quirky shop and learns that there has
been a fraud? Many ethical issues are involved here, and
their treatment at times is quite questionable. But the
ends seem to justify the means in this comedy, and good
intentions seem to be what counts.
The play is somewhat traditional in rendering gender stereotypes—the father, Hayward, is obsessed with a
new machine at the expense of his store and wife, while
the women don't hesitate to make use of their femininity and their power to seduce if need arises. However, the
cast is exceptional. Semple, as the strong-willed and loud
Italian woman (with the accent of course) is quite
remarkable. Snieckus, as Florence the simple-minded
secretary, is hilarious and charming. And although I
found the character of the civil servant overly compassionate, Grant Linneberg as Joe played a vital role in
some of the most entertaining and memorable scenes in
the play.
Although Act I is more exciting than Act II, The
Ginkgo Tree as a whole maintains its good humour, and
the action seems to have an endless supply of tricks,
accidents and surprises. ♦
-Refqa Abu Remaileh
Sputtering through hell
at the Vancouver Little Theatre
until Feb. 10
Small-time theatre productions usually fall into one
of two categories. They either impress—displaying
just how much can be accomplished with so little, or
bomb—revealing in full their underfunded roots.
Bobby Gould in Hell does neither. Instead The
Escape Artist's performance of the David Mametplay
falls under a third and more dubious critical distinction—mediocre.
The play begins with a good, solid laugh. As the
actors sit frozen on stage, a masked female accordian
player enters belting out a strangely familiar tune. It's
on the tip of your tongue as she breaks into the chorus,
"Hit me baby one more time.' Britney in hell Perfect
As the accordian fades, the plot begins. Bobby
Gould (Jonathan Sutton), as the title suggests, has
been sent to hell and is being asked to account for his
terrestrial misdeeds. The devil (Peter Wilson) has
sacrificed a day of fishing for the occasion, and has
little patience for Gould's restless fast talking.
The story revolves around Lucifer and his assistant (Rhys Lloyd), flipping through Gould's life transcripts and confronting him with the worst of his sins
on Earth. The usual transgressions emerge: lies,
the ft...wanting to stick a toaster oven up your girlfriend's caboose.
Gould marshalls all the familiar excuses in his
defence. I was a good person, he insists. Humans
make mistakes. Nothing is black and white.
This final plea sets up the best gag of the evening.
"Nothing's black and white?" prods the devil 'What
about pandas, Bobby? What about fucking pandas?"
Bobby is showered with a sea of stuffed bears.
Bobby is not a straight comedy, however, and dramatically employs both metaphysics and farce.
Throughout Bobby's ruthless inquisition at the hands
of the devil, a number of core questions are raised. Do
all bad people convince themselves they are good? Is the
illusion of righteousness, perhaps, the single greatest
impediment to actual goodness?
Good questions, indeed. Good play? Well that's another story.
Unfortunately, the production stagnates from the
start Once characters are introduced, and the concept is
spelled out Bobby loses much of its dynamic appeal and
sputters toward a predictable end.
Repetition is partly to blame. In the storyline, the
same few ethical connundrums pop-up ad nauseum.
They are reshaped, repackaged and approached from
nearly every possible dramatic angle. (Good veils bad.
Got it Dave. Can we move on now?)
The cast also plays a part in slowing down the production. The dialogue between Peter Wilson and
Johathan Sutton, for instance, often lapses into a repetitious drawl which slowly squeezes the meaning from
whatever they are trying to say. But it all gets a bit annoying by the end.
But such is life in the world of Vancouver repertory
theatre. And, overall. The Escape Artists put on a commendable first performance.
Bobby Gould in Hell likely won't knock your socks off,
but it should keep you from wondering just how
many pints you could have purchased for the price of
admission. ♦
-Ian Sonshine THE UBYSSEY
Birds split Colleges' Cup
UBC women win, but Arizona Sun Devils defeat flu-ridden men's team
by Ron Nurwisah
A sick and tired Thunderbirds swim team
fought a two-way battle against Arizona State
University (ASU), but could only take one of
two titles at the Colleges' Cup meet this weekend at the Aquatic Centre. The women's team
pulled off a handy 525-496 win, while the men
were defeated by the visiting Sun Devils 525-
For the Thunderbird Women, it was a textbook meet
"We're really excited about beating
- Arizona," said UBC women's team captain
Kelly Doody. "We thought it would be a tough
fight the whole way. We just got a lead from
the beginning yesterday and expanded on the
lead today and finished 29 points ahead of
But it wasn't as easy as that The Sun Devils
sent the Birds a strong message early on, winning the 200m medley relay on Friday afternoon, and kept the pressure on the whole
weekend. UBC conceded both the 100m and
200mbreaststroke, a current weakness for the
UBC women's swim team, to ASU swimmers.
The UBC women also had to fight exhaustion. Kelly Doody, Jessica Deglau, and Kelly
Stefanyshyn, three key members of the team,
had just returned from two World Cup meets
the 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly, winning both events by large margins.
Doody had a tougher meet out-touching
Sun Devil Riley Mants by just 0.28 seconds in
the 200m individual medley, and winning the
800m freestyle by less than a second. On
This is the last real effort before we get to
the CIAUs...We've got to get everyone
healthy in three weeks' time. I'm pretty
happy with where we're at"
in Europe earlier in the week.
Still, Doody, Deglau, and Stefanyshyn combined for ten individual gold medals. Deglau
was dominant in the 200m butterfly, in which
she outpaced ASU's Alicia Wheelock by over
six seconds. She continued her dominance in
—Tom Johnson,
Thunderbirds head coach
Saturday, however, she easily won the 400m
UBC rookie Kelly Stefanyshyn also came
away from the meet with three wins to her
"I just came off three tough meets, the
• . •'   !'  *■
CIAU WARM-UP: The UBC Thunderbirds have two weeks to prepare for the CIAU Championships in Guelph.
Come one, come all...
Canada West and two World Cups. We just got
back Monday night I'm on the wrong time
zone and everything, and I'm pretty much
exhausted, to say the least My times weren't
fast but I still swam well* said Stefanyshyn.
On the men's side, UBC had to make do
with a team weakened by illness.
'We really hurt because Mark Johnston and
Brian Johns are both under effects of the flu.
You lose two really big people like that and it's
going to be tough on the men's side of things,"
said Thunderbirds head coach Tom Johnson.
But the UBC men kept it close for the entire
weekend. Mark Versfeld gave a strong showing, winning the 100m and 200m backstroke.
And even with the flu, Brian Johns was able to
win the 200m butterfly and the 200m individual medley on Friday night before illness took
him out of the meet
The absence of Johns and Johnston was
most noticeable in the relays. The UBC men
were unable to win a single relay the entire
meet always placing second to ASU.
"We didn't really know what to expect from
ASU. Last year Stanford came in and we really
stepped up against them. I guess we just
expected to walk over these guys like we had
before, but I guess they just caught us off
guard," said UBC's Kevin Johns.
Another factor in the meet was the absence
of the University of Calgary, which pulled out
of this year's Colleges' Cup. The Dinos challenged the UBC men at the Canada West meet,
and would have been a strong third contender
for the title this weekend.
Now with the Colleges' Cup behind them,
both UBC teams can look forward to more
training and some much-needed rest before
the upcoming CIAU championships.
"This is the last real effort before we get to
the CIAUs. We've got to go with what we've got
and get everyone healthy in three weeks' time.
I'm pretty happy with where we're at," said
Versfeld agrees.
'We're pretty confident going into CIAUs.
With CIAUs the goal is definitely to take the
two titles, and I think we're well on our way."
'I think we still have the size and the depth
to be winning the relays and placing in the top
part of the individual events," he added.
At the championship meet Calgary will try
to upset both UBC teams.
"We have a pretty good sense of what
[Calgary's] about I think they're going to be really tough at CIAUs. They've got a lot of qualifiers
and they've got some high-end kids that we didn't see who were over at the World Cup and didn't come to the conference meet," said Johnson.
But women's team captain Doody isn't
"They're ready but we're going to kill them.
It's going to be good," she said. ♦
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a rare strain of ebola. Nicholas Bradley had a sore throat
and Holland Gidney had a headache, but Tara Westover
felt fine because she had taken her vitamins. Tristan
Winch stayed in bed, and Michelle Mossop called her
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Cwwft PoM S4« AgrMflMf* Nwnfe* 0732141
What have YOU done for
the environment lately?
The environment is always in the news. Well,
at least it used to be in the news all the time.
Ten years ago, say, all you ever heard about
was the environment, and the news wa3
always bad. Oil spills, global warming, deforestation, acid rain-the list goes on and on.
And even if you don't hear much about these
days, the news is still bad-oil spills in the
Galapagos Islands, the continual breakdown
of environmental treaty talks, dire warnings
of global warming, complaints about Ontario
polluting New York (as if they need Ontario's
help) and on and on and on. It's enough to
make you sick. If the air hasn't already.
The point is that environmental issues are
as important now as they ever have been,
even if the media and the general public
aren't as captivated by all things green as
they used to be. To be blunt, most of us have
tuned out the dire warnings of David Suzuki,
raging grannies, and all the rest
Scientists may occasionally make the news
with a new set of bold predictions about the
future of the planet, but the isolated groups of
activists .trying to provoke a change in attitudes barely seem to register. Instead of
thinking about real solutions to the litany of
environmental problems we face, we toss our
cans and paper in the magic blue boxes and
stop worrying. Or we throw them in the trash
because we never worried in the first place.
But we shouldn't stop worrying yet. Not by
a long shot.
Because as much as we face seemingly
impossible problems, we actually have the
capacity for great change. At a sustainability
conference held on campus over the weekend,
one speaker, Aldyen Donnelly, pointed out
that only 11 companies—including provincial
power companies such as BC Hydro—produce
one quarter of our gas emissions. Eleven companies, 80 per cent of which are owned in part
by middle-income Canadians, The math is not
that difficult if people really want to make the
environment a priority, it's entirely possible
for these people, the shareholders in these
major companies (and major polluters), to do
so. It's simply a matter of putting less of an
emphasis on economic returns and more of
an emphasis on the environmental and societal implications of our purchases and investments, on our own habits and those of the
companies we support.
None of this means that we all have to sell
our houses and live under the trees. What it
does mean is that we need to take more
notice of our lifestyles and how they, and we,
fit into the natural order of things. We need to
redefine our notions of progress, making
sure that they include the environmental
impact of development as one of their key elements.
We've been asked to compost, to ride our
bikes, to buy less junk, and to eat less meat. If
we actually think these things through, and
make a genuine effort, such small lifestyle
changes are not that big a deal. Change
requires a broader outlook, sure, but not
much more.
The problem is that we've stopped thinking about what sustainability actually means.
When was the last time we actually thought
about how much packaging came with our
soap? Or our groceries? Or thought about
investing in, or purchasing from, companies
that are trying to improve their environmental policies? Probably far too long ago.
Environmental issues don't stop at
abstract concepts like ozone depletion and
climate change. They're about the daily choices we all make. Sustainability is just about
making educated choices. And it's about time
we started. •>
Editor, leave them
cats alone
How kind of you to exploit the
tragedy of those families whose
cherished pets are missing in order
to create last week's Page Friday
cover: 'Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...'
One would only hope that,
before blurring out the phone numbers, you called these worried people. "Your cat's missing? Oh, maybe
that coyote ate it'
-Jason Rothery
Creative Writing 4
Vote Ubyssey for U!
I've noticed that the Ubyssey was
ready and able to criticise both the
platforms and the individual qual
ities of the candidates in the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) election. In
fact, it appeared that there were
NO positive aspects raised of any
of the candidates. Most likely there
weren't any positive aspects
(hence voter apathy, but that's
another stoiy, or in your case,
another FRICKIN' ISSUE).
Nevertheless, while it is all right to
criticise political candidates, if you
do not shed any positive light on
these candidates, then coverage is
transformed from informative
news to bitter rants.
This leads to my proposal. The
editorial staff at the Ubyssey
appears to know what's best for
the AMS, and what's needed to be
an effective leader. Thus, why
doesn't the Ubyssey itself openly
support or arrange a slate to run
in the next election? But if you
guys wish to win, you will need to
accomplish the following tasks:
1) Go to the GAP. While the
Genocide Awareness Project can
be interesting and might actually
get people to read your newspaper, I'm talking about the clothing
store here. If you wish to compete
with the pretty boys and girls of
Students for Students (yes, Erfan,
you count too), you must make
sure your slate is fashion-coordinated with the latest in khaki technology.
2) Advertise. Needless tp say
you can completely compromise
your journalistic morals and order
the 20 Ubyssey readers to vote for
your slate through inane propaganda. Also, you will have to completely cover campus with pictures
of your slate (thus reiterating why
your candidates must be physically attractive).
3) Come up with a campaign
angle. It may be tempting to go the
way of certain winning parties
and, thus, have a campaign based
on ambiguity. Resist this temptation. A radical Amish campaign
might be more interesting. Or,
how about making your sole issue
increasing funding towards the
The slate's' name should be
'Ubyssey for U." I wish you good
luck. Hopefully you will be able to
finally have a direct impact on
UBC's current pathetic state of
campus politics.
-Michael Kotrty
Men's Hockey
The UBC men's hockey team managed to
beat the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies 5-4 in Saskatoon this past Friday
night The effort of rallying back from a 4-2
deficit must have worn the Birds out however, because they gave up the following
night's game 7-1 to the Huskies. With the
two losses, the Birds have eliminated their
chances for a playoff spot
Women's Volleyball
The UBC women's volleyball team had a
rough weekend in Calgary, losing two
matches to the University of Calgaiy Dinos.
The Birds will take a week off before hosting the best-of-three Canada West semifinals in War Memorial Gym.
Men's Volleyball
The UBC men finished their season with
two losses in Calgaiy against the second-
place University of Calgary Dinos. The
Birds lost 3-1 Friday, and 3-0 Saturday.
Robyn English led the team both nights in
kills. The 8-14 Birds finished in fourth
place in the Canada West Conference.
Four members of UBC track team travelled
to the Cargill Games in Winnipeg this past
weekend. Karen Ruckman placed fourth in
the 1500m, David Milne placed eighth in
the 3000m, Jon Lockhurst placed twelfth in
the 3000m, and Chris Williams placed
third in the 600m. Williams is currently
ranked first in the CIAU in the 600m. ♦
SO CLOSES UBC's KumiTeranishi almost gets one past the University of $a$kat<*iewan Huskies' goaitender during the first
game of the women's hockey team's last re§yiar»sea$dn homestand irt theThunderoird Winter Sports Centre. Trie Birds fost
Friday's game 3-1 and Saturday's game 6-1 to tte Huskies. The Birds and the regufar season with a 3-9 record,They will compete hi theWest division round-robin tournament this weekend in Edrnonton.There they wit! face the defending rational champion University of Alberts Colder* Bears Friday night, and trie Wniversity of Lethbridge Pronghorns Saturday. Ihe winner of the
ro'und-robirt wiH advance to the Canada West finals, i»B*e Isaacs photo , ' ,'
please!, 77/^7^yy7;Y:>      .•'■ - y we're listening.;.
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Birds' wings clipped by Clan
UBC basketball women make the playoffs despite two losses to Simon Fraser University
 by Tom Peacock
It was a miserable weekend by anyone's standards. Unless driving all
the way across town to SFU in rush-
hour traffic, sitting in a gym full of
screaming Clan fans, watching an
outmatched UBC women's basketball team lose to its cross-town rivals
and then repeating the whole
process again the next day is your
idea of a good weekend.
The Birds took to the court flatter
than a day-old glass of Coke Friday,
and the Clan immediately capitalised, racing ahead to a 13-point
lead before the ten-minute mark.
The Birds had plenty of chances
from the field but they couldn't sink
baskets. The Clan, led by towering
forward Jessica Kaczowka, controlled play under the net at each
end of the court, and it wasn't long
before the end result looked like a
foregone conclusion.
UBC head coach Deb Huband WHO'S OPEN? Thunderbird Carrie Rogers pauses
subbed her players at random, try- before Posing in Clan land, MichelleMOSSOP photo
Kirsten Wood increased the Clan's lead to 19.
UBC's Stacy Reykdal tried to answer back with
a three-pointer of her own, but the ball maintained its allegiance to the home team and
ing different combinations of her short roster.
But nothing was working, and no one was
scoring. Mistakes and sloppy play buried the
Birds even deeper, and a three-point shot by
bounced off the rim.
During the second half, Kaczowka took it
upon herself to single-handedly respond to
every UBC effort to claw its way back into the
game. With her relentlessness, the Clan
remained comfortably in the lead until the
end of the game, winning it 75-50. They take
home the Barbara Rae Cup, awarded to the
winner of each year's grudge match between
the two Lower Mainland schools, for the
12 th straight year.
Saturday night's game was a little different. At least this time the score remained
relatively close for a while. Two three-pointers from the Clan's Marlese Redding and
Olympian Teresa Kleindienst helped SFU
secure a 12-point lead heading into half-
time—a lead, but not an insurmountable one.
During the second half, play was fairly
even with neither team controlling the
"Last night they were scoring all the
points from the inside, so today we were
focusing on doubling down and not letting
the posts get so many shots and rebounds,"
UBC captain Charmene Adams said after
Saturday's game.
This strategy worked, but SFU's inside
game   was   only   slightly   compromised.
Kaczowka and Jennifer Van de Walle, SFU's
inside players, had 17 and 16 points respec
tively. And from the outside? The Clan couldn't miss.
UBC's Reykdal and Jennifer Washburn
showed signs of life, but two late threes from
Redding and Kleindienst sealed the deal for
the Clan, and SFU won the game 75-54.
Coach Huband was happy with her team's
effort Saturday night
"I thought that we came out and competed.,.tonight Simon came out and they shot the
ball really well, and I think maybe if we had
caught them on a little colder night, it would
have been a little bit different," she said.
The 9-11 Birds are headed to the playoffs,
but it's doubtful that they have the depth needed to contend in the post-season. UBC will likely win two games against the struggling
University of Lethbridge this weekend in War
Memorial, and if the University of Alberta
Pandas lose against Victoria, then the Birds
will host a first-round game against the
Pandas, who they swept in early January.
The Birds have so few players, and Adams,
UBC's point guard, is limping around the
court with a sprained ankle. There are no
great stars in UBC's inside game, and if they
shoot like they did Friday then they are
doomed to be ousted early. Still, two wins
against Lethbridge this weekend might put the
Birds back into the winning mind-set Game
time is 6:15pm at War Memorial Gym. ♦
Bird men in tough fight for final playoff spot in the Canada West
by Dustin Cook
It was a disappointing weekend for the UBC
men's basketball team. The Birds desperately
needed two wins to bolster their faltering playoff chances, but they came up short in both
games. Without putting up much of a fight the
Birds handed over two games to the SFU Clan.
On Friday night, the Birds struggled offensively throughout the game. Shooting an
awful 28.5 per cent from the field (including
a horrific three of 23 from three-point range)
the Birds were ice-cold. However, they were
trailing by only one basket after the first half
and were still in the game. But then they completely collapsed in the second. The Clan did
not play much better than the Birds, but their
unimpressive 41.6 per cent from the field
was all they needed to pull off a 67-58 victory-
Surprisingly, the Birds' team captain
Courtney Kolla was held to just three points
in 2 7 minutes while Pat McKay, the Birds second leading scorer, could only score nine.
The only Birds to reach double figures in
scoring were Sherlan John, who had a solid
16 points, and Pete Hodson with 11.
Saturday night was a similar story, except
this time the Birds started strong, jumping to
a 24-12 lead just 9:55 into the game. But the
Clan battled back, and went on a 23-2 run to
take a nine-point lead with 4:19 left in the
half. The Birds then fought hard to knot the
game at 38 apiece heading into the second
Then, just like the night before, the Birds
fell apart After a series of mental errors-
missed wide-open lay-up attempts, poor shot
decisions, air-ball free-throws, and blown
defensive coverage—the Birds were lucky to
escape the game with an 80-71 loss. Had the'
lone bright spot for the Birds, Brian Host, not
scored his team-high 16 points the final tally
might have been embarrassing.
After letting two important games slip
away this weekend, the Birds playoff hopes
are disappearing before their eyes. The Birds
worked hard both nights but they only
showed up for the first half of each game.
With better leadership from their veteran
players and better shooting, they may easily
have won.
'Our effort is there, we play hard but
when [we] miss assignments it kills us and
it's just absolutely, totally unacceptable.
Unless we clean that up we'll be done next
weekend" said fourth-year guard Jason
After losing five of their last six games on
the road, the Birds are returning home for
two games this weekend against the
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns. The 7-
13 UBC men must win at least one of their
last two games of the season against the 10-
10 Pronghorns if they are to have a realistic
chance at making the playoffs.
"We're going to have to try to build some
confidence in the next week They're two
must-wins,' said coach Kevin Hanson. 'We've
got to take care of things in our home court
and if we do, we've got a good chance of placing well in the playoffs. If we don't the season might be pretty short'
Unless the Birds put in a consistent effort
for the full 40 minutes each game they will be
hard pressed to beat Lethbridge. The Birds
have to be more disciplined late in games
and they need team leaders like Kolla and
McKay to elevate their play. Without a solid
effort down the stretch from their key players
the Birds will continue to struggle, and this
weekend will amount to nothing more than
the end of a disappointing season.
Nonetheless the Birds do possess the talent to
play at a higher level and they know that their
season is not over yet
"I really like our chances going into every
weekend...we're going to play to win two
games and that's all there is to it" said
Maher. ♦
' - f    !**."• *V- ';<r%  "-
BUCKLING: UBC's Ben Sansburn feels the
pressure during Friday night's game at SFU.
Rugby players avoid public hearing on hazing
by Gordon Loane
The Brunswickan
FREDERICTON (CUP)-The University of New
Brunswick has reached a settlement with a
campus sports club, thus avoiding a public
hearing on a team party that left a student hospitalised for a week.
In a prepared statement issued last week,
the university said that the 38 members of the
Ironmen Rugby Football Club pleaded guilty to
one alcohol-related charge at a summary hearing under the university's student disciplinary
The charge stems from a September 23
hazing party that left a 17-year-old student
with alcohol poisoning.
The statement further indicated that under
the confidentiality provisions of the student
disciplinary code, the university isn't permitted to disclose further information about any
sanctions imposed on the students.
A spokesperson for the university declined
further comment, as did George Filliter, the
Fredericton lawyer representing the Rugby
Football Club members.
But sources close to the rugby club members told Canadian University Press that the
sanctions included an apology to the university, a small fine and attendance at an alcohol
awareness session.
Rugby team captain Nick Taylor also had a
prepared statement released by the university.
"We have all learned something from this
situation,' he wrote. "We are ambassadors to
and for the university and the general public. We realise that our actions were inappropriate and inexcusable. We will work
with the university and other of its teams to
prevent the practice of rookie parties. At the
end of the day, I am glad that we still have
our friend and teammate with us, alive and
University of New Brunswick President
Elizabeth Parr-Johnston said that the rugby
team members have stepped forward and
acknowledged their responsibility for the
unfortunate and unacceptable incident
"With the team and the university working
together, we can eliminate inappropriate
activities such as rookie parties and initiations,' she said.
'We want to build camaraderie and teamwork in positive and productive ways. I'm
pleased our rugby team is prepared to set an
example for the community.' ♦
Thunderbird Basketball
this weekend!


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