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Vol: LXXXIXNo. 5 | www.ubyssey.bc.ca | September 18th, 2007
Recent UBC graduate Alison Bodine protests Saturday at the Vancouver Art Gallery, two days after being arrested by Canadian border agents while crossing into the country.
Activist, former UBC student arrested at border
by Brandon Adams
News Editor
Activist and former UBC
student Alison Bodine was arrested at the Canada-US border
on Thursday, only to be released
the following day thanks in part
to an impromptu rally at Citizenship and Immigration Canada's
Vancouver offices.
Bodine, an American citizen
who graduated from UBC in May,
said she first caught the attention of Canadian border guards
when she drove into Canada on
Monday, September 10.
"I had in my car all of my
personal items, which included
political items," said Bodine
about her Monday entry into the
The attitude of the border
guards changed after seeing
the 'political materials' she was
carrying, largely pamphlets
and other political writings, she
said. Bodine is a member of the
Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO) and has been
/ believe that they did
issue [the warrant] on
a political basis... This
was a political issue
against an activist and
political organiser.
Alison Bodine,
Political activist and former UBC student
involved in pro-Cuban activism.
"They saw everything that I
had, and at that point their attitude changed. At that point you
could really tell that they had a
reaction to what they found in
my car," said Bodine, explaining
that the border guards seized her
belongings, telling her that she
could reclaim them within 40
days. Border agents eventually
allowed Bodine to enter Canada.
When Bodine returned to the
border crossing on September
13 to reclaim her belongings,
she was arrested.
"I was handcuffed and put
inside the holding cell at the
Peace Arch Park border crossing
and held there for a number of
hours," said Bodine, "I was only
told that there was a warrant out
for my arrest."
Bodine said she was told
by the officials that they didn't
know the reason for the arrest
In response,  fellow MAWO
see "Rally" I page 02
Lawyer wants Canada to
reclaim accused terrorist
By Jesse Ferreras
News Staff
Accused terrorist Omar Khadr,
20, has been tortured and held
without trial under uncertain
legal circumstances and Canada
needs to reclaim him, according
to his lawyer, who spoke Monday
at the Meekison Arts Student
Lt. Cmdr. William C. Kuebler
of the United States Navy was
appointed by the Pentagon to
represent Khadr, a Canadian-
born national of Egyptian and
Palestinian descent, who was
captured by US forces in Afghanistan in 2002 and charged with
Khadr, who remains in US
custody at the military prison
in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has
been designated an "enemy com
batant." His fate is largely being
decided by recent changes in US
law, according to Kuebler.
These changes have prompted other nations to reclaim their
citizens from US custody and
"Canada should do the same," he
"The Canadian government
should do the same thing that
the British did, which was take
the position that Guantanamo
and the U.S. Military Commission process does not afford
fundamental due process...
[Khadr should be brought] back
to Canada to face due process
at home, where we know he can
receive a fair process."
Kuebler dwelled largely on
the Military Commissions Act. It
was enacted in 2006 to allow the
see "Khadr" I page 02
Lt. Cmdr. William C. Kuebler of the United States Navy speaks for the accused
inspire new
UBC security
By Paul Evans
News Writer
UBC Security is urging students
to register their cell phone numbers with the University so that
they can receive critical information via text message in the case
of an emergency on campus.
Director of UBC Security
David Halcovitch explained that
text messaging is the latest tool
in a larger system of emergency
communication known as READ
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United States "to prosecute captured terrorists for war crimes
through a full and fair trial," according to a White House news
For Kuebler, this is a matter
of debate.
He takes exception with the
U.S. government's designation
of "unlawful enemy combat-
ancy," which he said allows U.S.
forces to bring accusations of
war crimes against anyone who
fights against them without a
"What it means in practical
effect is that when we invaded
Afghanistan...nobody there had
the right to resist," he said. "You
had one of two options. You
could either surrender or you
could die fighting, but if we happened to capture you fighting,
then you were going to be a war
The law delineates specifically between "unlawful enemy
combatants" and "enemy combatants," suspects who are
believed to fight for legitimate
armed forces, according to the
American Forces Press Service.
The designation of "unlawful enemy combatant" has
been a source of contention in
Khadr's case.
Under US law, only suspects dubbed "unlawful enemy
combatants" are allowed to be
prosecuted by military commissions. There is some question
over Khadr's future because he
is still designated an "enemy
Khadr's current legal troubles come after reports of horrifying torture and interrogation.
"The Unending Torture of
Omar Khadr," a 2006 feature
in Rolling Stone magazine, described Khadr being attacked by
dogs while wearing a bag over
his head, and being chained in
Under U.S. law, only suspects dubbed "unlawful
enemy combatants" are
allowed to be prosecuted
by military commissions
an interrogation room for so long
that he urinated on himself.
Other methods described
in the feature include "sensory
deprivation,"   which   included
being forced to wear black thermal mittens, opaque goggles
and soundproof earphones to
disorient him.
The term "unlawful enemy
combatant," said UBC professor Michael Byers, serves as a
way for the U.S. government to
find a category between civilian
and prisoner of war, but has no
meaning under international
"In international law you're
either aprisoner ofwar oryou're
a civilian, although as a civilian you can commit crimes,"
Byers said. "In any case, you're
subject to some pretty stringent
protections under the law, and
the Bush administration in
January 2002 sought to evade
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UBC students can now receive text messages from Campus Security in the event of an on campus emergency.
Emergencies not limited just to school shootings
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Dispatch). The service already
includes emergency voice mail
and email designed to keep the
University in contact with UBC's
more than 43,000 students—in
addition to staff and faculty—
during an emergency.
When the text messaging
system is fully implemented
it will allow UBC to broadcast
"good, positive and appropriate
information" to students' cell
phones during an emergency,
Halcovitch said.
"For staff and faculty, there
are a lot of avenues [of communication]," he stated, adding that
text messaging is particularly
important because it allows the
University to reach students,with
whom communication options
were previously more limited.
The system, Halcovitch
added, would not be limited to
a school shooting scenario, but
would serve to inform the up
to 70,000 people on campus at
any given time of potential crises ranging from a catastrophic
fire in Pacific Spirit Regional
Park to a gas leak on campus, to
an earthquake.
Halcovitch additionally
stressed that the cell phone information being collected from
students would be used solely
for contact in case of an emergency and not in any way for
commercial or other purposes.
Jason Howden, a first year
Pharmacy student, said that he
welcomed the idea and wouldn't
have any problem providing UBC
with his cell phone number.
"I don't think they would
message unless it's a real emergency," he said.
Grad student Kristy Davies
was more skeptical of the idea
and questioned whether text
messaging would by itself be an
effective way of reaching every
student on campus.
"I don't ever have my cell
phone on when I'm on campus,"
she said, tl
Students are able to register for
the emergency text messaging
program by logging on to the
student services website, clicking on'Address Change'tab,and
selecting the'Add New Address'
option. Students are unable to
add cell phone numbers to their
current addresses at present,
and must re-enter their entire
address from scratch, according
to Nancy Low, registration and
system support manager of
UBC Enrolment Services.
As of yet, there is no precise
information on the number of
students who have registered
their cell phone numbers.
Rally results
in release
from "Activist" | page oi
activists, along with demonstrators from a number of
other organizations (including the Marxist-Leninist Party
of Canada) held a rally at the
Citizenship and Immigration
Canada offices at Cambie and
Georgia on Friday.
The rally, claimed Bodine,
was one of the reasons she
was released from detention.
"After [the rally] and after
I had been given an interview
on CBC...immigration decided
to release me. After they had
enough political pressure put
on them they decided to release me."
Bodine said that she
strongly believes her arrest
was politically motivated.
"I believe that they did issue [the warrant] on apolitical
basis," said Bodine, "This was
a political issue against an activist and political organiser."
Rally organiser and MAWO
activist Shannon Bundock said
that she also believed the arrest was politically motivated,
and said it was also possible
that the border guards thought
Bodine might have been trying
to move into Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada was unavailable
for comment at press time.
At the time of writing,
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ongoing review of the Canada
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advice on "how to best modernise, simplify and administer"
the CSLP. The consultation lasts
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Loan Fairness (CSLF), welcomed
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concerns about the review.
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never. We are disappointed that
it took this long for the government to realise that the almost
one million student loan borrowers deserve a say in the system
they are paying for," he said.
"Borrowers pay sky-high levels of interest for a system that
is antiquated and unresponsive.
We're pleased that they've finally
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Zach Churchill, the national
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Bloc Quebecois doesn't actively
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process to begin right from the
start of the review instead of this
last-minute three-week window,
but nonetheless I think it's important that [the government is]
listening and all I can say is that I
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home after a night at the bar?
And no matter what Al Gore,
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As a student your budget is probably the limiting factor when it
comes to buying a car, so the first
thing you need to do is decide
how much your are willing to
spend on a car.
When deciding how much
you can afford to spend on a car,
remember to factor in insurance
and a contingency fund.
For most students insurance
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What to look for
Once you've decided how much
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bochargers are susceptible to
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•Avoid high-po models-
high performance models typically command higher values,
have lived harder lives, and
have higher strung, more prob-
Where to look
The best place to shop for a cheap
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Craigslist and the BuySell are
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a used car. Remember to check
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promising leads; good deals go
When looking at a potential car,
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Remember that these steps
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So now that you've decided
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Using this guide you should
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This varies depending on your
car, age, and driving record.
You must also budget for a
contingency fund, just in case
your newly purchased ride decides to have a meltdown on you.
For the average student beater, $500 should suffice for the
majority of emergency repairs.
For the purposes of this article
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When arranging to see a
car, ask the seller to ensure that the engine is cold
when you arrive.
When you check out the
car, pay careful attention
to how difficult it is to start
the engine when cold.
Once the car has
warmed up, have a friend
rev up the engine while
you watch the exhaust.
A little smoke is typically fine in an older car,
especially if the car has
passed AirCare. But bluish
smoke can indicate worn
rings which are expensive
to fix.
Lots of white smoke may
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is also expensive to fix.
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underside: you should see
a pipe which runs towards
the rear of the car. If this
pipe is broken or badly dangling, then you may have
difficulty getting the car
through AirCare.
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A car's electrical system
can be expensive to repair,
so it's best to find electrical problems before you
buy a car.
The battery is the large
plastic cube that is typically located near the engine
under the hood of a car.
It should have two large
connectors attached to ter
minals. If these terminals
have a white, powdery
buildup on them, this can
indicate a problem with
the electrical system.
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check is the output of the
headlights: if they seem
significantly dimmer than
normal, this can also indicate a potentially serious
charging problem.
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can't be ignored.
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the brake master cylinder.
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metal body with a number
of metal lines coming off it.
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appears to have a significant leak, it may be costly
to repair.
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particles in the fluid or it is
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shouldn't be smooth.
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In a car with a manual
transmission, the
shifter should move
through the gears
easily, without causing any grinding or
When driving the
car should not pop
out of gear and there
should be any loud
whining while in any
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The clutch should
start disengaging
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Adil Charkaoui jailed for two years and is
now under strict surveillance
By Max Halparin
The McGill Daily
(McGill University)
months after the Supreme Court
of Canada ruled the security
certificate process unconstitutional, Montrealer Adil Charkaoui continues to live under its
Charkaoui, a Moroccan-born
French teacher, was arrested
in May 2003 under a security
certificate, which allows for a
detainee's indefinite detention
without evidence.
As morning broke on Sept.
11, he again appeared in court
in an ongoing effort to clear his
name. This time, he is fighting
what he is calling a purposeful
media leak of his file to turn public opinion against him.
According to Mary Foster, a
member of the Justice Coalition
for Adil Charkaoui, the leak was
a government attempt to thwart
a fair and open trial by falsely
alleging terrorist activity in the
public, before even Charkaoui's
lawyers saw the information.
"I was appalled with the
way this was covered when it
first came out: everyone just
ran away with the allegations,
and very few of the journalists
actually questioned that this was
done deliberately by the government," Foster said. "It wasn't
just by accident, and to me that's
Charkaoui and his lawyer,
Johanne Doyon, who argued
against the constitutionality of
the security certificate law before
the Supreme Court in February,
will argue that this leak was an
abuse of procedure.
At the hearing on Sept. 11,
the judge set a date for the cross-
examination of two journalists—
Gilles Toupin and Joelle-Denis
Bellavance—who printed secret,
unsubstantiated information
from Charkaoui's file in the June
22 issue of Montreal daily newspaper La Presse.
The story accused Charkaoui of involvement in terrorist
activity. The two journalists will
be in court to clarify the circumstances surrounding the leak on
Sept. 24.
Since his release from Riviere
des Prairies prison in February
2005, Charkaoui, who is married and has three children, has
lived with a set of physical and
communicative restraints.
When he leaves his house
with a GPS tracking bracelet attached to his ankle, his mother
or father must accompany him.
Additionally, Charkaoui must remain on the island of Montreal,
is forbidden to use the Internet
According to Mary
Foster, a member of the
Justice Coalition for Adil
Charkaoui, the leak was
a government attempt to
thwart a fair and open trial by falsely alleging terrorist activity in the public
or any phone but his home
phone, and must allow the police
24-hour access to his home without a warrant.
Even under these limitations,
Charakoui recently finished his
Master's Degree in French from
the Universite de Montreal.
The People's Commission
on Immigration Security Measures—a popular report of inquiry into the practices and effects
of immigration, security, and
detention policy—detailed the
weaknesses of the case against
"These files [used as evidence
against Charkaoui] contained all
sorts of information, from a biography of Bin Laden, to a report
on weapons of mass destruction
in Iraq, to speeches by Saddam
Hussein, but included only a few
dozen pages of very general information pertaining to Charkaoui
himself—that he had travelled,
that he was a karate expert, that
he was a university student, and
so on," the report stated.
The Supreme Court's ruling that the process of security
certificates is in violation of the
Canadian Charter of Rights and
Freedoms doesn't come into effect until February 2008. The
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 Culture     7
Food, wine, cheese and all that good stuff entertains
by Robert Broerse
News Writer
Wine and food, food and wine.
We all need food and some of
us need wine. I require a glass a
day, either with my meal, or before going to bed. A day without
wine is a day without love.
Ultimately, food and wine are
bestpairedproperly, though wine
doesn't always need to complement a meal. Most white wines,
from Pinot Gris to Chardonnay to
Riesling (my personal favourite),
are notorious for being summer
sippers, experienced in social
situations, whether on a patio
at dusk or in the late afternoon
after a picnic.
As we all know being students, a meal can be enjoyed (or
barely enjoyed) on the go, in the
SUB and at home.
But when the right wine
meets the right food all I can say
is it's a wondrous, delicate, transient moment of ecstasy. It is
like being "in the zone" with your
taste buds, the "aha" moment
when everything falls into place.
Both the wine and the food are
transformed, and dimensions
are revealed. It is a relationship
evolving between what you drink
and what you eat.
Such was the case on Saturday evening at the Sage Bistro
here on campus. For a $50
ticket, UBC alumni, friends, and
family were offered an opportunity to sample perfect BC wine
with the perfect complementary
BC hors d'oeuvre. Given a wineglass and a plastic holder clip to
attach to their plate, the guests
ambled around the restaurant's
seven food and wine pairing
stations while jazz ensemble
Daniel Tone's Quartet played, an
apropos backdrop for the eager
wine tasters. At each table, the
Sage's restaurant staff poured an
ounce of wine for the intrigued
guest. Next to the wine, a bevy of
matching food samples.
The variety was simply beautiful: Coho salmon skewers with
lemon vinaigrette paired with
Sumac Ridge Sauvignon Blanc;
grilled polenta and parmesan
cheese with smoked tomato
coulis matched the 2001 Mer-
lot from La Frenz; tomato tart
complemented the Kettle Valley
Gamay Noir; fruit and cheese encountered Sumac Ridge's Sparkling Jay. Thai poached prawns
and Lang Riesling; and an Asian
seafood cake with citrus aioli
was a tangy companion to the
Soaring Eagle Viognier.
I floated from table to table in
a dream state, tasting the wines
first and then the food afterward.
The acidity of the tomato coulis
took on a different character
with the Merlot. I can't explain
it but the tomato flavour actually
ripened with the wine, becoming
juicier, fuller, fresher and more
prominent on my palette. And
the Riesling, with its green apple
and citrus notes was bang on with
the coconut milk glazed prawns,
the acidity and fruit character of
the former matching extremely
well with the sweeter aspects of
the latter.
The evening's MC, Vancouver Courier and CBC radio personality Fred Lee (Class of '88)
welcomed the alumni. Sporting
a blue ball cap an "I AM UBC"
t-shirt, he best personified the
joyous, albeit adventurous and
casual, nature of the culinary
Mr Lee and fellow UBC staff
Marguerite Collins and Christina Harley organised the event;
it was one of many put on by
Alumni Affairs for the alumni
weekend.   Knowing   there   are
100,000 graduates of UBC in
the Lower Mainland, the team
"...wanted to bring back former
students, to welcome them and
help them re-explore UBC." According to Marie Earl of UBC
Alumni Affairs, the turnout this
year has been quite exceptional,
"with over 1200 former UBC students returning to participate."
From campus tours, lectures,
and a football game, to a pancake
breakfast with the president of
UBC to a wine tasting seminar
lead by Dr David McArthur, instructor of Food and Nutrition
Health 330, there was no shortage of activities, places to revisit,
and friends enjoying a renewal
of old acquaintances.
Former UBC students attending the wine and food pairing
event included Senator Larry
Campbell, happy to be back
with his "peeps" as he put it in
a brief speech midway through
the evening, and Burrowing Owl
co-owner Doug Robinson, now
chair of the Alumni Associates
Board. Mr Robinson's winery, as
some BC wine aficionados might
know, has quickly become the
premier winery in the
Okanagan. Their Pinot Gris was hugely
popular this year
and sold out
well before
the summer
One     of
Mr    Robinson's wines
was     available        for
tasting: the
Owl   2000
Syr ah. With
and   dark
cherry notes, the Syrah was suitably matched with a blackberry-
glazed pork tenderloin. The soft,
ripe berry component of the
wine brought out the deeper,
darker berry elements in the
glazed dish. I was thoroughly impressed and, with the Merlot and
the Riesling tables, I went back
for seconds, thirds and (yeah,
why not) fourths.
John Flipse, general manager
of Sage Bistro, worked together
with Alumni Affairs, helping
them select wines to make the
event affordable. As Flipse explained, he wanted to expose
different wines and showcase
the culinary skills of the restaurant. "I would say the tagline of
tonight's event is 'best kept secret.' All the wines are from the
Sage Bistro cellar."
Being quite new to UBC, I
found the restaurant's locale ideal. For alumni, current students,
faculty or for just about anybody,
this is a great place to take a date
on a Friday or Saturday night.
The views overlook Howe Sound
and the mountains of the North
Shore. It's close enough to the
city and yet one gets the impression of being miles away from
civilisation, a Tofino-like getaway with evening-blue twilight
outside the windows. Flipse informed me that current students
could use their meal cards in the
restaurant. "Students with some
money left on their cards at the
end of the semester or school
term often come here to enjoy
the food and scenery."
The wine list is very good
with a handsome selection of
both local and international
wines. (For those beer lovers, the
Sage has Russell Cream Ale, Pale
Ale and Lager on tap-/ highly
recommend the lager.) The
staff is friendly and makes you
feel as if you are there for their
The proceeds of the silent
auction at the tasting will go to
help support student athletic
Looking at the smiling, satisfied faces of the guests, itwas not
a stretch to say that a good time
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Fringe festival explains Passion of
Christ in not so subtle terms
by Kian Mintz-Woo
Culture Writer
On paper, what sounds perfect—a send-up of The Passion of
the Christ with a complete queen
as the star, all told by puppets-
ends up somewhat more uneven
than the premise suggests. "Get
off the Cross, Mary" is a story of
a washed up film star who decides that retelling the story of
Jesus will restart his career. So
he sets out to make a film that's
"gayer than Christmas."
The setup is excellent: the
initial scene where the director
Bruce casts his next actor (someone to puppeteer him) gleefully
impales haughty directing. The
first thing we learn about the
director is he needs to be more
unique. He tells his secretary
that he doesn't want to be called
Bruce anymore, but "Bruthhh."
After he casts the film, the puppets talk about the past while
catching their flights. In these
scenes, there is such a complete
sense of character that the human actors seem cardboard
in comparison. One particular
moment that struck me was a
puppet's comment on relationships when speaking about Sex
and the City: "All we do is watch
TV on DVD—when are we going
In fact, the actors play
characters as well. It's
puppetry, but onstage it
resembles ventriloquism
since the puppets and
their human manipulators
both have personalities.
to take our relationship to the
next level?"
What sets this show apart
from other puppet shows (and
there seems to be a glut this
year) is that the actors are visible throughout the entire performance. In fact, the actors
play characters as well. It's pup
petry, but onstage it resembles
ventriloquism since the puppets
and their human manipulators
both have personalities, and the
characters fight with their puppets. A lot.
Berend McKenzie said that
puppets free him because people don't take them seriously.
"If you have two gay puppets
sitting in a coffee shop picking
people apart, it doesn't seem as
mean or as biting."
At its core, this play works
best in its comments on the film
industry, on puppetry ("Casey
and Finnigan were a couple of
cunts"), or even on "the Jew-
hater" Mel Gibson. When these
sources dry up, as they do in the
later scenes, the energy of the
performers drags a little, and
the later scenes could have used
a bit more editing. But overall,
the play was fun to watch and
it was (dare I say it?) tastefully
done. I look forward to seeing
McKenzie next cross-genre
mash up. \j
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Culture 11
From September 6-15, the
32nd annual TIFF (Toronto
International Film Festival)
screened 349 films from 55 countries, running the gamut from docs
to humour, and drama to over-
the-top blood-soaked horror fests
(usually reserved for the Midnight
Madness series). Everything from
shorts ranging in length from four
minute freebies shot with a cell
phone, like Tic Tae Toe, to near
three hour butt busting megabud-
get epics like Brad Pitt's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (which also happened to have one of the longest
film titles at the festival) graced the
multiplex screens. Needless to say
one was not left lacking for choice.
Accompanying the big budget
flicks was a virtual retinue of cinematic royalty: Brangelina, Keira
Knightley, Amittabh Bachchan,
Cate Blanchett, Werner Herzog,
Jodie Foster, Monica Bellucci...the
list goes on and on. The Intercontinental  Hotel—interview  central
With most of his perps needing
a trip to the hospital before they
get booked, Flash Point's constable
Jun makes Dirty Harry look like a
pacifist. But when he attempts to
bring down a violent drug syndi-
Anyone familiar with history
knows of Genghis Khan's military
exploits. What you may not know
is that, at the tender age of ten,
Temudgin's (Khan's birth name) father was murdered, his family scattered, and he was enslaved, spending the next two decades just trying
to survive. Director Sergei Borgov,
obsessed with Ghengis Khan since
during the festival—played host to
throngs of stalkers both amateur
and professional—sorry, that's
fans and paparazzi—clamouring to
see who would be disgorged next
from the never-ending cavalcade
of limos. I'm amazed none of the
passersby suffered a seizure from
the barrage of flashes.
And of course any film worth
its salt must have its own fete
flush with the bright and beautiful decked out in designer finery
that cost more than the GDP of
several small countries. And let's
not forget the billowing swag bags
overflowing with goodies hoisted
as trophies. Inevitably the parties
end up spilling out onto the sidewalks. I've never had to wend my
way through so many crowds with
legions of gorgeous women towering over me—but believe me, I'm
not complaining. (Note to self: next
year, find out how to get invited to
the parties.)
As a seasoned TIFF veteran
(that's twice to TO for your rook-
cate everyone becomes a target.
While the opening five minutes
feature a promising blast of pulsing house beats and a frenetically
choreographed fight sequence, we
get nothing but pointless exposition for the next hour. Sure the last
20 minutes are a frantic flurry of
flying fists (and elbows and every
other body part that can be used as
a weapon) but it's a matter of too
little too late, unless you decide to
rent it and use the fast forward button expeditiously.
reading about him as a teen, decided
to bring his story to the big screen.
Instead of focusing on his military
career, The Mongol examines the
relationship that Temudgin shared
with the woman who would later
become his wife and strongest ally
in a time when most women were
considered chattel. The film is near
epic in scope with barren, yet beautiful landscapes and a fantastic pan-
Asian cast. While it is deliberately
paced, there are several brilliantly
choreographed battle sequences to
ramp up the adrenaline.
ies), I was ready for any eventualities this time around. To beat the
mad panic of the first weekend
screenings, I made sure to plan my
schedule with surgical precision
and bolted the moment the credits
of each film started to roll.
I was also careful to pack
clothes that were loose fitting and
comfortable—it's more important
to feel good than to look good when
you're engaged in extreme movie
viewing (think 10-12 hours a day).
Next year I might even consider
bringing one of those doughnut
pillows. Other things you'll want to
include in your arsenal: a notepad,
pen, a small flashlight, and a pack
lunch every day including some
energy bars and liquids. Also, as
the cost of accommodations soar
into the stratosphere in the big TO,
make sure to make arrangements
well in advance since most hotels
are usually booked out come festival time.
Other things to note: pretend
that you're in Italy when cross
ing the street, as for some reason
during the film festival red lights
and walk signs don't seem to hold
much meaning, as vouched for by
a festival-goer I talked to sporting
a brand new pair of crutches after
he caught a cab the hard way.
Anyone familiar with film festivals knows that with several hundred films on offer, the guides are
essential for planning what you
want to see. And at 480 pages, the
TIFF tome is a veritable fountain
of information. Every feature film
and doc gets a full-colour page with
an in-depth summary of the film.
Indeed it's so thorough that one
could probably write a review for
a film without ever having seen it.
That is if you had no morals and
were prepared to burn in reviewer
hell forever.
After yet another bad life
choice Alberta finds herself seeking shelter with her friend Celene
in Vancouver where she discovers
that dressing up in leather and tying people up pays far better than
the EasyMart. Unfortunately it also
Let's take a look at the Good,
the Bad, and the What the hell
were they thinking?!
My Enemy's Enemy demonstrates what happens when foreign
policy decisions are made in a
vacuum. In this instance documen-
tarian Kevin Macdonald examines
the American's use of Nazi war
criminals to combat the perceived
Communist threat after WWII.
Their prize, Klaus Barbie—the in
famous Butcher of Lyon—trained
the US military in interrogation
and espionage techniques, eventually settling in Bolivia where he
devoted his spare time to trying to
create a fourth Reich. Macdonald
trots out reams of evidence and
a cavalcade of witnesses to show
that Barbie finessed the wave of
right wing extremism that spread
throughout South America which
cost hundreds of thousands of
lives over a half century, all with
the knowledge of his US handlers.
And if Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are any indication,
no one learned a lesson.
comes with its unique set of problems... Any movie which features
Leelee Sobieski and Tricia Heifer
dressed in corsets playing domi-
natrixes is going to pique my interest. Surprisingly, Walk All Over Me
delivers more than the requisite
voyeurism. The clever script is infused with humour and a winking
charm. Sobieski captures Alberta's
transformation from naif to worldly woman and Heifer is great as the
tough-as-nails Celene. A pleasant
For anyone tired of the same
old repetitive slasher flick, Julian
Maury demonstrates that there are
still some novel ways to make audiences jump. In L'Interieur, four
months after losing her husband
in a tragic accident, the very pregnant Sarah relaxes at home the
Helmed by Sean Penn, Into the
Wild tells the true story of Chris
McCandless, who, the day after
graduating from college, abandons
his possessions and hits the road
Wild Horse Redemption, John
Zaritsky's latest doc, examines the
Canon City Correctional program
where wild mustangs are sent
to work with prisoners in hopes
that both will become productive
From the creative animated
opening sequence in Juno, Jason
Reitman's second feature, I knew
I was in for a treat. After a brief
interlude with her best friend,
Juno, a self-described freak girl,
discovers that she's pregnant and
decides to give her baby to a loving family which takes her on a
wildly unpredictable journey. The
Among horror fans, Dario
Argento is revered as a genius;
his earlier films are spoken of in
hushed tones. Oh, how the master
has fallen. Plagued by a ridiculous
by Greg Ursric, Culture Writer
night before she is to be induced.
Her rest is interrupted by a knock
at the door and a stranger who
says she has come for Sarah's baby
and wants to take immediate delivery. Not only does Maury's use of a
pregnant protagonist in peril add a
whole new dimension to the genre,
but the actors can actually act, the
suspense is palpable and the frantic editing is disorienting. Horror
fans rest assured—there is ample
bloodletting and repeated squirm
inducing scenes. Disgusting, riveting and terrifying, I was drained
by the opening credits (along with
several of the characters).
to see America and Alaska, with
tragic results. There is a lot to like
about this film: it boasts a solid
supporting cast (Hal Holbrook's
turn as a vulnerable widower is
gut wrenching), stunning vistas
and gorgeous cinematography. In
addition, the writing is tight and
Emile Hirsch carries the film with
a fierce exuberance. However the
narration often feels like a philosophical rant and throws off the
pacing of the film.
members of society. The film features gorgeous footage of horses, a
contemplative soundtrack, and is
filled with raw emotion to illuminate the fact that humanity doesn't
stop at prison gates. The therapeutic effect of the venture is clearly
evident as you observe the interaction between the inmates—a collection of self-described hotheads
and losers—and the horses. Equal
parts humorous, educational, and
heartrending, I loved this film.
script, peppered with a collection
of teenaged insights and razor-
sharp wit meshes seamlessly with
the gloriously varied soundtrack.
While the supporting cast, which
includes Michael Cera, Jason Bate-
men, and Jennifer Garner, is solid,
it is Haligonian Ellen Page who is
the shining star of the piece. Page
consistently nails every subtle nuance of Juno without becoming
the cliched "quirky girl"—there
are already rumours of an Oscari
nomination. Simultaneously hysterical and deeply emotional, I
predict this will be the "Little Miss
Sunshine" of 2008.
storyline, hackneyed dialogue,
abominable acting, and tacky special effects, Mother of Tears is an
unmitigated disaster. Worse yet,
it's a family affair—both Argento's
wife and daughter appear in this.
Its only saving grace is that it was
so bad that it was unintentionally
funny. But not so funny that you'd
actually pay money to see it.
For every Best of Fest film
there is a Worst of the Rest, the
one that, even when half the audience bails, you stick with just in
case something actually happens.
Help Me Eros falls into the latter
category. After losing everything
on the stock market, Ahjie wastes
his days smoking pot and obsessing over an anonymous woman at
the local crisis line. He then meets
a beautiful salesgirl and embarks
on a series of stoner adventures.
Aside from some pretty disturbing images, including a close-up
of engorged ostrich genitals and
a corpulent woman masturbating
in a tub with live eels, this film is
stunningly boring and pointless.
The characters are forgettable and
the sex scenes are bland. I would
have been better served reading
the menus in the food court.
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Second half heroics push UBC ahead of Alberta
T-Birds score 24 unanswered for one point win over Alberta
Quarterback Doug Goldsby leaps over the Golden Bears defender for the
Thunderbirds first touchdown of the game.
by Alec Young
Sports Writer
It must have been one hell of
a pep talk from T-Birds head
coach Ted Goveia at half-time
of Saturday's game against
UBC 24-Alberta 23
Down 18-0 and playing like
they'd rather have been spending the sunny Saturday day
at the beach, his team scored
24 unanswered points on the
shoulders of quarterback Doug
Goldsby to pull off the big comeback and beat the Golden Bears
UBC found itself down 18-
0 following a grinding first
half, that started with some
Alberta returned the opening kickoff 97 yards Alberta,
but UBC prevented them from
scoring when they took possession on a fumble recovery at the
1-yard line a play later.
As the Alberta offense was
taking off, UBC was struggling
to find a way to start its sluggish
UBC running back Chris
Ciezki found himself with little
room to maneuver and Goldsby
couldn't develop a rhythm with
his receiver corps.
The Thunderbirds' frustration was further compounded
when they watched Shawn Mc-
Isaac's first field goal attempt
clank off the left upright early
in the second quarter.
"It was a combination of
everything," Goveia said of his
team's first half woes. "The receivers ran the wrong routes,
the offensive line wasn't blocking, and we didn't have any
leverage on people."
He  continued to  say that,
"We just didn't play well, but,
there's two halves of football
and that's a good lesson for a
young football team to learn."
UBC opened up in the second half and improved their attack, racking up 17 first downs.
Ciezki got his running game going, driving between and often
over defenders on his way to 88
yards for the day.
One would-be tackier found
himself slammed to the ground
by a vicious Ciezki straight-arm
to the face, drawing huge applause from the crowd.
But it was Goldsby who drew
first blood, sweeping out to the
left side of the field on a quarterback option run before making a Superman-style leap over
the last defender to score UBC's
first touchdown. Alberta could
not come up with a response
to Goldsby's scrambling runs,
which gained him 41 yards and,
more importantly, precious
time to pick his targets.
"We made the adjustments
to get [Goldsby] on the move because he wasn't reading very well
and we thought that if we had him
on the move he could do some
things with his legs," said Goveia.
"By cutting down the reads, he
was able to execute better."
We just didn't play
well, but, there's two
halves of football.
Ted Goveia
Head Coach
The comeback was capped
by two late drives where Goldsby found his two favourite targets in the game, wide receiver
Tyler Hamade and slotback
Braden Smith.
Hamade snared a key ball
for 27 yards on a second and
20, and Smith was a big target
across the underside of the Alberta secondary. With 2:40 remaining Darren Wilson made a
9-yard touchdown catch to bring
UBC within five points.
This set up an almost do-or-
die onside kick attempt, which
sailed through the hands of
Alberta's Aaron Holba and was
recovered by UBC. The following drive ended with Goldsby
scoring on a quarterback sneak
from the 1-yard line, putting
UBC up for good with 1:24 left
on the clock.
"I was really proud of the
way they came back," said Goveia. He noted that this is a young
squad, with 18 first or second
year starters. He said, "you've
got to keep things in perspective and try to encourage them
along [in tests like Saturday's]."
The defense also played a
key role in the win. Lineman
Scott McCuaig had 3 sacks on
the day causing Alberta to lose
19 yards. For his efforts over
the weekend, he was named
Canada West defensive player
of the week. The entire defense
managed to shut down the run,
as the Golden Bears were only
able to rush for a collective 52
Despite the win, Goveia
knows there is still work to be
"I'm happy we won today
and I think there is a lot more
developing to do," said Goveia.
"I think [the team] should be
hungry to get back and learn
from their mistakes today and
hopefully come out stronger
next week against Regina."
On Saturday, the Thunderbirds will take their game on
the road for the first time this
year when they will battle the
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by Ian Bickis
Sports Writer
Tyler Trace and Alison Sydor got
the cyclocross season off to a
rolling start last weekend at the
Masi-Adobe Cross Classic race in
Fort Langley.
Cyclocross is one of the more
obscure forms of bicycle racing.
Described as "the perfect mix
of mountain biking and road
racing" by Trace, winner of the
men's A race, the sport combines the high speeds and sharp
cornering of road racing with the
rough terrain and shorter, more
explosive style of mountain bike
While already hugely popular
in Belgium and other parts of
Europe, cyclocross is growing on
this side of the pond.
The number of races continue to increase, and next year will
see North America's first hosting
of a World Cup cyclocross race.
Basse Clement, who organized
the Cross Classic, said that participation has doubled compared
to when it started four years
ago. This year over 100 racers
Clement enjoys the sport,
though as an organizer he wasn't
able to compete in this race. He,
like many, enjoys the shorter
nature of 'cross, compared to
the three to four hours that road
races often take.
He characterised cyclocross as "working-class racing," because most people can
find enough time to train for a
one-hour race. This is relative
however, as Trace says he still
spends about 10-15 hours a
week training, down from the
upwards of 25 hours of training
in the spring.
Kevin MacCuish of Cycling
BC, the provincial cycling body,
agrees that it's a fun sport with
new growth.
"It's short, it's exciting, it's
very spectator friendly," said
MacCuish. Spectators can see the
riders quite often, unlike mountain biking or road racing.
He said that quite a few people come to watch the more central races in Vancouver parks,
but due to the ongoing municipal strike these races have been
Races start in a very fast
bunch-sprint with each racer battling for position. Racers hurtle
around a short one to three kilometre course, doing lap after lap
for an intense hour. The terrain
varies from fast grass to technical rocky paths to sand pits with
the occasional water crossings.
Racers generally think that the
muddier, the better.
Barriers and very steep inclines are used to force competitors off their bikes. They come
flying at the obstacle, hardly
slowing down as they leap off
their bike, hucking it onto their
shoulder before jumping over
the barrier and leaping back
onto the bike at full running
stride. This often causes broken
seat posts and bodily damage.
The bikes look much like
road bikes, except that they have
knobby tires and mountain bike
brakes. The frame is reinforced
because cyclocross is quite a
rough sport and there's no suspension to dampen the bumps.
Mountain bikes are sometimes
used, but they usually prove
too heavy and inefficient to be
Its short, it's exciting, it's
very spectator friendly.
Kevin MacCuish,
Cycling BC
Despite the setback there is
still a full line-up of cyclocross
races in the Vancouver area, as
well as a series on Vancouver
Rounding out the winners
for the season opener were Lina
Augaitis for women's B category,
Clayton Sansbury for men's B
and Kalle Karu for the beginners
category. The next race will be
the EV Grand Prix of Cyclo-cross
on Sept. 29 in Coquitlam. For
more information and to view
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Sports   1J
T-Birds vanquish Victoria Vikes with early surge
by Stephanie Findlay and
Jordan Chittley
Sports Staff
The UBC women's soccer
team proved why they are the
number one ranked team in the
country as they dominated the
University of Victoria 4-1 at Evelyn Lett field on Saturday.
UBC 4-UVic 1
The large margin of victory
keeps the Thunderbirds ahead in
the national rankings and means
that they have now outscored opponents 13-2 in three games.
Head coach Dick Mosher said
he is pleased with the win, but
more pleased with the number of
goals scored over the past three
games. "Last year we had a little
trouble scoring goals...we had
a difficult time keeping the momentum going," said Mosher.
Now with large margins of
victory in the last three games,
Mosher said, "We are starting
to fire on all four cylinders after
those pre-season games where
we didn't score a whole awful
As for beating the Vikes,
Mosher said he's happy "because
I can't remember the last time
we beat them by three goals."
Last year's national championship all-starjenna Clark agreed
explaining the resounding victory against their rival team was
"huge for our confidence."
The Thunderbirds got out
to an early lead when fifth-year
striker Stephanie Thibert headed
the games first goal into the top
right corner in the 11th minute.
That was just the start for Thibert.
Seven minutes later she rattled
one off the post missing the net,
but leaving a perfect rebound
for teammate Kristen Zoller to
easily tap one past Vikes goalie
Kasia Gwiazda. Six minutes later
Thibert struck again banging one
in from ten yards out. Within 24
minutes the Thunderbirds were
comfortably in the lead 3-0.
The Thunderbirds added a
fourth goal in the second half
when a crossing pass in front of
the Vikes goal was intercepted by
a defender, but she accidentally
pushed it into her own net.
Victoria finally got on the
board in the 75th minute when
Alii Bach slid one past Thunderbirds keeper Jill Kinsman from
about 15 yards out. Jill Kinsmin
has stepped up to fill in for all-
star keeper Jackie Dunnet, who
is currently injured. She is part
of a team coach Mosher declares
the "the deepest I've had in 20
Mosher calls this years new
additions the "best ever recruiting class." Three rookies started
the Saturday game, a testament
to the robustness of the team.
Mosher concedes that the new
players will ensure a "battle for
The two sides finish their
home and home series on Saturday when UBC will travel to Victoria for a rematch on the Vikes
turf. An away game may prove to
be more challenging, but if the
defending CIS champions continue their high level of play, the
Vikes may be in trouble, tl
Forward StephanieThibert soars over the Vikes defending to head the ball. She had two goals and one assist.
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The Internet has become one of,
if not the, de fining element
of our generation. Especially
for the modern student on a wireless
broadband campus, the internet plays
a central role in our social, educational, and logistical lives.
The Internet was developed by the
United States Department of Defense
but was quickly overrun by universities. While its adolesence in academia
freed it from its secretive, closed
origins, people need to be critical and
inquisitive about the web to maintain
its open, accessible, and egalitarian
The perception seems to be that
the World Wide Web is raw and unfil-
tered. Aside from
our own inability to slog through raw
data, there is nothing standing
between us and the information we
need. And our favorite tool to this
unmediated information torrent, the
one likely set as your homepage, your
top bookmark, or at
least the site residing in your finger
muscles' memory, is Google.com.
It is quite easy to understand
how Google has become the dominant
force on the world wide web. Starting
with their search engine, and
moving into everything from e-mail to
social networking to satellite
mapping to scanning the library of
congress, Google continually expands
its "Googleplex" of free, fast, and intuitive services that efficiently deliver the
most relevant information to beginners and web savvy enthusiasts alike.
Google was created at Stanford
University by a couple of PhD students. Although they try to retain the
playful nature of youthful idealism,
they are ultimately a corporation with
a direct profit motive, and that cannot
be ignored.
Google's ubiquity, however, leads
to many classic conundrums, the
kind which are often discussed in the
subtext of "monopolies" in Economics 101. Any hegemonic information
system is dangerous, especially when
the public is unaware of the filters it
has in place.
By having one dominant filter
that regulates searches, based on
specifically engineered results rather
than simple word recognition and
association, our access to information
can now be dictated by the interests of
Goggle stock holders and special interest groups.
Take China, for example. The
Chinese government
restricts Google search
results to align with its
polictical objectives. And
faced with the option of
risking its access to what
will soon become the
largest source of Internet
users in the world by
standing up for free
speech, or obliging to the
whims of a repressive
and often brutal dictatorial government, Google
chose the latter.
They don't show
sites censored by the
Chinese government to
further their belief that
having access to some
information is better
than being absent. This
pandering to government authorities produces legitimate questions
to the integrity of Google's operations. In 2005, Google's largest
competitor, Yahoo gave away the
identities of multiple Chinese dissidents by turning in their private e-
mail logs to the authorities. Earlier
this summer, Yahoo's shareholders
rejected a plan to adopt a policy that
opposes censorship.
Ever since their initial public offering in 2004, Google's leadership is in
the control of shareholders, creating
the same conditions that influenced
Yahoo to place market share above
freedom of speech. Google continues
to selectively limit information. For
instance, American Vice-President
Dick Cheney was able to have his
home erased from the satellite record
of Google Earth in the interest of his
own privacy.
Expanding on the already invasive
Google Earth, Google has taken their
seemingly limitless searches one step
further by introducing Google Maps:
Street View, a feature which allows
users to view streets and neighbourhoods in major cities across America.
This feature is problematic because it
allows for google's 11 angle cameras
to capture 360° photos of streets,
including any passersby present.
Without the consent of individuals
displayed on Google's street view, the
Canadian government has taken a
stance against the corporation's addition of Canadian cities. Canada's privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart
has written to Google as a precaution
against the application. As she notes
in her letter, the application "does
not appear to meet the basic requirements of knowledge, consent, and
limited collection and use [of personal
information as outlined in Canada's
privacy laws.]"
Though our government officials
are taking steps to combat such
widely publicised invasions of privacy,
other less obvious effects of Google's
web dominance exist without our
knowledge. Many "Deep Web", or
private sites are hidden from Google's
archiving programs and remain
unnoticed by its users. Googlwe's
immense capability to show or hide
websites remains unchecked, and with
its economic goals, a collision between
information access and market shares
is inevitable.
Ultimately, what is most important
is that internet users realise Google
is a filter, and a strong filter at that.
Just as people should not take CNN,
the BBC or the wikipedia at face value,
Google should be taken for what it is,
an information filter which affects our
vision on the web.
The basic issue is that of trust. If
you are going to rely on a single
information source, as with anything
else, you will not be getting the entire
picture, or even worse, an extremely
coloured version of the truth. The fact
that Google has seemingly limitless
resources at it's
command compounds the trust problem, as there are fears that it can do
two things: one, crush other sources,
which limits what we know, and two,
the more pressing fear, use these connections to delve into secrets we wish
to remain hidden.
Streeters is a weekly column
in which students are asked a
question related to UBC events.
How much do you trust Google as the premier search engine on the Internet?
Patrick Nadeau,
Forestry Grad
"I think I have
blind faith in
Google, which is
perhaps a little bit
dangerous. But I'll
trust it."
Sarah Gretval,
Science 1
"I actually do trust
Google because it
comes from a lot
of different sources
around the world, ,
and I haven't found
a search engine
that gives as many
Karen Santos,
Fine Arts and Music 4
"Totally, I use it all
the time, I use it
for all my homework. I especially
Google specific
words I need to
Lise-Anne McLaughlin,
Biology 2
Engineering 2
"I trust it, because
I know people that
work for the search
engines, and they
work with the companies as well to get
the companies up
higher on the list"
Canada's student aid system needs more
than a quick Gx.
After months of pressure by student groups
and NDP MPs, the Conservative government
finally relented and has opened its student loan
review for public input. Now we must ramp up
the pressure to ensure that this review goes
beyond mere administrative tweaks.
I have launched a national campaign to press
Human Resources Minister Monte Solberg into
broadening the review's mandate to include
real solutions for students and graduates.
Today's student aid system helps only a few,
and leaves the vast majority of students to cope
with unaffordable tuition fees and soaring education costs. Instead of offering more grants,
the loan system has unreasonable interest
rates, inadequate relief measures, and other
flaws that punish students instead of help them
find ways to make life affordable.
While tuition fees and student debt have
tripled in the last decade, successive Liberal
and Conservative governments have done little
but tinker around the edges of the system. It is
high time to fix student aid substantively.
Canada requires a needs-based student
grant system, lowering the student loan interest rate, the creation of a federal student loan
ombudsperson, and improved relief programs,
among other concrete changes. The NDP's Fix
Student Aid petition is available online at www.
ndp.ca/education. Please help us lower tuition
fees and make life more affordable for Canadian students.
Yours truly,
—Denise Savoie
MP for Victoria (NDP)
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Letters   19
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
At UBC there are a great many
students, thousands upon thousands in fact, who aren't particularly attached to their place
of higher learning, and beyond
academic requirements, pay
little attention to the often vociferous politics of this place.
This leaves it up to a loud few
to speak on their behalf, and offer to the administrative brass
the "student perspective". Here,
non-believers, is a somewhat
premature declaration that
this small and noisy crew has
scored another victory (helped
in large part by the fumbling
of an over-crowded University
In this particular case, you
are all probably familiar with
the situation to which I am referring: plans for the so-called
underground bus loop and the
Trek Park. The Ubyssey has
decided to scintillate your back-
to-school thirst for knowledge
with in depth coverage of the
spectacle. So I will spare you
some of the more remedial
I will, however, tell you this:
the bus loop will never be built.
It was last winter that
people in the administration
began speculating that the project may never be realised. The
architects had dropped out; the
forecasted margins for profit
had given way to a break-even
scheme and students continued
to make noise. Even the Boulevard's grand promulgator, UBC
VP External and Legal Affairs
Dennis Pavlich, was panning
a new round of architectural
plans, ones designed to reduce
the cost.
This was three years in.
It is impossible to quantify,
but thinking about how much
money the University has spent
on a bunch of buildings, stores,
and benches that will never be
constructed hurts my brain.
The UBC VP External office employs an army of PR agents and
planning experts. These people
are paid a lot of money and for
three years they sent each other
drawings and defended those
drawings to students and community members. They hired
outside consultants and paid
architects, not just the two different architects whose plans
they have twice failed to have
approved by the Board of Governors, but also the architects
who lost the competition. The
annual budget for the University Town department, in whose
domain the Boulevard project
falls squarely, exceeds $1 million, as do the budgets of the
UBC VP External Office's other
departments: Public Relations;
Community Affairs; Campus
and Community Planning ($2
million); and the slightly cheaper but often involved University
And then a profound shift.
Dennis Pavlich left his position as Vice-President External
and Legal. This, it would seem,
should have been enough to
bring the whole thing crumbling
down like a house of cards, but
for reasons disclosed in last
week's Ubyssey, the Board [of
Governors] approved the commencement of the big dig: the
underground bus loop. It will
not be built.
And so this story ends much
like it began, years ago, with
that small but vocal group of
UBC students. A few of them are
the same students who, with
drums and trumpets and silly
hats, stormed the architectural
competition two years ago, and
they're pretty much up to the
same old wizardry. They speak
for a majority who, if pressed,
seem to agree that the project is
a waste of money and a misuse
of public space.
The failure of this whole
project was not pre-deter-
mined. Most agree that there
is something about the campus aesthetic that is lacking.
Getting the 60-odd thousand
people who access the space for
mixed uses to agree on a vision
is a near impossible task, so it
is no doubt that many failed.
What is regrettable is the cost
of failure. When the Board of
Governors is told of the escalating cost of the project, and of
the student protest, and when
they are reminded yet again by
our student Governors that the
goal is out of line with student
interests, it will tip the scales
just enough to sink the whole
thing. Translink won't be too
heartbroken. Cheques will be
cut to the "exploratory diggers",
and for a time the whole thing
will appear to have just disappeared. For a time.
—Ian Pattillo was the AMS
VP External in 2006/2007.
University Boulevard
In Paul O'Shaughnessy's letter
("Talk is cheap," Sept. 14), he
makes the excellent point that
talk is indeed cheap. What he
leaves out is that the redevelopment of University Boulevard is
not. Even more costly, in more
than financial terms, would be
to develop our campus in a way
that does not meet the needs
of the University community
based on narrow, short-sighted
policies. While I understand
O'Shaughnessy's frustration
at the slow pace of progress,
we should not settle for a plan
that puts the objectives of the
University hierarchy ahead
of the needs of the students,
now and in the future. As a 4th
year, graduating student, I will
not be a UBC student when the
development of U-Boulevard is
complete. However, as the current student body we have a responsibility to future students
to ensure this University is a
place where they can learn and
live in the best environment
possible. This is what Trek Park
is about.
Our goal through this peaceful protest is to raise awareness
and begin the conversations
that we feel should have occurred several years ago. Most
students that I have talked to
are unaware of the details of
the plan, such as the fact that
the design we voted on three
years ago has changed dramatically since then, or that the vote
at that time was non-binding,
or that the AMS Council voted
against the revised plan this
spring, before it went for Board
of Governors approval. We want
to show people that there are
other options, that campus can
be green and free and public,
and that commercial development is not the only answer.
Mostly, we want to show that
students care about what goes
on here, and that when it comes
to the future of campus we
would rather get it right than
have it done quickly. If that
involves us looking "stupid" or
"pathetic," as O'Shaughnessy
claims, then we're okay with
that. Looking cool really is not
what this is about. Making our
voices heard is.
—Michael Richardson
Arts 4
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