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Prince Albert, and other studs. Pages 4-5.
Health analysts rate pharmacare
coverage. Page 3.
Magical mushroom
Trance music's best hits Vancouver.
Page 8.
Predestined playoffs?
Is there a hockey curse? Page 7.
People are dying in Sudan. Page 6.
Volume 86 Issue 10
Friday, October 8, 2004
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Friday, October 8,2004
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cooperative grocery store. Find snacks,
fresh produce, ready-made- meals, baked
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canemic services
students sometimes experience
emotional, motivational and cognitive
blocks which delay progress in thesis
writing. Psychological interventions have
been successful in overcoming obstacles
to complete a thesis. Contact Dr. N.
Phillips, registered psychologist (604-
732-0148). Inquire about three free
sessions with your student tecs.
PASSING THE LPI? Term Paper marks
dragging down your grades? Get help from
Dianne. Call (604) 662.8775
The UBC Housing Office has
vacancies in single and shared
(double) rooms in the residences for
October. Room and board (meal
plan) is available in the Totem Park
and Place Vanier student residences
for qualified women & men
applicants in single and shared
(double) rooms on a first-come-first-
served basis.  Please come to the
UBC Housing Office (1874 East
Mall) weekdays during working
hours (8:30 am-4:00 pm) ro obtain
information on rates and availability.
The cost for room and board from
October - April is approximately
$5,600 depending on meal plan
selection. Students may select one
of three meal plans.
UBC Housing Office
1874 East Mall, Brock Hall
Tel: (604)822-2811
E-mail: information@housing.ubc.ca
Selection may be limited for some
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students and allies. Visit
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For more information, visit
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Throne speech disappoints
by Megan Thomas
OTTAWA (CUP) - It's not what was
said about post-secondary education in Prime Minister Paul
Martin's throne speech that has
ignited criticism. It's what wasn't.
Governor General Adrienne
Clarkson delivered the traditional
address on behalf of Martin on
October 5 in the Senate chamber.
The speech opened a new session
for the House of Commons and
sketched out an agenda for the
Liberal minority government.
But education advocates and
opposition parly leaders say the
speech was lacking in proposals to
bolster a post-secondary education
system plagued by student debt and
rising tuition fees.
"They made virtually no mention of post-secondary education/
said James Kusie, national director of the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations. 'Students
are one sentence away from being
"It is completely the wrong message to be sending,* Kusie added.
One paragraph of Martin's
speech was dedicated to post-secondary education. It explained the
Liberals' plan to implement the
Canada Learning Bond—a strategy Martin first announced last
March—to ease the financial burden of going to university. This
'innovative savings vehicle* is
aimed at helping low income families save for their children's higher
New Democrat Leader Jack
Layton was critical of the learning
bond, saying it will help students
about 20 years from now, but
does little to address the financial
crunch currently facing university
'There was no recognition of
student debt. The government has
taken debt off the books of the
whole country and put it on the
shoulders of students. How is that a
good idea?* Layton said, standing
outside the doors to the House of
'We certainly would've liked to
have seen some mention of student
tuition and student debt as an issue
in Canadian society, because I can
tell you it is for an awful lot of families,* Layton added.
Peter MacKay, deputy leader of
the Conservatives, agreed that the
learning bond is  an inadequate
JUST THE MESSENGER: Clarkson presented Paul Martin's throne
speech to Parliament on October 5. megan thomas/cup photo
solution, adding he sees education
as the 'next looming crisis" in
Canada. He said the throne speech
was vague on education and did not
address the real concerns of students, like debt and taxation on
'This was an opportunity missed
in my opinion,* MacKay said. "The
short answer to if there is anything
in this document for students, quite
j-i ojLuviy,
MacKay said he would like to see
a national roundtable bring together government and student leaders
to discuss the details of what students want fixed in post-secondary
What was imparted in Martin's
speech does little to put post-secondary education on the national
agenda, said David Robinson, associate executive director for the
Canadian Association of University
'What's surprising is that there
is not anything new here," he said,
adding Martin should have taken a
bolder stance and brought forward
new ideas to address issues like
rising fees that hinder access to
'Post-secondary education should clearly be a national priority,*
Robinson said.
The speech also didn't fulfill
promises made to students during
the Liberals' summer election
campaign, said George Soule,
national chair of the Canadian
Federation of Students.
Soule said Martin promised
in his campaign to create a transfer
payment of federal money to
the provinces that would be
used strictly for post-secondary
'He made that commitment to
students. We just hope that wasn't
a commitment he made just to get
young people to vote for the
Liberals,* Soule said.
But just because plans to revitalise education weren't in the
throne speech, doesn't mean they
won't happen, Soule added. 'It just
means that we need to remind
[Martin] a little more.* ♦
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A lesson from Harvard
With a brand new office opening
this week on West Hastings Street,
the UBC Investment Management
Trust (IMANT) is ready to expand
the university's endowment and
pension funds.
UBC is only the second university in Canada to have a private firm
manage their investments, joining
the University of Toronto. The
practice is commonplace south of
the border, with Harvard University
leading the way, said IMANT
President Tom Gunn.
*UBC took some time to visit
some major universities in the US
to see how they were doing
things...one of the first to do this was
Harvard,* he said.
'[At Harvard], outsourcing
allowed resources to be concentrated
on particular problems more effectively than they otherwise could be,*
said Gunn. 'As the endowment and
pension funds grow the complexity of
the administration gets larger...
That's the proven best way that the
assets will be managed as best as can
be done.*
Before IMANT took responsibility
for the endowment and pension
funds, the money was managed
through the Treasury Group at UBC,
said Gunn.
The official takeover of responsibility was June 30, but until last
week, the firm did not have a
physical location to manage the
funds from.
Returns on investment should
improve under the new arrangement, but Gunn cautions against
expecting too much too soon.
'It takes longer than you think.
There are $1.3 billion involved and
although everyone would like to say
'can't you guarantee immediate
changes?'...it takes some time for
these changes to take effect-.We're
building for the long term and not
looking for short-term hits,* he said.
If UBC follows Harvard's example, Gunn said, the benefits will
become obvious in the long term.
*What Harvard has done compared to other universities in the
States...the average endowment sees
eight per cent growth per annum
and Harvard is somewhere around
14 per cent* ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, October 8,2004
by Sarah Bourdon
Health policy researchers at UBC
have found a wide variation in prescription drug coverage across the
Canadian provinces.
A study done at UBC's Centre
for Health Services and Policy
Research evaluated the differences
in what Canadians pay for pharmaceuticals.
*What we were looking at in particular were catastrophic drug
costs/ said Megan Coombes, a
research associate at UBC and
leader of the study. Drug costs are
considered to be catastrophic if they
exceed a certain percentage of annual household income, but this percentage has not been officially established, she explained.
*We really need to come to some
sort of consensus on what defines catastrophic costs,* said Coombes.
'Hopefiilfy the results of our paper
can be used to increase awareness about the need for national
The study considered catastrophic
costs to be over 4.5 per cent of household income. Coombes simulated
household types, annual drug costs
and annual income in order to measure each province's level of coverage.
"[The research] was ultimately to
say...which province would provide
people with the best protection,"
explained Steve Morgan, an assistant
professor at the centre. "If you adopted any province as the national system, which would be the fairest?"
The study found that provinces
with measures to protect against catastrophic costs, such as British
Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, currently provide the best
drug plans for their citizens, while
the Maritime provinces fall far
"The drug plans in Atlantic
Canada offer sometimes limited benefits even for seniors which is, in
Canadian context rather unusual,"
said Morgan. "They offer little or no
benefit for non-seniors who are
above welfare levels."
Policy debate in Canada has
focused on bringing Atlantic Canada
closer to the rest of the country in coverage quality However, this may be
difficult with each province wanting
increased national funding.
"They want to see some new
money injected into their systems not
just into Atlantic Canada and therein
lies the politics of the debate," said
One factor driving up drug costs
for Canadians is the emphasis placed
on prescribing "the latest and greatest medicines," said Morgan.
"We tend to use more expensive
drugs to treat the same conditions we
treated with relatively cheaper drugs
just a year or two years before," he
said, explaining that there are many
misconceptions about the effectiveness of these new drugs.
"We have a tendency to believe
that because it's new it must be better when in fact that's seldom the
case in the drug industry," he said.
'Of all the drugs that have been
approved in Canada over the last 15
years, approximately 93 per cent of
new drug products patented and
launched in the Canadian marketplace have been deemed to offer little or no benefit over existing treatments in the market*
Independent evaluations of medical treatments would be beneficial
to the system and to individual
consumers, but very little money
goes towards producing unbiased
resources on drugs in Canada.
"If we invested only five per cent
of our drug budget, that would be several hundred million dollars on evidence,* said Morgan. However, such
evidence would be difficult to produce in the 'investment-friendly
climate* that exists within drug
research, he added.
"You can imagine the politics and
the confrontation that comes out
when you're suggesting that we be
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QUITE THE SELECTION: The pharmacare plan in BC offers some of
the best drug coverage in Canada, nic fensom photo
more critical, we evaluate and we
scrutinise more.*
With recent discussions between
Canadian premiers about the possibility of a national pharmacare program, more balanced provincial drug
coverage may not be far off.
As for what kind of coverage
would meet the objectives of a national pharmacare system, the jury is still
out, said Morgan.
*What we recommend is that we
maintain provincial drug plans that
have some cost sharing with the federal government to make sure they
all meet national standards but we let
the provinces run them,* he said.
'It's important really to have decision making closer to the population being served so that the decision making can best meet the
needs of that population.* v
Sustainability event to celebrate a vibrant campus
PAPER OR PAPER: So that's where the recycling bins
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by Darcy Wintonyk
This upcoming Wednesday marks the
first Campus Sustainability Day at
UBC. This free event, which is officially sponsored by UBC's Campus
Sustainability Office (CSO), celebrates
the goal of developing a vibrant, sustainable campus community at UBC.
"It's the first time and so we're not
sure if it's going to be an annual
event. We're hoping that it will be
something that UBC does every year,*
said Laura Madera, communications
assistant and event planner for
the CSO.
Taking place outside the SUB from
10:30 am to 2:30 pm, the event has
attracted a number of musical acts—
the most prominent of which will be a
live hip-hop show by Vancouver's own
the Front, who have performed alongside such notables as K-OS, Kia Kadiri
and Josh Martinez. Other special
guests include musical groups Public
Dreams and Sambata. UBC's dance
team will also be performing.
The event is described by organisers as an "interactive information
fair,* with lots to see and do through
out the day. Students can participate
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learn more about UBC's sustainability
initiatives through interactive information booths. Approximately 30
groups will have information booths
set up, according to Madera.
'First of all the goal is to raise
awareness about sustainability and do
it in a way that's really fun for students and engaging,* said Madera.
'We want to be somewhere where we
can access people's whole being. You
know, the person who wants to learn
something and have a good time while
doing that.*
Originally conceived of by the
US-based Society of College and
University Planners, Sustainability
Day was intended to be a continental
event, Madera said.
'They were hoping to have a sustainability day happen throughout all
universities in North America...They
were hoping for the same day but the
way it sort of all shook down, as long
as it was in October it was fine,"
she said.
UBC was the first Canadian university campus to implement a sustainable development policy. Its main pur
pose was to develop an environmental
er the social and ecological impacts of
all new development on campus.
One year after releasing this
policy, UBC opened the Campus Sustainability Office. Today, creative initiatives are carried out by thousands of
UBC community members with the
common goal of achieving a sustainable campus.
These initiatives range from promoting waste management to developing self-sufficient "green* buildings
and alternative transportation methods, such as reducing the number of
single-occupancy vehicles on campus.
As for Wednesday's inaugural
event, Madera is not sure what to
expect, but hopes for a solid turnout.
"It would be great to even have 500
people come out to the day...just people who would normally be going to
the SUB to stop and be part of the
interactive part of the event."
Learn more about sustainability at
UBC by visiting the UBC Campus
Sustainability Office website at
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by Paul Evans
an Parker doesn't glorify it 'the
installatioii of jeweHeiy.* A piercer
for four years, he's talking to me on
his smoke-break just outside First on
Granville, a Vancouver body piercing and tattoo parlour. "It's definitely an art
form for me/ remarks co-worker Rebecca
Manser, who, after looking for eight years,
was finally able to get an apprenticeship and
has been piercing since April. She describes
it as the best job she's ever had. 'It's not that
heavy feeling of stress on my shoulders, it's
actually quite rewarding,* she says.
Piercings have permeated mainstream
society and as Manser explains, it is the
"baby doll t-shirts and tight jeans" crowd that
now constitute a large part of her clientele.
But piercings aren't anything new. Your
mom probably has piercings in her ears—
and perhaps others she hasn't told you about
In fact, piercings can be dated back to
ancient times, over 3,400 years ago; some
estimates cite this number as long ago as
5,000 years.
In the days of Claudius, it was believed
that Roman military officers should pierce
their nipples as a display of strength and
virility. Flash forward to the Renaissance
when sailors wore gold earrings; the theory
was that if they were shipwrecked and
washed ashore, the rings would serve as
compensation for a proper Christian burial
service to the person who found their body.
Down south, the Aztecs and Mayans pierced
their tongues as part of religious rituals,
believing that this brought them closer to
their gods.
Once considered barbaric for women,
and until fairly recently an indication of
homosexuality for men, the ear piercing is
now common fare. Punk subculture has popularised the phenomenon of multiple ear
Demographically speaking, piercing
places other them the earlobe are generally
reserved for the under-30 crowd. Much of the
fear and prejudice  surrounding piercing
comes from the older generations! I spoke
with a member of the younger generation on
a bus on the way to a downtown bar.
Getting it done
Sasha Patterson-Connor, age 19, has a piercing count only slightly less than her age. She
has fifteen piercings—with more on the way,
she tells me.
Patterson-Connor relives her first piercing experience. She tells me how the piercer
showed her all the equipment and then
explained the procedure to her step by step.
When the time came to perform the piercing,
Patterson-Connor remembers 'freaking out'
and adrenaline rushing through her veins
during the procedure.
The procedure for getting a piercing is relatively straightforward but can be daunting.
After the skin area is cleaned and sterilised in
preparation for piercing, it is clamped to
induce numbness and reduce accidents that
can result from fidgety customers. Next, a hollow needle punctures the skin and jewellery
butted on the end of the needle is installed.
For many, however, their first piercing
experience is not so involved. Anyone can
catch a bus down to the mall and have a
piercing gun—a rather dangerous device as it
is virtually impossible to properly sterilise—
install an earring at a piercing booth.
The jewellery options available are virtually limitless. Studs, rings, tunnels, and
industrials (two piercings connected by a
bar) are just a few of the options. One also
has to decide on which metal to use, whether
or not to add beads, and any other goodies.
The selection varies widely and is dependent
on the taste of the customer, says Ian Parker.
Whether it's an industrial, a gold earring,
or a Prince Albert (Til tell you about it when
you're older'), piercings have established
their place in society and, like everything else
mainstream in this day and age, has become
horribly commercialised. A cheap piercing at
the mall will run you about fifteen dollars. A
fully-decked piercing with jewellery at a professional studio will dock you in the high thirties, ranging into the low forties. So, remember to bring your wallet.
But in discussing piercing, a technical
explanation only scratches the surface. To
ftdly understand piercing, one must understand the motivations behind the act
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Patterson-Connor says that the reason
behind her first piercing was simply that
she'd always wanted to have one.
Subsequently, the reasoning became more
personal, evolving into a form of self-expression. It became a way of 'expressing [myself]
in an artistic way,' she tells me. Some of
Patterson-Connor's piercings symbolise
events in her life; others were done to reflect
her attitudes towards certain issues. For
example, she had a piercing done to honour
her mother's birthday; another indicates her
support for gay marriage.
Piercings can also be a means of healing.
In her work, Mutilating the Body: Identity in
Blood and Ink, Kim Hewitt writes, 'a piercing
may consciously or unconsciously be imbued
by the piercer with the ability to channel his
or her energy or heal past wounds.' After
having suffered sexual abuse, a genital piercing can be quite therapeutic, as it requires
that the victim take care of the piercing and
in turn, the surrounding area, allowing them
to reclaim their sexuality. Hewitt adds that it
has been demonstrated that a notably large
number of women who have suffered sexual
abuse choose genital piercings.
One might also consider tbe spiritual
implication of piercing and their placements.
According to Hewitt, many common sites for
piercings, such as the navel, are viewed by
some cultures as 'potent sites for physical
and spiritual contamination.' It is believed in
those cultures that adornment of these areas
can act as a form of 'magic' protection or
'draw energy to them for strength or reinforcement'
But when I spoke with Ian Parker, an
experience piercer, he told me that the reasons of the clients who come into shop every
my skin
From nose to navel piercings are about more than just
looks...but why do we get them and are they safe?
day vary as widely as the clients themselves.
More than just
'Gothicl' remarks my little brother, whose
acute phobia of needles means that he won't
be getting a piercing anytime soon.
Many people share my brother's scepticism towards piercings, especially when it
comes to those that are more extreme-
industrial piercings, genital piercings, or any
that make one resemble one Sideshow Mel.
Hewitt writes, 'piercing practices have
been pathologised as denoting sexual perversity and affiliation with marginal members
of society,' adding that this stigma also
applies to tattoos. I'll admit that I too sometimes find myself making assumptions when
spotting someone sporting numerous or
exotic piercings, often categorising them as a
little on the edge.
Perhaps it is this stereotype that leads
many employers to set strict guidelines about
piercings on their employees, such as the
popular student employer Starbucks. It
would be unfair to say that you can't make
any judgments about someone with a piercing; it's pretty safe to make the generalisation
that a 25 year-old with four industrial piercings probably isn't planning on voting conservative. But while some minor assump-
" tions might be valid, people like UBC student
Lyle McMahon, displaying piercings on his
ear and tongue, wants to overcome some of
the stronger prejudices.
An advantage to piercings over other bodily decorations such as tattoos, McMahon
emphasises, is their impermanence. 'People
forget that piercing is a temporary thing,* he
tells me. As a fun sociological experiment,
you might try taking out piercings for a job
interview and then come in to work the first
day with five showing and see the look on
your boss's face. And for those of you who,
like me, are afraid of the pain, McMahon
assures us it's nothing compared to the sensation of a tattoo and that it's just Tike a
McMahon acknowledges that when he got
his piercings done he was 'well aware of likely prejudices [he] would run into." One of the
main problems he noted is that people are
less likely to take me seriously.' While these
challenges are apparent, McMahon does not
describe piercings as being an impediment
in his plans and even prides himself as a testament to others that people with piercings
can still be successful.
Connor can relate to the prejudice, stating
quite simply, 'people want you to take them
out" She recalls a situation in which the
father of one of her friends refused to let her
into his car, citing her piercings as the sole
reason for his refusal. Despite the prejudice,
Connor keeps her piercings as an expression
of her individuality.
a holey matter
While the process of piercing maybe painful
and uncomfortable, the potential for more
serious consequences does exist
Dr Grant Stiver, a professor of medicine
in the division of infectious diseases at UBC,
says that when it comes to infection, 'there's
a risk.' He notes, however, that 'from what
we see at our clinic... infection is not very
common." This is true of ear piercings but
location is also important in determining
risk. "Piercing on a mucus membrane, for
example, the tongue or something, you do
have normal bacteria in the mouth that
potentially could infect it,' says Stiver.
Sterilisation is key when it comes to preventing infection. Most respectable establishments use the autoclave, a pressure-cooker-
like device that sterilises jewels and tools
through a process of heated and pressurised
steam, generally meaning a temperature of
around 274 degrees at 18 pounds per
square inch. The E-zine Body Modification
(BMEzine.com) describes the autoclave as
'absolutely essential for all tattoo and piercing studios without exceptions."
This is echoed by Manser, a trained
piercer, who regards any business that doesn't use the autoclave as disgusting. "The reason for the autoclave is to basically kill any
form of disease or bacteria on there... If
you're just cleaning it with a bit of Comet and
hot water, that's not very clean,' she says.
Even though some people may experience an
infection, especially if a piercing gun or other
unsanitary device is used, there's always a
very slight chance that something as serious
as HIV or Hepatitis could be transmitted.
When it comes to age, the legal minimum
without parental consent is 16. Assuming
parental consent is given, Manser says that
her place of work, First on Granville, will perform piercings on people as young as 13 or
14 but says that it depends on the piercee. 'If
they cannot take care > of the piercing, then
they shouldn't have it^she tells me.
Infections aside, there aren't too many
other health concerns to be frightened by.
The only other snag is the possibility of catching your precious piercing on something,
which, though I speak not from personal
experience, I imagine would be quite
Piercing it all together
Leaving First on Granville, the impression
lingered that piercings, despite their sub-culture branding, are much more than just jewellery.
To sum it all up, Rebecca Manser told me,
piercings are a form of 'freedom of expression.* Mediums of self-expression are as varied as the people who call upon them. Fifteen
years ago a piercer may have said that half of
their clientele were homosexual, but now one
can hardly make such, or any, generalisations.
Safe equipment is becoming more widespread but there is still a risk when it comes to
piercing. And one may also have to contend
with the social stereotypes and prejudice that
come along with piercing, especially when you
go to your grandparent's for Thanksgiving.
Ultimately, piercings are a personal
choice. Whatever you think, you can at least
feel happy for people like Manser who love to
do what they do.
'It's definitely not work,' she says. ♦
Piercers Bill of Rights
by the Association of Professional
Piercers (APP)
Every person has the right:
1. To be pierced in a scrupulously
hygienic, open environment, by a clean,
conscientious piercer wearing a fresh
pair of disposable latex gloves.
2. To a sober, friendly, calm and knowledgeable piercer, who will guide them
through their piercing experience with
confidence and assurance.
3. To the peace of mind that comes
from knowing that their piercer knows
and practices the very highest standards of sterilisation and hygiene.
4. To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilised needle, which is
immediately disposed of in a medical
sharps container after use on the
piercee alone.
5. To be touched only with freshly sterilised, appropriate implements, properly used and disposed of or resterilised
in an autoclave prior to use on anyone
6. To know that piercing guns are
NEVER appropriate, and are often dangerous, when used on any body part,
including earlobes.
7. To be fitted only with jewelry which
is appropriately sized, safe in material,
design, and construction, and which
best promotes healing. Gold-plated,
gold-filled, and sterling silver jewelry
are never appropriate for any new or
unhealed piercing.
8. To be fully informed about proper
aftercare, and to have continuing
access to their piercer for consultation
and assistance with all their piercing-
related questions.
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Friday, October 8,2004
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Eric Szeto
Alex Leslie
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Paul Carr
Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
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Eric Szeto wanted to ride but Jesse Marchand said it cost
money. To stifle his disappointment he joined Paul Carr who
was lighting up a lightbulb to impress Sarah Bourdon. Alex
Leslie and Dan McRoberts ran around him in circles chasing
Ania Mafi. Nic Fensom baked for her. He had to get help from
Paul Evans but Carrie Robinson was furious and asked Iva
Cheung for help tracking down Nic and getting him to hand
over the recipe. But it didn't matter anyway, because Jon
Woodward created a similar recipe and was already selling it to
Claudia Li and Trevor Gills vegetarian bakery. Knowing this.
Hywel Tuscano, Liz Green, Tejas Ewing told Iva on msn to give
up her fight for the recipe and just think up a whole new original idea. That's when she came up with the idea for a cranberry curry cookie. Brilliant! Paige Cooper has a curry factory, and
Darcv Wintonyk had a cranberry bush. All that was left was getting her lawyer Meghan Thomas to write up a contract for this
new partnership.
Nic Fensom
Paul Carr
Joel Libin
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Time for action
in Darfur
In 1994, approximately 850,000
Rwandans were killed in a horrific
100-day massacre. This is not new
information for most people—the
Rwandan genocide has been called
one of the worst humanitarian
tragedies in modern history and is
a blemish on the record of the
international community.
Late in the Rwandan conflict,
leaders from many countries
began to wonder if they should
intervene. The situation had not
technically been labelled a genocide. Many questioned whether
intervention would be a violation
of Rwanda's sovereignty and others were afraid to enter a situation they felt might endanger
their own troops.
As a result of a failure to intervene, the killing was allowed to continue and it seemed as if the rest of
the world turned a blind eye.
Fast forward ten years, and history seems to be repeating itself.
Despite pledges from the international community never to allow a
tragedy like Rwanda's to happen
again, the current situation in
the Sudan appears frighteningly
Darfur, a region in western
Sudan, has seen over 1.7 million
people displaced from their
homes since February 2003. An
estimated 50,000 people have
died since the crisis began. Recent
predictions forecast 300,000
deaths in the country by the end of
this year if there is no firm action
taken to deter further killings.
The refugee camps that are set
up throughout Darfur are a
humanitarian disaster in themselves. The Kalxna camp is home to
more than 80,000 people situated
on a plot of land suited for a tiny
fraction of that number. Sanitation
is almost non-existent in some
parts and humanitarian organisations worry about potentially devastating outbreaks of disease.
At this point, an intervention
large enough to end the conflict does not appear imminent
Leaders from many countries
have made promises but their
words have not translated into
action. The United Nations has
been no more effective in ending
this crisis than it was in 1994.
When there is a willingness to
act, the international community
can prevent, or at the very least
mitigate, burgeoning genocides.
For proof, look no further than the
case of the Kosovar Albanians in
1999. NATO's air strikes against
Serbia brought the Milosevic
regime to its knees and stopped
the ethnic cleansing of one small
portion of the Balkans.
The UN has created a five-member panel to determine whether or
not "genocide* is in fact happening in Darfur. Whether it is genocide or just indiscriminate murder, rape and pillaging, the situation in the Sudan is urgent. The
longer that those capable of making a difference sit on their hands,
the closer we come to repeating
our past mistakes. At this time, we
should remember the words of
George Santayana: "those who do
not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Prime Minister Paul Martin
spoke on September 22 to a small
audience at the UN, suggesting
strongly that something be done.
In his words: "The fact is that
while the international communiiy struggles with definitions, the
people of Darfur continue to suf-
fer. They are hungry, they are
homeless, they are sick and many
have been driven out of their own
country...War crimes and crimes
against humanity are being
Others have echoed this sentiment. General Romeo Dallaire, the
former UN commander during the
Rwandan genocide, has spent
much of his time raising awareness about the need for international standards dictating when
nations should intervene in
humanitarian crises.
Dallaire commented specifically on Canada's role in humanitarian aid and the influence he
feels the country could have in
convincing other countries to
act. He added that what makes
Canadians different is "our belief
in human rights, our belief in the
individual," which he said imposes on us "a moral and ethical
Despite   this   responsibility,
Canada and other nations have
continued to do nothing. If Paul
Martin feels so passionately about
the situation, the Ubyssey advises
him to—dare we say it?— follow
the model of George W. Bush. Do
not wait for the approval of the
international community. Drum
up a "coalition of the willing* and
take definitive action. When the
survival of innocent people is at
stake and ongoing atrocities are
proven, this is a step that must be
The world clearly requires a
nation to step up and take the lead
in the Sudan, as the US and UK did
in Kosovo five years ago. Canada
would like to think of itself as a
major country and this is the
opportunity to prove it
Naysayers will claim that
Canada would be unable to afford
to take the lead on this matter. But
in this situation, the cost of doing
nothing would be much harder
to bear. ♦
Ubyssey hypocritical
After reading last's week's editorial
(Shove Your Increase, the Ubyssey,
Sep. 28 2004), I was pumped about
the campus press at UBC this year.
But then I turned to the back page
and saw the BC Government propaganda announcing thousands of
new spaces opening up for post-
secondary students.
Well, if you ask anyone who
knows anything about funding of
post-secondary education in BC,
you will find that what has actually
happened is that the post-secondary education system has been
stripped of funding, tuition has
skyrocketed and students have
been left to foot the bill for lower
quality education.
Hmmm...on the one hand our
student newspaper is telling us to
say no to paying $2 more for our
bus passes and then turning
around and telling us to pay thousands of dollars more for our education, even though it's getting
A few weeks back, editors at the
McGill Daily rejected an ad from
Imperial Oil because they felt that
running it was not in the best
interests of their students, even
though it meant losing advertising
Maybe the editors of the
Ubyssey should start thinking
about who their readers are,
instead of who pays the bills when
it comes to press time.
—Naeem Datoo
Student in transition
More to ward debate
than just pizza
I am writing in response to Dan
McRoberts' article (For Ward or
Backward, the Ubyssey, Oct. 5
2004) and I would like to draw
attention to the fact that a complete online video archive is
available of all 17 of the public
forums that were conducted by the
Electoral Reform Commission that
was directed by Commissioner
Thomas   Berger,   addresses   the
question of electoral systems. The
archive is situated on the City's
Decision 2004 website, within the
Electoral Reform Commission sub-
link. To my understanding, this
has not been mentioned in any of
the university's publications, electronic or otherwise.
It should be mentioned that
one Electoral Reform Commission
public forum was held right here
on UBC main campus. All the public forums, including UBC's, are
available as a fully indexed, verbatim internet video record, presented speaker. Nothing has been
omitted. All parts of the City are
represented in these public
forums—East to West, Downtown,
West End, and South Vancouver.
It is important to have high
level debates as was held on
October 1st, but it is equally
important—if not more so—that
the individual citizens from all
across this City who directly participated in the public forums be
given their own audience in the
truest spirit of democracy: in their
own unedited voice.
There were 17 public forums,
and two general informational sessions—including a former
Mayors debate by three former
This is the web-link to the main
index: www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/
—Chris Bouris
Communications Consultant
Mountain View Villagey
I just read your October 5 issue
and very much enjoyed your article on Media Democracy Day. It
especially caught my eye as I have
my regular column at one of the
papers mentioned in the article
—the Source. It was great reading/learning about the rest of the
papers mentioned and a great
way to raise awareness of all the
great publications that are out
there great work.
— Yasaman Azarpajouh
Arts/Commerce 4
YAR SINCE 1918' ■,'\
Friday, October 8,2004
Ending the curse of the Bird-bino
Men's hockey team has high hopes for hosting playoff game this season
rum soccer
On a treacherous Thunderbird
field Wednesday, night the UBC
men's soccer team played a non-
conference game against their
cross-town rivals Simon Fraser
University but lost 4-0.
The Birds fell behind 1-0 early
in the first half from a goal by
SFU's Justin Carvery. Much of the
play was controlled in SFU's end
for the next 20 minutes until the
Birds got another unlucky break. A
T-Birds defender slipped on the
wet turf and SFU's Andrew Corazza
was able to capitalise on this incident, making the score 2-0.
On the ensuing kick-off the
Birds came out charging again but
every opportunity they conjured
was either called back because of
an offside or foul.
To make the night worse, late in
the first half two Birds were on a
sure break when it was called back
because of a late foul call. A goal
could have swung the momentum
in favour of UBC as they would
have been within one going into
the half, but instead SFU was able
to hold on. They eventually scored
two more in the second half.
UBC still leads the all-time
series 9-8-4.
The Birds must look torwards
the second half of the season
as their next match will be at
Trinity Western on October 13
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by Eric Szeto
When you think of curses in sports, you think of
the Boston Red Sox and the Curse of the
Bambino or the Chicago Cubs and the Billy Goat
Curse. It's been 33 years since UBC men's hockey has hosted a home playoff game. Could
this be a weird 33-year coincidence or a
Thunderbird curse?
Milan Dragicevic, who is in his third year as
the T-Birds coach is determined to overcome the
curse this season.
"Our goal is to have a playoff game. That is
tbe absolute first thing that we have talked
about...UBC hasn't had a home playoff game
since 1971 so that is a curse that we want to
break," said Dragicevic.
Dragicevic and his coaching staff have had
one of their most aggressive off-season recruiting periods ever, reeling in nine new players.
One of the focal points of this year's recruiting was the T-Birds defense. Dragicevic is
expecting more offensive production from his D-
men this year.
"If you see our team scoring from last year,
our second and our third top scorers were our
defensemen and this year a lot of the offense
generated has to come from the blue line," said
Dragicevic. "I think that was one of the places
where we really wanted to make some adjustments. We brought in four defensemen that we
feel have made our defensemen very comparable to the best in Canada West."
One of those additions is Brad Zanon, a six-
foot two, 200-pound defensive recruit.
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"I'd like to call myself a two-way defense-
man," said Zanon. "They can rely on me for
defense, but this year I hope I'll be able to chip
in for some points as well."
Upgrades have also been made up front as
the Thunderbirds have gotten bigger, stronger
and more intimidating.
"We're bigger up the middle and that's something we really wanted to address. We wanted to
get natural centremen in: Lance Morrison,
Jordan Beirnes and Dylan Dufour," said
Dragicevic. "We wanted to add size to our forwards and to keep up the speed."
Amidst all the new players are the seasoned
veterans, who know that last year's playoff experience has added a confidence to their game that
was nonexistent before.
One of those veterans is last year's leading
scorer, centre Casey Bartzen. With all of the offseason changes, the T-Birds will be a team to be
reckoned with in the Mountain Division, said
Bartzen, who's nursing a separated shoulder
and will be out until next weekend.
"We've caught up. We've surpassed Lethbridge. On paper we're better than Calgary and
we're neck and neck with Saskatchewan as far as
the division goes," he added. "We've said it
before, but guys, really believe it this year."
The goaltending this year will look a little different, as veteran goaltender Chris Levesque, in
his fourth year, will be assigned the starting
position. Levesque, part of last year's playoff
run, believes this team will be able put an end to
the Thunderbird curse.
"[A home playoff game] is definitely a reasonable goal. It's been a while, since the 70s at
least," explained Levesque. "With the playoff
experience, last year's guys are better. We just
got to take it one week at a time."
Instead of being reminded of his close
encounter as a Vancouver Canuck last season,
Levesque hopes that this year people will
remember him for his outstanding goaltending
as a Bird. But perhaps that's just wishful
"I don't think I'm ever going to live it down,"
said Levesque. "It always finds a way back
to me." ♦
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has what it takes to
bring electronic live
Infected Mushroom
Oct. 5
at Atlantis Nightclub
by Tejas Ewing
Much has been said about the demise of
electronic music, the disappearance of
raves and the death of trance. However,
these reports have been greatly exaggerated. Rather, most of us ravers who were here
for the heyday of the late 90s have now
grown up. We don't necessarily want to stay
up till 8am and ruin the next day. A lot of us
have to work. And, since electronica is so
mainstream that most of the clubs in
Vancouver are willing to oblige us with targeted electronic music nights, we don't have
to look far to find things that suit our tastes.
The Infected Mushroom (IM) show was
a wonderful example of the mainstream
resurgence of electronic music in this city.
From Tel Aviv, Israel, Duvdev and Erez (as
they are known), are the top psychedelic
trance DJ's in the world. With more albums
sold, more critical acclaim, and more exposure than any other similar act, it is an
example of the relative strength of our
scene that they have been here twice this
year. Produced by Organix productions (the
same people that bring the weekly psy-
trance night to Club 23 on West Cordova) it
is proof that there is still a market for this
type of music.
Trance is an electronic form that is dominated by the treble elements, rather than a
heavy repetitive bass (as in house music).
Trance is much more melodic than most
other forms of electronic music and is also
significantly faster to dance to. The mark
of a good DJ is building up the crowd slowly, to the point that they are dancing in a
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trance-like fren2y, without tiring them out
so much that they are done before the end
of the show. The process of feeding off the
crowd is tbe most complex part of any act's
live show.
After experiencing the entire show, I can
honestly say that IM is the best trance act I
have ever seen. They were playing a live set,
rather than simply spinning records. This
means that one of the duo was often playing
much of the melody Hve on a dual keyboard
system. This is obviously more difficult and
intensive than a normal set, yet they still
read the crowd amazingly. Starting with
songs from their new album IM the
Supervisor, Duvdev and Erez took the
crowd through a series of peaks and valleys
that had everyone elated. Carefully making
sure to give the people a softer sound after a
particularly hectic series of tracks, the DJ's
built everyone up, and then brought them
down flawlessly for the end of the show.
Their music was much more complex
and layered than the simplistic reputation
that trance music is given. Like in any electronic genre, there is the bad: simplistic,
repetitive and boring. Then there is the
good, or the best, as represented by Infected
Mushroom. With complex melodies, genre-
bending elements such as rock guitars, and
Arabian influenced vocals, tracks such as
"Meduzz" and "Stretched" truly blew the
crowd away. From then on, the duo had the
packed club in the palm of their hands as
they moved from album material in to an
extended encore of record spinning, finally
finishing half an hour over schedule. With
the crowd rushing to meet them after the
show, I was amazed to see their hospitality,
as they hugged, shook hands and gave autographs to anyone who asked. The duo truly
are worthy ambassadors for the resurgence
of electronic music in this city. ♦
everyone's classic coming of age story
How I Paid for College
by Marc Acito
[Broadway Books]
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Thank-you, Marc Acito, for turning Michel
Foucault's What is Enlightment into a pleasurable
read. After your three hundred pages of pubescent
angst, musical theatre references, obnoxious
acronyms and improbable high school felonies,
I'm looking forward to the cleansing, palatable
properties comparable to Foucault's Discipline
and Punish.
It's possible that an average onlooker might
assume that Acito's latest book How I Paid for
College would be a light, fluffy, relaxing break for
overloaded student minds—a nostalgic tale of con-
fused sexuality and stubborn parents. But alas, it
is not so. A combination of laughable plot holes,
cookie-cutter characters and a narrative voice so
ignorant and self-centred that it seems the author
himself isn't even aware what this mishmash has
produced; well, the result is a book so aloof and
alien that you'll wonder what kind of audience
Auxto IS writing xOI.
Not to say it's all bad. I enjoyed some passages
so much that I read them aloud to friends, or people on the bus. like the one where the horny protagonist, Edward, and his best friend go skinny-
dipping, and end up aroused by their excessive
masculinity as they wrestle and play in the water.
There is also the part where Edward's incredibly
good-looking girlfriend and the exotic Persian
princess are discovered in bed together. Or, how
about the part where the doctor gives Edward a
rectal exam and...Never mind. As I said, it's good
for something, and if I were a 14 year-old boy and
couldn't get my hands on a copy of Maxim, I'd
definitely have a few pages dog-eared.
At any rate, the rest of the book follows along
many of the same lines of improbability and fantasy. It brings us on an entertaining romp through
mid-80s New Jersey/New York, dealing with Jews,
queers and blacks but never so much as mentioning racism, AIDS or homophobia. Righteous.
Instead, Acito gives us nice accounts of how glad
Edward is that his life is so white-washed, while he
buys drugs off junkies to blackmail his stepmother. Try to keep in mind as you read that his
escapades are supposed to be humourous, and
that he eventually gets his comeuppance when he
feels guilty at the end. Or you may read a little bit
deeper into the story, and find instead a slick picture of upper middle class America's unconscious
hypocrisy —safely coated in nun jokes and ethnic
stereotypes, of course.
In the end, How I Paid for College is the perfect
coming of age story, but only if you're an 18 year
old bourgeoisie Italian-American bisexual actor
who knows all the words to Yentl. So heed my
warning, put down the garish olive and fuchsia
dustcover, and go back to your macroeconomics
textbook. This is one flight of fantasy that you're
better off without ♦
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