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Friday. January 26.20011
Prof looks to the stars
by Sarah Morrison
A UBC astronomy professor is leading a team of researchers who hope
to find one of the "Holy Grails" of
cosmology after being granted a
large amount of observation time on
the Hubble Space Telescope.
UBC astronomy professor Harvey
Richer, along with astronomers from
as far away as France and Australia,
aims at using the observation time to
determine the age of the universe.
"It's one of the Holy Grails...of
modem cosmology. One of the cornerstones of modern cosmology is
to find out what the age of the universe is, and that's what we're striving for," Richer said.
Typically, projects are allocated
15 to 20 of the Hubble Space
Telescope's orbits around earth.
Richer's proposal received a much
higher 123 orbits, and the telescope
will begin making observations
directed by the team on January 30.
Richer's team will attempt to
determine the age of globular star
clusters—massive, ancient clusters
made up of a million or more stars
that were formed soon after the big
After discovering the age of the
clusters, Richer predicts it should
only be a mild extrapolation to discover the age of the universe itself.
To determine the age of the cluster, Richer's team will be pointing
Hubble at white dwarf stars. These
are ancient, extremely dense stars,
the end product of the evolution of a
normal star like the sun.
As they age, white dwarfs cool
and change colour.
"They cool at a very, very predictable rate," explained Richer. "So
in a sense they're a tremendously
good clock. Nature's provided us
with this wonderful chronometer
out there, whose temperature basically tells us its age."
"What we're trying to do is find the
coolest one of these, and that'll be an
estimate of the age of the universe."
By determining the age of the
oldest white dwarf stars in the cluster, astronomers can hypothesise
how old the cluster is. But the project is difficult because the oldest star
will be very dim, explained Richer.
"It's...a risky proposal," he admitted. "We have no guarantee that
we're actually going to be able to
image things faint enough to see the
very, very coolest white dwarfs.
"The kind of thing we're looking
for is about one-fifth as bright as a
typical Christmas tree light sitting
on the moon. That's the faintness of
the thing. That's why we need
Hubble and that's why we need a
huge long exposure."
Richer received the news that his
proposal had been accepted in late
December 1999, just before heading
off to Victoria to celebrate the new year.
After two previous proposals had
been rejected, Richer didn't want
the possibility of a third rejection to
ruin his weekend. Sitting at his desk.
Richer was reluctant to open the
new message in his e-mail inbox.
"I decided I wasn't going to look at
it, so I walked out the door," Richer
said. "I was halfway to my car, when I
decided, 'No I can't do that, that's not
me.' So I came back and had a look at
it and almost fell off my chair. A colleague next door thought I was sick or
something, I started screaming."
Richer spent several months
writing the proposal with Michael
Rich a professor at the University of
California Los Angeles and the US
Financial Principal Investigator for
the team.
"I think [Richerj's very good at
managing the complex relationships
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that can occur in a group, and I
think he also has a veiy broad vision
of the subject in general," said Rich.
"Not just measuring the age of a particular star cluster, but also measuring the age of the universe."
Tom Tiedje, head of UBC's physics
and astronomy department, is also
optimistic about Richer's work.
"I think it's wonderful," said
Tiedje. "This is a US telescope which
has cost billions of dollars to make,
and the fact that the/re willing to
give observing time for this observing plan that Harvey has developed...is a really strong vote of confidence in Harvey's plan."
'I think it really makes us look
good. It shows that the researchers
who work at UBC here in our department astronomy, are doing world-
' class research."
As for Richer, he says he's getting
recognition for something he's been
interested in all of his life.
"This is going to sound like a
fairy tale but it's actually true," said
"When I was six or seven years
old, someone...took me to a public
lecture by some astronomer. And he
talked about exploding stars, matter
popping out of nothing, expanding
universe...so I think I knew when I
was six or seven...that's what I wanted to do. And I did." ♦
No recount °nline deal looms
for election
Canadian schools may be signing with Thomson
by Alex Dimson
The Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Elections Committee has denied
a request to recount the ballots
cast for two AMS executives positions, leaving the candidates to
decide if they will appeal this
The committee denied the
request of defeated Students'
Voice presidential candidate Rob
Nagai and vice-president academic and university affairs candidate Josh Bowman to have the
ballots for their positions
recounted Thursday afternoon.
The contest for both positions
was very tight. Nagai lost to
Students for Students candidate
Erfan Kazemi by 47 votes and
Bowman lost to Students for
Students candidate Evan Horie
by 57 votes.   .
While Students' Voice felt that
a recount may have lipped the
count tlie other way, AMS
Elections Administrator Jo
McFetridge disagreed, citing the
recount of this year's Board of
Governors election, which
brought the margin between Tieg
Martin and Megan Cassidy down
from a difference of nine votes to
a difference of five, a change of
only four votes.
McFetridge also cited historical 'precedent, noting that the
margin between the two candidates was higher than the standard one per cent in cases when
ballots are re-counted.
Nagai said that he's not sure if
he will file an appeal over the
decision, but will likely make his
decision on Friday,
. 'We'll think about it I think the
elections administrator, before we
filed our request told us there
wasn't much chance of having a
recount," he said. "A recount doesn't mean you're going to win
either way. It does mean you solidify things in your mind."
Provided there are no
appeals, the AMS Council is
expected to ratify the elections
results on February 7. ♦
 by Jaime Kirzner-Roberts
The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-UBC could soon
be one of 18 universities involved in
an online education project marketed by Thomson Corporation, a
media conglomerate that owns
newspapers across Canada.
Thomson is close to signing a
deal with Universitas 21—a consortium of universities worldwide,
including UBC and McGill, that have
banded together to forge private-sector links and market their prestigious names.
If the deal is completed,
Thomson will market a new line of
web-based university courses bearing the names of participating universities. In return for the use of
their names, universities will
receive royalties on all profits made
by Thomson from the initiative.
"We are in the midst of looking at
the material and trying to make a
decision," said McGill Principal
Bernard Shapiro last week. He
expects a decision to be made in the
coming weeks.
However, Jim Turk, executive
director of the Canadian Association
of University Teachers, said that his
organisation is worried that such a
deal paves the way for an increasingly corporate and low-quality education system.
"Universities like McGill are
moving towards a corporate model,
where education becomes a commodity which can be sold," he said.
"You can also see that jurisdiction is being given to private corporations that don't really have any
stake or experience in undertaking
the vital role of providing public
But according to Chris Robinson, a
professor at the University of
Melbourne and the chair of Universitas
21, the consortium has found a major
marketing opportunity.
"Universities are getting less and
less from the public purse and need
more revenue to keep up the quality
of what they do," Robinson said.
Robinson believes that demand
for online education will quadruple
worldwide over the next ten years
because of globalisation and the new
'knowledge-based economy."
If existing educational institutions want to maintain their quality
in the face of cutbacks, he says, they
must strive to meet the rising
demand by signing on to initiatives
such as the one proposed with
'[Universitas 21] has set out to
establish a major global e-education
business, and I believe that the
Thomson deal could bring us a substantial share of the global market"
he said.
While Robinson would not comment on the exact amount universities could receive if they sign on to
the deal, he did say that the deal
"has the potential to be a significant
source of revenue."
But Turk thinks that this attitude
is a dangerous one.
"When Universitas 21 courses go
online, what assurances are therp
for quality?" he asked.
"What assurances are there that
universities will actually be writing
the course material, rather than just
lending their names? What happens
when curriculum doesn't fit into the
vision of Thomson [Corporation]?*
The University of Toronto recently announced that it would not be
signing onto the Thomson deal    -
Sheldon Levy, the university's
vice-president of government and
institutional relations, said that the
university was not ready to become
part of any global web-learning initiatives for the time being.
"We have not come to the conclusion that a partnership with
Thomson...is in the best interests of
our university. We did not want to
bind ourselves in a formal contractual way," said Levy.
Universitas 21 pulled out of similar negotiations initiated last spring
with Newscorp, owner of the Fox
Network and major newspapers
around the globe. ♦ I Friday. January 26.2001
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Alberta pumps more
money into education
 by Christie Tucker
Alberta Bureau Chief
EDMONTON (CUP)-After months
of pleas from student representatives and administrators, the
Alberta government has started to
put money back into post-secondary
Colleges and universities will be
getting $25 million from the government thanks to ten recommendations made by the provincial
funding review committee, which
has been considering post-secondary education funding since it was
established in March, 2000. Lyle
Oberg, Alberta's Minister of Higher
Learning, accepted all ten of the
committee's recommendations.
Of the $25 million, approximately $ 13 million is earmarked for faculty retention and attraction. A portion of the remaining $ 12 million
might be used to reduce tuition—
which has risen by almost 210 per
cent in ten years —but the decision
of how much remains up to the institutions.
At the University of Alberta (U
of A), where the school was given
approximately $5.5 million, $1.8
million went towards reducing the
tuition hike from a proposed 3.7 per
cent to 3.2 per cent The government is expected to announce exact
funding levels for other institutions
in the next few weeks.
Alberta Ministry of Learning
spokesperson Randy Kilburn said
that the government's main priorities are maintaining funding flexibility and responsibility.
However, Naomi Agard, vice-
president external of the U of A
Students' Union, said that the funding isn't enough.
"We don't have enough money
in the system right now to address
problems like infrastructure,
tuition, and maintaining good facility," she said.
Agard still thinks that the funding
boost is a step in the right direction.
"It gives me hope. It's time for
this kind of funding. Students are
starting to voice their concern. The
heat is on. [The government] is getting the word from everyone that
this is the kind of money that universities need."
Rob Renner, chair of the funding
review committee and a Medicine
Hat MLA, is happy that the government accepted the report.
"This is a very fair reflection of
what we heard in consultation. And
I think it goes a long way towards
ensuring we have one of the best
post-secondary systems in North
America," he said.
The funding boost accompanies
the recent government announcement of 1245 new full-time spaces
in programs such as nursing, teaching, business, and information and
communications technologies.
"Some might say that it's because
it's an election year, but I'm glad to
be seeing any kind of funding
increase," said Agard. ♦
POET EXTRAORDINAIRE Rantin'Tim Lander colours another UBC day with the sound of
music. Mind you, how merry do you feel when you have to walk past him four times a day
and feel guilty each time because you're saving that $1.50 for a Nanaimo bar at the Deity?
TOM PEACOCK PHOTO Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. January 26.20011
Olympic dreams uncertain
SUB and Gage involved in bid plans
by Hywel Tuscano
Working out the logistics of having the SUB as part of the
Olympic Village and Gage Towers as a home for athletes are
among the issues facing Vancouver/Whistler's bid for the
2010 Olympic Games.
While details are still being hammered out, UBC figures
prominently in the bid. Tentative plans call for UBC to host
curling and speed skating events, with the SUB hosting a section of the athletes village and Gage Towers being accommodation for 1400 of the expected 2000 athletes.
UBC spokesperson Karen McDonald emphasised 'all plans
are very tentative right now.
'Consultation continues- between us and the Bid
Corporation, as we decide whether it would be worthwhile for
the school," McDonald said. "After consideration of what hosting certain venues here will entail, we can still easily say 'No,
this won't be worth it."
The Canadian Olympic Association (COA) selected
.Vancouver's bid over other domestic candidates in
November 1998. An official Bid Corporation was formed in
June 1999 to determine finances and organisation of
Vancouver's candidacy.
Having the Olympics on campus could bring very substantial benefits to the UBC, according to McDonald. University
buildings and athletic venues would be built or renovated
with no financial cost to the university. An additional residence may also be built to house the remaining athletes.
"We would essentially be refitting all of Gage Tower as it
would be repainted and recarpeted. As owners of the SUB,
there should be some significant renovations left behind as
legacy," she said.
It is estimated that hosting the Games could lead to a revenue of $ 1.2 billion for BC, as well as $2 5 8 million in tax rev
enue. The games would create 2 5,000 jobs and a sports legacy worth $ 300-400 million.
The 2010 games are tentatively scheduled to run from
February 5-21. This timing is a bonus for the university,
McDonald noted, because the games would occur over the
February break, which would help to reduce the impact that
the games would have on students.
The Bid Corporation will submit a formal report on
Vancouver/Whistler's plans, detailing everything from sport
.facilities to vendor contracts, to the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) this fall. The corporation still has to raise
$ 10 million of the $21 million required to make an official
Meanwhile, consultation with campus groups continues. A
formal university committee of over ten departments, including the Alma Mater Society, is discussing the implications of
hosting part of the Olympics on campus.
Despite all of the preparation, the likelihood of success for
Vancouver's bid is far from certain.
Vancouver's chances hinge on the success of Toronto's bid
to host the 2008 Games. Traditionally, the location of the
Olympic Games rotates between European and North
American cities, slimming Vancouver's hopes if Toronto
wins. The IOC will decide in July who will host the Summer
If Toronto does win, Ian Tait, director of community relations for the Bid Corportation, said that the corporation will
put in a modified bid instead of a fully competitive one.
"This is not an east-west competition, the point of the modified bid would be to point out that Canada is summer and
winter multi-sport capable, and can compete on the world-
stage,' Tait said.
Chances become better for Vancouver to host the 2014
Winter Games if Toronto wins its bid later this year. ♦
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RENOVATE ME! A successful Vancouver bid could bring
renovations and buildings to campus, tara westover photo
Bus routes on the chopping block
 by Sarah Morrison
With the future of TransLink's proposed $75 vehicle levy in
doubt, UBC has gone from hoping for an expanded transportation program to trying to salvage existing bus routes.
After the provincial government told TransLink that it
would not help collect any vehicle levy, the transport corporation is preparing to cut services—possibly bus routes and funding for municipal roads.
'We have a budget that we have to live within, and what's
happened is we'd gone ahead with expansions, because we
had...every indication that there was support for the levy to
fund them" explained TransLink spokesperson Russel Busche.
"If s a decision that the board's going to have to make, and
so the board will ultimately be the ones who decide what
course of action will be taken in terms of what routes where
could be affected.'
In a TransLink board meeting on November 9, the board
described two possible scenarios for cutting transit services.
One option is to cut transit services uniformly across the
region, which would lead to an approximate 2 5 per cent reduction in buses.
However, according to Busche, this may not be financially
"You might end up cutting services that axe viable in one municipality, and keeping routes in other municipalities that are not producing the kind of ridership required to keep costs reasonable.'
A second option is to cut transit routes based on performance.
Routes with good ridership that can maintain their cost-effectiveness would stay, while poor-performing routes would go.
In the example given for both the uniform- and
performance-based options, TransLink would cut all bus services after 1:00 am and night services after 9:00pm in certain
areas. The plan would also decrease the regularity of peak period and evening main routes, and would reduce mid-day service
on major lines like Granville.
Graham Senft, Alma Mater Society (AMS) vice-president of
external affairs, has spent his term tiying to implement a U-
Pass plan at UBC, which would include a mandatory student
bus pass, car- and van-pool parking deals, and improved facilities for cyclists.
The AMS supported TransLink's controversial levy after it
was passed by the Greater Vancouver Regional District in
November, but BC's refusal to collect the levy has brought the
plan to a halt
Now instead of trying to implement the U-Pass, Senft plans
to lobby TransLink to ensure UBC will not be significantly
affected by proposed reductions to transit
'Let's make sure they don't cut the routes to UBC," Senft
said at the AMS Council meeting Wednesday night
TransLink's board will make the final decision on any cuts
at a meeting next month. ♦
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by Dirk Schouten
COWER, LITTLE ONES: UBC's Ryan Gandy stands ready to send some troubleTrinity Western's way.
Ryan Gandy speaks four languages, has a Master's degree in geographic information systems, and is part owner of a high-tech company. He played volleyball for South Africa's national team. And he just happens to be seven feet tall.
Given the 26-year-old's credentials, more than a few people are thrilled that
Gandy has come to UBC to do his PhD and play varsity volleyball.
Thunderbird men's volleyball coach Dale Ohman is probably the most excited of all.
'He came up to me during the 1999 Thunderball tournament and told me he
was interested in playing in Canada," said Ohman, whose smile has acquired a
bit more lustre since Gandy arrived in Vancouver on Christmas Day. "It took
some time for him to make it out here, but things have worked out"
For Ohman, whose squad has teetered around .500 for most of the season
and now faces slim chances of making the playoffs, Gandy was a welcome gift
from Santa. The South African has a full five years of varsity eligibility left and
intends to stay at UBC for the duration of his doctoral program. A talented offensive player, Gandy should improve under the tutelage of Ohman, a veteran coach
of 23 years who is known for his technical expertise. The UBC team will likely
not make this year's national tournament but it has a promising future based on
a group of talented first and second-year players, including the import from
Gandy is confident and self-assured, but he doesn't say much to add to the
hype that surrounded his arrival. He wants to contribute to the team and adjust
to North American volleyball, which he says puts more emphasis on defense.
Although older than most of the undergraduates who make up the Thunderbird
squad, Gandy has nothing but respect for his new teammates.
'Most of the guys on the team are very mature, so it's not an issue at all," he
said during a recent interview. Gandy was especially thrilled that the
Thunderbirds 'made a real effort to welcome" him to the. team. While his current priorities are to adjust to a new life, he doesn't hide his true aspiration-to
earn a spot on an Olympic volleyball team,
"From next season on, I want to make a push...in the hope of eventually making an all-Canadian team,' he explains.
"I had basically peaked in South Africa. I started out playing club volleyball
and progressed until I made the national team. The only thing that was still to
be done was to make the Olympics, but our national team had to get better. So I
had to make a decision between ending my career in South Africa and going
Gandy made the decision to leave his own country, but didn't think of Canada
as an option, at least at first. His first considerations were UCLA and Pepperdine,
two schools in sunny California. But while visiting his girlfriend (herself a graduate student at UBC) over Christmas in 1999, he realised that by coming to
Vancouver he could kill three birds with feme stone: reunite with his sweetheart,
play volleyball, and earn another degree.
"While I was here in 1999, I did an investigation into the geographic information systems (GIS) program at UBC, and was very impressed. I came across
Dr. Michael Meitner, who's a GIS fanatic and knows about the environmental
side of this field.'
Gandy and his supervisors are still working out the specifics of his PhD program. In the meantime, he works as a teaching assistant in the Faculty of
Forestry. 'Everything fell into place,' he said. "It was more than enough reason
to put life on hold back at home and come out."
C1* andy, a graduate of the University of Pretoria, has plenty of ties back home.
J"His family fives in South Africa, as do his business partners. Gandy is the
director and part owner of Innovative Geographic Information Systems Ltd., a
company in the GIS industry. His Master's degree thesis entailed "developing a
GIS-based system to implement the South African manual for outdoor advertising control on the Pretorian metropolitan area." In plain English, that means
that he set up a satellite system that is able to monitor how much advertising
exists in a given part of the city. Gandy wants to complete his doctorate in three
years and return to South Africa to expand his business.
In the meantime, the addition of Gandy to the front row of the UBC volleyball
team is a gift for Thunderbird players and fans. With his height and arm length,
Gandy creates big problems-physically and psychologically-for most of his
opponents. And fans love the sight of a seven-footer who can smash the ball
down on offense and block opponents effectively on defense
Gandy plays the 'middle' position, and with university volleyball's new
'libero' position-which allows players to move about the court with more free-
dom-Gandy can avoid playing in the back row, a position unsuitable for his long
frame. Because he's 84 inches in height, it's difficult for him to bend over to dig
balls travelling in excess of 60 miles per hour.
Gandy is at his most dangerous at the net, where he seems to take up half its
length when he stands with his arms outstretched. Although not gifted with
speed, Gandy is adept at making the quick-set kill, an offensive play which, if executed properly, is next to impossible to stop. After cueing his setter, Gandy
jumps. A split second later, the setter lobs the ball above the net. If the jump and
set occur in sync, Gandy hits the high point of his jump at the same moment that
the ball reaches its own. The obvious goal is to knock the ball downward, but this
takes tremendous concentration and finesse. Earlier this month, Gandy and
UBC's starting setter, Kyle Recsky, completed a series of "quick-set" kills at the
tail end of a hard-earned victory against the Trinity Western Spartans. "As long
as we set the ball high enough, Ryan won't have trouble," Coach Ohman said
after the victory. "But we don't always do that."
Gandy has to become a better blocker in order for the Birds to compete
against Western powerhouses Alberta, Calgary and Saskatchewan next year. But
he knows that he can improve, and is eager to learn. Ohman has Gandy working
on a new 'jump-float' serve that will replace the traditional flat serve he brought
to Canada. This, Gandy admits, is a work in progress.
"It's a little shaky right now, but we're getting there," he said of his new offering from the service line.
Gandy's new serve is not the only thing that has to be determined. He still has
to work out how exactly he plans to play for Canada, particularly whether he will
apply for Canadian citizenship. There's also the question of whether he's national squad material. Answers to these questions are still tucked away in the future.
In the meantime, Gandy has no complaints. He's impressed by the civility
and friendliness of Canadians, as well as by Vancouver's beauty. Used to the
balmy weather of South Africa, however, he's still shocked by weather that can
actually cause water to freeze.
"I know it's mild for Canada," he said. "But it's still blooming cold." ♦
Men's Hockey
The UBC men's hockey team is hosting the
University of Calgary Dinos for two games this
weekend at the Thuderbird Winter Sports Centre.
The puck drops at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday
night The Birds are six points behind the Dinos in
what's turning into a close battle for the last
Canada West playoff spot
The UBC women's volleyball team, along with the
swim team probably the school's best chance for a
championship, is hosting the University of
Manitoba Bisons this weekend in War Memorial
Gym. Game times are 6:15pm tonight and 8pm
Saturday. The Birds are currendy in second place
in the Canada West with their 14-3 record. The
Bisons are 5-3 and sitting in first place in the Great
Plains division of the CIAU.
The UBC men's volleyball team, coining off two
disappointing losses last weekend against
Saskatchewan, will look to get two wins off the
Bisons this weekend in War Memorial Gym. The
Birds are 7-10, and sit in fourth place in the
Canada West Tonight's game starts at 8pm.
The UBC women's hockey team travels. to
Edmonton this weekend for two tough games
against the defending national champion
University of Alberta Pandas. The Birds are 3-5 and
sit in fifth place in the West The Pandas are in second behind Regina.
After cleaning up. at the Canada West
Championships in the UBC Aquatic Centre, some
members of the team went straight to the airport
and boarded a plain bound for a World Cup short
course event in Stockholm, Sweden. Former UBC
swimmer Marianne Limpert and current
Thunderbird Kelly Stefanyshyn figured big in the
event the former winning gold in the women's
200m IM and the latter winning gold in the
women's 200m backstroke. Bird Jessica Deglau
placed seventh in the 200m freestyle and eighth in
the 100m butterfly. ♦
It just gets worse
The UBC women's basketball team has
a pretty good record, but the
Thunderbirds also have pretty bad luck.
by Tom Peacock
If s hardly believable. First Brandie Speers left the team
for personal reasons. Then Lindsay Cox left the team for
medical reasons. Then star point guard Julie Smulders
left the team earlier this month for personal reasons unrelated to the personal reasons Speers left the team for.
Then Charmene Adams, Smulders' replacement at point
guard, sprained her ankle three weeks ago during a home
game against Trinity Western. Then Sheila Townsend,
Adam's replacement at point guard, contracted the chicken pox. The chicken pox! What are the chances!?
Adams will travel to Manitoba this weekend with
the other seven Birds but she's not expected to be able
to play the full two games against the University of
Brandon Bobcats. The ankle was feeling better during
the two games in Winnipeg last weekend, but she
turned it over again earlier this week walking to class.
'Physio said that I can play about half. Half a game,
or half a half. But he said it's not recommended, but
since they need me..." Adams said yesterday, before
leaving for Brandon.
In Alberta last weekend, Adams played six minutes
Friday, and thirty minutes Saturday. '[The ankle felt]
good, but then I reinjured it on Monday just walking,
so now I'm probably a little worse than I was before."
Since she rehurt the ankle, Adams says, she can
definitely feel it on the court UBC head coach Deb
Huband said, the only reason she is letting Adams travel with the team is because, with the shortened roster,
the team is desperate.
, , 'She's travelling, and then we'll see what happens
when we get there...Under normal circumstances, if
we had more depth, we jtvouldn't even be thinking
about playing her this weekend,' Huband said.
Huband explained tfiat getting two wins in
Brandon is key at this point in the season.
"They're very important games because they're
against a team that we should beat, we are supposed
to beat, and getting wins on the road will help us
secure that play-off position.'
Carrie Watson will suh in for Adams this weekend
as UBC's fourth-string point guard. Townsend played
at point guard two Saturdays ago against Trinity
Western and shared the position with Adams last
weekend. Huband admits that the constant change-
ups in the key position have shaken the team up.
'I think we're a little bit rattled right now...I think
we're a little bit shaken up and we need to settle," the
coach said.
Townsend is expected to be back practising next
week, and will likely play in the two games against
Simon Fraser University. After spending three days in
her room, her health is slowly improving.
Townsend started to feel sick in Manitoba, but figured
it was just the flu. 'On Friday, I was feeling a bit flu-ish,
but I was okay. I played. And then Saturday I was feeling
worse. I was pretty achy and fired in the game, but I was
okay. Then afterwards I was pretty sick, and I just tried to
sleep at the hotel. The next morning I noticed a couple of
dots on me.. .1 went to the hospital the following morning
and they diagnosed me with chicken pox."
The timing couldn't have been much worse.
Townsend blazed up the court two weekends ago
against Trinity Western,
but as the sickness
kicked in during the
Manitoba games, she
wasn't able to turn in a
standout performance.
And while she struggled
through the two games,
her teammates didn't
do much better, according to Huband.
"We were just not
taking care of the possession, not taking care
of the balls. We had 26
or 27 turnovers per
game, and that really
hurt us. They scored a
lot of points off our
turnovers," the coach
Huband is still confident the Birds have a
chance; she's just frustrated at all they have
had to go through.
"It's been difficult When, people make commitments to your team, from year to year, but also when
they are recruited, you expect them to hold up to their
commitments. I think that losing Brandie earlier in
the year-because of personal issues she wasn't able
to continue with her commitment to the team-and
UBC's injured Charmene Adams watches her teammates practise Wednesday night, tara westover photo
more recently with Julie... Obviously we're suffering a
little bit because of a couple of people not following
through their commitments until the end of the year."
Travelling with eight players is a whole lot less fun
and a wtyole lot more nerve-wracking than travelling with
eleven, or even ten. The remaining Birds will have to get
lots of pre-game rest settle into their game, and get used
to spending most it on the court not on the bench
"I told the players, 'Now's a time when nobody can
hide," Huband said. 'We need everybody to do their
thing on the floor. Be a defensive stopper, do a great
job on the boards, score, sqnje, poiri^s, hancjlg the ball.
Whatever it'is',°pe6ple have to step up. Everybody has
to step up." ♦ QIFriday,
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Captured life
Eyes opened by the exotic and the ordinary
at the Asian Centre Auditorium
until Feb. 2
I've always admired photography as
an art form. A good photograph can
do so much. It can capture history, it
can move you, open your eyes to
things that you didn't know existed
and more. Photography is also
unique as an art form because of its
mass appeal.
Nonetheless, there's a huge difference between your holiday snaps
and the photos at this year's
Photosoc exhibit I'm always interested in seeing what other students
do in their sparetime, and when the
results are as varied and beautiful as
those shown here it's definitely a
There are photos that transport
you from a grey and dreary afternoon on the UBC campus to wherever the photographer decides to take
you. Katherine Pettit's 'New York
Interior," is a photograph of the
inside of an unnamed New York bar.
It's a beautiful off-focus scene of the
big city. I've never been to New
York, but the photo brought to my
mind images of crowded subway
cars, grouchy cab drivers, and
bustling Manhattan sidewalks.
With 'In an Annapurna Village,
Nepal" Heather Conn takes us to a
remote mountain village in Nepal.
Conn's photo shows us the human
element of this small village as an old
villager stares at us with weary but
curious eyes. Anjali Nayar's 'Islam"
is another example of travel photography that wouldn't look out of place
in an issue of National Geographic.
Nayar's photo is a beautifully framed
shot of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India
with all the exoticism and romance
that the monument evokes. Equally
captivating are Peter Kao's "Writing
on Stone, Alberta' and Anthony
Maw's "Mount Rundle'-photos that
show nature in all its stunning and
breath-taking magnificence.
There are also photos that forced
me look at the ordinary things
around me in a different way.
'Softball Backstop' by Cynthia
Fisher shows a neglected and overgrown baseball diamond. In one
photo, FishferS manages to capture .
themes of innocence, the passing of
time, childhood, baseball, and
maybe even more. Norman Chan's
'Destination?" is a skillfully constructed photo of a road disappearing into the horizon. The photo's
simplicity belies the sheer evocativeness of the open road, of journeys
and of course of destinations. More
personally, Conrad Chevalier's "The
Paper* pays homage to that simplest
of objects, the daily newspaper. It is
something that most of us take for
granted, but it somehow struck a
chord with the newshound in me.
Another photo that captivated me
is Shannon Salter's "American
Muffins in Vienna." It's a simple
shot of muffins decorated with little
American flags. The photo is a great
tongue in cheek statement about
globalisation and tlie pervasiveness
of American culture. Bryan Nykon's
'Salarymen' captures a trio of
Japanese businesspeople waiting for
their train. The looks on their faces
are like those of prisoners at a
Russian gulag, showing utter
despair and defeat In one photograph Nykon has captured the mind-
numbing drudgery felt by millions
of Japanese officeworkers everyday.
Everyone who comes to this
exhibit will walk away from it with
differing opinions. There are so
many photos here of high artistic
merit that picking which ones to
write about in this review was a
tough task. I found it far too easy to
just sit and examine each photograph. I would recommend this
exhibit to any students as an easy
escape from your classes, your readings and your work. Best of all, the
exhibit is entirely free. ♦
—Ron Nurwisah
Behold, cello metal
Some restrictions
Cellos? What, you may
ask, do cellos have to do
with a band called
Apocalyptica? Well, just
about everything. It
seems that four cello students at the Sibelius
Academy in Finland got
together and decided to
make an album. Their
music of choice—covers
of songs by Metallica,
arranged for their quartet No, I'm not kidding.
Apocalyptica's third
album. Cult, adds some
percussion and a double-
bass to the ensemble, and
is made up of the arrangements and original compositions of band member Eicca Toppinen, The
style imitates metal to a
certain degree (it sounds"
like electric guitars) in its
repeating bass line and
distortion, and some of
the tracks are as monotonous as
your average Metallica instrumental.
The first few tracks have fairly
similar themes, although "Romance"
begins with a haunting duet melody
and more classical accompaniments, until the drums kick in and
then it's just more of the same. The
only exception is "Hope," which has
some beautiful duet melodies.
The problem is that most of the
original songs just sound like
Metallica. They may start fairly
melodic, but by the second minute
of the song the guitar-sounding double-bass is making it clear that this is
metal, not some kind of chamber
music. It fails to sound original anymore, especially given MetaHica's
recent tour and album with the San
Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Even Apocalyptica's  perform
ance of Grieg's "In the Hall of the
Mountain King" and the one actual
Metallica cover on this album, "Until
It Sleeps," are just more of the same.
Grieg's song for example, just gets
more and more frantic, without
doing anything for the piece itself.
Apocalyptica is something of a
curiosity, but not much more. ♦
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Friday. January 26.20011Q
Colour-blind theatre
by Michelle Mossop
"Chutney is a condiment that adds
flavour lo your full meal. It's a mixture of fruits and spices," says theatre veteran Hamish Boyd, explaining the origins of the name of his
production company. Chutney
Productions, 'In a way, it represents adding zest to your meal of
But the origins of the company
run much deeper than sugar and
spice. Ihe production company—
which he recently formed along
with fellow artists Fif Fernandes,
Russell Ferrier, Aliexkz Murdock
Wei, and Alvin Sanders—came to
being for political reasons.
"We " formed Chutney
Productions after getting together
and realising that there wasn't the
theatre we really wanted to see,"
explains Fernandes. "Theatre wasn't reflective of society.
"Everyone was white on stage,"
Fernandes continues. "And when
there was someone of colour
onstage, they were in productions
with colour-specific roles: Ain't
Misbehaving, Driving Miss
■ Daisy...the list goes on and on.'
So to shatter the paradigm of
traditional casting, Fernandes,
Boyd, and a few other artists wrote
to the Canada Council of the Arts
and the City of Vancouver for the
funding necessary to start up their
own production company, one
which would try to increase racial
and ethnic diversity in the arts. The
funding came through and Chutney
Productions was incorporated in
The next step was to find a
"One of the scripts we looked at
that we enjoyed was Filthy Rich, by
George F. Walker," says Fernandes.
'We chose it because it has a wide
range of characters...we felt that the
themes in the play are reflective of
themes that are in all cultures:
greed, murder, mystery, corruption
in politics."
Donna Spencer, artistic
director of the Firehall
Arts Centre, approached
Fernandes about making
the play a co-production. So
with the theatre as a partner. Chutney Productions
posted audition notices at
theatre schools and the
Canadian Actors' Equity
Office. The response was
overwhelming—20O people wanted a spot in the
The auditions, according to Fernandes, were the
most crucial part of the
company's goal. The company wants to appeal to a
wide rage of actors. It
wants to practice what
is essentially a key
component of Chutney
Production's mandate-
colour-blind easting.
'Colour-blind casting
is not ethnic-specific/
explains Boyd. 'I'm not
playing a Scottish soldier,
Norman {YeungJ is not
playing a Chinese coolie,
and she [Fernandes], as an
actor, is not playing an East
Indian maid."
This concept is quite new to
Boyd, a theatre veteran who started
acting at the age of ten. But he
found colour-blind casting so
appealing an idea that he returned
to the stage for Filthy Rich after a
12-year hiatus.
'When I was in theatre school, it
was all white-bred. I was one in a
sea of Anglo-Saxon actors/ explains
Boyd. "These days it's a really
mixed culture and we need to
reflect what is evident in society."
But for Yeung, a recent grad
from UBC's BFA in Acting program,
colour-blind casting isn't all that
new—it was emphasised in the
Vancouver Little Theatre, of which
he was a part at the age of 12.
A SPICIER PRODUCTION: NormanYeung (left), Fif Fernandes [centre) ar.j Hanish Bcvd Ti^Yti belie.3 tithe stage should reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of society, micheoe mossop phOto
"We were  conscious of this
because we wanted the kids to see
themselves as people living in a
diverse   community,"    explains
Yeung.. ....;.,
: However,. Yeung soon realised.
that in professional theatre, colour
. blind casting is rare. So when he
heard thai Chutney Productions was
holding, auditions: for Filthy Rich.
Yeung jumped at the chance to play
the lead's sidekick—Jamie McLean.
Tm glad to have had the chance
to play this character, Jamie
McLean—a part that was not written
for a Chinese person, specifically.'"
Though the theatre community
is seeing more and more colourblind casting, Fernandes thinks
that it will be some time before it is
practiced in every production.
She points to the.;;recent Arts
Club production of Amadeus, in
which Alvin Sanders^ who plays
Tyrone M. Power in Filthy Rich, was
cast as Salieri. Y
■■■.;; 'When; Alvin got' the part of
Salieri, it was a big deal. People
were shocked.*;
But Yeung thinks that colourblind casting is becoming more
and more accepted in theatre,- especially in multicultural communities
in North America.
'I hope there is more of it It
seems as though we are at the cusp
of this movement"
So far, the response to the play
has been positive. On opening
night, the play was sold out But it is
the company's mandate that has
been getting the biggest praises;
'Outside the theatre community,
■when f talk to people on the street
they don't see. themselves reflected
on the stage and, as: a resuhVthey
don't come to see plays.'    ; .
Chutney Productions doesn't
want to stick to theatre. Both
Fernandes:. and Boyd come; from
strong film and television, backgrounds. " .
'We're looking at some film
scripts," says Boyd. "You see, ifs
Chutney Productions because we
don't want to just concentrate on
; theatre. We want to expand." ♦
Cinematic anarchy washes the brain
at the Blinding Light
Jan. 20
Watching the short films of Los Angeles director
Jennifer Gentile at times feels like watching some
obscure kind of avant-garde propaganda. Vivid, distorted images flash rapid-fire, in an entrancing rhythmic
series of disjointed jump-cuts. The mind races just to
keep up, let alone to uncover just what exactly is going
But when the optical barrage ends, and the lights come
on, what becomes clear is that the Gentile experience
involves much more than mere art-house brainwashing.
Five of Gentile's renowned shorts, spanning the
indie filmmaker's ten-year career, were screened last
Saturday in a retrospective at the Blinding Light
Presented chronologically, they included Corn Smut,
One Eye Leads, Isabella Holding a Pot of Basil, My
Pretty Little Girlfriend, and Gentile's most recent short,
Life History of A Star.
The sampling of the director's films (none lasting
longer than 15 minutes} reflected the work of a daring
filmmaker, one dedicated to exploring an array of
unsavoury topics, ranging from rape and abuse to
intense disillusionment With unapologetic, no-holds-
barred intensity. Gentile's shorts delve confidently into
territory which most directors find anathema.
Her work covers a broad spectrum of subject matter
and portrays it all through a distinctly macabre and disturbing lens. Corn Smut, for example, examines the
dangerous relationship between flirtation, sexuality,
and assault Life History of A Star, which premiered at
the Sundance Film Festival in 1999, explores the
dynamics of destruction in relationships and the dan-'
gers of delusional success.
Gentile's films are linked by an insatiable fascination with the power of the optical. In Isabella Holding a
Pot of Basil, the audience watches a young girl, half
naked and handcuffed, picking obsessively at her navel.
Gentile's intent, it seems, is to burn a lasting string of
haunting, vivid images into the mind of the viewer.
Though the films are open to charges of self-indulgence and incoherence, her jarring style is entirely in
step with the complex nature of the subject matter she
addresses. Abuse, obsession, and disillusionment she
insists, are subjects that words cannot deal with adequately—so she creates on-screen mayhem to convey
wrenching inner chaos.
Cinematic anarchy, however, doesn't always make
great entertainment and Gentile's films are clearly not
to everyone's taste. But if visual spectacle is your thing,
and your stomach is strong her films are worth tracking down. ♦
Hey, that's my house!
at Tinseltown Theatres
now playing
Half the fun of watching locally-shot
TV shows and movies is being able
to recognise local landmarks. But
unfortunately, that's the only reason
to watch Noroc.
Marc Retailleau's first feature
tells the story of a Romanian
immigrant photographer, Petru
Machescu, who is faced with deportation if he doesn't find a paying job
quickly. As luck has it, he gets the
first job he sees advertised in the
paper and becomes a shipyard security guard.
The old shipyard is home to an
interesting community of artists,
including a metal sculptor and a
painter who like to piss on Petru's
work. Petru strikes up a relationship with the idealistic metal
sculptor, Helina, who loves
Petru's intergrity—a personality
trait he quickly sheds once he
finds out that he has to get a job in
his profession to stay in the country.
Petru learns to comply with •
the materialistic Canadian attitude
towards work and life. Although the
story is sketched out very vaguely
(Petru has been in Canada for two
years but is only now given his ultimatum.) The film has incredible
style and form. Shot entirely digitally, the film adheres strictly to the
Dogma 95 manifesto, which forbids
artificial lighting tripods or a prerecorded soundtrack. Retailleau
acknowledges his guiding principles
in a couple of painfully cheesy lines
like "ever seen The Celebration of
the IdiotsT referring to two founding Dogma films.
If you are interested in film technology, ifs worth going to see the
film, Tinseltown is showing Noroc
in its original form, using a breakthrough digital projector. And of
course, there are always those
landmarks. ♦
-.,<   -Aisha Jamal 10
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Tuscano had tipped them off that there was a Buick in
the area-the parts wouldn't fit their Mazda, but Dirk
Schouten would make them fit Six stories down, at the
bottom of the same building Carmen DesOrmeaux was
cooking the sparse food that Nicholas 'the Strangler*
Bradley had "bought* from Ron Nurwisah a week earlier, with some knives that Daiiah Merzaban had made. It
was cold, but getting warmer. Ian Sonshine was staying
out longer and longer, soon they'd head north to meet
up with Aisha JamaTs group. They'd split up in
September at HoUand Gidney 'a suggestion, she'd taken
Tristan Winch and Tara Westover and the rest to make
a camp for the winter up by the near-legendajy Duncan
McHugh's turf. They'd meet at the river near Julia
Christensen's cabin, where she lived with Helen Eady
and Regina Yung. Back at the apartment building Alicia
Miller spotted a pidgeon, an auspicious sign. It looked
like it was going to be a good day after all but not for
Lisa Denton...
*[ Canadian'
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Two weeks ago it looked like that the Molson
Indy was moving to Montreal because of development in the False Creek area. Now it's not so
sure, but no matter. Even the slightest chance
that this hailed farce of an event is leaving town
got everyone up in arms.
The question is, do we care if the Indy moves?
The answer is no.
But a lot of other people freaked out, including the Province, whose front page read: 'No
Fun City, Again...We're losing the Indy.' This
headline was accompanied by the sulking
words: "First the fireworks leave Vancouver;
now our top sporting event is moving to
Boo hoo.
The announcement was reminiscent of the
recent death of another 'major cultural event'
the Benson and Hedges Symphony of Fire.
In 1997, the House of Commons passed Bill
C-71, which stated that by 2003, all sponsorship
by tobacco companies must end. However, a section of the bill that demanded a drastic reduction of the amount of advertising allowed for
tobacco companies prompted an early withdrawal of Benson and Hedges from the event
Now it looks like we're not going to lose the
Indy after all. That's too bad. When it looked like
we might, a lot of people said the loss of the Indy
would be just another blow to Vancouver's econ
omy and self-esteem. Now we'll never know.
But since when does "having fun' involve
tickets upwards of $ 100? And do we have to turn
out by the tens of thousands, do we have to be
crammed into tight spaces, surrounded by
sweaty beefcake frat boys, overcharged for beer,
and with a bad seat for actually seeing what's
going on to have fun?
There are loads of festivals and events
throughout the year for all different tastes that
are just as fun, if not more fun, than watching
people driving around a track or watching
expensive pyrotechnics explode as you squat
between a family picnic and a garbage can in a
park a quarter of a mile away from the action.
"No Fun City' should read "Lazy City.' Rather
than going out and finding their own fun, citizens of Vancouver prefer to be taken by the hand
and led to the beach or the track, there to bask in
the glow of over-hyped corporate sponsorship.
It's not our city that isn't fun. It's us. Fun, it
seems, has become just another aspect of our
annual routine—like the SuperbowL or the
Oscars, or Christmas, or the Indy, or the fireworks: all overhyped, and entirely predictable.
What really happens at the Molson Indy anyway? People get injured, people's ears get blown
off. What happens at the Symphony of Fire?
There were some fancy fireworks, people were
drunk, and some people got busted for drinking
on the streets because there were $310,850
worth of cops roaming the streets. Fun.
For the rest of the city, those who prefer not
to have their fun force-fed to them in a hail of
fire and a flurry of squealing tires, there were
other events going on that weekend. There were
great exhibitions of local art hanging in the galleries. Art not your thing? Well then you could
have strolled through Stanley Park and ended
with a picnic watching a game of cricket Cricket
not your thing? Well there was surely a great
game of beachball needing a few more players
down onjericho. Or what about some mountain
biking up at Seymour.
And at night, if you weren't all funned out,
you might have checked out a piece of local theatre playing at the Firehall or some other small
venue. Or maybe a band down at the Brickyard.
Or a movie at the Blinding Light! I Or maybe too
much beer down at the Cambie, or the Ivanhoe,
where people will try to sell you stolen clothes,
batteries, maybe a leg of lamb. But they will not
charge you six bucks for a beer, and it's not
standing room only.
But we're not here to dictate to you the difference between high culture and low culture, or
what to do with your Saturday night, or Sunday
afternoon. We just don't appreciate it when the
powers that be tiy to tell us what's fun and
what's not about this city. ♦
Latimer sentence too
harsh, petitioner says
The harsh sentence handed down
to Robert Latimer has greatly disturbed many Canadians. I would be
grateful if the Ubyssey could help
spread the news of the petition to
the Government of Canada regarding Robert Latimer sponsored by
the Canadian Civil Liberties
Association, so that as many signatures from the UBC faculty, staff
and students sympathetic to
Latimer can be collected.
The petition calls upon the
Government of Canada: a) to take
whatever steps are necessary to
grant Robert Latimer executive
clemency so that his imprisonment
is substantially reduced and b) to
introduce legislation amending the
Criminal Code as to abolish those
mandatory minimum sentences
that permit no exception whatever,
no matter how extenuating the cir
The petition can be downloaded
in PDF form from the web:
http: //www. robe rtlatime r. co m
Thank you veiy much.
-William Hsieh
UBC Associate Professor
Earth and Ocean Sciences Page Fridav-the Ubyssey Magazine
Friday. January 26,200014 ■<
Love liberty
Good return
on tech stocks
at the Regent College Lookout Gallery
until January 27th
Choose Freedom is an art exhibit dedicated to Biblical ideas of slavery and liberation. The artists each have a unique view
of what these concepts mean, and they
use different media to communicate it
Much of the artwork is contemplative.
"The Call,' a photograph by Carmen
Tome, shows a cross above breaking
waves. The seascape seems to move within the photograph, giving a nice counterpoint to the stationary cross.
'Scars & Tears Wiped Away* by Jim
Gladden is a stunning acrylic painting. It
uses teardrop shapes so vividly it's as
though their colour pops out of the canvas. "Equestrian,' on the other hand, is
very still but equally powerful. David
Robinson's statuette is of a man, possibly
a prisoner, bound to a horse. He has a
look   of  serenity  despite   being
by Daniel Silverman
clothed only in ropes—perhaps acceptance, or quiet pride?
Some of the pieces are more apocalyptic in tone. "A Plague of Frogs' by Kate
Rose depicts hundreds.of frogs overtaking an Egyptian hall of sculpted columns.
The detail is intense and very precise,
showing what the wrath of God really
looks like.
"Dreaming of Lions—The Gates" by
James Tughan is a large painting depicting an invasion with fiery meteors falling
from the skies. The scene has been updated, with signalmen and people with flashlights laying siege to a city.
The last piece, "The Truth Will Make
You Free" by Friedrich Peter, is the simplest: a beautifully-coloured calligraphy of
the words "You will know the truth, and
the truth will make you free.' This for me,
sums up the whole idea of the exhibit the
artists are looking, as we all do, for freedom from something in our lives. ♦
David Rokeby Exhibit
at the Presentation House Gallery
until Feb. 18
Confusion. In a word, that was my first reaction to David Rokeby's current exhibit at the
Presentation House Gallery-and it was probably part of the point he's trying to make.
Bedraggled and cold from yet another
rainy Vancouver afternoon, I was soothed by
the simple, white gallery walls of the
Presentation House, with its subtle combination of natural and track lighting in the main
room. As I looked around to take stock of the
place, there was not much out in plain view.
I wandered over to a wall covered with a
curious flow-chart concept-map. The chart is
comprised of qualitative opposites like 'saturated' and 'unsaturated,' connected to and
branching out from other words. At the bottom of the wall display are toy-like objects,
such as pears and dinosaurs velcroed to the
wall. The chart was puzzling, though it was
apparent that there had to be some structure
behind the piece. Only later did I read the
explanation on the entry-way wall, which
informed me that 'the wall display mimics the
binary process a computer might use to visually identify objects." Ahhl Of course!
I joined some of the other patrons in one of
the two sequestered rooms in the gallery.
"Watch" is a dark, secluded room with two large
projection screens producing mirror images of
a busy street corner. The right screen is a
reverse negative of the left screen. Every so
often, the right screen flashes, as though a photograph is being taken. This is not a prerecorded video, but a live surveillance tape of the
street corner just outside the gallery. Without
knowing it, I had been under surveillance only
15 minutes ago as I crossed the intersection,
heading towards the gallery. Every five minutes
or so, the cameras slowly change their focus
from the streetcorner to the room in which the
audience watches. When this happened, there
was a small, nervous laughter as people
realised that they were suddenly on the spot A
few daring individuals even played with the
screen's special effects by walking quickly
around the room, to see their paths of motion.
Apart from an OrweHian reiteration of technology's invasion of privacy through nonconsensual surveillance, Rokeby may also be trying
to address the interactivity of technology with
this exhibit As viewers, we become involved in
the art before we are even aware of it
'Giver of Names,' another dark room, has
a computer monitor glowing, showing words
grouped together, seemingly by free-association. A three-foot platform stands in the middle of the room with a camera and two lights
shining directly on top of it Children's toys
are strewn around the Platform, and just
above it hangs a two-foot square, free-hanging
Participants are supposed to place toys
onto the pillar, and the objects' images are
immediately outlined and projected onto the
by Carmen DesOrmeaux
screen. Certain words become highlighted on
the monitor and the computer then constructs
sentences and. recites them.
When I placed a naked Mr. Potato Head
face up on the pillar the computer said "The
unrhetorical circle that a select grey Afghan
surrounds calked of these plentiful horns
which a Fuji answered by up until a barely disagreeable passover (longing).' Makes sense-
sort of. The computer came up with similar
sentiments for everything that the audience
placed on the pillar—more or less syntactically
correct but lexically nonsensical. The computer's voice software also had a tendency to mispronounce words.
Evidently, a substantial amount of sophisticated software went into this project The
exhibit emphasises the theme of interactivity.
Participants reacted in an immediate way with
the technology, altering the outcome of the art
Rokeby is trying to create an explicit awareness of how technology improves and impairs,
but most certainly influences, our lives. ♦
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