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Array Uncle Grandpa Grumpy-Wumpdiddlyumpkins SINCE 1918
DECEMBER 02,2010
• VOLUME 92, NUMBER XXV
• ROOM 24, STUDENT UN30N BUTLD3NG
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DECEMBER 02, 2010
VOLUME XCII,  N°XXV
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LUV-A-FAIR PRESENT: CONJURE ONE
AND FRONTLINEASSEMBLY* Conjure One's Rhys Fulber (Dele-
rium, Fear Factory and Front
Line Assembly) is concluding
his North American tour at Venue on December 2, showcasing
his "dirty, squelchy electronic,
semi trip-hop" album, Exilarch.
• 19+ event, 9pm-2am, Venue
Nightclub, 881 Granville St, $20.
KEEP THE LIGHT SHINING: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL • A candlelight vigil
will be happening to remember
and celebrate the strength and
resilience of people who have
and are fighting HIV/AIDS and
in memory of those who have
passed away from HIV/AIDS. •
6-8:30pm, North SUB entrance.
MEMORIAL SERVICE • Attend this
memorial for the 14 women who
lost their lives at I'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal as well
as the countless women who
have been victims of gender-
based violence. Reception to follow. • 12:15-1:15pm, Frank Forward Building, 6350 Stores Rd.
FRIDAY, DEC. 3
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS
WITH DISABILITIES • The United Nations International Day
of Persons with Disabilities
gives people an opportunity
to shine light on the achievements of people with disabilities and to glimpse the possibility of a world where everyone belongs. The celebration
will include a marvellous evening of music, performances,
crafts, dance, storytelling and
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9pm, Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse
Mews (Davie & Pacific), free,
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NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
& ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST
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Pride UBC. All the proceeds
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207/209, contact CJ Rowe at
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ONE-MAN STAR WARS • A one-
hour, high energy, nonstop blast
through the first three Star Wars
films. The catch is, there's only
one cast member. Charles Ross,
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in a galaxy far, far away—adulthood has been similar. Ross
plays all the characters, recreates the effects, sings the music, flies the ships and fights
both sides of the battles. Three
movies, one man, one hour!
• 8-9pm, Vogue Theatre, 918
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MY COUNTRY AND ALL I LOVE-RECITAL OF CANADIAN MELODIES •
The latest programme by the
vocal duo France Duval and
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composed of Canadian music
and lyrics that illustrate 150
years of "French melodies"
written on North American soil.
This significant historic trajectory begins, in the first part,
with some of the greatest composers ofthe 19th century. The
second part is devoted to the
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ROGERS SANTA CLAUS PARADE •
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THURSDAY, DEC. 9
LANCE RYAN IN CONCERT: LIEDER-
ABEND • UBC alumnus Lance
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with Viviana di Carlo (mezzo-
soprano) and David Boothroyd,
piano, presents an evening of
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UBC David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund.
Performances include Gustav
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FRIDAY, DEC. 10
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF QIAN
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Come celebrate the centennial anniversary of two of modern China's most outstanding
cultural figures. As scholars
and writers, husband and wife
Qian Zhongshu (1910-1998) and
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new literary translation, a student performance and an invited lecture by a distinguished
scholar of modern Chinese literature. A catered reception will follow. • 4-8pm, UBC Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall,
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SUNDAY, DEC. 12
PHYSICS OF LIGHT AND COLOUR—
7™ ANNUAL FARADAY SCIENCE
SHOW* Faraday Show is the
Outreach Program's annual science lecture, designed for children and presented by UBC faculty members and students.
This year, we will explore the
subject of "light and colour."
Learn how optical illusions
work and how we can create lights of different colours,
compare lights in reality and
in computer games and find
out which type of Christmas
light decorations consumes
the least amount of energy.
The event is free and open to
the public, but bring non-perishable food items to support
the Greater Vancouver Food
Bank. Hebb Theatre has limited capacity (375 people), so
come early! • 2-3pm, Hebb
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ubc.ca or call (604) 822-3675
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NEWS
EDITOR ARSHY MANN»news@ubyssey.ca
ASSOCIATE SALLY CRAMPTON»associate.news@ubyssey.ca
UBC hearing talks concerns over land use
Concerns include Gage South, consultation process, green space
ARSHY MANN
news@ubyssey.ca
On Tuesday evening, over a hundred people packed into the
Ponderosa Building to fight for
their often conflicting visions
of UBC's future.
The hearing, which was mandated by the provincial government, focused on proposed
changes to the Land Use Plan.
This was the final opportunity for the public to have a say
about the amendments.
Although some speakers were
fully in favour of the proposed
changes, the vast majority had
grievances regarding a number
of issues—although these criticisms were often at odds with
one another.
Speaking on behalf ofthe AMS,
VP Academic and University Affairs Ben Cappellacci endorsed
the overall vision presented by
the amendments, though he reaffirmed the AMS's commitment to
zoning Gage South, an area that
includes the bus loop and Maclnnes field, as "academic."
This was echoed by every
single student that went up to
speak.
The amendments call for Gage
South to be designated as an
"area under review," meaning
that no changes can be made
to it until another public hearing is held. It is currently zoned
for family housing.
However, the amendments
also stipulate that if Gage South
is not used for family housing,
space must be found for it elsewhere on campus.
VP Academic Ben Cappellacci speaks on behalf of the AMS. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
This "density transfer" was
also criticized by students.
"We don't understand why Campus and Community Planning
(CCP) keeps saying that we need
to transfer [the density] out," said
Katherine Tyson, who chairs the
AMS's University and External
Relations Committee (UERC). She
said that CCP was speaking of
these density transfers as if they
were absolutely necessary, as opposed to a choice the university
was making.
Jeremy McElroy, AMS VP External, said that the university needs
to consider if the money the university would receive from the
414 people originally slated for
the Gage South neighbourhood
was a worthwhile investment.
"[That's] $20 million to forfeit the student heart of campus," he said.
Many speakers also expressed
dismay over how the consultations were undertaken, as well
as the lack of external oversight
in the process.
Cappellacci said that "there
are concerns about an apparent circular feedback loop between Campus and Community Planning and the Board of
Governors which has the potential to limit direct public input to the decision-making body
which has limited democratic
accountability."
"I didn't hand in my response
form because it frankly seemed
like a waste of time," said Susan
Chapman, the President of the
Dunbar Residents' Association
(DRA).
Chapman, along with other
members of the DRA and the
West Point Grey Community Liaison Group, were concerned
that an increased population at
UBC would create more traffic
running through their neighbourhoods and also strain local
facilities such as schools.
Mike Feeley, the former chair
of the University Neighbourhoods Association, argued that
although UBC should consider the opinions of outsiders, it
should ultimately do what is best
for the people who live on campus.
"Please resist the call to
amend the Land Use Plan for
people who don't live in this
community to have an undue
say," he told the committee.
Some faculty members also
wanted UBC to have fewer people than the amendments called
for.
The amendments increase
the projected population for
2020 from 18,000 to 22,500,
of which 10,000 are students.
By 2040, the university aims
to have 16,000 students and
22,000 residents.
"Campus is already pretty
crowded," said Barbara Dancygi-
er, a professor in the department
of English.
Most students, however, including Tyson and McElroy
spoke strongly for increased
density on campus, specifically for student housing.
A variety of other concerns
were raised, including a lack of
green space on campus, views of
buildings from Wreck Beach that
would spoil the natural scenery
insufficient space for new athletic facilities and the need for better consultation with residents
about construction projects.
Neal Yonson, editor of the blog
UBC Insiders, saidthatthe amount
of criticism of the amendments
shows that change is necessary.
"It seems as though many people from many different groups
on campus and the city have a
number of very legitimate concerns about the amendments,"
he said.
"After this display tonight,
if there are not changes to the
amendments, I will be absolutely appalled." tl
University achievements recognized in Blue and Gold Review
SALLY CRAMPTON
as soci ate. news@u byssey. ca
Members of UBC past and present showed off their accomplishments to a packed auditorium on
Monday evening, as UBC held its
annual Blue and Gold Review. The
event, which drew an audience
of 900 into the Chan Centre, celebrated the achievements of current students, faculty and alumni
who have made a substantial difference to the UBC community.
Stephen Toope kicked off the
ceremony with a congratulatory speech introducing "some of
the most gifted members ofthe
UBC community."
"This year has been a year
of wonders [and] UBC's faculty
continues to distinguish themselves as leaders in world fields.
"The people here tonight are
making a difference and embodying the values of UBC, academic freedom, integrity, mutual respect and public service."
The review itself was hosted
by two alumni emcees, Jennifer Gardy and Duncan McCue,
both of whom have gone on to
have successful careers in science and journalism.
Amongst the students receiving recognition was Sachintha
Wickramansinghe, a UBC student whose contribution to community learning courses was
highly commended. "I've taken
two community learning courses," she explained. One, titled
"Postcards from the Heart," explores issues of immigration
and home identity.
Alongside Wickramansinghe, the next event of the evening saw a live scientific experiment by Veronique Lecault
and Samantha Benton, both
MASc and PhD candidates at
UBC and founders of the children's education program 'Let's
Talk About Science.' Lecault
and Benton took to the stage to
perform a scientific demonstration of how to make "elephants'
toothpaste," as an example of
the work they do to teach children about science. "As scientists it is our responsibility to
educate the public as to what
we do; this makes our experience as grad students more enjoyable," they said.
Theatre and song provided
the evening's entertainment.
UBC University Singers performed a medley of songs, including "White Christmas," and
students Laura Lee and Laura Rosenhoff took the stage to
UBC performers at the Blue and Gold. TIM BL0NK PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
talk about their achievements
in staging theatre workshops in
Rwanda and Northern Uganda.
The purpose of the project is to
help young women in Rwanda
and Uganda challenge and deal
with conflict through the medium of narratives.
"Three of us have been working with women in post conflict
for some time. We decided to use
theatre because it built on local
oral traditions," said Lee.
A narrative written by some
of the women involved in the
project in Uganda was then performed by students.
Of course, the ceremony also
praised those who have been
staff members and UBC alumni.
Alumnus Marco Marra, the
"Cindy Crawford of science journalism," took the stage to discuss his recent breakthrough
in cancer cures. Marra, who
has had several high-profile
articles published in various
science journals, said the research he has conducted has
"had tangible effects on how
we understand breast cancer."
Martin Dee, UBC's resident
photographer since 1986, was
also recognized for his outstanding contributions to the
university.
Miranda Lam, chair of
the UBC Alumni Association,
praised the efforts of all whom
the ceremony recognized.
"UBC's inaugural students in
1916 were 38 graduates," she
said. "Ninety-five years later,
there are 250,000 men and
women alumni. These UBC grads
have done their part to build
our province, our country and
our world."
The night, however, almost
did not go according to plan.
UBC animal activists organized
a scheduled protest to disrupt
the ceremony at 7:20pm, ten
minutes before the end. Their
efforts were suppressed by security, tu 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2010.12.02
$700 Gaza donation approved
Motion passes 26-10 in front of over 200 in the Norm
KALYEENA MAKORTOFF
kmakortoff@ubyssey.ca
AMS Council passed a motion
Wednesday night approving
a $700 transfer from the Socialjustice Centre (SJC) to Solidarity for Palestinian Human
Rights (SPHR) that would fund
a humanitarian aid flotilla to
Gaza. The decision was made
after three hours of heated debate. Approximately 200 students were in attendance in the
Norm Theatre.
The motion brought an end
to nearly two weeks of fighting
between the Israeli Awareness
Club (IAC), the SJC and SPHR over
the autonomy of AMS resource
groups, the legitimacy ofthe SJC
executive and whether the flotilla would be funding terrorism.
"We're ecstatic...They've decided in favour of both resource
group's autonomy and the fact
that the SJC can stand for controversial critical causes as outlined in it's constitution," said
Gordon Katie, member of the
SJC and Allies at UBC. "This isn't
just a win for the people of Gaza.
This is a win for all six ofthe resource groups."
Earlier this month, students affiliated with the IAC
complained that the $700 transaction from the SJC to SPHR
was not valid, as their executive failed to hold a proper annual general meeting.
"We have been responding
to these attacks for two weeks,"
said Katie. "It has been a tremendous personal stress [and]
it has been a tremendous stress
on the resource groups."
VP Administration Ekaterina Dovjenko presented a report
by the Student Administrative
Committee (SAC) that disproved
these allegations, and stated that
an official AGM had been held
in February. This meant that
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Left: Supporters of the SJC were overcome with jubilation after the vote.
Below: A crowd of 200 gathers outside the norm before the council meeting
Bottom Left: VP Finance Elin Tayyar
Bottom Right: SPHR President Omar Shaban
DAVID ELOP PHOTOS/THE UBYSSEY
SJC's executives had not broken
any AMS regulations, and were
permitted to give this money
to SPHR.
Debate surrounded the legality ofthe donation, as many students suggested that funding
the flotilla effectively supported terrorist groups or unregistered charities for which the
AMS could be held accountable.
Questions were raised about
the charitable status of the organization that SPHR would be
funding. Arts Councillor Katherine Tyson alleged that a legal
opinion commissioned by the
AMS stated that Canada Boat to
Gaza was not a registered charity. This was confirmed by AMS
President Bijan Ahmadian, who
had been the only member personally in contact with the AMS's
lawyers personally. This was
also the only time Ahmadian
spoke during the debate.
However, SPHR President
Omar Shaban stated that the money is going to a registered charity called Alternatives that would
then be funding the project, itself called "Canada Boat to Gaza."
Before the motion was passed,
it was subject to a number of
amendment attempts. A group
of councillors, led by Tyson, tried
to amend the agenda so that the
money would only go to a charity
approved by CIDA. Another motion by Arts Councillor Michael
Haack sought to force the executive to apologize to students
for their original decision and
for insinuating that the flotilla
project was connected to terrorism. Both amendments failed.
"I feel like we wasted a lot of
time. From my understanding,
from the legal opinion and the
findings of SAC, we didn't even
need to make a decision. It should
have been a regular transaction
the VPF should have done," said
Haack.
In the lead-up to the meeting,
both the SPHR and the UBC Students for Students, which was
opposed to the donation, distributed materials to students
and councillors, in addition to
circulating petitions. The IAC
presented a petition of 236 students and 672 alumni, professors, parents of students and
prospective students opposed
to the donation. The SPHR provided a petition in favour of the
donation with 547 signatures
from UBC students.
Security was also present in
the Norm, and students were
told by AMS Council Chair Dave
Tompkins that disrespectful behaviour would not be tolerated.
However, aside from a few speaker interruptions, the debates
remained passionate but civil.
"If there was anyone being divisive in this debate, it was the
IAC," said Katie. "I don't like my
name linked to terrorism [and]
I don't think that it's appropriate for the IAC to make those
claims."
IAC President Rael Katz said
that Council should nothave approved this donation.
"The motion that has passed
was a political statement more
than [for] humanitarian aid,"
he said.
Julian Markowitz, former vice
president of the IAC, was also
disappointed at Council's decision. "It's shown that a small
group of radicals—in this case
under the umbrella of the SJC
and the resource groups at
large—had the ability to override the democratic mandate
of this school," he said.
However, Katz suggested that
the decision was not a total loss.
"One of our primary goals was to
raise awareness. Nobody knew
this was happening. Itwas completely under the table. And we
made it public." tl 2010.12.02/UBYSSEY.CA/NATIONAL/5
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ASSOCIATE SALLY CRAMPTON»associate.news@ubyssey.ca
UVic students to boycott Maclean's over "Too Asian"
KAILEYWILLETTS
The Martlet (University of
Victoria)
VICTORIA (CUP)-Macfean s may
be Canada's magazine, but the
University of Victoria Students'
Society (UVSS) is saying it isn't
their magazine after a controversial article about race was
published.
The society's board of directors passed a motion at their
November 29 meeting that will
ban sales ofthe magazine from
the students' union building if
the national magazine does not
apologize for the article by December 31. The motion also directed the society's chairperson, James Coccola, and Director
Jaraad Marani, who moved the
motion, to send a letter to Maclean's condemning the article.
The article, titled "Too Asian?,"
discussed the numbers of Asian
students at some Canadian universities and what it meant for
Caucasian students.
It has sparked a nationwide
controversy.
"[It perpetuates stereotypes]
that Asians are smarter because
of culturally-enforced values
that make them study harder
and have less of a focus on being social and the social experience of university than white
students," said Marani. "Itkind
of creates a divide between Canadian and Asians, in that being non-white is not Canadian and that being Canadian
is white."
Approximately 25 students
attended the board meeting in
support of the motion, which
was debated for two and a half
hours. Coordinators from the
Students of Colour Collective
and UVic Pride, as well as other
One of the ten copies of Maclean's sold at UVic this year. SOL KAUFFMAN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/THE MARTLET
students, encouraged the board
to pass the motion.
However, the decision was not
unanimous. Five directors opposed the motion while twelve
were in favour.
"I see us deciding to stop
sales of Maclean's because of
one article that was a very political article as a form of censorship. The students' society
is doing what they can to stop
students from having access to
that publication, which is censorship," said Nathan Warner,
one of the directors who opposed the motion.
Warner said if an amendment
to remove the clause about stopping the sales of Maclean's had
passed, he would have supported the motion.
"I would have supported the
letter. I think that, yes, the article was a bit touchy, maybe a bit
too far, maybe they didn't see it
at the time when they published
it, but in hindsight, they realized
it was a bit too far over the edge,"
he said. "I think a letter being
sent to Maclean's condemning
the article, [saying] 'Our members are concerned with this
and we would like you to apologize,' [would be] fine, but taking the step towards what I call
censorship is not acceptable."
"We are disappointed with
this decision, particularly because it was made on a
university campus, a safe spot
for the discussion of ideas and
issues, even if those issues are
difficult, at times, to discuss,"
said the editors oi Maclean's in
an email to The Martlet.
"Furthermore, the [society's]
decision is not based on a fair
reading of our original article,
which is actually supportive of
Asian students, or the editorial that subsequently ran in response to the public discussion
about the article."
On November 25 the magazine published "Merit: The best
and only way to decide who gets
into university," a response to
the controversy generated by
the "Too Asian?" article.
"I was very glad to see the
apology sort of note that they
had posted on their site a couple of days later. I think it did
clear up a lot of the issues and
they worded it very careful[ly]
to try and say [they] intended for
this article to be a bit out there
maybe, but not to be offensive."
said Warner.
"Maclean's wasn't trying to
promote a system of race profiling for admission to schools.
They were just bringing up the
issue and trying to get people
to talk about it. I think it was
an apology. Some people seem
to think it wasn't."
Marani is one of those people.
"We are looking for a genuine
apology. What they wrote was a
response to legitimate their actions," he said. "We are looking
for ownership of the impact of
their article, not hiding behind
a non-issue of race-based admissions based on Asian students."
The only business in the students' union building that sells
the magazine sold less than ten
copies lastyear. Coccola, however, thinks the motion may spark
a larger consumer boycott.
"The Canadian Federation of
Students passed a motion last
week about this, basically condemning Maclean's for the article. At that time, a number of
schools were waiting to see what
[we] did before they pursued
motions of their own. So in the
next few weeks, it's very likely that you'll see a number of
other schools follow the same
route," he said.
Marani hopes Coccola is
correct.
"We want other student societies to stand in solidarity and to
start a consumer boycott across
[Canada of] Maclean's."
BC student loan program not meeting needs
DANIELLE POPE
Western Bureau Chief
VICTORIA (CUP)-Money is getting tight for students in BC, as
the effects of a weakened provincial loan program begin to show.
Currently, BC has one of the
highest tuition rates in the country. Much of this can be attributed to the recently cut provincial grants program, high interest rates and low non-repayable
loan options that are emptying
the pockets of students across
the province.
"For BC, it's telling the
amount of pressures students
have to deal with. The average
tuition per semester is about
$4,800, and that's before living and general expenses," said
James Coccola, chairperson of
the University of Victoria Students' Society.
"It's very difficult to be a student in BC right now, just because of that lack of support.
"Clearly there's been an impact on how students can spend.
This should be embarrassing
for BC—its future is having to
cut spending on food because
tuition is so high and rent is
so high and living is so high,"
he said.
"Obviously, something is going wrong here."
This year, the federal student
budget maxed out its $15 billion
allowance—an amount that was
meant to last until 2014. Coccola says the provincial system is
under even more pressure, and
is inadequate.
While financial assistance is
provided to all qualifying students—except in Quebec, the
Northwest Territories and Nunavut, which operate their own
student financial assistance programs—the federal government
only funds 60 per cent of a student's need, up to a maximum of
$210 per week of study. Provinces and territories are required
to provide the remaining financial assistance.
In the 2008-2009 year, over
365,363 students applied for
full-time loans across Canada
and 51,570 of those were from
BC—second only to Ontario,
which had 219,632 applicants.
With such a high borrowing demographic, many see it as surprising that BC could still be
missing the mark.
To advocate for more acknowledgement on the issue, the Canadian Federation of Students
has been pushing their Education Shouldn't Be a Debt Sentence campaign this year.
"Today in BC, the average student graduates from a four-year
program with over $27,000
worth of debt from education
alone," said Nimmi Takkar,
chairperson of CFS-BC. "That
means that, unlike graduates
before us, we can't buy cars, or
homes, or make investments. I
think a lot of students are turned
away by that."
"I think it's a huge problem
that there is such a discrepancy between provinces when
it comes to funding," Takkar
added.
"The federal government has
no national vision for post-secondary education, and so students in BC are disadvantaged
because if your chosen field of
education—like medicine—isn't
something you can afford, it's
somethingyou just can't do here.
There's alot of talent being wasted or lost."
Ida Chong, recently-appointed minister of science and universities in the province, said
that the provincial government
is committed to making public post-secondary education
accessible, affordable and closer to home for BC students. Toward that goal, she maintained
that BC offers one of the best
student aid packages in the
country.
"Post-secondary education is
an individual investment as well
as a public investment, and the
government is committed to
keeping the costs affordable for
both students and taxpayers,"
Chong said.
Meanwhile, some institutions
are taking action for more financial assistance.
This year UBC has been able
to offer some financial assistance to most at-need students.
AMS President Bijan Ahmadian
says that due to the size of the
university, this unique capability has been a welcome move to
many students in the Vancouver
area, but the program can still
only help so many.
"We have over 46,000 graduate and undergraduate students at our institution, and
no student eligible for entry
will be denied access to UBC
due to finances alone," Ahmadian said.
"But the problem is that, while
UBC can offset certain costs, you
must apply and receive a student
loan first, and that's where the
problems come in."
Ahmadian pointed out that
many students who have valuable assets, like cars, often register just above the in-need mark
for student loans.
"If your name is on the title of
a vehicle with your father, for example, that counts against your
eligibility for a student loan," he
said.
"Those assets can't necessarily be liquidated, however, meaning that while on paper it might
look like you're rolling in dough,
in practice you're as penniless
as a student without a car, but
now the government won't lend
you money."
Ahmadian explained that this
year UBC saw an above-average
number of applicants for student aid.
This, he believes, is due in
part to one ofthe worst summer
employmentyears the province
has seen, combined with a still-
pained winter economy.
Despite the grim financial
forecast, Takkar maintained
that BC has the ability to surge
leagues ahead of the competition, and it merely requires the
political will.
"We're a province that claims
to be 'the best place on earth,'
and we have a lot of opportunities to make our education system the envy ofthe entire country," Takkar said.
"But we're at a fork in the road
here, and our province is at a
pivotal moment in political history. We can't divorce students
from this process. We need new
leadership to make us a priority for once." 6/UBYSSEY.CA/TECHNOLOGY/2010.11.22
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Built to break: planned obsolescence
ADRIANA BYRNE
Contributor
The next time your phone's faceplate gets
cracked, or your four-year-old laptop battery loses its charge in 15 minutes, you
might want to stop and consider that it
may have been designed to do that.
Planned obsolescence, the design of
products with a deliberately limited lifespan, drives our economy by encouraging
people to buy new things instead of trying
to repair the old ones when they break.
"[It's] an advanced strategy of disposabil-
ity invented by American manufacturers
and marketers," said Dr. Giles Slade, author of Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America. "[The result is] an entire society on a consumerist treadmill."
Slade's book calls attention to our current unsustainable consumer culture,
tracing its origins to the early 20th century. In a system where junked items can
be easily recycled, planned obsolescence
is simply a part ofthe cycle of production
and consumption—not a problem.
Unfortunately, it's often associated with
environmentally irresponsible manufacturing and disposal practices. As we buy
more new cars, appliances and electronic gadgets made with plastics and heavy
metals, old broken ones mostly become
hazardous waste.
According to Dr Hadi Dowlatabadi, a
professor at UBC's Liu Institute for Global
Issues, planned obsolescence cannot be
separated from technological progress
and value engineering, which involves
calculating a product's value based on
the ratio of functionality to cost.
"Value engineering recognizes that we
can spend more on a product and make
itlastlonger, or make it more disposable
but cheaper," he said.
Ideally, the decision to make a product with a short lifespan shouldbe based
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The holidays are coming, and most of
you will no doubt be going through our
customary amassing of new gadgets. I
know I will.
However, there is an increasing amount
of consciousness regarding the drawbacks of our superpowered gadget-consuming habit. This year, a group of UBC
Journalism students, including our former multimedia editor, Dan Haves, won
an Emmy for their documentary, Ghana:
Digital Dumping Group. There is an environmental and social cost attached to
the way we treat technology.
The focus of the print edition of the
technology supplement is the dark side
of consumer goods, specifically the waste
they produce. We'll have an article on
e-waste at UBC, as well as details of
where you can go to recycle your electronic goods. We'll also take a look at
the practice of planned obsolescence,
which engineers the life expectancy of
your electronics.
Don't care about e-waste and just want
to see what the hot new gadgets and
games this year are? We have coverage
of that as well, online. Check out ubyssey.ca/features later this week for consumer reviews of products that are on
shelves this holiday season. jH
on a low replacement cost (both financial
and environmental) and a resulting new
product that functions significantly better than the old one. This doesn't always
happen, however. Slade places the birth
of planned obsolescence in 1924, when
Phoebus, a cartel of manufacturing companies, allegedly conspired to shorten the
lifespan of light bulbs. There are specially engineered bulbs, such as the Centennial Bulb in Livermore, California, that
were first turned on in the early 1900s
and are still working today. Bulbs that
needed to be replaced every few months
were clearly not a technological improvement, but provided a definite economic
advantage to companies that sold them.
At the same time, it doesn't make sense
to mass-manufacture an expensive product that lasts a long time when a cheaper and more environmentally friendly
version could be just around the corner.
"We could make bulbs last 20,000
hours, but that would essentially mean
we would have to throw away perfectly
functional lights mid-way through their
life if LED lights using five per cent of
their energy came along and produced
the same amount of light," said Dowlatabadi. In his view, the life cycle of products needs to be made as efficient as possible, regardless of how long an individual product lasts.
Polartec fleece is Dowlatabadi's example of a well-engineered product that incorporates deterioration into its design.
The fleece gradually loses its insulating
ability, but because it is 100 per cent recyclable, it supports a whole industry
for warm clothing that reuses the same
raw materials, producing new clothing
in new styles with very little environmental impact.
Slade has a generally positive view of
technological innovation. "Every genera
tion of technology is more powerful than
the previous one, or better suited to its
function," he said. "Engineers learn by
making more."
However, he said that in its current
state, our electronics industry is highly
inefficient, as new models of consumer
goods use up more ofthe earth's natural
resources and leave consumers to deal
with another pile of prematurely obsolete machines that are extremely difficult to recycle safely.
"It ain't gonna last," said Slade. "In fact,
it's ending now."
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He sees the recent American housing
meltdown as the beginning of a much
larger global financial and environmental crisis. He estimates the next 10-20
years will be rocky, but his predictions
were not all doom and gloom.
"Generally crises are the time when
people make large adjustments...What
we need is that kind of consciousness
that comes from limited resources,"
he said.
"I think we're at the beginning of a
great transition." tl
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Why are you buying this: tips to avoid bad gift decisions
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During the holidays, it is often very easy
to get distracted by things that glitter or
have an extremely low price. This guide
for bad gift avoidance should make you
think about how you spend your money, how much you hate the person who
will receive this gift and how much your
'friend' may dislike you for placing this
yuletide burden upon them.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR RIP-0FFS
Brand names or packaging with excessive typos are common signs of a rip-off
product. Even if there is perfect spelling on the packaging and the software,
it can still be faked. Check by looking at
the product itself. Companies that parody other products or try to pass their
products off as legitimate are always in
the copyright infringement game. These
products are often defective, or contain
dangerous levels of heavy metals due to
unregulated manufacturing practices.
Such examples include BlackBerry rip-
offs BlueBerry or BleckBarry Nokia cellphones as opposed to Nokia cellphones,
PCs running OS X, iPods and iPads sprouting keyboards with generic firmware or
MacBooks sporting Windows keys.
All of these products, often available
for hundreds of dollars less than the
original product they ape, are counterfeit. A popular name in the electronics
world for such sketchy products is Shan-
zhai, the name ofthe city in China where
many counterfeited gadgets emerge before making their way into online stores.
MULTIDISFUNCTION
Multifunction items are a big draw, especially when they combine the equipment for two tasks into one handy electronic. Yet many of these are often redundant (trackpad on a mouse, anyone?) or preposterously useless when
combined. Examples largely include
computer mice with an integrated calculator for you to do math on instead of
the computer you're using or a scale to
weigh things in between coded emails
to customers. See also: those "ergonom-
ic" mice with the large red trackballs
built into them that power users so vehemently claim aid their computing
efficiency. Other strangely cobbled together items include novelty USB hubs
involving solar-powered fans (odd because they run off of USB already), as
well as a whole array of clock radio, dart
cannon, refrigerator and microwave
oven-based accoutrements to clutter
up your desktop space. A word to the
wise is to think about how much you
actually need these functions and how
likely you are to use them.
NOT ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD
Ah, the beguiling effects ofthe Bedaz-
zler: a contraption that manually presses rhinestones—little fake gemstones—
onto clothing, making the perfect ensemble foryour disco dance contest or
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a trip down memory lane. While clothing is the perfect thing to fuse rhinestones to, they most certainly do not
belong on electronics. Giving the gift
of a rhinestone-encrusted appliance
or peripheral lets the recipient know
that you are fully willing to shell out
extra money for plastic diamonds that
will inevitably fall off. For instance, a
wireless mouse encrusted with pink
rhinestones may cost $35, while a barren mouse with similar features may
cost $25. Thus, you are paying $10 for
some glittery jewels that would have
cost you around $1.50 at any arts and
crafts store. By simple economics, you
are stating through this gift thatyou'd
rather buy a mass-produced piece of
junk rather than personalizing a mass-
produced piece of junk yourself.
Please, choose wisely this holiday season and hold onto those receipts like
your life depends on it. If your gifts
match any of the descriptors above,
your relationships surely will, vl 2010.12.02/UBYSSEY.CA/TECHNOLOGY/7
Is UBC's e-waste service underutilised?
CONRAD COMPAGNA
Contributor
The pace of technology has hit its stride,
and our species rushes to keep up with
it. According to one UN study, the world
throws away millions of tons of electronic garbage, or e-waste, each year. Most of
it goes to developing countries where it
ends up in endless vistas of broken monitors and tangled wires, and where the
poor pick it apart for its elemental components, many of which are highly toxic.
In Canada, shipping electronic waste
overseas is illegal, but according to UBC
Waste Management's website, over 80 per
cent of it ends up there anyway. That's
why UBC Waste Management offers an
e-waste recycling program, where departments can call to have their computers, monitors and accessories picked up,
shipped off and recycled ethically by En-
corp Pacific (Canada), a federally incorporated non-profit organization that specializes in responsibly recycling plastics
and electronics.
The recycling is free as long as the
items are computer-related, but Christian
Beaudrie, outreach coordinator for UBC
Waste Management, said that it might
only process a third of UBC's e-waste.
"Any department can use any recycling
program they want. There's no school-
wide policy on that," he said. "A significant portion of the departments were
calling anyone out ofthe phone book and
not using our program."
UBC Waste Management commissioned a study under the SEEDS program, a student-led Sustainability Office
initiative, to find out what barriers were
keeping departments from using it. Then
they launched a pilot project in collaboration with the IT Department to find a
way to get rid of those barriers.
Lou Maznik, superintendent of municipal services at UBC, said that although
some smaller departments may not be
using their system, he believes the departments creating the most e-waste are
using the UBC services already.
"The vast majority of large e-waste producing departments, such as electrical
engineering and computer sciences, continue to use our services," said Maznik.
"I haven't seen any documentation saying that there's a particular UBC department using a disreputable service provider...Given thatyou have a very informed
student body and administration, I have
a hard time believing they would make
those choices, and no one has ever showed
me they have."
Beaudrie, however, argued that there
are other companies that are willing
to pick up e-waste for free, which is not
the case with UBC Waste Management.
They have a labour charge that departments must pay to get electronics from
GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
other buildings to the waste management building, although Maznik said
that this can be avoided by dropping off
e-waste personally.
"It's just under fifty dollars an hour
per person for labour, so a truckload
might cost you a hundred dollars," said
Beaudrie.
Jessica Mason-Paull of Free Geek Vancouver, a non-profit computer re-use and
recycling centre, explained why other,
less reputable services are willing to
pick up for free.
"There's platinum and gold in computers," she said. "There's also the copper in
the wires—it's worth quite a bit of money.
So ifyou don't recycle the really toxic stuff
in the most ethical manner you can actually make a bit of money out of recycling."
The Port of Vancouver routinely
fines recycling companies for illegally exporting e-waste and a recent CBC
documentary found several Greater
Vancouver Area recyclers who had built
their business models on doing so. Still,
Beaudrie said another problem was that
it was hard to convince decision makers
at UBC that the problem with e-waste
recycling is widespread.
"The assumption is that these recyclers say that they handle it responsibly
so they must be handling it responsibly, but in fact without strong standards
and third party auditing there are just
so many loopholes," he said.
UBC Waste Management is putting
up a new website in 2011 that will make
it easier for departments to call to have
things picked up. At the same time it's
also putting together information that
will go out to different departments and
clarify why it's important to use the program. Maznik said that there are also a
number of pilot programs being implemented to increase e-waste disposal services. He mentioned that the IT department is investigating the possibility of
drop-off sites across campus to make
pick-up easier.
The next step, Beaudrie says, is implementing a policy.
"What we need is for all the departments across campus to contact UBC
Waste Management to have their e-waste
picked up rather than contacting others
out of the phone book," he said. "It's too
important of an issue to take a gamble."
Maznik, however, thinks that it is better simply to encourage e-waste service,
rather than enforce it.
"UBC, whether it's the board or supply management, could mandate that everyone use [UBC's e-waste system]," said
Maznik. "But there's no compliance officer rummaging through the garbage,
and that's just not an environment that
the university has, anyways." tl
—With files from Trevor Record
ELECTRONIC WASTE: WHERE DO I     gg
TAKE IT & WHAT DO I DO WITH IT?
WHERE CAN I BRING
MY E-WASTE?
If you are on campus, UBC Waste Management accepts certain items and
helps send them off to Encorp for further processing. If the items that you
provide are still useable with a bit of refurbishing, they send it off to Free-
Geek Vancouver, a non-profit organization that operates a computer thrift
store as well as a grant program to offer computers to other non-profit organizations. You can drop off your e-waste at UBC Waste Management, at
the loading dock behind the University Services Building (Lower Mall and
Agronomy Road) in Room 0150, Monday to Friday from 8am to 2pm. Currently, they accept the following items: desktop and laptop computers, monitors and TVs (LCD and CRT), computer accessories (mice, keyboards, cables) and printers and fax machines.
They also accept larger items such as microwaves or stereo systems. However, these items must be from a UBC department. For students, they suggest that you bring these items to a local Encorp Return-It store. The easiest
e-waste recycling depot to reach from campus is located at 12th and Main,
blocks away from the 99 B-Line stop at Broadway and Main. Other locations
can be found online at encorp.ca.
HOW DOES ENCORP PROCESS E-WASTE?
Encorp first looks at the e-waste to see if it can be reused. If so, they donate
it to FreeGeek or a similar organization. If the e-waste cannot be reused and
must be taken apart, Encorp organizes the materials and sends it off to three
main downstream recyclers: E-Cycle Solutions, Sims Recycling and Teck
Cominco. Those recyclers process the e-waste according to Electronic Product Stewardship Canada's (EPSC) Environmental Recycling Standard (ERS) to
make sure that certain metals, glass and plastics can be recovered and that
other hazardous materials do not end up in a landfill.
The typical recycling process involves dividing the e-waste into three main
categories sorted by hazardousness of the products for recycling: non-hazardous materials, electronic scrap and materials of concern. Non-hazardous materials include ferrous materials (steel, aluminum, copper), other metals (brass,
bronze), wood and non-leaded glass. These materials are removed from the
e-waste, usually by hand, and then sold to smelters or other manufacturers as
raw material. Electronic scrap includes printed circuit boards, hard drives, cables, wires and other computer chips. These scraps go through a more complicated grinding and smelting process to get raw materials as well. Materials
of concern include cathode ray tubes (CRT), leaded glass, batteries (alkaline,
lead acid), mercury-bearing lamps and ink and toner cartridges. These materials are usually sent to the United States for further processing to be crushed,
smelted, distilled and ground for raw materials. jH
—Alex Chen
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Black Mountain coming round
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JONNY WAKEFIELD
culture@ubyssey.ca
After four months on the road,
Black Mountain is home. Their
relentless tour in support of their
third album, Wilderness Heart,
wrapped up Tuesday with a pair
of sold-out shows at the Commodore Ballroom. We reached
keyboardist Jeremy Schmidt a
few days before the show, as the
band trundled north along the
1-5 somewhere in California.
"This tour is kind of on the
home stretch now," said Schmidt,
with more than a hint of relief
coming over the line. Schmidt
provides the organ riffs that
have earned Black Mountain
more than a few Zeppelin comparisons. Together, Schmidt,
grizzled song writer Stephen Mc-
Bean, vocalist Amber Webber,
drummer Joshua Wells and bassist Matt Camirand form one of
Vancouver's heaviest (and most
well-known) musical exports.
"I've never really thought of
us as 'home-town heroes' or anything," said Schmidt with a laugh.
But it seems Vancouver is ready to
claim them as a success story. In
their Best ofthe Decade list compiled last year, Discorder magazine put "fuckin' Black Mountain"
at number two, and few local acts
could manage to sell out the Commodore two nights in a row.
There was no "Aha!" moment
when founding the band about
Black Mountain enjoy rocking out and growing hair STEVE GULLICK PHOTO/COURTESY OF BLACK MOUNTAIN
five years ago, said Schmidt. He
said Black Mountain formed
"kind of a little haphazardly,"
as a group of musicians to back
McBean on the band's eponymous first album. "We sort of
made contributions to this recording without really knowing
how it was going to manifest itself as a live, operating band."
The band is now split between LA and Vancouver. McBean found a nice lady in LA
and settled down, said Schmidt.
He still calls Vancouver home,
however. When not touring,
he and two other band mates
work at Insite, a supervised injection site in the Downtown
Eastside. A graduate of Emily Carr, Schmidt also does the
band's artwork. The cover of
Wilderness Heart is Schmidt's
work, an enormous shark flying out of a building. "[There's]
nothing really behind it," said
Schmidt of the cover, with a
chuckle. "Just sort of a flight
of fancy, I suppose."
For now, the band's time back
in Vancouver will be but a brief
repose. In February they will hit
the road again for a tour of Brazil and Australia, and continue
touring into the summer. Half
a decade into their career, Black
Mountain is still hungry, still
busy and still (mostly) Vancouverites. tu
Resurrection ofthe liquor cabinet part two
BRYCE WARNES
culture@ubyssey.ca
Last week, we looked through the
varied and ever-changing world of
which alcoholic beverages to keep
inyour house. In today's, we look
atyour miscellaneous materials.
THAT EXTRA SOMETHING
Now that you have your basic liquors assembled, you'll need a few
extra ingredients to turn them
into cocktails. Two essential items
will prepare your bar for anything
you (or your guests) throw at it.
"Everyone needs to have orange liqueur in their house,"
said Ryan Boyd, who manages and teaches courses at Fine
Art Bartending School. Orange
liqueurs come under two well-
known brand names: Triple Sec
(cheap) and Cointreau (expensive).
Ifyou stock orange liqueur inyour
home bar, you can expect to use
it often. From cosmos to cranti-
nis, Triple Sec or Cointreau show
up in cocktails across the board.
The hint of citrus that orange
liqueur adds increases the complexity of flavour in a drink. "It's
not thatyou say to yourself, 'Oh,
this Cosmo tastes like orange,'"
said Boyd. "It just adds a layer
of depth..The orange doesn't hit
you in a Mojito, but it's there if
you look for it."
The second essential liqueur?
Bitters. Originally alcohol infused
with aromatic blends of herbs and
spices and used for medicinal purposes, bitters became popular in
cocktails early in the 20th century. The mostwell-knownbrand is
Angostura. It's available in most
supermarkets in their homebrew
section. Many classic cocktails —
including Don Draper's go-to beverage, the Old Fashioned—rely
on a few dashes of bitters to give
them spice and complexity.
SQUEEZE MY LEMON
Three essential garnishes deserve
your focus: lemons, limes and olives. The latter only really show
up in classic martinis, which,
as suggested before, don't hold
a large share of today's popular
drinks list among twenty-somethings. But they're worth keeping for nostalgia's sake—and because it would be absurd to have
ahome bar and notbe able to prepare martinis.
Lemons and limes don't really need justification. Even the ice
water you get in restaurants usually features one of them. They're
an easy go-to for a twist of flavour,
and can be served either as slices or as ingredients, using their
juice or their zest (peel).
"You can get as fancy as you feel
like," said Boyd, in regard to garnishes. "Ifyou're making an apple martini and you have apples,
you should put an apple in it. It
doesn't mean you have to put an
apple in it, you can get away with
a lime. Ifyou have fresh or frozen
cranberries, pop them inyour cos-
mo or martini. ...It's as elaborate
as you want to get."
A few additional items you
might consider: maraschino cherries, which bring frivolous flair
to almost any beverage, and oranges, which can give drinks an
exotic twist. It helps, as well, that
their vitamin C serves, however
marginally, to prevent hangovers.
MIXING IT UP
The foundational mix for all
drinks is soda water. "I always
have a six-pack of soda water in
my fridge," said Boyd. Opening
a two-litre bottle of soda water is
wasteful. It will usually go fiat before you have time to use all of it.
Your second most essential
mixer is simple syrup. Combine
equal parts water and sugar in a
pot. Bring to a boil. Stir until the
mix is perfectly clear. Refrigerate. You now have everything you
need to sweeten drinks. This is a
syrup that lives up to its name.
Your collection of mixes, like
garnishes, will depend on what
drinks you plan to mix on a regular basis, and how elaborate
you want them to be. Fruit juices
show up in tropics-themed drinks.
Clamato or tomato juice is essential for Caesars and Bloody Marys,
respectively.
NICE EQUIPMENT
You'll need short glasses, tall
glasses and martini glasses. Fish
bowls and tiki mugs are tempting additions, but for economy's
sake it's best to stick to the basics.
A good cocktail shaker is worth
the investment. Boyd says that
most of the shakers available
in housewares and department
stores are sub-par—the tops tend
to jam on them.
"I would probably go to a food
equipment store, like Dunlevy in
FOOD & DRINK
Kitsilano," he said. "Buy a proper
cocktail shaker set, with the glass
that goes in the top ofthe stainless part. And then, separately—
they're like three dollars—you
should buy a strainer."
These are the basic items
you'll need. Possible additions
include an ice bucket (with tongs
and/or apick), decanters and stir
sticks. Check the housewares
sections at thrift stores like Value Village or visit the Vancouver Flea Market to pick up vintage pieces.
A LEGACY—AND A FRIEND
Your collection of alcohol is small,
and will require periodic upkeep
to replenish its stores. But don't
be afraid to explore. As you discover new cocktails and liquor,
you can add them to your bar.
Consider it an ongoing project—
a museum of blurry memories,
with yourself as curator.
Situations where your bar will
come in handy: weddings, funerals and wakes; when your parents come to visit; whenyour significant other's parents come to
visit; when you bring someone
home from the bar for a "nightcap"; when you need to celebrate
acing an exam; and when you
need to numb the pain of failing one.
No matter the circumstance, by
assembling the beginnings of a
liquor cabinet, you will bring leisure back to where itbelongs:your
living room. Turn off the TV, invite some people over and put 01'
Blue Eyes on the turntable. Then,
get shaking, daddy-o. Ja
THEATRE REVIEW
UBC THEATRE'S JADE IN THE
COAL LACKS POLISH
MARTIN PARLETT
Contributor
Jade in the Coal, playing at the
Freddy Wood Theatre, is the
world premier of PaulYee's chimera of Cantonese opera and
Western drama. Imagine a weak
performance of The Phantom of
the Opera with Mandarin subtitles and you're halfway there. It's
quite painful to witness a glorious repertoire of international
talent and a worthy subject being abused onstage by writing
which should still be on the cutting room floor. Between Pan-
gaea Arts and the Guangdong
Cantonese Opera Academy, it
might be more of a betrayal than
a collaboration.
Yee and Director Heidi Spre-
cht take as their inspiration
the forgotten history of Cantonese opera in the mining
town of Cumberland, BC. The
year is 1900, and the community awaits the debut performance of a troupe of musicians
at the newly built opera house.
The problem: the star performer, Evergreen (Ruqing Wen) is
possessed by ghosts (of dead
miners, of course) and neither
Western nor Chinese medicine
seems to be doing any good as
opening night approaches. This
narrative is in constant conflict
with the more interesting, but
less well-defined, relationship
twists of Sally (a Chinese-Canadian trainee nurse assistant)
and the man she was forced to
marry, Wu Kwun. It's as if Yee
wanted to be a librettist and a
playwright simultaneously, and
the play spasms between these
two like Jekyll and Hyde.
This reviewer quickly gave
up on attempting to empathize
with a particular character or
position. As a collection of intriguing theatregrams, musical interludes, mock jousting
and Cantonese spectacle, this
play approaches interesting, but
as a dramatic whole I almost
glazed over.
The Guangdong Cantonese
Academy certainly carried this
play a long way. Whether it was
Peng Mun Aw Yeong's enchanting operatic transvestitism as
Crimson, Little Wong's (Jiading
Chen) turn as the troupe jester,
the wise warmth of Lihao Yang
as Master Dragon or the quiet
intensity of the forever unconscious Evergreen, it was difficult not to will this production
to be opera alone. The composer and the on-stage sextet deserve particular praise too for
the creation and delivery of a
transporting score. The operatic choreography is expert—the
players' graceful hand movements alone were distracting
for all the right reasons.
The production has been in
the works for a number of years,
and involves collaboration and
investment across three countries. While it may not be perfect,
Jade in the Coal offers a theatrical experience which few other plays can match. Go for the
spectacle. Go for the opera. Forgive the rest. Ja' 2010.12.02/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/9
Camilla cTErrico: from fandom to fame
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JENICA CHUAHIOCK
Contributor
Anime began as Japanese cartoons and has ascended to the
status of art form. This phenomenon is evident in the popularity of local artist Camilla
d'Errico and her works. Known
for her paintings of anime girls
adorned with outlandish helmets, animals, bugs and machines, d'Errico has achieved
world-wide fame as an artist in
pop surrealism. Her client list
includes big names like Dark
Horse, Random House, Tokyo-
pop, Disney, Sanrio, Hasbro
and Microsoft Zune. She has
also worked with popular writers and comic artists like Neil
Gaiman, Joshua Dysart, Selena Valentino and Bryan Talbot, while promoting her own
self-published manga comics.
What's more, her paintings are
featured in the Vancouver Ayden
Gallery as well as the Opera Gallery in New York, while her other
works are lighting up art shows
in Los Angeles and Milan.
D'Errico's ambition to become a manga artist began
when she attended the 1998
San Diego Comic Con, an event
she considers life-changing. "If
you have ever experienced the
clouds parting and the angels
singing, that's what it was for
me," said D'Errico. "Itwas comics [and anime] everywhere. I
couldn't believe it, that there
was actually a world out there
that was so viable [and] real. It
wasn't just a nerdy comic bookstore experience. For lack of a
better word, it was epic. I realized then that was it. That was
it for me."
Camilla D'Errico is popular at conventions. PHOTO COURTESY CAMILLA D'ERRICO
But the dream didn't come
easy, as d'Errico had to overcome
frequent discouragement. It took
a while to convince her parents
as well as others that she was
meant for the manga and comics
industry. "[It's] mostly because
I'm obstinate," said d'Errico.
"When someone says I can't do
something, I automatically try
to do it, [and] also the fact that
I know what makes me happy. I
realized that I was trying to do
something that wasn't easy. But
at the same time it wasn't hard,
because my passion was in it. So
long as I was passionate, it felt
like the right thing to do."
There was also the question
of whether or not anime, manga and comics were considered
art. This uncertainty became
an issue for d'Ericco. "Teachers were telling me that comics
and manga were not art," she
said. "Luckily for me, my teacher at Capilano University came
around. He went to France, and
they had this huge culture of
graphic novels. They had libraries of [comics and manga]. So he
went there when he went to Paris, and when he came back he
apologized. [My teacher] said to
me, 'You know, you're right and
I owe you an apology. I had no
idea.'" After that, d'Errico was
more confident than ever. "Comics and manga is art, and it is a
culture," said d'Errico. "Once I
tapped into that, I wasn't about
to let go."
Aside from committing to
her paintings, d'Errico is also
dedicated to her self-published
manga comic books, Tampopo.
D'Errico independently published Tampopo with the hope
of starting something new in
the manga and comics industry. "I like to call them graphic
mangas. It's the cross between
a graphic novel, a manga and a
poem," said d'Errico. "[The Tan-
popo series] is all based on literature, and it takes what I think
is lacking in comics."
The Tampopo series has published three issues. The first
issue of Tanpopo, which was
based on Goethe's Faust, sold
out 100 copies in the first two
conventions. Its success inspired
d'Errico to combine literature
with manga, two things that
seemingly don't mix.
"I did [the first issue of Tanpopo] after I watched Faust in
the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and
it was so amazing. [When] I left
there, I just started sketching out
ideas," said d'Errico. "This is the
first time I've ever done anything
like that. So afterwards people
loved the characters so much
that they wanted a longer story.
[That's] when I developed a narrative, and I gave the characters
a lot more personality. Now each
issue that I publish is based on
a different literature." The second issue of Tanpopo is based
on "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Coleridge, and
the third combines tales from Pu
Songling's Strange Stories from a
Chinese Studio. The fourth issue,
which d'Errico is still working
on, will be about the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.
Combining manga and literature is unusual, but d'Errico
has high hopes for her project. "I'm trying to have Tanpopo published by Boom! Studios, and they said I was a pioneer [in mixing literature and
comics]. That's never been done
before, and I'm sort of like the
first one," said d'Errico. She is
also seriously considering the
possibility of literary manga
in the comics industry. "I'm so
excited. I hope so, [because] I
would love to see way more interpretations of classics. It's
going to be a bit tough, but afterwards it's going to open the
gates to more of these kinds of
books." til
Camilla d'Errico's third annual release party is happening on
December 10, from 7pm to 11pm
at the Vancouver Ayden Gallery.
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LEHERS
RE: PRO-LIFE POSTERS CROSS A LINE
We share in Coco Knight's outrage ofthe lack of sensitivity of
the pro-life group, Lifeline, in
bringing graphic images of supposedly aborted fetuses to our
campus on November 12. The
signs were designed and funded
by the Centre for Bioethical Reform, the religiously based anti-choice organization responsible for the "Genocide Awareness Project" (GAP).
In the past, Lifeline has
brought the GAP to campus.
This is a graphic display of images and messages that compare
abortion to genocide such as the
Holocaust and Rwanda. It's a
very triggering display that has
the potential to ignite violence,
which is why UBC Security (paid
for by the university) monitors
the display. The university also
needs to prepare by notifying
counselling services and other support resources. Students
for Reproductive Rights (SRR)
is notified so that the inevitable counter-protest can be carried out peacefully according to
pre-arranged guidelines. Part
of the GAP guidelines include
an agreement to display warning signs on all sides ofthe display to warn passers-by of the
graphic nature of their display.
The November 12 display by
Lifeline (while not officially the
GAP) showed the same images
shown by the GAP and involved
distribution via pamphlets of
the same "abortion is genocide"
It may be the end of the year, but we're
always open to receiving letters. Send them
to us before our last issue on December 8.
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argument. The difference? No
campus organizations were given any forewarning, no warning signs were posted to prevent
children or other non-consenting people from viewing the imagery and no security was present. SRR was able to assemble
a sizeable band of last-minute
counter protesters only after we
received numerous complaints
from students who were upset
by Lifeline's behaviour.
We hope that Lifeline listens
to the concerns of the community and remembers that UBC
is a place where we should all
feel safe. Viewing these graphic
images should be by informed
consent only.
Yours in solidarity and
respect,
—Students for Reproductive
Rights UBC
RE: PRO-LIFE POSTERS CROSS
ALINE
Dear Coco Knight,
In showing the images and voicing the pro-life message we are
not condemning post-abortive
women, rather we seek to acknowledge their pain by recognizing that they have indeed
lost something.
On November 12, these pictures exposed to UBC the humanity ofthe unborn. Students
were given pamphlets discussing abortion and its parallels to
other human rights violations,
and women were provided with
information on crisis pregnancy centres and post-abortive
resources.
Coco, I agree with you that
these pictures are absolutely
horrible; after all, they depict
the slaughter of innocent lives
and therefore it's only logical
that they would make us uncomfortable. I urge you to take
into consideration the "choice"
being made when abortion is
chosen, and please honestly ask
yourself, if abortion is so horrific we don't want to see it, should
we be allowing it?
These pictures are not shown
to ostracize women who have
had abortions; rather they expose the truth of abortion and
depict exactly what is permissible in Canada throughout
all nine months of pregnancy.
Are women not deserving ofthe
truth?
Women have a right to know
exactly what abortion is, and to
deny them this right is insulting
to their strength. Even Naomi
Wolfe (a well known pro-choice
activist) states: "The pro-choice
movement often treats with contempt the pro-lifers' practice of
holding up to our faces their disturbing graphics, but how can
we charge that it is vile and repulsive for pro-lifers to brandish vile and repulsive images
if the images are real? To insist
that truth is in poor taste is the
very height of hypocrisy."
Coco, these pictures bother
us for a reason: there's no way
that terminating the life of an
innocent unborn child could
carry any positive connotation.
I'm aware that this letter probably won't change your mind on
abortion, but I'm hoping you
take time to seriously consider
both sides ofthe argument. Don't
just take my word for it, explore
both views and honestly ask
yourself which side makes more
sense. As a woman, you owe it to
yourself to get the whole story.
Sincerely,
-Ania Kasprzak
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EDITORIAL
COOLING THE TEMPERATURE ON RESOURCE GROUPS
Enjoying another student politics scandal over
something relatively minor?
Good for you. But after SAC finishes their investigation and the much-debated $700 is trans-
fered (or not) to the SPHR, there will still bea larger elephant in the room. And that is the future
of the Resource Groups in general. Not whether
they should continue to exist—only the most fervent zealot would argue that. But it would take an
equally fervent zealot to argue that they aren't in
need of some serious structural reform.
When students are trying to "take over" a resource group, as it's alleged the Israeli Awareness
Club tried to do two weeks ago, that's a problem.
When many groups, despite receiving guaranteed
money from students, aren't displaying any public information about meetings or contact information, that's a problem. When being a supporter of Resource Groups is no longer something all
students generally see the value of, but rather a
political belief, that's a problem.
The resource groups need to be protected, make
no mistake. And as groups dedicated—for the most
part—to advocating for social minorities, to subject their decisions to the tyranny of the majority would be grossly unfair. Yet at the same time,
they also need to be held accountable, open to differing perspectives on social issues and seen not
as a bastion of self-perpetuating ideology, but as
an effective advocate and resource for students
to participate in.
So what to do? First, the trust between resource
groups, students and AMS Council needs to be restored. Each group should be required to make a
quarterly update of their activities. Such a move
would not only ensure accountability but, if done
before Council, would probably give each group
more publicity than they currently receive—something we doubt they would complain about.
Second, perhaps it would be prudent to make
the changes necessary to allow students to opt-out
of funding them. It's a practice allowed for a number of student fees (including The Ubyssey's), and
would provide a reasonable way for people who
don't like the actions taken by Resource Groups
to show their discontent. The financial loss would
be minimal, but it would create a needed valve
for inevitable criticism.
Having student-funded special interest groups
is something common to many universities. It
need not become a political hot potato here. At
this point, though, that would require a proactive desire by all parties involved to throw more
than just a rallying cry or a two-word insult. While
some may want to kill them and others will insist
everything is fine, the appropriate thing to do-
as with any patient in this situation—is to nurse
them back to health. Ja
OF WIKILEAKS AND DOUBLE-EDGED SWORDS
The world has been turned upside down. It will
take years to fully comb through Sunday's Wikile-
ak of over 251,287 US diplomatic cables. And it will
take decades to fully determine its ramifications
for US foreign policy and how the world's last superpower feels about the world, and vice-versa.
Without a doubt, the ability to anonymously reveal information to the world is unprecedented.
And some of this information is vital. The leak
has revealed information about illegal wars conducted in supposedly "neutral" countries: in an
unbelievable scene, the president of Yemen and
General David Petraeus joke about US missile attacks against Al Qaeda in that country. "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours," the
president says. The deputy PM chimes in that he
just 'lied' to Parliament.
But in a profession that relies on a certain level of secrecy, are we better served by diplomats
who can't talk to each other? Of course, there are
those dedicated to complete openness of information, no matter the cost. Yet the openness we
have in our daily lives, in our democratic society, is due in part to the freedom and anonymity
our diplomatic core has in negotiating with countries and assessing potential threats. It's at the
heart of wikileaks' mission to rip apart this fabric. We would do well to remember this when assessing the value of Assange's document dumps
in the future, tl
BRYCE WARNES GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
OPINIONS
McElroy: after manyyears, UBC Sims are rising
JUSTIN MCELROY
coordinating@ubyssey.ca
It was a scene out of a Frank Carpa
movie; the same small-town setpiece
that has played out dozens of times
over the last 20years on this campus.
The town is changing, and people
are nervous. A row of pseudo-politicians, board members and community planners listen as person after person says they're concerned the place
they call home is being taken away
from them. They want to be heard, and
they want UBC to consider that maybe their perfectly crafted Utopian future isn't all that Utopian in practice.
Of course, the reason this scene repeats itself is because nothing really
ever changes. The university decides
to increase the value ofthe endowment
by building market housing, the real
estate signs go up, more people join
our community and a few years later
there's a new thing they want to add
to their wish list.
So it was at Tuesday's public hearing dealing for the Land Use Plan, as
the public had their say on UBC's desired amendments to zoning regulations on campus.
Overall, the changes proposed—
some density and building-height regulations, a "Green Academic" designation for the UBC farm, a formal goal of
6000 extra residents by 2021—are not
those that will compel people to get
their protest signs out. But what was
noticeable is that the group that came
out this time to voice their concerns
was different. Larger, yes, as around
100 people were there for the beginning ofthe meeting. But more diverse
too, and more emblematic of what
this community is, and is becoming.
UBC can—and does—often dismiss
the concerns of students, arguing they
don't represent the greater populace.
They dismiss and demonize groups
from outside campus, because they
just don't understand what's good for
the university.
What happens, though, when students and residents come in droves
(well, the dozens) to the meeting in
general agreement? And whathappens
when the main criticism isn't what
UBC is trying to do, buthow they're not
treating consultations with respect?
There were some who complained
of the explosive population growth
that is set to occur under this plan,
that green space is disappearing and
the land from Wesbrook to Marine
will soon be inundated with ugly skyscrapers. However, the truth is UBC
has been working for over 20 years
to bring this vision, a real "University Town," to reality. Trying to stop
the completion of that now is akin to
breaking an 80 on a final after skipping class all semester; a lowering
of expectations is required. UBC is
growing into a full-fledged city. The
only question is what form it takes
and how much community members—and not the university—take
ownership ofthe process.
It made a certain perverse sense for
UBC to carefully plan out its development into a small town, zoning and
building roads as though it were playing a game of SimCity. But at a certain
point, the people living here have to
have greater autonomy, or at the very
least, a bigger role in decisions about
the land they live on. Anyone who has
lived in student housing or a fraternity for several years knows that the
level of bureaucracy for such a small
area is astounding. The time to allow
greater autonomy of its neighbourhood is fast approaching.
And yet, there was Associate Vice-
President of Planning Nancy Knight,
her lips pursed in disapproval the entire night, annoyed that the little Sims
didn't care for some of her best laid
plans. One would hope that the university looks at how she consult with
tenants a little differently in the future. An even larger consultation over
governance is upcoming, and it would
be nice if UBC's point person on the
issue started acting less like a community planner and more of a community facilitator. Because while a
continuation ofthe status quo was expected, and even a little bit acceptable
this time around, it certainly won't be
next year. jH
LETTERS
Dear Ubyssey,
I would like to thank Krissy Darch for
her column "RCMP shouldn't be the
only ones talking about groping" in
Monday's issue. I was appalled to read
about the RCMP and Campus Security
taking down posters they call offensive
to women being hung around campus.
I have come across several of the
posters in question, and have found
them to be not offensive but empowering, also quite obviously satirical
and making a valid point.
It is extremely belittling as a grown
woman to be told constantly by family
and friends that I should not be walking home after dark—that is, 5 PM.
Beyond a self-imposed curfew—which
is out of the question as it would preclude my ability to go to classes, ex-
tracurriculars and my job—I find myself with limited alternatives. I don't
have a car, and while Safewalk works,
they generally only have one team on
duty, meaning most walks will, in my
experience, have a roughly ten-minute wait, but it can be as much as half
an hour, all for a measly 15-minute
walk that is often for me the sequel
to a much longer bus ride. The later
it is, the more eager I am to just get
home as quickly as possible and the
less patience I have to deal with what
is starting to feel like Rube Goldberg's
route home from the bus loop.
I realize this is not a perfect world.
It is valid to advise women to be cautious, but it is the attacker, not the
victim, who is responsible for any assault that takes place. These posters
remind us of the real culprits, and
meanwhile give voice to the frustrations of women who are starting to
feel like this fear is supposed to run
our lives. They're a perfect example
of free speech put to good use. Taking them down silences this voice
and thus contributes to the oppression of a group that already feels under attack.
Sincerely,
-Carolyn Nakagawa 12/UBYSSEY.CA/OURCAMPUS/2010.12.02
OUR CAMPUS
BRYCE WARNES
culture@ubyssey.ca
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back, he saw two pairs of footprints. But in some parts, there
was only one pair. The man asked Jesus why this was the case.
"Those are the parts ofyour life when I carriedyou," Jesus said.
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