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Friday, 13 January, 2006   THEUBYSSEY
It's getting Moksha hot in
by Simona Siad
EXCAUBUR (YORK UNIVERSITY)
TORONTO (CUP)-As I stood in front
of the massive wooden door, I felt a
wave of uneasiness. A gust of hot air
hit me in the face as the door slowly
opened and people silently slipped
by me and began entering the
room. I closed my eyes and frantically tried to recall why I had decided to attend a 90-minute workout in
a room heated to 100-115 degrees
Fahrenheit when frankly, I can barely stay in a sauna for 15 minutes.
Seeing my face, an elderly women
touched my arm and asked, "honey,
did you bring a water-bottle?" I
shook my head no. "Well, grab one
and let's go!"
Enter the world of Moksha Yoga.
A world where people of all ages
and abiHties are flocking in great
numbers to heated studios across
North America. A world where high-
energy dance moves are replaced
with serene balanced poses and
instructors who don't yell at you to
keep pumping away-instead, they
calmly motivate you to achieve balance and tranquility.
The word "yoga" is a Sanskrit
word that is derived from the
Sanskrit root "yuj", which means
to connect, join or balance.
Moksha yoga is just one type of
yoga and is a branch off of the better known Bikhram yoga. A
Moksha yoga class can range from
60-90 minutes and is comprised
of a series of positions and breathing exercises done in a heated stu-
dio-.-The-fecus is just as muchr-on--
the spiritual and mental aspect of:
the workout, as it is on the physi^
cal. However, do not mistake heat
TREE POSE: UBC Aquatic Centre patrons participate in a group yoga class, yinan max wang photo
yoga as the trendy, new workout
that wiH soon falter into non-existence. Moksha yoga is here to stay.
As I began the class, I was surprised by how calm I felt I thought
that since I was in ^uch a warm
room, I might begin to panic but
instead, as I began to warm up
doing the movements, I felt strong
and confident The heavy breathing of the people around me lulled
me into a "zone" and I began to
enjoy the workout Instead of being
bored and Hstless (which working
out at the gym has recently made
me), trying to copy the movements
of the people around me con-
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"Mbksha yoga has many bene-;
fits  for students,"  says Jessica
Robinson, the founding owner
and instructor at Moksha Yoga
Danforth in Toronto. Robinson
said some of the effects students
would begin to notice if they
began Moksha include "reduced
stress, weight loss, better focus
and increased energy levels."
Moksha Danforth has a corresponding studio in London,
Ontario, where classes are a hit
with university students.
"Actually half of our business at
that studio'comes from students
because of Western. They find that
they receive lots of benefits and
enjoy coming to such a welcoming
-environment"-— ^~i—.
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is a chaixce forme to'-take'90 minutes and relax and be by myself,"
says Hilary Wood, a fourth-year
sociology student at the University
of Western Ontario. "Because university is such a criticaUy changing time in a student's life,
Moksha yoga is a nice time to shut
away distractions and focus on my
mind-body connection."
I must admit that like many of
the other critics of yoga, I found it
hard to beHeve that doing these
"movements" would end up being
a challenging enough workout I
couldn't have been more wrong, or
happier to be wrong. I left the class
feeling as if I had just run a
marathon, sweaty, detoxified and
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vert one of those crazy girls on the
subway trying td convince1 total 'r
strangers to just "try a class". II
'Tweens
ASSIFIEDS
Mardi Gras!
SUB Ballroom
January 13,7pm
The AUS is presenting a beer
garden tonight tickets are $5
at the door. Come one and all,
you know the Ubyssey staff
will be there. Mardi Gras features the DJ mylgaylhusband!
Women's ice hockey
Thunderbird Winter Ice Sports
Centre
January 13-14,7:30pm
Watch UBC take on Lethbridge.
TheT-Birds are currently last in
the league, but trails by only a
single point for the fourth conference playoff spot
Competition will be fierce!
Free Crepes!
Arts Advising Lounge (Buch A200)
Today,! 2-3pm
The French club cooks up
some yummy crepes. Come
stuff your face.
Volleyball
War Memorial Gym
January 13-14,7pm
The UBC women's volleyball
team takes on SFU.The third
ranked Thunderbirds had to
contend with many injuries
in the first half of the season,
but their back and better
than ever.
The Constantines
The PIT
January 14
This Canadian band plays live
at the Pit on Saturday night
Tickets are $5 from the
Outpost and $7 at the door.
The Crustal Skulls and
Bontempi join the musical
lineup.
The Taboo Sex Show
Vancouver Trade and Convention
Centre
January 13-15
The "Naughty but nice sex
show" is happening this weekend. Check out httpy/canwest-
shows.com/sexshow/ for
details.Tickets can be purchased online for $10 or for
$15 at the door.
Stressed?
3126 W.Broadway
January26, 7pm
Claire Maisonneuve of the
Alpine Anxiety and Stress
Relief Clinic will provide insight
and advice about cost-effective
anxiety and stress relief strategies. Free.To register call 604-
732-3930.
nnouncements
SPARTACUS YOUTH CLUB CLASS
- Marxism and the Scientific Worldview:
Defend Science Against Superstition and
Mysticism! 5 PM, Wednesday Jan 18.
SUB Room 224. For more info: call the
Sparcacus Youth Club @ (604)687-0353,
email TLLT@look.ca
RIPPLE EFFECTS. Students and
Young Professionals Networking Event
- Canadian Water Resources Association.
Interdisciplinary: Water Management,
[.aw, Engineering, etc. l^arn about the
CWRA, discuss water issues and current
research. Free admission, drinks, and
pizza. Wed Jan 25 @ 5PM- Penthouse,
Graduate Student Centre, UBG. For
information contact cwra.syp.van@gmail.
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GRADUATE STUDENT SOCIETY
ELECTIONS NOMINATIONS ARE
OPEN. YOU: President: Graduate
Student, Motivated, Leader, People-
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Oriented, Interests Include Parties,
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Deadline for nominations: Jan 20th 2006.
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ervices
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Friday, 13 January, 2006
Vol.LXXXVII  N°27
Editorial Board
coordinating editor Jesse Marchand
coordinating@ubyssey.bcca
news editors Paul Evans SC Eric Szeto
news@ubyssey.be. ca
culture editor Simon Underwood
culture@ubyssey.be ca
sports editor Megan Smyth
sports@ubyssey.bc.ca
FEATURES/NATIONAL EDITOR
Bryan Zandberg
features@ubyssey.bcca
photo editor Yinan Max Wang
photos@ubyssey.bcca
production manager Michelle Mayne
production@ubyssey.bcca
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volunteers Vacant
volunteers@ubyssey.bcca
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Khatidja Vaiya who dropped it back for Carolynne Burkholder
who beat Sean Lee on the short side. Jesse Ferreras, Jackie
Wong, Meredith Hambrook and Paul Evans cheered drunkenly,
accidentally spilling their beers onto Boris Korby and Coleen
Tang. Claudia Li, Champagne Choquer and Bryan Zandberg
were also splashed, and so a brawl began. Andrew MacRae
threw an umbrella at Aaron Carr, but it missed and hit
Momoko Price instead. Michelle Mayne and Yinan Max Wang
laughed as Eric Szeto ran down the aisle after Pheobe. Kellan
Higgens and Michael Kenacan lept over the glass and launched
themselves at Rebecca Taylor but Simon Underwood defended
his goalie, using his stick to beat the pair. Now you know why
the Ubyssey can't go to skating rinks anymore.
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THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 13 January, 2006
Culture 3
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
Lord Byng Secondary School
Ends today
by Jackie Wong
CULTURE STAFF
"Math homework. So gay.*
The first time I saw one person
call another a "fucking faggot* was
in high school. Muttered by an
ostracised boy in grade nine, the
retort was a last stab at dignity as
his tormentors shoved him from
the locker they had punched his
head against. It was the worst thing
he could think to say to these people
who pushed him around every day:
after all, what is worse than calling
someone gay? Homophobic discourse is an undeniable force in
high school hallways and locker
rooms, and it doesn't stop when the
kids get their Dogwood diplomas:
despite general agreement on the
poHtical incorrectness of phrases
like "so gay/ such notions serve
only to discipline people to hold
their tongues out of workplace
politeness, saving it for later use in
the bedroom and at the pub.
Subtle expressions of homophobia rear their heads every day, but,
sadly, it takes the most extreme
cases to stimulate extended discussion on the matter. Take, for example, the hate-motivated killing of 22-
year-old Matthew Shepard in
Laramie, Wyoming. In October
1998, the University of Wyoming
student was dragged from a
Laramie bar, beaten unconscious,
and pistol-whipped by two locals
before being tied to a cattle fence on
the outskirts of town. Shepard's two
assailants, Aaron McKinney and
Russell Henderson, later claimed
that Shepard was coming onto them
and their physical reactions sprung
from "homosexual panic." Eighteen
hours passed before Shepard's body
was found and taken to hospital; he
never regained consciousness, and
died five days later. The brutality of
the event inspired Moises
Kaufmann and members of the
Tectonic Theatre project to interview Laramie residents about the
Shepard tragedy, which resulted in
over 200 interviews over the course
of six trips in the aftermath of his
death. Kaufmann adapted the
resulting material into stageplay,
which captures the voices of over
sixty people in Laramie. "The
Laramie Project* is now a popular
production that has been launched
at college campuses and in high
schools across North America; a
film adaptation appeared at the
Sundance Film Festival in 2001.
This week, Vancouver's Lord
Byng Secondary launches its production of the play, which, in contrast to the Surrey School District's
ban of the production at Sir Elgin
Secondary last September, has been
made a schoolwide cross-curricular
event. The administration at Lord
Byng seems to have embraced the
production as a crucial vehicle to
exploring the relationship between
art, social responsibility, and the
language of hate: "The Laramie
Project" is covered extensively in
English, visual arts, and film classes
at the school. As Surrey School
District officials claimed to ban the
play due to its "profanity and sexuality/ critics suggested the banning
was underpinned by homophobic
motivations.
The Surrey banning of "The
Laramie Project"—and Lord Byng's
pride at launching it—demonstrates
the degree to which disparate city
demographics influence the discussion (and lack thereof) of issues
such as those generated by "The
Laramie   Project."   Why   not   in
Surrey, and why here? Just as one
might have an emergency-reserve
of Surrey jokes in a back pocket that
are as misguided as the assumptions that motivate their appeal,
Byng's production of The Laramie
Project could, dangerously, reinforce the myth of a wholly "progressive* west side whose work, "unlike
Surrey's," is "done." Long after the
production closes at Lord Byng, one
would hope that the careful curriculum planning around the play will
keep students and the school communiiy from committing one of the
supreme fallacies of "tolerance"
building, which is to stop talking
about it.
"The Laramie Project* has its
last run tonight at 7pm at the Lord
Byng Secondary School auditorium, 3939 West 16th Avenue.
Tickets are $16.00 for students,
available at the school or at
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by Jessica Mealey
THE LINK (CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY)
MONTREAL (CUP) - In the music
industry there has been a dramatic
shift in the ultimate control of music
distribution and the way music is
marketed. Big-time record companies aren't concerned with artist
development or fostering talent. They
are interested in the business of
numbers, commoditisation and competition. Artists are being pitted
against each other in hopes of selling
more records, merchandise, or
obtaining the ultimate honour of
being featured on MTV's 'Cribs.*
Montreal is fortunate to have a
supportive and
thus, prosperous
music scene where
bands that are currently successful
got their start-
bands like Arcade
Fire, Stars and Wolf
Parade. Still, many
musicians here and everywhere else
go unnoticed because they don't
know or have the resources to put out
albums, make contacts or the connections to get signed.
Areyoulistening.com is a website
dedicated to supporting independent
artists and is designed to form an
arena for artists and fans to connect
and share their musical interests
while staying away from the corporate nature of major labels. Some
bands supporting the site include
Broken Social Scene, Adam Green
and David Garza.
The -site was started by Hanson
(yes, the blonde-haired boys who
brought us 'MmrnBop* in 1997).
While the band's past success has no
relevance to the nature of the beast
that is 'indie,* consider their situation and you'll find a band who's in a
similar predicament as the most
obscure band you know. Things have
change for them, too.
"Record companies are becoming
HANSON
so corporate that they don't have any
idea what their content is,* says
Taylor Hanson. *We decided that a lot
of labels were following the same pattern, so we had to just get completely
out of the major label structure.*
Between 2001 and 2004 the band-
brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zack from
Tulsa, Oklahoma-left its record label
Island Def Jam and independently
released 2004's Underneath under
their own label, 3CG Records. The
album hit the Billboard Indie Charts
at No. 1 in April that year.
"We want to help network and
give independent bands, fans and
labels a place to have resources and
to help promote bands and local markets, connecting people to indie radio
stations,* says Hanson.
Aside from developing Areyoulis-
tening.com, Hanson travels the US
college circuit condemning the corporate structure of the major labels
and mainstream radio, while emphasising the importance of bringing
music back to the basics.
'Indie music can compete at a
massive level,* says Hanson. *We
just need to embrace it We need to
support the labels that are growing,
that will be the competition because
they are going to do it right; they're
already doing it." There are labels
out there that are doing it right;
keeping their rosters small and putting energy into developing artists
in order to ensure longevity. Arts
and Crafts comes to mind, a label
with nine artists signed, all of which
are enjoying success and notable
exposure.
"I want to be proud when my kids
look at me and are like 'what was it
like to be there when Broken Social
Scene was playing and what was it
like to see Arcade Fire?" says the
father of two. *I can see the end
result I can see these future great
companies who are going to be powerhouses but doing it in the right way
and the independent music scene
becoming more of a breeding ground
for great bands.' II
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Alma Mater Society of UBC
UBC Graduate Student Society
MY AMERICAN
HEART
The Meaning in
Makeup
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by Sean Lee
CULTUREWRITER
Okay, so I know the old adage of not
judging a book by its cover, and
while I'm pretty sure that this vestige
also applies to music, sometimes I
simply can't resist Lake the disco
and new wave genres that ushered in
bands like The Village People and
Flock of Seagulls respectively, emo
(emotional rock) is likely to be a
blemish upon our generation that
we'll all be embarrassed to have
enjoyed in our formative years. I'll
be honest—I like some sappy music.
A glance through my CD collection
will uncover the entire Get-Up Kids
collection along with various other
tear-jerking post-hardcore thrown in
for good measure, but I still have to
draw the line somewhere. 2005 fostered the emergence of dozens of
cookie-cutter emo bands that despite
their anti-establishment appeals are
obviously just aiming to cash in now
that the late 1990s pre-teen boy band
fans are no longer children, but
rather, hormonally unbalanced
young adults—they grow up so quickly, don't they?
Which brings me back to My
American Heart's full-length debut
release, The Meaning in Makeup.
From the moment I picked-up this
album and looked at the sleeve I had
a pretty good idea of what to expect,
and unfortunately there were no surprises when I dropped it into my CD
player. This San Diego five-piece
plays the same tired and contrived
emo/rock revival crap that's been
marketed to graduates of Avril
Lavigne. To make matters worse. My
American Heart recently rolled
through Vancouver on the MySpace
North American Tour—a tour featuring no less than five bands that you
could likely only differentiate by the
names on their respective kick
drums. To borrow a lyric from 'In
Between,* one of the album's
stronger tracks, 'the scene is overcrowded.* I don't think I could put it
anymore succinctly myself.
To be fair, The Meaning in
Makeup isn't really that bad—but it
really isn't very good either. While
there are a few catchy riffs and chord
progressions scattered across the
album, much of the CD is simply
repetitive and lacks the technical or
lyrical flair that it needs to be a standout offering in this crowded genre.
The bottom line is that this CD isn't
anything you haven't heard before,
and chances are if it does end up in
your CD collection it'll likely collect
dust next to WHAM's Greatest Hits or
The Best of DEVO—other albums you
bought on a whim, but aren't worth
listening to. a
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by Meredith Hambrock
CULTUREWRITER
It's a medieval myth of which most have
never heard: Tristan and Isolde, which
arrives in theatres today, stars James Franco
and Sophia Myles in a tale of forbidden love
between an English warrior attempting to
unite the tribes of England and the daughter
of the Irish King who does anything and
eveiything he can to stop the union.
The film attempts to remain true to the time
period, and while not always successful, it provides the audience with enough tight shirts and
heart-warming moments to make up for any
historical inaccuracies. It is impossible to dislike Franco's passionately tortured portrayal of
Tristan. He truly embodies the depth of emotions that his character is forced to carry while
he watches the girl he loves lead a life he so desperately wants to be a part of. Myers' graceful
Isolde is the textbook fiery female who longs for
more than her life can offer.
This is Myers' first title role and she pulls it
off with grace, passion and a whole lot of guts.
One of the film's most winning attributes
is the cinematography: the filmmakers take
full advantage of the scenic Irish coast line
and the English moors, drawing the attention
of the audience away from the somewhat
fragmented plot and towards the entire beauty that is the film. The plot does call upon the
power of fate, asking the audience to suspend
ineir cynicism lor the length ol the hi
Nitpicking aside, Tristan and Isolde is definitely worth the trip. II
§ Jilt*
etur
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE
LION, THE WITCH, AND THE
WARDROBE
now playing
by Aaron Carr
CULTURE STAFF
The first chapter in the Narnia series (which is
actually the second, but who's counting) has
finaUy made it's way to the big screen, hoping to
cash in on the recent success of similar book-to-
film adaptations like Lord of the Sings and
Harry Potter. What's nice about Narnia is that it
fills a nice Httie niche between the aforementioned epics. Not nearly as complex as the Rings
yet not quite as straight forward as the Potter
series, Narnia treads on middle ground
between the two series that moviegoers will
inevitably use to draw comparisons.
Based on the books by C.S. Lewis, Tbe Lion,
the Witch and the Wardrobe follows the story of
the Pevensie children: Lucy (Georgie Henley),
Edmund (Skander Keynes), Peter (William
Moseley) and Susan (Anna Popplewell). When
the fighting of World War II impinges on the
Pevensie family home in London, the children are sent to live with an elderly professor
in his country home. One day while playing
hide-and-seek in the professor's huge and
mysterious house, Lucy, the youngest
Pevensie sibling, stumbles upon a magical
wardrobe that acts as a portal to the enchanted world of Narnia. Once there, the children
discover a world full of talking creatures,
giants, centaurs, and fauns (somewhat
humanoid creatures with deer legs). Their fun
is cut short when the children learn that
Narnia is doomed to eternal winter by the evil
White Witch, Jadis (Tilda Swinton). From
there, the children are drawn into a battle to
help save Middle Earth...er...Narnia from the
White Witch's chilling cutse.
Narnia is pure Hollywood escapism at its^
absolute best. Oscar-winning Director
Andrew Adamson (of Shrek fame) brings
Lewis's story to vibrant life on screen with
the help of outstanding visual effects work
from WETA (you might remember them
from Lord of the Rings) and resolute performances from all of its principal actors.
The Pevensie children are perfectly cast,
with each one completely believable and
engaging, and Tilda Swinton steals the show
as the devilishly evil White Witch. She's
movie villain perfection.
Narnia draws the audience into its fantasy from the opening scene and never lets go.
It is one of the most enjoyable films I've
seen. If you've been too busy over the
Christmas break to take in a movie, now
might be a good time to make a trip to the
theatre to see Narnia on the big screen. Just
sit back, relax, and escape from worries of
academia for a couple hours. H
Spielberg's Munich
treads carefully
MUNICH
now playing
by Jesse Ferreras
CULTURE STAFF
'Every civilisation finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values.*
These words, placed in the mouth of Israeli
PM Golda Meir by screenwriters Tony
Kushner and Eric Roth, resonate throughout
Steven Spielberg's Munich, a film that is critical of both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a struggle that has gradually gained
more prominent cinematic representation
in recent years. Spielberg's choice to represent both sides of the conflict through a
narrative centered on an event in which
Israelis were victims is problematic in and
of itself, but he shows remarkable passion
as a filmmaker, posing important questions that carry weighty implications in a
society that has already met the film with
mixed emotions.
The kidnapping and assassination of the
11  IsraeH athletes is represented almost
exactly as it was to those who witnessed it in
1972—through chilling television coverage
depicting a ski-masked terrorist standing on
a balcony at the athletes' hotel, and the commentary of ABC anchor Jim McKay who
breaks it to the western world that 'they're
all gone.* The reaction to the event is a
hyper-secret mission of retribution instituted by Mossad, the IsraeH intelligence serv-
Iv man Avner fE**ic Bsnali   IV/Teir's
former bodyguard, is recruited to lead a
team of experts to assassinate the perpetrators of the Munich murders. Among them
are Robert (Mathieu Kassovitz), a toymaker
employed to design bombs; Steve (Daniel
Craig), a fireplug British agent at odds with
the use of bombs over guns to carry out
assassinations, and Carl (Ciaran Hinds),
who is quick to destroy the evidence at every
scene. With the help of underground French
agents who supply them with information
about the whereabouts of the terrorists,
Avner treads a dangerous path, gradually
becoming skeptical of the actions they must
take to avenge the murder of the athletes.
Avner himself fears for his own life and that
of his family as he begins to reaHse the
moral compromises he must make in order
to uphold nationahstic principles.
Despite the technical mastery of
Spielberg and his crew to produce resonant, arresting images of the protagonists'
acts of terrorism, Munich's visual and narrative triumphs take a back seat to his representation of a divisive poHtical conflict.
Spielberg clearly goes to great pains to represent the IsraeH-Palestinian conflict as
one that is characterised by morally
ambiguous actions on both sides, but his
sympathies in the film are clearly with one
camp over the other, rendering problematic his attempt to see both sides through an
objective lens. Where Spielberg does succeed is with scenes in which Avner must
confront the costs of preserving nationhood through violent actions—a dilemma
dramatised through the dialogues he has
with his mother: 'We had to take it because
no one would ever give it to us... Whatever'it
took, whatever it takes, we have a place on
earth at last,* she says to her son calmly.
The words may evoke a triumph, but after
endless scenes of bombings, shootings and
fouled missions, they remain profoundly
unsettling, a
, ^aavrs-^yw^^ Friday, 13 January, 2006
THE UBYSSEY
Friday, 13 Janua
One &h, two fish, red fish, dead fish
Why BC's fisherie^management is no children's story
*y Sdomeko Pace "
fmummm
photo hy Yinan Max Wang
Recreational divers Berme Hanby and Andy
Lamb ckim they are alan to ihe eyes and eari-
of the general public when, it comes to ihe
undersea activities of the West Coast Wife
roughh 4000 di\e3 between them o\er the
past JO \cars ranying horn die beaches of
Central California m the majestic isknd^r of
bnutherii AlisVs one would he lurdpr'sstd
to argup with the n Thereout rckas. ^f their
nov. phntn^nphir w ildhfp enu r
Uarme lih nl die P.infi. \uih\
e-.pHU-nc Uiint- with min LlitHi
^riph-- of o\i i 1400 unfit rwiU i
-(m-lihnlhirilln-tnti iht f.rl thii
t milt s in i hi: lies },pn, iih thi -nrf.ir
i ■} heij of i Jul mon tli ill i
1   i    lliPir It nmhi'    tl>w
11   Utll    l  l-t   l   11-(       tit-   1    li I)!
opm_ plant  iridiridlh op n> d his eyes tc» the
art hb-qujtkh loonilup [ocus'iigoniUUHiate'^
m the wild "l\e ai\vay« tk>ie
iie&ays "Ofrom'se itwas
■fertt-d. diving m 1P73. hi
underwater, "l re€$gs!is£|if
marine- " ""
BiafcEBf"
rockfish is tliP-ailBiSjh along Vancouver
Island dunng %s essty 'SQs was a irfatne
compared to nnttada s Hi \i\idh
recalls his rude awakening in the Iat*> 19SIK
when he realised that the robust schools nt
roikfishheicneu so well were notsimply eiud
ms him the\ had in fart almo**
appeared In his opinion as 3"|J83y|e3jS&a!i of
BC s Spurts Fishnv Ad\i^oi^Bt^^^pl§ffe
most tl inn^ manni wildlife Jo&iefltoUC in
die pasl Mi \< ars hJh been the drastic
tion of tilt- diverse species nf groundfish most
notably rockQsh and lingcod
Exit the genus Sebastes
R.uklhdi    ivliith   niamh   tompnsc   ihe
'lm holhruudandspni-l almifililf Wesl f'o.isl
Bi   and -\ki-k.i fislinif; iMrnp.inir, n-yuk.rly
In-ill    neai dim,""  'i. >.).-.    e, ,-ai,   Ivimin-    1,.
die Muiinifiiiai -hell   ■lii.im.h  hi-i \.in..li
ar
JH,
tribe*; hai c made use of the fish as a food
source for several centuries without mcideM
local depletionb in catches started to accumu
laEe onl\ a few decades alter rockfiah found a
commercial market in the mid 1800s Toda\
Amen, an and Canadian fisheries depart
ments are struggling to consene the frat
mented bi laps of remaining rockfibh popula
(ions a task that mil take SEiP-ial dpcade- of
strict and . onbistent regulation hi longei
thin it n si-1 u tu e\ en the most earnebt gOi
ernmt n! (impairs and plalfornib
Korkfish up die unfoiInnate pobter fish oi
fnmmciml o\ cr exploitation and ecological
inisund. 1 standing In fut ^EwkabfaPbsiaent
repoiU and studies b\ fisheries officers often
fotus un tlit rockfeh over other ksndb offish
be. ause its uniquE* sen-ative life cy tie is ttUst
h mflexiblt to the piessuies of human -con
sumption dtcrtrfore posing a gie&ier coast*!
\ahon < haDesge RocUt&h have disappeared
so qmrUj m BC it almost faeem&- a? though
they'd prefei to die out than wait lor lis to get
our at i Ififl^tht i
Rangma on nera^t between 1„ md 200
reniirmti's   m   U*nath    fo. kfi^h  {'omnionh
o\ovT\ipirtnis mean
ilh and <mt   outh 1 ■
ttr l)einilr   01  sm s t i
in U ,i . i y
llioii of Hr> u om
stia^ Iir -it lilinc in i
tho ai-w rndsub-t
duirims Ih ii it31
jdai £   maki s  iht m
iaUy kmghitop-ui dso
dtlBtaSt to le^t/ict
al fish   ratkiWi can 1
t&ians hi rea. h <?eunl i
20 years, sometmie i
ih^emesussof 100 i
Timpnt^d to hve lor
cause of Ehib lorkhsh     i
h offspring di ui most     i
are fished hslti than
Uit-l     i-tit    ii^inimr      ind    thoil^ll     1    snii.il j
femaJi c m u leist millions of \ounr il i lmu i
the\ast mi|nnt\ of! im<  ir   quirkh    Hi n h\ i
other nrj.uusiiis
E\en woisi    ii   inliiip I    Hanhv   thp lr\
plaveis   resp in-ihlt    Iui   i ej li nislun^   dwin i
dliiV  popuhhuiis    in    Ih      .Id    I it   It ml |
Inn iles  win h lion < ilk   u    111     >i . I In^lih
prized bv .spurIs hshen.ncn .Sudlv. vit\ hllh' i- I
yrl known  aii.Hil   Ihe l«-h,i\ lonnil  .-. ologv ol j
thesp fish  and the nas.. hv wlnrli llu-.v .;an be , ;
caughl coupled with Iheir im i.e.isni- .rniiom- *' I
iClmpoi'tUIIte Ill.lke lllllflinill  fnMlir govAti I
menl   lo  | nlise   Itnif! leini ^eientilji    sluiK :■ '
uviTllllMU-di. 'niiuneni.il d.-lil.gid J
All  nClhls  ,..niU-  .1  pwliitv  1,1.111  ailllu.ll ,
whuseldei wlriii.i|.,-il.isr;,s,|\  1.\p|,,lriihle I
:islhyl).i.l.. ami -i.|.i'i   in spile ,.I i.s, nl ...n . |
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■..Il.-riMllrllii HE UBYSSEY
Friday. 13 January. 2006
\^
ixibes "have made use of the fish as a food
source for several cenbiries without incident,
local depletions in catcher started to accumu
late only a few decadeb alter rockfish found a
commercial market in fee jnid ISOOs Toda\
American and Canadian fisheries depart
raenls are btrugghn^ to conserve the frag
merited snaps of remaining rockfish pipula
front, a ta4. that will take seveial decades of
btnct and i on&itjtent regulabon far longer
ihm foresteri b\ e\en tlie most earnest £.o\
eminent campaigns and pliifortns
Rockiit,h th llu unfortumto poster fish of
'tHinracrciiJ roerexploitition aad ecological
rm undt 1 blinding In fitt, stork, ab&ebsoient
repoitb and studies b fiehsaies -aiKifin. often
focus on the rcsfkii^h over oiber lands offish
because ik> unique1 seusitste life cyeif? is «&a
i\ milefihie to the |>res=aueg of ftuinan xxm
sumption theipfbre loosing a greater eofisex
vaUnQ challeilge Roclfit.fi have disappeared
so qrarUj m BT il almost faeema- as though
they d preiet to dn out than wait for «s to get
our art toaethei
Rangme on -i\pragt* between 12 ind £00
centirutB  s  in  1 n^th   rorkh=di  {ujimnonh
known as sn hits} are i«ovniptrmi    niein
ing the, ft rtihs   inUnitlh <md ci\    hnih Ij
hie \oung ib cpposed to bi innr m is-, s   f
%„    ill  f 1 hiring  thun  r  t j ii JK -d
mnfat bony S»h The millions ot hu it   on' e
pk.1   -P-i itqi:a!U   in nil vua\ fir ■littlm- in
the  pi j\\ md sub f
their b\p->  th u ten
plitf   m ikf s  thtm
41y Jong lift spin also
tHBcult to i{vtQ.k
al &h  rocklWi ran
nosa* towich sexiiil
HJ0 \eais sometimes
thveine^essnf 10U
B such «> lougheu
lamented to bvf lir
jaubeofthis iorkfish
h offspring tii in most
art fihhedlistei than
uit-i   u 11    tfstriif d f-    "lid   though    1   Mtttlf
female ran ielt ise millions of\ouo_ it t lmu
lhe\ai4nii]oiit'v ofl m'it in gm'kh titmtn
other org imsm
E\-en uuist iitordiji^, tu lianb\ the kf\
pla\eis resptmsibl iui ippli nishin,. dum
dhng populations iff Ih nic! I it lertil
leimks which lmnu dl\ in Hi m . I hvhh
pn/cd b\ spurts Ii lit 1 nun S idh \ir\hlth 1
yet known ibnul llw hi h niour il 11 lu^ n[
"these lisli md iht 1 is. bv ulml) Un \ tin li
cauLlil cuupii d uilh Un 11 mm ihhi mhuiui
ic impuit un 1 mill il ibfiH
mi nt
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than half a century ago, f Fishermen"would
throw 400 pounds of rockEsh over the Bides
of their boats for every 200 pounds of hag-
cod!" Hanby relates), rockfish in the Geor^a
Strait have been generally considered -tora^
mercially e\tmrt t,ince the late J 990& In %a
according la a report published by ftie Sierra
Club m 2001 70 per cent of iockfish record
ed as Oenr^a Strait catch bj hook and hne
boats had in fact been caught north of
( ampbeli River often coming froia^ 1* far
north as Port Haidv OxFer the paot feu
decades. £-hing boats ha^e babitrdlj fceen
ougrstaig further an4 furfber out to <;ea
exbaustsn^ inshore popolations and leasing
behind tmpt\ watert, which, u^viiabh m&
not reuner Tot decades tocome,Ifi>vc*'       ■»
Round One in the Fight for    *
Conservation MPAs c
A-"&"^iiind viitnesoc-- of flae impact unregu-
hh 1 fi^hmg ha« had on tragde cockfi--h pop
o'ltion*- H-utb-\ diidLambh^t been fightni^.
to 11 bine rockfish and ohti thrtateiiefl
1111 mt ur^ni^ms for the jim hvpnlVodd
irs B\ tilp Piri\ 1WV*. tht\ had t~U%
ii^hH Ult iiiiine Life Smclfm\ ^anitv
iML^bl of Bntr-h Colurobn whirh mTf- he *
uai " mprio -d o\er ^rifl nn ml < rs 1 Kr,_i-
t in). Hi ,i . I \%h cli in   nl   1 ft "
dni (mlmunil^ la n ujtin Mjji with die
(ffmt- t,f tithe U^ I 1 cm t ( jii n xhoi
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ihe   l  mi Inn I    rk     md ttildirm-    htitul\
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hufliin n tiMt - u<li i U il fin! *U\i 1 i[>
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fhf sc m 1 N( Tikf 7tmtshiM bimiinplt
mintfd  win 1 (  fi huir is nut illoui I
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upJlflm^ t ntt\\orl> of rpsenes 111 ulwfi
Uuntimd miriiit sp.tit Ir un spnnre to
s^i htui ( m til. hi Hi r md hopefulh
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im^rilon sjh < it s sm h is if>t kJisli 1 nib nffil
mort fi un lin kmil ul pitit: i-tioii dnn othns
mri \IF\ tit oiti n usk! to prnti ct spiwnmg
rJUUIld Ul n idl lit SflUHS luttlu t^Uibhsh
men! f Hits m h t m uphill hiltlt nidi
]nli     liiiiltip   ol» luidnv llit ui\   just one
in ill MI' \ 1 i u s ju in kilomi In s 111 ->i/< < in
liU \i 11 h. li n il isolhtnlh disiMiitfd md
pr 1I11 It d   \.iitl i^i   pili ol un.   1 iiv 1 ffoils of
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I iU /niu     in  111 w    Lib}n| lulimittd iiMluif.
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minNi I    \lii 1   1 1 -1 11s p[ mi f iui)     md
plum. 1 ill    H.nK   I  ,   nl   u   11, nllu   ,\p.
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lion activists around the globe, is found {Jqwq
Undo? Austraha s Great Earner Seef Marine
Park A mindbagghng 345,000 square- falo-
metres of coabthne most ofwhitii is protected >
under btrict government regulabon, the GBR
ha=; been successfully protected" largely
because nf ihe immediate Gconomi^benefits
that bfos^om alongside ngorcjus^-onservation
efforts \ sGtrningI\ endless Oopjcal paiadise
of record size the Great Barrier Reef gets
itttntion puth btciuse pacing tn\eiers tin
literal^ di\t ri^htjiituitmdtonnedmthatnn
aptiMiml li\tl
Raising fi'nds or
GENERAl  PI'BLIC
SUPPORT hOM ORC V
WHAI FS VND C.RI2ZI \
BEAR" CUBS CAN Br
MUCH hASIFRTHAN
FOR^A GAPING COLDBLOODED SFA B"iSS OR
A SPO^iGF
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
imln \j)1nn^lhil llu
nilfr.
pa
iry <i t" prrjti ([ cidi
'ndmK t-t^ulliiv
ruiil ind t\entuidl\
nil 1   li] w   h   il
in Mi i_-.rnn|
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Th it - j [I it k of] inomenlum that needs
lo bi miruiirif ht sifjbs;Man\ conser\ahnn
biologist ^LiUfeglE with the challenge of mak
mg jii ip]i nn ^bout otgimsnib and issupc
tli il in n I \-i uiU\ memorable Raising funds
ui Hen. 1 d pubhr <upp&rtijor area whaler md
rn//l\ bt ir f uhs tJjn be tqdok easier tlian. foi
1 ^ipin,. iuld blooded set bass 01 i sponge
Put its no coincidence Uiat ioanj wasontd
dn <*]> of BC s tosst including hshene1' si n n
ti^ts -md miiine biologisUi ire imohed m
local ronscmtioii organisations TIu\ hi\i
sten the damftgt ind tltej ire sc ih A Though
i--cliool of lc'ickhsh mavnotbe iMiuti is 1 In
li 1 of p md 11 ubs thc\ pi tv in impnrl mt 1 1I1
is both jiredalnis md pre* orrmi lib in diii
mnuwi ^i(Os\sicnis But uainilun ih h B(
fuyid dark ai ib du not tpako it l is\ fin us iw
mi this for om h(l\Ts Oflm llu 1 lost si in m\
ul us ri l tu niM,nt urmtud hi it ih llu mi 1
sum il IrimpilnVMi In Urn k lit ub lm 1 „ inu
nlUllimili InsliN     * ,
but luimrir, ibimdf\( it/ttn bi jiitssm
n>l tf.w il (ind ilsn 1 (OuumiM issiu s 1   n 1
m plum 1 \\i funtjnu. lon\til»ol ili in
tin pn.blun nnl\ ril hi, n lull k
tuliinibmliii duiuh In m tn d u^nnl   1 \< r
ll)H  I    II   ill  111 S   111 Ullr-UlllJll   1      Ul III  I]     l
ihnun I nntiri     md Un Imnsui 1 Uu un ih 1
that setties m due to lSc^p. of public interest
seems to only prolong the inevitable Small
coastal communiheff' on Vanrom er Inland
ha^e been protesbng the ecolugualh deslruc
live "effects of saimuji larms sinct tfieir =-
arriial 3U \ear= ago but it is onh it*((nlh
that iht blorv has become truh publu m mi
festmg itself m paperback bunks and tuh
bumper suckers thit -& Trn ids d m ' h '
h lends pat farmed hbh *        **
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heird tli il firmed s dmon is Jj h!    1 iU llu \
till {Ion t know uh\   llu 1 imtniM r^c 1 in 1> ^ *
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thai now th-it (jIiiiiil dm n h Inn \u
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whin nameh lm\ird&lhof fi igile st hnoi
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2006 Board of Directors Election
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Term is February 2006 to February 2007. Directors
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year in addition to serving on Board Committees. No
previous experience with newspapers or the UPS is
required.
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elections January 24th to 27th, 2006.
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Who can vote for the Ubyssey
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Biyan Zandberg, Yinan Max Wang, Simon
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The aods must be Anansi
Neil Gaiman quits comics to pen a cosmic story of sibling rivalry
ANANSI BOYS
Neil Gaiman
William Morrow
by Jesse Ferreras
CULTURE STAFF
photo illustration by
Kellan Higgins
Following a successful career as
the writer for the DC Comics'
Sandman series, the first to
receive a literary award for best
short story, Neil Gaiman turned
his attention in 2001 to adult fiction with American Gods, the dark
story of a man who, upon release
from prison, discovers that the
men with whom he has surrounded himself are in fact gods of the
ancient world that are hell-bent on
restoring their power in a world
that worships the Internet, the
media and materialism.
Gaiman's affinity for divine thematic devices is given a lighter treatment in Anansi Boys, a quirky yet
charming fantasy novel that employs
with bravado the author's knowledge
of trickster-gods and mythology while
somehow extracting a charming
story out of the strange combination
of fantasy and family drama. The
theme has already been addressed in
countiess novels before, but it's
unlikely that any of these predecessors could have incorporated gods,
tiger-attacking spiders and even
karaoke as seamlessly as Gaiman has
in Anansi Boys.
'Fat' Charlie Nancy, the protagonist, has hved his whole life his
father's shadow. His nickname is
just one among many embarrassments he has suffered at his
father's hands—20 years after his
christening he continues to brood
over the time that his father successfully convinced him to go to
school dressed as former US
President William Howard Taft. As
an adult he moves to London in an
attempt to escape into a life with
which he is only mildly content.
He finds work with the Grahame
Coats Agency, whose chairman is
as sleazy as they come, and prepares for marriage to Rosie, who
somehow turned out to be a sweet
Gaiman's affinity for
divine thematic
devices... has already
been addressed in
countless novels
before, but it's
unlikely that any
of these predecessors
could have incorporated gods, spiders
and even karaoke as
seamlessly as he has
in Anansi Boys.
young woman despite the misery
inflicted by her draconian mother,
who also happens to sincerely despises everything about Fat Charlie.
Once she finally convinces him
to invite his father to the wedding,
he discovers not to his horror, but
rather to his humiliation that his
father dropped dead on the stage
of a karaoke bar. This event leads
him only into further despair
when he discovers the inheritance
left to him: first, the revelation
that he is not human, but is in fact
the West African trickster god
Anansi, famed for his ability to
royally piss off the divinities of the
ancient world. Charlie discovers
he has also inherited an estranged
brother, Spider, who, unfortunately for him, became heir to their
father's god-like characteristics
while Fat Charlie was left only with
his father's amusement at his
expense.
Rather than a touching
reunion, Spider's arrival in Fat
Charlie's miserable life only complicates things as the brothers
become rivals for the hand of Fat
Charlie's fiancee. Spider's arrival
also provokes the ire of the
ancient gods, who threaten to
destroy the world once they discover that Anansi has died, leaving
Earth open for their apocalyptic
return. Fat Charlie already thought
his life was bad enough having to
live through the jilted situations in
which he was placed by his
father—now he and his brother,
descendants of the trickiest god
that ever lived, will have to contend with divine forces in order to
stop their unwelcome arrival.
Anansi Boys is undoubtedly the
most original story of sibling rivalry that I have ever had the chance
to  read.  I  never  imagined  that
what began as a story of a young
man's  difficulties  with familial
reconciliation   could   culminate
into an apocalyptic battle to stop
the ancient gods from destroying
the Earth. Gaiman has a ball with
his knowledge of mythology, incorporating trickster-mythology from
a variety of traditions into a contemporary setting with a stylish
prose that bears an obvious influence     from     Douglas     Adams
[Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).
Despite  some  inconsistencies
with the humour and some darker
elements and situations which do
not seem to fit with the tone of the
novel, the story remains comfortably intact. It is a strikingly original pastiche of myth, family drama
and fantasy that blends seamlessly
into an enjoyable story that will
dazzle  and  charm you with its
Hght, whimsical tale of dysfunctional brothers whose petty arguments   stand   secondary  to   the
wider     implications     of    their
father's death. II
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Russell Banks's
The Darling takes aim
at liberal idealism
and racism in the
pre-9/11 world
THE DARUNG
Russell Banks
Harper Perennial
by Rebecca Taylor
CULTUREWRITER
I have a confession to make: I hate
contemporary North American writing, and until recently I had no idea
why. Typically, reading these books
has been akin to wearing sandpaper
underwear for me, although occasionally I have a breakthrough book
such as Jonathan Strange & Mr.
Norrell (written in a Victorian voice,
I'm not sure it can technically be
considered a breakthrough). I also
enjoy anything written by Salman
Rushdie (sex and jokes can keep anyone's attention-of course, Salman's
problem is that people take him too
seriously and then don't get the
joke). Wait a minute, neither
Susanhe nor Salman are North
American. So I make my point
again. But it was in the middle of
Russell Banks' The Darling, that I
realised I had a problem and it was
tainting my experience with some
great writing.
As I was reading, a feeling of discomfort (akin to sandpaper under-
wear) started to come over me.
Something about the style of writing
was annoying me, so I looked at a
couple of pages trying to figure out
what was wrong with it. It was too
real, too authentic; it was freaking
me out. Narrated by an educated
upper middle-class white woman
with a penchant for self-righteousness, some of the dialogue and
description could have been a transcript of a conversation I had with
myself last week. (Hey, you know
you talk to yourself too). On top of
this, the narrator is not exactly likeable. Emotionally frigid and immature, you could say our relationship,
reader-to-narrator, was a bit-awkward? So I made a commitment to
myself to put aside the baggage
inherent in my point of view and
read the novel with as Utile navel-
gazing bullshit as possible. Good-
luck to me!
Hannah Musgrave, the central
character and narrator, reveals herself to be stuck in various levels of
adolescence and young adulthood,
and whether or not she has truly
made any progress over the course
of her life is debatable. She struggles
with her identity and her story flips
from one self-concept to another;
she also suffers from an intense
aversion to intimacy and a coldness
bordering on emotional impoverishment. It is only in the presence of
her 'dreamers,' as she calls them
(otherwise known as chimps), that
she is able to feel, relax and connect
with
others.
This intimate connection with
chimpanzees
rather than
humans
depicts how
Hannah's
struggle seems
to be between
her youthful ideals
and a need for safety
She seems td yearn for a
secure, comfortable cage and
this urge explains her reasons for
marrying Liberian conservative official, Woodrow Sundiata. This comfort with imprisonment appears tb
be the major source of relief for
Hannah's inner conflict and the selfish motivation behind her chimpanzee sanctuary. I can't help but
wonder whether Hannah would feel
the same connection with chimps in
the wild. I doubt it
The Darling explores in depth the
The range of historical and geographic settings provide ample
opportunity for Hannah, the perpetual adolescent, to flounder from
one decade and continent to another, bouncing from domestic to
political extremes. During her stay
in Liberia, Hannah socialises and
befriends future African dictator,
the range of historical and geographic
settings provide ample opportunity for
Hannah, the perpetual adolescent, to
flounder from one decade and continent
to another, bouncing from domestic to
political extremes.
sort of insidious liberal racism that
is often discovered under the skin of
young idealists especially as they
age, and as reality, identity and idealism collide. Hannah is unable to
see her husband or her African sons
as a part of her; she always feels separate and acknowledges that the
division is her making. She thinks it
is because she can't see herself in
them and refers to them as her
'African husband's so>ns.' It is not
until after their disappearance that
she recognises fully that they were
her children and she was their
mother with no exceptions or excuses. This failure to establish a real
connection with her family, not to
mention at least developing an
understanding of her husband's cul-
ture-the culture to which her sons
were regularly exposed and secretly
initiated-seems to have destined her
to be sucked down into Liberia's
tumultuous fate.
Charles Taylor and founds a chimpanzee sanctuary under the dictatorship of Samuel Doe. One of the things
the novel does exceptionally well is
show how danger can creep up on
anyone; it also helps bring an understanding of why anyone would
remain in a dangerous city or country when, in hindsight, it seems so
obvious that chaos is going to erupt
Hannah's perceptions and decisions
reveal blindspots that all of us have.
Her selfish use of convenient reason
and ability to shelve her morality is a
frightening prospect Many of the
characters Hannah believes to be
charming and intelligent, and therefore acceptable or even good,, commit
horrifying atrocities. Charles Taylor
exemplifies this and becomes a sort
of sex symbol to Hannah. Strangely,
despite her feminist lifestyle back in
America, she seems unmoved by the
constant stream of young girls passing through Charles' bed and then
disappearing;  she  compares
them to groupies and gives them
only passing concern. You would
think this kind of behaviour and disregard for another human being
would enrage and disgust someone
of Hannah's liberal politics, but she
continues to be charmed by Charles
and becomes an accessory to his rise
to power and his future crimes.
For the reader who is not familiar
with Liberian history, the novel provides a concise summary of the
events leading up to the presidency
of William Tolbert Liberia, in the
19th century was taken over by
African-Americans, who relocated as
a part of the Back-to-Africa movement This resettlement was in turn
backed by racist white Americans
who wanted to diminish the African-
American population. 'Ameiicos,' as
they came to be called, named their
new 'unoccupied' country 'Liberia*
after liberty. Of course, they didn't
take into account all the indigenous
tribes that previously occupied the
territory before it became Liberia. In
the beginning, the Ameiicos reinstalled the system of dominance and
oppression they had learned in the
American south and the slightiy less
black whip-hand abused the indigenous people and sold the country out
to white America, piece by piece.
Woodrow Sundiata, Hannah's
'African husband" as she calls him, is
proud of his Ameiico mother and
quite obviously views marrying a
white American woman as a way of
improving his poHtical position.
Hannah is aware long before their
ceremony that the marriage suits
Woodrow's political ambitions in
his 'true whig party", and seems to
accept it completely. She never
directly acknowledges it as a marriage of convenience, but, despite
their initial attraction, that is
exactiy what it becomes.
Although this novel is primarily
a character study, its historical setting is fascinating and highlights
Hannah's
naivete. As she
says herself, her
life   could  not have
been lived  at any other
time in history.  Hannah's ignorance or refusal to see the repercussions of her actions, along with
her selfishness and egotism make
her  a  deeply flawed  character.
However, despite all of her faults,
she is not completely unlikeable.
She recognises many of her foibles,
although sometimes she seems to
be  consciously re-offending.  And
her flaws are so common amongst
the fortunate  minority that her
immaturity seems understandable
if not forgivable due to her surroundings.
Many of the students here at
UBC are 'Darlings' in their own
right, typically from upper middle-
class families, whether 'American"
or not. As a result, these liberal,
activist types may feel as much discomfort as I did entering Hannah
Musgrave's life, Hving vicariously
through her actions and failures
with a growing sensation of
trepidation. (To be fair, the conservatives in the novel are quite childish as well). Russell Banks is known
to dwell on the childishness of
adults and The Darling is clearly
another embodiment of this obsession.
The Darling is an excellent character study and a fascinating portrait
of a period in American history that
is decisively over. Hannah leaves
Africa on September 10th, 2001 and
returns to her farm in upstate New
York. Post 9/11, her life could not
have taken the course it did. Today
America no longer has the patience
for the poHtical activism that it once
did, and it is unlikely that a domestic
terrorist could end up marrying a
foreign diplomat and sociaHsing
with the CIA, (not to mention under a
well-known alias with forged documentation). But the time in which
Hannah Hved, although frightening,
was not driven by fear and protected
by technology, as American culture
seems to be today. It was simpler; it
was just driven by greed and arro-
gance. Those were the days. 81
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Friday. 13 January, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
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Hey peeps, can I play too?
T ran the best campaign that an
independent can possibly run/
said Spencer Keys following his loss
in the 2004 AMS election. T think it
is proof that an independent cannot
win.* No. We. did not make that up.
We're not allowed to make stuff up.
Yet an independent Spencer
Keys did win the AMS presidency in
2005 after successfully lobbying to
ban slates at UBC. And yet he doesn't afford independents running in
the federal election the same liberty.
It's kind of ironic that immediately after the Ubyssey ran an editorial on problems facing voters in
the upcoming election, our own student council found it necessary to
limit the number of candidates
invited to the federal election forum
for the Vancouver-Quadra riding
held in the SUB.
The argument for not allowing
independents and small party
members to speak seemed valid at
first. Too many 'joke' candidates
can tend to monopolise a serious
debate and detract from the issues
at hand. But that problem can be
easily solved by a good moderator.
As NDP candidate David Askew
noted, 'you can have the fairest and
most democratic method, but then
you need patience." It doesn't seem
like that's too much ask for.
Many will argue that we see a
similar reduction of party candidates in the leader's debates on television. But that doesn't make it
right It does solve the problem of
having too many windbags talk for
too long. With more candidates
present at a debate inevitably less
questions are asked of each candidate. And with all the small parties
across Canada there are an awful
lot of party leaders that might make
it unfeasible for a televised debate
But when it comes to talking to candidates from an individual riding,
seven  in  total  in  the   case   of
Vancouver-Quadra, is it really too
much to ask to be able to hear from
them all?
The hypocrisy of the actions by
the  AMS  during the  forum  on
STILL SPENCER. FRoMTHE BLocK?
Wednesday was brought to hght
after Marc Boyer, the Marjiuana
Party candidate, was denied the
opportunity to have his voice
heard. So instead pf participating
after a brief outburst at the onset,
he sat there silently, while the others proceeded/barely acknowledging his presence.
Boyer was one of the two candidates who wasn't allowed to participate in the event. If your eyes
wandered outside, you may have
seen independent Betty Krawcyzak
there as well. She was relegated to
sit outside the SUB for the dura-,
tion of the forum.
This is the same AMS that
barred slates from existing because,
they produced too much infighting.
Didn't they also bar slates because
they believed that by having individuals or independents-run in a
race would provide the elections
with a more diverse range of
views? Maybe they should follow
their own advice.
In the Vancouver-Quadra riding,
of which UBC is an integral part, the
number of joke candidates is zero.
In addition to the main parties participating in the debate, the
Liberals, NDP, Conservatives, and
Greens, both independent Betty
Krawczyk and the Marijuana
Party's Marc Boyer are legitimate
poHtical candidates with legitimate
poHtical platforms.
By not allowing the independents, or so-called "fringe" parties
the abiHty to participate in these
forums, you eliminate a voice, but
even more, you put a dark cloud
over the democratic process.
But wait a tic. The AMS is currently having elections of its own.
And who has been invited to the
election forums in the past? AH the
candidates have, regardless of
whether they run on a serious platform or a platform that revolves
around beer. Betty Krawvzyk's platform is based around the need to
protect the environment—not exactly a superfluous subject
In order for a party to come out
of the margins, it needs opportunity to grow. Only a few years-ago'
the Green Party wasn't even considered a serious national party.
Five years later, the Green Party
gets over 500,000 votes nationally, and has become a growing
alternative to the tri-partisan
monopoly the NDP, Liberals and
Conservatives hold in Canada (if
you don't include the Bloc).
The AMS should foHow its own
poHcy and look into being more
poHticaHy inclusive in the future.
Election forums should express
ideas, not exclude them. II
Perspective Opinion
Committing suicide to our curriculum
t3
by Tasha L. Ptasinski
"To commit arson," "to commit
murder," "to commit suicide"...
Which one of these phrases is not
like the other one? Seems like an
elementary question? Even in a
university seminar, the differences between these expressions
are lost in the subtleties of language. These are aH crimes that
people commit, are they not?
Think again. Suicide is not iHe-
gal in Canada. It is not a crime
that can be "committed." In an era
of politically correct language,
why do we stiU hear the phrase "to
commit suicide"? Why does our
language still reflect an attitude of
transgression towards a tragic act
that seeks only to end pain?
The answer: a lack of commitment to suicide awareness
education.
The lack of knowledge about
suicide is as tragic as the Hves lost
to it. For with the lack of understanding comes lost opportunity
for prevention. The lack of knowledge regarding suicide is not
restricted to the average Canadian,
but indeed affects the practice of
the educated health care provider.
I know only too weU.
Three years ago a close friend
of my family ended his life. The
day before he died he saw a health
care practitioner. The potential
opportunity for intervention on
that 'day before' haunts me to this
present moment. I ask myself
over and over if that professional
had more education about suicide,
would he have recognised the
warning signs in nay friend?
Would there have been an opportunity to delay my friend's decision to end his pain? Would he
stiH be here today? Would I be
writing this?
As a second-year master's student in a health care discipline, I
have yet to hear suicide myths
debunked and prevention strategies formally conveyed to my
class. As future health care professionals, we may have the
opportunity to intervene when a
person is most at risk. The
Canadian Association for Suicide
Prevention lists the foUowing as
risk factors for  suicide,  among
many others: "not being able to
do what we were able to do
before...a recent major loss such
as a death which we feel we cannot get through... and any problem for which we cannot see a
solution." These are issues that
many of the people under our
care wiU be facing when their
health or ability is compromised.
Will my classmates or I be able to
recognise someone at risk for suicide? And even if we do identify
that someone under our care is at
risk, wiU we know what to do
about it?
The issue of suicide has come
up in class in terms of ethical
issues that healthcare teams confront, but what about specific
interventions? Where is suicide
prevention curriculum in my education? If we are going to stop suicide as a significant cause of
death; we need to start talking
about it. And we need to start
learning about it.
I applaud the University of
British Columbia for putting on a
suicide awareness campaign in
conjunction with World Suicide
Prevention day. And I am proud
of UBC's department of rehabifi-
tation sciences for the way an
instructor's family loss to suicide
was communicated to students.
The communication was open
and honest. Losing someone to
suicide is a risk factor for suicide
in itself. With frank communication, we can aU be more supportive and work towards prevention,
even in our role as students and
coworkers. Talking frankly about
suicide is the first step towards
preventing it. Our faculty has set
,an exemplary example for us to
foHow. What I hope to see next is
a commitment from faculty to
include suicide awareness and
prevention in our curriculum.
Let's start committing suicide
awareness and prevention education to our healthcare curricu-
lums. Suicide prevention should
be on aU of our agendas. How can
you make ' the commitment in
your life long learning?
— Tasha L. Ptasinski is a
second-year master's student in
occupational therapy in the
School of Rehabilitation Sciences.
Streeters
Would you consider
VOTING FOR SOMEONE
OUTSIDE OF THE
MAINSTREAM PARTIES?
"I would if their offer is legit I wish
papers like the Vancouver Sun
would cover the smaHer parties."
—Alex Ushijima
Fine Arts 4
"I guess if they had a good
platform, maybe. Probably not."
—Ben Kreaden
Arts 2
"Yes. None of the parties really
represent me."
—Mehran Atee
Global Resource Systems 2
"Yes. Right now it's just the same
thing in different forms. We have a
lot of hope, but it goes nowhere and
we feel helpless."
—Elinaz Farahman
Persian Dance Instructor,
UBC Rec Centre
"I don't vote at aU. The voting
system is stupid."
—Amir Bahadar Moosavi Zadeh
Engineering Physics 2
—Streeters coordinated by
Carolynne Burkholder THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 13 January, 2006
National 11
Quebec students protest Martin
Protestors demand
reinvestment in federal
funding to universities
by Melissa Gendron
THE CONCORDIAN/CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
MONTREAL (CUP)-Student demonstrators
gathered outside Radio-Canada studios on
Monday night to protest Paul Martin's broken promises and demanded a reinvestment
of federal funding to Canadian universities
and cofleges.
Staged by the Student Voter CoaHtion, the
rally, set to coincide with the Montreal round
of the televised leadership debate, was sparked
by Martin's newly unveiled proposal for post-
secondary education funding. Among other
things, Martin's new plan promises to pay half
the first and last year tuition for undergraduate students, up to $3,000 per student a year.
The demonstrators, about 75 of them, afl
brandishing signs reading "Education
Shouldn't be a Debt Sentence," aimed to send
one clear message to the government Make
education a priority. The Student Voter
CoaHtion, which encompasses over 125,000
McGiU and Concordia students from major
student associations, beHeves the new plan to
be insufficient
"The plan is simply inadequate and doesn't
go far enough in addressing how badly undefended post-secondary institutions across
Canada are," said Steven Rosenshein, VP
Communications for Concordia University's
student union.
According to protesters, the prime minister's new promise falls short of the billions
needed to replenish funds for Canadian universities and coUeges.
Since 1994, the federal government has
slashed funding by over $4.9 bilHon, leaving
WINTER OF THEIR DISCONTENTS Concordia students take to the street to voice
their dissatisfaction with the student debt, cup/the concordian photo
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coUeges and universities scrambling for cash.
Many institutions have Httie choice but to pass
the cost on to students with tuition hikes and
increasing class sizes. As a result classrooms
are overcrowded and students debts are rising. Rosenshein said he doesn't beHeve education is a priority for Martin.
During the 2004 election, Martin promised
to a national television audience the allocation
of "seven to eight bilHon doUars" in transfer
payments for post-secondaryeducation.
Brent Farrington, a representative from the
Quebec chapter of the Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS) said students have yet to see
any of that money.
The CFS wrote to Martin after he made the
promise, asking for a clarification and a timeframe within which to expect the new funds.
Less than two weeks before the next elections,
they are stiH waiting for a reply.
Still, others try to stay optimistic. "The plan
is a great start..I just hope that it doesn't die
after Election Day," said Lee Johnson, 28, a
first-year law student at McGill and preparing
for a PhD at the university of British Columbia.
Johnson, who's completing his 29th
term as a fidl-time university student, says
he's witnessed past federal funding going
to lab research or the construction of new
buildings and he's just glad to see a bid to
provide tuition relief as opposed to one
that ignores students. Johnson did not
attend the raUy but had a few words for
Martin and the Liberals, "Nice one, Paul...
It was you, as finance minister that, in
large part, presided over the out-of-control
tuition increases of the nineties! If you
want to refund half of the tuition I paid in
my first two years retroactively, I might
even vote for youl" f I
Think twice before ditching that old computer
A few solutions for a burgeoning problem
by Whitney Light
THE UNITER/UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG
WINNIPEG (CUP)-It's a new year, and
maybe you've decided it's time for a new
computer. But what do you do with the old
one? It's not broken, reaUy. Whatever you
do, don't take it to the dump.
Used computers are part of the growing
amount of e-waste that includes everything
from phones and TVs to fax machines and
monitors. With the rapid advances taking
place in the electronics and information technology industries, the lifespan of equipment is
getting shorter and dealing with these not-so-
dusty techno dinosaurs is becoming a pressing
concern. Environment Canada studies show
Canadians are generating over 140,000
tonnes of e-waste each year.
Fortunately, business, government, and
community organisations are banding together to recycle as much as possible and dispose
of the rest in envirorunentaHy-fiiendly ways.
One of the largest computer recycling
organisations in Manitoba is Computers for
Schools, a national, federal government-led
program, which coUects and refurbishes donations of used computer equipment for use in
pubHc schools and libraries.
On December 22 of lastyear, Provincial
Conservation Minister Stan Struthers
announced that the not-for-profit organisation would receive a grant of $24,900 from
the Manitoba government's Waste
Reduction and PoUution Prevention Fund
(WRAPP) to manage school computer waste
in an environmentaHy responsible way.
Karen Kerr, Executive Director of
Computers for Schools, said that when it began
12 years ago, the program was beHeved to be
alleviating waste from landfills by re-deploying
equipment to other organisations. "What wasn't thought-out was the fact that (the computers) are going to expire eventuaUy," said Kerr.
The program has evolved to encompass
safe recycling and disposal of computers
that have reached the end of the line. The
WRAPP money will go in part towards purchasing a weigh scale, to weigh and charge
for donations appropriately, and. a baler, to
shrink and bale plastic parts making them
less costly to transport.
"To recycle 100 per cent, transportation
costs are 95 per cent of our costs," said Kerr.
While the organisation tries to use local plastics and metals recyclers as much as possible,
parts that contain harmful heavy materials
such as lead, cadmium, and mercury must be
shipped to qualified recyclers in Montreal.
Currendy, the province has no poHcy or
plan in place to raise the funds necessary to
deal with electronics recycling. However, a discussion paper by Green Manitoba Eco
Solutions on the development of an e-waste
stewardship program was released in October
2005 and foHowed by a consultation with
industry stakeholders to determine the best
way to deal with the e-waste issue. Plans are
moving forward across Canada to manage e-
waste on a provincial basis.
In February 2005, the Province of Alberta
began coUecting a fee, ranging from $5 to
$45, on electronics at point-of-purchase to
fund recycling and disposal efforts. PoHcy
Analyst for Manitoba Conservation Rod
McCormick said that Manitoba wiH not necessarily foHow suit, though the effects of .the
poHcy in Alberta have been positive. "We
want to see an industry-led solution, and that
wiU entail some costs."
Most Canadians, it seems, wiH not need
much convincing to part with more dollars if it
means less impact on the environment A poU
conducted by POLLARA in March 2005 reported that 88 per cent of Canadians are willing to
spend more for consumer electronics that are
energy efficient, produce less waste, and are
made of recycled materials.
In Alberta, the Electronic Recycling
Association, a not-for-profit private organi-
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND:
Concerned people are looking at ways to
reduce sad scenes like this one.
YINAN MAX WANG PHOTO
sation, has taken computer recycHng one
step further by shipping funtioning yet
unwanted computers to third-world countries. For people in those places it might cost
$500 to buy a new computer, whereas the
ERA can supply them for $5 a piece, said
Boyan Paduh, Director of the Electronic
Recycling Association (ERA) in Alberta.
"People always want the newest thing.
People can be very inconsiderate of others and
the environment," said Paduh. "You'd be surprised by the type of stuff you find in Canadian
and American landfills."
"The only reason we have this industry is
because Canada is rich," said Paduh. "In the
third world, computer recycling doesn't exist"
It appears, however, that IT manufacturers are becoming aware of the e-waste
issue. Electronic Product Stewardship
Canada (EPS) has the membership of 18
consumer electronics and IT manufacturers and is developing a national electronics
end-of-life program.
EPS anticipates that a handling fee for electronics products wiH be embedded in the price
of products, coUected nationaHy, and redistributed to provincial and regional organisations.
"I think manufacturers are starting to jump
on board the e-waste issue," said Kerr. "But
over the next ten years, it wiH get worse before
it gets better." II
Orgies at swingers'
clubs on the rise
following Supreme
Court ruling
by Jeremy Delman
THE MCGILL DAILY/MCGILL UNIVERSITY
MONTREAL (CUP)-Owners of Montreal
swingers' clubs say that business is booming
after the Supreme Court ruled in December to
strike down a ban on clubs hosting group sex.
The landmark decision, which noted that
orgies among consenting adults in pubHc
estabfishments do not pose a threat to society,
effectively brought the clubs out of legal limbo.
Bernard Corbeil, a lawyer who has represented several swingers' clubs and is now affiliated with Le 1082, said that people can now
go to the clubs without fear of being arrested
by poHce.
"People were scared before, but now the
poHce can't come here," Corbeil said. "As long as
there's a sign that says people can expect to see
sex when they come in, then there can be sex."
Without the threat of legal action against
swingers, there has been a marked increase in
the number of patrons at Le 1082.
Corbeil was a manager and lawyer of the
now-defunct L'Orage, whose owner was convicted in 2003 of running a "bawdy house" and
fined $2,500.
When the Quebec Court of Appeal overturned a similar club's conviction, both cases
went before the Supreme Court.
Due to the favourable verdict, Corbeil said
that Le 1082 has plans to expand its operations
with a new club on the South Shore and another one in Laval. Le 1082, which is recognised
by Tourisme Quebec as a one-star hotel, wiH
also be looking into lifting the restriction on
where patrons can have sex, Corbeil said.
Currently, patrons can meet at the on-site
| bar and spa but must take out a room if they
wish to have sex. However, according to the
new ruling, they don't necessarily have to
move to a room anymore.
"It doesn't have to be behind closed doors,"
CorbeU said. "So it is possible that there could
be sex at the bar."
Brian Rushfeldt, the executive director of
the Canada Family Action CoaHtion, thinks the
ruling wiU lead to a sHppery slope of lewdness
and obscenity.
"I wouldn't be surprised if these clubs started springing up aH around the country," he said.
Derek Rogusky of Focus on the Family
Canada, a Christian organisation, also lamented what he sees as eroding social values.
"In essence, the court said that as long as there
are no injuries, then anything goes, so this decision opened up a bunch of other issues that are
even more problematic," he said. "What stops Hve
sex shows from happening now?"
Particularly worrisome for Rushfeldt is the
wording of the ruling, which he said strips the
power of local governments to oppose the
opening of sex estabfishments.
"It's no longer possible for communities to
strike down the construction of these swinger
clubs," he said. "They could be next to high
schools."
Since there is no exchange of money for sex
at swingers' clubs, the court disregarded the initial argument that clubs were essentially brothels, which are illegal. Instead, the ruling was
based on whether swingers' clubs are indecent,
and asserted that this was not the case.
Rushfeldt mocked the Supreme Court for
reducing the case to indecency.
"For seven judges to decide what's decent
or not for aH Canadians is ridiculous," he said
referring to the seven of the nine judges who
voted to lift the ban.
Corbeil, on the other hand, said that,
according to poHs he has done, a clear majority of Quebeckers and Canadians in general
beHeve that group sex estabfishments should
be legal. He further maintained that swinging
is a right.
"It's a fundamental right to enjoy life,"
Corbeil said. "The human being needs variety.
You don't eat the same thing aH the time, or
wear the same clothes, why should it be different for sex?" a
**& 1.3. News
Friday, 13January,2006  THEUBYSSEY
Vancouver-Quadra jostles for votes
Candidates announce plans for
post-secondary education
by Eric Szeto
NEWS EDITOR
A rambunctious audience congregated Wednesday to witness candidates
in the Vancouver-Quadra riding ver-
baUy joust for support in the upcoming federal election.
The participants included
Stephen Owen, the incumbent
Cabinet Minister and Liberal MP for
the riding. Conservative candidate
Stephen Rogers, NDP candidate
David Askew and Green Party candidate Ben West. Marc Boyer, the candidate for the Marijuana Party sat
alongside the consortium despite
having not received an invitation to
the debate.
A number of topics were discussed, including the Gomery Report,
genetically modified foods and issues
pertaining to post-secondary funding
and tuition.
The forum was often fraught
with hostifity, with some audience
members voicing open displeasure
to the responses from the candidates, who for the most part stuck
to party lines when confronted
about contentious issues.
Owen reiterated the Liberal agenda, pledging another $4 bilHon on
top of the $9 bilHon promised to be
doled out over the next four years for
post-secondary education.
The Liberals, he said, have also
vowed to implement the 50-50 plan,
ajjrogram which aims to reduce stu
dent financial debt by paying for half
of a students' first and fourth year's
tuition. Low-income families,
explained Owen, would be provided
for throughout the entire four years.
"Education is the absolute basis of
our economy, our future, our quaHty
of life and the way we present ourselves to the world and the way we
treat each other," Owen said.
But when an audience member
confronted him over his refusal to
support BH1-C238, legislation that
would have reduced the time a student had to wait before declaring
bankruptcy from ten to two years,
Owens was put on his heels.
T can teU you that all of us, including students, who take on responsi-
biHties and contract for responsibiH-
ties should Hve up to them and if you
have limited funds for students loans
you want to make sure that they are
repaid wherever possible...so that
they can be available for other students," he said.
Responsible members of society, Owen explained, have to protect
the sanctity and security of the
loan program.
Rogers, recognising the problems
that exist within the Canada Student
Loans program, explained that
reforms would take place if there was
a Conservative government
"The repayment of your student
loan wiH reflect your income as
opposed to what some other jurisdiction expected your income to
MIC CHECK: Stephen Owen, Stephen Rogers, David Askew and Ben West talk, yinan max wang photo
be," he said.
In addition, the first $ 10,000 of a
student loan repayment wiH be tax
free, said Rogers.
But like Owen, Rogers did not
emerge from the fray unscathed.
When an audience member asked
the candidate about the
Conservatives' continued refusal to
acknowledge the legitimacy of the
Gomery report which absolves Paul
Martin of all guilt, his snide remark
accusing Stephen Owen of fixing the
questions for audience members
drew jeers from the crowd.
"WeH, I guess Stephen [Owen]
wrote the question so Stephen will
answer the question," he said.
"I'm sorry. I don't appreciate that,
just because I'm young doesn't mean
I can't make up a question on my
own," the audience member retorted.
This remark garnered cheers
from the crowd.
The two other main candidates
in the riding, Askew and West,
were not approached with as many
questions, but when confronted,
proposed broad solutions to post-
secondary issues.
"One of the fundamental things
we need in this society is education," said West. "It's second only to
healthcare. Education and healthcare are the cornerstones of a
healthy society and if we don't
make sure that those things are
universaUy accessible then we're
going to have serious problems in
the future."
West also commented that the
Canada Millennium Scholarship, a
program that provides students
with bursaries and scholarships
based on performance, should be
restructured to run on a needs-
based formula.
Askew said that the NDP promised to create more student grants
programs to provide stable long-
term funding. This would offset the
acute rise in tuition and student
debt, which averages around
$20,000 per student, he added.
"We regard the funds we put into
education an investment," said
Askew, "not an expense." II
.■'a*'-
An end to the
cycle of violence
Man who inspired Hotel
Rwanda speaks at UBC
by Khatidja Vaiya
NEWSWRITER
History wiU keep repeating itself
unless words from the international community are joined with
actions, said Paul Rusesabagina
during a speech on the Rwandan
genocide at the Chan Center
last week.
Rusesabagina, the assistant manager of the MiUe Colline Hotel in
KigaH was hurtled on to the world
stage after the release of Hotel
Rwanda, a film which depicted his
role in saving the lives of thousands
of Hutu and Tutsi citizens during the
Rwandan genocide.
The    1994   genocide,   which
occurred over a period of  100
days,  took the  lives  of nearly
800,000   Tutsis   and  moderate
Hutus who were murdered at the
hands of the Interhamwe miHtia.
As the international community
turned a blind eye and the United
Nations  withdrew  most  of its
peacekeeping troops, Rusesabagina
resorted   to   bargaining   luxury
items within the hotel in return
for the fives of its occupants.
Miraculously, when the genocide ended, not a single resident
housed at the hotel had become a
part of the nation-wide slaughter.
As a winner of numerous international human rights awards,
Rusesabagina spoke on matters
concerning international responsibility during times of humanitarian crisis.
Denouncing the overwhelming
Candidates not invited
STAND UP: Violence must be stopped said Paul Rusesabigna at
the Chan centre on Sunday, yinan max wang photo
deficiencies of the international
community, Rusesabagina noted
that the mass slaughter could have
been easily averted.
"People were killing people with
machetes, with cloaks and spears,"
he said. "Stopping them was not
compHcated. Those guys were not
having nuclear weapons. They were
not even all of them fighting with
guns. To stop that genocide was
very simple...people did it because
there was no witness."
After discussing the repercussions of Rwandan colonisation that
culminated in the genocide,
Rusesabagina caHed upon the western world to stand up for African
countries, emphasising the necessity for international response to the
ongoing conflict in Darfur.
"We do not have a voice...the
most important thing is to stand
up, to raise awareness," said
Rusesabagina.
"Let the world know. Sign petitions. Demonstrate."
While some questioned the
effectiveness of student activism,
other members  of the  audience
seemed to share Rusesabagina's
hopes for future.
"Students do have the power to
make change," explained Alma
Mater Society (AMS) VP and audience member Kevin Keystone.
"He spoke of raising awareness of
the issue, and that's what I believe
is one of the most powerful tools
we have: informing ourselves,
standing up, and making our voices heard."
Rusesabagina later equated
the Rwandan genocide with the
Holocaust, and warned against
the abuse of words used in the
place of action.
Referring to speeches made by
members of the international
community during a recent
Holocaust remembrance ceremony, Rusesa-bagina noted that people must stop abusing the words
"never" and "again."
"AH the leaders who talked that
day, pronounced at least ten times,
'never' and 'again'," he said.
"How many times shall we
abuse words? When shaU we join
words to actions?" II
by Paul Evans
NEWS EDITOR
"Democracy is to be aHowed to say
thoughts and express beHefs that are
contrary to society as a whole," said
Marc Boyer, Marijuana Party candidate for Vancouver Quadra in the
upcoming federal election.
Both Boyer and independent
Betty Krawczyk weren't invited to
the federal election forum hosted
by the Alma Mater Society (AMS) in
the SUB on Wednesday. Both
showed up anyway.
Boyer seated himself beside the
other candidates and chaflenged moderator, AMS President Spencer Keys,
as to the reasons for his exclusion.
"We're an officiaHy recognised
party," exclaimed Boyer.
Keys responded, "We only have
people who have people running in
eveiy riding."
Later, during an interview. Keys
explained the reasons for only inviting candidates representing the
Liberal, Conservative, NDP and
Green parties.
"We felt that the four parties that
were there, that are in fact fielding
candidates in every riding in the
country, were a strong enough sample of the candidates for the riding
[VancouverQuadra],* he said.
"It's not like we want to pretend
other candidates don't exist We simply wanted to make sure we had an
effective debate."
Independent candidate Krawc2yk
was troubled by the AMS' decision,
however.
"I think it's terrible that independents are not included," she said,
adding that independents bring an
important voice parties don't
"My campaign says parties can
not make the changes our environment demands."
Some students in the audience
shared Krawczyk and Boyer's concerns.
"I just think that in a forum like
UBC...that's supposed to be open and
democratic, it's ridiculous that they
weren't aHowed," remarked fourth-
year Arts student John Kendler.
The four candidates participating
in the debate had mixed responses to
the exclusion of Boyer and Krawczyk.
"It's up to organisers to decide
who to invite," said NDP candidate
David Askew. "There's a tradeoff: you
can concentrate on discussing the
main parties, or you can have everyone there, which is the fairest and
most democratic method, but you
then you need patience and time for
everyone to explain themselves."
Conservative candidate Stephen
Rogers supported the debate being
restricted to the main parties. "It is
best to deal with the people with the
chance of winning," he said, adding
that smaUer parties have the potential to detract from the debate.
The Green Party candidate, Ben
West, took a different perspective
having once been a fringe candidate
himself.
"I've been a fringe party candidate so I personally was always
troubled that I didn't have an
opportunity to speak."
"It's a shame that other parties
weren't given a chance to have their
voices heard because I think this
process needs to be about making the
people in positions of power, answer
to issues," he said.
"When they don't have the opportunity to speak in aU-candidates forums
that definitely limits that abiHty." II
—with files from Michael Kenacan
and Eric Szeto

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