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 Celebrating 90 years!
October 28,2008 \ www.ubyssey.ca
give me my fucking penguin since 1918 \ volume xc, number 17
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pressure is mounting at
UBC to change course
on the future ofthe UBC
Farm. With Campus and Community Planning in the middle
of public consultations for the
UBC Campus Plan, focus has
thus far concentrated on the future ofthe farm, the last working
farm in the city of Vancouver.
In all three options presented by Campus and Community
Planning, the farm is decreased
in size from 24 to 8 hectares, and
is moved from its current location in all but one ofthe plans.
In a rally outside the SUB
Monday afternoon, Friends
of the Farm announced that
over 16,000 people had signed
a petition demanding that
the UBC Farm be saved from
"In a world of climate change
and questions about food security it should seem obvious:
preserve and secure the culture
ofthe UBC Farm in its full 24-
hectare location and size," said
Friends of the Farm President
Andrea Morgan at the rally.
Later on Monday, Friends
ofthe Farm presented the petition to UBC in a meeting with
President Stephen Toope and
VP External Stephen Owen.
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Potters House of Horrors • Come
and be terrified in a haunted house
featuring five themed rooms and
more. • Tix $12/10, Oct. 15-31
6-1 Opm. www.pottershouseofhor-
rors.com *
Green Drinks • Interested in environmental and sustainability issues?
Come to Steamworks Pub this
Wed. • Third Wed. of each month,
5:45pm, Steamworks Pub (375
Water), www.greendrinks.org *
Fright Nights At The PNE • Featur
ng five new haunted houses, the
Nightmare Maze, four shows, and
access to Playland rides. Warning
definitely not for ages 12 and
under, seniors 65+, people with
sensitivity to strobe lighting, people
with high blood pressure, heart
conditions, pregnant women, or
scaredy cats. No guest costumes
allowed. • Playland, Oct. 16 to Nov.
I, 6pm. More information at www.
The Bible for Beginners • The Bible
for Beginners is an informal, no
pressure examination of one of the
most famous books in the world
Meet over lunch (Mondays 12-1 pm
in SUB @ tables near Starbucks) or
coffee (Wednesdays 2-3pm @ Ike's
Cafe in the Irving K. Barber Center)
to learn about this strange book. •
revnathanwright@mac.com *
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost
Train • Mortal Coil Performance
Society presents a pirate-themed
adventure featuring actors, dancers, performers, puppeteers,
swordfighters, hat-making, paint-
ing, storytelling, and the Haunted
Children's Farmyard. • Oct. 10-Nov
21, Stanley Park Miniature Railway
(Stanley Park). Tix $9/5.50 (plus
service charges and fees) at www.
ticketmaster.com. More info at
CiTR SHiNDiG • UBC's own CiTR
Radio's battle of the bands. Hosted
every Tuesday at the Railway Club
• Ongoing every Tuesday until
December 9, Railway Club (579
Dunsmuir). More info at 604-681-
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours •
Two-hour trolley tour visits locations
ike the Mountain View Cemetery
and the Vancouver Police Museum's
autopsy room. • Oct. 17 to Nov.
I, 6-9:40pm. More information at
www.vanmuseum.bc.ca. *
Free Movies! Cinema Politica @
UBC • Cinema Politica at UBC is
a free weekly series showcasing
movies that harness the power of
film to engage issues relating to the
environment, globalization, gender
and sexuality, indigenous rights,
global health, and student power. •
Every Tuesday, 7pm, Norm Theatre,
SUB More info at www.cinemapo-
Eat BC! • This month at participating restaurants, accommodations,
retailers and farms for a chance to
WIN dining out for an entire year,
free accommodation for a year and
more! Eating BC is a great way
to support your local agriculture
community, the environment and
economy. • Oct. 1, 2008 - Fri, Oct.
31, 2008 (all day), Cost: $5-$15
for more information see www.
food.ubc.ca *
October 28
UBC Improv presents the October
shows • Get your pants on and get
ready! UBC Improv presents the
October Shows. Team David makes
their debut as they join Team
Goliath in an art like none other! •
Oct. 28 7pm-9pm. Scarfe 100 Admission is $2 for non-members and
free for UBC Improv membership
holders. Memberships are available
at the door at a steal for $10. *
Meet DeanTownhall • Come out
and meet the head of the science
faculty in this informal Q&A. Do
you have a problem with the way
something works in your classes
or labs? Got a way that we can
mprove the faculty? This is your
chance to take it right to the
source. Get educated and involved
in improving your faculty. • Oct. 28,
12:30-1:30pm, Ladha *
Cinema Politica: This is What
Democracy Looks Like • the rea
story of what happened in the
streets of Seattle during the 1999
WTO protests. • Oct. 28, 7pm,
Norm Theatre, SUB- FREE! www.
cinemapolitica.org/ubc *
October 29
UBC Improv presents the October
shows • Get your pants on and get
ready! UBC Improv presents the
October Shows. Team David makes
their debut as they join Team Goliath in an art like none other! • Oct
29th 7pm - 9pm. Scarfe 100, Admission is $2 for non-members and
free for UBC Improv membership
holders. Memberships are available
at the door at a steal for $10. *
Pineapple Express • The UBC Film
Society presents Pineapple Express.
• Oct. 29-Nov 2, 2008 9pm, $4
general admission, $2 for members, (18A, 112 min) www.ams.
ubc. ca/clubs/filmsoc *
Organic Drinks • Interested in
Environmental and Sustainability
issues. See it in Action! Come to
Mediterra on October 29. One of
the most popular events will be
the tasting of fresh, organic drinks.
• Free event 11:30am to 1:30pm
SUB Lower Level, Oct. 29. For more
information contact Karim at Medi-
terra@shaw.ca. *
October 30
Rave on UBC - DJ Arias at the Pit •
nternational DJ sensation Arias will
be coming all the way from France
to perform at the Pit! •  Oct. 30,
2008 at 8pm, tickets will be $20
Contact mayssn@gmail.com *
Women's Basketball • The team
will play their home opener against
Trinity Western University as they
aim to defend their national championship. • Oct. 30, Nov. 1, 6pm
War Memorial Gym. *
Men's Basketball • The squad wil
once again try to be victorious in
the Pacific Division. They will face
Trinity Western University . • Oct.
30, Nov. 1, 8pm War Memorial
Gym. *
UBC Photography Presents: Chris
Taylor • Club meeting and guest
lecture: open to members and pubic. Complimentary food and drink
• Thursday, Oct. 30 7pm Room
212A SUB. Info: photosocubc©
gmail.com and www.winnersblues.
com *
Fair Trade Pancake Breakfast * Engineers Without Borders is hosting
a pancake breakfast on Thursday
October 30 from 7:30-10am in the
foyer of the Kaiser Building. Come
fill up on Fair Trade banana-chocolate chip pancakes and coffee.
All are welcome • Oct. 30, Kaiser
Building, please bring your own
mug/plate/cutlery. *
October 31
Women's Ice Hockey • The squad
has been experiencing a volatile
season with a record of 3-3. They
hope to get back at Saskatchewan
this weekend after dropping a
game against them last week.
• Oct. 31 7:30pm, Thunderbird
Arena. *
The mAUSUSquerade • A never-
before-seen, interfaculty Halloween
social experiment from AUS and
SUS. Come out on Halloween night
to see AUS and SUS join forces at
the Ladha Centre. We'll be spinning
mixes all night on a pumping dance
floor. Be sure to dress up and show
your spirit. Tickets will get you a
commemorative glass (for the first
200 entrants), a free beverage and
an excuse to dance the night away
Bring a can for the Meal Exchange's
Trick or Eat program and get a dollar off your ticket. Buy your tickets
from MASS or Ladha. • October
31, 2008 7pm-11pm, Abdul Ladha
Science Student Centre Tickets $10
@ the door. Presale tickets 5/$45.
Global Thriller, a massive Halloween party • Hosted by International Peer Program (IPP), GoGlobal
Student Connect, International
Students Association of Sauder
(ISAS) and Asian Studies Interests
Association (ASIA). The event wil
also feature a live nightclub DJ,
pumpkin carving contest, and other
great group activities! Prizes will
also be given out to students with
the best costumes! • October31,
2008 7pm International House,
Tickets $5 before, $7 dollars at
the door, for more information
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November 1
Medieval Festival: Beowulf •
Presented by Early Music Vancouver
in cooperation with UBC School of
Music • Nov. 1, 2008 7:15-1 Opm
$30 Adults / $27 students &
seniors, http://www.ear/ymusic
Antiwar conference: "Imperialist
disaster" • War at Home, War
Abroad, Economic Collapse - The
Antiwar Movement and Beyond
How the New Era of War & Occupation Brings Misery & Destruction
for Humanity. • Saturday Nov. 1,
W:00am-5:00pm at the Britannia Community Center (1661
Napier Street at Commercial Drive)
Organized by Mobilization Against
War& Occupation (MAWO) 604-
322-1764 More info @ www.
mawovancouver.org *	
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enthusiasts in the action and excitement of table tennis. The Fall Table
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doubles categories for both men
and women. There are some great
prizes to be won so sign up and
have some fun and a little competition! Register by Wed. Oct. 29 •
UBC Student Rec Centre Gyms,
November 2, 2008 9am-4pm, UBC
Student Singles $10, UBC Student
Doubles $16, For more info, please
contact Aaron Miu amiu@rec.ubc.
November 7
Big Lebowski Beverage Garden •
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every year! Or become a member
and skip the long non-member
ine! Norm Theatre. The SUB. • Tix
$3 members, $6 non-members
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your new
Morgan - Silvester
settles in at UBC
Chancellor Morgan-Silvester stands in front of a picture of UBC leaders of yore, matthew ratzlaff photo/the ubyssey
by Matthew Ratzlaff
News Writer
"I was very surprised when I got
the phone call saying, 'Would
you consider putting your name
forward for Chancellor?....The
UBC Alumni Association would
like to nominate you,'" recalls
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, UBC's
newly elected chancellor. "I just
about fell off my chair."
As an undergraduate student
at UBC in the 1980s, Morgan-
Silvester knew as little as the
next student about the role of
"Let's be honest—I don't
think I knew it existed." Nominated years later, she admits, "I
had to think, 'Well, what is this
all about?' along with everybody
"What does a chancellor do exactly besides confer degrees and
sign those degree certificates?"
She adds, "I did it because I really did think that UBC is one of
those rare organizations that is
actually relevant locally, nationally and internationally. It really
does matter, it really does make
a difference."
Elected by UBC alumni for a
three-year term that started on
July 1, 2008, Morgan-Silvester
is discovering that being the
university's 17th Chancellor is
"quite a full role." While her signature will appear on graduating students' degree certificates
this year, she also advises UBC's
Board of Governors and Senate,
which oversee the university's
business and academic affairs,
"The role of Chancellor is
steeped with tradition," she
says. "With Chancellor you have
to blend the responsibility of...
bringing that tradition with you
[while] also being relevant to
Morgan-Silvester's extensive
experience in the business world
has made her a strong presence
in UBC's governing body. In addition to climbing the corporate
ladder to the position of an executive VP at HSBC Bank Canada,
she is currently the chair of the
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
and BC Women's Hospital and
Health Centre Foundation, as
well as Director of ENMAX Corporation, the CD Howe Institute,
and Women in the Lead Inc.
"Business backgrounds...
are essential to balance out the
Board of Governors," said Brad
Bennett, chair of the Board of
Governors. "I'm thrilled that Sarah was chosen to be the Chancellor....The university is very lucky
to have her."
Since 2002 Morgan-Silvester
(BComm '82) has also been a
member of the faculty advisory
board at the Sauder School of
Business where she serves as
a student mentor and guest
"She knows the university
very well," said Andrew Irvine,
UBC philosophy professor and
member of the Board of Governors. "She has long-standing
connections with the university
so its not like she's a stranger to
the institution."
Bijan Ahmadian, a second
year law student at UBC and
student representative to the
Board of Governors, said, "If
there was a point where I would
feel that we have a conflict with
the university or with the administration, I could feel comfortable
going to Sarah and asking her to
facilitate the resolution."
Morgan-Silvester wants to
strengthen communication between students and the Board
of Governors in their current
discussions of accessibility to affordable student housing, tuition
costs and changes to the SUB and
UBC campus plan.
"Students are never far from
the mind of the Board of Governors. We have students who sit
on the Board of Governors and
their views are really valued and
they make really important contributions." xi
Hospice in early planning stages for UBC
Patient-student conflict a concern; project is approved as long as land can be found
by Trevor Record
News Staff
UBC is currently in the early
planning stages of construction
for a hospice on campus.
A hospice is a health-care
centre for the terminally ill.
Offering what is referred to as
"palliative care," they provide
health care services to alleviate the suffering of those with
terminal illnesses. The quality
of life for patients, as well as
support for their families, is the
concern of these facilities.
In February of this year, a
hospice proposal was presented
to the Board of Governors for
consideration. The proposed
hospice would house six to
twelve patients in a single-story
building and would take up
to 10,000 square feet, which
would be leased from UBC for a
minimum of 50 years at a sum
of $10 per year. UBC would have
no commitments to make other
than one of land; all costs would
be covered by three external
partners. Vancouver Hospice
Society and the Order of St John
would work together to raise up
to four million dollars to construct the building, which would
include an endowment of a half
million for maintenance. Vancouver Coastal Health would pay
to operate and staff the facility.
In the same proposal, the Order of St John made an offer to
work with the university to raise
an eight to ten million dollar endowment for academic work in
the field of palliative care.
Wes Pue, Vice Provost and
AVP Academic Affairs, suggested that the facility could provide
academic opportunities to a
wide array of students involved
in palliative care. Medicine,
nursing, psychology, pharmacy
and social work were mentioned
as being particularly likely to
benefit from having a hospice
on campus. However, the exact
nature and degree of the interaction between UBC students
and the facility and its patients
has yet to be determined.
"It's very important...[that]
patients don't feel like they are
being studied like guinea pigs in
a cage. You have to treat people
with the appropriate amount of
respect," Pue said, "By the same
token...people entering into a life
of working [in palliative care]
need to have an opportunity to
have an opportunity to explore
the [terminal illness] situation."
For those who oppose continuing development on UBC
lands, the hospice is a complex
matter. The university is a place
for students, typically young
people beginning their life,
while a hospice is a place for
those ending their lives.
However, the facility will provide learning opportunities to
many students, as well as fufill-
ing a social need for more palliative care facilities in Vancouver.
Wes Pue, Vice Provost and AVP Academic Affairs talked about development plans for a hospice at UBC, specifically about the balance needed between students and a palliative care centre, drew Thompson photo/the ubyssey
"Finding a place that's appropriate for both palliative care
and to respect student needs on
campus is going to be a high priority," said Pue.
The project is currently in
Partial-Board 1, meaning the hospice has been approved pending
the selection of an appropriate
location. The exact size, scale,
location and scope ofthe hospice
has not been determined yet. Pue
stressed that finding a suitable
site was a delicate matter, and
was being carefully undertaken
by all interested parties including the three outside parties,
UBC planning, and the Faculty
of Medicine. Ideally the selected
site would be reasonably accessible while still remaining "predictably peaceful," among other
considerations. When asked how
a hospice might affect the UBC
community, Staff Sgt. Kenna of
the UBC-area RCMP said that this
would depend on the location
that was selected.
"Some of the quieter neighborhoods might be appropriate,"
said Kenna. "The southern area
of the campus might also be a
aood choice." \a 4 | NEWS
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With rental housing costs sky rocketing, inadequate
transit services, and a childcare waitlist at UBC of 1,400
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Low turnouts define
student elections
AUS and SUS election turnout
characteristically low
Suffering election fatigue? The vast majority of arts and science students
didn't vote in their faculty elections, goh iromoto graphic/the ubyssey
by Callum Kingwell
News Writer
Dismally low voter turnouts
plagued the undergraduate society elections this October. The
Science Undergraduate Society
departmental elections held earlier this month drew 7.7 per cent
ofthe eligible voters, and the less
fortunate AUS mustered a bleak
figure of about two per cent in
their by-election. These extremely low numbers are typical of fall
elections, which generally spark
less interest than the general
elections held in the spring.
Avneet Johal, AUS president,
believes that part of the problem
is that people tend to overlook
most ofthe positive changes that
the societies implement.
"When things are running
smoothly, people forget why," he
said adding, "I also think there's
an image issue, given all the
little things we do, it is hard for
students to connect the dots."
Brian Sullivan, UBC's VP
Students, believes this is a major
reason why election turnouts are
so devastatingly low. "Societies
don't spend too much time linking students up with what they've
done," he said. "The society has
a responsibility to address and
connect with students."
Addressing the 17,000 arts
and science undergraduate students at the commuter-oriented
UBC has proven challenging.
Nevertheless, Johal claims that
an effort is being made, citing
the upcoming mAUSUSquerade
(October 31) as an example of
how the societies are making an
effort to publicize themselves.
Obviously, he concedes, there is
always more that can be done.
There are other theories as
to why students are withholding their votes. "It's amazing
how lazy students can be," vents
Jamil Rhajiak, SUS president.
In past elections, online voting
via WebCT made it easier for
students to cast their vote. However, WebVote, the program that
administered the necessary student information for the online
voting process is no longer free.
This meant both societies had to
drop the program for their fall
elections, although the program
still administers SUS executive
(spring) elections, which generally see a higher turnout.
How large of a role WebVote
played in voter turnout is tough
to say, but Rhajiak had his own
"Students will vote while
gaming in class, but they won't
vote when they walk by a spot
they pass every day."
Regardless of the seemingly
low turnout, Rhajiak is quite
pleased with the 1.1 per cent
result this year. It is an increase
from previous years, which he
attributed to increased involvement in Science Frosh and Imagine Day, along with the notable
addition of the Ladha Science
Student Centre.
The AUS and President Johal
are less thrilled with their turnout, although neither Johal nor
Rhajiak believe that a low election turnout is a real cause for
alarm. Both officials believe that
low turnouts have little effect on
the people who get elected.
In this way, both societies will
continue to work unbeknownst
to the majority or their benefactors until their presence is more
Until then, the elections
will continue to remain on the
periphery of undergraduates'
minds, perhaps best summed up
by Samson Wong, a first-year science student.
"I voted, but I didn't know
who or what I was voting for." \a OCTOBER 28, 2008
Young Canadian Valuables fly away from BirdCoop
BirdCoop, campus security blame each other for problem
works to save
the chimpanzees
No action too small
for supporter of the
Jane Goodall Institute
by Caitlin Ohama-Darcus
News Writer
"Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful committed citizens can
change the world; indeed this is
the only thing that ever has."
The words of anthropologist
Margaret Mead are easy to agree
with, but to act upon this message takes a special type of person—especially if you're barely a
Fourteen-year old Elliot Lupini
from Victoria, BC is one of them—a
Canadian youth genuinely committed to working with others to
make a difference in our world.
Over the past five years, Elliot has raised and donated over
$2000 in support of orphaned
chimpanzees. His fundraising has contributed to the Jane
Goodall Institute, an organization
founded by Jane Goodall—an internationally renowned primatol-
ogist, environmentalist and UN
Messenger of Peace—in 1977.
Today, the Institute continues to
support wildlife research, conservation and education around the
Elliot first heard about the Jane
Goodall Institute and the plight of
the chimpanzees in grade four.
"I was horrified about how they
were killing chimpanzees for the
bushmeat trade and using them
for entertainment, so I wanted
to find out how I could help and
donate, or raise awareness for the
After doing some research,
Elliot committed himself to this
"I decided that I wanted to
start donating yearly to the Institute....! use most of my Christmas
money..and then I wanted to have
a fundraiser."
Three years ago, Elliot organized his first community
"We sent an invitation out to
all our friends, neighbours and everyone we knew and asked them
if they could come and give a donation to help raise some money.
For the fundraiser we ended up
raising over $500—it was much
more than I anticipated."
Just last summer, Elliot organized a second community fundraiser that brought in over $800.
Elliot, also a member of the
Roots and Shoots Foundation,
the Jane Goodall Institute's international environmental and
humanitarian program for youth,
first met Goodall at a conference
three years ago.
"I got her message of hope. It
is her goal for the world to help
the chimpanzees and also create
a sustainable world for everyone...to inspire people to make a
Inspired by Goodall, Elliot has
his own message to share with
Canadian youth.
"If you can learn about the
plight of the chimpanzees and the
world around us right now...if you
can understand that, and then;
if you could donate even a toonie,
it can help make your community
more sustainable," he said.
"I'll keep donating as long as I
can...and hopefully that will make
a huge difference." \a
This coming Thursday, October 30 at 7pm, Jane Goodall will
be in Vancouver to present her
lecture, Reason for Hope, at The
Centre for the Performing Arts.
Goodall will speak about her research over the past 48 years, the
need to protect Africa's wildlife,
and her reasons for hope for the
future ofthe planet.
According to RCMP records, lockers located in the BirdCoop are less than safe, goh iromoto photo illustration/the ubyssey
by Joshua Dehaas
News Writer
UBC student Jan Luedert is busy
rewriting his papers after his
laptop was stolen from a locker
at the BirdCoop earlier this
month. It's not an unheard of
story, but fitness centre management is denying that theft from
lockers is a problem despite
RCMP records to the contrary.
Luedert and a friend returned to the locker room after
shooting hoops on the afternoon
of October 9. The standard combination lock they had used had
been removed by a thief. Lued-
ert's laptop was missing, as was
I his friend's cell phone.
"Obviously as a university
student you don't have a lot of resources," said Luedert, a PhD political science student. "And I had
a couple papers written [on the
laptop] so I had to rewrite them.
That was very frustrating."
Laura Jeary, manager of the
BirdCoop, said that while she's
not directly responsible for the
lockers, the problem is that
people don't bother to lock up
their valuables.
"We've never had that," said
Jeary, when asked if thieves had
ever removed people's locks
from lockers. She said she was
only aware of one theft since
I school   started   in  September,
and that was from an unsecured
cubby hole outside the entrance
to the gym.
"We're at a zero theft rate
right now," Jeary said.
But RCMP records reveal
that three lockers, including Luedert's, have been broken into
since September 1. Two of those
thefts involved the removal of
a lock. In 2007, there were 25
thefts from the BirdCoop Fitness
Centre, said the RCMP.
Thefts from lockers at the Rec
centre are nothing new. Signs
in the gym warn "Do not leave
valuables unattended in lockers.
Wallet lockers are available."
And the 25 recorded thefts
in 2007 were only those that the
RCMP heard about. "Victims tend
to call campus security first,"
said Constable Charlotte Peters
in an interview. "Sometimes
things get lost in translation."
Because Luedert discovered
the theft after 4pm, the RCMP office was closed for the evening.
He contacted campus security
instead and did not file with police until the next day.
Jeary said that facility and operations coordinator Taira Jolie
was the one responsible for security in the change rooms, but
Jolie suggested it'sjeary's job.
While she would not agree
to be interviewed, Jolie wrote
that UBC REC has encouraged
campus security to significantly
increase their presence in the
BirdCoop. She also said staff are
verbally informing people who
rent lockers that they should not
leave their valuables in them.
As for increased security
measures, Jolie wrote that UBC
REC had considered cameras
but scrapped the idea because
of privacy issues. "Besides,"
wrote Jolie, "it is debatable how
effective it is to have cameras
installed at entrances and exits
The RCMP is looking at ways
to fight locker break-ins by implementing a scheme similar to
the "bait bike" program.
"I'm actually looking into
putting bait lockers into the high
crime areas where there's theft
from lockers. I'm in the process
of getting the alarms," said Constable Meghan Driscoll. A bait
locker would alert BirdCoop staff
to a break-in as it was happening, allowing them to take down
a description ofthe thief and call
the police. But Driscoll warned
that won't happen right away.
Both the BirdCoop and UBC
REC plan to continue reminding
their clients not to leave valuables in lockers—regardless of
whether or not they use a lock.
In the meantime, Luedert
will be reminding his friends to
leave their laptops at home. \a
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October 28,2008 | Page 6
Vancouverites thrill the world with dance
Thrill the World took place on
Saturday, October 25. Sixty-nine
people dressed in zombie attire
as they danced to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Locally, the event
took place in Kitsilano, but 4177
people from 72 cities were danc-
ing. In Vancouver, $1000 was
raised for the Food Bank.
The event was inspired by
a popular YouTube video that
showed over 1500 inmates from
a Philippines prison performing
the "Thriller" dance in perfect
Thrill the World, which more
than doubled their turnout from
last year, is waiting on world record confirmation.
Asexuality is an orientation, not a disorder
by Stephanie Dong
Culture Writer
Asexuality is not a disorder, as
that implies mental or physical
distress. Asexuality is a sexual
orientation where a person does
not experience sexual attraction.
In 2001, David Jay created
the first online asexual community, the Asexual Visibility and
Education Network (AVEN). A
year after it was founded, the
community took off.
Jay had two goals in mind
when he first created the site: to
create public acceptance and to
discuss asexuality openly—with
the intention of forming an online community for asexuals.
Last Thursday, Jay gave a lecture on asexuality at UBC. Alongside him was Nicole Brown, secretary of Pride UBC. The lecture
had an intimate and welcoming
atmosphere. People were stimulated and actively participating
in discussion toward the presentation's end.
Jay covered topics that included community, romance, science,
criticisms and challenges, as well
as the goals he has for AVEN and
asexuality. He discussed diversity in the asexual community and
what romance and relationships
meant for asexuals, who can experience romantic attraction to
others—but some don't. Asexual
relationships centre on the idea
of intimacy without sex.
Currently, it is estimated
that one per cent of people are
asexual. Worldwide, this trans
lates to over 60 million people.
However, that statistic is "one-
study accurate."
"It is based on a pretty broad
study that was given around
asexuality," said Jay, "but it's only
one study that has confirmed it.
There has to be more research
across a broad population."
Most asexual organizing
takes place online. On AVEN
alone, there are around 26,000
members, and most cities host
meet-ups. Asexuals organize support through communities, blogs
and meet-ups.
The asexual community wants
to gain visibility, which they aim
to do through media, lectures
and pamphlets. Once communities begin to establish, they can
do outreach to LGBT groups, scientists, and sex educators.
Asexuality is in the beginning stages of being known and
understood by most people.
"The media has been portraying us sensationally, which is
good because it gets the word
out," explained Jay. "The existence of asexual people challenges the way sex works. And we've
gotten a lot of press, because we
challenge those assumptions.
The media has been pretty respectful, and is willing to let us
come and tell our stories."
To date, little is known about
asexuality. Jay and the asexual
community hope to work with
the scientific community to
help with research on human
"I can see us doing a lot more
outreach to the mental health
community to raise awareness
once we have a scientific case,"
said Jay. "We're already having
local meet-ups, and this is key to
building relationship networks.
We also want to develop language
for asexual people to form relationships with sexual people."
However, it is crucial where
the asexuality community gets
their scientific research from.
There is some concern about
who is doing and funding the
"There is really only a couple
of ways to get research into
sexual funding," said Jay. "If you
are a disease, people will be interested in finding a cure. There
is a small amount of money
available just to do scientific
research on sexuality. There is
more available in Canada...than
in the US. In the US, pretty much
all ofthe money is either government money to cure diseases, or
pharmaceutical money to cure
diseases. So if research is done
in the US, probably it will be
done by pharmaceutical companies because they think there is
a pill they can develop to cure it.
In Canada, it will be much more
respectful because they're doing
it to generate a scientific understanding of asexuality. Doing it
in Canada will generate a positive response."
The ultimate goal is for asexuals not to feel alone or unaccepted in the future. This lecture
was one of many steps toward
that goal. %
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Students for a Democratic Socie
The keffiyeh kerfuffle
Let's have our cake
and eat it too!
At least for the Farm
Keffiyeh, hatta, shmagh,
ghutrah—all are words used to
describe the now ubiquitous
scarf being worn on this campus and the world over. It has
cropped up in Urban Outfitters
(quaintly advertised as the "antiwar scarf"). It reared its ugly
head in the Dunkin' Donuts
Scarf-Gate, where celebrity chef,
Rachel Ray, was lambasted for
wearing one while slinging iced
lattes (her rep later claimed that
the scarf had a "paisley" design
with no symbolic meaning attached). Kanye West dons one in
his video, "Homecoming." They
spring up at Vancouver hipster
enclaves and they are being sold
in every colour ofthe rainbow at
the stands in our very own SUB.
Sadly, it isn't likely that
these people have suddenly all
decided to show their support
for the situation in the Middle
East. The keffiyeh, to them, is
merely a cool looking scarf.
Some would argue that this
phenomenon is a result of the
postmodern era we live in. In
postmodernism, the symbols
of yesteryear are divorced from
their original meaning. Decon-
struction occurs and is meant
to undermine the frames of
reference and assumptions that
underpin a text or artifact. This
deconstruction is meant to provoke, to challenge us and make
us reconsider what we believe to
be sacred or significant. So, we
must now consider: is this current trend a deconstruction, a
reinvention of the keffiyeh? Is it
creating new meaning by specifically imbuing it with no meaning at all? I think we all know
the answer to this. People wear
the scarf because they think it
looks cool, because everyone
else is wearing it, because they
are trendy (how many people
have a Che Guevara shirt hanging in their closets but can't even
pronounce his name?). So here's
your history lesson for the day:
The keffiyeh is a traditional
headcloth worn throughout the
Middle East as well as in Somalia. The scarf, usually made out
of light cotton, is designed to be
worn in arid climates in order to
protect from direct exposure to
the sun. It can also be wrapped
around the nose and mouth to
keep out sand and dust. The keffiyeh has decorative strings along
the sides and in some communities, the bigger these strings, the
more value it has and the higher
status it indicates.
In the 1930s, Palestinian
rural peasants who customarily
wore the black and white version
of the scarf led an armed resistance against British colonial
rule. To escape capture, these
fighters tried hiding in the big
cities but their distinct head coverings made them easy targets.
In order to protect and camouflage these resistance fighters,
city dwellers adopted the black
and white keffiyehs too.
In the 1960s, the president of
the Palestinian National Authority, Yasser Arafat, was never pictured without his keffiyeh. Arafat
became a national symbol for the
independence movement and
the scarf's significance was solidified. Nemi Jamal, a Palestinian-American fashion designer,
claims, "The Palestinian people
consider this their flag."
The keffiyeh is a symbol of
resistance and solidarity with
the Palestinian struggle. There
have been times, throughout the
last 50 years, where it has been
consciously adopted and worn as
a global symbol of unity against
oppression and colonial rule.
Today, it is purchased mindlessly. However, no matter how
hard hipsters and fashionistas
try and divorce the scarf from
its social and political reality,
it is still connected to various
actual meanings. Urban Outfitters, under pressure from both
the left and the right, had to stop
selling their "anti-war scarves.'
The left complained that it trivialized the Palestinian struggle,
while the right proclaimed it a
symbol of violent Islamic jihad.
On their website, they explained,
"Due to the sensitive nature of
this item, we will no longer offer it for sale. We apologize if we
offended anyone, this was by no
means our intention." An Urban
Outfitters manager in New York
noted that the item had been
their number one selling scarf.
American conservatives also
succeeded in getting Ray's ad
off the air, as Michelle Malkin,
right-wing blogger extraordinaire, shamed Ray and Dunkin'
Donuts for their "hate couture"
and promotion of "Muslim extremism." Dunkin' Donuts was
so afraid of a boycott and the
apparent "misperceptions" of
what the scarf represented that
the ad was hastily axed.
The fact that these controversies are still occurring means
that the keffiyeh has not yet lost
its significance. Thus, it is even
more important for average consumers to educate themselves.
Open your eyes and consider
your purchases. \a
by Kalyeena Makortoff &
Brandon Adams
News Staffers
These reporters came back from
Thursday's Campus & Community Planning "consultation"
thoroughly frustrated. Yet, The
Ubyssey's cantankerous news
editor Justin McElroy rose to
the defence of the university's
planning mouthpiece and its
proposals, flatly stating, "You
can't have your cake and eat it
Well damnit Justin, you
The Campus & Community
Planning (CCP) office has laid
out three potential options for
campus development, none of
which represent the ecological values that the university
claims to hold so highly, and all
of which propose the destruction of green spaces and the
paring down of farm space.
The first option, dubbed the
"Traditional Campus," would
place student residences right
on top of what is now the UBC
Farm and the Totem Field. As
for the farm itself, it would
have to break new ground
further south—a prospect that
one student summed up by
shouting, "Whoever thought of
that must have never planted a
single vegetable in their life."
The second option, "Villages in Precincts," sets residential hubs in varied densities
throughout campus. It also sets
one of these hubs on the existing
farm to create an "eco-village"
where scholars could observe
urban-rural interaction. But
the reality is, this observation
could be done anywhere, and
this would in no way legitimize
the degradation of one of the
last urban farms in Canada.
The third option, "Campus
Crossroads," shares similarities to the much reviled U-Boulevard project, demolishing a
significant part of the campus
core to create a dense group of
buildings designated "Mixed
use: housing, academic, research, service." In this plan,
the farm would stay largely
untouched, but there would be
no concrete guarantees about
how these "mixed use" buildings would allocate their space.
Certainly, there is no guarantee
in this plan for any specific
amount of new student housing
or academic space.
Both in our opinion and the
opinions of the majority of the
consultees, none of these options are satisfactory. The first
is simply a throwaway option:
obviously no one is going to
support a plan that completely
destroys the present farm and
that places both new student
housing and academic facilities
as far south on campus as is
conceivable. The other options,
while somewhat more preferable to the "Traditional Campus"
plan, all have significant flaws.
They do not reflect community
interests as they were defined
during the planning charettes,
which took place earlier this
Yet, even if the CCP offered
a decent fourth plan, one that
didn't pit the desire for student
housing against the desire to
preserve the farm, the central
problem underlying the whole
process would still remain:
thanks to decisions made by
the GVRD, the UBC Farm (and
Totem Field) sits on land designated as "Reserve Lands in
the UBC Official Community
Plan (OCP)." This means that
even if the farm is ultimately
preserved after this round of
planning, it amounts to surplus
reserve lands that "can be used
for housing for faculty, staff
and others." Translation: market housing.
Now, back to our curmudgeonly
news editor. McElroy's main
argument was that students
cannot expect to both protect
the farm in its entirety and
prevent further "market housing" developments if UBC is to
hold onto a sizable endowment
and respond to the demands
for significant increases in student housing. And maybe he's
right, but we should at least put
up a fight before we plough up
farmland in the interests of a
bigger endowment and housing
The OCP, which designates
the farm "reserve land," is
up for review once every five
years. It was created in 1997
and reviewed for the first time
in 2003—we're overdue. And
in the face of development, a
review which took the farm out
of the OCP woud protect it from
being developed due to its "reserve land" designation.
The GVRD's vision statement
for the OCP reads: "Through
future planning initiatives
associated with the OCP, a
special university community
will evolve through innovation,
renewal and a quest for excellence based on experimentation
and demonstration. It will be a
diverse and stimulating place
for living, working, and learning in harmony with the environment. The natural integrity
of Pacific Spirit Regional Park
will be a highly valued part of
the community."
So, if the GVRD thinks that
we can make the university a
"place for living, working, and
learning in harmony with the
enivronment," we should hold
them to it. \a orts
Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
October 28,2008 \ Page 12
Men's Hockey cruises past Manitoba
The Thunderbirds were finally allowed to play at the new rink this
weekend, located in the recently constructed Thunderbird Arena. They
celebrated by winning back-to-back games against the Manitoba Bisons,
both by a score of 3-2. The squad will play away at Lethbridge this
weekend and try and sustain their momentum. The T-Birds currently have
a record of 3-3-0.
ABOVE John Flatters reaches out for the puck after slipping on to the
BOTTOM John Flatters reaches out for the puck after slipping on to the
The squad jumps up and screams as the team scores a crucial goa
against the Manitoba Bisons, keegan bursaw photo/the ubyssey
Students battle for the Gladiator title
UBC Athletics hosted the UBC REC Gladiator last weekend. Students raced through the Colossal Maze, ran
through the Inflatable IronMan Obstacle Course, and duked it out on the Joust. The two-day event was a
success, with students engaging in carnal competition, harbandna singh photos/the ubyssey OCTOBER 28, 2008
Courtside Comment
What me, CiTR and Palin have in common
by Justin McElroy
There was a time (around the
age of seven) when I believed I
could be a professional athlete.
Once it became evident that
my extreme physical laziness
would render that dream moot
(around the age often) I set my
sights much, much lower: to become a sports commentator on
TV or radio. My rationale was
simple: I liked sports, I liked
talking, and I had opinions. At
the time, I thought this was a
unique combination.
For a while, I tucked my
ambitions into an Al Gore lock
box. The only real preparation I
had, if you could call it preparation, was "broadcasting" a few
Canuck hockey games in grade
8 with my friend—we'll call him
"Ralph." This would typically
consist of going to his house,
turning on the hockey game,
putting it on mute, and, for the
next three hours, pretending
we were Jim Hughson (Ralph),
and...well, I'm not quite sure
who I was pretending to be,
other than "annoying commentator who speaks in cliches and
occasionally makes fun of the
play-by-play guy."
But when CiTR told me that
they would like me to do some
on-air reporting and analysis on
the Thunderbirds, I leapt at the
chance to transmit my dream
across the airwaves to the millions of people that would surely
be hanging on my every word.
I figured they would break me
in slowly—maybe a half-time
analysis of a basketball game,
or a post-game interview with
the football coach—which made
it somewhat surprising when I
was asked to be the colour commentator for a Thunderbirds
women's hockey game with two
days notice.
I immediately said yes.
A minute later, I had a mild
panic attack. My knowledge of
CIS women's hockey was somewhere between that of international cricket and the demographics of Nigeria. The best
colour men have years of playing, coaching and broadcasting
experience, and combine a
keen eye for detail with plenty
of background information on
key players. I had sarcasm and
statistics. Madden, McGuire,
McCarver.. .McElroy?
The writer experiencing his first broadcast, keegan bursaw photo/the ubyssey
Fortunately, when I got to
the Winter Sports Centre for the
game, my play-by-play partner,
Wilson Wong, put me at ease.
"You'll be fine. Just give your
basic thoughts on the game
whenever there's a stoppage. If
you don't have anything to say
I'll keep going."
Wilson also told me that he
was a bit nervous as well, having never done hockey before.
I told him that it meant we
would both be doing our best
impersonation of Bob Cole, the
legendary CBC broadcaster who
can go entire periods without
naming a player ("The Ottawa
forward blows by the defence-
men...great save by the goalie!"). We both laughed. Sadly, it
meant my best quip ofthe night
happened off-air.
The pre-game show provided a practice run for how
the actual game would go.
Wilson would talk for a good
while about UBC's matchup
against Alberta, talking about
how young and inexperienced
the T-Birds were, and how
good Alberta was. Whenever he
would stop talking, I would immediately be forced to launch
into a crisp, clear, and concise
opinion on the game, lest there
be dead air. You're forced to
state something that sounds insightful, even if you have nothing to say. Fortunately, I have
experience in both debate and
column writing.
Once the game began, I
settled on a strategy for getting
by. Much like Sarah Palin, I was
enthusiastic, but ultimately under-qualified, with no information about the other team (ie:
foreign policy). So, like Palin, I
would stick to careful, 15 second statements, making basic
observations, mixed in with
folksy sayings. And, given the
setting, it almost would have
made sense for me to start talking about hockey moms.
However, as the action went
on, I loosened up a bit. I interjected while the game was going
on from time to time. With UBC
breaking out to a shocking 3-0
lead, only to eventually lose 4-3
in overtime, I was given plenty
of material to work with. I even
developed an effective go-to
crutch, in case I had to deliver
insta-analysis ("If I'm Player X
or Coach Y right now, I need to
focus on Z").
So, all in all, much like Palin
in the VP debate, I succeeded
by surpassing my own low expectations. I asked my old play-
by-play partner Ralph what he
thought. "You were okay," he
said grudgingly. First game:
Success! Now, just need to work
on a catchphrase...Xi
——^ UNIVERSITY Features
Editor: Joe Rayment \ E-mail: features@ubyssey.ca
October 28,2008 \ Page 16
Know thyself, thy future diseases and thy fleeting hair
DNA testing is now affordable for everyone, but do we want to know what it has to tell us?
by Monica Tanaka
Feature Writer
To illustrate an issue in genetic
testing, Mike Spears, director of
corporate communications for Genome Alberta, handed out copies
of an analysis of his DNA.
Spears's test results, which
came from the genetic testing
lab deCODEme, showed it was
unlikely he would have hair at his
age. Yet Spears's long curly hair
defied this prediction. The results
also showed he was at high risk
for heroin addiction—a prediction
that, if made public, could affect a
person's social life, job prospects
and insurance rates.
Genetic testing is easier now
thanks to DNA kits that can be
bought online for as little as $400.
Yet, what can and should be done
with genetic tests was a question
scientists explored at the Genome
British Columbia public forum
held October 22 at Science World
in Vancouver.
The cost of genetic testing has
plummeted in recent years, driving a market for DNA sequencing
and a natural human curiosity to
know more about oneself. But how
useful are genetic tests?
"The most powerful steps anybody can take for prevention [of
disease] are simple and straightforward: regular exercise, ahealthy
diet, no smoking," said Dr Wylie
Burke, director ofthe University of
Washington Centre for Genomics
and Healthcare Equity. He ques
tioned whether a genetic test is
as informative as a family history.
Personal health care is about more
than your genes; it must take into
account your environment and
social circumstances.
Maybe $400 would be better
spent on a gym membership. It's
an alternative you should consider,
said Dr Darren Piatt, former senior
director of research at 23andMe, a
genetic testing service.
Companies offering genetic
testing such as 23andMe and deCODEme will sequence portions
of your DNA that have been shown
to be associated with the risk of
developing a disease. The results
are presented as a list of traits for
which you are certain level of risk.
As new discoveries are made, both
companies will update you onyour
risk for these diseases.
It sounds simple—spit in a
tube, mail it in, get your disease
risk analysed. But the results may
not be what you expect, as was the
case with Mike Spears.
However, debilitating diseases such as cystic fibrosis and
Huntington's have been clearly
linked to a single defective gene.
A genetic test could determine
whether the disease will develop
in an adult with a family history of
the disease. The fetus of a couple
with one affected partner could
also be tested for the disease.
Knowing your DNA sequence
can bring about difficult decisions:
shouldapregnancybe terminated?
How   will   the    knowledge    of
developing a fatal disease for
which there is no cure affect one's
quality of life?
Genetic testing may gain popularity despite the ethical concerns
it raises. For example, it would
be the first step in developing
health-care plans tailored to the
individuals. Personalized health
care has been touted as the future
of medicine since the genome was
first sequenced in 2003.
However, the needs of the individual could conflict with those
of the health-care system. For
example, a genetic test could identify a small group of people who
would benefit the most from a
treatment. Administrators, aware
of their limited resources, would
then have incentive to move these
people to the front of the line for
treatment and move others to the
Genome BC, an NGO receiving federal, provincial and private funding for genomics-based
research, said it recognized these
ethical ramifications in its position paper on genetic testing. In
order for genetic tests to improve
the quality of health care in the
province, Genome BC emphasized
the need for regulation.
Regardless ofthe current loose
regulatory standards, the temptation to have your DNA sequenced
will become more attractive as the
price for a genetic test continues
to fall.
Now, it's largely up to the consumer to decide if it's worth it. \a
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