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Vol. LXXXIX No. 26 | www.ubyssey.bc.ca | December 4™, 2007
City looks to extend
Millennium lino to UBC
A section ofthe Canada Line being built near YVR. When completed the line will connect Richmond & Vancouver.
by Leslie Young
News Writer
Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan
is pushing a plan to extend the
Millennium Line to the University of British Columbia.
"It is the number one transit
priority in Vancouver," said the
mayor on Saturday. "I'd like to
see a tunnel down the Broadway
corridor, ultimately to UBC."
On November 13, city council
approved a motion to study transit options for the West Broadway
corridor. Options under review
include a subway, a light rail
line, or tram cars, among other
The city will spend about
$500,000 a year on the study.
The project is still in a preliminary phase, and construction on
any transit option is not expected
to start until after 2010 at the
City Councillor Suzanne
Anton, one of the supporters of
expanding Broadway transit,
said, "the Broadway corridor is
already over capacity. There's a
huge number of riders and not
enough conveyances for them."
Drew Snider of Translink
agreed with this assessment.
"The number of full #99 buses
that go out to UBC in the morning and come back in the afternoon is pretty good evidence that
we need to move more people in
different ways," he said.
The #99 and #9 buses carried a combined 60,000 passengers per day, according to a
2004/2005 study.
Central Broadway is the second largest transit destination in
the Vancouver region, next to the
downtown core. The number of
trips to UBC has nearly doubled
over the last ten years, mostly
since the U-Pass was introduced
in 2003. During peak hours, buses to and from UBC often drive
by students at bus stops, too full
to take on more passengers.
The city has recognized the
problem in several reports, but
until now, little has been done to
address it. According to the mayor, the Millennium Line project
always included plans to extend
the line down Broadway.
"The Millennium Line was
only half-built," said Mayor Sullivan. "It was always intended to
go at least to Arbutus, if not all
the way to UBC."
There are concerns that construction might turn Broadway
into another Cambie Street.
Translink representative Drew
Snider said that public consultation must be part of the plan to
expand transit down Broadway,
in order to avoid disrupting businesses and neighbourhoods.
The mayor agrees with this
approach and has been gathering public opinion on the issue
through an informal survey on
his website. The survey will remain up until mid-January.
Many transit options are still
being considered, but the final
decision is always a question
of cost and political will, said
Associate Professor William G.
Dunford of UBC's engineering
department. A subway tunnel
would be the least disruptive
option, he explained, but it will
always be more expensive than
surface transport. It would require sustained political support
to build. He also stressed that
there may be other options than
see "Skytrain" I page 02
Cafe Crepe has closed its doors after disappointing profits & liquor woes.
University says au
revoir to Cafe Crepe
by Mac MacKillop
News Writer
Former employees of the campus Cafe Crepe, which closed
down suddenly in mid-October,
are taking legal action against
their former employer in an attempt to receive compensation
for their surprise dismisal and
lost wages.
Prior to its permanent closure in October, Cafe Crepe had
been considering closing for
some time, but had assured its
employees that, if they closed,
it would not happen until after
the winter holidays. But, in mid-
October, Cafe Crepe "temporarily" shut down, citing a leak in
their water pipes. They never
Confused employees had no
idea that they had lost their jobs
until Cafe Crepe had already
closed its doors. After being assured that their positions were
secure, the entire staff found
themselves without jobs or
incomes. Although the management was unavailable for comment as of press time, members
of the staff revealed that they
have brought legal action against
their former employer. At the
moment no decisions have been
reached by the BC Labour Relations Board.
So why did Cafe Crepe close
in the first place? One would
expect that its tasty food, cheap
beer,  and relaxed atmosphere
see "Cafe Crepe" I page 02
Langara campus politics
threaten The Gleaner
by Paul Bucci
News Staff
The Gleaner's newsroom smells
of stale cigarette smoke and
newsprint. The walls are plastered with countless faded back
issues, comics, and letters. Sitting
among stacks of newspapers and
a handful of computers is Tanya
West, the business manager of
the Gleaner Publications Society
(GPS). West is also manges the
editing, production, and often,
the writing of the twice monthly
newspaper. She writes the
cheques, writes the stories, and
puts out the paper. She is The
Gleaner. Yet after seven years
at the helm, there are signs that
Tanya West and The Gleaner are
going to be facing a rocky future.
The fight for the 'truth' which
drives many within the newspaper industry is often very ugly
and deceitful, and the battle
brewing between the student-
funded GPS and the Langara Stu
dent's Union (LSU) may prove to
be very ugly. Both sides claim to
have been wronged in some substantial way. Both insist they are
acting in the best interest of the
students. But neither have acted
with clean hands.
"I don't even like writing,"
West she told me as she rushed
to get Monday's issue done.
Simultaneously chatting, coordinating interviews, and laying
out pages, West largely runs the
student paper on her own: out
of the 18 or so stories that ran
in the early November issue of
The Gleaner, West, wrote nearly
half. And despite her dedication
to her job, it seems that West's
single-handed operation of this
theoretically student-controlled
newspaper may ulitmately be its
When asked about the trouble
brewing at The Gleaner, student
Benjamin Alldritt explained that
see "The Gleaner" I page 02
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'We just wanted some drinks, hut the waitress told us we had to order food
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from "Cafe Crepe" | page oi
would be an irresistible attraction to the masses of students
living nearby. Apparently this
wasn't quite enough. When
asked about the closing, Nancy
Mann of UBC Properties Trust
stated simply that the restaurant was "not experiencing the
sales they had projected."
One factor that may have affected Cafe Crepe's popularity
with students was that, since
they had a food primary license,
they could not serve alcohol to
anyone who didn't order food.
Toby Cragg, a second year arts
student, recalls encountering
these rules earlier this year. "A
couple of friends and I decided
to go out," he said. "We just
wanted some drinks, but the
waitress told us we had to order
food as well, even if it was just
an order of toast. It wasn't that
big a deal, but it seemed a little
Whatever the  reasons  for
Cafe Crepe's sudden departure,
the question for the future is
what will take its place? Will another restaurant or retail outlet
attempt to succeed where Cafe
Crepe could not? Or will the
space be used for student activities and classrooms? Nancy
Mann was rather secretive,
saying only that they are "still
finalising things with the current tenant," and, "have not
made any decisions yet." The
most she would reveal was that
Properties Trust "have a lot of
interest in the space." vl
Sullivan hacks UBC
rapid transit line
from "Skytrain" | page oi
to build down Broadway and
hopes that these will also be
So far, the mayor remains
firmly behind building a tunnel
down Broadway to UBC. Students are using transit in high
numbers, he said, and he wants
to make sure that the infrastructure is in place to serve them.
"I think that it is time that
the Millennium Line was completed." ^
Langara s Gleaner staff are 'rarely seen on campus
from "The Gleaner" | page oi
much of the concern relates
to the accountably that The
Gleaner has to the student body.
"Part of the concern that the
LSU has had is that The Gleaner
receives a substanial amount of
money every year," explained
Alldritt, "[Gleaner staff] are
rarely seen on campus. If you
go to The Gleaner offices they
are usually closed and locked:
there's nobody there."
Alldritt is just one the 20 to
30 Langara School of Journalism students who writes for
The Voice, another Langara-
based newspaper. The Voice
stands in stark contrast to The
Gleaner, filled with a variety of
stories ranging from hard news
to sports, the professional looking newspaper is produced as a
part of a School of Journalism
Brian Lychenhaum is a
member of the GPS Board of
Directors and, according to The
Gleaner's masthead, the paper's
"(inter)national" coordinator.
Lychenhaum stressed that they
have no mandate to have regular office hours.
The conflict between West
and the LSU became a great
deal more heated last Thursday
when West, who is not a Langara student, was banned from
the LSU offices for the "health
and safety" of workers in the
"There were some complaints from staff members pertaining to her conduct in the office," said LSU External Affairs
Coordinator Chris Vincent "It's
just as with any business. If you
have a customer coming into a
professional environment that
is making the staff feel uncom
fortable, they will be asked to
This ban, however, comes
on the heels of an even larger
issue: the LSU is withholding
the student levy from the GPS,
which, some claim, will shut
down the paper.
The levy is to be held until
a new contract is drawn up
between the GPS and the LSU,
and the contract is not being
negotiated until a forensic audit
is done for the last seven years.
The previous contract expired
in 1996.
"On November 19th, a motion was passed that until the
Gleaner Publications Society
had completed a forensic audit
for the last seven years of records, we would transfer no further funds to them," said LSU
Media Liason Alexander Moser,
who also put forth the motion.
"Now, that doesn't shut them
down. They're an independent
society. They'd have to make
that decision themselves.
"There have been many
concerns about the financial
accountability of The Gleaner.
We raised these issues on July
9th of this year. We recommended at that time that they
do an audit. We had no idea as
to the extent that they had their
books audited. At least in the
last seven years they haven't
had any audit of their financial
statements," said Moser.
This raises a two major
First, a forensic audit directly implies wrong-doing, as the
conclusions are meant to hold
in a court of law. This is therefore a drastic provision, and
beyond that, insulting. Procedure would tend towards doing
a general audit, then a forensic
audit if anything appeared to be
Secondly, the audit has been
called in the interest of financial
accountability and transparency. According to Lynda Swain,
the bookkeeper for the GPS,
this is odd as the GPS financial
records are sent to the LSU each
fiscal year. Moser at first denied
that the LSU has ever received
such records, then admitted the
LSU did have a single general
One has to wonder, then,
why a such an audit would be
ordered. What are they trying
to find?
"Our meaning behind that
motion was that they have not
done an audit as of 2000," said
Moser. "It's in their constitution's bylaws [to do so],
"We were still checking into
the wording at that time, of the
forensic audit... It is set in stone
[that it should be a forensic audit] as far as the motion goes."
When asked for specific instances in which financial mismanagement had been brought
to his attention, Moser replied,
"Staff have come with many
instances that are anecdotal in
nature and I am not going to repeat... I just want to make sure
that nothing is going wrong
When pressed further on
the concerns, Moser mentioned
he had no comment, then referred me to the LSU's lawyer.
The lawyer had no comment
prepared by press time.
To complicate things further, the LSU has cut back The
Gleaner's collected student fees
significantly this year, and, according to Swain, is constantly
late with fee payments. Beyond
that, there is a history of such
financial contention. Beyond
that, Alexander Moser, is a former member of The Voice.
The issue can be broken
down into three parts: The
Gleaner is not accountable to
students or the LSU, the LSU
has been dealing very under-
handedly with the GPS, and
the whole system is dubiously
interrelated. The sincerity of
any allegations made and the
motives behind any action must
be questioned simply because
of how closely related the actors
are. Transparency on all sides
is a problem.
West, among others, is sure
that the reason The Gleaner has
been attacked is to remove her
from her position. They expected me to resign, she said.
There is no doubt The Gleaner has problems. But If the LSU
wanted to ensure accountability, why would they take the hostile route of a forensic audit? It
seems like they have a vendetta
to settle. Ultimately, this may
work against the students. If
The Gleaner is not living up to
expectations, then that needs
to be addressed directly by less
personally interested parties.
As for The Gleaner, the
situation is best summed up by
"The entirety of The Gleaner's mandate as I understand
it is to provide students with
an outlet to post their work,
you know, get their by-line. Of
course, that is very difficult
when the place is closed and
locked all the time.
"Is The Gleaner doing their
job? That's a hard one. As I read
their by-laws and see what their
mission statement is, I would
say 'no' but that's my personal
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PEcole Polytechnique victims honoured
In Memory of the Montreal Massacre
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A sign outside the Vancouver Public Library on Saturday reminds passersby of the December 6th, 1989 massacre in Montreal in which 14 women were murdered at I'Ecole Polytechnique.
by Lucy Gotell
News Writer
On Saturday, members of the
UBC community joined in the
tenth annual Memorial of the
Montreal Massacre at the Vancouver Public Library.
The Montreal Massacre took
place on December 6, 1989,
when an armed man walked into
an engineering class at I'Ecole
Polytechnique in Montreal, told
the men in the class to leave,
claimed his hatred of feminists,
and shot 14 women to death.
For the past ten years, the
memorial has become a forum
to discuss women's rights. This
year, the idea that women always come out on top in custody
battles was challenged in one of
a handful of lectures.
Susan Boyd, professor and
chair of UBC Feminist Legal
Studies, gave a lecture on child
custody and access law as part
of a day of feminist lectures,
dialogues and films hosted by
the Vancouver Rape Relief and
Women's Shelter. The annual
event in memory of the Montreal massacre also honours
women who have been killed or
have gone missing as a result of
domestic violence, prostitution
or race.
Boyd, based on her research,
challenged the popular notion
that mothers are the "favoured
darlings of child custody law."
Although Canadian women are
given more responsibility than
men in terms of childcare, Boyd
said, fathers often have a better chance of winning custody
battles because of their financial
and social power and the "ridiculously high social expectations
that mothers be perfect and conform to whatever norms about
female behaviour happen to be
prevalent at a certain moment in
By taking the audience
through a short "history lesson"
of custody law, Boyd attempted
to show that, despite the myths
surrounding a woman's inherent
right to custody of her children,
men often end up with the upper
hand in the courts.
Following Boyd's lecture,
Ishama Harris described her
work with women struggling
through the legal system, and
reiterated the fact that women
are often financially and socially
disadvantaged, making it all the
more difficult for them to achieve
Boyd was one of several UBC
faculty members in attendance
on Saturday, including Margot
Young, associate professor from
the Faculty of Law, Sunera Tho-
bani, associate professor at the
Centre of Women's and Gender
Studies, and Mary-Lynn Young,
acting director ofthe UBC School
Young took part in a round-
table dialogue entitled, "Harm
Reduction: Solidarity with
Women or Sacrificing Women?"
The harm reduction strategy was
discussed partly in the context of
its effects on women with drug
dependencies and sex trade
"The impact of the harm
reduction policy is much more
complex—and potentially damaging—than its name makes it
appear," said Young.
Apart from the many activities
taking place, some women spent
The impact of the harm
reduction policy is much
more complex—and
potentially damaging—than the names
makes it appear.
Mary-Lynn Young,
Acting Director,
UBC School ofjournalism
the day representing various
feminist organisations, handing
out pamphlets and giving information to those interested.
Samridhi Somerset, who was
there to represent Grassroots
Women, an organisation focussing on women's liberation, said
this was her first time participat
ing in the memorial and that it's
been empowering to learn about
the atrocities that women have
suffered in the world.
"It's a hard thing to do, but
it's worthwhile in that it helps
solidify women and opens your
eyes to oppression whether it
be for women, for children, or
for women's friends and family
members. I think it's important
for humanity to see that there
is oppression and for people to
come together in groups and try
and understand that."
Despite the focus on women's
issues, a few men were in attendance as well. One single dad
said he and his four-year-old son
were visiting the library when he
noticed the exhibits on display
and thought they should take a
"There have been some observations about different kinds of
behaviour with men and women
with my four-year-old. We're just
looking to see what kind of work
the women are doing here and
seeing what we can learn." *2I
AMS recruiting next wave of student politicians
by Freeman Poritz
News Writer
This year's AMS executives are
looking to encourage students
to run in next year's AMS elections by running a series of
workshops aimed at giving potential candidates an idea about
what it means to be an AMS
AMS President Jeff Friedrich proposed the initiative in
conjunction with the other AMS
"We identified a need to try
to do a bit more recruitment
around getting people involved
with the campaign. Because
we don't have slates now, it's
harder. It used to be that the
red team and the blue team
would go out, find politically
active groups of students, and
get them interested in running
[for AMS exec]. Because they're
all independent now, that is
just one thing we have to fill
the holes in a bit more. We just
made an effort to have some
sessions and tell people about
the positions. I think it went
pretty well."
The AMS Executive workshops were organised by AMS
Connect, an AMS service which
provides volunteer opportunities to students. Over the course
of the week, four student workshops were held. Each one was
administered by members ofthe
current AMS Executive and an
AMS Connect representative.
AMS Connect internal assistant Jessa McGregor, said to
the Ubyssey in an email, "the
workshops had a few goals.
For those interested in specific
positions on exec, we provided
more information on the different portfolios as well as the opportunity to speak with the exec
about their experiences, how to
campaign, and have questions
answered. For students interested in learning more about
the AMS and its governance
structure we provided an easy
We just made an
effort to have some
sessions and tell
people about the
positions. I think it
went pretty well.
Jeff Friedrich,
AMS President
avenue for learning more."
"It is very difficult to say
whether or not more people
will run, but I think those that
do run will have very informed
campaigns. These presentations
were a great chance to meet
involved, engaged, and curious
students. I am very excited to
see how the elections take shape
and to see some improved interest in this key component ofthe
student society," she added.
Friedrich    added,    "Do    I
think they [the workshops] succeeded? Yeah. I didn't go to all
of them, but it's certainly more
than we've done in the past.
In the past we've only had one
recruitment session, and it
was mostly attended by people
who were already in what some
people would call the AMS
circle. And this year we were
definitely more successful in
getting people from a variety of
backgrounds. All the sessions
had pretty good turnouts. Most
sessions had about ten people.
But I guess we won't really
know until we see how diverse
the candidate field is this year."
AMS VP Administration Sarah Naiman commented, "The
goal of the workshops was to
broaden the type of people who
run for executive positions. Historically it is usually people who
are AMS insiders, members of
council, who are already really engaged with the AMS and
they're just the ones who pick
up the exec positions. And this
isn't the way the AMS should
be, because it should be representative of all the students."
"By having these workshops
it explains to students what we
do and that the AMS is open to
everybody. You don't need to be
someone who's been involved
with the AMS for ten years to
run for a position," she added.
It is still unknown whether
the workshops will attain the
desired results, but Friedrich
remained optimistic. "All the
races that I'm aware of, just
from the election gossip, look
fuller and more competitive. I
think this speaks to our efforts
in the recruitment and also just
in the stuff that we've been able
to work on this year. I think
we've inspired a bit more interest in the AMS and the potential
to do cool things with the positions." xi
—Editor's Note:
Freeman Poritz is running for
the AMS Vice President External 4     News
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Sinister looking, but ultimately harmless, steam wafts off of the chemistry and physics buildings across from the SUB.
UBC professors seek to ease carbon footprint
News Writer
BC's leading environmentalist David Suzuki might have a
little competition from two environmentally forward-thinking
UBC professors. Hadi Dowlata-
badi and James Tansey are the
force behind Offsetters Climate
Neutral Society, a not-for-profit
initiative specialising in carbon
offsets, a method for mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG)
Dowlatabadi said he and Tansey developed the idea in 2004.
Their main motivation was that
no such organisation existed in
"We saw no reason why
Canada should not be served by
an entity that would invest in
projects that reduce emissions
of GHGs in Canada."
Dowlatabadi and Tansey
rere also determined to set up
iffsetters as a not-for-profit organisation. They had seen the
way similar initiatives operated
in the United States and Europe
as sources of profit in addition
to easing environmental impact
and were determined to do
things differently.
"Those organisations that
were up and running in the
US and Europe were, and are,
profit-motivated initiatives with
huge profit margins—we saw no
reason why people volunteering
to invest in a better world should
be subject to price gouging," said
In 2005, Offsetters was officially launched as a way to help
both individuals and companies
reduce their carbon footprint
through carbon offsets. A carbon
offset occurs when someone invests in measures that will pull
a certain amount of GHG out of
the atmosphere, or prevents any
emissions from taking place at
all as a way to mitigate the GHG
they have already emitted.
Since its founding, Offsetters
has partnered with a number of
companies looking to mitigate
their carbon emissions and help
their customers do the same. A
number of these partnerships
have been with airline companies. According to the Offsetters
website, airline C02 emissions
are increasing by about three
per cent each year.
One of the more high profile
partner companies listed on the
Offsetters website is Westjet.
Customers looking to fly a little
greener can purchase Westjet
tickets through the Offsetters
website. Westjet then purchases
offsets using a portion of the
ticket price.
Most recently, Offsetters partnered with Harbour Air, which
became the first carbon neutral
air carrier in North America. On
October 1, the airline introduced
a surcharge for all its flights that
would be invested into renewable energy projects by Offsetters on the airline's behalf.
According to Paul Austin,
an associate professor of atmospheric physics at UBC, airlines
constitute a significantportion of
the world's carbon emissions.
"Transport makes up about
30 per cent of carbon emission
and airlines are a huge part of
In the future, Dowlatabadi is
hoping to expand the company
and introduce even more carbon
mitigation strategies such as solar water heaters and biodiesel.
"In the short-term, our goal is
to demonstrate new GHG reduction strategies and show them
to be economical and beneficial
to society and the environment
beyond the simple climate mitigation objective," he said.
Of course, what Dowlatabadi
and Tansey are both hoping is
that Offsetters will not be necessary in the future.
"Ideally, our long-term goal
is to become obsolete," said
Dowlatabadi. "This will happen
when we have taken the climate
threat seriously and reduced
emissions to 20 per cent of today—the level that will stabilise
the Earth's climate."
According to Austin, voluntary initiatives such as Offsetters
are helpful but only to a certain
"There's no way we'll get all
the way we need to go because
we need 70 per cent carbon
reduction at least and there's
no way we can achieve that just
through voluntary action," he
Austin added, however, that
any initiative that educates people and companies about carbon
offsetting is a huge step in the
right direction.
"This program gets people
to calculate how much carbon
they're using and thinking about
the issue and then reducing as
much as they can," he said. "Getting people informed about this
a huge deal." vl December 4™, 2007 | ThQltbyssey
Lost something?
 National News     5
Internet gives
S crabbier s their
competitive edge
Ever misplaced something around campus? Students bid on an iPods and shades yesterday in
front of Pacific Spirit Cafeteria, where a silent lost and found auction was held. Items ranged from
sunglasses and iPodstocell phones and PDAs. All proceeds went to the United Way charity. Alexandra Scott (L) and Abigail Pelayo (R) tried on sunglasses up for auction.
by Mike Berry
The Carillon (University of Regina}
REGINA (CUP)-Scrabulous, the
online version of Scrabble made
popular through Facebook, has
exploded onto campuses across
the nation, becoming this
term's most popular pastime
for procrastinating students.
But for some serious Scrabble players, it has also become
the tool of choice for honing
their skills.
According to John Chew, a
mathematics graduate student
at the University of Toronto
and webmaster for the National
Scrabble Association, Scrabu-
lous is a great way to develop
your Scrabble game.
"People who play the game
on a serious level are still uncommon," Chew said. "It's hard
to find quality opponents when
you don't live near big clubs."
This is where the Internet
comes in handy, he said. The
Internet allows you to compete
against more top quality players, improving the dynamic of
your game. It's all about healthy
Unlike the online world,
where all clubs are combined,
where you compete can have a
big impact on your placement
in the major tournaments.
Chew said that even the
Montreal and Toronto Scrabble
clubs are inherently different.
He said that though the Montreal club is smaller, it has
produced more champions.
Of the last seven international
tournaments, three of the winners have been Canadian and
two of them have come out of
the Montreal club.
Because of this, the inherent
competitiveness of the Montreal Club is that much better.
The international tournaments are three days long and
have been held every two years
since 1991. The last Canadian
player to have won the tournament was Adam Logan, a math
professor at the University of
Waterloo, and friend of Chew's,
in 2005.
The most recent championship was held last weekend in
Mumbai, India and was won by
Nigel Richards of New Zealand.
According to Chew, not only
is Richards a brilliant player,
but he knows every word in the
"If you were to study the dictionary for 4-5 hours a day, anyone could accomplish this feat
in about a year," said Chew.
People who play the
game on a serious level
are still uncommon. It's
hard to find quality opponents when you don't
live near big clubs.
John Chew,
Self-identified Scrabble consultant
Chew would know. He's been
playing competitive scrabble
since the early 1990s, and has
tried to compete in at least one
tournament every year.
"I like making order out of
chaos," Chew said. "It's like you
are creating a work of art out
of letters and every time it's
There's lot of strategy too, he
says—it's not just about playing
the highest score available. For
instance, when there are about
10 tiles left, the game becomes
a chess match. "It's where intuition can really shine," he said.
Besides being a graduate
student, Chew is the director of
both the Toronto Scrabble Club
and the Canadian Scrabble
Championships. He's also a
self-identified Scrabble consultant, and spends approximately
three-quarters of his time traveling around the world, arranging matches and tournaments.
The next Canadian Scrabble
Championship will be held in
April 2008 in Toronto.^!
Police undermine harm reduction programs, panel says
by Ariel Leftkowitz
The McGill Daily (McGill University)
access to clean needles, illicit
drug users (IDUs) often resort to
desperate measures. A panel at
McGill University said that it's
time for the government to step
up and fund real harm reduction
"I would be using a needle
for 30 hits where I was taking
a hammer and knocking it into
my arm because it was so not
sharp anymore," said Darlene
Palmer, a community worker
with CACTUS Montreal, a local
harm reduction centre.
A former drug user, Palmer
spoke at a panel at McGill University on November 26 about
harm reduction policies as part
of World AIDS Week.
The panellists decried the
Canadian government's failure
to provide effective needle and
syringe programs (NSPs).
The World Health Organization has  endorsed  NSPs,  and
Alana Klein of McGill's Faculty
of Law said that "the vast body
of scientific literature" supports
harm reduction programs.
Palmer, however, said she
is still accused of encouraging
drug use by working at CACTUS
Palmer said that harm reduction centres helped her and
other IDUs feel like there were
people who cared about them,
while reducing their risk of
contracting HIV through needle
"But CACTUS had no impact
on whether or not I would use in
a night," Palmer said.
Canada's police forces have
strongly objected to NSPs.
In 2005, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police adopted a resolution that discouraged harm reduction programs,
reading in part: "Harm reduction policies mislead people
into thinking they can use drugs
"Police are actively undermining programs that govern
ments are trying to create,"
Klein said. "One branch of government is giving a service and
another branch of government
is taking it away."
Palmer said that police officers linger around harm reduction centres and make people
nervous about getting prevention materials like needles and
"Women ask for three condoms even though I know they're
going to do about 15 clients that
night. When I ask them why, they
say that if they have anything
more than three condoms in
their pockets, they're going to be
stopped by the police for looking
like prostitutes. They'll use the
three condoms and the rest are
at their own risk," Palmer said.
The panellists said that police and government resistance
to NSPs means that the needs
of HIV sufferers are being
About 58,000 Canadians
have HIV or AIDS, and 17,000
of them live in Quebec, but the
federal government is failing to
follow through on its promises,
panellists said.
"Harm reduction is part of
the federal drug strategy. It's
just that it's not being funded [by
the federal government], at all,"
Klein said. "These programs are
cheap, they're very cheap."
According to Kevin Barlow,
executive director of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network
(CAAN), drug injection accounts
for two-thirds of new HIV cases
among indigenous peoples and
eight to ten new cases arise each
week in that population.
He accused Tony Clement,
the Conservative Health Minister, of dismissing drug users as
"I hope that more people tell
the government that it's not just
a party. It's a real problem," Barlow said. "We have to be able to
counter a government that just
wants to play partisan politics."
Palmer also said that those
in power are unaware of how
serious the issue has become.
"Maybe if we take the deciders and put them in front
of someone who is using a TV
antenna to inject, and see what
that does to a person's physical
body, they'll learn to be more
open," she said.
Harm reduction centres can
also allow community workers
to improve IDU's mental health.
"If that person comes and
gets needles, I have a minute or
two to check whether they're eating somewhere, sleeping somewhere," Palmer said.
"[The IDUs] start saying that
it has a funny impact on their
using. They say they don't want
to be fucked up when they come
here, because they want to be
part of the radio show at CACTUS or some other program we
Palmer said her history of
drug use has helped her understand the mentality of IDUs.
"I have a doctorate in using
drugs," Palmer said. "I paid a
lot of money to learn what it is
about." ^ 6     News Featurette
December 4™, 2007  ThSJjbyssey
News Featurette    7
Gaps in the system
by Samantha Jung a  /
k. News Staff       JL m/
me Condon, the Associate Dean of Science at UBC,is one of 76 female full time faculty in a department where almost 4 in 5 are men.
While female students
outnumber their male
counterparts in most
faculties today, from Arts to
Medicine, amongst UBC's
professors, the gender ratios
tell a very different story. Men
outnumber women in almost
every faculty on campus, subsequently in many of the departments as well.
Numbers, numbers,
The gap between the number
of male and female professors
at UBC is large. The Equity
Office at UBC published a
report   in   October   2006
outlining full-time faculty by
rank and gender. Out of 13
faculties, male professors outnumber women in 12.
The faculties with the lowest percentage of full-time female professors (full, associate,
and assistant) and instructors
and lecturers are Forestry with
15.38 per cent and the Sauder
School of Business with 17.53
per cent. The Faculty of Science
does not trail far behind, with
women making up only 20.38
per cent.
On the other end of the
spectrum, the Faculties of
Education and Pharmaceutical
Sciences have the highest percentages of female professors,
with 51.81 per cent and 47.22
per cent respectively.
Looking into various departments within faculties, the
numbers vary. The history department has a large gap with
13 full-time male professors
and only six female. The eng-
lish department is more evenly
balanced, with 24 females and
26 males. In physics and astronomy there are 34 tenured
(hold permanent positions)
male and five tenured female
full and associate professors.
Gaps can also be seen in the faculty hierarchy; there are more
women than men in the lower
level teaching positions, such
as instructors and lecturers,
with more men than women in
the upper levels.
Statistics like these do not
just exist at UBC; a trend can
be seen across Canada. The
Association of Universities and
Colleges of Canada published a
report earlier this year called
"Trends in Education". The
report stated that women make
up just 13, 400 out of 40,800
full-time faculty in Canadian
universities. This means that
one in three faculty members
are female; this is a significant
improvement considering that
in 1976 itwas one in seven.
Taking a closer
So why are there more men
than women teaching at universities? Anne Condon, the Associate Dean of Science at UBC,
says that there are not enough
resources for female professors
to accommodate their needs.
Family obligations often take
priority over a woman's job.
"Another challenge for
women who wish to start a
family is that the most intense
years of their career...happens
during child-bearing years,"
says Condon. "It's important
to provide good support for
women, and all young parents,
at this time, so that they can
balance the demands both at
work and at home."
Condon also says that oftentimes a woman's partner is also
seeking a teaching position,
and some women are more
willing to take a back seat for
their partner.
The European Molecular
Biology Organization (EMBO)
published a report earlier this
year titled "Falling off the Academic Bandwagon" that confirms Condon's notions. The report outlines reasons why there
could be fewer females than
males in university faculties. In
the report, over 21 per cent of
women said that children were
extremely important in planning their career, while only
7 per cent of men responded
with this answer.
In conjunction with the
idea of making allowances for
their spouse, 31 per cent of
married women reported they
would make changes for their
husbands, but only 21 per cent
of men said they would make
changes for their wives.
The survey concluded that
support from a mentor and
better negotiation skills did not
have gender-based differences.
Factors women preferred for a
teaching position were affordable child care, close proximity
to their husband's workplace,
and the potential of part-time
employment. These findings
suggest that women place family values and relationships in
a higher priority than occupations, and that universities
should take these into consideration when modifying faculty
Looking at the gender gap
among UBC faculty
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UBC Sociology professor Amy
Hanser also gives some insight
as to why women might be
found more in some faculties
than others. She says sociologists view the trend as a cross-
pattern: going in one direction
is a "vertical-sex segregation",
where men are found at the
top of the social hierarchy and
women at the bottom; and going in the other direction is a
"horizontal-sex segregation",
where men are "channeled"
into some occupations and
women into others.
"I think what you see in
university is a combination of
those two things; there's a concentration of men in high status, high prestige occupations,
so you're going to find more
men teaching in university,"
says Hanser.
She also attributes historical discrimination and social
norms as a factor. "If you go to
India, all the service people are
men," says Hanser. "It really
makes you think, 'What is it we
think people are good at that is
channeling them into certain
Psychology PhD candidate
Ilan Dar Nimrod attributes the
gender gap to environmental
factors and social norms as
well. Dar Nimrod and UBC psychology professor Steven Heine
recently conducted an experiment that observed female performance in mathematics.
In the study, female participants were presented with
two fake news articles that
stated   that   men   performed
better than women in math.
One group received the article
that claimed the reason behind
these findings was due to genetic factors, while the article
given to a second group said it
was due to environmental factors. Both groups were then
given a math test.
It was found that the female
participants given the article
outlining environmental factors scored better on the math
test than participants given
the article outlining genetic
"That would suggest that
[female] math performance
can be affected by very environmental things...something
completely in the context [of
the situation]," concludes Dar
Social norms and stereotypes can also contribute to
attitudes, which can affect motivation. "It's much more discouraging when you are doing
an uphill battle facing certain
stereotypes and facing certain
beliefs in society that undermine a lot of your efforts," says
Dar Nimrod.
Action is being taken to try
to increase the number of
women in teaching in various
faculties. Tom Patch, associate
vice-president of UBC Equity,
says that the university follows the Employment Equity
Policy, which essentially focuses on advancing "the hiring
of women, visible minorities,
Aboriginal people and people
with disabilities".
He says that employment
turnover is slow: "The turnover
of faculty is very slow; professors have long careers," says
Patch. "And as we know, there
were very few women professors, so it will take a long time
for the organization to really
change, because ofthe slow rate
of turnover." In addition, Patch
says that the recent removal of
mandatory retirement might
slow the turnover even more.
Condon also says the Faculty of Science is involved in
promoting female hires to the
"This year, the mathematics
department has nominated two
women for UFA awards - these
are   prestigious   awards   provided by NSERC (The National
Science   and   Engineering     Research
Council), to support
women entering faculty positions at Canadian
universities," says Condon.
"Also, departments who
are hiring are also being
proactive in getting the
job ads out to potential
female applicants."
Condon also says that if an
applicant has a partner who is
being hired by a department,
the Faculty of Science will
provide funds to ensure that it
"I think that being a professor is a very rewarding
job—providing the chance to
contribute to research, and to
educate the next generation
of scholars and leaders," says
Condon. "I am optimistic that
universities will learn to better accommodate women as
faculty members, making it an
attractive career path." X3 8     Culture	
Wine and food pairing
for your boozy holidays
ThSJjbyssey I December 4™, 2007
by Robert Broerse
Culture Writer
I am sure many of you are looking forward to December, to the
end of exams and the holiday
season. (God help me I am.
UBC should have a mini-reading break or something, especially with all these overcast,
depressing afternoons here on
This year I am not buying
gifts. Instead, I'll be bringing
wine to parties in the hopes of
trying something new while still
being seen as a generous soul.
("Really, open the bottle now,
don't save it for later, what fun
is that..."
This weekend I'll be going
to a friend's engagement party
with a bottle of Italian wine.
I'll be bringing a bottle of Masi
Campofiorin 2004, an excellent
example of the Ripasso style.
The grapes are semi-dry when
crushed and then double fermented. It's less than 20 dollars
but a great red wine for the cold
and bitter month of December.
I digress again.
First of all, everyone wants
to let loose this time of year.
But, then there's the stress of
shopping and going to parties
you don't want to go to because
relatives you don't like might be
there. It happens.
Wine is great around this
time of year, as you can find a
few bottles that will complement
the treats you love.
A great wine with pastries
then, or with cookies? Well,
we're all students, so we want
something decent, good quality
without shelling over our now-
high Canadian dollar for swill
water. A Late Harvest Riesling
2005 from Gehringer Brothers
($17.99 at BCL), an Okangan
Winery with a German heritage,
is almost an ice-wine—it all has
to do with the temperature the
grapes are picked at—but thankfully it isn't as ice wines can kill
your wallet with price ranges in
the mid-fifties and up. The wine
is lush and beautiful to absorb
with notes of syrupy fig and
overripe pear. Take a swig and
you might think almond cake,
mango and pineapple. This is
the kind of wine to enjoy with
Christmas cake or even a warm
apple pie. Pumpkin pie too.
How does mom or
dad prepare the bird?
What kind of sauces?
What kind of yams
and potatoes?
What about Turkey dinner?
That's a tougher one. Most critics, food and wine writers are
clueless. Turkey doesn't really
have a taste, so it's really about
finding the right wine with the
accoutrements. How does mom
or dad prepare the bird? What
kind of sauces? What kind of
yams and potatoes? If your potatoes are buttery and gooey, then
a Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay ($17.99) from California
is the best bet. If you're going
to smother your bird in apple
sauce or gravy, try a fantastic
Australian Semillon-Sauvignon
blend from St. Hallet ($12.99)
called  "The Poacher's  Blend".
This wine is fruity and soft and
just shy of being full-bodied. It
won't overpower your pallet but
it might help you digest the dry
portion ofthe bird.
A great wine with the cranberry sauce (if the sauce isn't
sweet) is California Zinfandel
Zunio ($13.99). Basically if the
food you are matching is sweet,
you may want an even sweeter
wine to pair it with. A dry wine
tastes sour with a sugary dish.
Now for desserts. If you're
having chocolates, you have
to have Port. Port is a fortified
wine from Portugal made and
imported by British wine makers. When itwas discovered that
wine could survive the trip from
the Iberian Pennisula to England
by adding extra alcohol, the Brits
jumped all over it. It was sweet,
it was great with conversation
You'll get some great
food and wine matches
here. Your palette, your
tongue and your senses
will die of chocolate/
port ecstasy. Expect
mind orgasms. Not
for the faint of heart.
and lo and behold it matched
perfectly with chocolates.
Pick up a bottle of Warre's
Warrior Vintage Port ($21.99)
or a bottle of Dow's Late Vintage
Port ($24.99) and invite a group
of friends over. Have them bring
chocolates of various kinds.
Pour your guests about two
ounces each—the wine is potent
at 18 per cent alcohol—and try
the various chocolates with the
port. You'll get some great food
and wine matches here. Your
palette, your tongue and your
senses will die of chocolate/port
ecstasy. Expect mind orgasms.
Not for the faint of heart. And
of course, pace yourself—a port
hangover can be nasty if you go
too far. (It's like waking up with
a tub of heavy syrup sloshing
around in your brain, and the
nausea is pretty bad, trust me.)
If chocolate isn't your thing
or you're too worried about
suffering from sheer bliss (or a
syrup brain), then grab a handful of nuts, raisins, almonds,
pecans and walnuts and a glass
of sherry. I know what you are
thinking, sherry is the shit your
grandmother gave you every
Christmas for twenty years. The
same bottle, the same sickly
sweet taste. Forgive grandma
and pick up a bottle of Gonzalez Bypass Nutty Solera (only
$15.99) and give some to the ol'
I know, sherry is the
shit your grandmother
gave you every Christmas for twenty years.
gal; she's probably been drinking the same rotgut for too long.
This is the kind of wine that you
don't expect to match with anything. But try it with the nuts and
then try with some cured meats
or even the Christmas cake.
Don't kill yourself buying
gifts. Christmas is over in a day.
But with the right bottle, a wine
can help those good drinking
memories last for years. And no
syrup hangovers, all right? vl
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
defines nature in the city
by Freeman Poritz and
Bhaktilata James
Adventure. That's what we were
looking for when we ventured
into Pacific Spirit Regional Park
this past weekend amidst a hailing snowstorm. What we found
was one of the best kept secrets
at UBC—an oasis of outdoor
adventure in close proximity to
While a day trip to Grouse
Mountain or a 400 step trip
down to Wreck Beach is always
possible while on campus, a
more moderate alternative is
an afternoon stroll through Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
(PSRP) is one of UBC's hidden
gems. It is situated on the UBC
endowment lands and is ideal
for those seeking a pleasurable
day of relaxation, or merely a
taste ofthe Vancouver outdoors.
The PSRP consists of 3 3 trails
which span over 73 kilometers.
Another useful resource is
the Metro Vancouver website
(www.gvrd.bc.ca) which includes
maps of most of the parks in the
greater Vancouver area. Both of
these tools are assets for more
ambitious trips as well: all the
information needed for a day
trip to Bowen Island is at one's
finger tips.
Fortunately bringing a map
is hardly necessary at PSRP.
If one was lost between, say,
Council and Swordfern, two of
the 33 trails, one can find an
abundance of directional posts
and large maps on the way. But
plotting a course in advance
can ensure you take advantage
of as many of the walking trails
as possible.
Richard Wallis, a Metro Vancouver park operations supervisor at PSRP, told the Ubyssey,
"Pacific Spirit is widely used
by a big variety of people. We
have lots of people that live in
the neighbourhood of course
who come and walk their dogs,
and jog, and ride bikes. We
also get some horse riders. The
majority of people really come
to walk—mostly during daylight
"I think people come [to
PSRP] to enjoy the trails. I think
that it is one of the biggest attractions. Obviously there are
lots of different activities that
people do on the trails. It's an
urban setting, but to have a forest right in the middle of the
city is quite a unique thing. So
everyone comes to recreate on
the trail," he added.
The park is always open to
explore. It appeals to a sense of
community and also to a sense
of smell! Walking along the
trails, the clean smell of fresh
air is everywhere along with the
crisp scent of cedar. It's filled
with all the sensual smells that
air freshener companies have
failed to capture for decades,
and here they are firsthand.
First year Arts student Eric
Freilich observed, "the trails are
really great. There's all sorts of
variety. I go biking and some of
the trails are really narrow and
rough, and some ofthe trails are
wide and it's good. It's good to
learn how to bike there. I used
to go to PSRP once a week."
"I usually go for a bike ride
there [at PSRP] with friends before we'd go out for dinner," he
The PSRP's official website
accurately describes the magnitude of the park. "Pacific Spirit
Regional Park comprises 763
hectares of forest and foreshore
immediately west of Vancouver.
The park's forests stretch across
Point Grey separating the city
from the University of British
Columbia. Its thin foreshore
wraps around the tip ofthe peninsula and touches the Fraser
River, the Strait of Georgia and
Burrard Inlet. The park's closeness to both the university and
the city entices.
The best way to enjoy the
outdoors is to be prepared for
it. For a trip to PSRP, being prepared can be as little as warm
clothes and a cell phone. Staying on the trails and mentioning
the trip to someone is always
good practice. For the PSRP,
staying on the trails is primarily of ecological importance, but
in more remote parks straying
from the trails can mean having
to be rescued.
PSRP is one of Vancouver's
great outdoor secrets, which has
now been let out ofthe bag. vl
Matthew's guide to making the most of Pacific Spirit
While meandering down trails
in the park might be a good,
wholesome way to spend the
evening with your girlfriend,
there are a number of more
interesting and far more useful
things you could be doing in
the park. Come hither young
grasshoper, and learn from the
Drop out of Rez and move
into the park. Quick! Go to
Brock hall and file an appeal
with UBC Housing, and get out
of Residence. Then go to MEC,
buy a pair of grommeted tarps,
a dozen meters of cordage, and
a sleeping bag with bivy sack.
Next, go to Pacific Spirit in
the day time (if you go at night,
as I did, this becomes much
more difficult), and find a quiet,
secluded, dry spot. In addition,
the spot you find must be covert, then, set up your tarps in
a way that will deflect rainwater away from your new hovel.
Set up your sleeping bag (on
a ground tarp), and enjoy your
new, rent free, home.
Keep in mind that there are
homeless drug addicts who
could slit your throat for your
sleeping bag, and that the
RCMP will evict you from the
park as soon as you are found.
Thus, the need for a covert
location. I would suggest not
selecting an area between the
school and Blanca, but instead
somewhere along the cliffs on
the west side of campus.
Once your tent home is
nicely set up, the question turns
to food. Bugs and berries are
your two safe bets. While I've
never tried the former, most
bugs found in Pacific Spirit are
safe to eat with a little boiling.
Berries, more suitable for the
squeamish like myself, are limited to rose hips through the
winter, but wild blackberry and
salmonberry preserves made
in the fall can last through the
Enjoy! ^ December 4™, 2007 | Thj£Jjbyssey
The Ecstasy of Rita Joe still needs to be seen
by Christine McLaren
Culture Writer
It is seldom in this day and age
that a piece of theatre survives
long enough in the limelight to
allow its impact upon society
to be fully explored and understood. And for whatever reason
this fact tends to be doubly true
for works by Canadian writers.
But every now and then a work
surfaces of such magnitude that
it manages to make the world
take notice for longer than one
season. This is the case for
George Ryga's classic work, "The
Ecstasy of Rita Joe".
Every now and then a
work surfaces of such
magnitude that it manages to make the world
take notice for longer
than one season.
The controversial play was
commissioned originally by the
Vancouver Playhouse during
Canada's centennial year, 1967,
and has been said by many critics to be the most important
English-language play by a
Canadian writer. "The Ecstasy
of Rita Joe" was the first play to
bring First Nations concerns to
light, confronting issues such
as residential school systems,
alcohol abuse, violence, prostitution, native patriarchy and white
Told in an unorthodox style
through a series of montages
and songs,  the  story revolves
George Ryga is quite tied to Western Canada, having written many influential works, plus a hit song for Chilliwack.
around a young First Nations
woman trying to find her place
in the world. Not feeling at home
on the reservation nor in the
disparaging atmosphere of the
city, she ends up in court under
charges of vagrancy and prostitution, and becomes more and
more trapped in an unforgiving
downward spiral of violence and
cultural destruction.
"The Ecstasy of Rita Joe" is
celebrating its 40th anniversary,
being performed at the Firehall
Arts Centre on Cordova Street,
in the heart of the Downtown
East Side (DTES)-only blocks
away from where the script was
originally published. Exiting the
theatre in the DTES, patrons find
The play is being
performed only
blocks away from
where the script was
originally published.
themselves in the midst of every
issue presented in the play, showing the continuing prevalence of
the problems Ryga addressed
almost half a century ago.
The show runs until December 8, with performances
every night at 7:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. Friday
and Saturday performances
are at 8pm. Matinees Saturday
and Sunday at 2pm. Pay-What-
You-Can performances are on
Wednesdays at 1pm. vl
For centuries, theatre, like all
art forms, has served many
purposes beyond existing as
a superficial entertainment
medium. It provides society
with a lens through which
the characteristics of social
order seem so sharp and
clear that it leaves the viewer
with a rawer version of reality
than he ever knew existed. It
is a paradoxical world that
we are served, where fiction
is more real than the reality
upon which it is based.
The play is presented
in a fantastically simple, poignant display
of gentleness and
brutality mixed equally to render a unique
paradoxical beauty.
This particular play is
presented in a fantastically
simple, poignant display of
both gentleness and brutality mixed equally to render a
unique paradoxical beauty.
It is a work of literature
that should be seen by every
Canadian for its historical
merit, poignant political
commentary, and unfortunate relevance today.
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February 12; 2008
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referendum coming in the New Year.
Important Dates in January 2008
Jan. 16
Council Meeting - presentation of final plan to AMS Council
Jan. 21-25
Referendum Awareness Campaign
Jan. 25
Board of Governors
From the AMS
All the best for the
holiday season!
our UBC community
AMS Elections 2008
Nomination Procedure
The nominations for candidates seeking to run for the
2008-2009 AMS Student Council open November
30th, 2007, and close January 11th, 2008. In order
to seek nomination, candidates must meet certain
requirements as delineated in the AMS Electoral
Each candidate must be an Active Member ofthe
Alma Mater Society (AMS), and shall submit in person
to the Administrative Assistant a nomination form
duly signed by both the candidate and no less than
fifty (50) nominators, each of whom shall be an Active
Member ofthe AMS entitled to vote in student
elections. Forms shall be available in the Administrative Assistant's office, located in SUB 238A.
Regardless of how many positions for which a
candidate is nominated, each candidate may run for
only one executive position in a given election.
Names of candidates will be kept confidential until
the close of nominations, at which time they shall be
released to the public.
Should interested candidates have any other questions or concerns, they may consult the AMS Electoral
Code at
http://www.ams.ubc.ca/elections/rules.html, or
contact the Elections Administrator, Brendan Piove-
san, at elections@ams.ubc.ca.
Good luck to all interested candidates,
Brendan Piovesan,
AMS Elections Administrator
SUB 249K 10   Editorial
ThjSJjbyssey I December 4™, 2007
Reimagining the UBC Faculty
Faculty 2007
Faculty 2008
Imagining 2008, we share our predictions
As 2007 winds to an end, the
Ubyssey's editors would like
to hereby make their highly
depressing predictions for what
2008 may bring:
It is going to snow like it has
never before. If you thought Whistler was good in 2007, just wait.
Therefore, little homework will be
done as lots time will be enjoyed
on the mountain.
UBC's Trek 2010 vision of
having a faculty that "reflects the
increasing diversity in our student
population" will not come closer
to being realised. In the upcoming
year UBC's higher female-to-male
gender ratio will continue, and
international students will make
a larger majority ofthe student
population. Despite this, UBC's
faculty will not represent this
diversity. Bearded, balding, white
men will continue to dominate
classrooms and boards. Serious
action to change this oft-criticised
bias in our learning environment
won't be motivated by the creators
of Trek 2010 who are said bearded,
balding, white men in question.
The Grassy Knoll will be plowed
under because it's ugly. The
protest started off as a pleasant
and thoughtful alternative to the
proposed development but since
September it's been largely abandoned. The transplanted grass has
become a cesspool, the couches
have grown mould or been taken
away and every part of the installment has decayed into the campus'
biggest eyesore. The protesters' solution is worse than anything that
could replace it, and it didn't have
to be that way. The day the Grassy
Knoll goes will be a sad day for the
public space movement.
Bachelor's degrees will become
even more meaningless, while
simultaneously more mandatory.
Despite at least 16 years of
school, undergraduates ofthe class
of 2008 will be underqualified in
the year's stagnant job market. Nor
will the years of schooling have
provided life skills like basic financial knowledge, as more students
than ever will be in debt. Simultaneously, unless the '08 grads want
to work in the oil fields, which
many of them will end up doing,
their degree will be mandatory for
the available positions: secretary,
intern, security guard, and bank
Oil prices will rise, a slow climb
that will be complained about but
not really noticed. Tensions in the
Middle East will ebb and flow, but,
unless someone gets real gutsy
around Iran, no real action will be
Despite attempts by the AMS to
appeal to the student body, turnout
to the next AMS election will be
as low as in previous years—if not
lower. The current moves toward
a pseudo-slate system will fail at
drawing in voters and will simply
entrench people who are already
involved in student politics while
pushing out more independent
candidates. Voter Funded Media
will still have joke publications
taking a significant amount ofthe
prize money.
UBC will get into the NCAA, and
still no one will give a shit about
sports on campus. How many of
you have been to a Thunderbirds
game, honestly?
Canadians will have to go
through another federal election. The Conservatives will lose
because, despite everything they
seem to be doing right, their continued denial of climate change
will get boring ol' Stephane Dion
elected. Jack Layton's mustache
will come in third.
The Canucks will bow out in the
first (maybe second) round ofthe
playoffs, despite an amazing performance by Luongo. And everyone
will say 'Next year. With Naslund
and Morrison's contracts expiring,
next year's the year.' Fat chance.
The UBC bus loop will proceed
as planned, demolishing the
Grassy Knoll. In addition, despite
student consultation against it,
U-square will contain "family and
community oriented living spaces"
(ie. condos), high-end retail, and
three more Starbucks locations.
Following this, Translink and Sam
Sullivan will jointly introduce
plans for a continued Skytrain line
to UBC, making said bus loop a
huge waste of time, money, space
and energy.
So enjoy 2007 while it lasts,
kids. ^
Streeters is a twice weekly column
in which students are asked a
question    pertinent    to    UBC.
See all their full comments online at ubyssey.ca
What are your aspirations for the new year?
Kate Blyth,
Education Grad
"I'd like to go
work at a primary
reserve and Id
like some money
to do that, so if
anyone would
like to sponsor
Travis Poor,
Poli Sci 4
"I hope that I'll
have a job next
year because I'll
be graduating."
Gina Stal,
Anthropology 4
"I really don't
want them to dig
up the [Grassy]
Graham Sigalet,
Human Kinetics 5
"Hopefully I'll
be somewhere in
North America
or anywhere
doing my
master's in
Saul Pazos-Knoop,
Engineering PhD
"Try to get some
progress in my
PhD...study a lot
but having fun at
the same time."
Ubyssey's APEC series misses diplomatic
There were 1300 people who died in East
Timor when the country reverted back to self-
government. Canada was one of the few countries that stood ready to help in protecting the
people of East Timor, however because of "domestic politics" wrought by the APEC rioters
our diplomatic staff and external affairs were
not able to help to the extent that had been
hoped and anticipated.
The APEC riots were not the grand moment
as expressed in the article. They were a sad day
for Canada and for UBC. Anyone who has read
excerpts of the diplomatic archives regarding
East Timor would see that immediately.
The most basic idea behind any action
is primo no nocere— first and foremost do no
harm. The reason we have international meetings under the auspices of the United Nations
is to help work through serious and real human
I think you might want to consider one final
thought. The responsibility of the fourth estate
is to report the news and not to make the news
itself. The pieces thatyour are running on APEC
does not constitute news but politics.
—Patrick Bruskiewich
Physics PhD candidate
Tasers have a place in society
Stop harassing the RCMP for the unfortunate
death of Mr Robert Dziekanski, a Polish immigrant. There is plenty of blame to go around
both here and abroad. They know who they
There could have been more destruction
and more deaths. Mr Dziekanski was structurally huge, a reported 6'9". That, plus being in
an agitated state, would have been too dangerous for him to be approached. He knew he was
super strong, he boasted to his common-law
wife in Poland that when he went to the Rockies
if he saw a grizzly bear he would go right up to
it and bite it!
Tasers must be used to cut down on crime.
(Someone has to do it; our parliamentarians
refuse.) Crime has grown out of all proportion since that idiot-academic Pierre Trudeau
saddled us with a non-working Charter. The
ruthless Trudeau implemented many uncivilised values. Mr Trudeau emptied churches
and filled jails. Some legacy!
NBC-TV welcome to Canada to meet the
world's finest police organisation—Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
—Mary Prim
Port Coquitlam, BC
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New rules for World Cup mogul skiers
Judges to score more difficult jumps, but athletes may not have jumps perfected for Olympics
by Krysia Collyer
Sports Writer
A new judging system for moguls skiing will make its debut
at the World Cup season opener
in Tignes, France, on December
13, allowing officials ample
time to work out the kinks before the 2010 Olympic Games in
The new system will add
three new classifications for each
jump, which will allow skiers to
elevate their marks depending
on a jump's degree of difficulty,
while penalising easier jumps.
The revised criteria will allow judges to assess the increasing level of difficulty in skiers'
programs after complaints that
the sport, which is one of the
most popular events in the winter Olympics, wasn't rewarding
improved performance.
The most recent issue involves  categorising the  differ
ent off-axis jumps, which have
been gaining popularity at the
World Cup level over the past
few years. Off-axis refers to the
tilted position the skier takes at
the launch of a jump.
"Freestyle is an evolving
sport, and athletes are trying
new things all the time," said
Terry Campbell, a top level Federation Internationale de Ski
(FIS) official. "It gives them the
opportunity to be rewarded for
their inventiveness and their
ways of pushing the sport."
He added that launching or
testing the system now will give
officials a few years to "get all
the bugs worked out."
This change could result in
bigger air tricks at 2010 said
Campbell. He said under the
new rules, there will be a category to mark a 1080 degree
jump (three spinning rotations
on a diagonal axis) and skiers
will be able to push the envelope
to shine at the Olympics.
But for those who are waiting
to see bigger and better jumps
in 2010, the wait may be longer
than expected. This is in part
The trade-off
between higher
degree of difficulty
versus being just
a little off balance
on the landing is
just not worth it.
Rob Kober,
Head Coach,
Canadian men's mogul team
because at the World Cup level,
it takes years to get an athlete's
jumping to the level where they
are competing for medals.
The two jumps during the
run are only combined for 25
per cent of the total score and
Rob Kober, the head coach ofthe
Canadian men's mogul team,
doesn't see the change having
a significant impact on his athletes' tricks.
"To really get it perfected
and reliable under difficult
conditions is a two to three year
project," said Kober. At the
World Cup level, the athletes
must be able to nail their jumps
Kober said the Canadian
team can't afford the penalty
for mistakes, and that many lost
points may occur when skiers
have to learn new tricks on challenging courses.
"The trade-off between a
higher degree of difficulty versus
being just a little off balance on
the landing is just not worth it,"
said Kober. "We need to be really sharp, perfect, and clean."
Alex Bilodeau, a member of
Canada's national men's mogul
team who is ranked No. 3 in the
world, said he will not change
his jumps for 2010 unless he
sees a major difference in scoring this season.
"I don't know how the judges
are going to see the difference,"
said Bilodeau. "Everything is going really fast. They will have a
hard time to see what jumps we
are doing."
Under the new rules, officials
will have to learn to identify the
different jumps and their subsequent categories.
Campbell explained that the
new system will be a challenge
to judges at the beginning of
the ski season until mid-season,
when people will become comfortable with the new system.
"It is going to be a little
weird," said Bilodeau. "We will
have to see at the first World
Cup." ^
Women's B-ball sails past Vikes last weekend
Thunderbirds coach happy
with first half of season
by Jordan Chittley
Sports Editor
The UBC women's basketball
team had a successful weekend against the University of
Victoria, winning both games
and staying near the top of the
Canada West with only one loss
on the season.
On Friday, they were able to
stop the Vikes for long periods
of time including six minutes
in a row in the second quarter
to win 71-52. And on Saturday
they were once again led by
Erica McGuinness, who had 22
points including many down the
stretch, to hold off the Vikes' late
charge, winning 66-59.
"I think its great to have an
opportunity to play our long-time
rivals," said head coach Deb Huband. "On any given night you
need to be able to withstand another team making a charge and
I think they did that in the fourth
After some back and forth
scoring in the first quarter,
the T-Birds began to open up
the lead taking an eight-point
advantage into the break. Similar to the previous night, the
T-Birds did not allow the Vikes
to penetrate during the second
quarter. Thanks to numerous
turnovers, the Vikes took almost
four minutes to score. Unlike
the Vikes, the T-Birds were beginning to move the ball around
the horn and create inside scoring chances for players like Zara
Huntley. On the other side ofthe
court, Michelle Lee and other
Vikes were often forced to take
the outside shot, but couldn't get
anything to drop and the T-Birds
were right there to pick up the
They went into the locker
room with a 15-point lead. The
Vikes came out in the third
quarter with a lot more energy
and quickly got on the board.
The increased energy led to the
Vikes closing the gap to within
ten points, but then McGuinness
came out hitting with back-to-
back three-pointers to restore
the T-Bird's significant lead.
In the fourth, the Vikes
capitalised on some turnovers
to close the gap to six with less
than five minutes remaining.
The Vikes began to step up their
defensive efforts, not letting any
T-Bird get an open shot near
the hoop until Hutley snapped
the brief scoring drought with a
hard-fought layup.
"They are a solid team...they
take a lot of pride in how they
compete," said Huband of the
Vikes play in the fourth. "They
are known to play solid defence
and never say die."
The teams went back and
fourth down the stretch, but the
Vikes were unable to close the
With the win the women improve to 11-1 on the season and
the Vikes drop to 6-6.
On Friday, the women used
an 11-0 run at the end ofthe first
quarter to open up a big enough
lead on the Vikes to hold them
off the rest of the game. UBC
continued that good play into
the second quarter holding the
Vikes to just five points.
The women now get over
a month off from conference
competition, but will still practice until Dec. 18. After taking
a short break, the players will
head to California for some non-
conference play.
"I'm really happy with what
we've been able to accomplish
in the first term," said Huband.
"I think we had a strong finish
to the first term and now we get
a chance to focus on school for
a while. I think we are a better
team than when we started in
September." vl
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to writing for sports ThjSJjbyssey I December 4™, 2007
12   Sports	
T-Birds suffer first regular season home loss in
over two years, bounce back next night
Above: Kyle Watson reaches above the UVic defenders for the lay up during their three-point win Saturday.
Below: Blain Labranche takes a corner three-point attempt as Bryson Kool sets up to grab the rebound.
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UBC |   29   | |   47   |
UVic |   41   |   |   51   |
December 1,2007 — War Memorial Gym
UBC  |   31   |  |   33   |
UVic |   21
1   40  1
December 2,2007 — War Memorial Gym
by Jordan Chittley
Sports Editor
The UBC men's basketball team
split their weekend series against
the University of Victoria, losing
by 16 points on Friday night and
winning by three in a nail biter
On Friday, the men fell to the
Vikes 92-76 for their first regular season home loss in over two
years and only their second loss
ofthe season.
While the game began pretty
even, the second quarter proved
to be particularly testing, as the
Vikes outscored the T-Birds 21-
12 and opened up a 12-point
lead at the half. The Vikes didn't
look back once they began to
open up the lead in the second
quarter and held Canada West's
top offence to just 76 points.
But the T-Birds were able
to turn it around the following
night thanks to Chris Dyck who
took control down the stretch.
While the Vikes kept it close,
the T-Birds walked away with a
64-61 win to split the series and
keep them atop the Pacific Division of Canada West.
"It wasn't really what I said,"
said head coach Kevin Hanson
of his talk to the players after
the loss Friday. "We came on
the floor and made some corrections, watched a lot of tape and
just challenged them to come
out and compete and I thought
we responded really nicely. They
scored 20 points above their
average last night [Friday] and
that is just unacceptable in our
The T-Birds came into Saturday's game looking like they had
no intention of losing another as
they opened up a 10-6 lead half
way through the first.
Dyck was largely responsible
for keeping the pace fast, forcing
the ball through the neutral zone
and into the hoop.
The Vikes took their first lead
of the night half way through the
second when Tyler Hass nailed a
three from just outside the arch.
But the lead was short-lived as
the T-Birds quickly tied it up.
The teams played back and
forth, with the T-Birds barely
holding the lead for the rest of
the half. Nathan Yu energised
the team with 30 seconds left
when he took it hard to the hoop,
drawing the foul and getting the
points. He was unable to convert
the extra point, but from then on
the Vikes were not able to get the
ball into the T-Bird zone.
The T-Birds also went on a
7-0 run from that point including a buzzer beater from Brent
Malish to take a 31-21 lead into
the locker room.
Dyck got the T-Birds going
right off the bat in the third with
a big dunk. But the Vikes began
to narrow the gap by moving
the ball around on offence and
drawing the foul when going to
the net. This was part of their
12-4 run before UBC was forced
to call a timeout in an attempt to
stop their momentum.
The Vikes were able to keep
rolling and finally tied it up with
two minutes left in the third
when Mike Hull hit both his foul
shots. But the T-Birds wouldn't
let up and held their narrow lead
for the rest ofthe quarter.
While the T-Birds were maintaining the small lead in the first
part of the fourth, Hass blocked
a Dyck three-point attempt stuffing it in Dyck's hands before
stealing the ball and trotting
coast to coast for the basket
and the foul.The successful free
throw put the Vikes up by one
with just over six minutes left.
But then Dyck began to take control sinking a three followed by a
nice mid-air fake while soaring
toward the hoop for the easy lay
up. That was enroute to opening
up the lead back to six points
with under three minutes left.
"He's been the steady offensive guy for us the whole time,"
said Hanson. "Thank goodness
he picked the crunch time to get
us going."
The Vikes kept it close, but a
buzzer beater final three-point
attempt by Hass was nowhere
near the net and the T-Birds held
on for a three-point win.
The win keeps the Thunderbirds in first place in the Pacific
Division with one more win than
the Vikes. The team now has a
little more than a month away
from conference play before returning in January.
"It's always nice to win the
last one," said Hanson. "Now we
can be a little more happy going
into Christmas. We're happy
this stage ofthe game being first
place in the Pacific Division." vl


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