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Who Ya Gonna Call? Anyone
but the RCMP...
by Brady Gordon
Some of us are glad to be
free of our bullies of yesteryear. I haven't had that feeling
of helpless frustration since
Big Barry Sotham smashed my
diorama in second grade. Until
now.
Of late, the RCMP have
been the buzz of every student
organization on campus. They
are discussed at the meeting
tables of all student government and student faculty associations, across the folding
chairs of AMS clubs, and of
course, under the vaulted ceilings of fraternity houses. Even
the postgraduate Law students,
far beyond the rest of us under-
grads with their suits and ties
and stacks of leather books,
have been grumbling amongst
themselves. Even entirely dead
clubs have re-emerged: take the
Radical Beer Faction, which has
exploded onto the AMS club
scene with what may be the
fastest growth rate of any club
in history.
And yet, while students
from all walks of life and social
scenes have finally found common ground in the one issue
that's important to all of them,
I hear nothing about it beyond
what I hear across those meeting tables, over those folding
chairs, and of course, under
those vaulted ceilings. What
is the AMS doing, exactly? Nobody knows. Why isn't this in
the Ubyssey every day, exactly?
Nobody knows. Who is going to
help us? Nobody knows.
In the past few months, I
have seen reports slide under
my nose of completely innocent and sober students being
slammed against walls, threatened for taking photographs,
being harassed for a variety of
groundless accusations, and
generally shoved and grabbed
and pulled in a variety of ways
and directions. I've seen reports of unbelievable things.
I saw one report, a whopper,
that indicated that a certain
member of the RCMP has a
veritable "hit list" of students
who they expressed a desire to
arrest, and for no more than
their personal dislike for the
individuals in question. I was
scared, because I know at least
one of the people on that list.
Fortunately, he's going through
RCMP training right now, and
won't be around to be arrested
for no reason. Whew.
I suppose that's the difficulty in getting help. None of
us have the time or the courage to file a complaint, follow
it through, and expose our
names for potential addition to
the RCMP "hit list". So we need
help. I suppose what I'm asking, is that I need you, yes you,
to do something.
If you are on the AMS, you
need to do something huge,
and immediately. I don't know
what you're doing yet, and if I
don't know, nobody else does
either. I should probably point
out that at this stage a massive
campaign to address the one
issue that is so evidently important to your students (except
also the SUB renewal, congrats)
might help you recover from
your last dismal election.
If you are on the Ubyssey,
which you are, assuming this
letter is in the paper, we want to
know what you are doing, too.
We have high hopes for you.
You broke the thing with the
handcuffed Irish girls—remember? Do it again, please? Talk
to the students, talk to event
planners, talk to the RCMP, and
find out what's going on, and
who's causing it (like you don't
know already). I know I'd want
to read about that.
And finally, if you are someone who has been attacked or
bullied or intimidated by certain
members of the RCMP (I think
we all know who we're talking
about here), file a complaint.
But more than that, forward
your complaint to the relevant
AMS, RBF, IFC, or other club
reps, and let's get these into
the hands of our not-so-friendly
neighbourhood RCMP.
People often don't complain
because they watch the news,
and they know that complaints
rarely get solved, and it takes a
lot of time. I know—even that
guy who got shot in the head
had a difficult time. But really,
you guys, please do it before I
get slammed against a wall. It
hurts.
Who am I? Pretty much
everybody.
-Brady Gordon is a fourth-year English student and the PR person for UBC's
InterFraternity Council (IFC).
Prudish censorship is stupid
by Michael Bround
One day while flipping
channels I stumbled across
four television shows where a
mostly naked, attractive young
woman was killed during the
first ten minutes. In that same
half hour block a romantic
television show cut a sex scene
down to ten seconds of humping complete with moans and
naked backs.
It immediately struck me
as odd that the grizzly murder
of nude women was allowed to
be on television while good-old-
fashion-lovin' was censored.
How can sex be viewed as so
subversive in comparison to
the violent pornography of CST?
What is the point of protecting
the populace from something
as harmless as sex? Wouldn't
media that shows a reasonable
amount of nudity and foreplay
be more realistic and compelling? Who decided sex was
evil?
Sex is an integral part of human life. The fact that the species hasn't gone extinct is proof
of that. Most people are having
sex, have had sex, or want to
have sex. Virtually everyone has
seen naked people on the Internet, in textbooks, or in artwork.
Everyone has seen themselves
naked while bathing. Sex and
nudity are natural, human, and
nothing to be ashamed of.
Censoring sex leads to the
impression that sex should
be censored. Things that are
censored are "bad" or "unfit"
for general consumption. It follows then that sex is bad. This is
stupid. Sex is not bad. Sex is absolutely necessary to propagate
the species. It is enjoyable, and
with proper use of safe sex practices, virtually consequence-
free. Furthermore, portraying
sex complete with nudity as a
positive thing between people
enjoying each other is good.
It breaks down the ridiculous
pedestal and mystery that sex
is associated with these days
and humanizes it.
The argument that sex and
nudity should be kept out of
the media for the sake of children is further bunk. Young
children often are brought into
the changing room of the opposite gender at pools. Kids in
elementary schools these days
know more about sex than ever
before. They live in a world of
the Internet where finding naked pictures is just a click away.
They are already exposed to the
natural world of sex and nudity. Besides, they are exposed
to all kinds of brutal violence in
the media that is more likely to
breed sociopaths than anything
sexual.
'Course, kids wouldn't see
television or movie sex if parents actually took responsibility for their children's viewing
habits.
Another sticking point with
modern media sexual portrayals is how unrealistic they are.
Bashful back angles, mostly
clothed participants, and sex
devoid of foreplay are about as
realistic and erotic as a purple,
baby elephant. A scene of wild
passion that is subject to this
editing finds its mood and suspension of disbelief ruined. A
reasonable amount of nudity,
and sex that actually follows the
path of real sex would be more
engrossing and fun to watch. It
would probably attract a larger
population of male viewers to
romantic movies as well.
Censoring sex is ass-back-
wards. Since virtually everyone
is already exposed to sex, censorship is redundant. There
is nothing inherently wrong
or naughty about sex that the
public needs be protected
from. Unnecessary censorship
of sexual scenes ruins suspension of disbelief and cheapens
them. Violence is more likely to
create violent, poorly adjusted
individuals than anything
sexual.
I guess what I'm trying to
get at is that everyone should
just stop watching television and movies and enjoy
good-old-fashion-lovin'.
-Michael Bround is a biochemisty
student and frequently draws cartoons for
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Vol. LXXXIX N°51
Editorial Board
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iy name though, it doesn't matter. Do you watch the show Battlestar Galactica? You really should. You
get to see the Oker Chen Centre get nuked by a Cylon (think murderous
sentient robots) known to humans as Jordan Chittley, and a Cylon raider
(think murderous Al plane) land in front ofthe Boris Korby Library. Following the Cylon nuclear attack led by Cylon Kellan Higgins, the remnants of humanity lead by Admiral Brandon Adams and President Grace
Tse lead a ragtag fleet of survivors towards a mystical planet named
Earth, as prophesized by Celestian Rince. Many plotlines revolve around
the lives ofthe young, attractive Viper (think fighter plane) pilots such
as Capt. Matthew Jewkes (callsign: "Vegetarian Curry") and hotshot
Lt. Champagne Choquer (callsign: "Star Spring Roll") who also Live on
the Battlestar (think space-bound aircraft carrier). Another important
character is Paul Bucci, survivor and acclaimed genius, who does what he
can to survive, hiding the secret that he was an unwitting accomplice in
the near-destruction of humanity. He shouldn't have listened to Allison
Bailey. Michael Kubanski is a Cylon sleeper agent, unaware of his true
identity, and should not be confused with Michael Bround, who totally
isn't a killer robot, and is surprisingly quite a friendly person once you get
to know him. The loveable Executive Officer XO is Justin McElroy, who
has the penchant of stumbling across the bridge screaming "I want to
frakyou like -" [[Hey, that's not technically a swearword. Don't go all
Samantha Jung-ian on me.]] Of course, none of these characters are really important, because the fate of humanity rests on Gerald Deo! He has
a destiny! And it has nothing to do with Shun Endo!
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UBCPROFILES
Hanging with
the Sens
Allen Sens, political science senior instructor.
olitical Science Senior Instructor Allen Sens
is very busy. Not only does he teach three
courses this term, he is chair of the international relations program, co-founder of the interdisciplinary Terry Project, and co-professor of the
new Arts and Science Interdisciplinary Course
(ASIC).
Just a kid from Kitsilano, Sens earned his BA
and MA at UBC. He went to Queens University for
his PhD in Political Science before returning to
UBC in 1993 to teach, where he is now a tenured
senior instructor.
The Ubyssey talked with Professor Sens about global
politics, lectures, and food.
Ubyssey: Have you always been interested in
politics?
Sens: No, not really.To be truthful, I was more
interested in science but I had no ability at math
whatsoever...but I was always very interested
in the problem of war...I think even my mom
and dad recall me as a very young boy asking
questions, you know, "Why are these people
fighting?"
U: So this interest in war was the reason
why you decided to specialize in International
Security?
Sens: It was sort of a logical fit for me; this is
a part of the field where the core problem is the
question of war...You know, my graduate student colleagues used to joke with me when the
Berlin Wall came down and the Cold War ended,
they said "Gee, Allen, you have to change your
specialty"...Well, it turned out unfortunately not
to be the case.
U: Your lectures have been described by students as "charismatic". What do you have to say
about that?
Sens: I remember sitting in class as an undergraduate student listening to some of the most
boring lecturing you can possibly imagine...And
I just remember thinking to myself,"You know, If I
ever do this, I'm not going to be boring."So what I
try to do is to make the lecture an experience.
U: What are your future plans for the ASIC 200
course?
Sens: [T]o try to make it better. I mean, this
is the first year we've done it so obviously there
are a lot of lessons learned...in thefuture, at least
next year we simply want the course to be better
than it is now.
U: What are some of your hobbies?
Sens: I play ice hockey [recreationally] and go
to the gym on a regular basis to try to keep myself in shape...Hobbywise, I mentioned food and
wine. [My wife and I] enjoy cooking and going
out for dinner as well. I like reading very much; I
doliketheoutdoors...goingouton my mountain
bike.
U: How long have you been married for?
Sens: 12 years. And it's been absolutely wonderful...That's a great source of strength for me.
U: One more question: Peanut butter, jam, or
both?
Sens: Peanut butter and honey, actually...on
Terra, caraway rye, toasted twice, vi
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Mr. RCMP, tear down this fun-stopping wall
Tonight, the Radical Beer Faction
is hosting a beer garden, and
for once the group may actually
have a point. The War on Fun exists at
UBC and it's only getting worse.
One former fraternity president
recently spoke about a party his
group held in late 2006 that was
shut down in its first hour. The
party, an annual event, had been
held at the same on-campus location for several years. The venue,
however, only had a limited capacity set by the fire marshal, and the
fraternity routinely let more people
in. "It wouldn't have been a good
party if we had to follow the rules,"
as he explained.
And they were able to fit more
people in once again. But when the
RCMP checked their alcohol supply,
it saw that there was more than
the amount allotted by their liquor
licence, and the event was over.
"The cops are just following the
rules," he said. "It's the rules that
need to change."
He also spoke of a UBC club-
academically focused and among
the least likely on campus to cause
trouble—which was forced to hide
its alcohol, bringing it in as the
night went on in order for the cops
to only see small amounts of booze
in the venue at a time. Why would
this have to happen?
"They're not giving us that
much alcohol," said the president
of another campus club, known for
throwing large parties. According
to the club president, clubs can
request licences for events that allow up to 4.5-5 drinks per person.
It's up to the RCMP to allow the
request, reduce the number of
allowed drinks, or disallow the
request entirely. The club president
said that his club's events in the
past year have been allowed around
two and a half drinks per person,
on average.
"Whatever they tell you, that's
what you get," he said. "There's no
appeal for it."
Another student, the outgoing
social coordinator for a faculty undergraduate association, said "the
attitude has changed," referring to
the RCMP. "They're looking for any
excuse to shut down a party." He
said that now licences only cover
2000 attendees for all events on
campus for any date, outside the
licenced bars. It's a number supposedly determined by the police
manpower available, but one that
allows fewer than five per cent of
AMS members to go to licenced
events on campus any night.
According to the social coordinator, in the past cops would show
up, check an event's liquor licence,
and be on their way. Echoing other
sources though, he said that this
year police have cracked down,
searching for hidden booze, and
setting up camp outside parties.
Special Operations Licences are
required to hold parties with alcohol at UBC. SOLs, they're called,
and they may represent what fun-
loving students at UBC are these
days: shit outta luck.
So what does this mean for
you? This means that only 2000, or
fewer of than 1/22 of you, can be
at a party at any time. Has anyone
noticed the declining amount of
parties on campus? The Ski and
Board club party, traditionally
held on St. Patrick's Day, was not
granted a licence. Coconut, an
annual Forestry party held on the
south part of campus, has not been
granted a liquor licence this year,
and has been forced to push its
party off campus.
Where have all the beer gardens
gone? A few years ago, every weekend had a club or a frat putting
on a party. Our campus was alive
at night, with the screams and
shouts of drunken students living
as students. Now, walking around
at night you see a very different atmosphere. People scurry from late
night classes, going straight home.
When did campus become simply a
place to study?
Even if there are few things on
campus that you feel you must take
a stand for, this, as an attack on
our culture as university students,
should be one. We at the Ubyssey
hope to see more grandiose interventions such as the Flash (Beer)
Garden, which not only prove that
we are ready to stand up for simple
issues, but that we can mobilize for
the greater good of our campus, vl
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Streeters is a twice-weekly column
in which students are asked a
question    pertinent    to    UBC.
See their full comments online at www.ubyssey.ca
Which AMS Block Party game are you most excited for—
the dunk tank, joust, bungee run or the mechanical bull?
"I'd say the
mechanical bull
for sure, because
I've never been
'I want to do the
'Jousting.
cause I don't know
what it is."
"I like the dunk
tank."
-Coordinated by Jordan Chittley, Gerald Deo and Champagne Choquer theubysseymagazine
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Actor Nicole Anne Shery realizes her fear of clowns,actor Daksh Dhad-
wal, might not be so silly after all.
by Levi Barnett
Culture Staff
"Unadulterated asphalt turns
you on?"
Thus reads one of the many
clever lines found in this year's
edition of Brave New Rites, a
festival of short plays by UBC
students now in its 22nd year. 19
plays were written for this year's
edition ofthe festival, 12 of which
will be staged and seven of which
will have dramatic readings. It's
the first year where there will
be dramatic readings, which is
a testament to the popularity of
the series and the number of
participants from UBC's creative
writing program.
For over half of the playwrights represented in Brave
New Play Rites, the festival is the
first time they've written a play.
After writing in the fall term, the
new playwrights met with directors and other theatre students
to make any last rewrites, and
worked together at several workshops on the different aspects of
the dramaturgical process.
"You don't usually get this
kind of crossover and support
for each," said Bryan Wade, the
writing professor overseeing the
playwrights, describing how both
writers and directors, all students,
are able to work closely together to
produce the works, each of which
runs around 15 minutes.
"This never gets finished
until the production," said John
Cooper, the Brave New Play
Rites' directing instructor, allud
ing to the excitement of finally
seeing the plays produced.
Six of the plays were presented on Wednesday. Among
them, Jenny Kent's "Trekking
Manhattan Beach" showed what
could be done when strong
writing is joined with the lighting, direction, and stage design
skills of UBC's theatre program.
In the piece, a fading romance
is brought to life with the way
the actors delicately dance
around the edges of a sand-covered beach, represented by a
peach-coloured sheet covering
the stage.
Other works included John
Mavin's "Daguerrotype" a case
study in historical pathos; and
"Babydom: Season 3", a laugh-
filled vignette on absurdity,
written by Tom Hill. One of the
most poignant lines of the plays
shown on Wednesday came from
Carmen Pintea's "November", a
political drama set near the end
of Communism in Romania. A
child, listening to Radio Free
Europe, asks "Where's 'free
Europe?' Is it far from here?"
The phrase, so innocent in the
mouth of the character, brings
home the reality of Romania's
isolation. Audience members
could be heard intently asking
themselves about European history at the play's end—showing
that a well-written work can still
provoke in ways that the classroom is often unable to do. vl
Brave New Play Rites runs
through Sunday, April 6th. For show
times, see www.bravenew.ca April 5th, 2008
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Washing your laundry
and biking a mile
Broken washing machines, PVC piping,two-by-fours and other junk from Plant Ops
lined the SUB plaza last Wednesday,as Engineers Without Borders (EWB) held a
contest to see who could invent the best machine out of debris.The challenge was
to create some useful device from recycled materials that would be widely available
in developing countries. Among the creations were a spare tire peanut desheller,a
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by Shun Endo
Culture Staff
Last Thursday, Business Communications
Club students took the night off from studying to acquire knowledge on business— the
business of etiquette and fashion, that
is. Partying at the Four Seasons Hotel on
Georgia, the faculty's event, entitled Style
and City, covered everything from dining
manners to how to dress in top brands.
Charlene Tan, Commerce marketing
coordinator, explained the faculty's expectations and the objective in hosting the
event.
"Basically, we are trying to educate
students in terms of etiquette and business style. These include wearing different
make-up styles on a certain event or put
together a suit on a daily basis."
The party began with a full course
dinner with a presentation by a business
etiquette consultant who generously explained dinner politesse. Questions flew
across the grand dining hall concerning
appropriate manners for each setting.
Following dinner was a seminar by
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The runway show was divided into
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work, and contemporary business styles.
Each style was orderly explained by
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same style.
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Commerce student and attending these
glamorous events, Tan said, "We have
these special events that are only for commerce students and they are driven to this
direction where they learn to become a
well-rounded individual, not only in the
academic aspects."
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By Matthew Jewkes I Illustration by Stephanie Findlay and Oker Chen
It is literally the stuff of nightmares
and horror movies. Charming and
often powerful, they seduce you to
getyour guard down. And then, without a second thought or any trace of
remorse, they are able to cold-bloodedly thieve, rape, or murder you.
Robert Hare, UBC's world-renowned
professor emeritus of psychology,
goes so far as to say that while they
look and sound exactly like us, they
are functionally a different species
from human beings. And seven
years ago, Hare estimated that up
to one in one hundred Canadians is
one of these people: psychopaths.
To make matters worse, Professor Hare recently remarked in a
keynote address to a conference of
criminal justice professionals that
today's society is becoming more
and more conductive to psychopathic behavior. Moral standards,
reflected in television and politics,
are glamorizing and normalizing
what is abnormal predatory behavior, allowing psychopathic behavior
to flourish more than ever.
The story of psychopathy made
the frontpage of The Vancouver Sun,
a comment on the ongoing interest
and the lack of wide-spread understanding of psychopathy in today's
society.
An unexpected profile
Psychopaths aren't necessarily the
people we expect, says UBC assistant
professor Michael Woodworm.
"Psychopaths don't have a background with pronounced amounts
of child maltreatment or an overuse
of drugs or alcohol or any of these
other things that often lead to general antisocial behavior. For true
psychopaths you'll often find they
had quite regular upbringings."
"A psychopath is an individual
who has a propensity to prey on
others for their own gain. And what
makes them particularly intriguing
is that they not only often display a
number of antisocial or problematic behaviors, they also have a lot
of intriguing interpersonal deficits
as well as emotional deficits. They
don't interpret emotions such as
guilt or fear the same way that others do; they don't respond to emotional stimuli. They are conning and
manipulative. They are narcissistic,
have a grandiose sense of self worth,
and are pathological liars."
In Hare's 1993 book called Psychopathy Without Conscience: The
Disturbing World ofthe Psychopaths
Among Us, he quotes one specimen's
memories: "[My] mother, the most
beautiful person in the world. She
was strong, she worked hard to take
care of four kids. A beautiful person.
I started stealing her jewelery when
I was in the fifth grade. You know,
I never really knew the bitch—we
went our separate ways."
Woodworth continues, "A psychopath wouldn't care less about
social rules. Wouldn't in the slight
est pause at social norms or expectations. The only reason they might
act with any semblance of normality
is to achieve their goals or personal
gain. Psychopaths have defining im-
pulsivity. But what we find is that for
They are conning and
manipulative. They are
narcissistic, have a grandiose sense of self worth,
and are pathological liars.
Michael Woodworth
Assistant Professor of Psychology, UBC
more serious crimes such as murder, they actually show a lot of planning and premeditation, and there
appears to be a real instrumental
aspect to their behavior."
"We're not sure if its because
they realise the stakes are so high
and they, or if its just that they take
so much pleasure in it that the planning is part ofthe process. In terms
of Maslow's hierarchy of needs,
psychopaths are really stuck down
on that lower level."
More interesting than simple murder
Horror movies and modern television shows like Dexter portray this
classic view of psychopaths—the
antithesis of what we expect from
human beings. Often charming, normal-looking people, unable to form
social connections and interested
only in their own impulsive pleasures, be they murder, theft, rape,
or manipulation.
But, while impulsive and prone
to criminal behavior, many regard
violent clinical psychopaths as being
just the tip ofthe iceberg.
"If you think of a blood thirsty
murderer, who kills and rapes
dozens of people, you immediately
think psychopath," Woodworth says.
He believes that because most ofthe
research to date has been on prison
samples, the results are skewed.
Those who end up in prison are,
after all, the failed psychopaths.
"For me what is almost even
more scary is the successful psychopaths who are out there still
committing a lot of those crimes,"
Woodworth says.
Since psychopaths thrive in
large, chaotic situations, and love
situations where power and wealth
are easily achievable, psychopathy
might have a profound affect on the
many large hierarchies that form
the basis of our society.
"All psychopaths are potentially
criminals. All are harmful," Wood-
worth says. "The ones who are most
intriguing are the ones we can't get
our hands on. They haven't committed an explicit crime, or at least
not one they've been caught for.
They're up there in society, high
up in businesses, law firms. Even
the higher you get up in academia,
the higher your psychopathy levels
start to go. The higher you get up in
organizations where you have a lot
of power, the more you tend to find
psychopaths."
"These environments even
reward psychopaths for some of
their key core traits. If they can keep
them in check and not get caught
committing any sort of conventional
antisocial behavior, than these traits
can actually serve them quite well."
The ideal corporate leader, after
all, might share quite a few traits
with psychopaths. Self-focus, willingness to bend rules, and aggressive
dominance would come quite easily
to a psychopath.
And would likely be rewarded by
corporate management.
Many people in some very successful places could very well be psychopathic. And their success might
not end there.
"Psychopaths have a 'cheaters'
strategy when it comes to reproduction, their behavior, in terms of lots
of sexual partners, trying to knock
up as many women as possible,
and then invest as little to no time
makes sense in terms of spreading
their seed as efficiently as possible,"
Woodworth says.
While their behavior is quite disturbing, given that there is research
to suggest that psychopathy has a
genetic component, psychopaths fit
quite well into the mould of extreme
social cheaters.
Big picture
Group co-operation among organisms is not that unusual in the
biological world. And it is an effective strategy. Our cooperation
as a species allowed us to spread
humankind around the planet. But
co-operation is a hard process to
achieve, and is vulnerable to preda-
tion from within. If one member of a
group begins to exploit other members, then the benefits provided by
co-operation evaporate, and more
efficient co-operatives will out-compete them. Groups therefore effectively depend on trust, and internal
regulation. For a co-operative group
is ever vulnerable to being preyed
upon by cheaters.
"Gossip, reputation, strongly-
enforced social norms—these were
the tools that allowed co-operation
and prevented cheaters," says David
Sloan Wilson, a professor of biology
and anthropology at the University
of Binghamton in New York. "Of
course, these things only work in
small societies, the kinds of places
where everyone can keep tabs on
everyone else."
However as societies grew, word-
of-mouth became less capable of
regulating people, leading to more
potential for social cheating.
'You can look at the majority of
recorded history in a sort of grand
vision sense, as a struggle to find
mechanisms to regulate co-operation
on the larger scale," said Wilson.
Society has always depended on
social co-operation to succeed. Even
in the "free market" of "unbridled
competition," people depend on
references as to their character to
be freely given from one employer
to another—a strong mechanism to
ensure reputation.
Of course, the larger a society
gets, the more regulations are required to maintain cohesion. Wilson
has studied Calvinism extensively in
terms of its origin in Geneva. Wilson posits that Calvinism provided
strong mechanisms of social cohe-
siveness—regulating co-operation in
a city struggling to maintain cohesion. On those terms it succeeded
fantastically, providing mechanisms
of governance that were transparent, checked and balanced, and
largely effective at preventing social
cheaters.
Social regulation, of course, is
a double-edged sword. In Calvinist
Geneva, numerous people were executed for heresy, while others were
fined or jailed for inappropriate
dancing or gambling.
In the modern day, with our
enormous governments running society, and our often-times ever larger
corporations running our economy,
fewer decisions are made by individ-
They're up there in society,
high up in businesses,
law firms. Even the higher
you get up in academia,
the higher your psychopathy levels start to go.
Michael Woodworth
Assistant Professor of Psychology, UBC
uals, while more and more are being made by organizations. But Joel
Bakan, professor of law at UBC and
author of The Corporation, would argue that psychopathy still serves as
a useful tool in understanding how
groups work.
"As legal entities, the modern
corporation is, as far as the law is
concerned, a person. That is one of
the fundamental legal characteristics of it and is then imbued by the
law by an operating principle that it
must always serve its self interest. So
the idea that corporations are made
in the image of human psychopaths
is quite literal...we've created [an]
institution that is incapable of being
genuinely concerned about anybody
but its own and its shareholders
interests."
You don't have to look very far to
see examples of that. Corporations
are driven to reduce their costs
and increase their revenues by doing whatever they have to do. The
other interests, be it environmental
or working people or children or a
population's health, are called externalities by economists meaning that
they are outside of the corporation,
they don't need to be considered
by the corporation in making its
decisions."
One example of this cited by
Bakan takes place in the early days of
the corporation. Henry Ford, having
achieved great success through the
production ofthe model-T, sought to
raise wages, cut prices, and increase
production of his product.
The Dodge brothers, both minority stockholders in the Ford Motor
Company, sued Ford for not putting the interests of the sharehold
ers first. They won, and the court
decided that a business must be
organized primarily for the profit of
the stockholders, and cannot place
the community or its employees
first. The board of directors cannot
decide to reduce profits in order to
benefit the public.
Publicly-traded corporations
legally can not be anything but
psychopathic.
Governments, of course, have
recognized this for a long time, especially in the wake of the workers'
abuses ofthe industrial revolution.
"The tradition in both England
and North America beginning in
the 1930s was to say let's leave
this corporation as it is, lets keep it
psychopathic and driven by its own
self interest, but what we're going to
do is put external restraints on its
behavior, what we're going to do is
put the psychopath on a leash, so to
speak, through government regulation," said Bakan.
One ofthe biggesttrends over the
past 10 years or so has been talk of
corporate social responsibility. The
Economist recently ran a story claiming that most businesses believe that
corporate social responsibility is a
vital part of doing business.
Bakan, who spoke with a number of corporate managers while
making his film, believes that this
idea is only skin deep.
"If a corporation says appearing
to be socially responsible is good
business, because customers like
it, workers in our company like it,
so there will be good morale in our
company, and people will buy our
products. In that strategic sense
corporate social responsibility is
perfectly lawful.
"The danger I see in corporate
social responsibility is that when
you talk to people in the corporate
world, it is surprising how often
they drew an equation between
corporate social responsibility and
deregulation. They said look, we're
socially responsible now. You can
trust us. And therefore you don't
need to regulate us."
A self-regulating corporation is
even more of an incredible prospect
when one considers Hare's data: the
bigger and more powerful a corporation gets, the more the people at
the top are likely to be psychopaths.
But even for those who are not
psychopathic in the high levels of
corporations, the very structure of
the organization has an affect on
those working within them.
"There is a gap between the
way people are as individuals and
what they are required to do within
the framework of the corporation.
People seem to be able to compartmentalize their moral life. That they
can be quite decent people in their
People seem to be able
to compartmentalize their
moral life. That they can
be quite decent people
in their normal family and
community lives, but when
they're within the corporation, they become operatives for its amoral goals.
Joel Bakan
Professor of Law, UBC
Author, The Corporation
normal family and community lives,
but when they're within the corporation, they become operatives for
its amoral goals," said Bakan, who
makes comparison to hockey. When
hockey players get on the ice, they
leave their normal day to day morality in the locker room. People will
play quite dirty, slashing, tripping,
and checking, and will generally receive no more than a few minutes in
the penalty box as punishment.
Everyone else
Woodworth and the rest ofthe scientific community, don't believe that
there is much that can be done to
treat psychopaths. Profiling, monitoring dangerous offenders, and
learning more about them seem to
be all that can be done at this point.
But for the rest of us, there are
things we can do to prevent being
exploited by social cheaters.
"We can change the nature of
the corporation, and change the
way we do business," says Bakan.
"Co-operatives, and public purpose
corporations generally act in a way
that has some level of responsibility
towards society as a whole. Or we
could deepen and widen the regulatory structures that are designed
to protect the greater communities
from being marginalized as externalities," says Bakan.
"If we want to move toward
an economy that actually respects
social interests or embodies moral
values and is democratic in how it
functions then I think we have to be
moving in these directions."
Robert Hare would probably
agree. An economy with clear responsibilities, perhaps that is also
composed of flatter, smaller organizations, would provide less room
for psychopaths to thrive and are
less likely to provide incentives for
regular people to behave in a socially exploitive way. Perhaps then we
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After winning the Canadian university
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by Shun Endo
Sports Staff
After a year of women's basketball, volleyball, and swimming teams bringing home the
Canadian crown, the women's
ultimate team is looking to take
their success a step further-
conquering North America.
Last fall, the women's ultimate team won the Canadian
university national tournament
that was held at UBC. Now, after
a big win in Texas, they are the
No. 1 team in the US university
rankings.
The team is seeking varsity
team status and to win the upcoming US university nationals,
to be held in May.
The first half of the team's
season this year consisted of
three major tournaments. These
matches are highly competitive
and the winner is guaranteed
a cash prize of $2000. This is a
significant incentive for the T-
Birds as they pay for all expenses, including all travel costs to
the US, out of pocket.
In the first tournament in
Las Vegas, they were sent home
packing in the semifinals after a
loss against UCLA. At the following tournament in Stanford, the
T-Birds made it to the finals, but
once again were denied a win
as UCLA proved to be the better
team.
Looking for revenge, the
T-Birds were committed to winning in the third and final tournament held in Texas, and half
way through their season, the
team finally defeated archrival
UCLA to take the top spot.
Injured player Lindsay Olim-
er explained the disadvantages
they faced as they entered the
final competition.
"We only had 12 players
traveling out of 24."
Despite the lack of a full
roster, the team picked up the
pace to snatch the tournament
title and the cash prize with a
slim win over UCLA. This win
combined with the other top
results gave the T-Birds that No.
1 ranking.
As they near the start of
their long and winding road
toward nationals, coach Stephanie Chow has high hopes for the
team. "We have a strong, competitive team and just like other
teams we have tryouts and cuts
to sustain our high level."
The team is led by their
captains and key cogs Kira Frew
and Tory Hislop. They compete
in the Northwest division,
which includes accomplished
teams such as the University
of Washington. If successful in
claiming the division, they will
enter the US university nationals and aim to conclude the season as the No. 1 university team
on the continent by winning
both US and Canadian national
tournaments.
Other than their collegiate
competition, some members of
the team will join Team Canada
in the World Cup that is going
to be held at UBC this summer.
This signifies the increasing
popularity of the sport, especially on the west coast.
But members feel just as
strongly about their fellow players as they do about attaining
titles.
"The foundation ofthe game
is based on sportsmanship and
all the participants are friends
before we are competitors," said
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Cs boys of summer are back,
showing their solution for
competing south ofthe border
by Justin McElroy
Sports Staff
It's been a lovely year for the
Thunderbird teams. Four national championships, plenty
of all-stars, and when it comes
down to it, another year of having the best athletic program in
the country.
But were you aware there's a
spring season for UBC Athletics,
with an exciting group of teams
still competing?
Golfers, track and field athletes, and baseball players are
all in the thick of their seasons
right now. Each team practices
daily, juggles exams and sports,
and tries to get to the top of
the mountain to win the NAIA
Championship.
"The what?"
The National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics.
"That...doesn't help much."
What? You aren't up to date
on the secondary collegiate athletic institutions in the United
States? The nerve!
Some of you might remember the NAIA as the league SFU
played in exclusively for many
a year. Based in America, there
are around 300 schools in the US
who play in the NAIA, and UBC,
Alberta, Regina, UVic, and SFU
join up for the spring slate of
sports. In many ways, the NAIA
is a lot like Division II in NCAA-
most schools tend to have enrollment in the one to four thousand
range, athletic scholarships are
allowed, and the talent level is
good, but not world class.
But where the NAIA differs
from the NCAA is that you can
play in an NAIA conference in
however many sports you feel
like, whether it be one or twelve.
And at the same time, CIS brass
don't have a problem with some
schools joining the NAIA for a
sport or two, because they know
that the Canadian university in
question will still play the bulk of
their teams in the CIS. So if you
have a good wrestling program
(as is the case for the University of Regina and SFU), and you
want to have more competition
than is available in Canada, then
the NAIA makes sense. At the
same time, you can compete in
the CIS championships. Ifyou're
UBC, and you want to field golf
and baseball programs, sports
where virtually no other Canadian schools compete, then the
NAIA makes perfect sense.
Obviously, golf and track
aren't exactly spectator sports.
But ifyou're a baseball fan, then
watching a T-Birds baseball game
isn't exactly a bad way to spend a
Saturday afternoon. They play at
Nat Bailey Stadium, an honest-
to-good old-timey baseball field
on the edge of Queen Elizabeth
Park. It was built in 1951, and
has seen the likes of Rickey
Henderson, Jose Canseco, Jason
Giambi, and Rich Harden call
it their home park. UBC plays
there most weekends in March
and April. It's a pretty good
baseball team, and a pretty good
program. Everyone knows how
Colorado Rockies ace pitcher Jeff
Francis played for the T-Birds a
fewyears back, but there's been a
few players drafted by MLB clubs
in the past decade. In fact, one of
those players, Brooks McNiven,
is a starter for the national team
that will be heading to Beijing
to compete in the Olympics in
August.
As for this year's team? Well,
unfortunately, the T-Birds are in
the same conference as Lewis-
Clark State, the top baseball
program in the NAIA, so getting
out of the first round of playoffs
is always a bit of a struggle, but
they're 10-4 so far this season
and have three four-game home
series between now and the end
of April. So ifyou're looking for
an excuse to skip studying over
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Students get first hand
account of Sudan
by Grace Tse
News Writer
Liberal MP Glen Pearson wrapped
up his cross-Canada speaking tour
this week at a forum organized by
UBC Students Taking Action Now:
Darfur (UBC STAND). Held in the
newly opened Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre, the parliamentarian from London North Centre
talked about his own experiences
in Sudan, including his fight to
combat slavery in the war torn
African nation.
In 1998, Pearson travelled to
Sudan to investigate the country's
problems. Along with his wife,
the media (CBC and Maclean's
tagged along), and the hearts
of many Canadians, he and his
family plunged head first into
the nation hoping to alleviate the
rampant suffering many in the
nation suffer.
Pearson says he realizes his
actions may cause many to paint
him as a human rights hero. "I
am just an average person," he
stated. Initially unaware of the
extent to which slavery was suffocating the Sudanese people, the
Pearsons' grim realization of the
country's slave trade, and subsequent media coverage of their efforts in Sudan captured the hearts
of people across Canada, who together donated $80,000 towards
his in the span of 24 hours.
With the overwhelming moral
and financial support of the Canadian public, Pearson and his
wife were able to infiltrate a government-sponsored slave trade
complex in Sudan and fulfill the
price required to free thousands
of slaves, buying their freedom.
Pearson explained that his
efforts were, at best, a "Band-Aid"
for conditions in Sudan. On one
trip to Sudan, the newly elected
Pearson and his accompanying
group stumbled across a group
of refugees from Darfur with nowhere to go.
Convinced by a student group
accompanying him, he agreed
to take the matter to the House.
Harper, in response to his plea,
set aside $3 million to help the
refugees, but by the time Canadian aid had reached the group,
thousands had already died from
malaria, an easily preventable
disease.
Pearson was distressed over
what he called the secrecy and
politics involved in Canada's
aid giving. It's led him to begin
advocating for collective advancements in Canada's human
rights policy, which he said petty
partisan issues have come to
dominate.
"It [should be] about justice." tl April 4th, 2008
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Rancid whale to become centrepiece of Biodiversity Centre
by Samantha Jung
News Staff
The Biodiversity Research
Centre will be excavating and
transporting a 26 metre blue
whale skeleton from PEI next
year. The skeleton is to be put
on display in the new Beaty
Biodiversity Museum at UBC as
the first of its kind to display in
Canada.
According to Kim Woolcock,
outreach and exhibits manager
for the new Beaty Museum, the
body of the blue whale washed
up on the northwest coast of
PEI in 1987. At the time, the
Canadian Museum of Nature in
Ottawa arranged to have it buried. Now, 20 years later, a team
of nine individuals representing UBC will fly to PEI in May to
dig up the whale. The unveiling
ofthe skeleton is set to coincide
with the museum's inauguration in the fall of 2009.
Woolcock is excited to bring
the blue whale to UBC.
"Blue whale strandings are
kind of rare, and there are only
about 20 blue whale skeletons
on display in the entire world,
so it will be the first in Canada,"
said Woolcock. "It will be kind
of the tip of the collection's
iceberg, symbolizing all of the
biological wealth we have under
our stewardship here in BC."
Woolcock will join the team
in PEI, along with the director
of the Marine Mammal Research Unit at UBC, Dr Andrew
Trites. She said that a group of
students from the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI will be
joining the UBC team as well.
Filmmakers from the Discovery
Channel will also be documenting the excavation.
Mike deRoos, the team's
skeleton articulator, will also
be accompanying the UBC team
to PEI. DeRoos will essentially
be in charge of everything to
do with the skeleton, from digging up the bones to designing
the framework that will display
the skeleton in the museum.
DeRoos is also in charge of "de-
greasing" the bones.
It is important that the
bones are dried fully, explained
deRoos, so the bones are not
subjected to discolouration or
decay. However, this will be
difficult, because the process is
not usually used on a skeleton
of this size. The team will be using what they call an enzymatic
cleaning process.
"Getting the oil out of the
bones is a very difficult task,"
explained deRoos. "It's something that hasn't been perfected. Essentially bones are
like giant sponges and most
large whales have an incredible
amount of oil inside the bones
that are stored there for energy
reserves and also to help with
buoyancy. So removing that oil
is important. Otherwise it'll
leak out over time and discolour the bones and it will smell
and go rancid."
"We'll be building some big
tanks and keeping them warm
and aerated, and introducing
bacteria into the tanks," said
deRoos. "The bacteria will produce a lipase enzyme which
helps to break down the oil,
and the bacteria themselves actually digest the oil. And what
remains after basically can be
washed down the drain."
DeRoos also feels that this
project is a great opportunity
for not only UBC, but to the subject of biodiversity.
"It's sort of a natural history
treasure for the country," said
deRoos. "Whale skeletons are
incredibly rare. For a facility
like the biodiversity museum,
it really helps to showcase what
the natural world really has to
offer and what's out there. It
will be an incredible teaching
tool for all levels of education,
and it's really something that
draws a lot of attention."
Funding for the team will
come from the sponsors, noted
Julienne Hills, major gifts officer of UBC's Development
Office. Westjet Airlines has
already agreed to pay for the
team's plane tickets to PEI, and
the UBC Bookstore is donating
caps for the team to wear during their excavation.
The whale project is estimated to cost about $600,000
We'll be building some big tanks and keeping [the whale bones]
warm and aerated, and introducing bacteria into the tanks.
Mike deRoos,
Skeleton Articulator
alone, on top of the projected
$50 million museum project,
said Hills. $8 million of that
funding came from Ross and
Trisha Beaty, local philanthropists and UBC alumni who
wanted to turn the University's
biodiversity collection into a
public museum.
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Mayoral talk turns into confrontation between Sullivan and students
by Allegra Levy
News Writer
Sam Sullivan was on campus
Monday to lecture about 'arts degrees in the business world.' But
instead the Vancouver mayor
spent most of his time defending the City of Vancouver's social
policies and his staunch support
of the upcoming 2010 Olympic
games.
Students for a Democratic
Society (SDS), a campus political
action group, showed up at the
event to paper the room with
anti-Sullivan, anti-Olympic leaflets and express distaste for the
mayor and the 2010 Olympics,
accusing the games of being responsible for widespread "social
cleansing."
Sullivan recently came under
fire for political infighting, and
has been consistently criticized
throughout his term of office.
He entered the room to catcalls
of "shame" and "lies" from the
SDS, who interjected multiple
times during his talk.
Although he did address the
intended topic briefly, he was
primarily focused on the 2010
Olympics and the downtown
homelessness epidemic—issues
that the SDS was protesting.
"All cities across the country
are limited by funding. 50 per
cent of every tax dollar goes to
the federal government," said
Sullivan. "I consider myself the
chief fundraiser for Vancouver."
He continued to establish his
commitment to using 2010 as
a catalyst for social change and
betterment. "I don't believe that
we would have the 1200 units
of social housing that we have
around this city if it wasn't for
2010."
Sullivan expressed concern
for "making sure that the means
justify the ends and the ends justify the means"—a claim which
the SDS clearly found faulty.
SDS member Jeremy Wood,
a third year history major and
a vocal protestor at the talk,
pointed out that despite his 1200
open shelters, "800 shelters have
closed" during Sullivan's term
so far. Although he was unhappy
with the direction of Sullivan's
speech, he said, "I'm very happy
with our presence today, we
started with only a few people
and ended up with almost 20."
Wood seemed unabashed at
the disruptive tactics SDS used to
make themselves heard during
Sullivan's talk. "We are against
social cleansing," he said of their
goal for the day.
Closing remarks were followed by a brief list of acknowledgements by Jolie Wang, a
representative from the Leaders
of Tomorrow program and the
Faculty of Arts, the two groups
who jointly hosted the event.
"I feel the event went well,"
said Wang, "I feel that the question and answer [period] was
most beneficial to the attendees,
although I feel that [the SDS]
tended to stray away from the
'arts and business' focus of the
event."
Questions included topics
of homeless on campus, homeless relocation, condominium
and housing developments on
campus, and accusations surrounding the 2010 games. Only
about 20 general Arts students
attended, and nearly all of them
scattered as soon as it ended, as
did many members of the SDS,
despite the opportunity to speak
with Sullivan one on one.
With Sullivan were councillor
Elizabeth Ball, a 30 year veteran
of the Vancouver arts business
and a member of the Special
Council Committee on the Arts,
and Henry Lee, chairman of the
Vancouver Board of Trade and
CFO of Tom Lee music. Although
he was not a speaker at the event,
Lee encouraged the members of
SDS to make an appointment
and meet with members of the
city council. "We are all citizens
of Canada and you do not have to
be in government to participate,"
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