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Array and beyond
Simple and sustainable living for the future
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iy Carina Cojeen
What is Buy Nothing Day? One way to look at it is
as an opportunity to reflect on how much we consume and whether it is really necessary. When we
stop to think about it, our high levels of consumption in the West are damaging to the environment to others and to our own personal lives.
Being caught in the cycle of consumption can
lead to personal stress and pressure. Barry
Monaghan, a worker at UBC's Learning
Exchange, spoke of his experience after he chose
to live more simply. "I found that a big benefit is
that my stress level went way down...It's not just
physically healthier, it's mentally healthier as
well.'
It is not necessarily possible (or even better) to
turn back the hands of time. Instead, we have to
be more aware of the results of our consumer
behaviour. As Abram Moore, a UBC student and
self-proclaimed 'sustainability educator,* puts it,
"People don't take enough time to step back and
ask themselves, "Why is it that I feel I need to
buy this?"
So how do, we live more simply? Each individual's situation iiJ different "We don't want to force
an 'alternative social coijstruct' onto people and
tell them what they should be doing to be more
sustainable, because obviously, it's different for
everybody," says Moore. "Trie key is to encourage
people to ask questions of themselves."
Some, like UBC student Owen Thomas, choose
to spend time living completely 'off the grid.' He
lived 'rent-free* for one and a half years, camping
and getting his food by volunteering at the UBC
Natural Foods Co-op or by making arrangements
to buy damaged produce from a local market
Thomas says that it was an eye-opener to realise
that you can "bargain with people in Canada."
Others, of course, wouldn't want to go that far,
but there are many little things that one can do. If
we all started doing these simple things, we might
get somewhere.
According to Barry Monaghan, one way to simplify is to "make sure you get a support group or
partner to make it easier.* One such group is run
by Marian Ennis, who hosts a "Simplicity Circle*
on the North Shore. Participants get together once
a month to offer moral support and share ideas
on how to live life more simply.
"What they have in common,* she says, is that
they "feel a lot of social pressure to spend a lot on
consumer items.* Apart from the practical advice,
most people "are just relieved to find someone
else who thinks like them.'
The most important thing, says Moore, is that
"being more sustainable should be fun. Don't forget to give yourself a break now and then.' Just
think, you're doing your part for the world and
foryourselfl
See the special Buy Nothing Day supplement
inside for more resources on simplifying your
lifestyle and things you can do, not just on Buy
Nothing Day, but every day. $
this mm-.
FEATURE:
Saying goodbye to a star
UBC soccer's Aaron Richer. Page 9.
HEWS:
Even more Anthro
$58 million for Anthropology museum
expansion. Page 3.
CULTURE:
A slice of Tom Cruise
Preview of The Last Samurai. Page 5.
EDITORIAL
Non-denominational spirit?
A look at December holidays. Page 10.
BUY NOTHING DAY SUPPLMENT INSIDE!
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High fivel Owl since 1918 THE UBYSSEY
Friday, November 28, 2003
SUPPLEMENT
What's in a name?
Funeral home owner seeks to prevent misperceptions due to trademarking
Ly Jesse Marchand
In a society obsessed with consumption, it's no wonder that busi
nesses are vying for interesting
names—ones that people can identify with and remind them of childhood or the smell of grandma's
cookies. Trademarking names has
i
FAMILY-OWNED? This one actually is. levi barnett photo
become big business. But it can also
come with a hefty price tag. After a
company called Stars and Stripes
Omnimedia went bankrupt, they
received an offer for over $32,500
for ownership of the name.
It was an application for a copyright that allowed Vancouver's Tom
Crean to find out about a corporation's bid for a name similar to the
one he was looking for. In a case of
small business versus corporate
enterprise, Crean, the founder of
the Family Funeral Home
Association (FFA), took on Service
Corporation International (SCI),
which had tried to patent the name
'family funeral care.'
A ten-year legal battle ensued,
and was finally resolved on
November 9, 2003, when the FFA
won the right to use the name in
both Canada and the US.
Crean fought the corporation on
the grounds that the name was 'too
generic and...deceptive." The SCI
itself was not family-owned and
despite funeral homes within the
corporation adding the word 'family" to their names, it didn't mean
that they were actually run by families, like the members of the FFA.
'Marketing isn't about truth, it's
about perception,' says Crean. "The
threat is that SCI could go to the
media and present their funeral
homes in a manner that presents
them as family businesses...that
would have been catastrophic
for us.'
While the term "family funeral
home" is now trademarked by FFA,
it is not exclusive to a corporation.
"Any family funeral home [provided they are run by real families] is
free to join our association," says
Crean.
Crean and the FFA have not
stopped at the- 'family-owned'
dilemma, however.
"We've become the leading professional association in support of
consumer advocacy,' he says.
"We've helped to amend laws in BC,
New York and Maine and we are
involved in a draft bill before US
congress.' Crean doesn't want
trademarking to allow any more
misconceptions.
Problems like the 'family-
owned' case are not exclusive.
Think of what would happen if producers of fatty foods trademarked
the word "healthy" as part of their
name? It's time for small businesses to start taking charge of their
own trademarks and not allow larger corporations to push them
around. As Crean asks, "What are
we doing when trademark law
allows us to tell things that are
not true?" $
So is it scamming or sharing?
The practice of file-
sharing, dissected
Ly Hywel Tuscano
Lawsuits
In September of this year, the Recording
Industry Association of America (RIAA)
launched 261 lawsuits against users of file-
sharing programs, which are used mainly for
the exchange of music and videos. Napster,
which specifically focused on the swapping of
music files, was shut down in 2000 after they
were sued over infringement of copyright
laws.
While the defence that file-sharing networks merely provided a way for users to
share their files—not specifically music—held
for awhile, in the past two months over 200
more lawsuits were filed in the US. The
media paid, the most attention to a 12-year-
old with a single mother who was charged US
$2000 to appease the RIAA for about 1000
mp3s downloaded onto her hard drive and
shared on the internet over the Kazaa
network.
Legal in Canada
Thankfully file-sharing is still vaguely legal in
Canada; copyright protection laws have not
yet been revisited to reflect the rise of digital
media in recent years. Thus, users can make
"private copies" for their own listening. As
well, a 1998 levy placed on recordable
media—blank CDs, tapes and DVDs—put
some money aside for potential losses if
sales decline, further securing the right for
home users to copy their music.
Geeky stuff—where to
find file-sharing
programs
•"www.Jrazaa.net
/www.morpheus.com
Both of these run off the FastTrack network—one ofthe largest and most frequented
networks—and feature a lot of banners and
pop-up ads. Annoying, but effective. An alternate version of Kazaa, minus the ads, is at
www.ic-7ife.ti/
i/'www.gnuttela. com
On a different network, smaller pool of
users and fewer selections.
i/'www.neomodus. com
The Direct Connect program allows users
to connect to each other through various
hubs that act as communities for specific
content Hubs often have a gigabyte minimum of a specific genre of movie or music to
allow you to connect. For one-on-one sharing.
/ www.overnet com
ywww.poison edproject com
These two projects are exciting because
they allow simultaneous connections to multiple networks. Poisoned is the best—and one
of the only—file-sharing programs for Mac
because Limewire just plain sucks.
The future—online
music stores
While free, fast and convenient file-sharing is still legal in Canada, more and more
'online music stores' are making deals with
record labels and selling single tracks for as
low as $ 1. The most popular of these is the
iTunes Music Store by Apple, which to date
has sold more than 14 million songs. While
the numbers scream success, profits are
minimal and the store is mainly used as a
vehicle to sell Apple's iPod: a large capacity,
portable mp3 player. Dell and Napster will
release similar stores and devices in the
coming year.
The store is currently only available in the
US, where it is most needed in light of lawsuits for music exchanges, but will surely
expand to Canada and Europe in the coming
year. Furthermore, promotional deals with
McDonald's and Pepsi will give away 1 billion and 100 million songs respectively.
Expect kids to be begging their parents for a
Big Mac so they can download the new
Britney Spears single. Ugh. $
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Ten easy ways to curb your consumption
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1. After washing your hands, air dry your hands (or use your
pants), instead of using a paper towel. If you must use a paper
towel, take only what you need.
2. Every time you receive extra clean napkins at a restaurant,
save them and take them home rather than buying them.
3. Instead of turning up tlie heat at home, wear a big sweater
and slippers or fuz2y socks.
4. For spills, use a sponge or a dishcloth rather than paper
towels. A dishcloth is better, because sponges require manufacturing (if artificial) or processing (if natural).
5. When you're brushing teeth or shaving, don't run the
water the whole time. Turn it off until you need it.
6. When washing dishes, instead of filling up the entire sink
with water, use a small bowl or container to fill up with water and
dish-soap. One good idea is to fill the dirtiest pot or bowl with the
soap mixture.
7. Don't overstock your fridge/freezer. All of that extra food
will just go bad and have to be discarded, and it requires more
energy to keep cool.
8. Use scrap paper. Drop by a copy-centre near the end of the
day and pick up some paper. Staple together Httle notebooks. If
you can, hand in your assignments on scrap paper, too.
9. Turn off lights, computers, radios, and other appliances
when not in use. And do you really need that "white noise" from
the TV in the background?
10. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. (Some stores
give you a small rebate for doing this, too.)
-Compiled by Carina Cojeen, with help from Dan
McRoberts and Owen Thomas
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SMILES TO STOP THE VIOLENCE: Dani Bryant hopes her role in the UBC production of the "Vagina
Monologues" will help to educate audiences on violence against women, michille mayne photo
UBC V-Day underway
by Malcolm Morgan
NEWSWRlTER
'Until the Violence Stops' is a slogan
UBC students need to hear, say V-
Day coordinators Eran Norton and
Daleana Dickinson.
As part of UBC's third annual V-
Day campaign denouncing violence
against women, they have recently
finished auditioning actresses for
"The Vagina Monologues," a play by
Eve Ensler.
"I don't think we hear about most
of what happens on campus, and I
think this play will help people to
talk about it more openly/ said
Norton.
The spring benefit performance
of Ensler's play will be the centrepiece in the campus version of the
global V-Day movement. Several
fundraisers will lead up to the performance, and all proceeds will go to
local organisations such as women's
shelters and rape crisis lines.
Physical and sexual violence
against women is too common, said
one of the "Monologues" cast members, Dani Bryant.
"That's one of the reasons it
should be discussed, because it
shouldn't be a common occurrence,* she said.
One in three women are sexually
assaulted, according to the statistics
of the UBC Sexual Assault Support
Centre, and Statistics Canada reported that 51 per cent of women have
been victims of at least one act of
physical or sexual violence since the
age of 16. This survey also said the
highest rate of violence reported by
women was in BC, at 59 per cent.
"It's important to know about
[violence] because this is the
community where it happens the
most: the university community,"
explained UBC student Sarah
Jackson, who has herself experienced abusive behaviour from men.
At least seven or eight of the
audition candidates disclosed that
they had been directly affected by
male violence, Norton said.
The existence of male violence
impacts women even in smaller,
indirect ways, said Diodnson.
"I am afraid to walk alone at
night; I tense up when I am alone
and a stranger passes by me," she
said. "These are symptoms of a violent world that almost every woman
can relate to."
Norton and Dickinson said they
hope to reach both UBC women and
men through the campaign.
Specifically, Norton said that they
are trying to inform women of their
right to freedom in their sexuality
and in general. But by offering perks
like discounted tickets, door prizes,
and 'Bring Your Boy' nights, they
hope to get men in the theatre doors
and communicate the message
to them.
UBC men in the pro-feminist
men's group Allies support the
V-Day initiative, and are even
ushering for the "Monologues"
performance.
"Raising awareness is really
empowering for women because it
shows them that there are men who
are working to end the kind of
inequalities like domestic violence,"
said Allies member Josh Bowman.
"This is something that we all are
connected to in some way, whether
it's because of our past, or because
of a situation we could potentially
end up seeing or end up being in,"
said Allies affiliate Abram Moore.
"Probably the most important thing
is that it's okay to talk about these
things." ♦
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An analysis of the
spam epidemic
by Landon Kleis
I admit it. Buy Nothing Day is going to be tough to
honour. But when it comes to my e-mail inbox, it'll
be easy to comply. Why would I want to buy the stuff
that they are selling? Pills guaranteed to enlarge my
"length and girth," potions to attract   D i ii j
the opposite  sex,  "real" Human   rGOple are allured
Growth Hormone, "free" porno., all   Ky fjig DrOmiSe of
a quick solution to
their weight/
height/sexual
problems, and by
the perceived
confidentiality of
the purchase.
offered from websites that often
don't even have a phone number or
physical address. Do I really want to
trust my credit card number to
someone who advertises by spam?
Sure, some offers may sound tempting, but I generally put them into the
'too good to be true" category.
Start up a conversation about
spam and you're likely to hear the
old adage "somebody must be buying this stuff or it wouldn't exist"
Well, yes and no. Spam exists because of its low cost
relative to potential sales, not actual sales. Some
spam originates from the companies selling these
products, but a lot of spam comes from profession
al spammers who tiy to entice businesses to advertise on the internet Just because nobody bought
anything from the last batch of spam doesn't mean
the tactic won't be tried again. But at the end of the
day, somebody, somewhere, must be generating
results from spam.
Who could it be? Well, have you ever noticed
how the products advertised in spam e-mails are
rarely legitimate? These are not the types of things
you would normally buy in a store. I receive 50-100
spam messages per day (and probably a hundred
more that get filtered by UBC and my internet service provider) and I have never seen
ads for toothpaste or textbooks.
Rather, it's the kind of stuff that
people wouldn't want to be seen
buying, which is why it works.
People are allured by the promise,
however unlikely, of a quick solution to their weightyheight/sexual
problems,  and by the perceived
confidentiality ofthe purchase.
Due to the fly-by-night nature of
these companies and their products, it's almost impossible to
determine if they actually succeed
in suckering people into buying as
a result of receiving spam. It's not like Statistics
Canada reports GDP figures for the "herbal Viagra"
sector of the economy, and spammers don't put
their financial statements on their websites. But we
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Free this afternoon?
Interested in doing more than just buying
nothing today?
There are several events planned that
we can report on, and a few others,
which, due to their potentially tenuous
legal nature, we'll let you discover for
yourself...
Events which are centred around the
downtown core are scheduled to coincide
with the Critical Mass bike ride, meeting
at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 5pm
today. They're calling it "Burn Nothing
Day" because they're taking over the
roads from fuel-burning cars and other
offending vehicles.
Right about that time, at the corner of
Robson and Thurlow (that's the corner
with the two Starbucks), people will be
offering free coffee. Flyer-posting etc. is
also planned, with people heading out
from the rally at the Gallery.
On campus, the UBC Student
Environment Centre is holding a "Stuff
Swap' from 1Q-4 outside the SUB by the
Bus Loop. Bring stuff you don't want anymore and pick up stuff you like. $
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occasionally get an amusing peek into the operations of these companies thanks to their shoddy
operations.
Wired News reported in August that a company
selling penis-enlargement pills had unintentionally
exposed (pardon the pun) its order log, revealing
6,000 responses to its spam campaign in a single
month! Although the article didn't name names, it
fingered a number of high-profile company executives and community leaders, as well as a few
women, who had been sufficiently impressed by
the "make your penis HUGE" e-mail to order a few
bottles at $50 a pop. Despite'the absence of the
traditional signs of a reputable business, such as a
customer service phone number or a privacy policy verified by a third party, customers were apparently duped by the "As seen on TV' graphic on
the website. ;
We can hardly feel sorry for these people. But at
the same time, spam continues to be a problem for
all of us, wasting our time on a daily basis and, for
the internet service providers and universities that
provide us \yith e-mail- accounts, wasting bandwidth and money spent on filtering. As we always
suspected, the problem is rooted in human greed
and stupidity. Is there a solution? Many have been
proposed—legislative, technological, and economic—but the gJ6bal and lawless nature ofthe internet
makes it difficult to progress quickly. In the meantime, just remember that if something sounds too
good to be tr$e, it probably is. $
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CONSUMPTION:
Still lethal after two hundred years
Buy nothing, you say? Buy an SUV!
New tax cuts in the US likely to increase sales of sport utility vehicles
by Irving Lau
When the US government originally
re-categorised sport utility vehicles
(SUVs) as light trucks (any vehicle
over 6,000 pounds) under the federal
tax code in 2001, it was intended to
help farms and small businesses that
relied on light trucks to run their
affairs. This change in the tax code
resulted in a little-known loophole
whereby small businesses could write
off their SUV purchases up to
US$2 5,000. It was felt that the change
would encourage farmers to purchase
SUVs, thereby boosting the SUV
market
This year. Congress passed a new
economic stimulus package proposed
by President Bush, which includes an
increase in the rebate for business
equipment (including light trucks/
SUVs) from $25,000 to $75,000.
Many are concerned about who truly
benefits—the average small entrepreneur or farmer? Or is it the many car
manufacturers that sell SUVs?
There are now 3 8 different luxury
passenger SUVs, including the
Cadillac Escalade, the Lincoln
Navigator, the BMW X5, the Hummer
and its new little brother, the H2, just
to name a few. Can you see any of
these vehicles on a farm, dragging a
bale of hay? The closest one of these
behemoths would come to produce
would be bags of groceries from the
supermarket But because these new
breeds of SUVs are over 6,000
pounds, fall within the size constraints, and are used for business at
least 50 per cent ofthe time, they can
be classified as light trucks and be
claimed for tax purposes.
What was once legislation that
helped small family farmers is now
one that will save professionals-
lawyers, doctors, and financial advisers—tens of thousands of dollars so
they can buy luxury passenger SUVs.
Some tax credits from previous years
towards SUV purchases have already
affected automobile sales—Hummer
sales have skyrocketed in the States
within the past two years. Also, SUV
sales have risen most dramatically
among those with an income of over
$200,000.
While such programs can help
small businesses,, environmentalists
and tax reformers want to bring down
what can be described as a depraved
incentive to encourage Americans to
buy more gas-guzzling, road-destroying, air-polluting SUVs. Failing that,
they want tighter restrictions on how
businesses can use this tax break.
Environmentalists also fear that they
may see more families turn to SUVs
over the conventional automobile as
more SUVs invade the roads.
Amid rising unease about dependency on oil from the Middle East at a
time when environmentalists and
State regulators are reassessing the
role of the SUV on American roads,
Bush's tax plan can only be seen as a
slap in the face of the American people. Since the stimulus package was
passed in May, American taxpayers
have shelled out approximately $1.3
billion to sponsor the purchase of
SUVs while they choke on rising levels
of air pollution. $
A few CEOs short of
a full boardroom
Locally produced documentary offers a
glimpse into the corporate world 7
TWf CORPORATION
Opens Jan. 9
by Dan McRoberts
In our rapidly globalising world, corporations wield great power. How is
this power used and abused? What do
we really know about their behaviour?
These are questions tackled in The
Corporation, ah ambitious, far-reaching look into the nature of these institutions.
I had a chance to see this film
when it was screened in front of sold-
out crowds at the Vancouver
International Film Festival earlier this
fall. The enormity of what the film
manages to discuss is incredible. It
begins by revealing that corporations
are afforded legal rights similar to
individuals. The filmmakers ask us: if
corporations are people, what sort of
people are they? Using an actual
checklist of psychotic symptoms—disregard for others, incapacity to experience guilt and refusal to conform to
lawful behaviours etc.—they suggest
that if they were human, corporations
would be diagnosed as psychopathic.
The Corporation is a long film.
Long enough, in fact, to warrant a 10-
minute intermission. But its length is
made necessary by the fact that the
creative team clearly wished to give a
detailed perspective of this multi-
faceted issue. Not only do well-known
commentators like Michael Moore,
Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky turn
up to offer their criticims of the realities of corporate behaviour, the filmmakers have also included commentaries by interested academics, as well
as by corporate officials who defend
their companies against the allegations made against them.
In this sea of personalities, the
interview with Ray Anderson, CEO of
Interface—the world's largest producer of commercial carpets—stands out
Anderson speaks passionately about
his personal 'environmental
epiphany" and how he hopes that his
company can become a leader in
improving sustainability.
This sort of positivism is absolutely
necessary in a documentary which
recounts the tales of water riots in
Bolivia, child labour around the world
and the use of IBM technology in the
Holocaust Corporations have behaved
in a truly "pathological' manner during the course of recent history and
continue to do so today.
One can only hope that more corporate figures develop a vision similar to Anderson's. As this documentary makes painfully clear, the future
depends on corporations becoming
more accountable and conscientious.
Written by UBC law professor Joel
Bakan and directed by local filmmak
er Mark Achbar, The Corporation will
be released to theatres in January.
Although it does run almost three
hours (including the intermission)
it's well worth it. So, if you're going to
see one epic film this winter, forget
Lord of the Rings. Make it The
Corporation. $
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Earth by Jim Merkel and Vicki Robin
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William E. Rees, and Phil Testermale
SSimplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down
and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter, by
Elaine St James
/Simplify Your Life With Kids, by Elaine St James
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Friday, November 23,2003
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Anthropology museum to evolve
Upcoming $58 million expansion will be both physical and virtual
by Paul Evans
NEWSWRlTER
UBC's Museum of Anthropology is
undergoing a $58 million makeover to increase its research capacity and establish international connections with other museums.
The project, "A Partnership of
Peoples: A New Infrastructure for
Collaborative Research," is expected
to break ground a year from now
and is planned to be completed by
2008.
"It's about enhancing the facility," said Jill Baird, the leader ofthe
renewal project.
There are two aspects of the
museum's renewal project, she said.
The first is the physical renovation:
redesigning the research wing will
include renovations to work, laboratory and storage areas.
"[This will make] sure that the
next generation of the museum is
built in a way that actually facilitates
inter-disciplinary community-based
research in a collaborative method,"
said Baird.
The second aspect is virtual, she
said. The Reciprocal Research
Network (RRN) will place- some
museum artifacts on the web to be
viewed by researchers around the
world, creating easier access to
objects, images and knowledge
through a powerful RRN search
engine.
This will link the Museum of
Anthropology to other institutions
witli strong West Coast or BC First
Nations collections around the
world, said Baird:
The project was sparked when
the Museum of Anthropology
received a $ 17.2 million grant from
the Canada Foundation for Innovation in January 2002 to create a redesigned research network.
Pending final approval, this sum
will be matched by the British
Columbia Knowledge Development
Fund.
UBC has also pledged $20 million to the project. The remaining
$x3.6 million will be left to the museum to raise.
In addition to the research network, the museum will make renovations to improve its visitor services, possibly including a larger gift
shop and a cafe, said Jennifer Web,
communications manager at the
Museum of Anthropology.
A larger auditorium will raise
audience capacity from 90 to 150
people.
The project is being developed in
partnership with the . UBC
Laboratory of Archaeology and three
First Nations groups, said Baird.
"We're working with three First
Nations partners on that network to
make sure that it doesn't just meet
institutional needs but that it also
meets the community's research
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Musqueam, Sto:lo Nation, and the     ect extend to students as well. architect for the museum, will be
U'mista Cultural Centre, will be able "There will be more opportuni- part of designing the  proposed
to communicate electronically with    ties for students and interns," said renovations. ♦
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Health plan
referendum fails
Despite a four day extension
last week, the Alma Mater
Society's (AMS) health plan referendum failed to get enough students to decide on a course of
action.
Students were asked to decide
if they would like to pay more for
the AMS and Graduate Student
Society (GSS) health plan in
exchange for some increased ben-
efits and to avoid further cuts in
the plan.
In order to make quorum and
be legally binding the referendum
required 3906 yes votes, or ten
per cent of the student body. While
the referendum attracted 6445
voters there were only 2975 yes
votes and 3470 no votes.
This failure to reach quorum is
in stark contrast to the 15,502
votes cast by students in last
year's referendum that passed the
U-Pass.
The AMS's health and dental
plan committee will now meet to
decide whether or not to run the
referendum again in January and
to decide how to manage the plan
in the future without the requested
$53 increase.
The AMS and GSS must go to a
referendum to increase the yearly
mandatory fee for the plan by
more than the Consumer Price
Index.
If another referendum is not
run this year it is possible that
more benefits will be cut next year.
Several benefits were axed from
the plan this year after losses for
the insurance company came to
nearly $2 million since the inception ofthe plan in 2000.
Student Court to meet
AMS Student Court will meet
for the first time since 2001 to
decide if proposed changes to student elections conflict with AMS
bylaws-regulations that govern
the society.
Causing the controversy is a
motion that would remove control
of the elections website, and any
AMS elections communications,
from the AMS president's office,
and place it in the hands of the
AMS elections administrator.
The bylaws specify that any
external public relations that the
AMS engages in shall be under
presidential control, but elections
material is internal communication
within the Society, said Spencer
Keys, who proposed the motion.
But, the website reflects on the
student society regardless of who
they are aimed at, said AMS ■
President Oana Chirila, and
should be considered public
relations.
The court plans to have a decision before the AMS elections this
spring. ♦
No more false fire alarms
UBC considering monitoring alarms
during large mid-term exams
by Megan Thomas
NEWS EDITOR
Students planning on pulling a fire alarm during their
mid-term next semester may want to think twice—UBC
is working to have a plan in place that will stop exam
disruptions.
The plan would deal with false alarms by consolidating large mid-terms in the same
building and monitoring the fire alarm
system, meaning staff would be on hand
to verify if there really is a fire before
sounding the building alarm and evacuating exams.
Alarm-pulling during midterms is a
recurring problem at UBC, said economics professor Robert Gateman.
"The problem is you've got to have
fire alarms and students don't want to
write tests," he said.
But creating a plan to deal with midterm disruption is a challenge because
mid-terms are held during class time
instead of scheduled through the university administration, said Justin
Marples, director of classroom services
at UBC.
. "We are into a bit of a new scene, but nonetheless
there may be an ability for us to address it," he said,
adding that so far it has been difficult to catch the culprits when alarms are pulled.
There are also safety concerns around not sounding
alarms immediately that must be addressed before the
idea can be put ih motion, said Marples.
"We have a lot of regulations obviously where such
potential serious issues are at hand," he said.
Another limiting factor is the resources needed to
pay staff to monitor the alarm system and make quick
assessments of whether on not to evaculate the buildings, said Marples.
If put in place, the plan would require electricians
with a complete knowledge "of the building to be on
staff during mid-term exams.
'One of the biggest issues is resources, that there
are union positions here involved from plant operations/ said Marples. It would not be possible to monitor all buildings holding mid-terms, he added.
He also said there is not yet a cost estimate for the
plan, but if buildings were holding exams for large
amounts of people the costs involved could be feasible.
"If we could save it where there is a very large number involved maybe that justifies the resources," said
Marples.
Gateman said he is pleased that the university is
considering putting resources towards the problem of
exam disruption.
"Its an ongoing problem at any
university," he said. "I was
impressed at a recent meeting where
the school was willing to actually
spend a fair chunk of money to solve
some of the problems."
Marples said it is important to
support the students who study for
their mid-terms and are prepared to
take exams.
"It is certainly not fair to a lot of
students that are in there with good
intent," he said.
One student said she had experienced exam disruption in the past
and would like to see it stop.
"I had one of my finals postponed
because of a fire alarm...a lot of people had to change their flights going home. It was
something that we studied for," said Carolyn
Putt, a fourth-year history and psychology
student.
fI don't know how else they really could change it
and get rid of this whole fire alarm thing," she added.
Another student was cautiously optimistic about the
proposal.
"I think it is a good idea but I think it would have to
be a lot of supervision because the most important
thing is safety," said Julia Segal, a second-year biopsy-
chology student.
Marples said the ideas could become a reality as
soon a3 the next mid-term period in February.
"I think it is going to work," said Gateman. '4T~
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you've got to
have fire alarms
and students
don't want to
write tests."
—Robert Gateman
economics professor NEWS
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PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, November 28,2003
DINGWALL
Accolades
for UBC
archivist
by L. V. Vander von Axander
NEWS STAFF
A UBC graduate of archival
administration
was honoured
recently for his
writing ability
by the Society
of American
Archivists.
Glen Dingwall was presented with the
2003 Theodore
Calvin Pease Award for his essay
that embodied the American
Archivists criteria of innovation,
scholarship, pertinence and clarity.
Entries were judged by the editor of
the American Archivist and individuals considered experts in archival
research and literature.
Dingwall's entry about trust in
archivists and the role of an
archival code of ethics in establishing public faith was the fourth
essay by a UBC student to take the
prize in the award's 16-year
history.
"I think it's a testimony to the
fact that we have a very good
archival studies program," said
Terry Eastwood, the founding professor of UBC's program and last
year's acting director.
Dingwall; who was unable to
attend the award ceremony in Los
Angeles, graduated from UBC's
School of Library, Archival and
Informational Studies (SLAIS) this
spring ahd currendy works at the
Vancouver City Archives.
According to Dingwall, archiving
is more than simply providing pubUc access to historical records. It is
also a matter of accountability.
"If you don't have any way of
demonstrating what [social institutions] did, what sort of actions they
took, you have • no instrument to
hold them accountable," he said.
Maintaining, the authenticity
and reliability of records has
become increasingly difficult in the
last 30 years because of the introduction of electronic records, digital data, the internet and interactive media. Letters, memorandum,
reports, and other documents are
increasingly being produced solely
in an electronic environment, said
Eastwood.
'Obsolescence of the technology, both the hardware and the software, and to some extent the fragility of the media create a problem
for archivists,' he said. "Because
archivists want to keep things
for as long as they can, centuries
even."
The ■ strength of the UBC
archival program, that includes
electronic record management,
seems to be increasing demand for
space in« the specialised program.
SLAIS has gone from eight people
in 1981 to over 20 this year, with
students from as far as the US and
Belgium.
As for Dingwall, beyond working
to maintain the records ofthe city of
Vancouver, he hopes to gain a variety of archival experience over the
next few years and perhaps return
to academic life to pursue a PhD in
archival studies.
Dingwall's award-winning essay
will appear in an upcoming publication ot American Archivist*
Mars training: Antarctica
by Colleen Tang
NEWSWRlTER
A UBC psychology professor who has dealt with
heavy winds, extremely low temperatures, and
limited daylight in Antarctica is now analysing the
data to see what effect the blistering solitude might
have on future space travelers.
Peter Suedfeld's research comes as close as it
gets to life on the planet Mars: Antarctic ultraviolet
radiation that burns the outer layer of skin is similar in intensity to ultraviolet rays on the surface of
Mars, and the cold and wet climate of Antarctica
makes it the ideal place to test equipment for
future missions to Mars, said Suedfeld.
"It is a good analog for space," he said.
Suedfeld, who spent two and a half months in
Antarctica as part of his research, was looking at
the coping strategies his participants used to lower
their stress levels, as well as their ability to adapt
to the solitude of Antarctica.
Living in the Antarctic means to dealing with
heavy winds, extremely low temperatures, and
unlimited daylight, said Suedfeld.
Another challenge he identified was adapting
to cramped living quarters and limited socialisation opportunities.
They socialise with the same people [every
day]/ said Suedfeld.
Living life so far from civilisation also means
there is a remote chance of a rescue in the event of
an emergency, said Suedfeld.
'If you get into serious trouble, the chances of
being rescued are very small," he said.
The study looked at people who spent on average one to two years in Antarctica and included
anyone already working in the icy territory who
was willing to participate.
Suedfeld said the people chosen to work in the
polar area were just average people.
"Some people think that no one would subject
himself or herself to the conditions of working
there unless they were trying to get away from
'normal' society,' he said. "[They were] as good as
any average person, well adjusted [and] psychologically competent'
Despite the daily c&allenges of life, some participants enjoyed their time in Antarctica, and
some would even like to go back, said Suedfeld,
adding that people reported enjoying being in a
slower-paced routine as opposed to the fast-paced
HE FOLLOWED ME HOME, MA, CAN WE KEEP HIM? Dr Peter Suedfeld and his team in
Antarctica study the depths of human solitude, dennis stossel photo
rhythm of life in urban areas.
But while some found the reduced human contact and physical isolation positive, Suedfeld said
it did impact their ability to adjust back to their old
lives or new ways of life with their families.
The coping strategies ofthe families ofthe participants were also studied to see how they readjusted their routines when their loved ones
returned home after long absences.
Suedfeld also found that some of the participants were not used to the bright colours of urban
life after being exposed only to the shades of gray
in Antarctica.
The results ofthe study could also be useful for
other situations where isolation is a factor, said
Suedfeld. He said life on ships, camping trips,
mountain climbing, mining and fishing often
expose people to isolated environments.
He hopes his research will help people
improve their coping and adaptation skills in
these situations.
An analysis of Suedfeld's research will also
include input from astronauts Uving at the international space station, said Suedfeld's colleague.
'Crew members of the International Space
Station presently are maintaining personal journals of their experiences that will be subjected to
similar systematic analyses,' said Jack Stuster.
The idea is to better understand behaviour in
space to further our understanding of behavioral
issues 'to design procedures and equipment to
faciUtate human performance during long duration space expeditions,' said Stuster.
When the recorded interviews, paper and pencil questionnaires and memoirs are finished being
analysed in a couple of years, Suedfeld thinks the
results will show changes in people's values after
their experience in Antarctica.
'Many people [who] come back from the
Antarctic do report greater appreciation of their
families, other people, loyalty and less interest in
materiaUstic values,' said Suedfeld. ♦
UBC fish expert in world's top 50
by Michael Cook
NEWSWRlTER
A UBC fisheries expert has been
named one of the top 50
researchers in the world by the
Scientific American magazine.
Daniel Pauly, director of UBC's
Fisheries Centre and principle
investigator of the Sea Around Us
Project—research that looks at the
impacts of fishing on marine environments across the globe—was
recently named to the 'Scientific
American 50" an annual list that
recogises international leaders in
scientific research and technology.
Pauly said he was told he was on
the Ust before the magazine came
out, but was asked not to share the-
honour until the recent pubUcation
of the magazine.
"They sent me a letter. I was supposed to keep it quiet," he said. "But
it was a form letter."
Pauly said the attention speaks to
the importance of the work.
"The stuff I do will reach more
people," he said. "With the Sea
Around Us Project, we have elevated
the issues of fisheries to a global
concern."
One of the biggest successes of
the project, said Pauly, is demonstrating that "the fishing industry
has a multi-decadal impact on the
world's oceans."
Pauly's colleague said the project
is important because it helps to
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marine environments.
"We look at what changes have
happened in the marine environment due to fishing, as opposed to
cUmate change or other causes that
people sometimes blame,' said Reg
Watson.
A unique aspect of the project is
FishBase, a database that measures
the catches of over 27,000 fish
species in small grid spaces
throughout the ocean, and is accessible in many languages.
This requires cooperation from
people all around the world, said
Watson.
"People coming from various
countries are all contributing to the
base of information...like naming
fish in their own language so anyone in the world can access the
information," said Watson.
Hg also said the United Nations
and . its Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO) keeps such
records, but it is important to take
that data and make it as specific as
possible.
"You need to be able to have data
where you can say how many fish
were caught in a specific area, one
or two hundred kilometres," he said.
The investigators for* the Sea
Around Us Project use the records of
the UN and FAO to develop spatial
models of different parts of the
ocean. This allows them to look at
what changes have happened over
time and try to predict what would
happen if different fisheries regulations were changed, said Watson.
The benefits of the database
extends beyond ecology, he added,
citing the example of European
Union catches off North Africa.
"Those profits go back to Europe
as opposed to the developing
nations and countries with small
budgets. We can see what's being
taken from their Waters," he said.
The database allows countries
with smaller budgets to access information on catches without having to
pay for their own research, added
Watson.
The Sea Around Us project
includes about seven full time investigators and researchers at UBC as
weU as contributors from around
the world. ♦ IV
Friday, November 28,2003
THEUBYSSEY Tg
SUPPLEMENT
A guide to responsible consumption
by Sarah Bourdon
A more ethical approach to consumerism has emerged with the
exposure of what really lies behind
brand names. With allegations of
human rights violations, discrimination, environmental destruction and
mistreatment of animals looming
over corporations, consumers are
no longer blind to these practices.
People are aware of the deplorable
working conditions and low wages
of the sweatshops in developing
countries. Athough this "consciousness" exists, it does not often lead to
action.
Frequently, shoppers use excuses
such as, "all companies are bad,
there is no way to avoid supporting
bad companies" or 'sweatshops are
bad, but if we didn't buy the products,
people in those countries would have
no jobs."
However, it is not difficult to
refute these attempts at justification.
There are many ways to research
companies, to weed the good from
the bad, and to support the ones that
have good practices. More importantly, there are ways to voice dissatisfaction and improve, companies' operating policies.
Here are a few simple strategies
for looking into brand names and
becoming a more conscious consumer:
1. www.responsibleshoppeT.org.
Eveiyone has heard the sweatshop
charges directed at companies such
as Nike and Gap. But, as always, it is
important to know the real story. One
simple way to get the lowdown on
these major companies is by using
the website www.responsibleshop-
per.org. Featured are mainly major
coporations, such as Nike, Gap,
McDonald's (with a highly disturbing
tale about a rat's head found in a Big
Mac), Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and the
frosting-friendly, tiger-loving people
at Kellogg's. For some interesting
reading, check out the extensive list
of subsidiaries and products controlled by everyone's favourite monolithic corporation, the Altria Group
Inc. (formerly Philip Morris).
The website does not emphasise
solely the transgressions of these
companies; it also provides a list of
the positive things they have done.
Granted, many of these 'good* things
are ways of saving face in response to
allegations of wrongdoing, or ploys to
attract consumers by cultivating a
charitable image. Nonetheless, this
website allows consumers to make
educated decisions on what they
choose to support While respqnsi-
bleshopper.org is American and covers mostly US companies, it is a good
basis for the fledgling 'ethical
shopper."
2. No Logo: For a detailed and disturbing account of corporate corruption, read Naomi Klein's 2000 book
No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand
Bullies. Klein, a Globe and Mail
columnist, offers a critical look at the
rampant consumptive nature of
Western culture and the seductive
power of brands. Beware: this book
will forever change the way you
shop, and you may become an
annoyance to your friends when you
constantly feel the need to point out
that the worker in Jakarta who made
their new shirt was paid a fraction of
the store price.
3. Corporate websites: The above
methods deal mainly with the major
players in the corporate world. But
what about other companies? For
example, I was once interested in a
jacket made by Columbia Sportswear
Company, a well-known brand of outdoor clothing. Since the label read
"Made in Thailand' I was curious as
to how Columbia's clothes are made.
Columbia was not to be found in
either Naomi Klein's book or on the
Responsible Shopper website, so I
checked Columbia's website. Most
companies have made their policies
on employment practices available
online, with an emphasis on employees at the manufacturing level.
However, it is important to be wary
when reading company-formulated
information as it is often designed to
skirt the truth with carefully-worded
statements highlighting the company's virtues and how highly they
value their employees. But these
policies can still be taken into consideration when making a purchasing decision.
4. Mail or calL After reviewing the
Columbia website, I proceeded to
both call and e-mail the company
with a list of questions, such as, 'are
your clothes made in sweatshops?"
Don't be afraid to be blunt in asking
questions; companies have an obligation to answer to customers. Also,
don't be surprised if they have an
arsenal of answers prepared for
every possible question you can
throw at them.
As for Columbia Sportswear: they
sent me numerous pamphlets in the
mail along with a signed letter from
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DON'T INHALE: This ad ran between 1946 and 1963 in various magazines, courtesy of landon kleis
a company bigwig thanking me for
my insightful inquiry.
5. Boycotting: The act of boycotting is a contentious issue. Many
people refuse to buy products but
don't let the companies know their
reasons. Many others concede defeat
and buy the products, thinking there
is nothing they can do. Then there
are those who buy products and
claim that by doing so, they are supporting the employment of the people working in the sweatshop factories. While boycotting is a step in the
right direction, communicating the
reasons for your actions to the companies is much more effective. Most
companies do listen to the people
who support them. The positive
actions taken by companies listed on
the "responsible shopper" website
are proof that responsible shoppers
can indeed make more responsible
companies. Writing letters and e-
mails that advocate better pay and
working conditions, improved environmental practices, better health
and sanitation efforts, and more con
sideration for animal welfare can
make a world of difference. When
people inform companies of a desire
for improved ethics, important
changes can be made.
So the next time you are making a
purchase, consider researching the
product and the company that made
it, and then take action if necessary. It
has been said that knowledge is
power, and in this case knowledge
has the potential to permanently alter
the way we live. Progress can be
made, a httle at a time. $
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The Ubyssey corporate translator: What advertising really means
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Visa: "How the world pays."
Really.  "How first-world overcon-
sumption makes the developing
world pay."
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Viagra: "We are the champions."
Really: "Don't suffer in silence.
Impotence is no longer considered an emasculation trait
thanks to new drugs and technology."
Molson Canadian: "I am Canadian."
Really: "I am lager, 5 per cent alcohol, containing barley and hops, and
more calories than you care to think
about My nationality is irrelevant."
Ford: "Built Ford tough."
Really. "Built redneck tough.'
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McDonald's: "I'm lovin' it."
Really "I'm stuffin' it."
Kokanee: "Glacier fresh beer."
Really "Bottled in Creston, BC, then
transported to a store near you
using environmentally unfriendly
diesel vehicles."
Pontiac: "Built for drivers."
Really. "Built for single occupancy vehicle owners who enjoy slow, lonely
commutes   to   work   and  long-term
environmental destruction."
f3TJ7WfTTyi^ Subway "Eat fresh.
XtXLUXLlAlL    Really:
waved, pre-packaged, pre-sliced meats."
Really:   "Eat   nitrate-loaded,
micro-
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Shell: "Profit, principles or both?"
Really "We killed anti-oil writer Ken Saro    ? V I
Wiwa. Allegedly." ' \\ 1
MasterCard: "There are some things
money can't buy. For everything else,
there's MasterCard."
Really "No, money can buy everything. And thanks for passing around
spoofs of our ad on the internet over and over and over."
Home Depot "You can do it. We can
help."
Really "You can build things you probably don't need. We can gouge you for
the materials and laugh when you
don't get around to building that thing
you didn't need."
British Columbia: "Believe BC*
Really "Believe BS: Don't believe we
are making cuts to health care and
education, and gutting collective agreements with our employees." $
-by Megan Thomas and Jonathan Woodward
y PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, November 2d, 2003
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$60 million for Quebec universities
Minister of
Industry Allan
Rock introduces
permanent funding for indirect
costs of research
MONEY: Allan Rock gives Quebec universities loads of
Cash. DAVE WEATHERALUCANADIAN UNIVERSITY PRESS
Aboriginal education needs
to change, says academic
by Dave Weatherall
QUEBEC BUREAU
MONTREAL (CUP)-Montreal-area universities
will be getting a $40 million boost Federal
Minister of Industiy Allan Rock annouced earU-
er this week.
The money will go towards indirect research
costs at universities and will come from the-
Canada Innovation Strategy, a federal plan to
strengthen Canada's science and research
capabilities.
"It's a contribution to universities that will
help defray the indirect costs of research and
allow for the excellent work they do to continue," Rock said. 'So I think it's a very important
contribution for the government to make."
The funding is designed to help offset the
costs of scientific, technical and health
research, such as lighting, heating, animal care
and Ubraries, and will be broken down as follows: the first $100,000 of these indirect costs
will be refunded at 80 per cent by the federal
government; the next $900,000 at 50 per cent,
the following $6 million at 40 per cent and the
balance at 20 per cent
" Rock said, despite the $ 12 bilhon the federal
government has made directly available to
Canadian universities for research over the last
seven years, many universities are unable to
put the funding to use because of the overhead
costs associated with research. That's something Rock is aiming to put an end to.
"I don't want to see any college or university
that's not able to take advantage of our financing because they can't afford the overhead or
the supporting staff," said Rock.
The chief beneficiary of this new line of funding is McGill University, which will receive $ 16
million under the structure of the new arranger
ment Concordia will receive just over $3 mil-
Uon of the $255 million total allocated for all
Canadian universities this year.
Truong Vo-Van, Concordia Vice-Provost
Research who attended the press conference,
said the announcement was a good start but
doesn't go far enough.
"The level of support is not very high at the
moment, but it puts us in a position to increase
the percentages down the road," he said.
Vo-Van also said the recognition of the indirect costs by the federal government will go a
long way to ensure that Canada achieves its goal
of becoming one of the top five countries in
research and development
"This kind of financial support is essential to
both maintain the current research programs
we have at Concordia and encourage new ones.
Without the money, we would be in a very difficult position." ♦
by Ginny Collins
CENTRAL BUREAU
REGINA    (CUP)-When    it    comes    to
Aboriginal Education, Cultural
Revitalisation is a "double-edged sword'
because it holds Aboriginal people responsible for the downfall of
their own culture, says an
academic from the University of Saskatchewan
(UofS).
Verna St Denis, coordinator of Aboriginal
Education at the U of S, is
critical of the way
Aboriginal culture is being
integrated into the school
system.
'Cultural" Revitalisation
blames the victim for
colonisation,' said St
Denis in a speech at the
University of Regina on
Thursday.
Aboriginal teachers and
elders are being blamed for not retaining
their identity and culture, she added.
In 1967, the Canadian Government
conducted a survey of the contemporary
Indians of Canada called the Hawthorn
report. The report found that Aboriginal
children and their parents were feeling
'different* all the time and not fitting in
when it came to the education system. The
solution was then presented that if
Aboriginal people could retain their cultural pride, they could benefit from
schooling. This was called Cultural
RevitaUsation.
St Denis said that although this solution
seems good in theory, it ignores the fact
that Aboriginal people have been forced to
assimilate in the past so they have not
"Cultural
Revitalisation
blames the
victim for
colonisation."
—Verna St Denis
University of
Saskatchewan
academic
retained much of their culture.
'Our parents and grandparents have
not forsaken us," she said. "They were told
to speak only English before. Now they
are told to speak only their native
language."
When the Canadian government placed
Aboriginal children in residential schools, beginning
in the late 1800s and
throughout most of the
1900s, they were taught to
speak only English, both at
home and in school.
By the late 1900s,
because of studies like the
Hawthorn report, the government decided it would
be beneficial for
Aboriginals to retain their
culture. By this time most
of it had been lost.
In her research, St
Denis, a woman of Cree
and Metis heritage, interviewed several Aboriginal
educators in the Canadian school system.
Many of those interviewed said they did
not speak their native language because
their parents and elders had not taught
them.
"They would be almost apologetic," said
St Denis, adding that although many
Aboriginal teenagers are eager to learn
their culture and language, their teachers
cannot often teach them.
When asked if there was a way educators could teach Aboriginal content correctly in their classrooms, St Denis replied
that the greatest concern should be
about the treatment of Aboriginal
students.
'It's not only the content, it's the interaction," she said. ♦
Ubyssey Publications Society
2004 Board of Directors Elections
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newspaper, The Ubyssey. Its membership consists of all UBC students who have not opted out of membership
by completing an opt-out form. Members are eligible to run for, and vote in, Board Elections.
The Board of Directors oversees the administrative and business aspects ofthe paper including advertising,
marketing, distribution, the budget and finances, meetings ofthe Society, and management of employees.
The Board is not, however, involved in the editorial aspects of the paper. The editorial policy and content of the
paper is determined by the editorial board ofthe paper, elected by the staff in March of each year. To become a
staff member, those interested need to contribute to three issues of The Ubyssey and attend regular
staff meetings in order to get voting rights and the right to run for an editorial position.
Term is February 2004 to February 2005. Directors attend approximately 20 Board Meetings through the year
in addition to serving on Board Committees. No previous experience with newspapers or the UPS is required.
The positions up for election are THE PRESIDENT and 4 DIRECTORS AT LARGE.
Nomination forms are available at the Ubyssey Business Office, SUB 23 (basement). Completed forms must be
returned by noon, Thursday, January 15th, 2004.
Elections will be held in conjunction with the AMS elections January 17th to 23rd, 2004.
For more information, contact Fernie Pereira at 822-6681. ?:#i#**i^>7iS*-a.
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Live, with lasers!
Experience the
concert without
overpriced beer
COLDPLAY
Live 2003
[CAPITOL]
by Hywel Tuscano
.   CULTURE STAFF
In the wake of a successful 15-month-
long world tour that ended last summer, Coldplay has released a Uve
DVD/CD combo including concert
footage, a tour diary and a regular CD
of their most popular songs performed live.
Coldplay consistently delivered
their solid set—with slight varia-
tions—to crowds of over 20,000
around the world. The performance
displayed on the DVD is pretty much
the show they delivered at GM Place,
with angles better than anything you
could see from a $60 seat.
Often live performances and
albums confirm that artists actually
can deliver outside the studio or, for
some, highUght the fact that they are
performers of overproduced music.
Coldplay proves that they are artists
that can deliver on stage. People
expect different things of Uve performances, however. Some want an
exact reproduction of what they
heard on the album and others want
to hear the band improvise on what
they have already established and
produce a unique Uve experience.
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The concert is reproduced nicely
on the DVD with the option to watch
specific songs or the whole Sydney
concert chronologically. If you're not
into reUving the flashy concert, there
are multi-angle videos that present
the band members simultaneously
on a spUt screen of four black and
white monitors.
The DVD itself is beautiful, and
extends the wire-frame design motif
of their second album, A Rush of
Blood to the Head, onto its menus
and visuals.
The Tour Diary is a highlight of
the disc, with an intimate look of
what goes on behind the scenes.
They consume an amount of beer
and Red Bull appropriate for their
tireless amount of promo appearances and concerts between sporadic days off.
A focus is placed on their advocacy for the www.maketradefair.com
petition, which gathered over three
million signatures and was presented to the WTO this September.
If you do not yet own a Coldplay
album but like their music, this Uve
album compiles their biggest hits
and lets you watch their concert in
laser-laden glory, or simply throw it
on your stereo to enjoy over the
ambient screaming of a satisfied
crowd. ♦
No one sticks Dizzee in da corner!
18-year-old MC sheds light on rough life in East London
DIZZEE RASCAL
Boy In Da Corner
[XL Recordings]
by John Hua
CULTURE EDITOR
As the infection of hip-hop continues, seeping into the realm of the
underground, the overbeaten hip-
hop formula with four-by-four and
sometimes eight beats is finally laid
to rest.  No longer does rhyming
about clubs, women, men and
money hold any weight in the survival of hip-hop. And while there are
those desperately trying to avoid fading into the unheard by clawing at
the old rap game, there is one that
makes hip-hop into his own, bringing a small beacon- of light into the
abyss of rap anthems, party songs
and staged controversy. This beacon
is Dizzee Rascal.
Exactly how much does Dizzee
really have to say at the ripe age of 18
and stemming froni the streets, of
Eastside London? Apparently enough
to deliver'a raw and authentic record,
drawing inspirations on the hard
times of everyday life. Although it
may be hard to beUeve that crime,
gunplay and murder reeks the existence of this youngster's East London
life, one cannot help but be drawn
into the reahty of it all. If Dizzee
Rascal is playing on the old routine of
false street creditation, then, he
should definitely hold a workshop for
the likes of J-Lo andja Rule.
Beyond the words are the rhyme
and rhythm, which Dizzee deUvers
with relentless attack. The album is
an assault on the ears of the Ustener
from beginning to end, as if this were
Dizzee's only opportunity to be
heard. This intensity is driven by a
sense of necessity, a sense that is
passed onto you as you hear it.
Also, the beats tie eveiything
together, adding the. perfect backdrop to the dizzying lyrics of the 18-
year-old. Somehow the slow steady
beats flow perfectly with the juxtaposed, punchy rhythm of Dizzee
Rascal, adding a head-bouncing element to the product
If you're down with ODB, but you
want the bitch to just give'm his
money, then you should definitely
check out Boy In Da Corner. Dizzee
Rascal might not be the saviour of
hip-hop, but he definitely counterbalances some of the crap that's trying
to be. Little roughneck + good beats =
just in time. ♦
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Better off missing
THE MISSING
now playing
by Ancilla Chui
CULTURE WRITER
Get ready for a rootin' tootin' timel It's time to go way back
where the West was won, where the cowboys were the good
guys and the Indians were the bad guys. Saspirilla was the
drink of choice and the trusty hero always had his trusty
steed to take him to the next saloon.
Wait. No, That was yesterday's Western film where
Aboriginal stereotypes and Western cUches made such an
unoriginal equation that for a moment we would think it
has disappeared in modern film. But thanks to director
Ron Howard's attempt to reintroduce the new Western, his
film The Missing not only brings back the old stereotypes,
but also presents a plot that is all too predictable with, stock
villains that make you cringe with irritation.
The Missing is based on Thomas Edison's novel The
Last Ride and examines the strained relationship between
frontier woman Maggie Gilkeson (Cate Blanchett) and her
alienated father Samuel Jones (Tommy Lee Jones).
Problems arise in New Mexico, when a "psychopathic
killer" and his Apache brigand kidnap Maggie's eldest
daughter Lilly Gilkeson (Rachel Evan Woods) for the white
slave trade. Maggie, along with her daughter Dot Gilkeson
(Jenna Boyd), must reunite with her father and try to save
Lilly before she is "gone forever."
Ron Howard is noted as a director who likes to explore
different genres of film, but bis dabble in Westerns is all
too predictable. From the moment problems begin, we
start to connect in our minds the all too famiUar story and
mediocre action to that done in the past During the latter
part ofthe film, I found myself unconsciously checking my
watch to see how much longer the film would be.
Howard takes a painfully long time to develop the stoiy
between Maggie and her father. There are also too many
drawn out poignant moments such as Maggie's reunion
with her daughter. When the bad guys are just around the
corner, Maggie still has enough time to share a special
moment with her daughters. Hmm...
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What really made this film, lack in originality are the
stock characters in the film We have the noble Indian, the
static villain (Aboriginal of course) and the despised
Mexicans. Would the Apache nation be happy with what
they are seeing? Likely not Why do the Aboriginals and the
Mexicans always have to be the main villains in most
Western films? However, on a reaUstic note, Howard is
able to reveal the hypocrisy of the 'good guys," and their
true involvement in the conflict of New Mexico.
The only thing good in this film is the great acting we
see on screen, mainly Maggie and Samuel Jones' character.
Not only did both actors possess consistent southwestern
accents but the interaction between them is unmistakably
intense. I could feel the tension of their strained relationship off the screen because the acting was so good. Too bad
they chose this film to display their talent
If unoriginaUty is what you're into, or maybe even tired
Aboriginal stereotypes, then The Missing would be right up
your alley. If you want something with substance and creativity, then don't look to this film. ♦
Killing Eddie Murphy dead
THE HAUNTED MANSION
now playing
by Jenn Cameron
CULTURE WRITER '
Jim and Sarah Evers worksid| by side"
as a successful real-estate team, providing for their two children, Meghan,
13, and Michael,. 10. Although Jim,
played by "Eddie Murphy, is a. great
provider for his family, he is obsessed
with work and neglects spending time
with his wife and children. In an
attempt to make am ends, Jim proposes a family trip to the lake. This plan is
obstructed when Jim is tempted into
making a detour for what he hopes
will be a promising real estate opportunity. The detour takes them to a
creepy old mansion in the middle of
nowhere. When they arrive, the extensive overgrown graveyard out back is
only the first of the many shocking
discoveries they will make.
Inside the mansion, the Evers fan>"
ily encounter a deathly pale butler
named Ramsley and bis master,
Gracey. It immediately becomes obvious that Gracey is enraptured by
Sarah. When a flood due to a raging
thunderstorm prevents the family
from being able to leave, they are invited to stay the night They are soon separated and progressively uncover the
dark secrets behind the haunted walls.
As is apparent even at the beginning of the movie, the plot is not particularly inventive. There must be hundreds of haunted house movies that
begin with a mysterious invitation,
and then a convenient natural disaster
that prevents the invitees from leaving
the premises. Continuing with the predictable plot, Jim learns a valuable
Disney lesson about the importance of
family and Michael learns to face his
fears. In all fairness, the movie must
follow the ambiance of its namesake
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ride at Disneyland, and this can partially excuse its cookie cutter plot
The inexpUcable plot holes, however, make the movie all but unbearable
to anyone over the age of eight There
are unexplained curses, arbitrary zombies and inconsistencies in spirit
form. And could someone please
explain to me why a decidedly
Halloween-oriented film is being
released in the Christmas season?
From his poorly timed jokes to the
extremely distracting gap between his
teeth, Eddie Murphy ends up taking
away from the quahty of the film (not
that I like it much anyway). In fact my
favourite moment was the humiliation
he incurs while being hounded by flying band instruments. As a whole, acting and character development was
not a focus of the film.
This film does not Uve up to the
standard for Disney films based on
Disney rides set by Pirates of the
Caribbean, although it is incredibly
true to the ride. It has the cheesiest
jokes imaginable, once in a while surprising the audience with something
that is mildly amusing. Nevertheless,
if you are a fan ofthe ride, and looking
for some Ught hearted G-rated Disney
nostalgia, the film is something that
you might consider renting one dark
and stormy night ♦
Sliced down to one
THE LAST SAMURAI
opens Dec. 5
by John Hua and Greg Ursic
CULTURE EDITOR AND CULTURE WRITER
In 1867, the feudal system of Japan came to an end
and ushered in a new era, known as the Meiji
Restoration The period was one of social and politi-
cal transition and confusion, which was compounded by the abandonment of a 200-year-old poUcy of
xenophobia during which Jap an had existed in a virtual vacuum: After opening the gates of their culture
to the Western world, Japan of the late 19th century
became a morass of a cultural amalgamation.
Blurring the lines of heritage, tradition, politics and
values, the introduction of Western philosophy
brought havoc to the Japanese way that has existed
for millennia. As Japan was forced to sign unequal
trade treaties with the Western powers, the process
of assimilation was accompanied by brutal and irreversible consequences. Alongside the ruination of
traditional Japanese culture and systems lay the fate
ofthe Samurai, Japan's noble class of warriors who
adhere to the code of Bushido which binds them to
a life dedicated to honesty, loyalty and honour.
The Last Samurai foUows Captain Nathan
Algren (Tom Cruise), a distinguished "hero" in the
Indian Wars, who has witnessed his faith in his
countiy and hopes for its cultural advancement
become spoiled by corruption and dishonour,
Algren travels to Japan to help quell a rebelhon and
escape his ghosts, only to discover a countiy that
wishes to embrace the very things he despises: a
vanishing image of self being cut at by the reahties
of human selfishness. Among the disarray he discovers the Samurai, a class betrayed by the country
they've sworn themselves to protect. Outnumbered
and facing the advent of Western weapons, they
are determined to battle to the end against impossible odds.
Loosely basing his film on Akira Kurosawa's
Seven Samurai, Director Edward Zwick strives for
an equally epic film. Zwick uses Kurosawa's film as
a template, taking into account the Japanese director's craft, which is acclaimed for its in-depth character development, moving plot and superb photographic direction. Although there is a definitive
American slant to the film, Zwick also strives for
authenticity, evident from the casting of veteran
Japanese actors Ken Watanabe and Hiroyuki
Sanada, who both have done extensive work in
samurai films.
Tom Cruise spent the better part of a year
preparing for the role of Captain Nathan Algren by
immersing himself in the philosophical and physical aspects of the character. "This film is different
in that it took me almost a year to physically be
able to make this picture...I didn't know if I could
do it, honestly, if I could find that kind of physical
elegance and movement that the samurai have,"
Cruise said in an interview, and explained that
only after extensive martial arts training, including
sword work, that resulted in 25 pounds of added
muscle, did he feel truly ready for fuming.
With the help of his Japanese co-stars, Cruise
was able to assume the role, and reaUse the
authentic samurai experience. "I felt their support," he said of Watanabe and Sanada. "They vaU-
dated the research that we had done, and I think
they were a Uttle surprised how extensive it was all
the way, you know, the wardrobe, the sets, the history that we knew."
Zwick went to great lengths to capture the
essence of the period, including the use of grand
sets, gorgeous locales and a cast of thousands for
his battle scenes. The fight choreography—central
to the film's premise—is artistically and elegantly
serene, especially compared with the bombastic.
styUstic scenes typically showcased in Hollywood
films. With the precedent set by the Kurosawa's
classic Seven Samurai^ it will be a challenge to
move past the direct comparison of the two films.
Regardless' of the outcome, The Last Samurai is a
visually stunning film of epic proportions, which
featuring a diverse, pedigreed cast and helmed by
a highly acclaimed director, that is sure to distinguish itself in its own right. ♦>
21 Grams measures up to the pains of life
2], GRAMS
now playing
by Marc Miquel Helsen
CULTURE WRITER
As is typical of Mexican director
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's films,
21 Grams doesn't shy away from the
big questions that are often too frightening or uncomfortable to address.
Like its precursor, Amores Perros,
Inarritu's latest endeavour (starring
Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro and
Naomi Watts) continues to address
the issues of hfe and death, and the
meaning that these inevitably give to
human relations.
21 Grams is the story of three people whose Uves come together when a
terrible accident takes place. Paul
Rivers (Sean Penn) is a mathematics
professor who suffers from an ill
heart and is in the hospital pending a
heart transplant With his deUcate
marriage already tried by the imminence of death, his relationship is
further tested when his wife Mary
(Charlotte Gainsbourg) voices her
wish to have his child through artificial insemination.
In another side of the city, and
lower down on the social ladder, is
Jack Jordan (Benicio del Toro), an ex-
con turned religious fanatic who
takes the Bible in its most Uteral
sense. In a marriage that is not
devoid of love, Jordan's life seems
weakened rather than strengthened
by his devotion to God. Initially a
force of redemption, his faith underlines the volatility of a man who is
blindly and desperately a fundamen-
taUst After he is involved in a terrible
accident, Jordan's faith and duty
towards God and his family come to a
bitter clash. And in the way that Paul
Rivers is later fascinated by the probability of his meeting with Cristina
Peck (Naomi Watts), Jordan questions
his purpose as a cog linked to God's
greater wheel.
Cristina Peck is a happy wife and
mother of two who, having survived a
drug-plagued past, is once again
brought to a crucial crossroad when
she is hit by tragedy. Whether she
survives anew is further compUcated
by the intrusion of both Jordan and
Rivers in her life.
Like Amores Perros, 21 Grams is
about how three seemingly unconnected lives are thrown together
when a single tragic accident takes
place. In a film that could have easily
fallen into Sentimental and self-
absorbed cliche, Inarritu's latest
work teems with real emotion. In a
gritty world hampered by claustrophobic suffering and sorrow, 21
Grams traces the fragile border
between life and death. Ironically, it
is of this frightening reality that
Inarritu's now trademarked, tough
and unconventional hope is born—
though they are played by fate or by
some callous God, it is through their
resiUence and their courage to "go
on" and put together the "broken
pieces" that these characters find
new meaning in life. In a film that
dissolves the lines between classes-
rich and poor, empowered and disenfranchised—Inarritu's characters
are brought together by the tenacity
of their spirit To be economically
and spiritually wealthy are two different things, and in a film which is not
devoid of BibUcal undertones, the latter is ultimately all that matters.
Though a tragic story, 21 Grams
gives its characters a human dignity
that is brought forth only through suffering. And in a conclusion that is
open-ended, one is left to decide
whether qr not to claim ih favour of
its characters the 21 grams of hope,
air, soul or faith that are lost from
those who die. ♦ 8 annua
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SHOPPING AND FUCKING
at Performance Works
until Dec. 6
by Rhtan Cox
CULTURE WRITER
It's a tough call to determine why the
Pi and Ruby Slippers Theatre's production of UK playwright Mike
Ravenhill's 'Shopping and Fucking*
falls flat At first glance, the blame
seems to lie squarely on the script
"S&F* plows through capital letter
themes of spiritual and moral corruption, capitalism and the reduction
of value to monetary transactions, but
to an audience that's been spoon-fed
Coupland and Welsh, the play comes
off like a Mother Teresa documentary
at a nun convention: there's nothing
new to see here. Granted, this was
Ravenhill's first play and given the
year of its first performance, 1996, a
commentary that examines sexuality
and the degradation of our individual
lives would have meshed well with
the legitimate panic of AIDS and the
growing ecstacy drug scene of the
time, so Ravenhill can't shoulder all
the blame.
The play focuses on the relationships and moral unraveling of Lulu,
Mark and Robbie. Linked together by
drugs, sex and dependency, the three
form a semi-functional family. Mark,
played by Robert Moloney, who gave
the strongest and best-developed performance of the night, ducks out of
the group in hopes of shaking off his
addictive behaviour, and tries to find
out what it means to feel without
being artificially stimulated. Mark is
hampered by his need to reduce
every interaction into a transaction in
order to control what he's feeling.
Trying to manage his desire, he visits
Gary, played somewhat one-dimen-
sionally by Anthony Johnston, a 14-
year-old male prostitute who's looking for a controlling daddy figure to
rough him up.
In the meantime, Lulu, in a disappointingly shrill performance by
Anna Cummer, and Robbie, played
with awkward grace by Tom Scholte,
try to manage without Mark by finding work. Lulu's job interview to be a
shopping channel display model
takes a creepy turn when her would-
be boss Brian, aptly played by Dean
Paul Gibson, sets her up to deal 3000
pounds worth of 'E.'
Gibson manages to teeter perfectly between choking with emotion
each time he mentions The Lion King
and being a malevolent crime boss.
But the pacing in the first half of
the play constantly bottoms out.
Scenes between Gibson, Cummer
and Scholte feature long pauses that
should bring out dramatic tension,
but instead irritate and diminish
down our interest in the characters.
In the second half, Directors
Diane Brown and Del Surjik seem to
recognise their error, and the pacing
improves with the cast behaving
more as a unit After Robbie loses the
money owed to Brian after giving
away the "S in a drug-induced loaves-
and-fishes act, Lulu and Robbie turn
to phone sex but fall $1000 short of
their goal. Meanwhile, Mark has
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failed to keep his emotions at bay and
has fallen for Gary, who is incapable
of a love that isn't an issue of control
and ownership. Mark brings Gary
home, and Ravenhill uses this as a
chance to wrap up the themes of the
play by arguing that money is the
thing that makes us both civilised and
enslaved, and that given the opportunity, many of us wouldn't chose freedom.
The climax scene is the best executed, with its mix of comedy and
unexpected horror finally grabbing
and holding our attention. But again,
pacing and Ravenhill's ham-fisted
dialogue get in the way of us caring.
The same deadly pauses return and
we are hit over the head with the message no less than three times in three
consecutive scenes.
There are some good moments in
"Shopping and Fucking." Cummer
and Scholte's hand-job and drug-trip
scene is good for comedic effect, as is
Moloney's tall tale of a threesome
with Princess Di and Fergie.
Moloney's ability to show the awakening of emotion in a nearly lost soul
keeps you engaged in the show, and
Scholte leads his character through
the inartaculation of betrayed love in
an effective way. Furthermore,
Gibson almost makes you forget that
he has to act out the painfully obvious
conclusions that Ravenhill forces on
the role of Brian.
David Robert's cool minimalist
Ikea-like set dotted with billboards
and Jason Whyte's Brit sound set the
right tone, but overall "Shopping and
Fucking" is unlikely to impress. ♦
Mixing it together just like family
RADIO BERLIN
Sister Sounds
[Ache Records]
by Tejas Ewing
CULTURE WRITER
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Radio Berlin is a local four-piece band that has released
three albums since they formed in 1998. This album is
quite different from their other indie/post-punk records.
The Sister Sounds album is a seven track collection of
alternates and remixes from their first two albums, representing a risky exercise that took two years to create.
This album fits very much into the realm of experimental electronica, changing and rearranging the tracks
so that they hardly resemble their original versions. Some
tracks, such as "Heart of Industry," come out sounding
like early eighties electronica, with interesting pops,
glitches and droning sounds overlaying the singing like a
combination of Kraftwerk and Brian Eno. Others, such as
Hot Hot Heat's remix of "Change Your Mind," hearken
back to eighties electro-pop with toned down vocals, synth
tunes and heavy drumming, reminding us of Depeche
Mode or New Order. In any case, these alternates and
remixes are an ambitious departure from what Radio
Berlin is expected to sound like. As a result, I found it
incredibly interesting to listen to. That isn't to say that it
doesn't sound good either.
If you are the kind of listener who can appreciate when
a song delves into a full minute of tuneful static or computerised voices, you will be able to appreciate what Sister
Sounds has to offer. I was most impressed by the fact that
local musicians could create an avant-garde experiment
as good as any that I've heard. You should definitely check
out the latest from Radio Berlin. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, November 28,2003
the ubyssey. mag&Mife'
FEATURE
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T-Bird Aaron Richer reflects on five years of
UBC soccer and 24 years of life experience
by Jesse Marchand
SPORTS EDITOR
XTLaron Richer tells me that" his favourite
chocolate bar is Twix. He says that "he has a
weakness for most anything chocolate" and
Twix is paticularly good "because you get two of
them." But aside from enjoying the odd chocolate bar, the 6', 24-year-old also plays for the
men's soccer team. Or at least he used to. In his
fifth year at UBC, this season's 7-4-2 record will
be his last and Richer is ready to move onto
different things.
Born in Vancouver and raised in Coquitlam,
Richer has been" playing soccer since he was
three years old. I asked him if he followed in his
father's footsteps on that account. "No my dad
was an avid hockey player," he says. "He grew
up in Montreal and played
hockey   his   whole   life."
Despite his father's love for
hockey, he chose to put his
son on the soccer team. For
Richer,   it was  the  right
move. Even at that young
age, the UBC star defender
knew   he   loved   soccer:
like so many successful athletes, he says, "It's always
been something I've wanted
to do."
both the Metro Ford Soccer
Club and the Centennial
Centaurs. But his life hasn't
been all soccer.
Richer and his family
have traveled abroad on several occasions. The
first of which was ayear in Hawaii when he was
in grade one. By grade seven, it was a year in
Cambridge. By second-year university, it was
Rome, In these places he picked up another passion: the art of photography. While just a hobby,
he lists photography as one of things he loves.
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In his photographic exploits he has also been
fortunate enough to take pictures of Israel and
the European circuit Taking his travels further,
this summer he went with the men's soccer
team to Korea to compete in the World
University games.
"I didn't really know what to expect when we
came out there," he says of the experience. "It
was just this incredible adrenaline [that] rekindled [my] desire to play again...the way people
looked at you as an athlete, particularly as a soccer athlete was unbelievable...I'd never been
awed by the game as much as I was this past
summer. I definitely garnered a new respect
for it"
This new respect led Richer to reconsider a
career in professional soccer. "When I came
back I got in touch with an agent out of
Montreal." And while tryouts in
Europe previously scheduled for
January have been pushed back.
Richer is hopeful. He isn't sure
what will happen in the competitive world of European soccer
but he is sure that if he doesn't
try he might regret it "I don't
want to be working somewhere
20 years from now thinking
back and regretting not just trying it out" he says.
But what if things don't work
out on the professional soccer
front? Richer isn't worried.
He has already completed
his Bachelors in Urban
Development here at UBC and
taken courses in everything
from urban geography and inter-
T-birds SOCCer player   national relations to philosophy.
With this degree he plans to
work in third-world development or eventually
return for a Master's.
But thinking that far into the future is not
something that Richer is completely ready for.
He's still hooked on the UBC soccer vibe. In his
five years with the soccer team, Richer has won
two Canada West player of the year awards.
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to have that
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three Canada West all-star awards, one CIS
National player of the year and competed in
countless Canada West championships.
On the down side he has also broken both
his nose and his wrist twice. "I had a cast on for
five months," he says of his wrist injury. "Then
I had the cast off and the second day I had it off
w6 were training and I fell on it again and
broke it* After that Richer gave up on wearing
a cast too cumbersome for soccer. "I played
with it broken for three years, and then I finally got the surgery this past season." And while
he said that the pain was sometimes "unbelievable" the injuries didn't affect his game. In
fact, this summer Richer was able to score
three crucial goals for his team in the World
University Games.
But of all his time with the T-Bird soccer
team, one moment sticks out in his mind above
all else. "It was making the Nationals in St
Mary's three years ago," he smiles. "We were
just such a great team."
"I remember I was unbelievably nervous
that first game...it was so good to see us come
together. I think I was more ecstatic that we
made it to Nationals than actually making the
finals."
But while that year saw great success, this
year's season ended on a sour note. Competing
in Canada West, the men headed to the
University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. They
soon met with a frozen artificial turf and an
eager University of Alberta team that was ready
' to draw blood. They were knocked out of medal
contention in this game, losing 0-4, much to
the frustration of head coach Mike Mosher,
who was less than happy with the field's
' condition.
"It's just so upsetting. Because you play
your whole season, it's a short season, the
amount of effort you put in is incredible, and
then when it comes down to playing on a field
like that.it's really disheartening," says
Richer.
But he didn't let that final tournament tarnish his memories of UBC soccer. He tells me
that aside from the fun times he's shared with
his teammates, he's really going to miss the
preparation. "Waking up Saturday morning
and knowing that you're going to be playing on
that day, putting on that jersey as well, it's a
novelty that never wears off for me. Everybody
knows your number...I'm going to miss the fact,
that I've developed with the players so much."
And while the players will certainly miss
him, Richer isn't worried about how the team
will do without him and the six other players
leaving this year. "Maybe next year after all
those players are gone more guys will just have
to naturally assume those roles." He's also confident with the ability of the people he's leaving
behind.
One of them is head coach Mike Mosher. "I
really want to stress how important Mike
Mosher was to my success at UBC," says Richer.
"I think the style I play is definitely an indication of his wisdom ofthe game. And he's been
very kind in allowing me to come out and take
a lot of liberties on the field...we definitely as
players don't give him enough credit"
He is also confident in fellow second-year
teammates forward and striker Steve Frazao
and defender Paul Seymour. He says that
Frazao is "definitely someone who's going to be
relied upon next year a lot* This year Frazao
had the honour of netting two goals in the Korea
World University Games and was named to the
conference all-star team in his firstyear at UBC.
Frazao was also honoured with a Canada West
all-star award this year along with Richer,
Seymour and midfielder Terry Bell
But to make Nationals next year Richer
knows that the team will need more than just
Frazao and Seymour. Richer stresses that the
players need to come out onto the field "wanting to own their position." He adds that what it
takes to make Nationals is not something that
can be taught. "Individuals need to have that
desire, that passion," says Richer. "Often it doesn't matter how good a player you are as long as
you want the ball You can be 6'S" or 5'5"..it's
just that inner fire. If the guys can bring that out
I think they'll do fine."
When he talks about the team next year it is
obvious that Richer still feels like a
Thunderbird athlete. But 'even though I'm
going to miss all this," he says. "It's time to
move on." ♦ 1
TlEDITORAL
THEUBYSSEY
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28,2003
VOLUME 85 ISSUB 24
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Friday, November 28,2003
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING EDITOR
Hywel Tuscano
NEWS EDITORS
Megan Thomas
Jonathan Woodward
CULTURE EDITOR
John Hua
V      SPORTS EDITOR
Jesse Marchand
FEATURES/NATIONAL EDITOR
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:    PHOTO EDITOR
i";v        Michelle Mayne
PRODUCTION MANAGERS
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/ VOLUNTEERS
Sarah Bourdon
RESEARCH/LETTERS
Bryan Zandberg
BUY NOTHING DAY
COORDINATORS
Carina Cojeen/Dan McRoberts
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"If Platypuses arc maipmali. why do lhey [ay eggs?* asked Makom
Morgan. Carina Cbjeen was about to speak when Greg Ursic jumped
in: Interesting question, Jean Cameron might know-' Rhian Cox
shook hie head and said, 'Hcje doe» lhat solve our problem!*" Thanks
to Megan Thomai and Jonathan Woodward'* poor piloting skills, tha
entire Ubyssey was stranded on aremote island inhabited by cannibals
(except for John Hua, Paul Carr. Sarah Bourdon, and Michelle Mayne,
who were all lulled in the crash). Jesse Marchand. the local dictator,
immediately set Paul Evans, Ancilla Chui, and Tejaa Ewing to work in
a saU mine. Colleen Tang and *%we) Tuscano were offered as sacrifice* tp the villager*' god Biyan Zandberg. As Heather Pauls and Iva
Cheung were being sent to gather coconuts, Landon Kfeis pleaded that
no more people to be assingpd manual labour. The leader of the cannibals; Jeff Motiershead realised that they didn't want to over-work
their meals and'subsequently ate Melissa Sohdft Levi Barnett and
Irving Lau. Teter Klesken remembered he had hie ceil phone and
called his pal Marc Miquei Helsen in Trinidad. Tlie new president of
Trinidad, Kathleen Deering, who was elected on an anti-cannibal platform immediately dispatched General LV Vander von Axander to deal
with the cannibals. Long stoiy short thanks to the help of Michael
. Coolt the cannibal* won.
COVER DESIGN
Paul Carr
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Happy what!? I'm offended
Canadian
University
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Holy shitl Canadian Alliance MP Larry Spencer
said what?! Oh, he was fired already? Okay we can
turn our attentions to holiday celebrations instead
of partaking, in the ensuing relentless media blitz.
With so many denominational holidays falling
at this time of the year, it's hard to know what to
celebrate anymore. We've tried to narrow down a
list of a few of them so you'll get an idea of what
those Season's Greetings you're wishing really
are. You can finally understand what it is you're
wishing someone.
Hanukkah: Hanukkah is celebrated for eight
days and nights starting on the 25th. day of Kslev
on the Hebrew Calendar, usually falling in
December.
Hanukkah has its origins in a Jewish rebellion
against Greek occupation, starting with the Jewish
High Priest Mattathias, and ending, with his son,
Judah: Maccabee, who, in 16 5 BCE led the Jews of
Judea to defeat the Syrian tyrant Antiochus IV.
According to the Talmud, when the Jews
reclaimed their Temple and cleaned out the
Syrian idols, all the oil they could find was only
- sufficient for one day. But miraculously, the oil
continued to burn for eight days. This is why
Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days. Each day
begins with the lighting of another candle on the
menorah.
The dreideX a special Hanukkah game, began
ih times when Jews were forbidden to meet and
practice their religjous beliefs. If soldiers threatened their secret meetings, they would pretend
that they were gathered to play a game.
Christmas: For some reason it often gets shortened to X-mas, making it easier to forget its true
meaning. Some super orthodox highschool teachr.
ers say the x crosses out Christ thanks Mrs Seto.
But seriously, Christmas is a Christian holiday
that celebrates the birth of Christ While the actual date is highly debated, December 25 th was
eventually decided on by the Romans circa
350BCE because it coincided with Winter
Solstice, Yule and Saturnalia, festivals celebrated
by neighbouring tribes.
The Christmas holiday is 12 days long, stretching from Christmas day to the beginning of
epiphany. Gift-giving during Christmas originates
with the three wise men who, according to the
. New Testament travelled a long distance to visit
Jesus, using a bright star to guide them.
Boxing Day/Boxing Week: Traditional Boxing
Day dates back to the middle ages in Britain but is
now celebrated in Canada, Australia and New
Zealand. Recently, businesses began using Boxing
Day to clear out all of their tired Christmas stock
What else should they do with that singing and
dancing Santa?
It has progressed into a last chance effort to
sell winter goods before we head into pocketbook
lent of January, the slowest retail month of the
year. To our misfortunes', the day has now turned
into a week or even a month of consumer advertising stretching long into January.
The Boxing Day of middle aged Britain included giving money to charities, the needy and people in the service industry. Churches opened their
charity boxes and gave money to the poor. It also
included the wealthy giving their servants gifts in
boxes. This could be the reason ifs ealled Boxing
Day.
Gathered traditions: Christmas trees were
adopted by early Christians from "pagans' ie.
Germanic and French tribes who were celebrating winter solstice. The Christians felt that incorporating the winter solstice, which saw evergreens Ut with lights to woo back the sun in winter, would encourage these tribes to switch to
Christianity and accept the Christian God.
But the winter solstice is a lot more than just
decorated trees. From the Roman holday
Saturnalia, Christians gleaned the traditions of
'decking the halls' with laurel leaves and lamps
meant to ward off evil spirits. Friends also
brought gifts for good luck and many dressed in
costumes and danced in the streets. This later
became the 'mummers tradition,' where people
visit their neighbours in costume, that is still practiced in Newfoundland.
In Scandinavia, they binned yule logs and
drank mead around bonfires.
Druids hung mistletoe for good luck. Kissing
under it was a pledge of friendship, a faux pas in
many Christian churches today.
Kwanzaa; Kwanzaa is an African American festival, beginning on the 26th of December, that celebrates the harvest of the first crops. The festival
lasts for seven days and was developed in the US
in 1966 by a professor and cultural leader.
Each day of the festival represents seven different principles of African American culture
ranging from cooperation to faith. Each evening,
family members light one of the seven candles in
a kinara and discuss the principle of the day. As
the holiday draws to a close, the community
. comes together to share a feast known as karamu,
Ramadan: Although Ramadan does not always
happen over the holidays because it corresponds
with the Islamic calender, this year it happens
over the month of December,
During this period Muslims do not eat from
sunrise to sunset with exceptions for the sick, elderly and pregnant to celebrate when prophet
Muhammad received the revelations that make
up the Quran. Nights are often devoted to prayer
and recitation from the Quran. The end of
Ramadan is celebrated by a festival
So this year, when you say Happy Hannukah,
Merry Christmas, Holy Ramadan, or whatever
you're saying, you will have the knowledge of
what it is you are celebrating. Instead of just trying to be politically correct, your words will have
meaning. ♦
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Student community should reject Daniel Pipes
On December 5th Daniel Pipes is speaking at
the Student Union Building at the Norm Theater
as the guest of the Israel Advocacy Club (LAC).
We find it objectionable that IAC would invite
Pipes, someone we beUeve is a strong opponent
of academic freedom, to our university campus,
and we strongly urge all students, faculty, and staff to show
opposition to Pipes. This is neither a small nor inconsequential
matter. Daniel Pipes has been
widely condemned by the
American academic community
for his attempts to shut down academic discourse, as well as reviled for what we consider
his blatantly racist positions (such as calling
Muslims 'potential killers.')
Pipes is the founder of the infamous website
Campus Watch, whose stated mandate is to
'monitor' professors and academics critical of
US foreign poUcy. The site's introduction recycles dogmatic MyCarthyite charges, encouraging students to report on professors who may be
of "threat to the interest of America.' It has compiled 'dossiers* on widely published and
respected American academics, and most troubling, expHcitly seeks to use information gathered in its 'dossiers' to influence decisions on
academic funding and appointments. By taking
legitimate academic discourse and painting it as
incitement against America, Campus Watch
envisions institutions such as ours as venues
where loyalty to government interests and policies, rather than free inquiry and debate, is
paramount Pipes' project Campus Watch is an
expUcit attempt to target and intimidate scholars who write about Israel's human rights violations in Palestine, as well as academics who criticise the considerable American miUtary funding of Israel. Along with the attempt to marginalise opinions it disagrees with. Campus Watch
PERSPECTIVE
opinion
also seeks to marginalise scholars on the basis
on their ethnicity alone. Campus Watch laments
the fact that "Middle East studies in the United
States has become the preserve of Middle
Eastern Arabs, who have brought their views
with them. Membership in the Middle East
Studies Association, the main
2>i scholarly association, is now 50
per cent Middle Eastern origin." Imagine someone com-
f , plaining that Womens' Studies
^/ is in crisis because of too many
female academics, or furthermore, that too many Aboriginal professors in
Native Studies have "brought their views with
them." Campus Watch seems outraged that
Arabs or people of Arab descent are studying
themselves (rather than being studied by people
like Pipes, who sees Arabs as "barbarians' and
"a major source of problems for the United
States").
Within the context of increased attacks on the
civil liberties of Arabs and Muslims both in the
United States as well as Canada, Daniel Pipes'
rhetoric has contributed to an overall environment of suspicion, fear, and hatred aimed today
at those of Arab and Musliindescent We feel the
outright racism expressed in his statements is
startling and unmistakable. On the subject of
immigration he's stated that "Western
European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples
cooking strange foods and maintaining different
standards of hygiene...all immigrants bring
exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most' Pipes'
anti-Muslim stance is only a part of this man's
xenophobic and blind-sided views on domestic
security: on record. Pipes has chillingly refused
to condemn the internment of Japanese-
American citizens during WWII. Clearly, beyond
his project to stifle academic freedom. Pipes'
opinions are threatening to anyone who
beUeves in equal rights for all people, regardless
of skin colour or reUgion.
A broad layer of campus organizations
(including Colour Connected Against Racism
the Social Justice Center, World University
Service of Canada-UBC, Coalition Against War
on the People of Iraq) have all expressed their
opposition to Pipes by supporting this letter.
While these organizations are diverse in their
purpose and constituencies, all find Pipes'
views unacceptable expressions of bigotry. We
agree that Daniel Pipes' visit to our campus is
antithetical to the stated values of our institution. We wish to stress that Pipes' rhetoric could
simply be dismissed as incoherent racist drivel,
were it not for the fact that Pipes and his ilk exist
alongside the institutionalisation of ppUcies
which are now responsible for the mass deportations, unauthorized arrests, and denial of judicial rights to Arab and Muslim citizens, policies
most prominently represented here in Canada
in the case of Mahar Arar.
We encourage students to find out more about
the trampling of civil Uberties currently taking
place in North America, embodied in poUcies
such as the US Patriot Act and Canada's Bill C-18
and C-36. There are a startling number of people
in Canada who have been impacted by these bills.
Let us confront racism in all its forms. ♦
Daniel Pipes' website is located at
www.danielpipes.org and http://www.campus-
watch.org.
Pipes will be speaking at UBC on Friday
December 5th. Campus and city organisations
are picketing Pipes' appearance at 11:30 AM at
the SUB.
—Riaz Behra and Tao-Yee Lau
Arts undergraduates PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, November 28,2003
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Nationals not always the en
by Jesse Marchand
SPORTS EDITOR
The UBC Thunderbird women's
rugby team may have competed in
CIS Nationals already this term, but
their season is far from over. While
the CIS hosts a Canada West and
Nationals tournament, UBC's regular
season games are played within the
BC Premier League.
According to the team's coach,
Steven Tong, the Premier League
offers some tough competition. "They
have a lot of older women on the
team...they're just older, physically
more mature and stronger." This is
because not all the teams are university teams. While UBC shares the league
with UVic and SFU, the rest of the conference is made up of club teams.
So far, the women's record is 2-6.
SFU holds the top spot with ten
straight wins. In their first game of
the season, the women came out and
beat the now fourth place Burnaby
team 29-14. In the Nationals they
were beaten out of medal contention
by Saint Francis Xavier College, who
had two more conference-points
than UBC.
"We've had a good season," says
fourth-year scrum-half and PEI native
Michelle Paquet. '"The scores haven't
been reflective of how the games
have been. We've dominated on the
boards."
The team is still very young, however. It is Tong's first year as the
coach, for instance, but he brings
with him some good experience. The
33-year-old Vancouver native has
been playing rugby for 20 years,
starting at McGee Secondary in
Vancouver. He then played for three
years on the UBC men's varsity team.
He's also has experience on club
teams as part of the UBC Old Boys—a
club originally made up of graduated
UBC players—and at the rep level,
competing in both the BC and
Canada rugby Juniors.
He has his work cut out for him
with the women's rugby team, however, as the team of over 40 players'
experience ranges from the very high
to never having played rugby before.
But the women have already formed
a teamwork fabric.
Second-year prop Kim Donaldson
says that she's 'made a lot of really
good friends playing rugby." As a former tennis player and current tennis
instructor, coming to a team sport
was something new for her. She
enjoys "having all that encouragement and support around you," both
on the field and off.
Besides encouragement, the team
has also learned a lot skill-wise this
year. Coach Tong says that the team's
skill is 'night and day from the beginning of the year until now." Tong
beUeves that the forwards are the
strength of the team and has been
working to bring the defence up to
the same level. This has meant a rigorous practice schedule that had the
women practicing three times a week
during the Nationals.
"Maybe some other sports would
say that's not that much,' says Tong.
"But rugby? That's a lot of wear and
tear on the body and games every
weekend. That's a lot of rugby." Now
the women practice just once a week,
supplemented by each athlete's fitness regime.
After one last game this weekend
against Burnaby, the women will take
a long hiatus until January 24 and
then play straight through until April.
According to, Donaldson, the team
could use a break.
"I think tlie team's kind of getting
worn down a bit..people are starting
to hurt a Uttle bit...so I think it will be
good. People can get their strength
back and get ready for next term."
And it seems like the team is on
the right track.
"This is my firstyear of coaching
out at UBC so it's really challenging,"
says Tong. "But the girls are really
receptive, they're very keen to learn,
they're super eager, they love getting out and muckin' it up and beating up on each other just as much as
men do." ♦
The greatest accomplishments so far
by Jesse Marchand
SPORTS EDITOR
While each team has their own dynamic, there
is something that every Canadian varsity team
has in common; the goal to compete in
Nationals. For the Thunderbirds, four teams
have made the National competition so far this
season: women's fieldhockey, women's rugby,
women's soccer and the cross-country team.
Cross-country
Most recently the cross-country team has
had the honour of competing in the NAI4.
nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. And the experience was a good one with Jerry Ziak taking
home first place in the men's competition.
While it was the first time that UBC had ever
placed so high, Ziak had previously won the
honour in 2001, racing for UVic. Next in line
for UBC was Chris Durkin who placed 55th out
of over 300 racers in the 8km run. Other UBC
racers included David Roulston, Morgan Titus,
Nick Elson, Jeff Symonds and Shane Carlos
who combined to bring the team to ninth
place.
The women also did very well placing fifth
overall. CeUa Ambery took the top honours in
individual placement, coming in ninth. Next in
line was Amy Higginbotham who took 35 th,
just under a minute behind the first place
Oklahoma Baptist student Mirriam Kaumba.
Other members who placed well were Megan
Huzzey, Shannon Elmer, Michelle Mark,
Kristin Carpenter and Megan Doherty. While
the cross-countiy season is now over, many of
the runners will be starting track in the spring.
Women's fieldhockey
Other success was had by the women's
fieldhockey team who won their National tournament for the first time since 2001. After
completing an outstanding one-loss season,
the women won the Canada West tournament
and earned a spot in Nationals. After battling
UVic over the title four times in the last six
years, UBC was ready to win. In the end they
paid back UVic for causing the one loss of the
season and gained a valuable memory.
Women's soccer
Also faring well this year was the women's
soccer team who won their second National
title in a row and the sixth win in UBC history.
"The championship was won in training,"
said head coach Dick Mosher. "The key factor
this year was the intensity of all 21 players." An
intensity that Mosher said "increased week by
week."
They were robbed of a shut-out record for
the tournament by Laval's Rouge et Or, who
knocked in just one goal on UBC's keeper, and
tournament all-star, Kelly McNabney.
McNabney started out as UBC's back-up keeper
after last year's rookie of the year, Hannah
Schoichet injured her knee.
Mosher credited the win to "the performance of our strikers" and "the growth of our
four midfielders,' Anja Sigloch, Keiko Reid,
Janine Kerr and Chelsea Hampton—none of
whom were starting midfielders last year. He
was also quick to recognise the efforts of assistant coaches Steve Baartes and Mike Allina.
With Sarah Regan and Ros Hicks graduating
this year, the team will be facing some
changes. But with all-stars Candace Lovestad,
McNabney and the four midfielders returning,
the team should keep some of the momentum
that led them to the championship this year. ♦
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The AMS Executive elections will be held in
January, 2004. Nomination forms may be
obtained from - and completed forms should be
submitted to - Room 238 of the SUB during
normal business hours. Nominations are open
currently and will close at 4 pm sharp on January
9th, 2003.
Christine Tai
Elections Administrator
NB: All candidates must attend the All
Candidates Meeting to be held on the afternoon
of January 9th, the exact time and place yet to be
determined by the Elections Committee.
UNIVERSITY OF  BRITISH  COLUMBIA
CAMPUS       &       COMMUNITY       PLANNING
www.planning.ubc.ca
PUBLIC MEETING: LADAH SCIENCE CENTRE
Dates        Thursday, December 4, 2003
Times        12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Locations Student Union Building, Room 212
6138 Student Union Blvd.
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The UBC Alma Mater Society has
submitted a development permit
application for a three-storey,
6,700 sq. ft. facility for science
undergraduates. The site is located
on East Mall between Hebb
Theatre and the Chemistry
Physics building.
You are invited to attend a public
meeting to view and comment on
the proposal. The applicant and
starf'.yitl be present.
For directions to the Student Union Building go to:
wwww.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index.php. Free Parking will be available at the North
Parkade, 6115 Student Union Boulevard (receive voucher from staff at the meeting).
Development applications are online at: www.pknnrng.ubc.ca/corebus/devapps.rttml.
This event is wheelchair accessible. For more information about assistance for persons
with disabilities call (604) 822--6930 or email karly.nenney@ubc.ca.
Questions or for more information please contact:
■ Jim. Carruthers, Campus & Community Planning, ' .
Email: jim.carrudiers@ubc.ca, or
• Michael Kingsmill, Alma Mater Society, Phone: (604) 822-5000
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should be doing our most to recognize and encourage activities and events
that develop and strengthen a sense of community on campus. For our
80th anniversary in 1998, we established a $50,000 endowment that will
fund the Ubyssey Community Contribution Award. This annual award
recognizes a returning UBC Student who has made a significant
contribution to developing and strengthening the sense of community on
the UBC campus by:
1. Organizing or administrating an event or project, or
2. Promoting activism and awareness in an academic, cultural, political, recreational or
social sphere.
The award is open to all returning, full-time, UBC students, graduate,
undergraduate and unclassified in good standing with the Ubyssey Society.
For our 85th anniversary, we will award two $3,000 awards for projects last
year and this year. Decisions will be made in late January 2004 and awards
will be disbursed to the successful candidates in early February 2004.
Nominees for the award will be judged on:
1. The impact of the contribution made - the number of people involved or affected
2. The extent of the contribution - the degree to which it strengthens the sense of
community on campus.
3. The innovation of the contribution - preference will be given to recognizing a new
contribution over the administration of an existing one.
4. The commitment of the individual to UBC as a community.
Nominations should include a cover letter by the nominator, either an
individual or a group, briefly stating the nature ofthe contribution made,
the individual being nominated, contact information of the nominator and
the nominee and a letter (approximately 500 words in length) describing
the contribution made and how the above four criteria have been met.
Students are welcome to nominate themselves, but those doing so must
attach a letter of support from another member of the campus community.
The award will be judged by a committee chaired by a representative of
UBC Student Financial Assistance and Awards office and members from
various parts of the campus community.
Deadline for submission of completed nominations should reach the
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