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Friday, 8 December 2006
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Friday, 8 December, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Janet's album is 20 years past its prime
JANET JACKSON
20 Y.O.
Virgin Records
by Anita Law
CULTURE WRITER
Janet Jackson's newest CD opens
with the singer giving a short
retrospective about the heavy
themes her music has touched on
in the last 20 years. Of her current
album she says, "I wanna keep it
light, I don't wanna be serious, I
wanna have fun." I hope she had
more fun in the making than I had
in the listening, because 20 Y.O.
largely fails to deliver.
Most of the tracks sound messy
and experimental without being
innovative, the lyrics deal with
generic subject matter—love, sex,
relationships—which would be fine,
if they were sung in new or catchy
ways. The issue of originality is a big
problem with 20 Y.O. Barring the
weirdness of a 40-year old woman
singing, "You know it makes the you
know what come out," I can't get
past the weirdness of Janet Jackson
opting, in her 'come back album' to
sound like half of the hiphop divas
out there already. "Show Me" and
"So Excited" has Janet coo-ing
sexily in Cassie and Ciara fashion,
while the mellow girlishness of
"Daybreak" becomes grating after
the first minute or two. Straddling
the line between hip hop and R&B,
20 Y.O. blends the two genres in an
uninspiring fashion. As to the structure of the album, I found the intro
and the interludes self-indulgent—
in fact, "asides" in general annoy
me, because:
1) I believe the music should
speak for itself, and
2) if listen to a CD over and over
again I don't want to be pressing
fast forward every four tracks.
If I'm making 20 Y.O. sound
nightmarish, it's not altogether bad
"Get It Out Me" is a great dance
track— fun but intense, with a lot of
momentum. Nelly drops by in "Call
On Me," and the two voices sustain
a great chemistry throughout.
Perhaps my criticism stems from a
personal bias against the genre. For
an up-and-comer, 20 Y.O. might
actually be a solid album, but from
an artist that has been so definitive
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BYSSEY
Friday, 8 December, 2006
Vol.LXXXVIII  N°27
Editorial Board
coordinating editor Erie Szeto
coordina ting@ubyssey.be.ca
news editors   Colleen Tang &c
Carolynne Burkholder
news@ubyssey.be. ca
culture editor Jesse Ferreras
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Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 8 December, 2006
Culture
Diamond's message rings false
BLOOD DIAMOND
now playing
by Jesse Ferreras
CULTURE EDITOR
In 1994, I took a day trip with my
family to catch the track competition at the Commonwealth Games
in Victoria. The crowd went wild
over a victory by a sprinter from
Sierra Leone, a country about
which I knew nothing at the time. I
doubt strongly that Blood Diamond,
a film about the civil war that ravaged the country for a decade,
would have made me care. The film
pays lip service to its venerable
intentions on screen, but ultimately
subjects them to the demands of
unrealistic action formulae.
Solomon Vandy (Amistad's
Djimon Hounsou) supports his
family as a fisherman and refuses
to allow his son Dia (Caruso
Kuypers) to follow the same path.
Despite their surroundings, living
in a straw hut along the coastline in
the midst of a civil war between the
government and the Revolutionary
United Front (RUF), Solomon
believes firmly that his son will
grow up to be a doctor. Their fortunes change completely when RUF
forces invade his village, killing
people at random, setting fire to
homes and mutilating civilians.
Those who are spared, like
Solomon, are taken to the country's
diamond mines so that they can
strain water and discover the precious stones in order to fund the
RUF militia's activities. It is to
Solomon's eventual salvation that
he discovers a rare pink diamond
and conceals it from the RUF. That
stone sparks the interest of Danny
Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), a
smuggler who has been moving the
rK
minerals across the border from
Sierra Leone to Liberia. Formerly a
South African soldier, Archer sees
the diamond as his way out of
Africa and enlists Solomon's help,
promising him that he can help
him find his family. That, however,
must be achieved against the rising
power of the RUF, who easily take
control of Freetown, Sierra Leone's
capital city, and puts Solomon and
Archer on the run to discover the
diamond before the guerrillas get
their hands on it.
I absolutely recognise what
Blood Diamond was trying to say,
and in a number of scenes it does
so effectively. The film's violence is
just as brutal as it needs to be, particularly in the sequence in which
Archer and Solomon are escaping
from Freetown. Shots ring out
loudly and blood spatters across
walls, leaving very little to the
imagination. The film would have
benefitted, however, from more
attention   to   realism—   Edward
Zwick is not committed to that as
Blood Diamond's advance press
would have you believe. Too often
the violence is staged in a way that
would find itself at home in a Jerry
Bruckheimer film, with a handsome, white hero dodging bullets
with relative ease as he gets himself and his noble savage partner
out of danger relatively unscathed.
Once it comes time for an action
sequence, the film seems less concerned with stopping the diamond
conflict than exciting its audience.
It is not helped by its constant need
to incorporate totally inappropriate and unnecessary humour, such
as when Jennifer Connelly's idealistic, action-junkie journalist wards
off the threat of a guerrilla force by
huddling them into a photo-op.
This is not to take away from
the filmmaker's skill. As he
demonstrated in The Last Samurai
Zwick has a real knack for action
sequences and has attempted to
use  that talent in tandem with
social consciousness. Here, it doesn't work because he detracts too
much attention from his humanitarian message and doesn't make
his audience care about it.
Additionally, the character of
Solomon had the potential to be
the film's real emotional anchor,
just as Ken Watanabe was in
Samurai. Through no fault of
Hounsou's, it does not happen
here, and that has everything to do
with the pathetic dialogue fed to
him by screenwriter Charles
Leavitt (K-PAX).
A socially-conscious action film
works when powered by a strong
script— Blood Diamond falls miserably flat on this count. Edward
Zwick's insistence on turning the film
into an action blockbuster takes away
too much from its important message and effectively blunts it midway
through. Film like this should be
found in the drama section at your
local video store—not on the action
shelf next to The Big Hit. @
UBC author reflects on an age of secrets
by Jennifer Chrumka
CULTURE WRITER
Brett Josef Grubisic puts forward
some big questions to readers of his
novel The Age of Cities. For instance,
when fiction dresses up as fact, how
do readers' expectations of fiction
adjust? And does a work of fiction
undermine its own credibility?
The Age of Cities is a self-
described bildungsroman—meaning 'a novel of formation' in
German. The book traces the moral
and social development of its central character, Winston Wilson, a
reclusive high school librarian who
lives in a fictitious town outside of
Vancouver.
Set in the 1950s, the plot
unfolds when Winston's ballooning
foot forces him out of his closeted
rural life into the city to see a specialist. Once there, he stumbles into
an underground gay subculture
and over the course of the novel
becomes irrevocably intertwined
with its cast of characters.
Grubisic is a professor with the
English department at UBC. He
edited Contra/Diction: New Queer
Male Fiction and co-edited Carnal
Nation: Brave New Sex Fictions.
This novel is his first.
"I like writing that's simple and
that makes you aware of itself as
being a literary artifact, not just a
story that's being told," Grubisic
said. The phony manuscript angle
he uses makes the novel more intellectually stimulating, he added.
"Not for the reader, but actually
for myself so I would keep [being]
interested in the writing process."
The idea of hidden artifacts was
inspired from Grubisic's own
childhood.
"I was on the cusp of puberty
when I decided that I needed somewhere to hide things from the prying eyes of my parents, my father in
particular."
So he hollowed out the pages of
his father's hardcover and dense
journeyman's electrician textbook.
He was drawn to the idea of
being able to hide potential things.
"I really had nothing to hide; no
cigarettes, no damning letters, no
drugs," he said. "Seeing it in plain
sight though, on a bookshelf and
knowing that it might contain
something that only I knew about,
was quite a thrill."
That was until his father finally
encountered an electrical problem.
Besides raising questions in The
Age of Cities, Grubisic was also hoping to explore a subculture of coded
behaviour and secret networks.
"I love the whole idea of this
twilight world of queerness," he
said. The awkward awakening of
Winston is symbolic of the repression and denial that haunts many
coming of age stories.
"The gay world I live in, I never
even think twice about being gay as
a thing," said Grubisic. "To me, it's
no different than being Canadian, or
being male, or being from BC. It's
just one part of my personality. But
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there are those areas in Canada and
the United States where that 50s
paradigm is necessary for survival."
The Age of Cities challenges the
format of conventional Canadian fiction. It also forces readers to face the
lifestyles kept secret by the social
conditions of any age.
"You have these secret places you
can go to meet your kind, but for the
rest of the world they don't exist
because they're little safety zones or
they're oases," Grubisic said.
They don't exist until, as in The
Age of Cities, what's hidden beneath
is eventually uncovered. @
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URINETOWNJHE MUSICAL
at the FirehallArts Centre
until December 10
by Christine McLaren
CULTURE WRITER
Though the average theatregoer
would likely cringe in fear at the
title Urinetown, the Musical, this
Firehall production tops the charts
on every level, despite its unfortunate name. A brilliant mix of parody, romance, tragedy, and delightfully dark humor, Urinetown tells
the tale of a city devastated by
poverty, drought and Corporate
America, where natural resources
control money, and money controls human rights.
Due to over consumption of
water, the city's public washrooms
have been taken over by the Urine
Good Company (UGC), a power-
hungry corporation that raises
the fees of public toilets to heights
at which, according to Ms.
Pennywise (Barbara Barsky), fee
collector for the filthiest urinal in
town, "it's a privilege to pee."
Strict laws limit urination anywhere else in the city, and if the
laws are broken, the perpetrator is
hauled away by police to the phantom Urinetown, the whereabouts
of which are unknown to the people of the city.
Narrated by Police Captain
Lockstock (David Adams), the
story moves between the Rich UGC
workers and the Poor—homeless
street dwellers occupying the slum
around Public Facility Number 9.
When the homeless Bobby Strong
(Matt Palmer) and Hope Cladwell
(Tracy Neff), daughter of the
owner of UGC, fall deeply in love,
Strong is inspired, by the moving
song "Follow your Heart," to start a
revolution against the injustice he
and his fellow street-dwellers
experience from day to day, begging a "penny for a pee." As the
revolution carries on and the good
guys finally take over, one is led to
believe that, as in every musical, it
will all turn out well in the
end...but will it? After all, as
Officer Lockstock continuously
insists to the ever-adorable Little
Sally (Tracy Power), "this isn't a
'happy musical.'"
This delectably hilarious spoof
is a gem of the stage that leaves the
audience with more to consider
than the average fluffy, cheesy production. It provides frighteningly
realistic solutions to problems that
affect us all, even in Vancouver,
perhaps a Urinetown in itself.
Making its comeback once again in
Vancouver's Firehall Arts Center,
the show has earned the theatre
company two Jessie Richardson
awards (outstanding production
and direction), as well as nominations for four others. The music is a
phenomenally eclectic mix of multiple genres, and the astounding
dance numbers, choreographed by
the award-winning choreographer
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, make
this a show that is not to be missed.
Oh, and by the way, the bathrooms are located on the upper
floor of the FirehallArts Centre. Be
sure that you go before the show
begins. @ Friday, 8 December, 2006    THE UBYSSEY
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epidemic
hits UBC
Students join Free Hugs
Campaign to cheer things up
by Christine McLaren
NEWS WRITER
What started with one man, a black
marker, a gigantic heart, and a piece
of cardboard in Sydney, Australia has
become a worldwide phenomenon,
sending a message of love and peace
around the globe, including UBC.
Under the pen name, "Juan
Mann," he started a Free Hugs
Campaign over two years ago, after
coming back home to Australia and
finding the place "miserable." He
took a sign with the words "Free
Hugs" drawn on in black marker, and
walked around the busiest pedestrian intersection in Sydney, with the
simple goal of brightening someone's day.
According to Mann's official
Free Hugs Campaign homepage,
"Sometimes a hug is all what we
need...to see someone who was
once frowning, smile even for a
moment, is worth it every time."
The movement started gaining
recognition and fame when up and
coming band, Sickpuppies, used video
footage from Juan Mann's campaign
for a music video to their song "All the
Same," and posted it on Internet site
YouTube. Since its posting in
September 2006, the video has been
viewed by over seven million people,
and has inspired thousands around
the globe to start their own campaigns, including students at UBC.
Last Sunday afternoon, a small
group of students from Place Vanier
residence made their way downtown
to take part in their own Free Hugs
operation in front of the Vancouver
Art Gallery. They gave away hugs to
any passersby who wanted them. For
the duration of their three hour cam-
EMBRACE ME: Morgane Cabot gave out a free hug as UBC students
embraced the Free Hug Campaign. Christine mclaren photo
paign, the students were overwhelmed by the positive reaction
they received, including drivers of
cars and busses stopping traffic to get
out and receive their free hugs, as
well as an appearance on CTV news
the same evening.
When asked about their inspiration and reasons for taking part, the
students' answers were simple.
"The feeling you get when you see
someone smiling as they walk away
after hugging you is amazing. It's
something so easy, yet so effective,"
said Matthew Corker, international
business student, and residence advisor in Korea House and Place Vanier.
He organised the event with resident
Laura Mehes.
"At UBC they're always teaching
us skills to go out into the world
and make it a better place. This is
finally putting some context into
the buzz words that are thrown
around," he added.
Corker got the inspiration for the
campaign after seeing the video on
YouTube. Peter Herring, first-year
Arts student, was also inspired by
Mann's video and made his way
around UBC sporting his Free Hugs
sign a few weeks before hearing
about any organised movement on
campus. There he began offering
hugs to willing receivers. After hear
ing about Vanier's plans for downtown he quickly jumped on board,
thrilled by the reception they immediately received.
"It was amazing how receptive and
open people were," he said.
According to Herring, not everybody was willing to open their arms
and embrace a stranger, the mere
idea of it brought a smile to almost
every passerby's face.
"Even if we just made people
smile, that's a mission accomplished.
It's as simple as that."
However, Sociology Emeritus
Professor Brian Elliott points out that
it is not always fun and games when it
comes to hugging.
"I think one has to be a tad careful
about that. You are making assumptions that are going to be universally
world received," he said.
He added that while westernised
cultures embrace this type of behaviour, not all cultures do. "It's culturally
rather specific."
"You have a very diverse campus
here. I can imagine some of the students I know that might be a little discomforted if some unknown character
[gave] them a hug," Elliott said.
"On the other hand there are lots of
other people would say, 'that kind of
display is quite delightful and it made
my day'" @
Big heart earns big props
UBC student applauded for volunteer work
by Brandon Adams
NEWS STAFF
On December 5, UBC student
Noah Alexander was recognised
by the Big Brothers of Greater
Vancouver and Alma Mater Society
(AMS) Volunteer Connections on
International Volunteer Day for his
exceptional volunteer efforts.
Fourth-year biology student
Alexander has volunteered for hospitals, care centres, recreation centres, children's organisations and
even a Masai village.
"I've been doing [in-school mentoring] for two years now," said
Alexander. "It's really rewarding. You
see a big difference in a kid's life."
"The first little buddy [I worked
with] had some very serious problems...but that was really rewarding because [once I started] hanging out with him his teachers were
saying he was behaving a lot better," said Alexander about his experience with Big Brothers of Greater
Vancouver's In-School Mentoring
Program.
Alexander, who started volunteering with the program last
September,   said  the   experience
helped him decide what he wanted
to do in the future.
"It's made me realise that I definitely want a job not in academia
but with people and probably kids,"
he said. "It's made me realise I
want a job that you go home and
you can feel good about what you
did."
Rebecca Saban, marketing and
communications coordinator at Big
Brothers of Greater Vancouver,
said that Big Brothers' In-School
Mentoring Program is a great fit for
students.
"It's school-based but it's non-
academic, meaning you're not
tutoring the child," she said.
Instead of volunteers tutoring kids,
explained Saban, volunteers provide a child with a positive role
model.
Saban said the programs used
in approximately 50 schools across
the Lower Mainland and requires a
time commitment by volunteers of
one hour per week.
Ruth Situma, AMS Volunteer
Connections coordinator, explained
that Volunteer Connections wanted
to give an award not only to a UBC
student but also an exceptional vol-
BIG BROTHER: Noah Alexander
wants to pursue a career
involving interaction with kids.
OKER CHEN PHOTO
unteer on International Volunteer
Day December 5.
The call for submissions, Situma
said, produced more people than
were expected.
"We got so many and they were
all quite exceptional students." @
BC Supreme Court rules to impeach
Seven SFU student society executive members forced to leave office
by Eric Szeto
CUP WESTERN BUREAU CHIEF
VANCOUVER (CUP)-The BC
Supreme Court has ruled against
an appeal launched by seven executive members of the student society at Simon Fraser University,
putting an end to a stormy and
tumultuous six months.
The ruling on December 4
upheld the electoral results of a
general student referendum held
in October, in which students
voted to impeach the executives.
As a result, the 'Group of Seven,' or
G7 as they have been called, will
have to leave office immediately.
Each one of the executives will
also have to cover the legal costs of
plaintiffs Jan Gunn, Titus Gregory
and Bryan Jones. It is believed that
the group will have to dole out
$4,000 to $8,000 collectively.
The court stated that the
grounds of the appeal—the circumstances of the meeting prior to the
referendum—was not problematic.
The judge went on to say that even
if there were problems with the initial meeting, the results of the subsequent meeting and referendum,
whose attendance exceeded over
700 SFU students, would still
stand.
"We were all very, very excited,"
said Bryan Jones, a spokesperson
for Students for a Democratic
Society. "When the judges walked
out it was pretty explosive, people
were shouting and yelling. It was
quite a celebration."
"The reign of terror is over,"
said Jan Gunn, a SFSS member,
adding that the executives are
"completely done, they're out. The
society is moving on."
Joel Blok, a SFSS director, said
there were major concerns about
the lack of transparency and dishonesty within the old executive
and added that he is glad the society can now move forward.
The SFSS will have to hold
immediate by-elections for the
seven executive positions, which
need to be filled by December 19.
The SFSS executive controversy
PROTEST: Students taking action against their student society, photo courtesy of paulman chan
began at the end of July, when to move to impeach the executives last summer,
actions  taken by the   executive stemmed largely from the investi- The impeached members of the
were brought into question. The gation and subsequent firing of student executive  could  not be
motion to call for referendum and SFSS staff member Hattie Aitken reached for comment. @
SFU rushing through executive by-elections
by Eric Szeto
CUP WESTERN BUREAU CHIEF
VANCOUVER (CUP)-The decision
to hold immediate by-elections at
SFU to fill the seats of seven
impeached members of SFU's
Student Society (SFSS) has some
students concerned about whether
those elected will be accurately
representative of the school's
24,000 students.
The December 4 decision by
the Supreme Court to uphold
the results of October's impeachment referendum prompted the
SFSS election commission to hold
by-elections during end-of-term
exams.
With previous SFSS elections
roughly averaging a voter turnout of six per cent, there's the
expectation that the impromptu
by-election will yield an even
lower voter turnout.
"If your constituency is a student body, and you're having this
over exams, then you can imagine
the people's attentions would be
elsewhere and that will reflect on
the  legitimacy of the  outcome,"
said Mark Warren, a UBC political
science professor who specialises
in democratic theory.
"Personally, because
it's exams, it's kind of
at the bottom of my
to-do-list...i haven't
paid any attention
[to the election]
whatsoever."
-Jennifer Clune
fourth-year SFU student
"The more people that turn
out, the more you can say
the results reflect the will of the
constituency."
So far interest for the election has
been average as there is roughly
three people running for each position. Campaign times will be truncated—December 4 to December
15—while voting will take place on
December 18 and 19.
Joel Blok, a SFSS director, said
that despite the short time-frame
there is hope the events of the past
six months have sparked interest
in the upcoming elections.
"The student body knows
what's going on," he said. "They've
certainly heard about the issue
over the last couple of months and
the possibility of people being
impeached.
"I don't think it should be a
problem in terms of representation and at the end of the day, the
directors are still responsible to
the membership in one way or
another."
Presidential candidate J.J
.McCullough admitted that the timing of the election was questionable, but contended that positions
in student elections rarely get
elected with the majority of the
popular vote.
Others at SFU, like fourth-year
student Jennifer Clune, are indifferent to the process.
"Personally, because it's
exams, it's kind of at the bottom
of my to-do list," said Clune. "I
haven't paid any attention [to the
election] whatsoever."
Jillian     McCavour,     another
fourth-year student, echoed those
sentiments.
"Personally I  think  it's  hard
"IF YOUR CONSTITUENCY
IS A STUDENT BODY AND
YOU'RE HAVING THIS
OVER EXAMS, THE YOU
CAN IMAGINE THE PEOPLE'S ATTENTIONS
OWULD BE ELSEWHERE
AND THAT WILL REFLECT
THE LEGITMACY OF THE
OUTCOME."
-Mark Warren
UBC Political Science Professor
enough to get people voting in by-
elections, but to have it this late in
the semester—I don't know how
great the turnout is going to be."
Despite the campus-wide e-
mail sent out by the university,
MacCavour said that she only
found out about the election via
the popular weblog Facebook. @
New age
socialising
by Victor Liang
NEWS STAFF
A UBC researcher, Jennifer Shapka, education and counselling psychology and
special education assistant professor is
embarking on a study that will investigate
the relationship between how teenagers
are using the Internet and how this
impacts different aspects of their developmental well-being.
The study is mainly examining the social
outcomes of online activity and interfacing,
said Shapka.
"We know adolescents are spending
most of their time instant messaging. That is
the most popular online activity. That really
suggests that they are socialising in a unique
way, different than when I was a teenager.
So we want to see the impact of that"
Shapka added that the study found a
significant number of adolescents that
were not instant messaging were more
likely to go on social networking sites like
MySpace and Facebook.
"There were also 25 per cent of our
sample that didn't instant message, so
does that mean these kids don't have
friends? We don't know," she said adding
that there will be further investigation on
whether there is "a percentage of kids out
there that aren't engaging in this now normal way of socialising."
Currently, Shapka has completed a pilot
study as part of the four-year research project, where she has set up an Internet service
provider that allows her to monitor what
participating adolescents of the study are
doing online.
"There have been some interesting findings," she continued. "Mainly, we're very
surprised in the range of the amountof time
kids are spending online, ranging from very
little...up to eight hours a day.
"We only have data about the Internet
use right now...The larger study with a larger sample will allow us to see if that Internet
use is associated with different social, cognitive, or even physical outcomes."
One of the indirect consequences of the
study maybe to debunk public anxiety about
having adolescents communicating online.
"There is a poorly articulated concern
that somehow communicating online is
not real communication. That it is somehow fake or less meaningful than, say,
a phone conversation," said Leah
Macfadyen, research associate in the faculty of science, who has been studying the
culture of online learning.
"My feeling is that it's a new form of
communication. It is communication
regardless; it has a different culture,
norms, its own language. Kids learn different techniques, dialects, spelling, but language evolves like that all the time too.
Teenagers speak to each other in different
ways than adults speak to each other."
It is almost a given that students at all levels of the school system now have computer
and Internet familiarity, though some are
still skeptical that it is all for the better.
"I spend a lot of time on the computer,
but I'm more inclined to actually go out and
see people in person if I can," said Alfred
Ho, a first-year engineering student "I feel
it's possibly hurting my social skills and just
more socially isolating to be sitting there
staring at a monitor all the time."
But Shapka is not convinced that online
communication is detracting from face-to-
face communication—yet another aspect she
will be investigating in her project.
"Kids are still going to the mall, or getting together in groups, instant messaging
is just adding to this need to be in constant
contact," said Shapka.
"Watching my little brother growing up
with the Internet and just thinking how his
life might be different at that age, it came to
me as I was very interested in this very contemporary problem of what it means to
grow up in an information age." @ Opinion & Editorial
Friday, 8 December, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Feliz Navidad, happy holidays
Streeters
What would you like for Christmas but probably won't get?
—Fiona McDowell
Arts, 2
"A new pink
snowboard for
Whistler'.'
—Abdulah Luqman
Sociology, exchange
"An iPod. I've
been wanting
one for a while,
but I'm saving
to go skiing."
—Adam Spears
Mech Engineering, 4
"A trip to Europe."
—Eli Hutchinson
Arts, 2
"Nothing.
I'm content.
I guess I'd like
good grades.."
—Coree Tull
Geography, 4
"I want a pair
Birk[enstock]s.
I asked for a
pair so we'll see."
—Coordinated by Mary Leighton and Oker Chen
Letter/Perspective
We did have permission
Thank you for pointing out that it is time
again to look at the question of municipal governance at UBC, in "The University who didn't
need permission [Nov 28]." As you correctly
indicated, the Greater Vancouver Regional
District (GVRD) Board of Directors and
UBC Board of Governors through the GVRD-
UBC Joint Committee decided to request that
the province initiate a dialogue with the
GVRD, UBC, the University Neighborhoods
Association (UNA), University Endowment
Lands (UEL) and the City of Vancouver on an
alternate governance system.
This point, however, is the limit of correctness in what is an otherwise poorly researched
editorial. Regarding the Marine Drive Student
Residences, UBC in no way ever violated GVRD
bylaws in relation to the Marine Drive Student
Residences. The Marine Drive Student
Residences is being developed in strict accordance with the UBC Official Community Plan
(OCP); the UBC/GVRD Memorandum of
Understanding (2000); and the GVRD Park
Management Plan.
Regarding the demolition of the old wings
of the Main Library, the library was in dire
need of seismic upgrade and did not have
sufficient capacity to accommodate UBC's
growing collection of materials now valued at
over $1 billion. The fate of the Chancellor
building was decided nearly ten years ago
(during the OCP consultation process) when
the Vancouver School of Theology decided it
needed to develop its land for an endowment
that would support its academic mission.
Regarding UBC's OCP, it is a bylaw of the
GVRD that was prepared pursuant to the provisions of the Municipal Act and the
Universities Act.
UBC is the first university to adopt and disclose information according to the province's
accountability guidelines for governing
boards of BC's public sector organisations.
Further, the actions of the UBC administration are accountable to the UBC Board of
Governors (which has strong student representation); the GVRD Board of Directors
through the OCP and Joint Committee; the
Senate and the Council of Senates; and the
Universities Act.
You seem to easily forget that UBC was
established as a separate institutional entity
to avoid becoming subject to inappropriate
sectional interests. I would argue that our
company of scholarship does have effective
processes and a growing track record of consultative decision-making with respect to our
shared fabric of teaching, learning, research
and community. Perhaps it is time for the
Ubyssey to remember that the core purpose of
UBC's development policy must remain the
academic mission, which the citizens of this
province have entrusted us.
—Brad Foster is the Manager of
Communications for UBC External and
Legal Affairs
Gay-MS not gay enough
I was rather saddened when I picked up my
copy of the Ubyssey satire issue last week
(The Jubyssey). While greatly amused by the
spoof article "GAY-MS deemed homosexist"
[Dec. 5] on the frontpage and inside cover of
the edition, I was disappointed to note that I
was the only current AMS Executive not
made fun of in the writeup. I cracked a grin
at "Spanker Keys," chuckled at "Heff
Friedrock," snickered at "Keevin Gallstone,"
chortled at "Sophie Hack," and laughed outright at "Iain Bitpillow." However, there was
no mention of anything that could be construed as a mockery of my name. Hell,
Spanker a.k.a. Spencer Keys was an executive LAST year. Yeesh. It's not as if it's difficult to come up with a spoof of "David
Yuen"—"Gayvid Yuren" took me all of five
seconds to come up with—or as if I'm not sufficiently gay to be included in the article. In
fact, I contend that I am just as gay as the rest
of the AMS Executive this year. I sincerely
hope that, in future, when the Ubysseyrefers
to the AMS Executive (satirically or otherwise) that they will do so in entirety.
—David Yuen is the AMS VP administration THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 8 December, 2006
Feature
7
Canaries in the Arctic
story by Andrew Lodge,
The Manitoban
(University of Manitoba)
Getting up close and personal with climate change in the Far North
WINNIPEG (CUP)-A few
weeks back, University of
Manitoba researcher Dan Leitch
debarked from the Canadian Coast
Guard's icebreaker, the CCGS
Amundsen, after spending six
weeks at sea as part of an ongoing
mission to study climate change in
the Canadian Arctic.
A lot happened in the debate on
global warming while he was away.
Most notable was the release of
British economist Sir Nicholas
Stern's dire report on the economics of climate change last October.
In addition to the disastrous ecological consequences of an artificially
heated biosphere, the report predicted that global warming would
set off a 20 per cent drop in the
global economy. According to the
report, the result would be an economic disaster exceeding that of
the Great Depression and both
world wars put together.
The Stern Review sparked controversy and concern worldwide
and was yet another voice in a growing chorus of scientists, academics
and activists calling for serious steps
to be taken to curb climate change.
In London, more than 22,000 people marched in response to the
report and in anticipation of the UN
conference on environmental issues
in Nairobi, Kenya.
While all this was going on,
Leitch was up North working
with ArcticNet, a multi-university
research group that gathers data on
the Arctic's fluctuating environment to better understand if and
how it's changing.
Leich says the planet's polar
regions are of great importance to
researchers who study a vast array
of ecological trends. What occurs at
the poles can be a looking-glass of
sorts, through which they can predict what will happen to the rest of
the planet in the near future.
"We often refer to the Arctic as
the bellwether, or the canary in the
coal    mine,"    said    UVic    Arctic
researcher Terry Prowse in a recent
CBC Radio interview. "That canary is
coughing. We've got to keep our eye
on it, because ten years in the Arctic
is what we're going to get 30 years
down the road [here]."
In the past several years Inuit
residents of Nunavut have been
pointing to rapid and increasing
changes to the world in which they
live, an environment they are closely connected to.
Even for Leitch, a relative newcomer to the Arctic, the signs of
change are visible everywhere.
"I have seen areas of incredible
permafrost-melt and coastal erosion, both of which have been
increasing lately. [Passing through]
the Northwest Passage, we barely
saw any ice at all, which I understand is quite rare for the end of
October."
Leitch and the ArcticNet crew
were aboard the last ship to pass
through the Fury and Hecla Strait,
"and we didn't even see any ice,"
Leitch said.
"Normally the Strait is impassable even in the middle of the summer, according to our captain who's
been working up there for 20-odd
years. We also passed through the
narrow Bellot Strait [the northernmost part of continental North
America] which is also normally
packed with ice."
Upon visiting several communities along their voyage the crew of
the Amundsen heard many similar
stories.
"In Labrador, we saw 11 polar
bears in one fjord. Locals tell us that
even 20 years ago, polar bears were
almost   never   seen   there.   They
blame the lack of sea ice for pushing
them on land.
"If you talk to any local in the
North, there is no doubt that climate
change is happening. They tell stories of hunters falling through the
ice because it is thinner, there is less
of it, and it is much more unpredictable. They also talk of animals
that have shown up in recent years
that local languages have no word
for, because they are usually only
found in warmer climates."
The consensus on drastic climate change has now reached an
unprecedented near-unanimity
within the scientific community.
Although it's been an ongoing
issue for some time, climate
change has gone mainstream.
Polls, both nationally and on the
global stage, repeatedly indicate
people share a growing concern
for environmental issues.
And in recent years, the alarming concept of a "tipping point," or
a point of no return, has become
accepted parlance. Where that tipping point lies (or whether it has
already been passed) is still very
much up for debate, but its existence is becoming increasingly
recognised.
Earlier this year, James Hansen,
NASA's chief climatologist, suggested in an interview with Time magazine that we are getting close to that
tipping point, despite the fact that
most people have barely noticed the
warming so far.
"We have witnessed one degree
Fahrenheit warming in the past 30
years," he said. "There is one more
in the pipeline due to gases already
in the air. Still another degree is certain because of energy infrastructure already in place, such as power
plants and vehicles on the road.
Three degrees will take us to a level
at or just above the warmest in the
past million years."
Hansen noted that this level of
warming is inevitable, and that cuts
in emissions today would only limit
further increases in temperature
above and beyond what is already
certain to occur. He argued that not
doing so could be catastrophic.
The Polar Regions are especially
vulnerable to changing environmental conditions.
"The Arctic ecosystem is fragile
and heavily dependent on patterns
of temperature, snow and ice that
are now rapidly changing," said
Leitch. "It is especially obvious to
the Inuit people who still live off
the land and rely on ice for transportation."
If the so-called tipping point is
reached, it then unleashes what's
known in biological systems as a
"positive feedback cycle."
"Many effects of climate change
are in fact positive feedback
loops, whereby a system responds
in the same direction as a disturbance which results in an amplifying effect," Leitch explained. "For
example, ice-melt leads to increased
ice-melt, because the open water
created will absorb solar energy
which is normally reflected by the
ice and snow."
Under normal circumstances,
ice reflects 90 per cent of the sunlight that strikes it, removing energy and heat along with it. Ocean
water acts in the opposite manner,
absorbing 90 per cent of the energy
it receives. The more energy the
open Arctic Ocean retains, the
warmer it gets—meaning that each
kilometre of ice melts faster than
the one preceding it.
According to the US National
Snow and Ice Data Center in
Boulder, Colorado, the sea ice cover
in 2005 was 20 per cent less than
the average sea ice cover in the
Arctic between 1978 and 2000.
The current rate of shrinkage is
roughly eight per cent, meaning
there will be no ice by 2060. The
Ice Data Center also notes that the
rate is increasing, so it is entirely
possible that we will be ice-free
before that date.
Positive feedback loops work in
a similar way with Arctic permafrost, which is defined as land
frozen continuously for two or more
years. In the Arctic much of the permafrost has been frozen since the
last Ice Age, 8,000 to 10,000 years
ago. This is changing.
Hidden in this permanently
frozen land are very high concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane,
which are constantly being produced
by natural processes yet trapped in
the ice. As permafrost melts, the land
releases methane gas back into the
atmosphere at rates that dwarf current rates of human emissions.
Melting permafrost has the potential
to let loose colossal amounts of carbon dioxide, contributing to even
more warming.
In the past, ominous warnings
about a changing climate and a
changing planet have been pegged
as alarmist. Some politicians still
attempt to paint scientifically produced scenarios in a similar light.
But the outcry from the scientific
community is mounting as never
before. From the point of view of the
North, Leitch said the situation is a
serious one.
"I think there should be genuine
concern. Models predict that the
entire Arctic could be ice-free in
summer in the next few decades.
This will have huge impacts on animals and the ecosystem, not to mention Northern people."
If these predictions are correct,
that would mean the canary is in fact
dying in the coal mine as we speak.
By the time the rest of the world
takes note, will it be too late? @
From top to bottom, photos courtesy of: Dan Leitch; Martin Fortier; Laurel McFadden; Martin Fortier 8
Sports
Friday, 8 December, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
NOMADIC ICE BIRDS PUMPED
FOR SECOND HALF OF SEASON
by Brent Mutis
SPORTS WRITER
At the midway point of the season,
UBC men's hockey coach Milan
Dragicevic is encouraged but not
content.
His club leads the Canada West
in penalty killing, has allowed the
second fewest goals, and has been
the least penalised team this side
of Ontario. Even with the spotty
offence the team sits at 7-8-1, good
enough for fourth in the Canada
West.
All of this has been accomplished without a true home
arena. With the Thunderbird
Winter Sports Complex currently
undergoing renovations for the
Olympics, the team has played
home games everywhere from
Surrey to Whistler.
In comparison with past
teams, Dragicevic feels this squad
is an improvement but knows they
cannot afford to get complacent.
"We are better but we are not
satisfied," says the fifth-year bench
boss. "Brad Zanon and Kevin
Seibel, both defencemen, are two
of our highest scorers. We're usually a better second half team but
we'll need secondary scoring from
our forward group."
And how has the lack of a home
rink affected the T-Birds this season? Not particularly well, according to Dragicevic.
"The guys spend a lot of time
traveling to and from different rinks
not only for games but for practices
too. There is no home ice advantage
because we are just as unfamiliar
with each rink as the teams from out
of town," says Dragicevic.
Consistently lighting the lamp
for the T-Birds has been Darrell
May, averaging a point per contest
in league play. Marc Desloges
leads a group often rookies and is
third on the team with 12 points.
Former Vancouver Giants standout Mitch Bartley has chipped in
as well and Dragicevic anticipates
he will heat up after the break.
"Mitch is making the adjustment from the WHL. He's been
getting lots of chances and I think
he'll be big for us in the second
half."
One of the highlights so far was
a victory over perennial favourite
the University of Alberta. The T-
Birds skated away with a 4-3 win
over the Golden Bears on October
20 at Whistler Arena.
Fifth-year defenceman Chad
Grisdale said that win was just part
of the natural progression he has
seen during the past half decade.
"Winning has become more of
an expectation for us now. We see
Alberta as being like any other
team and we go in expecting to
beat them," said Grisdale.
The veteran blueliner is optimistic about the latter half of the
schedule as well.
"We go into the break on a high
note with a win and we have always
been a better second half team,"
Grisdale said.
UBC starts up again at Calgary on
January 5. Their first home series
after Christmas is a Friday-Saturday
i   \
affair against Regina at GM Place on Canucks/Toronto Maple Leafs game
January 12-13, with the Saturday to be shown on the new multi-mil-
game preceded by the Vancouver     lion dollar jumbotron at 3:30pm. @
New netminder turning heads
First-year goalie competing for starting role despite still adjusting to CIS game
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
SPORTS WRITER
At the start of the 2006-07 season,
the women's hockey team welcomed
a handful of promising young players to the line up. Among them was
Melinda Choy, a rookie goalie joining UBC from Victoria.
Only few months into her varsity hockey career, Choy has already
established herself as a star
between the pipes. After posting
back-to-back shutouts against the
visiting Manitoba Bisons earlier in
the season—a first ever in the history of Thunderbird's women's
hockey and a distinction that
earned her CIS women's athlete of
the week honours—high expectations have befallen the first-year
standout.
"I felt really good about those
games. The team really backed
me up. The defence and forwards
were fantastic. Just from that
I gained a lot of confidence,"
said Choy, reminiscing about her
performance.
Despite just starting her university career, Choy seems to already
have thought about her future
after her time as a Thunderbird.
She identified the difficulties
Canadian athletes face upon
retirement from competition, and
emphasised  the   importance   of
CHILL IN OUT: Melinda Choy has been on fire between the pipes in
her first-year wearing aT-Birds jersey, oker chen photo
education.
"I thought about hockey beyond
UBC but I think it's unlikely I will
continue after school. I'm really
enjoying playing hockey here and
putting a lot of focus into it, but
with something like Team Canada,
it only takes you so far. After that's
all done, you have to rely on your
education to find a job."
Perhaps Melinda's skeptical
outlook has to do with the fact that
the UBC hockey teams have been
orphaned with the construction of
the Thunderbird Arena, forcing
them to drift from one rink to
another in the interim.
"Not having that arena is bit
stressful because even our home
games are away games...and that
forces us to spend a lot of time
travelling."
Despite the stress and challenges that rookies face during
their transition period, Choy has
showcased superb athleticism and
competitiveness, enough to put
her head-to-head with third-year
netminder Lisa Lafreniere for
starting duties.
"Her being there...it makes us
push each other to play harder. We
know we both want that number
one spot," said Choy. "But I know
have a lot of adjustments to make.
University hockey is a lot harder
[than minor hockey]. The shooting
and skating is faster...it's a faster
game. It's not dump and chase
anymore."
The T-Birds marked the halfway
point of their season with a
pair of losses against Alberta,
and will resume league play in
January. With a record of 5-9, UBC
will have to start playing better
defensively if they hope to make a
playoff push.
Melinda Choy will have more
opportunities to prove herself as
the number one goalie in the second half of the season. And with
her sister Alisha Choy—also a first-
year with the team—watching her
back, the rookie looks forward to
completing her transition to the
varsity game. @
UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO/
YINAN MAX WANG
Women's
Hockey faces
uphill battle
upon return
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
SPORTS WRITER
The UBC women's hockey team
concluded the first half of their season with a pair of losses against
defending CIS champion the
Alberta Pandas. The Thunderbirds
currently share fourth place in
Canada West with Saskatchewan,
placing them just ahead of the last
place Lethbridge Pronghorns.
But with ten games still remaining the regular season, head coach
Dave Newson said the team has
been positive throughout season,
and will continue to hold its spirits
high.
"The girls are pretty positive
about the situation but it is taxing
on them. November is a tough
month as it is on top of school. It
just becomes bit of a grind,"
explained Newson.
"It has been up and down so far.
I think overall, we need to make
some changes, like add more wings
and play with positions. We had a
pretty demanding schedule in the
first half. Even the home games
were away games."
The T-Birds have been hit hard
with the construction of their new
home; since the beginning of the
season, the T-Birds took shelter at
the Minoru Arena in Richmond,
travelling there almost daily from
the UBC campus for practices and
games.
Despite a rocky start to the and
struggling right up to the season's
half way mark, there remains a
sense of optimism about the team.
With the success of preseason
recruitment efforts and a strong
crop of NCAA transfers, there is no
doubt that the T-Birds have the
potential to regroup and emerge as
a stronger team. If not in the second half of the 2006-07 season,
than in the near future
"We want to establish our identity as a real hard-working team,"
said Newson. "We went into the
season hoping to be offensive with
the new rules. It hasn't been so, so
far, but things take time."
The T-Birds are not yet ruling
out the possibility of a post-season
appearance, and remain hopeful
that the team will be able to turn
their game around for the second
half. With Melinda Choy back in
net after suffering an injury in
training camp and the return of
fifth-year forward Kelly James,
there is still plenty of optimism
among the players. @

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