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Wednesday, April 7, 2004
Volume 85 Issue 50
Erotic fain, fiction since 1913
Pacific Spirit gets SUB space after all
Counselling service's survival teetered on the brink during AMS meeting
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OLD DIGS: Pacific Spirit Family and Community Services will soon be vacating their>pace in the
social work building to set up shop in the SUB, thanks to an AMS rescue, peter klesken photo
by Megan Thomas
The fate of a beleaguered campus
counselling service, desperately in
need of funding and office space, was
first doomed and then revived by the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) council at
last week's meeting.
Pacific Spirit Family and Community Services, a free community-
based counselling centre operating
out of the UBC Family and Social
Work building for the last 14 years,
will be getting the life-saving office
space in the SUB despite the contract
failing to pass council.
The failed contract motion meant
that Pacific Spirit could not move in,
effectively eliminating the service.
But several councillors then saved
Pacific Spirit by making another
motion to allow the service to move
in while contract negotiations continue. A revised contract will be brought
to the next council meeting at the end
of April.
- The initial contract hit a roadblock
because the terms were beyond what
council had agreed to, with much
debate, earlier in March. Council had
mandated the AMS executive to negotiate a contract that would allow
Pacific Spirit the space for a maximum of one year. But the agreement
brought to council by AMS VP
Administration Lyle McMahon had
an end date of August 31, 2005, several months longer than anticipated.
McMahon said in the council
meeting that he didn't realise that
April 2004 to August 2005 was more
than one year. This discrepancy had
several councillors upset
'At no point was the mandate
given to the negotiating members of
the executive to change those guide-
' lines. They didn't come and ask our
permission/ said Spencer Keys, an
Arts representative. "I was fundamentally offended by that concept"
Keys also said the role of the AMS
executive is to execute the decisions
made by council. The discrepancy
. over the date speaks to the larger
issue of trust between council and the
executive, he said.
"There is always a long-standing
problem of council and the executive
not trusting each other,* he said.
"And when stuff like this goes on
there is a reason for that trust not
to exist
"Council deserves to be treated
better," Keys told the meeting.
But AMS President Amina Rai
urged council to look beyond the
administrative details a^.d consider
See "Pacific" on page 2.
Labour dispute engulfs Safewalk
by Jonathan Woodward
Labour negotiations between a
Campus Security union and UBC that
could drastically affect a student safety service have ended in a deadlock,
putting the .disagreement into the
hands of an independent arbitrator.
The Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Local 116 is taking issue with Safewalk's right to pay
its. safety staff, who escort people
around campus at night, and its right
to have a security van—on the
grounds that Safewalk employees are
. Li"*
FEATURE: Talking to the
Zoologist David Jones talks ducks,
alligators and winning the Order
of Canada. Pages 16-17.
SPORTS: Profile City
It all starts with Pat McKay and
Jaina Mahlalela. Page 10.
being "exploited."
Their w;ages are lower than union
wages, and their training is less, said
Connie Credico, a CUPE 116 spokesperson. "We don't think this is good
for them, we don't, think that that's
good for campus."
The Safewalk van service is a
something already provided by the
Campus Security Bus, she said. Also,
Safewalk's vans were donated by
UBC, meaning the safety service is an
unacceptable, cheap version of a
union job, she added.
But Safewalk does not compete
with Campus Security in the safety
services it provides, said Tyler
Bryant, Safewalk coordinator. Safe-
walk, a student safety service administered by the Alma Mater Society
(AMS), is a non-interventionist service that forwards observed crimes to
the university's paid security force,
he said.
"They fundamentally don't understand our service," said Bryant
CUPE's grievance was filed in
2002, four years after a widely publicised student referendum in 1998
allowed Safewalk staff to be paid, he
said. "They're four years too late."
CUPE will only speak with the university about the matter, and not the
AMS. They see UBC, which donated
$30,000 to student safety services as
well as the use of the two vans, as
having the power to stop what they
see as abuses of the CUPE 116 collective agreement
"This is UBC's campus. Whatever
UBC decides to have on campus or
have not on campus is up to UBC.
They have the ability to stop this,"
said Credico.
But the university's position is
that the AMS is Safewalk's employer,
and UBC has little to do with the service, said UBC spokesman Scott
Safewalk is allowed to use the
vans at night because they would be
idle in a parking lot otherwise, said
Carole Jolly from TREK, the organisation that oversees transportation on
campus. The insurance on the Vehicles had been paid, so Safewalk could
use them free of charge. "It was a
sunk cost," she said.
The $30,000 from the university
was provided to replace cut provincial funding and to acknowledge that
Safewalk provides a valuable walking
service to staff and faculty of UBC,
and not just students, Bryant said.
While the university had invited
the AMS to join the mediation to provide information about SafewaDq
CUPE. refused, saying it wished to
only have discussions with its
employer, UBC.
This put the AMS in an awkward
position, said AMS General Manager
Bernie Peets. "It's still up in the air,"
he said.
The discussion will now be forwarded to binding arbitration with
See "Safewalk" on page 2.
Mapping the perfect grape
UBC's Wine Research Centre gets $3.1
million to discover genes of great wine
by Sarah Bourdon
What is the secret to good wine?
Researchers at UBC's Wine
Research Centre (WRC) hope to find
that out with the help of $3.1 million
in funding for an extensive grape
gene-sequencing project
The iunding is part of a joint initiative between Genome Canada and
Genome Spain, organisations that
provide financial resources for
genomics and proteomics research.
The sequencing project will benefit
the wine industry, said Herinie van
Vuuren, director of the WRC and a
professor of food biotechnology.
"The study of grape ~vines and
grape berries is really still in its _
infancy," said van Vuuren. "Once you
know what happens within the vines
and the berries, you can use it to
improve wine production."
The research centre, part of the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, was
established in 1999 and has become
a leader in wine research. One recent
project involved engineering a new
type of wine yeast that prevents the
formation of bioamines, the chemicals responsible for the headaches
See "Wine" on page 2.
PRIMO VINO: Steven Lund in his wine lab. anton bueno photo ■^ ~   . -'■        MTV -a
weekdays in the SUB basement near the
Wellness Centre and Travelculs.
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loyal customers. April 22, 7.30pm, SFU
. Harbour Centre. Fee $10, info 604-291-
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Dear Graduates:
There are few hallmarks in our lives that are as important as graduating
from university. I want to congratulate all of the Grads of 2004.
As you graduate, I hope you understand that we have confidence in you
and your dreams. British Columbia has always been a province driven
by dreams, and I am optimistic that as you pursue yours, you will help
to make the world a better place for us alL
U.B.C. is a great educational centre. People in the province have great
pride in it because we know that it provides its graduates with the best
in educational achievements. You have helped to make that possible.
Thank you for your commitment to what you believe in. Thank you for
pursuing your passion, and for being willing to search out new paths. I
also want to thank your professors and teachers for all they have done
to assist you throughout your journey.
As you graduate, I hope you are looking ahead with confidence and
excitement. A world of opportunity awaits you. Good luck and best
If I can be of any assistance with any provincial
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Safewalk at centre of union wrangling
NOT WALK'N YETi Safewalkers prepare for duty, peter klesken photo
"Safewalk" from page 1.
the Labour Relations Board (LRB),
where the AMS will be called as a
witness, not a participant, said
Officials at the' LRB said a time
frame for a resolution has not been
decided upon.
Backing out on the $30,000 funding for Safewalk was one of UBC's
bargaining strategies during media
tion, said Credico.
But Macrae declined to confirm
this, saying the arbitration process is
still ongoing.
Whether SafeWalk will still have
access to the vans in the future is
also in question, said Jolly. The decision to continue to lend Safewalk the
vans is under review while TREK
decides whether to go ahead with a
plan to have community shuttle
buses on campus. ♦
University also pitching in money to save service
"Pacific" from page 1.
what Pacific Spirit has to offer the
"It is an investment on behalf of the
AMS to take on that initiative/ she
McMahon also apologised to council for the misr.nmmiinir.aHrm about
the dates.
T feel very terrible to have to come
to council with an agreement that has
discrepancies/ he said. "It is not my
intention to manipulate council."
McMahon said after the meeting
that he had hoped the contract would
pass anyway because Pacific Spirit will
need the space for more than the year
that was agreed upon.
"I would have liked to have seen it
passed even under those considera
tions only because I didn't believe it
significantly was in contradiction," he
said, adding that the extra months in
question span the summer when clubs
who usually need the SUB space are
not active.
Pacific Spirit is hoping for a permanent home in the new University
Town development along University
Boulevard. But the first phase will not
be built until 2005.
Pacific Spirit's struggle has also
been compounded by recent BC government cuts to community services-
funding that makes up the majority of
its $65,000 ayear budget.
The university has stepped in with
$ 15,000 that will keep the doors open
for six more months. During this time,
UBC will evaluate Pacific Spirit and
determine its future on campus. ♦
UBCs search for the perfect wine continues
"Wine" from page 1.
some people get from drinking wine.
The Genome Canada funding will
allow the centre to increase research
in the field of molecular viticulture,
looking at how grape genes influence
the ripening of the berries, said Steven
Lund, an assistant professor in viticulture and plant genomics with the WRC.
"We want to understand genes that -
are controlling the development of the
grape and particularly those that are
involved in signaling ripening initiation," said Lund. "We're also interested
in the biochemistry underlying all
these different flavour compounds
that are produced."
The researchers plan to sequence
genes isolated from the berries and
compare them to genes from other
plant tissues to determine which
genes are specific to the berries.
"One trick we do, called expression
profiling, is to look at different stages
throughout the growing season and
then use more advanced techniques
once you have those sequences to see
when genes are switched on or
switched off/ said Lund, emphasising
that this process will allow researchers
to see which genes are' switched on
during ripening.
Lund hopes the findings from the
project will lead to the development of
diagnostic tools and markers for
assisted breeding, which can be used
to determine when ripening is going
to occur.
"If you see this group of genes
being turned on, you might know
ahead of time that ripening initiation
is coming. They are indicators," he
said, adding that these tools could lead
to improvements in ripening and the
production of better grapes. "Right
now the viticulturalists don't have anything that can really tell them, they're
sort of at the whim of nature."
With another $3.1 million going to
the Uhiversidad Autonoma de Madrid
in Spain, the funding is one of the
largest investments in wine research
in the world. The researchers in Spain
will be studying table grapes while the
BC research will focus on cabernet
sauvignon grapes, which are used
for wine.
"Smaller is better for wine grapes.
What smallness does is it actually concentrates the flavour, so the viticulturalists actually try to tweak things to
make the berries smaller," said Lund,
explaining that skin thickness and
seed size are also important "They
might start playing around, knocking
out genes and looking for what happens. Those differences might help us
understand some things about what
different genes do."
With Canada's wine industry growing rapidly, researchers have high
hopes for the project's findings and for
the benefits in wine production.
"It's a really good time to be doing
scientific research in Canada," said
van Vuuren. "We're absolutely delighted now to have a sophisticated program for cutting-edge research in
this field." ♦ THEUBYSSEY
Nurses constantly abused/ study shows
by Carrie Robinson
Despite the presence of zero tolerance policies for violence, nurses
are regularly abused in the workplace, a recent UBC study shows.
The study, conducted by UBC
nursing professor Angela Henderson, looked at nurses in Canada and
the United Kingdom who worked
-with abused women. Henderson did
in-depth interviews with 49 nurses
for the study, recently published in
the Canadian Journal of Nursing
"In the course of all that talking,
how much abuse [the nurses] suffered was" an unexpected finding,"
said Henderson.
Nurses often told of verbal and
physical abuse, such as derogatory
comments and patient aggression,
said Henderson.-
While people who are frightened,
psychotic or waking up from surgery
may instigate violence, no one
deserves to be unnecessarily
harassed, insulted or verbally and
physically abused—especially at the
hands of angry or impatient
patients, said Henderson.
Often when emergency rooms
are at capacity and more urgent
patients are bumped to the front of
the line, patients get angry and take
it out on nurses, she added.
This problem could be alleviated
by a better use of health care
resources, said Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of
Nurses Unions.
"{Patients] have to ask the question of why they are there, and if this
is the only resource, like going to the
ER for the "common cold," she said.
She also said abuse stems from a
quick-paced mentality that suggests
everything must be done instantly.
"The health care system is not a
McDonald's. People need to receive
adequate care," she said.
Henderson and Silas say there
are zero tolerance policies for violence in the hospital workplace. An
example is a non-violent intervention program that teaches people
how to deal with violence and when
to involve the police, said Silas.
But Henderson found that these
policies are only effective if people
enforce them properly, and if people
report the violence they encounter.
"Their settings sometimes discourage [reports of violence against
nurses] because it will be a hassle
and there is a lot of paperwork," said
J Only 40 per cent of cases of physical assault in Alberta and 36 per
cent of the cases in BC are reported
according to a 2001 study on nurses' workplace experience, said
Sonia Acorn, a UBC Nursing professor. She added that for tEe most
common type of abuse, emotional
assault, only 29 per cent of cases in
both Alberta and BC are reported.
This is a problem because nothing can be done unless there is a
clear indication of how many incidents happen, said Vivianna
Zanocco, a spokesperson for
Vancouver Coastal Health, the
organisation that oversees local
health care. It is difficult "to get a
handle on this if no one reports the
incidents," she said.
Zanocco also said nurses are
encouraged to report anything they
consider to be abuse, but
Henderson feels the policies could
be made more effective. She added
that she sees it as a respect issue.
"The perception is that this kind
of abuse is aimed at [nurses]
because people think they can get
away with it," said Henderson.
Silas is also concerned that this
is not a new issue. She recalls
watching a disturbing video on violence against nurses 20 years ago.
"The 1980s is when violence in
the workplace came out of the box.
Before, it was almost taboo for a
nurse to speak of [it]," said Silas.
The fact that we are still talking
about this in 2004 is upsetting, she
said. She would like to see the current policies re-evaluated to better
deal with the problem.
Henderson said there has been
improvement but more work needs
to be done because abuse makes it
difficult for nurses to do their job
effectively. She also sees violence as
discouraging people from choosing
nursing as a career. People don't
want to be in a profession where
they are not respected, she said.
"The implications are huge for
health care settings to keep nurses
if they are continually being abused
because who wants to stay in a job
like that," said Henderson.
"It's very important that health
care settings make it very clear they
will not tolerate this behaviour and
do encourage nurses to report, and
stand by them when they do," she
added. ♦
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ANTI-VIOLENCE: Henderson wants nurses' working conditions improved, michelle mayne photO
New bike hub in the SUB
by Paul Evans
A development project to build a
new huh for UBC's Bike Co-op is
nearing completion this week,
meaning students will soon have a
place to fix bikes, leave bikes or
borrow bikes in the basement of
the SUB.
With its central location on campus, the Co-op is confident that it
will become more prominent and
accessible to UBC students.
"It'll be in a much higher visibility location," said Paulie Ng, a director of the Co-op. "It's a gathering
place for cyclists of all abilities and
all different interests...it's also a
retail place for people to get their
gear, and get their bikes fixed for a
much cheaper cost than regular
retail shops," she said.
The SUB renovation gives the Coop the space it desperately needed,
after the old bike hub, comprised of
temporary huts situated hear
MacMillan library, was paved over
to create a parking lot.
The Co-op scrambled for funding
and pieced together a deal between
UBC and the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) that saw the cost of a new hub
In the SUB-about $275,000-spb_
between the university and the student society.
Construction began in the fall,
and was originally slated to have
been completed sometime in
February, but according to Ng,
delays pushed back its opening to
early April.
A planned connection from the
bike hub to the rest of the basement
through a door in the wall opposite
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EXERCISE BIKES? Bikers get going nowhere fast at new SUB hub
opening, michelle mayne photo
the SUB arcade has been scrapped,
said AMS Designer Michael
Kmgsmill. Given cost restrictions,
that entry was not realistic, he said.
But the bare-bones development
is in its final stages, and will probably come, in underbudget by as
much as $20,000, he said.
The new bike hub is a considerable improvement over the old
huts, said Kmgsmill, because this
hub .is designed specifically for
bikes. It's like the old hub, but with
more facilities and space, he said.
"It has more of what it had,"
Kingsmill said. >■   :     ■
This comes as good news tp Ng,
who said that the new facility will
enable the Co-op to expand its "Build
Your Own Bike" program, whereby
students pay $40 and are given all
the components necessary to build a
bike and learn how to Aq it
Carole Jolly, spokesperson for
UBC TREK, whose office oversees
transportation on campus, was
also enthusiastic about the new
In addition to giving the Co-op a
higher profile on campus, it also
benefits TREK, she said. "It supports our mandate," she said,
"which is improving transportation choices." She hopes that the
new location may encourage even
rnore people to use bicycles
on campus.
Members of the AMS Bike Co-op
are also pleased with the new facility and location, they say they are
now better equipped to serve the
UBC community. The only drawback they noted is that since they
are located in the SUB, they will
have to obtain a permit if they want
to have a party. ♦
Bookstore turns the page
on ethical purchasing
by Marc Miquel Helsen
If all goes as planned, within the next
month the UBC Bookstore will be the
first store on campus to implement
an official ethical purchasing policy
that ensures clothing sold there is not
made in sweatshops.
The Bookstore's suppliers would
have to reveal the locations of their
factories so that members of the public could order investigations into
working conditions there, said Oxfam
UBC member Anne Nguyen, whose
group pushed for the changes.
"The idea is to shed light on the
supply chain so that you can see
what's going on in the factories—the
factory locations are disclosed," said
fellow member Meredith Seeton   '
If the UBC Bookstore adopts the
plan, then it would join other Universities such as McGill, McMaster and
the University of Western Ontario,
where such a policy has already been
adopted. Oxfam hopes that it will
eventually encompass all of the university's clothing outlets, as well as
UBC Athletics.
That is a very "proactive" philosophy, said Debbie Harvie, the director
of the UBC Bookstore, and it's something that the Bookstore has been,
doing unofficially for some time now.
"The Bookstore has had this practice in effect for the last five or six
years, of being aware and conscious
of this with its supplies," she said.
"Through this official policy...[it] will
be strengthened."
Having an official instead of an
informal   polity   strengthens   the
Bookstore's ability to deal precisely
with its suppliers because it can provide an explicit outline demanding
that certain listed requirements be
met said Nguyen
"You can't really ask the supplier
to disclose information unless you
say exactly what it is that they must
disclose," she said.
Members of Oxfam UBC, a student club that aims to use communiiy programs to help international
development says the main idea of
this policy is not to pressure suppliers, but to gather information for
bookstore shoppers.
. Simply terminating contracts with
suppliers who have a history of
labour abuses is not a good measure,
said Seeton, because when contracts
are terminated, workers are often left
without jobs. The" factories that
employed them often leave and
search for cheaper and less problematic markets to set up anew, she said.
- Instead, she hopes to work with
them to implement change.
"The idea isn't tp cut and run, but
to make a real change based on our
relationship as a massive buyer,"
said Seeton
New suppliers would immediately have to adhere to the policy, while
old suppliers would be given a phase-
in period to comply, she said.
This fits with the way the sweatshop movement is trying to change
the industry as a whole, not building
something from scratch, said
"We are just trying to improve
what is already there and keep it stable," she said. ♦ 4
Be a WIN Peer Educator for
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The Wellness Centre is a health education resource centre for students.
Wellness Information Network (WIN) Peer Educators assist students in the
centre and do outreach events. Applications to volunteer are available at:
People ci>me to the Wellness Centre to:
♦   get information on a variety of health and wellness topics
purchase safer sex products
talk to a WIN Peer Educator or the Coordinator
have a Wellness Assessment (non-medical)
find out how to book a workshop
or just relax! .
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♦ substance use
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Rwanda drums
UBC students and community members beat their drums last Wednesday as part of a drum
circle to commemorate the one million lives lost ten years ago in the Rwandan genocide. The
circle was organised by UBC's Liu Institute for Global Issues and is part of several campus
events to remember the tragedy. A moment of silence will be held at noon today at the flagpole. Tomorrow at 12:30pm, Rwandan survivor Madame Esther Mujawayo will speak at the Liu
about the effects and lessons of the genocide, michelle mayne photo
Bus #41 via Totem:
keep it or lose it?
Noise complaints from Totem and T-bird
residents may end the bus route
by Colleen Tang
A petition to end late-night bus
service to Totem Park residence
and the noise it creates has some
residents concerned that their
safety will be compromised.
The petition, signed mostly
by students living in nearby
Thunderbird residence, would
stop the #41 bus from traveling
beyond the bus loop, sparking consultation to see whether lids route
will continue.
"Last summer, we started
receiving complaints off residents,* said Carole Jolly, a program manager at ' TREK, the
agency that oversees transportation on campus..
Most of the complaints came
from people living in Thunderbird
Residences and Totem Park about
the noise the #41 bus makes when
it climbs a hill along Thunderbird
on its way back to the bus loop,
she said.
"Students were complaining
that they couldn't study and it was
negktively impacting their academic commitments at night and they
requested the route be pulled,"
said Jolly. <
* But some Totem residents
believe that the direct buses provide not only quicker transportation when they need it, but also
give them somewhere safe to be
after dark. The alternative is the
smaller security shuttle operated
by UBC.
"Students were
complaining that
they couldn't
study and it was
impacting their
commitments at
night and they
requested the
route be pulled."
—Carole Jolly
Program Manager
"Most of the students like [the
bus]. It's a safety issue for people,"
said Melissa Parker, the head of the
Thunderbird Housing Association.
"Once you get to a certain point
and you miss the security bus,
you're screwed. There [will be] a
lot more safety concerns if people
are walking," said Amy Debree, a
Totem Park resident.
But campus safety is no longer
relevant in the issue of the #41
bus, said Fred Pritchard, from
UBC Campus and Community
"Now that more development
has been occurring, [Totem Park
has] become less isolated as time
goes by. It's not so much for safety
as now it's a question of convenience," he said.
Students who get off at the bus
loop would have to get Safewalk to
walk them the rest of the way, or get
the security shuttle—up to a half-
hour wait—if the bus is cancelled.
Some students think that wait
is too long, said Sue Brown from
Campus Security. Campus Security
is looking at adding more security
shuttles, which might fill some of
the demand that the #41 fills, she
"The more services we have to
offer in the form of transportation
in the evening the better," said
In the meantime, UBC is working on a plan with Translink to
have a system for shuttle buses to
run throughout campus, which
will come to campus in three to
five years, said Jolly.
"Shuttles, will improve access
and increase mobility in all areas
of campus," she said. ♦ THEUBYSSEY
The 'A' stands for apathy
Arts Undergraduate Society suffers T^^^^^mt
from lack of candidates
by Dan McRoberts
The Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) was
forced Monday to appoint four new interim representatives to the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
council,; after elections held in March attracted
only three candidates—out of 10,661 eligible
Arts'students—to fill seven posts.
Quinn Omori, an Arts representative on the
AMS council last year who ran successfully for
re-election in March, blames the lack of nominations on the AUS itself and its poor
"It's really reflective of how seriously we
took the elections this year," Omori said. "I really don't think our elections this year were advertised very well or run very well. We didn't get
the word out"
Joel McLaughlin, one of the four individuals
appointed to a council seat on Monday, echoes
Omori's concern about a lack of publicity for the
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"I really didn't know there was an election
going on and neither did most of my friends,"
he said. T think some classroom announcements by some of the AUS execs might have
But this assessment only goes so far in
explaining the lack of interested candidates,
said Chris Payne, outgoing AUS president and
elections administrator for the recent vote.
"The elections were promoted just as heavily as they have been in the past' said Payne. "In
past years people who didn't win [AMS] exec
seats came to Arts to find council seats and for
some reason that didn't happen this year."
Apathy is another serious concern, said
Payne, who cites the average voter turnout of
about 375 students. When it comes to actually
running for a position, Payne said the AMS
council posts have a particularly bad image.
"A lot of our constituents don't see a reason
for running. AMS council has been portrayed
negatively as having six-hour meetings where
you get bogged down in policy. People don't
want tp spend their Wednesday nights doing
that," he said.
According to third-year Arts student Kevin
Wilson, Payne's assessment is accurate. "I did
vote in the elections, but I don't think it matters
anyway," said Wilson. •
When asked if he would consider running
for an AMS council spot, Wilson replied bluntly,
"Probably not I'm selfish and lazy. I'm not
going to he about it*
Wilson said he feels his apathy is fueled by a
general lack of understanding about the role of
AMS council
"I don't even know what AMS does apart
from the executive," he said. "I don't understand where the separation is between the executive and the council, though I do know that the
council has some fiscal responsibility."
AMS Council is responsible for the large-
scale decision-making at the AMJs, which can
include lobbying, budget approval for student
services like Safewalk and Tutoring and management of the SUB.
For Omori the best way the AMS can battle
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apathy on campus is to address the state of
ignorance that Wilson describes.
"There is a definite divide between council
and the rest of the AMS, its members," Omori
Said. "There is a lot of effort that needs to be
made in informing people about what the AMS
does, and also ensuring that the AMS is doing
things that students are interested in."
Payne agrees, but says the AMS should focus
on informing interested students how they can
get involved with the organisation; "Better com
munication is needed, especially with Arts,
because we are so big," he said.
As for the four appointees, they will now join
Omori and the other permanent council representatives on the AMS council until by-elections
are held in September. McLaughlin is non-committal about running in the fall, but is open to
the suggestion
"We'll see what the summer is like. If I deem
it a worthwhile endeavour then I'll throw my
hat in the ring," he said. ♦
Birds can "do it" in under
two seconds: bird expert
Canadian ornithologist David Bird explains the complex
mating habits of birds and the real mile-high club
by Erika Meere
MONTREAL (CUP)-Think lovebirds
have it easy? Think again, says one
of Canada's leading ornithologists.
Dr David Bird, who insists his
last name had no effect on his
career choice, told a group of about
60 McGill alumni recently that
birds, like humans, lead complex
\ sex lives that can include homosexuality, divorce and infidelity.
"The raison d'etre for all wildlife
is to pass oh genes to future generations," said Bird.
This means that birds, especially
males, will go to great lengths to
attract a mate. Mallard ducks, for
instance^ have adopted attractive
green feathers on their heads and
necks, to the dismay of black male
ducks that often share the habitat
"It's been shown that given a
choice, a female black duck will
choose the sexy "green-headed duck,"
Bird said.
Bird couples tend to immediately
consummate the relationship, an
event that can take mere seconds in
some species.
"If you look at a lot of songbirds,
the male is on top of the female for
about two seconds," he said. Some
birds can have sex in the air. Swifts,
swallows and hummingbirds form
the very exclusive 'Mile High Club,'
according to Bird.
But the honeymoon doesn't last
long. While they are gathering food
for their nest-sitting partner, males
grow suspicious that another male
could copulate with the female. To
avoid raising a freeloader's offspring, a male will copulate with his
partner immediately upon hisr
return, ensuring that his sperm is
the first to fertilise her eggs.
But this is not always effective.
DNA studies on some supposed tree
swallow siblings have shown that as
many as 50 per cent of the couple's
nestlings are not related to the
Female black-eyed juncos are
one of the few species that face an
occasional shortage of males, leaving them to raise,their young on
their own. While the single mother
generally has no trouble caring for
her offspring, other birds turn to an
alternative lifestyle, sometimes
finding another female to help
, them raise their offspring.
"It's perceived as homosexuality,
but it's not quite the same thing," he
While some bird species lead
: personal fives like a soap opera, others stick to the old fashioned tradition of mating for life. The 'divorce'
rate is only ten per cent in geese,
while albatross couples stay together for as long as 40 years.
"I don't think marriage is a punishment," said Bird. "I think love,
compromise, respect and a
little peck on the cheek every once
in a while can get you at least 30
years." ♦
Coca-cancer or cancer-cola?
High-bromate Dasani was pulled off the shelves
in the UK, but things are different at UBC
by Eric Szeto
Despite all of Coca-Cola's Dasani
water bottles being pulled from the
shelves in the United Kingdom (UK)
because of a cancer threat, UBC's
Dasani water is safe, officials say—
although they've heard nothing
from Coke.
"There has been no written or
verbal communication [from Coca-
Cola]," said Andrew Parr, Director
of UBC Food Services. "We haven't
considered any action, but it is
somewhat surprising that there has
been no word."
Dasani is just tap water that goes
through "purification" said Janice
Harrington, a Coke spokesperson.
In Canada, that process involves the
addition, of calcium chloride and
bromide to the water, and filtration.
In the UK the process continued
when a calcium chloride solution
was added to the water to raise the
pH of the solution. Then, ozone was
pumped through it, and the high pH
made it more likely that the bromide was oxidised into bromate—a
carcinogen. Coke issued a total
recall when it found Dasani produced in a factory in Kent had high
levels of bromate.
"Bromide ion is naturally present in ground water used for bottling. Its presence during water
treatment with ozone leads to the
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formation of bromate ion. Bromate
is considered to be carcinogenic,"
said Margo Geduld, a spokesperson
for Health Canada.
US Environmental Protection
Agency reports suggest that acute
bromate ingestion affects human
kidneys—but only at high doses.
There have been no long term studies to indicate whether bromate is
cancerous to humans. But tests
done on rats show that the long
term bromate ingestion causes
The Incident was most likely isolated because the purification
process that takes place in the UK is
different from Canada's, said
"We had no issue in Canada. Our
most recent testing showed that
there were no detectable levels. We
test our water constantly," she said.
But with UBC in an exclusive
deal with Coca-Cola, there is little
consumers on campus can do to
register their concerns about the
safety of Dasani water, as it's the
only bottled water available.
UBC is in its final year of the
Coke deal, which gave UBC $8.3
million in exchange for students
drinking 33.6 million cans or bottles of Coke products.
If that amount isn't reached, the
exclusivity deal will extend for
another two years before other
products sire allowed in the UBC
market. -
UBC administrators who oversee
the Coke deal refused to comment
on the safety of Dasani water. ♦ ,6    % WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7,2004
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Thanks to everyone who entered.
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and apply it to our lives and endeavors.
Lots of people to practice fake accents on.
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To get away from school and explore what the world is really about
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Ubyssey quotables
The infamous, the intelligent and the
idiotic caught on tape this year
"It's kind of like applying
a few leeches. We have
kind of been bled dry over the past
few years and lost, services very
— Romayne Gallagher, former head
of UBC Hospital's palliative care
program who quit in January over
lack of funding.
"It would look like a piece of cake
kind of crack down.'
—AMS Councillor Dave Tomkins
on AMS elections controversy.
"We could fill up
the Empire Pool
with Coke and still
wouldn't make it*
—Former AMS VP
Finance Brian
Duong on making
the quota for the
exclusive Coke
contract at UBC.
"None of these things is going up 16
per cent*
—Faculty Representative Gregory
Lawrence, after several Board of
Governors members argued that
tuition was increasing 16 per cent
because of price increases in
gas and electricity.
"We're going to war.*
—Michael Gardiner, BC Chair of
the Canadian Federation of
Students after hearing that the BC
Grant program was being cut.
"It is not my intention to manipulate
—AMS VP Administration Lyle
McMahon on a Pacific Spirit
Family and Community Services
contract discrepancy.
"Be open to different views and
ideas. Let the university be open to
the expression of ideas. We won't let
these kinds of actions intimidate the
—Eyal Lichtman, after vandalism
at Hillel House, the Jewish
Students'Centre, left it
without a sign.
"I really am going to miss the,
Radical Beer Faction."
—AMS Councillor
Dave Thompkins.
"Whatever it means
to be a public institution, it's not meeting
the technical test*
Students Brian
Sullivan on
Western Ontario.
"I don't know what they're doing.
They might just be going out and
having sushi."
—Paul Patterson from UBC public
affairs, on the ongoing UBC/CUPE
118 negotiations about Safewalk.
"Maybe I am grossly misinformed
about the entire
subject and I'm
just talking to hear
myself speak."
-AMS Councillor
Spencer Keys,
on anything.
"When you don't calL I just sit and
twiddle my thumbs. I get really very
lonely. I'm being ironic*
—UBC Director of Public Affairs
Scott Macrae to a Ubyssey
news editor.
"IS we fail this, it doesn't mean that
everybody hates babies.*
—AMS Councillor Spencer Keys,
on opposing child care subsidies
AMS councillors.
"I've been told that we can't find a
food bank in the SUB. To take club
space from the SUB, it doesn't feel
right Ido feel violated.*
—Dani Bryant, on the possibility
that there be space for Pacific
Spirit Family and Community
Services in the SUB.
"A lot of them are
still finding then-
way to the washroom."
—Lloyd Axworthy,
head of the UBC
Liu Institute for
Global Issues on
the new Canadian
"Let me go on the record by saying
this is idiotic. "
—Jason Loxton, AMS speaker
of council, on council.
"UBC students already get fleeced
—UBC student Andrea Pearce on
alleged Village parking scam.
"A vote is a vote is a vote, and I
don't believe any votes are more
valuable to us. Getting them to vote
is the first step, getting them to
—AMS VP Administration
Lyle McMahon on the
usefulness of a slate election
system in the AMS.
"I am not a man whore. I am not a
player. I am not."
—Richard Davis, UBC Student
at the Pit.
"It's like a big, crappy bus."
—AMS Councillor Quinn Omori on
Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations.
"Nothing ever happens at the AMS.
It's not news. It's not newsworthy."
—AMS General Manager
Bernie Peets. ♦
Fin sorry? What did you say?
UBC prof develops program to make classrooms acoustically friendly
by Colleen Tang
Ever hear the echoes of voices in a
classroom? Have problems hearing
your professor? It is probably due to
poor classroom acoustics.
But a UBC professor has found
the solution. ClassTalk, a software
program designed to make existing
and new classrooms acoustically
friendly, is here. After studying and
testing over 100 UBC classrooms,
Murray Hodgson, with a "team of
researchers and programmers, created the first-ever program that
helps architects design for good
"It is user friendly, accessible to
everyone, but technically quite
sophisticated," said Hodgson^ a
mechanical engineering professor
specialising in occupational and environmental hygiene.
Hodgson's team spent time in
classrooms, both full and empty,
testing the acoustic design features. They used a device to test
human speech as well as a high-
frequency signal in various places
in the room. They also received
about 8000 questionnaires from
students comparing rooms such
as the Hebb Theatre and LSK 200
before and after renovations.
The program considers both
external and internal environmental
features such as students' whispering and air ventilation noise.
"[The program] will monitor and
produce an image of how it appears
acoustically in different parts of the
room, and you can hear the voice
and how it's affected by the background noises," said Celine Horner,
a spokesperson for the UBC Centre
for Health and Environment
"You can also then retrofit the
classroom with devices that would
improve the acoustics and see the
improvements it would make," she
The idea behind the program is
that students will no longer have to
strain to hear the professor or have
other students repeat their question
because it was not heard. Now professors can put away their cough
drops and avoid straining their voices just to be heard in a large classroom with bad acoustics.
The ideal classroom is quiet and
had just the right amount of echo
effect, said Hodgson.
"The shape and size must be
designed to project the sound of the
prof to the back of the classroom."
•   UBC students interviewed have
concerns about classroom acoustics.
"My biggest problem in the classroom is hearing the questions from
students in the front row,' said
fourth-year Science student David
Cameron. "Class can turn into a
closed conversation between the
front of the class and the prof.'
"I find the Woodward lecture
hajls [echo excessively] and the feedback's really distracting,'  added
first-year Arts student Claudia Li.
Hodgson said one of the major
reasons acoustics are not up to par
is because the architects who design
classrooms don't make acoustics a
high priority. Acoustics are usually
the first factor cut out if budgets are
tight he said.
UBC is aware of the weak
acoustics and is paying more
attention to the problem. About
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$100,000 is spent on classroom
renovations at UBC each year.
Materials, types of seating, fighting
and acoustics are all taken into
account when determining how the
money is ' spent, said Justin
Marples, UBC's director of classroom services.
"There have always been challenges with acoustics,' especially
with voices,' he said, adding that
the problem isn't just with room
The format of teaching has
changed over the years—teachers
are now moving around the classrooms more and are not just
behind a table for the whole lecture, said Marples.
Hodgson and his team will continue to analyse their findings and
are planning to release a new
ClassTalk feature that allows users
to walk into a virtual classroom and
hear the professor while walking
through the room.
"One of the biggest issues are
sounds issued by students themselves, partly because acoustics are
so bad and they can't hear other
students,' said Hodgson. "It is a
complex issue and we need to find
out more from users to re-evaluate
what works and doesn't work." ♦
World Trade Organisation a success, says ambassador
by Megan Thonias
Amid the elegance of UBC's Peter
Wall Institute and wisecracks about
Wreck Beach, World Trade Organisation (WTO) official Sergio Marchi
said despite visible failures, the
WTO is "as successful an organisation as we have built'
Marchi, Canadian ambassador to
the office of United Nations in
Geneva and the WTO, told a crowd of
about 100 that the WTO is critical to
Canada because it is a trading nation
wheref 75 per cent of the economy
is internationally dependent and
exports affect one in three jobs.
"A multilateral trading system is
of great value to Canada,' he said.
But Marchi also recognised that
initiatives declared at the 2001
WTO meeting in Doha, Qatar, have
been far from successful, something he attributed to the "incredibly ambitious' three-year time
"Quite frankly we failed. I'm not
going to stand here and sugar-coat
it," he said.
Marchi elaborated on the Doha
agenda, saying the critical north-
south divide of the 148 countries^ in
the WTO created roadblocks over
agriculture, trade and cotton export
"It's absurd. It's unsustainable...It's immoral," said Marchi,
referring to European agricultural
subsidies that result in cows actually earning more than millions of
people who Hye on less than a dollar
a day.
To make the WTO more effective, Marchi called for more symmetry between bilateral trade agreements and the multilateral work of
the WTO. If those agreements are
hot complimentary, bilateral ones
will undermine efforts of multilateralism, he said, adding that failures often trigger new negotiations.
"Trade barriers don't disappear
on their own," said Marchi, adding
that trade must become an instrument for world development
The successes of the WTO are
often overlooked, he added. "The
WTO is as misunderstood an institution as institutions go."
But one UBC student questioned
Marchi's belief that the WTO's promotion of trade is the best course
of action.
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might "not be the goal of most
Canadians—this goal of never-ending economic growth as the only
' goal," said Brett Dolter, a graduate
student in resource management
and environmental studies.
Dolter also said Canada has the
technology and resources to be
independent and should distance
itself from such a dependence on
trade, garnering a round of applause from the audience.
Marchi responded by saying that
some reforms to environment and
trade policies are on the WTO agenda and that fostering more open
relations with the public would help '
to bring the environmental movement on board.
But he also said many countries
are concerned that environment
policies in trade can easily become
"abused protectionist policies."
Another audience member called
on the WTO to be more open to
public input
"There needs to be an awareness
on the part of the WTO that their
policies impact some extreme realities for many people," said Claudia
Medina-Culos. "There are growing
movements all over the world of
people who want to say, 'We are living those realities."
She added that the massive
protests at the recent WTO meetings, like those in Cancun, Mexico,
should be an indication of how
many people are feeling completely
shut out of WTO negotiations.
Marchi agreed that the WTO is
running a "public participatory
deficit,' and said that he is frustrated that the WTO has not become a
more open institution. But he also
said Canada is working hard to
make its trade policy accessible.
"When we talk of transparency in
the WTO, Canada is on the vanguard,' he said. "All consultations
start at home." ♦ 8
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While you were here:
compiled by Megan Thomas and Jonathan Woodward
The U-Pass!
After six years of waiting, students
finally had a Universal Transit Pass,
or U-Pass, in their hands.
For $20 a month, students could
ride the bus, Skytrain and Seabus
anywhere in Vancouver, as well as
get discounts from merchants on
cars and bikes.
The transit system saw the largest
increase in ridership since 1986,
when the Skytrain's Expo line was
built Students used the bus more
than ever before—as students could
tell, sitting dejectedly on the curb
after numerous buses had passed
them filled to the brim with people.
Translink scrambled to find buses to
fill Ihe need, and 40,000 students
with cheap bus passes pushed the
system to the limit
The U-Pass was riddled with
"start-up quirks' when late printing
prevented students from getting the
U-Pass first from August IS to
September, and then into October.
Students were using their student
cards as a proxy, which meant that
any graduate or drop-out could board
the bus for free in September. Poor
ink-fixing on the cards reduced some
to blank plastic with a black strip,
making security features useless, and
a "mystery glitch" seemed to randomly pick cards and make them
malfunction on January 1, 2004.
With Translink's recent property
tax increase, better bus service seems
to be on the way, but U-Pass prices
won't increase next year as part of the
agreement between the. university,
the student union, and Translink.
The next time the prices will be negotiated is 2005.
UBC in the money
This year saw UBC get many millions
richer through the generosity of
major Canadian corporations and
In September, the faculty formerly known as Commerce morphed
into the Sauder School of Business
thanks to a $20 million cheque from
former UBC Chancellor William
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The money- was. placed in an
endowment which will generate
about $1 million in usable revenue
for the school each year. The BC government  will  also  be   matching
the money to create 125 new
Commerce seats over the next
five years.
. The millions rained down on UBC
again in October, but this time in the
form of $240 million worth of specialised computer software for
mechanical engineering. The donation was made by a consortium of
General Motors, EDS and Sun
But   not    all    students    were
impressed with what they saw as a
Welcome to University
Major changes to UBC's landscape
are in the works for as early as next
year, after the university approved
a set of plans for development to
bring thousands of residents to
campus in a vibrant, populated
University Town. The plan would
see the end of the grassy knoll, the
addition of an underground bus
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"corporate attack" on the university's
educational autonomy rather than
corporate generosity.
A small but noisy group of protesters gathered, outside the
announcement, some without shirts,
despite the downpour. Their naked
backs read "Campbell's cuts are stealing the shirt off my back," in reference to BC Premier Gordon
Campbell. They called on government to provide more funding for
universities so institutions do not
have to rely on corporate donations.
In March, troubled technology
giant Nortel Networks found some
spare cash to give UBC's Applied
Science Faculty several "really big
boxes' of telecommunications equipment worth an undisclosed amount
in the single-digit millions.
Nortel said the equipment can
fiiel the communications needs of a
country the size of Switzerland. It will
be used to link Vancouver's postsec-
ondary institutions in virtual laboratories and will even allow collaboration for degrees . being granted
amongst universities.
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loop, a new outdoor pool and commercial development along University Boulevard.
But the campus quickly became
polarised over the spectre of 'commercialisation' inside UBC's academic core. A summer public meeting was hijacked by several university professors who explained their
own visions for the campus, and
at another meeting a banner
reading "Commercialisation over
Education' was mutely unfurled
by students.
Complaints about the consultation process weren't warranted, said
university officials, claiming UBC's
system for public consultation rivals
that of any municipality. However,
student consultation sessions sprouted, and UBC's workshops soon saw
supervisory members of the GVRD
Concessions by UBC saw a
through road and apartment towers
cancelled—a compromise that UBC's
Board of Governors supported. The
plans for buildings that would go up
will be decided by an architectural
competition. But students reacted
badly to a single advertising
brochure that cost about $45,000,
and to a request by residents of
Hampton Place that summer concerts at Thunderbird stadium
be cancelled.
Phantom rankings
UBC found this year's round _f
Canadian media rankings for universities more damaging than a fire raging through the public affairs office.
In October's University Report
Card, published by the The Globe and
Mail UBC found itself ranked 34th
out of 38 Canadian institutions—the
only saving grace was that the
University of Toronto (U of T)
ranked worse. THE UBYSSEY
A look back at the significant news events this year at UBC
UBC immediately went on the
defensive, questioning the accuracy
of the 26,400 student survey. It
looked at students' level of satisfaction with their university rather than
quality of education, something one
UBC official questioned.
"While satisfaction is important,
university is not only about how
happy people are with certain
things," said VP Students Brian
Other questionable aspects of the
survey included rankings for
medical and law schools that do
not exist.
November's annual Maclean's
magazine rankings saw UBC hold
its fifth-place rank for the second
year in a row—after the free fall
from the long-held second place
behind U of T.
Despite another tuition increase
this year, UBC came dead last in the
upper-year class size category, something that became big news
by February.
In an expose, using documents
obtained through Freedom of
Information, The National Post
reported on a series of internal UBC
senior administration memos that
suggested ways to manipulate class
size to better the last place finish in
that category of the 2002 Maclean's
The eight-month campaign to
reduce class size included suggestions like deceiving students about
room capacity, denying students the
ability to major in some subjects
and pushing some high enrolment
clksses to second term because
Maclean's only looks at first term
The universiiy responded by saying none of the suggestions were ever
implemented and criticised the Post
article for making it appear as though
they had.
"We would never sanction any
suggestion that would deliberately
mislead our students," wrote VP
Academic and Provost Barry
McBride in a memo to student
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Alma Mater Society (AMS) and
Graduate Student Society (GSS)
hopes to buoy the faltering student
Health and Dental Plan sunk with a
November student referendum that
did not garner enough voter turnout
to count
Despite an extension on voting
time, the required ten per cent
voter turnout was not reached,
meaning the proposed fee increase
of $53 in exchange for increased
benefits and coverage failed. The
fee for next September will remain
at $187.
The AMS is currently negotiating
benefits for next term, but without
more fees to work with, more benefits could be chopped. Negotiations
for this year saw dental coverage
reduced from $750 to $500 per
year. The Health and Dental Plan
has lost almost $2 million over the
past two years. Luckily, insurer Sun
Life foots the bill for the losses
rather than the AMS or GSS.
At least we're not
Israeli-Palestinian controversy on
campus spiked this year with the visit
of pro-Israel advocate and former
Middle East consultant for the
American government Daniel Pipes,
who came to the SUB in December.
Pipes spoke to a crowd of about
500 inside the Norm Theatre about
how conflict in Israel was a situation
of life and death for the Jewish state,
and that any discussion of peace was
premature. "If someone wants to
murder you, you probably don't want
to negotiate property rights," he said.
"It's like asking in the middle of
World War II what the fiiture of the
German government should look
like. There's a war going on.'
Outside, a mob of opposition
seethed. After Ihe discussion, patrons
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getting their coats walked next to
shouting protestors, who yelled,
"Pipes, you racist, come out here and
face usl"
While protestors felt that this was
the best way to get their voices heard
in the debate, organisers said actions
like these were aimed at stopping the
debate altogether.
A shouting match during a
recent speech by Israel's ambassador to Canada was another example
of how protestors were unwilling to
participate in the discussion, said
OUC taken over (finally)
The BC government and UBC
announced in March that the university would be taking over the
Okanagan University College (OUC)
Kelowna campus, confirming
rumours that had rumbled all year.
UBC will take over the universiiy
operations of the institution in
2005 and the college portion will
become independent. UBC
President Martha Piper equated the
move with the Great Trek in 1922
that established the first UBC campus in Point Grey.
"We see this as just as memorable," she said.
Unfortunately, many OUC students did not share Piper's optimism
and were angered that they were not
consulted about the future of their
institution Police had to break up a
group of angry students outside the
March 17 announcement and few
students were invited inside.
The only student invited to speak
at the unveiling was the president of
the OUC Young Liberals club who^
agreed with the merger, but was hot
an elected student representative.
"They...put someone up there who
doesn't represent students," complained an OUC student Board of
Governors representative.
UBC Okanagan will be home to
7000 undergraduates and 500 graduate students, and will offer full
degree programs in Arts and
Sciences. It will have its own senate
but will share a Board of Governors
and President with UBC.
Slates banned!
Students for Students, Students'
Progressive Action Network, even the
Radical Beer Faction—no more.
In March, the AMS student council voted to ban slates from running
in student council elections, after
elections saw thfc usual partisan campaigning and name recogiiition politics coming out in force.
The new rules would hopefully
stop the creation of sham left' and
'right' slates that would dominate the
election and squeeze out independent candidates through name recognition and not the platforms they
hold, said Spencer Keys, the councillor who brought the motion forwards
Keys had seen enough elections to
know the score, losing three years in
a row both on a slate and as an independent candidate.
The KBF, a self-proclaimed anti-
slate, proclaimed victory and vowed
to find a way to hve on in next year's
Chomsky comes to town
More than 10,000 people took to the
streets, marching across the Burrard
Street Bridge to meet counterculture
hero Noam Chomsky at a downtown
anti-war rally marking the first
anniversary of the US-led Iraq war on
March 20.
Chomsky, clad in his customary
corduroy blazer, received a minute-
long standing ovation after taking the
stage. The MIT professor and political analyst praised his pop-star-like
following for turning out to show dissatisfaction with current US war
"Small demonstrations are not
going to stop a juggernaut But if
they continue, they will," he told
the crowd.
Chomsky also spoke at an Alma
Mater Society (AMS) sponsored lecture on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict the following morning—an event
that had the Jewish Student
Association (JSA) and UBC Israeli
Advocacy Committee (IAC) upset
The JSA and IAC had written a letter to the AMS the week before detailing concerns that Chomsky was anti-
Semitic. The letter claimed that
Chomsky was a "notorious anti-
Semite and holocaust denier." But
both groups said they were not objecting to Chomsky's visit to Vancouver,
just to the endorsement by the AMS.
A member of the IAC questioned
the endorsement at the lecture and
AMS President Amina Rai responded
by saying the AMS bringing speakers
to campus does not mean the student
society endorses their views.
Tuition increases for the
third time...
Tuition was increased for the third
time in three academic years—or,
depending on who you talk to, two
academic years. September 2002,
May 2003, and May 2004 were the
start dates for what adds up to be
an 84 per cent increase in tuition
since the tuition freeze was thawed
by BC's provincial government
Last year, the reason, for the
increase was to bring more money
in after the tuition freeze. This year,
it was to position UBC among other
comparable universities with
regard to the percentage of the cost
of their education students should
pay—and UBC's Board of Governors
decided that 28.5 per cent should
be borne by the student. This
meant a 16 per cent tuition
increase, bringing total tuition to
$4012. Graduate students were
exempted from the increase until
September, but athletics and co-op
fees increased as well.
The increase was announced at
the same time as the BC grant program was eliminated, meaning that
about $3 million was replaced with
student loans. The money was
diverted to universities, defraying
but not eliminating tuition increases, and angry student groups said
they were "going to war."
It's the last year of what the university said would be three years of
tuition increases to bring UBC to
where the rest of the country's universities sit with tuition. But Board
members did not rule out further
increases in tuition, saying that
UBC is "below market" when it
comes to the fees students pay. ♦ 10
Out of the limelight
Departing basket-Bird Jama Mahlalela leaves UBC
with honours for behind-the-scenes excellence
Rugby's first round success
After capturing the regular season tide in
the Vancouver Rugby Union, the Men's
Thunderbirds made their first splash in
the playoff pool Saturday, taking out
Vancouver Islands' Castaway Wanderers
by a 21-8 final score. UBC opened the
scoring with an early try from Eric Wilson
and team captain Tim Bowen-Roberts
added to the advantage with a successful
penalty kick. The pressure cooker atmosphere got to the Birds shortly after, and
Joey Alexis was shown the yellow card for
a late hit The Wanderers took full advantage with the extra man, scoring a try to
make the game close at half.
- In the second frame, Wilson scored yet
again and Bowen-Roberts knocked two
more penalties through the uprights, leading the Birds to victory. Next up for the
team is a second-round matchup against
Seattle this Saturday at 2:30pm on the
Wolfson Field pitch.
Clean sweep in baseball
The UBC baseball squad swept its three
games against Western Baptist Universiiy
this past weekend, following Friday's 2-1
squeaker by. taking both ends of
Saturday's doubleheader 5-3 and $-7. The
victories mean that the Thunderbirds
record in NAIA Region I improves to 11-2,
topping ;the division.
On Friday UBC needed a tenth-inning
RBI from Johnny Yiu in order to slide past
Western Baptist after enjoying nine
innings of sis-hit ball from starter John
Strong defense was the word of the day
in the early game Saturday as UBC's Brad
Ashman pitched all nine innings, giving
up only three runs. The Birds fought back
from an early deficit to win, 5-3. but their
defensive stinginess would desert them in
their final outing of the weekend. On
Saturday evening starter Dan Osachoff
struggled through four innings before giving way to the bullpen. Osachoff was critical of the team following his start "We've
been playing down to some teams levels,
where we should rise above and beat
them by ten runs/ he said. This weekend
the T-Birds will play a two game set
against Eastern Oregon at Nat Bailey.
East versus West football
It may not have been a season to remember for the UBC Football team, but three of
its members are off to Wilfred Laurier
University for the 2004 East West Bowl, a
showcase and evaluation camp for top
football prospects. Defensive lineman
Nick Johansson, defensive back Dustin
Cherniawski and receiver Nathan
Beveridge will be representing the T-Birds
at the event. Although the event is intended to showcase players eligible for the CFL
draft in 2005, only Beveridge is headed
into his final year of eligibility.
Cherniawski is entering his third season
with UBC and Johansson will don a Birds
jersey for a fourth season in the fall. The
scouting combine is intended to give players an opportunity to demonstrate their
skills to interested observers from the
professional leagues. Last year's inaugural East West Bowl was a unanimous success, and several players in attendance
later signed free agent contracts with CFL
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by Dan McRoberts
After five years as a Thunderbird, Jama
Mahlalela took the court for the final time last
month in Halifax. Having helped the Birds to a
victory in their final game of the season, the
veteran guard admits that he struggled somewhat with the realisation that his UBC career
was over.
"Taking off the uniform was a bit of a chore,'
Mahlalela says. "I played for five years, which
most people don't get an opportunity to do.'
Despite falling short of expectations two years
running at Nationals, the gregarious co-captain
of the men's basketball team has seen the squad
make much progress since he first arrived, and
he leaves with a sense of great satisfaction and
pride. "I leave knowing that I'd helped to make
our program respectable, that people now
worry about coming to play UBC," he says.
Many athletes choose universities based on
the strength of their athletics programs, but
Mahlalela had different priorities. Having
played his high school ball at Oakwood
Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Mahlalela
received offers from Ontarian schools closer to
his home base. Despite that, when UBC made
their recruiting pitch, he felt right about making
the cross-continental jump to the Point Grey
"I had no family and np connections out
here, but academically it was the right choice
for me." Mahlalela knew that he wanted to
study .in the Faculty of Human Kinetics, which
made UBC an obvious choice. "The H. Kin program here is exceptional, one of the best in the
country," he says.
Five years on, he will earn his degree from
that very program and hopes to be putting it to
good use shortly. Mahlalela plans on returning
to his native Swaziland where he will combine
his basketball skills with a desire to educate
people and make a difference in his homeland.
He concedes that his competitive time on court
might not be at an end though. "I am looking
into the pro-league there."
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Jama will be missed by his teammates,' a
group that he describes as close-knit. "Ill
remember this year more than any other
because we all hang out as a group, even when
were not practicing,' he says. A comment from
fellow T-Bird Pat McKay identifies the esteem
in which Mahlalela is held. 'Jama is the greatest guy,' McKay says. Tm very glad to be graduating with him. I consider him a lifelong
friend." ,
But he will be remembered at UBC as much
more than simply a basketball player, something that was reflected at the recent Big Block
Awards banquet, where tie was presented with
a special certificate commemorating his "excellence in the areas of selfless-dedication, leadership and spirit".
Mahlalela speaks of the presentation and
the standing ovation that he received in glowing terms. "It was probably one of, if not the
most, special moments in my career at UBC. A
lot of the stuff that I do isn't out in the open; I
didn't play 40 minutes or average 20 points,
but what I did was behind the scenes. The fact
that people recognised that was...overwhelming to put it into one word." ♦
Sharpshooter hangs em' up
Forward Pat McKay
ends a bright varsity
basketball career
by Dan McRoberts
Pat McKay calls it "the shot'—his favourite on-
court memory of his time as a Thunderbird for
the UBC basketball team. "Last year when we
played TWU and I hit a three-pointer and we
won by two,' McKay says, recalling the play
without hesitation. McKay has now drained his
last three for UBC after fulfilling his five years of
university eligibility.
After a successful high school basketball
career at Abbotsford Secondary, McKay was initially forced into the college ranks because of a
low grade-point average. Despite a desire to
play in the CIS, not meeting the academic
requirements actually turned into basketball
gold when McKay's Fraser Valley Cascades captured the national collegiate title in his second
year at the Universiiy College of the Fraser
Valley (UCFV).
Following that triumph, McKay found him
self recruited by incoming UBC head coach
Kevin Hanson. "At that time, Kevin was coaching Langara College, who played against us
[UCFV]. He asked me to come with him to UBC."
The move looks good on both men now, with the
Thunderbirds fresh off their second appearance
at Nationals in as many years.
Having tasted national glory in his UCFV
days, McKay fell short with the T-Birds on both
trips to the CIS finals. Still, McKay feels differently about this season. "There was a different
feel to the team last year—we were ranked second and had high hopes," he recalls. "This year,
we've been the underdogs all year. We were
hoping to sort of shock the world."
McKay played a critical role in this season's
playoff drive, realising that he was playing his
final games of university basketball. "I didn't
start this season very well, but at the end of the
year and in the playoffs, I started playing well,*
says McKay. "I had come to terms with it being
my last year."
Basketball won't play an immediate role- in
McKay's post-UBC life, as he plans to head to
Japan with his girlfriend after graduating. "I
haven't ruled anything out," McKay says. "I still
love the game and I'll keep playing, but I don't
know about anything professional."
Whatever happens, he can always sit back
and proudly recall his dramatic game-winning
shot, ♦'...■' ...'•'
SPARTAN KILLER: Pat McKay driving the
lane against TWU earlier this year, peter
Racing Paris; Brussels and
Emilie Mondor is Canada's next cross country star
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by Jesse Marchand
By the age of 22, Emilia Mondor has
broken and lost the National 5km
cross country record in one weekend, raced in exotic places like Paris
and Brussels and has become one of
ten track and field athletes to be
'pre-selected' for the Olympics in
Athens this year.
These are among many of her
exploits since becoming a competitive runner at the age of 14. She got
her start in National competition,
winning the Junior Nationals in
1997 and joining the Canadian
National team in 1998. That year,
she placed tenth among hundreds
of runners, already ranking among
the hest of Canadian cross-country
Last year, Mondor broke a
National record in the 5km that
until then had remained stagnant
for 20 years. Unfortunately, the title
was short-lived as another Canadian
swept it away in competition the
next day. This year she hopes to
recapture the title with a race fast
enough to hold it for awhile.
Currently, the biological sciences
major is enrolled in universiiy at
SFU but has taken correspondence
courses at several universities and
colleges, including UBC.
"It is so hard right now because I
am always away,* says Mondor of
juggling classes and competing. "I
don't really have any choice than to
be in correspondence. Because I'm
in biological science, it's very, very
hard to take distance courses, especially because of all the labs."
Taking classes at several institutions offers Mondor the opportunity
to take classes she needs while still
maintaining a professional athletic
This year she has managed to
balance her schooling with a first-
place win in the 4km race at UBC's
Cross Country Open and a trip to the
World Cross Country championships in Brussels, Belgium.
The championships this year featured two events, both a 4km and an
8km. Mondor was one of the only
athletes to compete in both, adding
even more difficulty to the already
tough event.
"We start with a 150 athletes on
a single line, so it's very competitive," says Mondor.
Despite the tough competition,
Mondor raced to an eighth-place finish in the 8km and the next day led
team Canada to third place overall
finish in the 4km, after placing 13 th.
"The 8km was probahly the hardest race I have ever run,* says
Mondor. "It was such a hard course,
very hilly, very challenging, very
muddy, very windy and everything
you can have in Brussels,* she adds,
Next up for Mondor is a trip to
the Olympics in Athens this summer, provided she places in the top
four at this year's National championships—a feat that shouldn't be
hard for the well-travelled athlete.
Mondor is excited for the opportunity because she Is hitting the
Athen's Olympics with a sucessful
record at the young age of 22. In
cross country, world athletes are
said to peak at age 2 7. For Mondor
this is right around the time the
Olympics will be hosted in China.
"In theory, I should be better in the
Olympics in 2008 in China. For me
Athens is very important, but it's
also a good preparation for the
As for her future after the
Olympics, Mondor says she will
never stop running.
"For me running is more of a
way of life than anything. I can tel
you that I could probably stop racing tomorrow and won't be that
sad," she says of the competition
aspect. "I love racing and every person that knows me as an athlete
knows that I love winning," she
adds. "Actually, what I love the most
is just to go out training every day,
just to go out in a place like Burnaby
Lake or Jericho Beach," she says.
"I know L will be running all
my life, I won't be competing all
my life."
After her athletic career ends,
Mondor plans to explore a career
based on her biological studies,
eventually attending graduate
school for a Master's. "My development with school is as important as
my athletics development,* she says.
"You cannot be an athlete all
your life....you need to have another
door at the end." ♦
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Wayne Phillips, Entertainment Technician
Winner, Governor General's Bronze Medal
for Academic Excellence, Class of 2003
Douglas College
You can go anywhere from here
So this is goodbye
A look at a year of varsity sport
compiled by Jesse Marchand,
Wilson Wong and
Dan McRoberts
"All the way"
Women's basketball
It was a season pf superlatives for
women's basketball. In the offseason
Head Coach. Deb Huband brought in
what she called the "best recruiting
class in the history of UBC
Basketball.* By the winter break, UBC
held the number one ranking for the
first time in 30years and would go on
to finish with their best conference
record since 1974.
The success continued as the
Birds advanced to their first National
Championships in ten years. In
Winnipeg, UBC advanced to the title
game With wins over Ottawa and SFU.
UBC would bring home the "Bronze
Baby* for the first time in 30 years by
beating Regina 60-53 in the final.
For her performance at the
Nationals, Carrie Watson won the
Tournament MVP award and CIS
Defensive Player of the Year. Also,
Sheila Townsend was named to the
tournament All-Star team. Other honours went to Huband, who won the
conference and national Coach of the
Year awards, and Cait Haggarfy, who
was the Canada West Rookie of
the Year.
Women's field hockey
For the fourth time in six years, the
women's field hockey National
Championship was claimed by UBC.
The Thunderbirds roEed through the
regular season losing only one game
and never dropping out of the top two
in the national rankings. After
destroying Western, St Mary's and
York in pool play, UBC played Victoria
in the National Final The te@ms went
scoreless after regulation and eventually went into penally strokes. The
first set of strokes couldn't decide a
winner and the two teams went into
suddendeath: penalties where Alisa
Carey buried the winner on the third
set of strokes. The victory brought
UBC their ninth field hockey National
Championship in the school's history.
Carey, Stephanie Jameson, Mo
O'Connor, Tiffany Michaluk, Giovan-
na Piccone and Laura Dowling were
all named to the tournament AU-Star
Women's soccer
Coming off a National win last year,
the women's soccer team maintained
their intensity. Ending their season
11-1-2, the Birds were clear favourites
for Canada West and had no problem
beating out Lethbridge and Alberta in
the Finals.
After four Birds were named All-
Canadians" at the National banquet,
the soccer women continued a 13-
game undefeated streak, beating the
Cape Breton Capers 4-0—making 13
of the 14 undefeated games a shutout win. They continued to have no
problem beating Laval (3-1) and
brought in another shut-out against
Ottawa (5-0) to win gold. In honour
of her outstanding play, Ros Hicks
received the top athlete award at this
year's banquet.
Men's and women's swimming
Continuing a long tradition of
National titles and Olympic athletes
the men's and women's swim teams
had another outstanding year.
Coming out on top in many of their
meets, the swimmers had no problem taking their seventh straight
National title this year. While Kelly
Stefanyshyn broke the CIS record in
the   50m butterfly,  the  women's
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4x100m medley relay also smashed
the UBC and CIS record in 4:06.47.
And while there Were too many
fantastic swims to mention here,
some top results were Desmond
Strelzow's rookie of the meet award,
Matt Huang's medal hat trick and
graduate Justin Tisdall who took his
last CIS silver for the team. Next up is
Olympic trials for many of the athletes, another place where they are
sure to exceL
"Didn't we almost have
it ail?"
Alpine skiing
Both the men's and women's Alpine
SM teams had their best seasons in
history. Without captain Stephanie
Rodenkirchen, the women's team,
behind rookie Andrea Lutsenberger,
finished third at the Regional
Championships and then finished
ninth at the USCSA Nationals in
Maine. It was their best finish since
their team was re-formed in 2001.
The men's team defended their
regional championship, looking for a
medal at the Nationals. Trevor Bruce
was the top skier all year for UBC but
when he crashed on tie final day of
competition, the team's fate was left
up to seniors Paul Boskovich and Alex
Boedtker. Boskovich finished 19th
and Boedtker just managed to complete his race to give UBC a bronze
medal, tying the best finish in the
team's history.
Cross country
After hosting the regional championships, UBC's two cross-country
squads both qualified for the NAIA
National Championships in
Louisville, Kentucky where they both
finished in the top ten The men were
led by veteran Jerry Ziak, who won the
individual portion of the competition
and was named an AU-American. In
the team competition, Ziak was
joined by Chris Durkin, David
Roulston, Morgan Titus, Nick Elson,
Jeff Symonds and Shane Carlo, and
they combined for a ninth place
The ladies' team qualified for the
Nationals for the first time and took
fifth place honours in the team competition. The top individual performer for UBC was AU-American
Celia Ambery who finished ninth.
Amy Higginbotham, Megan Huzzey,
Shannon Elmer, Michelle Mark,
Kristin Carpenter and Megan Doherty
filled out the roster.
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Men's basketball
For the men's basketball team, this
year should have been a bit of a letdown following the departure of CIS
Player of the Year Kyle Russell. Instead
of fading away, the Birds, strengthened by new additions like forward
Peter Wauthy, surged to the top of the
Pacific Division by the Christmas
break. After a consistent second half,,
UBC qualified for the post-season in
the most competitive division in
Canadian university basketball
The playoffs brought out the best
in the Birds, as they knocked off
regional rivals TWU and SFU in consecutive weekend series. Although
they were unable to hold on to their
Canada West title, the T-Birds did
qualify for Nationals. For the second
year running, UBC was unceremoniously eliminated by a lower-ranked
team in their first match of the tournament Casey Archibald and Karlo
Villanueva both had outstanding
campaigns for UBC, earning Canada
West AltStar spots. With only two regulars on the way out men's basketball figures to; have another strong
team next seaion.:
Men's ice hockey
Oh the ice, this was a year of steady
improvement for the men's squad.
Early in the season, • the
Thunderbirds broke their 33-game
conference road losing streak as they
looked to qualify for the playoffs for
the first time in six years. UBC relied
on their top-ranked penalty-killing
and senior goaltender Robert File for
victories all year with their most dramatic one coming on February 14 as
UBC clinched a playoff berth by beating Lethbridge 3-2 in overtime. They
travelled to Calgary for a best-of-three
series and won their first playoff
game in six years, but UBC eventually
lost the series two games to one.
Nordic skiing
After an outstanding performance
throughout the provincial portion of
their schedule, UBC Nordic fell short
of expectations at Nationals in New
Brunswick. Greg Egan won lop university skier honours for British
Columbia, with Luke Heckrodt finishing a close second. The team as a
whole finished in third place among
all sM clubs in the province. The
competition in the Maritimes was
tougher than the cross-country stalwarts expected, however, and the
event was dominated by schools
from Ontario and Alberta's
Augustana University College. The
team bids farewell to skier-coach
Roger McMillan, but hopes lo expand
their schedule next season to incorporate several races in the United
Women's rugby
They went to CIS Nationals in the fall
but just couldn't get the team together to advance to the medal rounds.
But for the women's rugby team, it
was early in the season and after a
slow start, the Birds snuck into the
leagues championships with the last
playoff spot They surprised everyone
by beating out the tournament
favourite and number one team SFU
in the first round. Although they
couldn't battle for first and second
place, they managed to battle against
Burnaby to take third. The strong end
of season result bodes well for the
Birds next year, especially when they
head back to' CIS Nationals in
Men's soccer
The men's soccer team had a rough
ride this year. With an early injury lo
their veteran goalkeeper Julian
- Philips, the Birds had to look to Dan
Holloway to take the keeper's reins.
The season was marked by up and
down games and peppered with wins
and losses. In the end, the team fell
just short of winning Canada West
losing to the number one Alberta
team and Saskatchewan. Nevertheless, the ever-fighting Birds took
home the Canada West Player of the
Year award in the hands of graduating player Aaron Richer.
Men's volleyball
Richard Shick, aN former National
Championship-wirming coach, was
brought in to replace long-time coach
Dale Ohman and his first season
ended in the same fashion as
Ohman's last Playing in the tough
Canada West Conference, UBC managed several wins over ranked teams,
compiling an 8-12 record. They
clinched a playoff spot on the final
night with a win oyer top-ranked
Alberta but could not continue their
strong play, losing in two straight
matches at the University of
Manitoba. Steve Corothers is the only
graduating player so the Birds should
be strong again next year. Geoff
Emslie was named a Second Team
All-Canadian and a First Team All-
Canada West player. Andrew Bonner
was named to the Canada West All-
Rookie Team.
Women's volleyball
The women's volleyball team boasted
several winning stretches this year,
the longest being eight wins in a row.
Their quick ability to Mil led them
easily through Canada West and into
the Nationals where they won a close
match 3-1 against Toronto. But after
putting their heart and soul into the
next evenings match against Alberta
and losing, the Birds were unable to
hold on in the Bronze match against
Laval less than 12 hours later.
Graduate Amy Schroeder, however,
was selected to the all-star team.
"Hang down your head
Football head coach Lou Deslauriers
blamed the Thunderbirds season-
opening loss on "first game jitters.* It
turned out to be a severe case of season-long jitters for UBC football, as
the team proceeded to lose every
time they took the field. A dismal 0-8
record left the Birds short of the playoffs yet again, and included a loss to
archrival SFU in a very foggy edition
of the Shrum Bowl. There were several individual silver linings to this
very dark cloud, as three T Birds were
selected for next month's East West
Bowl and defensive back Jacques
Deslauriers was named the Canada
West nominee for CIS Rookie of the
Year. Maybe these fine young men
can lead UBC to a victory or two
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Wornen's ice hockey
They didn't spot many wins or make
it to Nationals this year but the
women's hockey team was starting to
look good in their final moments.
After opening the season with a six
game losing streak. The Birds managed a three game winning streak
near the end of January thanks to
goalie Lucie Fortin who had shut-outs
in two games against Saskatchewan.
But it wasn't enough to get them to
the playoffs and with many players
returning next year the Birds will
have to take what they've learned
with them into next season.
"Still standing''
Men's Rugby
After an almost flawless season in the
British Columbia Rugby Union, the
men's rugby team are clear
favourites to win the championships
starting this weekend. With an amazing 14-1 record and a capture of the
Berkeley/UBC World Cup, the men
have much to boast about Their next
game comes up against the Seattle in
the quarter final, a team they beat 2 7-
15 once already this season.
While recent injuries have made the
task harder, UBC is on track to win
the NAIA Region I Conference championship. Led by starters Brad
Ashman and John Campbell, the
Thunderbirds (21-11 overall, 11-2 in
conference play) currently hold a
slim half-game lead over Concordia
of Portland, but UBC recently took
three of four from the Cavaliers at
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Nat Bailey Stadium. Offensively,
Mark Capone leads the team with a
.405 batting average and 26 RBI's.
Should UBC win the Region I playoSs,
they will get to host the Super
Regional for a: chance at the NAIA
World Series.
Track and field
With eight members heading to
Nationals so far, the track and field
team boasts strong athletes this year.
The team still has many meets to
practice for the Lousiville Nationals,
but will look to leaders like Dan
Mezheritsky and Megan Huzzey to
take the strong group al the way.
Men's golf
The men's golf team had undoubtedly one of the longest seasons amongst
all the varsity programs. They started
their season in September and it will
conclude in May. The team struggled
a little against tough competition in
the first semester but have been playing very well lately, including a sec
ond place finish at the Kauai
Collegiate Cup in Hawaii. At that competition, freshman Blake Rowe-
Sleeman won the individual portion
of the tournament Next they will see
action at the NAIA Region I
Championship in Moscow, Idaho
with the NAIA National Championship and the RCGA Canadian
University Championship coming
in May.
Women's golf
Results continue to improve for the
women's golf team who have NAIA
Nationals to look forward to at the
end of March. Recently the women
did quite well at the Grand Canyon
Invitational, placing third overall on
the 5970 yard, par 72 course. The
best scores for the Birds included a
74 by Jana Haggins and a 76 by
Morgan Lederhouse, while Jill
McAuley shot a 78.
The women have been keeping
close to par all season and should have
no problem continuing to do well on
the National circuit in Idaho. ♦ 14
TEE TIME: Rpwe-Sleeman gets ready to putt, sarah bourdon photo
Rowe-Sleeman is a
rookie with experience
by Sarah Bourdon
He may be a Thunderbird rookie but
Blake Rowe-Sleeman already has five
professional years of golf behind him.
He started playing golf in grade eight
■ in his hometown of Coquitiam and
was recruited to the UBC team after
playing at a junior level in high
schooh competing at both the
Provincial and National Junior
Championships. Not coincidentally,
Rowe-Sleeman names Coquitlam as
his favourite place to golf partly
because of its view of Mt Baker.
Since he came to UBC, the first-
year agricultural science student has
had great success, coming home with
an impressive first place win from a
recent tournament in Hawaii.
"I like golf because it's individual
and team. That's the best part about
it," says Rowe-Sleeman. "The most
challenging thing is to stay in the
moment The actual physical part is
simple, anybody can get fairly good at
that The hardest part is the game
between your ears, trying to stay in
: the moment and not get ahead' of
yourself and only worry about yourself and how you're playing."
, But getting into the proper mental
state isn't easy. It takes concentration
and experience.
"You get into certain positions
when you play where you don't really
know what to think, and after about
maybe three of four times in the same
ppsition you start to learn and gain
the experience,'he says, "It's a fairly
difficult thing to gain, it takes lots of
time and you have to be very patient'
In additipp to the golf team's
scheduled practices three times during the week, Rowe-Sleeman plays as
much as he can on the weekends.
Coach Alec Macdonald says Rowe-
Sleeman has a strong ability to focus
on the present rather than the future,
the key to success in the game.
"Blake is extremely competitive.
He is comfortable with a lead,' says
Macdonald. "Every time in junior golf
when I'd seen him in the past, whenever he had a chance to win, he'd usually get it done. He's one of those kind
of guys, because he has such a good
mental side of this game.'
UBC's team came in second overall at the recent NCAA Division I tournament in Hawaii. Rowe-Sleeman
placed first individually at the tournament with his scores of 70, 71 and
72, on a par-72 course. The scores
were a great personal achievement,
he said, considering the competition
was made difficult by windy conditions and a challenging course, as
well as the after-effects of food poisoning from a few days before the
tournament. r
"That was probably my highlight
of the trip. That's what I remember
the most," he says jokingly, adding
that he could barely stand up two
days before the competition. Despite
this, the tournament was a valuable
"It was great playing with all-
round good golfers from pretty much
all over the world," says Rowe-
Sleeman, describing how he was only
separated from the first place position by two shots after the second
round, but had a great final round
and finished in first place. "The third
round,I played the most consistent. I
didn't do anything really dumb, didn't do anything really heroic; the last
day was a solid round of golf."
The UBC men's team is looking
forward to the Canadian Nationals in
Toronto at the end of May and are
hoping to add another win to UBC's
five National titles. Rowe-Sleeman
plans to continue playing for the
team while he is at UBC and, while he
does not aspire to make golf his
career, would like to continue playing
recreationally in the future. In the
meantime, he has his sights set on
playing well in the upcoming competitions.
"The goal I have right now is to
play good golf." ♦
Three varsity
teams later...
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Starting pitcher Dan
Osachoff enjoys his
last year at UBC
by Jesse Marchand
UBC starting pitcher Dan Osachoff started his
university career as an outfielder. Raised in
White Rock, Osachoff left high school to
attend Kwantlen College. He came to the team
as an extra outfielder but it didn't take the
coach long to realise that Osachoff s pitching
ability had been brewing since age four.
"I was four and my parents somehow got
me into a five-year-old team," says Dan of his
youngest playing days. But by the age of eight
someone finally realised that- he was in the
wrong league and he was held back a year,
putting him on par with the rest of his
age group.
Like his two older brothers, Osachoff continued to play baseball into high school. But
unlike his siblings, it didn't end there for the
M-. 1,
UBC veteran. After heading straight to
Kwantlen, he moved to Washington to attend
Big Bend Community College where he spent
two years as a pitcher for the team.
"It was the time of my life," says Osachoff.
"I was young. We were all young and just
excited with baseball. The school liked us a lot
as far as teachers were concerned—they
looked out for us as athletes who were busy.
The town was there for us too."
But after playing a summer of baseball for
the Bellingham Bells, with the cousin of UBC
head coach Terry McKaig as the pitching
coach, Dan was recruited to UBC.
But his career didn't start out the way he
wanted it to.
"Baseball started off on a bad note with
UBC. My first outing was the worst of my life,"
says Osachoff. "There was about a week where
I lay in bed saying maybe this isn't the right
place for me."
But after spending some time thinking
about his game and practising, Dan was able
to realise the technical mishaps and conquer
the nerves of trying out for UBC.
"They say, 'stay within youself and I wasn't staying within myself,' says Dan. "I was
trying to be someone that I wasn't I guess I
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E\en jt 1he Gam practices in the fall,
Osat liol'f sd)s ihat he was always the early
bird, chattering away while the other players
were barely awake. He also tries to make the
most of the long bus rides to away games—the
longest being a Sl'-hour trip to Arizona. He
does this best by re-watching team movie
favourites like Top Gun and Super Troopers
on the long rule
Anil while 'here <ne Mill lols of ri>.uitnp->
left in this jr- ir's v.iM'n, Os'uhmf is n'ready
looking iiliead lo the future This hummer he
plans lo pljy b i*t-l>ull in the dig iry semi-pro
league On Ihe job front he plaiiS lo e\tmlud!-
ly use his (.oinmerrp and sotiolotyr degree lo
get into ■l,,p imi'slmenl business with his
father and older brother.
And while he thinks the team will be losing
"a great personality,* when he leaves at the
end of the year, he is not worried about the
future prospects.
"It's exciting to watch this team.' ♦
goes onto tMe next phase
UBC basketball loses another star
by Wilson Wong
After five years on the UBC women's basketball
team, Carrie Watson is expecting a change. "It's
going to be a little different,' she says. "This is
going to be something so new; one phase of my
life is over and it will be so weird not having to
return in September to get ready forbasketball.
The biggest thing I will miss is just having the
team around and seeing the same people
every day.'
It would be natural for Watson to miss being
on a basketball team. It has been a part of her
life since she was a child and the sport has
given her many wonderful memories.
Basketball was a family affair for the
Watsons, who hail from the Fraser Valley town
of Agassiz. Her parents Bob andv Roxanne
coached when she and her twin, Kelly, starred
for the Agassiz Eagles in the mid 1990s.
Though she was at a small school, most
FANCY FEET: Watson in action using fancy footwork to keep possession away from
university rival TWU. peter klesken/ubyssey file photo
observers knew of Watson's talents on the basketball court One of the most highly recruited
players that year, Watson decided to attend UBC
and play for head coach Deb Huband.
However, UBC wasn't the first place the two
have crossed paths. Huband was the coach of
the Under-lS Regional Team that won first at
the BC Summer Games and a 14-year-old
Watson was on that team, as was a young Sheila
Townsend. Watson and Huband kept in touch,
and when time came to find a place to play, UBC
was the natural choice for Watson. "I always
knew I was going to go to UBC. I loved how big
the campus was so I knew I wanted to
come here."
UBC did not always have playoff success
though. In Watson's previous four years, UBC
never got out of the second playoff round of the
tough Canada West Conference. Playing against
the challenging competition did help Watson
improve and with more experience and playing
time, she blossomed from being mainly a
defensive stalwart to one of Canada's best all-
around players.
Shortly after the season began, Watson
became the main leader of the team. With
Townsend out, she would be looked upon for
offence from the guard position. As one of two
fifth-year seniors, Amanda Beers being the
other, Watson would have to provide leadership
for the six rookies on the team. Plus, she would
also have to maintain the stellar defensive work
she was always known for. Watson excelled in
all three areas and a very special season was
taking shape for UBC.
By the winter break, UBC held the top spot in
the country and Townsend's return only made
the Thunderbirds more dangerous as they
headed to their first National Championship
tournament in ten years.
Knowing the games would be her last in a
Thunderbird jersey, Watson made sure she
would go out a winner. A 16-point performance
helped beat Ottawa and a 20-point game contributed to a win over SFU.in the semi-finals.
That put UBC in the National Final against
Regina, a team that had blown them out two
previous times. Undaunted, Watson and the
Birds won 60-53 to take home the champi
onship. She scored 16 points against Regina
and had a great day on defence making several
steals and taking several charges against
Cymone Bouchard, the best player in the country. She ended up with a lot of bruises and
scratches but her performance earned her the
Most Valuable Player of the tournament award.
Her performance won her three Big Block
Awards, sharing the Marilyn Pom fret Award
(top female athlete) and taking home the
awards for best performance in a single weekend and outstanding leadership, the latter two
being peer evaluations. Prior to that, she won
the CIS Defensive Player of the Year honours,
cramming her trophy case full of awards.
"I thought I had a good shot at the Defensive
Player of the Year but eveiything else has been
a big surprise. The Big Block Awards were pretty overwhelming," said Watson, who also had
praise for her fellow athletes. "What was so
amazing was how much support there was
from other athletes, it was awesome."
Others have been just as quick to praise
Watson. Among many other compliments,
coach Huband had this to say: "Watson has
been a tremendous role model for her teammates and youngsters in the community. She is
personable and generous with her teammates
and her leadership has been instrumental in
making the large rookie recruiting class of
2003 feel welcome and comfortable at UBC."
Huband added that "Watson is one of the
most significant contributors to the rise of UBC
Basketball over the past five years from a top
ten team to the 2004 CIS Champions.'
With exams and graduation fast approaching, Watson is enjoying her last days as a UBC
basketball star. She leaves the basketball program in very good hands as UBC will have
many young players with championship experience for the next few years.
She will still be on campus, however, as she
tries to fulfill another dream: becoming a
teacher. Just days ago, she was accepted into the
Faculty of Education and she will begin school
again in July. If all goes well, Watson will
become a certified teacher in a couple of
years and be grading assigments instead of
writing them. ♦
UBC Firsts in Louisville
•fr 3000m race-walk:
Megan Huzzey 14:17.30 minutes
■frlQOm hurdles:
Jessica Offerf 14.69 seconds
Sally Wong (second) 14.78 seconds
■frLongJump:»       , ,
Hewitt Cloe 4.86 metres
•ftShot Put
AleenaZibin 12.69 metres
•& 400m run:
Lauren Siebel 58.92
After two excellent finishes in Louisville, KY and Bellingham, WA,
eight members of UBC's track and field team have qualified for
NAIA Nationals in Louisville in May. With individual practices
once a day and training with the coach three times a week, the
Birds did well at their last two tournaments.
From May 2 7-29 the team was in Kentucky, where five of the T-
Birds took first in their respective events. On April 3, the team
placed better as a whole taking a second-place finish overall for the
men and fifth-place finish for the women. Top team results included a first place finish in the women's 4x 100m relay and a second
in the men's.
Despite already qualifying for Nationals, the team still has
many meets to go. But Coach Marek Jedrzejek believes that knowing early will help the team. "It takes the pressure off of the athletes," said Jedrzejek. Now, "they can focus on the right preparation," instead of worrying about qualifying, he adds.
Next up for the Birds is the SFU invitational on April 10. ♦
—Jesse Marchand
NICE POLE: The pole vault is only one of Mezheritsky's
many events.He also won the 100m hurdles race in
Bellingham, Washinton last weekend, photo courtesy of
UBC Firsts in BelJingham
■fr Hammer Throw:
Jeremy Edwards 53.04 metres
, it 1500m run:
David Roulston 3:58.05 minutes
it 100m hurdles:
JessicaOlfert 15.03 seconds "- '.
Dan Mezheritsky 15.45 seconds
^400m hurdles:
Lauren Welch 1:02.92 minutes
Thunderbirds take third at
women's championships
Women's rugby
surprises some tough
competition at finals
by Jesse Marchand
They may have only just nudged their way into the playoffs but the Thunderbird women's rugby team ended up
upsetting the tournament. They came into the tournament ranked eighth overall, which seeded them against
the top team, SFU. And they won.
' "When an eight seed beats a one seed, for sure that's
a surprise," said head coach Steven Tong. But he wasn't
surprised that the Birds had put in so much effort
"We've been playing well leading into the playoffs,"
added Tong. " There's a lot of parity on any given day. It
didn't surprise me that we had some sucess.'
After beating out the top-seeded team from SFU and
destroying their medal hopes, the Birds went on to battle Burnaby. /    ; '  .
But then; hopes for taking first place were dashed
when the game against Burnaby ended in a 17-7 loss.
Coach Tong blamed the loss on a slow start.
Characteristic of their season, the Birds had started off
slowly, only gaining intensity in the final moments.
TOUGH LADIES: The Birds finally get a break after
a gruelling eight-month season, jesse marchand/
Despite two tries near the end of the second half it wasn't enough to bring the team back from the brink.
But they did get some consolation. Instead of losing
heart from the loss the T-Birds dug in and beat the third-
ranked Nanaimo team 5-0 for the bronze medal.
The Birds have four graduates this year: Eleanor
Alesi, Leslie McKenzie, Ceara Mullen and Michelle
Paquet But Tong isn't worried about the team. By the
end of this season six rookies were starting for the varsity team.
"These are true student athletes," said Tong. Rugby is
"demanding on the body...eight months in the rain, in
the snow, in the wind. These are real student atheltes
and I'm really proud of them." ♦ 16
Modern-day Dr Doolittle and Order of Canada member Dr David Jones-
famed UBC zoologist—talks, walks and laughs with the animals
Nestled beside TRIUMF, hidden by the
trees lining 16th Avenue and only minutes from the university gates is UBC's
Animal Care Centre. Rarely visited by those not
belonging to its small staff of researchers and
grad students, the Animal Care Centre is home
to a range of exotic species. Alligators and
endangered green sea turtles occupy its tanks,
while Australian emus run free in an outside
yard. A large chamber bustles with cormorants,
seagulls and ducks from regions as far as China
and North Africa. In other rooms are sea horses swimming in tanks and eggs from varied
species in incubators being slowly heated and
readied for hatching.
A small wild kingdom unto itself, the Animal
Care Centre is also home to another extraordinary species of the Dr Dooljttle lineage: Dr
David Jones, a zoologist who has been working
at UBC for 35 years. Jones was recently awarded the prestigious Order of Canada for his lifelong contribution to the world of zoology in the
capacities of research and teaching.
As soon as he picks me up in his car at our
pre-arranged spot—I got lost trying to find my
own way into the Animal Care Centre the prevt
ous day—I immediately notice a facet of Jones'
personality that never loses my attention
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laugh is loud, British, distinctive. As we drive
through the trees towards the Animal Care
Centre, his full-time home now that he has
stopped teaching, he tells me that he once
received a note from the dean reprimanding
him for speeding up this road. "I didn't see him,
but he must have seen mel* he says. And then,
of course, he laughs.
We arrive at the Animal Care Centre at a
speed that I'm sure the dean wouldn't be happy
with. As we climb out of the car, he offers to
show us around before we sit down for the
interview. "We have lots of birds,* he tells us.
Then, as we walk down the hall towards the alligator room, he quotes Emily Dickinson: "You
have to love birds. It's economical It saves
going to heaven.*
Portrait of the zoologist as a
young man
To me, the term zoologist brings to mind men
in khaki shorts clutching binoculars and
wading through swamps with labelled plastic
bags, searching for the perfect many-legged
Jones betrays such expectations. In his
office, he recounts the events in his life that
brought him to his current profession, which he
has pursued since entering university. Born in
Bristol, he was educated in England. As a
teenager he wasn't at all academic. "I wasn't a
great studier in school,* he explains. "I always
thought my future lay elsewhere. Elsewhere
than school.*
When he was young, living in Bristol, only
two per cent of the eligible group could attend
university so he originally hoped to get in with
a sports scholarship, being an avid rugby player. But injuries put that plan to rest—as he puts
it, "bits kept falling off." Admitted at the last second to Southampton University in England, he
found himself getting involved in the zoology
department and eventually gave up sports
entirely. Though he has now won innumerable
awards, including the Order of Canada
for his studies in zoology, he casually recalls
his decision at the time: "I thought I should
find out something about zoology, read a couple
of books. And I just got more and more
interested.' ,
A part of Southampton University that
stands out strongly in Jones' mind Is its museum. As he recalls his memories of the museum,
one gets an inkling of what lies at the root of his
long-time passion for the study of animal forms
and behaviours.
"They had a museum, a great big space the
size of a major lecture halL.and there were all
these animals in bottles...It was just the amazing diversity of animal form which I think was
attractive. And then came the question, how
does this work? How is it built? How is it structured? How do we investigate these things?" As
a young man he pondered these questions
while driving at high speeds in bis car—he now
marvels that he didn't 'wrap himself around
trees.* Zoology quickly became bis central field
of interest
After receiving his PhD at the age of 24, he
was hired by UBC over the phone. He had heard
that they were hiring and then decided to move
to Canada. It was his first trip to North America.
He never left.
Talking to the animals
Perhaps zoologists are among the only people
on earth who casually open a door and say, in
an utterly normal tone of voice: "And here are
the alligators.*
There are two rooms of alligators in the
Animal Care Centre: one holds young alligators
of around six years of age, the other the older
alligators of around ten. Jones greets them as he
opens the door. The younger alligators, he tells
us, are 'gentle.' The older alligators on the
other hand, he remarks as we stand in the doorway, could jump out of the shallow water of
their tank and hit us where we stand before we
could even move. Reassuring. A few of the alligators lower their heads under water—this
makes them think they're invisible, Jones
explains. I eye an alligator in the tank. It eyes
me back. Thinking that a staring match with an
alligator might not be the smartest route, I
look away.
Like all animals at the Animal Care Centre,
except those which are 'retired,' a term which
summons to mind images of geriatric ducks
perambulating in miniature wheelchairs, the
alligators are used for research, though none
that does damage to the animals. In fact to hear
Jones discuss his crocodiles seems more like
the descriptions of a proud father than a
detached scientist, though as a scientist he has
conducted seminal studies in crocodilian
research. In 1992, he delivered the prestigious
Fry Medal lecture to the Canadian Society of
Zoologists and over the past decade, he has
delivered lectures on crocodilian cardiac
dynamics to prominent groups of zoologists in
England, Germany and Russia.
His tour of the Animal Care Centre is accompanied by an ongoing supply of information,
like that provided by a walking encyclopedia: he THEUBYSSEY
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provides origins, quirks, anecdotes, his descriptions of the animals at once sentimental and
carefully detailed, moving quickly between
praising an animal's personality traits to
recounting the curiosities of its anatomy, that
which makes it biologically unique. Crocodiles
are the only reptiles with a completely divided
ventricle, he says, a quality that permits them to
cruise for hours underwater without surfacing;
emus are inquisitive and quick, he tells me, and
then adds reflectively that it's fascinating how
emus can regulate .their blood pressure, their
.heads being so high above their bodies.
We enter a room occupied entirely by bird
cages along one wall. A clamour of squawks and
discordant mixes of song fills the air. He names
each species as we pass. Cormorants; white
pekings from China; seagulls; odd-looking mus-
covy ducks from north Africa with black
crowns, pink feet and red-and-black heads.
Finally, he shows the turtles before we
return to his office for the interview. Twelve
large green sea turtles roam slowly around a
large blue tank. Green sea turtles, which can
live to 30 or 40 years, are currently endangered. Jones stands by the tank, watching fthe
broad-backed animals. "People want to eat the
last of the species," he says. "It seems rather
bizarre." A few come close, waving broad green
flippers through the water and he offers them
the occasional greeting or comment
"Makes you feel like a latter-day Dr Dooliftle,
talking to the animals," he says later.
Cathedrals/ zoology and the
perfection of structure
Jones has spent the past 3 5 years—virtually his
entire research career—at UBC, only recently
retiring as a professor, but continuing as a
researcher. His pioneering of new methods in
zoology through advances in technology is a
large part of what won bim the Order of
Canada. Ducks swimming in a maze-like indoor
channel in the Animal Care Centre are videotaped and their heartbeats are broadcast via a
device implanted in the ducks' abdomens, a
technique known as telemetry. The heartbeats
of the emus in the outside yard are likewise
monitored. Jones also pioneered the use of data
logging devices with elephant seals and
leatherback turtles, attaching computers to
their backs before releasing them into the
ocean, in order to collect data detailing such
things as dive depths and times, heart rate,
body temperature, swimming velocity and feeding habits.
Such methods provide an intimate and
detailed account of what makes these animals
tick. A great deal of this data paints a clear picture of the structure of the animals: how they
are designed and the reasons underlying
their functions.
Jones' interest in structure, interestingly,
leads to his side interest in the English cathedral, a subject about which he says he hopes to
someday write a book. As a hoy in Bristol, he
attended Bristol Cathedral School, the centrepiece of which was—you guessed it—the cathedral Not being particularly religious ("I prefer
to believe in ducks") Jones spent a great deal of
his boyhood time meant for praying looking at
the cathedral's architecture instead, which he
always found "puzzling."
Those who build cathedrals, he explains,
have something in common with zoologists,
taking it upon themselves fo sort out complex
structures of great beauty with frequent mistakes. "These guys who built the cathedrals a
thousand years ago are people I would see
myself as sort of trying out things and if
they don't fall down, let's build a bit more.
Being more experimental rather than highly
Fish structure is an area he has been interested in for over twenty years. Recently, he
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arrived at a major breakthrough in his research
while studying exotic fish in Honolulu: the realisation that the bulbus, an elastic chamber
between the ventricle and the aorta of fish, is
responsible for the fact that the blood pressures
in fish of varied sizes are roughly the same. His
process is of trial and error, progressing surely,
if unpredictably, towards a greater understanding of the subject or species at hand. "Usually if
you do one thing and it doesn't go very well, you
get a load of questions. You know, where am I
going to go with this? Do I go that way, this way?
That's the lucky thing: I always seem to make
the right choices."
The next generation
Over the past 35 years, Jones has developed
a body of work that has garnered him
national acclaim in the form of the Order of
Canada, as well as the Flavelle Medal from
the Royal Society of Canada and UBC's
Killam Research Prize. He has trained
numerous graduate students and taught
many more in his classes during his long
run as a professor of zoology. He has seen
the zoology department grow to include far
more female faculty, of which there were
none when he started at UBC—a wonderful
thing to see for the father of two daughters,
he says.
His enthusiasm for his work still
remains unabated. "I think there's a belief
in science that if you're going to do anything, you do it in the first few years you're
in," he says. "I don't think that's true in zoology. If you've got the enthusiasm and the
interest, you can make contributions all the
way through." Jones is certainly living up to
this—as we walk dojvn the hall towards his
office, he talks in passing to a colleague
about an upcoming trip Xa South America.
He has also worked in Australia. Once while
working there, he recalls, a platypus
escaped into the piping and everyone
in the building had to be advised "not to
flush" until the stray platypus was safely
However, despite his long and rewarding
career, Jones cites his family as his greatest
"I think really it has to come down to the
kind of legacy you leave in the students who
go on after you...I'm not in the Nobel Prize
winning game or whatever...It's rather like,
what's the biggest thing in life? Well, it's
having two kids. It's the best thing you've
ever done. As you get older, have grandkids,
you think, well you think that's really important. These other things that you've strived
for all your life do pale a bit in comparison
to that." ♦ 18
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H3j0u.gb.0ut the school year, amazing local talent has graced the pages of the culture section, high-
Ughting Vancouver's best in theatre, music, creative writing and film. Within the UBC community
is a wealth of up-and-coming talent, some already established in the competitive and challenging
world of the arts and others hungry to make their mark. The following artists are the best that UBC
has to offer. Taking the next step in their lives, each one of these talented UBC graduates' names is
sure to remain in the headlines.
BFA acting graduate
by John Hua
I enter to meet Helenna Santos
amidst the buzzing commotion of a
Starbucks, filled entirely with those
seeking the quick recharge of an
espresso shot before facing the one-
to-five stretch. Sitting at a quaint table
for two in the corner of the coffee
shop, Helenna quietly sips at her
overly sweet Chai Latte while perusing some classroom notes.
Helenna is a petite actor, whose
exotic look—which is proudly
derived from her Russian and
Filipino   heritages—is   pleasantly
complimented by her ear-to-ear
smile and extroverted personality.
The budding actor is graduating
from UBC's BFA acting program and
has been recently signed under the
reputable Vancouver talent agency.
Helenna has always been a performer. Living for her passion to be a
jazz singer, she emerged from
"Langley, in this back road area,* as
she calls it, and made her way to
Capiiano College where she began taking steps toward her singing career.
"[Jazz] is pretty much what I was
going to do. I was going to go to the
States. I decided that I didn't want to
go down there, so I came [to
Vancouver] and went to Capiiano
College and did jazz voice," she
However, the focused training
soon became an obstacle rather than
an opportunity. "I love singing jazz. I
love it so much. But I got really bored
because I was just looking at this one
thing. I've always been a passionate
person, so I wanted to do a lot of different things.* she says.
It wasn't until she left Capiiano to
begin her career as a UBC student
that Helenna realised her true calling. After being coaxed to audition for
her residence's annual musical, the
avid film and theatre fan got tbe first
taste of what would become her passion, excitement and love. "It was
totally acting-schmacting," she says of
the amateur production, but adds, "It
was so much fun...seeing the energy
—John Hua, Culture Editor
of those kind of people who really,
really loved what they were doing."
Not long after, Helenna auditioned
and was accepted in the BFA acting
Three years later, Helenna is getting ready to leave the program and
fellow actors that have been her life,
but not without an abundance of experience, memories and ambitions.
"I learned so much. I have such
incredible respect for the craft...to
me it's amazing," Helenna says of her
training. "The program is all about
What are your habits? What do you
do? What are the things about you
that we can make more neutral? And
now at the end of it you're able to find
this neutral place, but you still have
all the skills you have before.*
Facing the film and television
industries without the comforting
time cushion of university education,
Helenna is diving in with a smile.
"I'm really excited more than anything...I want to stay sharp at my
craft, making sure that I'm doing
something every single day that has
to do with [acting].*
Already auditioning for a role in a
television pilot, Helenna is holding
nothing back in the pursuit of her
dream. Proudly entering the industry
as a UBC graduate, the most important thing Helenna Santos can
acquire is an infallible positive attitude and the drive to persevere
through the harsh criticism of the
industry. With that already in place,
she is well on her way. ♦
MFA film graduate
by Bryan Zandberg
Allison Beda is a self-confessed film
slut Lover of the underdog. Former
model. Ace grant applicant Feminist
She's also someone that understands
the myth-making power of sound
bites like the ones you just read. In
fact her MFA thesis documentary.
How to Be a Model, explores the
nature of media misrepresentation;
it's an open-ended study of fashion
models that tracks the day-to-day life
of Beda's friend Peggy LePage as she
flits between catwalks in Paris,
London and New York
But the documentary, which
screened at the Vancouver
International Film Festival last fall,
turned into a bit of a monster: it was
eight years and a long wake of debts
in the making. It was also a hands-
on learning process that taught her
what she wanted to do with her
films, and who she wanted to feature in them. "I seem to be attracted
to films that have women in them,*
she says. Beda is presently getting
ready to shoot her first feature film—
an urban comedy about feminine
rivalry called The Take-out Girl—and
is also making another documentary about local rocker Kinnie Starr.
"My approach is that I want to
make a film with these people
[actors, musicians, artists] as
opposed to have them in my film.*
She   favours   collaboration   over
auteurism when it comes to production, too. "How pleasant was it to
work with Hitchcock?* Beda asks. "I
want it to be Am.*
And social. Well, social in a
bizarre and fantastical sort of a way.
You see, Beda describes herself as
"pretty shy,* and says that being a
director is kind of like being the
Wizard of Oz; you're somebody hiding behind a dark curtain watching
the incredible people and happenings on the other side. She admits
her films tend to be about the underdog, and when I ask her if that's
because she identifies with them
she smiles and responds "Don't
most people?'
Beda can't say enough about the
importance of community in filmmaking, crediting the film program
here at UBC as part of an overall creative atmosphere in Vancouver.
Without the support of fellow students, she says How to be a Model
would never have got off the ground.
In an effort to counter the US
hegemony of Canadian cinema, in
recent years local groups such as the
Celluloid Social Club and the First
Weekend Club have sprung up. The
latter group tries to flood theatres
screening local or Canadian movies
with Club members so that theatre
barons will run the show for longer
than the cursory dates Canadian
films are usually given.
But even if it's a tricky market,
it's clear Beda is confident and hitting her stride. Diligence, after all,
being one thing that will never be a
sound bite. ♦
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■    The Ubyssey profiles a few of the top students
S from diverse branches of the arts
Bachelor of Music, piano performance graduate
by Jenn Cameron
Lucas Wong recalls how he wanted to learn to play the
piano after seeing his first one—he was only four years
old. Since then he has spent the last 18 years perfecting his craft, and is currently completing bis fourth
year in a Bachelor of Music in piano performance with
Dr Robert Silverman. He has won numerous local
competitions, including being featured at the Winner's
Circle concert in the Gateway Pacific Piano
"I never took piano seriously until I moved to
Vancouver," he says. Lucas was born in Hong Kong,
but has resided in Vancouver for the last ten years. He
says that going to school here has helped foster his
interest in music. In Hong Kong he was too busy with
school work to put much time into piano, but under
the instruction of bis secondary school teacher in
Vancouver, music became a part of his school work
and his passion. Since then his interest has grown, and
now he says his goal is to become a musician.
"When I had my first lesson with Professor
Silverman, he said 'you will become a musician,"
remarks Lucas. Although he did not understand the
meaning behind Silverman's words at the time, he
now realises that it meant he had the ability to work
within all aspects of music, and not just focus on being
a piano soloist
This is quite apparent when one looks at what he
has accomplished in other musical areas. Lucas studies collaborative piano under Professor Rena Sharon,
which constitutes working with singers and Other
musicians. He has also been playing the cello for 10
years and is highly acclaimed; in his third year, he won
the UBC cello competition.
Lucas has been arranging music since high school,
and his largest project the two orchestral excerpts
"Egniont Overture" and "Yellow River Piano Concerto,*
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in 2000 at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts. He
also studies conducting with Bruce Pullan, and has
conducted in several recitals with the UBC Symphony
His work with the UBC Symphony does not end
with conducting, however. Last spring he performed
as a pianist with the orchestra at the Chan Centre,
bringing in the second largest audience to ever attend
a performance at the venue.
The most recent acclamation that Lucas has
received as a piano soloist is his recital for CBC
Westcoast Performance on March 26, which will be
aired at a future date.
With all this talent and experience in music, Lucas
now intends to continue his study of piano performance in graduate school, hopefully at Yale University.
"It was a bit like UB(_-the surroundings reminded me
of our campus' he says. At Yale, he intends to continue
entering competitions and improving his career as a
He does not expect to be a concert pianist however. After completing his schooling, he says he would be
quite content with a position as a professor at UBC. He
enjoys performing, but with all of his interests in other
areas of music, this would not be fulfilling. He says this
is consistent with the idea that he is not just a performer, but a well-rounded musician. ♦
Graduating in winter 2004,
BFA Creative Writing
by Ania Mafi
The creative writing department at UBC
is home to many talented writers eagerly honing their craft in hopes of carving
their niche in the industry. Anosh Irani
who will earn his BFA from the program
this November, says, "Universiiy prepares you to a certain point after that it's
up to you." Being driven and optimistic
is what launched Irani towards the success that many graduates of the program look forward to achieving.
Having entered the creative writing
program with an undergraduate degree
in commerce from the University of
Bombay, Irani already has a novel and a
screenplay on his still growing resume
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the Arts Club Theatre as the assistant to
the artistic director. Bill Millerd, Irani
began by reading scripts submitted to
the prominent theatre company.
Developing an interest in playwrit-
ing, he wrote bis first play, "The Matka
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Theatre in Vancouver in the fall of 2003.
With negotiations underway for production to run in Toronto and Ottawa, Irani
admits this did not aft happen overnight
"You have to write every single day,*
says Irani. "You have to take the risk and
write full-time.*
Irani's winning formula: making
people notice his writing, staying persistent and always believing in what he
is doing. Often times, students expect to
land into the career of their dreams
once leaving UBC. But Irani paints a
more realistic picture saying, "No one is
going to come to a new writer and ask if
they have anything new.*
Having~a screenplay or a novelready
when the opportunity comes your way
and consistently submitting your work
to different publications is the kind of
dedication Irani feels writers need to
have today.
With his own novel The Cripple and
his Talismans getting much acclaim
since its October 2003 release, Irani has
been compared to other Indo-Canadian
novelists such as Rohinton Mistry and
Anita Rau Badami. Grateful for the guidance and experience he gained from his
instructors at UBC, Irani hopes future
graduates take the initiative to create a
space for their talent within the world of
creative writing. ♦
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What's a matter wit' you?
by Glen 0. Gabbard
[Basic Books]
by Marc Miquel Heisen
The idea of reading a psychotherapist's analysis of
The Sopranos is luring from the get-go. For a show
that uses the psychiatrist's office as the nexus for
character exploration, the act of being analysed by
another psychotherapist offers a discussion with a
wealth of possibilities. Dr Glen 0. Gabbard's The
Psychology of the Sopranos is a work which, like the
show itself> seems to promise an eclectic blend of
learned, witty writing and authoritative realism.
Unlike the Sopranos, however, Gabbard's book happens to be less rooted, oscillating between
moments that truly shine and those which fail to
inspire credibility.
Although The Psychology of the Sopranos is welcomed by any laymen eager to hear the expert's
rant, it is Gabbard's attempts to 'eliminate all
traces of psychoanalytic jargon from phis] prose
[and] accept the radical notion that readers would
enjoy English more than psychobabble* that weaken his work as a; whole. Although his attempts to
avoid esoteric meanderings reveal a noble intention, the book unfortunately falls into the lacklustre
realm of the obvious and self-explanatory. Well into
the 83rd page, I found myself wondering whether
Dr Gabbard's credentials as a psychotherapist
made his analysis any more qualified than that of
an avid fan of the drama. As a result, the book's
first flaw is the underestimation of its readers'
capacity to understand, or willingness to learn psychological "babble.*
Gabbard's scattered and inconsistent approach
to the entire work is mirrored in his analysis of Dr
Melfi, Tony Soprano's shrink. While his in-depth
analysis of a fellow, albeit fictitious, psychotherapist benefits from the vantage point of the shared
experience, Gabbard seems willing at times to
overlook certain complex realities in order to make
his respective argument more direct and cohesive.
Melfi is a complex character and Gabbard tends to
over-sex her, placing too great an emphasis on her
erotic desires as motives for her professional and
not so professional actions. Gabbard's conflicted
argument shows through, for although his work is
far from descending into easy sensationalism, his
view" of Dr Melfi seems to conflict greatly with his
indictment of the Hollywood tradition of over sexu-
alising the female professional, So while he lauds
David Chase and the writers of The Sopranos for
their antithetical response to the Hollywood trend
oh the one hand, he falls into that practice of oversimplification on the other.
If Gabbard's work lags in its facile discussion of
certain characters, it excels in tEatof others. This is'
particularly true of Livia, Tony's mother, and of Tony
himself. Here he taps info the brilliance of the show
and the secret of its success by revealing that it is the
character's condition as a complex human that
keeps us coming back for more. Our sympathy for
Tony—a powerful, glamorous, cruel, vicious, loving,
devoted, philandering, loyal, treacherous thug—is
born out of the realisation that at the core of his insecurities, as well as our own, is a predominant existential angst. This is matched only by our appreciation for a character that despite these fears, is able
tp act out our most secretive and darkest fantasies.
The Psychology of the Sopranos is problematic
and somewhat fractured at times, yet it still enriches our perception of the television series. Despite
his weight in the field of psychotherapy, Gabbard's
analysis is just as valid as our own, and does make
some valid points. Perhaps its greatest Contribution
is its sense of optimism, which, though poignantly
real, is a refreshing concept in a world full of dark
and violent doom. ♦
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- Rick Steves, author Europe Through tjie Bocli Door,
*__...   *
edited by Mark Pearson and Martin
[Pearson Venture Group]
by Greg Ursic
As the weather warms, and the flowers
come out of hiding, there is one thing
on every University student's mind—
what am I going to do for the summer?
For many, it will either mean more
classes, a soul sucking job for little
over minimum wage or, god forbid,
returning home. But the brave and the
foolish will don a backpack, step on a
plane and stumble about Europe to
face overnight train trips, dingy hostels, intermittent bathing and living on
instant noodles.
To provide the uninitiated with a
glimpse of what they might be facing,
Pearson and Westerman put out a call
for stories about travel in Europe and
published the best in Europe From a
Backpack. The book features dozens of
great anecdotes and while each story is
unique, running' the gamut from tales
of all night partying in Ibiza, to cautionary tales in Tangiers, there are several common themes throughout.
The most obvious thing that comes
across while reading the book is that
travel is addictive—once you start backpacking, you can't stop. Second, if you
really want to go, even if you have no
money, you will find a way to do it.
There are always student exchanges' or
you could always follow Lisa's lead:
with little money and no place to stay
' she showed up in Paris and within
hours she had a waitressing job (something she'd never done before) in
exchange for room and board.
Lesson number three is probably
one of the hardest to come to grips
with, but also one of the most important forget about setting an itinerary.
Adaptation is essential for backpackers, as the slightest hitch can throw
things completely out of balance-
something Lynda discovered after
planning a trip (down to the finest
detail) to Poland. In her case she overlooked the fact that there were two
places called Frankfurt and ended up
going to the wrong one, But she turned
the disaster into an adventure by grabbing the next train to destinations
The writers weave together wonderful stories that are entertaining, easy to
read and familiar to many. I enjoyed
the proverbs about traveling at the
beginning of each chapter, especially
Sir Vivian Fuch's observation that 'if
you actually look like your passport
photo, you aren't well enough to travel.' There's also a great set of resources
at the back of the book.
Europe From a Backpack ultimately
captures that feeling you get at day's
end as you sit around the table in a hostel tossing back beers with other travellers and swapping stories. Just
remember, after you read this and get
the bug, they're collecting stories for
' the next book. ♦ 22
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The College Dropout
[Roc-A-Fella Records] \
by John Hua
After Jay-Z officially declared his retirement from the rap
game to concentrate on the family business, the position of
Roc-A-Fella's frontman and public relations was left unat-
tented. Who would have guessed that producer-turned-.
rookie-superstar Kanye West would have the audacity to
groove his way info the number one spot? With his production finger in everyone's soup—from J-Hova to.Alicia
Keys—Kanye's debut album. The College Dropout, proves
that he can spit it just as good as the likes of Timberland
and Missy, maybe even better.
Kanye first made headlines outside of the hip-hop game
when he was involved in a near-fatal car accident in 2002
which dismantled his jajvr in three places. Despite literally
having been just pieced back together, Kanye remained
determined to continue recording and delivered his first
hit single "Through the Wire,' which he managed to flow
despite his jaw being wired shut
With the hip-hop front getting weaker by the minute-
even the underground scene is lacking in quality hits-
things were looking pretty hopeless. Leave it to Kanye fo
bring some credibility to the scene, and via the; mainstream no less.. _ ■* ■•-" '
The College Dropout is a strong mix of good old fashion
lyrical talent and amazing beats. Building upon the tested
formula made famous by Jay-Z, Kanye takes it to the next
level with an array of impressive hooks and consistent
rhymes. '■■-.,.•"'
After the success of "Through the Wire/ the not-so-
impressive "Slow Jamz" hit the radio waves. Despite the
lame musical debut by Jamie Foxx, speed-lyricist Twista let
loose oh the track and Kanye did not disappoint with lines
like, "She's got a light-skinned friend, looks like Michael
Jackson/She's got a dark-skinned friend, looks like Michael
Adding style even to his beefs, Kanye's pff-the-hook collaboration with Syleena Johnson, "All Falls Down,' is a
smooth, soulful track. The combination of Johnson's vocals
with the beat will have your head bouncing, not realising
that Kanye is spitting a lyrical 'fuck you' to consumerism.
Other tight tracks are "Jesus Walks," a gutsy display of
personal faith, and "Get Em High," a sub-thumping track
with Kanye and Talib Kweli mixing it verse for verse.
The only beef I have with this album is the overload of
skits. I can fully appreciate an artist's desire to voice his
opinion, and there is no better place to do so than on a CD,
but it should be delivered through the music. Whatever
beef Kanye has with college and the pressures to take the
blue-collar path doesn't need to be reiterated in between
each track. --
AH lot. of us have our issues with mainstream hip-hop,
but we all have to admit that it's been hard finding anything worth getting stoked about. So forget that Kanye West
is a part of Roc-A-Fella, give up your tired rotation and drop
The College Dropout for a spin. ♦
Crashing the Cultch
Celebrating the pearl anniversary of the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, a plethora of local talent gathered
over four nights.The festivities began on April 1 with the Scrappy Bitches reuniting solely for this special
event. On April 2, the 18-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra took to the stage accompanied by the Buttless Chaps
and Ford Pier. The third night was rung in by Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson, Christine Fellows and
Dan Goldman. The party concluded with a performance on April 4 by P:ano and Veda Hille (seen above) who
was the curator of the celebration and performed each of the four nights, michelle mayne photo
Nellie's gonna kill you
Get Away From Me
by Jenn Cameron
On first glance, this music sounds like
something you would hear at a jazz
club—then you listen to the lyrics. The
album displays a range of opinions
" about various topics, from why women
don't need men to how a girl's best
friend would be a clone of herself.
Perhaps it's not quite as ordinary as it
originally seemed. This album has
punk rock political and social attitude
put to a jazzy, soft tune.
It's difficult to give this album serious consideration, as I don't think it's
supposed to be taken seriously. The
songs range from angry rhythmic talking, something similar to rap but with
a different spin, to gentle piano accompanied pieces. In "It's a Pose," there is
a distinct drawl to her voice, giving the
song a very Broadway feel. I felt as
though I should be in an old fashioned
lounge drinking a martini while watching her perform in a slinky, sparkly
The lyrics do not really follow this
old fashioned jazzy ensemble. She
makes sarcastic remarks about' life
and men, and talks of how she wishes
she could be drinking and taking drugs
on "Manhattan Avenue." Lyrically, the
album is quite amusing and cleverly
However, the musical style of the
album covers the hilarity of the lyrics
quite well. If you stop paying attention,
you would go back to the feeling of a
jazz lounge. If this album was playing
in the background at a parry, everyone
would probably assume it was just a
regular jazz album.
Nellie's voice is deep and soft, characteristic of the musical genre she is
following—well sort of following. The
explicit content of the album gives
Nellie something that other jazz artists
simply don't have; it gives you something to think and laugh about without
hurting your ears.
Nellie McKay is obviously an intelligent woman with something to say,
even if she does not have a unique
musical style to say it with. Not being a
huge jazz fan, this isn't something I
would probably listen fo, but it gave
me a good laugh, and if you feel like
playing a joke on some friends at a
party, play this in the background and
see if anyone notices. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Hell yeah!
now playing
by Greg Ursic
In the waning months of World War
II, the crumbling Nazi regime
enlists the aid of Rasputin—the mad
monk—to open a vortex to the
nether realm and unleash hell on
earth. They are foiled by allied
forces who destroy the portal and
capture the only entity to make it
through: a demonic infant creature
they name Hellboy.
Flash forward 60 years. Hellboy,
now a strapping juggernaut, keeps
the bad guys at bay with The Right
Hand of Doom (his stone gloved
hand) and The Samaritan (his six-
gun on steroids). Watching his back
are Abe Spien, his psychic fishy
friend, and Liz Sherman, the fiery
femme fatale. But it's going to take
everything they can muster and
more when old enemies are intent
on settling the score.
Ron Perlman, no stranger to
lengthy stretches in the makeup
chair (he was the beast in the Beauty
and the Beast television series),
endured a daily six-hour regime for
the transformation into Hellboy.
But makeup Is only part of the package. You see, Hellboy is all about
attitude, which - is exactly what
Perlman brings to the role, an
essence that penetrates the latex in
grins, grimaces and the occasional
tear. He imparts both attitude and
humanity and dispenses a nonstop
barrage of snippy barbs with perfect
comic timing.
Selma Blair is painful to watch as
Liz Sherman. Not because she is
bad; on the contrary, it's because
she portrays Liz's pathos so well. Liz
desperately tries to come to grips
with her gift—when she gets upset
she bursts into flames (the ideal love
interest for a guy who is impervious
to fire). The relationship between Liz
and Hellboy is awkward, tender and
crucial to the film
John Hurt, largely unrecognisable as the stoic Professor Broom,
carries himself with a shuffling
stately air, while Rupert Evans is
amusing as John Myers, the apple
pie FBI guy clearly out of his element but desperate to adapt Jeffrey
Tambor surprises as Dr Manning,
the uptight director responsible for
providing cover for the secret
paranormal   organisation.   While
Manning refuses to hide his contempt for Hellboy, hints of his
lighter side poke through the fagade.
So what does it look like?
Whether your bag is cutting edge
makeup or digital effects, you
won't be disappointed. Hellboy
and Abe Sapien's latex costumes,
designed by makeup legend Rick
Baker, capture that comic book feel
without looking plastic. The CGI villains—a cross between a lizard, a
stegosaurus and an octopus—move
fluidly and Del Toro seamlessly
blends them into the real action
through the use of miniatures and
Hellboy captures everything a
comic-to-movie adaptation needs:
edgy heroes that you can relate to,
dialogue chock full of zippy one liners, lots of action, a little melodrama
(but done just right), amoral supervil-
lains and easy to follow plots. ♦
Can I please borrow a cup of sugar?
opens Apr. 9
by Greg Ursic
CULTURE WRITER    ,.      ~;
Matty is a classic overachiever: he's the class
L president, has been accepted into the exclu-
■ sive university of his choice and is currently
'under consideration for a prestigious entry
scholarship. As he racks his brain for some-
: thing witty to put in the yearbook, he realises
' that he's been so busy achieving everything,;
he hasn't actually done anything. Potential
arrives in the form of Danielle, the free-spirit-
* ed    bombshell    house-sitting-niece-of-the-
r wornan-next-door. Matty is instantly smitten,
• but quickly discovers that appearances can be
deceiving, and learns that to get what you want
you may have to put everything on the line.
*f^    «» »"     M<*        ■'•    -M  %
*..-, Emile Hirsch has. an unassuming likeable
quality that feeds into his take on Mart's inno-
cehce-to-worldliness evolution: you fidget in
your seat when he steps out of his comfort
zone and feel sorry for the teen as the safe suburban dream starts to crumble around him.
Serving as Matty's muse is Elisha Cuthbert
who shines as Danielle, the girl looking to
leave her past behind. Danielle isn't a stretch
for Cuthbert (well, except for the porn past).
Gorgeous and the picture of mischievous
spontaneity, Cuthbert possesses a smile that
would surely inspire legions of males (teen or
not) to do whatever she asked. Hirsch and
Cuthbert share a palpable spark that sustains
the characters throughout their tumultuous
relationship. Adding tathe mix is a solid supporting cast.
Timothy Olyphant oozes sleazy charisma
as Kelly, Danielle's manager who is equal
parts, flattering, funny and frightening. An
atypical villain, Kelly takes Matty under his
wing and provides him with some real life
wisdom and tough love. Chris Marquette is
riotous as Eli, Matty's outrageous porn-
obsessed best friend and aspiring filmmaker.
Marquette delivers the bulk of the movie's
best lines with so much gusto that you can't
help be amused. Finally, Paul Dano's dull, disenfranchised Khtz—the third leg in the tripod—personifies plain, but displays a definite
hint of subterranean greatness beneath
the bland.
The soundtrack's 3 7 songs (yes, you read
that correctly) were chosen by the director
and samples three decades of musical styles,
running the spectrum from hip-hop to classic
rock. Each song meshes masterfully with the
onscreen action creating mood and emphasising emotion.
The Girl Next Door is lewd, a little crude
and has more than a few nudes. But for a
movie that uses the porn industry as its background it's actually pretty tame. This film is
funny, touching and well-written, rising above
the tacky tripe typical of teen romantic
comedies. It's Risky Business for the new
millennium. ♦>
/?     $?THE UBYSSEY
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Vfe, at title Ubyssey, the official student newspaper of UBC, feel that we should he doing our
most to recognize and encourage activities and events that develop and strengthen a sense of
community on campus. On 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 2003-2004 award went to Christopher Ste-Croix in recognition of his contribution to
campus safety and related services.
The award is open to all returning, full-time, UBC students, graduate, undergraduate and
unclassified in good standing with the Ubyssey Society. We will award $3,000 to this project
and the award will be disbursed to the successful candidate in September 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 of the 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 Ubyssey, room 23, SUB,
no later than Monday, April 19£h, 2004.
For further information, please contact Femie Pereira, Business Manager, The Ubyssey, at
(604) 822-6681 or email: fpereira@interdiange,ubc.ca
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Gf tice of the VP Academic
Assistant to the AMS VPAcademic & University Affairs '      '    i
• Assist the VP Academic m his/her duties
• Arrange meetings with and for the VP Academic and University Af- -
«Attend meetings as a prcxy for the VP Academic the VP Academic or .t
another executive cannot do so
• Further the progress of the Teaching Excellence Initiative {UBC data-.
base of professor evaluations)
• Undertake organization of projects such as Speaker's Spotlight, Co-s
lour Bash, and Just Desserts .
> Assist the VP Academic in lobbying the university on academic mat- J
ters information and technology
Campus Development Officer
■ Assist the VP Academic with issues related to campus development *
• Attend a:i AMS Campus Planning and Development Committee *
• Sit on Campus Development related University Committees and |
Working groups as directed by the VP Academic I
' Report on >ssues relating to Campus Development to the VP Aca~ j
demic and to council . f
f Organize informative forums and student summits'to generate.:
awareness, collect and compile information on students input to-;
campus development issues
University Affafrs Officer
Duties: ' - ' '   " 1
• Coordinate academic,' housing arid wellness issues as directed by ]
the VP Academic ■ -
• Attend regular Housing Roundiable Meetings as directed by the VP ]
• Attend meetings of the Student Senate Caucus and report to the VP \
• Further the progress of the Teaching Excellence Initiative (UBC da- j
tabase of professor evaluations) with the Assistant to the_ VP Aca-1
• Undertake Wellness related projects as outlined by the VP Academic
• Liaise with U8C housing to facilitate collaboration with the AMS programs and events
• Inform constituencies of University wellness, academic and housing !
'matters as directed by the VP Academic
International Students Coordinator
• Assist the VP Academic with issues related to International Students     -. '   .
• Attend regular meetings from International House Board - J
•Liaise with International Student groups on campus       "     '    .§
• Attend monthly meetings with the Faculty International Student Adv. jj
sors and report lo the VP Academic    , • -    1
• Coordinate annual meetings between clubs that have large member- J
ship of international students and international house   '       -       |
1 Sit on committees tot organize international student events such as j
International Week and Africa Awareness week j
• Spearhead International Student Initiatives on Campus I
Finance Commission , |
Vice-Chair, Finance Commission j
Duties;     f_ I
• Co-ordinates the activities of the Finance Commission and provdes j
direction for commissioners. ,        §
• Works closely with the Vice-President Finance to develop new imtia- f
lives for the Finance Commission. j
• Works closely with the SAC Secretary to improve re'ations with and J
procedures for clubs, constituencies, and resource groups. 1
• Promotes available funding to student groups, ■ *
•Handles correspondence on behaif of the Commission.         -       $
• Orients treasurers on the operations of the Business Office.    -       ?
Ctubs and Constituencies Commissioner
Duties:    \, \
• Approves fie budgets of all clubs, constituencies, and resource
groups.   -.'■    -
• Monitors efjs and constituency acco jnts to ensure that they do not f
incur unauthorized debts. " \
• Available fcr assistance on club and constituency bjdgets. j
• Orients treasurers on the operations of the Business Office.
• Updates Ihe.Treasurer's Handbook. '    - «
Ethics Commissioner
■     .   -,' _ > 2 =':" ■ ' ii - .
worship and fund-raising'
decisions io be made by the Soeety.
• Should be familiar with sponsorship issues and corporate responsibility issues."
• Assist the Clubs & Constituencies Commissioner in auditing club
finances to ensure clubs are financially responsible to their members.
.* Voting member of the Fund-raising and Sponsorship Committee.
Business Operations Commissioner
• Investigate new avenues of growth for our student businesses.
»Implement methods to advertise AMS businesses to students.
• Communicate and promote to student groups the resources of AMS
Businesses such as catering and customized clothing.
• Voting member of Business Operations Committee and Renovations
Financial Aid Commissioner
• Co-ordinates Financial Awareness Days in the beginning of the
school year,
• Provide resources to students through the AMS web site and information sessions on various financial aid resources such as scholarships, bursaries; credit card nranagement budgeting, tips on sa,ving
money, investments, and employment    , •
'»Act as a liaison in organizing an income tax clinic in the SUB.       '
Fund-raising Handbook Writer,
• Compile, information for, club fund-raising such as sources pf funds
_ and ideas in a comprehensive handbook.
Student Administrative Commission
Vice-Chair, SAC (SAC Secretary)
Duties: '      .
• Chairs meetings in the absence of the VP Administration;
»Acts as signing officer of 1.6 Commission and the Society;
• Informs and communicates, to the Society's membership the activi- :
ties of the Commission;-, -      x
• Coordinates tbe activities erf the Commissfon; -
•Prepares agendas and takes minutes of the meetings;   _  , •
• Arranges meetings of the Commission;
• Handles correspondence for the Commission;"   -
• Convenes Grad Class Council;
Facilities Commissioner ,
Duties; '       -
• Review the bookings policy of the Commission;
• Cause the enforcement of policies on the Student Union Building;   '
• Act as a liaison between the Bookings Office and the Commission;
• Convenes the Block Bookings Council;.
• Organize the biannual bookings of space by Constituencies, clubs
and associations;
»Act as the Jiaison between the Security Manager and the Commis- 1
ston;     '     '    " ■ ' j
»Organize an audit to improve the accessibility in fie Student Union 1
' Building,' , •. ', I
Subsidiaries Commissioner-Internal §
' Duties: - '        I
• Implement the policies of the Commission with respect to clubs;       |
• implement the policies of the Commission and Council with respect 1
to Constituencies, including Subsidiary Organization Publication j
Procedures (Section IX E of the Code); ' , N|
• Update the files on Clubs and Constituencies, and maintain the da- J
tabase; - I
• Act as a liaison between the Commission and all Clubs and Con- |
stituencies;     % ,.
• Co-organizing Clubs Days and Executive Orientations with Clubs t
Commissioner, External ~ , * |
Subsidiaries Commissioner • External        " '        |
• Assist with club administration and ihe implementation of policies of
the Commission;
• Facilitate inter-cUb relationships,
• Implement SAC sponsorship ag'eements to the benefit of Cubs and
Constituencies;   _ • |
• Act as a liaison between the Commission and Constituencies, and "*
Resource Groups; ~ ; ■ - •' *
• Co-organize Clubs Days and Executive Orientations with Clubs Com- I
mlssioner, infernal, and other related club conferences and events,   J
Art Gallery Commissioner *
• implement the policies of the Commission w>th respect to the Art
" Gallery,
• Maintain the Art Collection of the Society;
'»Ensure and organize shows of the Society's Art Collection;
• Act as a liaison between tfie Bookings Office, the Commission, and
any working group formed to deal with the Art Gallery.
Cultural Commissioner
• Foster relationships with all cultural dubs, Resource groups, international House and other University bodies, to help facilitate a greater
cultural awareness within the student community,
•' Organize the Diversity Fair (Colour Bash) and assist in fte orga-
• nizatlon of other cultural events with external bodies, Including the
International Student's Orientation and f estiva;
»Organize Special Projects on behalf of SAC such as club forums and -
other events from time to time.
Records and Archives Commissioner
• Liaise with AMS ArchMs_ Researcher in regards to Club histories
and constitutions:
• Oversee administrative needs as they arise, including club deconsti-
tufion, assist clubs commissioners with hard copy club files, organize
- files as necessary; ' ' ^
• Update web site information on SAC, subsidiary handbook, SAC j
policy handbook; . j
• Lia'se with Finance Commission On club records and accounts;. f
•Organize club forums; " 4
»Assist the VP Administration or other Commissioners with their du- J
ties, as determined by the Commission.      . f |
External Commission j
Vice-Chair, External Commission " i
Duties: I
• Imperative to have a thorough understanding of federal, provincial !
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• Be up fo date on post-secondary education Issues j
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Bridging over 50 years of separation
The North Korean Film Festival sheds light on more than half a century of misconception
at Norm Theatre, UBC
Apr. 6
North Korea is typically seen as an uncooperative country, which has not only segregated
itself from its southern counterpart but also the
rest of the world. Seen as a threat the communist nation has been placed under the umbrella
of terrorism, automatically linking hatred and
fear to the country's name. The objective of the
North Korean Film Festival (NKFF)-which features films from North and South Korea, the
United Kingdom and the United States—is to
present to the world the humanity of a country
rarely seen in a positive light    .,, V
The NKFF will be showcasing eight films,
each calling for a fresh perspective on the people of North Korea. -   (
The final stop of the NKFF tour will be at
Vancouver Community College, King Edward
Campus, on April 29-30.
An officer of the Neutral Nations Security
Council is ushered into Korea in order to
investigate a recent outbreak of violence
between North and South Korean soldiers.
Major Sophie E. Jean is of Korean decent, but
born in Sweden, and must avoid taking either
side of the conflict The investigations go slow
ly at first, as no one will cooperate, but gradually she discovers the mystery behind the
shootings. '       '
The film has an intriguing premise and is
well thought out. However, it drags out in certain places. There is a lot of information given
through long discussion, with little action to
keep up the initial intrigue.
Despite this however, Joint Security Area is
an excellent depiction of the drama and com-;
plications involved in the conflict between
North and South Korea.
—Jenn Cameron, Culture Staff
Captured on the front lines of the Korean War
in 1951, Kim Sun-niyung was held as a political prisoner for 44 years. Each day Kim longed
for reunification of the severed Korea, living
off the hope that he would no longer he persecuted for his beliefs. Beaten and tortured for
being a monster from the North, Kim stared
into the face of true monstrosity as he watched
his loved ones fall at the hands of their oppressors, either submitting to the limitations of
their wills or their bodies.
The Road Taken is a beautifully crafted film
about the inspiring life of Kim, who endured
punishment worse than death in order to stay
true to his ideals. Director Hong Ki-seon
pieces together the story of men who refuse to
be broken, shedding the light of humanity on
an oppressive situation not often seen.
Kim Jung-ki is masterful in his performance as Kim Siin-myung, presenting the
longest political prisoner as humble and
noble, unrelinquished in his resolve to stand
up for his beliefs as a human being.
The Road Taken is an extremely touching
film based on an unbelievable true story.
Highlighting the hypocrisy of those who
impose the freedom of democracy on others
by taking away the freedom to choose, the
power of the human spirit and the quest for
justice is freed from its shackles.
—John Hua, Culture Editor
Strength of a country in tears
at the Ridge Theatre
opens Apr. 9
by Greg Ursic
The quiet isolation that Tibet enjoyed for centuries
came to an end in 1949 when Mao rose to power in
China and embarked on the "Peaceful Liberation of
Tibet* Initially the Chinese were friendly, pitching in
to help with the harvest or exchanging kind words.
But the situation quickly changed after the 14th Dalai
Lama visited Beijing and Mao's final words,
"Religion is poison," were a veiled warning of what
was to come. ;
The documentary opens with a striking collage of
stunning vistas showcasing towering snow-capped
peaks, festivals with brilliantly coloured costumes
and relaxed pastoral scenes. The scene shifts and
propels the viewer into the midst of the 1987 Lhasa
demonstrations during which hundreds of protestors
were wounded and killed. The result is both shocking
and effective.
It is hard to comprehend the scale of destruction
wrought in fifty years of occupation: Tibetans are
routinely imprisoned and tortured for such
"offences" as owning a Tibetan flag, over 6000
monasteries have been leveled and 1.2 million
Tibetans (one out of every six) have been killed.
The Chinese also embarked on a program of cultural genocide. Offering huge financial incentives for
emigration, a flood of would-be entrepreneurs
entered the isolated country resulting in a situation
where there are now more Chinese in the cities than
there are Tibetans. As Tibetans cannot afford to send
their children to school, the vast majority of youth
are uneducated and unemployed, earning Tibet the
nickname, "The Apartheid of Asia".       ,
In spite of the suffering they've endured the
Tibetans have eschewed violence—as the scores of
interviewees detail their torture and imprisonment
none display any hatred, several claim that they feel
sorry for the Chinese. As one man noted, his greatest
nightmare after horrific torture was that he 'almost
lost his sense of compassion." Unfortunately for ihe
Tibetans, trade is more important than human lives
on the world stage.
The US abandoned them in the early 70s in favor
of a political alliance with the Chinese against the
USSR. Now that China is an economic powerhouse,
no nation is willing to risk losing them as a trading
partner. However, a new impetus for peace comes
from an unlikely source within China.
Chinese human rights activist Wei Jingsheng, discusses the plight of the Tibetans and Ms hope that the
people of China and Tibet can help resolve the problems together. His message has not fallen on deaf
ears—evidenced by the huge contingent of Chinese
who went to see the Dalai Lama speak in Taiwan.
Tibet Cry of the Snow Lion is sldllfully edited,
engaging and informative. It is also difficult to watch
and listen to, but therein lies the power of its message. You cannot help but jeel hope when you witness the amazing spiritual resolve of a people, who.
in spite of disenfranchisement, torture, imprisonment and a calculated campaign to extinguish their
culture, refuse to waiver from their beliefs. ♦>
The Rock struts his stuff
now playing
by Jenn Cameron
,,:1   ' x       CULTURE STAFF
The Rock's reputation.still stands as
undeniably the most electrifying, powerful and sexy man in entertainment
Walking Tall—the remake of the true-
story 70s classic—is short and sweet
the good guys fight the bad guys in an
attempt to. save their small town from
Shot in BC, the film takes the setting
of a small town in Washington State,
where Chris Vaughn (played by the
Rock), US Special Forces, has just
returned home only to discover that the
place he grew up "ain't exactly home
anymore." The mill, the town's source
of revenue and employment, has been
shut down and replaced by a casino,
which has brought corruption and
drugs along with it
As Vaughn reintroduces himself to
his family and friends, he comes to dislike how things have changed in his
hometown. When he takes a stand to
fight the chaos he is pulverized by
guards and left for dead. To make
things worse, the police force refuses to
help him press charges. When he
learns that, the casino is selling drugs
to children, Vaughn reaches his limit
and decides to take matters in his
own hands.
The Rock's brutal force combined
with his sensitivity and charisma make
him the perfect man for this role. He is
honourable and fights for what he
believes in, even if those qualities
sometimes seem to take their form in
vandalism and rage. When he's not running around after bad guys with.a fojir-f;
by-four (a two-by-four simply wouldn't!
do) he is playing football with the boys
or chit-chatting with the girl next door.
His ability to be intimidating and
charming simultaneously is what
makes him The Rock,
The other characters in the film
were also well cast. Vaughn's best
friend, played by Johnny KnoxviHe, is
an ex-drug addict who is struggling to
stay straight KnoxviHe brings comic
relief to the film with style, revealing
that he is more than just a Jackass. The.
film is hilarious on many levels, from
KnoxviHe's antics to the offensive redneck jokes.
Containing few scenes with more
than thirty seconds of actual dialogue,
this film is an action movie in its
purest form. It has just the right
amount of sentimentality to provide
the energy for a beautiful array of people getting beat up. As should be
expected,' there are plenty of scenes
devoted to women walking around in
skimpy clothing as well.
At only 85 minutes long, there's
nothing to complain about Walking
Tall is exactly what it's supposed to be
without trying too hard. It's funny, sexy,
and lots of stuff gets blown up. ♦
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Ye olde year-ende maste-head
Sara Grosse, over the wicked eggnog of the Paul
Granat variety, gave a Jordana Greenblatt rosehip swipe. "Old schooll" chimed Jonathan
Woodward and Megan Thomas. "Megathon
wipeoutl* replied Dan "D-mac" McRoberts and
esteemed sidekick Basil Evans. Sarah Fung
flung monkey-poo at Nic Fensom, who ducked
in time for Tessa King to step in it at the threshold of the Pit Laura Blue ducked out just in
time, Dan Enjo-like (minus a decade or three).
Tejas Ewing stayed farther away than Scott
Bardsley, but Levi Barnett would never remember either of them from Weronika Lewczuk's
shindig. Actually, Ania Mafi did laps around the
hood with Raj Mathur's nemesis. Let's switch
the record; preferably before Anna King and
Duncan M. McHugh throw back the door to
find Bryan Zandberg sitting. "Girl got bagel,"
affirms Heather "HP" Pauls, but Hywel Tuscano
got his bass covered. "Guitar!" wails Momoko
Price, while Dan Burritt and John Hua shred a
couple of face-melting guitar licks. That's it, the
Bluebeard Band are gabba-gabba good, but Iva
Cheung vomits nipple-hating bile at doppel-
ganger Paul Carr and upstart Michelle Mayne.
Darren Altmeyer gave birth to a two-headed Ai
Lin Choo baby who immediately tried to mate
with Chris Shepherd. (Parm Nizher snuck five
dollars and ran away.)
It was all too much for Dr Peter Klesken,
who administered 40 cc of Melissa Rohde to a
wan Kevin "Duran Duran' Groves. His buttocks
swelled in the shape of an Alex Leslie who
spewed vitriol all over Alison Benjamin. Aman
Sharma looked her up on LavaLife. "Be my
Sarah Morrisonl" he typed. But inside he knew
they all turn out to be Vanessa Ho or Alison
Bones. Tyler Hopson flexed his Neil Braun, but
it went up in Charlene Smoke billowing from a
John Currie. "You broke my Jacynta Spicer!"
ejaculated Michael Cook, smiting him down,
dpgward down with his Lorna Billy-club. He
threw him under Patrick Lok and key.
"Check the ER, you like it so far," rapped
Mike Powar and Kevin Saborit, with Celine
Asril also on the M.I.C. "Kim Yee equals crazee
monee/ Entile Durkheim: you are all mind."
But they were killed by poets Jesse Marchand
and Sarah Bourdon. Haiku! Nicola Campbell /
Emily Cordonier / Patricia Comeau. Count 'em!
Good Godl I need some Timo Chua hot
pants! Some Jenn Cameron love dance! Got to
get over the Robson Fletcher. Huh. That's some
bad Ian Duncan. Some spooky Vampyra
Draculea. Heyl Mimi Dar! Think I need to
dance now.
And now for a completely new direction,
inspired by Graeme Worthy. You see, Anthony
Woo was filching Gina Eom's Belgian fries, who
had her Max Webber hand caught in Greg
Ursic/s dipper. Gorsham Toor quoted the holy
Marius Aridomnica phonebook, pausing to tell
Ayesha Bhatty it had nothing to do with Sam
Schroeder's fungus. Daniel Silverman
uploaded something from Rate My Farx while
Zerah Lurie mused on the nature of clowns like
Paul Sutton.
Gina started yelling things like "Tantra Cary
Seppl" and "Kama Sutra Tao-Yee Lau!" Nelson
Shen stuffed woolly Eric Szeto llamas in his
Karlie Lloydsmith orifices. Marc Miquel Helsen
ducked between Jordy Hamilton and William
Mbaho, setting ketchup fire to Inez Point as
Kerrie Thornhill and comrade Patrick Ingram
gave Anton Bueno a cursory nod. They threw
Alex Leung in the nicotine sea of Camille
Johnson. Michael Swanston, Dario Todorovic
and Ivan Chan, aka the Maxipad Headphones,
staunched .the flow of Shelby Tay tears. It wasn't their specialty, Jenn Steele avowed, but it
was better than a Mai Bui band aid or Yu Gu
gauze. Saloperie de Marisa Chandler! Gina's
Mike Harris lifeblood was leaking through her
Justin Cheng fingers. "Get Michael Kway on my
aortal* she cried, as her chest exploded in
Dierdra Casumpang's (or was it her twin's,
Krysten Casumpang?) blood, while an alien
burst through the sternum tongue-teeth snapping worse than Katelyn Mclntyre's worst
hair day.
Sarah Wagner emerged from the glaucous,
phlegmatic pool of Chris Wong's fecal matter.
"What in Emergene Sam-hell is going on here?"
asked the Man In Charge, Joshua Goldberg,
whose brood of Brian Scarth chicklets were
hanging from each nipple, while Mariana Payet
hung from his Hemmingway treasure trail.
"You will all be assimilated," barked a laconic
Sarah Pemberton. "Resistance is Lesley
Then, she began to melt, her flesh disinte
grating as thousands of tiny Kelsey Patterns
began munching on her connective tissues.
"Now, to David Anderson!" the microscopic
army screamed with one voice (Michael
More's) as it descended on Malcolm Morgan's
lower intestine. Blood ran like Jeff Mackenzie
on the Joni Low stairmaster, filling the room
tasting like Colleen Tang. "We will be victorious!" laughed Arnold Ha.
Emilia Stevens, Emily Sufrin, Emily Chan,
and Emily Cheung put their Emily decoder
rings together to call Captain Chris Walters.
"He's our hero! He'll bring Peggy Truong down
to zero!" But to no avail. Their tinny, Tim
Louman-Gardiner cries were heard only on the
faraway planet of Adam Mars, where only Lori
Leung listened.
Marina Ellis and Viveca Ellis fused into an
unstoppable Ellis-gestalt, and bore down on the
tiny invaders Benjamin McGinnis and Mariana
Payet Like Idrissa Simmonds, they vaporised
the insidious Andrea Tomlinsons with their
Doomahickey-David Pothier breath. Their
screams did not match Carrie Robinson's, who
was birthing her little Brenda Prince in the next
room, while Shireen Nabatian looked on
The carnage appeared to be over, but the
Ellis-gestalt continued on in blind Nick
Magissano man-rage. Like Danielle Nantons to
the slaughter) the remaining Nelson Leongs
were cut down despite the medical aid of
Kameron Louangxay. The room bulged with
flayed Jared Ferrie tenderloin. Melissa Toon
panicked, dropped her Aiden CaUison burger,
but managed to phone Trevar Chu, the local
magistrate. Regina Yung put on her Donal
Hanrahan morphing ring, and set out for justice, Josh Krajina in tow.
lie Ellis-gestalt lurched through the L.V.
Vander von Axander city square, ready for the
final Jeanne Chapin showdown. Sarah Conchie
whistled past on her Carina Cojeen Ninja into
the apocalyptic sun of Madeline de Trenqualye.
All the Melanie de Klerks stood still. Anger
flared; Lena Haggett raged.
All that remained was for Megathon to sidestep the monkey-poo and head for ice cream
with Allison Hurlburt. Yeah. With ice ice John
Chapman, cone cone Ancilla Chui, cream
cream Kayley Bowman. ♦> THE UBYSSEY
The eternal sunshine of
the spotless plan
I am writing in response to the.
derisive, and at times uninformed,
letter to Martha Piper regarding
the "warpath* of her "so-called
vision" ("An open letter to Martha
Piper," Tuesday, March 23, 2004).
While I am happy that this letter
addressed the important issue of
alienation that undergraduates at
this university often feel, its coverage of Martha Piper's Vision, bet-,
ter known as the TREK 2010 Green
Paper, was biased to say the least.
TREK 2010 is an eight-page
draft paper outlining the direction
this institution will take in the
future. It is currently in the discussion stages; the final, revised document should appear around late
Spring 2004. A summary of the
document would be beyond the
scope of this letter, but I have had
the chance to read it over and it
contains a multitude of innovative
and fantastic ideas. Many of the
initiatives outlined in this document are aimed at improving the,
undergraduate experience, as*it
does aim to address the problem
of class sizes, the, lack of high-
quality undergraduate lecturers
and the ever-increasing admission
That said, there are many
things that can be done to improve
this document. This is exactly what
the university wants to do, and our
input into the final document is
greatly encouraged. A detailed
feedback survey is included in the
back of the TREK 2010 document,
and an open forum was recently
held to discuss its merits and
shortcomings.  Martha Piper was
very open to comments and was
genuinely interested in what we,
the students, had to say about it
There were a surprisingly small
number of students there; in fact,
the room was about one-fifth full.
So much for participatory democracy. A second forum will be held
on April 22. As undergraduates,
this is our chance to contribute to
the direction this university will
take in.the future. While I can fully
sympathise with the reasons many
students might have for not participating in forums such as this, it is
important that we become
involved in the TREK 2010 discussions and attempt to enter into a
positive dialogue with the university. Personal assaults on the administration, and particularly Martha
Piper, will not get us anywhere^
Especially uninformed ones.
—Greg Paton
Faculty of Arts Student Senator
Distraction politics
I'm sorry. It was not the factoids
presented by the Israeli Advocacy
Committee (IAC), it was the effect
their displays produced, and only
could produce, that I'm at issue
with. And no) I'm not talking about
the arguments it caused—I'm talking about its distracting effect on
the chances for true Palestinian
Those who would've read the
different notions such as "Israel's
Respect for Gays" or "Suicide
Bombings are Against Humanity"
are prone to (at least) 1)
Fundamental Attribution Error
(FAE), and 2) Confirmation Bias,
both well-documented, existing psychological and commoii sense
FAE is when one falsely attributes negative things onto others
(here suicide bombings and less
queer rights) as dispositional, while
neglecting the environmental influences and potentials. This tendency
has been shown to be quite extreme
and prevalent in that while one
attributes someone else as disposi-
tionally problematic by ignoring
their environment, one will also be
attributing the opposing party as
dispositionally better while ignoring their environment.
So with suicide bombings being
taken out of context and supported
by an overwhelming amount of positive information about Israel, one
cannot help but attribute positive
things to Israel and negative things
for Palestinians dispositionally.
Great. We have people here in
Canada whose country has made
an effort to provide them with the
potential to understand context
and humanity, noW given ego
candy for further indifference
Psychologists also say the two
main reasons for not stopping
injustices in the world are 1) ignorance, and 2) indifference. And
what is the most extreme libertarian philosophy? To say or do as
however you want as long as it
does not harm others.
I and" many others resent the
fact that this abuse of freedom has
been made on campus, and that the
major source for freedom and justice for Palestinians with the current day twists and lies in politics.
Attempts have been made to take
people's freedom away, whether
purposefully or accidentally.
Also I resent, and even find
racist, that the Occupation of the
Palestinians was not even mentioned once oh the posters, nor
their marginalisation and Israel's
accumulated power {Occupation
Denial?). Lastly, it is very obviously false that Israel is the only
democracy in the Middle East;
Lebanon was one before Israel,
and that many chances for stable
democracy for other countries in
the region were taken away by
Does anyone want to help me
start a committee that stops all the
lies going on on campus? With the
IAC's current mentality, it's obviously necessary.
—Ramin Joubin
The skinny on tuition
In response to the article, "Sixteen
per cent increase confirmed"
(Tuesday, March 23, 2004), I would
like to point out to the readers of
your newspaper that some of the
numbers mentioned in the article
are misleading.
Brian Sullivan, VP Students,
claims that students at UBC will pay
for 28.5 per cent of the cost of their
education next year. In fact, student
tuition money will pay for 28.5 per
cent of the General Purpose
Operating Fund (GPOF) of UBC.
What is the GPOF? Essentially, it
is all discretionary money that the
university has control over. It is projected to total $515 million for the
2004/2005 fiscal year. The largest
single expense by far is faculty
salaries, coming in at $222.3 million.  Tuition revenue represents
28.5 per cent of the total GPOF, for
an amount of $ 14 7 million*.
By claiming that students are
paying for 28.5 per cent of the cost
of their education, the administration is saying that every single dollar in the GPOF is spent on student
education. That is obviously false.
In most departments on campus,
faculty spend a large proportion of
their time conducting research, the
other main objective of UBC. If we
assume a ballpark figure of 50 per
cent faculty effort is put towards
research, then the percentage of
the cost of education paid for by
tuition rises to 42 per cent. If we
assume that 50 per cent of the staff
of UBC work towards research and
not education, then the percentage
rises to 55 per cent.
Even if the breakdown of 50 per
cent research/50 per cent education is not accurate, it is clear that
students are paying closer to half
the cost of their education, rather
than the 30 per cent figure touted
by the administration.
I came to UBC to pursue
research as a graduate student, so
I'm glad to see the university spend
money on research activity. But I'm
disappointed that as part of the
"Tuition Consulation Process" the
administration has been misleading students about how their
tuition money is spent if students
know exactly what their tuition
pays for, then they can judge more
clearly whether or not they are getting their money's worth.
"These figures were taken from
the VP Students presentation to
GSS Council on March I, 2004.
—David Asgeirsson
Graduate studies in physics
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at the Revue Theatre
playing Weds and Tkurs at 7:30pm,
Fri and Sat at 8pm
by Ania Mafi
The Vancouver TheatreSports
League is usually home to uncontrollable, laughs and entertainment. Performing at the Revue
Stage on Granville Island, this
group of local improv professionals draws more than 200,000
enthusiasts to their events each
year. With a new theme called "CSI:
British Columbia Crime Scene
Improvisation," the league has created a parody of the popular television series of the same name.
"With CSI TV franchises already
set in Las Vegas, Miami and soon
New York, we thought we'd beat
Jerry Bruckheimer [creator of the
original series] to the punch and
bring his super sexy style of criminal investigation to BC" says
Louise Moon, co-creator of the
improve parody.
But investigating heinous crimes
doesn't seem to produce many
laughs. The stoiyline in each performance—revolving around the
solving of a mysterious death—is
predetermined but then tweaked
through the suggestions from audience members who provide location, witnesses and clues, which all
help to solve the murder mystery.
Each performance is different as
audience suggestions vary from
night to night Although this sounds
like a great combination of spontaneity and consistency, it has a
major downfall. Unlike regular theatre sports shows, the "CSI' performance carries the same storyline
and audience outbursts for the
duration of the entire evening.
In the regular improv show, the
. success of the skits can go either
way depending on the quality of
audience contributipri. However,
the good thing is that there is failsafe: if one audience member's
suggestion is  absolutely unwork
able, the pain only lasts the duration of the short skit and can easily
be made up for in the later skits of
the night. The "CSI" version does'
not have this failsafe and one bad
suggestion is dragged from beginning to end, making the plotline
potentially boring and painstaking.
Although the improv experts try
their hardest to work with any suggestion they are given, sometimes
audience members throw out the
most bizarre and unworkable
ideas. On opening night, one person shouted "bowling with shrunken heads" as the alibi for the suspect in question. Even though the
actors are often successful and
funny in their attempts, they can
be forced to work with the few
unimpressive suggestions and
translate them into a lengthy two-
hour improvisational comedy.
1 Improv should be spontaneous,
free, and funny. By forcing the plot
tp move in a certain way and only
adding a few impulsive twists, the
"CSI" theme takes away from
the original thrust of non-stop
"CSI: British Columbia Crime
Scene Investigation" is a clever
idea with a lot of potential.
Unfortunately, improv is much
more entertaining when done in
short segments. Longtime fans of
theatre sports will be disappointed
to see some of their favourite
actors working in more restricting
and drawn-out scenarios. ♦
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until Apr. 24
by John Hua
When seeking to cure the mind, the world of psychology
strays away from both the spiritual and the passionate.
Spirituality, although beneficial for many, is'dangerous
.to the fragile mind as it focuses on the intangible. The
mind is opened to the possibility of the unreal and creates a space for seclusion and escape. Passion is also
harmful to the broken psyche. Placing so much of one's
being into a single stream of focus can cause the mind
to break down. Passion leads to obsession, obsession
leads to frustration and frustration leads to madness.
Setting the tone for the Vancouver Playhouse's new
mandate to focus on contemporary drama, "Equus" is a
deeply psychological play that analyses and questions
the limitations of the mind, body and soul.
Dr Martin Dysart is a brilliant psychiatrist but every
day he questions the hypocrisy of his profession: curing
the minds of others while his own is a shell of misery.
Living out his passionless existence, the good doctor
flees his painful reality in the refuge of troubled minds. .
When Dysart is appointed to the court to take on a
troubled youth, he shrugs his shoulders and uncaringly
accepts the boy into his care. But Dysart soon realises
that the boy is unique from his other patients—he is
committed after gouging the eyes out of five horses. As
the sessions begin, Dysart probes cautiously into the
mind and memories of his patient, discovering an over-
sheltered boy with an accusing stare by the name of Alan
Strang, whose overbearing restrictions in life are
focused into his passion and worship of horses.
Strategically penetrating deeper into the mind of Alan,
Dysart discovers that the horrific nature of the boy's
actions is only equalled by the beauty and passion of its
motivation—a passion the doctor has never known.
The beauty of Sir Peter Shaffer's play is translated in
a fresh and eloquent manner as Director Glynis Leyshon
shifts the focus to the self-discovery of Dysart rather than
of Alan. By doing so, the play shifts from the extraordinary to the unsettlingly relatable, placing the audience
uncomfortably and nervously on the psychiatrist's
couch. „ .
Asking the rhetorical questions and reiterating the
audience's answers were the actors. Bill Dow breathed
humility and humour into the character of Dysart, presenting the doctor on humanistic, and identifiable terms.
Dow is absolutely charming, taking'the audience by the
hand and walking them through painful self-analysis
and fluid character growth.
The unquestionable prize of the play is acclaimed
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actor Brendan Fletcher. Mesmerising in the role of Alan,
Fletcher explores a wide range of emotion as he slowly
opens up to both Dysart and the audience. Fully understanding the motivation and movement of psychological
drama, Fletcher brings pain, frustration, fear, resentment and love to the stage. Nothing, however, is equivalent to the passion of Fletcher's performance, which ultimately becomes the essence of the play.
Working alongside the dark beauty pf the acting is the
elegant Set design and costuming. Performed on a simple rotating round sandwiched between two bleachers
filled with both audience and cast, the stage of the
Playhouse is transformed into a vast, unrestricted space
of the mind. A reason to see the play in itself is the beautifully crafted and visually stunning horse costumes.
Actors dressed in black and adorned with heads and
hooves created out of glimmering minimalist steel
framework danced with noble grace and elegance across
the stage.
One of the highlights of the entire season, "Equus" is
a sophisticated and contemplative play filled with passion. Disclaimer of nudity included, the maturity of the
play is not lost as every angle is explored with careful
thought and precision. Within the darkness is a profound beauty; ftwhich will touch your mind, body
and soul. ♦


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