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Friday, 24 March, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Moscow Freestyle
Robson Square campus
April 13, 7pm
by Malcolm Morgan
Vancouver director Julia Ivanova has hit a nerve
for a man enthralled with Russian culture. Her
latest documentary, Moscow Freestyle, is a stern
wake-up call for young, would-be expatriate
Westerners who view Russia as an exotic playground and the next gold rush frontier, as initially described by the documentary's narrator.
The central figure, Gwain Hamilton, is a quintessential Canuck: relaxed and carefree to the
point of laziness; drinking and smoking liberally;
casually skirt-chasing and playing guitar. He prepares for his ESL lessons by smoking on the
school balcony and uses his Russian language
skills to make a late-night pass at a Russian
woman. The only thing our chronically unshaven
hero is missing in his effort to be as uncomplimentary an ambassador as possible is some BC
bud. But this omission is understandable—he's
from "Saskatchebush."
The aimless escapist, Hamilton concedes that
he provides a captivating counterpoint for filmmaker Ivanova's exploration of how lingering
Soviet qualities combined with post-Soviet ones
make Russia too dangerous a cultural labyrinth
for any itinerant party-boy to navigate. The message is clear: know what you're getting into
before you decide to have a love affair with
Russia, as Hamilton did. Russia isn't all borscht
and balalaikas.
Case in point in contrast to Hamilton's easygoing approach, one is struck by the inclusion of
such details as Russian anti-Semitism and
Chechen-focused racism, as well as the
Chechens' characteristic response of ubiquitous
bombings to this racism, and the general corruption of the Russian police—checking papers in an
interrogative fashion in order to take bribes.
Equally unappealing are the irritable babushkii
(old women) who are ready to have tenants evicted on suspicion of them not having proper
Moscow registration—the same women,
Hamilton speculates, who decades earlier would
likely turn in their neighbours to the KGB on
equally flimsy conjectures.
In a fast-paced, TV-documentary style with
stimulating music, engaging graphics and
smooth sequences, the narrative progresses
through these darker elements, traces
Hamilton's spiraling disillusionment with
Russia. We see an ill-tempered babushka
obstruct Hamilton and the camera crew; we
watch ostracised Jewish children in a park; a
boy plays a carnival firing range game with
Chechens for targets; we hear a broadcast that
Russian skinheads randomly stabbed a
Chechen on a metro car. The centre piece of
these social ills is the Beslan schoolbombing—a
shock to Hamilton's group. His conclusion that
his love for Russia will always be "unrequited,"
and that he should leave in defeat solidifies
after he is reprimanded by a Russian ESL colleague for his imperfect grammar.
By its end, the documentary has allowed
English Canadian viewers to endure less-promising immigrant experiences—to engage with a
new culture and gaze into an insular cultural
community. Hamilton does so with his isolated
knot of expatriate ESL teachers. It's this transplanted optical effect of Moscow Freestyle that is
its main selling point. Although the film is directed by a former Muscovite, it shows Russia to
Canadians through their own cultural perspective, but more importantly, shows them
Canadians through Russian.eyes.
Moscow Freestyle will be screened at Robson
Square campus, Thursday, April 13 at 7pm; it
appears on CBC Newsworld's "The Lens,"
Tuesday, April 18, at 7 and 10pm. Students interested in travel, ESL teaching abroad, or Russia
•itself, should not miss this film. II
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Culture 3
Percocet and prime numbers at the Freddie Wood
Douglas Coup/and and Chuck Palahniuk
Frederic Wood Theatre
February 27
by Aaron Carr
If the throngs of people outside trying to get in
and the line-up of fans snaking its way from the
stage, down the length of the aisle, out the door
and into the foyer were any indication, this wasn't going to be your typical book reading.
I made my way down to the front row, took
a seat, and watched Chuck Palahniuk sign people's books—every last person who wanted a
book signed got just that at the end of the
show. By the looks of it, most people had
brought their entire collection! About half an
hour after the scheduled start-time, the lights
went down, the people in line went back to
their seats, and Douglas Coupland came onstage to read from his new book, JPod, which
will be released in June.
Having never read any of Coupland's novels, I didn't know what to expect. The man who
walked up to the podium looked as average
and unthreatening as your best friend's amusingly eccentric father. Coupland's laid-back,
conversational reading style added to the copious doses of humour dotting the passages he
read. Every punch-line was met with enormous outbursts of laughter. Audience members were treated to a passage in JPod in
which the main character, Ethan, gets upgraded to a first-class flight, only to discover to his
disgust that he's now stuck sitting next to
Douglas Coupland. The irony of Coupland
speaking in the third person about the misfortune of meeting himself only added to the
humour of the story. Coupland followed with a
story about a psychotic, murderous clown
named Ronald that had the whole audience
reeling before he finished his segment by
reading a list of random numbers. That's
rigfaX—JPod contains, among other things, 13
pages of random numbers, pi to 100,000
places after the decimal, and a list of all the
prime numbers from 1 to 10,000 (with one
non-prime number thrown in, just for fun).
After his reading of JPod, Coupland welcomed Chuck Palahniuk to Vancouver, at which
point the Fight Club author walked onto the
stage and took one of three chairs situated
around a coffee table. A host from The Georgia
Straight mediated a very informal discussion
between Palahniuk and Coupland. This was one
of the most entertaining parts of the evening.
The chemistry between these two authors was
spectacular. It was like listening to two of your
wittiest friends chat over a beer. You would
swear they were life-long friends as they took
turns taking jabs at one another. At one point,
Coupland made fun of Palahniuk for always
using one-word titles for his books. Palahniuk
replied, "No, my editor is very, very set on one-
word titles. It's a branding thing.* Before he
could finish the sentence, Coupland interjected
with perfect deadpan, "That's why Fight Club
didn't do well."
Before getting to the questions, Palahniuk
loosened up the audience a bit with some stories that only he could pull off. He began by
making fun of Amy Tan (author of The Joy Luck
Club), which became a theme for the night
When later asked about the significance of the
flowers given to audience members who asked
questions and what to expect to get at an Amy
Tan reading, Palahniuk replied, The flowers
and some other sort of things will make themselves apparent when I read my piece at the
end. And Amy Tan ain't gonna give you shit!"
From there, Palahniuk jumped right into a
story about a guy's "art project* that consisted of
a garbage bag full of Polaroids of naked people
huddled in the fetal position. When Palahniuk
asked the guy what it was, he replied, "I work at
Fantasy Adult Video and these are all the people
that died at our porno arcade.* Palahniuk stated
that this was a "Canadian story* because he
once told this story in Toronto and a woman at
the back of the room shouted out that she had
worked as a jizz-mopper in that very porno
shack, which was directly beneath the apartment she lived in at the time.
Inspired by this, Coupland told a story about
one of his own art projects—walking around
LISTEN TO ME: Chuck Palahniuk (far left) discusses with Douglas Coupland (far right) their previous works and also share their
drug prefences. jean chrumka photo
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside with super-
powerful magnets, trying to find used needles.
The goal of the project was to collect DNA: "I
thought to myself, 'What would be an interesting way to collect DNA?" He later realised that
he had to walk such a long distance to find any
needles because he had parked his car in front
of the needle exchange centre.
—Chuck Palahniuk
Author of Fight Club
When asked why he thinks people with
garbage bags full of Polaroids of naked dead
people are attracted to his readings, Palahniuk
replied, "because the kind of stories I tend to
read at public events are what me and my
friends refer to as 'goat stories.' They're stories
that don't make you look like the hero, because
everyone hates those.*
In keeping with the nature of the night,
which was billed as a discussion of "their
books and their craft,* Palahniuk expanded on
his philosophy of storytelling: "By telling a
story that's not about looking good," he stated,
"you create an opportunity for other people to
tell their story that's not about looking
good...and now [people] say, 'Can I tell you a
story I've never ever told another human
being?' I love those stories. And sometimes
they weep while they're telling them. And
sometimes, just by telling the story, they see
the absurdity and they start to laugh because
it's such a relief to tell the story.*
Palahniuk: "May I tell another story?"
Georgia Straight Mediator: "Please do."
Coupland: "No.*
Nevertheless, Palahniuk did tell another
story: "After reading Guts in San Francisco, I
still had this huge, long fine of people snaked
back and forth across this library, waiting for
a book signature afterwards, and—if you
know the nature of the story Guts, this will
make sense—but this very well-dressed, elderly Asian woman comes up with maybe a
13-year-old boy and she takes him to the signing table and she goes—this is going to sound
awful but this is how it sounded—she goes,
'OH! (really loud) I tell my grandson don't
you never never stick nothing up your penis!'
And this kid is like, Tuuuck!"
Palahniuk summarised Guts as "Three true
failed masturbation stories.   And the first two
are very funny and the last one starts funny but
gets very shocking.* Guts was published by
Playboy in March 2004.
The question-and-answer period seemed
like a natural progression of their discussion. As expected, the questions ranged
from the insightful to the comical. Whatever
the question, Coupland and Palahniuk were
up to the challenge, answering and interweaving other stories into the mix, and
keeping things light reven when the subject
matter got a little deeper.
When asked what each author is currently
working on, Coupland replied, "I'm writing
this book about these two people that work at
Staples. To me, Staples is the most fantastically boring place you can find.*
As for Palahniuk: "I just finished a draft of a
novel for next year called Rant And it is a novel
about cars, car culture, and I'll leave it at that."
One audience member asked how much
of their work comes from personal experience and how much is made up. Palahniuk
answered, "I steal. At this point, you know,
I've really used my life up. I steal 99 per cent
of my stuff...you just live your life like a giant
Japanese drift net, picking up porpoises,
tunas, landmines, whatever. And you grab it
all, and then you do what you do with it, but
that's what a creative person does.*
For Coupland, the process is a litde less complicated: "I make everything up."
On the subject of how they felt about the
fact that their books are used in university
courses, both writers were of a similar mind.
Palahniuk stressed that his desire is to "write
the kinds of books that will bring people back
to reading." As a child, Palahniuk loved to
read but then grew away from reading as he
got older and started being forced to read certain books for school. "I'm really proud that
maybe somebody's going to be reading a
book who wouldn't [normally! be reading a
book. I think that's great," said Palahniuk,
"the idea of 40 people being forced to buy my
book...[is not so great].*
When asked what the most challenging part
of the writing process is, Coupland was quick to
reply, "Technically, I'm unemployed...I've over-
bonded with all the creatures [around the
house]...and every time I bump into my sister-in-
law at Park Royal, my shirt's inside-out And so
you just enter this really lonely place."
For Palahniuk, the most difficult part is the
public speaking: "I spend 95 per cent of my
time Hstening to people, so the five per cent
when I have to come up here and actually say
something, [it] doesn't come [naturally]. So I
have to continually fool myself into coming up
here and doing it and not hating it*
The final question couldn't have concluded
the evening more appropriately. One audience
member asked, "[This is] mainly for Chuck, but
if you can answer this it would be great I have
a friend who went to a reading of yours in
Seattle and asked what your favourite pastime
was and you said 'Percocet' Do you still continue to abuse, for recreational use, pain killers,
and if so, what is your favourite one and
method of using it?*
Palahniuk: "I need to have some oral surgery
done, and I'm also volunteering in a hospice,
and I find that by caring and really nurturing
and caring for terminally ill patients, that is
the best way to get pain killers. But seriously,
Percocet. I'm really happy with the Percocet.
You know, since they re-formulated Vicodins
because of Courtney Love, they're just not
any more fun.*
Coupland: "Last night after dinner, [Palahniuk]
says 1 have a headache. Do you have any
Codeine?' and I gave you all that Codeine from
Mexico that's probably not even Codeine."
Palahniuk: "That's okay because I went through
your bathroom and took everything."
"i'm writing this book
about these two people
that work at staples. to
me, Staples is the most
fantastically boring place
you can find."
-Douglas Coupland
Author of JPod
This marked a great end to the discussion
portions of the night Palahniuk then took the
stage to give the audience a reading of a story
he had never read outside of his weekly writing
workshop. The short story, which showed
Palahniuk in top form, was called "Mr Elegant*
It's about a male exotic dancer who spends his
free time removing body hair and pickling his
balls to keep them from falling out of his
banana hammock. For the rest of the story—and
it's really worth the read—check out upcoming
issues of Playboy.
Coupland will be giving another reading of
JPod at the Chapters on Robson St on June 27,
just before the release of the book. Don't miss out
as it will surely be another night to remember.
What may be of interest to Coupland fans is
an upcoming joint venture between Touchstone
Theatre and Theatre at UBC to bring two of
Coupland's works to the stage—City of Glass,
Coupland's photojournalistic book about
Vancouver, and his short-story "Life After God,*
from the collection of short stories of the same
name, will be adapted into a single play. The
play is expected to premiere next season. VI d National
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Native women
must be heard
by Chloe Tejada
TORONTO (CUP)-Debbie Sloss-
Clarke was found dead in her apartment at Gerrard and Sherbourne
streets in Toronto on July 29, 1997.
The police report read: "The victim
was a Native Indian and is believed to
have been born in Northern
Ontario...what is known however is
that the victim was an alcoholic and
crack addict*
Case closed.
It is estimated that 500 Native
women across Canada have gone
missing or been murdered in the
past 20 years. Others, such as
Robyn Bourgeois, a worker with
the No More Silence Network,
beheve the number to be in the
thousands; most of them remain
unsolved and often no police investigation is conducted.
"The problem is huge/ Bourgeois
said. "The missing women are sex
workers, drug addicts...Ask yourself,
if this was a white, middle-class girl,
would the police treat her the same
way they treat them?*
Bourgeois referred to what she
sees as a problematic trend in
cases of missing women. She
believes that serial killers are continuously getting away with raping
and murdering Native women,
while the police and the judicial
system are turning a blind eye.
"(Native people) are constructed
as lesser members of Canadian society. Because some of these women
are on the wrong side of the law, people rationalise violence and beheve
that these women get what they
deserve, so the cops are inactive/
Bourgeois said.
At Ryerson University, the campus is surrounded by help centres
and shelters for Native women. But
some Aboriginal students continue to
face racism in the classroom, said
Monica McKay, a coordinator for the
Aboriginal Student Services.
"I encourage students who
encounter racism in classrooms and
with faculty to raise the issue with the
office of harassment and discrimination and to bring attention to their
program," McKay said.
However, she won't go into
detail about specific events that students have come to her about. "It's
traumatic enough already for
them/ she says.
An avid supporter of women's
rights, Bourgeois, 27, is a PhD student in sociology and equity at the
University of Toronto, and is putting
what she learns in the class into her
passion to fight for Aboriginal rights.
On February 14, she and the No
More Silence Network organised a
memorial for missing and murdered
Aboriginal women at Toronto Police
Headquarters on Bay and College
The rally coincided with a memorial taking place in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside.
February 14 is the date that the
community memorialises the more
than 60 women who have disappeared or died violent deaths in the
Vancouver neighbourhood.
At the Toronto memorial,
Amber O'Hara's voice was at once
loud and fragile when she spoke
about her friend, Debbie, who was
found murdered in her room and
whose case remains, like so many
others, unsolved.
"Debbie was so kind, so gentle/
O'Hara said. "I saw her give her last
dollar to someone who needed it
and she was probably killed for
$25. That person is still free, probably killing and raping/
O'Hara said the three-page
police report on Debbie's death
states that she died a sudden death
and gives alcohol/drugs as the reason. However, the toxicology report,
dated September 8, 1997, showed
no drugs were detected in her system and the small amount of alcohol in her blood was likely a product
of the advanced decomposition of
her body, she says.
According to O'Hara, Debbie was
sober for the last four months of her
"Ask yourself, if this
was a white, middle-
class girl, would the
police treat her the
same way they treat
-Robyn Bourgeois
No More Silence
Network worker
life. Her status card was on her body
but the report referred to her as "Jane
Doe/ The police report was not
opened again.
"She was just an invisible woman
to the police, just an alcoholic Indian
woman," she says.
O'Hara's site, www.Missing-
Native Women, org, helps her keep
track of as many cases of missing
Native women as she can.
"1 want cases to be treated as
equal. It shouldn't matter if the
women are prostitutes, nobody
deserves to die like this...There is
so much judgment towards them,"
she said.
O'Hara, who was once a prostitute, knows what it's like to be treated
as less than human. Growing up, she
moved from foster home to foster
home, and later was taken to a residential school where she was abused.
Sixteen years ago, O'Hara was
raped by two men in her car. She
filed a report with the police who
interviewed her. Eight months later
she found out that she had AIDS.
When she went back to the police,
they told her that they didn't have a
file on her.
Constable Kim Turner, an
Aboriginal Liaison Officer at
Toronto Police Headquarters, said
that police do their job regardless
of a victim's education, race, ethnicity or sex.
"I have never rim into officers that
don't care. The people I have worked
with are not like that It's stereotyping," Turner argued.
Turner said that police do a full
investigation into every case that is
brought to them, but if leads or evidence don't come up, then it's hard
for them to do their job.
"If people aren't going to come
forward, all we've got is what we've
got, then there's nothing we can do."
Turner stated.
O'Hara's website is one avenue
that is giving a voice to the missing
Native women and calling for their
cases to be re-opened.
She said she gets death threats all
the time because of her work. But she
is not afraid anymore.
"There's nothing else they can do
to me but kill me/ she said. II
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Women's basketball team finish season as champions
We're poised to have a strong team next season, saysT-bird coach
by Colleen Tang
UBCs women's basketball team completed
their strong and consistent season as the 2006
CIS national champions.
The Thunderbirds, who claim their second title in three years, had to fight hard for
the national title this year. In the final game,
UBC was up against Cape Breton University—
a game that could only be described as a back
and forth see-saw battle. Trailing by just one
point with only nine seconds to go, T-Bird
Cait Haggarty pulled in the last basket giving
UBC a three point lead, and a 56-53 win over
the Capers.
Guard Erica McGuinness, named an all-
star at the CIS nationals, attributed the
team's success to their excellent teamwork
and will to succeed.
"I think in the final especially/ said
McGuinness, "you could see on some people's
faces that they just didn't want to lose."
"Cape Breton came out [as] a tough opponent
and they had some good things going for
them...butJulie little really stepped up and made
some really huge baskets and Kelsey Blair—
named MVP and all-star at the championships-
had a really good second half,* she said. .
*I think that a big focus for us this year was
that [it was] a team game...That was the difference between this year and last year and
also...playing good basketball [throughout the
season] when it counted,* said McGuinness.
Each team member was challenged to get
20 per cent better during the off-season. This is
a goal they will continue to strive for.
"I think it's really important for the team to
take it seriously like last year,* continued
McGuinness.* and really try to come in with
better skills and have everyone ready to contribute more than they did this year.*
McGuinness's confidence, Blair's rebounding skills, and Haggarty's smarts on the court;
integral to the team's success this year, will also
be important next year, commented Little.
"The reason why we did so well this year and
in the nationals is because everyone played
their role,* continued Little. 'Everyone brought
their skills to the game. Last year we didn't play
so well as a team...People accepted their roles
and took it on.*
Both McGuinness and Little are looking forward to next year's team.
'Next year is going to be another really
exciting year for us,* said McGuinness.
'We're going to have two really good guards
[Megan Pinske and Devan Lisson] coming in
from high school and having those additions
is going to make a difference.*
'First years are always really excited to play
and they have more energy to practice,* added
Katie Ward and Leanne Evans, players
who trained with the team but did not participate in games this year, will be assets in the
upcoming season.
"They're both very tall long girls and I
think it's going to make a big difference having that kind of presence inside,* said
'[Ward] is 6*5 and I think that will make
for some really good match ups especially
against SFU because they have a girl who's
6'4,* said Little. '[Evans] is really athletic and
she has a good nose for the ball.*
The only player UBC will lose is Letha Beck
because she graduates this year.
"That will be a big loss because she's one of
the leaders,* said Little.
'All our other players are expected to be
back so we don't lose any starters...We have
good depth and we have good experience and
we have some strong recruits coming in for
next year,* said Deb Huband, coach of UBCs
women's basketball team. "We're poised to
have quite a strong team with good depth and
mixture as well.*
Contributing to their success was good
leadership and great team work ethic, said
"Reflecting back on this season, it's been
pretty rewarding.* SI
Thunderbirds slayed by Lewis-Clark State Warriors in first loss of the season
by Benjamin Groberman
It was a disappointing night for Thunderbirds
baseball, as the team suffered its first home loss
of the season, a 7-5 defeat at the hands of number
one ranked Lewis-Clark State College. By their
own admission, the Birds did not bring their
best game to Nat Bailey Stadium on Tuesday
night and made three errors and walked in two
runs through four and a half innings.
The team showed resiliency though, fighting
back to tie, and eventually lead the game 5-4
before surrendering the game winning run on
a single in the top of the eighth. After the game,
UBC Coach Terry McKaig, alluded to the talent
of the opponent.
"They're a perennial powerhouse,* said
McKaig, 'probably one of the best teams we'll
play all year.*
Offensively, the T-Birds continued their
trend of fighting for runs, highlighted by a
rally for three in the bottom of the fifth. UBC
recorded three sacrifice flies, over the course
of the game, one by second baseman Marc
Capone, and the other two, by shortstop
Davey Wallace, 'We've been working real
hard on the 'small-ball'/ said Wallace following his two RBI performance.
"[Lewis-Clark] did the small things right
tonight, and they got the two runs they needed,
in the eighth.*
Catcher, Brendan Kornberger discussed
how Tuesday's pitchers walked in two runs,
giving credit to disciplined hitting, rather
than erratic pitching, 'We were making good
pitches,* said Kornberger, "they weren't
chasing anything."
After Wednesday's rematch against
Lewis-Clark was rained out, the T-Birds will
look to bounce back this weekend against
Concordia, who are in town for back to back
double headers, Saturday, and Sunday at Nat
Bailey Stadium. II
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UBC students urged to shop responsibly
Changing attitudes takes years and generations, says Oxfam coordinator
by Carolynne Burkholder
UBC students could have learned
how to shop responsibly last
Tuesday, but very few did because
very few bothered showing up.
Apart from the media and the presenters, only seven students attended
the Shop Responsibly workshop, part
of Responsible Consumption Week
on campus.
Workshop presenters went
ahead anyway, urging buyers to
consider how companies treat the
environment, their workers and
their community when making
their purchases.
They also discussed the role of
individual choices in shaping corporate responsibility and how to shop
responsibly in Vancouver.
Presenter Sarah Jackson, a fourth-
year global resources student, said
she wasn't fazed by the low turn-out.
"The workshops were designed to
get together really small groups of
people to get some deeper conversations,* said Jackson. "We wanted
them to be small to get a chance to
talk to people one-on-one."
Through her involvement with
the UBC Sustainability Ambassadors—a group that works to promote ecological and social sustain-
ability-Jackson knows many people
who only shop at companies with ethical practices. But she acknowledged
that many students aren't interested
in shopping responsibly.
"Through being involved with
the Sustainability Ambassadors, I
got to meet so many people who
are so dedicated, but I guess it's a
relatively small group on campus/
Jackson said.
"I'm not really aware
of what companies
use sweatshops...and
i'm not going to
research it if all i
-Cyrus Irani
Mechanical engineering 4
Ayla Harker, co-presenter and
also a global resources student,
said she understands that many
students don't care about shopping
"I have come to realise that all
choices have their rationalisation
and you have to make all your decisions personally," commented
"I get really discouraged about it
sometimes. It's like nothing I do matters," she added.
Cyrus Irani, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student who didn't
attend the workshop, said ethical
business practices do not affect
where he shops.
"I'm not really aware of what companies use sweatshops," he said.
"And I'm not going to research it if
all I want is a T-shirt."
Madeleine Irving, a fourth-year
geography student, also did not
attend the workshop. She said she
cares about shopping responsibly,
but "so many companies use cheap
labour that it's hard to avoid."
Although many students don't
care, Miriam Palcios, Vancouver
Oxfam program coordinator, said
she has faith in the few students who
shop responsibly.
"These changes in attitudes take
years and generations," she said.
"It's being brought in slowly, but it
is happening."
Palcios pointed to ethical purchasing policies already implemented by the University, saying they
came as a result of student-led initiatives. Since 2004 suppliers for
both the UBC Bookstore and the
businesses owned by the AMS must
have fair labour practices and be
environmentally sustainable.
"Thanks to the work of students-
it may be only three or four—they are
really in the position to make policy
changes," said Palcios.
"I know some students are really
highly committed and working
extremely hard," she added.
Jackson is hopeful about students shopping responsibly in the
future. "In general, I think people
care," she said. II
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News 9
Archiving our past with accurracy and precision
UBC professor leading the way to preserve current records for thousands of years
by Alia Dharssi
Imagine if every record in human
history disappeared.
That's why Luciana Duranti, a
UBC Professor from the School of
Library, Archival and Information
Studies is heading the Internartional
Research on Permanent Authentic
Records in Electronic Systems
Project (InterPARES), an international study aimed at estabhshing guidelines to ensure that digital material
remains accurate and accessible
decades after it is created.
Preserving records and maintaining authenticity is the hardest part
with digital records, she said.
"When we have a paper document, even 500 years later, we can
run tests to see whether it is authentic or not, because it is still the same
thing," said Duranti. "But, with a digital document every time we save it,
we break it into parts, and every time
we call it back, we make a copy."
The InterPARES Project, which
began in 1998, is an international
collaboration among governments,
private organisations, universities,
and professionals as diverse as
artists and engineers who deal with
electronic material over time.
"The project was started eight
years ago...to ensure not only that
we could preserve material generated in digital form, but that we
could preserve it in a way that we
could be sure of its authenticity
over time, because that's the big
issue," Duranti explained.
The findings of InterPARES have
already had a marked impact on the
technological industry. No European
Union (EU) government buys software
that does not satisfy the recommendations of InterPARES. Some countries
belonging to InterPARES, like China,
have already embedded the
InterPARES standards into legislation.
"While an archival institution or
an archival program has always been
important to preserve our memory,
to make our documents available to
the next generation, now it has
acquired a different function and the
function is to ensure that those documents are protected," Duranti stated.
The InterPARES project focuses
on protecting the authenticity of two
types of records. The first type consists of those that are necessary to
keep, such as documents that
embody the rights of the citizens
and blueprints of buildings. The second category of documents includes
those that record the administrations of businesses and people.
Duranti explained that these
records will provide historical
accountability by providing evidence
of our actions while suppying the reasons behind the actions.
Files are frequently corrupt ed
because of changing technology,
and the project is searching for
ways to prevent this.
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Every time a system is upgraded, files can be corrupted, she
said. "It's not a question of keeping the bits and the bytes. It's the
question of being able read them,"
she added.
Another goal,  Duranti said, is
estabhshing a system so that when
documents are no longer needed,
they could be taken out of the
hands of those who produced them
and archived immideately.
This would make it hard to
tamper with or delete digital evidence in a case of government or
business scandal, she said.
The study is not without its
share of skepticism, however.
There have been concerns that
implementing a system that
InterPARES strives to establish
might limit the types or records
that get added into a datebase. No
one would want one person writing
history, she said.
Duranti countered by stating
that the debate occurs within the
research group.
She explained that if there was
no debate this process would have
proceeded faster. This hasn't been
the case, however.
"The solution we present, is
already the result of the debate...
Because we are so varied, we have
everybody from all walks of life,"
she said. "So, beheve me to produce what we have produced in
eight years, if I were by myself with
my best friend, we could have done
it probably in two years. It takes
eight years because it takes that
long to get everybody on board on
the same thing.
"So basically instead of producing something fast and then taking
20 years to get it accepted, we first
decided to accept, to agree on what
we were producing, so that when it
gets it out, it is already accepted." II
Solidarity talk draws crowd
Dozens turned out for a talk at noon
on Tuesday, March 21 in the SUB
titled, "Is Israel an Apartheid State?"
Organised by the Solidarity for
Palestinian Human Rights group,
speakers spent two hours discussing
the question posed by the lecture.
Mostafa Henaway, Ontario
Coalition Against Poverty and
International Solidarity Movement
activist, asserted that the
Palestinians were subject to a second, inferior set of laws that other
Israelis were not, which to him,
qualified Israel as an apartheid
state. "A legal form of colonialism,
that's what Israel is," stated
Mobilisation Against War and
Occupation (MAWO), Fire this Time
and the Vancouver Communities in
Solidarity with Cuba were also present at the event II U^
"10 Opinion/Editorial
Friday, 24 March, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
The whole is only as great as the sum of its parts
It was a banner week for UBC.
Stephen Toope, a world-renowned
human rights and international
law advocate, grabbed the top spot
as the University's new president.
And Carl Wieman, a Nobel
Laureate in physics, announced
he was packing up his things at
the University of Colorado to join
UBCs Faculty of Science, which
will get a major shot in the arm via
$12 million to improve the science undergraduate experience.
The addition of both of Toope
and Wieman represents two giant
steps forward for the University, bolstering UBCs reputation and moving it further ahead on the international stage.
There's no doubt that Nobel
Laureate Wieman will be a great
addition to UBC. Award-winning,
internationally recognised scholars
not only improve the calibre of education at their institution, but they
also assist the University in attracting top-notch researchers and professors. As the media love to spin it,
Wieman has 'cachet': now UBC is
one of only two Canadian university
to boast a Nobel Laureate. But given
the fact that this champion of undergraduate science education could
have his pick of academic institutions, it's reassuring that he feels
that coming to UBC will be a rewarding use of his time and expertise.
Toope, who is also the founding
president of the Pierre Elliott
Trudeiau Foundation, will also
strengthen UBCs international
standing and may help move the
University closer to solving longstanding land claims issues with
Musqueam. He also wants re-open
the issue of First Nations under-rep-
resentation on campus, and it
sounds like he has some good ideas
on the matter.
But there was, of course, ample
scheming and politicking going on
when negotiations for the two were
being conducted. The ability to
attract future grants and nabbing
more top-notch scholars is determined by those who hold the best
faculty, personnel and highest -
measure of prestige in the first
place. And of course you have to
pay to attract the best and the
brightest. While we realise that
UBC has to be competitive when it
comes  to  salaries—both Wieman
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and Toope will be pocketing
upwards of $300,000 per year-
let's not forget that the whole is
only as great as the sum of its parts.
As Toope himself said in his first
address to the University, "Leaders
help us to identify how to move forward, but they can only succeed
when we work collectively, truly as
a team devoted a set of common
ends and common goals."
Wise words. We must be careful
not to get caught up in the media blitz
surrounding the hiring of celebrity
faculty at the expense of forgetting
about the other areas of UBC that still
need vast improvements.
According to the Globe and
Mail's university report cards, UBC
ranks near the bottom in terms of
classroom size, financial assistance
and both merit-based and needs-
based scholarships. The quality of
education, a consistent complaint
from students, is an area in desperate need of a major improvement.
Wieman has said explicitly that
his focus will be teaching at the
undergraduate level as his passion lies with improving the teach
ing of science.
We'll toast to that one (no really, we just did). Having high-profile professors in the classroom is
certainly a good thing, but he
won't be teaching every course
offered at the University.
Sessional professors at the
University currently earn $5,200
for every three-credit course they
teach. (In fact, right now they are
slugging it out with the
Admimstration over an increase to
this lamentable wage. From what
we've heard at the Ubyssey, they're
having to fight tooth and nail to
make the University budge). All
things considered, the pay of ses-
sionals is equivalent to around $10
per hour. It's difficult to fathom why
UBC is doling out $300,000 salaries
when they're falling painfully short
of employment equity in dealing
with current staff.
Furthermore, we hope Wieman
isn't simply here to rubber-stamp
the status quo of teaching on
campus and will instead truly
help realise the vision of UBC as
a world-class research and learn
ing University.
As for Toope becoming UBCs
12th president, it's probably
about time for a change. Martha
Piper—who will be leaving the
position on June 31—was an
ambassador for this University
for nine years. Although Piper
brought a great deal of research
funding into the University and
was an important factor in carving out a vision for its future, she
often appeared to be spouting off
mass amounts of hot air and
meaningless rhetoric.
Even as Piper uses catch-words
like "sustainability,* the GVRD is
investigating UBCs unauthorised
cleainnitting behind the Museum of
The recent hirings of Toope and
Wieman have certainly boosted the
University's image and reputation
worldwide. That's great, but we'd
like to send a clear message that in
all the hype to be the best 'global
citizen' or 'global university' we
can't lose sight of the fact there's
still lots of nitty-gritty work to do
here at the local level. II
Perspective Opinion
Silencing the conservative
Voltaire once wrote "I disapprove of
what you say, but I will defend to the
death your right to say it* What a
noble idea, unfortunately however
at this university it is seldom practiced, especially by those on the radical left who through their control of
the student government, and the
bureaucracy of the AMS have been
able to silence any form of vocal
I am a conservative student, and
I have seen first hand the lack of any
conservative resource groups or
publications, and even worse have
been a witness to shadowy attempts
of certain individuals to stifle any
dissenting opinions and candidates.
During the AMS elections, a good
friend of mine who was running for
a position had his character
attacked by the editors of
www.knoll.ca, a leftist publication
which receives money from the
AMS resource groups. Worse still is
that Ian Patillo, a contributor to their
elections issue was himself a candidate for the position of VP External,
and used the student funded publication to further his campaign.
I am currently running for a
position on the Arts Undergraduate
Society, and have been the victim of
personal attacks in blogs posted by
prominent members of the AMS.
Seeing as that the job of those elected to serve on the AMS is to represent the interests of all students, this
sort of behavior should not be tolerated, and verges on abuse of power.
What smacks me as highly hypocritical is that those on the left routinely argue that, they are trying to
increase diversity and accessibility
on this campus, yet it seems to me
that these individuals are all for
diversity so long as it doesn't
include people that may disagree
with them. Voltaire would be rolling
in his grave.
—Justin Visser
IFC President
and candidate for AUS rep
Word "fence" is inadequate
In a March 14 editorial, "Where
have all the activists gone?," the
Ubyssey laments the decline in stu
dent activism here on campus, but
also notes a few hopeful signs of it
Somehow, though, the editors fail to
mention UBCs new student publication dedicated to activism. The
That's odd, considering the
relevance of The Knoll to the editorial, and the recent intersection
of specific material in the two
The Knoll this month ran an article critical of the Ubyssey s coverage
of the Israeli occupation. The original submission to the Knoll had stated that the apartheid barrier is
made of concrete "in built-up areas",
but that British-ism left Knoll editors
scratching their heads, so they
dropped it
The Ubyssey began an inferential dialogue at that point with the
article "Building Barriers, Walls, or
Fences* (March 17). This pointed
out immediately that the barrier is
only five per cent concrete, 95 per
cent "fence." Okay, but the word
"fence" is surely inadequate. The
non-wall sections are barbed wire,
very high, lined with land mines,
and militarily retained.
The Ubyssey reporter writes that
the barrier "will span the entire
Israeli-Palestinian border." That
implies some agreed-upon, legitimate demarcation, but the route
was fashioned by Israel without
negotiation. It encloses illegal settlements, water aquifers, and most
arable land, and does not follow the
UN-recognised border of 1967. The
barrier has been declared illegal by
the World Court in a 14 to one ruling
which stated that it should be dismantled with compensation paid to
dispossessed Palestinians.
And the reporters comment that
"although Israelis and Palestinians
can cross into the other's jurisdictions, they are required to go through
checkpoints" wrongly implies that
under Israeli occupation, both sides
are equally inconvenienced.
Our hope is to engage the
Ubyssey more thoroughly with the
Palestine/Israel conflict, and with its
campus counterpart, The Knoll.
—J.D. Boucher, Arts '88
and Nathan Crompton,
Political Science 3
What are your thoughts
on ubc's new president
Stephen Toope?
"I actually don't know about him...I
didn't have time to catch up on the
pohtics of UBC."
— Young Song
Forestry 2
1 don't really know actually."
—Mayumi Tanabe
Arts 4
"I read about it in the Globe. His
area of work seems really
interesting. He seems like a bit of
an unconventional choice but a
good choice."
—Ian Wiebe
Arts 4
"I just read an article about him in
the Sun. The idea of having a
human rights lawyer as president
is interesting. I thought it was poor
of the Sun to focus on...his family
as opposed to outlining his
—Ian Kennedy
Arts 3
"I have not heard anything about
him. I read the email...but I didn't
go [to the reception] thus I don't
know anything."
—Maayan Kreitzman
Science 2
—Streeters coordinated by
Kellan Higgins and Colleen Tang.
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Mansbridge: one on nine-hundred graduating students
CBC anchor urges students to be responsible global citizens at AUS's One Last Lecture
by Khatidja Vaiya
As many Canadians adopt a cynical perspective regarding the political state of
the world, the youth of today are faced
with a choice, said Peter Mansbridge at
the Chan Centre Wednesday.
"You can resolve to join that chorus
of cynics, or you can resolve to take matters into your own hands and make
things better" he stated.
Emphasising the important role of
Canadian leadership around the world,
Mansbridge urged the graduating Arts-
class of 2006 to focus on developing
themselves as responsible global citizens in the years to come.
Mansbridge was the keynote speaker at "One Last Lecture;" an event hosted by the Arts Undergraduate Society
(AUS) as a farewell celebration for graduating students. As a former CBC
reporter, host of the program
Mansbridge: One on One, and current
anchor of the CBC's The National,
Mansbridge shared his experiences covering major events in Indonesia,
Holland and Afghanistan, and spoke
passionately about the legacy of
Canadians around the world.
"It's a big world and it's a small
world. There are so many places we can
get to," he said. "There are so many
places we are needed, where we can
make a difference."
Over the course of the hour talk,
Mansbridge touched on a variety of topics ranging from personal experiences
to responsible leadership. Expressing
what appeared to be a wry jab at political leaders of the West, Mansbridge
said, "We're always looking for heroic
leaders, but in reality in the world right
now, we'd settle for competent ones."
While many students were
impressed with the lecture, some
members of the audience were less
awed by the keynote address. "He is
a great public speaker...but I did
think his lecture lacked some substance and content," remarked graduating student Heather Cleaveley.
Addressing the graduating class
specifically, Mansbridge advised students to actively participate in their
learning experiences while at the
University, and later share their
experiences in their travels around
the world.
After suggesting that educated students of the West are the "embodiment
of hope" across the globe, Mansbridge
rallied "We can't all sit back and be spectators. We weren't meant to watch the
parade of life just pass by. We were
meant to be in the parade and some of
us...were meant to do more than march.
Mansbridge, having never graduated high-school also noted how envious he was of those graduating with
an university degree.
He added that he was discovered by
a CBC producer while making an
announcement on the PA while
employed as a freight manager at a
small airport in Churchill.
Being a journalist is alot of hard
work, but there is also a huge element of
luck involved, he said. II
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Trudeau Foundation President Stephen Toope to become UBCs next leader
by Paul Evans
The veil of secrecy surrounding UBC President
Martha Piper's successor was lifted Wednesday
after the announcement that renowned international and human rights lawyer Stephen Toope will
become the University's 12th president
Toope, president of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau
Foundation as well as the former Dean of Law at
McGill University, will assume his new post on July
1 for a term of five years.
At a crowded reception at the Life Sciences
Centre on Wednesday, Brad Bennett, chair of the
UBC Board of Governors, introduced the man he
described as "a role model for a new generation of
UBC students.'
"I feel that I'm joining a university that is
already strong, a university that is already creative,
a university that is already inspired/ said Toope
while accepting his appointment. "I am really excited about spending the next few years working with
you to make UBC the very best it can be.*
The selection process for UBCs new president
was done through a 21-person Board of Governors
committee comprised of members of the Board in
addition to faculty, staff, alumni, senators and students. The Presidential Search Committee considered over 150 applicants and brought its unanimous recommendation to the Board of Governors
where Toope's nomination was approved.
The job of president will require Toope to act
as the University's ambassador while overseeing all faculty and staff of the University as well
as to prepare the budget for the University.
Additionally, the president sits on the Board of
Governors and is vice-chancellor of the Senate.
Toope brings with him a background in law and
human rights, serving on the Royal Commission
on Aboriginal People in 1991 as well as the investigation into the alleged torture of Canadian Maher
Arar in Syria.
As the first president of the non-partisan Pierre
Elliot Trudeau Foundation, Toope oversaw a $ 140
million endowment dedicated to supporting
research in the humanities and the arts.
Toope identified several areas he hopes to work
—Kevin Keystone
AMS President
on during his time as President, pointing to the
challenge research universities face ensuring that
student needs are met
"Are we providing students with the experience
of working with the best researchers in their fields,
or are we too often relying on people who aren't at
that level of their careers to deliver courses to
undergraduates?* he asked.
He also pledged to look at issues affecting First
Nations students on campus.
"The role that First Nations students play and
the experience that they have within the University,
I don't think we can start looking at it as they are
applying to the University,* said Toope. "The reality is there are so many people who are trying to
make the transition into university life after having
had very difficult experiences at lower levels of the
education system."
While he views integration programs as important, Toope said that the University needs to make
an effort to engage First Nations students at lower
levels of education as well.
"One of the things I think is exciting potentially for UBC, is to try and draw together resources
from the Faculties of Education, Sociology,
Anthropology... to work lower down in the system
at the elementary level, even at the preschool
level, lo try and create opportunities for
Indigenous students that will allow them to experience more examples of success by the time
they're getting into university."
Expanding the University beyond UBC
Okanagan is something Toope said won't be a
focus. "I can't say I would continue any further
expansion," he commented. "My sense is there's
going to be a lot of work that has to be done to making UBC Okanagan fulfill all of its promise."
He did leave the issue open, however, saying
that if there was demand for more student spaces
and a drive from the province, further expansion
would be a possibility.
Toope's appointment has been generally well
received on campus. Alma Mater Society (AMS)
President Kevin Keystone said that he is encouraged
by Toope's strong belief in the democratic process
and his emphasis on the student experience.
"I'm particularly impressed by his prioritising student learning," said Keystone. "I see it as
a real opportunity to enhance teaching and
learning at UBC." IB
Presidential profile
Toope has a long list of credentials
as successor of nine year president
Martha Piper. He graduated in
1979 from Harvard with an AB In
History and Literature and earned
law degrees at McGill University.
He later was granted his PhD from
Cambridge University in 1987.
• Toope helped found the Trudeau
foundation in 2002, an charity
dedicated to promoting research
and interaction between
researchers in social sciences and
humanities and policymakers in
government, business and the
arts. The foundation, of which he
is the first president, is an independent, private, and non-partisan organisation.
• He served as an independent fact
finder in the controversial Maher
Arar case in 2005.
• A professor of law at McGill
University,Toope was the
youngest person to hold the
dean position at the University's
Faculty of Law in 1994.
• A human rights advocate,Toope
has conducted seminars for
government officials in Malaysia,
Singapore, Indonesia and Canada.
• He is also a public international
law and international law specialist, and member of the UN
observer delegation to the first
post-apartheid South African
• Toope serves on the boards of
many non-governmental organisations such as the Canadian
Human Rights Foundation, the
World University Service of
Canada and the United Nations
Working Group on Enforced or
Involuntary Disappearance.
• He served as the research director for the Royal Commission on
Aboriginal people in 1991.
• Toope was formerly the president
of the Canadian Council on
International Law.
What now?
His post as president of UBC will
begin this July and his term will
run for five years.
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