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Friday, 10 November, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
UBC prof discusses real-life Mean Girls
by Chelsea Thcriault
"She's a walking STD. We've been, like, when
we see her walking by in the hallway, 'Oh my
god, I smell herpes,' then kind of stare her
down." As Dawn Currie read this quote from
her research, a group of tight-lipped mothers
gasped and shook their heads in shock. You
could practically see the thoughts streaming
through their collective heads: "Is my daughter
ever this cruel to her peers, or victim to such
On Nov. 1, Sociology Professor Dawn Currie
introduced her captivated audience to
the volatile world of 14-year-old female
Vancouverites. Part of the ArtsWednesdays
series sponsored by the Faculty of Arts every
week at Robson Square, Currie's research on
female identities was discussed in a lecture
titled Sugar 'n Spice: Understanding Girls'
Meanness. The title refers to the well-known
proverb that claims, "Sugar and spice and
everything nice, that's what little girls are made
of." However, Currie's interviews with 70 Lower
Mainland girls prove the rhyme's antiquity; the
sugar and spice must be long gone if sixth grade
girls are calling each other "hos."
It is not uncommon for girls to have the
capacity to be viciously cruel to one another—
the popularity of films like Mean Girls and
Heathers is proof. However, little research
has been performed on the subject. Even
Currie didn't start out with the plan of investigating girls' meanness, but when she interviewed the girls about their identity formation, she discovered that "membership in
various groups is really important, it really
defines who the kids are." In every represented school there was a social hierarchy structured around popularity, and cruelty was the
great judge of who could claim the coveted
"popular" moniker.
Unlike what the moniker denotes, being
"popular" in the girls' schools did not mean
one was well-liked. On the contrary, "popular" girls were usually the meanest and there-
MEAN GIRLS: Cruelty among young women has taken a sexual turn, oker CHEN photo
fore most hated of all, yet what set them at
the top of the hierarchy is that they had
power, specifically the power to "squash people like [bugs]."
But as members of the audience stated in the
discussion period following the lecture, these
power dynamics have existed in schools for
decades. What is novel about Currie's research?
The cruelty being expressed by young girls
is becoming increasingly sexualised, and the
insults are being hurled at ever-younger ages,
according to Currie. Her interviewees admitted that sexualised insults like "slut," "ho,"
and "dyke" are by far the meanest and do the
most damage to their self-esteem.
Although time was running out by her conclusion, Currie afforded a quick explanation for
the cause of all this cruelty. Her belief is that
girls' bitchiness towards each other is born
from their attempt to work around one of our
society's most prevalent double standards: a
boy tends to be applauded for chasing multiple
girls, but when girls repeat the same behavior,
they are deemed "slutty." Currie's research
shows that for today's girls, being popular
depends on being attractive to boys, yet a girl
cannot attract or date too many boys or she will
attract the reputation of being a "slut."
Dawn Currie's lecture brought to light
many social stresses and problems that face
young girls today, and she proves an exception
to the idea that adults don't understand "what
girls go through." The difficulty of being a girl
is exemplified best in the film The Virgin
Suicides, when young, suicidal sister Cecelia is
asked by her doctor, "What are you doing here,
honey? You're not even old enough to know
how bad life gets."
"Obviously, Doctor," she replies, "You've
never been a 13-year-old girl." @
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Life After God
November 1-11,7:30pm
Touchstone Theatre &
Theatre at UBC
Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Check out this spectacular
examination of our quest for
transcendence in the city of
seismic shifts-Vancouver.
Adapted from Douglas
Coupland's short story'life
After God"and written by two-
time Governor General's Award
finalist Michael Lewis
Meligrove Band w/The
Golden Dogs & The
November 11,8:00pm
Gallery Lounge
An amazing live band signed
toV2 records.The Golden
Dogs are on True North
Records and getting lots of
hype. All three bands will be
playing hour long sets.
Tickets ten bucks at Outpost
&Zulu Records.
Tokyo Police Club with
November 17,8:00pm
Gallery Lounge
For those into the indie scene
check out this event. "Blogger-
approved quartet [that] has the
potential to become a real five-
tool player in indie for a long
time."— Fitchfork
KNOWING:  Integrating indigenous
knowledge into educational curricula.
CIPO-VAN and GOSA present a
forum inviting academia. indigenous
representatives and community
members to discuss the role and impact
that education process plays in the
construction of social values and on our
global community. FREE ADMISSION.
Traditional foods and drinks by donation.
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Brandon Adams cast a vote for Michael Bround using
a Boris Korby touch-screen machine. Because he was
blind, he pressed the box for Colleen Tang and
passed over boxes to vote for Champagne Choquer,
Levi Barnett, Richard Lam and Oker Chen,all running
as independents. Mary Leighton,Carolynne
Burkholder and Elliott Chalmers counted the ballots
for the riding of Jesse Ferreras-Marchand, and found
that the ballots, designed bythe Chelsea Theriault
Company,were as a faulty as the Momoko Price that
printed the ballots in the first place. Andrea Loewen
and Karen Ko demanded a recall, but Victor Liang
denied them. Matthew Jewkes had final say over the
election and ruled in favour of a victory for Ryan
Pettersson.The following candidates were disqualified: Patty Comeau, Claudia Li,George Prior, Katie
Fitzpatrick, Eric Wallace-Deering.
editorial graphic Michael Bround
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Press Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 10 November, 2006
Hive hopes to give buzz
by Andrea Locwcn
As children, most of us were taught
that getting too close to a beehive can
result in little more than painful
beestings. The folks behind Hive are
hoping Vancouverites will toss such
notions aside November 9 to 11.
Hive is an event that brings
together 11 adventurous independent theatre companies into one
space, one of which is set in a large
warehouse-like space. Audiences
are invited to the central bar to get a
drink and are then free to wander
between the 11 performances occur-
ing simultaneously.
Adrienne Wong, co-artistic producer of NeWorld Theatre, describes
it as "part mother of all parties and
part  theatrical   experimentation."
Audiences get an opportunity to see
beyond professionalism and peer
inside the world of independent theatre in Vancouver.
One of Hive's conceptions is an
interactive experience for everyone
involved. Wong describes it as "capitalising on theatre's great strength-
intimacy," while Jason Long, co-artistic director of Theatre Replacement,
says, "Hive is about human presence.
I can touch my audience, make them
feel uncomfortable, or give them a
present." This kind of intimacy is
rare in mainstream theatre, as is the
opportunity for audiences to interact
with theatre artists and each other.
With this interaction, Hives creates a brand new kind of theatre
experience. Long refers to the site-
specific nature of the event, as creating   "true   site   specific   theatre,
because of the constraints placed on
the artists [which] force us to act on
impulse, instinct, to have fun and
stretch ourselves."
The experience is also vastly different from anything most seasoned theatre-goers are used to.
There is enormous empowerment
for viewers. They have the freedom
not only to choose which performances you want to see, but also to
watch repeat performances, walk
out, or spend your time visiting
with artists and audience members
at the bar, make for a sort of
"Choose Your Own Adventure"
night at the theatre.
What sets Hive apart is its dedication to sustainability. The goal is
to create a carbon zero event,
where the artists use as few
resources as possible creating their
pieces. This claim is not just lip
service, the artists are all asked to
keep track of how much energy
they use in creating their work,
from gas consumption to electricity. At the end of the event, a proportional amount of money will be
donated to a sustainability-promot-
ing organization. Wong even hinted
at an exciting, secret prize as an
incentive for theatre companies to
use the least amount of energy.
Hive aims to bring newer, more
adventurous theatre to the forefront
of the scene. Anyone interested in
underground theatre should not
miss this event. As Long says,
"Vancouver is a young theatre town,
and Hive creates a picture of the
future of theatre in Vancouver." @
Although Gonzo has cutesy appeal, it is as veritable as a Muppet Show
at Norman Rothstein Theatre
until November 12
by Karen Ko
Director Gordon Pascoe's production Gonzo attains his ultimate goal
of providing an introduction to
WWII Japanese POW camps to
school-aged theatre-goers and their
teachers with admirable success.
The amateur production manages to
convey, with remarkable jocularity,
the story of a kindly Japanese prison
guard's treatment of British women
and children at a Shanghai internment camp over a period of several
This sweet and good-intentioned
production features notable performances by established and emerging Vancouver talent, including a
spot-on portrayal of the overbearing
Hut Representative by Christina
Jastrezembska. She channels an
absolutely perfect Maggie Smith and
contributes to the production considerably with her endearing, emo
tionally-guarded and traditionally
British depiction of her character.
On stage chemistry is obvious
among the actors and results in the
somewhat believable development
of the relationship between the
prison guard Gonzo and the British
ladies. The audience grows to understand that enduring the ostensibly
harsh conditions of the camp was
made significantly easier by the relationship between the guard and his
prisoners based on mutual trust and
genuine affection.
Although   Gonzo   provides   an
excellent introduction to the basic
history of the Second World War, its
strictly dramatic elements leave
something to be desired.
Unfortunately, the play relies far
too heavily on the cutesy appeal of its
largely under-aged cast to be taken
seriously. The production's main
dramatic weakness results from its
after-school special approach to what
is remembered historically as a brutal and often less-than-kind occupation by Japanese forces. The realities
of war cannot be glossed over by
adorable barefoot British moppets
and   borderline   offensive   Asian
This isn't to demean the value of
the production, and what this
reviewer believes to be the director's overall intention. The play may
neglect the more emotionally raw
realities of the situation at internment camps, yet it does offer a
tremendous live-action history lesson aimed at a given demographic.
However, unless you're currently
enrolled in a high school social studies class, you're not very likely to fall
into that demographic. @
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From Vancouver to Yosemite in less
than five days
Our journey from UBC to Yosemite National Park, located in the
heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Eastern California,
was cheaply budgeted. By carpooling, our group of two
passengers and two drivers travelled—aside from a few rest
stops—for 20 hours straight. We covered the 1,750 km distance at a cost
of roughly $30 US per person.
Our steel sedan moved down the coast, perforating the black-velvet
night sky with a continuous incandescent beam. We travelled the
Interstate Highway as a single unit in an endless conduit of unblinking
lights, red going one way, white going the other. Despite the unending
lightshow, the ride felt very lonely, what with so much activity and not a
single visible human face at which I could smile or scowl. By morning
thelandscape was lit by the hot sun: we had arrived in California, the
Sunshine State.
Yosemite Park is structured like a metropolis—the core, Yosemite
Valley, is the oldest, smallest and most developed area, densely packed
with trails to follow and surrounded by sprawling back-country.
The Valley, protected as a National Park since 1891, eventually incorporated the surrounding wilderness through the works of legendary
conservationists such as John Muir, the founder of the Sierra club. His
memorable adage, "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints," has been held in reverence here.
Yosemite's fall climate resembles that of a burning dirigible—despite
the elevation, the environment is alarmingly hot. With such extremes
in weather, it was amazing to witness the population density inside
the park. Almost all the campsites were fully occupied and the roads
were packed with people. The true testament to the awe of Yosemite was
seeing a solid 100 metre-long line-up of people barely inching up the
rockface, like thrill-seekers waiting in the line for an amusement
park ride.
The trip back to Vancouver was full of more sights, from palm-lined
suburban avenues full of graffiti to deserts garnished with apple
orchards, made possible by glacial aquifers underground. Ultimately,
the trip cost $60 USD per person. However, the average UBC student
should remember that they don't have to go cross-country to see some
sights. The whole experience reminded me of the importance of the
provincial parks in our own backyard, a vital component of the BC's
strength and identity. @
Text and photos by Oker Chen Opinion&Editorial
Friday, 10 November, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
What John McClane doesn't know is that with
electronic uoting his ballot is as good as lost
Follow the paperless trail
Another midterm election has come
and gone down south with more
than half of the states in the US now
making use of direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting. There were no
ostensible controversies on par with
what we all witnessed in the 2000
election, but there remain crucial
questions about the voting system
that is being employed by the
United States.
With the increasing pressure to
broaden the use of this method in
Canada, it seems appropriate to
take a moment to recognise how
DRE voting is holding up just south
of the border.
The evidence that has been gathered thus far is far from encouraging. The electronic voting machines
that US elections have gradually
come to rely on have been documented as being unreliable and
prone to hacking, making the possibility of votes being lost just that
much higher. The only difference
with DRE voting, however, is that it
leaves no paper trail.
And it's more than a little ironic
when intended improvements to
the democratic process result in
voices of the people being jeopardised instead of stabilised.
So before Canada jumps on the
bandwagon, we should ask ourselves: Is the DRE system necessarily a better one?
At first glance, no.
Diebold, the principle DRE
provider in the US, operates as a
servicing company with representation from approximately 90 countries around the world. It has, on
many occasions, shown that its
machinery is far from being up to
In June 2005, Bev Harris, a critic
of Diebold, was able to make 65,000
votes disappear by simple computer
manipulation and worse still, the
machines had no record of tampering even when the votes were lost
This came after Diebold 'accidentally' left the source code for the
entire program open in an FTP site
over the Internet, which she mistakenly came across one day while surfing the web.
On many other occasions, voters
would push the touch screen to vote
for a certain candidate, but the
name that would appear on the
screen would be the name of the
opposing candidate.
More alarming was an incident
in 2004 presidential election:
Indiana's Boone County district
had 19,000 registered voters but
because of a computer glitch more
than 140,000 votes were tabulated—a mistake eerily reminiscent of
the 1928 Nigerian presidential
election where Charles King beat
Thomas Faulkner by 600,000 votes
when the population only had
15,000 registered voters
Americans have a long history of
experimenting with voting technolo
gy and with each subsequent technological advance flaws continue to
surface. The lever voting system
that was adopted in 1892, punch-
card voting in the 60s, and even
optical mark-sense voting systems
that were developed in the 1970s all
showed room for fraud or error.
But the greatest example, which
coincidentally prompted the US to
implement the DRE voting system
nation wide, was the infamous
2000 presidential election, where
the election was not determined by
a Supreme Court decision that
handed the election to George Bush
because of flawed punch-cards.
Let's hope that in Canada, in the
event that we adopt a DRE voting
system—a seeming inevitability—
that it will be properly regulated and
will have undergone the most rigorous testing so people can be secure
in knowing that their voices will not
be lost amongst the bells and whistles of new technologies. @
Canada currently does not use electronic voting for federal elections. How would you feel if we shifted
to electronic voting for the next election?
—Zaccheus Lim
Physiology, 2
"I think It would make It a
lot more accessible., for
students like me. I had a
long day [last time] and
couldn't make It to a
polling station. I ended up
not voting."
—Dongqi Liao
Civil, 2
"Some people may abuse
the electronic voting...
the security of the voting
mlgh t not be ensured."
—Kathleen Li
Pharmacy, 1
"I guess It would be both
an advantage and a
disadvantage. Maybe the
error rate would be high. It
could encourage people to
vote. I think It's something
you could try."
—Kyle Straw
"You could make an
electronic trail...you can
get more people coming
out to vote. The downside
Is fraud...If somebody really
wanted to skew It one way
It wouldn't make a difference. If It's fair, then sure!"
—Duncan Martin
Arts, 4
"It would be awful. I saw
that video about the
Princeton students...they
basically Inserted a virus
Into a Diebold machine...It
would be tragic. As soon as
you can be assured that It's
safe, that's one thing; but
right now there are just too
many concerns."
—Coordinated by Kasha Chang and George Prior
reverse psychology?
by Greg Bauder
I have noticed in my 29-year battle
with schizophrenia that mental illnesses are often a reverse or backwards working of the mind and
emotions. When I became psychotic I was angry and abusive towards
my family, even though I had
always loved them, and I heard
demons denouncing God, even
though I was a Christian. I heard
alien voices, too, which were
frightening at first. I loved sports
and music and school but lost
interest in them. Instead, I retreated into a fantasy world where I
lived with gods and was unaware I
was grandiose. My mind made me
special. It also barred me from
realising how insignificant and ill
I really was. It was a reversal of
When I look back, the people
and things important in my life
became distorted—like my lack of
grief for my loving mother who
died, for example. The verbal
abuse I gave my family was
uncalled for, but schizophrenic
perceptions turn opposite, so a
mentally ill person might be suspicious of their family but trust drug
dealers whom they shouldn't trust.
I always loved Jesus, but when I
became ill like many schizophrenic people, I heard the worst
demonic voices possible hounding
me. It's like being paralysed and
unable to walk, despite wanting to
walk, or being depressed when
you want to feel happy.
I also heard alien voices and
now I realise I did because of my
fascination with science fiction,
which was a kind of fantasy for me
growing up. Some alien voices
were good and some were bad,
especially the ones that told me to
attempt suicide. The normal will
to live becomes reversed in the
mentally ill brain and we feel
uncontrollable urges to harm ourselves. A simple family get together can cause paranoia, so many
sick people isolate themselves,
when before their illness isolation
was usually unbearable. I used to
love working and going to school,
making money and learning, but
the negative symptoms took my
interest away, so I became an
invalid. It is as though the normal
things we do become reversed
when we are ill.
When I was first ill I could not
take any kidding and often
laughed when people were serious. I lost interest in sports,
friends and dating which are
major interests for most people.
Not because I didn't want to enjoy
those things; my mind worked in
reverse. I always admired and
loved my Dad but became distant
and angry with him simply
because my emotions were backwards. Now, with the right meds,
many of these reversals have been
turned around. But it is good to be
aware that often what the schizophrenic person is thinking or feeling is the opposite of what they
truly believe.
—Greg Bauder graduated in
1998 and is the author of
The Temptress Ariel, Selene's
Guiding Light and Golden
Sandals. THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 10 November, 2006
First half lead fades fast after slew of second half turnovers
Basketball Final
UBC Thunderbirds at Stanford Cardinal
9-1, 4-0 CW
1 33
1-0, 0-0 PAC-10
1 54
November 7,2006 — Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, California
by Boris Korby
STANFORD-Maples Pavilion is an
intimidating place to play basketball. Witness to only 17 losses in
13 7 games over the last 11 seasons, the home of the Stanford
Cardinal—even if only half full-
can rattle the nerves of the most
experienced visitors.
For UBC, going into one of the
toughest places to play in the
NCAA and beating one of the most
dominant college basketball programs of the last 20 years in their
own building was an unenviable
So when the Thunderbirds—to
the amazement of the approximately 3,000 Stanford supporters
in attendance—took a 26-2 5
lead into halftime, you could
forgive some of the rowdy
Cardinal clad fans for pinching
But a dominating ten minute,
38-8 spurt to start the second half
by Stanford dashed any thoughts
UBC might have had of an upset,
allowing the home team to cruise
to a 79-59 win over the shell-
shocked T-Birds.
"I think maybe our guys were a
little complacent after they were
happy to be up one point [at half-
time]," said UBC assistant coach
Randy Nohr. "We just didn't come
out with the same energy they did
in the second half, and that was
the difference in the game right
Despite losing by 20, the T-
Birds showed well against a level
of basketball they rarely meet in
the CIS. If it were not for a horrendous 30 turnovers, most when the
game was still well within reach,
UBC might have kept it close.
"I don't like the loss. I think
there's a legitimate possibility we
win the game if we don't turn the
ball over," said head coach Kevin
Hanson. "To play against a team
that beat us up inside and played
us physical, you can't make mistakes against a team like that.
We've been getting away with making some mistakes [in the CIS],
and it just showed that we have to
cut those down, and our own mis
takes led to those 30 turnovers."
A strong half-court defence
helped UBC establish an early
lead in the game's opening
minutes as they matched the athleticism and quickness that was to
be expected from a Division I
program. Despite 14 first half
turnovers that allowed Stanford to
attempt almost twice as many
shots—30 compared to UBC's 16—
a strong low-post presence led by
third-year Bryson Kool forced the
Cardinal shooters outside, where
they went an abysmal 10-for-30 in
the first.
Down by eight with six minutes
left in the half, UBC orchestrated a
13-4 run to head into the locker
room up 26-25.
The wheels came off early
in the second half for the
Thunderbirds. It took the Cardinal
just over seven minutes to match
their first half point total, as they
built a 63-36 edge before coasting
the rest of the way.
"The break gave us a lot
of energy to start the second
half," said Stanford head coach
Trent Johnson. "We got out in transition and got some easy looks,
and our defence took over from
After the game, Hanson was
satisfied with his team's effort
and performance after playing
back-to-back games just three
days earlier. Even in the loss, he
said the team benefited tremendously from the trip south.
"Our intention was to make us
a better basketball team, and
I think [this trip] did," said
Hanson. "I thought last year, when
you go through that consecutive
run of winning games, you lose
a little bit of focus, and I think
this was a good kick in the butt
for us."
"If you play those kinds of
teams, and better competition all
the time you're going to improve,"
continued Hanson. "If you can
compete and play well in that environment, it's going to help you
down the road, so just even that
experience for us was well worth
the trip."
Fifth-year guard Casey Archibald
paced UBC with 14 points and four
UBC VS. NCAA, ROUND TWO: Fifth-year guard Casey Archibald (right) drives against Stanford
Cardinal Anthony Good, as Stanford head coach Trent Johnson looks on.TheThunderbirds fell to the
Cardinal 79-59 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, on Tuesday. Richard lam photo
assists, but struggled going 2-for-10
from the floor, while Jason Birring
chipped in with 11.
Sophomore forward Lawrence
Hill led the way for the Cardinal
with 18 points and eight rebounds
against the T-Birds, with senior
forward Fred Washington adding
15 on 6-of-8 shooting. 7'0" freshman Robin Lopez, one half of
the most highly-touted recruiting
pair ever to sign with Stanford
along with twin brother Brook
(injured until December) was 3-
for-3 from the field with six points
before   fouling   out   with   nine
minutes left.
Stanford, a perennial PAC-10
power, is looking to get back
to the NCAA tournament after failing to qualify last season and
falling in the second round of
the NIT (National Invitational
Tournament). @
ON THE COURT: (left)—Third-year
guard Matt Rachar is guarded by
Stanford's Lawrence Hill as Cardinal
fans look on.
(left centre)—Third-year forward
Bryson Kool reacts as he is fouled by
Stanford's Will Paul,
(right centre)—Fifth-year guard Chris
Dyck drives by Cardinal Fred
Washington on his way to the basket,
(right)—Kool battles with Stanford's
Robin Lopez in the paint.
Friday, 10 November, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Windows at Hillel House smashed
by Jesse Ferreras
The focal point of UBC's Jewish community was hit with a third attack in
three consecutive years Sunday
Two boulders were thrown
through the front office windows of
Eyal Lichtman, executive director of
the Vancouver Hillel Foundation, at
Hillel House UBC—a chapter of the
world's largest Jewish student association—between 7:30pm Sunday and
7:30am Monday.
Scott MacRae, director of UBC
public affairs, said that claims about
political motivations for this incident
are mere speculation.
"This is a very civil campus," he
said. "People behave in a civil manner no matter how different their
political opinions may be."
The incident took place while
members were attending a ceremony
to commemorate the 68th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of
Broken Glass—on the evening of
December 9, 1938, the Nazi Party initiated a pogrom against Jewish
homes and businesses across
Germany and Austria. Shattered
glass strewn across the streets and
sidewalks gave the event its name.
"This wasn't a random act of violence," said Lichtman. "If it was, I
think you would have seen a lot of
other buildings damaged at the same
time, but there was nothing damaged
on campus except us." Lichtman was
informed of the incident by a phone
call from a staff member Monday
morning. He said there was no fur
ther damage of property beyond the
shattered windows.
"It's a form of intimidation,"
Lichtman said. "It's not so much the
damage as it is the psychological
attacks. The students try to put a
good face on it. Some of the students
[are] experiencing for the first time
at a much greater scale a level of
The Jewish Independent reported
in November 2005 that large rocks
damaged two windows at the side of
the building.
The report stated that the incident took place hours after ambassadors from Israel and Jordan took
part in events at UBC to promote
peace and trade.
Lichtman, meanwhile, connected the removal of the building's
sign in 2007 to members' opposition to AMS sponsorship of a talk
featuring Noam Chomsky, an academic heavily critical of Israeli military policy.
"We don't believe student governments should be sponsoring
these types of things. Individual
groups should," he said.
Former Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Barak has been scheduled for
an engagement in Vancouver on
December 3, but Lichtman has not
confirmed whether it has a connection with the vandalism.
"It's really the only thing that we
think might have a link," he said. "It
always happens to be connected to
something to do with the Israel programming that we put on in
Hillel Development Coordinator
BROKEN GLASS: Eyal Lichtman stands in his Hillel House office, photo courtesy of pat johnson
Pat Johnson recognised a degree of
activism at UBC surrounding the
Middle East conflict. He did not,
however, see a direct correlation
with the incident.
He likewise recognised significant psychological effects on Hillel
members from incidents directed
at Jewish students.
"One of the students said to me,
'why do people hate us so much?'"
he said. "We've had campuses in
Canada in the last five years [with]
students who are taking off their
kippahs. If a student doesn't feel
comfortable wearing something
that identifies them as Jewish, we
need to talk about the atmosphere
on campus. An incident like this
shakes us all."
Jewish Students Association
president Elysha Ames said that the
vandalism was more of an imposition on the space of Jewish students
than a threat.
"The overall impression is that
everybody feels violated," she said.
"We feel fairly safe on the campus,
so to speak. On a day-to-day basis we
don't run into any trouble, so more
of a violation of our space. You get a
little bit more jaded with each one."
The university detachment
of the RCMP has opened a file
on the incident and is currently
investigating. @
Expectations determine math performance
by Victor Liang
A recent study by UBC researchers
found that women who believe their
math skills depend on their experience performed nearly 50 per cent
better on tests than women who
believe their math skills are determined by their genes.
"The significance of our study is
to serve as a warning sign for both
scientists and the media, as a call to
pay more attention to the way scientific evidence is being portrayed
to the public," said Ilan Dar-
Nimrod, lead author of the study
and a doctoral student in the
Faculty of Psychology.
Dar-Nimrod and Steven Heine,
co-author and psychology professor,
conducted a study over three years
in which women were given a test
after being told that their performance would either hinge on their
gender or the way they had been
taught math.
The results had much to say
about the way we perceive genetic
explanations of human attributes
and behaviour, and the significance of where we receive information that influence stereotypes
about our differences.
"We seem [as a society] to have
genetic essentialism, an assumption
that if it's in my genes I can't overcome it," said Dar-Nimrod.
Genes, he said, seem to have a
much stronger effect than experiential theories on a person's perception
of ability and behaviour; therefore,
scientific messages about the involvement of genes should be portrayed in
a much more careful way.
Heine added that the study
showed that having ideas about
where behavioural differences come
from can influence the way you
MATH CLASS: Women believing their genes determine their math
skills score significantly lower on tests, okerchen photo
behave, something many scientists
and the media tend to forget when
presenting their findings, often with
destructive consequences.
"Relations between genes and
behaviour are enormously complex.
Yet they are simplified to make the
material more accessible," said
Heine. "It should be emphasised
how genes and environment interact to produce who we are; that's a
very complicated story and it's usually not described in that way. We
think if it was described in that way
people wouldn't view genes to have
such a fatalistic influence on their
For Rachel Kuske, UBC math professor and one of eight female faculty
members in the department, the
impact of misconceptions and stereotypes can be direct
"What is it saying to people coming up in the system if they look at
the faculty and don't see a lot of
[female] role models? They might
not see themselves continuing in
math. [The question then becomes]
how do we overcome these subconscious biases?"
The biases against females do surface occasionally, according to a
female student.
"As a female I sometimes feel the
need to prove to my professor and
classmates that I can generate more
creative methods of solving problems than the males in order to be
taken seriously," said Saren Arielle
Deonarine, a first year applied science student
"It is a very important issue that
needs to be exposed to show that the
assumption of females being poor at
math is very false. Personally this
stereotype has never stopped me
from enjoying math," she added.
The next step for Dar-Nimrod and
Heine will be to investigate if there
are ways of communicating genetic
accounts that do not have this
destructive impact. Until then, they
emphasise the need of the media and
scientists to be very cautious about
the way that genetic findings are
being presented to the public. @
RCMP breaks up Western
Business Games party
by Brandon Adams
A student was taken to hospital,
another arrested and many more
evicted after the RCMP broke up a
party at the 16th annual Western
Business Games (WBG).
More than 200 university students attended the WBG, which
were billed as "one of the best networking opportunities available for
students attending universities in
Western Canada" and was intended
for business students aged 18 to 25.
The games, which were held at
the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
in Alberta's Banff National Park,
took a turn for the worse when
Fairmont Chateau staff had to call
the Lake Louise RCMP.
According to Corporal Mark Key
of the Lake Louise RCMP department, the responding officer called
in an additional three off-duty officers, a K-9 handler and three Parks
Canada wardens.
"As a result of incidents, five
rooms were evicted...there was one
arrest for uttering threats, one individual taken to [the] hospital, and
there was minimal damage done to
the hotel," said Lori Grant, regional
director of public relations at the
Fairmont Chateau.
It has been widely reported that
a UBC student was sent to the hospital after falling down two flights of
stairs, but RCMP haven't confirmed
the student's identity.
Despite the incident, Kevin
Collins, co-organiser of the WBG,
defended the event.
"[The WBG] are a chance for people to go out and have a good time-
it's   not   a   business   conference
where they go out to represent any
specific business schools—it's just a
party and the Fairmont knew that
before we came out there."
The games outlined in the WBG
Delegate Package included "Beer
Pong," "Creative Bootlegging," and
"Master-baiter." The schedule included with the package had games such
as "Drilling For Oil" starting as early
as 1 lam.
But the future of the WBG is now
uncertain, according to Collins.
"It's iust a party and
the Fairmont knew
that before we came
out there."
-Kevin Collins
WBG co-organiser
"After all the media and stuff
we've gotten and after the unfortunate press that the schools have gotten I don't think we'll have it next
year. Certainly not under that
name," he said.
According to Mike Woodward,
president of the Commerce
Undergraduate Society (CUS), "In
the past the CUS has been a supporter. This year we decided to pull
our funding and evaluate the conference as there was a new organising team...we decided to use this as
an evaluation year."
Funding for the event, added
Woodward, was raised by the 42 students who attended.
"I attended to gauge whether or
not we would be supporting it in the
future," he said.
Woodward later stated that the
CUS would not be supporting the
WBG in the future. @


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