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Array Taking a drink while getting head, Sketzo style since 1918
THE UBYSSEY
Vol.LXXXVIII N°42
NO MEANS ANOTHER DRINK?
CFS has controversial T-Shirts pulled from
Bootlegger shelves. Page 3
www.ubyssey.bc.ca
GONE WITH THE SCRIPT
"Moonlight and Magnolias" puts a comic
spin on a Hollywood classic. Page 5
Tuesday, 6 March, 2007
T-BIRDS TAKE TITLES
Men's, women's basketball are Canada
West champions. Page 9
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Vikes tackle Thunderbirds: UVic 27, UBC 10
Mike Georgas scored the only try for UBC while Eric Wilson added a conversion and a penalty, wilson wong photo
Royal call for student action
Grandson of
Nelson Mandela
advocates for students
to get informed
by Michelle Moore
NEWS WRITER
Disease, poverty, inequality and
environmental breakdowns are
very real issues facing the world at
large, and our generation needs to
act to generate change, said Swaziland's Prince Cedza Dlamini last
week at UBC.
The grandson of Nobel Peace
Prize winner Nelson Mandela,
Prince Dlamini is no stranger to
the fight for reform. He spoke to an
audience of students and staff at
the Norm Theatre last Thursday as
part of UBC's International Week.
His presentation, "Envisioning a World with No Boundaries,"
touched on his work in cooperation with the Millennium Develop-
men Goals of the United Nations.
Specifically, Prince Dlamini and
his organisation, the Ubuntu Institute, are focused on empowering
women through gender equality,
the eradication of poverty, combating HIV/AIDS and environmental
sustainability.
He repeated that it is up to our
generation to make these objectives a reality.
"You don't have to go to Africa
or Asia to make a difference," he
argued.
Holding our MPs accountable
to their promises of global aid and
debt relief is our responsibility,
said Prince Dlamini. He further
said that students can fundraise
and work to build awareness for
international problems.
But the first step to get involved, he stated, is to "commit to
something."
This is not a difficult feat in a
university as culturally diverse as
UBC, said Lisa Robbins, Vice-President Internal of UBC's International Relations Students Association
DLAMINI
(IRSA).
She admonished students
to open their
eyes and get involved in one of
the numerous
internationally
focused clubs
that UBC has
to offer. And
for those who have time commitments that prevent them from
joining, Robbins added that doing research to properly inform
yourself on current world issues
is easily accessible online.
According to Prince Dlamini,
it is through this self-education
process that many stereotypes
about the African continent can
be dispelled.
"Africa is more than the sum of
its problems," he said.
He described it as a continent
of growing democratisation. And
it should not go without mention that South Africa is taking
on the task of hosting the 2010
FIFA World Cup, showing Africa's
steps to becoming involved on an
international level.
Although, if the resources are
available, Prince Dlamini said
that volunteering abroad is one
the best way to experience the
problems first-hand.
"It's one thing to hear about
[the problems], but to experience
it first hand gives you a completely different perspective," said
international student Katie Speller. "Volunteering...opens your
eyes to what is really happening
in the world.".
In closing, Prince Dlamini
spoke of the importance of creating a Global Youth Movement to
create positive change.
Whether it is through involvement, research or volunteering,
our generation must strive to uncover "solutions grounded in reality," said Prince Dlamini.
It is a notion, he added, that
today's governments are seriously lacking in dealing with African
problems. @
GSS presidential candidate under fire
Ed Durgan denies that he has an unfair advantage in the presidential race
The Graduate StudentSociety (GSS)
held a meeting yesterday about Ed
Durgan—former Chief Elections
Officer and current candidate for
its presidency—over a possible advantage he may have had over the
other candidates.
According to Patrick Bruskiewich, GSS interim president and
also a candidate, Durgan had access to the email list of all graduate
students that was given to him for
the purposes of the Chief Elections
Officer—a list, he said, that is not
available to the public domain.
"There are some really big implications here," Bruskiewich said.
"The University will only give that
to the society provided they are
using it the way it's intended, so
giving it to the Chief Elections Officer conforms with these privacy
components."
"[Durgan] has taken those
emails and used it on his
campaign."
Current Chief Elections Officer
David Noshad was recently notified of Bruskiewich's concern,
leading to an emergency meeting
yesterday to investigate the accusation. It is possible that Durgan
could be disqualified from the
election.
Durgan denies these
accusations.
"It's absolutely bizarre," said
Durgan. "I never had any email
list."
"I never used any information
to my unfair advantage I gained
as [Chief Elections Officer]," he
added. "I got this letter, apparently
someone drafted a letter about
this saying...! had an unfair advan
tage...It assumes that I did use this
material."
"I really have no idea what they
are talking about," Durgan said. "I
wouldn't have run if I didn't think
I could campaign fairly."
"I kind of feel like I'm hanging
by a thread...it's really up to [Noshad] to disqualify me."
No official decision has been
made as yet. Noshad could not
be reached for comment by
press time.
—Colleen Tang
Faculty of Law
moves to create
Juris Doctor
by Brandon Adams
NEWS EDITOR
What's in a name? That which we
call a 'Bachelor of Laws' by any
other name would smell as sweet.
A name like 'Juris Doctor' would
indeed smell sweeter, according
to students at the UBC Faculty
of Law.
Members of the Law Students'
Society are calling for a change
from the current LLB, or Bachelor
of Laws, to JD, 'Juris Doctor'.
According to a Faculty of Law
memorandum, two major reasons
for changing the LLB to a JD are
for recognition at an international
level and to better the program's
academic workload.
"Canada is one of the only jurisdictions [in which] the LLB is
actually a second degree," said Peter Doelman, VP Academic of the
UBC Law Student Society (LSS).
"Everywhere else an LLB is a program you go into straight after
high school."
While the memorandum says,
"There is no evidence to suggest
the Canadian LLB is undervalued
outside Canada," Doelman did say
that the potential for confusion is
present due to current legal education reform in countries like Australia and Japan.
The Faculty of Law memorandum also says that the difference
in the names reflects the level of
education required to attain them.
The argument put forth in the
memorandum is that a second degree like the LLB fits better alongside professional degrees such as
those in the Faculties of Medicine
or Dentistry.
A LSS referendum saw 67.3
per cent of law students vote in
favour of the change, with only
19.8 per cent voting against it.
The referendum, which involved
over half the students in the LLB
program, provided the LSS with
a strong mandate for the change,
said Doelman.
"There's been a lot of support
from the faculty and the professors," said Doelman. "Because the
numbers were so strong at the student level, a lot of the professors
have warmed up to it, saying, 'If students want this, this is something
we could easily give to them.'"
The memorandum reads that
moving from the LLB to the JD will
have fewreprecussions for students
or at the administrative level.
According to Doelman, this
change needs to be approved by
the University Senate before itgoes
into effect, but it is likely to pass
despite some expected scrutiny.
Once approved, the new degree
designation will be offered to graduates. Current students will be able
to choose whether they receive an
LLB or a JD while new students will
be offered only the JD. @ News
Tuesday, 6 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Ad apprentice student trumps competition
UBC student among
top ten finalist in
national competition
by Colleen Tang
NEWS EDITOR
McMaster University's DeGroote
School of Business has jumped
on the "America's Next Top"
bandwagon with the formation of
Canada's Next Top Ad Exec—and
one of its top contestants is a student in the Sauder School of Business at UBC.
Contestants had to create their
own experimental marketing
campaign that brought consumers face-to-face with the 2008
Mitsubishi Lancer. They were
judged by a panel of several judges on a set list of criteria— creative
objective, target market, creative
execution, campaign executions
and others.
"It's very different, we see it as
the first of its kind," said Marisa
Caruso, media division leader at
Canada's Next Top Ad Exec.
To qualify, the contestants had
to be full-time undergraduate students in a recognised business
school and planning to graduate
this year. A total of 17 different
universities participated, with
168 submissions ranging from
schools across Canada.
The top ten were recently
named, and represented seven
Canadian universities.
UBC Sauder School of Business student Florence Leung is
among them.
The top ten finalists will have
20 minutes to present their campaign to the final judging panel.
According to Leung, competitions such as this one are not unfamiliar to her. She was competing in three other competitions in
additionally.
"Of this magnitude this is the
first one I've come across," she
said, adding that she competed
and won Perfect Pitch, a contest
put on by the Marketing Association at UBC.
What attracted Leung to the
competition was "the freedom
of creating a marketing campaign where I could own the
entire process and get creative.
There weren't really any boundaries and that was what really
attracted me."
She added that she wanted "to
put Sauder on the map."
However, she cautioned interested applicants that these types of
competitions are not easy tasks.
"It really takes practice to get
up there and to present ideas to
people who don't know you and
you're trying to sell them," she
said. "The qualifying thing would
be to take Advertising and Management before you try anything
like that or have enough selling
experience because what you're
doing is selling your plan.
"Even if you have a good idea
it's the presentation that is the
kicker."
Caruso said that the competition was created out of a desire
to create more awareness of the
topic of advertising.
"In most universities advertising courses aren't offered," he
said. "You get really hands-on experience if you take college courses. But then I guess universities
are usually more theoretical and
more abstract and you don't get
that hands-on experience."
"I guess it's more kind of a
push towards like for people at
our school, maybe a course will
be offered in advertising and it
would be in our interest."
However, Tirtha Dhar, assis-
MAKING SAUDER PROUD: Fl
in Canada's Next Top Ad Exec.
tant professor of marketing at
UBC, said the lack of a market for
advertising courses is a reflection
of student demand.
"It's not that we don't teach
advertising at all, we do cover a
lot of advertising and the big issues in all the courses. Marketing promotion is a big factor," he
said. "We definitely cover a lot of
relevant issues and it does reflect
that one of our students was in
the competition and she's doing
really well."
Dhar acknowledges that those
wishing to excel in marketing require a combination of various
skills, emphasising creativity as a
primary one.
"Marketing   programs,   com-
orence Leung will represent UBC
KELLAN HIGGINS PHOTO
pared to some of the other programs, have a lotto do with creativity. You have to be a creative person," he said. "You need to know
quite a bit of number crunching,
you have to know quite a bit about
analysing consumer behaviour so
you need to have an understanding of psychology and economics
but what is really important is
some level of creativity.
"If you are not creative, if you
are just interested in crunching
numbers, maybe something like
accounting might be better fit."
The finalist will compete on
March 19 for the position of Canada's top ad executive. The winner will receive a 2008 Mitsubishi, no strings attached. @
'twaM/
The Devil's Miner
Come see Bertolt Brecht's
Pacific Cinematheque
1939 piece of epic theatre.
(1131 Howe Street)
adapted by David Hare with
March 6, 7:00pm
original songs by Patrick
A special screening of an
Pennefatherand starring
award winning documen
Lois Anderson as Mother
tary about living in poverty
Courage. The play follows
in the mountains of Bolivia.
Mother Courage, trailing
The film follows a 14-year
the armies back and forth
old Basilio who works long
across Europe, shadowing
shifts in the Cerro Rico silver
the destruction as she sells
mines into the mining
provisions from her canteen
tunnels as they tempt fate
wagon to whichever side
in order to gain a better life.
will grease her palm until
her ultimate demise.
Sangha
Tickets $12-$20
Recital Hall
March 7, 12:00pm
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
A modern, energetic, and
SUB Room 214
vital ensemble that mixes
March 7, 1:00pm
Persian, Indian, and Arabic
The Spartacus Youth Club
musical traditions.
presents a movie for the
Tickets $4
fight to free Mumia
Abu-Jamal, a man held on
Mother Courage and
death row in the United
Her Children
States for 24 years. See the
Wed-Sat until March 17, plus
letters section for Mumia's
March 13, at 7:30pm
story.
Frederic Wood Theatre
Free
Corrections:
The Ubyssey [March 2]:
"Executive report cards"
The SUB arcade is a business, not a service. The SUB Explu-
sion Policy was incorrectly written as the SUB Exclusion Policy. External commission was incorrectly written as Executive
commission.
The Ubyssey regrets the errors.
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UBCS W. MAURICE YOUNG
CENTRE FOR APPLIED ETHICS is
pleased to present a talk by Dr, Robert
Cook-Deegan as pare of UBC s Celebrate
Research Week. Entitled "Topsy
Turvy; Science, Money & The Human
Genome*1, rhe event will rake place on
Thursday, March 8t from 2:30 to 4:00
p.m. in Room 102 of the Chemical and
Biological Engineering Building, 2360
East MatfDrCook-Dcegan, author of
*The Gene Wars: Science. Politics, and the
Human Genome", ts the Director of the
Center tor Genome Ethics, Law & Policy
ai Duke University,
ARTISTS! CAM. FOR SUBMISSIONS.
Realities of Race Week Organizing
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in the SUB art gallery in conjunction
with the week of events on the theme:
Articulating (he Invisible: Voice, Power,
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will show March 19-23. 2007 Submission
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Got something to sell?
Or just have an announcement
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For more information,
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THE UBYSSEY
Tuesday, 6 March, 2007
Vol.LXXXVIII N«42
Editorial Board
COORDINATING EDITOR Eric Szeto
coordinating@ubyssey. bc.ca
NEWS EDITOR Brandon Adams &
Colleen Tang
news@ubyssey. bc.ca
CULTURE EDITOR Jesse Ferreras
culture@ubyssey. be. ca
SPORTS EDITOR Boris Korby
sports@ubyssey. bc.ca
FEATURES/NATIONAL EDITOR
Momoko Price
features @ ubyssey. bc.ca
PHOTO EDITOR Oker Chen
p ho tos@ ubyssey. bc.ca
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Champagne Choquer
production@ubyssey. bc.ca
COPY EDITOR Levi Barnett
copy@ubyssey. be. ca
Coordinators
VOLUNTEERS Paul Bucci
volunteers^ ubyssey. bc.ca
RESEARCH/LETTERS
Andrew MacRae
feedback@ubyssey. be. ca
WEBMASTER Matthew Jewkes
webmaster @ubyssey. bc.ca
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advertisement or if an error in the ad occurs the liability of the UPS
will not be greater than the price paid for the ad.The UPS shall not
be responsible for slight changes or typographical errors that do not
lessen the value or the impact of the ad.
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Kellan Higgins leapt off the ceiling just in time, before Matthew
Jewkes could catch him. Claudia Li scoffed at this while Joanna Octa-
via, David Harakal, and Wilson Wong frowned at her. Andrew Macrae
and Eric Szeto, meanwhile, ont perdu le chat qui est sur la chaise.
Colleen Tang et Michelle Moore sontsur la branchecomme la singe,
Eva Lillquist thought that XiaoyangLuo was pestering Christine Mc-
Claren, but really itwas Kasha Chang and Stephanie Taylor all along,
Emma Myersthought that to be revolting, so shetook it out on Sarah
Ripplinger,who in turn stole George Prior's book on the United Nations. Luckily, Jessica Roberts-Farina, Brandon Adams, Levi Barnett,
and Paul Bucci came to the rescuejust before Champagne Choquer
and Isabel Ferreras could seal the deal. Boris Korby stood stock still,
just like Trevor Philips, Oker Chen, and that other guy.
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Press Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 6 March, 2007
National
BC government champions zero-emission power
by Stephanie Taylor
NEWS WRITER
British Columbia's recent Throne
Speech introduced strict rules for
generating power in the province
that have stalled plans for two proposed coal-fired power plants.
The provincial government announced that all electricity' generated in BC will be required Lo have
zero emissions of carbon dioxide.
The new rules could spell the
demise of two proposed coal-fired
power plants, one of which would
be located near Princeton, and the
other between Dawson Creek and
Tumbler Ridge.
The announcement is being
regarded as a triumph for local
environmental groups, which
had lobbied strongly against the
plant proposals.
"This is very promising," said
Cheryl Schuman, a member of the
South Peace chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association. "[The
announcement] basically means
the projects as they were proposed
are now over."
However, Schuman cautioned
against blind optimism, saying
that there is still a need for more
information. She added that the
announcement will only be a victory "if they're not talking out of
the side of their mouth. We need
clarification."
The reason for the provincial government's new stance on
energy policy can be traced to
mounting public pressure from
residents of the proposed power-
plant sites.
In response to such concerns,
Dawson Creek mayor Calvin Kruk
expressed a commitment to putting environmental integrity first
when considering the proposal.
"The obvious concerns are for
air quality and our water quality,
so we need to have some assur-
HIGH VOLTAGE: BC's growing energy concerns may conflict with its environmental agenda oker chen photo
ance that, if the projects go ahead,
the effects on the environment are
mitigated."
While sidestepping an overt
rejection of the proposal, Kruk
applauded the provincial government's decision to require zero-
emission technology.
"The province seems to be taking concerns in hand," he said.
The only alternative that would
allow the coal-fired power plants
to go ahead would be to adopt gasification and carbon sequestration
technology.
Gasification involves combus
tion of the coal within a sealed
chamber, which transforms the
coal into a gas. Gasification can
also be used to remove carbon
emissions from the coal combustion process.
"If you gasify the coal, you generally produce less pollution than
by combusting the coal, so you
have less ash," said Olivera Kesler,
an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UBC.
Once the carbon has been captured—in the form of carbon dioxide—it can be sold as a fuel itself or
sequestered underground.
"Generally [gasification] is done
in order to produce a fuel that's a
gas," added Kesler.
This gas can then be used
as a fuel in a steam turbine. If
the ultimate goal is Lo completely
remove carbon dioxide emissions from coal combustion, then
sequestration of the emissions
captured from the gasification
process will take place.
"Carbon sequestration basically refers to the removal of CO2
from the waste stream [of the gasification chamber] and trapping
it  somewhere  where   it doesn't
go into the atmosphere and
contribute to global warming,"
said Kesler.
The gas is generally stored underground or offshore in reservoirs such as depleted oil wells.
The major drawback of such
technologies is the high cost factor
including an increase of operational and electrical costs to consumers, said Schuman. This makes it
likely that the proposed coal-fired
power plants will be abandoned
in favour of an environmentally
sound option with a greater cost
incentive. @
FEUQ accused of election violation Offensive T-shirts
pulled from shelves
Student group reprimanded for possible infringement of campaign bylaws
by Kelly Ebbels
THE MCGILL DAILY (MCGILL UNIVERSITY)
MONTREAL (CUP)-As candidates
for the upcoming Quebec election
hit the campaign trail last week,
provincial student organisations
set their own campaigns in motion—and in one case drew a rebuke from Elections Quebec.
The Quebec Liberal Party has
complained that la Federation
etudiante universitaire du Quebec (FEUQ), the province's largest
student association, is dogging incumbent Premier Jean Charest on
his campaign—something the director-general of elections Quebec
said in a letter to FEUQ on February 26 may be a violation of election bylaws.
Organised by FEUQ and its sister CEGEP organisation, la Federation Etudiante collegiate du Quebec (FECQ), a caravan of brightly
painted minivans hit Lhe road last
week to demonstrate at provincial
candidates' campaign stops in
hopes of keeping Quebec's longstanding tuition fee freeze on the
electoral radar.
According to members of Charest's party, which has committed
to ending Lhe tuition fee freeze if
re-elected on March 26, the caravan is unfairly targeting Liberal
campaign stops.
Although Trevor Hanna, FEUQ
vice-president of federal and international affairs, described the
Liberal education platform as "a
complete disaster," he denied that
the student caravan was singling
out Charest.
"It might have showed up to a
couple of speeches. I'd have to look
into that," Hanna said.
Karine Lacoste, a spokeswoman for the director-general, said
that Elections Quebec is concerned
that FEUQ and FECQ-known to
have long-standing ties to the Parti
Quebecois (PQ)—are conducting an
explicitly anti-Liberal campaign.
"It seems right now that they are
in violation of elections bylaws,"
Lacoste said. Bylaws stipulate that
no person or group of people can
campaign to promote or oppose a
particular candidate, either directly or indirectly, without registering as a "private intervener" and
agreeing to a $300 spending limit.
Lacoste added that if the caravan continues to shadow Charest,
the director-general would begin
an official inspection.
But Hanna insisted that FEUQ's
intent is to encourage students
to vote, and to educate them on
the parties' education platforms—
not to promote or oppose a
particular party.
"To say we're promoting the PQ
is a gross mischaracterisation,"
he said.
Max Silverman, an executive
with the Students' Society of McGill
University (SSMU), criticised FEUQ
for focusing solely on the Liberal
party and the Quebec tuition fee
freeze rather than expanding to address other educational issues, like
high differential tuition fees for
out-of-province and international
students, governmental reinvestment in post-secondary education,
and high student debL
According to Silverman, SSMU
is kicking off its own get-out-and-
vote campaign after its own election campaigns die down, and will
educate students on these issues.
Silverman said that the students society will work with other
student associations and organisations during the election, including
on a demonstration at the upcoming leaders' debate.
"None of the parties have taken
a good enough engagement on
education. The idea would be to
make education a priority again,"
he said.
On another front, Quebec's second-largest student association, the
radical Association pour une Solidarity syndicate Etudiante (ASSE),
has opted to ignore the election.
Instead, ASSE is focusing on organising its one-day student strike,
scheduled for March 29, three days
after the election. According to
Alex Bourdon-Charest, the general
secretary of ASSE's co-ordination
council, student demonstrations
and strikes are more effective political actions than voting.
"We don't realty care who will
be the government. No matter who
is there, we want free and high-
quality education, and we'll do
what we think is necessary to get
it," Bourdon-Charest said.
"Democracy is more than just
voting—it's also about action in society," he added. @
by Tristan Lapointe
THE MCGILL DAILY (MCGILL UNIVERSITY)
MONTREAL (CUP)-The Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS) has
charged a major clothing company
with copyright infringement by
incorporating its design into what
it sees as an offensive and dangerous T-shirt slogan.
Last month, Bluenotes, one of
Canada's largest retail chains, began selling a T-shirt reading "NO
MEANS have aNOther drink"—a
play on the "No Means No" slogan
of a CFS campaign against dating
violence and daLe rape.
The CFS, which has an open
trademark on the image design,
contacted Bluenotes with both
ethical and legal complaints about
the way the clothing company was
using their trademarked image.
The garment was pulled from all
116 Bluenotes stores last week.
Brent Farrington, deputy chairman and vice-president of CFS
and the current leader of the No
Means No campaign, said the attitude expressed by the shirt is partially responsible for perpetuating
dating violence.
"Initially when I asked why they
made this shirt, I got the response
that people think it's funny. [But]
even in irony it's not particularly
amusing," he said.
In a letter to the CFS, Bluenotes
president Michael Roden apologised for the offensive shirt and
asserted   that his  company was
"committed to reflecting the values of its customers." Roden also
offered his design services to the
CFS.
This new partnership will create an edgier look for No Means
No and will probably do much to
raise the profile of the campaign,
Farrington said.
"Date rape and sexual
assault are not going
away."
Brent Ferrington,
Vice-president, Canadian
Federation of Students
"They've offered to completely
redesign our logos and to sell our
shirts in their stores, which will
give a portion of their proceeds
to women's charities. We applaud
them for righting this wrong,"
Farrington said.
The No Means No campaign
has been active since 1994, after a study by the World March of
Women in 1990 concluded that
one in four women will be sexually
assaulted or attacked at some point
in their lives.
"Date rape and sexual assault
are not going away. In fact, they're
becoming a bigger problem than
ever as we'll likely see in a new-
study on the issue coming out this
year," Farrington said.
A spokesperson for Bluenotes
was not available for comment. @ National
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TECHNOLOGY
CHANGES
EVERYTHING
GRE format to change
Graduate tests time, scoring will be modified this
September with standardised testing
HURRY UP: Students uninterested in taking the newversion of
GRE are urged to take it this year, photo courtesy of excalibur
by Asfia Tareen
EXCALIBUR (YORK UNIVERSITY)
TORONTO (CUP)-Students preparing for the Graduate Record
Examination (GRE) will be facing
a new version of the exam if they
plan to take it in the next academic
year.
The GRE test is used to measure
skills acquired over time such as
verbal skills, critical thinking and
analytical writing, which do not apply to a specific field of study. It is
a standard requirement for admission to graduate studies in the US
as well as for some departments in
certain Canadian schools.
Educational Testing Services
(ETS), the organisation that administers the GRE, is revamping
the exam in order to address security issues that have emerged with
the current version.
Starting September 2007, the
exam will be extended from 2.5
hours to four hours, and the three
sections of verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical
writing will undergo comprehensive changes. The scoring system
will also be altered.
There will be changes to the
current computer version of the
exam, which adjusts the level of
difficulty as the test-taker proceeds through the questions. The
new version will be in a linear
format in which the questions will
be preset.
David Payne, executive director of the GRE program, said he
believes that students will find the
new version more familiar.
"Most students aren't familiar
with the computer adaptive test,
so they'll find a linear test easier
to understand," Payne said.
The last date for the administration of the current version
will be on July 31, after which the
test will not be administered un
til it assumes its new format in
September.
Payne explained that the administration of the GRE would
have to be put on hold for a month
in order to gauge the results of the
new version accurately.
"To revise the score scale,
we need a representative sample.
To ensure that we have enough
data, we want to encourage students to take the test in September," he said.
Jung Lee, GRE program manager for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, said students planning
to take the exam in the summer
would be affected by the gap.
"In the past, we've seen a huge
surge of students taking the exam
in the summer. Any students that
want to take it this year in August
will have to either reschedule to
take the current version or wait to
take the new one," Lee said.
Lee advised students to take the
current version of the GRE before
the changes take place.
"Students might find the new
version a bit more challenging because it has questions other than
multiple choice questions, which
is what the old version had. Even
if you're planning to write the GRE
in the next year or so, it's better
that you try to take the current
version."
Richard Lalonde, professor in
the psychology department for
Glendon campus at York University, holds workshops for psychology students on several topics
regarding graduate school, including information on the GRE. He
sees the new version of the GRE
as primarily a source of stress for
students.
"The students will experience
added stress because they'll be going into a situation of uncertainty
because of the new format," he
said.@ THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 6 March, 2007
Culture
How fickle is a producer
UNDER THE GUN Producer Selznick under pressure to adapt a classic, tim matheson photo
MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS
at the Vancouver Playhouse
to March 17
by Emma Myers
CULTURE WRITER
Moonlight and Magnolias, a play
about the frenzied re-writing of the
script for the epic film Gone with
the Wind, is a guaranteed laugh
with a combination of witty dialogue and slapstick comedy.
The time is 1939. Just three
weeks into the shooting of Gone
with the Wind, producer David
0. Selznick (Jay Brazeau) has shut
down production due to trouble
with the script. Frantic, he brings
in the acclaimed screenplay surgeon Ben Hecht (Richard Newman) and pulls prominent director
Victor Fleming (Stephen E. Miller)
away from shooting The Wizard of
Oz. Locked in Selznick's office for
five days with nothing to eat but
peanuts and bananas (believed
by Selznick to be brain food), the
three men attempt to concoct a
successful script.
From the moment the play
opens to the very last scene, the
energy generated by the actors
never falters.
Because Hecht has not read the
book, Selznick and Fleming must
act out scenes while Hecht types,
by the end developing a serious
case of carpel tunnel syndrome.
For a large, rotund man, Brazeau
does a dynamite Scarlett O'Hara.
No one can deny the hilarity of
these sequences as Selznick, wearing the lampshade for a bonnet,
parades around as Scarlett, while
Fleming, completely disheveled,
plays Prissy, Scarlett's incompetent slave girl with the extremely
high pitched voice.
Aided by the authentic set created by Pam Johnson, which is a
perfect recreation of a Hollywood
office in the art deco style of the
1930s, the play succeeds in its portrayal of inter-studio politics during Hollywood's golden years. In
making this film, Selznick is risking his job. The ominous presence
of Mr. Mayer, both the studio head
and Selznick's father-in-law, looms
above him and above the action
of the play. Frequent tiffs break
out between Fleming and Hecht
as each attempts to prove that he
is more vital to the film's production by blatantly insulting the other. Heated arguments also ensue
between Selznick and Hecht over
political issues such as the treatment of blacks in the film and the
status of Jews as perpetual outsiders in both the United States and
Hollywood. These political discussions detract from the play's main
action and foster momentary tedium by interrupting its fast pace.
Thankfully, all of the actors deliver
brilliant performances and their
energy and comedy easily re-capture the audience.
In the final scene Selznick has
the epiphany of including the
film's famous line, "Frankly my
dear, I don't give a damn." The
play makes the audience feel part
of Hollywood history, and since
we know the movie was an unparalleled success, we can't help but
applaud the actors as they toil to
put a classic on screen. @
Optimists too pessimistic
THEOPTIMISTS
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
March 3
by Jessica Roberts-Farina
CULTURE WRITER
"Our sex life is a three drink
minimum." Dripping in alcohol-
induced honesty and life-fuelled
cynicism, Morwyn Brebner's play
The Optimists offers a frank look at
the flawed nature of human beings
and their relationships with each
other. It is a study in friendship,
achievement, expectation, change,
love, and of course, optimism and
pessimism. The Optimists is a kick
in the groin to anyone who wants
to be told life is as sweet and soft
as a peach.
The Optimists is the story of
Chick, a recovering addict-to-ev-
erything, and Teenie, his young
fiancee, who have traveled from
Canada to Las Vegas for a quickie
wedding, and their friends Doug
and Margie, husband and wife,
who have joined the lovebirds on
the night before the ceremony.
Before they finish the drinks in
their hands, all four Canadians
are drinking their next and revealing complex and often ugly people
hidden behind the veneers of their
public selves.
Although the first act takes
some time to gain momentum,
the strong acting and sharp script
hold your attention throughout
the play. Teenie, played by UBC
Theatre grad Anastasia Phillips,
has an amusing free spirit and
youthful energy that Phillips captures very well. In the first act, her
character is lamentably under-developed and borders on obnoxious
at times, due in part to her high-
pitched grating voice. However,
after the second act, Teenie's sensitivity, insecurity, kindness, and
genuine mirth comes to light, and
Phillips does fine work in conveying these in a convincing fashion.
Chick and Margie, played by
John Murphy and Jillian Fargey
respectively, are the most sexual
characters in this Las Vegas motel
room. Chick's sexuality is laid-back
yet hints at being aggressive at
times, and Murphy slips into this
aspectof Chick with ease. Margie's
frustrated sexuality was extremely
obvious in every movement she
made and every word she spoke.
In fact, she seemed like an animal
in heat, barely able to contain her
hormones and prowling for a suitable mate. Perhaps itwas intended
for comic effect, but for the most
part it was alienating. Coupled
with her callous personality, itwas
impossible to warm up to or even
be interested in Margie.
The strongest scenes focus on
Chick and Doug's conversations
while Teenie is passed out in the
bedroom. Doug, played by Vancouver stage veteran Scott Bellis, is
a doctor who has already spent
a $25,000 advance on his forthcoming medical novel, and is in
a loveless marriage. He is frustrated, lonely, and hilarious. The
actor's comic timing is impeccable
and his performance is especially
impressive because you never feel
like you are watching him pretend
to be Doug. Rather, Bellis is Doug:
nervous ticks, awkward silences,
and all.
Although the acting was generally strong, The Optimists is ultimately disappointing. Rachel Di-
tor, the play's director, wrote that
she perceived the message at the
centre of the play to be "that we
are optimistic when we have faith
in spite of what we know about the
world." However, this message
is completely perverted halfway
through the second act, for to be
optimistic and stay in the unhealthy, destructive relationships
at the core of the play simply because it is good to look at life as
half-full is hardly a rational and
convincing argument. These optimists have had one too many fuzzy
peaches: the cocktail, not the fruit
this time. @
WHAT'S
the PLAN?
"""ROM  UBC Vancouver Campus Plan
Speaker Series
No.
2007
\
Dr. Margaret Patterson
Canadian Centre for Studies in Higher Education, University of Calgary
March 7, 2007
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
GSS Ballroom,
Thea Koerner House,
6371 Crescent Road
Help us bring vitality to UBC's Vancouver Campus
and improve the quality of life in our community.
Join Dr. Patterson in a 'World Cafe' discussion as
she shares her vision for re-energizing campus life
through sustainable social systems and an
enhanced learning environment for students.
Jeffrey Averill
AIA, Campus Architect, University of California, Los Angeles
March 9, 2007
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Aquatic Ecosystems
Research Lab (AERL),
2202 Main Mall,
Room 120
Learn about the critical architectural challenges
facing the UBC Vancouver Campus from a
leading campus architect. UCLA's Jeffrey Averill
will offer his insight in a comparison of urban
and campus design, as well as introduce
facinating examples of other campuses
transformed by redevelopment.
Voice your opinion on the future of your campus.
www.campusplan.ubc.ca
THE UBYSSEY
Come to SUB Room 23 for tickets! Culture
Tuesday, 6 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
University of British Columbia
UNIVERSITY
University Boulevard Concept Drawing
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
Following up on the results of the University Boulevard International
Architectural Competition in April 2005, this highly anticipated project
is now in the design phase and construction is scheduled to begin in the
summer of 2007.
Come out and meet the architects to learn more and give us your views
on how the design is proceeding.
WHEN:    Tuesday, March 13th
2:00pm - 6:00pm
WHERE:   Student Union Building
Main Concourse
We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information please contact Norman Sippert at 604.827.3500
or by email at norman.sippert@ubc.ca
UBC's Emerging Community
www.universitytown.ubc.ca
WE'RE ALL
m
AND ALL
ACTION.
AT BCIT, there's a lot of talk — which you'd expect as part of
a well-rounded education. But there's also a lot of building,
designing, presenting, measuring, experimenting, reporting,
playing, researching, drilling, welding, programming, painting
networking, laughing, planning, surveying, manufacturing,
collaborating and innovating.
Now that's something to talk about. Are you ready to act?
)bcit.ca/alltalk
TECHNOLOGY
CHANGES
EVERYTHING
The
Ethical
Imagination
Margaret Somerville
Controversial author
articulates insightful
medical arguments
THE ETHICAL IMAGINATION
by Margaret Somerville
House ofAnansi Press
by Sarah Ripplinger
CULTURE WRITER
Medical ethics has become a hot
topic for 2007, which is why Margaret Somerville's The Ethical
Imagination brings much needed
insight and analysis into ethical
issues surrounding reproductive
technologies, the responsibilities
of the family unit, and the development of a global 'shared ethic'
Somerville's book, part of the
CBC Massey Lecture Series, speaks
not only about the loss of religion
in our modern, technological age,
but the lack of morals and ethical
norms governing scientific and
medical advances in New Reproductive Technologies (NRTs).
According to Somerville, the
"transmission of human life is no
longer limited to sexual reproduction," as cloning can create a child
"from one ovum, the union of two
ova or two sperm."
As it is, Somerville notes, a
"baby with three genetic parents
has already been born" using NRTs
from the combination of the ovum
from two women and the sperm of
one woman's husband.
She speculates that a medical procedure that combines the
DNA from two women or two men
may well make it possible for a
child to have only two mothers or
two fathers.
She equates such advances with
a disengagement of human society from the "natural" or what we
regard as "sacred" and "expressive of the deepest truths of
human nature."
"With great power comes great
responsibility," Somerville notes,
channeling Peter Parker's father
in Spiderman, "and nowhere is
that more true than in balancing
new science and old nature," or
the responsibility to ensure that
the rights of present and future
generations are protected.
Along these lines, Somerville
expresses what has been construed
as a controversial stance on same-
sex marriage.
She states that to prevent marriage from being separated from
the 'natural,' procreative function shared between a man and
woman, same-sex unions should
be seen as "separate but equal" to
opposite-sex marriages.
Somerville's arguments become diluted around this issue,
and she fails to support fully why
"we as a society have responsibilities to support and protect same-
sex families," but "should not actively help to create them."
She advocates for "children's
rights to both a mother and a father," but fails to explain how
this is more advantageous to the
development of the child in all
situations.
On a stronger note, Somerville
puts forward the concept of the
'secular sacred' or the belief that
"there are some innate fundamental principles that can guide us"
and that "we can find and agree on
some of those principles whether
or not we have a belief in the supernatural or are religious."
The belief in the "secular sacred," according to Somerville, is
one way to foster a "shared ethics"
among humans and to re-claim or
affirm the 'natural' in our actions
and ways of thinking.
The secular sacred also provides humans with principles or
ethical norms from which questions surrounding human embryo
research, genetic manipulation,
same-sex marriage and other questions can be interpreted.
Although Somerville has the
tendency to oversimplify or emotionalize certain topics about
which she ostensibly feels strongly, her book is nonetheless a must
read for anyone following current
debates on NRTs or the implications of genetically modified and/
or cloned animals, food and consumer products. @ THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 6 March, 2007
Culture
7
Zodiac evades lasting interest
ZODIAC
nowplaying
by David Harakal
CULTURE WRITER
David Fincher's new film Zodiac is
a brilliant thriller that grabs your attention from scene one and almost
never lets go, but gradually loses focus and energy near its conclusion.
Based on an actual serial killer who
terrorised San Francisco and the
Bay Area in the late 60s and early
70s, the film traces the storyline
of the best-selling books written by
Robert Graysmith, played by Jake
Gyllenhaal, the cartoonist working
at the San Francisco Chronicle who
becomes obsessed with solving the
Zodiac case.
As the film is based on actual
events, it's difficult to fault David
Fincher's direction. The film takes
place over the course of many
years, as the Zodiac murders were
never solved, and he handles this
passage of time quite well. In one
scene he uses time-lapse photography to digitally manipulate the
construction of the Transamerica
Building, depicting the passage of
three years. However, the movie
just isn't as interesting by the time
the investigation begins to run
cold and there are no more cryptic
clues for detectives David Toschi,
played memorably by Mark Ruffa-
lo, and William Armstrong, played
by Anthony Edwards, to decipher.
Instead the movie focuses on Gray-
smith's need to write a book about
the Zodiac in hopes of triggering
someone's memory and finally
solving the murders.
Clocking in at almost three
hours, I found myself looking at my
watch more than once near the end.
The film was incredibly well-plotted
and edited, given the factual source
material, and the numerous characters and details that needed to be
included, but once the Zodiac killer
effectively disappeared from the
film, so did my interest. The final
third of the movie had Gyllenhaal
running around trying to find the
missing pieces to the cryptic puzzle
while his wife, played by Chloe Se-
vigny, looked on disapprovingly
and seemed to glare at him every
chance she had for disrupting their
marriage and endangering their
family by trying to get so close to
the real identity of the killer. By this
point, the film began to remind me
of an episode of Scooby Doo with
Gyllenhaal looking a lot like one of
those "meddlesome kids" trying to
solve the mystery. When he finally
does track down the one man all
the evidence is pointing to, all he
could do was stare at him as he
walked away.
At this point in the movie, I
didn't feel the remaining characters were given enough time early
on to really develop and thereby encourage the audience to care about
them. The most interesting character in the movie was Robert Downey
Jr's portrayal of Paul Avery, the
alcoholic and slightly dishevelled
crime reporter at the San Francisco
Chronicle. He was the biggest presence in all of his scenes and itwas a
shame to see the strongest character in the film be pushed aside and
not given more screen time.
Zodiac was technically brilliant
and showed Fincher's trademark
style, be it the dark and gloomy
sets from Se7en, or the slow, digital
tracking shots seen in Panic Room
that know no boundaries and laugh
at the laws of physics. Even though
this may be Fincher's most serious
and mature film to date, given the
broad storyline and close attention
to factual detail that's found in virtually every scene, I still don't think
it's his best and by the time it was
over, I had lost interest in the movie just as many of the characters in
the film had seemed to as well. @
Sex, drugs and a trippy downward spiral
FACTORYGIRL
nowplaying
by Eva Lillquist
CULTURE WRITER
It has happened time and time
again to the biggest names that
have lit up the screen. Jimi Hen-
drix, Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole
Smith—indeed, when has there not
been a star who for over the span of
a few months had perpetual lights
flashing in their faces, started a
major fashion trend, only to be
pronounced dead a couple of years
later? George Hickenlooper's Factory Girl takes you through one
of the fleeting lives of these star-
struck heroines, from her first big
break to her collapse into the many
superficial facets of showbiz.
The film tells of Edie Sedgwick
(Sienna Miller), a prominent icon
of the 60s. The troubled Harvard
dropout hoping to make a name for
herself in the Big Apple is discovered by contemporary artist Andy
Warhol (Guy Pearce) who, mystified by her personality makes her
the "It Girl" of the decade. However, fame takes its turn when Edie
falls for revolutionary musician
Billy Quinn (Hayden Christiansen), who stands for everything
opposite from her friends at The
Factory, Warhol's reclusive studio.
Edie is caught in a downward spiral of sex, drugs and rock and roll,
and as a result gradually loses her
fleeting grip on reality.
Factory Girl is a dark film with a
strong message that gets its point
across loud and clear. Dizzying images of needles, dance floors, and
big earrings create a hypnotic and
exhausting atmosphere. For much
of the movie it's like you're spinning around one of Edie's heroin
trips—which was the whole point,
I suppose.
But aside from the drug-infused
madness, this is also a film about
art. The movie is filmed simliar
to Warhol's black and white flicks
an appealing touch and an overall
pleasurable experience. However,
the film skirts away from blindly
admiring Warhol's genius, portraying the art industry as a market obsessed with image.
As for the acting, Miller's
emotionally loaded Edie captured
the star's spirit with her thin-
skinned vulnerability and fragile
beauty, and Pearce pulls off War
hol's androgynous character with a
suave, passive aggressiveness that
you'll love to hate. What I found
particularly amusing was how the
filmmakers changed the name of
Christiansen's character to Billy
Quinn for what was obviously a
veiled portrayal of Bob Dylan, harmonica and all. There was no fooling on that count.
A sort of ode to all of the fame-
struck stars whose lives went from
success to tragedy, this film boasts
some strong performances and an
appreciation for its artistic subject matter. Though it's probably a
good thing that it's only a 13 0-min-
ute film—I'm not sure if I could
take this debaucherous party for
any longer than that. @
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to "Crack The Code".
One of the fascinating elements
in the investigation is the fact that
some of the Zodiac killers ciphers
have not yet been solved by law
enforcement. In fact, the first of
the killers' codes was solved by the
public only after it was published in
the San Francisco Say newspapers.
Can you crack the code?
This is actual evidence from the case
files. If you can solve this code, we
urge you to contact The Ubyssey.
The Ubyssey will give you a copy of the book by Robert Graysmith with info.on the film and
updated evidence info, to help you solve the Zodiac code. Come to the Ubyssey office in the SUB
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NEED WE SAY MORE? Hugh Grant in Music and Lyrics
Earplugs necessary
for Music and Lyrics
MUSIC AND LYRICS
nowplaying
by David Harakal
CULTURE WRITER
You should know what to expect
from this film before going to
it. Even those who are dragged
kicking and screaming—read:
boyfriends, husbands, and pretty
much any guy who would rather
be somewhere else with dim lights
—should know what they're getting
themselves into. I certainly did
but still felt there might be some
redeeming value in a movie about
two people falling in love and making sweet, sweet music together.
Big mistake.
Directed by Marc Lawrence,
who previously directed Two
Weeks Notice and wrote the screenplays for Miss Congeniality and
its sequel, Music and Lyrics is a
romantic comedy starring Hugh
Grant as Alex Fletcher, a washed
up 80s pop star who is recruited by
the latest teen pop sensation, Cora
Corman (Hailey Bennett), to write
a hit single in just a few days' time.
Drew Barrymore stars as Sophie
Fisher, his reluctant muse and collaborator who happens to possess
an incredible knack for rhyming
even the most disparate of words
together, while she absentmind-
edly waters the plants around
his home. And that's it. For what
seemed like most of the movie,
these two sit together at a piano try
ing to come up with a catchy song
and catching each other's eyes at
the same time.
Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore sounded like a great
combination for the latest chick
flick—and I make no apologies for
calling it that because this movie
is nothing more—but aside from
about five (count 'em, five) funny
lines, the movie was just agonising to sit though. There was zero
chemistry between the two leads,
the script was predictably weepy
and unengaging, and the ending
was downright dull. The opening
credits were probably the funniest
part of the movie, as Hugh Grant's
music group 'POP' sings their most
famous hit single, complete with
every 80s music video cliche you
can imagine—from hospital room
scenes with hearts breaking to giant hair to some of the worst dance
moves you'll ever see, they're all
there in droves.
But hey, I'm a guy and judging
from most of the giggles and laughter in the audience, it might just
barely pass for a fun night out with
the girls. It tried to have something
for people of all ages, as the nostalgic 80s references were balanced
out with the oh-so-cool younger
singer who is looking to have a
hit new single written for her. But
guys, believe me, it's time to put
on your best sick voice if your girl
even hints at wanting to go see this
movie on your next date. Hack.
Cough. Sniff. @ THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 6 March, 2007
Sports
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
T-BIRDS TAKE CANADA WEST CROWN
Women one step away from second straight
national championship
by Wilson Wong
SPORTS WRITER
There are few things Deb Huband
hasn't done since becoming UBC
women's basketball head coach in
1995.
She's won two national championships in her 12 years here
and was named the best coach in
women's university basketball for
the 2003-2004 season.
Yet despite all these achievements, UBC had never won a
Canada West championship under
Huband.
That was until Saturday night.
After booking their ticket to the CIS
national championship tournament
the night before with a 84-77 win
over Winnipeg, the Thunderbirds
came out strong on Saturday, using
a game opening 13-2 run and some
laser-accurate shooting to beat the
Alberta Pandas 88-66 at War Memorial Gym to claim the fifth conference title in school history.
The opening four minutes set
the tone for the rest of the game. Alberta missed their first seven shots
even though they were moderately
successful in creating an up-tempo,
run and gun game that they prefer.
Meanwhile, UBC hit from all
over the court, shooting 58 percent
in the first half and taking a 42-30
lead into the half.
UBC head coach Deb Huband
said her players did exactly what
she had planned.
"I think we came out with a lot
of fire and intensity. And we were
hungry and ready to get at it. We
knew Alberta was going to come
out with a lot of energy and try and
run us and push the tempo and
we knew we were going to have to
match their energy and I think we
did a good job of that."
Alberta cut their deficit to seven points right after the break, but
were never able to get any closer.
The Pandas didn't look like
the team that had dismantled Simon Fraser 81-58 the night before. Their forwards were able
to keep up with SFU's big line up
but against the likes of forwards
Kelsey Blair and Kim Howe, Alberta's front court had no presence,
getting out rebounded 36-25.
That dominance under the Alberta hoop also opened up space
for UBC to hit ten three-pointers.
Guard Cait Haggarty had four of
those from beyond the arc.
"I didn't really think about it.
I just kind of shot it. My team got
me the ball when I was open. I just
had to shoot it," said the fourth-
year guard from Victoria.
Teammate Erica McGuinness
led the way offensively, scoring
TAKING IT TO THE HOOP: Nothing can stop the Thunderbirds on their quest for a third national
championship in four years, oker chen photo
22 points and adding 7 assists
for UBC, and after a couple of unusually quiet games in the Pacific
Division finals, Blair recorded 15
points and seven rebounds.
Huband says the team's focus
now shifts to the CIS National
tournament in St. John's, Newfoundland. The squad flew out of
Vancouver Monday and Huband
says they left early in the week to
get adjusted to the four and a half
hour time difference.
UBC, the No. 1 seed heading
into the tournament, opens Friday
against No. 8 Dalhousie University. The game starts noon local time
which means it will be at 7:30 in
Vancouver.
All of UBC's games can be heard
live on CiTR 101.9 FM or on the internet at www.citr.ca
NOTE: In a post-game gaffe,
UBC was actually handed the
CW championship banner for
2007-2008. @
Men's Basketball
A close CanWest championship
game in Brandon came down to
the wire Saturday. After downing
Saskatchewan in the semifinals
to claim one of two CW berths in
the CIS championship in Halifax,
UBC was in tough against the CIS
No. 1 ranked Bobcats—unbeaten
in 17 straight. Chris Dyck scored
the final two of his 17 points from
the charity stripe to make it 76-73,
and a last second miss by Brandon
secured the Birds their fifth Can-
West title in school history. @
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Tuesday, 6 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Internal Memo Richmond Fire Dept.:
Projected Hiring Plan To Combat Sexism.
Pride and no prejudice
Firefighters are indiscriminate when it
comes to saving lives—but recent events
at the Richmond Fire Department (RFD)
suggest that isn't the case with their hiring
practices.
A firestorm of controversy arose last
week when an internal memo at the RFD
was leaked about a hiring policy that
would be geared towards creating more
gender and race parity amongst the fire-
fighting staff over the next five years.
The internal memo stipulated exclusive
hirings of women and minorities for five
years. In a story that appeared in The Province on March 2, an interested applicant
claimed that when he inquired about possible openings he was turned away simply
because he was white and then told he
would be put at the back of the line.
And like a wildfire, controversy spread.
The RFD contemplated this new hiring
procedure to counter a number of sexual
harassment suits that saw four female
firefighters walk off the job in 2006
because they received personal threats,
had their gear tampered with, and were
exposed to pornography against their will.
Currently, the RFD has only two
women and eight visible minorities in the
191-strong workforce. The plan doesn't
detail exactly how they intend to truly
rectify their previous gender diversity and
harassment concerns that have been of
major concern recently.
We've come a long way in the last 50
years, but few will argue against the fact
that we've still got a long way to go before
we can eliminate race and gender discrimination. There are still inequalities in
the workplace, and the world of firefight-
ing hasn't exactly been a bastion of progress when it comes to addressing those
inequalities—the case of the RFD's female
firefighters highlights just some of the issues that still exist within that culture and
need desperately to be addressed.
The RFD's initial plan, to exclusively
hire women and individuals from minority groups, was clearly an attempt to
reconcile some of the differences between
Richmond's wider population and its
firefighters. But the plan seems like a half-
baked attempt.
In situations such as these, where
there are disproportionate amounts
of one group of people or another, the
problem lies not with hiring policies, but
with perceptions of the job. Recent trends
have shown that many more women have
become CEOs of major corporations not
because boards have specifically targeted
women, but because it has been part of a
gradual change in perception. Running a
company is no longer a man's job. Due to
the physicality of being a firefighter, like
being a construction worker, firefighting
has long been perceived as a masculine
job. With time, this will change, as attitudes are wont to change.
Whatever the RFD's plans will be,
creating a discriminatory policy to fight
discrimination is hypocritical. Discrimi
natory hiring based on race is misguided
and wrong, whatever the motives or
races being discriminated against. When
framed in the context of discriminatory
hiring, this seems almost self-evident, yet
under the auspisces of 'affirmative action,' excluding groups from employment
is far more acceptable.
To further that, race-based hiring is
more complicated then at first glance:
what constitutes a 'minority'? Should
hiring be done based on skin tone? Last
name? Family tree? Should racial hiring
quotas be used? How about people are of
mixed descent? How should one determine when there is 'equal representation'? Does language matter? Religious
apparel? All these things need to mulled
over before they even begin to attempt to
'level the playing field.'
Attempting to eliminate inequalities
by selectively hiring forces of individuals, companies, and governments, to
decide who should be given preferential
treatment and who shouldn't, introduces
a completely new level of discriminatory
bias.
The best applicant, no matter their
race or gender, should get the job—our
focus should be on ensuring that this is
the case. We should not waste our efforts
on excluding some groups to the benefit
of others, but instead focus on having individuals treated as exactly that, individuals, not stereotyped members of a race, a
gender, or a class group. @
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They should know
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Commerce, 2
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Perspective
The Ubyssey is incompetent
by Gina Eom
On February 15, I submitted a 1700 word
perspective piece to this paper titled "The
Ubyssey Reportcard," a consolidated performance review of the Ubyssey from 30 or so
students who had voiced their opinion on
their impression of the paper this year.
After hearing an unusually pronounced
and continuous complaint on the paper's
poor performance, I felt that this wake-up
call to the paper was quite needed.
I went through the AMS Archives, the
Ubyssey's Archives online, the Library Archives, as well as the Ubyssey's Constitution
to look if there was any inscribed measure of
quality control (there wasn't). After all, it receives the faithful budget from sponsors and
the $5 per fulltime student (out of 40 000
students on campus) each year.
I went on to list some (but by no means
all) of the issues that were expressed. These
included a lack in university-related news
which was significant to students. One example was a lack of coverage of the arrival of
the new President of this University, Stephen
Toope. His inauguration was not covered,
nor did his arrival make news. The only notice was a one line "News Brief" on August 2,
2006 before the first term started.
[Editors' Note: The Ubyssey covered
Professor Toope s hiring on March 24, 2006.]
While the editorial board may think new
leadership of the University is insignificant,
if they had attended any Senate meeting this
year (which they didn't) they would have
quickly realised that his new leadership is
quite strongly supporting teaching and learning portfolio of the university, a great change
from the former presidency.
Other issues, including the sheer disproportion of culture and sports compared to
news content in general were expressed, as
well as the lack of the paper's accountability
measures to the student body.
The editorial board rejected the letter
claiming there was information that "is
false and as such is libelous." In fact, the
generous use of the word "libel" upon further correspondance with the letters and
research coordinator lead me to be quite
perplexed, given the research I had done
using the public archives listed above. The
office promised a list of "inaccuracies," and
after 10 days was able to produce only a
"partial" list with no indication as to when
the "complete" list would be given. In other
words, there was no indication as to when
I was able to find out what this newspaper
found libellous, and thus was unable to take
my writing to other campus publications.
This partial list of inaccuracies given to
me included several claims which I showed
to university officials and colleagues, and
for which we could find no evidence for.
Two quick examples: the office claimed that
they "actually wrote several stories when he
was hired and when [President Toope] was
inaugurated." Searching both the Ubyssey
Archives and the UBC Library Archives, we
were unable to find any further articles covering his inauguration.
I fully acknowledged with my submission of the letter that it was over the word
limit, and I had also offered to write a
shorter version if the errors were pointed
out to me. A reputable publication would
have reasonably edited the letter (as it is
fully within their right to do so), and would
have ran a counter editorial right next to it,
if they were so inclined.
Instead, the Ubyssey office went on to
state that, "it speaks to your competency
that you send us a letter that is inaccurate
and too long. I am interested to see who
would publish such a piece."
The office further decided that they would
not send me the rest of the list of inaccuracies after I waited for 14 days. My numerous requests to meet with anyone from the
Ubyssey were refused.
Anyone is free to access the full extent of
my interaction with the Ubyssey office as I
have submitted them to the AMS Archives
and is thus now on record.
—Gina Eom is a fourth-year
Microbiology and Immunology student
and member of the UBC senate Many Bothans died to make this paper
Don't waste their sacrifice.
Read and comment
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Sports
Tuesday, 6 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
MEN'S HOCKEY
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Historic season ends in Alberta
by Trevor Phillips
THE GATEWAY (UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA)
EDMONTON-The Alberta Golden Bears are
off to their ninth-consecutive Canada West
final, while the UBC Thunderbirds are heading home believing they should have been
able to force a third game.
The T-Birds did everything possible to
delay a speedy Bears attack on Friday night,
and managed to until five minutes into the
second period, when Alberta scored three
goals in an astounding 44 seconds to spur a
5-1 victory. On Saturday UBC had more jump
in their step, but with 6:17 left to play, Bears
rookie defenceman Mark Ashton scored
the go-ahead-goal with a slap-shot that beat
Thunderbirds goalie Gerry Festa high on the
glove-side and ended UBC's season.
"Penalties killed us all year,
and they ended up biting us in
the end"
- Milan Dragicevic,
head coach, UBC men's hockey
"I thought our guys battled and competed
this weekend, and I give them a lot of credit," T-Birds head coach Milan Dragicevic
said while forcing back tears. "But penalties
killed us all year, and they ended up biting
us in the end."
Ultimately, it was Alberta's momentum
that the T-Bird's defence couldn't handle.
On Friday night it was speedsters Dale Ma-
hovsky and Dylan Stanley wreaking havoc
as the duo combined for four points. The T-
Birds couldn't contain the Alberta forwards
and wound up surrendering 41 shots on
Festa and drawing nine penalties.
"We really brought our level up when it
mattered," Bears head coach Eric Thurston
said of his team's scoring burst. "That has a
lot to do with experience and veteran guys
who really want to win."
"The swagger [of a winning team] should
always be there and be present in all the
decisions we make," Bears assistant coach
Serge Lajoie added. "It's about basic hock
ey and making the smart play; don't make
things complicated."
On Saturday night, UBC checked the
Bears much tighter and was able to neutralise some of the quicker Alberta forwards;
however, the Bears still found themselves
in the sin bin eleven times on the night,
though they managed to kill off ten of them.
Still, as the game wound down, the Alberta
forecheck wore down the UBC defencemen,
which lead to Ashton's game winner. Rookie
forward Jesse Gimblett stole the puck in the
UBC end and fed it to Ashton, who buried
his third goal of the season.
"We are a well-conditioned team and it
just wears a team down when you can establish an up-tempo forecheck," Lajoie said. "I
call it the 'White Wave,' and we had it going
for the last 14 minutes of tonight's game."
"[UBC] was coming off three games last
week and the game [Friday], so we wanted
to make them work and make them skate,"
Bears goaltender Aaron Sorochan explained.
"We don't want to play hockey on a Sunday
here, so we worked hard for the win."
The close result of Saturday's contest left
the Thunderbirds, who felt they played well
enough to force a third game, disappointed
in the early end to their season.
"We are not happy or content with the
second round," Dragicevic said. "They had
puck-luck and we didn't; I thought we played
well and deserved to win."
"We did deserve to win, we wanted it
more than them," UBC aptain Brad Zanon
concurred. "[Alberta] just capitalized on
their chances, but I'm proud of the guys and
we are going to take this into next year."
The Bears will now move on to the Can-
West Final for the eleventh consecutive season, where they'll face the Saskatchewan
Huskies for the sixth straight time. The UBC
T-Birds will have another summer to think
about what they'll need to do to reach the
Conference Finals, something they haven't
done since winning three-straight from
1969-1971. Also, the Bears pushed their
post-season winning streak to 16 games and
haven't lost at home to UBC since November 21, 1998.®
"V"V35izuio
by Amit Shilton
THE EYEOPENER (RYERSON UNIVERSITY)
HAMILTON—Making their first appearance
at the CIS Championships since 1989, the
UBC Thunderbirds men's volleyball team
sent a message that they are a force to be
reckoned with on the national stage. The
squad came out of the tournament with a
fourth place finish after losing to the Trinity
Western University Spartans in straight sets
(25-18,25-22,25-21).
On the tournament's first night, the
Thunderbirds tipped off against the Queen's
Golden Gaels, cruising to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-
16, 25-14) victory. The T-Birds saw a great
performance from middle Kyle Duperron.
He was filling in for Matt Lebourdais, who
went down with a knee injury in the Canada
West semifinal. Duperron finished tied for a
team-high seven kills and three solo blocks.
Jared Krause picked up player of the game
honours after he too finished with seven
kills and 27 assists.
"We're a strong team no matter who goes
down for us," said Thunderbirds head coach
Richard Schick of the play of Duperron and
middle Ian Simpson who also helped fill in
the team's hole.
The next night UBC faced the Winnipeg
Wesmen in the tournament's semifinal. The
team got off to a strong start, going up 6-1
at one point, but started to lose their edge
as the match progressed. Up 24-22, UBC left
side Christoph Eichbaum sent two kills long,
evening the score. Winnipeg capitalised on
the opportunity, taking the set 27-25.
"Everything we hit, they dug. We still
made great plays, they just made more of
them and nicer plays," Schick said.
The Thunderbirds kept battling in the
second set, and went into the first technical
timeout up 8-6. The two teams exchanged
scoring runs, with the Wesmen coming out
on top leading 20-16. The 'Birds didn't get
another point, losing the second set 25-16.
With their backs against the wall, the
team wasn't able to recover after going
down two sets. The game was dictated by
the Wesmen's strong service game and
passing skills, as they rolled on to a straight
sets victory.
"We couldn't get our ball to our setter,"
Schick said after the game. "If you don't get
the ball to your setter—your quarterback—
you're going to make it tougher for yourself
and easier on your opponents blocking."
Andrew Bonner was named UBC's player
of the game after finishing with a game-high
14 kills and team-high 14 points. He too felt
that itwas his own team's inability to capitalise that cost them the game.
"It's not that anybody did anything bad
or whatever, we're brothers and sometimes
you have to accept defeat," he said.
Eichbaum felt that the Thunderbirds
passing game proved to be a key factor in
the loss. Eichbaum, who had been named
to the All-Canadian second team, tried not
to think about his award and said his focus
was solely on winning a championship.
"My award has nothing to do with how we
played," Eichbaum said. "I took my award
away. I didn't want to see it, I just wanted to
play nationals."
The next night the team was fighting for
bronze against the Trinity Western Spartans.
The Spartans made quick work of the Thunderbirds, with Steve Rogalsky picking up
nine kills for Trinity Western. Bonner was
the lone bright spot for the UBC side, scoring
a game-high 16 kills and tying for a team-
high seven digs.
"Our ultimate goal isn't to win a championship, our ultimate goal is to play
the game we love," Schick said. "When we
win, we win together and when we lose, we
lose together." @
Sun sets on stellar career
by Cheata Nao
SPORTS STAFF
Over the past five years women's basketball
team captain Kelsey Blair has become one
of UBC's most prolific and accomplished
athletes. In her tenure with the T-Birds
Blair has racked up 1469 career conference
points and 852 rebounds—both UBC records. She's a former rookie of the year, an
Academic All-Canadian, and a CIS national
tournament MVP. But more importantly,
she's a two-time national champion, and
will be looking to make it three this weekend in St John's.
Simple is how the North Van native characterized her game and style of play when
she first joined the team in the 2002-2003
season, when she averaged 11.1 points and
6.7 rebounds per game. "I could do very little. I could rebound and I could score inside
the key," said Blair.
This season Blair averaged 15.7 points
and 8.9 rebounds per game thanks to
a steady improvement in her range,
and to her moves down low, which she
credits to simply maturing with time.
"I'm just older now and when you're older
you learn more."
It also hasn't hurt to have a former Olympian and member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame as your coach. Under Deb
Huband, Blair and the T-Birds won national
titles in the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006
seasons. Blair notes that her relationship
with Huband, like her game, has evolved
with time. "When I first got here she was
like an authority figure, and now, although
I wouldn't say she's necessarily a friend,
she's closer to that level. We joke around
a lot more and I know what kind of mood
she's in given her hair when she walks in
the gym."
While she'll miss the jokes when she
graduates this year, Blair said she'll miss
the team the most. "A lot of these people are
my close friends." She's also going to miss
the structure and routine that being a UBC
basketball player brought to her life for the
past five years. "I could tell what I was doing
this weekend lastyear at this time. That kind
of structure will be a little weird to let go."
Other things, Blair said she'll be happy to
leave behind, including the pre-season, the
beep test, conditioning, and fitness training.
"All that stuff can just go," joked Blair.
Blair has had an enormous amount of
success on the court in her time here, but
what T-Birds fans might not know about is
her success off the courts. She's managed
to successfully balance and juggle basketball with school, being named an Academic
All-Canadian for her achievements in the
class. However it hasn't come without a certain amount of sacrifice. "Friends certainly
sometimes come secondary, boyfriends especially sometimes come secondary. Your
social life definitely takes a hit."
Blair will graduate as a film studies major, but joked it wasn't what she first had in
mind. "I started as an English major, then I
switched to a psychology major, then I was
briefly an interdisciplinary studies major
with a focus in gender, but I landed in film
studies and I'm happy to graduate with
it." After graduation Blair hopes to play
overseas, but if that doesn't pan out
it'll be a year of traveling before coming back to do her master's.
When   asked  what would  be
the perfect ending to her last season as a T-Bird, Blair's answer
came as no surprise. "Another  championship would be
beyond huge."
A  third   national   title
would be another memorable     moment     Blair
could add to her collection  of championship
memories, but she still
counts her first championship as her most
memorable basketball
moment at UBC thus
far.
"The first one was
such a surprise because we were totally
the underdogs going into that game. I remember Kim [Howe] and I were standing
at half court and there was seven seconds
left and it was the first time we realized that
we were going to win. We just had this moment. It was such a rush of energy."
Blair's quest for a third national title in
four years in off to a great start. The UBC
women's basketball team went 6-0 in the
Canada West playoffs, and earned the No
1 seed for the national tournament, which
runs March 9-11 at Memorial University in
Stjohns, Newfoundland
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