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Vol.LXXXVIH   N°18	
More promotion of ADD is needed
among the adult population. Page 3
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Lady Sovereign is all these things and
more. Page 6
Covering sex scandals since 1918
Tuesday, 7 November, 2006
Men's and women's basketball both 4-0 after
sweeping weekend series. Page 11
Eleventh heaven
UBC's field hockey team won their 11th CIS National Championship this weekend after beating
their rivals from the University of Victoria 3-1. See page 12 for details, oker CHEN photo
Vancouver Police website
gets tough on crime
New website to keep track of suspected offenders the first of its
kind in Canada
by Jesse Ferreras
Vancouver Police launched a "Most
Wanted" website to keep track of
suspected offenders last week.
The website, the first of its kind
in Canada, will display the names
and photos of approximately 100
individuals being sought by police
in BC and across Canada.
Constable Howard Chow said the
website has been established to help
the VPD deal with over 20,000 outstanding warrants that have been
"clogging up" their system.
-Sam Sullivan
Vancouver Mayor
"This is how we're trying to elicit
the help of the public," said Chow.
"We wanted to
develop a web-
page that was
snazzy-looking, that was
very interactive, that was
[easy] to navigate through,
and I think
we've accomplished that."
by   the    VPD
Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team
in conjunction with Greater
Vancouver Crime Stoppers, the goal
of this website is to track down individuals with outstanding warrants
who have eluded custody.
Chow cited the difficulty of tracking suspects as one of the core reasons why the website was established.
"Many of these people that are
criminals out there that are wanted
on warrants are transient,"
he said. "They don't have fixed
addresses, they don't give accurate
information sometimes when
they're asked where they're
living...and they've got extensive
warrants we need to arrest them
Mayor Sam Sullivan was pres
ent at the announcement as chair
of the Vancouver Police Board.
"We   have   incredible   police,
very well trained, very competent
"We wanted to
develop a webpage
that was very
interactive, that was
very snazzy-looking,
that was very interactive, that was
[easy] to navigate
through, and i think
we've accomplished
-Constable Howard Chow
Vancouver Police
and very focused on crime, but
they can't do it all," he said. "I am
urging all of our citizens to get
involved in helping the police fight
crime by logging onto this website,
and helping to identify the criminals who are at large in our city."
Sergeant Guy Draper, co-ordi-
see "Police"page 2.
The pursuit of the perfect wine
UBC researchers study ripening and flavour of
grapes grown in different environments
by Stephanie Ho
Researchers at the UBC Wine
Research Centre are about to find
out what makes a good wine outstanding.
After spending the last two
years developing technological
tools to support their ongoing
genomics research, Steven Lund,
assistant professor in the Faculty
of Land and Food Systems, and
Joerg Bohlmann, associate professor in the Michael Smith
Laboratories, are phasing in the
next stage of their project—studying how specific genes control
ripening initiation and flavour
components in wine grapes grown
in different environments.
"We're going to try and delve
into the 'hard drive' of the berry
and  decipher  the   codes,"   said
Lund. "We're now looking at how
environmental conditions affect
gene expression and how ripening
is initiated in grapes."
"We're going to try
and delve into the
'hard drive' of the
berry and decipher
the codes."
-Steven Lund
UBC wine researcher
Launched in 2004 with $3.1
million from Genome Canada,
this project is one of the world's
leaders in grape genomics
research.  It has  received wide-
see "Wine" page 2.
DON'T KNOCK IT: Philip English informs the public about the
functions of the World Bank. Laurence butet roch photo
Representatives defend the World Bank
IRSA holds question and answer session to inform
students about the World Bank
by Paul Bucci
World Bank representatives came
to UBC last Friday to inform students and dispel rumours that the
organisation has hidden agendas.
Philip English, trade coordinator for West Africa and his wife
Linda English, senior education
specialist in the Middle East and
North Africa spoke in an event
dubbed "The World Bank:
Everything You Wanted to Know
But Were Too Afraid to Ask," put
on by UBC's International
Relations   Students   Association
The World Bank is infamous for
a program of structural adjustment it implemented during the
1980s, which brought it under
scrutiny because of the immediate
detrimental effects of the program.
Philip English began by
explaining the structure and the
role of the World Bank, pointing
out both its strengths and its weaknesses.
"Yes, we do the classic infrastructure and energy projects, but
see "World Bank"page 2.
Tuesday, 7 November, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
"Police"continued from page 1.
nator of Crime Stoppers,
described the process by which
individuals are posted on the site.
"We actually have a server in
Dallas, Texas where the information goes through," he said. "Once
it leaves that server, there's no
way for anyone to be able to back
that up. It's all encrypted and protected."
"As soon as someone is taken
off..it will click into our system."
Responding to whether it has
been influenced by other cities,
Chow praised the new website as
dynamic and comprehensive.
"We wouldn't be ashamed to
say we were copying if we were,"
he said. "If it's a great idea and it
puts people in jail then that's all
we care about."
Since the website was launched
last Thursday, it has already provided tips that have led to three
IRSA holds question and answer session to inform
students about the World Bank
"World Bank"continued from page 1.
we are also the world's largest
founder of education projects," said
Philip English. "The biggest single
component is...public administration. For an institution which is perhaps famous for pushing privatisation and reducing the size of the
state, we actually provide 25 per
cent of our funds for building the
capacity of the public sector."
When speaking on structural
adjustment, Philip English said,
"We learned lessons...it's important to understand that these countries were in serious trouble. They
had major economic problems;
something needed to be done."
He explained that the basic
principle behind the programs
was correct; the failures were the
result of the actual implementation of the programs. He cited a
combination of misguided actions
by the World Bank and abuses of
the system by the receiving countries as the main reasons for the
He also asserted that, in the
long    run,    the    programs    did
achieve some level of success, as
many African countries have
become less poor as a result.
Another issue discussed was
that of economic disparity.
"If you really want to focus on
inequality, you have to think of
government programs that can be
targeted to the poor," said Linda
English. @
"For an institution
which is perhaps
famous for pushing
privatisation and
reducing the size of
the state, we actually provide 25 per
cent of our funds
for building the
capacity of the public sector."
-Philip English
World Bank representative
New technology will determine which genes
are switched on and off during ripening
"Wine"continued from page 7.
spread support, including a positive external review from a
panel of international experts
in genomics and grapevine
genetics in June. Researchers
involved are aiming for renewal
when funding expires in 2007.
The researchers will use
advanced technologies to determine which genes are switched
on and switched off during ripening. They envision that information from this project will help
viticulturalists understand how
their current management practices affect berry development.
They also hope to use these findings to develop handheld diagnostic tools to assist in the management of grapevines for berry
production, and potentially, the
breeding of new wine grape vari-
etals in the future.
"We're hoping that this sort of
information will help support
them such that there are more
good wines in BC, or any
particular winery or grower can
produce higher quality grapes
from season to season armed with
better knowledge," Lund said.
Lund believes that working
closely with the BC wine industry is key in the long-run.
"These are such complex
issues we are working on, and
we can't be exploring all kinds
of different viticultural practices at the molecular level at
once," he said. "We need to
focus on the things that the
industry sees as most important
and seek their guidance on how
best to approach things experimentally."
Ron Taylor, a viticulturist
from Domaine de Chaberton in
Langley, said he thinks this is a
worthwhile project. "The climate in BC in the last 30 years
has really changed; some
grapes are becoming too ripe,
and are unpleasant for drinking
when made into wine," he said.
"There is no one that has all the
answers...the more [you know]
about your variety, the better."
"I think it's a good idea to
[find] out why grapes are
the way they are," said Roger
Dosman, owner of Alderlea
Vineyards in Duncan. "Another
issue that they could look at
would be the grapes' susceptibility to mildew. I think it will
have a very important impact
on grapevine growing."
Although genetically-modified grapes are created in
greenhouses to test gene
function in grape berries, there
are currently no plans to introduce GMO wine grapes into the
"The public has to drive the
acceptance of this sort of technology before producers will
even look at it seriously," Lund
said. "Public education comes
first, and ultimately it's up to
each individual to make his or
her own decision."
The UBC Wine Research
Centre, established in 1999, is
a part of the Faculty of Land
and Food Systems and currently
the only research institute in
BC equipped with a state-of-
the-art mass spectrometric
laboratory for analysis of flavour
compounds and visual attributes
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Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 7 November, 2006
Former Governor General visits UBC
HEART MATTERS: Clarkson came to discuss her childhood, benjamin ralston photo
by Chris Adamson
Former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson
visited the Chan Centre on October 20 to promote her new autobiography Heart Matters.
Clarkson was the first member of a visible
minority to become Governor General, the
second female to hold the position, and the
first from a non-political background.
Heart Matters, however, is more than a
story of Clarkson's rise up the social ladder. It
is a story about hardship and perseverance.
With typically precise diction, Clarkson
described her family's dramatic escape to
Canada from Japanese occupied Hong Kong in
1941 to Canada and the impact this had on
her life. Japanese soldiers told her family they
had one night to decide whether to leave for
Canada the next morning, leaving their old
lives and belongings behind. Clarkson's
grandmother would not be able to come.
"I consider that night the point in my family's history that most defined us. It was my
parent's ability to take that chance, to leap
into that void, that gave us that second breath
we needed to live for the rest of our lives,"
Clarkson explained.
Clarkson emphasised that she grew into
a stable, determined person largely because
of her family's struggles, their willingness
to face the unknown and their triumph over
"The experience has stuck with me my
entire life, and it has made me bombproof, unbreakable in later times of
conflict," she said.
Clarkson escaped a war zone only to grow
up in a secure, happy household on Ottawa's
Sussex Drive, complete with summer vacations, trips to Rio de Janeiro and an excellent
education in Ottawa's acclaimed Lisgar
Collegiate Institute.
Clarkson pointed out that one of the most
important lessons she learned was "how to
say no when people want you to say yes for
their reasons."
Later in the night she showed her political
side again, praising Jean Chretien and criticising Paul Martin for his forgettable legacy
on Canadian politics.
Clarkson also showed her more human
side, answering questions about her marriage
with philosopher John Ralston Saul—although
she pointed out that she draws a sharp line
between her public and private lives.
Heart Matters contains elements of political controversy—read page 198 if you're only
looking for this, Clarkson remarked—and
gives us insight into her somewhat tumultuous private life.
"It was interesting to see the person
behind the politician, to see what drove her
to achieve so much," said UBC student Lisa
Romstad. "It's definitely an inspirational
story for all Canadians." @
Two new ways to travel around campus
by Samantha Jung
Translink has made travelling around campus safer and simpler by implementing two
new Community Shuttle bus routes, the C20
and the C22.
As of September 4, the buses provide easy
access to major buildings and tourist attractions. They also make travelling back to residence late at night safer for students.
The C20 leaves every 30 minutes on the 15
and the 45, and travels down Wesbrook Mall,
Thunderbird   Boulevard,   West  Mall   and
Marine Drive, passing important places such
as the Village, Totem Park, Place Vanier and
the Museum of Anthropology.
The C22 travels at the same times as the
C20, but travels down Wesbrook Mall, loops
around Hampton Place and around Acadia
Park and Fairview before travelling back up
Drew Snider, Translink media relations
representative, said there was a demand for
transit because of the construction and new
developments that are taking place at UBC.
Ridership figures haven't been collected yet,
as the service is new, but Snider isn't worried
about the buses not being used.
"Oftentimes [with] a new service people
need to know that it's there and get used to the
fact that it is there and start using it," he said.
The C22 runs until about 7pm in the
evening while the C20 continues after midnight.
This difference in times is due to public
"Originally the plan was to have the service
running until 7pm on both routes, largely as a
commuter fill-in...route to help people who are
commuting downtown," said Snider. "We'd
been running the 41 bus through the Totem
Park area...late at night and it was serving the
students at Totem Park Residence among
other people among there...[the] only problem
was the neighbours didn't like it."
Local residents found the large bus too
noisy so UBC asked Translink to extend the
time of the C20 and take away late-night runs
of the 41. Translink complied, and Snider said
that times for the C22 could be extended if
there is a demand and the funding is available.
Barbara Brown, a daily passenger on the
C20, uses the bus to reach the bus loop. Before
the Translink shuttles, she used to take a free
UBC shuttle bus that ran around campus.
Brown said Translink has made the proposal of a new stop between West Mall at
Stadium Road and Marine Drive at Agronomy
Road, but haven't implemented it yet.
"They just haven't gotten around to [it], so I
spoke to somebody at Translink and they said
they would have it in the next week or so...[that
was] two weeks ago," she said.
The distance between the two stops is
large, and Brown said the new stop would be
closer to her work so she wouldn't have to
walk so far to the bus stop.
Ben Rothlishberger, bus driver for the C20
and C22, said the 24-person bus is busier at
night and that the "ridership is getting bigger
and bigger all the time."
Jamie Rogers, a student at the School of
Social Work and Family Studies, takes the C22
three times a week to reach the bus loop and
said she is pleased with the new service.
"I think it's a fabulous invention," she
ADD common among
adult population
by Leah Poulton
One in 20 adults has Attention Deficit Disorder
(ADD) and 8 5 per cent of them don't even know it,
according to a local experL
Pete Quily, an adult ADD coach, said the low
rate of diagnosis of adults with ADD creates a
significant danger for Canadian adults.
"Unless you luck out with the right job, the right
relationship, you're going to have major problems," he said.
Quily, who was diagnosed with ADD after he
turned 30, said that many people realise there is
something wrong, but don't even think that they
might have ADD.
Some common symptoms of ADD include a
tendency to "tune out," an inability to complete
tasks, moodiness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness, according to Quily's website.
However, he cautioned, almost all of us have at
least one of these symptoms. It's when they are
severe enough to interfere with everyday life that it
is classified as ADD. This creates a significant
obstacle in recognising the condition.
Quily emphasised the connection between ADD
and many common negative issues, including
stress, mood swings, and marital or employment
strain, which arise as a result of the disease.
He added that people who have the disorder
are three times more likely to abuse drugs and
alcohol or have a gambling problem. "They are
essentially self-medicating."
Quily said that this is a major issue with many
adult ADD patients-and stressed the importance of
taking the step to get diagnosed.
"Getting diagnosed is a good thing, because it
explains a lot," he said, speaking of his own
experience with the disease. "Problems with
time management, procrastination, organization, the spouse, the job...it's not an excuse, just
an explanation."
The only way to increase diagnosis is
through education for the public, medical professionals and the media, he said. One thing
that many people don't know about the disorder is that it is highly genetic.
Sixty to 80 per cent of kids with ADD have parents with it, said Quily. "It's the second most inheritable trait after height."
However, there are some experts who think
that blaming the disease on bad genes is not
good enough.
Gabor Mate, a physician who works with
high-risk patients on the Downtown Eastside,
said that this focus on the genetic causes of ADD
is actually hindering the search for a solution to
the increasing problem.
"If you put a healthy baby in a dark room for
five years, without the proper light stimulation...that baby will eventually go blind," he said.
"It's the same for ADD. The circuitry of emotional regulation and impulse control also needs
input from the environment."
He said that if a child does not have a calm,
consistent connection with a caregiver, the parts
of the brain that regulate attention will not
develop properly. This increases the chance of
developing ADD.
"The parenting environment is much more
stressful than it used to be," said Mate, who was
diagnosed with ADD at age 52, and whose children
have also been diagnosed.
"If you see it as simply a genetic disease, all you
can do is hand out pills," he explained. "But if you
see that it is related to structural development in
the brain then you can say 'what can I do to help
this person.'"
The reason for the high number of undiagnosed adults is not clear, he said.
He hopes that by increasing public awareness,
the problems with diagnosis and the stigma surrounding ADD will decrease over time.
"Someone reading this could say 'hey, that
sounds like me,'" he said. "And that's one more
person who knows."
Mate is the author of a bestselling book on ADD
Scattered Minds, which outlines his unusual view
on the disorder. He has also written books on the
dangers of stress and effective parenting.
Quily is an adult ADD coach with the company
ADD Coach 4 U. He coaches adults with ADD
throughout North America over the phone on how
to more effectively manage their careers, home
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Playhouse airs dirty laundry
at the Vancouver Playhouse
until November 11
by Erica Baird
"If you do not clean: how do you
know if you've made any progress
in life?" asks Virginia, a character
from Sarah Ruhl's The Clean
House. As the plot develops, and
we learn more about the characters, not only do we realise what
the messiness of life entails, but
we also learn that even the whitest
sofas and cashmere carpets are
breeding grounds for emotional
bacteria. All the characters fill the
house with the stories of their
lives—stories full of dirt. Lane is a
renowned doctor who loves everything in order, including her
house. However, she does not
clean it herself.
To remedy this, Lane hires
Matilde, a Brazilian house cleaner
who hates to clean because it
makes her sad. Lane's sister,
Virginia, loves to tidy, and with
her entire house completely
cleaned by 3:10 each afternoon,
she strikes a secret deal with
Matilde that she will clean her sister's beautiful home everyday,
while Matilde spends her lazy
afternoons searching for the most
perfect joke in the world. The days
pass, and Virginia and Matilde discover some dirty laundry. Charles,
Lane's husband, has fallen in love
with one of his patients—an
Argentinean woman called Ana
who is battling cancer. Despite her
sickness, Ana still lives day-by-day,
glowing with a radiance and zest
for life that Lane envies. Ana lives
and breathes in a way that Lane
never has. Ana receives looks of
complete love and admiration that
Lane never saw from her own husband.
Matilde, played by Sarah
Henriques, is someone we could
all learn from. Her character
teaches us that in order to live,
you must laugh, and in order to
love, you must laugh. In fact, in
order to survive, you must laugh;
for despite all the pain and sickness that may surround us in life,
there is truly nothing like a good
joke, the kind that "cleans your
insides   out."   Matilde's   father
refused to marry until he found a
woman who could make him
laugh, and her mother refused to
marry until she found someone
who she actually laughed at. The
pairing was perfect when they fell
in love. Naturally, an appropriate
anniversary present to his wife
was a joke that took a year for him
to create. When he told it to her,
the joke was so perfect that, like in
Monty Python, it killed her with
laughter. Distraught, Matilde's
father shot himself.
"a bit on the "chick"
side of theatre, the
Clean House is a
play about female
courage and bonding, the play incorporates elements of
magic realism."
With the death of her mother
and father, Matilde leaves Brazil.
The next time we see her she is
telling a joke in a very clean house
which runs on for five minutes
with contorted facial expressions
and pelvic thrusts. It's all in
Portuguese—a language that
Henriques learned specifically for
this role, although you would
never know it. Matilde's joke
clearly speaks to the audience: you
may not understand it at first, but
every house has its dirty laundry.
Henriques said that the play is
about four very different women,
all dealing with their own weaknesses, some more able to admit
to them then others. Three are
middle-aged women dealing with
cheating husbands, boredom,
loneliness, cancer and the did-I-
questions. Then comes Matilde—
she helps the women "accept the
messiness of life." We talked about
the different characters and the
way that the author, Sarah Ruhl,
has two characters conversing
with one another in Portuguese;
life, she said, simply has to be
more than "doing chores...clocking in and nine and finishing at
five." Henriques quoted a line
from the script as we talk about
the themes within the play. We've
reached the theme of love, to
which she said, "[it] isn't clean like
that, it's dirty like a good joke."
The character of Lane tried to
formulate her own blend of perfection. She is an attractive doctor
who is married to another attractive doctor, she makes large sums
of money to decorate her large
(and incredibly clean) house, she
has aged well, she is liked the best
by all of the hospital patients, and
then suddenly, her picture perfect
life comes tumbling down when
her husband falls in love with
someone else—someone who
holds something far more perfect
than perfection.
The Clean House is a play that
can be valued for its message—a
truthful bit of advice—that no matter who you are, or who you will
be, there will always be that little
bit of dirty laundry. If you ignore
it, the pile builds; if you wash it
right away, there will surely be
more next week. In the end, the
way I understood the play, was
that everyone has their flaws, their
misfortunes, their secrets and
their correspondingly dirty laundry. One way or another, you eventually have to deal with it but I
know it is just that much easier
when someone is sitting beside
you, smiling, helping you with that
wretched folding!
A bit on the "chick" side of theatre, The Clean House is a play
about female courage and bonding. The play incorporates elements of magic realism, a literary
style prominent in Latin American
Literature in the 20"1 Century.
The appearance of Matilde's parents dancing and laughing in an
orange haze quickly blends into
the bluish aura of Ana's house by
the sea, with her quaint balcony
covered in barrels of apples.
Each scene is so rife with messages about life and living that you
want to walk around Vancouver
just screaming them out. You feel
almost enlightened by the end of
the play, as if you have discovered
some secret solution for your own
dirty laundry; and if not a solution, then at least that thing we call
acceptance. Really, though, it's not
so difficult. It seems that with
laughter, vigour and a whole lot of
love, everything will eventually
come out clean. @ THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 7 November, 2006
* * * • i
"I am big like a can of Pepsi!"
now playing
by Reuben Heredia
It has been both a blessing and a curse to have
seen a month-early preview of Borat: Cultural
Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious
Nation of Kazakhstan. I had the privilege of seeing the movie in early October but for the past
month I have been unable to discuss its sheer
hilarity with anyone but myself.
Borat is one of those movies, which, like the
first two Austin Powers movies, is side-split-
tingly funny when you watch it the first time
and asphyxiates you with laughter when you
discuss it with friends afterward. It is one of
the dumbest, most politically incorrect, tasteless films of recent years, and yet is likely one
of the sharpest satires.
Borat Sagdiyev is the brainchild of Sacha
Baron Cohen, a British comedian and creator
and star of HBO's Da Ali G Show. He plays a
journalist for Kazakhstan's state-run TV-
Network, a family man, and a former "Gypsy
catcher." Borat's anti-semitism, his misogynis-
tic beliefs, and his contempt for those "assholes,
Uzbekistan" are constant sources of amusement, which is ironic considering that Cohen is
The film chronicles Borat's quest to the "U,S,
and A" to learn some lessons for Kazakhstan.
Early in the production of his "documentary,"
Borat happens to catch an episode of Baywatch
and falls head over heels for Pamela
Anderson's character, CJ Parker. He makes up
his mind to find her and marry her. This is a
goal he keeps hidden from his portly producer,
Azamat Bagatov, and when discovered, it
results in one of the movie's most disturbingly
gut-busting scenes.
The genius of Borat lies in Cohen's innate
ability to push people's buttons, his impeccable comic timing and his ability to unearth
everyone's underlying prejudices. A scene at a
Texas rodeo has him expressing his homophobia to an elderly man. The man agrees wholeheartedly and even condones the killing of
homosexuals. Borat's role as a sounding board
for the prejudices and plights of the average
American is fascinating on its own. As for his
ability to push people's buttons, look no further than his interview with the Veteran
Feminists of America, where he compares the
size of a woman's brain to that of a squirrel
and has them all get up and leave just a
minute into the interview.
The movie is filled with hilarious moments,
such as when Borat happens upon a garage sale
and thinks it is a gypsy campsite. His attempts
to bargain with the "gypsy" and stone-faced
demands for their "tears" had me crying with
laughter. Later in the movie he hitches a ride
with some college students who, after getting
completely sloshed with him, confide in him
and even give him impassioned advice: "Borat,
do not ever let a woman make you who you
are!" The final confrontation with Pamela
Anderson is a sight to behold; you will never
think of burlap sacks the same way again.
Borat is most likely the funniest movie you
will see this year, or even the next. It is not just
humourous—it's fascinating. Go see this movie.
Then, after you see it once, tell your friends and
go back and see it again, and maybe a few more
times afterward. After all, if you don't, Borat
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Spider Robinson reaches for the stars
by Lucas Johnson
"Writing is not necessarily something to be
ashamed of—but do it in private and wash
your hands afterwards." These are the words
of Lazarus Long, a character created by
Robert A. Heinlein.
"Terrifying. Flattering." These are the two
words Spider Robinson used to describe his
being chosen to coauthor a book with the legendary sci-fi author. These serious thoughts
were coupled in casual conversation with his
infamously irreverent sense of humour and a
driving need for coffee.
Robert A. Heinlein is one of the most
famous, prolific, and influential science fiction
writers of the genre. He has written 32 novels,
as well as dozens of short stories—several have
won high-profile science-fiction awards.
Spider Robinson is a BC-based sci-fi author
who has also published over 30 books, also
earning prestigious awards. He has been called
the new Heinlein, though he insists he is not—
no one but Heinlein himself will ever be
Heinlein, and Robinson has "no illusions on
that score."
Heinlein died in 1988.
The spectacular project that became the
novel Variable Star began when an extensive
outline and collection of notes that Heinlein
had created before his death was discovered.
The story itself was never finished or published—until Heinlein's estate chose Spider
Robinson to write the novel. Hence, his two-
word description of how he felt seems justified.
The novel is probably the last Heinlein book
that will ever be published—and fans will be
happy to have this one last chance to read a
Heinlein story; however, it is not strictly
Heinlein of course. Robinson was told, when
he was asked to write it, that he shouldn't try to
make it his best imitation of a Heinlein novel,
but rather should write the best Spider
Robinson story he could, using Heinlein's outline. Robinson was greatly relieved at that
news. "Now it seemed achievable," he said.
Variable Star so far has received very strong
reviews; he said the critics have been very kind
to him. It was entirely possible that the book
would not have been well-received; many
Heinlein fans may not take well to tampering
with the master's vision.
The honour of writing Variable Star was
coupled with another honour Robinson
received more locally. The HR MacMillan
Space Centre recently named him their first-
ever writer-in-residence, a title for which neither Space Centre nor author is entirely clear
on the meaning. "I haven't even unpacked yet,"
Robinson joked.
The choice to acquire a writer in residence
came about when Space Centre administration
was discussing the direction of modern space
learning. The questions regarding society in
space have changed greatly since the space
race was first embarked upon, the direction of
discovery has changed. The question was,
where should they go to learn the new questions, the new answers?
The answer: science fiction writers, who for
decades have explored the very questions that
science itself must now ask.
This past Sunday, the new writer-in-residence made a public appearance at the
Space Centre, to read from Variable Star
and talk a bit about that experience. He also
serenaded his audience with a song (played
on guitar by him and sung with harmony
from his wife, Jeanne) that appears in his
novel, the music for which was written with
David Crosby. The reading (and later book
signing) was accompanied with amusing
anecdotes, and a warm and charming personality—as well as a number of well-placed
puns (he opened his reading with, "And
now, without further adon't..."). Robinson
proved to be personable and chatty; he hardly needed any prompting to talk at length
about, well, anything—especially once he
had obtained his coffee.
As writer in residence, Spider will be writing on a number of topics on the Space
Centre's website as well as doing further
appearances (if he gets his way). "On the Way to
the Stars," the song written with David Crosby
for Variable Star, can be downloaded from the
book's website. @
Indie director
plunges into mind
of crazy scientist
by Anita Law
Britt Small has been a fixture of indie theatre
scenes in Victoria and Vancouver and is now
director of Qualities of Zero, a co-production
between Vancouver Fringe and Atomic
Vaudeville, the company responsible for the
highly-touted Fringe production Legoland.
She shared in the Ubyssey some of her experiences with independent theatre, her
approach to directing her latest play and
some news on future projects.
Zero is a tale set entirely in the subconscious of a respected neuroscientist, Roland
Welby, and poses questions on the possibility of discovering happiness. Welby has
developed an experimental drug in order to
deal with madness in grief, but he finds that
it does him no good. Its ineffectiveness on
his psychology makes it difficult for him to
deal with those close to him on an emotional level.
"There is something we
need in each other, but we
don't pursue it because
we're afraid of change."
-Britt Small
director, Qualities of Zero
Asked if gender had posed any obstacles
in her line of work, Small was reluctant to
speak on behalf of all female directors, but
criticised the directorial style taught to her at
theatre school as too monolithic. She said
that her education emphasised the director's
personal vision rather than collaboration and
communication. Small said she does not
approach her projects with a "grandiose, preset plan" that fosters a "talk-down mentality."
She confessed that she does not always know
entirely what she wants "until it is worked
out on stage." Small spoke sincerely about
the lessons she learned directing the inmates
of William Head prison, and remarked it was
an "incredible experience" and that she
learned to "trust [her] own authority." It was
here that she returned to a realisation of the
importance for theatre to be grounded in
simple, relevant storytelling.
"It's about the larger picture," she said of
Qualities of Zero. "People spinning around
each other and not connecting...there is
something we need in each other, but we
don't pursue it because we're afraid of
She praised Jacob Richmond's script thoroughly. Although it has little stage direction,
Small remarked that it "implies bold stylistic
choice" in the form of "lots of body work," but
also something "more than realism." In a
play where virtually every character's sanity
was off the charts, Small acknowledged the
difficulty of striking a balance between the
characters as symbols of extremity and as
sympathetic human beings. She was challenged to develop an acting style for the play
that kept the characters "sincere but articulated...defined yet truthful."
Atomic Vaudeville, a Victoria-based
cabaret company that "is a short form
melange of theatre, music, song, dance, puppetry and sketch all revolving around a particular theme" whether it be "Delicious
Carnival of the Dead" or "Fight Night," is
coming to Vancouver. As co-artistic director,
Small is enthusiastic about the aspect of
"dynamic performance" it will bring to this
city, as well as Vaudeville's potential appeal
to a wider audience, including young people
who do not usually take part in the theatrical
What little time she has for outside activities she will likely spend with her band, Slut
Revolver, and work in her Victoria trailer
where she sells BC wine. @ Culture
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Love her, despise
her, you can't help
but respect her
by Nick Black
The state of British music is rather
suspect, due to the fact that they
have only one chart, as opposed jt
to the United States, which has
far too many. In the eyes of the
public, the music that makes
it to the top of the English
music  charts  is  chosen by1
record execs rather
than album sales
I n  other
gathering the troops together for a
coup d'etat of the fascist UK chart.
She is doing the same in the US
as she recently beat out Justin
Timberlake on Total
Request Live.
the opposite
of what is
forced upon
us here in
words, record execs
appear to control
what is popular in
One band was
able to break that
trend about six
months ago when
they became the most downloaded
band on the internet in England,
based on a demo they handed out
at a Snow Patrol  concert (they
Lady Sovereign represents THE OPPOSITE
of what we are bar-
raged with here in
North America...
[She] can shoot her
mouth off with the
best of them.
called themselves the Arctic
Monkeys). When the Monkeys
finally released their first album
they broke all UK records for
largest first week sales of a debut
album. In other words, they
turned the chart on its head.
Lady Sovereign is doing the
exact same thing. It would appear
that the younger generation (the
Arctic Monkeys are not quite 20
years old and Lady Sovereign has
just reached adulthood) is finally
notably   chart-
gods Usher and
Diddy. In fact, I
would  attribute
my contempt for
hip-hop   to   the
state     of    the
in general.
Sovereign is the answer to all that:
she is genuinely talented and can
shoot her mouth off with the best
of them. Just when I thought that
all the hip-hop community sang
about was money and SUV's, along
comes a saviour. Lady Sovereign
talks about bad morning breath
and the disgusting obsession of
fake tans amongst the club-going
Her first two albums, Vertically
ChaUenged and Public Warning,
are outstanding and infectious to a
great extent. She is fast-paced,
witty, and extremely enjoyable.
You can't help but love what
you're hearing, whether or not you
typically like hip-hop. The point is
that good music transcends genre,
and every now and then you get
bands that you can't help but
enjoy. Lady Sovereign is one of
those exceptions.
The best part about her is that
she is making her way to
Vancouver on Nov. 10 at the
Commodore. Check her out if only
to be able to say to your friends,
"I saw her a couple years
back...before she got huge." @ THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 7 November, 2006
Draft dodger atones for Vietnam
by Sarah-Ncllc Jackson
Unlike Senator Hillary Clinton, UBC
Creative Writing graduate Tim
Carlson doesn't merely bemoan the
vast right-wing conspiracy; he fights
back with his own.
Carlson, 43, is co-founder of
Vancouver's Western Theatre
Conspiracy, a company that aims
to ruthlessly peel pretexts away,
such as the reasoning behind the
Iraq war, or the alarming rise in
surveillance of western societies
by their governments.
Carlson's latest play, Diplomacy,
features Roy, a draft dodger-cum-his-
torian tormented by a mid-life identity crisis. Having opted to flee to
Canada rather than fight in the
Vietnam War, he now believes he has
done his native country an injustice.
Determined to pay penance for his
past cowardice, he decides to sign up
for service in Iraq.
This is a callous decision in light
of his loved ones. Roy's Vietnamese
wife, Thu Van, is haunted by her
experiences in her own native country; his daughter, Anne, is a diplomat
in the Middle East, and suffers no
delusions about the nature of
America's presence there. Even Roy's
idealistic best friend, television journalist Sinclair, finds Roy's newfound
ambition hard to stomach.
"They all really love each other,
[and] try to deal with each other
diplomatically," Carlson said in
interview with the Ubyssey. But
things go horribly wrong.
Ever since former US Secretary of
State Colin Powell went before the
United Nations and relayed his now-
infamous spiel about weapons of
mass destruction, Carlson, in turn,
has been comparing Afghanistan and
Iraq with Vietnam.
"There are all sorts of parallels
between the situation in Iraq and
Afghanistan and [the Vietnam War],"
he said. In both cases, Americans
have gone into foreign countries they
don't really understand.
"Everything that was informing
the White House [during the
Vietnam War] was capital-C
Communism, this blanket word
that created fear. Now it's big-T
The Western Theatre Conspiracy
is no stranger to politically charged
productions, but politics are not its
main concern. Carlson and co-
founder Richard Wolfe originally conceived of Conspiracy as an underground project
"[Richard and I] started it about
ten years ago, doing mostly fringe
shows and cabarets," he said.
"After a couple of years we started
doing...new, contemporary work
from the international stage that
was getting attention in London or
New York."
Soon they were raring to develop
their own original work. Carlson
penned his first play, Omniscience,
while he was completing his MFA at
UBC in the mid 1990s.
"[The creative writing program]
was a great opportunity to focus on
the script,"   he said.
Before enrolling at UBC, he had
mostly dealt with the more technical
aspects of theatre, like producing.
But the MFA experience, he
said, is not for everyone. It works
best for writers who have already
decided on a project and brought
it into the program.
Carlson toted his first drafts of
Omniscience anywhere he could. He
would also work on them during
spare moments as a copy editor at
the Vancouver Sun. The gig was
short-lived, however. Preferring an
alternative take on journalism, just
as he does in theatre, Carlson left
the Sun.
"For the most part, [journalism
in Vancouver] is not that adventurous," he said. "You don   t see a lot
of really good investigative reporting. I always read the Straight, but
I can't say I'm very regularly
impressed [by it]."
But Vancouver's news scene isn't
all dross.
Ever the diplomat, Carlson
claimed, "Every now and then the
Sun will surprise us with something great"    @
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Dunst's Antoinette rings false
now playing
by Hannah Hardy
On Friday night I went in search of
scandal. I found myself outside a
theatre lining up for Marie
Antoinette, Lost in Translation
director Sofia Coppola's latest film.
Accompanied by a friend (who
knew nothing of the infamous
French queen) I looked forward to
a night of junk food and debauchery. Watching a queen splurge all
of France's wealth on parties, gambling, cake, shopping, and to then
end the whole evening with Kirsten
Dunst's head being chopped off, I
felt there could be nothing better.
With all these expectations in tow,
we were surprised to find that we
came out knowing nothing of
Marie Antoinette.
What we saw, however, was
three hours of Kirsten Dunst running around in lavish corsets and
lying in one field after another. The
story of Marie Antoinette was lost—
in fact, I am not sure it even started.
To be quite honest there was no storyline, or effective script for that
matter. There was very little dialogue throughout, and where there
was it was simply paltry. I do not
know how you can take a fascinating story such as that of the French
queen and do so little with it. In my
memory there were two party
scenes, three picnics, one scene of
gambling, a few dozen cakes, and
three shopping sprees (of course
they were enough to send France
into turmoil). We only find out that
Antoinette has been spending all
France's money when it appears on
a portrait in a two second shot. The
interesting, and most exciting part
of Antoinette's story is cut short and
appears in the last 15 minutes of
the movie, but it is hard to understand why there is a mob in
Versailles when everything up until
that point in the movie was 'peachy-
dandy'. After leaving the theatre my
friend asked, "Why did that all happen?" And that is exactly the question most people who didn't know
about the infamous queen were asking, cause that movie surely didn't
tell you her story.
The funniest thing about the
movie was its anachronisms. For
example, did you know the King of
France is played by a Texan, Rip
Torn. He introduced the French family and welcomed Antoinette, and an
instant murmur ran out from the
audience.The guy might as well have
said "howdy little lady, you must be
Mary Antoinette. Nice to meet ya,
you come over here and meet my
cow-tippin' son!" And that's not even
the best part. Ninety-seven per cent
of the cast speaks with European
accents, be it French or English. But
the three leads are, without doubt,
American. It made no sense,
especially in a scene where the new
King Louis discusses helping
Americans fight their Civil War. He
should be already be playing a bugle
and standing in front of a
Confederate flag!
The acting is sub-par across the
cast, but there are exceptions. Rose
Byrne portrays the Duchesse de
Polignac, and does a fantastic job of
playing the horniest member of the
royal party. Shirley Henderson and
Molly Shannon are superb at playing the snobbiest bitches in the
world, and despite his accent, Jason
Schwartzman proves highly comic
as Louis XVI.
The costumes were beautiful, the
food gorgeous, and who can complain about the sights of France in a
movie. Even the rock soundtrack
worked really well. Sofia Coppola
was clearly trying to bring a unique
artistic perspective to the story of
Marie Antoinette, but by doing so
she neglected to pay more attention
to her screenplay. Sorry Sofia, but
Marie Antoinette was obviously a
brain fart for you! @
School is scandalously disappointing
at the Stanley Theatre
until November 26
by Chantaie Allick
What should one expect from a play
based on 18th century gossipmon-
gers and the webs of lies and deceit
they spin after it opens with a loud
sex scene? Not much apparently.
The School for Scandal: A Comedy of
Very Bad Manners is one of those
timeless plays that, if done correctly,
can be a delicious satire akin to
indulgence... it just wasn't done correctly this time around..
Director Dean Paul Gibson
brought together a strong cast, most
notably David Marr and Murray
Price as Sir Peter Teazle and Sir
Toby, respectively. The set and costume designers should also be commended for their lavish, luxurious
work. One can barely focus through
the first few minutes of the play, as
grand gilt frames adorn the stage
like magnificent elms standing
guard over the characters.
The show was technically profi-
cient and well-acted, but the final
product was lacklustre. The audience
was put to sleep after forcing out a
few chuckles at the appropriate
moments in the first act, while the
second act barely redeemed itself
with its few funny moments—the
actors were clearly having more fun
than the audience.
The play is based on an ensemble
of eccentrics who sit around making
fun of people. This is supposed to be
witty and acerbic, but most often the
lines just fall flat or get lost in the garbled   accents   of the   actors—they
haven'tquite figured out the artof the
backhanded compliment. The
humour just didn't quite click.
There is an art to making idle
gossip entertaining and this show
did not perfect it. The most interesting and developed characters
were maids and butlers. Like its
characters, the production essentially believed it was witty, but it
was really just dull. By the final
artful soliloquy in the midst of
dimming lights and soft music, all
one can think of is the need for it
to be finished. @ THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 7 November, 2006
Halfway between the old and the new
now playing
by Elecia Chrunik
We see her face every time we make a purchase, but do we really know anything about
the life of our Head of State? Seeing High
Fidelity director Stephen Frears's new film
The Queen not only fills this gap but also
offers an in-depth and entertaining insight
into the seemingly antiquated lifestyle of
the royal family.
The film deals with the reaction of
Buckingham Palace to the death of Princess
Diana, who even today occasionally graces the
covers of tabloid magazines. The film's true
success, however, can be credited to the subtly-scripted humour, brilliant acting and compelling angle on a story that captured the
world's attention less than ten years ago.
Helen Mirren portrays Queen Elizabeth II
faithfully, with absolute precision and dedication, not to mention an uncanny resemblance. This adds tangibility to the broader
theme of the film—the relevance of the
monarchy as perceived by the public, the
government and the royals themselves.
Princess Di's death coincided with the first
term of Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael
Sheen) who, following Margaret Thatcher's
reign, was seen as a leader set to usher in a
modern era that would transform the British
identity completely. This idea would likely
have been startling to one of England's most
traditional institutions and Elizabeth deals
with this struggle throughout the film. The
Queen assumes this context and examines
how the monarchy reacted to initial reports of
Di's death and to the overwhelming public
mourning thereafter.
Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in
1952 as the world was still picking up the
pieces from the Second World War. She
matured as a ruler with the mentality that she
was to serve her people while keeping personal matters removed from the public eye. This
was an attitude that Diana, fondly remembered for her hands-on activism with landmine and AIDS victims, refused from the outset of her marriage to Prince Charles.
Her Royal Highness obviously had a diffi
cult time comprehending the magnitude of
international grief and came across to the public as detached and unsympathetic. The public, begging for a sign that their Queen was
sharing in their grief, saw taking Diana's sons
away from the media circus to their holiday
estate in Scotland as an act that bordered on
maliciousness. However, after examining the
context of the Queen's attitude, the lasting
impression is that she is a sensitive and noble
individual who is simply trying to reconcile
Britain's modern situation with centuries-old
traditions in ways that make sense to her.
In combination with unerring performances by the whole cast, Frears uses archival
footage of the paparazzi frenzy surrounding
Diana's life and her tragic funeral to create a
feeling of authenticity. Rumoured to be a front-
runner at the Oscars for her performance,
Mirren is the flagship of the cast, demanding
empathy and respect from the audience.
Among many things, Tie Queen is worth seeing for its historical perspective, clever screenplay and exceptional acting. @
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Tokyo Police Club w/ Shukov
Friday, November 17, Gallery Lounge, 8pm
Tickets: Zulu & the Outpost (UBC), 19+
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Thursday, November 23, Pit Pub, 8pm
Tickets:Zulu, Scratch, the Outpost (UBC), 19+
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On Hallowe'en, about 450 costumed UBC students collected over 10,000 lbs in non-
perishable food items for the AMS Food Bank from the Point Grey area -- a quarter of this was
donated to Partners in Hope Food Society. According to Meal Exchange headquarters in
Toronto, UBC conducted the second largest campaign in Canada.
Thank you to all who helped in this success.
To get involved with the AMS UBC Food Bank, email foodbank@ams.ubc.ca
and find out how you can get involved!
Upcoming Food Bankfundraising event: Hungry to Help taking place January 10-12th.
Register your team by November 17th at the Food Bank office (SUB 58).
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Leading organizations coming to explain the application process, give advice & answer
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Opinion & Editorial
Tuesday, 7 November, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Pastor Ted Haggard fails to understand that
weak defences must rhyme to work.
He was for a friend of mine!
Knock, knock!
"Who's there?"
"Gay escort"
"Gay escort who?"
"Gay escort with evidence to blow the entire
Evangelical anti-gay agenda out of the
water...oh, and some crystal meth."
If you thought that punchline was poorly
timed and unexpected, you can only imagine how Colorado evangelist Ted Haggard
felt about it when he heard it last week.
When escort Mike Jones came forward on
November 3 with accusations that
Haggard—a high-profile Christian fundamentalist with strong ties to the White
House—had been soliciting sex and buying
hard drugs from him for the past three
years, Haggard's outspoken attitude against
gay marriage became nothing more than a
mockery, leaving his career and his credibility a joke.
While many supporters of gay marriage
are cackling away at the near-surreal irony
of the scandal, this fiasco underscores a
more disturbing trend, the glaring
hypocrisy of divisive issues like gay rights
and same-sex marriage that exist in the
political discourse today.
Until last week, Haggard was the president of the National Associations of
Evangelicals (NAE), an organisation that
represents 30 million Evangelical
Christians. A central player in the anti-gay
social agenda, the NAE has been one of the
biggest lobbyers to make constitutional
amendments that would ban gay marriage.
Consequently, his lobbying along with the
Bush Administration's exploitative attempts
to amend this has made gay rights in the US
a contentious issue of such inflated importance that it has created a perplexing stalemate in national politics.
Unfortunately, attention to this issue
doesn't seem to be dying down, because of
the inherently polarising, ideological nature
of the issue, which has been easily exploited
to spark religious sentiment and win votes.
Both Haggard and Bush went to great
lengths during the last election year to push
for constitutional amendments (at both the
federal and state level) that would exclude
gays and lesbians from marrying.
Just this past summer, Bush addressed
the need to 'fight against gay marriage' and
amend the Constitution once again. The sad
truth is that the issue is being resurrected as
a red herring issue to rally support in the
wake of sagging polls. In the meantime, at
the state level, anti-gay agendas keep rolling
forward with referendums to define marriage as strictly heterosexual beginning
tomorrow in eight states (hence Jones' timely exposure of Haggard's secret sex life.)
How can such a politically charged issue
lend itself credibility when its main proponents are cast in such an unholy light by
their own hypocrisy? By acting against their
own pious preachings, they not only damage themselves but the legitimacy of their
But will this even matter? Will the scandal sway the convictions of Haggard's followers when they hit the polls? Likely not,
from the sounds of it. According to the Los
Angeles Times, members of his mega-
church are holding fast to his teachings in
spite of his actions, "including his preachings that homosexuality is an affront to
God." They interpret his scandal as his own
spiritual struggle with demons and sin, for
which he is in all likelihood sincerely
remorseful and for which he will pay much
penance. And so the gay marriage issue continues on unabated in the face of blatant
inconsistencies, because the debate rests on
uncommon grounds of religious belief and
secular constitutional concerns.
The gay rights issue has now become a
snowballing, diversionary tactic in
American politics, taking much needed
attention and voter priority away from
issues like Iraq, global warming and innumerable other concerns.
Here in Canada, it still remains a largely
unaddressed issue, and the Haggard scandal and the influence of evangelism on the
politics of our neighbors seems so extreme
to our decidedly less heated discussions on
the matter. But recall that the Harper government did promise last January to re-
address the issue, though they have also
used the issue in the past to gain votes—on
a smaller scale than the Bush government,
but with the same political strategy in mind.
Canadians need to be on guard about the
issue, and realise how it can be exploited in
national politics, before our country gets
mired in the unresolvable mess of mixing
religious sentiment with constitutional and
legislative policy.
Trudeau had it right: keep the government out of the bedrooms of our nation. Oh
yeah, and the crystal meth out of the churches...okay, we made that last part up. @
Should we know about the private lives of public figures such as politicians?
—Afzal Khalid
Science, 3
"Yes. Then we know
about their character, which will affect
the people. What
leaders do behind
walls affects their
—Ian Dives
Science, 1
"I don't think it's too
important. It's their
business what they
do with their lives."
-Alvin Bonifacio
Science, 3
"No. It's not fair if
the news covers
what they do when
their professional life
depends on it."
—Scott Bell
Land and Food Systems, 2
"I want to make sure
they're trustworthy,
but it's hard to draw
the line."
—Winnie Li
Continuing Studies
"It's private so everyone should keep it
private, after all
everyone is a
human being."
-Coordinated by Levi Barnett and George Prior
Perspective & Letter
Pres takes on Ubyssey editorial
by Mike Woodward
In the Ubyssey's latest uninformed tirade about an
upcoming commerce student referendum, their cartoonist pictured me in a new suit wearing a blingin'
gold chain [November 3[. Funny, because that article
contained some of the biggest nuggets I've ever seen.
I thought newspapers contained facts. But this one—
whose sinking quality has hit a new low—didn't just
botch nearly every fact about a planned improvement
to the facilities for the Sauder School of Business, they
accused me of embezzling commerce student fees for
"new suits and golf clubs for the new executive."
We're embezzling? Our execs put in up to 40 hours
of unpaid work a week, giving recognition to the people
who achieve. Some have even donated their own
money to the building campaign. The Ubyssey, on the
other hand, pays its editors regardless of the quality of
their work.
I could tell you all the things our student fees are
actually used for—tutoring, career counseling, student
events—but that would dignify the slander with a
response. The budget's always been online at cus.saud-
er.ubc.ca, if you want to have a look. The Ubyssey didn't.
Nor did they interview a single first-year or second-
year commerce student—who will eventually have to
pay for the project I don't know what grudge they have
against me or the commerce undergraduate society, but
the hodgepodge of nonsense that was their news article,
their cartoon and their editorial was irrelevant. It was
underhanded. The Ubyssey's writers, its cartoonist and
its editorial board should be ashamed of themselves.
Here is some information: At Sauder, our vision is to
be among the world's best business schools. Two external accreditation agencies, AACSB and EQUIS, cited the
"poor state of physical facilities" as major roadblocks to
achieving this vision.
An interview with the MBA student society president, Ricardo Estrada: "Contrary to what the Ubyssey
states, the MBA students will also get to vote on this
issue on a referendum to be held November 9. In order
to attract better students to the MBA program, we need
to have not only quality education but also better facilities. Competition among top business schools for the
best students is fierce and sometimes prospective students come visit UBC only to choose not to enroll in the
programbased on the very poor quality of the facilities."
When my University, a place of 'higher learning,'
has poorer facilities than my high school did, it's
embarrassing. We want to vault over that roadblock and
give students what the world says they need: a facility
that has space for group work, better computers and
wireless technology, and a video conferencing centre to
hear lectures from around the world—all invaluable
learning tools.
The Ubyssey editorial claimed that the University
deemed our project unessential. The cost of the project
is $65 million, $45 million borne by the University and
corporate sponsors. In reality, no one from the Ubyssey
staff spoke to a University administrator.
The executive's plan is that $20 million will be
borne by students. That's a $250 per term fee for 25
years, beginning 2009—when the building is actually
on the ground. But while the University has the power
to unilaterally levy a new fee, the commerce undergraduate society said no. Instead, we're giving the students
a chance to decide in a referendum on November 20.
Make no mistake—as the Ubyssey did—this fee, for
commerce students, reflects an identical situation to
the science undergraduate society's decision to build
their social space. If we made the University pay, as the
Ubyssey suggests, the bureaucracy will take decades,
and the value of our degrees will slip.
And if the University pays, it will ultimately trickle
down to every student: imagine a $33 increase in
tuition each year to come up with a building only commerce students would enjoy.
At Sauder we've been given the chance to improve
our school, and we're doing this without impacting
other students. I think we should take it. But while the
project is supported by the University, the CUS and
Vancouver's business community, ultimately it's commerce students who will decide.
And it won't be on suits and golf clubs.
—Mike Woodward
CUS president
Thanks Ubysseyl
Thank you for highlighting the effectiveness of the promotional campaign for the Vancouver Campus Plan initiative. Thank you also for confirming that the planning
process is inclusive and transparent and will result in a
plan that reflects the collective input and ideas of the
campus community.
—Brad Foster
External Affairs, UBC THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 7 November, 2006
INSIDE PRESENCE: Third-year forward Bryson Kool makes his presence felt under the basket against Lethbridge. LEVI barnett photo
by Bryce McRae
The UBC men's basketball team
never looked back Friday night
after opening the game on a 14-0
run, cruising to a 101-63 victory
over the University of Lethbridge at
War Memorial Gym.
"We really wanted to be aggressive defensively, and I think in the
first half, we got a lot from our
defence," said Thunderbirds head
coach Kevin Hanson. "We got the
early transition game going, and
obviously shooting 9-for-12 (on
three-pointers) in the first half,
really set the tone. Our intensity
was really solid in the first half."
The Thunderbirds also got balanced scoring, with seven players
hitting double digits. In the opening
half, they shot the ball lights out,
connecting on 66 percent of their
shots (19-of-29). In addition, their
active defence generated 20 points
off of turnovers in the half.
"It was all of us just talking.
That's our goal in practice. We're
trying to get everyone talking, all
five guys are trying to communicate with each other and work
defensively," said fifth-year guard
Jason Birring, who led the team in
scoring with 16 points.
As stated above, Birring led the
team in scoring, but guard Casey
Archibald (11 points), guard Matt
Rachar (14), forward Cody Berg
(15), guard Adam Friesen (10),
guard Chris Dyck (11) and forward
Bryson Kool (13) also hit double
digits in scoring. Friesen, who was
named player of the game, ran an
efficient offence, scoring 10 points
while dishing out 11 assists.
With the team up 54-29 at half-
time, they were able to give their
starters a rest, and it became just a
matter of stopping any runs from
Lethbridge. The team did this successfully, and the ability to spread
around minutes early in the season
should return benefits as the year
"In a game like that, it's really
important on Friday night to get in
as many people as you can, while
maintaining the flow and ending
on a positive note," said Hanson.
"It's a long season and it's great to
have the opportunity to get some
rest for a guy like Casey [Archibald].
-Kevin Hanson
Thunderbirds head coach
It gave guys an opportunity and it's
nice to reward guys who are working hard all week in practice."
The Thunderbirds played an
almost flawless offensive game, as
they showed they could shoot the
ball from outside and dominate
down-low. That is something the
team will need to continue to establish as there will be days when
shots aren't falling. If they can do
that, then the team will be tough to
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On Saturday, the team took on
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for the Thunderbirds, with Rachar
finishing the game with 19 points
and 12 rebounds, while Kool
scored 17 points in only 17 minutes. Archibald also had one of his
best all-around efforts contributing
with 24 points and seven assists
while guarding the Dinos top player, guard John Feist.
The Thunderbirds (4-0 in conference play) must now prepare
for Tuesday's contest against
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standards in which they finished
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Women win
Weekend sweep for T-Birds
by Boris Korby
The best team in the country might
not have looked like it Friday, but a
sign of a good team is winning when
things aren't going your way.
Forwards Kelsey Blair (27 points,
15 rebounds) and Julie Little (13
points, 10 rebounds) each recorded
double-doubles, while guard Erica
McGuinness added 20 points in an
ugly 74-64 victory over Canada West
cellar dwellers Lethbridge Friday
night at the War Memorial Gym.
After falling behind early,
an undersized Pronghorns squad
managed to come back from an 11
point first quarter deficit to get
within two early in the third. But
they would get no closer as a rejuvenated UBC offence led by Little—
who had six of her 11 points in a
three minute span to start the
third—managed to pull away late to
secure the ten point victory.
"I think today we didn't ever get in
any rhythm. We had a strong first
quarter then we kind of lulled ourselves to sleep a little bit," said UBC
head coach Deb Huband.
"We were struggling offensively
and we were having a difficult time
guarding at times as well, so we
decided to go with the smaller lineup
and we put Julie at the four instead of
the three. She hasn't been playing
that position very much for us, but I
thought she did a really great job,"
added Huband.
Blair was dominant inside all
game for the Thunderbirds, who
outscored Lethbridge by 30 in the
paint, and out rebounded the visitors 51-33, including 19 on the
offensive board that lead to 14 second chance points.
"Some games the guards are
more important, some days it's going
to be the posts, and with the smaller
teams I think we need to take advantage inside to open it up for the
guards, to make them check [the
posts] to get really open shots for the
guards," said Blair.
Huband mirrored Blair's comments: "We knew that we had the size
advantage against Lethbridge so one
of our focuses was trying to get the
ball inside." she added, "I thought
they did a good job plugging it up on
us and bringing people to double and
it gave us some problems in the first
half, but then I think that Kelsey
[Blair] just got a bit more comfortable
with it as the game went on."
The contributions of players such
as Little and fourth-year guard Cait
Haggarty have helped UBC get off to a
4-0 start in conference play, and the
benefitof routinely being able to go to
a third or fourth scoring option
makes UBC an early season favorite
to defend its national championship.
"We have a lot of people who
can put some points up, obviously
Erica [McGuinness] and Kelsey
[Blair] are leaders in that regard,
but Julie and can put points up, so
can Cait, and there are other people as well," said Huband.
"The more variety we have as far
as scoring threats, the better for us."
In Saturday's contest, UBC
rebound from Friday's sub-par performance to defeat Calgary 91-77.
Forward Kelsey Blair led the way for
UBC for a second straight night, finishing with 26 points on ll-for-14
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Tuesday, 7 November, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
T-BIRDS TAKE TITLE: Third-year midfielderTyla Flexman advances the ball against UVic Saturday at Wright Field. UBC won the CIS championship game 3-1 oker CHEN photo
by Jordan Chittley
The UBC field hockey team captured its 11th CIS National
Championship Sunday afternoon
at Wright Field beating their
rivals from the University of
Victoria 3-1.
The two teams meeting in the
final could not have been more
evenly matched. This year, they
have played each other five
times—each team has won one and
they tied three games.
"There's nothing between these
teams, it came down to who wanted it more," said head coach Hash
One of those ties was during
the round robin part of the tournament two days earlier, but to prevent another tie the Thunderbirds
came out striking. They took
the early lead in the eighth minute
with a new play that the Vikes
defence had never seen before,
said Kanjee. After some good passes out of a short corner, the ball
found the stick of third-year
Kathryn MacPherson who hurriedly slapped it past Vikes goaltender
Danielle Wilson. The speedy
passes were too much for Wilson
as she was caught running
between the goalposts giving
MacPherson a good look at the net.
"That first goal was just an
absolute killer, they've never seen
that play before," said Kanjee.
"That was a good start for us, a
confidence builder and we just
picked it up from there."
The Thunderbirds did not rest
on their heels, but kept playing
like they had something to prove.
In the 20th minute, fifth-year midfielder Leigh Sandison streaked
down the right side of the field and
let a bullet go that found its way to
the back of the net.
As someone in the audience
mentioned, 3-0 sounds a lot better
than 2-1. Apparently Thunderbirds
forward Kim Aldridge was thinking
the same thing.
Seven minutes later the
Thunderbirds continued to press,
putting multiple shots on Wilson.
The Vikes goaltender couldn't deal
with one of the rebounds giving
Aldridge, who kept plugging away
at it, a chance to barely get her
stick on a loose ball and hit it past
the fallen Wilson.
The Thunderbirds went into the
half up by a comfortable margin,
but according to senior captain
Christine De Pape, it was essential
to come out and play like there was
no lead. "The game plan was to
keep going hard no matter the
score," said De Pape, this year's CIS
player of the year.
The Vikes started to show some
life near the beginning of the sec
ond half. Perri Espeseth got a one-
timer past Thunderbirds goal-
tender Katie Graham putting them
on the board. Although the Vikes
continued to control the ball in the
Thunderbirds' end giving them a
number of good chances during
the second half, their forwards
were unable to pull the trigger.
They continually fanned on passes
or missed key opportunities. The
Vikes showed they wanted it more
in the second half giving UBC a
good run for their money, but it
wasn't enough to win.
The Thunderbirds lost to the
University of Alberta last year in
the championship game that came
down to penalty shots. After
spending most of the year ranked
No. 1 in the country, winning the
Canada West Championship, and
going undefeated against the best
field hockey teams in the country
over the last four days, Kanjee can
finally rest easy knowing the
McCrae Cup is back at UBC.
"They're such a good bunch of
kids, that I think its more for them
than anything else," said Kanjee.
"I'm absolutely thrilled for them."
For seniors Sandison, De Pape,
and Sarah Saddler, winning the
McCrae Cup in their final game is
a fairy tale ending.
"It feels amazing, I don't think
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UBC's nine time defending CIS champion men's and women's swim teams hosted the College
Cup Friday and Saturday at the UBC pool, their only home meet of the season. Both the men's
and women's teams took first place in the event, beating out the likes of Washington, Oregon
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T-Birds football
ousted by Huskies
by Stephen Rennick
The UBC Thunderbirds took on the
CIS No. 4 ranked Saskatchewan
Huskies in Canada West semi-final
action Saturday afternoon in
The Huskies were hungry for
a big win in front of their hometown crowd, as the University of
Saskatchewan has been selected
as the host for this year's Vanier
Cup. UBC came into Saskatoon
looking to play spoiler, and ruin
the host's chances of making it to
the national championship.
UBC entered the game holding a grudge against the Huskies:
Saskatchewan has eliminated
UBC from playoff contention the
past two years running. In front
of over 4,000 fans at Griffith
Stadium, the two teams clashed
for the second time this season.
UBC had found themselves on
the wrong side of a 3 5-33 game
on their last visit, which only
made the T-Birds hungrier for a
big win.
Unfortunately for UBC, it wasn't to be. The Huskies outpaced
the T-birds to the tune of a 35-16
victory, sealing UBC's playoff
fate for the third year in a row.
"I was happy with the way the
season went, overall we played
well and we did improve," said
Ted Goveia, who led the T-Birds
into the playoffs to cap off his
first year as head coach.
UBC opened the scoring early
in the game, with Chris Ciezki
putting the exclamation point on
a six play, 83-yard drive, with
only three minutes played. The
Thunderbirds made it ten not
much later, capitalising on a
Saskatchewan fumble to hit a
field goal. But the injury bug,
which ran through the UBC roster two weeks ago in Calgary
would catch up to the T-Birds.
Ciezki,   couldn't continue  after
trying to play injured in the first
quarter, forcing UBC to go forward without its leading rusher.
"Chris was really beat up
going into the game. We knew
that, and we tried to use him as a
decoy as long as we could, but he
just wasn't able to get past the
first quarter."
Unfortunately, the Huskies
came back with a quick touchdown and a field goal to end the
first quarter tied at ten.
Saskatchewan added two more
touchdowns and a field goal in
the second, taking the game into
halftime ahead 27-10. UBC
scored two field goals in the
third to bring the game within
11, but with one more touchdown in the fourth frame, the
Huskies sealed the deal at 3 5-16.
UBC found themselves unable
to cope with Saskatchewan's running game, as the Huskies rushed
49 times for 312 yards. Although
Blake Smelser completed 25 of 43
passes for over 300 yards, it simply was not enough. The
Thunderbirds found themselves
outmanned, and at the end of the
day, the Huskies walked away
with a well-earned victory.
The most difficult part about a
season ending is the loss of the
senior players who have grown
up with the program over the
course of their past four or five
years at UBC. Unlike in professional sports, university players
have a limited amount of years of
eligibility, after which they must
retire and move on.
"You can't replace people,"
said Goveia. "You hope that other
guys coming back step up."
The T-Birds came close this
year, finishing third in a very
tight Canada West conference,
but unfortunately they will have
to wait until next season to break
their seven year playoff victory
— with files from Boris Korby


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