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USP no more.
Scholarship undergoes changes.
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Volume 86 Issue 4
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Conversing on conflict coverage
Journalist discusses role of the media
by Eric Szeto
In the past 4l5'years, media coverage of international
conflict Has drastically changed, stated International
Affairs correspondent Andreas Zumach last Tuesday
at UBC.
Zumach, who works for the German daily Die
Tageszeitung and spoke on the role of the media in covering conflicts, has reported on situations in the former
Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Somalia and Iraq.
"Journalists in a war situation that cover initial conflicts are often under higher pressures, under tougher
-'conditions and-the impact of their reporting might
decide about war and peace and might decide about the
life and death of a thousand people," said Zumach.
During the Vietnam War, it took four to eight days to
get footage onto television screens, said Zumach.
"Journalistically this was fabulous... [Journalists] had
ample time to journalistically do a story which comes as
close as possible to the truth," he explained.
Forty years later, the amount of time journalists have
to cover stories has drastically reduced, according to
Zumach, a problem he calls "the tyranny of real-time
"Last week [my friend] gets a call from the headquarters in Hamburg...They order my colleague to do a story
for the eight o'clock primetime news that's 55 minutes
from now," said Zumach. "Technologically my colleague
could have done the stoiy...But journalistically?
"It's absolutely unacceptable because he has no time
to find out what really happened."
The use of propaganda through the media has also
"There has always been war propaganda," stated
Zumach. "The Pentagon drew lessons from the Vietnam
War and the lesson was not how to avoid wars in the
future but the lesson was how to sell wars more successfully to the domestic and international audience."
In the first Gulf War, 95 per cent of the media signed
onto a codex that did not allow for any press to send
their own correspondents into the field. It significantly
reduced what we saw of the Iraq war, he stated.
"The Afghanistan experience was another experience
here...most of the journalists stayed out to the very
moment when Kabul was captured and then all of a sud-
CONFLICT TALK: Andreas Zumach addresses
changes in journalism, yinan wang photo
den you saw famous colleagues marching with the
troops in Kabul which I found a rather obscene situation," said Zumach.
For the second Gulf War, the Pentagon couldn't
repeat what they did during the first Gulf War, since it
would have been too obvious—instead they suited and
embedded journalists into the field,'explained Zumach.
Audience members at the talk were both pleased with
the talk's content and concerned about the issues
Zumach raised.
"He tackled a lot of issues. For example privatisation and also the role of the government, the independency of the media as well, also the question of
technology," said Kersten Hewel, a practitioner of
foreign law.
"I'm a little concerned about being dumbed-down
because of the evil empire of the United States
because they put so much pressure as [Zumach]
described in his opening statements how difficult it is
to get really independent information," added Helene
Perndl, a freelance journalist.
"I don't believe In lOOpefcenttnith^dobjetitiviiyr
said Zumach. Tthink we cannot reach that, but we have
to strive to get as close as possible." ♦
Studying the disturbing world of psychopathy
Studies examine the behaviour disorder in society and the work world
by Carrie Robinson
Approximately one per cent of
the population are psychopaths,
according to over 35 years of ongoing research by retired UBC psychology professor Dr Robert Hare.
"A selfish, egocentric, manipulative, deceptive individual who
lacks empathy, guilt or remorse for
what he/she does," explained Hare,
defining what makes someone a
psychopath. He added that the
behaviour disorder makes people
"fairly impulsive, sensation-seeking and prone to violate social and
legal norms."
In the course of his career, Hare
has written several books on psychopathy and developed standard
instruments to identify people with
the tendencies characteristic of
the disorder. The Psychopathy
Checklist Revised (PCLR), a manual
Hare wrote in 1991, is used by professionals in psychology, psychiatry and criminal justice.
The PCLR continues to be used
by Correctional Services Canada
as a tool for identifying psychopaths in the Canadian prison
system in order to assess risk
when making parole decisions. A
defining quality of psychopathy
is anti-social behaviour, which
causes behavioural problems from
very early on.
Psychopaths are most often
thought of as vicious, violent offend
ers such as convicted serial rapist
Paul Bernardo. One of many offenders assessed by the PCLR, Bernardo
scored 35 out of a possible 40
points, an indication of pronounced
psychopathy according to Hare.
Like Bernardo, many psychopaths end up as convicted criminals. However, many others do not
commit violent acts, said
people with
exhibitions of
early personality disorders
end up in
prison as convicted criminals   for   all
sorts of different things whereas
others seem to function reasonably
well in the real world," he
Still, psychopaths are definitely
not model citizens and are not
good for society, according to the
former professor. Their lack of
inhibition about committing
crimes makes them more dangerous than the average person, he
"They emotionally abuse or neglect people and do all sorts of
things without actually resorting to
violence," said Hare, adding that
many of them end up working
everyday jobs.
But the  revelation  that psy
chopaths exist in society has
instilled fear in many individuals
Hare recalls two talks that he
conducted in Finland for the
release of his popular book,
Without a Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths
Among Us. Many of the attendees
were people wondering how to
identify psychopaths in their own
lives, said Hare.
"What about the person who
sleeps next to me, the person that
I've been raising, my parents, or
my business associates?" he said,
describing some of the common
inquiries at his talks.
Once people are able to identify
the psychopaths among them, they
want to know how to handle them,
said Hare. This led him to move
away from focusing on people in
the prison system and toward the
psychopaths in the outside world.
"[Our research] is moving from
the criminal world more into society generally," he said.
Currently, Hare is conducting
research with Dr Paul Babiak, an
industrial organisational psychologist from New York State. Together
they are developing an instrument
similar to the PCLR called the B-
scan, or Business Scan, which will
focus on assessing psychopaths living and working in society.
Over the next decade, Hare hopes
that neurobiology research will provide a better understanding of "what
makes [psychopaths] tick.
Friday, September 17,2004
McGill restricts
political events
by Erika Meere
MONTREAL (CUP)-A new policy restricting political events at McGill University
has angered student leaders and activists.
The university's senate approved a set
of preliminary recommendations limiting
political events on campus last May. The
recommendations suggest that the university restrict rallies, vigils and other political events to just three sites.
The recommendations, which will
stand as regulations until the senate
approves a final plan, have replaced a policy that banned all political events at the
university. But many worry the new rules
will do little to facilitate freedom of expression.
McGill now allows students to use the
arts building steps for events such as vigils involving fewer than 25 people. The
Three Bares area may host gatherings of
25 to 250 people, while rallies of more
than 250 will have to be held in front of
the student union building. Because this
area is technically off university property,
organisers must also obtain authorisation
from the City of Montreal.
An official at city hall said the city
requires three days to approve a permit
for a protest
Student leaders reject the principle of
the recommendations, arguing the university shouldn't place restrictions on how
students use their campus.
Ahmed Al-Safia, vice-president of the
graduate student union, pointed to the
dangers of restricting freedom of expression at an academic institution.
"I think censoring the students is
ridiculous," he said. "McGill should not be
censoring what we think is controversial
— what we think should be debated in a
public forum."
University vice-principal Morty
Yalovsky argued that the recommendations do not amount to censorship, and
that McGill's policies do not restrict political expression.
"Political debate will continue in
Leacock 132 (auditorium) and in our
classrooms. That's something we would
never attempt to prevent," he said.
Samuel Noumoff, veteran political science professor and university senator,
stressed that the policy is still in the preliminary stages, making it hard to predict
its effects. He added that action would
need to be taken if the policy did result in
an encroachment on political expression.
"Should it be used as a pretext to shut
down freedom of expression, I think we
have to raise that and alter the policy,"
he said.
The issue of political events on campus came up last fall when the university declined the student union's request
to hold a rally opposing tuition hikes on
the main campus. Student union leaders were surprised when the university
told them there was a long-standing policy banning political events on campus.
They were especially startled because
they had previously been able to use
campus space for that purpose without
In this regard, Noumoff is pleased that
students and administrators will finally
have a concrete policy to work from.
"We've never have had a specific prescribed policy; it was done on the basis of
ad-hockery," he said. "My judgment is that
at least we now have a policy that is a
known policy and therefore that is
But many campus activists do not view
the policy as progress just because it
is explicit
"(These recommendations) force students to lose ownership of their own campus," said Samira Rahmani-Azad of the
McGill chapter of the Quebec Public
Interest Research Group. ♦
Scholarship program phased out
New program
aims to recruit
top students
by Sarah Bourdon
UBC is phasing out its Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP)
in September 2005 as part
of an effort to increase student
recruiting power, promote equity
between faculties and create a new,
more sustainable program.
The USP is a merit-based award
of $2,500 available to entering students who obtain a 92 per cent average from high school and continuing students who maintain an 85
per cent at UBC.
To replace the USP, two new programs will be introduced next year,
dividing financial support between
recruiting new students and retaining current students.
"We have a lot of top students but
we were also losing a lot of them to
other institutions because they were
able to offer more money," said
Deborah Robinson, director of
awards for Financial Services. "We
had to find something else."
The President's Entrance Scholarship will be offered to students
entering UBC from high school.
Students with-a 95 percent average
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SHOW ME THE MONEY: Students face tough requirements to
earn university scholarships with changes to the financial awards
program at UBC. marnie recker photo
will receive $4,000, a 90 percent
average will receive $2,000, and an
86 per cent average will receive
$500 in bookstore credit
For students already at UBC who
started after 2003 or people transferring from other institutions, the
TREK Excellence Scholarship (TES)
will replace the USP. It will be a
$1,500 award given every year to
the top five per cent of students in
each faculty.
The goal of the TES program is to
offer a more equal opportunity for
financial assistance in eveiy faculty,
said Robinson.
"The scholarships were disproportionately going to certain faculties because of some differences in
grading," she said. "We wanted to
find a way to acknowledge the differences between faculties.*
However, since the TES offers a
smaller award than the USP did, students may find it more difficult to
cover their tuition and other
expenes, said Brenda Ogembo, VP
Academic for the Alma Mater
Society (AMS).
"Previously when tuition was
$2,500 for the year you knew that
you could concentrate your efforts
on working hard and getting and
maintaining the USP scholarship,"
said Ogembo, adding that with
tuition increases, students will find
it more difficult cover costs.
Reducing the amount won't help
because, while students will have to
work harder for high grades, they
won't be as well rewarded, said
"What needs to be looked at is
perhaps more holistic scholarships
that reflect more adequately what
the fees are," said Ogembo. "If a stu
dent is really and truly putting in
that amount of effort..their rewards
should show that effort"
When asked how the changes
will affect financial assistance, one
UBC student had mixed feelings.
"I think it will be good because
students in faculties where it is difficult to achieve an 85 per cent will
have access to funding they didn't
have access to before," said Jennifer
Paul, a fourth-year Human Kinetics
student "However, it will only be
good if the University puts the same
amount of money into the program
as it did with the USP."
When the USP was introduced
in 1999, the amount of the award
was originally determined based
on what other institutions were
offering, not specifically on tuition
levels, said Robinson. The changes
to the program for next year
stemmed from its lack of sustainability, she said.
"We were unable to continue
funding the program. We just didn't
have enough money in the scholarship pool for us to be funding it the
way it was," she explained, adding
that Financial Services had to add
over $500,000 to fund the program
last year to cover costs.
As a tool for helping students
with pay for school, the new program will enable the university to
reach more people, said Robinson.
"We can support a student
who's already here in a number of
ways, but if they never come here
because they can't afford it then
we don't have that opportunity to
help them/
Faculty of Medicine set for major expansion
UBC adds spaces/ branching out
to uiNd^ ana u vie
by Colleen Tang
UBC's medical school is growing in size and
scope, branching out to open spaces at two
campuses in the province. The expansion will
increase the total number of medical students
at UBC while also encouraging graduates to
practice medicine in rural areas.
An additional 72 medical students have
been admitted into the Faculty of Medicine this
year, bringing the total to 200. With concerns
about a doctor shortage in the future, UBC
hopes to provide more students with the
opportunity to receive their doctor of medicine
degree (MD).
"We have not produced as many doctors by
any means of what we need," said Dr Vera
Frinton, associate dean of admissions for the
Faculty of Medicine.
For the first four months of the program, all
200 medical students will be studying at the
Vancouver campus. In January, 24 students
will be selected to study at the University of
Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince
George and another 24 will go to the
University of Victoria (UVic) for the remainder
of their education, with all students receiving a
UBC degree.
It is hoped that the new seats at satellite
campuses will encourage new doctors to practice in rural areas, but it is challenging to motivate students to stay in the areas where doctors are most needed, said Ashim Venna, a
fourth-year UBC student and president of the
Pre-Medical Society.
"Not only does the student want to be willing to stucty in this area but also take the time
to train in these areas as well," he said.
A concern some students have is that the
quality of education will differ between the
satellite campuses, said Verma.
"As far as I know most people want to be in
DOCTORS TO BE: UBC pre-meds discuss changes to the Faculty of Medicine. By 2010,
the university aims to have 256 students in the program, which will include spaces at
UNBC and the University of Victoria, scott rudd photo
the Fraser River area, [in the urban community]," he said.
Though there will be differences between
the campuses, Frinton does not forsee the
same difficulties with the three-campus
"If anything, they are going to gain," she
said of the students that will study in Victoria
and Prince George. "The object of the education program is that the students will receive
the same education but not necessarily in the
same context because you are in a different
Technology will enable students at each
campus to receive lectures of the same quality.
For example, a lecture on lung disease at
UNBC could be transmitted to the UBC and
UVic students so they all have the opportunity
to interact and participate, said Frinton.
Despite the additional spaces that will be
available, the admissions process will remain
competitive, said Frinton.
"It's still only the top students that will get
in," she explained, adding that the impact of
adding the seats might not be noticeable
because there are still not enough spaces
available for all the qualified students who
It is not certain whether increased financial assistance for students admitted into the
UBC medical school will accompany the
added seats.
"In the end, students will make a living that
they can pay back their costs now but there's
no question that it is going to be a great hardship," said Frinton.
These concerns notwithstanding, faculty
and students are optimistic about this new
development for UBC and are eager to see how
it develops, she said.
"We want it to work and produce really
good doctors." <$>
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Sprouts, the new AMS operated food co-op, had it's official opening on Wednesday, September 15.
The opening featured samples of some of the foods and beverages the co-op will be offering for
sale to students. The storefront, which has been expanded since last year, is located in the southeast corner of the lower level of the Student Union Building. The store stocks a wide variety of
organic foods, many of them local products, including fresh produce grown at the UBC Farm.
Sprouts is the first store of its kind on campus and will be organising programs over the year to
educate students on the importance of sustainable food production.The co-op aims to provide students with affordable organic food in an accessible location, said Lyle McMahon, VP Administration
for the AMS. peter klesken photo
Learning about learning
UBC Project dedicated to post-secondary
teaching the first in North America
by Eric Szeto
The mystery of what makes an
effective university educator may
soon be solved with the creation of
the Institute for the Scholarship
of Teaching and Learning, a
UBC project dedicated to research
on university teaching in North
The institute was created to
improve the practice of post-secondary teaching through research
and experiment, with the goal
of enhancing university students'
learning experience.
The initiative is comprised of a
small group of people, but they
hope to eventually have 50 to 75
people engaged in all types of
There are many ways the program will help enhance teaching
quality and students' learning,
according to Gary Poole, director
for the Centre of Teaching and
Academic Growth.
'The main one is that the student learning experience becomes
enhanced...and for faculty members," said Poole. "Students should
get the feeling that their learning
matters more than it ever has
before here. That will mean that
students will get more questions
asked about their learning."
The appeal of this institute is
that it is able to analyse all aspects
of university education, said Poole.
"What happens to our college
transfers when they come here?
What happens to people with law
degrees? We have data on that but
it doesn't always inform our teaching curriculum decisions as much
as it could so that's where the insti
tute comes in," he explained.
The institute will share its findings following research projects.
"This is the whole idea, to get
the research done and get the word
spread," Poole added.
A number of studies have
already been conducted, one of
which looked at Biology 140, a first-
year biology lab course at UBC. The
research aimed to determine how
to get students to think more like
Another study looked at the effects
of team projects and group processes
in the Faculty of Engineering.
This fall, groups from the institute will be proposing research projects, including a study of the sustainability program at UBC and its environmental effects.
"I think the key rationale behind
the institution is UBC's commitment to excellence and learning,"
stated Anna Kindler, associate VP of
academic programs. "UBC is known
for its research and historically UBC
is very serious and very committed
to providing successful learning
and teaching environments."
Funding for the institute will
come primarily from research proposal grants and external money
from UBC Development.
Though other research on effective teaching has been done, the
teaching institute offers a unique
perspective on education since it is
the first of its kind, said Eric
Busslinger, a third-year UBC
Commerce student.
"I can definitely see the benefit
of [the research institute] if there's
nothing like that in Canada," said
Busslinger. "If they can generate
new research, bring something
substantial   to   the   table   I   can
see it.
HERE TO EDUCATE: A professor instructs a class at UBC.The
Institute for the Scholarship ofTeaching and Learning will examine
the art of teaching at a post-secondary level,   peter klesken photo PAGE FRIDAY
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Soggy soccer sweep
The men's and women's T-Birds
managed to get their soccer season
off to a perfect start on a rainy
Tuesday (Sept 14) evening.
In the first game of a double-
header against the Trinity Western
Spartans, the women's team posted
a solid effort in blanking the visitors
2-0. UBC scored off a Spartan's own
goal in the 72nd minute and
Heather Smith added the insurance
shortly thereafter. Kelly McNabney
picked up the 16th shutout of her
UBC career.
While the women's side would
have been expected to win as defending national champs, the men's team
pleasantly surprised the assembled
fans by beating the Spartan men 3-1.
Trinity Western had gone undefeated
in the pre-season, but could not stop
new T-Bird striker Luke Sandilands,
who rampaged through the visiting
defence en route to a first-half hat
trick. The Spartans managed to pull
one back in the dying moments, but
the damage had been done.
Volleyball fortunes improve
south of border ■»"'■..
The UBC women's volleyball team
will have returned home on a high
after winning two out of their
three games at the Portland State
Showcase tournament last weekend
in Oregon.
After being overmatched in previous action against NCAA opponents,
the Birds swept Northern Colorado
to open the tournament. The team
then outlasted the Oregon Ducks, a
highly regarded team in the competitive Pac-10 conference. The
Thunderbirds fell behind two sets to
none, but battled back to win in five.
Power Emily Cordonier and middle
blocker Danielle Van Huizen were
particularly strong, both finishing
with 16 kills.
In their final game of the weekend, the Birds could not maintain
their perfect record, falling in three
straight sets to the host team.
Busy weekend for Birds
UBC sports fans are spoiled for
choice this weekend as the fall
varsity season gets underway in
This Saturday afternoon will feature back-to-back soccer action at
Thunderbird Stadium as the women
take on Regina at noon, followed by
the men's team versus Victoria at
2:15pm. The men's rugby side will
open its fall league season just up the
street Their game against Burnaby
kicks off at 2:30pm.
Football fans can tune into MOJO
Radio 730 AM to follow the fortunes
of the 1-0 T-Birds as they attempt to
put two wins together in Edmonton
on Saturday evening. The game,
which begins at 6pm, sees UBC take
on the sixth-ranked Alberta Golden Bears. ♦
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New radio deal for
UBC Athletics
by Dan McRoberts
A new deal between UBC's Department of
Athletics and MOJO Radio will see the all-sports
AM station broadcast football and men's basketball games throughout the regular season and
The two-year contract involves all three Lower
Mainland universities, as MOJO will be firing
action from Simon Fraser and Trinity Western, in
addition to the T-Birds.
"We're excited about it on all kinds of levels;
with the change of format we made to all-sports
one of the key elements was associating ourselves
more closely with the community," said Crosby
McWilliam, MOJO's assistant program director.
"It gives us the chance to show people that we
are something new and something relevant
while showcasing these sports at the local, collegiate level."
Last year UBC had an arrangement with Team
1040, MOJO's chief rival and when that contract
expired the decision came down to which station
would offer the best deal, said Marc Weber, Sports
Information Director for UBC's Department
of Athletics.
Although the network will only be covering
football and basketball games, there will also be a
two-hour weekly magazine show called "The Spirit
of Sport* which may focus on other UBC teams
from time-to-time.
"If there is a soccer team or field hockey team
doing exceptionally well, they'll be covered,"
Weber said. "If someone is going to Nationals,
that'll probably be done."
Weber admitted that UBC would like to have
the men's hockey program as a point of focus,
but the shared nature of the' contract has pre-"
vented that.
"Three schools had to pool the resources and
also pool our pull with sponsors and so it's not
something that we could have done—if we were
going forward on our own than hockey would have
been m the mix,' he saiu.
SOUNDS OF SILENCE: CiTR's sports department will have to do without football games
this year, but hope to broadcast some of the basketball playoffs, peter klesken photo
While UBC is enthusiastic about the new contract, CiTR sports director Jason Wang has reservations, particularly surrounding the coverage of
the basketball team.
"That was our most well-covered team last year
and MOJO swooped in and started doing the playoff games, which was basically a major audience
grab," said Wang.
CiTR has no interest in providing duplicate coverage for the men's basketball team and so the
campus radio network will not carry the games
broadcast on MOJO. Wang does not see this as a
problem, during -the regular season,-as CiTR will
still broadcast at'least one game per weeklHe
admits that may change when the playoffs roll
around. "We want to broadcast the playoffs,"
he said.
The terms of the contract provide MOJO with
the right to first refusal for playoff games, said
"Our playoff plans are all tentative at this
point" he said. "Nobody has brought any concerns
from CiTR forward until now, my view has always
been that as long as the sport is being covered
then everyone wins. The worst thing that could
happen is that we're both doing something and
nobody is covering the game."
CiTR has added some soccer and volleyball
games to its schedule to make up for the absence
of football and basketball, and Weber is convinced
that CiTR will continue to play an important role in
promoting UBC Athletics.
f   "There ^is a lot ||*p;c^
be a part of them dl^bpi_^
Weber said.
Wang understands the situation. "I can't blame
Athletics, because we don't give them any
money...and MOJO is in such a dead heat with
Team 1040 you can't blame them either for want
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Underwater hockey a growing three-dimensional sport
by Jake Troughton
EDMONTON (CUP)-From above water, it looks
something like 12 porpoises fighting over a
single herring. A closer look, though, reveals a
purpose behind the feeding frenzy.
The men and women in the pool aren't chasing a fish, but rather a 1.5-kilogram plastic-
coated lead puck, and they're trying to push it
into one of two long troughs along the floor. It's
called underwater hockey, and with the help of
the Edmonton Underwater Hockey Association,
a group of University of Alberta students are
starting a campus club to promote the gruelling sport that's virtually unknown in this
part of the world.
"Underwater what?' is the reaction I get a
lot of the time," laughed Adam Jocksch, who's
helping organise the new club. He recalled that
he only discovered the sport himself by "word
of mouth, through a friend of a friend.
"But I've been playing for about five and a
half years, and at that time we'd have three
people show up a lot of nights. Now we have 20
people show up on a regular basis. . . . It's definitely growing."
The new club will try to build on that
growth and introduce the sport to a segment of
the population that generally isn't aware of it.
"We have youth building up tb the adult level,
but most of our adults are past university age,"
said   Hockey  Association,  president   Gilles
LACE 'EM UP: Flippers, not skates are
required gear for the underwater hockey
enthusiast, cup/ matt frehner photo
Benoiton. "So we want to fill the gap in that age
Underwater hockey can be intimidating to
those who've never played it. Players are
equipped only with gloves, a small stick and
snorkel gear—no air tanks. Holding one's
breath and knowing when to resurface for air
are, therefore, major skills in the game. But as
scary as that may seem to newcomers, it's just
part of what makes the sport so addictive to
many of those who play.
"It's one of the more gruelling sports I've
ever tried; that's probably one of the reasons
I've stuck with it;* said Jocksch, formerly a
competitive swimmer who started playing
underwater hockey as a way to keep in shape
between seasons.
"Teamwork is a very important aspect,"
Jocksch said. "You have to be down'there for
your teammates.... You have to get up (for air)
and then get right back down there on &e bottom, because unless you're on &e bottom, you
can't do anything."
Being underwater also gives the sport a
three-dimensional qu^ity tiat participants
appreciate. "Not only do you have to worry
about people around you, you've got people
coming over top of you. You get attacked from
all angles when you have the puck,"
said Jocksch. 4
As for their hopes forSthe^ club, both
Benoiton and jocksch say they are merely trying to introduce their sport to a few more people. Still, Jocksch admits that^he^d like it to be a
small step toward something bigger.
"It's kind of a pipe dream; but there's the
hope, probably not in my lifetime, of naaybe
even getting into the Olympics,^ he said.
"That's kind of what everyone wants for
their sport." ♦
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The walls are going up
for a new university in
the Okanagan—and the!
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fighting over scraps
by Jonathan Woodward
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As she watched BC Premier Gordon Campbell ancfoiiace x      LsKfrrY
with a flourish the birth of a new univmnrty hv^he    * ^N >r/ -'
Okanagan to 150 applauding people in a lavish c6n|^JQ|^gj^g£
ence hall in the Grand Okanagan Hotel, Sigrid-AnnThors
was livid she hadn't been invited to the show. As far ag
she knew, she was a board member of Okanagan
University College—the school being dissolved to^maike
way for the university—but security turned her away frbi&
the invitation-only press conference because she wasn%5sg^^
on/the list* One of the guards recognised her, and §h£fw-,<$0'
slipped in, just in time to see that UBC would be at'-the
helm of a new UBC Okanagan, see UBC President Martha
Piper graciously accept the decision, and find that she
and all but three of 14 OUC board members/ including
the president, had been fired.
She couldn't believe it Thors sped to the Kelowna cam-
pus to see what the president there knew, but all of4h£i&CD8(
had been kept in the dark. "We didn't know what the decision was to be or how it had been arrived at," she said.
"And they haven't spoken to us since."
Suddenly, Thors, who had fought bitterly for OUC to
become an independent university, wasn't allowed access
to confidential documents, let alone attend her own termination. Suddenly the construction of a new dvb^ tower
in the Okanagan was following UBC's blueprints, and the
walls were rising rapidly. Thors found herself on
the outside.
It's a frustrating place to be, especially when so much
is going on inside those walls—and at incredible speed.
OUC, a sleepy hybrid of a college and a university spread
out over 11 campuses throughout the Okanagan Valley,
will be chopped in two: the regional campuses will amalgamate into Okanagan College, and the main North
Kelowna campus will be absorbed into UBC Okanagan. In
preparation for the handover on September 2005, planners will decide by the end of the month how to divide
academic programs, staff and teachers. They'll hire over
200 new faculty—40 short-listed by October 15—add
900 student spaces before it opens, add 1000 new residence beds and 3500 new spaces by 2009, more than
doubling its size.
"These are very tight timelines," said Brad Bennett, the
> ' Cret^
Pro* K"'X
Ferr& c.
Who's representing?
The dirty politics of
student representation
Nothing about UBC Okanagan
irked the student movement more
than the two students appointed to
represent them on a council that's
to decide the student council's
future.. Critiques of both Karina
E^isgue and Tyler  Beatty have
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filled with innuendo and entertainment.
Beatty-was caught up in a
firestorm of protest as he delivered a scripted student response
in a staged, private announcement
beside Gordon" Campbell while
jrtC&tected students protested outside.
He is the president of the OUC
Young Liberals, which is "suspicious/ -said Frisque, and his
^ appointment came on strong rec-
ommendation from Liberal MLA
'It's ;jidscam' aU
aga*n,V saici Jason Harman,
an^OtJC^' Student Association at
Kelowna   (OUCSA-K) ^ yf,    "just
Liberal^fifipitng their friends."
But Beatty: is quick to point out
that while life chaired the cam-
ji^|%jgtf^t£6 * federal Liberal candi-
datgy^lns^^nly involvement with
the'prpwncialXiberalsrwas a busi-
■^<9W&fe9%. accordmg to the
lljcial   science   student.    His
itJemnpiishinents    oix    campus
^^glfe^'daiej^selves/ he .said: he
was the opinions editor of the stu-
c@^a^t_to; and after a failed run
|or sjn^ent council executive
^&canmzf,J?*?$ident of the
8af%mcr|tid^^Assembly of Coke
r, p*in%ef$-*a support group for stu-
j JLen^s'oh a P^jisi-only campus look-
ing for the real thing. The
Democratic Assembly of Coke
Drinkers, or DACT, also hosts regular rum and coke nights. It's former OUCSA-K president Frisque
who's been appointed for political
reasons, he said.
Frisque admitted she has no
other experience besides being
student council president, and
doesn't even know where her,
appointment came from. The ministry suggested it might have come
from her student government
experience alone, which Beatty
says is tainted by corrupt, immature cronyism.
Current OUCSA-K president
Shayne Robinson wants them both
out, because neither represents
students right now, like he does-
elected by a majority of the 500
students that chose to vote on the
5000-student campus.
Neither Beatty nor Frisque see
eye-to-eye on anything. Frisque supports guaranteed entrance into UBC
Okanagan from the new Okanagan
College, Beatty wants to leave it to
the market; Frisque wants a U-Pass,
Beatty doesn't; Frisque wants an
independent sh^^^
Beatty looks forward to the- day
OUCSA-K is a branch of UBC's student society, the AMS.
Despite meeting and working
with the same board, the two don't
TrrinTAr annli   nfViov'o  nlinriQ   nnnnKaii
and Beatty "doesn't consider
Karina to be an associate." At least
"they'll offer different views," said
Robinson before the council discussed terms on September 8, *so
it will be a comical meeting.'
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there was one institution there are now two, and without
an agreement that would guarantee spaces, this worries
students who had counted on moving seamlessly
between campuses for a degree.
Suddenly, graduating means getting into the campus
former chair of the OUC board, who's remained as chair    that will become UBC Okanagan before UBC's famously
of the UBC Okanagan advisory council to make recom-    high entrance averages deny them a spot. Students,
mendations on the transfer of power. "These are decisions that have to be made quickly. There's an awful lot to
do in a short period of time, and it's a big challenge."
A big challenge, but one with an incredible payoff.
When the dust settles, Okanagan students will be able to
get Masters and PhD degrees without leaving the Interior.
Themed,  interdisciplinary degrees  designed by an
especially in the academic programs, filling Kelowna
and sapping the enrolment of their home schools.
The Vernon campus has dropped 15 per cent in
enrolment compared to last year. More than one in
every four students have left the Penticton campus, and
OUC statistics show the Kelowna campus is more than
full. After announcement of the merger,  despite a
autonomous Okanagan senate promise a different kind of    $ 1000 tuition credit for anyone who stayed, valley-wide
education, ramping up a "magnet for brainpower" that
will attract faculty from around the world, said Piper.
Agricultural research, wine research (and even rumours
of a medical school) promise to rake in grant money and
spin out subsidiaries. Add a construction boom, hundreds of permanent jobs, and the total impact to the economy will be over $ 500 million dollars a year.
UBC Okanagan will have the weight of UBC's reputation without having to wait 100 years for the university to
establish itself. "It's the UBC brand," said Kelowna MLA
John Weisbeck. "That's the whole idea. We have instant
world recognition as part of a top university in the world.
OUC-it ain't UBC, man."
And according to the current plan, much of OUC—the
campuses in Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm and others
—won't be UBC. It had always been the OUC model for students to take the first years of a degree in the regional
campuses and then transfer to Kelowna to finish. Where
"mass hysteria" sent students packing. The academic
programs in outlying campuses were shrinking—university transfer courses which made up between 75 and
80 per cent of these campuses but have a natural fit in
a university. This prompted fears that without student
support Okanagan College would wilt walls were going
up. And students are now rushing to be on the right side
before they're built
"For a while the future of the campus was definitely
questionable," said Tree Kennedy, the president of the
Penticton student union. "Professors were making jokes
about how they would enroll in courses so they'd have
someone to teach. It was a real, real belief that if things
didn't pick up soon, we'd all be in a lot of trouble."
The many unknowns of UBC's arrival in the valley
have unwound OUC's tightly knit feature of being accessible from any town, said Penticton councilor Roy
Mclvor. That's a key feature of access; and without that
guarantee, UBC will defeat the purpose of adding student spaces to the valley as it sucks them from the colleges. UBC officials should come out of their "branch-
plant ivory tower," he said, and see the reality of the
towns left fighting for scraps. "People have been writing
letters to the papers calling this university UBC
Kelowna," said Mclvor. "At least they got the
name right"
For their part, UBC and the provincial government
promised arrangements would be made to ensure the
college and the university will work together in planning
courses and graduating students. Former UBC Dean of
Agriculture Moira Quayle has the new position of associate vice-president for program integration between
the Point Grey .and Okanagan campuses. Offers have
been made to swap OUC degrees for UBC degrees, but it
looks increasingly likely that soon-toie-college students
are hoping for—a guarantee—isn't on the table.
"There's not a university in the province that sets
aside a quota of students from a region to let in," said
Tyler Beatty, a student representative on the advisory
council. "We're a provincial institution," echoed
Bennett, the chair of the advisory council. "How can
you start building walls around some institutions and
not others?"
A mass migration of students to Kelowna will happen eventually, he said. Just as in UBC, where one in
four students come from a college, a market will let qualified students in. If students are moving to Kelowna for
this year, then that's what they should do: "It's a wonderful window of opportunity to get in the stream
light now.
is, said Shayne Robinson, president of the Kelowna campus student union. The heady, chaotic days of the
announcement that dissolved their school scared them
enough to hold a referendum to prove their right to exist
and save an $80,000 war chest to defend it
It's a huge amount of money to reserve for a legal
battle that's not yet on the horizon—it's more than 10
per cent of their $650,000 total budget, and about half
of what the AMS spends on Safewalk—especially with
no clear enemy to fight. Both the government and
UBC respect the society's autonomy. No one at UBC's
student society has proposed a takeover, and
President Amina Rai said the idea of a union hadn't
even crossed her mind.
The logistics of merging the student societies are
nightmarish on the scale of merging the schools: such a
move would become a turf war between rival umbrella
student groups and would complicate delicate staff
union agreements. No one knows what would happen to
the exclusivity deals, which are mutually exclusive: OUC
is a Pepsi campus, while UBC and the AMS only
sell Coke.
The society has been sabre-rattling since the
March 17th announcement, when it campaigned
against the UBC proposal along with local mayors and
councilors in letters to the Penticton Herald and paid
radio advertisements, and chanted outside the large
wooden doors in the Grand Okanagan Hotel before
they were carted away by the RCMP. Sigrid-Ann Thors
slipped through these doors, but unlike Thors the
elected student representatives couldn't get in, and
endured a speech by Tyler Beatty, brought in by MLA
If it seems like it's all happening too fast, it probably    John Weisbeck. Then-president Karina Frisque con
fronted Campbell at a press scrum outside.
Some of the society's war chest has been spent on
lawyers to ponder options if it comes to a fight for the
student council's survival. While Robinson wouldn't say
what his lawyers are strategising, it's clear that the society feels its back is to the wall, and fears being pushed
outside the new ivory tower altogether. It may seem
paranoid, but after all, like Thors, they remember suddenly being in the hallway outside the press conference
where Gordon Campbell and Martha Piper sent their
world into a spin, and remember being powerless to do
anything about it
Through it all, even the university's most vocal critics never suggest that building a university in the
Okanagan was the wrong move. It has brought tremendous prestige to the valley, and plans are on track for
registration to begin in the spring. "There's nothing to
say that this couldn't work very well," said Thors. "I
don't think any of us would say, 'This can't work.'"
"At the end of the day, this just might work out,"
said Mclvor.
But even if it does, students milling about in Point
Grey haven't seen enough controversy or changes to
add "UBC P'oint Grey' to their vocabularies: to them,
"UBC" will still remain that place west of Vancouver
where the buses are full. Okanagan is an ivory tower
whose white, tapered tip can't be seen over BC's motirir
famous horizon—and that's fine. If ther/re outside the
towers and haven't complained then perhaps more has
gone right than has gone wrong. "Call me back in three
years," said Lynda Wilson, a regional principal for OUC
in Salmon Arm who's excited by the move. "Well see if
I was right or if Penticton was right* ♦
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Excellent debut leaves listeners humming for years to come
It's Already Written
[Capital Records]
by Ania Mafi
Merging hip-hop and R&B in his
debut album, It's Already Written,
this Los Angeles native proves early
in the game that he has the talent
and drive to be more than just a one
hit wonder.
With his debut track 'I Like That*
immediately climbing R&B and
mainstream charts, Houston had
instant success with the help of
guest vocals by multi-platinum
artist Chingy, hip-hop veteran Nate
Dogg and 1-20. And with
McDonald's picking up the track for
its television commercial, which
featured a quick cameo with Justin
Timberlake, let's just say Houston
has no problems landing big bucks
on endorsement deals.
For a first release, this album
serves its purpose: it introduces
Houston as a very talented young
artist with the staying power to
grow in the industry. The album
also mpT: es it clear that Houston's
strings are not being pulled by anyone and that he is not just another
industry puppet that does what he's
told. With writing credits on over
half of the album, he proves that,
not only can he sing tracks, but he
can produce them as well.
With tracks like "My Promise,*
'Keep it on the Low* and 'What
You Say,* Houston demonstrates a
voice reminiscent of the soft velvety pipes of early Bobby Brown.
Hearing these slow tracks also triggers some comparison to UK R&B
sensation Craig David, but
Houston truly gives something
more to his tracks—he puts feeling
behind his words.
He even attempts a remake of
the 1980s classic 'Love You Down*
by Ready For The World, which
doesn't come close to the original,
but is a fairly good rendition.
Hopefully, he considers himself
lucky this time and doesn't go for a
second remake on his next
album—a potentially disastrous
career move.
Throwing in a taste of dancehall
in "Keep it On the Low," a track in
which he teamed up with Jamaican-
born Don Yute, Houston proves he
can be versatile in his collaborations. One of only a few upbeat
tracks, this song doesn't overpower
the overall low-key mellow vibe of
the album.
A fantastic premier performance, Houston will surely be topping
charts again soon. My only criticism
is his hooks can get somewhat unoriginal, but his delivery is right on,
and that's what allows this flaw to be
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Friday, September 17,2004
VIFF documentary gives a controversial look at the facts on HIV
The Other Side of AIDS
playing Sept. 24, 25,26
at the VIFF
by Greg Ursic
Christine Maggiore was devastated after testing HIV-positive over a decade ago, as the diagnosis was a virtual death sentence. Like many
others diagnosed at that time, Maggiore prepared to die. She then discovered that there
were people like her who were living healthy
lives a decade after their initial diagnosis and
without the "benefit" of drugs. Together with
her husband Robin Scovill, she began to examine the hard facts about HIV infection and
AIDS, and exposed many contradictions from
diagnosis to treatment.
There is no denying that many with HIV
experience rapidly failing health and die, but
given prevailing beliefs, psychiatrist Michael
Ellner isn't surprised. He coined the term 'the
AIDS Zone* to explain why many people die
soon after their diagnosis and uses the analogy of cancer patients: upon hearing the news
that they have cancer, many patients experience a state of extreme emotional distress,
stop eating, and their health rapidly declines—
they often die long before the cancer kills
them. Several of the interviewees in the film
note that preparing to die is much easier: you
can count on the collective comfort of your
peers, and the government will cover your
medical costs, and support you. People like
Maggiore, who after testing positive pledged
to fight the disease, were ridiculed and
denounced as being in denial.
The film is full of interesting facts that will
surely be not only surprising, but somewhat
shocking to much of the audience. Examples
include the revelation that scientists have
never found the actual virus in a human being
and that HIV tests—which look for reactions to
nonspecific antibodies—can yield false posi
tives. Also, there is still no globally accepted
standard for a diagnosis of AIDS: while someone whose T-cell count drops below 200 has
AIDS according to the US definition, they
would not in Canada, skewing reporting
As the film also points out, the treatments used in the fight against AIDS raise
just as many questions. The drug 'cocktails* now in vogue in AIDS treatment are
very potent and devastate healthy cells,
however studies have yet to prove their efficacy in stemming disease, and the implications of long term use are unknown. The
potential side effects range from mild nausea and diarrhea tpfbeing lethal: a recent
study noted that the majority of AIDS
patients died due to liver failure, something
which has never been listed as a symptom
of AIDS. As one scientist notes, it's like
hunting rabbits with nukes. How is it that
this news has never been made public?
This documentary will surely prove to be
controversial, and indeed many will view it
as nothing less than scientific heresy.
Scovill is careful however not to draw simple conclusions,, presents, solid £_c^uments
and, most importantly, asks viewers to
examine the evidence for themselves. After
two decades, $120 billion spent on
research, countless human tragedies, and
no concrete answers, maybe it's time for a
new set of questions. ♦
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Jesse Marchand
Sarah Bourdon
Ania Mafi
Dan McRoberts
Alex Leslie
Peter Klesken
Paul Can-
Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the University of
British Columbia It is published every Tuesday and Friday by The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run student organisation,
and all students are encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the Ubyssey staff. They are the
expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect the
views of The Ubyssey Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
77k Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian University Press
(CUP) and adheres to CUP'S guiding principles.
All editorial content appearing in The Ubyssey is the property of Ihe
Ubyssey Publications Society. Stories, opinions, photographs and
artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced without the
expressed, written permission of The Ubyssey Publications Society.
Letters to the editor must be under 300 words. Please include your
phone number, student number and signature (not for publication)
as well as your year and faculty with all submissions. ID will be
checked when submissions are dropped off at the editorial office of
77>e Ubyssey, otherwise verification will be done by phone. The
Ubyssey reserves the right to edit for length and style.
"Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300 words but under 750
words and are run according to space
"Freestyles" are opinion pieces written by Ubyssey staff members.
Priority will be given to letters and perspectives over freestyles
unless the latter is time sensitive. Opinion pieces will not be run
until the identity of the writer has been verified. The Ubyssey
reserves the right to edit submissions according to length and style.
It is agreed by all persons placing display or classified advertising
that if the Ubyssey Publications Society fails to publish an 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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6138 Student Union Boulevard
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Fernie Pereira
Dave Gaertner
Shalene Takara
In the laboratory Andrew Scott plans to take over the world.
Meanwhile Sarah Bourdon casually sipped her tea and Iva
Cheung focused on her penmanship. All the while Kelsey Blair
and Matt Simpson did somersaults down the hall. Upon seeing
this, Michelle Mayne, Dan McRoberts and Peter Klesken read
the Canterbury Tales written try Jesse Marchand and Alex Leslie
while locked up in a jail. They were broken out by the infamous
superheroes Paul Carr and Carrie Robinson with gay abandon.
And that was the start of the car chase at the UBC bus loop
where in Paul Evans and Ania Mafi were delivering tea to Liz
Green. Pterydartyl Tristan Thorn tempted terribly to entice
Colleen Tang to Utillation. Most interestingly. Bianca Wallace
went wildly west with Duncan McHugh and Mamie Recker. On
the way there, they bumped into Eric Szeto running in circles
and Greg Ursic running in squares. Naturally, this caused Raj
Mathur to take over the world with Jon Woodward while sipping
Chanpagne and poor Andrew Scott was stuck with onfcr tea.
Paul Carr
Alex Leslie
pesky whirling
dervishes of
A light breeze can be a nice thing
once in a while. Refreshing; cooling; exhilirating; perhaps even titillating. A healthy wind can also be
rather pleasing to the skin and,
even, to the palate. (In the case of
the palate, one might call it gustatory.) Whoosh. Whoosh. Whoosh.
These sounds can be pleasing to
the ear anticipating an aeration of
the spirit.
But,  let's  get serious.  Hurricanes... what's   the   deal  with
that? Quite frankly, aren't the elements getting a little ahead of
themselves (or, depending on the
situation, several large farmhouses)? No other weather phenomena acts so overconfidently,  so
arrogantly, as the average gentle
wind when it upgrades itself to
the status of tornado.
Rain becomes rainstorm. Snow
becomes blizzard. Sunlight becomes sunlight. Wind becomes
hurricane. Impressive, but here at
the Ubyssey, we're hardly blown
away. As a paper, we'd like to
come out against hurricanes once
and for all. So. All you hurricanes
out there, listen up!
You may think that you're
invincible, hurricanes, being so
big, and windy, and big, and
windy. And big. But we know that
you're just a bunch of hot air
(especially since you always seem
to spring up in warm places far
from here, in Florida, or the South
Pacific, you pampered wimps).
But, rest assured, we know every
thing   about  you.   We've   seen
Twister, okay? We've seen right up
the inside of your funnel. You
know that friend you have who you
know way too much about because
your other friend is going out with
them, and so whenever you talk to
them, all you can think about is
what they're like in bed, while constantly reminding yourself that
you aren't supposed to have that
information in the first place and,
"yeah, sure, the weather's really
nice today and, yeah, SUB food
really sucks'? That's just what it is
like with us and you, hurricanes.
Exactly like that.
Don't dare challenge our infallible logic. Ah the tyranny!
Also, as long as we're on the
subject of things that are wrong
with you, everyone's a little tired
of the "Oh, we're so different from
tornadoes" spiel. No one's going in
for that feeble shit, anymore. So
just get over it. Yeah, you're really
different from tornadoes—just like
tomatoes are really different from
overgrown gooseberries and cars
are really different from four-
wheeled bikes with large, square
metal bodies, engines and headlights.  Whatever. Details, details.
Do you know why people always
say God is in the details? Because
you blow. And suck.
Don't think for a second that
our opinions are malinformed, off-
the-cuff and written late at night in
an Advil (TM) and Coca-Cola (TM)-
induced stupor. For your informa-
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tion (since you don't have any of
your own, apparently), the last
time we at the Ubyssey all travelled down to Florida on a generous unexpected grant from the
Liberal government (have you
seen Gordon Campbell's new mansion that he built to display his
philantropy award(s)?...it's awesome), we interviewed a hurricane
or three.
"Get out of my way, jackass, or
I'll blow you away," Hurricane
Frances roared at us. "You don't
know a blessed thing...and stop
looking at my funnel!" hollered
Hurricane Horace, at which point
he rapidly shrank into a pious puff
to sulk about his hideous name.
"I'm hideously disfigured, don't
talk to me," whimpered Hurricane
Teenaged Angst, who had locked
itself in its room after seeing its
crush at the bus stop and having
its jeans splashed by a passing
Ferrari. "My dad's a lawyer so
you'd better not write anything
bad about me," added the flustered hurricane.
In general, we found all the hurricanes we talked to rude, pushy,
self-absorbed and more than a little
off-setting towards our conscientiously coiffed hair cuts. Ye Gads.
Those American hurricanes.
And quit it with stamping out
the poor peasants' farmhouses.
No one likes a bully. ♦
No miracle cure from the
First Ministers meeting
The First Ministers meeting on
health care came and went.
Prime Minister Paul Martin and
the premiers signed a $41-billion
deal to fix health care. The politicians came out of the meeting
smiling with a "deal for a
decade." Hooray! More money for
health care!
Before heading into the meeting, the Prime Minister promised
he and the premiers would deliver "nothing short of reforms that
will fix Medicare for a generation." However, the outcome from
the highly anticipated meeting
proved otherwise. Simply injecting more money into the current
health care system would not provide a long-term solution. Sooner
or later, the premiers would complain about not getting enough
from the federal coffers. It's rhetoric that's all too familiar.
The meeting should have
focused on finding ways to reform
health care delivery. Community
clinics and home care support
were noticeably off the agenda.
Nobody talked about training and
hiring nurse practitioners.
The Canadian public health
care system is worth saving, but
throwing more money to the ailing
infrastructure wouldn't keep it
afloat for too long. Fundamental
changes must be made. And made
soon, before it's too late. ♦
—Kenneth Chan, host of
Solarization on CiTR
Corporate campus overload
My first week at UBC as a second
year transfer student confused me
greatly. I was not prepared to be
bombarded with advertising from
the minute I stepped off the sweaty
and cramped B-line.
"Win a hundred dollar gift certificate for the bookstore," one student called out while being
ignored by other students who
apparently just realised how few of
their student loan dollars were left
for the semester after tuition and
that UBC paraphenalia that
seemed so necessary in the bookstore line-up (Hmmmm).
In the SUB I avoided eye contact with newspaper and credit
card salespeople and headed to
the washroom to catch my breath.
However, on the back of the stall
door I was confronted with an
advertisement that featured a
twenty-something    male    who
appeared to be leering at whoever
happened to be in the stall.
Below his picture the caption
read "nice headlights" (it was an
ad for a car).
How strange that I attend
classes that require me to question consumerism and sexism in
our society at an institution that
promotes these views through the
advertising of products like Coca-
Cola (good thing we have a dental
plan). In week two I decided that
I will not bring money with me to
UBC. It's not that I mind shelling
out a few bucks for lunch or pens
or whatever. It's because I can't
complain about overdosing on
advertising at my academic institution if I am buying the product
there. ♦
—Krista Jones
Arts 2
Ubyssey encourages
thieving Totem
I am writing with regards to the
article recently published in the
Ubyssey regarding the safety concerns that have arisen in Totem
Park residence over the past few
weeks. Although the article did
shed light on the issue of the
Totem thefts, of which many peo
ple were not aware, it has also
played a key role in decreasing
Totem security even further.
By publishing the  details  of
how to break into a Totem bedroom the Ubyssey has done nothing  more   than   allow  for  the
opportunity of further and possibly more frequent robberies. Had
the true intention of the article
been to bring awareness to this
issue,  a more safety conscious
approach   should   have   been
taken.    An appropriate  article
would have encouraged residents
to be  more vigilant so  as to
increase    their    own    safety.
Making students  aware  of the
actions they can take to decrease
thefts,   such   as   locking   their
doors, not letting non-Totem residents into the building, reporting
suspicious activity and locking up
their laptops, would further allow
students to take charge of this
security issue rather than feel victimised by it.
On the whole the Ubyssey was
very careless on how it presented
the current safety concerns at
Totem Park and should be very
cautious in the future as to the
information it thoughtlessly provides to the UBC community.
—Clare Benton
Arts 3
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Friday, September 17,2004
Kine article is a
by Chris Simmons
I was excited to see an article
in the Ubyssey about Da Kine
Smoke and Beverage Shop, the
Commercial Drive business that
has been openly selling marijuana
for months. Unfortunately, the
article left me with a taste worse
than bong water in my mouth.
To start off, the writer mentions that he was in Da Kine,
which "was recently shut, down for
illegal operations," so he could
"investigate the details of its closure." In the next sentence, he
says that the.raid occurred while
he was there. To the best of my
knowledge. Da Kine has only had
one closure, at which the writer
claims to have been present—how
then could he have been there
investigating the details of its closure? Does the Ubyssey have psychics among its writing staff?
Later on, the writer quotes his
old economics professor, who
claims that "the increase in price
[of drugs, as a result of increased
police enforcement] decreases
the demand in the long run."
Cannabis use is much higher now
than when it was banned in
1923—how well does this fact fit
into the professor's theory?
Perhaps my biggest beef with
the article is what was attributed
to psychologist C. William Coakley:
"The effects of smoking a joint can
last up to ten days...Does a doctor
legally smoking pot on a Saturday
night have the right to perform
surgery on Monday morning?"
This should immediately sound
suspicious to anyone who's ever
actually done the drug. Perhaps
traces of chemicals can be found
in urine after 10 days (THC is
fat soluble, so it can show up
weeks after usage—just ask Ross
Rebagliati), but to still be high
after 12 hours, let alone 10 days,
is preposterous. I cannot find any
literature that suggests such a
long-lasting effect—most studies I
see mention "after effects" of 2-
1/2 hours after the initial 1/4 hour
high. Coakley also conveniently
leaves out the obvious parallel
with alcohol—you never hear anyone being wheeled into the operating room saying, "I wonder if my
doctor got so drunk last night that
he's barely able to keep down his
lunch." I know of several people,
including myself, who have chosen marijuana as their drug of
choice over alcohol partially or
wholly because of the complete
absence of a hangover.
—Chris Simmons is a fifth-year
Computer Science student
Pass referendum about helping students
by Holly Foxcroft
I write in response to the article
"Students may pay more for summer transit program" and the editorial "Charge first, ask questions later" published on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 in the
The Alma Mater Society (AMS)
and the Graduate Student Society,
over the course of the summer,
were contacted by many students
who were upset that there was no
summer U-Pass program and that
they were not able to make use
of the Fastracks program. Consequently, when the U-Pass was
first decided upon by AMS council
in 2002 there was no discussion
over extending it into the summer,
furthermore in this past year
(2003-2004) there was no movement to extend the U-Pass program into the summer.
In conjunction, when the U-
Pass contract was signed onto by
Translink it was on the condition
that UBC students would no longer
utilise the Fastracks program, during the winter, fall and summer
terms. Thus, with no summer U-
Pass or Fastracks program students were left to shoulder the
financial burden of their transportation costs, effectively penalising them for taking summer classes or for continuing their studies,
as the nlajority of grad students
study during the summer as well.
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Carey Hill, President of the
Graduate Student Society and I
began working on a solution to the
summer transportation crunch in
May. We negotiated with Translink
and UBC to find a way to aid students. After much negotiation and
many different models, we moved
forward with the university on the
partially subsidised bus pass
program which mirrored the
Fastracks program. UBC contributed 50% of the program and
the AMS will ask students in the
summer U-Pass referendum if
they will agree to a one time levy
of approximately $0.50, to cover
the other 50% of the program. If in
the event the referendum fails,
only then will the monies be
drawn from the contingency fund,
a fund used for one-time expenses
which was last utilised in 2003-
Admittedly we have taken a
risk, but is it better to sit on our
hands and not listen to hundreds
and hundreds of students asking
for our assistance? By listening to
our constituents we moved forward on this initiative and aided
students with more than just lip-
service. Concurrently, the spirit of
the partially subsidised bus pass
program was to recognize that
many students needed financial
assistance; Furthermore, that we
as a student society and as a student body recognise that we are
interconnected and that students
can help students. Clearly this program demonstrated that there is a
need for a summer transportation
program for students.
In the 2004-2005 AMS elections I ran on a platform where I
would work to bring the summer
U-Pass to a referendum and instate it, if the referendum was successful. I remain committed to
enacting this goal during my term.
—Holly Foxcroft is the VP
External for the AMS
welcome back
The AMS Executives welcome back more than
39,000 students to the UBC campus this fall.
We're hard at work representing your voice on
issues that matter. Some of the projects we're
currently working on include a teacher
evaluation initiative, a housing forum, providing
feedback opportunities such as U-Pass
Awareness Days, and spearheading a
conference with other student society
representatives to discuss the education
platform for the upcoming 2005 provincial
To find out more about your student society
and to connect with Executives via e-mail, visit
publiG workshop
ams jobs« r
Saturday, September 18
9:30 am to 3:30 pm - SUB Rm. 200
Lunch provided
Come and give your opinion as to where the
grassy knoll will go, what the new underground
bus loop will look like, and the use of indoor
and outdoor space of University Boulevard!
Findings from this workshop will be reported
on the UniversityTown website.To view the
report for Public Space Workshop #1, go to
The AMS is looking to fill the following student
positions this fall in their Promotions department:
Graphic Designers (2)
Working in a busy environment with new computers,
the latest software, and plenty of imaging equipment,
you'll design a variety of promotional materials
including posters, banners, clothing - even entire
promotional campaigns. Extensive knowledge of
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator,JnQesign, Corel and MS
Office necessary. Portfolio samples required.
Postering and Marketing Staff (2)
Help the AMS spread the word by posting promotional
materials in poster boards throughout campus and
other designated areas. Other forms of marketing may
include distributing leaflets in residences and off-
campus. Note: to qualify for this position, you must be
pre-approved to work under the work-study program.
Capture the moment for us and be our official
photographer at AMS functions and events this year.
Use the digital equipment belonging to AMS
Promotions or supply your own. Access to scanners
and imaging equipment provided. Portfolio samples
Visit http://www.ams.ubc.ca for a full description of
each position, including qualifications and application
clubs wook|
Resolve to be involved! Drop by the SUB from
September 20 - 24 and discover more than 100
student clubs and associations on campus. Join,
renew, or volunteer your time and find a great
diversion to balance your academic mind.
Open for information Monday - Thursday from 10 am
to 4 pm, and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.
urtM way kick-off.
Everyone is invited to the United Way 2004 Campaign
Kick-off and BBQ!
Come and join us at the SUB South Plaza on
Wednesday, September 22 from 11:30 am to 1 pm.
Tickets at the event are $5 and include a burger, pop,
live music, and a chance to win one of our fabulous
draw prizes!
All proceeds will go to the United Way of the Lower
Mainland to support social services in the community.
Deadline for all applications is September 24.
Get down and dirty at FarmAde, located at the UBC
Farm (South campus) on Friday, September 24, from 4
pm to 7 pm. Live bands and beer garden (bring two
pieces of ID), art, food and activism!
Everyone is welcome to tour the university's happenin'
farm arid get involved! For more details;visit
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Friday, September 17,2004
Let's Get Frank
playing Sept. 23 and 25
at the VIFF
by Kelsey Blair
Ask anyone to name a recent
political documentary, and
Fahrenheit 9/11 is likely to come
to mind. Though director Bart
Everly's Let's Get Frank may not
be as high-profile or even as
effective, it is still a strong,
thought-provoking film that is
worthy of some merit and a
The film follows Barney
Frank, the first openly gay congressman, as he defends
President Clinton during the
impeachment hearings. Allowing
the audience inside the political
world and deeper
into the character of Barney
Frank, a whirlwind of fact commentary, news footage, Cable
Satellite Public Affairs Network
(CSPAN) broadcasts, and behind-
the-scenes footage is used.
Although this may sound rather
dull, it is Frank's sharp wit and
humour that ultimately carries
this film, making these visual
snippets add up to one entertaining documentary.
He is easy to like, making him
Sex, scandal, and Monica...oh my
enjoyable to watch and root for.
When he verbally batters his
opponents, you can't help but
laugh with him and, perhaps
more importantly, at them. And
although this Democrat from
Massachusetts has a sense of
humour, he has a serious side
when it comes to the subject of
sex scandal—having been
through his own scandal involving a male prostitute. However,
after facing it honestly, he
received a slap on the wrist, and
is currently serving his 12th
term in Congress.
It is important to note that
although Frank is the first gay
congressman, the film is not really about Frank's, or anyone
else's, sexuality. In fact, Frank's
scandal works as a useful parallel
to the Clinton trial, which is the
central topic of the film. And
almost anybody over 15 will
remember the infamous "I did
not have sexual relations with
that woman* line, so if Frank's
scandal is new news, Clinton's
most likely won't be.
The film takes that phrase
and the entire Clinton issue and
asks: is sexual misconduct really
that important, or was the scandal about something else? Frank
and the filmmakers suggest
right- wing conspiracy, an effort
to get Clinton out of office. Like
Fahrenheit 9/11, the left-wing is
fighting back through documentary. Regardless of the politics,
this film captures an atmosphere
and gives a revealing look at the
skillful verbal play that heated up
But this is not to say that the
film is without fault. The camera
work and editing can be distracting, especially at the beginning,
and the lack of an emotional
hook makes the film thoughtful
without being moving. Perhaps,
though, that is the point: thought.
This film forces conversation
about the role of sex, sexuality
and politics in our society, and
quite frankly (excuse the terrible
pun) any movie that can bring up
those issues without any nudity
and still be interesting is, well,
refreshing. ♦
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Johanna Mercer
The Diana Project
Epitaph (Canada. 102 min.)
Variations on the theme of commemoration and
loss, this series of shorts includes a poetic lament
for a cheating lover (Luv Junket), a young boy's
pursuit of an errant sketch (The Drawing) and a
searing look at an artist's response to Vancouver's
missing women (The Diana Project).        <EPITA>
Tue, Sep 28,7:00pm, PCP
Thu. Sep 30,3:00pm, PCP
Dytail Akio Srtitth
Man Feel Pain
Irredeemable (Canada, 101 min.)
Deception, thwarted connection and attempts at
salvation are at the root of a dark, and often comic,
series of shorts that includes heaven's loneliest
bureaucrat (Milo 55160), a reluctant martyr (Man
Feel Pain) and a sin-inducing hot pink sweater (My
Original Sin). <IRRED>
Tue, Oct 5,7:00pm, PCP
Thu, Oct 7.3:20pm, 6R2
Adam Locke
Officer Tedward
Passages (Canada, 93 min.)
A delightful series of shorts about life's transitional
moments, including a little girl's hazy view of World
War II (Through My Thick Glasses), a 12-year-old
prodigy's crush on his much older student (Elliot
Smelliot) and Officer Tedward, a teenager who
really really wants to be a cop. <PASSA>
Sun, Sep 26,7:15pm, GR2
Tue, Sep 28,12:30pm, 6R2
The Limb Salesman (Canada, 80 min.)
A doctor specializing in limb regeneration travels
from the decrepit metropolis to the barren regions of
the North to heal the daughter of a morally corrupt
water exporter in Anais Granofsky's futuristic story.
Along the way, the doc learns that one must confront
darkness in order find one's heart. <LIMBS>
Fri, Oct 1, 9:30pm, GR7
Sun, Oct 3, 2:00pm, GR4
Czech Dream (Czech Republic, 87 min.)
Fake television and radio spots, 400 illuminated
billboards, 200,000 flyers and thousands of duped
shoppers: Film students Filip Remunda and Vit
Klus-k's true story of a phony ad campaign for a
non-existent supermarket is a funny and provocative look at the effects of rampant consumerism
on a post-communist society. <CZECH>
Fri, Sep 24,12:30pm, PCP
Wed, Sep 29,7:00pm, RID
Mon, Oct U,9:15pm, GR3
Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and
Cinema 16
With the opening of our Vancouver International Film
Centre rapidly approaching, Paul Cronin's documentary on experimental film pioneer Amos Vogel and the
New York cinema he founded in 1947 serves as both a
historical chronicle of the years when cinema seemed to
contain the potential to change the world and an example of a standard we hope to live up to. Cronin will also
give a talk on filmmaker Alexander Mackendrick, the
subject of his latest project. <HLMA>
Fri, Sep 2k, 7:00pm, PCP
Sun, Sep 26,3:00pm, PCP
Quiet as a Mouse (Germany, 91 min.)
In his sharp, nuanced and bleakly funny directorial
debut, Marcus Mittermeier gives us Mux, a warrior
for justice on a self-appointed mission to set the world
right. In seeking out the painful realities—painful for
others and ultimately for himself—Max becomes
both bounty hunter and outlaw, while his actions
show how the seeds of fascism are sown.   <QUIET>
Wed, Oct 6, 9:30pm. RID
Fri, Oct 8, 2:00pm, GR4
Actor Jan Stablberg will be in attendance for
tbe evening screening of this film.
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