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Array BACKING OUT OF FOUR-WAYS SINCE 1918
WHAT DOES A NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING
PROFESSOR THINK ABOUT
UNDERGRAD EDUCATION AT UBC?
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Monthly rates
on residence
housing will
raise by 7.5 per
cent next year.
Read more on
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NEWS BRIEFS
COUNCILORS GET MORE OLYMPIC
TICKETS THAN ATHLETES
According to The Vancouver Sun,
The City of Vancouver spent more
money on tickets for its own politicians to see the Olympics than
for local athletes, Paralympians
and Olympians.
City Councilor Penny Ballem
said that the city spent a total of
$350,715 on 1557 Olympic tickets and $21,790 for 534 Paralympic tickets.
However, some tickets were
reimbursed, leaving the city with
a bill totalling $188,255.
The report also says that the
city spent $36,155 on free tickets for city councilors and park
board trustees.
The city paid $25,950 for tickets given to local athletes for free,
such as figure skaters Emanuel
Sandhu and Victor Kraatz.
Councilor Ellen Woodsworth
was one of three councilors to
reject a free ticket. She said she
was against the city's system of
buying tickets, as she feels it was
a waste of money during a time
of major city budget cuts.
UBC STUDENT TO MEET BILL
CLINTON
UBC student Nathan O'Hara is attending the Clinton Global Initiative University, Former US President Bill Clinton's conference for
students who want to make a
difference.
The conference takes place on
April 16 in Miami, Florida where
O'Hara expects to learn about alleviating poverty, fighting for human rights, cleaning up the environment and improving access to
health care.
This year, more than 1000 students will join nearly 100 college
and university presidents, along
with professors, activists, business leaders, government figures
and celebrities at the event.
STUDENT FINDS WAY TO STOP/
START RETROVIRUSES
Danny Leung, a doctoral candidate
at UBC, has discovered a mechanism for silencing the parts of genes
that can lead to fatal cell RNA mutations, also known as retroviruses.
Leung found that a protein
called ESET plays a vital role in
preventing the activity of retroviruses in the embryonic stem
cells of mice.
The finding could lead to new
cancer treatments, killing only
the affected cells and leaving the
healthy tissue unharmed.
MANITOBA TO SEE INCREASE TO
MINIMUM WAGE
Minimum wage in Manitoba will
increase by 50 cents, reported
cup.ca.
Effective October 1 of this year,
the wage will increase from $9
to $9.50.
Jonny Sopotiuk, Canadian Federation of Students Manitoba
Chairperson, said that the government needs to do more to help
students who are struggling to
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POINT GREY D3      KITSILANO D5        KERRISDALE F5      MAIN D-F8
A: Your only option for a watering hole in Point Grey is Dentry's Pub. We recommend going to campus or Kits though,
as the Dentry's management
doesn't care much for customer
service. BCLs, like things to do
in Point Grey: non-existent. It's
off to campus for your scotch.
B: At night it's the same as Kits,
except drunkards that fell asleep
out crossing the bridge and were
supposed get off at Macdonald
are banging on the door yelling
at the driver to let them off. Also,
shave ten minutes off the campus commute.
C: If you want a decent espresso, head to the Boulevard. You
know what it is and where it is
already.
D: Sadly, The Ubyssey Haus will
no longer be able to fulfill your
need for eardrum shattering
beats at 3am. Sad. That leaves
the Pit Pub. In the summer the
drinks are still the same price,
the floors are still a sticky mess,
but now remove 95 per cent of
the clientele. Specifically, remove students.
E: As per usual, the BirdCoop
is ridiculously cheap at $25 a
term. During the summer you'll
be paying for a relatively empty
space. Yay the one time being a
loner on campus is a good thing.
F: Can you really hope for any fun
during the day? You've decided
to stay on or near campus while
every other undergrad has left.
Unless you like ghost towns or
grad students, expect a whole lot
of boring. Pretty much the only
way to getyour rocks off is to go
free-balling on Wreck Beach.
A: Kits is the place for Irish pubs.
Grab a round at the Wolf and
Hound and see how it goes. Don't
like it? Fine, settle the bill, walk
a couple hundred metres east
or north and try again. Lather, rinse, repeat. If you'd prefer
something a little bit sketchier
go to Elwoods. Or don't. Actually, don't. BCLs surround Kits, but
are hard to get to. If you don't
want to head to Alma or Maple,
then Darby's off-licence sales
will fill your need for Malibu.
B: If a bus is going into Kits, it's
going to UBC, so you'll have no
problem getting to/from campus in the 20 minutes it takes.
At night, you'll be riding the N17.
C: Ifyou're on Broadway and Calhoun's is full, you'll want to head
east to Benny's. You'll recognize
it by its awesome window set
up and attempt at a patio. Upstairs is dimly lit with limited
plugs and you'll probably stab
yourself on one of their metal chairs, but they have bagels.
Fine, do you really need an actual coffee shop? Go to the 49th
Parallel. Enjoy their soy lattes
but beware the yuppies.
D: The Kingshead Pub has live
music on the weekends and an
awkwardly cramped dance floor.
It's not as much a place for dancing as a venue for singing Neil
Diamond or Journey at the top
of your lungs. You won't be able
to grind against hotties in lulus, but you can impress her by
doing a rousing jig to an Irish
drinking song or two. If you really need to hump something,
go to Lola's.
E: The Kitsilano community centre offers monthly passes for
$45.15. If you want to go some-
G: Expect to shop at Save-On,
Safeway or the grocer in the Village. Boring groceries at exorbitant prices, be still our beating
tastebuds. Granville Island Produce in the Village will gouge
you at $3.99 for dairy and $5.79
for soy.
H: The most expensive of our
neighbourhoods also has the
most student units, just over a
quarter of the neighbourhood
belongs to the studious. Old people own the rest of it. That said,
you'll never know it because the
entire student community is too
busy working to pay off the $578
a month apartments they're in.
You've decided
to stay on or near
campus while every
other undergrad
has left. Unless you
like ghost towns
expect whole lot of
boring.
where shinier andbetter equipped,
pony up $99 for a single month at
Kitsilano Workout. Kits Beach is
great for biking or jogging, just be
sure to watch out for all ofthe tiny
asinine dogs underfoot.
F: If it's sunny, grab your bikini,
bike, book, ball and other B-type
objects and head to the beach. If
it's rainy, help the economy and
shop on West Fourth.
G: Ifyou aren't seduced by Capers',
or Tim's Produce's poster of an
Asian woman caressing her melons then you can probably satisfy your shopping needs at your
other local green grocer or corporate mega chain. Surprisingly enough, Safeway satisfies your
dairy needs at $2.83, but if soy is
moreyour thing, New Apple Farm
Market will be cheaper at $4.89.
H: Ifyou prefer the lifestyle of a
subterranean troglodyte, then
you're likely to call Kits home.
With 52 per cent of students in
basement suites, you can probably save some money by eating the mushrooms growing in
your washroom. And you'll need
to save that money too. Average
rent is $562 a month.
A: There would be pubs in Kerrisdale, if there were people who
wanted pubs in Kerrisdale. Seriously. The closest thing to a bar
in the area is Frankies Candy
Bar. Sorry ifyou were looking for
ethanol, sucrose will have to do.
Fortunately, you can pick up a
6-pack atthe Maple and 41st BCL.
Ifyou're looking for mix, there's
a McDonald's across the street.
B: Learn to love the 41. It'll get
you to your 9am class in around
20 minutes. Getting home late
at night? You'll be getting off the
N10 along Granville, so bring either a pair of flats in your purse,
or a sturdy man to carry you
home.
C: You should try Secret Garden Tea Co. Ifyou're living in
Kerrisdale you can probably
afford $25.95 for teatime with
your knitting group. They'll delight you with miniature sandwiches, pastries and all things
quaint and darling. Admittedly, afternoon tea isn't comparable to hunkering down at a coffee shop, but then again, living
in Kerrisdale isn't comparable
to living.
D: There's nowhere to go dancing
in Kerrisdale, but you're more
than welcome to learn how at
the Kerrisdale Community Centre. You'll be able to learn Bollywood, tap, hula or ballroom.
They also offer burlesque classes. Luckily it's not offered in the
senior package.
E: The community centre grants
access to their facilities at a
mere $25 a month. We don't
know why it's so cheap.
We assume it's due
to the
concentration of
elderly in spandex.
F: Fun? Kerrisdale? Really?
G: Sorry bones, we can't afford
milk. It's water for you. Expect
to shop at IGA. Our wallets are
bleeding just thinking about it.
H: Ifyou like quiet, expensive
($558/mo) basement suites,
then consider the greying Kerrisdale foryour abode. The most
senile neighbourhood in Vancouver, your leaser will want
you young whippersnappers to
keep it down. Ifyou don't hear
a broom thumping on the ceiling within a minute of cranking your amp, you should probably be concerned and call 911.
They'll delight you
with miniature
sandwiches,
pastries and all
things quaint and
darling.
A: The northern section of Main
has plenty of bars. If you want
whiskey with a chaser of pretension, head to the Narrow Lounge.
Support the adjoining Grace Gallery by viewing their show beforehand. Be sure to go to The
Whip Restaurant as you stumble up Main. We wholeheartedly support any bar that's willing to advertise and serve us triples. The wallet-conscious will
be glad to know there's a BCL
right in Kingsgate Mall.
B: Thirty minutes to campus
via the B-Line. At night, you're
on the N8/9/19, but hey, you're
drunk, so we suggest taking the
extra time for a stroll across the
Cambie Bridge. Your reward for
not falling off is a visit to the
24-hour Kim Penh Xe Lua pho
house, whose lovely staff will
satisfy your craving for MSG
C: Gene Coffee Bar is one of the
more unique caffeine slingers
in town. With giant windows
facing two main roads, a constantly remodeled interior, free
WiFi and its fair share of electrical outlets, you're set to procrastinate. During the daytime it's
populated by artsy yuppies. Expect a lot of horn-rimmed glasses and MacBooks.
D: The Biltmore Cabaret has
evolved from terrifying dive bar
to the hippest joint this side of
town. Head down for a night
filled with cheap Pabst Blue Ribbon and the talented booking
stylings of the AMS's own Shea
Dahl. Ifyou want a bit more community action, check out the
Anza Club's schedule.
E: The newly opened Mount Pleasant Centre has one month memberships for $43.10. Go for the ellipticals, but stay for the upright
and recumbent bicycles! Or
vou can get on your
actual bicycle
and
rideaong the chestnut trees lining East 10th.
F: Ifyou head up Main to shop,
you'll head back down with an
empty wallet. Go north of Broadway ifyou need to furnish your
house and south ifyou need to
furnish your wardrobe. There's
an awesome mix of organic grocers, independent record stores,
eclectic vintage shops and thrift
stores.
G: Main offers a wide array depending on your tastes. Stay
near Broadway and you can find
your normal assortment of discount groceries at Buy Low. Head
south and you'll see a mix of
Asian and Indian markets selling homemade pastries and other handcrafted delicacies. Grab
your cow juice from Buy Low for
$2.99, and your soy equivalent
at Kim's Market for $4.79.
H: Diversity and affordability
best characterize Main. With
an even mix of shared homes,
basement suites and apartments, the surprising average student rent is only $457
a month. The one downside,
(or in our opinion, upside) is
that not many students live out
here. Just 5 per cent ofthe limited number of units are taken
up by the scholarly.
COMMERCIAL C9
A: "The Drive" is an incredibly
liberal place, but the fuzz still
frowns on drinking open liquor
in the streets. Havana Restaurant has the largest patio with
plenty of sun and seats.
The closest BC Liquor Store
along the drive is on Grant
Street, two blocks north of 1st.
It would be quite a hike, but fortunately you live on the Drive.
Take your fixie.
B: What you'll save in sanity
and cost of living by living
around Commercial, you'll
make up for in commute time.
Your only option to get to campus is the 99 B-Line which will
take 45 minutes. That said,
getting downtown is a breeze
thanks to Skytrain, but getting home after the last train
at 1:30am isn't nearly as fun.
Be set to get cuddly with subur-
bians or Downtown East Side
residents on the N9 or N20.
C: Prado Cafe is one of the better independent coffee shops
on the drive. Boasting intimate
seating, hot hipster baristas,
giant bay windows, free WiFi
and one lone electrical outlet.
It's a great spot to grab a latte.
Just remember that their uninsulated windows and aluminum chairs will freeze your ass
as soon as the sun sets.
D: Wise Hall at the end of the
Drive has always been a source
of community spirit and dance
for years. Keep them in mind
ifyou want to catch a concert,
community gathering, farmer's market and/or BDSM night.
E: The Britannia Community
Centre has one month passes
for $43.10. If that's too expensive you're welcome to use their
basketball court for free, jog
up the hill to Victoria, or practice Tai Chi in Grandview Park.
F: Be sure to go Fridays to Rio
Theatre's Midnight Double Bill
Cult Classics for a paltry $ 10.
If live performances are more
of your
thing, Cafe
Deux Soleils holds
open mikes, poetry slams,
story slams and other slamma-
ble arts events after 9pm each
night. If that still doesn't pique
your interest go to a community drum circle. Ifyou really
can't find it, just open your ears.
G: The grocers on Commercial tend to cater to the hippie/health conscious. Expect
a wide variety of organic produce, bulk grains and loose
spices at reasonable prices.
La Grotta Del Formaggio has
cheese, olives and quaint Italian goods at ridiculously cheap
prices. Dollar Grocers has your
cow juice for $2.79 and your
soy for $3.99.
H: Vibrant, young, hip Commercial drive is relatively cheap,
for now. Rent's only $475 a
month. One thing that disturbs us is that, according to
the UBC Student Housing Demand Study for 2009, 42 per
cent of students live in apartments and another 42 per cent
live in "other accommodation."
How much are the fines for
sleeping in parks these days,
anyways?
D0WNT0WNC6
You dug your own grave when
you decided to live Downtown.
Go cry to your loaded parents,
you aren't getting any pity from
us. til  201 0.04.12/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/5
SARAH CHUNG
schung@ubyssey.ca
Three years after UBC marine biologists discovered the remains
of a blue whale on the coast of
Prince Edward Island, the massive bone structure—larger than
that of a dinosaur—has finally
arrived at UBC.
With only four such exhibits in North America
and only 21 in the world,
UBC, along with the Canadian Museum of Nature, will unveil the blue whale skeleton on
May 22, also the International Day of Biological Diversity.
The behemoth will be placed
on display at the new Beaty Biodiversity Museum, located at
the heart of campus.
The flippers arrived first on
April 2, followed by the main
skeleton structures that came
on two flatbed trucks on April
7. The bones will be assembled
into a 26-metre long articulated skeleton of a blue whale,
which will be suspended in the
glass atrium of the Museum
fully visible from Main Mall.
"You are going to see what's
been a thousand broken bones
brought back here into 180 preserved bones that is going to
show the blue whale and all
its glory," said the Blue Whale
Project Director and UBC Zoology Professor Andrew Trites.
Trites initiated the Blue Whale
Project, also known as the "Beaty
and the Beast,"in 2007, when he
recruited a team of marine biologists and student researchers. "I
started with the Blue Whale Project three years ago with the first
thought of 'What can we get for
the museum that is truly unique?'
and to me...what do you give a
woman [who's] got everything?
Well, you give her a blue whale."
After eight months of searching, Trites said he finally came
Rare blue whale skeleton
ends its journey at UBC
One of only 21 exhibits in the world on display
across the blue whale, who died
in 1987 on the shore near An-
tigonish, PEI, and was buried
11 miles away on provincially owned land. With the support of the Canadian Museum
of Nature and the Government
of PEI, the project team dug up
the whale in June 2008. They
were pleasantly surprised.
"It wasn't just bones. It was
completely covered in blue
skin and blubber and the whole
thing had not decomposed in
20 years being underground,"
said Trites. "So that's where the
adventure started in dealing
with this one huge, huge mess."
Beaty Biodiversity Museum Director Wayne Maddison
hopes that the blue whale will
be inspiring.
"[Blue whales] depend on
shrimp-like creatures..you might
think that something that giant
would eat giant things, but then
it really speaks to the unexpected
connections ofthe ecosystems of
the world. I find that the coolest
thing," said Maddison,
Others were relieved to see
the final stages of the blue
whale's journey. "Today is a
huge day...we've seen the whale
all the way from PEI and documented various bits of it so
it's very nice to see it finally come to UBC," said Digital
Media Specialist and UBC Alu-
mus of 2004 Derek Tan. He
said that one of the biggest
challenges of the journey thus
far was getting the oils out of
the bones, which was also the
"least glamorous."
For Tan, his favourite
feature about the blue
whale is a special piece
of bone.
"I really like the pelvic
bone," said Tan. He explains
that whales first started off being mammals on earth and
when they went into the water,
the species lost their back legs
through adaptation—but not the
pelvic bone. "It's only about six
or seven inches long...[but] it
shows the presence of evolution and the diversity of life on
earth."
Along with the blue whale,
UBC's Biodiversity Museum
will also hold over two million
specimens, including the second largest fish collection in
Canada. The museum is currently looking for more funding before it can officially open.
Meanwhile, Trites is excited
about having the blue whale as
one of the main highlights of
the Museum. "It's like this tip
of an iceberg where at the top
they are going to learn about
how all the species in the planet
are connected both ecologically
and genetically and underneath
we [have] over two million specimens," he said.
"This is a new library for UBC,
it's a library of life and the blue
whale is going to be our librarian." u
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No more bad breath, earaches or sinus infections?
New gum could prevent more than halitosis
LARISA KARR
karr@ubyssey.ca
Having earaches or sinus problems? A new probiotic gum could
prove to be a useful investment.
Developed with the help of
UBC researchers, the gum is the
first dosage form of a patented
probiotic strain, bacteriocin-like
inhibitory substance (BLIS) 112.
Over 30 years of research by
Dr John Tagg, a microbiologist
and scientist at the University of
Otago in New Zealand, resulted
in the discovery oi Streptococcus
salivarius BLIS K12, which prevents infections from entering
the body through the mouth.
Dr Robert Hancock, Canada Research Chair and a professor of microbiology and immunology at UBC, completed a
study specific to the immune
response of the body to fight
infections.
"The biggest puzzle with innate
immunity is that it can defend us
against infection but it is able to
discriminate between the normal bacteria that we have within us and bacteria that cause an
infection," Hancock said.
"The original purpose ofthe
gum is that the particular organism (BLIS) also produces
these antibiotic-like substances that kill related bacteria and
some of the bacteria that they
kill cause bad breath. This organism also has the ability to
suppress inflammation ofthe
gums."
The gum, which is sold at
health and nutrition stores for
$8 a pack, contains about 500
million Streptococcus salivarius bacteria per piece, and was
made by compressing dry, powdered ingredients into a round
gum tablet. The ingredients then
stick together in the gum base.
I don't believe I
would purchase
the gum. There's a
lot of other gums
out there that claim
to take away bad
breath.
SAM PARK
SCIENCE1
"The method we used to
make the gum is to be sure
that no heat enters the mouth,"
said Lucretia Schanfarber, educational director for Cultured
Care, the company that distributes the gum.
"The gum is not heated and
the probiotic latches onto the
surface ofthe mouth and releases friendly bacteria."
"It starts to grow, just like a
seeding garden."
Some students are skeptical
whether they would purchase
the gum for oral health purposes. "I don't believe I would purchase the gum. There's a lot of
other gums out there that claim
to take away bad breath," said
Sam Park, a first-year Science
student.
"At the end of the day, they
don't really seem to serve that
function. I believe it's all a matter of promotion and marketing."
DrJohnSmit, a professor of microbiology and immunology at
UBC, does note that "if the gum
is backed up with concrete scientific data, it's a different story."
The gum contains no artificial flavours and is instead
sweetened with stevia leaf extract and xylitol as opposed to
aspartame, an artificial sweetener commonly used in gums
such as Eclipse and Trident.
Smit believes that the public opinion of probiotics has
changed over the past decade.
"A decade or so ago, people were
very secretive of the amount
of lactobacillus casei and bifi-
fobacterium contained in yogurt," he said.
"Now, it appears that everyone has jumped on the probiotic bandwagon and this could be
another marketing campaign."
As for claims that the gum
will successfully prevent strep
throat, "There is theoretical evidence because it can kill all
the organisms that cause strep
throat," said Hancock. "In theory it might be helpful, but in
practice I don't think there's any
data to prove that." tl
Ideas shape transit on campus
SAMANTHAJUNG
news@ubyssey.ca
On March 30, students were invited to present their visions for
a better transportation system for
UBC in the first Ideas Fair event.
The event was organized by
Campus and Community Planning (C+CP), and featured 17 presenters. Cash prizes were awarded based on "creativity, innovation and right-brain thinking."
Presentations includedideas for
tramways, alternate bus routes,
and changing the location of the
bus loop to the Norman Mackenzie
house, currendy UBC President Stephen Toope's residence.
Students Rebecca Beaton
and Alexandre Vigneault took
home one of the two top prizes
of $ 1000. Their presentation focused on making the car the alternative, creating a pedestrian
and cyclist zone for the 'academic heart' of campus and moving
the B-Line to University Boulevard to reduce congestion.
"We are quite pleased to see
that UBC could be open-minded
to our ideas, even though they are
somewhat radical," they said in
an e-mail.
Jared Duivestein won one of
two $500 prizes for his idea to
develop two bus loops, one at
the current location and the
other at the parking lot on the
corner of Wesbrook and Agronomy. His plan involved a complex system for figuring out
trip planning: "Use information UBC already has about
each student (from class registration) to create a trip matrix that would allow UBC to
identify and rectify situations
where large numbers of students have to make a very long
class-to-class trip," he said.
About 60 students, staff and
faculty showed up to the event.
They were asked to fill out feedback forms for each presentation.
Beaton and Vigneault were
slightly disappointed with the
concept of the fair. "It is disappointing that [C+CP] are not committed to implementing any of
our ideas, and that we can not
get involved in UBC's transportation planning process in any
concrete way," they said.
"Time will tell if the Ideas Fair
was simply a way to humour us,
or if our ideas will actually be
taken seriously." tl
Presentations
included changing
the location of
the bus loop to
the Norman
Mackenzie house,
currently UBC
President Stephen
Toope's residence.
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1   \J\J   UniU    II    IN RESPONSE TO "COUNCIL CUTS EQUITY PROGRAM [APRIL 8, 2010]":
Given thatthe AMS broke their own Code  I  There isn't, but thanks for playing.    !   Perhaps  in  reference to
by holding their in camera meeting with-  [  The President, as you well are aware,    !  self-righteousness,  Mat-
out giving their members sufficient notice  [  is able to add things to the agenda at   I  thew, have you ever attend-
of the agenda, I would argue that there  [  their discretion, and provided that such    I  ed one of the AMS Equity
are grounds for a legal challenge at the  [  changes are not challenged when the    I  workshops?
Provincial Court (not the UN).                     !  agenda is adopted.                                  I
—Blake Frederick [April 8] j                          —Matt Naylor [April 8]   j      —Stefanie Ratjen [April 8]
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JOHN BISHARA GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
EDITORIAL
YOU CAN'T REPRESENT STUDENTS IF YOU DON'T TALK TO THEM
It's said in politics that the deed doesn't get you in trouble: it's the cover-up. So the AMS should realize that if they're the target of more ridicule than normal from students over the next few months, it's not
about what programs they reduced, it's how they went about doing it.
Late last month your student government, faced with an extreme budget crunch, decided to cut $63,000 from the Safewalk program, which
helps students who want to feel safe walking home at night. That program will also absorb the responsibilities ofthe Safety program without any addition to its budget. Additionally, the AMS will dismantle
the Equity program, which provides training and support to students
and clubs within the AMS. Students might have been fine with these
changes, if they had been consulted. But they weren't.
Few people will dispute that Safewalk was bloated and the Equity program had yet to be meaningful to students. And with the AMS several
hundred thousand dollars in the red, they were some of the most obvious programs to be gutted. Had councilors presented the facts to students and engaged them in debate—as they were more than willing to
do during the United Nations tuition fiasco of lastyear—and made the
same decision on what to cut, there would be little outcry in comparison.
Instead, they had a secret meeting and refused to tell anyone what it
was about. Then they failed to put out an agenda for their "real" meeting
until mere hours before it began, and had the equivalent of a show-debate before cutting the programs. For programs that are meant to make
the student experience more accessible, it's ironic that Council decided
to be completely inaccessible when they were making these decisions.
President Bijan Ahmadian admitted that Equity staff weren't formally informed that their positions were in danger of being cut, and his
claim that UBC Equity could easily replicate much ofthe work that AMS
Equity did was embarrassingly rebutted by the head ofthe UBC Equity
program. Oops. This is the same man who criticized Blake Frederick
again and again for not consulting students before making decisions.
There was one main reason given for this egregious slap in the face
of students, which was that they "didn't have time" to consult because
these changes needed to be in place by April 1. Otherwise, they said,
hiring would have to happen for certain positions, and then the AMS
would be closer to death by bankruptcy.
That excuse is laughable. They could have passed a motion to delaying any hiring for another two weeks so they could talk to students. The
executive had been in office for over six weeks, knew the state of the
budget and could have held discussions for weeks before this. Council was presented in the summer time with last year's budget, which
showed a giant structural deficit, and failed to engage students on what
programs to cut during that time.
The threats made of what would happen if the AMS didn't do this
evoked the same sort of scare tactics that the Commerce Administration used to justify needing to charge students $500 a year for a new
building. Oh wait, they actually had a referendum.
Ultimately, no explanation is good enough when you cut important
services that students care about without any real public debate. To
add insult to injury, the AMS Equity Commissioner was barred from
talking to the media about the destruction of her program. Normally,
this wouldn't be an issue; employees of a company rightfully face discipline for talking smack about their employer. But in this case, after
being so secretive throughout the entire process, gagging the Equity
Commissioner seems like a petty, self-inflicting wound. Transparency and open communication were promised by Council and executive
alike after last year's idiocracy. Without it, debate is stifled, students
are alienated, the campus becomes more partisan and headaches are
created where there needn't be.
Council did this by cutting Safewalk and Equity the way they did.
And they have no one to blame but themselves, vl
TOO SEXY
KASHA CHANG
& AUSTIN HOLM
toosexy@ubyssey.ca
HEY TOO SEXY,
I'm a fairly regular male who is
interested in changing the colour/consistency/taste/odor of
his genetic awesomesauce.
I'd like to know what I can do
or consume which would make
my offerings more or less runny,
and maybe turn that off-white
shade into something closer to
fuchsia or teal. Are there various varieties of consumption for
making my sauce more sweet or
sour? And aside from storing
up, what are my options for increasing—or even decreasing,
quantity?
In a perfect world, I imagine myself shooting a half-cup
of something that looks and
tastes like the best parts of an
ice-cream cake. Or maybe my
chemical stew could sparkle in
the sunlight, like in those popular vampire novels? I guess
what I'd love would be for my
signature move to be a real personal signifier; something that
says in big clear, sticky letters,
"I was here."
From lime green goo, to something that looks like it came out
of Spider-man's web-shooters,
what are my options for discharging dissimilarities?
—Seeking Techniques
Regarding A Nervous Geyser
Expulsing Curiously
Unusual Manliness
HEY STRANGE CUM,
While there seems to be very
little solid science on ways to
change the characteristics of
a man's semen, there is a large
body of myths and rumours on
the subject. And while we may
not be able to help you turn
your man-goo green or sparkly, we can suggest some lifestyle
choices that are said by many
to spice up the overall ejaculation experience.
The seemingly most widely
agreed-upon facts surrounding
cum alteration have to do with
the taste aspect, for reasons that
should be fairly obvious. So we'll
start there and work our way
onto the subject's more nebulous ground.
TASTE:
Diet seems to be the key to tastier cum. Experts—or people on
the internet who do not resemble experts in any form—recommend fruits high in natural sugars such as strawberries, watermelon, pineapple, apples and
mangoes for a sweeter taste. Also
try veggies and herbs like celery,
parsley and wheatgrass for their
fresh-tasting chlorophyl content.
The effects of fish and meat are
contentious, with some sources
describing the resultant ejaculate as unpleasantly heavy- or
bitter-tasting, while others claim
the flavour is "buttery." Acidic
fruits like lemons, blueberries
and cranberries, and spices such
as cardamom and cinnamon are
also lauded as tasty options.
General consensus also claims
that alcohol (in particular beer),
coffee, cigarettes and red meat
are all to be avoided. The alcoholic, insomniac, chain-smoking,
ravenously carnivorous writers
of this column can't comment
on the veracity of that statement,
but we do know that cabbage, asparagus and anything else pun-
gently high in sulphur should
be avoided. Also, in our purely
anecdotal, non-scientific experience, taking antibiotics such
as penicillin will result in cum
that makes your partner's teeth
feel slightly chalky and squeaky,
like they've just eaten an underripe banana. No pun intended.
COLOUR:
As tempting as it is to envision
ejaculating the rainbow, manipulation of the colour of one's semen is purportedly difficult. In
fact, drastic colour change tends
to be a sign of trouble, whether it
be a greenish tinge that may signal infection, or a light pink colour that may be caused by bleeding in the urinary tract. That said,
although most semen is white,
cum that is greyish or evenyellow-
ish semen can be normal. There
is some evidence that B12 vitamins in semen are responsible
for this yellowing, so increasing
your intake could have interesting results. We'd also recommend
trying carrots, which turn skin a
light orange when eaten in abundance and may have similar effects on ejaculate.
AMOUNT AND CONSISTENCY:
Vitamin E, D and A are all rumoured to increase volume, as
are a variety of amino acids (the
building blocks of proteins). Particularly beneficial acids are said
to be found in foods such as wheat
germ, pumpkin seeds, brown
rice, raisins, chocolate and nuts.
These often also have a thickening effect on cum, so ifyou are
trying to thin out your sauce we'd
recommend avoiding them and
drinking lots of water.
Cum also changes consistency as time elapses after ejaculation, often coming out sort of
clumpy and globular before relaxing into a smoother more fluid texture. Kasha thinks that's bizarre enough already.
We also cannot neglect to mention pills such as Semenax and
Volume Pills which are meant
to increase volume of ejaculate.
Volume Pills promise an "overflowing, overwhelming, outrageously big climax", while Semenax claims to boosts volume
by 500 per cent. These drugs are
NOT FDA-approved, however,
and we do not endorse them. We
just think they're funny.
DISTINCTIVENESS:
As far as a personal signifier
goes, we think you might have
to look elsewhere thanyour ejaculate's freakish characteristics.
A great sense of humour, rapier
wit, confidence and mad bedroom skillz are all better ways to
get a partner to remember you,
particularly if the lights happen
to be off when you ejaculate. You
could also practice your aim; depending on your penile dexterity it might be possible to write
"STRANGE CUM was here" as you
shootyour load. As with anything
we've covered today, science is
really the only way to find out...
so get out there and experiment,
sexplorer! tl
LETTERS
DEARANIA,
First, your inclusion ofthe UN definition of genocide in support ofyour
argument in your letter, that the
abortions being performed around
the world today are genocide, strikes
me as rather strange, since the definition specificallyrules out abortion
as genocide. To restate the definition: "the deliberate and systematic
destruction, in whole or in part, of an
ethnic, racial, religious or national
group." I challenge you to prove that
unborn children fall into any one of
those categories. Since they do not,
if we follow your logic we can conclude that people killed by bombs
dropped from airplanes must also
be a group subject to genocide: after all, such killings are certainly
systematic, being planned and carried out in an orderly fashion, and
they are undeniably deliberate. The
term genocide' exists because prejudice and ignorance have lead to the
targeting of certain groups of people for unjust and unfair reasons,
as stated in the UN definition. It is
not supposed to be some catch-all
phrase for any killings that occur
in the world today.
Second, a group of people peacefully protesting against your GAP
display is not a violation of freedom of speech. If your beliefs are
so repugnantthattheyincite alarge
crowd of people to protest against
them, that's your fault, not theirs.
Maybe you should realize that
there's a reason why so many people feel so strongly about what you
are saying. Failing that, suck it up
and stop complaining.
I agree thatyour displays should
not be censored on campus. Free
speech is essential, no matter how
offensive the idea, and excepting
hate speech (which unlike Justine
I do not think your display consti-
tutes)you shouldbe free to spout/display whatever nonsense you wish.
Thankfully free speech also allows me to state my opinion thatyou
and everyone else associated with
that genocide/abortion display are
cruel, callous and hateful people,
all the more despicable for preaching thatyou are some sort ofbastion
of morality in a sea of evil. To compare abortion to genocide belMes
the suffering of peoples who have
undergone REAL genocide, and is
offensive in the extreme. However,
in my opinion this is not the worst
part ofyour beliefs. You claim in
your letter thatyou do not compare
women who have abortions to Nazis, yet in fact you do precisely that.
Abortions are not some random natural occurrence. They are brought
about by the women who chose to
have them and to condemn the act,
asyou do, is to condemn the "actor,"
as you claim not to do. Women are
not innocent victims, they are not
passive bystanders, they possess
agency and free will and the ability to determine their own fate. I
cannot understand how women,
like you, can support an organization that believes they are nothing
more than mindless drones.
The Nazis committed genocide
againstjews and other groups. They
murdered millions of people for no
reason other than irrational hatred.
To compare such an act to a woman
exercising her human rights as defined by the UN (whom you are so
fond of quoting), as she damn well
shouldbe able to, is absolutely vile.
Sincerely,
—AlistairHirst, Arts 1  2010.04.12/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/9
hiring professors that are more
research-oriented. "Because
[top researchers] spend a large
fraction of their time doing research, they obviously have less
time to teach in the classroom,
which means class sizes would
have to be larger," he said.
In response to the perception that research harms quality of education, Dean of Science Dr Simon Peacock argued
that "research and teaching
occur in the same place....and
each enriches the other. In my
experience, many of our best
teachers have vibrant research
programs and they are able to
share their passion and experiences in research with their
classes every day."
"It is also important to remember that student learning
is not just what takes place in
the classroom. It also is about
students' research experiences,
co-op jobs and field experiences—the whole range of learning
environments."
Hepburn pointed out that this
has a positive impact for everyone at the school through "indirect benefits of research." One
benefit is that it helps pay for
education. In a financial statement released by UBC on March
31, 2009, the revenue the university made from government
grants and contracts was listed
as $859 million, as opposed to
the $326 million received from
student fees.
Hepburn also noted that higher-caliber faculty are often attracted by the opportunity to
do research, and that a focus
on increasing a university's research reputation leads to better research facilities and better opportunities for graduating students.
"Ifyou're a PhD student, the
research reputation ofthe university directly impacts the perceived quality of your degree,"
he said.
Undergraduates can benefit
from UBC's research programs
if they manage to get involved
with them. Hepburn admits that
not everyone will have this opportunity. "It is a big challenge
at a big university like UBC to
make sure that undergraduates
get some benefit from all the research we do. It's hard because
there are so many undergraduates," he said.
Education Master's student
Samantha Kwon was amongst
the minority of UBC's undergraduate students who was
able to gain research experience while pursuing her degree.
"I was lucky because I was
working at a lab with a professor
so I was able to have a more personal relationship with a professor," said Kwon. "I think more undergraduate students should have
opportunities to do research in
the undergraduate level."
Peackock agreed with Kwon.
"We would certainly like to be
able to provide research opportunities for every undergraduate
who is serious about having such
an experience," he said. "We are
committed to doing that, and we
are putting more resources into
doing just that."
LEARNING IS DIFFICULT TO
REPRODUCE IN A CONTROLLED
ENVIRONMENT
Carl Wieman is the Nobel Prize
winning physicist and UBC professor who was recently nominated by US President Barack
Obama to be the Associate Director of Science in the Office
of Science and Technology Policy. He agrees with some of the
criticisms ofthe Science faculty's teaching for undergrads at
UBC. He believes that in order
to enhance the educational experience at UBC, improving in-
class teaching is required.
"The standard model of science education, namely that of a
professor simply lecturing while
students attentively listen with
little to no active participation,
is outdated and inefficient," Wieman said.
A desire to radically improve
Science education attracted Wieman to establish the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at UBC three years
ago. Now one ofthe cornerstones
of UBC's education reform efforts with a budget of approximately $12 million to spend
over 5 to 6 years, CWSEI has
three core steps for improving
science education.
The first is to establish what
students should be learning by
revising curricula and focusing
on a few learning goals that are
easily testable. Using physics as
an example, Wieman said that
ideally students should be able
to solve certain problems using
the skills that they've learned
in a course, but also appreciate
how physics is a part of everyday life. The second is to determine what students are actually learning through a number of in-depth interviews with
students, surveys and in-class
observations.
"The faculty are always amazed
at the lack of a match between
learning goals that they had laid
out for a course, and the content
of their exams and assignments,"
said Wieman.
Finally, instructors are expected to make up the difference between the desired learning goals
and the reality of their classes by
adopting proven teaching techniques. These include the now
widely-used 'clickers' that allow
for student participation even in
large lecture theatres.
Departments went through
a competitive proposal process in order to obtain funding
from CWSEI. Major funding was
awarded to the departments of
Earth and Ocean Sciences, Life
Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Computer Science. Departments that received less
funding were Statistics, Chemistry and Math.
According to Wieman, the
Earth and Ocean Sciences department has instituted the most
significant changes throughout
the entirety of their faculty. Life
Sciences, an amalgamation of
the Botany, Zoology, and Microbiology and Immunology departments, has not had nearly the
level of success even though it
was provided with the second
largest portion ofthe funding.
"Life Sciences is a special case
compared to any of the other
departments," said Wieman. "I
think their organization of their
undergraduate programs just
doesn't work very well. This division among a bunch of different departments with no clear
responsibility and accountability is not a very good organizational structure."
Skeptics have questioned how
an initiative such as Wieman's
CWSEI could accurately measure
a professor's quality of teaching.
When The Ubyssey asked Wieman how the CWSEI evaluates
something as fuzzy as science
education, Wieman exclaimed,
"It's not fuzzy at all! You just have
to think of the right measures
to make it unfuzzy."
BIG BANG REQUIRES
BIG BUCKS
Despite the work of the CWSEI, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) suggests that UBC has a long way
to go to improve its reputation for undergraduate education. The NSSE is meant to
give universities the incentive
to improve the education and
learning experience of their
students. Rather than focusing
on procedural compliance or
faculty credentials, the NSSE
looks at students' personal experiences at their universities.
Large research universities
typically score low, and with
their rank of 20th in Canada
lastyear, UBC is no exception.
Some Education students say
that although they believe there
is generally a good balance between research and teaching at
UBC, the practice of requiring
all faculty members to teach
undergraduate classes maybe
partially to blame for students'
low levels of satisfaction. Although some professors are
sought after as world-class researchers, this does not guarantee they will be able to effectively instruct.
"Some people are just not
meant to be teachers," said Education student Robert Tan.
"If professors aren't good at
teaching to large classes, they
shouldn't have to," Kwon said.
"They should be given a choice.
If they are better at teaching
in the lab, then they should
be able to teach in an environment that's more comfortable
for them."
Although UBC students
may wonder why some of
their professors are teaching
large classes when they seem
to have trouble communicating effectively, pairing professors with their preferred
teaching environments may
not be such a simple solution.
Peacock said that "the principle in the Faculty of Science
is that all our faculty teaches
undergraduates."
However, he said they attempt
to put professors in the courses that they prefer to teach, and
that they teach well.
"We have faculty that are passionate about teaching first-year
classes, and we have others that
are passionate about teaching at
the upper levels," said Peacock.
"And when individual preferences match what needs to be
delivered, everything is fine.
Of course, we need to make
sure that all of our courses are
covered."
Peacock still considers teaching ability important, but said
that "our goal for our entire faculty, be they professors or instructors, is that they can be excellent teachers."
Students have but one channel to provide feedback: filling
out teaching evaluations at the
end of each course.
"We take student evaluations
quite seriously here," said Peacock. "I read all of the student
evaluations as the dean. Our department heads read all of the
student evaluations, obviously the faculty reads their own,
and we have conversations with
those faculty who are not performing as well as we would like.
Likewise we celebrate those faculty who clearly are outstanding teachers."
As Wieman prepares to leave
UBC for the White House, he
looks back at the changes enacted on campus with a degree
of satisfaction.
"Things never move as fast
as I'd like, but I think we've accomplished a fair amount," he
said. But he realizes that overhauling the teaching of science
will never be a quick fix.
"You're trying to convince
people that the way they've
been teaching for the last 30
years and the way that science
professors have been teaching for the last three hundred
years, you're trying to convince
them that that's just obsolete
and that there's a better way
to do it. It'd be crazy to think
you wouldn't get resistance." tl
EARTH AND OCEAN SCIENCES'
SUCCESSFUL EDUCATION
REFORMS
According to Carl Wieman,
the changes to the faculty
of Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS) represent CWSEI's
greatest success so far. The
Ubyssey interviewed EOS
head Greg Dipple about the
improved quality of teaching in
the faculty.
Dipple himself didn't realize
the flaws in his teaching method until the CWSEI forced him
to take a closer look.
"[My] course has evolved to
the point where I am lecturing
so that the students could do
well on the final exam," Dipple said.
Dipple attributes his department's success in the CWSEI to a number of factors. He
believes that a select number of faculty, including former head Paul Smith and tenure-track professor Sara Harris provided the leadership
necessary for such a radical
change in their department.
Furthermore, Dipple says that
the enthusiasm in EOS has
reached a "critical mass" so
that even professors whose
classes aren't being provided with funding are changing
their teaching methods.
EOS has taken a course-
based—rather than a degree-
based—approach to reform.
While other departments have
examined what skills they expect a graduate of their program to have acquired and
work backwards from there,
Earth and Ocean Sciences
has instead decided to assess
what skills students should
have coming out of each
course they take.
The department identified courses that they considered to be 'chokepoints'—
courses a large number of students take and then branch
out from—and placed the
greatest emphasis on these
courses in order to ensure
that the changes in teaching
would have a broad impact
throughout the faculty. Professors also worked together in groups with their peers
who teach the prerequisites
to their courses to ensure that
students have the necessary
skills to succeed in upper-level courses.
Dipple sees science education reform as a short-term
investment that will have
long-term benefits. "At the
end of the day, you're changing how people approach
their teaching. Once you've
done it for one course, that
person will carry that to other courses. The best way to
make this sustainable is to
change people's behavior."
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Parkour in print is all well and good. But parkour is about movement,
and that doesn't really work in a newspaper. Check out our footage of
BC Parkour doing their thing at ubyssey.ca.
Learn the art of movement
Run, jump and fall with BC Parkour
RHYS EDWARDS
Contributor
"Three times in a row. That's
good," says my instructor. "One
or two times and it's just a fluke.
But ifyou can do it three times
in a row that means you know
how to do it."
I'm pleased. Scaling a 12-foot
tall wall is easier than I thought.
I'd always wanted to practice
parkour—the act of physically
moving from one location to another in the most fluid and efficient manner, no matter what
obstacles lie in your path. I've
spent hours watching YouTube
videos of insane Russian acrobats and French traceurs, the
opening scenes oiCasino Royale,
the sheer freedom of movement.
It's hard to suppress that free
spirit which precariously dares
you to jump over the railing at
the bus loop.
Luckily for me, I recently
discovered Parkour BC (PBC), a
group of like-minded individuals who meet a couple of times
a week to practice a sport unlike any other. At one of their
Downtown meets, I met up with
Rene Scavington, the webmaster for the PBC website. While
young men jumped from one
railing to another and did back-
flips off benches, I asked why
people practice parkour.
"It's limitless in whatyou can
do," he says. "It's scalable...it's a
sport tailored for the individual.
You don't need any equipment,
you don't need a team, there are
no rules. It can be practiced anywhere. It's personal."
As with any other sport, practitioners of parkour only perform their acts when they feel
safe. Bigger moves equal a bigger payoff, but the risk is greater.
BC Parkour does whatever a spider can. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
A person should be thoroughly
comfortable with basic movements before trying heftier
stunts. Scavington argues that
parkour is no more dangerous
than any other sport; that protective material encourages people to push and break their own
limits.
With this in mind, I was considerably more comfortable trying out some basic moves. Before
being able to even face an obstacle, one must know how to jump
correctly As I focused on shifting
my weight to produce maximum
momentum, I noticed a considerable increase in the distance
which I thought was possible to
traverse. That's what parkour is
The very act
of climbing
over a fence is a
rebellion against
the obstructive
function of that
fence.
about—thinking about the way
you move. I also practised some
basic vaulting which, once understood, is a surprisingly simple movement.
Parkour has some criminal connotations. The very act of climbing
over a fence is a rebellion against
the obstructive function of that
fence. When I ask Scavington if
PBC has ever had run-ins with
the police, he immediately nods.
"We're not criminals, we try not to
cause trouble. If the police come
and tell us to move, we move...
we're well intentioned."
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PLANTS AND ANIMALS
LA LA LAND
The suits and ties have managed to
drag off another one of my favourite bands. Plants and Animals are
an indie-rock band from Montreal.
Their last album, Pare Avenue, garnered significant critical praise and
prettymuch rocked the socks off everyone I know. I went to see them
play at the Biltmore lastyear and
was giddy with excitement. Then
they began to play their new songs.
This is not necessarily a bad thing,
butit became ahorrible, dirty thing
when it turned out that all of their
new songs were boring.
Fast-forward to today, and
their new album, La La Land. I
had really hoped that in the time
between that show and this album, they would have realized
just how uninteresting these
songs were and resumed their
course of awesomeness. Alas, my
initial impression proved true.
"Future from the 80s" and "Celebration" are both that dry sort of simple and slow that makes them good
sleepy-time music buttoherwise useless. The true-blue rock tracks like
"KonTiM" or "The Mama Papa" don't
have the build and crescendo of previous hits. The vocals onall the tracks
seem a lot more muted than in the
previous album, which is too bad
because I genuinely do like to hear
Plants and Animals' lyrics.
Perhaps I'm being a bit unfair. The last minute of "Game
Shows" has an interesting piano part that I liked quite a bit, it's
just a shame thatyou have to get
through the first four minutes. Similarly "American Idol" and "Tom
Cruz" aren't terrible songs even
if they do have incredibly stupid
names. Overall, it seems like someone convinced Plants and Animals
that they needed to be a bit more
"polished" or "put-together" or other buzz words that the masses seem
to like. For me, the best part of
the album is that I get to make
the joke that they certainly must
have been in La La Land when
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VOLUME XCI,  N° XXXVI
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EVENTS
TUESDAY, APR. 13
ARTS LAST LECTURE • Present
ing Mark Tewksbury, Olympic gold medalist, humanitarian and activist. • 1-2:30pm,
The Chan Centre for Performing Arts Free from Arts Advising, Center for Arts Student
Services (Brock Hall) and the
SUB Outpost.
THURSDAY, APR. 15
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL FREE TALK AND
DEMONSTRATION* Come meet
talent scout Marc-Andre Roy to
learn more about life at Cirque
du Soleil from a physical actor
and a clown's perspective. Get
an insight from the audition
process to the on-stage experience. • 12pm-1:30pm, Dorothy Somerset Studios.
FRIDAY, APR. 16
PUTTING GOD TO THE TEST • Dr
Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe and Dr Rob Tarzwell of
CFI will sit down together to
debate the reasons to believe
and/or not to believe in God.
They will also debate whether
science can be used to prove
God's existence or whether
science naturally disproves
the existence of God. The debate will be moderated by
David Berner. • 7pm, Room
2, Woodward Building, free.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AUDITIONS •
Vancouver auditions for Cirque
du Soleil will be held at UBC
for actors, clowns, acrobats,
mimes, etc. applying for Cirque
shows around the world. •
Runs until Apr. 17, 9am, Dorothy Somerset Studio, anyone
interested must apply online
at cirquedusoleil.com.
SATURDAY, APR. 17
WHAT'S RIGHT AND WHAT'S
WRONG WITH CHRISTIANITY • Dr
Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe will debate Brian Lynche-
haun of the UBC Freethinkers to debate what's right and
what's wrong with Christianity.
• 7pm, Tenth Avenue Church,
11 West 10th ave, free.
WEDNESDAY, APR. 21
HEALING ON THE SPIRITUAL
PATH - THE KEY TO TOMORROW'S HEALTH • Dr Vogels-
berger will present a lecture
about medically verifiable
SUDOKU
spiritual healing. Medically
documented healing will be
explained and healed individuals will share their experiences. Participants will
be able to experience the
healing energy for themselves. • 7pm-9pm, SUB
Rooms 214/216, more info
at bruno-groening.org/
english.
THURSDAY, APR. 22
iCLAMOUR! FEATURING FORBIDDEN FLUTES • The new cocktails, DJ and contemporary
music series, jCLAMOURI,
features Forbidden Flutes, the
wildly imaginative duo of Laura Barron and Liesa Norman.
Original works and arrangements of Imogen Heap and
Radiohaed are paired with
Canadian composer Derek
Charke's Raga Cha and Steve
Reich's Vermont Counterpoint for 10+ flutes! Catch
their eclectic sets after work,
with friends, over a pomtini.
• 5pm-7pm, Grand Luxe Hall,
303 E 8th Ave, $10.
THURSDAY, APR. 29
VOICE OVER MIND FESTIVAL •
Western Front New Music
kicks off their VOICE OVER
mind Festival, which responds
to audiences' growing appetite for unusual singers and
"extreme" vocalists. Vancouver's versatile vocalist Viv-
iane Houle performs with
Stefan Smulovitz' elaborate
sampling and improvising systems. Adam Basanta leads a
solo expedition through fields
of sound, intimate and distant
to the listener's ear. • 5pm-
7pm, Grand Luxe Hall, 303 E
8th ave, $10.
INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY CELEBRATION • From contemporary to flamenco and salsa to
hula hooping, Vancouver celebrates International Dance
Day with a series of events
which highlights the diversity of BC's dance scene. Initiated in 1982 by UNESCO,
International Dance Day is
marked annually with events
across Canada. The date commemorates the birthday of
Jean-Georges Noverre, regarded as the founder of
modern ballet. Each year The
Dance Centre, BC's resource
centre for dance, presents
events which celebrate the
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art form. • 12pm, Scotiabank
Dance Centre, 677 Davie St,
full schedule and info at the-
dancecentre.ca.
FRIDAY, APR. 30
ANOUSHKA SHANKAR •Anoush-
ka Shankar has emerged as
one of the leading figures
in World Music today. She
is deeply rooted in Indian
classical music, having studied exclusively with her father, the legendary Ravi
Shankar, and is now one of
the foremost performers in
that tradition. Caravan World
Rythms in partnership with
the Chan Centre presents
Anoushka Shankar playing
the sitar. • 8pm, Chan Centre, $36-46 at Ticketmaster,
student discounts also available, more info at anoush-
kashankar.com.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5
LIFE INTO FICTI0N-LEVEL1 • No
matter how contrived or fictitious a story might be, it is
rooted in the writer's experience. Join award-winning
writer Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
for a workshop that turns inner experience into ideas for
publishable stories. Learn
to write with greater awareness of human behaviour,
found beneath the daily fa-
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writing techniques. Focus
will be on recapturing the
past by a visit to the memory bank, interviews with relatives or a return to the place
of one's origin. • Runs until
Jun. 23, 1pm-3pm, Room
105, Ponderosa Annex C,
$265.
SATURDAY, MAY 8
ORIEN TIK/PORTRAIT • In celebration of Asian Heritage
Month of May across Canada,
Co.ERASGA Dance is pleased
to announce the kick-off of
its tenth Anniversary season
with the remount and Canadian tour of acclaimed dance
creation OrienTik/Portrait. Attend an opening gala fundraising event performance in support of Co.ERASGA and Vancouver's ExplorASIAN Society. • 7:30pm, Freddy Wood
Theatre, $28, purchase tickets at ticketstonight.ca or call
at (604) 684-2787.
CORRECTION
In the Thursday April 8 issue of
The Ubyssey we published an
incorrect photo caption on page
7 of the Women's Supplement
forthearticle "Behind the Veil."
The caption should have read
Shagufta Pasta and Mata Qadri
not Asma Sheikh. The Ubyssey
regrets this error.
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