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Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Volume 85 Issue 23
Starfuckiiig since 1918
Student society begs for voters
Low voter turnout
puts referendum
in jeopardy
by Megan Thomas
Students aren't rushing to the polls in the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) referendum to increase the health and dental plan fee, so the student society has decided to extend
the deadline.
Students now have until tonight at 5pm to weigh in on
whether they would like to increase the AMS/Graduate
Student Society (GSS) Health Plan premium from the current $187 to $240 next September in exchange for some
increased coverage and to maintain the current benefits.
"Just tell us one way or the other. Give us a clear
answer so we know where to go from here," said Oana
Chirila, AMS president
For an AMS referendum to be legally binding it must
reach quorum; ten per cent of UBC students must either
vote for or against the question As of yesterday, votes only
made up § total of ten percent between both the yes and* no
side; TEe^elecQgjii cordmittee* could not say how many
votes each side had received as the referendum is ongoing,
"[Quorum] doesn't look very likely," said Christine Tai,
AMS elections administrator.
Tai also said that getting students out to vote is an
ongoing problem at UBC.
"Voter turnout is always low. There is a problem with
apathy on campus," she said. "It's the way UBC is, and has
been, for quite a while."
If the referendum fails to reach quorum it will be up to
the AMS council on Wednesday to decide whether or not
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Library was lit last week, signaling the beginning of the holiday—and exam—season, michelle mayne photo
Report a milestone in women's
health research, says prof
by Sara Grosse
A recent report is the first in Canada
to provide a comprehensive look at
women's health in this country, said
a UBC professor.
The Women's Health Surveillance
FEATURE; Res kids do
naughty things
If res life wasn't exposed
enough, now you'll certainly see
the whole picture. Pages $-9.
CULTURE: Bif uses her poop-
er-scooper and talks about love,
music and Ducatis. Page 13.
Report, recently released by the
Canadian Population Health
Initiative and Health Canada, is the
first step in filling the research deficit
in women's health, issues, said
Arminee Kazanjian, a UBC professor
in the department of health care and
epidemiology and co-author of
the report
"It is the first time such a report is
being made available," she said. "It
provides you with quite a bit of detail
which hasn't been available before."
Inis report is important because
previous research into women's
health has been all but isolated from
other health research, she said. "You
always see the trees but you never get
to see the forests."
This report brings that isolated
research under one cover, providing
doctors and women with a much
more comprehensive understanding
of women's health, said Kazanjian.
Critical findings in the report
include a slightly lower hfe expectancy for women compared to mer^ and
that women face higher health risks
when dealing with depression, suicide attempts and their sexual health.
The    report.   also    found    that
See "Women" on page 2,
UBC stem cell research brings cure
for muscle degeneration closer
by Zerah Lurie
A UBC scientist has brought doctors a step closer to helping patients suffering from muscle damage.
Fabio Rossi an assistant professor in medical genetics
and a Canada research chair in regenerative medicine, has
discovered that adult stem cells found in bone marrow can
help repair damaged muscle tissue, such as the heart
"Now that we know which [cells] to look at we can
assess the mechanisms involved," said Rossi.
The discovery could eventually help cure skeletal muscle diseases like Muscular Dystrophy, but the research
might be useful for repairing damaged hearts—the same
mechanisms may be involved, he said.
Stem cells are precursor cells that have the potential to
create a variety of different cells. Bone marrow stem cells
are mostly used to regenerate blood cells, but had not
been conclusively linked to muscle cells.
But when Rossi and colleagues injected different single
bone marrow cells into mice and followed the cell's offspring, they found a specific type of bone marrow cell
whose daughters ended up in both blood and muscle tissue.
Clinical trials had already shown that bone marrow
cells injected into damaged hearts cause some improvement but it was unclear which cells were beneficial,
said Rossi.
This means they might have been injecting bad cells
along with the good.
"Hopefiilly the more we are able to define exactly
which lineage is involved, the more we will be able to
inject just the good cells," he said.
While scientists have identified muscle stem cells, he
said these cells aren't attracted to damaged tissue, meaning you have to inject them directly info the muscle to
repair it something he says can be a very complicated.
See "Stem cells" on page 2.
STEM CELLS: Rossi at work, michelle mayne photo TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2003
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On page IV of the First Nations Supplement in the last issue of Page Friday (November 21), we neglected
to give Wes Bredenhof credit for the two photographs appearing with the article "Changes and reservations." The Ubyssey regrets the error. ♦
SOU"gatingpkketfup at 85,
V*, at the Ubyssey, the official student newspaper of UBC feel that we should be doing out most to recognize and
encourage activities and events that develop and strengthen a sens* of community oa campus. For our 80th anniversary
in 1998, we established a $50,000 endowment that wil fund the Ubyssey Community Contribution Award. This annual
award recognizes a returning UBC Student who has made a significant contribution to developing and strengthening the'
senseofcommunityontheUBCcampusby. -
1. Organizing or administrating an event or project or
1 Promoting activism and awareness in an academic, cultural political recreational ot social sphere.
The award is open to all returning, full-time. UBC students graduate, undergraduate and unclassified in good standing
with the Ubyssey Society For our 85th anniversary, we wl award two $3,000 awards for projects last year and this year.
Decisions wl be made in late January 2004 and awards wiB be disbursed* to the successful candidates in early February
Nominees for the award wi be judged on:
L The impact of the contribution made • the number of people involved or affected.
2. The extent of the contribution ■ the degree to which ft "strengthens the sense of community on campus.
3. The innovation ofthe contribution ■ preference will be given to recognizing a new contribution over the
administration of an existing one.
4. The commitment of the individual to UBC
as a community
Nominations should include a cover letter by the nominator either an individual or a group, briefly stating the nature of
the contribution made, the individual being nominated, contact information of the nominator and the nominee and a
letter (approximately 500 words in length) describing the contribution made and how the above four criteria have been
Students are welcome to nominate themselves, but those doing so must attach a letter of support from another member
of the campus community. The award will be judged by a committee chaired by a representative of UBC Student
financial Assistance and Awards office and members from various parts of the campus community,
Deadlme fix submission of completed nominations shouH reach tk Ubyssey, room 2^OT, no later 4an Monday,
December 15,2)03. Ft* further information, please contact Fernie Pereira. Business Manager; T!k Ubyssey, at (604)
822-6681 or email fpereira#mterd)ange,ubc.ca
Health plan referendum could increase student fees by $53
"Referendum" from page 1.
to run the referendum again next
term. But Chirila said the AMS only
budgets for one referendum a year,
at a cost of about $3000.
If the referendum does not draw
enough votes and council decides
against another attempt, no benefits
will be added next year and cuts to
the current coverage are a possibility, said a spokesperson for studentcare. net/works, the company that
manages the health plan for the**
"There would be no possibility
for a fee increase," said Kristin
Foster. "It would certainly mean we
would not be able to add any new
benefits in the future."
Foster said the low voter turnout
could be a result of asking students
for more money.
"It is just really difficult to ask
students to vote about a fee
increase," she said. "I think that a lot
of people support the health plan
but may not understand or may not
support a fee increase."
Chirila added that a complicated
question and a short timeline to
complete the referendum—the referendum question was. passed by
council just over three weeks ago—
may be contributing to the low voter
"My only concern is whether this
question is clear enough and
whether students had enough lead
time to vote," she said. "We are doing
our best to rhake sure that people
have the information they need."
AMS policy was amended to allow
the elections committee to extend ref-
erendums after a 2001 referendum
asking students if they would like to
increase AMS fees to provide more
money for services like Safewalk just
failed to make quorum.
'People felt that an extra day or
two would have allowed them to get
the extra votes out," said Chirila.
To vote, students must visit
www.ams.ubc.ca. ♦
onic stem cells may still hold more promise
"Stem cells" from page 7.
Rossi says cells he identified,
with the help of then undergraduate
and now medical student Adrienne
Lee and research associate
Stephane Corbel, have one distinct
"They are actually attracted to
damage from the circulation,' he
said, meaning you can "just inject
them into the circulation...and they
will find the spot where they
are needed."
Rossi's research will be published
in the December issue of Nature
Medicine. ..'-.   .- .
< A'problem with adult stem cells
compared to embryonic stem cells is
that researchers haven't been able to
find useful ones for all tissues,
said Rossi.
A major difference between the
two types of stem cells is that adult
stem cells are associated with certain
cell types and are often limited to cre
ating cells that are related.
Embryonic stem cells can potentially
produce any type of cell in the body.
But Rossi is quick to point out that
treatments aren't exactly around the
corner, with years of testing and clinical trials still needed.
He also said this discovery should
not be used to promote adult over
embryonic stem cells.
At the end of October the federal
government passed a bill on cloning
and reproductive technftlogies that
included several controversial
restrictions on embryonic stem cell
research. The bill is" currently in the
senate waiting to bS mkdi info law.
~ While Rossi's research isn't affected by this bill and he understands the
complex ethical issues; he' said the
restrictions are. unfortunate.
"Embryonic stem cells, hold a
more concrete promise for curing
diseases in organs where we" do not
have a good control ofthe stem cells,"
he said. ♦
Single mothers'health more likely to suffer due to low income
"Women" from page 1.
single mothers face unique obstacles
because of low income, food shortage
and partner violence.
These women are a vulnerable
group and better research would provide a complete understanding of
what their needs are, perhaps leading to intervention, said Kazanjian.
Brenda Belak, information centre
coordinator for the Vancouver
Women's Health Collective, agreed
that there is a lack of research into
women's health issues, but said it is
more to do with gender biases
in research.
"For a long time the medical
establishment has been dominated
by men," she said. "Health research
in the past has tended to overlook
how health conditions specifically
affect women and instead...has generalised research from men to
women without particularly targeting
women to see if those things are
really true.*
. A lot of women ih disadvantaged
positions, such as women of colour,
lesbian women, immigrant women,
disabled women and women who are
socially and economically disadvantaged opt out of the health system
because they are marginalised,
said Belak.
By not accessing the health card
system, a lot of their health concerns
are not known and are not reflected
in research, she said.
A lack of awareness can also stifle
women's access to health services,
said Judith Pratt UBC's wellness education outreach coordinator.
"I feel there are many resources
in communities to assist women;
however, I don't beUeve there is
enough promotion around the issues
which limits access for the women
who really need to get it," she said.
"This suffers when there, are, local
funding cuts to women's programs,"
Belak also expressed^ frustration
over the closure of some Women's
centres by the BC government
"To me that shows that they are
not caring very much about women's
health care anct they are not doing
enough ia terms of education or
research or, advocacy or anything
else,* she said.
Funding ik vital to further the
understanding of Women's health
that is shown in the report said
"The burden of adipini^tration
for multidisciplinary, multi-site,
multi-sector research studies is veiy
heavy," said Kazanjian. "Unless ongoing funding is made available to
continue monitoring women's
health and to develop better and pertinent databases, to undertake
women's health surveillance, it will
not happen,"
The research team* for the report
plans to continue to* seek funding
from multiple sources to "do more
work in this area. ♦ TH| UBYSSEY
Better than
by Mai Bui
A new centralised, comprehensive online database of professor
information will soon be available to help make students make
informed choices when picking classes.
Students will have the option to view teaching evaluations,
teaching philosophies, interests and "activities, as well as
research and publications of professors through a link to the
Teaching Excellence Information (TEI) website, run by the Alma
Mater Society (AMS).
"The TBI's benefit is that all the information is right there. [As
a student], you can see what you're getting into, especially if a
professor publishes his or her teaching philosophy," said Laura
Best, AMS VP Academic and University Affairs.
The system will make teacher information easily accessible
and credible for students, said Best
"Right now, students rely on what their friends say or what
they've read on RateMyProfessors.com. It's so much better to
[get informed] in a professional way, where you get a lot of student feedback," she said.
.. The TEI is similar to a past AMS project called the Yardstick
that attempted to provide teaching evaluations online.
"[The Yardstick provided] only teaching evaluations, giving
the impression that faculty members are just teachers when in
reality, they are also publishers and researchers," said Best
Resistance from UBC faculty contributed to the downfall of
the Yardstick, added Best
"The: name also implied that professors were being measured...and we also had problems with some non-compliant faculties," she said.
^ Best is hopeful that the TEI will have more success because it
is more comprehensive.
"The TEI looks at professors in a more holistic sense; it's less
intimidating," she said.        .
But Best does admit that some faculties are more interested
in the TEI than others. She named the faculties of Arts, Science,
and Commerce as supporters of the initiative, with the faculty of
Applied Science being less cooperative with releasing teaching
But even if a faculty is willing to release, the information,
individual professors can choose not to share their evaluations
on the TEI site, said Margery Fee, associate dean for Arts.
.   "Some indiyidiial faculty members have asked that their evaluations not be made public... and so they won't be," she said.
She said some professors are worried that students are not
able to give impartial evaluations.
"The common phrase is, 'It's just a popularity contest what
would students know?" said Fee. "But who else would?"
SOON ON A COMPUTER NEAR YOU: Laura Best wants you to know about your profs, michelle mayne photo
Fee said that she thinks the TEI will be beneficial for professors as well as students.
"There are no...dismal teachers [at UBC], but some are excellent some are average or even below average," she said. "[The
TEI] helps professors realise that if they're not doing well, they
should get their competitive urges going," she said.
"We're public servants, using public money, and we should
be doing a good job," added Fee.
; Queen's University, McGill University, and the University of
Toronto (UoT) already provide similar teacher information
The Anti-Calendar, UoTs published listing of professor evaluations is managed by the Arts and Sciences Student Union and
has been up and running since the 1980s.
But Best said the TEI will take the concept even further.
"UBC would be the first Canadian university to release them
in a more comprehensive way," she said. "UBC would be taking
what oilier universities have done one step further.*
While the comprehensive database for the Faculty of Arts is
expected to be up and running by June 2004, it will be a few
years until professor information from all faculties are
available. ♦ .
"There cannot be any legal black holes"
The rights of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay are being violated by US, says prof
by Eric Szeto violated with impunity, said a UBC
NEWSWRlTER professor   of   international   law
last week.
Cuba's Guantanamo Bay is a murky Alfred de Zayas, who has also
"legal black hole* where internation- worked    with    the    UN   -High
al laws, leases and treaties are being Commissioner for Human Rights,
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DON'T TAKE ME: de Zayas talks rights, michelle mayne photo
said that these black holes cannot
exist unless we are knowingly stripping prisoners of their rights in
places like Guantanamo Bay.
"The norms are clear. There is no
legal limbo. National and international law are being violated with
impunity," said de Zayas. "I submit
that there cannot be a legal black
hole in international law."
Guantanamo Bay is a US naval
base on the coast of Cuba. During
the invasion of Afghanistan, shortly
after the 2001 attacks on New York's
World Trade Centre, hundreds of
prisoners of war were detained
there without due process of international law, said de Zayas. Some
have been held for over 22 months
without being charged or brought
before a judge.
"It is a basic principle of international law that any detainee has the
right to test the lawfulness of his or
her detention in a court of law," said
de Zayas.
"Indefinite detention is a...grave
violation of the [International
Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights], he said. "By putting these
detainees into a legal black hole, the
United States administration is supporting a world where arbitrary,
unchallengeable detention becomes
The US government argues that
the detainees are not subject to
international law because they were
fighting for the Taliban, an unrecognised regime, said Colin Campbell, a
UBC professor and Canada Research
Chair in US government and political studies.
The definition of what is
American soil and where American
laws apply is also key to why
Guantanamo Bay is the location for
the prisoners, he said.
"The Americans are arguing that
even though the base is occupied by
the United States, it is still Cuban
soil," he said. "Because it's Cuban
soil, they're arguing that because it's
not on American soil [the prisoners]
are not subject to habeas corpus,
meaning they can be detained
indefinitely." r
This is a problem for imprisoned
British and Australian nationals
whose governments expect a trial,
said Campbell. But trials that would
have been set up to tiy the prisoners
would have been a violation of the
Geneva Convention, he said.
"The Americans know that if
they ever start these trials, they are
going to make themselves exceedingly vulnerable because they could
be subject to a review of their proceedings by an international court,"
ke said.
The US has since released a number of the prisoners after many
months of detention, he added.
But Campbell distanced himself
from     the     decision     to     use
Guantanamo Bay as a holding cell
"It's utterly hypocritical, and to
me it's a vengeful and cowardly
detention that the Americans have
subjected these people to," he said.
The American Consulate in
Vancouver could not provide a
spokesperson by press time.
In his talk, de Zayas also said the
1903 Cuba/US lease agreement
over Guantanamo Bay was essentially done by force and should
be void.
"It violates peremptory norms of
international law, including self-
determination and the sovereign
equality of states," said de Zayas.
The unequal nature of the treaty
furthers its illegitimacy but somehow it still remains, he added.        '-
The US continues to act in contempt of international law, said de
Zayas. He also called on political
actors to take action.
"I should like to articulate my
concern over...the apparent lack of
political will to insist meaningfully
on their enforcement'
Another problem that looms ovef
the enforcement of international
law in this situation is its complexity
and the scope of its interpretation.
"Law is not mathematics. If it
were, we would not need judges,"
he said. ♦
—with files from
Jonathan Woodward TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25,2003
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Date:        Thursday, November 27, 2003
Time:       4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Locations Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall in the Cedar Room
Bunting,Coady Architects (for the
National Research Council Institute
for Fuel Cell Innovation) submitted a
development permit application for a
two-store^, 66,000 sq. ft. facility for
hydrogen fuel cell research. The site is
located in South Campus at the south'
end of Wesbrook Mall.
You are invited to attend a public
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proposal The applicant and staff will be present.
For directions to the Ponderosa.Centre go to: wwww.maps.Ubc.ca/PROD/in<fex.php.
Free Parking will be available at' the West Parkade, 2140 Lower Mai) (receive voucher
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by Carina Cojeen
UBC's award-winning First Nations
Longhouse celebrated its tenth
birthday this year, and work on participation of First Nations in post-
secondaiy education needs to continue, say Longhouse staff.
The Longhouse is home to the
First Nations House of Learning
(FNHL), the Native Indian Teacher
Program and First Nations Health
Careers, as well as the Xwi7xwa
Library and other services for First
Nations students.
But the longhouse provides
another important service for First
Nations students, said FNHL
Director Richard Vedan.
'It is a visual manifestation that
the university is committed [to First
Nations students],* he said.
The unique design also won The
Longhouse a Governor General's
Award ill Architecture in 1994.
While the Longhouse provides a
'focal point" on campus and a
"home away from home* for First
Nations students, Vedan said it is
important to remember that it is
more than just a building because it
also provides space for the FNHL
The prdgram aims to increase
the number of First Nations students enrolled at UBC, said Vedan.
First Nations students are
engaged in post-secondary education at one fifth the rate of BC's general population, he said.
One way that the FNHL encourages enrolment is to conduct outreach into First Nations communities across BC, said Graeme Joseph,
Coordinator of Student Services.
Joseph also said once students
arrive at UBC they face unique
challenges because of cultural
"First Nations cosmologies are
very distinct from western world
view$ and...this divergence within
ways of knowing cap. cause considerable stress for First Nations students,' he said.
At the university level, the FNHL
forges relationships with various
IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY: A decade of learning at the UBC's award-
winning Longhouse. michelle mayne photo
faculties on campus to develop curricula that are more sensitive and
relevant to the needs and interests
of First Nations students, said
The Longhouse also hosts many
events that are open to students of
all backgrounds. Recent events
include movie screenings, student-
run conferences and visiting
But Vedan said outside groups
wanting to use the Longhouse as a
"backdrop' for functions without
understanding or respecting the
meaning behind the art or the purpose behind the building is a contentious issue.
Prior to the opening of the
Longhouse in 1993, many of the
current services for First Nations
students couldn't be offered due to
lack of space in "little army huts"
around campus, said Madeleine
Maclvor, Associate Director of
the FNHL.
"We would do one big, event a
term, and now it seems like it's one
a week," she said.
The Longhouse also provides a
cfiildcare servige,' wi.th priority
going to First.Nations students.,
Maclvor said the service provides a 'family feel" because it lets
students drop in at lunch hour to
help feed their children.
'It just helps to keep the connection stronger,' she said.
Another special service provided
by the Longhouse is the Xwi7xwa
'It is one of a kind," said Ann
Doyle, acting head librarian,
because the library is open to
the public.
The Xwi7xwa also differs from
other campus libraries because of
its content
'First Nations material from a
First Nations perspective," is what
the Xwi7xwa provides for students,
said Doyle.
Unfortunately, the library is still
fighting for collections funding and
currently relies on donations alone
to add to its .collection, she; added.
VedaQ wouJ^yijL t£L &ee the
Longhouse > expanded,_,Jol cj e,a|e
more opporhinIities..,fgr §tjidents in
the future.    .,-..;■ ,h -k--y ^-e
"As you can see, there are some
houseposts which need , to be
enclosed," he said. - > >
The new rooms would be, used
for visiting scholars, research assistants and gra.d students. Recent visiting scholars have been put up in
the Ponderosa building because the
Longhouse space is already fully
utilised. •>'*.,
"Accommodation is not enough"
But relocating squatters a
success, says poverty group
by Jared Ferrie
The city needs to do more than find housing for the
homeless, says the former manager of a downtown hotel
where the city housed a group of squatters lastyear.
The squatters, who were relocated to the Dominion
Hotel last December after a highly publicised three
month standoff with city officials outside the old
Woodward's building, completely destroyed their rooms,
said former manager Nasser Nabahat
He also said that drug use and prostitution were a
problem during the squatters' stay and called on the city
to fund other services for the homeless.
'Accommodation is not enough," said Nabahat.
"These people need psychiatric counselling,"
Counselling is only one of the things thes homeless
need, said city councillor Peter Ladner, adding that treat:
ment for hepatitis, AIDS and drug addiction is also
Ladner also said it was a bad idea to house so many
people with mental illnesses and multiple addictions in
one place. ■    ?- •
'It's a recipe for disaster,' he said. "And that's what
happened—they trashed the place."
The city spent $40,000 repairing the Dominon Hotel,
Ladner added.
But the project was a success because it go| the squatters off the street after the Police Department and various
levels of government had tried and failed to remove
them, said Mark Townsend, a spokesperson for
Peninsula Human Society Community Services Society,
the group that moved the squatters into the Dominon.
"We, in 24 hours, moved them all somewhere else
and they've never been back [fo the Woodward's building]," he said. -,
Despite the repair costs, moving the squatters, to the
hotel may have actually saved the, tatxpaye/s. Arnoney,
Townsend added. t,    .hsjiJ
"Our strategy saved the riot squad coming in the next
day. I lliink that was budgeted at around $250,000,* he
said. "When you put it into perspective, it\yas,a cost effec-
,, tive intervention—unless all you want to do i? le^y^them
homeless."      ' *       -■:...?    4>
Recent squats, such as the tent city in Creeksidf Park
near Science world, have made homelessness a hot issue
at recent city council meetings. -■•■■--.;
"City council is not in the housing business," said
Ladner. "But there have to be more low-end housing
options that will have to come from federal and provincial funding." ••-■-:.
Combating homelessness will take more.thajj cheap
housing, said Ladner. ,-.-..,'•
. "There sire inadequate resources for people with mental health problems and they end up oij the Downtown
Eastside," he said. 'It's perfect for the drug dealers. They
can.go to one place and hit up eye,jrybpfly. And
' people pusit each other into stuff that they wouldn't
otherwise do.'_ -   . t
Townsend agreed that homelessness is a complicated
problem, but said housing is better than nothing.
"We just had to get people off the street. People were
sick and cold and soaking wet, and the Dominon was
basically just a temporary cold, wet weather shelter,"
he said. ♦"» t   ' .7 THE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2003     5
Counselling invisible wounds
A UBC program offers relief for Canadian soldiers returning from war
by William Mbaho
Vytas Tranelis is a 3 S-year-oId veteran of Canada's peacekeeping mission in Croatia from 1991 to 1993, and he suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Response (PTSR).
PTSR,   a  weaker  version   of  Post-Traumatic
Disorder, plagued him with remorse and frustration, depression and anxiety. He felt vulnerable,
and he felt he couldn't speak about it to Canadian
Forces doctors.
'Some psychologists came to Croatia, but they
were officers. Soldiers are reluctant to speak to
army doctors about their problems because it could
be a career killer," said Tranelis.
After ten years of suffering quietly, Tranelis is
now making the transition to civilian life with help
from an intense group-counselling program at UBC.
The    Transition    Program    for    Canadian
Peacekeeping Soldiers helps Canadian soldiers
overcome the effects of PTSR through experience sharing
and 'therapeutic enactment*
It i3 a grueling program that relieves the traumatic effects
through reliving the experience.
"We say the only way out is through," said Brian Walker,
a counsellor in the program.
The group brings together six to seven veterans ranging
in ages from their 20s to their 70s, who have witnessed conflict in areas ranging from Bosnia
to Vietnam.
Together, the intergenerational mix of soldiers
help each other make the transition to
home and work life through group development. They spend two days a week at UBC,
and spend the night in between in an environment like the barracks they left.
"The hope is that some of the stress will
leave and let them look ahead in a more
constructive way," said Bill Borgen, a UBC
professor who works with the program.
The four-year-old program is headed by Marv
Westwood, who works in the counselling psychology
program in the Faculty of Education at UBC.
"We are noticing a decrease in their depression
and an increase in their confidence and self-esteem after they
complete the intensive group-counselling," he said.
"They are also showing ..better relationships with their families and their workplaces. It is clear that the program is help-
ing peacekeepers re-integrate into civilian hfe," he added.
The transition program emerged from a life review program for Canadian veterans of World War II that was sponsored by the Canadian Legion.
Westwood received the 2002 Queen's Jubilee
Gold Medal for his work with Canadian troops and
World War II veterans.
After his experience in the program, Tranelis
said he feels rejuvenated.
"This group helped me open up and improved
my quality of life," he said.
The Canadian Forces and Veteran Affairs Canada
have also initiated preventive and post-diagnostic
support programs such as the Operational Stress
Injury Social Support project/(OSISS), which
includes peer support and provides soldiers with
training about stress before they are deployed.
Vince Tytler, a Vancouver-based OSISS peer support coordinator, and graduate of Westwood's program in 2000,
believes that more work still needs to be done.
'I would like to see a group of volunteers who work as
peer support workers to help spread the word," he said. "The
public needs to know that there are soldiers carrying invisible wounds." ♦
Smart Media to come
by Megan Thomas
The long-awaited blinking, flashing
cash and coupon machines that were
supposed to be placed in the SUB in
September will come, said ari Alma
Mater Society (AMS) official.
The electronic" transfer machines
(ETM) from the Smart Media Group,
whicH dispeiSs'e3 coupons tod display
poster1 rind" flash' advertising, will
arrive as soon as the company is able
to sell * the advertising space,
said Briait Duong, VP Finance for
the AMS.
'Obviously I would like to see
them in as soon as possible," he said.
"They are still tiying to get
But Duong said the two-year contract that guarantees the AMS
$ 120,000 a year is unaffected by the
delay. If the ETMs are still not in
place by the first payment date in
Januaiy, the AMS will still receive
money owed dating back to
If Smart
Media does not
make the scheduled payment in
January, the
AMS wilt be in a
position to sue
for breach of
contract, said
Bernie Peets,
general manager
for the AMS.
The student
society will also
receive 85 cents
for eveiy transaction once the
ETMs are in
place, but Peets
said he doesn't
think the delay in setting up the
machines has put the AMS out that
much money.
"If we had sold out the machine
as of day one on September the
first, yes we are out some revenue,'
he said; 'But nobody was expecting
them to do that right from
day one.'
Duong said he is not worried that
the corripany is having trouble getting up* and running at UBC and
attributed the problem to the timing
of the contract
'Obviously Smart Media didn't
get in the bandwagon fast enough,"
he said, noting that early summer is
the best time to gather advertisers
because many companies do budget
reviews at that time.
Because the contract with Smart
Media had to pass scrutiny in AMS
council over the summer, the company was not able to start selling
advertising- until the contract was
signed in August
"We had to ensure that proper
process was followed," said Duong.
"That's more important"
Another measure that could be
slowing the deal is the need for the
AMS to screen all advertisers before
Smart Media can approach them to
sell ad space, said Duong.
"That's not part of their normal
process," he said.
Hartley Pickens, a spokesperson
for Smart Media, said the delay is
because they want to make sure the
ETMs are fully stocked' with advertising before they hit the SUB.
'If we don't
come in with the
right presence right
out of the shoot
then it is just another big piece of
machineiy that's
taking up space,"
said Hartley
Pickens, adding
that, "The plain
reality of this market is people like to
take their time making decisions."
But Hartley said
Smart Media will be
honouring its financial contract with
the AMS.
'It is costing us a
lot more money not being there,"
he said.
Despite the delay, Hartley still has
high expectations for the revenue
from transactions at UBC.
"Because downtown isn't right
there...[students] spend a lot of time
in that Student Union Building,"
he said.
Hartley also said that Smart
Media continues to have success
with ETMs that are already installed
at the University of Western
Bon appetit, monsieur I
Chef Eric juggles his
life between UBC and
by Eric Szeto
In the beginning there was Martha Stewart, then came
Emeril and now there is Chef Eric.
Chef Eric can be summed up like a recipe: he's one
part chef one part UBC cooking instructor, two parts
family man and one part entrepreneur—over the
past year he has used the internet to become an at-
home chef pioneer by creating a Website called
911 cheferic. com.
Chef Eric, otherwise know as Eric Arrpuze, gr^w up
in France and came to Canada in 1993, He currently
teaches in a UBC continuing studies series called
'Culinary Arts with Chef Eric' and also teaches private
cooking lessons.
But the true outlet for his passion is his website for
aspiring Chefs to indulge in their culinary fantasies.
For a monthly fee, gourmands who want access to the
divine secrets of the stockpot get their fill of gourmet
Most of the recipes and instructions—from breaking eggs to the proper handling of raw chicken-are
presented just like any other cookbook or cooking
show, but what distinguishes Chef Eric's site from others are QuickTime movie clip tutorials that show every
petit detail.
Chef Eric says he doesn't bother with sound for
the clips.
"On the QuickTime movies there are no sounds
because of my French accent. I will have some people
call me and say, 'What did you say there?' I know that
will happen,' he said.
But Chef Eric never intended for the site to be used
for what it is today.
'Chef Eric online is a website and the idea of the
website was a final assignment I had for instructor
school,' he said. 'At first it was not accepted because I
did not have a name for it so I was quite upset So for
my next class I assigned my students to find me a
name for this website. They next day they came back
with this name 91 lcheferic.com," he said.
"They said my nickname was 'Chef 911' because I
always fixed eveiything so I kept the name," added
Chef Eric.
Eric saw an opportunity to help people with their
cooking through the website.
"The website itself is a learning tool. To be able to
use the Internet as a medium to go through and distribute my knowledge a little bit is great," he said. 'I
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CEST QUOI £A7 Why, it's Chef Eric showing off
his fruit and vegetable basket.
don't kiiow eveiything but if I can help' some people
cook and shop and make nice dishes, this is
the purpose/
Chef Eric has now had about 200 registered students on his website and says it is still growing.
And the customers seem happy with the site.
'I love cooking but I'm a really bad cook. I've tried
everything from books to classes. I found out about the
site and I think it's great because it shows the steps,"
said Isabelle Groc, a subscriber of Chef Eric's website.
Chef Eric will also answer emails regarding questions about his recipes if the instructions or recipes
are unclear.
In case of emergency he will even give you his
cell number.
'I've never had someone call saying, 'Help it's burn-
ingl' but in case I'm always there to help,' he said.
Chef Erid acknowledges the growing pains that
come with an idea that utilises computers and cooking.
"The biggest problem I found is that most people
don't have the resources to use the website,' he said.
"There is always room for improvement in everything, but I like the site the way it is now,' said
Fredrique Panhaleux, who was a student in one of Chef
Eric's cook shops. 'I like the fact that I have a French
chef showing me how to cook. It seems so simple." ♦ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2003
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SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE ACCOUNTABLE: Bonnie Mooney wants to know why the police did not act
when she reported being threatened by her partner who later killed her friend, ai lim choo photo
Police should be held
accountable, court told
Domestic abuse victim says police did not protect her
by Ai Lin Choo
When Bonnie Mooney first entered
a Prince George RCMP office to
seek protection against her
estranged partner's threats of violence in 1996, all she could think
of was death.
Now, eight years later, Mooney
wants the Justice system to pay for
failing to help her, for failing to
prevent her best friend's death,
and for failing to protect her
daughter against a gunshot that
nearly blew off her arm.
In April 1996, Mooney's common-law partner, Roland Kruska,
broke into her house with a sawed-
off shotgun. After cutting all power
and telephone lines outside the
home, Kruska killed Mooney's best
friend, shot her 12-year old daughter, set the house on fire and later
killed himself.
Mooney had gone to the RCMP
several weeks before the incident,
after Kruska had chased her in his
vehicle following an argument. She
was told that there was nothing the
police could do and was advised to
get a lawyer.
Last week in court, Mooney's
lawyer argued that the police failed
to take reasonable steps to ensure
her security and safety.
'If the police officer had fulfilled his duty...he might have
changed the outcome. It's not so
preposterous a conclusion to
make," said Henry Wood.
The case has attracted national
attention in arguments over how
police should handle cases of
domestic violence, and whether
they should be held accountable
under private law.
Mooney's suit against the
RCMP, the Attorney General of BC
and the federal Department of
Justice was first heard in 2001, but
was dismissed with the decision
that the police are guardians and
not guarantors of public safety.
Mooney immediately appealed
the case and the Vancouver Rape
Relief and Women's Shelter was
granted intervener status, allowing
the group to tell the court why the
case is an equality issue.
The group says the RCMP failed
to adequately investigate Mooney's
complaints, and argues that
Mooney's case points to larger systemic problems surrounding
police responses to domestic
Both Wood and Gayle Dickson,
the    lawyer    representing    the
Vancouver Relief and Women's
Shelter,   argue   that  the   police
should   be    held
accountable     for
failing  to   follow
<^r.™22 fault a*""1 *e
against    Women   police and
and Children poli- .
cy  states   that Roland aren't
police should
"Are they saying
that it is all my
to Blame at all?
arrest defendants
in cases of domestic disputes, even
if it is unclear as
to whether those
cases will be
successfully *
Mooney says her case shows
how lightly police respond to complaints of domestic violence.
"I just felt like nobody cared
about me and I was going to die,"
she said. "I'm not the criminal
here. I have not done anything
Crown defense lawyer George
Carruthers argued last week that to
prove the police breeched their
duty to protect Mooney, it must be
shown that a special relationship
existed between Mooney and
the police. ,
He explained that Mooney's
relationship with the police wasn't
one of reliance as the RCMP had
not promised to take action against
Kruska. _ .
"What we have here, is an. omission that failed to improve the situation," argued Carruthers in court
"You can't impose reliance on
an individual. There has to be
some acceptance of the responsibility."
Mooney says that she is dumbfounded at the repeated statements
that she should be held responsible
for the April 1996 incident
"Are they saying that it's all my
fault and the police and Roland aren't
to blame at all?' she questioned.
On the night of the shooting.
Kruska broke into
Mooney's   Cluculz
Lake home through
a    sliding    glass
door. Mooney, her
two daughters, and
Hazel    White,     a
friend    who    had
been staying with
her, were asleep at
the time.
, After      Kruska
entered the home.
White pushed
Mooney   into   the
bathroom and told
her     to      escape
through a window.
Kruska then shot
Mooney's 12-year old daughter in
the shoulder and shot White in
the back.
Kruska was on probation at the
time after serving 18 days in jail
for attempting to strangle Mooney.
He had also been convicted of
manslaughter in 1979 and sexual
assault of a 13-year-old in 1985.
Mooney says the events of 1996
were life changing and added that
she and her daughters still suffer
from psychological and physical
"My daughters' lives haven't
been the same since. It [the shootings] destroyed them. It's ripped
our family apart," she said. ♦
—Bonnie Moodey
victim of abuse THEUBYSSEY
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2003      7
FTAA versus
public education
Teach-in held at same
time as talks in Miami
by Stephen Hui
VANCOUVER (CUP)-International trade
negotiations, such as those aimed at establishing the world's largest free trade zone,
are a threat to public education, a
Canadian trade analyst said in Vancouver
last week.
"There's an underlying conflict here,"
said Jim Grieshaber-Otto from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives,
"between the principles and purposes of
public education and international trade
Grieshaber-Otto made his comments at
a teach-in the same day talks laying the
groundwork for the proposed Free Trade
Area of the Americas (FTAA) wrapped up
in Miami, Florida. Trade ministers agreed
on a framework for the FTAA, which would
reduce barriers to trade between 34 countries in North and South America.
United Nations treaties protect the
right to an accessible and affordable education. But in practice, according to
Grieshaber-Otto, rules set out in trade
agreements tend to supercede treaties'
provisions for education and human
rights,,  .
'Canada should recognise the primacy
of human rights law over trade and investment treaties," he said.
To protect its education system, said
Grieshaber-Otto, Canada should not make
or demand any commitments related to
education during trade negotiations.
Governments must also keep commercialisation in schools to a minimum, the trade
analyst maintained.
'Commercialising public education
promotes narrow interests," Grieshaber-
Otto said, "and undermines the fundamental principles of equity, diversity and
openness upon which public education
systems are based.*
Increasing the commercialisation and
privatisation of primary, secondary and
post-secondary education would also
expand the reach of trade agreements, he
About 20' people—mostly teachers-
attended the teach-in.
Peter Debille, a delegate to the
Vancouver and District Labour Council
and a member of Vancouver's anti-war
coalition, said he found the teach-in
informative, as he is more familiar with
the impact of free trade on postal workers
than education.
Debille added that he intends to get
postal workers involved with fighting the
"The important thing is to get in the
game and start the ball rolling/
Grieshaber-Otto said, pointing out that
activists stopped the Multilateral
Agreement on Investment from being
According to the Associated Press, thousands rallied and about 140 were arrested
as demonstrators clashed with police in
riot gear during the Miami negotiations.
Opponents of the FTAA say it poses a \]r£~M
threat to the environment, human rights,
indigenous people and workers. ♦
NO FTAA! Trade Analyst Jim Grieshaber-Otto. Stephen hui/canadian university press photo
Food For Fines - An event brought to you by the AMS and the UBC Library,
Pay off your library fines with food instead of cash! Clean out your cupboards
before leaving for the holiday AND clean up your library debt at the same time.
All borrowers are eligible, whether they are students, staff, alumni, faculty, or
community members.
From November 24* to 28"", 2003, all borrowers with library fines are eligible
for fine waivers. For every non-perishable food item your donate, $2 of your fine
will be waived to a maximum of $20. All donations will be given to the Greater
Vancouver Food Bank.
Items in demand include:
• canned meats, soups &stew§   .
. • canned fish "
• pasta, pasta sauce3 and" rice
• canned fruits and vegetables
» and baby formula.
Note: Borrowers without fines cannot receive a credit on their fines account for
donated items, however, they are welcome to drop off their donations for the
food bank.
Do you have a vision but lack the boding to see it through? The IPF is an excellent   j
opportunity whereby your vision can become a reality. j
The Innovative Projects Fund is an annual donation made by the AMS to the Univorsily
in an effort to aid ih the enrichment and progressive development of lhe campus
community. Traditionally, each successful application receives funding ranging from
$3,000 to $5,000. in past years, projects have taken the form of clubs, student media
initiatives, conferences and services. All UBC students, staff and 'acuity who have such
a vision are encouraged to apply.
For more information, see the IPF online at www.ams.ubc.ca/iof. Application fbnns
am available online and at the Student Union Building, SU8 Room 238. The deadline for
applications is Friday, November 28*, 2003
The last AMS Council Meeting of 2003 will take place on Wednesday, November 26*,
2003 in SUB Council Chambers (SUB 206) at 6:00 pm. This meeting will feature
James Kusie, National Director of CASA (Canadian Alliance of Student Associations).
Come find out about the federal lobbying efforts of the AMS through CASA. Everyone
Chc-CK out tiese 3:eat cjc-drv >p
workshops that precede the Student
Leadership Conference in January.
Tuesday, November 25*"
• Roadblocks to Leadership
• Smells Like Team Spirit
Wednesday, November 26'-*1
• Careers In Student Affairs - Can I
Really Do This For A Uving?
Wednesday, November 26s
• Inclusive Leadership-Awareness
F (•- m i' 'v.i 1 .' u\ ■•*} to r i^ ctcr. ■_ t
www students ubc ca'success/
leadership cfm
Are you interested in running in the upcoming AMS Elections? Nomination forms are'
new ava'lable from the AMS E'ections Office (SUB Room 2" 8). Elections will run 'ram
January 171". 2004 to January 2V, 2004. Elected representatives serve their term
from M3rch 2004 to March 2G05. For more info-ivaiicn on 'Jie AMS Elections, visit ihe
Elections Cnmm'ttee in their once or erne.! them at etedfonsigams ubc ca.
Sign up for our electronic newsletter The AMS Interactive, and we'll send you
updates on all the latest events and issues that affect you. To sign up visit
Wednesday, November 29", 2003
Display Booth: Hosted by die Wellness Cente. UCom and Students against Global
AIDS SUB Soulh Plaza • 1100 am - 3 00 pm
Thursday, November 26;\ 2003
Workshop by Wellness Centre Sexuality and Sexual Heath"
Wellness Centre • 12'00 - 2 00 pm
Friday, November 27!h, 2003
Display Booth: Hosted by the Wellness Cente. UCom and Students against Global
SUB South Plaza • 1100 am - 3 00 pm
November 25*, 2003
• Christmas Gift Fair
• Toonie Tuesdays at the Pit
•Karaoke at the Gallery
• Shindig - Battle of the Bands
• Toy Drive for B.C. Children's Hospital
November 26^,2003
•Pit Night
• Gallery Night
• Laffs @ Lunch
«Christmas Gift Fair
• Toy Drive for B.C. Children's Hospital
Fw more information Check out
our calendar of events online at
www.ams.ubc.ca. ._ ^A$4mi:^mmi
An AH Round Good Place to Eat!
Tasty Snacks
Light Lunches 1i
Baked Goods;
Soups & Salads
open Mon - Fri  o 7:00am to 6:00pm
SUB Lower Floor
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Individuals who have received a Bachelor's Degree
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CAN I GET AN AUTOGRAPH? Fans at the UBC women's volleyball game beg for some interaction
with T-Bird talent, peter klesken photo
Young fans not enough for win
by Jesse Marchand
The Thunderbird women's volleyball
game attracted more than the usual
fans on Friday night Amongst the
sparsely populated adult crowd was a
very large group of children. In an
extended school-hours field trip, students from Grandview elementary
came to cheer on UBC, and - they
came prepared.
Marked with face-paint and
armed with loud screaming, the
school mates cheered for their
favourite U^C" players; despite the
fact that some pf them'had no idea
what wras going on. But then* again,
many of them did. UBC athletes in
the stands were pressed for autographs and UBC setter Amy
Schroeder was particularly honoured
with the letters of her first name written across three boys' chests.
But the opposing team, the
University of Calgary Dinos were not
without their young fans either. One
young boy seated with his family,
held up the sign 'I love Amanda
Moppett," in honour of the Dino's
left side.
Despite the overwhelming young
fan support for UBC it wasn't enough
to garner a win on Saturday. After finishing one place ahead of UBC in
Canada West last year, beating them
in this year's Saskatchewan Cup and
then losing to the ferocious Birds 3-1
on Thursday, the Dinos had something to prove.
'We always have a rivalry with
Calgary," said UBC's left side Emily
Cordonier, the second highest leader
in kills on Thursday. 'Every year we
have a pretty big rivalry and ifs
important to us to do well against
them...we are a httle bit more of tne
underdog going into this year, whereas lastyear they were trying to bump
us off, now it's us trying to bump
them off."
Despite gaining the first point of
the game, UBC quickly fell behind by
several deficits. At one point UBC was
11 points behind the Dinos before
being able to grab a kill. The first set
ended 14-25 for Calgary and the second set wasn't much better. After a
.continuous string of kills and blocks ,
by Calgary, the score ended even
""worse for UBC at 12-25. The Birds
were not ready to die, however, and
in the third set they gave the Dinos a
run for their money. In a set that saw
lots of time-outs for Calgary, UBC was
unstoppable and beat them 25-18.
The fourth set was an even
matched battle for the most part with
both teams answering each others'
solid blocks and Mils. But with just 14
points, the Birds let the Dinos gain a
considerable lead, a lead that ended
16-2 5 for the Dinos after UBC served
too far for the last point
"It's disappointing that in today's
fourth set we couldn't do what we did
in yesterday's fourth set" said UBC
head coach Doug Reimer after the
game. Thursday's game had also
seen some deficits as high as 1-7, but
the Birds had been able to battle back
for the win.
'Tonight Calgary locked a lot
fresher," added Reimer. "We struggled so much just passing the ball
that we never got on tract It was a
very frustrating evening from that
respect because I don't think we really pushed Calgary."
The Birds next take on Regina in
another home series next weekend.
"This year it's pretty much anyone's ball game," says Cordonier.
"There's about five teams at least in
Canada West that gould be number
one," and if UBC Wants to move up
from the number four spot it will
take some effort '
In the words of Coach Reimer,
'we've got some work to do-.^ ♦
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Go Ziak go!
. UBC's Jerry Ziak took home top honours at the NAIA individual title in
the cross-county nationals in
Kentucky Illinois, this weekend.
Racing in the 8km run Ziak clocked
in at 24:22.6. Despite* Ziak's top finish, the Birds only finished ninth.
The women fared better as a team,
however, placing fifth out of the 28
teams. The top runner for the
women was Celia Ambery who took
home one of the all-American honours with a time of 18:08.0. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Bittersweet ending
to home series
by Dan McRoberts
It was a case of too little too late for the UBC Thunderbirds men's
basketball team on Saturday night as the men barely fell short
against their arch-rivals, the SFU Clan. The visitors outpaced and
outshot the Birds, who nonetheless made a solid effort in the final
stages, losing by a final count of 82-80.
UBC guard Casey Archibald, who scored 30 points on Friday
and 17 on Saturday, was pointed in his assessment of the teams'
play. 'We came out really flat, with no momentum," he said after
the loss. 'SFU beat us up at everything...we made a late run but
just ran out of time."
The Birds allowed the Clan to build a considerable lead in the
first half, as they looked disorganised both defensively and in
attack. According to Archibald and Coach Kevin Hanson, Karlo
Villanueva's limited availability following a wrist injury factored
in the Birds' early struggles. 'The injury to Karlo put some guys
in an uncomfortable position..it was a psychological barrier we
didn't overcome," said Hanson; 'Our young guys had problems
adjusting to that."
Although he did not start, Villanueva did play key minutes off
the bench, marshalling the UBC squad as" they drew within five
points of the Clan by halftime.
It was more ofthe same in the second however, as the visitors
continued to hold a hot hand.'Hot, meanwhile, could hardly
describe the Birds shooting performance. Several long range
attempts missed badly and UBC struggled mightily throughout
the game at the foul line. Hanson also felt that the defence was
guilty of 'taking a few too many risks."
"We tried to get it all back at once, and you really need to chip
away instead," added Coach Hanson. The Birds did get a few outside shots to drop in the last moments, making for an exciting
conclusion. With just two seconds left UBC had scored to make it
81-80 in favour of SFU and were looking to commit a quick foul.
In a bizarre sequence, the clock wasn't started on the inbounds
pass, and then was allowed to run out after the foul was called.
SFU then shot two free throws with no time on the clock, missing
the second. It was not clear what would, have happened if UBC
had miraculously scored off the rebound. In any case, the teams
split the home-away series, leaving UBC with a 4-2 record.
T-Bird basketball will not? return to. War Memorial until
January 9, as the team heads off this weekend on their first road
trip of the season. Archibald is clear about what he hopes will
come from the games in Brandon and Regina: "Two wins,
for sure."
His coach agrees, saying, "it will be interesting to take our
young guys into two hostile gyms, which are tough to play in.'
With those being the last two games until a year-end tourney at
the University of Victoria, the Birds will take a bit of a break
before hitting the practice floor throughout December.
Hanson says the layoff is problematic for the young UBC team.
"Taking a month off in the middle of the season when teams are
reaching their peak is hard. It can have a detrimental effect," he
said. On the bright side, a bit of time off will certainly help the
Birds on the injury front. ♦
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Two-pronged weekend
Women's hockey team regains their composure after a
tough loss against the Lethbridge Pronghorns
HUMAN GODZILLA? No, It's 6'7" forward Ryder McKeown
getting away from the SFU defence . michelle mayne photo
by Jesse Marchand
After a crushing 6-1 loss to the Lethbridge Pronghorns on
Friday, the UBC Thunderbirds women's hockey team
chalked up another win for the season by winning 3-1 on
A sparse crowd peppered the stands behind the benches, including a fan with a blue stadium air-horn with an ear-
piercing noise that reverberated off of the arena's walls. But
the Birds didn't take the poor turn-out to heart
With seven minutes left in the first period, UBC centre
Jeanine Saville slipped in the first goal of the evening. By
sliding it through the narrow opening between the
Pronghorn goalie's leg and the bottom right corner of the
post Saville sneaked in the first goal for UBC. This gave the
team the momentum they needed to take on the number
seven ranked Pronghorns and win.
ENRAPTURED: The women's hockey team avidly
watches the action on the ice. Chilly coaches in
suits stand behind, peter klesken photo
But momentum wasn't, enough for long. The
Pronghorns came back at UBC two minutes later and took
revenge on UBC goalie Lucie Fortin, The blow came at the
hands of forward Janay Chipman after a smooth pass from
forward Kate Valikoskl The first period ended with the
1-1 tie.
In the second, UBC came out strong again and with
seven minutes left put the pressure on the Lethbridge
goalie. And despite a deficit of 17-24 shots at the end ofthe
second period, UBC managed to pull out another goal with
4:20 left
Lethbridge tried hard to answer back in the third, trying
so much that they fired 35 shots on Russell But UBC head
coach Dave Newson felt that the number of shots far
exceeded their quality. 'I don't think there was a lot of quality chances," he said. "It's got to be a really good scoring
chance for her JFqrtin] to get scored on."
UBC was not deterred by the shoddy shots nor were they
distracted by the fans. Even when the stands were filled
with the sound feet thumping as one man stole the blue airhorn and ran steadfastly away with it, the Birds remained
focused. With minutes left, a desperate Lethbridge pulled
their goalie to create a self-made powerplay, but it wasn't
enough. UBC took the opportunity to shoot into the empty
Pronghorn net and make it a 3-1 deficit
Although that was the last goal ofthe evening, the game
was not over. With only 2 5 seconds left, Lethbridge assistant captain and defender Jacqueline Stroeve took a hard
hit a hit that stopped the clock for some time and ended
with Stroeve being escorted off the ice by her teammates.
Unfortunately, no one saw the culprit of the hit and UBCs
Alissa McArthur was chosen to take the mandatory game
misconduct penalty, that will have her sit out of the next
game. Although this gave the Pronghorns one last powerplay and a strong shot on net, it wasn't enough to bridge the
two goal gap.
'Lethbridge are sort of known as a hard-working physical team that tries to intimidate you," said Newson. "That's
what they did on Friday night and we wanted to give
them a taste of their own medicine, so to speak, on
Saturday night"
The Birds are now 2-8-0 for the season and will take a
winter hiatus until January before they play their next
game. They are slated to play the number one ranked
University of Alberta Pandas, and if the Birds hope to
regain some honour after the last two shutouts served to
them by Alberta they will have to make sure to stay warm
and get some ice time in December. ♦
Motivated basketball women
Thunderbirds break the Chancellor gym dry spell
by Wilson Wong
If UBC head coach Deb Huband ever
wants to switch jobs, she should look
into becoming a motivational speaker. Her halftime speeches must have
„ been truly rousing as her team overcame nine and seven point halftime
deficits to sweep fifth-ranked SFU
° in a home-and-home series last
In Friday's Barbara Rae Cup
game, the UBC team found itself
down 42-33 at the half after a lacklustre 20 minutes of basketball
where every combination Huband
threw onto the floor was ineffective
against the likes of 6'4" SFU centre
Julia Wilson. The Clan shot better,
was quicker on defence and dominated on the boards.
After tHe game, Huband indicated that at halftime, she worked on
the "mental barriers that have held
us back against an SFU team that we
feel we've been even with for a couple of years."
Whatever Huband said worked as
UBC quickly erased their deficit with
a 12-2 run. Improved defence and
shooting allowed the Thunderbirds
to build up a seven point lead that
the Clan could not overcome. In the
second half, UBC shot 61 percent
from the field while they held SFU to
36 percent. The 68-64 score marked
UBC's second straight win at SFU's
Chancellor's Gym after 18 straight
losses dating back to 1989.
Carrie Watson led UBC with 16
points and Kelsey Blair recorded 14
points and nine rebounds. Julia
Wilson ended as the leading Clan
scorer but her play indicated how
things went for SFU with 14 of her
16 points coming in the first half.
And, as if by design, the same
scenario played itself out the next
night at War Memorial. SFU came
out determined on both ends of the
floor allowing only 22 points in 20
minutes while scoring 11 of their 29
points off of UBC turnovers. Watson
was the saving grace for UBC scoring half of her team's first half
point—most of them in acrobatic
just like the nfght before, fortunes reversed after halftime as UBC
erased their deficit with a 10-2 run.
The Thunderbird defence was
absolutely brilliant holding SFU to
six field goals and 21 per cent shoot
ing in the second half, allowing the
offence to score 41 points to turn
a seven point deficit into a
63-49 victory.
"We really wanted the sweep,
since we haven't beaten them in
this gym in I don't know how long,"
said Watson. She did her part by
scoring 24 points, while Kim Howe
grabbed nine boards. Blair got all
her 11 points in the second.
Conversely, SFU's Kelsey Thu
recorded all ten of her points in the
first half finishing second on her
team to Dani Langford (13 points).
Obviously distraught, none of the
SFU players wanted to speak after
the game.
Huband was obviously ecstatic,
saying, "We're making histoiy right
now," in reference to the sweep of
SFU. UBC could be the number one
team in the country after top rated
Winnipeg was swept by sixth-ranked
Regina over the weekend. But when
asked whether her team was
Canada's best, she replied, "We'll
see at the end of the year, won't we?"
Whatever their ranking, UBC will
head out to the Prairies next
week for games against Brandon
and Regina. ♦ "=f
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Brftakes theUbysseyfor
a walk to the dog park
by Greg Ursic
Most musicians take a httle "me time* after finishing a tour.
Not Bif Naked. For the past several weeks, she has been rising at 3:45amr arid is at The Fox by 5:30am for her Naked
TrafSc stint: When she's done at 1 lam, she heads off to the
studio to work on her upcoming album for which she's
already, laid down roughly 35 tracks.
Consequently,! after much persistence and patience I am
luckjfenougn, to get a. phone interview witbjthe consummate
multirtasker'and her twodogs; Nicholas and Aiiastasia, whom
she is driving to the dog park. Surprisingly, despite having
been up for 10 hours, Bif is remarkably cheery. I, however,'
am convinced it's delirium.
Given her image as a tattooed, tough-talking rocker who
most likely scares the heE out of most parents, it would be
easy to draw the wrong conclusions about Bif. However, after
speaking with her it is quickly apparent that she is intelligent,
soft-spoken, polite, funny and very straightforward.      -\   ,
One of the few constants in her career has been the continual state of evolution of both her image5'and music, from
dark and serious to a bit more lighthearted. I asked if this
trend would continue with the next album. Apparently not   ,%
"I thought Purge was my blue period...[but] this next
record should be called letter of hate, letter of breakup watch-
me-poke-my-eyes-out-with-a-pencil...I mean this is a wrist-slitting record," she says of her latest endeavour, and notes that
her inspiration often comes from the post break-up blues,
and this album is no exception. "When you're freshly in
love...mostly you're fucking or going for dinner. When you're
feeling introspective and melancholy...you're alone for whatever reason [and you write].'
Nicholas, whom she lovingly refers to as 'a stroppy ankle-
biting little bastard," interrupts our conversation with a flurry of barks and squeals to remind his master that they're only
a few blocks from the park.
After she has finished reasoning with Nicholas with supernatural results (add Dog Whisperer to her resume), I inquire
whether she still harbours any delusions of romance after
divorce, broken engagements and more than a few breakups.
"I'm always falling in love. I'm a hopeless romantic with a
capital H," she exclaims, adding that her biggest fault is that,
"I'm super trusting. I'll beUeve every word ever said that
comes out of the mouth of a boy." And yes, she has been left
standing in the pouring rain on more than one occasion. But
what is the ultimate deal breaker for Bif? Dissing her dogs.
"Lately I've been dating guys and I really like them...[and
they] say It's just a dog.' In my head I'm like, 'You're such a
fucking idiot for saying that'...and it's downhill from there,"
she explains. Of course an insane touring schedule probably
doesn't help cement a relationship either.
Spending an average of about 200 days on the road isn't
easy, but Bif thrives on it "Touring isn't for eveiyone; it's like
camping. It's a lot of stress but at the same time you get a
reward every day. I still love touring," she says.
Her passion for the road is not shared by the band Live On
Release, who were signed to Bif s label, Her Royal Majesty's
Records, and recently broke up because 'they didn't want to
do Warped Tour because they all have boyfriends and they
wanted to stay home." Needless to say, Bif was not impressed,
v Bif definitely doesn't fit the rocker stereotype: straightedge since 1995, she has sworn off booze, drugs, cigarettes,
meat and late nights ("Last night I was in bed at 8pm"). Free
time is a precious commodity which is parsed out with care.
Bif s main hobby—besides her love affair with shoes, especially an expressed weakness for Manolo Blahnik—is reading.
. Bif prizes her library which includes, among other things,
the collected works of Canadian poet Irving Layton, numerous theology texts, several language
dictionaries and "cookbooks up
_... All pretty normal stuff, except for
her passion for medical textbooks. 'I
have .58 or 59, including the antique
stuff which is all hard cover. They
can't be opened or the pages will literally disintegrate, and fall out," she says.
She's also found a new way to feed her
addiction to the internet 'One medical website is e-mailing me their
newsletter...once a week...arid I have
to "guess the diagnosis. It's just
great...this is my video game."
Although allocating her time quite
well, Bif doesn't quite get to indulge in her must forbidden
desire,: riding a Ducati. 'I fucking love those bikes. I don't
have one, but I want one. [My manager] says, "Why don't you
just go buy a shotgun?' He's convinced I'll end up bailing
good point since she would "definitely try some Evel
Knievel stuff."
When asked what truly annoys her, Bif s reply pointed to
the 'Camille Paglia wannabes in society' who expect her to
shoulder their agendas, then label her as a "misogynist" or
'push-up bra wearer" when she fails to live up to their expectations. 'I didn't ask to represent my age group of women. My
agenda is being honest. And the 16-year-old girls that look up
to me, it's because I don't bullshit 'em."
So how does she handle the criticism and assumptions?
"You can't care or you'll drive yourself crazy living for everyone else. Like my mom says, 'Kill 'em with kindness and if
they still don't come around, fuck 'em!"
Sage advice indeed.
As if her dance card wasn't full enough with producing,
performing, cutting albums and doing seemingly endless
publicity, Bif also dabbles in acting (she was, after all, a theatre major at the University of Winnipeg before she got the
singing bug). She voiced a character for a video game (Zoe in
SSX Tricky) and has appeared both on the small and big
screen (though technically a musical gig, my favourite was
her appearance on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, especially when
I was informed that 'Sarah Michelle Gellar was really nice').
Her most recent effort was a role in Crossing, a Soprano's-
style black comedy with a film noir bent, written by UBC's
own Sandra Tome. Bif plays Bernie, a strong arm for the
Russian Mafia (an interesting role for a woman who abhors
violence in any form) who also happens to be a drag king.
"They tried to darken the darkened circles under my eyes-
its a real glamorous role," she joked. She lavished praise
both on the director and cast, but didn't know whether the
film had found a distributor or when it would be released due
to the vacuum nature of filmmaking. "I liken it to being a session musician. You kind of do your part and move on and do
your next thing," she says of acting.
When Bif started in the music business, women in bands
were considered an anomaly and were rarely taken seriously.
After 15 years in the business and a following that continues
to grow, she has proven that she's not a fluke. But has the attitude towards female rockers improved? "A lot of guys don't
take women in bands that serious anyway and it's really no
fault of their own, it's how it is with
the whole rock radio thing, with girls
not being played on rock radio," she
answers. Given the inherent difiicul-
' ties76f" surviving m" the business, I
wondered what advice she had for
potential rockers, and whether it
would be different for men and
women. 'It would be the same for
everybody, but I'd probably throw a
couple things on the end for girls. My
biggest #1 thing is 'Don't quit!' I bet
there's probably ten times that I wanted to go back to university, but it's
hard to beat someone who never gives
up. Who cares how long it takes.'
If you want to experience Her Majesty in person, she'll be
appearing at the Granville Future Shop opening at 4pm on
Friday November 2 8 to sign autographs, and will be playing
at the Ozone nightclub in Surrey that night     I'll see
under a.semi." Bif does, however, note that he may have a    you there. ♦
Mish mash for Kish Kash by Basement Jaxx
Kish Kash
[XL Recordings]
by Michael Cook
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If you are a fan of, or even familiar with. Basement Jaxx,
you'll be shocked by their latest effort Dropping the
turntables and laptops for two acoustic guitars and a
pared down drum kit they've released a minimalist,
rock classic. It's quiet with poignant and edgy
lyrics...nah, I'm just messing with you. It's still garage
pop or punk garage or whatever the hell you call it
I waa excited to hear Kish Kash, their third album,
because I was really into Rooty, their last endeavour. I
, never knew who was actually in the group, but after
some careful research, I found out that they are two
London DJs who get their friends and some celebrities
to do vocals on the songs they put together. Don't get me
wrong, this was awesome on Rooty because there were
amazing vocalists that you wouldn't have heard otherwise; like the really raw cockney girl who rapped the
song called "I Want You." Raw cockney girl rapping
sounds terrible, I know, but it went along nicely with the
cheesy fiin of the whole album.
The cheese is still there on Kish Kash; however, this
time it seems forced. For example, they have a song
called "Lucky Star." It's basically an Indian pop song
with verses by a new cockney rapper (Dizzee Rascal) and
a chorus that's either a direct Madonna impression or a
sample—I'm not sure because I don't listen to Madonna.
What's the deal with that? It's like they mixed their
songs by putting "a bunch of ideas on a bulletin board
and throwing darts. Other items on the dart board of
Kish Kash include rock guitar, classical string bits, some
new, weird electronic noises and a really slow boring
song about sleeping that no one would ever want to
dance to.
Another song on the CD is 'Plug It In" featuring JC
Chasez from N'Sync (no need to hate). Like his more
successful counterpart, Justin Timberlake, JC is pretty
much trying to sing like Michael Jackson, and why not?
Michael Jackson made super-awesome music for a long
time, then he went crazy and people started accusing
him of pedophilia. I don't know anything about any
young boys, but MJ totally owned the music industry,
selling enough copies of Thriller for everyone in Canada
to own two. Not a bad role model for our favourite skirt-
■ wearing N'Sync-er, MJ's innocence pending.
The more I listen to Kish Kash, the more it bores me
and the more I wish I were listening to Rooty.
Basement Jaxx forgot to bring the fun this time, straight
up. Fun is kind of an intangible quality in most dance
albums, but Rooty gushes fun. Too bad Kish Kash
doesn't ♦ 14
Hywel Tuscano
Megan Thomas
Jonathan Woodward
John Hua
Jesse Marchand
Heather Pauls
Michelle Mayne
Paul Carr
Iva Cheung
Sarah Bourdon
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1 want to go camping' exclaimed Wilson Wong. "Ok,' said
Jared Ferjrie, "Where shall we go?" Tliey were thinking about it
when Mai Bui, Michael Cook and Zerah Lurifc showed up. They
joined the camping brainstorm. 'Let'* go to Wisconsin,' suggested Jesse Marchand joining the group. So they packed up the
cars with as much food as possible and set off. At a truck stop on
the way they met Michelle Mayne, Hywel tuscano and Sara
Grdsse who were tiying to hitch a ride. Deciding that camming
sounded more exciting than what they had bsen planning, they
joined the group. They picked up. various othej hitchhikers
along the way -Jonathan Woodward Heather Paula, Greg Ursje
and a very dishevelled looking Johnny Hua, When they finally
arrived in beautiful Wisconsin and found a campground, they
realized that they had forgot to bring tents, a minor detail. But
they had plenty of food so they started a campfire and sat arp und
eating. As darkness fell they heard loud rustling in the bushea
around them and suddenly they were surrounded by feral Ij'ush-
iblk - Iva Cheung, Peter Klesken, Dan McRoberts, William Mbaho
and Ai Lin Choo. Feeling scared, the weaiy travellers huddled
together as the ferocious bushpeopte closed in- Suddenly Carina
Cojeen, Eric Szeto, Sarah Bourdon, Michael Cook and Idrissa '
Simmonds appeared to save the day. They started to sing camp-
fire songs, and soon the bushpeopte joined in. Marc Miauel
Helsen, Paul Carr, Biyan Zandberg and Megan TTipqias arrived
with tents and sleeping bags and eveiyone was veiy happy.
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A season of caring
Gift day is less than a month away. Or for some people it's gift weekl And for
others it's the release of the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Whatever your fancy, we'd like to take a look at some of the things people
care—or don't give a dog shit—about
Care: Michael Jackson; Really, we think that the thriller has had more
than enough time in the spotlight for one lifetime. Especially disappointing
was when the district attorney was even cracking jokes at the press conference to announce the lastest 'sleeping with little boy7 charges. Come on, who
lets their children sleep over at MJ's house? And what about Neverland? Is
• that not one of the scariest things in the scary state of California. So we say
stop stating the obvious and leave the poor, if slightly demented guy alone.
On second thought maybe we should hold a benefit concert to help
Michael with his legal fees. It will be great Maybe R Kelly or Peter Townsend,
or even Mike Gordon would show up. But now we're just being silly.
Don't care: Iraq: George Bush and his Iraq-olytes have been getting Iraq-
uainted with the bloody politics of that region, going from Iraquaintance
with Saddam to military Iraquisition and finally, once they realised the in-
Iraq-uraccy of their projections, Iraqniphobia. Despite the objection of Iraq-
tivists, the US continues its d-Iraq-onian occupation of the middle eastern
country. With the UN only lukewarm to joining the occupation effort, the US
has Iraqed up a big debt and won't be Iraquitted of its responsibilities soon,
leaving the superpower between Iraq and a hard place.
Care: Inevitable aging: Shut up. You're young. Don't believe the hype.
Although if you don't get a BSc and an Mrs by the time you graduate, you'll
become a governess. The hills are alive with the sound of menopause.
Don't care: Afghanistan: Mmm, poppies. And we're not talking about
Remembrance Day. Nope, we're talking about the 2 5 per cent of the
Afghanistan GDP that goes straight through the black market opium trade.
Wasn't a burgeoning, illegal opium trade the reason why the Americans supported the ascension of the Taliban in the first place (as documented in the
Rambo movies)? Something should be done about that before the Americans
invade another country...oh, too late.
Don't care: Stratospheric tuition: Have you talked to your dean lately
about whether your tuition will skyrocket again next year? That's right Less
talk about Michael and more chat about something that could hit you in the
pocket book pretty hard next year, not that any UBC officials have let it slip
yet what the damage will be. According to the Georgia Strait last week, on
page 11, your tuition has increased by 90 per cent Well, our calculations
don't quite get us to that number, but maybe we're missing something.
Care: The apotheosis of Paul Martin: Yup, 'apotheosis' is a big word. But
somehow, it doesn't move us. Nope, not even like twenty-five successive
Globe and Mail full front-page shots of Jean Chretien holding up Paul
Martin's hands like a champion (or even direct transcripts of Paul Anka
singing 'My Way' Chretien-style) can make us give a damn about the Liberal
change of leadership. For all the liberal hacks that say the Martin insiders
are taking control from the Chretien outsiders, it's still the same damn party
and we're a one-party state.
Don't care: Georgia leader kicked out Georgia just ousted their corrupt
president with nary a shot fired or a drop of blood spilled. Has such an event
happened since the great fasts of Ghandi? Even so, have you talked with anyone about this unbelievable event today? Did you give a thought to what the
people will do now? How about whether parts of Georgia will look to become
independent? Yeah, we didn't think so. Maybe if President Sheverdnadze
had, like, a couple famous records and was up on child abuse charges he
would get some play.
Does anyone wonder why having only one party makes people just a little bit disillusioned with democracy? Just look at the Soviet Union. Look how
apathetic voters are. Oh, wait maybe that was the gulags. But still.
And finally, another Don't Care: AMS Health Plan Referendum: The
AMS/GSS Health Plan is a sad, frail, gutted creature that doesn't even cover
back-molar cavities. Where else do you get cavities? But it does offer some
valuable coverage for every birth control pill around (even ones they advertise in the women's washroom, god forbid) and for that we love it We don't.
want any little UBC students running around anytime soon.
So, while we care, it appears that no one else does. The sad, frail gutted
referendum, on till today, couldn't seem to get anyone to vote to save its life.
And while it's pretty sad, frail and gutted to think that you could be gouged
$ 2 40 instead of $ 18 7 for your health plan, if you don'J yojtf xes^vyeUj say
good-bye to front molar cavities and say hello to the sad, frail, pathetic, forlorn, gutted, hari-kiri-ed provincial health care coverage. Divided we
fall UBC. ♦
Marking guidelines a
fair practice
Ms Mary Villacin's open letter to
me, published in the Ubyssey on
Tuesday, November 18, 2003, raises issues about UBC grading practices, specifically the scaling of
grades. First, the UBC Calendar
Faculties, departments and
schools reserve the right to scale
grades in order to maintain equity
among sections and conformity to
university, faculty, department or
school norms. Students should
therefore note that an unofficial
grade given by an instructor might
be changed by the faculty, department or school. Grades are not official until they appear on a student's
academic record.
Second, my departmental colleagues follow guidelines from the
Facully of Arts that are designed to
ensure that all students are
assessed fairly in relation to other
students in the same class, students
in other sections of the same
course and students in other courses. These guidelines suggest that
Results in an average class of
reasonable size will normally fall
somewhere within the following
broad limits:
Grade "A" 5 per cent to 2 5 per
cent ofthe class.
Grades "A* and "B" combined
not more than 75 per cent of the
Grade "F* not over 20 per cent
of the class.
There will, of course, be excep
tions, and none of this should be
taken to imply that grades in any
course must conform to a bell
curve. Generally, the point is to be
thoughtful about grading patterns
and practices.
One of my jobs is to see that
grading practices are fair for all students. I review the distribution of
grades for all courses before they
are submitted to Enrolment
Services to see that the guidelines
are addressed.
The grade distribution policy
that Ms Villacin refers to in her
open letter is not one developed
only for use in the Department of
Anthropology and Sociology.
Rather, it adheres to current
Faculty of Arts guidelines, guidelines that are in keeping with uni-
' versity policy.
I hope that this clarifies the
issue for your readers.
—Dr. David Pokotylo
Department of Anthropology
& Sociology
Topless is tasteless
It was with great dismay that Tread
a news story in the Vancouver Sun
about a group of 30 or so protesters
who gathered to express their dissatisfaction with the largest donation ever made to UBC by the PACE
group. Not only was it completely
inappropriate for Kate Woznow and
two others to go topless to make an
ambiguous political statement but
the reasoning behind the protest
was illogical.
Ms Woznow is supposed to be a
student leader. Going topless to further her personal anti-Campbell,
anti-corporate, anti-eveiything-but-
the-NDP agenda is hardly what students expect from an elected AMS
councillor. Petty provincial politics
do not belong at UBC, especially at
a ceremony to celebrate what will
be ari incredible opportunity for
engineering students.
Why would anyone* object to a
no-strings attached, $240 million
donation to UBC's Engineering faculty? Ms Woznow's hasty generalisation that 'corporate donations
always have strings attached"
should be dismissed as blatant
rhetoric devoid of any truth. If this
donation had come from a trade
union or other non-corporate entity, we likely would not have seen a
protest from all the usual suspects.
The news story indicated that
the protesters argued that UBC
"should not accept corporate gifts
while provincial funding to universities is being cut and student fees
are rising." Even if post-secondary
funding is being cut, as the protesters claim, why should UBC not
accept donations? Although I fail to
see how BC government increases
to post-secondary funding of $32.2
million in March 2002 and $22
million in March 2003 constitute a
"cut," if UBC was indeed forecasting a budgetary shortfall, wouldn't
that provide more impetus to
accept a large donation?
This protest reeks of political
opportunism and doublespeak. The
myth that provincial funding to universities has been cut is more than
a myth—it's an outright lie, and
hardly a justification to reject a very
generous donation.
—Joel McLaughlin,
Political Science 3
UBC Young Conservatives
Fire up the boilers*
Does anyone know if tuition covers
building heat? I find myself shivering through lectures, through group
meetings and study time in the
libraries. I look around and I am not
the only one wearing three layers to
class, and resorting to keeping my
hat and scarf on. I am tempted to
leave my mittens on, but my notes
would be too messy to be of much
use. I know of one student who
brings a fleece blanket to our class in
the Hebb building where it feels like
possibly the air conditioning is still
on. I saw one student trying to type
in the Law library wearing gloves,
and I had a group meeting in the IRC
where one person was so cold her
lips looked blue. I hope the administration offices have heat because it
would be really challenging to
process all those tuition checks
while wearing mittens.
^-Fiona Bradford
Social Work 4 THE UBYSSEY
Joss plain good old soul
The Soul Sessions
[S-curve Records]
by Idrissa Simmonds
When most people think of rhythm
and blues, funk or the type of rabble-
rousing voice that sends shivers
scurrying up and down your spine,
artists like James Brown, Otis
Redding and, of course, Aretha
Franklin come to mind. Most people certainly don't think of sixteen-
year-old blondes from England—but
they should start. Joss Stone's
debut album} The Soul Sessions,
tells you to check your preconceptions at the door and listen with
both ears wide open.
The buzz on Stone is already
huge, and after listening to The Soul
Sessions, it's easily understandable;
believe the hype. It doesn't hurt that
Stone is backed by some serious R&B
heavyweights including Betty Wright
the Miami-based singer/song-
writer/producer who was an integral
part of the Miami Sound movement
of the seventies, as well as contemporary artists including Angie Stone,
and Questlove of The Roots, one of
the few popular groups in hip-hop
that's doing anything innovative or
thought-provoking today. Yet regardless of the powerhouses behind her,
Joss Stone's voice is all her own—she
has that impalpable quality in her
voice that makes the listener actually
listen to, and not just hear her music
as background spam.
The Sour Sessions is a collection
of Stone's renditions of little known
as well as more popular R&B songs,
including her interpretation Qf Jack
White's "Fell In Love With A Girl,"
reincarnated here as ' a slowed
down, funk-laden, head-bopping
lament. Stone easily alternates
from smooth murmur to throaty
wail without over-singing. She
moves into dangerous territory by
tackling Aretha Franklin's 'All The
Kings Horses," but Stone" succeeds
because she doesn't attempt to
mimic Aretha's unique voice or
style; she only interprets the song,
resulting in one of the most heartfelt stirring tracks on the album,
s along with the stunning "I've Fallen
In LoVe With You." Stone is backed
on each song by a full rhythm and
blues band, including organs, saxophones, bass guitars and backup
singers, conveying a distinctly old-
school, soul-raising feel.
Labelled as the newest addition
. to "blue-eyed soul," Stone's The Soul
Sessions shows that her "soul"
extends beyond race and into the
territory of just plain good old
music. You're going to be hearing a
lot about this girl, and she's well
worth the attention. ♦
Pilate makes music for music
Caught By The Window
[Maple Music Recordings]
by Marc Miquel Helsen
When describing a new band one must always be wary of
falling into the easy habit of describing it in relation to
other more established bands. Sonjehow this feels like a
cop-out, an easy way of shirking the difficult task of finding the perfect words to describe a work of art which
should stand on its own. But should it stand on its own?
More importantly, is it actually possible for a work of art
to stand on its own? Pablo Casals, the great Catalan cellist,
once said "Let us not forget that the greatest composers
were also the greatest thieves. They stole from eveiyone
and everywhere." History will tell us that what made
them great composers is that they didn't stop at theft, but
rather, contributed to the continuum that is art by adding
to it their own distinct mark of individuality.
It's in this fight that I thought of Toronto's Pilate when
listening to their debut album,. Caught by the Window. If
these four musicians are guilty of sounding like other
bands, then they are exonerated by the fact that they do so
within the inevitable constructs of artistry: they reflect
their influences in a way that is uniquely and indelibly
their own. Although there are moments in the record
when these influences are quite prominent. Caught isn't
merely a regurgitation courtesy of the massive mainstream music factory. Pilate have their own sound and
the fact that they can sound like so many things at any
given moment is an impressive feat in itself.
On the forefront of Pilate's originality is front-man
Todd Clark. A powerful singer, Clark commands both the
texture of a polished Perry Farrell and the range of falsetto king Thorn Yorke, and is capable of unleashing both in
a single belt His vocals are one of the band's strongest
points yet in no way do they transform the project into a
one man show. They are what they should be: the voice of
a song, one part of a collective whole. Together with Chris
Greenough's Edge-like guitars, Joao Carvhalo's tightly
knit production and the band's collective writing process,
Todd   Clark's   vocals   make   for   a   record   full   of
exciting songs.
Curiously enough, many ofthe songs'on Caught by the
Window have a way of sounding sad yet do so without
bringing you down. They have an upbeat air about them,
a certain urgency of expression. The single "Into Your
Hideout' is an example of this uplifting energy as Todd
Clark's soaring vocals interweave with Chris Greenough's
equally airborne guitar riffs, proving that to be beautiful
a song doesn't have to be slow or calm.
On "Don't Waste Your Breath' Todd Clark uses his
voice like an instrument, making it sound different
according to the different parts ofthe song. Accompanied
by a lush and very subtle instrumental arrangement, the
song builds up to its final explosive climax. Such dynamics are also heard on songs like 'Collide' and the beautifully volatile 'Alright'
Caught by the Window is a multi-layered album with
many overdubs, stereo effects and instrumental and
vocal harmonies. It is layered, however, with a minimalist-end-project philosophy so it never results in overproduction or cliche. It is a true work of subtlety.
In an age when the airwaves are glutted by misguid-
edly aggressive, image-based and narcissistic music,
Pilate's debut album is a reminder that for all the inane
garbage out there, there still are people making good
music for music's sake. ♦
Whining into
the evening
The Evening of My Best Day
[V2 Records]
by Sara Grosse
Never having listened to rriusic by
singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones,
I had no expectations when I popped
her new album. The Evening of My
Best Day.
A smooth, jazzy percussion beat
, boomed from, my stereo and I got
ready to sit back and chill to what I
assumed would be an array of Diana
Krall-like tunes. Within minutes,
however, a deep, raspy voice, similar to the likes of Macy Gray, whined
out the lyrics to the first track, 'Ugly
Man.' The voice was edged with
; such sarcasm and contempt that it
soon diminished my presumed
evening of lounge-style grooves.
From the succeeding tracks, I
realised that this was not in fact an
album of lovesick ballads, but
rather, a medium for Jones to make
politically charged statements about
the current situation of the world.
In her album,  she  questions
social class divisions in "Second
Chance," calls for a revolution of
social change in "Tell Somebody'
and even takes jabs at President
Bush in "Ugly Man." Jones brings listeners on her emotional rollercoast-
er ride with stages of frustration,
wryness, melancholy and at times
hopefulness in her songs.
, Not only does her mood vary, she
also integrates. different styles of
music into her poetic lyrics, surpassing my initial urge to categorise
her solely as a jazz vocalist Her
songs range from the samba-based
rhythms of "Bitcheonostrophy" to
the folk-influenced, gospel chants of
"Tell Somebody" to the slightly trip-
hop beats of "Little Mysteries' to the
Blues based sounds of "Lap Dog"
and "Mink Coat at a Bus Stop." I was
intrigued by her experimentation
with these music techniques and
could even appreciate her political
statements. However, I could not,
for the love of me, get past her
whiney, childish voice that croaked
more than crooned itself into every
song. After a while, there was only so
much of the long, drawn out enunciated laments that I could take.
Though she managed to redeem
herself in "A Sailor Song," proving
there is more to her voice than just
her Nelly Furtado-esque moans.
For the most part, Rickie Lee
Jones did not leave me hungry for
more. Despite one or two catchy
numbers such as "Tell Somebody'
and "A Face in the Crowd," I found
myself enjoying- the instrumental
piano and percussion beats more
than her own vocals, certainly not
quite making it the best listen of
my day. ♦
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