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1  THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 22 September, 2006
Be thankful for what you've got
Now Playing
by Melissa Tang
Part of being a university student is the newfound frugality. All of the luxuries that we
used to enjoy at home like private showers
and home-cooked meals disappear as soon as
you move into residence. You constantly find
yourself trying to find ways to have fun and
survive the school year without spending a
lot of money. Logically, I was thrilled when I
got free passes to an advance screening of
The Last Kiss with Zach Braff and Rachel
Bilson. Most know Braff as the star of the hit
TV series Scrubs, as well as from Garden
State, which he also wrote and directed.
Bilson, on the other hand, is famous for her
work on The OC— which I have never really
gotten into but am fully aware of its popularity. Therefore, I figured I would be getting a
cute little romantic comedy starring two of
today's most popular stars. Unfortunately,
my excitement was short-lived and died out
as the movie progressed.
Although the plot seems
interesting, the movie as a
whole does not execute it
very well.
The film is set in Wisconsin, and revolves
around the lives of 29 year-old Michael (Braff)
and his three friends Izzy (Michael Weston),
Chris (Casey Affleck) and Kenny (Eric Christian
Olsen). Michael and his girlfriend, Jenna
(Jacinda Barrett) have been dating for three
years and are now expecting their first child
together, which makes Michael realise his fear
of having his life planned out for him. When he
meets Kim (Bilson) at a friend's wedding, it is
that same fear that makes him willingly take
down her number, instead of rejecting it like
another person in a serious, committed relationship might. As he deals with his issues of
commitment, his other friends are also dealing
with problems of their own: Izzy can't seem to
get over his ex-girlfriend, while Chris's newborn
son is causing some tension between him and
his wife. The movie follows the journey these
four friends make as they start to realise that
their lives are changing, as well as the trials and
tribulations that come with aging.
Although the plot seems interesting, the
movie as a whole does not execute it very well.
The Last Kiss also marks Bilson's film debut,
which is a pity as it will probably deter rather
than attract future movie producers. She is no
doubt a very good actress on The OC, but it
seems she took her character from there and
tried to put it to use in this film, where it does
not work at all. For example, her constant giggling and use of the word "like" every few seconds was very distracting and did not go well
with the more mature Michael.
Braff, on the other hand, shines as Michael,
who I couldn't help noticing is very much like
the other characters he's played previously— a
somewhat awkward person who never seems
to know what to do. I was also unable to stop
myself from writing down several quotes from
the movie, including "You gotta remember to
breathe or you'll die," courtesy of Bilson. I
found the acting mediocre and the story confusing, and I'm just happy that I didn't have to
pay to see this movie. All in all, I hope both
Bilson and Braff can bounce back after starring
in this sub-par film. @
Eccentric characters to match quirky visuals
Now Playing
by Jesse Ferreras
There are some movies you just have to
resign yourself to in order to enjoy them.
Being John Malkovich was one of them—once
you realised how strange and silly its humour
was, the movie was a riot. Eternal Sunshine
of the Spotless Mind was another—once you
discovered that its eccentric characters and
style were part of its charm, it was a disarming love story. Spotless Mind director Michel
Gondry's latest film, The Science of Sleep, is
exemplary of that kind of film—once you've
completely resigned yourself to its quirki-
ness, you find yourself charmed and touched
by its surrealist, yet dreamlike appeal.
Stephane Miroux (Gael Garcia Bernal) is
an artist—but in a more literal sense he's a
dreamer. He's so heavily wrapped up in a
dream world he's conjured up for himself
that neither he, nor the audience watching
him, can easily determine whether he's in
reality or digressed once more into his
imagination. Shifting rapidly back and forth
between real life and the fantasy TV show
Stephane TV, replete with egg cartons taped
to the walls for soundproofing and cardboard cameras, his mother has convinced
him to come to France with the promise of a
job drawing pictures for a calendar. Little
does he realise that he will be spending his
days in a menial job he hates, designing the
calendars' margins. A frustrated Stephane
takes refuge in his dreams, imagining at one
point that he has giant hands with which he
can push around the eccentric character in
his office and, through imagination, turn his
boss into a homeless man and toss him out
a window into a paper city animated
through stop-motion.
His ever-frequent retreats into fantasy leave
a distinct impression on his next-door neighbour, Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a fellow artist who shares his sense of fantasy. He
first inspires her to craft a forest in a boat on a
sea of blue and white cellophane and is
charmed further when he shows her his "one-
second time machine." Gradually, Stephane
falls for her, but his fantasy of having her
proves elusive, despite how much she takes
over his dreams. Their encounters, relayed
through a series of digressions into a city constructed with cardboard toilet rolls and on the
set of Stephane TV, become a blissful fantasy
for the young man, but gradually begin to
gnaw away at his emotions when they don't
merge comfortably with reality.
The Science of Sleep is one quirky, hilarious romantic comedy. A common complaint about dream sequences in the movies
is that they detract too much from the plot-
here, they don't really advance the story, but
they are truly part of its charm. Bernal delivers a shamelessly eccentric, physical performance as a young man who has allowed
too much of his childhood psychology to
carry over into adulthood. He is totally
invested in a character unlike any that audiences have seen from him before.
Gainsbourg, meanwhile, doesn't quite harness the audience's attention, but forms an
interesting contrast. Her character is more
reserved, yet rarely shies away from delving
into his imaginative world even though she
does not quite love him.
What Science communicates most effectively is the pain of loving someone who
does not love you back. Stephane's painful
dreams about Stephanie are almost enough
to make you cry. Depending on how much
you can control your romantic side, Bernal
just might do that. Either way, fans of
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind have
lots to look forward to. @
A fateful vision
of the Gaza Strip
Fifth A venue Cinemas
September 14
by Francis Plourde
In December 2003, Ariel Sharon, then
Prime Minister of Israel, announced his
plan for a unilateral withdrawal from the
Gaza strip.
The small piece of land, about 360 square
kilometres, was home to 8.500 Jewish settlers and 1.3 millions Palestinians.
Forty years of colonialism sponsored
by the Israeli government was about to be
destroyed. Officially, the evacuation of 21
villages and the displacement of an
unknown number of inhabitants was supposed to increase the security of residents
of Israel, relieve pressure on the Israeli
Defense Forces (IDF) and reduce friction
between Israelis and Palestinians.
"The former Isreali,
while keeping a jewish
perspective, made a
movie about humanity
that went beyond
national beliefs...as a
result, the film leaves
us with more questions
than answers."
By mid-July 2005, Erez T Yanuv
Barzilav, an Israeli filmmaker now living
in Vancouver, famous for documentaries
on humanitarian situations, went with a
friend to the Gaza Strip for a farewell visit.
This was just a month prior to the withdrawal and a year prior into the Israeli
invasion in the summer of 2006.
On their journey, they met Jewish settlers,
as well as Palestinian youngsters and immigrants from elsewhere, invited in Israel to
replace the Palestinians with whom the
Israelis used to live and work "peacefully."
They drove through a land surrounded
by barricades and electronic fences, with
Israeli forces in an area where the frontiers are still to be defined. They saw a population denying its imminent departure,
villages waiting for their death.
It could have been a political movie.
Instead, the former Israeli, while keeping a
Jewish perspective, made a movie about
humanity that went beyond national beliefs.
As a result, the film leaves us with more
questions than answers. How could the Israeli
settlers be prepared for this withdrawal?
Erez T Yanuv Barzilay escaped from the
tricks of making a movie about the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict and refused to take a
political stand, only questioning the Israeli
government for the decision to build the
villages decades before.
If the two producers—Barzilay and Dror
Marcus, his Israeli friend from Cambodia,
who took digital images inserted in the
movie—fail to present a clear answer, their
work is well-documented and gives an
excellent background to anyone who follows this ongoing conflict from the
It would be a shame not to mention Ben
Euerby's work on the film's music. The
Vancouver composer created an introspective atmosphere as important as the
images themselves.
And now, a year after the withdrawal,
what remains of these villages? According
to the filmmaker, nothing. The Israeli government destroyed some. The Palestinians
destroyed the others. Erez T Yanuv
Barzilav has his reasons to condemn the
Palestinians for this destruction. The
Palestinians have theirs. Here begins,
again, the political debate. @ Culture
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by Rex Weyler
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by Chelsea Thcriault
Many readers can't resist a non-fiction book with a title like "the inside
story." It hints at a reality known only
to a select few.
Rex Weyler's Greenpeace: The
Inside Story reveals a strange reality
indeed; one filled with copulating
orcas, a papal blessing, close encounters with harpoons and a mescaline
trip or two. This captivating history of
the ecological organisation, the one
your mother warned you about.
Weyler was a member of
Greenpeace and photographer
from 1973 to 1979 before he co-
founded Greenpeace International
in Amsterdam. His book traces the
early years of the organisation (or
"movement," as its founders preferred) from its humble roots in
Kitsilano to the full-scale international activist group it became by the 80s.
Beginning in 1971 with campaigns
against the American government's
atmospheric nuclear testing,
Greenpeace acted out against commercial whaling, the skinning of baby
seals in Newfoundland, and the
dumping of nuclear waste, among
numerous campaigns. These examples highlight the dichotomy that is
central to the very identity of
Greenpeace, an organisation that
focuses on promoting both ecology
("green") and disarmament ("peace")
through "non-violent creative confrontation."
For those of us who were born in
the 80s, it's hard to imagine a time
when ecology wasn't a household
concept. Weyler skillfully portrays
the era when people began to wake
up to environmental issues, or
rather, were shaken awake. He
maintains an objective narrative
voice and rarely uses a first-person
account of events. This lends an air
of storytelling to the work, making
it seem fictional at times. Rather
How a Group of Geologists, Journalists
and Visionaries Changtd lha World
than distracting from its credibility,
however, this style draws the reader in and holds one's attention.
Another arresting aspect of the
book is that its action is centered
heavily around Vancouver. Much of
it focuses on our city in the 70s,
when bright, young minds used to
meet at the Cecil Pub on Granville
(long before it was the "Cecil Exotic
Showroom") to discuss future
Greenpeace campaigns. Weyler
provides fascinating details about
Vancouver's past, such as how in
1969 the government proposed a
highway along the beach around
Point Grey. By blockading bulldozers at Spanish Banks, future members of Greenpeace stopped the
project and helped preserve the
city's charming character.
As the climate changes, revisiting the early days of the environmental movement seems more relevant than ever. In contrast to a few
decades ago, when matters of the
environment were the concern of
only a few "ecoholics," nowadays
one is confronted by a growing fear
of ecological collapse. The Inside
Story profiles individuals who
refuse to be held down by the
chains of apathy and address the
changes they see happening in
their world. Rex Weyler writes,
"World changers...stumble upon
history and make the best of it. Or a
mess of it." Read his novel to see
how Greenpeace has tried to preserve the best of it. @
Chekhov's Seagull soars over Vancouver
United Players of Vancouver
at Jericho Arts Centre
until October 1
by Alia Dharssi
Anton Chekhov's The Seagull
opened with a cacophony of intoxicated laughter, as the inebriated
character of Masha (played convincingly by Wendy Podgursky)
stumbled onto the stage, closely
followed by Medvedenko (Stephen
LA. Wall), a sober and geeky
schoolteacher desperately in love
with her. So opened Chekhov's tale
of unrequited love turned tragic
with a pinch of dark humour.
The Seagull deals with a spectrum of characters all linked to
one another by their unrequited
love for each another. Though
Medvedenko loves Masha, she
loves Konstantin, a young writer,
who loves Nina, an aspiring
actress. Nina is captivated by
Trigorin, a famous and accomplished playwright, who is controlled by Irina, the frustrated
Konstanin's mother.
Chekhov's work is characterised by major dramatic acts that
are committed offstage. On stage,
the drama is created through the
everyday actions and words of the
characters. In certain scenes, all
the characters spoke softly or interacted in the background while one
character was meant to be the centre of attention. This may have
been intended to create a sense of
a multifaceted everyday scene;
however, the multiple actions on
stage were distracting and it was
sometimes unclear which character the audience was supposed to
pay attention to.
The mundane was made captivating, as all the actors presented
dynamic portrayals, especially
Sally Clark's comical performance
as the self-centered Irina. She is so
glaringly insensitive towards her
son and his aspirations to be a
writer that it is amusing. Danielle
McKechnie's performance as
Nina, meanwhile, was the best of
the play.
The performance was crowned
by well-timed music and sound
effects in the midst of a unique
Dali-esque set that was accompanied by eclectic costumes bearing
little resemblance to 19th century
Russia. The backdrop's distorted
quality meshed well with the existential anxiety of the characters.
Commendations are due to Irina
Templeton for directing The
Seagull to a soaring production. @ THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 22 September, 2006
Hundreds protest violence in Darfur
by Mary Leighton
Hundreds of thousands of people all
over the world rallied on Sunday to
protest the violence in the war-torn
Darfur region of Sudan, and to
encourage world leaders to step in.
The rally at the Vancouver Art
Gallery was one of 50 held around
the world. More than 200 people
stood in the rain to hear speeches
by human rights advocates, aid
agencies, community leaders and
Also at the rally were Sudanese
people hoping to increase awareness
of the violence occurring in their
home country.
Khamis Rahma Abdeckarim
grew up in Darfur and spent ten
years in Egypt before obtaining a
Canadian visa through a United
Nations (UN) program. He attended
the rally "because many Canadians
do not know what's going on. These
people [in Darfur] are innocent people. They are voiceless."
Abdeckarim believes that UN
peacekeepers are the answer, and
that the current government in the
capital of Khartoum is not to be trusted. He blames the Khartoum government for supporting the militias that
are inflicting the violence in Darfur.
Abdullah Habib from the
Sudanese Canadian Society echoed
this sentimenL "I don't trust this gov-
ernmenL I personally support the
UN peacekeepers."
In the Arab-dominated country,
Darfur's population is mostly black-
African. For years, there have been
tensions between the mostly African
farmers and the mostly Arab
herders. The conflict began in 2003,
when rebel groups attacked government targets. The government then
launched a militia campaign in the
Darfur region.
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PEACE RALLY: Vancouver residents rallied on Sunday to protest the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan, ivan zhao photo
The Arab Janjaweed militia is the
most prominent in the region, but
the government denies any link to it.
The African Union has sent 7,000
soldiers to monitor a ceasefire brokered in 2006, but there is little to
suggest that the Janjaweed is being
disarmed as ordered or that the violence is diminishing. Britain and the
US have been pushing for the UN to
take over the peacekeeping mission,
but Sudan will not allow a UN force
on its territory.
Sudanese President Omar al-
Bashir has dubbed the UN mission
Nastaran Mohammadi, co-president of the UBC chapter of Canadian
Students for Darfur, compares the
conflict to those "going on in India
and Pakistan," as they involve
"small ethnic groups" who have lit
tle or no voice to speak out against
the violence.
The Canadian Students for Darfur
raise money through the One Dollar
a Student Campaign to send to
Oxfam. The group also tries to raise
awareness about Darfur.
At the Vancouver rally, Parker
Jay, speaking for the Youth Human
Rights Group, said that in Canada,
"we  take  our  human rights  for
granted." He encouraged people to
join groups like Oxfam, to become
more aware and to spread the
word. Other speakers also encouraged fundraising for Darfur and
petitioning the Canadian government to play a stronger role.
Habib added that rallies to
raise awareness are essential, saying that "public opinion is really
important." @
TrekConnect connects UBC students and alumni
by Hung Te Tjia
Over the past three months since the
service was launched, TrekConnect
has grown in popularity with
UBC alumni.
Inspired by popular online
social-networking sites such as
Facebook and MySpace, UBC is
now offering a similar service to
alumni. TrekConnect is a place for
alumni to connect with business,
academic and personal opportunities that the 225,000 alumni living
and working around the globe
Dianna DeBlaere, project manager for UBC Alumni Affairs, said
that the response from alumni has
been encouraging. "It's been overwhelming. We're hoping by the
end of the month to open up the
service to all students as well."
Since the launch, TrekConnect
has grown from 120 to 7,177 registered users. Currently, graduates
from 1975 to 1999 make up 45
per cent of the population with the
rest comprised of graduates from
2000 to present day.
Registrations will increase with
the addition of current students at
the    end    of   the    month,    said
DeBlaere. "TrekConnect canbe-
come really useful for students who
are wanting to go on exchange and
are hunting for opportunities," said
Caroline Chingcuano, a first-
year arts student, said she will register for TrekConnect when it
becomes available. "TrekConnect
would most likely attract my attention more than Facebook, since
most of the time you're focused on
your primary community in
Facebook anyway," she said.
"That also means in 20 years
time, I can contact the [guy] I
always checked out in psych 100,"
added Chingcuano.
The launch has been relatively
smooth with only the problem of
localising American software,
according to DeBlaere.
"We are the first Canadian university to offer this service. Many
of the hiccups have been ironing
out any possible problems in its
translation across the border as
Canada has very different laws
about privacy," said DeBlaere.
One potential problem with
open social networks—where anyone can join—is identity theft.
TrekConnect's solution is a closed
or     trusted     system—one     that
requires a student's identity to be
verified by use of their UBC number before being admitted to the
TrekConnect is a similar service to MySpace and Facebook.
Registration requires a name,
email, and alumni number. Once
logged on, alumni can search for
others by name, class, year, geography and interests. Interest
groups range from food and wine
to roller coasters. Forums are also
available for general discussion,
announcing and planning events,
and the exchange of goods and
services. @
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War and Peace: The Aceh struggle
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a free ticket to BEAUTIFUL THING, playing Sept 20th-30th
at the Frederic Wood Theatre.
by Deena K.Y. Hussein
A panel of leading experts on Aceh
offered nationalist, scholarly and
humanitarian perspectives on conflict-torn Aceh from the 1950s to
the post-tsunami peace process and
reconstruction, Tuesday afternoon
at the Liu Center for the Study of
Global Issues.
The Conflict
The lecture attempted to put the
Aceh conflict into historical context.
According to Nurdin Abdul Rahman,
a Free Aceh Movement or Gerakan
Aceh Merdeka (GAM) Representative
in the Helsinki Peace Talks, the "first
cause of tension" between Aceh and
the Republic of Indonesia was the
government's decision to incorporate Aceh into the North Sumatra
province. This dashed Aceh's hopes
for self-governance.
"This memory is embedded
until now," he said. "It hurt the
feeling of justice of the Aceh
After rebelling against this perceived injustice, the Acehnese
were given "special territory" status that granted greater autonomy
from the centralised government
in Jakarta. However, Rahman
declared this was an "agreement
on paper, never in practise."
In response to increased military control, human rights violations and unfair exploitation of
Aceh's natural gas resources, the
GAM was established in 1976 with
the goal of independence for Aceh.
GAM's declaration of Aceh's
independence was a "negation of
the Jakarta government," said
Rahman, adding that Jakarta's government retaliated by sending
troops into Aceh. Mass arrests of
GAM members ensued and others
were arrested and imprisoned for
four years for distributing pro-
independence pamphlets, including Rahman.
After briefing the audience
on the history of conflict in
Aceh, Rahman noted that the
Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU), signed by the government
and GAM in July 2005 detailing
the terms of a peace agreement, is
considered by the Acehnese an
opportunity for self-government,
and not autonomy.
"The word autonomy hurts
them. They prefer self-government," said Rahman. "Though if
you look in a political science dictionary the words are the same."
The role of Yudhoyono's
Offering a governmental perspective on the issue, General-
Consul of the Republic of
Indonesia, Bunyan Saptomo discussed Indonesian President Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono's strategy in
Aceh. Sworn into office in October
2004, his manifesto included a
pledge to seek peace in Aceh.
Saptomo quoted the president's
three central aims: promoting
peace and security in Aceh, protecting justice and human rights, and
spreading prosperity. Saptomo
said that Yudhoyono believes these
aims can be achieved through
focus, determination, commitment
and the highest level of leadership.
Saptomo also said that long-term
tsunami recovery is not possible
without peace and that military
operations must give way to relief
operations, providing photos to
exemplify his point. Some photos
showed the construction funded by
the government, Canadian Red
Cross, and United States Agency for
International Development (USAID).
Post-tsunami peace
The December 2004 tsunami,
which occurred just 150km off the
West Coast of Aceh, hastened the
peace process because GAM's hope
for independence and the military's ambitions for power were
lost after the disaster, according to
Chris Dagg, SFU International
Advisor to the Institutes of Islamic
Studies (IAIN) Indonesia Social
Equity Project.
Dagg, who visited Aceh before
and after the tsunami, described
the image of the aftermath as pictures of Hiroshima were placed
side by side. He outlined four main
challenges facing the region: recovery from the conflict, recovery from
the tsunami, establishing an effective local government, good relations with Jakarta and the introduction of Islamic Shari'a law and its
impact on society. There is a need
for Canada and the international
community to remain active in
Aceh to further peace and stability,
he said.
Aiding Aceh
Humanitarian relief in Aceh was
challenging, according to the
Canadian Red Cross Information
Delegate Russ Froese. He said that
Canada poured in $300 million in
aid and made a ten-year commitment to reconstruct Aceh and deal
with the staggering scope of destruc
tion and debris. The initial relief
phase focused on stopping the
spread of disease, no easy task given
the number of corpses, missing people and destruction of 60 per cent of
the Ministry of Health.
In areas of the worst destruction
such as Kaju and Nias, 80 per cent
of the houses were destroyed and
the inhabitants were missing, he
added. This raised the difficulty of
tracing land owners and the problem of land registry. Supplying
food and water to the survivors,
especially in remote areas, was particularly challenging, he added.
Fortunately, he Acehnese helped
the Red Cross in the massive debris
"I was impressed by people's
courage, how they tried to recover,"
Froese said. Because of quick marriages, a baby boom and taking care
of children and strangers there is
more pressure on women, he added.
Reflections on the stability of
long-term peace
The experts dwelled on potential
threats to peace in Aceh including
the prospect of Islamic Shari'a law
falling into the hands of "extreme
Muslims." Rahman noted that the
Aceh people, a Muslim majority, are
generally "tolerant and respect other
traditions." Dagg added that the West
needs a better and more complex
understanding of Shari'a law.
An audience member raised
concerns about the state of the
economy after the NGOs, with their
substantial investments, leave
Aceh. Rahman explained that the
Acehnese were being trained in
industrial and business skills to
"introduce new economic sources"
to the people such as the development of the cocoa industry.
Acehnese people are more hopeful about this peace process, according to Froese, because the trauma
will unite them in efforts to overcome
the system's problems.
Lessons from the peace process
According to Froese, we need
"new ways of understanding each
others' cultures and respect them."
In conflict zones, he said, it is difficult
to do this because there are crises all
the time.
Where Western media are
embedded with the military, they
send the locals to do the reporting,
Froese said, using the war in Iraq
as an example. The problem with
media coverage of crises, he added,
is that "there is no historical context in the news." @ THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 22 September, 2006
UBC astronomer detects faintest stars
STARS AFTER SUNSET: Beyond the visible eye are the faintest stars, oker CHEN photo
by Myles Estey
With the aid of an international
team of astronomers and the
Hubble spacecraft's exceptionally
high resolution camera, UBC astronomy professor Harvey Richer has
discovered a group of previously
undetected stars.
"The project was to take images of
a very old star cluster, one of the oldest known in the galaxy, even the universe, and take images for almost six
days at extremely high resolution,"
said Richer. The result was the detection of the faintest and oldest white
dwarf stars ever found—findings
which have attracted attention from
both astronomers and the scientific
community at large.
White dwarfs are stars that have
used up all the energy needed to produce nuclear reactions, which create
the light we see reflected in the night
sky. These stars continue to sit smoldering and burnt out, but still warm
and dimly lit.
As these stars slowly burn out,
their diminishing temperature,
and the subsequent decrease of
reflected light, allows for each
star's age to be measured.
"The rate at which [stars] cool is
very predictable, so their tempera
ture [functions much like] a clock,"
said Richer. The reliability of nature's
clock and the proficiency of Hubble's
technology has brought scientists one
step closer to understanding our universe's earliest moments.
Jaymie Matthews, associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UBC, said the discovery
"tells us about the stars forming at
the start of history, and at the start
of our universe," and likens it to an
"early chapter of the beginning of
our [universe's] history."
Richer likens the stars to Cain
and Abel: the offspring, but not the
oldest stars themselves.
The importance of learning about
these ancient white dwarfs, Richer
added, "[is that] we learn how a very
early generation of stars formed in
the universe...[which is] very important for establishing how soon after
the Big Bang stars started to form."
The major significance of this
discovery is that these ancient stars
show that the universe is older than
previously thought.
Matthews explained that "we
think about [the discovery of these
old stars] in the same way we think
about an Olympic athlete breaking a
world record...it is a significant
improvement to the previous ability
in the field."
Mathews further emphasised
that while Richer's work is currently
being met with excitement, the true
significance of the discovery will
take time to fully unfold.
"The science to come out of this
is still unfolding," said Matthews.
He described Richer's findings as
"part of a series of breakthroughs
continuing to describe the history of
our universe and our lives."
Richer also emphasised his finding's potential to improve our
knowledge of the universe. Due to
the proximity of the cluster to our
planet, he believes it functions as a
very accurate archive of our terrestrial and extra-terrestrial history.
He added that the importance
of learning about these nearby
star clusters is that they function
as accurate gauges for other star
clusters—information that will be
verified and improved on by the
future Hubble missions Richer's
team is already planning.
"By talking to some very old
neighbours, you learn the history of
your neighbourhood," Richer said."
[And] that's exactly what we are doing
with these nearby star clusters."
Richer and his team will be putting in an application for a new
expedition on the Hubble, in time
for the January deadline. @
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US ambassador David Wilkins visited the Liu Centre Wednesday.
The event was organised by the International Relations Student
Association. Wilkins said he noticed a considerable improvement in Canada-US relations over the past two years. Laurence
The Ubyssey better than J-
Schools: Georgia Straight
In the September 21 Georgia
Straight article "The Best of
Vancouver," sub section "Best of
Media, Arts and Culture—Critics'
Choices" the Ubysseywas named
the "best place to get a real education in journalism."
The Ubyssey beat out both the
Langara and the UBC master of
journalism programs.
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post-secondary institutions.
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Sailor Pluto
Putting the 'fun back in funeral
Steve Irwin. Pluto. It's been an
unusually tough month for those
two. The former lanced through
the heart by a usually innocuous
stingray, the latter by a bunch of
nerdy scientists who took issue
with making a planet out of a
small, planetary-sized rock.
Irwin was a testament to the
human spirit. His fun loving
ways, his peculiar fetish of
crocodiles: he was an animal's
man. But also a human's human.
Unfortunately, while
everyone's been too distracted
by Irwin's death and Pluto's
deplaneting, nobody's been
thinking about the poor
stingrays that have suffered
since Irwin's tragic demise.
Over the past two weeks,
reports of mutilated stingray
corpses have been washing
ashore all over Australia—most
likely his fans' finding a way to
avenge his death.
But even before they were
slaughtered, the stingrays had
a rough deal.
Imagine the scene for a
minute: you're swimming along
the seafloor, minding your own
business when a big, obnoxious
Australian tries to grapple you
while yelling "Crikey" for the
cameras. He slowly massages his
big, slimy, oversized hands all
over the stingray's rubbery body,
caressing it like was his
grandma's golden 80 birthday.
Well, you'd be pretty pissed off too!
Let's face it: the stingray didn't
have it out for Irwin from the get-
go. It didn't plot how to best
calculate its demise and lie in
wait for the unsuspecting human
to paddle by. It just defended its
innocent life by trying to harm
the predator it mistakenly
thought was going to kill him. So
seriously, why the stingray
carnage? Let it go people. The
man pried open alligators'
mouths with his bare hands for
giggles. Is anyone really
surprised that one day the
animals would fight back and
And don't even get us started
with Pluto.
What would motivate astronomers to demote Pluto from
planet to dwarf-planet status?
There's no doubt that these
scientists didn't take into
account the other Plutos in
Sailor Pluto, from the Sailor
Moon series, while not an
original member of the Sailor
Moon team, will lose all meaning
to her name—especially, being
that she is the gate keeper of the
fourth dimension. Watch your
magna people. Without the
planetary status she will be
demoted to Dwarf Sailor Pluto.
Go Dwarf-Sailor Pluto! That
doesn't have the same ring to iL
They've just kyboshed her forever
in annals of anime.
What about the Greek god
Pluto, fearsome ruler of the
ancient Underworld? Poor guy,
he must have been so lonely.
It's bad enough that he had to
occupy a dark, dank realm
where the world casts off its
dead. It wasn't enough that he
had to share custody of his own
wife with his mother-in-law six
months out of the year. He
finally gets a little credit when
scientists name a planet after
him (let's not forget it's the
smallest, most distant one.)
And then it gets taken away
from him. The events of his life
are enough to fill a Booker
Prize-winning biography about
a triumph over mediocrity.
Shall we go on? Pluto the
Dog. While there has been
debate as to whether Pluto the
Dog was named before Pluto
the Planet, the probability of
that happening is unlikely.
Pluto was named on February
18, 1930. Pluto the Dog was
introduced sometime in 1930,
but the exact date is unknown.
If you calculate the odds, it's 48
days from January 1 to
February 18. That means
there's an 87 per cent chance
that the planet was named first.
Furthermore, Pluto was
already a little dopey, poorly
functioning dog and now with
the name change, he would
consequently have to rename
Pluto the Dog to Pluto the (less-
functional) Dwarf-dog. That's a
travesty. Walt must be rolling
in his grave.
Let's  not forgot about the
Adventures of Pluto Nash. A
classic Eddie Murphy flick, a
sure-fire hit, which went
straight to video. With a budget
of $100 million, it was both a
sure blockbuster, and classic in
the making. In the end it made
$4.5 million dollars ($95
million lost). Those Pluto
naysayers must have had a
head start on the changing
perceptions of movies with
Pluto in the title. We can only
imagine what this has done to
DVD sales.
This small group of vocal
astronomers have forever
tarnished and distorted the
image of Pluto, and thereby its
marketability. Do those scientists
realise how much they've
damaged its credibility? Did they
even think about how much
money the poor planet could
make in a lawsuit?
Lastly, is anyone thinking
about the children? One day little
Timmy goes to school with his
papier mache and coat hanger
model, all nine planets dangling
happily in their orbits. He gets an
"A." Twelve months later, his little
brother takes in the same model
because their mother is sick of
elementary school projects
requiring adult supervision. How
does the esteemed education
system respond? It fails Andy, all
because some scientist with
nothing better to do decided that
nine planets was too many.
Have some foresight people! @
Who do you miss more—the planet Pluto or Steve Irwin "the crocodile hunter"—and whyi
-Jayne Zhang
Biology 3
"Pluto. Because I
was a big fan of
Sailor Moon, and
Sailor Pluto was
my favourite character."
-Adam Speirs
History 4
"Steve Irwin. He
had more of an
impact on my life."
-Jonathon L. Seagull
Medieval studies 3
"Pluto. I don't
approve of animal
hunting or harassment, even if it
does make for
good entertainment."
-James Vaughan
Materials Engineering 8
"Steve Irwin. Just
because they redefined Pluto, it still
exists. But Steve
Irwin lost his life."
-Nadine Hewamualige
General Science 4
"The crocodile
hunter. That man
was a genius."
—Coordinated by Mary Leighton and Ivan Zhao
by Ben Cohen
Lets be honest: with an amazing name like
Peanut why should this cat not win. However,
this article is actually more about destroying
the reputation of the opposing candidates
than explaining why Peanut "Bike Mechanic"
Mayne should win.
I shall begin by degrading Mango "Bobby
Fischer" Burkholder-Chalmers. I believe this
name alone denotes why this feline should
lose. Not only lose, but to be jeered at, maybe
a rotten tomato or two thrown in its general
direction to make sure. Lets look at the
feline's nickname for starters: Bobby Fischer.
For anyone that knows who that is, you are
lame, and for everyone else, let my lame self
enlighten you. Bobby Fischer, in short, is/was
a chess player. Considered one of the greatest
players of all time, he won the World Chess
Championship in 1972.
After that, he actually stopped playing
chess competitively for some time. Many people asked why; I believe it's because he was a
wanker. Well, with quotes like these, I double
dare you to disagree with me:
T am clearly the best player in the world'
'I'm kind of a big deal, people know me'
'Chess is a war over the board if you
take my queen I will f*& %$g kill you!'
(Actual quotes may vary).
Now should someone, let alone a cat, who
even remotely resembles this horrible mans
persona, win. I say NO!
More proof, you say? Well, here it is.
Mango, being the contestant's first name, is a
thinly veiled cover-up for the cat's real disposition. Mango is quite clearly a little on the
tanned side, one may go as far to say the cat is
ginger, a little chestnutty, strawberry blond, or
maybe even reminiscent of a carrot. Whatever
your preference, the cat is clearly red. What, I
hear you asking, does this have to do with why
Mango should lose? I believe it to be quite
clear. However, I shall, nonetheless, prove my
point Socrates style, and answer your question
with a question of my own. Are there any red
heads in power? Do they actually win anything? The correct answer is no, or if it is yes,
I am clearly a liar. To put it harshly, the cat is
red, so its chances of winning are rather slim,
bordering on none.
Now on to the next candidate, Muffin "I'm in
China!" Wang. For starters, just reading this
name makes me giggle a little bit, the cat is
named after a muffin. How ridiculous is that,
for anyone who watches Seinfeld, only the top of
it is good anyway, who cares about the rest?
(Please don't think about that metaphor)
Now don't even get me started on the cat's
nickname, "I'm in China!" as it appears, the
cat is quite clearly not in China. Unbeknown
to the cat, it is Canada, and Canada is not
China just as an Orange is not a Banana. The
last thing you want is a delusional feline
speaking entirely in Chinese to be in power.
Next thing we know we will all be chanting
Mao incessantly and UBC will become a purely authoritarian University. English 101 will
be replaced with a compulsory sweatshop
course and terror and all sorts of bad things
shall reign alongside particularly good economic growth.
Well, there are some brief reasons as to
why Peanut should win!
So basically, Vote for Peanut.
—Ben Cohen, an Australian Exchange student living at Totem who thought he would
write in to the Ubyssey's rather ingenious
cat competition.
Editors note: Muffin "I'm in China" Wang is
actually in China. Though born in Canada, he
was flown to his new home in China with his
owner, last July.
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istred. The Ubyssey regrets this error. THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 22 September, 2006
T-Birds face tough test in Saskatchewan
Record: 1-1-0 (Fourth in
Canada West)
Last week: UBC suffered its first
loss of the year in a deflating 18-17
defeat to the University of Alberta
Golden Bears in Edmonton. Early
turnovers in the first quarter
ended up being costly for the T-
Birds, who managed to come back
from 13 down to tie the game at 17
before losing on a last second
punt-single by first-year Alberta
punter Adam Fagomeni.
Who to watch: Fourth-year running back Chris Ciezki ran for 9 7
yards on 16 carries last week,
continuing his strong start to the
season. Second-year Braden Smith
was the lone bright spot for UBC's
receiving core on Saturday, collecting 111 yards on only five
catches in the loss.
Coach's comment: "We need to
be physical with their football
team and definitely win the battle on specialty teams. We need
to limit the run because they run
the ball really well, and we need
to put some points on the board."
— T-Birds coach Ted Goveia
Canada West games
 Week 4	
UBCat Saskatchewan: (AM730) 12:30pst
Alberta at Manitoba: 12:00 pst
Simon Fraser at Regina 2:00 pst
After a difficult loss in Edmonton last
Saturday, the T-Birds will head to the
prairies again in hopes of accomplishing something no UBC squad
has done in over five years—win in
"They got a good football team.
We certainly need to play physical at
their place," said head coach Ted
Goveia. "Saskatchewan is always
known for having a team that runs
to the football and works hard on
every play and we need to match
their enthusiasm, and if we're able
to do that and hang in the game then
we've got a good chance."
The T-Birds will be trying to
rebound after last Saturday's
heartbreaking 18-17 defeat that
saw them tie the game with less
than four minutes left before losing on a punt-single with no time
left on the clock.
"[The loss] is kind of like a hangover. You're hurting a little bit the day
after and you start to feel a little bit
better every day after that," added
Goveia. "The first practice was kind of
tough, and guys were still wondering
what happened and how it kind of fell
off the rails for us in the first quarter
but I think they also know after looking at the game film that Alberta
played a really good football game
and we didn't. Were it the case that
we played our best football game and
we weren't able to beat Alberta, I
think that'd be a little more discouraging."
Saskatchewan is coming off a
52-7 victory against Simon Fraser
and have already established
themselves as the team to beat in
Canada West, going 3-0 thus far in
climbing their way to #2 in the CIS
Top Ten Poll.
Led by rookie quarterback Bret
Thompson, the Huskies are first in
the league in total offence, and will
test a UBC defence which has been
solid thus far in the young season,
allowing only three touchdowns in
two games. @
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Record: 3-0-0 (Tied for first in
Canada West) #2 in CIS Top 10 Poll.
Last week: Saskatchewan is
coming off a 52-7 thumping of
Simon Fraser at Swangard
Stadium in Burnaby. The
Huskies dominated the game
from the opening minutes,
building up a 17-0 lead by the
end of the first quarter before
cruising to victory.
Who to watch: Saskatchewan
has been putting points on the
board at will this season. The
offence has been highlighted by
running back Scott Stevens,
who has five touchdowns and
has averaged 135 yards on the
ground per game thus far.
Key Stats: Saskatchewan hasn't lost to UBC in Saskatoon
since 2001.
The Huskies have outscored
their opposition 117-27 in their
first three games of the season.
They lead the league in total
offence, averaging 520 yards/
game, and are second in total
defence (324yards/game against).
Canada West Standings:   W L
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Saskatchewan                     3 0
Alberta                                 2 1
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