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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Volume 86 Issue 12
Backseat typers since 1918
AMS designates
washroom for
by Sarah Bourdon
A washroom facility in the Student
Union Building (SUB) will soon be
designated gender-neutral in an
effort to provide a safe space for
trans-identified students on campus.
The motion to make this change,
passed by the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) council on Wednesday, is
symbolic and will help students feel
more comfortable in the SUB, said
AMS VP Administration Lyle
The AMS has taken this step as a
gesture of support,* said McMahon.
"I know that in practice trans-identified people would attempt to use
these areas anyway but I feel it is
important to recognise that such a
space is needed.*
The washroom in question, located on the second floor of the build-
ing, is currently designated for dis-
abled students. The sign on the door
may be changed following consultation with trans-identified community groups.
"We don't want to categorically
marginalise any groups,' explained
McMahon. *I don't want to make it
seem as if there's some DeoDle with
A. A.
disabilities, there's some trans-identified people, let's just stick them all
together in the same room. Rather,
we want to provide a space for all
those communities. It's a veiy sensitive issue.*
The changes to the SUB washroom follow similar initiatives
taken by Concordia University and
Simon Fraser University in providing facilities for trans-identified
Though the spirit of the motion
See "Bathroom"page 2.
FEATURES: In the raw
The Ubyssey explores the world
of raw food and exposes the
inner workings of the AUS.
Pages 5-7.
CULTURE: J-Lo does it again
The latest Lopez film dances its
way to the bottom. Page 12,
EDITORIAL: Student politics
What has you AMS exec done for
you lately? Page 10.
"Modest" tuition increase likely
Cost of education set to rise for fourth consecutive year
Victory through honour
Martha Piper and Amina Rai help unveil theThunderbird totem pole outside
of Brock Hall, given to UBC by the Musqueam people.The totem is a replica
of the original Thunderbird totem given to UBC in 1948. trevor gilks photo
by Dan McRoberts
UBC students should prepare for another year of tuition
increases, VP Students Brian Sullivan told the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) last Wednesday.
Despite the fact that the cost of education has increased in
each of the past three years, Sullivan said that UBC President
Mantha Piper had informed him that there would be an additional increase in 2005.
"The President has said that she wouldn't expect it to be
zerco but that it would be much more modest than in previous
years,' said Sullivan.
TThe university has just begun the annual process of planning the budget for the next fiscal year, Sullivan said. The
funfling letter from the provincial government has left UBC in
a shortfall situation, but it will take some time to determine
the extent of the university's financial commitments.
"Hike last year we know that it [the operating grant] is insuf-
ficiemt,* said Sullivan. *By the end of December we will have a
preliminary idea about commitments.*
SmUivan predicts that an actual percentage figure could be
revealed by midjanuary but for the time being will not speculate; on the magnitude of the increase.
After a six-year tuition freeze, the cost of attending UBC has
jumped a phenomenal 72 per cent in the past three years. A
25.7 per cent increase in 2002 was followed by a 30.4 per
cent:increase in 2003, and tuition was increased this year by
aftntttter 16 per cent      . .
'No one ever said that after those three years there would
be noo further increases/ said Sullivan, who explained that
althcrugh UBC's tuition is close to the national average, it still
falls short in comparison to the average of other major institutions, the so-called G10 schools.
The base cost of attending UBC this year was $4,011, while
the average for the G10 comes in at $4,260.
The university is already lobbying the provincial govero-
ment to increase funding, Sullivan said.
'It is not the administration that would relent in its
efforts,* he said. "The President has already been in Victoria
educating elected officials and ministry staff about our view of
the world.*
Officials from the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser
See "tuition"page 2.
Man fasting in protest of UBC Physics Dept
Harassed professors refuse to publish "theory" and have contacted police
by Jonathan Woodward
A man who calls himself a modern-day Galileo
says he's solved the biggest problem of modern
theoretical physics, but no one's listening.
So until someone debunks him or gives him
two years' worth of money to research and publish his theory—that we're all inside a giant black
hole—Marcus MacGregor, 34, is going on a
hunger strike.
*I wanted to pick their brains, but when I
went to the physicists, I found none of them
would talk to me,* he said. 'If someone outside
academia had an epiphany in physics, you'd
think you could talk to someone about it
'Instead, they called the police.*
After being turned away by two professors in
UBC's Physics and Astronomy department,
MacGregor began fasting outside of the
Hennings building on October 1.
MacGregor, who dropped out from the third
year of the University of Victoria physics program in 1993 and currently fives on a boat
under Vancouver's Knight Street Bridge, has
been unemployed for two years. He has also participated in at least 60 protests against the BC
Liberal government, culminating in a 26-day
hunger strike.
"This is not about me getting thousands oof
dollars of money,* he said. 'If I was rich, I wouldn't have to worry about funding. I would just say,
I'm hiring three physicists, let's go to it To say
I'm wrong because I'm poor stinks of class elitism, and I won't have it*
His theory is based on the existence of galactic-sized black holes whose immense gravitational interplay dictates the position and size ©f
galaxies. The density of the space around omr
galaxy as well as the black holes means we're afil
inside a larger black hole, he said, which proves
that the inside of a black hole has structure.
That claim is central to unifying quantum
physics and general relativity, what he calls th©
*holy grail* of physics.
But UBC professor Philip Stamp said
MacGregor's theory is not a theory at all, and so
it is useless to try and debunk it
'Anybody can go on the web and find those
words. You can find them in any work of sciences
fiction. Those words are the end of a theory-
Where's the theory? There is no derivation
behind them,* he said.
MacGregor was harassing him and his stu
dents with demands for money, and 'the police
were called in. We're really, really fed up.*
MacGregor was told by the RCMP not to go
into the Hennings building or contact any
physics professor on penalty of arrest
There are historical examples of laymen making great strides in physics, but even Einstein
put his ideas on paper before he made any
demands of the scientific community, said Jeff
See "Physics"page 2.
won't eat until he's heard, nic fensom photo TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2004
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AMS was surprised by announcement
"Tuition" from page 1.
University could not predict whether
or not their institutions would have to
raise tuition as well, but both universities have received preliminary
funding information from the BC
The announcement came as a surprise to AMS VP External Holly
Foxcroft, who had invited Sullivan to
the meeting to speak about the allocation of this year's tuition increase.
"I was a bit shocked that he was
co-opting that and using it as an
opportunity to throw out why the university feels that it's important to
have another tuition increase, especially so early in the game/ said
Foxcroft was under the impression that tuition would only be
increased over a three-year period.
"I did anticipate that it would be
three years because that's what we
were told the whole time/ she said,
adding that UBC seems to be providing new reasons for increasing
'There has been changing
rationale and a lot of reasons for
why the tuition increases have happened... First of all it was, we have
to account for tuition freeze—now
we have to stay in line with our
peers, the national average, the
G10. Now it's not three years of
tuition increases, it's significant
increases. Throughout the whole
process it's been rotated to what
seems to fit the university/
The AMS is taking steps to prepare for the months ahead. Foxcroft
has requested the opportunity to
view the university's full budget, as
the AMS has only seen financial statements for the past seven years.
"It will be able to contextualise
things for students and it would be
invaluable to see where our tuition
dollars are going," she said.
In addition, Foxcroft hopes to
amend the society's tuition policy in
the weeks ahead. The policy was
passed in 2002 when the first round
of major increases were in the works.
"I think it's dated/ said Foxcroft.
"We will be reviewing it"
The AMS is also committed to
working with the university in lobbying the government
"It's a difficult position to be in
because we need to represent students while at the same time working
with the university/ said Foxcroft,
who hopes to incorporate the student
body as much as possible in the consultation process to come.
"This year I'm committed to
informing more students about this
than in previous years and to be
actively involving students where
possible, because I feel that the last
three years have been fairly exclusionary and not as proactive as they
could have been/ she said. ♦
UBC follows example of other Canadian universities
"Bathroom" from page 7.
is extremely important on campus,
bringing it to AMS council was not
necessary in making the change, said
Quinn Omori, an Arts representative
on the council.
"I support the action one hundred
per cent/ said Omori. "But it was a
semantic change...in terms of what
nporJc to romo to prnmril   fb':»T,':' wac
no renovation and the only thing
that's going to change is the signage
which is already an ongoing campus
project so there's not going to be any
"They could have just done it
and told us, it would have been
over with/
In addition, the motion would
have been stronger if it had suggested a change in policy to ensure that
future expansions of SUB facilities
promote accessibility not only to
trans-identified students, but also to
other groups such as parents with
children, said Omori.
"If you want to bring up those
points again, I think you could make
it a lot stronger by making it a clear
policy for the future/ he said, adding
that the motion "lacked teeth/
In Wednesday's meeting, one
AMS councillor pointed out that statistics indicate that trans-identified
individuals constitute only a very
small percentage of the population.
However, this argument is not relevant since there are no major
changes being made to the facility,
said Omori.
"They've entitled to that opinion
but there's a point where you don't
need to make that argument because
it's not changing functionally what's
going on in this washroom/ he said.
"It's a one stall washroom. We're just
declaring it a safe space/
One UBC student said she supports the establishment of a gender-
neutral facility in the SUB if it means
that students will feel more accepted
on campus.
"It's important to make people
feel more comfortable, it's not a bad
thing at all/ said Vicky Chou, a
fourth-year Human Kinetics student
"I think it's good to recognise that
there are people who do need that. I
think it would be a good thing to promote around campus so all students
are accommodated/ ♦
Hunger strike goes into its third week
"Physics" from page 1.
Young, the head of the UBC
Physics and Astronomy department.
"There  are very well-defined
mechanisms for getting scientific
assessment of ideas: publishing in
peer-reviewed journals/ he said.
Those are journals where scientists will examine an idea before it
gets laid down in the literature.
"Often, there's no fee associated with it/ he said. ♦
Tues. Oct. 19 to Sun. Oct. 24, 2004
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Thurs. Oct. 21, 2004
8pm at The Gallery Lounge
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Thurs. Oct. 21 to Sat. Oct. 23, 2004
7:30pm at the Frederic Wood Theatre
One woman show of dance and theatre
by performer and writer Susan Bertoia. THE UBYSSEY
Voters say no to wards
A plebiscite on Saturday to determine whether or not Vancouver
would adopt a ward system for its
municipal elections produced a
surprising result—Vancouverites
voted no.
With a wards system, voters
would have chosen a single candidate to represent their specific neighbourhood on the city council along
with voting for a mayoral candidate.
An at-large system has voters electing 10 city-wide councillors as well
as a mayor.
Only 66,317 Vancouver residents
turned out to vote, a slim 22.61 per
cent of eligible voters. The results were
close, with 54 per cent of those who
voted supporting an at-large system.
Although the referendum is non-
binding, most observers believe that
the wards issue is dead for the time
AMS loves sk8ter boiz
Anti-skateboarding knobs and stops
around the Student Union Building
have been officially condemned by
the AMS.
A motion introduced by VP
Administration Lyle McMahon
sought to oppose the installation of
such devices throughout campus, but
the initiative was limited to the environs of the SUB following debate at
the AMS council meeting last
The stops are designed to prevent
the use of skateboards on benches
and sidewalks. They have already
been installed in several locations on
campus and the purpose of motion is
to discourage the university from
installing more, according to
McMahon. v
N E W S TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2004      3
UBC gets B on Globe's annual report card
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by Sarah Bourdon
The 2004 University Report Card, published last
week in The Globe and Mail, gave UBC a B rating
for overall educational experience.
UBC was included in the large-size university category, rated along with eight other
schools in Canada with student populations
greater than 25,000. The survey allowed students to assess a variety of criteria ranging
from library quality and parking facilities to
financial aid and class sizes.
The survey was completed by 27,811 students
across Canada who are members of the stu-
dentawards.com on-line database and was conducted by the Strategic Counsel, a market research
As stated on The Globe and Mail website, the
on-line surveying technique 'continues to be the
best way to collect the opinions of students, who
almost universally use the Internet frequently.*
The ratings were based 'solely on student opinion,
derived from answers to more than 100
Though the survey may be useful when evaluated alongside other university assessments such as
the annual Maclean's ratings, the results are difficult to qualify when so little is known about the
data, said Michelle Aucoin, executive coordinator
VP Students.
This represents one more piece of information
for us to consider when we're looking at the student experience. Certainly hearing the student
voice is important,* said Aucoin. *We're very interested to know who the students were and we're
very interested to know what impact the selection
process had on the outcome.*
The fact that students were surveyed via a financial aid website may not have produced the most
accurate information, according to Aucoin.
'If you never go to the website and you're never
looking for financial support, you'll never fill out
the survey,* she said. *We contend that because stu
dents are going to that site initially seeking financial support, that fundamentally the answers are
UBC conducts its own assessment of student
satisfaction, through the Canadian University
Survey Consortium and the National Survey of
Student Engagement, both of which ask students
about their satisfaction with the school.
In The Globe and Mail survey, UBC was given
high ratings for the attractiveness of the campus,
the library, and overall university atmosphere.
However, the university rated lower on class sizes
and parking facilities, and received particularly
low marks for financial aid.
"There's a great irony in that,* explained
Aucoin. 'The University of Toronto and UBC both
did extremely poorly on those questions. We're the
only two universities in the country that have a university commitment that no student will be denied
the ability to continue.*
Of the nine large-size schools evaluated, none
received a rating higher than B+. However, several
of the medium-sized schools, including University
of Victoria and Simon Fraser University, received
ratings of A- or higher.
UBC students Jill Tarling and Danice Carlson
both agreed that B is an accurate rating for the
"There are so many aspects of UBC,* said
Tarling, a fourth-year music student "There's the
campus which is beautiful. I think we have the best
campus ever.*
Still, both students said that improvements
could be made to the quality of university services.
'I've heard all sorts of stuff about the administration, about how that aspect isn't so great A lot of
people are treated poorly when applying for UBC,*
said Tarling. *I would say B seems like a fairly normal, average number. Even a bit above average.*
"There are some things that are not so good,*
added Carlson. *You find a lot of profs who are here
just to do research which isn't great The food's too
expensive, everything's too expensive...I'd say B is a
good rating.* v
UBC's campus may win on attractiveness,
some students feel university services need
improvement, nic fensom photo
Students rate AMS
The Globe and Mail didn't just ask
students to evaluate UBC's library
or faculty. The survey included a
question about the quality of the
student society.
The Alma Mater Society (AMS)
was rated a C+ by UBC students,
averaging a 3.4 score out of a possible five points.
President Amina Rai was less
than thrilled with the result.
'Based on the survey we did
rank third, although it was a C+.
There is room for improvement,*
she said.
Rai believes that the negative
feedback comes from a lack of
recognition of the AMS activities by
the student body in general.
'Because UBC is such a commuting campus, improvement can be
made in terms of communication,*
she said. 'Some students might be
able to recognise Safewalk but not
that AMS is behind it...there is a
lack of recognition...people might
take advantage of some of the services that we provide but not take
that into consideration.*
The AMS executives have an
'open door* policy, said Rai, who
believes that this is the best way of
informing the student population
about the role of the AMS.
'One of the things we really try
to do with executive is try to make it
interactive,* she said. 'To be honest, ever since I started my term I
have seen many, many students
walk into my office. Four or five per
day...one on one quality time with
the student is often really helpfiil to
Joel McLaughlin, a fourth-year
Arts representative on AMS council
believes that the executive needs to
be more proactive in its approach.
*You got to be going out there
and talking to students who won't
be coming through those doors
because they don't know where they
are,* said McLaughlin.
"The AMS is increasingly irrelevant to the fives of students,* he
added, claiming that the society
should be more concerned with
issues that students care about.
*I think they should be focusing
on revamping the SUB, more club
*I think they should be weighing
the options of building a new SUB.*
Although critical of the AMS,
McLaughlin hopes that its negative
perception will be alleviated in the
*We hope that C+ ranking can
turn into an A one day, but there is
a lot of work that has to be done
before that happens/ he said, v
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October 21, 22 & 23, 2004
Thursday to Saturday - 7:30 pm
Frederic Wood Theatre
6354 Crescent Road UBC
UBC Box Office 604.822.2678
Tickets: $12 Adults $8 Students/Seniors
$6 Preview October 21
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Concerned about housing
With the increase in housing and land development at UBC, it is
necessary for students to voice their concerns to Campus Development on issues such as housing costs, safety, and resources and
The AMS is committed to receiving feedback on your housing
experience and is looking for 15 - 20 students to participate in focus
groups that will be discussing the following topics:
1. Affordability
2. Safety and housing
3. Resources and Services related to housing
4. Support services in Residence
5. Underground Bus Loop
The focus groups take place at the following times
Monday, Nov 1st SUB Rm 209 3pm - 5pm
Wednesday, Nov 3rd SUB Rm 214 3pm - 5pm
Thursday, Nov 4th SUB Rm 214 2pm - 4pm
AH sessions include a FREE MEAL
••■'■. Please RSVP by October 26th with yotir.name./age^-an-d .whether.: you: ■:
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during your first news story. But don't
ask them to, that would be harrassment.
And weird, you freak.
News meetings
Tuesdays at 1pm
South Campus
South Campus Northeast Sub-Area Draft Neighbourhood Plan
A broad-based Working Group with representatives from UBC campus stakeholder groups and community
interest groups provided input for the South Campus draft neighbourhood plan. The outcome of the
Working Group process is a land use plan for the South Campus neighbourhood that is in response to the
Comprehensive Community Plan.
Following a technical review of the South Campus Draft Plan in August 2004, it was determined that the land
use changes proposed in the revised Draft Plan required further review to address a number of important
issues. You are invited to view the draft plan at the Open House and provide feedback.
Monday, October 25,2004: 6:00 to 7:30 pm      Asian Centre Auditorium -1871 West Mali
Please visit our website and complete the on-line feedback form.
Your ideas are important to us.
For a map showing the location of the Asian Centre, go to www.maps.ubc.ca
or call 604.822.6400 for more information.
Linda Moore, Associate Director
External Affairs, University Town
Tel:        604.822.6400
Fax:        604.822.8102
e-mail:  info.universitytown@ubc.ca
Health. OUcmUrm
John   F   McCreary   Lecture
Website: www.health-disciplines.ubc.ca
Thursday, October 21,2004, TIME: 12:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall #6, Woodward IRC, UBC
A particular focus of Dr McCreary's activities at UBC and indeed throughout Canada was on the Importance of
interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching and research in the health sciences. This presentation will propose that
such approaches are crucial for improved understanding and management of pain, a topic that readily lends itself to
Dr McCreary's philosophy and approaches.
The presentation will briefly review the rapid advances in the pain field over the past 30 years, and also make note
of emerging concepts that pain represents the 5th vital sign and that chronic pain is a neurological disorder in its
own right because of the central neuroplastic changes that can occur in conditions of prolonged pain. Despite these
recent advances, chronic pain conditions in particular still represent a diagnostic and management challenge, and
cost the Canadian economy over $8 billion per year. It is proposed that future research efforts in clarifying pain
mechanisms need to include a stronger emphasis on interdisciplinary efforts that especially focus on the factors and
processes involved in the transition from acute to chronic pain. It will also be an ever-increasing challenge to ensure
that this 'new' knowledge, as well as existing knowledge, is transferred to and applied effectively in the clinical
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Sudanese speak out
"I didn't have a voice,"
says speaker of his
time in Darfur
by Andrew Hudson
As violence continues daily in Sudan,
speakers from several Vancouver
community groups have been spending their days voicing concerns and
trying to raise awareness about the
'I never thought I would leave/ said
Mohamed Adin, walking down a rainy
Granville Street during a Red Cross
fundraiser for Sudan. 'But there I didn't
have a voice.*
An accountant by trade, Adin was
working at a Khartoum bank in 1989
when the National Islamic Front took
control of Sudan in a coup. Soon after,
the bank dismissed him for a lack of
party loyalty.
Adin now chairs the Sudanese
Communiiy Association of BC. Along
with the Darfur Association, his group
is raising awareness in Vancouver of
what the UN has called the world's
worst humanitarian crisis.
The Darfur crisis is the latest
episode in 21 years of civil war. Since
independence from the UK in 1956,
Sudan has only enjoyed ten years of
According to the latest UN report, up
to 70,000 people have died in Darfur
since March 2003. Another 1.4 million
people have fled their homes.
Disease, starvation, and violence kill
another 10,000 people every month.
Meanwhile, on the unpaved streets
of the Sudanese capital, government
men drive Mercedes anci BMWs, said
Adin. The local Sudanese community
groups agree—the policies of the
Sudanese government account for most
of the death toll.
"Since 1956, different governments
in the centre have not paid attention to
the problems of the region of Darfur,
viewing it only as a source of labour and
manpower for the army," said Sief
Gader,   a   member   of  the   Darfur
Association, at a recent seminar hosted
by the UBC Africa Network.
Darfur has a history of occasional
conflict between its settled African
farmers and the nomadic Arab cattle-
herders who come from the north in
search of grazing land, according to
Gader. Until recently, local leaders were
able to resolve such conflicts, he added.
In February 2003, two rebel
groups, the Sudanese Liberation Army
(SLA) and the Justice and Equality
Movement (JEM), attacked the city of
Al Fashir and destroyed several government planes. Since then, the government has been arming Arab tribes
and encouraging them to attack
Darfur's villages alongside its own
troops, said Gader.
"This is a policy of forced displacement by the deliberate destruction of
homes, water sources, the rape of
women, the abduction of children, and
the looting of civilian properties/ he
When Gader finished speaking,
Abdel Abdalla, also from Darfur,
showed photographs of Darfurian
refugees as the audience watched in
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir
has cancelled many developmental
projects in the country, Abdalla noted.
He described projects aimed at modernising agriculture in Darfur—a project to improve water sources for
nomadic Arab tribes, plans for a new
cross-country road and plans for a railway from Nyala to Khartoum.
'Had these plans been put into
action/ Abdalla explained, 'they would
have given employment to the people of
Darfur and prevented tribal clashes."
After the speeches, some students
remarked that there is a dispute over
whether the rebel groups in Darfur had
separatist ambitions.
The rebel groups are indeed negotiating a referendum, said Joseph
Africon, who did his Masters at UBC.
"There will be a six-year interim
period [before the referendum!, where
the government has to salvage its
image," said Africon. "I think Sudan will
be strong if we just remove this
government" v
Rocking out for sustainability
by Darcy Wintonyk
On Wednesday, hundreds of students
and staff gathered outside the SUB with
one common mission—to celebrate sustainability' on campus. The first annual
Campus Sustainability Day, organised
by the Campus Sustainability Office
(CSO), encouraged students to learn
more about UBC's sustainability initiatives by participating in interactive
demonstrations at information booths.
Hanking the event were performances by local artists. Students were seen
grooving to the hip-hop stylings of
Vancouver's own The Front who put on
a high-energy performance. Other special guests included the groups Public
Dreams and Sambata.
Sustainable transportation was a hot
topic at the event Representatives from
the UBC electric bike club, advocacy
groups—such as the cooperative auto
network—and representatives from E-
Ride on 4th Avenue, who gave out rides
on electric bikes, scooters and skateboards were all on hand to promote
alternate transport
BC Hydro was also there to discuss
how hydrogen technology could be part
of a sustainable future. Hydro representative Ian Gormely hopes that their new
BC hydroGEN initiative, including a
hydrogen highway to Whistler for 2010,
will be an improvement over previous
thoughts on hydrogen production.
'Traditionally, although emissions
are reduced from cars, [they are] still
produced by the factories that make it,"
said Gormely. 'Our goal is to reduce
emissions altogether through promoting 'greener' hydrogen products/
Sprouts, the student-run food store
in the SUB, was giving away free samples of organic granola to passersby.
The store, which is an initiative of the
UBC food co-op, specialises in organic,
locally grown food that supports sustainable agriculture, equitable working conditions and community
Members of UBC Food Services were
giving away recusable food containers
and coffee mugs to students, with the
mission of reducing waste on campus.
Representative Juliana Campbell says
that there are hidden advantages to
being a sustainable student at UBC.
"You save 15 cents each time you get
food served in a re-usable container anywhere on campus/ she said.
The centrepiece of the entire event
was a huge pile of garbage. The garbage,
marked off by safety partitions outside
of the SUB, had been collected earlier
from inside the building, illustrating the
daily wastefulness of UBC. Sponsored by
UBC waste management services, the
goal of the display was to promote alternatives to consumer waste, Jncluding
recycling and composting, v THE UBYSSEY
A process unhinged
by Jonathan Woodward
with reporting by Alex Leslie and Dan McRoberts
A Ubyssey staffer runs for—and gets—an Arts position in UBC's student government.
The only problem? He's a science student.
MY VOTE: Jon Woodward infiltrated the AMS to illustrate voter apathy, nic fensom photo
One of the paradoxes you'll notice as
you watch members of our student
government hurl words across their
expansive circular table in the SUB's council
chambers every other Wednesday night is that
they care deeply about what the students they
represent think, even though students care
very little about them. Only 3.5 per cent of
Arts students voted and 1.1 per cent voted
in Science, but their representatives still
make a go of it. It's an amazing idealism
that transcends the democratic process; in
any other system, leaders would need votes,
terms and public scrutiny to fire them up
and rein them in.
Apathy is a problem at any campus, but
nowhere more than UBC's largest faculty:
Arts. Apathy gave an undercover journalist—me—voting power as an Arts representative for two and a half weeks. That in itself
is not a big deal. The Alma Mater Society
(AMS) makes a point of welcoming new
faces. Except that I had no business representing Arts. I'm a Science student.
Last academic year, the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) and by extension the AMS
failed to attract either candidates to fill their
ballots or voters to lend them confidence.
General elections in April for seven Arts positions on the AMS attracted only three candidates. Only 375 votes were cast out of an eligible electorate of 10,661.
Then, it got worse. Four appointees filled
empty spaces in the summer and of those only
two remained to run in the September by-election. Then, during a rushed and poorly advertised campaign, only 40 students voted. That's
a turnout of 0.4 per cent One of the winning
candidates, fourth-year political science student Joel McLaughlin, was approved by a margin of one vote—20 for, 19 against—and said
that even he didn't cast a ballot.
It is absurd to claim that someone can represent Arts students when only the number of
students directly involved with the AUS council
even voted. And even more absurd that out of
10,661 students and after two elections, the
society couldn't find seven people to sit on
council. It was early October and the third
round of elections to fill the remaining spots
was being held. This apathy was too much. I
decided to throw my hat into the ring.
That Monday meeting, there was finally a
race: three serious candidates vying for two
positions. As a former Ubyssey news editor, I
had reported on meetings like this one for over
a year. In my speech, I cited that experience as
qualification for me to run. I spoke, gave them
my name and student number and sat down.
One ballot per position was passed around.
Several people printed my name on both of
them. I and another Arts student, Stephanie
Ryan, won and the results were ratified immediately—by the 15 people present, instead of
the minimum number, 22, needed to make a
decision count according to AUS code.
I was suddenly a representative to the AMS,
with the same voting power as the AMS
President No one asked which faculty I was in
or checked my student number against the registrar's list If I, a Science student, could get
into the AMS as an Arts representative, anyone
could. Student apathy had left the door swinging wide—and I had walked straight through.
Within a week, I was appointed to a committee that the UBC administration trusts to
see in detail how it spends its tuition dollars.
And that's when I got worried.
At worst, we can condemn the AMS for apathy. But there is a large issue of accountability
at play here—instead of an investigative journalist looking to prove a point, I could have
someone with actual intent to inflict damage
within the student government. UBC needs to
be able to trust the AMS—these committees
make serious decisions and a lack of accountability undermines the AMS' capability to serve
But it wasn't my job to stop, it was their job
to stop me, and at the next meeting I ran for
another position—AUS archivist
The girl I ran against began her speech
with, "I love colour-coding and I'm a stickler
for detail../ She was perfect for the job.
Undaunted, I rose.
"My grandmother was killed by a falling filing cabinet* I said, lip trembling through the
He. "And I don't want that to happen here/
I was soundly defeated. I left, thinking that
at last there was some hope for the system.
One week later, things turned completely
around. Acting on tips from several people,
including one of my roommates, AUS
President Iianne McLean asked that I sign a
form stating unequivocally that I was Arts student. I could not; she checked my student number, found that I was in Science, realised my
appointment broke code and requested my
On Wednesday, October 13 at five pm, my
two and a half weeks in student politics were
The ethics:
was it wrong?
It was easy for an ineligible (and potentially
destructive) candidate to take advantage of
apathy's taint to find himself on the inside. But
by no means was my decision to infiltrate the
AUS and AMS easy.
The Ubyssey s editorial board met to discuss the developing story, debating the pros
and cons of the issue. Did the ends justify the
means? How far should I go? And when it was
done, who should write the story?
Newspapers thrive on objectivity and truth.
In this story, I compromised both-the first in
writing about myself and the second in never
mentioning to the subjects of my stories what I
was doing.
"It's a basic rule of journalism to identify
yourself/ said UBC School of Journalism professor Mary Lynn Young. "You didn't He but
you weren't explicit and there is a problem/
But journalists often misrepresent themselves
to get a story and can never be guilty of "making news/ she said.
Globe and Mail reporter Jan Wong boarded
an airplane with a box cutter to expose flaws in
post-9/11 airport security, embarrassing
Transport Canada and inciting a media
firestorm—an example to consider.
"You deceived the AUS/ McLean wrote in a
letter to me, "and you took a space away from
students that want to represent their faculty.
Whether you did it with malicious or benign
intent is irrelevant. We cannot continue having
you as a member of council."
"Does what you're doing benefit the public
more than the harm you're causing? That's the
moral calculus you have to use/ said Young.
When Jan Wong was attacked for her stunt,
she said this: "Ignore the reporter. Pay attention to the problem/
What's the problem?
McLean has committed to improving AUS elections by making the very form that ferreted me
out part of AUS code, and by making any candidate—appointed or not—put up a minimum
of 30 posters. "The more people that put up
posters, the more exposure there is, the more
people that talk about it/ she said. She's also
considering going back to paper elections with
voting booths so students can see an election
going on.
McLean could go further, said fifth-year
Arts student Jessica Broderick, who didn't vote
in September but made it to vote in
Vancouver's ward referendum Saturday.
"Maybe they should send emails and pictures
and biographies to everyone/ she said. "Make
some incentives—put your name in a box and
get some great prizes/
But none of these solutions address the
major underlying problem: a disconnection
between what students care about and what
they know their student societies can do. It's
not just Arts—the faculty of Science had only
175 of 6,807 students vote. Of the schools the
Ubyssey surveyed, only the University of
Manitoba and Victoria at 9.1 and 10 per cent
scored lower. York University came in at an
abysmal five per cent, due in part to the fact
that in the previous year they didn't hold an
In a recent survey, published in The Globe
and Mail, UBC students marked the AMS, like
most schools, with an unenthusiastic C+.
University of Toronto student Doug Hughey
told The Globe and Mail that student unions
get bogged down in petty in-fighting and never
address real issues that students care about-
compared to the power politics between
nations that manage to captivate students'
interest, voting over small-time services and
one building's square footage can seem hopelessly provincial.
At their last meeting on Wednesday, the
AMS devoted nearly an hour to discussing a
policy to fight anti-skateboarding devices on
campus property, overriding voices at the
Council clamouring for more attention to
pressing issues—for example, lobbying against
the proposed "modest" tuition increase. Then,
after the realisation that a student society has
no power over student property, the motion
was pared down. The discussion turned to
whether to put turf on Mclnnes field.
But students don't vote or run because of
interest or power, said UBC political science
professor Fred Cutler. "It's an intangible: a
sense of duty/
"Some people say, don't vote, it will encourage the buggers/ echoed Vancouver voter
Charles Humphries, voting in the Wards referendum. "But I believe I should exercise the
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A good point Less than one per cent of Arts
students voted. That's how they got me.
Chain of accountability
For all the whinging that student societies
don't do anything, the AUS seems to do plenty.
Included in the nebulous mandate of advocating for Arts students are talking allocation of
tuition dollars with the Dean of Arts and running sports events, lecture series, an "Arts
Invasion Day" for grade 11 students to learn
more about university, beer gardens and renting out lockers. The AUS also runs the mother
of all responsibilities: Arts County Fair.
UBC's Arts representatives care about student issues and the AUS happily welcomed me
despite my background in the student press.
The councillors I met exhibited an informed,
wry feel for the absurdity of thinking large but
operating within the student union's small universe. And when it was all over, McLean said
she hoped I enjoyed my time on Council. "He
made a very nice speech about his grandmother. And I hope he learned a little bit about our
organisation because I learned a little bit about
human nature/
Voter apathy is widespread across the campus and the country. Laughably low poll
turnouts reflect not only on student societies
but also on students themselves.
Accountability survives and languishes not
only according to the commitment and diligence of student politicians but also the active
participation of students. The outcome of student politics—the apathy and the accomplishments—becomes a dance of responsibility.
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Not just for rabbits: the raw-food-only diet may soon come to a cafe near you
As I walk into the Living Source Cafe on Commercial Drive, I'm overwhelmed with the shiny hardwood floors and oversized glass sculptures that glimmer in the sunlight Mark, the owner of the Cafe, will
boast that it is the only entirely raw restaurant in Vancouver. I've
come to listen to Chris Iverson, the raw food expert who helped Mark
open this restaurant, speak about the raw food lifestyle. I get a generous waft of sweet tabaccoless smoke as I walk across the room to
where Chris is holding his Raw Food Workshop.
Behind a barrier of dark maroon curtains hanging down to the
floor, I see a room of 18 people staring attentively at Iverson as if
attempting to absorb his knowledge by osmosis. It's a full two-day
workshop and I've only stopped by for some tidbits, but I find myself
lost in Iverson's ravings of the latest raw product on the market. The
conversation ranges from whether or not cashews are raw, to the
benefits of the urine cleanse—which involves drinking one's own
urine—to when the raw pies will be served. Graham W. Boyes, a volunteer from the Raw Food Society of B.C., tells me emphatically how
much I missed at lunch: "Raw calzonesl Better than at any Italian
Raw foodism is a growing fad, and has been edging its way
towards the mainstream since the '60s. To learn more about the
lifestyle, I caught up with Iverson at the Living Source Cafe and later
at another raw foodist joint, the Raw Food Cafe, about living large,
living raw and what he sees in the future.
Story of the veggie man
Chris Iverson, now 36 years old, has been a vegetarian for 12 years.
He recalls the circumstances surrounding his crossover to the
healthy life. 'I was eating a normal diet full of Taco Bell and
McDonald's...and I saw this guy named The Juice Man on late night
T.V. This old guy, he was like 70 or 80 years old but he looked like
he was 50 or 40,* he tells me. 'He had so much energy I was just
attracted to it So I bought a juicer and started growing my own
wheat grass and immediately I felt the benefits.*
Iverson soon began working to introduce vegetarian restaurants
and juice bars into rave nightclubs. Thereafter, he gained training as
a chef. During this time, he lived in Maui with Jeremy Saffron, who
opened the first raw food restaurant in the United States about ten
years ago and has worked with 'the best* of the raw food world. The
best* includes David Wolf, the author of 'Eating for Beauty,* who is
now considered the world authority on raw food nutrition.
But Iverson only moved beyond vegetarianism and got hooked on
raw food when something other than his stomach intervened. *I met
this amazing Goddess three years ago named Gisellc.she was travelling with David Wolf, who like, you know, is one of the leaders of
live food. ' He laughs and continues. 'She was 100% and told me
that if I wasn't she wouldn't have anything to do with me so I went
100% for a while...for love.* This said, he zones off for a while.
Beyond the goddess Giselle, Iverson credits his enthusiasm for
raw food to loving the concept of "healing people one meal at a
time." He tells me enthusiastically: "Anybody can do it! They just
have to learn how. I've always wanted to help people, and it's a great
way to help people out"
Living food
A diet largely prescribed to by health-conscious individuals like
Iverson, the raw food lifestyle is viewed with considerable wariness
by many. This scepticism is due in part to the inclusion of raw meat
or "live" food in the full raw diet When I first told a friend of mine
about the hve food diet, her first comment other than the skeptical
raised eyebrow was, "that doesn't sound very food safe.* Today, it is
less recommended to eat raw flesh unless one has significant insight
as to its sources. To break down the misunderstandings surrounding
raw food, Iverson chops up the modern raw food diet into four parts.
The first part, which comprises the majority of the diet, is
reserved for fresh and raw vegetables—essentially, anything you
could throw into a salad. The second part of the diet consists of
dried or dehydrated food. Often this consists of a mixture of various items such as soaked chickpeas and sunflower seeds, mashed,
shaped and dehydrated to create, raw falafel, chips, or Chris's
famous Calzones. The third part is sprouted food. This involves
soaking grains and seeds in water usually overnight or for a few
hours until they begin to "sprout" until, a la Frankenstein, "it's
alive I" The final part of the diet involves cultured food. This
requires soaking seeds, grains or vegetables overnight similar to
the sprouting process, then rinsing and blending with fresh water.
Then it must be left to sit at room temperature "so that the good bacteria can grow," Chris tells me. The adventurous may try the seed
cheese or the kimchee; others may want to stick to something more
familiar like the sauerkraut
The advantages of the raw diet are varied. Besides the instant
weight loss, it provides the body with a plethora of vitamins and
apparently all 96 minerals the body needs. And Chris insists it helps
solve the three most common immune system problems in the
human body: high acidity, Candida (yeast-infection parasites) and de-
mineralisation. Most raw foodists claim they haven't been sick since
they've adopted their new diet But everyone isn't so positive.
Nutritionists warn that vitamin B12 as well as copper, chromium,
zinc, calcium, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids are lacking in the diet
due to the absence of meat To fill in the gaps, some may consider
taking supplements.
For Iverson, the diet involves much more than a simple salad and
a list of vitamins to check off. When properly balanced, it's not only
food safe, he says, but absolutely delicious and quite healthy. It's an
art, and Iverson takes it to heart.
Raw past and present
Despite its current growing trendiness, raw food is anything but a
new fad. Records indicate that it was popular amongst ancient
Hebrews. Inuit who subsisted mostiy on fish, seals, caribou and
other game they could find, sometimes ate raw. J.H. Romig M.D.
who visited the Inuit in 1896 in the Bering Sea region reported on
their diet: "Their food was cooked mostly by boiling, and was rather
rare; they ate as well, especially in winter, raw frozen fish and raw
The raw diet didn't re-emerge as a popular trend until the 1960s
when Victor Klevinskus came over to the United States from Russia
and taught Anne Wigmore how to sprout. Klevinskus is now credited
for having started the raw movement and Wigmore is well known in
the raw community for her wheat grass and other raw recipes. Now,
David Wolfe has taken the reins.
Wolfe has been eating totally raw food for 10 years now and
hopes "to make raw food nutrition the number one subject of conversation on planet earth." The largest distributor of raw food products "for a raw lifestyle," he holds raw adventure retreats in the U.S.,
Canada, Europe and in the South Pacific. The raw movement's profile has been raised by the signing on of many famous names,
including Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, Robin Williams, Donna
Karen, Sting, Madonna, Uma Thurman and Ryan Adams. Just recently Woody himself was spotted at the Living Source Cafe here in
Vancouver and is said to be a big fan of Chris's raw corn chips.
While New York is leading the international raw movement,
many European countries are catching on. And with raw food establishments in the US numbering in the hundreds, Canada is likely to
see many more restaurants like The Living Source Cafe sprouting
up, with individuals like Iverson at the helm.
Local sprouts
In Vancouver, other than the Living Source Cafe, The Raw Cafe near
2nd and Burrard holds weekly potlucks on Wednesday evenings at
7:00pm where a welcoming crowd gathers, eager to share their
knowledge. Chris invited me to help him make a meal and scope the
scene. Together we created a Mexican chipode salad, and some
spicy salsa to accompany his corn chips. The Raw Cafe crowd was
very different than the raw foodists I'd met at the Living Source Cafe.
More conservative—the sweater vest and glasses type—they were still
very friendly, hungry and willing to share their thoughts.
In the orderly line-up gathering before the food, I began talking to
the guests. Lucas, a tall, slim Czechoslovakia^ with an accent and a
pear has been on the "mucasless-diet healing system" for almost
four months now. Lucas is a fruitarian, an extreme kind of raw foodist that only eats fresh fruit 'It's sweet, juicy, delicious,* he explains;
'the ideal diet!"
Arnold Ehret tells me he's joined the raw movement for a completely different reason. "It's about how much garbage we leave
behind us after we eat* Another raw foodist considered the more
ethical reasons and simply couldn't deal with the horrors of the
slaughterhouse. "Vegetarians have another consciousness to a certain degree."
But it was Brooks who said it best and it was at this point that I
was the closest to becoming a convert "Its like a good love affair, raw
food, it expands to fill in all the empty spaces."
After I'd stacked my plate with a variety of greens, reds, oranges
and the most delicious imitation chocolate cake I've ever had, I sat
down and talked to Maureen Powers. She used to work for the U.S.
department of agriculture in Oregon and taught feng-shui and
perrna-culture to diplomats. She also worked in environmental
design and eco-friendly housing. But it was at the Columbia River
wildlife sanctuary in Oregon that she discovered the benefits of raw
organic food: "food is a drug, a healing drug." Eventually she moved
up to Vancouver and opened The Raw Cafe. Although the food isn't
entirely raw, she admits, it is all vegetarian and includes a large
selection of dishes, including samosas. Her clients include "healthy
yoga people, and really sick people who have no choice but to
"Food is a chemical that changes them," she insists.
The healthy road
Impressed by the raw foodists I'd met, I wondered why the diet wasn't more widespread. During the drive home from The Raw Cafe, I
asked Iverson what he hopes for the future of the raw food
Though he admitted that at the moment raw food is limited to a
fraction of the population, he expressed confidence that the diet will
have its day in the sun." Right now, it's just a fad, it's not part of our
culture yet," he told me. "Once it becomes mainstream, it will
become part of the culture and at that point we can really reach out
to everyone on the planet"
Iverson envisions in raw foodism the establishment of a
healthy alternative to the current mainstream diet of French fries
and burgers. "I would like to see a lot of models created on how
to open up raw food restaurants and delis and take away places
and cafes," he said. 'Then we can have a sort of a McDonalds of
live food. Not quite like McDonalds but like a fast live food in a
franchisable situation." Iverson also encourages entrepreneurs
interested in nutrition to start developing and marketing raw
products to get the word out and make raw foodism more widespread and accessible.
Raw foodism is not only a diet but a lifestyle. Speaking to individuals from throughout the Vancouver raw food community, I
realised that this underground community may not be underground
for long. And after my meal at The Raw Cafe of chipode salad and
corn chips, I felt open to the possibility. ♦ 8
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Men's rugby falls to Rowers
by Emily Casey
This past Saturday, the UBC men's
rugby team had a disappointing
game against the Vancouver Rowers
Rugby Club.
In the first half, the Rowers had
the Birds in their defensive end for
the majority of the time. The Birds
struggled defensively, but were able
to prevent the Rowers a try. The first
half was frustrating for the Birds as it
ended with the only points for either
side having been gained through
penalty kicks.
At halftime, coach Spence
McTavish addressed his concerns
with team turnovers, "I told them to
make sure they had two hands on the
ball. We had too many turnovers... as
a result balls were being dropped
when going into contact*
The second half brought back
spirited play from the Birds. UBC
had a chance for a try but this was
prevented due to the assist being
called a forward pass.
"It wasn't a forward pass," said
4th year UBC fly-half Eric Wilson.
Soon after this, the Rowers scored
a breakaway try, covering nearly half
the field in a long sprint to the end
'That really took the wind out of
[the T-Birds] sails," said McTavish.
Both coach and players were disappointed in the Birds showing.
"Our tackling wasn't as crisp as it
should have been, and our defence
was soft," McTavish explained.
Wilson blamed the loss from a
lack of heart
"We gave up a couple times for
ten minute periods and they scored
every time," said Wilson.
Defeatism was most apparent in
the second half, as the Birds let by
two Rowers' tries. The Birds countered with two of their own, both in
the hands of wing Scott Bowden.
Unfortunately, it was too little too
late as the final score was 16-28.
But it was more than just the loss
that put Wilson into a self-proclaimed 'sour mood' at the end of the
game. He stated that this game was
the Birds best chance for a win until
The Birds (2-2) have a chance to
improve their record next Saturday
versus Capiiano at Khalanie Park at
2:30 pm.
T-Birds like their Bison minced
UBC football one win away from a playoff birth
by Bobby Huang
The rain subsided by game-time, but
that made no difference to the
Manitoba Bisons as the UBC
Thunderbirds pelted them with an
offensive downpour on Friday night.
Coming off a convincing victory
against SFU over a week ago in
Shrum Bowl XXVII, the Birds
improved their record to 4-2 with a
dominating 41-22 victory over
The Manitoba defense kept the
vaunted UBC ground attack in check,
limiting them to only 99 yards but
were unsuccessful in defending the
aerial assault unleashed by UBC quarterback Blake Smelser.
The third-year pivot threw for
three touchdowns and ran for two
more on his way to setting a personal
best with 348 passing yards.
The dynamic UBC offense was
complemented by a stalwart UBC
defence. Anchored by the stellar play
of defensive backs Konrad Wasiela
and C J. Stephenson, the T-Birds lim
ited Manitoba to only 115 yards passing the whole night
The first half of the game was a
seesaw struggle that saw the lead
change four times. Fortunately, UBC
ended up with a 17-16 lead thanks to
a pair of touchdowns by Smelser and
a field goal by kicker Leon
The early struggle was a bit concerning, said head coach Lou
"We struggled a bit," said
DesLauriers. "Our intensity wasn't as
good as it could have been early but
we really came out and played hard
in the second half again."
UBC seized momentum of the
game early in the third quarter, as
Smelser connected on a 72-yard TD
strike to slot back Nate Beveridge to
put the Birds up by eight Beveridge
finished the evening with a career-
best 164 receiving yards.
The offensive onslaught continued into the fourth quarter as the T-
Birds broke the game open on a 12-
yard Smelser strike to Alan Pepper
that made the score 31-16. Manitoba
responded with a major of their own
to narrow the gap to nine after a
failed two-point convert but that was
as close as the Bisons would get
A key 37-yard field goal extended
UBC's lead to 34-22, and tailback
Andre Sadeghian salted away the
game with a 33-yard touchdown
The T-Birds are on a roll, having
scored more than 40 points in their
last three home games. However,
they have little time to enjoy their victory as they look to continue their
winning ways tonight against the SFU
Clan at Swangard Stadium.
"This was a huge win for us
tonight," said Smelser. "Just to keep
this roll going into the SFU game,
especially with such a short turnaround. It would have been tough
[after] coming off a loss."
The Clan will be hungry for a victory as they look to avenge their loss
to the T-Birds in the Shrum Bowl.
"They'll be fired up for sure," said
Smelser. "They've had a bye week to
think about that loss and rest up and
they'll be ready for us." ♦
Falling out of favour
Two losses in the last week have
dropped the men's soccer team into
fourth place in Canada West standings. Last Wednesday against the
Trinity Spartans the Birds fell short
in a close match 1-0.
It was the same story on Saturday,
as UBC fell 2-0 to UVic.
After shutting out their opponents
the three previous games, the Birds
have now been on the opposite end,
being shut-out themselves the last
three games.
UBC will be away next week as
they play against Saskatoon on
Saturday October 23, and play
Edmonton, October 24.
A point's a point
The men's hockey team took it on
the road and played a back to back
against Calgary on the weekend.
Although the Birds managed to
grab two points, it was a bitter pill
to swallow.
The Birds managed to squander a 3-1 lead twice in each game
against Calgary. On Friday, it was
a penalty shot that decided the
game for Calgary as goalie Chris
Levesque was guilty of dislodging
the net late in the third. Levesque
still had a strong game though, as
he stopped 41 of 44 shots for the
On Saturday the Birds had another two-goal advantage going into the
dying minutes of the third. Unable to
hold on, they let Calgary slip in two,
allowing them to salvage another
Four is better than one
Last week, the men's volleyball
team played a quattro of pre-season
Wednesday the Birds beat
Montreal in a four set match 3-1.
Newcomer Martin Reader stood out
with eight kills, while Geoff Emslie
collected 15 kills and eight digs.
Fortunes were reversed on
Thursday night, as the Birds fell to
Sherbrooke three sets to one.
Friday night saw the Birds down
Laval in three straight sets. Setter
Jared Krause played an impressive
game with three kills, three blocks
and eight digs in the victory.
In a rematch on Saturday, the
Birds won in three straight sets
against Laval. Led by the solid play
outside hitter Geoff Ernslie, the
Birds finished the week 3-1.
The men's volleyball team comes
home to host the West Coast Classic
two weeks from now on October 29
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Birds win close one
Women's team hangs on in home opener
by Kelsey Blair
It was closer than the crowd might
have liked on Friday night at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre,
but it was impossible to deny the
excitement as the UBC women's
hockey team won their first regular
season game 3-2 against the
Saskatchewan Huskies.
Saskatchewan opened the scoring early in the first period with a
goal from forward Danene King.
However, UBC wasn't about to let
this one slide, as rookie Julia
Staszewski scored the first goal of
the season for the T-Birds while on
a two-man advantage early in the
Coach Dave Newson couldn't
say enough about the strength and
importance of his new recruit,
'[Staszewski] showed what an
offensive threat can do.*
From there, the second period
would be a scoreless battle. Both
teams worked hard, but came up
empty handed.
The third period should have
been called 'The Kelly James highlight reel.* Two and a half minutes into the third period, she
intercepted a sloppy pass at the
Husky blue line and streaked in to
put the birds up 2-1. Not feeling
as though that was a comfortable
enough lead, James would score
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her second goal two minutes later
on an assist from Captain Marjorie
'We started off hard in the first
period, but got kind of sloppy in
the second. The third we had to
really work to pull away,* said
James. 'It was definitely a team
Though they were down two,
Saskatchewan refused to let up.
Calgary winger Andrea Zabloski
scored a goal with just over six
minutes left to make it 3-2.
Goalie Teryne Russell's outstanding performance helped keep UBC in
the game as she made twenty saves
in the third period.
'[Russell] really was key for us
at the end of the game today,* said
As stoked as the team was, the
crowd at the Winter Centre was
excited too.
Defender Haleigh Callison was
quick to point out the importance
of fan support. 'Having people in
the crowd made a huge difference.
I don't know if we could have done
it without them.*
The T-birds' next home games
will be a back-to-back next month
against Manitoba on November
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Ania Mafi
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Alex Leslie
Nic Fensom
Paul Carr
Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
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Fernie Pereira
Dave Gaertner
Shalene Takara
As soon as Paul Evans heard that Michelle Mayne was in town,
he made Sarah Bourdon purchase ten tickets. Paul Carr was
selling them illegally for two dollars each and Dan McRoberts
was across the street spying on him. You see, he was with the
FBI and his partner Eric Szeto was undercover and dressed as
a homeless person. They were waiting for a super duper criminal named Ania MaE who was being set up. Jesse Marchand
was Nic Fensom's parole officer and she was making him serve
his community service by aiding in this drug bust He was the
one who had gotten Alex Leslie, a long-time drug-dealer with the
Hell's Angels, to call her cousin Paul Evans to call his buddy
Carrie Robinson who then made a young kid named Liz Green
go to the very same street that night to sell some stash. Jon
Woodward was her best friend and he tried lo stop her. She was
just rebelling against her parents Hywel Tuscano and Claudia Li
who were famous politicians. Adrianne Davidson, Trevor Gilks
and Graeme Worthy called Megan Smyth who told Bobby Huang
to ask her what was going on. Emily Casey answered her phone
screaming in Spanish so Kelsey Blair grabbed it out of her hand
and threw it to Andrew Hudson then Darci Wintonyk caught it
and tossed it into a nearby wishing well. Candice Vallantin
made a wish that Momoko Price would save Levi Barnett from
the police dog that was approaching.
Joel Libin
When the current AMS executive
took office in March, many promises were made.  All five execs
came       from      the       Student
Progressive Action Network.  To
break down the phrase, there are
three defining words at play here:
'progressive/ 'action* and 'network.* The first,  'progressive,*
seems inappropriate unless one
takes into account the gradual but
steady progress along the path
into utter inanity this executive
has taken. The word 'action* here
implies an intent to be active in
some capacity...and this executive
has been, but it seems that most
of the action has occurred in exercising the lower halves of their
jaws.   As   for   'network/   this
implies things like numerous connections  and  the  exchange  of
information—though the current
executive are known to use computers a lot. But attempts at definition are pointless here. With
over half of their term finished
already, the AMS executive hasn't
been    the    Progessive    Action
Network that they set out to be.
It can't be denied that the execs
have good intentions. They have
had many great ideas: the ethical
purchasing policy, supporting the
food co-op, the designation of a
gender neutral washroom in the
SUB, their opposition to UBC's
partnership with First Student
Loans, the creation of an ad-hoc
hiring committee, their advocacy
of a summer U-Pass and lobbying
Translink for zero fare increase
for next year.
However, their good intentions
have frequently been hampered
by apathy and lack of effort. While
they show much admirable idealism, they often lack the conviction
to follow through, getting lost in
their own rhetorical quagmire.
An outstanding example of this
was their campaign promise to
lower tuition. This was valiant,
though entirely unrealistic when
it was first proposed in Januaiy.
However, the fact that UBC has
suggested yet another increase for
next year has highlighted the current  impossibility  of lowering
tuition. The AMS executives were
genuinely surprised when confronted with this information by
Brian Sullivan at the last AMS
council meeting.
Some of their policies are
downright conservative. For
example, in the summer they
brought forward a motion to cut
the salaries of the AMS's twelve
student service coordinators,
after they had already been hired.
In addition, all the execs attended
a pricey CASA conference in Nova
Scotia and Rai went off to Los
Angeles, in the name of the society, though the benefit of these
trips has yet to be seen.
Several changes to departments within the AMS have further indicated the disorganised
manner in which the executive
handles bureaucratic matters. In
the summer, the Public Relations
manager, the Events manager and
the Programming manager all
resigned suddenly and their positions remained vacant, leaving
their departments essentially useless for several months. When
they finally came around to
replacing the Public Relations
manager, the AMS executive
renamed the position the
Marketing and Promotions man
ager and published a vague
employment advertisement that
didn't clearly define the job or
indicate that their restructuring
had been properly thought out.
Further ineffectiveness has
been caused by the introduction
of excessively-long, poorly worded motions that extend meetings
much longer than necessary. And
despite purporting to be in their
offices to meet with students, they
are often difficult to reach.
As demonstrated by recent letters run in the Ubyssey, the AMS
executives are also unable take
criticism and turn it into something constructive. Instead, they
merely become defensive and
petty, shying away from addressing the real issues at hand. In a
letter voicing disappointment
and disillusionment with the current AMS, fourth year Arts student Tyler Bryant wrote, 'I wonder whether SPAN really believe
in what it preached...I, for one,
am dismayed but not willing to
abandon hope yet.* AMS
President Amina Rai wrote in
'response* to Bryant's letter.
Instead of acknowledging
Bryant's dissatisfaction, Rai cited,
amongst other things, their public serving of cake last year, which
was meant as a criticism of rising
This year's executive has
shown that they are full of good
ideas, but that these ideas are
rarely brought to light due to a
variety of factors.
As explained in a recent article
in The Point, Rai loves the outdoors and has a 'need for time
spent outside of buildings and
offices.* The Ubyssey suggests
that perhaps she indulges herself
to satisfy this need too often.
Perhaps the AMS executives
should re-consider the nature of
their name: SPAN. To clarify.
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with efforts to raise awareness of
issues in said student body.
Progressive: to move forward, to
advance, to aspire, to transcend,
to shake, to upset, to improve, to
ameliorate, to evolve. Action: to
trap the hot breath of rhetoric in
large balloons that can be
strapped to the arms of the student body in order to raise them
to greater heights. Network: to
speak, to listen and to encourage
the exchange of information and
Touche,  Mademoiselles  and
Monsieurs AMS, touche. ♦
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A call to action on
Darfur situation
Thank you for publishing a well-timed appeal for action against
the genocide unfolding in Darfur (last Friday's issue of the
Genocides are caused by two types of people: the individuals
that commit atrocities and the individuals that sit by and allow
them to happen.
Since 1945, and all the way until the 10-year anniversary of
the Rwandan genocide last spring, the running motto for genocide has been "Never Again." I would like to suggest a more accurate motto: "Again." I already knew last spring that Rwanda
would not be the world's last genocide. I made a promise to
myself then that should any similar situation arise I would fight
with all I had to try to raise awareness and support projects that
alleviate the atrocities human beings experience. And I am not
the only one.
True, we are university students and not high-level world
leaders or UN dignitaries. I don't care. I can't change the world
leaders' lack of commitment, but I can change mine. As your editorial stated, the time to act is now. That is why World University
Service of Canada (WUSC) UBC is organising a mammoth
fundraising and awareness campaign that will take place this
fall. We will raise money for projects in Darfur run by War Child
Canada, including emergency relief and an innovative women's
rape prevention project. We will be visiting classrooms for donations, holding a variety of fundraising events, and an amazing
grand finale on Friday November 26: the Globed Feast & Keep the
Beat fundraising and awareness event.
I invite any students who would like to lose their feelings of
futility and begin creating positive change to join WUSC's effort
by donating and/or volunteering for Global Feast & Keep the
Beat. Anyone who wants to get involved or ask more questions is
welcome to send me an email at khopwo@gmail.com. So often
we ask ourselves, "But what can I do?" I answer that this project
is what you can do.
Kerrie Thornhill Hop Wo
4th year, Arts
g^ g^    Student describes
^\J    nightmare experience
I'll admit that I was duly warned.
More than duly warned, in fact.
Ontarians returning from vacations
raved about it. Native British
Columbians bragged about it. It was
made nice and sparkling clear -
Vancouver is a laid-back city.
I was looking forward to escaping tough-as-nails Ontario to live the
lotus-eater life on the West Coast,
but I should have been more wary.
I loved the relaxed pace of my vacation in Cuba, too. I'd just forgotten
how long it took to get a drink.
That's right, folks. I get to smoke
pot at a nude beach, but I also have
to deal with the inefficient administration that always accompanies
societies built around chilling out.
Way back in April, I got a letter
from my new department here at
UBC. I was to be the lucky recipient
of a large scholarship. It would
cover tuition handily, and I would
have enough left over to pay for
most of my rent and other expenses. I was ecstatic. My new life in
Vancouver would be practically
expense-free, so I could celebrate
the end of my undergraduate career
with carefree abandon.
But as I starting driving west in
August, I began to worry. Since that
first letter in April, I had not heard
anything about my fellowship. I didn't know how or when the money
was actually going to fall into my
After some frantic emailing, I
was told not to worry.
Relax. Chill out. I would get a pay
stub   in   the   mail,
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weeks. I could concentrate all my energy   on   finding   an
apartment,      shopping for groceries, and attending
the first week of classes.
Funny, though, how the Student
Service Centre had "no awards
found" listed under my name.
Strange how the tuition due date
passed, and my fee remained
I talked to the staff of my department about the problem.
Apparently, this delay was not
usual, but also not abnormal. A few
calls were made, and I was told to
find an alternate way to pay my
tuition. A critical piece of paperwork had been left incomplete, but
I  should—surprise,   surprise—just
loosen up.
They'd identified the problem,
and I would get my money by next
I went crawling to my parents
for a loan, promising to return the
money   within   two   weeks.   Two
weeks became four and I was still
I  reluctantly unleashed the uptight
Easterner deep within me and began making calls and writing
emails. It seems that
my scholarship had been forgotten. I
would get my cheque within the next
That was two weeks ago. It's now
two months since the cash was
meant to be in my hands. I have
exhausted my credit, but the
University at least acknowledges
that I am owed money. The only
step left is to process the funds,
but I won't bother to speculate how
long that will be. I am taking it
Bethany Lindsay
Graduate Studies
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reading week
Information Session on Reading Week
Community Service Projects
Tuesday, October 26
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Dodson Room, Main Library
Refreshments and pizza provided - please
RSVP to rw.projects@ubc.ca by Oct. 25.
Interested in gaining new perspectives
and developing leadership skills? The UBC
Learning Exchange Trek Program and UBC
Student Development are looking for
students to participate as leaders in this
year's reading week projects.
These projects provide 200 students with
the opportunity to get involved in a short-
term immersion experience where
educational workshops are combined with
hands-on community service.
This year's projects will run from Feb. 14 -
17,2005 with a mandatory orientation
session in early February.
Find out more by attending the
information session on October 26 or by
contacting Jayne Steele at
jayn.steele@ubc.ca or by phone at 604-
focus group
The AMS is looking for students to
participate in focus groups on housing
issues. Give us your feedback on issues
such as affordability of living on campus,
safety issues, and resources and services
provided in residence.
Focus groups will take place November 1 -
4 and will be two-hour sessions with a free
meal provided.
For more details on how to participate, visit
http://www.ams.ubc.ca. Deadline for
registration is Oct. 26.
student rights
An Evening of Academics
Panel #1: Student Rights & Responsibilities
Panel #2: Academic Integrity
Thursday, October 21
4 pm to 6 pm, International House Lower Lounge
Find out about your rights as a student and participate in a
discussion around academic integrity. Presented by the
AMS Student Advocacy Office and the AMS Ombudsperson.
Free pizza and pop will be served.
free workshops
ohspmsn series
Chapman Discussion #1:
Medicinal Use and Legalization of Marijuana
Thursday, October 21
12 pm to 1 pm
Dodson Room, Main Library
Dr. Romayne Gallagher (UBC Faculty of Medicine),
Ann Livingston (Vancouver Area Network of Drug
Users) and Irfan Rawji (Sauder School of Business)
will provide different angles in addressing the
medicinal use and legalization of marijuana.The
presentation will conclude with small group
conversations. For other upcoming Chapman
Discussions, visit http://www.library.ubc.ca.
Learn at lunch - the Arts ISIT have been providing free IT
workshops since September. Take advantage of the
techno-sawy expertise and drop by for the following
classes in the weeks to come:
(All classes are from 12 pm to 1 pm.)
Wed., Oct. 20: The Sophisticated Web Searcher
Buchanan B111
Learn advanced search techniques that will help you find
quality information on the Web.
Fri., Oct. 22: Web Design 1
Buchanan B114
Learn the basics of web design including web-based
network structure, server technologies, and web-related
file formats.
Mon., Oct. 25: Web Design 2
The series continues with an introduction to HTML and
how to set up your own site in Dreamweaver.
HH 12
The Axes come to Campus
7/te Adventures of Ali and AH and the Axes of Evil
presented by NewWor/d and Cahoots Theatre
at Fredric Wood Theatre
playing Oct 29-30
by Ania Mafi
The highly acclaimed and richly entertaining play "The
Adventures of Ali and Ali and the Axes of Evil", coming to the
Fredric Wood Theatre Oct 29-30, is a must see for anyone who's
a fan of clever and intelligent satire.
Written by Marcus Youssef, Guillermo Verdecchia, and
Camyar Chai, the play follows the lives of Ali and Ali, played
by Youssef and Chai, as they blindly dive into the world of acting, creating a theatre production to raise funds after the
occupation of their home country of Agraba. Take out the two
hilarious Ali's, and you'll be left with something that may ring
a bell: a Middle Eastern country occupied by the great nation of
Co-writer and owner of Neworld Theatre, Camyar Chai
describes the play simply as "a satire about everything that's
going on," and indeed it is. The play touches upon American and
Middle Eastern stereotypes, poking fun at our world post 9/11,
and Chai is certain that satire has a place within today's chaotic
current events.
"Agraba is kind of a composite of many different Middle
Eastern countries, so there are echoes of Iraq in Agraba, there
are echoes of Afgam'stan.. .The Middle East is as varied in its
countries and cultures as Europe for instance, but a lot of people
in the West think it's just one place; so we kind of took that joke
and made it ours. So Agraba is kind of the Middle East embodied
in one little country," Chai describes.
Chai, who received his BFA in Acting at UBC, has worked
alongside Youssef, a MFA graduate from UBC, and Guillermo for
many years now. The three have worked on different projects in
the past together and have now found the perfect niche in time
for their latest collaboration. Chai says, The play came as a
direct response to 9/11, though the characters of Ali and AH,
Marcus and I have been fooling around with for much longer
than that* Although issues surrounding 9/11 are more prevalent now, Chai feels they've always existed. And while these
charcters may be fictional, their representation is honest, and far
from perfect something Chai feels is important becauses the
flawed characters express the "weaknesses of [the] biases" and
views of the writers.
Having toured a number of Canadian cities, Chai found success to be a relative term. "[The play] was very successful for a
whole group of people...and we got lots of audiences. It was also
successful in another sense. Some people didn't enjoy it Some
people were really upset about it and it created a lot of dialogue
and so we took that as a success as well."
And that is just what audiences will see shine through in this
production: playwrights not afraid to step outside the box and
poke fun at issues deemed to be controversial. As UBC Theatre
Professor Jerry Wasserman puts it, "Political satire rarely
appears on Canadian stages these days, and this is a model for
how sharp, controversial, even 'politically incorrect' political
comment can be handled."
Could this play push the boundaries even further and
head south of the border for a few American performances?
Probably not, and for good reason. For now Ali and Ah will
continue touring in Canada where "there's full freedom of
expression," Chai proudly boasts. "You don't always have the
power to get information out to people, but at least you can
exercise it".
Whatever your political preference, the humour of this play
will surely appeal to everyone. Dont' miss this production, coming to campus next week. ♦
Shall We Dance
now playing
by Alex Leslie
When life gives you lemons, a wise and thirsty
man once said, make lemonade. Similarly, I
would like to propose that when life gives you
a movie starring Richard Gere and Jennifer
Lopez, make yourself a batch of Gerelopezlade.
This cure-all cocktail can protect you from all
of the following: long-eyed facial expressions;
meaningful confessions in poorly-lit environs;
broad statements about life followed promptly
by ruminations on love by idiots; a lack of
physical charisma that rivals any seventh
grade mixer; and over-enthusiastic white-male
dancing. After my recent viewing of Shall We
Dance, I was left hankering for some
Gerelopezlade. I ran home, wrenched open the
fridge and took myself a long swig. Aaaaah,
Shall We Dance is, other than an incoherent affront to all good acting and tasteful
humour, your basic mid-life crisis story.
Richard Gere stars as John Clark, a middle-
aged father of two whose marriage is in a lull.
John rides the subway back and forth from his
job as a lawyer thinking about the futility of life
until, one night he looks up from the darkness
of the subway car and sees far above a red,
lighted sign for Miss Mitzy's Dance School, a
figure dancing in a second-floor window. The
figure is Paulina, played by Jennifer Lopez,
who is beautiful (but haunted) and very emotionally complex (but hot).
John marches up to Miss Mitzy's and signs
up for beginner ballroom lessons.
Miss Mitzy's brings John into contact with a
cast of oddball characters.
There's Vern, the overweight black guy who
talks about his girlfiiend/fiance/back-to-girl-
friend-again and sweats a lot; there's Chick, the
macho lady-killer, whose sexual boundaries
are suddenly blurred; there's Bobby, referred
to by her fellow dancers as "The Bobbinator"
(RFK meet Shwarzenegger), who apparently
shops at a Salvation Army for promiscuous,
disenfranchised clowns; and there's a co-worker of John's who dances in disguise. "My
dream is to be able to dance free and proud
under my own name," he tells John, in bizarre
coming-out rhetoric; that's my dream. Cue
"Moon River". No, really, they play that
And then there's Paulina. John and Paulina
never have sex but share many tender
moments and even more understanding
glances. The movie's lack of sex is not due to
an emotional sophistication that transcends
the carnal but rather to the fact that Shall We
Dance is based on an older Japanese version.
But, never fear, lack of taste abounds in the
film's slapstick comedy and J-Lo's daring
dance moves. "The rumba is the vertical
expression of the horizontal wish," she tells
John in a kitteny drawl. After she and John
silently dance in dim red light, she tells him in
the same tone, "be this alive tomorrow" and
then, more softly, "thank-you."
Weaved into the movie is an awkward subplot featuring Susan Sarandon as John's wife,
Pamela, who hires a private investigator to
find out where her husbands spending all of
his free time. The movie ends with a grand reconciliation between the two, which I didn't
care about since I spent the whole movie
watching J-Lo express her horizontal wish.
In the end, John, after galloping like a
bright reindeer across a healthy number of
blindingly-buffed dance floors, finds happiness in his marriage, Paulina gets a (good)
dance partner and wins the Dancing Award of
Everything, and everyone else becomes a
happy half of an even happier couple.
Leaving the theatre, I was left with the feeling that Hollywood has finally achieved the
pinnacle of the generic, market-designed product devoid of originality but chock full of sweet
booty and stock life-affirming phrases. In this
film about dancing, it was surely cliche that
took the lead. ♦
Tietam's truths
can be terrifying
Tietam Brown
by Mick Foley
[Vintage Books]
by Liz Green
Mick Foley's latest novel Tietam Brown
is an absorbing, powerful, and slightly
horrifying story that contains a lot of
unexpected humour. Even though the
book screams "written by a wrestler
with a sensitive side", nothing in
Tietam Brown is strictly autobiographical, which is reassuring when one gets
to the more violent parts. However, the
characters are surprisingly believable
and their stories are realistically heartbreaking.
Andy Brown is 17 and his life is going
okay for once. He's living with his real
dad and he's dating Terri, the hottest girl
in school. Terri and Andy are in love and
as Andy and Terri get more intimate, so
does the writing, drawing the reader into
a disturbing and hilarious story.
His childhood reads like a social worker's nightmare, moving from one abusive situation to the next When the
extremity of each situation causes Andy
to explode, he leaves a trail of bodies in
his wake, destroying the only people who
have ever loved him or shown him
friendship, landing himself in a juvenile
detention centre.
With his sentence served, he now
lives with his dad, Tietam Brown, and
he's not sure how he feels about a man
who does push-ups naked and gets drunk
between loud bouts of graphic sex, always
with someone else's wife. Tietam preys
on rich, unhappy women and then uses
them to make himself feel more powerful. Beyond his sexual habits, Tietam is a
mystery to his son, which both intrigues
and terrifies Andy.
As the tension builds between Andy
and Tietam, the politics in Foley's story
come boiling to the surface. Racism and
the American Civil War are surprising
underlying themes, weaving an interesting ribbon of ideas through the story.
The only tiling about the book that was
slightly disappointing is the ending. At
that last second, Foley brings in elements of his own world, and then hurries to write an original ending that
doesn't quite flow.
This story may not be recommend-
able for anyone who is extremely sensitive towards graphic sex and violence.
And no matter how tough you may think
you are, I defy anyone to read the matter-of-fact depiction of Andy ripping the
testicles off of a boy without crossing
your legs—even if you are a girl. Despite
this action, and others that are equally
dark and violent, you can only have sympathy for Andy whose rage only comes
over him in moments of physical or
emotional torture. Foley's characters
may be extreme, but they are never
When it comes down to it, this book is
about two people who just want to be
loved, and as external and obvious as that
might be, it makes the characters human
and readable. Foley presents you with a
completely earnest and even darkly
comedic story about a boy who loves a
girl, and a man who only knows how to
cause pain. ♦


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