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The Ubyssey Feb 5, 2002

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SPEAKING OUT: Students Voice representative Lia Cosco,
voiced complaints yesterday regarding election irregularities.
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A representative from the
Students Voice slate met with a
student judge and a representative
from the elections committee yesterday to appeal the procedures of
last month's Alma Mater Society
(AMS) elections.
Students Voice appealed to
UBC's Student Court after the AMS
elections committee decided
against investigating an election
irregularity complaint the slate
made* last week.
Lia Cosco, who spoke on behalf
of Students Voice, said that the
slate's two main grievances surrounded an illegal e-mail sent out
. to members of the Pharmacy
Undergraduate Society (PhUS) promoting the Students for Students
slate, and the instructions given to
voters by poll clerks.
'A few things did go wrong and
these things should be brought to
people's attention," Casco said.
'We're not looking for a win
here...We're trying to make sure
that people know that irregularities did happen."
The elections committee decided against following up on the
Students Voice complaints
because the candidates missed the
72 hour appeal deadline.
According to AMS election code,
candidates have 72 hours after a
campaign irregularity occurs to
make a complaint
But Cosco said that by the time
members of the slate had gained
sufficient information about the
illegal e-mail, the deadline had
already passed.
"This year, the Students for
Students slate is thrilled to offer
the opportunity to get to know us
better through our website. For
more information of our platform
and experience check - out
reads part of the message posted
on the PhUS email listserv.
AMS election code stipulates
that candidates and slates are not
permitted to campaign or advertise themselves on e-mail listservs
that are regulated and closed to
public posting. As the PhUS listserv is regulated by a single person, the e-mail message was in
direct violation with the code.
But Jo McFetridge, who spoke
on behalf of the elections committee at yesterday's meeting, said
that the elections committee's
decision against investigating the
irregularity was in accordance
with the code, as the slate had
missed the 72-hour deadline.
'It's flot the job of the elections
committee to decide the spirit of
the code...We rule in exact accordance with the literal wording of
what's stated in code," she said.
Another Students Voice complaint surrounded the instructions
given out by a poll clerk who had
told a student to fill out the ballot
"however you want to." Cosco criticised the clerk's instructions and
said that the large number of
spoiled ballots reflected this procedure.
"All we're asking for is some
justice," Cosco said. "Someone
clearly cheated and we are questioning a code that would allow
election results that allowed cheating to go through."
McFetridge, however, said that
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$76 million for UBC
Canada Foundation for Innovation funds new research infrastructure
by Laura Blue
Researchers from UBC and its affiliates received close to
$ 76 million for research infrastructure last week, allowing for new research facilities in many different fields.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), a federally funded organisation which provides money to post-
secondary institutions for research infrastructure,
announced Wednesday that it would be funding 16 projects at UBC, including a new wing for the Museum of
Anthropology (MOA), a centre for spinal-cord research
and an integrated biodiversity laboratory.
CFI is funding 65 projects at 208 post-secondary
institutions across the country through its Innovation
UBC's largest approved project was a new research
facility at the MOA, to be built in partnership with the
university's Laboratory of Archaeology—whose collections are currently housed at the museum—and three
First Nations partners: the Musqueam, the Sto:lo and
the U'mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay.
"We think that this grant is a moment of equivalent
significance to when the museum building that we're
now in was built 2 5 years ago," said Ruth Phillips, director of the MOA and a UBC art history and anthropology
The project, which will cost over $43 million and was
granted just over $17 million by CFI, will include a
redesigned research wing with state of the art archaeological and ethnological laboratories, as well as a library,
archives and museum services.
The project also calls for the creation of a reciprocal
research network, which will link collections from museums in Canada, the US and Europe with those at the MOA
and in First Nation groups, allowing researchers to search
across several museum databases simultaneously.
"We received all the money we asked for, which I
think is a tremendous vote of confidence for our project," said Phillips. "We're thrilled,"
Other major projects that received funding included
the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries
(ICORD) Centre and an Integrated Biodiversity
The ICORD Centre, a partnership between UBC, the
Rick Hansen Institute and Vancouver General Hospital,
received $12.9 million and will occupy 7000 square
metres at Vancouver General Hospital. The facility will
house about 300 researchers, providing clinicians,
practitioners and hospital researchers an opportunity to
work together with university researchers.
"It represents a lot to the 3 6,000 people that live with
spinal cord injuries in Canada," said Institute President
and CEO Rick Hansen, who travelled over 40,000km in
a wheelchair between 1985 and 1987 to raise money for
spinal cord research.
Hansen said he felt the new spinal-cord research
facility is important since the field is currently both
underfunded and fragmented. According to Hansen,
there are presently 20 different locations in the Lower
Mainland with facilities dedicated to spinal-cord
"There's a real need to bring the various folks who
are focusing on spinal cord research together under one
roof and under one common strategy—a collaborative
effort to find a cure," said Hansen.
The facility will cost an estimated $46 million.
Hansen hopes the centre can open as soon as
December, 2004.
An Integrated Biodiversity Laboratory, approved for
approximately $16.5 million in CFI funding, will be
located south of the Biology building on Main Mall.
The interdisciplinary lab will study the effects of
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 by Anna King
The BC Liberals' restructuring plan
unveiled on January 17 included a
dramatic cut to BC ministries
responsible for environmental protection and resource regulation.
Five ministries, including the
Ministry of Forests and the Ministry
of Water, Land and Air Protection,
will lose approximately 3 5 per cent
of their budgets over the next three
years, as well as one-third of their
The plan also demonstrates a
massive shift towards simplifying
regulatory processes for industry
and increased private sector
'It's not self-regulation,* Water,
Land and Air Protection Minister
Joyce Murray said. "We're still going
to establish environmental standards. But we're not going to continue telling industry how to do what
they do.
"In the past, there were prescriptive rules and lots of checking up,"
Murray said. "Now, companies will
be expected to monitor results themselves and post them."
Environmental groups, however,
"are worried that less monitoring,
fewer staff and the elimination of
one-third of government regulations
will mean lower environmental
standards. Dale Marshall, a policy
analyst with the Canadian Centre for
Policy Alternatives, said the government has changed its role from that
of a watchdog to a service provider
for industry.
"The words used [in the ministries' service plans] are entirely
business-oriented. The plans talk of
'ending constraints to economic
development' and 'giving certainty
to industry," said Marshall.
The Ministry of Energy and
Mines will change from a multi-
agency permitting process to a single-window regime that hopes to
double oil and gas production by
2008. And the Ministry of
Sustainable Resource Management
has committed to "providing faster
approvals and greater access to
Crown land." This combination,
Marshall said, will mean potential
mining and oil and gas projects can
get pushed through without adequate environmental assessment
Mike Hogan, director of communications for the Ministry of Forests,
said the Forest Practices Code will
change to a 'results-based' rather
than 'process-based' system. This
means the government will not
monitor every step of a logging operation but rather look at the end product to see that standards are met
But Tim Howard, a lawyer with
the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, said
the Liberals' failure to adequately
supervise logging could lead to lawsuits for environmental and health
hazards like landslides and drinking-water contamination.
"85 per cent of BC's drinking
water comes from surface water,"
Howard said. "These cuts indicate
the Liberals are highly unlikely to
protect the watersheds our water:
comes from."
Howard recently released a
report highlighting the potential
public health costs of massive budget cuts. The report points to events
like the Walkerton drinking-water
contamination disaster as the result
of budget and staff cutbacks and
Howard also said he doesn't
think the government will follow the
recommendations of the recent
interim report of the Drinking
Water Review Panel. The review
panel recommends the creation of a
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"Challenge" from page 1
while the elections committee sympathised with the slate's concerns,
she added complaints against poll
clerks are made every year that,
while it was unfortunate that this
might have happened, poll clerks all
receive hours of training.
"Voting procedures are clearly
stated on the ballot It's very clear to
know what a correct mark is," she
said, adding that instructions on
marking votes with either a check or
a cross were outlined on both ballots
and ballot boxes.
"[The elections process is] really a
lot more complicated than it looks,
especially when you're dealing with
people who have worked very hard
on their campaigns and are emotionally charged. People [on the election
committee] are trying to be as fair as
they can be/ McFetridge said.
The student judge has 48 hours to
make a decision and, barring any further investigations or appeals, a presentation will be made at this
Wednesday's AMS meeting where
Council will have to ratify the election
But yestevday's appeals committee meeting was not held without
controversy. A student questioned
the transparency and accountability
of the AMS after student judge Mandy
Javahery decided to close the meeting
to the public.
"They first told me it was a closed
meeting. I then advised them that
under the code, there's a provision
that [the meeting is] open to all members of the public," said Aniz Alani, a
third-year Arts student
Alani said that Javahery allowed
him to stay after he pointed out the
provision of the code, but he was later
told to leave alter the judge pointed
out that it wouldn't be fair to allow
him to stay when other students had
been told they wouldn't be able to
"Initially, when I was informed
about the whole process, I was told
that it was going to be a closed meeting," said Javahery, adding that apart
from the issue of fairness, she would
not have been adverse to allowing
people to observe the proceedings.
But Alani said that while the decision the appeals committee made
were legal, what bothered him was
how it reflects on the AMS as a whole.
"The way it [the AMS] operates
doesn't seem to be in accordance
with the rules it sets out," he said. ♦
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and calls for a clear statement that the
Drinking Water Protection Act will
prevail over any other Acts, such as
the Forest Practices Code.
Murray, however, asserts that the
cuts will not affect drinking water and
points out that her ministry is allocating an extra $1.5 million to drinking-
water protection.
Along with cutting 1,400 jobs, the
Ministry of Forests will decommission many logging roads, close forest
service offices and transfer maintenance for many recreation sites to
other agencies.
Other changes include an increase
in camping fees and commercial
partnerships in parks. Ministry staff
will also no longer respond to reports
of low-risk' hazardous waste spills. ♦
''Money" from page 1
removing organisms from an
ecosystem, and bring together
the various biological collections
at UBC to ensure they are housed
According to Iain Taylor, a
UBC professor of zoology and
assistant director of the project
tea to 15 researchers and their
graduate students will be brought
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lutaonaiy biologists, geneticists,
molecular biologists and microbiologists.
AU proposals for CFI funding
are reviewed by a panel of
experts in a variety of fields
before being voted on by the
foundation's board of directors.
Proposals are judged on their
quality of research and need for
infrastructure, their contribution
to strengthening the capacity for
innovation, and the potential
benefits of the research.
"The University of British
Columbia has traditionally done
very well iii these competitions,"
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CFI provides only 40 per cent
of the funding for each approved
project Another 40 per cent is
expected to come from the
provincial government, with the
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We are looking to fill the following part-time paid position:
First Week Coordinator
The AMS is looking to hire a First Week Coordinator to help
organize our week-long orientations festival from September
4th to 1 Oth, 2002.The First Week Coordinator is a student
position requiring limited commitment from February to May;
full time commitment from May 1st, 2002 to September 1st,
2002 {approximately 35hrs/week) and part-time from'
September 1 st to 15th. Remuneration is approximately $7500.00
for the term.
The responsibilities include:
• Arranging for speakers, performers, and all entertainment
with consultation from the steerage committee.
• Coordinating all marketing endeavors including mail-outs.
• Recruiting, training and coordinating volunteers and special
staff for FirstWeek.
• Supervising assistants during the final month of the summer
and during the First Week events.
• Coordinating activities & events during FirstWeek.
• Securing all necessary rooms, equipment, power, and security
needed during FirstWeek.
• Overseeing FirstWeek budget.
• Providing regular progress reports to the executives,
communicating to the steerage committee, as well as
producing a final report to council.
Applications should be addressed to:
Evan Horie, Chair of the AMS Appointments Committee.
Room 248-6138 SUB Blvd
Vancouver, B.C. V6T1Z1"
Phone:604-822-3092 or email:vpacademic@ams.ubcca
Application deadline: February 20th, 2002
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Pit grease runs car
Vegetable grease turned
biodiesel fuels an environmental
studies student's car
by ParmSnder Nizher
When Geoff Hill wants to fill up his
1991 Jetta, he doesn't head to the
local Chevron. Instead, he uses leftover grease from the Pit.
Hill, a UBC environmental studies student, uses vegetahle grease
to make biodiesel, an environmentally friendly fuel source.
"I have, one-tenth biodiesel in
my tank right now and it runs
great," said Hill, "and it smells like
french fries!"
Biodiesel can run in any unmodified diesel engine if the fuel is
mixed with petroleum diesel. A
diesel "engine can be modified to
run entirely on biodiesel.
Hill said he has worked hard to
create his own fuel because of the
environment. Biodiesel produces
fewer toxic emissions—and is not
as hard on the ozone layer—
because it is made from vegetable
oil, which is cleaner than fossil
fuels. Making biodiesel is also good
for the environment, since the fuel
is made from reused waste
"Biodiesel doesn't increase the
greenhouse effect, which is one of
the major problems faced by the
world today," said Hill. "The plants
that made the oil that we're making
biodiesel from first took their carbon, through photosynthesis, from
the atmosphere.
"My passion is nature and I
wanted to enjoy the natural world
without destroying the wilderness,"
he said.
Besides being good for the envi
ronment, the biodiesel fuel is also
incredibly cheap to produce, says
Hill. The UBC student gets the vegetable grease for free, and only
needs to buy methanol and lye to
separate the oil.
"It's going to end up costing me
$6 a tank to run my whole car,"
said Hill.
Hill first learned of biodiesel
while reading a magazine article
about environmentalist Joshua
Tickell, who drove across the US in
a van that ran entirely on biodiesel.
The Veggie Van' runs at up to 70
miles per hour and has been driven
over 25,000 miles on fuel made
from new and used vegetable oil.
But to run his vehicle on 100
per cent biodiesel, Hill still needs
to replace some engine parts. He is
hoping to get sponsors to pay for
the work so his Jetta can run completely on the alternative energy
source.   ..
Al Wong is a chemical engineer
for Arbokem, a company that develops products based on natural
alternatives. His company, along
with oil company PetroCan and
forestry company CanFor, has tested biodiesel on Translink buses
and Canada Post vehicles.
"The concept works quite well.
Biodiesel [added to regular diesel]
helps the engine run at a ten per
cent higher efficiency," said Wong.
"We tested it for nine months, a
number of years ago, and the
mileage was better with lower
But according to Wong, there is
still more money in fossil fuels,
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GREASE ME UP! Geoff Hill holds up a scoopful of Pit grease he's going to turn into biodiesel and use
to run his car. That's a lot cooler than what happens when we take in Pit grease, nic fensom photo
which deters many companies
from getting involved. The
Arbokem project was dropped once
CanFor decided not to participate.
Wong said he doesn't think companies consider the long-term environmental effects of their decisions.
"They think in terms of short
term, and the effects are we will
continue polluting [the Earth],"
Wong said.
Hill, however, is still quite confident that biodiesel will be important in the future.
"Within ten years biodiesel is
going to be big," he said. "With climate change being such a large
item on government panels, the
multinational corporations are
going to see this is the way they're
going to have to go." ♦
by Mark Kennedy
the Ontarion
GUELPH, ON (CUP)-A group of students took over the offices of
University of Guelph (U of G) administrators Monday morning to protest
rising tuition fees.
Twenty students entered fourth-
floor administrative offices at
approximately 8am and announced
they were conducting an occupation
in solidarity with the students of
Queen's University and Trent
University in their fight against
tuition increases and privatisation.
The protesters told staff and
administrators the occupation was a
peaceful sit-in and asked staff to
leave their offices. Staff were told
they would not be held against their
will. All but six members of staff
vacated the office.
Nine students barricaded themselves inside an executive suite
while the rest occupied the surrounding hallways. Campus police
arrived shortly thereafter but could
not reach the students because of
locked doors and barricades.
Speaking to media over a walkie-
talkie, one of the occupiers complained university administrators
refused to communicate with the
"The  administrators wouldn't
even talk to us, let alone negotiate,"
said a protester who wished to
remain unnamed.
University officials said later they
were more than willing to talk.
"We met with [the occupiers] and
talked vttth them. We talked about
removing the barriers, and we were
perfectly fine with them having a
peaceful demonstration,* said
Maureen Mancuso, a university
vice-president who remained in the
office diiring the sit-in.
During the sit-in, the protesters
submitted a list of demands to U of
G officials. The list included,
among others, the following
demands: a public, official U of G
declaration in support of accessible education, including a commitment to lowering tuition fees and a
denouncement of deregulation and
privatisation, a 50 per cent devotion by U of G of all new funding,
from any source, to reducing
tuition fees for all students, and a
commitment that U of G spend
more money lobbying the governments for increased funding than
soliciting private, alumni, corporate and other donations.
Some time in the late afternoon,
it was learned there had been a
physical confrontation between the
occupying students and the administrators.
Erin Crickett, one of the protesters inside the executive suite,
claimed the administration initiated
the confrontation.
"During the shuffle, [one of the
occupiers] fell down in front of the
door and was kicked in the belly.. .He
was also shoved and scratched," she
"We felt that the situation had
altered so much that we no longer
felt safe," she said.
Administrators, however, tell a
different story. Alastair Summerlee,
a university provost who was in the
office during the occupation, claims
the incident occurred when one of
the students attempted to force their
way into his office.
"Sometime around 6pm, a student tried to rush the door of my
office. In that office were four
women. They pushed the door shut,
and I pulled the door shut in order
to prevent the people from getting
in," Summerlee said.
"When the room was rushed, I
felt considerable concern for the
safety of the four women inside."
The occupation ended approximately one hour after the incident,
about 7pm.
All of the students who took part
in the sit-in were granted legal and
academic amnesty after leaving
voluntarily. ♦
No fee increase for Queen's
by Kim Edwards
the Varsity
TOKONTO (CUP)-The Ontario government ha* rejected a proposal
froin Queen's University that would
have allowed the university's tuition
to soar by ten per cent each year.
Universities Minister Dianne
Cunningham announced January
23 that tne Pathfinder- program
proposed by /Qu sen's had not
received government approval.
The program would have raised
undergraduate tuition fees far
above the current two per cent per
year maximum regulated by the
"The government is not pre
pared to make any exception, to the
regulated system of tuition fees 3t
this time* Cunningham said in a
letter to the university.
Queen's President William
Leggett saiel the province's rebuff of
the proposal means the university
wiS immediately begin making cuts
to both budgets and teaching staff,
"We will be cutting $8 billion
this year/ Leggeit said. The government has not taken into account
the inflationary costs of mis university,* He added that Queen's would
also limit the replacement of teaching staff lost to retirement
The government's rejection of
the Pathfinder program is a victory
for students, many of whom wor
ried deregulated tuition fees would
make studying at Queen's impossible for those from lower- and middle-income families.
Students have waged a vocal
campaign against deregulation, culminating in a five-student occupation of Leggett's office last month.
"Students all around Ontario are
happy about the decision," said
Rick Telfer, national executive rep
resentative for the Canadian
Federation of Students. "However,
it doesn't mean we're not going to
push for our other demands:
tuition fee reductions in programs
that have been deregulated and [a]
genuine fully funded tuition freeze
in all programs." ♦ '::T*'
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Basketball Birds bounce back
T-Birds men's basketball takes two from Lethbridge and prepares for SFU
by Rob Nagai
After an upset loss to lacklustre Trinity
Western two weeks ago, the UBC men's basketball team is soaring high again after
plucking two games away from Lethbridge
last weekend and proving that they're
ready for next Friday's series against conference rivals SFU.
On Friday Lethbridge won the opening
tip-off, but UBC's Kyle Russell
opened the scoring, nailing a
long-distance   three-pointer.
The   Birds   dominated   and
opened up a 14-2 lead by the
16-minute mark. Twenty seconds later Lethbridge made
another crucial mistake, leaving    T-Bird    forward    Ben
Sansburn with a wide-open look. Sansburn
made it look like a warm-up and drained
the easy three.
UBC's intensity waned in the last five
minutes of the half and Lethbridge tried to
capitalise. The Pronghorns tightened up
their defence, and moved aggressively
under the boards. But every time they started to gain some footing, the Birds answered
back. Showing who was in control, UBC
guard Brandon Ellis came off the bench and
hit a shot-clock beating rain-maker.
Coming into the second half 48-3 5, the
Birds continued to outscore the
Pronghorns. Then at 4:51 Lethbridge's
frustrations    began " to     show,     when
Pronghorn Nick Baldwin pushed Kyle
Russell to the floor. A shoving match
ensued and both players took technical
fouls. 'He was standing over me,' Russell
said. "I'm not going to let a guy stand over
me. I'm going to stand up for myself."
The Birds regained their composure
quickly, with rookie guard Paul Naka making some big steals and a couple of assists,
while Corey Ogilvie stepped up and softened up the Lethbridge
defence. He finished the
night with 20 points and
UBC went on to win 8 7-79.
Along with Ogilvie's
impressive performance.
Ben Sansburn and Kyle
Russell both had good
games with 16 and 26
points respectively.
"We let it go in the last couple of minutes,"
Naka said. "But we came up with some big
shots in the last few minutes." Naka was
named the player of the game with eight
steals, eight assists and five points.
Saturday's game was much closer.
Lethbridge took the early lead, but UBC
responded aggressively and tied the game.
The two teams remained virtually neck and
neck for the first seven minutes before the
Birds pulled ahead.
UBC entered the second frame with a
nine-point lead. But the game and the end
of season were starting to show on this
team. Tempers flared and even the consis
tency cool Russell let his emotions show.
The Birds out-muscled the Pronghorns
inside the paint and under the boards.
When Lethbridge toughened up, the
Thunderbirds went to the perimeter. But
the Birds couldn't put the Pronghorns
away, and Lethbridge went on a 9-1 run
late in the half taking their score to just two
points of UBC. . .    '
With 23 seconds left, a Lethbridge
jumper kept it a two-point game at 84-82.
On the next possession, Ogilvie was fouled
but missed both free throws. Fortunately,
UBC's defence clamped shut and didn't
give Lethbridge another shot. With four-seconds left, UBC's Aaron Frampton sealed the
game with a steal and was quickly fouled.
He went to the line and made no mistake,
draining both attempts.
The Birds' poor free-throw shooting
nearly cost them Saturday's game. They
shot a decent 68 per cent from the line on
Friday. Saturday was another story: they
only shot 50 per cent from the line.
The Birds are now looking forward to a
tough match-up with SFU. Jason Bristow
played his last home game as a T-Bird on
Saturday but he is looking forward to this
weekend's match. "I'm glad I came back
this year and I ended on a good note. I
can't wait for SFU. I had a crappy series
[with the Clan] and I'm looking for some
The Birds will be playing at SFU on
Friday and Saturday. Tip-off is at 8:15. ♦
Two tough wins for basketball women
 by Sarah Conchie
I had the dubious privilege of
delivering three coolers of ice
to the Lethbridge Pronghorns'
dressing room this past weekend, as a bashful water boy
couldn't bring himself to walk
into the ladies' change room
uninvited. Unfortunately, the
visiting Pronghorns weren't the
only ones hurting after their
twin losses to the
Thunderbirds. UBC forward
Carrie Watson limped off the
court early Friday night to join
injured teammates Charmene
Adams and Annie Krygsveld on
the bench, and although the victory means the Birds advance
to the first round of the playoffs
with a home court advantage,
their hopes of going further are
a bit bruised.
Friday night's game was as
gritty as they come, as the
Pronghorns answered every
Bird basket with points of their
own. Players hit the floor more
often than they hit their shots,
and inside post Carlee St Denis
was surrounded by a forest of
Lethbridge defenders that
forced her to shoot from the
perimeter as the shot clock
counted off the
scoreless seconds. Just as the
half was winding
down, Watson
fell hard on her
ankle, stopping
play and shaking
up the already
disheartened Birds.
Going into the second half
with a slim six-point lead was
hard on the Birds, but they
weren't ready to lose the last
home series of the season without a fight After seeing seven
players trip over each other like
angry dominoes, UBC's Sheila
Townsend brought the game
back under control with a
humdinger three just as the last
second disappeared on the shot
clock. The Birds stormed on to
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a 62-50 victoiy, including 24
points from Townsend.
Coach Deb Huband was
pleased that her team had a
chance to show what they
were made of. "When Wats went
down, I thought,
We're being tested right now.' So
we just went for it
and we got the
win, in spite of
the situation."
The officials
must have had
enough violence on Friday to
last the whole weekend,
because the bristling referees
interrupted play on Saturday
night often, calling no fewer
than 49 fouls. Both teams were
too tired to protest and the
Birds sleepily ended the half up
32-24. Fiesty Annie Krygsveld
came off the bench to play hurt,
but fouled out late in the second
half. Despite shooting a pathetic 18 per cent in the second
half,   UBC  managed  to  stay
awake long enough to win the
contest 56-53.
"It was a strange game, very
strange/ Huband said. "We just
seemed to be out of sync and we
weren't really having an impact
defensively. But I'm impressed
that we were able to sweep the
weekend...It shows that we can
still challenge with pieces of our
normal puzzle missing."
Next weekend the short-
handed Birds will take on the
mighty SFU Clan and to win
they're going to have to crack a
puzzle that has baffled every
other team in the league. The
Clan sit at a perfect 18-0 record
and are ranked first nationally.
Still, the Thunderbirds remain
confident. Brandie Speers, who
scored 17- points on Saturday
night, prefers to think of the
possibilities. "We're lucky that
we have the kind of team that
we do. Even though we're put
into these tough positions,
we're still able to find a way
to win." ♦
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Women's !cs Hockey
The women's hockey team may have lost 5-
2 at Calgary on Friday, but they defeated
the Dinos 3-1 Saturday, claiming their first
win of the season. The victory takes the 1-
10:1 women into the playoffs this weekend
against Lethbridge, unlike UBC's men's
team, which has lost all mathematical
chance of making the post-season thisyear.
Up against the Manitoba Bisons, the top-
ranked team in the nation, the UBC
women's volleyball team, ranked fourth
nationally; battled to the bitter end.
Unfortunately, it was the Thunderbirds'
bitter end: the women lost two sets to
Manitoba's three on Saturday and
Sunday. The T-Birds play Alberta at
home this weekend in the Canada West
division quarterfinal.
The Manitoba men's team also
ranked first, gave UBC's men a swift
spanking, taking them down three sets
to zero. Of course, it didn't really matter
much since the Birds were dropped
from the playoff race last week. Their
painful 4-16 season is now over, may it
rest in peace.
Track and Field
Members of the track team travelled to
Winnipeg to compete in the Cargill Games
last Saturday. Sally Wong had the women's
only top-five finish, placing third in 60m
hurdles. On the men's side, Chris Williams
was fourth in 300m and third in 1000m,
and Andrew Cook came third in 60m hurdles.
Alpine Skiing
The men's ski team had a mixed weekend at
Mt Hood, Oregon. Alex Boedtker took fourth
in the Giant Slalom, but the men finished
11th overall. They rebounded Sunday, finishing second. Stephanie RodenSdrchen's
two top-ten finishes meant the women
improved to fifth in the team standings. ♦
DANCE, DANCE MY PRETTIES! T-Bird forward Robert Petrie battles a Bison for the puck.
Bisons kill Birds' playoff hopes
by Dustin Cook
Done like dinner. That sums up the UBC men's
hockey team, and their playoff chances. On a weekend when they desperately needed to get some
points, the Birds came up empty-handed against the
Manitoba Bisons. Still, on Friday night it looked like
they were going to do all right
In an impressive start the Birds came out flying,
drawing first blood on the power
play. In one of the team's nicest
plays of the year, superstar Nils
Antons made a beautiful pass to
send sniper Corey LaFreniere away
on a breakaway. Finding himself
one-on-one with the goalie,
LaFreniere faked a deke and beat
the goalie with a wrist shot stick-
side to score his eighth goal of the season.
However, Manitoba bounced back in the second
frame, scoring just three minutes in. Tyler Kuntz
quickly restored the Birds' lead two minutes later.
With the period winding down, the Birds appeared
to be in control of the game. But then suddenly the
Birds went south.
Starting a parade to the penalty box, the Birds
found themselves with two players in the sin bin
and Manitoba easily tied the game on the power
play. When the final period started, the Birds played
like a bunch of turkeys and completely collapsed,
needlessly losing 5-2.
"We had periods where we played fairly well and
we did what we wanted to do, and then there were
lapses where things just fell apart," said team captain David Penner.
"Our league really rewards consistency,"
explained coach Mike Coflin. "I am a little bit surprised at how inconsistent we are in terms of being
able to execute our game plan."
Normally it's only the fans that don't bother coming to UBC hockey games, but on Saturday night
even the team decided not to show up. Sure, the
players were there physically, but mentally they
were already on reading break. How else can the
X -'
Birds explain a game in which they were outshot 51-
20 and outscored 8-2?
The Birds weren't playing Gretzky's Oilers; they
were a playing an average team from Manitoba that
got lucky time and time again because UBC consistently took penalties. By the end of the night the
Bisons had scored three power-play goals to eliminate the Birds froia the playoff race and hand them
their worst home loss of the season.
"Lack of discipline...Everyone in
the rink can call a punch to the
head," said Coflin, refering to the
Birds' penchant for taking stupid
penalties. "I thought tonight's game
had a lot of meaning, and it apparently didn't to a large group of people on our team and they're going to
regret that.
"[There were] three periods tonight where
there wasn't much commitment and there wasn't
much effort," reflected Coflin. "I mean, effort in
terms of doing what it takes to play competitively
in Canada West'
"Personally, I feel embarrassed. First of all, last
night with what happened in the third period and
then today," said Penner on Saturday. "We just want
to improve from game to game from year to year."
"Anytime you're in a game like that it's a little
disheartening. It gets you a little bit angry I guess,"
said forward Trevor Alto.
Despite being ruled out from post-season play,
the Birds still have four games left to improve on
their disappointing 5-15-4 record. And according
to Coflin, the Birds still have more than just pride
to play for.
"We haven't won on the road and to me that's
something I want to accomplish before the year's
out," he said. "To me our season's too short to
throw it away."
Next up for the Birds are two games on the road
against Brandon. In a battle to decide worst place in
the Canada West, the Birds will try to better the
pathetic 3-18-3 Bobcats before returning home for
UBC's final two games against Regina. ♦
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Every time you turn around in BC these days, it
seems like masses of people are protesting a
decision by the Liberal government.
Over 1000 residents, worried that cuts to
health care will shut down the Delta Hospital,
joined hands around the hospital on Sunday.
Seniors whose discounted annual bus passes
have been discontinued have collected hundreds of signatures for a petition asking the government to reconsider its plans on the policy.
Over 15,000 people have signed an online petition saying that once Liberal MLAs are eligible
for recall—October 2002—they will call for the
representatives' resignations. Eleven-thousand
teachers and their supporters gathered in
Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum on January 28 to
protest the government's imposed contract and
changes to public education.
While the Liberals have downplayed teacher
reaction to the cuts, saying that the protest is
mostly the union's decision, and that many
teachers don't agree, almost all of BC's 45,000
teachers walked off the job last Monday.
And it's important that individual citizens—
not just unions and special interest groups—get
involved, especially with the Liberals. Letting
the government know how its citizens feel' is not
going to work if a only small group of 'radically-
political' citizens are the ones telling the gov
ernment how the rest of the population feels.
At a health care rally last week, protesters
attending the event were happy that so many
people attended, but believed more diversity
would have helped their cause.
"Everybody's got to be in on this," said Elaine
Bubrick, a representative for BC Government
Employee Union Local 1203. "This isn't just
groups or coalitions: it's everybody should be
out here. These are everbody's services that are
being amputated."
High school students across the province
have made an effort, mobalising en masse to let
teacher-contract negotiators know that indeci-
. sion was affecting students. Despite mainstream media cynicism that "many more stayed
in their classrooms" and that the action was just
an excuse for kids to skip class, on January 23,
thousands of students walked out of class to
stand and be heard. At local school University
Hill, 300 students—two-thirds of the school's students—walked out At Handsworth Secondary in
North Vancouver, 1100 out of 13 4 7 students left
their classes. And at Vancouver Technical
School, 1600 out of 1827 walked out.
UBC students could learn something from
this. We have been criticised for remaining
silent as other schools around the province
organise mass action against tuition increases
and cuts to education. On February 6, almost
every school in the province is taking part in the
Canadian Federation of Students' (CFS) Day of
Action, a day calling for lower tuition fees and
more accessble education. Because UBC is the
largest school in the province, other universities
have worried that a silence from UBC students
reflects province-wide apathy.
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has, for the
most part, focused on lobbying the Liberals to
keep government regulations on tuition rates.
But while lobbying is important for ensuring student input in government decisions, it has to be
backed up by the support of students.
On February 19, the BC government will
release its budget, as well as its long-term plans
for the next three years. It will, most probably,
spell the end of the tuition freeze. It will, most
probably, make significant cuts to programs you
or someone you know relies on significantly.
The Liberals have already made a lot of their
decisions, and yes, it might be too late to have
any effect on them. But if you don't say anything,
if you don't resist, then you're giving into
them. People—not protesters—will be on the
Legislature's lawn in Victoria February 19 and
23. You should be there too. And this
Wednesday, you should be at the Goddess of
Democracy at noon. ♦
Talking about God in
To the question of whether God
exists, Steve Oldridge says it can be
answered yes and no ("Does God
exist?" Letters [Jan. 29]). But to
accomplish this he defines God as
equivalent to the expression 'individual spirituality/ He also says
that the problem with the debate is
that not very many atheists and
agnostics are committed to the
cause of 'disproving' God. I notice
just the opposite problem. Despite
the fact that an estimated nine out
of ten people say they believe in
God, you don't find many talking
about him in public in Canada. I
agree emphatically with Steve that
worship services and bible studies
are a poor substitute for a living
God; but so are times with friends
or watching a sunset. Oldridge
defines God as a feeling of spirituality, but surveys show most people
believe in a personal God. And if
God is a personal God, then the
question becotaes not 'What do I
want God to be for me?' but rather,
'Who is the person God?' We need
to debate whether the voice that
called Abraham to leave town and
embark on a journey to Canaan was
the voice of a personal God beginning to reveal himself to the world.
Jesus of Nazareth, the most important figure in Western civilisation,
claimed not only to know if God
existed, he claimed to be God.
Rather than debating, whether God
exists, we should move to the more
important questions of, 'Who is
God?' and 'Who was Jesus?'
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I have one thing in common with
Steve Oldridge who wrote in last
week's Ubyssey espousing his
views on spirituality, prompted by
the "Does God exist?" debate in
the SUB the other week ("Does
God exist?" Letters Jan. 11]). I
didn't go either. Furthermore, I'd
have to agree with Steve that, yes,
perhaps Christians do have a bit
of a vested interest in the whole
enterprise. However, as I read
through Steve's letter it became
apparent that he wasn't primarily
interested in addressing the
whole "Does God exist?" debate,
rather he was writing primarily
with the purpose of espousing his
own views on spirituality.
"Pracitise your spirituality daily
by living the best you can."
Perhaps a statement that will one
day end up in the sacred writings
of 'Oldridg-anity.'
Steve argues that people
should pursue what is right for
them,  embrace  spirituality and
avoid the kind of exclusivism
characterised by the major religions. This raises a couple of questions: Is Steve claiming some kind
of insight or revelation that millions in these religions have
missed out on for centuries? Are
his insights absolute and universally true? If he believes that this
is so, the reality is that he is representing an exclusivist viewpoint, in the sense that he denies
that my exclusivist belief may
actually be true. This is merely
arrogance dressed in the garb of
tolerance. You're okay, I'm okay,
everyone is okay—unless of course
someone suggests that I may not
be okay—in which case, that is not
okayl Sorry, it doesn't work.
"Does God exist?" I can't draw
any conclusions for you. However,
your conclusions will ultimately
affect your actions and lifestyle. If
you believe that God doesn't exist,
then Steve's brand of hedonistic
spirituality sounds like a great idea.
If, however, you conclude that God
may exist, then one ought to consider that as the author of the game
of life, he probably knows how the
game ought best to be played. In
which case, if you want to live life to
the max, then your search ought
not to be for 'spirituality'—but for
knowledge, experience and a relationship with God.
—Glenn Harvey
Theology—Regent College
Live-animal use:
essential to education
As a third-year medical student
who has used a fully anesthetised
live pig for our course on learning
surgical techniques, I believe this
course is an essential part of our
education ("Students ' caught
unaware: Med students disagree
about live-animal use" [Jan. 11]).
Among other medical techniques,
this course taught me how to insert
a chest tube properly, which is used
to reinflate a collapsed lung, and
how to control the profuse bleeding
from a torn artery. The tactile feel
of these experiences simply cannot
be mimicked on a plastic model,
nor via virtual-reality simulations.
In less than 1.5 years, I will be a
doctor and this course is my hands-
on time to learn these techniques
before I will be performing them in
an emergency on a real patient. I'd
rather, and I'm sure the patient
would MUCH rather, that I am competent with these procedures on a
live pig before trying them on a live
I wanted my 'first time' reinflat-
ing a collapsed lung to be with a
live pig instead of a five human. If
you were my patient with a collapsed lung in emergency, I believe
you'd feel the same way.
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Your Input
The employment contract between the University of British Columbia and its President, De Martha
Piper, sets June 30,2003 as the end date of the initial term of appointment. The agreement provides for renewal of that appointment if both Dr. Piper and the Board of Governors jointly decide
to do this. That decision is required to be mutually settled by June 30, 2002.
The contract further provides for the manner in which the Board will arrive at a decision. It requires the Board lo eslablish a Select Cornmillee lo review the performance, of Dr. Piper and
provide a report to the Board standing committee on Management and Resources Compensation (mrcc). The mrcc and the Select Committee are charged with making recommendations to
the Board.
To assist, in preparing its report for the mrcc, the Select Committee wishes to conduct a broadly-
based consultation that includes both on- and off-campus organizations. It also invites individuals to communicate their assessment of Dr. Piper with reference to the issue of reappointment.
The Select Committee consists of the following members of the Board of Governors: Bill Sauder
(Chancellor), Larry Bell (Chair), Greg Lawrence (faculty), Tieg Martin (student), Ben Pong (staff),
Linda Thorstad (alumna), and Guninder Mumick and Joe Wai (appointed by Provincial Government).
Person swishing to communicate with the Select Committee should do so in writing no later than
March 31,2002, addressed to the Chair of the Committee (Mr. Larry Bell) care of:
Mis. Nina Robinson,
Secretary to the Board of Governors
The LMversily of British Columbia
6328 Memorial Road
Vancouver, B.C. Canada v6t 1Z2 ,,
Telephone: 604-822-2127
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at the Asian Centre
until Feb. 8
Big on local talent? Looking for an
alternative to the tedium of breaks
spent wandering about the SUB?
Then mosey on over to the Asian
Centre and take a peek at this year's
UBC Photo Society (PhotoSoc) exhibit Nearly 20 years in the running,
this free annual event gives
PhotoSoc members the opportunity
to showcase their ability and the
artistic flair of their work.
While the contributors to the
exhibit may be of campus stock,
their vision is definitely not
restricted to the local. One of the
most startling aspects of the
exhibit is the global nature of
the pieces. A walk around the
auditorium becomes an unexpected world tour, taking you
from the vibrancy of Dominican
Republic streets to the tranquility of UBC's Nitobe Gardens,
from the romance of a Venetian
sunset to the vastness of the
Alberta plains.
If you're a fan of nature photography, you'll find plenty of
eye candy in this year's collection.
Pieces such as "Hornby Island #1"
by Conrad Chevalier and "'God
Speaking from the Heavens'
Ngorongoro Crater February 2001"
by Arlene Agno demonstrate an intimacy with the natural environment
that even Ansel Adams would envy.
Many of the photographs are as
much an expression of geographical
personality, as they are of personal
experience and artistic vision.
While nature is showcased in
most of the prints, it is definitely
not the star of the show. Humanity
by Alexis Roohani
is represented across all of its cultural and geographical spectra,
with several eye-catching urban
vignettes and subtle depictions of
prairie life mingled throughout the
show. Though the exhibit is predominantly black and white, a few
works shot in colour help bring a
sense of vitality to the elegant tone
of the exhibit. "Saturna Sunset" by
Shawn Taylor and "Golden Gate # 1"
by Anthony Maw are particularly
striking examples.
Subject matter aside, the most
impressive aspect of the show is its
sense of simplicity (not to be mistaken for lack of depth). The photographs are at once deeply personal
and yet highly accessible to their
viewers. The fact that silence
greets you when you enter the auditorium is not by chance. The photographs along the walls are waiting to tell you something and, if
you're smart, you'll take the time
to stop and listen. Whether a first-
timer or a returning fan, you won't
be disappointed. ♦
Tea with Emily
by Heather Arvidson
at the Festival House Theatre
until Feb. 9
Emily Dickinson was a charming
host Her genius was so bright I felt
too bashful to say anything myself
and I think the rest of the audience
felt the same way. Yet she kept up
the conversation admirably on her
own, starting with
cake recipe as an
introduction to,
calm her but-1
terfiies, then
flowing into reminiscence and poetry.
In her on-stage parlour, actor
Tanja Dixon-Warren portrays the
American poet with such charisma
and humour that I left vainly convinced she really was speaking to
■ me. In this one-woman "script, playwright William Luce pieces together
poems, letters and first-person
accounts, framing the poet's words
almost seamlessly with glittering
words of his own.
Born in Amherst Massachusetts
in 1830, Dickinson lived most of
her life with her sister, Lavinia, in
her father's house. Her universe
revolved around a small circle of
family and close friends, the garden, her books-particularly those of
the Brontes and George Eliot—and
her vast imagination. She wrote
over 1700 poems in her lifetime.
Luce and Dixon-Warren have
created an Emily Dickinson aching
for the fame that would finally come
well after her death in 1886. She
was rejected by Atlantic Monthly
editor Thomas Higginson for spasmodic, uncontrolled metre and bad
rhymes. Like her contemporary
Walt Whitman (who, incidentally,
was also rejected by Higginson),
Dickinson was an innovator of style.
But unlike Whitman, she only began
to receive critical appreciation in
the last decades of her life.
The play's young Emily
is an impetuous girl piu>.
ing for beauty and valentines,
a woman who
insists on reading all the wicked <
parts at meetings of"
her Shakespeare society. Classified
by a college head mistress as spiritually "without hope," Emily rejects
a New England form of Christianity
heavy on guilt in favour of her own
personal access to God through "the
bee, the butterfly and the breeze."
The play only hints at the illness
that confined Emily to her bedroom
during the most prolific period of her
life, with eyes bandaged at times
against her beloved sun. Although
this omission betrays Emily's
instruction to "tell all the Truth but
tell it slant..," Luce, Dixon-Warren
and director Michael Fera tell a compelling stoiy. At turns comedic and
tragic, exuberant in the majesty of
words, but wrenchingly aggrieved for
the setting sun and the passage of
loved ones into night, the play gives a
voice and a face to poetry of
startling beauty. ♦


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