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Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Volume 86 Issue 27
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AMS Presidential candidates
kick off campaign with debate
Three of six hopefuls turn out for hastily arranged forum
by Dan McRoberts
NEWS EDITOR
And they're off.
The race to become the next
Amina Rai began in earnest
Saturday afternoon, as three of the
six declared candidates for AMS
President met in the Norm Theatre
for a debate arranged as part of
the student society's Student
Leadership Conference.
Paul Sutton, Jeremy Shell and
Jerry Fan made their campaign platforms public in person, while perennial candidate Spencer Keys sent his
by e-mail from Malaysia, where he
is participating in the World Debate
Championships.
The remaining candidates,
Michael Grunberg and Scott
Thompson, were not in attendance.
The event had been announced just
one day earlier, as all candidates
met to mark the official start to the
campaign period.
Nearly 100 conference delegates
that had been milling around the
SUB concourse were herded into the
theatre where several candidates for
other executive positions were working the room. New election rules
prohibit candidates organising
themselves in slates, so it was everyone for themselves as the audience
filed in.
Each candidate was afforded the
opportunity to introduce themself,
and the moderator read out Keys' e-
mail, which outlined his reasons for
running for an executive position
for the third year in a row.
"I have found the recent shenanigans at the AMS very disheartening,* he wrote. Keys laid out his "tripartite* platform designed to make
the AMS a relevant, professional
and proactive organisation. If elected, Keys would institute improved
monitoring mechanisms to keep
track of executive's work.
Current AMS Safety Coordinator
Paul Sutton was next to the lectern
and he unveiled his plans, which
include a proposal for the AMS to
run its own student bursary program. At present, the funds set aside
for bursaries are turned over to UBC
and managed by the university.
Sutton also expressed his desire
to see a full financial review of the
AMS and its services. No matter
what the outcome, Sutton was clear
on his position on cutbacks.
"I will refuse to compromise on
services or on student employment,* he said.
Jeremy Shell, a member of the
UBC rugby team and former president of the Totem Park Residence
Association, cited his belief that
AMS executives should act as
'philosopher kings,* emphasising
rationality.
"There are strong stands that
need to be taken but we are working
with a large institution and on many
things the AMS needs to meet UBC
halfway,* he said.
First year commerce student
Jerry Fan, also running for a spot on
UBC's Board of Governors and the
university senate, was the last candidate to address the crowd. Fan
argued that first and second year
students were underrepresented in
student politics despite having adequate experience and important
contributions to make.
Central to his campaign. Fan
said, is a commitment to review and
cut funding for the AMS' "unnecessary activities.*
Fan was asked by an audience
member exactly which services or
activities he would cut, and the candidate said that he would hold a referendum on which services to keep.
"All students are paying fees for
services that only a minority are
enjoying," he said, suggesting that
the students using the services could
pay a user fee.
All three candidates were challenged to name the 10 AMS services
and while Shell and Fan were unable
to do so, Sutton confidently rattled off
the complete list in rapid-fire succession. This feat of memory drew the
largest cheer of the afternoon.
The candidates were also quizzed
on their commitment to the UBC
farm, students' needs regarding the
University Boulevard development
Jumping for joy
UBC triumphs over Brandon Bobcats. See page 5 for full
Story.  YIWAIM MAX WANG PHOTO
and the best approach for the AMS
to take on tuition increases.
Students will have an opportunity to grill all candidates at two
forums this week, on Wednesday in
the SUB conversation pit from 12
noon to 2:00pm, and on Thursday at
Totem Park beginning at 7pm. A
more whimsical approach to student politics is expected Friday at
the UBC Moustache Club's Election
Circus, scheduled for 1pm at the SUB
conversation pit. The online polls will
open later that afternoon. ♦
CULTURE: Painting a picture for The Da Vinci Code
Illustrated version of popular
bestseller adds plenty of insight
to the mystery. Page 2.
SPORTS: New Year, new
hoops for T-Birds
Men's and women's basketball-
square off at home over the
weekend. Page 5.
NATIONAL: Spoonmanl
Attempts to silence a Montreal
man who plays the spoons outside a department store. Page 7.
EDITORIAL: Stealing from
UNICEF makes us sad
Why, why did you do it? Page 6.
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Literacy challenges provide work for professor
by Jhenifer Pabillano
NEWS WRITER
While teaching a seven year-old
urban Appalachian boy to read,
Victoria Purcell-Gates found herself fighting challenges that eventually defined the focus of her
literacy studies.
Donny, the little boy, came from a
family that was completely illiterate,
leaving him with no concept of the
importance of print or even what
words and letters were.
"When I met him going into
second grade, he was so far from
learning to read it was frightening,"
said Purcell-Gates, who is a new
Canada Research Chair in Early
Childhood Literacy at the UBC
Faculty of Education.
"[His mother] found me, because
I was directing a literacy clinic [at
Harvard] that she heard about [She]
was incredible. I mean, she just wasn't going to let go. Her big thing was
that she and her husband dropped
out of school in seventh grade, but
neither one could read anything. She
just said that they're not going to let
Donny go on like that.*
For Purcell-Gates, working with
PURCELL-
Donny revealed the importance of
knowing what people learn about
reading and writing before they're
taught print literacy in schools. It's a
key insight because
it indicates that
some people from
marginalised communities might
need specialised
education to help
them become literate. They're capable of learning to
read and write, but typical school lessons aren't effective because they
don't take into account what the
students know about reading and
writing from their communities.
This idea, captured in a book
about Donny's education called
Other People's Words, won the
prestigious Grawemeyer Award,
which recognises powerful ideas
from religion, music, education
and political science.
Now, Purcell-Gates devotes her
studies entirely to understanding
these cultural practices of literacy in
marginalised communities, and how
they might be used to better teach
print literacy to kids in these groups.
That will be her focus for the next
seven years through the Canada
Research Chair program.
"I have seen over and over again
that individual children are not
served by schools and they're seen
as not fitting in,* she said.
"My job is to tiy to understand
who they are and make the school fit
with them. That's a very different
perspective, and it takes a while to
get to that perspective as opposed
to thinking, "They're not ready
to learn." .
Purcell-Gates comes to UBC after
five years at Michigan State
University, where she taught and
spent periods doing her literacy
research out in the field, often with
graduate students.
Most recently, she spent two summers easing herself into communities of Spanish-speaking migrant
farm workers in Michigan. Many of
the workers are illegal immigrants
who live in huge extended family
units, she said, and they travel to follow the farm work in the area as the
seasons change.
In this community, said Purcell-
Gates, print literacy was used mostly
in relation to documentation and
personal letters, which could generate effective teaching strategies
incorporating these two areas.
These workers seem invisible to
the US society at large, she noted.
"We hear about them but we
hardly ever think about them and
we can't see them. I found out even
physically that was true. I'd drive
down to the fields and stay there
during the week, and until I learned
where the camps were I couldn't see
them. They'd sort of blend in,
these low buildings. You just don't
see them.* '   '_ '
She plans to include Canadian
studies in her work over the next
few years, but at the moment, she's
getting used to the territory and taking her time to see the features of
the community, just like spotting the
migrant camps.
"You can't do [studies] on people—you have to do it with them,"
she said.
"I'm easing my way in, going to
as many different events around as
possible, trying to figure it out. It's a
very complex place culturally.
I am just beginning to really
understand it" ♦
i TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2005
CULTURE
THE UBYSSEY
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There will be a Launch event (4:30-
6:00) prior ro this for students to get
helpful tips on how they can get the
most out of this opportunity. Career Fair
Launch Monday, January 10, 2005
BUCH A106 Food will be provided.
Students must register at
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Illustrating the Code
The Da Vinci Code: Special
Illustrated Edition
by Dan Brown
[DOUBLEDAY]
by Jesse Ferreras
CULTURE WRITER
Just in time for the Christmas season, author Dan Brown released a
"special illustrated edition* ofhis #1
New York Times bestselling novel,
The Da Vinci Code. No longer must
fans of this sensational mystery-
thriller scour the internet for images
of the architecture and paintings
Brown vividly describes throughout
the book; in this new edition, photos
of the very artifacts the author
describes are provided directly next
to the text that references them. On
the surface the book would seem to
be a clever ploy to boost sales of the
already-bestselling novel, but The
Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated
Edition in fact emerges as a carefully-designed book that showcases
beautifully some of the world's most
popular art and architecture, while
recounting a riveting, although
flawed, mystery that has made a sensational impact across the world.
While it moves forward at the
breakneck pace of an action-
thriller, The Da Vinci Code finds its
greatest strengths in its vivid
descriptions of artwork by a number of famous artists, such as
Caravaggio, Jean Cocteau, and the
titular Leonardo Da Vinci, whose
works form the foundation for an
easily-read thriller. Although the
inclusion of imagery was not completely necessary, as Dan Brown's
descriptions of significant pieces of
art are detailed and lengthy, the
Special Illustrated Edition functions perfectly to spare the reader
the trouble of searching museums
and the internet to discover
whether the author was fabricating
his descriptions. The novel opens
with the following disclaimer: "All
descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals
in this novel are accurate.* If anything, this new edition of The Da
Vinci Code functions effectively to
prove the validity of that disclaimer, which was widely doubted
by critics and scholars upon the
novel's release.
These descriptions are the
strongest moments of this thriller as
the they proclaim that the artists of
them were members ofa secret society known as the Priory of Sion, and
this novel professes that Leonardo
Da Vinci was *a prankster,* who left
many secrets and hints as to his
involvement with the society in his
work. In the most intriguing section
of the novel, the reader is treated to
a close observation of Da Vinci's
'The Last Supper,* in which a central character recalls the verse from
the New Testament describing the
thirteen men at table, only to be
shocked that the one sitting at Jesus'
right hand is, in fact, Mary
Magdalene. This might be difficult
for one to believe simply by reading
the author's description but, sure
enough, in the illustrated edition,
there's the painting, with the undeniable proof of Dan Brown's description. The same theme carries on
throughout the novel, employing
paintings and pictures of European
architecture, as well as ancient documents, to better place the images
in the reader's mind.
While some images in this edition are not entirely necessary (only
people living in holes beneath the
earth would not know what the Eiffel
Tower or the Olympic Rings look
like) the book is very helpful, as it
might be difficult for some readers
to materialise the author's descriptions of the artworks and buildings
he employs throughout the novel.
Indeed, the Special Illustrated
Edition functions effectively to highlight the more favourable aspects of
The Da Vinci Code, accentuating its
arguments about the history of
Christianity and the hidden
"secrets* of Da Vinci's art, although
the descriptions in the novel itself
are effective in themselves.
Nevertheless, The Da Vinci Code:
Special Illustrated Edition is a helpful companion to the story, and
emerges as a well-designed book
showcasing some beautiful art and
architecture, while at the same time
telling an entertaining story. ♦
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Red Riding Hood n
play at the Theatre Palme
located at 260 Terminal Avenue
Jan. 15 and 16
by Malcolm Morgan
CULTURE WRITER
Theatre Palme demonstrated the
delightful versatility of theatre in
their opening performance of Red
Riding Hood II this past Saturday.
Oleg Palme and co-director
Libya Ahachinskaia have nm this
Russian company and training studio for eight years locally, annually
producing up to 25 shows for adult
and child audiences. In this latest
children's show, mounted in their
intimate home studio, they have
spun an age-old fairy tale with
impressive originality.
Bouncy Soviet-era cartoon music
set the pre-curtain atmosphere. The
scene consisted of diminutive evergreen tree props draped with tinsel
and snow material, with Christmas
lights and tinsel borders adorning
the back wall of the stage. This
disarming arts-and-crafts stage
became a real winter forest as the
lights dimmed, leaving only a blue
spotlight on the back wall, creating
a hauntingly beautiful glow throughout the theatre.
The two wolves, Puhlik and
Zadira, played by Danya Gorodeitskei
and Danya Yevseiv respectively,
emerge in black and grey face
flannel coats and ear-
ter hats, like bumbling
oods hunters. As the play
unravels it's evident that there is
a mixed motif of the modern and
classical elements as the characters
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use modern props like guns and
videotapes within the framework
of a classic story and traditional
props like wooden bowls, a painted
Russian teapot, and a candle lit
chandelier. This juxtaposition
continues with the mixture of
human and animal characters
interacting on one playing field as
the animals behave like humans.
It's plain to see these aren't your
typical forest animals.
The good-hearted forest creatures prevent disaster in the Palme
version of the story, capturing the
wolves before they manage to carry
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with lovable cheer by Kseniya
Yozyanskaia, appeared as a strong
ensemble player rather than a lead
as she shares the stage with a convincing and clearly-projecting
Grandmother played by Kate
Revenko. Red Riding Hood in most
productions of this play is in
almost every scene and dominates
the stage standing out as the one
lead star of the show, but in this
production it's evident that there
is more than one star, and that
there isn't a role that goes unnoticed on this stage.
The endearing story, together
with scene transitions to the
revolving light of a mirror ball (a
modern touch once again), washes
of Christmassy green, the villains'
dance number, |uid laughs galore,
combined to make this hour-long
performance played by a troupe of
seven to 20-year-olds a happily
ever after evening for the young
and old audience. ♦
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Haber, gifted genius?
EINSTEIN'S GIFT
at the Firehall Arts Centre
until Jan 29
(at Gateway Theatre Feb 4-19)
by Karen Long
CULTURE WRITER
"Einstein's Gift" begins with a BANG'
It is the story of Fritz Haber, a German
chemist who championed the use of poison gas
in World War I. Haber is a fascinating historical
figure, despite the fact that he's a chemist. His
discovery of the process of fixing nitrogen
allowed the cheap production of fertilizer, and
won him the Nobel Prize in 1918. But it also
provided Germany with the raw materials to
make explosives.
After the first "successful" test of his new
poison gas at Ypres, his wife (also a chemist)
was so disgusted with him, she killed herself
in the garden with his service pistol. He didn't
even stay for the funeral, but went off for the
next military experiment. The play asks, at what
point do you have so much blood on your
hands that you can no longer be considered a
great man?
"Einstein's Gift" deftly examines the motivation and consequences of Haber's work by con
trasting his vehement nationalism with
Einstein's humanism. Nationalism frightens
me; sometimes I watch too much CNN. Yet, I
found myself drawn to Haber, who is passionately played by Ron Haldor. Vern Thiessen's
exceptional script invites us to reconsider how
goodness is measured and to give Haber a second chance. I sympathised with Haber in that
science for science isn't good enough for the scientist—you have to apply it. In Haber's case, the
question of creating the possibility of nuclear
power is rendered more complicated by the fact
that he thought he was putting an end to the brutality of trench warfare.
The production is set in a multilevel stage
adorned with calculus equations. I like the
intimacy of Firehall Arts Centre as a venue, and
I like their new paint job—and if they put the
Men's/Women's labels back on the washroom
doors, I'd like it even more! But maybe that's
meant to be part of the fun. And it is a fun production; there are explosions and a swordfight
and the luminous Kathleen Duborg sings
cabaret in a corset But it should also be mandatory for science majors; this is a rare chance to
see "one of ours" on stage. So what if he's a little
bit evil?
Admire him or despise him? Go see
"Einstein's Gift" and decide for yourself. ♦
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THE GRUESOME ACTS
OF CAPITALISM
Collection of quick facts on gruesome acts
David Lester
The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism
David Lester
[Arbeiter Ring Publishing]
by Paul Evans
CULTURE STAFF
Provocatively titled and statistically loaded.
The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism has but
one simple goal, to incite readers into action
against the evils and inequalities of capitalism. The book follows a format that essentially boils down to statistic upon statistic, interspersed with the occasional comic, for 112
pages. Compiled by Vancouver singer/activist
David Lester, royalties generated from the
sale  of the book will be  donated to The
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.
While filled with shocking statistics like
"The amount of money the richest 1% of the
world's population makes each year equals
what the poorest 57% make" and "The US
defence budget in 2004 will be a $1 billion
a day", the book's overall presentation is
aesthetically pleasing but unfortunately
random and disorganised. This produces
somewhat of a scattergun effect as Lester is
unable to develop a strong sustained argument against any of the book's targets
(the US government, celebrities, economic
inequalities, etc.)
Furthermore, some of the books' statistics
seem to be included solely for shock value and
are not indicative of capitalism's evils. Take
for example, "In the world, every eight seconds a person dies of a tobacco-related disease." Do people in communist countries not
die from cigarettes? The book also lacks a
definitive conclusion. Included at the back are
a list of organisations to get involved with but
this should be complimented by a "what does
the bombardment of all these statistics actually mean" section.
The book is useful if you need some quick
and fairly accurate statistics to shoot out at a
cocktail party or a Poli Sci class. Just tag on "did
you know that the US has bombed 22 countries
since world war two?* to any argument and
your position will be that much stronger. For
most Proletarians, however, the 25 minutes
could be better spent making shoes for Nike. ♦
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S P O RTS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2005
Basket birds
struggling to
find their
stride
by Dan McRoberts
SPORTS STAFF
So that's why you play 40 minutes.
The UBC Thunderbirds looked to be cruising to a
comfortable, pedestrian victory Friday night
against the Brandon Bobcats, nursing a double-
digit lead with eight minutes to play.
That's when the visitors caught fire, pushing
the ball on offence and draining outside shots to
pull even and, eventually, ahead.
Down 73-70, the Birds had two opportunities
in the dying seconds to tie the game, but the usually reliable Casey Archibald missed a short baseline jumper and his desperate three point shot at
the buzzer was partially blocked.
The game got off to a ragged start as both
teams showed a considerable lack of fluidity on
offence, passes soared metres above their intended targets and Brandon's shooters in particular
struggled to find their range.
"Ihe Thunderbirds coasted through to the end
of the first half, heading for the dressing room up
40-31. It had been an unremarkable half of basketball, with few in the crowd seeming to notice
that a match was being played at all. Indeed, the
crowd's rapt attention was earned only by the half-
time performance of the UBC dance team, as several digital cameras were produced and the buzz
THE UBYSSEY
of conversation fell silent for a few moments.
With the two teams meeting up for the only
time this season, it took some time for the game
to develop any sort of intensity. Temperatures
began to rise early in the second half as the
Bobcats' physical style of defending led to a litany
of infractions at both ends of the court. Several
Brandon players found themselves in serious foul
trouble and the Bobcats' coach was whistled for a
technical foul as he berated the officials for being
"unprofessional."
The Birds had defended well against the top
scoring team in Canada West until the late stages
of the second half, but hadn't managed to translate this stifling performance into an insurmountable lead. This would prove to be the home side's
downfall, as O'Neill Gordon, the Bobcats' designated sharpshooter, drained a series of open
looks from beyond the arc.
Despite the momentum shift, Brandon's foul
trouble could have easily derailed their comeback
as two of the team's eight players fouled out in the
final five minutes. Another Gordon three-pointer
gave the Bobcats a 69-68 lead, however, one they
would not relinquish.
In the final two minutes, UBC forwards Ryder
McKeown and Matt Rachar both missed free
throws that could have brought the Birds even,
setting the stage for Archibald's failed attempt at
crunch time heroics.
The Birds recovered from the loss, handing the
Regina Cougars a 102-71 drubbing on Sunday
afternoon. With the weekend split, the Birds move
to 6-4 on the season, good enough for second place
in the Pacific division. Since winning their first four
conference games, the Birds have dropped four of
their last six. An important two games against
perennial playoff rivals Trinity Western await the
Birds later this week. Tip off in War Memorial is at
8:00 pm on Thursday and Friday. ♦
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Women's hockey splits weekend pair at home
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
SPORTS WRITER
After the disappointing 2-1 loss
against the Lethbridge Pronghorns
on Friday night, the Thunderbirds
rebounded right back by shutting
out the Pronghorns 3-0 Saturday
night at the Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre.
Saturday night was a busy
game for the veteran goalie
Teryne Russell, as she provided
the Thunderbirds with solid goal-
tending, stopping 3 7 shots, as well
as capturing her second shutout of
the season.
"We are putting in a hard effort
every night. We are coming into
our own kind of game,* said
Russell.
"I think that we had some high
expectations for ourselves getting
into the second half of the season,
and we got tripped up a little bit
last night although I think the
effort was good in last night's
game,* said head coach Dave
Newson. "We played well enough
to win and maybe better than
tonight and didn't get the result—
and that's the way things go in the
game of hockey."
The T-Birds were the dominating force in both the offensive and
defensive end of the rink, scoring
all three goals in the first. The
opening goal came from a recent
addition to the T-Birds, Anne-
Sophie Larsson. Kelly James and
Kim Allan potted the others.
In the first weekend back
from the holidays, it was obvious
that the Thunderbirds made sure
that their game remained in
top shape.
"Mentally, we had a lot of
focus," said forward Kelly James.
"We had two and a half weeks off
so we had enough to get everything together."
Kim Allan agreed with James.
"I think we gained a lot of
confidence over the break. We
were really ready to get back
into it," said fourth-year Allan.
"We worked really hard off ice
in December working with conditioning."
This weekend's back-to-back
series leave the Thunderbirds
with 4-6-2 record; they sit in third
place in Canada West standings.
"We are really excited about
our opportunities, [to] put teams
behind us and we did that tonight.
So Lethbridge is behind us in
standing and [now we can] move
onto Saskatchewan. We are ahead
of them by three points and we
are looking for a way to keep them
far behind us.*
The Thunderbirds will be
looking to do exactly that in the
series against the Saskatchewan
Huskies in Saskatchewan on
January 14 and 15. ♦
by Eric Szeto
SPORTS EDITOR
Let the feeding frenzy begin. After
being deprived of conference basketball for over three weeks, the UBC
women's basketball team started their
New Year off with a bang. Eager to start
the second half of the season in the
right direction, UBC reeled off a 53-
point victory over the winless Brandon
Bobcats 78-25.
The Bird's triple threat of Sheila
Townsend, Erica McGuinness and
Kelsey Blair each finished with double
figures in points, and rid of any rust
that might have been lingering from
the holiday break.
UBC was as strong defensively as
they were on the offensive end Friday
night, managing to limit Brandon to 2 5
points. Shooting 18 per cent from the
field alongside their 25 turnovers didn't help Brandon's cause either.
An 16-4 run early in the first half
put the Birds into auto-pilot By the end
of the first, the Birds held a hefty 28-
point lead, never intimidated by the
prospect of a Brandon comeback.
The Townsend-Blair combo was
lethal all night connecting on numerous occasions. With five minutes
remaining in the half, the score was at
30-12. Blair, unable to make her shot
from a Townsend feed, managed to
retrieve her own rebound and dish it
back out to Townsend, who nailed a
long jumper. When it wasn't Townsend
who was nailing jumpers, it was
McGuinness, who shared a game-high
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in scoring with 18 points.
Blair, who was able to retrieve her
own rebounds all night, joked about
her botched shots.
"Part of the problem is shooting and
getting my own rebound. If I made the
first one it wouldn't be a problem, then
I'm motivated to get the second one I
just missed," said Blair, who finished
with 18 points and 11 rebounds, five of
them offensive.
Regardless of the score, UBC did not
let up in the second half. Motivated to
make this game go from unpleasant to
embarrassing for the visitors, the Birds
furthered their lead outscoring Brandon
36-11 to complete the victory.
Experience was the difference, said
Townsend, commenting on the superb
defensive effort that held Brandon scoreless for five minutes twice in the game.
"Obviously we were trying to pressure them defensively because we
knew that we were a little more experienced and more skilled and we could
take advantage of that so I think it was
a combination of [our defense and
Brandon's inexperience]," explained
Townsend, who finished with a solid
ten points, four assists and four steals.
"Brandon is a team that has lost all of
its games but you still have to respect
them whether you're up by five or up by
30 you want to play the same way," said
Blair. "We're being honest and kept
pushing throughout the second half."
Following their lopsided affair with
the Bobcats, the Birds squared off
against Regina Cougars Sunday in a
rematch of last year's CIS finals but lost
64-57. UBC went into the half down
by 11 and was never able to recover
from that. The trio of Townsend,
McGuinness and Blair had another
strong game. Townsend provided 21
points while McGuinness finished with
12 points and five assists. Blair finished with 16 points and 8 boards.
"They played a strong game for 40
minutes and we played a strong game for
less time,* said head coach Deb Huband.
"We didn't come out defensively."
The Birds now fall to 6-4 on the season with the weekend split The Birds
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Brought to you by the Architecture and Landscape Architecture student associations at U3C 6       TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2005
EDITORIAL
THE UBYSSEY
THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 200S
VOLUME 86 ISSUE 27
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING EDITOR
Jesse Marchand
NEWS EDITORS
Sarah Bourdon
Dan McRoberts
CULTURE EDITOR
Ania Mafi
SPORTS EDITOR
Eric Szeto
FEATURES/NATIONAL EDITOR
Alex Leslie
PHOTO EDITOR
Nic Fensom
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Michelle Mayne
COORDINATORS
VOLUNTEERS
Carrie Robinson
RESEARCH/LETTERS
Paul Evans
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the University of
British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday and Friday by The
Ubyssey Publications Society
We are an autonomous, democratically run student organisation,
and all students are encouraged to participate
Editorials are chosen and written by the Ubyssey staff. TTiey are the
expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect the
views of The Ubyssey Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
77ie Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian University Press
(CUP) and adheres to CUP'S guiding principles.
All editorial content appearing in The Ubyssey is the property of The
Ubyssey Publications Society. Stories, opinions, photographs and
artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced without the
expressed, written permission of The Ubyssey Publications Society.
Letters to the editor must be under 300 words. Please include your
phone number, student number and signature (not for publication)
as well as your year and faculty with all submissions. ID will be
checked when submissions are dropped off at the editorial office of
The Ubyssey, otherwise verification will be done by phone.
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words and are run according to space
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Priority will be given to letters and perspectives over freestyles
unless the latter is time sensitive Opinion pieces will not be run
until the identity of the writer has been verified.
The Ubyssey reserves the right to edit submissions for length and
clarity.
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that if the Ubyssey Publications Society fails to publish an advertisement or if an error in the ad occurs the liability of the UPS will
not be greater than the price paid for the ad. The UPS shall not be
responsible for slight changes or typographical errors that do not
lessen the value or the impact of the ad.
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Megan Smyth rescued a stray dog named Scruffy from the psycho killer Adrianne Davidson. Malcolm Morgan didn't feel that
the killer was a threat to the dog, but Karen Long disaggreed.
Just then, Jesse Ferreras stormed in yelling. The US defense
budget is one billion a day.* Joel Libin could not believe it, but
Jesse Marchand had discovered the fact while doing research
for her Harlequin romance novel. Offended by the vulgar content of the novel, Sarah Bourdon exclaimed, "Oh myi' Dan
McRoberts and Alex Leslie debated the importance of bacon on
pizza. Then Scruffy started barking at Michelle Mayne who was
chatting with Nic Fensom about some top secret Ubyssey info.
Ania MaS thought that it concerned her, so she cross-examined
Eric Szeto and Paul Evans as a star witnesses. Carrie Robinson
put an end to her madness by revealing to truth. It was really
Yinan Max Wang and Jhenifer Pabillano who had stolen the
money out of Nolan HopWo's unicef box to purchase a rose for
Jessica Kim.
EDITORIAL GRAPHIC
Joel Libin
Canadian
Universiiy
Press
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How dare
you
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Human history has been plagued with countless acts of horrendous depravity and utter disregard for the welfare of others. But what
occurred last week in the Ubyssey office blows
the competition away.
A vile, contemptuous and utterly despicable
individual entered the office and stole money
from the UNICEF (United Nations
International Children's Emergency Fund) box
that was sitting on the wooden table between
the couches in our office lounging area, claiming well over $10 (and 30 cents) in the
process. We here at the Ubyssey, hope that
whatever this thief bought with his loot is
secretly possessed and haunted in his/her
dreams (by Chucky or Star Jones or something). Anyway, the point is that stealing from
sick, disabled and poverty-stricken children is
about as low as it gets. But in addition to that,
you stole from us and now we're mad.
There are a lot of things we could say to
make you come forward and admit to your vile
deed, but we won't Not because we can't, and
not because our editorial board couldn't take
your entire res floor blind-folded with only
toothpicks and a smallish grenade to defend
ourselves, but because it's a matter of honour.
We're being the bigger people here.
But, if we were to try to make you come forward, perhaps this is what would happen:
You would be the innocent country boy,
wanting to move to the city but not having the
nerve. We would be the worldly eccentric aunt
who comes to stay at the farm for the summer
and gives you to yourself in acts of intense passion in the sweet-smelling loft above the
mulchey pig run. (Note: plots to reclaim stolen
UNICEF earnings may or may not include
incest.) While the pink-snounted beasts oinked
sonorously below, providing a background
track for our love, we would make like the
beast with two backs. And then something
about your nether-purse. Ouch! Watch that zip-
perl You would succumb to us and the very
afternoon that we boarded the train to leave
your life forever, silently guiding us to where
you hid our UNICEF earnings (note: our earnings = your stealings) in your mother's cookie
jar. Then, taking them, we would board the
train to travel back for the city, looking out
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over the fields and knowing that their lonely
expanse was all you had until you died.
Or something like that. Sound dramatic?
We beg to differ. The whole idea of the culprit
coming forward could take any assortment of
twists and turns. At this point we just want you
all to know that stealing from charities is
majorly frowned upon, and that if after reading this you feel bad about something that you
stole (be it from the UNICEF or just from your
roommates wallet this morning), we urge you
to replace it by at least ten fold. Sexual favours
are accepted as legal tender also. Just talk to
one of our editors. ♦
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2005
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Spoonman fights to keep tapping
Montreal bylaw bans spoon-playing on Ste-Catherine;
city's most famous busker rallies residents'support
by Erika Meere
THE MCGILL DAILY
MONTREAL (CUP)-What is the
sound of one spoon tapping?
Montreal's most famous spoon
player is once again facing off with
city officials over the right to perform
in front of Ogilvy's department store.
For the past eight years, Cyrille
Esteve, known to many Montrealers
simply as 'Spoonman/ has been
playing the spoons in front of Ogilvy's
at the corner of Ste-Catherine and de
la Montagne.
While many hail Esteve as a symbol of traditional Quebecois culture
and praise him for spreading good
cheer on the bustling downtown
street, the musician also has his
detractors. Among them is Ogilvy's
president Bernard Pare, who has
complained he can hear the spoons
from his fifth-floor office.
About 30 similar complaints of
"noise pollution" prompted the city to
modify a bylaw to prohibit spoon-
playing on Ste-Catherine between
University and St-Mathieu streets as
of January 1. Other percussion instruments, such as the castanets and triangle, will still be permitted.
The 52-year-old Esteve rejects the
allegations, maintaining other
sounds, such as blaring car radios
and sirens, are far more disruptive
than his clicking wooden spoons.
T don't know how (Pare) can hear
the music on the fifth floor when you
can't even hear it on the first floor,"
he said. "The president must be a
bionic man to have such finely developed hearing."
"Long live the
spoons! Spoon
power !"
—Cyrille Esteve
"Spoonman*
Esteve suspects there may be
more sinister reasons for the antagonism from Ogilvy's.
"For me, they don't like me
because I play kitchen music in
front of their deluxe store," said
Esteve, whose story has garnered
widespread local and international media interest. Representatives
from Ogilvy's refused to comment
on the controversy.
Last month, Esteve gathered
2,000 signatures on a petition
protesting the bylaw and presented it
to Ville-Marie city councillor Louise
O'Sullivan-Boyne.
This demonstration of support
earned Esteve temporary immunity
from the bylaw. Meanwhile,
O'Sullivan-Boyne negotiated a compromise that would allow Esteve to
play his spoons in front of Ogilvy's
during the holiday season, but force
him to relocate to the front of Christ
Church Cathedral on Ste-Catherine
for the rest of the year.
"I don't want him begging on
the street. I'm trying to get him
to be even more visible... I'm
helping him/s said O'Sullivan-
Boyne, stressing she is trying to balance the noise complaints from
some taxpayers with the wishes of
the petition's signatories.
But Esteve vows to continue making music year-round at his favourite
corner. He pointed out, of the many
people who have heard his music
over the past eight years, only a handful complained.
"Keep up the music," said one
passerby. "I think it's ridiculous what
they're trying to do."
This is not the first time critics
have tried to silence the spoons.
In 1999, the city implemented a
bylaw that took a zero-tolerance
approach to all percussion instruments on city streets. Spoonman
transformed himself into "Accordion
Man," until former city councillor
Gerry Weiner pushed through an
amendment  that   exempted   cas-
MUSIC MAN: Wants to save the spoons, the mcgill daily/cup photo
tanets, triangles and spoons from
the bylaw.
This time around, Esteve wants to
let the people decide whether he
should stay or go. He is encouraging
Montreal residents to voice their
opinion by e-mailing an address set
up for him by a daily newspaper.
T expect people will vote that I
should keep playing here...I have
massive support from Montrealers
and from the media," said Esteve.
"Long live the spoons! Spoon
power!" ♦
vote in the ams elections
NEW - change in voting dates: Voting takes place Jan. 14 - 21,2005.
Voting will take place for the following positions: AMS Executives (President, VP Academic, VP
Administration, VP External, VP Finance), Board of Governors, and Senate. Note: The referendum
will run separate from the AMS Elections this year.
Find out who's running in this year's AMS elections and why at the following forums:
All Candidates Forum -Wed., Jan. 12 @ 12 noon, SUB Conversation Pit
Presidential Forum -Thurs., Jan. 12 @ 7 pm,Totem Residences
Presidential Forum - Tues., Jan. 18 @ 7 pm, SUB Conversation Pit
All Candidates Forum -Thurs., Jan.20 @ 12 noon,Vanier Residences
For more election updates and information on candidates, visit
http://www.ams.ubc.ca/elections.
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The Innovative Projects Fund (IPF) is an annual donation made by the
AMS to the University in an effort to aid the enrichment and
progressive development of the campus community. The IPF was
designed to provide a start-up funding pool for a broad range of
visible and innovative projects of direct benefit to students. Funding
can range from $3,000 to $5,000.
All UBC students, staff and faculty who have a vision for a new project
that does not duplicate existing resources are encouraged to apply.
For more information on the IPF and to download an application, visit
http://www.ams.ubc.ca under "IPF". Deadline is January 20,2005.
tsunami relief
TSUNAMI RELIEF - SUPPORT AMS FOOD & BEVERAGES
In January, all employees at AMS Food Services (including The Pendulum, Blue Chip Cookies,
Snack Attack, the moon, The Honour Roll, Pie R Squared, Bernoulli's Bagels and the Burger Bar) will
donate 100% of the tip money received to the tsunami relief efforts currently underway.
Each AMS restaurant will then match your generous donations dollar for dollar and after
January 31, we will issue a cheque to a recognized charitable organization that is providing
much needed aid throughout South East Asia. Thank you for your contributions!
5 KM RUN/WALK FOR TSUNAMI RELIEF PRESENTED BY UBC REC
Thursday January 13,2005 @ North Plaza SUB
Register at 12:00 race starts 12:40
Registration fee: $10 / person
AH funds raised for this event will be donated to the Red Cross relief efforts. Sign up at the
SRC or on-site with the Red Cross at the event. All donations over $10 will receive tax credits.
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Start your new year off by taking a break from academics and registering
for some fun and interactive courses offered through our AMS
Minischool.
New classes for Spring 2005 include Beginner's Photography, Beginner's
Acting, Drawing, and Sketching, Exotic Pole Dancing, and Highland Dancing.
Other courses include Traditional Indian Dance, Beginner's Sign Language,
Beginner's Photography, Relaxation Massage, Hatha Yoga and Minischool
Bartending.
Registration begins January 4,2005 and will continue until February 18th
at the AMS Administrative Office (2nd Floor, SUB). Classes are open to
UBC students and residents from the Vancouver area. Space is limited for
classes - so register soon!
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