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Array  2     Culture
ThSJJbyssey I October 26th, 2007
Calendar
November 26th
through
november 1si
FRI
26
Music
Stinkmitt/Fake Shark
Real Zombie/Ready
Set Die
Where: Backstage   1
Lounge, Grandville J'
Island
Time: 9pm
SAT
27
Talk
Warlords, Women's
Rights, and Foreign
Troops in Afghanistan
Where: Woodward
Instructional Resources
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Time: 8:15pm
Cost: FREE
)urces
SUN
No 2010 Olympics On
Stolen Native Land
28
Where: Ukrainian Hall
| Talk
Time: 6pm >>
Hear native activist
Ward Churchill speak
out about militarism
and corporatizationTT
TUES
Today, go live your
own life.
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WED
31
Film
Berkley in the 60s
Where: Norm Theatre
Time: 7pm
A documentary about
militant student /
political activity at the
University of California
Berkeley in the 1960s.
Social Code w/ Tupelo
Honey, Hunter
Valentine & Rides
Again
Where: Pit Pub
Time: 8pm
Cost: $10
Knoll-Aid
Knoll-Aid brought out
a range of performers
yesterday, including
Lawrence Johnson. A
member of the UBC
Guitar club, he played
two original songs yesterday afternoon, one
of which was the first
song he ever wrote, and
the other was about the
Grassy Knoll. For more
about Knoll-Aid, see our
coverage on Page 3.
DAVID ZHANG PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Finding fulfillment in a Robson restaurant
by Jeremy Irla and
Sarah Naiman
Culture Writers
Tropika
1128 Robson St.
Malaysian and Thai Cuisine
Total dinner for 2 with appetizers, tax, and no drinks: $35.03.
Ever wonder where you can
go for cheap, good food that is
student-friendly, has vegetarian options, and good looking
servers? We, Jer and Sar, are
on a mission to find great
vegetarian food that is inexpensive and minority friendly.
Sar grew up in a Jewish home
where the first thing you do after lunch, is think about what
to do for dinner. Jer is a gay
vegetarian from Alberta. Like
many students we are poor
and trying to eat healthy (unless it's exam time or there is
boy drama).
It started on a rainy day
last week. Sar was just dumped
and Jer was about to give up on
the boy he had been pursuing
without any luck. The solution?
Shopping on Robson! After
spending a month's grocery
money on clothes, we walked
into Tropika. It was a restaurant that was great for people
watching as it conveniently
overlooked Robson Street from
a second story window.
Initial impression: the waiter turned up his nose at Jer's
dirty HKin sweatpants and Sar's
slightly oversized Lulu's (it's not
her fault, she was a fat kid).
Starving and desperate for
instant gratification, we ordered a couple appies on the fly
including a vegetarian spring
roll ($1.50 each) and two orders
of Malay bread ($2.95).
Jer. What the spring roll unfortunately lacked in length and
girth, it makes up for in flavor
and price.
Sar: The Malay bread comes with
a moderately spicy, warm curry
dip. The appies came quick and
were well worth the price. Unfortunately, we're gonna have to
do some more shopping to burn
off the calories from all the oil.
But hey, what's comfort food
without a little fat?
Jer. For our main course, we decided to share coconut rice, the
Sayur Kari ($11.95)—a slightly
spicy vegetable curry bowl, and
a fantastic eggplant dish called
Terung Udang Kering ($11.95)
that normally comes with dried
shrimp. The server was more
than willing to accommodate
our request to make the dish
vegetarian. Sar, however, was
not impressed that the rice
wasn't included with the curry
dish.
Sar: The highlight of the meal
was the eggplant dish. Again,
not low in fat, but well seasoned, great texture (not mushy
as eggplant often is), and full of
flavor. The vegetable curry dish
was tasty, but a little heavy on
the cabbage, which came at the
expense of the other, more tasty,
vegetables.
Service was quick and the
waiter made sure our water
glasses were always full, but it
did help that the restaurant was
nearly empty. If you are looking
for charismatic and friendly
servers you can stare at for
hours, this place isn't for you.
However, the atmosphere was
warm and the bathrooms were
clean (super important). All in
all, we left full and content, but
possibly half a size bigger.
Being on Robson, Tropika
is close to the major downtown
bus routes, but don't bother
trying to find a parking spot
during peak hours as it will
cost more than your meal.
In the rain it may be a bit of
a walk from the bus stop, but
well worth the trip. \a
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BYSSEY
October 26th, 2007
Vol. LXXXIX N°15
Editorial Board
coordinating editor
Champagne Choquer
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Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Champagne Choquei and her Oker Chen.
In their desperate quest to discover a cure for Mathew Jewkes' foot odor, which was more
disruptive to their foiled rendezvous than even Mathew Hayles' Bette Midler tributes, Shun
Endo, Jordan Chittley, Ian Bickis, Justin McElroy,and David Zhang River dancing thwarted them
Unspeakable horrors were they subjected to as the four proceeded to recruit Heward Langley,
Jorge Amigo, and Trevor Melanson to the gravity-defying feat of flexibility. Leprechaun gold
however, was nothing compared to the glistening meat ball-headed locks of Celestian Rince
in full Sailor Moon garb, complete with a miniskirt and a bootilicios bow pinned on by Paul
Succi. This apparition ignored the howlsof the thoroughly traumatized Sabrina Marchand, Levi
Sarnett,and Kristine Sostar, and instead offered to vaporize the offending performers with his
deadly spinning tiara. He was unable to make good on this before Robert Boerse stole it from
his hand, screaming "my Precious!" Samantha Jung created adiversionso Jeremy Irla and Sarah
Naiman could dive-bomb him Claudia Li shined it with Miss Stephanie Taylor's All-Purpose
Magical Polish, using Stephanie Findla/s shirt as a rag, before trying to return the diadem to
its owner. She inquired of Marie Burgoyne after the whereabouts of the now-disappeared
would-be heroine to discover that Jacob McNeil, Boris Korby and Brandon Adams had dragged
him off to the Land of Rubber Room. Of course, it would have been easier if Humira Hamid
had thought to inject him with the most powerful sedative known to man, invented by Kellan
Higgins. After all this,a shocked exclamation from Goh Iromoto made it evident that the two
lovers had escaped by their own means.
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Culture     3
Knoll-Aid sticks it to the 'man'
by Paul Bucci
Culture Editor
The birds were singing, the sun
was shining, and the Grassy
Knoll was still standing.
Itwas a good day.
Yesterday, the Trek Park coalition put on Knoll-Aid, a guerilla concert meant to raise awareness about development plans
involving the Grassy Knoll.
Bands from Vancouver and
UBC gathered to help "save the
Knoll." The call-response from
the stage showed a strong anti-
establishment attitude within
the crowd. Calls for more green
space, and a strong community
centre were predominant in the
shout-outs from bands.
"Trek Park is a great student
union here trying to fight the
UBC administration doing what
they please," said Rob Hill, from
the band Brave by Numbers. Hill
was involved in getting some of
the 13 bands together to play the
concert.
"We actually had to say no to
some acts and turn them away
since so many wanted to do it,"
said Ed Durgan, a key member of
the organisation, "We've had no
help from the University or the
AMS at all. It's really been a stone
soup kind of an organisation.
"It's kind of the next step in
our protest here...there are a lot
of musicians on campus who are
interested in our cause, and we
thought this would be a good way
to continue to drive our message,
get more people involved."
The crowd was very responsive to the anti-establishment
sentiment being espoused. Cries
of "fuck the man," and "save the
Knoll" peppered the brief moments between songs and rally-
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DAVID ZHANG PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
The UBC Guitar Club, as well as many other UBC musicians, artists, and activists came out in force to support the Trek Park Knoll-aid concert on Thursday.
Trek park is a great
student union here
trying to fight the UBC
administration doing
what they please.
Rob Hill,
Brave by Numbers
ing chants.
"Fuck the system. Play music. That's why we're here. Play
a concert, " said George Prior,
vice-president of the UBC guitar
club. "Nice, bright weather outside, guitars, and, barring any
technical difficulties, stick it to
the man. We don't know who the
man is. But it's the man. Play
music. It's a concert."
Most there were in support of
a free student space on campus.
"It goes to show what we
can do when we have a free
space on campus where you
don't have to pay money to
justify your existence there,
said Wren Innes, a performer.
"When people have their own
space to do whatever they want,
magical things happen, which
is what the park has been about
from the beginning...We really
need a place like this."
According     to     Stephanie
Ratjen, a founding member of
Trek Park, the effort is paying
off.
"Instead of approving all
three phases, they've said that
they'll just deal with the first
phase. Stephen Toope has said
the entire above ground bus
loop would start from square
one. The fact that he said that is
a pretty significant victory, and
it's something we're planning
on holding him to." \a
ur wine connoisseur
Robert Boerse
explains which vintage to
buy for that special date
by Robert Boerse
Culture Writer
How do you know what to
get when you go to a wine
store? (If all you want to do
is get drunk, I suggest you
skip this article...) Say for
instance you are going to
a dinner party or you want
to pick up something nice
for, well, someone nice. You
walk into the store and all
these anonymous bottles
stare you down. Where, oh
where to begin?
Wine...It's not like
clothes; we can't try on the
wine. And unlike a book, we
can't crack it open, read the
first page and paragraph to
see if we like it.
It's great to come to a
dinner party well-prepared
or find the perfect wine
for your romantic evening
(although I confess two reds
got me in trouble over the
summer so watch the alcohol content).
Working in the industry
off and on for the past few
years, I've had a chance to
learn a lot about this fine
beverage. I found the majority of what I was asked
in the retail environment
followed a basic script of
determining who the customer was buying for, the
occasion, and what one
personally preferred. Often
when I talked to people,
they knew what they liked
and what they wanted to
get but just couldn't decide.
Here are some tips—some
from myself, the rest from
those who taught me:
1. Climate determines
product.
When you look at a map
of the world, the bulk of wine
is produced between 30° N
and 50° N latitude. France,
Italy, and Spain of the Old
World, along with the US
in the New World make up
a large percentage of wine
made in these latitudes.
Wines from a warmer area
will traditionally be higher
in alcohol with a fuller body
(body refers to "mouthfeel",
how heavy it feels on your
palette), while a white from
Germany or New Zealand's
south island will be higher
in acidity (the mouth-watering sensation at the front of
your mouth) and lower in
alcohol and lighter in body.
Red grapes tend to need a
longer growing season to
ripen, whereas white grapes
can survive in a cooler climate. Depending on the
variety, knowing where it
is from will help you determine what kind of wine you
might want.
2. New World wines are
often "fruitier" than Old
World wines.
California Cabernet Sau-
vignon and Merlot, Australian Shiraz and Riesling are
all much fruitier versions
of Old World varieties. If
you like what is called "fruit
forward" or "fruit bomb"
wines—wines that are bursting with red and black fruit
(for reds) and tropical and
see "If the wine" I page 04 4     Culture
ThSJJbyssey I October 26th, 2007
The Ubyssey's ByElection: Volunteers Coordinator
The following people have until Tuesday to vote:
Paul Bucci
Levi Barnett
Joe Rayment
Kellan Higgins
Champagne Choquer
OkerChen
Brandon Adams
Boris Korby
Matthew Jewkes
Jordan Chittley
Humaira Hamid
Michael Bround
Marie Burgoyne
Connie Do
Shun Endo
Stephanie Findlay
Isabel Ferreras
Jesse Ferreras
Matthew Hayles
Goh Iromoto
James Johnson
Samantha Jung
Julie Kang
Claudia Li
Sabrina Marchand
Jacon McNeil
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Paul Szczesny
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'If the wine has a fuller body, it's better to have a
richer food to match'
from "How to" | page 03
stone fruit notes and aromas
(for whites)—then you might like
New World wines.
Since the rise of wine critic
Robert Parker in the early 1980s,
the industry of wine making has
made wines richer in flavour.
The New World was quick to
respond to Parker's palette, as
Elin McCoy, a journalist from
the New York Times and Food
& Wine magazine notes in her
book on Parker, The Emperor of
Wine.
Top producers in the USA
over the past three decades
have manipulated their crop
yield to produce fruit-explosive
wines that appealed to Parker's
palette. A wine he rated 90+ in
his journal, The Wine Advocate,
usually became a best-seller
overnight and winemakers
were able to cash in on demand
for their wines. This is why you
might find American wines
priced at $100 and up. Unlike
the Old World, with a winemak-
ing tradition that goes back hundreds of years, American wines
were "in" because of an American critic's opinion. On the
whole, New World wines in all
price ranges are much "fruitier"
because of Parker.
3. The seven noble varieties
usually deliver on expectation.
In my first level classes at the
Art Institute, instructors focus
solely on tasting the three noble
whites (Riesling, Sauvignon
Blanc and Chardonnay) and four
noble reds (Cabernet Sauvignon,
Merlot, Shiraz/Syrah and Pinot
Noir). By noble, my instructors
meant they were grown throughout the world (with the exception
of Pinot Noir which requires the
right climate) and their distinct
character and flavour profile is
fairly consistent. With Riesling,
think apples and citrus fruit;
with Sauvignon Blanc, think
citrus as well but with gooseberries. Chardonnay is a bit trickier:
see Tip 4 below. In regards to
reds, Cabernet Sauvignon and
Merlot have red and black fruit
character (strawberries, black
currant for the former, plums
and dark cherries for the latter).
Shiraz/Syrah is a spicier grape
with darker fruit whereas Pinot
Noir is a lighter wine, with light
red fruits and closer to the high
acidity levels of most whites
(ideal with salmon).
Top producers in the
USA over the past
three decades have
manipulated their crop
yield to produce fruit-
explosive wines that
appealed to the palette.
4. Sometimes regions lend a
different character.
Chardonnay is trickier to pin
down because it is the chameleon grape. Unlike Pinot Noir
and other reds which needs a
certain growing season to ripen
and deliver, Chardonnay grows
well everywhere. In California
it is often matured in oak, often
called "wooded" or "oaked" Chardonnay, which gives it a buttery
feel on the palette. The white
taste less like fruit and more like
the vanilla from the oak.
In Australia, Chardonnay
takes  on  a tropical  character
with pineapple and mango
notes. In France, you find apple,
pear and citrus, depending on
the region yet again. Chablis
produces mineral and yeastlike Chardonnay with apple
flavours, whereas Burgundy
is more subtle with fruit and
other delicate flavours. With
other varieties like Sauvignon
Blanc from New Zealand and
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
there is a zing of green pepper.
If you like the refreshing zest of
a vegetable component in your
wine you might like it, or you
might not.
5. With food pairing, just remember what not to do.
Tannins, which cause the
drying sensation at the sides
of your mouth, don't pair well
with some foods. Tannins and
fish don't go together because
the oil in the fish doesn't sit
well with the astringent quality
of the wine. And if you want a
wine with dessert, always get a
wine higher in sugar like an ice
wine, a French Sauternes, Hungarian Tokay, or a late harvest
wine. If the wine you are drinking has a lower sugar concentration than your dessert, it will
taste sour.
A wedding tip: Asti is the
better sparkling wine with wedding cake. It is sweet and cheap.
Champagne is rarely ever sweet
and rarely inexpensive. Also
try Cava, a sparkling wine from
Spain, for toasts—same quality,
same wine-making methods but
again fairly inexpensive.
6. With food pairing, remember these few simple tips:
Cheese is a protein. Red
wine has tannins. Tannins go
well with protein. So cheese and
red wine is safe. Also if the wine
has a fuller body, it's better to
have a richer food to match.
This is why whites, traditionally
being lighter in body than reds,
go well with fish and chicken
and reds are suited up with red
meats. Salads and white wine
are also safe provided the wines
are high in acidity. Sauvignon
Blanc is pretty safe here but
also think about what you put
in the salad. If the Chardonnay
is oaked, serve it up with a buttered chicken.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, most experts are divided.
White wine or red wine, whatever you decide. Turkey is complicated to pair wines with. It depends on what you are serving
the turkey with. It never really
matters. With the wine and the
turkey, most people fall asleep
before they begin to suspect the
wrong wine was brought to the
table.
7. Find the right wine store
and talk to their staff.
The best thing, in my personal opinion and in that of Kevin
Zraly, author of the perennial
classic Windows on the World
Guide to Wine, is get to "know
your local wine merchant." In
a world where the super market reigns and the local grocer
is a faded dust memory in the
minds of our parent's generation, the local wine retailer is
the best place to start for advice.
Nine times out of ten wine staff
know their stuff.
8. If all else fails, just pick a
bottle.
If you like lager beer, pick a
white. If you like coffee, pick a red.
Start with what you like already
and try to find similarities. \j October 26th, 2007 | ThjIJjbyssey
Culture     5
The benefits of going organic for students
IORGE AMIGO PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/ THE UBYSSEY
The basic debate on whether or not to "goorganic"is compounded by the efficiencies of industry versus the ethicality of more natural farming methods. Sometimes you gotta go with your gut.
by Kristine Sostar
Culture Writer
Organic food. It's supposedly
healthier, but often its price
does not agree with a student
lifestyle. The notion of eating
organic, though popular, can be
misunderstood.
First, what exactly is organic
food? Foods have to be grown in
ways that conform to a number
of standards to receive organic
certification. Seeds must be
non-genetically modified, grown
without certain pesti/herbi/
fungicidal sprays or certain
fertilizers, and planted in soil
that has not been so treated for
a time span that can reach up
to a decade. In Canada farmers
must pay to receive the organic
certification examination, and
the claim is regulated by agricultural organizations, so not just
any product can claim to have
organic origins. The process of
inspection, combined with the
Industrial food nowadays
are not bred for taste or
nutrition, but instead to
be able to travel well.
A tomato is now being
bred to fit in a box and
travel over 4000km.
Gavin Wright,
Coordinator at the UBC Farm
higher costs of growing without
many chemical aids is part of
what lends hand to the higher
price of organic foods.
One of the main selling
points for the increased costs is
perceptions of safety. Although it
is difficult to pinpoint the exact
consequences of pesticides and
many of the chemicals used in
conventional farming, only 25%
of organic produce have any
trace amounts of these, reducing
the possible risk.
"Industrial food nowadays
are not bred for taste or nutrition, but instead to be able to
travel well. A tomato is now
being bred to fit in a box and
travel over 4000 km," says Gavin
Wright, Outreach and Education
coordinator for the UBC Farm.
There are many places
around Vancouver and UBC
campus that cater to an organic
lifestyle. The UBC Farm provides
many opportunities to not only
become acquainted with organic
foods, but also with the lifestyle
and production.
"There are a number of volunteer opportunities available
and the goal is to learn, to create
'urban farmers,'" says Wright.
"Students run a farm geared toward students that meets teaching, research and community
goals.
Choosing to consume organic and non-refined foods to
avoid preservatives can have a
positive effect on not only the
environment and community,
but also your body, energy and
appearance.
"People eating organic are
more aware of their diet so there
is a correlation with better diet
habits all around," points out
Christine Seaman, an associate
professor in the Faculty of Land
and Food Sciences. The best part
is that it is not difficult, or neces-
People eating organic
are more aware of their
diet so there is a correlation with better diet
habits all around.
Dr. Christine Scaman,
Assistant Prof. Land and Food Sciences
sarily much more expensive, to
make some changes towards an
organic and healthier lifestyle.
A very easy way to adopt this
routine is to turn to alternatives
for some of the foods already in
your diet. Instead of using regular white or brown sugar, use
unrefined organic sugars like
ground cane sugar or even some
types of honey.
For those who are concerned
about their Friday night, not to
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alternative. There is wine that is
made from organic grapes, and
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to it. Many claim that this also
helps avoid any sort of unpleasant feeling post consumption.
Going organic does not have
to be daunting, even to a student.
There are so many ways to implement aspects of it into your daily
schedule that you do not have to
completely change your lifestyle.
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THE ETHICS OE ARTIEICI AL INTELLIGENCE
By Trevor Melanson
Staff writer
The Flesh Fair was jam-packed
with eager spectators. But eagerness turned into scepticism as the
young-looking mecha boy walked
out. Still, they chained him
to the stage.
"Don't  make   me
die!" he pleaded for
his life. "I'm David,
I'm David, I'm David!"
A halo of light bulbs illuminated his face, revealing
an unmistakable expression of
fear. David seemed as frightened
as any human had ever been.
"See how they try to imitate our
emotions now!" the announcer proclaimed. "Whatever performance
this sim puts on, remember we
are only demolishing artificiality!
Let he who is without 'sim' cast the
first stone."
The 2001 film Al: Artificial Intelligence imagines our world in a
not-too-distant future. In it, robots
have become an essential part of
humanity, serving its ever-increasing needs. But as one might expect,
their service is not welcomed by
all, and to be sure, many resent
them—and many take pleasure in
destroying them.
This scenario leads us to ask the
question how we ought to treat robots. This is something that might
seem less relevant in
contemporary society, where our
machines are
nowhere near
the complexity
of human
beings. Yet a future with intelligent
robots may come sooner than we
think. Will we be prepared to integrate them into our lives, and will
they warrant ethical treatment, or
perhaps even require it?
We are familiar with machines
attending to our needs, but it may
be called upon us to return the
favour.
From factory
to family
Richard Rosenberg, a former
UBC professor of computer science,
researches artificial intelligence, as
well as its social implications.
He argues that there have been
a lot of bad predictions regarding
Al advancement. It is very difficult
to foretell, and "there are people
who have said that within twenty
to thirty years, mid 21st century,
we'll have smarter robots."
A good place to look at the rate of
progress, according to Rosenberg,
is Japan. The Japanese "are working
very hard on moving robots out of
factories, out of plants, into homes.
They have an aging population.
They're short of people to take care
of old people, and we will be as well
with the declining birthrate. But
they're facing the problem more
immediately, and what appears to
be the case is that every other day
there's an announcement of yet
another Japanese robot that can do
something interesting for serving
people: preparing meals, making
sure an older person takes medicine and so on."
"All of that are steps on the
way," he continued. "I'm not sure
we'll see  a breakthrough.  What
we'll see is incremental improvement  and   at  some
point we might want to
say that robots, at least
in the tasks assigned,
are    performing    in
ways   comparable   to
humans."
David  Levy,   an  Al
researcher at the University of Maastricht, certainly
seems to think this is true. He
was recently awarded his PhD
for his thesis, "Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners." He
proposes that we will see sex with
robots in five years, and marriage
with them in fifty.
"At first, sex with robots might
be considered geeky, but once you
have a story like 1 had sex with a
robot and it was great!' appear in
a magazine like Cosmo, I'd expect
many people to jump on the bandwagon," Live Science quoted him
saying. "Love and sex with robots
are inevitable."
So just what are robots capable
of? In my experience, people tend
to be very sceptical of claims that
suppose robots have the potential
to be like us. But it is difficult to
say. I reiterated the question to
Rosenberg.
"I don't see in principle why
there is a limitation on [their potential]," he answered. "The tasks are
very complex, but...I have no doubt
that in principle it's possible for
robots to be as smart as we are."
How to treat
a robot
The thought that robots could
be so humanlike raises important
moral questions, the least of which
is not how to treat them.
"It used to be that animal rights,
for example, according to Immanu-
el Kant, were really indirect in the
sense that we owed an animal a
duty more because it reflected on
how we as humans were," David
Calverley, a former attorney now
researching bioethics, told Phoenix
radio station KJZZ.
"In the last thirty years, the
argument has been made that animals should be given certain rights
because of their status," Calverley
explained. "They are living beings
however you want to define that
it's a very complex task. And then
the question becomes if you can
create a machine that emulates
some of those same characteristics
that we're willing to ascribe rights
to animals for, why is there a principle distinction, or should their be
a distinction."
According to Rosenberg, if we
expect robots to give us special
treatment, to not cause us any
harm, then "we're going to have to
treat them...as just different types
of people, and [not] cogitate so
much about [questions such as] are
they as smart as us, are they not,
are they doing the right thing, and
so on."
"They're just other kinds of beings in this world," he added.
This certainly seems to make a
lot of sense. And yet it is realistic
to assume that many people will
not welcome these "other kinds of
beings" so warmly. For varying reasons, I would expect, perhaps coupled with a fear of the unknown.
"I think that the initial stages
will be very cautious and very
concerned, and [people] will treat
[robots] as potentially dangerous,"
Rosenberg told me. "You may or
may not let them stay in your house
overnight. They may be in a shed
next door, who knows."
Friend or foe?
The prospect of dangerous
robots has certainly been a very
popular one in science fiction.
Films such as The Terminator and
The Matrix envision a world where
humans are at war with machines.
And in the television series Battle-
star Galactica, the human-made
Cylons almost completely wipe us
out.
These fictions sprout from a hypothesis known as the technological
singularity, a supposition that has
some Al enthusiasts concerned. It
proposes that smarter-than-human
machines might one day hasten
technological progress beyond human aptitude. The worry is that
machines might have goals that
are detrimental to human beings,
as well as the ability to overcome
our resistance to them.
Of course, this is all very speculative, and not necessarily even
suggestive. The popularity of the
hypothesis likely results from its
effectiveness as a plot device in science fiction more than anything.
"There's no guarantee that
they're not dangerous ever," Rosenberg admitted. "But we could have
errors as well. We have genetic
problems and there are errors in
us, and you don't know at what
point some person's going to do
some crazy thing. I mean every day
now there's somebody in the states
shooting people."
The last word
It seems to me that there are two
ways to look at the issue of ethics and
robots. On the one hand, there is the
ethical, which asks us if we have a
moral obligation to intelligent machines. And on the other hand, there
is the practical, where we must consider if our treatment of robots will
be reflected in how they treat us.
If we are to contemplate our
moral obligation, we have to ask
what such a thing entails. We have
to ask questions about ourselves.
What makes us so morally significant? We might answer the question with a checklist of answers,
asserting the different dimensions
of our intelligence: our emotions,
our ability for abstract thought
and artistic creation, and so forth.
And then the question becomes if
we can recreate these intellectual
elements in robots, do we have a
moral obligation to them, and what
sort of moral obligation is it?
As for the practical, where we
are concerned with issues such as
the singularity, we should consider
how they mighttreatus if we choose
to abuse them. If our answers are
cause for concern, then perhaps
we should ponder, instead, positive ways to treat robots that will
harbour a positive relationship
between them and us.
In the end, it might be best to
view robots simply as an extension of humanity. We are creating
them for us, but we are also creating them like us. And maybe, just
maybe, this suggests thatwe should
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UBC athletics book records 100 years of
dominating the Canadian sports scene
by Ian Bickis
Sports Writer
Athletics have always been an
integral part of great institutions
such as rowing at Oxford and
Cambridge, football at Notre
Dame, or basketball at UCLA.
While sports at UBC may not
be as famous as these examples,
there are over a century of championships and exciting moments.
A new book by Don Wells, former
athletics department marketing
and communications manager,
documents the integration of
athletics at UBC with impressive
detail, but in going to such depth
the book may lose its appeal to
a larger audience. Flight of the
Thunderbirds also includes some
great photos of UBC athletes
standing on international podi-
ums and pitching in the major
leagues.
While the book often gets
bogged down in numbers and
statistics, ignoring some thrilling
stories, it does include the anecdote about when the team name
went to a school vote and the majority chose the "Seagulls". A less
democratic method was used to
settle upon Thunderbirds. However, seagulls would make sense
given how plentiful and large the
ones on campus are.
Flight of the Thunderbirds celebrates a full century of varsity
sport on Point Grey, beginning
in 1908 when UBC was still the
McGill University College of British Colombia. The school had
its first sports team 100 years
ago despite UBC not officially
opening until 1915. It goes on to
trace the evolution of sport here,
showing how it has helped shape
the school.
"[It] helps to produce outstanding graduates," said Wells,
after being asked why sports
are important for education. "It
helps them to become focused
and disciplined and acquire all
those skills and habits that make
people successful throughout
their life."
Athletics at UBC have also
helped establish UBC's reputation nationally, and even internationally. He continued to say that
sports have "helped to polish its
image even more."
Wells writes in the last chapter how athletic scholarships
could   further   improve   UBC's
competitiveness, and in so
doing, its international standing. But Canadian Interuniver-
sity Sport still restricts any such
scholarships, on the grounds
that it "taints the purely amateur
sanctity of university sport."
There are lots of financial opportunities to support UBC athletics scholarships, writes Wells,
including supportive alumni and
corporate donors.
Wells believes it's more a lack
of effort that is stopping Canada
from having sports scholarships.
"I think the most un-Canadian
thing we can do is to stand by and
let 3500 of the best and brightest
student athletes a year go to US
schools," said Wells.
Going into the 21st century,
it is unclear what direction varsity sports at UBC will take. Bob
Philip, director of UBC Athletics
and Recreation, is firmly committed to improving funding opportunities here at UBC, including the possibility of moving to
American leagues. This is nothing new for UBC, as one learns
from reading the book.
This final chapter is more engaging than the rest, despite its
one-sided approach to the issue.
There are some obvious frustrations and passions at work here,
something that seems to be missing elsewhere.
"Research, that's the hard
part, writing, that comes second,"
said Wells. And the research is
indeed thorough thanks to the
hard work of Fred Hume. The
writing is clear and concise. But
there seems to be little character
or personality in the book. Athletics are in large part about camaraderie and having fun, and yet
the book reads more like a score
sheet than a lively history.
"The people that want this
book are going to be people that
played, or families of people
who played, I don't really see it
having wide appeal," said Wells.
The endless names, dates and
acronyms indeed become onerous to the outsider without direct loyalty to the Thunderbirds.
But Wells said that he aspired to
write a book "that wouldn't look
out of place on anyone's coffee
table."
The book sells for $39.95 and
is available at the UBC bookstore
or online through the bookstore
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Men's V-ball take on former champs in opener
by Justin McElroy
Sports Writer
Over the next few weeks we'll
take a look at the volleyball and
basketball teams that will be inhabiting War Memorial Gym for
the next four months. Starting
off this series is a preview of the
men's volleyball season, which
enters this year ranked a heady
#3 in the nation.
The 2006-2007 Season, in
SO Words or Less: Led by the
dynamic duo of Andrew Bonner
and German import Christoph
Eichbaum, UBC advanced to the
CIS Nationals for the first time in
17 years. Unfortunately, a loss in
the semifinals to Winnipeg derailed their dreams of gold. They
settled for a fourth place finish.
Departures: The 'Birds were
dealt a blow when Christoph Eichbaum decided to return home
to Germany for family reasons.
Others leaving the team during
the offseason include starter Kyle
Duperron, along with subsitutes
Colin Bell, Spencer Holowachuk,
and Ian Simpson.
Arrivals: Steve Gotch will get
a chance to play after redshirt-
ing all of last season and will be
counted on to fill the void left by
Eichbaum on the left side. Fifth-
year transfer player Graham
Sigalet from Malaspina College
is expected to be the No. 2 setter
on the team. But the big story
this off season was the recruitment of five highly talented high
school players by head coach
Richard Schick. Of the five, look
for Vancouverites Robert Bennett and Joe Cordonier to make
an immediate impact.
The Leader: Andrew Bonner.
"He plays with so much effort and
so much passion, that he really is
a great example to our younger
players," said coach Schick about
his fifth-year starter. In the final
year of an illustrious career with
the Thunderbirds, it will be up to
Men's Volleyball
regular season
  schedule
2007-08
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Members of the men's volleyball team practice the day before their opener.
In the pre-season, he's shown
himself to be up to the task,
with a pair of 15 kills per games
against Thomson Rivers and the
University of Hawaii. But can he
continue to ensure UBC has a
balanced attack on both sides of
Bonner to provide the will (and
the kills) to propel this team to
the top of the CIS.
The Wild Card: Steve Gotch.
Brought in from Calgary lastyear,
Schick expects "big things" out of
the fifth-year front line player.
the court the entire season?
The Sleeper: Joe Cordonier.
Like a good assembly line product, Cordonier after Cordonier
enters the UBC volleyball program (this being the third one in
the last seven years), each one a
solid player, and Joe is no exception. Described by Schick as having "outstanding work ethic and
competitive drive," Cordonier is
an excellent blocker. He is being
groomed to be a cornerstone of
this team for years to come. Can
he break out?
Burning Question: Can the
Thunderbirds scrape their way
through the logjam at the top of
the Canada West Conference? For
years, schools in BC and the prairie provinces have dominated
CIS men's volleyball. Last year
the top four teams in the nation
all came from western Canada. If
the T-Birds are to be a favourite
come February playoff time, they
will need to show consistency in
competition against the likes of
Winnipeg, Trinity Western, and
Alberta—something they failed
to do lastyear.
In Conclusion: With the
core of the team largely in tact,
the men's volleyball team has a
legitimate shot at doing something that it hasn't been able
to accomplish since 1983—win
the CIS National Championship.
With Bonner and Gotch attacking
the net, andjared Krause setting
them up, this is a team that has
an exciting blend of youth and experience that should serve them
well as the season progresses.
Coach Schick believes that the
team will continue to develop
and improve throughout the regular season. When they get to the
giant crapshoot that is the single-
elimination CIS tournament,
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Francis falls to SI jinx
in Sox slaughter
It turns out that the Sports Illustrated jinx still applies.
Former UBC baseball star
and Colorado Rockies starting
pitcher Jeff Francis gave up six
runs over four innings to the
Boston Red Sox in game one of
the World Series Wednesday
night. This was part of Boston's
13-1 slaughter of the Rockies
that came less than two weeks
after Francis was featured on the
cover of Sports Lllustrated.
"I made mistakes and they
took advantage of it," Francis
told reporters after the game,
though he noted that nerves had
nothing to do with it.
After growing up in the
Lower Mainland, Francis maybe
used to it pouring but nothing
could have prepared him for this
torrential downpour. The first
batter he faced smacked one out
of the park and it didn't let up
from there. Apparently jinxes do
apply to Canadians, unlike what
Rockies teammate Cory Sullivan
thought earlier.
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Trek park: paradise or parking lot?
Congratulations! Knoll-Aid
was full of more good, clean
fun than we at the Ubyssey
have had in a long time. In fact,
yesterday's Knoll-Aid went as well
as any of its organisers could have
anticipated. Students showed up,
and the clouds (and cops) didn't.
For the duration of the event,
the Grassy Knoll was in fact used
as a public space, and anyone
who wanted could be a part of
Trek Park. A range of musical acts
played, from coffee-shop style single guitar players to a raging metal
band in the afternoon composed
solely of Totem Park and Vanier
residents.
But behind it all, literally right
behind the concert, was a 'park'
that, while obviously tidied up,
still has been looking pretty run
down over the past weeks.
Water-logged couches, puddles
of rotting leaves, and planter boxes
filled with soaked cardboard and
other bits of garbage all litter the
place also known as "the people's
park". Despite Trek Park activists'
best attempts to make the area a
youthful, student oriented space
to protest the University's development of the Grassy Knoll, the
outward appearance and lack of ac
tive involvement have left students
confused by the wreckage sitting
south of the SUB.
Erected on the first day of
school, September saw Trek Park
as a place where University Square
and underground bus loop protesters could congregate to challenge
UBC's development. But once the
rainy season hit campus, the fun
filled protests turned into washed-
out sod sitting in a parking lot.
Trek Park hasn't kept up the
well-maintained face it needs to
be taken seriously. If the goal of
the park was to change the course
of campus construction, then it
should have kept up its message.
If the intent was to create a meaningful public space, more activities
could have been planned. But it
appeared to fizzle out, giving UBC
developers the ability to say that
Trek Park activism and student
opposition to certain types of development had withered.
Instead of helping to create
more dialogue on campus, specifically dialogue regarding University
Square construction, the decrepit
and haphazard image that Trek
Park protesters are maintaining
only delegitimises the issue in the
eyes of the University administra
tion and more moderate students.
While we admire what the
Trek Park organisers are doing,
the eyesore that is Trek Park is a
symptom of larger problems. The
fact that the park was able to erode
makes it look like the University's
development doesn't take precedence for students.
Furthermore, the promise of
Trek Park serving as reclaimed
public space didn't seem to pan
out: despite the success of Knoll-
Aid, it never gained traction as a
place where students could congregate, think among themselves, and
pass the time free of the corporat-
ist mindset that increasingly characterises much of UBC. Instead the
site laid fallow, with several tired
signs pointing to its promising
beginning.
This speaks to the reality of
Trek Park. There is a core group of
students who actually care about
the longterm future of this University, dedicated to saving the Grassy
Knoll and everything it symbolises.
But whether there actually are
enough people interested in working on the issue of greenspace and
going beyond simply signing a
petition remains to be seen.
Oh, and when's Knoll Aid 2?
iMTREETERS
Streeters is a weekly column
in which students are asked a
question related to UBC events.
What do you think of the current state of the Trek Park protest?
Cameron O'Donnell,
SFU student
"I think
this is great,
people are showing a sense of
community,
a sense of support...It's a step
towards students
having a voice."
Stephen Tan,
Biology 4
"I;
;uess its more
of
a passive protest...
It's kind of crummy
but conveys the image of conserving
green space."
Curtis Bennett,
Forestry 2
"It seems like
they've kind of hit a
lull because of the
bad weather, but
I think it's going
pretty strong...
and there's a lot of
people who want
to keep [the Grassy
Knoll] around."
Jeremy Withers,
Arts 2
"I think that Trek
Park is a really
great thing. I think
it's starting to
lose momentum
because it's
been there so long."
Rory March,
Arts 5
"Definitely in
terms of community building and
awareness, I think
it is [helping]. It's
looking a little
shiesty but it's full
of love—I think
it's good enough to
send the message."
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your
opinion.
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world
what you
think.
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feedback@ubyssey.bc.ca October 26th, 2007 | ThjIJjbyssey
 News   11
Voluntourism: Is the cause worth the cost?
by Marie Burgoyne
News Staff
We've all seen the ads—the ones that
appeal to our cynicism caused by and
manifested in the haze of pollution and
the forest carnage we're constantly seeing. Or maybe they get us with guilt over a
baby's lack of milk as we casually sip our
over-priced, non-fat, extra-hot chai lattes.
Or maybe they just latch onto pure pragmatism. After all, who doesn't know that
employers love a resume that screams
"responsible global citizen"?
Whatever the reason, volunteering
abroad has become one of the biggest
trends among students who, for one reason or another, are temporarily turned-off
of the idea of being students. Organisations such as TravelCuts, YouLead, and
International Student Volunteers (ISV)
are ever present on campus, offering
opportunities in environmental conservation, humanitarian aid, and general experiential work.
"[We offer] something for every faculty," said Hayfa Abichahine of YouLead,
promising a rewarding context for your
coursework. Personal growth is a common theme across organisations, and was
emphasised particularly by three former
ISV participants who went to places like
Australia. However, it is also agreed upon
that a large amount of self-reflection is
necessary in describing placement preferences. Despite the cliche, it seems that
the experience really is what you make it,
given the almost mind-boggling variety of
options.
Most agencies offer placements in dozens of countries (21 in YouLead's case),
both developed and developing. Generally, costs run from about $2000-$5000,
not including airfare and incidental
expenses ($3295 CDN for a 4-week trip,
mid-range ISV trip), with reduction incen-
GOH IROMOTO PHOTOS / THE UBYSSEY
Photographer Goh Iromoto snapped these
photographs while volunteering in Nepal.
tives for early registration, group placements, and multiple countries in a single
trip. Honestly though, who wouldn't pay
that much just to avoid the hassle of applying for a visa?
Assignments can last anywhere from
two weeks to 12 months, many with the
option of recreational excursions during
the work, for about an extra $ 1000 per
outing of course. Mind you the extras
usually require a significant amount of
physical fitness—white-water rafting, anyone?—though most packages come with
insurance in the event of a massive heart
attack. Hence, the new age of "voluntourism" is going strong.
But, like any new fad, it necessitates a
dose of common sense that is often lacking. Make sure when traveling anywhere
abroad to make two copies of all impor
tant documents such as passports, one to
be kept with the traveler separately from
the original, and the other to be left with
friends or family. Travelers should also
be wary of any deadlines or expiry dates
and plan to book and/or travel well in advance of them. Concerns specific to international voluntourism include having an
awareness of the money-making motives
of both the agencies and the countries
involved; scamming is easy.
How much of the money is actually going to those causes that need it, and is the
percentage high enough to justify the cost
of the actual trip as opposed to a donation? This problem can best be dealt with
by doing a lot of research with diverse
sources as far-removed as possible from
specific biases, such as the Internet or
Lonely Planet guidebooks.
Still, perhaps the greatest issue of volunteering aboard can only be understood
by those who've actually done it. Goh Iromoto is a fourth-year geography student
who, despite having had a fairly positive
experience working in an orphanage in
Nepal, has this caution: "Make sure you
understand the sort of social and cultural
implications of your presence in such a
place."
Do you know yourself well enough
to make the trip effective? How much is
international voluntourism there to help
a situation and how much is the situation
concentrated to help voluntourism? To
what extent is this mentality affecting the
self-sufficiency of other countries? These
are all questions that need to be asked before deciding whether or not this is a valid
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All students now on hook for new Commerce building
by Celestian Rince
News Staff
Over the past few years, there have been
movements to make extensive renovations
to the Henry Angus Building, home to the
Sauder School of Business (also known
as simply 'Commerce'). The problem of
course, has been money. Who or what
would finance this expensive project?
Lastyear's proposed answer: donations
from private corporations and fees from
students. Last winter, Commerce under-
grads were polled to gauge their support
for a substantial fee increase, on the order of $500 a year for 25 years. The poll
passed with 47% of students voting 75%
in favour. Every single cohort, including
first-years, had an approval rate of over
65%.
Had Commerce students ended up
paying the fee, a dangerous precedent
would have been set. Students would be
paying for the construction of a building
to be used primarily for academic purposes. According to Darren Peets, a student
member of the UBC Board of Governors
(BoG), it would send the wrong message
to the government, who might think, "Why
should the province pay when the students
can raise the money themselves if they really want a better building?"
Ultimately this was a moot point. In
early summer 2007, the provincial government vetoed the proposed student fee
because it did not align with the current
policy of limiting university fee increases
to a rate of two per cent a year. This development came as a surprise to most parties. The proposed fee had been expected
to be exempted from the policy.
So where would the money come from,
ifnotfrom Commerce undergrads? Simply
halting the project was an option, but only
as a last resort. Preliminary work, including asbestos removal, had already begun,
and Sauder faculty members had already
moved into temporary office space due to
the anticipated demolition of their normal
rooms. Moreover, the sizeable amount of
corporate donations at play (upwards of
$35 million) would be lost, never to reach
UBC's coffers.
The BoG had to think of a solution.
So they decided to take the money from
UBC's General Purpose Operating Fund
(GPOF). Approximately $910,000 per year
will be taken out of the GPOF for 30 years,
to pay a $12.5 million sum.
UBC has] the single worst business school facilities of any major business school in Canada.
Dan Muzyka,
Dean, Sauder School of Business
But this idea has been highly controversial: the GPOF already had a structural
deficit of $36 million lastyear, meaning
they'll be spending money they don't
have. Additionally, the GPOF is partly consisted of funds from general tuition fees,
so all students will be helping to fund a
new building intended almost exclusively
Commerce students. However, there is a
stipulation that in three years time, after
RACHEL STEWART PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
According to Dean Muzyka, UBC's Commerce facilities are the worst of any school in the nation.
the upcoming provincial elections, the
BoG will re-submit the Commerce student
fee to the government. If the new regime
approves the fee, Commerce students will
take over the debt; if not, the GPOF will
continue paying for it.
This is the situation as it currently
stands. After some reflection and head-
scratching, one might wonder: Why does
Angus need to be rebuilt at all? Good
question. The most obvious reason is that
Sauder has "the single worst business
school facilities of any major business
school in Canada," according to Dan Muzyka, the dean of Sauder. Conor Topley, the
Commerce Undergrad Society president,
has similar sentiments, "...other business
schools, their facilities are amazing. Ours
looks like a joke."
In other words, having a business
school with dated facilities is a stain on
UBC's reputation. That's not to say that
the renovation is only about flash and glitter. Both Topley and Muzyka mention that
significant practical improvements will be
included as well. There will be upgrades
of old technology, more space for students
to meet, more efficient use of classroom
space, and possibly the addition of new
features such as video-conferencing.
"[Angus] was never designed to hold as
many students as we have today," stated
Muzyka.
Another issue is the accreditation of
Sauder. According to Topley, external accreditation agencies have made it clear
that Sauder's vision statement is incompatible with its current facilities. If Sauder
loses its accreditation status, applicant demand would decrease significantly, added
Peets, and the school would be forced to
lower tuition fees. That would lead to less
money to work with, and thus a lower
quality of education. The idea then, is that
one needs to spend money now to make
more money later.
However, Peets claimed that Sauder
could remain accredited by simply changing its mission statement, though it would
result in a minor loss of applicants. But
the reason Sauder did not is because they
would rather have a better building.
Peets added that if he had to choose
between using the GPOF as a funding
source and not doing the renovation at all,
he would choose for the GPOF to be used.
He supports the project, but has serious
reservations, particularly with regards to
its funding.
Peets stated that a renovated Angus
would be a great benefit to Commerce students, and to a lesser extent to UBC as a
whole. While he did vote against the project at BoG, he would have voted in favor
if his was the deciding vote. "There is no
obvious right answer."
Other departments—including Biology
and Astronomy—have buildings in significantly older and in much worse shape
than Angus. Why should Sauder be allowed to dip into the GPOF ahead of these
departments? The difference is that none
of these departments have wealthy corporations lining up to donate money for a
new building. Additionally, a majority of
BoG members, many of whom come from
a business background, feel that Sauder is
important to UBC as a whole, which is why
they voted in favor of the motion.
One might argue that this is all well
and good, but why should all students be
forced to help pay for a new building for
Commerce students? What justification
Other business schools,
their facilities are amazing.
Ours looks like a joke.
Conor Topley,
CUS President
can there be for that? Dean Muzyka has
a response: This is not unprecedented.
The UBC Renew initiative, funded by the
GPOF, has already made extensive renovations to Buchanan D. Buchanan is used
mainly by Arts students, but all students
helped to fund its renovation. In addition,
all students will be able to partially take
advantage of a renovated Angus. Some of
the meeting rooms and social space will
be publicly available for all UBC students.
Muzyka also emphasized that the
project was not originally planned to be
funded by the GPOF. When considering
the Commerce undergrad fee, the department followed written guidelines and
consulted with the BC government. They
followed a "legitimate, declared path,"
and had no reason to expect that their request would be rejected. The department
had every intention to pay for their own
building, and it wasn't their fault that they
were unable to do so.
Ultimately, it was the BoG, not the
Sauder School, who decided to dip into
the GPOF. However, Jeff Friedrich, AMS
President and member of the BoG, remarked that "If the dean had made the
decision to charge this as a student fee, it
never would have gone to the province in
the first place. He charged this as an administration fee instead."
While Friedrich feels that Sauder is a
priority, he disapproves of Sauder's "cutting the line." He did however vote in
favour of the project, with the understanding that if "all students are paying, all students should benefit from the improved
classrooms, improved social spaces."
As for now, the Angus project will go
ahead as planned, using money from the
GPOF. It's likely that more budget cuts
will have to be made across campus in the
future to alleviate the large deficit. Time
will tell if the GPOF will be used to pay
the entirety of the $12 million sum, or if
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