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THIS ISSUE:
Starbucks talks
Students present concerns with
the corporation. Page 7.
No PJ for this line act
An interview with the UK group Way
Out West. Page 3.
Basketball fury
T-Birds basketball previews. Page 2.
All that other stuff
What happened while you watched
US election coverage. Pase 6.
Volume 86 Issue 17
magazine
M0 Friday, November 5, 2004
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NOVEMBER 12
EN GARDE! Casey Archibald, Jordan Yu, and KarloVillaneuva will be a big part of the Thunderbirds
success on the back-court, nic fensom photo
Men's basketball aims to win national championship
by Eric Szeto
SPORTS EDITOR
They don't resemble Larry, Curly
and'Moe, but this threesome does
resemble one of the most feared
backcourts in the CIS.
And this season they have only one
sight in mind: a national title.
"To win the National Championship/ said fourth-year point guard
Karlo Villaneuva. "There's nothing
other than that.*
'We decided that from the beginning of the year that the goal is to
win the National Championship/
said third-year shooting guard Casey Archibald.
Villanueva and Archibald, along
with the emergence of point guard
Jordan Yu, will be a threat to
any team they play this season.
Villaneuva, the all-time assists and
steals leader for the Thunderbirds,
led Canada West in assists per
game last year. This season he will
be expected to produce shjiilar numbers.
"Well hopefully Casey [Archibald]
will hit some shots/ said Villanueva
jokingly to Archibald. Archibald,
who last season was fourth in scoring in Canada West, just wants
to win.
"It's just something that happened/ said Archibald. "I haven't
really thought about it, I just got to
do what I need to do to win. Just go
with it/
The one-two combination of
Villanueva and Archibald will be
one of the most dynamic in the
league. Throw Jordan Yu, Corey
Ogilvie and rookie Matt Rachar into
the mix, and you have one of the
deepest backcourts in the CIS.
During Villaneuva's absence in
the pre-season, Yu stepped in and
emerged as a legitimate weapon off
the bench.
"Other than Laurier and UNLV,
we're pretty happy with our play [in
the pre-season]/ said Yu.
But this year UBC has more to
offer than a flashy backcourt. Up
front, the Birds have good players
with good size, said Villaneuva.
"This year we've had a really
good inside presence, so it's just not
our perimeter shooters...guys like
Mark Tasic [and] Ryder McKeown/
said Villeneuva, who added that
those guys will be crucial to taking
pressure off the perimeter guys.
The Birds open their season
against Calgaiy at 8 pm today and
play Lethbridge Saturday at 8pm.
Both . games are at War Memorial Gym. ♦
UBC women's
basketball hopes to
win another national
title
by Eric Szeto
SPORTS EDITOR
Hunting season has begun in the CIS.
With every team gunning hard
for the national trophy, the UBC
women's basketball team will have
it tough defending their championship.
Coach Deb Huband, CIS coach of
the year last season, knows that this
season won't be a breeze.
"Because of last year, we have a
target on us and [the rest of the CIS]
will be coming at us with no trouble
getting psyched up to play/  said
Huband.
So far this pre-season, UBC hasn't
felt the pressure of other teams. In
the Raptors Invitational last month,
the Birds dominated. They finished
first, but not before they embarrassed Ryerson 77-23.
"We let up on the press in the second half. They were disorganised...
they were missing easy lay-ups/ said
third-year guard Kelsey Blair, who
finished last season third in scoring,
second in rebounding and third in
field goal shooting in Canada West.
"She's poised...regardless of what
situation she's in and she enjoys
competing. She's been our toughest rebounder," explained Huband.
"She's able to be an inside threat and
have that kind of inside-outside
attack and it's made our team
stronger/
Blair and co-captain Letah Beck
will make them an unstoppable low-
post combo, but success will also
depend on a balanced attack, said
Huband.
"If you only have one way to score,
teams can scout that and attempt to
take that away/ said Huband. "It
makes it more difficult to defend/
On the outside, fifth-year captain
Sheila Townsend will be a threat.
"She's our most experienced player/ said Huband. "We rely on Sheila
to make us better, keep us organised
with what we're doing on the floor/
The Birds will sorely miss Carrie
Watson and Amanda Beers, both of
whom departed after last season.
Letah Beck sees this as an opportunity for others to step up.
"I think a lot of people are stepping up in those roles and we're
having a bigger effort this year. I
think there's a lot of team effort/
said Beck.
The Birds first games of the year
are against Calgaiy today at 6 pm
and on Saturday against Lethbridge
at 6 pm. Both games are at War
Memorial Gym. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, November 5,2004
3
Up there
with Aristotle
Noam  Chomsky: Rebel  Without
A Pause
playing Nov. 6
at Pacific Cinematheque
by Ritu Kumar
CULTURE WRITER
Most prominently known as a social
activist, Noam Chomsky, a linguist
by profession, is nothing less than a
modern-day guru. His work over the
past fifty years has made his
name synonymous with left-wing
American dissent and has awarded
him with more than twenty honourary degrees. In Noam Chomsky:
Rebel Without A Pause talented
director, writer, and editor Will
Pascoe zooms his lens in on the
famous educator providing perspective into the man himself.
The content of the film is successful in balancing the two halves of
Chomsky. While providing an up
close portrait as accounted by his
wife, his contemporaries, and his
fans, Pascoe staggers personal accounts between longer chunks of a
lecture and a more intimate question period. From this we get the
sense of humanness and a glimpse
into the reality of Chomsky.
Modestly questioning why anyone would want to hear him speak,
after having just been introduced as
one of the top ten authorities among
which included Karl Marx, Lenin,
Aristotle, and the Bible, Chomsky
jests at the idea of himself as a messenger.
For those who are not familiar
with Noam Chomsky's work, he has
authored enough books to fill a bookcase, with topics ranging from media
control to the Middle East conflict to
9/11. His social and political opinions can be credited with radically
altering and educating the masses.
Popular, worldwide, Chomsky dares
to project that which governments
and mass media attempt to hide and
ignore. As his wife Dr Carol Chomsky puts it, "People are hungered to
hear another analysis than the one
they usually hear/
So who should go see this film?
Everyone! Love him or hate him,
Chomsky possesses the unique ability to present things simply as they
are. He does not fuss with intellectuality or intricacies, but presents ideas
in meaningful forms that are easily
popularised. He has empowered
and motivated people to recognise
and change the world around them,
and at the same time provides real
intellectual credence to the voice of
dissent
The Vancouver premiere of Noam
Chomsky Rebel Without A Pause will
be at the Pacific Cinematheque during the Amnesty International Film
Festival, on now until November 7.
See www.amnesty. bc.ca/filmfest for
details. ♦
Way Out West
Oct 28
by Jesse Ferreras
CULTURE WRITER
Bristol, in the U.K., is a power plant for musical talent It has produced such electronic artists as
Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead. In addition
to these international music artists, Bristol has also
turned out Way Out West Consisting of keyboardists Nick Warren and Jody Wistenoff, as well
as vocalist Omi, drummer Damon Reece (formerly
of Massive Attack and Echo and the Bunnymen)
and bassist Joe Allen (formerly of Roni Size), the
group is currently touring to promote their latest
album, Don't Look Now —their first release since
200 l's Intensify.
Dance music has undergone a great transformation over the past decade: just seven years ago,
it was commonplace for a dance track to hit #1 on
commercial music charts, but that has changed
due to much classification within dance music.
"There are so few dance hits now/ commented
keyboardist Warren, "five or six years ago, if there
was a great dance record made, be it trance, or
house or whatever, then everybody played it,
whereas now, it's so split up into genres. You're
either a trance DJ or producer, or techno or house
or progressive or anything/ Way Out West refuses
to conform to a specific genre of electronic music,
shunning the trend towards DJ's spinning records
at shows and instead are in favour of playing their
tracks hve with keyboards, drums, and vocalist all
in tow. "On stage we've become slightly less electronic/ adds Wisternoff.
Due to an unfortunate lack of promotion, Way
Out West, along with openers Supreme Beings of
Leisure, put forward a valiant effort for a devoted
crowd of approximately 100 fans. At first it seemed
as if the gig could have been written off as unsuccessful, but the small crowd helped, make for a
unique experience. Supreme Beings of Leisure,
famous for their track "Under the Gun," opened the
set with a number of tracks that might have been
more appropriate to the atmosphere of a Massive
Attack show—particularly their brooding remix of
Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night"
DoN't Lo
However, by the end of the set, the two-member
group jacked up the tempo just enough to get the
crowd pumped for the main event Way Out West,
hit the stage accompanied by a background video
projection of the gorgeous 1992 concert film
J^al& which provide
the scope of their distinct brand of electronica. The
appreciative crowd hit the floor almost immediately, grooving to a wide range of styles, from the ethereal club hit "Mindcircus/ to the jungle rhythms of
"Fear* and finally their closing track, "Anything But
You/ Despite the poor quality of the sound system,
which stunted the otherwise beautiful vocals of
Omi the lead vocalist, the band played great
Way Out West's latest album is distinct from
their previous work, although as before, they offer
a wide range of sounds throughout Combining
emotional vocals has made this album an ethereal
combination of diverse electronic music from a
group of adventurous artists aiming to transcend
the trend towards spinning records at a booth Way
Out West plays their music exactly as they produce
it—Hve and intimate.
♦
The Take
now playing at Tinseltown
by Levi Bartnett
CULTURE STAFF
When is Naomi Klein going to give us some
answers? I read her book Fences and Windows,
which claimed that a positive response to the
globalisation debate was being crafted at the
annual World Social Forum in southern Brazil.
Hugo Chavez was there, Noam Chomsky was
there, Brazilian president Lula was there, but
nothing came of it. Klein writes frequently about
the problems with global capitalism, saying, as
the Brazilians do, that "Urn outro mondo e pos-
sivel"— another world is possible. But when is
she actually going to show what that world
looks like?
I wondered this going in to see The Take, the
new film written by Klein and directed by her husband Avi Lewis. The film focuses on the Movement of Recovered Companies in Argentina and
places hope in Argentina's new president, Nestor
Kirchner.
The Take opens with Klein doing interviews
and attempting to offer alternatives to the current
system of international finance. No one on TV talk
shows will listen to her, so in 2001 she and a film
crew head down to Buenos Aires amid financial
chaos caused by a misguided IMF plan for Argentina.
"Welcome to the globalised ghost town," she
says, where "the rules of capitalism were being broken by the system itself/ Banks refuse to give people their money so that the government can pay off
its debts.
In the process, a factory is closed while the
workers go without pay. The owners want to sell
the factory's equipment for scrap. The workers
have another idea. This is where the film takes off.
Led in part by talo, a now unemployed father of
two young girls, the workers hold watch over the
factory until they can get permission from the government to reopen the factory under worker ownership and control. Each worker will be paid the
same amount and there will be no bosses. It's a
neo-Marxist dream. And for other companies
in Argentina, it's worked. In factories across
Argentina, workers are occupying and running
their own shut-down businesses without the con:
trol of bosses or owners. It is an attack on capitalism itself, showing how many of these recovered
companies work with completely equal pay and
democratic decision-making, profiting where others thought no profit could be made.
Lalo's straggle is great for the film and will keep
you interested throughout the 87 minutes of The
Take. However, as an explanation of globalisation
the film fails. It criticises Argentine president
Carlos Menem for striking deals with the IMF, but
doesn't show why these deals are responsible for
factory closures, only that Menem opposed letting
workers re-open their shuttered factories. So watch
this film for its heart—a depiction of workers' struggle to join the market system via the slogan
"Occupy, resist, and produce/ The men are broken
without jobs, and for them it is a struggle, above all,
for dignity. ♦ IF
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A Bushleague election in Heinzsight
The election [drinking] game: a shot per swing state helps the medicine so down
by Alex Leslie FEATURES EDITOR
photos by Michelle Mayne
5:30 pm
When we arrive at the election party, no
swing states have been announced and the
drinking has not yet begun. The TV is on
CNN, as it will be in near perpetuity for the
next six hours. The CNN election-coverage
screen is heavy on the red, white and blue;
several old white men sit around a half-moon
table, bantering with Wolf Blitzer who stands
over them, looking sombre and juut as old
and white. The people in the room watch the
screen intently. "I need more access, more
information!* someone holding a laptop
cries from the carpet Then they call out the
current electoral votes: Bush, 102; Kerry, 77.
There is a mild groan—but, still, it's too early
to tell, isn't it? Isn't it?
102. 77. Figures in the numbers game
that is the American election process. To win,
a candidate must draw the winning number
of electoral votes: 270. Then that candidate
gets to sit in the White House for four years
surrounded by his closest allies, making
decisions that affect all of us at the most general and basic levels. To wit general—the
conditions under which it is appropriate to
go to war; basic—my friend told me that he
was prevented from mailing Walmart-bought
Hallowe'en candy to his girlfriend living in
the US due to biohazard laws. Obviously.
Those mini Aero (anthrax) bars are a major
risk. One can't be too careful these days.
As the states light up red or blue on the
checkerboard-like map and anchors cite endless projections, the game-feel of it all can
overcome the solemn sentiment that history
is taking place. So we decided to design a
game of our own.
The rules: Drink every time Bush wins
one of the pre-selected "Could Kerry possibly
win this?" swing states.
The pre-selected states: Florida, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota,
Wisconsin, New Mexico, Nevada, Virginia,
Colorado, Washington, and Oregon.
The drinks: Osama Gin Laden, Scotch on
Iraqs, Bloody Mary Cheney, Swift Boat
Veterans Vermouth, Fallujin and Tonic,
Condoleeza Rye and Coke, Zell Miller Genuine Draft, and Jack Daniels with Move-
On.Organic pineapple juice.
The outcome: To be determined, but it'll
be messy.
"Douchebag of liberty!"—a sudden comment from the floor, as Wolf Blitzer
announces that 15 states will close in six
minutes. The tone in the room is hopeful.
Then, the surprising news that Bush is leading by 400,000 votes in Texas. "Texan flickers!" The tone in the room remains hopeful.
But the evening is just beginning.
The results are arriving. Countdown.
6:00 pm
Results begin to arrive from New York,
which is voting overwhelmingly Democrat
Fascinating, someone comments, that the
region directly affected by 9/11 is not voting
for the incumbent who supposedly defended
them from that great tragedy—but that those
in such high-risk areas for terrorist attacks as
Wisconsin and South Carolina feel the need.
A girl stumbles into the room and out
again, leaving trailing behind her the phrase:
"If Bush wins...I don t know...I don't know..."
6:03 pm
"Based on exit polls, Kerry should win
New Mexico." A preliminary poll reports that
Kerry is leading by 40,000 votes in
Pennsylvania.
The CNN pundits lean concernedly over
their desk, carefully discussing their host of
"projections/ "exit polls," "what-ife* and "tea
leaf prophecies." Larry King performs an
inadvertently flawless impression of a preying mantis as he reaches his skeletal head
forward.
Behind the CNN results desk there is a
floor-to-ceiling window that shows a large
crowd holding various signs in support of the
candidates—an election circus. Kerry &
Edwards. Bush & Cheney. Four More Years!
A lone ranger stands at the edge of the
crowd. His sign reads, simply, "Vote or Die."
He is holding his sign upside-down.
6:10 pm
Updated electoral votes cast a pall over the
room. Bush, 155; Kerry, 112. "How is this
happening?" someone moans.
Kerry is down by 400,000 votes in Florida
and up in Pennsylvania, one of the laptop
people sprawled on the floor report Wolf
Blitzer continues to adamantly deny the con-
creteness of predictions. The networks are
stepping carefully to avoid a repeat of the
2000 media disaster. "It's still early. Early,
early, early../
Bob Woodward appears on the screen.
Half of the journalistic duo that revealed the
Watergate scandal in the early '70s that
forced President Richard Nixon out of office.
Woodward's account of the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq, Plan of Attack,
has become a Bible of sorts (we have one too)
for the anti-Bush movement In the conclusion of his book, Woodward asks Bush what
he believes the outcome of the Iraq war will
be, reminding him that history tends to operate in cycles, and is measured by outcomes.
"History," Bush replies, shrugging. "We won't
know. We'll all be dead."
6:15 pm
Alcohol rests in large clear, copper and chestnut-brown bottles around the room, waiting
to be consumed. Bush is up 400,000 votes in
Michigan. Kerry's leading in New Hampshire.
On the screen, Rudy Giuliani answers
questions with careful modesty about the
possibility of a Giuliani presidential ticket in
the future. "[Bush has] kept the country safe/
he says.
Earlier in the day, a sardonic professor of
mine told the class that his brother, a Texas
resident, had called to say that his neighbours were holding a prayer meeting for
Bush. Kerry supporters, in the meantime, by
and large chose to depend on things like
intellect, evidence and logic—though these
things are admittedly super, they are not
supernatural. A definite weakness.
"We didn't pray hard enough!" someone
stretched out on the floor cries.
"I didn't pray at all!" comes the reply.
Below the drinking and pointed, sarcastic
mentions of CNN's coverage format (white
stars; red banners; blue banners) there's a
highly unpleasant awareness that this night
isn't going the way we had wished.
6:32 pm
Bush wins Mississippi a state that has voted
by 83 per cent to ban gay marriage. Electoral
votes: Bush 170, Kerry 112. But, I'm
told with hopeful enthusiasm, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California have yet to be
declared. And California is 55 solid electoral
religious biases and long-held attitudes
behind. "I wanted. something more, you
know."
I understand. There is a maddening pow-
erlessness in watching the map being covered more and more by states favouring
Bush. The culture divide is there, drawn out
not in black and white, but in red and blue.
This election summoned the largest voter
turnout in years, but it seems that not only
Democrats took the initiative to act out in
their interests. The outraged activism of
youth and minority groups has been met by
the conservatism of Church groups. The division pervaded every broadcast and printed
source leading up to the election—not only
regularly political reads like Harper's and
The Economist, but popular magazines like
Rolling Stone.
The latest issue of the rock magazine contained a direct appeal for Kerry votes.
"Haven't we been hoodwinked enough?
Haven't we learned our lesson? It is hard to
accept the idea that our president has misled
"Could you put that corkscrew on my
head and twist it?"
Electoral votes are reported. Bush, 197;
Kerry, 188. The optimism of this news is
counteracted by the switch to CNN and the
re-appearance of the glittering stars and
stripes that mask the reality of the worsening
situation. Then, the mood swings upwards
again: someone's just arrived with a box of
double-stuffed Oreo cookies. "To go with the
double-stuffed ballot boxes," a drinker quips.
The CNN anchors begin to discuss the
Showdown States. I don't recall John Wayne being one of the dead celebrities who
endorsed a candidate in this election.
8:08 pm
"It is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and
fury, signifying nothing."
—William Shakespeare, Macbeth
8:19 pm
An act of sedition is suggested—driving down
to the Peace Arch and attacking the border
votes of gay-marriage-approving, stem-cell-
research-favouring, pick-up-trucks-are-aes-
thetically-ofifensive, liberal grace.
I begin leafing through Jon Stewart's
recently-released book, America (The Book):
A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. The
book contains a map of the US inviting the
reader to colour in the states—red for
Republican, blue for Democrat Helpfully,
most of the states are already filled in. The
few swing states that remain are those that
will decide the presidency. I look up at the
screen—the coloured map on CNN can barely be distinguished from the one in my
hands, printed months before.
Utah (another five votes) goes to Bush. No
surprise—the drinking is now only to dull the
oncoming pain.
The minutes begin to pass more slowly.
6:50 pm
The guy sitting next to me tells me drunken-
ly ofhis disillusionment He wanted the voter
initiative in Colorado to pass. He wanted
more acceptance of gay marriage. He wanted
people to think through the issues in this
election, for a change, and maybe leave their
us. It is against everything that we have been
taught about the presidency and against
what we most dearly want to believe. But the
facts leave us no other conclusion."
7:00 pm
After an extensive struggle with channel-
changing technology, the TV is switched to
CTV where Jon Stewart's The Daily Show is
presenting "Election '04: Prelude to Recount"
The mood in the room takes a sharp turn
upward. It's not only because this is comedy—it's because this, though satirical, though
often in disregard of the actual facts, is actually honest Al Sharpton comes on as a guest
and reasons, intensely: "If Bush wins tonight,
it'll be first time he was elected."
Stewart sits at his news desk on the
screen, smirking, and his satire is closer to
the truth, informs me more, than the "serious* coverage. The political situation is now
so absurd that all one can do is laugh, and
then weep.
8:00 pm
"Let's go burn the US consulate!"
The liquor is now flowing healthily.
guard—then vetoed.
In Florida, 97 per cent of the polls are
reporting that Bush has secured the state. Two
guys near me have a discussion: "Want to play
the Bush game?"; "What's the Bush game?";
"We both pretend we're George Bush and
punch each other." They proceed accordingly.
After several minutes of play, one groans, "the
pain we feel now will be nothing compared to
the pain well feel tomorrow."
Another suggestion: make Canada the
51st state, thus instating 30 million voters
who will always vote Democrat
On CNN, Jeff Greenfield is overlooking
another batch of figures, theorising. "And
remember, folks, these aren't projections,
these are what-ifs...please do not email or
write!" "If this state goes blue, and this state
goes red, then..."
Shortly thereafter, CNN announces that
Florida has gone to Bush: 27 more electoral
votes. Bush, 246; Kerry, 188. I'm offered a
tall drink and I take it
9:40 pm
Kerry wins Oregonl Loud cheers.
9:41 pm
"But what the Hell difference does it make?"
Uneasy silence.
9:50 pm
Having given in to the obvious superiority of
Republican voters' methods, a group has
started a prayer circle on the floor. "Dear
Lord, please save us from the idiocy..." Lost
somewhere between despair and a need to
laugh, I can't tell if this is amusing or not
And behind the CNN window, the guy with
the Vote or Die sign is still there.; the sign is
still upside down.
Ohio is still hanging in the balance,
though the current polls aren't looking promising. Fox News is reporting that Bush has
already won Ohio and is only one electoral
vote away from winning the presidency.
"How is that possible?" I ask. "Because Fox is
run by Republicans," a guy on the floor
replies (objectively).
9:59 pm
Bush, 249, Kerry,  195. Someone yells: "I
want to swallow a knife!"
The last sliver of hope has departed the
room; from this point on, the mood descends
^progressively into abject depression.
"How long 'til they annex Canada?"
Music begins to play from a laptop on the
floor.
Save yourself^ serve yourself. World
serves its own needs, listen to your heart
bleed dummy with the rapture and the
revered and the right right
"How is it even closeT
Locking in, uniforming, book burning,
blood letting. Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate. Light a votive, hght a
candle.
"Yeah, Kerry sucks, but Bush sucks more.
Why don't people understand that?"
It's the end of the world as we know it It's
the end of the world as we know it
"It's almost as we're if waiting for the
house to burn down."
It's the end of the world as we know it
and I feel fine.
"We are."
10:30 pm
The count in Ohio is narrowing. 92 per cent
polling shows Bush has 51 percent, Kerry 49.
The room has deteriorated into a quagmire
of questions about the value of democracy
("why can't the world vote on this?*).
CNN pundit Aaron Brown concernedly
wrinkles his moony face.
"I've got another projection going on/
comes an angry voice from the floor. "The
wOrld is fucktarded. That's my projection."
10:55 pm
CNN reports that it's come down to Ohio.
The Buckeye State's electoral votes can't
be decided tonight—the world will have to
wait until tomorrow to learn who will be the
President for the next four years.
"If he wins, this was the worst party ever,"
someone says as we leave.
We do not know now, but the game is
already over.
The following morning
John Kerry concedes defeat at Boston's
famed Faneuil Hall, stopping twice during
the speech to avoid being overcome by tears.
He addresses those who contributed to the
Democratic campaign: "Don't lose faith;
what you did made a difference. And building on itself, we go on to make a difference
another day. I promise you: That time will
come; the time will come; the election will
come when your work and your ballots will
change the world. And it's worth fighting
for."
According to a story in October 30 The
Globe and Mail, Hazel Allison, a real-estate
agent and long-time Republican volunteer in
Florida, begged to differ: "We better find
another country, if [Mr. Bush] doesn't get in.
I fear the Holocaust and I fear for the safety
of this country."
I walk through campus and watch people
marvel at the results—the fact that Canada's
sen, by a startling margin
million votes, a President who has made dishonesty a national policy by (misleading his
country to a war that has killed 100,000
Iraqis to date, made aggressive moves
towards banning stem cell research, abortion and same-sex marriage, blurred the line
between religion and politics to an indistinguishable smear, passed legislation that curtails civil liberties and debases the American
Constitution, battled peaceful dissent, given
tax breaks to the top two per cent, instated
policies that provide back doors for clear-cutting and increased air pollution, banned
_drug imports from Canada, cut education,
and, most importantly, compromised the
trust of not only the American people hut
their strongest historical allies in the international community.
My friend, a Canadian student living in
New Zealand, emails me to say that she and
her international friends gathered on the
grass outside to watch the election coverage—in parallel to ours in Vancouver, theirs
progressed with increasing despair. She
marvelled at the ability of Americans to cast
their votes in favour of Bush, en masse, after
the spectacle of the debates. "To vote for
Bush is to sit back, watch a monkey argue
with Voltaire/ she wrote to me, "and to
choose the monkey."
Thanks to the US electorate and the US
electoral vote system, the monkey is in
power for the next four years. The effects cannot be accurately predicted; they will only be
revealed as the current administration
deems appropriate. America has spoken and
the outcome may not be reversible hy any
means—not even alcohol. ♦
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2004
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If you're just waking up from a
post-US election stupor—yes Bush
fucking won—you may want to
know what you've missed while
you were watching CNN. Even if
you don't have cable, you'd get
election coverage via that one
fuzzy weird channel.
Here's what you missed:
Turmoil in Iraq:
When is Iraq not in the headlines? And when do those headlines not include more reports of
deaths? This time, three British
soldiers were killed. Tony Blair's
decision to keep the soldiers on
duty longer and to move them to a
dangerous area run by the US
proved to be a foolish idea.
The US launched fresh artilleiy
strikes on Fallujah, and their
tanks killed five civilians in a
car attempting to escape the city,
including a women and a child.
Some 300,000 residents have fled
the city as fear spreads about an
imminent showdown with US
forces. It is believed that there are
about 4,000 insurgents in Iraq
armed with machine guns, rocket-
propelled grenades and homemade bombs, and have been laying out mines in preparation for
further invasions of their country.
An ABC television report stated that 'interim Prime Minister
Iyad Allawi, visiting Europe, has
not publicly given the go-ahead to
storm the city, but the Marines
say they only need the order
from him and newly re-elected
President Bush.* What a comforting thought.
Q
ueen
Cell
me:
A large colour photo of
Canadian diva Celine Dion wearing a flight attendant uniform
recently graced the cover of the
National Post This begs the question: why is Air Canada cutting $ 1
billion in employee salaries, not
to mention laying people off, but
can somehow find the money to
pay a celebrity like Celine Dion a
huge amount to have a party for
Air Canada employees and sing a
silly song on the company's commercials?
We would hope that most people don't choose an airline based
on a celebrity's endorsement, especially if it is coming from the
crypt keeping caroller herself. As
if she actually travels with Air
Canada—she's probably busy flying high in a Concorde and sipping champagne while rubbing
her husband Rene's big belly.
Electoral override:
The Citizens' Assembly is proposing to revamp the BC electoral
system. Their recent recommendation favoured adopting a Single
Transferrable Vote (STV) system,
which is based on ranking candidates in order of preference. A
referendum, which will coincide
with the provincial elections in
May, will ask BC voters to decide
whether they would like to implement this progressive new system.
If voters endorse it, the STV system
could come into effect in time for
the 2009 election. With this new
system, certain political parties
may actually get the number of
seats they deserve!
NHL:
Since the 2003-2004 season
began, every analyst, sportscaster,
janitor, and hockey fan knew it was
coming—the NHL lockout. Games
have been cancelled, players have
fled to Europe and now surprise,
surprise—the All-Star Game has
been called off.
Who will blink first? Both the
owners and the player's union
have distinguished themselves
with their intransigence in the
early days of this standoff. Even if
a deal is struck in time to save the
season, it's hard to imagine the
fans returning south of the border.
It is time for the NHL to return to
where the game is loved—Canada and those states that voted
for Kerry. Forget Nashville. Phuck
Phoenix.
In other news, really old guys
have been donning their Canucks
jerseys and getting ice-time.
Marijuana:
For the third time, the federal
government is attempting to introduce legislation that will loosen
marijuana laws in Canada. The
government has introduced two
bills—one to legalise pot (weirdly
enough, they are not calling it
decriminalisation, they are calling
it "alternate penalty frameworks*—
what the fuck is up with that?), the
other to allow police to demand
blood or urine samples from drivers they believe to be under the
influence of drugs.
Health
care:
A nursing shortage has driven
hundreds of surgeries to private
clinics in BC. Health Services Minister Colin Hansen admitted to
"relying" on private health care to
pick up the slack, but then contradicted himself by saying private
clinics won't play a significant role.
Gordon Campbell said he thought
that sending people to private clinics is fine. But at least people got
the help they needed, About 5,000
BC residents did the private surgery thing while 898,000 went to
public health care.
VGH was reported to have sent
1,000 surgeries to private clinics,
with each additional surgery costing the hospital $800 more. The
patients did not get charged the difference but there's also the question of this wasted money being
spent to get surgeries from a private institution.
Homeless:
The provincial government passed the Safe Streets Act, which
makes "aggressive" panhandling
and squeegee people illegal. However, there is still some debate
about how to prosecute panhandlers so the law has not been
implemented yet.
The Ubyssey conclusion:
If you are one of those who has
been fixated on every second of the
US election, it might be time to
give yourself a good shake and
remind yourself that, despite what
CNN might say, there is more life
than two guys fighting to be the
world's most powerful person. ♦
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Return to daylight hours
Why, exactly, have we turned our
clocks back? Before we turned our
clocks back last weekend, the sun
set around 6pm Saturday. But now,
after we have made the change, it
sets around 5pm. In December the
sun will set around 4:20pm when
it could only set around 5:20pm if
we had left our clocks alone.
Since more human activities
in
take place in afternoon/evenings
then in the morning, why have we
turned our clocks back and abandoned Daylight Saving Time just
when it's needed the most. Why
waste our precious winter sunlight at dawn when most are too
sleepy to appreciate it? Now, we'll
spend the next five months driving home and eating dinner in
the dark.
Sorry if this offends anyone, but
I'm starting to believe the vast
majority of people are sheep, following the whims of current trends
without ever thinking about their
actions and the impact they have
on society.
The reason I changed my clock
is so that I'll be in keeping with the
rest of you who all did. When I ask
any one person why they did, their
response is the same as mine: each
individual did it because of the
action of others.
I   think  we   should   stay  on
Daylight Saving Time all year
round. Saskatchewan doesn't play
with clocks, so why do we? Perhaps
if a large enough group of citizens
join together and stop changing
clocks back and forth every year,
we could stay on Daylight Saving
Time all year round because I really can't see any benefit of last weekend's clock change at all!
—Tony Roy
Barber, White Rock
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Friday, November 5,2004
Starbucks magnate addresses students
Audience questions
company s policies
by Sara Norman
NEWS STAFF
The chairman of Starbucks spoke at the
Sauder School of Business on Wednesday,
discussing the changing relationship between corporations and consumers and
advising his audience to follow their
dreams.
Howard Schultz described his path to
becoming Chairman and Chief Global
Strategist for the international coffee chain.
Schultz, who came from the poverty-stricken
"projects" of New York, bought Starbucks in
1987  after working  as  the  Director  of
Operations and Marketing.
The public has lost the ability to trust
large corporations because
"businesses [have] let [the
consumer] down,* he
explained, adding that business "rules of engagement
have changed from the
past," and that companies
now need to conform to
their clientele. Customers
are "performing a cultural
audit* and making more
conscientious choices in which companies
they support.
One alumnus from the Sauder School of
Business asked why people should support
Starbucks instead of the "little guy." Schultz
responded by describing how Starbucks
buys its coffee beans using the principles of
fair trade.
"I completely absolutely embrace what
SCHULTZ
fair trade is about,* he stated, explaining
that this was a controversial viewpoint in the
business community.
Starbucks buys coffee beans at a "premium price,* supporting the third-world coffee
farmers, and "does more for developing
countries than any other coffee chain,*
including giving vaccinations, supporting
schools and providing loans, Schultz added.
The topic turned to the company's
employment of students, with Schultz
explaining that Starbucks employees, who
are called "partners," are the foundation of
his company.
The company's US employees receive
health insurance even if they are only
employed part time, and after one year of
work, they receive "bean stock* through
Starbucks' Stock Investment Program.
However, employees are required to work
a minimum of sixteen hours per week
regardless of school commitments, a com
mitment that is difficult for many students
to make. One audience member, a current
Starbucks employee, said she found it difficult to balance both school and working at
Starbucks, and as a result, has made a decision to quit.
At the talk, the student asked Schultz if he
would reconsider this rule for students, but
Schultz explained that the minimum hours
were already lowered from twenty required
hours per week. Schultz recommended that
the employee see her store manager, and
stated that there may be some leeway on the
rule.
The most important element in a successful business is to follow your dreams,
concluded Schultz.
"Entrepreneurial ideas, thoughts and
dreams will be challenged along the
way...But before you give up, make sure...you
don't look back in the rearview mirror and
regret that you gave up.* ♦
Former columnist sings praises of National Post
by Will Keats-Osborn
NEWS WRITER
The National Post, one of
Canada's national daily newspapers, has had a profound effect on
Canadian politics, according to
Chris Cobb, a former sports
columnist for the newspaper.
Speaking at the School of
Journalism on Wednesday, Cobb,
who is currently a feature writer
for the Ottawa Citizen, discussed
what he called the National Post's
assault on the one-party state, and
chronicled the evolution of the
newspaper as a dissenter in Can-
adiaripolitics.
In his discussion, Cobb explained that before former Can-
West News corporation owner
Conrad Black founded the National
Post in October 1998, the only
national newspaper in Canada was
the Globe and Mail, which Cobb
explained, "was not really that
interested in national political
stories."
In a new book, Ego and Ink: The
Inside Story of Canada's National
Newspaper War, Cobb details the
relationship between the'National
Post and the Globe and Mail, and
to a lesser extent, the Toronto Star.
Within a year of its creation, the
National Post was "starting to exert
an influence on the goings-on
around Parliament Hill,* Cobb
said at the talk, adding that
John Bryden, a Liberal Member of
Parliament at the time, appealed to
the Liberal caucus to start taking
notice of theNational P&st/n^cWise'
it "wasn't going away.*
One front-page article in the
newspaper, which claimed "plans
were afoot...to unite the right in
Canada,* was a story that the
Globe and Mail declined to run
several weeks earlier, and turned
out to be an important national
story. The story was "a signal of
intent," and "Unite the Right"
became a rallying cry for reform,
according to Cobb.
"The uniting of Canada's two
conservative parties was to be the
newspaper's political mission," he
said, adding that the National Post
had become a "thorn in the Prime
Minister's side."
"Jean Chretien had already
decided to hate it, and called
Conrad Black numerously and at
various points on the globe and at
various times of night to say so,"
he described.
writers began to receive anonymous tips from "senior bureaucrats who were working on policy
that they wanted the government
to adopt" and the newspaper's stories were used as fodder for the
opposition in next-day Parliament
3
meetings. The National Post was,
"supplanting Parliament" as the
official opposition of the Liberal
government, he explained.
Describing the National Post's
maxim as "irreverence," Cobb listed several issues that were seen as
coverage priorities by the newspaper's former managing editor,
Kenneth Whyte.
Items on the list included the
"lack of democratic accountability"
of Canadian Parliament, taxes
"which were too high,* the "brain
drain* to the US, the "bloated,
insufficient bureaucracy" of the
United Nations, critical analysis
of "InW Supfei&e ~C6l^~^8FtIie"
"Chretien government's use of
public funds for political purposes.*
While these issues received a
lot of attention from other media
outlets, the National Post set itself
apart by approaching the issues
with a sense of humour, said Cobb.
Scott Feschuk and Paul Wells,
two of the newspaper's prominent reporters, were instructed by
White to "go to Parliament Hill,
have some fun, be irreverent, kick
ass whenever you perceive it
needs kicking, but above all, don't
be boring, and make political
reporting fun."
This irreverence, along with an
unprecedented awareness of political issues, set the newspaper
apart from others, stated Cobb.
Though the National Post is "undoubtedly right- wing," "politically
incorrect* find "set out to annoy
ty of opinion, he emphasised. Its
success can be measured by the
influence the newspaper has had
on governmental policy.
"The right is united just like
Conrad Black and his National
Post wanted it to be," he said. ♦
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voters; candidates for the Senate are asked to submit both this
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please contact:
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by Sarah Bourdon
NEWS EDITOR
Dr Ivan Head, the founding director of UBC's Liu Institute for
Global Issues, died of cancer on
Monday at age 74. Head, who had
been at UBC since 1991, was
instrumental in bringing about a
focus on global citizenship, said
Olav Slaymaker, a geography professor at UBC.
"He immediately started to
work on the idea of a global studies
centre,* said Slaymaker, adding
that Head's vision was achieved in
1997 when he was named the first
director of the newly-created Liu
Institute.
Head was educated at the University of Alberta (U of A) and at
Harvard University in Boston. He
spent several years practising law
in Calgary and went on to become a
professor of law
at U of A.
From 1968 to
1978, Head served as special assistant to Prime
Minister Pierre
Trudeau, advising on foreign
policy. Head went
on to become President of the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa in 1978.
After coming to UBC in 1991,
Head taught at both the Faculty
of Law and the Department of
Political Science and was the chair
in South-North Studies. His involve-
HEAD
ment with the Liu Centre did much
to increase the global scope of the
school, said Slaymaker.
"His general contribution was
that he was the first real example
of global citizenship," he said.
"The president pf course, Martha
Piper, has picked that up as one of
her main themes and a lot of student activities are focused on global citizenship right now."
In addition to playing a major
role in the establishment and
building of the Liu Centre, Head's
ideas and outlook on the distinction between global and international issues had a lasting effect
on the campus, said Dr Brian Job,
director of the Centre of International Relations.
"For Ivan, the notion of global
meant the need to look at problems
from an overarching perspective,"
said Job. "It involved looking at
problems that involved all of
humanity, and involved looking at
the sustainable capacity of not just
states, but of regions and of the
globe as a whole."
Head's global view challenged
the traditional view of citizenship,
he explained.
"Global citizenship—that phrase
is interesting, because when we
think about it, citizenship implies a
connection or a tie to a state," said
Job. "What we were saying I think
there is the issue of responsibility—as Canadians, and more specifically as educated individuals at
UBC, [citizenship] should be used
responsibly in the UBC context to
advance solutions to these global
problems."
Head also had a profound
impact on his students in his time
at UBC, said Slaymaker, using
a quote from one of Head's
students.
"Ivan, I don't have adequate
words to thank you. It's more than
an inspiration or an ideal that you
have given me. It is a sense of
knowing to look higher and to
believe that there is a purpose in
our work and a hope for the
future," said the student.
Head's contributions to UBC
will leave a valuable legacy, said
Slaymaker.
"He was an inspiration to a lot
of people and he was, for us, a
model of how to look beyond the
immediate Canadian context and
see what needs to be done in the
world." ♦
Students fight for future of UBC Farm
by Carrie Robinson
NEWSSTAFF
Faced with the looming possibility
of UBC Farm's re-designation, several students are advocating the
importance of the contributions
and the opportunities for involvement the Farm offers the community.
They're hoping that the Farm,
located on South Campus Road,
can be viewed as an essential part
of the ""community- and woii't be
redeveloped.
The area of South Campus that
includes UBC Farm is designated as
a future housing reserve in the
Official Community Plan, though
currently there are no specific proposals for the land occupied by
the Farm.
"Redesignation of the farm is
definitely not in the short term, and
there is no date set,' said Karly
Henney, a community planner from
Campus and Community Planning.
"The current neighbourhood that
we are planning is for an area adjacent to UBC Farm and there is a connection between the new residential
neighbourhood and UBC Farm. The
residents could have community
gardens," said Henney.
There is a set housing development plan for the Northeast portion
of South Campus, which does not
include UBC Farm.
"The land areas designated on
schedule A will be maintained in'
connection with the university until
re-designation. They need verification that the area is not required for
academic use," said Henney.
Some students feel that UBC
Farm is already a fundamental component of their learning experience
at UBC and it should be preserved
for that use in the future.
"The goal is to...make it so that
the farm is such an integral part of
campus that [UBC] wouldn't consider getting rid of it," said Christine
Boyle, a UBC Farm volunteer, and a
representative from the Faculty of
Agricultural Science on the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) council. "This
entails getting more people out
there and making the space
more used.
"I think that it connects us to the
land in a way that we don't get in
the city and in a mainstream education," said Boyle. "It allows us to
gain practical knowledge and experiences in ways other than classroom lectures."
Boyle spent the summer living
with 20 other students on the Farm,
building structures to make the
farm more useful and helping harvest crops. The students were enrolled in a three-credit course entitled "The Science and Practice of
Sustainability."
"In my experience, it's been really great as an open space. It clears
my mind, and I find it grounding to
be getting dirty and doing labour
work," said Boyle.
The Farm supplies Sprouts,
UBC's organic grocery store, with
produce such as tomatoes, lettuce,
cucumber, cabbage, kale, pumpkins
and squash.
"Part of the reason that Sprouts
even exists was because we wanted
to have an outlet for students to support the Farm and to have easy
access to farm products," said Elana
Cossaver, president of the Food Coop, the group that runs the store.
Sprouts opened in September,
and is owned and operated by students who would like to see awareness of UBC Farm increased. Cossaver added that she had heard a lot
of talk about South Campus development and she wanted to make
sure that people saw the value in
using the farm.
"It is a great resource for the
UBC community because it is an
incubator for student initiative,"
said Cossaver, adding that the Farm
has created many student volunteer
projects.
Farm advocates have turned
their focus to getting people to visit
the facility and promoting awareness of its projects.
"At this point I feel that certainly
the potential of the farm is not
being utilised. This requires student initiative and that requires
increased awareness," said Lyle
McMahon, also a UBC farm volunteer, and VP Administration for
the AMS.
For the past two years McMahon
has organised Farm Ade, an annual
all-ages festival with live music and
a family carnival.
"We want to promote awareness
of the farm and to see fresh faces
NICE BOOTS: Project coordinator Mark Bomford gets muddy while
tending to the UBC Farm, nic fensom photo
so that people know that. [UBC
Farm] is an integral part of UBC
and an excellent way for students
to get involved," said McMahon,
adding that the Farm encourages
students to get involved through
volunteering.
"We want people to know that
the farm is not just a big patch of
grass," said McMahon. ♦
Bora Bora back down
The Royal Canadian Mounted
Police (RCMP) have retracted previous claims that the Kappa Sigma
fraternity forged a liquor license
for their annual Bora Bora bash,
which was shut down by the police
on October 15.
"They did not forge their liquor
license," said Staff Sgt. David
Olson, commander of the university detachment. "I had been told
that initially."
Representatives from Kappa
Sigma applied for a party per-mit
for 200 people from the fire
department and the RCMP, Olson said.
However, almost 600 people
were at the Kappa Sigma fraternity
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house when the RCMP checked in
on them at 10:00 pm that evening.
"We were maybe intentionally
misled, or maybe there was a mis
understanding," Olson said. The
RCMP had informed the party
organisers that they would be stop-
Ping by.
"Despite the fact that they knew
when we'd be there and what we
were looking for, they still had too
many people," Olson said.
The RCMP then asked that
everyone leave the premises, and
the attendees did so without incident, according to Olson.
The RCMP will be meeting with
UBC and the fraternities in the
near future to discuss remaining
issues, but no charges will be laid
in this case.
"For the most part they are a
bunch of nice young fellas and I
hope we can avoid this," said
Olson.
Kappa Sigma representatives
declined to comment on this matter, referring the Ubyssey to
Andrew Synyshyn, president of
UBC's Inter-Fraternity Council.
Synyshyn did not respond to
requests for comment by press time.
Life Science party 2004
BC Premier Gordon Campbell opened UBC's new Life Sciences Centre Thursday.
Covering 51,000 square metres, the five-storey, $172-million
building is now UBC's largest and
will allow the Faculty of Medicine
to double its enrolment.
"The Life Sciences Centre takes
medical education and research in
BC to the next level, providing a
setting where the doctors and
other health professionals of tomorrow will learn next to researchers who are discovering
future treatments and cures," said
Campbell.
The centre will also be home to
the Centre for Disease Modelling
and the Centre for Blood Research,
and will accommodate up to 2,900
students and staff.
Two lecture halls in the building can hold up to 350 students
and contain high-tech audio-visual
equipment
This technology will allow students from UBC to connect to facilities at the University of Victoria
and the University of Northern
British Columbia, where UBC has
set up satellite campuses for its
medical school. ♦

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