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Vol. LXXXIXNp. tffH 'WV^.uByssEV.BC.CA*i,N,ovEMEBER2NI,, 2007 | SINCE 1918
wenocide in Darfur 2     Culture
ThSJjbyssey I November 2nd, 2007
November 2nd
November 8th
What: Free screening
of "Nuovo Cinema
Where: Italian Cultural
Centre, 3075 SlocanSt
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Free
The Evaporators
With the Tranzmitors,
The Pack, Kid Kordene
What: Nardwuar's  /
band rocks out!
All-ages! Free!
Where: SUB Ball
Time: 7-1 lp.
Tuesday @ M.A.S.S.
What: Dj + live band,
$2 bzzr
Where: Buchanan D
Time: 5-9pm
Cost: Free
Who: 19+w/two pieces
of ID
The Locust
With Despised Icon,
Child Abuse
What: Hardcore,
Where: SUB Ballroom
Tix: ticketmaster.ca
Analysing Pop Culture
Through a Critical
What: Discuss critical
movie scenes
Where: ANSO 202
Time: 12-1:3 0pm
Cost: Free
LtGen Romeo Dellaire
What: Canadian speaks
about genocide
Where: Chan Centre
Time: 8pm
Tix: ticketmaster.ca
What: Movie about
animal oppression
Where: Norm Theatre,
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: Free
Improv Club pushes personal limits
by James Johnson
Culture Staff
You're standing at centerestage.
Your heart is already beating
a thousand times a minutes,
hands clammy. Someone in the
crowd bellows a random sketch
suggestion. Your mind starts
racing, an entire character in
the moment that it takes to draw
a breath. Your partner walks up
and starts the conversation, in a
character they conceived just as
quickly. Then, you step forward,
shoving aside all your anxieties,
and jump in.
Welcome to the UBC Improv
Club. It's a student club dedicated to the art of improv, and
is probably most well-known
around campus for its Firstweek
shows and the shows they hold
in the last week of each month.
But they're hardly a club for the
elite. They also hold sporadic
workshops covering everything
from the basics to exercises in
alternative forms of improv.
"As opposed to other clubs,
where you have your membership and you get your benefits,
we're like a really tight knit
family," said club co-president
Devin Mackenzie. "The workshops [are] a really great opportunity, even if you've never
done improv before...just crazy,
quirky events like that going on
all year, even if you're not on
the [performance] team.
"The workshop isn't like a
stage situation," said Mackenzie. "Because usually everyone's
on stage together, you warm up
together, you do a lot of games
together that bring the group together, so after an hour people
are just really comfortable with
each other."
My interest was piqued,
and I was fortunate enough to
get an invite to a basics workshop normally open only to
club members.
When I showed up, the
warm-up had already begun.
Not seconds before I put down
my things was I thrust out of my
comfort zone and into the spotlight. Warm-ups were a series
of games, starting with random
body work and wordplay to loosen up and sharpen the instincts.
Then, some trust building and
calming exercises that wouldn't
be out of place among sports
teams or corporate retreats.
For the second half, the
workshop evolved into styles
more familiar to improv goers.
Two people took the stage at a
time, and built a short sketch
containing the five elements of
improv: location, characters,
problem, raised stakes, and
a solution. One element was
provided by the crowd, and the
rest conjured from the imagination of the players.
I must confess, there were
some moments when I simply
froze up, but rarely did a smile
leave my face. Mackenzie provides some insight into this.
"The people that are in UBC Improv...we're really fun people,
so that really rubs off on people.
Like last year for example, [one
guy] came up to the booth during Clubs Days...he'd just come
to Canada, he could hardly speak
a word of English...he came to
every single show, every single
event, and by the end of the year,
he spoke perfect English, he was
just having a blast."
So I, too, had a blast—to say
that an improv workshop is
something everyone can take
value from, least of all people
with more than an ounce of social anxiety. But before you do,
or even if you don't, Mackenzie
implores for a bit of understanding about improv off the stage.
"People always say...'oh
you're the improv guys, do
something funny!'" said Mackenzie. "But improv is, for me,
very meditative. It's such a
group/team activity you can't
get any closer, besides family
because there's so much trust
involved, you have to trust that
someone is going to bail you
out of a situation if you're stuck
on stage...and you also have to
trust that they're listening to
you and they know the story
so they can add to the story. So
to do improv on the spot when
someone asks you to do it, it's
kind of insulting." vl
In the story headlined "T-Birds
fall to Dinos, lose playoff berth"
in the Oct. 30 issue, the dateline
incorrectly reads "Winnepeg, MB
(CUP). It should read "Calgary, AB
In the Sept. 21 issue, the
article "Outdoor art gallery becomes its own exhibit" was writen
by Sabrina Marchand, not Sarah
Marchand. The Ubyssey regrets
the error.
In the Oct. 30 issue's Streeters,
the photo of Lauren Buuck was
incorrect and Naveen Dosanjh's
name was misspelled. The Ubyssey regrets the errors.
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November 2nd, 2007
Vol. LXXXIX N°17
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That night, Ma rie Burgoyne called an escort service. They sent Isabel "Fuckin" Ferrerass,
who was wearing a cop uniform with the backside removed. She was accompanied
by Paul "Booch" Bucci, who was wearing nothing but a strategically placed tattoo of
lames Johnson's nether regions. Justin McElroy,who was handcuffed to Trevor Darcy's
ankle, foil owed suit while wearing ArashShaul as a shawl. Matt Hayles was discreetly
watching Boris "Bobo" Korby, who was holding a pair of expensive panties (which
belonged to Brandon Adams) while peeping at the goings-on inside. What he saw
shocked him,for before his very eyes,David Zhang was attempting to pole dance on a
chandelier while removing Goh "Gomoto" Iromoto's contact lenses from NickWiebe's
eyes. Shun Endo stood underneath waiting to catch Julian Morse in his sweaty little
arms. He caught Chanel McKibbon instead,who took the opportunity to grabfor Phe-
dra Deonarine's left breast. Suddenly, Ryan Pettersson, where the Playboy Bunny triplets Fiona Sara Deonarine, Saren ArielleDeonarine,and Sean Israel Deonarine hungrily
waited for him. Stephanie Taylor rubbed turkey gravy on Connie Do's fingers, which
really turned Joe Rayment on. He ran into the rippling arms of Levi Barnett, who was
being massaged by Stephanie Findlay (clad only in fishnets) with a cucumber. Oker
Chen,who was in the room as well, sat in a corner and drowned his sorrows in a vat of
Jordan Chittley's tears. Amanda Stutt, Colleen Tang and Matthew Jewkes dogpiled on
Kellan "Semiahmoooooooo!" Higgins, who giggled with pleasure. Obviously, this act
was tough to follow. However,Claudia Li and Samantha Jung stole the show by taking
turns whipping each other with their hair. Champagne Choguer wasn't there to enjoy
this sight because she was busy fornicating with Sabrina Marchand.
Paul Bucci
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Press November 2nd, 2007 | ThSJjbyssey
Artist Paul Curran sits by his painting of Noble Peace Prize winner Yitzbak Rabin. A former prime minister of Israel, Rabin was assassinated in 1995.
Young UBC artist paints peace
by Arash Shaul
Culture Writer
When, in 2005, on the eve of
his first art exhibit, Paul Curran walked into the gallery, he
noticed something very crucial
missing—the paintings. His
paintings were already sold,
packaged, and delivered to their
new owners.
"My agent was so excited with
the pricey offers coming in, he
totally forgot to hold onto them
for the show," says Curran jovially. "He sold every single one, it
was a disaster!"
Many 19-year-old aspiring
artists would give an arm for
this "disaster." But Curran is an
artist of another kind, one who
sees art not as a commodity but
a mission.
"All I want in life is to bring
people together," says Curran.
"Everything I paint is about that."
On October 16th, only two years
after his first show, Paul held
the 18th exhibit of his artwork,
at Yaletown Brewing Company.
No paintings missing. Plenty of
people were brought together.
A fourth-year psychology and
art history major at UBC, Curran
jokes that most of his formal
education at UBC so far has been
of little value. He quickly adds,
"Seriously though, one of the
best experiences in my life was
taking a course in post-modern
Chinese art."
The course was influential
for Curran because it helped
him forge his own unique style
of art—painting connected with
"Every painting of mine has
a story," he says. He points to a
painting titled "The Great Florence Cathedral", an intricate portrayal of the historic synagogue of
Florence. "During World War II,
the Nazis used this synagogue as
a weapon storage depot," he says
as he recounts the bitter-sweet
history of the synagogue and of
its eventual reconstruction after
the war. "But everything turns
out well," Curran concludes with
a smile, "and I hope to visit it
Curran began drawing when
he was barely five years old.
"We didn't have any television
at home because my father
thought it was a bad idea," he
remembers. To pass time, he
started drawing and quickly
fell in love with it. His painting style evolved from elegant
jazz portraits to commanding
black and white cityscapes, but
one thing never changed—his
passion to use his art to "bring
people together."
"One of my ideas is to build a
restaurant where half the tables
have only salt shakers, and the
other half only pepper," he says.
"That way people will be forced
to come out of their shells, talk
and mingle."
Curran, himself, goes out of
his way to promote harmony and
understanding among people.
He actively participates in student life at UBC. He is a member
of Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity. He is also a prominent
member of the Israel Awareness
Club—a club dedicated to broadening understanding and appreciation of Israeli society at UBC.
Earlier this year, he painted a
portrait of Yitzhak Rabin, the late
Israeli prime minister awarded
the Nobel Peace prize for his
peace initiatives with the Palestinians. The portrait will be displayed during the Yitzhak Rabin
Memorial Day, an annual event
the Israel Awareness Club holds
to support peace in the Middle
East, at the SUB each November.
When asked if he believes
peace in the Middle East is possible, he answers, "Well, that's
how I'd like the story to end." \a
A collection of Curran's paintings can be seen at his website
With over 385 participants and 5050 donated cans, equivalent to 6312.5 pounds
or $12,625 worth of food, the spirit of the
AMS Food Bank haunted the neighbourhood recently in a successful hunt to collect
food for local social services. Organized
this year by Meal Exchange, AMS Food
Bank, and The Terry Project over a period
of three months, Trick or Eat is an annual
event that throws a new spin on Halloween
as students canvass university neighbourhoods for donated food, raising awareness
and getting the neighbourhood involved.
The AMS Food Bank is still seeking to build
up its mountain of food. Donations can be
made to them in the basement of the SUB,
in room 58 on Mondays and Thursday
from l-3pm.
Culture     3
This is not
The Producers
by James Johnson
Culture Staff
presented by
Performance Works
Until November 17
It's the quintessential love story,
but with a few twists.
Boy meets boy, boy falls in
love with boy, boy loses boy. All
in the concentration camps of
Nazi Germany. Such is the gross
oversimplified plot of "Bent", the
Pulitzer and Tony Award nominated theatrical production that
broke attendance records in its
four month run in Vancouver in
1981. Can lightning strike twice?
Director/co-producer and UBC
MA in Theatre graduate Amanda
Lockitch thinks so.
"I think there's a lot of interest in the show. There's a whole
generation of people who didn't
see the show at the Arts Club...It's
a really strongly emotional play
with two men, which doesn't often happen."
This adaptation comes from
Meta.for Theatre Company, a
collaboration between Lockitch,
Vancouver theatre vet Sean
Cummings, who plays the role
of Horst, and Melissa Powell,
a fellow UBC grad who fills the
roles of co-producer and lighting
manager. Their earlier credits
include "Broken", "Never Swim
Alone", and "Warriors and Crossing"—throughout which they have
taken turns in different production roles.
Although the script and setting have remained unchanged,
Lockitch believes the production
speaks to the continued resonance of the Holocaust and issues
surrounding homosexuality.
Prisoners who were freed in
1948 were often rearrested under Paragraph 175 of the German
penal code, which criminalized
homosexual intercourse.
"Not a lot of us talk about
that," says Lockitch, "While I
think we have come a long way
particularly in Canada with same-
sex marriage, there are still books
being banned from school libraries for homosexual content, men
being killed solely because they
are gay, so how far have things
really come?"
Since its inaugural run nearly
30 years ago, "Bent" has seen numerous theatre adaptations. Undaunted, Lockitch explains how
she aims to put a modern twist
on the old classic. "We all tried
to make fairly bold choices in
terms of set design and lighting
design in concept, and hopefully
offering a lot of moving imagery,"
she elaborates. "Some of our fight
sequences, we had a great fight
choreographer named Jeff Fisher...his overall concept with the
fights were instead of using guns
and instead of using billy clubs,
to make them queer bashing, so
they could make the 1930s ring
true with us."
In closing, Lockitch gives
credit to her alma mater for all the
help it's provided. "UBC's been a
huge support, we rehearsed at
their Great Northern Way space...
they've helped us in terms of costume rentals, set rentals..Jayson
[Maclean] who teaches at UBC is
our technical director, Melissa
[Powell], Krista [Sung, costume
manager], Noa [Anatot, stage
manager] all trained there...so
UBC has and will always be a
huge influence." \a 4     Sports
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Whitfield helps promote contest to find new Olympic
sports. X-treme tobogganing is our suggestion
by Justin McElroy
Sports Writer
To hear Simon Whitfield tell the
story over the phone, it sounds
as though he's writing his own
made-for-TV movie as we speak.
Itwas 1992. "I was 17 years
old, going to school in Sydney,
Australia. And one day in class,
I found out that the International
Olympic Committee decided
that triathlon would become
an Olympic sport, starting with
2000 games. I knew right there
that for the next seven years, I
would be training for the day
where I could represent Canada
at the Olympics, and race for a
gold medal."
The rest of the story continues
the fairy tale: Whitfield trained.
Whitfield swam, biked, and ran.
And Whitfield is now "Olympic
Gold Medalist Simon Whitfield,"
having found his dreams come
true on the streets of Sydney in
Now Whitfield is helping
Petro-Canada increase support
for amateur sports by promoting their nation-wide contest,
"Dream Big". The contest looks
to find a new Olympic sport, and
as Whitfield said, it is "just a fun
way for Canadians to be excited
about the Olympic process."
Contestants will present their
ideas today at 10:30am at Robson Square. Ideas may stretch
the Olympic motto of "faster,
higher, stronger" and organisers
expect ideas to include things
such as pillow fighting or mud
And why couldn't one of these
sports be a reality? Olympic
sports come and go all the time.
Triathlon came in 2000 and this
summer baseball will be on its
way out.
In case my ideas aren't heard
tomorrow, here are some variations of popular games that could
one day be in the Olympics.
Simon Whitfield's "Dream
Big" Pitch: Winter King of the
Hill. "You have teams of two,
going head to head, and there's
a steep hill in the middle of the
field," Whitfield explains. "First
team to get to the top of the hill
and defend it for two minutes
wins. There are no other rules."
It's athletic, visually appealing, and would be intensely competitive. If Simon had his way,
"Canada's team would be Sidney
Crosby and Mr Captain Canada,
Ryan Smyth," adding a little star
power to the event.
Justin McElroy's "Dream
Big" Pitch: X-treme Toboggan
ing. You know how everyone
loves short-track speed-skating?
The one where five skaters race
in a tiny oval, inevitably crashing in a Nascaresque pileup
at the very end? Now imagine
that—only with people racing
down the face of a mountain in a
suped-up sled. You're telling me
you wouldn't watch this?
Sport Once Considered for
the Olympics, but Rejected:
Sled dog Racing. After being a
demonstration sport at 1932
games, it hasn't been close to
the Olympics since. And frankly,
that's a bit of a shame. It's been
around for centuries. In the Idi-
tarod, it has an official, reputable
And if the summer games can
have Equestrian (high jump for
horses), can't the winter games
have a sport involving animals
that is, you know, exciting?
A Real Olympic Sport? Biathlon. A "sport" that combines
everyone's two favourite winter
pastimes: Long distance crosscountry skiing, and shooting at
fixed targets.
Of the 54 gold medals awarded in the history of the sports,
over 75 per cent of them have
gone to either Germany, Norway,
or Russia/USSR/Unified Team.
In the 2006 Olympics, Biathlon
took up 10 of the 84 events in the
Quick question for The Ubyssey's readers: When 2010 tickets
go on sale next year, will any of
you have biathlon fever?
That said, biathlon is one
of the few Olympic sports that
mimics a real survival event.
Before snowmobiles or grocery
stores, people in northern snow-
covered parts would have to
traverse large areas of land and
shoot animals with accuracy to
ensure dinner.
The point to all this is that it
just goes to show how subjective
the definition of "sport" really is.
Last time I checked, ESPN had a
whole lot more Texas hold 'em
and world's strongest man on
its schedule than biathlon and
And really, that's fine. Sport
isn't just about "faster, higher,
stronger" as the Olympic motto
makes it out to be—it's about
competition and skill colliding in
a mesmerizing flash that brings
out the best and worst in people.
So while the "Dream Big"
competition may be just fun and
games, it reinforces the core
message of sport better than any
steroid-infused 100-metre dash
could hope to do. Va November 2nd, 2007 | ThSJjbyssey
  Sports     5
Women's B-ball enters season No. 1, must beat rivals
Rookies, bench must step
up to win national title
by Justin McElroy
Sports Writer
The UBC women's basketball
team heads into this season in
a familiar spot: #1 in the CIS
But as we'll see, it's a very
different Thunderbird team than
last season.
So far this season they had a
convincing win against Trinity
Western and a convincing loss to
Simon Fraser.
The 2006-2007 Season, in
SO Words or Less: After winning the national championship
the previous year, and returning
with the entire starting lineup
intact, UBC cruised through the
Canada West Conference for
months on end.
However, their hopes of
repeating their success were
dashed on the rocky shores of
Newfoundland at the nationals,
courtesy of a quarterfinal loss to
Departures: Perennial all-
star centre Kelsey Blair finished
her five-year tour of duty with
the Thunderbirds, as did starting
forward Kim Howe.
In an unsurprising move,
third-year post player Katie
Ward decided not to return to
UBC, choosing to focus on her
studies at a community college.
However, in a surprising move,
sparkplug point guard Megan
Pinske decided to abruptly leave
the team late in the summer,
creating a large void at the guard
Arrivals: Though not anticipating the loss of Pinske, the
Thunderbirds were relatively
active on the recruiting end this
summer, adding four new players to their roster. Of these, the
two that will be part of the regular rotation right away are rookies Alex Vieweg, a standout forward for provincial powerhouse
Argyle High School lastyear, and
6'2" Zara Huntley.
The Leader: Cait Haggarty.
A strong case could be made
for all-star shooting guard Erica
McGuinness in this position, but
Haggarty does everything that a
coach could want out of a point
She distributes expertly, has
great vision, plays tenacious
defense, hits the three when necessary, and leads by example.
As coach Deb Huband puts it,
she's "a great role model for the
younger players, someone who
really inspires them."
The Wild Card: Leanne Ev
ans. If previous centre Kelsey
Blair represented one version of
the post player—a post-up centre
who was flawless in positioning
and fundamentals—then Evans
is the exact opposite.
She is a quick, athletic forward who relies on her speed
and height for defense and scoring chances, but lacks polish
around the basket. However,
Evans has improved by leaps
and bounds as the season went
along, and Huband predicts the
same thing will happen again
this year. If that happens, UBC
Nov. 9
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Nov. 16
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Nov. 23
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Nov. 30
Dec. 1
Jan. 4
at Lethbridge
at Calgary
at Winnipeg
at Mannitoba
at Simon Fraser
will be as balanced as any team
in the country.
The Sleeper: Candace Moris-
set. She had a promising rookie
season in 05-06, but due to
injuries and inconsistency, had
a season that she would rather
But if she's healthy, she'll be
a part of Huband's regular rotation this year because she has
the speed and shot necessary to
contribute to this offense if she
gets hot.
Burning Question: Will the
rookies be able to step up? If
there is one flaw in this Thunderbirds squad, it's their bench—
they have a total of six players
who have played any meaningful
minutes in the CIS.
And while third-year post
Montana Dunmore should be
able to fill in when necessary this
year, Vieweg and Huntley will be
thrown into the firepan in their
rookie campaigns, and be expected to contribute right away.
If they fail to do so, this team will
be painfully thin, and a few bad
fouls away from trouble.
In Conclusion: All that being
said, they're ranked #1 for a reason. They're talented, balanced,
and in McGuinness, Haggarty,
and Julie Little, have three experienced seniors who know what
it takes to win a national title.
The last 16 CIS champions
have come out of the Canada
West Conference and if the Thunderbirds can outplay rivals SFU
and Alberta during the regular
season, they will be heavy favourites to win their third title in
five years come March. til
Forward Leanne Evans goes for the ball in a game last year against the University of Winnipeg. She will be a key to UBC having a well-balanced team.
Jan. 5
Jan. 12
at Victoria
Jan. 25
at Trinity Western
Jan. 26
at Trinity Western
Feb. 1
Feb. 2
Feb. 8
at Thompson Rivers
Feb. 9
at Fraser Valley
Basketball Regular
Season Schedule
Playoffs start Feb. 15
Men's, women's soccer teams take top ranks to Canada West playoffs
By Trevor D'Arcy
Sports Writer
After a big weekend, both women's and men's soccer teams
are heading to the Canada West
knockout stages.
The UBC women, ranked No.
1 in the country by a coaches
poll, finished their season with
resounding 6-0 and 4-0 victories
this past weekend. The wins secured first place in the Canada
West division, a comfortable
four points ahead of Victoria and
Coach Dick Mosher attributed
the success to a well developed
and complete team.
"While our major strength
the past few seasons has been defending, this year we have added
a much stronger attacking dimension to our game," he said.
The season's record certainly
lends support to his statement.
The women won 11 of 14 games
and sport an unprecedented plus
47 goal differential - more than
twice any other Canada West
team. Their strong standing may
make them favourites in the
Canada West playoffs, but it takes
more than a record to advance to
the Nationals.
"It's now single game knockout and one bad game can put
you on the outside looking in,"
said Dick Mosher.
Nevertheless, the women
have won three of the past five
National tournaments, and Dick
Mosher is confident their experience has prepared them for this
kind of pressure.
The men's team faces an entirely different situation. As hosts
to this year's Nationals, they
have an automatic berth to the
tournament, but after struggling
to secure a playoff spot, they are
hoping to gain some momentum.
Coach Mike Mosher described
the season as, "A little bit of a roller coaster ride... Some games we
probably under achieved, other
games we looked pretty darn
Going into the playoffs the
team is not too concerned with
winning Canada West as with
preparing for the Nationals. Key
players will be rested and the
team can still afford to focus on
developing their consistency.
Mike Mosher is still optimistic
about his team's chances to win
the playoffs, but says that the
principal focus of the season has
been their National opener on
Nov. 8.
The team could get a boost
this week, with the return of goalkeeper Srdjan Djekanovic who
has been playing with Toronto
FC. It is expected that he will be
ready to play for UBC in time for
the playoffs.
Regardless of the results during the Canada West playoffs,
"whoever we play in game one of
the Nationals knows that they're
gonna have a good team on their
hands," said Mike Mosher.
Playoffs kickoff at UBC for the
women on Nov. 2 and at Trinity
Western for the men on Nov. 3. ti 6    Feature
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She was 14 when they invaded her village; when
they came in and began to
kill indiscriminately; when
they murdered her parents and
all of her siblings save one small
sister. She was 14 when they raped
her; when they impregnated her.
At 15 she went into labour, she
pushed for days yet her baby died
inside of her. She was only 15 when
they put metal instruments inside
of her; they crushed her baby's
skull; they pulled her baby out of
her in pieces. The trauma suffered
during her delivery wore a hole
between her vagina and her ureter
causing her to leak urine from her
vagina all day long. The offensive
odour turned her into a social pariah. She was 15 when she started
to deny herself water so she would
leak less....smell less.
She's 16 and she came to us,
we said we would help her. We set
up an agreementto gether surgery
in another town; we go to give her
the news she has been waiting a
year to hear. She's 16 and we can't
find her and no one knows where
she is. She's 16 and she's gone.
I didn't know 'she' when I agreed
to spend half a year in Darfur in
2006, working as a midwife in
an internally displaced persons
camp with Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders).
To be honest, I knew very little
about the atrocities that were
happening there.
Thankfully, in my fourth
year at UBC I had two experiences that opened my eyes to
the plight of the people of West
Sudan. One evening I had the
the MSF hospital in order to
serve the victims of the sexual
violence that is being used as a
weapon of war. The other purpose was "temoignage"—to bear
witness to, and speak out about,
the horrors that the Darfuri
people are being subjected to
by their own government. Both
were equally important.
There are a million stories I
could tell and each one is more
horrific than the last. It's beyond
comprehension, the things that
human beings are capable of doing to each other.
'ie first day was the
day I treated a six
year old rape victim.
na—the man whose story "Hotel
Rwanda" was based on—when he
spoke at our school. He was the
first person to tell me of what
was happening in Darfur. Then,
I was shown a documentary
about MSF's work in Sudan in
"World Problems in Nutrition".
I left class in tears and emailed
MSF that night.
And that was it. The next thing
he next thing I knew,
i was packing up my
life and flying headlong into the greatest
humanitarian crisis
in the world—a crisis
that many are calling a
"Rwanda in slow motion."
I knew, I was packing up my life
and flying head-long into the
greatest humanitarian crisis in the
world—a crisis that many are calling a "Rwanda in slow motion."
My time in Darfur was to
serve two purposes. One was to
run a woman's centre alongside
The first day I saw patien„„
in the women's centre was the
victim. A few days later, when I
went on my first outing into the
camp to distribute milk, I met
my first "Janja baby"—a two year
old boy whose mother had been
impregnated when she had been
raped by the Janjaweed and who
had gone against convention and
hadn't killed him at birth. And
that was just the beginning...
in the five months that I spent
the security situation) I became
aware of the depths of depravity
to which people can sink.
I saw what happens when
one group sees themselves as
superior to another and therefore regards the other group as
less than human. I also came to
realise that the slogan "Never
Again," adopted after the holocaust, is a lie.
We let it happen again in
Rwanda and we are letting it
happen again in Darfur. While
we sip our cappuccino' and
stroll Robson, too "busy" to get
politically involved, the people
of Darfur are dying. Again. tT
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ICORD and the Rick Hansen Foundation welcomed Canadian
astronaut Dave Williams to UBC yesterday.
Astronauts touch
down on campus
Crew of most recent space shuttle mission
honour fellow pioneer Rick Hansen
by Boris Korby
News Editor
Canadian astronaut Dave Williams brought the 'man in motion
tour' to new heights six weeks ago
when he took one of famed UBC
graduate Rick Hansen's gloves
333.3 km above the Earth aboard
the space shuttle Endeavour.
It took Williams just 90 minutes to circle the world while in
space. It took Hansen two years,
two months and two days to do the
same on his tour between 1985-
1987. Yet it was the significantly
slower Hanson being honoured
yesterday at UBC in a ceremony
before students and faculty.
Williams, mission commander Scott Kelly, mission specialist
Barbara Morgan, and mission
specialist Benjamin Alvin Drew
presented Hansen with the glove
which returned with them to
Earth on August 21 after two
weeks in space. Williams said
Hanson's efforts to better the
lives of those with spinal cord injuries was an inspiration not only
to him and his crewmates, but to
people worldwide.
The group of astronauts also
fielded questions from audience
members about their most recent
trip to the International Space
Station, what inspired them to be
astronauts, and how Canada fits
in to the space equation.
"The   [International]   Space
Station in my opinion is probably the most complicated engineering feat that we've done in
the history of humanity," Kelly
said. "I think it's really an amazing feat what both the United
States and Canada and their
other international partners are
Hopefully we'll have a
Canadian participating in the missions
back to the moon and
eventually to Mars.
Dave Williams,
Canadian astronaut
All the astronauts commented
on the significance of Canada's
contributions to the advancement
of space exploration over the last
two decades, to the proud applause of the patriotic audience.
"I think it's a really exciting
time in space exploration, and
in fact now what we need to be
doing is looking towards the future," Williams told the Ubyssey
when questioned about Canada's
future role in space exploration.
"My dream right now is for the
next generation of Canadian
astronauts, and hopefully we'll
have a Canadian participating in
the missions back to the moon
and eventually to Mars." \a November 2nd, 2007 | ThSJjbyssey
Space security at risk:
'Rods from God', other
weapons expected in
by Matthew Hayles
News Staff
"Lets say that you have a neighbour with all kinds of guns and
he wants to do target practice in
your backyard."
Dr Wade Huntley is talking
animatedly in his office in the
Liu Centre, as he explains his
research on the deployment of
weapons in space. He is the Director of the Simons Centre for
Disarmament and Non-Prolifera-
tion Research at UBC, and one of
the key minds behind the Space
Security Index (SSI), a survey
published annually by Project
Ploughshares in Toronto. "You
would want a legal system in
place to stop him," he says, continuing his analogy. "Outer space
is everybody's backyard."
The SSI, written by a dozen
university students from both
undergraduate and graduate
levels, aims to provide a survey
of space as an operational environment that can be maintained
for use by all actors. Every year,
the process of creating the final
document is overseen by a board
of a half dozen scholars and
international experts on the subject of Space Security.
The SSI is used by decisionmakers in government and
industry, by researchers in universities, and NGOs all over the
world. "The main purpose is to
be a survey of the circumstances
of all aspects of space security,"
he said.
The legal status of space is set
by the Outer Space Treaty (OST)
of 1967. The treaty prohibits the
deployment and testing of weapons of mass destructions, such
as nuclear weapons, in space.
At some point the political and technical
momentum will be so
strong that we won't be
able to turn around.
Dr Wade Huntley,
Simons Centre for Disarmament director
Originally signed by the
United States, Russia, and Great
Britain, 98 countries have signed
on to the treaty as of 2007. To
date the weaponisation of space
has been minimal and until recently talks were moving towards
strengthening the OST.
But, according to Huntley,
the stability of the OST has been
shaken up by recent activities
in space, most notably an anti-
satellite (ASAT) test by China last
January. The test, during which
China intentionally destroyed its
own Fengyun-lC weather satellite, created thousands of pieces
of space debris, and an international uproar. "It put more heat
on China with respect to its own
space deployment," said Huntley.
He added that he expects the test
to have a lasting, destabilising
effect on any international commitment to the non-weaponisa-
tion of space.
According to Huntley, in the
immediate wake of the test a
decade of talks on strengthening
the OST were scuttled.
Recent years have seen a
sharp increase in space activities
by non-traditional powers. "It's
important that when we wonder
about the future of space we don't
overlook the possibility of future
key actors in addition to the key
actors that are now in place," said
Alexandra Gyarmati, a fourth-
year political science student who
works with Dr. Huntley.
"China [is] a key factor in
military space programs," she
said by email. "The ASAT test has
in some circles brought about
support for enhanced military
space technology."
Huntley points out that the
international community, especially the United States, had
plenty of warning before the test
last January. He said that the
US was aware of three or four
previous attempts by China to
demonstrate its technology, but
did nothing because it is in the
United States' long-term strategic interest to see the tradition
of space security destabilised.
Huntley believes that, following
Chinese precedent, weaponisation of space by the US and other
powers is not far ahead.
"The most ominous scenario
is one where the United States
begins to deploy space-based
strike weapons," he said, adding
that while space-based missile
defense is only the most obvious
example, more exotic technology
is in development. One example
is "Rods from God", which involves the deployment of 20-foot
long tungsten tubes in space, to
be dropped from orbit with the
force of an atomic bomb.
According to Gyarmati, "the
future truly depends on the decision making in the areas of foreign relations and space policy
by the US."
One of the focuses of Huntley's research is to examine developments in space technology
that could be deployed as weapons. Currently he is looking at the
space programs in middle power
countries such as Brazil, Israel,
and Canada. "Minor countries
are working hard and spending
money so that they are able to
become or remain relevant for
whatever lays ahead in space,"
said Gyarmati.
Because development and
deployment take a long time,
Huntley cautions, it is important
to look at what kind of research
is occurring right now, in order
to avoid a weaponised scenario
in the future. "At some point the
political and technical momentum will be so strong that we
won't be able to turn around the
momentum towards the eventual weaponisation of space," he
said. "And that's why there's very
much a sense of urgency."
Without intervention from the
public and other political bodies,
Huntley considers the weaponisation of space to be inevitable. "An
impending train wreck in slow
motion," he calls it. "We have to
change the current trajectory." tl
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Campbell's climate move a worthy start
Premier Gordon Campbell went behind Ottawa's back and travelled to
Lisbon, Portugal on Monday to sign
on to the International Carbon Action
Partnership, (ICAP).
The partnership, which encompasses much of the European Union, a
number of American states, and New
Zealand, is designed to facilitate the
creation of a regulated global market
for carbon emissions trading.
The argument for this partnership
is that a regulated carbon trading
market would be highly valuable in
a co-ordinated international effort to
reduce emissions.
The theory behind emissions trading is that central governing bodies
must cap carbon emissions at a certain level, and divvy out "credits" to individual emission producers dictating
how much carbon they can emit. If an
emitter needs to produce more than its
"credits" allow, it can buy the rights, or
"credits", to produce more from those
who are able to produce less.
Thus a "cap and trade" strategy on
carbon emissions is frequently touted
as one of the primary measures which
could help reduce emissions atthe least
economic costto society. Those who are
most cheaply able to reduce emissions
are given incentives to do so, while
those who most need to produce more
are able to buy the rights to do so.
Emissions trading was instituted
in 1990 as a part of the Clean Air Act
in the United States, and was successful in cutting sulfur dioxide levels. The
Acid Rain Program, as itwas commonly called, continues to be a success,
often cutting S02 levels to well below
"capped" levels at little economic cost.
Unlike acid rain, however, climate
change is an inherently global issue.
While the Acid Rain Program had the
backing of the strong federal US government, which was able to strictly enforce caps and regulations, there is no
international consensus on anything
climate-change related—not to mention political will for emissions caps
and enforcement.
Carbon emissions trading is still
a useful step in the right direction. If
there is to be movement on this issue,
it will have to come from cheap, easy
to implement solutions to cut carbon
emissions. One of the best ways to
come up with such solutions is to make
them more profitable to develop.
Since BC's partnership with ICAP
allows the province to move toward being able to buy, and more importantly,
sell emissions credits to other regions
and countries, it provides significant
incentives toward developing reduced
carbon emissions technologies.
But how can this system implement a fundamental change for companies to comply with new emissions
standards, and not just pass the buck
by purchasing these credits? How can
selling and buying carbon emissions
reduce carbon emissions overall?
Neither the United States' nor
Canada's federal government is interested in seriously tackling carbon
emissions., and the European Union
Emission Trading Scheme has had
difficulty even bringing the proposed
caps to Kyoto levels—a bare minimum
in the emissions reduction world.
Thus, the chances of international
political will enforcing useful emissions caps is quite slim at this point.
The problem with buying carbon
credits is that it equalises carbon emissions across the board, but does not
commit to reducing carbon dioxide on
a global level, as there is no system set
up to regulate the reduction of carbon
emission credits.
Despite these problems, this time
Gordon Campbell has made the right
move in stepping forward while the
feds in Ottawa sit around. Climate
change isn't going away anytime soon,
and it demands people to act. Xi
Streeters is a weekly column
in which students are asked a
question related to UBC events.
What do you think about carbon emissions trading systems?
Carolina Rodriguez
Int'l Relations 4
"If developed
countries buy
less developed
countries 'right'
to pollute, less
developed countries will...use the
money to develop
Sarah Gibb
French Grad
"Richer companies
would just buy
their way out, it
would put smaller
companies at a
We could reward
companies that
come up with new
Gary Tom.
AgSci 3
"I don't think
there's a problem
with transference
because the total
amount of pollution won't exceed a
certain [level]."
Nikolas Kessles
German exchange
"It's a compromise...a balance
between protecting
the environment
and protecting
the situations of
employment so everyone is accountable."
Alysha Holmquist
Masters German Lit
"I don't think it's
very fair...that [one
country] can produce more emissions than everyone
else... Instead of an
international cap
they should have a
national cap.
-Coordinated by Brandon Adams, Jordan Chittley, Amanda Stutt, and Shun Endo
Recording policy clarifies AMS stand
by Scott Bernstein
Prior to October 24, 2007, the AMS had no stated policy on recording of meetings. There was
no rule on what may be allowed or not. While
this may not be on par with complete anarchy
in the streets, that a society of over 40,000
members did not have a policy on this in the
age of mp3 and YouTube seemed to me to be a
bit anachronistic and more than a little naive.
In September, I raised this issue at a Council
meeting and it was forwarded to the Code and
Policy committee, which I chair. In that committee, we discussed what might encompass a
new policy for over a month. We brought forth
ideas about how to balance the various rights
and responsibilities that AMS councillors have
in the most effective and democratic way possible. The issues that we debated included
councillors' and guests' rights to privacy, liability, and the open atmosphere of debate we
enjoy at Council and committee meetings. We
then balanced these concerns with the important rights of access, openness, and accountability to students that embody the purposes
and procedures of Council. We looked at what
other councils were doing. We considered the
AMS recording our own meetings. The Code
and Policy committee then crafted language
that best balanced these various interests and
rights. This policy was passed in Council on
October 24 overwhelmingly, with only two opposing votes.
I find it surprising that people characterise this motion as a restriction on recording.
As prior to this motion Council had no policy
whatsoever, it would have been open to the
AMS to restrict audio or video at whim. Or,
anyone could march into Council with lights
and cameras and make a movie without the
consent of Council or our guests. Not too long
ago, anti-abortion activists tried to hijack a
Council meeting with their video cameras. A
councillor has even pointed a video camera
at another councillor to intimidate him while
speaking. With the new policy, Council may not
restrict audio recording of normal meetings.
Video recording will likely be allowed as long
as the person doing it has a legitimate reason
for recording. Echoing Tristan Markle's comments in the Ubyssey, I would also encourage
people to come to the next Council meeting
with their video recorders. I will gladly move
that Council approve the taping of that meeting.
I can't imagine that it will make for gripping
video footage, but it will be nice to see students
participating nonetheless.
As for taping in committee meetings, Council felt it was reasonable for committees to decide for themselves whether or not they want
to be recorded. Committees are comprised of
a small group of elected councillors and non-
elected at-large members. Does the public have
a right to record a non-elected committee member without their consent? I don't believe so.
And, a committee may not function properly
if a member feels that he or she can't speak
In coming up with this policy, the Code and
Policy Committee debated these issues thoroughly. The Ubyssey was well aware that we
were charged with constructing a policy and
could have entered into the discussion at any
time. Reporter Jesse Ferreras or others from
the Ubyssey chose not to comment on the policy
or help the committee to come to its informed
decision even though I personally invited Jesse
to do so. After voicing concern, Tristan Markle
and Nate Crompton were urged to come up
with any amendments to the language of the
policy. They remained silent. In some people's
minds, no policy is the best policy. I disagree.
Council felt that this policy is a good balance.
No one is restricting students from coming to
meetings and participating. In fact, Council
has been actively addressing ways to engage
the student body more effectively this term,
including fleshing out proposals for a student
assembly and other ways to get students more
involved. No one is trying to conduct business
behind closed doors. Council meetings remain
open to everyone, and we look forward to more
people attending our exciting meetings. The
new recording policy allows for a reasonable
management of the Council meetings so that
see "Letters" I page i i November 2nd, 2007 | ThSJjbyssey
from "Perspectives" | page io
we can get business done effectively and
efficiently, which is what students expect
of us. So, bring your video recorder and
come to our next meeting on November
7 at 6pm. We hope to see you there.
—Scott Bernstein is a second year law
student and chairs the AMS Code and
Policy Committee.
Editor's Note: No invitation to comment on
the recording policy, official or otherwise,
was extended to the Ubyssey's editors or
business staff by Scott Bernstein or other
AMS councillors.
Knoll-Aid no big deal
The article that the Ubyssey ran on Knoll-
Aid ("Knoll-Aid sticks it to the 'man'"
Culture [Oct. 26]), failed to mention
there was a maximum of 200 people
there, misrepresenting the total lack of
student participation (.38 per cent of the
students max, there was four times that
amount of people at the free preview of
300 last spring). The writer of the article
would like to pretend that there was a
showing of protest against the development, but thousands of people walked
by around 100 people in the afternoon.
[The article] Repealed] the same phrase
"anti-establisment crowd" twice, without
describing the qualitative reaction of the
majority of students ignoring Knoll-Aid.
Was there any connection between
the students, and this park jam	
Nooooooooo! Knoll-Aid was as effective
as a gesture as blowing a kiss at a Terminator robot. Don't front like anyone
cared, that's not what happened . The
University is corporatising the physical
landscape for profit. As a group of young
people considered to be at the forefront
of the emergence of international progressive environmentalist values, we
the people don't really give a F***. If you
cover an event you have a responsibility to present the facts of the situation.
Writing that anonymous editorial ("Trek
Park: paradise or parking lot?" Editorial
[Oct. 26]) in a magazine as a print journalist was unethical.
—Jake da Silva
History 4
Stores must allow more recycling
I have been on a bit of an environmental
crusade lately. I have been contacting my
local MLA's office, the media, and environmental organisations about recycling
pop bottles!
Apparently, there is a law on the books
from 1997 that allows grocery retailers to
recycle only 24 bottles a day [per person]
of every size bottle they sell.
I feel this is ridiculous!
Large grocery stores such as Safeway,
Save-On-Foods, and Superstore receive
hundreds, if not thousands, of bottles
each and every day. I feel all the cans and
bottles should be recycled.
Prior to this law coming into effect
in 1997, I used to work as a customer
service clerk, in the early nineties, for
a large Canadian grocery retailer (think
"Super"). During this time, the employees of the store would simply discard
the "two litre" plastic pop bottles into
the trash compactor with the rest of the
I could never understand why the
bottles were never recycled since the
store would have received money for the
bottles from a recycling depot.
I had a local TV news station do a
story on this at the time but I am not sure
if the retailer currently has changed this
dumping practice or not.
Nonetheless, if the recycling law
were to change and grocery stores had
to recycle all the pop bottles they receive,
some smaller stores may not have the capacity to handle all the returned bottles.
In this case, any new legislation will have
to provide for a customer limit on how
many bottles people can return per day
at the smaller stores.
Now with Premier Campbell and the
Liberals on the environmental bandwagon, the provincial government needs
to put their money where their mouth is
and take some action.
Lets hope they can pass legislation
that would put all grocers on a level playing field and give them a mandate to
recycle all their pop cans and bottles.
—Amar Sangha
North Delta, BC
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Opening night (November 8 at 7 pm)
A World Without Water
Canadian premiere. This film investigates
the future of water, and paints a disturbing
picture of a world running out of the most
basic of life's essentials. Panel discussion.
Opening night (November 8 at 9:30 pm)
Dia de Festa (House-warming Party)
Vancouver premiere. This touching fi Im
shows the simultaneous mass occupations
of seven empty buildings by the women of
Sao Paulo, Brazil. Opening reception to follow featuring photos by James Rodriguez.
Friday, November 9
7 pm War Dance/9:15 pm Burma's Secret War
Saturday, November 10
China Blue / Made in LA. / Shame / Tambogrande / Massacre at
Murambi / Children of Darfur / Radio Okapi / Children of the War
Sunday, November 11
The Prize of the Pole / Territories / Bound by Promises /
Welcome Europa / Fallen Angel / Welcome to Niazovland /
A Lesson of Belarusian / New Year Baby / 9 Star Hotel
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