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September 26,2008 \ www.ubyssey.ca
'd of Franklin since 1918 \ volume xc, number 8
1 newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
descends on campus
Liberal leader answers student
questions, ignores Nardwuar     /
by Kalyeena Makortoff
News Staff
"t was a Tuesday afternoon and students were
gathered outside of Hebb Theatre en masse. Music
-was playing. The megaphones were out. This
may have been a campus spectacle typically ignored
by passers by, but it was the 23rd, and Liberal leader
Stephane Dion was soon to arrive. see page 3
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If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
UBC Farm Market • Selling local,
organically grown produce from
Vancouver's last working farm. Get
up early for your weekly bout of
nourishing soulful food and ifyou're
lucky there will be a live band playing
there. • Ongoing every Saturday.
9am-1pm. 6182 South Campus
Road For more info, go to www.
landfood.ubc.ca/ubcfarm •
September 26
Food is Fundamental Conference
• The conference aims to inform
the public on important "food
issues" involving people, the
environment, and the economy.
Key speakers will share their
response to the controversial plans
to turn the UBC Farm into private
residences. There'll also be a free
vegan meal. Each conference deals
with a specific topic; see foodis-
fundamental.com for more info
'September26 and27. •
Gormenghast • This magica
show exploits one of English
iterature's undisputed fantasy
classics - Mervyn Peake's great
Gormenghast. The macabre tale
of a dysfunctional family incarcerated in a fantastical bygone age,
Gormenghast presents a world
of grotesque characters, fantastic
ritual and heart-rending drama
• Mon - Sat nightly at 7:30pm
from 18-27 September 2008 at
the Frederic Wood Theatre • More
nformation at http://www.theatre.ubc.ca
Dr. Strangelove • The UBC Film
Society presents...Dr. Strangelove
• Sept. 24-28, 2008. 7pm. Norm
Theater in the SUB, $4 general
admission, $2 for members • More
nformation at www.ams.ubc.ca/clubs/
filmsoc •
Young People Fucking • The UBC
Film Society presents...Young
People Fucking. • Sept. 24-28,
2008. 9:30pm. Norm Theater in
the SUB, $4 general admission, $2
for members. More information at
www. ams. ubc. ca/clubs/filmsoc •
CanWest: Media Bully * Mordaca
Briemberg, Gordon Murray, and
Carel Mosiewitch talk about the
CanWest lawsuit launched against
them for satirizing The Vancouver
Sun and its support of the Israel
occupation of Palestine. • Friday,
September 26, 2008, 7:30pm,
Rhizome Cafe (317 E Broadway).
By donation. Information at www.
rhizomecafe.ca. •
University Neighbourhoods
Community Celebrations * An afternoon of community celebration
at Wesbrook Place, UBC's newest
University Town neighbourhood,
will officially begin on Saturday,
September 27 at 2:00pm with the
dedication of two parks to honour
the extraordinary contributions
of Nobel laureates, Professor
Emeritus Har Gobind Khorana and
late UBC Professor Michael Smith
Prior to the start of the ceremony,
a 'Critical Mass' will bicycle across
campus to Michael Smith Park
to highlight our commitment to
a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly
community at UBC. All events
will lead to community festivities
beginning at 2:30pm, including
ive music, a BBQ and games.
Everyone is welcome! Do you play
tennis? Why not show off that
mean backhand (and a visor to
match) at our annual September
tennis tournament! Enjoy what's
left of Vancouver's sunny days and
develop your skills on and off the
court as you meet new friends
while playing sport. •
GISAU Grand Slam • The tennis
ball giant, Penn, has joined the
fight against breast cancer and
created the Pink Ball. This optic
pink felt, championship quality
tennis ball is designed to promote
awareness of breast cancer and
help provide funds to research a
cure. Penn donates a portion of
sales from each can of pink tennis
balls to breast cancer research
We are using these pink Penn
tennis balls for the GISAU Grand
Slam! What's better than playing
with pink balls all while helping
the fight against breast cancer?
• Saturday, September 27, 2008
9:30am - 4:00pm •
J.V Cline Lecture • Celebrate
Learning Event: Dr. Steven Pinker
will give a talk entitled: "The Stuff
of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature." Named
one of Time Magazine's 100 most
nfluential people in the world in
2004 and one of Prospect and
Foreign Policy's 100 top public intellectuals in 2005, Dr. Pinker conducts research on visual cognition
and the psychology of language
and has earned prizes from the
National Academy of Sciences and
the American Psychology Association. He has also received many
awards for his teaching at MIT and
for his books How the Mind Works
(which was also a finalist for the
Pulitzer Prize) and The Language
nstinct. • Saturday, September27,
2008 7:30pm-9:30pm •
Women's field hockey • The
hockey team will go against
Victoria after winning four straight
games. • Sept. 27, Wright Field,
Don't Play with Women's Rights
• Speakers Libby Davis, MP for
Vancouver East, Joyce Arthur from
the Abortion Rights Coalition of
Canada, and Penny Bain from
Women Against Violence Against
Women, lead a discussion on
women's reproductive rights and
the Conservative government. •
Saturday, September 27, 2008,
6:30 - 9:30 PM, YWCA Hotel (733
Beatty Street). For more information, contract 604-351-0867 or
jharthur@shaw. ca
Eco-Art and Science Symposium •
A multidisciplinary panel discusses
the environment, with info booths,
art displays, readings by Canadian
environmental authors, and food
• Saturday & Sunday, September
27 - 28, 2008, Britannia Secondary
School field (1001 Cotton Drive).
Free admission. Information at
www. thecultch.com.
Dailiy Tarawih prayer during
Ramadan • Tarawih prayers will be
conducted in the Musallah (Brock
Hall Annex) throughout the month
of Ramadan inshaallah. Please
watch out for exact prayer timings
to be sent out via the MSA genera
mailing list. • September27, 2008
9:30 PM - 11:00 PM •
Day of Longboat • UBC REC
presents Day of Longboat, where
ten-man voyager canoe teams race
along the waters of beautiful Jericho Beach to a point where one
person leaps from the boat, collects a baton from the beach, and
then hops back into the boat. A
yearly tradition of UBC, definitely
not to be missed. • Sept. 27 and
28, Jericho Sailing Centre (1300
Discovery Street) •
September 28
Taxes: Friend or Foe to Sustainability • The carbon tax has put
this issue squarely on the agenda
Come join a pro-con debate where
perspectives on taxation will be
put forward, including from UBC
political science professor Kathryn
Harrison. This will be followed by a
ively public debate and responses
from Federal MP candidates
for Vancouver Centre including
Liberal MP Hedy Fry, Green Party's
Adrienne Carr and NDP's Michael
Byers. • Sept. 28 (Sunday), 7pm,
Robson Sguare (Theatre), free,
registration not reguired, more
information at www.cstudies.ubc
ca/community/ •
October 2
Canada's Role in Combating
Global Poverty • UBC president
Stephen Toope gives a public
lecture on international relations
and human rights. • Thursday,
October 2, 2008, 5:30pm, Liu
Institute for Global Issues (6476
NW Marine Drive). Free admission.
For more information, contact
604-732-0448, unacvancouver@
gmail.com. •
October 3
Women's Ice Hockey • The squad
will start the season with a double-
header against Alberta. Hopefully
the new arena will be available for
this game. • Oct. 3&4, Thunderbird Arena, 7:30pm •
October 5
CIBC Run for the Cure • Let's do
something about breast cancer
and have fun. Join our UBC's
Healthy Footprint team in the
CIBC Run for the Cure to raise
funds and make a difference in the
ives of Canadians who have been
affected by breast cancer. We
are encouraging participants to
agree to fundraise $1 50. If any of
the first 25 people to register for
the UBC team are unable to pay
or fundraise, UBC will cover the
cost. • October 5, 2008 9:30 AM
- 12:30 PM www.cbcf.org •
October 6
Zen Tour - Finding the Centre:
A Martial Arts and Fine Arts
Presentation • Celebrate Learning
Event: Two Zen masters from Hawaii will visit the Pacific Northwest
in October 2008. Events open to
the public will feature fine arts
and martial arts, and audience
members will have a chance to
experience Zen for themselves.
The instructors will present Rinzai
Zen as it has developed at the
Daihonzan Chozen-ji in Honolulu
The event is open to all and is at
the UBC Asican Centre Auditorium. For more information go to
the web site or send an e-mail to
revbunkowong@aol.com. • October 6, 2008 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
www.Zentour2008. web.offi eel ive.
com/ •
Monday Night Worship & Community Meal • Sunday mornings
just too early to go to church?
Come Monday nights instead!
Each Monday night @ 6:30pm, at
the Chapel of the Epiphany (6030
Chancellor Blvd. -just beyond
Gage). Followed by FREE community meal. • October 6, 2008 6:30
PM - 7:30 PM revnathanwright@
mac.com •
October 7
Pancake Breakfast for the
United Way • The Sauder School
of Business is hosting a Pancake
Breakfast for the United Way on
Tuesday, October 7th, on the lawn
outside the Henry Angus Building
on Main Mall from 8:00- 10:30
am. This event will be run by the
Commerce Students connected
with the Commerce Community
Program (CCP). For just $5.00 per
ticket you will get 2 pancackes, 2
sausages and 1 beverage and be
entered into the draw for a signed
hockey jersey. • October 7, 2008
8:00 AM- 10:30 AM http://ccp.
cusonline.ca cost: $5.00 •
September 26", 2008
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Last night at Joe Raymat's famous pub, local Indie Rod
band'The Salmon of Doubt'(including Swiss musicians Keller
Higgens,Trevor Mclansonjustin McElroy and Stephany Findlay). The audiencewas populated was various local celebrities
including Goh lromoto,star of cable show'Goh Fishing!; Brandon Adams, singer of'Apple Phi'; and Kenneth John Dodge o
the Dodge Motors commercials. Alex Hudson and Crystal Ta
opened for the band with a cover of James Johnson's famou:
ditty,'Too Sexy for These Aviators! Keegan Bursaw, a loca
reporter, covered the event, but quickly became entangled ir
a dance-fight with a rival reporter, Jorge Amiga Both were
thrown out by bouncer Drew Thompson when a patron, Davie
Zhang,was harmed by a badly executed box-step. MikeKush
mir and Marie-Helene Westgate, stars of'The Young and the
Breastless'were spotted during the set drunkly singing thei
own theme song while co-star Alia Dharssi cheered them or
from bartender Trevor Record's lap. The night ended quite
unceremoniously when local punk band members Kalyeen.
Morkotoff, Dan Haves, and Tara Martellaro stormed the stage
and started a riot between the city's Indie and punk factions
In a tragic turn, Katarina Grgic was stabbed during the braw
by punk-rocker Li Kathy Yan. The latter is still at large.
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SEPTEMBER 2.6, 2008
Sprouts continues to grow
Volunteer run cafe bounces back from near-bankruptcy
by Trevor Record
News Staff
Perhaps you have seen it, tucked
away in the corner of the SUB
basement. As a relatively new
student, I had not. Sprouts, a cafe
serving local organic food, seems
out of place when compared to
the corporate dining facilities
present on the main floor of the
SUB. I went in to find homey
decorations, tables transported
from the 70s, and Le Tigre playing over the store sound system.
I had a thick goulash with a piece
of bread; the soup was surprisingly spicy, but satisfying. The
soup is always gluten-free and
vegan, and increasing demand
for gluten-free baked goods
means that there is often such
foods available.
With lineups reaching the
back of the store at times, it's
hard to believe that at one time
We are living
proof that there is
a demand for local
and organic food
at UBC.
—Martin Gunst,
Sprouts President
Sprouts was on the verge of
bankruptcy. A year ago they were
staff-run and almost all of their
volunteers had left. Last January
they were $40,000 in debt. Now
Sprouts is entirely volunteer-run,
and the team managed to pay off
half of their debt by last April.
I met with Martin Gunst, the
president of Sprouts, in the AMS
kitchen where all of the cooking
for Sprouts takes place. He told
me that they anticipate their remaining debt will be paid off by
this upcoming April. They have
managed this even whilst keeping low prices—impressive for a
cafe serving local organic food.
"One of our mandates is to
increase food security at UBC,"
Gunst said. "An aspect of this is
to keep costs as low as possible;
this includes prices in the store
and the price of membership to
our Bulk Buyer's Club."
When I inquired about
Sprouts' plans, I was informed
that they currently have five initiatives. The first is the Sprouts
store, which is the primary focus
of the organization. The second
is the Bulk Buyer's Club, a co-op
that allows members to purchase
large quantities of local organic
food directly from distributors
with only a small (five per cent)
markup. For those unwilling to
pay for a membership or buy produce in bulk quantities, Sprouts
holds a market in the SUB every
Monday. They also put together
"Community Eats" every second
After a rough 2007, Sprouts has increased revenue and seen lineups this year drew Thompson photo/the ubyssey
Friday, a free or by-donation
meal open to all students, which
uses food that would otherwise
be thrown out by local grocers because of appearance. Finally, they
offer a Sprouts catering service,
which is their newest initiative.
Gunst has hopes that Sprouts
will be a catalyst for change at
UBC. "I should hope that our success will serve as an example for
all food services at UBC," he said.
"We are living proof that there is
a demand for local and organic
food at UBC. We can't keep up
with the amount of food that
our store requires; we sell out
of soup, bread, and baked goods
every day."
Perhaps as a natural result
of an organization run entirely
by volunteers, I was left with the
impression that Sprouts was,
more than anything else, a group
of friends doing what they loved.
Store coordinator Jeremy Taylor
isn't just another volunteer, he
is also Gunst's roommate. "It's
a great place to work, you get
to meet great people, and eat
great food." Taylor said, "I have
a friend who works here that
doesn't even go to UBC." \a
Trials and tribulations of TAs
by Kalyeena Makortoff
News Staff
Students from all faculties are
familiar with teaching assistants
at UBC, but are often critical of
the experience. While experts
like Carl Wieman continue to
inform the academic community
on specific areas to be improved,
the university is attempting to repair these "dismal aspects" ofthe
university experience through a
variety of initiatives.
"TA training has not been a
priority at the university until
recently. That can be said of a lot
of things regarding teaching and
learning. Coming into this role
I've noticed a ton of initiatives
that are mostly new to really address that problem," explained
Alex Lougheed, Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP Academic.
"One of the big problems
with TA training on campus is
that there currently is no centralized training program; it is up
to departments to decide how
much they want to train their
TAs. Which makes sense, that's
the way the academic part of the
university is structured; it is very
much departmentally focused."
Although Lougheed said he
was a strong believer in the departmental model, he explained
that this structure "makes it really hard for central administration to say: 'this is a new priority
for us, we want to change the
status quo.'"
In one attempt to solve the
problem, UBC is providing
monetary resources for depart
mental TA training through the
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund. In order to receive
funding, individual departments
must apply, providing details of
intended training programs.
"The process that we have is
that we send a call for proposals for departments to apply
for funding...and in order to be
successful, they need to present
a program that has particular attributes," explained vice provost
and associate vice president academic affairs Anna Kindler.
Departments may receive
anywhere from $2500 to
$10,000 depending on the design of their programs and the
number of TAs to be trained.
Recently, the Centre forTeach-
ing and Academic Growth (TAG)
changed its approach to TA training by abandoning the general
centralized structure and began
collaborating with departments.
TAG programs are not mandatory, but have attracted a greater
number of TAs since making the
switch to departmentally specific
Although providing a potentially useful program, TA
improvement relies on the individual to take part in these skill
development workshops and
training sessions outside of what
is provided by their faculty.
Maria Petrucci, a history TA
of five years, has noticed the
positive effects from the training, "We have people from TAG
speaking, like experienced TAs,
professors that have relations
with TAs and use TAs all the
time, so I think it's been a great
program. And it improves really,
every year, but it improves the
quality of the TA that are teaching in certain faculties."
While students may complain
about TA experience Petrucci
suggests that they may misunderstand the role of teaching
assistants. "I believe that TAs
are the first line of defence and
offence...when something goes
wrong with the student, the first
to be accused, probably, is the TA
because you don't go to the professor and say 'you haven't done
this or you haven't done that.'
You go up to the TA because
he is the only one that can help
you, or can be a mediator between the professor and you,
and I think that's something that
students do not really get.
The TA should be an instrument that will help them to
improve their technique, whatever class they're taking. And,
according to my experience, I
think that's very little taken into
consideration by students maybe
because they don't know, or they
think that the TA is the same as a
But Petrucci does not deny
that a lack of experience can
translate into a lack of quality.
"In the first three years I was a
TA, I didn't know what to expect.
I mean, I'm just a student who
goes there and try to teach my
peers. So you may make huge
mistakes that you're not aware
of. But with the experience and
training I think you can improve
in your quality." \a
Nobel-prize winning professor Carl Wieman has highlighted TA training
as an area in need of improvement at UBC. jorge amigo photo/the ubyssey Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
September 26,2008 | Page S
New wave revivalists rejoice.
Vancouver's disbanded group
The Organ have put out an EP
of six unreleased songs, which
were mostly written at the time
of their first album, Grab That
Gun. Hence, the album makes
no grand departure from any of
their older material as it comes
from the archives.
However, there are a few
slower pieces that unveil a more
whimsical, hopeful side to their
usually melancholic repertoire.
There's even a folkish, miner's
tune kind of feel to the opening
of their track "Don't Be Angry,"
as frontwoman Katie Sketch begs
us, "Don't be angry, I will die
Other songs begin with characteristic narratives—"I skateboard to your basement"—and
verses that only Vancouverites
could identify with so well. My
only qualm with this release is
that the material isn't quite as
good as that from their initial album, but I guess this is the road
that most defunct groups tend to
—by Crystal Tai
Hearing the name Alejandro Es-
covedo conjures images of a soft
and thimble Mexican folk singer.
And the album title Real Animal
gives the implication of a hard-
rocking, no-holds-barred affair.
Somewhere in between is where
the truth lies.
The album weaves mournful
serenades with up-tempo rockers with the alternative country
style of Ryan Adams and the
cadence of Elvis Costello. While
it's a positive step in a new direction for an old warhorse, it
has more ingratiating (the Mo-
town-lite "Sensitive Boys") than
great songs (the Matt Mays-
esque "Sister Lost Soul"), and is
eminently forgettable.
—by James Johnson
Between the Lines is the perfect
title for a band as in between
as Saint Alvia. The band fuses
snotty punk/hardcore vocals
with chirpy rock and ska arrangements, and occasionally
goes on a foray into syrupy pop.
If you have a fence, chances are
Saint Alvia is sitting on it.
The band knows how to put
together a fun tune, with peppy
beats and guitar/organ interplay that sounds a bit like Elvis
Costello's Attractions gone crazy
with a wah-wah pedal. A horn
section brightens several tracks,
and "Are You Serious?" is given a
tropical flavour by a well-placed
Despite these successes, the
band ends up in a frustrating
generic quandary, with influences that compete rather than
coalesce; the shrieking vocals
especially clash with the rest
of the band. Between the Lines
will likely only appeal to those
listeners who want to like
screamo, but wish it weren't so
damn noisy.
—by Alex Hudson
D.O.A. conquers Vancouver
Fuck the system and fuck age. Joey "Shithead" Keithley rocked his fans at Commodore Ballroom on Friday, September 19. david zhang photo/the ubyssey
by Kenneth John Dodge
Culture Writer
Perhaps it was the reek of stale
beer, sweat and general filth that
wafted down the steps ofthe Commodore this Friday, September 19
that erupted unceremoniously into
the nasal cavities of this reporter,
patiently waiting for the second
punk show in a week at this most
hallowed of Vancouver venues.
Whatever it was, you could tell
that a D.O.A. show was about to
This was D.OA.'s 30th anniversary and frontmanjoey "Shithead"
Keithley would be damned if he
was going to sit back and rest on
his throne of punk rock greatness.
And this was a night for anything
but sitting shit out. The crowd had
already been tenderized like a
whole warehouse of bacteria-laced
Maple Leaf ground beef by ancient Victoria-based punk outlaws
The Dayglo Abortions. The sound
could be heard all the way down
Granville Street to the Golden Age
Collectibles and the Commodore
Lanes. The Commodore had been
a successful choice for an amazing Bad Religion show five days
prior; would it prove as intimate
and vicious for Shithead and his
The short answer is yes,
even more so. The man who's
been called the "Tony Soprano
of Punk" soberly approached the
microphone at a bit past eleven,
wearing a jean-jacket covered in
patches, the stole of a punk rock
guru. He looked dead serious in
the milliseconds before all hell
broke lose and his vocal chords
began to shred through "Human
Bomb" and "Disco Sucks." A skinny, spectacled seven-foot tall dude
helplessly attempted to push his
way through the Commodore's
usually civil dance floor, bearing
aloft two plastic cups of beer. But
to no avail this night. As the living
tsunami erupted, both goblets of
refreshing goodness tumbled into
an abyss of unshowered youths
as two obese punksters collided
into either side of his torso. Itwas
the only disappointment of the
There was to be no acoustic
set, no prog-rock experimentation,
and absolutely no trombones or
keyboards! Well, actually the band
does have some ska influences, so
mid-way through the night, D.O.A.
was joined by a brass duo and a
keyboard to hammer out some of
their new stuff. But this only made
it more fun to slide across the
Commodore's sticky and bouncy
floor-boards to tracks like "Poor
Poor Boy" from the band's newest
album Northern Avenger.
Most songs off Avenger sounded great in person—particularly
the incensed anthem of "Police
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The fans show their appreciation. And how. david zhang photo/the ubyssey
Brutality" and "Crossfire." One
hilarious moment had members
of other local punk bands jump on
stage wearing Vancouver Millionaire sweaters for "Donneybrook,"
which is about a massive on-ice
hockey brawl. We knew we'd had
a good time when we saw a bunch
of old guys beat each other with
hockey sticks during the chorus.
Shithead's band really shone,
even if fellow founding member
and bassist Randy Rampage was
not present. In the midst of guitar
solos Joey looked like a sixteen-
year-old again, jamming effortlessly, angrily and stylishly in a
garage  somewhere  in  Burnaby
just to impress his friends. This
effect was only amplified by the
intimate and dark atmosphere of
the Commodore.
From the front row we realized that every beer flung on stage,
every drip of saliva clinging to the
microphone, every tear in Joey's
jacket, needed to be multiplied a
thousandfold to fully realize the
life that Keithley has had. Looking
up at D.O.A. from the front row I
realized that this band has been
a part of punk history from the
beginning, and that they've existed for 30 years under our very
noses....Damn, we'd better call the
police. \a Experience Brock
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September 26,2008 | Page 8
Upstart rookie makes history
16 year-
old tackles
sports and
by Kirsten Goruk
CUP AB & Northern Bureau Chief
Romeo isn't just the new kid on
campus—she's also the newest
Dino on the University of Calgary's
field hockey team. And if that isn't
enough, she just celebrated her
16th birthday two days ago.
Romeo is making history as
the youngest athlete to ever play at
the U of C. If her academic record
is any indication, she has experience in facing challenges head-on.
She had an exceptional student
growing up, skipping two years of
junior high.
"At first it was a little challenging, but whenever I thought about
it, I didn't think that I was ahead,"
she said. "It was just the work I
supposed to do, so whenever I
thought that it was hard, I just
thought it was probably the same
for my friends in their grade."
When she was only eight
years old, her family relocated to
Canada from South America. The
opportunity provided her with a
new learning environment and
the chance to excel.
"I was born in Argentina...[I
have a] family of six—an older
brother at U of Victoria, an older
sister, and a younger sister. We
moved as a family with my parents in December of 2000 straight
to Calgary," Romeo said.
Her love of sports—particularly field hockey and ringette—is
deeply rooted in her family life.
"My family is very involved in
sports; all three of my siblings play
and my Dad used to as well," she
It didn't take long for her to
make an impression on the athletic community of Calgary. During her years at Centennial High
School, Romeo was a star athlete
in addition to being a straight-A
Carolina Romeo is a unique addition to the university and the field hockey team, paul baker photo/the gauntlet
student. She was named Most
Valuable Player of Centennial's
field hockey team in 2007, and
was also awarded the Carol Erick-
son Award for high school field
hockey in 2008.
Now she's enjoying the
perks of the Chancellor's Club
Scholarship—a $10,000-a-year
ride—while playing with the
Dinos full time. Romeo has also
just begun her degree at the
Schulich School of Engineering, but balancing school life
with her athletic career hasn't
proved too hectic for her yet.
"I'm finding that it's taken
me the week to settle down from
the whole summer holidays and
starting to do work. My schedule
[includes] practice before school
or after," she said.
Also, living in residence has
thrown the young 16 year-old into
an accelerated adulthood.
"I really have to get around and
do everything by myself. But it's a
lot easier to get around campus; I
can walk everywhere. I don't have
Ato leave an hour before everything," Romeo said.
As for the Dinos, their first
game of the season took place on
September 13 against the University of Victoria Vikes. Despite the
2-1 loss, Romeo is looking forward
to what lies ahead.
"I'm just excited for the year. It's
finally here after the whole Grade
12, trying to figure out where to go
for university. It was hard, but I'm
glad with my decision." \a
Women's Soccer
aims for top spot in
Canada West
The women's soccer team has won the past three matches with
a convincing performance. They rank second in the Canada West
after the University of Manitoba with four wins and two ties. The
Birds will play four straight away games, starting with Saskatchewan this weekend, keegan bursaw photo/the ubyssey
Victoria Pearson earned the
Thunderbird Athletic Council's
"Athlete of the Week" honour after her impressive performance
at UBC's home opener against
Calgary this past weekend. Pearson scored four goals and made
one assist in Saturday's game
against the Dinos and continued
her impressive performance on
Sunday by opening up the scoreboard on Sunday with a goal off
a short corner. UBC beat Calgary
8-0 on Saturday and 2-0 on Sunday. UBC plays the University of
Victoria this weekend on Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm
at Wright Field.
Caitlin Davie had a standout performance this weekend against the
Lethbridge Pronghorns, leading
the T-Birds to a 7-0 finish with an
impressive hat trick. Davie scored
with a through ball breakaway, a
header just under the crossbar,
and finished the day with a goal on
a penally kick. She is ranked 2nd
in CanWest for goals scored and
finished last season as a first-team
All-Canadian. ^
—by Claudia Richard, photos
courtesy of Richard Lam SEPTEMBER 2.6, 2008
Stephane Dion 101
Dumb dope digs alienates Liberal leader from students
by Brandon J Adams, Esq.
I wasn't surprised that Stephane
Dion managed to fill Hebb Theatre last Tuesday—the Liberal
faithful are desperate to snatch
victory from the jaws of defeat,
despite their leader's lack of
'leaderliness.' And—like kissing
babies or rolling up sleeves-
standing before hundreds of
clapping, cheering fresh faces
plays excellently to the camera.
I wasn't surprised that the
supposedly 'unscreened' questions asked by students (most
wearing large 'Liberal' buttons)
often started in French and ended with, "I, too, would like to see
you as our next prime minister."
And, of course, the jabs at the
Conservatives were more than
expected in an election this close,
both at the national and riding
levels. Those, along with jokes
about Bush's 2000 'win' in Florida, and various digs about the
Conservative's record on the tar
sands were excellent examples of
audience-appropriate pandering.
Despite all of this, there were
plenty of surprises at the rally,
and the biggest was the almost
complete absence of challenges
or hostility towards either Dion
or his Liberal party.
Given the closeness—at least
from the perspective ofthe 'radical left' on campus (Knolligar-
chy, Trek Parktivists, SDSers, et
cetera)—of the Liberals and the
Conservatives on issues ranging
from Afghanistan, to free trade,
to general fiscal policy, I was
shocked at the lack of any opposing voices at the rally. Maybe it
can be chalked up to a general
ABC (Anything But Conservative) attitude, but one would
think a party so openly sparring
the darlings of the campus left,
the NDP, would have been the
brunt of something resembling
On the topic of the NDP, I
was surprised by the frequency
and intensity of the attacks on
Canada's other viable party on
the left. While it's obvious that
the Liberals are terrified of a
vote splitting shift to the NDP,
it might not have been wise
to so viciously attack a party
which, at least in my opinion,
represents the unfettered idealism of many left-leaning students much more clearly than
the hulking, oft-compromised
With the majority of the
rally's attacks focused on blaming Layton and his party for the
vote of non-confidence which
ultimately led to a Conservative
minority, the whole 'house-that-
Jack-built' argument comes off
as slightly hypocritical given
recent NDP attempts (or at
least claimed attempts) to work
with the Liberals to defeat the
The stupidest surprise
though, were the repeated
negative jokes about the recent
NDP resignations surrounding
marijuana use. Dominic LeB-
lanc, New Brunswick Liberal
MP and party platform author,
elicited boos from the otherwise
supportive audience after he
slammed the party with a series
of hackneyed pot jokes.
LeBlanc's dated dope digs
weren't the only area where
the disconnect between the
audience and the party leaders
was evident. When a question,
accompanied by cheers and
applause, was posed about
Vancouver's controversial safe
injection site, InSite, Dion
was unclear and unsatisfying.
Likewise, when asked about
Afghanistan, the Liberal leader
dodged the question almost
entirely. All of this, along with
Dion's decision to answer several questions either partially
or completely in French, and
his repeated, substanceless jabs
at the NDP, showed how far the
Liberals and Dion were from
the issues UBC students seem
worried about. \a
Radical Beer Faction
Douglas Coupland once suggested that if you ever wanted to
put a conversation on autopilot
in Vancouver, all you have to do
is change the topic to real estate.
This has been have tried this before. Depressingly, it's been found
that Coupland was correct.
There are few other topics for
this city that are so galvanizing. Be
it a debate about social housing,
Sam Sullivan's EcoDensity plan or
the fact that it's nigh-impossible to
buy a house in Vancouver, everyone has an opinion—and a strong
one at that.
Those glassy towers by stoic
Thunderbird Stadium stand in
stark contrast to the utilitarian dormitories of Gage Towers. While we
remain a campus with an exploding population, student housing
remains scarce. Living off-campus
is becoming increasingly difficult
as East Vancouver becomes more
and more gentrified.
We live in a post-industrial
world. Nobody is denying this.
As the welfare state gradually
erodes and the BC contribution
to post-secondary education
shrinks, the University has had
to look elsewhere for funding.
Enter Martha Piper and the UBC
Properties Trust (the University-owned development corporation). However, with the new
money, came strings: property
owners began to quietly exert
their political muscle.
One of the biggest governance
challenges that we, as students,
face when we try to fight City Hall
is that there is no City Hall to fight.
UBC is not part of a municipality.
As a result, we have no political
representative to be our voice,
hence the paramount importance
ofthe AMS compared to other student societies across Canada.
A solution to this problem
would be to annex UBC to the City
of Vancouver. This would also fix
the problem of UBC residents using City resources to the chagrin
of Vancouver City Council. Thus,
once the municipal elections get
solidly underway, watch the AMS
grill mayoral candidates Peter
Ladner and Gregor Robertson
about annexing UBC to Vancouver
(and watch both of them try to
skirt the question).
In the meantime, the Radical Beer Faction is proposing a
negotiated settlement between
the major campus representative
bodies, as the condos at UBC have
become an important part of the
University's financial equation. It
is our opinion that the only way to
find a sustainable solution to this
basic land-use conflict is through
a charter, negotiated between the
University, the AMS, the UNA and
the RCMP. Such an agreement
would allow students to take control of their own destinies rather
than have them dictated clandestinely from up high.
Efes Pilsener, a Turkish rice beer.
Move aside, Corona: having an
Efes onyour backpatio is probably
the best way to enjoy those last few
sunny Sundays of the year. Also
good for those with Celiac's—a
beer-lover's worst nightmare.
is no longer with the UBC RCMP
detachment. We wish him the best
in his future endeavours. \a
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Apology of an Economic
Hitman (Greece, 90 min.)
Based on John Perkins' best-
selling book, this is a savage
expose of the secret history and
practice of the highly secretive
cabal assigned to foster the triumph of the American global
empire almost beggars belief.
John Le Carre has nothing on
the treachery revealed here.
Fri. Sep 26, 7:15pm, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 9, 7:15pm, Granville 7
A Road to Mecca: The
Journey of Mohammad
Asad (Austria, 92 min.)
In   these    days    of   rampant
Islamophobia,   this   fascinating and valuable documentary
tells the  story of one  of the
most   influential   Muslims   of
the 20th century—Muhammad
Asad,  who   began  life  as  an
Austrian  Jew.   Asad's  peripatetic life included an important
translation of the Koran, a stint
at the UN, and helping to establish Pakistan. <ROADT>
Sun. Sep 28, 9:15pm, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 2,10:45am, Cinematheque
The Equation of Love and
Death (China, 95 min.)
A tour de force by China's finest young actress, Zhou Xun,
anchors Cao Baoping's black
comedy/thriller. She's a tough
cabbie, whose quest for her lost
lover pits her against a couple
of hapless drug runners. With
a frenzied, labyrinthine plot
that twists right up to the end.
Sun. Sep 28,11:00am, Granville 7
Sat. Oct 4, 7:00pm, Ridge
Sun. Oct 5, 7:15pm, Granville 7
Control Alt Delete
(Canada, 93 min.)
When computer geek Lewis is
dumped by his longtime girlfriend, he becomes obsessed
with internet porn. After a
while, he begins a strange sexual relationship with the machine
itself. When Lewis starts dating
the new receptionist Jane, he
realizes he may not be the only
one harbouring a dirty little
secret. Cameron Labine directs.
Sun. Oct 5, 7:00pm, Granville 7
Mon. Oct 6, 4:00pm, Granville 7
Possibility of an Island
(France, 95 min.)
Controversial French novelist
Michel Houellebecq directs this
mysterious, semi-science fictional drama that engages ideas
about cloning, environmental
devastation and the destruction
of human kind, all set in some
of the most cinematographically
stunning locations imaginable.
Benoit Magimel and Patrick
Bauchau co-star. <POSSI>
Fri. Sep 26,11:30am, Granville 7
Tue. Sep 30, 9:15pm, Granville 7
Waltz with Bashir
(Israel/Germany, 87 min.)
Ari Folman's animated documentary tells the story of the
1982 Sabra-Shatila massacre of
Palestinian refugees through the
director's own reclaimed memories. "Folman's eerie animated
images have a way of jarring us
out of our comfort zone... The
emotional dislocation and the
unreal quality of war is written
in every frame."—The Times
Sun. Sep 28,10:00am, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 2, 9:30pm, Granville 7
Sun. Oct 5, 1:00pm, Granville 7
When Life Was Good
(Canada, 86 min.)
Terry Miles's atmospheric,
elliptical film focuses on a trio
of upscale urban bohemians
as they try to gain some control over their lives and their
relationships. It's a naturalistic,
improvisational film, graced
with spot-on performances.
Best of all, Miles has a sharp
eye for evocative, random detail
that gives the movie a dreamlike feel. <WHELI>
Thu. Oct 2, 9:30pm, Ridge
Tue. Oct 7, 1:30pm, Granville 7
The Good the Bad the
Weird (South Korea, 127 min.)
Kim Jee-Woon's exhilarating homage to Sergio Leone is
the hit of the year in Korea,
and here's betting you'll find
it a blast too. Set in 1930s
Manchuria, with the occupying
Japanese army, the underground
Chinese resistance and assorted
bandits in the background, it
focuses on three Korean anti-
heroes (played by top stars
Song Kang-Ho, Lee Byung-Hun
and Jung Woo-Sung) as they vie
for a treasure map.       <GOOWE>
Thu. Sep 25,10:00am, Granville 7
Fri. Sep 26, 9:30pm, Granville 7
Sat. Sep 27, 3:30pm, Granville 7
Chomsky and Co. (France, 127 min.)
Daniel Mermet and Olivier Azam's revivifying documentary
comes from a European perspective and poses a number of challenging questions. Greatly benefiting from direct access to Noam
Chomsky himself, the film also more generally celebrates critical
thinking and folds in several other leading "anti-establishment
intellectuals." <CH0MS>
Sat. Sep 27, 3:00pm, Granville 7
Tue. Sep 30, 10:30am, Granville 7
Sun. Oct 5, 9:30pm, Cinematheque
Generously sponsored by:
The Atom Smashers (USA, 81 min.)
At Illinois' Fermilab, physicists race to find the elusive Higgs'
boson, theorized to be the missing link that will explain existence.
In Bush's America, though, military spending, not science, is the
priority. An exploration of the beautiful truths and frustrating
difficulties of particle physics, Clayton Brown and Monica Long
Ross' captivating documentary examines the intersection between
science, politics and culture on an international scale.       <AT0MS>
Sat. Oct 4, 6:00pm, Granville 7
Sun. Oct 5,10:45am, Cinematheque
Wed. Oct 8,1:30pm, Cinematheque Editorial
If you'd like to submit a letter, please contact feedback@ubyssey.ca
September 26,2008 \ Page 10
Our view
The problem with a mixed UBC community
We've talked a lot about the War on Fun. The police crackdowns on
beer gardens, the harassment to some of our photographers and the
increasing problems that seem to plague our campus. These problems,
however, have seemed to increased in significance in the last 15 or so
years—coincidentally, during the time which the campus has increased
market housing.
Here's the problem with the UBC mixed sustainable community—it
doesn't work.
The best example of having a calm homoogenous community is
retirement town homes. In these gated communities only adults 55 or
older can live. They are meant for the empty nest baby boomers who
want to get away from a large house and move into a tighter community
of people ofthe same age. People less than 55 are specifically banned
from living there, and that's fine. No young person would want to live in
a community full of his or her parents and vice-versa.
Sadly, this idea seems lost on the higher ups who designed the Official Community Plan (OCP) some years ago. Billed on the OCP website
as a "diverse and stimulating place for living, working, and learning in
harmony with the environment" the plan hopes to take that magic word
everyone is using today, sustainability, and apply it to a new UBC. Campus and Community Planning (CCP) believes that having a multi-generation community will create a better community in the long run.
As evidenced by the recent increase in RCMP response, complaints
from neighbours and the limitations of Special Occasion Licences
(SOLs), the University is caught in a war between the groups that share
a space on campus: the older and well off residents, and students, who
are at the beginning of their lives.
Lets take the absolute worst example of planning at UBC—the fraternity village and its surrounding neighbours.
It would be naive for UBC to believe that by putting the fraternities in
the middle of residential neightbourhoods that they would be quiet.
This fact somehow escaped CCP despite the fraternities' reputation
as party centres. The fraternity village was plunked in the middle of:
an RCMP station, the newly constructed Greenwood Commons, older
apartments, and beside a preschool. What did they think? That students
would never leave or come home drunk? That no one would be out and
about past 10pm?
Now it would seem the University is trying to appease the residents
that have moved onto campus (who presumably knew full well that they
would be living beside students). The RCMP response to the fraternities
has seemed to increase in the past few years. One example is the RCMP
arbitrarily imposing a hundred person limit on the houses.
The problem with the current setup is that no one wins. There will
always be fraternities in the fraternity village. They will always have an
elevated level of noise compared to the surrounding neighbourhood.
The RCMP simply can't respond in full force to every noise complaint
they get; the work and manpower would be ridiculous.
Despite the evidence ofthe problems a mixed community is causing
at UBC, the OCP plan will provide another problematic area on campus.
The temporary bus loop (located beside Maclnnes Field) is slated to become market housing (Although this plan isn't set in stone). The area
located between the new underground bus loop, Gage and the Village.
There is no doubt that if market housing is built, people will complain
about the drunk and noisy kids at three in the morning on Pit night.
Students will be drunk, they will be loud. The University should
move forward from this assumption instead of believing that they can
change how students behave. And of course, a potential renter or buyer
should be aware that this is a student campus. If they don't like the student atmosphere, maybe they should settle down in another beautiful
location in our fair city. \a
'Let's decide the name...in 15 minutes'
Last night, in the council chambers of the SUB, AMS councillors—the
highest elected officials of the student body population—devoted all their
energy to solving critical student issues at UBC.
Was it housing, you ask. No. Perhaps transportation? Try again. Textbook prices? Negative.
Your elected representatives engaged in a 15 minute discussion
about the name of a committee that deals with compensation and HR
concerns. After intense debate, and after a motion to rename the committee "The People Committee" was narrowly dismissed, and council
ultimately decided to defer the issue until the next council meeting.
We acknowledge that the title of a committee may be important for
say, an influential public initiative (i.e. AMS electoral reform) where
the title of the committee must be clear, catchy and relevant for ease
of public communication. However, an influential public initiative this
was not. This committee is designed to codify hiring procedures within
the AMS, basically to put down in writing what goes on day to day.
The name-game was not only a potent barbiturate, it highlighted
an indulgent facet of the AMS where councillors spent their—we like
to think—valuable resources nitpicking over a name just to hear themselves talk and engage in "democracy." Granted, as Batman himself has
said in an online video, the AMS undertakes plenty of worthwhile projects that serve all UBC students. But there's an obsession with process
that occasionally veers its head into council meetings, where hours are
spent debating slight word changes in motions that will be forgotten in
six months time. So, AMS councillors, next time you find yourself in that
situation, we encourage you to bite your tongue, and just get a motion
passed or defeated. Who knows? Maybe you'll be able to get to the Pit a
little bit earlier. \a
In the Editorial "These are some of my un-favourite things," we stated
that we hate "old people." We would like to retract that statement and
apologize to anyone it offended.
by Trevor Wolf
Dear Sirs:
Regarding your editorial of Sept.
23 "No such thing as an equity
gulag." You say "We're in Canada,
where basic principles of equality are protected even above free
speech." I've read the Canadian
Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
and I must have missed that part.
Freedom of expression is listed
as a fundamental freedom right
at the start. Equality is mentioned
only in regards to equality under
the law. Nowhere is equality
placed above freedom of speech.
You also say "The point of the
equity officers is to give people
a course of action to take if they
feel discriminated against."
But people already have many
courses of action. They can complain to the Equity Office, an institution specifically designed for
that purpose. They can complain
to a university administrator,
who is obliged to deal with the
complaint. If these avenues fail
to satisfy, they can go outside
of the university to the BC Human Rights Commission, or in
extreme cases they can go to the
police. And both in and out ofthe
university there are many organizations willing to assist.
So what is the real purpose
of these equity officers? You suggest that they could act as a kind
of referee when passions get high
during AMS events. But I doubt
that AMS events are plagued
with shouting matches filled
with racial and sexist epithets.
You are solving a problem that
doesn't exist. And in regards to
simple shouting matches, what
business is it of equity officers to
diffuse the situation? What has
this to do with equity? Students
have a right to heated debate if
they so wish, and some things
are worth shouting over. Given
no sensible purpose for having
an equity officer at every single
AMS event, students would be
right to be paranoid. Will these
officers give talks on equity, and
if so how political will these talks
be? Will they file reports, and if
so, will they name names? Will
they attempt to control what is
said—and how it is said—at AMS
events? Are they attempting to
control what is said simply by
their presence?
And above all, students will
wonder why the university trusts
them so little that they must be
monitored at every single AMS
event. Why is Big Brother watching them?
-Stewart Trickett UBC
Computer Science '79
Editor's note: In the Charter of
Rights and Freedom, the limitations clause of section 1 and the
notwithstanding clause of section
33 allow certain infringements to
the to the Charter in demonstrably
justifiable cases. These have been
used uphold laws against obscenity and hate speech (R. v. Butler
and R. v. Keegstra respectively).
What do you think about the new improvements to Translink's bus routes to campus:
Lu Zhao
Animal Biology 3
"Well I'm
haven't really seen any
Everyone just
crams in one
bus. And sometimes the buses
skip stops for
some reason."
Kristina Horbender
Land and Food Sys 4
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seen that much been so-so, it's             been insane...
improvement... been same as              So I think they
I do know that always, it feels             just need to
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is good. But ter."
definitely this
bus has to come
more often."
—Coordinated by Tara Martellaro and Li Kathy Yan, with
avier Vela
Science 2
"Lastyear the
buses were
really crowded,
especially at
peak times...I
think it's getting
better, but many
things could be
improved. It's
getting better
but there's still
room for improvement."
photos by Shun Endo SEPTEMBER x6, 2008
by Krystian Imgrum, The Ontarion, (University of Guelph)
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56. Travel needs
58. Mineral spring
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Henry VIII order
Tape: abbr.
Pariah's mark
New York ball player
1. Literary barterer
6. Popular contraction
9. job
12. Attack
14. Lunartide
16. Police acronym
17. Wigwam
18. Audacity
20. Wax producer
21. Automaton
23. Desert features
24. Ball's partner
25. Cheese type
27. Square set
70. Throe
1. Divine will
2. On the water
3. Addict
4. Emotive one
5. Like a stratigrapher's
6. Division word
7. Wobble
8. He played it again
9. Norse god
10. Adore (with on)
11. Light cycles
13. Some born in July
1 5. Meticulous one
19. Pirate's drink
22. Plains roamers
24. Funeral hymn
26. Office features
27. Reflection word
28. Weaklings
30. Foolish
31. Tolerate
32. Trudges
33. Actor Sellers, to
34. A desperate housewife
35. Emerson output
37. Coliseum
40. Cryptic writings
43. Perches
48. Valley
49. Beginnings
50. Canine command
52. Smidgens
53. Raised mound
54. Sheltered
55. Denomination
57. Murdered, to the
58. Genesis maker
59. Actress Grier, et al.
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