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BAINS BRINGS IT
UBC a hit at home-opener.
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A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
And everything in its place. Page 5
MODERN COURTSHIP
Also: Giant snake eats gator!
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www.ubyssey.bc.ca
Vol.LXXXVII   N°14
Tuesday, 25 October, 2005
 Shake your fruity since 1918
DOWN IT: Committee to look into Coca-Cola's ethics violations, yinan max wang photo
Is Coke
ethical?
Results of investigation may
impact AMS renegotiations
by Robert P Willis
NEWSWRITER
A possible contract renewal between UBC, the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) and Coca-Cola may be kyboshed
by the results of an independent committee's findings on soft drink giant Coca-Cola's business practices
in Columbia.
The Independent Assessment Commissions is
going to investigate into the alleged instances of
ethics violations by Coca-Cola's bottling company
against labour organizations in Columbia. The commission was created by numerous interest groups,
including the Workers Rights Consortium and the
Fair Labor Association, and the United Students
Against Sweatshops (USAS) group.
The committee will be heading down to Columbia
in the near future and hopes to publish their findings
See "Ethics"page 2.
Touchy-feely technology makes a comeback
'Pillow-creature' may help illuminate the power of interactive touch
by Colleen Tang
NEWS STAFF
Animals and pillows may have much more
in common than previously believed.
The Hapticat, currently in its second prototype stage, resembles a rugby ball, cocoa
brown in colour with two white ears that
perk up when touched, said Steve Yohanan, a
computer science graduate student at UBC
who helped found the project.
It's a lap pillow—similar to a household
pet, he added.
The purpose of the project is to deal with
human interaction and touch by simulating
the characteristics of animals through the
Hapticat
"We're studying how people interact in
the world through touch. We're trying to
enhance computer interaction in the same
way," said Yohanan.
"I was thinking back to when I used to
have a cat and how much my interaction
with the cat is related to touch."
His intention, however, isn't to contribute
to the demise of the household pet
"I think there are things to be gained but
I wouldn't want to replace an animal," he
said. "I hope it's not the end of cats."
"Part of my goal is not to build...an artificial cat like a robot cat, but to kind of look at
what's going on with a real cat and the same
thing with a dog or any type of animal you
pet, even a horse or a cow and try to build
devices that give you the same kind of pleasure and quality that those do," said Yohanan.
This approach is a way of interacting in a
beneficial manner with another device that's
not a Hving creature," he said.
UBC professor Karon Maclean, who is
supervising Yohanan and his team on the
project, echoed his sentiment
"I cannot imagine that That would be
very sad. It's hard for me to see where a creature like this anytime soon is going to replace
an animal or be as good or better than a real
animal because a real animal has so much
richness," said MacLean.
SOFT PILLOW LOVE: UBC PhD student SteveYohanan is researching the
effects of a 'pillow-creature' on human emotions, yinan max wang photo
The research being done also looks at
how people are affected by emotions and
how well people can recognise and respond
to them.
"We saw that people could recognise the
emotions of the creature and... our responses show that they had a generally positive
response," explained Yohanan.
Yohanan began exploration with his idea
of the Hapticat in his Physical User Interface
Design class.
"[The class is] kind of a cross between
Human Computer Interaction and robotics,
which is about building and controlling
robotic devices," said MacLean, who also
teaches the class. "There is a lot of psychology involved and understanding physical
touch and how to design user experiments
using the sense of touch."
The class, consisting of computer science and engineering students from SFU
and UBC, completed their own projects.
Yohanan pitched his idea and formed a
group with Mavis Chan, Jeremy Hopkins
and Haibo Sun to create the original pro
totype of the Hapticat.
The result of the project ended up as a
paper that got published and selected,
along with all the papers from the class,
to be in the Seventh International
Conference on Multimodal Interfaces this
past October in Trento, Italy.
"This is very unusual actually. These are
[all] high quaHty papers," said MacLean.
The second prototype is similar to the
first one but is now mechanically controlled
instead of having several people behind a
curtain controlling the Hapticat
"It's more of a high-tech puppet., the new
version is more computer controHed," said
Yohanan.
Associate Computer Science professor
Joanna McGrenere said that this technology
has a powerful role to play in our Hves.
"Technology should be in the service of
the humans that use it..I think it's absolutely
critical that if we make any steps forward in
terms of making technology not just cool but
reaUy making it usable and [improving] the
quaHty of life." II
UN AIDS envoy
Stephen Lewis
speaks at UBC
by Khatidja Vaiya
NEWSWRITER
The expectation of economic growth in the face of
poverty, corruption and decades of poHtical instabiH-
ty in Africa is a desperately misguided pipedream,
said Stephen Lewis at the Chan Centre last week.
Lewis, the United Nations secretary general special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, linked the poHcies
of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and other International Financial Instutitions
(IFIs) as one of the main reasons the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) aren't being achieved.
The MDGs are a set of target achievements that
were created by the UN in the new millennium to
raise the standard of Hving in the developing world by
the year 2015.
The UN Millennium Declaration which was signed
by 191 countries in the UN, cited eight goals including development of western partnerships, promotion
of education, maternal health, environmental sus-
tainabiHty and gender equaHty, reduction of child
mortaHty, eradication of extreme poverty and hunger,
and perhaps most hopefully, the goal to arrest and
reverse the spread of AIDS.
While some remain optimistic about the progress
of the MDGs, Lewis confronted a harsher reahty, citing the Western world's history of making and breaking promises of aid to developing nations.
Referring to the unconscionably delayed response
to the AIDS pandemic, he noted that "the MDGS has
become a pipedream in the minds of many because
in the five years that [the MDGs] were propagated,
we've learned that HIV/ADDS has sabotaged all of the
socio-economic indices, and the continued damaging
western poHcies in trade and aid and debt"
This has served to drive the nails into the coffins,
said Lewis.
"And in the bizarre circumstances of the pandemic, nails and coffins aren't just metaphors."
Specific trade and social expenditure restrictions
imposed by these institutions often serve to hinder
See "Lewis"page 2. 2 News
Tuesday, 25 October, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
UBC won't participate in the
Coke ethics investigation
AFRICA: Lewis calls for more commitment, levi barnett photo
Dying populations can't boost economy: Lewis
"Lewis" from page 1.
rather than help the economies of
recipient countries, he added.
Dr Lewis also called attention to
the Western world's response to
African debt, referring to the cancellation of 40 bilHon dollars of debt at
the G8 summit as "an orgy of self
congratulation," and noting that due
to the interest on loans, African countries still carried the burden of a 230
bilHon dollar debt, even after paying
off 260 bilHon dollars. The size of the
initial loan was 294 bilHon dollars.
Appalled by the lack of commitment to foreign aid, Lewis suggested
that the only way to realistically
achieve the MDGs would be to implement a specific, year by year
timetable to combat the "the impregnable inertia of the western world."
While Dr Lewis condemned the
inertia of the Western world, some
were more understanding about its
causes. UBC student and audience
member Kristina Riley attributes
this inertia not to a lack of compassion, but to the overwhelming number of problems faced by the developing world.
"Many people end up not really
knowing where to put their attention," said Riley. "We need to radically change our conceptions of "disasters" to include the slower, less dramatic... catastrophes as well as the
sudden ones, and to recognise that,
even if AIDS has been an issue for
years, it's not simply a chronic problem, it's a true emergency."
Dr Lewis concluded with a
reminder of the impossibiHty of sustained economic growth in a continent plagued by disease.
"It's a fatuous fantasy to think
that while populations barely able
physically to survive can drive the
economic engine. Restore health
and we'll restore hope for a robust
economy," he said. "The two are
inseparable." a
"Ethics" from page 1.
by year's end. Their findings
could have significant impHca-
tions for the future of the AMS'
relationship with Coca-Cola.
If Coca-Cola is proven to be
in non-compliance with the
AMS' Ethical Purchasing poHcy, a process of remediation
will occur with the option of
termination of the relationship, said AMS President
Spencer Keys.
Keys cited three possible outcomes if Coke is found at fault in
the committee's assessment.
"One will be to ignore our Ethical
and Sustainable Purchasing
PoHcy and enter into a new contract with Coke; two will be to
review how realistic it is to apply
the standards of the PoHcy to
companies we deal with even
if we decide to not renew our
contract with Coke and three
wiU be to not renew the contract and not review our Ethical
and Sustainable Purchasing
PoHcy either."
"I would call the first morally
abhorrent and the third shortsighted," he added.
The AMS Ethical and
Sustainable Purchasing PoHcy,
which was adopted by the AMS
last year, adheres to the B.C
Human Rights Code and the
Canadian Charter of Rights and
Freedoms. It requires that all
suppHers shall not discriminate
towards its employees on the
basis of union membership.
As weU, "No employee shall
be subject to harassment,
intimidation or retaliation as
a result of his or her efforts
to freely associate or bargain
coUectively."
According to Kerry Kerr,
spokesperson for CocaCola, the
complaints from Columbian
Coca-Cola bottling workers, "...do
not reflect the facts in Colombia
at all."
VP Finance Kevin Keystone
said that the Independent
Assessment Commission that
the AMS attended in May 2005
was a success.
"I am confident in the results
of the investigation, assuming
the investigation is carried out
as per the proposal," said
Keystone.
UBC officials, on the other
hand, don't agree with AMS
on the importance of the
commission.
"We have chosen not to
participate in the committee,"
said Scott Macrae, UBC director of Public Affairs. "We have
not found a compelling reason
to participate."
In 1995, UBC entered into a
ten-year, $8.5 milHon contract
with Coca-Cola as the exclusive
soft drink. Because the required
33,600,000 CocaCola products
were not consumed over the last
ten years at UBC, Coca-Cola will
enjoy an additional two years of
exclusivity—at no sponsorship
cost to the company.
The AMS Ethical and
Sustainable Purchasing PoHcy
only applies to contracts
involving the AMS businesses
and services. This means that
UBC could potentially sign
another deal with Coke that
would exclude AMS businesses and services, a
'Tweens
African Awareness
Fundraiser
Glallery Lounge, SUB
October 28.8-12pm
$5 tickets
Feel the post midterm pre-hal-
loween indestructible African
beats of DJ fisher and DJ melle.
Roo Borson reading
The Penthouse at Koerner's Pub
October 25, Noon-1pm
Students "come to it and go
because it is like another
because they are like others."
Arts Wednesdays
1-200 Granville St.
October 26.5:50-7:30pm
The must attend dialogue for
the Ubyssey and all interested;
it's on "Ethics and the Press."
Cloning Terror -The War
of Images, 2001 -2004
SFU at Harbour Centre
(515 W.Hastings St)
October 26, 7-8:30pm
Reservations cs_hc@sfu.ca
As if there wasn't enough scary
stuff in the world, Professor
WJT Mitchell will speak about
cloning and terrorism as double phobias in the modern
world.
HALLO-RETRO-WEEN
party
GSS Ballroom
(6371 Crescent Road)
October 28,9pm onward
Dress up for mere amusement,
as well as cash prizes.The
theme is retro, with music and
get-ups from the 70s/80s and
'90s.Two pieces of ID required.
$3 advance, $5 at door.
Know-how to make It
Lecture Theatre at Michael Smith
Laboratories
October26,4-6pm
Presented by who else but the
UILO and SSOB,this is the last
in a series of presentations on
building up and maintaing a
successful venture at UBC.
Included is beer and pizza.
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finally, after years of pining, moping, eating their own hair, biting
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and generally suffering from overwhelming and all-consuming
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GO GULU GO: Marchers want the rest of the world to know more about the plight of Ugandans, jenny yang photo
A step ahead for Uganda
by Jenny Yang
NEWSWRITER
Hundreds of people turned out for the
GuluWalk last Saturday in support of
Ugandan children who are suffering from the
ravaging effects of the ongoing 19-year civil
war in northern Uganda.
Everyday, thousands of children in northern
Uganda face the risk of being abducted and
forced to either become child soldiers, sex
slaves, or murder victims. Because of this grim
reality, some children flee their homes attempting to walk to safety, said Shannon Owar Tito,
the main speaker at the event.
"The situation is very bad/ remarked
Tito, reflecting back on his two previous visits to his native homeland.
Tito was born in northern Uganda. "I still
have relatives who live there; cousins,
uncles, going through [the crisis] right now
as we speak/ he said.
The objective for the GuluWalk was to generate awareness about the problems facing the
eastern African nation.
Tito feels that Uganda has been neglected
because, "the world has changed a lot and
Uganda doesn't really have any oil or things
that the world really cares about."
Since the government does not acknowledge
that there is a problem, they do not "let the
world come and help." Tito wants immediate
peace so that the children can return to their
homes and hopefully receive the protection
they deserve.
"[This is] really a Canadian social responsibiHty. It's not just an issue of the Ugandan government," he said.
According to Brent Hayden, a former UBC
student, and speaker at the event, "40,000 people in northern Uganda are walking through the
city centres to escape persecution, abduction,
rape, and murder."
"It's a situation that's being completely
ignored by the world, and it's about time
that people started doing something about
it," said Hayden.
The organiser of the event, Tanya Seaman
explained why she became involved. "It's just
overwhelming for me that something this atrocious has been allowed to go on for so many
years. I guess putting a real face to it, seeing
these httie kids, is probably what got me most
interested in this particular cause."
Communications Director for the Act for
Stolen Children in Northern Uganda Campaign
Pamela Smith described the purpose of the
GuluWalks, which takes on a three pillar
approach: to raise awareness of these humanitarian crises, to trigger action from the United
Nations and other international actors, and to
peacefully bring this conflict to an end.
Smith's goal is to make sure "the children don't get forgotten," and she fights for
the children because she feels the issue is
"too crucial and too tragic."
One participant, Isabelle Mantart, learned
about the walk from her daughter. Mantart
was originally from Kenya, a neighbouring
country to Uganda.
"I don't know much about it, but I'm here. I'm
from Kenya so I've come to learn and offer support,* said Mantart Even though the participants
may not fully know the issue, they are eager
to help out in any way they can by attending
the GuluWalk, learning the situation in northern
Uganda, and supporting the cause by walking
the seven-kilometre route from Trout Lake Park
to the Downtown Vancouver Art Gallery.
"It's really been my dream to bring this issue
to life," said Tito. And with the walk's turnout,
he said Vancouver has placed "a httie bit of spotlight" on the conflict currently happening in
northern Uganda. Ii
Canada on thin ice for human rights, author says
UBC Professor Michael Byers discusses his latest book, War Law
by Chris Malmo
NEWSWRITER
Canada has built a reputation as a nation that
places a strong emphasis on human rights. But
recent contributions to discussion are beginning to suggest this position could be tenuous.
"Canada is in possible violation of...the
Geneva conventions/ said UBC Canada
Research Chair Michael Byers. The author of
War Law: International Law and Armed
Conflict, Byers said that although it is unlikely
that Canadian forces are themselves engaged in
human rights violations, Canada may be in ethical trouble because its armed forces are transferring prisoners to their American allies.
Canada has maintained an ongoing military
presence in Afghanistan at the request of the
Afghan government. Recently, the elite special-
forces unit joint Task-Force 2 has been working
with American forces in the region and is transferring captured individuals over to US custody.
"US forces cannot be trusted in all instances
to treat detainees properly," explained Byers.
He said this is because of the documented
instances of abuse at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo
Bay, and other prisons.
In his opinion, the more serious problem
lies with the 1984 Torture Convention that said
countries ratifying it cannot transfer individuals into the hands of foreign parties where there
is any risk of torture occurring.
"That's a clear obligation/ said Byers.
For Byers, this is an obligation which Canada
should uphold, or risk complicity in torture.
He thinks that in order to comply with international obligations, Canada should either
make certain that prisoners it sends into US
custody are treated properly, or refuse to transfer them altogether.
International law is under increasing pressure from a variety of sources, such as the
Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive war and also
from terrorism, according to Byers. He contended, however, that maintaining international agreements is as important as ever,
even with the developments of the past few
years: "Take, for instance, the lead-up to the
Iraq war. Colin Powell...spent eight weeks personally negotiating a resolution in the UN
Security Council." Byers added that international law was "at the center of the big decisions of history at the moment."
In his new book, Byers documents recent
"Canada is
in possible
violation of...
the Geneva
conventions."
-Michael Byers
Canadian
Research Chair
BYERS
trends in international law by looking at various
instances where it has been relevant, such as
the Iraq war in 2003.
He has aimed the book at a general, intelligent public with an interest in international law
but Httie technical knowledge—hoping to take
the subject out of the academic ivory tower.
"People hve and die, hundreds of thousands
of them...because of these debates," said Byers.
"This is stuff that I am passionate about..and I
want to convey some of that excitement and
passion to people, so they will become passionate about it too." II
Engineering
team to put
control into
hands of
disabled
by Amanda Stutt
NEWS STAFF
A team of UBC electrical and computer
engineering students have developed a
new technology that will allow people with
disabilities easier access to pubHc services and greater personal autonomy.
The team has found a way for people
to use their cell-phones to control everything from building intercoms to crosswalk buttons and ABMs—using blue-
tooth technology.
Professor David Michelson, the team's
supervisor, said that the goal is universal
accessibihty—at zero cost to the user.
"The focus is using the technology to
empower those with disabilities/ he said.
"This is ongoing work...what we have to do
now is see a protocol of this sort be adapted by the industry, ceU phone companies
and manufacturers, building managers,
and automation companies."
The five member team, which consists
of UBC students Larix Lee, Michael Luk,
Kelvin Poon, as weU as Justin Wong of
Stanford University and Derrick Young of
Cornell University, are working on
enhancing the Bluetooth standard—the
technology which would aUow for this to
be possible.
Larix Lee, a member of the engineering team explained that, "the protocol
allows you to transfer information and
follow steps in sequence. Our profile is
not dependant on technology, it can be
applied to new technologies; it's totally
dynamic/
"We are proposing one universal solution that works in many situations/ he
said. "Using separate remote controls for
each particular situation is cumbersome,
and defeats the purpose of having remote
control."
In regards to the accessibihty of the
technology, Luk said that new technologies are usually expensive, but the difference with this is that, if adopted by the
industry, it will exist in an already competitive market which wtfl keep the cost
down and make it universaHy accessible.
The team is receiving funding from the
Neil Squire Society, an organisation
focused on rehabilitating people with
spinal cord injuries that was originaUy set
up by Rick Hansen.
Harry Lew of the Neil Squire Society
suggested that the protocol will enable a
person with a disability to access any kind
of pubHc service like an ABM, ticket kiosk,
elevator or building intercom by a using a
portable device that is customised to their
level of physical ability.
The concept can figure out the level of
abiHty and mobility, and adapt accordingly. According to Lew, a person with a disability will be able to, "go into a public
space and use whatever technology to
operate that system."
"It presents information that is easier
to assimilate or use appropriate to your
level of abiHty," he added.
Lew said that there is a digital divide
between disabled and non-disabled people
that creates an unbalanced playing field.
"For example, there are now fewer
teUers and more machines," he said.
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a person with a disabiHty access that?"
"Those with disabilities are falling farther and farther behind," he continued.
"This wireless technology... has a potential to level the playing field for people
with disabihties when adopted by society," he explained. II
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Until January 15
by Jill Orsten
CULTUREWRITER
For those of you that didn't know,
Pablo Picasso was an artist. In fact,
he was a very important and influential 20th century artist, who
along with colleague Georges
Braque is considered to be the co-
father of the modernist movement
known as Cubism, which shook
the Europian art world at the turn
of the last century.
This virtuoso went through
many so-called "movements" over
the course of his career, never
wholly confining himself to one
method of artistic expression
and/or responsibility. The exhibit
currently at the Vancouver Art
Gallery (VAG) spans over 50 years
of Picasso-related material, with
pieces representing the most
important periods in his life.
Preceding the exhibit's public
opening on October 15 was a lecture given by Picasso's grandson,
Olivier Widmaier Picasso, to whet
the appetite of the Cubist enthusiasts in attendance. The talk was
interesting, if unsubstantial: Oliver
is a handsome French man whose
clumsy yet adorable mis-steps with
the English language made the
hearts of the artsy ladies flutter
inside their red-sweatered breasts.
His stories inspired one to
approach Picasso from a somewhat
different perspective: Oliver listed
the important women in his grand
father's highly prolific career in
chronological order and linked
them to specific periods in his
work. For example, Marcelle "aka
Eva" Humbert's angular face (I'm
assuming) made several appearances in Picasso's work during his
dalliances with analytical cubism,
and made for an interesting set of
family portraits for httie Oliver.
Despite being largely anorexic
for content, the suggestion that
Picasso's blue period was facilitated by the relative cheapness of
blue paint did offer a slight twist
on the familiar art historian
refrain. If you are interested in
further trivia along these lines,
Olivier Widmaier Picasso recently
published a book entitled Picasso:
The Real Family Story, which
would look very attractive and
sophisticated beside your bed or
on a Cubist-inspired coffee table
from Ikea.
The following evening, my
escort and I braved the rain and
entered the disco-themed foyer at
the VAG for Picasso's exclusive
opening. Loud electronica blared,
drowning out the "indeeds" and
the "how exquisites" of the red lip-
sticked and over suited Picasso
partakers as the alcohol poured
with reckless abandon at the exclusive VAG "Happy Hour" between
7pm and 9pm. My guest fidgeted
excitedly with his monocle, sometimes rolling it between his well-
manicured fingers, sometimes
polishing it in anticipation.
But alas, a slightly smudged
monocle probably wouldn't have
made a huge difference in the quli-
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ty of the show. The exhibition was
actually an amalgamation of drawings and prints from the National
Gallery of Canada, entitled Protean
Picasso, and a small collection of
paintings gathered from international sources.
There were only a few striking
pieces; mostly the collection
reflected a process of ideas that
were the precursors to Picasso's
great works, but were not great
works in and of themselves.
Notable exceptions include the
painting "Crying Woman" and a
moving, disturbing sketch entitled
"Frugal Meal" from the blue period. There are a few pieces inspired
by the Spanish Civil War, and one
particular set of drawings depicting rape that were deserved a few
prolongued moments to decipher
and reflect upon.
Closer to my heart were two
pictures of a little girl leading a
minotaur, which are definitely
worth looking out for.
If you're searching for some
truly amazing pieces of art, you'll
be disappointed. But if you are
interested in seeing how great
pieces of work come about, or how
formative attempts can end up on
the studio floor, or in the National
Gallery of Canada, you should find
this exhibition enjoyable.
Personally, I feel it is at least a
modest improvement upon the
"Picasso" section at the Prague
Museum of Modern Art, where
pieces were most likely scavenged
from the trash can outside of
Picasso's studio. No goulash stains
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Culture 5
De-classified: everything in its right place
Peer at the underbelly of one of Vancouver's
most respected institutions; marvel at the scales
CLASSIFIED MATERIALS:
ACCUMULATIONS, ARCHIVES,
ARTISTS
Vancouver Art Gallery
Until January 2
by Leigh Kamping-Carder
CULTUREWRITER
It is more than a little ironic that
Classified Materials: Accumulations,
Archives, Artists, which opened this
month at the Vancouver Art Gallery,
is a touch disorganised itself. The
show investigates the way we find
meaning in the world through
the process of organisation—the
impulse to archive and classify—and
in doing so covers an entire gallery
floor, three continents, and about
forty artists.
It's interesting territory to
explore, these commonalities
between 9-to-5 drudgery and wild
artistic expression, but while
Classified Materials provides the
filing cabinets, it seems the curator finished his shift before alphabetising the files. Perhaps it's the
commotion from the Picasso opening downstairs, but it feels as
though each room is more jam-
packed than the last. But hey,
maybe it's better that way.
From the start, the gallery's
marble staircase is littered with
cardboard.  As  my friend  and I
squeeze past the stacked boxes, he
quips that they could have at least
cleaned the place up a bit. He is
surely not the first or the last visitor to joke about "The Hunchback
Kit," Geoffrey Farmer's clever contribution to the show.
Scattered throughout the exhibition are groupings of objects from
the VAG's own archives, hauled up
from the basement (or the
"Catacombs") and assembled just as
Farmer found them. Allowing the
viewer a chance to peer at the dirty
underbelly of one of Vancouver's
respected institutions, the pieces
are also a constant and witty
reminder that the exhibit is an
archival space itself.
One room contains a three-
dimensional alien landscape created with the ends of balloons, as well
as an undulating pile of a million
pennies (on sale for $10,000—get
it?). Another installation displays
"The Great Survey of Papercuttings
in Yanchuan County," the Long
March Project's collection of intricate carved paper designs that covers every inch of wall space.
Also worth noting are Steven
Shearer's impressive metal collages (that's the music, not the
material) and Emily Jacir's "inbox"
paintings. The series of white panels, adorned with the text of emails
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burnout like any good cubicle-
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tour, content to let the show merge
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brain. Nevertheless, as an excuse to
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Gordon Campbell gets a
report card
If BC's teachers could write BC Premier
Gordon Campbell's report card, it would
look something like this, according to the
placard worn by Kristen Green, a teacher at
Moscrop school in Burnaby:
Attitude—Uncooperative
Attendance—Poor
Behaviour—Less than democratic
Progress—None
Comments—Please call school to request
meeting with teachers immediately
Green is sitting in the row ahead of mine
in Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum. Normally
host to hockey and basketball games, the
Coliseum today is full of teachers, parents,
students  and BC  union workers,   all  of
whom are here today to trumpet what they
see as Campbell's disappointing performance and to make him a student of their collective disapproval. "Disapproval* is a fairly
gentle term for the sentiments washing
over the diverse, thrumming crowd. Under
a jostling carpet of green and white balloons, there isn't a placid face to be found.
Dozens of placards similar to Green's decorate the rows, their slogans ranging from
hopeful to fierce: "We won't stand alone";
"Serfs Up"; "I Don't Trust Campbell"; and,
with a bleat of protest, "A Society of Sheep
Begets a Government of Wolves."
Today's rally is in support of the British
Columbia Teacher's Federation (BCTF),
whose members have been on strike for the
past two weeks, working picket lines
instead of classrooms in protest of the
Campbell government's refusal to negotiate
a new contract that meets their demands. In
fact, BC teachers have had httie opportunity
to negotiate at all since 2002, when their
rights to free collective bargaining were
stripped from their contract. Having also
declared the BCTF an essential service, a
categorisation formerly applied only to
groups vital to public safety and health such
as police officers and prison guards,
Campbell awarded his government the
power to legislate teachers back to work, an
action he duly carried out, and that teachers
in turn duly defied.
This is why the government would argue
that every teacher at today's rally is participating in an illegal strike. The government's accusations of illegality have exacerbated the BCTF's frustrations, and drawn
pubHc attention to the Campbell government's troubled history with BC labour
negotiation. Fundamental issues currently
at stake for the province's workers are
being thrown into sharp relief: the right of
workers to strike; to participate in the making of one's own contract; and, fundamentally, to maintain freedom of expression
even in the face of aggressive legal action by
the government under which the union
itself operates. The BC government claims,
however, that their imposition of the BCTF's
contract is simply the result of no bargaining prospects and the impossibility of meeting the teachers's demands.
The BCTF is not alone in their protest:
today's rally is organised by Canadian
Union of Professional Employees (CUPE ), a
union numbering 25,000 members in BC
and over half a million strong across the
country. The Hospital Employees Union
(HEU) is also present. What began as the
usual dispute over the BCTF's new contract
has swelled into a movement of union solidarity across the province.
Paul Moist, president of CUPE national, is the most incendiary speaker and the
call-and-response chant he initiates fills
the coliseum with the force of thousands
of unified voices.
"I say People, you say Power!" he
instructs.
"People!" he bellows. "Power!" the crowd
responds.
The chant continues, gaining its own
weight and momentum.
"I say Students, you say First!" Students!
First! Students! First!
"I say Strike, you say Strong!" Strike!
Strong! Strike! Strong!
Laughs erupt around me as Campbell's
nickname makes its entrance.
"I say Gordo, you say Bye-Bye!" Gordo!
Bye-Bye! Gordo! Bye-Bye!
Legislating a collective
agreement: a contradiction
of terms?
"The strike is necessary. It's not something we want to do," says Caroline Adam,
a first grade teacher in West Vancouver,
standing outside of the rally with a group
of her colleagues. A teacher walks by,
sandwiched by a placard that reads
"Negotiation Not Legislation."
Negotiation has been the rallying-cry of
the BCTF since their last contract, imposed
by legislation by the BC government in
January 2002, expired in June 2004. The
2002 imposed contract—referred to, paradoxically, as a "collective agreement"—
removed previous provisions establishing
limits for class sizes and staffing ratios of
specialist teachers. Crucially, it also rendered it illegal for teachers to bargain class
composition, class size and staffing issues,
and took away their right to strike.
The government's actions have not provoked disagreement on a uniquely local
level. According to the International Labour
Organisation (ILO), a United Nations agency
that promotes international human and
labour rights and sets international standards for labour relations, Campbell's
imposition of the 2002 collective agreement was a violation of international law.
The ILO examined the 2002 legislation
deeming BC teachers an essential service
and informed Campbell's government that
"a unilateral action by the authorities cannot but introduce uncertainty in labour relations which, in the long term, can only be
prejudicial." The government justified its
actions to the ILO by claiming that the contract was imposed due to "the difficult economic and fiscal situation" in the province
at the time. According to the BCTF, the
exceptional conditions claimed by the government do not exist in BC today, and the
violation of international law has no motivation other than impose not only contract
conditions, but silence, on the workers of
BC. In the past few years, the ILO has reprimanded the provincial liberal government
on nine separate occasions.
Joel Bakan, a UBC law professor and
author of The Corporation, wrote a special editorial in the Sunday, October 13
issue of the The Vancouver Sun, condemning Campbell's government. "In
1972, Canada, with the approval of all
provincial governments, ratified a UN
treaty to protect the rights of unions and
their members," wrote Bakan; "no provincial government has shown more contempt for this treaty than the liberal government in British Columbia." Bakan's
conclusion is straightforward: "if the liberal government had complied with international law, the teachers's strike would
be legal," he wrote.
And what does the person behind the
BCTF strike have to say? The crowd roars as
Jinny Sims takes the stage.
Jinny Sims: the new Aretha
Franklin?
There are three things that BCTF president
Jinny Sims has in common with famed
singer Aretha Franklin: a rich voice that
lends itself well to large spaces; a more
than liberal usage of the word "respect";
and a mean look in bright green.
When the BCTF first began its illegal
strike, it was Sims who was threatened with
jail time. Sims wears her lime pantsuit
onstage today, a small, stoic figure in the
centre of the Coliseum. She is a surprisingly impressive speaker: deliberate and even-
toned, hitting all the right notes with thanks
to the other unions in the audience and an
anecdote about her mother ("When the
strike began, my mother called me at the
weirdest of hours. 'Jinny, can't you just go
back to work?'").
True to Aretha, Sims trumpets the
rhetoric of respect and human potential.
"Over the past four years, I don't have to
tell you the decimation we have experienced. What we have seen over and over
again is a total lack of respect for working
people," she says evenly.
"The stand we took was for respect and
dignity. And, Mr Campbell, you will never
take away our respect or our dignity," Sims
continues. "When you attack one of us, you
attack all of us, and when you attack one of
us, all of us will stand together, thousands
upon thousands upon thousands."
Sims does not shy away from her defiance of the law, but takes it head on. "We
knew when we [the teachers] voted that we
were voting to go into civil disobedience,"
she tells the crowd. "But our teachers were
courageous."
"We have a message for you, Mr
Campbell. No more. No. More."
Union solidarity: the bigger
picture
Scanning the crowd, CUPE placards and
banners scatter the rows as evenly as the
BCTF's. It is clear that the rally's purpose is
not to lend support to this isolated strike,
but to its concept and purpose, its dedication to freedom. The word "solidarity" is
like pollen in the air.
"It's time for Canada's labour movement
to stand up and say, 'You hurt one of us, you
hurt all of us," shouts Paul Moist, president
of CUPE National. Judy Darcy is at the rally,
representing HEU, and she echoes Moist's
message: "This past few weeks I have been
proud to be part of the BC labour movement
because this labour movement serves as an
example for labour movements across the
country." Moist goes farther, drawing dire
parallels between labour disputes across the
country, all of which have ended to the contractual disadvantage of the workers.
"Something is happening in our country," he
bellows, citing the examples of the current
action by Telus, and CBC's recent strike.
In the crowd, the teachers I speak with
say the same.
Asked how she feels about the support
from other unions at the rally, Mary Alo
responds, "It's really heartwarming to know
that people understand the issues. It's not
about the money, it's about the kids, and
people understand that." Nearby, Caroline
Adam, a first grade teacher in West
Vancouver, comments that she now regrets
not actively supporting CUPE and HEU during their strikes, as they are now doing for
the teachers.
Several of the teachers tell me I should
talk to Mary McDermott, who is making her
way through the crowd. I catch up to her
and learn that she is the President of the
Vancouver Elementary School Teachers
Association (VESTA). She's short, compact
and pure Irish feistiness: a decontextu-
alised, enraged Dubliner.
"I'm here to thank CUPE for standing up
beside us. When we stand together, we
win," she tells me. Her accent is thick and
lends a brawny propellant to her words.
"This is the first time that Campbell has
backed down to the demands of workers
and that's extremely important. We sent a
message here," continues McDermott. "I
don't think he'll do this so lightly next time
to the next group of people when he's
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going to tear up the contract. I think we're
starting to fight back. And the fight-back
starts now."
"The next group of workers won't stand
by and let him do this to them, and we'll
keep on doing this until he changes. We're
teachers. We do that," says McDermott.
Before she slips away, I ask if she would
like Bill 12, the piece of legislation at the crux
of the dispute, repealed. "I would like Bill 12
repealed but you know what? I don't care,"
McDermott replies harshly. "I don't care
because he [Gordon Campbell] had to eat
crow today. He ate crow today and that's fine
with me." She disappears into the crowd.
What's at stake for
education?
"I want to say to Jinny Sims and to BC teachers, thank you for standing up for public
education/ Moist shouts.
This is the rhetoric that has placed the
strike behind an almost unassailable
wall—this is about the kids; this is about
education; this about our future. But what
does that mean?
Class composition is a central bargaining issue. Sixteen years ago, a government
policy change passed successfully to integrate student with mild to severe disabilities into regular classrooms. Although the
BCTF claims to support inclusion, teachers
argue that they can only do so to a reasonable extent—in a mixed classroom with a
lack of assistants, teachers are often
monopolised by the few disabled students.
In 2002, when the BCTF's contract was torn
up, the upper limits on the number of disabled students permitted in a class were
removed, and clauses for provisions such
as special needs assistant teachers were
also scrapped. Teachers are now saying that
they cannot continue in the current conditions, and that the class composition issue
must be resolved.
Katalina Severin is a secondary school
teacher of science and math in Vancouver.
"We need more special support for the special needs kids because the attention we're
spending on them takes attention away
from the average and high achieving students," she tells me. She adds that the current minimalist approach that the liberal
government is taking to public education is
debilitating students in the tech sector, not
providing them with the technical training
now increasingly necessary to compete on
the international stage.
Erma Severin, a secondary school
teacher in West Vancouver, emphasises that
the Campbell government currently does
not place sufficient value on the social
importance of quality education.
"Education might be the only way for a
student to move up in life," she says,
"depending on the situation you might be
Vincent Ready's Recommendations
With a 77 per cent majority, teachers voted to end the strike and went back to work
yesterday. Here are the recommendations they voted in, on the basis of a verbal   .
agreement with the BC Liberals:
HARMONISED SALARIES
■$40 million to harmonise BC teachers'
salaries across the province*
LEARNING ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPATION
Bin creased BCTF representation on the
Learning Roundtable.
BENEFITS
*$40 million towards the BCTF Long
Term Disability and the harmonisation
of benefits in general. The BCTF is the
only major public sector union whose
members pay the entire cost of Long
Term Disability ("LTD") coverage.
in, if your family's had a hard time in life, or
for any reason." Severin says that this is
particularly true of low-income families.
Gordo loves our kids
Though the mere mention of Gordon
Campbell's name draws hisses and boos
from the crowd, there is one person at the
rally who's here to defend Gordo, and he's
floating above the heads of the protestors,
wearing a tank top and covered in red
body paint.
Stepping through the crowd on stilts,
wearing long red plastic pants, a rainbow
belt, horns, demonic face paint, and tooting
a small horn, he hisses a message to the
passer-bys: "Gordo loves our kids, Gordo
loooooves our kids."
RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF
TEACHERS ON CALL CTQCS")
H$5.2 million towards establishing a
uniform day rate and seniority benefits
for substitute teachers, who will get a
raise to $190 per day.
CLASS SIZE AND COMPOSITION
MAn additional $20 million (to raise to
$170 million) to target issues of class
size and special needs students
between grades four to twelve     /
■ School, Act to be modified to resolve
the current class size problem
"Are you a teacher?" I call up to him.
"Of course!" he shouts down. "At King
George. Alternative." He goes back to hissing his message the crowd. "Gordo
loooooves our kids."
"Why are you dressed like that?" I holler,
pursuing him through the crowd. Later I will
see him dancing to a band outside the rally,
stepping and strutting on his stilts to the
music like an inspired satanic flamingo.
"I'm here to make a statement for
Gordo!" he calls down, teetering hopelessly
for a moment, then regaining his balance.
"Gordo loves our kids. A lot of people
are angry at him here today. But he really
loves our kids."
He moves off, whispering his message
over the heads of the boiling crowd. IB 8 Culture
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BROKEN SOCIAL
SCENE
Broken Social
Scene
Arts & Crafts
base for members of the most exciting bands to shake up the world of
Canadian indie rock for the past
four years (Stars, Metric and Feist
and so forth).
The charmingly cut-and-pasted
aural aesthetic bleeds into the hand-
drawn album art featuring a booklet
of To-Do-List anecdotes for every
song. ('Major Label Debut: find
Amy's vocals-or else; let the violins
be heard; slow down your medication; make out with your hand.*)
Could a record so  dense and
cerebral have even been possible
and lather you with milk and sparkle     when the band was a few years
by Jackie Wong
CULTURE STAFF
If their previous album, You Forgot
it in People, grabbed your crotch
and didn't let go for thirteen tracks,
the latest self-titled effort from
Toronto's Broken Social Scene will
push you gently into a warm shower
for 63 minutes instead. Jammed-out
guitar and drums, layered instrumentals, and ephemeral lyricism
make for a decadent record by folks
who damn well know what they're
doing—after all, the Broken Social
Scene power-train has been home
younger? Likely not. The hooky
immediacy of You Forgot it in
People shone in its own right like
your favourite denim. But consider
Broken Social Scene to be the developmental equivalent of switching to
300-count Egyptian cotton.
If you're looking for the rocked-
up jamminess of "Almost Crimes,*
the closest you'll get to that on this
record is "Windsurfing Nation,* a
blue-skied sheet of oceanic pop
skipping across psychedelic waves
of hand-clapping choral shorelines, complete with a cameo by K-
os. Aerial drum breaks and
panoramic guitar vamps on "Fire
Eye'd Boy* sound out the transatlantic ambitions of the record, and
"Fire Eye'd Boy," "7/4 (shoreline)*
and "Our Faces Split the Coast in
Half paint an aural landscape that
is as critical of the nation as much
as it is in love with it.
And here, in the midst of the
post-summer denouement that
sedates October, we find the antidote: an insistent, careful album that
will shake your hips and tear your
heart out in all the right places. SI
Tortoise assists, outshines rock
Lanois may mesmerize,
but strong and steady
steals the show
TORTOISE/DANIEL LANOIS
Commodore Ballroom
October 17
by Nick Fontaine
CULTUREWRITER
It's always interesting to see which
bands draw what types of crowds:
The Offspring attracts old Ramones
fans; Michael Kaeshammer is a
good place to find jazz-hungry sixty-
somethings; and K.D. Lang will
always get a strong show of support
from members of Vancouver's vivacious lesbian conununity.
At the Tortoise and Daniel Lanois
combo concert last week, the mix
was definitely the most eclectic yet,
the venue brimming with a strange
brew of emo-punks, yuppie power-
brokers and Deep Cove stoners. But
I'd bet good money that every identity left the Commodore happy that
night. I also have a sneaking suspicion that Tortoise fans left a Httie
happier after watching their boys
steal the night.
To Lanois' credit, his performance was mesmerising; a work of
transcendental lap steel and instrumental ambient guitar blended with
a confident and evocative style. The
music he played told stories of forgotten landscapes and smoky jazz
bars filled with warm, dulcet tones;
as he puts it, "instrumental music
speaks louder than singing."
What's more, the subtlety and
respect with which he led the band
is something that needs to be seen
and heard in order to be truly appreciated. It's obvious that Lanois is a
man who knows what he wants:
after all, he has produced some of
the finest albums ever with the
biggest names in music—U2, Willie
Nelson, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel,
and the Neville Brothers. And his
flawless storytelling and no-frills
performance quaHty proved a real
crowd-pleaser, a testament to his
status as a Canadian music legend.
But alter all those accolades, how
could Tortoise possibly be better? To
start, Tortoise opened the show and
returned later for a second performance to back Lanois. Without showing signs of losing energy, Tortoise
put on a fantastic performance for
over three hours straight. This five-
piece band is legitimately talented
and versatile; every member of the
band played at least three different
instruments with a rare, expert
finesse. By comparison, Lanois' guitar work seems too simple at times;
his lap steel work is phenomenal,
but his electric guitar abifities are
just barely expert level, and his solos
are really just a lot of chords.
Tortoise astounded their audience with richly textured sound-
scapes and otherworldly effects as
they ploughed through their act without uttering a word, instead letting
the instrumentals talk for them in
strange and alien tongues. With
evocative, iTunes-y screen art projected behind them, Tortoise didn't
make music so much as paint a visual and aural mosaic, touching on
eveiything from prog rock to acid
jazz, lounge house to fusion, vibe
rush to sadistic bossa novas, all with
a stinging, frenetic drum fine
beneath it. This unique, eerie brand
of Stan Getz meets Rebirth of Cool
meets Amon Tobin meets Ben
Charest kept every eye in that capacity crowd riveted from start to finish.
So, a note to Daniel Lanois:
you're good, I'll give you that, but
the next time you go on tour, don't
ride with a band that makes you
look so tame. M
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i THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 25 October, 2005
Sports 9
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Bains leads 'Birds to win
by Justin McElroy
SPORTS WRITER
UBC basketball fans have been
awaiting this moment for well over a
year. Ever since former SFU stars
Chad Clifford and 2004 CIS player of
the year, Pasha Bains decided to
transfer to UBC to finish off their
university playing careers, anticipation had been building towards
Saturday's clash against the boys
from Trinity Western. Would a drastically revamped roster gel as a
team? Would Bains Hve up to the
immense hype surrounding him?
And would the Thunderbirds Hve up
to the hype and play like a team
capable of winning the CIS championship for the first time in 33 years?
The Thunderbirds answered
these questions with a resounding
103-86 victory over the Trinity
Western Spartans Saturday night in
front of 1,000 raucous fans. The team
was in lull flight early, with precision
passing and a sharp transition game
keying an explosive first half where
the T-Birds scored a whopping 58
points. Newcomers Matthias
Dockner and Clifford (four points
respectively) hardly looked out of
place, while second-year swingman
Matt Rachar showed flashes of bril-
Hance with a twenty point, ten
rebound double-double.
And as for Bains? It would be
safe to say he Hved up to the hype.
Whatever doubts fans may have
had about the talented twenty-five
year-old were wiped away at
approximately the 14:08 mark of
the first half, when he took an alley-
oop pass from Jordan Yu and finished with a dunk that, to put it
bluntly, brought down the house.
"We're happy with the win," said
Bains after the game. "It's always
good to start the season off strongly.*
Indeed, the strong play from
Bains attracted double-teams from
the Spartans all night long, which
meant plenty of open shots for other
Thunderbirds. The chief recipient of
these was UBC stalwart Casey
Archibald, who displayed the scoring
touch that has terrorised defenses in
the Canada West for the past three
seasons. Archibald netted an impressive 29 points, 22 of which came in
the first half when UBC put the game
out of reach.
Unfortunately for fans who missed
out on the offensive explosion
Saturday, the Thunderbirds will once
again be hitting the road, playing their
next three games away from War
Memorial before returning on
Remembrance Day against Thompson
River. For those who caught the action
on Saturday and thought the 'Birds
played well, Bains argues that the best
is yet to come: "We can play much better than we played tonight..we have a
ton of room to improve."
The Thunderbirds playing much
better than a game where they scored
103 points? The rest of the teams in
the Canada West Conference must be
dreading the prospects of that reahty
right now. II
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Tuesday, 25 October, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
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No more hanky panky
Once upon a time, the art of wooing was
highly interlocked with the vehicle of the
pocket-handkerchief. A lady could casually
drop one in the presence of gentlemen
caUers, her pale face blushing as her suitors
clamoured over one another trying to pick it
up to win her reward. Gentlemen also had
the opportunity to proffer a 10* by 10" manifestation of their wealth, their status evidenced by monogram and thread-count, to a
watery-eyed companion appreciating the latest production of La Boheme.
But as the front shirt pocket and the suit
jacket (which coincidentally had a kerchief
pocket inside) went out of style, so did the
pocket-handkerchief. And thus Kleenex
built a rapacious empire out of disposable
snot rags.
But perhaps it was not just style that
transformed the reusable kerchief into its
disposable and less romantic cousin. The
germ factor inherent in sharing and reusing
an old-fashioned booger-catcher certainly
must have increased during the plague.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
(SARS) made its first appearance in
November 2002. It spread like a bad case of
herpes at a frat house booty camp.
Handkerchiefs aren't good substitutes for
condoms, the students soon found out.
Additionally, the McChicken, and other
various fried chicken items came under fire
when H5N1, the "catchy" name for Avian
Bird flu, was incorporated into their value
meals. For a short period of time, children
enjoyed a fimited edition McHandkerchief
with their happy meals—bad idea.
The cataclysmic potential of a return to
the day of handkerchiefs is truly terrifying.
Just imagine: the demand would boost the
need for more cotton or hemp (settle down
hippie—this isn't going to turn into a Mary-
Jane debate) that in turn would require
increased production, leading to more land
being cleared for fields.
This in turn would lead to the destruction
of more habitat and force more animals
together in smaUer spaces, with inevitably
tragic results.
Need we remind everyone of the infamous Burmese python who was released
into the wild after its owners grew tired of
it? This poor dejected 13-foot python had no
idea how to look for food and attempted to
swallow a live 6-foot aUigator. But the story
didn't end how you would have expected (if
you really expected such stories to end a certain way). The aUigator wasn't big enough to
fight back and the end result was a half-
eaten gator whose incessant clawing and biting spfit the python in two.
How would a tiger fare against a Hon?
And would anyone reaUy win or does one
reaUy speak of a winner in these sorts of
debacles? While a Fox TV special probably
has the answer to this question, we just promote the reinstatement of the handkerchief,
even with the possible consequences.
Wouldn't the world be a better place if we
brought back the tradition of gentlemen
caUers, tossed out the gender requisites, and
got back to the meaning of true romance? II
Ask Coach Steph
Ask Coach Steph is a bi-weekly
advice column appearing in the
Ubyssey. If you have a question
pertaining to life management,
career preparation, self actualisation
or just need general advice email
steph@visionswithoutborders.ca.
Stephanie Tait is a Personal and
Professional Leadership Coach who
works with young professionals
helping them create the lives and
careers they truly desire.
Dear Coach Steph,
I'm having so much trouble
keeping up with school. It's hard
to juggle lectures, labs, projects,
term papers, and keep up with
coarse material so I can do well
on my midterms. I (really) need
to do better this year than last.
Suggestions?
—Deirdre
Dear Deirdre,
Life is full of projects, assignments and deadlines. Part of
being at university is learning
how to hone your abiHty to manage your time and set priorities.
To create the results you
want, having a system may give
you peace of mind and better
results. Try the fallowing six
steps to help you manage your
workload:
1. Set your own deadlines.
Students often feel stressed
because they're rushing to get
things done last minute. Allow
yourself time to do your work by
setting deadlines before the real
deadhnes.
2. Set start dates for each
deadHne. Know exactly how
much time you wiU have for each
project so you don't go overboard or deny yourself the time
you need. Don't start eveiything
at once!
3. Get an accountability
buddy. Having someone hold you
accountable compels you to meet
your deadHnes and makes them
more real. Ask someone who has
your best interest at heart to
check in with you as often as
necessary.
4. EHminate distractions. Go
to the Hbrary, hang up a "do not
disturb* sign on your door, turn
off your phone, and don't check
your email. Do whatever you
need to get the job done on time
and to the best of your abiHty.
5. Give yourself a break.
Rather than pushing through 'til
Christmas, schedule breaks
every few hours to rejuvenate
your concentration. Charging
through assignments might get
the job done. It might even get
you the results you want. But you
form a negative relationship with
working, which stimulates fiiture
procrastination.
6. Celebrate! Often we'H jump
from one project to the next
without acknowledging what
we've done because we're too
busy thinking about everything
else we have to do to slow down.
When you reach your deadHnes,
acknowledge yourself.
Your time at university is
short. Make the most of it by
allotting your work the time it
needs. II
Streeters
MONOGRAMMED HANDKERCHIEFS: Distinguished or
DISGUSTING, AND WHY?
I will go with disgusting because if
someone takes the time to monogram their handkerchiefs they have
way too much time on their hands.
—Kristen Johnson
Department of Accounting
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I would say disgusting because it's
a cHche. Having a pocketful of snot
isn't appealing.
-KurtisBell
Chemistry 5
Distinguished. They're neat.
-Ruth Warick
Access and Diversity
Let me think about that for a
second. I really don't have a clue.
Disposable might be preferred.
—Jordan Baglo
Physics 4
Distinguished. I don't know. You
have it if you need it.
—Cherry Yuen
Land and Food Systems 1
—Streeters coordinated by Simon
Underwood and Yinan Max Wang weekend belts out two wins
Sports \\
TENSION HIGH: UBC Thunderbirds cleaned up against the Lethbridge Pronghorns
last weekend, yinan max wang photos
Saturday: comeback kings
by Dan Morris
SP0R15 WRITER
In one of the most dramatic comebacks in
recent years, the T-Birds showed resolve and
consistent intensity in the last period. Though
off to an incredibly sluggish start against
Lethbridge, UBC got into a 3-0 hole before initiating a remarkable turnaround highlighted
by three third-period goals. Ultimately, aU
lines seemed to cHck, and that provided the
energy needed to upstage the Lethbridge in
UBC's 4-3 victory.
The first frame started inauspiciously, with
starting netminder Gerry Festa letting in an
early goal four minutes into the proceedings.
Throughout the period, play was relatively
even, although neither team was able to sustain any sort of offensive pressure.
Festa played weU early in the second period, making a number of key stops. An awkward second goal by Lethbridge, putting UBC
in a 2-0 hole which spoiled some of his early
play. "It was a pass from the side, across the
slot, and one defensemen had his stick down,
and it deflected in, and I got caught in an awkward position," Festa commented. At the 12-
minute mark, with UBC down a man, the
Pronghorns capitalised and gave themselves a
three-goal cushion.
Finally, veteran forward Nick Marach was
able to put the T-Birds on the board. "It was
some real hard work by Kress and May, they
were able to get it to me in the slot and I put it
in,* Marach latter commented.
The third period, however, was a completely different story. UBC out-shot the
opposition 16-10. Jordan Beirnes, quickly
narrowed the gap to one, only a few minutes
into the final period.
Continually putting pressure on Lethbridge, UBC sensed the need for urgency and
had quaHty shots on net Stephan Gervais later
tied the game up at three. With only 23 seconds left, and with UBC on its sixth power play
of the game, new import DarreU May grabbed
a juicy rebound to put the game away.
"Dietrich made a great play, I got the rebound
and I had a wide open net," he later said.
May later commented on the shift in
tempo: "I think we did weU on the PP to generate chances. In the second half, we got our
feet back in the game. The late second goal
helped, and we started off a Httie flat, but we
picked it up late in the game.*
Festa was somewhat inconsistent, but sta-
biHsed later on. "I fought the puck a Httie, but
I tried to keep aggressive and we got a chance
to come back," he said. "Any time you hold the
opposition to (about) 25 shots a game, you're
doing a good job. If I was on top form, it would
have been 4-1, but the defense did a good job
shutting them down in the end," Festa said.
Coach Dragicevic discussed early disappointment "I wasn't happy with the way we
started. The first half was very discouraging.
We just can't start like this." He also talked
about the turnaround, 'Jordan Berines's goal
heightened the emotion for us, and we started
forechecking. That's what got us going,
because ultimately we're a forechecking hockey team and it showed."
He commented on the team's play up to
this point in the season: "It's a very tight
division, we just need to keep our heads
above water until we get players back from
injury, but getting four points was absolutely huge for us."
OveraU, the T-Birds showed offensive
promise over the entire weekend, outscoring
Letbridge 9-7. NaturaUy, the T-Birds are far
ahead of where they were last year. UBC looks
like a more dangerous team, albeit if inconsistent at many times. The competition gets
much harder as the T-Birds face the
Saskatchewan Huskies next week at home for
a two game series. U
Friday night's squeaker
by Boris Korby
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The T-Birds needed a shorthanded third period
goal by centre Andrew Davidson and some stellar puck stopping from backup goaltender Peter
MandoH to get by the University of Lethbridge
Pronghorns by a final score of 5-4 Friday night,
in a wild home opener at the packed UBC
Winter Sports Centre.
Down 4-3, Thunderbird head coach Milan
Dragicevic tapped MandoH to replace starter
Gerry Festa less than five minutes into the second period after Lethbridge netted consecutive
talHes—the first on a penalty shot and the second short handed—35 seconds apart. "I think
Peter did a great job," said Dragicevic. "He
calmed us down, he gave us confidence, and he
was weU deserved of the victory."
Special teams were critical once again for
UBC Friday night The penalty kill was a perfect
four for four, while the T-Birds were able to take
advantage of an undisciplined Pronghorn
bench, scoring two power-play goals against a
lineup that received ten minor penalties, two
ten minute misconducts and a game misconduct Pronghorn head coach Greg Gatto also got
tossed from the game five minutes into the final
frame for arguing with the referees after
Lethbridge found itself two men down for the
fourth time in the game.
Words were later exchanged after the
game's conclusion between Gatto and the officials, with Gatto having some choice words
regarding the quaHty of the officiating and his
ejection. The situation however did not escalate
beyond that point
"The referee didn't even know what I said,"
said Gatto. "Four, five on threes [against us] are
not going to win us many hockey games, but
whether or not we shot ourselves in the foot is
to be determined."
Dragicevic was pleased with the performance of his team's power play and penalty lriU
on the night "We scored two powerplay goals
and a shorthanded [goal] tonight We've been
working on special teams aU week and it finally
came to the forefront I liked our specialty
teams tonight"
UBC also got markers from Matt McMahon,
Chris Curran, Tyler Dietrich, and Mike Gough
in the victory, while MandoH made 18 saves as
the game's star. II
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T-Birds battle it out with Pandas
Canada West champs
three years running
by Lindsay Ford
SPORTS WRITER
SkiU and aggression paid off for
the women's field hockey team on
Sunday at Wright Field, as they
defeated their biggest rivals, the
Alberta Pandas 1-0. Sunday's win
not only concluded the Canada
West Championships, but also provided the UBC women's field hockey team with their third consecutive championship win.
After successfuUy defeating
UVIC 6-1 on Friday, the ladies
were on their way to a victory
against the Pandas. "If we can
dupHcate our play from Friday's
game, then we should do weU,"
Coach Hash Kanjee commented
before the game got underway.
The T-Birds opened up scoring
early with a goal by the team's
top scoring leader, Katie
MacPherson, at the 10 minute
mark off a perfect pass from
defender Kristyn Harrington. The
T-Birds maintained possession
and control of the play for the rest
of the first half and weU into the
second. "The Pandas are a reaUy
good team, but we outplayed
them today* concluded Katie
MacPherson, after the win.
As the T-Birds bench continued
to show their team spirit and support, the chances kept coming in
FEARLESS: Once again the UBC women's field hockey team
takes home the Canada West title, michelle mayne photo
the second half. Forward Tiffany
Michaluk showed off her crafty
hand-eye coordination as she
danced her way around the
Pandas defensive line, producing
a few near goals for the T-Birds.
The T-Bird's defensive line
remained unbeatable, while making countless defensive plays like
those from defender Christine De
Pape made a few blocking dives
getting the baU up-field. Defender
Lise Galand stole many advancing
chances from the Panda forwards,
by making some long passes back
toward the UBC forward Hne.
T-Birds net minder, Deb
MarteU, who did not receive much
action   throughout    the    game,
walked away with the shutout.
Making a few key saves when challenged by the Panda's forward
line, MarteU helped carry the T-
Birds to their Canada West victory.
The Pandas, who placed second overaU, were a tough team
for the T-Birds to beat this season. "This was our best game
against our biggest rivals," De
Pape noted in the post-game
wrap-up, Commenting on the
reason for the ladies' success, De
Pape added that, "there was a lot
of flow in our play."
The T-Birds look to continue
their success at the CIS national
championships Nov 4-6 at Wright
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