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Friday, 30 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Lecture on Iran prompts outburst
by Jesse Ferreras
A lecture on Iran's youth by a noted Canadian journalist prompted
outrage from an audience member
against UBC research into Iran's
nuclear ambitions yesterday.
Former UBC business student Mohammed Salemy, who
claimed to be a paid agent of
the Iranian government, aimed
heated remarks at the Simons
Centre for Disarmament and
Non-Proliferation Research, the
department sponsoring a talk
about youth culture in Iran at the
Liu Centre by Creative Writing
professor Deborah Campbell.
Salemy directed his criticism
at Simons Centre director Wade
Huntley, and a perceived unwillingness by his department to address Israel's nuclear pursuits.
"We have a nuclear power in
the Middle East that has illegally
occupied land for over 40 years,"
he said. "The history of the anti-
colonial struggle in Iran goes
back 200 years and why would
the Iranian government accept
the West's terms?"
Huntley attempted to interrupt Salemy, but he did not stop
until asked by other members of
the audience. Salemy admitted
that his claim of being a government agent was a joke, but he
carried on with his criticisms of
the Simons Centre.
"Israel has been in defiance
of Security Council for all these
years and the West doesn't really
have a problem with it," he said.
"It's a hypocrisy and Iranians,
from seculars to Communists to
Islamists, they all see this."
Two weeks ago the Simons
Centre hosted a conference on
Iran's nuclear ambitions that attracted Iranian scholars from
various institutions.
Campus Security eyed Salemy
from outside the doors of the Liu
Institute after the lecture.
"Fine man, wherever I go they
look at me," Salemy said.
Salemy's tirade followed a
lecture titled "Iran's Generation
Next," in which Campbell, a journalist who spent six months living in Iran, described a growing
gap between the country's older
populace and those under 30.
She noted that the younger
generation constitutes 70 per
cent of Iran's total population
and that their values differ significantly from those of their parents, who lived through the 1979
Revolution that replaced a monarchy with an Islamic Republic.
She employed numerous
slides to emphasise the changing
culture of Iranian youth. The first
combined images of Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad and George Bush.
"Most of the time when we're
talking about Iran, this is what
we get to see, the very narrow focus on these two individuals and
very little of the background and
people behind the scenes," she
said. "Iran is in a state of transition, and these young people are
involved in shaping the direction
of Iran right at the moment."
Campbell explained that Iran
felt isolated after the revolution,
but that the country's ideals have
shifted significantly in the last decade. She said that a widespread
IRAN: Campell shows today's Iranian teen, oker chen photo
embracing of western culture
through technology and media
has helped reduce that distance.
"Even when I was in small
towns, I found people asking me
for my e-mail address," she said.
Campbell employed slides
throughout her presentation to
represent significant cultural
shifts in Iranian society. This featured pictures of young women
who, in addition to traditional
garb, wore makeup and western
clothing and, in some cases, bandages from plastic surgery, which
she said can serve as status symbols in modern Iranian society.
"This population, born after
the revolution for the most part,
has values very much at odds
with those of their elders," she
said. "Khomeini had this idea
that he would encourage women
to have large families and create
a 20 million member army of soldiers for Islam. And instead what
he got was this."
Though Campbell spoke optimistically about the changing values of Iranian youth, she warned
that, while they are cynical of
their government, their openness
to the West would be seriously
compromised by increased tensions with western governments.
"Iran would be willing to back
down from its nuclear ambitions
if it got a really good settlement
out of it," she said. "However it's
not going to put down its major
card before it gets to the table,
because that's the card. It's not
going to be willing to suspend enrichment in order to negotiate."
Saloumeh Pourmalek, a Dentistry student originally from Iran,
said that Campbell's lecture was
very reflective of contemporary
youth culture in Iranian society.
"I thought itwas very true," she
said. "I talked to a friend of mine
right now and she said it was true
too. And she's been here only a
couple of years now." @
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Here's a thought: what if your favourite charity did more harm
than good? What if every dollar
you spent to save a child, or feed
a starving villager, was just another step towards their destruction? What if, God forbid, your
money was in fact feeding a civil
war whose soldiers slaughter entire villages at a time? What if the
only reason these supposed beneficiaries were in trouble was because you were just trying to help?
Simply put, what if you found out
that international aid doesn't do
anything, or can even make things
There are two major divisions
of foreign aid: humanitarian aid,
designed to save lives during humanitarian crises such as wars
or natural disasters, and development aid, designed to rebuild
infrastructure after the crisis
Aid can be given in the form of
food, money, or personnel. Typically, governments give bilateral
aid to other governments, or multilateral aid to non-governmental
organisations (NGOs). NGOs can
also receive funding through private donors.
On the ground, NGOs employ
personnel to begin development
projects, or, more often, approve
and oversee projects, funnelling their resources directly into
In theory, the model makes perfect sense. Rich Western countries
give money and resources to communities through knowledgeable
emissaries who are connected
to the local people, or to governments who should essentially do
the same thing. Eventually, people
feet and take over the rebuilding
of their country, turning it into a
self-sustaining nation, as well as a
member of the global market.
Some humanitarian aid seems
to work very well. The overwhelming response to the recent tsunami
in Southeast Asia demonstrates an
effective method of disaster relief
that saves lives. But what about
humanitarian aid in places in constant crisis? What about the constant need for development and
humanitarian aid in countrie
aged by famine and war? Ac
ing to the 2006 UN Millen
Development Goals report,
has been very little progress
the last decade, and in some
situations have even regresse
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for several years, after which he
continued to do overseas work,
until—disillusioned with the system and finding many others like
him—he decided to write about it.
In outlining the community crises
that develop under the presumption of a constant influx of aid,
he contentiously asserts that the
guarantee of free food and easy
money by foreign aid organisations enable people to by-pass
the vital steps required to build a
self-sustaining economic system,
including basic infrastructural
development and agriculture. After all, why would anyone work to
produce food and find water when
relief agencies just hand it over?
Maren describes how struggling communities become dependent and fight to keep their free
food and money, thus facilitating
the eventual abuse of the system.
Drawing from his own experience,
Maren contends that in countries
like Somalia, where aid is a main
source of income, corruption is
not the exception, but the rule.
Rwanda is in critical condition
when it comes to aid dependency.
Goldis Chamis, the president of the
UBC International Red Cross (UBC
IRC) worries about the state of its
current economy: "Eighty per cent
of Rwanda's GNP [gross national
product] is aid. That is never going
to let that country stand on its own
two feet," she says. "Is that sustainable? What if aid stops? What happens? I just worry that we're doing
more harm."
Beyond the vicious cycles
sometimes created in aid-dependent countries, there can also be a
naivete and ignorance pervading
the aid community's ground workers. Maren, who worked in Somalia during the 80s, paints a picture
of frontlines manned with idealistic kids driving Land Cruisers,
signing documents, and allocating
money and resources this way and
that with no real understanding
of what they're doing. At its most
harmless level, it seemed little better than tourism. At its worst, he
writes, the arbitrary doling out of
cash hurts the native community
more than it helps.
"There's a lot of tourism for
dig a well? Andrew Clark gives a
thought-provoking example of the
effects of intervention in Maren's
"When a well is put in, nomads
will set up camp around it. Gradually, the nomad's animals will
graze out the land surrounding the
well. After there is a three-day's
walk from the well to verdant pasture, all of the nomad's animals
will have died out. And then the
nomad dies."
Chamis cites another instance
where stabilising efforts ultimately
caused suffering: She relates a story about researchers in Africa who
were testing out a system of mesh
nets designed to collect the morning dew for the water-starved village nearby. The researchers were
able to obtain the money to pipe
the collected water to the village,
and this sudden abundance of
water caused a population explosion in the village due to immigration from neighbouring villages,
which increased the demand for
water. There was a brief period of
prosperity, but eventually, Chamis
says, the researchers had to return
home, leaving everything to fall
into disrepair, since no one knew
how run the nets. Ultimately, the
village fared worse than before, as
they now had an even larger population, and still no water.
A third terrifying reality is the
fact that all-out wars can be fueled
by international aid efforts.
Bernard-Henri Levy explains in
his book War, Evil and the End of
History how the trade of stolen foreign aid supplies can in fact support rebel groups responsible for
the unstable circumstances in the
first place.
The complexities of international crisis intervention are often
far beyond what your average volunteer or student might consider.
Chamis muses: "People think,
'obviously since I'm doing a good
thing, it's going to work and be a
fairy tale ending,' but it's not that
This is a major point at which
our aid system can fall apart. When
it comes to free supplies, there will
always be someone trying to grab
a slice of the cash and pocket it for
strate lack of corruption and good
governance so that the aid isn't
justbeing funneled into their bank
accounts of whoever is in charge."
Governments can also act as a
greedy middle-man, absorbing all
the aid that donor governments
throw at them. If aid is given bilaterally, its effects often never get
past government officials. Some
governments adopt a policy of the
"trickle-down" effect, meaning that
when the fat cats up top drop some
scraps, ideally those below can get
at them before the dogs do.
"We're pumping the money in,
but lives aren't getting better. Conditions aren't improving," says
Chamis. "There are examples of
previous dictators retiring with
billions of dollars in the bank...
while their people aren't doing
that well."
It is also well known that Canada's military poses very little
threat globally. Some subscribe
to the school of thought that it is
cheaper, never mind more politically astute, to buy influence
through "aid" than to exert force
through a military presence.
"Some countries have what
they call a "3-D" approach, combining diplomacy, defense and development," says William Reimer,
director of food, disaster and material resources for the Menno-
nite Central Committee (MCC), an
NGO. "We would rather develop
relationships and interactions in
a balanced, neutral and impartial
way that does not connect with the
"It certainly has been the attempt of countries like Canada
and Scandinavian countries and
others to have an influence in the
global community because they
can't compete militarily," says
Price. "What has been interesting
is the way the two have crossed
over in recent years—it's caused a
lot of controversy."
Militaries are perfectly aware
of the benefits of crossing the line
between soldier and aid worker,
adds Price. "They want to be seen
as actually assisting nation-building and humanitarian projects.
They've started to be engaged in
many of those things; building
wells and schools and things. The
unfortunate result for humanitarian workers is that those who may
tervening force. Colin Powell made
a statement saying that [he] sees
these humanitarian workers as a
real force multiplier for them."
"If you ever say 'maybe we
should just cut aid and make countries stand on their own two feet,'
you look like a callous jerk," says
Chamis, "[but] when you force a
country to stand on its own two
feet you encourage them to perform and then you will be able to
see some differences. People are
not sure that they will work towards solutions [with aid]."
It seems that the only projects
that truly have a sustainable positive effect are those that are based
in the community, with most of
the work being done by the people
who live there. The Mennonite
Central Committee, which does
work in relief aid, development
aid, and trauma counseling (addressing the socio-political effects
of crises) has a policy of trying to
work as much as possible with
community groups. "Instead of
building houses for people, [we]
have people build their own houses," says Reimer.
Another safeguard against corruption is reputation and high profile. "I really think the big NGOs do
a great job," says Chamis, "They're
huge and they're constantly scrutinised so if they weren't accountable and...transparent and weren't
doing a good job, somebody somewhere would find out and it would
all blow up. And things have blown
up," she adds.
"Any money that goes to the
government will always be mismanaged because it's such a huge
amount and the government isn't
as accountable. Butwhen the money goes to private organisations,
So are there problems with
aid? Yes. Should we give up? No.
There definitely should be stronger hands-off policies, and people
need to be critical of the true nature of their aid efforts, but things
are slowly working.
"In places where you have
water development it's very obvious...you can visibly see it with
your eyes. There are...fruit trees,
kids can go to school," says Reimer, "I think there's tremendous
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Federal budget raises
funds and uncertainty
Conservative budget contains increases for post-
secondary education but some question their efficacy
by Candice Vallantin
The Conservative Party released
the federal budget on March 19,
promising a 40 per cent increase
in total transfer support to provinces for post secondary education. But there are reasons to
doubt these funds will significantly improve student accessibility in
the near term.
The budget promises an $800
million increase in annual Canadian Social Transfers to provinces
and territories for post-secondary
education, but this transfer support will only begin in the 2008
fiscal year.
Cindy Oliver, president of the
Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE) of BC, which represents 10,000 faculty and staff
members of the province's universities and colleges, is worried that
the money will come too late and
that the provinces won't allocate
the funds properly.
"It's supposed to be for social
aid, but if it doesn't have strings
attached there is no accountability," said Oliver. "There's no indication that this money will be directed to affordability and access
to students because the provinces
aren't obligated to spend the additional cash on post secondary
"There's no indication
that this money will
be directed to affordability and access to
Cindy Oliver,
President of the Federation of
Post-Secondary Educators of BC
Oliver hopes that BC's share
of $106 million in transfer funds
will lead to increased student aid
and smaller classrooms, but she
said it's still too early to tell.
The budget was particularly
generous to research institutions,
however. The budget allocates
$510 million to the Canadian
Foundation for Innovation to modernise research infrastructure in
universities, colleges, hospitals,
and other research institutions.
CANARIE Inc, a not-for-profit
corporation that works towards
accelerating Canada's internet
development and usage, was allocated $120 million. Another $101
million was reserved for other research projects, institutions, and
organisations through the federal
granting council.
In addition, Canada's seven
centres of excellence in commercialisation and research were allocated a total of $105 million
in funds. UBC's Brain Research
Centre, along with the Vancouver
Coastal Health Research Institute
was one of the seven recipients
celebrating their share of the
funding. They were awarded $ 15
million for their innovative research in neurosciences and plan
on using the money to purchase
new equipment and develop new
According to a UBC press release, the funds will be used "to
support research  at the   Centre
and to help translate research discoveries into better diagnoses and
treatments for patients."
But while funding for research
is important, Oliver argues that
the federal government isn't distributing the money efficiently.
"Focus on research is fine but
it certainly isn't targeted in such a
way that many people will benefit
from it. The centres of excellence
are great but it leaves out smaller
rural places. The money is targeted so it's not a global upping of the
granting agencies."
In terms of financial accessibility, graduate students will
benefit from $3 5 million over two
years and $27 million thereafter
to support an additional 1000
students with Canadian Graduate Scholarships in the fields of
health, natural sciences, engineering, humanities, and social
Government financial assistance won't increase for undergraduate students, but instead will
become easier to access. Chapter
five of the budget plan, entitled
"The Knowledge Advantage,"
states that funding will be allocated towards "modernising and
simplifying student financial assistance programs."
The budget plan does acknowledge some barriers to access, but
pins these more on the complexity
of the system rather than the availability of funds.
Says Oliver, "Students are faced
with a patchwork of federal and
provincial programs that are often difficult to obtain and access.
This complexity...may seriously
affect their decision as to whether
to participate in post-secondary
Instead of handing out more
cash in the form of grants and bursaries, the Conservatives have taken a different approach by encouraging investments in Registered
Education Savings Plans (RESP).
The annual limit on RESP contributions was eliminated and lifetime contribution limits increased
from $42,000 to $50,000.
In addition, the budget has allocated $ 15 million to the Canada
Education Savings Grant in order
to reward families with up to $ 500
on top of their investments, instead of the previous $400.
"Talented, creative people are
the most critical asset to a successful national economy," said
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on
an online video describing the
budget. Despite these encouraging
statements it seems students will
have to wait to see smaller class
sizes and more financial aid.
Although certain research institutions and graduate students
will be seeing rewards this year,
undergraduate students and universities will have to wait at least
a year to see how provinces will allocate federal funds.
"We're disappointed that the
money is a year out and that it
doesn't have strings attached to
providing affordable access to
students. What we would like is
a dedicated transfer to the provinces specifically used to increasing capacity in our system. And
to help smaller rural communities with some of the difficulties
they're having in proving good
post-secondary education in their
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Realities of Race presents unheard voices
by Tristan Markle
To begin, let us recognise you
are reading this article on un-
ceded Coast Salish Musqueam
Territory. On paper as with our
On March 21 in the Graduate
Student Society ballroom, Afua
Cooper and Patricia Monture
delivered the Realities of Race
keynote address—the highlight
of a successful series of week-
long events at UBC. The title of
the address was "Articulating
the Invisible: Voice, Power, and
the Politics of Experience", and
the theme that tied the two talks
together was the importance of
The afternoon began with a
traditional welcoming by Larry
Grant of the Musqueam First
Nation. Grant explained that the
land upon which UBC is built is
part of Musqueam's traditional
territory, and that the land has
not been ceded, nor has the treaty process been completed.
'Capilano,' he said, is the
name of the welcomer, who plays
an important role in his people's
knowledge system. As such, the
Musqueam nation has always
welcomed newcomers onto its
territory. In regard to racism, he
said that the most awful feeling
is that of being ignored—at least
if they are beating you up, they
are recognising your existence.
Afua Cooper, award-winning
poet, historian, and recording
artist, spoke of the importance
of acknowledging "Canada's best
kept secret"—the enslavement
of Africans and Natives. She explained that by 1760, for example, 4000 slaves landed in New
France (nowQuebec), half ofthem
from Africa. Canada built dozens
of slave ships, and its economy
was   fully   integrated   into   the
trans-Atlantic slave-based trading system. Cooper emphasised
that the trauma of slavery is not
a relic of the past, but rather that
the legacies of slavery are still
with us everywhere, structuring
economic disparities and institutional inequalities haunting our
everyday interactions.
The pain of the her ancestors,
movingly present in Cooper's
voice as she spoke words and
sang songs of freedom, was felt
in the room like a restless spectre. One of the reasons that this
pain is so strong after all these
years, she said, is the lack of
silence, acknowledgment, and
even outright denial of the history and legacy of slavery. She
said that this "veil of silence has
to do with the devaluation and
commercialisation of African
life, with its roots in slavery."
Cooper organised a movement to commemorate March
20, 2007 as the bicentennial of
the abolition of the British Slave
Trade. Last week the Ontario
legislature passed a motion to
that effect but Cooper received
opposition from the Minister of
Heritage in Ottawa, who told her
that slavery was a British, not Canadian phenomenon.
Patricia Monture, Mohawk,
woman, mother, daughter,
sister, professor, author, and
lawyer, began her talk by outlining reasons why it is necessary to
acknowledge that UBC is on Musqueam territory. In doing so, she
said, "we are making visible the
invisible [by] recognising that
the decisions of those ancestors
allow us these moments."
She emphasised the importance of acknowledging the lived
experiences of Musqueam, and
any aboriginal community, because not only does denial of
those experiences cause pain,
but "we are denying ourselves
so many different worlds of
knowledge and expertise." Furthermore, she asked us all to
consider how acknowledging
that this land has a living history
(that predates European colonisation) necessarily changes the
way that visitors, including herself, behave toward the land and
its people: no longer as plunderers, but as visitors and as guests,
gracious for the hospitality we
receive, and for the beauty of the
land that is not ours to destroy.
Monture shared many stories and perspectives that she
felt are too often rendered invisible by white privilege biases.
As a criminal justice lawyer,
she pointed out that statistics
are readily available and indicate that aboriginal people are
disproportionately incarcerated. But, she asked, did we ever
think about the fact that aboriginals are far more likely to be
victims of violent crime in this
society than any other group?
And why is it easier to think of
aboriginals as perpetrators of
crimes rather than victims? Because of which stories are told
and not told. She told stories of
"twilight tours" in her home territory, Treaty 6 (known to some
as Saskatchewan), where police
regularly kidnap aboriginal men,
beat them, and drop them in the
freezing snow outside of town to
die. She knows from personal
accounts that the partners of the
men are also sexually assaulted
by the officers, but are afraid
to speak out. She reminded us
that 500 aboriginal women are
missing across this country, and
asked why they have not been
found; several of them were her
close friends and neighbours.
It was painful to share these
stories, and there were tears in
the room. After the two keynote
addresses. Line Kesler, head of
the UBC First Nations Studies
Program, spoke about this pain.
He said that there are painful
things in our personal and collective histories, but we cannot
ignore them: ignoring them does
not make them disappear. It is
important to "acknowledge both
the things you want to acknowledge and the things you don't
want to acknowledge."
In fact, he said, privilege is
precisely "the ability to walk
away." For example, privileged
people in his classes are often
upset and even outraged about
the injustices sustained by aboriginal communities, but after
a discussion, such people can
walk away and go on with their
lives. Kesler added thatwe should
cultivate a climate at UBC where
not only do we have the courage
to talk about and acknowledge
these realities, but where "we
don't want to walk away, because
we are dealing with the truth."
The last speaker was Yvonne
Brown of the Faculty of Education, who spoke of creating an
environment on campus where
we acknowledge that because of
racism and other oppressions,
many students carry a double
burden of dealing with discrimination and trying to complete
their studies at the same time.
"We should acknowledge not
only the troubles they had to go
through to get here, but also the
troubles they go through to stay
here," she said.
Only in a supportive environment can "everyone live and
thrive rather than merely survive." Brown also praised the
efforts of student activists who
have been working to create
an African Studies program
in order that the realities and
various knowledges of the
planet are better reflected in
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opens today
by James Kim
This month's hot foreign movie stars...a
Director Bongjoon-Ho, who also co-wrote
the screenplay, released the film as a summer blockbuster in South Korea, in July of
2006. The American title The Host is inaccurate, as the Korean title literally translated
would be The Monster. Perhaps the western
community thought such a title was too stereotypical and decided to replace it with The
Believe it or not, the story of the movie is
somewhat based on actual events. No, there
wasn't a monster roaming around and stealing people from the streets of Seoul. However, there is a scene at the beginning of the
film in which an American scientist forces
a Korean subordinate to dump about four
dozen bottles of formaldehyde into the sew
age system that leads to the Han River, the
longest in Korea.
This scene was a replay of the actions of a
Mr McFarland, an employee of the US military. The Korean government attempted to
prosecute McFarland, but as always the US
government refused to give custody of McFarland to the Korean legal system—ironic,
because the Korean legal system is based on
the US system. Eventually, a Korean judge
convicted him of his crimes in absentia. The
Korean public was enraged at the Korean
government's inability to enforce its authority on its own soil.
Nearly five years after the original incident in 2005, McFarland was found guilty
in the Korean court in person. However he
never actually served his term in prison.
The film's story goes on to explain how
the chemicals in the Han River birthed a gigantic, rough-limbed mutant. The monster
jumps out of the river and attacks people in
the park nearby.
The protagonist of the movie, Gang-du,
is a lazy good-for-nothing who has a young
daughter. He lives with his own father, a divorcee who runs a snack stand. His brother
is unemployed (and hot tempered). The only
seemingly successful person in the family is
his sister, a medalist in Olympic archery.
The monster takes the daughter from
Gang-du during the park rampage. The family writhes in pain, for they have lost their
purest and youngest member. However,
once they find out that she may be alive,
Gang-du's hope rises as he equips himself to
be a father and rescue his daughter.
Gang-du is played by Kang-ho Song, an
award-winning actor in Korea. His incredible diversity as an actor proves to be a great
asset. One unique element of the film is that
while it is a heart-breaking and breath-taking movie, there are many humorous scenes
and gags that pause the plot and allow the
viewers to laugh and breathe a little.
Don't get me wrong, the movie is not gory
or grotesque at all; it is a family movie, with
plenty of laughs to boot. It is definitely for
the warmer climates, however, since it will
be certain to send a chill down your spine
once in awhile. @
Exploring the eccentrism on Open Studios Day at UBC
by Sarah-Ncllc Jackson
Did you ever have that assignment in an
elementary school art class—the one where
you had to colour a piece of paper with a
bunch of brightly-hued crayons, then cover
the whole thing with black, and only those
in the know would scratch through the black
to reveal the vibrance beneath?
That seems to be the case with the visual
arts department at UBC.
"There are so many people who don't
even know the visual arts exist at UBC,"
said Brian Fernandes, president of the Visual Arts Student Society (VASS) and driving
force behind the event. "That's the main reason we want to do this."
'This' being Open Studios Day, which
takes place today from noon to 4pm across
the UBC campus.
As well as providing a tour of various
art shows and displays around campus,
the event offers students from other disciplines a behind-the-scenes look at the pro
cess behind making art. Workshops and
displays will run in Hut Ml7, Ml8, and
Buchanan D-block, as well as at other sites.
Free transportation will be available to the
painting studios at the Great Northern Way
Campus, and faculty studies will be open for
the first hour.
"[People are] only seeing the results as
opposed to the process," according to visual
arts professor David McClum.
He signed on to help coordinate the
event, but during his interview stressed the
importance of recognising Open Studios
Day as a student initiative.
"I'm just a volunteer," said McClum. "It's
really great that students are doing this."
He added, "Events like this are helpful
to raise our profile on campus. If you don't
know, how do you know to go?"
The visual arts department's overlooked
presence at UBC has led to some misconceptions that Fernandes hopes today's art fair
will help dispel.
He describes the "artist as a genius
thing." Though a piece might seem simple,
Fernandes argued, "there's actually a lot of
research that goes into it.
"It's not just a split second of your time."
What about the whole artist as a wild-
haired, gothically-dressed, pale, thin chain-
smoker thing? That stereotype image is also
"very inaccurate," according to Fernandes,
who earned a bachelor's degree in computer science at McGill before coming to UBC
to pursue the arts.
"The people in UBC Visual Arts cover
a huge spectrum. I mean, you see some
people who look like that and then you see
students who look like they should be in
An obstacle to the department's push
for the limelight may be the very fact that
it's only one of UBC's many departments.
When Vancouverites think of art at the post-
secondary level, their thoughts usually turn
to specialised centres of education like the
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.
But the program at UBC may offer an
advantage over its Granville Island rival.
Because of the exposure to a much wider
variety of courses not limited to successfully
churning out artwork, art students at UBC
are apt to receive a broader education.
"You get to articulate your ideas," said
McClum. "You're able to create this very cohesive environment."
Fernandes agreed, "You get exposure to
more than you would at Emily Carr." Nevertheless, "UBC's got something like 40,000
students, and visual arts classes usually
have 20 people in a class."
Though if the UBC Student Services
course registration website is anything to go
by, UBC visual arts' reputation would seem
to be growing. A first year class has been
filled to capacity at 160 students, as have its
waiting lists, which have 80 and 40 spaces,
The word, it would seem, is getting
out—just as Fernandes hopes UBC students
will get out today to explore Open Studios
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said Fernandes. "If they love it, if they hate
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editorial cartoon— but over
the last four weeks we have
been eliciting submissions
in the form of cartoons and
comics from your fellow
students for the Ubyssey's
comics contest. This week
we showcase the subjectively chosen three best for
your praise and to reward
them with comics related
Comics and cartoons
have  a   long   tradition   in
newspapers, dating back to
the early 1700s when William Hogarth first started
publishing his illustrated
political satires. Ever since,
juxtaposed illustration and
text have been underscoring editorial commentary
in newspapers all over the
and pictures can often have
a stronger effect than when
separate. While a word or a
picture can be potent, the
combination of them can
be a devastating. When the
artist combines pictorial
representation with literary
commentary, the cartoons
re-shape our way of looking at a familiar event, placing something familiar into
a startling context or by
placing something startling
into a familiar context.
Besides aiding political
commentary, comics and
cartoons soon became used
for general entertainment.
The cartoon expanded into
a multi-framed panel and
was used to tell a story in
which each seguential panel represented a succeeding moment in time. These
stories in serial form would
often end with cliff-hangers
at the end of each strip so
that the readers would pick
up the next copy of the pa
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next. Eventually these strips
would be re-published
together in bound form,
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with reprinting newspaper comic strips, decided
to branch out and create
characters of their own.
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by Emma Myers
It was nearly six years ago that
Amy Poehler joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Since then the
five-foot-two Massachusetts native
has found her niche as one the
most talented women in comedy,
starring in films such as Wet Hot
American Summer and Mean Girls,
as well as the TV series Arrested Development. This unstoppable come-
dic force shows no signs of slowing
down; by the end of this year alone
she will have acted in six feature-
length films, including the upcoming Blades of Glory, which stars
Will Ferrell and premieres today.
Poehler recently spent an hour
speaking by phone to a number of
student journalists about her upcoming film. Unlike many stars,
Poehler's real personality is congruous with her public image. Her
ability to respond to even the most
mundane questions with hilarious
wit made speaking to her just as
entertaining as watching her on
Saturday Night Live.
Not surprisingly, Poehler confessed to being "a bit of a loud
mouth" in high school, which she
attended in Massachusetts in the
80s. To Amy, those years are synonymous with "big hair" and "a lot
of Bon Jovi influence." She began
doing sketch comedy and improv
while attending Boston College in
the early 90s, later joining the Upright Citizen's Brigade in Chicago
before starring on SNL. She still
has a soft spot for Chicago, especially for its pressed turkey and
cheese potbelly sandwiches. When
asked what her favorite memory of Chicago was, Poehler had
trouble naming just one, but did
say "rolling my pennies because
I was so broke and then taking
my bike and riding to free improv shows." She still keeps in
touch and works with the original
members of the Upright Citizen's
Brigade, regularly performing at
their theatres in New York and LA
when she is in town.
Poehler's improv background
honed her quick wit and comedic
flare into a fine art. During the interview she described different forms
of improv, expressing a preference
for long form over short form. In
long form improv, she said, actors
create scenes based on audience
suggestions but do not constantly
refer back to them; short form improv is more game-oriented and
relies heavily on the audience to
"fill in the funny." Poehler herself
said that long form improv produces greater satisfaction because the
actors have the freedom to create
their own characters and material,
a skill that has proved vital to her
success on SNL.
Her latest film, Blades of Glory,
promises to deliver all essential ingredients of a hysterical comedy:
a star studded cast including Will
Ferrell and Jon Heder (still unable
to escape that Napoleon Dynamite
stigma), as well as outrageous costumes, and memorable one-liners. The film focuses on two male
figure skating rivals, Michaels
and MacElroy (Ferrell and Heder,
respectively). After breaking out
into an unrestrained, hockey-style
brawl at the World Figure Skating
Championships, the two are for
ever banned from the sport. They
manage to find a loophole in the
rules that enables them to skate
in the pairs' division, posing a
threat to reigning pairs' champs
Stranz and Fairchild, played by
Poehler and husband Will Arnett.
Jealous of the attention enjoyed
by Michaels and MacElroy, Stranz
and Fairchild try to bring the pair
Poehler described her character as "that kind of evil girl who
would sit on top of a cake...she
looks sweet, but inside she's very
sour...she's the brains of the operation and Stranz is the brawn," after
which she added, "...unlike real
life, where Will is the brains and I
am the brawn."
Poehler thoroughly enjoyed acting along side her husband in this
film for both reasons of practicality and admiration, saying "I am
a big fan of Will [Arnett] separate
from being married to him, so it's
always great to work with him."
She explained how the pair had
to rehearse their elaborate skating routines and would practice at
home while watching Lost in front
of their two dogs (who could be
heard barking in the background
during the interview). Working
alongside Will Ferrell brought its
own set of thrills. Poehler, who
has worked with Ferrell on SNL,
described him as a "genius", saying that "anything he does will
turn to comedy gold."
In addition to her slew of films,
SNL, and regular improv performances, Poehler is currently working on a script with ex-SNL costar
and friend Tina Fey for a film
called Baby Mamma, scheduled
to be released in 2008. How does
she do it all? One journalist was so
inclined to inquire, asking if she
had a meth lab in her basement in
order to maintain her busy schedule. Her sarcastic zinger of an
answer was that she doesn't like
to call it a meth lab, but rather "a
house of hope." As for her ultimate
goals, "they involve world peace,
[stopping] global warming...hfind-
ing a way for cats and dogs to
get along...and building a rocket
ship in [her] basement." She
seemed a little worried that she
may have set her standards slightly high, but as her devoted fans
know, nothing is out of reach for
this comedienne nonpareil. @ THE UBYSSEY  Friday, 30 March, 2007
Air-y comfort music, nothing more
Pocket Symphony
by Jesse Ferreras
Listeners can be forgiven for associating
Air's music primarily with Sofia Coppola
films. Their simple, atmospheric, yet moving tracks have lent their quiet power to images of Kirsten Dunst dancing in an idyllic
field in The Virgin Suicides, as well as a lonely Scarlett Johansson wandering in Tokyo
in Lost in Translation. They can thank their
lucky stars, however, that the tonal shift
they employ on Pocket Symphony didn't
lend itself to the background music for the
dreadful Marie Antoinette.
Air's previous work can be characterised
as light music with simple "boy meets girl"
lyrics that would find themselves comfortable at home, on your car stereo during a
second date, or as background music for a
nostalgic high school grad video. The French
duo opts this time around for a style that
maintains their atmospheric sensibilities,
but they aren't the kinds of melancholic love
songs remembered from Suicides or Air's
2004 album Talkie-Walkie.
The opening track "Once Upon a Time,"
featuring Science of Sleep star Charlotte
Gainsbourg, probably comes closest, with
raspy vocals over a piano melody and
backed up by a light xylophone. "Napalm
Love," however, marks a distinctive departure from their characteristically light work,
opting for a harder, even spooky sound, with
lyrics that could function as effectively as a
story of spousal abuse as it could a parable
for imperialist aggression. "Mayfair Song"
carries a lighter tone, however, as do many
of the songs leading up to its final track,
"Night Sight," a number that works as a kind
of instrumental lullaby and provides a nice
cushion to cap off the album.
You'll notice I only made mention of a few
tracks—there's a reason for that. They were
the only ones I found particularly memorable. The album doesn't have any major flaws,
per se, and nothing that warrants a "frisbee"
rating, but most of it does not step beyond
being good comfort music. Pocket Symphony
could definitely serve its purpose as background music while writing an essay, but it
has none of the ethereal, melancholic quality
that makes their earlier albums so touching.
Those albums could serve their function perfectly on your best friend's car stereo while
you sit outside at the edge of a hill and reminisce about your younger days whilst sharing a joint. Pocket Symphony, however, isn't
likely to stir those nostalgic emotions. @
To bin's experimental electronics are naturally seductive
Foley Room
Ninja Tune
by David Harakal
Sampling genius Amon Tobin's new record
lumbers and seduces the listener with his
trademark trip-hop sound, melded this time
with a collection of sampled sounds recorded in nature on an old-school tape recorder.
Already sealing his name in wax history on the ground-breaking album Super-
modified, which was a dark and jazzy mix
of breakbeats on acid, Tobin returns to the
charts after scoring the soundtrack for Chaos
Theory: Splinter Cell 3, with Foley Room, easily his most experimental record to date. But
given the right frame of mind, this album
will completely blow you away.
Tobin says that this is "not meant to be
a concept record" but more of a "curiosity,"
as he is not only using "field recordings or
sounds from records [but] taking all the elements of recorded sound [to] see what happens when you put them together." Each
track is unique. He's recruited the venerable
musicians of Kronos Quartet to provide the
lush symphonic sounds that open the record on "Bloodstone", which helps to soften
the sometimes harsh and metallic sounds
he takes from various machinery and engineered noise. "Esther's" roars to life with the
exhaust of a motorbike before the heavy beat
takes over. Standout tracks "Keep Your Distance", "Killer's Vanilla", and "Kitchen Sink"
all make use of some fantastic drum work,
and "Big Furry Head" incorporates the fractured and re-sequenced roar of a tiger into
the lower end of the sound spectrum.
This is the kind of music you hear playing in those independent record shops but
are too nervous to ask what's playing if you
don't already know. The only problem is that
the music sometimes feels too scattered and
demanding on the listener at times, given
the number of organic samples that Tobin
uses in each track. But then somehow, in all
the sampled chaos, Tobin is able to spin his
magic, drop the perfect beat and make the
entire song flow into a seamless, ordered
whole. You may just find your head bobbing
like that uber-hip tabby cat on myspace.
Also included with the disc is a short film
on DVD that documents the recording process of the album with a series of voice-over
interviews, which didn't really seem necessary but made the record more enjoyable. If
you actually buy this album it's always nice
to get some kind of video as a bonus. This
music is not for everyone. It might not be for
you. But once you do fall into Tobin's electronic world, everything else is going to feel
just a little too safe and radio friendly.
My advice is to get your headphones on
and disappear into the Foley Room for a
while—you might not want to leave. @
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Schedule of Events:
10:00 to 5:00   Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery fl
11:00 to 12:00 Faculty Studios @H
in Hut M17 and the Otd Fire Hall
11:00 to 4:00
11:00 to 4:00
11:00 to 4:00
11:00 to 5:00
12:00 to 1:00
12:00 to 2:00
12:00 to 4:00
Painting, Drawing, Photography and
Digital Studios, the Sculpture
Workshop, the Printmedia Research
Center and the BFA Studios EHDHSS
AMS Gallery CD
in the Student Union Building)
AUS Gallery U
in Buchanan D-Block lounge
Museum of Anthropology Q
MFA Studios D
in the BC Binning Studios
Outdoor BBQ f'J
between Hut M17 and Hut M18
Ceramics and Textiles Studios H
in Neville Scarfe Building
Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, guided
tour of John Massey: The House That
Jack Built Q
Monoprint Demo Q
in the Printmedia Research Center
Rodney Graham: Millennial Time
Machine, guided tour ©
Light-box Construction Demo 0
in the Sculpture Workshop
Lift Print Demo Q
in the Printmedia Research Center
4:00 to 7:00
Open Studios Day Reception El
in HutM18
7:00 to 9:00
The Great Northern Way Studios E
Bus Leaving to the Great Northern Way
Studios from UBC H
Bus Returning to UBC from the Great
Northern Way Studios B
Join us at noon for the Outdoor BBQ
|$2.50 Burger - $3 Burger/Pop Combo|
At 4pm come to the Reception in Hut M18
UBC Outdoor Art Tour:
Complete details at www.belkin-gallery.ubc.ca
O Myfanwy MacLeod, Wood for the People, 2002
Q Jamelie Hassan, Because...there was and there
was/?'fa city of Baghdad, 1991
0 Jack Harman, Transcendence, 1961
O Stone Garden, 1996
G Gautam Pal, Bust of Rabindranath Tagore, 2002
O Gerhard Class, Tuning Fork, 1968
O Otto Fischer-Credo, Asiatic Head, 1958
O Jack Harman, Portrait Bust of Dr. N.A.M.
Mackenzie, 1976
O Robert Murray, Cumbria, 1966-67
<E> Robert Clothier, Three Forms, 1956
<D Gerhard Class, Configuration, 1960
<£> Rodney Graham, Miiiennial Time Machine, 2003
© Charles Marega, Monkey and the Bearded Man,
<J) George Norris Mother and Child, 1955
(J) Ellen Neel, Victory Through Honour, 1948
(B Lionel and Patricia Thomas, Symbols for
Education, 1958
<D Maltese Labyrinth, 2006
(J) Lionel Thomas, The Lion and St. Mark, 1957
f£) Joseph Caveno and Hung Chung, Goddess
of Democracy, 1991
© Sir Charles Wheeler, King George VI, 1958
® Robert Weghsteen, untitled, 1971
© Laszlo Jozsa and Arpad Gal, Sopron Gate,
© Zeljko Kujundzic, Thunderbirds, 1967
© George Norris, untitled (Man About to Plant or
Pick Alfalfa), 1967
© George Norris, untitled, 1968
© Paul Deggan, untitled, 1965
UBC Open Studios Day is brought to you by the
Visual Arts Student Society of UBC in Parnership with
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Art Scavenger Hunt:
The hunt beings at 11:00 AM in the Hut M17 Lounge; pick
up your entry form there. All are welcome to participate
and you may begin the hunt anytime after 11:00 AM. The
hunt ends at 5:00 PM, and everything must be handed in
by then at Hut M17. The winners will be announced at
6:15 PM during the reception in Hut M18.
1st Prize is a $200 cash prize
2nd Prize is a $50 cash prize
3rd Prize is two Visual Arts T-Shirts
4th Prize is one Visual Arts T-Shirt
5th Pnze is a p*3 on th* bat* for being able to read thisl
Art Venue Locations:
0 Painting and Drawing Studios (Visual Arts Dept.)
in Hut M18 - 6361 University Blvd
0 Sculpture Workshop (Visual Arts Dept.)
in Hut M18 - 6361 University Blvd
B Photography and Digital Studios (Visual Arts Dept.)
in Hut M17- 6373 University Blvd
H Faculty Studios (Visual Arts Dept. Photo/Digital/Painting)
in Hut M17- 6373 University Blvd
@ Faculty Studios (Visual Arts Dept. Print/Sculpture/Painting)
in the Old Fire Hall - 2038 West Mall
Q Printmedia Research Centre (Visual Arts Dept.)
2109 West Mall
B BFA Studios (Visual Arts Dept.)
2109 West Mall
H Ceramics and Textiles Studios (Art Education Dept.)
Neville Scarfe Building - 2125 Main Mall, rooms 1105/07
II MFA Studios (Visual Arts Dept.)
in BC Binning Studios - 6363 Stores Road
Q Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
1825 Main Mall
0 Museum of Anthropology
6393 North West Marine Drive
H AUS Art Gallery (Arts Undergraduate Society of UBC)
in Buchanan D-Block -1866 Main Mall
El AMS Art Gallery (Alma Mater Society of UBC)
in the Student Union Building - 6138 Student Union Blvd
d The Boulevard Cafe
5970 University Blvd
B The Great Northern Way Painting Studios (Visual Arts
Dept.) - 555 Great Northern Way THE UBYSSEY  Friday, 30 March, 2007
UBC honours its own
by Boris Korby
Fifth-year swimmer Brian Johns
and the men's swim team were
named male athlete of the year
and team of the year at UBC Athletics' annual awards banquet last
night at the Hyatt Regency downtown, where players, coachs, and
administrators gathered to salute
another successful year in sports.
"I think it's great to be part of
a program that not only has good
athletes, but has the academic
background, and not only that but
does things in the community,"
said Director of Athletics Bob Philip. "It's almost like you want to
pinch yourself because it's almost
too good to be true, but at UBC it
actually happens."
Hours after the banquet,
Johns—in Melbourne, Australia
for the World Aquatic Championships—came in fifth in the finals
of the 200M individual medley, a
race won in world record time by
American Michael Phelps.
Johns also received the Thunderbird Athletic Council performance award—handed out for
the best single day or weekend by
a UBC athlete all year—for his
performance at the CIS swimming championships in Halifax
this year, where he led UBC to an
unprecedented tenth straight
national title, and UBC's largest
margin of victory ever at the CIS
"There was a big significance
this year in men's swimming because they dominated [the national championships] so much," said
On the women's side, basketball player Erica McGuinness was
named female athlete of the year.
"I just wanted to thank all the
girls on my team, you guys mean
the most to me, especially the three
fifth-year players that are graduating this year," said McGuinness
while accepting her award. "We
had a great year, it's too bad we...
um...iTl leave it at that," said McGuinness with a smile, referring to
her team's upset loss to Dalhousie
in the first round of the CIS championships which kept the heavily
favoured T-Birds from repeating
as national champions.
UBC—which led the country
with four national championships
this year—also recognised men's
basketball player Casey Archibald
and women's soccer player Amy
Bobb as the most outstanding
graduating athletes of the year,
while men's swimming's Matt
Hawes—who four days earlier set
the Canadian record in the 200M
backstroke—and women's soccer's
Caitlin Davie were named UBC's
most outstanding rookies.
"Some years it's really hard
[to pick the winners], especially
when you have four teams that
win a national championship,"
said Philip.®
Thunderbird first basemen Fletcher Vynne applies the tag
to Oregon Tech's Kenny Simmons in weekday baseball
action at Nat Bailey Stadium. UBC swept the Owls in four
straight, and now sit at 8-4 this year,  oker chen photo
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Curb your civil liberties
Better get cracking on downloading the
latest season of America's Next Top Model,
because if Stephane Dion's Liberal party
gets its way, your media-pirating, midget-
prOn-watching, bit-torrenting ass might be
watched by more than just your webcam.
On March 23 Liberal MP Marlene Jennings introduced Bill C-416 into Parliament. This bill, otherwise known as the
Modernisation of Investigative Techniques
Act (MITA), requires that all new telephone and internet infrastructure include
interception mechanisms that will assist in
wiretapping and monitoring of internet usage. In other words, the government will be
able to track what sites you've visited, what
e-mail you've sent, and who you've talked
to—all without a warrant. If the bill gets
passed you can kiss another chunk of your
civil liberties goodbye.
For those of you who can recall, this
bill was originally created in 2002 but it
was kept off the radar for three years until
2005, when itwas read in the House of
Commons. At the time its name was Bill
C-74, also known as the Lawful Access Bill
under the Martin government, and was
under review until the Liberal government
fell in 2006. In the chaos that followed the
bill died, and the Conservatives never tried
to revive it.
So why reintroduce the bill now? The
extreme paranoia that followed the September 2001 attacks and the post-office
anthrax scares in the US has died down.
Even the Canadian legislature, led by the
Liberal opposition, opted not to renew
certain provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act
of 2002. Hypocrisy alert: this is the same
Liberal government that is trying to reintroduce the bill.
The Liberals defend Bill C-416 saying
that it's necessary to fight terrorism and
child porn. We see this as a classic slippery
slope dilemma. The intent of this legislation
may be noble: officials want to combat drug
dealing gangsters, homegrown terrorists
and deviant child-pornographers.
However this act allows for intelligence
agencies to record and analyse data on a
whim. Combined with massive databases
and advanced data mining algorithms,
which sort through immense amounts of
information, a huge amount of our daily
"private" communications could be intelligibly scanned by government agencies.
It's not hard to imagine that once agencies like the RCMP have access to this tech
nology—and learn they can use it without
warrants and significant oversight—they
will use it for far more than originally intended. This could be very easily abused.
If you need to be convinced, look no
further than to our neighbors down south.
Organisations like the Recording Industry
Association of America and the Motion
Picture Association of America are suing
individuals for downloading songs and
movies. Legislation like Bill C-416 could
easily be used by these organisations to
track individuals' internet usage.
Giving intelligence and law enforcment
agencies more access to our personal
information may stop the occassional
child-pornographer or would-be terrorist,
but the cost to our privacy and freedom is
unacceptable. Examples such as the case
of Maher Arar illustrate not only how poor
a job the government can do to protect
individual rights, but also how devastating
things can be when the government has the
ability to violate individual rights.
Our thoughts can be best summed up by
our ol' friend Benji Franklin: "Those who
would give up Essential Liberty to purchase
a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither
Liberty nor Safety." @
What do you think of government surveillance of your personal Internet activity?
Commerce, 2
"As long as there are
reliable reasons, I
support this practice."
-Andrew Silverside
Science, 3
"I'm not a fan. I don't
see how you could
be. I understand
why it's done, but I
don't like it."
—Lindsay Maria Mclntyre
Music, 1
"Depends on who
they're surveilling."
—Jessica Pisarek
Agricultural Science, 3
"I don't think it should
be allowed."
- Arta Algheband
Engineering, 2
"It's not a big deal
to me as long as
they're not doing
surveillance of email"
— Coordinated by Kellan Higgins asnd Isabel Ferreras
Why believe in God?
by Mark Klaver
Should one believe in God?
First, everybody's experience of life
differs; therefore one must be careful in
making suggestions on what to believe.
If a person is positive they experienced
God—that is, they could clearly tell in
the moment that they are encountering
divine revelation rather than deciding
it must have been afterwards when one
is removed from and romanticising the
experience—then one is fairly justified in
believing in something supernatural.
Yet for most of us there have never
been such clear and distinct encounters.
Having been told numerous times to
ask for God, I've tried it. My genuine requests brought silence. The experience
is replicable for many. Ordinary citizens
as well as philosophers have searched
long and hard for conclusive truths.
Most only find vagueness. If there is a
God, it does not care much about helping genuine searchers decide on this
life-altering choice. This being seems
content in allowing the vast majority of
humanity to struggle vehemently and in
vain for the truth.
So, instead of revelation, many people
let the world around them decide. Design
arguments have strengths. Yet all they
provide us with is an effect—the world—
with which to make inferences about the
cause: God.
If we assume there was some immaterial being that created the world, there
are still many difficulties to overcome.
By no means does the assumption lead
necessarily to the Judeo-Christian-Islamic
God. After all, the creator being may be
dead. The creator may be many creators.
Realising such might bring conclusiveness for science. However, for morality,
one needs much more than a first cause:
one needs a being that still exists, a being
with us here and now. Moreover, we must
know whether it's a moral being: otherwise realizing its existence will do little
to change our life's direction. Whether of
God or nature, indifference is not influential. Thus, let us look to our world and
our opinions to infer some traits of the
supernatural being(s), if we assume its/
their existence.
We would consider the policeman who
watches the murder of an innocent person without intervening a sadist. A person that allows such a thing warrants being outcast and abandoned. Yet it seems
God in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic sense.
Knowing and able to prevent them, God
allows not single atrocious deaths like
that one to occur, but thousands and
millions in fact, just like it. One thinks
of the unspeakable suffering following
tsunamis, pandemics, earthquakes, hurricanes, and countless other 'Acts of God'
that 'He' apparently had the power to prevent yet instead chose to watch.
Defenders of the 'all-good God' will
say we can't know why God allows what
He does; His goodness means He must
have some overall betterment that will
befall the sufferers. This view is not entirely refutable. Neither are aliens; or
thinking chairs; or countless other ludicrous possibilities. Our maxim regarding all claims ought to be the same as the
one of the judicial system: not believed
until proven. A prosecutor must prove
their claim before it is accepted. Until we
prove any trait of God with a reasonable
degree of evidence, we ought to not believe mere possibilities of his character.
To do so is no more sensible than believing this newspaper is thinking. The only
evidence we have is around us, and is
Thus, is it worth believing in God?
Well, if we do choose to believe that there
is one god instead of many, and that it is
alive instead of dead, the most justifiable
belief about this god is that it is vague and
callous. Its ethics are as unclear as its existence. The inferable indifference of a
god makes it an unhelpful hypothesis. Believing in such a god has no use.
-Mark Klaver is a third-year
philosophy student THE UBYSSEY  Friday, 30 March, 2007
by Boris Korby
86 years ago, the now defunct
Vancouver-based World Newspaper bought a trophy to be awarded to the winner of a rugby competition between UBC—once the
powerhouse of Canadian university rugby—and the top university
squad in California.
Now billed exclusively as a
matchup between UBC and the
University of California Berkley
(Cal), the competition has lost
some of its lustre with the T-Birds'
recent lack of success.
But although not as prestigious as that other World Cup,
this  home   and  home  competi
tion remains the highlight of both
teams' seasons.
"Winning the World Cup is one
of the big main agendas for us,"
said T-Birds coach Spence McTa-
vish. "We only play four university games a year, and the rest
are against [club competition],
so the series that we have against
UVic and the series that we have
against Berkley, those are the
games that the guys get most
pumped up for."
"It's important for the Cal
rugby faithful. It's been going on
for 70 or 80 years now, and we
feel an important link to that tradition," said Cal head coach Jack
Clark, whose squad will be tak
ing the trophy home (figuratively,
since the real one now resides in
the BC Sports Hall of Fame) after
an 18-12 victory Wednesday afternoon gave them an aggregate 50-
29 win in the two game series.
Wednesday's game was a
whistle-filled affair that saw the
T-Birds ahead 10-9 at the half
thanks to three missed penalty
attempts and a failed conversion
by first-year Cal fullback Sean
Gallinger. But the Americans
managed to break out of their
funk in the second, and after
gaining the lead they withstood a
furious comeback attempt by the
T-Birds that saw them get within
inches of a potential game tying
try, only to be held at bay as time
As for the T-Birds, who now sit
at 4-12 on the season with only
two games left to play, it's going
to be a hard road back to respectability, one that begins with consistency, said McTavish.
"We've been struggling this
year. We just haven't been consistent. We've played some good
games this year but..the team is
a little bit like Jekyll and Hyde. I
don't know who's going to show
up on a given day."
"I thought they played not too
badly [today], but the problems
we've had in being consistent
throughout   the   season   [resur
faced]. Our tackling is something
that we've been trying to work
on all year and it really lets
us down, and possession of the
ball, keeping the ball, continuity. [Just] maintaining possession of the ball and our defensive
work are two areas where we
have struggled this year," said
UBC has two games left to attempt to right the ship on a season that for the most part has
been a disappointment. But as
for a return to the form that made
this competition a battle of the
countries' two best programs for
the majority of its 86 years, that
will take a little longer. @
Students storm in substantial numbers
by Colleen Tang
The sunny weather was the perfect
setting for the enthusiastic participants of this year's Storm the Wall.
506 teams, approximately 2500
students, signed up to take part in
the popular annual event. According to Michael Tan, associate director of Recreation and Intramurals,
the numbers have steadily increased over the last several years.
"For the last couple of years it's
actually gone up," he said. "Last
year I believe itwas 502 [teams]."
The original 1979 Storm the
Wall had only 35 teams. According
to Keith Miller, programs manager
at UBC REC, Nestor Korchinsky, the
then intramural sports program
coordinator, made it into a student-
wide event at UBC. He was motivated by two things: the first being
that he had come in contact with
Outward Bound, an outdoor experiential educational adventure in
which one of its challenges was to
go over a wall. Secondly, he had witnessed an event called Storm Bute
that featured running over a hill.
"A combination of these two
things [is] what brought in Storm
the Wall," said Miller.
Now, the event has grown into its
own creation, easily capturing the
attention of the UBC community.
"I think it was like one of these
artificial things that I think my
department puts together," said
student Omer Dusher. "But when
you're actually playing it, it's a fun
Second time Storm the Wall participant Jae Lee echoed Dusher's
"It's an annual event for our organisation. We just come out and
test ourselves, just to have fun,"
he said. "It's a challenge for everybody. Just going over the wall itself
is a lot of fun. Yeah, I guess that's
probably the main thing."
Another reason that a lot of the
campus community knows of the
event is the two massive walls right
in front of the SUB.
"I think it's hard to ignore two
24 by 12 foot walls in the middle
of campus," said Tan. "It's so
unique and we've had colleagues
that asked us about it who've never been to UBC, and I think it's
coupled with the fact that there's
always stuff going on."
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graduate, added Tan. "It's an unwritten rule sort of that you can't
graduate without storming the
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passage type things.
"Our goal is to try to get everybody involved in it at any capacity, involvement does range from
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