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Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Volume 85 Issue 21
What referendum? since 1918
Outranked by the east once more
UBC fifth in Maclean's rankings
for the second year in a row
IS UBC EXCELLENT? Even double cohort for Ontario doesn't put us on top. michelle mayne photo
by Megan Thomas
NEWS EDITOR
Maclean's university ranking results
are in, and UBC is fifth in the country,
repeating last year's finish.
No ground was made up from last
year's freefall that dropped UBC from
its traditional second-place ranking
in the magazine.
'One thing that ratings will tell
you is where there's some possible
areas where you can improve," said
Scott Macrae, a spokesperson for
UBC. "It obviously gives us targets to
achieve/
Despite another tuition increase
this year, UBC came in dead last in
upper-year class size and the number
of classes taught by tenured faculty.
These two categories are heavily
weighted by Maclean's in the overall
rankings.
"We clearly have a lot of room to
grow," said Macrae. "It takes some
time for those changes to come
through the system. We haven't seen
them this year, at least not according
to Maclean's.'
He said UBC has. trouble with
these categories because it, as the
only BC university in the
medical/doctoral category, has the
smallest operating budget
"That looks very much like a picture of provincial support to universities," said Macrae.
But Macrae said students should
feel good that UBC topped the charts
in the category of student services
and was third for student awards.
One student said UBC stood up
well amongst tough competition in
the category.
"I'm pretty happy with Queen's,
McGill and U of T being ahead of us,"
said Hermes Cheng, third-year Arts.
Cheng also said he does hot think
the rankings hold much weight with
See"Ranking"onpage2.
Cari&cla-wide shortage of
doctor training, say students
by Megan Thomas
NEWS EDITOR -
There could be a Canada-wide shortage of residency training spots for
next year's medical school graduates,
says the Canadian Federation of
Medical Students (CFMS).
Canada could endup with trained
medical-students who cannot practise because they are not able to do a
residency: practical time in a hospital
required for a medical . degree,
said Sayeh Minoosepehr, CMFS
president.
"It i? important that they be
allowed to enter the system because
that is the only way that they can get
a Hcense to practice in Canada,"
she said.
Medical students looking to practise in Canada must complete a residency program in a specialisation of
their choice after finishing an undergraduate medical program.
.. But medical students are concerned that there will only be as
many residency spaces in Canada
as there are graduating students
this year.
"It could very well be that there
could be a less than one to one ratio
[of residency spots to medical graduates]," said Minoosepehr. "It is unac-
See "Residency"on page 2.
SUS social space gets $750,000
A referendum, eh?
MAKE YOURSELF HEARD: The Alma Mater Society wants to know
if you want to pay more for the health plan, michelle mayne photo
by Jonathan Woodward
NEWS EDITOR
A $750,000 gift from a UBC alumnus
has jump-started a Science student
social space project, meaning the faculty could have a three-story building
to call their own next September.
The money, donated by
entreprenuer and electrical engineering graduate
Abdul Ladha, makes up
nearly half of the $175
mjllion needed to build the
space. The project will be
constructed between Hebb
Theatre and the Chemistry
building and could begin
as early as the end of
April 2003.
The donation was the
key to the project, said Terry Killam
of the UBC Development Office.
"I think that this project wouldn't
have happened without a donor," he said
Despite being an engineering
graduate, Ladha said he wanted to
contribute to the broader scope ofthe
Science faculty. '
"It jiist happened that their needs
coincided with my interests, and it
snowballed from there," said Ladha.
Ladh.3 has a history of donations
to campus life, including purchasing
significant computer equipment,
funding a multidenominational
prayer room in Brock Hall, and providing bursaries through a foundation for Science students.
The Science Undergraduate
Society (SUS) is elated by his
contribution.
"We're extremely, extremely
pleased," said SUS President Dan
Yokom. "This is what we were looking for."
Ladha will donate the money
throughout the building process^ sav
ing the SUS the considerable cost of a
building loan.
"The payment plan is absolutely
optimal for the project," said Yokom.
The building will be funded primarily through: Ladha's donation, a
$250,000 gift from the UBC VP
Students'   office,   and   through   a
$700,000 loan to SUS,
said  building   designer
Michael Kingsmill.
That loan will be repaid
through a $9 increase in
Science student fees that
began lastyear. The society expects an income of
$60,000 per year from the
fees, so the Joan will take
several years to" pay off,
LADHA said Kingsmill.
He also said the Abdul
Ladha Science Centre will be a three-
storey building with SUS offices, several conference rooms, an assembly
roorn' where1 "speakers can command
an audience or parties can be held, and
an accessible roof for social functions.
"We're thinking of casting into the
concrete of the roofs floor a chessboard, or a shuf'fleboard,"' said
Kingsmill. The project would be modelled after a similar chessboard at
Robson Square, he added.
The building will also come
equipped with some sustainable features, said Kingsmill. A method of
collecting stormwater will alleviate
the pressure' on the campus's
stormwater drainage system, and
sensors in water faucets, thermostats, and fights will tune down the
building's energy consumption when
it's not in use.
The sustainable measures will
add approximately $15,000 to the
cost of the project but they were
motivated by students who had the
environment     in     mind,     said
Kingsmill
"If you don't get the students on
board and say, 'We're prepared to
spend some money on this because
we care,' you don't find much receptivity for it"
The space will build a community
for science students, said Yokom.
"Right now, there's not much
attachment to the Faculty of Science,"
he said. "Everyone's really spread
out and our space is small, and is
almost exclusively used by computer
science students because of its location in the computer science building.
"This is a place where a lot of students can come together," he added.
Ladha also hopes the project
design will showcase the faculty.
. "The building will fundamentally
reflect the true essence of science,"
he said.
The social space will go to the next
stage of Board of Governors approval
on Thursday. ♦
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students.
"These rankings, I don't think
they mean too much/ he said.
A former UBC student sai4 he was
happy with his education at UBC.
"I don't know enough about other
universities," said Saleh Tousi, an
Arts s'tudent last year. "[Butj I was
pretty happy with my education."
But Andrea Pinochet-Escudero, a
fourth-year Latin-American studies
student, said she is not happy with
her education and does not think
UBC should be happy with
fifth place.
"I am not stimulated intellectually
at all," she said.
She called on the university
to increase funding to the Arts-
faculty.
"A lot ofthe free thought and critical thought comes from the Arts," she
said. "My particular program has,
very little funding."
This year, Maclean's added a
measure of student retention to the
rankings and reduced the weight of
alumni support
"We are extraordinarily conservative. This would be in our books quite
radical," said Ann Dowsett Johnston,
editor ofthe rankings.
Dowsett Johnston said student
retention is a better indicator of the
satisfaction of current students than
alumni support
"It measures the voice of current
students rather than grads who may
have been around for a very, very
long time," she said.
The other major change was to
increase the weight of the reputation
survey by one percentage point this
year. Over the past several years
responses to the suryey have grown
from 1500 to 11,600.
"I have a lot of confidence in putting that up just a point," said
Dowsett Johnston.
Maclean's has been ranking
Canadian universities against their
peer institutions since 1992. ♦
"I am not stimulated intellectually    retention is a better indicator of the     peer institutions since 1992. ♦
"BCis the only province that is doing something right"
"Residency" from page!. But Minoosepehr said BC is lead-    the expanded 2004 class needing
ceptable because it doesn't leave any
room in the system."
Medical students might go to the
US to do their residency because
there will not be enough choice in
Canada, she said.
Resident training in Canada was
delayed last year because of the
SARS outbreak, meaning that this
year's matching of medical students
to residency positions will be
delayed. The corresponding match
in the US will happen first.
Canadian students who are concerned about getting, a position in
Canada may decide to join the earlier US match, she said.
Studying in the US is an option'
that students must look at but that's
not necessarily a good thing said
Bruce Fleming the associate dean
for medical undergraduate student
affair? at UBC. ;      :
"I think that if we are" training
medical degree, recipients...only to
have them go to the United States for
their medical training then we have
a real problem," he said.
But Minoosepehr said BC is leading the way in providing access to
residency spots.
" "BC is the only province that is
doing something right' she said.
"BC is the only one who has kept up
the increases in residency spots versus the rest of Canada."
There, will be between 138 and
160 residency positions in BC next
year and about 128 graduating medical students, said Yolanda Butt, VP
External for the UBC Medical
Undergraduate Society. This makes
the ratio much higher in BC than the
rest of Canada. The numbers will be
finalised next month.
But it is important to remember
that students are looking for matches not just in BC but across Canada,
added Butt.
"It is not necessarily our 128 students going to BC," she said. "We
have students from other provinces
trying to get spaces here."
BC is getting more' residency'
spots to prepare to accommodate
next year's expanded medical school
class, said Fleming.
But it is too early to panic about
the expanded 2004 class needing
more residency spots because they
are four years away from graduating he said. UBC recognises the
need to increase residency spots in
proportion with medical graduates,
but only when that happens,
he said.
"Over time there is expected to
be a match increase in the number
of residency sppts. It is the timing
which is key," he said.
Peter Newberry, post-graduate
program director for family medicine at UBC agreed that BC is providing adequate access.
"There is a Uttle more wiggle
room, if you like, than there used to
be," he said, "I think the province is
recognising the need to really seriously address this issue."
But Newberry did admit that students looking towards popular specialities, such as plastic surgery,
may havg trouble finding, a residency spot next year,   ? .,
"They may be in very heavy competition for a limited number of
positions in that particular disi-
pline," he said. ♦
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AMS challenges UBC governance
'Conflict'in campus planning by
UBC board of governors, says report
by Jonathan Woodward
NEWS EDITOR
UBC faces an "identity crisis" and
"conflict of interest* because it has a
corporate   structure   planning   a
municipal community, says a student society report
The Alma Mater Society (AMS)
report calls for the Board of
Governors, UBC's top decision-making body, to improve transparency
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and legitimately plan campus
changes, like building shops and
services on University Boulevard.
"The Board of Governors is a corporate body that is making decisions
usually made by municipalities,"
said Laura Best, AMS VP Academic
and the author of the report
"[Board members] don't attend
the public meetings [where changes
are discussed], they are not running
DOUBLE DOORS: The Board and Senate Room is where decisions are made, michelle mayne photo
for re-election and they don't live on
campus," she said.
The 15-member Board is made up
of elected staff, student and faculty
members as well as eight representatives chosen by the provincial government The Board's makeup is laid out
by the University Act and is the same
as other university boards in BC.
But only 38 per cent of the Board
is elected, and only one out of seven
members of the Board's planning
committee is chosen by a vote, the
report says. The report also says
transcripts of Board meetings are
general in nature.
This, combined with a complicated decision-making structure for
community planning "makes it
less transparent to the public," the
report says.
"UBC is an institution with an
identity crisis: it is a corporate institution learning how to govern a community," says the report that calls for
university planning decisions to be
made in a way that incorporates
meaningful participation by the
community.
University spokesman Scott
Macrae declined to comment on the
report until after it is discussed at
the next Board meeting on Thursday.
But he said the composition ofthe
Board provides the university with
an effective decision-making body
that serves the interests of UBC and
the province.
"The university serves a larger
social purpose than just this community," he said. "There is an interest
throughout the province of BC in
[university] decisions."
The BC government chooses
board members from the larger
community because of the benefits
of alternative perspectives and the
skills they can bring, he said.
"When you have a board that
directs the activities of as important
an institution as the University of BC,
you want to be able to cast as widely
as you can from the total talent pool
from both inside and outside the
university," Macrae said.
UBC is planning changes to neighbourhoods around campus as part of
the 'University Town' plan to increase
population density on campus and
bring a mix of commercial and residential space to the community.
The neighbourhood plan for the
University Boulevard faced widespread opposition from the campus
community in April before it was
revised for campus residents to
review in September.
That neighbourhood plan was
passed by the Board in October
despite opposition from student
Board representatives.
More neighbourhood plans, such
as the North Campus neighbourhood
plan, which calls for new housing
and an expansion of the Museum of
Anthropology, and the South
Campus neighbourhood plan, which
will bring suburban residential
development to the area of campus
south of 16th Ave, will.be scrutinised
by the Board in the coining
months. ♦
NEWS
/
AMS referendum this week
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is holding a referendum this week to decide
if students want to pay more for the
AMS/Graduate Students Society (GSS)
health plan.
Students have until Friday,
November 21 to cast their ballot on
whether they would like to pay $53
dollars more to receive the current
benefits as well as extended benefits
for orthotics, paramedical services
and increased eyeglass coverage. If
students approve the new plan, it will
cost individual students $240 starting
next September.
The entire referendum is being
conducted online at
www.ams.ubc/referendum2003.
If students vote down the referendum, it is possible that benefits will
have to be cut next year in order to
continue to offer the deficit-ridden
plan. Since its inception in 2000 the
plan has lost more than $2 million, a
loss shouldered by the insurance company rather than the AMS or the GSS.
The AMS must go to a student referendum to increase the health plan
fee by more than rate of inflation
measured by the  Consumer Price
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Exam fire and bomb threat
protocol drafted
UBC is working on a procedure to govern
sudden exam disruptions that will be
implemented during the December
exam period.
Policy will be put in place to deal with
bomb threats, fire alarms, inclement
weather, natural disasters and power outages. The aim is to have a consistent policy and set communication lines in place
in the event of an unexpected disruption.
The draft plans of a committee of university officials, in consultation with the
RCMP, indicate that decisions to cancel
exams or evacuate buildings will be
made by the VP enrolment services and
registrar.
The draft says that bomb threats
will be dealt with according to RCMP
procedure. Fire alarms will result in
evacuation, but if the exam can be
completed within three hours, it is recommended exams continue. Power
outages will be assessed to see if
exams can be completed within the
three-hour period. In the event of
inclement weather, notices will be
posted on the examinations website
and on exam buildings.
Student elections to change
Student elections will now be run on the
internet by default after the Alma Mater
Society approved in principle several
recommended changes last week.
Student council executive candidates will also receive 60 free posters,
and the financing of a 'slate,' or student
political party, will be limited in proportion to the number of people running as a group.
The changes are designed to make it
easier for independent candidates to
run, said Arts representative Spencer
Keys, who brought the recommendations to council. But larger changes to
student politics, such as radically altering the way ballots are counted, will not
be implemented this year. ♦
End suicide stigtpa, says forum
Vancouver's Mayor Campbell calls for public£ctucation
by Sara Grosse
NEWSSTAFF
The suicide death of a loved one leaves a mark of
lasting emotional grief and confusion on family
and friends as they often never know the real reason for the suicide, said a panel of experts
Thursday.
The guilt and shame for 'survivors of suicide"
was the topic of discussion at a forum held at the
St. Paul's Hospital Conference Centre. Experts
explored how families, professionals, colleagues
and friends impacted by a suicide death
could work together to make a difference in suicide prevention.
"I think that within the survivor community there is huge strengths [sic] to
be gained by coming together...to
understand that you are not alone," said
Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell in his
introductory speech. "We can prevent
others from dying, we can prevent other
families and friends from going
through the grief that is everlasting."
Campbell also spoke out against the
belief that suicide was a sin and encouraged the
need to educate people.
"What is sinful about being ill?" he asked the
audience.
Each year, about 4000 people die by suicide in
Canada and in 1999 suicide was the leading
cause of death in this country. UBC research
shows that 12 of 55 student deaths between 1990
and 1997 were suicide-related.
One panel member spoke ofthe uniqueness of
losing a loved one to suicide.
"It is different than other deaths," said Suri
Vangolen, a senior mental health worker. "With
suicide, the stigma and the shame and the context
of that makes it very difficult...part of it is that
there is no preparation for the death."
Guest speaker Carla Fine shared her experience with her husband's suicide.
"He left me without a word and no time to say
good bye," she said.
Fine's husband of 21 years, a successful New
York physician, committed suicide at the age of
43. Fine said her reaction ranged from guilt to
CAMPBELL
shame to anger. She dealt with her grief by writing the book, JVo Time to Say Goodbye, in which
she interviewed over 60 survivors of suicide. She
said the book was also written because she wanted the voices of survivors to be heard, something
she said is crucial to their healing process.
"We feel separate and apart. Our grieving is
shrouded by stigma and silenced by shame," said
Fine. 'Only by letting go of the silence can we
start to remember our loved ones' lives and not
just their deaths."
A discussion session followed where the audience expressed curiosity about the
causes of suicide.
One audience member said suicide
is prevalent because society does not
allow a comfortable space for individuals who are contemplating suicide,.
"The values of society is functioning,
working individuals and that is what
everyone strives to be and maintain,"
she said. "There is no room in our society for anything other than that, so people are struggling, suffering, depressed,
weary, and where do they go? Their only
option is to kill themselves."
Another audience member said people who
commit suicide are emotionally imprisoned
individuals.
"I think that people who commit suicide probably find themselves in a prison pf some sort. I
would submit that people who find themselves
imprisoned might opt for death rather than
spending the rest of their life in a prison,"
he said.
The cause of suicide could partly be attributed
to the lack of resources available in society, said
Michael Myers, a clinical professor for the
Department of Psychiatry at UBC and moderator
for the evening. He also said the forum was a
good start towards challenging this.
"Our society doesn't have a place for people,"
he said. 'It may be no resources or the resources
that we do have are not perfect. I think this is part
ofthe quest for tonight actually, with all of us here
together, many of whom are survivors, many of
whom are professionals, for an opportunity to
learn and to have a dialogue." ♦ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2003
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Freelance fighters under
greater scrutiny, panelists say
Private armies
are a global
concern, say
speakers at
UBC conference
by William Mbaho
NEWSWRlTER
Non-governmental militias and
paramilitary groups have been
under increased scrutiny by states
and non-governmental organisations since the US-led war on terror
began in 2001, said speakers at a
recent UBC conference.
But techniques of dealing with
conflict vary with region and culture, and non-state actors can learn
a lot from discussing how armed
groups take up conflict, said
panelists.
'No single organisation can
[now] claim, as if it were a superpower sweeping others aside, that
it is the only organisation devoted
to or focusing on the engagement
of non-state armed groups,' said
speaker Soliman M. Santos Jr.
"The challenge is to learn from
one's own practice and the practice
of others in $ie field," said Santos.
The conference, hosted by the
UBC Centre of International Relations, examined different ways to
solve problems that freelance fighters—soldiers that are not tied to a
state—present for policy-makers
and humanitarians.
Speakers ranged from academics and government policy advisors
to non-governmental organisation
representatives to a former child
soldier in Zimbabwe.
States are subject to human
rights laws and international
treaties, but insurgent forces, rebel
groups and private armies usually
are not, speakers said.
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TAKE A GANDER AT THE SCREEN: Panelists at a UBC forum discussed human rights abuses by non-state armed groups at a UBC
Forum last week, william mbaho photo
Such methods can and should
be used to curb human rights violations by non-state armed groups,
said the panel.   '
The conference opened with
organisers recognising that NGOs
should continue to use aggressive
techniques on abusive states such
as "naming' and "shaming"—"
where states are held responsible
for human rights violations rather
than the groups within them.
Non-governmental organisations also must be unafraid to
'name and shame* states by exposing their human rights records,
even as governments use wartime
rhetoric to shift the blame for these
abuses to independent armed
groups in those countries, said
panelists.
The Government of Uganda has
labelled the Lord's Resistance
Army (LRA) in northern Uganda as
' a terrorist group, said panelist
Martin Komakech, a spokesman for
Human Rights Focus, which does
humanitarian work in the east
African countiy.
"Although the LRA has committed gross atrocities against the civilian population in Northern
Uganda, it must be remembered
that the rebel force is currently
believed to be  composed of 85
per cent abducted children," said
Komakech.
Because the Ugandan government has unjustly labelled these
children as 'terrorists," it has frustrated human rights groups by prohibiting their association with the
rebels in accordance with the US-
led war on terror.
'Naming and shaming* will
shed light on the human rights violations in Uganda, said Komakech,
and may hinder international aid
to the countiy. This may 'name and
shame" the government into being
accountable for these] abducted
children, he said.
At least one student observer at
the conference was pleased with
the event.
'It brought together all manners
of people involved in the non-state
armed groups issue,' said Phil
Orchard, a PhD student at the UBC
Department of Political Science.
'Motivations for different
armed groups can and do vary dramatically, as do their methods and
the chances to successfully engage
them," he said.
In the coming year, conference
organisers hope to produce publications on the issues discussed and
carry their findings to international
policy-makers. ♦
Detained student returns to Pakistan
Toor found guilty of violating Canadian immigration laws
by Rayan Malik
THE BARON
ST JOHN (CUP)—Returning home broke, disgraced and
without a degree in his hand was the last thing -
Khurram Toor had in mind when he came to Canada
two years ago.
Toor, along with 21 other men, was detained in
August in a joint Citizenship and Immigration Canada
and RCMP investigation into an alleged terrorist cell
in Toronto.
'Those were the worst days of my life. Sometimes I
felt my head was about to explode,' said Toor.
Khurram Shahzad Toor, 24, was a student at the
University of New Brunswick (UNB) Saint John for two
semesters. He left Saint John in Januaiy after his father
lost his job back home in Pakistan and his finances
dried up'
'I was financially sound when I entered Canada but
then the situation changed,' said Toor.
Toor said he traveled to Toronto to fifld work to
finance his education.
Toor was held in an Ontario prison for nearly three
months before being released. During questioning in
jail he was asked whether he was involved with. Al
Qaeda and whether he knew the whereabouts of
Osama bin Laden.
Toor said he was asked how religious he was and if
he prayed regularly.
'I don't understand how being religious or not can
be proof to anything," he said. 'If I pray that doesn't
make me a terrorist."
Even though the terrorism charges proved to be
baseless, Toor was found guilty of violating immigration laws and was eventually deported on October 30.
Toor was also charged with possession of false identification and for claiming refugee status on the basis
of a false ID.
"The only reason I filed for refugee status was so
that I could get a work permit and then work legally in
Canada to support my education," he said.
Toor has returned home to Lahore, Pakistan and
will soon return to Karachi to continue his studies and
complete his degree. He doesn't plan on returning to
North America.
'I will finish off my Business degree in Pakistan and
then proceed to either England or New Zealand for further studies,' said Toor. 'As fax as Canada is concerned, I never plan to try and come back
here again." ♦  .   '.,,.. THE UBYSSEY
NATIONAL
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18,2003
Transgender murder victims honoured
International event sheds light on
transphobic violence around the world
by Stephen Hui
BRITISH COLUMBIA BUREAU
BURNABY (CUP)-An international
event will commemorate victims of
violence against transgender persons November 20, marking the
end of a one-year period an organiser call3 the worst ever for transgender murders.
"We have 37 so far," said Tami
Starlight, a gender identity and
addictions counsellor who is
organising Transgender Day of
Remembrance events in Vancouver.
"I'm thinking by then we're going to
have close to 40 dead."
That doesn't include killings not
reported as hate crimes against
transgender persons, she added.
'In many people's minds,
there's not a clear distinction
between transgender people and
homosexual people,' said Aaron
Devor, dean of graduate studies
and a professor of sociology at the
University of Victoria. 'The
assumption is, if there is this kind
of violence—if it's recognised as a
hate crime at all—it's often seen
as something that has to do
with homophobia, father than
transphobia."
The annual observance was
founded in San Francisco in 1999,
and events in over 9Q locations in
eight countries marked the
Transgender Day of Remembrance
lastyear. Organisers are predicting
even better attendance this year.
-~ Events are scheduled to take
place in cities across Canada,
including Edmonton, Montreal,
Ottawa and Toronto. At the
University of New Brunswick in
Saint John, there will be a screening of the Academy Award-winning
movie Boys Don't Cry. That film,
along with recent homicides, is
being credited with increasing
awareness of violence against
transgender persons.
In Vancouver, observers will
march from the Carnegie Centre to
Simon Fraser University's downtown campus. There, they will
watch films, listen to speakers and
hold a candlelight vigil.
According to Starlight, getting
help to prepare for the event hasn't
been easy, meaning she is organising it almost single-handedly.
'J get very Uttle support from
the trans community, other than
them showing up for the event,'
Starlight said.
'I have more allies than actual
trans members in the planning
committe'e itself,' she added.
Louis Julig, a student union
executive at Simon Fraser
University, is planning to attend
the event, like last year.
"It was an incredibly powerful
event,' Julig said. "It was like the
Parade of the Lost Souls—only real.'
Not everyone shared the student
union executive's response to
the event.
"There were angry people—people that just were mad that we exist
and that we were visible," Julig
said.
According to Michael Botnick,
instructor of sociology at the
University of British Columbia, discrimination against transgender
persons is practically approved by
society. As well, Botnick said,
Canadian laws don't codify transgender rights.
"It's one of the last bastions of
'acceptable' discrimination," the
instructor said.
Botnick said it should make no
difference to people if a person is
transgendered.
'I don't walk around asking people: 'Are you heterosexual?"
Botnick said. 'It's none of my
business.'
"Transgender' is an umbrella
term used to describe people who
cross socially constructed gender
boundaries. Transphobia is the
COMMEMORATION: Louis Julig, a Simon Fraser University
student, plans to observe theTransgender Day of Remembrance
again this year. Stephen hui/canadian university press photo
irrational fear and hatred of people
who transgress conventional gen
der and sex rules in the mainstream two-gender system. ♦
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afterlife
TUPAC RESURRECTION
now playing
by Ania Mafi
CULTURE WRITER
Seven years after his death, Tupac
Resurrection, the latest biographical
film of the late rapper Tupac Shakur,
has been brought to the screen. And
this film will have you drawn to the
screen for every minute, as it reveals
the reality of what this controversial
artist was all about, through his
own eyes.
Whether you're a huge fan of
Tupac or not, this movie engages the
audience with its rawness, appealing
to all sorts of fans—especially fans of
hip-hop music. More than anything
this film offers an accurate glimpse
into the past that shaped this man, as
well as how stardom doesn't always
attract positive attention.
After one near-fatal shooting,
Tupac began prophesying that his
death may come. With that thought
looming over his shoulders, he hit
the studios producing song after-
song (hence the reason for the multi
plef CDs! released' after his'death).*
Tupac knew the time would be coming, and wanted his voice and passion to be heard in hopes that maybe
one day it may reach someone.
Although some critics say this
movie glorifies the' life of Tupac?
Shakur—hardly touching on his criminal activities as being wrong and
justifying most of his wrongdoings as
a means.of survival—in my opinion
his criminal record doesn't define
him as a person and this film is sold
with interpretation not included. All
that is heard is Tupac sharing his
own story; there's nobody else narrating the film, iiobody else is asked
for their opinion. The film is hi3 own
interpretation. What opinions people
formulate of him after seeing the
film is fair game, .
'•■• My opinion: he's an artist, a poet
and a writer, whose work is honest
and a reflection of reality. Although
he made mistakes in his life, super
stardom hit hard in his early twenties arid when there's more money,
there's always more problems.
The film is narrated by Tupac
using clips from various media interviews he did, putting them all together into one narrated story that
accompanies unseen footage of his
daily hfe, interviews ani appearances of the rap star. The result of
this free-flowing symphony of
speech: Tupac baring his soul.
, What I never knew about this
artist was how amazingly intelligent
and insightful he really was. He
speaks from the heart—no candy-
coating no glorification—especially
when it comes to speaking of where
he came from. Tupac once said,
"Once people take, the time to find
out who I really am, you'd be surprised." Tupac Ressureciion definite^
ly leaves you with a new impression
of Tupac, giving new life to the late
and well-missed artist. ♦
Trapped in the past with Paul Walker
By Ania Mafi
CULTURE WRITER
Due to hit theatres November 26, Timeline will hopefully follow
in the footsteps of other Michael Crichton novels-turned-movies,
such as 1993's Jurassic Park. The filrQ follows a handful of eager
archeology students who fall back in time to 14th century
France—right in the middle of feudal war and diseases—to save
their professor.
After a technology corporation tries to make traveling back in
time into a reality, the adventure begins when there is no way
back into the present. Filmed in Montreal on a lavish set of castles and hundreds of extras, Director Richard Donner wanted
the film's set to exude the rustic and aged brilliance of the era,
creating a bold contrast to the present.
In an interview with leading actor Paul Walker, who was in
Montreal shooting Timeline, he commented on the Canadian
city by saying, Montreal is 'a cool town...there's a lot of pretty
good looking people up there...it's North America meets
Europe." Well, if it was good enough for this California cutie, I'm
all over it.
In the film, Walker plays archeology student Chris Hughes,
who. sets out on a mission to save his professor and prevent a
journey into the past from becoming both of their ends.
According to Walker, the film 'explains the time travel aspect
without over explaining it." Obviously, condensing a SOO page
novel into a movie cjoesn't leave much room for detail.
After reading the script though, Walker knew that he wanted
to be a part of it and said ha learned more from this film than
any other project he has done. Even more than acting alongside
Vin Diesel'and a few rappers-turned-actors in The Fast and the
Furious? You bet. Although he did say that his role in that film
was., more physically demanding than his role in Timeline, the
battle scenes in his newest endevour were still Paul's favorite
scenes to do.
•: Thirf action-loving actor also said what made this experience
all the more enjoyable was working alongside Billy Connelly,
,who played the role of the professor. Paul said working with
Connelly was great, and that "hanging out with people like him
is good because he just rubs off on you." Connelly's character
also takes the role of stepfather in the film, which was a change
from the novel. Some may find the movie doesn't emphasize the
science fiction edge enough due to more elaborate character
development, an aspect ofthe film the director in fact wanted to
emphasise. And that was okay with Walker, who said, "The novel
was really complex and it gets really scientific...[and] to be honest I don't really like sci-fi."
For this fun-loving surfer, keeping it simple, having fun and
learning from the experience sounds like his recipe for success,
and hopefully Paul will do just that when producing a film of his
own, a western due to start production next year.
In the meantime, this up-and-coming actor awaits the release
of Timeline while heading back out to Montreal to film Noel, a
hopeful Christmas classic also starring Robin Williams and
Penelope Cruz.
Making a shift from teen heartthrob roles to more serious
high-budget blockbusters, Paul has a lot of confidence in
Timeline, and thinks audiences will embrace the adventurous
film as a suspenseful joyride back in time. Although the concept
of time travel may seem redundant, so is the idea of good looking guys trying to save the planet, but who's tired of that? Not
me. Timeline may prove to be another Jurassic-ly large film. ♦
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UBC theatre measures up
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
at the Frederic Wood Theatre
until Nov. 22
by Sarah Bourdon
CULTURE STAFF
The plays of William Shakespeare have captured the hearts and minds of audiences for
over four centuries. Stage and film interpretations of his works are abundant, and
not surprisingly have fallen into both the
good and bad performance categories. The
UBC theatre program's production of
"Measure for Measure* is one of the good
ones. Very good, actually. Granted, I am no
expert; having only seen a few of
Shakespeare's plays on stage. However, the
performance, which premiered on
November 12, is wonderfully entertaining
well acted and definitely worth seeing.
"Measure for Measure" is a comedy,
though as with, most Shakespearean comedies, it has a dark side underneath the witty
banter and wild antics,of its characters.
In thi3 particular tale, we meet the Duke
of Vienna, who is in the midst of a decision
to leave his post Jason Nicola, whose energetic, flawless performance is the most outstanding of the cast,, plays the Duke. Nicola
has a powerful voice, highly suited to the
brilliance and complexity of Shakespeare's
dialogue (and lacking only in British
accent). He shows versatility in portraying
both the Duke and the Friar, a disguise the
Duke adopts for most of the play.
The Duke decides to leave his deputy,
Angelo, in charge of Vienna while he is
gone. Angelo, played by a veiy well-cast
Kerry Allchin, is not the virtuous man the
Duke believes him to be. As soon as the
Duke departs, Angelo mercilessly sentences
a man named Claudio to death. Claudio's
sister, a nun-to-be named Isabella, rushes to
his rescue, only to find the price to free him
is much higher than sheis willing to pay.
The chaos and intrigue that ensues provides much laughter, along with a deeper
examination of. the discrepancy between
justice and human conscience.
This particular production, directed by
the department of theatre's Gerry Mackay,
captures both the overlying humour and
serious elements, making for a well-balanced, entertaining tale. There are some
truly hilarious moments, provided largely"
by two talented actors—Mike Griffin, who
plays Lucio, and Joel Redmond, who plays
Pompey. Lucio's flamboyance and his penchant for random high-pitched vocalisations, and Pompey's strangely charming
willingness to learn the art of human execution, provide moments of comic relief.
The more sombre scenes are made profound by the convincing performance of
Jess Watson as Isabella. Watson beautifully
portrays the strife and conflict, felt by
Isabella, most notably in one intense scene
where she relentlessly argues with Angelo
to convince him to spare her brother's life.
The choice to stage the story in late 19th
centuiy Vienna is made realistic by the costumes, and the mannerisms put forth by the
actors. By changing the time period, the
director steers away from a strictly traditional depiction of Shakespeare, but keeps
the play within the realm of believability.
The sets are uncomplicated but creative,
especially the choice of imposing images,
such as Gustav Klimt's famous painting
"The Kiss," onto the stage backdrops.
One shortcoming of the production,
however, is the opportunities for comedy
that are missed by some of the actors in the
first half of the play. Since the literal meaning of lines ih Shakespeare's plays are
sometimes lost on the audience, the delivery ofthe line, including tone of voice and
' body language,. becomes essential in conveying its message. Several of the actors in
the play are very skilled at presenting their
lines in ways that give the audience a
greater appreciation ofthe humour, but several, others could deliver their lines more
expressively to illustrate the comedy that
is present.
UBC Theatre's "Measure for Measure* is
fantastic, fun and well worth an evening's
outing. ♦
Smooth sailing for Russel Crowe
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR
SIDE OF THE WORLD
now playing
by Greg Ursic
CULTURE WRITER ^
By 1805, Napoleon had consolidated his
position in France. Determined to spread
his influence around the globe, he commissioned warships and privateers to
plunder British holdings abroad. Captain
"Lucky Jack" Aubrey and the crew of thg
HMS Surprise are dispatched from Brazil
to scupper Napoleon's plans, but before
they can take action, they are ambushed
by the Acheron, a powerful battleship that
nearly sends them to the deep.
Outmanned, outgunned and with the ship
in desperate need of repairs, Jack
decides, against orders and apparent
common sense, to pursue the Acheron
across the seven seas and settle the score.
And so unfolds the adventrure of Russel
Crowe's newest film, Master and
Commander.
In order to bring Patrick O'Brian's
Master and Commander (number ten of
the 20 volume book opus) to life, Peter
Weir insisted on historical accuracy down
to the smallest detail. This included the
use of an actual tall ship: the Rose, a museum quality replica of a British three-mast
ed frigate, which was reborn as the
Surprise after extensive renovations. Wier
also insisted that the cast learn the skills
appropriate to their characters including
how to climb the riggings, fight with small
arms and navigate. It was a challenge that
the cast took to with vigor.
Russel Crowe spent long hours preparing for the role of Lucky Jack, studying
naval strategy, learning how to sail a ship
(which he actually did on the open ocean)
and developing mastery with both the
sword and violin. Evidently it worked: his
familiarly with the nuances of the character results in a stirring performance that
brims with confidence and a calm fluidity
(there have already been murmurs of
another Oscar nomination). Paul Bettany,
who familiarised himself with historical
surgical techniques for the role as the
ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, provides
Jack with a non-military moral compass.
Crowe and Bettany, who worked together
in A Beautiful Mind, once again mesh well
on screen bringing a genuine camaraderie to the characters' relationship and
deliver some of the most powerful and
poignant moments of the film. The grizzled supporting cast, composed largely of
international unknowns who were chosen
for their decidedly non-Hollywood appearance (no perfect teeth or coifed dos here),
provide the perfect set dressing  for
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the film.
In keeping with the Weir's demands
for authenticity, the storm sequences
included actual typhoon footage shot off
Cape Horn that was later integrated with
CGI effects and filming that took place in
Fox's Baja sound stage (where Titanic was
filmed). The final result is a seamless
blend of technology and reality. While
there is ample action, the film provides a
realistic portrayal of life at sea: we are subjected to the languid and painfully frustrating experience of being stuck in the
doldrums, and feel queasy as the ship is
bounced about on treacherous swells. And
I can't go without mentioning the incredible work that was done to bring the
Surprise to life—no CGI can recreate the
vertigo inducing sensations as actors flit
amongst her spider web riggings ten sto
ries above the deck.
Master and Commander is not a film
for audiences seeking to be numbed by hi-
tech special effects, paper-thin characters
and minimalist plots. It is intended for
mature nlmgoers who will appreciate an
intriguing story that blends historical fact
with fiction through solid characterisations and great cinematography. O'Brian's
legions of fans will be duly impressed. ♦
Just needs some sun, and a lot of love
Ethers Void found it hard to come out rocking and
consequently engage the crowd.
Unfortunately, it is only towards the last two
songs that the band began to visibly enjoy itself.
Their last song which featured a great technical solo
and split leads, was by far their best They left with
a loud and celebrated exit, if only to compensate for
an otherwise tame performance.
Second, whose name had earlier given me the
suspicion that this band might be newly formed and
even more recently named, was next in line. Though
they were rough around the edges, their performance suggested that while the name might be new, it
was obvious that these guys weren't playing together for the first time.
Also from Richmond; Second was without a
doubt the most eclectic band of the night delivering
a compelling mix of dark, moody vocal melodies,
original guitar i riffs and haunting keyboards.
Though their technical performance was unpolished
at times, it was easy to note that when tliese songs
were penned they were done so with dynamics in
mind. In a night that had Xfrn written all over it.
Second's spacey guitars, unpredictable transitions
and subtle ventures forth from minor to major keys
made them stand heads above the herd.
Finally it was time for the headlining act.
Gladyss Patches came out bold and brazen, taking the stage like a boxer takes to his ring and
amidst the  audience's alcohol induced cheers
GLADYSS PATCHES
with SECOND and ETHERS VOID
at the Pit Pub
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„.   by Mart Miquel Helsen
CULTURE WRITER
A venture to the club for a night of local bands is
always a gamble because, unless those bands are on
regular rotation at one of the local stations, you never
know what to expect More often than not you are
going to see independent, unsigned bands looking to
capture that innovative sound or appropriate swagger
that will grant them their big break. So what you get
is music in its elemental forms, uncorrupted by the
glitz and glamour of major labels and major TV,
where image seems to win the constant battle of surface vs. substance. This is music from the roots-
bands tiying to strike out and rise above the rest
When you do see one of these bands succeed, it is
all the more rewarding to be a member of the audi-,
ence, granted that (discarding semi-tones) there are
only seven notes and one hell of a lot of people in the
long history of music tiying to make a sound. The
inverse of the above mentioned scenario is also a
possibility. That is, seeing bands that, despite their
honest attempts to the contrary, fall into that bottomless abyss of mainstream music, which is formulaic, predictable and straight-up boring.
Thursday night at the Pit Pub was the perfect
example of this varied spectrum and a learning
experience for anyone who was listening.. Featuring
three local bands—two of which I had heard of—
Ethers Void, Second aiid Vancouver veterans
Gladyss Patches made up the bill for the night.
There was potential for surprise.
The night's opening band, Richmond's Ethers
Void, took the stage with such unassuming modesty
that their ascent would have gone unnoticed had it
not been for the MCs introduction. They proceeded
to play a series of fast paced, danceable tunes with
catchy melodies, and a pleasing blend of distorted
guitars and major chords.
The intensity didn't stop, however, and this was
perhaps the downfall of Ethers' performance.
Dogged by the venue's poor acoustics, drowned-out
vocals and lack of dynamics, the songs dragged on
with httle to no break in between. There was no
small talk with the audience—other than the two-
word expletives directed towards somebody, presumably a friend in the crowd—and no showmanship whatsoever. Whether it was their nervousness,
or the fact that the Jit at this point was only half full,    TH|S ,s FOR YOU, HENDRIX: Gladyss Patches make for seasoned veterans at the Pit. bryan zandberg photo
assumed the status and poise of rawk stars. If the
preceding bands suffered from a lack of presence
these guys smacked of rock'n'roll arrogance.
Playing as a tight, technically talented unit, Gladyss
Patches sounded like any other well versed disciples
of Xfm. From the moment they stormed the stage
they owned the crowd and knew it, hammering out
a long set of abrasive,, testosterone infused—though
indistinguishable—songs. Despite the fact that they
excelled in their genre, I quickly lost interest after
the first five minutes of what seemed to be a sixty
minute song.
But as all things come to an end, so did their ditty
and another night at the Pit, which, all things considered, wasn't such a gamble after all ♦
MMi^mmiM 8
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18,2003
S PORTS
THE UBYSSEY
Popsicles break from their mould
Women's ice-
hockey team
takes their
first win
since 2002
by Jesse Marchand
SPORTS EDITOR
With both teams heading into the
weekend double-header winless,
someone was bound to come out
on top. And when the UBC
Thunderbirds women's hockey
team' took on the University of
Manitoba Bisons, they both managed to turn their winless seasons
around.
It was UBC's turn on Friday,
and with 31 saves by fourth-year
goaltender Teryne Russell, it was
no wonder that they beat the
Bisons 4-2. The game marked the
end of a year-long losing streak
that began in late October of 2002
for UBC. But it wasn't much different for the Bisons who had tallied
many ties but had yet to win a
game since late November of
2002, Until Saturday when they
came back and beat the Birds 2-1.
The Birds, however, weren't
happy with the weekend. "I think
we lowered our level of competition a httle bit,' said UBC head
coach   Dave   Newson.   Despite
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Unbeatable
The Thunderbird women's volleyball
team is flawless for the season.
Recording only one preseason loss
against Laval University, the T-Birds are
6-0 for the regular season after beating
the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
It took them four sets to beat the Huskies
on Friday ending it 25-23, 28-30, 25-18
and 25-22. Saturday's game was short
and sweet, however, with the Birds winning all three sets and ending it 25-19,
25-15 and 2 5-12. They play at home next
weekend against the number one-
ranked Calgary.
Hockey curse broken
Like so maiiy other T-Bird teams this
weekend, the Thunderbird men's ice
hockey team broke out of a slump. After
losing 33 straight road games, the men
won 3-2 against the Manitoba Bisons on
Friday. Goalscorers Stephane Gervais,
Matt McMahon and Steve Wiljeto, along
with goalie Robert File, were credited for
the UBC win. They couldn't make it a
winning streak, however, and
Saturday's game saw a tough loss
against the Bisons that ended 3-6. The
Birds play their next two games away in
Alberta. ♦
JUST INCHES AWAY: T-Bird forward Michelle Duffy steals the puck away from right-wing Bison
Anne Hedley. peter klesken photo
Friday's win, he felt that the Birds
had played better in games they
had lost against tougher teams.
"We were forced to raise our game
to a higher level to compete with
them," he said of the other teams.
Friday's game started poorly
for UBC, who was the first to have
a player land in the penalty box in
the first period. Things got worse
in the second when Bison
Shannon Hoogsteen took the tail
end of two passes by Stephanie
Messner and Rristina Nickel and
knocked in the first goal. But less
than ten minutes later, UBC was
back in it as centre Jeanine Saville
scored with assists from Haleigh
Callison and Danielle Royer.
Hoogsteen fought back four minutes later with another goal, but it
would be Manitoba's last. UBC
took one more goal in the second
at the hands of Seville, and in the
third it was Royer and Michelle
Duffy rounding out the 4-2 score.
Saturday's game was the
Bisons' time to shine oji the scoreboard, but Newson said it was UBC
that played the better game. 'We
outplayed them and outshot them
in the first period but were down
one nothing" he said. And despite
33 shots on. Bison goalie Heather
Ash—compared to the Bisons' 25—
Marjorie Sorensen's second period goal was the only point for UBC.
Newson said the Birds' flaw
this season has been a goal-scoring
problem in which UBC has made
plenty of shots but failed to 'get the
big goals.' With nearly every game
seeing the Birds down or tied as
they headed into the third, the T-
Birds have been unable to get the
final goal in for the win. But with
one win under their belt perhaps
the Birds will gain enough confidence to triumph over * the
University of Saskatchewan next
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SPORTS
TUESPAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2003
Winning Streak
Women's basketball team continues to reign
by Paul Granat
SPORTS WRITER
The UBC Thunderbirds women's basketball team found
themselves soaring high this weekend, winning both
contests against the Saskatchewan
Huskies and the Alberta Pandas. Over
the course of the two games the T-
Birds outs'cored their prairie opponents by 31 points. Friday's match
ended with a 79-63 victory over the
Huskies.
Fifth-year T-Bird Carrie Watson
scored a game high 26 points on
Friday and her performance carried
over into Saturday night's game
against Alberta. She again was the
game-star, not only scoring 17 points
but also playing outstanding defence.
Watson shut down much of the
Panda's offence in the second half
and the Birds won the game 68-33,
putting the Pandas on the endangered
species list at 0-3 for the
season.
Watson was modest, however, and
credited Kim Howe for getting "many second chances
for us." But she still expects a big season for herself. In
her last year as a Thunderbird athlete she plans to stay
on top by  "staying really aggressive  and playing
"On any given
night we can take
nothing for granted. Any opponent
in our path
will be tough
competition."
—Deb Huband
UBC coach
tough defensively."
And it seems that Watson's experience is rubbing off
on the rest of the UBC squad as she was not the only T-
Bird to have an outstanding game over the weekend.
Rookie Erica McGuinness—straight out of Handsworth
High   in   North   Vancouver—matched
Watson's play. She absolutely split the
Pandas in two, cutting her way to the basket on several occasions. To go along
with    her     quick    offensive     action,
McGuinness had two blocks  and two
steals. The game was really no contest for
the T-Birds who are now 3-1 in league
play.
UBC women's coach Deb Huband is
confident that she has a "great group of
skilled, committed athletes." She also
knows that she will need nothing less if
her team wants to be dominant in the
Canada West, a division in which seven
teams are ranked in the top ten across
the cpuntry.
'On any given night we can take nothing for granted," said Huband. 'Any
opponent in our path will be tough competition." The T-Birds next take on their
cross-town rivals, the fifth-ranked SFU Clan, for two
games. "With Kelsey Blair, Erica McGuinness, Carrie
Watson, Kim Howe and Cait Haggarty playing like they
are, I like our chances," Huband boasted. ♦
POACHING THE PANDAS: T-Birds win. peter klesken photo
Trying to make the top ten
Men's volleyball team improves with one win
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HUMAN FLIGHT: TheThunderbird men's volleyball
earn is ready to rise to any challenge. Even if the ball
looks out of reach they'll do what it takes to kill it with
Style. MICHELLE MAYNE PHOTO
by Jesse Marchand
SPORTS EDITOR
It's been a sporadic season for the UBC Thunderbird men's
volleyball team this year. With a successful pre-season seeing
the men beat the Team Canada Masters, strong eastern universities and NCAA teams, the men were looking good in the
Canada West division, at least on paper. But Coach Richard
Schick wasn't completely satisfied.
"We had our share of good matches and bad matches in the
pre-season," said Schick adding that the Eastern teams were
not 'as strong as the Canada West teams."
And he couldn't have been more right As the regular season started, Canada West teams soon filled out the CIS top ten.
Six ofthe spots in the CIS are held by Canada West teams, with
the University of Alberta topping off the list. But after two losses against the fifth place Saskatchewan Huskies the Birds
haven't made the list Add to that a home opener with mixed
results and the T-Birds will have to step it up a notch to get on
any top ten lists this season.
Playing the sixth ranked University of Calgary Dinos, UBC
took a 3-2 win on Friday and a 2-3 loss on Saturday. Friday's
game had the most sets ofthe season with the T-Birds fighting
hard for five sets. While the first ended badly.for UBC with a
19-25 loss, the T-Birds came back and won the next two sets
by four points each. Dino Robert Ellis spearheaded a win for
Calgary in the fourth set, ending it 25-23. Despite a victoiy for
the Birds in the fifth set, it was not worry free. Tied at 13-13,
a kill by UBC's Steve Tuekwood was labeled a Calgary touch
and UBC controversially took the 15-13 win.
"We held leads of 10-1 in some sets," said Schick of the controversy, adding that it was UBC's strong playing that cornered
the win and not the final score. But he said the Birds should
have ended it earlier, when they were ahead. "We have to try
to finish off teams instead of dragging it out," he added.
Saturday's game was equally as close, this time with
Calgary taking three of the five sets. 'Our outside hitters performed really well" said Schick pointing to Geoff Emslie and
Steve Corothers who both had 13 kills in the game. They were
not enough to win the game, however, and the Birds fell 2-3
(25-18, 24-26, 21-25, 25-15, 18-16). "We had more than one
opportunity to win yesterday but we couldn't," said Schick.
The team next takes on the fourth-ranked Trinity Western
University on November 21 apd 22 in Langley. Being 0-4 for
the season, TWU has something to prove if they want to keep
their pre-season ranking of fourth place. But UBC has been
practicing five days a week on top of weekend games and are
ready to take on TWU's challenge. With so many Canada West
teams in the CIS ranking, UBC has its work cut out for this season, but if they continue to beat high-ranking teams they may
make the list yet ♦
Injuries plague but
don't hurt the Birds
by Dan McRoberts
SPORTSWRITCR
It was a perfect 2-0 weekend for the men's Thunderbird basketball team, picking up wins against both Saskatchewan and
Alberta. Making the weekend even more impressive is the fact
that the team was badly shorthanded after injuries knocked Craig
Rollins (back), Brian Host (back), Pat MacKay (ankle) and Jama
Mahalela (foot) out ofthe lineup.
But the remaining Birds raised their level of play on Friday
night against USask with a particularly strong effort from Casey
Archibald. The second-year man from Salmon Arm dropped 33
points, including six three-pointers, on the outclassed Huskies.
Although the Huskies had the better of the play early on,
Archibald began to heat up from beyond the arc and had the Birds
on top by halftime, 42-39.
In the second UBC continued to have its way on offense, with
Karlo Villanueva as the architect of a solid passing game in the
halfcourt and a Kghtning-quick fast break that scored ten points
and 11 assists. Peter Wauthy and Ryder McKeown were spectacular on the defensive glass and generally shut down the Huskies
post game.
"I think the guys started the game conservatively, knowing that
we had only eight players," said Coach Kevin Hanson, "but once
we got into the flow a bit we got after it on defence." A 17-0 run
from UBC essentially iced the game and allowed Hanson to give
some extra minutes of rest to his starting unit essential considering what the Birds would face the next evening. "The U of A is
ranked number two in the countiy for a reason," the coach commented. "It's going to be a really tough battle."
Hanson's words would prove accurate on Saturday as UBC
managed to hang on to a hard-fought 84-77 victory over the
University of Alberta Golden Bears. In a pleasant departure from
usual practice, the Birds started strong, executing well on both
ends of the court Alberta kept up to UBC, however, and by half-
time it was a close 41-36 for UBC.
In the second half the T-Birds pulled away from the Golden
Bears, thanks in part to increased defensive intensity. With the
lead stretching well into the mid teens UBC looked to be in control of the outcome, but Alberta showed its class and determination, executing a full-court press and clawing back in the final
moments. In the end, however, the fatigued T-Birds still had
enough in the tank to maintain their lead, winning 84-77,
"This was a huge, huge win for us tonight* said a pleased
Coach Hanson. "Winning your home games is just essential
because it is so tough to win on the road in this conference."
Point guard Karlo Villanueva shared his coach's jubilation following the successful weekend. 'After losing four guys this week-
all vets—to go 2-0 was just awesome," said Villanueva. 'It was
huge for us just to gut it out like we did." Asked if he was looking
forward to the home and away series with SFU this coming Friday
(away) and Saturday (at home), Karlo had a simple answer. "You
don't even know) Its' hugel" he exclaimed. ♦ ■ • 10   TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2003
EDITORIAL
THE UBYSSEY
THEUBYSSEY
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2003
VOLUME 85 ISSUE 21
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Paul Carr
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It all began when Heather Pauls randomly exclaimed, "I want
milk!" Iva Cheung looked up. not sure whether Heather was
serious. Paul Granat had met the wrath of Heather before and
saw the urgency of the situation. He immediately sent Peter
Klesken and Megan Thomas out to obtain the necessary dairy
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at the prospect of getting to wear lab coats. Dan McRoberts, and
William Mbaho set up tlie office for the experiment Ania Mafi,
Greg Ursic, and Michelle Mayne made sure everyone had protective goggles, and Carina Cojeen and Sarah Bourdon opened
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sure to arise. Marc Miquel Helsen, Hywei Tuscano, and
Jonathan Woodward hypothesised that the reaction would produce the cure for cancer, eagerly awaiting their Nobel prizes.
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Jesse Marchand, with Paul Carr and Bryan Zandberg as her
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Martin-ising
So, who's the Prime Minister? That's a tough one, judging by the
'Streeters' on the back page. We've just had a Liberal convention with ail
the pomp and fanfare of SARSstock (and with some special instructions
on how to pronounce Bono's name: as far as we know, the U2 star hasn't
hit any trees lately). Former Finance Minister Paul Martin is the new
leader of the governing Liberal Party, but not quite leader of the
government.
Regardless, we know who will be the Prime Minister, eventually. With
the coverage of the convention in the media, Canadians are adjusting to
Paul Martin's ascension. Over three terms it seems that people became
quite attached to Jean, his dark sunglasses, pepper and thuggery; the
media have reported lukewarm reactions to Martin's lack of charisma
during his TV appearances last week.
But, out with the old, in with the newl Chretien's old power circle has
been slipping from power since Martin was granted the authority to begin
transition. He has had to rebuild the trust and familiarity from scratch
from the back benches, but he's had a while to do it (and a lot of money
to do it with). With radical changes in store, the Liberals will be a completely new party under Martin.
And just to be sure that everyone knows that the party will be different, Martin has released a veritable manifesto of promises to meet the
challenges he'll face. Here's our take on a few of them.
Canada Steamship Lines: Paul Martin's sons hold in blind trust
Canada's largest shipping company for the future PM. Many have called
for Martin to step down over the many opportunities for conflict of interest. Canada does not want or need a nepotistic mogul making self-interested decisions.
Spending: Martin is known for his deficit reduction and his cuts that
left us as the only G8 country in the black, as the war on terror gnaws
through American pocketbooks. But those cuts have left healthcare
scarred, higher education inaccessible and homelessness on the rise.
Social reforms: Many of Martin's promises include a complete turnaround of his views on social spending. This includes First Nations self-
governance, encouraging at least 52 per cent of Liberal MP candidates to
be women and making higher education more accessible by executing a
program in the same vein as Chretien's Milliennium Scholarships.
Quebec: Despite Jean Chretien's near-loss of the country to the separatist movement in 1995, he grovelled for popularity in Quebec. Martin's
connections seem to be closer to corporate interests than to French-
Canadians'f The Liberals currently hold 60 per cent of the seats in
Quebec; hopefully Martin's government will be able to hold onto them.
The Yanks: While Chretien was lauded for his decision to stay out of
the war, he never went to the ranch like Brian Mulroney. Dubya snubbed
him repeatedly. Martin must now reconcile the tensions between
Canadian and American foreign policy. What will Canada offer in order to
mend our relationship with the US?
Conservative Affiance: If the right-wing parties merge, as they plan to,
on December 6, the Liberals will face a single-front war for popular opinion—like our friends the Democrats and the Republicans. A real opposition
.might make him actually do something on a policy for a change.
Personality: Man, Chretien was fun to hate. He had a personality that
thawed way fa^er than his body. As far as we know, Martin is a good ol'
Irish boy who hasn't throttled any protesters yet. He's a raptor to
• Chretien's mastadon. He's taking daddy's car out for a spin. Let's hope he
doesn't use it as snip's cargo and sail off into the sunset. ♦
LETTERS
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Remembrance editorial
disrespectful
Your statement 'Remembrance
Day means nothing if we are currently in war, if US and British
troops are dropping bombs"
(Editorial, November 5) shows a
brazen lack of understanding ofthe
meaning behind Remembrance
Day, and disrespects those who
have given their lives for us, and
those who continue to risk their
lives for our country.
During a time of war, it is even
more important, that we pay
respects for the sacrifices made by
others so that we can live as we do
today. Would you suggest that the
ceremonies during World War II or
the Korean War were meaningless,
or even ironic, since we were at
war? if you disagree with the wars
we are involved with, take it up
with the government; but
Remembrance Day is- for the' soldier, the man who gave his life to
protect his friends, his family, and
the stranger he never knew.
Save your politics for another
day, and for two minutes per year
remember the sacrifices that have
been made and continue to be
made. Regardless of whether you
agree with the wars we fight or not,
the lives that were given for us and
for our country will always be
meaningful. Lest we forget.
—Mark Hollett
Grad Studies, Mining Engineering
A critique of tipping
One year ago I ate at Denny's. I had
lost a bet and so was bound to
my word.
fast I ordered, it occurred to me
that the custom of tipping is quite
arbitraiy. Arbitrary in respect to
two things: who is entitled to a so-
called 'tip' and the amount of
this tip.
There is no consistency in determining who receives a tip (generally bartenders, waiters, valets, delivery people, doormen, prostitutes
and cab drivers). But why are fast
food workers excluded from this? In
fact, I am told that if an employee
from a fast food chain I shan't name
accepts a tip, he will be fired and
must walk back to his residence in
the nude, while co-workers drive
slowly behind him throwing
garbage at the disgraced worker.
To backtrack, the origin of tipping dates back to Roman times,
when young squires would receive
sexual favors from their homosexual masters, and receive a small sum .
of money for this service. Of
course, the Latin form of the modern "tip" is tippus. To backtrack further still, the origin of the Latin tip-
pus, is derived from the first squire
who pimped himself to his master
(from the Latin pimpus) who went
by the name of Tippacus. But I
digress.
While for most of the previously
mentioned occupations, tipping is
generally discretionary, 15% is
apparently the standard tip in
restaurants. But there is no necessary correlation between the cost of
a meal and how good the service
was. An accurate measurement of
how much a server ought to receive
for his or her tippus, should be on
the basis of how many servings you
had (S), plus how much interaction
you had with the server (I), multiplied by how good the service was
(G). The resulting figure is a proper
tippus (T).
—Matt Warwick
Political Science 2
An open letter to
Dr Pokotylo
Dear Dr Pokotylo,
A few weeks ago, I sent a letter to
the Department of Anthropology
and Sociology inquiring about the
grading scale imposed by ANTH
330, which to date has been unanswered. As such, your lack of a
response has obliged me to use a
public forum, the Ubyssey. And if
you're reading this letter in print,
it is because the editorial staff at
the Ubyssey concluded that my
query merits the attention of all
faculty and students, especially
those students interested in taking
courses or majoring in anthropology or sociology.
To give you a brief recap, I wanted to know why a penalising grading scale was instituted by your
department. Dr Cameron, who
teaches Anthropology 330, felt
compelled to explain that if she did
. not adhere to your benchmarks the
department would review what
performance records she maintained, then readjust the final outcome to reflect your standards.
Further, she added that she was
told the grading scale was a university-wide policy. I'd like to
inform you that no other UBC
department enforces the following
grading ratio, which you do: No
more thin 25% of students can be
awarded A's; no more than 75%
can be awarded B's (but counting
those already awarded A's); and
the last 25% can be awarded C's,
D's and Fs.
How can you be certain that
every class is divided intellectually
according to your enforced
scheme? And if you are aware that
the probabilities of all classes cor-
responding to your distribution cri
teria ara slim to none, then don't
you ca^e* about accuracy? Because
I do, and Other students do. In fact,
a couple of my classmates were
concerned about maintaining their
scholarships. Your grading system
is not much of a morale booster. It
also gives the impression that you
undervalue your professors'
expertise on the subjects they teach
because you won't allow them to
mark fairly and accurately.
I've come across schools that
identify anthropology with their
Sciences departments, though I
haven't heard of any that do so for
Sociology. You could attempt to
join their ranks here at UBC, but
it's unlikely they'll put up with your
approach to marks distribution. I
cartvassed for other departmental
grading scales, and one of the
administration in physics even
referred to yours as 'awfully insidious." Besides being antiquated,
your quantitative measures don't
portray an honest assessment of a
student's performance. It might
even be supposed that you're taking a veiy non-postmodern stance.
Is this how you want to be perceived? As a dinosaur in the fields
of anthropology and sociology?
Simply put, the imposition of your
grading scale is unexpected in a
department ofthe Arts.
I wonder why you haven't
answered my query. Someone
mentioned that ignoring was also a
form of response. I hope that's not
the case and that you intend to
reply. And if somehow you're waiting for others to express their outrage before you respond, please let
me know. I'll be more than willing
to organise a collection of signatures petitioning for a change in
you current grading practices.
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—Mary Villacin
Unclassified student THEUBYSSEY
L ETTERS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2003
11
Type B versus Type A as the StopWar.ca debate continues
by Donna J Tanchak
Yup, there have been two very basic
types of anti-war activists attending
StopWar.ca meetings. They've attended regularly alongside a virtual
AUsorts of others creating a scenario
vaguely reminiscent of the Spanish
Civil War. There've been leftists and
centrists who've been around for
decades but generally not seen in the
same room. There've been kaleidoscopic arrays of both religionists and
atheists, and rallies have been huge
and diverse enough to include the
ever militant ultra-left, the extreme
right, not unfortunately exclusive of
the equally ubiquitous anti-Semite.
There've been street campers,
Buddhists and Hare Krishna. There
appear anarchists, on an irregular
basis, and, on • a very regular
timetable, a strong showing of
intriguing-looking   (if  not   always
i
intriguing-sounding) youth and students from many quarters. They've
galvanised and mesmerised and
paralysed as those who have followed
the letters here in the Ubyssey will
realise. They've irritated the ranks of
StopWar.ca social justice and union
activists who, like co-
chair Jef Keighley,
now seem to lack
the patience for the
very dynamic they've
so successfully cultivated.
Anyone still regularly attending
will perceive that that which still
drips from the fan does not smell
sweet And the efforts of the some-
timeshatty but brilliant youth who so
swelled the ranks that even police
admit there were truly regular mass
rallies taking place, will, no doubt, be
sorely missed by the old bones that
must now cover the beat—poster
PERSPECTIVE
i lion
those poles, leaflet those leaving work
and school, attend those many, many
subcommittee meetings and do this
big job.
In a previous letter, a UBC student
has essentially labelled the two basic
types as a minority and a majority
and further dubbed
the latter (or parts of
it) a 'secret clique." I
see this analysis coming from Type A trying to "establish" politics! in the anti-war movement (Letter
to the editor: "Fire This Time speaks
out;* November 5). Type A were considered by Type B to be jeopardising
the most prized goal of of StopWar.ca:
to maintain and grow as broadly
based a coalition as possible. Type B
feverishly tried to mitigate this effect
by delegating votes to an organisation-based enfranchisement thereby
relegating a whole assortment of var-
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ious supporters into a voice-but-no-
vote caste.
The intention of Type A's to represent "oppressed peoples struggling
internationally" is rather too optimistic (no matter how exciting
StopWar seemed in the early new
year), as StopWar.ca can only represent people here in the province
(effectively, only people in the Lower
Mainland), the considerable ranks of
us (all the same) who oppose war for
a vast range of good reasons beyond
wanting to lobby 'passively* for
'domestic political interests."
"Passively* is hardly the appropriate
word to describe Type B intent-
given the track record. I cite the
peace camp at the US embassy as just
one example; the peace camp was initiated primarily by chief B-Type, Jef
Keighley.
That said, the hopes of Type B that
somehow StopWar.ca can ever be the
same, after all that has splattered off
the fan, are truly naive. Damage has
been done. Those who oppose war
must continue relentlessly to resist
the debacle in whatever ways we can.
That "new anti-war initiatives are
needed* is a given. That they will find
play and support among the Type B's
in the same generous fashion as
before is highly unlikely. But new initiatives will be welcomed by individuals on the peripheries of both A and
B. Given what could continue to happen along the ring of fire around the
former USSR, everyone should think
about either starting or participating
in new anti-war initiatives as well as
keep a finger on the pulse of
StopWar.ca because, yup, somebody
sure cut through that fence, all
right ♦
—Donna J. Tanchak graduated
from UBC with an MFA in 1982
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