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 OBC Archive* Serial
when the cat's away... since 1918
The event was the opening of the new Royal «•*'
City Star riverboat casino at Westminster Quay.
Docked incongruously next to the old Russian
submarine, the ship and its garish period
paintjob dominated the bleak surroundings. A
brass band's fanfare eminated from a stage on
the wharf, while a row of can-can dancers flung
their skirts into the air.
After a few speeches by local politicians, the
ship headed out for the proverbial three hour
tour up the Fraser River. The mighty Fraser was,
according to Mayor Helen Sparkes, home to
more steamboats in its time than the
The ship's decks were packed full with people
stuffed into evening dresses, looking like soap
stars who had been left in the sun too long. The
theme for women: dresses that don't fit
anymore. The theme for men: too much gold
jewellery with your initials on it. An appreciated
standout was the gentleman who wore a fez
with his tuxedo.
Star power was provided by the constable
from The Beachcombers, that home repair guy
from television, and a bevy of other marginally
recognisable Vancouver glitteratti.
It was hard to blend in. Even wearing my most
expensive suit (ok, only suit) and saying things
like "I have to call my broker" a little too loudly
didn't help. The people on the top deck talking
to their friends on the lower decks on their cell
phones pretty much set the standard.
Seeing this rich wedding-cake of a ship
docked right in the heart of Westminster Quay,
one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Greater
Vancouver, it's hard not to consider its social
costs. Casino ventures are often presented as
being economically beneficial for the
surrounding community, but negative, and often
criminal elements are drawn to them.
In our own backyard, the BC supreme court
recently heard the case of a loan shark, and
alleged member of the Big Circle Boys gang,
who leant money to gamblers at the Great
Canadian Casino in Richmond. He was shot
twice, allegedly by one of his own goons. fa^
But it's not only loan sharking and gang B
style shootings that have traceable ties to the
gambling world; suicide rates in gambling cities
such as Reno are higher than in non-gaming
cities, according to a 1997 study.
And of course, gambling is notoriously
linked with addiction. According to a 1993
Gemini Research & Angus Reid Group study,
people in BC are second only to Alberta in
gambling addiction: 7.8 per cent of people
here   have   been   problem   or   pathological
gamblers. Nationwide, a survey of provincial
studies by the National Council of Welfare
suggests the number of current problem and
pathological gamblers may be as high as
1.2 million Canadians.
But the people gracing the ship at the
opening were finding it quite easy to
ignore such issues.
"Do you think that this casino may
have a negative social impact on this
part of New Westminster?" I asked one
woman wearing a fur-lined evening suit
in the sushi line-up
She looked at me quizzically, but
her answer was a straight forward:
"Uh, no." Then she was distracted by
the passing champagne server.
I turned to the man behind her,
an imposing man in a dark suit who
happened to be a member of the
BC    Gaming   Commission.    He
commented   on  the   nice   high
ceilings, and then explained, in
a   conspiratorial   tone,   the
advantage   of  such   perks:
gamblers like to smoke, but
you wouldn't want the nonsmoking   gamblers    to
leave. They might go out on deck to take a breather, to collect
thoughts, to count their losses.
The view from the deck could have been designed especially to keep
people inside. As the ship chugged towards the Patullo Bridge, past log
booms, parking lots and industrial parks, it began to feel like this ostensibly
pleasant evening cruise was just a precursor to something a little more
Inside, except for a Gamblers Anonymous Hotline sticker on the washroom
mirror, there seemed to be no sign of the problems gambling causes. The
people at the opening night had lots of money to throw around. Peeling a couple
of hundreds off a fat roll didn't seem too painful for the man with the gold rings at the blackjack
table. I thought sorrowfully of the twenty bucks I had lost in five minutes at the same table. Would I
have to walk home?
But those on the front lines must have seen plenty of people willing to blow their last dollar,
right? Another blackjack table was manned by a dealer named Paul, who had worked at the Great
Canadian Casinos in Vancouver before training for the Royal City Star. When I asked whether he had
ever seen somebody that he thought shouldn't be gambling at his table, he looked as if I had
suggested that he split a pair of fours. "No. Never." he answered definitively.
"So it's not like being a bartender where you have to say 'alright, no more for you today?'" I
"If you want to gamble, you can," Paul said. Well, that seems straight forward enough.
However, it contradicted what Don Mann, the assistant director of gaming operations for the Royal
City Star, said to me later as we stood next to a stretch of jangling slot machines. He stated that
i r gambling addiction is "always an issue in the business," and that "all staff have some awareness of
tllCmC  rOr  Problem gambling issues, and how to deal with the concept of problem gambling, and [how] to
recognise people that perhaps are gambling too much."
When asked what would be the result if a customer were assessed as a problem gambler, Mann
described a "self-barring program."
"Customers that do gamble too much, that know they're gambling too much, we will identify at their
request and we will bar them from the casino for a period of time." Sounds like a fool-proof system, at
least to anyone who's ever tried to deny a drunk their last call.
If the addicted gambler could not self-identify, Mann added that the staff members "are prepared to
observe and watch, and players that are gambling too much are 'spoken to', so to speak. "Apparently
though, there is no brig on the ship, just a quiet out-of-the-way room where you can go and think about
what you did.
Two days later, the riverboat is still there. In the pallid light of a New Westminster afternoon, it still
looked pretty cool, although the giant neon sign on the roof isn't lit up anymore.
One of the pit bosses said that they had over 9000 people there the day before, on their first day
open to the public. And it was packed again. The two lounges were practically empty, which was
continued on page 12
The theme for
dresses that
don't fit you
anymore. The
men: too
much gold
jewellery with
your initials
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affordable way to improve the grammar and wording of term papers.
Want to buy a t-shirt? The English Students Society are selling t-shirts for $15.
Call Bonnie at 323-1423.
Grad pictures will be taken @
.Artona. Call 872-7272 for an appt.
Deadline for pictures is Jan. 15th,
ANSOC T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST. Any design welcome that
incorporates the two disciplines.
Drop off en tries in the ANSO
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lunch every Tuesday at
12:30-2:30pm in the
Graduate Students Society
Building, penthouse floor.
$4 suggested donation
winter coat drive
The Beth Israel Synagogue is
about to embark on its 7th
annual winter coat drive.
Volunteers wil collect warm
coats, jackets, sleeping bags,
and blankets to be distributed to social service agencies who deal with those who
are in dire straights. Drop off
at Beth Israel Synagogue,
4350 Oak Street November
8 to December 6. Hours:
Mon-Thurs 9 am to 5pm Fri
9am till noon and a special
Sunday drop off on Nov 21
from 9am till noon.
Phone 266-2250 for more
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• make a funny hat out of the       • Passes to Top of the Food
Ubyssey—and you gotta wear it    Chain, movie posters and tickets
to a Christmas craft fair!
• submit a Polaroid of yourself
hugging a Pit Pub bouncer
(Polaroid camera provided in Ubyssey
business office—photo ID necessary)
• walk into room 245 and sing
the song "Yellow Submarine"
• 2 tickets to the Canucks game
against the Blues Nov 7!
Hockey! Or 2 tickets to the
Grizzlies Nov 6 against Denver
or Nov 10 against Atlanta.
(Only one pair of tickets per photo
and per customer, so there.)
• a Ubyssey T-shirt in one of
four colours!
Hugh     Sgt.   Pepper     Stewart
has   changed  my   life   "by
showing  me   that   I   can  have
my  pepper  and   eat   it   too.
He   s   shown  me   that   when
life   gives   you   lemons,   you
have   to  make   them  into
some   sort   of   Blinding
Spray.   That,   and  he   was
the   Beatle   I  most   wanted
to   lose   my
virginity  to.
Pulitzer-worthy  brilliance   by
Ryan Landis
(He won himself a $25 gift certificate to the bookstore and tickets
to a craft fair—pretty cool huh?)
A person may only win one prize per month. The Ubyssey reserves the right to
| withhold prizes. Winners must be members in good standing of the Ubyssey
Publications Society. So there. Also, any submissions may be published.
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Just drop by the Ubyssey business Office in SUI
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TlrVhat  do you think the
Canadian government
should do with the
expected budget
just read it
I think they should give it to
Saskatchewan farmers and
[Canada] should get out of the
World Trade Organisation.
—Reid McGonigle
Science 1
I don't think [the national debt]
really has an impact on where
we're going because we seem to
be doing fine and it doesn't seem
to be affecting us. Therefore, I
think the surplus should go back
into social programs.
—Ryan Copeland
Science 4
Cut taxes and give the surplus to
—Kim Krusel
Commerce 3
They should put money back into
education, put money into reducing the debt, and increase the
social safety net.
—Michael Cooper
Science 4
Health plan information
is forthcoming
In the recent referendum, UBC students
endorsed the creation of a group health and
dental plan in order to provide all students
with access to health and dental care coverage at the lowest cost. The principle is
simple: everyone contributes a small, equal
amount and every member of the community benefits from having access to necessary
health and dental benefits. The only exception is to allow students who already have
this type of coverage to "opt out," thus
avoiding duplication.
There have been posters and pamphlets,
in-depth media coverage, and an overwhelming amount of support and positive
feedback, yet most students are still uncertain about what the new Alma Mater Society
(AMS)/Graduate Student Society (GSS)
health and dental plan covers, and how it
will affect them. It is important that every
student has the opportunity to get the facts
straight about the plan, in order to make the
service work for them. To ensure that all
UBC students have the facts, a major communication initiative will be launched over
the upcoming weeks and months by the
AMS and studentcare.net/works. This will
include an information package mailed to
each student, posters around the campus,
notices in the campus media, and updates
on the web site: www.studentcare.net/ubc.
The information package will be mailed in
early December and will include complete
details of what is covered, what it costs, how
to submit claims, how to access the dental
network, and how to opt out for a full refund or
coordinate benefits if you are already covered.
As per the referendum question, all stu
dents who are members of the AMS will be
automatically covered by the health and
dental plan. This includes both undergraduate and graduate students, full-time and
parttime, men and women, those who are
healthy and those who have pre-existing
health conditions; there will be no discrimination.
Launching an initiative like this involves a
lot of work, not just on the part of the AMS
and GSS executives and volunteers who put
the plan together and organised a referendum, but also on the part of the students
who took the time to understand the benefits and options and make an informed
choice. Congratulations and thanks to
Kristen Foster
Pacific Director
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Nov. 1
by Lawrence Chew
If Tim Burton ever bet Danny Elfrnan to
write music for a rock band, but told him
he had to get Rammstein to perform it on
amphetamines, you'd  end  up with  Uz
Jsme Doma. While that description is a
bit hard to comprehend, believe me, it's
not over the top. This Prague-based band
has a distinct style of music that can't
really be put into words. For
their  live  show,   on  the
other hand, I can think of a
few.  Fun,  energetic  and
tight all seem to come to
mind. Oh yeah, and crack-
heads. The music isn't so
much schizophrenic as it
is epileptic.
Doma's instrumentation makes them sound
like a British '80s pop
band with a penchant for
film noir. Yet, somehow
on stage it all comes
together in a glorious
event of pure rock. Their
tenor saxophonist played
quickly, with staccato-
tongued notes, while two
guitarists and a bassist
pumped out a distorted
mix of amazingly written
and arranged songs. All
four of them yelled and
sang, sometimes fright-
eningly deep, sometimes
in falsetto and sometimes like Gregorian
The entire time, I
couldn't understand a
word they were saying,
but it didn't matter,
because it was entertaining. The drummer
sat behind his kit and
managed to play what seemed to be a million beats
per second, using the tips of his fingers instead of his
wrists when hitting his cymbals. In the end, however,
they somehow managed to be as tight as anyone
could imagine.
The best part about the show was that you knew
the crowd was into it. As soon as both (boring) opening bands were done, the barren desert that was the
dance floor turned into a sea of heads erratically bobbing about. The Czech-hippie girl in front of me moved
in as spastic a fashion as the music did, so she
couldn't help but look insane. One guy, in a Czech
National Hockey Team jersey (Hasek, of course),
jumped around with boundless energy in front of the
speakers the entire night. I couldn't blame him. I
entered the Starfish Room confused and tired. Three
hours, fifteen minutes and two encores later, I walked
out a believer.**
Czech band put on
quite the show last
Monday, lawrence
at the Frederic Wood Theatre
until Nov. 13
by Lisa Denton
The November wind and rain may be knocking at the
door and sending people into the annual West Coast
blues, but UBC theatre is shining brightly with its second production of the season, Crimes Of The Heart.
Beth Henley's play takes us to the warmth of
Mississippi during 1974, portraying a family at a
time of crisis who must face the emergence of old
Babe, the youngest sister, has shot her husband and faces the possible fate of prison while
the oldest sister Lenny is a sad, depressed spinster, who at the age of 30 appears at least ten
years older. In the middle, there is tough Meg who
provides most of the comic aspects to this black
comedy, including her loud outfits and her overbearing personality. As the play progresses, a
number of secrets are revealed about each of the
three sisters, including their mother's suicide.
Most of the characters in this play are completely neurotic, which makes this dark comedy
laughable. When Babe is attemping suicide during
a mental "spell," the audience laughs at her
rather feeble try to stick her head in the oven.
When nosy neighbour and cousin Chick Boyle
drops by to criticise the neurotic sisters, she
winds up being chased out of the house by a
crazed Lenny, adding to the strangeness of the
already very odd characters.
All of the actors are to be commended on their
ability to portray atypical southern Americans.
Melissa Poll creates a walking freak show as Lenny,
while Kathleen Corbett's smoking, drinking Meg is
just plain fun. An even more outstanding aspect of
JUST LIKE HOME: A family reunion of neurotics.
this production is the set—the rural kitchen is detailed
right down to the calendar on the fridge and the kitschy
ornaments on the wall. The actors also eat and drink
actual food, including Coca-Cola in glass bottles and a
birthday cake at the end of the play. My only complaint
is that the running time of this production could have
been cut down with the omission of some redundant
scenes that stifled the desired tension and dragged the
story along.
Overall, a humorous script along with some very
solid acting make Crimes Of The Heart a very polished
production. The warm atmosphere and laughter are
sure to keep anybody's mind off of the November blahs,
allowing for a little escape to the heat of the Old
South .♦ ■ page friday—the ubyssey magazine • friday, novemr.
by Franz Metcalf
[Ulysses Press]
[distributed by Raincoast Books]
by Jaime Tong
I was in a quandary the other evening—pizza or Chinese for supper? Luckily, I had a copy of Franz
Metcalfs What Would Buddha Do? on hand. According to Metcalf's entry, "What would Buddha do
when deciding where to go for dinner?" Buddha would say, "whether the food is peasant or
gourmet...love makes the meal to everybody's taste." So my problem was solved, since nobody who
was going for dinner with me was on my hit-list.
I haven't always turned to sacred Buddhist texts for help in my daily life. There was a time when I
would dilly-dally and let fate decide the night's menu. But fate is losing its allure—karma's what counts
these days.
However, leading a more enlightened life isn't easy. Just ask Metcalf, who still doesn't consider himself a Buddhist. "Buddhism and I have just grown closer and closer over the years, so now I call myself
a 'practically Buddhist'."
But wait, isn't that the same as someone who goes to church only when they're feeling guilty? Au
contraire, mon ami. Metcalf explains on the phone from California, "I am almost Buddhist in that
Buddhism is so much a part of my daily life, and yet, I'm not a member of any particular Buddhist tern-
Seething in traffic? Standing in the rain, wondering when that bus or taxi
will ever come? Maybe transcendence lies in a corresponding passsage of Franz
Metcalf's What Would Buddha Do? 101 Answers to Life's Daily
Q) Dilemmas  (which  actually  contains   105
A answers, because....who's counting?)
pie or centre right now; but also 'practically Buddhist' in the
sense that, on a practical level, a daily level, I try to
live my life according to Buddhist principles."
And that's what drew him to writing What Would Buddha Do?
His entries range from "What would Buddha do when stuck waiting for a flight?" and "What would Buddha
do about road rage?" to "What would
Buddha do when making a salad?" or
"What would Buddha do about that coffee habit?"
Metcalf attempts to bring Buddhism
into daily life by "reading" the various
sutras, texts and scriptures through a
more modern eye. This means an
excerpt like this one from a modem
translation of the ancient Buddhist text,
The Record of Linji: "Just be normal,
without trying to act any special way.
Move your bowels, piss, put on your
clothes, eat your food, and lie down
when you're tired" simply means that
"there is no need to pretend you are not
full of shit, both mental and physical," according to the soft-spoken Metcalf.
"Because of my background...! have been able to draw on a very wide variety of Buddhist
texts, from early poly-canon dialogues of the BUClCllM to Tibetan Vajrayana texts, Indian
Mahayana texts, Chinese texts, Japanese texts and all the way up to words of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso." Metcalf's little book (very portable at 5x7 inches) was the result of culling questions and answers from 38 different texts. When working on his book, he sometimes went looking for Buddhist answers to important questions, issues or dilemmas; other times he had a passage in mind already and just
had to find a contemporary question or issue it could refer to.
Even though he's a Buddhist who really isn't, he explains that the guiding principle "was really to include a wide variety of Buddhist traditions, Buddhist wisdom,
and to pick answers that really let the different facets of Buddhist wisdom come
out.... There really is a lot of surprisingly practical wisdom in the Buddhist texts.
They're more current than you might think, considering some of them are over
2,000 years old...."
So, exactly why would a practically-Buddhist write a book about Buddhism?
And for whom is it meant? Metcalf elaborates, "I wanted to have a really balanced, open, non-sectarian book so that open, balanced, non-sectarian people
could draw on it." As someone who teaches comparative religion at California
State University, Metcalf has met many people who are ignorant of different reli
"People have heard of things,
but they don't really understand
how they [the religions] work, or
the values of that religion. Islam is
especially great for that because a
lot of the students come in with
some very distorted ideas about
what Islam is, so it's nice to open
them to a tradition that has a quite
beautiful and rich spiritual
side...but, of course, my favourite
is always Buddhism."
Voicing some very Buddhist
thoughts for someone who doesn't
claim to be one, Metcalf says, "I'm
really hoping that the book helps
its readers become the Buddhas
that they already are, act like the
Buddhas that they already are.
"The interesting thing, I think,
about the way people are practicing spirituality in contemporary
North America, is that a lot of people are trying to be and are spiritual without being religious."
You don't have to be a Buddhist
to read or appreciate Metcalf's
book, but, chances are, if you
weren't striving for Nirvana before
you started reading it, you might
just find yourself asking What
Would Buddha Do? more often.♦
Oct. 30
Grandview Park
by Andy Barham
Hallowe'en is probably my favourite
holiday of the year. When else can
ya dress up like some demented
monster and have no one notice? I
suspect I'm not the only person
who loves this strange, spooky
evening before 2MI ©ointf Sal).
The spirits of the departed,
along with the rest of the gang of
demons, witches, and whatever
else lurks in the dark shadows of
the Christian imagination all come
out and basically do their thing at
Grandview Park, where The Public
Dreams Society launches its
Parade of Lost Souls just before
Hallowe'en. Despite the driving rain
and the lowering November night,
they're all there, waiting patiently to
walk through the dank back alleys
of Lower Commercial Drive—monsters, and witches, and goblins,
and spirits of the night, and who
knows what, parading through the
While I'm waiting for the parade
to begin, a rather ordinary looking
guy walks past me—only he just
happens to have a penis where his
nose should be. The organ dangling
from his face is even circumcised,
and I hate to say this, lads, but his
face is better hung than I am. It is
probably better than anybody I've
ever seen at Wreck Beach, for that
matter. It's amazing what plastic
surgery can do for a bloke these
days. The wonders of science!
There are a lot of other interesting monsters kicking
around the park, but the lighting is
too low for me to get any decent
Fiddling with the camera and trying to get ahead of the parade for
that one great shot means that I
see all the weird things the parade
must pass through—the souls that
died in fear and other ghostly
tableaux scattered along the route,
out of order, and thus out of context. I finally give up on the camera,
and go rejoin the parade.
Public Dreams knows how to put
on one hell of a show. And it's a
show that, without exception, relies
on its own audience to make the
show happen. We're talking about
serious audience participation, and
The Parade of Lost Souls is audience
participation extraordinaire. Even if
you don't come in costume, you can
still participate in the parade. In fact,
the parade itself is merely a forum
for whatever arcane messages
Public Dreams, and its audience,
wants to get across. It could only
happen on Commercial Drive.
The parade, when it finally kicks
off, coagulates at the entrance of the
first alley. Shortly after the parade
begins leaving the park, the dense
mass of lost souls hanging about,
waiting for it to begin, join the
parade. Despite this, the spirits at
the front of the parade are trying to
sweep a clear path through the
throngs. Eventually, everyone manages to pass through the alley. All
along the way, Public Dreams, along
with some of the tenants of the alley
itself, has erected some pretty
impressive Hallowe'en displays.
From one of the houses abutting
the alley, loud rock music blares in
accompaniment to the brass band
and the inevitable drummers that
are so ubiquitous within the confines of youth culture.
The parade route is well-
defined by these displays, as we
leave the alley and meander
towards the playing grounds of
Britannia High School. We pass
another park along the way, filled
with wailing souls who Died in
Fear. Before entering the grounds
of Britannia, we must pass
through the Tunnel of Our
Fears—indeed, fear seems to be a
predominant theme for this event.
But then, it is Hallowe'en after all.
In the playing field, there are
staging areas for performers, and
tents and booths where one can
enter and have an obliging spirit
remove one's doubts. The grass is
a soggy mess—more swamp than
terra firma—and my feet and
ankles are soon covered in mud.
But I no longer mind the rain and
the wet and the cold. Hell! When
did ya last see a horror movie
where it wasn't raining through
most of the film? We even had a
flash of lightning at one point, as
though Public Dreams had somehow conjured up the sky for the
benefit of all us passersby.
I'll be here again next year, rain
or shine. Only this time, I'll be one
of the scary ones.<« irailvember 5, 1999 • page friday—the ubyssey magazine ■
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DIGGING DEEP: UBC men's volleyball team shown hard at practice (above). This year, the
Thunderbirds face the challenge of playing with new game rules in the toughest conference
in Canada, tara westover photo
by Naomi Kim
Dale Ohman is probably the last person who you would expect
to find volleyball boring. After all, he is the head coach of the
UBC men's volleyball team and has been for 23 years now. But
even before last season which included several three and a half
hour matches, Ohman was
ious for change.
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have been screaming thai
leyball is getting boring. I
antsy waiting for somethir
happen," says Ohman.
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addition to the annual turr
of players, the new 1999/S
volleyball season will be
start of a new-rules voile
which will provide what Oh
calls a "definitive two-hour |
age of volleyball." The gam<
ideally be more competi
more exciting, less predict;
and shorter—in other wc
marketable for television.
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game, the most significant
probably be the scoring,
testing three different so
methods, the international
leyball authorities have se
on a five-set rally point sci
system to replace the old
out system.
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tioned the new rally point sci
system at first, but hasn't ft
too many differences so fai
says he now thinks the ch;
is probably better for the ga
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emphasis on each play, v,
makes it more exciting for
players and the fans," :
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agrees enthusiastically. "
the old system, you could
for three hours and get notl
[The new system] rew;
teams' play much fairer."
After a frustrating fourth place Canada West finish last
son, the Birds can certainly use any break that rewards i
play rather than simply a win or loss, or what Ohman ca
"black and white" game. Last season, the Birds' 5-13 re
included four matches longer than three hours and no wins
'99 UBC Sports Hall of Fai
by Naomi Kim
You've probably heard of Akbal Singh. The UBC football running
back finished third in all time CIAU individual records for rushing
in a regular season, in 1998 and 1999. He was there.
But you probably haven't heard of Jeannie Cockcroft. The
UBC high jumper became the most successful female high
jumper in Canadian university history by winning an unmatched
three CIAU championships in 1983,1986, and 1987. She was
there too.
And they were joined by hundreds of other UBC sports figures—current and former athletes and friends—in an elegantly
decorated room of the Hyatt Regency Hotel on October 14. They
were all there to celebrate the athletic achievements of the
past—fellow teammates who helped build the tradition of excellence in sports at UBC.
In the fifth annual Alumni Recognition and Sports Hall of
Fame Dinner, Big Block sweaters were in abundance as were the
smiles, laughter and tears in recognising UBC athletes, builders,
and teams who excelled in their pursuits during their time at
In addition to the nine Alumni Awards given, which included
the current UBC women's volleyball coach Erminia Russo in her
final year as head coach, four inductees were named into the
UBC Sports Hall of Fame.
Jeannie Cockcroft sat bouncing a smiling baby on her lap. The
gentle-looking woman with plain brown hair sat inconspicuously
among the crowd. As I approached her, she stood up to talk,
revealing her lanky 6'1" frame. Cockcroft holds the UBC and
CIAU records, was three-time CIAU national champion, was a
UBC female athlete of the year, and has won gold medals atthe
Canada Games.
"I'm thrilled to get [the recognition]," said Cockcroft, who in
addition to a few more laugh lines, looked just like she did dur
ing her UBC days. While at UBC, she attained a Bachelor of,
and Bachelor of Science degrees. In 1995, she finishe
Master's of Library Sciences.
"I finished competing about two years ago," she said. "
then I had Connor [her son]. So I'm not doing track right r
Next year I'm in masters, so I might be competing in that c
gory.Jt would be fun to aspire to do that." Apologising,
rushed away with her wiggling baby.
Over to the right, making his rounds past several tables,
ing the occasional wave and chatting away was John Haar.
athletic-looking man with white hair was not all that big in s
but he certainly held a large and impressive athletic backgroi
During Haar's time at UBC, he excelled in Thunderbird soc
football, and baseball and was one of the best all-around
letes in UBC's history. In 1968, he led UBC to the Pacific Cc
Soccer Championships, and then applied his punting and soi
skills to football. He was pursued by the BC Lions and Dc
Cowboys and went to the Cowboys camp after baseball sea;
However, the whole time, Haar admitted that his "heart wa
being a major league baseball player." So he decided not to
low through with football and chose to finish his degree and
"Somehow or another I made it through the sports at
made it through school, maybe a little of a miracle," he admit
Haar eventually went on to coach for Canada's National Base
Institute for 14 years.
As someone who certainly used his time at UBC to a it
mum, his advice for others was simple.
"You want to make sure you keep things in perspective—i
you're using your athletic skills to get you a high quality edi
tion. The education will stand you in good stead for a lot lor
than the athletics, and you do control how you do in the edi
tion part. But with sports and that, as much as we'd all liki
be Olympians and play professional sports, some of those c e times are a-changing
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With the University of Saskatchewan, the University of
Alberta, and the University of Calgary—respective first, third and
fourth-place finishers in last year's CIAUs—and the new addition
of Trinity Western University to the Canada West, there is no
question that the Birds are in the toughest conference in the
"It's frustrating when you defeat every other team in CIAU
[except for in the Canada West]...we just
have to find a way to get out of our conference and to nationals," says Ohman.
UBC's challenge will not be any easier
this year with Calgary, Saskatchewan, and
Alberta already ranked third, fifth, and
sixth respectively in the current CIAU rankings.
As well, the Birds have lost some key
players from last season: second team All-
Canadian outside hitter Sean Wames, and
two starting middle blockers—Derek
Schroeder, and two-time CIAU All-
Canadian, TSN Award winner, and UBC
graduating male athlete of the year Mike
Dalziel. Although Dalziel's CIAU leading
service aces and Canada West leading
kills will be missed on the team, his presence from the Birds will not completely be
gone. He will be behind the bench this
year as an assistant coach along with Pat
Hennelly and Jude Popp.
Players returning this season are fifth-
year powers Orchard and Guy Davis, both
co-captains this year. Orchard, seventh in
digs in the Canada West last season, and
Davis, fourth in service aces, will be looked
upon for leadership on and off the court.
However, Davis is suffering from a stomach/abdominal strain that could see him
out anywhere from a few weeks to the whole season.
Other returning players include powers Cam Secret and Greg
Poitras, both in their fourth year, and 67", second-year middles
Ryan Cawsey and Tyler Manning.
" Last year we had so many talented players on the team, but
for some reason, we didn't end up clicking as a team," says
Orchard. "And I think that's sort of our strong point for this year.
We may not have as deep a talent pool, but as a team, we're
quite a bit stronger, a lot closer team."
New but experienced players include fourth-year middles Ken
Kilpatrick, 6'4", and Brian Boles, 6'5". Both formerly played for
Douglas College and will bring their experience and skill to the
"For the past
ten years, i
have been screaming that VOLLEYBALL IS GETTING
antsy waiting for
something to
—Dale Ohman
Thunderbirds this year. Boles joined the Birds midway through
last season, but will play his first complete season this year.
Other rookies include 6'8" middle Brooke Day from the Alberta
provincial team.
And with right-side Chad Grimm, the Birds are looking to fill
the spot left by Sean Warnes. Grimm was at UBC last year, but
was out due to an injured shoulder. Now he is back and ready
for action and will be one of the most exciting rookies.
"[Grimm] is blessed with tremendous
vertical, and his spike touch is 360cm...He
will leave his mark in the CIAU," says
Ohman about the 6'5" rookie.
"The strength of our team will be the
university experience in...skill positions—
people in service reception and outside hitting...This is a strong group and it's the
best team feeling we've had in many
years," says Ohman.
And the Birds had a chance to test
themselves last weekend in their first regular season outing in Calgary. UBC were up
against some tough competition from
Calgary, a team which Ohman suspects is
the "best team in the country" this year.
The Birds lost both games.
"It's important to be able to face adversity as a team, and we've bonded with
adversity already," says Ohman.
While the game of volleyball has picked
up the pace with the new rules, the UBC
volleyball teams themselves have never
been lacking.
"The neat thing is you think you've seen
it all...and then you see something different as a coach," says Ohman, who's entering his 23rd year of coaching at UBC.
"We're experiencing a lot of new things this
year, with a new mix of players. There's
never a dull moment,"
And with a new season, a fairly new team, and new rules,
this new men's volleyball year should provide plenty of excitement for Ohman, the players, and definitely the fans.
The Birds' first test at home will be this weekend against
Trinity Western. UBC will be battling for every point each weekend as they try to crack into the top three in the Canada West
to qualify for the playoffs.
Both UBC and TWU will be looking for their first win of the
season to improve on their current 0-2 records. They play at War
Memorial Gym on Friday, November 5 at 8pm and Saturday,
November 6 at 6:15pm.♦
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care of that, and the athletics part will take care of itself."
Walking around in a Big Block sweater procession was
Mike Smith, a tall man with thin white hair and big square
glasses, and a cast on his left arm. Smith was number
seven of the 1954/55 Eight Oared Crew which started an
unprecedented tradition of excellence of rowing at UBC.
As an old film of the 1954 British Empire Games trial
from the National Film Board flashed on the screen, cries of
joy erupted and tears of remembrance flowed from Moira
Block, Mike Smith's sister who was in attendance as a small
child at that regatta. Cheers followed as the small-town
Canadian boys shocked the world by finishing two and a half
lengths ahead of the heavily favoured English crew. The UBC
team representing Canada then went on to the 1955 Henley
Regatta and finished ahead of Russia, the defending world
champions. Block and her husband came from California
just for this moment of recognition and she led in the standing ovation for her brother and the rest of the crew.
Smith simply beamed with pride, his glasses shielding
his wet pale blue eyes.
"It truly is a great honour and we've had other awards
given to us, but certainly, to be recognised by your own university in such a magnificent fashion, is really, truly a great
honour," said Smith. He has only rowed once in the 45 years
since he left UBC.
The night was also a reunion for the crew; many hadn't
seen each other since their time at UBC.
"Those [rowing] days are obviously behind me. And sure,
we look back at all the wonderful events that did happen to
us. That was a marvellous experience. I think we all think
that it, in many ways, started our lives.
"And I'm still active," he said with a wink as he gestured
towards his arm, which he broke playing tennis a few weeks
The final inductee was UBC
football, baseball, and golf coach
Frank Gnup, who passed away of
a heart attack in 1976 at the
age of 59. His award was
received by former UBC and professional football player Don
Vassos. Gnup was remembered
by his players and many others
as a man who brought respect to
the UBC football program.
"Frank—he didn't care about
wins or losses, he cared about
people," said one of his players
in the video.
"[Gnup] played a very large
part in a lot of people's lives in
that room. Certainly, in the athletic circles," said Vassos. "But
it was much more than his contribution as a coach or anything.
He actually changed the lives of
a lot of young people that I
know...And he was there to give
us the proper direction."
As a coach, as a person, and
as an intellectual man who also
happened to be an authority on
opera and ballet among other things, Gnup's contribution to
UBC was acknowledged through a touching video and from
fond memories of those present.
Russo, Cockcroft, Haar, Smith, Singh, a crop of current
varsity volleyball players and rowers, and numerous other
BIG BLOCK BROTHERS relive fond memories and celebrate UBC alumni and athletic
achievements in a classy evening. Present and past athletes mingled at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel to honour the UBC Sport Hall of Fame inductees, jenn neilson photo
athletes and coaches—the room was filled with the past,
present and future of UBC sports. Their accomplishments
may or may not be written in the record books, but for some
there's still time. And hopefully, 40 years down the road,
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Holocaust Awareness Week
Sunday, November 7th
A ceremony to commemorate the "night of broken glass" where
thousands of Jewish homes and businesses were destroyed.
Professor Richard Weisberg, Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law, speaks on:
Legalized Looting: The Victimization of Jews by Vichy France and Today's Efforts to Right That Wrong
7:30 PM, Beth Israel Synagogue, 4350 Oak Street
Monday, November 8th
Face to Face
Moderator: Marilyn Berger, Associate Director of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region
A Dialogue to Discuss Hate Propaganda and Racially Motivated Crimes
12:30 PM, SUB Art Gallery, UBC
Tuesday, November 9th
Kindling the Light: Moving in the Shadows
Featuring the art of Linda Dayan Frimer and the poetry of Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
Frimer descends into the darkest periods of Jewish history and personal identity in a yearning to move
the shadows of intolerance, prejudice and victimization toivards the light of redemption.
11:30 AM, SUB Art Gallery, UBC
Tuesday, November 9th
Auschwitz - Mauthausen - Melk - Ebense
Retired business man, David Ehrlich, a survivor of these death camps will talk about his experiences.
Question & Answer Period to follmu
1:30 PM, SUB Art Gallery, UBC
Wednesday, November 10th
Barbed Wire & Butterflies
The Hillel Writing Group presents Poetry of the Holocaust
12:30 PM, SUB Art Gallery, UBC
Please visit the Holocaust Awareness Week display in the SUB Concourse and Art Gallery, November 8-12.
Ali programs ate free of charge and all are welcome to attend. For mote information, please contact Vancouver Hillel @ 224-4748.
You are invited to meet authors
Brian Herbert and
Kevin J. Anderson
as they read from and sign copies of their new book
Dune: House Atreides
Monday, November 8th
at 7:30 p.m.
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ALL ABOARD: Mandatory bus passes may be on the way for UBC students. TARA WESTOVER/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO
by Emil Burdett
Students will head to the polls in
an upcoming referendum to vote
on whether they will have to pay for
a mandatory bus pass, organisers
announced at a public seminar last
If the plan is approved, both
undergraduate and
graduate students
will pay an approximate cost of $100
per term ($25 per
month) for a U-Pass
card valid in all three
transit zones in the
Lower Mainland.
Negotiations are currently underway
between UBC and
TransLink to determine the specifics of
the deal.
According to UBC
Director of Transportation Planning Gord
Lovegrove, a preliminary agreement will
be reached in the
next several weeks.
"The hardest part
is the transit part.
It's the most complicated, it's the most
costly and it's the
most risky because
you want to make
sure the buses are
in the right places if
you're paying big bucks for buses,"
he said.
Translink officials agree. At a U-
Pass seminar held last Saturday at
UBC, Jan Pezarro, TransLink' vice-
president of customer service and
marketing, expressed concerns
about the plan's reliance on
"If I have a little quibble with
the U-Pass program...it's overly
reliant on buses," said Pezarro.
But according to Lovegrove, the
U-Trek program is also trying to
accommodate students who don't
use transit.
"[Some students] want the flexibility to vanpool, carpool, or ride a
bike, or walk, or just stay at
home," he said.
Under the cost of the U-Pass
card, vanpools of eight or more
"The hardest part
is the transit part.
It's the most
complicated, it's
the most costly
and it's the most
risky because you
want to make
sure the buses
are in the right
places if you're
paying big bucks
for buses."
-Gord Lovegrove
director of
Planning, UBC
students will receive parking in
campus parkades, while students
who carpool will have priority in
preferential parking locations on
For cyclists, the $25 monthly
charge will go toward paying for
bicycle racks. And a planned agreement with UBC Athletics will provide  change  rooms,
lockers, showers and
secure  bike  parking
for    students    who
choose   to   ride   to
Lovegrove has
also budgeted for a
shuttle system of
pedi-cabs, electric
and natural gas
vans, and public bicycles.
Meanwhile, Scott
Rutherford, professor of civil engineering at the University
of Washington, said
at the seminar that
raising parking rates
is necessary to dissuade students from
driving alone to campus.
Alma Mater Society
Coordinator of External
Affairs  Nathan  Allen
believes    that    few
students     will     be
adversely affected by
the program.
"The only people whom this program will hit hard are students who
refuse to drive with other people,"
he said.
Allen's chief concern is whether
there will be enough new buses to
meet the increased demand.
"If we pay for [the U-Pass] and
then they're not putting in more
buses, then it's useless," commented Allen.
A referendum is tentatively
scheduled for January, but Allen
said it might be as late as March.
The U-Pass is designed to meet
UBC's objective of reducing single-
occupancy vehicle traffic to campus by 20 per cent. This goal is
outlined in UBC's Official
Community Plan, which governs all
development on campus and the
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RCMP investigates vandalism at forest research site
by Nicholas Bradley
Police are keeping their options open even after an environmental activist group claimed responsibility for the destruction of hundreds of seedlings at a research station on the south end of
Last Wednesday, seedlings at the research facility for the
Silvagen company were destroyed. Initial estimates suggested
that 500 trees were damaged, but Dave Goold, chief financial
officer of BC Research, Silvagen's parent company, said that the
actual number may in fact be three times as high.
A similar incident occurred near Victoria, where approximately 3000 trees were destroyed or damaged at Western Forest
Products (WFP)'s seed orchard in Saanich on Hallowe'en night.
WFP estimates the cost of the damage at $250,000.
In response to the vandalism, WFP has offered a $25,000
reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.
Two days ago, in a media release circulated by local activist
David Barbarash, a group called Reclaim the Genes announced
that it was responsible for the vandalism at UBC. A different
group, the Genetix Goblins, claimed responsibility for the Victoria
Police in Vancouver and Victoria are working together to investigate the matter.
"We have been pursuing a variety of different avenues with
respect to this investigation, and this particular individual
[Barbarash] who is alleging to be a spokesman on behalf of sort
of two splinter groups," said Staff Sergeant Lloyd Plante of
UBC's RCMP detachment.
But Plante said the RCMP is still looking into the possibility
that the damage was caused by an angry employee or if it was
a random act of property damage.
The two activist groups were apparently trying to destroy
genetically-altered trees, which is believed to be
the first such case in Canada.
However, Silvagen. President, Ben Sutton,
says that the attack may have been misguided.
"What they've in fact targeted is regular tree
selection and breeding for reforestation and it
appears to me that they're against that as
well...because they say it changes the forest.
Well, what changes the forest is cutting it down
in the first place, not the kind of selection as is
commonly used in forestry breeding, which...is
fundamentally different from what is done in
agricultural crops."
Sally Aitken, assistant professor of forest
science at UBC, agrees.
"I think that people have been shocked to
find out that this group seems to be motivated
by anti-genetic engineering sentiments, but the
trees that were cut down weren't genetically
"Their actions don't make sense in terms of
their own principles," she said.
Silvagen's research was- being conducted
primarily for the BC Ministry of Forests, and
involved physiological assessments of the
trees' resistance to stress, such as tolerance
to drought and freezing.
Meanwhile, Sutton hopes that Silvagen can
replace the seedlings and return to work.
"Our hope is we're in fact able to replace the
seedlings that were lost with ones of the same sources
think we may be able to do that."
He noted, however, that the company would still incur a loss
because of lost work and the time it will take to restart the
ONE OF THOUSANDS: Damaged trees at UBC and near Victoria cost researchers
time and money. Activists have claimed responsibility, tara westover photo
research. The estimated cost to both Silvagen and BC Research
was around $300,000, but Sutton said the exact figure could be
slightly lower.
Neither Plante nor Sutton had previously heard of either
activist group.**
UBC-Telus deal a monopoly, says graduate student
by Stanley Tramp
A UBC Forestry graduate student is complaining to the
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) about a deal that would make Telus the
primary data network supplier on campus.
Geza Vamos wants the CRTC to rule whether the arrangement would constitute an illegal monopoly under federal telephone regulations.
In August 1996, UBC and Telus—which recently bought out
BC Tel—announced an agreement-in-principle for a ten-year
sealed marketing contract. Under the deal, Telus would be
UBC's principal data electronic supplier. Although the fee has
not been made public, UBC is expected to earn over $1 million
per year. Negotiations to shape a final contract, which requires
the approval of UBC's Board of Governors, are ongoing.
But Jim Tom, director of Information Technology (IT) at
UBC, said that the Telus deal will not likely create a pure
"Students would have the right to choose [a service
provider], since in residence they're acting as private citizens,
but we would encourage them to use Telus," he said.
However,  UBC's other phone lines, such as those in
it's still coming
nothing can stop it now
bring a mug
offices, labs, and libraries, would be exclusively Telus.
In 1997, the CRTC ordered local phone markets open to
competition, and allowed companies that installed the phone
lines to charge a fee to a rival company that uses the lines.
Another graduate student, Brian Sieben, filed a complaint
with the CRTC about UBC's phone service.
In November 1995 he complained about the "dreadful" service provided by ResTel, established by UBC to provide phone service to Thunderbird residents after BC Tel refused to do so.
ResTel manages phone service for roughly 1000 of UBC's residence lines, with the remaining 6500 handled by Telus.
He complained that in addition to costing more than Telus,
ResTel doesn't let users make collect calls or reach an operator. Sieben added that users often can't dial local Vancouver
numbers or receive calls because all circuits are busy.
Tom defended ResTel affirming that "there wasn't much of
a problem in 1995, and any problems we might have we've
since resolved."
The Telecommunications Workers Union wrote to the BC
Advanced Education Minister in 1996 to support Sieben's
complaint against the ResTel monopoly. UBC's Alma Mater
Society also complained to the CRTC.
In 1995, CRTC Legal Counsel Allan Rosenzveig ques
tioned the deal's validity.
"I'm not even sure that the arrangement [UBC] has for its
local service is okay," he told the Ubyssey.
But according to Tom, UBC doesn't need the CRTC's permission.
"The CRTC classifies UBC as private property, so the CRTC
has no jurisdiction over us," he said.
Vamos said he will cite precedents set at Brock and McGill
universities. In those cases, the universities imposed exclusive phone networks on residents and ordered Bell Canada to
pull out its cables.
Bell complained and in 1996, CRTC Secretary-General
Allan Darling ruled in favour of competition, stating that students "should not be required to obtain their telecommunications services from the university."
The CRTC subsequently ordered the universities to open
up the markets again.
But Tom said the situations are different here, because ResTel
was created only because Telus refused to provide service.
Residents must pay ResTel $10 per month if they want to
use another local supplier because, he said, UBC wants to
recover costs spent on infrastructure.
The CRTC has yet to rule on ResTel.*
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Giving back what they've taken away
Election time must be coming soon. Paul Martin obviously thinks
so. He's giving voters a choice between tax cuts and increased
social spending—must be a nice position to be in. He seems pretty pleased with himself these days—and maybe he should be. The
Liberals have done a lot with their time in office.
A lot. Since 1993, they've cut $7 billion from post-secondary education. The percentage of the gross domestic product dedicated to post-secondary education, health, and welfare has decreased steadily throughout the decade. In the last
fiscal year, the Liberal government cut $2.5 billion from social
And that's not all. Six billion dollars have been cut in transfer payments to the provinces. The payments haven't been
this low since 1949. Program spending has steadily declined
over the past six fiscal years, even as revenue has steadily
There's more. Tuition fees for students have increased by
45 per cent since 1993, and the average student debt load for
a four-year undergraduate degree is now $25,000.
That's quite a track record. And the Liberals still have up to
two years left in office before the next election.
Paul Martin neglected to mention these accomplishments
when he announced this week that the feds have accumulated a surplus of $95.5 billion.
He neglected to mention that this surplus has come at the
expense of social programs. He didn't mention that this isn't
a true surplus at all. All he has done is shuffle the numbers
around. It's not like he's found the money under a rock or anything—that we'd be impressed with.
That $95.5 billion is money that the government took away
from social spending. Now, the government is proposing to
spend half the money on social programs and half on tax cuts
and the national debt.
This "choice" Martin is presenting is really no choice at all. Any
spending he plans will only replace the cuts he's already made.
Hey, you say, tax cuts will help me. I pay taxes, I'd like to
pay less. Well, the sad fact is that unless you make a decent
amount of money—compared to what most students make
now—tax cuts aren't going to help you enough to make a difference. And if you make no money, tax cuts won't help you at
all. The government has already hurt those in need—students, the unemployed, the sick. And tax cuts only make the
problem worse.
If the government had found the money somewhere—in the
gutter, in its wallet, under Conrad Black's couch cushions—
we'd be happy to see taxes cut. If this was free money, well
then cut away. But this is not free money—far from it. And
when the tax cuts come at the expense of social programs,
and at the expense of those who really need the money, then
there is no justification for these cuts. So when the election is
called, think twice about where this money came from.»>
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Close your eyes and try to find your inner Malkovich
opens today
by Duncan M. McHugh
"I have seen things no man should ever have
to see."
Thus spoke John Malkovich, playing John
Malkovich, in the new film Being John
Malkovich. The film concerns the discovery of
a portal that allows one into John Malkovich's
head for 15 minutes before being spit out into
a ditch next to the New Jersey Turnpike. This is
the ditch in which John Malkovich stands as he
announces his unfortunate discovery.
Fifteen minutes earlier, he had entered the
portal into his own brain, segueing one of the
most absurd and funny scenes in recent cinematic memory. But then, Being John Malkovich
is rife with bizarre and wonderful moments,
making it, jf nothing else, a most original and
refreshing movie.
The story centres around a puppeteer,
Craig Schwartz (John Cusack), who, unable to
sustain a livelihood in his underappreciated
medium, is forced to take a job as a filing
clerk. Here, in his "low-overhead," five-foot
high office (the seventh-and-a-half floor), he
meets Maxine (Catherine Keener), a broad
who has him tongue-tied. This despite the
fact that Craig is married to Lotte (a very
homely Cameron Diaz), a pet store cashier
who brings her job home with her.
It's difficult to delve too deeply into the
story without sacrificing the enjoyment of future
viewers. Rest assured, things do not unfold
conventionally. Entrepreneurship, a love triangle, jealousy and Charlie Sheen all figure in the
resolution of the story. Chimp flashbacks, an
action sequence through John Malkovich's subconscious and the key to eternal life are all
The joy of this film comes from its originality. Credit must go to first-time feature film director Spike Jonze (a demi-god of the music video
world) who manages to keep the proceedings
from getting too ludicrous. Kudos to the actors
as well (especially the very brave John
Malkovich), as they ensure that, even during its
lesser moments, Being John Malkovich is a
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Ship of fools
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somewhat comforting—as it was
two in the afternoon—but the
buffet was also mostly deserted.
No time for eating and drinking; it
was slots of fun, and low stakes
blackjack, for this crowd. Gone
were the evening gowns and
tuxedos, gone even were the
fezzes. These people, like me,
were not about to change out of
their jeans just for this.
The boat wasn't even going to
sail that day. "We're hoping to get
it out in the next few days," said
the security guard at the entrance
ramp, but he declined to explain
why. Perhaps only rich people
need the glorious scenery of the
banks of the Fraser. Certainly no
one in the crowd that day would
have bothered going outside onto
the blustery deck, or looking out
the windows for that matter. They
weren't even smiling. They were
there to gamble.
Despite the fact that this
crowd was not as well turned out
as the wealthy opening-night
bunch, the BC study and a Gallup
Poll study in the US have not
found any statistically significant
link between problem gambling
and low income or lack of
education. Apparently, if you're a
problem gambler, you gamble all
you've got, it doesn't matter if it's
five hundred thousand or your last
five bucks.
After losing twenty bucks during
my last visit, I decided to stick to
the free learn-to-play blackjack
table this time. Sitting there, I felt
nostalgia for the glamorous
fantasy world I had visited two
days before. And I realised that
Don Mann's dream of "a formal
atmosphere" was not coming true.
I think it was when the elderly man
across from me pulled his
dentures out of his mouth with a
squelching sound and put them in
his pocket. Jackpot! ♦
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