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Pharmacare cuts
by Gary Magee
An unexpectedly large turnout of
over 400 people gathered at
Burnaby's Hilton-Metrotown Hotel
on Sunday night to protest impending cuts to BC's Pharmacare
The discussion, sponsored and
organised by the BC Federation of
Labour and the BC Health Coalition,
was held in response to a letter distributed by the provincial government The letter requested input on
changes to Pharmacare, a provin-
cially funded program which covers
the cost/jf prescription drugs for
seniors, people on welfare, families
with high drug costs, long-term care
patients and HIV/AIDS patients.
Sunday's event focused on a perceived lack of consultation between
the government and many health
groups who didn't receive the letter
until a week before the September
30 deadline for input People present at the rally signed a petition asking the government to extend the
consultation deadline to March 31,
2002, and to increase, rather than
cut, funding for the Pharmacare
Margaret MacGregor, a family
physician in Vancouver, discussed
what eliminating the Pharmacare
program would cost the province's
health care system.
"If a person [couldn't] afford to
pay to buy her medication, and I was
her doctor, I'd have to put her in
hospital in order to get her treated
in a timely and appropriate manner," MacGregor said. "The cost of
one day in hospital at a place like
[Vancouver General Hospital] is
about $ 12,000. At the other end, if I
admit her to hospital, treat her, and
she's now stable and ready to go
home, but if she can't pay for her
course of medication as an outpatient I have to keep her in hospital
longer— again a huge and unnecessary cost to the system."
UBC economics professor Bob
Evans said that he did not believe
cutting Pharmacare would save
money for BC citizens, and said that
eliminating the program would simply shift the costs from taxpayers to
the sick.
Evans also told the crowd that
because the government determines the lowest cost for a particular medication, BC currently has the
lowest per capita drug costs in the
country—20 per cent below the
national average—despite having
the highest percentage of citizens
over the age of 65.
Joy McPhail, leader of the provincial NDP party, also spoke in
defence of Pharmacare, and criticised the government for its tax cuts,
offered before programs such as the
prescription drug plan were cut
"This program was brought in
because seniors were having to
choose between food and medication; poor people were having to
choose between food and medication," she said. "The tax cuts that
[Premier] Gordon Campbell gave to
the corporations and the wealthy is
worth about...double the cost of the
entire Pharmacare program."
In the provincial government's
open cabinet meeting yesterday.
Minister of Health Services Colin
Hansen said that while the recent
budget had added $45 million to
Pharmacare, the program is still
short $46 million. He said that in
BC, 56 per cent of all prescription
drug costs are paid for by the
Ministry of Health Services, compared to the national Canadian average of 43 percent
"BC is clearly not in line with
what other provinces are doing," he
Hansen emphasised that any
changes made to the program would
be done in a way that minimised the
impact on those who use it
"I want to stress one thing: this is
not about cuts," he said. "This is
about how we bring the Pharmacare
budget in, on budget, this year and
how we can contain the rate at
which costs rise in years to come." ♦
Axworthy receives
Gandhi award
by Raj Endra Mathur
Lloyd Axworthy, former Canadian
minister of foreign affairs and current director of UBC's Liu Centre for
the Study of Global Issues, was honoured on Tuesday as the recipient of
this year's India Club Thakore
Foundation Award.
The Thakore Visiting Scholar
Award, co-sponsored by SFU's
Institute for the Humanities, the
Thakore Foundation and the India
Club, honours individuals who display creativity, commitment and concern for truth, justice and non-violence—characteristics that Gandhi valued. The ceremony was held on
Tuesday, the birthday of Mahatma
Gandhi, at SFU's Images Theatre.
Axworthy was honoured for his
role in the creation of the Canadian
Centre for Foreign Policy
Development which encourages citizen participation in peace-related
issues. His initiative for the Land
Mines Treaty, which has now been
signed by 140 countries and has seen
$500 million donated for the removal
of land mines, was also mentioned.
In his acceptance speech,
Axworthy spoke about the disastrous
effects of war and urged the elimination of nuclear weapons on both
moral and legal grounds.
Axworthy also spoke about disarmament nuclear security, the impact
of threats of violence on society,
humanitarian intervention in conflicts, and the protection of women
and children.
"Canada, as well as other countries of the world, must take decisive
steps to prevent the re-occurrence of
[terrorist attacks] through peaceful
ways, in order that people in this
world could live with freedom from
fear," he said.
While Axworthy was honoured
mostly for his work while minister of
foreign affairs, Don Grayston, director of the SFU's Institute for the
Humanities, said that Axworthy's contributions at UBC also made him a
good candidate.
"Mr Axworthy's commitment to
the issues concerning peace and
human security through UBCs Liu
Centre for the Study of the Global
Issues has made him a worthy award
recipient* he said. "Like Gandhi himself, Mr Axworthy has made a life
commitment to the greater good of
the planet" ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. October 5.20011
Professor Thobani supported by UBC
UBC community says that principles of democracy must be upheld
        by Ai Lin Choo
An .outspoken critique of American foreign
policy by UBC women's studies professor
Sunera Thobani has caused a nation-wide
furor, raising questions about the limits of
free speech in Canada, but eliciting support
from UBC students and faculty.
Tineke Hellwig, chair of UBC's women
studies program, said that while faculty members do not necessarily agree with Thobani's
statements, the department fully supports the
professor. She said that in cases like this, principles of academic freedom and freedom of
speech must be upheld, and added that it was
essential that people read and understand
Thobani's remarks in the full context of her
"UBC students are intelligent and bright,
and what any person hears should be critiqued and discussed," Hellwig said. 'It's
essential that people see different sides to an
At Monday's Women's Resistance
Conference in Ottawa, Thobani said that US
foreign policy is "soaked in blood." She spoke
out against violent US retaliation to the
September 11 terrorist attacks and said that
not enough attention was being placed on the
the suffering that US aggression had inflicted
in places like Iraq.
"There can be no women's emancipation—
in fact no liberation of any kind for women
will be sucessful unless it seeks to transform
the fundamental divide between the North
and South, between Third World people and
those in the West who Eire now calling themselves Americans," Thobani said.
While many have called Thobani's remarks
"anti-American," "hateful" and "disgraceful,"
several UBC students disagreed with these
"She's being demonised because she's a
woman, and of colour, and a strong woman of
colour," said Emily Elder, a second-year Arts
student "Does she have the right to speak out?
Of course she had the right to speak out She's
a politician, she's a woman, she's a person,
she's a citizen of this country and every citizen
of this countiy has a right to speak. I'm so
proud that someone stood up there—and with
the anger that all of us are feeling—and said
what needed to be said."
Elder said that she was surprised by the
negative attention Thobani's remarks have
received and that she felt a lot of what Thobani
said had already been said before.
'I don't think she sounds hateful. I think
she's just voicing another point of view and I
think it's great that she has a voice," said Jen
Shaw, a third-year women's studies student "I
think this has a lot to do with the fact that she's
female and of colour. That's why they're
attacking her, and that's why she got
Shaw expressed concerns that the public
might pressure the government to reduce
funding to women's groups in response to
Thobani's statements, since the Women's
Resistance Conference was partially sponsored by the government
The federal government provided $80,000
towards the conference, $45,000 of which
came from the office of Hedy Fry, minister of
In a statement issued to the public, Vice-
President Academic and Provost
Barry McBride said that not only is it
Thobani's right to speak her mind,
but that her remarks are a "cornerstone of university culture."
"This is the stuff of democracy, a
core value that our society seeks to
protect in its struggle against terrorism," he wrote.
Both Elder and Shaw said that
they hoped that UBC would say more
about the issue and take a stronger        McBRIDE
"I think UBC should stand right behind
her," said Shaw. "I think what they've said, just
to say that they're standing for free speech,
that's good, but if I were in charge, I'd be saying a lot more to support her."
But while students and faculty seem to
agree that Thobani had every right to speak
her mind, some have voiced concern over the
timing and content of her speech.
Michelle Miller, a UBC graduate student
from the United States, said that Thobani's
statement that the US is more of a threat than
terrorism was "absurd."
"I can understand where some of her anger
and rage is coming from, but I think it's an
ignorant and uninformed opinion," she said.
"But I don't think she should not have spoken
out I think at this time, we need prophetic
Alma Mater Society (AMS) President Erfan
Kazemi said that he felt the timing of
Thobani's speech was "inappropriate," but that post-seconda^ institutions were places where opinions
should be voiced and debated.
'I think the main thing is that
we're in a society where our democracy is tested by what people say,"
Kazemi said.
Thobani has refused to comment
since   her   speech   on   Monday.
According to Hellwig, the department
of women's studies supports her decision to keep a low profile.
"The terrorist attacks were terrible and I
know that Thobani fully agrees with that so
one has to examine, investigate and be open to
these issues," said Hellwig.
Faculty members are being asked to sign
a letter in support of Thobani. The letter is
currently circulating and is expected
to return to the department of women's
studies today. ♦
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by Sarah MacNeiil Morrison    ,\Ima Mater Society's (AMS) counselling   service,   stood   nearby.
It was a bt-aiitiM day for a cnnlro-
wrisidl anti abortion display.
Past appearances of Ow
Genocide A*.\-ju-eness r reject {OAF}
ha\a bivii U'"i=c atfai/s. But when
L'BC's p,-olife sb'Jtf-il club, Lifeline,
brought the display—which 'ises
graphic images ih.>t oqtK-le abortion
wilh dels of gi-nocije, including the
Holoivust—Lo t««cipus ;,os!erd\v,
tho rii«>d lor nvmy in\o!\c;d -vas
'b-isiness aS usu»l.'
Students For Choice (SFC) ?ro-
•I'l-lcrs held la.-tjc bi-n.-if-rs se\f.ral
feel in front of tl_» .'i-'pl-jv, end sev-
i-r-'l'. riiu'rWy p'tu'ol {.•.'Titers stood
ifiiirJ, but tension .vr-r>iod lew.
"Wi.' h;»\c:i'th-'d -".y problems
today," so'A IV.i (.i-'ivtou, i,onniu-
r.ily relations c/icer for Cairpi.s
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Mt::!'irs of Sposkeusy,  the
ready to offer hplp to _ny>rx._ Jis-
Lurb.'d by 'he display. AMS
President Erfan Kaztmi said die
university bad inibrzned die AMS
ih'U Lifeline would be hul'hng
ano'Jier GAP display, and added
that he had informed AMS councillors and ^ei vices.
Kristen Gilberts, co-chair of
SFC, said J>ul '.he pro-ihoico group
conlii'jed Lo pro'.iijL '.his display
because -io one eko was doing so.
"Wo Shirk sronebody should be
warning students about d'is .notorial being on ca:7'pus. Sin( e -he
■jriversiiy adminisLratLon Isn't taking rof-po.'isibi'.iiy in doing Jiit, v:s
feel res.j>'',-n.-!i'.i'e f-ir '2o;Tg ih&t"
she ssid.
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dentof Life'iri'-', «:iid that -Ji«* group
is p?=-n::-T;grf-"!"r ■'•'.-~\=\s ef CAP
-.his year.
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GulberLs said that SFC would be
'.here 'awry Lime"
This is the Jiird jear that
Lifeline has brought GAP-organ-
is'jd by the Cal.fornh-bj&od Centre
for Bio ethical Reform—to caripas.
Past display's have bparked heated
debates o:i the limits of freedom of
Although many students st'J
found the imi'gos cislurbing, GAP's
t-'Tecuver.oss was questioned.
"I think peoj'Ie are. already
aware of die issues, and sh^".\ing
graphic jii( '.ure^, s;ac .t'il create s-n
impact but _uo of clisg-jst, not of
updi-rsta.idji.'fij where »h-iy're
coni'ng from," raid 'J-ird-j.'ear Arts
st-)dent Lyr.d H'irJrJer.
First u';.r Siicnce btaJe'.l
Lindsay Flumerfelt was Impressed
-.vi'Jh 'he calmness between the two
"I think it's wonderful. It
enbu.lies the university spirit
ji=it because it's...opinions, but
■.•--lie's no fights," she said. 'I like
it, berause nobody's forcing their
opinion on you." ♦
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
A provincial government statement
announcing that budgets for ministries dealing with health and education will be frozen has left many people wondering about the future of
post-secondary education in BC.
At the Liberal government's open
cabinet meeting Wednesday, Finance
Minister Gary Collins said that to balance the province's budget the government will freeze spending on
health care and education, while all
Other ministries will face cuts of up to
35 percent
Although the Liberals' New Era
election platform promised to protect
health and education funding, and
"increase research funding for colleges, universities and institutes,"
Collins said that a hold on spending is
necessary, as the province is not
expecting an increase in revenue for
the next three years.
"One of the promises the Liberal
government made was not to cut
spending for education and health
care," said UBC Alma Mater Society
President Erfan Kazemi. "However,
by freezing the budget, they don't
account for inflation and other costs,
so that—in essence—is a cut"
Jenny Kwan, NDP MLA for
Vancouver-Mt Pleasant, also accused
the government of breaking its election promises. She said that she felt
the Liberals were jeopardising
advances made by the previous NDP
government such as the six-year
tuition freeze, providing additional
spaces in universities and colleges for
students and focusing on increased
accessibility to education.
Both Kwan and Anita Zaenker, the
BC National Executive of the
Canadian Federation of Students, criticised the government for making
this announcement after a $1.5 billion tax cut
"You can't offer a dramatic tax cut
to both individuals and to corporations and not expect there to be a
decrease in government revenue to
spend on priorities that British
Columbians have  outlined, which
include health and education," said
But in his presentation to cabinet
on Wednesday, Collins said that the
tax cuts were necessary to improve
BC's economy.
"There are two sides to this equation. Yes, we've got to get our spending under control...but the other side
of it is we've got to get British
Columbia's economy going again.
We've got to be competitive," he said.
Meanwhile, Kazemi is worried
about what the education freeze will
mean for UBC students.
"It will impact students...There is
always a traditional increase in the
education budget so we're looking at
a difBcult time, especially with the
amount of students who have come
in," he said. UBC accepted 1500 students beyond its target enrolment this
year due to an administrative error.
But Barry McBride, UBC's vice-
president academic and provost said
that the university would have to look
carefully at what this announcement
would mean, and said that just
because funding to the ministry was
frozen, did not mean that reallocations
to the university were impossible.
"We had anticipated this," he said.
"Our ministries were in the fortunate
position of not being cut"
But McBride did say that, if the
tuition freeze is lifted, "allowing
tuition to rise will be one way of meeting the cost needs of the university,"
and that this could occur as early as
next September.
"If there is going to be a change in
policy to tuition, we'll be engaged
with students in discussing [the matter]," he said.
If the tuition freeze does end,
Kazemi said that he hopes the government will limit the tuition hikes
that universities can impose.
"The worst thing that can happen
is that the tuition freeze is lifted and
there is no regulation put on by the
provincial government or federally,"
he said. "If you have skyrocketing
tuition...then you have situations
where students can't get in because of
accessibility issues." ♦ 4|
Friday. October 5.2001
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" ihis year, the Vancouver International
-J-Film Festival (VIFF) celebrates its
20th birthday, but if you're looking for
a flashy celebration or a plethora of
1    special edition VIFF merchandise,
you're not going to get it here.
This is something that makes this particular
festival so unique, and so revered by the filmmakers and their audiences. As festival director
Alan Franey says, this festival is well-known for
its unique approach to content, organisation, size
and location. The VIFF has always tried to avoid
the hoopla that surrounds other big North
American film festivals.
"The identity of the festival [is] built on the
East Asian, Canadian, and non-fiction films,* said
Franey. "There are very receptive audiences [here
in Vancouver]. It's a beautiful place to be and our
guests usually really enjoy being here...That's
what we're known for, is being [a] seriously programmed, quite large, successful with the public.
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According to Franey, who has been with the
VIFF since its inception, and is now in bisl4tfi
year as festival director, the birth. ofdje*testival
was more of an evolution than spifietiting that
occurred at a precise time ahd^daffe. Film festivals.
of one kind or another.-feave been-held
Vancouver since the 194(|s£and the VIFF simply
began as a response to VaMpuver's dema/ia for
international cinema.
In the early 1980s, the Ridgk Theatre ifras one
of the most successful art theatrltsdn Canlwa and
drew huge crowds on a regular bafe:js. When^ in
1982, the Ridge played about 40 aims from
Canada and around the world, the VIFF w^^born.
"It was so successful that we decided to f^ija a
non-profit society so that we could get filmlrih.
through Canada Customs...without having them
classified by the Film Classification Office," said
Franey. "Then a few years later it became apparent that it could grow and grow and grow and [we]
could start applying for different kinds of sponsorship, and bring in more guests and so on, so by
l)iS8? which was Expo year, it went up to a very
large size, which was five theatres, five weeks."
Elements of the Expo-year festivities—a trade
forum focusing on the business side of filmmak-
viiig arid, a distinct program of Canadian films and
a focus on East Asian cinema—survive in the VIFF
as we know It tod#. Unfortunately, the 1986 VIFF
was\financial disaster, losing $65,000. The following year, therl were some major changes to
die festival; the number of movie screenings was
cut i&nalf arAthe festival was moved from May
to October. 'Mat year's' festival turned a profit of
$56,000 Mid the VIFF was back in business.
,pne ofthe keys to the festival's continued suc-
. cess^and its longevity, Franey feels, is the city
itself. Vancouver provides a unique cultural backdrop for the festival that allows international
films at the VIFF to thrive and to receive strong
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"I think that when you have a cosmopolitan
city, it's not just those ethnic groups that are curious; it's the people who have friends, neighbours,
husbands, wives, etc. in other heritages [that]
want to know more about the world," said Franey.
'We're an outward-looking country to begin with,
and I think people here are hungry for more than
just Hollywood fare."
But while international films continue to be a
major focus of the festival, the importance of
Canadian content in the festival continues to
increase, with the number of "Made in Canada"
films growing each year. In fact, Diane Burgess,
Canadian Images programmer, says that this
year's Canadian showcase of 97 films is the
largest in the festival's history.
"Canadian film has gone from being this small
program to being one of the large, integral programs at the festival. Even in the four years that
I've been here [as Canadian Images programmer], it's gone from doing well, to now we sell'
things out,*^ said Burgess. 'I've really seen a
change in audience enthusiasm."
This enthusiasm is exciting for Burgess, who
says the highlight of each festival comes for her
when she sees movie-goers on the street, holding
the program guide, talking about Canadian Sim.
"We had two screenings of Atunajurat at the
Vogue," she said. "The first one was sold out and the
second one was almost sold out and that's an 1150-
seat house. For a Canadian film, that's amazing."
According to Burgess, Vancouver, as the hub of
west coast filmmaking in Canada, also has a lot to
offer. By showcasing local talent to audiences, the
festival helps strengthen the local film community.
"I think because of the size of the Canadian
Images program, because it's the largest showcase of Canadian film in the world, that we're
able to showcase a lot of this local work. I think it
provides the local filmmakers a chance to meet
one another/ Burgess said.
Indeed, Iha-Wilis'" mora than just a colourful
display of international and local film; it's. a
forum for diverse groups within the film industry
to come together, share ideas and, most importantly, see terrific new film. Twenty years in the
making, the VIFF has discovered the formula for
making a great festival and, unlike so many business ventures of today, it isn't trying to pump
itself up faster than can be supported.
Nevertheless, says Franey, there are exciting
things in store for the VIFF.
"The big thing is this construction of the
Vancouver International Film Centre...having our
own venue and expanding the programs throughout the rest of the year, and responding to
changes in film,...working with art galleries,
museums, music events, the Internet, other
forms of video, multimedia presentations," she
said. 'I see the future as incredih'y challenging,
but exciting..." ♦
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Student Representatives
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The call for nominations for student representatives to the Faculty
of Arts has resulted in the following constiuencies being filled by
B.2: Second "iear Students
Claude D'Souza
Third Year, Fourth Year, Diploma and Graduate Students:
A.3: Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies:      Susan Joe
A. 4: Economics:
A.5: English: .
A.7: French, Hispanic Sc Italian Studies:
A.9: Germanic Studies:
A. 16: Political Science
A. 17: Psychology:
Samantha lorio
Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah
Alexander Frd
Eva Ziltener
Aniz Alani
Lee Wheeler
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A 8: Geography:        ' Chris Eaton
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Sept 30
It is strange to~&lRkUiat{HRe monthago most
people eoaldn't point out Afghanistan on a
map; la light pf ths events of .September 11/
this: <me& IMe Jsmfcp co^atjy-W'been.-
pushed into the fore^bund of world politics.''
Yet most of us don't know much about the
country itself or the problems that have
plagued this South Asian country for decades.
In his new film Kandahar, Iranian film
master Mohsen Makhmalbaf, sets out to discuss the present state of Afghanistan. The
film's story centres around Nafas, a female
journalist who must return to her native
Kandahar to rescue her crippled sister who
is planning to commit suicide on the last
eclipse of the millenniuni. On her journey,
she observes what has become of her country: women have been stripped of every
human right by the radical Muslim regime of
the Taliban, more than half the population
has been crippled by landmines and war and
poverty is rampant
Although the film has been billed as a
narrative feature film, it would have fared
better as a fictional documentary. Based on
the true experience of Nilfour Pazira, who
plays Nafas, the film tries veiy hard to
explain the situation to a foreign audience,
giving statistics about death rates and the
numbers of mines left in the ground.
Makhmalbaf never manages to establish a
personal connection between Nafas and the
viewer. Instead, the film feels like a string of"
vignettes about Afghan life.
Much to everyone's educational advantage, Pazira discussed in the post-screening Q&A period the past and present political situation of Afghanistan. A very articulate and intelligent speaker, Pazira elaborated on the humanitarian disaster the
country has become. Although the film
itself didn't manage to cover the issues
deep enough, Kandahar is a good first step
in exploring the afflictions of one of the
world's poorest countries. ♦>
—Aisha Jamal
at me VIFF
Oct 5 f
Canadlaa Slmmaker Jill Sharpe enjoyed a sold-
out screeiasg,Tuesday night of her dpcumen-
taiy Cttft&rejam. Culture jamming'is what
EOaksS' you chuckle, when you leaf through
Adbusters. Ifs about subtle alterations to
ad&ert&iftg. not gaticha vandalism. As one of
the film's subjects declares, "Writing Tuck
JTiker-that's just tacky/      , [
, Th_\ subjects of Sharps's documentary
include the Billboard liberation Front (BLF)
aadfiia Church of Stop Shopping. TheBLFjees
billboards as jsassiye7anvasses that lank
North America's highways and that one can
rent for $80,000 a month, or that one can 'borrow' under the cover of darkness with a bit of
The BLFs need to jam comes less from corporate disdain than from a love for public art
The corporate disdain is left to the anti-Disney
theology of Reverend Billy's Church of Stop
Shopping. One way the reverend and his parishioners spread the word is by parading a crucified Mickey Mouse through the Disney Store.
The reverend's response to charges of sacrilege: "I think Jesus would love this. He was
like the Andy Warhol of his time. What else was
he but a Jewish comedian?"
Culturejam pushes its audience to question
not only the ownership of billboards or bus shelters, but also, ultimately, public consciousness.
According to the film, advertising space is just
the battlefield on which the real war is waged:
the war for mind share and consciousness.
This is the real property that has been put
up for sale without your consent Culturejam
documents those who don't have the money
that Disney and other corporations have to buy
parts of your mind and intellect but are creative enough to steal. ♦
—Rebecca Koskela
at the VIFF
Oct 2
Peter Lynch's [Project Grizzltf newest documentary,
Cyberman, is an absorbing portrait of Steve Mann—professor, inventor, performance artist and self-proclaimed
'cyborg.' The film accompanies Mann as he does what
he's been doing for the last 20 years: continuously videotaping and monitoring his life and the lives of those
around him with a wide array of wearable computers,
video cameras and audio equipment
Mann, a brilliant engineer and obsessive recluse,
makes a fascinating subject and the film makes deft use
of Mann's own footage, juxtaposing his artistic concept
with the still-crude technology that doesn't always live up
to his vision. The film's rough feel mirrors Mann's
approach to technology and his fascination with mechanised body extensions.
Mann's newest form of 'WearComp' is the 'eyetap'—
essentially two video cameras mounted inside what look
like ordinary sunglasses. The cameras stream footage of
the outside world onto the Internet which is then picked
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at the VIFF
Sept 29
P-itrice Chereau's filin intimacy in a graphic and voyeuristic view of primal sex and human motivations. The stoiy
hhuws a London couple who meet together once a week to
have frantic, anonymous sex, and then return to their individual and seemingly normal fives. Complications ensue
when one partner! decides to follow the other after one of
their afternoons of passion, unravelling the motivations
that each has for continuing the affair.
Intimacy does have its shock value; the sex scenes
between the two lead actors (Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox)
are often pornographic, but they manage to capture a desperate attempt to find a physical connection between two
very alienated people. Both actors deliver moving performances, creatipgan identifiable and heart-wrenching
up by a miniature computer in Mann's clothing aryi projected by laser onto his retinas. He can magnify images,
lighten images that would otherwise be too dark to see
and even delete images that he deems offensive by
manipulating controls that fit in his palm.
Mann also uses technology to make a social statement,
filming police at a peace demonstration, blocking out billboards and controlling the information he sees. In one
gleefully ironic split-screen sequence, he protests the
invasion of privacy of a Wal-Mart security camera while
simultaneously filming the flustered security guards with
his 'eyetap' sunglasses. He also envisions his film as a
tool for bringing people together. From 1992 to 1994,
Mann posted a real-time video of his life on the Internet
and reportedly had over 30,000 viewers watching and
interacting with him.
Lynch's Cyberman ultimately raises a number of questions about technology and how it relates to its users.
Tastefully filmed, and with a fantastic original soundtrack
by Ken Myhr, the end result is a riveting portrait of one
man's personal myth. ♦
-Anna King
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seems toMominafe-, iim Individual lives of ^%aract6r|
are explored and flashbacks reveal the past and iWi$iS£S
shaped the characters' futitre. 1    ,.        .     -   -7
The supporting cast seems to lanctlon as &e comic
relief; a gay bartender with an accent delivers a few good
punch lines, and some neurotic best friends serve as confidantes. The balance between the movie's funny aspects
and its heavy dramatic scenes was unexpected, but it
works to enhance the human elements in this film, and to
create a believable atmosphere.
At its very core. Intimacy is a movie about two people
that are confronted by the reality of their lives and are
forced to examine them. Chereau's film is a rare and truthful look at sex and love, some of our most basic needs and
the complications that can result from our search for
them. ♦
;v* -Lisa Denton
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Tykwer j gained ^ most 4f, MtTijjforth
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film's rfpid fire mx_jjey&& ti$g was a
sharp 'contrast to^tiiat 'of'- Winter;
Sleepers, an earlier Tykwer project,
which ambitiously presented several
interwoven stories at a far less frenetic
pace; His latest work The Princess and
the Warrior falls somewhere in between
these earlier works. The often dizzying
cinematography resembles the heady
visual style of other Tykwer films, but
the story unfolds with a deliberate and
relatively tranquil gait
The story revolves around Bodo
(Benno Furmann), a reckless but ultimately sensitive thief, and Sissi, a compassionate nurse played by Run Lola
Run's Franka Potente. The duo finds their
destinies tied together when Bodo injures
Sissi in a car accident As Sissi recovers
she becomes obsessed with Bodo, her
good Samaritan. Before she knows it,
Sissi finds herself entangled in a clever
criminal scheme that Bodo has been
Franka Potente turns in an impressive
performance. Although her well-known
role in Run Lola Run was largely a solo
act, in this film she complements her co-
stars, working particularly well with Bodo
and the other quirky characters around
her. One other highlight is Peter Ender's
convincing and poignant turn as a blind
patient in Sissi's hospital.
It is unfortunate that this work doesn't
have as many of the genuinely jolting
surprises that admirers of Tykwer's
screenwriting might expect His trademark fondness for themes of destmyjand
chance is unmistakably at work, butjpbse
subjects simply aren't explored ti any
notable depth. A great-looking film-(rath a
solid story and a solid cast The Princess
and the Warrior just doesn't have the creativity to reach the very high bar that To."
Tykwer has set for himself. ♦
-Michael Schwandt
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at the VIFF
Sept 30
If you've ever wondered what rural
Australia is like, David Caesar's latest film.
Mullet sums it up perfectly.
From telling landscapes to Aussie
slang. Mullet offers a rich view of life in
Coollawarra, a tiny fishing village in New
South Wales. Ben Mendelsohn plays Eddie,
a local who has come back to town after a
three-year-long unexplained absence. A lot
has changed. His fiancee, Tully (played
impressively by Susie Porter), has married
his brother Pete (Andrew S. Gilbert) and
his parents' marriage is in trouble. Eddie's
return brings mixed feelings as his family
and friends try to get answers to their
Mullet is a film driven by the interactions between its intense and multi-dimensional characters. David Caesar's screenplay is understated and concise, but it is
the actors who bring Caesar's world to life,
with their dry humour and Aussie-siyle
Mullet makes good use of both visual
and audio elements. Cinematographer
Robert HunSpkreys plays with light and
srgles'to create aujeffect that is similar to
Se cinematograpfist hi Gary Burns'
fKitchen Party. Paul Ifealy's music is
quirky, ejectrbnk and comparable to John
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insight into thel Australian lifestyle. The
ru§£>y matches/ the gabs and Tjarbies'
show us a deeper, more realistic view of
Australia than the^rtew of Ayer's Rock and
kangaroos tiiaCwe got from the Sydney
Olympics. Mullet digs deep and comes up
.with a fonny. and moving stoiy about life
ilia small Australian town. ♦
-Maria Bashovski IFrldav. October 5.2001
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Who really deserves our scorn?
As most of you have probably heard by now, a
UBC women's studies professor made a controversial speech at a conference in Ottawa this
week. But what exactly did Dr Sunera Thobani
say that was so controversial? Yes, she did say
that the United States' foreign policy is "soaked
in blood."
But how unusual a statement is this?
Consider Harper's Magazine's recent two-part
feature indicting former US Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger of war crimes. Harper's, a
bastUlion of the American intelligentsia, wasn't
declared "hateful," "simply outrageous* or "disgraceful." So why has Dr Thobani incurred so
much wrath?
Some would say it is timing. Some believe
that the attacks are still too recent, that it is inappropriate to criticise a mourning nation. In reality, this is the most important time to question
American foreign policy. With the US and its
allies preparing to launch a massive military
offensive, one that they feel supremely justified
in undertaking, it is vital that we assess the motivations for their retaliation. And it is equally
important that the we strongly encourage the US
and its allies to evaluate the bigger picture and
to examine their own involvement in the systems of inequality at work in our world.
It would seem that the real reasons that Dr
Thobani is being so heavily criticised are
much uglier than bad timing. For those of us
who are already questioning the reasoning
behind this recent call for war, her criticisms
of US foreign policy are nothing new. So when
anti-war sentiment is obvious across the country, is it a coincidence that the most criticism
is levelled at a speech delivered at a feminist
conference? Is it simply chance that it is a
speech delivered by a non-white woman that
faces the harshest reaction?
What if a white, middle-class 'Western' man
had spoken of the US's "blood-soaked' foreign
policy? It hardly seems likely that such a backlash would have occurred. And certainly the
same type of derogatory language against the
critic would not have been unleashed. Thobani
has been called "hysterical," and rather than
being identified as the reputable academic she
is, many newspapers have labelled her, simply,
a "feminist." Unflattering photographs of
Thobani have covered newspaper front pages,
playing on the image of the 'mad' woman.
The mainstream media's reaction, particularly that of The Vancouver Sun, has been
steeped in misogyny and racism. The pictures of
Dr Thobani used by the Sun, in addition to terms
like the "Nutty Professor," "excitable" and "nutcase," are all reinforcements of negative stereotypes. Pete McMartin's column ("Free speech in
a pristine vacuum," [Oct 3]) was particularly reprehensible. Reductionist and sensationalistic,
McMartin's column proved only the extent to
which his writing has become hackneyed.
Another criticism of Dr Thobani is that, as a
feminist, she should support actions that would
remove the Taliban, Afghanistan's ruling party,
notorious for their abhorrent treatment of
women. But, as she pointed out in her speech,
will the women of Afghanistan benefit from the
attack that the US and its allies are planning?
Will they benefit when they are killed by the
thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, when
the 'West' unleashes its 'war on terrorism'? Will
they benefit when they are forced from their
homes and communities for fear of US-led
The horrors of the Taliban have been known
for a very long time, yet the US did nothing of
significance to stop it Anyone who does not see
that the US is motivated primarily by "blood
thirsty venegeance* is naive.
The US is not attacking Afghanistan because
of its atrocious treatment of women nor children
nor religious and political opponents. The
important thing to note is that the US is attacking Afghanistan, its people. Not simply the
Taliban, its governing party. The US, in vengeful
pursuit, is attacking the country. And included
in that country are millions of people who have
been suffering at the hands of the Taliban and its
dehumanising regime. Dr Thobani's point was
exactly this. If the US and its allies wage a war on
Afghanistan, many innocent people are going to
perish at the hands of vengeance. Just as they
have in Iraq, under UN-imposed sanctions and
bombing on the part of the US and Britain.
So what, exactly, was so terribly hateful about
what Dr. Thobani said? Or really, terribly
untrue? Absolutely nothing. Perhaps it is our
reluctance to face the facts that had led to this
'witch hunt' that more than hints at
McCarthyism. Dr Thobani was not condoning
the terrorist attacks on September 11. She was
not saying the US got what it deserved. She was
merely pointing at the truth—that systems are at
work in our world that perpetually marginalise
people and the US and its allies will continue to
play a key role in that marginalisation if they
insist upon a bloody war of vengeance in
Afghanistan. We can kid ourselves all we want,
but the majority of people who are suffering,
and will continue to suffer, from this tension are
the impoverished peoples of Afghanistan—not
the Taliban. ♦
What do Forestry
students know about
Uh, let me get this straight: a"
Forestry student (Matt Campbell) is
arguing that we are more civilised
in the West than in countries such
as Afghanistan ("The West certainly
more civilised,* Opinion [Sept 28])?
Aside from the fact that the whole
debate is silly and irrelevant—and
there is nothing I like more than to
engage in silly and irrelevant discourse (that's why I'm in my seventh year of post-secondary, I suppose)—it seems odd that someone
who is posed to enter a market set
on destroying one of this country's
most valuable resources is able to
claim such an objective standpoint
when it comes to talking about what
actions constitute 'civility.'
Don't get me wrong here, I am
not supporting the Taliban's
obscene power trip, but rather am
objecting to the notion of 'civility'
itself. Different conceptions of
'civilisation' are what lead to the
silly little borders that we surround
ourselves with in order to be blindly led by nationalist rhetoric, which
always lays claim to being the superior viewpoint Cut down all the
trees, and we'll all be in such a
sorry state that freedom, education,
etc. will seem a little irrelevant,
given that we'll end up dying from
a lack of clean air...
-Mark Bryan
Arts 4—philosophy
Questioning free
speech at UBC
I am disgusted by the way the
University of British Columbia
picks and chooses who it will support on the topic of free speech.
After the comments made by
UBC women's studies professor
Sunera Thobani on Monday in
Ottawa, UBC Vice-President
Academic and Provost Barry C.
McBride immediately came out
and supported Thobani's comments, defending her right to free
speech. However, in the fall of
1999, under a similar set of circumstances in which UBC pro-life
students were prevented from
expressing their views by the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) representatives (student officials who are
elected to defend their fellow students), the vice-president was far
from enthusiastic about commenting on this attack on free speech.
The horrible part was that the
pro-life students who were attacked
verbally by these AMS representatives were left unaided by Mr
McBride and were forced to take
legal action on their own. All Mr
McBride could do was give a slap
on the wrist to the students responsible, when they should have been
expelled. Now I ask you, vice-president why are you so quick to support Sunera Thobani's speech? This
is extremely hypocritical on your
part and you should be ashamed of
yourself, you and your sorry excuse
for an unbiased school.
—Robert Kirkham
Arts 4
Do you bite your
thumb at me, sir?
On behalf of the entire
Underground staff, I hereby accept
your challenge to a game of mud
soccer ("Take the Ubyssey quiz!"
Editorial [Sept 28]). Be warned,
however, most of my staff has, at
one point or another, been incarcerated, and will likely be playing
with boofd shanks—I have no control over this. Also, I think it would
be much more sporting if we put
some sort of wager on the game,
and I think we should work it in
such a way that I will get a free case
of WildCat Strong no matter what
So, to quote the poet, "Bring da
mother-fucking ruckus!"
You know where we at.
-Chris Dingwall
Arts 2
Underground Editor
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When a zine survives five years, self-financed and self-
produced, it should be a time to celebrate. Well, celebrate is exactly what Bonnie Day Press, the people
behind Turf and various chapbooks, plan to do. This
Saturday night, they're throwing a party commemorating their fifth year of publication.
"We're trying to go for something that's a little more
of the zine and comic scene, along with bands and stuff,
trying to get more zine people out* said Andrea Gin,
editor and co-founder of Turf
Gin, who works for the CBC's Radio 3, started Turf
with a friend shortly after graduating from UBC with a
political science degree.
"My friend Lisa Chen-Wing and I decided to start it in
1997," she said. "Basically, I'm a writer and editor and
she's a graphic designer. We wanted to start a publication where we could have an outlet to do things because
we didn't really have the freedom to do it for any of the
publications we worked for. We wanted to have a place
where we could take our ideas that couldn't get published anywhere else and just put them in there.
"A lot of the time, stuff that we first published in
there ended up getting published elsewhere, reprinted.
Our 'Canada Youth Pension Plan' [for example], it ended
up on a CBC website and I wrote a guest editorial about
it for This magazine. It spins off from there."
Gin attributes Turfs longevity to a moderate publishing schedule.
"I know it sounds a bit..not right, but I think [zine
publishers] burn out really easily if [they] publish more
than [theyj're capable of," she said. "Usually people who
publish zines aren't that rich. We publish once a year
because that's how much we can afford to do. It won't be
a financial burden for us, because it would be if we published once a month. Also, too, it doesn't stretch our creativity too much.
"I think that if zines didn't publish as often, they might
hang around more, 'cause it would seem more of a hobby
than a duty. People stop caring if they read it and just go,
Tialf of this is just totally pointless,' and they just stop caring. If you just save up all your ideas, and publish when
you have critical mass and something to say, people tend
to appreciate that a lot more, because it's thoughtful"
Saturday night's party, which features local bands
the Battles, the Ewoks and the Birthday Machine, will be
more than just music and cake, it will also launch the
Bonnie Day Press's newest publication: Turf 5—the bedside companion. The issue features several stories,
from baby boomers' effect on the future of transportation; to the tragedy of peanuts, a plant with so much
potential and yet a fatal allergen to so many.
Oi reaiiy; we re in tne casement now
The most intriguing story, however, is one about
"There's a generation of hairdressers that don't even
know how to do perms anymore," Gin said, "cause
they're not trained how to do it, 'cause no one ever asks
for it..What's going to happen when perms come back
and no one can do them?"
Turfzine's fifth birthday party, featuring the Battles,
the Ewoks and the Birthday Machine, happens
Saturday, October 6 at Ms Ts Cabaret 3 3 9 West Pender.
Tickets are $6. Doors open at 9pm. ♦
at St Andrew's-Wesley Church
Oct 1
The cathedral was completely sold out Rarely have so
many people gathered to see a band whose name so few
could pronounce. But Iceland's Sigur Ros justified their
huge Monday night crowd and all of the preceding buzz
with a breathtaking performance, keeping the audience
spellbound in the pews from the moment the lights went
Sigur Ros played songs that were never hurried, but
never self-indulgent or sprawling either. Fierce and
colossal in scale, the songs were played with too much
vulnerability to intimidate. Every song elicited an emotional response from both the band and its fans. Often
starting with a sparse piano figure or bassline and then
building in a monumental crescendo over the course of
several minutes, the band delivered two hours of stormi-
ly fluctuating soundscapes.
The band was as earnest as they come. Jon Birgisson
took to the stage, politely removed his shoes, and promptly began the business of leading Sigur Ros through its
symphonic rockodyssey. Bringing an unbridled passion
to the stage, Birgisson looked as if he were on the verge
of crying during every song. His vocals, sung in both
Icelandic and his own made-up language, demanded
eveiy ounce of the listener's attention. Bassist Georg.
Holm and piano/organist Kjartan Sveinsson often took
the instrumental lead, while powerhouse drummer Orri
Dyrason provided the diverse angular rhythms that Sigur
Ros requires. The bulk of Birgisson's guitar work consisted of turbulent atmospheric strains executed with a cello
bow. One special treat came when he sang into the instrument's pickups in midsong, adding an eerie resonance to
his plaintive falsetto.
Iceland's pride came armed to the teeth. In addition
to a core of guitar, piano, bass, and drums, the four-piece
also employed organs, flute, glockenspiel, and a small
bank of electronic gadgetry. The use of on-stage lighting
to cast larger-than-life silhouettes of the band onto the
church's towering walls was a ghostly touch to a perfect
venue for this act However, the necessity of the large
screen hanging over the altar was questionable. At
times, the images projected onto the screen seemed perfectly tailored to the songs, but there were moments
when the hazy looped footage seemed to be more distracting than complementary.
After the last song, the congregation gave Sigur Ros a
wholly deserved standing ovation. Unfortunately, the
group treated this not as a demand for an encore, but as
a curtain call; they returned to the stage only to bow
shyly with arms linked. The crowd was left aching for
more, but feeling, nonetheless, blessed. ♦
Live and Teach in Japan!
liJEI Pr^gfarriinne
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
Free Information Session
Thursday, October 11 - 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Asian Centre Auditorium
Tuesday, October 23 - 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
8226, Buchanan Building
The Government of Japan invites university graduates to
participate as Assistant English Teachers or Coordinators of
International Relations in a one-year, cultural exchange
programme beginning July 2002.
Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, have a Bachelor's
degree by July 2002, and be under the age of 40.
Application forms available from:
UBC Career Services
Consulate General of Japan/Tel: (604] 684-5868, ext 223
Deadline: Postmarked by November 23, 200i ^jjr
Friday. October 5.2001
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SfX) dominates Shrum Bow
Thunderbirds killed 38-13 by Clansmen at Swanguard Stadiunn
by Scott Bardsiey
Thursday's Shrum Bowl went from bad to
worse for UBC. A series of critical mistakes, bad
plays and plain bad luck found the
Thimderbirds on the losing side of their annual
grudge match with SFU.
SFU broke out on to the scoreboard early,
after the Birds' kicker Leon Denenfeld made a
bad kick from deep in UBC's end. SFU picked it
up and ran it up to UBC's 30-yard line. The
Clansmen then took their lucky break and
passed the ball up to UBC's 19-yard line and, on
the fourth down, SFU's Lloyd Orris broke
through the UBC line for a touchdown. SFU's
Rob Henschel made the conversion, and
brought the score up to 7-0.
UBC struck back minutes later. The Birds
started a drive down the field, picking up 17
yards, after Kenney faked a pass to Ryan
Branting. After a pass to Branting and two runs
by tailback Nathan Funk, Kenney made a deep
pass to take it to the SFU 17-yard line. Funk ran
it up the middle, closing the distance by 12
yards and Kenney finished it off on the next
down, throwing a pass to Funk in the end zone.
With seven minutes left in the second quarter,
Leon Denenfeld got the extra point for UBC,
evening out the score at a comfortable 7-7.
SFU struck back right away with a 38-yard
pass to Ryan Jeans on the
down. SFU ran and passed it u]
all the way to UBC's 2-yard line;
all it took was a run by Mike
Vilimek for SFU to get a touchdown. After a missed conversion, SFU was still up 13-7.
With just minutes left to go
in the first half, SFU made some big runs, ending up only four yards short of UBC's end zone.
Clan quarterback J.R. Davies passed it to Ryan
Jeans in the end zone, and with a conversion
SFU was up with a 20-7 lead.
UBC couldn't stop the bleeding. In the last 30
seconds of the first half, a long pass thrown by
Kenney was intercepted by SFU's Scott
Plummer, who managed to run it all the way
back into the UBC end zone. Unable to stop
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Plummy an embarrassed UBC got lucky: a
penalty call sent SFU back to its own 26-yard
line, and only the Thunderbirds' pride was hurt
But things got worse for UBC in the second
half. Right away SFU made a charge up the field
for a touchdown. A two-point pass conversion
brought SFU up 28-7.
With three minutes left in the
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UBC's defence held and SFU had
to punt, but the successful field-
goal kick brought SFU's score up
to 31 points.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Thunderbird
quarterback Kenney attempted a big pass to
Branting, but SFU's Neil McKinlay picked it off
on the SFU 36-yard line. The Clan exploited the
turnover with a huge 63-yard pass to Emmy
Unaegbu on the Birds' 20-yard line. Unaegbu ran
it all the way to the end zone and with yet another good Henschel kick, SFU brought themselves
up to a commanding 38-7 lead.
The only consolation for the T-Birds came in
the last five minutes of the game, when run-
ningback Sean Dovre rumbled 45 yards down
the field into the Clan end zone to bring UBC's
score up to 13 points. But by then, it was too little and far too late.
There were only two bright spots for UBC:
Kenney played a decent game as quarterback,
showing that he is definitely getting used to the
pressures of the job; and the team wasn't
humiliated with a shutout like it was last Friday
against the Manitoba Bisons. Beyond that
things are looking grim for the Birds.
Last night's 38-7 loss makes UBC's Shrum
Bowl record 11-12-1. After losing the largely
symbolic Shrum Bowl, die Birds will turn to
more pressing matters, namely trying to make
the Canada West playoffs. With their 1-4 CIS season record, the playoffs are a long shot, but with
games against three beatable teams-
Saskatchewan, Calgary and Alberta—in the next
three weeks, the Birds still have a chance, albeit
a small one. Their next game is on October 12
against the Saskatchewan Huskies. ♦
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by Scott Bardsiey
In front of its biggest home crowd of
the season, the UBC women's soccer
team stood up to the undefeated
Trinity Western University Spartans,
currently ranked first in the Canada
West conference and third in Canada
overall, With superb defence and
goaltending, UBC stayed in the play
for the whole 90 minutes, walking
away from the match with a 1-1 tie.
"It was a good game, one of the
best games that we've seen here at
the stadium this year," said UBC
coach Dick Mosher after the game.
"Both teams played well. Technically
[Trinity is] a very sound team...and I
think our defence did a heck of a job
containing them to only one goal."
The Thunderbirds lost to Trinity
3-1 in their season opener on
September 13, but haven't lost a
game since.
It was Trinity that had the stronger
offence on tuesday, taking about
three times as many shots on net as
UBC. But for all their offensive power,
the Spartans couldn't overcome the T-
Birds' solid defensive play.
The tone of the game was set in
the first few minutes, with both
teams quickly taking a shot on the
other's net It was clear from the start
that both teams were very skilled,
and would be playing hard.
Although neither team could
knock the ball into the
net during the first
half, UBC's star goalie,
Sian Bagshawe, really
had her talents put to
the test soon after the
break. Ten minutes
into the second half, a
Spartan got an unchecked charge on
UBC's net from the centre. Bagshawe
charged her and managed to knock
the ball away before it could do any
Then, a few minutes later, the
Spartans headed the ball up the field
and took a run on UBC's net Trinity
got four shots right in front of the net
but each time Bagshawe was there,
putting herself between the ball and
the goal. The normally passive crowd
gasped excitedly with each deflected
But five minutes later. Trinity
made an unstoppable drive from the
centre. Tauren Stonehouse ran the
ball to within 15 yards of UBC's net
and, as two T-Birds
closed in on her,
crossed the ball to Katie
Smart Smart broke out
of the crowd and slid
the ball into the net
low and to the left, past
Bagshawe. It was 1-0
for Trinity Western.
"She got the ball around the top of
the 18-yard box and came down the
centre of our 18 and I went out to cut
down the angle. She just hit it low
and to the side. Nothing I could really do about it I hope," Bagshawe said.
The Spartans continued to keep
the ball in the T-Birds' half for most of
the rest of the game. It looked like it
was all over for the Birds, but the
team didn't give up and, in the last
few minutes, UBC started to put a lot
of pressure on the Trinity goaL
With only three minutes of regulation time to go, UBC's Heather Smith
sent a corner kick right across
Trinity's goal. Amy Diewert put a
head to it firing it right into the goal,
tying the game 1-1.
"We're trying to punish them on
our corners," UBC forward Vanessa
Martino said. "We have a lot of good
headers on our team and tall players. . .people who are fearless in there,
and we're trying to take advantage of
"We've [been] known to let up in
the last little bit but we stayed strong
and that's important* Diewert said.
"The first game we just weren't
ready. We didn't come out as strong
as we could have. This game we
proved that we can play with them.
We're just as good."
Coach Mosher thought that
Jaqueline Farraby and Amy Diewert
put in particularly strong performances for the team. But Mosher
emphasised that without Bagshawe
in net the team would surely have
"Sian Bagshawe is consistently
steady. She really saved our butt
[Tuesday],* he said. "If we had gone
down two, we would have been in
real trouble."
"Defensively we got as much out
of the ladies as we could. I thought
they worked their butts off to get a tie
and maybe next time we'll do that
one better," Mosher said.
The tie leaves Trinity at the top of
the Canada West standings with 15
points and UBC in second place with
12 points. The Thunderbirds will
play Regina on October 11, after taking a well-deserved weekend off
for Thanksgiving. ♦


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