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Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Volume 84 Issue 9
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by John McCrank
In a move towards making the BC
economy more knowledge-based
and competitive, UBC and SFU are
to be the recipients of over $7.4 million in new funding for research
and. innovation.
The funding was announced as
part of the federal government's
National Innovation Strategy by
Industry Minister Man Rock at the
Innovation and Engagement
Summit held at UBC on
September 19.
"For all that we've done," said
Rock during his keynote address,
"our investments in research and
development compared to our competitors are plainly insufficient and
for every success that we've had we
are still not competitive in the way
we move from the laboratory to the
marketplace...and our competitors
are not standing still.*
Over $6.8 million will be given
to recipients of the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council
of Canada's (SSHRCC) Standard
Research Grants and Post Doctoral
Fellowships at UBC and SFU.
The rest of the funding will go
towards the Industrial Research
Chair in Virtual High-Performance
Machining, awarded to UBC professor Dr Yusuf Altintas. The chair was
created by the National Sciences
and Engineering Research Council
The SSHRCC grants and fellowships were chosen by way of national peer review competitions, and
will support advanced training for
young scholars, preparing them for
their future careers.
Altintas—who studies virtual
machining—is one of the world's
foremost experts in machining and
hopes to use the NSERC chair to
make UBC one of the top machine
research centers on the planet.
Altintas describes virtual
machining as taking a computer
. design for something like an automotive part and then 'making' that
part in a computer environment
Doing so allows for predictions, of
cost, qualify and any problems that
might be encountered in the creation of the product
"We will be able to simulate
these in a virtual environment
before actually taking it to the shop
and machining it. So before we
spend any money, we can simulate
the process and plan it in a most
optimal fashion," he said.
The benefits of Altintas' work are
shared by almost a dozen companies    around    the    world    that
See "Funding"on page 2.
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VOICING THEIR OPPOSITION: A large gathering of protestors in Grandview Park on Commercial
Research conference a success
UBC hosts first-ever undergrad conference, VPs applaud
by Chris Shepherd
Last weekend the first-ever undergraduate research conference was
held at UBC in the Forest Sciences
Centre. Students showcased their
talents for research by giving a
speech or displaying a poster.
There were about 100 student
presenters at the conference on
vastly different topics ranging
from engineering to opera.
The offices of the UBC vice-presidents research, vice-presidents
academic and vice-presidents students helped fund the conference,
and promoted the event.
The idea for the conference
stems from objectives found in the
UBC's' Trek 2000 such as the
notion that undergraduates should
be given the opportunity to learn at
= a research-based institution and be
involved with the research being
carried out.
Vice President, Research Dr
Indira Samarasekera attended the
conference and explained why
research at the undergraduate
level is important.
"Ultimately research is about
the process of inquiry and discovery, and it's something that we all
need to go through life,"
Samarasekera explained. "I think
[research] is a skill set that I would
like to think that all undergraduates would benefit from."
Awards in the form of cash
prizes were given for the top three
posters and the top five oral
The judges of jhe event were
mainly volunteer graduate students. JThe presentations were
judged on academic merit and the
ability of the presenter(s) to make
their presentations accessible to
. non-experts in the field that they
work in.
. Dr Joan Anderson, a professor
of nursing and chair of the committee that initiated the conference, described the event as a
chance to showcase the talent that
can be found in the undergraduate
population and to open dialogue
between students in various
Dr Ingrid Price, an instructor in
the Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences, was one of the main
organisers of the conference. She
emphasised the conference was a
learning experience for the students and a part of that is learning
to present their work.
Students were given workshops
on presentation skills and on planning to prepare for the conference.
Price also emphasised how
important it is for students to see
and talk with people outside of
their particular field of research
and that having a different perspective can enrich the research being
done. "Also," Price added, "we love
the idea of having students that are
able to communicate to a variety of
groups effectively."
Students  agreed with Price's
See "Conference" on page 2.
Activists rally
against war on
Iraq, Israeli
occupation of
by Leah McKenzie-Brown
A rally organised by the Palestinian
Solidarity Group (PSG) was held in
Grandview Park Saturday afternoon, with two prominent issues in
mind: the Isreali occupation of
Palestine and the threat of a war on
Iraq. These and many other issues
were united by a basic opposition to
"The two are inextricably
linked," said Jagdeep Singh Mangat,
head of external relations for the
SFU Student Society and supporter
of anti-globalisation. "(These conflicts] are fundamentally about oil-
not just these, but every other conflict in the world."
The speakers at the rafly covered
a wide range of topics. Palestinian
supporters described their action as
a memorial, an act of resistance and
See "Rally" on page 2.
NEWS: The SUB has
The creation of a worm composting project helps reduce
waste on campus. Page 3.
CULTURE: Vancouver
International Film Festival
Review section inside. Pages 6-7.
SPORTS: The missing UBC
Why Thunderbirds train off
campus. Page 11.
SPORTS: Glatt on defense
Football defensive end Javier
Glatt speaks to the Ubyssey about
the upcoming Shrum bowl.
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Uniting the Left a dead issue in BC
by Kevin Groves
BC's two left-of-centre partie's have
no plans to form a coalition, despite
new polling data suggesting a united
left could defeat the current provincial government
A recent IpsosJieid poll has
found that support for the NDP in BC
sits at 28 per cent of the provincial
electorate, while the Green Party's
approval rating sits at 19 per cent
The two parties make a collective
share of 47 per cent, four points
higher than BC Liberal support,
which has fallen to 4 3 per cent since
the government took 77 of 79 seats
in the BC Legislature last year.
But provincial NDP leader Joy
MacPhail dismissed the idea of an
NDP-Green coalition.
Macfhail said much of the Green
Party's support lies in the protest
vote, or those constituents who
showed their anger with the scandal-
prone NDP government by voting
Green in the last election.
That will change in the next three
years, as constituents in BC see how
the NDP renews itself, said
"Eventually the proof will be in
the pudding that [the NDP has]
demonstrated we've changed,"
MacPhail said. "So people won't be
voting for the Green Parry or what
they stand for [in the next election]."
John Tennant, a UBC political scientist, agreed.
Tennant said the Green Party
could become a viable alternative to
the BC Libera!, if the NDP complete
ly collapsed but he said that outcome is unlikely.
This is because the Green Party's
large popular support did not translate into any seats in the last election, said Tennant.
He added if the Greens had won
seats their position would be comparable to the BC Liberals in 1991
when they became the official opposition after BC's Social Credit Party
"That gave [the BC Liberals] a
constant political presence and
credibility to continue on," Tennant
said. "That hasn't happened with the
Greens and there's no real sign that
the protest vote that came their way
will continue to stick with them in
the future."
That fear of flagging support is
precisely why the Green Party will
also avoid an NDP-Green coalition,
said party leader Adriane Carr.
"[The Green Parry] has as many
people who would be traditionally
right on the spectrum as left," Carr
Said. "So if we're not prudent and
don't understand where our support's coming from we could stand
to lose support by allying with [the
Instead, Carr said her focus for
the nest tws years will be on electoral reform.
She said her hope is to eventually have proportional representation
in BC, an initiative her party
attempted to force a referendum on
earlier this year but failed to push
through because of lukewarm public
"The only solution to polarised
politics and vote splitting is to bring
in a government where people's
votes count," Carr said.
In a 68-seat Legislature matching
the province's federal riding boundaries, under proportional representation BC would have elected 43 BC
Liberal seats, 16 NDP, and nine
Green in the 2001 provincial election
Tennant said anything could happen in the next two years and he
makes no predictions about what
BC's electoral future could be.
"The nice thing about politics is
that people are often wrong about
what they think," he said. ♦
Protesters gather at Grandview Park
"Rally" from page 1.
a celebration. This year marks the
20-year anniversary of what they
called particularity brutal massacres attributed to Israeli
President Ariel Sharon.
Israel accepted indirect responsibilities for the massacres, which
occured at the Sabra and Shatila
refugee camps in Lebanon in
1982. Then Defence Minister
Sharon resigned after the attack
came to public light
Participants called the rally
called an act of resistance against
US support of Israel and a celebra-
jion of the current intifada—a resistance against Israeli occupation,
including suicide bomber attacks.
The crowd's response to the intifada
was varied however, as was indicated by dwindling applause when the
topic was mentioned.
Riad Mosle, an Iraqi community activist and speaker, directed
his message towards the US. "We
are not against a regime change.
Most support it [but] we are vehemently against you doing it...,"
Mosle said.
Anti-globalisation sentiments
were at the heart of the. protest.
With examples given of people
hurt by globalisation, ranging
from marginalised people in the
Phillipines to the squatters in
Vancouver's own Downtown
Eastside, the issue economic disparity was central.
"You have to look at the fundamental causes of the world's problems* said Rachel Rosen, a member of Grassroots Women.
Passers-by looked on as a
march of about 200 progressed up
Commercial Drive. When asked
what he thought of the rally, one
man who prefered to go by the
name 'Ali' said, "It's okay, but it
should be more."
By about 3:30pm participants
quietly dispersed. According to
Eileen Mosca, media spokesperson
for the Commercial Drive community police, actions of this sort are
common practice in the park. "It's
like a little Hyde Park Corner over
here" she said, "We're very
tolerant" ♦
Undergrads recognised
"Conference" from page 1.
"When I did my poster...everything made sense to me," said
fourth-year home economics student Joanna Tang. "But when other
people come they have different perspectives from different disciplines—they have different concerns, and that really helped me to
think about what I could do more to
help my project."
Many professors attended the
conference and were impressed with
the quality of the work that they saw.
Price said that the conference
went very smoothly but that there
were some difficult challenges in
the planning. One such challenge
was convincing some communities
at UBC that what they do constitutes
"Research is really just a thinking
and an analysing and interpreting—
it's not always collecting new information," she said.
Price and Anderson are hopeful
that there will be similar conferences in the future.
"This is the first of many to
come," Anderson said. ♦
Funding for new
research chair
"Funding" from page 1.
cooperate with his lab, including
Pratt and Whitney Canada, the later
of which is contributing almost 50
per cent of the funding for the chair.
"All of this money is coming
from outside of the province," said
Altintas. The funding from Pratt and
Whitney is being spent on research
and government funds are covering
"Instead of UBC paying my
salary, [the] government is paying
my salary, so UBC can hire another
professor with the money they are
saving," Altintas explained.
Another benefit of the funding is
that the number of graduate students training in Atlintas's lab will
be doubled. ♦
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UBC Bike Co-op helps students
build their own bikes
by Kathleen Deering
Some of the bikes you see around campus this
fall might be built from the very hands of their
riders, with the introduction of the Build Your
Own Bike (BYOB) program this fall at UBC's
Bike Co-op.
UBC student Melissa Niemeyer became a
Bike Co-op member this summer, and is currently building her own bike from a frame
she found in the pile of bikes near the Co-op
building. "I'm new to bike mechanics," she
said. "I have no bike mechanic experience
To enter the program, a UBC student doesn't need experience—but does need to first
become a member of the Bike Co-op, which
costs $10. Then, for $40, he or she selects a
potential steed from the non-functional carcasses of bikes and begins work with help from
experienced bike mechanics at the Co-op.
Thursday nights at the Co-op are set aside
specifically for Build Your Own Bike members.
Erica Mah, president of the Bike Co-op,
said the program was created because of
thefts and vandalism of the purple and yellow
bikes lent out by the bike co-op. "We just
thought, why don't we just let people keep the
bikes because that seems like what they want
to do," she said.
Mah is the mechanic who helps BYOB participants Thursday nights. Due to limited shop
space, only five people at one time can participate in the program. Four people have finished so far, Mah said, taking roughly three
weeks each to build their bikes.
"Build Your Own Bike is...designed to capture the segment of the community that doesn't want to participate in a shared bike program," said Jesse Jackson, who is on the Bike
Co-op Board of Directors, "but who is not
inclined or cannot afford to purchase a bike at
the Bike Kitchen."
Currently, Jackson said, the program recognises that some of the programs the Bike Coop has offered in the past just don't work for
everyone. "It fills a niche," he said. "[BYOB is
good because you are] able to buy your own
bike, but still participate in the recycling of
discarded objects."
"There's a billion bikes," he said, "just
thrown away. We're just trying to find another
way to use them up."
Many of the bikes built in the Co-op are used
solely for campus riding, similar to the way the
Bike Co-op's purple and yellow bikes are used.
Jackson admits the quality of the bikes built
in the program is not usually up to commercial calhbre. "We would be hesitant to try and
sell a bike like that It's just not up to the level
of functionality that a bike store demands."
For most, however, tooling around campus
with their home-made bikes will suffice.
"I'm doing mine a bit differently,"
Niemeyer said. "I'm building mine to a level
that I can actually commute with, which is really cool for me because then I can know how it
works, and if there's a problem I can fix it"
Jackson said there is a hump bike-owners
have to get over before they're willing to work
on their own bike, and the BYOB program
facilitates a better working relationship
between bike and rider.
"A lot of people are very afraid of their
bikes, but if you're forced to dive right in as
soon as you get it..bikes are pretty easy to
work on. It's hard to make them perfect, but as
far as just basic things, it's pretty straightforward," he said.
"For me personally," Niemeyer said, "Build
Your Own Bike is something I can do to gain
another skill, something I didn't know before,
in an easier format and from people who are
your own peers—so it's not someone who's
going to look down on you."
"People here really love their bikes,"
she added. ♦
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WE DON'T MIND GETTING OUR HANDS DIRTY: Bike co-op member Melissa
Niemeyer is building her own bike, nic fensom photo
The SUB has worms, ready to compost
by Parminder Nizher
UBC and the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) are heading further towards
sustainability by creating a larger
vermicomposting bin in the SUB.
The new vermicomposting (also
known as worm composting) bin
will be located in the west side of the
SUB. The AMS food and beverage
department—which includes the
Pendulum, the Pit Pub and
Bernoulli's   Bagels—will   be   the
largest user.
Some departments in the SUB
have been composting since last
year, but a larger composter was
needed to incorporate the growing
AMS Food and Beverage
Manager Nancy Toogood explained
that improper cleaning of the previous composter is why it fell through.
"It was a bit of a victim of its own
success," Toogood said. "Everbody
likes to put things into the composter, but nobody wants to dig it
and aerate it. It needs work and
maintenance for it to work."
Abram Moore, the administrative coordinator for the Student
Environment Center, wants the SUB
to become a model in composting.
"The SUB [has a] combination of
work space, student space, social
space and business space," Moore
said. "If we can get a composting
system working in all of these areas
of the building we can do it on any
building on campus. We're trying to
create not just a model for compost-
BC Premier to
come to campus
Premier Gordon Campbell is scheduled to attend an announcement
"regarding the future of learning in
British Columbia" on Thursday,
October 3. No other information
about the event is available, other
than it is scheduled to run from
1 lam to lpm at the Main Library.
The Other guest listed for the event
is Irving Barber, a BC industrialist
who lastyear donated $25 million
dollars to establish a diabetes
research fund at UBC.
Her Majesty visits
Queen Elizabeth is fitting in a
visit to UBC on Monday, October 7
as part of her royal visit to Canada.
Her itinerary begins in Iqualiut,
Nunvut, and from there she heads
to Victoria before heading to
Vancouver where she'll drop the
puck at an NHL pre-season game on
October 6. Her Majesty will take part
in a 'literary event' on campus while
her husband. His Royal Highness
Prince Phillip will attend a 'sustainable environment event' ♦
ing but a model for sustainability."
Moore also said that the
Environment Center is in a better
position than the AMS to lead this
"We have more expertise and the
right kind of background to do a
program like this. We really need
the AMS's support and we hope that
they'll give us their support, but we
really need to take it on ourselves."
There are seven necessary components of a worm bin: a container,
air, bedding, moisture, soil, worms,
and food. To keep a composter
healthy a fair amount of work is
required. It is important to stir the
composter, add mulch, sawdust and
newspaper, and aerate the bin. A
large composting bin can require
up to two hours of work each week.
Vermicomposting is the preferred method of composting
because it takes three to six months
versus six to 12 months using a regular composter. Vermicomposting
emits less odour, therefore it
attracts fewer rodents and can possibly be done indoors.
Lead by Waste Management, vermicomposting began at UBC in
2000. Large composting bins are
located throughout campus, includ
ing at Green College, Acadia, and St.
John's College.
Waste Management Project
Coordinator Terri Skelton
explained why composting is necessary on campus. "70 per cent of the
waste at UBC is compostable,
including food scraps, newspaper,
grass clippings and landscaping.
Last year four tonnes of material
[from UBC] was composted."
Skelton feels that composting is
becoming increasingly popular.
"The main difference we've gotten
towards is we're reaching a lot more
people. Over time there is increasing registration at every workshop,
[and] questions are being asked."
UBC is not the only university in
Canada using this form of composting. UVic has a composting system,
as does the University of Guelph.
Toogood explains that the
process is one step at a time. "I
think it's baby steps for sure,
because we do have to change a lot
of people's thinking," she said. "I
think I get a lot of support from the
students because people are growing up in a world where this is
important. I think we meet tlie
most resistance from the
older people." ♦ TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2002
Sf Student Work Aiiroad Progn
Here is your chance to
have th© adventure
of a lifetime!
A v.ork abroad experience is a fantastic way to
enjoy an extended holiday and gain an entirely
new perspective on life! Programs are available
in many countries including Britain, Ireland, France,
Germany, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand.
Find out-morel
Come fo an Information session.
Wed Oct 2nd - SUB Km 206
Two seminars: 12:30 & 3:00
See the world your way
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Free Information Sessions
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Thursday, October 10 -12:30 to 2:00 PM
Buchanan Building, Rm B332
Tuesday, October 22 -12:30 to 2:00 PM
Asian Centre Auditorium
Experience adventure, friendship and first-hand knowledge of one of the
world's most vibrant cultures with the Japan Exchange and Teaching
(JET) Programme.
The JET Programme is a one-year, exchange programme for university
graduates to work in Japan as Assistant English Teachers or
Coordinators of International Relations, beginning August 2003.
Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, hold a Bachelor's Degree by
July 2003, and be under the age of 40.
Application forms and information
UBC Career Services
Consulate General of Japan/Tel: (604)684-5868, ext 223
Application Deadline: Postmarked by November 22. 2002
Co lege
Health Disciplines \
12:30-1:30 pm
Woodward IRC. Lecture Hall #2
TTie objective of the Health Care Team Challenge at UBC is to enhance students' knowledge about other health professions, and each other's professional
roles in the clinical arena.
The Challenge will be held before a live audience. A case study will be given
to two student teams from each of the participating programs in advance. Each
team will be challenged to develop a team approach for the management of at
least two issues and present that information, followed by a question from the
faculty representatives. Team performance will be 'popularly evaluated'.
Participating programs include:
Audiology & Speech language Pathology, Dentistry, Food, Nutrition & Health,
Human Kinetics, Medicine, Nursing Rehabilitation Sciences, Pharmaceutical
Sciences, Social Work & Family Studies.
Come and support students from your program!
For further information, please call
the College of Health Disciplines at (604) 822-5571.
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Quebecois acrobats
at the PNE
until Oct. 6
by Kathleen Deering
A looming tree bathed in turquoise light set the eerie first
scene in Cirque Eos's performance. As we watched, a
decorated character with cone-breasts and a wide-
hooped skirt plucked an apple from a branch—lightning
flashed and the stunning action from this Adam-and-Eve
connotation began.
The - members of this
Quebec-based acrobatic circus, performing at
Vancouver's PNE until Oct
6, perform an endless supply
of mind-boggling stunts and
with each separate act, never
fail to amaze their captive
audience. Also notable was
the lack pf netting, foam
landing-pads, or any other
protective device designed to
prevent terrible injury. Only
those under the age of 14
could truly enjoy the show—the rest of us were just waiting for one of these people to inadvertently kill them-
ir bodies through the air in a
staggering display of strength and grace.
A male and a female, who both seemed to have their
costumes painted on them with swirls of pastel spandex,
performed a sensual dance that defied gravity on a table
in the middle of the semi-circular stage. They ended up
literally balancing their combined weight on only the
man's arms: the woman
lay on her back (on his
back!), legs pointing
straight out over his head,
parallel to the ground.
Besides acrobatics, the
creative variety of characters that came from inside
the background treehouse
to play made this show
interesting to watch. The
big-bellied goatish character, for example, was constantly picked on by his fellow players for his lack of athletic prowess, but his
panache drew the love of the crowd.
Another exciting acrobatic number had three cat-like
characters clambering and stretching their contortionists' bodies inside the frame of a cube, lifted high above
the stage (note: no net). Yet another act had triple-appeal
for this former gymnast two giant men supported a
bendable plank between them on their shoulders while a
little woman used it simultaneously as a bar, beam and
trampoline to flip herself through the air. Mauve gauze
hung from the ceiling of the portable big top, while
women rolled themselves upwards in the fabric, swathed
in a cocoon of purple silk. Then, they plummeted directly towards the floor, rolling down at break-neck speeds
before stopping just feet above the ground. A heart-stopping, excellent show—this circus may lack tigers and elephants, but it's certainly not lacking animal ability. ♦
Reinventing the piano
Random Acts of music lack edge
at Western Front
Sept 27
by Simon McNaily
Last Friday night. Western Front
hosted Piano Explorations, part two
of the Random Acts series. The
evening consisted of four performance pieces linked by their questioning of traditional musical forms.
The work was mostly experimental
and often drew on jazz and atonal
techniques. John Cage's work for
prepared piano must also have been
an important reference point for
these artists.
The first piece was called
"Improvisations for Piano," and was
performed by Chris Gestrin with live
audio processing and an amplified
piano. The ambient sounds of this
piece were thoroughly transporting.
Although aesthetically rich, this
piece was highly abstract and very
The autonomy of Gestrin's work
was promptly disrupted by the theatricality of Rodney Sharman's
'spoken piano' piece "The Garden,"
performed by UBC doctoral music
student Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa. Iwaasa
dressed as a man for her performance, which was about the sexual
politics of love. As the piece moved
from jazz to atonality to 1950s pop
idioms, the work's central assertion was that brief experiences of
emotional communion are equally
valid displays of love as the traditionally accepted notions of long-
term commitment. Also in this
piece, fixed sexualities were
challenged by more dynamic
'polysexualitie s.'
The third performance of the
evening was Marguerite Wivoet performing "Postcards From Our
Futures" by Robert Pritchard.
Conflating past and future into personal imagination in the present,
this piece read as a kind of pastiche
of the 20th century. An effective
counterpoint to the abstract piano
work was the visual imagery evoked
by the pre-recorded audio samples.
The piano music had a very physical
quality, almost sculptural, and was
well handled by Wivoet Although
colourful in character, this work
seemed somewhat inflected with
nostalgia. I was interested to learn
from the program that the scores for
the piece were marked with per
formance commentaries written
only for the performer's personal
The last performance was a collaborative work between Montreal-
born pianist Marilyn Lerner arid
Winnipeg audio artist Ken Gregory.
Marilyn embarked on a sensitive
exploration of the physical body of
the piano. Probing it with a variety
of kitchen utensils and found
objects, she discovered new ways to
make sound and rhythm from the
traditional instrument
Lerner dumped a bowl of ping-
pong balls into the piano, and when
the hammers started popping them
up into the air, people started grabbing, at them and throwing them
around the room.
Overall, the work was quite
diverse and the older crowd seemed
informed and receptive.
Although I support the tradition of
critical art-making, I found that these
artists used mainly 20th century van-
guardist strategies which by now are
somewhat Tiousebroken' and lacking
a certain edginess. Even still, I would
support these artists in continuing to
question their practices and exploring new ways to ask questions about
our society and culture. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
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at the Commodore Ballroom
Sept 25
by John McCrank
A triumvirate of New York City
bands took over the Commodore
Ballroom on Wednesday,
September 2 5, with the Liars and
Yeah Yeah Yeahs backing up the
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
The show was slightly delayed,
as the guy driving the bus that
carried all three hands was held
back at the border. Yeah Yeah
Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner later
told me that the ordeal was "idiotic and torturous...[the driver]
got into a bar fight fifteen years
ago and that was it* Somehow,
the bands managed to get themselves and their equipment to the
Commodore, where they put on
one of the best shows that I have
seen in a long, long time.
The Liars are punk rock—so
punk rock that the lead singer
Angus Andrew wore an undersized muscle shirt and was cultivating a kick-ass mullet. Not
many people could carry that off,
but he did, strutting around on
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stage to a fusion of eclectic
sounds that were both raucous
and easy to dance to.
By the time the Yeah Yeah
Yeahs took the stage, the
Commodore was full to capacity,
people were loosening up, and
thick, sweet, pungent smoke was
rising from the living sea in front
of the stage. The Yeah Yeah
Yeahs, a trio with a good straight-
up alt-rock sound, consist of
Zinner on guitar, playing
melodies over echos and samples
of his own riffs and Karen 0 on
vocals, backed up by Brian
Chase's hard driving drum beats.
After their set, I ran into Zinner
in the beer line and asked him
what influenced the band's makeup, which includes no bass player. "The only band without a bass
that ever influenced me is this
one", said Zinner, happily nodding at the stage where Jon
Spencer (ex-Pussy Galore) and
his bandmates had just
sauntered out.
I first heard the Jon Spencer
Blues Explosion in a quiet little
town near the Golden Triangle on
the Thai side of the Mekong river,
where a guy named Toe in the'
TeePee Cafe cranked-up the
band's Acme, annihilating the
tranquility of that otherwise
peaceful day. I was impressed. On
Friday the band was in Vancouver
promoting their latest release,
Plastic Fang, which is more of the
same loud, hard-rocking
blues/r&b/rockabilly/funk that
they are known for.
Seeing them five was a real
treat. These guys had more stage
presence than all of the wannabe
rockstars on American Idol combined, with Spencer, Judah Bauer,
and Russell Simins immediately
churning the crowd into a frenzy
with their infectious sounds. As
Spencer howled "I crave the taste
of blood. Good Lord almighty. My
soul is lost, I said I curse the day
that I ever was born," the audi1
ence responded with screams and
whistles, and I doubt that there
was a single person in the room
that didn't count themselves lucky
to be there. ♦
at the Pit Pub
Sept. 26
by Matt Whalley
Fishbone came to the SUB to preach the
gospel of intensity and every aspect of
their show had the energy and feeling of
a gospel revival. Singer Angelo Moore
began the show by chanting down
Babylon with power and rage.
He gestured toward his theremin
and ranted using George Clinton-style
puns and innuendos. His theremin
screamed as he calmly explained
Armageddon. He was comforting the
crowd before he unleashed the funk
apocalypse. With style and seriousness,
he joked and played as he explained that
love is good and this world is mad.
When the band took the stage, looking like something conceived in one of
Sly Stone's cocaine nightmares, it was
easy to see how the world could have
gone mad. The world seemed crazy
when a shirtless man from South
Central Los Angeles with a single feeler
coming out of his head started |o slap
his bass. The rhythm was heavy and it
all came together. :
Angelo Moore was joined on stage by
a menacing-looking singer in dark
shades, a small grimace on his face.
Without the mic in his hand it would
have been easy to confuse him for
The show started out with a solid
funk jam, reproducing Funkadelic's signature sound without flaw. Both singers
added to the sing-along chorus as the
bass rolled.
Throughout the show. Fishbone
switched from genre to genre with ease
and without warning. It had a fantastic
jarring effect that kept things from
falling into place and settling—nothing
was anticipated or expected. Very rarely
do you see a band switch from intense
big band music to Bad Brains-style
Fishbone's influences were very
clearly on display. Metal mixed with
funk on a classic cover of Curtis
Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead" hinted at
their signature sound. After the revival-
style preaching at the beginning of the
show, "Freddie's Dead" was the perfect
song to explain a world falling apart
Throughout the set the inconsistency was their only mainstay. It Was beautiful to see people jumping and dancing with the rhythm, then be shocked
out of the groove by fierce hardcore.
The music was smooth, no matter what
they did.
This strange edge that Fishbone has
seems to be a very prominent part of
their stage show. It wasn't rock star
showmanship; it was just a bunch of
guys throwing themselves into the
music. There was very little separation
between the crowd and the band.
Before and after the show, the band
was just standing at the bar talking and
accepting offerings of marijuana They
kicked out the jams on stage and were
just regular fun guys off stage. They
seemed to repel bullshit, doing what
they came to do. Near the end of the
show, Angelo Moore climbed onto the
speaker cabinets and began pulling at
the chords on one of the hanging televisions. Immediately, a swarm of security
guards gathered below him but none
had the balls to confront the singer. The
television had been showing sports
highlights throughout the show and it
was bothering him so he dealt with the
situation. The jolly cop killer that stood
behind Moore just yelled out, "Tear the
roof off this motherfucker!"
Fishbone easily led the revival and
converted any of the non-believers.
They were able to dp justice to every
band that had ever inspired them. The
mysterious singer in shades demanded that the crowd learn from them:
"It's easy," he said, "I want you to send
us tapes of you guys getting nasty.-You
best learn from us."
Fishbone was keen on spreading
the word and it was openly received,
because they didn't just make you
want to buy their album or want to see
them in concert. They made you want
to be them. ♦
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Oct. 1
Don't be fooled. Other reviews may try to
sugar-coat this film as "a moving story of
friendship and loss." Walking on Water is a
gritty and honest look at death. Best of all,
it's funny, and you don't have to feel guilty
for laughing.
Charlie (Vince Colosimo) and Anna
(Maria TheodoraMs) make a pact to help
their terminally-ill best friend Gavin (David
Bonney) die. When the morphine overdose
they give him doesn't do the job, Charlie
smothers him with a plastic bag. The
remainder of the film examines the grief
that Gavin's friends and family go through,
and how these emotions change their relationships forever.
While the synopsis of this film reads like
a bad made-for-TV movie, the end result is
refreshing, introspective and surprisingly
original. We see the fallout from Gavin's
death lead his loved ones to infidelity, drug-
addiction and everything in between. The
characters in Walking On Water don't experience your typical polite, stiff-upper lip
grief—they get selfish, angry and self-
First time feature director, Tony Ayres,
has succeeded in bringing his experience as
an Australian short-film maker to the international market. The acting is also great,
with a notable performance from Nathaniel
Dean, who plays Gavin's wide-eyed, childlike younger brother.
Walking on Water has an independent
spirit, but isn't too out there. Think of it as
provocative, without being controversial. In
short, if you aren't sure what you're looking
for at the festival, it's a sure bet ♦
—Cait McKinney
t's that time of year again: The Ubyssey dives headlong into this
year's film fest. Our critics have been hard at work, tirelessly attending screenings to review a cross-section of the festival's 300 films.
All for you, the reader. Happy viewing!
Oct. 5 and 7
At first, I didn't know what to think about
Cry-Woman. Let me explain from where
my confusion stemmed...
The film follows the life of a Chinese
woman, Guixiang, whose no-good,
mahjong-playing husband gets arrested for
assaulting his friend. While Guixiang
would have no trouble making enough
money to scrape by, it would be nearly
impossible for her to make enough to pay
the medical bills for her husband's victim.
At this point, I didn't understand the
context of the film. I narrowed it down to
the fact that I didn't know how to interact
with the actors. This was because the acting
was so good that the film took on a docu-
mentaiy-like quality, following the life of a
single woman in China. The actor playing
Guixiang shows her grief and stress so realistically through the tragedies of the first
half—her husband's arrest, a child being
abandoned with her by a friend, being
rejected from various places of employment and by a past boyfriend—that I had
trouble believing that this was acting. It is
only when Guixiang starts training to
become a 'Cry-Woman' that you get a
glimpse of the actor behind the character.
A Cry-Woman is a woman who goes to
funerals and, for a fee, will cry and sing sorrowfully for the deceased, whom she has
never met. Obviously, this method of
employment is dependent on emotional
control. The issues of emotional manipulation and emotional repression ribbons
through the film.
Often, directly against this dark theme
of emotional control and. repression, the
author places some clever black humour
that breaks up the serious themes illustrated in the film. The character of the enterprising funeral wreath-maker and lover to
Guixiang provides a relieving screen presence, and the child actor playing the abandoned baby gives a seamless performance.
This was most impressive given the
extremely young age of the child.
My message to anyone who is intrigued
by this film: Cry-Woman is a film that
builds a window to a foreign culture.
Graceful, powerful and entertaining, it
challenges Hollywoodised movie perceptions. ♦
—Lauren Emberson
Look for more reviews in
GE FRIDMJhe Ubyssey
Magazine this Friday.
Oct. 8 and 9
This debut feature from director Kim In-
Shik is captivating, from its sexually explicit opening scene through to its dramatic
The film seems to be set during the
financial crisis that hit South Korea a few
years back. Suk-won is a broker who has
just been ruined by a market crash. In a
drunken state, he ends up sleeping in the
subway among Seoul's homeless community, his wife having rejected him. There, he
quickly meets Dae-shik, a homeless ex-
mountaineer who takes the newcomer
under his wing. Together, they embark on a
cross-country trip down to Pusan on the
south coast.    -
On the way, they meet H-joo (a waitress
or prostitute, it's not really clear) and she
promptly falls for Dae-shik. But unfortunately for her, Dae-shik had already fallen
for Suk-won.
Brokenlives form a theme of Roadmovie
and while the tone of the film is lightened
through some humour, the pain resulting
from the failure of the main characters to
find love is always felt. Gradually, as the
journey gduth continues, Dae-shik's feelings
become clearer, while Suk-won tries to
ignore his own.
The director isn't content just to "show
the destructive shame resulting from homosexual desire and the reality of economic
pressures in Korean society. The power of
the film comes from the central love story,
which is very credible. The characters—with
their weaknesses honestly revealed—evoke
compassion and one is completely engaged
watching the drama unfold.
By the end of the film, the melodrama is
heavy, but one can't help but get caught up
in it Don't say you weren't warned! ♦
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Have you ever questioned why an ordinary
Hollywood flick is called a 'movie,' while
something shown at a festival is a 'film?' I
had always wondered where the distinction was, until I had an epiphany while
attending a screening for The Tracker.
Since this work clearly shows the amount
of creativity, thought and skill that went
into its creation, I feel that it would
deserve nothing less than 'film' status,
above the everyday, plainjane 'movie.'
If heed be, the best way I could classify
The Tracker would be by the label 'artsy
Aussi western.' The characters struggle
with deep issues and undergo realistic
and extremely well-acted character development, while riding on horseback
through the Australian outback looking
for a native who they feel has committed
a crime. There are scenes when these government-funded cowboys pull out theirs
guns against the natives in the name of
imperialistic glory (you can tell it is not set
in modern day). The theme of imperialistic racism and violence is prominent in
the film.
For those of you who have the precon
ceived notions that film festivals are too
inaccessible. The Tracker definitely does
entertain in a 'movie' way, while providing more meaning behind it than, say, the
latest Harrison Ford flick. Then, for those
of you who feel that watching stereotypical festival works is what a film festival
experience is all about and nothing that
could entertain could satiate you, The
Tracker is planted with some very unique
creative approaches. This makes what
could be a cheesy romp through the outback with bigoted men into an 'artsy
Aussi Western.'
One unique approach by the director is
that, during violent scenes, the screen
switches from the film to a simple painting of the scene. Another interesting
aspect to watch for is the fact that the
characters are not given names—in the
credits they are simply called "The
Fanatic," "The Follower," "The Veteran"
and "The Tracker." The whole film is a
minefield of filmmaking creativity.
Those of you who are thinking, "For
such a resoundingly positive review that
makes me want to see the 'film' the
review must be dating the director or getting a free trip to Australia." If only,
if only... ♦
—Lauren Emberson
Oct. 2 and 4
Arms dealers have undoubtedly played a
role in warfare since the first Neanderthal
club was raised in anger. Regardless of the
players, these niche entrepreneurs have
always flogged their wares to the highest
bidder. Even they, however, have enough of
a conscience not to deal in weapons of
mass destruction, don't they? Oh yeah,
right, and Santa Claus is real.
In 1999, Karl Heinz-Schaab was extradited from Brazil to Germany to stand trial for
high   treason,   ostensibly  for   peddling
nuclear secrets to Iraq. Specifically, he sold
plans for building an ultracentrifuge, a
device that allows regular uranium to be
turned into bomb-making material. Looking
into Schaab's dealings, documentary filmmakers John Friedman and Eric Nadler
stumbled upon a complex web of relationships that began with the rise of Nazism and
implicated a German industrial powerhouse and the German government
Degussa, a German multinational and
Schaab's former employer, was a three-tier
company until they absorbed several Jewish
companies in the late 1930s. Degussa
served as the official processor of precious
metals stolen from the Jews (including gold
from their teeth), and produced Zyklon B,
the gas used to eradicate millions in death
camps. Amazingly, no one from the company was ever tried for war crimes, and sever
al high-ranking members of the S.S. stayed
on with the company after the war.
Flashback to Degussa and the company's "exports iiber alles" mindset: they
openly supplied both Pakistan and Iraq
with information that was crucial to achieving nuclear capabilities. Degussa's former
vice president notes, "we didn't do anything illegal according to export regulations," but skirts the question of Iraq's
intentions. A former Iraqi scientist, however, states unequivocally that company executives acknowledged with a wink and a nod
that they saw through the Iraqis' cover story
and were anxious to sign a contract
Stealing the Fire wanders at times, but it
needs to in order to explain the depth and
complexity of the conspiracy.
—Greg Ursic
Oct. 1 and 7
Gaza Strip is an exhibition that will unsettle you.
Filmed in the Spring of 2001, about a half-year
after the eruption of the second (and ongoing)
intifada, Gaza Strip endeavours to convey the quotidian experience of ordinary Palestinians struggling to persevere within the infernal misery occasioned by a corrupted peace process and the
malign Israeli occupation.
In fact, the existence the camera witnesses is
horrendous. Just about everyone has heard certain
Palestinians and Israelis appropriating the terms
"settlements,* "closures," "checkpoints," and (of
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course) "terrorists" to countenance their countervailing acts of iniquity, but rarely are these realities
presented as they affect the lives of Palestinian
' families whose only conspiracy is the hope to survive. This film, therefg>re, will surely be enlightening for anyone who's motivated to consider the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict more thoughtfully than
is typically done on the evening news or in
Southam newspaper editorials.
A warning though: while the sound and photography are excellent, the footage is extremely
intense and several scenes might haunt more
squeamish viewers. This film might also provoke
in you some possibly disturbing introspection; ask
yourself, for instance, how much humiliation and
abject hopelessness you could bear before you
began to consider acts which an undisturbed conscience would never assent to? If there is one heartening aspect to this film however, it is the consideration that those who imperil their souls by unjustifiable acts remain in a minority among
Palestinians, despite the fact that the majority of
them continue to suffer hardship and bitter frustration that most film-festers don't begin to understand.
In this respect, Gaza Strip attests indirectly to
the resilience of good in most people, even while
evil is ubiquitous. ♦
—Tieg Martin
Oct. 4 and 6
Three short films from Korea,
Thailand and Hong Kong. Three
thrilling mysteries crafted with traditional and innovative techniques of
fear production. One great pan-Asian
collaboration? Almost.
Kim Jee-Woon's Memories is an
extremely we_Ycrafted thriller. This
tale of a husband who has lost both
his wife and parts of his memory
makes use of every audience-jolting
trick, from dizzying cinematography,
chilling score, to the most obvious,
gore. Elements of the film are similar
to those of The Sixth Sense, but the
film is so far beyond this comparison.
The theatre (occupied by film reviewers) was filled several times with the
uncomfortable laughter of those suddenly frightened. Needless to say,
Kim Jee-Woon holds his own.
The Mieeiis a film about puppets.
Director Nonzee Nimibutr, who studied the art of hair-raising through the
infamous Chucky technique, obviously didn't acknowledge the ramifications of a movie like Child's Play. The
pros and cons of the movie are as follows: Pro, from the costuming, music,
and scenery, you are able to get a
quick taste of Thailand's beautiful cul-
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tare. Com, The Wheel is a film about
puppets. Pro, all three films run consecutively without intermission;
therefore, make your own intermission. Con, the film contains a dream
sequence, which includes the puppets. The collaboration should really
have been titled "Two," but on the
other hand, it may be comforting to
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some that horrid things can in fact
survive. Speaking of which, it's nice
to see that John Tesh is still around
making those delightful CDs.
With a strong start, it's only fitting
that Three finishes just as well with
Going Home. Hong Kong director
Peter Ho-Sun Chan possesses the skill
and vision to apply unconventional
resources with traditional conventions. He is able to take a large city,
children and a touch of broad daylight, and craft it into a horrifying concoction. The plot follows a familiar
template, but due to the uniqueness
and originality of the plot's concept,
it's hard to walk away and think about
anything else. Chan uses cinematography, and the talent of his actors to
put forward a film that delivers horror and comedy, as well as tragedy.
Three is definitely worth watching.
Both Kim and Chan are able to sup-
. port Nimibutr's film, and will easily
fulfiLyour satisfaction quota. ♦
—John Hua
Oct. 6
This debut feature film from BC director Keith
Behrmann has many things going for it, but is—ultimately—let down by its resolution.
The film, despite the title, centres on eight-year-
old Garnet His mother died giving birth to him,
and he is cared for mainly by his older sister
Flower, his father unable to emotionally connect
with the boy. Garnet is a sensitive little boy,
extremely observant of the world around him.
Quiet and withdrawn, he is very attached to his sister as his father is only ever distant with him. The
problems start when Flower gets a boyfriend and
longs for more independence. When his father buy>
little Garnet a b.b. gun in an attempt at father-son
bonding, we see more danger on the horizon.
Behrmann gives a wonderfully detailed picture
of the world of Garnet and many images stick in the
mind, from the collecting of worms to the eating of
breakfast cereal. Colin Roberts—in the role of
Garnet—is amazingly natural, and it's a credit to
him and the director that both the pain and curiosity in his world are so vividly portrayed. Callum
Keith Rennie is brilliant in the role of the father,
along with the strong performances of the rest of then seem to be become forced, finally culminating
the cast The film's tone is patiently set and the in a resolution that appears cheap, almost too easy
despair and burden is made very palpable. It is after all the heaviness that comes before. ♦
only when the problems come to a head that the
film starts to bog down. The plot developments —Erik Hers
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A double order of satire
at the Capilano College Centre for the Performing Arts
Sept. 21
by Ted Chen
Going to .see "Double Exposure" was something that was kind
of foreign to me, because I'd never heard of "Double
Exposure." I'd never even been to see a live Canadian comedy
show, so I was skeptical about just how funny these performers were. However, any doubts that I had previously harboured instantly vanished when the dynamic duo of Bob
Robertson and Linda Cullen appeared on stage. They lampooned everyone from North American politicians and media"
personalities like Don Cherry, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush
and Martha Stewart to the Prime Minister of Canada, Jean
Let's start with Bob Robertson's take on Don Cherry^ the
Canadian host of "Hockey Night in Canada." Robertson mades
Cherry sound and look like he's a Noo Yawk (New York) mob
ster from the 1940s, with that thick Brooklyn accent and double-breasted pinstriped suit that he dons. For a moment I
thought I was going to get shot Robertson portrays Cherry as
being disgusted with Russian hockey players and Russia itself.
The character went so far as to claim knowledge of Russian
history, with laughable results. (He suggested that the 1917
Russian revolution was initiated by a certain John Lennon.)
Robertson's rendition of Clinton's blocked nose' Arkansas
accent was also hilarious. The caricatured Clinton loved
Canada, saying that he came to British Columbia during the
Vietnam War so that he could test some BC bud (although he
claims he didn't inhale—yeah, right). Clinton went on to claim
that he enjoyed the Olympics when they were held in Calgary,
but remarks that he's "never been that cold since [his] relationship with Hillary." Guffaws from my direction ensued, as
I couldn't help but appreciate the depth of Robertson's satirical portrayal of Bill Clinton.
The mimicry of George W. Bush was just as funny, as
Robertson has perfected the familiar nasal Texan accent of
America's current President Linda Cullen compared Bush Jr
to Russian President Vladimir Putin, commenting that
"President Putin is part of Russian Intelligence, but President
Bush was never part of Intelligence."
Cullen's take on Martha Stewart was great. She came on
stage decked in a moppish blond wig resembling Stewart's
shabby hairdo. Stewart's insider trading predicament is highlighted when Cullen put on a garage sale, asserting that, "you
can make a lot of money by selling off those stocks, er, I mean
Last, but not least, the highlight of the show was
Robertson's absolutely mind-boggling imitation of Jean
Chretien. Robertson pulls off Chretien's heavy, growling
French accent with ease, and at the same time creases his lips
to a side to simulate that twisted facial expression that is just
so characteristically Chretienesque. A few examples of
Chretien's heavily mispronounced English were reproduced
as Chretien expressed his discontent with the "hoposision"
parties, such as like the "Appliance Party." I thought I was in
Parliament—I must say that Robertson's rendition of Chretien
was absolutely top-notch.
"Double Exposure's" Robertson and Cullen should in fact
be far more exposed, as they aire certainly talented in lampooning just about any noteworthy personality. It's a
Canadian thing, eh? ♦
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Small flaws hamper performance
at the Frederic Wood Theatre
until Oct 5
by Lauren Emberson
"Fifty per cent of a woman's charm is
illusion. But when there is something serious to say, I am honest"
This line from "A Streetcar Named
Desire," playing until October 5 at
the Frederic Wood Theatre, seemed
to me to be a fitting analogy, since
half of the play died beyond the surface, but it all solidified for the finale.
Now, before more criticism
ensues, let me say that the set was
fantastic; most- supporting actors
were the same; the main character,
Blanche, was enthralling; and, as is
expected from a Tennessee
Williams play, the dialogue was
simultaneously tight, hilarious and
shocking. That being said, let the
criticism recommence...
First on my list is Stanley,
Stella's abusive husband, played by
Joel Redmond. Stanley's character
is second only to Blanche in complexity    and    depth.    However,
Redmond seemed more comfortable within the character's skin
than his mind. At the moments in
the play where Stanley relied on his
primitive brutality, Redmond
seemed completely comfortable
with the character—but when the
rage was stripped away, he wasn't
able to show Stanley's cunning and
calculating mind clearly.
Another aspect of the play that
seemed muddled was the accents.
Stella started out with a squeaky,
thick Southern drawl that was
somehow beaten out of her in the
middle of the play and then
remembered as the drama ensued
near the finale. Stanley seemed to
be born in the Bronx and Stella also
picked up this accent occasionally
during their fights. Aside from the
two 'lovers,' the accents were well
done. Lianne Seykora, who played
Eunice, had the most amazing
voice and superb drawl—listen for
it booming from off-stage.
"A shot never did a coke any
harm." This line of Blanche's would
definitely be the advice I would
give Sadie Odette Kime, who played
Stella. Perhaps she was saving up
her energy for the dramatic last
scene, but she didn't seem to show
the bipolar nature of her life with
any real (ahem) drama. When the
character switched from extreme
joy to screaming sorrow, Kime
seemed to hold back. She played
the exuberant Stella with more
familiarity than she did the shattered Stella.
Which brings me to Sarah
Groundwater, who lives as Blanche
DeBois for a few hours a night in
her performances. I don't think I
could say enough good things about
Groundwater. Besides an appropriately cloying Southern accent and
charismatic stage presence, she
played the character as impeccably
as she played the audience. I couldn't decide whether to feel sympathetic or condescending towards
Blanche throughout the whole play
and even as I write this review.
All of Miss DeBois's intricacies,
as written by Tennessee Williams,
were captured and amplified by
Groundwater. She carried the play
and pieced it together—dare I say
that she was the duct-tape that
bound it all? Of course, she had
help from supporting cast members, specifically a superb Mr
Mitchell, played by Ryan Egan.
To put it in a nutshell—the set
was a dream; the scene changes
were not well done; Stella and
Stanley   could   have   be   much
stronger, but they did get the message across; the supporting actors
were refined; and Blanche was the
leading light of it all. Despite my
criticisms, I wouldn't hesitate to
recommend this play to anyone
who wants to see a classic. ♦
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Olympics deserve debate
This week, Premier Gordon Campbell asked a
small audience at Whistler to consider the gk>w:
ing spectre of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver,
stating that he was speaking on behalf of British
Columbians. He spoke about "excitement on the
horizon/ as well as the "creativity" and "federal
dollars" that the province will solicit to host the
2010 Winter Olympics, should Vancouver be
chosen by the International Olympic Committee
next July to be the golden city. But which British
Columbians was Campbell speaking about,
Surely not those in the quiet communities
that will be adversely affected by the proposed
$600 million highway upgrade. Surely not the
thousands of British Columbians who are outside the small group of private investors who
will directly benefit Surely not those who are in
danger of losing their homes and residences.
Despite government promises that social
housing will be one of the lasting legacies of the
Games, history is not so reassuring.
At Expo '86, to which many point as
Vancouver's shining debut as an international
city, an estimated 500 to 950 people were
evicted from residential hotels to make room
for tourists. In the preparation years between
1978 and 1984, almost 2000 housing units
were lost, and hotel dwellers were evicted
because of a cunning loophole: the inhabitants were not considered tenants under the
Residential Tenancy Act.
At the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, even after
the Olympic organisers promised to prevent
evictions,    100   low-income   tenants   were
squeezed out by skyrocketing rent. London's
The Guardian reported that those renters who
normally paid US$100 to $200 a week were
asked to fork over US$700 a week, or get out.
Closer to home, early discussions with UBC
Housing indicate that if Vancouver gets the
Olympics, large areas of the campus—including
Gage Towers, and parts of Wesbrook Mall, East
Mall and University Boulevard—will be made
inaccesible to students. Many students living in
residence would be forced to move elsewhere
for the month of the Games, either being shunted into billeting arrangements or compelled to
find alternate housing at a crucial point in the
academic term.
The municipal political parties have waded
deep into the Olympic muck, polarising the
debate and using it as a platform for the looming November 17 elections. Several groups in
Vancouver are calling for a referendum, and
discussion of issues such as taxpayer dollars,
social housing and community impact in a public forum. The Coalition of Progessive Electors
(COPE), has nominated Jim Green, who is also
the chair and spokesperson for the Impacts of
the Olympics on the Community Coalition
(IOCC) watchdog group, as a candidate for City
Council. In May of this year, COPE proposed a
bylaw that would prevent landlords from converting or demolishing residential hotels in
order to profit from the Olympics. The Nonpartisan Association (NPA), however, quickly
quashed the bill, and allied itself with the business community. According to her campaign literature, Jennifer Clarke, the NPA's mayoral can
didate, feels that the Games will "provide
Vancouver with another international showcase" and, more importantly, "a place to invest
and do business."
It is no wonder that there is hesitation onthe
part of the Bid Committee to open up the floor
for discussion. The recent thumbs-down from
the citizens of rival Olympic bid city Bern,
Switzerland, demonstrates the potential for public disapproval. Even more telling is the fact that
almost 80 per cent of the city voted against funding the Olympics with taxpayer money because
the economy is in trouble, and the money might
be better spent improving social programs.
. The premier has said no to a referendum,
but this hasn't stopped the IOCC from planning
a city-wide vote. The organisation hopes to hold
a referendum after the release of the official bid
plans onjanuary 10, 2003, and the BC Auditor
General's report on the costs of hosting the
Games. Although the results would be non-binding. Am Johal, one of the organisers of the IOCC,
says the results would send a resounding message. The potential for using the Olympics as a
means to address and remedy some of the-
issues that face the community is huge;
improved transportation and renewed infrastructure come to mind.
Alone, the promises of a bustling economy
and an elevated international reputation for
Vancouver are not worth the many costs of
hosting the Olympic Games. If, and only if, the
event brings benefits for all British
Columbians, will hosting the Games be worth
the Olympic effort. ♦
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Lack of track
draws flak
By John McCrank
UBC has a rich tradition of producing high calibre athletes in
every area of sport National level athletes have come here and
thrived in their respective events, developing into world-class
competitors, largely due to the opportunity to compete with
their peers in top-notch facilities.
The success of the UBC track team over the years, however,
has happened in spite of their campus environment, which is
sorely lacking in one important element to a track team's success—a track to practice and compete on.
From 193 7 to 196 7, a track existed inside of Varsity Stadium,
which once stood where the SUB is now located. A new track was
included in the plans for Thunderbird Stadium, which was built
in 1967, but the. work was never completed, leaving UBC as the
only major university in Canada without a track and field facility.
Up until last year, there was an old track that was in a constant state of disrepair—known as Logan track—but it was leveled
to make way for a new field hockey artificial turf field. The presence of a championship field hockey team helped to speed up
construction, and the newly christened Wright Field was officially opened the first week of September.
According to Director of Athletics and Recreation, Bob Philip,
the university officially abandoned the track on April 1,1994, since
the site was not large enough for a future regulation size track.
However, Philip said that the university and the Department
of Athletics have identified a new track as a priority and are considering installing a track in Thunderbird Stadium.
One person that would like to see the track installed in the
stadium is UBC head track and field coach (as well as the 2000
Canadian Olympic team coach), Marek Jedrzejek, who was
influential in forming a committee that is lobbying for the
track. Jedrzejek is optimistic about the future of UBC track and
field, saying UBC finally seems to be "back on track with track."
The 'Back on Track' committee is comprised of former
alumni and track supporters such as former Olympians Doug
Clement and Charmaine Crooks, (also a member of the IOC),
who have examined the possibilities of a future UBC track
and field facility. ;
The committee has identified over 30 potential track and
field events that could be held at UBC, and they point to
Minoru track in Richmond as a prime example of a successful
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BIRDS ON A WIRE: The UBC women lost to Nanaimo 19-0 Saturday, and are now 0-3. Roberto wittmann photo
by Anna King
A third loss for the women's rugby team
hasn't ruffled the team's feathers, and
while the Nanaimo Hornets walked away
with a 19-0 win Saturday, most of the
game was a close race.
After a try by Nanaimo off the opening
kick and then again a few minutes in, the
Thunderbirds held their eggs for a good
half an hour before finally losing a third .
try at the beginning of the second half.
Coach Spencer Robinson said while
the game's outcome was disappointing,
the game—like the past two games—have
been good practice for the upcoming
Canada West Cup tournament in
Edmonton on October 19.
"We're trying to put some systems in
place so we peak in two weeks time in
Edmonton," Robinson said. "So we're
looking at different combinations of players and seeing what works."
Co-captain Teresa Jackson said she
thinks the team has been improving
every game. The Birds lost their first
game of the season to UVic and the sec
ond to Douglas.
"We need a little more belief in ourselves, more focus and more desire. We
get 80 yards up the field and then lose it
But there's a tonne of talent on the
team," said Jackson.
"We've been playing different combinations [of players] almost every half-
game. It takes a while to find the best
combo," she said.
The Birds will get a chance to prove
their mettle in Edmonton, where five
teams will fight for one position in the
Western Division. ♦
facility. The Minoru track is booked 1500 hours per year for
both sporting and non-sporting events. Maintenance and oper:
ating costs of a new facility would be covered by fees paid by
user groups.
Alumni of the UBC track and field include former Prime
Minister John Turner, Percy Williams, Rick Hansen, and Jeff
Schiebler, who currently holds six Canadian distance running
If all goes well, the committee envisions a track in place by
2004. ♦
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The UBC women's soccer squad
didn't let a single goal into their
net this weekend, shutting
out Regina, . Alberta and
Saskatchewan. Now sitting second
- in the country for the third week in
a row, the Birds are entering into
territory not seen since the
1993/1994 season, when UBC won
the CIS National championship.
Beating Alberta was no small
achievement for the 7-0-1 Birds, as
the Pandas have an impressive CIS
history of their own, sweeping the
gold at the 2001/02 CIS championship on the strength of a perfect
season. The Thunderbirds, howev-
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1987. Playing against the league's
youngest    varsity    team    next
Sunday, UBC visits the Trinity
Western Spartans on their Langley
The men's team has been having a tougher time of it, but is still
clutching the fourth and final playoff spot in the Canada West
Division after a 1-1 weekend in
the Prairies. The Birds will also be
on the bus out to Langley for a
2pm match against the Spartans.
The hapless Thunderbirds took
another hit this Friday with their
24-18 loss to the Calgary Dinos.
UBC is still at the bottom of the
league, but they're not lonely, as the
Alberta Golden Bears, at 0-4, are
in a similar predjcament.
Unfortunately, by the time the Birds
and the Bears square off, it'll be the
last, desperate game of the regular
season. With four playoff berths in
the Canada West, and seven teams,
UBC's chances rest on their remaining four league games. The 1-3 SFU
Clan comes down from the mountain next Friday for the annual
Shrum Bowl, and the Birds will
have to outrun the Clansmen without speedy tailback Julian Radlein,
who was injured in Calgary. Kickoff
is at 7pm.
The men's hockey team hosts the
defending Canada West
Champions—the Alberta Golden
Bears—this weekend. Alberta has ten
championship banners fluttering in
their halls, while the UBC hockey
team has yet to win a title in the 39
years they've been on the ice. AU bets
are off, however, as UBC seems to
have skated over a 13-year slump
with the hiring of coach Milan
Dragicevic, who has so far seen his
bench battle the Canucks' Prospects,
Calgary and a long-ingrained can't-do
attitude with plucky results. The puck
drops Friday at the Winter Sports
Centre, 7pm. ♦


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