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Feature
Friday. November 10.200010
A big fish in
a small pond
CONGRATULATIONS: Michael Smith receives the Nobel Prize in Stockholm, in 1993.
About a month before he passed away, an
ailing Michael Smith learned that
plaques were being put up to commemorate the places on campus where he had
done much of his Nobel prize-winning
research.
Smith, UBC's most famous scientist and an
avid bathroom reader, jokingly remarked that
he hoped they'd put a plaque up in the men's
room because that was where he had some of
his most important thoughts.
That's how Caroline Astel remembered
Michael Smith. Astel, once one of Smith's students and now a professor of biochemistry at
UBC, stood before an illustrious audience
gathered in the Chan Centre last Monday, with
a photo of a half-grinning Smith at centre
stage, and recounted Smith's regular ritual of
retiring to the bathroom to escape the noise of
his lab and read the latest scientific journals.
Scientists,, ex-government ministers, businessmen, and fishing buddies from as far
away as Tokyo, Toronto, London, and New
York were in Vancouver to remember the
quirky, Birkenstock-wearing academic that
almost-singlehandedly brought UBC research
onto the world stage.
Astel was just one of a number of well-
qualified people who stood at the podium to give Smith his formal UBC
farewell. This was indeed an impressive audience for a Blackpool, England-born son of a
market gardener who disliked his early days
in school. Equally impressive was the size of
the audience gathered to hear stories praising
Smith as brilliant friendly, and modest
But after speaking with a few people who
knew him, the reasons why so many came to
the Chan Centre became clear. The response
of friends and colleagues to the mention of his
name is always enthusiastic and positive.
He had no airs about him, he was a very
pleasant human being,* recalled Gordon Tener,
a pix>fessor emeritus of biochemistiy at UBC,
and one of the very first people who met Smith
when he came to UBC from England in 1954. -
"He was a creative and distinguished scientist and friend, a warm and humble man
known for his humanity and generosity,*
agreed Barry McBride, UBC's vice-president
academic and provost
"He set a great example for people. He
demonstrated that you can be quite open and
caring and still be regarded as a top-notch scientist You know the saying, 'the good guy
never comes first'?—he's the opposite," said
Victor Ling, one of Smith's former colleagues
and vice-president research at the BC Cancer
Research Centre.
His colleagues say that he was a brilliant
and passionate scientist Someone who loved
to talk science, who was always up to date on
the latest scientific discoveries, and who was
always willing to help others with their work
when he could.
Friends remember Smith as a very balanced
man, who wa3 intently focused on his scientific
work, but who also held a great passion for life.
He loved being with people, and many who
knew him tell stories of having a beer with him
at UBCs Faculty Club or at his favourite restaurant Bishop's. He was also an ardent outdoors-
man who lived to fish, sail, ski, and hike.
But as much as Smith may have boasted of
his skill at fishing, the biggest catch he reeled
in had nothing to do with fish. In 1993, when
he was reputedly lying naked in bed waiting to
hear the score from a baseball game, he was
disturbed by a phone call from the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences. He had just
snagged the Nobel Prize, worth $500,000.
fTr^he Nobel Prize in Chemistry was the ulti-
I mate prize for Smith in his distinguished
JL 30-year career at UBC, And it was a far cry
from the Blackpool he left behind.
Smith, born into a working-class family in
1932, showed early brilliance-he won a scholarship for a local private school. He didn't
enjoy his studies there, though, and his final
grades weren't strong enough to win a place at
one of Britain's most prestigious universities.
Smith instead went to the University of
Manchester for Honours Chemistry.
Smith didn't achieve the first-class (A average) degree he desired, graduating with a B
average. But despite this, Smith managed to
win a state scholarship, and completed his
PhD in Chemistry at Manchester.
Smith was rejected by all the American
universities on the West Coast that he had
applied to for post-doctoral work.
As a result, in 1954 he turned to a
certain lesser-known institution in
Vancouver, where a position was
available to work under a yourig
scientist by the name of Gobind
Khorana.
And it was here, at UBC, that
Smith's career began to soar.
Under Khorana, who himself
would win the Nobel Prize in
1968, he learned molecular biology and was won over by the BC climate, which allowed him to pur-
" sue his outdoor passions.
Tener, who worked in
Khorana's lab at the time, chuckles about the "very energetic*
young Smith, with his 'strong
accent* and 'all the appropriate
English mannerisms.'
Only seven years after starting
work in Khorana's lab, Smith's
accent was less noticeable, he had
been given an associate professorship at UBC, and a small research
team was on its way to laying the
groundwork for his ultimate
achievement
In 1976, while on sabbatical in
England, Smith realised a way to
make a genetic mutation on any part of a DNA
molecule. Though the logic and science
behind his epiphany is difficult to explain, in
essence Smith opened the doors for
researchers to test genes—our biological
framework—very methodically.
While it took Smith and hi3 team of
researchers several years to perfect this technique, in the end his perservance paid off and
he made his mark on science. Although the
Nobel Prize was still over a decade away, his
discovery paved the way for research that
would explain the details of specific genes,
meaning that people could begin to unravel
the mystery behind diseases such as cancer.
It was after this discovery that Smith began
to work to improve the university. As his
prestige and recognition grew. Smith started to move away from direct research, using
his influence to increase research funding and
help develop a series of laboratories.
In 1987, he managed to gather funding to
start UBC's Biotechnology Laboratory, building a superb research facility to develop and
keep faculty members at UBC.
But despite his prestige, Smith never lost
his humility or humour. Brett Finlay, a professor of biochemistry at UBC, said that he will
never forget the first time that he met Smith.
Finlay was a PhD student at the University of
Alberta. "He came through and gave a talk and
we got to go out I remember being totally blown
away that someone so well known would take
the time to talk to graduate students,' he said.
In Finlay's case, Smith's modesty and interest had great rewards. Finlay, who pursued
post-doctoral studies at Stanford, turned Out to
be a very promising young researcher who
turned down job offers at universities such as
Harvard and MIT in order to join Smith at
UBC's Biotechnology Lab.
"He had great plans for the lab. The added
excitement of working in an entire department..full of bright, young researchers was
very appealing," Finlay said.
Tener said that the. recruitment of the
biotechnology workers was an excellent example of Smith's administrative skills.
'One of Mike's great abilities was to assess
the potential of young great scientists. If you
look at the people in the biotech lab, like Brett
by Alex Dimson
Finlay, they are outstanding young people and
they're getting good support'
By the time he won the Nobel Prize, Smith
had already established himself as one of
Canada's leading scientists. The prize gave
him a lot more political clout, however, allowing him to become a better fundraiser.
Even before Smith had actually received the
prize, he was making full use of its market
value. For Smith, who donated half of the
$500,000 to two schizophrenia charities and
the other half towards an endowment fund for
the Society for Canadian Women in Science and
Technology, convinced both the federal and the
political governments to match the donation.
Because he donated all of his prize money,
Smith's Nobel Prize turned out to be very
expensive—he paid his own way to Stockholm
to receive his award, and he brought his family and the 14 researchers who worked on the
prize-winning research with him.
The prize also left Smith with an extensive
travel schedule with speeches to make around
the world. At the Chan ceremony, McBride
said that he once met Smith in Ottawa. Smith
had been visiting with cabinet ministers, having just flown in from Rome. McBride said
that he asked Smith, who was leaving for
Tokyo three days later, if he was going to get
some rest Smith said no, replying that he had
a talk scheduled with an all-girls elementary
school in Victoria.
According to Ling, the Nobel Prize gave
Smith great pull with both the federal and
provincial governments, which he used to
raise funds very effectively. In recent years,
Smith used all his resources to help fund cancer research in BC, he was instrumental in the
creation of several major government
research funding initiatives, including the
development of a National Centres of
Networks of Excellence program, the building
of the Genome Sequence Centre at the BC
Cancer Research Agency that was his pride
and joy, and a recent influx of money from the
Canadian Foundation for Innovation.
Even as the leukemia that he was diagnosed with two years ago became active,
Smith continued to work with the BC Cancer*
Agency's Genome Sequence Centre, working
right up until two days before his death.
"Up to the last he was quite matter of
fact..In some cases with the Genome Sequence
Centre staff, literally he was still talking about
details, procedures, and what should be done.
He was continuing to do what he really loved to
do towards the end," said Ling, who had
worked next to Smith, his former professor, at
the BC Cancer Agency for the past three years,
0r» October 4, after only a two-day stay at
hospital, Smith's seemingly inexhaustible drive was suddenly extinguished. His colleagues, however, don't think
that the quality of research at UBC will suffer
as a result
"By recruiting so many good people, he's
not here, but these people still are. I think he
also showed by example in new initiatives that
the university developed,* said Finlay. "He
doesn't have the only License on recruiting
excellent people, though.'
Ling, meanwhile, said that he thinks that
while the quality of research will be consistently high, BC has lost 'a very important and
clear voice* for science.
'Having him in this community gave [it]
credibility, it doesn't matter what discpline
you're in, it really said that someone who
spent ail of their life in Vancouver can do
excellent science, can have influence, that's
really very inspirational to any young people.'
Smith is survived by three children. ♦
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No GAP debate at AMS meeting
'  '    : , by!Sarah Morrison
Representatives from both sides of the abortion issue lined opposite
corners of the council chambers of the Alma Mater Society (AMS) on
Wednesday to wait for a debate that never came.      ...
The groups expected a debate to emerge about an alleged violation
of AMS policy by the pro-life group that brought the controversial anti-
abortion Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) images to campus last
month. GAP juxtaposes images of aborted fetuses with those of the
Holocaust and racist lynchings. -    '
Last week. Lifeline, a pro-life club at UBC, was the subject of complaints when one of the club's booths hi the Student Union Building
(SUB) displayed an album of photographs that showed the controversial GAP images at anti-abortion rallies.
A policy passed last year by the AMS, which controls, the space in the
SUB, does not allow for the presence of any GAP images in the building.
The issue surfaced only briefly in the meeting when Mark Fraser,
AMS vice-president administratioa advised Council that any discussion should take place in camera—with only councillors present—
because' the AMS is currently involved in a lawsuit over incidents
involving GAP's presences at UBC last year.
With no further mention of the issue, the number of students representing Lifeline and Students for Choice, the campus pro-choice
group, dwindled as the night progressed.
Outside the meeting, Students for Choice President Hannah Roman
told the Ubyssey that Lifeline had previously been warned by the AMS
against displaying GAP material in the SUB.
'It's a clear violation of AMS policy, and Lifeline was well aware of
what the policy was," said Roman.
But Stephanie Gray, president of Lifeline, called the policy 'absurd"
and added that anyone viewing a website with that included GAP
images on a computer in the SUB would be violating the policy.
Gray said that the focus of the display.was not on GAP, but on her
club. ...,:j '.:'..
'It just happened that in the info was [sic] some images of displays
we've had," she said, adding that newspapers available in the SUB had
printed prominent photographs of the GAP images.
According to Fraser, Lifeline displayed their photographs for roughly three hours before he was alerted about their content He said that
Lifeline members immediately removed the offending material as he
requested. .<
'What Lifeline did, is that they took it out as soon as I asked, and I
received no further complaints that day," he said. Fraser also pointed
out that only photographs, and no actual GAP material, had been displayed.
But Roman said that she hopes to see the situation addressed.
'It's not enough for Mark to say, 'You know, well they took it down',
because it was the end of the day," she said.
Fraser said that the AMS Student Administrative Commission will
address the issue at meeting on Nov. 20. ♦
AMS changes election policy to prevent discriminatory posters
• by Cynthia Lee
In an attempt to eliminate discriminatory
content in campaign material in UBC student
elections, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) has
amended its code of procedure to prevent
"offensive" messages from.reaching students*
The changes came several weeks after a
student brought forth concerns about a
remark that he called 'homophobic* on a
poster for a candidate in September's Arts
Undergraduate Society (AUS) election;
The amendments, give authority to the
AMS Elections Administrator and the head
elections officers of student constituencies-
such as the AUS—to refuse approval of 'campaign material which he or she deems to be
offensive" and allow
these decisions to be
appealed to an elections
committee.
'The idea of the (AMS
codes and policies] committee writing up these
sections is to empower
the elections administrator to deal with issues like
this when they do come
up," said Chris Eaton, the
chair of the committee, ■..,_
Prior to this change in procedure, the elections administrator of any AMS- or constituency-run election could not rule on the
.content of campaign material, with the excep-
EATON
tion of poster-size restrictions and a provision
that election dates must appear on a poster.
Aleksandra Brzozowski, AUS president
and an AMS councillor, said she thinks the
changes to the code will be useful for guiding
the elections procedures.
But she added that she has concerns that
the changes could be too large a responsibility for a single elections administrator, who is
often an unpaid volunteer in a student constituency.
"The onus should be on the candidate to
look over campaign matter for offensive comment," she said.
Several other councillors at the meeting
also worried that the new code would not set
out specific guidelines, about what niaterial
would    be^   considered
offensive.
"I think just leaving it
open as 'offensive' allows
the [elections administrator] more discretion to
come up with situations
which could occur in the
future," said Eaton, who
added that several guidelines on discrimination
and harrassment at UBC
already exist to help an
administrator in approving campaign material.
'I would hope these sections are used very
sparingly, but if a situation does develop, the
BRZOZOWSKI
[elections administrator] now has the authority to act on that," he added.
- In late September, AUS elections coordinator Christina Tinson informed Saleh Tousi,
a candidate for AUS general officer who was
later defeated, about a complaint regarding
his election poster.
'Why don't you be a nice UBC student and
vote for him...Isn't he so cuddly? Like a little
teddy bear? (if you're a guy disregard that
message or it's an ass-whooping)' it read.
At that time, Tousi maintained that the
remark was not ill-intended and was "meant
more as a joke." He voluntarily removed the
posters.
The AUS did not take any disciplinary
action against Tousi. ♦
Sports
Varsity swimmers look forward to CIAU season
by Tom Peacock
The Sydney Olympics have come and gone,
and amateur sports are no longer basking
in the limelight Here in Canada, the pole-
vaulters, fencers, and racewalkers have
begun their four-year exile to the land of
obscurity. For the athletes themselves, life
goes on-and that means a lot of training
for the next competition. And for the
Olympic, swimmers on the UBC swim
team, this means the upcoming CIAU
championships and the chance to once
again assert the dominance of
Thunderbirds swimming.
Granted, for swimmers the Olympics
are the big event by which all other meets
and championships are measured.
Competing in them is the defining experience for a swimmer, the ultimate goal.
Winnipeg native Kelly Stefanyshyn is
starting school at UBC injanuaiy, and will
join the varsity team in time to compete in
this year's CIAU events. The 18-year-old
twotime Commonwealth silver medalist
posted two of Canada's best individual
results in the Sydney pool, finishing tenth
in the 100m backstroke, and 8th in the
200m backstroke.
Stefanyshyn started swimming at the
age of ten, after ^he watched Mark
Tewksbury win Olympic gold in Barcelona.
In-Sydney, she realised pretty quickly that
the Olympics were just another swim meet,
and that the first week at least was going to
be all about hard work. She even stayed at
home during the long opening ceremonies
because her races started the next day.
'It sucks that I had to miss it, but I
would have been compromising my swimming, and that's the whole reason I was
there," she said. She and the other
Canadian athletes who stayed in the village
, and watched it on TV had their own little
ceremony, tying a flag to a hockey stick and
parading around the village.
For Stefanyshyn, the Olympic meet wasn't much different from any other event,
but the incredible speed of the other swimmers came as a bit of a shock.
"I expected it to be strong, but I thought
it was almost ridiculously fast What I
swam there, I would have been fourth at
the Atlanta Olympics, whereas here I was
tenth...If you weren't close to world record
[pace], chances are you weren't getting on
that podium."
WI haven't won a CIAU title or
a national title, so I'd like to
one of those for sure."
get
—Tim Peterson,
UBC swimmer
What impressed Stefanyshyn about the
host Australians—who had a very strong
showing in the pool—was the amount of
support their swimmers receive, both from
the fan3 and from the government in the
form of funding for swim development
programs, something she finds lacking
here in Canada.
'[In Canada] it's got to start at the bottom, and there's got to be more rewards for
the athletes at the top. The money that we
get is still under the poverty level...We're
barely scraping by,' and most of tis still
need our parents' help."
Former UBC swimmer Marianne
Limpert, after finishing fourth in the 200m
IM, spoke extensively to the media about
what she saw as the sorry state of amateur
athletic funding in Canada. Tim Peterson, a
current UBC swimmer who competed in
the 1500m freestyle in Sydney, doesn't
blame Limpert for her bold statements.
'I know that she got criticised. Some
people saw it as whining and complaining,
but I think that's the time to bring up the
issue...Why not suggest some changes that
can be made?*
Peterson didn't swim for a month after
competing in the 1500m free in Sydney.
He's not going back to school until January,
and he's skipping morning practises for
the time being. Even though he's still practising in the afternoon, six times a week for
two hours at a time, in swimming circles,
such a slack schedule is considered 'taking
a break.'
It would seem that competing for UBC might be a little anti-climactic after being
at the centre of global attention, swimming in front of an
audience of 18,000 people,
against the fastest swimmers
in the world. But Peterson
insists that it's not He has set
serious personal goals for the upcoming
CIAU season, his last as a university swimmer.
'I haven't won a CIAU title or a national
title, so I'd like to get one of those for sure,"
he said. 'It's not like we just brush it off as
CIs. We take it pretty seriously, because it's
good to get this streak going."
Life goes on, and the members of the
UBC swim team, Olympians and non-
Olympians alike, are all preparing for the
upcoming season. And don't think for a
minute that they're going to take this one
lightly.
This is also the last season that Olympic
and Commonwealth Games medallist
Mark Versfeld; and team veterans Sean
Van Hoof and Brent Sallee will swim for
UBC. The team under the direction of head
coach Tom Johnson made CIAU history last
year when it won its third banner in a row.
Four in a row would seal the reputation of
the club as legendary.
But the season after an Olympics is
always one of major changes, Van Hoof
said, and the UBC program is not exempt
from this trend. Johnson, the national
team coach, has surrendered his duties as
UBC's head coach to his assistant Randy
Bennett Olympic swimmers Limpert and
Dustin Hersee have retired, and
Stefanyshyn and Brian Johns, another
Olympic swimmer, have come on board.
So no one really" knows what is going to
happen.
'After the Olympics, a lot of people are
taking time off. Programs are all different"
Van Hoof explained, adding he's confident
the men's team has the depth they need to
win, but that expectations for the women's
team are a little less certain.
Two weeks ago, the team went to
Washington to compete in the University
of Washington Husky Relays. They did
well, winning three of the relays and placing third overall. But during the races, the
UBC women noticed that their Calgary
rivals pose a definite threat to a repeat
combined title for UBC.
"I think it's going to be pretty much a
dogfight between UBC and Calgary,"
Stefanyshyn said. 'Calgary's got a lot more
female swimmers this year that are at the
top level, so it could be a lot closer than it
was last year. Everyone's going to have to
swim their best' '
Before they host the Canada West
Championships in January, some members of the team will compete in a World
Cup event in Edmonton, as well as various
local and provincial races. But don't be
fooled. As the team works out all the kinks
in its armour, as memories of Sydney fade
into the past swamping the Dinos and
hanging another CIAU championship banner in the Aquatic Centre start looking les3
like ah antic|im^atfd5^i6r/'aild rrj^relike
a priority, '♦"''
Women's Basketball
The Thunderbirds women's basketball team will host the Regina*
Cougars this weekend for a doubleheader at War Memorial!
Gym, Game time is 6;lSpm on Friday and Saturday. UBC (l-3f
standsin sixth glace right now, one spot behind Regina. 'i
Men's Basketball
The UBC men's team is looking to bounce back from last week-*
end's punishment in Calgary when they meet the Regma*
Cougars this weekend in War Memorial Gym, Game time is 8pm*
on Friday and Saturday. The Cougars ar$ last place in the Great?
Plains division.
Men's Hockey
The i-6*l UBC men's hockey team will attempt to revive itselH
this weekend after a string of consecutive losses when they face?
the 3-2-2 Unversity of Saskatchewan- Huskies at Thunderbircfa
Winter Sports Centre. The puck drops at 7:30pm on Friday and^
Saturday.
Women's and Men's Volleyball
Both volleyball teams travel to Langley this weekend to faces
Trinity Western University (TWU). Th<s TWU men are in lasti
- place 14 the Canada West just behind UBC. The TWU women are!
also in last place, UBC is in second place.
Women's Hockey
The UBC women head to Catgaiy to face the Dinos this week-a
end'. The two -teams met already this season at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre. UBC lost the first garner
but bounced back the following night to post its only win so far>
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Friday. November 10.2000
Op/Ed
Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2000
VOLUME 82 ISSUE IS
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING EDITOR
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STRATEGIC VCTlNO
Op vote, AvsV.
Lqpe* L\otm\
Politics as usual
In the aftermath of the US election, everyone
turned into a critic of the American electoral system. The whole process of vote-counting seems
like a fiasco, and what did it matter who won,
anyway? There were only two candidates with a
legitimate chance at winning, and they aren't
really all that different anyway. The election
chaos in the US gives Canadians a chance to feel
smug—after all, our entire election procedure is
over in a month, we1 have a whole bunch of parties to choose from, and five party leaders who
seem to have a chance at winning. What could
possibly go wrong?      -
The voting systems in the two countries are
obviously different, and each has its own pros
and cons. But the reality is that the election
north of the border is actually quite similar to
what has just happened down south.
In the US, voters were given a choice between
Gore and Bush, Gore the middle-of-the-road
Democrat, Bush the right-qf-centre Republican.
Gore would mean four more years of a
Democrat in the White House. Bush would follow in his father's footsteps just eight years after
the senior Bush left Washington. Essentially,
Americans were given the choice of more of the
same, or something new (though still not that
new)—and if a shift further to the political right
scares you—that's even worse.
Here in Canada, things aren't going to be
much different on November 27. Even though
there are five major parties campaigning, at
least three of these have virtually no chance at
winning. The Bloc Quebecois won't seek ridings
outside of Quebec, and both the NDP and the
Conservatives are considered fringe parties by
too many people to have a shot at forming a government
So Canadian voters are faced with the choice
of another Liberal government or a new government, one formed by the Canadian Alliance.
More of the same, or, if you find a shift to the
right scary, something worse.
Criticism of the Alliance has surged lately due
to the recent unearthing of a 'secret* policy
paper attributed to the political party. Among
the policies is a proviso to allow referenda to be
initiated if signatures equivalent to three per
cent of the voting population can be collected.
Regardless of whether Alliance leader Stockwell
Day says that this policy is only rough draft of
party initiatives, this latest discovery only follows the trend of stances already publicly adopted by the Alliance.
Students should be wary of the party's policies on post-secondary education, which are too
vague and don't have much direction. The
Canadian Federation of Students has warned
that the proposal for income-based repayment
student loan system may actually lead a student
into long-term debt that could be more severe
than the one that currently exists.
Not that thej:urrent post-secondary system is
perfect Far from it Our current ruling party has
made its fair share of educational blunders and
missteps. The $7-billion cut to the Canadian
Health and Social Transfer that helped to shoot
tuition levels through the roof in many
provinces. And the much heralded Millennium
Scholarship Fund that was intended to assist students in need but has only wrapped students up
in a bureaucratic maze of provincial red-tape.
The polls show that after seven years of having the Liberals in office, it seems likely that
they'll win again. So if you don't like the Liberals,
and you don't want to vote Alliance—the position
that many university students find themselves
taking—your vote isn't going to have much of an
impact Maybe that's the reason for declining
national voter turnout over the last two
decades—from 75.3 per cent in 1984 to 67 per
cent in 1997. It's quite possible that the upcoming elections will see more of the same.
This might be the trend, but this is not to say
that you shouldn't vote. You might live in a riding where a candidate from one of the non-
Liberal parties has a chance. And if enough people don't vote for the Liberals, or for the Alliance,
something good might happen. That's how
democracy works. But it seems that plenty of
people in Canada are more than happy to vote
for more of the same, and in all likelihood, that's
what we're going to get •>
letters
The Ubyssey needs
more balanced federal election coverage?
For many students at UBC, the
upcoming federal election is their
first opportunity to participate in
our country's democratic process.
Realising the importance of our
part in the choice of our representative in Ottawa, I wanted to find
out some of the major issues that
are important to the student body
and what the local candidates and
federal parties have to say about
them. So, I turned to what' I
assumed would be the best source
for such information.
Unfortunately, the Ubyssey,
'the official student newspaper of
the University of British Columbia,"
had nothing of the sort Instead, to
my dismay, the Nov. 7 edition contained only an article ('Student
groups agree with NDP priorities"
(Nov. 7]) and a perspective ("Why
the federal NDP is on the down-
and-out* [Opinions, Nov. 7]) on the
New Democratic Party (NDP).
Although there is nothing wrong
with the NDP, neither piece contained any reference to the platforms of any other major political
party, and they were similarly
devoid of any examination of the
aforementioned local issues and
candidates. I am sure that many
students would appreciate seeing a
more balanced coverage of the election, so that come voting day, we
wiU all be able to make our best
informed decision at the polls.
Stephen LaRoy
Science 1
Every child is wanted
I agree with Katja Cronauer
("Lifeline promotes hate toward
women,' [Letters, Nov. 7]) that violence against women and doctors
at abortion clinics is horrible. I
grew up in the same small town as
David Gunn, one the first abortion
doctors killed in the United States,
and I saw how his death affected
many of the people I know.
Nonetheless, I oppose abortion
for the same reason Ms. Cronauer
seems to support the right to abortion. She asks in her letter, "Who
do you think you are to assume the
right to define when life begins?*
I'm not in a position to do that, but
neither is Ms. Cronauer. Let's say
we are about to demolish a building, but we hear some strange
noises coming from inside. Until
we determine that the noises are
not a person's call for help, we
have no right to destroy the building. Or let's say we ask a drug company how many people its drug
has killed. If they answer, 'We
don't know," then we would be
right to ban the drug until we
could determine the risk to human
i life.   -^ ."77r .:'. ■ 77: -
Love for the child to be born,
however, also requires love for the
pregnant woman. A woman in a
difficult situation, often caused by
a man, deserves our full sympathy
and support, and giving her child
to loving adoptive parents should
be encouraged as a wise, though
painful, choice. If she decides to
give birth, then we should love her
and her child with material and
emotional support
The pro-choice movement has
a saying: "Every child a wanted
child." Mother Theresa replied, "I
want the child...I am willing to
accept any child who would be
aborted and to give that child to a
married couple who will love the
child and be loved by the child." To
anyone preparing for an abortion,
I ask you to respect your child and
consider a different way.
Mike Hickerson
Graduate Student
Y -  Regent College Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Culture
Friday. November 10.20001
the tragfic journey of ten women
by Jennifer chen
THE UNNATURAL AND ACCIDENTAL
WOMEN
at the Firehall Arts Centre
until Nov. 29
While players chanted onstage at the
second-night run of The Unnatural and
Accidental Women, which describes the
lives of ten First Nations women murdered in the Downtown Eastside, a convicted murderer was. roaming free.
Gilbert Paul Jordan, who had been
convicted of murdering one of these
women and has allegedly killed as
many as nine others, appeared as a free
man in a story on the front page of the
Vancouver Sun.
The play, based on these events, centres around the lives of the ten women,
documenting their tragic journeys.
Marie Clements' script layers the stories, weaving them so that the women's
different experiences eventually
merge.
Rebecca—the daughter of one of the
victims—is an indispensable part of the
meta-narrative. She holds the women
together through her courage and
resilience. In the second half of the
play, they unite to help Rebecca in her
search for her mother and the truth.
A young Nisga'a woman's greeting
song introduced the play, accompanied
by a simple drum. Her clear, soaring
voice, and the strong melody drew on
the audience as they stood to hear her-
sing. This immediate feeling of intimacy in the small theatre was sustained
throughout the play. The Unnatural and
Accidental Women crossed the divide
between viewer and actor, giving the
audience a sense of shared experience.
The dialogue was powerful in its
simplicity and depth. Rebecca's opening lines sounded like spoken poetry.
Soon her mother joined in, iterating
measured tones, sharing the same
space and the same voice, separated by
death. Seated at a velvet-covered table,
Rebecca recalls her childhood desire
for 'blue suede running shoes—three
stripes on either side.'
Later, the complexity of her character became evident as she reflected on
the imprint her mother left on her:
'You can grind a stone, but it's still
there sifting through everything.* The
stone took on multiple meanings as it
was passed through each woman, and
finally to Rebecca, attempting to make
sense of her life.
The set, like the play itself, was
multi-layered, with images projected
onto a screen that created a translucent
barrier between the dead and the living. The visions ranged from forest
floors and tree trunks, to the brick walls
of hotels with dark, faceless windows.
The minimal number of set pieces used
were effective.
At times, the integration of the various media forms-awkwardly and
unsynchronised—interrupted the flow
of the play! However, for the most part,
the images and the sounds outside the
dialogue enhanced the effect of the
characters' disjunction.
The performances were solid.
Desolation and desperation engulfed
Verna, played by Sophie Merasty, in her
vehement struggle to defy the past 'I'm
so thirsty—thirsty for life," she moaned
in parched anguish. Merasty controlled
Verna's anger skilfully, at times allowing it to lash out, at others, muffling" it
The play walked the line between
light and dark. The hefty Mavis brought
sudden uproarious laughter when she
tried to sneak a peek at Rebecca's
overnight guest and his 'full meal
deal," amidst the dead women's gregarious banter. In the next moment, the
audience sombrely listened to Verna's
embittered grief and Violet's tragic
silence. Their ability to invoke such a
sudden and complete change of emotion left the room charged with tension
that lingered long after the lights came
back on. ♦
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