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THIS IS NOT GAP: No, the controversial Genocide Awareness
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by SaraH MacNeill Morrison
On Tuesday, the on-campus pro-life
club Lifeline brought the controversial Genocide Awareness Project
(GAP) back to campus for the second
time this year.
After complaints were made to
Campus Security about the controversial signs, the pro-life group,
which had not informed the university about their plans, was
asked to remove the display.
Organised by the California-
based Centre for Bio-ethical Reform,
GAP displays graphic images that
equate abortion with acts of genocide, such as the Holocaust
Jennifer Black, operations manager for Campus Security, said that
when Lifeline was approached
about the complaint, the club quickly removed the display.
"The complaint was generated
and we approached them with
regards to the complaint They voluntarily agreed to disband and that
was it,' she said.
For security reasons Lifeline
must receive permission from the
university before bringing GAP to
campus. In the past, GAP's images
have provoked anger among people
at UBC and other schools. The club
has been allowed to erect their full
display about twice a year.
'Given the resources we've
devoted to it, we think twice a year is
enough,' said Byron Hender, executive coordinator of the vice-president students' office.
But in past discussions between
the university arid lifeline, UBC has
admitted that it can't stop the pro-
life group from walking around
campus with signs.
'There's no law stopping someone from wandering around with a
sign,' said Hender. However, he
added the university couldn't guarantee security in that case.
One of the complaints made
against Tuesday's display was that
it was not mobile.
Jaclyn Vanderhorst, former president of Lifeline and current member of the club, said the display was
not stationary. And Andrea Marten,
secretary of Lifeline, said Lifeline
was asked to take down its signs due
to a 'misunderstanding.'
'As long as we didn't have legs
on them—members had to hold
them—that was our interpretation of
a mobile sign,' she said. But she
admitted the group wasn't always
"It's hard for people to see the
signs if they're constantly moving,' said Marten, who said she
felt Lifeline needed to stop to
engage people in discussion.
Hender was frustrated that the
group didn't notify the university
about its plans, and said he didn't
understand how there could have
been a misunderstanding.
"[They have] been doing their displays now for two or three years and
they should have a pretty good idea,'
he said.
But Vanderhorst said the reaction Lifeline gets from those
opposed to their actions have
made it necessary to keep their
plans secret. Vanderhorst also said
the group wanted to hold displays
more than twice a year.
According to Black, meetings
set for next week will hopefully
resolve some of the tension and
Lifeline will be meeting next
week with members of the university administration and Campus
Security. ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Day of Action
Friday. February 1.2002
planned for UBC
Campuses across the nation organising
to rally against tuition fee hikes
 by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
As rumours of tuition-fee hikes circulate
around the province, students at BC universities and colleges are calling for accessible
tuition on the Canadian Federation of
Student's (CFS) Day of Action.
According to Summer McFadyen, BC
Chairperson for the CFS, "almost every
school in the province* has an event
planned for the annual Day of Action, to be
held this year on February 6.
According to McFadyen, the event is
important to ensure that students know
how close the government is to hiking
tuition fees by as much as 30, 40 or even
100'per cent
"People really need to take this seriously," said McFadyen. "It's time to get our
heads out of the sand and do something
about it"
McFadyen hopes the Day of Action will
show the government "that there's an
incredible amount of community support
for students, and that what [the government
is] doing is going completely against everyone in the community they purport to represent"
While UBC's Alma Mater Society (AMS)
isn't advertising any plans for the event, a
group of UBC students are planning events
for next Wednesday.
Julie Devaney, a Master's student in
women's studies, is part of a group of students organising an event to fight increases
to tuition fees.
Students organising the event at UBC are
circulating CFS petitions calling on the BC
Legislature to increase post-secondary education funding and seats at universities and
colleges, and to reduce tuition fees at public
institutions by five per cent each academic
Mia Amir, a second-year Arts student
who works with the Social Justice Centre
(SJC), said that while the main goals are to
reduce tuition, she would be happy if the
tuition freeze stayed in place.
According to Devaney, close to 1000 people have signed the CFS petitions, which
they will present to UBC President Martha
Piper during a rally next Wednesday.
While the Day of Action events focus on
the provincial government, which sets
tuition rates, they are also targeting the university, which makes decisions specific to
The goal of the rally, Devaney said, is to
involve students in the fight against tuition
increases and "develop a movement at UBC
that could actually prevent tuition fees from
"I think that students do have a lot of
power, even if they don't feel it now," she
AMS President Erfan Kazemi couldn't be
reached on Thursday, but in an interview
on budget cuts to education last week, he
said he didn't feel that student protests such
as the Day of Action were always effective,
although the AMS was considering a postcard campaign.
But Brita Jennsen, president of the
Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) said
she wishes UBC would have more mass
"I think there's a feeling out there from
other institutes in BC that UBC is the big
school, and the fact that the UBC student
body is so quiet all the time actually makes
the government think, 'Well, we've got the
biggest university on our side. It doesn't
really matter.' I think it's very detrimental
to the rest of the student movements."
The SFSS is planning a rally as well as a
tuition-focused carnival next week to inform
students about the cuts.
"I think one of the main problems we
have on campus is that a lot of the students
don't realise some of the substantial tuition
fee increases we're looking at over the next
couple of years, and the damage the government's already done to slashing work
study and the youth community network,"
said Jennsen.
The University of Victoria Student
Society is also making plans for February 6,
and is encouraging students to join a
protest on the lawn of the BC Legislature.
CFS petitions are available to pick up, or
can be dropped off, at SUB 245. A rally
against tuition hikes will be held at the
Goddess of Democracy next Wednesday at
12pm. ♦
Piper's term
coming to an
The UBC Board of Governors (BoG) is calling on students and staff to evaluate UBC
President Martha Piper's job performance.
Piper's term at UBC will end June 30,
2003. Her employment contract with the
university allows for a renewal of her
term should the BoG decide to re-hire her
by June 30 of this year.
A Select Committee, made up of members of the BoG, has been set up to review
Piper's performance. Anyone wishing to
submit assessments of Piper should do so
by March 31.
Submissions can be made to Larry
Bell, chair of the committee. All assessments will be kept confidential.
Local Carrot Top
newest VJ
UBC student Aaron Strate has become
MuchMusic's newest video jockey after
an intense weekend of trials and tribulations at the MuchMusic headquarters in
The first-year Arts student jumped
through various hoops, including an
interview with rap artist Choclair and a
talent show where he demonstrated his
ability to get busy in a dance tribute to
Shakira's "Wherever, Whenever" video.
In making it to the final,
Strate beat out thousands of
contestants    from    across
Canada. The final eight were
flown to Toronto to strut their
stuff.  Strate then made it
through two more cuts until
he    was    finally   crowned
Strate is involved with the
UBC Improv team, where he
is the promotions coordinator. Strate hopes to bring in
lesser known or independent
acts to MuchMusic fans.
ACTUALLY IT'S CHEMISTRY: And that's not a magician, it's Mark Chen. He's doing a
chemistry magic show for Science Week. Incredible! Next week is Engineering Week
so expect more crazy shit, nic fensom photo
Education report a sham: Kwan
by Ai Lin Choo
NDP MLA Jenny Kwan submitted a request to
resign from the provincial government's Select
Standing Committee on Education yesterday,
calling the committee's recent draft report a
Meeting for the first time in 23 years, the
committee gathered information and submissions from BC residents on education and will
recommend changes that could improve quality, access, choice and flexibility of K-12, post-
secondary and online learning.
Kwan criticised the, committee's draft report
for its statement that the report did not intend
to "reflect in detail all of the ideas, suggestions
and requests contained in the submissions,"
but rather to comment on "the major themes
that provide insight into how to bring about
improvements to the British Columbia education system."
"The people came and took their time to give
presentations to the committee," said Kwan,
MLA for VancouverMt Pleasant 'and now the
committee, in its wisdom, has decided that it
will not reflect in detail the information that
was provided by members of the public."
Wendy McMahon, chair of the Select
Standing Committee on Education, said that
with its huge mandate and the over 450 submissions and presentations received, the committee would be forced to summarise most of
the presented ideas to make them fit into one
While she wouldn't comment on the specific
details of the repbrt, McMahon said she was
disappointed with Kwan's decision to resign.
"In her choice for not participating, she's
missing an opportunity to have input as we
draft the report and move forward, so for that
I'm disappointed," she said,
Kwan, however, said the content pf the
report was only one factor prompting her resig
nation. She said she felt the timing of the report
made the committee's work irrelevant to the
formation of education policy in BC.
"The government has already decided what
their education policy is going to be," Kwan
The Liberal government has frozen funding
for advanced education, cut a host of work-
study programs, cut transfers to theological colleges and increased the jurisdiction of college
administrators to increase class sizes and
online learning.
Summer McFayden, spokesperson for the
Canadian Federation of Students, also
expressed concerns about the timing of the
"It really seems more like a public relations
exercise than a true consultation because clearly the decisions have already been made.
They've been made for a number of years and
the government sat on implementing the plans
completely blind to how it's actually going to
affect people," she said.
"They seem to be implementing a model
from some other jurisdiction that doesn't really
reflect the British Columbian reality," she said.
But McMahon maintained that the commission was gathering input for the future of education in BC and said only the government
could decide which recommendations would be
"[Critics] thought that their input would
change things today or tommorrow, but it's a
long-term process," she said.
Despite Kwan's notice of resignation, the
NDP MLA's name will still appear on the report
made by the Select Standing Committee on
Education since the Legislature still has to
remove Kwan from her position. Kwan, however, plans to release her own report.
The committee report is expected to be presented to the BC Legislature sometime after the
release of the budget on February 19. ♦ ^ra^^:*^:*T»4'3gB.«5i:>;
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last Sat of each month (strict dress code
Georgia Straight, January 11, 2002.
It is 3pm on the last Saturday of January.
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This story begins at Burcu's Angels vintage clothing
shop on Main Street and I am on a mission, with one
goal in mind: fetish wear. It's Fetish Night at the
Lotus and I've only six hours to find something kinky
enough for me to pass as a master, a slave or any fetishist.
My eyes run excitedly over second-hand slips and corsets.
I try not to think about the fact that I will be wearing
trashy, skimpy clothes in public among the kinkiest of
Vancouverites, but I fail miserably.
But then, from the depths of a garbage bag full of vintage treasures, the shop owner—the infamous Burcu herself—pulls out a little something that only just arrived: a
sheer mandarin orange nightie. I try it on and the orange
dream gets a vehement 'yes* from my friends. Burcu
crosses her arms, quietly judging me, then declares in her
voice, heavy from too many cigarettes and a Turkish
accent "I went to fetish night once and there was far too
much black. You have to wear this, and be sure to keep the
black underwear on underneath." She eyes up my conservative black cotton briefs which stand like a chastity belt
behind the nightie. She insists that the hint of black will
make it "extra sexy."
To say I feel 'sexy' is as perverse as this whole endeavour, but I leave with my prize, wondering, "Can I get trashy
enough to pass muster with the true fetishists?"
T-minus four hours: I got what it takes
The truth is, of course, that I am a fraud. I don't want
to whip anyone, nor do I want to be whipped. The
only leather I own is footwear and I flinch when I see
a choke chain on a dog. The 'gimp' scene in Pulp Fiction
scared the shit 'out of me. My one
and only fetish is the curiousity that
put me in this predicament
Yet, fraud or not, it's 6pm and f7 , '
I've got to hustle. Pulling the '44,-,   "<
nightie out of its bag, I quickly ,->»•    "* *
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take a bottle of red wine to my /~ -%        „ / "<
lips, I make a strong pot of
coffee   and  put  on   some
blues. I fish my thigh-high
fishnet stockings out of the
closet while Koko Taylor
"I got what it takes to
make a good man deny
his name.
"I got that same thing
that makes a bulldog
break his chain.''
Soon enough I'm shaking my ass while I opply
heavy black eye make-up and style my dark hair in a
severe bob. My desire to colour co-ordinate grows and
before I know it I'm cutting five inches off the hem of the
nightie so I can make matching orange cuffs and collar for
myself. Once the matching orange lipstick is applied, I'm
feeling like a slut with Jeannie Beker's stamp of approval.
10pm: Bring out the gimp...and a double gin and tonic,
[y friend and I adopt the pseudonyms Alexa and
i Olivia, respectively, and once we descend the Lotus
I stairway our evening begins with a truly bizarre
scene. The requisite Nine Inch Nails is blaring and a man
close to 80 years of age is kicking it solo on the dance floor
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wearing a black leather thong, white socks and sensible shoes. Naturally, Alexa and I exchange blank
stares and progress to the bar to drink and to evaluate our surroundings.
The Lotus is a dark, dank bar to begin with. Add to
that a number of men in assless leather chaps, a few gimp
masks, the overall 'master and slave' theme, and Alexa
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and I are feeling a bit vulnerable. As we drink and check
out the sparse scene, we both agree that—gimp masks
aside—the two creepiest guys in the joint are the middle-
aged ones in short, dark silk robes and slippers, each with
a beer in one hand, circling us like pedophiliac vultures.
We feel the overwhelming urge to hide and speak to no
The Lotus begins to fill up quickly and the represented fetishes now include a schoolgirl, a med student in OR scrubs, a portly man in a French maid's
uniform and many more naughty costumes of the
non-leather variety. As the DJ puts on some
Depeche Mode, Alexa and I decide to take to the
dance floor.
We're joined by one woman simulating fellatio on her dance partner and about ten other
enthusiastic dancers who seem more interested in meeting people than our oral-sex
couple in the centre of the dance floor. A
group of men wearing leather pants and
chains pass by me and I feel someone
bump into me. I turn around to face a
huge man in leather pants and a gimp
mask. I am suddenly terrified, but this
behemoth touches my shoulder lovingly and squeaks, "Oh, I'm sorry
sweetie, excuse me!" I smile and quickly berate myself for judging the gimp man by
his freakish zippered mouth.
Alexa and I find ourselves particularly mesmerised by
the cat-like moves of a blonde Superwoman-type in a fishnet
body stocking. She is extremely friendly and looks like she
was born to be wrapped in netting. Dancing at Fetish Night,
however, like dancing in any bar, can get a little carried
away. In a dramatic, arm-flailing dance
move, Alexa's ring catches on the f *~
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with grace and a smile.
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Lotus, and we begin to get mo
social. Our first new friend
Alex—a vampire-type in his earl
20s who takes us under his<
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having a good time. He is *       #  4     ,
joined by a couple who ai" '
dancing while clutching one
another's asses.
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things are pretty hot and
heavy on the dance floor, to
which he replies: "You can go up ' >
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worry—they won't latch onto yo i I r r _ i   it
WAY better than any lame pick-up bar on Granville Street!"
Alex then motions to the guy beside him and says, "This
is my brother, Patrick." Patrick, however, is too busy sucking face to shake hands. Alex points to the girl attached to
his brother, "And this is my girlfriend." He quickly notes
our facial expressions, as we watch his girlfriend and his
brother dry-hump, and qualifies the situation: "We're just
dating casually, you know, very casually." Clearly.
lam: Crack that whip.
By midnight Alexa and I have warmed up to Fetish
Night considerably. The most surprising development is the DJ's choice of music. Favoured albums
switch from heavy Nine Inch Nails to 1980s rock, like
Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf," to modern swing
like the Cherry Poppin Daddies.   Swing dancing doesn't
look so lame when people are topless
and chained to their master's wrist When Etta James
comes through the speakers belting out the jazz classic "At
Last," the sight of S&M couples young and old caught in a
tender embrace could bring tears to my eyes.
Nonetheless, some of the more hardcore elements of the fetish scene are beginning to show
up. We have grown accustomed to assless chaps
and what-have-you, but the S&M stuff is still
new to us. In one corner of the room is a
young, blonde, topless woman facing a wall
t while an older man gently whips her with a
cat-o-nine-tails whip. Then he switches to
drumsticks, and then back to the whip. They
have a hockey bag full of props and this scene
, lasts for almost two hours. Then I hear the dis-
/ tinct sound of a whip hitting skin, and see that
in another corner, a crowd of couples are quietly watching a whipping take place, fondling one
another and kissing. Alexa and I never quite get
comfortable with the whipping.
My mind soon returns to the more fun aspects
.' of Fetish Night when I meet Anthony. Leaning
against a wall, quietly observing the dance floor
stands Anthony, clad in only vinyl and a smile.  We
make small talk with Anthony and discover that this is
his first time back to the Lotus since lastyear, when he
first came to Fetish Night to check it out alone.
>        Anthony looks at ease in his new vinyl outfit but
claims his friends would never come to Fetish Night Fetish
Anthony is apparently quite different from Everyday
Anthony. Before I know it, I'm caressing vinyl while we
dance to Nine Inch Nails' "Closer." I like Anthony, but I'm
wondering what I've gotten myself into here. I look over his
shoulder and see that my dear friend has found herself in
an Alexa sandwich with a goth couple. My guilt disappears.
T i i '   ' _ I       '. r r * ithony's ass to find—his
1 ■■ iv      is wearing assless chaps.
I   I    t i     [   i Dllowed by intense blush-
_, but Anthony remains
g^calm. My hands stay
jf;'put and I can't wipe
*    * f the smile off my face.
* "       t t ' My God, I realise, I love
' assless chaps!
Self-Test Could you
be a fetishist?
en my mother calls me the
next day, I fill
r in on my evening, and
i    takes it as a given that I
1 his as a lark and nothing
e. But I don't think one
I go to the Lotus's Fetish
\   lit without wondering if
•        too  would  discover   a
sexual fetish of some
11   I >oking at the half-naked
 .) couples dancing together
all night, one can't help but think
how sweet it is that all these kinky people—first timers or
old timers—have a place to express themselves sexually
and meet others that may have the same interests they do.
At the end of the night, some people simply put on more
leather and leave looking pretty much how they did when
they arrived. Others, however, slip on some Naturalizer
shoes and zip up a Taiga fleece. Spotting them on the #10
UBC, you'd never be the wiser.
Fetish Night, at the most, will be an evening of startling sexual enlightenment where you will realise that you
secretly want to be a master to some lucky slave. Or, at the
least it will be a fun venue to try out a new, sluttier you.
And it'll really make you think the next time your grandparents mention that late night they had at the 'senior's
centre.' ♦
* Lst&r. -jk q^k Hr«.A ?;>.
at Gallery 83
until Feb. 23
In one of the 'seediest' parts of downtown
Vancouver, Gallery 83 presents its Juxtapose
exhibit an eclectic collection of works by local
artists on a wide range of themes, forms,
media and styles. Here, tha New Congress
installation "Rorschach's Ten* is displayed
unassumingly as displays 26 through 35.
They are a series of framed canvasses with
splatter marks on them. What the works do is
question the process of creating, framing and
displaying works, as well as the question masculinity, morality, sexuality and identity.
For this installation, ten men were asked to
ejaculate on a sheet of paper. The semen was
then left to dry and was framed. A supplementary write-up brings up some more interesting and fanny points. They point out that
"each subject..made some remark about the
quantity of ejaculate they presented on paper
and indicated that they hoped that theirs was
not the 'smallest load." The New Congress
simply poses these questions, being careful
not to answer them for the audience.
Masturbation is, at a most basic level, an
act This work articulates masturbation's
immediacy and also demonstrates the restric-
tiveness of the artistic process. The framing of
the works in a contained space {inside a
gallery, inside a frame), the clean, scientific
language used on the write-ups and the selection process for the participants all hint at the
institutional characteristics and restrictions
of the artistic process.
There are far too many other artists to
mention in this short space. Most were quite
conventional, but one other artist did catch
my eye.
Paul Joseph takes photos of people and
then scribbles over the photos. Each photograph gains a kind of authenticity grounded in
reality. Joseph's portraits are of people he
encounters on the street Hours or days after
each photo was taken, Joseph messily writes a
caption over the photo, being careful not to
write on the image of the person. These captions tell a short narrative of Joseph's
encounter with his subjects. The most intriguing moment occurred for me when I realised
that Joseph's stories could simply be lies—I
was struck that I had accepted his narratives
without question. Joseph himself makes no
claim to the truth.
What is the value of such art, anyway? Jizz
on paper and scribbled photos.
The New Congress works are available for
$1000 each and the Paul Joseph works are
available for $ 1500 each, with a 90 day instalment plan possibly available upon request All
applicable sales taxes extra. How about that
for the value of art? ♦ Friday. February 1.2002
Paoe Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
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Ai Lin Choo
Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Ron Nurwisah
Scott Bardsiey
Julia Christensen
Laura Blue
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Graeme Worthy
Alicia Miller
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Set our student press free
The Gateway, at the University of Alberta (U of
A), is one of the best student newspapers in
Canada. This shouldn't be surprising given the
number of students at U of A, and given that The
Gateway has been host to the Canadian
University Press Alberta Bureau Chief for the
last three years running, and given that it's probably too cold in Edmonton for the staff at The
Gateway to care about much besides type faces,
style guides and Photoshop™.
It is kind of surprising, however, given that
The Gateway is owned by the University of
Alberta Students' Union (U of A SU). Government-
owned newspapers are rarely well regarded. It's
hard to take them seriously, isn't it?
Well, not in the case of The Gateway. They
have been speaking out against their Students'
Union's control for the last few years. And
now, finally. The Gateway is forcing the U of A
SU to hold a referendum and ask students to
make the newspaper autonomous of the student government
You wouldn't think the SU would make a big
deal of this. It is, after all, pretty hard to justify
government control of media when the local
newspaper staff are calling—loudly—for a free
and independent press.
But the U of A SU has been stalling. When
The Gateway tried to hold an autonomy referendum lastyear, the SU declared several hundred
of the signatures collected on the petition
invalid, although the newspaper swears they
were not Just last week, the SU brought forth a
resolution to Council trying to make any student
group autonomous of the student government
be administered by a board of directors comprised mostly of SU staff.
The question is, why? What could the U of A
SU lose from allowing a free press? A few
years ago, the same question could have been
asked of UBC's Alma Mater Society (AMS). In
1994, AMS Council shut down the Ubyssey,
then owned by the student society. In 1995,
the Ubyssey held its own autonomy drive and
became an independent newspaper.
Has the AMS suffered from an independent
press since the Ubysseyv/ent autonomous? Not
really. The Ubyssey had been a financial liability and a political thorn in the AMS's side for
years. In the same way. Gateway autonomy is
good for everyone at the University of Alberta.
It's good for the newspaper staff, who no longer
have to worry that being critical of their SU
might cost them their jobs. It's good for the students, who won't have to wonder if their paper
isn't just a cleverly disguised Pravda, the
letters _
Soviets' propaganda paper. And it's good for the
SU, who will be held accountable by the media,
and who won't feel the need to freak out every
time the newspaper says something they don't
agree witL
Now more than ever, Canada needs an independent student press. As the Asper family has
proven, the mainstream media is easily muzzled by the interests of corporate owners. In
Vancouver, CanWest Global owns The
Vancouver Sun, The Province and the Global
Vancouver television station, all of whom are
careful not to upset a small group of people in
Winnipeg at CanWest Global's headquarters.
When readers lose faith in the objectivity of the
mainstream press, they need somewhere to
turn to. An autonomous Gateway would be a
good place to start. ♦
Letters of support for the Gateway autonomy
campaign can be sent to the University of
Alberta Students' Union at the following
Suite 0-10
Students' Union Building
8900-114 Street
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G2J7
Pubescent Ubyssey
headline fails to
Impress reader
The January 22 edition of the
Ubyssey has come to my attention.
Page 6 carries an editorial to
which the writer hasn't attached
his/her/its name; understandably,
who would want to acknowledge
being the writer of the inanity,
"Prepare to be fucked over?" It is
meaningless, unintelligent lacking
in wit—the sort of statement only a
13-year-old might consider witty.
Surely, Mr Editor, by the time you
have attained the age of 20ish, you
can do better. In my nine years at
UBC, editors made frequent dumb
statements. It was expected of
them, but not crude ones.
—James Craig
—Editors' note: The Ubyssey—
like most newspapers—does not
Include authors' names with
:. editorials, as editorials
represent the opinions of all
Ubyssey staff.
Match your aptitude
I write this letter with the hopes of
helping other people avoid the
pain I've been through. Perhaps
most of you are lucky enough to
have chosen a field you are good
at and desire to work in, but perhaps some of you or some ofyour
children might end up pursuing
other people's dreams as I did. I
chose the field of chemistry
because I was good at it and
because I intended to enter medical school after third year. I did. I
wish I hadn't At first it was my
boyfriend's dream. Then, after I
quit, it becames everyone else's
dream for me to return and finish
my degree. I got sucked into wanting to go back without thinking
about the things that had made it
difficult, and I failed to know
myself because coundess others
kept insisting it was such a good
idea to go back. People even
invested in me going back, it
seemed, as if the pressure would
somehow increase my performance in a field that already
stressed me to the gills.
-J,et me tell you a bit about
myself. I did honours undergraduate chemistry and found it hard
but pulled off an 87.S per cent
average. Dr Boggie said my average was almost too high. I had difficulty reading, even in undergraduate years, but I had good mathematical aptitude and I always read
my assigned readings because
doing the problem sets for chemistry always got me through exams
well. Medicine was different.
Medical school requires a whole
lot more reading and a memory
that is very absorbent There is little room for deduction in terms of
remembering things and problem-
solving is not the centre of most
schools' curriculum. Add to that
the peculiar way the faculty treated
me after my brother became mentally ill and one faculty member
assumed I was ill myself because
my performance was down, and
life became hell. Mental illness is
one reason the faculty can choose
to make your life peculiar and
unbearable. They treated me as if I
was their property and as if they
had the right to pick my brains for
the last 20 years. They are still at it
Don't go  there if there's   afiy
chance you'll quit
I am looking at becoming a
cashier. I've been at school for a
number of endeavours, but I don't
have the confidence or perhaps the
drive to succeed in those fields. I
like being a cashier. I like counting
out the money, and I usually balance to the penny. I'm good at it I
like doing things I'm good at I
probably would have been a good
chemistry professor, but I'm a bit
old to think about it now. Maybe
after I am married I will pay off my
debts and return to theological college or something. One thing that
my difficult life has taught me is
that God is real and that he is more
important than anything else one
can pursue.
Learn your aptitudes. Examine
your life and what you are good at
and pursue your talents. Don't pursue other people's dreams. Don't
make your own dreams so focused
you fail to learn from your mistakes. Enjoy your endeavours and
try not to make them a means to an
end but an end in themselves.
-Theresa Balfour
Former UBC student Pane Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. February 1.2002
co-captains of
the women's
have played
together since
Now they're
leading UBC's
best season in
seven years.
\ Hit >m
P DOUBLE-TEAMING: Thunderbird g>
guards Carrie Rogers (left) and Charmene Adams, nic fensom photo
by Sarah Conchie
If Carrie Rogers and Charmene Adams sold their life stories to
Hollywood, the screenplay would probably go a little something
like this:
Picture, if you will, two small, fiesty sixth-graders, eyeing each
other on a community soccer field in Richmond one hot summer
day. Now imagine those same girls 11 years later, wearing the
blue and gold of the Thunderbirds, fearlessly leading the UBC
women's basketball team into the playoffs with a wealth of
shared experience behind them, from high school volleyball to
club soccer, to provincial basketball and a dearth of titles, honours and medals. The same names they exchanged with girlish
rivalry so long ago at Brad Higg's Summer Soccer School have
now become synonymous with winning and basketball throughout the Lower Mainland. (Cue heroic, monumental music)
Rogers and Adams.
If you're feeling a sense of
deja vu, you're not alone. Yes,
Carrie Rogers and Charmene
Adams have been in the news
lately. Yes, they are the 'dynamic
duo' behind UBC's historic push
to the CIS Nationals, and yes,
they have recently mugged for
certain local newspapers, whose
writers have rightly highlighted
their, outstanding athleticism
and long-time partnership.
But what, exactly, is all the
fuss about?
On the court, Adams and
Rogers certainly have something worth writing about Adams is
a poised point guard who acts as the sharpshooter. She has been
ranked top ten in the CIS for three-point shots for most of her
university career. Rogers is a hard-hitting forward who has led
the women's team in scoring this season, averaging 13.2 points
per game. Together, they play a fast precise game that makes
executing their offensive plays or defending their turf look effortless. Their elusive combination of grit and accuracy has translated into an increasingly high profile for the basketball program at
UBC, and into a secure spot in the CIS top ten.
"They've brought a real expectation to win to UBC," says Deb
Huband, UBC's coach "We weren't really expected to do great
things, but now people are excited and interested...because of
Adams and Rogers, doing what they do."
And what is that thing they do?
"Every timeY I just throw that ball and she knows where it's
coming. She's cutting for the right spot," muses Adams. "It's just
always been like that for us."
There's a connection that both players have a difficult time
describing, perhaps because they no longer spend time together
off the court After taking their high school basketball team all the
way to the Provincial Championships, only to be defeated in the
title game by two points, both women were offered scholarships
to UBC. Adams jumped right in, beginning her rookie season
starting for the Birds; Rogers chose to go to college first pursuing her twin loves of soccer and basketball at Douglas. Their two
years apart may have weakened their friendship, but their game
didn't suffer at all.
"It's very weird," Rogers says with a laugh. "We just know
each other's tendencies. When I came to UBC [from Douglas], it
was like we'd never been apart She can always find me on the
court, and I always look for her. When she's spotting up for
threes, I always know where she is on the court It's weird."
So much for a magic formula. But neither Adams nor Rogers
have ever relied on luck or
superstition to get them through
a game. Instead, Rogers says, it's
all about attitude.
"My dad always told me to
play each moment for each
moment and not to think about
what you did in the past
moment or the last play," she
says. 'Just playing for that exact
moment that you're in...That's
what I do."   -
"They model what the words
'student athlete' mean," says the
UBC women's basketball assistant, Jim Day, who has coached
both athletes since their days on the BC U-l 7 team. "They work
hard at school, they work hard at practice and they're good citizens in the community."
Huband agrees, noting that both Rogers and Adams were
eager to learn when they came under her wing. "Charmene
played right off the bat and had to change roles. She's learned
how to play point and let [her shooting] happen for her. Carrie
was hungry to learn and hungry to change."
Such praise doesn't come cheap. Graduating from high
school with a reputation as a talented athlete who dabbled in
many sports but couldn't commit to one, Rogers humbly admits
that her work ethic needed improvement "I'd just go out and
play the game in high school. I never did any extra work. But
what it takes to be a great player...includes what you do on the
court and in your extra time, like weightlifting and running."
By the time she joined the Thunderbirds, Rogers was putting
in that effort Her coach noticed. "I was pleasantly surprised by
her. She's one of the most coachable players that I've ever had.
"We weren't rea I ly
expected to do great
things, but now people
are excited and interested...because of
Adams and Rogers,
doing what they do."
—Deb Huband
UBC women's basketball coach
She's a gutsy player who's not afraid to get a little bit down and
dirty on the boards," Huband says.
Those guts were put to the test in the 2000-2001 season when
Rogers grieved the death of her grandmother on the same weekend that UBC played an important series against Lethbridge.
"During that week of practice, I was just sitting on the side
crying away. I just wasn't able to focus. And then on Friday, I was
able to pull everything together and focus on that particular
moment and it worked. I scored 31 points." Rogers's dad tenderly suggested that she dedicate the game to her grandmother.
For Adams, being the best is worth the sacrifice. "[Basketball
at UBC] is like a job. It's every day, and the days you're not playing, you're training, and you're thinking about training. School,
studying, and playing basketball...is pretty much all I do. But I
love to play," she says. "It kind of defines me as a person."
A Grade 8 championship (after she quit baseball to try out for
the basketball team) and a gold medal at the Canada Summer
Games (when Team BC thrashed Ontario in 199 7) are just a few
shiny highlights of Adams' ten-year career, which also includes
being named CIS Athlete of the Week last fall for a heart-stopping
win over the Calgary Dinos (when she calmly made the game-
grabbing three-pointer with ten seconds left on the shot clock).
Now, she and Rogers have their sights set on the CIS Nationals,
the highest level of university sport
But when the glittering dust of championship fever has settled and the rigorous schedule of varsity sport comes to an end,
will these two illustrious athletes stay true to themselves?
"I'm going to take a little while off basketball," says Adams.
Part of that little while' includes a trip Down Under, where she'll
decide in what area of Human Kinetics she wants to specialise .
And then there's all those other sports. "Skiing and soccer,"
Adams says with a grin. "Of course, I'm a jock That's all I do—I
play sports. And even if I'm not playing basketball, I'm going to
the beach and I want to play frisbee or catch. I just can't sit there
and hang out"
Rogers has other ideas. She loves the fact that she'll be able to
work again and put the heady but sometimes hardy days of being
a student athlete behind her. "I've been broke since, I don't know
when," she laughs. "I'm looking forward to working and"—like
Adams-'getfjng bade to siding and playing soccer.*
Aspiring screenwriters and biographers take note: for
Charmene Adams and Carrie Rogers, it's not about the game or
the rules, it's about what kind of people they can be when they're
playing. Rogers' dad said it best For him, it doesn't matter if it's
basketball, soccer or snowshoeing. "She makes me proud," he
says quietly.
(Fade in inspirational theme song.) ♦
The women's basketball team plays Lethbridge tonight and
Saturday at 6:15pm in War Memorial Gym. 8
Friday. February 1.2002
Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
at the Orpheum
Jan. 27
People say we only experience one childhood, but I think we experience three.
One is our actual childhood; one is in our
20s, when we want to reject growing up
and taking on responsibilities; and the
last is when we are old and crazy enough
to think that we haven't grown up,
But last Sunday, people of all ages
were forced back to their days of innocence by the Vancouver International
Children's Festival 25th Anniversary
concert The festival, which began two
and a half decades ago as a three tent
festival at Vanier Park, now entertains
thousands each year.
Upon entering the Orpheum on
Sunday, the audience was greeted by a
circus-like spectacle with fire-throwing
clowns, trapeze artists and acrobats.
The relaxed atmosphere of the show,
with, children running around madly,
didn't seem to fit' the chandelier
adorned hall.
Alyson Court host of CBC's Get Set
for life, hosted the event, The children
seemed to be quite thrilled by her, so
she was not completely unsuccessful.
Unfortunately for the ears of all of the
adults, however, her over-excited voice
shrieked like a teacher's nails: on a
The first performance, by Vancouver-
based performer Sick Scott and bis son,
set the light-hearted tone for the rest of
f>y Carly Hollander
the day. Their rap about Mozart was
quite popular with the crowd, but I
was unable to suspend xny critical
adult mind long enough to enjoy it.
IM father and son performance was
heartwarming and enjoyable, minus
the Mozart.
Other' performers at the concert
included '-Norman   Foote,   Fred
Penner, Tesseract a'fid the magical
Charlotte Diamond. 1 watched, feeling nostalgic, as the'children were
introduced to Diamond's wonderful voice. Her focus is on communicating with the children and she ■
does songs in English, S^anishV,-
French and sign language.,     .   Y\|
Despite my love o£ Charlotte
Diamond,   I   foun^ : t|ie; piost
notable performa^iceYto h£jnat of
-    Tesseract, a. trio of local acrobats.
Climbing '{curtain-like    objects
which hung from floor to ceiling, -
the gro,up combined lhe grace of {
ballet with the danger' pf mid-air"
acrobatics in a graceful 'fod truly
wonderful performance.   "
But the most wonderful sight of
t   all was the sea of dancing children
(and their dancing parents). U's
fanny how in a room full of kids,
adults lose their social inhibitions. I
!saw   dads   hngging   each   other,
strangers poking their neighbours in
the belly—scenes of absurdity for
adults. Yet for children, scenes such as
these are all absolutely normal ♦
at the Cultch
until Feb. 2
by John Moon
"Flop" is innovation, anticipation and eventual,  inevitable failure. A collaborative  effort
written by the four cast members, the play
traces   the   last   day  of
preparations for Project
Flight   This prajtc|§Lan
attempt to make a JMld-
mg fly*sis cdmBussioned
byjhe unnamed, but ever-
present Client
■v Tne Client watches as
1 Cpoper,     Crowne     and
McClure—the three other
members   of the   cast—
cree%toward success, hor-
rifiedR^Decause the Client
n|ver ^|ants the project
completed.    From    the
beginning of the play, the Client meddles
with the project in little ways. We learn
that Flight's launch has been postponed
for seven years now.
The play, on the whole, is quite enjoyable. The action is fast-paced and \ isual-
ly entertaining, perhaps because of the
minimalist set and props Mid the innovative lighting. The unclutered ?paco
suggests emptiness and ho't^ivnass
The action takes place notoaiyon 'he
stage itself, but also on the bcdeiKues and
through the aisles. The actors, taifna brilliantly, especially Kim Collier, who plays
the Client. I especially enjoyed the way
Cooper falls into a kind of honest and
desperate awkwardness.
But if anything undermines "Flop," it is the
characters and their lack of development.
Although the play is supposedly absurdist,
I'm not sure what function the sexually
charged dialogue between the Client and
McClure serves in the play. The serious lack
of        character
, forced me to see
some of the characters as stock,
though I struggled to see them
as something
I did enjoy the
humour, such as
the reference to
Magritte's paint-
,    ' " ing   "Ceci   n'est
pas   une   pipe."
But the play wasn't funny enough
to warrant the roaring laughter of
the crowd. Several members of the
audience seemed to have an "I'm
rich but still slum min' it to watch
a play" attitude. If you're like me
•'ind don't like a loud audience you
want L'> go on a weekday.
r.r-.l«'ly, "Flop" asks the
q-Jri,-tion, if 'here is disaster what
will y-'*u c(»rib>tjact from the rub-
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