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UBC professor Jim Green has been giving the Downtown Eastside a voice.
by Kathy Deering
Tuesday night, bathed in the harsh light of an unfinished coffee shop at the base of East Hastings Street's
Sunrise Hotel, UBC's Anthropology 303 class has its
unconventional final exam. Students are required to present something which reflects what they've learned during
the term and to display creative expressions of themselves.
Those expressions range from paintings to short stories to
a hand-sewn wall-hanging.
But there is an interesting contrast that night we are
allowed to see two shows. Behind the presenters, through the
ceiling-to-floor windows, snippets of real life are played out
on the street by Downtown Eastside residents: We watch
them press their faces against the glass to see what we're
doing. UBC professor Jim Green, an instructor of
Anthropology 303', recognises many of them, and mouths
greetings to them through the glass. We are warm in the
fledgling cafe. They, on the other side of the window, are not.
Ironically, they comprise the entire subject matter of the
Anthropology 303 course.
Over a pint at the Irish Heather, a Gastown pub on the
boundaries of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Jim
Green describes how he and colleague Michael Ames
thought up the idea for Anthropology 303 (Anthropology of
the Downtown Eastside) five years ago. He and Ames, co-professor of the course, were upset about how a lot of universities were teaching the Downtown Eastside.
"Basically what we set up was the urban field school," Green
says. He compares the unique style of the course to the unique
way that Downtown Eastsiders need to be treated.
"These students are given the opportunity to really blossom, right," Green begins, "because they can do things in their
own ideas, do things in their own practice, which is very different from what school usually is. In another situation they
might be very much different And it's just like Downtown
Eastsiders. People always try to put them into one way of
behaviour, which doesn't work for them. They can do amazing
things but they do it in their own way."
Ava Gerber, a student in the class, wrote poetry for her presentation Tuesday night and has high praise for Green's course.
"Jim Green as a teacher was great," she says. "The teachers,
the way they taught the course was very different and very individualised. It changed my opinion on everything I've ever
thought about the Downtown Eastside."
Green has made an enormous impact on people in
Vancouver and a trail of accomplishments follow his
burly frame. Born in Alabama, Green moved to
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside from New York in 1968. He
worked as a longshoreman while completing a graduate
degree in anthropology at UBC and wrote a book on the
Canadian Seaman's Union for his PhD dissertation.
When Green came back to Vancouver, in 1981, he became
the organiser of the Downtown Eastside Residence Association
(DERA). Jean Swanson, a friend who waited tables around the
corner from where he lived, had helped create the association
in 1973.
"At the time there was one volunteer and no staff. I don't
even remember how we put it together. It was hard. We did a
lot of fundraising," Green reminisces.
Throughout the 1980s, Green had many political skirmishes with the municipal government as DERA fought to give
downtown residents a voice. The battleground was city hall.
DERA members once glued petition pages together to show
how much support there was for their cause, a grant to pay for
a DERA organiser. Green's position at the time.
Support for Green was tremendous
"We circled city hall with [the] petition. Media loves that If
you can circle city hall with a petition you've got tens of thousands of signatures," he says. "If you just stand there and hand
them a stack of petitions, it doesn't have much bang for your
buck, does it? You have to use what you've got
"Demonstrating is effective if it is done well," Green says.
"You have to get the media on your side."
And victory, he says, starts with knowing something is
worth fighting for.
"You have to know that's what people want to happen. The
main thing as an individual is that you're being driven by the
people who are being injured, the people who want to change
the world," he says.
Tenacity and determined patience are two reasons he has
achieved so much, but where does Green's determination
comes from? He pauses. He describes his father, a former US
Army sergeant, as an alcoholic and physically abusive.
"I also know what it's like to be treated as an outcast and
marginalised and put down, and told
you'll never be anything, you can't think,
you're stupid," he says. And he says
people often tell him he takes things
too personally.
"Oh I do," he asserts, shaking his
head. "I really do. And when I hear this
kind of crap, I take it right to my soul.
And I think just inequality. And people
getting screwed. And people not having
the opportunity to blossom and be their
best. You know, it's a waste, and it's
dumb and backward and
take it personally."
reen  and  DERA tirele
rpaigned for social housing
1980s.  Sponsorship
find, but the organisation
build the 56-unit DERA Housing
1984. Funding came from the regional
office of Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation and a narrowly passed proposal for a lease on city-owned land.
Following this Victory, Green planned
the construction of the Four Sisters Co-op,
comprising of 15 3 units to house families
and seniors. Green speaks with pride of
this achievement
"I kept very clear notes in those days,
and there were 12 times that everyone,
including myself, said that we'd never be
able to build that project But we didn't
stop," he says. "And now there are children that have been born in there and are
now out working. Anything that you really
care about, you really have to say that if
it's going to work, you have to put a ton of
time into it and a lot of thinking and building allies."
One such ally is Portland Hotel Society manager Liz
Evans. Green hired her in 1991 and she has been working
there ever since.
The society provides stable residences in Vancouver
Eastside hotels to tenants that are difficult to house. Many have
serious physical or mental illnesses or are drug addicts. All are
very poor. Evans describes the society as 'an innovative idea"
of Green's. "He wanted to make sure hotels were preserved
with non-profit [societies] managing them," she says. "Jim's
really innovative, an idea sort of person. He's never boring.
[He's] always thinking of what's best for the community. He's
got a great sense of humour, he's got a huge heart he wants to
do eveiything for people."
After a decade with the association. Green began to
feel more like a landlord than an activist and left to
pursue a job with the provincial government. When
he departed, DERA had 15 employees and $60 million in
housing assets. Green had also created the DERA Housing
Green worked as the executive director of Social
Alternatives for the Ministry of Communities, Women and
Aboriginals. In this position, he examined issues including
economic development and worked on training and education programs.
Green helped create UBC's Humanities 101 class, a course
equivalent to first-year Arts, taught by volunteer professors to
Downtown Eastside residents and others too impoverished to
attend regular post-secondary classes.
Green also helped create a dental clinic. "You want people
to get jobs in hospitality industries and they have no teeth?" he
asks. "They're not going to get hired. Those are the kind of
infrastructures we have to have in place if we want to get people on welfare employed."
But Green felt a need to bring his views further up the government chain of command. In 1997 he ran against Gordon
Campbell in the Vancouver mayoral election and received an
oveiwhelming 46 per cent of the popular vote with the
Community of Progressive Electives (COPE), a left-wing civic
party. He lost the election by just a small margin.
"That's the best that the left has done in Vancouver and I'm
very proud of that," Green says.
As he watches Campbell as premier. Green is still critical of
his former competitor. He says he is particularly disgusted with
the Liberals' lack of support for mothers on welfare, the likely
lifting of the post-secondary tuition freeze, the imminent lay-off
JIM GREEN has worked for over 20 years to improve the lives of
Downtown Eastside residents. He's developed social housing, countless
programs and now teaches at UBC, and he's just getting started.
kathy deering photo
of thousands of civil servants, and the new first-job wage.
He is also critical of a review Campbell ordered on a social
housing project Green has worked on since he was organiser
for DERA. The government review has stalled plans to develop
the old Woodwards building on West Hastings Street, which
became vacant when the Woodwards department store chain
went out of business.
"Anyone who's reviewing it isn't doing it for any reason I
can support It's ready to go. I've been working on that budget
for 15 years and I'm not ready to give up yet," says Green.
, reen has tackled numerous other important projects
over the last few years. His eyes light up as he describes
I BladeRunners, a program he set up to help street kids
get into construction work. Two years ago, BladeRunners
received one of eight awards given to North American youth
programs by the Post-Secondary Employment Program
Network, an organisation representing thousands of youth in
North America.
Green hopes the current government will maintain the program. "Those are the kind of programs that really work. Those
kids have gone on to all kinds of different things. That's the
kind of work I really love to do and really needs to be done," he
He also managed to blend opera, something he personally
enjoys, into a program called Democracy, which brings cultural events to the Downtown Eastside.
So what exciting social issue is Green currently tackling? He
laughs and says that now he is just teaching. Recently fired
from the provincial government. Green enjoys working with
his students and is considering teaching more.
But Green reveals his continued commitment to Downtown
Eastside residents when he mentions a recent event The
Board of Vancouver Opera and the Board of Vancouver Choir,
two boards on which Green currently sits, did something last
week that could have come out of a Christmas movie.
Green points out the back window of the Irish Heather pub.
'Right out the back of where we're sitting right now, in Blood
Alley, we brought the Vancouver Bach Choir, 120 singers,
down and they did the Messiah here. We had 400 people out
in the lane listening to Handel's Messiah.
'I can't sing or dance. I have no abilities [of that sort]," he
continues. "But that doesn't mean that other people can't learn
and I can sometimes bring a connection that brings consciousness and self-esteem knowing that you've conquered an
art form. It builds you up and makes you a better person. I'd
love to do that for a living." ♦ 4    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2091
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Little orange boxes. Hundreds of them. Some flattened
and some torn, they are stuffed into a large moving box
that sits near the door of the UBC World University
Services of Canada (WUSC) club. Kate Hamm sifts through
the boxes, trying to find some that aren't completely
destroyed. It's difficult—the boxes were put to a lot of use.
They did, after all, help to raise over $20,000 for the Food
Aid for Afghanistan campaign, an idea which Kate developed after the US government began to mobilise for war
in Afghanistan.
Like many people, it took a couple of days before the
news of the September 11 attacks really sunk in for Kate.
She grieved for the people who had lost their lives in the
rubble, but her thoughts quickly focused oh the people in
Afghanistan, who she feared might suffer horribly for the
actions of those responsible. She was afraid that the
desire for revenge might spiral out of control. Rather than
allow herself to be paralysed with shock, Kate knew she
had to do something to engage herself in what was happening in the world around her.
Once the US hegan bombing in Afghanistan, Kate
began toying with fundraising ideas, trying to figure out
what she could do to help Afghan civilians whose lives
would be threatened. At first, she considered organising a
small-scale fundraising effort with her roommates, but
what she really wanted was to do something that involved
the entire campus. And that's when it hit her: she would
organise a drive to collect money for food aid packages for
Afghan civilians.
'I thought how about if I could raise $20,000 on campus?" Kate says. "So then I took [the idea] to the WUSC club
and the sub-committee that was just starting up in
response to [the war in] Afghanistan and right away they
just jumped on board and were like 'yeah, this is a great
idea," she says.
Kate contacted the local UNICEF chapter in Vancouver
and arranged to distribute boxes across campus to raise
the funds. She also asked various student organisations
on campus to spread word of the effort
But the campaign was not free from criticism. Many
people questioned the effectiveness of the food aid efforts
and were hesitant about how the money would actually be
Kate, however, dealt well with these criticisms. She did
her best to provide answers on where the money was
going, with proof that donations would reach the people
who needed it But when a professor in one of her classes
slammed the campaign in front of her classmates, it was
a terrible blow.
"[My prof] said, 'You can't just do fundraising stuff.
You have to be political, you can't just throw coins in a
box. If you really want to do something, you'll be politically active.' But it really just eroded my sense of, well, that I
was doing something useful. I felt like, what am I doing?
It was awful."
Already putting schoolwork aside to pour her time and
energy into the campaign, the criticism from her professor was really difficult for Kate to handle. But while her
profs comments caused her to reconsider the effectiveness of what she was doing, her dedication to the campaign did not waiver.
"I felt like I had to do something and [the campaign]
was just my own way of trying to deal with what was happening," she says. "In the West, we are so affluent We
rarely see beyond our own selves and context It was just
a feeling of, this is awful, these people are going to die and
nothing is going to happen. It's just going to be washed
over like in Rwanda or other places. It will be overlooked.
I thought I've got to engage it somehow."
Kate kept in close contact with the UNICEF office in
Vancouver and was assured that 90 per cent of the funds
would go directly to purchasing supplies. There was a
risk, she admits, in not being able to physically distribute
the money and ensure that it reaches Afghan civilians.
"Basically, it's a matter of trust once you give [the
money] to a reputable organisation," she says. "You just
have to ask yourself, okay, which is worse? To not do anything, or to do something and just take a risk?"
Seemingly, for the many donors, taking a risk wasn't
an issue at all. While Kate thought that distributing 500
boxes to volunteers would be optimistic, she ended up distributing 750 boxes in totaL How successful the food aid
drive would be depended entirely on the enthusiasm of
the people who were going to go around, collecting donations. Fortunately, enthusiasm was abundant The Food
Aid for Afghanistan campaign managed to bring in
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$20,885 in total for relief efforts. Kate, of course, was ecstatic.
Engaging in her global context, as Kate likes to call it, has
been a huge part of her life, well, since the beginning.
Born in Kingston, but raised in Calgary until her family relocated to Victoria in her last year of high school, exploring the
world through travel and from home was something her parents
really encouraged.
Not only were Kate and her older sister Karen exposed
to different people and places through family trips to
places like Israel and Europe, their home was a welcoming place that hosted all sorts of different people in need
of a place to stay.
One of these people stayed for eight years and
became, unofficially, an adopted brother for Kate and
Karen. His name is Tippy and he came to Canada from
Tonga, his home country in the South Pacific.
Tippy, a teenager at the time, came to live with Kate's
family when she was two years old. Kate laughs when she
recalls the impression she had of her older brother when
she was so small ,
"I grew up with him always there and he was this big
black guy who looked very formidable to me, this little
kid," she says. "But he was the kindest gentlest guy."
And so the family was Karen, Kate, Tippy, their parents
and anybody else who happened to be staying in their house
at the time.
Kate's parents made a huge effort to raise their children in an
open-minded home. Her mother was especially committed to
broadening their world view, instilling in them the importance
of thinking for themselves and questioning the world. When the
family travelled with Tippy to Tonga, it was a profound experience for Kate and made her realise that there was "a landscape
beyond" hers in Canada.
"One of the things that I just appreciate so much about my
parents is just that they've always said, 'Question what you think.
question what you believe, go beyond what you feel comfortable
with," says Kate.
While Kate's education at home was challenging, her high
school classes were not She finished her Grade 12 year feeling
restless and unsatisfied. Not wanting to go straight into university, she decided to sign up for Youth With a Mission (YWAM), a
program that sent her to England and Denmark, where she
worked for six months with at-risk kids in the inner city. The
experience was an eye-opening one.
One of the things that I just
appreciate so much about my
parents is just that they've
always said 'question what you
think, question what you
believe, go beyond what you
feel comfortable with"'
—Kate Hamm
Student activist
"It was challenging," says Kate, "because I was faced with
something that I hadn't done before and it was excellent in that
it challenged who I was. I just learned so much from the kids that
I worked with."
After YWAM, Kate felt ready for university. She planned to
major in psychology, but her first semester at UBC changed her
focus a bit And she has the 1997 Asia Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) summit held at UBC, to thank for that
"In my firstyear, APEC was hosted on campus," she explains.
"My sister was really involved Jin protesting APEC] and she was
camping out in tents [in Democracy Village] and she really
encouraged me to take part in the protesting...Since then I feel
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2001     3
like more and more every year the direction of my life is going
more into advocacy and social justice work."
Energised by this newfound desire to be involved in social
justice issues, Kate switched her major to sociology, a discipline
that has pushed her to re-examine her view of the world and her
role in it
Last winter, she went to Australia on a six-month university
exchange, where she became involved in Amnesty International.
The organisation at the university she attended, she says, was
particularly focused on refugee issues, an area that
"clicked" with her. When she returned to UBC, she
looked for a group here that focused on similar issues,
which is how she came to be connected with WUSC.
Kate also became involved with Immigrant Services
Society (ISS), an organisation in downtown Vancouver
that works to facilitate the transition of immigrant families into life in Canada. The volunteer work at ISS is
something that Kate particularly enjoys and that has
allowed her to learn more about refugee and immigrant
Now that the Food Aid for Afghanistan campaign has
come to an end, Kate has more time to focus on other
volunteer work and, of course, school. And she is also
trying to figure out what to do next
"I know that I don't feel [this campaign] was an end-
that this was my goal and now that I've reached it, well that's it
No, this was just one of many ways that I could do something. It's
a continual thing. I'm going to be looking for new ways to...continue engaging in the world around me," she says.
Kate will be graduating from UBC in the spring. It's an exciting time for her as she decides what her next step will be.
Refugee advocacy is an area that continues to be of particular
interest to Kate, one that she hopes to focus on at the graduate
level. But education isn't something that she sees only existing in
an academic setting. She continues to follow the belief instilled
in her by her parents, that education is lifelong, whether you're
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Gu Xiong has never felt completely
Born in 1953 in the southern Chinese
city of Chongqing, Gu was affected early in
life by the Chinese government, which
made it clear that Gu's family—educated and
outspoken—was not wanted. His father, a
teacher, was forced to work away from his
family for years, allowed only one two-week
visit each year.
By the late 1960s, the Cultural Revolution
had begun in China. Schools and universities were closed. Those who were wealthy or
educated, such as Gu's family, were blacklisted by the government Some were denied
jobs, shamed. Many were lynched, murdered. Some committed suicide or were
thrown into jail.
The Chinese government began sending
many of its young people from the cities to
the countryside, where they were to live with
peasants and labourers and learn farming
skills. Seventeen-year-old Gu was one of
these young people sent to the countryside
for 're-education.' There, Gu worked in the
fields from dawn to dusk. But at night,
instead of falling straight to sleep, he stayed
awake and sketched.
"[It] helped me understand myself,
through my art through the images I tried to
record of my life. During those four years, I
filled over 25 sketchbooks. [It] was a very
important time in figuring out how art was
important to me and my life," he says.
After four years in the countryside, Gu
returned to the city where he found work in
a factory. Shortly thereafter, the Cultural
Revolution was finally brought to a close
with the death of Mao Zedong in 1976.
China, under the leadership of Deng
Xiaoping, began to open itself up to the West
the schools and universities that were
closed during the Cultural Revolution were
re-opened. Gu immediately applied to the
Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing.
"In the classroom it was very exciting.,"
Gu says. "We had styles covering eveiything
from traditional Chinese styles to modern
art and even post-modernism. It was very
strange at that time. Everyone was trying to
learn something, to copy something from
Western culture then turn it into their own."
But at the same time, there were still
strict limits to what people could and could
not see. Western contemporary art slowly
made its way into China, but it also met
fierce government censorship. Gu remembers students being strictly supervised at
libraries when looking at exhibition pro-
gram guides from Western art galleries.
"We had to go into the library as a class,
leave our bags outside the reading rooms,
and only for three hours, then they would
kick us out"
On the streets, it was a similar scene. The
government still tightly controlled the
gallery system and wouldn't show contemporary art
"Lots of artists started showing their
works in their own apartments. They'd put
by Ron Nurwisah
Ten years ago ha was a bus boy. Today,
Chinese artist Gu Xiong is an associate professor of
fine arts at UBC. Gu's story is one of immigration,
alienation and—above all—dedication to art.
DOING WHAT HE LOVES: Gu Xiong moved to Canada in 1989 to escape a
repressive Chinese government. What he found was a new life and the freedom to create the art he wanted, ron nurwisah photo
their images everywhere, inside rooms, on
their ceilings." There were line-ups on staircases and out to the street to see these
But the restrictions would slowly change.
As the 1980s progressed, the government
loosened its grip on art galleries and allowed
gome shows. Artists were also allowed to
leave the country—a privilege previously
allowed only to diplomats and politicians. In
1986, the Banff Centre for the Arts invited
Gu to be an artist-in-residence, and he stayed
for a year. It was his first time abroad and
the experience of living in Canada was eye-
All of these newfound freedoms were to
be tested by the late 1980s. Hundreds of
artists from all over China felt that their
works needed a showcase. Contemporary
Chinese art they felt, had matured.
About 300 artists pooled their resources,
contributing about $ 100 each to rent out all
three floors of the National Gallery in
Beijing. The end result was one of the most
important and successful art shows in modern China.
In February 1989 The China AvantGarde
Show premiered, showing over 500 works
from about 300 artists.
"Over 10,000 people attended the opening. It was just like a river from outside moving into the galleiy space and slowly
between the floors. The show was closed
down by the police after only three hours,"
IS NOTHING SACRED? On his last trip to China, artist Gu Xiong found globalisation has made its
way to Beijing's Forbidden City, which now hosts a Starbucks, au xiong photo
It was a blatant example of censorship. A
fellow artist's installation used a gun. This
was reason enough for the police to.^close
down the exhibit -1
"For me, this kind of avant-garde show
was the beginning of the whole democracy
movement because it challenged the society,
challenged the government* Gu says.
Gu was also very heavily involved in the
student movement that would eventually
occupy Tiananmen Square.
"When I joined the student movements
my parents told me that you shouldn't go to
those movements, you'll be caught later on.'
I didn't believe them. I said 'this was our
time, we will win."
History, however, would dash Gu's
hopes. On the evening ofjune 4,1989, tanks
and soldiers of the People's Liberation Army
opened fire on the students occupying the
"I took a train to Beijing, but before I
reached Beijing, I heard the news...The city
of Beijing is the heart of China, the heart of
the Chinese people, and they've started fight-
ing...That reminded me of the Cultural revolution in 1967438, those two years the people fought wilh each other, used weapons. A
lot of people died during that period," he
After Tiananmen, Gu knew that he had to
leave China.
"To do contemporary art was difficult in
China. For me,
that's the reason
why I want to do
contemporary art
and nothing else.
Coining here [to
Canada] I am able to
do my art that's my
Not an easy task,
as the Chinese government placed
new restrictions on
exit visas. Gu, however, was fortunate.
"I think at that
time most people
still supported the
student movement
lots of those leaders in schools and local
government So my school helped me. They
told [the local police] that I didn't join it, that
I was only there to protect the students."
With the help of the Banff Centre, he left
again for Canada, this time for good. His
wife and young daughter followed a year
"I was in Banff for a year. I had a full
scholarship. I had eveiything. I dreamed
that my life could be comfortable like the
Banff Centre, then my Canadian friends told
me that 'Gu this isn't real life," he says.
When his year at the Banff Centre came
to an end, Gu moved to Vancouver. Not
speaking much English, Gu took odd jobs.
He Gould've found work as a street artist but
he didn't want that Gu wanted his art to
engage culture and comment Street portraits and landscapes didn't do that
"If I understand this culture and society,
well, my work will make sense to this culture, so then I started to do these low paying
jobs, car wash, laundry jobs."
Gu finally found a job as a bus boy at the
UBC cafeteria.
"It was difficult..I was teaching university in China. I was a very well known artist in
China. To come here to be a bus boy, no one
knows me. I remember my first day, when I
wore my bus boy uniform. I walked into the
cafeteria to pick up garbage, I rolled my
head down. My face turned red. It was a
shame to me."
Nonetheless, Gu continued to create art
finding inspiration in his job. The cafeteria
inspired his first exhibit in Canada, Gu's
world Over the next ten years, his works
would be widely exhibited in Vancouver, all
over Canada and abroad.
His job as a bus boy was also temporary.
He took teaching positions at Emily Carr and
UBC and, more recently, became an associate professor.
At the same time, Gu, the new immigrant has tried to find his place here in
Canada. It's something that hasn't been
"You know how difficult it is to carry
around everything? I have to carry my traditions, I have to be open to this new culture
arid, at the same time, I have to move to a
third place," he says.
His search for identity within a new society is something that has greatly affected his
work. A number of his installations comment on the individual's and the immigrant's roles in society, whether it is the history of Chinese Canadians, or the cultural
fusion between China and Canada.
Gu's perspective as an immigrant also
helped him when he returned to China in
1998. Dramatic changes had taken place in
his homeland.
"My familiar images were totally gone. It
was just like any city in North America. I was
disappointed in many ways*
He returned again last summer and saw
something even more interesting: China has
begun to absorb Western culture and turn it
into something unique, something different—a mixture of the Chinese and the foreign.
"China is like an experimental place.
How can one individual culture confront this
globalisation and, at the same time, how do
you react to ensure your survival? That kind
of situation relates to my experience, to
come to the West to try to mix different cultures together in the West"
Yet when asked whether he would return
to live in China, Gu shook his head no.
"This is my home. After 12 years of staying here, struggling and suffering, my life
has become meaningful and belongs to this
place more than China."
After 50 years of trying to find his place,
Gu seems to have found it A third place, all
his own. ♦
J^H* Jkm__ J__i
with the'b-'eay-.ei*
Katherine Monk
gets intimate with
Canadian cinema
by Duncan M. McHugh
The headquarters for the National Film Board
[NFB] of Canada are located in Montreal's Latin
Quarter, on the corner of Rue St Denis and Rue de
Maisonneuve. Amongst the offices, the award statuettes and the games for kids, there is the
CineRobotheque, a robotic arm that can retrieve
any oiie of 2340 NFB films for personal screenings, li is state-of-the-art
No\v, there weren't any giant robotic arms at
the NFB in the 19 70s, but you could still watch any
of thej NFB films - on site. It was a time that
Katherine Monk, author of Weird Sex &
Snowshoes, a new book on Canadian cinema,
recalls excitedly.
"My big sister—she was really smart—found out
about it, found out about the [film screenings] and
went a lot and I got to go with her every orice in
awhile," said Monk. "Once I found out how fun it
was, we'd go all the time. It was so close to our
house. It was across the highway from where we
lived, we could ride our bikes there."
Monk has not since lost her enthusiasm for
Canadian cinema. In addition to her new book, the
former UBC student (and Ubyssey editor) is the resident film critic for The Vancouver Sun and CBC
Radio's Definitely Not the Opera. Her writing
shows, the enthusiasm of someone who grew up
with a knowledge of how great Canadian film could
be. Nowhere, is this more evident than in a discussion of the NFB.
"I mean, cinema verite got created through the
National Film Board," she said. "You know, the creation of smaller cameras, the animation techniques that went into doing Norman MacLaren's
Spheres, went into 2001. Kubrick couldn't have
made that movie had he not seen the National Film
Board movie beforehand to figure out how he
could visualise it," Monk says.
"In spite of all the hardships, they've managed
to survive and make good films. Isn't that a testament to the resourcefulness of the Canadian psyche? We don't give up. We just don't give up. We
just keep moving forward in the snow, one step
after another."
Monk left Montreal for Vancouver after high
schooL She wanted to attend UBC, find better ski-
• ing and escape central Canada.
"As an AngknQuebecker, my world was shrinking faster and faster every year," she said. "You
know, if I stay here, I'm going to end up marrying
the guy next door because you have to keep the
tribe surviving, must keep breeding.. .1 really want-
ed to get away. There's a certain elitism that I grew
up around. I wanted to start fresh. I wanted to go to
a place where I knew nobody, and the scenery was
Monk started an English honours degree and
volunteered at the Ubyssey. After getting her BA,
she was elected city desk editor at the paper and
started work on a film diploma. Although it didn't
seem like it at the time, it was a very fortunate time
to be in the UBC film program. Her classmates
included Lynne Stopkewitch (.Kissed), John Pozer
(The Grocer's Wife), Bruce Sweeney (Last Wedding
and Mina Shum (Double Happiness).
"It was a pretty outstanding class really. And,
because we didn't feel we were being well-served
by the institution—as all student filmmakers do—
we learned to work together and all those people
have helped each other since. That whole graduating class became a resource group unto itself, helping each other fill out grant forms, supporting each
After her term at the Ubyssey ended and she
had her film diploma, she took a job as a summer
staffer at The Vancouver Sun. She had made films
as a student and wanted to pursue that but also
wanted to work as a journalist
"I wanted to be a news writer and I got hired at
the Sun as a news reporter. I wanted to keep the
two things really separate, I didn't want to cross
over into the film criticism thing because then I'm
gonna alienate myself from all of the people I really like and went to school with, and it will mean
that I'm crossing over to be a snotty critic instead
of a creative person.
"I figured news reporting would be perfect if I
wanted to go back and make movies—what better
way to get an ear for dialogue and create great story
ideas and to actually be out there and talking to real
people and hearing those stories?"
Monk has been at The Vancouver Sun for ten
years now. She worked as a news reporter, copy editor, wire editor, production editor, editorial writer,
columnist and pop music critic before—somewhat
begrudgingly—becoming the full-time film critic.
Though she loves being able to write about film for
a newspaper, it does have its limitations.
"As a newspaper writer, you don't really have a
chance to get down and dirty with a topic, you
don't get a chance to wrestle it to the ground. You
touch it for five minutes, you play
.\ "''i it, and then you have to con-
1 i"i eveiything to 16 or 20 inches
■t ihe most, and 600, 800 words
n't enough to really feel like
.. ■ I've jnasticated it as much as
j ''ican."
This is where the idea of Weird
s'' it & Snowshoes came in. Monk
h id spent ten years cutting down
-' jries, narrowing focuses and
.sing only ten per cent of inter-
"I mean you interview a film-
laker and have like 20 pages of
■ otes and an hour's worth of
1 ape and when you write a newspaper piece you use like six
luotes.. .1 figured, 'Well I got this
huge library of quotes and material, why don't I [write a book]?"
Monk was astonished by the
lack   of books   written   on
Canadian film in the past ten
years, a decade which has seen
the rise of Canadian cinema
greats like Atom Egoyan (who
wrote the Foreword to Weird1
Sex...), Bruce McDonald and
Don McKellar, not to mention
her classmates from UBC.
"I'd been thinking about
it not that I was ever going to
get off my ass and do it So I
WHATSA MATTA YOU? Katherine Monk can't understand why so many Canadians don't
like Canadian film. Her new book. Weird Sex & Snowshoes, tries to showcase the best of
this country's cinema, sara young photo
got a call, e-mail out of the blue from Raincoast
[Books], asking if I wanted to do a book on
Canadian film and I was, like 'How fortuitous!' I
didn't even have to shop the idea. You know, it was
one of those wild things that happens out of the
To write the book. Monk took two months from
her job at the Sun. But the energy and focus needed to write an entire book proved much more
daunting than Monk had expected. She missed her
first deadline and returned to work at the paper
before taking off an additional three months to
complete the book. The idea that her work would
sit on a shelf for years—not simply become recycled newsprint after a day—was particularly
"With a book, because it's going to be printed
and it's on a bookshelf and kind of stuck there, and
in libraries—it's gonna be there as a reference
piece—it's terrifying. Terrifying that it had that
degree of permanence, which nothing else I'd ever
done really had," she says.
Monk's philosophy was to avoid writing the
kind of book she was saddled with as a film student Her goal was to write a book that would
appeal to those Canadians with little knowledge of
their native cinema.
"It's meant to be a populist primer. I mean, the
whole point of the book is that Canadian film has
been in the hands of academics for way too long.
And if Canadian film is going to succeed it has to be
something that appeals to a mainstream audience.
"I don't care about indoctrinating the devout followers of Canadian film ■■■They've got their own
ideas, and that's great But why not enlighten the
masses who don't understand any of it who don't
know how to love it well...don't know how to gravitate towards it?"
The book itself is extremely accessible. It's laid
out in ten chapters, each of which addresses a staple theme of Canadian cinema, be it survivo- guilt,
repressed and subverted sexuality or the alienation
of being the 'other.' Most chapters feature profiles
of prominent figures of Canadian cinema. The last
74 pages of the book are dedicated to reviews of
100 Canadian films, movies that either proved
particularly relevant to themes in Canadian cinema, or that Monk felt were overlooked when they
were first released.
And while Monk emphasises Weird Sex...'s
appeal to Canadian film neophytes, the book has a
lot to offer film buffs too. Monk's light and engaging tone offers fresh and informed insight into
movies new and old, be they canonical works like
Mon Oncle Antoine and Goin' Down the Road, or
recent classics such as New Waterford Girl, Parsley
Days and Maelstrom.
A large part of the book is dedicated to contrasting Canada's movies with those of
Hollywood's, a very potent juxtaposition. This
works best when Monk compares two movies, a?
she does with Don McKellar's Last Night and
Michael Bay's American blockbuster Armageddon
Both, films examine the end of the world, but
whereas McKellar's looks at the way people spend
their last night on Earth, Bay's features Bruce
Willis trying to blow up a giant asteroid to save the
world. It's a vivid illustration of the way in which
Canadians and Americans have constructed themselves in film.
"Americans, they've made themselves to be this
heroic race of people. Essentially, they're blood-
lusty battlers, that—you know—revolted against
absolutely eveiything and were suspicious of anything...They're a very violent race and their movies
speckle that all the way through.
"It's like the tiniest smallest things are heroic in
a Canadian film. Whereas, you know. Behind Enemy
Lines screened yesterday, and God, you really have
to go a long way to be a hero in an American action
film. It takes a lot of guns and bullets and firepower
and jet planes and giant aircraft carriers. You got to
have all this stuff to be a hero in an American movie,
you can't just be a good person."
It frustrates Monk when Canadians have diffi-
cultys identifying themselves, opining that there
is no such thing as a 'Canadian culture.' She feels
that an investment in this country's film industry
would help make pur identity more obvious to us.
"We don't think we have an identity, but it's so
obvious that we have one. You look at the movies,
it's like, we have a huge Canadian identity. How
could you not say we have an idea? It's just that
we've never been given the tools to articulate it
and talk about it and reflect it all back at us so that
it becomes a perpetual cycle of identification."
As she deftly points out, if every Canadian saw
a Canadian film a year, the industry would suddenly have $300 million in receipts, which
would be a huge boost. Her solution: a Canadian
content regulation, similar to the one the music
industry has.
"I would like to see a quota system, quite
frankly. I would like to see a five per cent Cancon-
thing to ensure that these films, that are made in
Canada, get a release. I think five per cent mandatory screens...You've got 16 screens in the middle
of Richmond, one of those has to be showing a
Canadian film, I don't care if it's two years old. So
that the kids, when they sneak into the next theatre, they end up watching a Canadian movie
instead," ♦ 8
Kaley Boyd returns from the national team
to UBC women's volleyball
by Scott Bardsiey
|ew players are good enough to make it
to a national team, but UBC volleyball's
Kaley Boyd "has what it takes. And if
there's one thing that distinguishes the middle blocker from her peers, it's the way she
dominates the court.
"She's a very, very intense player," says
Doug Reimer, the UBC women's coach.
"It's not Kaley's volleyball ability, but her
presence on the court that's very strong.
She's very loud, she's very encouraging, she
has this presence on the court that a lot of
teams don't have," says her former UBC
coach, Armenia Russo.
Making it to the national women's volleyball team was a lifelong goal for Boyd. Now
that she's back playing for UBC, however,
she might be just what the Thunderbirds
need to turn their average 6-4 season record
into an excellent one..
"For a taller player she's quite agile. She
moves very well in the front and the back
row. She hits the ball very well. She blocks
very well. She's sort of that all-around middle player that there really isn't a lot of,"
Russo says. "She's really been able to capitalise on that and been able to take it to the
national level, which is significant in only
her third year pf university play."
It's been a long, long trip for Boyd to the
top of university volleyball, a trip that began
not in Vancouver, but on the other side of the
Strait of Georgia. "
-aley Boyd grew up on Vancouver
Island surrounded by volleyball. Her
..father and her stepfather both played
a lot of beach volleyball when she was
young. Their play had a profound effect on
young Kaley, who became fixed on the sport
early on.
'I was about five years old,' she says,
"and one of my dad's friends looked at me
and said 'You're a tall girl. Are you going to
play basketball when you're older? Are you
going to play a sport?' I looked up as a little
kid, and I said, 'I'm a volleyball player. I'm
going to play volleyball.' I guess I knew
quite young that I wanted to play volleyball
and not anything else."
Boyd played for her high school club and
became one of the top secondary school
players. She made it to the provincial team j
three times. At 18 she tried out for the jun- j
ior national team and almost made it. She :
tried again the next year but a broken finger took her out of commission.
oyd's first year at UBC was a big transition. On the court, she had what she
' calls "a typical rookie role," playing a
few times and getting some experience
playing the university game, harder than
high school because of its faster attacks.
University life and academics were another
Continued on next page
THE STRONGEST LINK: With Kaley Boyd back from the national team, the
women's volleyball team has a formidable new weapon, nic fensom photo
fe ed back (S) ams. ubc.ca
The AMS, your student society, wants to know what you think of the
first job rate "training wage" introduced by the provincial
government on Nov. 15,2Q01
What is the first job rate?
It allows employers to hire youths at $6 an hour for the first 500 hours of
an individual's employment, as opposed to the current minimum wage
of $8 dollars.
What's wrong with the first job rate "training wage?"
It contravenes the principle of ecjual pay for equal work
Unfortunately, most minimum wage jobs do not develop skills that
would justify an actual training wage. And, does it really take 500 hours
to learn how to flip burgers?
The new wage reduces both earnings and savings for students, leading
to an increased reliance on student loans - and puts you in debt.
The system is vulnerable to abuse. Businesses could fire students after
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Although the wage is designed to reduce youth unemployment, it
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What can you do about it?
Tell us what you think so we can lobby the province on your behalf.
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Society elections will be held from
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Deadline for candidacy nominations is January
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Duties include: administering, overseeing and promoting all AMS referenda and executive
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You will be responsible for representing and promoting International student issues. The
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Continued from previous page
big change.
But the major problem which
plagued Boyd was injuries. "She
had a bum shoulder in high
school," Russo says. "She had little injuries here and there. One of
the big things for [new] players is
being able to deal with those
injuries and being able to know
when your injuries are serious
and when they're not, when you
can play through them and when
you cannot. That was one of the
struggles she had, having injuries
that were painful, but were not
threatening to her ability to play."
But Boyd adjusted to varsity-
level volleyball and by her second
year was made a starter, beginning the year on the right side
and then moving up to the front
row. "[She] made an impact right
away," Russo says.
But then she had an
injury that definitely did
threaten her ability to
During practice a volleyball hit her in the eye.
It ruptured her retina
and she lost central
vision in her left eye.
The team went to
Nationals without her
and won bronze.
The injury caused
Boyd to doubt herself.
"Every time something
happens, like my eye
injury for example, I
sometimes start to question if it's the right
direction. But you have
to end up believing in
yourself enough through
all the adversity to get
where your want to go,
because it's going to be
tough getting there,"
she says.
She started playing
again the next season with
one addition: goggles,
which were supposed to
protect her eyes. Of
course, the goggles looked
a little silly on the court
"It was a big adjustment, but in
the end I really liked it," she says.
"I'm a player who likes to go out
on to the court and be loud and
dominant and then once I put the
goggles on I got a different type of
attention. It was tough to adjust to
at first, but once I learned to
laugh it off it was fun."
Her doctors later realised that
the goggles weren't having the
effect they were supposed to, so
Boyd no longer wears them.
Finally, at 20 years old, she
tried out for the Canadian national team—and made it.
Boyd moved to Winnipeg and
started a rigorous schedule: early
practice, weight training, a nap,
then another practice in the
evening. But it was the long road
trips with the national team that
she found difficult. They often
lasted three weeks at a time and
Boyd found it hard to establish a
routine on the road.
"The first four months I was
wide-eyed. I was really happy to
be there and just enjoying the
experience. I felt like it was a
dream come true, something I
had worked hard for, for a long
time, and all the hard work paid
off," she says.
Her experiences at UBC have
also given Boyd a purpose
in life beyond volleyball.
Like many first-years arriving at
university, she had no idea what
she wanted to do as a career.
"I came to university primarily
because of volleyball. I didn't
know what I wanted to do or
where I wanted to go in life,'
she says.
But now, as she's realising her
volleyball dreams, Boyd has
found a new dream: to become a
high school teacher. She intends
to go into education so that she
can Jeach English and history.
And, of course, coach volleyball.
"What I really want to do is to
teach high-school-aged kids and
coach volleyball and give kids the
opportunities I was given, to pursue your dreams or improve yourself,' she says. With national
team experience under her belt,
her career settled on, and the second half of the season with the
UBC women's squad ahead of her,
Kaley Boyd's commitment is truly
paying off.
"By her second
year she was
starting and she
made an impact
on the court right
away. It's not
Kaley's volleyball
ability, but her
presence on the
court that's very
strong. She's very
loud, she's very
encouraging, she
has this presence
on the court that
a lot of teams
don't have."
—Armenia Russo
Former coach, UBC
women's volleyball
■JL    c
|Or the moment at least,
Boyd's stint with the national team is over and she's
back at UBC. She's happy to be
back and excited to start playing
with the Thunderbirds again. And
she could be just what the doctor
ordered for the team.
The women's volleyball team's
6-4 season has been good, but
below the team's potential.
Reimer is cautiously optimistic
that Boyd can make the difference
for the T-Birds when they resume
play in January.
"Through the training process
[with the national team], she's
improved her all-around play, her
backcourt skills, her serving,' he
says. "She still has a ways to go to
become an international player,
but compared to where she was at
coming out of high school, she's
come a long way.
"I would like to think, but you
never know for sure, that if we'd
had Kaley in the line-up, that definitely a couple of the tight
matches tliat we lost in the first
half [of the season] could have
become wins," he says. He stresses, however, that it will take good
play from the whole team, and
not just one player, to take the
Birds to the finals.
The women's volleyball team
resumes its season on January 5
when the Thunderbirds play
Calgary, the number-one ranked
team in Canada, at War Memorial
Gym. Game time is 6:15pm. ♦
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Duncan M. McHugh
Ai Lin Choo
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Ron Nurwisah
Scott Bardsiey
Julia Christensen
Laura Blue
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Alicia Miller
Graeme Worthy
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the
University of British Columbia. It is published every
Tuesday and Friday by The Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run student organisation, and all students are encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the Ubyssey staff.
They are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not
necessarily reflect the views of The Ubyssey Publications
Society or the University of British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian University
Press (CUP) and adheres to CUPs guiding principles.
All editorial content appearing in The Ubyssey is the property of The Ubyssey Publications Society. Stories, opinions, photographs and artwork contained herein cannot
be reproduced without the expressed, written permission
of The Ubyssey Publications Society.
Letters to the editor must be under 300 words. Please
include your phone number, student number and signature
(not for publication) as well as your year and faculty with all
submissions. ID will be checked when submissions ara
dropped off at the editorial office of The Ubyssey, otherwise verification will be done by phone.
"Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300 words but
under 750 words and are run according to space.
"Freestyles* are opinion pieces written by Ubyssey staff
members. Priority will be given to letters and perspectives
over freestyles unless the latter is time sensitive. Opinion
pieces will not be run until the identity of the writer has
been verified.
It is agreed by all persons placing display or classified
advertising that if the Ubyssey Publications Society fails to
publish an advertisement or if an error in the ad occurs the
liability of the UPS wfll not be greater than the price paid
for the ad The UPS shall not be responsible for slight
changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the
value or the impact of the ad.
Room 24, Student Union Building,
6138 Student Union Boulevard,
Vancouver, BC. V6T 1Z1
tel: (604) 822-2301
fax: (604) 822-9279
web: www.ubyssey.bc.ca
email: feedback@ubyssey.bc.ca
Room 23, Student Union Building
advertising: (604) 822-1654
business office: (604) 822-6681
fax: (604) 822-1658
email: advertising@ubyssey.bc.ca
:   Fernie Pereira
Karen Leung
Shalene Takara
It was interactive. Hywel Tuscano greeted his adoring Tans (shirtless at the Odyssey] as Lams Blue and Duncan M. McHugh snuck
in through the side door. Scotty Bardsiey and Son Nurwisah distracted the crowd so that Sarah MacNeill Morrison, sporting dark
glasses and a long coat; could get in the office. "WAITt* screamed
a reader when she saw Julia Christensen. 1 have a submission!"
Ai Lin Choo shook her head in disbelief as she looked out the
office window at lhe throng that had gathered. Nic Fensom even
let his immaculately combed hair fall out of place as he spun
around to behold the spectacle. Graeme Worthy and Alicia Miller
got down to woii though, interviewing the crowd about the
rhanggB readers wanted to see. Kathy Deering and Sara Young
were right behind them with clipboards to take notes and Rob
Stotesbuiy-Leeson and Kerrie Thornhilt had cameras ready to
catch the action. Then Dan Silverman went and ruined eveiything. "Don't be dumb,* he said. 'Tom Cruise isn't coming here *
And the disgruntled masses filed out of the building.
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Ubyssey staff—up close
and personal
Name: Duncan 'Myles' McHugh.
, Position: 'the congress of the cow/
coordinating editor
DOB: September 2, 1978
Sign: Virgo
Fave food: AMS Council meeting
Fave hobby: collecting records and
exploring the cave of the unknown
Fave saying: 'Fucking ingrates"
Pet peeve: your taste in music
Future aspiration: to work for a
'real' newspaper
Dream date: Christa Min's hair.
Name: Ai Lin 'Smokery7 Choo
Position: news editor
DOB: December 9, 1981
Sign: Sagittarius
Fave    food:    banana   chocolate
Fave hobby: Ubyssey Pit night
Fave saying: "Seriously, I don't hate
the office!"
Pet Peeve: those goddamned parking passes
Future aspiration: running this
Dream date: Vitamin D
Name: Sarah 'Sailboat' MacNeill
Position: 'news' editor
DOB: July 22, 1981
Sign: Cancer
Fave food: when the Ubyssey buys
dinner from Safeway. Especially
when we get cookies
Fave hobby: drinking, AMS council
meetings, drinking during AMS
council meetings (especially eight-
hour ones)
Fave saying: "Can we even print
this? Guys! Take out the pornographic editorial graphic of Erfan! I
have to interview him tommorrow!
That's disgusting!" alternatively:
"Libel be damned!"
Pet peeve: when squirrels run away
from me
Future aspiration: to once again
feel the gentle caress of sunlight,
damn these rickets
Dream date: Gordon Campbell, me,
a nice Argentinian red and a bottle
of rat poison
Name:  Ron  'Smooth  Operator'
Position: culture editor
DOB: August 11, 1982
Sign: Leo
Fave food: those crunchy things,
you know, they're crunchy?
Fave hobby: taking care of the
Fave saying: "Soooo, ever consider
a career in the arts?"
Pet peeve: artists that just don't
Future aspiration: to get out of the
basement of the SUB
Dream date: any of those cuties at
Blue Chip
Name: Scott 'Beardsley' Bardsiey
Position: sports editor
DOB: June 21, 1982, same as a certain heir to the throne
Sign: Gemini
Fave food: Swedish fish
Fave hobby, waiting to cross the
Lions Gate Bridge...
Fave saying: "Booya!"
Pet peeve: blaming it on the wind
Future aspiration; to prevent my coworkers  from filling out these
forms on my behalf...Damn you!!
Damn you to hell!!!
Dream date: a 'dove,' but we think
it should be Marc Weber
Fave food: $5-free-for-all
Fave hobby: chillin' with my Kappa
Gamma Booty (KGB) sisters. Go
Fave saying: "Suckaaaa!"
Pet peeve: people who make out
with their boy/girlfriend and eat
McDonald's in the library...stinky!
Future aspiration: to get out of the
basement 'md purtue .in r-xriting
career in ctpiuniige
Dreoin dale: Woody
Name: Laura 'Quality Control' Blue
Position: copy editor
DOB: April 1, 1981
Sign: Aries
Fave food: Yatta! Flakes
Fave hobby: Music, and any event
endorsed by the Ubyssey athletics
Fave saying: "Who are these
Pet peeve: when people write really
obscure responses to these questions so that only their co-workers
get the jokes
Future aspiration: lo get a haircut
Dream dale: One of those hollies
from SUB security.
Name:  Nic  To  Kool  4  Skool'
Position: foto editor
DOB: October 28, 1980
Sign: Scorpio
Fave food: Taka
Fave hobby: making fun of the
Fave saying: "SOOO WEEAAAKK!!!*
Pet peeve: people who say, "cheers"
Future aspiration: to be culture
Dream date: your mom
manager too, that means I design
stuff, and worry a lot
DOB: October 27, 1982 (the baby!)
Sign: Scorpio
Fave food: slabs of raw fish.
Anything that can be prepared simply by boiling water
Fave Hobby: I have a hobby? Those
people at the arcade probably think
I'm a loser by now. Does that
Pet peeve: puking, what a bother!
Fave saying: 'Page four came out.
Ten is being proofed. I'm finishing
that one. No, there is nothing for
you to do. Not in those shoes!"
Future aspiration: dance shirtless
at the Odyssey. Find direction,
motivation. Move to Hawaii. Stop
Dream date: lacks breasts. Can pay
for hot chocolate. I'll buy the
Name: Alicia J. la' Miller
Position: letters/research coordinator
DOB: March 5, 1980
Sign: Pisces
Fave food: stamp glue and envelope
sealant—gotta love that tangy
tongue coating!
Fave hobby: looking through online parliamentary proceedings in
search of obscure info
Fave saying: 'Letters, I got letters,
do dee do..."
Pet peeve: handwritten letters with
no name and no return address
Future aspiration: special issue o'
letters. Hey, Bruskiewich, you with
Dream date: a 'postal worker'
named Jon
Name: Julia 'Churchy' Christensen
Position: features editor
DOB: September 14, 1978
Sign: Virgo (the virgin!)
Name: Hywel Hugh-Wool' Tuscano
Position: anything moderately comfortable  (be  gentle), production
Name: Graeme Iron Man' Worthy
DOB: October 17, 1918. I've been
here that long
Sign: Libra
Position: volunteers coordinator
Fave food: wasabi, straight up
Fave hobby, chillin' out, maxin' out,
Relaxin' all cool, and shootin' some
b-ball outside of the school
Fave saying: "Yo homes, smell ya
Pet peeve: when my super powers
don't work right and I X-ray view
some greasy ol' man. Yuck!
Future aspiration: To be the best
damned gas-jockey this side of
Sault St. Marie!
The Ubyssey Mandatory Survey
Help us help you. Give the Ubyssey some feedback and make us a better paper.
INjIKUClfUNS What aspect of the paper do you particularly enjoy? Do you use our website?
You may have read in our last issue that we are having a com- What aspect of the paper do you particularly dislike?
pulsory reader response survey. You are required to complete this questionnaire and return it to the Ubyssey offices. Would you like to see more national news coverage?
You may do this in a variety of ways. yes or no
1. Mail it to us, our mailing adress is as follows.
Room 24
Student Union Building
6138 SUB Blvd.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
2.. Bring it to the office. We're in the basement of the SUB
behind the arcade. Just slip the survey under the door.
3. E-mail us: This survey will be available on our website. Just
nil it in and mail it to FEEDBACK@UBYSSEY.BC.CA
Which section of the paper do you read?
(1 being never, S being always)
News                 1             2 3 4
Sports              1             2 3 4
Culture             1             2 3 4
Features           12 3 4
Opinion            1             2 3 4
How would you rate the quality of each section ?
(1 being poor, 5 being excellent)
News                12 3 4
Sports              12 3 4
Culture              12 3 4
Features           1             2 3 4
Opinion            1             2 3 4
Where is our coverage lacking?
Where is our coverage superfluous?
Rate the attractiveness of the paper
(1 being ugly, 5 being gorgeous)
1        2 3 4 S
Rate the attractiveness of the editors
(1 being ugly, 5 being gorgeous).
12 3 4 5
Rate the attractiveness and effectiveness of the photos
(1 being ugly and totally ineffective, 5 being gorgeous and
very effective)
12 3 4 5
How can the design of the paper be improved?
Do you like the full-page graphic cover for the 'Page Friday?'
Do you know what 'Page Friday' is?
yes or no
Which edition of the Ubyssey do you pick up more often?
Tuesday or Friday
Where do you pick up the Ubyssey?
Where would you like to pick up the Ubyssey?
yes or no
How could we improve our website?
How could our letters section better represent the university
Do our editorials adequately represent the university's
How could we improve our editorials?
Do you support boycotting advertising from the following
types of companies or organisations:
Boycott tobacco ads yes or no
Boycott military ads yes or no
Boycott CSIS ads yes or no
_ Boycott hard alcohol ads yes or no
Boycott oil company ads yes or no
Boycott escort/bathhouse ads yes or no
Boycott pro-choice, anti-abortion ads yes or no
Is there other advertising you would not want to see in
the Ubyssey?
Thank you. Feel free to add any additional comments.
story contest!
Sick of exams? Sick of essays\
"' "7; fetter the Vbyssey's story contest! Send us a story that
includes some of the following, and we just might
print it in our first issue back:
1. Peanut butter.
2. Brian Sullivan, UBC's vice-president, students.
3. Somnambulism. - -'        /
4. Mark Fraser, AMS vice-president, adshimseratior^
5. UBCs steam tunnels.
6. The Vbyssey.
1. The Agricultural Sciences  ,
Undergraduate Society's mechanical
Submissions should be e-matled to
feedback@ubyssey.bc.ca no later than 10am on
January 3> and should be no longer than 300 words.
poetry contest!
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We're sick of putting this paper together by ourselves. That's
why, for the Ubyssey's first issue in 2002, we're calling for
your help! Published on January 4, this is going to be the
Ubyssey—interactive, and we're looking for photos, storie,
and poetry!
hoto contest!
Three Fun Categories!
1) Really Cool Photographs: Where you actually take good fotes..Just like a
normal photo contest. The following rules apply: No cats, no swings, no waterfalls
and no stupid landscapes.
2) A picture of you hugging either AMS President Erfan Kazemi, AMS General
Manager Bernie Peets, or Vbyssey Coordinating Editor Duncan McHugh. Stalking
is innapropriate, but asking nicely may get results!
3) Photographs involving ihe Vbyssey as a prop, either:
a) A tea party with the Vbyssey as a guest.
b) Vbyssey fashion—wear a dress, a hat, a tube-top, or some
pants made out of our beloved newspaper. Be creative. Go to public places. Take photos. Send them to us.
c) The Vbyssey as a mode of transportation. No elementary-school
style paper airplanes.
'Bring your photos or negatives to the Vbyssey office in SUB 24 (behind
the arcade). If we're not here, slip it under the door. You can also e-mail your submissions to feedback@ubyssey.be.ca. If you want to win a prize, leave your name
and phone number. All entries are due January 3,10am.
Hot Fun!
Bad Teenage Angst Poetry!
You know what we mean. You wrote this stuff in high school. So dig out those binders, those
old math notes, tlvx: >>uin il entile*-, .md tho^e li-\o letters youflgycr sent. We want 'em all!
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