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Students arrested for painting outside lines
by Todd Silver
Two UBC students were arrested yesterday while painting
an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) free zone
around the Goddess of Democracy. Police plan to arrest a
Mark Luchkow and Shira2 Dindar were taken into custody while painting a circle around the statue outside the
SUB. Their intention was to separate the statue—a symbol
of the pro-democracy movement in Tienanmen Square—
from UBC campus, which will be a venue for the APEC leaders' summit this November.
Campus RCMP also plan to arrest Jesse Scott for mischief. They allege he also participated hi the painting
around the statue, but left before the arrests were made.
Dindar, Luchkow, and Scott are members of APEC Alert,
a UBC based anti-APEC group.
According to a campus RCMP officer, who was not present at the time of arrest, campus security called the moun-
ties to make the arrests.
Dindar, who spoke with the Ubyssey shortly after being
released from police custody, said the arrests were meant
to intimidate APEC protesters.
"I tliink it was intimidation tactics for sure on the part of
the university," said the UBC student. "As soon as we were
taken away apparently the campus cowboys came and were
talking to everyone..."
But Dennis Pavlich, associate vice president for academic and legal affairs, insisted UBC didn't try to intimidate
the students. And he added it's the RCMP's responsibility to
act when a law is broken.
"Let me put it this way. If we saw a person...putting paint
on buildings...we would call the police and ask them to
remove that individual because they're clearly breaking the
law. That's what these people are alleged to [have done|.
Why should it be any different?" Pavlich said.
Dindar said none ofthe people arrested, nor APEC Alert,
defaced the statue itself.
The Goddess of Democracy has been an epicentre for
campus protest about APEC since the announcement last
year that part of the conference would be held on campus.
The statue has also been victim to vandalism. Last spring
MARK LUCHKOW minutes before being arrested.
someone burned a hole in the statue.. And this past weekend someone doused the Goddess in green paint.
Dindar said he is more concerned about being disciplined by the university than by the courts.
"I was arrested for painting these lines. If I was arrested
for doing anything to the Goddess of Democracy it would be
wrong. But I painted the lines and I have no qualms with
TAKING DOWN the bomb barracades in front of the UBC Bookstore, richard lam photo
Walkman, don't run
Council leaders want
$10 fee referendum
By Casey Sedgman
They must be getting a bit jumpy with all the
lineups at the Bookstore lately. Jumpy
enough to call in the bomb squad and evacuate the building last Friday when staff
there heard some strange noises coming
out of an unattended backpack.
Bookstore staff called the police, who told
them to evacuate the store and called in the
bomb squad. A few minutes later the entire
area was cordoned off with yellow tape.
"Thank God this didn't happen two
weeks ago when the store was fuH" said the
retail floor manager, Wendy Truelove.
According to bookstore director Debbie
Harvey, the bookstore staff followed standard emergency procedure. "The evacuation went very smoothly," she said, adding
that the evacuation affected business for
only about an hour and a half. Patrons were
asked to leave their purchases in line and
told to come back at 1:00pm when the store
"We were just cautious, that's all," said
an RCMP spokesperson. "With APEC coming and everything, we're obviously going to
be pretty concerned."
In the end, the culprit turned out td be a
skipping CD player inside an employee's
bag that had been left unattended on the
by Sarah Galashan
Student councilors want to raise AMS
fees by $10 to $49.50 per year plus
inflation, and they hope to put the question to a referendum in March.
Ryan Davies, the AMS president,
said council is constrained by the current $39.50 it has collected from Full
time students since 1982. He said council is providing students with far more
than the amount was originally intended for.
The AMS fee, paid by all students
enrolled in 18 or more credits, can only
be changed by a referendum if at least
ten per cent of students' vote in
favour—a simple majority is required.
After the AMS allocates money to
Intramurals, an art purchasing fund,
and a SUB renovations fund, the student union is left with less than half the
fee. The renovations fee alone claims
$15 ofthe fee.
Shirin Foroutan, AMS director of
external affairs, told council that the
AMS charges one of the country's lowest student society fees. But while students at other schools typically do pay
more to their student unions than students at UBC, fees at SFU and UVIC
include allocations within the fee. In the
case of UVIC only $38 of the $120 fee
received from students is actually available to the student society.
Davies said that without a fee
increase the student union's programs
like Joblink, Rentsline and Safewalk,
resource groups and CiTR radio might
But at a special council meeting held
last Wednesday, the five council executives, who together proposed the fee
increase, didn't lay out any specific
plans for the increase.
"With a referendum it's definitely
the case that we have to show everyone
the value before we show them the
goods. We have to tell them why higher
fees are going to give them benefits and
then we follow through and show them
what they now get," Davies told council.
"With a referendum it's definitely
the case that we have to show
everyone the value before we
show them the goods."
—Ryan Davies
AMS President
One of the 'goods' Davies referred to
was a possible SUB renovation that
would see the Gallery Lounge move to
the Thunderbird Shop's location to provide for patio seating, or the addition of
a campus Cold Beer and Wine Store.
"If that is what students want than
we should build it," said Davies.
"There is another solution to our
problem here, we could shut things
down," said Davies. "We could say 'well
you know what, students are happy paying what they do.' [But] if in fact everyone wants all of the programs and services that we have now... then they have
to realise that there's a cost."
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The AMS has been criticised recently for the way
it manages its finances. David Borins, a Board of
Governors representative on council and past AMS
president, has argued the council needs some long
term financial planning from an external consultant.
While the executive stressed the necessity for an
increase, constituency representatives were hesitant
as to whether students would vote favourably for the
fee. It was pointed out that when asked to vote for a
$90 technology fee, students voted four to one
against the increase.
One councilor also questioned whether UBC stu-
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dents realise what the AMS is responsible for or if
they even care.
"Unless we know [a referendum.is] going to fly we
shouldn't do it," said Patrick Lum, who represents
dentistry students on council.
Davies said he realises the amount of work that
will be required, and if council does not believe they
can reach students they might cancel any future
plans for a referendum. But Foroutan said she
believes it is possible. "Absolutely it's possible to get
the turn out. I know if a student doesn't know who I
am it's my fault not their fault. It's my goal until I'm
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Ramsey getting students into the Act
by Douglas Quan
Student unions may finally get official
recognition in the University Act.
But it all depends on whether Education
Minister Paul Ramsey can muster up
enough support from tlie province's universities to amend the Act.
While student unions, like UBC's Alma
Mater Society, have been around for
decades, the University Act has never formally recognised students' rights to organise.
And according to many student leaders,
the    omission    undermines
of students, and I want to ensure that they
continue to serve students," he told the
The announcement comes as welcome
news to Maura Parte, BC chair of the
Canadian Federation of Students. The CFS
unsuccessfully lobbied Ramsey over the summer to include the provisions in legislation
establishing the Technical University of BC.
Parte said there needs to be explicit guarantees that student unions can operate on
behalf of students without interference
from their universities. "We want legislation entrenched  that gives  students  the
their authority in the eyes of
university boards.
They cite difficulties some
student unions have had in getting university administrations
to hand over student fees —
fees levied by the student union
but collected by the university.
Ramsey said the Act should
be amended to affirm the legitimacy of student associations,
and to prevent future rifts.
"We now have student unions that are
very mature, have been there for decades,
and have worked very responsibly on behalf
"Governments are usually
very loathe to alter the
Act unless there's a
big win for them."
-Desmond rodenbour
ams policy analyst
right to organise into associations, and [student unions the right] to have their fees collected," said Parte.
"Ideally, we would not want a student
association, because it is an autonomous
organisation, to have to be accountable to
the board of governors at all."
Ramsey said his ministry will be consulting with student organisations and universities across BC over the next few months to
discuss the exact nature of the changes. He
also said there will likely be other amendments to the Act, but would not comment
about what those changes might be.
"If they are willing to strike up a committee that involves students from all
organisations it's going to be excellent,"
said Shirin Foroutan, AMS coordinator of
external affairs.
"Student societies will actually have
something that states this is their legitimacy: what they're pushing for, what they're
working towards, who they're representing
will be declared."
But Desmond Rodenbour, AMS policy
analyst, said it is still too early to get excited.
What may seem like a rational amendment
to student societies may be met with opposition from university faculties, boards and
alumni, he warned.
"There are some aspects of how the act is
written which imply they hold a higher
moral ground than government. The
University Act gives universities the auton-
RAMSEY anxious to amend University Act.
omy on how to manage their affairs. So
whenever a government speaks about altering an act that has so much history there
will be a lot of concern.
"Governments are usually very loathe to
alter the Act unless there's a big win for
them." ♦
U of T to offer honorary degree to George Bush
by Sarah Schmidt
The Varsity
Toronto (CUP) - A decision by the University of Toronto [U
of T] to offer former US President George Bush an honorary
degree is creating controversy on campus.
The decision was unanimously endorsed by the university's honorary degree committee and received near unanimous support from U of T's governors at its closed session
council meeting on Monday.
But the former director of the Central Intelligence
Agency has yet to accept the invitation.   .
"It's remarkable any public institution would honour
this person. You'd think they'd put him on trial," said leading foreign policy specialist Steven Shalom, a professor at
William Patterson College.
The decision was made on the heels of a similar controversy at the University of Victoria after it recently offered
China's President Jiang Zemin an honourary degree. After
a public outcry on the UVic campus he declined the offer,
citing scheduling problems.
Some members of the U of T community are hoping for
similar results at their university.
"I'm appalled to hear this," said a shocked Suzanne
Doerge, an alumnus of the U of T.
"Living in Nicaragua, I've seen first hand the policies
that Reagan held up and Bush followed through on," said
Doerge, who was in Nicaragua at the height ofthe US-backed
Contra war against the Sandinista government.
"To see the destruction of democracy and violation of
human rights that Reagan and Bush were responsible for—
to see the destruction not only of lives but also a dream is
really awful."
"It's remarkable any public
institution would honour
this person. You'd think
they'd put him on trial."
--Steven Shalom
professor at william patterson college
Political scientist Shalom says Bush's support for
counter-insurgency in Nicaragua is just one example in a
long career marked by back-door dealings with dictators,
brutal covert operations and up-front invasions.
"This is a guy whose government is condemned by the
World Court. This is a guy who is responsible for invasions
condemned by the Organisation of American States."
In 1986, the International Court of Justice found that
Nicaragua had been a victim of aggression at the hands of
the U.S. At the time, the Reagan administration, under
which Bush served as Vice President, was secretly providing arms to Iran and redirecting profit to fund the
Contras. The cover-up broke as the Iran-Contra scandal in
Fourth-year U of T student Jorge Hurtado experienced
American policy first hand. Born in Chile in 1973, the year
the CIA orchestrated the overthrow of the democratically-
elected AUende government, Hurtado spent the first two
years of his life without his father. A member of the governing socialist party in Chile from 1970 to 1973, his
father was imprisoned until 1975 when the family came to
"You're lying. Are you serious?," asked Hurtado on hearing the news. "The fact that he was director ofthe CIA in the
1970s is enough to make your stomach turn. He launched
I don't know how many invasions."
But Jean Smith, a U of T political science professor who
specialises in U.S. government, says these criticisms are
"Mr. Bush is a distinguished American," he said. "It's
almost like going back and saying what he did in high
school. You're picking fly shit out of black pepper."
If he accepts the honour, Bush will be conferred with the
degree November 17. ♦
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Aquasoc renovations late but on budget
THE FISH OF AQUASOC enjoy their new digs, richard lam photo
by Michael McGowan
Renovations to the SUB basement are better
late than never, according to the scuba diving
club and the Varsity Outdoors club.
Originally scheduled for completion by
September 12, the renovations to the Aquasoc
office was still under construction one week
later. The new office was finished September
According to the AMS designer, Michael
Kingsmill, the $35,000 project is in on budget, despite the delayed finish. Total costs for
the project have yet to be finalised, but according to Kingsmill, "(they] are in a favourable
position to achieve the budget as planned."
Kingsmill added that delays in construction were largely beyond the control of the
design team and stemmed mainly from difficulties in securing the required interim
"Everybody took their holidays in the last
weeks of August, for family reasons, and
that's when we were pushing to get it done
and get inspections."
Financing for the project came in two
parts. Aquasoc put $ 15,500 of its own money
toward the renovations of its office while the
remaining money needed to renovate the
office space came from CPAC, a $ 15 levy all
students pay to the AMS as part of their annual fee.
Improvements to the Aquasoc office
include a new front window, a slightly renovated entrance aimed at improving Aquasoc's
rental display, a new room where members
can rinse their gear, and another room that
will be used for social gatherings. Additional
space came from using the area that separated the Varsity Outdoors Club's old office from
the original Aquasoc office.
According to Michael Bowridge, Aquasoc
president, the renovations will allow the club
to offer more value to its members.
"Now, with all these facilities we've been
able to double what we ran give the student
in the area of courses," said Bowridge. "This
month we've tripled [the number of students
taking scuba lessons| over last September."♦
Prime Minister's power absolute, says Globe and Mail chief
by Irene Plett
The concentration of media ownership in
Canada is a sign of the times, but it's not
limiting what people read in their newspapers, argued William Thorsell, editor-in-
chief of The Globe and Mail. He spoke
Saturday at UBC as part of the Vancouver
Institute lecture series.
"Eighty of 105 Canadian daily newspapers are owned by three corporate owners,"
he said. When Conrad Black's total got to
60, many said there would be a loss in
diversity of views in his papers.
And while he said there was a conservative trend in many Canadian newspapers,
Thorsell sees it as a reflection of trends in
the wider society, which he expects to
change as fiscal concerns become less
pressing to governments.
"The power of the press to limit what
people can see is gone." Newspapers must
live with the reality that the types of media
and variety within those media have
increased. Readers can dial up newspapers
of major cities of the world on the Internet.
Newspapers are targeting specialised markets, he said. So despite the concentration
of ownership within the industry, "the variety has never been greater and the quality
never better of the separately owned newspapers in Canadian cities."
Thorsell wants to implement more
power-sharing within The Globe and Mail.
The Vancouver office does reporting, ad
sales, and printing, but the editorial decision-making has not been decentralised. "I
think that's imminent," said Thorsell.
But his message regarding the federal government system in Canada was not as positive.
Federal power is overly centralised, he
said, reasoning that this is partly because
"over one half of the population is located in
two of 12 jurisdictions," in Ontario and
Thorsell said the other problem is that
power is concentrated around the Prime
Minister. "Free votes that don't even threaten the government itself are almost never
allowed. Backbenchers voting against the
majority government are severely punished
in Canada," where they would not be in
The power of the Prime Minister in
many matters is "absolute. Mr. Chretien has
power to select the individual who is his
check and balance." He appoints the
Governor General, the Canadian head of
state. He appoints judges of the Supreme
Court. He appoints members of no less than
2 50 boards and commissions.
Appointments are made without any hearing or "the review or approval of a single
elected representative," and are often used
to reward party members.
Thorsell is certain that this concentration of power "reduces the quality of our
decision-making; condones arbitrary,
authoritative, manipulative behaviour;
undermines public faith in the system; and
affronts the principles of a democratic society."
However, he personally despairs that little will change, unless there is more public
He also promised to immediately
change the telephone message system that
identifies office hours in Eastern time when
you call The Globe and Mail Vancouver
office after hours.♦
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Will Ferguson
Why I Hate Canadians [Douglas & Mclntyre]
Nationalism is a comforting tale told through selective history and iconography. The basis of any country's nationalism, once scrutinised, is foolish, arrogant and grounded in the past. "Intellectual nationalist is an oxymoron of the first degree," writes Gen-X
CBC radio regular Will Ferguson. As world-renowned
ironists, Canadians tend be to the first to get the gag.
We're damn smug about our notorious humility, too.
But, hey, at least we're not .Americans.
Is our country truly on the brink of segmentation
and collapse? If so, will flag-waving, sloganeering and
Fear and s
hand-holding across the country prevent it?
Ferguson participated in three nation-saving projects: Canada World Youth, Katimavik, and the
Project Megapole. In '95, he hopped on and off the
Unity Bus.
"I expected the bus," writes Ferguson, "to be
filled with either drunken party-goers looking
for an excuse to vomit on Quebec territory, or
with fervent nationalists breaking into song
every couple of miles, but I was wrong. They
were very sincere and worried. Canadians talk a
good revolution, but when the time comes to
storm the palace gates, this is what we get; a bus
filled with good intentions."
Canadians are drowning in vague niceness,
self-assurred with top United Nations ratings. If
the three great themes of Canadian history are, as
Ferguson says, "keeping the /Americans out, keeping
the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear," it's time we try to find a fresh page
and alter the narrative.
But should we even try to look for a national narrative? Be honest here. If we look at Canadian iconography, we've got red, dying leaves, a water animal
valued for its fur, an ice sport, red-suited law
enforcers, a hereditary family of figureheads, and
beer. Even if we were to be really serious, polls have
shown that proud Canadians value universal health
care, welfare, and the CBC. For Ferguson, this translates as "success without risk" - the unspoken
Canadian dream. With no grand unifying vision, we
rally under the banner of "We're Nice," or more accu
rately, "We're Nicer Than The Americans."
Ferguson twice invokes the ambiguous, academic
term "postmodern" to re-cast Canada. "[Canadians
outside Quebec] are in the process of transcending
our colonial past, of reinventing ourselves as a postmodern nation. Postmodern nationalism is eclectic,
wry, unpretentious and untainted by ideology."
Perhaps citizenship is better compared to residency.
Y'know, a sort of landlord-tennant relationship. 'Course
that means that the First Nations would be setting the
rental rates. As if that would get past the first reading in
the House of Commons. With all this serious hand-
wringing about compromises, it's understandable that
some people are so desperate political reform (or a
really big joke) that they'd vote for the
populist party ofthe same name.
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Nobody (even separatists) truly hates Canadians.
Even Ferguson writes, "When all is said and done,
you can't really hate Canadians. Don't you just hate
that?" Ferguson, like many famous Canadians, is a
scathing, smart-ass satirist. Most of them take easy
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trash while piles of garbage still awaited collection throughout
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Island Ferries, artists were git-en a metal garbage can
and about four hours to perform a 'make-over* in
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newspapers. Another can covered with shredded money was tided
"There is money in garbage" because the Canadian Mini charged
tire artist S17 for a bag of shredded money and an additional $ 17 to deliver the goods. When asked why she
entered the contest, artist Jeanm? cracked, "I got all this
money and had to do something with it"
Elaine and Arthur are two artists from Bowen Island
who chose to use their entry to convey a message.
Throwing one can inside of another to represent North
American consumerism, they painted "Double capacity for today's
consumer" on the cans. Placed alongside was an extremely small
can representing African consumption, which is practically nil,
Elaine explained how in Africa, there really isn't any garbage; poverty forces people to find more ways to reuse things. For Vancouver
residents, this was one of tlie more timely entries.
Three members from the art community judged the entries on
originality, design, technique and presentation before the auctioning began. And the winners? The patients in tlie eating disorders
program at B. C. Children's Hospital. Proceeds from the auction go
nwards the purchase of supplies for the art therapy program.
One elderly spectator summed it up best when he said, "I've seen
lots of things in my life, but not a garbage can like that." He was
referring, not to the makeshift garbage containers scattered
throughout the city, but to a can used as a canvas for a beautiful
landscape painting.*
Laser and Light Classics only for the light headed
 by Alison Cole
Laser and Light Classics
September 20 at the Pacific Coliseum
Spectacle and popular tunes do not a successful concert make. This was the case with
the Laser and Light Show. A vital ingredient
of what often determines a successful show
was lacking: an audience.
The promise of lasers and lights accompanying classical pop favourites was too ambitious of an endeavor for Vancouver audiences. What was billed as "Britain's Best
Selling Classical Show!" didn't translate well
for Canadians. My guess is that they were
obviously not willing to part with an exorbitant $70 ticket price to watch "La Donna e
Mobile" and West Side Story music being performed in a hockey rink. Given the huge gaps
in the audience seating, the venue was much
too large. A more intimate setting, such as the
VSO's usual home, the Orpheum, would have
been better.
A light-hearted programme, pumped out
by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the
Vancouver Bach choirs and the 15th Field
Regiment Band, originally seemed to cater to
the, uh, less musically-educated masses. Not
that there's anything wrong with that; however, due to bad ticket sales, last-minute
changes were made, and the show suddenly
became a "Tribute to Diana." Pieces were cut
out (such as the music to Star Wars and the
James Bond movies) and replaced with other
'Diana' appropriate pieces. Adding to the up-
scaling was the presence of the Mayor of
Vancouver, the British Consul General, and
the Lieutenant Governor of BC The latter of
the two made short speeches in Princess
Diana's memory.
The lasers were what people had come out
for, which consisted of green, blue, and the
odd red beam fhtting across the stage in synchronised tempo to the music. After the initial "ooh" and "ahh" though, their presence
was more laughable than anything else. One
word adequately describes these almighty
rays of light: lame. The cheesy lasers detracted from the appreciation of the music, and
were there for the audience members with
low attention spans.
What about the canons? Where were the
promised canons during the' 1812 Overture'?
I was expecting to see canon balls shooting
above the bodies on stage. Instead, all we got
were what sounded hke timpanis being
banged at full force. Oh, the disappointment. At least the impressive trumpet fanfare during the piece partially compensated
for this.
Soprano Sherrilyn Hall's version of "On
My Own" from Les Miserables was forgettable, as her voice was thin and didn't project
well. However, tenor Stewart Lutzenheiser's
performances of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma"
and Sullivan's "The Lost Chord" were
absolutely breath-taking.
British conductor, Glenn Barlow, gave an
equally brilliant performance. From a technical standpoint, I've never before witnessed a
conductor give more clear, articulate and
dynamic beat patterns as Barlow. It was a
true pleasure to observe this very young Brit
direct the show.
The 22-year old had a sense of humour,
demonstrated when he conducted the
ensembles' performance of "Pomp and
Circumstance" not one, but bur times.
Barlow seemed to think it was pretty funny,
while the crowd moaned in disbelief. As he
conducted the audience to join in with the
"Land of Hope and Glory" chorus the last
three times, Barlow didn't appear to know
that while the words of England's great Sir
Edward Elgar may be known by every British
citizen, most Canadians have never heard of
the song much less know how to sing it.
The concluding piece on the programme
was Elton John's newly revised "Candle in
the Wind." Lack of preparation for this piece
(as well as others) definitely detracted,
though the sentiment was still felt. This
could be said of the entire show. Very ambitious, a show that strived to entertain a non-
typical symphony crowd with classical
music without putting anyone to sleep. And
it succeeded; too bad there weren't more
people there to enjoy it.4-
Boys and men bonding in local film
Sleater-Kinney kicked ass
by John Zaozirny
Sept 20th, Starfish Room
You've. probably heard of Sleater-Kinney.
They've entered that nether-realm of the
music world where a great deal of people
have heard of them but not many have actually heard them. So when they showed up
this Saturday night at the Starfish Room, I
was but one of the many seduced by the
hype stirred up by this previously (and still
to most) obscure band from Olympia.
Sleater-Kinney, named for a street from
their hometown, have somehow managed
to win the unilateral respect that most
superstar bands only dream of, all the while
remaining fiercely independent. They're a
kind of bandular Ani Difranco. Sleater-
Kinny is a band, poised on the brink of rock
star success, that still sticks to the indie
label' Kill Rock Stars.'
Despite all the praise showered on the
band, most of the audience in the Starfish
room were there to find out whether
Sleater-Kinney could actually make the
grade as bona-fide rockers. And, yeah, they
Now, Sleater-Kinney relies on a two-guitar setup, backed by drums, for their sonic
attack, the conclusion being that bass would
only get in the way of their frontal-assault
sound. What that sound breaks down to is
concert: not easily pigeon-holed.
The concert can be described as surreal,
stranger even than most Starfish Room concerts. The vibe of the crowd was comfortable, and when Sleater-Kinney hit the stage,
everyone waited to see if the spectacle of
real-life Sleater-Kinney matched the hype.
Competing with an image can't be a very
enjoyable experience and Sleater-Kinney
dealt with it by keeping themselves grounded, allowing the crowd to sit on the stage,
keeping the setup simple and playing a very
personable set. In turns conversing with the
crowd, relating stories and, later, asking for
requests, the band kept the aura of reality
that has impressed so many, even selling
their t-shirts personally at the end of the
But, of course, concerts are for music,
which Sleater-Kinney delivered nicety, opening with the lead and title track from their
latest album Dig Me Out, and moving from
there to a host of well-worn tunes with newer
ones thrown in. Lead vocalist/guitarist Corin
Tucker looked a bit tired, but her distinctive
voice was a strong accompaniment to the
guitar riffs flowing from lead guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein. Brownstein was in
rock'n'roll star mode, bursting with moves
and chops, even, when her guitar strap went
loose, playing on her back from sheer
necessity. She kept the show, and the crowd,
alive with her Ramones-sryle riffs and guitar
hero theatrics. Meanwhile, drummer Janet
Weiss kept up a ferocious pace, and it
was her drumming that filled any
gaps that might have appeared.
Sleater-Kinney may be too hyped,
but as they showed Saturday night,
they've more right to the critics'
admiration than bands five times as
popular. Whether it was with a new
take on an old song or a work-in-
progress on display, Sleater-Kinney
kept the crowd enthralled. As many a
person said upon leaving, Sleater-
Kinney kicked ass<*
simple but strong guitar riffs, piercing
vocals and a pimimeling drum beat. The
result is a strangely powerful combination
and something that lead S-Kers Carrie
Brownstein and Corin Tucker have worked
at tirelessly to perfect, even going through a
Spinal Tap-esque promenade of four drummers. Latest addition Janet Weiss seems to
have finally filled the gap, putting Up a
impenetrable stone wall of a back beat. All
together, the result is a hybrid of punk and
pop, a sound not easily pigeon-holed. Which
is also a pretty good summation of them in
 by Casey Sedgman
White Cloud, Blue Mountain
at Robson Square Cinema
Sept. 30 (9:30pm) and, Oct. 6 (10:00am)
B.C. Director Keith Behrman was visibly relieved to have
his current short feature White Cloud, Blue Mountain
finally screened here in Vancouver. .And considering the
fact that he had to shoot the whole film twice, no one can
blame him.
It's a good thing he did. White Cloud, Blue Mountain is
a quality film, sure to raise more than a few eyebrows at
the upcoming Vancouver Film Festival and provide
Behrman with much needed experience for what could
well prove to be a promising directing career.
The 30 minute drama explores a between a man and
his father. It is a relationship that lacks any real outward
emotional connection, a problem to which many in the
audience can surely relate. William MacDonald (X-Sles,
Outer Limits) plays James, a middle aged man who has
trouble expressing his emotions, even to his father
(played by John Taylor) on his death bed. The character
James certainly feels the pain of his father's irnminent
death, he just doesn't know what to say to bridge the gap
between them.
"Its an issue that a lot of us don't confront," producer
Trish Dolman told the Ubyssey. "I flunk that most people
can relate to having this relationship with our parents.
We don't really know who they are."
Behrman agrees. "I think that it's common to a lot of
people, and not just fathers and sons. Fathers and mothers, women and mothers, and people in general. That's
what I'm interested in exploring: how people communicate, or don't communicate with each other, what our
limits are, what our needs are."
As Behrman points out, the difficulties that fathers
and sons have in expressing their love of one another
often get passed down through generations. Behrman
tries to end this cycle in his film by forcing James,
through his father's death, to examine his relationship
with his own son. The story is, in a sense, bittersweet; it
takes liis father's death for James to realize that his relationship with his son was on the same unfortunate road.
Making the film turned out to be an emotionally
odyssey, as well. A camera problem ruined over 5000m
of 35mm film from their first shoot. "When we got the
film back and realized we couldn't use it, I was devastated." remembers Behrman. But he is the first to admit that
it was all a part of the learning process. "We always knew
we were going to reshoot it. We just had to go out there
and start again. There was no way that I would not have
done that film again."
Such experience will be good for Behrman. While a
fine cast and beautiful photography of the Oregon Coast
help produce sections that were absolutely brilliant, the
film did reveal some of Behrman's inexperience: a script
that needed more work, lighting that was sometimes too
bright or too dark, lines that were, at times, inaudible.
But more important, perhaps, is the promise of what's
to come. "I made the film because it was close to my heart
and close to my experience. It was good for me. I needed
the experience. I needed to try the waters. I needed to
learn a lot and I have learned a lot. I wasn't prepared to
make a feature before, and now I feel that I am."
Behrman and Dolman hope to begin shooting a feature-length film next year.*
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by Wolf Depner
Women's soccer head coach Dick
Mosher is not one to indulge the
media with overused cliches. So when
he said Saturday's game against
Victoria was the team's "first ass-to-the
wall game" of the season, one couldn't
help but think that the situation for the
women's soccer team is more critical
as it appears on the surface.
In the end, Kim Spencer saved the
the Birds' behind, scoring a hat trick as
UBC overcame a 1-2 first half deficit to
win 5-2.
"If we had lost this one, we'd would
be chasing three teams for a playoff
spot. Now we're right back in the
fight," said Mosher, who for once had
to be happy with his team's finish. "We
did not get that many shots and on the
shots that we did have we did well,"
said Mosher.
Spencer certainly had a lot to do
with the way the Birds
finished on their few
chances. Her three
goals came on a brilliant 30-yard scoring run, a
tap in from two yards out, and a circus shot
from the edge of penalty box as she fell backwards while being fouled. Lianne McHardy
(50th minute) and Denise Kuhn (55th minute)
scored UBC's other goals.
"[Kim Spencer) is one ofthe few people who
have shown an absolute eagerness to go towards
the goal as opposed to just being content passing off the ball," said assistant coach and former
Bird Andrea Neill. "We started her out wide to
begin the season and (we) just wasted that ability. I was not even aware of that type of ability,"
Neill added.
Mosher certainly has taken notice of
Spencer, who has now scored four goals in three
games. "You know how badly we're looking for
strikers and Kim obviously stepped into that
role and it looks like she is telling me she wants it," said
He  may  rely  on  Spencer  more  heavily  as   Brandy
Heatherington is nursing a knee injury that forced her to miss
machine races into
the new season.
Saturday's game. If Heatherington comes back and
Spencer maintains her current form, the Birds' lack of
goal scoring will be a non-issue.
The real question though, is who will feed Spencer
and Heatherington the ball, as offensive flow through
the midfield was completely lacking at times in
Saturday's game.
"I'm concerned about a lot of areas," said Mosher
when asked about the play of the midfield. "We're [a
young [teamj. So naturally we have a lot of concerns.
We didn't think we created a lot of chances today, but
later on in the second half we seemed to be hitting the
spaces a little bit better and getting the ball switched
across a little more."
Victoria, meanwhile, started the game with a compact and well-organised midfield and exposed some
holes in the Birds defence. And Sarah Guy made UBC
pay for some sloppy marking as she had all day to put
the game's opening goal past UBC rookie keeper Sian
Bagshawe in the 24th minute.
While Bagshawe had an otherwise solid game, she
has to take the blame for the Vikes' second goal in the
36th minute. Corning out ofthe penalty area to make a
clearing attempt, she put the ball right on the foot of
Colleen Kennedy who had just
come on.
As expected, Kennedy made
no mistake, scoring from 25
yards. In a way, UVic's second
goal came against the flow of the
play as UBC started to win more of
the ball as halftime approached.
Mosher, however, still read the riot act
to his team during the intermission and
his message to penetrate UVic's defence
one-on-one paid off as UBC scored the
most goals in a single game in over two
years to move to 2-1 on the season.
The men's team, on the other hand,
continues to put up mixed results. Mike
Mosher's squad travelled this past Friday
to Victoria, hoping to avenge last
November's 3-0 loss to the defending
national champs in the Canada West final.
In the end, the Birds had to be happy
with a 1-1 tie as Nick Hopewell scored a spectacular goal on a
diving header in the 88th minute to earn the Birds the point.
"That saved us, because if we hadn't tied we would be in trouble," said second year keeper Mike Franks.
If we had lost this
one, we'd would
be chasing three
teams for a
playoff spot Now
we're right back
in the fight
dick mosher
Women's soccer coach
KIM SPENCER beats the Vikings' defence on Saturday, richard lam photo
UVic came out fired up and took a one goal lead ten minutes
into the game as UBC's backline was guilty of some poor marking. Indeed, Franks said UBC didn't get into the game for the
first thirty minutes.
UBC's biggest problem three games into the season is a
lack of quality scoring chances and finish. With his goal
Friday night, Hopewell now has two markers which
account for exactly 50 per cent of the Birds' offensive output.
The biggest reason why the Birds have had a tough time
finding the back of the net so far has to be the continued
absence of midfielders Chris Franks and Jeff Skinner, both
of whom had been with the Vancouver 86ers for A-league
semi final action until this past Sunday.
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to be tossed around the Birds' soccer camp.<-
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Tax and spend the AMS way
It's funny hearing the AMS executive trying
to drum up support for a tax and spend plan that
will cost UBC students another $ 10 per year.
They've been spuming the plan around the
council offices since May, and their rationale
almost makes sense to the uninitiated: according to the .AMS executive—they're the five full
time elected, and paid officials—AMS fees are
among the lowest in the country. They haven't
gone up since 1982. The student union is doing
too much with too little and it will all come
crashing down if they don't get any more
It all sounds a lot like Oral Roberts' televan-
gelical plea for $3 million, lestjeesus Christ strike
him down with a bolt of lightening. He didn't get
the money, and the lightening never materialised.
Thank God the AMS will have to plead for the
fee increase: it will have to go to referendum and
get the support of 3,000 UBC students. This
might be a useful exercise, if it makes students
look at what the AMS is promising in return for
$ 10 and whether they really need it
So far they're promising...nothing. At a recent
council meeting concern over whether students
would vote was far greater than what the additional money would go toward. No one's said
exactly what the AMS needs the money for. They
just want to be able to do more for students. Ryan
Davies, the AMS president said they had some
ideas though. Like move the Gallery Lounge into
the Thunderbird shop and build an outdoor terrace.
Or the AMS could start a campus cold beer
and wine store. Great
It's questionable whether the executive actually think they can win a referendum since it
appears they've given very little thought to what
they'd actually do with any extra money.
A bit of debate on where AMS fees—we
already pay $39.50 a year—go right now could
go a long way. There's the $ 15 from each AMS
fee that goes into CPAC, a fund for SUB renovations. If you noticed the light fixtures in the
conversation pit (and let's hope you did since
they cost thousands), there's an example of
where your $15 is going. Or look for the
$3,000 bench outside the Delly. Or the
'$148,000 renovation to the AMS business
office this summer. Or the renovations to the
council offices a few years ago. Then there's
the full time salary the AMS pays its designer
for these make-work projects.
Whenever there's a proposal for CPAC money
it passes quickly and almost unanimously.
Granted, the AMS could do a lot with an extra
$300,000 a year. We'd just like to know what
Moving one of the most viable of the AMS businesses to a new location doesn't sound like a
great start
The proposed date for the referendum is
March, no less than two months after the next
AMS election. If the current executive stand
behind a fee increase, maybe they shouldn't be
making such an effort to distance their reelection
campaigns from it
A successful referendum campaign would be
a fine thing for AMS councilors to put on their
resumes. But maybe they should concentrate on
justifying it to students, and for that matter
themselves, instead.**
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Serving up
The Coast Club has lost the point in
regards to their treatment of UBC
students. True, the tennis facility
boasts excellent coaches such as
Brian Hall and Alan Mack. As well,
it includes 10 outdoor courts and a
brand new 4-court indoor building-
presenting what seems to an excellent opportunity for students to
enjoy the sport. However, a quick
glance at the Club's silver-lined
brochure proves otherwise.
Although the facility is managed
within Intramural Sports and
Recreation and the Department of
Athletics and Recreation, it makes
students its lowest priority.
Sonya Lumholst-Smith, coordinator of Campus Recreation and
Fitness, says she is "pleased this
year to welcome our neighbours
from the Jericho Tennis Club to take
part in what we offer here at The
Coast Club, while they wait the opening of their new club." Could it be
that she is catering to the affluent
who are impatient at the long waiting lists for Vancouver's private
clubs? The membership and court-
booking fees provide the answer.
Without a Coast Club membership, a UBC student is expected to
pay $24.00 an hour for a court; possibly triple the hourly wage of his/her
part time job. There exists a "member" price of $12.00 an hour, but a
student must first pay a $256.00
membership fee to be eligible for the
reduced rate. Can the average UBC
student afford $265.00-which only
provides a 6 month membership
from Sep. 15 to April 30-and then
shell out $12.00 an hour for every
time he or she plays?
If I were to play just twice a week
from Sep. 15 to April 30,1 would be
paying $265.00 to become a member and then about $768.00 to play;
a grand total of $1033.00. For a
Jericho Tennis Clubber this fee is
pocket change, but for most UBC
students it is impossible to afford.
The brochure describes the
Coast Club as a "public facility with
a private club atmosphere"-in other
words, an oxymoron. A private club
atmosphere means that UBC students will be discouraged from setting a foot inside. "While we welcome everyone," states the brochure on p. 16, "if you prefer a more
adult oriented (rather than student
oriented), quieter atmosphere with
plenty of fresh air and natural daylight..."
The Coast Club, in addition to
excluding students, apparently
does not consider us Lo be adults.
What is perhaps most disappointing is the UBC has missed an
opportunity to help remove the elitist label from the sport of tennis.
Fundamentally, tennis is very
affordable; a pair of sneakers, any
old jacket, and a ball are all you
require. The Coast Club could have
promoted this fact and made  it
much easier for students to become
ambassadors of the sport. Instead,
once the summer weather ends,
many student tennis players will
keep their rackets in the closet.
Chris Matisz
Fourth year Arts
against agenda
Lilian Chau is correct in stating the
students should not "blindly oppose
or support APEC;" however, her
own argument shows a troubling
lack of insight into the issues surrounding APEC and trade liberalisation generally.
The assumption that students
who have been postering campus
with anti-APEC slogans are not
interested in the broader issues is
simply wrong. The position of APEC
Alert is that APEC and the APEC
agenda must be fundamentally
opposed, not merely that the leaders' meeting should move somewhere else. This agenda, rather
than "translat[ing] into creating
industries, jobs, and capital for
[Asian Pacific] countries" is one
which encourages worker exploitation, environmental damage, and
the systematic oppression of
indigenous peoples.
The APEC Agenda is also, of
course, about "economic development," but to assume that this
means  increased  prosperity  for
everyone is wrong. Lots of people
will be profiting off the increased
trade and investment and reduced
controls on big business that APEC
seeks to foster; but these profits will
be at the expense of others, as the
increasing disparity between the
rich and poor, in both "developing"
and industrialised countries, shows.
Hidden behind Ms. Chau's argument is the arrogant notion that
Western "advanced" countries such
as Canada have an obligation to
bring less "advanced" countries
"up" to our level. While it isn't
wrong to work to improve conditions in other countries, one should
look behind government rhetoric to
see the exploitation that this attitude
legitimates, and the model of development it imposes on other countries. Canada isn't a member of
APEC for humanitarian reasons-
there is great profit to be made off
the resources of poorer countries.
This same logic is also at work
when Ms. Chau unbelievably
implies that students in Canada
should shut up and stop protesting,
lest exploited workers in Indonesia
should lose their already-less-than-
subsistence wage. This reasoning,
which one could find reproduced in
any "Third World" sweatshop, lies
at the root of exploitation. As students, we should be exposing it, vigorously opposing it, and engaging
in real debate about alternatives.
Brian Fuller
Grad studies An alien in Vancouver
by Silke Hartmann
First morning, waking up in Vancouver.
How long had I waited for this moment?
Opening the window I thought I was still
clreaining. I had a beautiful view over the
ocean, Stanley Park and the skyline ofthe
The night before I had arrived at
Vancouver International Airport, tired
and incredibly excited at the same time.
My flight had been without difficulties,
but what had all the customs officers
wanted from me? So far my most used
English phrase had been, "Sorry, I didn't
understand" (this would remain true for
the next two weeks).
In my excitement I jumped over the
jet-lag. Lots of other students weren't so
lucky. They suffered from sleep deprivation for almost a week. But I could start
exploring my new city directly.
The first things I noticed were the
Asian population, the number of coffee
shops (my caffeine consumption has
increased dramatically), all the squirrels
and the popularity of roller blades. I soon
found a love for the different parks and
beaches, bagels, 99-cent-pizza and Mo
Flurries, and the view at night over
Vancouver from the top of the
Landmark Hotel.
But I was disappointed as well.
This should be the city "with the
magic sound," one of the most beautiful cities in the world? That is what
people and newspapers in Germany
told me about Vancouver. I couldn't
find much special here.
Maybe I don't have the right opinion
of wonderful garbage laying around,
or the newspaper in Germany mixed
up the words 'sound' and 'smell.'
Concerning speaking English,
there were and are still many different problems. One main and unexpected problem was that I couldn't
practise enough. I met too many people from my country. We were all
happy to meet someone in the same
situation—a stranger in a new country and overtaxed by the new language. So we spent lots of time
together—speaking German. That's
why the horrible period of asking
questions to Enghsh-speaking people
and not being understood or not
understanding the answers lasted a
little bit longer. People were very
patient with me, but after asking
"pardon me" three times I didn't
dare to ask a fourth time.
Another problem is my accent. As
nice as it was in the very beginning
for starring a conversation, if somebody asked me about my accent, it
bothers me now. When I only say
"hi," and I get in return "Hey, I heard
an accent, eh ? Where're ye from ?"
Grrrrr. That sucks. I want to integrate here, and when I just start feeling at home, there is always somebody who reminds me of being
German. But, of course, not only
people remind me of that fact. From
time to time I get the rapacious
desire for some German culture.
Food culture, for example. I miss
"real" bread. Dark, tough bread with
many seeds. It also took me quite a
long time to get used to the Canadian
nightlife. Going to a nightclub at 9
p.m. and leaving there around 2 a.m.
was strange. I also couldn't understand some nightclubs policy concerning the long waiting lines in
front of their doors after a certain
time. In Germany the nightlife starts
at about 11:30pm and ends not
before 6am in nightclubs. And I have
never seen a long waiting line when
the club was only half-full inside.
But the difference between German
and Canadian nightlife is not a problem.
A bigger problem is the public transit system. Being dependent, on Vancouver's
busses getting home is not always easy.
Especially late at night my budget suffered a lot from the necessity of taking a
cab home after missing the last bus. Or it
took me hours to get home. I miss my
dad's car.
The bus in general is not
bad. I had the best conversations on bus rides. People
are very friendly, patient
with me and interested in
my country.
What about UBC? I really
felt lost on this huge campus.
Especially because of nonexistent signs. I didn't know anybody
here, and couldn't find a good place to get
information from, either. I went 3 times
for a coffee, just to have something to do.
It took me several days plucking up
enough courage to ask people even the
most stupid questions. That was when I
realized that most students and other
people around me didn't know much
more than I did. And surrounded by so
many foreign students I didn't feel I was
an outsider anymore.
I hope I'll meet lots of people from
Canada and all over the world here. UBC
is a great place for that. I am much more
familiar with the English language now,
but I am still frustrated with some things.
If I want to describe deep emotions, feelings or beautiful things, I can only touch
their     surface.     Sometimes
because of not knowing enough
yc^     ^'"x words, but sometimes there
A     A
(   Perspective
/\^    ^y\^      words. Lots of other students
from different countries have
the same problems.
I am enjoying my stay here very
much. The nature around here, the people and Vancouver itself are giving me
and many others  a wonderful time.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself to
believe all this is happening.
Silke Hartmann is an exchange
student from Germany. She is slowly
starting to get used to Vancouver.
1997 Speech-Essay Contest
"Respecting Diversity"
One of the United Nations principles states:
"Young people shall be brought up In the knowledge of the dignity
and equality ot all people, without distinction as to race, color,
ethnic origins or beliefs and In respect for fundamental human rights..."
'writino Topic: Write about personal experiences that illustrate respect or
disrespect for diversity. Relate now these experiences have affected you
and what insights you have gained
Must be Canadian Citizen, or Landed Immigrant
Must be between the ages of 16 and 25 as of January 1st, 1997
(Senior Division)
Must be submitted in typewritten, single-sided and double-spaced
Must write an essay roughly 800 words In length (no more than 5
minutes when presented verbally)
Finalists not attending the speech portion (in Vancouver, November
22, 1997) will be disqualified
Grand Prize - Trip to Los Angeles
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Entry deadline is November 5.1997
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Birds crash Calgaiy
by Wolf Depner
Veteran running back Mark Nohra was the story as the football Birds clobbered the
Calgary Dinosaurs 34-18 Friday night. Since starting tailback Akbal Singh sat out with a
shoulder injury, Nohra started at tailback and raked up more than 289 all-purpose yards,
setting a new single-game school record.
Playing fullback for the first two games, Nohra had gained only 88 yards and scored
only one touchdown. But he exploded Friday night bringing his total up to 242 rushing
yards, two rushing touchdowns, and 55 receiving yards.
No matter how small the hole or how many Dinos were around him, Nohra kept going
like the battery bunny and ate up more real estate than Donald Trump on a shopping
The Dinos knew Nohra was going to get the ball all night long, but they couldn't stop
the inevitable from happening.
"Honest to God, that was the best performance I have ever seen by a single player in
my life," said UBC quarterback Shawn Olson. "He was like a truck out there," added Olson.
"I think he was on a mission," said offensive line coach Andrew Butschler. "You could
see it when it took four or five guys to bring him down."
Nohra, humble about his achievement, said credit had to go to the offensive line which
had its best game this season. He also praised veteran full back John Little.
"He is like Moose II," quipped Nohra, alluding to bruising Dallas Cowboy fullback
Darryl Johnston. "He really stepped up and came to play."
So did the UBC special teams which set up two touchdowns, including one that turned the
game into UBC's favor. With UBC trailing 10-3 late in the second quarter, and Calgary set to
punt from about the thirty yard line, back-up defensive back Andrew Peppin broke through
the Calgary line and sacked punter Brian Mlachak to give UBC the ball at the Calgary 16.
Olson, who had looked very tentative for the first two quarter, attempted all but a handful
of passes, connected with wide receiver Brad Coutts for the first touchdown pass of the season on the very next play to give the Birds a 13-10 halftime lead.
"[That touchdown] helped a lot with my confidence," said Olson, who finished the
night passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns while completing 11 attempts on
20 attempts.
Although Olson still didn't look as comfortable running the offense as he did last
year, on the whole the offensive unit looked much more in sync than they did in the
first two games, despite the fact that they stalled twice in the red zone in the first
The defence, on the other hand, impressed once again, corralling the high flying
Calgary offence led by sophomore Darryl
MARK NOHRA runs through the Calgary defence Friday night. The Birds went on to defeat the
Dinos 34-18 improving their season record to 2-1.
"I noticed when Shane laid out one of the guys on a deep route, the receivers were a little
bit edgy about catching the ball from that point," said linebacker Casey Souter. "That set the
tone for our defence."
When asked whether the secondary had something to prove against Calgary's high flying
offence, Summerfeld said there was nothing special about this game. Yeah, right.
The offensive unit on the other hand admitted in the week leading up to Friday's game,
that it was time to step up and put points on the board.
They have Mark Nohra to thank for finally chasing that monkey off their backs.♦
Like last time these two teams met,
Leason couldn't overcome UBC's secondary which has already collected four
interceptions, the latest one coming courtesy of Shane Summerfeld midway
through the third quarter to snuff out a
potential Calgary scoring drive.
Summerfeld was also a one-man hit
parade, punishing Calgary receivers whenever possible.
Women's field hockey
UBC finished the first Canada West tournament with a 1-2-1 record. On Day 1, UBC lost 1-0 to
Victoria and 2-1 to Alberta. UBC bounced back the next day with a 3-0 win over Manitoba, but only
managed a 1-1 tie against Calgary. Jen Reigen, Lesley Magnus, Juhli Morrisonn, Genevieve
Adams, and Jen Dowdeswell scored for the Birds who were down to 11 healthy bodies as the flu
ravaged the team. Sweeper Andrea Shannon was also lost with an ankle injury on Day 1. "I don't
think we deserved to get away with only three points, but we got some work left," said Hash Kanjee
who remains optimistic about his team's chances. "We got eight games more to go and anything
can happen."<»
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Room 261 Brock Hall
Wednesday, Sept. 24
12:30- 1:30 pm
Register by phoning
822-0617 or by e-mail
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