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The future of public transit to.
Vancouver will be decided today,
as tlie Greater Vancouver
Regional District (GVRD) board '
votes on an $80 million funding
package requested by Translink,
the Lower Mainland's regional
transit authority.
Translink, required by law to
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another $20 million through a
new property tax.
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per litre fuel tax—which would    board approval.
Students donate over
$20,000 for Afghanistan
In three weeks, UBC students
raised over $20,000 for relief
efforts in Afghanistan.
UBC's chapter of World
University Service of Canada
(WUSC) organised the Food Aid for
Afghanistan campaign which collected money between October 29
and November 16 to give to
WUSC distributed 750 UNICEF
boxes to students, who collected
donations in their clubs, workplaces, spiritual centres and communities. UNICEF will use the
donations to provide food, medical aid, shelter and other supplies
for the estimated seven million
Afghans in need.
The campaign was coordinated
by sociology and psychology student Kate Hamm, who said she
was happy lo see students "extending beyond themselves lo realise
that the world is greater than the
UBC landscape,"
However she added lhat donating money isn't the only solution,
but just "one step" among many in
helping Afghanistan.
New UBC campus opens
UBCs new downtown campus at
Robson Square opens its doors
today, beginning its two-day open
house. A 7:30am march this morning from UBC Point'Grey to the
new campus at 800 Robson Street
kicked off the day.
Opening ceremonies are at
lL'OQam when the Lieutenant
Governor of British Columbia,
lona Campagnolo, officially opens-
the downtown campus.
Friday's events include performances by the UBC School of
Music quintets (12:0Opm),
Chinese calligraphy demonstrations {12:15pm}, and a computer-game simulation on sustain
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ranging from economic investment to earthquakes will also be
Saturday will have similar
events. Starting at 9:30am there
will be an AIDS research update
followed by talks on biodiversity
(i 1:15am), infectious diseases
(2:00pm), and even Harry Potter
(2:15pm). Performances include a
wind-ensemble concert (10:00am),
excerpts from lhe operetta The
Merry Widow (1:30pm) and readings from children's books
(2:30pm and 3:30pm).
A full list of events can be found
at www.robsonsquare. ubc.ca.
Sex still popular in Canada
A recent sex survey released by
major condom manufacturer
Durex found that Canadians have
an average of 10.6 sexual partners
over the course of their lives and
have sex an average of 9B tames a
year. British Columbians are
ahead of the national averages,
having sex an average of 101
times a year and claiming an average of 12,1 different partners.
Those in the age grasps 16-20
and 21-24 have sex more often
than those in other groups, the
report found. Of those in lhe 16-
20 age group, one third reported
having sex without a condom in
the last 12 months despite Jears
about contracting $exuS$i£'.$raii&-
mitted diseases. Six ia tea'iespon-
denls is that age group saM theg?
were concerned about contracting
HIV/AIDS or other sexually trans
mitted diseases.
Other results show that sex is a
favourite pastime for men, 45 per
. cent of whom said they would
rather be having sex than doing
anything else. Men reported
thinking about sex an average of
15 times a day, compared to
women, who think about sex just
five times a day.
Both men and women are
reportedly attracted most to their
partner's character, followed by
looks, physique and sex appeal.
One third of Canadians would
like to have sex on a beach while
21 per Cent would prefer to do it in
a Jacuzzi, spa or hot tub, And for
those of yon who think that the
woods aren't creepy, they are now.
According to the survey results,
people over the age of 3 5 are more
likely to want sex ra the woods, ♦> Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. November 30.2001
Club and charities
broken into
 bjLSarah MacNeiil Morrison
lu aw luil.-d sp.,Ce in Lhe southeast corner of
'ha SL 3. hand-written notes are tlie only deterrent Jo peopie who i«.nt to break into the dub
space of service and charitable groups.
A s~iley-fare on a sign on Amnesty
International dub's door pleads 'Kh, don't
-le U from .is again.* \ s,;gn t,n :he blke dub>8
door rtvra3 '.\11 vaKu,]es have bten removed
■mm hi, «H,m-break in if you want pWic
spools and pi ikuc forks.'
On Sunday night, offices in SUB 111 fur the
fae Kwon Uo dub. World Unm-wily Service
Ciiib. Students for a Tree Tibet, ti* Bhan^ra
dub, the A^WH-iaiioa for Bah'ai Studies the
\:r,P ,n-l Amnesty International were all
entered. la Sl/3 111, there Were ilI()0 ^^
hols mat the lh:.j\es had tried to en'er the
nearby hike dub, but faded.
'I'-anm in in the morning and I noticed
lhat Lhe ceiling panel was kkked through in
the ,.U,rp and I -.hnafihl it was the |AIma MiIit
Society (A.MSl] doir^ -some shoddy repair
w-rk,' B.ii:l Ryan Pus.sell, vice-present of
I BC s Amnesty International dub. 'And then I
Wired our ca«h box was gone.'
According    u    RuBM.U    dnj    Gabr:t.Ue
ft'l.iams, president nf UBC's A;nne«;v
Jalenalkm,a dub. se\eral dubs in tlie area
bad u.impy nr other valuables stolen
Atc,r<-:;r.» to>ne fimy, .VMS facilities manager, however, only Amnesty Intern Uiorial has-
[.-f.rto.1 a L.SS-S20 in rash and a $30 cash
:jox "..us bLl'n reported.
Vdliairs -ijis .hat while the monetary W_
i«at especially s^nifitanl, she is disturbed
that someone ;3 baling from c h:-.riiies.
' S OO isn't a K but w-.s're a non-proGt dub *
-he sUJ. 'It's just really sad ty m,.. ft'8 rL,.jrjy
p^hebr that aomi-ijH; would &;eai from 0.jler
sli^-ais f.,r .*« U-ng, but that they wou!d
■-•teal Ir.-ii a diarity? How debate do you
!me tci be lo steal from Amnesiy Ini.-matbral
or Sluden's for i Free Tibet?
■it'H jiml "iHdiKinglujfi Ui tne ih.it ..^ono
ioiud jo Jul," she said.
A !-;.oke«p..rs,on from the RCMP confirmed
lj-'l an im Ment report had been rewhed f»r
Ihe wort recent rath of bmvk-ins, but Lhat die
police hid no leads,
This is the second lime in a year that
'hic\ es entered club offices La the SUB through
the reiihg ii||.s 0f ^ foo.n„ During tlie -.water bre Jc bsl jHdf, offices of Lhe Social Justice
I outre (SJC), Pride UBC and the science RrKou
dub were broken into in ihe sarae way. The
SJC lost a S3000 computer and wme other
hardware and goods. An estimated SC000-
'\orth of «Wiil3 were stolen from tl,0
other clubs.
Barry s«id ihe A.MS would investigate a way
t-J iwvrj fuiure break-ins through Lhe ceiling.
"We're going to have Lo certainly have a
look .1 it," she s.id. "It's the sa-ne situation,
there's ihe spate between lhe dry will Pnd
then Lhe ceiling tile, so if you lift that ceibng
'lie,'. on r ,n go in there I think we're j.mbably
ja-:rs In haie to look at soKe Upe of physical-
l>Ve Miner to install belu<.en*he wall and Lhe
u'llii-"" she said.
Mark Fraser, AMS vii e-president, aJmin-
rtra'.i.«i al.so ...id -hat the s'udent sodetv
woiud be inc rea«:."j> ;he wturity of dub spare.
"Ve'.-e louklra ::,to deferent ^ol-ttioas.
lhwe s a lot of different things ,ve ran do,' he
<-iv\. F'issibili'ies ruirenlly being cons-idejod
mi.'i le aUms, b.creased security staff and
pnysjral iterations lzke n«jJarir.K the ceiling.
Tor :iow, what .-cems to worry dub inera-
be,-s iiiosi, ailj pri)mpi5 then i0 put „p -fan'I
s'e.d from us sigSls,' is 'he feeiino Lhatihev .-an
do !irtJe to protectdieir tl;b space.
" The thought tliat i>,ey c-n #t in here any
Mme really s.u.ks,' said Marina Chon.» pr( 4
''•■::t "f '.he Tao Kwan Do club, .vhich had its
o.Jice b;ok,-n :nty on Sunday but didn't lose
iayh:ng. 'LmkLy we don't ]p ive !0o nuih ii
here, but it just doesn't feel \ery secc.re."
R-.ssell .,!so »aid dial '.here is little coir:pt.n.
si'aon for tlubs who lose money, as the AMS
insi-r iiie doduclilJe is 51000. "
So 'f ih..y Millie eveniMr^in 'die ol^ce 've
roii'.dn'l claim ;lH) tiling,' he *M. ♦
She "loved life thoroughly
 by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
You can never discover new oceans unless
you have the courage to lose sight of the
shore. These words surround photographs
of a beautiful girl, smiling with friends in
Africa, waving at the camera underwater,
posing in the sand.
Susanne Pokotylo—21 years old, a
fourth-year marine biology student—was
killed in a diving accident last Friday. The
words that find themselves repeated over
and over are that 'she was doing what she
'She was setting her sights on becoming a marine biologist,' said her mother,
Catherine. 'She was a very beautiful, very
intelligent, very effervescent young girl.
'She just never sat still, she just always
wanted to try something new,' said
Catherine, who added her daughter played
the piano, sang, was learning to play the
guitar and loved sports—snowboarding,
sailing, tennis, jogging. In her mother's
words, Susanne 'loved life thoroughly.*
She was someone 'with an enormous
number of friends.* This fact was made
dramatically apparent last night, as hundreds gathered at the Museum of
Anthropology to remember Susanne—a
daughter, a sister, a friend, a colleague.
Surrounded by totem poles and glass,
"Susanne was
able to touch so
many people
because at her
core, she was a
fiercely caring
—Heather Pokotylo
Susanne's sister
people remembered a woman who was
described as *a blithe spirit,* headstrong,
someone whose 'spunk spurred me on,' 'a
young woman, seemingly with np fear.*
Her grandmother, describing her birth,
said 'as far as I am aware, she seldom dawdled thereafter.* She called her a
'vibrant, articulate, free-spirited
young woman.*
Her sister Heather used the
word 'fierce,' saying 'Susanne
was able to touch so many people
because at her core, she was a
fiercely caring individual.'
'Susanne did so much that I
shock myself when I remember
she was only 21,* Heather added.
September marked the start
of the last year of Susanne's
degree. Determined to realise her dream
of being a marine biologist, she had also
been working part-time at the Vancouver
Aquarium, a job she had done full-time in
the summer.
Co-workers lovingly recalled a woman
who knew instinctively how to put on a beluga show, someone with the nickname
'Medusa,' owing to her enthusiasm for
working with snakes, and someone who,
despite seeing crabs constantly at her work
at the aquarium, would excitedly point out
the animals while diving.
'It was just a job she absolutely was
thrilled with,* said her mother. "She enjoyed
the interaction with people; she enjoyed the
interpreting of animal behaviour; she
enjoyed the people she worked with.*
While the family had always had a
membership at the Vancouver Aquarium,
and Susanne, a lifeguard and instructor at
Richmond Aquatic Services since Grade
11, felt at home in the water, Catherine
believes her daughter's desire to become a
marine biologist began on a three-month
trip to Kenya last year.
Susanne's father, David Pokotylo, head
of UBC's anthropology and sociology
department, organises the trip every year,
and when Susanne went last year,
she wanted to go as a student, not as a
professor's daughter.
Pokotylo said he feels lucky to have
taken that trip with her.
"It gave me a chance to see her not in a
home environment,* he said. "She was out
there doing everything that she wanted.*
And while the ocean obviously
' i   ■   >
""»■*' I'll
played an overwhelming part in
^ her life, her love of music also was
evident at her memorial. Dr
Pokotylo talked about the music
that he had listened to in the week
after her death, but in particular
the CD that they had recorded on
the trip to Kenya.
In the middle of Africa, despite
heat 42 °C, members of the group
recorded a CD, and a song recorded by Susanne was played at the
A husky, powerful voice sang the words
of Sarah McLachlan's "Elsewhere" and as
the song played, her father kept on pointing out his favourite parts—"It gets better,
right here."
"That's my daughter, and I cherish the
time we had in the studio, because we've
got that forever now," he said.
Susanne, who entered UBC on the
Outstanding Student Initiative scholarship,
which she held for three years, travelled
extensively fo locations such as Costa Rica,
Florida and Australia, and was never far
from the water.
Susanne's boyfriend, Matthew, recalled
scanning his first-year chemistry class to
sit next to the most attractive girl in the
room. He sat down next to Susanne and,
hoping to talk to her, he noticed a dolphin
on her left ankle and commented on her
"nice tattoo.*
"Nobody should ever take such love for
granted,* he said. "It was the ocean in
Susanne that brought us together and it
was the ocean that took her away me."
A marine conservation fund has been
set up in Susanne's name, at the
Vancouver Aquarium Conservation
Foundation. Other foundations may be set
up as well. ♦
Student groups oppose first-job wage
 by Lars Goelter
Last week, UBC's student society joined
the numerous student, youth and labour
groups in opposing the provincial government's new first-job wage.
On November 15, BC's Liberal government enacted a 'First-Job Wage Rate' legislation allowing employers to pay employees with less than 500 hours of paid work
experience a wage of $6 an hour, $2 below
BC's regular minimum wage, which was
raised to $8 on November 1.
At last Wednesday's Alma Mater
Society (AMS) Council meeting, councillors voted to "lobby both the
Ministry of Skills Development
and Labour and the Ministry of
Advanced Education to rescind
the training wage and restore a
minimum wage applicable to all
workers regardless of levels of
Kristen Harvey, AMS vice-president, externa], said that the AMS
wanted to make sure students
were aware of what has been
going on.
"We want students to realise that this
has been put into place,* said Harvey.
"This legislation contravenes the principle
of equal pay for work of equal value."
According to the government, the training wage was enacted to reduce youth
"The first-job rate is a first step to help
strengthen youth employment options,"
said Minister of Skills Development and
Labour Graham Bruce when he announced
the new legislation on October 29.
Harvey added that the AMS contacted
Bruce's ministry about the new program.
asking for proof that the new wage had
reduced youth unemployment in
provinces like Nova Scotia, which has a
similar system. They were told, however,
that the government had no information
available in support of the legislation.
"When we phoned the Ministry of
Labour, Skills and Development we asked
for studies because their major argument
is that the training wage reduces youth
unemployment,* Harvey said. "They said
to us over the phone that they have no
information as to whether the training
wage reduces youth unemployment."
Gordon Williams, a ministry
spokesperson, confirmed that the
government did not have any statistical data available on the effectiveness of the training wage, as
no studies had been done on programs equivalent to the first-job
Student societies at both UVic
and   SFU   have   both   officially
opposed the  government's new
| youth rate.
The argument against the first-
job wage goes beyond simple economics, said Jaime Matten, chair of the
University of Victoria Student Society.
The new wage "makes the work that
youth does exploitable, disposable and
completely unvaluable," she said.
A "Six Bucks Sucks* campaign has been
launched by the BC Federation of Labour
with support of the Canadian Federation
of Students. The campaign aims to
increase student awareness of the effects
this legislation will have on young people
and those without work experience, and is
collecting signatures on a petition to
protest the new wage.
At Kwantlen, Brynn Bourke, the student
society's director of academic affairs, has
filed an independent complaint against
Bruce with the province's conflict-of-interest commissioner.
According to Bourke, as the owner of
grocery stores Bruce Brothers Foods Ltd.
and Chemainus Foods, Bruce personally
benefits from this legislation.
"I hope that Gordon Campbell maintains his promise that if his ministers are
found in a conflict of interest, they will be
pulled from their positions,' she said.
Bruce could not be reached for comment, but support for the legislation
comes from the Retail Merchants'
Association (RMA) of BC and the BC
Restaurant and Food Services Association
(BCRFSA), who both lobbied for the new
Richard Floody, a representative of the
BCRFSA, said the first-job rate will help get
people into the industry quickly, and still
pay them a reasonable wage.
'At $6 an hour, [first-time workers] are
still making more money than five
provinces' minimum wage in Canada,' he
Critics say the new training wage is
open to abuse and that employers will
hire youth at $6 an hour and then fire
them once they have worked 500 hours.
However, Mark Startup, president and
CEO of the RMA, said this is unlikely to
"Staff turnover is among the most costly employment costs that an employer can
incur. It makes absolutely no rational
sense for an employer to hire a young person, train them and them lay them off just
when they're becoming a productive
employee,' he said. ♦ Friday. November 30.2001
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S.je.ire hr di^p'a>mg a bur.w-r '1
suppurl of Ihe r-iKn flo^g «p:ri-
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D'i-ri.\rkyj yn'l more than
hre..- dojen practitioners frjia
;«-n Wc-s'en fei.ntrles ,vtre in
Chin j I-) show ihe:r support f"r
F--i!i<:i Gong—^dso Inown .ss Faiun
D -f»—jirjiili'io:it.-r,«, who &iy ;he
(.'hme&e yuverr.n-.eTsl is persecit-
ing them f"r thetr briefs.
The r.i'^ht before the drm'U-
!=lriii"n, D(">iri„wk\j met tv.o art
s'.udt-nt-i slu'lviri; i.i 3piJ^!f» He
le:-r'.c*cl '.hut ihe govojr me-nt Lit
'■een yeyvysivi? widb its <rili-
FilunGurg ciTp>'g~is on uriver-
s-iiy ririipuBt-s
Thi* [-.iiii-Fil'in Go-'.f:) propa-
yoda is Y'X lhe newspapers, on
'he TV „n.'. in the -di'i'd-i,* hi*
The ip\t d iy Uolnw'kij and *
fcw other praciilkmers unfurled
3 banner :n Ti.in.ir.men Square
The Chinese police surrounded
-Jura wi h ".heir vans about 15
seconds later.
The police grabbed 'he banner
and twisted it out of Dolnjckvj's
hind*. Minutes idler, Dolnyrkyj
broke away from :Le circle of
vans, and look out a second banner hidden in his pants. When he
reached a crowd of Chinese people gathered nearby, he unfurled
the barrier, which s'ated, "Fa'u.i
Dafa is good."
That's when the police took
him down and beat him, along
with several other practitioners,
he says.
The 35 Westerners were
detained in a small room at the
Tinnanmpn Square police station.
Later, they were taken lo a hotel
conference room for questioning
and released after 23 hours in
The only Western pracli'ioner
lo escape detention was Joel
Chipkar, a Canadi-sn who serretly
videotaped ;he protect from afar.
Despite his treatment,
Dol'ij-rkyj doesn't feel bitter
luwar-is the Chinese police.
"I told every policeman 'Jul I
had lhe chance lo speak to lhat I
wis not against their government. I told them, I'm here
be< I'.u^a I lo\e soar country and I
'hide 30UT people deserve '.he
right Lo know the tru.h,' he said.
Doinyik\j ;s passionate about
F-ili.n Gvrfj because, he ^jvs, ihe
sp n!ii d pr icllce save 1 hi :\ from
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Huge G8 security costs
to top $34 million
by Neil Parmar
Alberta Bureau Chief
CALGARY (CUP)-Questions about
security costs for next June's Group
of Eight (G8) summit in Alberta are
finally being answered by the federal government.
Ottawa has committed $34.3
million to the City of Calgary for the
meeting, and has made provisions
for additional money if needed.
$3.3 mili-inn will be transfered by
December 15 to reimburse the
Calgary police service for its purchases of G8-related security equipment The remainder of the money
will arrive in monthly increments
before the summit.
The G8 summit is scheduled to
take place just southwest of
Calgary in Kananaskis Countiy. A
range of issues will be
discussed, including international
politics, the global economy, international trade and the industrialised world's relationship with
developing nations.
Calls for federal money to cover
security had been escalating. With
the summit dates fast approaching,
Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier
had become increasingly worried
about security measures.
Security at last year's Summit of
the Americas held in Quebec City
cost approximately $108 million.
The total cost of the coming G8
meeting is still hard to estimate,
officials say.
In addition to the $34.3 million
security grant, the Alberta RCMP is
requesting millions of dollars to
protect Kananaskis Village and its
surrounding area. At least 500
police officers from across the
country will be brought for the G8
Calgary's emergency medical
services, fire department, public
works department and airport
authority are also looking to Ottawa
to provide funding to cover summit
Public safety at the summit will
be a top priority for the federal government, said Solicitor-General
Lawrence MacAulay in a statement.
According to the statement, Ottawa
will reimburse Alberta for any security costs the province incurs
preparing for the summit
"We remain committed to
assuming our responsibility for
security costs at high-level meetings
such as the G8 summit,*
MacAulay said.
The Calgary police service and
RCMP have already joined
forces *to ensure the safety of
all, including visiting dignitaries,
delegates, police officers, community residents, demonstrators
and observers,* the statement
"This cooperation is also key to
our shared objective of ensuring
that the community realises the
economic benefits of hosting such a
meeting with as little disruption as
possible to the day-today lives of its
residents,* MacAulay said. ♦
Gene manipulation possible
under new BC forestry policies
by Kevin Groves
the Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)-What trees are
really made of could become a hotly
debated question in the next few
years, as the BC Liberals continue
research to increase growth in the
province's forests.
Last month Forestry Minister
Michael de Jong announced that
Forest Renewal BC will be replaced
next March by a new program, the
Forest Investment Account (FIA).
De Jong could not be reached for
comment but said in a press release
that the FIA will conduct research
on sustainable forest management
and on increasing annual allowable
cuts (AAC), the number of trees
authorised- for logging each year.
Currently, 70 million cubic metres
may be logged annually.
"The new Forestry Investment
Account will help government develop a globally recognised, sustain-
ably managed forest industry,* de
Jong stated.
But environmental groups
remain wary that the government
will focus on projects that allow logging companies to cut more old-
growth forest and step up research
on genetic modification of trees.
Joe Foy, a spokesperson for the
Western Canada Wilderness
Committee (WCWC) said the BC
Liberals will likely spend less
money on environmental repair
and more on tree farming to
increase the AAC.
"Any logging company that can
get trees to grow quicker will be
rewarded with permission to log old
growth faster,* Foy said. "This could
include genetic manipulation of
But Steve Crombie, a spokesperson for Interfor, one of western
Canada's largest logging companies,
said an AAC increase is unlikely
since mills have shut down permanently due to lack of demand for
wood products and the American
softwood lumber tariff.
*At this point, I would be surprised if [the AAC] increased,"
Crombie said. "Right now we're
working on rationalising our own
industries around the amount of
lumber that's currently available for
Alvin Yanchuk, program manager of the Ministry of Forestry's
genetic section, couldn't confirm
any added focus on genetic
research. He said, however, that
existing research into growth potential has been going on for decades.
Other scientists confirm that
faster-growing trees are on the
Barbara Hawkins, a scientist at
the University of Victoria's Centre
for Forest Biology said seed
orchards are currently producing
improved seeds of several major
tree species.
"These are currently being planted in BC, and some forest companies are Jalsoj doing stand fertilisation/ Hawkins said.
Hawkins added that she sees no
problem with measures to improve
tree growth but does not advocate
extensive forest management. She
pointed to successes in New
Zealand, which have helped protect
a large portion of native forests by
meeting demand for timber with
faster-growing trees.
"I am in favour of 12 to 20 per
cent of the harvestable land base
being in untouched park," Hawkins
said. "Another ten to 20 per cent
could be in intensive management
zones where wood production is
the priority after maintaining
things like water quality. The
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SOLEMN IN THE RAIN: Despite the miserable weather, UBC students gathered to remember Aaron Webster. Attendees huddled together and warmed their hearts and hands on candles, nic fensom photo
A memorial for Aaron Webster
by Ai Lin Choo
Still recovering from the shock of Aaron
Webster's death, some 50 UBC students, faculty and staff gathered around the Goddess of
Democracy Wednesday in a memorial service organised by Pride UBC.
In what is suspected to be BC's first
reported hate-inspired murder of a gay man,
Webster was beaten to death by three or four
assailants in Stanley Park on the morning of
November 17. While the perpetrators of the
act have not yet been found, Vancouver
police have said that the case "has the earmarks of a hate crime."
Matt Pederson, a friend of Webster's,
spoke at the memorial and said that despite
having led a hard life, Webster, who lost two
lovers to AIDS, was always a good friend.
"His memory is never going to disappear," he said. "I'll always remember him for
who he was."
Pederson described Webster as "caring"
and "generous," and saicLthat he was always
willing to give and share his belongings with
While he said he believes that Webster's
death was a political statement Pederson
said he still doesn't understand how people
could have performed an act that he
described as 'stupid* and "heartless.*
Brian MacLean, a Science
Undergraduate Society councillor and a
"People should
learn to stand
up a little more
for each other...!
wish people
would be less
scared of getting
into trouble."
—Matt Pederson
A friend of
Aaron Webster
member of Pride UBC, said that Webster's
death is a reminder that homophobia and"
hate crimes still occur.
"This forces people to acknowledge that
homophobia kills,* he said.
Attendance grew throughout Wednesday's
service, despite strong winds and rain. While
some people crowded around holding candles beneath three tents, others relied on
sharing umbrellas or simply got wet
"This disgusting day is appropriate to the
disgusting act* said a police officer who
spoke at the service.
The officer went on to say that even
though reports of violence have fallen over
the last five years, members of the Vancouver
community should still pay more attention to
violence and look out for each other.
'I hope this [memorial service] will
show people that you can't resort to violence to resolve anything,' said Edna
Daharmaratne, an administrator in the
department of linguistics.
Daharmaratne said it was important that
the Vancouver community continue to speak
out and rally in peaceful ways. She said that
Webster's death was obviously fuelled by
anger and hate and added that education is
essential to raise awareness on issues such
as tolerance.
Pederson said that while education is
essential, community members should also
learn to stand up for each other. He believes
that Webster's death could have been prevented if passers-by had helped.
'People should learn to stand up a little
more for each other...I wish people would be
less scared of getting into trouble,' he said at
the service.
Many at the service said they were
pleased with the tremendous support
Vancouver has shown towards the gay community. Some pointed to the 2000 people
who rallied in Vancouver's West End against
the killing the day after, while others pointed
to general support shown through events
such as yesterday's memorial. ♦
Students to pay tuition fees at HSBC
  '         by A8 Lin Choo
Students worried about walking to the village to pay tuition fees at the soon-to-be-
moving Bank of Montreal can now stop fretting. As of today, UBC students will have to
pay their tuition fees at the Hong Kong
Shanghai Bank of Canada (HSBC) instead.
While other tuition payment methods,
such as online and telephone banking, credit card payments or direct cheque deposits
to Brock Hall will remained unchanged, students who opt to pay their fees at a bank will
have to go to an HSBC branch to do so. The
Bank of Montreal will no longer be accepting UBC tuition payments.
UBC decided to change banking institutions after receiving notice from the Bank
of Montreal earlier this year that the bank
would be raising its service fees in line wdth
market rates.
After UBC requested proposals for partnerships from the banking community.
Royal Bank, Scotiabank, CIBC and HSBC
made submissions. The Bank of Montreal
did not offer a proposal.
"HSBC's proposal offered the best in
terms of overall price and in what they
were offering in terms of services,' said
Ray McNichol, UBC's manager of financial
- McNichol said that HSBC has no immediate plans for an on-campus presence, but
added that none of the banks which replied
were willing to have a branch on campus,
despite that being a requirement in the university's request
Evan Horie, Alma Mater Society (AMS)
vice-president, academic, said not having
an HSBC branch on campus was 'a bit of a
'It's definitely an important issue for
students. It's good to have [a branch] somewhere on campus,' he said.
But while the payment-method change
takes effect today, most UBC students are
still unaware of, and indifferent to, the university's switch in banks.
Jeremy Krull, a first-year Arts student,
said that while he paid his tuition fees to
Brock Hall this year, he still would have
liked to have been informed about the
change earlier.
'I didn't know about it. I guess it could
be frustrating,' he said.   -
'Perhaps they could've been more open
about it, but hey, that's the way administrations work, so I'm not that bothered,' said
first-year Arts student, Ricardo Wiggett.
Horie said that the AMS would do all it
could to help inform students of the
change, but said the announcement could
have come at a better time.
"I guess it's not the most oppurtune
moment, but...we're doing eveiything that
we can to facilitate students," he said.
Mass e-mail messages are being sent out
to students to inform them of the change.
Information about the bank switch can
also be found at both the student services
website .and the financial services
website. ♦
UBC Law students
take stand against
anti-terrorism bill
by Laura Blue
R'l'hpr.'ies.s.irhrtTl «'■! !i 'its in UBC's Faculty of
I-w .•:■> '.&*?•£ a i-ia-id ii:-.i;ist parts of the fed-
.T il n'.'\< r.1!" e it's ci'i'ri'V-rsial anti-terrorism.
p.n t -e.
U a f'ii L.iri on Tuesday, Wes Pue, a UBC Law
professor, ..r. 1 Lindsay L\ -'.it, policy director of
Ike BC Civil labei lies V-*ii i 'ion, spoke against
the Lj'iej.ils' coi iriHi-wil ..iiti-ierrorism legis-
1 .bon, eh.:- ;■• j 'hal lulls Lie Bill C-36 will grant
too -'I'lr'i p.'.wr U ,.; "i r'.-'ient ministers and
.he ji-i'.ii-e :f:J:e pr^pus-i1:! become law.
We, wiudfiLs ,-,'id .fee e.!|\ Hthe Faculty of Law
at 'he U'liw-jfily -if Bn'ish Columbia, are con-
cer-i.'d ,'boi.l 3j!1 C-3-i, ■}'(• proposed anti-terrorism l.-ai-il r.ioiL We feel 'hit this legislation
i' ri !'i#t s: i iji he rale of law ->ud other fundamental \-duc a of a Tree .ind Vmm ratic society," states
a letter crial iled at T le^iliv's forum in the Law
bjiidir.ei md s.^TiuJ byi.-i .r.\ afthose present
p-e pe iijun j'rnie«lb a Luk of "consultation,
debat.*, :.i:d ib>>i.ass;oii r.n-ded for legislation of
t}js n.^rij'-a !e," a-id inU'ises a lack of meas-
i.r.'s- _n the hj.l lo prt-\ ejit the abuse of the power
granted to the Canadian government
About 50 people—mostly Law students and
faculty— attended Tuesday's forum. Although
Pue and Lyster focused on the ramifications of
Bill C-36, Pue also spoke at length about another
bill in the federal government's anti-terrorism
legislation package. Bill C42, which would allow
the government to create military security
zones—from, which citizens could be forcibly
removed—at the discretion of the minister of
national defence.
"Limitations on our rights and freedoms can
only be justifiable to the extent that they protect
those rights and freedoms. Otherwise, what are
we fighting for?" Lyster asked at the forum,"If in
the effort to protect our society we end up undercutting the very rights and freedoms which
malce our society what it is, then we've lost*
Both speakers at the forum expressed concern about the speed with which the government has tried to implement its anti-terrorism
legislation. They also said they worried the definition of terrorism laid out in Bill C-36 remains
too broad despite amendments, and that the definition could be used .by law-enforcement officials to crack down on dissenters and protesters,
and to suspend thexiyil liberties of minor criminals involved in protests,
Pue cited the demonstrations at the Asia-
Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit
held at UBC in 1997 as an example of protests
which could be shut down by those talcing a
broad interpretation of the powers laid out in
Bifls C-36 and C-42.
An official government report released this
summer labelled RCMP conduct at APEC as
'inappropriate* and implicated the Prime
Minister s Office for its involvement in planning
improper security arrangements.
Following the i&9 7 summit the RCMP came
under heavy criticism for its actions at the sum- -
rait, when officers pepper-sprayed several UBC •
student protesters and arrested 49, many of
whom were arrested on dubious charges winch,
were dropped before the protesters went to trial.
Pue said that although the Canadian justice
department has assured the public mat the proposed anti-terrorism legislation does not violate
the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the bills in
question could give law-enforcement officials
the explicit rightto detain and spy on dissenters.
He said he worried tlie actions the RCMP took at
APEC could become commonplace.
"They were unpalatable at the time, but
they've now become normalised,* said Pue.
"After the APEC inquiry, no citizen of Canada
can assume in all safety that the RCMP is declining to take political direction,* he said.
Amid strong protest from opposition MPs,
the Liberal government voted to close House of
Commons debate on Bill C-38 Tuesday, the
same day debate had begun. The bill passed in
the House on Wednesday and is currently before
the Senate, which it is expected to review the legislation over the next two weeks. The federal
government is hoping to make the bill law by
January 2002. ♦ ft I[Friday,
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An independent Hungarian bistro, perhaps? Back
to your place for a fitting vegetarian meal, maybe?
No. Boston Pizza apparently works.
For comic book artist, University of Victoria graduate student and anarchist Nick 0' Teen, doing an
interview in a familiar chain restaurant is perfectly
"I never wanted to be the humourless militant,"
says 26 year-old Nick 0' Teen, digging into his chicken and pasta. "I was the meat-eating, porn addict
anarchist, when all my friends in that [anarchist]
community were vegans. I was one of the only working-class anarchists that I knew, eveiyone else had
fairly upper-middle-class backgrounds.*
Nick 0' Teen, who prefers to use his comic book
pseudonym, has been drawing comics since he was
nine years old. Through a UVic student union budget
surplus lastyear, he managed to print 5000 copies of
the collected McJc O' Teen Comix.
"They are starting to appear in places," he says. "I
did get a call from Punk Planet in California.
Somehow one of the editors there got a copy."
The assembled comics, which were completed
over a three-year period, illustrate Nick 0' Teen's life
as an Irish immigrant. He moved to Canada when he
was 14. Through his narrative-based comics, Nick 0'
Teen describes school horrors, the relocation to
Canada, class struggles, anarchist and punk sensibilities, minimum-wage jobs and tales of "self-
Tales of 'self-romance"?
Getting caught by mom, poorly chosen lotions,
chronic erections.
You know. Masturbation.
"To me the real joke is the amount of attention that
aspect of my work garners, when it is the least representative part of my comic work," he smiles. "Only
three pages in the 64-page book deal with masturbation, and yet it has been the most commented upon>
and criticised part of my output. I suppose that's the
hairy, fleshy cross I have to bear."
Now an art history graduate, Nick 0' Teen cites
Robert Crumb, Spain, Gilbert Shelton, the Simpsons
and childhood comics as his major influences.
"Growing up as a kid, I read something called
2000 AD," he says. "It was probably the comic that
had the greatest effect on me. They had a very sub
versive edge that wasn't as apparent to me as a kid.
They were often very consciously anti-fascist or anti-
Thatcher. In some ways that was education in comics,
but also my education in politics."
Nick 0' Teen is an Irishman who loves a good
political debate. Rubbing his auburn hair, he explains
his ideological passion with swift intensity.
"One of the things anarchists and radicals have
been accused of," he begins, his intense blue eyes
narrowing, "is simply complaining. But it seems to
me that it's useful to point out a problem, because
then at least people can begin to talk about it and propose solutions for certain abuses.
"What's more dangerous to us is the inability to
imagine how society could be different The fact that
most people now simply look around and take for
granted that this is the way things are, this is the way
things have to be. For example, multinational corporations have only existed for about 50 years. These
are human institutions, and humans can destroy or
re-imagine them in serious ways so they work," he
Turning to world issues, it appears that Nick O'
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criticises himself for not doing
"I'm sympathetic to almost no
one in the [Afghanistan] situation,
not sympathetic to Islamic fundamentalism nor American imperialism," he says. "I feel sorry for the
office workers who died and I feel
terrible for the people getting murdered in Afghanistan. I think it
proves once again that governments are completely and utterly
disgusting wastes of time. And that
fighting over land, money and
property is bullshit. These are
human lives. That stuff is all
abstract. I've never been a nationalist, and I'm Irish."
Unlike some anarchists, Nick O'
Teen actually acts on his words. He
worked at Sabat info-shop, a collectively  run  anarchist book   and
record store in Victoria, and volunteered with Food Not Bombs.
"I have always been a bit of a bookworm, more
interested in radical and anarchist history than in
shouting slogans at a demo. However, it is vitally
important to translate your ideas into action whenever, and wherever, you can. I certainly fail in meeting my own expectations, but I am endlessly
impressed with others whose commitment, and
energy is unwavering," he says.
He also decided to update George Orwell's book
Down and Out in Paris and London, substituting the
city names in his parody, with Subway and Taco
Time. Nick 0' Teen used these comics to expose the
abuses he saw in his six years in the fast food industry.
"[Down and Out\ as a body of work is maybe the
best cohesive statement that I made in everything I
did," he says. "The art is the worst. I'm embarrassed
of it as 'comics,' but I think it was the best piece of
writing I did. The consistency of it, the 20 strips
dealing with the same subject matter from a variety
of different angles. And also, I think it's some of the
funniest stuff I've done."
Nick 0' Teen, who finds the new Liberal government training wage "utterly disgusting," says the
reaction to the Down and Out strips was incredible.
"The most flattering thing of all was the people
who were working at Subways or Taco Times, who
would come up to me and say it was a source of
empowerment to them/ he says. "They were even
used to organise on union drives for fast-food industiy work. It createdsi sense of solidarity amongst
workers. There's a real discouragement talking to
other employees about what's going on. But here
was me, taking the time to really write it all down
and lay it out—this ia what goes on. This is the uglier
side of free-market capitalism in North America:
minimum-wage slavery in the fast-food industry."
Nick O' Teen is now researching anarchism and
cinema at UVic. Art, at least the kind he enjoys, must
have a constructive message or social value in it
"I've never been a fan of art for art's sake at all,"
he says. "I've always liked narrative-based art. I'm
much more sympathetic to art that has something to
say, even if I don't agree with it At least it has something to say. No one's art speaks for itself. You
should be able to articulate and defend whatever it is
you are doing.*
"Going to art school, too, I really felt that we had
this idea of artist as mystic or having some intuition
that is denied the common person...We [are] inculcated with this ridiculous elitism. And so to me art
galleries [became] a very depressing place to be
because they were really only addressing a tiny part
of the community."
Through characters like 'Anarchoman' and literary devices such as self-deprecation, Nick 0' Teen
manages to blend humour and satire with social
commentaiy. Through exaggeration and humour,
"**   his social commentaiy becomes all the more credi
ble. He is almost always at the butt of all his jokes.
And Nick 0' Teen is the first to admit that he, himself,
is not perfect.
"I don't necessarily think that it's even possible tp
live your life like an ascetic hermit, cut off totally
from society," he says. "You should be conscious
about what it is you choose to support with your
money. I consistently maintain a sense of humour
around it. There were times when I probably wouldn't have eaten at McDonald's and times when I might
have. Now I wouldn't, but now it has to do with health
reasons more than anything else."
In addition to drawing comics, Nick 0' Teen writes
for local film magazines and helps with independent
"Brian Clement made a film called Meat Market in
Victoria that I designed the special effects for and
acted in. That took six months of my life. It was a zombie film, I did all the make-up," he says.
No stranger to censorship or criticism, Nick 0'
Teen has recently found a new home on the Internet
His work is available online at www.bentcomics.com,
a comic collective which displays the work of seven
other artists. When asked about complaints or censorship aimed at his work, he describes having to
change company names and mentions various prudish readers.
"One was a personal visit to the Martlet [UVic's
campus newspaper] offices by the head of the Archie
Fan Club, complaining about die comic where I used
Archie's image to tell a stoiy about a friend of mine."
A story of self-romance, that is.
"I've always felt that it's ridiculous that you can be
sued by companies for documenting your own life,"
he says.
And so where does Nick O' Teen, a self-titled
underground comic artiste, narcissist, anarchist,
chronic masturbator, embittered employee, disillusioned Irish immigrant, student and tragic buffoon,
see himself in the future?
"Jesus, I have no idea where I see myself after university," he says. "Hopefully not unclogging toilets at
Denny's or back cleaning out the grease trap at Taco
Time. I will likely go to Japan for a year to teach
English in order to pay down some of my crippling
student loans."
He adds: "I would be happy teaching art history, or
film studies, as I have enjoyed my experience as a
teaching assistant very much."
And yes, if he becomes a professor, Nick 0' Teen
will continue to do comics. It's meditative for him to
simply draw. It gives him great solace.
He is, after all, an artist.
"In the new bentcomic book, I write, 'When will
people realise that comics are one of the only art
forms uncontaminated by class privilege, a truly
democratic medium for these post modern times.'
That is the way I feel, that the comic is a form that,
just by its very nature, will address a much broader
audience than a painting can." ♦
at the Moonbase Art Galleiy
until Dec 14
Unlike their traditional canvas and paint counterparts, digital artists have amazing control over their
works. They can manipulate their work down to
minute details that even the viewer cannot notice.
Dramatic effects and experimentation are also easier to do: with a click of a mouse, filters can be
applied to images giving them strange new textures;
another mouse click will undo the effect if the
results are undesirable. Artists working in physical
media just don't have this luxury.
Strangely enough, many of the works in Digitalis,
a collection of digital prints at Gastown's Moonbase
Gallery, do not strive for digital perfection. Instead,
many of the artists create effects that give their
works a false sense of imperfection.
Louise Muretich's renditions of tarot cards are
good examples. She creates works influenced by
some of the most traditii >n-
al and archetypal symbols
in Western art, those found
in tarot cards. She gives
these works wrinkles and a
faded, old appearance.
Knowing that Muretic h
manipulated these imperfections into the work creates an interesting artistic
tension which blur the hue
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between digital and physical art
Artistic tensions and a blurring of definitions
also exist in William Byrne's work, "Cell
Procession." His work is a collage of what looks like
wires, bolts and old machine parts. But upon closer
inspection, the parts actually start to resemble cells,
chromosomes and DNA strands—the building
blocks of life.
Jaleen Grove's two works "Suburban Utopia" #1
and #2 also revels in blurring boundaries and definitions. The two prints show scenes of 1950s
American suburbia, lawnmowers, hibachis and
picket fences, and blur them with Islamic wall patterns and mosaics. In a comic touch by the artist,
the work is also framed in that icon of 1950s childhood innocence, the etch-a-sketch. Staring at the
work, it becomes hard to tell where the idyllic backyard ends arid the Middle Eastern palaces begin.
Your eyes and your mind find themselves stuck in
limbo, a little confused and
very unsure of what you're
actually seeing.
But like many group
shows, the works at Digitalis
don't all try to challenge definitions. Some of the works are
A'Aj visual experiments and draw
" from the tradition of abstract
expressionism. Though a few
fall short and won't hold your
interest for very long, none
fail outright And the few
works that succeed just might
enrapture you. ♦
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Chunhyang. the largest cinematic production Korea
has ever produced, begins with an old man belting
out the narrative in song from a theatre stage. He is a
pansori, a traditional Korean singer-storyteller, not
unlike a bard. One immediately thinks of a black
preacher talk-singing the gospel from a pulpit and the
story of Chunhyangis one of those big, universal tales
of tragic love.
The heroine of the story is Chunhyang (Lee Hyo
Jung), a young and beautiful virgin who accepts a proposal of marriage from Mongryong (Cho Seung Woo),
a dapper young scholar who studies every day for the
civil service exam that will hopefully change his life.
Mongryong's diligence is challenged and ultimately
defeated by his intense love for the beautiful
Unfortunately their happiness doesn't last;
Mongryong's father takes his son to Seoul, separating
the lovers. Enter the evil governor, who tries to summon the young newlywed Chunhyang into his harem.
For every hero and heroine there has to be a villain
by Lucas Soi
and the governor is just that, joining the long list of
movie villains. Interfering with love is a special criminal act in these saccharine movies and die governor
pulls it off well, incurring the wrath of the audience
from his first moments on screen.
Set in 18th century Korea, the characters are constrained by their societal roles and even a bumbling
servant reminiscent of Jar Jar Binks can't alleviate the
stuffy, restrained atmosphere. This is director Im
Kwon Taek's 97th film but his first to make it across
the Pacific. Chunhyang does an amazing job of evoking pre-modern Korea, with 8000 extras and more
than 12,000 costumes. Nonetheless the film is quite
similar to Western exports like Titanic or Pearl
Harbour, something that will make it palatable to less
adventurous viewers.
In the end, two questions emerge from
Chunhyang The NWA said in 1988 that "life ain't
nuthin' but bitches and money.* Mongryong faces
the challenge of balancing both these elements in his
young life, trying to satisfy social expectations and
also his own desires. But a more appropriate question comes from Tina Turner's: "What's love got to
do with it?* In Chunhyang's case, everything. ♦ 8
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Chasing the dream
by Ron Nurwisah
at the Chan Centre
Nov. 30
Fame is funny sometimes. Take the case of English
composer Edward Elgar, who wrote pieces like 'Pomp
and Circumstance' and 'Land of Hope and Glory/ two
works associated with the Empire, the British monarchy and all of its resonances. The Elgar most would
think of is of an English countiy gentleman, well-bearded and well-fed, one of the Empire's most celebrated
composers. Unfortunately, this isn't the real Elgar. The
real Elgar is something that UBC music professor and
conductor Bruce Pullan wants you to discover.
"The real face of Elgar is very very different/
Pullan explained. 'He's very much an outsider. He
grew up out of the mainstream of what was the wealthy
world of England at the time. His father ran a music
shop, so he didn't go to Oxford or Cambridge, where
most of the musical establishment came from. He was
largely self-taught as a composer. He really was a bit of
a maverick from that point of view and always felt a little bit left out."
One of the pieces that reveal Elgar's true colours is
his choral worir. The Dream of Gerontius. The piece,
based on a poem written by fellow Catholic John
Newman, recounts the voyage of an old man's soul from
his deathbed to purgatory.
Pullan admits that the piece's strangeness often
makes it look daunting. 'On the face of it, it looks to be
something that's about as esoteric as you could possibly
get because it concerns rather complex Catholic theology about death and old age.'
Pullan isn't alone in thinking this—shortly after the
play's disastrous premiere in 1900, one of Elgar's rivals
made the comment that the piece 'stank of incense/jabbing at Elgar's heavy Catholicism.
But the work isn't just about religion. As well as being
thematdcally dense, Pullan points out that Gerontius is
musically massive: two choirs with over 150 singers, ail
orchestra over 70 strong, including an extraordinary
number of woodwinds and brass and three soloists.
'It would be a piece that would use absolutely everybody: the largest orchestra you could get together here,
the large choir, the small choir, and I think this year we
have soloists that can do it who are students."
One of these student soloists is fourth-year tenor
Phillipe Castagner, who will be singing the demanding
lead role of Gerontius.
'If you told me ten years ago that a student would
sing Gerontius, I would've laughed. It's one of the most
difficult pieces in the repertoire/ Pullan explained.
But Castagner is an oddity for a male singer. His
voice has the tone, strength and maturity-of someone
well beyond his years. In the operatic world, tenors often
don't hit their stride until their late 30s or 40s. At 22,
Castagner has a substantial head start
His abilities impressed Pullan so much that the conductor approached him lastyear to tackle the gruelling
piece. Nonetheless, Castagner admits that this piece
still makes him a little nervous. 'It's definitely the
biggest thing I've ever undertaken. It's a little bit
daunting actually. It's about very mature things' he
says. 'It's hard to relate to at my stage of life, where I
still feel invincible'
And although this is not his first time as a soloist or
in a major role, for Castagver the turn as Gerontius
poses one major challenge. "This is my first time that I
have to represent the music..where I define the piece."
As Gerontius, Castagner plays the soul wandering in
the afterlife, waiting to be judged and finally sent to purgatory. It's a weird piece, something that both Pullan
and Castagner acknowledge.
'In many ways it's sort of like a cult piece: the fact
that someone would have a website which has all the
information about Elgar, but the big thing on it is the list
of performances of Gerontius worldwide/ Pullan said.
UBC's performance of Gerontius is on this list as
well, next to big names like the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra and the London Philharmonic, two other
orchestras performing the piece in months to come.
More surprising is that Pullan received an e-mail
from Seattle asking for the details of the concert. At
least one person, it seems, will be driving up to see
Friday's performance.
Even Pullan, someone who has performed the piece
and loves it, finds it a little strange. But at the same time
he understands why this piece has struck a chord with
some. It's an off-kilter piece, with its Catholic dogma and~
lush orchestration, but at the same time it possesses certain universal qualities.
"The humanity of this old man, this dying man,
speaks directly to everybody...This is someone who's
scared of death, someone who's looking for consolation
and someone who is wrestling with his conscience and
his faith. He's hoping that everything will be alright that
his faith will sustain him/ explains Pullan. 'We actually
identify with Gerontius.'
The UBC Symphony Orchestra, UBC Choral Union,
University Singers with soloists Phillipe Castagner,
Justin Welch and Sandra Stringer perform The Dream of
Gerontius at the Chan Centre at 8pm on Friday
November 30. Tickets are $14 for students, $20 for
adults. ♦ Paoe Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. November 30.2001
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Montreal, if you're a fan of theirs, you probobiy saw them at the
Pic Pub !ast night. But they also played in the SUB's Gallery on
Tuesday ivght.There was no publicity for the show and on!y
about six fans (actually, exactly six) showed up to enjoy an
■ncredi'ole set. it was a goddamn tragedy.That's Muray
Liyt-Tbum pouring his he?rt out. duncan m. mchugh photo
Michael Schwandt
at the Railway Club
Nov. 27
Every fall, CiTR (UBC's campus and
community radio station) presents
Shindig, a competition between local
unsigned bands. Once a week for
three months, a field of 27 entries is
narrowed down, leaving three bands
to clash in a final round. Tuesday
night at the Railway club, the last
finalist was selected from a lineup of
three groups.
The first band of the night was
Bestest a three piece punk outfit that
quickly assumed a typical Ramones,
spread-legged stance and got down to
the rawk and roll. The band's lead
vocalist hovered between snarling
and screaming for most of the set,
imploring the crowd to get fired up
before each song. A hard frontman to
ignore, the singer careened about the
stage during songs and repeatedly
launched himself toward the Railway
Club's low ceiling from the bass
drum. Most of the crowd reacted well
to the straightforward and melodic
songs, classic shout-along choruses
and thrashing start-and-stop riffs.
Unfortunately, Bestest lost
momentum at some points, as the
guitarist constantly (and slowly) re-
tuned his instrument and also accidentally unplugged the axe during an
otherwise intense and well-executed
song. Nonetheless, Bestest's energy
got the evening's competition started
My Buddy Dave, the second act,
gave a somewhat more polished performance. Following up Bestest's set
with more punk rock, they raised the
bar in terms of technical proficiency.
The drummer's constant double-time
and solid fills held the hurtling affair
together, while the two guitarists
seamlessly traded off lead and
rhythm duties. Their varied lyrics
were at times interesting, often drifting toward the vaguely political. A
scorching dismissal of corporate
radio was welcome, but not strengthened by the band's radio-ready pop-
punk sound (or by one member's
Weezer T-shirt). Poh-core bands like
Propagandhi probably won't throw
the torch to My Buddy Dave anytime
soOn. However, with members aged
an average of only 16 years, this band
is off to a good start
'Somebody say 'yee-hawl" invited the frontwoman as Silt, the last
group of the night, took the stage.
This country band proceeded to play
confidently, cruising through a set
of mostly slow ballads. The singer's
voice was enchanting, the drummer
demonstrated impressive mastery
of the subtleties of country drumming, and a third band member
doled out sweet and smoldering
solos on guitar, keys and harmoni
ca. Although Silt was clearly the odd
band out in terms of genre (group
cowboy hat quotient 40 per cent;
spiked hair: zero per cent), they
received a great reaction from the
crowd, and playfully mocked the
other bands with their country cover
of Green Day's "Basket Case."
In what seemed like a difficult
decision, the combined votes of the
CiTR judging team gave My Buddy
Dave~ the win and the ticket to next
week's Shindig finals. There they
will face stiff competition from
heavy-metal powerhouse Three
Inches of Blood and one-man variety
show Motorcyle Man. These other
finalists both possess a nostalgic
cachet and on-stage panache that
gained them immense support from
both audiences and judges in preliminary rounds. But My Buddy
Dave seems to gain stage presence
with every show, though, and should
not be counted out
All finalists are guaranteed a
reward of recording time at one of
several studios. One of the added
bonuses to the champions will be a
feature on CBC Radio's national
"Radiosonic" broadcast, hosted by
Smuggler and Mint Records promotions honcho Grant Lawrence.
The final round of CiTR's
Shinding 2001 will be held on
Friday, December 4, at the Railway
Club. Bands start at 10pm. ♦
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by Donald Prime
at ihe Chan Centre
Dec 8, 9
Operas (.in bo i:ifimidalir», but
don't '.,-t lhe .if. uy Widow frisjbt-
iT you Th< re ->ro no Lit ladies
with bl jude braids and VJcng helmets (not that most operas have
these). Compared to operas by the
likes of Verdi and Wagner, The
Merry Widow is very different-
it's an operetta.
In operettas there's more of an
emphasis on spoken dialogue and
natural physical interaction
among characters, explains
Richard Epp, music director of
the UBC Opera Workshop. Most
important of all, operettas are
written with fun and entertainment in mind.
"All the music in operettas is
based on dances, like waltzes and
polkas and eveiything. The basis
of Viennese turn-of-the-century
culture is the waltz. You can't sit
still through the whole thing, just
because of how the music is written. The music is dance music,"
he says.
The Merry Widow is a perfect
example of an operetta. It's a tale
of two troubled and very different
romances. The first is a playful
teasing courtship between Count
Danilo and wealthy widow Hanna
Glawari. The second is the secret
affair between Valencienne, the
wife of a baron, and Camille de
Rosillon, a young attache. Two
very different love stories that
come to very different endings.
"There are moments in the
music which are so romantic,"
says Nancy Hermiston, the head
of UBC's opera program and the
show's director. "The duets are
lovely and sentimental...If you've
had a romantic relationship, I
think it might remind you of that."
Throughout the story, the men
try to unravel the mystery of
women. Meanwhile, the women
manipulate the action to achieve
their goals. The play becomes an
elaborate sexual game.
This sexual interplay made the
work a sensation when it debuted.
Widow became an important part
of the sexual revolution that
would characterise the early part
of 20th century Europe and North
According to baritone
Krzysztof Biernacki, who plays
Count Danilo, Widow was a "stunning success"—musically, theatrically, commercially and in fashion. It was a cultural phenomenon. There were Merry Widow
hats, pumps, cigars, corsets and
underwear. Works of art and
posters depicting topless women
.\iie .ii'-pind Lv Wiiow and
yi-vti s (ran can hmurs) were
papul iiiwd by !he ivork
Fourth jeir soprano Rhoslyn
Jo'n-S enjojs plying ihe confi-
Jent, inti-'ligent ani sexually
any v-m\ e Claw ari IL r character
brcke new ^ound for -.\ omen on
the stage, in that she is in control
of the situation, more so than any
of the men.
"If they've never been to an
opera, if they want to see something, they should go see this, "
she says. "Because it's an
operetta, it's maybe not so scary."
Indeed, it's "fun, lively, fast,
upbeat, funny, cheap and festive."
As a bonus, Christopher Gaze
will grace the stage as Njegus, a
manipulative embassy aide. Gaze
is well-known in Vancouver as an
actor and the artistic director of
the Bard on the Beach
Shakespeare festival.
Hermiston says that working
with Gaze has brought the students up to Gaze's level. His "diction is so impeccable that it's a lesson for them to hear how he
At the end. the audience is left
with no moral lesson, just the
memory of a great time.
"Widow is interesting because
it's about contemporary moral
issues but it definitely doesn't go
at it at from the same angle as
many other operas. In the end,
eveiything gets worked out, but
still everything kind of remains
the same," says tenor Alex Good
who plays Camilla de Rosillon. "In
the end, everything ends and is
happy for everyone, but [the ending] is still on the corrupt side of
Biernacki sees it more romantically; to him one of the major
themes of the opera is that "true
love always persists."
Jennifer Farrell, who plays
Valencienne, sees it from another
angle. She says that the play wants
to remind us that "women always
get their way."
For Hermiston The Merry
Widow's themes and issues don't
matter so much. "It's so nice to go
to the theatre and laugh and have
a lot of fun," says Hermiston.
"We've had so much grief in the
last little while."
"[The Merry Widow\ is a little,
tiny few hours of escape that I
think does everybody good. Not
have a lot of problems to solve in
your head. Just sit back and enjoy.
That's not a bad thing," she says.
UBO Opera presents The
Merry Widow at the Chan Centre
Dec. 8 at 8pm and Dec. 9 at 3pm.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $ 14 for
students and seniors. ♦ 101
Friday. November 30.2001
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Sarah Morrison
Ron Nurwisah
Scott Bardsiey
Julia Christensen
Laura Blue
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Graeme Worthy
Alicia Milter
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stall T-shirts that the dippers would come out on top. He lost out to
Justin Cheng who carried them off for sale on the black market Ai
Lin Choo and Sarah MacNeill Morrison had other ideas. They bet
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wnh Hywel Tuscano, Alicia Miller and Graeme Worthy. Across the
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on into Ihe morning with no clear winner. Jesse Marchand and
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The Ubyssey's exam tips
We at the Ubyssey understand how stressful
exam-time can be. Panic attacks, not getting
enough sleep, caffeine-induced hallucinations—
we've been there and we'd like to help you, our
readers. Those 'How To Study" pamphlets handed out by goodie-goodies are bullshit To correct
that claptrap, we've compiled a list of helpful
exam tips, hints that'll help you and your loved
ones make it through this stressful time.
—Do your readings
This might seem obvious, but it's the simplest,
most effective way of achieving academic success.
—Make sure you have all the notes
So, you missed a class or seven. No big deal,
just find that friend in class and get the notes
from him or her. Of course, if you've skipped so
much that you no longer have any friends in the
class, you are utterly, utterly fucked.
—Study all night
Sleep only takes away from precious, precious time that you need to cram as much information into that little brain of yours. Think
about it six hours of shut-eye translates into six
hours that you're not reading Paradise Lost
—Start mixing drugs
After the eighth cup, caffeine just doesn't
have the same kick anymore. That's when your
good old friend ephedrine comes inl Take four of
these babies and you'll be studying until the wee
hours. And for those of you with younger siblings, remember: Ritalin isn't just for Utile kids.
—libraries do not make a difference.
Why study in a sterile library where everyone
falls asleep on their texts when you can just stay
in bed with your books. No sleeping though.
—Never sacrifice going to Pit Night
Why study when you can lick shots, wear
tight clothing and shake your ass? Remember, a
little casual vomitting does wonders to clear
your head. Ditto the casual fucking.
—Eat only junk food
You'd think that taking time to prepare a
nutritious meal would be a good way to unwind
after all that studying, but you'd be wrong. With
all that purchasing, rinsing, chopping and chewing, vegetables are way too labour-intensive for
someone as tight-pressed for time as yourself.
Stick to foods that are individually wrapped or
require only hot water to prepare. Remember:
scurvy is temporary, bad grades last a lifetime.
—Watch bad movies and television
A phenomenon called Tsnowledge buoyancy'
occurs when the brain is saturated with useless
information. Knowledge acquired will begin to
'float' in the brain when awash in a sea of irrelevant pop culture. Valid academic thought
becomes easier to retrieve...uh, yeah.
Akin to knowlege buoyancy is the well-known
phenomenon of last in, first out': the last thing
you read before going into the exam is going to
be the easiest to remember. As a result study
HARD for the few hours before the exam to
make sure that those hard to remember facts
and figures are up front, right where you need
them. Combine cramming with hours of knowledge-buoyancy effect-inducing television and
you're sure to succeed.
—listen to that Phish album one more time
Yeah right, ya fucking hippie, that'll solve
This is no time for aesthetics. The order of
the day is comfort That means fleece, sweat
pants, hoodies, T-shirts and operating room
scrubs if you got 'em. Slovenliness is next to godliness when it comes to preparing for finals.
—Remember why you're doing this
Oh wait, we forget Damnit
-When exam time comes, BE PREPAREDI
You never know what might happen at the
exam itself. As a precaution, you should have the
following items at any exam you write: water, in
case you're thirsty; a bottle, in case you have to
pee; kitty litter, in case of number two; a jacket,
if you get cold; a portable fan, if you get too hot;
a first aid kit, in case of emergency; sunglasses,
in case your eyes start to go buggy from those
blasted fiurorescent lights; and a hyperdermic
needle if, god forbid, your body shuts down from
all those uppers you've been popping. And
never forget—it is a race, there will be a prize if
you finish first.
Remember, it's just an exam. There's no
need to be a worry-wart ♦
Plight of Afghan women still threatened to be forgotten
 by Sarah Pollard
It used to be that when Canadian
women met to discuss human rights
abuses in Afghanistan they took
time to brush up on their media
savvy. Their challenge? Exposure
and how to get it for women half a
world away who were suffering at
the hands of a rogue government
Back then, it was an issue of education, of how best to disseminate
information on a subject that was
often ignored by the mainstream
media in Canada and the US. So
Canadian activists donned burqas
and made themselves visible on
downtown streets in an effort to
stimulate interest in the human
rights violations occurring in
Afghanistan, particularly where
those violations impacted women
and children. The message?
Clothing restrictions were merely
symptomatic of an Afghan regime
that favoured many more brutal
forms of oppression. Pieces of mesh
cloth measuring three by three inches were distributed so passers-by
could glimpse the world from the
perspective of an Afghan woman,
her view constrained by this narrow
One of the sad ironies to emerge
from the rubble of the September 11
disasters in New York and
Washington is that those who had
struggled to expose human rights
abuses inflicted upon a war-weary
Afghan population since the
Taliban's 1996 takeover of Kabul
have seen their cause catapulted to
the front page of every national
newspaper, every
cast every radii
weeks since.
In a letter smuggled oi
London Daily Telegraph
woman expressed it this "way:
'Now it is good that after all this
time the world has turned its face
towards Afghanistan. Right now I
want to laugh at the world a lot
because in other countries of the
civilised and progressive world no
one knew about our problems
before those attacks on America
and now we are all the time on
[the] BBC." It's the kind of publicity activists could never have imagined and yet a goal achieved by
default, at a cost no thinking per
son would be willing to pay.
Once the terrorists and their supporters were identified, they
emerged with their deplorable history of human rights abuses in tow,
violations which, heinous in themselves, were never more significant
than when they became politically
expedient The Taliban has been
trotted out before the public as a
kind of ready-made evil. At present
leaders worldwide clamour to con-
cials for the mis-
ir own people over
■s. Who now would
lnreeling off a list of
edicts that restrict the movement of women? So often in the last
few weeks we have heard that
Afghan women are prevented from
working outside the home, are
denied access to education, forbidden to leave the house without a
male chaperone and are chastised
for wearing shoes that produce any
kind of noise in walking; presumably a silent woman is the next best
thing to an invisible one.
In their publication, Taliban's
War on Women, Physicians for
Human Rights (PHR) describe the
Taliban's unique brand of evil: "To
PHR's knowledge, no other regime
in the world has methodically and
violently forced half of its population
into virtual house arrest prohibiting
them on pain of physical punishment from showing their faces,
seeking medical care without a male
escort or attending school."
Since that tragic day in
September the Taliban and its notorious deeds have become fixtures in
our everyday landscape. And while
the Taliban ought to be condemned
by the international community for
these acts alone, women's groups
are wary of the dangers inherent in
women's rights being co-opted, even
in part for political gain or as a way
to justify a protracted international
offensive. The reality is that despite
what is being said about the Afghan
women's predicament today,
human rights issues will likely take a
backseat now that a larger international conflict assumes centre stage.
While Taliban brutalities were
rarely the focus of reports in the
corporate media in the days and
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Friday. November 30.20Q1I
From previous page.
months following that regime's
assumption of power, feminist
groups and human rights organisations struggled to get the word out
Women For Women Afghanistan
(WFWA) meetings across Canada
were often poorly attended affairs
that attracted
those already
inclined to the
cause, a kind of
preaching to the
While the primary focus was the immediate
threat to Afghan women's health and
welfare, these groups warned that
the Taliban's threat to humanity
would, in future, extend beyond the
borders of Afghanistan.
In a December 2000 letter to the
UN Security Council, the executive
director of Human Rights Watch,
Kenneth Roth, characterised the
then-current state of interest in
Afghanistan. "Because Afghanistan
rarely appears on the Council's agenda, it is particularly unfortunate that
the present discussion is limited to
the Taliban's role in harbouring
Osama bin Laden and supporting
foreign criminal activity, and does
not directly address the grave abuses
that continue to be perpetrated
against the country's own civilian
population." To continue in this vein,
Mr Roth suggested, would mean
"inexcusably abandoning the Afghan
people to suffer atrocities at home
while focusing exclusively oh the
Afghan government's role in attacks
on foreigners."
Beginning injanuary of 2001, the
Women's Alliance for Peace and
Human Rights in Afghanistan issued
monthly 'Urgent Action Alerts' enumerating their pleas for a "dying
Afghan nation," "We Eire outraged by
the lack of response from the international , community," was
February's message.
More recently, the syndicated
weekly news magazine Between the
Lines, which tracks issues under-
reported in major media, featured
an interview with Sonali Kolhatkar of
the Afghan Women's Mission.
Kolhatkar expressed outrage that
while the recent destruction of
Buddhist statues in Afghanistan had
received near saturation reportage
in the media, the ongoing plight of
Afghan refugees and the subjugation
of women under Taliban rule was
still not showing up on international
radar to the same degree.  .
"Reading about these statues—
. which are admittedly priceless parts
of history—it's been amazing to listen to heads of states, foreign dignitaries pleading with the Taliban to
spare these statues. Very important
people have met personally with
Taliban leaders, and the mainstream
media has faithfully covered this
news. I have seen to date maybe
three or four articles that have in
passing mentioned, 'Oh yes, there is
also massive human suffering [in
Afghanistan],'" Kolhatkar said.
Allen Sens, a professor with
UBC's Institute of International
Relations, an expert on Canadian
foreign policy and peacebuilding,
suggests that it is not lack of interest
that has been the problem, but the
absence of a probable solution.
"The lack of action stems primarily from a lack of mechanisms to
pressure the Taliban, who do not
care about sanctions or diplomatic
pressure," he says.
The Taliban also refuses to recognise international human rights
laws. Sens says that while the
Taliban "have probably violated
every law of human rights on
record, they make the claim that
these are their domestic affairs and
protests to the contrary constitute
interference in their domestic
As Canadians we have once
again, a by-proxy relationship to
events that directly involve our
southern neighbour. In future,
might the citizenry of a countiy like
Canada bring to bear any real pressure on a country half a world
away to respect
human rights?
Sens says,
"The Canadian
government will have virtually no
influence whatsoever on the future
of human rights in Afghanistan.
We may be able to contribute to
post-conflict peace building and
this might include legal and judicial structures, but practically
speaking this means running the
government, and foreign-imposed
governments have a very poor history of success in Afghanistan.
Canada will not be a prominent
player...The US and the British will
have more of a role, but the idea
that a liberal democracy, the kind
of government most friendly to
women's issues, will thrive in
Afghanistan is a real stretch. The
hard thing for any government
pressured to do something about
Afghanistan is finding an answer
to the question: what can be done?"
Janice Eisenhauer of WFWA's
Calgary chapter, says there is a difference between awareness-raising,
like the attention paid by the media
in the days since September 11, and
education, a willingness to look
beyond the headlines and focus on
the issues at stake. While
Eisenhauer said that she appreciates the interest that has led to a significant increase in inquiries to
WFWA's eight chapter offices
(including a newly-opened centre in
Ottawa) and buoyed membership
statistics, she suggests there are
daunting tasks ahead to translate
this energy into action, to keep
Afghan women's issues in the fore.
"We hope that with the heightened
awareness from September 11, the
world will not turn their backs on
Afghanistan and will finally address
the horrific levels of poverty and
oppression. Afghan women want
access to health care, education and
freedom of association...the world
has a responsibility to understand
the issues and to finally put an end
, to this suffering." .
The statements issued by both
Canadian and US women's groups in
the wake of the September 11 attacks
on the Pentagon and World Trade
Centre extend sympathy to the
American people but express an
insistence that North Americans in
particular pay heed to the lessons of
history. During the Soviet occupation
of Afghanistan in the 1980s, the US
government supplied money and
expertise to fund and train
Mujahideen groups which would
later give rise to the Taliban. Little
help was offered to rebuild the devastated country once the Soviets and
Americans withdrew their support,
little thought then for the human
rights abuses that would emerge in
the wake of such a retreat
With this reality firmly in mind,
the US-based Feminist Majority
Foundation suggests the real work
for human rights activists may be
just beginning. "As steps are taken to
eliminate terrorists and those who
support them in Afghanistan/ we
must make sure that the lives of
women and girls are saved and that
the restoration of the rights of
women and girls is not marginalised
as a side issue...We must urge that
the plight of Afghan women and girls
not be forgotten." ♦
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Few may know about it, but the UBC nordic ski team has
come a long way from being a small, informal club.
by Scott Bardsiey
In the elite world of varsity sports, teams
are often unapologetically closed and
rightfully so: most only have room for a
dozen or so players. When more than a
dozen apply, well, some just don't make
the team. And if you didn't play a sport in
high school, there's no chance you'll ever
play at the university leveL That's good for
university athletics, but it keeps UBC's varsity teams out of the reach of average students.
There's one little-known varsity team,
however, which is inclusive. It may not have
a big budget and it may not be in a highly
developed competitive league, but all that
doesn't really matter to its members. They're
in it for the fun, the competition and the exercise. That team is the UBC nordic ski team.
'When winter comes along in Vancouver,
one doesn't just have to go to the Bird Coop
and lift weights in the rain,* says student Matt
Tata, the men's coach. "There's lots of things
you can do outside and cross-country skiing is a
fantastic sport to stay in shape, and we make it
easy to escape from the city, get out and ski a
bunch of times a week and really get fit'
The team has been around for over a
decade now. In the early days it
was an informal club and there
wasn't even a university circuit
where the nordic, also called
cross-country, skiers could
Nine years ago it became a
varsity sport. Now there's a university series built into the existing BC Cup Series—varsity racers
compete alongside professionals, but are also ranked in a university category. The team's
membership has shot up in the
past few years.
In fact, there are so many
members that the team is now
split into 'club' and 'varsity'
groups. For varsity members,
nordic skiing is second only to
academics; they go to every race
and aim to place. Club membership is more casual; members
train with everyone else and
come to races when they want. A
varsity member might have
skied throughout high school; a
club member may have never skied before.
At practice, however, it seems as though
there might as well not be two groups. Both
groups practice and ski together. A casual
observer couldn't tell the two apart
Mondays in War Memorial Gym, the
skiers chat, joke and stretch before their
practice begins. Clayton Enga never crosscountry skied until a friend in computer science got him interested in the team. Now
he's hooked.
'It just seemed like a great way of getting exercise and practicing with the team
and skiing,' he says, smiling, 'It's really
fun and I'm glad I joined.'
"It's really laid back and I like that,'
says Karen Miller, who skied in high
school. "There's a complete range of
people on the team—some people who
have never raced before and some people who are really competitive, and
I'm about in the middle so it works out
Antje Teichert, an exchange student, didn't ski in Germany unless she
was on vacation. Now that she's studying where there's more snow nearby,     ',
she can get out regularly. But it's
more than just the snow, it's the
team that got her out
"[The nordic ski team] is really
nice, even if you're not a good skier.
Everybody is veiy supportive, so
you're improving your technique
and [they] show you how to do it
which is great,' she says. 'I just
"it's kind of
embarrassing when
you chat afout this
with Scandinavians
because there's no
reason at all that
Canada, a country
with lots of space
and snow everywhere, shouldn't
be a world power
in cross-country
skiing."      5
—Matt Tata
UtSC nordic ski team
have a very good time."
The team has only a little
money from alumni and UBC
Athletics to work with, so athletes
>     end up paying for most of their
*     own travel and accommodation.
;     The team does what it can to keep
„'     those costs down. "We're the cheap-
I     est-ass team in the world. We put
seven people in hotel rooms,' says
Dana Mersich, a student and the
women's coach. "I slept in a closet, literally, in Whistler.'
Besides money, the team also has
an image problem. Unlike downhill
skiing with its glitzy ads and sponsorship deals, nordic skiing doesn't have
multimillion-dollar corporations selling it, and most people don't know
much about it.
"Everyone thinks it's slow and flat,
but it's not like that,' Mersich says.
'.Most people...think, 'old guy, with three-
pin binding boots and the bamboo poles,
and he's got wool knickers up to his knees
and he's eating granola going along these
flat trails in the woods."
that's far from the reality of cross-country skiing, the skiers claim.
'Imagine downhill skiing, except the skis are narrower than your feet, don't
weigh anything and the
trail is only eight feet wide.
That's cross-country skiing,' Tata says. 'It's not flat
at all.'
"We go down [a hill]
too, but we also climb up
it,' Mersich says. "We
don't have metal edges
and we don't turn, so we
get going pretty fast. It's a
fast sport'
Another obstacle for the
team is that the organisation  of Canadian crosscountry   skiing   is   just
emerging from its infancy.
"The last five years or
so there's been this push
to develop university or
college racing in British
Columbia     and     that's
been fairly successful,'
Tata says.
Surprisingly, nordic skiing is still
imderdeveloped in Canada.
"It's kind of embarrassing when you
rbat about this with Scandinavians
bt-cause there's no reason at all that
C'inada, a country with lots of space and
miow everywhere, shouldn't be a world
power in cross-country skiing,' Tata
says. "Then you've got other countries
that you wouldn't think would be
world powers, like Italy, who end up
being fantastic. Part of it has to do
with culture...In order to be an elite
skier you have to start when you're a
kid and you have to keep skiing until
you're in your 20s.'   ~
For now, the university series is
a start. While UBC can't hold a candle to the level of cross-country
I     skiing at a Scandinavian university, it is at least one of the top
school teams in the West  Of
course,     the     University     of
Northern British Columbia has
the only other varsity team in
British Columbia—and it's larger
and better financed.
That doesn't matter to UBC's
24 members. For now, they're
just excited about the start of
their winter season and they're
looking forward to being able to
practice on some snow now that
Cypress and the other mountains have some of the fluffy
white stuff on it ♦


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