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Wednesday, April 9, 2003
Volume 84 Issue 49
Happy and angry I 48 hour fun since 1918
Student council seeks sponsorship
by Megan Thomas
The Alma Mater Society (AMS),
UBC's student society, has formed a
committee to create new strategies
to increase outside funding. The
committee's goal is to identify
untapped markets and implement
strategies for sponsorship and
fundraising.     ;      .
The initiative is part of a five-year
strategic plan passed by AMS
Council last May, which reviewed
the state ofthe society and made recommendations for all facets of AMS
According to Oana Chirila, AMS
president, the movement towards
increasing sponsorship is a strategy
to supplement the existing income
of the society.
'Fundraising will allow us to
diversify a Uttle bit and not just rely
completely on student fees,' said
Chirila. She also said the extra
money could help to make up for
any business losses due to events
like the 2001 bus strike. Currently
the AMS accepts sponsorship for.
events like the Welcome Back
Barbeque and through advertising
in the Inside UBC agenda.
Brian Duong, AMS vice-president,
finance, said the creation ofthe sponsorship committee is also preparation for replacing the current funding
from the exclusive deal between UBC,
the AMS and Coke that ends in two
years. Duong also said the idea is to
have a system in place for when sponsorship opportunities arise.
"There have been a lot of alumni
who remember fondly the AMS and
its services and events who have
been looking to come forward to
donate money to the AMS, but cur-
rendy there is no structure for that,"
he said.
Although still in its infancy, the
committee will be deciding on
strategies to increase sponsorship
and on where to allocate the extra
money raised. Duong would like to
see a fund created from sponsorship
and fundraising so that AMS servic
es and events could' benefit from
increased funding. He also said the
committee wants to create a structure for gathering sponsorship that
reflects the values of the society.
The committee—made up of AMS
executives, staff and students who
sat on council lastyear—is looking at
several different ways in which
sponsorship could happen. Ideas
include advertising, booth time in
the SUB and product donations.
See "Sponsors" on page 2.
Sexual Assault Centre
shortchanged/say critics
by Jonathan Woodward
The Sexual Assault Support Centre
(SASC), a pilot project that began last
year as a partnership between the
Alma .Mater Society (AMS) and
Women against Violence against
Women (WAVAW), is under review
by the AMS to establish how irefer-
$ endunt monies will be spent and
4 what it will look like as an AMS-fund-
ed organisation.
'We have to determine what
SASC's relationship with the AMS
will be in five years or ten years,
what the responsibility of WAVAW
will be, and what the responsibility
of the AMS will be," said AMS Vice-
President, Academic, Laura Best.
Chief among the proposed methods of funding the SASC and related
sexual assault support services such
as XY, a men's resource group oper
ating out of the Wellness Centre, is a
board that would either allocate the
fund directly or recommend funding decisions to the AMS.
The AMS will collect $1 per student to establish a sexual assault support services fund. This fee was
passed in a February referendum.
Approximately $37,000 is earmarked for Sexual Assault Support
Services (SASS), ostensibly to provide
coje funding to SASC after provincial
budget Cuts prompted WAVAW to
withdraw much of its funding.
The advisory board model is like
that of the University of Victoria.
Since 1998, UVic student fees have
funded the Open UVic Resource
Sexual Assault Centre, where $2 per
student is administered by the UVic
Student Society, advised by a board
of people involved in sexual assault
It's that time again
THE VICE OF MID-APRIL IS TIGHTENING: Getting their group work
Yalowega,Tara Fitzpatrick, Kristal Louie and Alan Huang, nic fensom
on (from left to right) Michelle
Ski and board beer garden evaluation questioned
by Kathleen Deering
The Alma Mater Society
(AMS) Student Administration
Commission (SAC) rescinded their
motions banning the Ski and Board
Club from having beer gardens on
Monday, but club members see serious flaws in the evaluation process.
.., The club was banned lastyear as
well, and the same process was followed to appeal the ban. Although
newly elected President Aaron
Higgs is pleased the club is not
banned next year, he is still concerned with the process SAC went
through before passing motions
against them. He feels the club
should have been consulted first
The club held a beer garden last
Friday, after their elections for next
THEY WANT A FAIRER TRIAL! New presidentand former president of the Ski and Board Club sit in their office, nic fensom photo
year's executive members. After seeing the security report on the event,
SAC met Monday and passed
motions banning the club from having beer gardens until December
20Q4, and from using the SUB
Ballroom in the second term.
SAC rescinded the motion to ban
the club from having events from
September to December," but the
club is only allowed to have 175 people at events, each of which must be
approved by SAC. "We had over 500
members last year," said Sebastian
van Woollen, former president of
the club. 'Now we can't even have
half our membership at bur beer
Higgs, a third-year Science student said the club is willing to take
full responsibility for aH the problems it has had. "The issue here is
that we want to be part of the evaluation process, because it's evaluated
on us, and they do see only one side
of the story with the security report
"They're saying people are guilty
until proven innocent'
AMS Vice President,
Administration; Josh Bowman said
that SAC handles concerns at the
first meeting after the event in ques
tion, and has too many motions on
their table at each meeting to postpone decision-making. He feels the
consultation process is adequate.
'Ultimately, since we have- that
appeal process as a safeguard, they
have an opportunity to come back
to us and then we can work stuff
out,*1 he said. 'If it really was our
error then we certainly acknowledge that and Ibok into it"
Bowman agreed that Higgs' con-
, cern regarding the short time period between the event and passing
the motion banning future events
was valid. 'Maybe there is a way to
reform the system," he said, "but at
this time, that was what we felt*
AMS Security produced a report
outlining several key problems it
encountered at the Ski and Board
Club's last beer garden. Higgs feels
that the problems outlined in the
report, such as people at the bar
handing out free drinks and drinking before shifts, could be
solved by bringing in' outside
bartending help at the club's
expense. Problems like these*
could   be    addressed   by   SAC
See "BEER" on page 2.
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"Sponsor" from page 1.
Chirila added that the plans to
explore more sponsorship opportunities will not turn the AMS
space into a corporate entity. "It
won't be the Telus building,' she
said, referring to the SUB. "I don't
think that is what we are
looking for by any stretch of the
Increases in commercialism
concern committee member and
Arts representative Kate Woznow.
She said that there are already
many sponsorship opportunities
in the SUB that take up space and
could be used for student activities. She is also concerned that the
committee will get caught up in
- creating logistical policies, and the
interests of students will be placed
on the backburner.
"Before we da any of that, we
need to look at what type of sponsorship we even see as fitting into
the existing community," said
She thinks that the committee
needs to balance the need for
more revenue with ethical concerns about commercialism at
UBC. "My other concern is that
they always kind of tack ethical
concerns on at the end and I think
it ..needs to be front and. centre/
said Woznow. "It is really important that we have really firm ethical standards, and whatever policy
that the committee comes up with
has that as a focal point,' she
Laura Best, AMS vice-president,
academic and university affairs,
saidthe committee's job Is to look
at both, the ethics and benefits of
spbnsorshipdeals. "We want to be
very careful to ensure that all deals
are directly benefiting students
[andj to mak<?'sure mat aU aspects
of the deal are assessed, not just
the monetary aspect'
The committee, which meets
again this week, has not yet decided on a structure for managing
sponsorship opportunities, but
they plan to come up with a policy
by the end of the month and possibly start hiring for the positions to
deal with sponsorship oyer the
summer. The committee has not
decided how many people will be
hired, if any at all. ♦
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"SASC" from page I.
services on campus.
The board at UBC is taking
shape; although there are different
ideas as to who should sit on it'and
what its powers should be.
"We are definitely going to be
among the stakeholders, as we are
providing the majority if not all of
the money fpr this particular proj:
ect,' said AMS President Oana
Chirila. "We would just be one ofthe
people around the table, as we are
not the experts on sexual assault It
wouldn't be appropriate for us to
budget for them; some collaboration
is in order.'
. However, the board's power to
allocate money has yet to be determined, Chirila said.
AMS Safety Coordinator Sue
Brown  was  concerned  that the
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Board in 1997.
The UBC OCP is a general statement of
the broad objectives and policies about
the future form and character of the
campus, particularly in relation to non-
institutional development.
Displays on the OCP and
implementation actions will be
available for viewing starting at
2:00pm. GVRD and UBC staff will be
available for questions.
The GVRD-UBC Joint Committee will
chair a public discussion starting at
7:00pm.  A brief overview of the OCP
will be given at that time.
Comments and questions are welcome
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board might be overly biased
towards students if there are only
students on it "We want to have a
diverse group of people on the
board, so that we're malting sure we
meet all the needs of all campus
community members," she said.
"Having both university staff and
students on it would add legitimacy
to the board, for all campus stakeholders could come together to
increase services for survivors of
sexual assault If it's just students I
think it will have a very narrow view
of what services are necessary.'
"Also, they have to have experience. They are going to oversee a
large amount of student money,"
she said.
Although only SASC was mentioned in information accompanying the February 14 referendum
question, the question itself asked
for funding for SASS. "We didn't
Want to limit the funding to the
name," said Chirila 'A SASS fund
gives us more flexibility for the
money to go to other campaigns.
There are other projects, such as XY,
concerning sexual assault that don't
fall under the SASC umbrella direct-
"People read [the referendum
information on SASC] and voted,"
countered Brown. "We think that
means that there is an overwhelming majority of people that want
SASC to continue, funded by a wider
and more transparent process."
Lisa Lafreniere, the co-ordinator
of SASC and a volunteer at WAVAW,
said there are many other valuable
groups at UBC that could contribute
to bringing awareness to sexual
assault on campus, and could use
funding, but that the SASC's financial needs are particularly stretched.
"I think right now we really need to
nail down what funding the sexual
assault centre needs in order to
function before we can start allocating money to other areas," she said.
To put it in perspective,
Lafreniere said, the sexual assault
centre at UVic gets $2 per student
directly allocated to it and gets
roughly the same total amount of
money total that UBC does.
However, the UVic clinic has half the
number of students to provide services for.
"Knowing that," Lafreniere said.
"There isn't really enough money to
fully fund the [SASC] right now. We
will need more money in the future
but right now this isa step in the
right direction,* .;-
Best stressed the AMS desire to
allocate the money as it sees fit
"This is student money, and the
responsibility of how to spend.it lies
with the AMS," she said. "However,
there is no doubt that the AMS is in
support of having the SASC on campus."
Best and Josh Bowman, the AMS
VP, administration, have both
pledged to give $2000 to the SASC
from their own salaries. AMS VP,
External Sam Saini, VP, Finance
Brian Duong, and Chirila also
expressed their support for SASC, but
declined to do the same, citing personal reasons for their decisions. *
"BEER" from page 1.
and clubs working together first he
Bowman said SAC based its decisions on the report, which also outlined recommendations that the
club not get its third chance in
three years to clean up its act, as
well as suggesting that events in the
future be held in smaller venues.
Conditional to lifting the ban, SAC
and the club agreed that a bartender approved by SAC would be
used at all future events.
Bpwman said his main concern is .
making sure that AMS clubs have
what they need while operating in a
safe manner. The Ski and Board Club
has held many successful beer gardens previous to this one, he said.
"This is about the responsibility
that comes with holding licensed
events," he said. "That's a very serious responsibility. This can involve
property damage. This can involve
people getting hurt."
Higgs and van Woollen would
like to see a change hi the process
for coming years, because next
year's club executives could run
into the same problems. Despite the
ban being lifted, however, students
may not see Ski and Board Club
beer gardens until next January,
said Higgs.
"They've cancelled all our bookings we've made for next year,"
said Higgs. "We lined up at five, six
o'clock in the morning to get these
positions and now that they've cancelled it, it's pretty much over." ♦
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SARS: no reason to panic at UBC
Doctors warn studepts not to travel
to affected areas
by Kathleen Deering
Although the first Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
patient was admitted to UBC Hospital last Thursday, doctors
say the'rii is no reason for students to worry. There has been no
spread of SARS through any community in Canada so far.
SARS is an atypical respiratory illness that is thought to
have originated in China. There have been 2671 cases and 103
deaths ih 18 different countries since the outbreak began.
"Students should be concerned about travelling to areas
where SARS is more common, because there are more cases
there and* there is not good evidence about how it's being
spread in those countries," said Patricia Mirwaldt, director of
UBC Student Health Services. "In Canada it seems to be spread
only through contact with a known case of SARS."
Students who live at UBC and are planning to stay in BC,
Canada or North America, Mirwaldt said, certainly shouldn't
be concerned, as long as their family members don't have
Mirwaldt is a member of the SARS Information Committee,,
created a few weeks ago to provide up-tndate information to
UBC faculty, staff and students. The six-person committee
meets almost daily add has regular input from tie BC Centre
for Disease Control.
"The only concerns that have been expressed are from people who have recently come back or are due to come back,"
said Mirwaldt. "And these are a small number of concerns."
The person admitted to UBC Hospital with SARS is not part
of the UBC community, said Mirwaldt. "He is being treated
here because the hospital has a required negative pressure
Currently, the World Health Organisation is advising people
not to travel to affected areas of the world: the city of Hanoi,
Japan, the People's Republic of China, including Hong Kong
and Taiwan, and Singapore. Returning passengers from these
affected areas who arrive at Vancouver International Airport
are being assessed for SARS.
Several universities in the US and Canada are recommending that students who are on exchange in affected areas come
home. UBC is following the information provided by the
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), said Katharine
Beaumont, director of student exchange programs at UBC.
"We say to students, 'Here's what's happening, if you would
like to come home, we will welcome you home and work with
you on whatever needs to be adjusted because your term has
been shorter."
Beaumont said if the DFA issues a stronger warning and
recommends that students return home, UBC would follow
this lead. "Basically you have to make the decision at some
point whether you're going to send people into places that are
potentially dangerous to their health," said Beaumont. 'And we
don't make those decisions independently, It's got to be a fairly serious situation before we say, 'No, you can't go."
She said there have been a small number of concerns from
students regarding travel. "We haven't had widescale panic by
any means from students who are out there right now," she
said. "It's an exchange scenario where the student is a member
of the community they are at, and are getting advised by that
She said there are UBC students in Singapore, Hong Kong
and Taiwan, but not Vietnam or mainland China.
International House Advisor Michelle Suderman said she
has not seen increased expressions of concern by students.
"We really aren't seeing anyone who is directely affected in
terms of having flights delayed for family sickness," she said.
"The only school I'm even aware of that has actively asked if
students want to go home is Ryerson."
The Faculty of Commerce's summer study abroad program in Shanghai may be affected by the persistance of the
SARS virus- Currently, the Faculty is deciding what to do
, about the program, and will inform students when a decision
has been reached. ♦
threat hits
by Wbjtek Dabrbwski and Janna Zittrer
TORONTO' (CUP)-The deadly Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak that
has killed ten people in Ontario has forced
Ryerson University to cancel all nursing classes and clinical placements and put at least ten
students in quarantine.
No quarantined students have shown
signs of the virus and all are in good health.
However, a continuing education student taking nursing classes in Oshawa, Ontario, east
of Toronto, has begun displaying symptoms.
The student's classmates and instructors
have been notified.
Because the student didn't show symptoms in class, Toronto Public Health has
decided no further action is required to protect the students and faculty.
Ryerson issued a school-wide advisory
about the quarantined students last
Wednesday. It has prompted thousands of
Ontario residents to go into voluntary quarantine. International scientists are! still working to identify the cause ofthe disease.
The homeiased quarantine for nursing
students "is following the Toronto PubUc
Health recommendations," said Kileen
Tucker Scott, director of the nursing school.
"[The students] are not, to our knowledge,
Tucker Scott said all quarantined students
live off-campus except one, who resides at
Neill-Wycik Cooperative Residence. Ryerson
has cancelled clinical placements for students
working in hospitals for the rest of the year.
A biology class offered to nursing students
was also cancelled. "We're putting in place
eveiything that needs to be done in accor:
dance with the Toronto Board of Health or the
Ministry of Health, provincially, to make sure
that we stop the dissemination of that disease," said Ryerson President Claude
Every hospital in Ontario has suspended
regular service and is limiting the entrance of
visitors and patients as health officials struggle to contain SARS cases.
Liza Sutherland, a third-year nursing student, was doing HIV and AIDS work at St
Michael's Hospital and cardiac work at the
Hospital for Sick Children. On Friday, she was
notified that both placements have been cancelled.
She said she's glad that Ryerson has taken
a lead in taking pountermeasures against
SARS, "but we would have liked a httle bit of a
warning from the school that they were considering [cancelling placements]."
Second-year nursing student Trisha
Warren received a phone call from her clinical teacher oh Thursday night, notifying her
that her clinical placement at Belmont House
in downtown Toronto was cancelled.
Warren said right now she is "kind of excited' about the extra time she has to study
because ofthe cancellation of the clinical placement "I'm glad we're not in a clinical.setting
right now, especially around exarh time.'
Clinical placements have also been cancelled at Centennial and George Brown,
Ryerson's partners in the collaborative nursing program.
SARS has also affected some health-science programs at the University of Toronto.
In an effort to curb the spread of the illness,
some activities involving students in the
medicine/nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and
physical therapy at the university's affiliated teaching hospitals have been cancelled.
In addition, classes, exams and other activities for second-, third- and fourth-year medical students have been suspended for this
Tucker Scott said the school will do everything it can to ensure nursing students complete their studies, despite the cancelled
classes. ♦
UN report criticises BC's
treatment of women
by Parminder Nizher
A coalition of 12 BC women's
centres recently brought the
provincial Liberal government's cuts to services to th$
attention of a United Nations
(UN) Committee, but the
provincial government has not
yet responded.
According to the report,
entitled "British Columbia
Moves Backward on Women's
Equality,' the BC government
is breaching the Convention
on the Elimination of All
Forms of Discrimination
against Women (CEDAW).
The BC CEDAW group presented their report onjanuary
23 of this year to an international UN Committee consisting of 23 members.
Margot Young, a representative for the BC CEDAW
group, said the UN
Committee's reaction to the
report was one of general concern. "They were surprised
and dismayed by the treatment of Aboriginal women in
Canada,' said Young.
Young added that the UN
Committee held special criticism for BC, because Canada
is 'a very affluent and wealthy
"The motivation for raising this concern, about
women in British Columbia
stems from the very disproportionate economic vulnerability that women in Canada
experience,' said Young.
"Women are more poor,
and poorer for longer, and
poorer for gender-specific
reasons,' she added.
In its recommendations,
the UN committee said it is
'concerned about ai number
of recent changes in British
Columbia which have a disproportionately negative
impact on women."
The report criticised the
Bringing a food co-op to the SUB?
FLOGGING FAIR TRADE: Pierre-AnneTurmel and Helen Gull ask students what they think about a
student-run, student-friendly organic and fair-trade food store, nic fensom photo
recent changes the BC government has made, including cuts
to welfare assistance and the
abolition of the Human Rights
Tlie report shows that funding for legal aid has been cut
by 38.8 per cent and legal aid
is provided only in disputes
when violence is involved. The
government also closed 24
courthouses last July.
Audrey Johnson,, executive
director ofthe West Coast Legal
Education and Action Fund
(LEAF) said her organisation
feels the direct impact of cuts to
legal aid. LEAF is also a member ofthe CEDAW group.
"The calls to our office have
increased by about 86 per cent
since the cuts to legal aid.
Women [are] seeking legal
advice and do not [have] anywhere to go to get the help they
need," she said.
The committee also criticised the incorporation of the
Ministry of Women's
Equality under the Ministry
of Community, Aboriginal
and Women's Services.
Shelagh Day, director of
the Poverty and Human
Rights Project, presented the
BC CEDAW group's report to
the UN. She said the group is
waiting to ask the BC government for a formal reply
before it is able to assess the
government's reaction.
'All we've seen are reactions in the press, which I
don't attach a great deal of
weight to," she said. "Once
we have made a formal
request for [a] response and
seen what the response is
we'll be in a better position
to assess it."
Adopted in 1979 by the UN
General Assembly, CEDAW is
often described as an international bill of rights for women.
Official reports to the UN
CEDAW committee are submitted every four years.
The provincial government was unavailable for
comment by press time. ♦ 4      WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2003
This year in review
The Ubyssey's news analysis for 2002/03
by Kathleen Deering and
Chris Shepherd
Another year is done at UBC and as in
years gone by, there have been plenty of ups and downs on campus, in
the province and across the world.
Compared to past years, this year
has brought great changes for students at UBC. This is a summary of
some of the most memorable events
affecting UBC this year.
Referendums and AMS elections
Usually something interesting
happens each year in the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) elections. UBC's student society made the move to online
voting for the first time this year.
When 4047 students, or about ten
per cent of UBC students, voted in the
elections, the AMS elections coordinator, Chris Eaton was pleased and;
somewhat relieved. When a record
number 15,502 students voted in the
Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass) referendum the following month, most people were astounded. The 4047 students who voted in the AMS elections
elected an executive from- different
slates. For the previous three years
one slate has dominated the positions of president VP academic, VP
administration, VP external, VP academic and university affairs and VP
finance. It was close in all races, and
the Oana Chirila won the presidential,
election by only 46 votes despite
almost being disqualified for lying to
the elections committee three days
The U-Pass was an issue of interest and contention for many UBC students, causing a record number to
come out and vote in a referendum at
UBC. It took four years of the AMS
negotiating with TransLink to finally
get a deal everyone could agree to.
The U-Pass is a mandatory bus pass
costing students $20 per month, and
provides unlimited access to all
TransLink bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain
services. It will be available this
In the same referendum, a much
smaller number of students voted to
give $ 1 to sexual assault services on
campus. Eighty per cent of the 7245
students voting supported the fee.
Surprisingly to some, over 1000 students voted no. Originally, the AMS
planned to designate the fee toward
the Sexual Assault Support Centre, a
pilot project opened in September.
The wording was changed to "sexual
assault services" and rather than aRo-
eating more funds, the AMS is currently trying to figure out how to
divide the money between several
different organisations working to
prevent sexual assault on
Tuition increases again. Big surprise
The university began this school
year's round of tuition consultation
behind their own schedule. The proposal met with opposition from, student groups, largely due to what they
felt was a lack of information being
provided by UBC administrators. The'
principle reason given for the
increase was the six-year tuition
freeze that was lifted in February,
2 002 by the Liberal government
The consultation process went on
NO NEED FOR BUS TICKETS, SOON. UBC students will receive their universal bus passes in
September this year, nic fensomajbyssey file photo
mostly during the Christmas break
with the remainder in early January,
a time when many students were not
on campus. It ended onjanuary 27,
when the UBC Board of Governors
(BoG) passed the 2003/04 tuition
proposal, despite concerns still being
voiced by students.
There was httle debate about the
proposal both at the board meetings
and at BoG tuition committee meetings, despite then-Presient of the
AMS Kristen Harvey and then-
President of the Graduate Student
Society (GSS) Brian De Alwis making
a presentation outlining students'
concerns. One concern was that students would be faced with two
increases in one school year—once in
September of 2002 and again in May,
2003. Watch out for more hikes coming soon. When pressed, UBC
President Martha Piper could not
give a definite answer regarding how
much tuition would be increased
next year.
Royal rapture
Thousands of students swarmed
UBC's main mall October 7 in faint
hopes of catching a glimpse, or better
yet, a picture, of Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II gnd His Royal Highness
Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Royal couple visited campus
as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations commemorating the Queen's
50-year reign. Multi-national performances took place in Koerner
square, and talks were given by UBC
President Martha Piper and Premier
Gordon Campbell, although the latter
was booed repeatedly by the gathered
The Queen unveiled a bronze
book plaque and the Duke proceeded
into Koerner to view displays made
by students. Other highlights of the
event included /red-jacketed UBC
engineers presenting the Queen with
her own red engineering cardigan to
remember her visit by as she walked
through the crowd. She accepted the
cardigan graciously.
Initially, 16 uniformed members
and 14 plain-clothed officers from
the campus RCMP were slated to handle UBC's security concerns at the
However, after assessing an"
increased possibility of violence after
the October 3 protest against Gordon
Campbell at Main Library, RCMP
increased their coverage to 80 uniformed police standing outside the
venue and 15 plain-clothed officers.
As it turned out there were no security issues at the event
The cost ofthe Queen's visit to BC
was $560,000. She spent 91 hours in
the province, making the cost $6,150
per hour. It cost $78,000 for the
event at UBC, and the federal government paid a total of $6.7 million for
the Queen's visit to Canada.
No war on Iraq
This year has seen much interest
in the war on Iraq from the UBC
community. Anti-war activities at
UBC have been going on since
September, and they'll likely continue happening until the war is over.
And maybe they'll still keep going
after that
ForUms were held with UBC faculty, staff and students as panelists,
urging students to become well-
informed about the issues surrounding an impending war on Iraq. A
group called the Coalition Against the
War on the People of Iraq (CAWOPI)
was formed at UBC, and thousands of
students signed a petition stating
ONE PRICEY DATE: The Queen's visit cost the province a pretty
penny, ryan wilsonajbyssey file photo
their opposition to a war.
Students debated what the word
'terrorist' really encompassed, and
whether it was moral or not for the
United States to forcibly take over the
regime of President Saddam
Hussein. The countdown to war was
on as the US continued its search for
weapons of mass destruction it was
convinced existed in Iraq. Peace fairs
were held. Talks were given. The
AMS passed a controversial motion
stating that UBC students do not support a war on Iraq and about 30 students from the UBC Young
Conservatives responded by signing
a petition stating their support for the
Vancouverites numbering in the
thousands pounded drums, painted
peace signs and bodies, attended die-
ins, chanted and then marched all
around downtown in a series of rallies to show they don't support the
war. The war began nonetheless on
March 19 and UBC students
marched around campus the following day to protest, briefly shut down
the main gates to UBC, then met
other students downtown at the US
Consulate. Protests are still being
planned every couple of weeks.
Gordon Campbell over Ms limit
Onjanuary 10, 2003, BC Premier
Gordon Campbell was caught drinking and driving with a blood-alcqhol
reading of 0.161, more than twice
the legal limit     . ,       7*"
He pleaded no contest to the
charge at the end of March and had
to pay US$913, complete; a l^hour
alcohol assessment program and
have a substance abuse assessment
This paled in comparison to the punishment of public scrutiny he
endured in the months following his
arrest His mugshot was stamped
onto T-shirts and posters only hours
after his arrest was made public. The
organisation Mothers Against Drunk
Driving demanded to speak with him
personally and called for his resignation. University of Saskatchewan students used him as part of a 'don't pull
a Gordon: drive safe' campaign. UBC
students held beer gardens in his
Critics such as Joy MacPhail an
opposition leader, felt that Campbell
did not have the moral authority to
lead the province, and protests were
held on his lawn demanding his resignation. The premier apologised
publicity for his actions, but continually refused to resign.
Trials and tribulations
The litigation was rampant this
year as the AMS and UBC continue to
be involved in several cases before
tie courts.
The AMS defended itself against
allegations of suppression of rights.
The plaintiffs were former students
and members of an anti-abortion
group called Lifeline, who brought a
controversial display to campus.
Known as the Genocide Awareness
Project the display first came to campus in 1999 and was torn down by
students associated with the AMS.
The lawsuit began in September and
final arguments were heard in the
middle of January. A decision on the
case has yet to be made.
A group of former Master of THE UBYSSEY
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Business Administration (MBA) students filed a lawsuit against the university over tuition increases. The
students claimed that they had
agreed on a tuition rate for a 15-
month , program, and that tuition
increases viplated that agreement
The uhiVefsity maintains that the
tuitionJeyels were set, before the students Bfegari their studies at UBC and
that tlje,students should^pay the current' tuition ($28,000per year). The
student are asking to pay the previous tuition, which was $7000 per
year. The case went before the BC
Supreme Court in February and a
decision has yet to be made.
A UBC graduate student in
English initiated a lawsuit against the
university, claiming she was discriminated against because of her religious beliefs. The university moved
to dismiss the lawsuit claiming that
it was without merit The student
Cynthia Maughan, is suing for $18
million. A hearing will be held in
June to determine if the case will go
to trial.
Teaching assistant saga
Unless you were living under a
rock, you noticed the labour conflict
between the university and the
Teaching Assistant (TA) Union.
Starting in September, the TAs
began vocalising their concern that
the tuition increases were equivilant
to a 16 per cent pay cut
The TAs wanted tuition on the
bargaining table and the university
would not discuss the matter, insisting that tuition not be waived for a
select group of graduate students.
Over the year, TAs won support
from various departments, the GSS
and the AMS.
After negotiations went on for
several inonths, the TAs voted to
strike in December. Over the
Christmas break UBC President
Martha Piper had her pay increased
by 30 per cent a move that served to
aggravate relations between the two
An 87 per cent strike vote
prompted TAs to set a strike date for
February 12. The TAs finally hit the
picket lines on February 10 when
they began rotating pickets of various buildings on campus, though
they focused oh the Buchanan
complex. ;
On February 19, over spring
break, UBC President Martha Piper
held a forum to discuss the labour
issues on campus but the result only
antagonised the affected unions.
In March CUPE 2950 (Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts staff
and support staff) also went on
strike. That union felt that issues of
pay equity were not being addressed
by the university. The university said
that the previous pay equity agreement was the result of money being
made available by the provincial government
At the same time UBC sought an
injunction against the striking
unions to force them off campus.
The injunction was denied.
On March 11 the province passed
Bill 21, forcing all unions on campus
back to work and preventing any
strike action until March 31. The
unions then blocked the entrances to
the campus in what they called
protests and what the university
called illegal picketing. Bill 21 also
forced the unions and UBC back to
the negotiating table
On March 14 the unions on campus were served with ah injunction
preventing them from blocking
roads, making noise, or preventing
people from accessing campus. The
unions were protesting the actions
ofthe provincial government which
they accused of removing their right
to protest and to strike,.
Near the end of March, mediation moved to binding arbitration.
This meant that both parties presented their cases to an arbitrator
will pass a decision that all parties
must adhere to. -   ;,.
A decison has yet to be made by
the arbitrator, although one is
expected soon.
Too many students, again!
■'2 The beginning of the year saw
UBC admit more students that it
could fund for the second year in a
row. The university receives funding
from the province scaled to the number of students it should have attending the institution
The university said it had to do so
to keep enrollment levels equal. The
previous year the university misjudged the number of students that
would continue on with their educa-
tibh. The AMS- raised concerns that
the high numbers of student admissions could negatively affect the
quality of education
The results were most noticeable
in the residences, where over 90 stu-
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dents were forced to live in lounges
that were converted into bedrooms.
The last students moved out of the
lounges in January. Many students
also complained about a lack of
space in classes.
UBC is planning to admit more
students than it will be funded for in
the upcoming year as well. A new
residence in Place Vanier is scheduled to be complete for September,
to help alleviate some of the
Building like dozers
The look of campus has been
slowly changing over this year and
LOOK INTO HIS EYES: "Leave the pool alone," they seem to say.
plans are underway to continue the
trend of building a bigger, better
In the south campus the university has been busy building new housing, though the people living in the
newly developed areas have been
critical of the way that UBC has been
going about the planning. Criticisms
of a lack of sustainability and a focus
on commercialism have followed
the administration's attempts at
developing the campus.
Most recently the administration
held a brief consultation for its plans
to develop the University Boulevard.
The plans call for three 18-storey
buildings to be built over 15 years, to
be accompanied by low-rise comm-
mercial buildings and an underground bus loop. Plans also call for
moving the outdoor pool to the other
side of the War Memorial Gym. The
proposal met with strong opposition
from members of the surrounding
community, faculty and students.
University officials maintained that
the development will work towards
creating a 'University Town' on campus. The plans are to go before the
Board of Governors at its summer
On another front Main Libraiy is
set to get a major overhaul after UBC
received $60 million from Irving K.
Barber (a UBC alumnus) and the
province to build a new learning centre. Construction is set to begin next
year and to be completed in 2005.
The AMS questioned whether the
money might be better spent helping
to keep costs and tuition levels
down. ♦
What they said: the Ubyssey's quotes ofthe year
"This is how I express my true feelings toward the monarchy. I just put this together this afternoon."
—UBC Scottish exchange student Chris Hanning, dressed up in nothing but a Union Jack
flag to celebrate the Queen of England's visit to UBC on October 7.
"What motivates rae? I am an American for God's sake. I live in that country. It's the country that
I'm going to try and raise my family in. If I remain silent, that country isn't going to be the same
one I grew up in." '
—Former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter, explaining why he sticks to his beliefs
that the Bush administration has no legal basis to wage war on Iraq.
"If the Queen wanted to hang out with the J.B. then he would be down with that"
—Third-year Arts student Jordon Bowers, referring to himself.
"You should bring a pillow. Some people just can't stop talking.'
—An unnamed Alma Mater Society councillor regarding student council meetings.
"I didn't go because I slept in. I didn't plan to go, no. It's just a personal choice of mine. The logic
behind the protest I agree with."
—Former AMS Vice-President, Academic, Chris Lythgo about why he hadn't attended the
Teaching Assistant Union's protest at UBC President Martha Piper's house that morning.
"We're not victims in this life. It just takes a small number of dedicated people to change the
—UBC student Hemsa Nosh, who organised an anti- war rally.
"That's part of the easy-in, easy-out policy."
—AMS Vice-President, External, Sam Saint, regarding the policy that the Canadian Alliance of
Students Associations has for universities that aren't sure if they want to remain members.
"I think we might be opening our mouths a httle too wide and swallowing a bit too much at one
—A representative to the AMS council, regarding increasing money allocated to renovations to the basement of the SUB. If we could, we would.
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The first phase of construction
on Main Library is set to begin
this month to transform the
core of the library into the
Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre, a $60 million learning
and research facility. The new
centre is scheduled to be completed in late 2005 or the beginning of 2006.
Many services currenuy at
the library will be relocated or
terminated because of the construction.
The Fine Arts Gallery will be
closed, and the Fine Arts area
will be moved to the fifth floor
of Main, where it will have to
share space with the Science
and Engineering Division. Also,
the Ridington Room and its
computer lab will be closed for
the duration of the construction, and Alma Mater Society
(AMS) tutoring services will
be moved to a location to
bd announced on the AMS
The Chapman Learning
Commons, Main Library
Circulation, Special Collections,
and the University Archives
will not be affected by the
The completed project will
provide 240,000 square feet of
renpvated space for a variety of
lecture halls, meeting spaces,
and classrooms.
Get your
UBC card now
The new UBC cards are now
being issued at Koerner
Library. So far 6300 have
been issued.
The full colour cards serve
as student identification and
replace the current UBC library
card. The picture used on die
card will be used on next year's
U-Pass will be valid for up to
four years.
The university is hoping that
students will replace their
cards gradually between now
and next September. They hope
to minimise line-ups because
the current library cards will no
longer be valid in September.
Currently the UBC card functions as a library card but the
university is looking into other
uses for the future, Possibilities
include on-campus cash transactions such as photocopying or
using the card as a room key for
Students can get the neW
cards at the Koerner location
from 8am to closing. These
hours will be maintained until
April 30 at which point summer
hours will be announced. ♦
UBC plans new class of student
by Chris Shepherd
The Registrar's Office is looking to develop a new
category of student through a program called
Access Studies (ACCS). The move is an attempt to
expand the types of people attending UBC and
would encompass a wide diversity of potential
UBC Associate Vice-President and Registrar
Brian Silzer described the ACCS category as an
extension of the unclassified student
Tm just talking about taking [the unclassified
category] a httle bit farther," Silzer said. "This
isn't a revolution, it's an evolution."
Silzer added that the new classification would
be open to just about anyone over 18 years old
who can pay the tuition fees. Should an ACCS student fail a course, the student would not be
permitted to take another in that category.
Alma Mater Society (AMS) President Oana
Chirila thinks the new class of student will have
benefits for those students that will be given
access to the university.
"But I think it remains to be seen what impact
it will have on the student body at large," she
ACCS students would be part-time students
who take courses without following any particular program requirements. Although any credits
taken as an ACCS student could count toward a
future degree, it is stressed that becoming an
ACCS student does not guarantee future admission to a program at UBC.
Not all courses offered at UBC would be made
available to ACCS students, however. The current
proposal calls for faculties and departments to
tell Enrollment Services which courses they want
made available to ACCS students.
"It doesn't have to work to the disadvantage of
people in degree programs. It's only in areas that
we have capacity that we would be able tocaccomodate people," Silzer said. He added that ACCS
students would register for their courses after
regular students to ensure people who need a
course to complete their degree are not bumped
out by ACCS students. -
A benefit of the new category, Silzer said, is
that courses which would often be run below
capacity might fill up with ACCS students, ensuring that those courses remain financially viable
to run. Summer courses and night courses are
particular types of classes that could benefit from
the new student category, he said.
Silzer wants to ensure tiW the new category
adds value to the UBC curriculum and also wants
to avoid creating a "back door' access to the
"If a student is not successful in getting
admission to a degree program there are other
more expedient avenues available to such a student," Silzer said. "It would be pretty slow and
pretty torturous to do a degree program [in this
Chirila had one concern regarding whether
the new students would be funded by the provincial government. Presently the province funds
UBC for the number of students that attend UBC.
Chirila felt the new class of student was
acceptable as long as they were only filling empty
spaces in classes.
"But if pressure is added to hire more instructors and that in turn translates to tuition hikes
for everybody, I don't think that is the best use of
resources," she said.
Silzer said that these students would not be
funded by tlie province in the early stages of the
proposal, but he, acknowledged these students
would be using university facilities such as the
"And in the end it does translate into additional revenues for the university," he added.
Students in the ACCS category would pay the
same tuition that any part-time student would
pay, and their fees would also be scaled to similar levels.
The ACCS student category still has to go
before the Senate, the body that regulates faculties and teaching standards at UBC, and a committee is being struck to evaluate the proposal.
Silzer hopes to have the ACCS student class ready
for September of this year, though he admits that
is a veiy tight timeline. ♦
UBC to admit too many students; again
Accepting more students than funded for could cause more housing shortages
by Chris Shepherd
For the third year in a row the university will be accepting more students than it is funded for; The
Registrar's Office is planning to
admit 1300 students beyond its
provincial funding.
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is
not happy with this continued
increase in the number of students
at UBC.
"I think this is a systemic problem with the funding from the
provincial government and how
limited that funding is," said AMS
President Oana Chirila. "But I think
they're building that into an even
biggef problem because the limited
revenue they have from the provincial government and extra tuition
isn't really making up for the cost
on the system of the extra
Michelle Aucoin, executive coordinator for the vice-president, stu*-
dents, office does not think that
quality of education will suffer as a
result of the overenrollment
"I think if the university had
concerns about the education quality they wouldn't do it," Aucoin
Aucoin wouldn't comment on
whether she thought it was appropriate for the university to be admitting more students than it was
funded for.
The province provides funding
to post-secondary institutions. The
amount of funding is determined by
the number of Full-Time Equivalent
(FTE) students that they are expected to serve. The FTE funding is
meant to ensure that an appropriate number of classes and professors are on hand for students.
Rosalie Phillips, assistant registrar, undergraduate admissions,
said that there are many reasons
behind the increase in enrollment
A major one is that three years ago
the university accepted more students than it was funded for, predicting that a large number would
drop out of school, as usually hap-
pens. Unfortunately not as many
dropped out as expected and the
university was left with more students than it was funded for.
The university has also seen a
large increase in applications to
UBC. Last year UBC had a total of
25,450 applications and as of April
4. this year UBC processed 30.366
applicants. Phillips said factors like
an increase in the number of graduates from BC high schools and the
double cohort coming out of
Ontario are to blame for this large
increase. Ontario has eliminated its
grade 13, which means this year
will see twice as many students
graduating from high school and
applying to university. UBC has
received twice as many applicants
from Ontario for next year.
Phillips says that the increases
will drive up the admission standards at UBC. The cut-off marks are
expected to be 82 and 87 per cent
for Arts and Science students
respectively. Last year the Arts cutoff was 78 per cent and the Science
cut-off was 85 per cent.
Another consequence will play
out in student housing. In
September 2002 there were around
90 students living in converted
lounges at Totem Park residence.
While a new building will be completed in time for students next fall,
it will only add 175 new beds to residence. There are currently 6200
beds in UBC Housing for faculty,
staff and students.
Robert Frampton, assistant
director of residence administration for UBC Housing, said that it is
looking like there will be a similar
number of applicants for residence
as there were last year.
UBC Housing and Conferences
has a policy guaranteeing housing
to all new first-year students from
outside the Lower Mainland who
accept admission before May 31.
Up to 1200 beds are committed to
these students.
"New first-years are an important group of clients to attract to
UBC," Frampton said. "If they don't
get housing they tend to look elsewhere."
Chirila acknowledged that the
university has some long-term
plans for the residence situation on
campus, but she added, "these are
long-term solutions to something
that is quite immediate to students
on campus."
UBC is also planning a new residence for campus that will add
2500 beds to the residence system.
The residence is still very preliminary as a site has yet to be approved
for construction. It is scheduled to
be completed in time for fall, 2005.
Phillips stressed that the university is decreasing the number of
new students it admits each year.
To compensate for the overenrollment all at once in one year would
drive up the averages too high, she
Students are not happy with the
trend in enrollment as it pertains to
university services.
"I think class sizes should be as
small as they can be. The university
should let in as many students as
they have money for and they have
resources for," said Devin Kinasz, a
third-year Arts student 'Just
because they screwed up a few
years ago doesn't mean they should
screw up again this year."
Mark Leusink, a second-year
engineering student, agreed.
"Basically that means we pay more
tuition," he said. "You can't really
complain when you look at other
universities, but as an engineer
we're going to be undergoing a 40
per cent increase and that's just
insane." ♦
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Bringing awareness
to sexual assault
by Kathleen Deering
As part of a sexual assault forum held two weeks ago,
UBC BFA acting graduate Meghan Gardiner performed a
short narrative piece about a woman who is given a date-
rape drug.
She performed the piece at the sexual assault forum
organised two weeks ago by Safe Together at UBC, an
informal group of students and staff on campus interested in bringing awareness to safety issues on campus.
Gardiner's performance, called "Dissolve,' was a
small part of her one-hour, one-woman show, in which
she plays ten characters. "It's based on a whole bunch of
things, things I've experienced, things that I've heard, all
those stories you hear and hope to God never happen to
you," she said.
She believes strongly in bringing awareness to the
existence of date-rape drugs and that people need to be
reached in a way other than a lecture format "I thought
if I could entertain people I could get my own point
across," she said.
The play mainly deals with the ignorance Gardiner
feels exists around the issue of date-rape drugs. "People
aren't considering it as a possibility," she said. "I just
want to let them know some of the statistics and the hard
and true facts about the many drugs that are being used."
She will be performing the play at the Vancouver and
Victoria Fringe Festivals, and }iopes to go on the road
with the show after that As well, she would like to perform at some UBC residences in the fall.
Margaret Sarkissian, senior equity advisor for the
Equity Office, was the. keynote speaker at the sexual
assault forum, which had about 60 students and faculty
in attendance. .   -
Sarkissian, as part of Safe Together, works jointly with
people from the AMS, UBC Counselling Services, the
Women's Students Office, Campus Security, and the
Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), as well as, with
other students and staff interested in promoting safety.
"The sexual assault forum quickly came to mind
because sexual assault is a concern for students on this
campus," said Sarkissian.
It's a crime against young women, she said, and
women assaulted in their teens are far more likely to be
assaulted again. She said that sexual assault is something
that is more widespread than people think, due to the
number of unreported cases.
"The figures really vary widely on unreported sexual
assault," she said. "But the reported assaults only
comprise   between   one   tenth   and   one   third   of
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SAFE: Dissolving stereotypes, nic fensom photo
actual assaults."
Six other people made up the forum, including UBC
students Jonathan Hanvelt, who works with the White
Ribbon Campaign, Lisa Lafreniere, who is the coordinator for SASC, and Gardiner.
Sue Brown, Safety Co-ordinator for the AMS, said Safe
Together has several new initiatives planned for next
year. "Campus security is interested in following up on
some more in-depth training on sexual assault for the
officers," she said.
Additionally, Safe Together is going to develop a student bill of rights around disclosing sexual assault It will
detail what processes are in place, and what process is
to be expected for people who have been sexually
assaulted and choose to disclose their experiences to
police or the hospital. , ,
She said sexual assault is a serious issue that hasn't
been paid a lot of attention to at UBC and Safe Together
will look at programs already in place at UVic, the
Vancouver Police Department and BC Women's Hospital
and model them to suit UBC's needs.
Lisa Lafreniere has been a student at UBC for six
years, and has been involved with safety for most of
these years. She is the co-ordinator of the sexual assault
support centre on campus. "Whether or not people know
it or not, [the issue of sexual assault] touches every single person in BC. 47 per cent of women are sexually
assaulted each year and one in ten men are sexually
assaulted each year," she said.
"I just see it as a place where I can invest my
resources where it's really needed."
Safe Together is looking for input. "If students have
things they'd like Safe Together to focus on, we'd be
happy to meet with them and take their ideas forward,"
, Sarkissian said.  "We really would like community
input." ♦
Overhaul of teaching evaluation proposed
by Dennis Wang
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is
currendy working with the university and individual faculties to update
the Yardstick, an AMS website devoted to providing students with
reports on their professors.
Having previously posted evaluations from the Faculty of Arts, and
Sciences, it is being proposed that
the Yardstick become a centralised,
university-administered program
run through the Student Service
A link called "Teaching,
Excellence Information' would provide an instructor's educational
background, research area's, published work, and past teaching
evaluation results.
The AMS 13 hoping the recommendation to release the evaluation
results will be approved by the UBC
Senate before next year's registration dates.
"The recommendation has come
by again and again, and it is time
that the university step up to the
plate and release these results to
the students,' said Laura Best,
AMS vice-president academic and
university affairs.
With the rise of commercial
teaching evaluation websites like
ratemyprofessors.com, there is a
concern that instructors are not
receiving fair evaluations.
"Feedback from sites like rate-
myprofessors.com may actually be
destructive to faculty members
because anyone can essentially
write anything about professors,
especially those they despise. So it's
in the university's best interest to
release teaching evaluations which
encompass a more random and
broader sample of UBC students,"
said Best.
The current manner of evaluation distribution is governed under
UBC Senate guidelines and decided
at the faculty level.
Several faculties are concerned
that because some" course programs
are pre-determined, posting teaching reports online would be a useless endeavour. -,
"There really has not been a
demonstrated need to post teaching
evaluation results online. [The
Faculty of Applied Sciences} has not
had a particular interest in putting
them online because most students
have very little opportunity to
choose between sections anyway,"
said Associate Deaii of the Faculty of
Applied Sciences Bruce Dunwoody.
Brian Bemmels, associate dean,
academic programs for the Faculty
of Commerce, believes that students
should have the information on
their potential professors and is put
ting past reports on to the internal
Commerce web server to be ready
for next fall. He notes, however,
privacy may be an issue.
"Some people are concerned;
they don't want these [results] available to the whole world,' he said.
Amid the debate there lies a concern about whether teaching evaluation results are an accurate predictor of an instructor's competence.
Professor Bruce Zumbo, from the
department of statistics, notes that
the instruments are not the determinants of validity, but rather, the
inferences made from the scores.
"Ultimately, it's not just about the
teaching evaluations. They capture
just one aspect of teaching and the
experiences students have in class,"
he said.
Historically, results from four to
five broad questions are averaged
and compiled for faculty use. Where
faculties deem appropriate, this
information is made available over
departmental websites or through
the Yardstick publication
"If I had only onequestion to ask,
I would simply ask if a student
would recommend this class to
another student,' Zumbo said.
The AMS is scheduled to address
the recommendation in the next
Senate meeting on April 16 and is
hopeful a resolution will eventually
be worked out. ♦ THEUBYSSEY
Increasing the
self-esteem of
overweight kids
by Vanessa Hp
Often shoved to the sidelines during gym
class, overweight kids are now getting a
chance to show off what they can do
through a new exercise program at UBC.
The program, called the Met Project
(short for metamorphosis), targets overweight children between the ages of nine
and 16.
"Being overweight is a sensitive subject I didn't really want to say this is a program for fat kids. It's about physical
change and transformation," said Sonya
Lumholst-Smith, associate director of
UBC's Centre For Active Living.
Lumholst-Smith developed the program in response to the World Health
Organisation's move to draw attention to
the rising problem of overweight children
around the world.
"Unless we get [a]hold of it as a global
society, we are going to have health-related problems down the road that have
begun to manifest themselves already,'
she said, citing the rise of type II diabetes
in children as an example.
The Met Project is an intervention-
style program targeting youth before they
become overweight adults. It is also goal-
oriented, focusing on body fat loss rather
than weight loss. A 2000 Canadian study
on childhood obesity showed a 92 per
cent body fat increase in boys and 5 7 per
cent increase ih girls between 1981 and
The program started in January and
participants were found mostiy through
physician recommendation. Three times
a week, participants attend one hour exercise sessions for a year at UBC's executive
Bird Coop's tennis centre. The cost of the
program is $300 for the year.
Behnad Honarbakhsh, a third-year
Human Kinetics student and manager of
the Met project, said the kids are also
learning while exercising.
"Our goal is not only to put them
through an exercise program, but educate
them at the same time. The kids are getting their anatomy down. We go by the
machines and as they are doing the chest
press ask them 'What muscle groups are
you using?" he said.
The program also wants to emphasise
lifestyle changes such as diet modifications, which Lumholst-Smith said is one
ofthe most difficult challenges.
"We do ask [parents] to become a partner with us in modifying the kids' diets.
We ask them to absolutely eliminate
[pop],* she said. "That is probably one of
the most difficult things for the kids to
give up because many of them don't
realise that is actually what they are
addicted to.'
Each participant also has a personal
coach that will help guide them through
and offer support not only during the sessions but outside through Coop Connect,
an online support system.
Motivation was one thing
Honarbakhsh was concerned about.
"[Now] ifs the last thing we worry about,'
he said.
He cites the high energy environment
that the personal coaches create as well as
the use of 'hip' music, that keeps the kids
interested in exercising.
. Although the results may be slow in
coming, Lumholst-Smith and
Honarbakhsh said the kids that come in
know why they're there and they know the
organisers are there to help.
Short weight loss camps will be held
during the summer holidays and hopefully a Met Project targeting overweight
adults will be started up by Lumholst-
Smith in September. ♦
Breaking down barriers
by Alison Bones
After witnessing the insufficient medical attention that Downtown
Eastside (DTES) residents receive, medical students Steve Mathias and
Katharine Smart decided to create a volunteer clinic that would allow
health care students to work together to enact change.
Since April 1, 2000, the Community Health Initiative by University
Students (CHIUS) has served the DTES in many ways.
Three years and over 600 volunteers later, CHIUS has become a fixture for DTES residents and health care students. The student-run program incorporates nine health care faculties to provide numerous services to DTES residents. From social work to medicine, there are few
health care specialists not available.
Whereas a patient normally goes from clinic to clinic to see different"
specialists, at CHIUS they are able to find nine different specialties in
one clinic.
CHIUS Co-Chair Jamie Roots explained that combining nine disciplines in one clinic "is a really great process for us to get to know what
the other disciplines do, what other professionals do and how we can
work together."
"It's huge, the fact that we're all working together," added volunteer
Eugene Choo. "It has familiarised me with all the health care roles and
has shown me how everyone has a part to contribute to the health of a
The objective of CHIUS is to bring people with different backgrounds
together while providing a needed service. "It is about working and
learning together. It is about transforming ideas into action," said former co-chair David Huj.
"We are trying to break down barriers for those who need health care
and students who have never stepped foot in the DTES."
After talking to various CHIUS volunteers, the goal of breaking barriers between students and patients becomes evident. "[CHIUS] helps to
erase a lot ofthe stigma ofthe people in the DTES,' said Gabe Woollam,
a medical student at UBC. "They're a very underserved area."
"There's all this fear that people instill in you about the DTES," added
Roots. "But you don't end up there because you're a bad person. When
you start talking to patients, you realise that they've been to university,
they have travelled and have accomplished all kinds of things. They're
not stupid people. They're not criminals. They're just regular folks."
In addition to providing health care, CHIUS works to prevent future
health problems and to build community. On designated evenings, presentations are made by different specialties to educate patients on how
to effectively look after themselves. Social workers will advise patients
on how to budget themselves and where to find affordable necessities.
Dieticians will educate patients on how to eat healthily, and will provide
nutritious recipes. :
"It's interactive learning," Roots said. "It's about working with the
community rather than for the community. We don't want to go down
there and presume to know what the clients need. We like to get feedback about what they think of the programs."
In terms of students medically attending to patients, there are mentors and licensed doctors that work at the CHIUS clinic. "We do as much
as we're comfortable with," Woollam explained.
The students typically socialise with the patients, obtain their medical history, ask them why they need to see a doctor, perform physical
examinations and aid the doctors in performing any necessary
Chris Gallagher, a film professor at UBC, worked with director Fred
Frame on creating a documentary to promote CHIUS in other cities in
Canada. Frame explained that the documentary is meant to be an "emotional, motivational piece [to] encourage students to be more active in
the community."
Gallagher expressed his admiration for the students who volunteer at
CHIUS. "The people who are learning are providing something of tangible value to others," he said. "CHIUS creates new and varied learning
opportunities. It is a good example of how learning methods can expand
beyond the traditional sense."
Frame was impressed with the volunteers at CHIUS. "The people
who volunteer there go down there to improve their education. They
learn a lot and get a lot of experience that they otherwise wouldn't get,"
he said. ♦
They're quitting it their way
UBC smoking cessation program run by students, for students
by Michael Schwandt
Recently, 18 UBC students took part in an
innovative program to help them quit smoking. Designed, implemented and provided
free of charge by the_ UBC Psychology Clinic,
the four-week smoking cessation program
will employ proven techniques in a new
"Most smokers want to quit smoking, but
simply don't believe that they can," said Dr
David Aboussafy, faculty associate in the UBC
Institute of Health Promotion Research and
director of the Vancouver Tobacco Treatment
Clinic. "To make a long story short, offering a
program like this can double to triple the
long-term smoking cessation rate."
Working in small groups of smokers who
want to stop smoking, student participants
progressed through a course of four 90-
minute sessions.  Through individualised
components as well as standardised aspects
of the program, it aimed to confer smokers
with skills and strategies that will help them
to quit.
Melanie Bedali, a PhD candidate in psychology and coordinator of the UBC program,
explained that the program recognises the
variety of reasons that motivate people to
smoke, and to quit.
"The nice thing about these groups is that
they are really for anybody in the quitting
process," she said. "Even though it's a group
format, it's very individualised. We say, 'Let's
figure out why what you've tried isn't working for you. Is it because it's just the wrong
strategy for you, as an individual?"
A major strength of the UBC program lies
in the focus placed on employing unique
motivational strategies for everyone who
takes part, Bedali said. The program is based
on research findings that behavioural change
takes place in stages, which must be consid
ered when personalising a program to quit.
"For any behaviour that we want to
change, it's a process; it's not simply, 'You're
a smoker or you're a non-smoker," said
Bedali. "The program is all about having the
clients assess how ready they are and having
them strategise based on that"
With this objective, participants in the
program took part in discussions and exercises to examine their reasons and readiness
to quit. Working with PhD psychology students who have clinical experience, they tailored the program to lit their own specific
After accessing their unique profiles as
smokers, participants signed one of four contracts depending on their stage of quitting.
"The clients are doing all of the work in this
program," Bedali said. "We're really facilitating, rather than teaching."
The group-oriented nature ofthe program
promotes social support between participants. Aboussafy said that it is helpful for
people at different stages of readiness to
work together. "People who are further ahead
often have some insight or some information
that's useful for the other people as well."
The program contains a general
educational component, in which participants are advised on skill-building that will
aid in the quitting process, such as dealing
with cravings. Aboussafy emphasised the
importance of providing methods to deal
with relapses, noting that that it takes an
average of five to seven serious attempts for
smokers to quit.
"They're discouraged by their past quit
attempts and relapses, which we inform
them is really the rule rather than the exception, and rather than to look at it as failure, to
look at it as a learning opportunity," he
stresses. The main thing is not to give up during that process. The only failure is tp stop
Another opportunity for students to take
part in this program may come in,the next
academic year, as organisers are examining
the possibility of running the program at
UBC again in September. ♦ 10   WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9,20Q3
by Alison Bones
Dr Michael Botnick is a sociology professor whose life has
been a study in variety. Over his 40-plus years, Botnick has
been a MENSA member, a male prostitute and now a professor at UBC.
Starting from grade school, there was something intellectually distinctive about Botnick. A teacher of his saw this
uniqueness and decided to submit some of his test scores to
MENSA, and for decades now Botnick has been a long-standing member of this prestigious intellectual association. You
won't see MENSA on his resume though. Consistent with his
modesty, Botnick stated, "I don't feel that I get any credentials
from it'
In Botnick's mind, MENSA is "just a form of mental masturbation. It's gratifying at the time, but...afterwards—so
what? Okay, so maybe my IQ is higher than a lot of other people's but that doesn't make me a better person and it doesn't
even necessarily make me a smarter person."
At the age of 16, Botnick left his Montreal home to attend
business administration school at Boston University. Lacking
any financial support from his parents',,Botnick found himself
strapped for cash by the second semester of his first year. To
alleviate this problem, Botnick took up a very well-paying
occupation: prostitution.
After spending two days as a street prostitute, Botnick was
asked to join an escort service which acted as an agency to set
up appointments and manage finances. At this point, Botnick
waa introduced to the high life of prostitution. "I had some
great clients," Botnick said. "I would frequently be asked to go
on trips. I got to the point where I could drive around Palm
Beach without a road map. I knew the place well." About his
profession in escorting, Botnick said, "I never felt cheap or
degraded. People hire other people for companionship,
including sex. I never in my life thought anything negative
about that, It never seemed to me a negative or moral issue."
In a conservative era between the Red Scare in the United
States and the war in Vietnam, staying 'in the closet' was a
veiy common trend. By providing an escort service, Botnick
explained that it "allowed [the clients] to be them[selves]. It
allowed them to be who they wanted to be. People took pleasure however and wherever they could. From their perspective
it allowed them the opportunity to have something else in
their lives that they felt they were lacking.' When asked if he
has any regrets or moral dilemmas about his past in hustling,
Botnick said, 'I don't believe in regrets.'
After obtaining his degree at Boston University in 1968,
- Botnick worked in bank marketing. After he was fired by his
boss, Botnick decided to go to graduate school at UBC (but not
without telling his boss off and picking up a hefty two years'
salary over one weekend).
MAKING LIFE ENGAGING: Dr Michael Botnick draws on his varied and interesting life to make the classroom a
place you want to be. nic fensom photo
While sat UBC, Botnick finished his degree in only 13
months and wrote his thesis on the impact of HTV and AIDS
on gay men and the community at large. After obtaining his
MA, Botnick went on to do his PhD where he again specialised
in HTV and AIDS, and wrote his thesis on why HIV and AIDS
infections are continually on the rise.
Finally, Botnick became a professor at UBC, something that
he has a lot of passion for.
"I'm here to teach,' he said. "My objective is to make people want to come to class. I want to make my lessons clear,
interesting, relevant and memorable. I like to draw examples
so the material is relevant to students' lives. I am not very
When asked if being gay has ever brought him negative
responses at UBC he said "I have never been closeted. I make
it clear to students and tell them that if there is an issue, they
should take another course or another section. No one has
ever taken me up on that. I feel privileged to be in such an
open-minded environment I live my life in awe.'
Considering the amazing life that Botnick has lived, as an
official genius, prostitute and respected professor, I asked
him in all seriousness what there is that he has not done. His
response took a while—he has been sky diving, scuba diving,
played all kinds of sports—but he finally came up with an
answer. "To my knowledge, I have never killed a living
When asked what else he wants UBC to know about him,
Botnick stated, "I'm single, very romantic and looking.' ♦
Superbug research takes award
UBC professor's new
baby and interest in
superbugs combines
for award-winning
by Vanessa Ho
It was partially her role as a mother that led
Dr Natalie Stiynadka, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, to do
research on 'superbugs' and antibiotic development
"You can't help but think, "That could be
my baby in the hospital," Strynadka said,
referring to the superbug cases at Vancouver
Children's Hospital last year.
"[It's] taken for granted, if we get a bacterial infection, we can go into the hospital and
get an antibiotic and eveiything will be
okay," she said, while cradling her newborn
son in her arms.
"Increasingly that is not the case, and it is
a very frightening prospect to think you
won't be able to treat the infection/
It was for this research that Dr George
Mackie, the head of the department, along
with four of her other colleagues, nominated
her for the 2002 Steacie Award.
When Strynadka found out she won the
award, she was shocked.
"There [are] so many exceptional young
scientists in Canada to be singled out. It is
just like [winning] a lottery," Strynadka said
about the award, which she received several
months ago.
The Steacie Award was established in
1964 and is worth $15,000. It is a Canada-
wide competition that honours the best scientists who have completed their PhD degree *
within 12 years in the fields of science and
The award not only honoured Strynadka's
collective research career, but also her specific research on antibiotic-resistant strains
of bacteria.
Strynadka and her team also studied the
proteins involved in bacterial growth and
survival for potential targets of antibiotic
development. "Prudent use of these antibiotics can substantially help to keep the resist
ant levels down. We have to really use these
antibiotics for specific bacterial infections,"
she said.
Mackie said Strynadka was an obvious
choice for the award. 'She tackles [and]
solves scientifically interesting, important
and challenging problems," he said.
As well, in his nomination letter, Mackie
called Strynadka a role model for women scientists. "Here she is, a young scientist, a
young mother, doing terrifically well in her
career," he said.
However, Strynadka feels a bit daunted by
such a moniker, "I certainly know when I was
an undergrad there were very few women
profs in science that had children," she said.
"I wasn't willing to give up the family [and]
decided to see if I can do both.'
Her love of nature and the visual aspect of
X-ray crystallography led ta her career path
while an undergraduate at the U of Alberta.
She graduated in 1991 with a PhD in structural biology and joined UBC in 19 9 7.
Jason Gunawan, one of Strynadka's graduate students, sees her as an inspiration
"She is an excellent example of how one
can have a sucessful career and raise a family,' he said. "Hopefully, being an example of
a successful female scientist, Natalie will
lead other young women into this particular
career path."
Mackie said her research will have far-
reaching effects in the world of science, as
well as in the pharmaceutical world, in developing new antibiotics. He added that UBC
also benefits from her research and her win
ofthe Steacie.
"She creates a beacon to recruit young
people and people who would like to be within her orbit, to benefit from her expertise.
People beat a path to her door to work with
"Natalie's reputation and knowledge in X-
ray crystallography attracted me to her lab,"
Gunawan agreed. "She's well-established,
determined, and very enthusiastic towards
science, which were key characteristics I was
looking for when deciding on a supervisor."
Strynadka credits team members like
Gunawan and other collaborators as the
main reason why she won the award.
Strynadka's team will continue on with the
work for which she won her award.
'Our ultimate goal is to come up with new
antibiotics that bacteria are still susceptible
to...[then to] use those antibiotics wisely so
we can minimise future resistance [and]
head towards the goal of better health.' ♦ THEUBYSSEY
Random questions for random student
1) What did you eat for breakfast?
2) What are you doing this summer?
3) What is your favourite band that you are embarassed to tell
4) What does'AMS'stand for?
5) What's the most important issue or event you think happened at
6) Are you going to Arts County Fair? Why or why not?
1) "I didn't eat breakfast—sleeping
was too important'
2) 'Fir&fighting in the interior."
3) "Dead or Alive."
4) 'Arts Something Society.'
5) "I really have no clue.'
6) "Yes, to get absolutely plastered."
—Kris Miks
1) "Noodles, instant noodles.".
2) "I'll be working at BC Hydro."
3) 'I don't really have a favorite
band—not really."
4) "Is it Alma Mater Society?"
6) "I think the TA strike.'
7) "I am not going—I'm not into
—Kathy Lee
Master's in Civil Engineering
1) "I had muffins and yogurt—a cranberry muffin, because we got free
breakfast from the AMS while we were doing production."
2) "I am going to Work in New York at a summer camp as a fine arts
activities specialist I'm getting out of here."
3) "The Backstreet Boys, even though they're duds, you know."
4) "Alma Mater Society."
5) "Arts Country Fair."
6) "I'm actually the promotions coordinator for Arts Country Fair, so I'll
be there with bells on."
—Megan Kalaman
Arts 3
1) "I had a granola bar and an
2) "Working my butt off to pay
tuition for next year. I have no clue
where. I'm just sending resumes
every which way."
3) "Aqua."
4) "The Alma Mater Society."
5) "I met my girlfriend—it was
6) "Yes, I am. A lot of bands, nine
hours, hopefully some booze. Even
though I'm underage, I can always
—Adam Harrnat
Applied Science 1
Anti-war citizens of
e wor
1) "Cream of wheat"
2) "I am a grad student, so I am continuing with my studies."
3) 'Embarrased to tell you about?
Neil Diamond."
4) "The Alma Mater Society.'
5J "The TA strike, the CUPE strike."
6) 'No, because I say it'll be a more
undergraduate population, which is
great for them."
—Candice Rideout
PhD Nutrition
by Jung Woo-Yun
This is the first in an exchange
of opinion pieces between the
Ubyssey and PNU Weekly.
r *
Flames are soaring. Disregarding the criticism of
the whole world, 'Warmonger' Bush at last
launched air strikes against Iraq. Following the
onset of war, countries around the globe have
shown mixed reactions. South Korea hastily
announced its support for the US-led war against
Iraq, as if it competes with other countries.
It appears that South Korea_has no choice but to
support the campaign, given the fact that the country should preserve relations with its close ally,
the United States. It is heavily dependent upon the
US and multinational capitalist forces for its economy and there is rampant speculation that the
next war will break out on the Korean Peninsula
between the United States and North Korea.
Under this situation. South Korean President
Roh Moo-hyun had to make his position clear, cautiously and reluctantly, that he supports the campaign against Iraq. When we look at the developments of war, we cannot but feel deeply frustrated
with the reality, not to mention a deep sense of
regret Why is that? A great majority of the Korean
people oppose war and they have demonstrated
anti-American sentiments.
In this situation, most people are voicing opposition and concern about the action taken by the
United States. This is reality. Nonetheless, the
South Korean leadership had to
announce a statement that goes
against the opinion ofthe people.
This reflects the international
and diplomatic realities facing
the nation.
Even a3 we speak, however, anti-war demonstrations are taking place across the world, not to
mention in South Korea. People are shouting "No
war for oil," "No war as a means to resolve the US
economic depression," and "We oppose economic
colonialism under the name of peace." These slogans all add to the anti-war voices. South Korea
has no choice but to side with these voices because
we all acknowledge that the next target of the
United States will be North Korea and because the
future of the Korean Peninsula is at stake in the
midst of the North Korean nuclear crisis. Even at
this moment, Koreans are taking to the street, one
after another. When the South Korean people
think of the unhappy and inseparable relations
with the United States that has persisted over the
past 50 years, and when they anticipate that they
have to confront the US more fiercely than ever
before in the years to come, they cannot regard
the developments in Iraq as none of their business. Therefore, now, we need to gather the forces
of all. Anti-US and anti-war citizens of the world,
let us unite! ♦
—Jung Woo • Yun is the editor ofthe
PNU Weekly at Pusan National University
in South Korea 12   WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2003
Abstinence makes the
stomach grow hungrier
The ups and downs of
a week without food
by Duncan M. McHugh
I've been in a relationship with food for more
than 24 years. It is a relationship grounded in
joy, necessity and mutual respect Of course,
as with most relationships, there have been
the good times and the bad times. Sure, I buy
organic produce and take my vitamins, but I
also once consumed eight McDonald's cheeseburgers in an evening.
Nowadays food—especially the consumption of food—can be a total paradox. For many
of us, food has become tied into cycles of guilt
and pleasure, desire and revulsion: food is
healthy and necessary, but it also makes, us fat;
dieting is important, but we can only be fulfilled if we are consuming the food that advertising tries to convince us we want
Despite my deep love of food, I decided last
month that I needed some time off. I wanted
to take myself out of a pattern of eating that, at
times, became unhealthy and expensive. I
wanted to gain some much-needed perspective on the motivations behind my food intake:
why do I eat out so much? Why do I eat when
I'm not hungry? How can I eat in a more
healthy way?
I had friends who had tried fasting and I
thought that it would* be a good way tp challenge my relationship with food. By taking
food out of my life, maybe I could better
understand the role it played when it was playing a part.
In our society, most people do not think
going a week without eating is a good idea. In
fact, if you tell most people that you intend not.
to eat for a week, they will look at you aghast
and ask many, many questions.
'Can you do you that?" "Won't you die?"
"Why would you want to do something like
that?" The questions are understandable.
Undoubtably, most of us were raised to
beUeve that three square meals a day are the
cornerstone of a happy, healthy life. But with a
Utile guidance, I was able to take a break from
the routine of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Master Cleanser was written by
Stanley Burroughs in 1976, although the diet
that itdescribes, the Master Cleanse or lemonade diet, has been around
since the 1940s. The idea is
that by fasting for ten to forty
days, with only a lemonade-
type concoction in your system, you can detoxify your
body. Further, if you continue with the plan outlined by
Burroughs, "This diet will
prove that no one needs to
Uve with his [or her) diseases. Lifetime freedom
from disease can become a
reality.' .
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optimistic, but.the Master
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try the cleanse for seven days. ;
I begin the cleanse by
playing ultimate for three
hours, which I Come to
reaUse is a bit of a mistake. For the next few
days, I can't tell if it's the
cleanse or the hours. of
physical exertion which
leaves my body feeling
wonky and sore.
After the game, I have
an enormous desire to
consume eggs benedict,
though this pales in comparison to the previous
night's gluttonous cravf
ing. Arriving at the airport
for Sara's flight, I decided
my last meal would be a
Burger King Whopper
with poutine. As my sister
later points out, that meal
alone deserves a seven-
day cleanse.
When I get home from
the game, I am shocked at
how confused 1 am with
what to do with my time.
Without a break to prepare and eat a meal, my
day started to feel formless and I began to mope around, unsure of
what to do with myself.
This is partly the intent of the cleanse.
Those who fast for spiritual reasons see the
removal of energy devoted to food preparation
as a way of clarifying and focusing the mind.
For me, I'm just bored. Not being able to go for
coffee or something to eat proves to be a
major hindrance to my social life.
"Food is veiy social,' says Judith Prat, coordinator of UBC's Wellness Centre. "When we
look at research on projects that are done in
communities, the most successful ones were
where there was food involved with a group
coming together, whatever the project was. So
eating and food are very social parts of our
Judith points to the potlatches celebrated
by BC's First Nations people.
Potlatches are Aboriginal festival in which whole communities exchange gifts.
"You'lTsee this across cultures," says Prat "It's one of
the foundations of a society of
any kind. Food brings people
As it, hot sharing food was
bad enough,the next morning
I learn true soUtude. Because
I'm no longer ingesting soUds,
every morning I have to chug
a gag-inducing Utre of warm
salt water to flush out any left
oyer soljds still hanging out in
my digestive tra,ct. Apparently,
die lapg.8 amount of salt water
overwhelms my digestive system, therefore opt absorbing, just 'flushing',
straightthrough-, *.  s
Thus, I'm left alone, sitting on or in close
proximity to a toilet for over an hour. I repeat
this lonely shift for the next six mornings.   *   ",
Day three is the worst For one thing my
tongue has turned white, which—apparently—
is normal, but still disconcerting. Worse
though is that day three falls on a Monday,
which is production day at the Ubyssey. This
means that I'll have to spend 18 hours in the
SUB (Ubyssey editors tend to work from 10am
to   lam on production days), which—most
"I decided to tiy and investigate activities I
engaged ih as a consumer, as a male, as who I
was at that time and place and to look at those
things, so to look at them as art and critique
them. So one thing I liked to do is eat
McDonald's hamburgers.
"Outside of my art; thinking I was like,
'Wow, I'd really like to get ten hamburgers and
eat them all' and I was saying 'Well, why hot do
that and document it and see what happens."
Demian made it to seven and a half hamburgers before feeling too ill to continue.
"At die end of the tape you see me thinking
there for a long time and what I'm thinking
there is just going through all of the stuff I
PROMOTING WELLNESS: Molly Stewart, a volunteer at the UBC Wellness Centre, shows off one of the
centre's displays, this one designed to challenge unrealistic body images presented in magazines.
Mondays—would mean snacking constandy
throughout the day.
But my dilemma is not simply a matter of
routine. As anyone who was been hungiy,
unable to eat and has been forced to walk
through it, the SUB is a repository of grotesque
eating, with mouth after chewing mouth shovelling more food into its face.
It makes me aware of how much consumerism plays into my food choice. Our modern capitaUst world makes it all the more
seductive to shirk the responsibiUty of cooking.
When you have advertising trying to convince
you to eat food that is unhealthy, and when that
food is what is readily available, choosing the
healthy route proves doubly hard.
"I think the issue goes back to the choices
they are making," says Judith. "I think there's
a lot of choices out there and you can have a
really healthy meal or you can have a really
high fat meal. So it depends what you put on
things. Are you adding butter and oil, and are
you getting deep fried stuff versus the vegetable, fruit, salad and that sort of thing. I
think there are a lot of choices there and a lot
of the time you'don't choose the right one.
"It's okay if you want to have a cheeseburger arid fries—nothing, wrong with that—just
don't do it every single day because those calories are really going to add up."
Vancouver video artist Demian Petrtshyn
could maybe use this lesson. His 27-minute
video, Hamburgler, is featured in Test
Kitchen, a new exhibit at the Belkin Satellite
that explores food and food preparation. For
- thd video, a bored-looking Demian attempts to
eat ten McDonald's hamburgers. Mfr&a whil^
-in art school, Demian used tb.6 burgers to
examine, consumerism from his!vantage
poin^ as "a middle-class* guy ftbm Edmonton-
learned about video art history, what I think
about conceptual art and how I can get out of
this performance and still have an artwork at
the end. So I just decided, my epiphany was
'Well, I'm choosing my subject matter based
on my, almost, desire, so I can also conclude
my artwork based on my desire'...to be
defined not by the duration of the tape, not by
the body, not by the conclusion of the activity,
but by the artist's desire."
It's heartening to hear that an artist's will
can overcome McDonald's marketing,' even if
it was a will facing a serious bout of vomiting.
Day five, tragedy strikes: Hywel caves. The
lure of vegan banana bread, coupled with his
fear of losing too much weight proves too
great Having my closest comrade drop out is
hard, but not terrible.
"My break of the cleanse was pretty anti-
climatic,' says Hywel. 'Something snapped in
my head and I bought a piece of vegan banana
bread and sat down in the Pendulum, arid
casually ate while reading the Georgia
Straight There never was a more casual surrender. I tried to eat a big plate of greasy pasta
afterwards and blew chunks."
Hywel's cautionary tale only serves to steel
my resolve. By this point, I'm in a zone. The
hunger and cravings are now non-existent,
though I do begin to go a bit crazy. I start to
feel like I will never get to eat again, as if—
because of so'nie terrible food-related sin of
the past—{have been banished to a life of noij-
eatipg. Shaun is also keeping with, the cleanse.
See "cleanse,''pa fa 11- THEUBYSSEY
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2003  13
Stanley Burrough's
Master Cleanse
- 2 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
(approx. 1/2 lemon)
- 2 Tbsp genuine organic
maple syrup. Grade fl (the darker the better)
-1/10 Tsp cayenne pepper,
gradually increase (the more
BTUs the better)
-10-14 02 pure water (water
should be chlorine-free, fluoride-free, pollution-free)
Combine juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper with water.
Drink every 1 to 2 hours. Take no other food, but do drink lots of
water in between lemonade drinks.
Use fresh lemons or Umes only,
never canned or frozen lemon juice.
Use organic and vine ripened when possible. Also, mix your lemonade fresh
just before drinking. Don't mix it up in
the morning for the whole day. You can,
however, squeeze your lemons in the
morning and measure out the 2 Tbsp
when needed.
Eveiy morning, you should also drink
2 Tsp of sea salt dissolved in a litre of
warm water. Make sure to stay near a
toilet for the next hour.
Burroughs recommends a minimum
of ten days on this. You can do 40 days
safely and more.
THE ESSENTIALS; The ingredients
ofthe Master Cleanse's lemonade
mixture. It tastes better than you'd
think.That is until it's the only thing
you've had aside from water for a
week; then it's positively disgusting.
From "cleanse,"page 12
He finds he has more energy than normal, though he
has difficulty concentrating. This may have something
to do with his working in a restaurant
Still, Hywel serves as an example ofthe importance of
paying attention to your body when fasting.
"I have kind of mixed feelings about [fasting],* says
Judith. "I wouldn't want to give a blanket statement
Some people are going to get into trouble quicker than
others because of their general health status. Eveiyone
is going to react differentiy depending on body size,
structure, health status."
Judith worries about students who try fasting without
proper guidance or a professional regiment.
"I know students that have fasted," says Judith.
"There's certain reUgions where it's part of the culture,
part of the reUgion and you would fast for several days.
There's periods when you fast and eat. and while that
might be okay for some people...for others they've run
into problems with that'
Judith is sympathetic to those who fast for reUgious
reasons. "I know that people fast for different reasons
so, for example, there's apparendy spiritual states can
be awakened through fasting and I wouldn't want to
argue with that."
Many religions practice fasting. During Ramadan,
MusUms fast from sunrise to sunset, avoiding eating,
drinking, smoking and sex. For Jews, fasting happens on
Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. For
many people of faith, fasting helps focus their spiritual
life and brings them closer to God.
However, this isn't the case for all religions.
According to Oral Fujikawa, resident minister at the
Vancouver Buddhist Church and a follower of the
Jodoshinshu tradition, for Buddhists, fasting, though a
central part of their faith, should only be done for others, never oneself.
"You can sacrifice, even risk your life, for the benefit
of other people," said Orai. "Fasting is another aspect of
becoming Buddha." He cites Buddhist monks who
burned themselves to protest the Vietnam war.
When Orai has fasted himself, it has been to better
understand the pUght of those who cannot get food.
"As long as you have a.. .feeling of hungry people, you
understand yourself and you understand other people."
Day seven is a strange day indeed. With the end of
the cleanse so near, I begin to obsess about tasting and
chewing soUd food again. Not that food lust hasn't
popped up throughout the week.
On the first day of the cleanse Hywel bought a cookie
just to he able to watch his friend eat it. Shaun began collecting pizza menus. Hywel and I spent inordinate
amounts of time investigeting Krispy Kreme's" website.
After a few days, I take to sniffing a jar of cashews I've
selected to end my fast with. Hywel and I debate whether'
or not sucking on a nut and then spitting it out would
constitute a breach ofthe cleanse. On Fridaynjorning I
decide thgt it isn't
When the clock finally strikes midnight, I am terrified of food. My body actually does feel cleansed; almost
pure, and I can't even imagine eating anything other
than nuts and fruits. Ine thought of eating meat or
dairy, or even pasta or bread turns my stomach. Shaun
takes a different approach, ordering a pizza the night he
comes off the cleanse. He generously offers me* a slice>
but I turn it down
An unexpected outcome from the cleanse is the way
I feel about the way my body looks. I did not do the
cleanse to lose weight, though I do drop 20 lbs (five of
which I subsequently regain). For the first time in a few
years, I feel comfortable wearing tighter T-shirts, And
while I'm still somewhat overweight, I feel skinnier and
it's a reassuring feeling.
As nice as it feels to fast and then feel skinny, I like
eating. My vacation reminded me of how much fun food
aiid I used to have together. The relationship is even better post-cleanse. Food and I haven't fallen back into our
old, unhappy habits. I could get used to this. ♦
The UBC Wellness Centre, SUB room 56B
Test Kitchen at the Belkin Satellite, 555 Hamilton.
The Vancouver Buddhist Church,
220 Jackson Avenue
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All I see
with Arab Strap and David Bazan
at the Commodore Ballroom
Apr. 4
by Adam Kaufman
Last winter, I kicked down my door
so I coujd make it to a Weezer concert on time. Both my keys and concert tickets were inside, my dog was
barking and, before I knew it, my
deep love for music sent me flying
through, the air like a drug bust scene
on 21 Jump Street
My landlord wasn't so keen on
this explanation when he found the
broken door later that night First of
all, he wanted to know was this
'emo* anything like that 'MDMA' he
had heard about on the news? 'Well,
not exactly,' I began, morphing into
rock 'n' roll professor mode.
I politely explained that ejno is
not a designer drug, but that it can be
addictive and does occasionally
attract kids with colourful clothes
and glo-sticks. I also told him that
emo is a genre of music constructed
by the music industiy for the utilitarian purpose of pitching folk-tinged
punk-rock groups to a subculture of
lonely, stylish button wearing high
school kids. Bands like- Weezer, Built
to Spill and Radiohead are the old
standbys of the unspecific category.
With their signature 'emotional'
lyrics, emo bands grip their attentive
audiences with hipster heartthrob
lead screamers, whose'voices resonate with pain in its purist form-
next to a good cry of course.
Reipaining true to the emo genre is
Bright Eyes) also known as Emo-ha, a
ROCK BANJO? Yes, most definitely. Believe! Michelle mayne photo
band hailing from Omaha,
Nebraska, who performed last
Friday at the Commodore Ballroom.
Luckily, this time I remembered my
Opening act David Bazan, also
known as Pedro the Lion, was an
unexpected treat With a warm and
friendly disposition, the bearded
Bazan played solo acoustic guitar
while seated on a stool. His song
'Backwoods Nation,' an attack on
American values, added to the antiwar sentiment that was to be felt
throughout the night Playing simplistic tunes that floated out to an
intimate crowd nestled near the
front ofthe stage, he took a few short
breaks between songs to ask if the
audience had 'any questions?* The
principal question I found myself
. asking that night was how Glasgow^
Arab Strap got on the bill.
Matador recording artists Arab
Strap took the stage next, playing a
monotonous set of stringy ballads,
complete with copious beer guzzling,
incessant wristwatch time checks
and mumbled lyrics about 'shagging
girls.' The band ended their set with
the AC/DC cover 'You Shook Me All
Night Long," which forced me to clap.
My disappointment quickly
turned to anticipation as Bright Eyes,
the headliner, took the stage. The
band is made up of a varying number of members (their latest album
sends a thank you to over 20 heads),
but lead singer/songwriter Conor
Oberst is the main attraction.
■, Oberst was an indie rock prodigy
who began recording at the age of 13
and has been touring the countiy in
a variety of rock bands ever since.
Now in his 20s, Oberst has had an
extremely productive career, appearing on a staggering 2 6 LPs and EPs,
including the most recent Bright
Eyes album, IMed or The Story is in
the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the
Ground. In addition, his blooming
side project, Desap.arecidos,
released a new album lastyear. Read
Music/Speak Spanish, on the very
same Saddle Creek record label.
Mike Mogis, producer of Presto!
Recording studios in Lincoln,
Nebraska is also a steady member of
the ever-changing personnel that is
Bright Eyes. In a recent full page
story about Omaha bands in The
New York Times, Mogis stated that
one of his main goals as a record producer and artist is to 'introduce new
instruments into indie rock.' Mogis
put his theoiy into practice at the
Bright Eyes show, playing the banjo,
bells, mandolin, electric guitar and a
variety of percussive instruments,
adding a complex backdrop to
Oberst'S energetic chord strumming
and overwhelming lyrical presence.
In the show opener, the newly
recorded song "One Foot in Front of
the Other'—which appears on Saddle
Creek 50, a compilation celebrating
Saddle Creek's 50th release—was
performed by Oberst, who sang
about walking away from war and
love and home. In another timely
song, called 'Make War' from the
Lilted... album, Oberst looks at war
as a metaphor for human relationships. During a shrieking chorus, a
Donnie Darko-type character lashes
out at an ex-lover: 'Hurry up and run
to the one you love/And blind him
with your kindness/And he will
make war, old war, on who you were
before/And he'll claim all that has
spoiled your heart'
For all the misery and despair in
his songs, Oberst seemed to be in
good spirits on this night Before taking, a lengthy swig from a bottle of
wine, he proclaimed to an audience
of hipster socialites and sleepy-eyed
pot smokers, "It's nice to be in
Canada; the newspapers are somewhat less nauseating here." ♦
Get the picture
at the Vancouver Art Gallery
until Sept. 1
by Weronika Lewczuk
The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) is boasting its new acquisitions with a big photography exhibit entitled The Big
Picture. The show is the result of a generous donation by
Allison and Alan Schwartz, who contributed the photography pieces from their own private collection. The Big-
Picture showcases some ofthe most notable works of recent
years, and is one of the most extensive collections of its
kind in North America. The entire collection consists of 62
pieces from 16 internationally acclaimed artists, arid its
estimated value is between $3 million to $5 million. The
grandeur of this display is derived from the variety of photography, which focuses otf everything from portraits to
experimental works.
The display provides a glance into contemporary culture; ideas that seem completely unrelated are joined by the
common theme of modern human activity. The photographs find civilisation within the backdrops of Europe,
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Asia and North America. The range of themes is astounding
and varies from one artist to another.
Lothar Baumgarten's "Ameisenstaat' is a metaphorical
piece consisting of two anthills in a forest. The social commentary and profound theoretical meaning of the piece is
contained in the use of white dove feathers, which protrude
from the hills in a chaotic manner.
On the other end of the spectrum,.Thomas Struth captures, a moment of everyday life on a busy Asian street. In
his photograph "Vegetable Market," the complexity of the
piece is ingrained in any one of the people captured in the
photograph, whose uniqueness is absorbed in the larger
backdrop of a city street, ultimately unifying the several
individual stories into one interwoven network.
The Big Picture also offers several portraits of various
people and inanimate objects,. Thomas Ruffs 'Haus* is a
portrait of apartment complex #9, its windows, and the mul
titude of stories that lie behind the window panes.
Cindy Sherman also has several new photographs that
portray women displayed in the exhibit . The focus of the
photographs is the exploration of momentary reaction,
which is enhanced by the use of lighting and scenery.
The use of various mediums to showcase the photography is interesting and thought-provoking. The photographs
are not only interesting on their own, but are further
enhanced by the innovative methods of presentation: Felix
Gonzalez-Torres's photography, for example, is transposed
onto a jigsaw puzzle. The VAG has also received a new
piece by the local artist Jeff Wall, which presents Vancouver
in the backdrop ofthe coastal mountains. This piece is in
the form of a light box, making the entire scene come alive
and radiate.
The Big Picture is a must-see for anyone who is interested
in photography. ♦
Learning Howe to drive, the right way
by Ken Howe .     -      -~
[Nightwood Editions]
by Bryan Zandberg .
It might be said that the second aim of poetry is to engage the
reaider. Ken Howe's second, book of poetry, Cruise Control: A
Theogony, is definitely engaging. That is, if you're the kind of
person whose frontal lobes are tickled by the thought of a big
boiling cauldron of disparate notions, steaming mushrooms
and manual transmissions, soap operas and tachometers,
motels and lab equipment all swirling around and suspended
in the liquid of Howe's wit and humour.
It wasn't a combination that I found palatable, initially. I
found Howe's technical jargon a barrier to comprehension.
The poems seemed to straddle that nether land between poetry and prose. (These aren't verses, these are paragraphs!)
There didn't appear to be anything linking all his crazy observations and thoughts together.
I wondered, too, where tha brooding heart of tha duevre
wis hiding, ftvise Control was Uka a .boring car ridCputtering up intd tha fiockies i» an' old, gutless "piece of shit K-car.
Then 1 hit a chapter called "Stations of tha Highway/ a collection of ten poems that combine a road trip (undertake)! while
the poet^vas' suffering fronjt,,undiagnose^ pneumonia), snip
pets of Jack Kerouac's On the Road and the liturgical form of
the Roman Catholic stations of the Cross. Well alack-a-day!
Howe shifted the K-car into overdrive, and we went speeding
out onto the prairies, with me peering out through the bug-covered windshield from the passenger seat, while the cadences
of the readings, prayers and exhortations of each of the ten
poems ferried me onward to "Thornbury Esso" and "Thunder
Bay Beaver," to 'Sault Ste. Marie Husky with Truck Stop* and
"Moonsomin Fas Gas." You never saw the old beater handle
like that!
After Howe had compelled me to consider the
TransCanada Highway in an altogether new way, the last half
of the book was a much smoother ride. I realized that when
Howe wants hi3 lectors to go somewhere with him, he appeals
to their wit, humour and intelligence to get them there. It is a
rare occasion when he dips into unmitigated pathos or sentimentality. He throws out ideas, not knocked-off solutions.
Along the way the Alberta-bOnj oard continues with his view-
from-behjCQd^he-steering-wheel schtick, but he also muses
about Elvis movies and walking his dog, as well as doing a
Gertrude jStein take on the phenomena of soap operas.
Some pretty good pbetty, really. Almost good enough to
redeem the nerdy verbosity of words like myceliunf, claudication, corpuscle, homuncufus,. arid apophatte AlnMbt So fire
up the car and pack som* sindwiches if you want to take a
ride out into the 21st Centui"^ with Mr.Howe. Just dqji't forget
to briAg^Jong a dictionary. ♦ *        .   ". ' 18
Shakespeare gets real
Modern guide to the Bard puts great plays in context
by Fintan O'Toole
[Granta Books]
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In high school I loathed Shakespeare. I
knew I shouldn't, that there must be some
value in his works for them to have survived so long, that I must have been missing something, but nonetheless I found
his plays boring and dreadful to read or
Here at UBC that began to change
when I took theatre courses, especially
when Shakespeare was filtered through
Peter Loeffler or Neil Freeman. They
taught me that the Bard's works really
were brilliant once one got through to
what Shakespeare actually wrote, as
opposed to what high school teachers and
other so-called academics claim he wrote.
Keeping this in mind and looking at folio
and quattro versions ofthe plays, I finally
started to love Shakespeare. Eventually I
started to get really pissed that
Shakespeare's works had been so terribly
presented as to malign them and encour
age generations to never read them again
after they graduated.
So, when Shakespeare Is Hard, But So
Is Life crossed my path, I knew I had to
read it Author Fintan O'Toole, Ireland's
foremost theatre critic, shares my view of
the wrongs inflicted on Shakespeare's
works (and the students who must muddle through these wrongs), and seeks to do
his part to correct them in this delightful
httle book. Explaining how the Victorians
played fast and loose with Shakespeare in
order to make the plays fit their society
and their projections of Elizabethan society, O'Toole juxtaposes the Victorian ideas
of the psychology of character and the
tragic flaw theory as a means to interpret
the play with the realities of the tumultuous, rapidly changing world that
Shakespeare lived in and tried to portray
ih his plays. Readers are finally introduced to the changes from a feudal to a
capitalist society, and the way that the
tragic heroes of Shakespeare are caught in
the rift between these two worlds.
O'Toole goes through each of the four
great tragedies, "Hamlet" 'Othello/ "King
Lear" and "Macbeth," and examines the
plays in the context of the world they were
written in, explaining how the plays reflect
their times and how this reflection has
been largely ignored. He breathes new life
into the characters and helps these plays
make sense. Shakespeare Is Hard, But So
Is Life is as entertaining a read as it is
informative. Quite frankly, these are the
things we ought to be teaching kids about
Shakespeare in order to make them see
how relevant his works still are, instead of
just seeing them as something to be suffered through until the end of the term. I
certainly wish I'd had this book when I
was in high school. ♦
No cold feet
presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company
at the Granville Island Stage
until May 3
by Bryan Zandberg
Benji's got it bad. He's managed to gamble away
every penny of his girlfriend Ruth's savings at the
track. But that's not even the worst of it Get this:
he's even lost the money the couple had saved to
get Ruth to Mexico where she can receive the specialised treatment she needs to win her fight
against cancer. The days are counting down until
the couple's flight leaves, and unless Benji discovers horseshoes up his ass and wins all the money
back, he's going to be faced with one devastated—
and dying—girlfriend.
Such_is the premise of Toronto playwright
Adam Pettle's "Zadie's Shoes," a piece that puts a
theatrical spin on the age-old questions of luck
and chance, fate and faith. "Zadie's Shoes' is actually Pettle's first full-length play; it's virtuous and
it's a Uttle bit green. He's peppered the piece with
dashes of Jewish culture and faith, mostly in a
hilarious and self-ridiculing way through the
mouthpieces of the play's two Jewish characters
Benji (UBC theatre graduate Camyar Chai) and the
old prophet Eli (Richard Newman). The latter
character Benji meets in a synagogue, where his
desperation has driven him to seek out some
divine guidance after a 1 5-year hiatus from religion. When Benji expresses his vexation that God
isn't listening, Eli fires back, in his thick Yiddish
accent, "You haven't called him for 15 years—you
think he's gonna pick up on the first ring?"   ,
With the typical self-assurance of a prophet, Eli
advises Benji to bet on "Master Paul's Dream," a
racehorse with the odds stacked against him running the next day—the day Benji and Ruth's plane
leaves for Mexico, no less. Benji is desperate, and
calls in his friend Bear (Bob Frazer), who is 23
days mto detox from just about eveiything—heroin, alcohol, gambling—to help him pull off the
whole adventure without Ruth finding out In the
meantime, Ruth (Esther Purves-Smith) is tiying to
convince her warring sisters Beth (Johrma Wright)
and Lily (Pippa Piatt) that alternative treatment in
Mexico is a good idea. The melodramatic climax
takes viewers through some deft twists and turns;
this is a fun play to know little about beforehand.
"Zadie's Shoes" is another winner for the Arts
Club Theatre Company. It's got humour and vitality, and all the potentially schmaltzy parts are
punctuated with good jokes. I was leery at first
about how the actors were going to create any
verisimilitude when bedroom, synagogue and
diner scenes all take place under a giant set of
racetrack bleachers that dominate the back of the
stage. But these fears were soon sent packing
thanks to wonderfully fluid set design and some
clever acting. Bob Frazer, for instance, had the
audience in stitches, so engaging was his portrayal of the lanky and spasmodic ex-junky Bear, a
perfect foil for the nasal and mopey BenjL Let's
hope to see more of Pettle's material make it to
the West Coast. In the meantime, why not try your
luck with "Zadie's Shoes"? ♦
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More Cash for your money
American IV: The Man Comes Around
by Bryan Zandberg
The Man Comes Around, the fourth
collaboration between legendary
country musician Johnny Cash and
acclaimed producer Rick Rubin,
was destined for commercial success before the first traiek was ever
laid down. Following in the footsteps of past recordings like
Unchained and Sohtary Man, The
Man Comes Around has Cash covering, material by Sting, Nine Inch
Nails, Depeche Mode, the Beatles
and more, backed by vocalists such
as Fiona' Apple, Don Henley and
Nick Cave. It's like a lesson in
name-dropping. And, as with past
releases spawned by the joint
efforts of Rubin and Cash, this latest opus hit the charts running and
is up for a handful of Grammys,
Easy money, and not exactly what
one would call creative, The Man
Comes Around is a formulaic
approach to making music for the
masses that smacks of everything
that is wrong with the North
American recording industry.
But here comes the worst part of
all: I really like the damned album!
Yep, Rick Rubin has stumbled onto
a good thing, and he knows it. He
virtually jump-started Cash's languishing career back in 1994
with the immensely successful
American recordings. Like that first
effort, The Man Comes Around
presents a natural, pared-down
Johnny Cash in an intimate, jam-
ming-in-the-living-room sort of
ambiance. Here, the simplicity and
the rawness ofthe guitars wielded
by musicians like John Frusciante
and Randy Scruggs are a suitable
backdrop to Cash's aging baritone.
And there is a smart choice of
material. Encompassing songs as
disparate as Trent Reznor's "Hurt"
and Hank William's "I'm So
Lonesome I Could Cry," the underlying theme of the songs is one of
sadness. Cash masters each of
them, saturating them with his own
persona, and a listenability that
doesn't wear off after a couple of
spins in the tray,
Besides, not all the songs are
covers. Take the title track, for
example. Loosely based on the
Book of Revelations, "The Man
Comes Around* has all the darkness and foreboding we've all come
to love and expect from Johnny
Cash. It's bristling eschatology, it's
the white-haired prophet in trademark long black coat, come riding
in from, the storm with ominous
portent from the end of time under
his arm.
And time, after all, is something
of which .Cash doesn't have much
left. I was stunned, to say the least,
to see how much the man has aged.
He's just turned 70, and all his
years of hard living have visibly
caught up with him. So although
Tie Man Comes Around is a little
formulaic, anything that keeps this
one-of-a-kind voice and legend
singing is alright with me. ♦
Light on twang
May the Twang Be With You
[Yeehaa Music]
by Mark Heath
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This isn't really my kind of thing, I'm
not a fan of the Johnny Ca^h,
Kingston Trio-style of country-folk
live comedy musings and bad jokes.
They're good for a chuckle now and
again, but to listen to all the time? I'm
also one of those tiresome people
who likes 'everything—but not country." Sorry, make that the Garth
Brooks southern glam rock that some
people call "country."
The Yeehaa Cowboys' live CD May
the Twang Be With You is in the same
vein as Cash's and the Kingston
Trio's live recordings, and somewhat
of a synthesis between that pop country rock and Canadian pop-rock. It's a
Utile bit country-satire, a Httle bit big-
band rhythm chops, even a httle bit
Tragically Hip.
Sounds interesting, right? And
yeah, it is, but it just doesn't have the
bite that good country has—the country that distinguishes itself from folk
and rock with twang, sadness, and
the hint of salvation. Freakwater and
Johnny Cash's best stuff has that
Cash wasn't country-satire, he was
country, and satirical. As for rock, it
needs passion and confidence in
brash, grounded inventiveness. Like
the Walkmen, and yes, the Rolling
Stones. Which the majority of
Canadian (and American) pop-rock
is missing.
Having said that Toronto's The
Yeehaa Cowboys aren't bad. They do
what they do pretty well. The first half
of the album has humourous country
songs, like "The Ballad of The
Country Music Pharaoh," a story
about a good ol' boy who's fbrin' to
die, so he asks that all his worldly
possessions (including his wife) go
with him. With lines like; 'Bury me in
my pick-up truck / cuz in the afterlife
your Ford can't suck," ifs a funny
song. The second half of the album
has more serious songs, which range
from rockin' country to the above-
mentioned pop rock. Again, not
bad, but not enough to get my
juices flowing. ♦
E-town bands
Scottish Fiction
[Farway Records]
by Chris Dingwall
Great things come out of Scotland,
a phenomena lovingly told in
Arthur Herman's How the Scots
Invented the Modern World: The
True Story of How Western
Europe's Poorest Nation Created
Our World and Everything in It
You know, little things like
Alexander Graham Bell's telephone
and Adam Smith's capitalism.
And now Idlewild's brilliant post-
grunge vision.
Two years since the release of
their second album, 100 Broken
Windows, Idlewild is in great form
on Scottish Fiction, a sampler disc
preceding the North American
release of their new album. The
Remote Part Some bands are crippled under the weight of their influences. But Idlewild—working with
an eye to Teenage Fanclub,
Nirvana, Sonic Youth and the
Stooges—has the unique ability to
pick the best out of the bands they
like and make something that
sounds entirely their own, and yet
welcome for its familiarity. Think
54-40, but from Edinburgh: hard
rock that is especially pleasant to
listen to.
100 Broken Windows is a fine
album for that reason, but Scottish
Fiction makes that previous effort
seem subdued. Much more advert
turous and a little louder, Idlewild
may have a classic on their hands.
The unbelievably poppy "A Distant
History' is the disc's standout
track, exploding with fuzz tones,
crunchy riffs, synths, piano
noodling, horns, 'la-la-la's, three
distinguishable hooks, and pure
joy. It's about—oh, I don't know-
girls or something, and is probably
the most lush and happy four minutes and thirty-eight seconds in
mainstream rock this year.
But besides the 1984-85 Oilers,
do great things come out of
Edmonton? Call it Deadmonton
and be a jerk all you like,
Edmonton is more than Calgary's
kinda slow little brother: like
Edinburgh, it's an ostensibly dreary town where the music scene festers with talent no one will ever
hear of. But now you're going to
hear of Our Mercury.
What started as four 13-year-
olds in a punk band in 1995 has
matured into a smart rock trio who
do everything from hardcore to
folk-pop. Our Mercury's dema CD
(2001), burned onto an Office
Depot CDR and sent to the Ubyssey
by some mystery label in
Edmonton (Farway Records), is
rough around the edges, a tad. But
it is, throughout 12 tracks, frustrat-
ingly on the verge of not just good,
but great music.
Track 6 (the release didn't come
with a proper track listing) is the
disc's tightest song, resting on a
loose punk groove propelled by
skilful interplay between bass and
guitar. Track 11 is almost epic in
proportion, beginning quietly with
a muffled guitar that sounds eerily
like a Roland keyboard, and progresses into rock opera territory
with varied movements grounded
by their ubiquitous bassist.
Woefully unpolished, this demo
shows a band willing to make some
pretty brave choices, even if they
aren't always successful. Our
Mercury has a high quality of talent
and imagination—studio time will,
hopefully, only refine them.
Idlewild is opening for Pearl
Jam's North American tour in the
summer. Our Mercury will release
their first CD-EP, Your Medicine, in
May, and tour Canada in the summer. I predict both bands will do
just dandy. ♦
Brakes' mistake
Ether Song
by Anthony Woo
Music lovers everywhere have always
looked to the UK for the 'next big
thing.' With the British Invasion, the
Punk Movement Britpop, and yes,
even the Spice Girls, the UK has been
a focus ofthe music world.
Lately, England has once again
drummed up its music machine and
has been producing some fine acts
known for their emotional alt-rock,
often dubbed with the tepid tag 'qui-
etcore.' While bands like Travis and
Starsailor have been met with a lukewarm response on this side of the
Atlantic, one band, Coldplay, has
made some massive headway.
Hoping to cash in on this vibe is
modern pop duo Turin Brakes.
Having received a warm critical
response for their Optimist album in
2001, this band has been riding on
some massive hype for their latest
release Ether Song. Frankly, I feel it's
The album is a challenging first
listen. Ordinarily this is a good sign,
as it usually means there is something under the surface waiting to be
unearthed. So I expected to be awed
by subsequent listens, only to be disappointed each time. Eventually I
came to conclude that this album is a
waste. It starts with tremendous
potential, continues along that vein
throughout but then ends abruptly
without any sort of payoff.
My major complaint lies with the
slow tempo permeating the entire
album. The slow-paced songs lead the
listener mto believing they are building up to a climax, but as the album
progresses the realisation that these
songs are actually meandering aimlessly sinks in and by the final track
there is only a disappointing feeling
of'Is that it?'
It is not as if Ether Song is without
any merit at all. The songs are made
up of intricate guitar work and are
consistently well-crafted. Of particular note is front man Oily Knight's
soaring voice, reminiscent of Jon
Thor Birgisson from Sigur Ros but
with a grounded pop mentality,
which gives this act a surprisingly full
sound, especially for a duo. These are
fine attributes, but taken as a whole,
the album is either bland or an indecipherable puzzle that isn't worth
If this review seems wishy-washy,
I apologise. But that same indecisive-
ness is a theme that runs throughout
the album. At times it feels like an
aural trip into esotericism and then
tracks like "Pain Killer' propel Turin
Brakes back into the jaunty pop
genre, destroying any momentum
while leaving the listener adrift.
I don't mean to name-drop, but
this album begs to be compared to
Starsailor's far superior Love Is Here.
Unlike Turin Brakes, Starsailor
focused on making great pop songs
with emotional impact rather than
diverging off into the ethereal. That
record proved that quietcore music
could be both catchy and
heartwrenching at the same time. In
comparison. Ether Song simply
seems...wrong. ♦
Remember this?
[Tooth & Nail Records]
by Dan Enjo
Straight from the nostalgia bandwagon comes another 1980s tribute
album, this one care of Seattlehased
Tooth & Nail Records. This independent label has brought together various
bands from its stable to produce a
series of albums celebrating the
music of that until-recently reviled,
but fast-becoming revered decade.
Volume One ambitiously attempts to
introduce the listener to a broad survey of the era using covers of everything from A-Ha to R.E.M. In attempting to do so, however, the album
becomes a hodge-podge of mediocre
covers with a playlist that reads something like that of a demented K-Tel
album. Tracks like Katrina and the
Waves' "Walking oh Sunshine' (covered by Ghoti Hook) and the Go-Go's
"Vacation" (revamped by Flight One
Eighty) are interspersed with songs
originally by the Ramones and the
Talking Heads, making for an interesting but illogical track order.
Saving the album from complete
musical incoherence, though, is the
fact that almost every cover track is
performed by a punk band. Each has
a distinct sound, but the 1980s context and the efforts to keep within this
context prevents most of the bands
from showing their full artistic poten-
tiaL It is almost like each performer
attempts to capture the spirit of the
original through updating classic
sounds into a 'new punk' form, but
the spirit persists in eluding them and
the resulting tracks are either glutinous or just plain bland.
A few tracks do stand out however, mostly based on the nostalgic
merit of the originals. MoreUa's
Forests' take on Til Tuesday's "Voices
Carry" (a 1980s classic) adds a softer
edge to the collection but still sounds
much like the original version. In the
same way, the Deluxtone Rockets' rendition of The Cure's "Love Song'
stands out for much the same reason.
This track only adds crisper instrumentals while picking up the tempo
slightly. The similarity between original and cover does not prevent these
tracks from being the most enjoyable
on this album.
Listening to lhe album leads to a
questioning of who the target audience is. It is not appropriate for the
musical purist who would swear by
the original versions and would only
judge the entire album in relation to
the original releases (Would a Devo
fan really enjoy listening to A-Ha? Or
vice versa?). Yet, it is uncertain
whether those who do not remember
the tracks from the last time around
would pick up the album due to its
decidedly 'old' content The burgeoning revival ofthe 1980s as a cool retro
era, however, would ensure a few
sales, and it is this idea that Tooth &
Nail unashamedly capitalises on. The
quality of the originals remains
solid and untarnished regardless of
their efforts. ♦ 20
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to a preview
screening of:
showing Wednesday,
April 16th at 7pm
atSilvercity Riverport.
Come to SUB Room 23
for your complimentary
Public information Meeting
for the campus community
For   1. Mid Campus Lot 4 Faculty/Staff Housing
2. Multi-user Facility for Functional Proteomics
3. TRIUMF House
When: Friday, April 11th, 2003,1200 • 2:00 PM
Where: Ponderosa Centre, Cedar Rm, 2071 West Mall
1. Mid Campus
Housing Phase 3:
A 4-storey, 5 425 m2
apartment complex
Providing 60 units for
faculry and staff housing.
Construction to commence
in summer 2003 subject to
Board approval and be
completed in summer 2004.
2. Multi user Facility
for Functional
A 4-storey building to serve
Biomedical Research
Centre and UBC
researchers. Subject to
Board approval,
construction to begin
summer 2003 and be
completed Fall 2004.
3. TRIUMF House
A residential facility for
TRIUMF to provide short-
term housing for visiting
researchers and staff.
Subject to Board approval,
to start construction fn
summer 2003 and to be
completed by Fall 2004.
This event is wheelchair accessible. Please
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meeting or if you need assistive listening devices,
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Creative writers
brave the stage
UBC students
collaborate to
bring theatre
festival to
presented by UBC Creative Writing
at the Telus Studio (Chan Centre)
Apr. 10-13
by Michael Schwandt
Joe Weibe, a third-year creative
writing student, is brimming with
excitement. His new play, "The
Muse," is only days away from
being presented at Brave New Play
Rites. Wiebe is also the producer of
the festival.
"Brave New," his loving pet
name for the 16-year-old festival, is
an annual rite for the UBC campus,
in which students in the creative
writing department collaborate
with directors and stage crew from
the theatre department to bring
new plays to life.
"It's going to be an amazing
experience," says Weibe. "For most
of the writers involved, it's the first
time they're going to see their work
actually being produced. For playwrights, that's a huge deal. The
final step is seeing it up on
the stage."
The steps leading to   .-!f|'/
these plays' presentaion in     j^^
Brave New Play Rites have r
been many. From audi-      ,
tions in January, to ongo-   . Sj\^
ing discussion between
writer and director, to
hours of rehearsal, the
works     have     moved
quickly  from  page   to
Weibe        describts .
a festival schedule whi< h
will include immen.--e
thematic and stylistic
diversity, from sombre
two-person productions
to, this year for the first
time, musicals
Without giving away
the details, he hints   '
that      "New     York
Hospital: the
Musical,"   a  campy
take   oh   Broadway
acts, and "The War
Goes On," a piece
dealing with love,
spies, and insanity,
presented   special
challenges to him as
a producer.
"I   think   that
people will be surprised."
Amanda Lockitch, director of
"Benevolent Ghosts," may have surprised Cat George, the writer
behind the play, with some of the
creative places she has taken the
WHEN TOE LIGHTS COME ON: Cat George's death romp "Benevolent
Ghosts" is ready to come alive, marcus wu costumes, chris shepherd photo
philosophical comedy.
"It was one of the better experiences that I've had. It was really great
giving feedback and then watching it
mrn ,
up in the next draft," says Lockitch,
who had George rewrite the script no
less than seven times. "Finding the
direction is really challenging.*
"I thought Amanda was really
good ta work with," says George, as
the two take a moment's break after a
dress rehearsal. "She gave me things
to work with, lots of new directions to
go wi'h. Sometimes you're stuck cre-
■ • -v    ■ atively with your own
.t'li*l .j 1 stuff."
Although George
has     enjoyed    the
hectic  collaborative
process,     she    has
not     watched     the
rehearsals of her play
for weeks. She is anxious to  see  its final
shape, though.
"She loves it!" interjects Lockitch, laughing.
"I'm waiting with
bated breath," says
George. "I hear
Amanda's done interesting things with it."
These      interesting
directorial   flourishes,
including a trap door, a
trick corsage and a pair
of rollerskates,  will be
presented to an audience
on the opening night of
Brave   New   Play  Rites~
April   10   at   the   Chan
Centre Telus Studio- Over
the course ofthe three-day
event, "Benevolent
Ghosts" and 13 other new
plays  will be  presented,
three times each.
"It's a great festival," says
Lockitch. "It's a really great
opportunity for new writers and
directors to try their stuff in a safe
environment that gets seen by
the public." •!*» THE UBYSSEY
Local hip-hop crop
Twice the chilling
[Light in the Attic Records]
by John Hua
Seattle DJs Supreme and Sureshot, a.k.a. the
Sharpshooters, are back at it again, coming off a five-year
break with their latest LP Twice as Nice. Providing a
loungetype fusion of breaks, beats, hip-hop, jazz and a
strong sense of funk, this LP is simply just easy, chilled-
out listening. ■ . ' '    .
Although Twice as Nice doesn't offer anything
extremely fresh, the LP—a bursting 29-tracks—is filled
with the familiar vibes, creating a great sense of comfort
and nostalgia. This is perfectly described by the
Sharpshooters' prize single "Japanese Mathematics,"
which mixes Japanese samples with a Uttle saxophone.
Really, is there anything else yoti could ask for?
I have to admit that at first I passed off this album as
another random DJ club mix, a tired set of mixing redundant breaks in repetitive format. However, as I continued
to listen to Twice as Nice, I began to feel the unique style
beneath the mainstream sound. This sound is tough to
pinpoint, let alone describe, but; it comes from a strong
knowledge of and taste for good music, which is proven
by the Supreme and Sureshot's extensive vinyl collection.
The Sharpshooters' comeback was not in vain. Twice
as Nice offers a pretty great selection of relaxing tracks,
fully promoting a chill environment. This LP is perfect for
some serious lounging, or even just another night of
Scrabble—I'd definitely give this one a go. If you don't like
it, it could most definitely double great as background
music for any independent film endeavors. ♦
Can-beats not weak
ODDITIES ''■?*:/
Weak Days
by Billy Cheung
The Oddities are a crew frrim Toronto consisting of break-
, ers, graffiti writers and emcees. Weak Days is their first
12-inch single, featuring guests Astro the Guillotine,
Fisher Nice and also K Neal of the Circle Research family. Unlike most of their past releases, this single allows all
four emcees to shine under the spotlight. While showing
all seven Oddities on the cover of what seems to be a
quadtone format, Wysper also delights us with his wild-
style graffiti.
The title track, "Weak Days," is performed by the talents ofPsy, Bookworm and J-StaRRRrrr (known as
Awkward Why). The production of this one is just superb,
and the track contains a punchline chorus. This track is
the answer for those who have craved a follow-up to their
early release Six-Bubbles.
"Hookers and Gin* i3 a outstanding track taken on single-handedly by Bookworm. In this cut. Bookworm
reminds us of the disadvantages of being an alcoholic
and a sinner. Hooks like "The more I drink, the less I'm,
depressed,* got me nodding my head disgracefully thinking, "yeah I feel the same way." , ,
The last track of this, record, perhaps one of the more
comedic ones, is titled "Pick-up Rhyme." This delightful
track features Snidley Whiplash and J-StaRRRrrr sharing*
their thoughts on women today. .    " . ■ .
Despite the delay of the release, Weak Days is a very
impressive 12-inch, and well worth the wait Their beats
are tight, while the lyrics are on-point and always creating a positive vibe. So go down to your local record store
and cop this one. Or you can visit http://www. oddlye-
nough.com to get this and past releases. Because it's time
to support Canadian hip-hop I ♦
Releases from
local crew show
huge raw talent
Rigor Institute
[108 Records]
by John Hua
Many up-and-coming artists struggle to
have their talent heard, not to mention
finding a contract with a record company.
This struggle is amplified ten-fold due to
the high level of competition and the limited resources of the Vancouver record
industry. A simple solution: round up
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some equally talented artists, start up a
crew, make your own record label and
then release your own albums. This solution has been fully utilized by Vancouver's
very own 108 Crew, owners of 108
108 consists of local artists Raa Daddy,
Jis the Future, Jon Rex, Nik Dynamo, Ro
_Data and Big Pawly. It's a group that is"
breaking their way iri the Vancouver
RIGOROUS: Members of the 108 crew spit it at the cractpipe emily chan photo
underground with their political rhymes,
fun tracks and entrancing beats.
The 108 crew makes a strong push
with their singles album Sleepin on the
Floor, released under the group name
Fedahi. This four-track album displays the
crew's various skills from rapping and
constructing the breaks to some pretty
slick beatboxing. This album definitely
acts as a foundation for the 108's; credibility. Check out the chillaxed track "Disco
Bunnies' for proof of 108's.skills.
The latest album, Rigor vs. The Rest, is
by 108's alternate name The Rigor
Institute. Overall, the album delivers a
pretty chill hip-hop sound, with its slow
beats and solid rhymes. However, I rank
this on a local and very independent
Unfortunately, 108 simply can't meet
the standards of the bigger industry products available. This is the weakness of
independent record labels, whose fan
base still needs to be established nationwide. In all fairness, Rigor vs. The Rest
showcases some pretty decent talent, and
some seriously strong breaks, The Rigor
Institute has the full potential of being
strong contributors to the Vancouver hip-
hop scene. Since it takes support to give
them the boost they need in the production department, check them out and
keep their name on Rolodex. ♦
Hardcore or watered down?
Strong message
but mediocre music
The Files You Have on Me
[Victory Records]    \
by Dan Enjo
The cover of this album is misleading, almost Enya-like, in its
blue-and-white neutrality. The innocent-looking blue threads
emerging from a wide-eyed blue man give no hint as to what the
listener hears once Waterdown's The Files You Have on Me is
popped into the CD player.
In the band's second release on Victory Records, the tracks
are charged with strong political overtones (lyrics like "to keep
the carnage overseas / pushing weapons to antagonists war /
might come back home some day," are prevalent). The general
mood, unlike any impression the 'friendly' cover may give, is
one of pure anger and unrest. There are two lead singers in
Waterdown—one provides a hardcore scream of rage, while the
other soars through higher-pitched melodies with a somewhat
comatose voice. This, according to media publicity for the band,
helps give Waterdown something of a trademark sound, but
what the listener hears in terms of vocals is not much different
from tracks by other bands like Thursday and Thrice (minus the
The instrumentals, however, are a different story. Powerful
blasts of metal guitars alternate with punkish melodies using
time signatures that change almost at random, and the result is
an at times uncomfortable hardcore-punk hybrid. Waterdown
uses this style for most ofthe songs on the album, and listening
to the instrumentals while going through the album can begin
to verge on the repetitive. To give the band credit, though, the
instruments; are utilised to great effect in tracks like "Xerox,"
where both styles come together to build up to a musical climax
of what can only be described as white noise.
Not all tracks are uncontrolled emotional frenzy. There are a
few slower tracks interspersed throughout the album, but these
lack the clout of some of the faster ones, as well as the drive.
The faster tracks are far more stimulating, and the slower, mellower ones become the questionable emotional foils to the fury
of the others.
The band uses some old tricks to push their message
through. "Fortress" makes use of a monologue reminiscent of
Paul Hardcastle's mid-80's hit "Nineteen" to talk about the WTO
and world hunger. A valiant attempt at creativity, though with
an idea that was already used almost 20 years ago for a forgettable one-hit wonder.
Waterdown's attempts to show political angst are strong, but
the results are at best mediocre. The fact that the album is only
a second release shows that the band has room to develop, however, and it would be interesting to see how they evolve from
this point ♦ ./ 22
Ursic picks flicks
Suspense pays a call
Strokes of luck,
genius on film
opens Apr. 18
by Greg Ursic
Ben Manibag is a typical overachiever who spends his time obsessing
over SATs, pumping up his college applications with extracurricular
activities and lusting after the unreachable girl. In his downtime he
shoots free throws and runs scams for something to do. Ben and his
upper middle class friends, Virgil, Daric and Han, come to realise that
academic success gives them a free pass to do whatever they want
Excessive partying takes place under the guise of "Academic
Decathlon' tryouts, which allows them to stay out until all hours with
impunity. When their gig selling cheat sheets loses its edge, they up the
ante, graduating to drug dealing and embracing the gangster lifestyle.
UCLA film grad Jason Iin, who tired ofthe lack of roles and stereotypical representation of Asian-American actors in film, decided to
make his directorial debut with the film Better Luck Tomorrow. Unable
to find funding—investors liked his script but were hesitant to back a
dark film" about amoral self-destructive AsianAjnerican honours students pursuing the American dream—he maxed out his credit card collection, drained his savings and took the leap. With money being a
scarce commodity, Lin quickly got a crash course in indie filmmaking,.
relying on borrowed equipment and volunteers. For example, when
filming a party scene, Lin couldn't afford more than twenty extras, so
after filming the scene at the front of the house, the extras ran through
the house to the backyard for the next scene.
Parry Shen leapt at the chance to play Ben, the 'good kid' who plays
outside the rules. He brings a confident innocence and quiet charisma
to the role—Ben could easily have been the guy that sat next to you in
biology. Shen's portrayal makes Ben acceptable even as he descends
into a maelstrom of drugs and criminal activity. Contrasting Ben's
devolution and seeming redemption is Jason Tobin's Virgil, the manic
delinquent outcast ofthe group who embraces and thrives in the darkness. Tobin's rhesus monkey look and mannerisms are both comical
and frightening—you know that he is always on the edge and could fly
off the handle without provocation (reminiscent of Joe Pesci's Tommy
in Goodfellas). Providing the essential estrogen component for the film
is Karin Anna Cheung as Stephanie, Ben's object of desire and arguably
the titular character. Cheung infuses Stephanie with palpable
dynamism and resolved determination (the beauty and intelligence
obviously come naturally). This in turn highlights her vulnerable
naivete when it comes to men. Despite all this, the acting is merely the
cherry on top of a strong film.
In spite of the aforementioned budgetary constraints,, Lin's film
looks great—the editing is clean, and the camera work feels professional (he doesn't rely on the nausea-inducing bouncing cam shots
prevalent in indie films). Rather than present stock angst-ridden
teenagers, Lin digs into what makes them tick, producing multi-layered, interesting characters. The film also provides ajumping-off point
for talented Asian-American actors—having demonstrated that they are
clearly capable of being more than martial arts extras, which will hopefully lead to better roles in the future.
There are some reservations amidst the praise. When Ben pulls
back from his criminal track, it is accomplished far too easily: his transition from drug dealing coke junkie back to Ben the honour student
takes all of five minutes. Sleep-deprived addicts aren't generally known
for perfect lucidity and control at the best of times, let alone when they
hit bottom. More importantly the ending is too abrupt with too many
unresolved issues and conflicting variables that don't respect the continuity of what has preceded. These concerns are not enough to over-
whelm the film, though, and it is stiH extremely worthwhile.
An excellent first effort Better Luck Tomorrow provides fresh
insight and perspective into an old genre. Expect to see more from
Jason Lin in the near future. ♦
now playing
by Greg Ursic
Anyone who doubts that people are as easily programmable as Pavlov's pets need look no further than Alexander
Graham Bell's little box. While most of us generally don't
start salivating at the sound of a ringing phone, few people
(unless they work for a software help desk) can resist the
urge to answer one. Just pray'that the darkest force that
dials your number is a telemarketer. For Stu Shephard,
sincerity is Uttle more than a fuzzy concept. A shady publicist, his life consists of spinning interconnecting webs of
ties to further the careers of his clients and raise his own
stature. In his spare time, he enjoys abusing his assistant
and ignoring his wife, and is also determined to give an
impressionable young actress a test run on the casting
couch. When he enters the one functioning pay phone'
within a ten-block radius in the hopes of setting up a liaison, the phone rings. It turns out to be Stu's conscience on
the fine, he's pissed off, and has a sniper rifle aimed at
Stu's head.
When you take into account that Phone Booth was
filmed in just ten days with one principal actor, a single
venue, on a limited budget and with a dearth of special
effects, you could be forgiven for questioning the potential
success of this film. The original November 2001 release
date might give one pause—films that sit on the shelf usually do so for a reason (read "straight to video.") In this
instance, the studio wanted to wait until Farrell was more
familiar to moviegoers, which was achieved with a Httle
film called Minority Report (the name of his co-star
escapes me at the moment). Then, the film's new release
' date had to be pushed back once again after the sniping
episodes in Washington. In the case of Phone Booth, some
things are worth the wait.
While he stole the spotlight as the maniacal hit man in
Daredevil, Farrell is faced with a different challenge in
Phone Booth, an 80-minute soliloquy which lives or dies
on the lead's performance (several A-list stars walked away
from the project for this very reason). Reminiscent of his
much-lauded turn in Tigerland, Farrell confirms that he
isn't a one-trick pony, proffering a wide-ranging display of
emotions, from cocky to cathartic, without straying into
soap opera or comic territory. He delivers his lines with a
solid fluidity rare among his peers, not a simple feat when
one takes into account that he's suppressing a harsh
brogue. Farrell also demonstrates a screen presence
beyond mere appearance—his good looks can only inspire
interest for so long—that draws the viewer into the story.
While the supporting cast—Katie Holmes as the naive
ingenue and Forrest Whitaker as the good cop—fulfill their
purposes, it is Keifer Sutherland who takes up what httle
slack there is. While the audience doesn't get to see
Sutherland, he is amply menacing as the cold, otherworldly voice on the other end of the phone. The audience is
never privy to who he is ("Just call me Bob") or what his
motives are, but it is inconsequential—he sees all, knows
all, and is clearly in charge. Unlike with S&M, there are no
safe words, and for a control freai like Stu nothing could
be more terrifying.
Although tied to a static location, deft camera work pro
vides action, perspective and mood with such techniques
as quick pans, compressed zooming, and picture-in-picture
sequences, while being careful not to cross the gimmickry
Une. Enhanced sound editing bolsters the visuals: ringing
phones are jarring, Bob's quietly booming voice is unsettling, and the sound of a round being chambered
is deafening.
Phone Booth could easily have been a quirky novelty
flick that played well amongst the art house set. Thanks to
Farrell's performance it makes for good mainstream cinema (normally an oxymoron) and may actually make a few
top ten lists. ♦
Shed a tear for this one
now playing
by Greg Ursic
One would be hard-pressed to find a medium that has not glorified the institution of war. War has been credited with turning boys into men, spurring on economic and social revolutions and deUvering the oppressed from enslavement
Amazingly, the downsides—destruction, famine and of course
death—often get overlooked. It wasn't until Oliver Stone's
Platoon hit the big screen that laymen got a cinematic glimpse
into the real ugliness of war. I remember an interview with a
Vietnam vet who, after seeing a preview screening of Platoon,
stated (I'm paraphrasing) "If I had seen this instead of The
Green Berets, I never would have gone to Vietnam in search
of heroism." Hopefully this generation will not have to learn
this lesson firsthand.
The timing of Tears of the Sun's release is quite fitting
given the prevailing global climate, but don't worry: I'm not
about to launch into a polemic about international events.
This is a movie review, after all. Suffice it to say, I'm sure the
distributor is counting on the current events to stimulate
some box office, which is about the only thing that will
save this film.
When a violent coup pushes Nigeria to the brink of,civil
war, Lieutenant A.K Water (Bruce Willis) and his crew of navy
SEALS are sent in to extract Lena Hendricks (Belluci), an
American doctor doing missionary work in the countiy. Dr
Hendricks is reluctant to leave her charges; and demands that
they also be evacuated, leading to a cross-country race to
escape the encroaching army.
The first thing that struck me was that although Tears of
the Sun is being billed as an action film, it plods along at a
snail's pace for the first hour and fifteen minutes. The movie
also embodies the stereotypical bad war movie: it smacks of
jingoism, is filled with scowling stock villains, embraces nonsensical and simplistically black-and-white reduction, and
limps along with absurd dialogue. Let's not forget the classic
disposable armies—despite vastly superior numbers and firepower. The enemy soldiers apparently couldn't hit the broad
side of charging elephant and lose at least a hundred soldiers
for every good guy that bites the dust When Willis's character
is slashed with a machete and blood is literally pouring from
the wound, he dismisses attempts to help him, saying "Don't
worry, I'm okay." I won't even mention the thinly-veiled reference to the Rwandan genocide and the US Navy SEALS'
attempts to make it all better. (Oh, I guess I just did.)
I was going to address the performances, but what is there
left to say? I've always enjoyed Bruce Willis, whether he was
being self-mocking in Die Hard or serious in The Sixth Sense.
Unfortunately, in Tears of the Sun, Willis is forced to utter
some of the most pointless macho dialogue I've heard in a
long time, and his attempts to sound dramatic simply come
off as cartoonish. His co-stars fare no better. Hooahl ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Rest in peace, vampire
by Greg Ursic
Hi My name is Greg, and I'm an
addict It all started with a 'friend' of
mine—he'd been bugging me to try it
for years, but like I told him, my life
was fine without it But he wasn't about
to give up that easily. One night last
year, he was over and brought it up
again: "Come on, what could it hurt?
You might like it Just do it once and 111
never bring it up again'
I figured, what the hell, lots of people had tried it enjoyed it and never
developed a problem: What a fool. I
knew after the first hit that I was
hooked. I kept telling myself that I'd be
okay, that this was last time, but everyday after work I needed my fix, until I
was doing it twice a day, and still not
satisfied. I had become a Bufly junkie.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (a.ka.
BtVSj debuted on the big screen in
1992 with Kristy Swanson as the
eponymous heroine. Although the film
received a lukewarm reception (who
couldn't be more than bemused by
Pee-wee Herman as a vampire?),
writer and director of the film Joss
Whedon managed to convince WB that
it would make for a great ongoing
story. In 1997, BtVS hit the small
screen as a mid-season replacement
Sarah Michelle Giellar, who plays Buffy,
recalled in an interview that when she
told a friend about being cast in the
pilot and explained the plot her friend
responded "Don't worry Sarah, I'm
sure you'll get another pilot" Words
she surely choked on later.
Now in its seventh season, BtVS fol-
lowq the adventures of blonde and
perky protagonist Bufly Summers as
she: (Jeqls with.th? "trials,and tribula-
tiorfs' of school? relationships,1 family
dynamics and growing up. Buflys life
features added complications due to a
little wrinkle—she is the Slayer, the
Chosen One, whose destiny it is to seek
out evil and kick its ass. She is helped
in her mission ty the Scooby Gang
(aptly named given Gellar's recent gig
as Daphne in Scooby Doo). Said gang
includes Willow, the quiet computer
nerd turned lesbian uberwitch;
Xander, the comic sidekick, super carpenter and occasional saviour; Dawn,
full pain-in-the-butt younger sister;
Anya, the former vengeance demon
turned human, turned vengeance
demon once again; Buffy's Watcher (a
mentor); and Spike, a Billy Idol look-
_ alike vampire, onetime archenemy
and current ally of Buffy.
The show flourished thanks largely
due to Whedon's consistently fresh
and witty writing, and immediately
drew a small, but loyal following.
Renewing the show was a nohrainer
for the network. With a full season,
Whedon was able to expand the storylines and further flesh out the world of
Sunnydale (Whedon had already
sketched out the first, five seasons
when he initially pitched the series).
In spite of its overarching premise,
eclectic and sometimes silly themes,
the show has also tackled many seri-
ous issues including addiction, teenage
love and sex, and its consequences,
and the difficulties of single-parent
families. The show received accolades
for its portrayal of the samesex relationship between Willow and Tara—it
was seen as the most balanced and
realistic portrayal of a gay couple (aside
from their witchcraft) on TV, and there
was a huge outcry when Tara's character was killed off in season six.
Episodes like "Earshot" which fear
tured an unpopular student's attempt
ed suicide (it had to be delayed for
three months when the incident at
Columbine occurred) and "The Body,"
which dealt with the panoply of emotions that occur with the death of a
loved one, should be considered by
anyone composing a compendium of
serious TV.
Before dismissing the above as
hyperbole, consider that the show is
regularly referenced in university pop
literature and women's studies courses, and has been seriously dissected in
numerous reputable newspapers,
magazines and journals. It was also the
focus of at least two conferences, featuring such presentations as Choosing
Laws, Choosing Families: Images of
Law, Love and Authority in Buhy the
Vampire Slayer, Imaginary Para-Sites
of the SouL Representations of 'Race'
and 'Culture' in Angel and 'Pain as
Bright as Steel': The Monomyth and
Light as Pain in Buffy the Vampire
Slayer. Definitely not light reading.
With BtVS recovering from a
tumultuous season on'UPN—many
were shocked by the dark tone—the
series saw a renewed fan appreciation with season seven's more upbeat
tone. Then the bomb dropped:
Whedon and Gellar had always
agreed that they wanted to go out on
an high note. This led to Gellar's infamous announcement that "The show,
as we know it is over."
Now that the final episode was
wrapped, BtVS will go down as the
series that epitomised 'Girl Power' and
didn't shy away from controversial
subjects yet still managed to deKver
consistent entertainment tempered
with a unique sense of humor. I will be
left with great memories, and a need fa
find sqmething new to do on Tuesday
night Thanks for a great run. ♦
Favourite dialogue
from the series:
Buffy: "Impulsive? Do you remember my ex-boyfriend, the vampire? I
slept with him, he lost his soul, now
my boyfriend's gone forever, and
the demon that wears his face is
killing my friends. The next impulsive decision I make will involve my
choice of dentures."
Cordelia: "Well, does looking at guns
make you wanna have sex?"
Xander: "I'm 17. Looking at linoleum
makes me wanna have sex."
Devon: "Man, we need a roadie.
Other bands have roadies."
Oz: "Well, other bands know more
than three chords. Your professional bands can play up to six, sometimes seven completely different
Devon; "Thaf s just like, fruity jazz
Bufly: "I'm gonna give you all a nice,
fun, normal evening if I have to kill
every person on the face ofthe Earth
to do it'
Giles: "There is a fringe theory, held
by a few folklorists, that some
regional stories have actual, very literal antecedents."
Buffy: "And in some language that's
Oz: "Fairy tales are real."
Throat singers go deep
at the Canadian Memorial Church
Mar. 28 ,
by Shireen Nabatian
How do I even begin? Huun Huur Tu is a group of tiy oat singers
and musicians from Tuva who came from the MongoUan
steppes to sing and play their music in a packed cathedral in
Kitsilano, Vancouver. From our urban West Coast perspective, I
"do not think Robert Benaroya, artistic director of Caravan World
Rhythms, could have chosen a more obscure type of music to
bring around the world, let alone to come play for us. Throat-
singing, or khoomei is a technique in which up to three notes
are sung simultaneously through the use 6f overtones.
Sometimes it sounds like whistling, sometimes like groaning,
but mostly it sounds like a thing that can't really be described.
Huun Huur Tu, like any truly beautiful and passionate music,
must be experienced. ,
In my sloppy English vocabulary, the best I can do to inform
you about Tuvari folk music is to tell you this: imagine the beauty of a blrdsong, the pulse of galloping horses, the smell of the
wide open plains, the call of a lonely elk, the energy of a rushing
river oi? the' spirit of a Buddhist South Siberian Turkic people.
Huun Huur Tu imitates the sounds of nature in their music and
emanate the breath of their land with every strum of a guitar,
twang of a mouth harp, shake of a bull's scrotum rattle or utterance sung from the bottoms of these musicians' hearts.
Given the geographic location of Tuva and the unusual
singing technique of khoomei, it is safe to say this is exotic stuff.
And yet I felt like I knew everything they were singing, like I
understood every word. At times it sounded like Irish music,
sometimes like Norwegian music, and it even resembled the
twang of Southern American bluegrass music. Some of the songs
were calming and slow. All I could do was sit with my eyes
closed, letting my ears open to the stage, slurping up every sound
and overtone as if I had never heard music in my whole life.
Other songs had eveiyone torn between bobbing their heads and
actually bouncing on the pews of the cathedral Eventually my
friend and I were on our feet bouncing in time with the happy
melodies that seemed to be teasing our bones into jiggling along,
with the music.
Through this passionate and joyous music I was once again
reminded how, despite culture, colour and singing techniques,
we are not so different where it really counts. ♦
Human trials on the cutting edge
Apr. 12,7pm on CBC Newsworld
by Sarah Bourdon
Human Trials: Testing the - AIDS
Viccine is g. compelling documentary
about three homosexual Vancouver
men, who volunteered to be test subjects in the first-ever human trial of a
preventative vaccine for AIDS. The
film is part of CBC Newsworld's
DocFest 03, a travelling line-up of documentaries from local, national and
international filmmakers. This particular piece will be aired this Saturday on
CBC Newsworld's independent documentary program, Roughcuts. I attended its Vancouver premiere on April 4
at UBC's Robson Square campus and
found the film to be interesting, eye-
opening and honest.
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and i
The documentary follows the lives
of David, Alan and Neil, three of the
participants in the vaccine trials. The
focus is on capturing the widely different perspectives each of them have
about their sexuality and about dealing
with HIV and the AIDS virus. Director
Ryan Morley explained that the goal
was to show different views in order to
avoid stereotypes on homosexuality
and AIDS. David, Alan and Neil share
their views on entering the trial, agree-"
ing that a vaccine that would stop the
spread of AIDS is very important. "I
want to live my life, I wantJo experience life to the fullest," say's Alan at the
beginning of the film.
This vaccine, created by a company
called VaxGen, was the first to make it
to phase three of the drug approval
process—human trials. For the study,
approximately 50 homosexual men
ages 18 to 65 were recruited. Many of
these men were chosen because they
were engaging in risky sexual behaviour. In one of the most sobering
moments of the film, Alan discovers
that he has contracted HIV during the
experiment. Human Trials conveys the
emotions of this discovery. Mixed with
moments of humour and the information it gives about AIDS, the film provides viewers with a good look at the
journey involved in preventing a virus
that has become a worldwide concern.
The film ends with the staggering statistic that in the next 20 years, 70 mil-
tion people will die of AIDS, a poignant
final touch.
After the film, David, Alan and Neil,
along with co-director Ryan Morley,
and producer Tony Papa, held a question period. One audience member
commented on how brave and heroic5
each of the test subjects were to have
endured the risks ofthe experiment in
order to work towards finding a cure
for AIDS. David repUed that it was not
bravery or heroism, saying 'we care
and we love our fellow human beings.'
Alan explained that the importance of
this study- was_that it dared to do what
hadn't been previously done: "It was
the first step, somebody out there was
trying to do something.' When asked if
they would participate in anbther trial,
David added, "If someone asked me to
do it again, there's my arm.' ♦ 24
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by Jonathan Woodward
Ground>Station is a new project by two Canadian
artists, Daniel joliffe and Jaclyn Robert, but there is contention as to who has actually done the creating. No, not
between artists, but between human and machine.
Writing a program that converts signals sent by the
Global Positioning System (GPS) into piano music of a
dreamy, sci-fi quality, the authors acknowledge that they
in some way share composers' credit with 24 satellites
originally launched for militaiy purposes by the Space
Warfare Centre at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.
The signals are picked up by a small, hand-held GPS
receiver unit in a metal box outside ofthe display room.
Wires lead to an iMac displaying the positions and signal strengths of the satellites, which processes the data
and feeds it to the project's centrepiece, a Yamaha
Disklavier grand piano.
The keys automatically depress as if an otherworldly
figure weighted each note with" extreme gravity.
Standing alone in that large, white room, I understand
for a moment what the artists are saying. The GPS signals are all around us, passing soundlessly within us,
inaudible tones that, like our ubiquitous technology,
underlie everything we do. The artists have rendered
them audible. As music, it is not only in a form that I am
aware of, but is in in a forum where I can interact, and I
assume a grand position above the keys.
Satellite six, navigating a sleepy Carrier group
through the Indian Ocean, looses the languorous beginnings of A minor, and I follow with a ponderous major
sixth and minor seventh. Satellite twelve, guiding
American missiles into Iraqi aircraft, unleashes its E flat
fifth, and I retaliate with a salvo of belligerent inverted
triads. It is an incredible thing to interact, to be the third
composer. The satellites are harmony and I am melody,
aware of the technological undertones of my World, staring into the crackling interface between m.an and
machine. I am jamming with orbiting satellites! I play
on, resolute as Human!
Finally, exhausted, I step back from the keyboard.
Desperate to share my epiphanies, I rush to the curator's desk, and breathlessly exclaim, 'I was drawn into
the art! I played with the satellites! Within the music of
the modern world there is a small voice and it is mine!"
Bespectacled, he looks up from his reading. "You didn't touch it, did you? There are signs all over the place,
saying 'DO NOT TOUCH.' We have strict penalties. Did
you touch it?*
I blink. "No,' I say. "No, not at all."
"Good," he says. "Interactivity really plays very Uttle
part in this art You see, the GPS system was a technology originally invented for warfare; the artists are inverting its intended use and interpreting its source data as
musicr. It is not so much the sound of the satellites but
rather translating the data so we can 'hear' it in a new
context The data becomes the sound of our techno-soci-
ety; a cultural artifact of our particular time arid place.*
"Yes. My thoughts exactly," I say. "Good-bye."
Well, I wasn't far off. The wonderful thing about gini-
micky 'new media' is that it is open to wide and varied
interpretation, where the piece's objective significance
pales in relation and importance to the response inside
the observer's slightly unstable cranium." At least thafs
my excuse.
So Ground>Station makes quite tlje s.tatemen^t for
statements) and is an eerie but refreshing way to' espe-
rience our technological world. It is decent to behold
from afar, but if you want a real experience, dodge the
curators, fire off a few notes, and make sure they hear
you in Schriever. ♦
Tnank Yc
We want to express our gratitude to those students
and other memhers or the UBC Community who
in one way or another gave us their support during
the recent job action.
Your support helped to keep our spirits unbroken
in our light ior fairness.
CUPE Local 2950 (Support Staff, Library
and Chan Centre Workers)
4 THE ubyssey
Looking back on the Bird year
THE WEIGHT OF GLORY: The women's soccer team, was one of three Thunderbird
teams to take home national gold this season, sean benbow/the gateway photo
by Sarah Conchie, Jesse Marchand and
Thre§ banners, three rookies of the year and
one world record later, this year's
Thunderbirds have it all From heartbreak in
Halifax to elation in Edmonton, the Ubyssey
sports staff saw it all. While you may have
missed a few of UBCs most memorable sports
moments, we've faithfully been keeping track.
W§ even, asked the coaches to provide the last
word; although riot all of them complied—only
two, in faci stuck to oi^r, one-word limit :
Women's soccer (17-1 -1, National
The regular season saw the women's soccer
team win a whopping 11 shut-out games, nine
of them consecutive. They controversially won
the Canada West tournament after defender
Jacqui Ferraby jumped pn top of a ball destined
for the open net That ball would have cost UBC
the game, but the refe carded Ferraby and
awarded Calgary the penalty kick. The Dinos
Winning both Canada West and the National
Championship in extra time, UBC took home
two heavy trophies. Veteran Kristine Jack, who
scored the golden, goal in the Canada West
Semifinal despite a painful knee injury, and
netted four key goals at the National
Championships, wrapped up her career at UBC
by winning the Marilyn" Pomfret trophy for
female athlete of the year.
It was the sixth straight CIS national title for
both the men's and women's teams in Victoria
this year. And just in case the usual winning
routine was starting to lack sparkle, the Bird's
top pool shark Brian Johns set the crowd at the
Saanich Commonwealth Centre abuzz with a
world-record breaking "swim in the men's
400 IM.
There were whispers of a possible Calgary
upset after the Dinos took home the Canada
West Championship, but the Birds weren't at
full strength during that meet Now that the
Birds have won the "Mix for Six* the Ubyssey is
kindly offering yet another catchy swimming
slogan for next season: "Seven is heaven," anyone?
The finalists
Men's basketball (15-5, Canada West
Champions) >
When the academic disqualiiiation. pf Clan
sharpshooter Jordan Mason finished SFU's
hunt for a divisional title, UBC quickly moved
in on the room at the top, taking on the
Trinity Western Spartans—and their rabid
fans—in the first round of the playoffs. They
came away with a best-of-three series victory,
and then played host in the Final Four,
sweeping their way to their first Canada West
Championship title in seven years. The jubilation soon turned to dismay, however, as the
Birds froze in Halifax, losing two straight
games in the national championships.
Graduating guard Kyle Russell, who scored a
career-high 43 points in the Canada West
final, won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy'
as the CIS basketball man of the year, and"
then shared the in-house Bobby Gaul
Memorial Trophy with football's Javier Glatt
for male athlete of the year.
Women's volleyball (16-4, Canada West
bronze, CIS fifth place)
Ranked one or two all season, UBC was
brimming with confidence about their latest
run to the National Championships in
Quebec City. But the same team they had
crushed on the way to a bronze medal in the
2002 title tournament exacted swift revenge
this time around, and Sherbrooke's young
Vert et Or knocked out the Birds in three
straight sets in the very first round.
Men's soccer (7-4-1, Canada West silver)
Entering the post-season on a four game
winning streak and. seeded third in the
Canada West division, the Birds lost gold and
a berth to nationals courtesy of the UVic
Vikes. Steve Frazao led the team—and the
country for a while, with 12 goals—before
injuring his ankle and watching the action
from the sidelines down the stretch.
Teammate and outstanding defender Aaron
Richer was named soccer's Player of the
Field hockey (9-2-1, CIS silver)
Playing a perfect final Canada West tournament on the turf of UBC's Wright Field, the
Birds didn't even let arch-rivals UVic score in
the final game. But the Vikes took the championship title on the strength of a better regular season record. The two teams crushed
all competition before meeting again in
Halifax for the gold medal game. This time,
. the score was reversed, with the Vikes prevailing 2-0 over the defending national
champions. "We on the team all know that we
missed an opportunity to win both CW and
CIS because of not playing to our potential
and giving up too. many goals," wrote Coach
Hash Kanjee. 'Next year we hope to be much
better prepared defensively and aggressively
go after both CW and CIS tides."
CIS players of the year: 3 x
Rookies of the year: 3
Most nude varsity athletes in the outdoor
pool at one time: 23
Athlete & coaches whose names we spelled
wrong the first timet 13
Athletes' mothers who phoned the Ubyssey to
correct us: 1
Number of times the word "Bird* or "Birds"
appeared in Ubyssey sports stories: 217
Athletes who told the Ubyssey that we weren't
covering their teams enough: 7
Percentage of those athletes who were on the
cheerleading squad: 98%
Streakers at UBC games this year: 2
Number of times Athletics used a stand-in
trophy at awards presentations: 2
UBC teams that made the playoffs: 10
UBC teams that won a national championship: 3
Canada West Athletes of the Week: 9
Bags of Scotch mints for the sports department's candy jar: 9 ♦
The rest
Women's basketball (13-7)
They were the first team to beat the defending national champions, the SFU Clan, in 41
games. But the women's basketball team, who
opened their season with a four game winning
streak, slumped down the stretch and finally
succumbed to the Dinos hi the first round of the
playoffs. 6' 1" post Kelsey Blair was named CIS
rookie of the year—she averaged 17.5 points
and 11.5 rebounds per game in the post-season. ,       .
Men's volleyball (5-15)
Surprising Regina with straight set victories
to secure a playoff berth, the men wire hoping
for a miracle as they (ravelled to Alberta to face
the number one squad in the Canada West in
the first round of the playoffs. Although they
fought well, the Birds lost in five sets to the
Bears in the second match of the best of three
series, and blew their first appearence in the
post-season in four years. They were ranked
eighth at the season's close. Coach Dale Ohman
had just one word to describe his 20th season
behind the bench: "interesting."
Ice hockey
The men (5-21) had another bad year, missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
Goalie Chris Levesque filled the net nicely for
Robert File after the Slovakian star knocked out
a Huskie in season play with his blocker and
was temporarily suspended. Nils Antons led
UBC scoring with ten goals and 14 assists in 28
games, "We learned that we never want to go
through another losing season ever again, and
we all haye something to prove next year,"
wrote coach Milan Dragicevic.
A single win in a 20-game schedule didn't
keep the female ice birds from having a good
time this year—that 3-0 shutout against
Lethbrige came just one game into the season,
and the Bird's closest contest after that was a 1-
0 loss to Manitoba in November. They lost
rather fantastically, 17-0 to number-one
Alberta, but both goalies Lucie Fortin and
Teryne Russell remained the Bird's biggest
assets, and will return next year, posting .884
and .880 save percentages respectively. Head
coach Dave Newson had just one word to
describe 2003 on the UBC ice, and it was in all
caps: "LEARNING."
Nordic skiing
Not only did the Nordic ski team provide the
Ubysseywith the year's most entertaining press
releases, their sense of humour also gave way
to some great finishes as the men placed third
overall in the Canadian national championships.
Alpine skiing
13,500km of driving, eight states and five
corhpetitions later, the men were rewarded
with their best team finish in ten years, placing
fourth at the USCSA Western Regional
Championships. Five Birds from both the
men's and women's teams garnered Athletic,
Ail-American nods in 2003, and the ski teams
sent rookie Alexandra MacLean and international veteran but UBC newcomer Trevor Bruce
to the World University Games in Tarvisio, Italy.
Football (3-5)
Losing five in an eight game season was
hard, and losing the Shrum Bowl on home turf
22-11 to the SFU Clan was even harder, but it
sparked a comeback for the Birds in coach Lou
Deslaurier's inaugural seasoa as Javier Glatt,
this year's golden boy and possible CFL draftee,
initiated a 24-12 upset over the fifth-ranked
Regina squad. With young quarterback Blake
Smelser at the helm replacing veteran Rob
Kenney, the Birds finished their season on a
three-game winning streak.
The women took bronze with a 13-5 win
over UVic in the Canada West Championship
early in the year. Shannon Lowe, who contracted a life-threatening illness just before the varsity season, courageously came back to the field
this spring, and will likely ease her way mto the
lineup this summer. It was, according to coach
Spencer Robinson, "An enjoyable period of
growth with a heightened appreciation for
health and friendships."
The men played through an undefeated season in the first division ofthe Vancouver Rugby
Union before coughing up a loss to UC Berkeley
in the ages-old World Cup Tournament on
Vancouver soil
After an undefeated season, the men's and
women's rowing teams lost their 11th Brown
Cup in a row to the UVic Vikes, this time on the
Fraser River at the Birds' new training site in
Richmond. '
And then there's the Golden Coyotes...
The seventh annual Golden Coyote Awards
have just one lucky winner this year:
Swimmer Brianjohns, who made Canadian
swimmers proud, and international competitors tremble with his world record-breaking
swim at the CIS national championships this
year, is our Athlete of the Year. Not only did he
make histoiy and make the world focus on the
UBC pool for the sixth straight year, but he
humbly accepted not one, not two, but three
standing ovations from admiring peers. ♦
MAKE IT A DOUBLE: Basketball's Kyle
Russell gets a proper send-off with two
awards, sarah conchie photo 26
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important thing; to Icrcv/,
So by all means Iteep yvix
csvpectatictnsloW'. -t- THE UBYSSEY
put that
in the
The Ubyssey sports desk hasn't
been able to print everything we
heard this season... until now. If you
cao figure out which athlete/coach
said it, you could win dinner with
the Sports Editor.
"I don't think 90 per
cent ofthe population
ever puts that kind of
effort into anything...I
think,, that our coach
would say that
we are theftttest guys
on the UBC campus.
The swimmers might
J live us heck for that,
ut ifs true, dammit.
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the recorajpr most
penalty minutes?
No. Butjfou could
definitely sdy that
Vm a bozo.
Veah9 a bozo!9
(fYou can be with your
head up your ass, not
realty into it, anath^en
somebody hit$you
and you're automatically in the game'.".
"We wanted to send
Eetnbridge back to
their ranch—their rink
is in tne middle of a
ranch, with horses,
and deer and stuff?'
Take your
d show herth
bruise ydu got in the
game today1."
Send your answers to
'4&v^L'%& ~<,i
COVERING ALL THE BASES: UBC's Richard Smythe (right), slides back into first in front of the tag from Oregon State's Brendan Holmes.
Perfect pitch
Baseball Birds hustle Owls;
remain undefeated
in NAIA conference play
by Sarah Conchie
There's a reason the Thunderbird
baseball team doesn't have their
home opener until halfway through
their season: the weather.
But even though the Vancouver
rain inevitably fell this weekend,
and eventually soaked both the
Thunderbirds and the visiting
Hustlin' Owls right off the field in
game four at Nat Bailey Stadium, the
UBC record remained positively
sunny. With a 3-0 series victory over
Oregon Tech, the Birds jumped to
17 in the NAIA rankings
this week.
After a tight opening game that
saw UBC squeak by Oregon Tech 8-
5, Friday's second tilt was characterised by shivering^ shouting fans
and 17 unanswered UBC runs.
"They sound like a bad-mannered
Greek chorus/ whispered one
Oregon fan as the bleachers echoed
with UBC enthusiasm. But there
wasn't much else to remark on for
the Owl crowd, as they watched their
team fall deeper and deeper into the
hole, sending five pitchers to the
mound in an effort to stem the UBC
batting bonanza.
Senior right-hander Brooks
McNiven, who rested during the
first game, pitched seven innings
for the Birds, making it even
tougher for the Owls to claw their
way back.
*I think we just came out and
swung the bats a lot better in game
two,' said Head Coach Terry McKaig
afterwards. 'And with Brooks on the
mound, that's always a big advantage to psych out the other team. It's
the other team's offence that knows
once they give up four or five runs,
they're not going to score off of
McKaig actually has two
McNivens in the bullpen—while
Brooks is hoping for a chance at the
majors this year, his younger brother Jordan is just beginning his route
to the top of the mound at UBC.
Jordan pitched one inning Friday,
facing four batters aiid striking out
one of them, and giving up no
earned runs.
The elder McNiven likes having
his kid brother around, "There's no
rivalry—we've played together a lot,
and we watch out for one another
and cheer one another on,* he said
Keeping Brooks happy and
focused is key to UBC's playoff
hopes this year. McKaig is counting
on Brooks to take the Birds into the
post-season, after losing star lefthander Jeff Francis to the Colorado
Rockies in the first round of the
major league draft last season. "He
affects the other teams just like Jeff
did lastyear," says McKaig of his latest pitching star. He's also looking to
the talents of others in the dugout,
especially the return of outfielder
Kareem Johnson, who came back to
Canada this year after three seasons
with the Minnesota Twins.
"I think we can make the World
Series in Lewiston,' says McKaig.
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"We have that type of talent this
year.' He cautions that the season is
still young, however. "Realistically
we don't like tq look too far into the
playoffs. I'm just telling the guys,
'Let's win the conference and take it
from there."
- Saturday was- an extra-inning
struggle, as Oregon tied UBC 3-3 in
the sixth inning when Owl outfielder
Ryan Wilson sent teammate Norris
home off an RBI double. The seven
planned innings stretched to nine
before Kareem Johnson sent a well-
timed ball into centre field, allowing
second-year outfielder Mark Zaxnojc
to sprint from second to register the
game winner.
"I have trouble right now going
to class and keeping my mind on
what's happening—I drift off and
start thinking about baseball," said
Brooks McNiven after the sweep. If
the Birds keep playing like this,
McNiven won't be the only one
with UBC baseball on his mind. ♦
—UBC contends with another
Oregon team, this time from
Eastern Oregon University, next
week at Nat Bailey. Games start
Friday at 6pm, Saturday
at 12pm, and 11am
Sunday morning.
Staff meeting agenda:
1)lntros ..  7 '"   '
3)Election ratification
4)Freakin' party!
5)Changes to styleguide
6)Ad boycott policy
7)End o' the year celebration
9)Other business
10)Post mortem
Wednesday 12pm SUB 24
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EYES ON THE WORLD: UBC junior Sarah Moodie and team captain Jill McAuley are on par with the best female university golfers in North America.This year, the golf
team hopes to compete in two national championships: the first ever Canadian tilt inToronto, and the ages-old NAIA Championship, which the Birds won back in 2001.
ireen pastures for
The UBC women's
golf team has
excelled in a US
league for the
past five years;
now they finally
get some homegrown competition at the first-
ever Canadian
Nationals in
Toronto this May.
by Sarah Conchie
Just because Chris MacDonald
inhabits an office in the dark basement of the cavernous War
Memorial Gym—which he fondly
refers to as "the dungeon*—doesn't
mean his team is in the basement of
the league. In fact, as of last week,
the UBC women's golf team is
ranked number two io North
America, topping a dizzying 240-
school conference.
Playing in the NAIA for the last
five years, the women's program
has one national championship trophy (2001) to their credit already.
"The most exciting thing about
this program,* MacDonald says, "is
that it's not the results yet We're
creating something here behind the
scenes, and our real goal is go and
compete with all tha NCAA teams
and really give them a run for their
money. The NAIA is something that
we're in, but our objectives are loftier than that and while we respect
everything that goes on in the NAIA,
we don't see them as much as the
NCAA teams we see all year.'
Coming into this year with only
three returning players, MacDonald
immediately cast about the country,
and came up with an enviable roster
of rookies that includes one—first
year Margaux Brewer—hailing all
the way from Thailand. They're a
good enough group that MacDouald
is thinking seriously about sinking
several championships in the coming years.    . .
"I don't want to tell the world that
we're going to be first this year,
because that puts unfair pressure on
the'rookies. But we will certainly
compete for it"
Regardless of the outcome of this
year's NAIA championship in balmy
Palm Coast Florida, the Birds will
still have a shot at a national title at
the slightly colder Canadian nationals in Toronto the following week.
It's the first time the event has been
held, and team captain and veteran
Jill McAuley is looking forward to it
"It's a unique situation because
there's so many unknowns in the
tournament,' she says. "But we've
got a pretty good chance, and I can't
wait to see what kind of Canadian
talent will be there."
Representing Canada can* be
sticky, sometimes, continues the
third-year golfer and biochemical
engineering student "We're well-
respected, and we definitely notice
that we're recognised when we go to
' tournaments,' she grins.' "But a lot
of people do ask, "Where's UBC?'
and you pretty much just have to say
'Canada,' 'cause that's the only thing
that works.'
McAuley, who was named an All-
American last season, never considered going to a higher profile
Stateside school. "I wanted to stay in
Canada," she smiles sweetly. "I like
Canada." The academic program
was a big draw for McAuley, at a
time, when she only had one
' Canadian option. "I could achieve
both goals here at UBC," she says.
"Becoming an engineer and improving my game. And," she adds, 'you
get to play a lot more here—theyfre
so competitive in the States that in
your rookie year, you don't play a
lot, whereas here, we have a pretty
decent schedule,"
That schedule has yielded some
solid results already for the seven-
member team. The ejid of March
saw Jana Haggjns, a rookie from
Calgary, place ninth overall in Santa
Clara, and UBC's latest tournament
in Spokane, Washington earned
them sixth place. The top five finishers were al] from Division I of the
NCAA,.., '■•'/
"We weren't expecting to beat
any of those teams," says Mcdonald.
"Not yet, anyways.'
And for those who scoff at golf as
a 'soft' sport citing that some travel
to some of the warmest and most
beautiful places in North American,
MacAuley has a few correcting
"I wouldn't call it cushy," she
says firmly. "The fact we get to go
warm places is definitely a bonus,
but when we're at a tournament we
usually just see the hotel and the golf
course and that's about it'
McDonald agrees. "Is it soft?
Well, sure you're not getting hit by
anything, but mentally, if you know
you have to win a golf tournament
and you're out standing offside on
the 18thJiole and there's water on
the other side and you can't deal
with that than you're hot going to
succeed.in your objective." ">7
Johns and the Dolphins
do it again
The Dolphins, a swim team that
many UBC varsity swimmers join in
the varsity off season, broke yet
another record at the US National
Swimming Championships in
Indianapolis last week. Ih the men's
400m medley relay, Brian Johns,
Mathew Huang, Mike Mintenko and
Brent Hayden placed first-with a
time of 3:45.20, breaking a
Canadian record they set in 2001.
The men also took first iq, the 800m
freestyle relay.with swimmer Mark
Johnston jumping in the relay in
place of Huang. Johns also placed
second in the' 200m individual
medley and third in the 200m butterfly, good for fourth overall.
Mintenko took home a bronze for
the 100m butterfly and fell from
second place in the preliminaries to
sixth in the 100m freestyle. Hayden
only placed 17th in the 50in
freestyle but swam to a fifth-place
spot in the 100m freestyle, under
The women fared a httle worse
and were just knocked out of a
* medal spot to fourth place in the
800m freestyle relay. They placed'
seventh three times in various
other events.
That name looks
strangely familiar
The UBC football team recently
added 12 graduating secondary
stars to its 2003-2004 roster. The
most notable addition is 5'10, 180-
pounder DB, Jacques Deslauriers. A
graduate of St Thomas More, he is
also the nephew of UBC's head
coach Lou Deslauriers, who
coached for 13 years at More before
coming to UBC last season.
Liberals get in on the
This March Premier Gordon
Campbell announced the winners
of the Premier's Athletic Awards of
BC. Among those honoured were
UBC's Christine Bonish from volleyball, Mike Mintenko and Jessica
Deglau from swimming and Brooks
McNiven from baseball.
The honours are supposed to go
to the top man and woman from the'
top 50 sports that participate in the
Athlete Assistance program, but
this year only eighty people were
honoured. .
The lucky recipients got a nice
plaque and a picture with the
Premier, and the Athlete Assistant
program received. $10.85 million
from the. Ministry of Community,
Aboriginal and Women's Services
this year.
The money goes to train eight-to
thirteen-year-olds in basic sports
skills, and provides financial supr
port ranging from $500-$3,50Q to
BC athletes representing Canada
and BC in competition. The awards
are based on performance level, not
financial need. ♦


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