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 sleepy since 1918
UBC'S cross-country
team in practice before
Saturday's opening
NAIA meet in Seattle.
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After sticking in the CIAU for a long time, UBC's cross-country
Usually cross-country practice starts at least
a week earlier than September 7th. And usually there is not a 60 per cent roster turnover
rate. But for the UBC cross-country team, this
year is different in almost every way.
A group of lean athletes, dressed in T-
shirts, runner's shorts, and running shoes, sit
in a small area of shade on the sunlit field as
they always do before practice, but even on
this second official week of training, head
coach Marek Jedrzejek is still making introductions. Of the 33 members of the men's
and women's teams, 20 are rookies.
The late start of practice can be explained
by Jedrzejek's being delayed in Seville as a
coach for the Canadian middle-distance running team. The reason for the abundance of
rookies is a lot more far-reaching. UBC crosscountry, a dominant CIAU team that has been
coached by Jedrzejek for 13 years, is looking
much younger this year because for the first
time in recent memory, every single runner is
an undergraduate. And that is because the
team is looking southward. Starting in 1999,
UBC cross-country is no longer a CIAU sport.
Say hello to UBC cross-country's new
competitive     home:    the    National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
"This year is different because for the first
time we are going to NAIA to compete," says
Jedrzejek. "We lost, especially in the
women's, quite a few because of that change.
One of the rules is only undergraduates, so
there can be no masters or Ph.D students,
who we could accommodate before. So right
there we lost almost one-third of the team
from the previous year."
"Our athletic director [Bob  Philip] was
- exploring [the switch from CIAU to NAIA] for
the last few years and got to the conclusion
that k wGtdd;be very interesting to try some
thing down south of the border."
In UBC's new world, they will be competing against universities from Idaho,
California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as against local rival Simon Fraser
But the switch means more than just be a change in letters or geography.
UBC runners will face a transition in terms of competition, for one—the men's
distance will move from the ClAU's 10km standard to the NAIA's 8km. Add to
that the number of unknowns which will not become completely clear until UBC
competes in their opening meet in Seattle on Saturday, and there has been a
varied range of response from within the team about the change. But the most
common response is uncertainty.
"I think right off the top, [the NAIA] will be tougher, but we don't know
yet," says Jay Dolmage, a fourth-year veteran of the team who is returning
after spending the last year studying and training in England. "To a certain
extent; in the CIAUs, it's pretty insular—you know who you're competing
against every time. Once we get down to Seattle, we'll be able to see what
we're up against."
Coach Jedrzejek sees this year as a learning experience. "A lot of those
[American] teams have much more depth, many more athletes, so we're looking to gain from that to learn something from tougher, stiffer competition.
There is always something to learn because nothing is easy, nothing is given.
Everybody will have to fight to the last metre in the race to win or to get the
best spot."
New to the men's team is Jonathan Luckhurst, a University of Alberta
transfer, who despite being injured, is excited about competing against
teams in the States. And the change is what brought him to BC.
"I was [at the University of Alberta] for two years. I just needed change. I
wasn't improving, I've been plateauing...and training on my own. I know it's a
good training group out here, so I think it will help me a lot," says Luckhurst.
"I'm looking forward to [competing in NAIA]. I think it will be good. I've been to
[the CIAU nationals] before and it was good competition, but it will be interesting to see what the States is going to be like."
David Milne, who was last year's Canadian national junior champion and a
national team member, is not quite so eager. Coming off of what Milne calls a
"so-so summer," during which he competed in nationals and finished fifth in
the steeplechase, he was looking forward to improving within the CIAU after
success last year. Now, after finishing third at the CIAU Championships last
season, his hopes of winning the CIAUs in 1999 have had to be abandoned.
"I would have liked to stay in the CIAU because I feel I could have won
CIAUs three years in a row for cross-country because I have three more years
of eligibility. So I think this would have been the most difficult year to win, but
had I won this year, the two years following would have been easier. And actu
ally, that was something that I really wanted to do, but
now, obviously I can't. I don't really know much aboLi
[NAIA]. I'll just go and run my best and see what happens."
Leading the much revamped women's team is Jenn
Wakely, a two-time CIAU championship competitor who
is in her third year on the team. Wakely and only three
others are returning on the women's side, and they will
be surrounded by rookies.
"The team looks like it will definitely be a building
year, and it looks like people have a lot of potential,"
says Wakely. "You can't really expect anything going in
just because our team is completely new and we're in a
totally new division. But a lot of people look like they
can definitely step up for the team and that's relieving
because it's scary knowing that you're one of the only
ones returning [due to many no longer being eligible
under NAIA rules]."
Despite enthusiasm for her new teammates,
Wakely, like Milne, is not too excited about UBC's new
"To be perfectly honest, I'd rather be in CI s. Just
because of other teammates and because of knowing
the competition and knowing a lot of people at other
schools. But I think NAIA s, eventually, in the long
run, will  probably be better for the school, just
because offinancial means, and there's a lot more
meets we're capable of going to, because out here,
it's so spread out...but this year is going to be kind
of difficult."
Jedrzejek realises that the shift to the NAIA may
bring difficulties along with it, and only time will tell
how things go.
"Both teams are very young and we'll see after
this weekend how we did. I don't like to put too
much pressure on the young athletes, but I think
we should qualify at least one team for [the NAIA
championships   in]   Kenosha,   Wisconsin   on
November 20th."
Whether the UBC team is as successful in
the NAIA as they were in the CIAU is yet to be
seen. If they do take to it, all the better, but if
it turns out to be a change for the good in the
long run, who better to than a cross-country
team to take that long run?*> 2 friday, September 24, 1999 • page friday-the ubyssey magazine ■
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or...what's inside today
«S A controversial anti-abortion display could
rlfbe,here next week, despite the university's
q be$t legal efforts to prevent the Genocide
- Awareness Project from coming to the UBC
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we asked 60 students:
are you aware that the AMS is holding
.HO 22a re'erer,dum next week?
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GAP okay by me
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tion exhibit at UBC. It is very important
for the horror of abortion to be made
more visible as no rational human being
would advocate the destruction of human
life, yet abortion is tolerated in our soci
ety largely because it is euphemised and
its true nature kept hidden.
The University has a responsibility to
provide a venue, free of harassment, for
this group as it does for many other
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of assistance please contact me.
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Birds wind up for
a repeat season
LETS GO TO WORK: UBC's defending national champion field hockey team is coming into 1999 with everyone
back, and talent to burn, tara westover photo
by Naomi Kim
Standing in the pouring rain after a
6am practice, Hash Kanjee, head
coach of the women's field hockey
team, has something to smile
"I get the sense this morning
that [the team's] anxious to go and
I like the feeling. They're
ready...we're ready to play."
Despite having a homeless
team—UBC's defending CIAU
champion women's field hockey
team doesn't have their own artificial turf home field yet (the Birds
play home games downtown at
Andy Livingstone Park)—Kanjee,
who was named 1998 CIAU coach
of the year, is coming off of one
great season. Not only that, but
he's headed into one that could
even surpass it.
Last year's team, which contained three CIAU second team All-
Canadians, a national team goalkeeper, and a solid defense,
remains completely intact. While
many teams are trying to rebuild,
Kanjee simply has to renovate the
UBC field hockey powerhouse.
There are 10 highly experienced
and returning fourth- and fifth-year
players back in uniform. In addition,
two returning players have had to
redshirt in order to make room for
three highly talented rookies.
Returning players include fifth-
year goalkeeper and 1997 CIAU
second team All-Canadian Ann
Harada, whose second year with the
national team produced a bronze
medal from the Pan American
Games this past summer; fifth-year
forward and 1997 Canada West All-
Star Lesley Magnus, *who had a
great year last year, and fouth-year
midfielder and 1998 CIAU second
team All-Canadian Jen Dowdeswell.
"I'm excited about the team this
year," said Harada. "We haven't
lost anyone to graduation for the
past three years, we have some
excellent rookies coming in, so we
should do really well this year."
New to the team are Weiske van
Zoest, who has played a bit with the
Canadian Junior team and is coming to UBC after playing in Holland,
Mo O'Connor, "probably the most
sought-after kid in the country"
according to Kanjee, and the talented Alisa Carey. Although all are talented, Kanjee prefers to say less
about them and  "let the results
"It's a good lineup...basically, I have the horses. I
do have the team and
it's just a matter of getting them pointed in the
right direction."
-Hash Kanjee
Women's Field Hockey Coach
speak" instead.
"It's a good lineup," acknowledges Kanjee. "Basically, I have the
horses. I do have the team and it's
just a matter of getting them pointed in the right direction."
"We were strong defensively
last year and I think we struggled
with our offense. We had a young
offense. This year with [returning
and new players, they're]...showing signs of playing some sparkling
hockey. I think we're going to have
some decent attack. We've added
a dimension to our team that we
didn't have last year. We've still
got the same defense, and mid-
field's the same, now we've got an
attack. So we're strong in all three
But all that being said, it's not
always the best team that wins, but
the team that plays the best, of
which Kanjee is completely aware.
"You can put it on paper and say,
'yeah, this looks great' but it's got
to be done on the pitch. I don't think
we were the best team last year in
terms of manpower, but on the day,
everyone put in extra, everybody
played at a slightly better level, so
we were able to get some good performances out of that as well."
As one of the veteran teams,
playing experience will be an asset
for the Thunderbirds as they head
into the new season. But with new
players and slightly different team
chemistry, the team is working to
smooth things out in time for the
Canada West Games.
And part of the team building
was a training trip at the end of
August in New Zealand. Although it
was a "fabulous" and "tough" trip,
Kanjee said that "we learned a lot
about ourselves. We were a little bit
tired but we worked hard."
As for the regular season
games, they are quite unlike other
sports. Rather than games on consecutive weekends, field hockey
teams will only meet on three weekends during the regular season and
will play all four other teams in the
Canada West division each time.
The first tournament will take place
this weekend in Edmonton
"Our conference is probably the
toughest of the three conferences
in the country, and every game is
going to be very very important. At
the end of the day you got to do the
job. [We've] got to be on top of our
And for competition, Kanjee
forsees the University of Victoria as
UBC's toughest competition—the
Vikings lost 1-0 to UBC in the
national finals, and have key
national team players returning
after being absent last year. But
Kanjee is confident in UBC's
upcoming season and looks forward to this weekend as a way of
seeing where the Birds stand in
relation to the other teams.
"The thing for this year is to say,
'this is early days...what do we need
to do to give ourselves the opportunity?' So we'll go this weekend,
have a look at some of the other
teams, see what they are doing,
find out what some of our things are
that we need to work on as a team
and hopefully have everybody willing
to say 'yes,' get some agreement
on what we need to fix and fix it.
And stay healthy, and work hard,
and just take one game at a
time."** -page friday—the ubyssey magazine*friday, septembel
New academic plan
under attack
Many faculty members strongly opposed a draft
document proposing UBC's academic future at
a forum held Tuesday. Although the plan
includes strategies to deal with retaining faculty and proposals to create a more interdisciplinary and community-based learning environment, some professors are worried that the
plan is nothing more than a wish list.
Dennis Oanielson, a professor in the English
department, said the plan contradicts itself by
setting goats of making UBC both accessible
and competitive at the same time. "It's just
wishful thinking," he said.
Danielson added that the plan has
increased tensions between university administration and faculty. "It's a nasty document
because of the division and discouragement
that it's created."
But Michael Goldberg, chair of the Academic
Plan Advisory Committee, said the meeting was
the appropriate venue to provide input and
stimulate discussion.
The committee plans to solicit more discussion over the next two months and revise the
draft for a Senate meeting in mid-November,
CASA plans national
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) wilt join 16 student societies across the country, in the
upcoming "Education Builds a Nation" campaign, which will be launched in November by
the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
(CASA), of which the AMS is a member.
The campaign is aimed in part at improving
the low public opinion of post-secondary education and students, and also raises concerns
about funding cuts. *Our universities are worse
off than our hospitals by a long shot," said
Jason Aebig, national director of CASA.
As part of the campaign, CASA is proposing
$4 billion in new funding for universities and colleges over the next two federal budgets.
"It's fairly aggressive and we're not sure
[we'll] get a lot of support for that. But the reality is that $4 billion is what's missing in post-
secondary education since 1994...[It] translates into almost exactly the tuition increases
which have happened across the country."
Aebig said at an AMS forum Tuesday.
In addition, CASA is calling for the elimination of the GST on textbooks.
In related news, the AMS failed to reach a
decision whether or not to support thc
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), the
other national student lobby organisation, in its
Day of Action, held in February across the country each year to draw attention to post-secondary education issues.
Waterloo joins CUTS
The University of Waterloo Federation ot
Students has joined the lawsuit against the
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) for control of Travel CUTS, the travel agency run by the
services arm of the CFS. Waterloo joins student
societies from the University of Western
Ontario, the University of Alberta, Queen's, and
UBC in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit is based on the transfer of ownership of Travel CUTS to the CFSS in 1987. The
travel company was previously owned by a now-
dormant student services organisation, the
Association of Student Councils (AOSC). and
the five student councils allege the transfer of
ownership lo the CFS-S was not valid, and
would like shares ot the travel company.*
UBC tries stop-GAP measures
by Nicholas Bradley
A legal battle between UBC and the UStoased
Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) seems
unavoidable after the university filed an injunction
earlier this week against the militant anti-abortion
CBR has been planning to bring its Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP) to campus next week.
And despite the legal challenge, the university
and student groups are continuing to prepare for
GAP, the CBR's controversial display which
equates abortion with genocide using large and
graphic pictures.
On Wednesday, UBC's lawyers applied for an
interim injunction against CBR and its executive
director, Gregg Cunningham, to prevent GAP from
coming to campus pending a full hearing on the
The application requests that CBR restrain
from attending UBC's private property, displaying
any presentation, impeding traffic, and interfering
with the business of UBC students and employees. UBC also requested that these conditions be
applied permanently to "the Defendants, the
Defendants' agents, and those who support the Defendants."
Byron Hender, executive coordinator for the vice-president students,
hopes that the injunction will be successful.
"We don't think they will show up on campus with displays because
that would be likely to jeopardise their case in court."
But the petition for an injunction has CBR preparing to take its own
"The university.. .has very hypocritically declared that the university is
open to the display of these disturbing pictures, but only pursuant to conditions that are impossible for the Lifeline student organisation, or our
organisation, to comply with," said Cunningham.
In response to the injunction, CBR plans to fight the matter in court.
"We're"prepared to make a very long court battle out of this. We are
arranging to fund the cost of very protracted litigation."
Ihe university's application for injunction is based on CBR's refusal
to comply with the conditions UBC set out in order for CBR to come to
campus. In addition, according to the application, CBR has refused to
acknowledge UBC's authority to control its own property.
UBC requested that CBR pay for its own security—at a maximum
cost of $15,000 per day—and insisted that CBR set up its display at
Maclnnes Reid, situated beside the Student Recreation Centre,
Brian Sullivan, UBC's vice-president students, said that these conditions were "rather painstakingly arrived at." UBC based its requests
partly on information from American universities that had already hosted GAP.
But CBR refrised UBC's demands, calling them unfair.
"We are being relegated to the obscurity of Mclnnes field," said
"Our point is that social reform always involves a message that the
dominant culture doesn't wish to receive."
UBC maintains that its decision is not intended to interfere with the
exercise of free speech.
"We're not asking them to change their display, or change the
images that they're showing, or change any parts of their freedom of
expression.. .our concern is for the safety of the campus, we don't want
the operation of the university to be disrupted," said Debora Sweeney,
a UBC official.
Cunningham, however, said that although CBR will not act outside
the law, GAP will definitely be coming to campus, injunction or not. He
said that if CBR representatives are banned from campus, members of
Lifeline, the pro-life AMS club that invited GAP to UBC, will organise the
exhibit, carrying signs around campus if necessary.
"These images will be displayed at UBC. They will be displayed by
"~ *•!
GAP: The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform refused the university's assignment of
Maclnnes Field as a venue for its controversial exhibit, GAP. tara westover photo
students who are courageous and committed to defending their right to
free expression," he said.
"Instead of only four days, which the university is trying to reduce to
two days, now these images are going to be exhibited for months."
Lifeline President Stephanie Gray, agrees, saying that "it's not a
question of whether GAP will come."
Meanwhile, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) council unanimously
passed a motion to instruct the AMS to seek all legal means to prevent
CBR from coming into the SUB, and student groups are mobilising opposition to GAP.
According to AMS general manager. Bernie Peets, Lifeline still has not
signed a contract with CBR, so the club will not be covered by AMS insurance. Lifeline currently has SUB space booked for Monday and Tuesday,
even though UBC originally asked CBR not to come until later in the
"I don't think [GAP is] doing anything but inciting contempt and hatred
against women and abortion providers," said Erin Kaiser of Students for
Choice, which plans to protest GAP, as well as provide alternative information.
In a letter sent to Students for Choice, Colour Connected, and
Speakeasy, UBC legal counsel Dennis Pavlich wrote that UBC agreed to
provide "equal space for groups wishing to present alternative perspectives."
However, opposing groups at other universities GAP has visited have
run into legal problems.
One Kansas University (KU) student was arrested in 1998 for aggravated assault after driving a car into the display. No GAP workers were
injured. A group of protesters also tipped over one of the signs, which
resulted in GAP filing two battery charges.
The Daily Kansan reported that the KU Public Safety Office blockaded the area around both the GAP exhibit and the prc-choice advocates
in order to maintain a visible presence throughout GAP's visit.
At Ohio State University The Lantern reported that a student was
arrested for criminal mischief after allegedly rushing the display with a
The paper reported that a group of about 40 people—of which the
woman arrested was a part—approached the display. One group
attempted to distract the police officer on duty while the second group
charged the display.
Cunningham said that CBR captured all the demonstrators on videotape, and that CBR would file charges.
"We will make an example out of lawbreakers," Cunningham told The
Arts/Engineering degree is now available
by Simon Owen
Beginning this fall, students with the aptitude
and the motivation will be able to pursue an
Arts degree and Engineering degree at the
same time under a unique—and intensive—
dual-degree initiative.
According to Bruce Dunwoody, UBC associate dean of Applied Science, the program,
among the first of its kind in North America,
will enable students to pursue concurrent
degrees through a system of elective sharing
and co-faculty administrative support.
"If you want to pursue dual BA/BASc
degrees, we will help you do it in the least
amount of time and effort possible,"
Dunwoody said, adding that combining the
strengths of of the Arts and Engineering faculties could foster a da Vinci-esque spirit
among participants.
Although the infrastructure for this dual-
degree program is now in place, developers
from both faculties admit that the real challenge is in finding committed and qualified
applicants to take on the program's academic rigours. Earning the two degrees is expected to require over 200 credits of work.
So far, only three UBC students with backgrounds in engineering are pursuing the
degree. However, Laurie Dawkins, communications officer for the Faculty of Applied
Science, said that recruitment efforts are
being initiated in BC high schools.
Dunwoody believes that the program has
many merits, including the life- and career-
enhancing qualities that combining "Political
Science and Environmental Engineering...[or]
Fine Arts and Architecture" could provide for
Dawkins also noted that graduates with
diverse talents are well suited to current
employment conditions.
"Industry likes the fact that an Arts
degree gives [engineers] a more rounded
education, communication skills...and more
insight into their [professions]," she said.
However, this program is likely to appeal
only to the most dedicated of students
because of the demanding academic workload it entails.
"Some things you just can't learn from an
Engineering degree," muses electrical engineering student Bicty Pham. But he adds that
although the idea is, in theory, very a^ractive,
"[dual degrees] would mean an extremely
heavy workload for any undergraduate."
But if nothing else, a combined Arts and
Engineering degree could make the alphabetic paint wars on the south side of campus a
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But three years ago she painted a segmented blind for her"
apartment, and she liked the results. She showed her friends and
the response was overwhelming. She hasn't stopped since. Now,
just three years later, her paintings are selling out of Soho galleries
for up to $5,000 each.
Sarah Horsfall paints portraits from her imagination. They are
mostly of contemporarily beautiful women, in the Art-Deco style of
masters long since dead. The paintings are stark and unpretentious. They do not beg for a thousand interpretations; rather, one
likes them, or one does not. Most people do, however. After all,
"they are art," she says modestly and with refreshing simplicity,
"that I hope people would like to have on their walls.
Sarah is a loud 28 year old, with long black hair and a medium
build. She makes friends easily, but not really artist friends—she's
what one might call an outsider artist. This is due mostly to her relative lack of experience and connections within the art world—but
it's also because she has never had her paintings assessed by a
formal art critic, and she doesn't hang out in smokey little cafes
discussing the merits of the latest abstract offerings. Yet her paintings are sophisticated, and technically sound by most accounts.
They show a style that is highly evolved. As well, her modus operandi is methodical and professional. She knows where she wants her
posters to hang, and she works hard in order to make it happen.
Currently her posters are hanging in the Devon Gallery on Denman
Street, and the Bruce R. Lewin Gallery in New York. They also
enjoyed a one-year stint in the Michel Blais Gallery on Howe Street.
Yet despite the welcome she has received here, Sarah has had
her share of. difficulty in making it financially as an artist in
"People don't buy art here, like they do in say Montreal or
Toronto." Then she adds, sensing that tempers may flare, "It's
probably because they've already got it. You know the mountains,
the water. All that." Sarah's paintings were a little lost in the Michel
Blais Gallery, but she's pinning her hopes on the Devon window
space, and is thinking about sending more paintings east, where
she believes there is more of a market.
It's clear not only from her paintings, but from her attitude, that
Sarah's views on art—or at least her preferred, notions of beauty
and style—are unapologetically Eurocentric. In her portfolio, she
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you're successful, you're making it; making money. Is that bad?"
Yes, it's bad. Because she's an artist, and artists aren't supposed to care about money. It decreases their credibility, or
something like that. But then again, if she wants to make money
with her paintings so that maybe she can finally quit her job at the
strip club checking coats, then maybe an exception could be
It's a job that she hates; that she calls: "the sacrifice I make
for my art." The other night a charming patron called her a "fucking bitch" to her face, and Sarah's still visibly reeling from the
insult. She could have a teaching job back in her native England
where, she says, "I would just be ridiculed for wanting to become
an artist anyways." Instead, she's out here on the frontiers of the
art world, where she is encouraged by her friends, and where
there is actually a chance to make it as an artist and gain some
respect from a community relatively open to new members.
This year her teaching certificate runs out, so it's all or nothing. "Everything I make goes back into my art, and I work in the
service industry for the sake of my art." Sarah is surefooted in
her commitment, but whether or not she will achieve success is
less certain.
"I feel very lucky that I've got into the galleries that I've chosen," says Sarah, as the sun sets behind the picnic table we're
sitting on at Kits beach. "I've heard that it takes artists years and
years to get into the galleries."
For Sarah, it took only three years. Still, however much she
deserves the flood of attention she's received—however much
she's worked to get where she is now—she's reluctant to explain
how her uniquely pragmatic approach has paid off. Looking out to
the water, she pauses in her diatribe. She chuckles a little to herself, as if to soften the seriousness of our discussion. And then,
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Mice sets
the standard
at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
runs until Oct. 16
by Lisa Denton
The Vancouver Playhouse has opened its season
with a return to the classics—a classic tale penned
by John Steinbeck, that is. Of Mice And Men is an
outstanding story on paper, so it is almost impossible to go wrong when staging this play, due in no
small part to the intensity of Steinbeck's brooding
theme of displacement during the United States'
Depression years.
Having seen a decent high school production of
the play by the usual prima donnas that annoy the
hell out of everyone (did I mention that it is hard to
screw up Steinbeck?), I was familiar with the subject matter and was eagerly anticipating a return to
the wilderness of 1930s rural California.
So there I was, staring at Lennie and George in
the centre of the stage and on either side is... backstage! I don't mean to confuse anyone reading this,
but the lights, microphones, sound effects, costumes and awaiting cast members are exposed to
the audience. I really don't know what the purpose
of this nakedness is. It didn't bother me too much;
I just thought it was really strange to expose all of
these technical aspects at a professional theatre
venue. However, I soon managed to overcome this
technical invasion into the rural California setting. I
was once again able to wrap myself up in the story
of Lennie and George's quest for the American
dream—in this case, owning a plot of land to call
their own.
Lennie is George's companion and, paradoxically, his burden. He is a simpleton and forever getting
into trouble. Grant Linneburg's Lennie is very convincing. This is all the more noteworthy because it
is a role that, if overacted, will come across as silly.
Linneburg nails his wide-eyed, innocent character
and the audience can feel sympathy and compassion for his unknowing ways. Similarly, Tom
McBeath's George is a sight to behold. He exhibits
a tremendous range of emotions, most notably his
annoyance at Lennie's slip-ups and his agony in the
final scene.
The rest of the cast is commendable as well,
especially Joel Wirkkunen as the macho Curley. The
cast members double as sound technicians, providing the sound effects of nature throughout the
performance. They also close the end of each
scene with a song of some sort, which really has no
significance to the play. But there are some neat
stage effects, such as two trapdoors. One opens to
reveal a pool of water to simulate the river, creating
a beautiful reflection on the ceiling. The other pit
houses a mock firepit which is actually lit, providing
an authentic ambiance, except for the lights, microphones, and people on the sides of the stage.
This production of Of Mice And Men is gripping
and heartwrenching, providing a glimpse into the
emotions and difficulties faced in the past, while
also examining the American subculture of yesteryear. It is a sad play, but immensely enjoyable. The
Playhouse has set a high standard for the coming
theatre season.♦
at the Contemporary Art Gallery
runs until Oct. 16
by Julian Dowling
For those unfamiliar with the work of Nobuyoshi
Araki, the photographer who shot Bjork for her new
album, this one-room exhibition will seem a bit like
a walk through the X-rated section of a video store.
The four walls each display a different collection
of photographs taken at different times in Araki's
On the first wall you see as you walk into the
room is a series of brightly coloured flowers,
enlarged photocopies of Araki's originals, that are
almost overwhelming in their intensity. Araki mounted the photos ten years after his wife's death and
they are meant to signify the triumph of life over
death. Nevertheless, the photographic medium
itself, according to Araki, is concerned with death
more than life. Photography, he muses, sentimentalises reality, turning it into a "deathscape" of
memory and regret. It is ironic, then, that Araki's
ambition with this exhibit should be to show "the joy
of life" and his "philosophy of happiness." He tries,
with these photographs, to bridge the gap between
life and death, between the dead photograph and
the live subject.
Araki was raised in shitamachi which is the
"downtown" or working-class neighbourhood of
Tokyo. In the series entitled Tokyo Nostalgy, Araki
takes us through the back alleys and bedrooms of
shitamachi to see "real" people going shopping and
having sex.
Amidst casual sexual encounters and dilapidated buildings emerges an impression of Tokyo as a
city of ruins. Not just physical ruin, but emotional
ruin as well. The women strip off their kimonos
while the men grin stupidly at the camera. In other
pictures, real life seems to go on around them as if
nothing were happening. Cats clean themselves,
people drive to work and children play.
The third series, Erotic Women in Colour, features a geisha bound with rope and other nude
women sprawled suggestively. Araki has painted
swaths of colour directly on top of the enlarged photographs giving a visual expression of his reactions
to the subjects. ■<
The fourth series entitled Life by Leica, named
after the camera Araki used to shoot these pictures, is his most recent work. In these pictures,
Araki shoots his subjects, wise old men and nude
women, with equal detachment. There is no "I" in
these pictures, only the subject and us, the voyeurs.
Araki has said of himself, "I want to be on the
edge. Sometimes entering the realm of the divine,
sometimes the vulgar world." To Araki, a picture of
a naked woman bound with rope is neither divine
nor vulgar, she simply is.
Whether or not Araki's photography works for
you depends on how willing you are to accept his
idea of realism in art. Beauty is real, but reality isn't
necessarily beautiful. Is a picture of a naked
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question, where does beauty reside? In the subject,
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The Ubyssey chats with the lead singer of Welsh band, The Manic Street
Preachers, all the time resisting the urge to ask about that mysterious
missing band member...
by Duncan M. McHugh
James Dean Bradfield is a long way from home. His birthplace, a small
town in Wales, is a far cry from the sleek Vancouver hotel in which he sits
drinking a cup of coffee.
The relative obscurity he is enjoying reminds him that he is indeed a
long way from Britain and the rest of Europe, where the band in which he
sings and plays guitar, have reached the pinnacle of rock stardom. Here in
Canada—a whole ocean away—he and his bandmates, bassist Nicky Wire
and drummer Sean Moore, are only minor players; just another cool British
"People ask all the time," says James, '"What's it like going from playing for 10,000 every night to, say, anywhere between 500 and 1,000. A lot
of people thought it would be a big deal to us, but to be honest, it's quite
liberating. For starters, a lot of that pressure is gone off."
This freedom can go too far however. James woefully recounts a recent
gig in Minneapolis where the band played for only 300 people in a half full
"We've always been really ambitious people. I don't think we've ever
been shy about being ambitious. And suddenly, being on stage, 30 years
old, five albums on the line and: 300 people, Minneapolis, it hit."
"The psychology of a musician, when you have our egos, is that, if you
see a club, [so long] as it looks full, you're happy. If you're in a small club
and there's only 300 people, you're confronted by your own sense of mortality. Suddenly, I was schizophrenic. It's been alright up until then."
The story of the Manic's rise to fame is a fabled one. Be it their penchant for sensational quotes or self-destructive behavior (founding member
Ritchey Edwards carved the words "4 REAL" into his forearm in an effort
to prove to journalists his band's intensity), the band gained notoriety early
on. Then there was their debut album, Generation Terrorists, an audacious
double LP that proved both their strong political views and prickly musical
Over the next five years, the Manics would increase their notoriety. This
is mostly due to Ritchey Edwards. His anorexia, excessive drug use and
constant lyrical meditation of suicide threatened to eclipse any of his or the
band's musical achievements. Then the bomb dropped. On February 1st,
1995, Ritchey vanished without a trace. He had left his passport and his
Prozac in his apartment, and his Vauxhall was found at the Severn Bridge
in Newport, Wales, an infamous suicide spot. No note, no clues and no
body were ever found
The disappearance of Ritchey became, understandably, a sensation in
Britain. Ritchey "sightings" increased in frequency and have been reported
in places as far away as a Tibetan monastery. But that was four years ago.
Since then the story has been covered to the point of extreme overkill.
Ritchey is still gone and the band has had to move on. Though the other
Manics have achieved their greatest successes since then, the pall of
Ritchey still lingers somewhat.
As James explains: "In Europe, our production gets quite grandiose, but
that's just a part of there only being three of us. We need a fourth member, cause obviously there used to be four of us. We need that artificial
fourth member."
The absence of Ritchey has also put more of a burden on the shoulders
of Nick Wire in a different way too. Whereas he used to share Jyric writing
duties with Ritchey, Nick was left to write them all himself. This has rendered the Manics' message more intimate, out simultaneously more
ambiguous. "The last album was so personal, in terms of the lyrics. They
derived from Nick's world, in a very definite sense. And we've come into a
lot more criticism, press-wise, in Britain because of the sentiments, the
lyrics and the framing of certain things on the album. Nick would remain
convinced more than ever that 'Hell is other people'" [their Sartrean slogan from their 1997 tour].
When questioned as to why Nick is the lyricist, James answers straightforwardly: "It's just the natural rules that you have, the roles you slip into.
In school, he was imminently much more cool than I was. And I had one
avenue out of that which was to play guitar and music."
"Even when you're young, if you can't articulate yourself person to person, it gets much harder to write it down. [In essence,] we did for each
other what we couldn't do for ourselves. It's a simple way of getting on in
So what lies in the Manics' future? First off, they have the rest of the
North American tour and then an epic New Millennium's Eve gig on home
turf in Cardiff. Then, after a year and a half of solid touring and promoting,
they're taking a long break to think about it all.
"[After the Cardiff gig,] we're not going to play a concert for a very long
time. I think we're just much more interested in coming up with another version of the Manic Street Preachers...I'd like to go to another stage. We've
sort of done three stages. I'd like to hit a fourth stage, though I don't know
how long it will take us."
Whatever it is, it would seem clear that the Manics are intent on remaining true to their roots, true to their politics, and true to their desire to stay
on top, despite ignorant Minneapolis music fans.*
at the Rage
Sept. 22
By Todd Silver
Usually, the cavernous confines of the Rage manage to suck the life out
of a concert. The acoustics are horrible, there's a big pole in front of the
stage, and there's all of those evil concert goers who trek in from the
suburbs whenever a CFOX band hits the stage. However, this time things
didn't turn out quite that badly. In fact. Manic Street Preachers managed
to put on quite a show at the Rage. No, really.
Touring in support of their latest release, This is My Truth Tell Me
Yours, the Manics managed to put on a good performance owing, in
large part, to their energy and the desire of the audience to enjoy themselves, regardless of their environs.
Opening up with "You Stole the Sun From My Heart," the Manics
worked their way through a short set with a minimum of pretentious
Bono-like chit-chat. This was probably a good thing as most of the audience was not likely to be too interested in any sort of political bantering.
That's what Bruce Allen's phone-in show is for.
Moving seamlessly from song to song, the band focused on their
Truth material while still throwing in some of their earlier stuff, not to
mention stirring renditions of "Train In Vain" and, strangely, "Raindrops
Keep Falling on My Head." The political acumen of the crowd was shown
to be less than stellar when they chose, "If You Tolerate This, Your
Children Will be Next" to do the most body-surfing and to throw their
clothing at the band members.
None the less, a good time was had by all. The music crashed into
the audience like a wave while the lyrics hit the back wall with a thud.
And hey, when the band performed a song with lots of radio-play everyone had enough room to jump up and down. What more can you ask
MANIC! Singer James Dean Bradfield preaches to the converted at The
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GAP: a word of advice, and a word of caution
This is an ugly topic, very ugly, and you have the right to stop
reading right now. Go ahead. It's your right.
But in addition to being ugly, this subject is also a damned
important one. So we recommend that you keep going.
An organisation called the Genocide Awareness Project
(GAP) wants to come to UBC next week. GAP is a radical anti-
abortion group that uses shock tactics, intimidation, and some
very graphic and controversial images in order to make its
point—that abortion is genocide. They're not here to open up a
rational dialogue; they're not here to sit down and engage in a
free and open exchange of ideas. They are here in order to provoke a reaction.
Their tactics are ugly, too. You have every right not to see
v/hat they're doing, and you have every right to object, and to
protest. But they don't want you to ignore them, and they don't
v/ant you to protest peacefully.
GAP's tactics work along these lines: the display starts with
billboard-sized posters juxtaposing images of aborted fetuses,
the Holocaust, and racial violence. Surrounding these posters
are up to twenty-five of what the RCMP calls "professional agitators," shouting anti-abortion messages through bullhorns at
anyone within hearing distance. It is a graphic, in-your-face,
intimidating display. It is ugly.
And they want you to react in just as ugly a way.
GAP has left a trail of lawsuits at several university campuses that it has visited. At the University of Kansas, one student
was so incensed by the display that that student drove his car
into one of the posters, and was charged. At the same display,
a student tried to punch a poster and hit a GAP staffer. The student was charged.
GAP has already hired local lawyers and launched a counter-
suit against UBC over the injunction. Don't think that they aren't
ready to sue you, too.
Of course, this may all be a moot point. UBC has filed an
injunction to stop GAP from coming to campus at all after GAP
refused to put down a maximum $15,000 per day deposit to
cover security costs, and refused to accept Maclnnes Field
(between the SUB, War Memorial Gym, Maclnnes parking lot,
and the Student Recreation Centre) as a venue.
But whether or not the injunction is granted or not, GAP
will, in all likelihood, still hit UBC, and it may have an impact
on your life. GAP can still try to attach their posters to vehicles and drive them around campus. They can get Lifeline,
the AMS anti-abortion group, to display the posters for them.
They can do a lot of things.
When GAP comes to campus, by all means, voice your displeasure. Call their displays offensive and disgusting, and fight
for what you believe. But if you overreact and cross the line—
and it will be very tempting for a lot of people—the risks will not
be worth it.
"We will make an example out of lawbreakers," Gregg
Cunningham, executive director of the Center for Bio-Ethical
Reform, the group that organises GAP.
UBC should in no way tolerate any individual or group that
promotes hatred. It should not tolerate any individual or group
that puts the safety of UBC students at risk. Speak out against
this. We don't see how you can't. But don't play into their hands.
Every time they can nail some protester, it lets them call the
pro-choice movement violent and intolerant. Every time someone tries to tear down the display, they can launch a lawsuit that
will drain the resources of whatever group opposes them.
GAP will be here—at the longest—for one week. If you're not
careful, you'll be stuck here in court long after they're gone.
Don't let them do this. Go. Protest. Shout louder than they
can. But don't get arrested. Don't let them have their way.*>
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They decided that tonight was a night for dumpster diving.
Bruce Arthur was the first to jump in and took Todd Silver
right along with him. Tristan Winch, though not diving,
threw a bunch of crap in. Daliah Merzaban was with Jamie
Tong trying to decide if they should jump in. They did. Tara
Westover pushed Naomi Kim in and Jenn Gardy was fighting with Melanie Stretch when they both fell in. Simon
Owen got gouda, literally, and Tom Peacock found day-old
doughnuts. Julian Dowling was afraid when he found a
shoe-box camera started taking pictures with it. Lisa
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and Laura Blue, the bra. No one asked questions and all
jumped out of the dumpster.
PAGE FRIDAY u ■ page friday—the ubyssey magazine*friday September1
Reasons behind abortion
1999 11
by Keely Bright
In recent weeks there has been much concern
regarding the coming of GAP (the Genocide
Awareness Project) to UBC. This article seeks to
look at some of the underlying issues surrounding abortion without all the emotional and rhetorical comments that have become characteristic
of this debate on both sides.
To understand the issue, we must first
ask ourselves the questions, "Why do
women choose to have abortions? Before
abortions were legalized, why would women
risk their lives in back-alley abortions?"
There are many reasons, but the following
are common:
1.Poverty or financial need: Many
women cannot afford to support a child. Very
often, the father of the child accepts none of the
responsibility of caring for the child. The woman,
if she chooses to have the child, will be forced to
get a job, pay for daycare for the child, etc. on her
own—an enormous responsibility, especially for
teenage women. In third world countries, often
women can barely support themselves, let alone
a child as well.
I.Rape or abuse: Women can become pregnant as a result of rape and sexual abuse. To
these women, a child may be a constant
reminder of the suffering they faced.
3.Discrimination: In society today, an
unplanned pregnancy can result in discrimination, especially for young, unwed mothers.
Parents and friends may disown the unwed mother, or refuse to support her. The father of the
child may refuse support. And employers may
also discriminate against an unwed mother. Once
the child is born, the unwed mother will face a
different set of responsibilities than her peers,
leaving her feeling alone.
4. Education and employment issues: For
teenage mothers, it can be very challenging to
care for their child and still complete high school.
College and university students face similar challenges. This may lead many women to discontinue their education and be forced to take jobs that
are below their ability. Once in a career, many
women feel that having a child, taking time off
But what are we to do? It
seems that abortion only
solves the immediate problem
of an unplanned pregnancy,
but doesn't address the
underlying reasons why these
pregnancies occur. Both sides
of the debate must realize
this and work together to
achieve change, rather than
working at odds.
work, etc. would be detrimental to the possibilities of advancement in their careers.
All of the issues discussed above make it
clear that it is often extremely difficult for women
to go through with unplanned pregnancies.
Abortion seems to be the only way out. That is
why no woman who chooses to have an abortion
should be condemned.
But what are we to do? It seems that abortion
only solves the immediate problem of an
unplanned pregnancy, but doesn't address the
underlying reasons of why these pregnancies
occur. Both sides of the debate must realize this
and work together to achieve change,
rather than working at odds. Pro-life groups
must provide concrete programs to support
alternatives to abortion. Pro-choice groups
must stop advocating abortion and start
■■" addressing the real concerns of poverty,
abuse, discrimination, etc. Then, these
groups must work together to encourage
the government and other organisations to provide solutions to these underlying problems.
These solutions could include: financial support
for unwed mothers; easier and less expensive
access to daycare services; making fathers of
children financially responsible for their actions;
appropriate punishment for rapists and abusers;
more free counselling services for women in
unplanned pregnancies, rape victims, and abusive situations; and instilling and promoting a
sense of respect and support for all women,
rather than condemnation. If these goals are
realised, then we will have addressed the real
problems, not just the issues on the surface.
Hopefully, when GAP comes next week, the
display will provoke intelligent discussion of
these issues and a cooperation to achieve real
solutions, rather than just a display of emotions,
accusations, and rhetoric.♦
—Keely Bright
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Although a comprehensive three-
question referendum is scheduled
to be held next week, truly extensive advertising of the issues has
not yet begun.
Nonetheless, organisers of the
referendum, which is scheduled to
be conducted from September 29 to
October 8, are confident students
will be adequately informed
before they head to the ballots.
In order for referendum results
to be valid, a simple majority
numbering ten per cent of the
student body—roughly 3300 students—must vote yes.
Students will be asked if
they're willing to pay $168 per
year for a mandatory health and
dental plan that could be implemented as early as January
Also, students will be asked
to approve a proposal for a $9
increase in student fees which
will go towards increasing funding for student services, including establishing a frosh week,
paying late-night volunteers
Safewalk, expanding swimming
hours at the Aquatic Centre, and
increasing funding for CiTR, the campus radio station.
In an effort to increase participation in the referendum, the AMS is
also asking students to take a
stance on legalising marijuana.
Given the complexity of the referendum questions, representatives
from the AMS and the Graduate
Students Society (GSS), agree that
extensive advertising is essential,
but is most important after the referendum has begun.
"Usually the strategy is you wait
until the referendum is going on and
then you go to the classes and tell
people," said Candace Hofmann, a
graduate student in psychology who
has been working actively in establishing the health plan and informing
graduate students.
According to Hofmann, the GSS
has already informed graduate students of the health plan by distributing information in a mail-out to every
graduate student, placing an ad in
Given the complexity of the
referendum questions, representatives from AMS and
the Graduate Students
Society (GSS), agree that
extensive advertising is
essential, but most importantly after the referendum
has begun.
the monthly graduate magazine, and
posting information on the Internet.
She doubts, however, that enough is
being done.
"I haven't really been involved
with previous referendums, and personally I think we could be doing a little bit more," she said, adding that
graduate students will likely be more
informed by next week as the GSS
will be handing out more information
to councillors.
As for informing undergraduates,
Ryan Marshall, AMS president,
believes that the AMS's active distribution of pamphlets and flyers, hanging up of posters, and classroom
announcements which will begin next
week, will do the job.
"We're doing everything we can.
Once the classroom announcements
start then everyone will know."
The AMS also held an information
session on the health plan for the
Political Science Student
Association,  but attendance was
And the AMS's efforts have CiTR
confident that funding for student
services will be increased,
despite the fact that CiTR lost
an opportunity to increase its
funding last January because a
referendum failed to reach quorum.
"We're quite confident that
this will be a successful referendum question," said Aaron
Nakama, CiTR's interim station
Meanwhile, the Commerce
Undergraduate Society [CUS]
will be asking commerce students to vote against the proposed legalisation of marijuana.
Irfhan Rawji, CUS councillor,
believes taking an affirmative
stance on the issue would be
damaging to the university's image.
"If students at UBC were to pass
the legalisation of marijuana we feel
the image of the university would be
affected in a negative way," said
Rawji added that commerce councillors will not be aggressively campaigning their stance because this
could detract from the importance of
the other two questions.
For those in favour of legalising
marijuana, Nathan Allen, AMS coordinator of external affairs, spoke of
plans for a marijuana smoke-in atthe
Goddess of democracy next Friday
for anyone who decides to "bring a
bag of magic herbs." ♦


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