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Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Volume 86 Issue 3
Peter goes to Rome since 1918
Students may pay for summer transit program
CARDED: With no summer U-Pass, an AMS program
aimed to lower costs for commuters, anton bueno photo
by Sarah Bourdon
NEWS EDITOR
A referendum will decide if UBC students will pay to retroactively fund a
transit subsidy program that was
offered to summer students injury by
the Alma Mater Society (AMS).
In the second summer term, 432
students had their Translink passes
subsidised after the AMS approved a
program to substitute for the four-
month absence of the U-Pass, said
AMS VP External Holly Foxcroft.
"We worked with the universiiy and
Translink to come up with some kind
of deal for students which recognised
that students in the summer also incur
financial burdens while they're studying," said Foxcroft. "There's a difference between paying $20 a month and
$63 a month and up to $120 a
month."
Students who had purchased two-
or three-zone transit passes to commute for summer classes could be
compensated so that they only had to
pay the amount of a one-zone pass
plus a $1 fee, similar to Translink's
Faresaver program.
Funding; for the subsidies was pro-
viHecl equally'by UBC and &
society, with the overall costs totalling
$14,226. The AMS' contribution came
from a contingency fund, which is
reserved for special, one-time projects
that don't fit into other budgeting categories, said Foxcroft.
The AMS referendum, which will be
held this year, will decide if all students will pay a one-time fee of approximately 50 cents per student to cover
the society's expenses. If students vote
to oppose the fee, the money from the
fund will not be replaced.
However, money from the contingency fund should not have been used
for a project like the transit subsidy
without prior student consultation,
said Richard Davis, a student society
representative from the Faculty of
Arts.
"The contingency fund is not supposed to be used for these types of
things," said Davis, emphasising that
the society shouldn't spend the money
before it is guaranteed to be replaced.
In addition, holding a referendum is
costly, said Davis.
"Spending thousands of dollars on
a referendum to decide on an issue
that was already decided in the summer is a waste," he said.
When asked about paying to cover
other students' transit subsidies,. one
"It would depend on how [the students] got the passes. If it was just ran
dom for trying to feel out how that program would work then I'd pay it," said
Mark Trischuk, a third-year Arts student. "But if it was just kind of first-
come, first-serve and some people
knew about it and some people didn't
I don't think I'd want to pay. But it is
also only 50 cents, that doesn't seem
like very much."
A separate referendum to be held
this year will address the question of
whether students want a summer U-
Pass in 2005. Although the AMS was
unable to establish a full summer U-
Pass for 2004, surveys completed by
subsidy program users indicated that
many students would support a U-Pass
for 2005, said Foxcroft.
"About 95 per cent said yes they
would support a summer U-Pass and
the five per cent that did not support it
said it was because they were not
going to be here next year," she said.
The AMS is in the process of looking at what will be required to bring in
a U-Pass program for the summer.
Translink is reviewing last year's program to determine how well the program functioned and whether a fare
increase will be introduced for the U-
the referendum dates are unknown,
said Foxcroft. ♦
Turf war for Mclnnes Field
Plans to revamp
greenspace get
mixed reactions
by Eric Szeto
NEWS WRITER
As plans for UBC's University Town
progress, Mclnnes Field will undergo many changes, including a size
adjustment, the building of a new
outdoor pool and the potential
installation of an astroturf surface.
The University Boulevard
Neighbourhood Plan calls for the
large greenspace east of the Student
Union Building to be lengthened,
stretching    a    greater    distance
between the new temporary busloop
and the SUB.
"Mclnnes Field gets reoriented/
said Joe Redmond, vice president of
UBC Properties Trust. "The field
actually becomes larger than what it
was."
However, the field will no longer
span the entire distance between the
Student Recreation Centre and the
War Memorial Gym. Space will be
made for a new outdoor pool, which
will replace the Empire Pool, currently located outside the Aquatics
Centre.
In addition, an astroturf sports
surface may be incorporated into
the field's new design, said
Redmond.
"There are two schools of
thought. One is to replace the natural turf at Mclnnes Field and put in
THIS ISSUE:
FEATURE: Pot wars
A reporter's first-hand account
of the Da Kine raid.
Page 4.
CULTURE: Festival fun
Fringe and kickstART
Pages 6-7.
EDITORIAL: We're keeping
our fifty cents
Transit subsidy referendum
gets a no vote from the
Ubyssey.
Page 6.
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an artificial field," said Redmond.
"Some people from intramurals
think that would be great because
that field becomes beat up very
quickly in the fall. They can get a lot
more use out of it."
However, there is also support
for maintaining the natural grass on
the field, according to Redmond.
"So the question is: is it better an
artificial or grass? I think for some
reason to keep the grass because it
is used for parking sometimes and it
is used for barbeques," explained
Redmond, adding that with natural
plots of land becoming scarce at
UBC, preserving the remaining natural fields is important
"The area will be a precious area
in terms of open space," stated
Redmond. "It would be nice to have
it so that even if [the field] is artificial there's enough natural planting
around it whether it's trees and
grass or ether things, seating areas
that make it a comfortable area for
that precinct."
Mclnnes Field is widely used by
students as a sports space and event
area, and that should be maintained
in the future, said Bryan Jung, a 2nd
year Law student.
"It's nice because it's in a central
area," said Jung. "Can't they astroturf a field somewhere else?"
In a Alma Mater Society (AMS)
council meeting on September 2,
discussion about the addition of an
artificial surface produced mixed
reactions.
See "Turf war" page 2.
Relocate or eliminate?
University Town planners seeking student
input on the future of grassy knol!
by Dan McRoberts
NEWSSTAF
UBC's landmark grassy knoll,
which stands between the old bus
loop and South SUB Plaza, will be
soon be destroyed to make way for
an underground bus loop.
University planners may build a
replacement, but they say that
more input from students is needed on the matter.
The knoll is part of the University
Boulevard Neighbourhood Plan,
included in the larger University
Town development, said Linda
Moore, associate director of external
affairs for University Town.
"It's a consequence of the design
and construction of an underground
transit station," she said in reference to the planned removal of the
knoll. "It needs to be at the very least
temporarily removed."
As for any plans to replace or
relocate the landscaping feature,
Moore said that while replacing
green space will be part of the architectural competitions, it still
requires strong student support to
become a reality.
"It depends on the desire for the
grassy knoll to stay. We have heard
that students really like it," she said.
See "Grassy knoll" page 2.
NO MORE KNOLL: Landmark to be removed: peter klesken photo
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"Turf war" from page 1.
"In general the feedback that I've
heard is sort of two part.
Advocates for the artificial turf
can expand the uses in terms of
varsity. It's good thing/ explained
Brenda Ogembo, the student society's VP Academic. 'But I've also
heard a little more from students
against the turf because once you
reinstate some varsity-type turf,
then it kind of precludes the use
of the field. It might make it not
as easy for students to use the
turf.*
Maintaining a greenspace for
student use   is  important  and
should be considered in decisions
made about Mclnnes Field,
according to Ogembo.
'Given the fact that the grassy
knoll is probably being relocated,
perhaps Mclnnes needs then to be
preserved/ stated Ogembo. 'A
field next to the SUB where students can relax is really useful/ ♦
Student consultation opportunities underused
"Grassy knoll" from page 1.
'It's a question of if there is a lot
of interest in it being reconstructed and if so, where/
While the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) does not have an official
position on the grassy knoll, VP
Academic Brenda Ogembo
expressed her desire to see some
sort of replacement green space
created.
'I've raised several times my
concerns over the lack of green
space and the need for a space for
students to relax/ she said. 'It
means a lot to a lot of students, in
terms of Storm the Wall and such
like...there needs to be a better
space committed to replace it/
Ogembo serves on the Public
Space Committee, a body that
includes representatives from the
student body. University Town,
faculty and the AMS. The Public
Space Commitee arranged a consultation workshop in May to discuss the green space issue. Only
18 people attended the event,
which has disappointed Linda
Moore.
'We are creating these opportunities, we are committed to consultation and we welcome the
input/ said Moore, who has high
hopes for the follow-up session,
scheduled for Sept 18 in SUB
Room 200, starting at 9:30 am.
'I'm just hoping that we'll hear
from more people...come forward
and let us know what is important
with the university neighbourhood/
Getting students to care about
campus development issues is
a    major    challenge,    Ogembo
acknowledged.
'I don't think that it's apathy/
she said. 'It is challenging in the
sense that campus development
issues are fairly complicated and
it's hard to get students to have a
point of attachment with those
issues/
UBC needs to do a better job of
taking student's input into
account, according to Ogembo.
'The university has to take that
input to heart, not just to consult
and then do what they would like
to do/ she said. 'That's part of the
point where students think it's
futile because you go to these
workshops and then where does
that information go?
'I think in recent times they've
improved. There is always more
that can be done as far as consultation is concerned/ ♦
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Minority government is good: students
by Megan Thomas
CUP OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF
OTTAWA (CUP) - Student groups are optimistic
the first federal minority government in 24
years will be good for post-secondary education
after the cabinet wrapped up its first retreat
September 8 in Kelowna, BC.
'We're definitely excited about the
opportunity that we think it will provide/
said James Kusie, national director of the
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, a
student lobby group. 'All parties will have
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issues to survive.
'It will shake up not just
the House, but all the committees/ said George Soule,
national chair of the
Canadian Federation of
Students, another student
lobby group. 'It will force the
government to find a consensus among all the parties in
the House/
Soule hopes the shakeup will allow
Prime Minister Paul Martin to move forward with initiatives like establishing dedicated transfer payments to the provinces for
post-secondary     education,     something
Martin discussed publicly during the election campaign.
'The fact that he brought that up and that the
other parties were pretty solid on education as
well shows that he is going to have to do something. Hopefully he will do the right thing,
which is to make good on the commitment he
made to students/ Soule said.
With the Bloc Quebecois and the New
Democratic Party traditionally supportive of
post-secondary education, the Liberals could
build consensus and make policy in this area,
said Michael Behiels, a professor at the
University of Ottawa who specialises in Canadian politics.
'The Liberals will go legislation by legislation, looking
for the votes where they
know they can get them/ the
professor said.
But Behiels cautioned
major education policy
changes from this government are not likely. 'There is
no going back to the old system of the federal government cost sharing post-sec-
—George Soille    ondaiy education/ he said.
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National Chair,  dropping/
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through specific initiatives, such as Canada
Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence
at universities, Behiels added.
'All of that is in place and I don't see Martin
changing much/ he said. 'I don't see any dras-
he made to students/'
RAUCOUS CAUCUS: Student groups are hopeful the post-secondary system will
benefit from the Liberal minority in Parliament, cup/stephen hui photo
tic change in the federal government's role in
post-secondary education/
Any changes will also likely be slow in
coming, since minority governments traditionally take twice as long as majorities to
pass legislation. 'There is a lot more negotiation that has to go on/ Behiels said.
How much federal money is available
and whether it will go to social programs or
to paying down the country's debt depends
on the strength of the Canadian economy
and the state of interest rates, he added.
'As long as interest rates stay so low,
there is really no rush to panic about the
debt/ he said, adding Martin will likely take
the same pragmatic approach to distributing funds as he did while serving as finance
minister under Jean Chretien.
The last minority government, under
Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark,
existed from 1979 to 1980 and fell after just
nine months, when support for a proposed
gas tax waned.
But the current government is not facing
an issue that would unite all three opposition parties strongly enough to bring down
the Liberal minority.
Instead, Canadians will likely see another quick election, possibly as early as next
year, Behiels said.
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Palestinian family remains in church sandUia
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THE LINK
MONTREAL (CUP) - The seven
months Nabih Ayoub has spent
under the fluorescent lights of a
Montreal church basement are
slowly starting to erode his
patience.
'I'm growing very tired/ said
the 70-year old Palestinian. "I'm
growing very tired of being imprisoned in here/ he added, clasping
his hands and suppressing a sigh.
Together with his brother,
Khalil, and his wife, Therese
Boulos Haddad, Nabih sought
refuge in the Notre Dame de Grace
Roman Catholic Church on
January 28. Earlier that month,
the Immigration and Refugee
Board had denied them refugee
status, despite documented claims
that their lives would be in danger
should they return to the Ein el-
Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon.
Although their lawyer, Sabine
Venturelli, filed an application to
have them stay in Canada based on
humanitarian grounds, the Ayoubs,
all approaching their 70s, could be
arrested and deported if they step
outside the church basement.
So, they remain holed up,
rarely venturing outside to get a
glimpse    of   the    sunlight.    As
Immigration Minister Judy Sgro
keeps mum about how she plans
to revamp the Canadian refugee
system, the Ayoubs' fate remains
in limbo.
For Janet Dench, executive
director of the Canadian Council
for Refugees, the Ayoubs' case is
emblematic of the failures of the
Canadian refugee system.
Churches offering sanctuary to
refugees are simply making up for
the shortcomings of a system that
fails those it sets out to protect,
she said.
'The system is failing people,
and that is why people are turning
to churches/ she added.
A DIFFICULT SANCTUARY; Khalil Aboud in his temporary home, cup/alex dobrota photo
According to Dench, the current
configuration of the Immigration and
Refugee Board places the fate of
refugee claimants in the hands of a
single judge and leaves them with little recourse of appeal in case of a
refusal.
'The quality of the decision
makers varies tremendously/ she
said. 'Board members are
appointed through political connections and not on the basis of
their competence. If they make the
wrong decision, the recourse is
very, very limited/
Apart from demanding resident
status based on humanitarian
grounds, refugees who have been
wrongly refused can also apply to the
Federal Court or demand a pre-
removal risk assessment
However, these recourses have
a less than one per cent chance of
success, according to Venturelli,
who specialises in refugee cases.
'Basically, if the person who
gets to decide on a certain case got
out of bed on the wrong side, the
refugee's fate is sealed/ she said.
Under pressure from the United
Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees, the Canadian Parliament
passed a law in 2001 restnirturing
the immigration board and providing an appeal mechanism based on
the merit of the claim.
But in 2002, then-Minister of
Immigration Denis Coderre
refused to implement the appeal
division fearing an increase in the
number of refugee claims. The
immigration board had 53,000
cases to process at that time. This
year, the number of cases_ has/
dropped to 30,0„Q0,^n&^F^:":'
'Denis Codeirre promised that
the appeal would be brought into
effect in a year/ said Dench. 'It is
a promise that hasn't been kept/
And, according to the
spokesperson for the current
immigration minister, it is a
promise that hasn't yet been
endorsed by Coderre's successor.
'No decision yet/ Francine
Bureau answered when asked
whether Sgro plans to implement
the refugee appeal division as laid
down in the law in 2001. 'We will
be conducting in the months
ahead a review of the refugee
process. We will have to see what
comes out of that/
The heads of the seven Canadian
churches offering sanctuaxy to
refugees have already asked Sgro to
implement the appeal mechanism.
Popular support is also rising.
Protesters picketed Prime Minister
Paul Martin's office two weeks ago,
and the Coalition Against the
Deportation of Palestinian Refugees
is organising a September 18 protest
march in Montreal.
The Ayoubs, for their part, can
do little more than wait.
To pass the time, Nabih plays solitaire. Khalil has discovered a passion
for puzzles, and Therese studies
French from manuals, writing down
definitions in her notebook. She
hopes this will serve her well if they
are granted status.
'We've spent three years in
Canada before receiving the deportation order/ said Nabih with knitted
brows. "Those were the only three
years during which we've actually felt
like human beings;
* We were moved around in
refugee camps for 56 years. I don't
want to be moved around anymore. I just want to lie down here
and die." ♦
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ONE OF A KINE: This Commercial Drive store was raidedThursday for selling pot. peter klesken photo
Is this Da Kine of store you
want in your neighborhood?
A personal account of the Commercial Drive raid
by Jon Piron
FEATURES WRITER
On Thursday, September 9, I
walked into Da Kine, a local pot
shop on Commercial Drive that
was recently shut down for illegal
operations, looking to investigate
the details of its closure. I did not
know that the police were going to
raid Da Kine during the fifteen
minute interval I decided to delve
into my report. Needless to say, I
got quite the story out of it.
Upon entering Da Kine with my
partner in journalistic crime, I
was immediately stopped by one
of Da Kine's employees and asked
to sign a registration application
requiring intelligence about my
age, address, doctor or physician,
physical condition and other information, such as what effect
cannabis has on my health.
Despite the employees' prudence,
my friend looked over in amazement and asked, "How can they be
doing this openly? I thought it was
illegal." Almost as though her conscience had summoned them, the
next thing I heard was a cop
screaming, "EVERYBODY DOWN!
KEEP YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR!"
Then a mob of masked raiders
rushed through shoving me lightly
off to the side. Though they were
originally aggressive, this was
merely a safety precaution; they
soon spawned into an extremely
classy and cordial group of people
"just doing their jobs."
After taking down all of my information, searching me for drugs and
taking a picture of me with a police
officer smiling on my shoulder,
they told me I was going to be
released, but that I was now "under
investigation." Being a reporter, I
guess I could say that they were
"under investigation," too.
I was soon escorted off the
premises by two officers (neither
of whom could answer any of my
questions). There already
appeared to be a demonstration
starting in support of Da Kine outside. News reporters were everywhere, and so were marijuana
activists.   Some   were   shouting
phrases like, "This is a perversion
of justice," and "Da Kine is the best
thing to ever happen to this street.
Their competition has driven the
unsafe drug dealers back down to
East Hastings. Now those drug
lords are going to be back here
tomorrow." One person stated,
"Why don't you pigs go fight the
real crime in Vancouver? Ten people are buying crack and heroin on
East Hastings right now, but you
stay here and flex your muscles on
prime-time news making this
whole street stop business for your
little showdown? Have you ever
thought of asking the people?
Nearly everyone in this area supports this store being open!"
Everyone seemed to agree that
Commercial Drive has made
major improvements since the
opening of Da Kine.
After such a long and crazy day
I decided to consult a couple professionals on the topic of marijuana legalization.
First was an old economics professor of mine from the University
of Nevada - Las Vegas, Dr Alan
Schlottman, who said that when
cops fight the supply of drugs they
increase the cost of drugs. For
lower-income addicts this usually
means doing whatever it takes to
compensate for this increase in
price. An increase in crime almost
always results. The only positive
economic factor for fighting marijuana is that the increase in price
decreases the demand for the drug
in the long run. In other words, in
the long run people stop starting
drug habits that will be too expensive to sustain. Schlottman emphasised, however, that the enormous
amount of money to be made, and
therefore taxed, if marijuana is
legalised, must also be considered. But it's hard to put a dollar
sign behind an issue involving the
safety of people. Parents are afraid
of having even more intoxicated
drivers on their streets, which
would certainly happen with the
legalisation of marijuana, especially since stores such as Da Kine
would most likely move to the
suburbs.
Another professional, a
Harvard trained counselor and
psychologist with a strong background in medicine, C. William
Coakley, said via email, "Each side
[of this argument] will take the
position on marijuana's effects as
it needs to serve their own interests. What people do in the privacy
of their own homes/spaces does
not need to be regulated.
Drinking, even to excesses, does
not become criminal until someone steps into a car and threatens
the lives, welfare, and property of
others... The effects of smoking
one joint can last up to ten days.
Thus, the act of smoking pot must
be examined in terms of its societal consequences within that term.
Does a doctor legally smoking pot
on a Saturday night have the right
to perform surgery on Monday
morning? What about a school bus
driver? ...How do I question my
stock broker or my insurance
agent about his pot usage, if
legal?"
Coakley goes on to conclude,
"Theoretically, I have no problem
with people living their lives
freely; I just don't want to pay for
their mistakes. My car insurance
is way too high because people are
allowed to have 20 drinks at a bar
before stepping behind the wheel.
If there was a way to regulate this
behaviour more effectively, I
would support it, especially if it
meant my paying less for insurance. I don't believe there is an
effective method to regulate marijuana usage, which is why I don't
support its legalisation right now.
Maybe someday when cars, computers, scalpels and machinery
are operated by beings who do not
feel the effects of marijuana, I
might change my mind."
Despite any arguments for or
against marijuana legalisation,
Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell
said that of his mail pertaining to
marijuana, approximately 7'5% of
it is in favor of allowing these
cafes to remain open.
Da Kine re-opened for business
on Friday, the day following
the raid. ♦ r
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CULTURE
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2004
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At least the bands stayed dry
While only a few attended the party on Mclnnes field on Friday night those that were there had a wet and wonderful time, peter klesken photo
There's nothin
about this
A PET OF FUN: The much anticiapted Weakerthans wow new crowd of Pit-goers, peter klesken
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The Weakerthans
With guests The Doers, The Feminists
Candlelight Sessions at the Pit
Sept 9
by Jenn Cameron
CULTURE WRITER
Last Thursday I found myself doing
something that I swore I would never
do again. I was waiting in line to get
into the Pit. (I've done it before, and I
han^ my^
was in line at 7:30, and the doors
weren't opening until 9. By 8:00 the
line reached almost to the arcade. Ugh.
However, this night I wasn't in line
waiting to get pushed around by halter
tops and cheap cologne, because on
Thursday the Pit catered to a different
crowd. Halters and cologne were
replaced by studded belts, numerous
piercings, and my favourite accessory,
Converse All-Star sneakers. These sneakers were here to see the Weakerthans, an
established Winnipeg punk band formed
by former Propagandhi member John K.
Samson.
With four albums under their belt
since 1998, the Weakerthans have
developed quite a fan base. The Pit
was packed, and I heard that some
people came up from the big ol' U.S. of
A. Can you imagine, coming from the
States to go to the Pit?
The show opened up with a set
from The Feminists, who despite lots
of energy, didn't grab my attention.
The second band, The Doers, brought
the show up a notch, with spunk, attitude, and a unique sound that got the
crowd more revved for what they actually came for. Either that or I was
slowly getting more drunk. Take your
pick.
When Samson and his crew finally
hit the stage, the crowd was bursting
with anticipation, and I could have
sworn that the number of people in the
bar doubled. As they began their set I
could see what ail the fuss was about.
Energy was high, songs were melodic, and lyrics were, well... insightful.
The band played loud power chord
driven music that really got the masses
movina, as well as soft, nleasine sonss
that I caught a few people singing along
to. Everyone was into it for the simple
fact that the band just has a sound that
gets to your gut.
Samson has a coy shyness about
him that makes you like him from the
moment he gets on stage till the
moment he leaves...ok, so maybe
longer. His expression is a smirk with
soul behind it, giving him attitude as
well as sensitivity.
The Weakerthans have something
that most punk bands of this era don't:
variety. They don't go with what's
expected of them, they're not just politics and noise; their social criticism is
tangible and real. The Weakerthans
have a sound that is honest. For once,
waiting in line to get into the Pit was
worth it. ♦
McLachlan basks in audience a
ow
Sarah McLachlan
at GM Place
Sept. 10
by Megan Turnbull
CULTURE WRITER
From the opening notes of the first single
"Fallen" off of her new album. Afterglow,
Sarah McLachlan captivated the crowd at
GM Place on Friday night by seamlessly
moving through her set of passionate, heartfelt songs. She played all but one of the
songs from Afterglow as well as classics
from her last two studio albums Surfacing
and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.
A haunting rendition of "Fear," in which
McLachlan showed off her incredible vocal
range left the audience in absolute awe.
Another unique performance was the chilling, stripped-down presentation of "Ice" for
which the band all congregated to one side
of the stage, creating a cozy, intimate feeling
that almost made you forget you were in a
stadium. An obvious crowd favourite was
Building a Mystery/ which came about
three quarters of the way through the show
and finally got the overly tame crowd to
their feet. Once standing, the crowd
expressed its gratitude with a lengthy round
of applause to which McLachlan smiled and
bowed ever so graciously.
From this point on the band kept the
audience uplifted with sing-along songs
such as "Ice Cream" and recent radio hit
"Stupid." A personal highlight, as an ardent
Beatles fan, was the beautiful cover of
"Blackbird" that she performed with Sean
Ashby accompanying on
acoustic guitar.
McLachlan released
Afterglow last winter to a
ravenous, fan base who
had been waiting patiently
for new material since
her last studio album,
Surfacing, which came out
in 1997. Vancouver fans
were tested even further
as they had to wait until
the last stop of the tour
to hear the new songs live.
Patience proved worthwhile as McLachian
and her band treated us to a flawless per-
MCLACHLAN
formance. The band was relaxed, but incredibly tight and dynamic; this is probably due
to the fact that some of her band members
(including her husband and drummer
Ashwin Sood) have been with her for over 16
years.
Sarah McLachlan may have lost some of the
alternative edge that she possessed in the early
years of her career, but she's gained a maturity
and confidence that assures us she's here for
good.
In today's music industry of over-produced,
pre-packaged pop, it is refreshing to hear a
musician whose amazing talent is even more
evident live than it is on CD. At the end of the
two-hour set, GM Place was filled with satisfied,
smiling fans. Would it be too obviqus to call this
the true afterglow? ♦
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Ring a ding-dong dandy
One Man Lord of the Rings
at Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
Sept 14,17,18
Dan McRoberts
CULTURE STAFF
Think of it as Coles Notes oh speed. In his
latest solo tour-de-force, impressionist
Charles Ross manages to condense the
entire Lord of the Rings movie trilogy into
70 sweat-soaked minutes. The show is nothing short of spectacular as Ross moves
seamlessly through note-perfect renditions
of almost every major character from
Tolkien's epic.
Clad simply in a black shirt and pants,
Ross performed on a barren stage. This sim
plicity allows the audience to focus on the
subtleties of Ross's facial contortions, which
play a crucial role in his realisation of certain characters. His greatest strength, however, is the accuracy of his vocal imitations
and the fluidity of his transitions between
characters.
Ross did not merely take us through a truncated version of the films. He scattered his own
comedic observations throughout the performance, even asking that pressing question about
the nature of Sam and Frodo's relationship. His
take on Legolas drew gales of laughter from the
audience, as did his version of several climatic
fight sequences.
The night was primarily one of laughter,
but Ross demonstrated considerable range
in accurately reflecting the more poignant
moments from the films. It was no surprise
that the audience rose as one to salute his
efforts as the stage lights went dark.
Any fan of the trilogy will be sure to
enjoy the show and even Gandalf himself
had a grand old time Saturday night. Sir Ian
McKellen slipped inconspicuously into the
audience just as Ross was getting started
and soon his distinctive laughter was rattling the rafters. ♦
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New York Hospital: The Musical
at Performance Works, Granville
Island
Sept. 16,17,18
by Ania Mafi
CULTURE EDITOR
Written and directed by UBC graduate Martin Wong, New York
Hospital: The Musical proved to be a
delightful production, not yet ready
for die "Big Apple," but an amusing
addition at the Fringe Festival.
The plot revolved around the
Bobby, the male nurse's struggle to
follow his heart and become a
Broadway sensation, while being
stuck in a career he finds no interest
in. With the other nurses lusting
after him, Bobby doesn't swing his
stethoscope near anyone but Becky,
the virgin surgeon he secretly
yearns for. Although the play is rated
14 and up, trust me: this lusting
doesn't give this rating any backing,
for all you're getting is a few
comedic grabs here and there.
Although there is only so much
plot development that can happen in an hour, the play could
have been more elaborate and
less focused on the repetition of
the opening show-tune, "New
York City Hospital," that was executed by three sexy nurses shimmying across the stage. Cute, but
enough is enough already. When
a new musical number finally
broke up the repetitious jingle,
the audience was roaring with
laughter to numbers "So In Like"
and "Anything But a Man Nurse."
The voices of Alexandria Beck
and Shane Kolmansberger, who
play Becky and Bobby, are strong,
powerful and natural. Beck by far
was the most amazing performer in
the cast With a Bachelor of Music in
Opera from UBC, Beck demonstrated her wide vocal range and spectacular consistency" throughout
the show.
Serving as the perfect breeding
ground for raw talent to blossom,
the many voices of this almost
entirely UBC cast are sure to eventually find their way to New York's big
city stages. For now, this play will
give Fringe goers a laugh for their
money, but will leave audiences a little more impressed with the singers
than the script. ♦
ringin' the House down
Say yes to small budget and big laughs
the House of Yes
at  the   Elliott  Louis   Gallery,
Granville Island
Sept, 14, 18,19
by Marisa Chandler
CULTURE WRITER
So usually when the Fringe Festival
starts I make some vague plans to
go and see at least one of the plays
because supporting creativity and
independent theatre is important
etc... whatever, and then I get 'surprised' when the festival has ended
and I haven't even managed to find
out where or when anything was
playing or what any of them were
about. It takes too much research to
find out where and when things are
on, but a show I'm glad I found this
year is "the House of Yes."
I love the movie starring Parker
Posey, and I love the production I
saw of it last year at Granville
Island. So I thought this play was
worth seeing again, this time at the
Elliot Louis Gallery.
"The House of Yes," written by
Wendy Macleod, has pretty much
everything I would ever want in a
script: witty dialogue, intriguing
characters, a sense of mystery, sexual innuendo, insanity and even a
little bit of historical content (that's
right, you might learn something!). I
don't want to give away how it ends
so I'll stop there.
Wendy Macleod came up with
the bizarre plot for this delightfully
twisted black comedy when she
once saw "We are living in a House
of Yes" scrawled in the washroom of
a wealthy family, which inspired
her to write about amorality and the
upper class and basically people
who don't ever hear or understand
the word "no." Despite its annoying
tendency to get people 'thinking,'
this play is really wonderful and
entertaining. It keeps you on the
edge of your seat, even if you
already know how it ends.
Unfortunately it's a play that
fares a little better when it has a bigger budget (or any budget whatsoever). I also understand that every
actor needs to start somewhere, but
I would appreciate it if they did it
somewhere where I didn't have to
see them. There was one actress in
particular (Sarah Jane Reiland, playing Lesly) whom I noticed had some
trouble enunciating to the first row,
let alone those poor suckers three or
four rows back (since the venue
only has about five rows, at least
everyone can see if not hear).
Anyway to make up for lack of
funding there was some gratuitous nudity or rather people in
their underwear, which you won't
see in the movie. Sex sells, so I
have to say that getting changed
on stage was probably a good idea
in this case—screw subtlety. I'm
all for more naked people, so I'm
not going to complain about that
(plus, as a low budget production
they may just have not had
change rooms?)
Even without a budget this play
is pretty great and worth seeing, or
at least renting if you, like me, never
get around to going to the Fringe
festival. In short, don't say "no" to
"the House of Yes!" ♦
Continuing
creativity
Dynamic artists use unique
methods to display art.
kickstART2
at the Roundhouse
Sept. 16-19
by Ania Mafi
CULTURE EDITOR
An amazing festival showcasing the creativity and unique perspectives of artists and performers with various disabilities,
MckstART2 hosted at the Rounhouse Community Centre runs
September 16-19. The festival is presented by the Society of
Disability Arts and Culture (S4DAC), and incorporates dance, theatre, music, comedy and various visual and literary arts
presentations.
Featuring 20 BC artists with disabilities in the visual art
exhibition "Extrodinary Lives,* the exhibit explores how disability is experienced first hand. UBC graduates Neville Grey
(BFA) and Margaret Vanderpant (MFA), both pursuing their
passion for painting, are also featured in the exhibit.
The festival allows artists to share their experiences, while
educating the larger community. As visual artist Nick Supina
expresses, "kickstART demonstrate [s] that even when body
and brain are broken, the spirit's indomitable will to express
itself prevails.*
With many talented performers lining the stage, one
notably remarkable act put on by the Society of Disabled
Artists (SoDA) features two quadriplegic stone sculptors,
Alistair Green and Garry Curry. The two young men, both in
their 20's, defy the laws of traditional sculpting using new
and innovative tools and methods that accomodate to their
lives and make this art form accessible. An inspirational
journey that has led these two artists to found the SoDA,
Green and Curry hope to show other disabled people the
tools needed to pursue this art form.
Also offering some workshops such as the Mouth Music
Workshop with Pat Rix and the Dance Workshop with Spirit
Synott, featured in the above photo, the various displays of
art and creativity make this festival one not to be missed. ♦
jealous of
Singing siblings only rival themselves
Tegan and Sara
"So Jealous"
Universal Music
by Alex Leslie
4 CULTURE STAFF
Some siblings pride themselves on
strong, supportive relationships; others
suffer from the brand of dysfunction
that can only be borne of sharing a one-
bathroom house for the duration of adolescence; and still others form bands.
Tegan and Sara belong to the latter
ilk, along with such honourable company
as (cough) The Moffats and (gag) Hanson.
And although Tegan and Sara's latest
album, So Jealous, left me cold, I can at
the very least respect their ability to function together in a musical group, if only
because if my sister and I ever attempted
to do the same, it would surely end in
decapitation, tears, and one very mangled guitar.
Tegan and Sara's earlier work,
though not extraordinary, was listen-
able, for its simple acoustic guitar
sounds and two-voice harmonies. They
facilely found their niche among those
who enjoy finger-snapping and frowning
understandingly along to Ani DiFranco.
The sister duo's mistake in their latest
album offering is that they venture too
far from their acoustic, folksy-feely formula. In the same sense that Bob Dylan
never needed a synth back-up, and a
good ol' hamburger needn't be eaten
with Grey Poupon™ mustard.
So Jealous features an odd, off-putting amalgamation of Tegan and Sara's
old coffee shop sound with new poppy
back-ups. The first track, "You Wouldn't
Like Me* (because what sister duo is
complete without insecure lyrics?)
begins fine enough, with a simple
bass guitar Une and the sisters' thin but
melodious voices, but then—Mayday,
Mayday!—a drumset, array of synths
and other assorted elements of overly-
satisfying, computer-induced sound
come crashing in. Abandon ship!
Those who enjoyed Tegan and Sara's
previous efforts of folksy duo sound will
be sorely disappointed by these new
developments. Musical groups should
explore different genres, to be sure, but
this foray into pop isn't suited to the sisters' strengths.
If I could have one question to ask
Tegan and Sara about this album, it
would surely be "Why didn't you just
leave the damn synths at home and
spend more time on your heartfelt
lyrics?* That, or: 'Sara, are you jealous
that Tegan has a way more interesting
name than you? Really? C'mon... you
gotta be just a little bit jealous.* ♦
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please contact my constituency office at:
Tel: 604.660.3202
Fax: 604-660-5488
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The start of the academic year is an exciting time for students, staff and faculty alike. It's the time of year
when you set goals for yourself, and begin a new chapter in your learning.
I want to wish you all the best in the year ahead. The province recognizes the hard work you've put in to
reaching this stage of your education. We're proud of your efforts and we want to do everything we can
to give you the opportunities to succeed, right here in B.C.
Here at UBC, we're adding 2,200 new student spaces over the next six years - part of our strategy to
create 25,000 more student spaces province wide by 2010. That means more classes, more opportunities
and more choices for you to access the courses and programs that you want to pursue.
We're also partnering with UBC to double the number of technology graduates in B.C., nearly double the
number of medical school students, and launch a new UBC-Okanagan campus so that students in the
southern Interior have increased post-secondary opportunities closer to home.
If you have any questions about the province's post-secondary initiatives, or need assistance accessing
the opportunities that are available, please contact my constituency office. Have a great year!
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Men's and women's T-Birds begin the year against TWU at
Thunderbird Stadium. Action starts at 5:30 pm. yinan wang photo
Ready to ruck and roll
Women's rugby team set for fall season
by Dan McRoberts
SPORTS EDITOR
The chill of fall was in the air last
Saturday as the UBC women's rugby
team took to the field for their season-opening Blue and Gold
scrimmage.
With head coach Stephen Tong
watching from the sidelines, the
players dug in and started off on the
beginning of their fall trek, one that
they hope will end at the CIS
Nationals in Nova Scotia.
'I'm encouraged by the numbers, I'm encouraged by the enthusiasm and by everyone's attitude/
said Tong, starting his second year
with the team. 'Reaching the
Nationals is our goal... it will be
tough because there is only one
berth from Canada West."
Last year the T-Birds made it to
the tournament for the first time,
finishing sixth. In order to go back,
the team will have to knock off the
five-time defending champions
from the University of Alberta.
Third-year prop Kim Donaldson
is relishing the opportunity. "It's
going to be interesting to play the U
of A, they've won Nationals five
years in a row but they lost a lot of
players this year/' she said.
The Canada West tournament
will be played in Lethbridge at the
end of October and UBC has good
cause to be optimistic about their
chances.
"This year we have an amazing
amount of returning players from
last year/ said sixth-year forward
Lesley McKenzie. 'We have a veiy
talented batch of rookies as well.*
McKenzie, team captain for the
past three years, will miss the initial
stages of the season as she recovers
from a concussion she sustained
while playing for the Canadian
national team. Tong is touting
McKenzie as an early-season candidate for the Marilyn Pomfret Award,
presented to UBC's outstanding
female athlete.
'Its an amazing honour,' said
McKenzie. 'I've seen so many
amazing female athletes win that
award over the past few years... it
would be incredible to even be
nominated.*
Besides the Canada West playoffs, the Birds will also compete this
fall in the BC Rugby Union against
club teams from the Lower
Mainland.
'I'm looking forward to the CIS
matches, it's more of a level playing
field for us/ said Tong. As for the
BCRU league, 'its going to be a tough
year because women's rugby is just
improving leaps and bounds at
every level/
The first home game of the
league season will be played at
Wolfson Field on October 2, and
Tong hopes to see a good turnout.
"Part of my whole mandate that
I've set for myself is to raise the profile of women's rugby on campus/
he said. 'UBC is an outstanding athletic school and we want to be recognised at the same level within the
university as the top sports.
Basically success will bring the
crowds/
In the meantime, Tong's charges
are chomping at the bit. "I love the
camaraderie. I love how everyone
comes together just working for the
same thing," said Donaldson. "It was
a slow start last year but we meshed
well in the end, hopefully with all the
returning players it won't take quite
as long this year/ ♦
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Golf teams buoyed by
scholarship news
In a classic case of the strong getting
stronger, the UBC golf program has
been awarded a grant from the
Royal  Canadian  Golf Association
(RCGA) as part of the organisation's
University Golf Support Fund.
The grant includes funds for
the expansion of the golf program
as well as a $30,000 scholarship
fund to attract new recruits.
Named after golf great Arnold
Palmer, the scholarship will provide six $5,000 grants for incoming recruits.
The University of Toronto was
also a recipient of the grant, which
is worth a total of $75,000 dollars.
Chris MacDonald, the head coach of
the UBC women's golf team said
that the new scholarship element
would be key in strengthening the
Thunderbirds.
"The number one reason we lose
kids to the States is because of the
full rides down there and this grant
furthers our ability to compete with
those schools on equal financial
footing," he said. ♦
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2004
9
Thunderbirds fight till the end
Levesque stars as men's hockey
does battle with Canucks prospects
by Dan Morris
SPORTS WRITER
The UBC Thunderbirds played a
highly competitive hockey game
Sunday night, ultimately losing to
the Vancouver Canucks Prospects
by a score of 3-1.  However,
unlike previous games against the
Prospects, UBC at many points
was the superior hockey team.
The first period began with the
T-Birds exhibiting some impressive skating. The Canucks spent
much of the time in the penalty
box, and though the T-Birds out-
shot their opponents 13-8 in the
period, the stingy play of the
Canucks goaltender kept the game
scoreless.
The Canucks finally showed
their high-calibre offence in the
second period. Canucks defense-
man Kevin Bieska potted a pretty
play at 3:01 of the frame, giving
the Prospects the early advantage.
However, spurred by the outstanding play of starting netminder
Chris Levesque, UBC rallied late in
the period, when defenseman
Jarrett Winn buried a rebound
after a mad scramble in front of
the net.
The final period saw an
increasingly dangerous Canucks'
attack that put Levesque on the
spot but he proved to be up to the
challenge. With the game deadlocked with seven minutes
remaining, the UBC goalie made a
tremendous breakaway save.
However, the Canucks proved too
relentless, and forward F.P.
Guenette put the game out of
reach with only a few minutes left.
The game marked the debut of
a number of new players for the T-
Birds, including play-making centre Lance Morrison, and gritty
defenseman Brad Zanon, who
commented on the team's integration of its new players.
"Everyone has welcomed us
with open arms, and our defensive
core, which has many new players,
is confident and ready to go/
Zanon said.
Jarret Winn, UBC's lone player
on the scoresheet, mentioned the
team's makeover since last season. "We have many younger guys,
we have more quickness and energy, so I'm looking forward to the
upcoming season/ Winn said.
"We want home-ice advantage (in
the playoffs), and we want to make
it to the Nationals."
Coach Milan Dragicevic, who is
beginning his third season with
the club, stressed the team's new
strengths. "We have more experience because of last year's play-
TAKE OUT: T-Bird Jarret Winn wipes out a scoring threat as RyanThrussell looks on. peter klesken photo
offs, and also because of our new
acquisitions. I think our recruiting
class can compete with any in
Canada.
"We have a lot of depth, with a
goalie [Levesque] and mobile
defensemen who I wouldn't trade
for anybody. We have a good
hockey team, and there's a lot of
optimism and expectations for
this year. We're expecting to win
and we want to go to the
Nationals/
The   game   also   marked   a
change in uniform for one UBC
player. Defenceman Chad
Grisdale switched sides to play for
the Prospects after being invited
to Canucks training camp earlier
this week. UBC goalie Chris
Levesque talked about his teammate's recent invitation. "We had
a meeting yesterday, and only
found out about it then. It should
be a great experience for him/
Levesque was also enthusiastic
about being named the starting
goaltender for the coming season.
"We're working on consistent play
and I just need to stop as many
shots as I can/ he said.
The Thunderbirds now enter
the exhibition portion of their
schedule, with the first regular
season home game coming
October 8 against Saskatchewan.
With a new core of skilled players
and a recent playoff experience
under their belt, UBC enters the
2004-2005 season with more optimism and determination than
they've had in many years. ♦
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THE UBYSSEY
THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14,2004
VOLUME 86 ISSUE 3
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Michelle Mayne named her grapefruit Jesse Marchand after
watching Sarah Bourdon display superior salsa skills at the Pit
during a competition facilitated by DJ Ali Dan McRoberts.
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came to complain of indecent exposure by Alex Leslie. Paul
Evans jumped over the chain-linked fence to escape being bitten by Carrie Robinson, conveniently he fell into the arms of
Eric Szeto who was standing in a pool of jello. Peter Klesken
thought that looked like fun so he stripped down naked and
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singing the Buffy Musical too loudly for her to hear her conversation with Liz Green. Dan Morris was found last week in
a filing cabinet door covered with curry-flavoured chili.
Marnie Racker got the urge for chili and so she and Jon Piron
started peeling posters off the wall to satisfy their desires. It
turns out that Megan Turnbull was hiding in the ventilation
systems reading Freud, when Meghan Thomas shot Marisa
Chandler in the ear. And Graeme was left out of the masthead
again. Poor fresh face.
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ask questions
later
It is understandable that the AMS wanted to
help summer students with their bus fares.
Translink's faresaver program, which allowed
students to uprade a one-zone pass to cover
three zones for only one extra dollar, was eliminated with the creation of the U-Pass. There was
no summer U-Pass in place, so the onus was on
summer students to fork over the extra dough
to get to campus.
It is also understandable that the AMS would
be hard pressed to fund a full summer subsidy
program, since the cost to provide all students
with subsidies would have been heavy. With
around 14,000 students taking summer classes, four months of subsidising students without
much help from Translink would have been
very difficult.
What is not understandable is the manner in
which the AMS is now trying to rusde up the
grub for the one-month subsidy program they
did end up adopting: by imposing a retroactive
fee on all students.
T e AMS covered half of term-two summer
students' fees while UBC took care of the rest.
But the AMS didn't really have the money to
pay their share. The money was taken from a
contingency fund, which AMS VP External
Holly Foxcroft told the Ubyssey is reserved for
special 'one-time* projects. It is ultimately up
to the AMS to decide where funding comes
from for projects—but why should the entire
student body now be asked to recover the
costs of a program that benefited only 432 students?
The AMS is confident that students will
agree to pay the approximated fifty cent charge
to make-up for the summer program. Foxcroft
til The Ubyssey that she was fairly certain
students wouldn't mind paying such a small
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A&AlN *
sum. Maybe some students won't mind.
However, the issue at hand is not whether fifty
cents will break the wallets of students. The
issue is that the AMS, on top of having students
pay pre-determined annual fees, feels that it's
okay to ask students to reimburse them for student monies they've already spent, without
their consent.
Let's make a wee comparison.
Say the federal government were to decide
that they wanted to sponsor a program but didn't have funds budgeted to cover it. So they took
some money from a contingency fund, promising to hold a referendum to ask Canadians if
they would mind putting up a few dollars to
replace the money the removed. While those
few dollars might be a paltry amount for most
Canadians to hand over, the total sum the gov-
LETTERS
ernment would bring in would be significant.
Similarly, the AMS is asking a small amount
from each student to account for a large expenditure. Even though this may be a one-time
request to UBC's student body, the action sets a
dangerous precedent. Students should contemplate their vote seriously. Ruminate, even.
Should students be asked to pay for projects
they were not consulted on beforehand? Will
this pay-first, ask-later system become a pattern for the AMS? Whose responsibility is it to
make up for costs in which students
had no say?
The referendum in which students will
vote whether to cover the "transit levy" will
take place in the near future. Students will
have their chance to answer these questions
then. ♦
Pie R Squared better fare than McD's
I >
by Crystal Lee Thomas
I have been an employee of the
AMS food outlet Pie R Squared all
through my time at UBC. Last week
I was disturbed by an article I
found in the First Year Issue of the
Ubyssey. I have just graduated and
as a closing note I feel the need to
defend the AMS against a poorly
researched and poorly written
article entitled "Sustenance
Unsuitable." The article is an attack
on all AMS food outlets and while
constructive criticism can be very
helpful, the criticism which is
offered in this article is unre-
searched, unsubstantiated and borders on potty humour. The frequency with which Dan McRoberts
mentions gastrointestinal explosions leaves me concerned about
his health.
In an irresponsible move on the
part of the Ubyssey, this article was
placed on the same page as another
article entitled "Yummy and
Cheap" in which the author sings
the praises of several near-campus
restaurants, one of which is
McDonald's. I find it unfortunate
that these articles are placed side
by side, one bashing the AMS (a student run, student owned organisation) and the other praising a
multi-national corporation like
McDonald's. Throughout the rest
of the First Year Issue of the
Ubyssey there is no mention of the
AMS or the services that it provides
for students.
As my experience is with Pie R
Squared, I will offer a rebuttal to
McRoberts' attack on this AMS outlet. The name of the restaurant in
question is Pie R Squared, not Pi R
Squared, as spelled in the article by
McRoberts. The word pie being a
play on words in reference to a
pizza pie, get it? As well the price of
a slice of pizza at Pie R Squared is
not   $2.95,   but   rather   $2.75.
Moreover, the profits are going
back to you in AMS services rather
than into Ronald McDonald's
pocket.
McRoberts continues on to complain that the pizza toppings are
'greasy' while the 'generous crust'
constitutes an Atkins nightmare. I
tend to question the intelligence of
anyone who sees the Atkins diet as
anything more than a fad. One
which disregards all we have
learned in the past 30 years about
food, health and nutrition. Pie R
Squared offers nine types of meat
pizzas and eight types of vegetarian
pizzas. One can choose a slice from
the less "greasy" side of things.
Overall, the "greasy" and loaded
with carbs argument, is redundant.
Pizza is bread covered with cheese:
that's what people line up for, that's
what we give them.
In a time when commercialisation and private business is rapidly
creeping its way onto our campus
we should be more supportive of
010* student-run organisations than
ever.    If   you   are   working   at
McDonald's and need to leave a bit
early to make an exam do think that
your boss will care? Do you think
that the fast food outlets moving
onto campus will volunteer to heed
to the environmentally friendly
practices which have been adopted
by the AMS? The AMS is not perfect. Just as with any organisation,
changes must be made, as all businesses must change with the times.
This said, if we want to have any
say in these changes or in how the
profits derived from our student
loans are going to be used, we need
to support our student run
organisations.
If you have a problem with how
the profits derived from your Big
Mac are being spent you are out of
luck, but if you have a problem with
the AMS, bring it up at an AMS
Council meeting. Everyone's welcome, and I've heard they serve
free pizza.
—Crystal Lee Thomas is a former
employee of Pie R Squared and a
4th year BA student
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2004
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Senator John Kerry is not "a worthy candidate for the presidency" and has only himself to blame
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The Ubyssey's editorial on the US
Presidential campaign falls short in
its analysis of Senator John Kerry's
implosion. First, the editorial labels
the claims of the Swift Boat Veterans
for Truth, "false" without any evidence whatsoever. Kerry's story that
he spent Christmas of 1968 in
Cambodia is nothing short of a He
and Kerry's campaign has admitted
the possibility that the wound for
which he was awarded his first
Purple Heart may have been "self-
inflicted." These are two of the key
claims of the Swift Boat Vets. John
Kerry's own biography contradicts
his public statements on being under
enemy fire during the first Purple
Heart incident There are over 100
pages missing in Kerry's military
records which he won't release on
the tenuous grounds that he granted
exclusivity to his hagiographer Doug
Brinkley. Until Senator Kerry releases those records, we will never truly
know if he exaggerated or lied about
his service to gain three Purple
Hearts and an eight-month early exit
from Vietnam.
John Kerry is not a "worthy candidate for the presidency" and it is precisely because of his actions after his
abrupt return from the Vietnam War.
This is a man who saw combat only to
return home and slander his fellow
soldiers during testimony to the US
Senate. Many American POWs were
tortured by their sadistic North
Vietnamese captors because they
refused to admit to war crimes they
never committed; Kerry's testimony
only gave the Communists more
ammunition. Kerry has since refused
to apologise for shredding the honour of his fellow veterans. Fast forward three decades later, and suddenly John Kerry is fashioning himself as a war hero. Is it any surprise
that so many of his fellow veterans,
including 17 out of 23 fellow officers
who served in his division, disdain
him so much they are voting for
President Bush? The advice to Kerry
to speak more about his anti-war past
leads me to believe the Ubyssey
either secretly wants President Bush
to win or is not an expert at doling out
political advice.
Finally, the editorial misleadingly
makes it seem as though the Swift
Boat ads are solely responsible for
President Bush's big bounce in the
polls when in fact it is just one small
factor among many. John Kerry has
no one to blame but himself for his
poor showing in this campaign.
Today marks the one month 'anniversary' of the last time he fielded questions from reporters. He has earned a
reputation for straddling both sides
of many major issues, infamously
declaring "I actually did vote for the
$87 billion before I voted against it."
He was a vocal supporter of giving
President Bush the authority to
remove Saddam Hussein from
power and later said he would not
change his vote "knowing what we
know now" about the lack of WMDs
in Iraq; Kerry has now has taken a
page out of former competitor
Howard Dean's playbook, calling the
Iraq War the "wrong war at the wrong
place at the wrong time." To echo a
line from the so-called "slanderous"
Republican National Convention,
John Kerry sees two Americas but in
fact America sees two John Kerrys.
President Bush will be re-elected
in November because voters overwhelmingly trust him to handle pertinent issues like the situation in Iraq,
the war on terror, homeland security,
and the economy. John Kerry will be
defeated because he has failed to turn
the campaign into a referendum on
the incumbent, and his shameful
record after the Vietnam War makes
him truly unfit for command. ♦
--Joel McLaughlin is a 4th year
Arts student
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