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ThSJjbyssey I November i 6th, 2007
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Twisted Poets
Literary Salon
What: Open-mic night
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Time: 7pm
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OKER CHEN PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Organic anyone?
Over 130 people feasted on organic vegetable dishes when the
Community Eats initiative hosted
its first 'free or by-donation' lunch
event in SUB 66, home to the
AMS's Sprouts food co-op. Bowls
of steaming brown rice, seasoned
potatoes, and delectable veggie
medley poured out from sumptuous trays. More food will be
served in its next lunch on Tuesday November 27 from 12-2pm
at the same location. Community
Eats is still looking for people who
are able to lend a hand cooking,
collecting food, serving, or promoting. They can be contacted at
communityeats@gmail.com.
AMS considers forming students' assembly to increase engagement
by Connie Do
News Staff
In an effort to combat the
disconnect between the general student population and the
Alma Mater Society (AMS), the
AMS is considering organising
a group of approximately 20
randomly selected students to
provide it with feedback on a
range of campus issues.
The idea to establish the
new students' assembly was put
forward by the Representation
and Engagement Reform Committee, an ad-hoc group created
by the AMS to examine student
involvement and engagment.
Graduate Student Society
representative and committee member Bruce Krayenhoff
said the students' assembly
would be representative of the
entire student body and would
research certain AMS decisions
in detail and then report back to
Council. Their findings would
also be made available to the
student body.
The idea for a Student As
sembly came from Representation and Engagement Reform
Committee's conclusion that the
AMS is perceived by the student
body to be run by a small elite,
that lacks significant connection to the average UBC student.
The goal ofthe students' assembly is, therefore, to bridge the
perceived gap between the AMS
Council and the general student
population by acting as a voice
for students.
According to Maayan Kreitzman, chair ofthe ad-hoc committee, the assembly would not
have any bureaucratic power,
but would have a fair amount of
credibility, persuasive power,
and influence on elected representatives. It would be able to
provide feedback and generate
ideas which would supplement
the AMS democracy.
"In order to gain more
representative power in the
AMS democracy, we thought of
supplementing the elected representation with the form of rep
that involves randomly selecting students," said Kreitzman.
Stratified random sampling
would be used to select these
students, which includes a
quota as to how many students
from certain established categories would be selected.
In order to elicit a high turnout of volunteers, the committee plans to pay each member
of the assembly approximately
$10 to $15/hour. This proposal has brought forth a few
questions from AMS Council
members as to how costly the
project would be, especially
when Council members are not
paid themselves.
However, AMS President
Jeff Friedrich is interested in
this new idea. "There are a lot
of Council members who feel
that Council is working just fine
as a representative body," said
Friedrich. "But the idea was
worth further conversation."
But Friedrich said he has no
current opinion regarding the
formation ofthe group and said
he will wait for the report from
the committee before commenting further on the issue.
This is not the first time the
idea of creating a student assembly has been proposed. Two
years ago then AMS President
Spencer Keys brought a similar
idea forward. Instead of eliciting
volunteers, however, the plan
was to ask various stakeholders
from across campus that were
not represented in the AMS to
contribute to Council.
The original plan was not to
pay members of the students'
assembly, however its function,
to speak for those who were not
involved in the AMS and who
did not vote in AMS elections,
would have been similar.
According to Krayenhoff,
this idea was passed in principle but failed to be executed due
to lack of interest, both from the
Council members and from the
Code and Policy Committee who
received the proposed report.
A report from the ad-hoc
committee will be presented to
AMS Council later this month,
further detailing the make-up
and function of the proposed
students assembly. \a
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November 16th, 2007
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COLLECTOR'S ISSUE
THE UBYSSEY'S
CELESTIAN RINCE
journeys to find ubc's most
fascinating student event
Roughly three weeks
ago, the UBC Anime
Club met for one of
its weekly gatherings. As I took in my
surroundings, it occured to me
that there seemed to be something amiss. Many of the people
were dressed in outlandish
outfits. One person appeared
to be sporting a samurai outfit,
complete with a katana and
scabbard. Another had a striking resemblance to Sakito, a
Japanese rock star. And a third
hapless person wore a head-to-
toe duck costume. I marveled
at the duck's ability to remain
upright, much less mobile.
A casual passerby might have
been baffled by this spectacle.
"What's going on here?," they
might ask, "Is it Halloween?"
Actually, Halloween wasn't
too far away, but that wasn't
the reason for the get-ups. No,
the Anime Club was decked
out in their best costumes for
a different reason—a cosplay
contest. Cosplay, according to
Wikipedia, is a combination of
the words "costume" and "play."
In this context, it means dressing as characters from anime,
manga, video games, and the
like. But for what purpose, you
may ask. Isn't it just a waste of
time, not to mention childish?
The answer is simple: because
it's fun.
Even the most cynical are
forced to admit that millions of
people, from children to adults,
enjoy wearing a costume for
Halloween. Cosplay operates on
a similar principle. It's a hobby
like any other, where like-minded people gather in their finest
garb to see and be seen. That
day, over a dozen club members
had entered the competition for
the best costume.
According to Yoshiko Kosugi,
the Anime Club president, the
annual cosplay contest has been
put on for years.
"It's really a way for all the
members to be really creative
and show what they really like to
do," said Kosugi.
The rules are simple: each
contestant goes up onto the
stage, performs a brief skit,
monologue, or whatever they
wish, allowing the audience a
good look at their costume. At
the end, the audience casts their
vote for their favourite.
Several of the contestants
enthusiastically performed a
little song and dance. This never
failed to elicit laughter from
the audience. True, it was quite
ridiculous—I knew it, they knew
it, the spectators knew it. But no
one cared, because we were all
having a good time.
One contestant delivered
a brisk, confident speech in
Japanese. I didn't understand a
word, but most of the audience
applauded, so it must have been
good. I clapped as well—the contestant was dressed up as the
City Hunter, who was known for
"sweeping" crime off the streets.
Another contestant was dressed
up as Kaworu, a character from
Neon Genesis Evangelion.
When all the contests had
gone up, it was time for the voting. My personal favourites were
two girls who dressed as Roxas
from the game Kingdom Hearts
and Link from Legend ofZelda.
Unfortunately, neither of
them had entered the contest. A
short while later, the votes were
in. The winner was one Shadan
Dabbagh, dressed up as the samurai Hitsugoya Taichou, from
the anime series Bleach. I asked
her about the costume, and she
explained that she made the
costume almost entirely on her
own, though the hair is a store-
bought wig. Dabbagh happily
collected her prize—a free sushi
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lunch and a full set ofthe manga
Toward the Terra, autographed
by the author.
Itwas soon time for me to depart. I bade the Anime Club farewell before leaving the room. As
I walked away, an image popped
unbidden into my mind—myself
in a Sailor Moon costume, complete with ribbons and pigtails.
Suffice to say, this assignment
has left me with some great
memories...and some scars, vl
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ADDICTION, DINNING, COMMUNITY, AND DECOVEDY
Recyclers doing more than just clearing bottles
Photos by Goh Iromoto
inning is a word you won't find in
any dictionary.
you will only find a bed and breakfast, a
pool, and an Argentine medical doctor.
That's because the more familiar
term is dumpster diving, and a binner, or
dumpster diver, is someone who jumps
into your local garbage bin and fishes
out whatever bottles and cans he or she
1 find. This is so they can earn enough
.j eat and fund their habits, even if these
include alcohol or illicit drugs. What you
might be surprised to learn, however, is
hat many of these binners get into such
ctice to get out of these addictions.
Getting back
on your feet
Shawn is an employee at the United
'an bottle depot. He is 49 years
and in the past, has worked as a
shop steward and tradesperson. Even
letter, he has also completed a year of
Doking school, with straight A's. So
,vhat is he doing working as a casual
employee here?
"I've battled a serious drug addiction
or many, manyyears," Shawn said. "I've
ieen bangin' up the 12-step wall. It's
been a long process, including harm reduction and counselling, but binning has
It's made a big difference in my life."
The big difference working at the
bottle depot was in providing an alternative to a life of crime and drug abuse.
"When you get down to my level, you
have three choices: deal, steal, or recycle.
Biose who choose to recycle [bin] are
ostly not dealing or stealing. Binning
is tough work, though. You're working a
ot harder [than the dealers or stealers],
md getting much less reward for it.
'Now that I'm working at United
Ne Can, my welfare status allows me
to make $500 on top of my paycheque
without taking any [tax] off. I still do
stores per day," he said when asked what
the motivator was for establishing the
project. "This all changed in 1998, but
before that, only Coke, Pepsi, and beer
bottles were taken. The big issue was
that all the wine, spirits, and juice got
thrown out...There were valid reasons as
to why they restricted the flow of bottles.
There weren't any bottle depots in those
days, so this operation was seen as an
improvement on the situation."
By any estimate, United We Can has
seen large success. At any given time of
the day, lineups snake out the entrance
ofthe building. The system inside is one
of order and efficiency, powered by professional, hardworking staff. There are
many tables which binners use to count
eir bottles, by classification of size
brand. Once they have put their'
recyclables in order, they have only to
Michael,a friendly regularatthe depot
an empty bottle of liquor.
some binning. I have some spots that,
give me [their empties], and some placpj
es that I just know. I climb in and canl
get five to ten bucks out of one place.'
I've got an opportunity to work here,
and that could be an opportunity to do
more drugs, but it could also be an opportunity for me to step up."
This job has clearly been similarly
beneficial to many others. United We
Can bottle depot is located at the corner
of Main and West Hastings, in the centre
of the Downtown Eastside. When walking down the building's surrounding
streets, one can see many ofthe familiar
and sad realities of the area: open drug
use, homelessness, and hunger. Luckily,
for those who are physically and mentally able to take them on, there are jobs
available at the depot. And it's not hard
to get hired.
"With the people that work here, we
do not discriminate, even if they are addicts," says Ken Lyotier, executive director & manager of the operation. "All we
us toothless
ask is that they be up-front about it."
As someone who has been managing
this extraordinarily successful charity
since the very beginning, dealing with
bureaucracy, addicts, and financial dif-
fio",ties. he is not asking for much.
iwur:iiIERWEBir
United We Can began under Lyotier's
vision that bottle depots were needed to
meet the demands of binners in and
around the city. Though it is hard to
believe, not long ago, there were none
of these recycling centres to be found in
Greater Vancouver.
"We were a group of dumpster divers who organised ourselves to try and
improve the system for taking back refundable beverage containers in the late
80s early 90s. We ended up developing
this project, which has continued on in
the last 13 years," said Lyotier.
"There were limits on how much you
could take back mhe liquor and grocery
Tl'WflPt
in line. Cashiers working the till must be
ible to work quickly and efficiently, for
the lineups for payout can easily reach
"It's hard to say, but there are about
650-750 people receiving mo:
the till each day," said Lyotier.
Considering that there is one operating till in the room, United We Can
cashiers make up to 90 transactions
per hour. That's up to one and a half
transactions per minute. It is indeed a
bles, Ray,38, usually seeks apartment garbage rooms
may become more common as a result of a new muni'
Every man for himself?
Besides providing money in exchange
for recyclables, United We Can has developed a number of projects to serve
the community. Notable ones include a
binners' roadshow, a bike repair shop, a
used computer store, and a binner car
project,   which   provides   functioning,   :
clean carts bearing the United We Can   j
logo. These carts can be used for collection of cans and bottles in a civilized   «
manner. They do not make the noise   j
grocery shopping carts do, and are lent   \
out to whoever wants to use them. However, the most notable of all the services
offered by this charity is the Crossroads
nd Lanes service.
"[This project] goes out and cleans
ie sidewalks around the main block
rea of the Downtown Eastside, and we
ave been doing that since before we
even opened the bottle depot. Part of
that project picks up the needles and
whatever we find out there, and we try to
maintain some cleanliness in the area,"
says Lyotier.
These cleaning efforts are clearly
vorking the way they were intended to.
Dne step out the back alley of United
Ve Can, and all you can see is a truck
sassageway that is practically devoid of
garbage. It is true that there are dump-
iters in the alley, but they are all locked
lown, and as of December 31, 2007,
hey will disappear from downtown al-
ieyways altogether.
This removal is being orchestrated
by the Downtown Vancouver Business
Improvement Association (DVBIA), an   .
organisation which stands for the *"■"
motion of all downtown. This is ui
by "promoting the unique assets ofthe
area and highlighting events and happenings which will draw and retain
customers downtown." So how
this tie into the removal of dump„.„_„
l downtown alleyways?
According to the DVBIA, there
is a "close, proven association
between dumpster clusters and
public disorder...more than 90
per cent of incidents the DVBIA's
Downtown Ambassadors responded to were within 50 metres of
dumpsters. Incidents involving
panhandling, drug use, problem
street person interactions and
drug dealers took place entirely
within the dumpster clusters."
Dave Jones, head consultant
on safely & security for the DVBIA,
says that "not only do these dumpsters create public disorder, but
they have created a disgusting
mess in our alleyways. Something
has to be done."
When asked what kind of repercussions the removal of dumpsters
. will have on the practice of bin-
. ning, Jones replied that the DVBIA
has been working with, and not
" against, United We Can to establish an integrated system through
, which binners will be able to con
tinue to collect their recyclables.
The system will work as follows:
Cardboard will be bundled
in twine and left out for free collection. Refundable items will be
and money. We came
left out for collection by either a
local binner, or a group that is
using the bottle collection as a
means of fundraising. Used cooking grease will be put back into
its original container, and picked
up frequently. Paper will be
separated out and recycled. Gen-
transparent bags, with planned
pickup to happen multiple times
a day. Businesses will arrange for
pickup to happen at times that
will ensure that no garbage is left
out overnight.
Will this system work? Ken Lyotier seems to think the project's
success is entirely possible.
"We [United We Can] looked
at this plan with the perspective
on how it could better involve the
people that are looking for work
could work. We could create more
work opportunities.
"There are people on our
streets that don't have the capacity
to participate in initiatives like this
with United We Can. However, we
have a group of people that have
the potential to get there, and how
are they to accomplish that task?
How are we to invest in those
groups? Everything depends on
what resources we have, and what
our society's priorities are. Maybe
I'm an optimist, but I think it really
is possible."'
The view from
the street
Some are not as quick to accept that this initiative will work.
Namely, the binners. Shawn is
skeptical about the project.
the poor. It is the driving force
behind putting these bins away,
I
Olympics]. What they're really
going to do, are not remove the
dumpsters completely from
downtown, but rather, are going to put these dumpsters into
locked parkades. One of the consequences of this, is that it is going to cause the crime rate to go
up, instead of go down.
"What are the binners going to do if they can't access the
dumpsters in alleys? It's simple.
They're going to break into
apartment parkades to find their
bottles and cans, and if they don't
choose to do that, they will turn to
dealing and stealing."
Another factor to consider is
whether having bottles and cans
being left in clear plastic bags
for anyone to grab will change
the binning dynamic. While the
idea is good in that binners will
no longer have to sift through
garbage with their bare hands,
one must wonder if the distribution of recyclables will be nearly
as equitable. What if binners
simply end up loitering around
the alleyways until business owners leave out their heaping bags
of bottles? Will this create hostility among binners as to who can
grab the bag (and the resulting
profit) first? It's hard to say, but
this possibility must be considered before the implementation
of a dumpster-free downtown is
carried out.
Binners have had to deal with
the humiliation of what they must
do to generate income, the filth of
the garbage they comb through,
and now the ever-increasing
barriers of access to their money-
making   recyclables.   If  locking
When busy,Ken Lyotier,United We Cans executiv
their cans and bottles exchanged.
„„„ipsters weren't enough, now
the very existence of dumpsters
downtown will cease. Should the
public allow this to happen? It's
still up for debate. But perhaps
we should all take a walk through
United We Can, talk tt
ners. and decide. Xa 6     Editorial
ThSJjbyssey I November i 6th, 2007
MICHAEL BROUND GRAPHIC / THE UBYSSEY
Silence is golden, music is priceless
In a recent interview, Billboard
dress-up 'musician' cum reality
TV star Gene Simmons spoke
about his thoughts on the state ofthe
music industry.
Simmons—even through the filter of an edited, printed interview-
comes off as vicious and greedy. He
slams "every little college kid," saying that file-sharing students have
destroyed the music industry and
that industry leaders should have
"sued [them] off the face ofthe
Earth. They should have taken their
houses and their cars and nipped it
right there in the bud."
"The only reason gold is expensive is because we all agree
it is," claimed the wrathful, aged
rockstar. "There's no real use for
it, except we all agree and abide by
the idea that gold costs a certain
amount per ounce. As soon as you
give people the choice to deviate
from it, you have chaos and anarchy. And that's what's going on."
It seems that Simmons sees
music not as art, not as an emotive representation of a feeling,
a moment, or a thought. Instead
Simmons sees music as a commodity like gold or oil: a resource to be
traded, protected, and regulated.
While Simmons's music may be
a mere commodity—and we here at
the Ubyssey believe it to be a commodity on par with rancid chicken-
shit—we believe that music is much
more than something material.
There was a time, before the radio or the phonograph, when music
was something much more than
a product. Music was composed
for music's sake: it was an art
form, it expressed in the concrete
something ethereal, itwas so much
more than a disc of vinyl or plastic.
In order to hear music you either
had to play it yourself or listen to a
performer—it was a relationship.
Then, everything changed.
Music went from the ethereal to
the material. It became something
that was a commodity and could be
bought and sold in predetermined
portions. First the phonograph,
then the vinyl record, 8-track, cassette, and finally the compact disc.
And more suddenly than before,
music became ethereal again. Digital data stored in MP3 files could
suddenly be ripped, mixed, copied,
shared, and burned. Once again
music became the people's and
they spoke with one loud and clear
voice: music should be free.
Artists, and we are using the
term very loosely here, like Gene
Simmons, now have one of two
choices. They can either fight to
keep music a material commodity,
something that represents little
more then a stack of cash, or they
can look back to earlier eras when
music was made because it represented something.
It seems like most established
musicians have decided to throw
their support into keeping music as
a commodity. Maybe it's because
they can't bear the thought of losing their place among the select
few who managed to play the
recording industry game, or maybe
they got into the music industry not
because they want to express the
inexpressible, but instead because
they wanted the free cocaine, young
groupies, and fast cars that stardom seems to bring.
But hopefully, the continued
evolution of music will prevent
the likes of these musicians from
reaching the obscene levels of undeserved popularity they have over the
last few decades. Instead of having
the music industry gauge success
based on marketing, brand and
ridiculous dress, music will go back
to being about creating something
original, creative and based on the
art produced by individuals, vl
ilTREETERS
Streeters is a twice weekly column
in which students are asked a
question    pertinent    to    UBC.
See all their full comments online at www.ubyssey.bc.ca
What do you think of Gene Simmons's recent remarks about students and music:
'Every little college kid, every freshly-faced kid should be sued off the face ofthe earth?
Tara McCabe,
Law 2
"It seems a bit
extreme, but it
is theft—you're
downloading
something
that doesn't
belong to you."
Maxwell Maxwell,
English 3
"I don't think that
Gene Simmons has
any music worth
paying for. And
the market is going
to dictate what
music is going to
cost."
Laura Morrison,
Classics 3
"People can't always
afford music, especially students...
and Gene Simmons
has so much money
anyway."
Morgan Martin,
Biology 5
"I think if he was
making music
worth buying then
people would pay
for it. But there
should be a tighter
regulation."
Govin Thind,
Science 1
"Musicians make so
much money based
on concert sales.
They make the
music for us to
enjoy—it should be
free."
Letters
Why still care about landmines?
To many around the world who live without
the daily fear of being injured or killed by a
landmine, the movement to ban these indiscriminate weapons of war has lost its initial
momentum. While the international campaign
to ban antipersonnel landmines (ICBL) reached
its pinnacle, in terms of success and public visibility, through a series of diplomatic efforts
that came to be known as the Ottawa Process,
there has been little effort since 2001 to expand
the ban to major non-signatory states.
The Ottawa Process was revolutionary because it brought interested NGOs, international
organisations, states, and victims together for
the purpose of treaty drafting—a process that
was previously considered the domain of sovereign states. The Mine Ban Treaty is of critical
importance to Canadians, as the ICBL helped to
bolster Canada's ability to influence issues of
international security. Indeed, the ICBL was a
classic case of'right place, right time.'
The concept of human security, which is
a theory that shifts the focus of security from
states to people, increases the ability of smaller
states (like Canada) to make a positive contribution to the security needs of people around
the world. The landmines issue is a core focus
of humans security for the simple reason that
landmines continue to kill or severely harm
civilians long after the end ofthe battle.
If these reasons do not convince that the
ICBL is a worthwhile 'Canadian cause,' consider
the case of Afghanistan. Not only is Afghanistan
unique because it is a major consumer of aid
and resources (military, development officers,
etc.) from the Government of Canada, but also
because Afghanistan has the distinction of being one ofthe most heavily mined countries in
the world. The scourge of landmines remains
with us, and Canadians should not allow the
government of the day to forget the commitment that we made here in Ottawa to forever
rid the world of these terrible weapons.
Almost all the countries in Africa have
signed the Mine Ban Treaty, but countries like
Russia, China, India, Poland, Pakistan, and the
United States continue to withhold their support from the ban. Canada has a responsibility,
one that it cannot abrogate, to pursue any and
all diplomatic avenues in order to secure a wider and more comprehensive ban, as it is clearly
in the interests of not only those individuals at
risk but of Canadian values as a whole.
—By Gordon C. Hawkins
Gordon C. Hawkins is the president ofthe International Relations Student Association
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Sports     J
 COURTSIDE COMMENT	
Vartyling] like a rock star: mens soccer team wraps up storybook season
by Justin McElroy
Sports Writer
In early August, Mike Mosher
and his squad were just one of
41 CIS teams gunning for the
ultimate prize in men's soccer.
Through skill, fate, and a bit of
luck, they stand today as champions, and UBC has collected their
11th national championship.
It's easy in this situation, as it
is when describing any trophy-collecting team, of resorting to cliches
and platitudes—that the 'Birds
"overcame adversity", "played
best when it mattered most",
and ultimately "proved they were
without equals" in a "storybook
season". Which is all true, but
ultimately meaningless: Virtually
all champions can be described
in such a manner, whether they
be in university men's soccer, or
the WNBA.
Rather, it is in the small, secondary details that the best stories
of winning teams are written. It's
the moments that don't matter
in the final score of a game, but
the footnotes that dot a season
which matter to the coaches and
the players and the people around
the team far more than anything
else.
You see it when you look at
goalies Nikolai Matni and Elliot
Usher, who held the fort for this
UBC team while all-star starter
Srdjan Djekanovic was playing for
Toronto FC in the MLS. Both knew
that Djekanovic was returning for
the playoffs, both knew that solid
play would not be rewarded with
MOLLY MERRIMAN PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
UBC men's soccer players hoist the Davidson Trophy after winning CIS Nationals held at UBC last weekend.
additional playing time, and yet,
their platoon kept UBC competitive all year in an injury-plagued
regular season.
You saw it last month, when
UBC went into Langley, got
spanked by Trinity Western 4-1
and then listened in their locker
rooms as TWU celebrated next
door "as if they'd won the World
Cup," as Mosher put it. It's impossible to know how each player on
the team felt at that moment, but
all one has to do is note that after
that game, they went 6-2-1, never
giving up more than 2 goals, to realise that the impact was definite.
You felt it in your damp socks
last week if you watched the 'Birds
take advantage of their home-field
digs throughout the tournament.
Suddenly, all the rain that swept
through this city in October became more than a griping point
for students—ittransformedThun-
derbird Stadium and the pristine
fields on the south end of campus
into bumpy bogs. But they were
bumpy bogs that UBC players had
practiced on all season.
And of course, there was the
gold medal game itself. The T-
Birds have a moment the night
before to thank, when Ben Hunt
bicycle-kicked UBC past York
in the 112th minute of an epic
semifinal. The championship
match, a cold, windswept Sunday
that evoked images of CFL games
played in Winnipeg, was a back
and forth defensive struggle for
most of the afternoon. In the
end, the moment that defined it
all, a moment that will be etched
in stone, was when birthday boy
Steve Frazao improbably broke
free from the Laval defense in the
82nd minute, breaking the 1-1
tie, and inciting pandemonium
from the hundreds of fans who
descended upon Wolfson Field to
cheer on their fellow students.
It's moments like that that
define a season, that create
memories and moments that give
a championship team a narrative
that we can follow.
But for the Thunderbird
players—the UBC students—who
dedicated much of their lives for
months and months to make preseason dreams come true, those
moments are irrelevant. All that
matters is the end goal, and the
feeling that waves over all athletes
once their ultimate goal has been
completed.
Knowing that, sometime after
that final whistle, I made my way
down to Thunderbird Stadium,
hoping to take a quick peek into
the locker room to view the celebration. Once I got to the door,
I realised there was no need to
continue.
I could hear the music. I could
hear the players screaming "Party
like a rock star!" I could smell
the beer. But more than that, I
could feel the unbridled joy that
surrounded the team at that moment, a team that was ranked
No. 9 in the country going into
the weekend, and came out with
a championship on their home
turf.
And you know what? Cliche or
not, that's a storybook season in
anyone's book, wl
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The Ubyssey | November i 6th, 2007
No. 1 seed settles for fourth at CIS championship
Women s field hockey lose to Vikes in bronze medal game
WILSON WONG PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Forward Chelsea MacPherson tries to slide the ball away from Alberta Pandas
midfielder Lisa Fay during their final regular season game Oct. 21 .That game
was UBC's second loss ofthe season until the CIS tournament started.
by Leslie Day
Sports Writer
The UBC women's field hockey
team went into the CIS championship as the No. 1 seed, but
failed to capture their 12th McCrae Cup in Toronto the weekend
before last, settling for fourth.
Afterwinningthe Canada West
women's field hockey championship, the Thunderbirds headed to
Toronto as the favourite, trailed
by arch rivals the University of
Victoria Vikes, seeded fourth. But
with two losses to Guelph and
Victoria to open the tournament,
their chances for gold had all but
disappeared. This year was the
first time since 2000 that UBC
finished out of the medals at the
CIS championship.
In the finals, the host University of Toronto Varsity Blues
beat the Guelph Gryphons 1-0 in
overtime to take the gold medal
in the first all-Ontario final since
1986. Canada West has in recent
years dominated the top spot in
the tournament, taking all ten
banners from 1996 to 2006.
Unfortunately for UBC, accustomed to playing on artificial
turf in regular season Canada
West, the games in Ontario were
played on a grass field. The Vikes,
who practice and play on artificial turf similar to UBC's Wright
Field, also had difficulty adjusting to the unfamiliar surface.
UBC Coach Hash Kanjee may
be used to better performances
from his team given his success
over the last 15 years with the
program, but he was still pleased
with his players.
"[They] conducted themselves
with skill and poise...we could
have drawn back and played defence, waiting for a break, but I
wanted the girls to play with the
skills they've been working on all
year," said Kanjee, defending his
decision to avoid the hit-and-run
game that may have been more
successful on a surface where
ball movement can be unpredictable and slow.
Third-year midfielder and defender Cayla McLean agreed with
her coach, saying that the team
played extremely well, though
few of the skills they'd mastered
on artificial turf translated to the
grass field.
Despite the loss, several
Thunderbirds played well at Nationals, including Laura Dowling,
Tyla Flexman, Katie MacPherson,
and Devon Bromley. Fifth-year
defender Jessie Denys had spent
time sidelined with a ruptured
ACL, but after going through intense rehabilitation she saw time
on the pitch in Toronto.
The U of T Varsity Centre
field turf may have interfered
with the National Team selection
and identification process that
traditionally takes place at the
tournament, but the full extent
ofthe surface's effect will not be
known until Field Hockey Canada
begins putting together the National squad later this year. Field
turf is not considered an appropriate surface for international
competition, or at the elite level,
but is attractive to high schools
and universities because soccer
and football can be played on it
as well.
Both McLean and Kanjee
praised host U of T for securing accommodation near the
field, organising an excellent
banquet, and generally fulfilling
and exceeding the athletes' off-
field expectations for a national
championship. Outside of the
decision to forego an off-campus
artificial field for the on-campus
grass field, the host school left a
good impression with the Canada
West champions, who returned
home disappointed, but ready
to play again in the spring in
Vancouver's Premier League.
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