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Services
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Eric Hamber Secondary School presents this famous musical portraying life in the Jewish commuity of Anatevka, Russia in 1904. Musical
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Sports
Friday. February 16.20011
Between the pipes
by Sara Newham
UBC Thunderbirds goaltenders Robert File and Peter Brady: two nationalities, two different styles, same team, same position
In case you haven't heard, exiled Vancouver
Canucks netminder Felix Potvin was practising with the UBC men's hockey team this past
week. It's doubtful that he'll make the sqUad,
though—he's not very consistent Besides, the
Thunderbirds already have two quality goal-
tenders in Robert File and Peter Brady.
Granted, the goaltending tandem of File and
Brady has had a tough year. The Birds are 5-18-3
heading into their last two games of the regular
season—not nearly good enough to earn them a
spot in the Canada West playoffs.
At the beginning of the season, UBC head
coach Mike Coflin boasted of his latest goaltending tandem, but he wasn't quite as enthusiastic
during the team's last homestand against
Calgary, "I think both [of) our goalies were much
like oui team," he said. "They were inconsistent
in the first half, even below average at times.
Probably not coincidentally, as the play of our
team improved, their play has improved."
Goaltenders are a team's last line of defense
and they often have to stand on their heads in
order to secure a win. This is particularly true for
any goaltender playing for UBC. Fortunately, with
an improvement in the team's play this term,
fans were able to see just how well these two net-
minders can perform.
Ri
obert File, a native of Bratislava, Slovakia,
started playing hockey when he was only
.three, learning the basics on a makeshift
rink with the help of his father. "I was so young.
My dad was a coach and he always took me out to
play. I was four when I started practising with
small kids," File explained.
Most goaltenders rarely start out playing in
net though, and File was no exception. Despite
his early start. File didn't think about playing in
goal until he was ten. When he first decided to
play in the net, he met with some resistence from
his father, Jan, a former goalie and the current
head coach of the Slovakian national team. Jan
wanted to protect his son from the pressure and
ridicule that goes with the position. But Robert
prevailed. "I wanted to be a goalie so bad. He finally bought me this gear and I was in the net for two years and
then it was boring because I wanted to score goals."
For one year, when he was in the eighth grade, File explains,
he played out That is, until his coaches begged him to come
back. "This is very funny. We lost 30-0 in out-of-town [game]
and our goalies had like 15 shots [each]. I remember this situation. Both coaches were sitting with me on the bus for like two
hours and they're like, 'Rob you gotta come back, you gotta
come back.' And then I said 'Yes.' And now I'm a goalie."
Despite his natural tendency towards defence, File's desire
to score goals makes him wish that he was a regular player.
"Now if I could choose, I think I would choose to be a player. I
think it's more creative. The only [thing] the goalie has to do is
stop the puck. Players skate, create something."
Despite this opinion, the 22-year-old goalkeeper has been
thrilling the crowds at the Winter Sports Centre for a season
and a half with his creative and spectacular, Dominik Hasek-
like saves. Despite the comparisons, File maintains that he
doesn't by to copy the 'Dominator's' trademark moves 'My
theory is hands are much faster than legs so you've got to cover
bottom of the net and still hands can cover top."
Though File's biggest influence growing up playing hockey
was his father, he also looked up to other goaltenders, including the Buffalo Sabres star. "There was a couple of goalies I
liked to watch. Dominik Hasek was one of them. I remember
him, he was playing for Pardubice, he was 17 and he made the
senior team and [when] they played in my town I always would
Faculty of Arts, and is trying to switch into
Commerce.
On game days, File stays pretty relaxed. He
has a rest and some coffee during the day, and
walks at least part of the way to the arena before
suiting up. Perhaps the routine allows him to
keep calm before facing the inevitable barrage of
shots. Before the Christmas break. File faced, on
average, 35-40 shots on goal nightly. His stellar
play is getting him all sorts of attention—including that of the Vancouver Canucks. Coflin confirmed that the Canucks'Jack McCartan scouted
the netminder at the January 29th home game
against Calgary. Perhaps the NHL team is covering its bases in case its newest acquisition, Dan
Cloutier, doesn't work out. File says that whatever happens, he will tiy to reach the highest level
in hockey that he can, and that ultimately, the
NHL is still his goal.
T!
IMPOSING FIGURES: UBC goaltenders Robert File (left) and Peter Brady are play
ing their last home games of the season this weekend against the University of
Regina. Both goalies will likely return next season, tara westover photo
watch. It was unbelievable."
In Slovakia, File played for the highest junior level team for
four years and with the senior team for one year, with players
like Marian Hossa of the Ottawa Senators who have since made
the NHL. After struggling to find time to play hockey and go to
school in Slovakia, File decided to make a change. He knew that
there were good university programs in North America and
began contacting schools. He was accepted at North Michigan
State, but left shortly after because he wasn't playing regularly.
The move to North America brought a few challenges for
File, one of which was the English language. "English was a big
deal because it wasn't veiy good when I came here. A lot of
[the] courses I took in Michigan were [in] English and I had
very nice teachers [who] helped me." But there were other difficulties too. "The biggest challenge was that I didn't live with
my parents anymore, so I had to [take] care [of] myself. Even
the environment and everything is totally different but I like
it" The young netminder has become acclimatised and his
English has improved dramatically, though he still speaks with
a thick Slovakian accent
Off the ice, File likes to relax with friends, and like most athletes, enjoys other sports. He played soccer as a kid and still
enjoys the odd intramural game at UBC. But he has also
learned something new. He has taken up bowling and says he's
doing pretty well for a beginner— 150 is his record thus far. In
addition to working in the sports shop at the Winter Sports
Centre two nights a week. File is also taking three courses in the
here is something you ought to know about
Peter Brady. His real name isn't Peter. It's
Pierre. A native of Cap-Rouge, Quebec,
Brady changed his name when he moved to
Saskatchewan at the age of 16 to play hockey, and
it stuck. Unlike File, he didn't start playing hockey until he was ten, and even then, he didn't start
playing in goal right away. "I started out as a
player and then I saw goalies when they played,
so then I decided to play [goal]."
Brady says that his dad was quite supportive
of his decision, however, and didn't tiy to convince him to continue playing out of the net "He
let me do whatever I wanted to do. He kind of
wanted me to be a player, but when I said I wanted to [be a goalie], grudgingly I guess he agreed.
He wasn't going to stop me."
Brady excelled in the net and grew up playing
on talented teams, which he credits with making
him a better goaltender. He moved to
Saskatchewan by himself where he went to high
school for two years before playing for Powell
River in the BC Junior Hockey League. After playing Junior for a while, he earned a scholarship to
Anchorage University in Alaska, where he played
for two years before coming to UBC. When asked
why he decided to move, he replied that "It was a good opportunity. It was a good fit It was mostly [a] hockey decision, but
school had to be part of it too." Hockey would have to wait however, when the 23-year-old Arts student came to UBC—he had to
sit out a year before he could play for the Thunderbirds.
Coflin said that Brady's strengths lie in his physical ability.
"He's got quick feet he handles the puck pretty well...It's a tough
position and it's not a forgiving position to play." One of the
biggest differences between American college hockey and CIAU
hockey, Brady has noticed, is that American college hockey uses
Olympic-sized rinks. Other differences include the greater
speed of the American game and the older ages of the CIAU
players who usually play Junior hockey for a few years before
attending university.
Off the ice, Brady describes his life as pretty casual. He usually hangs out with teammates Rob Petrie and Dustin Paul, as
well as fellow keeper Rob File.
c
onsidering the odds stacked against the Thunderbirds
goaltender duo, they have handled their duties pretty'
'well this season. With two more games left to play,
they're probably already thinking about next year, and with
luck, a more successful campaign'for the team. Still, even
though this weekend's games against Regina don't matter
much, since the Birds have already been eliminated, File and
Brady will likely show up relaxed, confident and ready to play.
And as for Potvin, he's headed for Los Angeles. ♦
FILC: Likes bowling, tara westover photo
BRADY: Life is praity casual, tara westover photo POTVIN: He's a King cat now. tara westover photo A\ Friday. February 16.2001
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THE WATERFRONT THEATRE
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IAN WRIGHT
at the Chan Centre
Feb. 9
BY SARA NEWHAM
If you didn't have the travel bug before, you most certainly would have caught it at Lonely Planet
host Ian Wright's talk at the Chan Centre Friday night Wright, whose performance Friday was his
first stop on a Western Canada tour, thrilled the sold-out Chan Centre with his unique sense of
humour as he relayed stories of his many adventures around the world.
The Englishman began his performance with
reminisces about his previous trips to Canada.
'One thing I've noticed is that you Canadians are
barking mad," he pronounced. "You can't get
enough of Lonely Planet I love it"
He regaled the audience with tales of his childhood and his days as a yellow-caftan-wearing hippie before discussing the ins and outs of his present career. Wright said he loves his job but that the
only trouble with it is that he has no 'mates' left
because of his travel schedule and because they're
quite sick of hearing about where he goes. "What's
worse than an ultimate travel bore, [is] an ultimate travel bore with a slide show."
However, the slide show that was part of his
presentation was far from boring. In fact, it rejuvenated my personal desire to travel the world. He
told stories of his visits to Brazil, Nepal, and
Morocco as well as Fiji and Jamaica, making him
the envy of every audience member "The best
thing about Morocco is that even if you get
mugged, you can haggle the price down," Wright
joked, adding, "I love any country that doesn't give
a monkey about copyright'
Wright revealed that when he applied for the job
after seeing an advertisement in the Guardian newspaper, he sent his show reel in as a joke and did not
expect to hear from Lonely Planet But the producers of the program obviously saw in him what he is
now famous for in Canada and abroad, and what he
brought to his performance Friday—his energy,
enthusiasm, and his great British wit
While in the beginning the Lonely Planet shows
were heavily scripted, Wright said that he is now
EVER     PLAYED     BOLIVIAN allowed to ad lib quite a bit and that he can say what
POCKET POOL? Ian Wright he feels about what he's doing or eating. He cited his excursion to the top of Mount
hams it up at tha Chan Centre. Kilimanjaro and his first taste of a cockroach as two examples of excruciating
SARA newham PHOTO experiences. "If you have cockroaches, it's not the taste. It's the mental thing."
Wright fielded questions from the audience after his presentation, and when
asked where his favourite places were, he admitted that he loves Ireland and
found that Bolivia is one of the most relaxing places in the world, but he prefers
to vacation in England. Of his job he had this to say, "Every country I go to, I'm
like, I can't believe I'm here. I'm the luckiest bastard in the worldl* He's probably right, too. ♦
Not for -the politically correct:
THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON
at the Vogue Theatre
until Feb. 25
Robert Dupac's one-man play, The Male Intellect An
Oxymoron, is definitely not for the politically correct
As the title suggests, the play operates entirely on gender cBch4s and stereotypes. Actor and author Robert
Dupac plays Bobby, a man who two weeks ago got
dumped by his fiancee, Julie. Bobby can't figure out
why Julie called it quits; so he reduces the matter to
Julie's gender since, according to him, women often
do mystifying things that no one understands.
In the 90-rninute play, Bobby moves between the
male and female part of his conscience to look for an
answer to what caused the breakup. The left and right
sides of the stage symbolise his different sides. The
orderly left side, representing the female, consists of
only a blank chalkboard and a heavy curtain hanging
from the ceiling. His male side, on the other hand, is
crowded and littered with all kinds of stuff, including
underwear, a filing cabinet, and beer.
Periodically, Dupac turns into one of Bobby's five
tutors who have taught him everything he knows about
the birds and the bees. Unfortunately, his five tutors
are all chauvinists. This might be the answer to Bobby's
problems. Everything he's learned about women, he's
learned from other guys and the only true thing these
guys have figured out about women is that they are
female. If Bobby would have stopped for a minute and
consulted a woman, she might have asked him why, if
he doesn't understand Julie, was he with her in the first
„ place? Any rational human being could have told him
BY AISHA JAMAL
that they were in the wrong relationship to start with.
Perhaps Bobby should've spend his efforts discussing
what men need to understand about themselves when
they enter a relationship.
What keeps the audience from walking out of the
show is Dupac's amazing humour and talent in bringing the characters to life. They may be stupid jerks but
they are very funny stupid jerks. His best creation is
Ronnie Cabrezzi. With rolled-up sleeves, greased-back
hair, and a Bronx accent Cabrezzi recounts to the
audience with side-splitting humour how he knew his
foul-mouthed girlfriend was the one for him.
Since there is no intermission in the show, the best
time to take a leak would have been during old Mr.
Linger's time on stage, by far the flattest character.
The 135 year-old Mr. Linger has an annoying laugh
and moves irritatingly slow on stage. His character
contributes nothing to the play besides a few moments
of boredom.
The most offending of the characters is the
Frenchman Jean Michel a self-declared expert on
women. He takes romance seriously. Jean Michel's
ideas about women are so abstract he's unable to
communicate them in plain English so he uses amusing metaphors, linking women to everything from
envelopes to dust particles.
So with the help of Bobby's reflections on his wise
mentors, Bobby comes to the enlightened conclusion
that what women really want is security. By the end of
the play, you can't exactly remember how Bobby came
to that conclusion but that doesn't matter since this is
a character,-not a plot-driven, play. ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Culture
Friday. February 16. 20011
Experimental, eco-art event
I by Kim The
E12 CANADIAN AND JAPANESE
DESIGNS FOR LIVING
at the Canadian Craft Museum
until Apr. 1
E12 Canadian and Japanese Designs for
Living is an eclectic exhibit fusing craft, art
and design that is accessible to both art critics
and art neophytes. These art displays provoke
thought and rouse curiosity and ecological
consciousness. How will we continue to live
among the mountains of refuse we've created?
Are we just waste-mongers who overly consume and dispose? Is there value in producing
more art in this age of rapid disposability?
These are just some of the questions that arise
while perusing the six art forms, each created
by a pair of talented, young designers and
artists from Japan and Canada.
Each creative duo has constructed objects or
presented ideas about as described by their
write-up, "new ways of living on planet earth'
by using inexpensive, natural, and/or recycled
materials. One of the simplest creations is
Andrew Jones and Virginia Wright's small
white bag-lampshades. Different neon colours
painted on one side of the bag-lampshades
reflect onto the wall, projecting various hues of
light and creating different moods. Other sim
ple, aesthetic and also practical art-forms are
Toshiyuki Kita and Masumichi Ishikawa's
washi (home-made paper) lamps and wall-hangings made using traditional artistic methods.
These lamps look like they were created from
the handmade paper you can buy at Paper-Ya
on Granville Island with its grainy textures of
dried flowers, leaves and other organic materials. Other items on display are pewter cups and
lacquered wares which could be used for a tea
party.
More conceptual and symbolic art forms
include Richard Lyle and Jen Halchuck's cross-
section of the "landscape of modern society*
composed of alternating layers of natural and synthetic materials that have undergone sedimentation over time. Between layers of wood and rocks
are scraps of fabric, leather, for, plastic, CDs, mirrors, videotapes and electronic circuits. This piece
raises the question: is our modern landscape just
an ugly wasteland we have created through excessive consuming and dumping? If so, one almost
expects to see toxic waste containers, styrofoam,
needles, pieces from refrigerators and parts of
cars, too.
Employing a similar theme, Japanese duo
Tsunehisa Kimura and Shuji Funo created picture composites depicting the forces of modern
society—consumerism corporate sponsorship,
REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE! E12 Canadian and Japanes Designs for Living
examines the state of our environment in contemporary society, kris grunert photo
LANTERNS! These lanterns are just one of many collaborative works between Japanese and
Canadian artists on exhibit at the Canadian Craft Museum, kris grunert photo
overconsumption and tyrannical figures. Pictures
of genome tissue spell out the word "waste." A collage of McDonald's, Marlboro, Coca-Cola and
Hollywood logos, the Eiffel Tower and the Taj
Mahal surround a big bust of a classical
figure sitting in a pool of lava and granite. In another shot hundreds of mini
pictures of Hitler surround the word
"dis-pose." These pictures and others are
arresting and striking enough to induce
contemplatioa.'
Perhaps the strangest, yet most
intriguing creation is Takehiko
Sanada and Kiyokazu Wahida's
"Prefab Coat' On the floor is a black
pup tent with a shirt collar and
sleeves. Hanging on the ceiling is a
banner of black and white pieces of
fabric with shirt collars and dangling
sleeves. Pitched on the floor below is
a larger black tent with four holes
with shirt collars, eight sleeves and
zippers fining both sides. It's bizarre
until you read the write-up on the wall
which explains that this fabric is symbolic of human skin, This "Prefab
Coat' represents the shell of protection that people wear. When it is laid
onto the floor, this shedding of the
outer skin symbolises the opening of
our inner being to the environment
Sanada explains that the coat is black because
black absorbs all colours, thus representing
the inclusion of all races. So is he saying that
this large tent coat symbolises how people of
all colours will one day be connected by sharing the same coat weaved from the same
thread? Perhaps this is a little idealistic, too
simplistic or clich^d. One can only ruminate
on what Sanada and Wahida intended.
The art that oddly juxtaposes the rest is
Brian Mackay-Lyons and Philip Snyder's massive "Pattern Vessel"—a wooden structure that
houses parts from a shipyard. Being from
Nova Scotia, both artists—one a shipbuilder
and the other an architect—wanted to create
something that represents their heritage and
culture. Although the wooden structure is
beautifully constructed, how long can you look
at clunky metal objects casted at a foundiy?
However, in its totality, E12 Canadian and
Japanese Designs for Living is an art exhibit
that is, at times, enlightening and evocative.
These 12 designers and artists have asserted
the value of art in a time when everything
seems to have a short life span, by recreating
beauty through innovation, traditional techniques or recycled materials. Note to the artistically inclined: this exhibit will even inspire'
you to make a political statement by creating
art with your deflated bike tire, your boring
textbooks, and some duct tape. ♦
Split screens and spLit marriages
by Daniel Silverman
CONSOLATION SERVICE
at the Charles H. Scott Gallery
until Mar. 25
Consolation Service is definitely not your average relationships
film. The 24-minute installation exhibit gives its first hint to
this when you walk in and see the two separate projectors and
the split screen. The film opens with a bleak, winter landscape,
and the announcement that 'the couple in Number 10 are
breaking up."
The "consolation service" in the film has to do with the
breakup, and how it is dealt with. However, it is not like anything you would imagine. The couple, J-P and Anni, are in the
office of their marriage counsellor, discussing, arguing, and
shouting at each other in an effort to assert their reasons and
feelings.
The split screen, meanwhile, shows alternate angles, different characters (including the very quiet baby Lucia), and shots
of various ornaments of the office itself: plants, filing cabinets,
the windows and so on. While J-P and Anni are shouting at each
other, we see the waiting room full of people who are "transparent," according to the narrator (who we now know is the
neighbour of Number 10 and is writing this story). These people get up and go into the office. They sit around, completely
unmoved by and invisible to the other characters.
These people turn out to be the friends of J-P and Anni, as
we see in the next scene, which is J:P's birthday and also the
time he and Anni have chosen to announce their divorce. The
baby is being looked after by their neighbour (the director and
narrator). The attitudes expressed at the party ("The ideal
woman is three feet tall, with a head flat enough to put your
drink on") do nothing to Improve the couple's mood, and J-P
and Anni's discomfort is evident.
Later, the couple and their friends are crossing a frozen
river, and one woman begins talking about what it feels like to
drown in icy water, and how in weather like this the ice can be
quite thin. One of the other friends says, 'Can't we change the
subject?" about two seconds before someone steps on a thin
patch of ice and they all fall into the water and drown.
This is where things get complicated.
What follows is a vision of drowning, as narrated by the
neighbour, which telescopes forwards and backwards in time,
talking about how the drowning feels.
Then, after this seeming end of one breakup by another, if
you will, we go to the apartment of the babysitter, who is waiting anxiously for the couple's
return. There is, apparently, a
visit by the ghost of J-P, which
is supposed to offer the consolation the film is talking about,
but the whole thing comes
across as rather confusing.
While the cocept itself is a
good one, the bleak of the landscape and characters destro
any sort of tension between
characters. There is no resolution, no summing up, only a
ghost, who vanishes, leaving the neighbour and the now-
orphaned baby. Perhaps the film would have been more powerful had the deaths not been the result from a lack of common
sense.
We are left to ponder why J-P appears to her, what her relationship to these people is (or was). We are also left to ponder
and the implications of the cinematography, which show her
on one side of the screen, but just empty space on the other.
Consolation Seivice is worth seeing, but is by no means an
easy film to digest. It captures the confusion and desolation
inherent in both the landscape and in the relationships depicted. But at the same time the direction becomes too far removed
from the action. The drowning becomes meaningless since we
do not really know the characters at all, and too many issues
are left unresolved. But go see it anyway, if nothing else for the
consolation it does offer. •> g [Friday
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RICK BENJAMIN'S PARAGON RAGTIME
ORCHESTRA
at the Chan Centre
Feb. 11
Silent films are not everyone's idea of a good time. This is
something I realised after the less than enthusiastic reaction from my friends when I announced the one-show
only stop of New York's Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.
Unfortunately for them, they missed a rare opportunity to
see three old silent classics on the big screen with a live
performance of their original 1920s scores.
The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra came into being as a
result of Rick Benjamin's discoveiy of thousands of turn-
of-the-century orchestra scores once belonging to an old
recording star, Arthur Pryor. The orchestra, which now
has been performing for over a decade, revived Pryor's
collection of authentic music and scores from the early
20th century, some composed by musical giants of the
era. The orchestra's latest venture has been the accompaniment of silent films, playing from original scores by
the likes of Charlie Chaplin.
For their Vancouver stop, Rick Benjamin and his
orchestra brought to the Chan Centre a program of three
of the funniest films of the silent era: Buster Keaton's
Cops, Harold Lloyd's Never Weaken, and the masterful
The Immigrantby Charlie Chaplin. Besides being able to
see these films on the big screen and hear the original
scores, what made the experience even better was the
live sound effects performed on stage by an orchestra
member. Although he could get pretty distracting since
it was fascinating to watch him shriek repeatedly to the
action on the screen or bark like a dog through a megaphone, it did add to the event a great deal.
Dressed in a true ragtime outfit. Rick Benjamin not
only acted as conductor but also as a guide through film
and music history, providing informative and witty commentaries throughout the program. While enjoying
these classics, it was easy to see why these men became
the masters of the genre. The first in the program.
Buster Keaton's Cops, is the actor and director's best
known film. In it, you find Keaton's trademark character
playing an young man down-on-his-luck who gets chased
around the city by every police officer in the district after
he crashes a police parade. Keaton's timing in the film
is dead-on—a quality he shares with the star of the second film, Harold Lloyd, the least known of the three.
Although Lloyd has starred in more than 300 silent
films and was one of the biggest comedy stars of the
1920s, today he remains a relatively unknown figure. The
repeating character Lloyd created, Glasses, was more realistic than any of the other heroes of the times. He was a
character the audience could identify with: an enthusiastic
young businessman who stopped at nothing to get where
he was going. Lloyd followed this basic character sketch in
this film about a love-struck businessman who has to find
new patients for the doctor's office bis fiancee works in so
that she doesn't lose her job. Surprisingly, Lloyd performed all of his own stunts for the film, which include balancing on one end of a long wooden plank on a fence and
hanging high in the air from an office building.
The last film in the program probably brought back
childhood memories for eveiyone in the audience.
Charlie Chaplin's films have been screened across the
world for decades and most people have seen at least
one of the films in his Little Tramp series. In the wonderful The Immigrant, Chaplin serves his usual hilarious combo of slapstick comedy and melodrama. In The
Immigrant, the Little Tramp arrives in the great land of
opportunity on a boat full of shady characters and one
special lovely lady, whom he encounters again on land
in a famous acrobatic restaurant scene.
The experience of having seen these wonderful three
comedies as they were originally intended, makes me
wish more people would give the magic and wonderment of the old classics a second chance. Perhaps then
seeing them on the silver screen would not be such a
rare treat. ♦
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BEFORE NIGHT FALLS
at Fifth Avenue Cinemas
now playing/
Revolutions begin with the best of intentions, but often
have an unfortunate tendency to go awry, such as
exchanging one dictator for another. Cuba is an excellent example of this axiom. In 1959, a small band of revolutionaries led by a young Fidel Castro ousted
Fulgencio Batista, the US-backed dictator. Castro would
have been welcomed with open arms by the US had he
not embarked on a campaign of nationalisation which
led to Cuba's regional isolation and eventual alliance
with the Soviet Union. In keeping with Communist doctrine, Castro the liberator, became Castro the jailer and
began purging the freethinkers and anyone else who
was 'different" If you happened to be a gay author and
poet, yours was a dismal future indeed.
Reinaldo Arenas grew up poor and free, enjoying the
liberation that only a child of the land can experience.
His carefree world was shattered when a teacher discovered the boy's artistic bent and communicated this to
Reinaldo's grandfather. His reaction was to banish the
boy and run away to the city. Undaunted, Reinaldo continued to nourish his talents and in the newfound post-
revolution euphoria explored his sexuality. His ideas
and sexual persuasion soon attracted the unwanted
attention of an increasingly repressive regime, which
would ultimately lead to his internment, re-education,
and exile.
For the second time in as many months, I find myself
having a hard time reviewing a movie. According to the
trade journals, Before Night Falls made 50 film critics' top
ten lists (not a difficult feat given the dearth of decent films
in 2000), has won numerous awards and is "one of the
best films ever made." In light of these rave reviews, I keep
asking myself one question—"Did I miss something?"
Spanish actor Javier Bardem tjamon Jamon) who
infuses his portrayal with the appropriate emotional
sensitivity and resolve, brings Arenas to life. For Arenas,
being forbidden to write was akin to being forbidden to
breathe. He could not and would not cease his writing,
even if it meant imprisonment and torture in a Cuban
gulag. His sexuality was an even more powerful part of
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his being and not a matter of choice. Johnny Depp adds
another interesting character, or more appropriately
characters, to his pantheon of performances in a dual
role as a talented transvestite and a brutal military commander. His characters emphasise the duality of relationships in police states, where your best friend maybe
an informant and you trust no one (as many horrified
East Germans discovered in post-wall Germany).
Equally impressive was Andrea Di Stefano as Pepe,
Reinaldo's part-time lover and all around bad influence.
Director Julian Schnabel's decision to splice in
grainy film footage from post-revolutionary Cuba was as
bold as it was ingenious. The scenes, which contain little dialogue, contribute a tangible realism to the film,
and convey the initial jubilation and eventual stifling
repression of the newly "liberated" country. Music is
also used very effectively to establish mood, with some
surprising non-Latin choices—Lou Reed's "Rouge" substitutes for dialogue in a nightclub scene, and speaks
more about betrayal than any words could.
But I do still have several reservations about the film.
At times, the direction and editing is erratic. This in
turn disrupts the continuity of the film and makes several scenes difficult to follow. For example, while I
realise that the film is about an author and poet, the
inclusion of his poems is done haphazardly and serves
little purpose. More importantly, while the poems are
read in Spanish, the bulk of the dialogue is in English.
This wouldn't normally be a concern, except that several of the cast members have very thick accents and do
not speak English well. It would have made more sense
to have Spanish dialogue throughout and use English
subtitles. As it was, I regularly had to strain to understand portions of dialogue and almost missed several
key elements.
Schnabel's film paints a beautiful and sometimes-
Ugly picture of one man's constant struggle against state-
sponsored repression and discrimination. The story is
especially poignant when you remember that events
unfolding before you are true. In spite of excellent performances, and interesting direction choices, the directing is also inconsistent at times and several poor editing
choices cause the film to drag in places. Before Night
Falls is a very good film that should have been great ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
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Holy
cnoly
BY AISHA JAMAL
CIRCA
at the Vancouver East Cultural Center
no shows remaining
Picture this: the timeless setting of Paris. You
are sitting in an early Victorian brothel parlour,
draped in red satin and heavy velvet curtains.
Four red-toned chandeliers set the heavy atmosphere. He walks in. He is tall, dark, and handsome, dressed in the standard Parisian black. A
live band starts to play the delicate and melancholic tune to "Send in the Clowns." He grabs
you by the hand and pulls you to the dance floor.
His hand travels up your thigh and before you
know it you are engaged in the deeply seductive
dance—the tango.
Circa speaks to that part of you that longs for
a dangerously intense relationship. The Holy
Body Tattoo duo of Noam Gagnon and Dana
Gingras takes the tango—a dance of passion and
lust—as a metaphor for the ups and downs of
love and relationships.
The show starts with a seductive number
with Gagnon and Gingras intentionally dancing
the tango a bit awkwardly, looking like a pair of
new lovers. Throughout the evening, the duo
becomes more and more attuned to each other
as they move through all the feelings involved in
a love affair: angst, passion, irritation, fun, and
doubt Using their bodies, they touch on all
aspects of the struggles between lovers.
Gagnon and Gingras are a perfectly matched
couple—both tall, well-built, and attractive. The
most impressive thing about the duo is the sheer
stamina both exhibit With no intermission in
the over one—hour show, they push themselves
to the edge. But their moves are not all slick and
smooth. Occasionally they jolt their bodies so
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THE OVERPERSON THE OVERPERSON THE OVERPERSON: Since September, it's been appearing all over campus—
spraypainted on windows, on posters at the bus loop, and now at the Design Arts Gallery. Students Trent Larson, Damien
McCombs, James Nizam and Chris Buffatto have been creating a cultural icon at UBC—and that's where the art aspect
comes in. If you hype it, even if "it" is nothing, wilt they come? tara westover photo
hard you're afraid they'll snap their necks. At
one point they repeat the same step over and
over again to the point of exhaustion when
both collapse into each other's arms.
Between Gagnon and Gingras' duets and
solos, the heavy velvet curtain rises periodically to
reveal a video screen that projects timeless
images of the great city of love, Paris. The nostalgic black and white scenes of Paris establish the
varied themes of the relationship. Gagnon and
Gingras take these themes and elaborate on them.
Love is not all serious business though.
Circa even manages to draw some laughter
from the crowd. In one particular segment,
they freeze in ridiculous and goofy poses in
front of the video screen that's projecting a
sing-a-long bouncy ball to the lyrics: "I'm bang-
bang-bang-bang-banging in the nail."
The delights and pains of love are summed
up perfectly in their closing number. After the
physically and emotionally involving non-stop
performance, Gagnon and Gingras throw off
their shoes and stand still in the darkly-lit room
while they are showered by glitter falling from
the ceiling. At the end of it all. Circa leaves you
feeling like you just experienced the steamiest
and most intense love affair of your life. ♦
Boucicin' dtid stidEiin' in Olympic
BY DUNCAN M. MCHUGH
THE MICROPHONES,  C AVERAGE,  DUB NARCOTIC
SOUND SYSTEM, C.O.C.O., AND OLD TIME RELIJUN
at Arrowspace, Olympia, WA
Feb. 13
WASTED GROOVE: Calvin Johnson
booty-shakin'. duncan mchugh photo
ives up to the hype with some tried-and-true
Call it the 'Clarity Hilarity Hour.' Not only was
Tuesday night's show at Arrowspace an excellent showcase for some of Olympia,
Washington's—and K Records'—finest bands,
but it was also a fundraiser for local photographer and video-maker Clarity Miller. Despite
one performer's assertion that the evening,
which included an art auction, was to raise
money so that Clarity could have an ear grafted to her cheek, the funds in fact went to pay
off a recent liver operation.
Although liver problems are quite a downer, the mood of the show was upbeat Being an
outsider, I had the distinct feeling of being
privy to a look inside Olympia and of seeing
some of these bands at their most relaxed.
The Microphones, or more specifically
Phil Elvrum, were first up. Playing to a crowd
of just 30—which would not grow to much
more than 50 as the night wore on-Phil
played songs that matched the intimacy of
the performance. The Microphones speak of
a more psychologically introspective and
dreamlike adolescence than that of Beat
Happening's mythology. Using only a mic, an
old hollow-body guitar, and a sort of 'magic
box' that produced all sorts of background
rhythms, the music was necessarily simple,
but still staggeringly beautiful.
I missed the start of the next band's set,
but, seeing as they blew out an amp, I'm
assuming it was quite something. Ear-bleed-
ingly loud, C Average didn't really fit in with
the rest of the bill, but they did all right They
were a two-piece on a mission to rock hard.
And they did.
The real reason for the four-hour car ride
from Vancouver came next, when Calvin
Johnson and Dub Narcotic took the stage.
Notorious for his crazy dancing and monotone
baritone, I had high hopes for Calvin on this
night My previous two live Dub Narcotic experiences had been strictly (and frustratingly)
instrumental affairs.
Thankfully, Calvin busted loose this night.
It took a couple of songs, but soon he was dazzling the crowd (well, me) with synchronised
spins, head shakin', and ass wigglin'. The set
also saw Dub Narcotic drummer Heather
Dunn take a turn at vocal duties. All in all, it
was a very informal and fun set.
CO.CO. took over next Using just bass,
drums, and soulful singing, Olivia Ness and
Chris Sutton (also of Dub Narcotic) laid down
the sweetest and most danceable groove of the
night, despite some drowned-out vocals.
Playing mostly songs from their recent debut
album, they also previewed some contributions to upcoming compilations and split
7-inches.
Old Time Relijun, the last act, seemed like
an afterthought to most of the thinning crowd.
Calling themselves the "Mahalia Jackson
5," singer/guitarist Arrington de Dionyso
announced that, due to the absence of bassist
Aaron Hantaan, they were an 'Old Time
Relijun cover band." Still, they rocked out and
capped off the evening well.
It was a fantastic show, completely deserving of eight hours in a car. Five great bands,
Calvin shook his puddin,' and I got to see the
sex tree on the grounds of the State Capitol.
Let's just hope that Clarity had as successful
an evening as everyone else did. ♦     _.   . 8
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t i 1 he/re everywhere. They're sitting next to you in
1    class, and beside you on the bus. They might be
«§»  dancing next to you at the Pit. They're definitely
in the gym. They're varsity athletes, and you can't
escape them.
There are about 550 students competing in varsity
athletics at UBC this year. They're all over the place.
Which might leave you wondering just who these people are. They're 550 different people, of course, but
there must, be something that ties these student-athletes together besides just sports.
But how do we find out? Is there a way of examining, of weighing, all of them? Of probing the collective
mind of all UBC athletes? Can we do that? Can we peek
into this vast assortment of complex and diverse psyches which all too often express themselves with
quotes like "I just, go out and play. When I do think
about it, that's the problem." Can we read their hopes,
their dreams, their hearts, their beings?
No. Of course not. But we do have a great big' pile
of forms.
Ihe information is confounding. Forms; 168 of
them, stapled together by team, distributed by
UBC Athletics communications officer Marc
Weber, and filled out by the nine varsity teams
deemed most likely to receive media attention during
the year. The forms say at the top that the information
'will be used for writing your team's program and also
will be kept on file for media relations purposes."
More forms got filled out this year than ever
before. In total, nine sports' worth—in previous years,
only the football team, and maybe the basketball
teams got them. The forms ask the standard questions—name, birthplace, nickname, hometown, pre-
game ritual. The last question is the best one, though.
"I'd like to be stranded on a desert island with
 .' It's a question that only takes a second to
answer, but some players are going to need a lot
longer to explain their answers.
Eleven of UBC's 19 teams are at least partly represented here: football, men's and women's basketball,
men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's
swimming, men's and women's hockey, women's
field hockey, and women's soccer. Only a few members of the women's soccer and hockey teams bothered to fill out the forms.
All this reading seems like a way of scratching
beneath the surface—sometimes just beneath the surface. The* athletes might be serious when they devise
MELISSA STOOSHINOFF: This basketball player is tall. We don't
know much else about her because she didn't fill out her forms.
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their answers, or they might just be pulling our legs.
Whatever the case, they probably didn't take more
than five minutes to fill the forms out. These forms
aren't authoritative, they aren't scientific, and they
might just be wrong. But they'll have to do.
o-who are these people? Well, they're tall (Brian
Host, men's basketball, 6'10") and short (Laura
Balakshin, women's field hockey, 5'2"). Some
were born nearby (3 7 in Vancouver and another 32 in
the suburbs), some were born far, far away (Sian
Bagshawe, women's soccer, was born in Zimbabwe,
and football's Kit Chansavang in Laos). They all have at
least one thing in common: they've met UBC entrance
requirements, and they're getting 60 per cent or better in. three courses or more. Most of 'em, anyway.
They're all too good for intramurals, and too dedicated for pick-up. But we knew that already—what makes
them who they are?
There are some identifiable trends. Seventy-one, or
slightly less than half of those who filled in the forms,
live in on-campus residences. The king of jock res?
Gage, with 29 athletes, including half of the men's
hockey team. Totem Park's second with 20, including
nine football players. And there are spelling errors,
yes. But we're not after typos. We're after people.
The first thing that catches bur eye is the range of
responses. Some athletes obviously couldn't be bothered to fill in the entire 24-question form (the football
players had to answer 31). Melissa Stooshinoff (basketball) filled out just ten before wandering off. Four of
those ten answers had the words 'Grand Forks' in
them. She told us later she didn't want the world to
know her favourite food (and she didn't tell us what it
was, either). She wants to be a dietitian, though.
Football defensive lineman Tom" Monies, after 17
short answers, found something better to do. One of
those answers was his name, one his height, one his
weight Tom's a nice guy, he's built like a bowling ball,
and was born in Fort St. John, we can tell you that But
not much else.
And by the way, there's something about those
'Fort St." towns. Eight of their athletes didn't fill in
their entire name, but one guy actually left his name
blank. He was born in Fort St James, and he's on the
men's hockey team. He dutifully filled in most of the
form, but left the name blank. Way to go. Fort St
James' population is 2209. Maybe names aren't really
necessary in small towns.
It's the odd answers, the details, that really stand
out. There are some great nicknames-Josh Cinnamon (men's
hockey) lists his as "Cinzies-
Buns," "Cinnabon-Cinnamaster,"
and "Cinny-Cindoggydogg." We
can't see any of those being really
handy on the ice. "Hey, Cinny-
Cindoggydogg, passl" But he's
getting an education—he lists
Daisy Fay Buchanan from The
Great Gatsby as his desert island
answer. It's easily the only literary reference in the pile.
But they are what they are. For
instance, football's Joey Mancin
is fast He runs the 40-yard dash
in about 4.6 seconds, and lists his
athletic career highlight as 'gold
medal in 4x 100 relay at BC championship.' High school, we
assume. And for the desert island
question, he wrote simply 'my
gf." Couldn't be bothered to take
all that time to write out, so slowly, "my girlfriend." As we said,
fast
by Bruce Arthur
(At least, we think "gf* stands for "girlfriend." It
might stand for 'Greek food' for all we know. He
wouldn't be alone: men's basketball sharpshooter
Tasso Kanavos' favourite food is gyros and feta. His
desert island answer was "an endless supply of gyros
and feta." Go with what you know, we say.
Inexplicably, he listed his nickname as "Fluffy."
Not everyone's as specific as Tasso, however.
Listing your favourite food as "food" or "meat" isn't
helpful. Neither is fisting your ca -eer goal as 'to be
successful" Sometimes, though, there's too much
information. Football's Brad Coutts lists 'supplementation* as his pre-game ritual. Fairly or not, it doesn't
look good in football, especially when your quarterback tested positive for ephedrine this season. And
check later for Bagshawe's desert island answer—it's a
doozy.
Speaking of career goals, these athletes want to be
anything and everything. Thirty left the question
blank, but 29 want to be teachers, 13 want to be
doctors, ten want to be lawyers, and 14 want to go into
business. Linebacker Caid Calloway wants to continue
work in substance-abuse prevention. Field hockey
player Wieske van Zoest, who has returned home to
the Netherlands to do her PhD, wants to be a
researcher in cognitive neuroscience. Swimmer
Christian Kargl-Simard, who lists 'desalination plant'
as his desert island answer, wants to be a mechanical
engineer. Some just want to "be rich* or "be happy.' .
Or both. Hey, us too. And interestingly, only eight of
168 mention pro sports, all in football and hockey.
Not that some of them aren't already practically
pros. UBC's gem of a swim team lists about a billion
medals, several Olympics, and more Games and
Championship? than you can shake a stick at The
swimmers also mention pre-race rituals such as "wake
up early enough to be on time for swim meet," "put
cap and goggles on," and "put bathing suit on." That,
friends, is world-class preparation. They scrambled to
fill out these forms during the Canada West championships when they heard about this story: they wanted
to be involved, because they feel like they're too separate from UBC Athletics. "We never get included," said
team co-captain Kelly Doody. (Kelly—you had 13
swimmers and two coaches at the Sydney Olympics.
You are separate from UBC Athletics.)
Some athletes take the whole forms thing very
seriously, filling out every single answer and
adding emphasis and extra information as if
they were talking to a favourite uncle they haven't seen
in a while. Like Nicole "Frenchie* Mulligan (women's
hockey) who lists academic awards until she runs out
of space, has seven hobbies, and would want to be
stranded with Jim Carrey because "he's the funniest
guy on Earthl" Fair enough. If you can't laugh, what's
the point?
And for laughter, the desert island question runs
away with the show. It's an inconsequential answer, a
throwaway, but..how can you ignore a question whose
answers range from '100 beautiful women" to
'Ghandi [sic]"?
The athletes can be split into three basic camps
based on their desert island answers: those who chose
food, water, or utilitarian items; those who chose people they knew, such as partners or family or* friends;
and those who chose Tyra Banks. Or Anna Koufrnikova.
Or Jennifer Lopez. As if any of them would bef any use
while building a shelter. The winner among male -
respondents was Tyra Banks, in a late, charge, over
Anna Kournikova, spelled three different ways. Far
fewer women than men fell into this camp, possibly
because there isn't a women's football team. But Sian
Bagshawe still picked '[English soccer star) Michael
Some didn't fall for it The
anonymous hockey player
from Fort St. James (who in
reality is Robin David)
answered the "I'd like to be
stranded on a desert island"
question with 'I don't want to
be stranded on a desert island.'
Funny, no one else thought of
that
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DAN DELONG: While you're fast asleep, he's painting pictures in a
gas station in Blaine. We're not making this up. tara westover photo
Owen, strawberries, and whipped cream.' See what
we mean about too much information?
The desert island question is pretty obvious bait
But man, some people bit like crazy. There's something going on with our world-class, sculpted-bodies
swim team: Jake Steele lists teammates Doody and
Katie Brambley, who are best friends, because "2 girls
are more fun than one," while Doody lists Steele,
Brambley, and Nick Leswick, noting innocently that "I
think we'd have fun." We asked about this, and it's] reasonably innocent. Reasonably. Also, Caroline Clapham
lists teammate Jason Strelzow, who lists !her.
Something in the water, we guess.
Only basketball forward Sherlan John thought to
ask for tools to build a shelter. He also listed his girlfriend and their son. Oh, and Jennifer Lopez.
Swimmer Ian Walker (nickname: Heed!) wants to be
stranded on a desert island with...out tropical diseases. And wide receiver Dan Lazzari said 'theme
music'
e don't want you to get
the idea that every
UBC athlete is outlandish, crazy, funny, or
strange. A lot of UBC athletes,
most of them are pretty normal people. But these forms,
no matter how detailed, never
give a complete picture of the
person filling them in.
Take football's Dan Delong.
The form tells you he's a slot-
back who likes paella, wears
number 12, and is in his fifth
year of study but his fourth
year of eligibility. What it doesn't tell you is that he's the only
football player in Fine Arts
('ever' he laughs, when asked),
that he was born in Richmond,
and grew up in Blaine.
His pen was running out
when he filled in the form,
appropriate for an average-
sized guy who speaks quietly
and walks quieter. The guy on
the team bus silently gazing out
the window, thinking, unnoticed among all those roaring
giants.
What the form doesn't show
you is his 45-minute commute
to Blaine every night, to his
wife of two-and-a-half years,
Alison, a gardener at Peace
Arch Park. It doesn't tell you
that most of the time he goes
straight to work at a Chevron in
Blaine, first gas station over the
border, where he works until
midnight three to five nights a
week. During football season
he practices for two hours, then
drives straight to work, where
he paints, canvas plunked right
down next to the cash register,
or lifts weights with a set of
dumbbells that he tucks behind
the counter, just another shift
worker as the cars gas up and
roll away into the night
There's so much that his
form leaves out Dan lives in
Blaine because he's lived there
since he was a kid, and it's an
easier commute for Alison. He only ever came back to
Canada because as a high school senior, after his high
school coach told him he'd never wear a helmet again,
he found a newspaper clipping about BC junior football that he'd tucked away and forgotten about five
years earlier. One year with the Abbotsford Air Force,
then to UBC, where he's painted and played ever
since. His first year on the team, he'd get so mad at
himself if he made one mistake that his teammates
would joke that he'd be useless for the next ten minutes cursing himself out That drive to be good, to be
perfect, was fueled by his coach at UBC, the late Casey
Smith, who expected as much from Dan as Dan did,
and those twin pressures drove him too hard sometimes. Smith was so excited about playing both Olson
and Delong at quarterback at once, but it never .happened, lost in Smith's liver cancer and eventual death.
Maybe partly due to his natural shyness, Delong was
never really noticed, even when he moved easily to
slotback so he could play, and because he was athletic
and talented enough to do it. He figures
he'd have played a bigger role if he'd been
a talker, a shouter, a take-charge guy.
Three coaches in four years isn't good for
a guy who's talented as hell, but won't tell
anyone about it
Four years later, he's married to his
high school sweetheart, the cheerleader
to his quarterback; its the All-American
story that his Canadian father beats him
over the head with. He's grown up, and he
barely ever starts cursing unless he loses
a game of video game football to the guy
who beat him out for the UBC quarterback
job, Shawn Olson, one of maybe two close
friends Dan has on a 5 7-man team. Dan's
25 and unable to relate to his 18- and 19-
year-old teammates, 'kids' as he calls
them. He's got a wife, responsibilities that
make him work those nights to pay the
rent and the bills. On weekends he helps
coach football at Blaine High, where that
coach told him he was finished as a football player. He and Alison, his answer on
that desert island question, are planning
on having kids within a couple years.
He'll graduate this year in Fine Arts, with
two years as an Academic All-Canadian.
Artist, husband, gas station attendant,
perfectionist forms don't tell you much,
after all.
i hen again, there's so much they do
tell you. Leah Allinger (volleyball)
A lists her favourite food as
"Panagopolous Tropical Hawaiian Pizza-
no pineapple." Teammate Allison
Padfield's favorite food is pineapplel
Hockey's Tyler Kuntz fists his academic
awards as being Student of the Month in Mr.
Tourney's Grade 5 class. Teammate Tim McEachen
was the "Terrific Kid 1987 for month of May,' What a
teaml Football's offensive lineman Prabjeet Bal, in a
nice bit of circuitous logic, would like to be stranded
on a desert island with...Prabjeet Bal. He weighs a
healthy 260 pounds. We're not going to argue.
But waitl There's morel Swimmer Mark Johnston,
one of those 13 Olympians, lists knitting as one of his
hobbies. He picked it up a little over a year ago, and
has since knitted himself a king-sized blanket He also
lists computer technician and extreme skiing. He's
probably the only athlete at UBC who's been to the
Olympics and wants to be a math professor. He
spends the night before a meet in a cook-off with his
Gage roommates before watching The X-Files all night.
He's a 13-time national champion freestyler who was
also the Grade 4 Spelling Bee Champion.
In the end, we have all the answers and none of
them. It's impossible to paint all these people with the
MARK JOHNSTON: Word is this Olympic swimmer knits a
mean blanket, tara westover photo
same broad brush. Hey, these are just five-minute
forms. Some are wide-eyed kids and some are wise old
veterans, some are serious and some are goofy. Some
are tall, some short some young, some older. The point
is, they're a bunch of largely ordinary people. Students
who have extra talent in sports, who happen to be able
to shoot a basketball or move their feet well and who
spend more time in the gym than most people do. They
work varying degrees of hard. They go to class, or not,
just like the rest of us. They practice, put their pants on
one leg at a time, take it one game at a time, pull together as a team, and give one hundred and ten per cent At
least, that's what they tell us. It's just that we know that
some of them have so much more to say.
We'll close with one more desert island answer. Of
all these athletes, only one said that he'd want his
mom with him on that desert island, bless his heart.
The wonderfully, musically-named Jama Mahlalela,
men's basketball. Bet his second choice was Tyra
Banks. ♦
TARZAN! THE IRON CHEF!
HOT SNOWBOARDING
MEN!
Total answers involving Tyra Banks: 4
Involving Einstein: 1
Total Academic All Canadians on the 16-member
women's field hockey team: 12
Christine Bonish's nickname: Bonish
Shortest desert island answer: "girl" (Steve Carter,
football) i
Hobby of women's soccer's Rosalyn Hicks: laughing
Swimmer Kelly Dood/s career goat "professional
snowboarder,     or     photographer     of    Hot*
Snowboarding Men"
Total men's basketball players who requested a bas
ketball for their desert island answer: 2
Who requested a hoop; 0
Most alarming hobby: "Ride my (motorcycle)
Kawasaki Ninja and kick back and relax with a
bloody Ceasar [sic) in my handf (Henry Chung,
men's volleyball)   -.-...
Total athletes nicknamed 'the Nigerian Nightmare*
who were born in Vancouver and raised in Delta; I
Total  desert island  answers  involving Gary
Coleman: I
Involving The Iron Cher: 1
Involving Tarzan:!♦ 101
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US sexual assault
findings released
 by Ashley M. Heher
WASHINGTON, DC (U-WIRE)-During
any given academic year, about
three per cent of women on college
campuses will be victims of sexual
assault and rape, according to a
study recently released by the US
Department of Justice.
The study, co-authored by criminal justice professors at the
University of Cincinnati, provides a
snapshot look at sexual assault on
college campuses across the countiy.
The study suggests that between
one-quarter and one-third of college
women will be victims of sexual
assault during an average course of
study, estimated to be about five years.
It also reports that on a campus with
10,000 female students, an average of
350 rapes occur each academic year.
The report, entitled The Sexual
Victimisation of College Women, is
based on interviews of more than
4000 women in college during the
1996-1997 school year.
'It's probably the most in-depth
study of rape that's taken place,' said
Scott Berkowitz, president of the Rape
Abuse and Incest National Network.
Among the biggest surprises in
the researchers' data was college
stalking rates, said Francis Cullen,
the study's co-author. About 13 per
cent of women surveyed said that
they had been stalked during the
school year.
"We defined it as being pursued
in a persistent manner in a way that
made you feel afraid. Thirteen per
cent being stalked in some way,
that's a pretty surprising number
and pretty significant You're talking
about the quality of life for women
on a college campus," said Cullen.
Victim advocates and lobbyists in
Washington hope that the study will
help to increase awareness of college sexual assault, and will help create more programs to address the
problem.
'One of the biggest threats on
campus is sexual assault-it's something that's pervasive in college culture,' said Coiye Barbour, legislative
director for the United States
Student Association.
While the study has been touted
as a realistic view of assault on college campuses, experts are doubtful
that change will come quickly.
'Most of the rapes reported were
while women were alone with men,
often times alone in a residence,
and often when one or more parties
had been drinking,' Cullen said.
'If you take a broader perspective about how many times women
are alone with men drinking in a
room on any Friday night, you're
talking about a tiny fraction of those
RCMP monitors
protest groups
 by Pierre-Olivier Savoie
Quebec Bureau Chief
QUEBEC CITY (CUP)-The RCMP
has been making surprise phone
calls and visits to activists preparing to protest the upcoming
Summit of the Americas.
Three weeks ago, Amanda
Sheedy of McGill University's
Quebec Public Interest Research
Group received a phone call from
an RCMP officer requesting a meeting to find out what activities her
organisation was planning for the
Summit.
"They wanted to tell us where
we're allowed to demonstrate,'
Sheedy said. 'Cops try to become
friends with you and take you
under their wing before demos. But
they're really interested in repressing us.'
Her organisation decided not to
return the RCMP's call.
Julie Brongel, RCMP spokesperson for the Summit of the Americas
in Quebec City, said that contacting
groups that participate in a demonstration is a routine operation.
'We offer to speak to [groups] on
a voluntary basis. We're there to
help. If they want to put this in a
negative light, they're entitled to do
so, but it's not going to change our
methods,' Brongel said.
The RCMP and other police
forces are currently identifying
groups that have publicly stated
that they will be active during the
Summit of the Americas, which will
be held April 20-22 in Quebec City,
where the heads of 34 American
states will discuss the creation of an
expanded free trade zone.
Many citizens' groups and
activist organisations have voiced
concerns over what they see as a
lack of accountability in the negotiation process, as well as the
absence of concern for environmental and social issues.
Thousands of demonstrators are
expected to protest the summit
Brongel said that the goal of the
police is to explain municipal,
provincial and federal laws that
might be transgressed during
demonstrations. The RCMP also
wants to know how many people
from each group are going to
Quebec City, and who is in charge
of security for activist groups.
"We offer groups the possibility
to inform us if they witness people
infiltrating their group who then
start breaking things. If an intervention is necessary, then the
responsibility can be on only one
person and not on the whole
group.'
Veronica Rioux of the Centre for
Media Alternatives of Quebec, said
that she took the opportunity to speak
'as a fellow human being' to an
RCMP officer who visited her at her
Quebec City office a few weeks ago.
'For a good half hour, I tried
make him conscious of the police's
role in demonstrations. They
defend an unjust system where
many people die of hunger or don't
have a shelter. The only way to
express our discontent to global
problems is to protest,' Rioux said.
'He actually seemed responsive.' ♦
instances resulting in sexual assault
You've got this situation that is
almost routine in some ways, but it
does expose women to risk. A lot of
what we're talking about is embedded in college students' social lives.'
The solution, Cullen said, is to
create an environment where students of both genders and administrators can talk openly and frankly.
"The more students we have to
bring this issue out into the open
and create a conversation about
it..the better,' he said.
The study also reports that in
about half of the incidents categorised as 'completed rapes,'
almost 50 per cent of women did
not consider the incident to be a
rape. Complete rape was defined as
'unwanted completed penetration
by force or threat of force.'
"I think that [the numbers] would
be obscene to people when they
realise the extent of the problem,'
said Ashley Burczak, organising
director for SAFER (Students Active
for Ending Rape), an organisation
that began at Columbia University.
Nine out of ten of the rapes that
occur on campuses are committed
by people known by the victim, likely a boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, classmate, friend, acquaintance, or coworker. Most attacks occur in living
quarters, according to the report. ♦
New Coke
deal in
Quebec
by Richard Biron
Quartier Libre
- MONTREAL    (PUIQ-CUP)-The
University du Quebec a Trois-
Rivieres is on the verge of signing
an exclusivity deal with Coca-Cola.
The contract will give the student union 65 per cent of the
.$1.6 million, ten-year deal. The
remaining amount will go to the
•university's campus services like
;food and sports. The number of
ivending machines on campus
; will jump from 12 to 52.
s     Student   union    President
Pascalle Nadeau said that she is
.aware   that   some    students
oppose exclusivity agreements.
. However, she said that she opted
' for the pragmatic approach,
"We would prefer not to have to
\ do such a thing. However, we can't
jkeep our head in the sand. We
I need money and the vast majority
: of our Council was very favourable
,to this exclusivity agreement*
While student unions at
;McGilI and Laval have both held
•referenda on beverage exclusivity
fdeals in the past two years,
j Nadeau said that her Council
J decided not to hold a student vote
^because it was overwhelmingly
j pleased with the deaf.
' Last year in Quebec, students
at the University of Quebec and
Laval University protested
against the Coke deals on their
campuses, leading to the cancellation of their contracts with the
beverage giant ♦
. ^Translated by PhrrorOthier Savoie Pane Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
News
Friday. February 16.20011A 4
Detained student returns from China
by Alex Dimson
Second-year UBC student Kate Woznow says she just wants to
resume her life and have a beer at the Pit, following her detainment by Chinese police in Beijing earlier this week.
Woznow, and recently graduated University of Alberta student Sam Price, were protesting China's occupation of Tibet
during the Team Canada trade delegation to China this week.
Chinese security guards arrested Woznow and Price at
Beijing's China World hotel Tuesday after they unfurled a ban-
"ner reading 'Human rights before profit Free Tibet," shortly following a speech by Prime Minister Jean Chretien about the
importance of human rights
The two students were quickly taken by Chinese security to
the basement of the hotel.
Woznow, who returned to Vancouver Wednesday night said
that she was interrogated by the Chinese police for several hours.
"We were told that our opinions about Tibet were wrong and
that we shouldn't be thinking about that I was wearing a
Students for a Free Tibet shirt and they really wanted to know
who Students for a Free Tibet was," Woznow said.
"We stayed very calm and answered their questions...It's one
thing to be yelling to Team Canada delegates and another to the
Chinese Police. We did say that we considered their occupation
of Tibet a military occupation."
After the protesters were released, Wozner said they were
followed by plain-clothed Chinese police officers from the hotel
to the Canadian consulate, where they stayed until they flew
home.
Michael Duke, a UBC Asian studies professor specialising in
human rights, said that the protesters are very lucky to get off so
easily.
"Chinese citizens would probably be jailed for one doesn't
know for how long. In China you can be held in a labour camp
without a charge...for three years," he said.
Wozner acknowledged the danger and admitted that she was
scared.
"Thank goodness we're not Tibetan because I know so many
Tibetans that have had this happen to them. But how could we
not have made our point better?" she said.
John Hocevar, the executive director of the New York-based
Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), which organised and funded the
"direct-action' protest, said the event was thoroughly planned
by SFT before the two students left for China.
He explained that SFTs intent by sending the protesters was
to express its opposition to the Canadian trade mission to
China, as well as directly confront the delegation on its willingness to overlook China's occupation of Tibet, which Hocevar
says is illegal.
Hocevar said that the two
students were chosen because
of their experience with the SFT
and non-violent protests, and
their familiarity with China,
where Woznow had previously
lived and worked.
Aside from receiving a
great deal of media attention,
Woznow and Price's actions
stirred up a political hornet's
nest, after business members
of the Canadian delegation
taunted them as they were led
away, some telling the students
to 'shut up.'
Alex Neve, secretary-general
for Amnesty International
Canada, said that he found the
actions of the business delegates 'particularly distressing,'
given that the Canadian students were speaking out in
favour of human rights and free
speech.
"The fact that this was after
the initiative of students was
met with arrest and detention
speaks volumes,' he said.
Woznow was also disappointed by the reaction of the
delegates.
'Obviously profit is more important to these people;
said.
Federal NDP Leader Alexa McDonough called Team
Canada's human rights position 'a bundle of contradictions,'
given the delegates' reaction to the protesters.
She said that Chretien should condemn members of his delegation for taunting the students, or he could risk looking insincere in his calls for improved human rights conditions in China.
"This is not an issue of free speech. To many Canadians, this
is about Canada making a credible, consistent, principled stand
for human rights,' she said.
But Foreign Affairs Minister John Manley shrugged off
McDonough's concerns, saying the business people had 'the
right to express an opinioa'
'We have the Prime Minister in China speaking forcefully in
WHAT DID YOU DO ON TUESDAY? UBC student Kate Woznow (left) and U of A
grad Sam Price spent theirs detained in a Beijing basement, tara westover photo
she
support of human rights,' Manley said. 'We have some
Canadian students who voiced their opinions and when they
ran into trouble with the Chinese authorities, our embassy officials made sure they were released and treated properly.'
The Canadian trade delegation—which includes Chretien,
various cabinet ministers, nine premiers and around 100 business representatives—has been under heavy pressure to raise
the issue of human rights in China.
China has been criticised for condoning various human
rights violations, including gross mistreatment of political prisoners and religious dissidents, and its refusal to acknowledge
Tibetan sovereignty. ♦
-with files from Darren Stewart
CUP Ottawa Bureau Chief
Journalism students
start student union
School re-naming a factor
by Natasha Norbjerg
Miscommunication between students
and faculty last fall with regards to funding at the UBC School of Journalism has
led to the creation of a student association at the school.
The decision to create the School of
Journalism Students' Association (SJSA)
came soon after news that the School,
founded in 1998 as the Sing Tao School
of Journalism, would lose its private
funding.
Due to an economic downturn' in
Hong Kong, the Sing Tao Foundation—
the philanthropic arm of Sing Tao, a
Hong Kong-based media corporation-
declared that it would be unable to continue its support of the School.
Since the School is now mainly supported by student tuition fees and a BC
government operating grant, UBC
administrators decided that it would be
inappropriate to keep the original name,
and the School was renamed the UBC
School of Journalism.
Although the School's source of
funding has changed, director Donna
Logan said that the School has not lost
any funding as a result of the name
change.
Many students at the School learned
of the reason for the name change from
an article printed in the Ubyssey in
November.
This prompted students to from a student association to facilitate communica
tion between the faculty and students.
"I think this issue has been a bit
blown out of proportion, but I do think it
is important that the SJSA was created so
as to ensure clearer communication
between faculty and students in the
future," said SJSA President Elizabeth
Levine.
According Levine, the faculty was
made aware of the funding cuts and the
name change just two days before the
School's students in the first graduating
class were to receive their diplomas.
"The faculty decided to play down the
issue of the funds so as not to take away
positive attention from the graduating
class," Levine said, adding that she
understands the decision to play down
the news.
Logan said that she is hopeful about
the creation of the student association.
The SJSA "will be a useful vehicle for
dialogue on ongoing issues and for student consultation on future development of curriculum and other matters,"
she wrote in an e-mail.
'It will also be helpful to the faculty to
haye a more formal method of feedback
than has existed until now."
Brian Lin, who is in his final year at
the School, said that discussion Qf forming a student association has been ongoing for some time.
"There had been talks of forming a
students' association when I entered the
School long before the funds were cut"
Lin said. ♦
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Women's volleyball team poised for playoffs
by Trevor Kew
Playoff games are the ones we remember the
most Electrifying wins, crushing defeats, the
bumps and bruises of a long season, endless
training sessions, and time sacrificed in the
quest for perfection all come down to a few
weeks in the spring.
UBC women's volleyball veterans Kaley
Boyd and Leah Allinger know all about the
pressures of post-season play. In every one of
Boyd's three seasons and Allinger's four, the
Birds have made it to the CIAU National
Championships. The gold medal, however, has
eluded them each and every time. "I think you
always have to look forward and set your number-one goal as the top," said the imposing 6' 1"
Boyd, "We've set our goal as gold, and after that
we look at each small step along the way'
Allinger concurred with Boyd's ambition,
especially given that the Birds finished second
in the country in 1999. "To feel a loss of gold is
what motivates me. I remember like yesterday
the way we felt when we sat down after we lost,
and that can't happen anymore. We've all felt it
too much, we've felt being second, third and
fourth, and now it's time to feel first"
Boyd and Allinger both took on leadership
roles this year, and their importance to the
team's success cannot be underestimated.
Boyd's veiy frequent words of inspiration coupled with Allinger's "lead by example'
approach may give the team a vital edge in the
heat of playoff competition. "I really, personally look to Kaley as the vocal leader on the
court," said Allinger.
Boyd's charisma is obvious to everyone who
READY FOR GOLD: The Birds are fed up with chok
ing at the finals, tara westover/ubyssey file photo
has seen her play. Usually one of the tallest players out there, and always adorned with her
sports goggles, Boyd is one of the true personalities in UBC varsity athletics. "Playing when I
was younger, I was probably the quietest player
on the court In order to get good
and get noticed, I had to be loud,"
Boyd recounted. "I try to bring that
to every single game.'
The Parksville, BC native was
inspired to play volleyball early in
her childhood. "I think I was about
four years old and I was really, really tall, and when people kept asking me if I was going to play basketball, 1 would say 'No, I'm a volleyball player.' Didn't touch a ball
until Grade 8 or 9, but it has always
been in the back of my mind."
Allinger hails from Calgary, and
started out in individual sports. "I
wasn't really surrounded at all by
team sports when I was a kid. My
mom was a speed skater, and so I
was surrounded by international
speed skaters and other ice
skaters. I really learned competition and competitive drive from
them, but my focus turned to volleyball...I love the 'teamness' of volleyball.' The Allinger name has
doubled up on the roster this year,
with Leah's younger sister Alicia
joining the team's ranks.
The 16-6 Thunderbirds finished their season in second place
in the Canada West This guarantees them a home berth for the semi-finals this
weekend. If they win, they travel to the
University of Calgary for the Western finals
against the first-place Dinos.
Right now, the Birds are concentrating on
this weekend, their first post-season test They
will face the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies in a best-of-three elimination matchup
in War Memorial Gym. Friday's and Saturday's
games are set for 8pm, and Sunday's match
will be at 3:30 pm if necessary.
UBC has been practicing against a simulated offence (made up of bench players) that they
think Saskatchewan will run. It is this kind of
tactically-detailed coaching that Doug Reimer's
return to UBC has brought to this group of talented young womea "I think it's a different
style of coaching, it's really tactical this year,"
said Boyd. "And that brought this group of girls
together really well this year. We basically were
thrown together, none of us were really
starters before, and to bring these players
together and in October have a number-one
team is a huge credit to the coach."
Allinger emphasised her pride in having
the opportunity to represent her university.
"It's pretty much everything I've dreamed of.
The biggest rush for me is stepping on the
court looking at the other team and hearing
the anthem. That gets me."
Boyd was quick to agree. "Standing on the
end line, looking up at the flag, during the last
few verses of the anthem, I have a smile come
over my face because of pride and excitement
and aggression. I just want to get out there and
play." The Birds are hoping to get a decent-
sized crowd for the home playoff games this
weekend. They have proven this season that
they are one of the best teams on campus, and
the series against Saskatchewan will be the
first playoff chance to see Boyd, Allinger and
their teammates try to get that taste of gold. ♦
Swimmers headed to CIAU championships
by Ron Nurwisah
As expected, it's been a strong season so far for the UBC swim
team. But heading into the CIAU championships, the Birds are
expecting to have a much tougher time defending their national titles than they have in recent years.
In January, the Birds showed that they were in fine form
after the winter break. Both the men's and women's teams
dominated the Canada West championship meet, then split the
Colleges Cup with the Arizona State University. The women
were able to fight off the Sun Devils while the men saw their
ranks whittled away by the flu and had to settle for second.
After that minor setback, the team will now attempt to win
the CIAU championships scheduled for the weekend of
February 2 3-2 5 at the University of Guelph in Ontario.
A large part of UBC's recent success can be attributed to
rookie Brian Johns. Johns was an integral part of UBC's win at
the Canada West meet, swimming in the relays as well as winning the 200m individual medley, the 400m IM, and the 200m
freestyle. The 18-year-old is easily UBC's most versatile swimmer at the moment, has Olympic experience, and has shown
mental toughness as well as swimming ability—he won two
races at the Colleges Cup before finally pulling out of the meet
with the flu.
Meanwhile, UBC veterans and Olympians Mark Versfeld
and Mark Johnston have also had strong performances this
season. Versfeld has been strong in the 100m butterfly and
100m backstroke, while Johnston outswam the field in the
400m freestyle at the Canada West and wa3 another key member of the relay teams.
The UBC men should expect stiff competition from the
University of Calgary Dinos, who gave the Birds a good run at
the Canada West McGill, ranked third in the CIAU, will also try
to foil UBC's plans, and may be a threat to either the Dinos or
the Birds, taking away some desperately needed points in what
will likely be a close race. Look for a tough fight, but
in the end the Birds should come out on top, for
their fourth straight win at the CIAUs.
Predicting who will win on the women's side is
more difficult. Like the men, the UBC women have
had a terrific season, but they may be hampered by
the small size of their team.
The key to UBC's strength has been the triumvirate of Jessica Deglau, Kelly Doody, and Kelly
Stefanyshn. The three have been following a whirlwind schedule since returning to school in
January. After leading the Birds to a win at the
Canada West, the swimmers flew to Europe for two
World Cup meets, before returning to rally the
troops to another victory at the Colleges Cup.
Despite the strong performances by these three,
the margin of error is much smaller for the UBC
women than for the T-Bird men. UBC has traditionally had a smaller women's team and the same
is true this year: unlike the men who will send
more than 15 swimmers to Guelph, the women
will only send 10 swimmers, putting them at a disadvantage against much of the competition.
Another crucial weakness for the UBC women will be the
breaststroke. At the Canada West and the Colleges Cup meets,
UBC did not win a single breaststroke event Since the competition at the CIAU meet will be tight, the breaststroke might end
up being the Birds' Achilles heel.    '
As usual, the UBC women will have to get past Calgary
before they can claim victory. The last time these two teams
met, UBC came out on top by 26 points. But the return of Carrie
Burgoyne, Calgary's star swimmer, to the line-up may add to
UBC's worries. Burgoyne has posted strong times in the 400m
freestyle and the 400m IM, two events that UBC has so far
dominated this season.
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WEAK LINK: The UBC women dominate most events in the CIAU
except for breaststroke. "tara westover/ubyssey file photo
Other teams, such as McGill, the University of Victoria, and
the University of Toronto, have performed well this year, but
have not posted times close to those of UBC, and should prove
to be more of a threat to each other and Calgary than to UBC.
In the end, the UBC women's team will probably eke out a
win at the CIAUs next week, but it won't be a blowout, not by
any stretch of the imagination. There are far too many factors
working against the UBC women for that to happen, and the
Birds will have to work hard to keep Calgary and the other
teams at bay. Fortunately for UBC, no other varsity team in
Canada has the concentration of experience and talent that the
Birds possess. In the end, that combination should be enough
to carry them to the top step of the podium in Guelph. ♦
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droppings
Women's basketball
The UBC women will host the
University of Alberta for the first
round of the'Canada West playoffs
this weefend|iri :War: Memorial
Gym. Gftnies jire scheduled for
5:45 pn| Friday and Saturday, and
1:30 pm Sunday if necessary. The
Thunderbirds swept the Pandas
last foneY the .two teams met in
January.;
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Men's basketball
The Birds are headed to Lethbridge
for the Canacfe West semi-final
best-of-three against the University
of Lethbridge Pronghorns. The two
teams met last weekend and the
UBC men won both games decisively:
Baseball
The UBC baseball team is in
California for the Laverne tournament this weekend, their first tournament of the NAIA season.
Rowing
The UBC rowing teams are headed
to the island for the Head
: Shawmgan Lake regatta.
Track
The UBC Track team is headed to
Regina Saskatchewan for the
Canada West Track and Field
Championships on February 22:.
The Thunderbirds have plenty of
strong runners ranked in the top
10 of the CIAU headed to the
even, and will look to qualify for
the   CIAU   championships   in
of   ^Montreal from March 7 to 11.
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fWorld University
*Winter Games
UBC cross-country skier Martin
tWhillans finished 73rd in the
'men's lOktai classic and 79th in
.the men's 10km freestyle at the
^Winter Universiade (World
!Universityt Winter Games) in
^Zakopane, | Poland. UBC alpine
skier Paul Boskovich placed 46th
in the men's giant slalom. ♦ ■f A [Friday. February 16.2001
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY   16, 2001
VOLUME 82  ISSUE 38
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Money or love
: Lip service. That's all Prime Minister Jean
Chretien and the rest of the Canadian trade delegation have offered to the cause of improving
human rights in China during the Team Canada
trade mission to China this week.
Chretien has taken a different slant from
usual during this mission by slamming China
for its human rights violations, particularly its
persecution of religious groups, torture and ill-
treatment of prisoners, and denial of the right to
free expression. Such an approach would have
been unheard of a few years ago, because of the
Chinese government's sensitivity towards allegations of its breaches of human rights.
But Canada's stance against human rights
violations seems to be little more than a ploy by
the government to get media attention and dispel criticisms among the Canadian public for
Canada's expanding economic relationship with- -
China. There is little evidence that reports of
human rights" violations in China, which
Chretien said 'transgress our most deeply held
convictions," are actually affecting any of the
multi-million dollar trade deals that are being
signed this week.
This became particularly evident on Tuesday,
after UBC student Kate Woznow and University
of Alberta grad Sam Price courageously unfurled
a pro-Tibet banner in a Beijing hotel.
Only minutes after Chretien chided the
Chinese Government for its 50 years of gross
human rights violations, Canadian business leaders booed, hissed and taunted the students, telling
Woznow and Price to "shut up" and 'go home' as
they were carted away by Chinese security.
Rather than applauding the gutsy display of
their fellow Canadians, or condemning the
speed at which the Chinese government moved
to quash even the mildest of protests, business
leaders saw only an embarrassing situation
that could disrupt the flow of money into their
pockets.
This unfeeling reaction to the detainment of
two young Canadians reveals the utter hypocrisy
of the trade mission's approach to human rights.
In China, Chretien warned of potential consequences for the Chinese economy if the country does- not establish rule of law, saying that
investors "prize security above all else' and
must be confident that China has fair and transparent rules.
But at the same time as Chretien mouthed
such concerns, the Canadian business elite was
unquestioningly cooperating with Chinese businesses, signing a $ 1.4 billion endorsement of
the current Chinese system. No questions
asked. Given their mockery of the Canadian protesters, business leaders probably glossed over
the issue of human rights practices, if they
brought up the issue at all.
And in the meantime, Chretien is casting
doubt on his own comments, publicly questioning Canada's right to advise China, given how
'small' we are compared to them.
If Canada is large enough and prominent
enough to take as big a financial chunk as possible out of China, then it is large enough to
question the motives of its business partners.
The Canadian delegation failed this week
when faced with a chance to support two brave
students who had the nerve to speak up against
a countiy that has for too long condoned many
human rights violations. These protesters posed
little threat to the delegation or the Chinese government, but they were nonetheless quickly
silenced for their brief disruption of the economic mission. . .-.   .    ,        . „    ..
Beyond all of the official rhetoric on the importance of promoting human rights, Canada's dealings with China during its latest trade mission
have proven to be much of the same: signing profitable deals and boosting the economy.
THe trade mission has made it perfectly
clear that promoting human rights doesn't mix,
at least not in any significant way, with
Canadian economic progress.
Just ask Woznow and Price. ♦
letters
Thank you all for
standing up for my
rights
This is an open letter to thank all
the many individual organisations
that supported and sponsored a
banner for Monday's pro-choice
display. Thanks to all the support
from these varied organisations,
we were able to shield the unaware
public from the disturbing presentation unveiled by a few hardcore
anti-abortion members. Though
their numbers were small, their
offending message was large and
the great support we received from
the community enabled us to
mount a solid defence system.
I think the most important thing
for the media and general public to
realise about Monday's display
is that this was hot a pro-abortion/anti-abortion demonstration.
The organisations represented
with banners and the supporters
who spent their day holding fast to
the signs were defending not abortion itself but the right for individual women to make their individual and personal choice according
to their specific moral, ethnic and
historical background. Women's
bodies must remain sovereign and
the sole property and control of
each woman as an individual. If
any part of a woman's body falls
under the control of the government or Criminal Code of Canada
we will forever be second-class citizens. The Genocide Awareness
Project is a display put on by the
Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, an
American organisation that is, in
my opinion, trying to infiltrate
Canada with its message of hate.
Though I defend freedom of
speech and each person's right to
voice their opinion, I am steadfast
against the abuse of individual sorrows and deaths to promote any
issue. Using the pictures of
Holocaust victims, murdered civil
ians and other forms of genocide
to make a cheap publicity stunt is
disgusting. It causes great emotional harm to innocent and long-
suffering people while it also
incites psychological harm and violence. As I first stated, for me this
demonstration is not about pro- or
anti-abortion, but it is about pro-
women's rights as citizens and anti
the abuse of innocents in a disgusting and harmful display by a foreign organisation. Please tell this
organisation to take its offensive
display of human suffering back to
the narrow confines of its own society and leave Canadians alone to
pursue a just society of equals in a
manner that carries respect for all
peoples.
Thank you all for your support
on Monday. Canadian women
appreciate what you continue to do
to support our right to choose.
-Beverly Meslo
Arts 4
If you're going to
San Francisco...
Dear Engineers:
I am a senior acLministrator at a
major university in San Francisco, a
frequent visitor to Canada, and
daily commuter over the Golden
Gate Bridge. UBC is a great school.
However, as you congratulate yourselves on a great prank, keep in
mind you snarled traffic for hours-
incredible delays on boats, buses,
trains, etc. What a mess; it took me
two-and-a-half hours to get to work.
Plus, you gave Americans another
excuse to get angry at Canadians
who bombard us with negative
American stereotypes! OK, you are
the brightest and most creative
engineering students around, but
please don't do it again.
-Dr. Daniel}. Julius
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"Enough is enough!"
GAP has lost its shock
value for UBC students
This letter is addressed to the people
responsible for the Genocide Awareness
Project presentations on campus. Enough
is enough! I'm sure at the university level
we can all appreciate one's inalienable
right to freedom of expression. And I support your entitlement to exercise this positive freedom, albeit there is such a thing as
overdoing or overstating the point. The saturation level of your initiatives has been
achieved. Perhaps it is safe to say everyone
on campus understands your viewpoint.
Your intentions are understood, so perhaps
it is time to try something else. If you continually use the same methods and pictures
all the time, each semester, the entire campus community will become desensitised to
your project and your intended shock-value
message will not be achieved. You have had
ample time to make your point, so I urge
you to continue on the path of a new alternative.
-Thea Andruff
Arts 4
Why waste time your
time arguing if you're
so smart?
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such great intellect would limit his MmSMMmS^^^IM^0^}^'■■f.'4'''4     ''YrY7Y^ .   an  empowered  group  of
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www.palmer.edu 4 QI Friday. February 16.2001
Opinion
Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Science supermen are clearly superior?
Spanning the last few weeks, the Ubyssey has
been host to a raging debate about which is the
better faculty, Arts or Science. And from this
debate we can all agree on one thing: Arts students overwhelmingly support the Faculty of
Arts, while Science students tend not to.
However, last week Patrick Bruskiewich put
his foot down ("Science is the highest form of
art,' Letters, [Feb. 13]). Not only is Science the
better faculty, he said, but it is so vastly superior to Arts that anyone who enters the latter
must be a drooling, mentally deficient Moron
equipped with only the barest of cognitive ability.
Needless to say, he piqued my interest
After all, he did make some good points.
Science students, he rightly says, are "cultured
individuals' and many come from 'a rich and
diverse ethnic background." The Faculty of
Arts, as everybody knows, struggles to attract
students who are not white or Asian; Science
obviously does not have this problem.
Science students, furthermore, enjoy a lit-
ke p&pa-es, an.
^that&any-PArts
eral myriad of interests. Many play musical
instruments. Many more do things that
"include something artistic such as painting,
sketching, photography or literature." Much
I3&s &%~ye$xMs, m&tize stut&sSt| cm <tiraw,
an*f readl th«|e concepts ajp
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fnabfe to grasp    jf"   \
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112 and Math 104 (as nearly alTScience students do) is a veritable superman. Indeed, as
Mr Bruskiewich writes, "We live in a remarkable age and there is reflected in the ethics of
the age the artistry of *ha scie«ji6t< This pu%
ziing, cryptic claim igfobvitJUsS^i writapal sum
a high level of thought thal|nj| otbd! sofenfitX a|s«
supermen can unMrstan«|it|He-goe&!on|o   'bfdjf
say that "science is &ajlios| artistic fhiM"
ever done by man. It turns out scientists, doctors, and technologists are actually artists in
disguise. Only they are truly able to 'understand the beauty of the universe.' I will never
look at a computer science major the same
way again!
To be sure, when I was foolishly reading
Shakespeare and Homer and other so-called
"artists" I should have been studying the
„"£>.if sic^Md pMo«Ry" f>f Albert idtti
and q^fntutff me«Sanics. jjjTheJb tvvrf Ojjtigs
Sfono have lifted Mimardiy "a,bov$jpo?«^rf
J war, <bsease, m^fiocritw and^rajudile.'
» Anjio^ w^has rteid a &|wspa{«/ oveV the
past century will know that these things no
longer exist, because of science
Science even has practical uses. Knowledge
of quantum mechanics will be absolutely necessary for employment} in the future.
Sm^nb^hack w|l|n Jprd invented the
tet\ alsejibMine tamAacsil, and then every-
*« 'b|dy|ia<Hto leap spwt&|nake a car on an
alseiibly toa?^My |randMther still tells sto-
iies.'m my opinion,"-Arts students should start
to learn basic food preparation and humbling
techniques for when we must serve our future
scientist and engineer masters. Ohl if only my
teachers taught me Kepler's Laws, the Pauli
Exclusion Principle and the Second Law of
Thermodynamics in high school I
It seems that all of the stereotypes about
Science students are wrong: that they volun-
1 teer in the community because it will look
good on their pre-med application; that they
take 'slack' Arts courses to boost their grade
average; that they lack a basic knowledge of
. history and harbour an overly romantic view
of science's own past; and that they opt to use
their scientific knowledge for employment
rather'than for the pursuit of the truth.
Boy, do I look stupid. Perhaps I should take
Bruskiewich's advice: nine to 12 credits of second-year physics instead of a literally unusable
history or English literature course. By the way,
the word 'quark' is from Joyce's Finnegan's
Wake, used by scientists to describe a certain
quantum effect Joyce didn't have a BSc. Then
again, neither did Einstein. ♦
-Chris Dingwall is a first-year
Arts student
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ISSUE
RACISM
the ubyssey is
publishing a
special issue
on March 16th,
2001. We are
looking for
artists,
writers,
photographers,
and designers
to contribute.
The next meeting
will be Tuesday,
February 27, at
2:30pm in SUB
241K.
Everyone is welcome.
For more information, please
contact Lin
(ailin.choo@home.
com) or Mwalu
(mwalupee@sea-
to-sky.net).
Or call 822-2301.
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