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NEWS:
AMS to close SUB during strike
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SPORTS:
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EDITORIAL:
Heading down the right path
AMS steps up. Page 10.
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A strike?!
Some common questions
and answers about the
potential strike next week.
Who is striking and why?
The Teaching Assistants (TAs)
Union, CUPE Local 2278, has set a
strike deadline of February 12 for a
resolution to be made with the university regarding a dispute over pay
and health coverage. The TAs are
accusing the university of giving
them a pay cut this year. Paying
tuition is a condition of TAs' employment and although tuition increased
this year, TA wages did not
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What is going to happen
The TAs are not saying what they
will do when the strike deadline
hits. They could give an A+ to every
paper and test they mark or could
picket all entrances to the university. In the case of a picket line, other
unions on campus (which include
Plant Ops and other support staff)
would respect the strike and not
cross pickets. Buses would not cross
either and would turn around at
Blanca, a half hour walk from campus.
.Will there be class and will I
have to go?
Faculty   have   the   choice   of
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whether to cross the picket line or
not. If profs choose not to as a matter of conscience, they will not be
paid for those days.
If a class is held during the
strike, students have the choice of
not crossing the picket Une. If you
make that decision, you must
inform the de#n of your faculty in
person or in writing (letter, e-mail or
fax) that you will not attend classes.
Any correspondence should include
your full name, student ID and the
courses you're registered in.
You should not be held responsible (i.e. tested) for material that is
taught in class during the strike. Go
to www.ubc.ca and follow the link
leading to collective bargaining
information for a complete description of what you are responsible for.
I live on campus. What do I
do about picket lines?
The picket lines are not a physical barrier—you are free to leave
and enter as you wish. To make
things easier for everyone involved,
Alex Grant, president of the TA
Union, says that residents should
talk to Picket Captains (they will
wear bright orange vests) at picket
lines. If you bring a letter with your
campus address on it to the Picket
Captain, you can get a picket pass.
You can also go to the strike centre—
which is at the the Lutheran Centre
on Wesbrook and University
Boulevard—and get a picket pass
there. ♦
Black History Month Event, Feb 8
Former Much Music VJ Master
T hosts an evening showcasing
the diverse sounds of the
African Diaspora at the Pit Pub.
For more info, e-mail:
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NEWS
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Campus to shut down?
AMS passes
motion to close
the SUB if TAs
strike next week
by Chris Shepherd
NEWS EDITOR
Students could face closed libraries,
reduced service in residence cafeterias, buses turning around at Blanca
Street and a shutdown of the
Student Union Building (SUB) if a
strike by teaching assistants (TAs)
happens next week.
The TAs set a strike deadline for
February 12. At a special meeting
Wednesday night the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) Council decided the
SUB will be closed for three days in
the event of a strike.
The decision was made to show
support for TAs, who have been in
negotiations with the university
over what they feel is a 16 per cent
pay cut this year. When tuition
increased this year, TA wages stayed
the same, even though paying
increased tuition is a condition of
their employment.
"We are showing that when it
comes to the TAs' negotiations with
the university, there is support from
the students," AMS President
Kristen Harvey said.
If the strike lasts longer than
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three days, the AMS Executive
Committee—made up of the AMS
president and four vice-presidents-
will decide whether the SUB should
rernain open or closed.
"We would take into consideration the financial impact and we
would evaluate based on facts that
We have yet to define," said Harvey,
Council also decided to pay any
part-time employees the full amount
they would have earned had the SUB
stayed open. Full-time employees
will be payed In full as per their contracts with the AMS.
The decision to close the SUB
and award part-time employees full
pay was hotly debated by Council.
The AMS pays around $2 5,000 daily
in wages and salaries and the SUB
generates on average $34,000 a day
for the AMS, though that amount is
higher on weekdays.
AMS councillors who supported
the idea believe that closing the SUB
sends a strong message to the university that all students support the
TAs. Those against it felt it would be
irresponsible to financially jeopardise AMS businesses and services.
Mark Fraser, a Board of
Governors representative, was
strongly opposed to the idea and
said that closing the SUB will cripple
AMS services.
"We have deficits up the ying-
yang," Fraser said.
Dan Grice, an Arts representative, agreed, saying that closing the
SUB is not responsible behaviour
and the AMS would be gambling
with student services, which are
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THEY'RE LOOKING FOR SUPPORT Teaching assistants sign up for picket duty on Wednesday. If they strike, the entire campus could be
shut down, affecting buses, classes and food services, nic fensom photo
largely funded by income from AMS
businesses. When the motion was
eventually passed, Grice tendered
his resignation from Council and
left the meeting.
As of April 30, 2002, the AMS
had a deficit of $149,000. The plan
had been to pay off $50,000 of that
deficit this year. After the Council
meeting, Bernie Peets, general manager for the AMS, said that should
the strike happen it would make that
goal difficult to achieve.
The prevailing idea among councillors was that closing the SUB
would help to ensure that the strike
would not last long because it would
aid in the disruption of campus life
and help send a stronger message to
the administration.
"What we want are students that
are angry...that is what the university will notice," Science representative Reka Sztopa told Council.
But Harvey is concerned that the
strike could negatively affect voter
turnout at next week's U-Pass referendum, which will happen February
10 to February 14. She's afraid if
picket lines are erected around caqa-
pus, the ability ofthe AMS to inform
students about the U-Pass would be
hindered.
For the referendum to pass, 10
per cent of the voting students must
vote yes for the question.
TA Union President Alex Grant
was very pleased with the support
from the AMS.
"We think that it is an important
step forward to putting enough pressure- on the administration to convince them to come to a deal before
there has to be a strike."
Scott Macrae, director of UBC
public affairs, said that the AMS
closing the SUB does not really
affect the university's stance on the
TA issue.
"We recognise that like all members of the university community
the AMS needs to do what it feels is
appropriate," Macrae said.
'It doesn't materially affect the
university's position on the issues,"
he added. ♦
New South Campus sports facilities planned
by Sarah Bourdon
NEWS WRITER
Plans are in the works for the development of
several new athletic facilities on campus.
There have been proposals for a new
outdoor pool, a rugby pavilion, new soccer
fields, a track and a baseball stadium on
university land.
"At this point, we are evaluating whether
these facilities will be developed," said
Christine McDermott, associate director of
Community Relations and Development for
the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
Though these projects are in the preliminary
stages of planning, McDermott added that she
hopes there will be some concrete plans ready
by the beginning of the summer.
The Facilities For Students First Committee
(FFSF), formed in January, is a group of students tasked with representing students' concerns about these developments and
ensuring that students benefit from maximum
access to any sports facilities that are built
"The primary concern is that the student
voice is not being heard at this point The student voice is not negative, it is not saying that
these facilities should not be built, it just
needs to be heard," said Jason McManus, the
current co-chair of the FFSF Committee.
A number of locations have been proposed
for the projects, though none are final. Most
projects are expected to be   "J definitely think
built near the Thunderbird J
Winter Sports Centre and   UBC needs SOHie
the South Campus fields.
Kristin Carpenter, a
member of the varsity
cross-country and track
team, approved of the idea
of new facilities.
"I definitely think UBC
needs some new faculties,
especially a track. It would
create such a great atmos- .    . -
phere    having    athletes   training and COH1
training and competing at
new facilities, especially a track. It
would create such
a great atmosphere
having athletes
peting at UBC."
UBC. As well, it would
bring a lot to the
university in terms of
revenue. They could run
camps and host meets at
the facility."
McDermott said sources of funding for
these developments will vary for each project
depending on whether the facility has revenue
potential for UBC.
Several   on-campus   groups   (like   the
Department of Athletics and Recreation) and
off-campus donors (none of which have been
settled on) are interested
in enhancing the athletics
on campus. McDermott
stressed that the funding
for building the facilities
will not be coming from
students' pockets. She said
the only way students
would fund the projects is
if a referendum were held
and students approved the
use of their athletic fees for
those purposes.
Another concern to the
FFSF committee is the displacement of widely used
existing sports facilities if
the proposed developments proceed. The South
Campus fields are presently used by hundreds of
UBC recreational and varsity rugby, soccer
and ultimate athletes.
The   developments   could   temporarily
—Kristin Carpenter
Track team member
interfere with their access to the area.
McManus voiced the question some students
might be worried about "How long would students lbse access to the facilities? The timeline with regards to when they are built is not
our prime concern but rather how long it
takes to build them."
McDermott said that they cannot say for
sure how long facilities will be unavailable,
planners are trying to minimise the
disruption.
While funding for the actual building of
these facilities will not be taken from students' athletic fees, McManus said that there
is a possibility that future operating costs for
the facilities could be covered by students.
McDermott confirmed that in the future
part of students' athletic fees would be used
to pay for operating costs. This entitles students use of the facilities, McDermott said.
This is why the FFSF Committee believes it
is crucial that students have maximum access
to facilities now and in the future. Some students, like Melanie Beaulieu, in second-year
Human Kinetics, echo McManus's concerns:
"I think students should definitely be consulted, especially if it's our money that might be
spent on this." ♦ NEWS
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Teaching sustainability
New
sustainability
course ready
for students
by Tejas Ewing
NEWSSTAFF
After two years of preparation,
organisers of a new course in sustainability are ready for students.
The Science and Practice of
Sustainability will run from August
5 to 29 and is geared towards students- with no prior knowledge of
sustainability.
Organised by a team that
includes a microbiologist, earth scientist, social scientist, sociologist
and a graduate student researching
environmental education, the
course hopes to attract an equally
diverse range of students.
Janet Moore, a PhD candidate
and one of the organisers of the
course, believes the interdisciplinary nature of enrolment will be
attractive to prospective students.
"[T]he cross faculty interactions
will help students and faculty think
about their own world views and
the perspectives that encompass
each of their disciplines. Ideally we
will begin to find new synergies
across these boundaries."
In the four weeks of the course,
students will learn inside and out
side the classroom.. The first week
will be at UBC, building the foundations to understand sustainability.
The next two weeks will be active
field learning in Vancouver, the
North Inner Coast or the Slocan
Valley. There" students will learn
about issues like urban planning,
tourism, forestry, fisheries, water
and permaculture from people who
are actively working in those fields.
Finally students will return to
UBC to wrap things up with reflection and analysis.
The course began with a
Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund grant from
UBC's VP Academic office, which is
provided to support innovative
learning initiatives on campus. The
course promised a level of interdisciplinary interaction and inter-faculty learning that was attractive to
UBC administrators.
Kurt Grimm, one of the instructors and a professor in the earth
and ocean sciences (EOSC) department, believes it is the nature of
learning about sustainability that
demands such a connected
approach. It is this kind of interaction that is necessaiy to tackle the
problems of our environment, said
Grimm, because the problems do
not fit into any single academic category.
At an introductory information
session on Januaiy 16, students
seemed intrigued by the connective
aspects ofthe course. Laura Weston,
a fourth-year EOSC major, signed
up. Weston heard about the course
from Grimm, who teaches one of
her classes.
"The interdisciplinary nature of
the course helps it appeal to a more
diverse group of people,' said
Weston. "If you're interested in the
political aspects of sustainability or
the scientific aspects it's still valuable."
She added that the increased
diversity of applicants and instructors help those who want to meet
people and make connections.
The ability to gain practical experience in the field was also seen as
a great opportunity and one that is
rare at UBC, said Micah Quinn, a
third-year geography major.
The cost, however, has been a
preventative factor, and students
brought it up repeatedly in the
information session. Including
tuition fees, the month-long course
may cost over $800—mostly
because of fieldwork on Vancouver
Island.
Weston thinks the cost is reasonable. "Think of what you're getting,"
she said. "After all, how much does
it cost to travel around the island on
holiday?*
The organisers are working to
lower the cost through fundraising.
Students can also choose to stay in.
Vancouver for their field segment,
significantly lowering the cost.
Moore said increasing enrolment is
key to lowering the cost. Currently,
only 21 of a necessary 45 spots
have been filled.
If the course is a success, Moore
sees more innovations like this
course, such as a four-year inter-
faculty undergraduate program in
sustainability studies.
Interested students can to go to
the website at www.eos.ubc.ca/cours-
es/eosc448/index.html. ♦
Camping costs rise in BC
by Rhiannon Coppin
THE PEAK
BURNABY, BC (CUP)-Provincial
park users will soon be shelling out
more to enjoy 'super, natural British
Columbia."
Overnight fees will be increased
at provincial campgrounds, while
new day use fees will be introduced
in 28 provincial parks in the Lower
Mainland and southern Vancouver
Island.
The parking-based day fees in
high-use parks such as Golden Ears,
Garibaldi, Cypress and Seymour are,
just one of the new management
measures introduced by Minister of
Water, Land and Air Joyce Murray on
January 28.
In addition to the day use fees,
Murray announced that camping,
hunting and angling fees will be
raised this year, and will now be
directed back into the parks system
coffers instead of into general taxation revenue.
The new model is based loosely
on recommendations put forth by
the Recreation Stewardship Panel, a
group appointed by the minister to
consult with the public, First Nations
groups, angling and hunting associations, park users and the private sector. The panel recommended that
users pay for the cost of providing
recreation opportunities. The BC
government is using the panel's
principles to support a commitment
to stimulate tourism by allowing private operators to introduce
'enhanced recreation* into a number ofthe province's 807 parks.
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be offered in selected parks include
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kayaking, canoe rentals, rock climbing instruction, guided nature appreciation tours, bird watching, wildlife
viewing, snow shoeing and the provision of yurts—circular, domed,
portable tents—in campgrounds.
"Since the panel began its work,
fears have been raised that parks
will be privatised," Murray said.
"Nothing we are announcing today
changes our current system of full
public control of our park, fish and
wildlife recreation services and full
public ownership of BC's parks."
Increased user fees will go
towards paying for an existing maintenance backlog at campgrounds
and trails, estimated to be $40 million. Additionally, the ministry is
moving to contract out more of the
maintenance work to private companies.
Gwen Barlee of the Western
Canada Wilderness Committee
asserts that the new measures are
'really the first step towards privatisation of our parks.' She also criticised last year's 30 per cent cut to
parks staff and is concerned about
the raising of user fees, especially
since the ministry has not explicitly
committed to overseeing the
improvement of facilities. Barlee
also hopes the ministry will reinstate
park interpretative programs.
"It is kind of preposterous that
you're going to have to pay to access
parks," she said.
Dale Drown of the Guide
Outfitters Association said, user fees
for parks are reasonable and
inevitable.
"Nobody likes, to see fee increases, nobody likes to see user fees,"
Drown said. "But you know what? In
this day and age in North America,
almost every government is looking
at some way of trying to tap into fees
from those who use the resource."
Murray hinted that the previous
NDP government was responsible
for the current gap in funding.
Though the size of B.C. parks doubled to 11.35 million hectares under
the NDP in the 1990s, Murray said,
"the previous administration had no
plan for managing this expanded
system." ♦ UBYSSEY1.0SALMUSIC
The vital Organ
Signing a record deal, touring
Ontario...Organ time is now.
by Duncan M. McHugh
FEATURES EDITOR
Where did they come from? Where
are-they going? These are relevant
questions when it comes to the
Organ. In less than a year and a half,
the five-member band has emerged
as one of Vancouver's most talked
about bands—leading the 'new New
Wave movement,' releasing a single
and an EP (the gorgeous Sinking
Hearts), signing a two-way record
deal with Mint and 604 Records and
preparing for their first tour and a
new album.
Of all of these feats, their record
deal may be the most astonishing.
604 Records is the label co-founded
by Nickelback frontman Chad
Kroeger. How exactly did the Organ,
whose sound is more aligned with
the Smiths and Joy Division, get
together with Kroeger, the antithesis
of Morrissey and Ian Curtis?
"Jonathan [Simkin, Kroeger's
604 partner} had been trying to
sign us for a few months,' wrote
Katie Sketch, the< Organ's lead
singer, in an e-mail interview with
the Ubyssey. "However, we didn't
feel that we were ready to sign to a
label quite yet. To be honest, we
weren't sure that we wanted to sign
to 604 Records, because we thought
an indie label would be more
appropriate."
When asked who they would
want to sign with, the band suggested local indie stalwarts Mint
Records.
"We thought Mint would be perfect, but we also didn't want to total
ly exclude 604 Records. Jonathan
had always been extremely supportive and we could tell that lie would
be a great person to work with.
When Jonathan suggested that we
sign a co-record deal, we thought
that this would be amazing, and
somewhat unheard of. So that's
what we did."
The band is now headed into the
THE BAND, SMILING: f-r, Katie, Ashley, Debora, Jenny and Shelby.
studio to record their debut full-
length with producer Kurt Dahle
(New Pornographers, ex-Age of
Electric and Limblifter). While there
was some discussion of getting a
bigger name producer, the Organ
settled on Dahle because of their
shared music philosophy.
"I couldn't be sure that this bigger producer would understand that
we are not trying to write radio hits.
I'm not opposed to having a song
played on C-Fox or something, I just
don't want to write songs with the
sole intention that they be played on
mainstream radio.'
In keeping with this, Sketch has
promised that the band's new songs
are as gloomy as ever.
- "They're like our other songs,
except I think that they're better.
They're still extremely simple, but
we, as a band, have developed a
great deal over the last six months.
Some of the new songs are a little
more upbeat but still depressing,
don't get me wrong.'
That depression has pushed
many to compare the band to classic
mopers like the Smiths and Joy
Division
"I don't really understand the Joy
Division     comparison,'     writes
Sketch. "Don't get me wrong, I love
Joy Division and New Order, I just
don't think that we sound anything
alike. The Smiths comparison is
more understandable. However, it
wasn't an intentional move that we
made. Deb, our guitar player, hadn't
even listened to the Smiths until
about six months ago.' ' "
Sketch lists New York's Interpol
(a band the Organ opened for last
September) as a contemporary band
they matched up with well.
"I thought that we were going to
go well with Hot Hot Heat, and
then—during the show, while I was
performing—I realised that we don't
go together at all. Their music is so
happy and bouncy, and our music is
so dark. The teens responded well to
our music, but I thought the contrast
was just a little too severe."
The Organ will be touring
Ontario in March, hitting Toronto
for Canadian Music Week.
"It's our first tour so we're
extremely excited. The Ontario college stations have been playing our
EP like crazy, so we think that we'll
receive a good response, hopefully.'
Vancouver fans will have to wait
until June, when the Organ's new
album should be released. ♦
Haven't Bean there yet?
by Michael Schwandt
CULTURE EDITOR
In 1997, a couple of people got together to
play some music—in the key of E. Another
joined them, and then a couple more. A band
was formed, music was written, performed,
recorded and released. It's an old story, but
Beans is a group that has been consistently
doiiig new things in Vancouver for several
years. Their first three releases, Portage, Tired
Snow and Crane Wars, each received press
and radio plaudits across Canada and around
the world; Beans soon became one of
Vancouver's best-loved producers of experimental rock music.
Beans' newest album. Inner Cosmosis, was
released two weeks ago and the band seems
more than pleased with the results. "It's definitely one of the things that, personally, I'm
most proud of," says Andrew Herfst, who plays
drums and manipulates tape loops and other
sound effects in the five-person crew.
"Everyone in the band is pretty happy with it."
Inner Cosmosis is a recording of a concert
performed at Main Street's Video In Studios.
The concert itself, recorded by The Hive
recording studio's Colin Stewart, clocked in at
just over one hour. After that session, the
group, along with Mark Lawson, spent roughly a year mixing down and mastering the
album. This new album is the first release on
the band's own Foreverbad record label (previous releases were under the flag of San
Francisco's Zum Records and Vancouver's
own Zulu label).
Establishing a record label is a daunting
task: once all of the costs are tallied up, breaking even and continuing to distribute music is
the loftiest of goals for most. But for a band,
the ability to handle every aspect of their
music, from inception to production to distribution, is quite enviable.
"It's something that a lot of people in the
band always kind of wanted, to try out,' says
Herfst, "but it wasn't until we did this one that
we felt like we had the time or the inclination
and maybe some of the knowledge necessary
to do it It just seemed like a good opportunity
to try it out.'
Hard work aside, the band enjoys the novelty of running Foreverbad Records. "It's fun.
We just went out and bought the heat sealer, to
seal up the CDs, as the label's first big purchase. That's pretty exciting.' Herfst says,
laughing at the novelty. "We're just gonna seal
eveiything in sight.'
As a band. Beans has never been restricted
to music alone. In 2000, they performed the
score to a film, 13 Trains, playing the music
live along with it during a screening at the
Blinding Light!! cinema. They followed this up
with the score to Anthony Couture's Red Deer,
and most recently provided the music for Ori
Kowarsky's Various
Positions. This film, a
popular selection at
the Vancouver
International Film
Festival, stars Beans'
own Tygh Runyan.
Upon listening to the
band's recorded
work, Kowarsky made
a directorial decision
to bring- all of the
group on board,
Herfst recalls. 'He
liked the music and I
think he liked the idea
of having the music
being done by someone with a deep connection to the film.'
Whether by combining recorded music
with film or bringing video art into their live
performances, the band has never hesitated to
experiment with the lines that divide and link
different artistic forms. "I think there probably
is some kind of need to maybe push the
boundaries a httle bit," says Herfst.
Outside of Beans, Herfst is currently collaborating with friend and fellow artist David
Crompton on a multimedia project titled
Fieldbook. It will combine music with sound
art, video with still photography, and a number of thematic elements, all into the DVD format, Fieldbook will be
shown this year in
Montreal and
Vancouver. "It's basically an installation that's
going to examine [the]
issue of perception and
distance and time,"
says Herfst. Beans, of
course, are arranging
the soundtrack.
Why won't this band
stick to music, an area
where they enjoy so
much success independent ' of other
media? "I don't think
that we intentionally set out to "break down
boundaries,' necessarily,' says Herfst "That
might be part of the drive behind it, but we all
come from different backgrounds, not just
music, but backgrounds in visual arts or film.
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CULTURE WRITER
Vancouver scene prince Nardwuar proves just as manic on the other side of the microphone.
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ardwuar The Human
Serviette: we've all
heard of him. He's that
dynamo from
Muchmusic who'
bounds from celebrity
to celebrity with an
almost manic passion,
asking bizarre and yet still somehow insightful questions. However, many of us are
unaware of the rest of his life. Nardwuar is an
accomplished member of the Vancouver
music scene with his own bands (the
Evaporators and Thee Goblins), a record label
a radio show and a website. Nardwuar may
well be crazy, but he sure as hell has something to say.
Ubyssey. Alright, I'm going to start my
interview off the same way you do: Who are
you?
Nardwuar: I am Nardwuar the Human
Serviette from Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada,, and DJ on CiTR Radio fM 102, Cable
102, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,
[Friday afternoons} between 3:30 and 5:00,
and I started my show on CiTR in October
1987, but I came to UBC in September 1986.
U: Okay...and do I call you Nardwuar? Mr
Nardwuar? Mr Human Serviette?
N: You can call me whatever you like, but I
urge you to check out www.nardwuar.com if
you want to know the 'real story.'
U: Okay, Mr Nardwuar.com, can you tell
me, where did this name come from?
N: It's just a dumb stupid name, like Sting
or like Sinbad.
U: Heyl I like Sting. I don't like Sinbad
though.
N: Yeah, but it's just like a dumb stupid
name like Nardwuar, Sting, Sinbad or the
band Sebadoh. It's just a dumb name. It doesn't mean anything. 'Human' is in honour of
the band Cramps because they have a song
called "Human Fly,' but I'm not a human fly,
I'm a human serviette because in the United
States of America they don't have serviettes,
they have...(pause)
U: ...napkins?
N: Nardwuar the Human Serviettel That's
where it all comes from. Basically, it means
nothing.
U: You're famous for all the interviews you
do on TV, how does it feel to have the tables
turned, and be interviewed, rather than the
other way around?
N: It's wild! It doesn't happen that often.
But actually have you tuned into CiTR at all?
U: Uh, I don't think I can pick it up where I
live.   ,
N: Well, how about listening to it in the SUB
buildmg? Oh, damn it's not even on in the
SUB buildmg a lot of the time! Well, the best
way to hear CiTR is to join CiTR and I urge people to join CiTR—Room 223, Student Union
Building, UBC—because that's how I ended up
on TV! I started doing a show at CiTR, still do
a show at CiTR, somebody took pity on me
and, uh, next thing I know I was able to
become a freelance contributor to Muchmusic
after, let's say, a 15-year battle.
U: Oh, that answered my 12th question.
Okay, I have to know..how can you be so totally manic when you interview people—be honest now—are you on drugs?
N: No, I don't drink, smoke or fuck.
U: That's an excellent soundbite. So, with
all this fame and notoriety, do you consider
yourself a celebrity?
N: No. Not at all! I'll probably get to consider myself a celebrity when I get to party
with Heather Locklear poolside.
U: But, Nardwuar, I thought you don't fuck?
N: (laughs) Well, uh, we could suspend that
for a httle while, if you want.
U: (laughs) Okay, umm...
N: Because that was my goal but that could
change now, I mean Heather Locklear is kind
of 20th century now, but still...
U: Well, she's not exactly ugly, y'know?
N: Yes, well plastic surgery has kept her
going so we have to give her props. And I will
be famous when I get that party happening.
U: Of all the interviews you've done over
the years, which one are you most proud of?
N: I love the interview I did with Iggy Pop,
for a couple of reasons. Number one, because
I talked to him about playing a gig at the SUB
ballroom, which is just amazing. At that gig,
he showed his cock, and I have a picture of
him showing his cock and that interview was
also on "an Evaporators' record, which is my
band, which was on as a sort of bonus track. It
was like the best interview, he was so into it I
loved it! He answered all the questions; it was
only like eight minutes long unfortunately.
U: Did he show his cock?
N: No, unfortunately it was over the phone.
U: Maybe he was naked on the other side?
N: (laughs) I doubt it I doubt it
U: So, you mentioned your band, can you
tell me what are your views on the Vancouver
music scene right now?
N: I think it's great! CiTR just did their
SHiNDiGI batde of the bands. Black Rice won.
There are tons of bands doing lots of great
stuff. It's awesome that Hot Hot Heat, even
though they're from Victoria, can open up
Spin magazine and they're mentioned in
there. There are all sorts of other great bands,
there are bands like the Red Light Sting,
they're going out there and they're really
doing it and conquering the world. There are
bands from places like Mint Records. There's
like all that stuff on Scratch Records. There's,
like, the band the Organ...there's just so much
going on out there!
People are just going out and doing it and I
think that, a lot of the times, the local bands,
when they back up the out-of-town bands, I
think the local bands blow away a lot of the out-
of-town bands. So I think it's just awesome and
I think people are just getting tired of having to
play the clubs and now they're just having their
own parties and doing their own thing.
It used to be that everyone used to just sit
around Vancouver waiting for the major
labels to sign them but now people just go out
there and do it Now, they just go out and put
out their own CD and that's because it's
become cheaper to make your own CD. You
can just burn it off youi* own computer. You
can record your own record now—when
before you needed a label.
I think it's just awesome and there's so
many great bands and so many great labels!
Like Worldwide Domination is another label
that is doing stuff out there. Spawner is another. So much is happening...and there's a lot of
cool rap stuff, too!
IJ: (laughs) You listen to rap?
N: I love rap! And there's a great store, Beat
Street, they're on Robson and Granville and its
owner, Avi Shack, does a show—"These Are
the Breaks'—on CiTR, so there's a lot of real
cool rap stuff.
U: And your band? Is it going to start having some rap vibe to it?
N: I'm not sure, but I kind of added some
rap lingo to our lyrics...like, I use the word
'props,' and stuff like that So I'm trying to
integrate some of that stuff into the
Evaporators and hopefully we'll have a record
out, in about May, and it's going to be called
I've Got a Disease, I'm Addicted to Cheese,
because I love cheese, and we also have a song
called that. Actually, that's one thing that
Courtney Love has said in interviews: "If you
want to lose weight, stop eating cheese." And
that's actually kind of what this song is about
U: But you're not fat Nardwuar.
N: Well I went to the doctor recently, and
he said that I was ten pounds overweight So,
I've been going to the gym. And actually a lot
ofthe record is about me trying to lose weight
We actually have another song called "Get off
the Treadmill" and it's about me being angry
with this guy who was going overtime. And
there's another song called "Salad Bar,' and
there's another song called "I Feel Like a Fat
Frustrated Fuck' and it's just about going to
the gym and nothing happening. So there are
some food themes on the record.
U: Your band has been around for a long
time, eh?
N: Yes, started in 1986, didn't release our
first single until 1992 and our first album
until 1996. So, for all intents and purposes,
it's, like, 1992 or 1996 is when it really started. So it's not that long, really. Especially since
we only play a couple gigs a year. And like
most bands have done a lot more than us.
U: In all the time you have been together,
how have you noticed the Vancouver scene
changing?
N: Well, when we started in 1986, one of
the greatest local bands ever, Slow, was just
breaking up and I consider that the end of the
golden era of Vancouver rock and roll.
Because before the band Slow, there was
D.O.A., there was the Pointed Sticks, the
Subhumans and the Modernettes, all of these
early punk rock bands.
You know that Vancouver was a real punk
rock sector in 1977 until about 1986? Then,
as soon as 1986 hit, when Slow broke up, all"
ofthe bands started waiting for major labels to
sign them and then nothing happened. I
mean, I put out a record in 1989 called Oh
God, My Mom s on Channel 10 and it was like
the only local record that came out because,
remember, this was pre-CD. Everyone was
waiting for the major labels and holding onto
their own records.
Then Seattle started taking off and getting
more popular and people up here began to put
out their own stuff, too, and then bands like
Sparkmarker began getting into the scene and
the whole thing changed and things started
picking up again in like 1991. Bands started-
putting out their own records, bands like Cub
that were touring North America and could
draw 300 people a town...and that lasted until
like 1996. And then there was a bit of a lull
and then there was this whole new resurgence
and there's bands like Hot Hot Heat and the
Organ and the Red Light Sting, and now it's
like totally kickin' ass, y'know?
U: You mention lulls in the Vancouver
scene; there was a big episode, a couple years
back, where all these venues just shut down,
or they stopped playing five music. Then, they
started in with DJs and the whole format
changed. Can you explain why this happened?
.  N: Well, it was money.
U: Yeah, weU...
N: Sonar used to be the Town Pump, and
they'd love to play live gigs, but they're not
that profitable. Because when people go arid
watch a live band, they don't drink! But when
people go out to raves or DJ nights or whatever, they're just totally drinking and ready to
party (laughs). So, if people were to drink
more at local gigs, maybe places like Sonar
would start bringing live bands back. But I
don't think it was too bad. Remember, the
Commodore closed for a bit, and that forced
people to look for new venues and places like
the Croation Cultural Centre came up as a
venue and now they can do all-ages gigs there.
Now, that would not have happened had the
Commodore not closed. People started doing
gigs at Ms Ts on Pender, people started doing
gigs at the Anza Club, and people started doing
gigs at their houses.
I keep mentioning Hot Hot Heat, but I
remember them coming over to Vancouver
and just playing a house party just because
they wanted to play. People started realising
that they didn't have to play these big clubs,
they just went out there and booked big halls
and did stuff.
U: So, do you think it's commercially viable
for clubs to have live-music now?
N: No, I think it's probably never beeii
worse. It's totally not viable. Because people
don't drink enough (laughs). Like I said, people got to go out and drink at these indie-rock
gigs and that'll solve everything. But hopefully
people will still put on their own gigs and no
one is going to be able to stop that the basement gigs or the gigs where people rent out
halls, et cetera, et cetera.
U: So, is that your message to all the people
who complain about a lack of live music venues in Vancouver? You say, 'Drink!'?
N: I would say yes! Drink heartily! Just to
show the club owners that us punk rockers
can drink, too. But I still encourage people to
put on their own gigs. Or people can take over
a club for the night and do their own advertising, and I think those gigs turn out a lot better.
Because if you rely on the club to do that nothing's going to happen, but if you do it yourself,
it will. Now, there are a lot of risks involved in
booking a hall, which I've done myself, in that
cops get all mad and come over and try to shut
things down, but those are the risks you take.
Or house parties are another option. I mean
sometimes there are more people at house
parties than at gigs, right?
U: But isn't that just inviting more hassle
from the cops?
N: Well, yeah, but be creative when you do
it Start your gig earlier. Tell all your neighbours Invite the neighbours!
US You've mentioned Hot Hot Heat over
and over again; I've noticed that in the past
year or two, there's been a literal explosion in
Vancouver-based bands. For example, Swollen
Members, Nickelback, Tegan & Sara, Neko
Cas%The Red Light Sting, etc. Can you explain
this phenomenon to me?
N: Well, let's remove a few of those bands
right off the bat Like Tegan & Sara and
Nickelback. Well, they're signed to major
record label deals so we can't put them anywhere: I mean, "It's great—I love Tegan &
Sara—but we can't really consider what
they're doing. And Swollen Members are
managed by Nettwerk and they just signed
with Virgin, but they have helped the local rap
scene. And Neko Case is actually American,
even though she is signed to Mint Records, but
she's really toured hard and worked hard,
much like Hot Hot Heat
U: Okay, so do you think it's a requirement
to have the backing of a big label in order to
make it hig? I mean you, yourself, have
released all the Evaporators material on your
own Nardwuar Records. Is that right?
N: Yes, we have. And it's bombed totally
(laughs). But you don't need a major label to
be successful. I agree that there has been an
explosion; all those bands that you mentioned
I guess are from Vancouver. But the weird
thing is that none of them would fit on the
same bill really.
U: And what do you think the future has in
store for the Vancouver music scene?
N: Well, hopefully, people will keep putting
things out And hopefully, there'll be a band
that will take over from the legends, like D.OA,
No Means No and Frontline Assembly and then
in the 90s there was Cub and the Smugglers. It
would be nice for something like that to happen
in the 21st century, and someone would take
off and become the next big thing.
U: And I just have one more question,
what's with the "doot doo' thing?
N: Again, it's just a dumb stupid thing. It
could have just been influenced by my years of
going to hockey games and listening to hockey'
games when the organ guy does that.
U: I see, I see...
N: Because don't they do that at hockey
games?
U: Um, I think it sounds different actually.
And, on that note...
N: Doot doola Doot Doo...
U: Argh! I wanted to do that!
N: Oh, okay...
U: And on that note, Nardwuar, keep on
rockin' in the free world and, Doot Doola Doot
Doo...
N: Doot doot ♦
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Bentleys in Three Weeks: Low
Pressure, Grow-Op and
Vancouver Hip-Hop
by Chris Dingwall
CULTURE WRITER
Low Pressure is Dope as Fuck
Twelfth and Clark, perhaps Vancouver's most
charming neighbourhood, is home to Low Pressure
Records. Low Pressure Records is in a house which
overlooks an overgrown lawn and a faded picket
fence. I got there around 10:30pm and it was dark
and scary and I was lost When I rang the doorbell,
a dog barked.
"You should've seen the last apartment," DJ
Moves, Low Pressure's producer, reassures me
later. "It was terrible. If you came there, you wouldn't have wanted to come in. There were 80 garbage
bags outside."
"East Van has insane living conditions,' Alex,
the other half of Low Pressure and business/art
guy, adds helpfully.
But at least it's better than Halifax. It sucked
being on welfare there and the people buying mix-
tapes were the same people making; them, so
Moves picked up his turntables and began a ten-
year cross-country trek that ended with him in
Vancouver, hooking up with RhekOne and Josh
Martinez and founding Low Pressure.
Since then Moves has been putting out fantastic
music on cheap CDs like crazy, working with
Vancouver underground stalwarts like Ink Ops,
Toronto MC Governor Bolts (recently signed to
Universal), Canadian hip-hop darling Buck 65, and
drunken-asshole supergroup 5-Headed Retard. His
new project is- COD. (Cousins of Def); fronted by
MCs Tachichi and CeelHI!!!!, who sounds like Lyrics
Born if he was a grizzled old fisherman.
Distributed by the indie-rock outfit Sonic Unyon,
each Low Pressure release gets worldwide distribution (you can buy their stuff at FWUH on Beatty
Street) and enough profit for Low Pressure to put
out a new album. The entire label operates pretty
much out of Moves's bedroom. And with no promo,
a website that doesn't exist and equipment that is
falling apart, they rely exclusively on word-of-mouth
support from Vancouver and Canada's growing hip-
hop scene. Alex puts it this way. "There's a loose-
knit crew of people in every province who sort of
know each other. People have been doing independent rap for a while now, so we all sort of know
each other, from Vancouver to Halifax.' That's their
bread and butter, and as such their total domination of mainstream rap is imminent
Ubyssey: So when are you going to buy your first
Bentley?
Moves: Right now I gotta buy a turntable.
Alex: This man hasn't had a turntable for two
years now.
M: I've just been borrowing people's turntables.
This is his [Alex's] turntable.
A: And it's just a record player.
M: I gotta buy a turntable, and I gotta buy speak
ers because this one is blown. [Pointing to various
speakers on his console] These two are blown. That
one's good. So I'm mixing now oh one speaker. And
then I'm going to buy ProTools, but then I gotta buy
a Mac G4, too, to run it After that we buy a Bentley.
A: So like three weeks.
Low Pressure is synonymous with underground
hip-hop that doesn't suck. Need VICE to like something before you can? Low Pressure is one of that
tastemaking magazine's Fritz le Chat's "Labels of
the Year," Governor Bolts is one of his "Freestylers
of the Year," and DJ Moves is on his "About to Blow
Up" and "Producer of the Year" lists (VICE V9N11).
"I stilL on a daily basis, listen to rap from 1986
or " 88," Moves tells me; on his door is a huge
poster of Snoop, Tupac and Suge from before they
all hated each other. Their basic amenities of life
are X-Box, beer and weed. And soon they'll be
releasing their stuff on vinyl even though it'll cost
more and sell less. These boys are so hip-hop it
hurts. Think of what they'll do once Moves can
afford ProTools. Or a real turntable.
Grow-Op is "Big, Large, Off the Hook,
Fantabulous"
Grow-Op is another independent hip-hop label,
helmed by a guy called J-Ras who dropped by Low
Pressure with beer. He introduced his record label
thusly: "Grow-Op Records, incorporated: fantastic,
super-marvellous, big, large, off the hook, fantabulous!" How can you disagree?
Grow-Op is just starting out but their first
release is something to own. Homegrown is a compilation of Vancouver MCs and producers-from big
names like the Rascalz, Swollen Members, and
Moka Only to lesser-knowns like Ink Operated, Josh
Martinez and Che Imperial. It's a solid hip-hop
album and thorough introduction for people new to
the scene.
Though originally from Toronto ("I, in fact put
the 'scar' in Scarborough," he says), J-Ras has made
a happy home in Vancouver. He won't name
names, but he will say that the hip-hop community
here is definitely benefiting from the quieting of
certain egos. "Now people realise that you come up
as a whole, and dumb beefin' is not really helping
the whole city scene."
But what's important to note is that J-Ras is probably the most awesome human being ever. "I'm six-
one, handsome; blonde hair, blue eyes. I once^
played professional basketball for Golden State.
Really bad, sat on the bench the whole time. Then I
got cut and had to play for the Washington
Generals. You see, every basketball team has a
token black guy." This man deserves to have his
records in your home. Once you buy Homegrown,
you will be cooler than all of your friends and get
laid every night And that's all that J-Ras wants. ♦ A scenester's glossary
A quick and easy intro to the Vancity music scene
by Michael Schwandt, Duncan M.
McHugh. and Dave Gaertner
CULTURE STAFF
CiTR 101.9 fM
www.citr.ca, or 101.9 fM (obviously)
The best (and frequently only) place to hear
local indie rock. Hell, for $20, you can DJ yourself—some shows have been on the air for
decades.
The Commodore Ballroom
868 Granville
Some would call the Commodore
Vancouver's best venue, and with the disappearance of the Town Pump and the Starfish
Room, it well might be. Bruce Allen and his
House of Blues entourage put the bounce back
into this midsize venue in 1999, even though
it's been sanitised to the point of soullessness.
WHAT A MURAL) It must be Pat's Pub, darren haines/ubyssey file photo
COMMODE D'OR? It's "fabulous!"
DUNCAN M. MCHUGH/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO
The Hive
www.hivestudios.net
The Hive Recording Studio/Hive-Fi
Recordings records stellar, stellar music (read
p.aho, Jerk With a Bomb, Burquitlam Plaza,
the Cinch), and releases it to an eager public.
Affiliates Teamworks/At Large Entertainment
put on some ofthe very best
concerts in the city.
JC/DC Studios
If it's on Mint, chances
are, it was produced at
JC/DC, home of the "King
Midas touch."
Jesse Gander
Rec-Age Records,
Operation Makeout
The man who made a
name for himself surfing
the   piddling   Vancouver
punk wave of the 19 90s managed to pull himself out of the snowball that came down on his
original band, d.b.s, to make a name for himself in the Vancouver scene. Bass player, producer, back-up vocalist, engineer and soundman. Gander has made an important contribution to the expansion of local music, working on literally dozens of local releases. Quite
possibly the busiest person in Vancouver
music.
Mint Records
www.mintrecs.com
This smallish Vancouver indie label gained
national and international attention in the
1990s with a strong pop roster including the
Smugglers, Cub, Gob (they were better then),
and more recently the New Town Animals,
Operation Makeout, the New Porngraphers
and the Organ. Label co-founders Randy Iwata
and Bill Baker are nothing less than
Vancouver fixtures.
Ms T's Cabaret
339 W. Cordova
Together with the Suger Refinery and Pat's
Pub, Ms Ts is one of the best places to see
Vancouver's local bands. While the setting is a
bit surreal, ie. the low ceiling, the pornograhic
video poker game and the weren't-you-in-a-
David-Lynch-movie doorman, the drinks are
cheap and the management is famously
accommodating to bands.
Pat's Pub
403 E. Hastings
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TAKE A GANDER: At Jesse.
Pat's sort of came out
of nowhere to become
one of the best venues in
the city for local action.
' Sure, it's a sketchy neighbourhood, but it's worth
the trip. Plus, it has a
great mural.
The Picadilly Pub
620 W. Pender
The Pie features a lot
of great touring indie
bands. The layout is terrible, but what are you
going to do?
Radiosonic
Saturdays on CBC Radio 2
Vancouverite and Smuggler Grant
Lawrence hosts this weekly program. Two
hours of madcap hijinx, in the best sense of
the words, Radiosonic gives Vancouver bands
some well-deserved attention. Great guest
interviews!
Red Cat Records
4307 Main
It's true, there is a very large red cat at red
cat records. And while the selection isn't too
full yet (the store only opened last year), there
are some gems and it's close to both bubble
tea and Lucky Comics.
Richard's on Richards
1036 Richards
A smaller venue than the
Commodore with a better layout,
Richard's puts everyone who
crowds by its huge bouncers very
close to the stage. This is accomplished with a great mezzanine-
sit there for the best view of the
action, on and off the stage.
Scratch Records
726 Richards St
Extremely good selection, better prices than Zulu and insanely
knowledgeable staff. They will
know of any band you ask for (and
three way better groups, of
course), and if the album's not in
stock, they'll order it for you. Plus,
free magazines!
Starfish Room
long gone, formerly 1055 Homer
Once the prime dive to see independent
and small label bands, the Starfish Room lost
its lease to a geriatric ward, or something.
Never again will drunk indie kids complete
their nights by crashing down that treacherous, treacherous staircase.
The Sugar Refinery
1115 Granville St
Where else can you eat yam fries, drink a
nauseating Scottish ale and lose yourself in
experimental Asian fiddle jazz (besides in
your unemployed neighbour Rivers's house I
mean)?
Teenage Rampage Records
193 E. Broadway Ave
Ryan Walter Wagner runs a record store.
He also runs a record label. Both are named
Teenage Rampage Records. The store carries a
great selection of punk and local independent
music, and the label, similarly is home to
Billy the Kid & the Lost Boys, Blackjacks,
S.T.R.E.E.T.S., and Wagner's own band, the
Witness Protection Program. Wagner equals
committed.
Whap! Productions
www.whap.ca
The brains behind the Mesa Luna Monday
night all-ages shows, a year-long string of
excellent all-ages shows, Dani and Doug Whap
still put on a night guaranteed to rock. To boot,
they're both real cute.
ZULU TIME: Go to Kits I nic fensom/ubyssey file photo
SHiNDiG!
www.citr.ca/shindig
This annual live competition, hosted by
CiTR (see CiTR 101.9 fM) pits 27 bands
against each other over the course of 13 entertaining weekly autumn shows. Past winners
and participants include Operation Makeout,
the R*A*D*I*0, Clover Honey, the Organ,
Three Inches of Blood, the Cinch, and this
year's winner: Black Rice. Entries are due in
August...
Zulu Records
1972 W. 4th Ave
Arguably, the best place in Vancouver to
find something you heard on Brave New
Waves, Zulu records caters to anyone looking
to expand their musical vernacular beyond
Virgin Megastore's top 20. A great place to
find your favourite local groups or something
cheap and used, Zulu offers a comprehensive
selection and homey atmosphere perfect for a
great afternoon of music browsing. ♦
"beans," from front page
So, when ideas come up—often
ideas that don't specifically have to
do with rock music do come up—
and we've got a bunch of different
people who are interested in it, it's
kind of like 'well, why not?"
Why not indeed? Currently in
the planning stages is a Beans concert presented by Vancouver New
Music. The performance, dubbed
Liquid Suspension, will be staged at
the Vancouver Aquatic Centre. A surprising choice of venue for a concert, certainly, but perhaps less so
coming from Beans. Last summer,
the band played at a cathedral; the
group historically has shied away
from conventional sites for their live
performances.
"We're becoming more and more
interested in playing in sort of
unusual venues. We were never into
the sound of a club and a PA system," Herfst explains. "We've
become interested in the way different spaces can sound, especially
spaces that might not be intended as
venues for music but might have
really cool acoustical properties."
Before selecting the pool, Herfst
says, Beans passed up a number of
alternatives, including cinemas and
the Central Branch of the Vancouver
Public Library. "We eventually set
tled on the Vancouver Aquatic
Centre for a number of reasons, one
of which being that they seemed
pretty willing to let us come in and
do our thing, which is cool."
This coolness, scheduled for
April 26, will include video projections and a six-channel diffusion system, adding dimensions of light and
movement to Beans' immersive
music as it travels across the huge
pool to the audience. "It feels like it's
going to be pretty cra2y," Herfst
muses, adding that talks with a synchronised swimming team are
underway. He's not precisely sure,
though, exactly how the performance will proceed and what elements it might incorporate.
"There's lots of plans in the
works, so it'll be interesting to see
how that comes together. There's
lots of cool ideas floating around. I
think it'll be an adventure." ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, February 7,2003
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Folk singer
comes from
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hippytown
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Lucky Bar (Victoria)
Jan. 25
by Adam Kaufman
CULTURE WRITER
At the sold out Dan Bern concert at
Lucky's Bar in Victoria the other
weekend, I found myself in a multi-
grain situation. Sandwiched
between a crowd of grassroots skinny hippie girls and their 'dreadful'
boyfriends, I felt like spewing the
mock chicken I had just eaten at a
vegetarian joint down the block. But
after my initial condition of minor
nausea and scepticism, I was quickly cured by the mesmerising stage
presence ofthe animated and funny
Dan Bern. A tireless, touring
folksinger freak from Iowa, Dan has
seven releases to his name, including a new five-song album entitled
The Swastika and a book of stories
entitled World Cup, which also
includes a five-song CD. His last LP,
JVew American Language, was
recorded with a three-piece backing
band called the International
Jewish Banking Conspiracy, which
Bern dropped for this solo leg of his
never-ending tour.
Sporting   a   Springsteenesque
bandanna,  Bern set a humorous
tone from the start as he tossed a
sweaty shirt into the audience after
a few heated songs and then quickly
went back on his unthinking decision. "Actually, I need that shirt. I
bet Tom Jones has more shirts than
I do," explained Bern, before
launching into a powerful version
of "Black Tornado" off of New
American Language. Dressed for a
pickup game in his cutoff tee, he
was the aesthetic opposite of the
conventional crowd of scrawny,
scared and shy singer/songwriters
that likely frequent this intimate
candlelit bar in Victoria. Bern's jock
image didn't take away from the
poignant romanticism of his lyrics,
as exemplified in "Black Tornado."
In the song, Bern talks of his endless desire to travel and be spontaneous, epitomised in the line "I look
for love and some adventure."
Many heads in the crowd seemed to
agree, and the' nods from the transient crowd and my own mainland
escapee soul continued on into
the night.
Before singing an extended and
completely improvised talkin' blues
version of "Happy Birthday" to the
requests of some feting audience
members, Bern made a few political statements. Citing recent neo-
Nazi vandalism in Boulder,
Colorado as an example of hate
groups employing the swastika as
their symbol, Bern managed to see
the lighter side of things. "You don't
get them to stop doing it, you just
change what the symbol means—
now every time someone displays a
swastika, they're really advertising
for my band!" After the introduction, Dan broke into "My Little
Swastika," a new song off The
Swastika, in which he elaborates on
the taboo topic of racism and prejudice in America. Using humour to
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show the" stupidity of bigotry (a la
Lenny Bruce and Eddie Murphy), he
sang about how, through his eyes,
the four sides of the swastika represent the Beatles, and how a pink,
swastika stands for gay pride.
Continuing in a satirical tone,
"Talkin' Al Kida Blues," from his
newest release The Swastika EP,
was an obvious homage to Bob
Dylan's     "Talkin'    John     Birch
Paranoid Blues." Bern changes
Dylan's song from a comment on
Cold War communist witch-hunts to
focus on the new fear of terrorism
propagated as of late by George W.
Bush. Playing the" part of a con-
gressnaah, he mockingly confessed,
"If in times like these you can talk
about individual freedom, you're
probably a terrorist," to the hoots
and hollers of heckling hippies.
Dan finished off the show with
two sets of encores featuring a few
unreleased songs and a.rambling
medley that included "Freight Train
Blues" and "House of the Rising
Sun." Before exiting the stage
(schvitzing like a madman), he gave
some props to his Victoria fans. "I
usually play and move on, but here
I gotta stay and hang out—I love
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2003
VOLUME 84 ISSUE 33
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BRRRRR1NNNNNNNG went lhe 3 o'clock bell at the Iva Cheung
Institute for the Young and the Gifted, and it found Kevin Groves
sweating, Sean Fleming peeing his drawers, and Jeff MacKenzie
wishing he had been lesa frugal with his Teen Spirit. It wasn't just
another day: it was the end of their lives.'We never should've given
Tejas Ewing a wedgie/ stammered Kevin. "And flushing Chris
Shepeherd and Sarah Conchie's swim trunks was just plain stoopid,'
echoed Sean. "Yeah but nothing, nothing, was as suicidal as ridiculing Duncan M. McHugh for reading "Bambi and Friends.' Now those
guys are gonna slaughter usl" By the time lhe shit went down minutes later behind the neighbourhood 7-11, Chris Dingwall Hywel
Tuscano, Mark Heath, and Anna King had posseed up \o protect the
frightened trio. Ryan Wilson and Adam Kaufman opposed the
choice, picking up gang members Sarah Bourdon at Ihe water fountain and Dave Gaerlher on the teeter-totter. Michael Schwandt even
swung on down off Uie monkey bars, and thus the mortal combat
began. Michelle Mayne delivered a bone-splintering uppercut into
Bryan Zandberg's glass jaw. Kathleen Deering swung the broken bottle that gashed through Jesse Marchand's leather jacket, biting into
the skin, Ron Nbrwisah was batting a mean game with a 9-iron.lt
was getting downright bloody mean until Principal Parminder
Nizher and Constable Laura Blue broke up the scuffle, aided in no
small part by the deftly-placed blows of their billydubs. Nic
Fensom's photos of the event were published in a coffee-table book
that sold like holcakes.
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Good work,
Student Union
On Wednesday night the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) Council took a major step toward taking an
active stance on an issue important to students.
In doing so, they have made significant progress
toward becoming a visible asset to students and
we at the Ubyssey applaud them for it
At a special Council meeting held two nights
ago, to our surprise and pleasure, the Council
voted to close the SUB in support of UBC's teaching assistants (TAs), and not cross picket lines in
the event they go on strike. TAs have set a strike
deadline of February 12, and if the university's
continuing disregard to TAs' concerns in mediation is any indication, this strike will happen.
We all know the phrase "a supported strike is
a short strike," and because of the university's 'if
we ignore the problem, it will go away1 stance,
it's important that students create a situation
that the university can't ignore. Bringing services
in the SUB to a halt will provide immense support to the TAs.
However, besides closing the SUB, the AMS
approved paying any part-time staff who would
have been working during the three days the
building is closed. Because of contracts signed
with full-time staff, the AMS must also pay those
workers the amount they would get if the SUB
was open.
This was a major step for our AMS Council to
"take for several reasons. This decision is not
without sacrifices for the AMS. In fact it could
impact our AMS's revenue significantiy.
According to AMS General Manager Bernie
Peets, the SUB brings in an average of $34,000
per day from businesses, and the AMS pays
around $25,000 daily in wages and salaries.
Overall, that is almost $59,000 that the AMS will
lose for every day they keep the SUB closed.
Council agreed to only pass a motion limiting the
number of days to three—the three before UBC's
reading break. After these three days, the executive (the president and four vice-presidents) will
evaluate (using as-yet vaguely defined criteria)
the SUB's situation and decide whether or not to
open the building.
That is $ 17 7,000 that the AMS will say goodbye to if the TAs set up picket lines, and the strike
stretches on. Pretty brave for an organisation
that is trying to rid itself of a $ 149,000 deficit
So why did Council decide to do this? The
issue was the source of major debate Wednesday
night Some of the most heated discussions this
year happened that night, and rightly so.
Present executives (President Kristen Harvey,
VP Academic  Christopher  Lythgo   and  VP
J^ceC
Administration Oana Chirila) and several councillors were against the idea of shutting down the
SUB. They said the AMS has an obligation to support students and shouldn't pay people if they
don't come in to work. Harvey said, bluntly, that
to close the SUB would not balance the AMS's
advocacy and fiduciary responsibilities
to students.
What this statement misses is that the AMS
represents every student who is registered in a
course at UBC and who has paid their AMS fees.
This includes TAs. Thus, the AMS has a responsibility to support them. TAs have been up in
arms over what was essentially a pay cut this
year: TAs pay tuition on a condition of their
employment and with the increased tuition, they
receive 16 per cent less this year than last. As we
have mentioned in previous editorials, the AMS
executive has been woefully absent in their
active support to TAs—none of the executive
showed up for the TA breakfast at Martha
Piper's protest A motion was passed at a council meeting in support of the TAs, but this was
simply not enough     \
So notably, this way of showing support is a
happy break from tradition. In the last few
years, the AMS Council has taken the view that
lobbying tactics work better than protests and in-
your-face methods. While we don't deny that
well-thought out letters and discussions are
sometimes valid ways of arguing one's point, in
the current case of an impending TA strike, it is
essential that students present a united front
TAs feel that this strike is their last option—they
don't want to disrupt students' classes any more
than we want them disrupted. The AMS needs to
be by the side of TAs, and students at UBC need-
to see this.
While we applaud the AMS's Wednesday
night decision, it was not so much impressive as
it was necessary. We hope it is not too little
too late. ♦
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Plant Operations a waste of time, money, manure?
by Ryan McCormick
Wanna know what's a big fat waste
of money? UBC's Plant Operations
Department (Plant Ops). While we
face yet another tuition hike, these
overpaid weasels continue their
assault on the campus. One can
hardly take ten steps without seeing a legion of them patrolling the
streets in their overalls and mini-
vans. In the fall, they formed an
army of leaf blowers, marching
around with bright yellow earmuffs
and gasoline-powered leaf blowing
machines, disturbing all attempts
at study within kilometers. Tell me
dear students, would you rather
pay more tuition or walk on a few
extra leaves? All they do is disturb
our classes anyways.
But since the leaves have all
been blown away, the Plant Ops
crews have taken to less noble
causes. A squad was recently seen
spreading heaps of manure around
outside the Student Union Building
(SUB). Upon questioning, one of
them explained that they were
landscaping.* Landscaping?!? Two
weeks later, all that remains is a
smelly brown field of poo. Are we
o
really paying thousands of dollars a
year for unwanted landscaping'
that smells like crap? There must
be some long-term plan for the
mounds of shit Like probably a
bunch of daffodils. How lovely.
Let's invite the
Queen back for tea
to enjoy the pretty
flowers. Is this
really what our
campus has '
become? Are daffodils a higher priority than reasonably-priced tuition? Are they a
higher priority than paying teachers' assistants (TAs) the wages they
deserve? Apparently so.
And what's with the vans these
Plant Ops workers drive around?
How many do they really need?
We're the ones paying for their
insurance and gas, but has anyone
really watched what they do? Nine
times out often they're just driving
to get coffee for the rest of 'the
guys' in 'the crew.'
Now I realise that many of the
projects these maintenance foot
soldiers work on are privately funded by alumni seeking a tax break.
But do we really need an anachro-
PERSPECTIVE
nistic museum of a horse and
buggy outside the Main Library? I
think not Queen Piper should grow
herself a backbone and tell these
rich bastards that we'll gladly take
their money, but we'll spend it
where   we   damn
\   well    please:    on
keeping      tuition
( , costs down, and on
1 i (.  -! «   ]       paying our employ-
.y    ees a fair wage—not
on some stupid
licr»>o di .:'.v n ':arriage left over from
a hundred years ago.
On top of private donations and
an exorbitant university-funded
budget, these Plant Ops commandos apparently also get all the
income from the movies being shot
around campus. They have too
much money and too much staff,
and are desperately trying to find
projects to do to justify it This is
unacceptable. Having these people
around sends a clear message that
the university has money to waste-
but instead of making cutbacks on
stupid expenditures like the Plant
Operations Department the administration is raising tuition costs!!
Clearly, the governing Politburo's
priorities are mis-aligned, and I
would like to suggest we not re-elect
them. But wait! We can't! UBC doesn't have municipal elections; last
November when the rest of the
province voted, UBC was busy
enjoying the pleasant aromas of the
Rose Garden. Unlike all other
Canadian municipalities, this campus is a dictatorship. Sure, there are
a few token Alma Mater Society
(AMS) representatives on the otherwise appointed Board of Governors
and Senate, but they are a small
minority who are easily outvoted by
the ruling Communist Party. Prove
me wrong, you newly elected AMS-
ers: do something about UBC's horribly unjust spending policies.
In the meantime, I say some
regime change is needed. History
shows that the only way dictatorships have ever been removed is
by a forceful political coup. At UBC,
such an action can begin by refusing to pay more tuition until at
least half of these unnecessary
Plant Ops freaks are laid off. Vive
la revolution!!!
—Ryan McCormick is a third-year
Interdisciplinary Studies student. PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, February 7,2003
the ubyssey magaiine
fl    TURF
11
The Matthew "Bongo
McConaughey tapes
Or, the battle of the super hunks
a
by Chris Dingwall
CULTURE WRITER
What would I entide this masterpiece of journalism, I asked myself
as I sat in my room, eating from a
tupperware bowl of Quaker Instant
Oatmeal, trying to pick the gravy
stain out of my good
jeans? "Dingwall encounters
McConaughey"? No, too pretentious. "Dingwall vs. McConaughey"?
Too scary. "The Battle of the Super
Hunks"? Lordyyes.
I was about to interview Matthew
McConaughey, an actor who has
lately seemed irrelevant thanks to
the popularity of Owen Wilson, the
threat of being caught in an illegal
late-night naked bongo-playing ses-
sion, and everyone who saw The
Wedding Planner. But his latest
movie, How to Lose a Guy in Ten
Days, hopes to make him important
again, and I was determined to do
my goddamnedest to help him out
So, at 10am, I dialed a toll-free number that would put me in a conference call with McConaughey and
campus journalists from across
North America. I took another
spoonful of Apples & Cinnamon
and poised myself for greatness.
But all for naught My thrust into
the profound genius of
McConaughey was thwarted by the
very agent that made it possible—
the conference call. The Britannies,
Tiffanies, Ambers and Bambies who
apparendy populate cbllege newspa
pers across North America held the
conversation in their cold, iron grip
for the all-too-short 30 minutes.
"Matthew, you've had a lot of
diverse roles over the years—what's
your favourite?"
His answers weren't much bet- .
ter. "Well, some of my favourite
roles are the more serious ones, like
Contact, Amistad and The Newton
Boys, which were challenging
because there's a responsibility to
history in the role you play." Yes,
history. I know a littie something
about history, and I don't think that
Jodie Foster being abducted by
aliens to a quasi-paradise in which
she meets her deceased father is
quite it
Despite occasional idiocy, the
rest ofthe call was pretty boring. For
the curious: Matthew McConaughey
thinks Kate Hudson is fun to work
with, he really liked the script and
thinks that "it's a chick-flick, but it's
also for guys," and he will be on
Saturday Night Live next Saturday.
His recent and hilarious brushes
with the law weren't even
mentioned, and his recent work
with short film and his production
company, J.K. Livin', were only
touched upon in the most
mundane ways.
I had one, simple question for
McConaughey "If you were a boat,
would you be a dream boat?"
Matthew, sadly, had to go before I
could even ask. The tragedy of my
Monday morning was that I—
nay, the world—will never know
the answer.
How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
opens today. ♦
Nobody is really listening
Lack of chemistry between actors
clouds what could have been a
brilliantly dramatic film
THE QUIET AMERICAN
opens today
by Mark Heath
CULTURE WRITER
After I saw Rabbit Proof Fence, I started watching for
director Philip Noyce's name. It's a sad, gorgeous
movie, a stunning depiction of the Australian outback
with soulful, natural acting and a tight moving story.
Needless to say, I had high expectations of Noyce's
newest film, The Quiet American.
Brendan Fraser plays the quiet American, Alden
Pyle, a CIA operative iri Vietnam in the early 1950s. He
befriends Thomas Fowler, a British journalist played
powerfully by Michael Caine. Pyle falls in love with
Caine's mistress, Phuong, played by the gorgeous Do
Hai Yen. Pyle is hot-blooded and idealistic: he wants to
help people. Fowler is the opposite; he's jaded and just
wants to live the rest of his life with the happiness he's
managed to scrape out of his Vietnam, his Vietnam
being mostiy Phuong. It's the kind of contrasted pairing
of young and old that can create great opportunities for
actors. The problem is, the actors need chemistry. The
problem is Brendan Fraser.
Caine doesn't portray an old, sad man; in this
movie he is that man. He bursts at the seams with
unfortunate desperation and creeps and crawls
airound the screen until you can't do anything but feel
sorry for him. Fraser, on the other hand, plays the
same character he's always played. His unemotional,
wide-eyed doofus shtick worked great in films like
George of The Jungle or Bedazzled, but he just isn't
believable as a brilliant and talented CIA agent.
Go figure.
But Fraser isn't the only problem with this film.
Compared to some ofthe good American-made Vietnam
movies (see Platoon and Apocalypse Now if you haven't),
the natural (and man-made) beauty of Vietnam is sparsely shot You could make the argument that this movie is
more about a few pivotal characters than scenery or
locals, but in my opinion it's a movie about enormous
country-wide changes, where the actions of a few can
potentially have drastic effects on millions. And according to the movie, that's exacdy what happened. It would
have been nice to see some of the country and the people whom the characters' decisions affect
Having said all that The Quiet American isn't a bad
* film. I'd put this movie over recent releases such as
Polanski's The Pianist or Spike Jonze's Adaptation. It's
worth watching for Michael Caine's performance alone,
which seems to be getting him some Oscar buzz. But if
you want real power and majesty in a tale of injustice
and upheaval, watch Rabbit Proof Fence. ♦
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the ubysitf1 migailne
PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, February 7,2003
Berkeley or bust
The women's rugby team, although
cheered by the return of recovered
athlete Shannon Lowe to the field,
has a dismal 2-9 record in the
WCWRA. Perhaps a trip to
California will help. The Birds are
off on Valentine's Day to the wilds
pf Berkeley, Davis and Stanford for
a week-long tour, and will return to
play at home on Saturday, March 1
against the Burnaby club.
The men's rugby team continues to dominate the Vancouver
Rugby Union, boasting an undefeated 12-game season, outscoring
opponents 537-48.
Basketball
Both teams close out the season
on the road in Saskatchewan, taking on the Huskies. The men's
team has clinched the number one
spot in the Canada West, but coacfr
Hansen says that's no excuse to
relax. "We want to make sure the
guys understand that the good
teams don't take the weekend off.
Saskatchewan is fighting for a playoff spot—they're in a must-win two
game situation, so we're anticipating that they're going to come up to
play their best basketball."
The men will then have a week
off before hosting the first round of
the playoffs February 21-22. "We
want to make sure that with the
weekend off next week that we're
going in on a high, and that both
physically and emotionally,- we're
starting to peak, and we certainly
can't have a letdown this weekend," said Hansen.
The women's team recovered
from a five-game slump in
Brandon last weekend, sweeping
the Bobcats and nabbing sixth
place in the Canada West division.*
And although UBC is guaranteed a
playoff spot, coach Deb Huband
thinks the upcoming series against
the Huskies could prove tough for
the Birds, who still need to gain
back some confidence Before facing the number one SFU Clan in
the bid for a trip to the national
championships.
Stampede
The Manitoba Bisons are in town
this weekend, challenging the
women's volleyball team in the first
round ofthe playoffs. The Birds, who
ended the season with a 16-4 record
and were consistently ranked number two in the country, will have to
beat the two-time defending national
champions for their own chance at a
title. Games start at 7pm in the War
Memorial Gym in a best-of-three
series beginning Friday night. ♦
UBC f'iKss in New York
1
Four track stars compete in men's 4x800m
at Madison Square Gardens /
by Sarah Conchie
SPORTS EDITOR
They're melting down the New York Rangers' ice this weekend for one of the
most prestigious track and field events in the world, and four of UBC's young
male track athletes will be running on the resultant indoor track. They're flying to New York because of a record seven-and-a-half-minutes set 21 years ago.
. In 1982, four UBC track stars were invited to the Millrose Games—a one-
day event at Madison Square Gardens in New York City—to compete in
the men's 4x800m relay. They came home with a second-place «*'
time of 7:27.37, which still stands as the eighth best performance in the event.
"That time is what keeps us coming back," says
coach Marek Jedrzedek of this year's invitation. "They
want to have us there."
Now in its 96th year, Millrose has become a showcase event, where 87 world track and field records
have been set or equalled and 117 of the athletes who
competed in the Gardens have gone on to become
Olympic champions.
This year's 4x800m crew doesn't seem phased by
the weight of those numbers, preferring to revel in the
excitement of the city itself and not the posh reputation
that the event has. "I've been talking to all of my friends
and everyone seems to have a suggestion," says Chris
Williams, in his fourth year of Human Kinetics. "I definitely want to try and go see David Letterman—get in the
lineup and see if I can get lucky on that*
Williams doesn't know much about the competition, which
includes teams from Boston College and Seton Hall in New
Jersey, but he's not concerned. "I definitely feel ready to run at
this point. Training's been good so far this year."
Teammate David Roulston, who is a newcomer   . "^. -^^.
to UBC; has been thinking about New York since
late last year. "I had been training and keeping it in mind the
whole Christmas break," Roulston says, adding that he went to
San Diego for an intense training camp last year. Millrose, he
says, is just one marker on the future track he hopes to take.
I'm training a lot harder than I have in past years. I've got bigger
goals and bigger things in mind," he confides, saying
he wants to run all the way to the World University
Games.
Roulston, however, doesn't mind being a part
of the mainstream for this trip, naming the
Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and
the World Trade towers site as things he wants to
see in New York. He will likely be joined by teammates Williams, Jeriy Ziak and MathewJedrzejek on
the tourist trail.
"Mathew,"  says coach and father Jedrzejek
proudly, "really came through big" to qualify for
the trip, beating out 11 other hopefuls with a personal best time of 1:53 in 800m.
The event kicks off UBC's first season in the
mostly American league, the NAIA, after leaving
the  CIS last year.   It's  a  changeover that
Jedrzejek and his 55 athletes welcome. "It's
definitely a higher level of competition and
there's a lot more depth because there are so
many more schools," says Williams. "A lot of
runners just rise to meet the competition,
so the fact that we're going to a higher level
is better."
"I think it will be much, much better for us,"
agrees Jedrzejek. "More opportunities for competitive scenarios, competing south of the border,
ind that will be great for us."
Jedrzejek preferred not to discuss the lack of
facilities at UBC, saying only that he was excited about
development plans for the South Campus, which include
a track. And, he emphasises, aside from bi-weekly trips to
Richmond's Minoru Park, the track and field program relies happily on UBC's natural landscape.
"We're very fortunate to have Pacific Spirit Park with its endless
trails. I would say it is the best in Canada. You can train anytime—five    minutes    [and] - you're    there,    you're    in
the park."
The 'golden age' of track at UBC-from 1964-1987-cen-
tred around a coach named Lionel Pugh, who led his team
to four National tides and 2 5 Canada West Championships
in his 23 years on the UBC circuit. ♦
Bold volleyball men to face >3'«~)i\r5
The Birds squeaked into the playoffs but are confident about their match with division champs Alberta
by Sarah Conchie
SPORTS EDITOR
Mike Tuekwood has been sporting a
small silver volleyball pendant
around his neck for the past few
years, and with it the 6'5" power hitter on the UBC men's volleyball team
has won the Canada Games, the 2002
National junior championship and
most importantly, last weekend's surprising sweep against the visiting
Regina Cougars. The win catapulted
UBC from a 5-15 season into the final
playoff spot in the Canada West; still
Tuekwood and his squad are going to
need a lot more than luck to capitalise on their first chance at a national title in four years.
"We're really confident after this
past weekend," says Tuekwood, "We
won those matches pretty convincingly and anything can happen in
the playoffs."
Every single Thunderbird player
that I talked with after Wednesday's
practice echoed Tuckwood's mantra.
"We gotta win. Gotta prove everybody wrong. The school doesn't
believe we can. win," Jake Cabott
grins, "and [the' Ubyssey} ddesn't
believe we can win. You know sometimes I don't tfiink everybody truly
believes.we can win. Last weekend,
we came out and we knew we Could
beat that team, and we did. Now
that it's the playoffs, anything can
happen."
Cabott, a third-year middle blocker from Whitehorse, also wears a
lucky charm.
"I wear a hair elastic on my ankle
from my girlfriend that I've had all
season—it was lucky last weekend, so
hopefully it'll be lucky this weekend."
The Birds face the reigning
Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton,
and not only have to contend with
the formidable 19-1 team but the
intensity of the Bear fans as well.
"It's a tough gym to play in," concedes Cabott, "but we need to use
that to our advantage and use it to
get us fired up and excited. You can't
be afraid on the road, you just have
to use it to your advantage."
Team captain Ryan Cawsey says
the mental game is the most important factor for UBC in the series.
"The big thing for us is that now
we're in playoffs, anything can happen, and that may be true and it may
not be, but it's just a mentality we
want to take." Cawsey adds that UBC
doesn't mind playing the underdog
to the Bears, who will host the
National championships this year
and are therefore guaranteed a spot
"We're in a position where we're
the last-ranked team going into the
playoffs, and we're playing against
the number-one ranked team, so
any, any thought process like that
can help us. That's the way we have
to believe."
Cawsey isn't taking any talismans
along to Edmonton. "Lucky?" he asks.
"Just my four years of playing—I think
those will help. I'm not too superstitious otherwise. Being well-prepared
and having a good week at practice is
what makes me feel most at ease."
Despite the fact the Alberta is the
top team in the division, the Birds
prefer facing them. "It was between
Manitoba and Alberta," reveals
Cawsey, 'and almost everyone wanted to play Alberta instead of
Manitoba." Not only does UBC
match up better against Alberta,
says Cawsey, but the trip to
Edmonton is easier on the squad.
"Their players are just a little bit
smaller," says Cawsey, "and they're
not as tall as Manitoba's. Position
for position they are more like us so
it's easier to defend against them
and create an offence for them."
And there might be a few friendly reunions on the court amidst the
intense competition.
"We're all a bit closer with the
Alberta guys...we've all played
provincials with them or against
them."
Screaming Bears fans and old
rivals aside, Cawsey is looking forward to the series. "I'm going to be
excited to play the first point and
just excited to be playing my first
playoff match. Hopefully, it's going
to be a bigger crowd than I've ever
seen, and a more intense game than
I've ever played in."
If UBC wins, they will return to
Edmonton for the National
Championships. The last time the
Birds won the title was in 1983,
when they hosted the tournament
here in Vancouver. ♦
CELEBRATE! The Birds swept Regina last weekend, winning the sixth
and final playoff berth, rose boutwllier/ubyssey file photo

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