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BYSSEY
Vol.LXXXVIII N°48
www.ubyssey.bc.ca
Tuesday, 27 March, 2007
WELCOME TO THE FUTURE
E-books look to make hardcovers history.
Page 3
FLASH MOB!
Pillow fight claims feathers and heads as casualties.
Page 6
BAD BLOOD?
Should Blood Services Canada change its
donation policy? Page 10
No leads in
Sprouts break-in
RCMP investigation
still in progress, AMS
tight-lipped
by Colleen Tang
NEWS EDITOR
There are still few leads relating
to the perpetrators who broke into
and stole just over $1000 from
Sprouts—the Alma Mater Society's
(AMS) organic retail outlet—last
week, officials say.
AMS President Jeff Friedrich
said that AMS Security, who were
the first to respond to the scene
of the break-in on March 18, noted
that there was some prying at the
entrance to the business, located
in the SUB basement
"They noted that it was a break-
in," he said.
Afton Halloran, president of
Sprouts,    confirmed    Friedrich's
see "Sprouts"page 2.
Aquatic Centre gym resurrected
UBC Athletics decides to not close down gym after highly vocal student opposition
by Colleen Tang
NEWS EDITOR
UBC Athletics has decided not to
close down the Aquatic Centre gym
after all.
After almost a month of uncertainty regarding the facility's
future and a vocal uproar from
the campus community, a decision was reached yesterday at the
Aquatic Centre Management Committee meeting to keep the gym
open indefinitely.
"We were getting feedback
from people saying that more
people were using it than I guess
the Aquatic Centre had calculated,
and...we're basically a service provider and if there's a lot of demand
for something then we should rethink what we were planning to
do," said Bob Philip, director of
UBC Athletics.
The Aquatic Centre gym is the
only free workout facility on campus for students, staff, faculty,
and local community members
during certain hours of the day. It
has been open since the building's
construction in 1978.
Alnoor Aziz, UBC Athletics associate director of finance, acknowledged in an email obtained by
the Ubyssey that while the initial
decision to close the gym was his
responsibility, implementing the
closure fell to Aquatic Centre manager Lloyd Campbell.
"At this point in time I just want
to resolve the issue," said Campbell. "I don't want to point any fingers or anything like that
"I acknowledge my role and...
we are working hard to resolve it"
Now that the decision has been
made to keep the facility open,
the next step is to find other spaces to put both student and recreation classes,  including scuba
diving and yoga—which would
have likely been moved to the gym
room—and to satisfy minor liability issues UBC Athletics remains
concerned with.
"We're basically a
service provider and if
there's a lot of demand
for something then we
should rethink what we
were planning to do"
Bob Philip,
Director of UBC Athletics
"A couple of machines need to
be anchored to the floor, there are
a couple of mechanical things we
need to do in there, and we should
post some signs saying there's not
supervision but that you're using it
at your own risk," said Philip.
AMS President Jeff Friedrich
said the committee's decision was
reached smoothly, despite oversights in the consultative process.
"I guess they're just responding to the overwhelming volume
of feedback from students," said
Friedrich. "They apologised to us
for a process that didn't follow the
prescribed committee approach
and that was kind of it"
Anne DeWolfe, Aquatic Centre
Management Committee chair, acknowledged UBC Athletics made a
mistake, but said all on the committee were happy with the outcome.
"They apologised for it and
we're not dwelling on that," she
said. "We're moving forward but
certainly they have given a com-
see"Gym"page2.
Downtown Eastside women's shelter salvaged
BC Housing grants
six months'funding,
advocates demand
permanent solution
by Eric Szeto
CUP WESTERN BUREAU CHIEF
VANCOUVER (CUP)-The moribund Downtown Eastside Women's Centre Emergency Shelter,
a refuge that houses up to 100
homeless women on many nights,
was granted a six-month lease on
life last week.
On March 22, BC Housing
granted the emergency shelter,
which has operated since November 2006, $160,000 to stay open
for another half-year and until a
more permanent housing solution
is hammered out
The shelter's future was in limbo because the $80,000 granted
in November by BC Housing was
to run out at the end of the month.
Up until last week, BC Housing
had given no indication as to
whether they would continue its
funding.
The women's shelter has grown
in popularity in recent months
with people recognising it as a
place where they can find food,
clothing, and a safe place to sleep
from which they will never be
turned   away.   Patrons  said  that
UNCERTAINTY: Women using the Eastside Women's Centre are in constant worry of the fate of their lodging, oker chen photo
it becomes so full that on some
nights the floor is impenetrable
as sleeping bodies cover its
surface.
If the safe-haven was to shut
down, women from all walks of
life—seniors, mothers with children, drug users, and sex trade
workers—would be left to fend for
themselves on the street In many
cases, the shelter's operators said
that women would have to resort
to extreme measures like drugs
and prostitution to stay safe.
"Regardless of how you become
homeless," said Harsha Walia,
project coordinator for the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre,
"A lot of women turn to drugs and
alcohol as a way to keep them safe
because if you're not sleeping on
the street that means you're not
going to get raped."
Despite the funding, advocates
like Walia are demanding a more
permanent solution to long-term
social housing.
"Shelters are not the solution
to homelessness," she said. "We
want long-term funding that's not
a Band-Aid solution."
Sam Rainboth, public relations
represenative for BC Housing, said
that they have been in discussions
with the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre and is optimistic that
a permanent solution can been finalised before the six-month funding runs out.
Standing outside in the rain
and wearing a borrowed pair of
shoes because she had her's stolen
that day, Patricia Dove, a frequent
guest at the Women's Centre, said
that without the shelter she would
have nowhere to go.
see "Women"page 2.
Between the sheets: Nihilists to blame for gay blood discrimination and 9/11 conspiracies News
Tuesday, 27 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
PUMPING IRON: Wanna-be Schwarzeneggers can rest easy—
iron can still be pumped for free at the pool, oker chen photo
UBC's Aquatic Centre gym safe thanks to outcry
"Gym"continued from page 1.
mitment to working with us and
for making changes at the Aquatic
Center. They will follow the process, they have given us their
word."
"I think [keeping the gym open]
is a good thing because there are
a lot of seniors and community
members who would not use the
Bird Coop," said Tia Town-Schon, a
recent UBC graduate.
"[The Aquatic Centre gym] is
really valuable to the students and
the community." @
60 per cent increase in homeless women since
2002, will triple by 2010
"Women"continued from page 1.
"It's ridiculous, you see women
sleeping on the street," she said.
"Take [Robert] Pickton's case. No
wonder he had so much access to
women: there's no housing."
Beverly O'Reilly, who also
uses the shelter regularly, said
that displacement of Downtown
Eastside residents preceding the
2010 Olympics is exacerbating the
homeless problem.
According to a Greater Vancou
ver Regional District report, there
has been a 60 per cent increase
in homeless women since 2002.
Pivot Legal Society research shows
that the displacement will triple
the almost 2,000 homeless people
in Vancouver by 2010.
"There are hotels here booting
everybody out," O'Reilly said, referring to Burns Block, a single occupancy hotel, in the Downtown East-
side that saw 18 residents evicted
last year after receiving notice of
only one hour. @
Conflicting accounts regarding camera glitch
"Sprouts"continued from page 7.
statements and said she was
told by AMS security not to publicise the event but felt that this
shouldn't be kept under wraps.
"We were told by..AMS security to kind of keep it on the
down low.
"But the thing is if this is
happening in the SUB...people
should know about it," Hallor-
an said. "It shouldn't be kept a
secret"
She said she was told this
because there was a chance
that the perpetrators would try
to rob Sprouts again. AMS security said statistically a reoc-
curance happens two to four
days after the robbery because
perpetrators know people don't
suspect it
When the RCMP finally arrived, Halloran said that they
denied that this incident was a
break-in. The RCMP told Halloran that it wasn't a forced entry
but when the Sprouts staff came
back and looked at the lock closer they noticed that someone
had stuck something into the
side of the lock and was able to
press the lock to open the door.
Sprouts will be unable to file
for insurance because total losses were "well below the deductible," said Henry Chen, AMS Treasurer and Controller. Sprouts
lost approximately $1000 and
at least $2500 is needed for a
reimbursment
Gabriela Halas, senior staff
of the Bike Kitchen, said this is
exactly what happened at the
Bike Kitchen, the AMS Bike Coop facility also located in the
SUB basement The first break-
in occured on January 11, 2006
and the second break-in occured
within weeks of the first
The incident led to the closure   of  the   Bike   Check   pro-
AT THE SCENE: Afton
Halloran stands above the
pried-open safe in Sprouts.
OKER CHEN PHOTO
gram—a bike storage program
for students.
To make matters worse, the
AMS has been unable to provide any video surveillance of
the Sprouts break in. Halloran
said that SUB security cameras
weren't able to recover any type
of footage that helps in solving
the case.
"[The RCMP] told us to check
the cameras in the SUB and
there happened to be a glitch
in the system and so no footage
could be obtained," Halloran
said. "I just think it's really convenient and apparently it was
the only glitch that happened all
this year and it happened at the
same time."
Friedrich gave a conflicting
opinion, however, as he was unable to confirm or deny the security camera glitch because the
case is still under investigation.
UBC Campus Security could
not comment in detail and
the RCMP was unavailable for
comment @
'twaM/
A Long Way Gone: Mem
Chad Makela Quartet
oirs of a Boy Solider
Recital Hall
John Oliver Secondary School
March 28 12:00-1:00pm
March 29 7:30pm
Chad Makela, baritone saxo
Recently published first time
phone; Brad Turner, trumpet;
author, Ishmael Beah speaks
Paul Rushka, bass; Jesse Cahill,
about his life as a former child
drums.
soldier in Sierra Leone.
Reggae Night
Lunchtimewind concert
at the Chan
Chan Centre
March 29 12:00-1:00pm
UBC Symphonic Wind En
Cafe Deux Soleils
Every Wednesday night
Come hearVancouver reggae
at one of the Drive's most
interesting cafes.
semble presents a lunchtime
concert.
Wyckham Porteous / Bill
Bourne
Rime (1130 Commerical Drive)
Downtown Poetry
March 27,9:00pm
Crush
Wyckham Porteous has intro
1180 Granville St
duced new sounds that are
Spoken word open mic series
augmented with spoken word
every second and last Tuesday
and various singing styles and
of the month.
voices.
Cover$1
Dadwa World Music Diva
and Recording Artist
1871 West Mall, Asian Center
Auditorium
March 28,7:00pm
Dadwa presents excerpts from
her new film.
An Evening Of Tiki At The
Waldorf
The Waldorf Hotel (149 F. Hastings St.)
March 27,7:00 pm
Tiki expert Donald Luxton
explores the Polynesian pop
culture phenomenon.
Tickets $20
CLASSIFIEDS
ANNOUNCEMENTS
JUSTICE FOR LEAONARD
Peltier West Coast Speaking Tour. Come
learn about Leonard Peltier, Indigenous
warrior and political prisoner in the US,
with Bob Robideau.SUBrm 205 12 noon
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and the Indigenous Rights and Action
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VISIT REVOLUTIONARY CUBA:
Solidarity, Education, Volunteering & Fun
with FERNANDO DUQUE GOMEZ
Director of the Canada Desk for the Cuban
Institute of Friendship with the
Pcoplcs(ICAP) speaking about Cuba and
how students can travel to Cuba this
summer with the Ernesto Che Guevara
Work Brigade/Tuesday April 3rd SUBrm
42-U(basement,old arcade space)2:30pm
www.vancubasolidarity.com
NEED SOME LAUGHTER AT THIS
gray end of term or more generally? Come
to the free, publicly open and accessible
comedy performance David Roche,
inspirational humorist 'The Church of 80%
Sincerity'. Thursday March 29, 7-9 p.m.,
First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall.
Accessible and Free. 250 spaces while
they last.
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THE UBYSSEY
Tuesday, 27 March, 2006
VoLLXXXVIII N°48
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News
Illegal street drug use program under review
Vancouver Mayor proposes new treatment program aiming to get drug users on legal prescriptions
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drug use, and the resulting social
problems of poverty, crime, and
homelessness.
The program is part of Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan's Project
Civil City, and proposes "drug substitution treatment" as an alternative to the illegal consumption of iSr'■*
street drugs by chronically addicted users.
The main goal of Chronic Addiction Substitute Treatment (CAST)
is to put chronic users in contact
with doctors who would determine
their health issues and prescribe
a legal oral substitute for illegal
street drugs. There is an estimated
number of 2200 homeless people
in Vancouver alone, of which a       	
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street drugs such as heroine and        '..i-: X-'.^. .'■<■
methamphetamines.  "'"
Loisjohnson, executive director     crime in the city. The Vancouver
of CAST, said, "We are working to     Police Department has identified
build some structure around some     chronic drug users who show up in
of the concepts that have come     the system, she said, who commit
forward and [to] acknowledge the     crimeg in the order of ten tQ {5 a
need to deal with the drug prob- ,     , , .,   .  ,   ,.,
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lem on the Downtown Eastside. "    , ,        ,      ,   ,,
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[Project] Civil City objectives ° "
are to reduce by 2010 aggressive for this amon8 the corporate corn-
panhandling, free market drug munity who are concerned about
use on the streets of downtown the increasing crime levels."
Vancouver, and [to] reduce crime Johnson explained that as
in the city," she said. part of the initiative, a "cornrnu-
This project aims to take in- nity court" would be established
jection drug users and put them which would have the authority
through the program and into to put drug users into treatment
contact with the courts system, programs, in contrast to what is
the safe injection site, Vancouver known as "catch and release,"
Coastal Health facilities, the po- where police arrest and jail users
lice, or NGOs. for a short period, and then re-
There will be people monitor- lease them back out on the street
ing the program, said Johnson, "with no real treatment."
explaining that people in the pro- Overseeing the project's for-
gram would work with NGOs to mation is David Holtzman, for-
provide things like safe housing, rner executive director of A Lov-
counselling, and employment ing Spoonful, a charity that raises
coaching. funds to provide food for people
Furthermore, this program will living with HIV and AIDS. "I'm a
act as a clinical trial similar to a concerned citizen," he said. "I live
crime statistic trial, said Johnson, in that neighborhood, I know the
who believes the program will ben- community pretty well."
efit the community by reducing          "[CAST] encourages people liv
ing on the streets who are addicted to street drugs to go through
medical channels to find substitutes for street drugs, which will
be classified as 'legal medicines,'"
explained Holtzman.
"We're hoping we'll get a broad
federal exemption for using existing prescriptions," he said.
According to Holtzman, as a
substitute treatment methadone
has worked well for some people
who have been addicted to heroin
but stimulants have shown to be
an increasing problem in Vancouver and globally.
"We've seen crack cocaine and
crystal meth [use] going up in the
city, so we need to look globally for
the best research that's being done
on maintenance programs...it's all
about harm reduction," he said.
Holtzman pointed out the success of global research trials,
which show that patients with long
term addictions can be stabilised,
and stabilising chronic drug users
is a factor which he believes will
help with issues like housing and
health care.
"If someone is severely addict
ed often they will not be able to
access the services that homeless
shelters provide. There isn't housing for people who are severely
addicted."
Holtzman explained that crystal
meth is widely used on Vancouver's
streets, and usage has doubled in
the past three years, due mainly
to the fact that the drug is cheap
to produce and readily available.
Another attraction to the drug for
people living on the streets is that
it keeps them alert.
"They're afraid to sleep through
the night because of harm...so
they'd rather be awake," he said.
"It also gets rid of hunger pangs."
"Crystal meth is destructive in
the sense that it has the tendency
to alter a mental health issue. It
seems to be the worst drug [and] if
you're prone to any mental health
disorders, it's certainly going to
bring that to the forefront," he
added.
"Right now there's just a bunch
of pamphlets saying "don't use
crystal meth."
According to Holtzman, long-
term, chronic addiction should be
classified as an illness, in the same
category as having diabetes or
AIDS, and this program is a treatment option.
UBC Psychiatry Professor and
Chair of Leading Edge Endowment Fund in Addiction Research
Michael Krausz supports the
program.
"It's really a good initiative to
do something [to make] treatment
more available," he said, adding
that substitution and methadone
is an accepted and successful way
of treating a drug addiction.
Krausz confirmed the success
of similar trails worldwide such as
the NAOMI trial, (North American
Opiate Medication Initiative), and
he was responsible for overseeing the Heroin Substitution Trial
in Germany, which had over 1000
patients. One of the goals of the
substitution treatment program
is to reduce drug-related crime in
the city, and according to Krausz,
"In the German Heroin Trial, there
was an enormous improvement
[in crime] over the study period of
two years. [Crime] did go down, so
itwas effective." @
Newest course book alternative not the biggest seller
by Stephanie Taylor
NEWS WRITER
With summer courses just around
the corner, digital textbook alternatives will be available for
students to purchase, but only in
small quantities.
The novelty of the "e-textbook"
technology means that only a small
fraction of textbooks are also available in an electronic format. While
there are approximately 7000 e-
textbook titles available, the UBC
Bookstore obtained less than a
dozen titles.
"For all of the books that [UBC
Bookstore] ordered this term, here
in the main store we were only
able to get about nine of them. We
probably ordered 3000 different
titles...It depends on the faculty [a
student] is choosing, what edition
they're using," said Debbie Harvie,
manager of the UBC-Vancouver's
Bookstore.
UBC Bookstore began offering
e-textbooks to students as an alternative to conventional textbooks in
January. As the latest innovation
for students, the e-textbooks come
in a PDF format, have no expiry
date, and can be downloaded to a
student's computer through the
purchase of a special code.
Harvie hopes to offer more e-
textbooks in future school terms,
but that all depends on which textbooks are available in an electronic format. After professors request
their course books, said Harvie,
the bookstore then will go to the
vendor and ask if e-textbooks are
available.
According to Harvie, the main
advantages that e-textbooks offer are savings in paper use and
accessibility.
"Certainly the e-book is not
paper-based; therefore from a
sustainability perspective you're
not printing books," she said. "If
you've got your laptop you do have
your e-book with you at all times,
rather than carting another [textbook] around with you."
Currently no professors have
requested e-textbooks, said Harvie, adding that she doesn't think
many professors know that e-textbooks are available.
"Where we were able to find [e-
textbooks] we let [professors] know
that we were going to bring in this
format," she said. "But nobody's
actually said to us, 'You need to
get this for us.'"
While e-textbooks are 45 per
cent less expensive than new paper-
bound textbooks, there is still more
financial value in a used textbook
which can be resold, said Harvie.
In addition, e-textbooks are
often included with cheaper ancillary packages, such as the online-accessible Mastering Physics
package. However, these versions
are usually time-limited.
While e-textbooks may be seen
as a benefit for frequently-updated
textbooks, such as science and engineering tomes, English course
books may prove to be a problem
for this particular format.
"I would worry that [English
books] would become less a part
of you as a physical object," said
Dennis Danielson, an English professor. "You don't have that kind
of intimate, physical relationship
with an e-text that you have with
something that's actually bound.
"Where there's frequent updating it makes sense to have an e-textbook rather than a textbook that's
just going to go into the landfill,"
added Danielson.
Ken Saul, manager of Discount
Textbooks, said that the real market
for e-textbooks is in custom course
materials.
"A professor can access cases
for a student online rather than buy
a full case book [which is] the real
benefit of using e-versions. Custom
course material is perfect for ever-
sions," he said.
E-textbooks, while only accounting for a small portion of the
UBC Bookstore's sales this term-
only nine copies were sold—have
not proven to be a loss for the
bookstore.
The future of e-textbooks, said
Harvie, will depend on students'
preferences.
"E-books, for [the UBC Bookstore], are a way of...providing students with what they need in whatever format comes along." @ Province brainstorms innovative ways to combat GHGs THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 27 March, 2007
National
Canadian blood agency to revisit donation policy
by Kelly Ebbels
THE MCGILL DAILY (MCGILL UNIVERSITY)
MONTREAL (CUP)-Pressure to
change Canada's blood donation
policies may have helped spark
a round-table consultation on the
ban against donations from men
who have had sex with men since
1977.
At a November Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) general
meeting, the McGill University
student society initiated a motion mandating the CFS to campaign for blood collection agencies to change their policies. It
passed nearly unanimously on
the grounds that the policy was
discriminatory for disqualifying
people from giving blood on the
basis of sexual orientation rather
than unsafe sex.
Since then, CFS has engaged
in a letter-writing campaign to the
Quebec blood collection agency
Hema-Quebec, and Canadian
Blood Services (CBS), which operates throughout the rest of Canada, to hold a formal consultation
process on the policy.
Last week, CBS invited the federation to a formal consultation
next month to discuss the blan
ket policy. However, CBS director
of media relations Lorna Tessier
maintained that the consultation
was a CBS initiative.
"We designed the consultation.
. . . This isn't a result of the CFS
sending a letter to us," she said,
explaining that the meeting will be
part of a larger consultation strategy that includes an independent
risk assessment and a review of
new scientific evidence and technological advancements.
According to Tessier, about
30 parties have been invited to the
consultation, which will be broken
down into two separate groups,
with interest groups like the CFS
and Canadian AIDS Society in one
and CBS's standing committee
of external stakeholders—healthcare, patient, and donor groups,
as well as corporate and community partners—in the other.
If any decisions about policy
changes are made, they must be
submitted to Health Canada for
approval. According to Tessier,
blood donation policies are regularly reviewed, with the policy in
question last reviewed in 2001. At
that time, CBS decided not to submit a new policy to Health Canada
for approval.
Although Brent Farrington,
CFS national deputy chairperson,
would not disclose specifics of
the CFS's plan for the meeting,
he said that the federation would
demonstrate that the CBS's blood
screening policy against men
who have had sex with men is
ungrounded.
"We're going to show, through
statistics, that CBS's current blood
donation policy is discriminatory," said Farrington. "They're
purely discriminating because of
a stereotype, and they're violating the Canadian Charter of Rights
and Freedoms."
He pointed out that Health
Canada also mandates all blood be
tested after it is collected.
In response, Tessier argued
that both screening and blood testing were necessary to provide the
safest blood possible.
Max Silverman, vice-president
of the McGill student society and
the main mover of the blood policy motion at the CFS general meet
ing, said that the CFS campaign
seemed to have rendered quick
results.
"I'm happy that I was right in
my analysis that the CFS could be
used for grassroots campaigns,"
Silverman said.
Hema-Quebec and CBS have
held the ban against blood from
men who've had sex with men
since the early 1980s, when they
took over control of blood collection from the Red Cross, which
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Quebec parties debate First Nations5 rights under sovereignty
By Martin Lukacs
THE MCGILL DAILY (MCGILL UNIVERSITY)
MONTREAL (CUP)-Four major
provincial party representatives
faced off at a debate on aboriginal
issues March 20, but gauging the
reaction, only Quebec solidaire
impressed the largely indigenous
audience.
The debate, organised by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec
and Labrador (AFNQL), was part
of the assembly's first provincial
campaign to encourage Quebec
candidates to address native concerns, habitually ignored during
election periods.
With all major parties except the
Green party present, only Quebec
solidaire candidate Frangois Sail-
lant said he recognised the indigenous right to self-determination.
"We are for the rights of native
peoples to self-determination and
for the recognition of their ancestral rights," Saillant repeatedly
emphasised.
Saillant promised that Quebec
solidaire would table a motion
before Quebec's National Assembly supporting the United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Canada
voted against in December 2006.
"I'm personally ashamed that after 22 years Canada is blocking
the declaration," Saillant said. He
pushed other candidates to do the
same, and Caroline Pageau of the
Action democratique du Quebec
pledged she would.
Candidates also discussed Quebec   independence.   During   this
campaign, the leaders of both the
Parti Quebecois (PQ) and Liberal
party came under fire for maintaining that Quebec's territorial
integrity would be maintained in
case of separation, regardless of
First Nations' desires to maintain
a relationship with Canada or to
set up a different state.
While Quebec solidaire is also
a sovereigntist party, Saillant
said he believed its approach to
sovereignty could be reconciled
with indigenous peoples' right to
self-determination.
"We don't say first that we
want to protect the integrity of the
Quebec territory, but that we first
recognise the rights of native peoples to self-determination, then
Quebec sovereignty," Saillant said.
The debate also saw candidates
dispute the rights of Aboriginal
Peoples to hunt, fish, trap, harvest, gather, and barter year-round
in areas they have traditionally
owned or used. Year-round use of
the land is one of the 26 principles
adopted by the AFNQL in their
1998 program.
Liberal party candidate Geoffrey Kelley said it would be too
difficult for the government to
draft and enforce policy on such
land rights. "The devil is in the
details," he said. "We recognise
their rights, but in enforcing it,
it's very important to implement
it for all the [other, non-native]
Quebecers—and conservation of
these areas and animals is [also]
necessary."
The PQ's Dufour said he was
not convinced that the ANFQL had
such rights, since the majority of
land in Quebec remains un-ceded
territory, according to Canada's
constitution and international
law.
"It's questionable. It depends
whether they are on Crown land or
ancestral land," he said.
At the end of the debate, AFNQL
chief Ghislain Picard thanked the
candidates for participating in
the debate. He ended on a gloomy
note, echoing Saillant's comments
about the governing party's lack of
political will. "We are pessimistic
because we have little reason to believe that our future will be greatly
changed by another provincial
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CULTURE WRITER
A white feather daintily floats
through the air marking the end of
the masive second annual pillow
fight at the Vancouver Art Galley
last Saturday.
Despite the rain, a group of approximately 250 people erupted
into a spontaneous pillow fight in
the heart of downtown's shopping
district. Fluffy, multicoloured pillows were thrown for a good 15
minutes before participants quietly meandered off their own ways.
After the crowd dispersed, soggy
feathers clung to the art gallery
stones, staining the entrance of
Vancouver's old courthouse with
evidence of the organised anarchy
that had just taken place.
A tall man wearing big black
boots and a long black jacket slowly begins to sweep up the mess. His
name is Napalm Dragon, and he is
the "official unofficial organiser."
But Dragon rejects this title.
"I'm not responsible, I just
moderate lists for online groups,"
he says.
"It confuses people, no one believes groups can self-organise. But
it's a fallacy from the time of kings.
We don't need a leader to tell us
what to do," he says, explaining
that groups like "pillow fight club"
and "flash mob" are groups of people who organise themselves found
on various websites such as Yahoo,
Tribe, Myspace, and Facebook.
The origins of the flashmob
movement are contested, but according to Harper's Online, the
movement began in New York in
2003 when a senior editor, Bill
Wasik, wrote about the concept of
poking fun at hipsters who wish to
participate in "the next big thing."
Flash mobs aren't always pillow
fights, however—they have also
taken the form of synchronised
applause, water fights in public
places or political protest. At any
rate, in a time of increased global
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Dragon is not looking to make
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TOWERS OF DECEPTION: THE MEDIA
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by Barrie Zwicker Shaw
by Meredith Hambrock
CULTURE WRITER
Former Ryerson journalism professor and
political activist Barrie Zwicker's Towers of
Deception, The Media Cover-Up of 9/11 runs
for 400 pages, refuting and providing evidence that 9/11 was an inside job perpetrated by the US government and that the media
has been ignoring the real story. Zwicker
himself is an important member of the 9/11
conspiracy theory community, being one of
the first journalists to consider the idea that
9/11 was an inside job, and one of the few
to actually provide any slightly tangible and
near-convincing evidence.
Within the book, one of the first chapters
is an exhibit A-Z presentation of the proof
that provides a foundation for Zwicker's
claims. He cites lawyers, engineers, professors and other professions and members
of the intelligentsia to help to back up his
"evidence."One of the most compelling evidential citations is described when Zwicker
reflects on NORAD's inability to respond to
9/11 in time. Showing a particular knowledge of the machinations of NORAD, Zwicker
cites a historical episode involving President
Kennedy when NORAD responded successfully during a Cold War operation. He argues
that "if North American air defenses were
this capable in 1961, would they be any less
capable 45 years later?"
Zwicker is definitely guilty of manipulation in this book. In a section titled "WTC
Collapses Reveal Eleven Features of Controlled Demolitions," Zwicker fails to provide any proof supported by demolition
specialists. He claims to cite an engineer on
the page, but he could only find a small quotation from the New York Times: "people
heard synchronised explosions, characterized by intense blast waves that shattered
windows in buildings 400 feet away." Many
of the other pages of so called evidence provide claims that are poorly supported and
barely proven; the cynical reader probably
wouldn't make it this far.
One thing Zwicker does do effectively is
cite examples of the media ignoring the possibility that 9/11 was an inside job. Within
the book, Zwicker prints an article that he
submitted to the Toronto Star entitled, "The
Three Biggest Secrets about 9/11." The
strength of his article is that Zwicker focuses
on an idea that he can actually prove—that
the media has refused to address the events
of 9/11 in a two-sided manner. Zwicker argues this idea successfully. Why haven't journalists looked at 9/11 from two sides? This
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DAAKU
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First-time novelist Ranj Dhaliwal
has turned a passion for the written word into a creative masterpiece in his portrayal of the Indo-
Canadian gang world, as seen
through the eyes and ambitions of
a young boy named Ruby.
Not wanting to turn a writing
hobby into a job, Dhaliwal found
himself overwhelmed by the reception of Daaku, with people
from all over telling him how
excited they were that someone
was finally giving a voice to the
tight-lipped Indo-Canadian community that would previously not
speak of what was going on with
their youth. He writes about such
risque topics as the corruption
amongst the religious leaders that
people are meant to respect. Since
Dhaliwal grew up in gang-ridden
neighbourhoods in Surrey, he has
seen many of the issues he deals
with. Though he has never been
personally involved with a gang,
he "turned rumours I heard from
friends into story."
Most people in the Lower Mainland have seen the news reports
and heard the stories of the gang
wars, but no one as yet has told the
story from the perspectives of the
boys inside the gangs. Yes, they are
boys, as most young men enticed
into this glamorous underworld
do not live past the age of twenty-
five. It was a story that has been
living inside Dhaliwal's head for
quite some time before he finally
put Ruby's world down onto paper
coming up with Daaku.
"I'd sit down and just go with
no plan of where Ruby would go,"
he said. "I'd just think what could
I get him into today and it would
play in my head like a movie, like I
was walking around being Ruby."
Daaku follows the career of
Ruby as he grows from being a
bored kid looking for a way to entertain himself to a teenager in
the thick of the "glamorous" underworld. He shows how a young
man could easily get caught up in
the excitement of making fast cash
for little work. Ruby finds himself
making thousands of dollars for
about 15 minutes of collection
work, an experience that makes
him question why he should work
hard to enter the workforce in a
job that will take a lot more time
and effort for a lot less cash.
Many would find themselves
unable to see the point in following the rat race when they could
instead have fancy cars, lots of
money, and even more women.
The concept of all play and little
work attracts high school students
on the verge of the real world, yet
they forget about the violence and
betrayal that comes with it. This is
a side that Ruby uses to his advantage as he climbs his way to the
top echelon of the underground
hierarchy.
It is a must for all of us who
have spent the past few years constantly reading about the horrors
created by these gangs to finally
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No love lost in the Fray
THEFRAY
At the Orpheum Theatre
March 21
by Isabel Ferreras
CULTURE STAFF
Take me back to five years ago:
still a high school frosh, I had a lot
of things to say and a lot of things
to learn. To become one with the
crowd, I had to wear a t-shirt that
said "princess" or "boys suck" on
it with glittery letters, coupled
with some brightly coloured cargo
pants. Most of all, however, I had
to keep up with the music of the
times. It was all about The Calling. Today's music scene, though
very transformed, has a much
improved version of the aforementioned group. This band is
of course The Fray, and they delivered a fantastic show at the Orpheum last Wednesday.
The Orpheum was a sea of 13-
year-olds. Most of them could be
seen in leggings, mini-skirts, and
empire waist tops. It must be said
that this change from belly-baring
tops and low-rise jeans that fit almost no one is welcome. Thank
goodness there's some class these
days.
The venue, being primarily a
theatre for classical music concerts from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, served as a prime location for such a band. The sound
quality was impeccable. The mics
were even, there was only one tiny
moment of noticeable feedback,
and  the   sound  was  sufficiently
loud, but didn't make one's ears
ring.
What wasn't so fantastic (as
is often the case) was The Fray's
opening act. His name was Kyle
Riabko, hailing from Saskatoon.
He sucked for many reasons, but
let me name just a few.
One: his audience interaction
was pitiful. If you're trying to get
the crowd riled up for an act like
The Fray, one would say that giving off a slightly creepy vibe is
not a good idea. To try to get the
audience standing up and excited
about hearing him, he decided he
would "pretend everyone was in
his basement" while he busted out
a jam onstage.
Two: not only did he showcase
very poor guitar skills, but he decided to cover a Michael Jackson
tune, with a reverberating falsetto
that brought to mind a bad American Idol contestant
Three: his drummer was elementary at best; I wouldn't be
surprised if he had learned his
"skills" two weeks ago. In all, one
of his song titles perfectly matched
the vibe he gave off: "What Did I
Get Myself Into?"
Then it was time for the real
fun: The Fray. Before one can
even begin to talk about the performance skills this band has,
you have to give credit to the lighting engineers. This show had
very impressive lighting for a
concert of this magnitude. It was
perfectly timed and matched to
whatever   mood   the   respective
song demanded. This being something that isn't usually appreciated in a show, it really made the
performance.
What of the performance itself?
It was pulled off flawlessly. It had
the perfect blend of what a show
should be: audience involvement/
singalong, funny antics, impeccable musicianship, and a perfect
rendition of every one of their hits.
Not only this, but the performers created special moments that
made the concert their own.
At one point, Isaac Slade (vocals and piano) asked a favour of
the audience. If they could all be
completely silent, he would give
a completely non-electric performance. He unplugged an acoustic
guitar, stepped away from microphone, and he performed beautifully. This was proof that Slade
was not just helped by sound engineers on recordings; he really did
have a genuinely pure voice.
The only criticism that one
can offer about The Fray's performance is that they were too coy to
play new songs. The only played
one, and it is as yet untitled, but
still a great one. It is clear that
The Fray might have a chance of
creating an equally transcendent
sophomore album. Their hits were
(and are) terrific, but it's always
nice to hear something fresh once
in a while.
The Fray, a band that is currently exploding all over radio and
selling out most of the venues it
plays, is able to garner the respect
of young teenage girls to mothers to 30-year-old males. If they
are able to find diehard fans in as
many age groups as they do, one
can only wish them the best success. They certainly deserve it. @
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Editorial
Tuesday, 27 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Get to the bloody point already
In an attempt to prevent transfusion related
HIV infections, every individual who strolls
into a Canadian Blood Services (CBS)
centre must answer two very controversial
questions:
"Male donors: Have you had sex with a
man, even one time since 1977?"
"Female donors: In the last 12 months,
have you had sex with a man who had sex,
even one time since 1977 with another
man?"
These are just two of several questions
on the CBS 'Record of Donation' questionnaire which have raised the ire of some
individuals who question the effectiveness
and ethics of filtering individuals based on
sexuality instead of behaviour.
Whether or not individuals should be
filtered out of the blood donation process
based on sexuality, the CBS needs to take a
closer look at pin-pointing high risk behaviours as well as high risk individuals.
With rising rates of high risk behaviours,
including anal sex, among heterosexual individuals the CBS needs to seriously revamp
their 25 year old questionnaire—a questionnaire which filters out all sexually active
gay men, even those who are in monogamous relationships, yet doesn't specifically
identify individuals, gay or otherwise, who
are involved in high risk behaviours like
unprotected sex, sex with multiple partners,
and anal sex.
Questions that focus on dangerous
behaviours would do a much better job of
filtering out individuals who, regardless of
sexuality, pose a high risk for HIV. Currently
the only questions on the questionnaire that
focus on high risk, heterosexual behaviour
ask whether or not individuals have ever
taken money or drugs in exchange for sex,
or if potential donors have had, in the last
six months, sex with some whose sexual
background isn't known.
Might it not be possible that Johnny, who
goes clubbing on the weekends and picks up
a new woman every night, is at a significantly higher risk for HIV than Gerald, who is a
monogamous homosexual with a long time,
HIV-free partner?
While rates of HIV infection are statistically highest among homosexuals, should
entire groups be excluded based on the
behaviour of some individuals engaging
in dangerous behaviour? And why should
heterosexuals have carte blanche as far as
dangerous behaviour? The CBS needs to
take a very serious look at policies that are
rooted in a very different era.
CBS don't even have an T don't know'
option in the questionnaire—aside from virgins, how many people can say an absolute
'yes' or 'no' to questions like, "Have you
ever had sex with someone who has tested
positive for HIV?" Would you take their
word for it?
Some might argue that something as
important as blood donor screening should
not be tampered with, as lives are at stake.
But what is the risk in having a newly-
vamped and updated questionnaire—which
pinpoints high-risk behaviours?
It's not like we're asking you to tamper
with a flawless system: During the 1980s
your screening process—which considered
the American prison population a safer
source of blood than Canadian homosexuals, despite bans in the United States on
prisoner donations—did little to prevent
tainted blood from infecting over 30,000
Canadians with HIV and Hepatitis C. We'd
say there's room for improvement.
With rising rates of heterosexual HIV
infections, the CBS and Health Canada
should take a second look at potentially outdated, exclusionary filtering processes while
introducing new questions which better
address the risks posed by some heterosexuals. While no one wants to increase the risk
of problems with our blood supply—a supply
which saves the lives of countless Canadians, we should look at older policies with a
critical eye while creating new policies to
protect this vital resource. @
streeters
If you were to have a blood transfusion, would you have any concerns about the safety of the
blood or the process in general?
—Mark Hainsworth
"Not currently"
— Paul Save
Commerce, 2
"No concerns"
vA-vi
—Michael Harrison
Anthropology, 2
"No real concerns"
—Laura Kosakoski
Science, 4
"Probably.
Depends on things
like experience of the
doctor and how well
I know them."
—Claire Yu
Science, 4
"Yeah. Concerns
about whether it
contains viruses."
— Coordinated by Humaira Hamid and George Prior
Letters
Faculty of Education in
deplorable state
The end of March marks the 50th anniversary celebration for the UBC Faculty of Education. As a long withstanding
UBC student, proud of this University, I
feel that it is my obligation to forewarn
students about Education here at UBC. It
is shocking that it has been running for
50 years this month. I am currently enrolled in the department and without any
hesitation I implore those considering
teaching as a career to look elsewhere.
My department is riddled with contradictory instruction, poor organisation and
impractical assignments.
In the department, they teach us
that people (on average) have an attention span of about 20 minutes. It is with
great irony that they have scheduled
every one of my eight required courses
this semester once a week for 3.5 hours.
Music and art (a relatively small part of
the BC education curriculum) are both
required courses and yet French (mandatory for all grade five, six, and seven
students) is an elective which is being
cut this year. Certainly some of my peers
will end up teaching French to students
when they themselves will never have
taken a French course. New professors
have not been briefed by the department
on UBC protocol for getting out of class
10 minutes before the hour. They do not
give breaks in a 3.5 hour class, and some
don't even know the BC curriculum requirements for the subject they are teaching us to teach. Ouch.
Our tuition rates are some of the highest on campus and for each of my classes
I was forced to pay between $18 to $30
in photocopy fees on top of all the required textbooks. We have no exams and
many professors have decided to end
classes early so I am paying full tuition
for courses that end mid-March. Our
practica are in one grade only so when
we substitute we will not have had any
experience with older or younger grades.
(Alberta arranges three different placements for three different practica.) I had
five required courses last semester and
eight intensive ones this semester. During my fall practicum, I will be required
to grade my students in a report card
yet UBC does not schedule me to take a
course of assessment and evaluation until January next year.
Since technology is increasingly important in today's workforce, it is important that teachers are able to incorporate
it into their classrooms. It is with this in
mind that every one of my classes has a
blog, course site, or some other form of
technology assignment. My professors
can use the technology even less then I
can and I have wasted countless hours
trying to find things that were posted inaccurately by the professor. We also have
a requirement to make an "E-portfolio"
or online webpage to showcase our work.
No one outside of UBC has even heard of
this let alone accepts it in an interview.
With all of that being said I have
learned a couple of things. I have
learned more patience than I will ever
need. I have learned to take everything
with a large grain of salt. I have learned
that this department does not measure
up to the UBC standard. This is hardly
setting up UBC graduates to be successful in the workforce. It is no wonder
that the teacher's union does not garner
much popular support—UBC has been
cranking out teachers who are poorly
prepared for teaching.
Not all is lost since I am getting
the career of which I have dreamed. I
strongly urge those who want to teach
to think about SFU or UVic. And it hurts
me to say that. For a UBC department
that should be running like a finely oiled
machine after 50 years, Education sure
needs an acid dip. @
—Name withheld
Faculty of Education student THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 27 March, 2007
Perspective
Nothing but love for the Nihilists
11
by Mark Klaver
Around campus and other intellectual circles one finds nihilism increasing in popularity. Whether or not it's consciously recognised by proponents, many arguments are
of nihilistic root.
The philosophical underpinnings of nihilism can be convincing. Contemporary
religious fundamentalism serves mostly to
degrade religiosity and strengthen nihilistic
arguments. However, it's nihilism's morality
that is hardly admirable.
Ultimately, nihilists are slaves of truth.
Upon apprehending the fallibility of moral
and epistemological claims, they refuse to
leave the realm of doubt. They've been cast
into a world of uncertainty; now, doubt is the
only thing they can trust. Any step beyond
nothingness is a step too risky in the nihilist's
eyes. The need for truth and certainty is so
demanding and stressful that they are overwhelmed by its requirements and instead
resort to negation. They withdraw from the
human life, that is, the moral life—whatever
those morals may be—and insist on clinging to their faithful skepticism, that belief
that can assure them of something, that is,
nothingness. In it they won't be refuted. In it
they have power: the power of doubt. While
metaphysical truth is gone for the nihilist,
their slavery to truth rests in their unwillingness to move beyond distrust—their one
truth, one certainty—and make assertions for
themselves.
Two traits constitute the nihilist: laziness
and fear. Laziness, because trying to posit
and propose arguments is too much effort.
The power and successes of refutation affirm
their position of doubt and content them with
the sole realm of negation. If contradictions
even fall upon intellectuals, of what point is
there to learn? The effort required to posit
one's own moral code instead of simply negate those of others is laborious. It is far easier to refute than propose. The doubts cast on
all moral systems provide a universally stable
mindset: every one is wrong. If one believes
in nothingness one is allowed to not try. It's
all bullshit anyway. The laziness of the nihilist and their dependence on truth mean that
refutation— the arguments for nothingness-
provide a safe haven of security. Thus they
choose the realm of apathy.
Moreover, the nihilist's ideological "findings" of greed and licentiousness serve to
justify their own profligate lifestyle. The one
high-held principle in nihilism is self-inter
est. This one trait is their justification for acting anyway they desire.
As well, the relativistic claim that "there
is no better way to live" justifies a dissipating lifestyle to the nihilist. Achievement is
as commendable as listlessness, for commendation is simply subjective. Here again
nihilism's dependence on truth is manifest.
Because a true "best" lifestyle is nonexistent,
the nihilist runs away from any claims regarding life. Again, they hide in their truth of
nothingness.
This running away, this insecurity characterizes the nihilist. The nihilist is afraid because the destabilisation of truth has been so
traumatising for them that they fear to try to
set up a new norm. The temptation to get involved with such a realm is stemmed for the
nihilist by the disappointing reality they may
be refuted. The fear of falling is not worth the
flight. Truth has been their paternal guidance
for so long; when it departs the truth of nothingness is the only idea they are willing to
embrace. 'How dare you try making a claim,
or try to rationalise: it's all been proven futile!' is their reaction to proposals. Could any
ideology manifest decadence more acutely?
Where nihilists show their insufficiency
is not taking their findings to their logi
cal conclusions. They find subjectivity everywhere. Yet, their dependence on truth
means they do not embrace this fact of life.
Yes: we all only represent an opinion; yes: it
may possess some bias; but does that mean
we ought to stop having opinions or making propositions about life? No. We have
opinions; why not share them? Moreover,
does the presence of bias equally deligiti-
mise every opinion? Definitely not: the
more we inform and, if needed, reform our
opinion, the further we move from subjectivity. Objectivity may be impossible, yet a
more considered view moves us closer in
its direction.
Thus, while one may support nihilism's
underpinnings, its morality is far from
desirable. Proposing morality is the most
human of activities. It takes us beyond immediate self satisfaction and posits a more
conscientious lifestyle that can provide the
structure and encouragement to make great
achievements. Nihilism's destructiveness
is an important but mere preliminary step
in moralizing. One is better served to construct, with instability, than to refuse to try,
due to fear.
—Mark Klaver is a third-year
Philosophy student
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TIME FOR THE
UBYSSEY ANUAL
GENERAL MEETING!
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There will be:
- A summary of our year
- Speeches
- The All Candidates Forum
- Concluding speeches
Location:
Cedar Room of the Ponderosa
Centre
2071 West Mall
AGM starts at 12 noon
- All Candi
around 12:45 'til the last candidate is heard.
- Only full staff may vote at the
elections
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Culture
Tuesday, 27 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
More than a shot in the dark
By Chantaic Allick
CULTUREWRITER
Mark Wahlberg is an actor in Hollywood with integrity. He expresses
strong commitment to the roles he
takes on and to making good films.
A recent nomination nod from Oscar for his role in The Departed as
the cocky, foul-mouthed Captain
Dignam is a testament to that fact.
In his latest incarnation as a
retired army sniper being framed
for an assassination attempt on the
U.S. president in Antoine Fuqua's
Shooter, Wahlberg gives as much to
this character as he has to Dignam,
Vince Papale in 2006's Invincible
and his personal favourite, Dirk
Diggler in P.T. Anderson's Boogie
Nights. Despite a tough childhood
and his beginnings as rapper
Marky Mark, Wahlberg has made
his mark in Hollywood, taking unexpected routes to reach a level of
success only dreamed of by most
rappers turned actors. The plain-
spoken Boston native recently took
part in a conference call to discuss
his new role, his acting, and his future in Hollywood.
Wahlberg was confident that
he has something interesting and
new to bring to the screen.
"The high intensity action movies that they've been making lately
aren't really the kind of character-
driven movies that I love and that
I grew up watching in the '70s," he
said. "This is kind of a throw-back
to that. You've got a guy's guy who's
all about honour and integrity," the
actor said when asked what makes
his latest film different from other
high intensity dramas.
Playing a sniper meant taking
on a more physically and mentally
challenging role for Wahlberg, and
as an actor committed to his craft,
he claims to have performed much
of the stunt work himself.
"I knew going in it was going
to be tough, but actually making
the movie, the stuff was pretty
rigorous."
Commenting on his role as a
sniper Wahlberg said, "there's not
much glamour involved in it at
all. It takes a lot of discipline and
they're as smart as they are tough;
but certainly nothing glamorous
about it."
From the porn industry to existentialism and the Boston crime
scene, Wahlberg seems interested
in a range of topics and roles. For
the actor, choosing a script is anything but an intellectual exercise,
it's simpler than that.
"Basically now we choose by
which films we want to go and see
in the theatre—which roles we think
people would want to see us in," he
said. "For a good portion of my career, itwas all about the filmmaker
and we necessarily didn't focus on
the part or the script itself. And I
think we're at the stage of our career where we got to start satisfying the audience, and ourselves."
"I want to make movies that I
would want to go and see and that I
think people want to see me in."
Where does an actor go who expresses this kind of commitment
to making good films and who
has been recently nominated for
the highest honour in Hollywood?
Lately he has begun to produce
and is interested in directing in
the future.
As he puts it, "I get a certain
amount of personal satisfaction
out of acting honestly. But producing and enabling others to go out
and do their thing has brought me
great joy."
Wahlberg is certain to continue
to surprise and delight audiences
with his choices and if the recent
buzz is anything to go by, he will be
doing it well into the future. @
Louder Sunday than ever
TAKING BACK SUNDAY
PNE Forum
March 18
by Charlyn Cruz
CULTUREWRITER
What can be said about the band
Taking Back Sunday? It's amazing
that even in this day and age of numerous generic rock groups, this
alternative rock ensemble manages to distinguish themselves by
their unique musical feel and energetic stage antics. This can be
heard in their latest, critically acclaimed album, Louder Now, and
seen in performances in their current North American tour. Their
concert at the PNE Forum on Sunday, March 18 was no exception.
Taking Back Sunday's North
American tour, which also includes opening bands Underoath
and Armor for Sleep, mainly showcases songs from Louder Now as
well as hits from their previous
CDs. Adapting a style different
from their previous studio albums,
2002's Tell All Your Friends and
2004's Where You Want to Be, TBS
captured a faster, livelier sound in
Louder Now.
"We thought that our [previous]
recordings were good, but people
always said, 'When I see you live,
there's more energy than what
I hear on the CD,'" said guitarist
and vocalist Fred Mascherino. "So
we put a challenge to our producer
and said, 'We want this to sound
huge and have as much energy
packed into it as we have in our
live show.'"
To make this possible, the band
pulled together and Louder Now
was the fruit of their labour as
whole, with Mascherino and lead
vocalist Adam Lazzara penning
most of the CD's lyrics and having rhythm guitarist Eddie Reyes,
bassist Matt Rubano, and drummer Mark O'Connell putting their
two cents in.
"It's definitely harder to do it
with five  cooks in the kitchen,"
said Mascherino. "But when we
pull it off, it winds up much better
in the end."
And that it does. During last
Sunday's performance at the PNE
Forum, the band's famous explosive stage presence, including
Adam Lazzara's trademark microphone swinging, coupled with
the faster, more vigourous songs
of Louder Now engaged and excited their audience, who seemed
to echo the energy of the performers. Nevertheless, diehard fans
still screamed bloody murder
when TBS performed some of
their previous hits that established
their fame and loyal fan base,
such as the somber "Ghost Man
on Third" and the more upbeat
"A Decade under the Influence."
Close to the end of the concert,
Lazzara soothed a rowdy mosh
pit with one of their softer songs,
"Divine Intervention," as well
as an acoustic cover of the Killers' "When You Were Young." To
conclude, the band ended with
a bang and performed "Make-
DamnSure," a popular single from
Louder Now. When fans finally
cleared out, it was safe to say that
Taking Back Sunday knocked Vancouver dead with their thrilling
performance.
If you missed this concert due
to one of your cursed midterms or
papers, despair not.
Avid fans awaiting more TBS
music should watch out for a follow up to Louder Now. The band
hasn't gotten together with ideas
for their fourth studio album just
yet, but have delayed their musical
brainstorming on purpose.
Fred explains, "I just kind of
want us to get together and explode, just be dying to write new
stuff. That's when we come up with
our best stuff."
In short, one should expect the
next CD to be just as marvelous, or
even more so, than the band's previous celebrated work.
Without a doubt, Taking Back
Sunday are better heard and seen
rather than read about. @
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