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Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Volume 84 Issue 14
151 days 'til the Sapphire Ball since 1918
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New fee proposed
for deferred exams
by Chris Shepherd
UBC is considering raising fees in its non-instructional fees schedule. These fees are for services like processing applications and writing deferred exams, and
some have remained the same since 1986.
The proposed fees, which may still be modified,
will go before the Board of Governors at the
November 20 meeting. Should thefee changes be
approved, the university will collect $1.1 million
more than it would with the previous fee schedule.
The changes have been brought to a number of
groups including the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and
Graduate Student Society (GSS) council meetings for
feedback by UBC Associate Vice President and
Registrar Brian Silzer.
"I think an idea that needs to be put in people's
minds is that revenue from all sources are really inadequate to match the vision for this university,* Silzer
The proposed changes would see almost 30 fees
increase in cost Previously the cost was carried by the
university general operating fund and tuition paid by
students, said Silzer. The increases mean that students would be covering some ofthe costs of services,
which was the university's rationalisation for the
The AMS is concerned with a number of the proposed increases, but mainly with the proposed new
Campaigning for peace
Campus groups organise Peace Fair
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by Chris Shepherd
UBC students held the first ever A
Better World is Possible Peace Fair
in front of the Goddess of
Democracy statue on Friday.
Put on by the Campaign Against
the War on the People of Iraq
(CAWPI), the purpose ofthe fair was
to create a situation where diverse
groups on campus could come
together under the common goal of
peace advocacy.
"We wanted to do something that
was inclusive," said Hemsa Nosh,
an unclassified student and me ber
of CAWPI. "Something where we
See "Peace" on page 2.
Close, but no championship
Panelists speak out
against war on Iraq
by Kathleen Deering
A three-person panel discussion was
held last Thursday in UBC's Norm
Theatre as part of Iraq Awareness
Week. Speakers urged students to
become well-informed about the
issues surrounding the possible war
on Iraq.
The talk was organised by the
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SILVER: The women's field hockey team came second in the Canada West Championship Tournament.
See sports on pages 6-7. brent coyne photo
NEWS: Golden Granot
Grad studies Dean recognised
after more than 25 years at UBC.
Page 3.
SPORTS: Making it right on
Wright Field
The women's field hockey team
is off to Halifax after a perfect
4-0 weekend. Pages 6-7.
CULTURE: Theatre at UBC
"The Secret Rapture* reviewed.
Page 11.
Deepa Mehta profiled in Page
Friday, the Ubyssey Magazine
this week.
Campaign Against the War on the
People of Iraq (CAWPI), the group
who also organised Iraq Awareness
Former UBC student Jillian
Skeet, who has worked for several
years for an international peace
organisation, warned listeners
about the dangers of taking everything presented in the media at face
value. She said there are "no good
guys* in the Iraq-US conflict, but that
the media portrays the issue as having one good guy and one bad guy.
Skeet said "It's true that [Saddam
Hussein, president of Iraq] is a dictator, and he does lots of bad things,
but he's not alone.*
Before the Gulf war in 1991,
when she was stationed in
Switzerland and working closely
with the United _ Nations, she
learned to watch the media critically, particularly in the three months
before the military budget had to be
passed through US congress.
She then learned about the propaganda and demonisation that took
place in the media in order for the
US to justify getting the budget
through in a democratic country.
The same critical analysis of the
media could be done right now.
"Misinformation clouds issues,"
she said, adding that journalists'
deadlines and the need for reports
to be pumped out quickly lends a
lack of context to issues.
"I urge all of you to make yourself as informed as possible," she
When she returned, she began
working on an article about the
sanctions in Iraq, and published a
paper called "Iraq's Children are
Starving" in the Vancouver Sun—it
was the first time this kind of information about sanctions was presented in the media, she said.
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"Peace" from page 1.
can invite different clubs on campus
who would be interested in the
whole theme of bettering the world."
Many participants wore white
armbands, which symbolised a solidarity for peace that they believed
should be felt amongst all students.
The fair had booths from a number of groups active on campus,
ranging from the Alma Mater
Society Women's Centre to Amnesty
UBC to the Social Justice Centre.
The booths detailed what the
respective groups dealt with and
how their various topics related to
peace and world affairs.
Jesse McLaren, a second-year
Medicine student and member of
CAWPI, emphasised that there are
many ways that people and countries
can make the world a better place.
"When we look at the cost of war—
which could be in the hundreds of
billions of dollars—with that money
we could have social housing.
There'd be no starvation," McLaren
said. "We're just trying to stimulate
people's minds about what could we
do instead of going to war."
A number of speakers addressed
a small crowd of students, many of
whom paused to listen as they headed to the SUB for lunch.
Jef Keighley, a representative of
the Canadian Auto Workers Union,
spoke out against the Bush adminis
tration (both the current one and
the senior Bush's administration)
and American actions against Iraq,
including sanctions and the proposed war.
Keighley said that people have a
responsibility to speak out on issues
such as the ones facing the country
"Going to war is the most dramatic act that any nation can take,"
said Keighley.
Nosh also addressed the crowd,
calling on people to take it upon
themselves to learn the facts and to
act on that information.
"It's hard to inform ourselves
with our media, which doesn't tell
us everything we need to know a lot
of the time," Nosh said. "It takes a
lot of work to seek out the truth and
the right information."
Nosh went on to say that
Canadians, as citizens of a democracy, have a voice in the form of a vote
and freedom of action.
"I feel it is our social responsibility to use that voice and to come
together and try and make a difference if there is something that we
disagree with," she said.
All speakers encouraged students to become active in the cause
for peace at a march scheduled for
November 17. The march is set to
begin at the Peace Flame at the
south end of the Burrard Street
Bridge at 12pm. ♦
"Awareness" from page 1.
commended her for her braVery.
"I think the US is planning to go
to war because the sanctions regime
is starting to unravel," she said.
"Because people around the world
are becoming more aware of the
horror happening in Iraq."
Saren Azer, a physician who
worked in areas of conflict during
the Gulf War and was a member of
Thursday's panel, disagreed with
US leaders describing their actions
against Iraq as a 'war on terrorism.'
"A country that since the second
world war has bombed dozens of
other countries...simply does not
have the moral authority to talk
about peace," he said, "and a war on
Azer is also concerned with how
the earth would handle such an
environmental upheaval that war
would cause.
"Simply, the planet has lost the
capacity to cope with such a disturbance," he said, adding that many
irreversible incidents such as pollu
tion and the extinction of species
happen during a war.
The third member of the panel,
UBC professor of international relations Michael Wallace, emphasised
that not all Americans support a war
on Iraq, and that he has seen hundreds of Americans marching with
slogans stating "not in our name."
"It's real important to distinguish between [the people] in power
in DC and the American people as a
whole," he said. "Please remember
"We have to work in cooperation
with those who are just as opposed to
this kind of shit as we are," he said.
Azer offered an alternative for
countries to avoid the same situation the US now finds themselves in
with Iraq.
*...[T]his solution is for any world
powers: do not support dictators, do
not create them, then you won't
have the problem of getting rid of
them," said Azer, making reference
to the US's longtime policy of supporting Hussein. "It's as simple as
that." ♦
"Fees", from page 1.
$30 fee for deferred exams.
Currently there is no fee for this
"Deferred exams are generally
granted because of serious illness,
death in the family or emotional
problems," said President of the
AMS Kristen Harvey. "For the university to attempt to charge students and penalise them for something beyond their control is entirely unjustifiable."
Silzer said that the university
did take that concern into consideration, and kept the proposed fee
"The feeling was that the cost for
[deferred exams] actually exceeds
$30," said Silzfer. "But we were sensitive to the notion that students
who require deferred [exams] are
sometimes under duress of certain
At the presentation to the AMS
council meeting Silzer was asked
about the rationale for a deferred-
exam fee, since the teaching assistants and professors who mark
exams are already paid.
"That argument, if you think it
through, suggests that tuition
shouldn't be increased because
there are already people being paid
to teach the courses. Where does
that argument end?" Silzer asked,
in response.
He added, "Those same people
are people [for] who the cost of paying them goes up over the course of
time [and] there are more of such
people being added to the rosters of
the university. The costs are
During his presentation to the
AMS Council Silzer was also asked
to demonstrate what the costs were
that the increased fees would actually cover.
Silzer was unable to provide
those numbers to the council but
was confident the fees did not
exceed the costs, and he acknowledged he would be required to
demonstrate the costs as a requirement to the university administration and the students.
"The vice-presidents have made
it clear that the recoveries cannot
exceed the costs," Silzer said.
If approved, the fee increases
could be put into effect as soon as
January. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22,2002     3
Studies Dean
Dr Frieda Granot awarded
Golden Jubilee Medal
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According to UBC President Dr
Martha Piper, people like Dr Frieda
Granot are harbingers of a new era,
and not just because they write
papers with such wondrously enigmatic titles as "Naturally submodu-
lar digraphs and forbidden digraph
configurations." (Which you can
find in the journal Discrete Applied
Mathematics 100 (1-2): 67-89
No, the president was talking
about an era of global partnerships
where individuals are born in one
country, raised in another, trained
in a third and work in a fourth. This
describes Professor Granot perfectly, except that she's also an accomplished scientist, the Dean of
Graduate Studies, and a recent
recipient of the Golden Jubilee
Medal, awarded to outstanding
Canadians by the Governor General
on the occasion ofthe Queen's 50th
year on the throne.
"I remember listening to
President Piper when she first
came [to UBC]," Granot recalls. "I
was listening and thinking, 'that's
me.' I was born in West Germany,
grew up in Israel, studied in the
States, and work in Canada."
Granot is thrilled her adopted
country (she's lived in Canada' since
1974 and has been a citizen for
around 20 years) has recognised
her in this way. "I was stunned," she
said, recalling when the award
arrived two weeks ago in the mail.
"I didn't know anything about it, I
didn't know I was nominated. I told
my husband I thought it was
addressed to the wrong person,"
she laughed.
The official citation on the medal
states it is awarded to "Canadians
who have shown a dedication to
excellence in their chosen field, and
who are recognised for their contri
butions to the building of a
Canadian society as an example of
fairness, justice and tolerance to the
world community."
Granot's research work, encompassing a wide range of topics within the field of operations and logistics, has been honoured in the past:
in 1998, she was awarded an
Academic Research Award from the
Faculty of Commerce.
The Jubilee Medal recognises
both her academic accomplishments and her significant contributions as Dean of Graduate Studies.
"It's a gold medal with ribbons
attached," she chuckles. "And it
comes with protocol on how to wear
it—on your left side, above your
heart.* Particularly fitting, she
thinks, for her consuming and personally enriching work as dean.
"Working with students, advising them and then having them
come months later and say you had
made a difference in their lives—it
is extremely rewarding,* she said.
As dean, Granot is responsible
for maintaining the academic
integrity of all graduate programs,
and works with students all the way
up to their graduation where she co-
signs their graduation certificates.
There are also a number of interdisciplinary departments, units and
programs that report directly to her.
Annick Gauthier, last year's
president of the Graduate Students
Society, says Granot is incredible at
what she does. "She really makes an
effort to go to the students arid communicate with them,* she said.
"She has a great passion for grad
students which comes out when she
talks to fundraisers—she's been
called the most successful dean of
Graduate Studies in fundraising in
the faculty's history.*
Granot is also the Faculty of
Graduate Studies' first female dean
since the faculty opened in 1949,
and a successful scientist in a field
THAT'S A GOLDEN GRIN: UBC Dean of Graduate Studies Dr Granot is happy to get a Golden
Jubilee medal. Michelle furbacher photo
that sees few women. Her work is in
applied mathematics, and involves
modelling and creating mathematical algorithms of things like financial systems. She also works on
some game theory research.
It was mainly UBC's reputation
as one of the best universities in
North America in her field that
drew Granot to the West Coast After
a year, she knew she could be happy
in Vancouver. It helped that her
husband, also a researcher in operations research, found a position in
the Faculiy of Commerce as well.
Being dean for the past six years
has meant Granot hasn't taught
classes, but she continues to supervise PhD students and continues
doing research, although not as
much as she'd like. The Faculty of
Commerce has felt her absence,
according to Chair of Operations
and Logistics Dr S. Thomas
"She was certainly one ofthe better teachers in the division,* said
McCormick. "Being the Chair of the
division certainly would be a much
simpler job if Frieda was still here.*
Granot is supremely modest
about her accomplishments. About
balancing her two careers she says,
simply, 'it keeps me busy.*
The Golden Jubilee medals are
being awarded to individuals nominated by all levels of government,
educational and cultural organisations, veterans' groups and charitable bodies. Granot was nominated
for the medal by Senator Jack
Austin, a member of the Graduate
Studies Advisory Board.
Approximately 46,000 medals will
be distributed in total. ♦
Online degree connects students worldwide
by Jennifer Forhan
Students from all over the world are working online towards
their Master of Educational Technology (MET) degree, which
is tailored for students who want to implement technology as
a tool for teaching.
"You get a wide range of perspectives,* said Programme
Assistant David Roy, "and people can bring in their experiences from the German school system, the New Zealand
school system..."
New to UBC this fall, the online degree is specifically tailored for students wanting to further their learning in the
fields of education and technology, as well as to implement
technology into adult education. Approved in March, it is the
first completely online degree of its kind, and has garnered
international attention.
"It's not just designed for teachers," said Roy. "It's also for
people who are involved in creating distance education courses or online courses, or for training programs."
The evolution of the program happened very quickly, said
Jim Gaskell, co-ordinator of the MET program in the curriculum studies department at UBC. He attributes this success to
the many people who were committed and eager to get the
program off the ground.
He said the program is Unique because it challenges students. "There are a lot of ways of using computers to enhance
learning in general," he said, 'and [MET courses] are not the
kind of standard how-to courses; they've got some meat to
them—they are challenging and critical.*
The MET is a joint program between the Faculties of
Education at UBC and Tec de Monterrey University in Mexico.
It was developed by the department of distance and education
technology, office of continuing professional education and
Faculty of Education at UBC.
Two previously existing certificate courses in the Faculty of
Education, the Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed
Learning (TBDL) and the Certificate in Technology-Based
Learning for Schools (TBLS), are now 'laddered' into the
Masters program.
This means that students who are already working on those
certificates, or have previously completed the certificates will
already have a head start on the MET requirements and can
complete the degree sooner.
The degree can be taken part-time over a period of five
years, and fees are paid on a per-course basis. Students from
rural BC, Ontario, Nunavut, the Czech Republic, the
Netherlands, Germany, China, New Zealand, and Australia are
enrolled in the program.
The online degree is exciting for many of the MET students, because it of its flexibility. Many of the students are
working professionals, parents, teachers and adult-educators,
with very little free time.
Donna Morgan, who lives in Oliver, BC, said she thinks that
the program is an excellent tool for networking within and outside of a profession.
"Probably one of the biggest benefits is [that] contact with
different people helps to break down stereotyping [when networking] and builds better solutions from shared perspectives," she said. ♦ TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2002
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South Chilcotin
Wilderness up
for grabs
First land-use
decision by
the Liberal
by Anna King
A silent war is being fought over the
LiKooet Forest District, a 1.1 million
hectare wilderness area three hours
drive from Vancouver.
Conservationists, mining interests. First Nations, backcountry
tourist operators and logging companies are vying for the right to
influence the outcome of the
province's soon-to-be-announced
Lillooet Land and Resources
Management Plan (LRMP).
The Lillooet LRMP includes parts
of the Stein Valley, the Southern
Chilcotin Mountains, the Fraser
River from Clinton to Boston Bar,
and the Thompson River from
Spences Bridge to Lytton.
It will be the first land-use decision by the Liberal government and
many claim it will send an important message to the international
community. The Industiy sector
hopes that message will be "we're
open for business."
"It's a very, very important decision from a mining perspective,"
said Brian Battison, director of pub-
he affairs for the Mining Association
Interested parties are waiting to
see if the government will reverse
the previous NDP government's
decision to create a 72,000 hectare
park in the north end ofthe Lillooet
Forest District. Dubbed the South
Chilcotin Mountains Park, this is the
portion ofthe Lillooet Forest District
most often frequented by hikers and
backcountry tourists.
If opened up to mining interests,
it would be the first time in the
province's history a park has been
decommissioned. The fate of the
rest of the Lillooet Forest District is
also in the air.
The former government's decision to create the park was made in
April 2001, just days before the
announcement of the provincial
election. When the Liberals were
elected. Minister of Sustainable
Resource Management Stanley
Hagan promised to review the NDP
Originally set to be announced in
March, Hagan's decision was
delayed until July and then again
until October. Now, representatives
from the ministry say they can't predict when the plan will be done.
Others hint it will be soon.
'I know when the decision's
going to be made but I don't wish to
comment on it," said Sylvia Waterer,
owner of a guide outfitting company
and regional representative of the
Wilderness Tourism Association.
Bill Wareham, former Executive
Director of the Sierra Club, said,
"[Minister] Hagan is in a tough spot
because he promised he would find
a plan somewhere down the middle,
but the mining industry is coming
on strong saying they want to see it
all open for business," he said.
"They want to undesignate the South
Chilcotin Mountains Park...and take
out most of the substantive conservation elements ofthe plan."
Battison said the BC mining
industry's position is that preliminary mineral exploration should be
done before any area in BC is designated a park.
"The key question is to find out
where [mineral] deposits are. That's
when there should be the debate.
Once it's discovered and we know
how big it is, how many jobs it might
lead to, what kind of extraction
methods might be employed, and
whether it can be done in an environmentally responsible manner, in
a socially acceptable manner, and at
a profit, then that's when you should
have the debate," Battison said.
According to the Ministry of
Energy and Mines, Battison said,
two-thirds of the South Chilcotin
Mountains Park has been designated as having high or very high mineral potential.
Wareham, on the other hand,
said every geological report he's
seen shows no mining potential for
the area.
"All exploration reports have
abandoned the area as having no
economical opportunities. For the
minining industry to say there's a
$ 15 billion mine there is just blowing smoke in everyone's face,"
Wareham said.
A report from the Environmental
Mining Council of BC echoes
Wareham's claims. "It is unlikely
that a significant mine would be
established in the [South Chilcotin
Mountains Park] area," states a
briefing note.
Backcountry tourism operators
say their industry brings in more
dollars than a potential mine would.
Waterer highlighted a recent economic study of the area indicating
that tourists in the South Chilcotin
area spent $10.3 million in 2000,
excluding spending by recreational
and independent visitors using local
provincial campgrounds.
Waterer says that opening up the
entire province to mining exploration—a path she thinks is being
contemplated by the province-
would mean the wilderness tourist
industry would have no security.
"Why would you invest if you
never know if you'll be next to a
mine?" she wondered.
Graham Curry, communications
director of the Ministry of
Sustainable Resource Management,
would not say much about the
process or support claims that the
Lillooet LRMP will set the scene for
future Liberal decisions.
"There's been a pretty public
campaign being waged in the press
by the mining industry and I guess
environmental groups," he said.
"They're trying to make a big deal
out of it The government put three
land use plans under review in
November 2001—this is just one." ♦ THEUBYSSEY
Blaikie: NDP is still "plenty leftist1'
MP says NDP
has not
down left-
wing views
by Ned Richardson-Little
MONTREAL (CUP)-Canadians must
be more active in electoral politics
in order to preserve their sovereignty according to MP and leadership
candidate for the New Democratic
Party (NDP) Bill Blaikie. In a speech
at McGill University, Blaikie
stressed the importance of electoral
politics as a tool for change, especially regarding issues surrounding
"Grassroots participation is
important but in the end it's not
good enough," said Blaikie. "AH the
protests in the world don't elect a
different government There are no
ballot boxes in the street"
Blaikie believes that economic
integration from agreements like
the Free Trade Area ofthe Americas
(FTAA), which is currently being
negotiated, will lead to political integration and a loss of sovereignty for
Canada. According to Blaikie,
Canadians feel that Canada is not in
a position to disagree with US policy
because it could harm the economy.
"We should be debating why it is
that people feel we don't have a
choice. Canada didn't feel like it had
no choice but to follow the United
States into Vietnam," said Blaikie.
"Canada, it seemed at that time, had
a lot more political freedom than
our prime minister, at this time,
feels that we have with respect to
American policy in Iraq."
On the subject of marijuana
decriminalisation, an idea strongly
opposed by the American government, Blaikie said, "Whatever we
decide, we should decide in a way
that isn't motivated in any way by
what Washington is going to think
about our policy."
Blaikie cited the now defunct
Multilateral Agreement on
Investment (MAI) as an example of
the importance of politics in the
globalisation debate. While there
were large protest movements
against the MAI in 1998, what prevented it from being enacted was
the refusal of the socialist government in France.
"If there had been a French right-
wing government to say yes, we
would have the MAI already," said
Blaikie. "It would already be a fact
and none ofthe protests would have
changed that*
Not only is the government of a
country important in these debates,
Blaikie said, but their critics at
home, namely the NDP, play a crucial role in the discussion of issues.
Despite urgings from many members of the party, including longtime MP Svend Robinson, to move
farther left from of the "mushy-middle" of politics, Blaikie thinks that
the NDP's views are right where
they should be.
"I don't think lhat the NDP needs
to move to the left, because I don't
think the NDP has moved to the centre," he said. "The NDP has been, is
and should continue to be a left
wing party."
"I don't think that being the only
party to oppose the government's
anti-terrorism legislation is mushy-
middle. I don't think that being the
only party to oppose American unilateral action in Afghanistan is
mushy-middle. I don't think that
now being the only parly to oppose a
Canadian involvement with a war
on Iraq is mushy-middle," said
According to Blaikie, the argument that the NDP must move to the
far left or the centre to survive is
"We need to make the argument
to activists that there is a role for a
political party that is already on the
left," said Blaikie. "I've been elected
seven times with a non-centrist,
non-accommodating view. I haven't
had to change my message to get
elected. I think we could be smarter
in how we communicate with
people." ♦
FOI Act under fire
by Alisa Voznaya
VANCOUVER (CUP}A civil liberties
watchdog is criticising the BC
provincial government's amendments to the Freedom of
Information (FOI) Act
The BC Liberals introduced a
miscellaneous statutes amendment
bill on October 9, covering several
provincial statutes, including the
Employment Standards Act, the
Highway Act and the Freedom of
Information and Protection of
Privacy Act
The FOI Act, which came into
force in October 1993 and covers
all provincial ministries, crown
corporations, agencies, commissions and boards, was recently
amended to permit the government to exempt records of meetings where only one cabinet minister is in attendance.
"It's an important principle of
democracy that the legislative body
be transparent to the public," said
Murray Mollard, executive director
of the British Columbia Civil
Liberties Association. Mollard
believes that the executive branch
of the government needs the privi
lege of secrecy to conduct some of
its work, but says that the new
amendment would unjustly extend
this privilege to non-cabinet
A July 26 order by the information and privacy commissioner
would be directly overridden when
these amendments are approved.
The commissioner ruled that committees consisting of MLAs, including some cabinet ministers, are not
exempted from the provisions of
the act.
A civil liberties group says the
proposed changes contradict
Premier Gordon Campbell's previous promises of an "open cabinet"
On June 27, 2001, during the first
open cabinet meeting, Campbell
announced that it was important to
open up the government and to
adhere to the FOI Act
Currently, the FOI Act increases
government accountability by giving
the public a right of access to government records and providing for
review of decisions by an independent information and privacy
The proposed amendment will
reverse the order of the commissioner and also allow the cabinet to
exempt any meetings in which a cabinet minister takes part
"The amendment simply confirms that government caucus committees are committees of cabinet,"
stated Sandy Santori, BC minister
of management services, in a letter
to The Vancouver Sun. According to
Santori, the amendment reinforces
the act's original intention and
does not change or expand what
information is protected.
The direct consequence of this
amendment will affect those who
seek to understand the workings of
the government, as they won't be
able to gain access to many MLA
meetings. Mollard claims that government transparency and
accountability are important
because they allow the voters to
retain their sovereignty from the
elected government.
Santori insists on the legitimacy
of the amendment by saying that
the information and privacy commissioner publicly stated that he
does not oppose or object to the
The commissioner will continue
to monitor the application of the
amendment to prevent it from
being misused. ♦
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Engineering Building, including
the clean Energy Research
Centre proposed to be constructed on the north end of
Parking Lot "C", directly south
of the Health Sciences Parkade.
The building will be six storeys
high and have a floor area of 9431 nf. Subject to Board of
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Spring 2003 with completion in late 2005.
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UBC wins final, but UVic takes
the Canada West title
by Sarah Conchie
To passing joggers and casual observers, the
Sunday afternoon battle taking place on the
perma-bright artificial turf of Wright Field
wouldn't warrant a second glance. But if they
had stopped to ask the assembled crowd who
clung to the hillsides and watched the match
unfold, they would have learned that the two
best women's field hockey teams in the country were playing—not for points, as UVic had
already captured the Canada West
Championship title, and UBC had secured a
berth to Halifax for the CIS Nationals—but for
"[We were] not so much worried as excited
to play them,* said UBC midfielder Laura
Balakshin after beating UVic 1-0. "Even though
this game didn't mean anything as far as the
standings go, whenever we play UVic, there's
such a rivalry. We really wanted to win this
The other Laura—Victoria's top midfielder—felt the pressure as well.
"It's their home turf. They hammered on
us," Laura Maclean said afterward. "They set
the whole game and they deserved that win."
The UBC women's field hockey team looked
every inch, the three time Canada West
Champions and defending National
Championship team that they are this week
end, not letting a single goal into their net.
Friday's match against Alberta was poetry
in motion, with veteran midfielder Mo
O'Conner picking up a hat-trick and Steph
Jameson making it an even 4-0 in the 55th
minute. While the crowd pf parents and supporters were swathed in blankets to keep out
the cold, the Pandas were overheating in their
efforts to break through UBC's defensive
"That first game against Alberta was fabulous, and we just kind of dropped the shoulders and went out and had fun," said coach
Hash Kanjee. "Eveiything we worked so hard
to do at practice just came together."
After eking out a 2-0 victory over Calgary on
Saturday, the Birds notched an early Sunday
morning win against Manitoba, the league's
weakest team. Mo O'Conner opened scoring in
the 15th minute, while teammate Steph
Jameson added two more goals to her tournament tally. The UBC blitz continued in the second half with Caitlin Blaschuk coming off the
bench to score in the 38th minute, and
Stephanie Quinn expertly rounding up the
total to four a scant two minutes later. The
game ended 5-0, and the Birds had a four hour
break before meeting UVic in the final.
Emily Menzies—the Bird's fourth-year keeper—was planning %o stay on the bench and let
backup goalie Sarah Duggan cover the net.
Unfortunately,  Duggan was injured in the
intial warmup, and after a quick shuffle,
Menzies was soon prowling the UBC net with
her usual intensify. Not only did Menzies shut
down all attempts to poke the ball past ber, but
she had the best view of the magic that unfold-
. ed on the field.
"We had some very nice goals. And those
always feel good, especially when they came at
opportune times," she said. "The people on
our team were really putting out, just diving
for balls and getting back on [defence].*
While the Vikes Captured the moment when
they were awarded the Canada West
Championship title and swept the major conference awards, the weekend belonged to the
"We didn't give up any goals, and for us,
that was a big goal. We needed to play to the
level I think we can, and we did. We needed to
keep the ball out of our net, and we did," said
Kanjee. "I'm happy for [the team]. We really
gave it a good effort and showed who we are."
Halifax awaits. Whether or not the Birds
can pull off another National Championship is
something Kanjee and his team don't want to
speculate on yet, but if this weekend is any
indication, the Nova Scotia tournament is
going to be a beautiful thing to watch. ♦
Field hockey notes
• Awards <,   *
UVic swept the Canada West Awards, with midfielder Laura
Maclean winning both, the Player of the Year and the
-. Outstanding Contributor honours. And in one of the those
bizarre circumstances; that defy all laws of chance, her
• father jvon the prize draw—and added a bright orange bat
to his daughter's trophy pile.
-   Coach of the Year. Lynne Beecroft, UVic
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LAST LAUGH: Laura Balakshin, UBC's retiring midfielder, was
named to Tournament 11. brent coyne photo
Rookie ofthe YeaE Robyn Evans, UVic
Toox UBC players were named to the Tournament 11:
Laura Balakshin, Alisa Carey, Stephanie Jameson and Mo
UBC and UVic have traded the CIS Rational
Championship title for the last five years, with UBC winning
three and UVic two times since 1997. The Canada West
Championship is also all in the family: UBC has taken top
honours for the last three years in a row. ♦
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both Frazao and Josh Gordon to injuries.
While Frazao is on crutches for an apparent
ankle sprain, Gordon may be out until the
playoffs with a thigh contusion. They fly
home to face Alberta on Friday, October 2 5.
Kickoff is at 3pm on Wolfson Field.
Ice hockey
It's shaping up to be another hellish,
freezing season as the men head out east to
Manitoba, still in search of their first win
this season after letting in 11 Pronghorn
pucks this weekend.
The streak is over, but the women are still
leading the Canada West with 28 points for
their emergent 9-1-1 season. The Calgary
Dinos put the boots to UBC's undefeated
record and sent the ball into the
Thunderbird net for the first time since
September 14, when the Vikes scored twice
on rookie goaltender Hannah Soichet.
With three games left to play, the Birds
are ahead of rivals UVic by four points,
which may very well be enough to catapult
them to the looming national
Championships in Edmonton, November
The men swooped into third place with
a 6-1 victoiy over the Dinos Saturday. The
indomitable Steve Frazao scored three of
UBC's five first half goals. The next day, the
Birds soared over Lethbridge 4-0, but lost
Most sports have favourites, but
women's rugby has dynasties. The McGill
Martlets haven't lost a game in five years.
Their Canada West sisters, the Alberta
Pandas, own the single playoff berth, going
21-0-1 for the past three seasons. So when
the UBC women's rugby team went on the
road to the Canada West Championships
this weekend, they weren't crossing their
fingers for a miracle. But the Birds did
manage to shake up the Pandas, holding
Alberta to a mere five points in the loss.
And veteran hooker Teresa Jackson got her
wish. Her team ended the CIS season with
an 8-0 win over the Victoria Vikes. "There's
no team we like to play better, and there's
no team we like to beat better," said
Jackson. ♦
Sweet and sour: Ice Birds
split with Pronghorns
by Coreena Robertson
Opening night for the UBC Women's hockey team was not exactly what head coach
Dave Newson had in mind. After a tough
2001-02 season that had the women winning only one out of 12 games, the Birds
cautiously returned to the ice for their first
taste ofthe new season.
Friday night, that taste wasn't sweet
Rather, it soured as the Birds struggled to
put forth the effort needed for a full sixty
minutes and ended the game with a single
marker, losing to Lethbridge 5-1.
For the Birds, the first period came and
went with the Pronghorns leading the way
opening up the scoring with a power play
goal just over five minutes into the game.
Less than four minutes later, the
Pronghorns netted another, dominating
the first frame with 13 shots on goal to
UBC's two.
When the second period began, the
Birds were still unable to interfere with
Lethbridge's game plan. The Pronghorns
continued to contain UBC by limiting their
possession time and shots on goal.
Lethbridge also, limited offensive opportunities and dished out 21 shots on goal, taking advantage of an extra skater by knocking in two power play goals.
In between periods, UBC hockey alumnus Sherie Salie headed out to the ice—not
to play, but to offer a little support for her
favourite team. She even put up a sign saying "T-Bird Pride—that's what we stand for*
hoping to give the team a boost.
Back on center ice and four goals down,
the Birds looked like a new team.
Lethbridge netted another early goal in the
third, but UBC found its pulse and put the
pressure on for the remainder ofthe game,
holding the Pronghorns to a mere four
shots in the third, and getting on the board
with a goal at the 14th minute.
Third-year biology student Marjorie
Sorensen was responsible for the first goal
of the season, but she credited her teammates for the opportunity. "Kelly [James]
was doing some really good forechecking
down low—all I really did was stuff it in,*
Sorenson said. "It wasn't a real pretty goal,
but it was a goal nonetheless.*
Netminding for the Birds was Lucie
Fortin, who had a chance to test her legs as
a starter after staying on the bench for
most of last year. Coach Newson was
pleased with her performance. "I thought
she played pretty well—three power play
goals that ping ponged around before they
found their way into the net," he said.
"Those aren't at all her fault It was a big let
down [that] we couldn't do more in front of
her to give her an opportunity."
Dave Newson went on to say that the
women's hockey team is young, with a lot
of new faces that still need some time to
adjust The game, he felt, wasn't really a
measure of the team's abilities.
"I wasn't pleased with too much. We're
a lot better than what we showed tonight I
was pleased with our last seven minutes or
so, when we decided to show up arid start
working hard.
"I think [there were] opening night jitters...with some rookies in the line up that
weren't prepared," he said.
Game one ended with the Birds getting
rocked 5-1 by the Pronghorns, but game
two offered UBC a chance to split their
opening weekend and have something a fit-
tie sweeter to savour. Following the advice
of their coach, they not only built on the
positives from the third frame in the previous game, they showed up and played a fall
60 minutes. They put away the Pronghorns
UBC will be on the road for their next
four games before returning to the
Thunderbird Winter Ice Center Friday
November 8 to face off against the
University of Manitoba at 7:30pm. ♦ S4SJi^4»S!'S5iteS9Sr<«*f-'-»«<">"
XFM presents
A Big Free Halloween Party, featuring the Town
Pants and Exithiside. Pit Pub, Oct. 31st - No cover!   ~
Doors at 8:30 pm. The XFM street team will be on
location with tons of prize giveaways. Nintendo will
also be coming in and giving away a Game Cube.
Costume contests and tons of fun!
Laffs at Lunch - every Wednesday in the Norm
Theater - free admission, free laughs and free pop,
12:15 pm sharp!
Free lecture series with World-renowned
sociologist and author, Peter Berger. He will be
speaking on "Globalization, Religion and culture" on
the UBC campus - November 5-6. For more
information, contact Karen at: 604-221-3377,or
UBC World Vision Presents:
" Band Night 2002"
Ail State Champions
in medias res
Ethers Void
Come out and help raise money for World Vision and
make a difference; learn more about World Vision
and its mission around the world.
When: Saturday, November 2
Where: SUB Ballroom
Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm
Cost: $5 pre-sale (11 am-2pm Oct. 28-Nov 1st outside
SUB) or $7 at the door.
municipal election
The upcoming Vancouver Civic Elections will be
happening on November 16,2002.To get all the
information regarding who's running, where you can
vote, and what some ofthe election issues are, check
out Vancouver's Election Services website at:
Here at the AMS, we will ensure that you have all the
information that you need to make an informed vote.
For more information, or if you're interested in getting
involved, contact Tara Learn, AMS VP External at:
Vice-Chair, External Commission
The External Commision ofthe AMS is responsible
for communicating with other student groups and
national organizations to discuss and analyze the
impact of Provincial and Federal Government
education policy.The external commission also
works to lobby the government on issues of interest
to students such as post-secondary education
funding and student loans.
Pro-rated honorarium.Time Commitment:
Approximately twenty - twenty five (20 - 25) hours
per week including fifteen (15) office hours. For more
information, go to: www.ams.ubc.ca
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Tuesday, November 19,9:00 am - 4:00 pm
unlearning racism
This one day workshop focuses on understanding the dynamics of racism and developing
strategies to confront prejudice in the work and learning environment. Participants examine
how cultural biases and prejudicial attitudes interfere with the workplace and the classroom.
Through a variety of interactive methods, participants will:
• Increase their awareness of the dynamics of racism
• Learn ways to unlearn racism
• Learn effective responses to racism
• Learn ways to lend support to those affected by racism, and share strategies to
implement non-discriminatory practices in the workplace.
For more information, please call: 604-822-6353
tutoring skills workshops
Tutoring Skills Workshops are offered free of charge throughout the year to any student who
wants to develop their tutoring skills. AMS Tutoring plans and offers these workshops in
collaboration with the Disability Resource Centre and the First Nations House of Learning, so
if you're interested in tutoring for us, or for them, attending one of these workshops is a good
idea. Plus,you can add "trained by UBC faculty" to your resume and land those private
tutoring jobs faster. Would you like to gain the skills necessary to be a tutor? Attend this
great workshop - a light supper is included. -
Where: Dodson Room, Main Library, Oct 22nd (TODAY)
When: 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
Register on-line at www.students.ubc.ca
colour connected against racism
Colour Connected Against Racism, one of the five AMS Resource Groups, is currently recruiting
members and executives. This Resource Group provides support and information to students
who feel alienated and disempowered due to discrimination. Colour Connected lobbies the
university and other institutions to implement necessary changes, and also organizes events
that target Sexism, Homophobia, Poverty, Domestic and Global Exploitation and other social
injustices. Colour Connected has an office in the Resource Group Centre in SUB 241K and can
be contacted at: colcnect@interchange.ubc.ca
student leadership conference
Coming in the New Year-January 10th & 11th in the SUB
Featuring: workshops, speakers, and networking & leadership opportunities on and off
campus. For more info, contact Christopher Lythgo, VP Academic, at:vpacademic@ams.ubc.ca. THE UBYSSEY
at the Vancouver East Cultural I
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by Jose S. Velasquez
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Art forgeries, sex and slapstick
comedy seem like an odd trio to
simmer into something
digestible, but "Lisa Lisa" manages to do so, and more.
This play by Rick Dobran is a hilarious twist on an actual historical event the theft ofthe "Mona Lisa." The play tells the story of
how three criminals managed to steal the painting, forge six copies
pf the "Mona Lisa," sell them and have the blame fall on an innocent carpenter.
At first, the acting seems a little forced, but when the action gets
moving it more them compensates for the not-quite perfect accents.
The play begins in 1907, and takes the audience from the aspirations of an Italian peasant living in Paris to how he was duped and
blamed for the "Mona Lisa's' theft in 1911. It then continues to
depict this character's evolution. He ends up becoming a hero to all
Italians, and also a hero to all underdogs who desire to make a
name for themselves.
In between all this are the stories of three criminals and the
people they rob and deceive, victims who in turn hilariously try to
hunt them down. If you love to laugh, and you enjoy watching people do stupid things and make fools of themselves, then you'll love
"Lisa Lisa."
The stage is one busy set, with the action spanning across the
globe, and a cast of six actors who play eighteen characters that will
make you laugh to the point of tears. The cast even includes UBC's
beautiful alumnus Dawn Petten, who gives a wonderful performance as Cecily Branson, the kinky sex-hungry vixen ofthe criminal
group behind the theft
The storyline includes all the delicious ingredients of extortion
and lies, criminals and greedy people, wealthy people and poor
peasants, an over-worked detective, and yes, sex. Enough sex, in
fact, to heat things to a boil in this wonderful comedy.
"Lisa Lisa" is well put together, and each scene leaves one hungry for more slapstick comedy, more action, and more sex, baby!
Highly recommended. ♦
at the Playhouse
until Nov. 2
by Anna King
David Auburn's "Proof is a winning
equation: a prime script multiplied by
stellar acting and direction. It is just
about as brilliant as everybody says it
The play has been scooping up
awards by the bucketful: the 2001
Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and New
York Drama Critics Award are only a
few of its wins. And it's set to open in at
least twelve separate runs across
Canada in upcoming months.
My only grumblings, perhaps
explained away by the unsettling effect
of drinking a cider in 1.5 minutes just
before the show, relate to the absence
of enough real, gritty math to make me
believe numbers are what these characters five for. Also, Jillian Fargey, who
plays Catherine, appears both much
older and more emotionally resilient
than her character is meant to be. But
these gripes aside, it's a smart show.
"Proof* takes us to the back porch of
a rambling house in Chicago's Hyde
Park, where Catherine is coming to
terms with her father's death the week
before. Robert is the mathematician
father whose ingenious discoveries in
his early twenties were eclipsed later in
life by on-again off-again delusional
periods. The play opens on the eve of
Catherine's 25th birthday, where we
discover that Catherine's acrid wit does
a poor job of hiding her sorrow at her
father's death and her fear that she
may have inherited some of his mental
The creaking porch houses
Catherine's conversations with her
father, who appears courtesy of her
vivid imagination and the occasional
flashback. We are also shown her
escapades with the other two characters, her sister Claire (Jennifer
Clement), and the young mathematician Hal (Vincent Gale), who is searching through Robert's 103 old notebooks
for something of mathematical worth.
After he invites her to his mathematician band's gig (they play a song
called "Imaginary Number," in which
the band members stand in silence for
three minutes), it becomes clear Hal is
interested in more than scribbled notebooks. He pursues Catherine with all
the winsome inanity nerds are known
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for. (Think John Cusack in Say
Anything. Yeah, that cute.) Their budding love and Catherine's battles with
her manipulative sister become the
background for the play's pivotal mystery: the authorship of an original
mathematical proof found in one ofthe
notebooks. It's this enigma that opens
up all the fissures in the trio's relationships and makes for an interesting
exploration of the precariousness of
faith and certainty.
David Ross, who plays Robert,
inhabits the stage with a self-assured
warmth that is flipped wonderfully on
its head when his temper and eventually his madness overtakes him. Clement
gives a nuanced performance as Claire,
who softens from the brash, pump-
wearing currency analyst she starts off
as to a woman trying to figure out how
to hold on to what remains of her family. I've already given it all up for Gale's
impetuous and over-confident Hal. And
as for Fargey, she pulls off the difficult
role of Catherine with all the skill she's
brought to her screen roles (She got two
Leo nominations for her role in the
home-grown flick Protection). She is
alternately prickly, love-sick and numb,
as needs be. But she doesn't look 25.
No matter. Auburn's dialogue clips
along, and has enough mathematical
references to make the audience feel in
the know, while his real concern is for
his characters' emotional messes.
"Proof tells us that there are no simple
answers, but as Robert says of his
mathematical work, "If it feels done,
there are major errors." There are no
major errors here—"Proof adds up to
an absorbing and multi-layered performance. ♦
James Guillet
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
University of Toronto, Ontario
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This past Saturday, behind closed doors and
with what is becoming his usual entourage of
police protection, Premier Gordon Campbell
announced plans for a new $90 million medical
facility at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH).
The Academic Ambulatory Care Centre, scheduled to open in 2005, will replace six buildings
on the VGH site, streamlining services for an
estimated 600,000 patients annually. The facility will also feature labs and classrooms for
"several hundred" UBC medical students.
Great, right? Well, maybe not The project is
to be built and run iii a partnership between the
private and public sectors. The first such partnership of this magnitude in British Columbia
(some long-term care homes are already run by
the private sector), this precedent has some
unsettling implications. Of course, UBC Facully
of Medicine Dean, Dr John Cairns, called it, "a
very progressive step."
According to the Ministry of Health Services,
the yet to be named the private-sector partner,
"will assume responsibility for the financing,
design, construction and operation ofthe building." Why would we trust this tremendous
responsibility to a for-profit company? How can
we be sure that the best interests of British
Columbians are being kept in mind when our
health care facilities are being created by pri
vate companies that answer to shareholders
instead of voters?
According to BC Hospital Employees' Union
(BCHEU) spokesman Mike Old, the Liberal government has failed to provide any evidence that
private sector involvement in health care will
bring improvements with respect to either quality of care or financial efficiency. He went so far
as to describe private hospitals as "Gordon
Campbell's fast ferries."
Old should not be surprised that Campbell
can't provide the evidence the BCHEU is
demanding—there simply isn't any. Last
Wednesday, Roy Romanow, Head of the Royal
Commission on the Future of Health Care in
Canada, detailed findings that American-style
free-market approaches to health care are, in
fact, much less efficient than our own publicly-
funded medicare. Largely due to lower administrative costs, Canadian per capita health
spending is less than a third of that paid by
Important as it is, money is not the only
issue here; patients' health must be considered.
A study published in the May issue of the
Canadian Medical Association Journal found
that, in the United States, mortality rates in for-
profit hospitals are higher than those in not-for-
profit hospitals. This exhaustive study drew on
evidence from over 38 million patients, but the
conclusions reached by the researchers are fairly intuitive. It's quite simple: for-profits operate
for profit Like any business, such institutions
have shareholders to answer to, and a bottom
line to maintain.
We should demand fiscal responsibility
from our hospitals. We should also demand that
this does not come at the expense of patient
health, as it seems to be in so many American
The public vs. private debate extends beyond
the realm of health care. Crown corporations
such as BC Hydro and the Liquor Distribution
Branch are all facing the possibility of privitisa-
tion. The question is, what are the benefits to
British Columbians? The way we see it, health
care (along with electricity and booze) is too
important to put into the hands of private, for-
profit companies.
We fear that Gordon Campbell's latest
announcement will prove to be the first of many
fiscally conservative but socially irresponsible
moves toward changing the way our health care
system works for us. Last week, Ontario residents took to the streets, protesting that
province's planned adoption of private-public
health care partnerships. Here in BC, we may
have yet another cause for protest. ♦
A response to Michael-Owen Liston
by Zachary Goelman
In a letter published in the
Ubyssey's October 16 issue ("Say
What?..."), Michael-Owen Liston
attacked a fairly blunt letter written
earlier. I'd like to pat Mr Liston on
the back while pulling the rug out
from beneath him.
Mr Liston suggests that we not
"deliberately ignore large parts of
the historical record." I agree. I'd
never expect you to include a complete history of the Middle East in a
letter to the editorial page. But Mike,
you seem to like that 'cut and paste'
option of history a little too much.
You describe events in Palestine
in 1948 as: "Israel took matters
into its own hands, declaring its
independence in 1948, subsequently seized control...of tracts of
land far beyond which it had been
allotted by the UN...". I think you
paraphrased history deliberately
there. The UN partitioned Palestine
into two states, one for Palestinian
Jews, the other for Palestinian
Arabs. The former accepted the
deal and formed a government and
a state called Israel. The latter
refused the plan because doing so
would mean acceptance ofthe right
for Jews to have a state in Palestine.
In 1941, the US launched an
unprovoked war against Japan.
Wait, Pearl Harbour came first
When it is said that Israel "subsequently seized control...of tracts of
land..." one fails to note that six
nations launched a war on Israel
the day after its independence. The
vital roads and infrastructure ofthe
new Jewish State were very vulnerable to attack, as was the poor community of Jerusalem. When Jordan,
Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq
attacked, these were their first targets. Due to many factors, including the tragic transfer of many
Palestinian Arab civilians, Israel
won its war of independence. The
victorious Jewish State decided that
vulnerability was no longer an
option, and took up more defend-
able borders (though the middle of
the country was only 20km wide
between an open enemy and the
open sea, still incredibly vulnerable). And you know what? Which
country occupied the most
Palestinian land in 1949? The
Kingdom of Jordan. Abdullah took
everything from the Jordan River to
Mr Liston wrote extremely well
on the topic of Mr Sharon and his
inhuman negligence regarding the
massacres of civilians in the Sabra
and Shatilla refugee camps of
Beirut, 1982. I commend him on
his thorough description of true
events. The most poignant line you
wrote, Mike, was when describing
the reaction to the massacres, you
stated that the "Israeli government's official investigation of the
incident, the Kahan
Commission,...found that...Ariel
Sharon 'bears personal responsibility' for what transpired there (at
Sabra and Shatilla]." I couldn't have
asked you to give me a better example of what sets Israel apart from
the states surrounding it. There
was never a state-sponsored investigation into the murders of
Palestinians by the Jordanian army
in September of 1970, or into the
total destruction and rape of the
Syrian city of Hama by that country's army. Why? Those countries
aren't democracies. When Arabs
oppress other Arabs, such as the
Syrian occupation of Lebanon (2 5
years and still tooting), people don't
write to the editor. It barely makes
the back page of the major papers.
When Israel acts like an Arab country, world opinion and Michael-
Owen Liston come crashing down.
I don't really mean what I say
about Israel acting like Syria. Israel
has never acted that badly, yet it
does deserve criticism for the
wrongs it's currently perpetrating
in the form of continued settlement
expansion and occupation of the
West Bank and the Gaza Strip. And
what's more, Sharon was never
really punished for what he was
involved with in 1982, he was just
forced to resign, for Israel's democracy isn't perfect. Democracy
brought Sharon back into power,
because when Israelis again see
their neighbours calling for an
'intifada' and strapping explosives
to themselves, they're going to vote
for whoever promises them security, and they know that Sharon will
play by the neighbourhood rules.
Mike, at the end of your letter
you told us that "[violence and
hatred in the Middle East can't be
dealt with...in terms of black and
white...propaganda is a tool
employed by both sides in the conflict-not just Arabs and anti-
Semites." I truly agree with this. On
the topic of anti-Semitism, and as a
memo to all who I argue with,
(namely conservative Zionist and
radical Leftists), I'd li^e to quote
Thomas Friedman: "Criticising
Israel is not anti-Semitic, and saying so is vile. But singling out
Israel...out of all proportion to any
other party in the Middle East-is
anti-Semitic, and not saying so is
dishonest" ♦
—Zachary Goelman is a
second-year Arts student THE UBYSSEY
The Secret's out:
great set, weak lead
at the TELLIS Studio Theatre
until Oct 26
by Alison Bones
To witness the creative talents of
UBC's set, sound and lighting
designers, I suggest that you go see
the Theatre at UBC production of
David Hare's "The Secret Rapture."
When I walked into the Telus studio, I was very impressed with what
I saw. The simple and beautiful set
(designed by Daniele Guevara) was
carefully decorated with wooden
furniture, an embr6idered bed
spread, aged tile floors and a variety
of little artifacts. The set was complemented with a dim wash of intimate lighting and background classical music. Just looking at the small
stage, it was clear that a lot of effort
was put into making this production
look beautiful.
Unfortunately, some ofthe acting
talent in "The Secret Rapture" did
not live up to the high standards of
the technical talent. Michele
McRoberts, the lead actor who
played the character Isobel, was
tedious to watch. I never had a
moment where I understood why
Isobel was reacting the way she was.
It didn't seem that McRoberts put
any thinking into her actions, which
made the character boring and stat
ic. Between the weak lead actor's
insecure hand mpvements, redundant line delivery and lack of characterisation, it was very difficult to
fully appreciate "The Secret
Despite the disappointing performance by McRoberts, there were
some actors that made up for what
she lacked. Tara Avery, who played
Katherine,   completely   stole   the
show. Avery's strong presence was
immediately felt the moment she
walked on stage. I enjoyed how
Avery exercised strong, confident,
followed-through movements, the
bold and energetic portrayal of her
character made Avery fun to watch.
Avery's experience and talent definitely stood out along with her undeniable connection to her character.
Mike  Waterman, who played
Irwin,   and  Kerry Allchin,  who
played Tom, added a great deal of
substance to "The Secret Rapture.'
Their characterisations were consistent and very believable. When
watching their performances, I felt
as though I was observing two genuine people. Both Waterman and
Allchin did a brilliant job in showing why their  characters  were
doing what they did.
Although the lead actor was a bit
of a dud, the production aspects
and co-stars all contributed to making "The Secret Rapture" worth
seeing. ♦
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AIDA : love and death
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
until Oct 23
by Sophie Leevers
Recently, I attended the opening
night of Vancouver Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida."
Although all ticket holders were
dressed in their best opera attire, the
Queen Elizabeth Theatre could not
compare to my last operatic experience at the Bastille in Paris last
spring. The impression of the stage,
set and costumes seemed closer to a
high school performance than the
grandeur of the Bastille. All wrapping and decorating aside, the performance was still magical, beautiful
and emotional.
"Aida" is an exploration of a complicated love triangle that takes^lace
during wartime in Egypt The emotional space of the characters in crisis is experienced at great depth on
the simple, cleanly built set The
experience here at the Queen
Elizabeth is more intimate than
when "Aida" was produced at BC
Place, where the parade of desert
animals drowned out the quiet, delicate moments ofthe opera.
Aida is an Ethiopian slave of the
Egyptian Princess Amneris. Aida is
in love with Radames, commander
of the Egyptian army. Radames is
fighting against Aida's home country
and her father, the king of Ethiopia.
Radames loves Aida as well, but
Princess Amneris is alsqin love with
Radames. "Aida" is thus the story of
the all-powerful, sickening, maddening love felt by Aida, Radames and
Mezzo soprano Jean Stilwell is
successful in her complex portrayal
of. Amneris, but it was not until
soprano Susan Neves stepped on
stage in the title role of Aida that I
began to slip into the sea of music
that dispels all illusion of time and
place. I loved the voice of Aida. Its
depth had a resonance that sent
shivers and vibrations through my
body. In the final entombing scene I
was only hearing the richness ofthe
operatic voices that were conveying
such deep love. I was not at all thinking of the story lines being projected
on the screen above the stage. (The
opera is in Italian with English subtitles.) Even the scene of death is
romanticised, with Aida's rival,
Amneris, left alone weeping above
the tomb. The last word is "peace."
The opera has four acts and two
intermissions. Although the performance is three hours long, the
only part that made it seem long was
the second intermission. All in all, I
did not find the typical Egyptian sets,
costumes, dancing or the overall theatrical experience exceptional. There
were, however, many enjoyable contrasts between the individual characters, as well as powerful moments
when the larger choruses of priestesses all sung on stage. As an amateur opera critic, I think it's definitely worth going to fill your ears with
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New Deal and
at the Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 13
by Michelle Furbacher
I was eleven and immersed in a
world of hi-fi, overproduced 1980s
bands when I first discovered the
Violent Femmes on a tape in my
big sister's ghetto blaster. The
music was stripped down, the
lyrics were provocative and it had
swear words—I was instantly
hooked. The band was soon added
to the soundtrack of my teenage
years. Gordon Gano's voice and the
words he sang made me uncomfortable—a feeling I cherished.
Despite their presence in my life
for over a decade, this past
Thanksgiving Sunday was my first
opportunity to see them live.
The night started out with a performance by 20 year-old 'John,'
rumoured to be a relative of one ofthe
band members. It soon became
apparent that John subscribed to the
Gordon Gano school of songwriting,
although with his sloppy guitar playing and dull lyrics he somehow
missed the point Nevertheless he
won the crowd with a rendition of
They Might Be Giants' "Particle Man,"
and the girls beside me squealing "We
love you!" seemed to approve.
The Violent Femmes appeared
shortly thereafter, filling the ballroom with an excitement and energy that didn't let up for their entire
set. All three original members
spread out like three pillars across
the stage, equally holding up the
music with their talents. The band's
constant touring is obvious in their
tight performance. With Gano and
his Fender Telecaster, Brian Ritchie
on his acoustic bass and Victor
DeLorenzo, whose drum kit consists
of only a snare, *a floor tom and a
crash cymbal, it amazed me that
such a big sound could come out of
such minimal instrumentation.
This year marks the band's 20th
anniversary, and it shows in their
ability to please a crowd. The set list
was stocked with favourites from all
of their albums. This being their
only Canadian date on the tour,
Gano was apologetic about singing
"American Music" and tried to reassure the crowd that what it really
meant was "North American
Music." "Gimme the Car* featured a
bass solo played behind Ritchie's
head, and "Blister in the Sun" found
the spotlights turned onto the
crowd, who eagerly chanted along.
The Femmes are touring to support their latest release, a deluxe
two-disc reissue of their eponymous first album. In addition to
the original ten songs, it features a
collection of previously unreleased
outtakes, demos and live recordings from their early days. If it
reflects half the enthusiasm of
Sunday night's performance, it is
worth a listen. ♦
at Richard's on Richards
Oct 17
by Robin Turner
"That's the problem with
Vancouver." The New Deal's soundman looked sceptically down at his
menu. I looked at my own menu:
chipotle cream chicken muffalda.
"Do I have to know what a muffalda
is before I can order in this town?"
I have to sympathise, as I'm
just another rural Ontaripn making his way in the West, though
the two musicians I'm eating with
have already made it. So goes the
stoiy, at least.
The hype reads like this: The
New Deal is rocking out house
music with nothing more than a keyboard, drums and a bass guitar. So
what's the big deal?
I asked DJ Froome, the opening
act for The New Deal. He had just
finished a set ofthe deep house that
he creates five on stage with a mixture of electronic goodies.  "Well,
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they're extremely talented musicians, that's for sure," he gushed.
Despite Fipome's excellent beats
and creamy samples, his performance was a little undermined by his
stage presence, or lack thereof. "I
don't like playing on stage like that—
usually I'm in a booth."
When The New Deal took the
stage, they looked anything but
uncomfortable. The crowd immediately jumped to a higher energy
level, and the contrast with the
prior house DJ couldn't have been
stronger. Any doubts I harboured
about a live band adequately replicating house music were immediately erased.
The sound they created was huge.
The drums, keys and bass mixed so
well that the total sound was more
than the sum of its parts. I was starting to understand why this all made
sense. The highest energy music
deserves equally high energy performers. These musicians were on
the same level as the crowd, and it
was the first time I'd ever seen house
music performed in this manner.
They weren't satisfied with just making the sound. It was more like they
were giving birth to it
Jamie Shields covered the entire
spectrum of sound with his multiple
keyboards and samplers, Dan Kurtz
followed him with all six of his bass
strings, and Darren Shearer wasn't
satisfied with pounding the shit put
of his drums—he had to beat-box with
his mouth at the same time. It was
everything dance music should be.
Earlier at dinner, after navigating the menu, Shearer went off on
various topics: playing alongside
Moby and Herbie Hancock, the lack
of support given to new artists by
Canadian record companies and
future prospects for The New Deal.
"This is just a little 'gimme' tour
before we head back to the studio.
We plan to spend the winter putting
together an album that defines our
sound. Not just a bunch of songs
thrown together, but a unified album
that makes us stand out Then we'll
be back; be ready for it" ♦
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with Sweatshop Union and No Luck Club
at the Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 20
by Michael Schwandt
Jurassic 5 just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Through a popular self-titled
EP, and then one of the first great hip-hop albums of the new millennium
(Quality Control), the group has been gaining speed exponentially for the
last several years. Fans the world over are enamoured with the group's lyrical panache and old-school party sound. This month the Los Angeles crew
released Power in Numbers, beating the sophomore jinx with a second full-
length album no less impressive than their first. Their Concert in Vancouver
last Friday sold out so quickly that the group added a second show at the
Commodore only two days later. Obviously, the Ubyssey was there.
Sweatshop Union, of Battle Axe Records subsidiary Underworld Inc.,
was the opening act of the night The large Vancouver group was a last-
minute addition to Sunday's show, as Planet Asia, who performed with
Jurassic 5 on Friday, had since fallen ill and was unable to play again. The
group looked to be having the time of their lives performing for the large
crowd in support of one of hip-hop's biggest acts of the day. Although the
crowd wasn't whipped into the frenzy. Sweatshop Union got the mix
warmed up for what was to come.
Up next was No Luck Club, an
local instrumental duo of sorts: a
DJ working with a partner who
selected and manipulated beats
on a laptop computer. Use of computers not only as production
tools, but in live performances, is
becoming increasingly popular in
many genres, with widely varied
results. Can wildly creative music
be produced in this way?
Certainly. But is it fun to watch?
Not always. Thankfully, No Luck
Club's turntablist and laptopist,
brothers Matt and Trevor Chan,
are an exceptional team. During
the show, they bounced musical
ideas off of each other as if they were having a heated conversation. The use
of Trevor's laptop to maintain and mold the groove gave the DJ free reign to
show off his spectacular scratch techniques. No Luck Club's live performance was an exciting translation of their excellent recorded material from
albums Newfangled Moments and Happiness.
With the crowd fully primed by the opening acts, it was time for the main
attraction. With Jurassic 5's two DJs on stage to spark things off, the group's
four MCs took the stage one by one. Their performance started at a lackadaisical pace with the down tempo song "After School Special," but the
group seemed to feed on the energy ofthe crowd as they grabbed the hands
of fans pressed to the front ofthe stage.
Jurassic 5 proceeded to work through a fairly balanced mix of old and new
material, all the while keeping the audience jumping, yelling or waving at the
performers' bidding. The crowd collectively bobbed their heads to the first
single from Power in Numbers, "What's Golden," longing for the spirit of hip-
hop's past and shouting along to the Public Enemy sample in the chorus.
One highlight came when DJs Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist played their signature sans-rap tracks, "Acetate Prophets" and "Swing Set." While Cut
Chemist remained behind the turntables to control the beats, Nu-Mark ran
over to a drum kit for some enthusiastic (if less than technically superb)
drumming. He then made his way to a pair of children's toys patched
though a mixer, where he used only the crossfade and the star-shaped buttons to accompany his partner's vinyl fireworks.
The group saved some of their strongest songs for their encore. The exuberant rhymes and sampled horns of "Jurass Finish First" were topped only
by the breakneck pace of "A Day At The Races." With Jurassic 5 spilling their
lyrics over a rolling funk bassline, it was obvious that these old-school
revivalists are exactly what popular hip-hop needs. ♦
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