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Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Volume 85 Issue 7
Green and frazzled since 1918
Possible OUC and UBC union?
UBC official discusses
matter at AMS meeting
by Megan Thomas
UBC could, be asked by the BC
government to partner with
Okanagan University College
(OUC), said VP Students Brian
The matter was discussed in a
recent Alma Mater Society (AMS)
executive committee meeting.
The idea has drawn criticism
because there is concern that OUC
would become a satellite campus
of UBC.
"The idea of a branch-plant is
not going over very well in the community," said Allan Coyle, a
spokesperson foj? OUC.
Last December the BC Progress
Board—an advisory body chaired
by UBC President Martha Piper-
made a recommendation to the BC
government that an existing university should extend its mandate
to Kelowna. The report does not
name any specific institutions.
Sullivan said it is possible that
UBC could be.that institution but no
proposal has been made by the BC
government so far. "There is no
proposal from the government
[and] UBC has had no discussions
with OUC about a partnership," he
said. 7
But Sullivan said the report's
recommendation has been discussed at UBC. "The Progress Board
report has been brought to the
attention of senior officials here,
and of the Board," he said. "There
has been discussion about what
that might mean."
He said the reason the matter
was discussed at the AMS meeting
was because the OUC Students
Association expressed concerns to
the AMS. "We offered each other a
heads up on what we knew and
mine was quite a personal reflect
tion," Sullivan said.
. The BC government says the
Progress Board recommendation is
still being assessed and at this
point is not going forward.
"The ministry has responded by
indicating that that is an interesting idea," said Karen McDonald, a
spokesperson for the Ministry of
Advanced Education. "[But) to the
best of my knowledge there has
been no official proposal or request
for proposals put forward."
But, "no door is ever closed,"
she added.
Th© matter has been discussed
in camera by the OUC Board of
Governors said David Westmacott,
OUC Student Associatjon-Kelowna
representative to the OUC Board.
Currently all degrees offered by
OUC can be completed on-site.
Westmacott is concerned that if
OUC partners with UBC some programs would require students to
transfer to UBC to complete their
"The student society is definitely
against it because we feel that we
would be a branch-plant operation
and most of our funding would end
up down at the headquarters,"
he said.
"We see that as our access being
taken away,""said Karina Frisqye,
president of the OUC Students
Assqciation-Kelowna. She would
like to see OUC become an independent university rather than
partner' with an existing university.
Coyle said the OUC administration
has   heard   rumours   about   the
See "OUC"on page 2.
TROUBLE, OVER: CUPE 116 is concerned layoffs could affect campus saftey. michelle mayne photo
Campus Security layoffs loom
by Jonathan, Woodward
UBC may eliminate the positions of
up to 26 employees today, including
as many as ten full-time patrol
The decision comes after a letter
of understanding between the union
and the university yras not renewed
in contract talks last spring.
Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Local 116
President Paul Cooke feels that a
simultaneous increase in Safewalk
hiring of about 100 students is akin
to UBC contracting out Campus
Security services.
"This is a classic case of double-
breasting. Our employer is trying
to  hire  students,  paid   slightly
above minimum wage, to do our
job>* he said.
But, UBC representative Scott
Macrae said that the reasons for the
dispute were unrelated to Safewalk.
"Safewalk has been a student initiative," he said. "It works with security
as required. It has always been a student initiative."
UBC's Personal Security
Coordinator Paul Wong said
Safewalk's mandate does not
include the duties performed by
Campus Security. "[Safewallcj has a
no intervention policy," he said. "If
sbmething happens,, they don't
intervene, they, call Campus
Macrae said that the university's
decision to lay off workers was a
consequence" of an unacceptable "
labour situation, which involves paying employees'triple-time when they
work a fifth weekend in a row.
"The university, dealing with
public money, must account for
things properly. It certainly can't
afford as a public institution to be
paying built-in overtime. No other
employer would permit this,"
he said.
Macrae said that in absence of
the letter of understanding, bargain-,
ing continues under a previously
negotiated collective agreement An
offer from, the university that
remains on the table calls for shift
ehanges that would eliminate the
fifth-weekend overtime pay.
The layoffs would reduce the
See'"Security"'on page2.
Safe injection site now open for patients
i .
DOORS OPENED:  Patients welcomed, michelle mayne photo
by Megan Thomas
Talk has finally translated into
action for injection drug users in
Vancouver. The first safe injection
site (SIS) took its first patients on
Sunday night, hut not without
The site is the result of legislation
granted by Health Canada-section
56 of the Controlled Drugs and
Substances Act—that gives an exempt
tion to allow users to legally inject
their own drugs under the supervision of medical professionals.
Part of the.exemptioii criteria is a
$ 1.4 million research study carried
out by the BC Centre for Excellence
in HIV/AIDS that will seek to understand the effect the site has on
improving the health of drug users.
'A supervised injection site is an
important step in a treatment continuum arid harm reduction, that we
are doing in the downtown east
side-," said Mark Tyndall, of the UBC
department of Medicine and the
Centre for Excellence.
~ The SIS, located in the heart of
the drug-ridden downtown east side
(DTES), will be open lS-hoursa clay
7-days a week and will supply clients
with clean injection equipment such
as spoons, tourniquets and water
with the h&pes of reducing the
spread of infectious diseases.
"We have to put services where
the people are," said Vivianna
Zanocco of Vancouver Coastal
Health, the body that oversees the
operation of the site.
So far 300" clients have registered
with the SIS.
.;   See"SIS"onpgge2.
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"OUC from page I.
possible partnership but nothing
concrete has surfaced. "We have
heard nothing specific and seen no
details with regards to the ideas that
might be floating around."
Coyle added that despite the
rumours OUC is continuing to work
on achieving full university status
that would allow it to offer postgraduate programs and an expand
ed research mandate. "We are
marching ahead in our development," he said.
The AMS would need more
details before deciding whether it
would support a partnership
between the institutions, said Sam
Saini, VP External for the AMS. "If it
was established in a certain way it
might be favourable for us but then if
it was done in another way it might
not be."
Sullivan said that UBC would
have to be approached by the BC
government before a decision could
be made as to whether the idea
would be favourable, but he added,
"Obviously we wouldn't do it if it
meant that we had to take money
away from our current enterprise or
Martha Piper was not available to
comment on the Progress Board recommendation by press time. ♦<►
Union worried lay-offs will affect campus safety
"Security" from page I.
number of officers on the road from 3 6 to 12, with only
two officers at night, Cooke said. "One of them must be a
dispatcher. That leaves one person to patrol the campus.
If one person comes in, he must answer the phones."
Macrae says if the union accepts the university's
offer the layoffs could be avoided.
Wong said that the effect of the security cuts has yet
to be seen. "We'll still have Campus Security on campus,
Safewalk, and the RCMP. In terms ofthe resources, nothing changes," he said. "If there are issues where the campus isn't safe, it would be something we'll need to
address." ♦
City of Vancouver hopes for harm reduction in the DTES
"SIS" from page I.
The legislation means that the
role of the police will be limited to
ensuring order outside of the SIS.
"We will be looking the at [the] outside of the facility and that is to
ensure that there is no open air drug
trafficking or street disorder that
occurs," said Vancouver Police
Constable Sarah Bloor.
She added that the police will be
doing their best with a limited supply
of resources. "We don't have the
same police resources that have been
put in other cities in Europe in
regards to supervised injection sites."
But, not everyone agrees with the
decision to open the SIS. "I don't
think this should be the focus at all
of drug addiction, * said Alliance MP'
Randy White, vice chair ofthe recent
House of Commons special committee on non-medical drug use. "I
don't respect people who spend millions of dollars on this and at the
same time allow rehabilitation facilities to close for lack of money."
White also said that he does not
beUeve the site will cut down on the
rate of infectious diseases among
injection drug users because people
may not use the SIS 365 days a year.
"If you use it one day out of that
year in some corner some place and
on a dirty needle, that is the end of it,"
he said, adding, "When people say its
a form of harm reduction I say it is
not It is a form of harm extension."
The site will help drug users in
the DTES, said Michael Botnick, a
UBC sociology professor who
researches in the area of HIV/AIDS.
"For people who are injection
drug users I think that anything that
provides a safe haven, a shelter and
harm protection obviously is going to
be better than nothing," he said.
The research study is hoping to
find evidence to support this7
"We dihppe to show t&afc tBo^
people using the site' are'safer,
healthier, more likely to get into
treatment certainly less likely to
overdose," added Tyndall.
No one should expect a revolution
in drug use in the DTES with only one
facility, cautioned Tyndall. Only about
five per cent of the approximately
4,700 drug users in the DTES will be
using the SIS. "A lot more needs to be
done," he said.
He hopes that the SIS will'provide
the momentum for more initiatives to
reach out to drug users in the DTES.
The research study will last for
three years and has secured full
funding from Health Canada. The
SIS has secured funding of $2 million from the BC Ministry of Health
Service's—allowing it to operate for
the rest of the fiscal year—and is currently looking to secure long-term
funding. "We think it should be coming from the federal government seeing as how it is a scientific research
pilot project," said Zanocco.
Botnick thinks that the SIS will
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the' site has already garnered.
"People' really don't like these
things in the part of the public
gaze," he said. Botnick is concerned
that the site may have become too
mucb of a political issue. "In my
opinion it is not a political issue at
all. It is a health and harm reduction issue," he said. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Medical students to flee BC?
by Jonathan Woodward
Skyrocketing tuition and crushing debt may force BC medical school graduates to practice out of the province, says a
UBC medical student.
Brian Coburn said that students facing a higher debt load
are more likely to choose specialties and workplaces based
on financial need.
That decision could send BC medical school graduates
out of province or to the United States said Coburn, who
based his argument on a recent University of Toronto report.
"The example from Ontario has shown that the medical
school classes have changed since tuition.went up there,"
said Coburn. "This is a foreseeable consequence at
UBC also."
"We're going to start to see a change in what medical students do when they graduate," he said. "They'll pick specialties that are more lucrative, or [change] where they decide to
practise...we're going to see more of that, not less of that."
In the report Jeff C. Kwong, a communitymedicine resident at the Univeristy of Toronto, examined class composition in Ontario medical schools as tuition increased from an
average of under $6000 peryear to more than $12,000 and
compared the changes to control schools whose tuition was
more stable.
The report found the proportion of medical school stu
dents whose family income was less than $40,000 declined
by about one third. Students surveyed reported higher levels
of expected debt at a median of $80,000.
They were also more likely to report pay scale being a
major influence on specialty choice and work location.
The report also found that if student diversity goes down
due to tuition increases there could be negative consequences.
Among these consequences could be that students from
low-income backgrounds that may otherwise treat ethnic
minorities, practise in rural communities, and work in
depressed areas may not be able to afford medical school.
The paper, entitled "Effects of rising tuition fees on medical
school class composition and financial outlook," was published
lastyear in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Student debt adds instability to the field of medicine, said
Coburn. "All of a sudden we're adding one more burden to a
burdened profession in an incredibly burdened field in BC
right now. That is definitely going to undermine some of the
programs of the provincial government" The Minsitry of
Advanced Education could not be reached for comment by
press time.
While money is a factor, doctors choose their specialty
and location to practise mainly on the basis of lifestyle, said
Clay Adams, a spokesperson for Vancouver Coastal Health.
Adams said the provincial government has introduced
measures to keep doctors in all BC communities, including
financial incentives and debt payment
"There is always a concern of maintaining doctors
through the system," he said.
It would be premature to act on the information in the
report, said Bruce Fleming, associate dean of Medicine, student affairs. "We do not understand the effect that this has
on tuition well enough," he said.
The UBC Faculty of Medicine created its own Student
Financial Assistance Office with new tuition dollars which
offers financial advice to medical students.
Rosemary McCutcheon, a spokesperson for the office is
doing a study similar to Kwong's to determine how UBC students are affected by tuition increases.
"The important thing will be not what the survey shows
this year but what the survey shows four years from now,"
she said. "It will be interesting to compare the survey on an
ongoing basis."
But McCutcheon said she will not be asking where students intend to practise because the question becomes more
complicated. "If you feel that your debt is very high, are you
going to do the fastest possible residency to become a general practitioner, or your you going to specialise and hold
out for the higher income in a specialty? The question
requires more detail to be completely conclusive."
Still, McCutcheon recognises the importance of the survey. "The report is important not for its data but for the questions it asks," she said. ♦
Res cafeteria revolution
SHINY AND NEW: Vanier cafeteria is updated with fresh
food and booths after a 25-year wait, nelson leonc photo
by Megan Thomas
A $1.6 million renovation has revolutionized a UBC residence
The new design in Place Vanier
hopes to accomodate the 400 extra
students living in the Vanier complex
this year.
Vanier was chosen because it had
not been renovated- in 2 5= years. "It
was in dire need of a renovation,"
said Andrew Parr, director of UBC
Food Services. 'Gone are the days of
the long tables and uncomfortable
The renovations began in May and
are now almost complete. They are
part of "A two-phase update, of the
entire Vanier commons block including seismic upgrades.
The facility was operational
enough to open for the first meal plan
lunch on August 30, even though construction was not complete by
To feed the extra students, the new
cafeteria has a scatter design with different made-to-order food stations
placed around the room. This design
replaces the old linear food service
setup still used at Totem residence
and provides fresh food in a more
efficient way, said Parr.
He also said that higher expectations from students forced the cafeteria upgrade. "The expectations from
younger students...is much higher
than in the past," he said."The knowledge that Canadians have towards
ethnic foods as well is much greater."
The new working environment has
also had a positive effect on trje;
Vanier staff. Parr added. "The attitude
of the staff has really improved
because they are working in an envi-
roment they are proud of."
The scatter design also means that
more cooks have been hired to staff
the food stations in place of general
food service workers. "It is hard to
win a race if you only have three
wheels on the car. Now we have four
Perelli tires," said cook Steve Golob.
The new dining area sports a variety of seating arrangements to make
socialising easier for the 3000 to
3 500 people coming through the cafeteria doors each day. Each resident
eats an average of 2.6 meals a
day there.
Parr attributes the increase of
about 600 transactions each day,
compared to last year, to both the
increase in Vanier residents, and to
the increase of Totem residents—
whose cafeteria will not see renovations soon—also using the new facili-
ty.    ~    ;,
Manager Ayrin Furguson said the
renovation has boosted the cafeteria's
appeal to non-residents. "For non-resident customers we are seeing in a
dayVhat we used to see in a week," he
said Food Services has never marketed the facility to non-residents but
with the new design is considering it.
Students like the new image but
don't necessarily see the revolution in
the food. "It's a new image...but the
food is the same," said Alison Nutt, a
second-year Arts student. She added
that the line-ups are soil an issue at.
peak hours.
But Shannon Beebe, president of
the Vanier Students Association, is
sold on the concept. "It's beautiful. It
is like walking into Earls in your
Furguson also said that despite the
new diverse menu the most popular
item is still chicken strips and fries. ♦
High admission averages worry secondary students
by Ai Lin Choo
Worried Grade 12 students asked
university leaders to make sure that
more than just grades are taken
into consideration during the
admissions process.
"There's a problem with needing to prove to a university that I'm
worthy enough to attend their facility," said Grade 12 student Dylan
Mulvin, at the Morris J. Wosk
Centre for Dialogue last Thursday;
Students gathered to address
UBC President Martha Piper and
SFU President Michael Stevenson
at the Forum on Education and
They said many creative and
intelligent minds are not being
used to their full potential due to
the sharp increase in post-secondary admissions averages over the
past few years.
Mulvin, who is considering pursuing Film or Communications
after he graduates, said the pres-
poor classroom environment
"Students are missing a connection to things outside of high
school. There isn't an attempt to
find those students. Instead, they
have to adapt who they are to fit
into the education system," he said.
Piper acknowledged that there is
a problem of accessibility and
admitted that as a province, BC
does not have enough publicly
funded seats for all qualified students to have access to university.
"We've been quite open about
that [the lack of funded seats}, we
continue to advocate for that, we
work with our student organizations to advocate for that. We certainly encourage students to seek
education at all levels," she said.
Despite high interim admission
standards of 86 per cent for Science
: and engineering and 82 per cent
for Arts, UBC accepted more students than it is funded for this
year—a practice that has become
common to UBC over the past
few years.
recently graduated from high
school, argued that universities
need to have a diverse student population and need to respect different types of intelligence or risk
becoming increasingly irrelevant to
more people.
"The pressure of getting into
university really impoverishes high
school life/ she said, adding that
she would like to see universities
set different admissions criteria,
include a more diverse student
population and move towards
being completely publicly funded.
Stevenson admitted that while
universities are not open to all, it
would be odd to declare that students could be there without the
required grades. He did acknowledge that diverse qualifications
should be considered in the admissions process, but alluded to the
problems of cost and funding as
Currently, SFU has a diversity
policy, where ten per cent of its Arts
students, who do not meet admis-
on the grounds of extra-curricular
activities, success in their studies
despite difficult circumstances or
on clear and valid reasons for
attending SFU. But students must
have an admission average of at
least 67 per cent and must meet
English language requirements.
UBC has a similar policy called
broader-based admission, which
allows faculties to offer admissions
to students who do not meet admission averages.
Not every faculty uses broader-
based admission, said Deborah
Robinson, associate registrar and
director of student recruitment,
admissions and awards. Departments such as music, fine arts and
creative writing have always used
broader based admission, while the
rest of the Faculty of Arts does not
make use of the policy. The Faculty
of Science admitted 200 students
who did not have the required averages last year, but were within five
per cent of the standard.
Students also charged adminis-
lobby for more funding from the
"We don't hear very often the
universities' attempts to get more
funding. They seem to be quite content with the amount of funding
they're getting from their own students," said Mulvin.
"I would like them to express
sonje concern that they can only let
in students with 87 per cent I think
that should be an issue for them. I
think they should be extremely concerned and that they should be trying to adapt their system."
Piper argued instead that while
accessibility is her main concern
and is the top priority for UBC,
administrations can only do so
much to push for an increase in
"There's absolutely no question
that your [student] voices are a lot
more powerful that our voices
because we are seen as self-interested. The issue here is the public
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Mixed feelings for soccer Birds
Marginal loss
follows a
landslide win
for women
by Jesse Marchand
It was on-again and off-again for th£ women's
soccer Birds this weekend. Winning their
game against the Saskatchewan Huskies 5-1,
the Birds gained some confidence after last
week's loss to UVic.
"Friday we came out- and we knew we had
to get a win on the board after our Victoria
game," said Coach Mosher. "The first twenty
minutes we dominated and scored three
goals and basically that was the match."
And despite the fact that the game was
pretty much decided in the first few minutes—Heather Smith and Rosalyn Hicks each
scored once in the first six minutes—the
women didn't want to say that it was an easy
"Well I think we expected them to be a httle stronger, but we didn't give them a chance
anyway so it wouldn't have mattered," said
team captain Rosalyn Hicks. "We were happy
the way we played."
But Sunday's game against the Alberta
Pandas was a different story.      • '.«
The first half put a lot of pressure on the'
Panda's keeper as UBC pushed hard on the
NO, IT'S NOT AEROBICS: TheT-Birds stopped at nothing to beat the Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday, michelle mayne photo
offensive. Then a bit of aggression on the part
of Panda Christina Kahlina caused a few
cease and desist orders from the referee, but
no misconduct cards were issued.
' Then, nine minutes in, Keiko Reid kicked
one in for UBC. But while the Birds put pressure on the Panda's defense, they couldn't get
open enough during the throw-ins and kept
surrendering possession. A wide shot on the
Panda net was knocked out of bounds by the
keeper, which gave the Birds a corner-kick
and set them up to score. But this was the first
of a series of unlucky shots that just wouldn't
make it into the goal.
Even Reid couldn't hit a nearly open net,
kicking the ball too high, over the goalposts.
.Then the Pandas pushed UBC on the defen-
. sive. A shot that just barely^ deflected off the
top of UBC's Hannah Shoichet's gdalpost was
quickly collected by Alberta's Jackie Glessing
who shot it into th.e upper right corner of the
net, making the score 1-1.
The second half started with UBC pressure
again, but the first shot on net didn't come
until a few minutes in when T-Bird Anja
Siglock had a few shots on net in a row. Even
a penalty shot brought no luck to the Birds,
who managed to shoot" it past the Panda
defense only to be blocked by the goalkeeper.
But. it was all over for the T-Birds when
Panda Katie Grist took a smooth pass from
Amar Dhaliwal and scored the last goal of the
game. The final score was 2-1 for Alberta.
"Anyone who saw that game today knows
who should have won it," said Coach Mosher.'
"We had them by the throat but we didn't
squeeze it."
But the team is hoping that the upcoming
away games will bring better luck.
"I think we've met pretty much every
team now and we're pretty confident with
ourselves," said Hicks. "We're expecting a lot
, more strength out of the other teams, but we
have seen that we can play with every team."
She added, "We were better than this team
today. We just had a Httle bit of a breakdown."
"I thinfc this team will be determined
enough to come back, go and get two wins in
a row next weekend to get back in the fight,'
said Mosher. "Put it this way: championship
hopes are not out the window."
. "It's going to.be a be a long road but we're
seeing some good stuff," added Hicks.
(  The Birds head to Lethbridge and then
Calgary for a. weekend double-header starting
on Saturday. ♦
Weekend has its ups and downs for the T-Birds men's team
by Marc Mfquel Helsen
Coming off a 3-2 victory against the
Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday, the UBC
Thunderbirds hoped to continue their wirt
ning streak on Sunday as they paired off
against the Alberta Golden Bears.
They had no such luck.
The' game got off to a quick start with both
teams eager to gain possession- The first ten
minutes were characterised by unsettled soccer, full'of sloppy and risky tackles.
Within the first two minutes an Alberta
defender was shown a yellow card for a pointless tackle that could have had serious consequences. With the Alberta coach protesting
the call and consequently being silenced by
the referee, the game was off to an interesting
The Birds tried "to win things in their
favour by playing their own style of game
rather than matching their opponent's gruff
style of play.
Despite Terry Bell's swift attempts to get
something going on the offensive front, the
Birds found it difficult to penetrate the
Alberta defense. A quick Alberta counterattack followed by an unfortunate defensive
error led to a precarious cough-up, which
ended with a 1-0 Alberta lead in the ninth
UBC tried to respond but found it nearly
impossible to create a corridor through the
middle of the field and they looked to the
wings to create some space. Alberta's defensive unit proved to be too strong and fast so
the Birds' offence stayed at the margins ofthe
field, unable to coordinate any serious offensive rush.
While in past games the Birds used their
speed to destabilise the opposing defense and
create the necessary spaces, here they found
their speedy rushes countered by their most
level opponent this season. It looked as if it
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was going to be a long and gritty battle where
perseverance, and perhaps at httle luck —
rather than a difference in skill—would be the
deciding factors in this game.
Frustrated and desperate to crack the
Alberta defense, the Birds concentrated their
energy on attacking, and as a result left the
back line unprotected. In the 19th minute,
another exhibition of sloppy marksmanship
in the Birds' back fine nearly ended in a goal,
but keeper Dan Holloway came up big and
made the save.
With less than five minutes to go in the
half, an Alberta defender received his second
yellow card for standing within ten yards of
the ball and obstructing a free kick and was
sent off the field. Heading into the second half
with, a one-man advantage, it looked as if
things were looking up for the Birds.
However, they enjoyed little of their opportunity as midfielder Josh Gordon was shown the
red card on a questionable call in the 3 4th
minute. Back to even strength,, the Birds were
now bereft of their centre-pivot offensive
coordinator -
Yet despite this significant call against
. their favour, the second half saw a very different UBC team. Scoring chances came more
easily and the team was enjoying a faster,
more fluid range of movement throughout
the length, of the field. Defender Paul
Seymour—who originally stepped back as last
man to allow Aaron Richer to play a larger
part in coordinating an offensive strategy—
also played an important role in rushing the
ball out and placing it within the Alberta half.
The Birds' Adrian Sanders, whose speed
and agility only increased as the Alberta
defenders, slowed down, was involved in several chances which just barely missed the
Alberta net After a series of near-goals—one
post and one shot just wide ofthe Albferta net
—the Birds were rewarded for their persev'er-
t ance wheji the veteran striker finally knocked
a high ball past the Alberta keeper.
"I don't have the best recollection of [the
goal],* said Sanders. "I received tlie ball, and
just tried to get the shot off and got a lucky
In the 90th minute of the game, however,
the Birds' hopes were dashed when yet another sloppy; defensive error culminated in a 2-1
Alberta lead. It was a heartbreaking end to a
game in which the Birds showed a lot of heart
and resilience.
Despite the unfortunate outcome, captain
Dave Wong was optimistic. "It's better now
than in the play-offs. We were unlucky today
not to get anything out of it but, at least we
showed that we have something there," he
said. "The second half we were all over them,
we had so many chances, a couple posts here
and there, a couple near misses, so it's not all
bad. We showed that we can play with them
and we can beat them, so we just have to show
it next time."
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T-Birds mauled by
the Golden Bears
Pre-season hockey games get off to a rocky start
by Marius Adomnica
The Thunderbirds men's hockey
team lost the first of their baek-to-
back series against the Canada
West Champion Alberta Golden
Bears this Friday by a score of 5-2.
Although UBC played hard, they
had a tough time responding to
Alberta's offensive pressure, and
were outshot 40-23 in the loss.
Alberta started strong and managed to control the play for much
of the first period. They had an
easier time setting up their attack
than the Birds, who weren't able to
get that much going and were
reduced offensively to only a few
The Qolden Bears opened the
scoring early on and did not let up
the pressure, scoring again 13:49
into the period as UBC goalie
Robert File, who was kept fairly
busy all night, got caught out of the
net while chasing the puck during
an Alberta power play. He managed
to get back to the net in time tp stop
the initial shot; however Alberta
managed to score in the ensuing
goalmouth scramble, giving them
the 2-0 lead they would take with
them to the locker room.
Field Hockey Glory
In the first of three Canada West~
tournaments this year, the women's
The Birds started the second
period with renewed energ. Just
1:10 in, a superb UBC pass from
Centre ice found its way between
two Alberta defensemen and onto
the stick" of forward JpKh Kress,"
who was left with only the goalie to
beat. Kress made no mistake in
burying this opportunity with a
quick wrist-shot to the top right corner, bringing UBC within one. This
momentum shift was short-lived,
however, as less than two minutes
later Alberta restored their lead
with a well-executed power play,
patiently working the puck around
in front ofthe UBC net before catching the Birds' goalie out of position
for an easy put-in.
Alberta added one more heartbreaking goal late in the period
after UBC had defended well,
against a string Q$ Alberta power-
plays, which included a minute-
long two- man advantage.
By the beginning of the third
period both team^ looted slightly
winded and the game began to
slow down. Alberta still continued
to apply pressure offensively, but
failed to create many quality scoring chances. Things were not clicking for UBC either as they were
unable to muster a shot on goal for
field hockey team defeated UVic 2-1
in Calgary this weekend. After beating the Vikes, UBC is now 4-0 for the
tournament,: beating Alberta 3-0,
Calgary 1-0 and Manitoba 8:0. They
head to Alberta on October 3.
■Rugby Season Suffers.
The three divisions of the men's
rugby team have all had a rough
start to the season. The
Thunderbirds—who play in division
one of the British Columbia Rugby
Association (BCRU)—lost a colossal
game of 0-55 against Kelowna. The
Braves—BCRU division two—lost 15-
30 to Kelowna as well, and 65-5
the first ten minutes of the period.
However, the Birds seemed to gain
energy as the period progressed,
finally Scoriiig with 3:3 0 left in the
period to keep things interesting.
Sadly this proved too little'tOtf Tate.
Alberta responded to the UBC goal
with a goal of their own less than
two minutes later, this time
an empty-netter, to cap off the
5-2 win.
While the atmosphere in the
stands remained relatively laid-
back, tempers on the ice flared.
Towards the end of the proceedings, every other whistle seemed
to be punctuated by minor scuffles
and the occasional cross-check as
both teams began to get on each
other's nerves. Powerplays proved
crucial, as nearly eveiy goal of the
game was scored with the man
The Birds went on to have
another disappointing finish in
the second game losing 3-J to the
Bears and dropping their pre-season record to 0-3. They now go on
to play two away games against
high-ranked Lakehead University
before heading south to Colorado
to finish off their tough pre-season
schedule against three NCAA
teams. ♦
against Seattle. The first-year Totems
-BCRU division three-lost 58-0 to
the Rogues. The Thunderbirds go on
to play UVic in an exhibition game at
T-Bird stadium this Saturday at
Volleyball Velocity
,In their three exhibition games
- this month, the UBC women's volleyball team won every match. In
one weekend they outscored Chicago
State 3-0, Maine 3-1 and Portland
State 3-2. They start the regular season at home, playing SFU on
September 31. The game starts at
7pm at War Memorial Gym. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Still trying after all these years
Football Birds fall short again
by Jesse Marchand
Friday's game turned into another
disappointing finish for UBC's football Birds who were matched against
last year's Canada West champions,
the Saskatchewan Huskies. Despite
the absence of the Huskies' star running back David Stevens, the Birds
were unable to pull it together for the
win, losing 21-13.
The game started out well enough
for UBC with Trevor Gorety making
some smooth receptions. They were
the first team to secure a first down,
and at 10:50 Leon Denenfield kicked
in a 29 yard field goal making the
score 3-0 for UBC.
But it wasn't long before the Birds
were pushed back into their own
zone and fighting to keep their
shutout. But the Birds' defence
proved too strong for the Huskies
and the first quarter turned into a
glorified tug of war with both teams
fighting for downs and sliding forward and back.
But the Huskies gained some control in the second. Their first jump
pn the scoreboard was significant as
Tyler Siwak completed a 28 yard run
for the big score just over four minutes in. Less than five minutes later,
Drew Kendel added insult to injury
by taking a six-point touchdown and
successfully .completing the; one-
point conversion making it 14-3
Kendel's points did not phase the
fighting Birds, however, and they
sucessfully advanced the ball inside
the Huskies' 20 before being faced
with a third down. They chose to take
a gamble instead of kicking off, but
to their dismay the Birds were
blocked by the Huskies' defence on
their way to the end-zone.
But 13 minutes in Dene field
struck the Huskies again, this time
with a 16 yard field goal, which put
another three points on the scoreboard for UBC. With a score of 14-6
for Saskatchewan it was far from
over, as a six-point touchdown with
the one-point conversion would have
made the Birds just one point shy of
tying the Huskies.
Back at first down and less than a
minute left in the second, a toss to an
open Gorety flew just beyond his
grasp and the Birds just barely
missed a last minute touchdown.
Unfortunately the Birds were denied
even three points as the play was followed by a missed field goal that
unluckily sailed past the uprights.
This ended the quarter and
brought the Birds back to the centre
to kick off to the Huskies.
UBC started the third with Josh
Iwanka kicking off, which was handled by Saskatchewan's Eric
Duchene. The game^ continued to
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bounce back and" forth with both
teams making runs and both throwing interceptions. But UBC kept taking penalties, allowing the Huskies
to advance their downs.
The score remained stagnant
until the fourth quarter, when just
3:43 minutes in the Huskies struck
again with another touchdown and a
one-point conversion kicked in by
Bradley Owen.
.- UBC's action did pick up in the
last few minutes as a one-yard run by
Andre Sadeghian followed by a Leon
Denefield kick brought the score
up to 13 for UBC against the
Huskies' 21.
UBC kept on the pressure but a
well-contested tumble-turned-pass
interference penalty pushed UBC
away from the Huskies' endzone. In
the end, too many mistakes on penalties cost UBC the win—in a game that
Josh Iwanka told CiTR anyone could
have won. Coach Deslauriers was
reluctant to blame refereeing, however, and focused more on the mistakes
that the players were making.
"I think that some of the calls
could be questioned but isn't that the
case with all games?* said
The Birds play their first away
game this Saturday at the University
of Regina. So far UBC stands 0-3 for
the season. ♦
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Tues. Sept 23,2003
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Fri. Sept. 26,2003,
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Free cash unclaimed, says registrar
by Ginny Collins
REGINA (CUP)-Thousands-of dollars in
scholarship money is going to waste in
Saskatchewan because students are not
applying, says a college registrar.
Although student loans and financial debt
are a reality for many students, universities
and colleges like Campion College at the
University of Regina are often hard pressed
to give their money away.
"We certainly make a, big effort to get
them out there/ said Barbara DeVlieger,
Campion College registrar. "But sometimes
there will only be one applicant or none."
Despite their efforts. Campion was
unable to give away two scholarships of
$1000 this year because no one applied.
Another scholarship worth $1000 had only
one applicant who received it automatically.
Many of their other- scholarships had very
few applicants.        "
About 40 per cent of students in
Saskatchewan receive student loans and
have an average debt of $13,582 each, a
study performed in 2002 shows.
Despite this financial need, many students don't apply for scholarships because
they believe money is only given to those
with top marks, DeVlieger said.
Qualifications for some scholarships are
often very specific, so few students fall into
the available categories, she said.
Crystal Palmer, a fourth-year arts student
at the University of Regina, owes around
$ 1500 in student loans from this year alone.
She said she has not applied for a scholarship since high school.
"I ilon't know, I just thought the competition would be too high and I wouldn't have a
chance," said Palmer, when asked why she
has not applied for a scholarship since entering university.
Palmer said she has never seen the
scholarships advertised and she does not
have time to go looking for them.
Another student said high grades are
needed. "In my opinion only good students
get scholarships, not normal students,* said
Aattie Auang, an international student from
China. "Too high for me."
Auang arrived from China over a year ago
but said she has never known the details of
applying for scholarships at the University of
Regina. She said she does not, plan to apply.
"Not now anyways, maybe later," she
But for DeVlieger there is more to scholarship criteria than high marks. "Some [students] will say that financial need is the pri-
maiy qualification," she said.
She also believes that community involvement and leadership are essential
This year, the University of Regina issued
a booklet detailing undergraduate awards so
students would have easier access to the
information. The university's financial aid
office believes this system is probably going
to help.
'Our system here is a little different,"
said Betty St Onge of the University of
Regina financial aid office. "If the scholarships aren't given out, we change the terms."
St Onge said that if certain scholarships
are not applied for, they will seek out students who they know are eligible, or they go
back to the donor and work on changing the
terms. They will also contact individual faculties so they can put their students in contact with financial aid.
"We won't hold the scholarship money for
more than a year, but in larger facilities you
can't do. that."
At the University of Manitoba, most scholarships don't require application. They
either go tp the person with the highest
marks in a faculty or someone nominated by
their professors. Few scholarships are
offered by the application process.
"The only scholarships that don't get
given out are ones that are offered for courses where the professor is on sabbatical or
the course is no longer offered," said Cheryl
Richardson with the University of Manitoba
financial aid office. "The few scholarships
that require applications wiD have
The financial aid office admits they are
responsible for informing students including the many who do not apply.
"There has to be an education process on
our part," said St Onge. ♦
Strip your way to a BA (if you have a B average)
by Ashley Dunn
THE'lANCE    '
WINDSOR (CUP)-A student-run
newspaper at the University of
Windsor is receiving worldwide
media attention for running an
advertisement from a local bar promising students tuition money in
exchange for stripping^
The ad was placed on the outside
back cover of The Lance student
newspapet and featured a blond
.woman dressed in a black tank fop.
The woman was shown from the
waist up and her face was clearly vis^
ible. The caption above her head read
•"We pay your tuition.* Across her
chest was written "join our team."
The media coverage began with a
front-page story in The Windsor Star
along with a photo of the ad The fol
lowing morning, a string of television
crews from Canada and'the United
States showed up on campus.
The ad eventually received media
coverage internationally.
Renaldp Agostino, - marketing
director for the strip club's parent
company, Katzman Enterprises,
said the offer is conditional on entertainers working six-hour shifts three
to four times per week; and on
maintaining a B average. Once those
criteria have been established,
Katzman Enterprises would pay a
minimum $1500 towards a tuition
The offer does not only apply to
women interested in universify, but
college and trade schools as well,
Agostino said.
An adult entertainer who goes by
the name Aphrodite feels the ad
should be seen as an opportunity for
women to decide for themselves
whether adult entertainment is right
for them.
"I think we should encourage
women to experience both sides of
the coin. When you have to work
harder you appreciate things more.
You strive harder in college because
you realise that dancing is not a
lifetime career," said the entertainer,
who has worked in Windsor and
the United States for the past 11
years. Other people, however, do not
agree with Aphrodite's first-hand
Nancy BIyth, a Windsor resident,
said the ad was pornographic and no
one should have to degrade themselves for the opportunity to
go to school.
Even though he was not pleased
that such an ad would be accepted in
a student paper, the controversy
could be a forum for people to engage
in open discussions about such matters, said Ross Paul, president of
Windsor University.
"I am disappointed that The Lance
chose to run such ads," Paul said.
"But it is not that ad alone. It is any
ad that is degrading to women. I am
disappointed the ad received such
prominence, but I would like this to
be given serious discussion and hope
people take the opportunity to learn
from this. It is a legitimate question
whether this is appropriate in a
student newspaper."
Discussions about the ad have
occurred throughout the past two
weeks    between   the    University
of Windsor Students' Alliance (UWSA).
and members of the community
at large.
"The UWSA does not interfere
with content of any kind at The
Lance." said Rob Dufour, president of
the UWSA, "And I believe that independence is fundamental for running a. strong newspaper. It is the
responsibility of The Lance to ensure
that a proper editorial process is followed so that the views of the students are represented."
Ads in The Lance are screened by
the editorial board, which includes
the editor-in-chief, the business and
advertising manager and the ad
"Unfortunately, some media outlets made it seem that The Lance is
the official voice of the university,
when we're not," Bresson said.
"And we're certainly not starting
now," he added. ♦
Sometimes we like to take news stories from around
We also take them from you.
News meetings: Tuesdays at 1pm, Room 24 SUB
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A look at the uncertain
future of BC Teachers
he path to becoming a teacher is not as easy as you might think.
While some may have wanted to become a teacher ail their lives,
others are looking for a vocational program—and consequently, a
job—after a perilous and misdirected undergraduate degree. But
both parties must understand that the declaration, 'I want to become a teacher"
does not default to a set, easy path and must not be taken lightly.
Especially ih BC.
In recent years the climate for teachers in this province has been getting
worse. Legislation in January 2002 deregulated classroom sizes and cut funding
for students with special needs. Funding for BC public schools has been frozen
since 2001 and will remain so until 2004. On top of that, many costs have been
passed down to local communities sending schools scrambling for funding.
Ninety-seven schools in BC have closed in the last two years.
gfg   HI      applied to fifteen different schools. Now I am still on call in two
9      districts," explained Sheri Edamura.
9 Sheri graduated from the elementary school education pro-.
"^ gram at UBC two years ago and specialised in teaching kindergarten up to grade three. Since then she has been working on and off in districts
where she could find employment as a teacher on call (TOC).
"Last September I was gung ho but there was no chance, so this year I'm not
as motivated. I am not currently applying anymore," she said.
However, there are many predictions about more teaching jobs and even,
possibly, a labour shortage across the board as the baby boomer generation of
teachers begins to hit retirement age. Sheri understands, mass retirements or
not, that teachers are* a necessity: "We hear different things all the time about
retirement and then cuts and so on and also about schools closing, but there will
always be demand for the job." j 7
Despite the reassurance ofthe persistent need for educators she realises that
not aU people are meant to remain teachers and many still change their career
after becoming certified. "I know that for some people, after four or five years
they switch professions. I have heard that up to 50 per cent of teachers after four
years change their careers."
However, Sheri does not think she is going to leave teaching any time soon.
"I still really really enjoy it I love meeting all the different people and classrooms."
Irene Lansinger, the second vice president of the British Columbia
Teachers' Federation (BCTF)—a union that represents over 43,000
public school teachers in BC—is pessimistic about BC's current climate for teachers. "Things have never been as bad as this and I've
been a teacher since 1978," she said. "I'm hard-pressed to remember a time
Lansinger believes underfunding is to blame for the current state of public
education in BC. "Less funding overall and the removal of protections for class
sizes has resulted in class sizes of up to 39. It all classifies as much less support
for students and teachers."
There has also been a very large decline in employment for teachers in BC
over the last two years. "3000 teachers are out ofthe workforce," said Lansinger.
"Some of those leaving the workforce are retirees that are not necessarily being
replaced. There was a 1.6 per cent decline in enrolment in the province but a ten
per cent decrease of teachers."
Many teachers are leaving the province, countiy or simply the profession.
"Fairly significant numbers of teachers coming out of the teacher education program are going to England where there is a fairly desperate shortage of teachers," said Lansinger. "We are losing young and good people from the profession.
There's no doubt about that"
Hayley, who requested her real name not be used, has been working
in teaching for nine years. While she has had mostly positive experiences, she has her skepticisms about the available employment
opportunities, and often finds herself teaching secondary school subjects outside of her training. - - ,
"I have a science and math concentration, which is sought after...but I have
not been teaching the.subjects I want to teach. I still don't have my own science.
classroom. I have taught biology 11 and chemistry 11 only once. Those are subjects I trained to teach," she said.
While she is glad to be working full-time in the Okanagan, she finds the fact
that she is not teaching the subjects she specialised in to be somewhat disappointing. Currentiy she is teaching three math classes, two science and one
career development course (the mandatory Career and Personal Planning
course in high schools). "I never did training to be a math teacher but science
and math get lumped together," she said. "I'd rather teach science which is a lot
more whizbang."
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However, Hayley notes that many retirement-age employees stay on for a better pension and that buyouts have been
ineffective in the past "They're not substantial enough to be
enticing for older staff to retire,* she said.
Echols' projection stems from a 2003 survey by the BCCT .
He has faith that there will be great demand for teachers.
"The retirements will peak around 2009-2010," he said.
"It's the same thing happening in a number of occupations-
teachers, professors, skilled labourers, pharamacists and doctors. It's a consequence of the baby boomers who are retiring.
It's no surprise." .    .
Statistics from the most recent survey were consistent with
numbers from the last two or three surveys conducted in 1997
and 2000. While about 90 per cent of graduates reported finding work in education, 70 per cent of those were TOCs and 18
per cent found work in full-time positions, these numbers
seem consistent with Sheri's and Hayley's experience. The disadvantage of being on TOC lists is possibly travelling longer
distances—many find work in two or three different areas.
Due to the rising numbers of unemployed teachers, seats in
the Education faculty at UBC have also been cut down to 860
from 100O. No seats were cut "in the secondary area because of
lower enrolment in that program. Echols added that the decision to get into secondary education is often made much later
than those interested in teaching elementary grades.
Echols also commented on the current exodus of teachers
from BC. A job fair in January had 24 different organisations
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represented from all over the world including the UK,
Singapore, Thailand and Mexico. There were also many representatives from other provinces and the US. But with the
upcoming expected shortage this recruitment is not necessarily a good thing.
"We don't want pur folks to go away; we want them to stay
here. But if they have families to support and student loans to
pay off we try to provide opportunities for them," said Echols.
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■-^B mentary program at UBC and considers herself
^■*^ very lucky. She almost immediately landed a job at
St George's elementary school teaching art part-time to grades
one, six and seven—replacing a teacher on paternity leave.
Come the end "of her term at St George's she is going to be a
TOC in Chilliwack where she wants to live..
She was ecstatic to have landed a position at the prestigious
school before she moves away. She remains enthusiastic about
teaching despite the uncertainty of work on a TOC list
"I wanted to be a teacher for my whole life, minus a brief
chunk of time, but I always came back to it" she said. "I was
hooked when I took a teaching class in high school."
Sonja quickly offered advice for those interested in becoming teachers and those looking for work. It seems that connections, persistence and making a name for oneself are important when getting hired. "Apply for jobs you think you won't
get Apply for everything. Keep up old contacts and get volun-
teer experience with kids," she said. "Being known is really
important Work really hard in your practicum because everything in those reports is really important Make yourself
stick out*
Like Sonja, Hayley offered her insight on starting out as a
teacher. 'A lot of teachers go into it not really realising how
challenging it can be. Try working with kids a lot Follow a
teacher and follow their job for a couple weeks or days and see
what jt's like and see if that is what they really want to be. I
almost died my first couple of years teaching because it can
take up your .whole life if you let it'
While connections and persistence are sometimes effective when trying to land a position,
there is still demand in veiy specific niches of
education. Echols and Lansinger both note
that districts are often hard-pressed to find teachers for home
economics, French immersion, special education, music, computer science and technical studies including woodwork, drafting and electronics. They both agree that teachers in these specialties have much better chances of finding jobs.
In spite of the sometimes bleak outlook on employment
opportunties Sheri, Hayley and Sonja all plan to stay within the
profession and also encourage those that truly want to be
teachers to persist
"If teaching is your dream and that's what you really want
to be then don't let rumours of politics and job crisis get in
your way,* Hayley said. ♦ . ,-V*,„T  * *
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Matilda Aslizadeh
Until Oct 11
by Dan En jo
The first impression that is garnered after walking into the Artspeak gallery is that this art exhibition is incredibly strange.
Inside the gallery, a movie is projected onto
a plain wall of a darkened gallery room and
there is absolutely nothing else in the space.
With the lights dimmed, the gallery seems
closed from the street but upon opening the
door the observer finds evidence to the contrary. Pervasive and random noises happen to
be the soundtrack of the movie. The room is so
dark, in fact that during the visit to the galleiy
more than one group of (touristy) people, looking for some glitzy room full of paintings,
stepped inside, saw the dim, bare room immediately turned on their heels and walked out
dumbfounded. While the first impression ofthe
show is decidedly puzzling to an art reviewer, it
seems that the premise of the show is downright unintelligible to the casual passerby.
What appears on the screen is highly contrived and is purposefully artificial. Artist
Matilda Aslizadeh rejects verisimilitude entirely—the movie is set in a single location and is
looped endlessly. In the scene, which is obviously some sort of set with a background land
scape superimposed onto it, about ten people
are gathered as if they are lying on a beach on a
sunny day. Snippets of their conversation can
be heard sporadically. Behind these people is a
view of a verdant but monotonous suburban
neighbourhood. At random intervals, the,
screen goes blank and sounds of a fierce rainstorm can be heard for a few seconds. The
beach scene suddenly returns, and the characters' conversations continue unabated. The people seem so caught up in their own affairs that
they are oblivious to those around them as well
as their immediate surroundings (why are they
tanning during a rainstorm?). This cycle is
repeated over and over, and as a result, there is
no story line and nothing is accomplished by
any of the characters on the screen.
The film attempts to be a commentary of
modern society. The characters all wear bright
name-brand clothing that hint at their spending
habits (a Tommy Hilfiger towel is featured
prominently) and their position in consumer
culture. There are" tetany sources of stimuli for
the observer as different characters perform
various actions. This brings'one ofthe many
reality TV shows to mind, where the camera
focuses on the perils of a few people who are
part of a larger group for a few seconds, then
switches to other members of the same group
in a continuous cycle. The film seems to be an
attempt to parody that television genre with its
meaningless but highly dfamatic events—for
example, one beach-goer spills her drink onto
the others in her group, creating somewhat of a
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film—analysis seems to be kept at the shallowest levels by the multitude of on-screen events—
and it eventually becomes droning and repetitive punctuated by the tinny sound of thunder
and pelting rain.
Perhaps the artist wants the observer to
have no thoughts while watching the film, just
as everyone supposedly watches television.
Aslizadeh seems to play on the audience's
expectations of the media, and as a result the
television viewer monitors this "show" in anticipation of a climactic event that never comes.
The emphasis on mindlessness seems to have
worked. As one person wrote in the entrance-
way guest book, the exhibit is "fluffery of the
highest order. Kudos madame."«>
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A taste of this year's offerings at the
Vancouver International Film Festival
Bastardisation of film
playing Oct. 3, Oct 7
by Michael Cook
Mort Ranseix wrote, directed, produced, photographed, edited and
starred in Bastards. Consequently,
he has no one to help him shoulder
the blame.
After the movie begins—in
medias res for no apparent reason-
it becomes clear that the hand-held
digital feature will be viewed entirely through the eye3 of Samuel
Ransen, a retired architect living on
Saltspring Island. Only two objective
shot3 depict Samuel and they
appear inexplicably to break up the
The anti-corporate, anti-globalization, environmentalist messages that motivate the film are
context of the narrative. This technique is gimmicky and lazy. It
makes.the movie a chore to watch
with jerky footage and entire scenes
composed of close-ups.
The subject of these close-ups is
the only rnajor character who
appears on screen: Finny (Liisa
Repo-MarteU), an emotionally unstable activist with ESP who spends the
film imploring Samuel (she calls
him Daddy) to have sex with her and
to fight the corporations that rule
the planet.
Neither Finny nor. Samuel is a
believable character because it is
difficult tp deliver such poorly written dialogue. Even without appearing on screen, Samuel is obviously
forcing his lines. Finny looks
uncomfortable in every shot, behaving unnaturally and portraying emotion through exaggerated eyebrow
and nostril movements.-
The anti-corporate, anti-globalisar
tion, environmentalist messages that
motivate the film are superficial.
Notions of rebellion are supported
only by stock footage of police brutality and ineloquent self-righteousness
from Finny and her friend Troy (Tygh
Runyan). Runyan, who appears in
three or four scenes, deliver? the only
capable performance.
The worst scene in the film
depicts Finn/s trial in Victoria. The
judge and cop in the scene treat it as
a criminal offence that she said "fuck
you" to a peace officer, literally
behaving as if they had never heard
an expletive before. The absurdity
undermines the film's agenda by
betraying the misconceptions of the
legal system it ridicules.
Bastards is so bad that it is
uncomfortable to watch and if you
think I'm exaggerating, I encourage
you to go see it At least it should
assure aspiring film-makers that any
feature-length BC film could potentially be screened at the VIFF. ♦
Feel the good vibrations
playing Sept. 28, Oct.
2f Oct 4
by Kameron Louangxay
With a lewd film title like Vibrator, one can
only imagine what the movie is all about.
Once upon a cold snowy night, a freelance
writer, Rei (Terashima Shinobu), leaves her
apartment to pick up some wine at the corner
store. In the store, voices inside her head
guide her through the aisles while she searches for the right wine. What she finds instead is
truck driyer Takatoshi (Otnori NaoJ with
whom she falls in love and ends up accompav
nying for a few days on the road, the beautifully shot opening scene sets th^ preroise foe
this road trip movie between two stf afigersf
sharing, sexual and intimate experiences
occurring mostly in Takatoshi's truck
As the Japanese countryside passes by, the-
connection between Rei and Takatoshi solidifies. We learn that as a 30 something
Japanese female, Rei has broken the traditional Japanese stereotypes imposed upon
her and is now dealing with its consequences
while tiying to discover her true self. In doing
so, she also discovers the secret trucker-life of
Takatoshi. At age 28, Takatoshi is allegedly
married, has a daughter and has been
involved in high-school prostitution rings and
drug smuggling—linking him to the Japanese
mafia. What makes this road movie work is
the magnificently acted relationship between
the two characters who invite us on their trip.
Just as welcoming are Rei's inner thoughts
expressed in voice-overs and printed screens,
reminiscent of comic strip readings.
Near the end of the road trip, the two find
themselves in a noodle shop. Discovering all
about Takatoshi's past, Rei finds it hard to
imagine how he could treat her with such
compassion and love. While eating, she says
to Takatoshi that she has a man waiting for
her in her apartment. Little does she know
that she would be on a road trip taking her
away from her reality and at the same time,
forcing her to examine it This delightful
adaptation of Akasaka Mari's feminist novel
is certain to stimulate movie-goers' desires
for road movies v
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start closing in
Documentary look at schizophrenia a gem
playing Oct 6, Oct 7
by Greg Ursic
Schizophrenia is one of the most widespread
and misunderstood forms of mental illness:
one of eveiy 100 people suffers from the affliction
including 40,000 people in
BC alone. Contrary to popular perception, it is not the
result of childhood trauma
nor does it involve split personalities (the "schizo* or
'split" prefix refers to breaks
with reality). It initially
strikes those between, the
ages of 16 and 25 and is
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deeply personal
journey that
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Promising   artist John 7, 1^.„^|
Cadigan suffered his first   remarKaDie
p^choticbreak at 21 while courage and the
attending university. Three .-it   -
years of treatments, includ-   family that
ing electroshock therapy, „ ■.
yielded minimal results and   reiUSeO. LO glVe
it appeared that John would him
spend the rest of his life in a   UP U11 Ullll.
mental institution. Then he
was "saved" by a new pill that helped control
hit? symptoms. Unfortunately, it canie with a
price: he rapidly gained over 100 pounds,
slipped into depression,.and was chronically
exhausted At his sister Katie's urging—herself
a documentary filmmaker—he resolved to
film his struggles.
Something as simple as not being given a
name tag at the food bank where he works
leads John to believe that his co-workers hate
him. Although he knows this is not the case,
these perceived sleights feed the paranoia that
he must grapple with almost
eveiyday. it is gainful to watch
as John asks his family to
recount their worst experience with his illness or when
he agonises over the violent
thoughts that sometimes
plague him," terrified that he
may act on them. However we
also get to share in his joy as
he banishes the "morning
dreads" and gleefully works
on his intricately detailed
wood cuttings and speaks to a
group about his work.
People Say I'm Crazy is a
testament   to   documentary
filmmaking and will affect
people on many levels. The
film takes the viewer on a
deeply personal journey that
bears witness to one man's
remarkable courage and the
family that refused to give up
on him, bringing them all closer in the process. Hopefully
John's bravery will help to educate the public
and serve as inspiration for others struggling
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the retro-disco credo he brings to
the house music scene.
Using a whimsical approach
that is both danceable and unique,
Felix proves why he is in great
demand to remix for such mainstream artists as Kylie Minogue
and Madonna. Felix arrived in
Vancouver last week in support of
his latest LP, A Bugged Out Mix. to
spin for a very receptivecrowd at
Despite Felix's press release
proclaiming him "one of the
world's highest paid DJs," in' per-'
son, nothing could seem further
from the truth. Felix came out at
I?:30am, an unassuming figure
witliout any pretence or bling-bling.
Bespectacled and slightly husky, his
only acknowledgement to the
crowd-at-large was a ubiquitous
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thumbs-up and a wide grin after
every appreciative roar from the
packed dance floor. Felix proved, in
the vein of Moby and The Chemical
Brothers, the old adage that Geek +
DJ =■ Cool.
For his set, Felix seamlessly
mixed the original tracks
"Cyberwhore" and "Silverscreen*
with more familiar sounds from the
likes of Depeche Mode, The White
technical or in his showmanship,
but rather in his empathy. He understood exactly what the audience
wanted and whipped them up into a
fren2y and then brought them down
again with ease. Much like his cartoon moniker, Felix pulled a smooth
mix of hip-hop, electronic, pop, rock
and punk from his own magic bag of
tricks and finessed it into a single,
epic song of peaks and valleys that
Stripes and even Nirvana guitar _ kept the crowd dancing throughout
riffs! I was particularly glad that*  "benight
Felix didn't resort to the horribly
overplayed songs of Nelly and 50-
Cent (yeah, you know the ones) but
rather built up a set that drew upon
many different genres of music
making them uniquely his own.
Felix's strength doesn't lie in the
Truth be told, Felix's music isn't
exactly filled with depth. Pumping
bass and a disenchanted Euro-
accent repeating nonsensical lyrics
don't exactly make for the deepest
of songs. Existential introspection
aside, the atmosphere was all about
excitement and his gyrating music
set the perfect backdrop.
The best part of the night was
when I glanced across the crowd
and noticed what a spectrum of people had come out to take in his
show- There were the skaters, club-
gOers, hip-hoppers,  mods, goths,
Felix proved, in
the vein of Moby
and The Chemical
Brothers, the old
adage that
Geek + DJ = Cool.
indies and eveiy other group you
could think of. Best of all, everyone
was so into the music that they had
lost any sense of elitism and were
just swept up into one appreciative
Using a large towel to constantly's
wipe at the beads of sweat from his
face, Felix nodded in time with the
beats as if amazed at his own sonic
ideology. By the end ofthe night, his
black t-shirt was drenched in sweat
and the same exhaustion could be
felt throughout the audience. Felix
had certainly given everyone a show
worth remembering. On a personal
note of appreciation, it takes a very
special DJ to keep someone as
klutzy as myself dancing until 3:30
in the morning. ♦
Career Days 2003
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What's Nev\rThis Year
Gain an edge by learning what Employers really want and why they are here!
Watch video clips of some Career Fair
Employers in action at a Career Fair. Visit
UBC Career Services will be offering a free
"How to Prepare for a Career Fair" Workshop
on September 29th in Brock Hall Rm 20QT,
10:00-11:30 am. Visit our Home Page at
www.careers.ubc.ca to register.
Career Services
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Here are some of the more than 40
Employers who will be in attendance:
Bell Canada, 8MO Financial Group
Certified Management Accountants, CSIS
Deloitte & Touche, Enterprise Rent A Car,
Human Resources Development Canada
(HRDC), IBM, Mercer Human Resource    '
Consulting, Parks Canada, Sauder Group
of Companies, Staples Business Depot, TD
Canada Trust, Teck Cominco, The Institute
of Chartered Accountants of BC, Vancouver
Police, Weyerhaeuser
A complete list of Employers is available by
visiting www.careers.ubc.ca
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Jonathan Woodward
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Michelle Mayne
Sarah Bourdon
Bryan Zandberg
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Dave Gaertner
Shalene Takara
Hywel Tuscano and Megan Thomas had had way too much
intrigue for one day. It aU started with tha plot to kidnap
Jonathan Woodward, which John Hua, Jesse Marchand and
Heather Pauls, had presented gluts' persuasively. Michelle
Mayne would take care of the logistic* and Sarah Bourdon waa
going to pony up the cash. But there waa, of course, the Bryan
Zandberg factor. He and Ai Lib Choo could make things rather
unpleasant even rf Greg Ursic and Michelle Couk could be
brought on side Kaxqeron touangxay figured that Anthony Woo
would make a much better target and, if you counted oa Aman
Sharma, it could potientiaDy be more profitable. Maybe, if Dan
Enjo could be coaxed out of retirement there could be some
blackmailing mostly involving Scott Bardsiey's sexual proclivities. That would mean shaking down Marius Adomnica and
Marc Miguel Helsen, too. E. V Vander von Axandex liked that
idea best Nelson Leong and Peter Klesken disagreed though,
and when Farm Nizher gave her disapproval eveiyone knew it
was back to the drawing board. Then Iva Cheung and David
Pothier had the best idea of the day. Just get Kevin Groves to
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New Romance
[Matador Records]
by Aman Sharma
Have you ever wanted to communicate in a group conversation by peeing on the table while you're still
talking? I mean, you're participating in the conversation, but you're
also micturating in the middle.
Well, Pretty Girls Make Graves
(PGMG) hikes up the skirt and
drains it with dignity in their- second full-length album The New
Romance. If you haven't heard
them yet, you're in the majority.
You're also the one being spattered
with piss.
Soul-sapping music taxonomists
might call them pure punk or pure
indie, but you get the feeling that
PGMG just doesn't give a shit about
fitting features for categories. You
get sweet, almost cliche lyrics that
call bullshit on just about everything you know. In "All Medicated
Geniuses," the refrain, 'we all lie so
well,' seems like it should be in an
80s power ballad, but lead Andrea
Zollo makes it sound so fuck-us-all it
can't help but drive you mad.
Through the entire album, powdered sugar electronic bleeps and
boops are mixed with thick, complex, sliding rhythms ripped out by
hand. The New Romance feels like
musical hypochondria for me—
there's so much to pull out of each
or two
moment that you must be making it
up. Even in the song "Blue Lights"
we're greeted with "Hello, I'm neurotic/Creating problem that don't
Both Pretty Girls Maka Graves
and The New Romance are so good
that I don't want anyone else to
know about them. I want to play it
loud when my roommates are out,
so that only I can revel in its genius.
However, the only thing for me to
do is write this review just because
this Seattle five-piece doesn't make
itself out to be cooler than the people listening to their music. They
sound like a bunch of pathetic fops
that drown themselves in music
because they lack the courage to live
'real life" just like us. They're not
urinating in front of their friends
because it's cool—it has nothing to
do with cool, actually. If you have
any idea what I am talking about,
you'll rob the campus liquor store to
buy this album. ♦
Think this
Culture meetings '.<
2;O0 on Wednesday
Go see stuff for free.
All you have to do is
write about itf
Writers needed for the
International Film
Or just come and tell
us about your event.
That's cool too.
creeping you out since 1918 20
What do you think of the proposed
changes to University Boulevard?
Well, I think one question that
wasn't really asked is why do we
really need this in the first place?
They've gone right into the
details ofthe plan... and they didn't really ever say how it was
going to benefit students.
—Alison Aloisio
Master's, School of Community
and Regional Planning
I don't care much,
as long as I get to
UBC on lime. I
won't be bothered
much by it.
—Anant Deepsingh
Biochemistry 5
I just suspect that it might cramp the
community. Having an underground
loop is not a bad idea, but to substitute
this [Grassy knoll, and Ea^t Mall] with
commercial stuff—I don't agree with
that, necessarily... I think it will just distract from the community of the school
and lake away from some of that homey
—Keith Mattison
SLAIS (Library)
ft sounds pretty good. I guess it
kind of depends on what kind of
shops they're putting down there;
it depends on what the angle is. I
mean, we've got lots of food, we've
got the village, we've got restaurants in the SUB, so I'm not so
sure what we need.
—Jordash Kiffiak
Master's, Classical Near
Eastern and Religious Studies
I wish they would open
up that street at night
The rest of the plan I
think is good. They have
to build a bigger university, right?
—Curtis Hughesman
Grad student,
Chemical and
Biological Engineering
It seems like it's mostly just an economic lunge for more money, and I sort of
have mixed feelings about that In some
cases maybe if it keeps tuition down and
they can get their money some other way
that would be nice. But on the other hand
if it's going to be at the expense of all the
students anyway...we aren't really saving
much in the long run, are we?
—Heather Fischer
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