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 Liberals win for a third time
by Cynthia Lee and Sarah Morrison
YOU ON THE LEFT-YOUR VOTE DIDN'T COUNT: Students vote yesterday at Totem Park, usa denton photo
Federal: Seats—Votes—Percentage
Canadian Alliance-67-3,232,313-25%
Bloc Quebecois-37-1,364,314-11%
New Democrats~13-1,083,406-9%
Vancouver Quadra, Candidate—Votes—Percentage
Stephen Owen, Liberal-22,251-45%
Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Canadian Alliance-18,613-3 8%
Bill Clarke, Progressive Conservative—4112—8%
Loretta Woodcock, NDP-2,595-5%
Doug Warkentin, Green Party-1434-2.9%
Chris Shaw, Canadian Action Party-390-0.8%
New layer?
UBC prof digs deep into core
by Scott Bardsley
Looking at the Earth's rotation
around the sun, a UBC professor has
developed a unique theoiy proposing that another layer of material
lies far below the planet's surface.
Linking unusual seismic activity,
the wobble of the earth's orbit
around the sun, and strange elements found in Hawaiian lava, professor Bruce Buffet hypothesised the
existence of a new layer between the
earth's inner and outer core.
A paper on the theory, which was
the work of the earth and ocean sciences professor along with two US-
based scientists, was published in a
recent edition of Science, an academic journal.
According to Buffet, the well-
received theory was a long time
coming, stemming originally from
his PhD thesis ten years ago.
At the time Buffet was looking at
the "wobbling motions" the Earth
makes during its path around the
sun. Scientists have discovered that
the actual path of
the earth varies
slightly with their
But when
Buffet's team factored in a hypothetical layer of
conducting sediments under the
earth's surface,
they found
their predictions
became more
While at the
time there was
no effective
mechanism to
understand how
this layer could
operate, tenyears later one has been
found. Buffet's paper explains that a
layer of silicate sediments has been
accumulating at the top of the
Earth's core, possibly for two million years.
Buffet's work adds a new 10- to -
Student groups are cautiously hoping for change, but fear
more of the same for post-secondary education as the federal
Liberals enter their third consecutive term as the governing
party of Canada.
Yesterday's federal election saw the Liberals win 172 seats
in the House of Commons by press time—more than the 151
required to form a majority government The Canadian
Alliance, running in its first federal election, took 67 seats, and
now forms the Official Opposition.
The Liberals won what many had predicted would be a two-
way race against the Alliance, leaving the Progressive
Conservative and NDP barely gaining official party status,
which requires 12 seats.
"It's status quo is what I think it means," said Alma Mater
Society (AMS) President Maryann Adamec. "We've been working very hard over the past four years to make inroads in
regards to post-secondary education and slowly the tides have
been turning."
"It probably isn't bad news on the whole," she added, saying that she expects further progress to occur slowly.
The Liberals have promised to restore $2.5 billion to the
Canadian Health and Social Transfer (CHST), federal funds
which are transfered to the provinces to fund health care, education and other social programs.
"Now that they have the mandate to do that, we hope that
that comes into place quite quickly," said Adamec, who added
that the AMS wants more guarantees that the funds will go
toward towards education.
Throughout the campaign, many Canadian student groups
voiced criticisms about the Liberals' policies on post-secondary
Anita Zaenker, BC chair of the Canadian Federation of Students
(CFS), said she thinks that the Liberal win indicates that Canadians
disapprove of Alliance policies, which she claims would have led
to an inaccessible post-secondaiy education system.
Zaenker said that it will now be left up to vocal opposition
to ensure that the Liberals are compelled to keep post-secondary education affordable.
But the CFS is concerned about the Liberals' legacy of cutting $ 7 billion out of CHST payments since 1993.
"We hope the Liberals will recognise that they gained a lot
of electoral support from people who are concerned about the
equality of opportunity and post-secondary education and it's
going to be up to us to govern from that position," said
See "Election" continued on page 2
Referendum looms
by Alex Dimson
UBC students may soon go to the
polls again to vote on whether they
want the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
to pull out of the mandatory student
health plan it instituted in January.
In September, two computer science students, Matthew Laird and
Kathy Lo, began circulating a petition around campus to do with the
student health and dental plan.
Laird and Lo say they've collected over 900 signatures on their petition, not far from the 1000 they
need to require the AMS to hold a
referendum on the health plan.
The plan was approved in a referendum last October, with 4458
students voting in favour and 1911
voting against the plan.
"Should the AMS immediately
withdraw from the AMS/GSS Health
and Dental Plan and refrain from
seeking another Health and Dental
Plan without staging a referendum
first?" asks the petition.
Under AMS bylaws, if 1000 signatures are collected and verified by
the Registrar's Office, and if the petition is then presented to AMS
Council, a referendum on the question must be held within 30 days-
provided that it is a clear yes or no
Laird said that he hopes to present the petition to councillors at the
See "Referendum"
continued on page 4
60-kilometre layer between the
Earth's inner core of liquid,iron and
its outer mantle of crystalline silicates.
See "Crusty"
continued on page 4 2      TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2000
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The CFS has indicated that as a first
step, the Liberal party should re-invest
the current $12.3 billion federal budget surplus into social programs.
Meanwhile Vancouver Quadra,
UBC's local riding, hosted a close race
between the eventual "winner, Liberal
candidate Stephen Owen, and the
Alliance hopeful Kerry-Lynne Findlay.
Owen, a former BC ombudsman,
replaces the retiring Liberal MP Ted
McWhinney, who had held the seat
since 1993. Findlay is a laywer who
recently won a high-profile court
decision about the rights of non-
Natives leasing property on
Musqueam Nations territory.
At press time, Owen was leading
by 21,251 votes to Findla/s 18,613.
Adamec indicated that the AMS
has maintained good relations with
McWhinney, who she says has been a
strong supporter of post-secondary
Adamec said that with 5000
potential voters living on campus,
she believes UBC students had an
impact on the election result, adding
that she thinks there was an increase
in student voters as compared to the
1997 federal election
Long line-ups of last-minute voters appeared at two of the on-campus
polling stations at the University Golf
Course and the Lutheran Centre.
Elections Canada, however, was
unable to provide any voter figures
by press time.
In a residence lounge in Totem
Park, students watching the televised
election received the news of a
Liberal victory with little surprise.
'Well, this is kind of anti-climatic,"
said second-year history student Rob
Machida, after the CBC projected a
Liberal majority government "This
election had so much nonm and cir
cumstance..it's over already. This is
a great non-event'
"We pretty much knew what would
happen from the start,' added Jordan
Jack, second-year Science student
The residents on the floor indicated
they were fairly left-wing, and when the
results from Western Canada began
pouring in, residents began to blame
each other's parents for the Canadian
Alliance victories in rural areas.
Earlier in the day, a number of
Totem Park residents awoke to find
Liberal campaign material on their
doorsteps, in the residence bathrooms, and Liberal supporters canvassing door-to-door.
Rosalyn Seeton, a second-year
engineering student who voted for
the Conservatives, said, "I had a negative reaction toward that I didn't
mind so much the stuff on my door, I
was just wondering why they had it in
the bathroom.'
But Jason Bruckal, a second-year
Science student said he did not find
the Liberal party canvasser 'overbearing.'
Doug Leung, one of Owen's campaign co-chairs, said that these methods of distributing campaign material are standard for a federal election.
Leung said that while contact with
voters is normally done by telephone,
this is difficult with students because
they often move after an academic
"The only effective way of getting a
hold of people is to go door to door,'
he said, adding that it is also done in
other residential neighbourhoods.
UBC Housing allows the in-per-
son distribution of federal, provincial or municipal election material
as the is the only exemption from
their policy that prohibits door-to-
door canvassing. ♦
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Big plans for
Place Vanier
 by Alex Dimson
A plan to build a residence for international
exchange students at Place Vanier was given a
preliminary stamp of approval by UBC's
Board of Govenors (BoG) this month.
The first phase of the project calls for the
creation of about 220 new beds in two new
buildings at Vanier, as well as the renovation
of two current residence buildings.
The new buildings are intended to house
international exchange students coming from
Korea University and the Institute) Tecnologico
y de Estudios Superfores de Monterrey
(ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico.
Darcelle Cottons, UBC's acting director of
Housing said that Housing it is able to secure
funding, and if the BoG approves the first
stage of the project, she hopes that construction of the new residences can begin in
September 2001. The first phase of the project
is estimated to cost $ llJ.5 million.
BoG documents indicate that the
University of Korea has promised $2.5 million, while ITESM would provide a $2.5 million interest-free loan to help fund the project
Kirsten Goodnough, president of the Place
Vanier Residence Association, said that she
supports the idea.
"If anywhere, Vanier or Totem Park is the
best place for an exchange student to be at
UBC just because of the close living environment, and the residence life experience," she
But Goodnough and student BoG representative
Tieg Martin worry about the
potential effects of construction noise on students living
in Vanier.
"They're going to be
tempted to have construction going on full-bore," said
Martin, who added that
while students would probably be able to tolerate noise
during working hours, they
shouldn't be inconvenienced during exam times.
Cottons said that
Housing intends to avoid
inconveniencing residents,
but that the final details of
the project, which she estimates will take nine months
to complete, have yet to be
ironed out
She added that increasing the number of
residences at Vanier should not put a strain on
the site's infrastructure.
"If you look at Vanier from the sky there's a
lot of space that isn't used for something else
that could sustain buildings and not impact
the playing fields," she said.
"We're trying to make thoughtful use of the
land rather than just plunking a whole bunch
of extra buildings down. That would be a concern for us from a residence life perspective."
eDdNDE ESTATTLOS ESTUDIANTES MEXICANOS? No ya estan aqui, pero es posible que muchos
estudiantes estranjeros vienen a Place Vanier en el futur. (Fiesta! tara westover foto
The proposal also calls for the renovation
of two existing Vanier residences. The renovations, which would take place over the summer, would see the 40-year-old residence
buildings, as well as the commonsblock, modernised, with double rooms being converted
into single rooms.
Housing must complete a detailed cost-
analysis of the development, and present it to
the BoG for approval, which Cottons hopes will
happen at January's BoG meeting.
Since Housing, an ancilliary UBC enterprise, must run on a break-even basis, Cottons
said that it will face a challenge in securing the
necessary funding for the project
"There's a number of balls in the air that
we're examining to see if we can make it
viable," said Cottons.
Subsequent phases of this project call for
the development of two more buildings at the
Vanier site and the renovation of all existing
Vanier buildings. ♦
Rules changed for next Diabetes on the rise,
round of AMS elections
by Cynthia lee
In. an attempt to avoid the controversy that plagued last year's student council elections, the student
council approved changes to elections at a meeting last week
Alma Mater Society (AMS)
President Maryann Adamec said
that despite the fact that the rules
governing AMS elections had
undergone a total overhaul last
year, *a few situations* arose.
' "We just wanted to add
those scenarios and those
precautions into the code
to give some clear guidance sa that we would
have more of a uniform
standard/ she said.
Arte representative Bev
Meslo said that she felt
that most of the changes
were necessary.
"I think that was
proven with how many
complaints: they had [last
yearj and how far they had to go {to
resolve them)/ she said, citing an
incident in which a candidate for
the vice-president external position filed a complaint to Student
The candidate aEeged that the
UBC administration interfered
with the election process, that cei*-
tain candidates violated guidelines, and that the elections committee made procedural errors.
The candidate eventually dropped
his case, but the court decision was
already underway and ruled that
there waa insufficient evidence to
prove hie claims.
While a policy already prohibits
students from publicly announcing
their candidacy until the first day of
jthe election campaign, the AMS
also approved the inclusion of
media inquiries into this category.
Adamec said that because some
of the campus media outlets are
funded by clubs and student constituencies, the previous policy
provided a loophole that would
allow certain candidates to gain
additional publicity,
She added that there have been
such incidents in the past 'which
may have been with innocent
intent," but she thinks still provided some candidates with 'an
unfair advantage/ She declined,
however, to provide a specific
example, "*
But Neil de Haan, a
Pharmacy   representative and a member of the']
AMS Codes and Policies \
Committee, said he did '
not agree with Council's
The committee's original proposal exempted :
media inquiries under
the policy.
De Haan, who was
not present at the meeting, said that while the
committee did not want candi- ■
dates seeking out the media for
publicity, *we didn't want to;
restrict the press/ "
'We .wanted to get out the j
knowledge of the election and the
knowledge of the issues. I think the
press is very industrious in seek-;
ing opposing views/ he said.
"It's kind of heavy-handed. It's ;
restricting freedoms of the press." '.
Chris Eaton, the committee's ■
chair! acknowledged that having ;
earlier media coverage of the elec- \
tiOtt candidates would increase ;
students' access to information,     i
But  he   also   agreed   with,
Adamee's concern that incuui-*
bents could have an advantage!
over new candidates who would j
not have had prior publicity in the !
student media. 1
'It could go both ways/ he said.:
The next AMS elections are slat-1
ed to begin next January. ♦
treatment costs high
First Nations especially hard hit by the disease
by Anna King
High treatment costs and an escalating number of sufferers is causing
diabetes to quickly become one of
Canada's biggest health concerns.
According to the Canadian
Diabetes Association (CDA), one out
of every seven dollars spent on
health care nationally is linked to
diabetes-related illnesses. Over the
next ten years, the $9 billion per
year currently on treatment is
expected to double.
Experts predict an exponential
growth of diabetes sufferers, whose
numbers currently exceed two million Canadian.
Despite this, John McNeill, a UBC
pharmacology and toxicology professor, says he's worried that the disease is not getting enough attention.
"Diabetes research has been neglected for a long time," said McNeill.
"It's a huge health problem."
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas produces inadequate insulin
to break down certain sugars found
in food. Unlike type-one diabetes,
which appears in childhood and
always requires insulin injections,'
type two—formerly called adult-
onset diabetes—usually affects
adults and can often be controlled
with a careful diet exercise plan and
People with diabetes suffer from
heart disease, kidney disease, and
blindness at a much higher rate
than does the general population.
Last week McNeill was elected to
the Royal Society of- Canada, a
national body of distinguished scientists and scholars, for his work in
the treatment of diabetes-related
hypertension and heart disease.
McNeill and chemistry professor
Chris Orvig have been conducting
trials on rats to test the usefulness of
vanadium compound in treating
this problem. Within a few years
they hope to have a drug on the market that will lower the high incidence of cardiovascular disease
among diabetes sufferers.
John Kageorge, a CDA spokesperson, agrees with McNeill that more
action needs to be taken in the fight
against diabetes.
The CDA has been spending
November, which is National
Diabetes Month, hosting workshops
and conferences in an effort to raise
awareness about the disease.
The association is particularly
concerned with the hefty financial
burden that diabetes sufferers must
"Diabetes sufferers pay $2000 to
$5000 per year for medicine, glu-
cometers and food. They have higher food costs because they generally
can't eat cheap, fast food," said
Kageorge, who added that the cost
associated with diabetes often prevents people from properly managing their illness.
But he emphasises that to effectively manage diabetes one must
include education aimed at preventing the disease. Age, weight blood
pressure, lack of exercise and genetics are risk factors in the development of type-two diabetes.
"Most people don't know they
can reduce their chances of getting
type-two diabetes/ Kageorge said,
'and since an early diagnosis means
fewer complications, people at risk
need to be tested frequently."
Type two diabetes accounts for
90 per cent of all cases of the disease, and can go for years undiagnosed. Although the incidence of
type-one diabetes is also rising, type
two has seen an even more dramatic increase.
While Kageorge cites Canada's
aging population as one reason for
the increase, he suggests that it is
also linked to the low-exercise
lifestyles and high-fat diets of many
Diabetes has also struck First
Nations communities at near-epidemic levels.
Native Canadians are experiencing an increase in type two diabetes—a disease that only 50 years
ago virtually did not affect them—at
a rate four to five times greater than
the general population.
The CDA estimates that almost
half of Canada's natives over the age
of 50 suffers from diabetes.
Last year, Health Canada
announced that half of its $ 115 million allocation towards a national
strategy to fight diabetes would be
directed toward a Aboriginal
Diabetes Initiative.
David Martin, a Health Canada
Medical Program Officer who specialises in BC First Nations health
issues, says he is pleased with the
federal initiative. But he says it will J
not be enough to slow the disease inf
native communities over the next'.*
few decades.
"We haven't seen the peak yet"
he said. "While there is a lot of concern about diabetes in First Nations
communities, there is still a huge
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 by Ailin Choo
Staff and students in UBC's Faculty
of Medicine are concerned that the
decrease in the number of doctors
in the country may fuel greater problems in the Canadian health care
Dean of Medicine John Cairns
says that while the system is currently facing concerns about accessibility, the biggest problem is maintaining an adequate supply of health
professionals in the country.
'We've gone backwards in the
1990s. We've cut funding, and
enrolment has been cut by 15 per
cent," he said, adding that the 1600
physicians graduating per year in
Canada are not enough to replace
the number of retiring physicians.
BC Ministry of Health spokesper-
sonjeff Gaulin said that the ministry
shares the concern that has arisen
over the shortage of medical professionals.
He added that the ministry has
asked for an increase in funding for
post-secondaiy education in hopes
that this money will go towards
funding health-related programs.
Jinwei Li, a fourth-year medical
student said that the number of graduating physicians leaving the country also contributes to the current
shortage in medical professionals.
Li cited that better-paying opportunities elsewhere is a motivation
for some medical practitioners, but
the primary reason for this migration is that they face tougher restrictions by practicing in Canada.
"There are a lot of restrictions
governing your work," he said. He
provided the examples of restrictions placed on the number of
patients a general practitioner can
treat and the limited hours during
which a surgeon is permitted to perform operations.
Patti Kawada, the president of
the pre-medical society student club,
added that doctors are dissatisfied
with long working hours.
"I think leaving Canada is just a
natural trend because they're not
getting enough support here," she
said. "These problems just signify
how much we need extra resources."
Li said that he recognises that
extra funding is needed, but added
that he supports a two-tier system in
which both private and publicly-funded health care would be available.
"If the rich go to private clinics,
waiting lists would shorten and
hence the poor would benefit too,"
he said. "It would also attract physicians to stay in Canada because they
would like the private system for
fewer restrictions and better pay."
But Kawada disagreed, saying
that while she recognises the possible benefits of a two-tier system, she
would not support a system that
would serve to exclude people on the
basis of wealth.
"I don't think that it's the best
way and I feel that a better solution
has to be found," she said.
The adoption of a two-tier health
care system in Canada has been a
central topic among politicians campaigning for the federal election to
be held next Monday.
Meanwhile, Cairns said that a
public debate over health care
issues is necessary because he doesn't believe that politicians are debating the issue appropriately.
"We've got to look at the welfare
of patients and there's no will among
political leaders," said Cairns. ♦
AMS Council meeting on January 10, so that the question can make it onto the ballot for the AMS executive
election scheduled for the third week in January.
But AMS President Maryann Adamec said that she is
not sure if it is logistically possible for the referendum
question to make it on to the election ballot.
Adamec said that if Laird and Lo wait until January
then the Registrar's Office may be too busy to have the
numbers verified in time for the AMS elections, and the
referendum may have to wait until after the election.
"My advice to them., is to get it over to us before then
if you want something to happen injanuary, so that we
can verify it," she said.
Both Adamec and Laird declined to speculate on the
results of a referendum.
"I have no idea. I hope it will pass, but we're not
going to try and make predictions," said Laird.
"The health plan has a really high usership rate, so I
"Referendum" continued from page 1
think there's a lot of people who are using the plan who
will come out to vote because they have a vested interest," added Adamec.
Kristen Foster, Pacific director
of Student Care Networks (SCN), the
company that provides the health
plan, said that SCN is planning to
consult with students about the
plan as the contract comes up for
negotiation. She said that it is SCN
policy to hold extensive surveys on
campus about the plans.
"It's a good idea for there to be
student feedback at this time. It's
unfortunate for it to be in the form
of a referendum because I feel that FOSTER
it will cost money to students and it is perhaps a more
formal process than is necessary," said Foster. ♦
These silicates are being forced out of the inner core
as it enlarges, and into the outer core, producing a
chemical reaction that pushes the material onto the bottom of the mantle as sediment
The theoiy accounts for observations of anomalously
slow seismic waves that pass
through the Earth when earthquakes occur. It also accounts for
the presence of a variety of rare
elements found in Hawaiian lava,
which are thought to have come
from the core.
Buffet says that accounting for
all three factors was the most
rewarding part of his theoiy.
"It connects unusual features in
the Earth's rotation, unusual seismic observations, and unusual geo-
chemical observations...into a single explanation, so it has a certain
unifying aspect to it which is very,
very satisfying," he said.
Russ Pysklywec, a University of
Toronto specialist in geodynamic
processes, says the sediment theory "is plausible because
it seems to reconcile with the pieces of evidence that we
do have." But he notes that it is a difficult theory to prove
because the core-mantle boundary is inaccessible.
"Crusty" continued from page 1
Pysklywec argues that the unusual seismic waves
could also be a result of "a graveyard of old slabs," the
remains of continental layers that have sunk to the bottom of the Earth's mantle.
But Buffet says there is evidence that the bottom 10-
to-20 kilometres of the mantle,
where the unusual seismic
waves are observed, has radically different properties from
the bottom 200 kilometres
that is associated with the
If the sediment theory pans
out. Buffet said that it could
have profound consequences
on the way scientists view the
Earth's magnetic field.
He believes the next step is
testing this theory. If seismol-
—'BrilCe BlXffet °gists prove his sediment the-
oiy wrong, it means that he
UBC profeSSOr will have to 'go back to the
drawing board."
But  Buffet believes  his
work will still have made a contribution to his field.
"We make progress by constructing [a] hypothesis
and then devising certain types of observations that we
can go and use to see if it's true." ♦
MWe make progress
by constructing [a]
hypothesis and then
devising certain types
of observations that
we can go and use to
see if it's true."
Campus filming offers
benefits, annoyance
by Chris Shepherd
Students may not realise it, but Koerner
Library is far more than just a library. In its
most recent incarnation, the building was a
training academy for animated Pokemon
UBC locations appear repeatedly in television commercials and movie screens. Last
year, production companies shot UBC scenes
for a total of 65 days.
Students have offered mixed reactions to
the use of UBC locations as the sets for commercials and film, which brings revenue—up
to $2000 daily per location—for the film studies program, the filming sites, and UBC's
Business Relations Office, which coordinates
on-campus filming.
Agricultural Sciences student Neal Razoni
said that he doesn't feel that he is being compensated for the bother of "getting around*
the trucks and equipment He was annoyed to
find out that film studies is the only school
department to receive ongoing revenue from
on-campus filming.
But Marietta Kozak, a film program
administrator, said that the revenues are
much needed because unlike science
research grants, the costs of updating equipment are not usually covered by grants for
arts research.
Kozak indicated that the program has
received more than $30,000 to date
this year, which will go towards maintaining film equipment
"It brings in some kind of standards to shoot films [for the program]," she said, adding that a single
camera can cost $ 100,000 to replace.
Damian Chan, a fourth-year psychology student, said that although he
has never personally encountered any
problems, some of his friends have
had to wait to get into Main Library
while the site was being used for filming.
But Peter Masigan, a first-year nursing student, said that he is willing to
deal with the inconvenience if fees will
be distributed to the film shoot locations.
"Less money from our pockets," he
explained, adding that he preferred
that the funding for building maintenance not come from students.
Over the summer, several movies were
shot at campus locations, including the outdoor pool at the UBC Aquatic Centre—to the
annoyance of pool patrons.
"People get mad at not being able to use the
outdoor pool," said an Aquatic Centre employee,
who requested not to be named.
But Arlene Chan, the marketing coordinator of UBC's Business Relations Office, said
in Ja
OF PLACE: Props from aTim Robbins movie called Anti- Trust that waafilmed at UBC
inuary. tara westover/ubyssey file photo
that allowing films to be shot at UBC generates
income that benefits the campus.
"Not only for the university, but for
Parking, for [Campus] Security, for the departments themselves," she said, adding that her
office has not received any complaints.
Chan said that business has increased over
the years, but added that she wanted to ensure
that education remained the main priority for
UBC over business opportunities.
Michael O'Connor, a Vancouver film producer for Pacific Motion Pictures, said that
because UBC is fairly isolated, it allows film
companies to continue shooting later into the
night He added that UBC is good for filming
scripts that call for older-looking locations. ♦
Report: LSAT not discriminatory
York strike in fourth week
by Richard McKergow
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-Two years after a former
University of Toronto student filed his complaint, the Ontario Human Rights Commission
(OHRC) has made its report on cultural discrimination within the Law School Admissions Test
Although the report agrees with Selwyn
Pieters' 1998 complaint that minorities score
lower on the exam than do white candidates, it
rejects Pieters' claim that the LSAT is discriminatory.
The investigators state that they did not have
enough information on the LSAT for their report,
and don't recommend that the case be taken to
the human right commission's board of
inquiry—an independent body that can award
Pieters unsuccessfully applied to U of Ts faculty of Law in 1997. He claims his rejection was
based on his LSAT score. He filed the OHRC complaint in 1998, on the basis that the LSAT discriminates against visible minorities.
The university said that Pieters was not
refused admission into U of Ts law school based
on his low LSAT score alone.
Although Pieters did have a high GPA, the
report states that he was not allowed into the
school because his GPA was below the average of
the students who were admitted.
Pieters is now preparing a response to the
"the [OHRC] has in my view inappropriately
assumed that in order to find discrimination that
the respondent [U of T} must have solely relied
on discrimination criteria, however this is not
the case," said Pieters.
"The Supreme Court of Canada has stated in
several cases that it's not necessary for a finding
of discrimination that the action, policy, practice,
or test, be the only cause of the discriminatory
effect, and that as long as it was a contributing
cause that is sufficient for a finding of discrimination'
Pieters said he believes the report's recommendation is flawed because of this approach
and the lack of data available. -
The OHRC reserved comment on the case
until the commissioners have responses from U
ofT and Pieters,
"The parties now have an opportunity to
respond to the report," said OHRC spokesperson
Francois Larsen, who added that although the
report mentions that there is a lack of information on the LSAT, such information can be provided in responses to the report
The university was unavailable for comment
at press time. ♦
by Sharon Liao, Yenny Espinaf,
„^____ and Tara Lynn Price
TORONTO (CUP)-Sludents at York
University in Toronto are facing a fourth
week of picket lines.
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Local 3903, which represents teaching
assistants, contract faculty, and graduate
assistants, has been on strike since
October 26.
Although both the union and the university are in negotiations, little progress
has been made, say representatives from
both sides.
"[The university} hasn't moved. We still
insist on job security and tuition indexation, but they are like little children stamping their feet and saying no," says CUPE
spokesperson Michelle Lowry.
The university answers that there is
not enough money due to budget cuts.
"We are working hard to find a package
that will work for both parties within the
perimeters that are set out financially/
said York spokesperson Sine MacKinnon.
Meanwhile, university administrators
are accusing striking CUPE 3903 members of setting up booby traps, including
barricades of wood, boards and nails, to
damage vehicles and injure people.
Last Thursday, the administration
sent a letter to CUPE headquarters accusing the union of stringing wire across
pathways and between trees, digging
trenches designed to damage vehicles or
people and placing nails into the trenches, damaging tires with nails and other
objects, re-configuring snow-fencing to
damage vehicles and stealing property to
use as materials for barricades and booby
The union said that it has never condoned or encouraged illegal activities. It
accuses the university of confiscating safety equipment, such as pylons and gates.
'If [university officials] were concerned with public safety, they would not
have unilaterally taken our safety equipment," says union member Fred Ho, who
added that the barricades protect pick-
eters. Police are reviewing the situation.
The strike has extended the academic
term to December and exams to January
'I just hope there is some reimbursement for the time and money I have spent
waiting to receive an education," said first-
year student Maria Rosario. ♦
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Women's basketball knocks
off Saskatchewan team twice
by Tom Peacock
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies are a
fierce enough basketball team. But their bark
proved bigger than their bite this weekend, as
the UBC Thunderbirds easily took two games
from their guests in War Memorial Gym.
The Huskies certainly appeared more
aggressive than the relatively calm UBC team,
but they couldn't get past the Birds, who
showed that they were the more experienced
team and clearly outsized the Huskies.
Friday night, the Birds came out a little hesitant they let the shot clock run down, and then
tried for buckets from the perimeter. Their full-
court press defence kept them in the game,
though, and they were up by 11 at the half.
The score stayed close for the first five minutes of the second half, but then steals by UBC
guards Stacy Reykdal and Carrie Watson started
an eleven-point scoring blitz that put UBC up by
25, and effectively ended the game. The final
score was 79-60 for UBC.
T-Bird guard Julie Smulders, who led the
team with 18 points, explained that UBC had
talked extensively about not underestimating
"This team is an upset team. We've gotta
come out and play
them tough every
time,' she said.
Saturday, the
Birds took to the
court visibly more
confident than the
night before. They
stopped hovering
around the three-
point line and moved into the key. More
rebounds and more intensity led to more baskets, and the Birds easily walked away with the
105-75 victory.
Offensively, the Birds controlled the inside,
posting 13 offensive rebounds compared to the
Huskies* five. They hit 38 of their 62 field goals.
But Smulders said after the game that she was
a little concerned about their defensive effort
"We've got to focus on our defence, turning
it up a notch. I mean, yeah, we had 105 points,
but they had 75... Against good teams, they'll
run the score
on us, too.'
The 4-6
Birds have
been playing
teams that are
ranked in the
top. ten in the
CIAU for the
last four weekends. This was the first weekend that they were
the favourites to. win, ajid the players were
happy to get the chance to assert themselves.
"It definitely was a big confidence booster,
everyone played really well, everyone played
together tonight," UBC guard Sheila Townsend
said after the game Saturday. "We really took it
to them and showed them that we are a top-
ranked team."
"We really took it to them
and showed them that we
are a top-ranked team."
—Sheila Townsend,
UBC guard
Thunderbird head coach Deb Huband was
relieved that the Saskatchewan didn't upset
"I didn't really expect it to be easy. Those
kind of games make me more nervous than
games where you're playing against somebody
it's easy to get up for," she admitted. Still, she
added, Saskatchewan is not a team to be taken
"Saskatchewan is a tough team, and I have a
lot of respect for them. They play hard and
they're improving all the time. They have really
good shooters and they're developing an inside
game, so I really think you have to take them
seriously and be ready to play."
Nor is Saskatchewan the only team in the
Canada West that UBC has to take seriously;
Victoria, Calgary, Simon Fraser, and Alberta are
all in the top six in Canada. UBC is ranked tenth.
The Birds will now take a break from conference play, but right after Christmas they're
off to Halifax for the St Mary's University
Tournament Their first games of the New Year
are in Edmonton against the University of
Alberta Pandas on January 5 and 6. ♦
Men's team trumped
Saskatchewan team just too much for UBC Birds
by Tom Peacock
IN THE TRENCHES: UBC's Ben Sansburn goes up and over teammate
Pat McKay during Saturday's game, tara westover photo
Who let the dogs out? You might well have asked,
after watching the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies crash into War Memorial Gym on Saturday
night, when they tore into the UBC men's basketball
team and posted their second road win of the weekend.
To UBC's credit, Friday night was definitely a closer game than Saturday's, and the Birds remained
within striking distance right
up until the final minute. With
40 seconds on the clock, UBC
guard Pat McKay sank a jump
shot from 18 feet out to put the
Birds ahead by one.
The Huskies answered back,
and then fouled UBC's Jason
Maher with nine seconds left
on the clock. This was it This
was the game. But Maher, a 75
per cent free throw shooter,
missed both shots from the
Saskatchewan inbounded
the ball, and Maher intentionally fouled Husky Derek
Boechler. Boechler made his
two shots, and the Huskies were up 70-67. With six
seconds on the clock, UBC had one more chance to
tie it The ball was lobbed downcourt to guard Tasso
Kanavos, who managed to get open,' but his off-balanced three pointer bounced off the rim and the
game was over.
UBC forward Sherlanjohn, back in action after sitting out for the last seven games with a torn ligament
in his right ankle, was in fine form Friday night, posting 12 points for the Birds, second only to McKay's
16. After the game, he admitted that the Huskies had
taken the Birds somewhat by surprise.
"They're a very good ball team. We underestimated them a little bit but we'll come back tomorrow.'
John said that he was convinced they would come
back to win on Saturday, and Maher even said after
Saturday's game that the Birds were confident when
"We lost two
games to a team
that played well
this weekend, but
a team that isn't
overall a very
good basketball
—Jason Maher,
UBC guard
they took to the court for the second game. But UBC
head coach Kevin Hanson said he could tell that his
team wasn't in the right mental state to win.
"You could tell that their heads weren't into it in
last night's game, and then they went into a downhill
spiral, and kept going and getting faster and faster,
and got in a rut tonight and just couldn't get out of it,'
the coach said after Saturday's 95-87 defeat
With just under eight minutes left in Saturday's
game, the Saskatchewan 2-3  zone tightened up
enough for the Huskies to shoot
ahead by  11,  and they never
looked back.
With under two minutes left, a
McKay jumper brought UBC to
within five points, but then
Saskatchewan went four for four
from the line and with their consistent defensive effort managed
to keep UBC out of striking distance. Less than a minute left, and
they were up by eight It would
have taken a miracle for the Birds
to win, and the Birds just hadn't
counting on needing one that
"We lost two games to a team
that played well this weekend, but
a team that isn't overall a very good basketball team,"
a disappointed Maher said after the game.
The players and the coaches agreed that there's a
lot of work to do going into the second half of the season.
"They're not finishing on the break, not executing,
not passing the ball well," coach Hanson admitted,
adding that he's not planning to give the team much
time off for the holidays.
"We'll give them some to dwell upon it and give
their bodies some rest But we've got a lot of work
ahead of us in all aspects of the game."
.-The 4-6 Birds sit in fifth place out of eight teams
iri the Canada^West conferee. From^December 28-
30, they host the UBC tournament and on January 5
and 6 they return to conference play with a road trip
to Alberta. ♦
WHO'S GOT GAME? UBC's Julie Smulders fakes the shot and passes it off Saturday night in War
Memorial Gym. tara westover photo
Women's Volleyball
Men's Hockey
The UBC women's volleyball team improved its
record this weekend with two wins against the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies, 3-1 on Friday
and 3-0 on Saturday. The Birds are now B-2, and looking good heading into the break. They return to
action with a homestand against the University of
Regina Cougars onjanuary 5 and 6.
The Thunderbirds travelled to Saskatchewan this
weekend to play two games against the University of
Regina Cougars. Friday, the Birds tied the Cougars 3-
3, and earned their first point since their home-opener weekend back in October, when they won one' and
tied one against the Brandon University Bobcats.
Saturday though* it was business as usual as UBC
dropped its 11th game of the season, 3-1. The Birds
get some time off mw, and return to conference play
with games in Brandon on January 5 and 6.
Men's Volleyball
The UBC men's volleyball team didn't fare as well on
the road this weekend, losing 3-1 on Friday and 3-0
on Saturday to the* University of Saskatchewan
Huskies. The 4-6 Birds will now take a break until
January 5 and 6 when they host the University of;
Regina Cougars in War Memorial Gym, ♦
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now playing
As the tears were running down my
cheek, I thought to myself "Wow, I can't
believe I am actually crying at a Gwyneth
Paltrow movie." Twenty minutes into
the film I was already writing this
review in my head, celebrating
Paltrow's hidden acting talent
The warm, touching feeling lasted
exactly 30 minutes before the annoyance
and boredom took over. The beginning
of Bounce introduces a number of interesting plot-lines that toy with the politics
of mass-marketing and alcoholism.
But unfortunately, the film only
touches briefly on these subjects and
drops them completely for a predictable
superficial romance. Bounce tells the
story of Buddy (Ben Affleck), a hotshot
marketing executive who, just before
Christmas, is stranded at an airport On
a whim, he decides to give up his seat on
a place to a father of two who is desperately trying to make it home for the holidays. But the plane crashes.
After a year-long bout with the bottle,
Buddy   follows   the   advice   of  his
Alcoholics Anonymous handbook and
tries to make amends with the people he
has hurt He seeks out and checks up on
the widow (Paltrow) of the man who took
his seat Of course, the obvious thing
happens when the two meet—he falls
head over heels for her before he gets
the chance to tell her what brought him
in the first place.
During their developing love affair,
Buddy is left to face the prospect of what
is going to happen when she finds out
who he actually is. Paltrow and Affleck
play their parts pretty convincingly
before they meet Paltrow gives her best
pouting crying face, which can make
even the biggest Paltrow-hater cry.
Affleck is a witty jerk who thinks himself
irresistible. Once they meet on screen,
the cheesy exchanges begin and the film
gets so lovey-dovey it makes you physically sick. Bounce is a disappointing second feature for director Don Roos,
whose directorial debut The Opposite of
Sex was one of 1998's most memorable
Hollywood films. Roos gave both
Christina Ricci and Lisa Kudrow their
best-to-date roles. Too bad he couldn't
do the same for Paltrow and Affleck. ♦
by Greg Ursic
now playing
Ask any of my friends and they'll
describe me as a movie junkie.
Having been deprived of a fix during
my recent vacation, I went on a
viewing blitz upon my return. As I
sat through one movie after another,
a common thread became apparent—although very different, they
were all poorly made. Whether they
suffered from flat characters, bad
scripts, or meandering plots, they
were at best only remotely entertaining. My hope waning, I dragged
myself to the press screening for a
film I knew nothing about May I
never rely on Marquee again.
You Can Count On Me is the story
of orphans Terry and Sammy
Prescott grew up depending on one
another after their parents died.
Upon reaching adulthood, they opt
for different lifestyles. While Sammy
lives in the family home, has a stable
job, goes to church every Sunday,
and devotes herself to her son, Terry
drifts from state to state, doing odd
jobs, and avoiding commitment in
any form. Unable to face the first
problem he can't run from, Terry
returns home to ask for Sammy's
help. Although the reunion is initially bittersweet they begin to evaluate
their lives and realise that—although
they would never admit it—they can
learn from each other.
Unlike most films that focus on
family dynamics, Kenneth
Lonergan's latest effort does not
rely on gimmicks or Jerry
Springeresque dark secrets to tell
his stoiy. You Can Count On Me is
one of those rare films that is simultaneously real and entertaining. The
characters could be anyone you
know, the dialogue could be conversations you've probably had, the
feelings were universal, and the
small-town setting was so charming
that you'd never think 'Hollywood."
This is all bolstered by an amply
talented cast Laura Linney is captivating as Sammy, the tightly Wound
single mom who is always coming to
her brother's rescue. She is both
strong and confused, fearful of what
will happen if she steps out of her
carefully ordered life. Mark Ruffalo is
brilliant as Terry, the somewhat simple-minded black sheep brother/zen
master in disguise, who always manages to run afoul of life. The fluidity of
their exchanges made me wonder
how much time they had spent
together, and if they improvisved any
of the dialogue, since they gelled so
Rory Culkin, the youngest of the
Culkin clan, turns in a deliberately
understated performance—no
screaming or hands cupped over
ears—as Sammy's son. His relationship with Terry is both touching and
troublesome, as he shows Terry that
maturity isn't something to be
feared. Everyone will enjoy Matthew
Broderick's take as the anti-Ferris—a
character who is so uptight that he
forbids employees from using any
strange background coloUrs on then-
computer screens—in one of his best
performances yet. Lonergan, who
also wrote Analyze Thi$, has a
Cameo as the non-judgmental, balanced priest, revealing that he is
capabfe of fleshing out the characters he creates, a rare gift for a
The film is funny, serious, touching, intelligent, and brilliantly executed, which means it will get
nowhere near the press it deserves.
Count on it ♦ THE UBYSSEY
at the Commodore Ballroom
Nov. 24
You know you're going to have a good time
when the first thing you see walking into a
party is two gorgeous, topless men, in tight
leather pants, covered in silver sparkles
handing you a free drink. Who would've
thought that such a fun and crazy evening
was inspired by a shade of lipstick.
To spread the news about MAC makeup company's third AIDS-fundraising
lipstick, Viva Glam III, Fashion Cares
Vancouver organised an en'iu
evening concentrating on th?
new Passionate Purple shade.
This   unique   fundraisin &
event raised money for
three   local   charities
that support people
living with AIDS:
the     St.    James
Community Service
Society,      A      Loving
Spoonful   and   the    Dr.    Peter   AIDS
Floating world's name was derived
from the mid-17th century Japanese cultural period when popular entertainment met
fashion—which describes the updated version for the evening perfectly.
by Aisha Jamal
Twenty-first century punk tribal was the
theme for the body painting this year.
Different artists used different kinds of
paint and accessories, from feathers to buttons. Unfortunately the backstage was so
hot, that by the time the body art was presented in the fashion show, a lot of the
human canvasses had started
to smudge.
With the body artists hard
at work, Vancouver's best-
known drag queens, competing for the highest
hair-do and
flashiest dress,
were working the
room, selling balloons that could
be exchanged
for prize packs.
Guests also got
a chance during the pre-fashion
show entertainment to bid in a silent auction. The highest-priced item up for grabs
was a custom-designed diamond ring
priced at $3000, while among the cheaper
items were two fashionable ties valued at
$68 a piece. Live entertainment during the
mingling period was provided by a purple-
painted DJ Michele.
ZULU WARRIOR? No he's just some model who's getting paid to be painted as part of the
entertainment at the Commodore Friday night, aisha jamal photo
The highlight of the evening wasn't the body
painting nor the silent auction but the creative,
sexy and sometimes shocking outfits designed
especially for the tour by designers from across
Canada and around the world, including Oscar de
la Renta, Izzy Camilleri and Vancouver's own
Feizal Virani. The designers were provided with
fabric dyed to the precise colour of the lipstick, and
told to create one-of-a-kind outfits.
The fashion show turned into quite the spectacle as the body art and purple fashion was combined with four white-painted naked Kokoro Dance
troupe members jolting around the runway. What
definitely got the crowd going was the amazing
closing act of Jeanie Tracy. An energetic and theatrical woman, she appeared on stage with six very
hot but untalented, male dancers. As attractive as
her entourage was, all eyes were on Jeanie. The
diva had enough command and energy in her
voice to move even the most conservative audience
member out of their seat The dancing didn't stop
even after Jeanie's stint on stage. The after-party DJ
Frank Abraham from San Francisco kept people
moving into the wee hours. ♦
edgy, atmospheric pop
by Carmen DesOrmeaux
at the Starry Dynamo Cat'4
Nov. 24
I was welcomed to the homey Starry Dynamo
by a group of warm, friendly folks who introduced themselves as part of the Beautiful
House Galleiy Lounge.
James and Shainin, two of the founding
members, informed me that Beautiful House
is a collective of artists whose mandate it is to
rejuvenate the arts scene in the Marpole
area. Made up of musicians, singers, spoken
word artists, photographers, painters, and
just about anyone else you can think of who
does something related to the arts. Beautiful
House has been putting on events since last
September. The collective travels to different
spaces in and around the Marpole area, promoting a variety of artists and fostering community spirit This event the ninth, had the
theme of'AngeL*
The Starry Dynamo Cafe* has only been
open for three months The couple that owns
and runs the place told me that they worked
really hard to give the cafe a warm feel. With
beautiful hardwood floors, wooden beams
and rafters, and cozy couches and chairs, this
cafe is one where you can definitely let your
hair down and cuddle up with a good book
and some hot chocolate. The sultry, soft lighting also makes for good date ambiance.
Ehren Seeland's photography decorates
the walls. The images, in reds and browns,
are mostly female nudes. The (deliberate)
overprocessing. blurs lines, which makes the
photos somewhat hazy. Seeland describes
her work as 'based on dreams, imagination,
and the Tiyper-real'.* For me, the Tiyper-real-
ity* was especially evident The juxtaposition
of the organic colours with the layers of processing created a thoughtful eyeplay.
Joelle Lush, accompanied by James
Newhouse on piano, began the evening with
some soufful jazz and gospel tunes. The
duet's rendition of "Autumn Leaves" was particularly moving. Nenah Reece, accompanied
by David Martone on guitar and bass and
Paul Martone on percussion, later took over
the mike and mesmerised the crowd with
some uneasy tunes from her latest CD. Reece
played songs that exhibited her self-described
'edgy, atmospheric pop" sound.
In a city that has been overtaken by entertainment firms, this event offered solace to
the Vancouver arts scene. It's comforting to
know that there are groups of people coordinating events where profit isn't the motive-
where the goal isn't to turn music, a feeling,
or a lifestyle into a commodity. This event
was genuine, and so were the people. When
those people smiled at you, you knew it was
for real. In its program Beautiful House says,
"We strive to be warm, welcoming and everything but pretentious or anonymous.* They
filled that tali order to a T, and did so with
plenty of style and grace, ♦
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who'd resigned over policy difference* with party whip
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We do elections right
It has taken the Americans the better part of a
month so far not to elect a president Now
Canadians are always ready and willing to seize
an opportunity to show the Americans that they
can do something better. It all stems from the
War of 1812. Canadians are still upset that the
last time they really beat the Yanks, they weren't
even really a country yet Not to mention all those
times they beat us at hockey. And everything else.
The Olympics? Well, since the triathlon is just a
sport for skinny guys who couldn't make up their
minds about which sport they like best,
Canadians still had an axe to grind.
But now we showed 'em. The American election has been dragged out into its third week,
which is longer than it takes even in those
obscure countries that you can't find on the map
but that the States invaded sometime in the
Those dumb Americans couldn't pick
between two remarkably similar middle-aged
rich white men, so we showed 'em how to hold
an election. We showed 'em how to have an elec
tion over in a single day. Hell, we had this election over by lunchtime, with enough time left to
have a quick scotch before heading back to the
The T-shirts say 'Canada Kicks Ass.' Not technically true. It's hard to kick ass without the
Bomb, but still. We're fast Efficient Ruthless.
Okay, not so ruthless. But efficient
We have this election thing so down pat that
we had the whole election over in less than a day,
but the best part is that we're so efficient that we
didn't even need to have this election Those silly
Americans, they still don't know who won. Us
Canadians, we knew who our prime minister was
going to be for the next few years before the election was even called three weeks ago.
Take that, Miracle on Icel
But that's not even the best part The best
part is that we're so efficient that we don't need
to worry about things like 'change,' or 'difference,' or 'recounts.' We know how this election
thing works. We know all the tricks to be the first
to the election finish line.
We know that unless you live in Quebec,
regional parties are a waste of time. We know
that when the polls close in Ontario, the polls
close, period. We know that if you live in BC,
there are plenty of other, more productive things
to do on election day other than voting. Like a
game of squash. Or needlepoint
We know that the best leader is the oldest
whitest guy out there. We know that the best
party is the one sitting right in the middle of the
road, and the one whose old white guy leader
has a slightly younger white guy ready to take the
throne when the older white guy has had
enough, or dies, whichever comes first
We know that it's best to forgive and forget
annoying little acronyms like 'GST,' or 'APEC
We know that health care and social programs
are not as important or efficiency-inducing as
tax cuts. We know what we like. We know that no
news is good news.
We know that the future is the Red Book
slapped in the face of the Canadian people.
Forever. ♦
deserve our respect
I would like to publicly thank and
commend the University of British
Columbia and in particular the
counselling psychologists mentioned in the recent Ubyssey article ("UBC counsels peacekeepers'
[Nov. 15]) for the work they are
doing to help Canadian peacekeepers to deal with post-traumatic
stress disorder.
The important work that
Canadian soldiers, sailors, airmen,
the RCMP and medical staff do
abroad in support of the United
Nations and its peacekeeping
efforts has made an incalculable
contribution to international peace
and stability over the past 50years.
Along the way these brave
young men and women have come
into contact with the most saddening, and in some cases most
appalling situations—situations
that have left some of them suffering from physical and psychological scars.
Last summer I met a young
man here at UBC, who had served
in five tours of duty as a peacekeeper in the Middle East, Cyprus,
Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Haiti. He
had witnessed the killing fields of
Bosnia and Rwanda, and had been
under fire on a number of occasions. I think we owe Robert (I
withhold his last name for reasons
of privacy) and the many others
who have served so bravely a deep
debt of gratitude.
Some have been less fortunate
and have not made it home. My
godfather Claude St Arnaud is one
of them. He was killed during
active service overseas in 1965
and lies buried in the Canadian
Military Cemetery in Normandy
next to Canadian soldiers, sailors
and airmen who fell during the
Second World War. I was only four
years old when he died but I do
remember him.
Claude's godfather, my uncle
Charles St Arnaud received permission from his old friend, former Canadian Prime Minister
Lester Pearson and the
Government of France to have him
buried in Normandy, which is the
ancestral home of the St Arnaud
My uncle Charles was friends
with several Canadian Prime
Ministers beginning with
Mackenzie King and actually assisted Pearson in the efforts in the late
1940s to establish the North
Atlantic Treaty Organisation and in
1956 .to prepare Canada's first
peacekeeping action, to help
England and France to extricate
themselves from the Suez debacle.
It is very important that brave
men and women like Robert know
that their work is truly respected
by Canadians and that their sacrifices are not forgotten. As long as
we stand in support of what they
are doing, they will continue to 'go
into harm's way' and proudly
carry the Canadian flag, and the
decency that we as a people stand
for, to the four corners of this troubled world.
I know of no more difficult
thing that I will ever do then ,to
walk along the row upon row of
white crosses, each bearing the
maple leaf, to one day find my godfather's grave in Normandy.
-Patrick Brusklewlch
Graduate Student-Physics THE UBYSSEY
Crawling through culture
by Michelle Mossop
Vancouver's Eastside
Nov. 24-26
While some people in the city spent their weekend on
pub crawls, hopping from pub to pub, getting as drunk
as possible, others were on a different kind of crawl.
Last weekend, over 3000 people treaded across a
wet and muddy Eastside, participating in the west
coast's largest open house—the Eastside Culture Crawl.
The event covered ground from Chinatown to
Commercial Drive and had over 130 artists (painters,
potters, glassblowers, sculptors, button makers, furniture makers, and photographers) open their studios
and homes in 17 different locations to show and sell
their artwork.
This year's Culture Crawl centred around 1000
Parker Street, where a four-story warehouse labyrinth
had crowds climbing up wobbly stairs and finding the
laboratories of almost 50 artists at every corner.
Jeweler Daniel Nemeth showcased his sleek, futuristic silver-wire necklaces alongside long, rectangular
matching earrings. But it was his sculpture 'Clock," that
garnered the most attention from the crawlers. Twelve
steel rods sprang up from four roughly cut pieces of
concrete, each bearing a copper head branded with a
number from one to twelve, giving a new possibility of
how a clock can look.
Angela Holmes shared Nemeth's studio space, and
her paintings' popularity left her so busy that she "hardly had a chance to take a bathroom break all weekendl"
Her paintings consist of oil on canvas, with dried paint crumbled on top of the paintings. This technique, which employs
paints at different stages of the drying process expands what
an artist can do with oil as a medium.
Downstairs, Melva Forsbes displayed her form of artwork-
buttons. With buttons branded with Nike swooshes and the
words 'slave labour is cool' and Stockwell Day's face with the
numbers 666 written across his forehead, her buttons proved
to be mocking and ironic.
Close to Forsbes' studio was Emily Carr graduate Eve
SPARKLING SILVER: Jeweler Daniel Nemeth's work was one of over 130 exhibits featured at the Eastside Culture Crawl
this past weekend. Michelle mossop photo
Leader's. Her Spartan studio featured obscure smears of
graphite, oil paint, and linseed which formed the dark shadow of
a man But because her work was painted on white Mylar, the
collection seemed both transparent and opaque at the same
But it was Isabelle Gereb's Modigliani-inspired furniture on
the top floor of the warehouse that proved to be the most popular. With a master's degree in furniture-making from the
University of Transylvania, the Poland native's primary-
coloured chairs assume the form of the characters that appear
in the 20th-century painter's work. One of the most interesting
parts of her collection are the chairs whose backs were carved
and painted like the head of the subject, the seat like the lower
half of the body, and the chair legs like, well, legs.
Although the Eastside Culture Crawl sometimes felt a bit like
an oversized craft fair or a garden show (one studio actually sold
garden tools) it did give people who might have otherwise been
hopping from bar to bar with another option for a weekend
activity—to go and see what our local artists are up to. ♦
by Parm Johal
at the Charles H. Scott Gallery
until Dec. 3
When taking pictures, most of us just click the button and go, but for others the dick of the button is
just the beginning of creating photographic art.
Image and Light: History and Influence is an
exhibition taking place at the Emily Carr Institute
of Art and Design on Granville Island. The show
displays the progression of Vancouver photography from the late 1960s, featuring works by
Christos Dikeakos and Barnie James and some
recent ones by Emily Carr students.
exhibitioa says that this show covers the main
patterns in photography, as well as the key differences such as the use of digital processing, a
thread more common now, than in the past
One of the largest pieces is the panoramic view
of the Acropolis in Athens taken by Dikeakos in
1987 entitled 'On the Acropolis.' It shows a
tourist taking a picture overlooking the city.
Another interesting piece is a photo taken by
Barrie James in 1973. As a part of his Hockey
Series, his piece, 'Queen Hatshepsut's Temple,'
shows a Canadian hockey player in an Egyptian
temple. Pollack explains that through the technique of imposing two different masses (the player and the temple) the context of the original
Canadian hockey players In Egyptian temples,
and nude men and women on Wreck Beach
Despite not being an expert in photography,
these striking images still made me look twice-
staring, occasionally—trying to figure out what the
work was all about
These works range from landscape and conceptual photography to portraits. Some of these
creative works even made use of light bulbs, helping illuminate and accentuate the artwork. Some
works depict a certain level of intensity, especially the pieces where the person is staring straight
at the viewer. Anne Pollack, the curator of the
architecture changes.
There are also many pieces taken around UBC
like "Showing each other pictures' by Theo
"Saskatche" Wan (he really did get his name
changed to that) in 1969. This classic piece photographs nude men and women on Wreck Beach.
This exhibition does a good job in portraying
the genre of photography in the Vancouver scene.
I'm a walking example of a survivor—you don't
need to be a hot-shot photographer to enjoy and
appreciate these works. ♦ 12
Take a Bite Outta Rhyme:
A Rock Tribute to Rap
The premise of thi3 album is paying homage to the
past and giving thanks for the present While today
rhyming voices are evident throughout many genres of music, such as the artistic unions of REM's
Michael Stipe and KRS-One or Heavy D and B.B.
King, this was not always the case.
Hip-hop started with naked beats, allowing the
rhyming voice to be heard with as little sonic distraction as possible. It was believed that a rapper
who incorporated guitar licks into his tune was
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advertising that he could not hold the beat for very
long. Time would show that this was not the case.
This album is dedicated to those rappers whose
foresight enabled diversification in both hip-hop
and rock and roll. This praise to early rappers
takes the form of both soft and hard rock combined with classic lyrics.
A few songs are softer rhythmic renditions of
older hip-hop. Dynamite Hack's rendition of "Boyz-
N-The-Hood* captures this softer feel. The listener
is able to focus on the urban lyrics, combined with
laid back 4:20 guitar. There is a warm innocence
in this soft melodic version of Eazy-E's gangster
track making it my personal favorite.
The second element of the rock and
rap relationship is the arrival of a new
breed of music into the mainstream—a
hybrid of the two. Innovators like Rick
Rubin enabled groups like the Beastie
Boys to pave the way for rhyming with
rock beats. This led to entire albums
such as the Judgement Night soundtrack
where music lovers everywhere were
exposed to this new genre. Today this
type of music litters the scene. From the
ravings of Rage Against the Machine or
the ready-for-radio Limp Bizkit, the spoken word over guitar based beats has
become a recognised musical genre.
In short, this album is successful in
the story that it is telling. There is a combination of old and new sounds that
everyone may not like but will be able to
appreciate. ♦
-John Fenton
Chocolate     Starfish
and   the   Hot   Dog
Flavored Water
Play it loud. Limp Bizkit's
newest release, Chocolate
StarSsh and the Hot Dog
Flavored Water (a stupid
name for an album if
there ever was one),
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in-your-face with the
usual Limp style: angry,
rip-shit-up music that
makes you want to rock
The album moves
from the usual fast Limp
rhythms to somewhat
slower and more melodic
tracks along with lyrics that really make
you wonder what Limp Bizkit is trying to
say. Are they reaching out to address the
issues that actually concern their disaffected youth audience and their "fuck you
and everything you've ever done because
I'm the only who matters" attitude?
There isn't much new or exciting
material in this album, it follows the
same set-up and tone as their previous
album Significant Other. Songs like
"Rollin" and "My Generation' still have
the same "get up, get out and bust shit
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the album, 'Full Nelson," is packed with
cheesy lyrics that make you cringe and
want to skip the track entirely.
You can't go wrong when Limp,
Redman arid Method Man get together in
"Rollin' (Urban Assault Vehicle.)' It is
easily the best track and makes the whole
album worth listening to. Another excellent track that gets a high-five is "Take a
Look Around," the theme song from
Mission Impossible 2. It is one of the only
tracks that has any real lyrical value, and
a sound that makes you want to get up
and jump around. ♦
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