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The Ubyssey Nov 10, 1999

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History repeating
UBC's women's field hockey team is CIAU champion once again
OUT OF THE WAY: UBC's Jen Dowdeswelh sets to send a ball through the Vikes defence Sunday.
by Bruce Arthur
WATERLOO—As reruns go, this one was
dead on.
In a mirror-image rematch of last
year's national championship game, UBC
beat the University of Victoria Vikes 1-0
Sunday at Waterloo's Seagram Stadium to
win the CIAU national championship for
the second consecutive year and seventh
time overall.
It was a tournament performance eerily reminiscent of last year's run to the title
in Edmonton: UBC played the same four
teams they faced in 1998, in the same
order, and with the same results (two ties,
then two wins). In Waterloo, the Birds
scored one fewer goal, and allowed the
same number of markers against
"The similarities between this year and
last year were uncanny/ said fifth-year
midfielder  Lesley Magnus,  who  was
named a second-team a^ll-
Canadian. "It was so much like last
year. But the feeling as a team was
not the same. I think we had more
UBC made the final despite starting the tournament with two disappointing games. Thursday, the
number one Birds played the first
game of the week against the number four-ranked University of
aAlberta Pandas. UBC's scheduled
practice Wednesday had to be cancelled due to snow, and the Bears
took advantage of the Birds' rusti-
ness on a goal in the 41 st minute by
Nicole Perry to take a 1-0 lead. But
history again repeated itself midway through the second half on a
goal by fourth-year midfielder Jen
Last year, Dowdeswell also
scored UBC's only round-robin
goal—against the University of New
Brunswick in UBC's second game to
salvage a 1-1 tie that sent the T-Birds
through to the semifinals. This time,
she wristed aiigh shot that deflected off defender j\nnabelle Duncan-
Webb's stick, bounced on the goal
line, and went in.
The tie gave UBC a critical
point—despite a pile of chances in
the ensuing game against the
University of New Brunswick, the
Birds could only manage a 0-0 tie.
But the result allowed UBC to
squeak into the semis, and as in
1998, they did it without a win in
their first two games. But even
though the T-Birds were in the
semifinals, the ties were cause for
"They're unsettled," said head
coach Hash Kanjee. "The cohesion's just a little bit off...it has to
come from them."
Despite advancing, the T-Birds
;also suffered a significant loss
H when fifth-year defender GenVieve
Adams was bowled over by a UNB
player and suffered what is suspected to be a tear of the anterior
cruciate ligament (ACL) of her right
knee. It was an unfortunate repeat
of last year—Adams tore the same ligament last season, but came back one
month later to play in the national tou)>
nament This time, the injury ended her
UBC career on the field.
With first-year defender Alisa Carey
substituting for Adams, UBC moved on to
the final four to face the University of
Toronto Blues in another rematch—this
one of the  1998 semifinal. .And as in
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were made/ said Oppenheim.
He emphasised, however,
that his comments were directed at the structure of the commission, not at Storrow or any
individuals involved in the PCC.
But he dismissed Hughes' suggestion of a legal recourse,
because of a lack of time and
Yesterday's , testimony,
meanwhile, centred on
Stewart's role in removing protesters from the road at what is
known at Gate 6, near Place
Vanier, on November 25, 1997.
As the APEC leaders prepared
to leave the UBC campus,
Stewart was charged with clearing the blockade. He did so by
pepper-spraying and arresting
protesters—which, significantly, was caught on videotape.
Cameron Ward, a lawyer representing many of the student
complainants, attempted to
show that Stewart resorted to
using pepper spray without trying other options, and that he
was affected by the stress of the
day's events. Video evidence
shown during the cross-examination captured Stewart telling
an RCMP cameraman to stop
'Get that [prisoner] van up
here now...Keep the cameras
away. I'm not fucking around,
I've had enough,* Stewart says
on the tape.
The video also revealed that
Stewart gave protesters significantly less time to get off the
road than the nine seconds he
had previously stated. Stewart
gave a revised estimate of three
seconds between when he finished speaking and when he
started to use pepper spray.
Ward also used slow-motion
video to suggest that Stewart
clearly looked at CBC cameraman Robert Douglas as he
sprayed him and his camera, in
a widely-publicised incident.
Stewart had already testified
that proper police procedure
demands that a weapon (including pepper spray) be aimed
before it is deployed.
Stewart denied, however,
that he saw Douglas before
spraying him. Stewart later
apologised to Douglas—but
Ward pointed out that none of
the other people Stewart
sprayed received apologies.
Ward also questioned
Stewart's motivation for arresting—and inadvertently pepper-
spraying—demonstrator Mark
Brooks, who is seen on video
using a megaphone apparently
to calm down protesters after
Stewart first used pepper spray.
"Take it easy. We don't want
things to get out of hand. We did
nothing to provoke this,*
Brooks appears to have said,
moments before Stewart ran
out from behind the police line
to grab and arrest him.
*I made the arrest effectively
[but] I was not pleased with the
accidental discharge of the
[pepper] spray,* said Stewart,
who noted that it had been
reported to him that a rock had
been thrown at the police.♦
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\» s.   ' L„ L~ k   .. t™> THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10.1999
CUPE staff rally support
 by Daliah Merzaban
At a rally last Friday students and faculty showed their support for UBC's
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) support staff locals, which
remain on the verge of a strike.
CUPE officials asserted their demands for equality before an onlook-
ing crowd of roughly 500 students, faculty and staff in front of Koerner
"When working people do decide to go on strike, their issues can usually be summarised in one word—fairness/ said Frans Van de Ven, business agent for CUPE Local 2950, which, along with Local 116, represents over 3000 support staff on campus.
"We want a piece of the pie and we want equal treatment with other
workers in the public sector and other employee groups on campus/ he
Alma Mater Society Coordinator of External Affairs Nathan Allen
asserted the AMS's support for CUPE.
"We stand for and stand by CUPE when they support our students and
when they support all the community on this campus/ said Allen. He
also emphasised students respecting picket lines as a matter of conscience.
"If you are a student out there and you choose not to cross the picket
line the AMS will stand by you. If your professor or your dean is coming
down on you for missed work while you missed class...we will advocate
on your behalf/ he said.
Students for Fair Treatment (SFT), a student group that recently
formed in support of CUPE, circulated a petition to be presented to
administration. SFT representative Jon Chandler said that the group is
demanding that UBC negotiate fairly with its union locals.
"If we hand over hundreds and hundreds of signatures on these petitions to the
administration building, they'll think twice about their tactics of dragging it out and
stalling" he said.
The School of Social Work's student society has also recently passed a resolution to
"actively support CUPE," in the event of a strike, Julie Veljacic, president of the society, told the crowd.
/And an ad hoc group of faculty on campus has formed in support of CUPE.
Committee member Charles Menzies, an assistant professor of anthropology, said
that the group is still small and informal, but he says an organisational meeting is
planned for this week.
"As a faculty member of this university, I think its important that your struggle is
supported," Menzies told the cheering crowd.
"You, in fact, right now are in the forefront of a struggle protecting the quality of
working people's lives and for the quality of the education on this campus, so I want
RALLYING: During their fourth day of action Friday, UBC Canadian Union of Public Employees support staff
voiced their frustration with UBC administration to onlooking students, faculty and staff, duncan mchugh photo
you to know right now that we're with you."
Menzies acknowledged, however, that "it's quite obvious" that not all faculty agree
or support CUPE. He said that only roughly 50 faculty members supported the strike
in 1992, when Locals 116 and 2950 picketed for almost three weeks.
Both locals have been in ongoing talks with UBC to replace the contract that expired
in March. No mediation has been scheduled. Last Thursday, Local 116 members
voted in favour of increasing union dues to fund strike action.
There will be no strike action, however, until the two sides negotiate what constitutes essential services. After three days of labour relations hearings last week failed
to yield a common agreement, an additional six days—beginning this Friday—were set
aside for negotiations.
The rally was part of CUPE's fourth province-wide day of action, held at BC's four
universities in order to draw attention to the faltering contract negotiations between
campus support staff and their respective universities. Leafletting and traffic slowdowns marked the previous days of action. ♦
from ending strike
by Laura Blue
by Paul Dayson
The Link (BCIT)
Fed uj) with Ihe ongoing strike that hus disrupted their classes, students at the British Columbia Institutp of Technology (BCIT) presented an ultimatum to both school administration and the striking
Faculty and Slaff association (FSA) yesterday.
At an on-campus rally attracting over 400 students, BCIT
Students' Association President Shane Styles demanded that either
classes resume by next Monday, or both BCIT president Brian
Gillespie and FSA president Ron Kessler resign.
This demand coincides with a proposal by the administration to
extend classes to as late as December 19.
Despite optimistic results from last week's negotiations, this
week lim two sides have failed to reach an agreement
According to FSA representatives, BCIT rejected an accord asking it to publicly acknowledge the FSA's three concerns over quality
of eduction-instructor workload, professional development, and
fair treatment of part-time instructors.
BCIT spokesperson David Bernard said the accord proposed by
the FSA would represent a large financial cost to Ihe institute.
*BCTT believes in educational quality, but it can't be separated
from the money issue/ he said.
However, the FSA announced it would agree to a zero per cent
wage increase for the first two years of the contract, followed by a
two per cent increase in the third year. This corresponds to the
provincial public sector wage policy, with which earlier FSA
demands did not comply.
Bernard said the administration is 'cautiously optimistic* since
there has been movement from both parties at the table.
He added that bringing a special mediator to assist with the talks
may help the two sides achieve progress. Two weeks ago, a mediator declared the two sides too far apart to reach an agreement
The FSA began rotating pickets on October 2 L; escalating to a fullblown strike November 1—leaving roughly 5000 students without
The 1000-membcr association has been without a contract since
June 1998.$
UBC hopes that a new funding program will attract top graduate students to the university. However,
the initiative is the subject of
debate among current grad students, some of whom believe that
the money should be used to help
students with no funding at all.
Every year over 6000 graduate
students attend UBC. The lucky
ones, and the top students, receive
fellowships, awards, and scholarships; the others do not But the
level of funding available to students is also largely dependent on
the student's department of study.
Some departments in the
Faculty of Science fund all students
admitted into their graduate programs. In Chemistry as well as
Physics and Astronomy, for example, students who do not receive
UBC fellowship or external funding may be funded as research
assistants by their supervisors'
research grants.
But such assistantships are rare
in the humanities and social sciences. Most departments in the
Faculty of Arts cannot guarantee
funding for graduate students,
although some students are
offered positions as tutorial assistants (TAs).
Roughly 1600 TAs work at UBC
this year, drawn from the over
6000 graduate students on campus. But not all of of the positions
are full TA-ships, notes Peter Lane,
business manager of CUPE Local
2278, the union which represents
TAs on campus.
According to the Faculty of
Graduate Studies, UBC graduate
students won 1296 UBC awards
and fellowships in 1998-99, and
approximately 435 external
awards, including those from the
Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC) and the
Social Science and Humanities
Research Council (SSHRC).
"If you look at funding
from a commercial point of
view, there's a lot of
research private industry
won't do."
-Roger Miller
GSS president
But funding levels differ
between the two national research
councils. While NSERC offers
grants to both master's and doctoral students in the natural sciences and engineering, SSHRC
only funds doctoral students.
Upper-year NSERC winners
receive $19,030 annually, while
SSHRC award holders receive
$16,620. Master's students
receive $17,300 a year, more
money than a student with a
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.
Last year, UBC graduate students were awarded an estimated
207 NSERC Postgraduate
Scholarships and an estimated 90
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.
UBC's new *top-up* program
provides  an additional  $6000
award to new NSERC and SSHRC
But Graduate Students' Society
(GSS) President Roger Miller stated that although many graduate
students are very much in favour
of the top-up, others feel that more
money should instead be given to
students who have no fiinding.
"It's a great issue of debate. I
certainly wouldn't claim there's a
consensus among graduate students," he said.
According to Graduate Awards
Administrator Martha Kertesz,
the effectiveness of the top-up in
attracting graduate students to
UBC will not be known until statistics have been monitored for at
least two years. When the deans
of the various faculties agreed to
this new award, they did so with
the provision that there would be
a complete review after two
But Miller believes that "keeping tuition increases low is the key
factor in attracting graduate students."
Miller also expressed his concern with fimding for j\rts and
Social Sciences at the graduate
"If you look at Funding from a
commercial point of view, there's
a lot of research private industry
won't do," he said.
He added that if only commercially viable research is funded, it
will lead "to a very poor society,
not necess» xily in a dollar sense,
but in a cultural and educational
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RNs need funding
 by Daliah Merzaban
BC's nursing shortage has prompted a provincial
health committee to recommend an urgent
increase in the number of spaces for students in BC
nursing schools. But BC nursing officials say the
problem is far from being solved.
In its interim report two weeks ago, the BC
Ministry of Health Advisory Committee on the
Recruitment and Retention of Registered Nurses
recommended that the province fund 400 additional seats in BC's 15 nursing schools.
"It's obvious that there's a nursing shortage in
this province," said Michelle Stewart, communications officer for the Ministry of Health, who emphasised that the committee's "first priority [is] boosting the number of seats in BC nursing programs."
"We have to look at in the long term how we're
going to keep a supply of graduating nurses ready to
fill some of those spots."
The announcement is welcomed by nursing officials, who say too many qualified applicants are
turned away each year from BC schools.
Lastyear, there were an estimated 2600 applicants for the 949 spaces in BC nursing schools,
according to statistics released by the BC Registered
Nurses' Association (RNA), an organisation representing over 28,000 registered and licenced nurses
The association has been lobbying the government to increase funding for nursing education.
This year, UBC's School of Nursing, which takes
on roughly 60 new students each year, had to turn
away 75 qualified applicants for first year nursing
and 42 qualified applicants applying for the third
Sonia Acorn, acting director of nursing at UBC,
said that UBC can accommodate 20 additional students in its third year nursing program.
She believes a lot of the funding BC dedicates to
nursing is misguided.
"The government has put more money into
advertising and recruiting but there's no place to
recruit," said Acorn. "There really needs to be more
nurses prepared."
Acorn added that the health sector is already
experiencing shortages in specialty areas, such as
critical care and intensive care units, and operating
RNA President Lorraine Gillespie is equally concerned.
RNA statistics indicate that almost 50 per cent of
BC's nurses are from out-of-province, whereas over
90 per cent of BC-educated nurses remain in BC.
"The vast majority of nurses educated in BC
remain in BC to practice, yet this province has
always relied on outside recruitment to meet its
nursing needs. With a global shortage of nurses, we
can't rely on recruitment from other provinces and
nations. We must educate our own," commented
To further compound this problem, 48 per cent
of practising nurses are due to retire within the next
ten years.
Joyce Black, RNA education consultant, is worried that this will result in greater competition, leaving the province unable to rely on getting nurses
from outside BC.
Other provinces, according to Black, are in "dire
straits" to get nurses and, as a result, are offering
benefits like lull-time employement, relocation
expenses, and mentors for new nurses.
Considering that, in BC, 50 per cent of nurses are
part-time or casual, Black said recruitment is not
the only challenge BC faces.
"Recruiting new people is only one piece of the
puzzle. What we have to be able to do is to find
decent jobs for the new graduates so that they'll stay
here and work here, so it's a retention matter just as
much as it is a recruitment matter," said Black, who
went on to criticise working conditions for nurses.
But Stewart said the benefits BC offers to nurses
are the best in Canada.
"In British Columbia we have the best pay and
benefit package for nurses of any Canadian
province. A lot of it has to do with making sure that
nurses have a chance to use their full range of skills
as opposed to doing work that would traditionally
be done by other workers in the healthcare system"
said Stewart.
Black, however, said nursing conditions must be
improved to keep nurses in BC.
"We can graduate all the nurses we want but if
the working conditions are such that they're going
other places to get better conditions then it doesn't
matter how many we graduate. We need to graduate
and keep them here."
As for the government's „commitement to
increase funds for nursing education, details must
still be worked out between the Ministry of Health
and the Ministry of Advanced Education before the
province makes a formal announcements*
by Chris Morabito
the Martlet
VICTOR! \ (fTP) MomlM-H. of
the British Columbia NDP have
joined federal NDP Leader
Alexa McDonough in calling
for an independent public
inquiry into the 1995 conflict
at Gustafsen Lake.
The infamous incident saw
400 RCMP officers confront 18
Native protesters in the BC
In a resolution passed by
tlie BC chapter of the NDP
Socialist Caucus, party members also asked for an investigation of BC Attorney General
Ujjal Dosanjh for his role in
tlie conJlict.
For years critics have
claimed that the provincial
government has engaged in a
The demand for an inquiry
is meant to "challenge the systematic racism wilhin [NDP]
parly ranks and other arms of
the government," according to
the official resolution released
to the provincial NDP caucus
Marcel Hatch, a co-chair of
the federal NDP Socialist
Caucus, says Ihe actions of the
provincial NDP and the
Attorney General during the
Gustafsen conflict, "are the
biggest crimes that exist in
Canada, along with and comparable in every way to tlie
Ontario Provincial Police
assassination of Dudley
George [at Ipperwash in
Hatch added that the caucus
plans to focus on Gustafsen
Lake in upcoming public
forums and in Ihe provincial
NDP leadership convention in
He warned that the issue
could put a dnnt in Dosanjh's
leadership plans.
"[Dosanjh's actions in 1995]
prove he is ill-qualified lo serve in
Ihe name of a democratic socialist government," said Hatch.
But Kate Thompson, a
spokesperson wiLh Lhe
Attorney General's office, said
she was unaware of the motion
by tlie Socialist Caucus but
added that the suggestion to
hold an independent investiga
tion into the 1995 incident
'crops up every now and then."
"The Attorney General ha.«s
made perfectly clear that
[Gustafsen Lake] has been
dealt with in the courts," said
The incident occurred in the
summer of 1995, when a
group of Native people held a
sun dance on Shuswap territory, near 100-Mile House.
After resisting an eviction
attempt by an American cattle-
rancher who claimed ownership of the land, several
Shuswap maintained they, like
other Native nations within
BC's borders, hadn't ceded any
portion of their territory to
Canada, and therefore, no government had the jurisdiction
to remove them from their
unccded land.
All proposals to settle the
conflict via third-party adjudication were rejected by both
the provincial and federal gov-
ernmpnts. Instead, the largest-
ever military-style RCMP operation on Canadian territory
was launched to removp the
Native protesters. ♦ THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 10,1999
UBC moves up in
Maclean's survey
UBC has tied with Queen's for
second place in the
Medical/Doctoral university category in Maclean's magazine's
annual university rankings, up
two spots from lastyear.
The University of Toronto is
ranked first in the same category. The magazine also picked
Mount Allison and Guelph as
the best, schools in their respective categories.
aAlong with the rankings, the
Maclean's study indicated that
between 1995 and 1999, tuition
costs in Canadian universities
have risen by 36 per cent, and
the number of full-time faculty
decreased by 8 per cent.
Student still missing
Three weeks after a police
investigation was launched,
Trevor Coleman, a 26-year old
first-year engineering student at
UBC, is still missing.
Coleman was last seen
October 2 at around 2 am.
"There isn't an update at this
Lime," said Vancouver Police
Department media liason Anne
"Investigators are conducting interviews with a number of
people lo try to further the
investigation, but tlie boltom
line is that Trevor Coleman has
not been located.*
tion plan for lhi» Downtown
Eastside, tax rates, and public
debate hits UVic
University of Victoria Student
Society (UVSS) has revoked its
endorsement of a campus
group. Youth Protecting Youth
(YPY), for putting up posters
that Society directors call anti-
abortion material.
The poster, which was distributed around campus, reads,
"With no laws protecting the
unborn in Canada, abortions
are available at any time during
the nine months of a woman's
"The club and posters clearly
contravene UVSS policy and
betray the board," said Director-
at-large Stacey Slager. The policy supports "freedom of choice
in the matter of abortion."
But YPY claims student
union members allowed personal views to interfere with
their decision,
Peter Nishimura, a YPY
member, said the posters were
interpreted the wrong way.
But UVSS Director of
Services Chris Moon said, "Any
reasonable person would, perceive this poster as anti-choice."
—with Sles 6vm the Martlet
Alberta MIA
City council calls for lower
debate heated     tuition fees
Transportation issues headed
the debate at a recent AH
Candidates' Meeting for the
upcoming November 20
Vancouver municipal election.
Several candidates pushed
for more buses to service the
Vancouver area, including Nonpartisan Association (NPA)
incumbent candidate Jennifer
Clarke, who said she stood firmly behind a Rapid Bus system
that would include a B-Line style
express bus from Richmond to
Green Party candidate Bev
Ballantyne said the Rapid Bus
plan needs to be expanded even
further and employ the more
environmentally-friendly trolley
buses rather than diesel-run
At the meeting. Greater
Vancouver Transportation
Authority chair George Puil said
there are 110 new buses
already on the way.
But candidate Allan HerberL
focused on the need to increase
the number of pedestrians and
reduce toxic car and bus emissions in general.
Among tlie oilier issues discussed wore a drug harm r.;duc-
MLA has called for a 30 per cent
reduction in post-secondaiy
tuition fees.
Raj Pannu, a member of the
New Democratic Party, also
repeated his call for a tuition
freeze, saying that lost revenue
from not raising tuition could
be replaced by an increase in
provincial transfer payments.
Pannu said the strong
Alberta economy and the
provincial government promises to reduce taxes is proof that
there is money available for
But Ed Greenberg, a
spokesperson for Alberta's
Ministry of Learning, said
changes to the student loan system are more likely than a
tuition freeze or cuts to fees,
Greenberg said the ministry
is considering making more
money available for student
loans or allowing a greater
number of remissions.
He said the government's
plan is "to look at ways of alleviating the student debt load.*<*
—with Sles from the Alberta
Bureau Chief
UBC student
runs for mayor
 by Michelle Mossop
A UBC student is taking on long
odds  in  his  bid  to  become
mayor  of Vancouver in this
month's civic elections, but is
doing so in the hope of changing the way civic politics are
Court Caldwell  decided  to
run for the position of Mayor
after attending a Vancouver city
council meeting last summer.
He was dissatisfied with what
he perceived as a lack of fervour
on the part of the mayor and
city councillors,  as meetings
often ended early for the council members to have an extended lunch or to go home early.
He also saw a narrow range
of opinions in the Non-Partisan
Alliance (NPA)-dominated
"The NPA has every single
seat on the council, the school
board and the parks board -
every     single     seat,"     says
Caldwell,  a third-year English
student in his first year at UBC
after transferring from Douglas
"And they say that this is
okay because they are such a
loosely-organised   party,   and
anybody of any political philosophy can be involved. But if we a
have a one-party system is this
really democracy at work?"
Caldwell found the current
council's apparent focus on "big
money issues" which seemed to
only   cater   to   the   business
upper-crust  community  very
"We need to keep in mind the
issues which affect the fives of
all Vancouverites, not just the
business aspect," he said.
"Issues like crime, shelter,
homelessness and things like
that are just as important, if not more."
Caldwell promises that, if he is elected, these
issues will come to the forefront of civic politics.
Caldwell lives in
East Vancouver and
has been muggecT
twice. These experiences have led him to
include in his platform
a safewalk program to
and from Skytrain stations.
"I am very much for
real, every-day issues,
especially poverty,
affordable student
housing. I feel that a lot
of students, a lot of people  in  general  don't
know very much about Vancouver civic politics, and how a difference can be made in
these areas," he said.
In fact, Caldwell feels so strongly about
these issues, that he is willing to donate 50 per
cent of his income each year (an estimated
$96,000) to charities preventing youth from
living on the streets. He has already shown his
commitment by paying the $100 deposit
required to run in the election.
But Caldwell admits that campaigning has
been a challenge. Without the six-figure campaign funds that most of his competitors have,
CLEAN-CUT CANDIDATE: Third year English student Court Caldwell is
keeping himself busy between classes campaigning for the most coveted position at city hall. He wants to see more attention paid to
crime and poverty. What are you doing? tara westover photo
Caldwell has to rely on volunteers, low-budget
posters, and word of mouth. He is targeting as
many students as possible.
"I don't think I will
"We need to keep in
mind the issues which
affect the lives of all
Vancouverites, not just
the business aspect."
-Court Caldwell
Candidate for Mayor
appeal to the conservative upper-class, but
when I was looking at
the statistics, if I got
the majority of students, people who
can't relate to mainstream politics, people
who are labeled
'fringe'—I think I can
reach to them," he
Caldwell   has   ten
competitors    in    the
mayoral race,  including    current    mayor
Philip Owen, on the NPA slate, and David
Cadman,    leader    of   the    Committee    of
Progressive Electors (COPE).  But his rivals
seem unaware of his presence in city politics.
"We don't know who he is. I don't think anyone knows who he is," said Grant Longhurst,
Campaign Manager for the NPA.
But he gives Caldwell credit for balancing
politics with a heavy course load.
"I hope he stays involved no matter what happens, because there are a lot of committees and
a lot of community and neighborhood groups
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Genetic ID
may soon
be ready
 by Nicola Jones
Know a patient's genetic makeup
and you'll know which drugs will
work best for that person. So goes
the theory among scientists anticipating the completion of the
Human Genome Project, who
hope that they will be able to tailor drugs to individual needs.
The Project is slated for completion within a year, and pharmacologists—scientists who
study how genetics influences the
processing of medicinal drugs-
are starting to look at how they
can use the detailed human
genetic information it will produce.
"This is the hope for entry into
personalised medicine,* said
Nobel laureate and UBC professor of biochemistry Michael
Smith at a seminar hosted by the
Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences last
Friday. The seminar attracted more
than 300 scientists,
pharmacists, doctors, businesspeo-
ple, and some curious investors.
Werner Kalow, a
former University
of Toronto professor, is known as the
grandfather of
He said that in 15 years it may be
possible for everyone to have
their own wallet-sized genetic ID
card containing personal DNA
information that could help
determine which drugs may
work best for you, or would be
potentially toxic or fatal.
A card like that, guessed Denis
Grant, senior director of pharmacogenetics for the New Jersey
company Orchid Biocomputer,
might cost you about $50 for a
list of 50 specific sites, or
nucleotides, of your DNA.
Each of those sites of variation
is known as a "SNP" (pronounced
"snips"). The human body contains between one and ten million SNPs, each of which can vary
in a number of ways. Along with
environmental factors, those
genetic variations help determine how different people
respond to different drugs.
Orchid Biocomputer is currently able to isolate and identify
some SNPs, and is working on
ways to assess more of them
more quickly and for a lower
Grant believes tailor-made
genetic prescriptions could help
change some scary statistics.
Adverse drug reactions are currendy the fourth leading cause of
hospitalisation and the fifth leading cause of death in the US.
Grant listed several examples
of drugs on the market that are
dubbed   "Drugs   in   Trouble."
"In most cases the
science is fairly
clear. It's the ethical
considerations that
may cause problems
later on."
-Werner Kalow
While these drugs are extremely
beneficial for most patients, for
some they may cause horrific
side effects—or simply not do
anything at all.
If you can pre-select the
patients for whom a drug will be
beneficial, argued Grant, then
you'll have a set of "clean drugs"
and far fewer negative side-
effects expressed in the population. And that means a reduction
in overall cost to the health care
"One of the health care
providers in the States has estimated that the amount of money
they spend on adverse drug reactions is greater than the amount
of money that they spend on
those drugs in the first place,"
said Grant
Also up for discussion was the
ethics of genetic analysis.
Knowing a person's entire genetic makeup may
help to determine
how prone individuals are to contracting genetically-controlled conditions,
such as
Huntington's disease or
Alzheimer's. Kalow
is concerned about
who would have
access to genetic
including potential employers, or
insurance companies.
"Clearly there are serious
problems," said Kalow.
"In most cases the science is
fairly clear. It's the ethical considerations that may cause problems later on."
Grant noted that an analysis of
SNPs wouldn't necessarily tell
you anything about your potential to develop genetic diseases,
but might only indicate how your
body might react to certain
The seminar was held in part
to develop a $500 million grant
application for the planned
Centre for Pharmacogenetic
Studies on UBC campus.
The planned centre, in conjunction with UBC, the BC
Research Institute for Children's
and Women's Health, and the
Children's and Women's Health
Centre of BC, will focus on looking
at three main areas of interest:
drug-metabolising enzymes, drug
receptors, and drug transporters.
"There's nothing like this in
the city," said Wayne Riggs, associate professor of pharmaceutical
sciences and one of the seminar's organisers.
"We are very excited about it*
The proposal for the centre
will be sent to the Canadian
Foundation for Innovation. UBC
should know by July 2000,
whether the application is successful. ♦ THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10,1999   "J
Arthritis drug funding halted
 by Daliah Merzaban
A UBC research group is supporting a
decision by BC Pharmacare not to fund a
popular new arthritis drug, Celebrex.
Both groups agree that insufficient published information has been released
regarding the drug's effects.
The group of researchers at UBC's
Therapeutics Initiative (Tl) is pressuring
BC health care to base its funding for new
drugs on published scientific evidence.
After Tl assessed the arthritis drug—
which has been available behind the
counter since Health Canada approved it
last spring—they mailed a letter to all
active physicians and pharmacists in BC
cautioning them that Celebrex has
become "available on prescription without full publication of a single clinical
trial report."
"We want doctors and the public to
know that there is reason to be cautious,
we're wondering why they haven't published anything," said Jim Wright, Tl
managing director.
In its first three months of availability,
428,000 prescriptions of Celebrex were
filled at Canadian pharmacies, making it
one of the most popular new drugs on the
Celebrex is lauded by its pharmaceutical
manufacturer, Searle Canada, for offering
fewer side-effects, including gastrointestinal
bleeding and ulcers, than other traditional
anti-inflammatory arthritis drugs.
Wright, however, said that no clinical
trials to substantiate these claims could
be located. He said only short abstracts
could be found.
It's unusual, according to Wright, for
a widely-used drug to have no easily-
accessible comprehensive trials.
"We were surprised that there wasn't
any published evidence," he commented, adding that if a company has an
important new drug, its first priority is
normally to get information published
and readily available.
But in a recent interview with the
Ubyssey, Chris Yardly, director of medical
and scientific affairs for Searle Canada, contended that an extensive amount of published data is available to the public which
clearly reveals that Celebrex "offers
unprecedented safety to Canadians with
In the first half of 1999, Celebrex
ranked as the world's best-selling branded anti-arthritic drug in 67 countries.
"From our perspective we do have
published data out there," he said.
Pharmacare spokesperson Jeff Gaulin,
however, points out that the published
abstracts available might not be the most
reliable source. He explained how
Pharmacare prefers to examine very carefully any drug it is considering for coverage.
"There certainly might be a desire to
cover any medication simply because it's
new or simply because it's popular, or
simply because people believe that it's
therapeutic for them. But we really have
to look at where can we spend taxpayers'
dollars more wisely and I'd say you need
to have some sort of evidence to make a
decision like that," he said.
Wright also noted that a lot of information coming from pharmaceutical
companies is biased because the indus
try stands to "make a lot of profit off
of it."
Yardly, however, asserted that 52
clinical studies were submitted to
Health Canada prior to approval of
the drug, and were subsequently
published as abstracts for public
He added that Searle will attempt
to supply Tl and Pharmacare with
additional studies. Eight peer-
review manuscripts have been
accepted for publication in prestigious journals and will soon be
made available, he assured.
"We will share those manuscripts, as soon as we have them,
with BC Pharmacare," he said.
Both Tl and Pharmacare have said
they will reassess the drug as soon as
further research is available. So far,
only .Alberta and Quebec have
approved Celebrex for funding.
Since 1994, around 35 researchers
at Tl have been providing unbiased
information regarding new drugs and
therapies to Pharmacare, BC doctors, and
pharmacists in an effort to determine
whether new drugs represent a therapeutic
advantage over already-available therapies.
"We've been trying very hard to get
Pharmacare to really take the evidence
seriously into consideration in making
their decision," said Wright
"In our experience, we've been quite
pleased that die BC government is showing that they do want to make their decisions more evidence-based."
Gaulin agrees. He said a Pharmacare
drug review committee, which makes
WATCHDOGGIN': Jim Wright, managing director of
UBC's Therapeutics Initiative research group,
keeps an eye on new drugs, daliah merzaban photo
the final decision on whether the cost of
a prescribed drug will be covered, gives
Tl reports "significant weight" because
he said it's important to ensure that the
drug will provide medical benefits to
Tl, which is funded by an ongoing
provincial grant, studies roughly 40
drugs each year.
Wright said researchers follow a "very
rigorous process," including searches
through medical journals for comprehensive, double-blind, randomised control
experiments, which he said are the most
preferable clinical trials.**
UBC Housing set to change the rules
by Alex Dimson
UBC Housing is proposing some major changes to campus residences, including guranteed placement for first-
year students and construction of new student residences as part of the Trek 2000 plan.
Currendy, priority for spaces in UBC's junior residences is given to returning second-year students. As a
result, many new students who apply late are left on a
waiting list which often exceeds 100 in September.
Darcelle Cottons, acting director of Housing, said UBC
is planning to change this. She said Housing is currenly
involved in discussions around student recruitment that
include plans to offer new students guaranteed spaces in
"By guaranteeing residence to first-year applicants,
the university hopes to attract more students outside the
Lower Mainland," she said.
Some residents are worried that this proposal will
make it difficult for returning students to get housing
"Initially I was upset by the idea, because I thought
that second-year residents were going to get screwed,"
said Lindsay Brown, member of the Place Vanier
Residents' Association. She added that a reliable prioritising system is necessary to determine which second-
year students are most qualified to receive places in residence. She cited evaluating grade point average as a
possible determining factor.
But Cottons said the change won't be implemented
for at least one year.
One concern expressed by both Cottons and Totem
Park Residence Life Manager Chad Hyson was the challenge of trying to maintain the distinct culture at the
junior residences.
"Right now we are committed to keeping a good balance between first and second year in our junior areas.
We think the second-years contribute a lot to the environment It is a positive relationship," said Hyson.
Cottons mentioned the options of either making a
current senior residence, such as Gager-available to first-
year students or the building of another residence.
"Our department is looking at some kind of expanded
student residences in the short-term, though right now
we are uncertain of what form it will take," she said.
Cottons added that she'd like to see new residences
developed within five years.
UBC's Official Community Plan (OCP), a document
which governs all development on campus and surrounding areas, mandates that UBC should be able to
accommodate 25 per cent of students in residence.
Mthough UBC currently complies with this figure,
expected increases in enrollment will likely demand
new developments.
But Cottons said building new housing could be difficult since Housing, an ancilliary operation, is expected
to spend over $5 million in total repairs to both the
Thunderbird residence and the University Apartments,
which have suffered from "leaky-condo syndrome."
She emphasied that any OCP plans are preliminary
and no land has yet been secured for future residence
construction as much of the potential land is not managed by the university.
"[We're] trying to be clear on sites that we believe are
in the best interest of being held for university-managed
student housing," she said.*>
by Richard McKergow
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-A former University of Toronto sludont
alleges lhat the Law Students Admission Test (LSAT), a
mandatory test for all applicants to common law schools,
discriminates against visible minority students.
Selwyn I'ieters is seeking a court injunction to prevent the use of the LSAT in Ontario law school applications until the Ontario Human Rights Commission
makes a ruling on a complaint he filed last year.
"The LS.AT they're using doesn't tell them anything
about a candidate's potential, and does not tell you
how well a candidate will do in law school," he said.
Pielers, who sat on U of T's governing council from
1993 to 1997, applied to the Faculty of Law in 1997 and
says he was rejected on tlie basis of his LSAT score, despite
a high GPA and substantial extracurricular activities.
Ron Daniels, dean of the F.'iculty of law at U of T,
intends on resisting Uip injunction, but admitted there
is much controversy over tlie test.
'Some racial and ethnic groups lend to test lower
on the LSAT," said Daniels, adding tlie reason for this
has yet to be agreed upon by academics.
But Daniels insists the LesL is neci'ssury because il
shows the competence of an applicant to function
beyond tlie classroom. lie added that the test is one of
several that applicants must write.
The Law School Admissions Committee is currently
conducting extensive tests on LSAT questions to determine whether Lhey are fair.
Law school applicants must also submit a personal
statement that tells tlie admission board whether tho
student has faced racial and economic barriers.
Daniels points out that approximately 22 per osnt of
those admitted to U of Ts law school are visible minorities.
But Pielor.s says thai in the year he wrote Hit- LSAT
test, only one of the 180 students admitted was black.
The Working Group on Racial Equality in the Legal
Profession prepared a report for Hit" Canadian Bar
Association this year entitled. Racial Equity in tlie
Canadian Legal Profession.
The reporl says, "Criticisms of tlie LSAT as a racially biased exam have been made by many academics
who point to cultural biases in thp questions and presumptions about test-taking skill which directly affect
candidate success.'
The document also explains that despite this argument, LSAT scores do seem to indicate how well applicants fare in law school.
However, the report iilso suggests that racial barriers are not only found in the LSAT itself, bul encountered during an applicant's undergraduate experience ♦ 8
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Corporate ties
to universities
listing released
by Chris Bodnar
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-The first-ever
comprehensive listing of corporate involvement in the
Canadian universities' boards
of directors was recently
released in Ottawa.
The Canadian Association of
University Teachers (CAUT)
compiled the document, detailing the corporate affiliations of
those sitting on university
boards across the country.
According to the report, over
850 corporations are now represented on the boards of
Canada's universities. The
Royal Bank has the greatest
presence among university
decision-makers with seats on
13 boards.
This also marks the first
time some universities have
publicly released the names of
their board members.
The report was released as a
part of an international conference that studied the links
between universities and private corporations.
"It is not in [students'] interests to have our public funding
devoted to private gain, and we
are here to see what we can do
to stop this trend," said CAUT
President Bill Graham.
The report was released
alongside a new book by a
University of Manitoba social
work professor that analyses
the history, current and future
trends of corporate involvement in Canadian universities.
"Students are viewed as customers," said author Neil
'Campus itself has become
franchised. They are more and
more like shopping malls."
Tudivor said the only solution to taking educational
power away from corporate
interests is through balanced
public funding to universities
and colleges.
While the main thrust of the
conference was to examine corporate involvement from a
teaching and research point of
view, the role of students was
also examined.
Michael Conlon, national
chairperson for the Canadian
Federation of Students, a student lobby group, said he is
concerned about "corporate
control of the curriculum."
Conlon added that the general culture on campuses has
changed because of the presence of corporate interests on
boards of directors at Canadian
universities leading to the privatisation of programs and a
more business-like atmosphere.
The CAUT agreed with
"There's a major difference
between a scholar as a scientist
who pursues truth and work in
the public interest and whose
work is open and criticisable by
the public and by other scholars and scientists on one hand,
and entrepreneurs on the
other," said Graham.** NOTES
The regular season CIAU All-Canadian
teams worn named prior to tlie tour
Amy Adair, University of Waterloo
Holly Boswell, University of Prince
Edward Island
Jolene Bourgeois, University of Now
Tia   Cormier,   University   of  New
Deb Cuthbprl, University of Toronto
Jen Dowdeswell, UBC
Aoibhinn    Grimes,    University   of
Veronica   Planelia,   University   of
Becky Price, York University
Kristen    Taunton,    University    of
Sue Tingley, University of Alberta
Joanne Fernandes, University of
Stacy Goguen, University of New
Ana Harada, UBC
Lesley Magnus, UBC
Michelle McEvoy, Carleton University-
Lisa Morton, Trent University
Tara O'Reilly, St. Mary's University
Renee Poirier, University of New
Emily Rix, University of Toronto
Natasha Vani, York University
Wieske van Zoest; UBC
I%er of the Year: Aoibhinn Grimes,
University of Victoria
Rookie of #& year. Robin Leslie,
University of Waterloo
Coach of the Year Marina van der
Merwe, York University
Gall Wilson Contributor Award: Jolene
Bourgeois, UNB, and Kristen Taunton,
University of Victoria
• The Canada West conference again
proved to be the dominant force in
CIAU women's field hockey. A year
after UBC and UVic met in the final
(and the nation's number one.
Alberta, was eliminated without losing a game), the big three from the
West dominated again: UBC and UVic
repeated their finals showdown, and
.Alberta finished third.
• UBC loses five fifth-year seniors to
graduation: defender Genvieve Adams,
striker Colleen Jackson, defender
Dallas Plensky, and .All-Canadians
Magnus and Harada. Of these, Harada
is likely the biggest loss, as she's been a
Canada West All-Star all five years at
UBC. Emily Menzies, who didn't see
game action this year as Harada's first-
year backup, will step into goal ne.xt
season for the Birds.
•Only four schools have won the CIAU
women's field hockey title since the
tournament began in 1975: UBC has
now won seven titles, Toronto and
Victoria eight apiece, and Dalhousie
won one way back in 1976. Since then,
ifs been a decidedly three-horse race.
"CIAU champs" continued from page 1
1998, UBC played superb, inspired hockey to win. Under a
windswept sky, the Birds reversed their recent tendency of slow
starts, dominating from the outset behind crisp passing and a stalwart defence. The Birds broke through in the 12th minute on a pretty pass from midfielder Kim Buker to talented rookie Wieske van
Zoest who turned and banged the ball in from 15 feet out
From there, UBC kept attacking, playing a near-flawless half
and taking the 1-0 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Blues
stepped up their pressure, but the Birds—and especially the defensively-minded quartet of Dallas Plensky, aAndria Shannon, .Alison
Taylor, and Laura Balakshin—effectively blunted the Toronto
attack throughout UBC walked away with a 1-0 win and a berth in
the final.
"Great first half," said Kanjee after the game. "We're" in the
right place."
Sunday, the wind was still biting and UBC faced the all-too-
familiar Vikes for the championship. The teams had faced off
three times during the regular season with varied results: a 1-1 tie
in Edmonton September 25; another 1-1 tie in Vancouver on
October 10; and a season-closing 5-2 Vikes win in Victoria two
weeks later. The latter loss did come after the Birds had clinched
the Canada West title, but it was also UBC's worst loss in recent
"We're not afraid of them, and that won't enter our mind," said
Kanjee. "If anything it may spur us on a bit."
The Vikes are a predatory team, known for the aggressiveness
of their starts. UBC had succumbed to the early pressure in
Victoria, and talked about it before the game.
•"1 heard it playing everywhere.
Everyone seemed to be playing it* -
Lesley .Magnus, on hearing the ABBA
song "Waterloo" playing wherever
.she went.*
The basketball Birds lost
their first game of the season
Friday in Winnipeg to the
Winnipeg Wesmen 85-65
.UBC forward Jason Bristow
scored 20 points in the losing Cause. Saturday, the team
came back and won 72-63.
Courtenay Kolla led UBC with
18 points and Nino Sose had
15. First-year guard Zaheed
Bakare finished with 11
The 3-1 Thunderbirds will
face the University of Calgary
at War Memorial Gym on
November 12 and 13 at
In a close game, the women's
basketball team were handed
their first loss in Winnipeg
over the weekend, 55-53.
UBC's Jessica Mills had 20
points. Saturday, UBC came
out with a 61-45 win. Carrie
Rogers led the team with 18
points and 8 boards and
Mills finished with 14 points
and 11 rebounds.
The Birds play at home on
"Usually with Victoria, the first
ten minutes are the most intense
ten minutes," said Magnus. "We
contained them the first ten minutes."
More than contained—the first
ten minutes belonged to UBC. The
Vikes were pushed back early, and
in the ninth minute, Taylor
pounced on a loose ball and sent it
ahead to streaking striker
Stephanie Hume, who scored on a
low shot that made the score 1-0
for the Birds.
Victoria responded with pressure of their own, but the UBC
defence again played superbly,
stepping in front of Victoria's long
passes and stifling CIAU player of
the year Aoibhinn Grimes. Birds
Goalkeeper Ann Harada also rendered a signature performance in
her final university game.
Harada's trademark bravado kept
Victoria off the scoreboard in the
first half.
".Ann in goal was huge for us,"
said a relieved Kanjee. "She was
VICTORY: an emotional Colleen committed to not letting that ball
Jackson (above, second from go in the net." But Sunday's game
right) after the final; Wieske van was fast-paced and fluid and could
Zoest in full flight against UNB easily have gone either way. UBC
Friday, bruce Arthur photos     left the field for half-time ahead by
only a goal.
The second half was just as fast, but the balance of play began
to shift towards Victoria. And with the pressure came bad memories, as the game had its own mirror image: UBC dominated
the contest between the two teams in Vancouver on October 10,
but broke down in the closing moments and allowed the Vikes
to score the tying goal with only 30 seconds left.
This time, the spectre of late Vikes pressure again raised its
head and UBC started to make mistakes. Harada had to make
two saves early, the Birds could not clear, and it nearly cost
them. In the 51st minute, Victoria forced a short corner: the ball
skipped over the trapper's stick, was corralled, and a bouncing
shot was deflected through a thicket of legs and past Harada. But
the goal was nullified on a technicality—if not stopped, the ball
has to roll five yards outside the attack circle before it can be
played. Saved by the ball, as it were.
"I was amazed that [the official] made that call and stuck to it,"
said Kanjee.
The Vikes kept pressing deep in the Birds' end, and it looked
for all the world as if another late goal was coming. But as the
shadows lengthened across the field, UBC found a second, or
third, wind. Harada made a brilliant sliding stick save with eight
minutes left. Plensky, then Magnus, made critical defensive
stops. Five minutes left, and Taylor forced a UBC free ball.
aAnother deep Vikes free ball with one minute to go, and then,
with under a minute to go, a Vikes short corner.
"It's a nervous moment every time they get the ball at the top
of the [defence]," said Plensky.
Lastyear, Magnus scored the winning goal for UBC on a short
corner with four minutes left, and this time, it was Victoria's
chance. But Taylor, capping a superb performance, forced one
last UBC free ball, the clock ran out, and UBC were repeat national champions for the first time since 1982-83. Casting shadows
ten yards long UBC players ran across the field to celebrate.
"aAnother squeaker," said a grinning Kanjee.
"It took us a while to connect as a team," said Magnus. She
and four others—Adams, Plensky, Colleen Jackson and Harada—
played their final games for UBC in Waterloo. .And when asked
whether this was the best way to end her career, Plensky
"Of course it is."<*
November 12 and 13,
against the University of
Calgary Dinos at 6:15pm.
The Birds were in Lethbridge
over the weekend and were
unable to come away with a
win. Saturday, the team lost
5-2 with Jason Deleurme and
Chris Rowland scoring for
the Birds. Sunday, UBC was
outshot 29-13 in a 4-1 loss.
Corey Lafreniere scored the
only UBC goal.
This weekend, the Birds
(3-5) face even tougher competition from the University
of Alberta, the defending
national champion, at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports
Centre. They play Friday,
November 12 and Saturday,
November 13 at 7:30pm.
The women's hockey team is
still winless (0-4) this season
after playing at University of
Calgary over the weekend.
Friday's game was close
match, but the Birds came up
short 2-1. Jill Hannah scored
for UBC. Saturday, the UBC
team was shut out 6-0 and
were outshot 53-18.
UBC will get another
chance against the Dinos at
home on November 19 and
20 at 7:45pm at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports
Centre.♦ 10
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A Quinto-ssential
by Naomi Kim
It was yet another romp in the rain, and this time, all the football Birds
came out to play.
There were the usual thrills of running back Akbal Singh, the usual
solid offensive line, and the usual stingy defence. But more than that,
the impressive performance of previously injured cornerback Simon
Quinto helped UBC send the Dinos to extinction in UBC's 27-14 victory
in the Canada West football semi-final at Thunderbird Stadium Friday.
Quinto finished with two interceptions and a touchdown as UBC pushed
their winning streak to eight games. UBC is now ranked number one in
the CIAU heading into the Canada West final against their arch-rivals,
the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
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Men's soccer end
by Naomi Kim
Sometimes playing your best is just not good
enough—that's what the UBC men's soccer team
had to learn this season. Somehow, the big wins
eluded them, even when they outplayed their opponents. Head coach Mike Mosher had no answers,
and the players had no answers; they just couldn't
score when they needed to. On Saturday, the UBC
men's soccer team's season was ended by the
University of Alberta Golden Bears for the third
year in a row in a 3-2 loss at Wolfson Field.
"I'm just devastated," said an emotional Mosher
after the game. "This happened year after
year...You know, I don't know what it is.
Somebody's got it in for us and I'm just devastated
right now for the players...There's a whole team
that put their hearts on the line."
It was raining hard for the Saturday semifinal
between third-place UBC and the second-place
Bears. The teams traded scoring opportunities as
the play moved back and forth down the field.
Midway through the first half, UBC had consecutive corners which they were unable to convert.
One minute later, Alberta took a corner which
bounced past two UBC defenders and found its way
to Golden Bear midfielder Daca Jesic, who popped
it in from the far side. Four minutes later, a ball
lost by UBC at centre field was taken by a Bears
midfielder, and as the Bird defenders rushed back,
a pass to Alberta forward Craig Chiasson beat them
downfield, and the score was 2-0 in the 26th
Down by two, UBC picked up the pace, but header after header and shot after shot just missed. The
passes were just a little too slow, the shots just a little too late.
Then the game hit a lull, until the 38 th minute
when UBC midfielder
Daniel Haggart's pass
found its way through
traffic from centre field
and connected with forward Steve Dickinson.
Dickinson swiped at the
ball just as he was being
brought down—the weak
shot caught Bears goalkeeper Nick Holt off-
guard and trickled in to
make it 2-1.
By the time the Birds
got back on the field
after the half, there was
no doubt as to which
team was in control of
the play. UBC midfielders Iain Shepherd and
Aaron Keay made their
way    down    the    line
repeatedly, but the shots on goal were all denied. It
was not until the 49th minute that their efforts
paid off. A throw-in from midfielder Daniel Rogers
deep in the Alberta end was passed by defender
Spencer Coppin to Dickinson in front of the net to
tie the game at 2-2.
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Olson, who finished a meagre 5 for 10 for 47 yards, had
some help from Dino quarterback Lincoln Blumell, who had
two of his passes intercepted by Quinto. The second interception, three minutes after the first, was easily picked off by
Quinto who ran it all the way up Hie right side of the field for
a 56-yard touchdown with 5:27 left in the second quarter.
"Last week, I know [Quinto] wasn't happy with the way he
played but this week he came back, and the competitor that
Simon Quinto is, he came back and played strong, good disciplined football...and made some big plays for us," said
Quinto was named the player of the game and the eventual
Canada West defensive player of the week. He finished with
five solo tackles, two assists and two picks. Quinto has been
injured for most of the season, but has started the last two
Calgary finally ventured into the UBC half of the field in the
waning minutes of the first half, but a 27-yard field goal
attempt hit the left post and left the score 20-0 for UBC at the
aAfter a one-yard touchdown nm by Olson that secured a
comfortable 27-0 lead, UBC's offensive unit shuffled around to
start the fourth quarter. Olson and Singh came out of the game
and quarterback Phil Deeks came in. Dovre switched from fullback to running back and proved effective even after being bit
by several Dino players on his first run from tailback—Dovre
managed to keep on his feet for 10 yards.
With five minutes remaining in the game, a UBC facemask
penalty moved Calgary inside the UBC 10-yard line. The Dinos
did not miss the opportunity, and an 8-yard pass to slotback
Sean Kelly in the right corner of the end zone put the Dinos on
the scoreboard. Forty-five seconds later,  Calgary capitalised on a
botched kickoff catch by UBC which gave the Dinos the ball at the UBC
19-yard line. A 5-yard touchdown pass to Kelly, again in the right corner, narrowed the score to 2 7-14, but that was as close as the Dinos got.
"They got an unfortunate break on us, and when you play against
good teams, those kind of things are going to happen," said Prepchuk.
"But we got the win."
And it's the win that counts since UBC will now host the Hardy Cup
Canada West finals Friday at 7:00pm against the University of
Saskatchewan. Last year, the Hardy Cup was at Saskatchewan, where
the Birds have a history of trouble, and UBC lost 31-28 to the eventual
Vanier Cup champions. But this year, the top two teams in the country
will play at Thunderbird Stadium, where the Birds have won 12 straight
home games spanning over three seasons. Their last loss at home was,
of course, to Sakatchewan—the Huskies won 30-7 at Thunderbird
Stadium to open their 1997 Vanier Cup-winning season.
"As long as they come into our mud-hole over here," said Quinto, "as
long as this rain keeps on coming down, we're going to be really happy
with aAkbal Singh running the ball the way he is."
And that goes for Quinto's game as well.
"It was one of my best games," beamed Quinto. "And now we've got
to turn it up for next week." ♦
ds in heartbreak
WELL-OILED MACHINE: the Birds have it all and
le/re going to the Canada West finals to prove it.
unning back Akbal Singh played in top form (left,
29) and cornerback Simon Quinto (above, right)
hone in a memorable game, richard lam photos
"aAll in all, I'm very happy with the
ort," said UBC head coach Jay
ipchuk, who in his first year of uni-
■sity coaching has led the Birds to
:ir best regular season record (7-1)
ce the 1987 CIAU finalist team under
ink Smith. "We continued to grind it
: and stick with our game plan and put
a couple of new wrinkles that were
illy effective."
h was the main ground threat, espe-
iVest Coast weather limiting the pass-
i 1 yards on 19 carries, breaking the
ing record of 1515 yards set by Glen
a for 1546 yards in nine games,
rookie fullback Sean Dovre took UBC
the first quarter, Singh drove the ball
ack Shawn Olson took it from there,
Frank Luisser for his first touchdown
t midfield were futile, as Singh once
gary territory, setting up an easy 19-
lcan O'Mahony.
As opposed to Alberta's handful of chances, UBC
ominated the second half with spirited play. But
fter a UBC penalty with less than ten minutes
emaining in the game, .Alberta scored again to
lake it 3-2 and spell doom for the Birds. But the
controversial goal only
stepped up UBC's intensity-
"Goalmouth scrambles," said Coppin
describing the last ten
minutes of play. "We
were all over them and it
just wasn't going to go in.
Just wasn't. No matter
what we did. It's been
like that all season."
.After several shots at
net, a final shot by
Haggart soared high over
the net The final whistle
was deafening as the
Alberta players cheered
and hugged, and the UBC
players lay sprawled on
the ground, sitting, standing, and just hanging
leir heads in disbelief.
"I wouldn't even say that it was that close of a
ame in the second half," said Keay. "I'd honestly
ay that we were the better team, but, I don't know
hat happened."
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an end to UBC's title hopes, there was still
Sunday's bronze medal game in which to play.
"The guys came out and played their hearts out
yesterday and to come out and have to play today,
it's a downer, win or lose. It's not a fun game," said
Despite this, the Birds came out ready to play on
Sunday, on the torn-up Wolfson Field. Once again
they played well, with Marrello starting the scoring
in the beginning of the second half. But with ten
minutes remaining in the game, Saskatchewan
midfielder Eric Munoz fired a sharp shot to tie up
the game at 1-1.
Finally the game was down to penalty kicks,
Saskatchewan wound up with the bronze, and UBC
finished the season in fourth place.
UBC Canada West aAll-Stars included UBC's
Keay, fullback Steve McCauley, and forward Adam
Plummer was also named the Adidas Rookie of
the Year. After playing at Cariboo University
College, he had to decide between playing for the
University of Victoria (the 1999 Canada West winner) or UBC.
"I'm really glad I made the decision to come to
UBC. We've got a good bunch of guys here...I'm
coining back for sure."
And as for next year, none of the team is lost to
"We've got the same team back again next year.
And we won't forget it. We won't forget this game
[against Alberta]. We'll save it for next year," said
Coppin. ♦
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This game is a reihatch of last year's Hardy Cup in
Saskatoon when Saskatchewan edged UBC 3"1*28 before Jjphig
on to win tne VanierCup. i o".ooo.
The Seiie8: UBC is 2-10 against the Huskies over the past 5
years. Saskatchewan has ended UBC's season two of those
times in the Hardy Cup final. However, over the past two years,
L|BCis2-3., winning bom times at home* <
This year, Saskatchewan and UBC have split their two
games, each winning one at home. UBC has not lost in a home
game since September 5, 1997 against Saskatchewan. Since
their season-opening lone loss, UBC has been on an eight-game
wimjirig'-^U-aak.    •'"'" ■■     .-"     >'""     ' t^i- -■
Kfiy Players for UBC: Rushing at a record-hreaking rate,
running back .Akbal Singh is the most potent offence for me
Biros. Tn meir last meeting, Singh ran for 328 yards on 28 carries for four touchdowns. UBC's defensive line, which has not
let down all sq lso continue to dominate.
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i«b'h the Huskies. Rozon fin-
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ing. C^iarterback^^an Rl*id is also effective against the Birds—
in last year's Hardy Cup final he finished 22 for 29 with 302
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onfOctober 15, the, Huskies will be looking for revenge and to
defend their national title. But UBC will be looking to avebge
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Soccer Birds'
season ends on
penalty kicks
 by Naomi Kim
Perhaps the greatest pain in soccer is felt with the soft sound of a
ball smacking the back of the net
to end a shootout. The one goal
that can end all those hours of
practice, games and dreams
ended the season for the UBC
women's soccer team against the
University of Alberta in the gold
medal Canada West game
Sunday in Saskatoon.
"It was one of the toughest
losses in my life,* said head
coach Dick Mosher, who has
coached soccer for 14 years at
The UBC women's soccer
team certainly felt their share of
pain this season, with injuries to
key veteran players such as midfielders Sarah Cunningham and
Kim Spencer. But both players
joined the team in time to finish
the regular season tied with the
University of Victoria for first
place in the Canada West
Ranked number four in
Canada, the team travelled to
Saskatchewan to face Victoria in
the Canada West semifinal.
UBC outplayed the Vikes, scoring three goals in the first 20
minutes, and had many other
scoring chances, but were
unable to increase their lead.
Five minutes into the second
half, the Birds were limited to
one striker with a red-card given
to Lynsey Burkinshaw, but they
kept control of the game and
held on to the lead. UVic scored
in the 85th minute to make the
final score  3-1.  Cunningham,
Roz Hicks, and Liz Connor
scored for the UBC victory. They
would have to face the number
two-ranked University of .Alberta
on Sunday.
Once again, the Birds controlled the game, with many scoring chances throughout the game,
including one off the inside of the
post and one off the underside of
the crossbar, but UBC could not
get a goal by the Alberta goalkeeper. Alberta was kept on the defensive for most of the game, and the
Pandas couldn't score either during regulation time. So with the
score 0-0 at the end of regualtion,
the teams went to penalty kicks.
UBC's superior performance was
lost in a game determined by individual kicks and the Pandas came
out on top, winning on the seventh penalty kick.
UBC's forward Vanessa
Martino was named the Canada
West Umbro Most Valuable
Player and Mosher was named
Coach of the Year.
The Canada West all-star team
included UBC fullback Gill Hicks,
fullback Veronica Lie,
Cunningham, and Martino.
Forward Roz Hicks received an
honorable mention.
"I do feel we should be going
on. I think we're the best team in
the Canada West, and the best
team in the country,* said
Mosher. 'But we doubled last
year's output and...the team
chemistry was as pleasing as the
point total...All in all, our 13-3
league record [including play-offs
and games against colleges in the
US] was a great season."*>
RUNNIN' WITH THE DEVIL: 14 members of the UBC cross country
team competed in the NAIA regionals this weekend at Lincoln Park,
Seattle. Both the men's and women's teams finished in third place,
but only the two top teams on each side advance to the NAIA
nationals November 20 in Kenosha, WA, in addition to the top
male and female runners. UBC's David Milne (above, far right) will
advance after leading ail 54 entrants from start to finish and coming first in the 8km race in 25:30. In the women's 5km race, Kim
Hall finished in 1 Ith place in 20:03 and Katherine Hamilton in 12th
in 20:12. Above, (from left to right) UBC's Jared Mawhorter (128),
Johnathan Lockhurst (126), Jay Dolmage (behind Lockhurst), Byron
Wood (125), and Milne take off. meussa hungerford photo THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10.1999
Birds sweep TWU
to open campaign
        by Vincent Lam
The women's volleyball games had a different look in their home-opening weekend.
UBC matched up against the Trinity Western
University Spartans, the newest team to the
CIAU, under the newly implemented game
rules. And though the opponent and the
rules were different, UBC's women's volleyball excellence remained the same. UBC
managed to easily sweep their first weekend
at home 3-0 both nights to bring their record
to 4-0 on the season. The Birds started slowly, finished swiftly and painlessly, and both
games were over in just over an hour.
With a good-sized crowd out for UBC's
debut at War Memorial Gym on Friday, the
Birds were not about to disappoint their
fans. Despite a shaky start, the Birds picked
up the slack midway through the first set
thanks to some hard-hitting kills and stellar
blocking. After their 25-14 win in the first
game, they continued to dominate by scores
of 25-12 and 25-7.
"I thought we started out slow, but I think
that there were a little bit of nerves since it
was the first home game of the season,* said
third-year UBC head coach Erminia Russo.
*I also think that when the other team isn't
as strong, you tend to sit back, but I tried to
get them to do the opposite. No matter who
it is, you must come out strong."
Trinity Western proved to be no match for
the Birds on Friday as they literally gave the
Birds the second and third sets on too many
unforced errors and a general lack of offensive pressure.
"[TWU is] a new program and it's going to
take some time for them to develop and get
the players that they need," said Russo diplomatically.
On Saturday, UBC came out of the starting
blocks by winning 25-6, 25-19, and 25-13.
While UBC had the chance to let some of its
newer players see the floor, TWU struggled
from the start UBC blew the Spartans away in
the first set as middle Michelle Collens served
six straight points. Collens was followed by
power hitter Karen Moore, who served 14
straight points, interspersed with kills by right
side Joanna Langley and power Isabelle
Czerveniak. TWU was only able to answer with
But after the first set, TWU fought back.
Spartans middle blocker Lies Verhoeff led the
way, along with fellow first-year middle blocker Ruth Umaegbu. The points went back and
forth, but nearing the end of the third set, UBC
middle Christine Bonish and first-year power
hitter Allison Padfield finished the Spartans
off by winning the last nine points.
"We played well enough to win," said
"[TWU] put up as much of a fight as they
could but we're pretty deep...we have 14 players, I dressed 12, but I really could've started
any six."
UBC, last year's CIAU silver medalist, will
now face their three toughest weekends. The
second-ranked Birds will start by travelling to
Edmonton to meet the defending CIAU champion University of Alberta Pandas, who are
ranked fourth nationally. Alberta and UBC are
currently first and second in the Canada West.
The Birds will then face the tough University of
Saskatchewan Huskies and the number one
University of Manitoba Bisons on successive
Kaley Boyd (airborne) sets up for a monster kill against the Trinity Western University
Spartans Saturday night as teammates Sarah Maxwell (left) and Joanna Langley look on .
Men's volleyball does the splits
 by Vincent Lam and Naomi Kim
Both UBC and Trinity Western University (TWU) fought
to get their first win of the season, and they each got it.
In their home-opening weekend, the UBC men's volleyball team were able to edge out a split with TWU at
War Memorial Gym.
UBC veteran power hitter Jeff Orchard and first-year
offside Steve Corothers both registered particualrly
impressive performances. But TWU, in their first year
in the Canada West, played steadily over the weekend
and showed they will be a team to be reckoned with in
the future.
On Friday, TWU won 4-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 25-
19, and 25-17).
"It was definitely a disappointing game," said
Orchard, who led the Birds with 20 kills. "I think everyone may have been a little too over-anxious to go out
there and play*
Mter losing a tight first set, the Birds bounced back
to take the second, but finished short for the remaining
three games. Fourth-year power Greg Poitras, taking on
the new libero, or defensive specialist, position, finished the game with 17 digs. Despite losing the match
4-1, under the new rules of CIAU volleyball, the T-Birds
still pick up a point in the standings.
'It was a collectively poor effort by everyone...I.tried
to change up the combinations a bit but the guys never
came out of the gate and we stumbled the whole night
long," said disgruntied UBC head coach Dale Ohman.
The biggest hole in the Birds' game on Friday was
the marked lack of blocking.
'Looking at the blocking stats, I think we hardly
blocked anybody, and that doesn't allow you to score a
lot of points when you're serving," said Ohman.
But Saturday's game was a different story. With a
different serving strategy and renewed blocking, UBC
gained and kept a slim lead right to the end of the first
game, winning 25-21. The second and third sets were
even tighter, with both teams alternating points with
every rally but TWU came out on top at the end of both,
winning 23-25 and 22-25. But with the efforts of UBC
right side Chad Grimm, middle Brian Boles, and
Orchard, who again led the Birds with 26 kills, the
Birds ran away from an early tie in the fourth game to
win it 25-19.
The final game was down to the wire as well, but
Corothers, who was inserted into me game late and earned
a timely kill, seemed to be what the Birds needed to close
the set out. Corothers was named the player of the game.
"The guys stepped up and played with some passion
tonight..and I thought [Corothers] did a great job," said
Ohman of the freshman's performance. "Even though
he only played for a little while in the fifth game...if he
hadn't have come in and played like that, I don't think
we would have won that game."
The 3-2 win over thi; Spartans was UBC's first win of
the season and according to the new points system,
UBC gets two points for the win, while TWU gets one.
"It would have been nice to get the three points [the
maximum number of points], but at least we got the
two...Feels good to get a win for sure," said Orchard.
"We executed better, we served better...we just had
more pride today and that helped us a lot out there."
The Birds will face the top-ranked University of
j\lberta Golden Bears in Edmonton next weekend.♦
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V0TE4J0N organizing/information meetings take place
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12:30pm
in SUB room 266J, right next to the AMS Administration Office
email us at vote4jon@hotmail.com or call 822-8722
November 20,1999
8am to 8pm Regent College
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endorsed by the AMS, your student society
what's going on
at the ams?
Annual General Meeting
Wed. November 24th
SUB Council Chambers
President's Report
Report on  & discussion of
Potential litigation
Financial Report
Come Out and Oet Involved!
Bet informed!
Join us on November 17 by  adding
your name to the growing list of
students concerned with the future of
funding to education.  Find us at
SUP (south entrance)
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MazaHan Trip For 1
The AMS University Commission is hosting tour annual Safety Audit on the evening of Tuesday November
16. We are encouraging individuals to take an active role in working to ensure a greater quality of life at
UBC. The audit is expected to last for two hours, and will involve the evaluation of safety levels across
several commonly traveled routes on campus. We invite anyone who is concerned about safety to
participate so that we can achieve our goal of enhancing the sense of safety on campus. For more
information please contact Simon Reznick, AMS Safety Commissioner at simon_reznick@hotmail.com or
call 822.8725..
A.M.S. Journalism Assoc.
Adrenaline Child
Anglo-Australasian Club
Asia Pacific Ventures
Bowling Club (AMS)
: Butokukan Karate
C.U.S. P.O.I.T.S.
i Cavalier Society of AMS
Christian Coalition
Christian News Assoc.
; Equality for Immigrants
Fishing Club (AMS)
;G.S.A.-Conrad Memorial
: Global Voices of the AMS
Health Club
I Indo-Canadian Assoc.
Landscape Arch. Students
Latter Day Saints SA
Macau Students Club
iMech. Eng-Machine Shop
MeibuKan Karate
I Motorsport Club of AMS
Native Student Union
Pac. Spirit Orienteers
Pulp & Paper Eng. Soc.
Realistic Self-Defense Club
Reform Party Society
Religious Studies S.A.
Shotokan Karate Club
! Solar Car Club
Spanish International Soc.
Student Liberal of BC
Students of Objectivism
Surf Society (AMS)
IThundbird Crew Club
UBC Publications Society
iUBC Red Cross Club
i Ultimate Frisbee Club
iVideo Production Club
Viking Society
Wado Ryu Karate Club
Woman Studies S.A
Young Parliamentarians
Young Socialists
Youth of Pakistan
We will be evaluation of safety levels across
several commonly traveled routes on campus.
According to our records the following AMS
clubs are inactive and have been for some
time. If you are aware of any reason why
one of the listed clubs should not be
deconstituted, please contact Scott
Ramsay, SAC Secretary by email at
sacsec@ams.ubc.ca. If nothing is heard
from these clubs within two weeks of the
first day of circulation of this publication,
these clubs will be deconstituted
(November 25 1999) THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10,1999
sounds of
scious   Jackson
Hanging out with Jill Cunniff of Luscious Jackson last Wednesday
meant a conversation on music and food...mmmmm
by jAime toNg
New York trio Luscious
Jackson rolled into town
last Wednesday for some
groovy music-making.
t's like you're eating card-
Iboard, or rabbit food, not
that I've actually tried those
two things, but those of you
who have munched on
nutrition bars as an emergency snack or punishment know
that they ain't the most savoury
items available.
Well, guess what? There's a
tasty option called Luna Bars for
Women which Jill Cunniff, bass
player and vocalist for Luscious
Jackson, discovered only last
week. But already she tells me, she
is "so into them.* Cunniff yells to
drummer Kate Schellenbach in
the next room about her news, *I
discovered a new bar. It's this
amazing new bar called Luna
Bar." After she has her attention,
she continues, "The 'Lemon' one
is really good and the chocolate,
there's a 'Nuts Over Chocolate',
which is not as good as Vanilla
and Chocolate'."
Schellenbach remembers trying them before. She adds, "They
taste like candy bars, kind of like a
Rice Krispie treat"
Cunniff   concludes   her
rave by saying  "someone
did      something      right,
because usually those things
taste..." as she makes a face.
Luscious Jackson,   the
trio of funky women from
New   York,    arrived    in
Vancouver Wednesday for
their concert at the Rage.
On tour to promote their
new album, Electric Honey,
the band has come a long
way from the old days when
Cunniff and Gabby Glaser
had to pay for the first three
tracks of their indie debut,
In Search of Manny from
their tip money.
After signing with the
Beastie Boys'  run label
Grand Royal in the early
'90s,   Luscious Jackson
went on to release Natural
Ingredients, the polished
Fever In, Fever Out, and
most recently,    Electric
Honey   this   summer.
Cunniff says that Glaser
came up with the name
of  the   album,   which
refers to the organic and
electronic elements in
their songs. "We use a
lot of high tech stuff, but
we   also   wanted   to
maintain an organic
sound, which I think comes through on the acoustic guitars,
harmonies, and melodies. So the 'honey' part was sort of
like the organic aspect"
On Electric Honey, their songs still show influences of
hip-hop, punk, folk, and loops. Cunniff doesn't think that
their sound has changed much; she sees it more as the
band simply working towards their objective, which stays
the same with each album: "I think we are still continuing
in our mission, which was to create music that we liked."
Cunniff continues, "I call it urban music because it is
urban. It's a combination of rock and hip-hop and reggae,
you know, even bits of folk creep in there. To me, that's
what urban is—it's a fusion of all kinds of music. I think
on each record we approach that with a slightly different
Cunniff and Glaser formed the band in '91, naming
themselves after Lucius "Luscious" Jackson, a basketball
player with the Philadelphia 76ers in the '60s. Why did
they pick such an unusual choice? Cunniff explains, "We
just liked it You know how band names sometimes hit
you. It was just the right name at the right ttme...and
he's very happy we used his name; we spoke to him."
Basketball is a favourite among the women of
Luscious Jackson. Glaser and Schellenbach are both
avid players, and when Glaser wrote "Friends" they
asked Kym Hampton of the New York Liberty (WNBA)
to provide backing vocals. Cunniff says that Glaser
"just wanted to have Kym represent the spirit of the
New York Liberty team, which she feels is a really
healthy friendship spirit"
This spirit of sisterhood and friendship is also evident on other Electric Honey tracks. You'll find country queen Emmylou Harris, who helped out with
"Why Do I lie" on Fever In, Fever Out, providing
back up vocals on "Ladyfingers"
and "Country's A Callin'." Also
featured are Debbie Harry (of
Blondie fame) on "Fantastic
Fabulous," and N'dea
Davenport on "Christine'."
But though there is sisterhood, the band is no longer
women-only. After keyboardist
Vivian Trimble left to pursue
other music projects, the band
enlisted the help of Singh
Birdsong on keyboard when
touring. "I love our band right
now," says Cunniff, while trying
to fish a strand of hair out of her
Life on the road can be
exhausting with one quickly
learning to appreciate the simpler things, like good food. The
band toured Europe late this
summer and Cunniff was ecstatic that the food in England had
vastly improved since their last
visit. "Whereas it was really
unbearable, now I can eat there.
There are shops that sell salads
and sandwiches, not just those
buttery, buttery meat sandwiches, there's like good sandwiches
and noodle shops! There's a lot
of stuff there that's edible,
which is really refreshing."
Cunniff is relaxed and
laughs easily throughout the
interview. .As the conversation
turns towards the various stories and inspiration behind the
tracks on Electric Honey,
Cunniff turns serious.
"I've just gotten back into
sort of writing on guitar or writing on keyboard. [For Electric
Honey] I just worked on a
bunch of stuff on the road and I
came home — I have an eight-
track — so I just recorded stuff
at home, and came in with a finished demo."
"We've done a lot of writing
in the studio and last album, I
realised how much more productive it is to come in with
something finished. It just
speeds up the whole process
and takes away so much stress,
especially if you're paying studio costs."
Cunniff finds inspiration in
everyday life as well as in the
people she meets. The recently
wed vocalist/bass player says
that "Ladyfingers" and
"Devotion" are "just straight-up
love songs." One of the weirder
stories is the one behind "Alien
"Alien Lover' was written
about a girl we know who
believed she was abducted by
aliens, or believes she is abducted regularly," says Cunniff with
a raised eye brow. "So I was
writing a combination of her
point of view—it could be she
loves aliens, or she is an alien,
who's a lover."
Hmm, they do meet some
odd people while on tour,
though no one's complaining.
After all, it would seem that
these women can turn nearly
any experience into song.<»
at the Rage
Nov. 3
by Aisha Jamal
Whi'ii I heard thai Luscious
Jackson was coming to town,
1 was quick lo snatch up tlie
reviewing assignment.
Spurred on by their latest, I
was primed for a night of
urban estrogi.n. So excited
was 1 that I neglected to wait
an hour after the doors
opened to dodge the opening
act, Australian Ben Lee.
Seeing that I was stuck, I sat
back and prepared to fare my
The second Ben appeared,
my sister turned and whispered in my ear, "Isn't that
scrawny boy Claire Danes'
boyfriend?" Tho Australian-
born singer is. After watching the performance of the
first song, I wasn't sure if
Ben Lee was a novelty act, a
parody of a band or a serious
one. The audience remained
stonefaced, probably from
the shock of this rather different opening act. There
were people who came to see
Ben Lee, though—three girls
on the left of the stage enthusiastically sang along to the
After half an hour, the
repartee began. Ben started
to introduce his songs, but
even the introductions didn't
help in deciphering the
lyrics. One introduction was,
"this song is about the time
when a guy on the New York
subway wanted to suck on
my penis.' This was immediately followed by an incomprehensible and thoroughly
bland song.
Towards the end of the
set, he took the mic off the
stage and jumped into the
audience. In doing so, however, he sprained his ankle.
Ben Lee is more memorable for bis strange presence and weird body language than his music. I don't
know if it was his Australian
dialect, his ridiculous
demeanor or his distracting
resemblance to Woody Allen,
but I can't recall a single line
of any of his songs except for
"I want to cut off little girls'
hands and put them on my
I would pay twenty bucks
again just to have another
good laugh. Oh yeah, and
then Luscious Jackson took
the stage. They played great
music, but they were not
nearly as entertaining as Ben
Lee was.^ 16
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H  average art-
house flick.
opens Nov. 12
by Fara Tabatabai
Don't forget your life jackets—the opening shots of
Four Days are underwater. There's minimalist
piano music playing in the background and a boy
sinking into the deep with his eyes closed.
Watching all this in the darkened theatre, I couldn't help but think 'subtle, arthouse flick," and I
prepared for the worst. I hate subtle, arthouse
flicks. Poetry in film for the sake of poetry in
film—at the expense of intrigue, plot, and character—makes me gag. Besieged bored me. The Thin
Red Line put me to sleep. Not so with Four Days;
although it does have all the aforementioned qualities of arthouse, it also sustains a beautiful balance between poetry, reality and a progressive,
character-driven plot.
Four Days is essentially the story of a 14-year-
old boy known as The Kid (Kevin Zegers) and his
father, Milt (William Forsythe). Milt is a career
thief who, in a bank robbery gone awry, gets shot
and leaves The Kid holding a bag containing over
$100,000. The clincher comes from the fact that
half of that money rightfully belongs to Milt's still-
alive partner. Fury (Colm Meaney). Wise to the fact
that the cash is not his alone, The Kid boards a bus
opens Nov. 12
by Brian Zeiler
Leave it to Kevin Smith: he couldn't just let success get to his head,
he let it get to his soul. Dogma, the
fourth feature film release from
the acclaimed writer/director/cc-
star of Clerks and Chasing Amy, is
going to really offend a lot of people with its treatment of the
Christian faith. On the other hand,
those who can look past the (pardon the pun) dogma will enjoy this
witty, intelligent and daring film.
Dogma is the story of two fallen
angels, Loki and Bartleby, played
with flair by Matt Damon and Ben
.Affleck, who have been banished
from heaven and forced to live for
eternity in Wisconsin (apparently,
this is worse than hell). However,
they discover a technicality in
Christian dogma that can absolve
them of their sins and allow them
to re-enter the gates of heaven.
There happens to be one problem
with this plan—if they're successful, it means the end of existence.
Enter Bethany (another fine
performance       from       Linda
Fiorentino) who is called upon to
stop these renegade angels. To
help her, Bethany has the aid of
two horny and stoned prophets.
Jay and Silent Bob. However, the
fallen archangel .Azrael (Jason Lee
reprising the exact same character
(who make the Hanson brothers
from Slapshot look like friendly,
well-meaning guys) will do anything they can to stop Bethany and
her group.
Those familiar with Kevin
Smith's earlier films will be
amazed at the high quality of this
production. Beyond the fact that
Dogma is backed by a major production company (the Disney-
owned Miramax who passed it on
to another distributor to avoid
cast Some of these people are
even able to act—something that
was sorely lacking in Smith's earlier films.
Dogma is rather amusing to
comic book. But more than that.
Dogma is unlike anything that
Smith has done before. Missing
are lengthy conversations about
to Wapizagonke with Fury in hot
Granted, the synopsis sounds
more like a Martin Lawrence
movie than a poetic drama. But
the key elements are the script
and the character development,
which in this case are both brilliant and understated. The acting in Four Days on the whole is
fantastic, but most of the film's
strength lies in its prepubescent
star. Zegers performance is at
once charming, ferocious, and
sincere. From beginning to end
he is absolutely captivating. His
earnest passion pours meaning
into the tragic elements of the
film, leaving his audience with
a deep and heartfelt sense of
his character.  Don't get me
wrong, Four Days is no shameless tearjerker. It's the unrelentingly ardent and honest
story of a wholly innocent boy
left to the mercy of the real
world. Subtle, arthouse flick?
Hardly. Four Days is much better than that.«>
oral sex and other over the top,
albeit damn funny, comic situations. Dogmas wit is more subtle
and thought provoking; you'll
laugh out loud less, but the comedy is definitely still there.
Dogma could have been
Smith's best film yet; it is more
ambitious and important than
anything he's ever done.
Unfortunately, it doesn't utilise all
of its potential. First of all, the
script is rather complex and there
are many different stories intertwining throughout this film,
which ultimately bogs it down. As
well, there are so many aspects of
this movie that could have been
utilised so much more (the group
"Catholicism WOW!" which figures prominently in the movie
and is led by George Carlin is the
first that comes to mind), but fail
to fully realise their possibilities
which disappoints a tittle.
That being said, though, the
film is great Kevin Smith knows
how to satisfy an audience; even
when he falls short of making the
best movie he can, it stills blows
away most of the competition. But
don't take it on faith from me, go
see Dogma for yourself. ♦ THE UBYSSEY ♦ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10,1999
ike fpeehaXL Arts Centre
mill Nop. Z7.
by Jt^sica-AhiitJozoiS
;#§J| walked into the Firehall Arts Centr^for
last Saturday night's production ©I
i{:S^tNATIVES, I was expecting to see another'
iitod play about Native/while politics, ono
thafclwould stay safely mside the lines of political::CS>rrectness without entertaining anyone,
jf COUldXt't have been more wrong.
aiktrNATlVBS is a play about a mixpd
''(Hative/white) couple /who decide to have
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oponic cuuiiaiY xupf^-i company over lur a tuir*
nsx parly, WiwU; the audience sops is thu con
^nSion and; irritation that result from having
one room
Studies professor
dative and eleven
[■four very outspoken guest
Colleen, a Jewish Natn
; is dating Angel, who is
years her junior. Colloen invites over two of
her whit.' vegetarian friends, Michelle and
Dale, and two of Angel's Native! friends,
Yvonne and Bobby, ui hopes of making a connection between th«r two separate wuil.l*
The uiill, t -1.m> l..rwf\.'. v.hen Hale, the
white vegetarian, sav's to Angul, bo. Colleen
tells me you're Native.* in his diaradMisbral-
Iv Lirtless tftvlfi.
BetvuHin Bobby, Yvonne   and Mn in-lit- s
sarcasm  and Dale's  ignoranrp,   Lhr  play
It was e****^
rcsulUnn somo vojy witty and at limes off I
colo#|gk>niedy. I didn't stop laughing the
entimltinie. Intermission, rather than
being a welcome brfcak, was an unwanted
The set design%as perfect .witifa
very yuppie-like nuix of a few Native j
pieces in an oihe^fise modern .lpariB
i ment All six acug gave wr? strong
I performances,    Mptably   Jennifer
Fahrni as the dj^nfrajiohised andv*
confused Cblleen,;I|owever, this play*
by Drew Hayden Taylor is so well "
written that it wdald be entetlain- ,/
ing regardless of the actor:
not surprising ii tne least when
the audience gave the production
a standing ovation^
I     can     safely    say    that
alterNATTVES is the best play
I've seen in years.  It sent a
strong    mBijgage    out    about
whaf s really important when it .
corhespto cross-cultural relations; With Taylor's script poking fan at stereotypes and
assumptions while focusing
on the more important aspect
of mutual respect really gets
to the heart of tie issue. I
look forward to more works
from Mm in the future. ♦
fanzine #3
 by Tom Peacock
aAndy says he wrote this zine
while huddled in the dark corners of office towers, between
bike courier trips. It is a consistently sincere, and uncompromising chronicle of his early life.
Unlike most contrived autobiographical confessionals, there is
no "great turnaround," no "getting on the wagon" or "finding
the Lord" or "getting married,"
or anything. .Andy's just got himself, and by the end you're not
even sure if that tenuous relationship is going to last.
aAndy (notJohnny—I still don't
know why the bool^daas this
name) has^h^sedf^TlJ^C we all
""* /had
across the country, and his ability to sheer the layer of vitality off
his own destitution, reminds
you of storytellers like Irvine
Welsh or George Orwell.
The book has character depictions of horrific apartments,
maniacal east Vancouver roommates and neighbours, Nazi
skinheads from Niagara Falls,
dish boys at a Fraser Valley ski
resort, and even (my favourite) a
romantic view of students at
"There was this UBC kid I met
a couple of times. Turns out she
didn't live in a dusty old stone
house with a 14-year-old
German shepherd and an artist
woman, she didn't bake her own
bread and knit people toques for
Christmas. She didn't cut her
hair without using a mirror or
call me at three in the morning
to talk about the ocean. Figures.
I   can't  even  remembeiojier
MIXED NUTS: alterNATIVES plays on stereotypes, sarcasm and ignorance.
tieade|Kj^Hffi>T but we were
lying to ourselves, because it just
wasn't in us. But is aAndy in
"fucked up land" 'cause he
wants to be? It's hard to tell,
because he doesn't give us much
of a lead up to his story. He's just
drunk, on the bus on his way to
Regardless of his origins,
aAndy's self-effacing accuracy, as
he  takes  us  back  and  forth
Bme: he parties all
t, and sleeps all day. He
works some shitty jobs and
makes some shitty friends. And
then the novelty wears off. Andy
returns to Niagara Falls, the novelty wears off. Andy returns to
Vancouver, the novelty wears
off. Andy goes to Manning Park
to work at a ski hill. Andy is a
lost soul in the forest We can
only hope that he has since
found something to ground him,
and obscure his side on view of
reality. ♦>
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Monday, November 22,  1999
Talks: Auditorium, 12:30 - 1 :30 p.m.
Displays: Ball Room,  11:30 — 2:30 p.m
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Duncan M. McHugh and Jaime Tong
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Duncan M. McHugh wasn't sure what to do. Jaime Tong and
Nicholas Bradley had painted out that Howe Sound had started to
boiL What really got Daliah Merzaban and Bruce Arthur worked
up was that Gage was being pelted fay asteroids. Tom Peacock
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Here comes the Sun—it ain't too bright
The lovely people at the Vancouver Sun
newspaper must be taking their own name
just a little too literally. In yesterday's
paper, a McNugget-sized editorial asked the
burning question, "Is it time to revisit the
tuition freeze?"
Ugh. The Sun, in all its beaming brilliance, is trying to melt away the best thing to
happen to students in BC since...since...since
Right now, students account for approximately one-fifth of all university revenue—
the highest total in Canadian history. So we
think that raising that again is more than a
little out of line. Not only that, but tuition was
increased an eye-popping 45 per cent nationwide between 1993 and 1997. We're sure
that when the editorial writers at the Sun
were in university, tuition was a nickel and
they had to walk to school. Well, times have
changed. The increase coincided with a cut
of almost $2.9 billion in federal transfer payments to the provinces during the same period, and it's not such a coincidence.
So when the feds cut cash to the
provinces, most of them cut cash to uni
versities, who passed the savings on to you.
But give the NDP this: granted, they've
been running the government out of their
asses, fiscally speaking, for the past two
terms..But they've-paid more attention to
education and health care than Ontario
and Alberta combined. Incidentally,
Ontario has deregulated tuition, and
Ontario students are paying through the
nose while getting it in the shorts, if (and,
sadly, when) Gordon Campbell gets in,
we're next. You may want to accelerate
your education with summer courses.
We take the tuition freeze for granted.
Your tuition hasn't budged since 1995,
unless you're an international student, or
you're in a professional program. But UBC
has tried to find a way around it: in 1996,
they attempted to charge students $1.25
per credit for sewage removal—that's $ 110
for a full course load. It didn't happen. And
if we don't kick up a fuss to keep the freeze,
then nobody better complain when your
student loan looks like the GDP of Liberia.
Here's our stance towards the tuition
freeze: keep it. Not a big surprise, of course.
since we're students and, by extension,
we're poor. But even though the provincial
Liberals will kill the freeze as soon as they
take office (we predict, in about a year),
here's why the tuition freeze should just
keep on freezin':
Of all the people involved in funding
post-secondary education—the federal government, the provincial government, the
university, the university's corporate sponsors, and students—students are the least
able to absorb significant increases in costs.
So, while the provincial government's current financial woes will keep it from helping much, we've got an idea: how about the
federal government? With its fancy projected surplus of over $90 billion over die next
few years, why not restore those missing
transfer payments? ,And how about the
province gives that cash to the universities?
And how about the universities then cease
trying to price us out of the market? Just
And if the Sun editorial staff wants to
donate some cash to make the whole thing
work, then we're fine with that, too.*>
*k$ ^KS   ^ssSSS1  £w
I would like to respond to the questions raised by Emily Chung in her
letter about the Not On Our
Campus Campaign [Nov. 2].
First, I want to emphasise that it
is not the intention of the campaign to keep anyone off the campus. The idea is simply to keep dis-
crimination and harassment off
the campus.
For further clarification, here is
a summary of what the campaign
is all about
The Not On Our Campus
Campaign is an Alma Mater
Society student initiative aimed at
creating a safe learning and working environment for all members
of the university community, especially students. The Not On Our
Campus campaign will attempt to
achieve this goal via two main
1) by promoting respect
between the diverse members of
the UBC community [and]
2) by creating a chscrimination
and harassment-free working and
learning environment at UBC.
The first objective stems from
the basic premise that UBC is one
of the most diverse campus communities in Canada. The significance of this fact is that UBC represents exactly what Canada is: a
mosaic. UBC is a mosaic based on
the diversity of its members in
regards to ability, religion, gender,
ethnicity, sexual orientation and so
forth. Oddly enough, the diversity
of our student population tends to
be ignored or even shunned. Thus,
the first objective was developed to
promote, celebrate and respect the
diversity of the UBC community
via events such as: BC Human
Rights Week, Multicultural Week,
International Women's Day, Out
Week and various student-led projects.
The second objective is based
on the premise that discrimination
and harassment are extremely
important issues, which affect a
significant number of students.
The experience of cliscrimination
and harassment can have damaging affects on the academic, social
and emotional well-being of those
who are cuscriminated against or
harassed. This fact is even more
relevant knowing that the university's Trek 2000 Green Paper, drafted by Martha Piper, clearly implies
that the university is committed to
providing a safe environment that
brings out the best in all members
of the UBC community. Thus, the
campaign will address discriminar
tion and harassment through
forums and student-led workshops
across campus.
The Not On Our Campus campaign was initiated last year by
UBC's Women Students' Office
under the guidance of Begum
Verjee. The WSO got the idea for
such a campaign from Camosun
College, which in turn got the idea
from an American video entitied
"Not In Our Town." This year the
AMS took over the campaign and
has since expanded on it The
campaign officially commenced
last week with a Multicultural Fair
and several discrimination and
harassment forums across campus.
The campaign aims to work in
close partnership with other services on campus with similar or
complementary goals, such as the
Equity Office. In addition to myself,
Erin Kaiser and Junie Desil will be
working on the campaign. For
more information or to get
involved please call me at
822-8722 or e-mail me at
"One love, let's get together and we
shall feel alright"
Emmanuel Adjei-
AMS anttdiscrimmation
We're all preoccupied with love,
either wanting it or in it. Lucky for
musicians they can turn obsessions into potential hits. The new
release from the Pet Shop Boys,
Nightlife does just this. Nightlife
is Chris and Neil's follow up
album to Bilingual (1996). Every
track on the album deals with
love or obsession in some way.
The first two tracks, "For Your
Own Good" and "Closer to
Heaven," are really well mixed
and will be popular on the dance
floors for sure. "Happiness is an
option" is for listening to in the
back of a cab after a night out
drinking and you have just told
that crush how you feel and
he/she turns you down, but you
still have that "drunken tight of
hope" thing happening.
There are some new sounds,
like the New Orleans swank
"Vampire" track and "Boy
Strange." However, this is a club
album and may be appreciated
far more on the dance floor at
Celebrities. So, if you're an avid
Pet Shop Boys fan, go for it, invest,
but if not; wait until you hit the
dance floor.
—Andrea Winkler
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If You Don't Know
[High Bias Records]
Temperance. Moderation. Self-
restraint. How about boring!
Clearly, this band has named
themselves well. Their album, if
you don't know, is an exercise in
the mundane, giving us a perfect
example of what happens when a
band, you know, "tempers" their
The first song, "Hands of
Time/ is a flat tune that features
bland vocals over a cheesy dance
beat "If I could turn back the
hands of time, I wouldn't change
a single thing," is the refrain
made by lead singer Lorraine
Reid. Obviously, she hasn't listened to her own recording, or
she would have certainly wanted
to change this song.
The next song, "Dancing in the
Key of Love" is more of the same.
In fact, as far as I could tell, the
only difference between the two
songs are the words. Another
song, "Before You Ever Call Me
Again," seems to be an attempt to
make something that sounds like
a ballad, perhaps in an effort to
add some depth to an incredibly
shallow album. Unfortunately, the
result is disturbingly like the first
two songs, only with the
metronome set a tittle slower. The
rest of the album is a mix of ballads and faster dance tunes that
are about as exciting as the center
line on a long stretch of prairie
Speaking of prairie, one reason to buy If You Don't Know
might be that Temperance is
from Toronto. And hey, I promise
you won't offend anybody by playing this album. After all, isn't that
what music is all about-temper-
ance? Ya, right. Temperance.
—James Hvezda
New Parade
Methinks The Sheila Divine doth
betray an alarming tendency
towards compiling the sort of
moody rock anthems that periodically dominate the ever burbling
landscape of popular music.
REMember when, the rock
anthem was a staple on the adolescent journey towards the freedom and independence attained
by passing the pinnacle of 18?
Reviewers, such as I, are forced to
rhetorically ask, who does the
rock anthem appeal to? And then
put forth our view on the matter.
Methinks 'tis a true cultural
divide between those of us on this
side of the ditch and those on
t'other. On this side, the damned
anthem appeals to the eternal outsider in all of us. On t'other side of
the ditch, the rock anthem's target audience consists largely of
the dispossessed: lager louts and
football hooligans. The one commonality seems to be disillusionment verging on despair, what
the Germans call "angst" From
Eddie Cochran's "Summertime
Blues" to Eric Burdon and the
Animals' "Misunderstood" to
AC/DC (just about everything)
teenage angst spilling over into
young adulthood, and even
beyond, has long been a popular
theme in, well, popular music, as
well it should be.
The Sheila Divine do an
acceptably 90s version of the
thing, betraying the distinctly 90s
phenomenon of being at the far
end of a long rock 'n' roll history,
in which much troubled water
hath indeed passed 'neath that
bloody bridge! And ya gotta love
track ten, "New Parade," surely a
song destined to tweak the nostalgia node for a lotta people twenty
years from now, assuming we're
still here to listen to some troubled youth pouring his heart out
in song.
The Science of Things
Feeling masochistic? Then, by
all means, subject yourself to a
couple of tunes from the new
Bush album, The Science of
Things. In a cacophonous mix of
electronica, hard rock, and holy
worship of Our Lord Gavin
Rossdale, Bush manages to
once again crank out a store of
songs with such poignant titles
as "Dead Meat" and "The
Disease of Dancing Cats" and
such deep, brooding lyrics as
"big cheese is all greed/it's all
relative what you needed/happy
birthday here's your nerve gas."
Lucky for us, Rossdale's
whining, guttural voice makes it
so impossible to decipher what
is being said that it really doesn't matter what the lyrics are.
By disregarding Rossdale's
vocals, one is able to meditate
more deeply on the harsh
instrumental background,
which will no doubt entice the
listener to seek out other forms
of torture deemed less painful.
On the plus side, however,
countless hours in between
classes can be whiled away by
putting on a random track and
trying to figure out exactly how
the "tune" (and I mean that in
the loosest sense of the word)
differs from, say, any other
track on the record. Let it not be
said, however, that the Ubyssey
was thoroughly unkind to the
album—it is, after all, entirely
captivating for the first two minutes of the first song, when it
still seems vaguely promising
and original. Alas, The Science
of Things wears out its welcome
by continuing on for longer.
—Para Tabatabai
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at the Orpheum
Nov. S
by Thomas Eglil
I knew this guy in high school named
Nigel who played the alto sax. I have
a plant named Nigel. I told my
friend to name his goldfish Nigel. It
died. Nigel is a cool name. Why Nigel
Kennedy, one of the world's leading violin virtuosi, would change his name to
simply 'Kennedy' is a mystery. Mind
you, if you ever see him perform you'll
probably come up with more pressing
questions than that.  Questions like:
why does he wear a bowtie
around his Waist? Where is the bottom half of his right jacket
sleeve? Aren't frilly white
shirts outlawed in performance halls? Why don't his
socks match?
On Friday night at the
Orpheum Theatre, these
questions quickly became
irrelevant as Kennedy
began to play Elgar's
Violin Concerto in B minor
with the Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra
(VSO). Some critics attack
this young Brit for mocking
classical music with his
eccentric behaviour, but I
figure that as long as he can
produce such a beautiful
sound,   there's  no  harm
done.  I've rarely seen a
soloist who actually plays to
and  with the rest of the
orchestra. By physically moving  in  and  around  them,
Kennedy conveys a connec-
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Kennedy may have ditched
his first name, but nothing
else was missing from his
Friday night performance.
tion with the musicians that is easily felt delightful treat in classical music perfor-
by the audience. BOTH  HIS  ROGUE mance.
STYLE AND THE EVENING  WERE The rest of the concert was powered by
CLlITAGEL-   BO    an    lo-iPRCooo'T u guest conductor Andrew Litton's ener-
j^ov! ocgsiGN "vv'ITH CO:E Co   ONE getic and enthusiatic direction. When the
3aSS   'PLAYERS, which is a rare and guy in charge is pretty much doing jump
ing jacks on his little podium
on the stage, you can't help
but appreciate the performance. Litton guided the
VSO through two of Elgar's
other works,    Cockaigne
and       the        Enigma
Variations, the latter of
which   was   14   movements of intensity, emotion,   and   excitement.
The orchestra's reponse
to the conductor's passionate leadership made
for a very moving performance.
There is something
special about going to
see a performance of the
VSO on a Friday night.
Maybe it has something
to do with the mesmerising pulsation of the performers' bows moving
in    unison,     or     the
enchanting melody of a
bassoon rising to fill the
concert hall with a deep,
rich   sound—the   type
that makes your ears
tingle, or the guy playing the triangle who's
really getting into his
big solo. Perhaps it's
the fact that after the
show you can go for 93
cent pizza next door.
Whatever the reasons,
it's a fulfilling experience that leaves you
feeling slightly rnore
sophisticated and cultured than when you
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