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 Vol.LXXXVIII   N°15
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Friday, 27 October, 2006
Reaching for our balls since 1918
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Erica McGuinness,
4th year guard and
Alex Murphy, 1st year guard
Long live Dick Cheney...
page 3
Quit playing games with our hearts
Campus development style.,
page 10
gss talks separation...
Student unity under question...
PAGE 12 Culture
Friday, 27 October, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Writers carry a political weapon
Vancouver International
Writers' Festival
October 21
by Sarah-Ncllc Jackson
A motley foursome of writers
makes up the Saturday afternoon
Writers Festival panel, "Politics
and the Pen," moderated by
Vancouver Sun Managing Editor
and UBC School of Journalism
professor, Kirk LaPointe.
"If we become
polemical we
become fuckin'
-Colum McCann
author, Rozi
In attendance were independent journalist JB MacKinnon, a
contributing editor to Adbusters,
Explore and Vancouver— his debut
novel is Dead Man in Paradise.
Next up was Irishman-cum-
American Colum McCann—winner
of a Hennessey Award and the
Rooney Prize—whose new book
Zoli follows a French gypsy cast out
of her clan for betrayal. Ontario's
Rosemary Sullivan boasts such
accolades as a Governor General's
Award nomination—her latest
book, Villa Air-Bel, recounts the
persecution of intellectuals and
artists in France, and the
Americans who set out to rescue
them. In addition to the above writers, Iraqi exile Saadi Yousef was
also in attendence to discuss his
poetry, published in English with
the title Without an Alphabet,
Without a Face.
antries of current events.
"Africa is dying before our
eyes," he said, "and nobody
wants to think about it."
Vancouver Writer's Fest commit their politics to the page.
With each of their works taking
an unabashed political stand, the
authors are faced with the challenge of conveying their opinions
without becoming polemical. That
is, they must keep their stories stories and not descend into an outright attack on a person or ideology. "You can throw out a collection
of facts," said MacKinnon, "but it
doesn't affect people nearly as
much as
McCann grimaced. "If we
become polemical, we become
fuckin' politicians."
And today, subtlety is all-
important. According to Yousef,
"Politics is a new taboo," and people   shrink  from  the  unpleas-
Nevertheless, these writers
believe that they have an obligation to challenge the norm.
"The artistic role
is to always be a
witness... to
-Rosemary Sullivan
author, Villa Air-Bel
"The artistic role is to always
be a witness," said Sullivan. "To
communicate outrage." In too
many circumstances, she argued,
one makes the mistake of being
One such circumstance was
9/11. MacKinnon in particular
was disappointed that "all
[artists] had the same thing to say
about the falling towers," and
wondered whether it is too soon
after the fact for artists to "stand
back" and create anything of critical worth. Thus far, creative
response has come mostly in the
form of sentimental tribute.
Sullivan cited Paul Greengrass's
film, United 93, as an example: "All
the passengers were middle-class
white people. There were no
Japanese, no poor people, no other
ethnicity or class. The terrorists
had no history, as if they'd just
woken up one morning and decided to crash a couple of planes into
Yousef added that the same
people who are stunned by the
number of deaths in New York
because of the terrorist attacks are
unfazed by the death toll in
Afghanistan and Iraq, which
he said is on par with "six
Of all the members of the
panel, Yousef is most familiar with
telling people what they do not
want to know—especially people in
government. The contrarian gist of
his poetry exiled him from Iraq,
but this did little to dampen his
rabble-rousing bent. When Beirut
was under siege in 1982, he said,
"I had to go." He wrote two books
there before fleeing to Britain.
"I have to dispute the order
of things," said Yousef, a belief
the others hold with equal
ardor. "I am rewarded with
keeping alive." @
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Jazz Concert
Museum of Anthropology
Fond of Tigers is a dynamic and
adventurous seven-piece band
uniting some of Vancouver's
finest young musicians. Free
for UBC staff, faculty, and students.
Haunted Halloween at the
October 29, l-4pm
UBC Botanical Garden
Join with children from around
UBC for this free afternoon
event, featuring a scavenger
hunt through the garden,
games and prizes, storytelling
and crafts. Costumes are
encouraged and RSVPs are
required. Contact Nadine:
phone 604-827-4526 or email
9th Annual Wellness Fair
November I, Noon-2pm
SUB 212k
The fair will focus on caring for
yourself, others and your personal environment. Speakers
from UBC will speak on "Living
Happy & Healthy," "Routes &
Roadblocks to Finding
Happiness" and "Taking the
Blues Seriously/'There will also
be interactive displays, including a beer goggle obstacle
course and study ergonomics.
Quiz Night #2
November 1,9pm
The Gallery Lounge, SUB
Host Tim will testyour SMRTs
and give you the chance to
win a Canon PIXMA printer
courtesy of the good folks
over at the Staples on campus.
Come on out for a night of
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Press Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 27 October, 2006
Video killed the American President
by Greg Ursic
I'm ushered into the room and directed to a
chair across from the accused. I sit down and
take stock of the subject, one Gabriel Range.
Unassuming in his black suit, Range stands
over a slim six feet tall, and when we begin
talking he is polite and soft spoken. He doesn't
exactly fit the image of a man accused of
killing the president of the United States,
something he freely admits to and is only too
willing to talk about.
Set in the near future (October 2007 to be
precise) Range's dramockumentary Death of a
President (DOAP) examines the effects that the
assassination of President Bush has on the
ongoing response to the "war on terror" and the
ensuing rush to judgment. Not surprisingly, it
has generated a lot of controversy: three US theatre chains have already said they won't carry
the film, several newspapers and television outlets won't advertise it and there has been a general outcry from the political right in the US.
So how does a congenial fellow like Range go
about committing a capital crime on celluloid?
"I just didn't wake up and say 'Shit, I'm
going to kill President Bush,'" he laughed. "I
was in the States before and after 9/11 and
was struck by [the] era of post reflection.
Presidential assassinations have a peculiar
significance in the US given the history and
there are very emotive and striking ways of
looking at what's happening today using the
lens of the future...[Bush's assassination]
seemed to be a good way to examine how the
war on terror has been handled."
The film, originally written for Britain's
Channel 4, aired across the pond last week and
was very well received. Range was clearly
pleased when he said it got great reviews. The
US response, meanwhile, has been decidedly
less welcoming. He noted nonchalantly that,
"there were some death threats and there was
some very clear anger...[when] the film was
announced," yet he's still a bit confused about
the backlash.
"I was surprised. I mean that initial knee-
jerk reaction was very much based upon the
notion that the film is...some kind of
polemic...that would be reveling in the
moment of President Bush's assassination."
Anyone expecting a Zapruder-like spectacle
will be sadly disappointed: the shooting scene
is as brief as it is bloodless, which apparently
was the initial intent.
"It was very important that the assassination was a horrific event, but also that it wasn't
gratuitous in the way that it was shown,"
Range said. "The more recent reviews in the
American press have been that it's sensitive,
compelling, thought-provoking, and not this
disgusting rant."
While the bulk of the film's protest scenes
were culled from archival footage of protests
against the Iraq War in Chicago in 2003 and
2006, key sequences with "battles" between
police and demonstrators were staged. This of
course required obtaining the requisite film
permits, and I inquired as to how Range
approached the challenge of walking into the
city offices and saying that he wanted to film
Death of a President.
He assured me that he was forthcoming-
sort of.
"Generally we would go by the name DOAP
and very few people would ask what it stood
for...[goes quiet]."
He clearly realised that a detailed synopsis
wasn't an option.
"It would have been very hard indeed to
make this film in Chicago if the world knew we
were making a film about the assassination of
President Bush."
In light of the acronym—DOAP (pronounced "dope")—I had to know whether it
was intended as a deliberate pun.
"A total fluke actually," Range said with
apparent glee. But it didn't stop the crew from
having fun with passersby.
"A few people asked the crew in Chicago
what it stood for...generally the answer was
it was a British movie—Ducks on a Pond —
and they imagined it was some kind of
romantic comedy."
Asked what the most challenging part of
the shoot was, Range murmured "that's a good
question actually," and seemed at a loss for
words, then had an apparent epiphany.
"The second hardest I think was doing
the interviews," he said. "It's a very unforgiving form of acting because we as an audi
ence are used to seeing real people talking
to the camera, so our bullshit detectors are
turned up really high when we watch an
actor do it and we're really looking for any
crack in the performance."
Ensuring believability is crucial to the
story—if the audience doesn't buy the interviews, the premise is compromised. Range
and his crew were keenly aware of this and
sought out an "unknown" cast because "when
you recognise a person as "that actor" I think
the illusion is shattered. [Consequently] casting was very hard." It also proved to be a challenge for the actors as "it's a very unforgiving
kind of acting as you have none of the tools
normally available to an actor."
Actors were given a basic idea about their
character, and enrolled in workshops. When
they were finally given a script a short time
before filming, they were instructed to "read it
a couple of times but don't learn it." Nothing
like a little straightforward direction.
As the interview drew to a close, I asked
Range what he wanted viewers to take away
with them.
"I hope, first and foremost that it's a good
story and people are engaged by it. And I suppose I would like people to really question the
way the war on terror is being handled...and
how 9/11 has been connected with the war in
Iraq. The jury in Toronto said...that the film
distorted reality to reveal a greater truth. If
that's what an audience feels when they walk
out then I'm thrilled." @
Trolley takes you on trail of the dead
by Reuben Heredia
Who doesn't like a good old scary story? I
fondly remember the nights I'd stay up late
reading some "Terrifying Tales" collection
that I'd rescued from the dusty library stacks,
only to spend the rest of the night wide awake,
afraid to move, covered in a cold sweat. The
next night, without fail, I'd eagerly, and somewhat masochistically, pick up the book again.
This morbid fascination with the occult is
what the Vancouver Museum is counting on,
and from the number of people I saw on the
Haunted Trolley last Friday, I'm not the only
one with such an otherworldly fascination.
The Haunted Trolley is essentially a tour
of Vancouver's most infamous haunted
locales and murder sites. Imagine an ethereal tour guide spinning stories of restless
spirits and horrifying murders, while a
maniacal trolley driver screams through
Vancouver like a bat out of hell, and you'll
get the general gist of the Haunted Trolley-
it's the history lesson that you would've
received if your social studies teacher was
the crypt keeper.
The tour begins at the Vancouver
Museum and runs for approximately two
hours. Genny Krikorian, marketing assistant
for the Vancouver Museum, said that
depending on the tour guide and crowd
interaction, the trolley will pass by approximately 25 landmarks. Stops include the
Vancouver Centennial Museum, where trolley-riders can view a mock autopsy, and
Mountain View Cemetery where, according
to Krikorian, "you actually get out of the trolley and walk through the cemetery."
One of the homes on the corner of
Cambie and King Edward that the tour passes by is supposedly Vancouver's most haunted house—it is apparently built on a First
Nations burial ground. Krikorian told me the
story of a couple who had moved in with
their newborn child. A freak windstorm blew
through the house one day, slamming the
door to the nursery and trapping the infant
in the room.
"The parents ran to the door [but] could
not get it open. Finally when [they did], they
found that their newborn had been lifted
out of the crib and was on the window sill."
While most of the stories are quite
unnerving, the tour maintains a light-hearted edge due in part to the playful banter
between the tour guides and drivers, and
partly due to some genuinely funny stories.
My favourite remains the story of Simon
Hershberg, a portly philanthropist who pio
neered one of the first bars in Vancouver.
When he died, he was supposed to be buried
in Mountain View Cemetary, but the cart in
which they were carrying him broke down.
Unable to move his body, they buried him
where he lay. Today, thousands of cars pass
over his grave every day—he rests now
beneath the intersection of Fraser and East
33rd Avenue.
The tour guides and trolley drivers play
various characters throughout the tour. On
my tour, our guide was a devil named "Hans
Somedevil" and our driver was "Sister Mary
of Magnesia." The guides feed off the crowd
and tailor the tour for them. Since we had
an older crowd, Mr. Somedevil cracked
quite a few dirty jokes, much to our shock
and amusement.
The Vancouver Museum has been running the tour for 14 years now and has collaborated with the Vancouver Trolley
Company for the past six. Public interest is
quite high and the clientele varies; for
some, the tour has become somewhat of a
Halloween tradition.
"[We get a lot of repeats and] the days
close to Halloween tend to fill up really
fast," said Krikorian. "A lot of people get a
bunch of friends and come out on the trolley
for Halloween themed activities." @
the Haunted Trolley tour, oker chen photo Culture
Friday, 27 October, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Worth a stolen shopping cart
now playing
by Vanessa Woznow
The strangest thing about Trailer
Park Boys: The Movie is that for all
intents and purposes, it is anything
but. If anything, it should be classified as merely an extended episode,
as the plot is pretty much the same as
that of a regular episode, in both size
and scope, and there are only two
new characters introduced in
Sunnyvale Trailer Park), available
nationwide on big screen TVs. But
Sweet Jesus Murphy, is this lengthened episode ever funny!
The plot contains many of the
same conceits known and loved by all
faithful TPB fans. Ricky and Julian
spend time in the slammer (where
Ricky gains notoriety as both the guy
who petitions successfully for the
privilege to play ball hockey during
outdoor recreation and as the
inmates' kick-ass goaltender). After
their release, we learn that Lucy (Lucy
Decoutere), Ricky's off and on girlfriend has finally gotten her much
desired breast enlargement, and is
working as a stripper down at the
aptly-named "Gentlemen's Lounge."
With Ricky determined to win her
back, we are treated to an arsenal of
tried and true TPB favourites:
botched robberies, gun fights, copious amounts of drinking and conversations pertaining to the growing,
smoking and selling of weed. And of
course, Bubbles' heart-rending affection for his incredibly adorable batch
of ragtag "kitties," who now smell like
cigarettes from sleeping inside
Ricky's car. This is a source of distress to Bubbles because, "kitties
aren't supposed to smell like cigarettes. They're supposed to smell like
It is moments like this that make
the movie so enjoyable. Although
these characters are all crude,
moronic drunks with terrible drug
addictions, they are all inherently
good people who want the best for
their families and friends, except perhaps for Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth),
the hilariously smarmy alcoholic ex-
cop turned trailer park supervisor. As
an audience member, you find yourself constantly rooting for the Boys'
schemes to pull through. It doesn't
hurt that the hilarious, punchy banter
exchanged between the "handsome"
Julian (Jean Paul Tremblay who actually does have quite nice blue eyes),
the "linguistically challenged" Ricky
(Robb Wells) and "he of the heart of
gold" Bubbles (Mike Smith) will leave
you giggling in your seat
Five years has given the cast a natural fluidity in their performances—it
wouldn't surprise me if half of the
dialogue   had  been   improvised-
allowing for explorations beyond the
perceived superficial surface facade
of cusswords and mixed drinks.
There are many scenes with terrific
dialogue, but Ricky's brilliant court
scene (you will never think of a tour
of the Halifax courts in the same way
again) will leave you breathless. This
movie is in no way perfect—character
inconsistencies and long-winded
digression become tedious and overworked. But the good highly outweighs the mediocre.
In the words of J-Roc: "Ch-ch-check
it out! You know wha' I'm sayin',
know wha' I'm sayin'?" @
Southport's Gomez fills Vancouver's cup
The Centre in Vancouver for the
Performing Arts
October 21
by Nick Black
In order to understand the reference in the headline, you must be
well-versed in Gomez's musical catalogue. For those of you who are not,
the allusion is taken from a song
titled 'Fill My Cup,' arguably the
band's best, and one that is hardly
known in popular music.
In fact, Gomez is almost completely unknown in pop music,
which may be why their most recent
album reeks of radio friendly tunes
that would be more appropriate on a
Coldplay or Snow Patrol album.
Despite the fact that Gomez has
been around now for a long time
now. Their first album, Bring it On,
was released in 1998—they have
never gained the audience and
respect they truly deserve. Their earlier releases were often called 'soul
rock.' If I had to describe them, I
would say they form a good middle
point between The Beta Band and
Radiohead, with more 60s rock
influence than either of the aforementioned UK artists. Early on in
their career, they received much
critical acclaim, but have never
appealed to the masses on the same
level as Oasis.
The band began to move away
from the brilliance of their first
three albums with their 2004
release Split the Difference, which
was good and even radio friendly,
but definitely not the band I once
knew and loved. Their latest release
How We Operate is even more of an
attempt to break the pop-music
scene, so much so that one of the
songs from the album is in an
episode of Grey's Anatomy, I don't
think it's necessary to explain why
that is a bad thing as I'm sure most
of you have seen at least a minute of
the overrated medical show.
Regardless of my indifference to
their 2004 album, I went to see
them last time they came at the
Commodore. I was blown away—
they were simply phenomenal.
It is easy to see in their live show
that the band has played together for
quite a while—they are so tight as a
group, with no ostensible communication between them, but somehow
they all know how long to jam for
and where to wrap everything up
and end on cue. They are not likely
to be grouped by many with Phish
and The Dave Matthews Band, but
as evidenced at their show at the
Centre, they can jam with the best of
them, extending songs at least two
minutes longer than the album versions.
At their latest show in Vancouver,
Gomez succeeded in blowing me
away once again with their live
show—I even warmed up to the songs
they played from their latest release.
Unfortunately they played the Centre
as opposed to the Commodore, but
the Centre's acoustics are phenomenal—all it would take to approximate
the Commodore was the ability to
drink at your seat. Needless to say,
the show was incredible.
If you are interested in getting to
know Gomez a little better, one
might suggest their 2005 live
release, Out West, which is a live
recording at the Filmore, the album
is a perfect blend of the old Gomez
and the direction in which they have
turned themselves. @ THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 27 October, 2006
WWII familiar territory for BC actor
by Hannah Hardy
BC Boy Barry Pepper prides himself
on his Vancouver heritage and
thanks the experience of Hollywood
North for introducing him to the
world of film.
"[It was during my time in
Vancouver] that I saw Johnny Depp,"
he said in an interview with the
Ubyssey. "He was about the same
age as me at the time, filming 21
Jump Street on my Vancouver college campus and I thought, 'Hey this
is interesting.'"
"I didn't have a television in my
house 'til I was 12 years old so I
was very much exposed to arts
through books and the art of imagination. At first I took [jobs as an
extra] just to fill my jeans with cash,
but when I started to take acting lessons I realised this was what I wanted to do."
Barry Pepper was five years old
when his "Jack of all trades" father
took his family on their homemade
sailboat from their Campbell River
home and sailed them around the
South Pacific.
"I was exposed to a lot of culture
and different types of people and situations," Pepper explained. "And
that really set me up for what I do in
my job now."
Pepper could not help but feel
at home with Clint Eastwood on
the set of Flags of our Fathers, as
the two men bare a remarkable
"Clint is a lot like my [own]
father. They are men of similar generations and come from the same
area of the world with the same
backgrounds. Being raised by a man
who was like him, I knew his sensibilities and I knew the personality. If
you want to learn something from
either of them, you just listen and
hear some tremendous stories.
Their lives have been rich journeys."
Barry Pepper can be seen in this
month's release Flags of our
Fathers. Pepper plays Sergeant Mike
Strank, who led his troops into battle
on the island of Iwo Jima during
WWII, and asked to take a flag up to
the top of a hill to place an American
flag. A photograph was taken of the
flag as it was being raised a second
time, an image that found its way
into American papers and soon
became a symbol of the American
war effort in the Pacific and was destined to change the lives of the men
in the photograph forever.
The role of a soldier is no
stranger to Pepper, who also played
a bible quoting sniper in Steven
Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan.
Flags, however, was a different experience: without enrolling in boot
camp like in Private Ryan, the actors
were forced to take on the task of
research themselves.
"There is a tremendous amount of
research that goes into historical
characters," he said. "Not only knowing that the family of the man you are
playing will have an emotional
response to it. You have a genuine
responsibility to them. And you have
a desire to do well yourself. There
was a lot of research that had to be
done before the cameras start to roll."
Pepper is proud to play Mike
Strank, a man who was known as a
unique Sergeant.
"He was a 24-year-old young kid
leading boys of 17, 19, into battle.
Everyone looked up to him, and this
guy made naive promises to his
men promising them life. He was
just one of the guys."
His proudest moment was when
he received a letter from Strank's
descended family, saying that his
portrayal was very similar to the
man himself. But it wasn't just the
character that intrigued Pepper to
take on the role.
"Clint had a very unique vision,"
he said. "Right after Flags of our
Fathers wrapped up, Clint went to
Japan and hired all Japanese actors
and started on a movie that looks at
the perspective of the Japanese.
After all they are just the same, just
as young as the Americans, boys you
would just as  easily have  made
friends with."
"It was such a bold approach to
humanise the enemy. You really
can't judge Flags by itself as Clint's
full vision is to include the Japanese
side in this other movie Letters from
Iwo Jima."
Although Pepper is ecstatic
about the buzz that Eastwood's
new film has created, he describes
as anti-war.
"Ultimately, the message of this
film expresses the need to take a
stand against the rich and powerful
who want to turn democracy to their
own will. It shows the truth behind
the archaic aspect of war. Stories of
war are enticing and hold timeless
themes and that is what I love about
being in war movies, it's never just
about playing soldier."
"As Clint said to me, We are most
creative when we are thinking of
ways to destroy each other' and this is
true, frighteningly so. I believe this
type of movie shows us this and
shows us what happens when we let
this creativity take control of us." @
Third-world experiences drive authors
Vancouver International Writers'
October 19
by Sarah-Nelle Jackson
The stage looks more like the set of a
Martha Stewart show than a
"Cauldron of Conflict," the name of
the panel held at Granville Island's
Revue Theatre. Pumpkins, ferns and
a plant that looked like a very large
head of lettuce flanked a rug of seasonal reds, browns and oranges.
Kathryn Gretsinger, panel moderator and previously a host on CBC
Radio's The Current, emerged looking like Stewart's own protege—but
her introduction informed us that
tonight will be something very different: "What if we as journalists
thought about humanity over everything else?" she asked, adding that
the evening's discussion will encourage everyone—not only journalists—
to do just that.
The authors hailed from countries
often lumped together under the
"third-world" label. Anosh Irani, originally from India and graduate of
UBC's Creative Writing program, has
ANOSH IRANI UBC graduate and author of The Song of Kahunsha
treats writing as therapy, tushna shroff photo
Ngozi Adichie, who spends half of her
time in Nigeria, weaves a story of the
written The Song of Kahunsha, a
novel that describes Bombay's
Hindu-Muslim riots from an
orphan's point of view. Lebanon-born
Rawi Hage, meanwhile, tells the story
of two teenagers pursuing polar goals
during the first civil war.
Anita Rau, also from India, covers
a period of 28 years in her novel Can
You Hear the Nightbird Call, touching
on India's partition and the ensuing
crises up to Air India. Chimandra
Biafran war of independence, which
"still affects [her]," although she was
born years after its end.
The books boast heavy political
messages. Gretsinger asked the
authors whether they had to tone
down the politics of what they were
writing so as not to alienate their
audience. Hage assumed an expression of sleepy surprise from beneath
the brim of his green newsboy cap.
"I didn't realise my book was
political," he said. Then he grew serious: "My writing is always political.
Fiction is an act of resistance."
Irani agreed: "I don't worry about
political balance. There isn't any in
real-life conflicts."
Luckily, none of the works
descends into doom-and-gloom
regalement of the world's corruption.
Through each ran a current of
humour: ironic or innocent, subtle or
outright. Adichie argued that humour
is essential: "If you can't laugh,
what's the point of living?" he asked.
Each work conveys a sense of hope,
no matter how far out of reach.
Nevertheless, such heavy subject
matter is difficult to tackle, especially
when it strikes a personal note. In
Badami's novel, her characters at
times have "nothing other than
humour to sustain them." Twenty
years lie between the Beirut war and
Hage's decision to write a story about
it, but he "[doesn't] know how much
it's acted as a buffer."
When asked by an audience member how the writers deal with pain,
Irani joked, "Tylenol." For him, however, writing itself is the painkiller.
"It takes the sickness away," the
author said. @
Anti-war drama is
one of the best
films of 2006
now playing
by Hannah Hardy
Everyone is familiar with the photograph of WWII soldiers raising
the American flag over Iwo Jima. It
is one of the most famous photographs ever taken.
Flags of our Fathers takes us
behind the picture and shows us
the faces of the men. It takes its
audience through the lives and
deaths of each of the six soldiers
and their comrades and through
the war bond movement that the
image inspired.
Ryan Phillippe leads a full cast
as John "Doc" Bradley. It is through
his character that we see the slow
destruction of the flag-raising platoon in the battles that took place
on the sulphur island. This film is
filled with other notable actors
such as Jamie Bell [Billy Elliot).
Adam Beach (Windtalkers), Barry
Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) and
the list goes on.
The film opens with a clenching
sequence that harnesses the emotions of the audience as a tear slowly traces the outline of Phillippe's
cheek. It reveals James Bradley,
(the writer of Flags of our Fathers
and son of "Doc") interviewing various men on the story behind his
father and the flag.
The film cleverly traces the battle of Iwo Jima, and the cross-country tour that the members of the
photograph are made to endure.
Eastwood employs clever editing
and uses a camera flash to move
back to the beaches of Iwo Jima
where the light is really a bomb, or
a scream of a crowd turns into one
voice screaming a soldier's name.
It is in this bouncy fashion that the
audience is kept on the edge of its
seats. It is also through this motif
that the climax and suspense are
built up. The film goes through battles, tours and finally winds up with
the story after D-Day. It fills in the
story we don't know and makes the
picture come to life with real people, not just generic WWII soldiers.
Not only is Paul Haggis' script
inspiring, the effects are stunning:
from a scene with Japanese soldiers who have blown themselves
up with grenades, to the recreation
of the invasion of Iwo Jima. Clint
Eastwood's direction in this movie
is incredible, the actors' performances fantastic and the script is
near-perfect. It is not just a war
movie, it is not just a picture, and
they are not just heroes. That is
what this film is all about.
If this film does not clean up at
the Oscars then the actors and production team will have been woefully cheated. The battle scenes are
flawless, the story and acting is
heart wrenching, making Flags of
Our Fathers one of the best films of
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4th year - F
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2nd year - G
Julie Little
4th year - F
Devan Lisson
1st year - G
Kim Howe
5th year - F
Cait Haggarty
4th year - G
Leanne Evans
2nd year - F
Kelsey Blair
5th year - F
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3rd year - C
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by Wilson Wong
It would be easy to just hand the
2007 Canadian Interuniversity
Sport (CIS) championship to the
UBC women's basketball team
before the season starts.
After winning the title last season, the Thunderbirds return all
five starters. With the addition of
two NCAA recruits and two rookies
who play on Canada's junior
national squad, it looks to be the
deepest, most talented lineup yet,
and on paper, it's certainly one of
the best teams in Canada and
arguably one of the best the
University has ever seen.
But   head   coach   Deb/
Huband  and her  players
know repeating won't be an J
easy task. Two seasons ago,
UBC  failed  to  make  the
national      championships ■
after winning it all the year _
before with mostly the same ]
Graduating forward
and national tournament   MVP   Kelsey
Blair said the UBC players learned
a lot that season.
"Our biggest lesson was that
you really have to work to win
another one. You have to leave the
past behind and focus individually
and as a team on getting better
every day so that you'll be ready to
do it again when the time comes,"
said the North Vancouver native.
And UBC will try to do it again
with an even deeper roster than
last season's.
The  front court was  already
strong with Blair, Julie Little and
Kim Howe  starting with Caitlyn
Pankratz coming off the bench and
Montanna Dunmore added to the
^rotation  after  redshirting
last year.   Now,   the^e
^joined by two transfers!
.with   NCAA
exp en-
Pence:     6'6"     Katie
"   Ward from Calgary via
Illinois State and 6'2"
ne   Evans,   who   is
Port  Moody  and   last
played    at    Southeast
- Missouri State.
Ward   will   be    the
tallest player to
ever suit up for UBC.
"I hope that I can do some stuff
inside the paint but I also like to
step outside and shoot a little bit so
I can to hope bring some variation," said Ward.
UBC is also deep at the guard
Starting point guard Cait
Haggarty and shooting guard Erica
McGuinness enter their fourth
years with two national championships under their belt.
They will mentor Devan Lisson
and Megan Pinske, the two players
that make up the best recruiting
class in the country.
Lisson is from Fredericton,
New Brunswick while Pinske
starred for the Port Moody Blues
here in BC. Both were a part of
Canada's junior national team this
summer, playing against some of
the^best in world at the
International Basketball
Federation (FIBA) Americas World
Championship Qualifier.
Sophomore Candice Morriset,
who enjoyed lots of playing time
last season, will also be in the mix.
All this presents UBC with a
problem that occurs only with such
a deep roster: what role and how
much playing time will each player
"I think that's still in the works.
It's something that needs to be
worked out on the floor in the context of their teammates and their
opponents and you know the jury
is still out on what the roles will be,
and roles can shift," said Huband,
who is entering her 12th season as
UBC coach.
Blair thinks having two more
talented players playing her position will improve her game.
"I go into every game knowing
that my hardest matchups are in
practice. My teammates challenge
me so much everyday and I know
that no team can match that so its
really good confidence wise going
into games."
And the added depth leaves
Huband with more options on the
"We'd like to be able to run the
ball a little more. We're deeper so
we don't have to preserve our energy and strength. We can go deep
through the roster. Hopefully, we'll
be a little more explosive on the
floor," said Huband.
But she says defence is the starting point for her team and so far,
she's not been impressed.
"We're not yet at the point
where we're executing cleanly with
all 12 people so our execution
needs to improve. Our defensive
intensity needs to improve."
UBC had four pre-season games
to work out their kinks. They finished with a 3-1 record. Their
only loss came to McMaster,
an Ontario team expected to
challenge for UBC's title.
fcut   the    Thunderbirds
won't have to look far for al
tolgh game  in the  Canada!
West Conference.
Arch-rivals Simon Fraser
and Victoria have kept up with
UBC recruiting-wise and have
improved their rosters.
■JBC will get to see the Clan
on opening weekend. The two
teams play Saturday at War
Memorial Gym, a night after
thl    Thunderbirds    visit
Trinity Western. @
by Cheata
Leanne Evans is a
name UBC msket-
ball fans are going
to be hearing a lot
this season. After
spending a year playing in the NCAA, the
6'2" Port Moody
native and Canadian
[junior national team
member is returning
home to push what is
already widely considered to be the
be stream in th^
country to another
Evans decided to
■ spend her first season  of eligibility in
■ the NCAA, playing for
South  East Missouri
State.   While    in^^ne
United    States,    she
experienced   a   high
level  of competition
against other teams of
the Ohio Valley Conference and her
own teammates, who she claims
helped tojlmprove her skills. "It
was good«ompetition. Bhad a very
good post girl on my team who is
now playing overseas. It was good
to play against her everyday, but I
wouldn't say [South East Missouri]
Detter than here," said Evans.
After a year in the US, she decided she wanted to come and play for
the Thunderbirds. UBC's succes, as
well as that of the junior national
program's—which she credits to
head coach Deb Huband's
approach to coaching—was a major
influence on her decision. "Deb is
just very encouraging of the national team program, which is a goal of
mine," said Evans. She also
believes having full-time assistant
coaches who work with the girls
one-on-one will be a big advantage,
to bm and the team. "Not a lot of
CIS teams have that," noted Evans.
While many people focus on
Evans's offensive talent, she maintains that her strengths involve
keeping the ball out of the hoop.
"My strengths have always been
more defense and rebounding. I
focus on that more than on how
many points I'm going to sfore."
With the ball, she's no pushover,
While representing Canada at
the World Under 21 Campionships
this past summer, Evans was able
to score 13 points in a span of 20
minutes in a 85-52 win over Puerto
Rico while capturing a team high
11 rebounds.
But who is Leanne Evans aside
from being a basketball powerhouse? First off, she's in her third
year of university, hoping to transfer into the Human Kinetics program by the end of the year.
She lists two-time NBA MVP and
fellow Canadian Steve Nash as her
favourite basketball plaver, and not
just for his obvious talent. "He's
always working hard and does a lot
for the community, not just basketball."
Growing up she played volleyball and soccer, participated in
cross country running and track
and field. Her father also played
basketball as well as hockey. Her
mom, according to Evans, "was
more of a cheerleader type."
As for pre-game routines, listening    to    music    is    the    norm.
"Generally   our   team
will play music in our
locker   room   to   get
pumped up,"|thoughl
she admits it doesn't
come from her iPod.
"My iPod  isn't very
good because I don't
know how to work it,
so I don't have any
go(K songs."
Evans's  ultimate   goal,   as
well   as   the
team's, is to
win another
n Ai o n a 1'
championship,     but
she knows
there's a lot of worf
to  be   done  before
that    can    happen.
"It's a completely different  team   so   we
need to go through the
process and work day
by day and hopefully
wefcan have a success-
full  season.    Ideally,
well like to win another
championship." @
Photos by Oker Chen
Future face of T-Birds hopes to
have immediate impact
by Jessica
JiYoung Kim
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This season  marks
/omen's  basketball
captain Kelsey Blair's
f last      year       as       a
V Thunderbird,    but    also
introduces some highly touted new faces to the roster,
including   rookie    Megan
Pinske of Port Moody.
A 5'9" guard, Pinske
Ijoins the T-Birds as one of
top high school recruits in
Canada and brings with
her plenty of international
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was selected to Canada's]
junior National team oveJ
the   simmer,   travelling
dowmto Colorado for the]
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Colorado where Canada
placed second, before join-
^^vas interesting getting the international experience. It was helpful in
showing you what you need
to improve on. The competition gets stronger as you
move up, so it really exposes
your weaknesses," Pinske
And learning experience
is one of the reasons why
Megan Pinske chose UB1
over all the other interested
universities. "When I was
walking around the UBC.
campus, I loved the atmosphere of the campus. And
basketball wise, this is the
best school in Canada, and
academically as well."
And the fact that the^-
Birds won the CIS championship last year was just
"icing on the cake" for the
rookie, who had already
signed   with   UBC   in   the
months before.
Under the guidance of|
her fellow senior teammates I
and head coach Deb
Huband, Pinske is nothing I
but hopeful about her I
upcoming season and her|
career as a Thunderbird.
"Deb  reminds us  [that]!
this is a process. We have I
five years  here.  And  notl
everything is going to come
at once.  You want every-\
thing to  come  together  atl
once   but   [you   have    to
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Together    with    fellow I
rookie   Lisson   and   NCAA
transfer Leanne Evans,and
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season. I don't really know I
what to expect..but I'm look-l
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with   an   open   mind   and
learning a lot this year." @
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national program
players set to hit the
court for UBC this
season. 8
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by Bryce McRae
With seven new players joining the
UBC men's basketball team for the
2007 season, it's easy to lose track of
who's who. But the team is in a retooling phase, rather than a rebuilding
one, and they've picked up some
much-needed experience with fifth-
year guard Adam Friesen's transfer
from Trinity Western.
With so many new players, the
team might not get off to a start like
last year's, but they are starting this
season with a focus on the end of the
year, a mindset that's squarely fixed
on winning a national championship.
"There have been a lot of new
guys, so a lot of us are in the same
position," said Friesen. "We are a
brand new team."
Friesen played four seasons for
the Trinity Western Spartans before
redshirting last year so he could join
the Thunderbirds this season. In
2002, he was named a second team
All-Canadian. That year he was second in the Canada West with 22.1
points per game, and ranked fifth in
assists with 5.3 per game. Despite
drop-offs in point production the next
two years—17.4 points per game
(ppg) in 2003, 15.5 ppg in 2004)-he
remained one of the biggest scoring
threats in the Canada West
This year, however, he hopes
match his 2002 stats, and his scoring
will be a huge in trying to replace
guard Pasha Bains' performance last
year (22.1 ppg).
"My role will be more of a scorer
than of your traditional point
guard...Shooting, ball-handling, being
a smart player," he said. These are all
things he will bring to the UBC team,
which boasts one of the strongest
guard contingents in the country.
But there is some room for
improvement in his game—an ever-
present theme for the T-Birds, at least
at the beginning of the season.
"Improving on leadership skills,"
"talking on the court" and "defense
and rebounding" were skills Friesen
considered needing work during the
season. Coincidentally these are
exactly the skills the team needs to
improve upon if they plan to go deep
in the CIS Championships.
Though Friesen was too modest to
compare himself to any NBA player,
his friend stepped in and said his
game is most like that of San Antonio
Spurs guard Nick Van Exel.
Van Exel has a reputation as being
a lightning-quick, offensive guard
who's a big game player (check the
Dallas Mavericks playoff run in 2003
for evidence). If this comparison
rings true, then the Thunderbirds are
going to have a player who can not
only help them during the regular
season, but knows how to step in the
And that's exactly why he got
picked up. He will be a welcomed
scoring presence for the regular season, but his UBC career will be
judged by his—and the team's—performance in the post-season, where
his experience and leadership—in
addition to his scoring—will be
invaluable. @
Jeremy Alexander       Casey Archibald Balraj Bains Jason Birring
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VERSION 2.0: Captain Casey Archibald hopes to accomplish what the T-Birds couldn't last year, win the elusive national championship, yinan maxwang file photo
by Bryce McRae
The UBC Thunderbirds Men's basketball team did everything you
could have asked of them last season. Coasting through the regular
season with a perfect 20-0 record,
the only hiccup was a loss to the
University of Victoria Vikes in the
Canada West Championship. They
entered the Canadian
Interuniversity Championships as
one of the pre-tournament
favorites. Then destiny reared its
ugly head and the team was
knocked out in the quarterfinals,
playing only one game. It just wasn't their year.
"The team wasn't ready for their
opposition last year; it was an
unlucky day, but it also exposed
weaknesses...rebounding being one
of them," said head coach Kevin
That is why the team will be taking a new approach this year,
"beginning with the end in mind."
The team is already starting to see it
pay dividends after posting an undefeated record during the preseason,
which included the Memorial tournament in Halifax.
As fifth-year guard Casey
Archibald put it, "basically we just
want to have the nationals as our
Number one priority. I think last
year, we didn't really get better as
the year went on and we were just
satisfied with winning games." With
the change in philosophy, they hope
to be playing their best basketball
next March.
"Compared to previous years, we
have one of our biggest lineups ever
coming in," said Hanson. "Last year,
we lived and died by the three
(pointer); this year we will try to
pound it inside more and establish a
post game."
Though the high tempo, perimeter shooting style of last year may
be be a thing of the past, the T-Birds
still plan on getting out and running against teams this season, as
shown when they out-shot Royal
Military College by 23 attempts in a
preseason game.
In total, the team will be bringing in seven new players, including
fifth-year guard Adam Friesen
(Trinity Western), third-year guard
Chris Dyck (Manitoba) and 6'9"
forward Cody Berg (Douglas
College). But of all the new players,
only three are rookies and most
have some kind of post-season
experience. Friesen was a second
team All-Canadian in 2002-2003,
and Dyck was one of the top scorers for the University of Manitoba
"We've put in a new system right
now," said Archibald. "So probably
everyone's new right now. But everyone's been fitting in really well."
Ultimately, if the new players
can fit in well with the returning
core, the team should be able to
adapt their style of play to take
advantage of the teams they face on
any given night.
One big test will come November
7,   when   the   team   travels   to
California to face the Stanford
Cardinal, one of the NCAA's powerhouse programs  and a perennial
"Compared to
previous years, we have
one of our biggest
lineups ever coming in.
Last year we lived and
died by the three; this
year we will try to
pound it inside..."'
-Kevin Hanson
Head Coach
top-25 team.
"It is exciting, getting down there
will help us showcase the program
and attract players," said Hanson.
The real tests will come later in
the season however, when the
Thunderbirds will be looking to
win their  first men's basketball
championship since 19 72. The
Canada West division this year has
an incredible amount of parity,
although the University of Victoria
Vikes appear to be co-favorites
with the T-Birds.
Much like the Detroit Pistons of
the late 80s, the Chicago Bulls of
the early-mid 90s, or the Los
Angeles Lakers of the early 20th
century, this team has been knocking on the door for the past two
seasons and is ready to establish
an era of UBC basketball dominance. With a little luck, and a lot
of hard work, the team should finish off the season like it began;
once again champions of a tournament in Halifax, but this time a
CIS title.
Their first games of the season
will come this weekend, hereby
dubbed Rivalry Weekend, when
they travel to Langley to face
Trinity Western October 27, before
returning home to face the team
everyone loves to hate, Simon
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Opinion & Editorial
Friday, 27 October, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Forget the plan, what are those banners?
UBC recently put out an ad campaign that
would have fit right in at a presidential campaign for Citizen Kane. The giant ads posted
everywhere have been inciting confusion on
the part of students, if not curiosity.
Blanketing the sides of buildings and carpeting the ground beneath our feet, banners
ask us in huge letters: WHAT'S THE PLAN?
Many students don't know the answer to
this—why not? Because of the University's
notorious lack of student consultation in the
past regarding the Main Campus Plan, a massive re-development campaign which has
been underway since its approval in 1992.
For the first time, the University has
made an effort to rectify the matter by promoting awareness of the revised Campus
Plan. Students now have an avenue to
express their concerns and ideas directly to
the University. As a result, students have
been posting to online forums in droves.
Though we applaud the intention of
UBC to give its students a voice in its redevelopment, is there anything being done
differently this time around? The impression is being projected upon members of
the campus community that they are being
included this time, and that their voices
are going to be heard. This time, every
unused suggestion will have an explanation for why it is not being entertained,
thus presenting the University as an
accountable governing body.
By the same token, however, the seemingly contradictory nature of many actions
by the University in fulfilling its commitments to "sustainability and community" is
quite baffling.
A prime example is Trek 2010, the
mandate governing the Campus Plan.
What the plan is actually doing is glaringly
apparent from the manner by which it is
being administrated. Unbeknownst to
many of us, UBC is actually home to an
internationally recognised urban planning
school termed the School of Community
and Regional Planning (SCARP). The
University has at its fingertips one of
Canada's largest planning schools, yet
SCARP has not been actively solicited from
the start of this project. The University has,
in addition, gone out and hired an outside
consultant for these purposes.
That's like having a star goalie and hiring
a backup to play in net.
According to the online forum, students
almost invariably love the forests, nature
and scenic skyline that UBC offers, as well as
Pacific Spirit Park and the UBC Farm.
They dislike the lack of student
spaces, the ongoing construction and
noise, the growing presence of non-university-related businesses and residences, and the lack of affordable student housing. Many students also
express dissatisfaction with the incorporation of corporate businesses such as
Shopper's Drug Mart and Starbucks, as
opposed to more independent, "ethical"
Suggestions also include the installation of more working water fountains,
affordable parking, increased late night
transit and establishing a decent grocery
store on campus.
Generally speaking, aside from impracti
cal demands to make roads more skateboard-friendly and to keep it from looking
like SFU, most of the suggestions made by
the student community reflect the desire to
make UBC more sustainable, accessible and
Considering the original Main Campus
Plan mandate trumpeted these same goals
14 years ago, only to find students still complaining about the same issues today, one
cannot help but question if 'sustainability'
'community,' and 'academic excellence' are
really at the heart of what UBC Campus
Planning is trying to create.
There is great potential with Campus
Plans. The University has a great opportunity to reconcile its past mistakes and
actually make the 'community' a priority.
Providing a voice to the population and
being heard, helps fulfill that potential.
However, at press time those Citizen
Kane-like banners are basically advertisements for the UBC student population to
post to a blog, and some of the "consultation" has included comments like, "I
LOOOOOOOOOOVE to add Skytrain or
Subway to UBC and called it the UBC Line"
or "Hi! Good luck world!" This is a great
way to give the impression that students
are being consulted, but somehow it
seems that UBC could be answering more
questions about the contradictory nature
of its plans to improve the campus.
We hope that 14 years from now the
University won't be asking us the same
questions, but for now we'll have to wait
see if the University's efforts will bear
fruit. @
Do you support the new developments taking place on campus?
-Nicola Evangelista
Forestry, 1
"I guess some of it
does...[however] the
shape of a building
doesn't always affect
how you learn."
—Carmella Gray-Cosgrove
English, 3
"No...They're putting
up really expensive
condos. I don't like
how they're not putting up cheap student
accommodation and
howl can't get into
student housing."
—Natalie Farssman
Math, 2
"I like the Boulevard
coffee place, but apart
from that it's pretty
-Mark Phelps
Arts, 3
"Not really. I won't be
seeing any of it since
it'll finish after I graduate. I don't see any
results from it, so it
doesn't reflect my
—Ryland James
Arts, 2
"Yeah, I guess it fits my
needs... I don't know
about that new bar;
it's kind of expensive
for my tastes."
-Coordinated by George Prior and Paul Bucci
A measured response?
by Alison Bodine and Nita Palmer
In response to the letter written by Maayan
Kreitzman and Marc Grimm (Ubyssey, "Political
Discussion on Campus" [October 17]):
Israel's invasion of Lebanon took the lives of
over 1,300 Lebanese civilians and displaced 1 million. The bombing destroyed roads, hospitals and
milk factories, in an attempt to disable the infrastructure of Lebanon and the struggle of the
Lebanese people. This invasion was on the heels of
the Israeli siege on Gaza. During this time Israel
sent tanks and over 5,000 troops into the Gaza Strip
destroying homes and lives. Furthering their strangle hold on the Palestinian people and their right to
movement, sovereignty and dignity.
At the UBC Social Justice Centre forum
"Palestine, Lebanon, and the Israeli Occupation," on
September 27 there were three scheduled speakers:
Shannon Bundock, co-chair of Mobilisation Against
War and Occupation, Dr Warif Leila, a long time
peace activist, and Jon Elmer, a photo journalist
with fromoccupiedpalestine.org. The forum was
born out of the frustration and desire for activists at
UBC to see a voice for Palestine and a voice for
Lebanon on campus after the war and devastation
inflicted over the summer. The panel consisted not
of academics, but of dedicated and dynamic
activists and journalists speaking from their own
experience and understanding.
As some of the organisers of this forum, you criticised us for failing to provide a space for "civil
debate and dialogue." We must make clear that this
forum was not billed as a space for "civil debate and
dialogue"—it was a forum meant to reflect and
explain the Palestinian and Lebanese perspective.
Of course, it would be possible to organise a debate
on this issue—but that would be a forum of a different colour. So let's criticise things for what they are,
not for what you wish they would be.
Every forum must have its own civility, that must
be a given. Why, then, do you make civility such an
issue of this particular forum? We have seen, at this
forum and through history, how "civil debate and
dialogue" is used as a cover for the suppression of
the interests of Palestinians in particular. Following
the roadmap of "civil dialogue", support has been
siphoned from the Palestinian liberation struggle to
"Peace it all Together"—to hold Palestinians in their
place under the brutal Zionist status quo. It is interesting that those who beat the drum of "civil dialogue" the hardest are the ones who came to this
forum to disrupt it and divert attention from the
forum's issues of the occupation of Palestine, the
apartheid state of Israel, and Israel's expansionist
and colonialist policies. It is even more interesting
that the method of distraction and disruption you
have taken is to try to silence the voices of those who
speak for Palestine with your cries and demands for
"civil debate and discussion". Are you meaning to
insinuate that the real problem facing oppressed
people in Palestine is a lack of "civility?" These
words lose their meaning in your mouth.
Forums specifically dedicated to the Palestinian
'side of the story' are important because in the
media, and even in university classrooms, there is
little space for the pro-Palestine perspective. At
UBC alone, more than 100 professors are members of the BC Campus Action Coalition, an organisation dedicated "To provide expertise and
resources...for combating anti-Israel propaganda
and anti-Semitism." Being anti-Israel is not to be
anti-Semitic. Being anti-Israel is to fight for the liberty, dignity and sovereignty of the Palestinian
people who had their land and lives stolen from
them 58 years ago.
We can all remember the response of the
Canadian government to the war on Lebanon,
calling it a "measured response." There is no
space for the racism inherent in such a statement. There are not two sides to the story of an
8m high Apartheid Wall being built in Palestine
to further cut the movement of people and
resources. There are no two sides to the lack
Right of Return for displaced Palestinians. These
are just facts.
The UBC Social Justice Centre does not claim to
be a representative of the opinions of all students at
UBC. It is an organisation with the direct constitutional mandate to organise and educate for social
justice at UBC. There is a space for the Palestine
Solidarity and antiwar movement at UBC. @
—Alison Bodine is a fourth-year physics students
Nita Palmer is a second-year arts student THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 27 October, 2006
Demonstration over Somerville lecture
by Meghan Roberts
Margaret Somerville, who came to
the Chan Centre for the 2006
Massey Lectures to discuss reproduction ethics, garnered support
and opposition last week.
Somerville, an ethicist and law
professor of McGill University,
offered her expertise in situations
where ethics may come into question. She displayed her strong views
on many divisive issues that have
stirred up controversy in the past,
particularly with her opinion about
gay marriage.
Students waving rainbow flags
were present outside the Chan
Centre to show their support for gay
rights and marriage in a demonstration before the lecture.
Chris Walsh, a member of UBC
Pride, was one of those students.
"Our main message was...to educate people that Miss Somerville is
in fact against same sex marriage.
So some people had no idea and
very gladly took our information
while others were in complete support of that," he said. "I'm against
her definition of marriage...what
she calls the essence for natural
norm of marriage, is for reproductive potential."
Somerville is currently in the
process of writing a discourse about
the child which Walsh views as very
"She's...imposing her ideas on
this sort of knowledge based on a
child that has no grounds in fact. It's
purely her point of view and she
claims she's done a lot of research
on it," he said.
It's completely discriminatory
against queer couples who decide to
have children, he added.
Walsh believes that what she said
implied that "we're not adequate to
raise children within her really really narrow view of what marriage is."
Somerville, however, stated that
she is an advocate for gay rights;
she simply does not believe in gay
She also raised questions about In
Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). According to
Somerville, children need a connection with their parents, preferably a
biological one, in order to establish a
sense of belonging.
Somerville reported that IVF
children she interviewed expressed
feelings of discontent. She relayed
stories in which those individuals
felt as if there was something missing from them; almost as if they
were not whole. Somerville attributed this to the lack of biological
According to Somerville, it is the
right of a child to know and be
raised by their biological parents. A
gay marriage would create a new
social norm disrupting the previous
notion, she said.
Somerville carried on with her
lecture explaining a deep respect for
human life is necessary in creating
what she termed a "shared ethics"—
a core set of values that is the basis
EDUCATE YOURSELF: Members of UBC Pride handed out flyers before Somerville's lecture at the
Chan Centre October 17. peter holmes photo
of humanity. These "shared ethics"
should employ elements from biological and cultural fields so that
both nature and technology are represented, she said.
Nothing natural can be dehumanising, added Somerville, using
the changes in reproductive technology to further her case.
In the past 50 years, reproduc
tion has undergone a drastic transformation. Access to contraceptives
is easy and the types of contraceptives are numerous and increasingly
advanced, she said. Genetic material
can now be detected and, in the
future, altered.
Humans are losing sight of
humanity, said Somerville, adding
that as we delve deeper into science
we lose our respect for the magic of
human life.
"These new techno-science possibilities bring us face to face with
unprecedented questions about who
we are, how we find meaning in life
and what respect the human life
requires," said Somerville.
Humanity must not lose focus on
the essence of humanity, she said. @
Norm Theatre officially reopens
by Paul Bucci
The Normand Bouchard Memorial
AMS Theatre was officially reopened on Tuesday after a period
of renovations.
"[The event] feels like being at a
film opening...I was looking for the
red carpet," quipped Vice-President
Students, Brian Sullivan.
The ceremony included the
unveiling of a new plaque, as
well as speeches praising the project and remembering Normand
Bouchard as an integral part of the
UBC Film Society.
"He had a tremendous sensitivity.
He understood art, that it could liven
the spirit of people," said Lorenzo
Bouchard, Normand's father. "His
real passion was cinema."
The theatre was named after
Bouchard following his sudden
death as a result of a brain
aneurysm in the mid-1990s.
Bouchard   graduated   with   a
degree in Engineering Physics but
continued to work with the Film
Society well after his graduation,
facilitating the introduction of 32
millimetre film to the theatre.
Bouchard's father described the
theatre as an "oasis" to come to
after a particularly hard exam, suggesting that inspiration comes
often during times of relaxation.
"His [Normand
Bouchard's] real
passion was cinema."
-Lorenzo Bouchard
Normand Bouchard's father
The renovation was funded by
an unusual collaboration between
the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and
the Film Society, who have had a
rocky history. The AMS used to
take 50 per cent of the revenue
from ticket sales at the Norm,
which was fought and reduced to
three per cent.
AMS President Kevin Keystone
remembered the "Restore the
Norm" project as the first time the
AMS and the Film Society had ever
worked together for a common
goal. Attendants remembered
the theatre as being somewhat
decrepit, noting that the seats were
infamously spilling orange stuffing.
The theatre has been completely
repainted, and all of the seats are
now in pristine condition. One can
still purchase commemorative
bronze plaques to be fixed to the
The official ceremony ended
with an emotional speech from
Bouchard's father.
"There was an undercurrent of
mysticism in [Bouchard]...at four
years old he came to me and said,
'Father, I know who I am.' He
understood the inner light of a
human being."
Currently donations are being
taken for the Norm Theatre as it is
still $30,000 short. @
Controversial journalist
coming to Vancouver
Amy Goodman shows support for independent radio
by Leah Poulton
Amy Goodman, one of North
America's most renowned and
controversial independent journalists, will speak in Vancouver
this weekend in support of community and campus radio stations,
including UBC's CiTR.
Goodman currently hosts the
award-winning daily news radio
show Democracy Now!, based out
of New York City and aired on over
500 community stations across
the continent.
"For true democracy to work,
people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news
and information," according to the
Democracy Now! website. The station offers itself as an alternative
to the "unprecedented corporate
media consolidation" of the last
two decades.
Goodman is well-known for her
strong anti-war stance. She has frequently voiced her views against
the US occupation of Iraq, and the
lack of unbiased media coverage
of the conflicts in the Middle East.
"War is not the answer," she
said on a recent MSNBC appearance. "Negotiation. Settlement.
Cease-fire. That's what is going to
save the lives of hundreds of
"If [Americans] saw the images
on the ground, if they saw people,
kids dead on the ground...they
would say no, this is not the
answer. We need a media in this
country that is open," she said.
Her ability to find and tell the
stories that the mainstream media
won't has earned her the respect
of many of her colleagues.
Peter Klein, a UBC journalism
professor and producer of NBC's
60 Minutes, worked with
Goodman at WBAI radio in New
York, where she produced the
"She's incredibly intense," he
said. "When the World Trade
Center was hit the first time, it was
just her and me in the newsroom...watching her work was
"We're always having to step
around things...Amy has none of
that," he added. "I've heard people
say that she's one of the only two
journalists in America."
Goodman recently published her
second book Static: Government
Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and
the People who Fight Back.
Her first release The Exception
to the Rulers: Exposing Oily
Politicians, War Profiteers, and t
he Media that Love Them,
was a US national best-seller and
chosen as the number one political title of 2004 by independent
According to the Democracy
Now! website, the last 50 years has
seen the ownership of the US
media drop from over 50 conglomerates to just six corporations.
Amy Goodman will speak on
Saturday at the Vancouver Central
Public Library. Tickets are available at Banyen Books and Sound,
Spartacus Books, Co-op Books,
Sophia Books and CiTR Radio. @ 12
Friday, 27 October, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Premier speaks to new initiative at UBC
AMSVP External cautiously optimistic about Campus 2020 project
them to look at different frame-
by Colleen Tang
BC Premier and Point Grey MLA
Gordon Campbell visited UBC on
October 18 to announce a new initiative on post-secondary education.
This was Campbell's first interactive event with UBC students.
According to Chris Sandve, vice-
president of BC Young Liberals,
Campbell has been looking forward to this visit.
"He's always wanted to come [to
UBC]...ever since I've become vice-
president he's been asking," said
Sandve. "He had particular interest
coming out here."
Although he discussed everything
from coal plants to the economy of
China, one of Campbell's main focuses was post-secondary education. In
his speech, Campbell presented an
initiative called Campus 2020, an
opportunity for a group of students,
experts and members of the public to
put forward recommendations on
improving post-secondary education
by spring 2007.
"I actually said to the Campus
2020 folks...I want them to be really provocative, I want them to
drive   different agendas,   I want
works and I want them to come
back with some really bold recommendations," said Campbell.
One of the reasons they are trying this method is because institutional methods don't provide solutions, according to Campbell.
"We can't quite do it this way
because we're really locked into
the data. We can't coordinate this,"
said Campbell. "The problem is
that it doesn't get you anywhere. It
really is a way of stopping us
instead of moving ahead."
A goal of Campus 2020 is to
expand a culture of learning
across the entire province.
"The education system doesn't
allow [universities] to change,
doesn't allow them to take advantage of the world...you know help
us get out there, show us what we
can do, show us the opportunities,
ask us to be brave, ask us to go out
and do something," Campbell said.
Ian Pattillo, Alma Mater Society
(AMS) VP External, was initally
receptive to the Campus 2020 project but as the project progresses a
number of flags have been raised.
The appointment of Geoff Plant,
former     Liberal     BC     Cabinet
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Minister, according to Patillo, is a
little unsettling because this committee may be existing as a means
to gather evidence for "predetermined outcomes."
Pattillo is also concerned that
Campus 2020 will mimic past
reports by other provinces. But he
acknowledges that this is an organised process.
Currently, Pattillo is "cautiously
optimistic" about Campus 2020, but
thinks this is an opportunity for the
AMS to make a document to express
their own recommendations. @
Graduate students consider secession from AMS
by Jesse Ferreras
Due to concerns over the lack of services for graduate students, the
Graduate Student Society (GSS) has
expressed interest in separating from
the Alma Mater Society (AMS).
GSS VP Academic Lauren Hunter
Eberle and GSS VP Finance Ali
Khalili introduced a number of
options that the GSS council was
considering at a recent AMS council meeting, citing concerns that
graduate students require services
that are not sufficiently offered by
the AMS.
The option of secession was
one of four choices. Other options
included having the AMS adapt its
services to make them more accessible for graduate students or
transfer a portion of AMS fees to
the GSS.
"There had been a services gap
that we've been trying to close
with the AMS and not having any
success with it," said Hunter
Eberle. "There was a rather unfortunate council meeting in
May...and the discussion came up
about where were the advocacy
dollars we had verbally requested...or what was the likelihood of
that coming forward."
"Council was upset to hear that
there wasn't more enthusiasm in
the AMS in support of that idea."
At an August GSS council
retreat, discussion arose among
members present about whether
or not to stay with the AMS.
Hunter Eberle said that those present were split 50/50, and cited
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to accommodate cases that could
not be addressed by the AMS.
"As a graduate student there's a
number of things that are of key
importance," she said. "There is
obviously the supervisory relationship...there are funding grants and
proposals, and then there would
be the thesis proposal or the decision in a master's degree to do a
thesis or a major paper."
"Without having the special
training to deal with something
like a supervisory relationship or a
comprehensive exam, those things
fall through the cracks."
AMS President Kevin Keystone
cited different results from the society's own survey of the student body.
"One of the things we found is
that graduate students do access
many AMS services," he said.
"Graduate students participate in
Minischool; there are graduate
students that access Safewalk."
Keystone noted the possibility
that services such as the U-Pass
and the current health and dental
plan would no longer be extended
to graduate students in the event
of a separation. He testified to the
importance of a unified student
body at UBC.
"I think it's less about what the
GSS would lose, and I think the
largest conversation would be
about what all students would lose,"
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Board of Governors representative Omar Sirri said he is opposed
to separation. He compared the
problems faced by the GSS with
relation to AMS services to those
faced by numerous constituencies.
"I think every student will feel
like they use some services and
don't use others," he said. "The
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