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From Europe to UBC.
t   Page 11
It's what you're really in school to learn
about. Page 8
The Ubyssey discusses the Chinese
President's visit to Canada. Page 14
begone, say
by Carolynne Burkholder
With their posters and colourful
decor designed to attract the
student eye, Canadian Forces
Recruiters may look at home beside
campus club booths attempting to
gain new members, but if some
UBC students have their way, this
could be a thing of the past.
'[Campuses] are places of education, not of recruiting people to war/
said Alison Bodine, president of the
Coalition against War on the People
of Iraq and Internationally, who
organised last week's petition against
recruiters on campus.
"I think this issue is really important, especially right now because of
the fact that students and youth in
Canada are also under attack/ said
Bodine. 'We have an increased number of recruiters on campus, so students are being constantly reminded that they can join the military
and get their education paid for...all
they have to do is go and kill people
in Afghanistan.*
When students are looking for
ways to afford their education, joining the Canadian Forces may sound
like an appealing option. Students
who are prepared to serve in the
forces both while they study and after
graduation will have their tuition
paid for by the government.
Although most students would not
be posted to Afghanistan, the
Canadian Forces are heavily involved
in this area. The Canadian Forces
website states that: 'Afghanistan's
full and sustained recovery is the key
to eliminating the regional threat of
terrorism and achieving greater
international security and stability.
Canada can provide important support to Afghanistan as it works
toward building a stable and secure
The federal government's latest
budget has substantially increased
the funding provided to the
Canadian Forces. In 2003, the
Canadian military expenditure was
9.8 billion dollars—1.1 per cent of
the gross domestic product.
However, over the next five years
the Canadian military budget will be
increased by $12.8 billion, of which
three billion dollars is earmarked for
increasing the size of the Canadian
Army—5,000 regular troops and
3,000 soldiers in the reserves.
During his budget presentation,
Ralph Goodale, Minister of Finance,
talked about the implications of the
increased spending: "this significant
investment in our military means
that we will be able to better meet our
responsibilities abroad and protect
our people at home.*
But members of the the Coalition
against War on the People of Iraq and
Internationally disagree and have garnered hundreds of signatures of students for a petition stating 'Canada
out of Afghanistan, recruiters off of
our campus.*
See "Recruiters"page 2.
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$50 million for genome research at UBC
"It's a win for science.
It's a win for UBC"
by Eric Szeto
Last week it was announced that
UBC would be assigned roughly $52
million in genomic research grants
over the next three years.
Overall, UBC was handed grants
for six projects, varying from developing treatments for diseases to the
ethics of genomics research, but
according to Donald Riddle, Chief
Scientific Officer at Genome BC, the
university could have gotten more.
'I'm surprised it's not more...
UBC had six of those nine
[grants], so it's certainly the lions
share of what was awarded from
the province,* said Riddle. The
total funding allocated to all of
the nine projects across BC was
82.5 million dollars.
Half of the funding for the projects   will   come   from   Genome
Canada while the other half will be
supplied privately or by the provincial government
According to UBC Professor
Donald Moerman, Canada is among
a handful of countries that funds
large genome projects, but this is
only a recent trend.
'It's better late than never. We're
a player but we're not at the forefront,* said Moerman, who was
awarded a $9 million grant for a
project that will look comprehensively at genetic mutations of the
nematode worm as a means for
understanding the human genome.
*A lot of that work is relevant to
people who work in cancer biology
and muscular dystrophy. We think
that's where the worm gives them
an in road/ said Moerman.
Moerman added that his hope is
to one day develop a specific
'nematicide' that would prevent diseases, such as river blindness,
which in developing nations cur-
See "Genome" page 2.
Second referendum on BC
STV scheduled for 2008
UBC professor weighs in on problems facing
proposed electoral reform
by Paul Evans
British Columbian voters will
choose between the current
first-past-the-post and Single
Transferable Vote (STV) electoral
systems in what the government is
terming a 'more informed vote on
electoral reform.*
Slated for November 2008, the
system that prevails will be used
in the following spring 2009
provincial election.
BC Premier Gordon Campbell
said that problem with the last referendum, which coincided with the
May 17 provincial election, was that
voters lacked adequate information
on what effects the STV system
would have on electoral boundaries.
'Suggestions have been made
that the outcome might have been
different if voters were aware of
how the STV would apply to their
riding boundaries,* said Campbell.
'Showing voters what their riding
would look like under the STV
model may provide the critical piece
of information that was missing at
the time of the referendum.*
'We are going to continue
being a leader in democratic
reform by giving the people of BC
a second, definitive, vote on the
electoral system/
But the governments approach
may not be ideal according to
UBC PoHtical Science Professor
Phillip Resnick.
*We are having to face the reality
of having to have a second kick at
the can at the identical question with
the exactly the same 60 per cent' he
Antony Hodgson battled it out during an STV debate last May in
the Norm theatre, michelle mayne photo
said, adding that the only difference
this time around is government
funding for proper yes/no campaigns. 1 think that there could be
dissatisfaction with the fact that the
electors once again have to vote on
an option that is not necessarily the
most lucid and that might again
complicate the whole thing,*
Resnick also suggested that the
government should he instituting a
different timeline if the issue is a
priority to them.
If they're going to really come
back to the proposal that came out of
this citizens assembly, it's
something they should he doing
sooner  rather  than  later/   said
SeeUSTV2°page 2. 2 News
Tuesday, 20 September, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
Canada a player in genomic research but not at the forefront says UBC official
"Genome" from page 1.
rently poses serious health risks.
Among other research projects being conducted is the $15 million Conifer Forest
Health Genomics project, which will be spearheaded by UBC professors Jorg Bohlmann
and Kermit Ritland.
Most of their research will be devoted to discovering the best way for improving forest health
by studying Spruces' resistance to insects, particularly to the weevil, a beetle that is destroying all
but the most resistant spruce trees in BC.
'The long term [hope] is that what we learn on
this one case study of the spruce beetle interaction will be applied to other areas of insect pest
areas/ said Bohlmann.
Another $ 12 million tab was added to a project that will be headed by UBC Professor Bob
Hancock. His team will be using mice to look at
ways to understand how genes respond to infections. This will further their understanding of
how genes in the body handle infections and will
lead to new treatments, said Hancock.
While this funding reveals the importance of
genomics, genome research still has a long way
to go, said Riddle.
'[Our understanding of genomes is] in its ado
lescence. I can't say infancy because several different genomes have been sequenced, the
human genome, the mouse genome for people
doing research in model systems and a number
of microbial genomes in plants...many more
genomes will be sequenced in the next few
years/ said Riddle.
The part that's lagging behind is understanding the biological functions of all these genes that
we have now discovered/ he said.
Nevertheless, the announcement recognizes
UBC's genomic prowess, said Hancock.
Moerman added, 'It's a win for science. It's a
win for UBC II
Positive response from event
"Recruiters" from page 7.
No one from Canadian Forces Recruiting could
be reached for comment by press time.
'The response was really positive/ said Bodine
of the event. 'We got hundreds of signatures talked
to hundreds of people, and people really understood why not to have recruiters on campus and
why that was not okay/
Bodine holds an optimistic goal of an end to war
and occupation and self-determination for all
oppressed nations. In the meantime, however,
'what we are looking at right now is just educating
people [and trying to] raise awareness, politicise
the campus, and get people talking,* she said. II
LET'S TALK: Students gather to fight army recruitment, photo courtesy of cawopi
Better informed voters crucial to next "definitive" STV referendum: Premier
"STV2" from page 1.
Resnick. The freshness that came with the citizens assembly will have dissipated by the year
2008... If they were serious they should be doing
it in the next 12 months/
Even this, however, may not be enough to
effect a change in the outcome, said Resnik.
'I'm not sure that if we do it again whether the
result is going to be that different/ Resnik commented He noted that the recent election's vote
to seat percentage was fairly palatable to most
British Columbians and likely would not help the
STV cause.
AMS President Spencer Keys said that he
would be willing to hold information sessions to
educate students about the two systems.
'It's our responsibility as a [student society] to
try and make sure that students are socially
aware of the things that are going on around
He said that during the provincial election
campaign the AMS held a forum on BC STV in the
norm theatre that was well attended: 'that would
suggest to me that [STV] has a lot of interest*
Resnick thinks that given the complexities
and confusion created by STV, the government
doesn't need to be bound by the recommendation of the citizens assembly and should feel free
to explore alternative possibilities by means of a
multi-party legislative committee.
*STV has turned out to be in some ways a
rather complicated thing for ordinary folks to
understand, and I'll be frank...not even all the
political scientists I know find it that easy to
understand/ II
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Heather Pauls rode into the sunset. Suddenly, Rory Babin
and Colleen Tang jumped out of the bushes demanding
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■ THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 20 September, 2005
News 3
CBC lockout sparks debate on role of public broadcaster
Poor funding
levels need to
be addressed:
UBC instructor
by Joanna Reeder
With the hurricane that recently
rocked the United States, the worrisome discovery that Canada is
being outranked in US trade relations by China, and the local Burns
Bog fire scare, Canadians traditionally tuned into their most
reliable national news source,
the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation (CBC), for the latest
headlines and a uniquely Canadian
But with the CBC lockout well
into it's second month and showing no signs of resolution in the
near future, concerns about the
ramifications of not having a
national broadcaster are surfacing.
The lockout has also sparked
debate about the role and future of
the CBC versus privately owned
media competitors.
When it comes to the task of
providing diverse, reliable and
entirely Canadian-grade news to
the public, Claude Adams, a
Broadcast Instructor at the UBC
School of Journalism, said that the
CBC is more than capable: "as far
as news and current affairs is concerned, [CBC is] still the gold standard in Canada."
But when it comes to keeping
news free of interference from governments or private enterprise a
UBC  employee who preferred to
remain   anonymous   said,   "[The
CBC]   do   a  better job  than  the
Americans, but they're not doing
the job, no. *
According   to   Ron   Weber,   a
spokesperson  for  the   Canadian
Media Guild (CMG), the union representing the CBC, this claim can
be attributed to poor allocation of
resources by the Canadian government to the CBC.
The effects of this shortfall in
government spending caused the
CBC to replace a significant portion
of their permanent jobs with contract  and  temporary ones.  The
CMG objected to this and a labour
dispute culminating in the current
lockout has led to the temporary
replacement of CMG employees of
CBC  with  non-union  employees,
and much borrowed coverage from
private broadcasters, the BBC, and
US-based NBC.
The concerns of the CMG about
the damage caused by reduced
funding are echoed by David
Beers, an instructor at the UBC
School of Journalism.
"Years of funding cuts have seriously eroded the ability of the CBC
play (their) role...because Canada's
media audience is increasingly
fragmented/ continued Beers.
"The CBC needs to encompass
many more diverse voices and
expand into new media niches.
That means either hiring more
staff—or relying more on freelancers and contract workers to
bring in the diversity."
Beers argues that without public intervention through the government, in the end Canadians will
be the ones who suffer.
"The loser will be Canada's citizens, who will wake up and find
not even the thinning line of the
CBC offers a pull against the corporate media giants," he said. II
IT'S ALL IN THE SIGN: CBC workers patrol at a downtown picketline. yinan max wang photos
UBC Professor awarded Human Rights Fellowship for work on Aboriginal issues
by Amanda Stutt
UBC Professor Authur Ray has been a
defender of Aboriginal Human
Rights for much of his career, so it
came as no surprise when he
received the Bora Laskin National
The purpose of the Bora Laskin
Fellowship is to further our understanding of human rights in the context of Canadian issues that are relevant at the moment. And according to
Ray, no human rights issue needs
more attention in Canada then that of
Having been an expert in the
field, Ray has attended and participated in a multitude of Aboriginal
land claim trials all across Canada.
During his travels, he's noticed one
thing: when settling land disputes,
Aboriginals need more options
than going to court.
"Many Aboriginals find the
court system an adversarial environment that they can't operate in
because they are divorced from its
traditions...for them it's about hearing their people tell their
story...and it's hard to hear your
elders cross-examined and to hear
the criticism," he said.
Paige Raibmon, a UBC history
Professor and colleague of Ray
agrees, stating that the entire
approach behind land claims disputes needs to change.
"The courts spend millions of dollars trying to prove the Aboriginals
were so uncivilised that they couldn't
own their own land. Let's stop the
nonsense. Why is the burden of proof
on the Aboriginals? The Europeans
should have to prove that they owned
the land," said Raibmon.
Both Ray and Raibmon agree that
the court system is not a level playing
field, and that Aboriginals are
equipped with far less resources.
Ray suggested it's more beneficial
to the community to have their grievances heard out of court and on
Aboriginal territory, where members
of the community can attend. He
cited the Powley trial in Sault Ste.
Marie, Ontario, which was the first to
recognize Metis rights.
"That trial took place in the community, and there was community
involvement. People did attend,"
said Ray. "It's better for the
Aboriginals to negotiate their grievances, but the reality is they have to
litigate and negotiate."
But progress has been made in
terms of legal rights, said Ray.
"Without advances made in the
courts they would not be sitting at the
negotiating table today," he said.
Take for example, the Marshall
decision of 1999, in which the
Canadian Supreme Court ruled in
favour of the fishing rights of the
Mi'kmaq First Nation.
The Mi'Kmaq Tribe won the verdict but this came with its own political consequence, said Ray.
"Whatever decision is made by the
courts, there is a huge political fallout," said Ray. "That decision outraged the white fishing community.
There was a lot of violence."
Ray also brought to light the lack
of autonomy given to Aboriginals.
"What kind of self-government is
it if you have no control over eco
nomic life and have to rely on governments and have no economic
base? The core issues of Aboriginal
Land Claims are economic issues...
Native land claims are a challenge to
the economic order that is a legacy of
colonialism," he said.
Ray will continue his research
looking into the historical, legal and
economic issues surrounding
Aborignal land claims as he works in
The only way rights of Aboriginals
can be advanced is through more
understanding, said Ray.
"The more we know about the
way the system works and may
work, the better we may be able to
fix it," said Ray.
"Aboriginals are not just another
ethnic group," he said. "They were
here first" H 4 Culture
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VIFF: Very
Film Festival
Ursic: 37 previews
screened and counting
by Greg Ursic
For local moviegoers the glowering clouds are a welcome sight: it
means that the Vancouver
International Film Festival [VIFF]
cannot be far away. Now in its
24th year, VIFF will again entice
eager cinephiles from September
29 to October 14 with over 500
screenings of 329 films from over
50 countries. Included in the lineup are eight world premieres, 22
international premieres, 38 North
American Premieres and 59
Canadian premieres. Even the
choosiest are sure to find something you'll enjoy.
The festival kicks off with the
September 28  gala screening of
Water, the final installment in Deepa
Mehta's epic trilogy of the elements.
Set in colonial India, Water follows
Chuviya, an eight-year-old exiled to a
home for Hindu widows, and the
effect the dynamic youth has on the
other    residents.    Other    special
presentations include Manderlay,
Lars   Von   Trier's   follow-up    to
Dogville, his 2004 exercise in minimalist film  making;   Cache,  the
lurid  thriller  that won  for  Best
Director  at  Cannes;  and  North
Country,   a  landmark   study   in
sexual      harassment      starring
Charlize    Theron.    Old    feature
favorites are also back with some
new additions.
Now in its 17th year, VIFF's
Dragon's and Tigers: Cinemas of
East Asia program, had to be
scaled back due to a shortage of
prints caused by the overlapping
Pusan Film Festival. But don't
despair: there are still 40 features
and 15 shorts to whet your
appetite, including the remake of
the 1982 Japanese classic Heart
Beating in the Dark, and Duelist,
the Korean palace thriller, which
boasts grand sets and eye-popping
martial arts displays.
Looking for some homegrown
talent? Look no further than The
Canadian Images program, boasting 99 films that run the gamut
from silly shorts to serious dramas. Highlights include Aubrey
Nealon's  A Simple Plan which
looks at the dynamics of familial
relationships; Beowulf and
Grendel, which is a loose adaptation of the epic poem; and the
Quebec hit C.R.A.Z.Y., which examines a family's growth over two
Interested in something with a
little je ne sais quoi? Don't miss
The Spotlight on France, which
offers an exciting selection of
contemporary Gallic cinema,
including The Last Mitterand, an
examination of the final days of
the former President and Hell, in
which three sisters' struggle to
deal with the horrific incident they
witnessed as children.
If you want to know what
was popular at other festivals,
peruse the The Cinema of Our
Time, which presents award-winning films and audience favorites.
I thoroughly enjoyed Yasmin, in
which a young Muslim woman
struggles to balance her faith within British culture in the aftermath
of 9/11. Look Both Ways, which
offers a blend of live action and
startling animation, also sounds
like a sure bet. Ensure you don't
overlook this collection as it boasts
some powerful entries. If you can
handle the truth, there's a section
waiting just for you.
The Nonfiction Features is my
favorite program at VIFF (I logged
in over 30 docs last year). With
more than 70 titles exploring a
vast range of subjects I couldn't be
happier (unless of course I won
the lottery). After Innocence
follows several men who tiy to
pick up their lives after being
exonerated by DNA evidence and
simply let go—it will both
shock and outrage you. A close
second is Five Days in September,
a thoroughly engaging documentary that tries to keep pace with
the staff of the Toronto Symphony
Orchestra as they gear up for a
new season with their amiable
new maestro Peter Oundjiian.
Next up is This Divided State,
which follows the aftermath of a
student council's decision to host
Michael Moore at Utah Valley State
College. The unfolding events challenge First Amendment rights,
academic freedom, and the frightening Neo-conservative climate
currently plaguing the US.
Documentaries aside, the
must-sees on my list include The
Devil's Miner, a story about
miners who worship the Devil
whom they believe govern their
fates in Bolivia's hellish Cerro Rico
silver mine. In China Blue, Michel
trains a microscope on China's
denim industry and examines the
high price of globalisation, where
workers take pay cuts so that brand
name companies can get a bigger
profit margin. I'm also keen on
Hell On Wheels, which promises a
frantic adrenaline surge with an
insider's view of the Tour De
This year's VIFF also marks a special milestone.
After going on for years with no
real home to call their own, the
VIFF staff have moved into The
Vancouver International Film
Centre and Vancity Theatre on
Seymour and Davie. The venue features a 175-seat theater (with special imported comfy seats I might
add), production/editing facilities,
boardrooms, and multipurpose
gallery and exhibit. The grand
opening will coincide with the 20th
annual VIFF Film and Television
Trade Forum, which runs from
September 28-30 at the venue.
Screenwriter, director and playwright, Neil LaBute {The Shape
of Things, Your Friends and
Neighbors) and James L. White Ray
are among the guests hosting the
always-popular Master Classes.
Space is limited so book early.
If you want more information,
head to www.viff.org: the full
schedule is posted and you can
also purchase tickets online.
In addition, the 208 page
full-colour VIFF souvenir Program
Guide goes on sale Sunday
September 18—it costs $8 and is
available at numerous sites
throughout Vancouver. N
Let the films begin!
a preview by
Raj Mathur
Welcome to the VANCOUVER
INTERNATIONALFILM FEST, where the Pacific Cinematheque
in Downtown Vancouver was a befitting venue on the afternoon
of Tuesday, September 13,2005 for the screening of the Canadian film Five Days
in September. Directed by Barbara Sweete, Five Days depicts the rebirth of an orchestra—in
this case the Toronto Symphony Orchestra—and the launch of a new musical season.The film
features renowned maestro Peter Oundjiian, while the acclaimed Musical Soloists include
Renee Flemming,Yo Yo Ma, and Emanuel Ax also appear utilising an intimate and provocative
cinematic style, Five Days in September reveals the interesting backstage activities as well as
the inside tasks performed by the musicians of the orchestra and the administrators of the
Toronto Symphony Orchestra [TSO].The film also provides footage of theTSO's
musicians interacting with the Maestro as well as with fans backstage.The preparation,
the rehearsal, the performance! Five Days presents an inner view of the intricate
and complex human machine that comes together to play music for
a concert hall full of guests.« THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 20 September, 2005
Culture 5
Basket cases are people too: Paltrow provides the Proof
The latest collaboration
between John Madden and
Gwenyth Paltrow will have
you waxing poetic long
after the movie has ended
and the math equations
have faded from the screen
Opens September 30
by Aaron Carr
Let's get this out in the open right now—I
hate Gwyneth Paltrow. Can't stand her. That
said, when super-psycho hyper-emotional
basket-case Gwyneth Paltrow actually plays a
super-psycho hyper-emotional basket case on
screen—as is the case in John Madden's
Proof-she's actually quite enjoyable to watch
on screen.
The film centres on Catherine's (Paltrow)
battle to come to terms with her brilliant, yet
terrifically insane father (Anthony Hopkins).
Richard is a mathematician who gained international renown for his groundbreaking work
across several fields of mathematics. But in
his old age his genius dissolves into madness,
leaving him dependant on Catherine's full-
time care. When Richard eventually dies, one
ofhis students, Hal (Jake Gyllenhaal), begins to
search through his teacher's old notebooks in
the hope of finding some trace ofhis mentor's
former genius.
Even if this was where the story finished.
Proof would remain a fine film. However, the
continual debate that pervades Proo/^-whether
or not anything can actually be proven, especially intangibles like sanity and love—is both
insightful and provoking, and propels Proof
into the sphere of those really great movies that
leave you talking for days afterwards. Fans of
intelligent moviemaking and geeks from all faculties of academia will find themselves drawn
into Proofs discourse on provability, which covers its bases by spanning both the quantifiable
and unquantifiable in its presentation.
Director John Madden (Shakespeare in
Love) deftly brings writer David Auburn's
Pulitzer Prize-winning play to the screen without a single dull moment Every one of the
film's 99 minutes is expertly utilised. If
Madden isn't drawing the audience into the
mystery of the plot or the debate of its philosophical questions, he's mixing it up with much
appreciated doses of comic relief.
Another much-needed staple of a classic
good movie is present and accounted for in
ProoiP-the character we all love to hate.
Hope Davis delivers a solid performance as
Catherine's sister Claire, the so-called 'voice
of reason' that the audience all know to be
spectacularly misguided, which results, on
more than one occasion, in the audience
gritting and baring their teeth and muttering obscenities at the screen. And when you
stop and think about it, any movie that manages to get its audience that emotionally
involved has to be doing something right.
In the end, no matter what way you look at
it Proof is an excellent movie. All of it's parts
are superbly executed, creating in a masterful
whole that is equal parts entertaining, engaging, and thought-provoking, enticing its audience to become active participants as the mystery and debate unfold. So go grab a group of
friends—preferably of different backgrounds
and beliefs—and go see Proof Just make sure to
leave enough time sd^p-rthem
coffee and wax poetic about what you have
just seen. II
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Vancouverites holla back
The 604 Hip Hop Expo closes with a clash
by Levi Barnett
Last week's 604 Hip Hop Expo came
to an end over the weekend, with
local talent coming out Friday night
to compete in CLASH, Vancity's
biggest hip-Hop Battle.
The all-ages event emphasised all
of hip-hop's traditional elements;
not just rapping, but also DJing,
breakdancing and beatboxing. For
each category, $500 was offered to
the sole winner of a field of four to
16 competitors, judged by industry
professionals and crowd reaction.
The beatboxing rap
Starting off with uninspired break-
dancing and DJ performances, the
audience may have wondered: does
Vancouver have any skilled, as-yet-
undiscovered hip-hop artists? The
answer is certainly yes, and CLASH
showed that this city can do one
thing very well: beatbox.
Friday night's beatbox competitors, with names like "Speakerface,"
prided themselves on their craft
show off an amazing vocal dexterity
in crafting the ultimate hip-hop
track, without the help of drum
machines or turntables.
Beginning with the traditional
sounds of drum and bass, the spirited final competition between
beatboxers Emotions and G-Box
included not only beats, but
scratches, samples, raps, and dancing, all done by one performer with
just a single microphone and no
other sound equipment. The beat-
boxers performed whole songs,
each man a one-man hip-hop crew,
playing rapper, DJ and drum kit all
with one mouth.
The epic battle
Beatboxing wasn't the reason people
came out to CLASH though, and the
night realised its apotheosis with a
heated MC battle between roughly
16 rappers, many unprepared for
the prose combat to ensue as hopeful rappers jumped onstage to compete on the packed stage of the
Vogue Theatre.
With baggy sweatshirts, baseball
caps, and faux-diamond necklaces,
each of the rappers, who were all
young men, did their best to not only
act, but look the part; they strutted,
they puffed their chests, and they generally tried to look mean. They had to,
because battle rapping is a cutthroat
business: MCs were paired randomly and given 30 seconds each to verbally slam their opponent to the
ground and hope the crowd wouldn't
yell "Go Home!" when they finished,
which was Friday's signal for deciding who won and who lost
Throughout the many rounds of
battle, one rapper stood out,
because quite frankly he didn't look
the part at all. Tall and clean-cut
with a purple buttoned-down shirt,
the MC called himself Aspire, and
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he simply did better what battle
rapping is all about: talking trash.
Insulting the other rapper because
of their age, weight and lack of lyrical skill, Aspire could rhyme and
sound good doing it.
The final had him struggle head to
head with a scowling, gold-chain
wearing MC called Merrio, both were
lyrically skilled, making the choice of
winner difficult—but after several
bonus rounds Aspire was the last
man standing.
The competition was epic, leading
one UBC Arts Student, Blake Abawi,
to describe the entire evening as"[a]
wicked-bad orgy of awesomeness."
With battles finished, turntables packed away, and beats
silenced, the audience headed for
the exits, back to the streets where
Hip-Hop has its home. II
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Excuse me, Mr Bouncer, Tm with the DJ
In which Zion I, Mike Relm, K'naan and Lyrics Born burn down the house and leave it that way
The 604 Hip Hop Expo
Commodore Ballroom
September 18
by Jackie Wong
Did you know that Cafe Crepe has
fantastic Sunday night beer specials? I always assumed that drinks
would be expensive so I was happy
to discover that it is indeed possible to score a pitcher there a little
over ten bones. This proved to be
an excellent prologue to the closing
night of the weeklong 604 Hip Hop
Expo at the Commodore Ballroom
Sunday night. We arrived in time to
catch the end of Zion I, an Oakland-
based crew whose onstage charisma and intelligent lyricism set the
tone for what was to be an evening
with all the kids in the club with
their hands in the air, screaming
Hey-Q, or Ho-Hey, depending on
their nature.
Mike Relm was up next. I've just
spent about 20 minutes trying to
come up with some kind of snap-
crackly tagline to describe how
incredible he is, but perhaps my
friend Jon said it best from the floor
of the show: "I want to father his
children!" Rocking his trademark
suit/glasses getup like no Microsoft
employee has ever seen, Relm
ripped into a smoking set of decks-
on-fire turntablism, joyride sampling, and brilliant videography to
ice the cake. Closing house with a
John Lennon sing-along, Relm's 30-
minute set flew by like a hyper-
colour hallucination. There were
two acts left and we hadn't even
grazed the headliners yet, but after
the shock and awe of Relm's set, we
could have easily called it a night.
The poetics of K'naan's politically-charged songwriting was a
refreshing aural contrast to the visu
al bombast brought by Relm. Firing
up the grill with pared-down
acoustic numbers discussing the
urgency of Somalia and the war in
the Middle East, K'naan's self-assertion as the dusty foot philosopher
proved itself in spades ("How can
they go to war with terror when it's
Relm ripped into a
smoking set of decks-
on-fire turntablism,
joyride sampling, and
brilliant videography
to ice the cake...
closing house with
a John Lennon
war that's terrorizing?"). By the end
of the set, K'naan and his crew had
gone from a spoken-word djembe
jam to an MC rockout that danced
up a storm, true to the generic diversity that K'naan endeavors to convey
as an unofficial apostle of African
hip hop.
Berkley's Lyrics Born exploded
onstage to close the show, and bring
down the house he did. Blasting
through a comprehensive set hst
showcasing the best of the galactic
funk and breaks that has made him
famous, Lyrics Born had the crowd
eating out of the palm of his hand.
Hits like "Do That There* were done
to the nines and Lyrics Born's obvious enthusiasm lent itself to a tight,
polished set with evident onstage
high-cohesion among the crew. A fitting finish to the weeklong Hip Hop
Expo featuring the likes of Peanut
Butter Wolf, ?uestlove, and Killa
Kelia, Lyrics Born closed their -'set*
with a light-bright rendition of
"Calling Out," which left the audience dancing out the door, off
for a second round of French
pancakes. II
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Wednesday, September 14,2005
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• Dennis Pavlich (VP External Affairs): Overview of University Town Initiatives.
• Moore Ruble Yudell of Santa Monica with Hughes Condon Marler of Vancouver:
The winning team of the University Boulevard International Architectural Competition will present their vision
for University Boulevard,    (www.universitytown.ubc.ca/archcomp)
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by Christine Barbacki
MONTREAL (CUP)-It's Saturday night,
and you and your friends are ready to
party hard as you head toward your bar or
club of choice. You walk in, hang up your
coat, and belly up to the bar.
As soon as you enter, you can hear the
glees of delight as party-goers throw back
shot after shot with the bartenders. You
order your round of Russian Roulette
shots and the bartender dazzles you, dousing the bar with Sambuca and setting it
aflame. He chats with you, asks you where
you're from, offers you another drink with
a seductive grin. You cordially accept, tipping the stud generously.
On the other end of the bar, a barmaid
is flirting with the men who flock to her
side. Showing some skin, she laughs,
smiles and winks at her customers who
cannot but sit at her bar and wish she
were theirs. At the peak of the night, she
performs a sexy dance on the bar, drawing yet more hungry men toward her.
The bartender has charm, charisma
and style. He is the star of the night, and
creates the fun party atmosphere of the
club or bar. He flirts with you, makes you
feel special and supplies you with as
much alcohol as he sees fit. The next
morning, you usually wake up with an
empty wallet and a hangover as the only
memory of the night before. In that
instant, you wonder, who's getting the better end of the deal here?
The bartender parties all night, is
loved by whomever he serves, and makes
ridiculous amounts of money from drunken fools like yourself. You decide you want
a piece of the action. So here you have it,
your ultimate guide to the world of bartending, including its perks and downfalls, work ethics and conditions, and tips
to get more tips.
What does it take to be a
Becoming a bartender isn't as easy as it looks.
You have to have a sense of humour, work
well with others and be extremely friendly,
polite and patient Your job not only entails
serving drinks; you are responsible for the
good time of others. Appearance and behaviour are crucial when bartending. You should
be clean, sexy and classy.
Paula Moldovan, a fourth-semester science student and a bartender at Club Vatican,
said, 'it's not just about looking good. You
really have to know how to make the atmosphere. You need a lot of energy, you have to
talk a lot and smile a lot If it's not natural, it's
hard to fake it* Bartenders should be friends
with their customers, talk about the nightlife,
but never about poHtics, religion or personal
The pros of taking a bartending course are
you not only learn the endless drink recipes,
but you also become familiar with the different glassware, garnishes, tools and alcohols
you'll be dealing with.
Shayne Laverdiere, a second-year cinema
and communications student at Dawson
College, took the Absolute Bartending course
and found it very useful. "A lot of the barmen
that are working right now, they learned as
they were going, and because of that they
don't have a lot of the professional training
that an 'Absolute' bartender should have.* It
may also be useful to take a course just to
impress prospective employers. *
For most places, bartending school is really good because that's what will get you in,*
said Shayne Patenaude, a second-year social
science student and a bartender at Sir
Winston Churchill Pub on Montreal's notorious Crescent St He also mentioned that
Absolute Bartending is the best and most
known bartending school.
The obvious drawback of taking the
course is that it costs money. The cheapest
course I could find in Montreal is given by
Absolute Bartending, who charge $379 (taxes
included). Also, some bars, like Sir Winston
Churchill Pub, may choose to train their own
bartenders, rendering the course pretty
much useless. Some also say that the best way
to learn is from experience.
"I think it's easier to learn when you're
there in the club,* said Moldovan.
Women and the workplace
It's unclear whether women have a
greater chance of obtaining a job as a barmaid than men. Laverdiere believes that
women have a 40% better chance at getting
a bartending job than men. Furthermore,
Moldovan says that women make much better tips than men. She explained how she
deals with all the guys who hit on her: *I
would never go out with a guy who comes to
the club. I don't pay attention. For me, they
are all the same.*
Women may have an easiejr time becoming a barmaid in clubs and bars, hotels and
fancy restaurants tend to hire men, according to Sacha Obas, a first-year cinema and
communications student whoi also took the
Absolute Bartending course. FJatenaude and
Moldovan believe that men and women Eire
equally hired as bartenders. Men also have
the advantage of not having to worry about
nasty customers and employers hassling
them for their goods.
Juggling your academics, while not
dropping the bottle
Obviously, bartending is a great source of
income. You can make a hefty amount of
money without working many shifts. "I
made $600 last weekend,* said Moldovan.
Furthermore, the work atinosphere is a
party in itself. Moldovan added, 'That's
what I really like about this job. There's
nobody to tell you what to do. You're on
your own, you talk to your friends, you
have fun at the same time; it's like going
out, dancing, whatever. It's just that
you're making money at the same time.*
If you become a bartender while attending school, get ready to seriously mess with
your biological clock. *I never study on the
weekend. I get home at around six in the
morning. Seriously, you don't function well.
I'm always tired on weekends,* said
Moldovan. This job can strain your body and
your studies may suffer.
*I think being a bartender will physically wear you down in not too much
time,* said Laverdiere. You can also say
goodbye to quiet Friday and Saturday
movie nights with your friends. As a bartender, you party every weekend, whether
you like it or not.
Location, location, location
At bars, the music isn't usually too loud,
so you won't slowly be going deaf.
Depending on which bar and which night
you work, it can get very busy, and you
could make lots of tips. Finally, working in
a bar is fun! Patenaude said, *I have a
great time when I bartend. My friends are
here, and I drink with everybody.*
On the other hand, bars are one of the
smokiest areas you could work in. If you
don't smoke, be prepared to suffer the
consequences from second-hand smoke.
Also, although the party might be hap-
penin' on Friday and Saturday nights, you
will probably work weekday shifts when
people are just drinking to escape their
You may have to deal with drunkards;
this can get dangerous, since supplying a
drunken person with alcohol is illegal,
and you could face serious repercussions.
Finally, people party on Fridays and
Saturdays, which means you will always
be working when you would like to go out.
Working in a bar means long hours, and
no weekends to yourself.
Clubs are expensive, busy and people are
just going to dance and have fun. This translates into huge tips at the end of the night.
Young clubbers tend not to be uptight and
are very friendly. You won't have to deal with
fussy customers and get your head bitten off
if you make a mistake. Moldovan said: 'If
someone asks me for a drink that I never
heard of and they don't know what's in it
they say 'It's ok, just give me something else.'
It's fine with them. They don't care! They just
want to drink!*
Unfortunately, like bars, clubs can get
smoky and become a hazard to your
health. The music is extremely loud,
something you will have to get used to.
'Every night you are screwing up your
hearing. You will lose many frequencies
for sure,* said Laverdiere.
People who go clubbing want to
drink...a lot. Be prepared to have huge
lineups of people waiting to be served.
'There are like, so many people waiting!
Sometimes, I just forget everything. I take
so many orders at a time and I don't
remember any of the orders," exclaimed
Moldovan. If you can't handle stress or
multi-tasking, working in a club is definitely not for you. Like in a bar, you will
have to accept that you will always be
working on your weekend nights.
Hotels and restaurants won't get as busy
as clubs and bars, so stress is greatly reduced.
The customers also tend to be older and
wealthier, so your tips per drink will be
greater. Customers drink socially, and don't
usually get drunk, therefore you won't usually have to deal with drunkards or (for women)
men trying to pick you up. For those who prefer not to get home in the early hours of the
morning, working in a restaurant or hotel
presents the advantage of more reasonable
working hours.
Unlike your average club kid wealthy
people tend to be snooty, and will give you
a hard time if you make a mistake.
Presentation is crucial in these areas, and
you can't afford to screw up. Also,
although customers will be tipping you
more, you won't be making too many
drinks in one night, considerably decreasing you total amount of tips. Finally, you
won't be having much fun, since business
people will be talking about politics and
such, not partying.
Getting home at night
To uphold the party atmosphere, bartenders are sometimes encouraged to
present the image that they are also there
to party by taking shots with customers.
However, accepting all shots offered to
you will impede your driving skills and
may also render you a useless worker.
When you drive, you must either know
your limit of drinking, or simply trick
your customers into thinking you are
drinking. Although the swig of beer following a shot displayed in Coyote Ugly is a
clever idea, it is now all too well known,
and very obvious. Moldovan shared some
of her devious tricks.
'I take the shot and sometimes I drop it
[in the sink] when they don't see and hold
the shot glass [with my fingers around the
glass]. Or sometimes I drink half and when
I turn it [upside down on the bar], it goes on
the bar. It's less obvious.*
The money
As previously mentioned, you will probably make more money in a club or bar
than in a hotel or restaurant.
However, the amount of your income
depends on your skills as a bartender to
have fun with customers and get them to
tip you well. On a very busy night, if you
employ your charisma to its full potential,
you could be making up to $400.
According to Patenaude, 'On Crescent
Street, you can make about $10,000 during the summer. Grand Prix weekend is
like, two grand cash.*
Lavardiere also notes that with such
high, accessible amounts it's easy to forge
the value of money. 'It's very easy when
you're making that kind of money to
spend, spend, spend," he said.
However, some clubs or restaurants do
not pay their bartenders a fixed salary,
instead preferring to let them depend
solely on tips.
'What they do is, the big clubs will put
you on the payroll, you'll have a cheque,
and at the end of your shift, you sign it,
and you give it back to them. You can only
keep your tips, because it's your honour to
work for them because they're an established club,* said Obas.
"For some it's better because it's $300,
$400 a night without taxes.*
Making good tips
The word 'tips* is an acronym for
'to insure proper service*. Here are
a few tips to improve your tips and
make the bartending experience all
the more enjoyable:
When returning change, break bills
into coins so that the customer
won't have to ask for change to tip
(or he won't bother asking and leave
a bad tip).
When returning change in the form
of a bill and a two-dollar coin, place
the bill on top of the toonie. The customer will take the bill and expose
the toonie. Mosi people will be
embarrassed to take the toonie as
well and leave it as a tip.
Make customers feel special. Every
customer should feel like they are
your favourite. Use your promo bottle (to use to give free drinks) wisely.
Buy your faithful customers free
drinks, take shots with them and
have conversations with them.
Spice up your style with flair. Hipping
bottles and glassware and setting the
bar on fire attracts customers, impresses them, and entertains them. They will
stay at your bar, buy drinks off you, and
tip you well.
An alluring personal appearance also
rakes in the tips.
"Sex sells. The barmaid who's got the
best look, the best style, is the one who
will end up with the most money at the
end of the night," said Laverdiere. m
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Fellini's fantasia
"Where the effigies of witches are burned with the advent of spring"
Fel/ini: at the Pacific
Cinematheque until September 26
by Bryan Zandberg
Federico Fellini is one of those film
directors you always mean to see but
never find time to get acquainted
with in a city bristling with fringe
festivals,  slam poetry,  and other,
newer forms of art. Given the nature
of the Vancouver milieu, a curiosity
for art so quickly turns into a matter
of selectivity: you limit yourself for
the sake of cognitive survival. Soon,
alas, you realise that you're going to
have to resign yourself to a couple
art forms, and risk the official status
of Ignoramus for the others.
But with films like Fellini's 1973
modern classic Amarcord, you
don't feel like you need a degree in
Film Studies to enjoy the show.
Actually, it's quite the opposite. I
went without ever having seen one
of the legendary Italian's efforts and
found myself completely taken in by
a story of a family set in the village of
Rimini during Italy's Fascist years.
Let me tell you why.
Amarcord's opening says it all.
Unlike all those predictable, dime-a-
dozen Hollywood flicks, there doesn't seem to be a plot. Surprisingly, in
the rich pastiche of dialogue and cinematography, you find you just don't
care if the plot ever shows its face.
True to the film's name—"amarcord"
is Italian for "I remember"—Fellini
transports you back to the Rimini of
his childhood, a place where effigies
of witches  are  burned with  the
advent of spring, where livid fathers
chase their irreverent,   delinquent
sons from the dinner table,  and
where the teenaged boys masturbate
together in old jalopies while reciting the names of the local beauties.
Humourous,  erotic,  evocative, historic: you begin to think a plot would
be absolutely superfluous, a useless
afterthought in this parade of characters and culture. That is until you
suddenly you realise that there is
one.   You   were   so   absorbed   in
Fellini's succession of souvenirs you
didn't notice the transition, that this
is  a  coming-of-age  film  about a
young man named Titta.
With this sort of storyline,
Amarcord has pubescent male sexuaHty jumping out from everywhere,
which may be a bit of a turn-off for
some. But the film tackles broader
themes as well; the plot centering on
the young Italian's testosterone
dovetails with parodies of the Fascist
regime, stunning landscapes of
Italy's Emilia-Romagna region and
the luminous tapestry of goings-on
that mark the passage of time in the
northern village.
But if, having read this, you still
feel the need to drop some fihnspeak
when you head out to the
Cinematheque, just remember one
word which will help you blend in
with any film elite: neorealism. But
be warned: you'll forget all about
pigeon-holing Fellini, along with anything else that may have been preoccupying you, the minute the reel
starts to roll, n
True/False: "Ali art is quite useless"
presented by UBC Players Club
HUTM-18 Studio
until September 24
by Liz Green
'All art is quite useless," wrote
Oscar Wilde, and when it comes to
staging his plays, most actors are
too. Last night, I traipsed with high
hopes to the UBC production of
"The Importance of Being Earnest"
put on by the Players Club. Settling
into my chair in the black-box theatre in Hut Ml8, I admired the
elegantly minimalist set and prepared myself for an evening of
Wilde's unparalleled wit.
When a critic attends a theatre
"preview" they must remember that
what they are about to see is basically
the second dress rehearsal. Any
minor technical or mechanical bloopers may be overlooked. But it is less
easy to ignore any imperfections in
the cast. When the script is perfect,
you really want the actors to do the
dialogue justice.
After the opening between the lead
males fell decidedly flat,  I braced
myself for some mediocre theatre. So
when Gwendolyn and Lady Bracknell,
played with true comic beauty by Clair
Lindsay  and   Sarah   Holden-Boyd,
stalked onto the stage, I rejoiced. The
delightfully comedic arch of Lindsay's
eyebrow immediately threw a shadow
over lead male Bruce Thomas, whose
grotesque facial expressions were
often too distracting to enjoy his otherwise comprehensive performance.
He would have reminded me closely
of Rupert Everett if I had been able to
see what his face would look like if it
weren't completely contorted.
The   women   made   the   show.
Holden-Boyd more than satisfied my
impossible demands, bringing the
Mrs. Bennett-esque Lady Bracknell to
life, and Tracy Labrosse used Wilde's
comedy to its full potential as Cicely
Cardew. Everything else is forgivable;
but maybe I am just too stubborn to
allow anyone to ruin Oscar Wilde for
me.  Given the pattern with dress
rehearsals, I am comfortable saying
this show is worth seeing once the
actors have relaxed into their roles
later this week. II THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 20 September. 2005
Sports H
New T-Bird hails from Europe
Even though he is still recovering from surgery on his knee, just last December, the new
addition to the UBC Thunderbirds basketball
team, Matthias Dockner, is a highly anticipated player for the season.
Maybe it's because bis stint at UBC will be
his first time playing basketball for a Canadian
team. The son of a professor at the University
of Vienna, Dockner came to join the T-Birds
after his father got in touch with UBC coach
Kevin Hanson. Coach Kevin Hanson states that
the professor emailed him and said, "Hey, I
have a son who plays basketball. Are you interested? What is the process?" After a three or
four-month period and one videotape of
Dockner's game, the team "offered him a spot
and it was a great decision from both parts,"
says Hanson.
Dockner was more than happy to jump on
board with the T-Birds but says he wouldn't
have come to UBC based on basketball alone.
UBC is "such a great educational choice,*
according to Dockner and the T-Bird b-ball
team only adds icing to the educational cake.
According to Hanson, Dockner is a "huge
asset to our program," bringing that
"European style of basketball to us." Hanson
elaborates that the European style differs from
the North American in the sense that players
in Canada are trained "position specific,"
whereas in Europe, players are taught all the
positions at an early age, developing into well-
rounded athletes. "At 6'8", he has a very good
handle of the basketball and can shoot the ball.
He has some very good perimeter skills for a
post player," says Hanson.
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Dockner himself feels thathe brings options
to his team, offering them the opportunity to
use his different, European-style game.
In Vienna, Dockner played with older players in the club system, some even over 30.
Because all of his team members now are
more or less the same age as him, which also
means they are younger than back home,
Dockner has noticed that the game here plays
out a lot faster and with more energy.
Dockner has yet to discover the difference
between European and North American basketball since all he has had is two weeks on
the team and two games. Butterflies do not
seem to be a problem for Dockner on the
court, but he still has quite a bit to get used to.
Hanson declares, "He's adjusted very well.
I'm sure he'll take a Httie while to get accustomed to the Canadian society and the UBC society, being such a big city that it is, but I think
he's been a great fit He has a great personality."
Dockner bonds well, with his team members, and since he is one out of six new additions, he is not the only fresh face around.
Regarding the difference between playing
at UBC and back home in Vienna, Dockner
mentions that he prefers playing with his UBC
team members because of the common interests they share due to age similarity.
As of now, Hanson is happy with Dockner's
play, and already a starter in his second game,
Dockner can anticipate a lot of game time minutes. Although, Hanson clarifies that "we're
not so much interested in who's starting the
game, but who's ending the game, and with
[Dockner's] offence ability right now, we see
him ending the games.*
Dockner himself is not purely after game
minutes. He is more concerned about how
he can contribute to the team, and hopes he
can increase the team's shot at the
Canadian championship.
With only three weeks passed, this potential Economics major has not had much
time to do anything other than school and
basketball. Of course, his fellow team members and his on-campus roommates have
taken him out, but as of right now, he has
not yet seen much of the city.
Whether   or   not   Dockner   chooses   to
remain at UBC after this year depends on
how much he loves it, but regardless  of
where he is located, education is most important and precedes his love for basketball.
Dockner definitely wants to continue with
school after he receives his undergraduate
degree, either in the United States or back
home in Europe. Whether it's pursuing a business career, a consideration of Dockner's, or
continuing basketball at a professional level
after university, he has not yet made up his
mind, but the prospect of basketball in the
future definitely exists.
Because Dockner popped his kneecap
last December, he is now playing through a
bit of pain, but is doing very well. Hanson
proclaims Dockner to be the first international player the team has seen in a lot of
years here at UBC, and they are hoping it
will open up opportunities for other players
from Austria to get the chance to "come over
and have a great educational and athletic
experience.* However, for now, the team is
happy to have just Dockner as a UBC
Thunderbird. II
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Where's Waldo?
Come and find Waldo and get
involved in extra curricular activities
as a vital component of the University experience. At AMS Clubs Days
— no matter what your likes, dislikes,
fetishes and proclivities - one of the
approximately 200 clubs is bound to
tickle your interest. Find Waldo in
the mysterious club booth and win
a surprising prize — 50 prizes
awarded each day.
September 19-23, Monday to Thursday 10 am to 4 pm, Friday 10 am to
2 pm, SUB Concourse
AMS Volunteer Fair
Want to get involved with your community by giving your
time? Want to gain experience before leaving school?
The opportunities you've been looking for will be in one
place at the AMs Volunteer Fair in the SUB Concourse
September 26th - 28th, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Organizations
involved include health, education and environmental
organizations as well as general volunteering opportunities. Organized by AMS Volunteer Connections.
Budgeting Blues? Tuition Troubles?
Confused about how to pay for tuition, housing, food,
books and still find money for fun? Want to learn how to
budget effectively? Check out AMS Financial Awareness Days, featuring speakers on a broad range of topics
specifically targeted at student finances. Presenters include
the World Financial Group, UBC Student Financial Assistance & Awards, and the Credit Counselling Society of BC.
Coming to the SUB October 3 - 5!
September 30th
The Players Club fail show, The Importance of Being
Earnest, is running from September 19-24,2005. Doors
open at 7:00 and showtime is 7:30.The venue is the Hut
M-l 8 Studio on campus, at 6361 University BJvd. Tickets
are $5 for club members, $8 for students, and $10 for
Please contact Players Club President Daniel Gore
(778-232-8993, danielkgore@gmail.com) for more
information or to reserve your tickets. Tickets will also
be sold at SUB 125A starting September 6,2-4pm.
AMS Minischool
Take a break from the rainy
winter weather, your midterm
blues and get out there and
live! Enroll in the lifestyle
classes offered by the AMS.
Not only are we offering classes
that are fun, but useful. Running
for several years, AMS Minischool has been offering fun
and interactive courses taught by qualified instructors.
Many popular courses are being offered this year by
Minischool. Students can sign at the AMS Administrative Office (2nd floor SUB) Registration begins September 19th, 2005. All classes are offered to UBC students
from UBC and residents from the Vancouver Area, so
don't miss out and sign up before space runs out. All
courses are offered at a reduced rate compared to
similar courses and programs offered throughout the
Lower Mainland!
For more information: http://www.ams.ubc.ca
OR 604-822-9342
AMS Food Bank
The AMS Foodbank is
located \n SUB 58 reopening for business in
September, Thursdays
from noon to 3pm. All
UBC students are welcome
to use the Food Bank by showing a valid student ID card.
It offers dry goods, non-perishable groceries and often
hygienic supplies as well. An emergency only service for
students during a time of crisis, we ask that users limit
themselves to one bag of groceries for individuals to
make sure food is available for everyone who needs it.
There is a limit of 8 visits per family per semester. Staff
will provide referrals to other Lower Mainland food-
banks and sources of financial assistance if these limits
are not meeting your needs. We will not turn anyone
away and want to help.
Donations of non-perishable goods will also be
accepted during operating hours. Please give generously. Operated by volunteers from the Ismaili Students
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mmtmammmt. THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 20 September, 2005
Sports 13
T-Birds drop the ball against the Bisons
by Ryan Schell
The little things just weren't going
the Thunderbirds's way as they lost
35-6 to the nineth ranked University
of Manitoba Bisons Friday night at
Thunderbird Stadium.
The Bisons record improves to
2-1 while UBC now sits at a disappointing 0-2. After starting the season ranked nineth, the
Thunderbirds are now in danger of
having their playoff hopes
squashed very early in the season.
In front of a sparse crowd of
around 650, UBC could not get their
offense in sync. Several dropped
passes and ill-advised penalties led
to the T-Birds demise.
From the opening play it didn't
look like it was going to be the
Thunderbirds night. Derek
Townsend fumbled on the first play
from scrimmage, which led to Peter
Scouras's 19-yard field goal to give
the Bisons a quick 3-0 lead.
At the end of the 1st quarter the
game was tied at 3-3.
In  the   second   quarter,   Scott
Mcuaig intercepted a Bison pass
which gave the Thunderbirds good
field position, but the UBC drive
stalled after the first down and they
were forced to punt.
The Bisons took advantage of a
Thunderbird pass interference
penalty in the endzone and made
the score 14-3 Manitoba at the end
of the first half.
While not out of the game yet,
the Thunderbirds would need a
big second half to overcome the 11
point deficit. Unfortunately, the
second half did not start well for
the T-Birds as they were penalised
five yards for arriving late back on
to the field.
UBC finally got a break late in the
third quarter when Nick Johnasson
recovered a Bison fumble which
gave the Thunderbirds the ball at
the Manitoba 47-yard line. Smelser
completed two passes to get down
to the Manitoba 30-yard line, which
set up a Shawn Mclssac 37-yard
field goal to trim the lead to 21-6.
The T-Bird's comeback hopes
were dashed in the fourth quarter
when a four-yard touchdown pass
by the Bisons raised the score to
With the game out of reach, UBC
head coach Lou DesLauriers tried to
shake up the offense by sending in
backup quarterback Steve Goosen,
however it was the same old story as
the Bison defense continued to stop
everything that was thrown at them.
The stingy Manitoba defense
held the T-Bird offense to only 249
yards and never let them find the
Defensive end Scott McCuaig was
a key player for the T-Birds. "Scott
had a big game," said DesLauriers.
McCuiag played hard with six tackles
and one interception.
For the second straight game, the
T-Birds were without experienced
wide receivers Mike Lidstrom and
Joe Cruickshank due to injuries.
Marc Esteban from Honolulu,
Hawaii filled in well as he caught
five passes for 55 yards. However,
the other receivers had trouble
holding on to the ball as several
catchable balls were dropped.
DesLauriers acknowledged that
the T-Birds's passing "struggled."
The Thunderbirds slow start to
the season makes the six remaining
games crucial if they want to make a
push for the postseason.
Unfortunately, the road does
not get any easier for the T-Birds
as they will face the second ranked
University of Saskatchewan
Huskies on Saturday in Saskatoon.
The T-Birds next home game is
Friday, September 30 against the
University of Calgary. II
Sunday soccer
On Sunday both T-Bird soccer
teams took on the UVIC Vikes at
Thunderbird Stadium. UBC reined
supreme in both games. Marlesa
Manson's header was the only goal
of the game for the UBC women's
team. The women's soccer team
takes on Saskatchewan this
Saturday and Alberta on Sunday
with both games starting at 12pm.
Ben DeCosse and Luke Sandilands
brought in the two goals for UBC in
the men's encounter with the
Vikes. The Thunderbirds men will
also be taking on Saskatchewan
on Saturday and Alberta on
Sunday, with both games starting
at 2:15pm.
Running across the border
After the Sundodger Invitational
weekend meet in Seattle the UBC
cross country team is off to a great
start. Meaghan McCollum, a senior runner finished second, just
ahead of junior Shannon Elmer
who placed third in the 6km race.
McCollum's time of 21:50 was just
eight seconds longer than the
first place time achieved by SFU
rival Kristen Kolstad. Rhianna
Debrayanna and Piper Hayes also
put in a good showing finishing
within the top 30. The UBC
women's team placed second with
an overall score of 89 points. Jeff
Symonds and Derek Vinge competed for the T-Birds in the 8km
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event. Symonds came in 15th with
a time of 25:27. Only six seconds
later, teammate Vinge finished in
the 19th spot. The UBC men's
cross country team received 177
points which brought them to an
impressive third place finish out
of 29 teams overall. The
Thunderbirds head to Palo Alto,
California on September 24 for the
Stanford Invitational.
Birds battle Beavers
The women's volleyball team
played their season opener against
the   Oregon   State   Beavers   on
Saturday. As four starters were
missing from the T-Birds line-up
due to injury, UBC struggled to
beat down the Beavers. After two
and a half hours the T-Birds fell
in five sets. Unfortunately UBC
will be missing senior Emily
Cordonier for an entire month due
to an injury sustained to her ankle
while playing with the national
team. Middle blocker Danielle Van
Huizen and left side Kirby Dow
should be returning soon to game
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Political action, not words
It's Friday, September 9. While you were
bustling to your classes or text messaging
your weekend plans to your closest friends,
the Prime Minister was having; a grand ol'
chat with the president of China. Any time
any political leaders get together there
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the pits of the public's stomach, especially
when that visiting leader is at the centre of a
flurry of mixed emotions when it comes to
the sensitive subject of human rights.
While Prime Minister Paul Martin and
Chinese President Hu Jintao cruised through
signing bilateral agreements on health,
nuclear weapons, transportation and food
inspection, they managed to tip-toe around
human rights and remain completely
ambiguous about the contentious topic.
At the press conference we were complacently told that Martin and Jintao had "open
and frank* discussions involving human
rights issues. But did they really?
Since Canada and China established diplomatic relations in 1970, there have only been
three visits to Canada from China. The last one
was in 1995 by Chinese Premier Li Peng and
each time we were given the same lip service;
we were dutifully told that the two political powers 'discussed* human rights.
But with a lack of Canadian influence in
Chinese politics over the years, and the absolute
lack of concreteness when it comes to talking
about these discussions it seems that the "open
and frank* discussions were anything but.
Maybe Canada should shed its attitude of
moral superiority over China. Maybe Martin
is happy with the progress that China has
had over the years. But if he is pleased, why
hasn't he said so?
It's about time that the Canadian government stood up for what they believed in
when it comes to foreign relations. If talking
about human rights in a serious way will
hurt their billion-dollar relationship, say so.
It might seem the easiest course of action
to try and pander to everyone but the
Canadian public isn't going to be fooled by
two lines of lip service. And the Chinese
shouldn't have to take it either. On the subject of the Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji's visit
to Canada in 2001, the Embassy of the
People's Republic of China in Canada's website reads: "Zhu also expounded on China's
stance on the human rights issue, pointing
out that China respects the universality of
human rights recognised by the international community and meanwhile believes that
the promotion and safeguarding of human
rights should be in accordance with the specific situations of each and every country. He
added that China is willing to continue dialogue and exchange with Canada in the
human rights field.*
Four years later, human rights is still an
issue in China; predictably, so is political rhetoric. When it comes to playing a shadow-game
with the public, political leaders must follow the
old *if it ain't broke don't fix it* maxim.
Currently China imports industrial materials
totaling almost five billion dollars US from
Canada. China's exports to Canada have
increased fourfold since 1995. China, the most
populated nation of the world, is interested in
further increasing "trade and economic cooperation" with Canada. The target of this increased
trade agreement is "over $30 billion US dollars
by 2010." This is no trivial amount of cash.
Potentially the interaction of such a large sum of
money has the power to influence the political
leaders involved.
Based on the China-Canada talks of the
recent past, it would not be overly speculative to assume that issues such as human
rights were ignored in order to focus on the
"more important* issues of economic policy
and international trade.
If this is the case, can the government not
simply say that economic considerations
trump its convictions about human rights in
China? The current formality of both countries exchanging their respective rehearsed
phrases on human rights just so they can say
they had "open and frank* discussions is a
classic example of political double-talk.
If human rights are as important as the
liberals have led us to believe, they should
be willing to accept the diplomatic and even
economic consequences of their convictions
and put serious pressure on the Chinese.
The current status quo is an embarrassment to our country. It demonstrates that
not only do we place a higher emphasis on
trade than universal human rights, but also
that we don't have the testicular fortitude,
also known as balls, to admit it. 91
Why didn't you vote last Friday? We put Peanut and Muffin out
there for you to choose between and yet you did nothing. You
didn't even send us any letters to keep from running animal
pictures again. You asked for it. This time it's Boomer. Send us
your animal pics at feedback@ubyssey.bc.ca and we might run
them. If we don't get any letters that is.
What do you think
about our prime minister meeting with the
president of china?
'I know nothing about politics."
—Diane Younan
Biology 4
"I'm happy about it. It will probably
mean more cheap goods for
Canada —especially cheap electronics. That's good for me because I
keep losing my cell phones."
—Happy Nahal
Microbiology and Economics
"I haven't really thought about
—Jeff Hsu & Cash
Engineering Science
"I don't know. I'm not too well
—Michelle Penner
Bio fogy 4
"I think it's really good, even
though I don't agree with the
President of China's poHtics and
their human rights record."
—Santiago Yanez
Global Resource Systems 3 THEUBYSSEY  Tuesday, 20 September. 2005
Sports 15
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by Simon Underwood
When someone describes a sport as being
"social,* it usually implies that drinking and
smoking are involved. At least that's my
understanding. Whether it be golf, curling, or
the tragic example of lawn darts, each of
these recreations is well accompanied by a
stiff highball. The strategising required
almost demands some kind of cigar or bong
on hand; something on which we may puff
pointedly instead of a beleaguered picking at
one's broom.
After spending a few hours at the
second Annual Don Giuesppe Bocce Ball
Tournament—otherwise known as "Bocce-
father*—I can attest that the sport on display
did indeed meet these specifications. And
with bravado, no less: the grassy knoll
across from the military garrison at Jericho
Park East was sequestered from bemused
off-leash dogs and perturbed power-walkers
to make way for a sporty promenade of Kays
and Don Corleones.
But when someone describes a sport as
"the oldest known to man,* it tends to imply
that some degree of bullshit might also be
rearing its lying head, and that a sceptical
student journalist might later Google the
term for e-verification. But Jason Del
Vicario, a UBC grad and the tournament
founder, happens to be correct, again.
Bocce, dates back to the fallen Roman
Empire, which I think we can agree qualifies it as a very old sport. The game is so
simple that it's not that difficult to imagine
our distant primate relatives playing a similar game with rocks or coconuts. It's about
one ball hitting another.
Traditional bocce is played on clay courts
and manicured greens up to 30 metres in
length and about three to four metres in
width, each team launching balls down the
alley like any other bowling game. But Del
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irs the game's more egalitarian
cousin, 'freestyle bocce', which allows for players to capitalise on the uncertainty of the terrain. "Sand. Gravel. Snow. Grass...We'll play
[balls] off trees, off the top of picnic tables,"
says Del Vicario. "The purists will say 'this isn't
the real' bocce, but it's the same surface for
A bocce set includes eight two-pound
balls, four bocces of each colour, and one little white ball, usually called the pallino. A
game begins by tossing the pallino a reasonable distance across the grass. One player starts the game by trying to pitch a
coloured ball at the pallino. The ball is
thrown underhand, but a player may put a
different spin on the ball depending on the
position of the wrist, which must be parallel
to the ground. Once the second player has
tossed a bocce, the two players must consult
to see who's ball has rolled closest to the
pallino. The player who is further from the
white ball must then keep throwing until
they land a ball closest to the pallino. Balls
already in play and even the little pallino
are fair game; a clever bounce can redistribute the relative advantage entirely.
Games are scored to 12 or 21.
I get the gist of the game by watching
competitors Gerlyn and Andy play an
impromptu practise match due north of the
willow trees and the tournament HQ. "Come
on baby!* shouts Gerlyn as her ball rolls
eagerly across the bumpy field. Her partner
winces. In compliance with the tournament's Godfather theme, Team Caballones
is outfitted in vaguely fashionable organised
crime-wear. Although Andy is betrayed by
his white running shoes, the Surrey couple
play the part well, Gerlyn laughing from
beneath the brim of a floppy black hat.
"I'm his bitch,* says Gerlyn. Her husband
laughs nervously. "She's my lady,* he corrects me. The two began playing bocce
about three or four years ago, and although
they insist that they are both still novice
players. When it's a close ball-to-ball call,
"we actually have a httie telescopic wand* to
measure the distance accurately, says Gerlyn.
Early on, the two seem like a shoo-in to
win the costume contest. But the competition soon heats up. Clare Ann Quirk, an
administrator in the UBC Department of
Civil Engineering is in it to win, even if it's
just the best-dressed prize.  She's played
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bocce about "five times* in her life. "It's
about creating your own fun," she tells me.
Her friend Marc Samson is the other-half of
Team Roma. "I grew up playing with my
family [in Quebec]," he tells me. "I used to
play it with all my uncles." The two sip Grom
champagne flutes until a hoarse Donatella
Versace doppelganger calls everyone to
attention and commences the tournament.
In three years, Del Vicario's bocce.ca
online presence has led to a mailing list
with over 600 members and a tournament
that can boast over 90 players and 45
teams. Tony Pieto, an orthopaedic surgeon
and UBC grad of '67, calls Jason "the magician," before sending a red bocce flying
across the lawn, his fedora inanimate atop
his head. Del Vicario hopes to eventually
start an online charity; the website currently lists bocce information and sells quality-
certified bocce supplies. But there's a little
of The Godfather in him too. "Bocce is synonymous with trash-talk," and he credits his
winnings to his strategic employ of this particular skill. But unlike The Godfather—and,
for  that matter,  lawn  darts—nobody got
hurt.  And unlike  curling,  everybody was
well-dressed. II
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