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Tuesday, October 5, 2004
Volume 85 Issue 9
Nic does Toronto since 1918
For ward or backward?
Councillors clash over referendum on Vancouver's electoral process
by Dan McRoberts
NEWSSTAF
Fierce rhetoric took centre stage at UBC
Robson Square Friday (Oct 1) night as local
politicians met to debate the pros and cons of
the ward system of civic representation.
The debate, hosted by UBC and filmed for
broadcast by Vancouver CBC, was intended to
give the yes and no sides a chance to argue
their points in advance of the October 16 vote.
A referendum, which is non-binding, will
ask Vancouverites to choose between the current at-large system of governance, where the
Mayor and all ten councillors represent the
entire city, and a system of 14 wards, each
with a specific representative.
Current Vancouver councillor Sam Sullivan
was the most vociferous critic of the ward system, claiming that its assumption could have a
negative impact on quality of fife in
Vancouver.
"The at-large system is basically a winning
formula," said Sullivan. "In the Olympics of
cities we're winning the gold."
Sullivan told the assembled crowd that
adopting a ward system would be a decision to
"move backwards* for Vancouver.
"The ward systeni is a relic from the feudal
ages," he said. Sullivan claimed that moving to
a ward system could be the first step in the formation of a "mega city" in the. Lower
Mainland.
Councillor Jim Green was on hand to argue
in favour of the ward system and dismissed
Sullivan's concerns about quality of life.
"In the survey of the world's cities, we
were tied with Zurich," he said. "It has a
ward system."
Green argued that a ward system would be
more democratic than the current'electoral
arrangement
"The fear of the ward system is fear of
democracy," he said. "It is hearing democracy
knock on the door and not letting it in.'
Another contentious issue was the cost-
effectiveness of the ward system. Sullivan
claimed that by adding an additional four
councillors and their associated staff, the cost
of local government might increase anywhere
from $600,000 to $4 million.
Green claimed that this added cost was not
reflective of a possible change in systems, but
was simply the cost of enlarging council by
four members.
The four-person panel was questioned by a
group of radio journalists as well as two UBC
political science professors, Dr Ken Carty and
Dr Paul Tennant
Tennant asked about the power vested in
the Mayor in a ward system, given that they
would be the only representative elected by
the entire city.
Both Green and Sullivan agreed that the
Mayor would have a larger role than at present, but while Green saw this as a positive abil
ity to "bring all viewpoints together," Sullivan
expressed his doubts.
"The Mayor would be the only person able
to speak for the whole city," he said. "I worry
about that"
Also participating in the question and
answer debate were Green Party school board
representative Andrea Reimer and former
councillor Marguerite Ford. Ford spoke
against the ward system, claiming that the
focus on neighbourhood issues would detract
from council's ability to focus on citywide concerns.
"If my ward was Point Grey, I may never
need to go to the Downtown Eastside because
I wouldn't need its support" she said.
Ford also expressed doubts that the ward
system as proposed would truly represent the
city's neighbourhoods.
"Wards don't necessarily equal neighbourhoods," she said, referring to situations like
the proposed Point Grey-Kitsilano ward. "You
may be folded in with a place you have nothing in common with."
Reimer, meanwhile, focused her criticisms
on her belief that the proposed ward system
offers little in the way of "true* electoral
reform.
The question is not a good one. It should
be asking about a mixed system and incorporating proportional representation,* she said.
UBC was also well represented in the audience, with several political science students
• Pizza and puns •
With the voting system referendum less
than two weeks away, Vancouver will
soon be inundated with flyers touting the
merits and demerits of the ward system.
The city is also involved, having published a four-page informational flyer featuring two large pizzas on the cover representing the at-large and ward system
UBC student Richard Davis believes
that the flyer will likely be discarded by
students.
It looks just like some junk mail you
might get from your neighbourhood
pizza place," he said. Another UBC student however, was impressed with the
flyer's attention to detail
"The one pizza is actually in 14
pieces," observed Spencer Keys. That
number corresponds perfectly with the
proposed number of wards in
Vancouver.
As for the partisan brochures, both
Yes and No camps are guilty of crafting some cringfrworthy slogans. The garish green and blue Yes brochure goes for
the momentum-driven pun with their
www.yesforwards.ca site while the No
side has registered the www.knowards.ca
domain, claiming that "those who know
say no to wards." ♦
attending at the behest of their course instructor, former councillor and mayoral candidate
Jennifer Clarke. One student said that the
See "Wards"page 2.
Fryer named Great Trekker
by Sarah Bourdon
NEWS EDITOR
When it comes to bringing educational initiatives to the Downtown
Eastside, few people have worked
as hard as Margo Fryer, director of
the UBC Learning Exchange and
recipient   of  this   year's   Great
Trekker award.
Fryer, who completed her BA,
MA and PhD at UBC, began working
for the Learning Exchange when it
was established in 1999.
See "Fryer"page 2.
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INew year, new macnmes
DVD rental kiosks set to replace non-existent Smart Media coupon dispensers
by Dan McRoberts
NEWSSTAF
DVD rentals could be available in
the Student Union Building as soon
as next month, provided that a contract can be finalised between
DVDPlay Incorporated and the Alma
Mater Society (AMS).
A rental kiosk would be installed
on the main floor of the SUB, directly across from Pie
R  Squared,   said
Stacey Chiu, AMS
VP Finance.
"It's not a revenue generator at
all, it's more for
the service. We're
getting 15 per cent
from them...that's
not very much in
comparison to the other deals we
have/ said Chiu. "That's pretty
much what we're going to get It
started off as five per cent and went
up to ten and then fifteen."
Ihe DVD machine will allow the
AMS to use the internet connection
dedicated for the Smart Media
machine that was supposed to have
been introduced last year, according
to Chiu.
The Smart Media machines had
been expected to generate a steady
stream of revenue for the AMS—up
to $10,000 per month—but were
never installed. At the AMS council
meeting last Wednesday, Chiu held
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an in-camera discussion with the
rest of the student society on the
topic.
"There were some confidential
issues that we wanted to discuss and
right now I can't comment,* Chiu
said afterwards. She did confirm
that the AMS had not received any
response to a registered letter that
had been sent to Smart Media in the
spring.
Under the terms of the contract
signed by the AMS and Smart
Media, the society could now possibly take legal action or contact a collection agency.
The AMS hopes to avoid repeating history with DVDPlay, which is
based in Los Gatos, California and
has machines in large American
grocery chains such as Albertson's.
"We are their first student
clientele...they have a lot of clients
in the States but I'm not sure
about Canada," she said. The company's website cites four
Vancouver-area locations, including the Bentall Centre downtown.
Calls to DVDPlay were not
returned by press time.
"The agreement would be for
two years at which time both parties would evaluate how things
were going," said Chiu, who said
that one of the attractive aspects of
the arrangement is that DVDPlay
will take care of stocking the
machines.
"We don't have to wony about
anything besides picking up a
cheque every month," said Chiu.
Even so, the AMS would have the
ability to control which titles are
available, she said.
"It would mostly be new releases
and we'd have control so that if
there was something we didn't like
it would be pulled."
Negotiations are still ongoing,
but Chiu hopes that the machine will
be in service by November 1. ♦
THIS ISSUE:
FEATURE: Democratise
this: Vancouver's indy media
scene gathers for a day of non-
punditry at the VPL. Pages 4-5.
CULTURE: Fashion rocks?
Even more than in grade four.
Page 12.
EDITORIAL: Lights, camera,
action: Our questions for the
presidential candidates. Page 6.
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JUNK MAIL? Nope, it's cleverly disguised important voter information, city of Vancouver graphic
"Wards" from page 1.
debate helped him finalise his
opinion on the matter.
"Before going I was pretty
much 95 per cent in opposition,
but that clinched it for me,' said
Richard Davis, who echoed several
of the panelists in questioning the
need for an expensive referendum
on the issue.
"This is just a waste of
$700,000 dollars. Why couldn't
they wait one year until a general
election," Davis asked.
Still, Davis does feel that it is
important for students living in
Vancouver to become informed
and vote on October 16.
"If they don't get engaged in
politics...student issues won't be
represented or discussed," he
said, adding that more could be
done to get students thinking
about electoral reform.
"Maybe even the AMS should
be doing more to let students who
live off-campus in Vancouver
know that there is a referendum
going on." ♦
Award recognises outstanding community service
"Fryer" from page 1.
Her leadership has brought a
great deal to both the University and
the greater Vancouver community,
said Shayne Tryon, manager of the
Trek Program, who nominated Fryer
for the award.
"The first thing was her leadership for being the founding director
of the Learning Exchange, and doing
an excellent job in developing that,"
said Tryon, adding that Fryer's work
with other community groups and
being an alumnus also influenced
him to nominate her.
"Her leadership is amazing and
she has incredible intellectual capacity and I think that has also contributed to the careful planning and
implementation the Learning
Exchange."
The award, established in 1950..
was created to commemorate the initiative and vision of UBC students in
the Great Trek of 1915 and is given
out annually by the Alma Mater
Society (AMS).
Previous recipients have included
author Pierre Berton, Maclean's
columnist Allan Fotheringham and
former Prime Minister John Turner.
"We decided this year to premise
the Great Trekker award around the
theme of community outreach and
community involvement," said
Holly Foxcroft, VP External for the
AMS. "What really drew the decision toward Margo was the personal anecdotes that people included
in the letters. They reflected the
work that Margo has done and also
who she is as a person."
Fryer was honoured to receive the
award, though she insists that it
stands for all the hard work of everyone involved in the Learning
Exchange project, not just her own
contribution.
"I've never received an award like
. this before," said Fryer. "Certainly it's
not just me who has done the work
behind it There have been quite a lot
of people who have come together to
create the Learning Exchange. It's
something that I think all of us should
be proud of."
In 1999, following the release of
UBC's Trek document. Fryer attended
a public forum on the university's
plan for the coming years. At that
forum, Fryer, then a PhD student,
was inspired to write a letter to UBC
President Martha Piper outlining her
view of UBC's role in the community.
To her surprise, Fryer received a
reply from Piper asking her to .meet
with members of the university
administration. Since then, she has
played an integral part in increasing
the partnership between the
University and the Downtown
Eastside.
"It was a real lesson in the
power of speaking up," said Fryer,
referring to her letter to the university. "It relates to me what the
Great Trek was about. It was about
students speaking up."
Fryer's interest in broadening the
university's focus stemmed from a
belief in the importance of applicable
community research and organisational change.
"I would hear about the challenges that community people
faced in trying to work with
researchers from the university,
not just from UBC but from the
academy generally," said Fryer. "I
really felt strongly about the value
of research done from a community perspective."
When the Learning Exchange
was first established, the goal was
to get students involved in community service learning, a concept
that gets students to apply what
they learn in the classroom to
community service projects. Five
years later. Fryer is still excited
about this aspect of the Learning
Exchange.
"I think the most rewarding
thing has been the incredible
enthusiasm of students and also
the incredible enthusiasm of people in the Downtown Eastside,
although they express themselves
in very different ways," she said.
Many students have a genuine
drive to make a difference through
the program, according to Fryer.
"The ones who sort of keep me
going are the ones who are really
trying to make the world a better
place and I know it sounds a bit
cliche but that really is what's
motivating them," she said, adding
that the Trek Program is an "antidote* to the belief that individuals
are powerless to make change.
"It's challenging work, that's
for sure. But there are enough
days when you go, oh yeah...Even
small things make a difference
"♦
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Premier grilled on health care
We quiz Gordon Campbell on pharmacare,
federal money and alternative medicine.
by Jerry Green
NEWS WRITER
In an interview in his Point Grey
constituency office on Tuesday,
September 28, BC Premier
Gordon Campbell discussed
the recent Federal Provincial
Health Conference, the federal
pharmacare program, and some
of the challenges he's faced since
taking office.
Though Campbell's Liberal
Party won 77 of 79 seats in the last
provincial election, recent polls
show he may face challenges with
the upcoming election on May 17.
In the interview, Campbell
shared his concern that British
Columbia spends 43 cents from
every tax dollar on health care, but
at the same time boasted that BC is
the healthiest province.
The Ubyssey. There were
rumours that you attended the
recent Federal Provincial Health
Conference and that you played an
important part personally. What
do you think that came out that
was useful?
Premier Campbell: A funding
formula for the next 10 years that
I think does create a kind of stability in the health care system which
is critical. All the premiers played
an important part. We were trying
to do the same thing. We stuck
together. We all listened to one
another. I am glad that I got to
have a little bit of a part of that.
The Ubyssey. You did ask for
pharmacare from the federal government. You don't seem to have
gotten that. Drug companies
charge high rates in the US and
Canada and sometimes manufacture disease entities. Is that going
to accomplish anything especially
in British Columbia where we are
into non-drug solutions?
Premier Campbell: I agree that
drugs are not a panacea. I think
that drugs are not the be-all and
the end-all. No question that sometimes they are over-prescribed
and we have to find new protocols
for that. There are all sorts of natural things we can do. In British
Columbia, we are trying to open
the door for some of these alternatives because we do recognise that
people make their own choices.
The Ubyssey Is there anything
that your government is doing in
the area of alternative medicine?
Premier Campbell: Compared
to other provinces, we are more
expansive in terms of alternative
therapies that are actually supported for people of lower income.
We are looking how we can broaden the scope.
The Ubyssey There was an
alternative medicine bill on the
books for a while that was
scrapped. Why?
Premier Campbell: I don't
know. I will find out.
The Ubyssey. On a personal
note, a few months ago, you kindly
agreed to give away the awards at
the Kitsilano Soap Box Derby. You
asked the kids what was the secret
to winning the race. Most of them
said, "Drive straight." The crowd
laughed. You laughed as well-
very generous way of dealing with
that situation which referred to
your Hawaii incident. You reacted
very spontaneously. How did you
come to be able to deal with that so
well?
Premier Campbell: I think the
first thing you have to do is to face
up to the fact that I made a huge
mistake. I don't think I ever shied
GOT HEALTH? Campbell strikes a confident pose, marnie recker photo
away from that. It was a horrible about it some time or another
experience for me. I do face up to because it was a huge disappoint-
it.   Probably most  days  I  think     ment to lots of people. ♦
Vancouver sets climate change course
NASTY SMOG: Cool Vancouver hopes to help, levi barnett photo
by Dan McRoberts
NEWS STAFF
The Cool Vancouver Task Force,
assembled by Vancouver City
Council, has released its draft strategy for a six per cent reduction in
community-wide greenhouse gas
emissions by 2012. The ambitious
goal, originally set in 2003, has now
been put forward for public review.
Improving energy standards for
buildings and supporting the transit
system are the lynchpins of the
plan, formulated by the city and the
task force of interest groups
and experts, including representatives from UBC's Sustainable
Development Research Initiative.
At a public meeting held on
September 28, citizens were able to
comment on the proposals.
Improvements to transit were a
hot topic of discussion at the meeting. Concerns tended to focus on
improving the efficiency of the transit system, including roadway
improvements on West Broadway
and in particular the resurfacing of
University Boulevard from Blanca
Street to Wesbrook Mali.
"The situation is pretty desperate/ one audience member said.
'That stretch of road has some of
the worst potholes I've ever seen.*
Geoff Atkins, UBC associate VP
of Land and Building Services
acknowledged that a "rehabilitation* of University Boulevard from
Blanca Street to Wesbrook Mall was
important
"I don't think that's really a transit issue but more of a general road
rehabilitation piece, * he said.
Other sustainability-related
changes Atkins would like to see
include an eventual expansion of
the U-Pass program to embrace on-
campus residents as well as faculty
and staff.
"In my ideal world, Translink
would provide a community pass to
student families and people who
hve in Hampton Place," he said.
Atkins believes that improvements to transit efficiency could be
made with minimal effort or cost to
Translink.
'Having people on the ground to
report on delays and line-ups could
improve the situation quite easily,"
he said.
As for energy use in buildings,
UBC is already engaged in improving energy efficiency on campus,
said Ruth Abramson of the UBC
Sustainability Office.
"We have Canada's largest campus energy and water retrofit going
on right now," she explained. The
project aims to reduce energy use
by approximately 20 per cent per
annum while lowering annual carbon dioxide emissions by about
15,000 tonnes.
UBC is also involved in hydrogen
research and development through
partnership with Natural Resources
Canada, said Ambramson. A proposed  "hydrogen village*  would
include a fuelling station and fuel
cells for two campus buildings as
well as the conversion of some of
the Plant Ops vehicles to hydrogen
power.
Feedback on the Cool Vancouver
plan will be integrated into a report
that the task force will be submitting to City Council, said Catherine
Sinasac, a planner with the City's
Sustainability Support Group.
"There's another public workshop on November 23 and we'll
take those comments as well and
they'll go into a report to council
and we'll be seeking their approval
on the draft community climate
change action plan," she said.
"That will probably be early in the
new year."
Once the plan is approved, further consultation is planned to help
the task force prioritise the myriad
of possible action items, said
Sinasac.
'We will have further public consultation, more community based
rather than larger events, where we
look at the action items," she
said. ♦
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High voltage vermin
Several UBC buildings were left
without power on Friday
(October 1) morning after a four-
legged intruder shorted the system.
"The problem was an electrical
fault caused when a rat got into
the high voltage switch gear in one
of the buildings," said Gord
Apperley, director of utilities for
UBC Plant Operations.
The Hebb, Hennings, Angus,
Bio Sciences, Scarfe, Sedgewick,
and David Lam buildings were all
affected   by  the   outage,   which
began at five minutes after five in
the morning, Apperley said.
'A number of the buildings had
classes in them so it affected the
classes to some degree. If the
classes had windows then it could
proceed but otherwise it was a
problem," he said.
Power was restored by noon,
said Apperley. The rat was not
available for comment.
Amendments may allow
separate senates
The   University   Act   may   soon
include amendments that will
enable UBC's Okanagan campus to
operate under its own senate,
independent of UBC's governing
body.
The amendments, introduced
to Parliament on Monday, will
also broaden membership of
UBC's Board of Governors to guarantee representation from UBC
Okanagan.
"Because UBC Okanagan hasn't
been established yet, they're still
in the very formative transition
stages," said Karen McDonald, a
spokesperson for the Ministry of
Advanced   Education.    "They've
been operating with a public
administrator fulfilling some of
[the role of the senate] and they'll
establish the senate as they get
closer to the completion of that
transition process."
The University Act provides
operating guidelines for universities and dictates the structure of
governing bodies. In its current
form, the Act would be contravened if UBC Okanagan had a separate senate.
"It's mostly just a technical
adjustment so we can meet the
needs of the region," said
McDonald. ♦
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McGill asks the province of
Quebec to raise tuition fees
by Josh Ginsberg
THE MCGILL DAILY
MONTREAL (CUP)-McGill University
principal Heather Munroe-Blum asked
Quebec's education commission on
September 28, to raise tuition fees
arguing the school needs the money to
remain a world-class institution and
help alleviate its $8-million deficit.
Munroe-Blum said the university's
financial woes must be addressed
because the quality of its teaching and
its international reputation are at risk.
To remedy McGill's problems, she recommended the Quebec government
lift the freeze on tuition and increase
fees to the national average of about
$4,000 a year.
The principal said lifting the freeze
would not be a deregulation of tuition.
Instead, she called it a "re-regulation"
that would maintain government control, while capping tuition at a higher
level.
The Liberal government has promised to maintain a freeze on tuition
during their first mandate, keeping
tuition for Quebec residents at $ 1,800.
"It is a case of having adequate
assistance for people who need it, and
having a fair system where the people
who have the capacity to pay more,
pay more/ said Monroe-Blum.
Parti Quebecois education critic
Pauline Marois questioned whether
lifting the freeze would conform to
government rules currently in place.
Munroe-Blum responded that
McGill's educational objectives should
trump government regulations.
"I think that justice, accessibility
and quality are more significant than
the rules at the endof the day/ she
said.
But the Federation etudiante uni-
versitaire du Quebec does not believe
raising tuition fees will achieve these
goals, nor does it believe that it is a fair
solution. Nick Vikander, vice-presi
dent of the student group, said a fee
increase would lower the accessibility
of post-secondary education for poorer
students.
"We're calling on (the government)
to apply the rules. The idea of deregulation is not something that should be
considered/ he said.
An article in the Montreal Gazette
on September 28 suggested that the
McGill student union, which has been
a leader in the campaign against
tuition increases, is reconsidering its
position.
Student union vice-president
Daniel Friedlaender was quoted in the
article saying that Quebec's lack of
funding for education was leading its
universities into a grave situation,
"Quebec's education system is seriously under-funded and if nothing is
done, it will be at a critical state in the
near future/ he told the Gazette.
"We are slightly dismayed by the
ongoing push of raising tuition as
much as the market will bear/
Friedlaender said, stressing the student union still opposes tuition hikes.
This latest move on tuition increases comes just after McGill illicitly
raised international tuition by about
$1,500. Munroe-Blum reiterated this
policy in her presentation to the
National Assembly, saying McGill is
justified in charging international students more.
"I think it's absolutely fair that the
big old universities like McGill that
have the capacity to attract market
driven tuition fees from outside of
Quebec ought to be able to do that/
she said.
But Vikander argued the government should stick to its promise not to
raise fees.
The government "should come
through on its commitment and not
count on international students and
needy students to find funding," he
sa-ir!   «£♦
Probing into Einstein's relativity
College
by Dan Verbin
EXCAUBUR
TORONTO (CUP)-A new orbiting
experiment led by NASA and Stanford
University has the potential to drastically alter the way modern science
views the universe.
Gravity Probe B's mission is to test
Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity—the warping of space-time by
large masses such as planets, stars
and black holes—using the most accurate gyroscopes ever built
"Our understanding of nature
hinges so heavily on" general relativity, said Norbert Bartel, an astrophysicist at York University involved with
the project "If general relativity is
shown to be correct at the high level of
precision that Gravity Probe B is aiming for, then the one pillar stands
strong. If it is shown to be wrong, then
we could have a revolution in physics."
The probe's main task is to check
for two effects theorised by general relativity: the geodetic effect and frame
dragging.
The geodetic effect causes a small
change in the spin orientation of a
gyroscope—a rotating wheel that has
an extremely stable spin that can
maintain the same direction in space
indefinitely—when it is moving near
an object with great mass.
Frame dragging should take place
when a massive body, such as the
Earth, causes space-time to twist
around itself. Up until now, though,
this effect has never been tested.
Much time and energy has been
put into the probe. Scientists at
Stanford first came up with the idea in
1959, when Einstein had been dead
less than five years and the United
States had just launched its first satellite the previous year.
Bartel began working on the project in 1990 while at Harvard
University and now heads a team of
York scientists tasked with measuring
the movement of the probe's guide
star, IM Pegasi, against far away stars
called quasars.
The project "measures the movement of the gyroscopes' spin axes relative to the direction of the guide star.
But the guide star itself moves [in] the
sky," said Bartel, who identified IM
Pegasi about five years ago. "All stars
move [in] the sky because they are all
relatively nearby. So, that motion
needs to be measured relative to
quasars in the distant universe.
Gravity Probe B needs our measurement so that general relativity can be
tested properly."
Stanford professor C. W. Francis
Everitt, who has been working on the
probe since the mid-60s and has been
the project's principal investigator
since 1981, says everyone on the team
is very excited that the project is finally in orbit after years of delays and
seven cancellations.
If the probe ends up supporting
general relativity, the results will help
to advance what we know about black
holes and the evolution of the universe.
Everitt is hesitant to make any predictions   though
"The only comment I could fairly
make/ he said, "is that we do know
that Einstein's theory, marvellous as it
is, cannot be the complete answer." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
NATIONAL
TUESDAY, OCTOBER S, 2004
UVic bunny killer gets discharge
by Ford Walker
THE MARTLET
VICTORIA (CUP)-An animal rights
group at the University of Victoria is
furious Nicholas Campbell, recently
convicted of unnecessary cruelty to
animals for his role in the death of a
rabbit on campus, has received an
absolute discharge because he wants
to become a lawyer.
"We find the inability of the court to
effectively deal with matters regarding
animal cruelty to be disturbing," said
Shannon Elliot, president of the
Student Animal Legal Defence Fund.
"There is a clear connection between
animal abuse and violence to humans.
We must address all incidents of cruelty in order to encourage compassion in
our society."
Campbell pleaded guilty to the
charge September 21. Crown counsel Ron Parsons agreed with the
judge hearing the case that Campbell
did not deserve a criminal record, as
they were sure the court of public
opinion was enough punishment.
Also, Campbell's ambition to become
a lawyer played toward the lack of
sentencing.
Elliot called the consideration given
to Campbell due to his desire to
become a lawyer "outlandish."
"We would like to determine exactly
how many laws Campbell, or anyone
else plaiining to be a lawyer, has to -
break before they are charged and convicted," she said.
On February 6, a heavily intoxicated Campbell and an anonymous friend
thought it was a good idea to catch a
rabbit on campus. While specifics are
cloudy, what is certain is Campbell
caught a rabbit by throwing a blanket
BUNNY
over it. The rabbit proceeded to bite
him on the hand, which prompted
Campbell to strike the rabbit with his
fists.
Severely injured, the rabbit was
rushed to Elk Lake Veterinary Hospital
where it died in spite of efforts to treat
the animal.
"The veterinarian said the rabbit
was vocalising
loudly, which is
unusual for a rabbit and may be an
indication of the
extreme pain it
was suffering,"
said Hugh Coghill,
senior animal protection officer for
the British Columbia Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Under the Criminal Code of
Canada, had Campbell killed the animal immediately, he would not have
been charged with a crime, a fact
Parsons said he found ironic. The fact
the animal had suffered made the act
punishable.
The crime itself comes with a maximum penalty of six-months jail time, a
$2,000 fine and a prohibition on pet
ownership for two years. The usual
punishment, however, is only a $400
fine or probation. The SPCA says less
than one third of one per cent of cruelty to animals crimes lead to criminal
charges.
The trial itself was moved from
Victoria to Nanaimo after an appeal
made during the first hearing on June
24. The judge witnessing the proceedings felt a trial in Victoria would
not be fair. ♦
Memorial TAs move to unionise
Canada's lowest paid TAs had last wage increase in 1985
by Katie Jackson
THE MUSE
ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CUP) - They're the lowest paid of
their profession in Canada, they have no control
over their working conditions and they have no
organisation to represent their concerns. Now, the
teaching assistants (TAs) at Memorial University of
Newfoundland are trying to unionise.
The 90-day campaign culminates in a vote
December 6. Organisers need the support of a
majority at the ballot box to gain certification.
Job security, representation and collective bargaining are the main reasons Paul Schiralli-Earle,
political science TA, will vote to unionise.
While investigating who would represent him as
a TA, Schiralli-Earle was surprised to find there was
no one. The next day, he went out and signed a
union card.
If recognised, the teaching assistants' union aims
to gain better wages and working conditions, and
ensure all TAs are fairly treated by their supervisors.
"We hope to put in some safeguards," said Tracy
Glynn, union vice-president. "Right now [TAs] don't
have anything to protect them."
The overworking of TAs is one of the major
issues that Glynn hopes will be resolved once they
are unionised.
For some departments, hours worked are recorded on a timesheet But for other departments, TAs
are paid a lump sum with no record kept of hours
worked, and no compensation for extra hours
worked by TAs preparing for a course.
TAs at Memorial have not had a wage increase
since 1985. Paid $13.29 an hour, they are the lowest paid in Canada.
At "some universities, they make as much as $32
an hour; here you make $ 13. That's quite a disparity," said Dave Shaw, the Atlantic regional organiser
for the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
According to Shaw, undergrad TAs at the univer
sity only make $6.50 an hour, while research assistants take home $8.00.
The focus of the union drive is the graduate student population, but once the union gets certified,
Shaw says steps could be made to incorporate other
groups into the union as well.
International students are another group that
could benefit from unionisation.
"International students can only work on campus, so they're in a kind of vulnerable position to be
taken advantage of from their supervisors," said
Glynn.
She says the union will make it possible for international students to be protected and make sure
"that their rights are not violated in any way."
Shaw says many international students are afraid
to stand up for themselves because of possible
repercussions.
One of the most pertinent issues facing TAs is
intellectual property and authorship. Many TAs do
hours of research for professors and it is possible
for a professor to take that information, use it and
never give TAs credit for any of the work they've
done. For a TA, there's no accountability and no way
to take their issues to court.
"That's a big-ticket item for TAs," Shaw said.
Right now there are no real guidelines for what
TAs' responsibilities are. They can vary from
department to department from professor to
professor.
TAs are not a part of Memorial's faculty union,
which represents academic staff members at the
bargaining table. One good reason to have a separate union is there could be conflict between a professor and a TA, making it difficult for both to be
represented by the same union.
The faculty union supports any unionising activity, according to Bill Schipper, its president.
If the vote to unionise fails, organisers will have
to wait another 90 days before they may hold
another vote. ♦
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FEATURES EDITOR
Conrad Schmidt is telling me about an
upcoming event put on by the Work Less
Party, a group in which he's been involved
for some time. The event is the Rat Race, to
take place in downtown Vancouver on
October 25. Participants will make their way along
an obstacle course through the various idiocies,
inanities and vagaries of life as a working shmoe.
"Whiskers and tails will be provided," Schmidt tells
me, his broad mouth stretching into a teasing grin
above his Alarm Clocks Kill Dreams t-shirt The
woman at the booth with him wears a t-shirt that
reads The Only Bush I Trust Is My Own.
The Rat Race (advertised as "some serious silliness' in Work Less Party literature) will begin with
contestants being shouted at by a manager in a business suit bearing a name tag that reads The Big
Cheese. The manager will carry a bag of fake money
and will lead the group through the course, like the
Pied Piper parading the rats to their death. At a
booth, the group will sit through "the longest, dullest
Power Point presentation imaginable* entitled
"Power Corrupts, Power Point Corrupts Absolutely."
The rats will then jump through hoops and hurriedly drink coffee, marathon-style, from a roadside
table. The race will conclude at the Boulevard of Lost
Dreams. Schmidt relates this last stop to me
with relish.
"We ask everybody to write their hopes and aspirations and their dreams on balloons, what they
really wanted to be instead of ending up in the nine-
to-five secretary cubicles. Dancer...writer...ballerina,* he says enthusiastically. "Then they run around
the corner and a manager pops all the balloons."
Holy crap, I think. This guy's either crazy or an evil
genius. After a moment of consideration, I cast my
vote for the latter. Well, maybe both.
Schmidt isn't alone in his alternative views in
the immediate vicinity. He is standing behind a
table in a long row of tables, each occupied by a different alternative Vancouver group. This is Media
Democracy Day, an event held annually in the main
concourse of the Vancouver central library that
draws together an array of alternative groups and
media sources to raise awareness of sources of independent media in Vancouver.
Moving along the row of tables, I leave Schmidt
behind. As my backpack and tape recorder fill with
a growing host of voices, a multitude of alternatives
to the real, not just the satirised, Rat Race emerge
and gradually fill the large, glass-topped space.
Putting the indy in
independent
"To the extent that a democratic society
gives its citizens the chance to speak in
their own voices and listens to what they
have to say, it gives itself the chance not
only of discovering its multiple glories
and triumphs but also of surviving its
multiple follies and crimes."
— Lewis H. Lapham, Gag Rule
"All this happened, more or less. The war
parts, anyway, are pretty much true."
—Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse Five
♦,,/•« •>
CanWest Global. The two other principal dailies, The
Globe and Mail and The National Post, are both run
out of Eastern Canada. This situation does not foster
a wide diversity of voices, particularly those with
which students, or anyone seeking an alternative or
local point of view, can connect That's precisely
where indy, or independent newspapers come into
the picture.
The first time I heard the time term "indy" was
in high school from my friend Eleonore, and it cut
me deep. "You don't know what 'indy' means?" she
scoffed, sweeping her copy of The Georgia Straight
farther down the yellow cafeteria table. Since then
I've come to regularly pick up indy papers around
Vancouver and, perhaps due to the lingering sting
of this first event have since read The Georgia
Straight, the 38-year-old Vancouver institution that
. provides city news & entertainment weekly, with an
almost religious fervour.
The Straight is where most indy readers start in
Vancouver, but it needn't stop there. Media
Democracy Day assembled an impressive (nay, dazzling) array of groups and publications. Each had its
own focus—cultural, political, social, artistic—and
together they painted a picture of Vancouver's
diverse communities, making me realise all the
more how much is left out of the pages of the
major dailies.
Voices of diversity
"What do you have to write about? You're not
oppressed! You're notgayl" —A father to his son, an
aspiring novelist in "Orange County"
In a city as culturally diverse as Vancouver, there's
constantly a film festival, religious holiday or cultural celebration ongoing. To witness the city's mul-
ticulturalism, one need only take a whiff of the delicious restaurant smells that spill over Denman
Street and Commercial Drive or cast an eye over the
churches, synagogues, mosques and temples of
eveiy denomination that scatter every neighbourhood.
Jasmin Mujanovic has worked with The Source,
a Vancouver multicultural newspaper and, according to its slogan, a 'forum of diversity," for almost a
year, writing and volunteering. The Source is a
crosscultural, bilingual paper that aims to provide a
bridge for the many cultural communities of
Vancouver. "Someone like you or I may not pick up
a paper that focuses on the Chinese community,
maybe because it's in Chinese," Mujanovic tells me.
The goal of The Source is to gap all the gaps that
exist between all these communities and present
them in one form, a forum of diversity."
I realise suddenly that though I consider myself
a moderate-to-avid indy reader, I've never picked up
an ethnic newspaper in Vancouver, though I often
see them around. Apart from the yearly nod in the
major newspapers to Chinese New Year I read Utile
about the cultures of the city's minorities and near
ly nothing written by the community members
themselves. "I really think it presents a new perspective. People who might not find out about certain things definitely will through The Source," concludes Mujanovic.
Communities in the city are born not only from
culture, but from a multitude of unifying bonds,
including lifestyle. Xtra West is Vancouver's gay and
lesbian bi-weekly, also serving bisexuals and trans-
gendered people. Gareth Kirkby is Xtra West's managing editor. He moved to Xtra West eight years ago
in search of more meaningful work after toiling for
over a decade in the mainstream media. Kirkby,
warm and engaging, crushed all the bones in my
hand with a friendly handshake.
"We write from the 'we' not the 'they.' So it's all
about our community, not reporting on another
community," Kirkby tells me, speaking of the self-
actualising significance of a self-produced paper to
the queer community. "The gay and lesbian community, one of the strongest things we learned from
history is when we're invisible, we're vulnerable.
When we're visible, we're not only less vulnerable,
we're able to communicate to each other and get
things done, to transform our world so it meets our
needs."
Referring to the tables surrounding him at
Media Democracy Day, he says enthusiastically:
"This is fantastic! The more voices that are out there
with different points of view for people to ponder
and think and about and act on, and I underline the
act on, the better it is. We hve in a society with
increasing corporate media concentration. That
does not serve the people well."
Politics, pundits and prose
Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't
allow our enemies to have guns. Why should we
allow them to have ideas?" -Josef Stalin
The Columbiajournal: 'The Columbia Journal is an
alternative to The Vancouver Sun, The Province,
The National Post that kind of crap."
The Ubyssey. "What kind of crap?"
The Columbiajournah "I think that for the most part
it tends to cowtow to CanWest Global's party line
and it's media concentration and you get one viewpoint And that's why it's crap."
The Ubyssey. "Aaaahhh." (Rapid running in opposite direction.)
I am speaking with John Hughes, a sports writer
and emphatic speaker for The Columbiajournal an
independent newspaper "dedicated to inform,
entertain and advocate for the people of British
Columbia." Far from the satirical silliness of Conrad
Schmidt and the free-love warmth of Gareth Kirkby,
Hughes seems...angry.
"One viewpoint is just so monolithic and gross,"
Hughes tells me in a forceful voice. My tape
recorder cringes at the hinges. "Everybody has
some version of the truth inside them, right? There
are many ways to get at the truth, it doesn't pay to
be dogmatic about these things. A variety of
different papers out there, love them or hate them,
it's going to give you a broader perspective on
things and if you're stuck with The National Post
you've got all kinds of problems." Problems like
what? "You're stuck listening to and reading the
kind of nonsense that the big-time money managers
in this country are propounding and you might find
a bare minimum of factual content in that paper."
Inside the copy I pick up, I read the first sentence
of The Columbia Journals Editorial Policy: "The
Columbia Journalis a positive and progressive alternative to the conservatively dominated corporate
press in BC." This same message is expressed
repeatedly, albeit with varying levels of frustration,
as I speak with the many different groups and publications at Media Democracy Day.
Tim Walker and Deepa Naik sit at the booth representing Adbusters, the popular anti-corporate
alternative magazine. Colourful, glossy copies displaying Adbusters' trademark striking images stack
the table.
Walker leans forward and speaks carefully and
amiably.
"The goal of Adbusters is to create a complete rethink of our society. What we live in is unsustainable, the path that we're on, on every front" he tells
me. "Environmentally heading to ruin; politically
there's so little power left in our democracies; mentally, completely taxed by the amount of advertising
and media messages that we get pumped into our
brains, on every front..we're trying to create a complete alternative."
Naik, soft-spoken and precise and a six-month
volunteer for Adbusters, recalls her discovery of the
magazine, of running into a bookshop years ago,
being stricken by the cover and finding in its pages
a mirror of the confusion she felt, of "feeling voiceless."
"I felt a sense of disillusionment and it's nice to
feel that in some small way you're having your voice
heard," she says. Referring to the popular media,
Naik says, "I think a lot of people might feel disconnected, or their values or perspectives, the things
that they're doing, aren't being in any way recognised."
The people's voice
"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the
estabhshed authorities are wrong." — Voltaire
While Walker emphasises to me that Adbusters does
not focus on news events but on the overreaching
and, in his opinion, dooming trends of our society,
Kevin Potvin, the founder of The Republic, a small
independent newspaper, prefers to focus on the
day-to-day specifics.
Potvin, who owns a magazine gallery on
Vancouver's—how shall I put this?—alternative,
dynamic and artistic Commercial Drive, a haven for
all manner of recreation[al drugs], founded The
Repubhc four years ago after regularly hearing the
patrons in his shop lament the lack of their point of
view in the media. "Traditionally, newspapers
always tried to reflect the community in wThich they
circulated, be the cogent expression of what they
pick up on/ says Potvin. "I don't think anyone experiences or expects to experience reading opinion in
the Sun that they feel or that expresses what they
think."
Potvin cites the coverage of the recent raid of Da
Kine, a shop on Commercial Drive that openly sells
pot over the counter, as an example of the lack of his
point of view in the media. The Repubhc ran an article praising Da Kine for providing a service to the
community, getting pot off the streets and into the
hands of an establishment that sells it accountably
and safely (Da Kine has resumed operations since
the raid). "Everybody else was obliged to say 'oh, it's
illegal so they shouldn't do it' Or The Vancouver
Sun, they just called for a police clamp-down." After
the article ran in The Repubhc, its writer was
approached by members of the Commercial Drive
community, users and non-users, with thanks for
coverage they could relate to, Potvin told me.
The Ubyssey "What do you see in The Repubhc
that you don't see in the mainstream media?"
The Repubhc "(Scoffing sound.) Real honest
attempts to find out what's going on."
Steve Toomey of The Tyee has a similar message.
The Tyee, an on-line news source (www.thetyee.ca),
was founded by David Beers, a past editor of The
Vancouver Sun who left the paper when he became
frustrated by its editorial restraints.
"We want to be an alternative and not have people in Winnipeg deciding what people in Vancouver
read," Toomie tells me, with a conviction beneath
his mild manner. "It seems that some of the news
gets washed before it gets put out, and that's the reason I decided to volunteer," he continues.
"I think that you should be able to go and read
something and decide for yourself what is important*
Where are you going and
where have you been?
"Without censorship, things can get terribly con-
fused in the public mind."
—General Wilham C. Westmoreland
My last stop at Media Democracy Day puts me face-
to-face with Tammy Lea Meyer of Vancouver Indy
Media, an internet initiative (vancouver.indy-
media.org) to which tens of thousands of users can
post their own stories—written, audio and video—
and access each others, free or charge.
"I think that media democracy speaks to the
heart of where we are as a culture and where we
need to go as a culture," she tells me, gazing intensely out of pale brown eyes. She's one of those people
who maintains complete eye contact breaking it off
only at the end of each thought, as if her eyes are
pausing for breath. "Because everything we know
about ourselves is mediated in some way. And so
how is that mediated? Who gets to decide what is
shared over what types of mediums? Those things I
think are challenged by an event like Media
Democracy Day. What are we doing? And who's
deciding how we do it?"
This is the same question that Benjamin Harris
aimed to answer when he published the United
States' first newspaper on Thursday September 25,
1690, entitled Pubhck Occurrences Both Foreign
and Domestick Monthly (Or If Any Glut Or
Occurrences Happen Ofiener). The paper's first edition was its last Disapproval from the Governor of
Massachusetts, not to mention the Puritan clergy,
brought I*ubhck Occurences to its knees and just
four days following its initial release, Harris was forbidden from publishing again.
Here at UBC, we have our own place in Media
Democracy's long history of shut-downs by higher,
more ignorant powers. The Ubyssey was owned,
controlled and funded by the UBC Alma Mater
Society (AMS) until April 1994 when, for reasons
attributed to a lethal combination of funding issues
and politics, the AMS council voted to terminate the
paper. For fifteen months, the campus did without a
student newspaper until a student referendum in
January 1995 voted in favour of a student publication levy, which now lightens the wallet of every full-
time UBC student by five dollars. After some highly
creative reorganisation, the Ubyssey vfas resurrected as an independent student paper, funded by the r
levy and advertising revenue, and finally gained edi-t;
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While this may sound slightly obsolete to UBC
students, many campus papers throughout Canada
continue to lack the same freedom of speech. Just
this past month, the student newspaper Over The
Edge at the University of Northern British
Columbia had its funds frozen and was taken off ihe
stands due to a joke opinion piece decrying all men
in the modern world. The piece, with unbearable
irony, was written by a man. Over The Edge must
now run all its controversial content past a university-appointed harassment officer prior to
publication.
"That was...interesting," my friend commented
to me as we left Media Democracy Day, on our way
to some delicious Chinese food. "Yeah," I replied,
always less articulate than in print
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fine netting of a community are but also how difficult and precious, the survival of those voices can
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OCTOBER 15TH
Flourishing football rivalries
by Dan McRoberts
SPORTS BUREAU CHIEF
As the UBC Thunderbirds and Simon Fraser Clan line up
for the first snap this Friday at Shram Bowl XXVII, they
will feel the weight of a traditional rivalry that has highlighted the fall football schedule for years on the Lower
Mainland But they won t be alone.
Across the country CIS teams have one date, one game
they circle on the schedule and focus their energies
towards. These games tend to dominate conversation
about the teams involved. Just ask Ted Goveia.
Goveia is only in his first year with the Thunderbirds,
having spent time coaching in the Atlantic and Ontario
conferences. When he arrived, Goveia recalls how much
the Shrum Bowl clash was emphasised by his fellow
coaches.
'Right when I came on board here that was the game
that everyone told me that we had to win. Building up to
the season it's a game that everyone looks forward to,* he
said.
Tm excited about it and I know our players are too.
We're going to try and remind them about the history of
the Shrum Bowl and all the great players that have played
in it from UBC and SFU."
Clan head coach Chris Beaton has been involved in the
Shrum Bowl since its inception, having played in the original game. He still recalls the energy of the crowd as the
two schools met on the football field for the first time ever.
"Anybody that was involved in the very first football
clash between UBC and SFU whether they were a coach,
player or fan, I would think that would be a memorable
one," he said.
"I think there were 16 to 18 thousand people at
Empire Stadium... it was a pretty big deal.*
27 years later, Beaton still gets excited when the
Shrum rolls around.
*I always get fired up because I've been involved in it
for so many years. It is our rivalry so I get pretty pumped
up for it*
As two universities in one metropolitan area, the reason for the fierce rivalry between UBC and SFU is obvious.
In Alberta the Calgary Dinos and University of Alberta
Golden Bears are sworn enemies thanks to geographical
reasons as well.
"It's geographical but we're also in the same recruiting
pool...a lot of the players that will be meeting on the field
probably know each other from high school or from Team
Alberta or whatever," said Alberta head coach Jerry
Friesen. "Rivalries are always at their best when there is
an acquaintance.*
The Golden Bears might have boasted a 40 record
going into their game against Calgary this weekend, but
for Friesen, that wouldn't matter a bit when the teams hit
the field.
"On any given day in these types of intense rivalries it
GHOST OF SHRUM BOWL PAST: Last year's
shrum was a foggy nightmare for the T-birds.
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doesn't matter which players you put on the field talent-
wise, it's going to be a battle no matter what,* he said. "To
say that you'd like to have more talent than the other
team- it doesn't matter if the team is 4-0 when the teams
get together its going to be winner takes all."
Friesen's words rang true when the final whistle blew
on Saturday, as the underdog Dinos scored a 25-23 upset
Sometimes a team's record becomes the motivation
for a rivalry. On the Atlantic coast Saint Francis Xavier
coach John Bloomfield sees the powerhouse St Maiy's
Huskies as his primary rivals.
"I think in a four team league like the AUS we probably
have equal rivalries with the three other teams...but lately, I think because of the success that St Mary's has had
and the fact that the head coach and defensive coordinator are both graduates of here that used to coach
here...they are our biggest rivals," he said.
Rivalries are deeply felt by the players and coaches and
are not just creations of the media and the fans, said
Bloomfield.
"I think that it's a combination of the two the fact that
your fans and your alumni recognise the rivalry has an
impact on the players and coaches. Certainly when we
played St Mary's two weeks ago, we felt that*
UBC's Ted Goveia was a coach with the McMaster
Marauders when the Hamilton-based school was dominating their competition. At that time, everyone was a
rival, Goveia recalled.
"We didn't lose a game in the regular season for three
years and everyone wanted to play us,* he said.
Back in Vancouver, this edition of the Shrum Bowl has
added significance as both teams involved will go into
action with two wins and two losses. A playoff berth could
hang in the balance.
"I think it does add to the rivalry," said Goveia. "In an
eight game season eveiy game is a big game, but when
you're both 2-2...we're both pretty equal. The Shrum Bowl
adds to it but it's a bonus for everyone involved.
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Women's rugby suffers spirited loss
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by Emily Casey
SPORTS WRITER
The UBC women's rugby team opened their regular
season league play this past weekend with a loss
against Burnaby's Women's Rugby Club.
Despite the spirited play of the T-Birds it was a
game of missed opportunities. Unable to capitalize on
many of their chances, the Burnaby team pulled off a
31-9 victory.
Fifteen minutes into the first half, the T-Birds had
pushed Burnaby to within five meters of the goal line,
but a penalty against the Birds took back the opportunity.
Soon after, UBC was given another opportunity to
get on the- scoreboard when a Burnaby penalty gave
the T-Birds a chance to get a goal. UBC fly-half Theresa
Jackson scored the first three points of the game for
UBC with a successful conversion.
The rest of the first half belonged to Burnaby, who
scored two trys along with one successful conversion.
Even though the T-Birds lost the game, what
impressed Coach Tong most about this young team
was the amount of time the T-Bird's possessed the
ball.
"We were expecting a tough game, but if you look at
the possession and field territory in the second half, I
don't think Burnaby was in our half the entire
time...we just weren't able to capitalize," explained
Tong.
According to vice-captain Kim Donaldson, all it
took was a few mistakes to have their fortunes
changed.
"Things just fell apart a few times and that's when
they scored," said Donaldson. "We just need to come
together as a team a little more."
Despite the loss, the Birds are hopeful for what lies
ahead. The rugby team is young and still learning,
according to Tong.
"They haven't learned how to score yet. Scoring is
the hardest part of rugby." Said Tong. "Skills and experience will come as the season progresses."
The T-Birds will get a chance to even their record as
their next game will be played against Douglas College
on October 16 at 11:30am. ♦
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UBC football gets
demolished by Huskies
The UBC Thunderbirds football team
lost to the Saskatchewan Huskies 5 7-
15 on Saturday despite solid rushing
by the T-Bird backs.
Hope for a win disappeared after
the first quarter, when Saskatchewan
was up 22-0.
By the end of the second quarter
Sasketchewan put the game away,
scoring another touchdown to bring
the lead to 29-2.
In the second half the porous UBC
defense allowed another 28 points.
Tailback Andre Sadeghian's five-
yard rush was the only touchdown
of the game for the T-Birds.
Sadeghian and running back Chris
Ciezki combined for over 150 yards
rushing.
The T-Birds will host Shrum Bowl
XXVII this Friday against Simon
Fraser University. UBC and Simon
Fraser are both tied with four points
in Canada West standings as UBC's
record evens to 2-2.
Flawless weekend for UBC
men's soccer
Over the weekend the UBC men's soccer team moved into a three-way tie
for first place in Canada West with
victories over Calgary and
Lethbridge.
Saturday's game versus Calgary
ended with a 1-0 victory for the T-
Birds. The only goal of the match
came midway through the first half
by forward Steve Deblasio.
The following day the T-Birds hammered Calgary 5-0. Leading the way
was mid-fielder Niko Marcina's three
goals. Paul Bahia and Steve Deblasio
scored the other goals.
Nikolai Matni provided stellar
netminding as he recorded consecutive shutouts on the weekend.
With the two wins, the T-Birds
record now improves to 4-1-1.
T-Birds hunt some Fraser
Valley Cariboo
The UBC women's basketball team
defeated the University College of the
Fraser Valley Cariboo 74-35 in a non-
conference game on Saturday.
The Birds were in cruise control
when, after the first half, they were
up 38-12. In the second half, the
Birds didn't give up as they pounded
Cariboo for another 3 7 points.
Kelsey Blair led the scoring finishing with 20 points. Letah Beck had a
strong game finishing with 6 points
along with 7 boards.
The women's basketball team
plays again this Saturday against
Western Washington at 4pm. ♦
T-Birds burn Lethbridge
Defensive game is key
to UBC shutout
by Eric Szeto
SPORTS EDITOR
The UBC women's soccer team just keeps on
rolling.
Yesterday, the T-Birds defeated Lethbridge 2-0
in a game that featured the two top teams in
Canada West.
The only goal in the first half of this low scoring affair came in the 42nd minute from speedy
striker Dani Tabo. Eager to put a cushion in their
lead and seal the deal, Stephanie Swetchz managed to squeeze one by Lethbridge keeper midway through the second half.
The T-Birds once again provided enough
offense to win, but Sunday's game was a chance
for the girls to showcase their defensive superiority reinforcing that old cliche that defense wins
games.
The Thunderbirds defense was good when it
called on and this allowed us to win, said UBC
women's soccer coach Dick Mosher.
'We defended very well. There was hardly a
difficult chance," Mosher explained. "[There was]
maybe one or two half chances that we gave up to
Lethbridge."
The solid defensive play also allowed for Kelly
McNabney to preserve the shutout.
"What you expect for a game like that is that
your keeper doesn't make an error and doesn't
allow the team back in the game," explained
Mosher. "[Kelly McNabney] was mistake free,
error free and that's what you have to be." said
Mosher.
On the fLipside, the usually potent T-Bird
offence fluttered a little as they had difficulties
DOUBLE TROUBLE: A triumphant weekend
for the Birds, nic fensomajbyssey file photo
finishing their chances.
"We lacked in the tactic rhythm," explained
Mosher. "We didn't get into a rhythm of attack,
knocking balls here and there and not much flow
to our attack."
They may have come out with a victory, but for
the two time national champs, coach Mosher's
team is always looking for ways to improve.
"I think that we're looking for indicators that
we're getting better...I don't think the girls would
be that happy with their performance, [the T-
birds] are capable for better," said Mosher.
The T-Birds improve their record to 5-1-1 but
more importantly move two points ahead of
Lethbridge in Canada West standings.
Sunday's win capped off a successful weekend
as the T-birds were also 3-1 victors on Saturday
against Calgary.
The T-Birds will have a week off before their
next game at Trinity Western on Wednesday
October 13. ♦
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womyn's week
October 4 to 8
Various events throughout the SUB
October is Women's History Month in
Canada and what better way to celebrate
than to drop by the AMS Women's Centre
during Womyn's Week.
At the beginning of the week, check out
the information table at the SUB Main
Concourse, where you can find
information on breast cancer awareness
and sign-up for this week's workshops.
During the week,you can participate in
scheduled arts and crafts workshops, a
knitting class, and more during lunch hour.
For more details, call the Women's Centre
at 604-822-2163.
shtaaranHK
The results of this year's Shinerama are in! From September 7 to 18, UBC students donated more than $5,000 to the      I
Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.The fundraising efforts included the UBC Bookstore's "Round Up" initiative and
five AMS Firstweek events where admittance was by donation. More than 100 UBC students also took to the streets
on Saturday, September 11 for Shinerama Day and canvassed donations from the public.
Shinerama is Canada's largest post-secondary school fundraiser involving students from over 55 university and
colleges. For 40 years, students from coast-to-coast have joined together to raise almost $15 million to support
cystic fibrosis.
Thanks to everyone who participated and supported this very worthy cause!
safowalk*
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ams jobs
The AMS is looking for more student
assistants to help us out! New
postings this week include: Events
Assistant, Student Rights Advocate,
and International Students
Coordinator. More details at
http://www.ams.ubc.ca.
Application deadline is October 6 for
the first two positions and October 8
for the last position.
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Now that it's getting darker sooner, many students
may want to look at using the AMS Safewalk, a
student-run free service available to UBC students,
faculty, staff and visitors. A co-ed team can walk or
bike with you to anywhere on the UBC campus.
To pre-arrange a walk, call the Safewalk office at
604-822-5355, use one of the Direct Line photos at
locations around campus, or stop by the Safewalk
office on the SUB Main Concourse.
Hours of operation are:
Monday -Tuesday from 6 pm to 1 am
Wednesday from 6 pm to 2:30 pm
Thursday - Saturday from 6 pm to 2 am
Sunday from 6 pm to 12 am
During winter, Safewalk is open at 4 pm every day.
More information available at
http://www.ams.iibc.ca.
T
groat trekker.
Dr. Margo Fryer, Director for the UBC Learning Exchange,
is the recipient of the 2004 Great Trekker Award.
Presented by the Alma Mater Society of UBC, the award
recognizes a UBC alumnus who has made an outstanding
contribution in community outreach and involvement.
Fryer piloted the Learning Exchange, which provides
educational opportunities to people who live and work
in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and other inner-city
communities. Fryer will be formally recognized at the
Great Trekker Award ceremony on October 4 at Cecil
Green.
For more information on Dr. Fryer and the Learning
Exchange, visit http://www.leamingexchange.uhc.ca.
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2004
EDITORIAL
THE UBYSSEY
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5,2004
VOLUME 86 ISSUE 9
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING EDITOR
Jess* Marchand
NEWS EDITORS
Sarah Bourdon
vacant
CULTURE EDITOR
Ania Mafi
SPORTS EDITOR
vacant
FEATURES/NATIONAL EDITOR
Alex Leslie
PHOTO EDITOR
vacant
PRODUCTION MANAGERS
Paul Carr
Michelle Mayne
COORDINATORS
VOLUNTEERS
Carrie Robinson
RESEARCH/LETTERS
Paul Evans
The Ubysseyis the official student newspaper of the University of
British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday and Friday by The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run student organisation,
and all students are encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the W>ysseystaff.They are the
expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect the
views of The Ubyssey Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian University Press
(CUP) and adheres to CUP'S guiding principles.
All editorial content appearing in The Ubyssey is the property of The
Ubyssey Publications Society. Stories, opinions, photographs and
artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced without the
expressed, written permission of The Ubyssey Publications Society.
Letters to the editor must be under 300 words. Please include your
phone number, student number and signature (not for publication)
as well as your year and faculty with all submissions. ID will be
checked when submissions are dropped off at the editorial office of
The Ubyssey, otherwise verification will be done by phone. The
Ubyssey reserves the right to edit for length and style
"Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300 words but under 750
words and are run according to space.
"Freestyles" are opinion pieces written by Ubyssey staff members.
Priority will be given to letters and perspectives over freestyles
unless the fatter is time sensitive. Opinion pieces will not be run
until the identity of the writer has been verified.
The Ubyssey reserves the right to refuse to print any submission.
It is agreed by all persons placing display or classified advertising
that if the Ubyssey Publications Society fails to publish an advertisement or if an error in the ad occurs the liability of the UPS will
not be greater than the price paid for the ad. The UPS shall not be
responsible for slight changes or typographical errors that do not
lessen the value or the impact of the ad.
EDITORIAL OFFICE
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advertising: 604-822-1654
business office: 604-822-6681
fax: 604-822-1658
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AD SALES
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AD DESIGN
Shalene Takara
While devouring her pizza Jesse Marchand tried to offer a piece
to Michelle Mayne who refused because it bad onions. Dan
McRoberts dipped it into BBQ sauce and said it tasted fine.
Sarah Bourdon took a picture of Ania Mafi lifting the couch. Nic
Fensom. Eric Szeto and Carrie Robinson were amazed because
they were sitting on it Paul Evans missed all the action because
he was saving Carol Domanko from an airbcurne flesh-eating
disease. Jessica Roberts-Faring tackled Greg Ursic as he reached
for the last garlic and cheese slice. Meanwhile, Bobby Huang
almost snatched it but Carina Cojcen hit him with a pizza box
and knocked him out cold, he fell right on top of Jenn Cameron
who awoke from her nap and wasn't pleased. Levi Barnett
climbed the wall chasing Jeny Green because he had dumped
Emily- Casey into the garbage can. Hywel Tuscano refused to eat
the chicken slice so Joel Libin hit it 280yards and it landed right
in front ofa homeless man who ate it for breakfast
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Crossfire
The first of three United States Presidential
debates kicked off last Thursday night in
Florida. George W. Bush and John Kerry each
answered questions about foreign policy and
homeland security.
In the 90-minute debate, each candidate
received two-minutes to respond to each question, with an additional 90 seconds to respond
to the other candidate's answer. The questions
were composed by the debate's moderator,
Jim Lehrer, and neither candidate had seen
the questions beforehand. Each side agreed to
32 pages of conditions prior to the debate .
Needless to say, with such restrictions
imposed, the questions were not hardballs.
More like golfballs baked in an oven, then left
in a pressure cooker in a desert for three days,
then chewed by thirteen-year-old boys mistaking them for gobstoppers, then served up on a
silver platter by Jim Lehrer.
Here then, are the questions that we at the
Ubyssey would have asked:
Mr President
• Did you ever have a passport before
becoming President ?
• How exactly do you plan to smoke the terrorists out of their holes? Be specific. Stink
bomb? Fire bomb? Nuclear bomb?
• Name ten countries outside of Europe, not
including the United States and Iraq.
• Define "nation building."
• Name one Islamic male name.
"Muhammad," "Osama" and "Saddam" don't
count.
• Explain in detail a provable connection
between Osama bin Laden and Saddam
Hussein.
• Define "evil," without referring to a certain biblical valley.
• Explain the term "evil-doers." You cannot
mention: September 11, September 11,
September 11, or Sauron from Lord of the
Rings.
• If one is neither totally with rain nor
entirely against sunlight, can one get a moderate tan, or is that evil too?
• Spell A-b-u G-h-a-r-i-b.
• What fraction of Canada's lower class currently fives in low-income igloo housing?
• What the fuck are you doing trying to
amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage?
• Is it "nuclear" or "nuke-Q-lar"?
• If re-elected, will you consider replacing
Donald Rumsfeld?
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Senator Kerry:
• The U.S has declined to sign the Kyoto protocol. If you become president, will you ?
• If elected, will you agree to donate enough
ketchup to feed all of America's homeless?
• What will you do about the current reprehensible situation in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba?
• You've come out against the Patriot Act. If
elected, will you move to rescind it?
• Would you, as US President, join the
International Criminal Court?
• Are you now, or have you ever been, a fan
of Oprah?
• Please speak now, for at least ten minutes,
of the moral fibre you called upon when creating Veterans Against the War after returning
from combat in Vietnam.
e Weapons of Mass Destruction. Hot or not?
• Were you really raised by homosexual billionaires?
• Do you believe that a free society means
equal rights for everyone, irregardless of race,
LETTERS
social class, education and sexual orientation?
• Following up on that, should gay marriage
be legalised? Why or why not?
• What is your position on racial profiling?
• What is your position on banning Michael
Moore from all US donut shops in the interest
of protecting the nation's small busines owners?
Questions for both:
• Will you grant debt relief for countries
that are in deep economic debt from the IMF
or World Bank? Why or why not?
• What is the most important lesson that the
US learned from the First World War? The
Cuban Missile crisis? The War of
Independence?
•Jean-Luc Picard or Captain Kirk?
e What is your position on the US intervening in a genocide occurring in a country with
which the US has no economic investment?
• Have you, at any time in your life, ever
questioned the existence of God? ♦
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PAN
voted
Last January UBC students, apparently fed up with the unaccountable representatives who would
rather cozy up to the UBC administration than speak out against
rising tuition, elected for the first
time the progressive, activist
slate known as SPAN.
Progressives were giddy, the UBC
administration was uncertain,
and the old regime was done.
The mood was that finally an
activist slate could come in, shake
the AMS up, make it more relevant to students and make it
effective.
After six months, half way
through the term, these lofty
expectations were resigned to
pipe dreams. It seems that the
wolf has shed the sheep's clothing and all that made SPAN different and better was just an
image and we are once again
mired in another ineffective and
removed student government
where not much will be done.
"Big deal," you say, "it's the
nature of (student) politics.* This
only makes me feel more hollow
as our fees spiral into the vortex
with nothing to show from them
save for the cute Safewalk key-
chains the free sandwich dinners
at student council.
Why was this moment, so
looked forward to by campus progressive folk, now looked upon
with either malarkey or disdain?
Maybe it's because student executives just do not have the relevant
experience and time to make
themselves effective. Maybe the
bureaucracy of the AMS hand-
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cuffs the good will of executives
rendering them ineffective.
Maybe the systemic problems of
the university are too deep to do
anything about. Or maybe, just
maybe, the student executive
doesn't really care.
I wonder whether SPAN really
believed in what it preached. I
look at their election commitments
and see a ideological drift trying to
push through a salary cut for all
service coordinators (one may argue
that services are the only relevant
area of the AMS) that Reagan himself would be proud of, outsourcing
AMS owned businesses to private
companies, more vacation time,
more time wasted at useless conferences, less in-office hours, fewer
Safewalk teams, fewer consultation
workshops, less desire, more tardiness and more incompetence.
This reminds me of 1980s
conservatism, not the great red
activism we were promised by
those patches. I, for one, am dismayed but not willing to completely abandon hope yet. There
has been some good work done
by SPAN this year - the ethical
purchasing policy, the victory
over first student loans, some
overdue internal AMS housekeeping - but it is still a far cry from
what myself and others had
hoped to see.
There is still another five or
six months left and hopefully
SPAN has something up its
sleeve. I guess in the end it won't
matter. This past election was the
last year of the slate and SPAN
won't need to be worried about
receiving the same retribution
that their predecessors felt last
January.
— Tyler Bryant
4th Year Arts student THEUBYSSEY
CULTURE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2004
11
Emotional acting becomes Falaise in Five of us
by Greg Ursic
CULTURE WRITER
The Five of Us, which screened in
this year's VIFF, is the story of childhood friends who return to the cottage where everything went terribly
wrong fifteen years earlier, in the
hopes of finally putting the past
behind them. The film examines the
long term effects of tragedy, what
happens when individuals bury the
truth and points out that simply surviving is not enough. What could
have easily degenerated into an
exercise in melodrama evolves into
an even handed story anchored by a
solid cast. I had the opportunity to
speak with Ingrid Falaise who plays
Isa the socialite-tough-gal.
Thankfully her English is leagues
beyond my French, or it would have
been a very short interview.
Casting the role of Isa proved to be
a daunting task—after four years and
auditioning hundreds of actresses in
Quebec the production team couldn't
find what they were looking for.
Falaise, who has been acting in tele
vision since the age of 11, received a
copy of the script from her agent "I
read it and immediately fell in love
with the character...she can speak,
she can yell, she can have sex with
guys, but her heart forget it, no one
can have it as she's so scared she'll be
hurt again. I called my agent and said
I'll get that role. * It was no idle boast
—she was called in for an audition
days later and got it
Soon after, the actresses were
called in to do a reading together to
ensure they had the necessary chemistry, yet none of them knew each
other. The director decided to have
them over for a combination dinner
and get-acquainted session. It proved
to be a brilliant strategy "We just connected, we just bonded...it was all our
first big feature film and we knew we
couldn't have any competition...We
still see each other, we drink together
and we party together...*
Given the nature of the story, violence is an inherent part of the plot,
and while it doesn't overwhelm the
film it is very realistic and at times
difficult to watch. Falaise noted that
she wasn't immune to its effects
"Sophie and Isa were best friends,
they were very very close. The first
scene I shot was when I did find [sic]
Sophie...I didn't see how she was
with the makeup and facing Sophie,
was terrible...like it was real.
Afterward I was crying at home.*
Falaise had to learn to live the emotions at the moment and don't bring
it home... I can turn it on and off.
I've experienced a lot of things and
so it helps me. Bad experiences
become good experiences.*
That doesn't mean it's easy. One
scene proved to be particularly
exhausting. "We did it 26 times due
to technical problems...and every
time it was the same emotions, crying like crazy...and it had to be different 26 times.* Adding insult to
injury, they decided to cut the scene.
In spite of the long days and draining performances, she was thrilled
to have been a part of the production
"(It was] breathtaking, amazing, the
best experience ever—I don't have
*%'
the words to explain it*
Falaise sees no reason to limit
herself to acting, however, and is
currently working on a piece of autobiographical fiction. "I've lived in
Tunisia, been married, and had a
very difficult story when I was
18...My dream is to write the book,
go to conferences and help women
who may be having problems with
their marriages." And I have little
doubt that she will. ♦
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Chaotic comedy
lacking in lustre
Feydeau's 1908 Paris play
is better left in the past
A Flea in Her Ear
presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company
at Stanley Theatre
until Oct 24
by Carina Cojeen
CULTURE WRITER
The first Arts Club offering of the season, the French turn-of-
the-century farce "A Flea in Her Ear,' is a solid production.
Thursday's opening night performance was smooth and
polished.
Nevertheless, I left the theatre musing about the difference
between hematite and diamonds. Both are used for jewellery,
but whereas hematite is merely solid, shiny and smooth, diamonds actually sparkle. And this is precisely what I felt was
missing from this production. It was well performed, it was
funny, but it did not go the extra distance. It simply did not
sparkle.
"A Flea in Her Ear* was written in 1908 by Georges Feydeau,
France's beloved "boulevard* playwright, so-called because of
the numerous theatres that vied for space with the cafes and
shops along the newly carved broad boulevards of Paris.
Feydeau was a prolific writer, penning 34 plays in his lifetime, all of them farces. One of Feydeau's trademarks is his intricate choreography of character entrances and exits. As he is said
to have quipped, "when two of my characters should under no
circumstances encounter one another, I throw them together as
quickly as possible."
"A Flea in Her Ear* is no exception. The stage sets were
endowed with at least four entrances, through which the cast
rushed in and out with well-executed timing. Yet I simply could
not get engaged, especially in the second act, when the characters merely reminded me of rats in a maze, running around with
mo point. I laughed at the unintended encounters and double
entendres, but somehow this production just never lifted beyond
chaotic disorder into wild hilarity.
It is hard to say why this is the case. The cast was for the most
part solid. They did good ensemble work and had evidently mastered the fast-paced lines, but they simply were not strong comedians. A glance at their bios reveals that few of them appear to
have much previous comedy experience, and it showed.
There were a few exceptions. The comedic star of the show
was Allan Zinyk, who played Camille (an oddball character, who,
despite his apparent social ineptitude, was actually having an
aiffair with the perky chambermaid). Zinyk was dynamic and
funny throughout and was a pleasure to watch.
Martin Sims also demonstrated strong stage presence as the
jealous Latin husband Carlos de Homenides de Histangua.
It must also be noted that Tom Scholte did a terrific job of
playing his two separate roles: Monsieur Chandebise, the man of
the house, and Poche, an alcoholic porter. Scholte differentiated
between the two characters in a completely believable manner.
Other than that, there were not many other sparkling points
in this polished yet dull production. Director Dean Paul Gibson
did add some cute comedic elements. For example, the two Latin
American characters punctuated their lines with little flamenco
stomps, which always got a laugh. But in the end, he just could
not manager to lift his cast out of solidity and into brilliance.
So, as much as hematite is nice, personally, I'll opt for the
diamond. ♦
MCs free-style their way to the top
LastThursday night Atlantis nightclub hosted the Pony Throw Down. Vancouver's best MCs competed
for a cash prize of $2,500. The free-style champ of the evening was MC Emotions. Featured above is
UBC student Erickson Herman, who made it to the 2nd round, levi barnett photo
ion
Forward
Fashion Rocks Vancouver
Sept. 30
at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
by Jenn Cameron
CULTURE STAFF
Honestly, I can't remember the last time I went to
such a fantastic fashion show. It must have been
grade four. Yup. The Grade Four Fashion show. I
actually was involved in that one myself. I modelled the spring collection, and I was fabulous of
course. Well, now my credibility is gone, might as
well move along. And with net proceeds going to
the Medallion Housing society, this fashion
extraveganza fit Toy standard for a good time.
From the elegant staircase to the VIP lounge,
it was class all the way. And the show had the talent to back up the venue.
Showcasing top Canadian designers, musicians and performance artists, this event carefully fused it all together in one big package. The
band played, the models strut their stuff, and in
the background performance artist Pamela
Masik jumped around swiping her paintbrush on
a giant canvas. There was too much going on for
these greedy eyes to take in all at once.
The designs were matched to the musicians
whose sound best complemented their style. The
heavy bass and electronic feel of Doppler Defect
was perfectly matched with Lillian Cbrian's stunning African inspired collection, and Mani
Khaira's jumpy and wistful keyboarding fused
brilliantly with Heather Martin's ordered layers
and block-like stitching. Perfectly laid out the
band would get the energy going with a song,
joined by models a few moments later, who
danced and swaggered to the beat Every collection had a unique theme and attitude, sometimes
light and airy and other times dark and hard.
Pamela Masik continued sweeping across the
back of the stage, her painting style perfectly
attuned to the music.
I was particularly entranced with Jacqueline
Conoir's striking grey and black blazers matched
with boy shorts and fishnets. Other favourites of
mine included the 13th Pixie label's funky western bikinis and dresses, and Naomi Powell's
fluffy white dresses. The music continued pounding, and the attitude during each set was
electrifying.
Both a concert and a fashion show, one can't
forget about the music. Smooth Warren Flandez
did his thing, and Kooper Kain climbed his voice
from the deepest low to a sweet high ring.
Emotional power ballads and sexy jazz tunes
filled the enormous hall one after the other. The
variety of music still managed to provide a cohesive presentation.
It was an intense evening of music and style.
It's been a while since I've had as much Am as
last Thursday night I think it probably would
have had to have been that Grade Four fashion
show. Good times. To end on a much more serious note however, I'm still in awe of the entire
experience, and my wardrobe has since
appeared entirely inadequate. ♦
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