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Friday, 2 February, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Maxwell 882
Goodmurphy 1510
Fan 787
ML -1   Tyson 1891
Rizov 1260
Naiman 1436
| To 992
Lougheed 567
| Kozwarski 916
Masterson 695
Brush 670
Voter Funded Media Results
The following prizes were awarded:
The Underground ($1,500)
The Thunderbird ($1,400)
The Knoll ($1,200)
The 432 Newspaper ($1,100)
Let Them Eat Cake ($900)
Election Erection Magazine($800)
Elections Insider ($600)
The Duncan-Kearney Media Group
Preliminary AMS Elections results courtesy of Chris Anderson, AMS Elections Coordinator
AMS Elections Voter Turnout Since 1997
1998    1999    2000    2001     2002    2003    2004    2005    2006    2007
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Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 2 February, 2007
Friedrich dominates elections
'It was kinda what the betting
money was on,'says Friedrich
by Brandon Adams
There was plenty of celebration but
few surprises in the Gallery Lounge
on Wednesday night as this year's
Alma Mater Society (AMS) elections
results were announced.
Current VP Academic Jeff
Friedrich was the centre of attention as it was announced that he
had won the race for AMS
President, besting his sole competitor Max "Maxwell Maxwell"
In an interview the day after the
results were announced, Maxwell
was very candid with his thoughts on
the elections.
"I was fairly happy with getting
about 900 votes and a quarter of the
vote, especially considering I didn't
spend any money whatsoever,
except for on alcohol and I didn't put
up any posters."
Both Maxwell and Friedrich
talked about possible collaboration
on AMS events and visibility.
"I still can't exactly say what format that is going to take but I've
been speaking with Jeff Friedrich
who I've gotten very friendly with
and he's a very talented person. He's
going to be an excellent president. I
think, the only area where he's
kinda weak is in the public relations
department. Hopefully I'll be able to
help with that."
Friedrich also took a seat on the
Board of Governors (BoG), where he
will be joined by former 'Fire
Hydrant' and Graduate Student
Society representative Darren Peets.
With only a seven vote difference
between them, the race between
Peets and competitor Aidha Shaikh
may not be over, until the results are
ratified. AMS Elections Code stipulates that a recount can be called if
the difference in the number of votes
between two candidates is less than
one per cent of the overall number of
votes cast
Friedrich said he was surprised
at getting a BoG seat as well as the
presidential position/Tm glad that
people bought the concept..that it's
a good idea to be sending the president [to BoG]."
The VP Academic position went to
Brendon Goodmurphy who bested
Bruce Krayenhoff and long-time AMS
enthusiast Jerry Fan Fan.
Goodmurphy will be moving into his
new position from his current role as
an Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS)
representative on AMS Council.
Outgoing AMS President Kevin
Keystone loudly shouted, "Three
more years! Three more years!"
while embracing Brittany Tyson
and current VP Finance Sophia
Haque in response to the news that
Tyson had beat out Peter Rizov for
VP Finance. Tyson, a AMS Finance
Commission member who is moving on to VP Finance, is following in
the footsteps of both Haque and
Keystone .
Matthew Naylor will move from
his current position as Science
Undergraduate Student representative to VP External, beating Joel
Kozwarski, Thomas Masterson and
Chris Brush.
"I'm just in awe really—I'm really
really excited," said Naylor about his
successful bid for VP External. "I really respect the people I was running
against. They campaigned hard and I
wish they...weren't running against
me and were running for other positions because they are people that I'd
really liked to have worked with."
The position of VP Administration
went to a "very excited" AUS representative Sarah Naiman, beating out
Suvina To and Alex "Lougheed the
Barbarian" Lougheed. Liz Ferris ran
earlier in the election but bowed out
of the race, citing "personal reasons."
The winning senators, in order
of votes received were: current
AMS Senators Jaspreet Khangura
and Tariq Ahmed, Alfie Lee, Hillson
Tse and Raymond "Peter" Pan.
"I thought the quality of candidates was pretty good in general compared to last year," said Ahmed, who
was still recovering from the elections results festivities. "In the AMS
races there was actually strong competition in the races when compared
to last year."
"I was really happy that both of
my races turned out," said
Friedrich, "I'm just happy with the
executive team that got elected...It
was kinda what the betting money
was on but itwas nice it worked out
the way it did."
As for the race, "It was a good
learning experience because I did
take away a lot of things on where
people's complaints about the AMS
are...going through that process you
hear a lot about [the problems],"
said Friedrich.
Maxwell also seemed to be
relieved that the elections were over.
"Let's face it, I probably would
have been a crap president...
Basically, I'm looking forward to
some good parties." @
Shock abounds Voter Funded Media election
VFM founder willing to sponsor next year, AMS undecided
by Boris Korby and Eric Szeto
While the results of the much anticipated Alma Mater Society (AMS)
elections were being announced
Wednesday night, 13 publications
eagerly waited the outcome of Voter
Funded Media (VFM).
A combination of both established campus media—ranging
from The 432 and the UBC School
of Journalism's online publication,
The Thunderbird— and upstart
publications including Elections
Erection Magazine and The
Radical Beer Tribune, competed in
the contest.
For almost two weeks these publications churned out an unprecedented amount of AMS elections
coverage, vying for votes as students took to the polls to choose
their favorite media source.
But in the end it was
The Underground, the Arts
Undergraduate Society's newspaper
that claimed the $ 1,500 top prize.
Tim Louman-Gardiner, publisher
of the heavily favoured Elections
Insider blog, was "definitely surprised" by the outcome of VFM.
"I just can't explain the results,"
said Louman-Gardiner, whose publi
cation finished seventh.
Although Louman-Gardiner was
not concerned about placing in the
competition, he did express his disappointment with frivolous candidate the Duncan-Kearney Group finishing eight and claiming the last
cash prize of $500.
"I'm disappointed that the
Duncan-Kearney Media Group beat
the The Radical Beer Tribune," he
said. "[The Radical Beer Tribune]
brought up a great perspective and
did really great work."
Presidential candidate Maxell
Maxell, who lost to Jeff Friedrich by
almost 1800 votes, thought that
VFM was a sham.
"I just think it's funny that some
people can get so much money for
such total, worthless bullshit and
people like The Radical Beer
Tribune can be screwed over, basically, on the basis of name recognition," he said of the Duncan-
Kearney Media Group.
Even though the elections environment was much more saturated
then it had been in previous years
when the Ubyssey was the primary
source for elections information,
the vote turnout remained the same
or slightly lower than 2006.
Mark Latham, founder of VFM,
was puzzled by the low turnout.
"That's a disappointment. I
thought especially with things like the
Election Erection Magazine, which
really reached out with physical
space on campus surely that they
must have had an impact.
"It made me think that even if
[Election Erection Magazine] wasn't out it was possible that turnout
was going to fall this year. Basically
we didn't connect with it as we
thought," he said.
Louman-Gardiner said that
increased voter turnout wasn't the
goal of the competition. "I'd much
rather produce educated voters
than more voters," he said..
Latham also suggested that the
lower than usual turnout may have
been attributed to the unusual
amount of attention candidates
devoted to different publications
during VFM.
Matthew Naylor, newly elected VP
external shared Latham's thoughts.
"It was hellish," he said, adding
that the truncated campaign time
combined with attention from VFM
was extremely taxing on candidates.
"I spent a lot more time than I
might have liked having to go to each
of the candidates and filling out questionnaires. But then again it gave me
a little more of an opportunity to get
my message out."
The VFM committee was accepting applications until January 19,
and because of this late start, publications were only able to produce
content for 12 days.
Tiffany Glover, VFM administrator, admitted that this may have contributed to the results of VFM and
voter turnout.
"There was a hope to start earlier," she said. "To have gotten off the
ground earlier, to have gotten people registered earlier, perhaps you
wouldn't have seen such a discrepancy between recognised established media outlets and brand
new media outlets."
Despite all the complications,
Latham said that he would be willing
to sponsor VFM next year.
"With VFM we did not hit a home
run but we did get to second base,"
he said.
The AMS has not given any indication whether they will be on
board for VFM next year.
"The next step for us is to evaluate VFM, to evaluate its success, to
evaluate where we want to go with
it," said Glover.
"Whether or not VFM continues is
the will of the AMS council." @
Same old story
Stagnant AMS turnout
doesn't surprise
by Colleen Tang
"If students don't care...we're not
going to get anywhere." One year
ago Ian Pattillo noted this as a
central issue for the Alma Mater
Society (AMS). Yet according to
preliminary results, voter turnout
has remained the same.
According to Anne DeWoolf,
executive coordinator for the VP
Students office, there were
approximately 3,000 more eligible voters this year than last.
But, according to the preliminary results provided by AMS
elections officials, of the eligible
voters the highest vote count was
in the VP external category, which
yielded 3298, only a hair more
than 2006.
"The turnout itself just
seemed...kind of low," said
incoming AMS President Jeff
Like other candidates,
Friedrich mentioned that Voter
Funded Media (VFM)—a contest
designed to reward media
sources according to their performance as decided by voters-
might have contributed to the
low voter turnout because he
devoted so much time to the
"There just weren't as many
posters up this year," he said. "I
didn't expect a large turnout."
Darren Peets, Graduate
Students Society representative
had his own take. He suggested
that "a large group of students...treat the University like
a shopping mall" and thus have
no reason to get involved more
than it takes to get their diploma.
Friedrich, mirroring Peets'
comments, also believes many
UBC students ignore student life
and campus issues because they
are too focused on their careers
and degrees.
He explained that, as part of
his portfolio, he intends to implement several plans in upcoming
council meetings to address
issues related to apathy. Better
use of marketing money for AMS
services, among other planned
initiatives, he said, might
increase awareness.
Allan Tupper, UBC political science professor, was not shocked
by the low voter turnout.
"Broadly speaking...student
elections at Canadian universities do not generate high voter
turnout," he said.
Tupper feels that there are
many other ways to participate in
the governance besides voting.
"In one sense you can say
there's no burning issues but
this has generally been the case
even when there's been burning
issues, cutbacks, rise in fees and
all that stuff..."
Tupper suggested that a rethinking of the governance structure from the bottom-up might be
worthwhile if turnout gets to a
critical low point.
DeWoolf said she isn't worried
by the student turnout for AMS
elections: she is positive that
those who decided to vote made
educated selections.
"You still have got 3,000 people that voted," she said, "It
would be nice if there was a larger student turnout for the elections but it's so hard to achieve
that on such a large campus." @ Sports
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ONE MORE TO GO: Former Manitoba lineman Israel Idonije is
looking to become just the second CIS alumn to win a Super Bowl.
Bears' Idonije
adds CIS Flavour
to Super Bowl XLI
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By Romer Bautista
WINNIPEG (CUP) - Playing on the
frozen grass of Soldier Field is
nothing new to Israel Idonije, the
Chicago Bears' fourth-year defensive lineman, especially when you
consider that Idonije first made
a name for himself playing on
the frozen fields of University
Stadium at the University of
What will be a new experience
for Idonije, however, will be competing in the biggest game of the
season, on the grandest stage of
the year: Super Bowl XLI. Idonije
and his Chicago Bears will battle
with the Indianapolis Colts to
determine the year's best team.
It's quite the accomplishment
for someone whose favourite sport
wasn't always football.
"Growing up, I wanted to be
Michael Jordan," chuckled Idonije
as he spoke to students at River
Heights Collegiate when he
returned home during Chicago's
bye-week in October.
Luckily for Idonije, the coaches
at Vincent Massey High School in
Brandon, Man., noticed that his
size and skill set made him a perfect suit for football, and urged
him to join the team.
His skills and strength continued to grow during his CIS career
with the Bisons, with whom he
had a terrific four years. During
his tenure with the team, Idonije
racked up numerous awards,
including the J.P. Metras Trophy
in 2002 for the nation's top lineman, all-star and All-Canadian
selections in 2001 and 2002, and
the award for Manitoba Male
Athlete of the Year, presented by
the Manitoba Sportswriters and
Sports Broadcasters Association in
2002. On the field, Idonije had
similar success, leading the
Bisons to a Vanier Cup appearance
in 2001.
After declaring himself eligible
for the 2003 draft, Idonije garnered attention from several NFL
teams, but the only team to draft
the 6-foot-6, 275-pound defensive
lineman was the CFL's Ottawa
Although he  had  no  reserva
tions about continuing his career
in Canada, Idonije's ultimate goal
was to play in the NFL. So when
the Cleveland Browns came knocking that same summer with a contract, it was an offer that Idonije
could not refuse.
Despite getting cut by the
Browns without stepping on the
field for a single game, Idonije did
well enough to draw the attention
of the Bears—enough for them to
take a chance on the free agent in
2004. Itwas a move that both parties should be thankful for.
In his first two years with
Chicago, Idonije carved himself a
niche with the Bears, playing
mostly on the special teams unit.
His numbers didn't jump off the
page, but they were impressive
enough to garner a four-year offer
sheet from the Buffalo Bills, meaning that the Bears had to match the
Bills offer, or risk losing Idonije.
Well, the Bears matched the
offer-sheet, and it may have
punched their ticket to the Super
Bowl, as Idonije has made big
plays in each of the Bears playoff
wins this year.
In the NFC divisional against
the Seattle Seahawks, Idonije
made a play that didn't even show
up in the stat book. With the
Seahawks punting in overtime,
Idonije broke through up the middle, forcing Seahawks punter Ryan
Plackemeier to shank an 18-yard
punt. That gave the Bears the field
position necessary to drive down
for the game-winning field goal.
Then in the NFC championship,
with the New Orleans Saints driving on the first possession of the
game, Idonije sacked Saints quarterback Drew Brees to push the
Saints out of field goal range,
instead forcing a punt. The Bears
would strike first a couple of
drives later and never look back,
cruising to an easy 39-14 win.
Now, Idonije is just one win
away from becoming the second
CIS player to win a Super Bowl
ring. All that stands in his way is
the Indianapolis Colts.
One thing's for sure; Idonije
and the Bears will have not just an
entire campus, not just an entire
city, but an entire province cheering them on the whole way. @ THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 2 February, 2006
IN THE BEGINNING: Work continues on the new UBC Winter Sports Centre with completion scheduled for 2008. oker chen photo, rendering courtesy of ubc athletics
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
More than 40 years after first
opening its doors to public, the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre
is going through a $47 million
The reconstruction of the Winter
Sports Centre began back in April
2006 in anticipation of the 2010
Vancouver-Whistler Olympics and
it is expected to be finished in
spring of 2008.
"The original budget was $3 5
million given by VANOC. And that
was to build two rinks. Subsequent
to that, we decided that we would
renovate and keep the third rink.
And now the budget is $47 mil
lion," said Mike Rose, manager of
the Winter Sports Centre.
As for the unexpected overhead, the funding is expected
to come from various sources,
including further contributions
from VANOC and UBC, as well as
private donors.
"All of the money contributed
by UBC comes from either the
Athletic Operations or a donor,"
explained Joe Redmond of UBC
Properties Trust.
"[UBC] would like to name the
facility by having a donor come
forward and [make] a contribution. We originally had Telus but
they are not one of the Olympic
sponsors, so they decided not to
do it. So with the degree of funding
from sponsors so far didn't cover
the full cost."
The timeline for reconstruction
is divided into two phases, the first
phase focusing on the completion of
the new practice rink and the reopening of the Father Bauer Rink.
"We will take possession of the
rinks in spring, sometime in April
or May. We expect to open doors to
the public in September. The varsity teams will start at the same
time as the public," said Rose.
The second phase involves the
completion of the 2010 competition venue, slated to be finished in
the summer of 2008.
The details regarding the interior, said Rose, are "a little undefined and they will be developed
one way another but it is still
undecided." The numbers for the
capacity for each of the rinks are
still are undergoing some adjustment, however it is expected that
the existing Father Bauer rink will
hold approximately 1,000 people
and the competition venue is
expected to hold about 5,000. But
when 2010 comes around, the
arena will go under "Legacy
Mode," bringing in temporary
seating to increase capacity to
approximately 12,500.
The new facility will serve as
venues for some of the preliminary games for the men and
women's ice hockey, as well
as some of the final rounds.
Most importantly, the T-Birds will
be back in action in their home
rink, and hope to draw larger
crowds than in years past in their
new digs.
Despite having lost their home
ice, the men and women's ice
hockey teams have been more
than patient and cooperative.
After all, upon completion of the
rinks, the teams will have full use
of a state-of-the-art facility that will
be one of the largest arenas in the
"It's tough being without
ice...they are without a place to call
home. But as far as progress goes,
we couldn't ask for more from Bird,
the construction company. I think
they are doing a good job, meeting
their time line," said Rose. @
Recent struggles blessing in disguise for men's basketball
by Justin McElroy
Yogi Berra would probably agree with
me when I say that sport cliches are
100 per cent true part of the time.
Take the phrase, "winning isn't
everything—it's the only thing." Sure,
sometimes the only thing that matters at the end of a game is who's
doing the celebrating. You can bet
Peyton Manning won't care about
any 'moral victories' if the Chicago
Bears win the Super Bowl on Sunday.
But in a long season, when every
game isn't for the championship, it's
important for a team to learn lessons,
build character, and fight through
adversity. You know, cliches like that.
What is the point of this lengthy
explanation, you may rhetorically
ask? Well, on our Point Grey campus this year we have our very
own case study that is going
through this process right now:
the 2006-07 Thunderbirds men's
basketball team.
This year's team is strong, to be
sure. Behind the play of fifth-year
Casey Archibald and a seemingly
endless supply of sharp-shooting
guards and forwards, the
Thunderbirds leapt out to a 13-0
start this season in Canada West
play. A look at the record alone
would indicate a seemingly flawless team, one that was well on its
way to post-season success. Yet anyone who has watched this team
during the past few months knows
that this is anything but the case.
They lack height. They lack depth.
They rely too much on the three
point shot. They don't have enough
players who can effectively penetrate to the hoop. Yes, this team is
good—but it's not 13-0 good.
Which is why the past month of
trials and tribulations for this team
should be no surprise to anyone. A loss against No. 2 ranked
Concordia in late December.
Another loss to No. 1 Brandon two
weeks ago. A week later, another
loss against No. 8 Victoria. And you
know what. No one should be
surprised by these losses, and
no one should be disappointed
by them either. The struggles the
Thunderbirds have endured over
the past month should serve as a
wake-up call to this team that if
they are going to be an elite team,
a team that will contend for the
CIS Championship, their current
level of play is quite simply not
good enough.
A team learns more from
its losses than from its wins, and
coach Kevin Hanson knows this. He
can practice these Thunderbirds to
death, he can implore them to box
out on rebounds, and he can
scream at them if they don't hustle
for loose balls, but at the end of the
day, the players have to believe that
the extra effort is required. If they
keep winning games playing with
80 per cent effort, then they'll continue to play at 80 per cent effort.
But there's no better motivator in
sport than a loss, and the losses
this team has suffered in the past
month should—one would hope-
make Archibald, Dyck, Friesen and
company realise that if they are
going to beat the elite teams of the
CIS, they will have to dig deeper
than they have for the first half of
the season.
If they need any reminder of
that, they can look back to last season, when the UBC men's basketball team trounced all comers in
the regular season, finishing at 20-
0 and ranked in the top two in the
country for months on end. But a
team that at many times last year
coasted on its superior talent could
n't get it done when it mattered,
and finished a disappointing sixth
in the CIS Championships. That
was a team so confident in their
abilities that they never corrected
their lingering weaknesses, and
when the games got tougher
in March, those weaknesses were
fatally exposed.
So perhaps this year, a loss here
or there in Canada West conference
play may not be all that bad in
the big scheme of things for the
Thunderbirds. Because when they
head into the playoffs three weeks
from now, they need to have already
dealt with adversity, played a bad
game or two, and know that anything
less than 100 per cent effort will end
their season.
Otherwise, it could be deja vu all
over again. @
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Send in the puppets
at the PuSh Festival for the Performing Arts
January 27
by Andrea Loewen
It is always a little dangerous to go to a show that
received so much hype that it is brought back for a second year at the PuSh Festival. There's just too much
space to be disappointed, and as much as you want a
piece like Famous Puppet Death Scenes to be all it's
been made up to be, disappointment is inevitable.
Not that it was a bad show—it was really quite good
overall. Made up of 22 death scenes from "the greatest puppet shows in history," most scenes are both
funny and anywhere between mild and incredibly disturbing. Nathaniel Tweak and the creators from The
Old Trout Puppet Workshop use repetition to hilarious
success with The Feverish Heart series, in which a
stout puppet is stalked by a giant fist that tries to
knock it out at every turn.
Das Bipsy und Mumu Puppenspiel is a techno-
German scene that pokes fun at game shows and death
with a fatalistic bent. How the Spirit Entered Me is set in
the future where everyone looks like Johnny Depp and
death has been abolished—until a man from the past is
awakened from his cryogenic slumber. Presenting the
idea of death serving as a gift to humanity keeps the
audience laughing at the same time.
Throughout the show the "Tour Guide," an elderly,
spindly puppet, comments on the scenes and implores
the audience to open their hearts and minds. He riffs on
the question of the immortal soul and the importance of
love. His interjections are generally touching and humorous, but the sentimentality wears thin from time to time.
A highlight of the show is the puppeteers themselves. One might traditionally expect that puppeteers
would remain hidden in a puppet show to avoid distracting from the puppets themselves, but these men
constantly entered the frame. They were so involved in
what the puppets were doing and had such flair for
dramatic presentation that they were a joy to watch.
This was especially so in a scene when two puppeteers
emerged with giant Viking puppets attached to their
legs, or when one puppeteer dressed as a giant butterfly under a magnifying glass.
Overall, the play had many elements of a great show:
lively performers, fantastic sound and light design, great
writing, and the constant building up and inverting of
expectations. But there was something missing. One
major problem was that the venue was far too large for
the show. When dealing with such intricate (and small)
subjects, everyone in the balcony of the Vancouver East
Cultural Centre was left out to some degree. Beyond that,
the play made big promises to deconstruct and reconstruct its audience's perception of death until it would
become meaningless, which were not followed through.
Despite its faults, however, Famous Puppet Death
Scenes is an outstanding, memorable work. @
French spares Irish Howie no grit
at the PuSh Festival for the Performing Arts
until February 3
by Sarah-Nelle Jackson
Let's do some word association. I'll say "French." What
images come to mind? Wine—a fine red vintage
savoured with cheese; promenades through winding
streets to admire striking Gothic cathedrals, a handsome gentleman or dame dressed at the height of fashion; whispering sweet, incomprehensible nothings
into your Anglophonic ear. Right?
In this case, wrong.
Try this: a chaos of blood, sex, and booze unfolding
not in idyllic Montreal or Paris, but on the grimy, pub-
laden thoroughfares of Dublin. Instead of come-hither
whispers, you hear gangs exchanging expletives and
threats. Instead of fine French perfumes, you smell
blood and the odd terror-induced fart.
Howie le Rookie, directed by Jean-Denis Leduc,
plunges its audience into the dregs of Ireland's urban
sprawl. There we meet two young men, Howie Lee and
Rookie Lee, connected only by a coincidence of common
surname—and the fact that Howie's gang, led by a fellow
sporting the emasculating moniker "Peaches," is out to
beat Rookie to a pulp.
The play is set up as two monologues. Howie
(Claude Despins, L'Odyssee) goes first, setting up a
bleak reality in whicb love is a one-night stand and
friends are the guys who don't beat you up. He tells us
about his gang wailing on Rookie in an alley, and confesses that his icy disregard for his family has led to
fatal consequences. But although Despins delivers a
fine performance, the dystopia of the troubled young
man is a story we've heard before.
Rookie (Maxime Denomee, Quadra) picks up the
tale post-beating, and the play changes quickly from a
run-of-the-mill yarn about down-on-their-luck youths to
a tale of dark redemption. With poignant naivete,
Rookie reveals how Howie transforms from rival to
unexpected ally. The story's subsequent twists, as well
as Denomee's talent, more than compensate for the
play's unremarkable beginning.
Cue novelty: the whole play is in French and has subtitles projected onto the rear wall of the stage. This
makes the play accessible to Anglophones, and the small
venue makes the subtitles easy to see. The venue's
cramped quarters would ideally have kept metteur-en-
scene Fernand Rainville from being quite so zealous
with the smoke machine, but as the rest of the set was
pleasant, he can be forgiven unless you're asthmatic.
Cue hitch: though the play was written originally
in English by Mark O'Rowe, the subtitles to Olivier
Choiniere's translation are at times unclear—and
they're written to convey an Irish accent, which
comes across as forced. Also, the English content
seems lacking compared to the French. Subtitles were
often displayed long after the actors had obviously
started saying something else.
By the time Rookie appears, luckily, the play's quality makes its dubious translation fairly easy to ignore.
Despite never actually appearing, the play's secondary
characters are vivid. In particular, Avalanche, a
grotesque, scuzzy gal who takes up three bar stools, and
Ladyboy, Rookie's creepy, abominable nemesis, induced
some particularly memorable imagery.
Howie le Rookie was a moving performance with
unexpected plot twists and equally unexpected depth.
Black wit mingles with a perpetual sense of foreboding
that threatens the characters' innocence. If you can overlook the unprofessional translations, or speak French,
it's definitely worth checking out. Otherwise, keep an
eye out for playbills advertising Howie le Rookie— it will
be well worth your while. @ THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 2 February, 2006
Fantastical, disturbing Kahunsha falls short
by Anosh Irani
Doubleday Canada
by Jesse Ferreras
You know it's a good sign when your sophomore outing as a novelist brings you comparisons to Charles Dickens, but a locally-based
writer has done it. Anosh Irani, a graduate of
the UBC Creative Writing program, has penned
his second novel with The Song of Kahunsha, a
fantastical, sometimes disturbing tale of a
young boy growing up in desperately impoverished surroundings who slowly discovers that
his grip on childlike fantasies is waning in the
face of a harsh reality. In passages that waver in
and out of its hero's hopeful dreams, Irani's
novel is a touching work that provides grim, visceral details of its setting, but only truly
becomes absorbing late in the narrative. It
leaves a cold, haunting, but ultimately ambiguous impression that unfortunately does not
quite grip from beginning to end.
Chamdi is an 11-year-old orphan growing
up in Bombay, which in this story is a grim,
unforgiving environment that spares little
sympathy for those who live on its streets.
Children risk beatings and arrests while trying
to find food and vie with dogs for places to
sleep. But to Chamdi, none of that matters.
Praying every day to a statue of Jesus, in his
mind he holds up hope that he will one day see
the construction of his Eden-like city of
Kahunsha, where people speak in a language
devoid of words to harm each other, the
streets are lined with golden pillars and no
one ever goes hungry. Not even a harsh reality can deter Chamdi from holding on to his
dream city and his goal that he will take with
him everyone he loves.
At the announcement that the orphanage
where he has lived his whole life will close
down, he flees in search of a father who left
him there as a baby with only a handkerchief
tied around his neck to remember him by.
Fleeing into the city, his newfound path
leaves him lonely and hungry, but never
breaks his faith in the eventual existence of
Kahunsha. He arrives at the home of Sumdi
and Guddi, a brother and sister who survive
by stealing for the terrorist gang leader
Anand Bhai. Chamdi is invited to join them
in their struggle and is unwittingly plunged
into a criminal underworld racked by political and ethnic tensions. Chamdi holds onto
his dream the whole time. But he does not
anticipate the struggle it will take hold on to
Paradise as he fights to survive in Hell.
Irani deserves the highest praise for working so diligently to tell his story through the
idealistic eyes of a child. Many of us don't
remember how we thought or felt at that age,
but the author maintains a fairly firm grasp
of the imagination, idyll and hope that a child
can conjure no matter what the circumstances. Some of the passages narrated solely through the boy's thoughts nearly made
me cry just thinking of the innocence and
idealism of childhood:
"In Chamdi's Bombay, children play
cricket in the street with a red rubber ball
and even if the batsman hits the ball hard,
sends it crashing into a windowpane and
the glass breaks, no one gets angry. The
glass mends itself in a few seconds, and the
game resumes."
It's in passages like these that I admire
Irani the most for hanging onto his inner
child because for me, cynicism set in at
about 18 years old and I have since forgotten
what it's like to have such a positive outlook
on the world.
But while I laud the author's intentions,
I'm not certain they translate into great fiction.
Frequent retreats into Chamdi's imagination,
beautifully as they are written, are not quite as
sweeping as they intend to be and often
detract from a predictable, conventional narrative, which relies so obviously on a formula
inspired by Oliver Twist. Imagery of the
squalor of Bombay's streets are the novel's
strongest suit, and are in parts very disturbing. But the novel does not make much of an
impression until its final pages, when Chamdi
is faced with the very edges of innocence.
Given its potential, the novel's most powerful passages simply come too late, and
thus do not grip the reader as they might be
expected to. Irani is a talented author, and
here he composes some memorable prose,
but I do not feel that The Song of Kahunsha
fulfills its author's potential. @
Distinct progressive vibe dominates Krawczyk fundraiser
January 27
by Andrew Cheng
Arriving at the Anza Club last Saturday night
to see my friend's band, Mr M and
the All- Nighters, play their final show
before some of their members move on,
I quickly noticed that there were quite a
few cyclists gathered just outside. Not sure
what to make of it, my friends and I went
inside and quickly learned the reason
why—the event was put on by the Work Less
Party. The event had a nice friendly atmosphere, and you could tell that those attending the event had progressive leanings.
There was something about the vibe that
made the event so interesting.
The night began with a few speakers
describing the arrest of Betty Krawczyk,
an activist with a history of participating
in civil disobedience to defend BC forests.
She was most recently arrested for camp
ing outside in an attempt to block the construction of a highway in Eagleridge
Bluffs for the Olympics. Although 24
were arrested in total, she was the only
one who had to go to court on Monday,
due to her involvement in similar past
incidents. Others who were arrested wound
up paying fines, while Harriet Nahanee
served a 14-day jail sentence for refusing to
admit to any wrong-doing.
Krawczyk refused to admit wrong-doing.
The event was organised to raise funds for
her legal fees.
When the speeches ended, Mr M and the
All Nighters took the stage and played a great
set of soul, funk, and R&B music, as well as
successfully covering a couple songs such as
"Tainted Love." The band had a unique setup
with three singers, all of whom had very different voices. Despite this noticeable diversity,
the band sounded great and the different voices added colour to their music.
This is quite remarkable because I usually find that the character and strength of a
band's sound is weakened when it has more
than one lead singer. Most successful bands
have a single voice driving the band forward. Mr M and the All Nighters sounded
great, though without having to stick to
this traditional formula. This might have
been partially due to the kind of music they
were playing. Their instrumentals sounded
great too, and it kept the audience dancing
throughout the set.
Next was Fatty and the High Tops, whose set
changed the direction of the music with a more
laid-back sound that had a mixture of ska, funk.
and reggae. Their music was great and I particularly enjoyed their keyboards.
For reasons unclear, I thought that the
music of both bands seemed really appropriate
for the audience that night. What struck me was
that music and politics are sometimes so intertwined that you can't really separate them.
Culture is difficult to define, but there
was something remarkable about the gathering of cyclists, the way people danced
(some were swinging, others more carefree), and to some extent, even the way people dressed. I say this at the risk of
homogenising the crowd, and am coming
dangerously close to creating stereotypes,
but I felt a distinctly progressive vibe at the
event that was very positive and lively.
Besides the music, what I enjoyed about
the show was the experience of its distinct
culture and learned the various idiosyncrasies within it. @ 10
Friday, 2 February, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
What would you like to see rendered in chocolate (besides vaginas)?
—Yuka Kitani
-Jordan Worrall
Science, 4
—Sam Robinson
Arts, 1
—Corinne Meldrum
Accounting Grad
"Pretty much
everything in
chocolate is
always good."
—Daniel Archambault
Computer Science Grad
"/ don't really
know. ..my
creativity has
left me."
—Coordinated by Samantha Jung and Oker Chen
Perspective & Letter
Mean should be allowed to
step up
by Mark Clements
The campaign of Mr Wozney, mayor of
Kitimat, to stop Alcan from building a new
aluminum plant in Kitimat may go down as
the most irresponsible of ideas to ever come
before the BC Supreme Count. Mr Wozney's
claim that Alcan is more interested in selling power to BC Hydro than making aluminum intentionally disregards Alcan's successful history, and long-range planning on
the B Northwest coast.
Alcan's smelter operation in Kitimat has
employed 1,500 people for 50 years, and
has generated millions of dollars in tax revenue. The new smelter would cost $1.8 billion and employ 1,000 workers, and generate millions of dollars or more for the
province. Positive news, but not positive
enough, according to Mr Wozney.
Mr Wozney refuses to understand that
Alcan owns the Kemano power station, and
it is their business if they want to sell the
electricity to BC Hydro for profit.
Ironically, compared to the 30 private
power producers that signed up in the BC
Liberal 2006 tender call to produce power
for BC Hydro, Alcan is investing far more
employment, capital, and time.
One of the problems is that the BC
Commission allowed the BC Liberals and
BC Hydro to entice so many independent
power producers with such high yielding
contracts. Now BC Hydro will not only
have its $7.5 billion of old dept to pay off,
but also $ 15.6 billion worth of new, legally binding contracts to fulfill over the next
30 years.
When electricity rates start to skyrocket,
the BC Commission will look like a mere
extension of the provincial government.
Alcan's power agreement with BC Hydro
should not have to suffer because of the BC
Commission's recent inaction with other
power producers.
Cutting the number of private producers in half and encouraging BC Hydro to
develop the rest of the power was the
far more acceptable solution for the BC
Commission to follow.
Mr Wozney does deserve some support, as do his region's high unemployment and sluggish economy. Alcan making excessive profits through its Kemano
power sales while many locals struggle to
pay hydro bills would eventually be
looked upon as profiteering.
Kitimat and Alcan have a long proven
partnership. Alcan giving up two percent of
their annual power sales to the Kitimat
region would go a long way in healing old
wounds and lessening the blow when BC
Hydro's rates dramatically rise.
And who knows, maybe they will start a
new trend of shutting down all the power
stations for factories across Canada,
demanding more manufacturing and less
power sales. The employment possibilities
would be endless and truly unimaginable.
—Mark Clements is a third-year
English major
Absurd reality
by Jeremy Shell
Does art imitate life, or does life imitate
art? It has become a more important question than ever, considering that our society's preferred media has rapidly become
parody. Hopefully my political career promoted the absurdity of the student government, an institution which revels in its
liberal-fascist ideal leadership, ultimately
functioning under the greater Ubyssey
sovereignty which governs all they do in
its grand interest. The elections are a toy
and the exercise of government is just
that, an exercise. I'm just sorry I didn't
get to play with it.
—Jeremy Shell is a graduate
of the faculty of Arts THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 2 February, 2007
Lesser known Herzog takes the stage
at the Vancouver Art Gallery
until May 13
by Candice Okada
Over the past few years, Vancouver
has consistently been ranked among
the most desirable places to live.
With its gorgeous view of the ocean,
perfectly-sculpted mountains and
diverse multicultural atmosphere, it
is no wonder that so many seek out
Lotusland as their destination of
choice, whether for vacation or
permanent residence. While this
increasing popularity is a relatively
recent phenomenon, one local photographer has long been appreciating
Vancouver's truly unique beauty.
Fred Herzog, a career medical
photographer, has been capturing
some of Vancouver's most iconic
images for over 50 years. Herzog has
produced a massive body of photography that depicts Vancouver's urban
life, and for the first time, select
pieces from his overall collection are
on display at the Vancouver Art
GaUery (VAG).
Herzog was born in Stuttgart,
Germany in 1930. His first
encounter with photography came
during childhood hiking trips to
the Alps, having bought a camera
simply to document his annual
excursions. Upon the outbreak of
WWII, which eventually led to the
deaths of his parents and the complete destruction of his hometown,
Herzog's passion for photography
was put on hold. It wasn't until
1952, when he moved to Canada,
that his desire to take photographs
was rejuvenated.
Herzog began taking photos to
document the adventure of being
in a new country. The first photo
graphs he took in Canada were of
urban landscapes in Toronto and
Montreal. These pictures were not
dissimilar from those he had taken
in Germany. It wasn't until his
move to Vancouver in 1953, however, that his photographs began to
take on meaning and artistic value.
As Herzog explained in an interview with Vancouver Art Gallery
curator Grant Arnold, "I bought a
motorcycle...and this was important to me psychologically. I wanted to be mobile; I liked the idea of
exploring places."
-Fred Herzog
Herzog's first self-proclaimed
"good" photographs were taken
towards the end of 1953 and by
1957 he had established his own
unique style of street photography
that captured beautiful images of
On display at the Vancouver Art
Gallery is a selection of Herzog's
slides that make up a collection entitled Vancouver Photographs.
"[He would] regularly take
strolls through the city after work
or on the weekends," explained
Arnold. "[A] kind of meandering
walk through the city that didn't
have any purpose and record his
impression of the streets."
But Herzog himself put it more
eloquently: "I am what they call
a flaneur."
By simply walking through the
city streets he was able to produce
photographs that bear witness to the
constant changes Vancouver has
experienced over the last 50 years.
One noticeable characteristic of all
his Vancouver Photographs is the
degree of realism that they project.
Herzog's photographs document
normal people carrying out everyday tasks. There are people walking
in the streets, eating at local diners
and stopping on the corner street to
smoke a cigarette. Although these
images may not sound exciting or
interesting, Herzog's extraordinary
eye for composition, combined with
his decision to employ colour slides,
make his images irresistible, eyecatching and puzzling. These are the
images that Herzog is famous for.
Only he could take the crowded
streets of 1960s Chinatown and
turn them into a work of art.
Despite the utter genius of
Herzog's work, his photographs
remained virtually unknown to anyone outside a tight-knit group of
Vancouver photography enthusiasts
in the 60s and 70s. The primary
reason for the poor circulation of
his pictures was due, ironically, to
their colourful nature. Herzog was
known for producing photos on
Kodachrome, a colour slide film that
was difficult and expensive to use.
As Arnold explained, "Until rela
tively recently [he] didn't make a
large amount of prints...but more
commonly showed his work to audiences in slide shows."
But now, as more of his work is
being printed, Herzog is finally
receiving the recognition that he
rightfully deserves.
Herzog has produced around
80,000 slides that encompass
a whole range of themes. The
Vancouver Photographs on display
at the Vancouver Art Gallery consist only of his street-themed shots.
It is an "in depth look at one aspect
of his work," said Arnold.
If his other photos are even half
as magnificent as his portrayal of
urban landscapes, then they definitely warrant the right to be on display for everyone to see. @
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