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Area riding debates issues
Candidates for riding of Vancouver Quadra gang up on the Liberal Party
by Ailin Choo v
As the Vancouver Quadra riding
gears up for the upcoming federal
election, the local Liberal candidate
is facing attack from the candidates
of the other federal parties because
of his party's platform and leadership.        .
The candidates vying for the riding, which includes UBC and a total
ojf 104,215 people, are attacking the
Liberal government on a variety of
issues, including cut3 to health care,
education funding and the brain
Kerry-Lynne Findlay, the
Canadian Alliance candidate, said
that she is mainly concerned about
tax reform, and. claims that the
brain drain of Canadian experts
and academics to the United States
is due to current high tax rates.
"The Prime Minister has said
that it does not exist After being
told by his top advisors that he was
wrong, he continued to publicly say
that it does not exist* said Findlay,
a laywer who recently won a court
decision about the rights of non-
Native house le^sings on
Musqueam territory.
But Liberal candidate Stephen
Owen said that there never was any
question about the mobility of graduates. He cautioned that while people are leaving Canada, people who
are entering the country must also
be considered.
"People are coming in and out of
Canada...this was what the Prime
Minister was getting at," he said.
While the Liberals are the incumbent party in Quadra, Owen—a former BC ombudsman—is a new candidate, replacing the retiring. Ted
McWhinney, who has held the seat
since 1993.
Meanwhile, other candidates are
more concerned with the $2 5-bil-
lion decrease in spending over the
past seven years, from the Canada
Health and Social Transfer (CHST),
the federal transfer of funds to
provinces and territories for social
Bill Clarke, the Progressive
Conservative candidate, said that
his party intends to return health
See "Candidates" continued on page 4
UBC counsels
        by Andrea Milek
Although war veterans were honoured at Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada over the
w.eekend, some people argue that
not enough recognition has been
given to others who serve in con-
, flict—peacekeepers.
Tim Black, a UBC doctoral student in counselling psychology,
says that peacekeepers should be
recognised as veterans along with
those who fought in previous wars.
"This is going to be our veteran
population in the next 20 years
because in ten years most of the
World War II veterans will have
died. These are the new veterans,"
he said. '
m.: Frank McDaniel, a World War
Two-veteran who served with the
Royal Canadian Air Force for three
and a half years, agreed that the
work of Canadian Forces peacekeepers is not recognised as it
should be.
"I think they're doing a wonderful job, not a very pleasant job arid
not veiy thankftd either. They go
away for six months or so and
nobody even notices," he said.
Black works for a Counselling
program at UBC that helps former
peacekeepers cope with their field
experiences and re-adjust themselves to being civilians.
According to Black, in the program developed by counselling psychology professor Marvin
Westwood,: former peacekeepers
have described horrific experiences such as body clean-up, a task
which involves collecting severed
heads and body parts that were
blown apart
Canadian peacekeepers have
served in countries such as the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, where
they witnessed civil war, ethnic
cleansing and genocide.
Black said that the program is
unique because it allows peacekeepers to share their experiences
with others who can understand
them. Peacekeepers are encouraged to put their experiences into
context and integrate them into
their lives, rather than treat them
See "Peacekeepers" continued
on page 4
REMEMBERING: Military Officers gathered at War Memorial Gym last Saturday to honour war veterans. Some people are questioning whether peacekeepers are properly honoured, andrea milek photo
SUB will not host polling station
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Fuel cells not perfect "green" solution, say scientists
by Eric Jandciu
Fuel cells are being touted as the solution to
the world's energy crisis, but some scientists
say that the new technology may not be as
environmentally friendly as people anticipated.
Mario Raynolds said depending on how
the fuel—hydrogen gas—is generated.fuel
cells may not be as 'green' as once thought
"The fuel cell has been sold as the silver
bullet for our environmental problems/
said Raynolds, director of eco-efficiency services at the Pembina Institute, an organisation committed to developing environmen-:
tally-sound energy solutions while meeting
human needs.
'What we really need is to look at is the
source of the hydrogen. Fuel cells are only as
environmentally benign as the fuel that
must be generated to power them."
A fuel cell converts hydrogen fuel into
electricity without combustion. The process
produces no greenhouse gases or pollutants—only water.
Speaking at an energy conference held
last week in Vancouver, Raynolds emphasised that 'renewable energy does not necessarily equal 'green' energy," and that the
entire life-cycle of an energy source—beginning at its manufacturing stage—must be
considered when deciding its environmental
Raynolds points to wind power which,
once a windmill is built and installed,
requires only wind to function. But the
amount of energy used to acquire the raw
materials, then construct, transport and distribute windmills, said Raynolds, is significant
The 'greenness" of wind power, he said,
depends on the entire history of the windmill.
'On a relative scale, wind power is still
looking pretty good,' said Raynolds, who
noted that determining whether one technology is 'good or bad" is impossible
because its environmentaTimpact is dependent on many factors over a long period of
Raynolds said that fuel cells are readily
described as a new form of engine, but he
emphasised the necessity of examining the
amount of energy used to produce not only
trie fuel cell, but also the hydrogen fuel.
"In some cases, it is really quite surprising," said Raynolds, who believes that a fuel
cell could end up being less efficient than a
diesel engine.
According to Terrahce Wong, a research
officer at the National Research Council
Innovation Centre on campus, a number of
sources of hydrogen gas fuel are available,
'some being more green than others."
The electrolysis of water, during which'
electricity is used to break water apart into
hydrogen and oxygen, is one method of
obtaining pure hydrogen.
'But it takes a lot of energy to do that,'
warns Alex Boston, outreach coordinator for
the David Suzuki Foundation, which collaborates with the Pembina Institute.
To be pollutant-free, the energy source
used to produce the hydrogen must be
obtained from a renewable resource such as
wind or solar power, but such methods are
not yet feasible on a commercial scale.
Instead, burning fossil fuels such as natural gas, diesel and methanol are more efficient methods of obtaining hydrogen.
Pembina's fuel cell study noted that if the
production of hydrogen results in significant
greenhouse gas emissions, the release of the
pollutants will only shift from gasoline-powered cars to large hydrogen production
Obtaining hydrogen from natural gas
releases roughly 70 per cent less carbon
dioxide than does the internal combustion
engine widely used in automobiles today.
Compared to this, recovering hydrogen
from gasoline reduces emissions by 22 per
cent and a mere five per cent reduction
would occur using the electrolysis of water
But while massive reserves of natural gas
exist, they are often not near large enough to
account for the energy needed to be readily
Methanol—a liquid that is easily produced from natural gas—is considered by
many as a more efficient way to 'store'
hydrogen for fuel cells.
Last week, automobile manufacturer
Daimler-Chrysler unveiled Necar 5, the latest methanol-powered fuel cell vehicle,
which the company believes to be 'fit for
practical use.'
Methanol, the company claims, is 'an
ideal liquid storage medium for hydrogen"
Garbage strike gets dumped
CUPE and city reach tentative agreement
by Alex Dimson
Vancouver residents are applauding the
possible end to the stinky, seven-week-old
garbage collection strike.
The Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Local 15 and the City of
Vancouver announced over the weekend
that that they reached a tentative agreement The dispute is chiefly over wages.
Garbage collection subsequently
resumed yesterday, but collection could
once again cease if the deal is not ratified by
CUPE employees tonight.
Jim Turk, CUPE spokesperson, declined
to speculate if the deal will be ratified,
although he indicated that CUPE negotiators
found it satisfactory.
Meanwhile, students are breathing a
sigh of relief at the possibility of the strike
Susan Malcome, a third-year biochemistry student who lives near 16th Avenue
and Sasamat, said that she and her roo-
mates stored roughly 12 bags of garbage in
their backyard.
"We have been trying to cut down on how
much garbage we use, but we still have a lot
of garbage," she said. *I really hope they get
it soon rid of it soon."
Frank Wu, a fourth-year English student
living near Manitoba and 16th, said that his
apartment's garbage storage room is full.
"It smells so bad we've taken to blocking
the doors;'? be said. 'I hope they have an
army of trucks to pick up the mess.'
Meanwhile Brad Chalton, a third-year
Applied Sciences student living just off-
campus, said that he and his roomates 'just
cart the garbage onto campus and throw it
into the dumpster there.'
John- Metras, Plant Operation's associate
director of municipal and building services,
said the strike has had very little impact on
the UBC campus because the university handles all of its garbage pickup and delivery
But Metras said that if too many people
try to dump their garbage on campus, it
could prove to be a problem. He said that he
has not yet received any complaints.
While members of Local 15 do not operate garbage trucks, members of the local
had picketed transfer points for garbage
delivery in order to challenge a decision by
the BC Labour Relations Board which indicated that garbage collection was an essential service.
As a result of the picketing, Metras said
that UBC has had to deliver the garbage to
further out transfer points or to a Burnaby
incinerator, as well as pay drivers overtime
for the drive.
Metras added that he was not sure of the
financial cost incurred as a result of the
overtime work, but did say that it was not
Garbage pick-up resumed on its regular
schedule yesterday, with a six-can limit for
the first week. ♦
A "GREEN" SOLUTION? The fuel cell (prototype shown above) may not necessarily be
the environmentally-friendly solution to the world's energy crisis, tara westover photo
because it is a liquid that can be transported,
stored and handled like gasoline or diesel fuel.
But Boston believes that methanol is 'not as
efficiently prepared or utilised." The Pembina
study found that methanol reformed in a fuel
cell reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 35
per cent
But Wong contended that there is 'no clear
champion," adding that research into all the
sources of energy is ongoing.
Boston said that the long-term goal, however,
would be to completely avoid using fossil fuels,
which will depend on the speed at which renewable energy sources are developed and made
commerically viable.
Raynolds added that employing and investing in "green" power technology will help to
accelerate the development of these sources of
renewable energy.
Increased consumer awareness of the difference between green and renewable energy, he
said, will prompt people to think more critically
about information from companies that claim to
be environmentally friendly. ♦
Future of U-Trek program uncertain
_____ by Cynthia Lee
Translink's recent move to delay its decision
on a controversial vehicle levy is leaving tha
future of UBC's plan for a discount student bus
pass hanging on a limb.
The proposed levy would see vehicle owners pay an annual fee based on the weight of
their automobiles.
Designed to penalise heavy polluters on the
road, the levy would raise roughly $100 million each year to fund the regional tranporta-
tion authority's plan to improve roadways and
transit service.
After ongoing controversy over the levy,
Translink's Board of Directors approved last
Thursday to defer the decision, until its next
meeting on November 22.
Without additional funding from the levy or
the federal government, TransLink has indicated that it would be forced to make cuts to
existing services and proposed programs.
Both TransLink and UBC have said that for
UBC there would likely be no U-Pass, a mandatory discount student bus pass that is the centrepiece of the U-Trek program, which is
aimed at improving transportation efficiency
to and from UBC.
"If the levy doesn't go through and no alternative source of funding can be provided, then
{U-Trek] is a no-go,* said Russell Busche, a
TransLink spokesperson.
Some opponents of the levy have asked that
the additional funding for TransLink come
from Ottawa.
But federal Finance Minister Paul Martin,
■who met with tower Mainland politicians last
week to discuss transportation funding, has
made no public commitment to TransLink.
However, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum
was quoted in a Vancouver Sua article saying
that Martin did agree that 'some form* of
fending should be allotted for transportation.
"Depending on what day it's been, the
answer has been no or maybe up until now,"
said Translink spokesperson Russell Busche.
"But you can't budget based on that*
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has urged
for a stronger commitment from both
TransLink and UBC for the U-Trek program.
Graham Senft, AMS vice-president external
affairs, said the delay in TransLink's decision
will allow more time for the student society to
push public support in favour of the levy.
"We're going to keep hammering away at
it,* he said.
The day before the
TransLink meeting, an
ang^y and vocal group of
Langley residents
appeared before the
board of directors, who
were reviewing presentations from the public concerning the proposed
SENFT Opponents of the levy
have indicated that they
do not wish to pay additional fees for transit
services that they would not use.
But UBC's Director of Transportation
Planning Gord Lovegrove, who spoke in
favour of the proposal before the board, said
that the roadway improvements funded by the
levy would also be used by vehicle owners.
"We are asking TransLink to follow through
on its promise,* he said
Busche said that opponents of the levy have
"organised somewhat and gotten their message out*
He added that he believes the majority of
Lower Mainland residents who would be willing to pay the levy have remained "pretty
"They need to make themselves heard,* he
said. ♦ i
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"It just astonishes me that
anybody would
consider voting
Liberal given
what Mr. Chretien
and his government have done/1
-Bill Clarke,
PC candidate
"Candidates" continued from page 1
care funding to 1993 levels by increasing health care funding annually by
$4 billion. He criticised the Liberal government for the cuts made to health
care in the past seven years that the party has been in power.
"It just astonishes me that anybody would consider voting Liberal given
what Mr. Chretien and his government have done. Now they're saying that
they're going to fix it, but it wasn't broken in 1993/ said Clarke, who was
the member of parliament for Vancouver Quadra from 1972-1984.
The NDP candidate in Quadra, Loretta Woodcock, further criticisedcuts
to the CHST transfer and said that post-secondary education was suffering
as a result
Woodcock, the vice-president of an airline division of
the Canadian Auto Workers
Union, said that her priority is
to increase access to post-secondary education and said
that no person should be
'deprived education based on
his or her economic ability'.
Owen, however, defended
the Liberal government's
record, saying that while
Liberals acknowledge the need
for increased funding, cuts
had to be made to reduce
Canada's debt
'We've made cuts in a balanced way...and we should be
proud of what we've accomplished,* he said, adding that
the current federal budget surplus allows more opportunity
to increase funding to
Owen, who said his main priority is good governance, wants to encourage public participation in such matters as health care.
Green Party candidate Doug Warkintin, agreed that the involvement of
citizens is essential to good government He added that while he does not
anticipate winning the election, he intends to play the role of the opposition, raising awareness about such issues as the environment, which the
Green Party claims the Liberals are ignoring.
Warkintin also questioned Chretien's motives in calling the November
27 election after the Liberals served only three and a half years of their
term in government
"I've come to realise that the main purpose of political parties—the
Liberals especially—is winning the election,' he said. Warkintin is a professional engineer who participated in the 1997 anti-APEC demonstrations
and is currently active in research on corporate power and globilization
Clarke agreed and added that a federal election costs roughly $200 million and that the election could have been put off for another year and a
"The only reason [Chretien] called for this election is because he thinks
he can win," said Clarke.
But Owen contends that the early election was called due to the stark differences the policies of the Canadian Alliance posed in comparision to the
Liberals. The election, he says, would allow citizens to think about what
type of government they want
'One reason is that Stockwell Day challenged the government to do
it..this will be a defining election,* he said.
Owen also pointed out that Stockwell Day was the only member of parliament that was elected into the House of Commons as a candidate for the
Canadian Alliance. The Alliance, made up of members of the now-defunct
Reform Party and a number of former PC members, was created last
January aimed at offering an alternative to the Liberals.
Candidates representing seven different political parties running in
Vancouver Quadra will participate at an all-candidates forum today in the
Student Union Building at 12:30. ♦
"Peacekeepers" continued from page 1
as isolated incidents.
'Often times they'll say, 1 was
in East Timor and you were in
Yugoslavia, but I know what
you're talking about when you're
talking about tlie smell of burning
flesh," he said.
The Canadian Forces currently
operates five clinics' across
Canada that provide support to
peacekeepers suffering from
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD), depression and other
related illnesses. Four o£ the five
clinics opened little moi« than a
year ago.
The clinics face difficulties,
said Black, because some peacekeepers still in service are reluctant to come forward ifcth psychological trauma because they
fear it would lead to 'career suicide* if their commanding officers found out
'If s okay to get injured, to get
shot, to take shrapnel, but it's not
okay to be struggling psychologically with what you saw," Blafk
Director of Mental Health for
the Canadian Forces Major Handy
Boddam said he was concerned
when fewer peacekeepers than
expected sought help at a posttraumatic stress disorder clinic
set up in Ottawa several jears
"It became very clear lo us that
there probably are a number of
people who are going underground with their symptoms [of
psychological trauma] for fear of
what they perceive the career
repercussions would be," he said.
' Bod dam believes that it is a
xommonly.held misperception
that seeking assistance is harmful to a peacekeeper's career, and
stressed that employment is
affected only when an individual
is psychologically unfit to perform certain duties. ♦ t
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2000      5
Scholarship requirements questioned
 by Hywel Tuscano
Two years after UBC changed its undergraduate scholarship program, some high school
and UBC students still criticise the new program for its demanding grade requirements.
The Undergraduate Scholars Program
(USP), which awards scholarships at a value
of $2500 per year to undergraduates based
on their academic standing, was implemented at the start of the 1999-2000 school year.
The USP replaced the Outstanding
Student Initiative (OSI) scholarship, and
raised the grade requirements for students
by an average of five per cent over, the OSI's
previous standards.
Grade 12 students must achieve a 92 per
cent average to be eligible for the USP, while
undergraduates require an 85 per cent average to retain or receive the scholarship while
at UBC.
Under the OSI, high school students
required a lower 86 per cent average to qualify for the $10,000 scholarship, and lower
averages were required every subsequent
year at UBC to retain the scholarship.
Kristin Fung, a grade 12 student at Little
Flower Academy said that 'she's really
choked about the standards rising," saying
that tan average over
90 per cent is
extremely difficult for
students to achieve.
Meghan Cannon, a
first-year Science student, agreed that the
average is too high.
She is concerned that
it may not be helping
students who most
need the money.
"The people who
really need [scholarships] might not be
brilliant and have to
take out student loans.
The average i3 too
high; I think that the
money should be
spread out a little
more so people have
some chance at getting some money," she
But  Acting   Director   of Awards   and
Financial Aid Rosemary Pantalone said that
the switch from the OSI, which was first
implemented   in   the
1990-1991 school year
to help recruit students
to UBC, was necessary.
'Eventually it got to
the  point where  the
number of OSI's given
out   were   drastically
high. We were running
deficits," she said. 'The
school  is  still  losing
_ money from this pro-
-ROSeitiary gram. The objective is
~ - not to save money, but
to bring the cost of our
scholarship program in
line with the budget"
Pantalone   pointed
out that the USP offers
several benefits over
the previous system. It
allows students to get
the scholarship at any point during their
undergraduate career if they achieve an 85
per cent average, and used only a student's
"The objective is not
to save money but
to bring the cost of
our scholarship
program in line with
the budget.
Acting Director of
Awards and
Financial Aid
best 27 credits of that year.
The OSI factored in all of a student's
grades when determining eligibility for the
scholarship, a fact that put students with a
large courseload, like those in Applied
Sciences, at a disadvantage.
But Ted Cusick, a guidance counselor at
Windermere high school, said that the USP
scholarship may favour Science students,
who are already required to have a higher
average than Arts students for admission.
"Students in sciences seem to try harder
anyway. The average needed for them to get
in is already higher than Arts, " he said.
"They are keen to do it"
Marilyn Super, a. grade 12 counselor at
Tupper secondary school, added that high
grade requirements may cause students to
worry and be "intimidated,' and as a result
their grades may suffer.
But Pantalone said that she doesn't think
students are very affected by the scholarship
'I find that students only seem to be disappointed when their siblings received the scholarship offers like the OSI, but otherwise students seem to accept them well,' she said. ♦
Women question UBC Security
 by Alex Dimson
Campus Security is refuting the
claims of two women who say that
an excessive amount of security on
campus has made both of them feel
The women both of whom
requested not to be identified by
their full names, said that Campus
Security officers are overzealous in
their attempts to keep the campus
safe, and that as a result UBC feels
like a police state.
'I feel that the campus is very
safe and I feel comfortable riding
my bike around at night,' Vicky said.
"But it can be too protected...the
campus security officer made me
feel like we shouldn't have been on
Vicky said that she ha3 been
approached several times by security officers while biking around campus at night Each time, she alleges,
the officers requested to see identification and rigorously questioned
her and her partner about their reasons for being on campus.
UBC Campus Security Assistant
Director Mike Sheard, who had not
heard of the matter before being
contacted by the Ubyssey, said that
he "would totally disagree" with the
women's assessment of the safety
situatioii at UBC.
'To suggest there is just some
monstrously overpowering force
here—I absolutely could not agree
with that," said Sheard.
'I would say that is not what
every student staff, and faculty I've
spoken to have said.*
But while she acknowledged the
need for campus security, Vicky,
who said that she was a UBC student
20 years ago, said that officers sometimes over-step their boundaries. *
Sheard, however, said that 'it's
very rare" that campus security
receives a complaint about, its conduct "We pride ourselves on the way
our people purport themselves,
Sheard said that Campus Security
has the authority to act as the owners of UBC land, which is private
property but generally open to the
As a result Sheard said, security
officers have the right to ask for
identification and can, if the need
arises, request that a person leave
UBC property. ♦
AROUND CAMPUS THEY GO: Campus Security denies that there is excessive security on campus, as
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Process "undemocratic"—Green Party
Party leader says citizens need to hear where parties stand on issues such as the environment
by Darren Stewart
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-The Green Party of Canada
sees last week's federal leadership debates as
. another threat to the integrity of Canadian
democracy, and hopes that voters will make
the big parties pay at the polls.
Green Party leader Joan Russow wasn't
invited to the debates. She called the country's current electoral system "undemocratic" and 'a disservice to the electorate."
Russow said that she's concerned that the
exclusive debates will hamper voters' ability
to choose the party they like best, in an
already polarised election campaign.
"They looked like, five brats fighting in
their sandbox," said Russow of the leaders'
debate. 'I should have been there as a mother to supervise."
John Grogan, Green Party candidate for
Prince George-Bulkley Valley, said the
debates only served to legitimise the "corn-
modification of democracy" that Canadians
are faced with in the electoral system.
Russow said the only issues raised are
done so, with political strategy rather than
sincerity. She thinks Canadians would be better served by hearing where leaders stand on
issues such as aerial spraying of pesticides,
international peace and genetically modified
The apparent polarisation is highly visible
in Russow's Victo-
"[The leaders] looked
like five brats fighting in
their sandbox/'
ria riding, where
she i3 running
against Liberal
incumbent and
high-profile Environment Minister
David Anderson.
Anderson admitted that he needs
to fight for every
vote, given that
the Alliance is fielding Bruce Hallsor, a new
candidate who is hot on the Liberal minister's heels in the polls.
Russow, however, ha3 no qualms about
potentially stealing votes from Anderson,
and hopes that no one hesitates to vote Green
because they'd prefer to vote against the
"This was the problem when I ran against
Anderson last time," she said. "He urged
Green Party members to vote for him to prevent the Reform from getting in."
'I think it's a democracy and people
should vote for
parties they
believe in, who say
things that they
support," said Sierra Club of Canada
Director Elizabeth
May, who has been
very critical of
Anderson's environmental record.
'Individual MPs
within the government party deserve to get
re-elected for the work they've done," she
said. 'Individual members of all parties have
played roles that voters should take into
account in deciding what they think of the
—Joan Russow,
Green Party leader
national leadership."
The Green Party is fielding 105 candidates in all provinces and territories except
Newfoundland in the upcoming election.
This is up from 79 candidates in 1997. The
party ha3 never won a seat federally or
provincially, but has received the highest percentage of votes of any party outside the top
The Green Party of Canada hopes to
launch a challenge under the Charter of
Rights later this year, alleging that the current electoral system violates voter rights.
"That'3 what the tragedy is," said Russow.
"All the parties suffer because they're spending all their time trying to be strategic rather
than thinking about how to address the
urgent issues that have to be addressed."
The Green Party would prefer to see a system of proportional representation where
the amount of seats held in Parliament are a
direct reflection of the popular vote.
Only the five leaders whose parties hold
seats in parliament were able to take part in
the public debates. ♦
Montreal students boycott poppies
Gesture undertaken by McGill students to counter "discrimination" in local legion halls
  bv Jon Brlcker
The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-Some McGill students weren't wearing red
poppies this Remembrance Day in protest of a policy that
denies veterans in religious headgear entrance to many legion
Santbir Singh, a student and an organiser for McGill's Anti-
Racist Action and Sikh Students Association, is one of a handful of students boycotting poppies offered on campus in
exchange for donations to the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL).
He says that Legion Hall No. 6, the local hall responsible for
poppy sales at McGill, is among the halls with a policy against
religious headgear, such as the Sikh turban or a Jewish yar-
"I have a serious problem with buying poppies to support a
legion that promotes discrimination based on religious practice," said Singh.
'World War Two especially was a war against fascism. It's
sad that the people who fought for that now seem bigoted themselves.'
But the RCL national headquarters in Ottawa sent a letter to
Legion Hall No. 6, threatening to shut it down if the local
branch didn't change its policies.
'They have been served with a letter from our President,"
said Diane Rogers, who works at the RCL's Ontario provincial
headquarters. "This is against the policy of the legion and
against human rights."
The decision to take action against Legion No. 6 recalls a
debate that first arose on Remembrance Day in 1993, when
four turban-wearing Sikh veterans were denied entrance into
the Newton RCL hall in Surrey.
That incident led directly to campaigns by the World Sikh
Organisation and the Canadian Jewish Congress not to buy poppies from legion halls that would hot admit individuals in religious headgear.
The following year, a motion on a bylaw that would have
forced all 1700.legion halls to admit individuals in religious
headgear failed at an RCL national convention.
But RCL public relations chief Bob Butt says "that the RCL
national office has since taken steps to respond to criticism.
He said that although the bylaw was never passed, a policy
decision was made in 1994 that all legion halls had to admit
veterans in religious headgear.    •
"Times have changed," said Butt 'Telling people to take off
religious headgear is clearly discriminatory and legion branches that choose to ignore the policy do so at their own risk."
And although most halls have lifted the ban on religious
headgear, a handful remain the subject of ire from many in the
Sikh community who say that being asked to take off their turbans goes against their faith. ;
'People who wore their turbans fighting valiantly on the
front lines in both World Wars are now being told they can't
even wear their turbans into some legion halls," said Anne
Lowthian, executive director of the World Sikh Organisation's
Canadian arm.
'It's ail embarrassment to the rest of Canada that legions
are so unrepresentative of what we fought for."
According to Lowthian, Sikhs accounted for about 35 per
cent of the British Commonwealth Army's India contingent in
both World Wars, and Canada was represented by a Sikh regiment in the Second World War.
But John Wildman, president of Montreal's Legion Hall No.
6, said he doesn't see what all the fuss is about
'Nobody gets to wear anything on their head when they
come into our legion hall. If you wear headgear, you're out of
order," he said. "I don't think this is about religion at all. Taking
off whatever you're wearing on your head is a show of respect
for everyone that died in the war."
Butt added that he thinks poppy boycotts are inappropriate.
"The poppy is a national symbol," said Butt "Of course people have the freedom not to buy a poppy-that's what fighting
the wars were about but boycotting poppies altogether doesn't
address the misguided policies of a handful of legion halls."
Singh, however, disagrees, and says that boycotts have
proven effective.
Proceeds from donations go to ailing veterans and struggling families of former service men and women. ♦
across campus. Brown sjid possible location* include M<rin, Koerner and Woodward
libraries, as well as the Graduate Student
Centre, Student Rec Centre and B-Lot parking
"Ideally they could be all over," Brown
said of the lung term goal for the project
She added that tlie details of the nLn are
currently under negotiation.
Campus to get new safety 1
communication lines
Ihe univeisity is planning lo ir.sta'J a num->
ber of direct lines across campus that wodd {
connect students lo the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) program Safewalk and Campus
"The concept is to make Safewalk and
Security be more accessible lo students," said
Safewalk Director Sue Brown, who Added
that students would haw immediate access
lo the services without requiring change for a
telephone call.
Tha plan would see,* panel with two buttons-one connected to eVch of the safely
services-installed   al  various   locations
Maclean's ranks UBC second
UBC is Canada's second best overall medical/doctoral university, according to
Maclean's magazine's annual survey of universities.
The recently released issue ranks the
Unh er«ity "f Toronto as the be&l overall and
Queen's University, which tied with i BC for
the second spot last year, as third.
The magazine examines universities by
looking at a wide-range of filters and classifies them into one of Uiree utegories-med-
ical/doctoral comprehensive universities
that are extensively research-abased, and
those with mainly undergraduate programs.
While tlie size of UBC's operating budget
was ranked 12lh for the second consecutive
y«ur, the university moved into 3rd place in
hbrary acqusitions from last year's I3\h
place position and was 5Ui in scholarships
and bursaries as a percentage of budget
UBC wa« first m percentage of fac-il'.y wi'h
PiiDs and with fauiUy receiving research
grants for humanities and social sciences.
Student health and dental
plan figures released
Sixty-eight per cent of UBC students are covered under the student health plan, according to Studentcare Networks (SCN), the plan's
UBC students are increasingly usi^g the
Internet lo opt out of the plan. Use of this
option has inc reased thisyear by 16 per cent
Between January and August of this year,
students recovered $667,000 in claims on
the health plait More than 70 per cent of
these claims were categorised as prescription drugs.
During the same period, students filed |
$ 1,303,910 in dental plan claims, - \ , |
Kristin Foster, pacific director of SCN, incbV g
cated lhat she was pleased with the student ^
use of Qio plan, w hi' h she said is 'quite high." i
Fobler said that 84 per cent of the money !
that students paid towards ,Jtu health and den- !
tal plan wa« recu\ered in i '.tains.
The figores were presented by Foster and
another SCN representative at last week's
Alma Mater Society Council meeting.
UBC chemists honoured
Six UBC professors were recently recognised
for their contributions to cbemistiy in Canada
by the Canadian Society for Chemistry.
Raymond Andersen, Melvin Comisarow,
Brianjames, and David Dolphin, aE professor
associated with the department of rhernistiy
were honoured along with Profes«ors emeritus William Cullen and Charles McDowell at
the celebration "Mdeslones in Canadian
Chemistry in ihe 20th Cenluxy.*
Former professor Neil Bartlett was also
included in the ceremony, which was held at
the annual meeting of the society. ♦ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2000
..   ThS University of British Columbia wo
■- Campus Security ano University RCMP
HH Defence Training
pjlse tot Women
University RCMP is hosting another session of
Over a two-day period, women participants will be
encouraged to explore a host of strategies designed to
increase awareness of their options in the event of an
attempted assault. The goal of the'course is to reach out
to its participants in a three-fold way:
1) to enhance feelings of self-empowerment
2) to reduce fear, and
3) to provide both physical and psychological deterrents to attackers.
DAY ONE 9:00 A.M-5:00 P.M; DAY Two 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Room 205, Student Union Building. Space is limited.
Please contact 841-7886 or 822-8274 for more details.
Subsidies are" available through AMS SafeWalk at 822-218
or the Graduate student society at 822-1665.
Once again thet University is recognizing excellence in teaching through the
awarding of prizes to faculty members. Five (5) prize winners will be selected in the
Faculty of Arts for 2001.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more years of
teaching experience at UBC. The three years Include 2000-2001.
CRITERIA: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all levels:
introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate supervision, and any
combination of levels.
NOMINATION PROCESS: Members of faculty, students, or alumni may suggest
candidates to the Head of the Department, the Director of the School, or Chair of
the Program in which the nominee teaches. These suggestions should be. in writing
and signed by one or more students, alumni or faculty, and they should include a
very brief statement of the basis for the nomination. You may write a letter of
nomination oi pick up a form from die Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts in
Buchanan B130,
DEADLINE: 4:00 PM on January 22,2001. Submit nominations to the
Department, School or Program Office in which the nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced in the Spring and they will be identified as well during
Spring convocation in May. '-;"■■
For further information about these awards, contact either your Department, School
or Program Office; or Dr. J. Evan Kreider, Associate Dean of Arts at
call for submissions for the
llbyssey's literary supplement
entry deadline:
5pm, Feb. 9th, 2001
epic: under 3000 words
snap: under 1000 words
, essay: under 3000 words
snap: under 1000 words
poetry       y^
under 20 lines
cash.books publication,
in rant March 9th, 2001
to be announced
entry details
Submissions must be typed on 8.5" x 11" paper, with title on
'■'.   upper, right-hand corner. Do not include name on submission.
Entries are judged anonymously.
Free entry. You must be a UBC student who did not opt out of
your Ubyssey fee. Students who have made more than one editorial
contribution to the Ubyssey since September 2000 are not eligible.
Birds get a win off
first-place Cougars
Women's basketball team splits with top-ranked Regina
 : by Bruce Arthur
UBC's women's basketball team may be stuck in the
toughest conference in the countiy, but they're showing
signs that they're ready to belong^ Saturday, the T-Birds
'took one huge step towards belonging with a decisive
72-51 win over-the top-ranked University of Regina
Cougars, after dropping a contested 89-80 decision
Friday night
'It's tough, because every single game we're playing
a top-teri team, and I think we really need to put this in
our mind and kno\y how we feel right now and think
about" that next week," said fourth-year guard
Charmene Adams.
The Thunderbirds were led Saturday by third-year
guard Julie Smulders, who rebounded from Friday's
disappointing game, in which she missed 14 of 19
shots to score 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Forward
Carrie Rogers added 15 on Saturday, and forward Stacy
Reykdal chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Birds perpetually seem to be teetering on the
• edge of being able to play with the top teams in the conference, and therefore the countiy. The top seven
ranked teams in the CIAU entering this weekend were
from west of Ontario-Victoria, SFU, Calgaiy, and
Alberta came in ranked third through sixth, respectively, and all reside in the Canada West, along with UBC,
Lethbridge, and Trinity Western.
"I think it's important to get those wins so that you
actually do believe it and it's not just talk, it's now
action," said UBC head coach Deb Huband. 'Winning
breeds winning."
Friday night, the T-Birds played Regina tough until
the roof caved in in the final five minutes. UBC had
managed to carve out a 70-67 lead, but Cougar Bree
Burgess dropped a three-pointer to tie the game. That
irey was the beginning of a game-turning 10-1 run for
Regina. UBC closed to within two with 2:18 to go, but
tha Cougars kept making their free throws and UBC
kept missing their shots down the stretch. In the end,
the game was closer than the 89-80 final score indicated. Y
Saturday's game was an altogether different kettle of
fish. After allowing Regina star Corrin Wersta to score
25 points in only 23 minutes on Friday night, UBC
turned the defensive screws, holding Wersta to only two
points and taking a 42-30 lead into halftime. And when
Regina mounted its inevitable challenges in the second
half, UBC responded, never letting the lead shrink
below eight en route to a convincing 72-51 win.
'We know we can compete with [the top teams],, and
now we just know we can finish it off if we put everything together," said Smulders. 'It's all mental."
But UBC doesn't exactly get a break to savour the victory—it heads into Victoria for two games next weekend, and will have the fact that they've never won there
in Huband's six-year tenure hanging over their heads.
Then the Birds meet the surprisingly improved
University of Saskatchewan Huskies to close out the
first-half schedule. After the Christmas break, UBC will
have to play number-six Alberta, number-two
Manitoba, and number-four Simon Fraser on the road
between meetings with conference doormats Trinity
Western, Brandon, and Lethbridge. Will the see-saw
schedule help? That will depend on how ready these T-
Birds are to help themselves. ♦
Change to rule frustrates
hockey coaches in CIAU
by Mason Wright
Sports Bureau Chief
VANCOUVER (CUP)-Several hockey coaches in the Canadian
Interuniversity Athletic Union
(CIAU) say a major rule change for
this season demonstrates how the
league is making hockey decisions
without their input
Under the new rule, icing in
men's hockey will be called automatically when the puck crosses the
red line, instead of being called
when a player on the defending
team touches it after it crosses the
line.  ,     •   .
The rule change was made at the
union's annual general meeting in
Newfoundland in June, despite a
lack of support from the Canadian
University Hockey Coaches
Association (CUHCA).
'What we're told is that the athletic directors want input," UBC
hockey coach Mike Coflin said. "But
the reality is that there have been a
number of changes that have happened, such as this one, without any
coaches' input at all."  *
The rule change was initially
raised by the coaches of the Ontario
University Athletics (OUA) conference, who narrowly passed a
motion at their spring meetings to
institute the rule for OUA play.
Then the CIAU's Program
Council Committee recommended
the rule change at the annual general meeting, and it was passed by
the institutions' athletic directors.
Current CUHCA president Andy
Scott, who is also the head coach at
Royal Military College, admitted
there is some dissent among coaches over the icing rule.
"I can see how these two conferences might be a little upset that
program council has gone and done
.this when at the coaching level
there was overwhelming support
for touch icing, certainly amongst
the Atlantic and the Western conferences."
Chuck Mathies, the athletic
director at Ryerson Polytechnic
Institute who was on the Program
Council Committee representing
the OUA, said the committee knew
of the opposition from the other
conferences, but other factors came
into play.
One factor was insurance.
Canadian Hockey League regulations require teams to pay higher
insurance rates under touch icing
rules due to the risk of injury.
But Mathies,- who supports the
motion sent to the AGM, downplayed the committee's insurance
"The insurance piece was perhaps additional information that
was there to provide a backbone for
the OUA in regards to why we felt
strongly that these [rules] heeded to
be endorsed across Canada," he
But Coflin, who served on the
executive of the CUHCA in 1996-97,
is worried that the decision was
made for the wrong reasons.
'It strictly came down to a dollar decision. Each institution
would have had to pay an additional $1500 in terms of levels' of
insurance, and they made a strictly
economic decision. However they
want to mask it, that's what they
He added that this kind of decision making could negatively
impact other issues for CIAU hockey.
"They went against the wishes of
the coaches overall, and it's one
more decision being taken out of
hockey people's hands. It's very
frustrating...There's a number of
issues out there like this that are
going to be made for non-hockey
reasons: things like playoff formats,
visors/non-visors, fighting/non-
fighting,* '  ,.''. ^      .^:t
But, president Scott'said the
league' administration generally
takes input from coaches "very seri-.
"I. can see [problems] in this
case, but to generalise and say
coaches input isn't being listened to
or anything, there's some evidence
there that that's just not the case/
Despite the disagreement about
process, the rule change has actually been received fairly well overall.
'In terms of what the fans get, in
terms of the competition itself, in
terms of hqwyou coach the game, it
doesn't seem to really have been a
positive or a negative," Coflin conceded.
Scott said the game is better now
than it was with touch icing.
"We had teams in our league
who literally would step out from
behind their net, fire the puck down
the ice as hard as they could with
two guys standing at the other blue
line, and the chase was on," he
explained. 'That's not hockey to
me." ♦ 'iv THE UBYSSEY
B-ball men win two
Basketball Birds win two at home against Cougars
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2000      9
  by Dustin Cook
The Thunderbirds men's basketball team
headed into its home stand against Regina
this past weekend with a 1-3 record, tied
with Saskatchewan for last place in the
Canada West division. To say that the two
games against the Rams were crucial to
UBC's playoff hopes was an understatement
After blowing leads and letting their last
two games slip away in Calgaiy last weekend, the Birds.took out their frustrations on
the lowly Regina Cougars. On Friday the
Bird's dominated the Cougars from the outset and at halftime were leading 4S-34. Led
by team captain Courtney Kolla's 20-point
performance, the Bird's easily coasted to a
106-80 rout.
Saturday, however, was a different story.
This time the Cougars decided to show up
for the game, and capitalised on the Birds'
early mistakes. After their easy victory the
■night before, the Birds appeared overconfident, and in the first half didn't function
like a team. Too often the Birds tried to play
one-on-one offence and as a result UBC shot
a poor 32 per cent from the field. With the
Birds' offence sputtering, the Cougars built
a 34-26 lead heading into halftime.
In the second half the Birds came out flying. With a 12-2 run they rallied to take a
one-point lead just 2:33 in. But the Cougars
answered with an eight-point run and the
lead see-sawed back and forth. The game
was only decided in the last few minutes.
With 2:27 remaining and the game knotted
at 71, UBC guard Pat McKay sank a three-
pointer to give the Birds the lead. Five seconds later, the Cougars hit two free throws
to cut the lead to one. This set the stage for
the play of the game.
With the Birds clinging to a 1-point lead
Jason Maher skillfully drove to the basket.
Down low Maher fooled two defenders by
faking a shot in mid air and dishing the ball
outside to a wide-open McKay who easily
drained the three. Up 77-73 the Birds would
not relinquish their lead and with some
clutch free throw shooting hung on for an
83-76 win.
Key to the Birds' victory was their ability
to resurrect their struggling offence in the
second half. By scoring 5 7 points in the second frame, the Birds more than doubled
their measly 26 points from the first.
McKay, who had 24
points and five three-
pointers led the
Bird's second half
comeback. UBC also
received excellent
performances from
guards Ben Sansburn
and Tasso Kanavos.
Sansburn's 11
rebounds was a team
high, and along with
Kanavos, he put in
12 points.
Definitely improving, the Birds are
playing a lot better
than at the beginning
of the season. They
no longer casually
and recklessly shoot
from the perimeter.
Instead, they now
work the ball down and take it the basket.
However they still perform inconsistantly,
and sometimes play as individuals.
With their record now 3-3 and riding a
two-game wining streak, the Birds hope to
FADING AWAY: A UBC player and a UVic player as seen in a
recent dream. Catherine denton photo
build on their momentum as they head to
Victoria next weekend. Victoria will be a
real test for the Birds, because they will likely have to defeat the Vikes if they hope to get
out of the Canada West this year. •>
UBC Thunderbirds quarterback
Shawn Olson has been nominated
for the Hec Creighton Trophy,
awarded eveiyyear to the most out
standing player in the CIAU, One
player .from each conference is
nominated for the Iropl^y. Ihe fiftb-
year pi|ot Is the fourth consecutive
Thund^bird to be nominated from
Iha Canada West la 1997, UBC
running back Mark Nohra was
awarded the trophy after the Birds
won the Vanier Cup.
Women's Volleyball
The Thunderbirds beat the Trinity
Western University Spartans 3-0 on
both Friday and Saturday, improving their season record to 5-1. The
hapless 0-6 Spartans are in last
place, while UBC is in first place in
the Canada West The Birds stay
home this weekend to play the
University of Alberta Pandas at
6:15pm. on Friday, and at 8pm on
Men's Volleyball
The UBC men's volleyball team
also fared well against the
Spartans on Friday night winning
3-2. Unfortunately the Birds
couldn't carry the momentum
into Saturday night's match, and
they lost 3-2, leaving them With 3-
3 record so far this season. The
Birds face the Alberta golden
Bears this weekend in War
Memorial Gym at Spm on Friday,
and 6:1 Spin Saturday.
Women's Hockey   l
The UBC Thunderbirds women's
hockey team heads to Calgary
this weekend to face the
University of Calgary Dinos. The
Birds are 1-3 so far this season,
and sit in fifth place in the
Canada West
The UBC rowing team was at the .
Head of the Lake regatta in Seattle ,
tip past weekend. The Women's
lightweight coxed four finished first,
in  their  race  with   a   time  of
20:46.32. The women's open dou- s
ble (Laura Middleton and Diane ,
Wilson) also finished first with a
time of 20:36.9a
The men's eight placed fifth in
its race with a time of 16:06, The ,
men's junior varsity eight place ;
sixth in its race, with a time of
17:18.34. ♦ 10 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2000
The loneliness of the
distance runner
(in Wisconsin)
UBC cross-country runner Byron Wood heads to the NAIA
championship meet after winning the regional race
WINNING SEASON: Byron Wood leaves tomorrow for the NAIA national championship
race in Kenosha, Wisconsin, tara westover photo
by Nicholas Bradley
Many people who get diagnosed with high blood pressure are told to reduce the
amount of stress in their lives. Byron Wood's doctor told him to start running.
Of course, most people with high blood pressure are a little older than Byron Wood,
who played some soccer when he was younger and ran cross-country when he was in
elementary school, but by his own admission, didn't do much after that
'When I was about 20,1 went to the doctor and he said I had high blood pressure,
and I should start running," explains Wood. So he did.
'I guess I've got an obsessive-compulsive personality, 'cause I just started running
seven days a week, just hammering out 10k every single day."
All that running paid off—just two weeks ago, as a member of UBC's cross-countiy
team, he won the NAIA regional championships and earned himself a ticket
to the NAIA national championships
in    Kenosha,    Wisconsin    next
And the doctor's orders obviously worked—Wood is relaxed
going into the championship
race. If anything, he sounds a tittle surprised that he's going at
all. His explanation of how he put
everything together to win the
regional championships in
Lewiston, Idaho, i3 not as coherent as you might expect
'I don't know, I guess it was, um—you know, we've all been working hard all season and just gearing up for it you get the mental aspect of jt and, we're all really
fit..you just gotta, you know, put your mind towards it, and, yeah, I don't know."
But even if these aren't the immortal words of a champion. Wood has little doubt
about the strength of UBC's cross-countiy squads.
'Our whole team's been running really well. I've been sort of the number-two and
the number-three runner in the races, and it sort of all came together for me, and I had
a great race where it counted at the qualifying race."
In Lewiston, the men's team did indeed have a strong race; finishing second out of
the five schools in the 60-runner event In addition to Wood's win, Geoff Reid placed
7th, Chris Durkin placed 10th, and five other runners placed in the top 3 S of the men's
race. Melissa Hungerford led the way for the women with a 6th-place finish, with all
six runner finishing in the top 30.
Simon Fraser University, UBC'3 cross-town rivals, won the team event, and qualified for the nationals. But since only one team moves on, only Wood, who bested the
field in the 8-km race, will be representing UBC in Kenosha
'I'm really happy I made it, but I'm disappointed because it would have been really fun to go down with the team. Our team has totally melded together this year, we've
all become really good friends and it would have been a good opportunity to take the
whole team down there."
Wood leaves for Wisconsin tomorrow, accompanied by Al Klassen, one of UBC's
coaches, who was a two-time first-team All-Canadian back when he ran cross-country
for UBC about ten years ago.
"Friday we'll probably go check out the course, jog it and see what the course looks
like, then just try to relax the rest of the day, and just get ready for the race on Saturday."
On race day, the task at hand will be simple enough—but hard. Out of the more than
200 schools in the NAIA, 2 S teams have qualified for the championships, plus the wild
card slots, along with all the individual competitors like Wood, who estimates that
there will be at least 300 runners on the start line.
'It's going to be really tough," he says. Last year, UBC's David Milne won the regional championships and went on to a seventh place in Wisconsin. Milne sat out this season because of illness, but he warned Wood how tough the race will be. On Saturday,
though, Wood will be getting ready just like at any other race.
'I won't eat much, like I'll have maybe a bagel and a Powerbar, do some stretching,
get there an hour and a half before...do a warm-up, and pretty much get ready to go."
He's not too worried about expectations right now, saying that he would rather just
be well-prepared and ready to go hard when the starter's gun fires.
He certainly seems prepared. After spending the summer training for two
triathlons in Squamish and Penticton, he got down to work at running this fall. The
cross-country team has been doing interval sessions twice a week, and Wood's weekly
schedule also includes a long run on Sundays, some hill repeats, a couple of 45-minute
runs during the week, and some extra workouts in the pool or on the bike.
"It takes up a good portion of your day," he says of the training regimen.
Despite being well trained. Wood doesn't want to make specific predictions for the
Kenosha race.
"I'd rather not really think about the place and the time," he laughs. He does admit
though, that despite the tough course in Wisconsin, he'd like to break his season-best
time of 2 5:22 for 8km, which he posted at the Willamette Invitational in Salem, Oregon.
'It should be a really good experience no matter how I do."
Wood ran his last hard workout on Saturday morning, and will be tapering through
this week until Saturday. This will be the last race of the season for him, but other
members of the team are still training for the upcoming Canadian cross-country championships in Etobicoke.
Wood won't be making the trip—he sheepishly admits that he didn't have a great
race at the BC championships, held recently at Jericho Park. .He missed qualifying for
the BC team, and doesn't have the money to pay his own way to Ontario.
'It was a really tough field," he says, before joking that "the [NAIA] regjonals was
sort of my redemption for having a bad race at BCs."
But the fact that other runners will be going to Ontario shows the depth of UBC's
program, which Wood is quick to point out One runner, Milne, was out this year
because of sickness, and another was out because of injury, which means that next season could be even better for UBC. The young team will try again to qualify as a team
for the NAIA championships, and maybe do even better.
"Next year is looking really good," says Wood.
"The coach is actually saying we might have a shot at winning NAIAs."
Next year, Wood will finish his psychology degree, and use up his final year of eligibility. He then hopes to enter UBC's social work program.
"It'll be my last year of eligibility and all the young guys are just getting faster and
faster, so it'll be a great year."
Wood, who attended Langara College before coming to UBC, is optimistic about next
year, and for good reason He explains that UBC's runners have all improved since last
year, his first on the team, and that they've been having both fun and success this season
So far so good for someone who is relatively new to the sport
"Right now I'm definitely focusing on running," he says. 'Sometimes it's hard to go
out and train every day," he admits, but adds that the people he has met through running make up for the hard work.
He'll have a bit of a break soon—after Kenosha, he'll take December pretty easy
before gearing up for the track season injanuaiy. Most of the cross-countiy team also
runs track, so he'll be surrounded by familiar faces. In the meantime, he'll be facing
the field in Wisconsin alone. But if this worries Wood, he knows what to do. Apparently
running is a great way to relax. ♦
UBC hockey men lose two more at home
 ■       by Sara Newham
Things don't look too good right now for the UBC men's hockey
team, In fact, they look pretty rotten. The 1-8-1 Birds went into this
' weekend's' homestand against the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies in search of a long overdue win. Unfortunately they came
up empty as the Huskies swept the series with a 4-3 win Friday and
3-2 win Saturday.
■ Saskatchewan came out strong in the first period on Friday,
dominating the Birds at both ends of the rink. The Huskies got then-
first goal at 9:04 when forward Jeff Kirwan made some nifty stick-
handling moves and beat UBC netminder Robert File on the the far
side. The visitors added their second on a powerplay at 12:09.
'We're just shooting ourselves in the foot in the first period. It
seems to be every game so far. Our defence is solid, (but) we just
have to give ourselves a chance to win,* explained UBC forward Ian
Lampshire.   -
■ The second period saw an about-face for the Thunderbirds. They
crashed, they banged, they scored. UBC received goals from Nils
Antons and Corey LaFreniere at 1:01 and 13:07, respectively. When
Saskatchewan re-gained the one goal lead, the T-Birds answered on
the powerplay with just fifty seconds remaining in the period. After
some great pressure in the Husky zone, Lampshire drilled it past
the Saskatchewan goalkeeper, tying the game at three apiece. The
Birds seemed like a completely different team.
Almost They still had to play the third period.
'We improved [a lot) more [since} last week. I think we played
much better defense, but still there are some mistakes," File said
after the game.
The hard work spilled into the final frame, but unfortunately, it
was the Huskies that were rewarded. With only a few seconds
remaining cm a Bird penalty, Saskatchewan right winger Jeremy
Stasiuk flipped the puck past a sprawling File at the nine-minute
mark. Though the Birds tried to come back, their efforts were in
UBC head coach Mike Coflin was awarded a game misconduct
penalty right at the end of Friday's game. Under CIAU rules, a game
misconduct is an automatic one-game suspension. After the game
Saturday, Coflin explained that he had told the linesman, without
raising his voice, that had he called icing, a penalty against UBC
would not have occurred.
In any case, Coflin said that he was proud of the effort shown by
his team. "I thought the line of Nils Antons, Lampshire, and Dustin
Paul was the best they've played collectively as a group. I thought they
showed a lot of leadership. I don't think there was anyone that wa3 a
standout, and there wasn't anyone that was particularly poor either."
Coflin also lamented the loss of defenceman Chris (no relation
to Theoren) Fleuiy to a separated shoulder that will keep him out
./or the remainder of the first half of the season. t
Saturday's game wa3 almost identical to Friday's. Coflin, who
was unable to appeal his suspension, was replaced as head coach
for the game by former Vancouver Canucks assistant coach Terry
Bangen. As on Friday night UBC came out flat in the first allowing
Saskatchewan to build an early 2-0 lead on goals from Neil Johnston
and Trever McMorris.
'It's real tough to win a hockey game when you're playing catchup all game, especially [against] the clubs in this league. There's not
..a lot of room out there. I think collectively we just have to stick
together as a group, not dwell on the negatives, start building on the
positives, and come out flying in the first* Paul said after the game.
Despite being down 2-0, all was not lost The Thunderbirds were
granted a powerplay at the start of the second and managed to
make the most of it when Shoaf wired a point shot over the goalie's
glove. Two minutes later, with the Birds on another powerplay, Paul
shpt the puck through the S-hole on the Huskies netminder, making
; it 2-2 at the 3:34 mark. It was a whole new game.
'It was a close game, decided in the third period on the score-
sheet but decided in the first period with our preparation to play, or
lack thereof. We've got to, be prepared to play. It's an uphill battle. It's
very taxing, very draining emotionally on the team,* said Coflin, who
does not know what he is going to do to motivate this team into the
' playoffs, though he states that it is something he and the coaching
staff have been addressing since the beginning of the season.
The third period, once again, proved to be the T-Birds' undoing.
With only five seconds remaining on a UBC penalty, Saskatchewan
got its third goal of the game. File was outstanding this weekend,
letting in only seven of 7 7 shots on goal. He stood on this head for
most of the weekend, making save after spectacular save.
Unfortunately, it wa3 not enough to seal a win for his team.
'It pisses me off working so hard and we lost We just can't seem
to get breaks. Young guys work hard, old guys work hard, do things
well, and it comes down to an awful call the last racking ten minutes
of the period. It doesn't make sense. It's like we get punished by the
refs here for being from UBC," said the obviously frustrated captain,
Trevor Shoaf
One thing that was working well this weekend, however, was the
powerplay. Coflin has changed the look of the powerplay, which
according to Lampshire, allows it to succeed more often. 'It worked
really well in the second game against Calgary too. He changed the
breakout which allows a lot more support of the puck. Once we get
into their end, we're okay, it's just a matter of getting into their end.
With this breakout it makes it attainable for us to get there."
The Thunderbirds are going to have to be skating on all cylinders, and for the entire 60 minutes, next weekend as they take on
East Division-leading Manitoba Bisons at the Thunderbird Winter
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by Farm Johal
at the Commodore Ballroom
Nov. 10
"Hell mothafuckin' yeah!"
With an opening like that, you
know the party is just getting started.
And that's exactly what happened at
the Commodore Ballroom on
Saturday Choclair (AKA Chocs or
Chiznock) entertained Vancouver's
hip-hop fans along with his crew,
Toronto's solo artist Solitair and
Dirty ol' Men's Leroy Brown deejay-
ing in the back. Vancouver was the
Choc's last West Coast appearance on
his tour promoting the album Ice
Special guest DJ Mastermind got
the party knockin' with his skillful
spinning of urban hip-hop.
Mastermind has been in the indus-
tiy for 13 years and shows every
ounce of his talent through his collaborations with Choclair,
Rassmunk, Checkmate, and Concise.
He also pays his respect to old
school by remixing the vibes of
NWA, the backbone of hip-hop.
Mastermind played his spinning
rhythms and scratching beats to the
hip-hop lovers, getting the crowd
ready to move to Choclair.
Choclair, Solitair, and Brown got
the crowd bumpin' and bouncin'
with their rhyming and deejaying.
Choclair, the ladies' man, has his
own style of rapping with the use of
smooth and witty lyricism, along
with hardwork and talent, helping
him rise to the top of the national
hip-hop charts.
Choc showed his respect to
Canadian hip-hop by shouting out "I
am Canadian' while drinking his
beer on stage. In his own words,
"Hip-hop is for everyone, for black
people, white people, yellow people,
it doesn't matter," Choclair brought
out massive cheers from the largely
multicultural crowd.
The highlight of this high-energy
evening was when the Rascalz came
charging ort to the stage, sending out
cheers from the surprised crowd.
Choclair, the Rascalz, and Solitair
did their thang on stage and sang
the ever popular urban anthem
"Northern Touch,' ending the
evening with Choclair singing,
"People talkin shit but I can't do a
damn thing/ So understand this, it's
all about the lyricist/ No one can
rock a beat just like 1/ Let's ride."
Choclair fans definitely got a
Choc-ful evening. ♦
by Matt Whalley
at the Commodore Ballroom
Thievery Corporation and their Mirror
Conspiracy gave Vancouver a taste of
the 18th Street Lounge on Friday night
This DJ pair from Washington, DC
mixed its. blend of dub, reggae, bossa
nova, and Italian porno soundtracks
for a sold-out show at the Commodore.
I AM CANADIAN: A beer-guzzling Choclair served up hip-hop for all stripes on
Saturday night at the Commodore Ballroom, parm johal photo
THIS IS NOT GORDON DOWNEY JR: This is not a file photo.This is a photograph
from thejhievery Corporation concert last weekend, honestly, alex schiller photo
The evening began with Thievery and
its entourage weaving through the crowd
as dancers stopped to stare. Thieveiy
Corporation should be known for its
style as much a3 the music. The duo
graces its album covers in double-breasted suits, trying to play-up the secret
agent persona. This evening. Matt Garza
had a white suit jacket on and Alex
Hilton wore a turtleneck sweater.
Completely serious and stony-faced, they
walked onstage with the people that
would be performing this evening: two
skinny Rastas, an older blonde woman,
and a younger dreadlocked girl. This
mix of performers could only be
involved with Thievery Corporation,
whose name acknowledges that it steals
from any musical style. One constant,
however, is the consistent use of rumbling low-end and ambient sounds.
Before the show started, there was
much anticipation about what the actual stage performance would consist of.
It was possible that there would be a
live bass, drums, and sitar or just two
turntables at the front of the stage.
Thievery took the middle path and
mixed both aspects in its live performance. The most surprising thing about
the stage set-up was the movie screen
that showed cut-up films from the sixties and seventies.
After half an hour of bizarre footage,
Thieveiy Corporation finally took the
stage, joined by two singers and a hand
drummer, who took position behind
the turntables silhouetted by the movie
screen. While the DJs lit cigarettes and
checked everything over, the low-end
rumbled with dub sounds. The
Dreadlocked woman sang softly in
French, every note contrasting with the
deep rippling bass.
Thievery's sense of style was evident-Hilton drank from a bottle of
beer and glanced at the film footage of
themselves playing secret agent in an
airport, walking around with a metal
briefcase delivering the goods to one of
• the skinny Rastas.
The first half of the set consisted of
material from Mirror Conspiracy,
including the single, "Lebanese
Blonde," which received a great
response from the crowd. The soft-
singing female vocalists were then
replaced by the two Rastas, and the
show continued with a different
Starting with a few devotional
chants of.'Rastafari,' the Rastas nattered over the drum beat3 that had
replaced the powerful basslines. Drum
beats ruled the last half of the set until
Thievery returned to material from
their DJ Kicks album. They played a
Rockers Hi-Fi track, and even covered a
classic reggae song, "Armagideon
Time," made famous outside of Jamaica
by The Clash.
Thievery did this revolutionary reggae classic justice wijh thunder-clap
bass and Accented chatter. Thievery
Corporation appears able to handle any
style of music that it chooses. They
make the crowd move with a blend of
music that simply will not age. ♦ WiJiat makes you unique?
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Some UBC students find out
by Lisa Johnson
The rumors say that it was just an excuse for
a liquor license. The organisers say that it
was a "Warholian attempt to meld pop culture
and...art" A group of fine arts students initially called the show offensive, whereas another
art student, Damien McCoombs, later
declared that it 'expanded the gray area
around what art is." Whatever it was, last
week's SUB Art Gallery show, "Up and Coming
Art Group: 'We Promise Absolutely No Social
Commentary," has people talking.
The show, which opened November 6 to a
crowd of friends and party crashers, was a
smorgasbord of completed and in-process creations by people who see themselves as
artists, and who contributed because, as one
artist put it, event organiser 'Graham [Lang]
told me they needed art, so I brought some
stuff in.' According to Lang, it was a "juxtaposition of real artists and non-artists with the
common theme that art can be fun." The hosted bar didn't hurt
Contributor Norm Wickett denied any
overt theme for the show, claiming that
themes were contained in each artist's work.
Wickett's attention-drawing pieces—largely in
crayon and marker on butcher paper—included a life-size drawing of a side of beef and a
witty story of a love affair between a dog and a
robot The latter, he explained, was about the
"master-slave relationship between technology and man."
However, the work that generated the most
talk was the acrylic-on-butcher-paper painting
by Colin McCubbin entitled "9:00 Monday
night" During the evening, he and Lang gathered onlookers outside the SUB, where
McCubbin stripped to his boxers, covered his
body in blue and yellow acrylic paint, and
jumped against the vertical paper which was
later moved inside. Commentary on the piece
turned to criticism as fine arts student Chris
Ruifato called the piece derivative of earlier
work by artist Yves Klein.
In 1960, Klein staged The Monotonous
Symphony, an installation using beautiful
naked women as "human paint brushes.'
Assuming correctly that McCubbin was ignorant of Klein's work, and scornful of a gallery
show by what he understood to be non-artists,
Ruffatto began writing on the walls of the
gallery statements such as, "You don't understand," 'Look before you perform," and, "More
Dada than your mama.' He left his signature,
"Ruffatto,' next to many of the gallery's pieces.
When confronted by Lang and asked to
stop, Ruffatto asked why the rest of the work in
the gallery was art and his own writings were
not Lang, concerned primarily for his damage deposit and uninterested in debate, asked
Ruffatto to clean the walls the next day, which
he did.
Ruffatto later claimed that he was not trying
to graffiti the work, but was playing with what
he described as the "Dadaist atmosphere' of
the gallery show. Lang, though appreciative of
Ruffatto's desire to contribute, said, "Maybe
vandalism [wasn't] the way to do it"
'Or maybe he's 80 years too late," quipped
Wickett After all the most famous Dada art was
created around the time of the First World War.
Marcel Duchamp, for example, challenged the
concept of the artist as creator and genius by
signing an artist's name to mass-produced non-
art objects such as a wine rack and a urinal.
But does this suggest that the pieces in the
show were non-art? Must something have
an artist's signature to be art? And who gets to
be an artist? Welcome to (post)modernism. In
the last century, critically-acclaimed art has
moved further and further into self-referential
commentary on these issues. Though professing "No Social Commentary," in its quest for
accessible and enjoyable art last week's SUB
show entered this discourse by challenging
who has the right to make art
Ruffatto, McCoombs, and some of the other
fine arts students were initially offended.
"This is what we want to do with our lives,' said
McCoombs, 'and we [felt like] we were being
made a mockery of." Lang and Wickett denied
this motive, describing their show as 'earnestly
self-mocking.' Both BFA students later spoke
positively of the show, with Ruffatto 'stoked to
see that people who weren't in art whether or
not they fully took interest in it, were just doing
it' McCoombs called himself 'awestruck' by
the realisation that the pieces 'required [creation by] non-artists.*
Though some contributors' to "We Promise
Absolutely No Social Commentaiy," such as
Janet Glover and Afshin Mehin, do have formal art training, the majority did not But
Wickett stated that 'classical training doesn't
mean jack if you don't have the ideas to back
it up.' And so the debate continues. ♦
All artwork by
Norman J. Wickett
at the New Revue Stage
until Dec. 30
Are you fooling nostalgic about those evenings gathered hi
front of the TV watching 'Survivor* with a group of friends?
Web, the Vaacowe* TheatreSports League takes you back
live to theuei&ole island with a group of witty, quick-thinking actors vying to become the Bnzl survivor in Impro-
vivor. The cast changes from night to nighty but the impro
vis&rs I saw on Saturday night indicate that the talent pool
is very deep. ' ,
Based on audience suggestions and the actors' personalities, the show promises to be unique each night The
challenges and scenarios presented to erown the new
reigning survivor will be vaiy each evenihg. Most of the
scenarios are familiar to those who have attended feeatre-
spdrts competitions before, who have or Watched 'Whose
line is it Anyway?* However, two elements are added in,
this production—the Survivor spoof framework and the
profession that the audience suggests for each actor.
Flaying a dentist, I<m Bonlhby wan awarded the coveted
title of survivor, outwitting his equally competent challenger Dan Jolfre, a taxidermist, in the final question game
scene. As a Westfet airline attendant, Jason Bidden provided a great deal of entertainment and displayed great wit
and acting throughout the evening, Nick Harrison plays the
host and facilitates the audience suggestions, moving the
action along,
A basic tropical setting with a hut and coconut trees decorates the playing area, providing the atmosphere of a
southern island. A crucial technical element comes from
the sound booth—the sound cues in the scenarios both
complement and challenge the actors. In effect, the sound
person becomes another actor, albeit an invisible one.
One of the highlights of the evening I attended was a
scene where the stage represented the geography of
Canada, wish certain sections of the playing area depicting
fee individual provinces and territories (and below the
stage was the US}. The audience suggested that the scene be
about 'going out for dinner/ and the stereotypes depicted
by the jctors were inc ledibly witty.
For example, a pot smoking mother in BC \\<n struggling In communicate wife her son in Quebec on ^liil and
when* they w j riled lo eat. The father in Ont.iri»,d urns feat
he's the centre of the universe, so he'll make a decision.
The final part of this scene had the father (still in Ontario)
asking his son, who is drunk and in the Maritime;?. :f he is
still collecting employment insurance.
I recommend arriving early, as Ihe show frequently
sells out. Another bonus for early arrivers is feat. ;rJike
most theatres, you can lake your drinks inside fee feealre
and enjoy fee pre-show music and ambience, sipj,-:ig as
you watch. At $ 10.50 for student tickets, it's one of fee best
deals in town for fan, live entertainment So I sugge^; feat
rather than watching yet another Hollywood formula feck,
you go to Granville Island wife a group of friends to find
out who will be fee next Impro-vivor. ♦
-George Bel'-iveau
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by Jack Mingo and Erin Barrett
Ask Jeeves/Raincoast
If you are sadly desperate for new conversation topics to discuss wife your friends, or if
you don't have any friends and are just a fan
of useless information, then Just Curious,
Jeeves is fee book for you. Otherwise, don't
Jeeves is fee fictional butler on fee website
Ask.com who offers supposedly helpful
advice. Loaded wife links and annoying ads,
Ask.com is merely a glorified search engine
that provides answers when visitors type in
questions. Just Curious, Jeeves contains a list
of questions compiled from Ask.com, which
fee authors claim fields up to 3300 inquiries
per minute. The book—or 385-page advertisement—boasts feat it contains 'fee 1001 most
intriguing questions asked on fee Internet"
These questions, apparently, are interesting to authors Jack Mingo and Erin Barrett,
but odds are, most of these queries won't
interest most readers. In fee author's note,
Mingo and Barrett make fee following
assumption: 'that there's something here for
just about everyone.' Unfortunately, they offer
no guarantees.
Just Curious, Jeeves doesn't necessarily
have fee most frequently asked questions—it's
mostly concerned wife adult content or questions from crazy people whose interests are
best not mentioned. The book devotes chapters to food, alcohol, art sports, driving, US
presidents, money, wild animals, and stupid
body tricks. But many of fee chapters will
leave readers asking themselves why they're
reading this book.
Yet it does contain some interesting trivia—fee book asks what fee most performed
song in fee last 100 years is, when 'In God we
trust' first appeared on US coins, and what
trainspotting is. (If you were wondering,
"Happy Birthday* is fee most performed song,
1955 is when Americans put God on their
change, and trainspotting is an English pas-
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time in which trainspotters make detailed
accounts of all fee names, engines, cars, and
identification numbers of trains feat they've
Whether these questions are interesting or
not depends on fee reader. However, one fact
remains—if someone wants information, he
or she should buy a set of encyclopedias, not
this book. It makes more sense to go on fee
Internet or to a library to find out fee answers
to a bunch of irrelevant questions feat you'd
probably never ask in fee first place.
The book is also excessively commercial:
every three pages, Just Curious, Jeeves
prompts readers wife a question, but doesn't
give fee answer. Clearly, fee writers hope feat
fee question will make readers so curious feat
they will log on to fee Internet and visit
Ask.com to find fee answer. Not likely.
In fee end there will be only one question
feat readers will want to ask Jeeves. Where
can I get my money back after buying this
lousy book? ♦
Staff Voters' List
Tristan Winch
Tara Westover
Daiiah Merzaban
Cynthia Lee
Alex Dimson
Tom Peacock
Nicholas Bradley
Holland Gidney
Laura Blue
€rnie Qeaudln
Duncan M. McHugh
Regina Yung
Sarah Morrison
Lisa Denton
Scott Bardsley
Michelle Mossop
To become a voting/
staff member you
must have made at
least three editorial
contributions and
attended three out
of the last five staff
meetings. If you
haven't met the criteria but feel you
should vote, petitions for voter eligibility will be heard
at the next staff
meeting on Wed.
Nov. 15 in Sub 241K THE UBYSSEY
bone of earth ii by Diana Stech
at the Vancouver International Dance Festival
ing, perhaps more startling was his physical
appearance. In fee first dance, which evokes
fee dawning of fee world, Waguri appears
almost naked—with only a small piece of
cloth covering fee naughty bits. The rest of
his body, including his face, was covered
wife a gre^jiustypowder feat gave hiBi'ah'-
^ya-of being something not quite human.
Waguri presented a visually powerful image
since fee audience was able to marvel at the
tenseness in his muscles, and witness fee
deadpan expression upon his dustcbliterat-
ed face.
In feesecdnJ dance, his partner, Asuka
Shjjrtada, presented a striking contrast She
Emerged clothed fully wifeajnask-obsciiF"
r ..     ing her features. He*-rnovements seemed
its of fee ways feat a humaji'body    odd, and shghtiymhuman. Howeyej^the-
s of something ofeej^ondly and     audienc^a*ccepted this as- thS" illusion of
until slowlv,Shimada revealed fee
feat shehadcast She liftedfee-dfess"
that extended to her feet toreveal a' backward body. She had placed1 fee mask on fee
—.  —. c-j  -j-- f     badjr*of her head. As,She broke her deceff"
Eventually an ethereal music joined tKe performance, ground-    tion, there were isolated chuckle<m fee
ed by they solid beat of a, drum, and Waguri's movements Vaudience,   feeri\_j^mada^ turned   and~
becomeinore determined. He stomps across fear stage, and/   revealedjieiytrue face.     Jr ^^^
fesponse to fee intoxicajsng drumbeat, he works hhfr ^^Almbst vlvifeout a douSt, a thick pnllosa-
self intjo a frenzy. Dust, and th/ bare bones of life, plastenfe^^lphy oozed! and drenched fee perfopilance^
black^tage. / / /^^     After aljf fee prograipbegaiyvitbr^lescrip-
ijfeough fee tense movements of Waguri's body ^erjf strik-    tion of Butoh dance as beyfe j&ljAa trans-
Bone of Earth II, a dance performance choreographed by Butoh
artist Yukio Waguri, certainly fives up to its name. The dry
primeval dust of human origin was floating through fee darkened Granville Island Theatre, while a human beast strained to
a pulsating beat
It may sound odd, but this is precisely fee aim of Butoh, a
type of dance highlighted at this year's Vancouver
International Dance Festival. The professed aim of this for:
to break apart verbal definitions and strip fee audiencefs"sensibility to a state of nakedness. In this state ofnaKedness fee
audience watches as fee body of fee Butoh dancer regresses to
fee depths of existence.
Although I'm not sure feat I felt na£ed during fee performance, nor am I sure feat I watchepVa human body regressing to
fee depths of existence, fee, dasicer certainly commanded a
powerful stage presence. T^stension inherent in Butoh dapce
visually challenged fee
can move while evoi
primitive. /
The performance started wife silence and darkness. Slowly
fee lights begaiito rise, like fee first sunrise of a prehistori
world. Soundless, fee dancer, Yukio Waguri, begins to move/Xt
first his slowjr movements are precisarand his eyes furtive.
i?Tm«K.niT«. .t» .4-1.....l -. .*. ;..'~...j ik. _ r . ^ .j
ffers us. And in doing Oils, we
lecome rooots—uncreative, superfi-
ial beingslfeat are alwayslempty
side and pertpetually left Vith a
ilank stare.
The performance was nlledWith
iw, contrived poses, but also nbmy
tionary, frlnzied motions. The
it half of th^programme was
odato calisthenics—fee dancers did\
n't cover much physical distance, but
sweakdripped ofpfeeir bodies by
about midway though the performance. Many difficult iWular poses
were stxutik, and there were sparse
formt "value/' into /"nonsense
It further ilabjorated feat fee
B^oh artist inignt be seen as
the priest wno has mastered
tl e Sabbath rituals feat invite
g meratjon after generation
" *' ' l' .ckly |ntangled^world,
ess thaoui.
feV gap b^ween w^rds and things disappears and
into at
a world^Df d
nodern-jage hi
_. „      Waguri and Shimafla appearei
     before us.* However, for  Jmny members o/fee audie:
sonfeone nM familiar wifejhe philosophy ofl^aancers a standing ovation,
worl\ of darkness' the performance-remained their dust-covered faces nevi
both eajoyable ajjd powerful Bone of Earth II, may
The end of the d^nce revisited the beginning as    nakednesjy but it certainly*appealej
fee dance^returnea tQthe earth and the body    Perhaj^lt helped fill feat gap
died. Then fee lights faafecU,and the theatre re-    spdety and fee primjt&e beast
established feesiknce and darkness. Tha spell ofit was merely tainted dance:
""'toh was broken^ag the lights came up and    fully ente^•"■*•'#*■ •>« '"^<««^
Ihe Vancouver
|f Performance Workl
\ov. 11
lie Vancouver International Dance
festival Gala night jjegan wife fee
rk realisation mat, ye\ indeed,
t company doesdance naked.
; In     an     apocalyptiiHhemed
e veiling,  the Ughts were\slowly
raised to reve^T all of fee v &i-odd
lineiKkirted, tdpless members\lon-
ning fyhite, body make-up. Set toRerecorded,    mlstly   tribal    drum    moments li^if   contact "" between
sounds,)but i| eluding some ambX   dancers. The%econd half of fea-jfeow
ent, eledfgniq' nusic, and accompa-\ saw more movement Dancers sud-
nied by a j^ve flute and violin, fee    denly became awaie of each other^S^
presence, paired-oBSjnto couplets,     THELONG WAY HOME
and7^xhibited both strength and    at the Nqjrm Theatre
artisitic* ability in a variefyrpf fluid    Nov. 9     ^^"~^--^
lifts. This social rebirth seemed to 'Y :
offer hope «\a previously bleaiN^rhe Long Way Home, a film feat played at the Norm
ns upoj
dancers moye<  to the appropriately
organic musie^
The first act Began wife a series of
movements - qjighiating   from
charismatic red-haired dancer
stage-left. The ouier members of fee
group then randomly^echoed fee
series of movements. Thi* }dea of a
canon's series -*of movements,
repeated over and over by feflerent
dancers at different times, was pa
vasive throughout thek performance.
It seemed an expression of fee individual being alone, yfeile being
social and part of a group at fee
same time. This is one of fee ways
feat I found Kokoro timely, poignant,
and articulate.
After the canon, fee dad
tones wife numerous scenes one
where individuals showed-off in
small solos, an all-female scene, and
anaHmale scene.The all-male scene
struckr4«tas particularly primieval.
The dancers'*- faces feigned snarls at
each other andTthejxxly language
indicated a marking of territory in
an animalistic fashion. """~--
Both fee first and last acts were
grouped and moved in unison. Tn\ finished,in fee same way gazing at
dancers slowly, robotically stomped xS^fee ceilipg. The dancers seemed to
forward   and   backward   in   an   ^a looking above for meaning or
—---     guidance in an existential ponder-
ance. »is in this way that the per-
mood. But agahv^ome of fee fren-    Theajxe during Holocaust Awareness Week was much
zied gestures gave fee1 impression of    more fear* I expected. Now, I knew feat the Jews had
confusion and impending doom it rough for a long time„.but I didn't realise- the'extent of
The presentation took a variety pf    it I had grand-final6 images in my head of fee Allied
... ..^.l.  -.:..   forces bursting through the barbed wire of feeegjicen-
tration camps and Jews from all ovejjaishing^ut to fee
open arms of feeifrescuers" before returning home.
However, fee go-America perspective of fee situation
most likely instilled in me by those long hours of dumb-
faced Fox watching is remarkably false.
The concentration camps were markers of a long-run-
rigm is no
great masse
alike, befo:
iourse, a rerun.* to Uigir couni
thaT easy. Jews were foro/5 to trudge
through fee mountainsr; old and yo'
boarding Qyercrowdecf freighters feafeftould ferry fee;
acrosifeyPalestinevThese boats, parfof a movement hi
Irican JewHo liberate their European brethren, hid
to cross,treacherous seas and/avoid sight by British
plane<and destroyers. Which/tor fee most part, theydo
not do. Palestine at feat time was as politically unable
wife fee British military'attempting to maintain tfrder
amidst fee turmo^*of Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Displaced personsfwere not allowed entry into fell country, and feos^wno made it to fee shore were immediate-
ly popraor*Dack into more camps called Internment
p§\Masses of Jews were deported to furper intern-
\x-j* ment camps on fee island of Cypress.       I
ning trend of forced displacement feat fee Jews sjifferea Later, when fee political tide turned jiway from fee
through during, and most re markablyaflsFtnewar. The     Nazis and towards fee Communists/Germany and
entranced state, with a menacing,
unwaivering gaze feat pierced fee
audience's own. To me this comment was directed at fee nature of
todays society and culture. The juxtaposition of fee individual freedom
wife group conformity was meaningful. Specifically, fee way in which our
individuahty is quashed by assimilation, and we are plagued wife fee
ridiculous task of tiying to become
one of the few archetypes society
formanceM^ad a coherence, and
came fuH circte*.
Though I found" fee nakedness of
fee performance disfracting, and fee
displays of heterosexuafity hypocritical, I felt that fee show was an. elegant unification of physical prowess
and thoughtful expression. ♦
- Carmen Desormeux
film openS-with_MQrgan. Freeman s grim-voiced narration, instantly inspiring Shawshank images in fee viewer's mind (at least in fee mind3 of Blockbuster faithfuls
like myself). Then an intra blast of what have become
standard concentration camp shots: fee stacks of starved
corpses, fee shovel beatings, fee mass shootings, all
which are no less shocking for their familiarity.
But after fee camps have been liberated by Allied soldiers, fee badly mistreated and malnourished Jews,
Gypsies and Slovaks do not triumphantly return into the
America are united against ajommon enemy.
Eventually a deal is worked out widiBritain to allow fee
entry of 100,000 displaced persons into Palestine. It is
too little too late for the Jews jKe vast majority of whom
are left in camps spread arytind fee European Continent
The plight of the Jews clearly did not end at fee end of fee
war, just as it did nojfc oegin at fee war's start
The iong Way Home does not disappoint those going
into this mpvieon fee basis of fee tide. For Jews every-
where^the journey against oppression and anti-
fee category oflDisplaced Persons^Jtoderstandab^disillusioned by their^ifcalled freedomTEuropeanJews begin
to dream of a homeland that they can call their own, and
turn their heads towards fee Holy Land.
bosoms of their homes. They have no such thing left them TSeifiitism continues. This film was an excellent addition
■ after fee War, and are thus put into further campsupdef^to Holocaust Awareness Week, educating on a
which many of us feel familiar wife, but in reality, do not
know the half of. ♦
— Richard Scott-Ashe 18
Daiiah Merzaban
Alex Dimson
Cynthia Lea
Michelle Mossop
Tom Peacock
Nicholas Bradley
Tristan Winch
Tara Westover
Holland Gidney
Graeme Worthy
Laura Blue
Ernie Beaudin
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Hywel Tuscan is a boy. Ailin Choo is a girL Eric
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Milek is a girL Alex Dimson is a boy. Daiiah
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Sara Newham is a girL Catherine Denton is a girl.
Tom Peacock is a boy. Tara Westover is a girL
Duncan McHugh is a boy. Tristan Winch is a boy.
Holland Gidney is a robot Helen Eady is a girL Lisa
Denton is a girL Michelle Mossop is a grasshopper,
Matt WhaJIey is a boy. Carmen Desmoreaux is a boy.
George Belliveau is a boy. Parm Johal is a girL Lisa
Johnson is a girL Nicholas Bradley is a boy. Laura
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Bardsley is a boy. Alex Schiller is a boy. Our newspaper has 14 boys, 15 girls, one grasshopper and
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Always question authority
Today, candidates from the Vancouver Quadra
riding will be participating in an all-candjdates
forum in the SUB. This is your opportunity to ask
candidates from seven parties running in the
upcoming federal election questions of particular
relevance or concern to you.
Many important issues—from the environment to foreign policy—get missed due to most
parties' limited campaign strategies. Here, the
Ubyssey asks the questions that have been lost in
endless bickering about tax cuts, health care, and
campaign stunts.
• What is your party going to do to fulfill Canada's
commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
• How should Canada deal with the Sumas 2 project that will generate cross-border pollution from
its location in Washington state?
• You're going to be representing BC. What are
you going to do about the war between the logging
industry and communities that depend on it and
the environmentalists?
• What about the mines?
• What about the fish?
• How will your party ensure that Canada will
finally legislate an Endangered Species Act after
failures to do so during the last two government
• How can we save the whales?
• Is recycling enough?
• What are you going to do to ensure that
provinces will fund post-secondary education
• Why does Canada have the third highest tuition
fee level in all of the industrialised countries?
How do you intend to address this problem?
• Do you support a national system of grants
aimed at alleviating student debt?
• How will you address increasing disparities
between provinces concerning both tuition fees
and education funding?
• How will you improve the system of student
• Did you receive a postcard from the Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations and discuss it
with your colleagues? Did the travelling preserved
brain in a jar change your perspective on the status of post-secondary education in the country?
• Do you know what CASA stands for? CFS? AMS?
Your party? CHST? UBC? List four other useful
• How are you going to help me finally graduate
from this place?
• How will you resolve the fishing dispute with
First Nations? Do native rights to fish supercede
environmental conservation concerns?
• Is Canada's immigration policy discriminatory?
• Do you support the Alliance Party's suggestion
for a referendum on eliminating the Native tax
• Would you support an extension of the definition
of marriage to include gay couples? How should
marriage be defined?
• Do you approve of the US implementation of a
National Missile Defense system over North
• How do you respond to concerns about NAFTA's
detrimental effects on environment and labour
standards—now six years after its implementation? Do you believe that NAFTA should be
expanded to include other countries in the
• Given the mass protests against the World Trade
Organisation in Seattle last year, the World Bank
in Washington earlier this year, and the G-20 in
Quebec last month, how is your party planning to
address concerns about globalisation?
• How will your party deal with companies that
support gross violations of human rights—such as
Talisman Energy—or governments that enforce
oppression, such as the Taliban in Afghanistan, or
the Chinese Communist Party?
• Is there such a thing as Canadian culture? If so,
does it include Timbits?
• Will you take steps to avoid the privatisation of
• Would you approve of having a referendum on
abortion? Followup: Does life begin at conception or
at 40?
• Does your religion affect your politics?
• If you were in power, would you want to decriminalise drugs in Canada? Follow-up: Have you ever
used drugs of any kind? If yes, shouldn't you be in
jail or something?
• What is 'a clear majority* in reference to the
Quebec question?
• When was the last time you rode public transit?
• Have you every lived in a basement suite?
• What does 'Quadra* mean?
Vote, damnit—but be informed. And, if you
happen to miss the forum, you should still ask
Candidates for Vancouver Quadra:
• Chris Shaw (Canadian Action Party) 924-1467;
• Kerry-Lynne Findlay (Canadian Alliance Party)
261-0880; www.kerryfindlay.com
• Doug Warkentin (Green Party) 961-8838;
•Stephen Owen (Liberal Party) 226-7006;
• Steven Beck (Natural Law Party) 733-9394;
• Loretta Woodcock (New Democratic Party) 720-
7647; www.bc.ndp.ca
• Bill Clarke (Progressive Conservative Party)
261-6337; www.pcparty.ca ♦
UBC AMS Bike Co-op
supports Translink
vehicle levy
(Letter addressed to the Chair and
directors of Translink)
The UBC Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Bike Co-op is a student-run organisation dedicated to improving the
cycling environment at the
University of British Columbia.
Since we were established in May
1998, we have helped hundreds of
students, staff, faculty and community members to discover, appreciate and further explore the pure joy
and sense of empowerment that
comes with riding a bicycle. In
accordance with the Alma Mater
Society of UBC, we strongly support
the institution of a graduated (price
adjusted according to vehicle size),
or a flat cost, vehicle levy by
Thousands of people travel
across Vancouver daily to reach
this campus; it is the second largest
commuter destination in the
region. Peak hour buses are usually
packed to capacity; the 99 B-Line
bike racks are well used and often
full in the morning; a steady stream
of cyclists flows along the lanes
from 10th Ave, but there is also an
inordinate amount of single occupancy vehicle traffic. The alternatives exist and surveys show that
more people would change their
commuting habits to include a
more sustainable option if only the
various infrastructure were
improved. The UBC TREK Program
Centre is working hard with
TransLink to provide more com
prehensive solutions to these challenges—we need your support!
An accessible, affordable, integrated public transportation system, combined with a network of
well-planned, safe cycling routes
and facilities, is crucial to the economic, environmental and social
well-being of the entire Lower
Mainland. Those of us who also use
transit have already begun to pay
more for the intended upgrades;
the cost is worth our collective
health. Cyclists, and potential
cyclists, are well aware of the necessity to maintain and upgrade current road surfaces and to invest in
new projects which encourage bicycles as a viable and vital transportation link in the 'mobility
It i3 your responsibility, as decision-makers, to look past the politi
cal expediency of some short-term
support from the large population
of already heavily-subsidised car
drivers towards a potentially less
popular choice that will enhance
the livability and actual welfare of
the Greater Vancouver Regional
District If you won't do it for yourselves, or your voting age constituents, do it for the thousands of
young people in this region who are
directly affected by the excessive
exhaust we all create—they'll have
to live with it much longer than we
In support of your ability to
choose a better, bus and bike-full
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Graeme Brown, volunteer
Co-ordinator, James Z Zhuang,
President, UBC AMS Bike Co-op THE UBYSSEY
The Re-releases of the Un-releases
K      - *"
After the Sex Pistols broke up in 1978, former
singer and agitator Johnny Rotten started going
by the more pedestrian John Lydon, and put
out a bunch of records under the name of
Public Image Ltd. These records sound like
Lydon's attempt to prove to any doubters that
he was smarter than he looked, that his antics
in the Pistols were just part of the act of being
punk. The Public albums were Lydon's art-
school project, all concept and electronics, but
not a lot to dance to. They were smart, maybe,
certainly clever, but they didn't have a lot going
for them otherwise: they just didn't sound veiy
Twenty years later, after no wave, after hip-
hop, and after digital hardcore, the world's a
little more ready for this kind of politicised,
electronic collage sound. Chicks on Speed, for
example, have sold over 15,000 copies of their
latest album in Europe, and have made quite a
name for themselves in North America, too.
Chicks on Speed, ifyou haven't heard, is the
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Melissa Logan, Alex Murray-Leslie, and KiH
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their live shows, where the Chicks play in
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The Un-releases was a 1000-copy Chicks on
Speed album released in Germany that sold
out long ago. But Olympia's K Records has now
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remixed version of the original album and a
mutated form of the d6but LP, Chicks on Speed
Will Save Us Ml, for North American consumption. And it shows that art can rock, and
that you can dance to ideas, too.
There aren't any liner notes you can read
without ripping the packaging apart, so it's
pretty impossible to tell what you're listening
to. There's some talking in German, some
disco, a deadpan cover of Cracker's 'Eurotrash
Girl,' a lot of shouting, some heavy beats, static, feedback, the occasional lyric about pubic
hair, and a lot of distorted new wavey synths.
This is cut 'n' paste music, and it sounds good.
You could use a lot of words
like 'bricolage,' or 'disjunctive,'
or 'pastiche' to describe it, but
you could also just jump up and
down to it, with or without your
paper clothes.
A lot of people have compared Chicks on Speed to Le
Tigre, the Kathleen Hanna-driv-
en keyboard-and-sampler NYC
trio. But apart from the obvious
similarities (unfortunately,
three women messing about
with electronics is still a novelty to a lot of people), the two
bands don't sound much alike.
While Le Tigre tends towards
the simple dance beats and
always pissed-off lyrics, Chicks
on Speed are artier and more
parodic. And the best weirdest
thing to happen over here in a
while. The only problem is that despite all the
self-conscious joking around, there's some-'
thing humourless to the album. It's almost trying too hard to be clever, but gets saved at the
last minute by the fact that you're shouting
along in German.
Another new K Records band, CO.CO,
isn't about art at all, but is all about dancing.
Featuring Dub Narcotic Sound System
bassist Chris Sutton on drums, vocals, and
barking noises and Olivia Ness on bass and
vocals, CO.CO. is minimalist dance music,
but not in that German Das Technoklub way.
It's funky without being funk, and dubby
without being dub. s
The ten short tracks on _ the self-titled
album are all solid party songs, but that
doesn't mean that they're not smart Quite
the opposite—they're good songs that bypass
all the thinking that Chicks on Speed bothered with. Both of these new albums are.
energetic and exciting and worth listening
to—but one of them a lot more fun than the
other. ♦
-Nicholas Bradley
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